New free service claims it will be first to tell agents market is reviving

first_imgA group of leading property industry tech firms have united to offer agents a unique new – and free – property market insights service which, it is claimed, will be the first to spot when the sales market is beginning to revive.Blockchain based sales progression platform Coadjute says the service, which has been created in partnership with the UK’s leading property software and conveyancing service providers, watches housing market activity in almost real time.This includes spotting how the sales progression and conveyancing workload is fluctuating within thousands of law firms and estate agents up and down the UK.The partner firms involved include property software firms Reapit, DezRez and MRI Software plus conveyancing services such as Search Acumen and Redbrick Solutions.All the companies involved also hope that the service’s new property market insights will help estate agents aligns their operations better as activity returns to the market.“We are not aware that this level of data has ever been available in the UK property market before in this way, and we want to thank all those who have helped us compile it,” says John Reynolds, CEO of Coadjute (left).“While data is only half the picture, our aim has been to apply our knowledge of the industry to analyse the data and bring genuine aggregated insights into what is going on to the data providers.“With Estate Agents’ offices set to be in the first category of High Street premises to reopen when lockdown finally ends, it’ll be key that property businesses are able to make really well-informed decisions.” Coadjute Blockchain Network John Reynolds MRI software Reapit dezrez April 28, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » New free service claims it will be first to tell agents market is reviving previous nextCOVID-19 newsNew free service claims it will be first to tell agents market is revivingCoadjute says it has worked with many of the UK’s leading software firms including Reapit, DezRez and MRI to be able to spot activity picking up first, and help agents get ready to re-open.Nigel Lewis28th April 202001,254 Viewslast_img read more

Adjunct – Accountancy & Taxation – (ADJ000164)

first_imgThe Department of Accountancy & Taxation in the C. T. BauerCollege of Business is looking for applicants with expertise to beconsidered for part-time instructional employment opportunities. Wewelcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, orcommunity service has prepared them to contribute to our commitmentto diversity and excellence.The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/ AffirmativeAction employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons withdisabilities are encouraged to apply.Qualifications :Master’s degree in the discipline for teaching at the undergraduatelevel or PhD in the discipline for teaching at the graduate levelpreferred. Strong candidates will have extensive experience intheir fields of expertise.Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required for afaculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of finalcandidate. All positions at the University of Houston are securitysensitive and will require a criminal history check.last_img read more

Annie’s Carousel Ice Cream: Scooping Out Tradition for 36 Years

first_imgAnn Marie “Annie” Allegretto and spouse B.J. in front of their iconic shop at 332 Atlantic Ave. By Tim KellyThe loyal customers of Annie’s Carousel Ice Cream will always be there. That’s probably because Annie’s is always there for them.“We try to keep everything the same, because that’s what our customers want and that’s what we do best,” said Anne Marie Allegretto, better known to all as “Annie.”“We’ve tried hot dogs; we’ve tried funnel cake and a few other things. But that’s not what our customers come here for.”They come for the ice cream, the experience and the memories. It’s an Ocean City tradition as predictable as the tides.Operating out of a tiny, picturesque 108-year-old building at 332 Atlantic Avenue, Annie’s keeps things simple: 30 flavors of ice cream, milkshakes, malteds, soda, water ice, pretzels and cookies. Ice cream comes in a dish or a plain or waffle cones and just a few types of toppings are offered. They also come for reasonable prices: $3.75 for a generous cone.The most popular flavor is vanilla salted caramel chocolate covered pretzel. “When people start to ask me for it I stop them so they don’t have to say the whole name,” said Annie. The ice cream comes from two primary suppliers: Breyers and Island, out of Wildwood.The rock of stability is Allegretto, who began working at the shop at age 11. She continued to work there throughout her adolescence and adulthood and eventually married the former owner, Peter Chelf.Her husband passed away from cancer a few years ago, and she eventually re-married B.J. Allegretto – who also lost his first spouse to cancer. The good friends came together to support each other, grew closer and fell in love.The rest is Ocean City ice cream history. The couple, both Ocean City High School grads, have six children between them from their first marriages, some of whom work in the business.“I help out, but it’s really all about (Annie),” B.J. said. “She is the icon.”B.J. and Anne Marie Allegretto show how its done.If you spend any time at the shop you can see why. If the ice cream falls out of the cone onto the ground (“it happens about six times a week”) Annie replaces it for free.  If things aren’t too busy, she will let children come behind the counter and scoop out their own ice cream.“Kids love that and I love making kids happy. That’s one of the really great things about this business- making people happy,” she said.Count Christine Lydic among the happy ones.   “We come down for three weeks each summer, so we are here a lot,” said Lydic, of Marlton, who was bringing her toddler son Jason for his very first visit.  “The people are nice, it’s local to us and the service is great.”Also on hand were Lydic’s parents Vicki and Mike Delo, also of Marlton; and Mike’s cousin Steve Grappy of Erie Pa. All were enjoying the ice cream, and the atmosphere of Annie’s.The building is an attraction in its own right. Dwarfed by its neighboring buildings, one can’t help but notice the building sags along the doorway and roofline. On most nights, customers sit on the benches outside to eat their treats, and take selfies in front of the shop.“They call it the crooked ice cream shop, but it withstands all of the worst weather,” Annie said. “During Sandy the water came right up to the front step and stopped right there, short of the door.”The shop is open daily from 3 to 11 p.m. from mid-May (usually the weekend before Memorial Day weekend),” Annie says, and it closes after Labor Day. “We have found that 90 percent of our business comes from visitors.”During the off-season, Annie and B.J. reside in Florida.On most hot evenings in-season, a line will form outside the door and stretch all the way to the corner of 4th and Atlantic. On July 4th, the line was constant for three hours, Annie said.“We have seen little babies grow up over the years and now they are bringing their kids here and their kids are just as passionate about coming here as their parents,” said B.J. “That’s the great thing about Ocean City.  Great people.  Happy people.  People who love it here.  They like our ice cream but it’s also a nostalgia thing for a lot of people. And our prices are hard to beat.  People work hard for their money and they can come here with four or five people, everyone gets what they want and you only spend twenty dollars.”One amazing aspect of the shop is it attracts so many people despite a dearth of parking. There is exactly one spot in front of the building.“People walk and they ride bikes, and sometimes they drive and stop in a no parking zone and stay with the car while someone else runs in for the ice cream,” said Annie.“People tell me they feel good about the walk. They feel better (about eating the ice cream).  I hear that all the time.”last_img read more

Teeming with life

first_imgA bobcat in Chesterville waiting for lunch. The tip of its tail has the marking to differentiate it from a lynx. Lynx have black tips, while bobcats’ are black on the upper side and white underneath. While both have ear tufts, lynx are more prominent, they have paler coloration, much less spotting and longer legs than a bobcat. Bobcats’ hind legs are just a bit longer than their front legs giving them a straight back look, while lynx have longer rear legs giving them a curved back appearance.(Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Up close and personal with a bobcat. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Bobcats can resemble ordinary house cats with this closed-eye look, albeit with larger teeth, long tough claws, big feet, and strength. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Ready to pounce on anything that moves. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Bobcat on the move. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)The black tip on the bobcat’s tail, with white underneath, distinguishes it from a lynx. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Taking a hike. Male bobcats have larger feet than females and weigh considerably more, but unless they are side by side, or a female has kittens, it’s difficult to sex them. This particular one looked to be on the smallish side, so I’ll call it female until proven otherwise. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Stalking something I couldn’t see, and off it went into the woods without turning back. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)The first common redpoll finch of spring in the snack bar. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Inland Maine hath no spring, but rather rotting snow, mud, ruts, pot holes, posted roads, and frozen lakes, some three feet thick. The best remedy is to get thee to the beach. Sure it’s freezing, really freezing, and the wind blows hard, but you can see as far as the eye can see, listen to seagulls, glance in tide pools, and bask in the glory of clean sand and snowless beauty. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Mourning bath. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Little Red hanging out. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)The early bird doesn’t always get the worm. (Dennis York)Cedar Waxwing. (Dennis York)Cedar Waxwings. (Dennis York)Pussywillows. (Dennis York)Barred owl with mouse, Wilton.Sea grass. (Jane Knox)This should keep the doctor away. (Farmington) (Joe Hall)Spring thaw. (Farmington) (Joe Hall)Shadows in the fog. (Farmington) (Joe Hall)Robins feeding on a foggy Sunday. (Farmington) (Joe Hall)Mr. Fog creeps wherever he chooses. (Farmington) (Joe Hall)Killdeer in the fog. (Farmington) (Joe Hall)Well camouflaged against the tree, but the crows alerted me to its presence – the largest barred I’ve seen. (Don Blanchard)A winner. (Jane Knox)Spring is here. (Jane Knox)Path to the beach. (Jane Knox)last_img read more

PREMIERE: Tropidelic Offers Exclusive Stream Of New Album, ‘Heavy Is The Head’

first_imgTropidelic is a six-piece band from Cleveland, Ohio, with the band’s individual members repping truly diverse musical tastes ranging from hip-hop, metal, funk, reggae, and more. While these genres may seem at odds to some, collectively, the group is tight, offering an eclectic and compelling sound that fuses these disparate elements into one cohesive sound. Underlying it all is Tropidelic’s desire to keep things fresh and original while still maintaining the freedom that comes from remaining grounded and keeping things fun. Led by charismatic frontman and vocalist Matthew Roads, the band—also composed of James Begin (trombone/vox), Bobby Chronic (guitar), Darrick Willis (drums), Pags (bass), and Derek McBryde (trumpet)—has become known for its sincere vocals, powerful horns, and their high-energy live shows that leave attendees grinning from ear to ear.On Friday, November 10th, Tropidelic will release a brand new album titled Heavy Is The Head via Law Records. “A lot of our songs are upbeat and funky,” said lead singer Matthew Roads about the new album. “It’s very eclectic, which is what all of our albums have been, but this one even more so. We combined our efforts more than we ever have in the past for this record. The album features songs written by several members. We did more refining and filtering on this record than on any other in the past.” When asked, what’s the story behind the album’s title Heavy Is The Head, Roads says, “The title is a direct reflection of the sacrifices, struggle and pain endured en route to the top, or when you reach the top of whatever it is you’re after.”Ahead of Friday’s release of Heavy Is The Head, Live For Live Music is proud to premiere a stream of Tropidelic’s new album ahead of its official release. You can take a listen for yourself below.Tropidelic has also earned a name for itself as one of the hardest working bands in the business, consistently touring across the country and having shared the stage and supported acts like Slightly Stoopid, 311, The Dirty Heads, Pepper, and The Wailers. Over time, the band has also picked up a number of high-profile festival gigs, playing festivals such as Electric Forest, Werk Out, Surrounded By The Sound, Night Lights, and more. To catch the group live, check out their tour dates below or on Tropidelic’s website.Tropidelic Upcoming Tour DatesNOV 10 The Mousetrap Indianapolis, INNOV 11 Lamasco Bar and Grill- Evansville, INNOV 17 Mohawk Place- Buffalo, NYDEC 08 Clazel Entertainment- Bowling Green, OHDEC 09 The Livery Microbrewery- Benton Harbor, MIDEC 30 Rex Theater Pittsburgh, PADEC 31 The Grog Shop Cleveland, OHFEB 07 Tellus 360- Lancaster, PA (w/ Badfish)FEB 10 Newport Music Hall- Columbus, OH (w/ Badfish)FEB 13 City Winery Nashville- Nashville, TN (w/ Badfish)FEB 14 Mercury Ballroom- Louisville, KY (w/ Badfish)FEB 15 Bogarts- Cincinnati, OH (w/ Badfish)FEB 16 Pops Nightclub- Sauget, IL (w/ Badfish)FEB 17 Concord Music Hall- Chicago, IL (w/ Badfish)FEB 18 The Intersection- Grand Rapids, MI (w/ Badfish)last_img read more

A gold star for going green

first_img Sustainability celebration marks Harvard’s accomplishments Related Harvard makes climate pledge to end fossil fuel use A decade on, a goal met; now, next targetscenter_img Leaders of task force explain how they arrived at ambitious energy goals for campus Since Harvard’s successful 2008 pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2016, the University has continued to strive for sustainability. Now, it’s being commended for its efforts and commitment to the environment.At the Climate Leadership Conference in Baltimore on March 21, the University received the Climate Leadership Award for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal-Setting Certificate).A new climate action plan was launched last year, spearheaded by former University President Drew Faust, and included a long-term goal to be fossil-fuel-neutral by 2026 and fossil-fuel-free by 2050.In the past five years, only one other university has been recognized at the Climate Leadership Awards: The University of California, Irvine, in 2014. In addition to Harvard, this year’s winners of the Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal-Setting Certificate) also include IBM, MasterCard, Microsoft, and Shire, now part of Takeda.Jaclyn Olsen, associate director of the Office for Sustainability, and Peter Kelly-Joseph, air compliance program manager from Environmental Health and Safety, both attended the conference and awards dinner, and accepted the award on behalf of the University.“Harvard is honored to receive this Climate Leadership Award recognizing our University-wide ambitious climate goals, which are grounded in science and meant to inspire solutions that improve human lives today and in the future,” said Heather Henriksen, managing director of the Office of Sustainability. “Now the hard work begins to go beyond our 30 percent absolute emissions reduction toward a fossil fuel-free future. We are especially looking forward to the educational and research opportunities that will arise as we strive to achieve our goals and advance solutions that benefit society.”Bloomberg Philanthropies again served as headline sponsor of the Climate Leadership Conference, having replaced long-time sponsor the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which announced in 2017 it would discontinue its support.“American businesses are proving that bottom-up climate action isn’t just possible — it’s happening right now,” said Antha Williams, head of environment programs at Bloomberg Philanthropies. “From innovations in energy efficiency to bold commitments to cut carbon emissions, the Climate Leadership Award winners highlight the potential for bottom-up climate action to drive progress toward our national climate goals and create sustainable jobs for a sustainable future.”last_img read more

Nick Cordero & More Tapped for Waitress on Broadway

first_img Sara Bareilles Casting to pie for! Broadway fave Nick Cordero and more have been enlisted for Sara Bareilles’ Waitress on Broadway. Directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus and starring Tony winner Jessie Mueller, the tuner will begin performances on March 25 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for April 24.Cordero, who was Tony nominated for Bullets Over Broadway and will soon appear in Paper Mill’s A Bronx Tale: The Musical, is set to play Earl, Jenna’s (Mueller) hubby. Rounding out the cast will be Thay Floyd (A Christmas Story), Molly Hager (Heathers The Musical), Aisha Jackson (Beautiful), Ragan Pharris (Waitress at A.R.T.) and Ryan Vasquez (Wicked).Waitress is based on the 2007 film by the late Adrienne Shelly and features a book by Jessie Nelson. It follows Jenna, a small town waitress stuck in a loveless marriage. As a nearby baking contest approaches, she’s torn between her commitments and—thanks to her pie-making expertise—a chance at freedom.Previously announced cast members also include Drew Gehling, Keala Settle, Dakin Matthews, Eric Anderson, Christopher Fitzgerald and Kimiko Glenn.Check out Broadway.com’s exclusive interview with the creator and stars at a photo shoot for the new musical’s ad campaign below. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020 Waitress Star Filescenter_img Jessie Mueller Related Shows View Commentslast_img read more

Trade group says European wind investment could total $111 billion through 2021

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:European investment in the wind industry could accelerate to 100 billion euros ($111 billion) in total over the next three years, breaking records along the way.That injection of capital would translate to an extra 53 gigawatts of wind power capacity being added by 2021, according to research from Brussels-based trade association WindEurope. Europe currently has about 190 gigawatts of wind power installed.Last year, a record 65 billion euros was raised for the building of wind farms, refinancing, project and company deals as well as money from public markets.Investment in new onshore wind projects hit 16.4 billion euros in 2018, representing almost 40 percent of all new power investments in Europe. Northern and western Europe accounted for 35 percent of all new financial investment decisions last year, WindEurope said.More: European wind industry investment could hit $111 billion by 2021 Trade group says European wind investment could total $111 billion through 2021last_img read more

Brazilian Army Invests in Cyber Defense

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo May 12, 2017 The Brazilian government’s priority for cyber defense and protection from cyberattacks has led to the emergence since 2016 of a new unit within the Brazilian Army (EB, per its Portuguese acronym): the Cyber Defense Command (ComDCiber, per its Portuguese acronym). This new command plays a part in the National Defense Strategy, and in April it completed its first year of operation. ComDCiber’s main purpose is to plan, coordinate, direct, integrate, and supervise cyber operations in the defense area. The creation of ComDCiber is one of the actions taken under the Cyber Defense Program in National Defense. According to information released during LAAD Defence & Security 2017 in Rio de Janeiro in April, the project is valued at about $104 million and includes the development of hardware and software solutions, and the procurement of supercomputers and digital research materials to foster the growth of this field in Brazil. Brazilian cyber defense has evolved over the course of large events hosted by the nation, such as the World Cup in 2014, and the Olympics in 2016. According to ComDCiber, there was a huge preparatory effort made by the Brazilian Armed Forces in the periods leading up to those large events, including personnel training and technology investments in the sector. ComDCiber projects According to information from ComDCiber, several projects are being developed by this new unit, including the creation of a National Cyber Defense Academy. The academy’s purpose is to train civilian and military human resources so they can act effectively against cyber threats. Another project is the Cyber Defense Products Standardization and Certification System, which will create a viable structure for certifying products (hardware and software) for use in the cyber sector. ComDCiber is also working to establish a Cyber Defense Observatory and Cyber Defense Talent Management to incentivize research and development in Brazilian technology. The partnerships established by the Ministry of Defense and the Army Command are another method used by ComDCiber to update its staff’s technical knowledge. “Our service members attend courses, expos, and international exercises that allow them to gain expertise on directing exercises like these in Brazil,” stated the command in a press release. The unit will be organizing the Second International Cyber Defense Internship in May. In addition to the Brazilian public, representatives from various partner nations, including Latin American countries, will also be taking part in this event. Integration among the Armed Forces ComDCiber’s major distinction is its potential to integrate the three branches of the Armed Forces. The unit, under the command of Lieutenant General Angelo Kawakami Okamura, has a Joint Chiefs of Staff directed by a rear admiral, a Department of Management and Instruction led by a major general, and a Cyber Defense Center (CDCiber, per its Portuguese acronym) led by a major general. According to information from EB, the synergy between the forces allows for joint improvement. “The budgeting of human and financial resources, experiential exchanges, and procedural standardization, as well as the compartmentalization of information on cyber threats and security events, strengthen our defense institutions,” the EB reported in a press release. Navy and Air Force line officers assumed their duties on April 25th. That was the first time in the history of the Brazilian Armed Forces that line officers had taken on a role in another service branch. Brazilian Navy Rear Admiral Nelson Nunes da Rosa assumed the lead role of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Brazilian Air Force (FAB, per its Portuguese acronym) Major General Mauro Fernando Costa Marra took the position of head of the Department of Management and Instruction. Command of the Cyber Defense Center will pass to Major General Jayme Otávio Queiroz on May 22nd. His new role will be challenging due to the degree of importance that cyber defense has achieved within the National Defense Strategy. “We are living in an increasingly connected environment. Cyber threats are real and can cause damage remotely. We need to always be ready,” Maj. Gen. Jayme said. In addition to the joint work done at ComDCiber, each service branch has its own teams, or Network Incident Response Centers (CTIR, per their Portuguese acronym), as set forth by the Brazilian Security Incident Research and Response Center. Colonel Robson Luís Lopes dos Santos, head of the Aeronautics Computation Center in Brasília (CCA-BR, per its Portuguese acronym), is responsible for coordinating one of these centers. He explained that there is a relationship of technical cooperation formally established between CCA-BR and ComDCiber. “Incidents detected by a CTIR or a FAB unit are shared with ComDCiber,” he said. For Col. Robson, ComDCiber has fostered cooperation between the Brazilian Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defense in the handling of issues related to areas of interest in cyberspace. “The involvement of CCA-BR technicians in working groups coordinated by ComDCiber is important for establishing a shared knowledge base,” he highlighted. Cyber protection in aviation According to Col. Robson, in addition to the incident response, CCA-BR also does cyber defense within the Aviation Command (COMAER, per its Portuguese acronym) for the purpose of raising cyber situational awareness on critical Information Technology assets such as systems and hardware, for example. CCA-BR technicians monitor incidents from the standpoint of network anomaly detection using selective triage. They analyze incidents, attempting to identify the origin and the vulnerabilities associated with them, and they are able to take actions to resolve the problem detected. “Active defense is also done using measures to prevent malicious activities in cyberspace,” the head of CCA-BR said. The work done by CCA-BR prevents events in cyberspace, which could potentially be harmful to COMAER, from occurring. “Currently, threats in cyberspace can have serious consequences for the operational and administrative capabilities of this institution,” Col. Robson warned. He explained that one effective defense measure has a direct impact on maintaining the FAB’s operational capacity to carry out its mission. “Without this measure, the Air Force’s resources would be left completely exposed to cyber threats.” For the head of CCA-BR, the evolution of cyber threats requires continually upgrading equipment and retraining technicians involved in cyber defense. “The great challenge is keeping up awareness, across all of COMAER’s units, as to its responsibility in applying preventive and defensive measures,” Col. Robson concluded.last_img read more

A Mind of Winter

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Mind of WinterBy Shira NaymanFrom Shanghai to England to Long Island, the lives of three characters, all restless and tortured in their own way, are intricately meshed together and their souls laid bare in A Mind of Winter by Shira Nayman. The book begins with a brief introduction from Oscar, who tells the reader he is accused of war crimes. We don’t know why or by whom or when this happened or if he’s guilty—and we won’t know until the last pages of the book—but this compelling introduction pulls the reader into this haunting tale immediately. Oscar, a mysterious Gatsby-like Englishman lives in a North Shore mansion and hosts glamorous parties every weekend, but little else is known about him. Christine is an opium addict who hits rock bottom and ends up on the fringes of society in Shanghai. Marilyn, a photographer who spent the 1940s in England, moves into Oscar’s mansion to work on a book of wartime photography, sorting through her inner demons by carrying on an extramarital affair and developing haunting photos. Divided into three parts, the narratives of these characters weave three seemingly separate stories into one complex whole, each one filling in the others’ blanks. The stories, bouncing from past to present and back to past again, intertwine seamlessly. Maybe it’s because Brooklyn author Shira Nayman has a background in clinical psychology or maybe it’s because she grew up in Australia in a community of Holocaust survivors, but this novel touches upon the innermost depths of its character’s souls, those dark and shadowy corners that many writers stop just before reaching. Resounding with the beauty and elegance of a Victorian novel, this page-turner touches on everything from the horrors of war to prostitution and addiction. This is a book that will make you think deeply. It may even make you uncomfortable at times. While some may be turned off by some violent scenes, they serve a purpose. They aren’t merely put there for shock value but lead the reader to a deeper understanding of the character experiencing them. These characters, and the darkest moments of their lives, are crafted with such tender care it seems Nayman has been molding them for decades. There is a lot of darkness in these pages, but there is also light. By the last page of the novel, you realize that one can’t exist without the other, and together they make a beautiful shade of gray…or winter.[colored_box color=”blue”]Click to purchase A  Mind of Winter[/colored_box]last_img read more