Estate agents are becoming bored of proptech companies trying to sell them services which haven’t been road tested within branches before they are launched nationally, a leading industry figures has claimed.Ed Mead, CEO of viewings service Viewber (pictured, below) and a former executive director at London agency Douglas & Gordon, says that 85% of the UK industry is a “longtail of pretty technologically unsavvy people” who have still got to get their heads around the wave of proptech being launched into the market.“I saw a lot of them when I was at D&G, but I hadn’t twigged how annoying it can be,” he says,“For the independents who are approaching retirement, it’s too much of a risk to invest heavily in tech, and they leave it to the big chains.”Ed says like him his business partner and former Marsh & Parsons CEO Peter Rollings has also become concerned about too many clever but non-property people touring around the industry talking about great tech but who “haven’t talked to an agent before developing their ideas”.“There’s a lot of stuff out there which would be lovely to have but at £200 a month for them or whatever they charge means paying for it [in the current economic climate] is just not on,” says Ed.But Ed says agents will have to adopt technology-based services, eventually. “Reasonably soon many buyers, sellers and renters won’t want to transact in the way we do today,” he says.“It will be another two to five years before this gets a grip on the industry, so they just need to work out what works for them best.“Big chains always have an advantage but, unlike smaller agents who won’t collaborate locally, they can try tech out across their branch networks to see if it works first.” proptech Peter Rollings Ed Mead Viewber November 16, 2018Nigel 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » ‘Too few proptech ideas have been road tested with agents before being launched’ previous nextProptech‘Too few proptech ideas have been road tested with agents before being launched’Claim is made by Ed Mead, CEO of viewings service Viewber and a former executive director at estate agent Douglas & Gordon.Nigel Lewis16th November 201801,281 Views
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BACOLOD City – This city’s Department of Social Services and Development (DSSD) temporarily suspended starting yesterday the digital releasing of cash aid to more than 15,000 “left out” beneficiaries of the national government’s social amelioration program (SAP). The digital distribution of cash assistance to left out beneficiaries will be through payout centers such as MLhuillier, Cebuana Lhuillier and Universal Storefront Services Corporation – all accredited by financial service provider Starpay Corporation.This city has received a total of P1.3 billion is SAP assistance. Tero said this city has a budget of P180.5 for left out recipients. Each of these beneficiaries will receive a lump sum of P12,000 to cover the P6,000 they failed acquire during the SAP first tranche. According to Tero, the DSSD and DSWD personnel also came into contact with an employee of the Office of the Senior Citizen Affairs who tested positive for COVID-19 during the SAP payout last week,A wife of a DSSD staff also tested positive for the virus, she added. “The digital payout was suspended following the exposure of 10 DSSD and 10 DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) employees to a patient positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19),” says DSSD head Pacita Tero. These employees – in-charge of the digital releasing of cash aid – are now quarantined in their homes after undergoing swab testing, she added. Figures released by the city government showed that the first tranche amounting to P588.9 million was distributed to 98,143 residents. The second tranche, on the other hand, is expected to benefit 97,266 beneficiaries./PN
RelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Dillian Whyte to face Povetkin in November rematch Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua believes Alexander Povetkin is “seriously skilled” and does not believe Dillian Whyte can match his destructive victory over the Russian heavyweight.Joshua overcame a torrid start to stop Povetkin in the seventh round of their world title fight at Wembley and will be ringside to watch the former WBA champion’s clash with Whyte on Saturday night. Whyte revealed he could target a ruthless early win at Thursday’s final press conference, but Joshua has suggested that his British rival will have to work much harder than he did to overcome Povetkin.“Everyone has issues in training, if he [Whyte] trained right, he will come through,” Joshua told Sky Sports.“He is a fighter, Dillian. But Povetkin is a seriously skilled heavyweight – an Olympic gold medallist, a world champion whose only losses were against [Wladimir] Klitschko and me.“He’s good, a good fighter who hasn’t been on the losing end much so hasn’t got used to that feeling.“He still has the hunger and will go in against Dillian thinking he can win.” Asked for his prediction, Joshua added: “It will go to a points decision.”Dillian Whyte said he’s excited by the prospect of a hard fight against dangerous opponent Alexander Povetkin.Joshua was beaten by Whyte as an amateur, then defeated him by stoppage in the professional ranks, and promoter Eddie Hearn has suggested the duo could meet again next year.“If he wants it, he can get it,” Whyte told Sky Sports.“I’ve told him already before. I’ve told him many times. I’m not scared to fight him. I want to fight him. It’s not like it’s a secret.” Tags: Alexander PovetkinAnthony JoshuaDillian WhyteWembley
The £89 million French midfielder missed the clash with Liverpool through injury, but Mourinho confirmed he returned to training on Monday.Mourinho’s defensive tactics in a 0-0 draw in Spain three weeks ago were much-criticised as, without an away goal, United’s tie with Sevilla is finely balanced.And the Portuguese admitted United have no “advantage” as a score draw would see Sevilla progress.“The first leg leaves everything open for tomorrow,” added Mourinho.“I don’t feel we have any advantage in this moment. We are going to try to show we are better but I don’t feel we have any advantage.”Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella is an open admirer of Mourinho having admitted to reading the Portuguese’s book for inspiration early in his managerial career.But the Italian is hoping to get one over on Mourinho to match Sevilla’s best ever run in the European Cup when they reached the quarter-finals in 1958.“Mourinho is not used to losing games at home, so I would settle for a 1-1,” said Montella.“It is a special game because it would be a very important step for the club. We’ve only been there once before and that was 60 years ago.”Three-time European champions, United have made the Champions League quarter-finals just once in the past seven years.Mourinho believes they are still some way off the European elite, but believes from his experiences of winning the competition with Porto and Inter Milan, anything is possible if they make the last eight.“I think we are not one of the best teams in the competition, but I think when a team arrives in the last eight anything can happen.“When you are in the last 16 it looks really, really far, but when a team gets in the last eight you start smelling the semi-finals.”Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho launched a stinging attack on Dutchman Frank de Boer on Monday after the former Crystal Palace coach criticised Manchester United’s sparse use of Marcus Rashford.Rashford scored twice in his first Premier League start of 2018 as United edged out Liverpool 2-1 on Saturday, but Mourinho still substituted the 20-year-old England forward 20 minutes from time as he looked to make the game safe.“It’s a pity that the manager is Mourinho because normally he’s an English player, you want to give him time and he can then make mistakes,” De Boer told BT Sport.“But Mourinho is not like that. He wants to get results.”De Boer was sacked by Crystal Palace after just five games in charge in September having seen the London side fail to register a point or score a goal in his four Premier League games in charge.“I read some quote from the worst manager in the history of the Premier League, Frank de Boer,” Mourinho said on the eve of his side’s Champions League last 16, second leg with Sevilla.“Where he was saying it is not good for Marcus Rashford to have a coach like me because the most important thing for me is to win.“If he was coached by Frank, he would learn how to lose because he lost every game.”De Boer won four straight Dutch league titles as Ajax boss between 2011-2014.Rashford’s minutes have been limited since the arrival of Alexis Sanchez in January, but Mourinho insisted he was finding a balance between burning Rashford out and giving him enough experience.“Does he play every match from the start? No, of course not but he’s a player we trust and I told him that before the Liverpool match,” added Mourinho.“He had a good match and not just by scoring goals. Analysing a performance for me is more than number of goals or assists, and for me I’m really happy with Marcus.”– Pogba in contention –Whether Rashford starts against Sevilla may depend on Paul Pogba’s fitness.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmad Ahmad.Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Top African football officials hope the history-making Cup of Nations in Egypt from June 21 can deflect attention away from a string of embarrassing incidents involving them.In recent weeks, CAF president Ahmad Ahmad and senior vice-president Amaju Pinnick and VAR have been dominating the headline space usually reserved for stars like Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.Malagasy Ahmad was questioned by French authorities last week during a probe into corruption, breach of trust and forgery amid reports that CAF illegally changed kit suppliers.Former CAF secretary general Amr Fahmy from Egypt was sacked recently after making various serious accusations against Ahmad.These include corruption, sexual harassment, nepotism and a disregard for CAF statutes by an official who succeeded long-serving Issa Hayatou two years ago on an anti-graft ticket.While Ahmad being questioned in France caused huge embarrassment, the first Cup of Nations with 24 teams and the first to be staged in June and July was receiving lesser prominence.Meanwhile, the Nigerian High Court has ordered Pinnick and four other football officials to stand trial for allegedly stealing millions of dollars intended for football development.And if the image of CAF was not tainted enough, there was a farcical scene in the second leg of the Champions League final with Wydad Casablanca walking off over a disallowed goal.The Moroccan club wanted the goal referred to VAR only to discover that the system malfunctioned before the match began and could not be used.Ahmad and his executives later ruled that the second leg against Esperance Tunis, who were leading 2-1 overall when the second leg was abandoned, must be replayed.There have been numerous VAR controversies since its introduction in Africa last year and it is due to be used during the Cup of Nations, reportedly for the knockout stages.The 2019 Cup of Nations has had its share of drama too as Egypt were named hosts only this January to replace Cameroon, who had fallen behind with preparations.Then, the dates were changed as Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia said players needed more time to recover from Ramadan, when Muslims abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset.Tunisia also wanted certain kick-off times altered, saying the temperatures during afternoon fixtures could exceed 40 degrees celsius (104 fahrenheit), particularly in Cairo. – Egypt slight favourites –Mediterranean city Alexandria, Ismailia and Suez are the other venues for the tournament with hosts Egypt slight favourites to become champions a record-extending eighth time.There have been four Cup of Nations tournaments in Egypt with the home team winning three while finishing third in the other.The Pharaohs will rely heavily on serial scorer Salah, whose penalty set up Liverpool to win the UEFA Champions League final against Tottenham Hotspur this month.Another star who helped Liverpool conquer Europe was Mane, the stand-out performer in a Senegal side aiming to lift the trophy for the first time after finishing 2002 runners-up.Egypt and Senegal are among the six top seeds with defending champions Cameroon, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia.Were the finals staged anywhere except Egypt, Morocco would probably be favourites to succeed again 43 years after their lone success.Their French coach, Herve Renard, is the only one to win the tournament with different countries, guiding no-hopers Zambia to glory in 2012 and repeating the feat with Ivory Coast three years later.The Moroccan stars include winger Hakim Ziyech, part of the Ajax side that stunned Real Madrid and Juventus in the Champions League before a dramatic loss to Tottenham.Nigeria will hope for goals from Arsenal attacker Alex Iwobi while teamwork is the mantra of Tunisia, coached by star 1980s France midfielder Alain Giresse.Cameroon have won three of the last 10 Cup of Nations tournaments and Indomitable Lions legend Roger Milla says “there is no reason why they cannot retain the trophy in Egypt”.Among the second seeds, Ghana, Algeria and the Ivory Coast could go far while the Democratic Republic of Congo and third seeds South Africa are highly unpredictable.Share on: WhatsApp
Facebook21Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Rebekah Finn for Harlequin ProductionsHarlequin Productions’ 27th season of Real. Live. Theater. is shaping up to be one of the most exciting yet, and they’re inviting you to be a part of it. Unlike a subscription for a movie streaming service, a season subscription at Harlequin Productions supports local artists and businesses, and gives you the chance to come face-to-face with art in real time.One local resident recalls how seeing a Harlequin play ignited a curiosity in him as a teenager:Sitting in the front row, I was inches away from Hamlet as he pondered the meaning of life and death, and it sparked something in me like I had never experienced before. Live theater gets you into the mind of another person and forces you to ask questions like nothing else can.In the 2018 season at Harlequin Productions, you can expect to get into the minds of a whole slew of characters who ponder life’s big questions in vastly different ways:The dog of a famous racecar driver who exemplifies loyalty, adventure, and trust;a transvestite in 1930s Berlin who brings joy to a war-torn world through a love of nostalgic artifacts;two famous 1960s New York architects, and their three grown children discovering their secrets after their deaths;a ruthless and talented 8-year-old actress, and the mother and agent who inspire her;and two Chicago cops whose careers are at stake when a split-second decision blurs the line between racism and political correctness;….just to name a few!Don’t be afraid to sing along during Harlequin Production’s Stardust. Photo courtesy: Harlequin Productions.In addition to the above characters, Harlequin’s 27th season also offers heaps of fun in the form of fantastic singing and dancing. The Magical, Mystical, Midsummer Musical in the summer of 2018 will feature local artist Bruce Whitney in celebration of his 30th year of theatrical composing and musical directing. And of course, a season of Olympia theater would be absolutely incomplete without a Stardust holiday show. This year’s Stardust musical starts in November and will feature a title chosen by participants in the Eclectica! season announcement party that happened on April 1, 2017 (if you weren’t there, you sure missed a fun celebration, so be sure to attend next year).Can you see all these shows without buying a subscription? Sure you can! But you’ll save a lot of money if you sign up for the whole season. For example, general admission tickets bought one at a time can add up to over $270 per person, but subscriptions provide a 25% discount! And you can sign up for a plan of small payments over 10 months to make it even easier.The State Theater, built in 1949, is now home to Harlequin Productions. Photo courtesy Karen Crooks.Subscribing will also give you first pick of seats, free ticket exchange and replacement (not offered to one-time ticket buyers), half-price repeat tickets, and many other benefits. But most important of all, you’ll always see the best shows you’ve never heard of and probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise.Call the Box Office at 360-786-0151 or stop by at 202 4th Ave. E in downtown Olympia to subscribe, and visit www.harlequinproductions.org for more information.
Photos by Patrick Olivero The Stars and Stripes are fluttering in the breeze across the Two River area in anticipation of the Fourth of July weekend. Whether a large, solitary Old Glory, a row of tiny flags, draped and flowing bunting or a ribbon of red, white and blue, decorations around the towns are getting people in the celebratory spirit. But as with most events this year, 2020’s Independence Day festivities will be low-key affairs because of continuing COVID-19 restrictions. While the traditional spectacular fireworks over the Navesink River will be on display July 3, there is no accompanying family fun event and spectators who do venture out to view the show are asked to observe social distancing guidelines. The article originally appeared in the July 2 – 8, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.
Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members There are two camps in the green building world. One camp — the one focusing on energy efficiency — gets most of the world’s attention. The other camp — natural builders who favor materials like mud, straw, and sticks — usually gets short shrift.My roots are firmly in the natural building community. When I was a poor hippie in the 1970s, I built a house from materials I gathered in the woods or found at the dump. Most of my Vermont friends were doing the same thing back then.In my opinion, today’s green builders need to pay attention to natural builders. In most cases, a small cob-walled house with hand-split cedar shake roofing has a much smaller carbon footprint than a typical zero-energy home. (For an extended discussion of the split in the green building community, see “Low-Road Buildings Are Homeowner-Friendly.”)At GBA, I’ve tried (and mostly failed) to highlight the accomplishments of natural builders. In my attempts, I’ve swum against the tide: most of the questions posted by GBA readers concern energy efficiency, not the use of natural materials.With that background in mind, I’m happy to take this opportunity to recommend a book, Mudgirls Manifesto, that focuses on natural building. (Mudgirls Manifesto is available from New Society Publishers for $19.50.)If you look at American residential builders who are now in their 60s and 70s, you’ll find that a large percentage of this group started out as hippie builders. The cohort of hippie builders who began working in the late 1960s and 1970s created many cultural ripples: for example, we were largely responsible for the success of Fine Homebuilding magazine and the Journal of Light Construction.As part of the counterculture, many of us were unapologetically out to change the world. Looking back, one of… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.
Leicester boss Rodgers: Chilwell has ‘scary’ potentialby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrendan Rodgers says Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell has ‘scary’ potential.The England international, 22, has been scouted by Manchester City and Manchester United in recent times.As one of the first names on his team-sheet, Foxes boss Rodgers has been wowed by Chilwell’s room for growth.”The beauty with Ben is the more I work with him, the more I realise how much he is going to improve,” said Rodgers.”It is scary really. He has only really broken through in the last couple of years and yet when I talk to him he is learning and wanting to learn all the time, so he has still got levels to come up.”It’s frightening because he is up there with the best at this level. He is young and he is only going to get better. Like James [Maddison], they are hungry to improve and that is important.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Story Highlights “The public wants to see an efficient and timely justice system, and, above all else, that was my primary consideration. So, I am confident that Justice Sykes will act in the role of Chief Justice and very soon will fully assume the role of Chief Justice,” Mr. Holness said, adding that “actions that bring result, will determine the assumption”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has expressed confidence that Justice Bryan Sykes, who has been appointed to act as Chief Justice, will effectively carry out his role in the public’s interest.He said Justice Sykes was appointed based on his “extraordinary legal insights, clarity and erudition”, adding that his “discipline, structure, efficiency and timeliness recommends him highly to this office”.He noted that the Government “looked carefully in selecting someone who we thought is not just erudite in his judgements, but someone who will focus as well on the efficiency of the system”.Timely justice outcomes and strengthening of the rule of law are objectives of the medium-term goal for the development of Jamaica, recently approved by Cabinet.“The public wants to see an efficient and timely justice system, and, above all else, that was my primary consideration. So, I am confident that Justice Sykes will act in the role of Chief Justice and very soon will fully assume the role of Chief Justice,” Mr. Holness said, adding that “actions that bring result, will determine the assumption”.Mr. Sykes was sworn in by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, during a ceremony at King’s House on February 1. He replaces Hon. Zaila McCalla, who has retired.The Prime Minister said the Government has noted, carefully, the calls that have been made regarding how the process of appointing a Chief Justice should be done and gave the assurance that “I hear them and I think about them very carefully”.“My ultimate responsibility is to protect the public’s interest, and I believe that the selection that I have made by the authority invested in me, and the Governor-General through his authority has fulfilled that, is the best way to advance the public’s interest,” Mr. Holness said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has expressed confidence that Justice Bryan Sykes, who has been appointed to act as Chief Justice, will effectively carry out his role in the public’s interest. He said Justice Sykes was appointed based on his “extraordinary legal insights, clarity and erudition”, adding that his “discipline, structure, efficiency and timeliness recommends him highly to this office”.