Leads to your pocket

first_imgAcaboom has launched a one of a kind new app for iOS and Android mobile devices ‘Acaboom In Your Pocket’ that helps busy agents win instructions on the move. Aware of the lull between visiting a prospect for valuation and receiving instruction, or knowing when is best to follow up, Acaboom developed the app, which sends agents a notification each time a prospect is viewing their marketing proposal. Teamed with a ‘click to instruct’ button a prospect can click directly from the proposal, this ensures agents get the very best chance of being instructed.As well as offering solutions for post appraisal engagement, the app also ensures agents avoid the ‘dead time’ associated with heading back to the office to print documents, gather reports and prepare for meetings and valuations.Pre-appointment information can automatically be sent to the app, containing a wealth of knowledge including client insight reports from social media, Google Street View and historic sale dates and prices – all providing rich information to build a relationship with the homeowner.Using the app, customised presentation can be ready in minutes to share even using 3G.Brian Farrell, MD of Acaboom, said, “This addition to Acaboom’s technology suite illustrates our interest in building the most advanced solutions for busy agents, helping them to win instructions on the move. The agents who are timely, relevant and digitally savvy will win.”www.acaboom.co.ukAcaboom Acaboom In Your Pocket app for iOS and Android mobile devices proptech app Brian Farrell November 25, 2020Jenny van BredaWhat’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 » Leads to your pocket previous nextProptechLeads to your pocketThe Negotiator25th November 2020042 Viewslast_img read more

USS William P. Lawrence Conducts First Strait of Hormuz Transit

first_img View post tag: Lawrence View post tag: Transit Back to overview,Home naval-today USS William P. Lawrence Conducts First Strait of Hormuz Transit Share this article View post tag: P. USS William P. Lawrence Conducts First Strait of Hormuz Transit View post tag: Defence View post tag: Hormuz View post tag: conducts View post tag: Defense View post tag: USScenter_img View post tag: Navy Training & Education View post tag: first The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) transited the Strait of Hormuz and entered the Arabian Gulf for the ship’s first time, March 1.The Strait of Hormuz is a vital waterway in the region. At its widest, the strait spans 21 miles, and offers the only sea passage into the Arabian Gulf.“The fact that the waterway is so narrow makes this a dangerous evolution,” said Lt. Jason Bardin, the senior officer on watch during the transit. “It is important not to escalate tensions while in transit. This is an innocent passage, we are not here to provoke but promote security and partnership.”Cmdr. Jana Vavasseur, commanding officer of William P. Lawrence said the transit was a success.“We came through smoothly with no major issues,” said Vavasseur. “Everything was handled professionally and safely.”Vavasseur explained that the ship’s success was due to training and the crew’s teamwork.“We’ve gone through extensive training, our joint task force exercise and composite training unit exercise experience helped us very specifically,” said Vavasseur. “We were able to build off of that training and build a terrific team. Whether it’s a direct role for a specific mission or a supporting role, every role is important.”In a typical week, more than 500 ships will sail through the Strait of Hormuz. 300 of these ships are energy carriers representing 40% of the world’s seaborne traded oil; the rest carry other maritime commerce critical to the vitality of nations in the Gulf and elsewhere in the region.William P. Lawrence, on her maiden deployment, is deployed with the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 5, 2013 View post tag: News by topic March 5, 2013 View post tag: Naval View post tag: William View post tag: Straitlast_img read more

Thales establishing UK office for work on Type 31 frigates

first_img Photo: Photo: Thales France-based defense contractor Thales is opening a UK office for work on the Royal Navy’s future Type 31 frigate program.The company said it would be joining the Babcock-led team which is proposing the Arrowhead design for the new class of general-purpose frigates for the Royal Navy.Should the Arrowhead proposal be accepted, Thales would develop its Tacticos naval combat management system for the ships.The company said the Type 31 mission system activity customization would create a significant number of high-tech jobs in the UK and also within a wider supply chain.Dubbed the “UK Combat System Centre of Excellence”, the new office will extend technical capabilities at Thales sites in Bristol and Crawley.“We are looking forward to continuing the close working relationship we have established with Babcock on delivering this pathfinder programme,” Eddie Awang, VP Defence Mission Systems for Thales in the UK. “The mission suite we are proposing for Type 31 is tried and proven and also offers the capabilities to deliver a truly digital and innovative solution for the Royal Navy.”The UK plans to spend £1.25 billion to develop and build five Type 31 ships, giving an average price of £250 million per ship. The first vessel would be delivered in 2023, with all five newbuilds to be delivered by the end of 2028.Three shipbuilding teams are currently in the running for the program. In addition to the Arrowhead proposal, a BAE Systems-led team is proposing the Leander design while Germany’s Atlas Elektronik is at the head of a team that is likely pitching a variation of the Meko 200 frigate design from Blohm + Voss. View post tag: Type 31 View post tag: Thales Share this articlelast_img read more

Oxford’s Vice-Chancellor highest paid in UK

first_imgA statement from the Russell Group also gave a defence, stating, “In view of the ongoing financial challenges that universities are facing, many Vice-Chancellors agreed to only very modest increases, pay freezes, or even pay cuts in recent years. The average Russell Group Vice-Chancellor’s pay increase was lower than both UK inflation and the country’s average pay rise of 1.8%.”However many feel that for the Vice-Chancellor’s salary to have increased in light of the imminent rise in tuition fees and budget cuts across the education sector is an insensitive misjudgement. The average pay of a UK CEO amounts to just over £122,000, less than a third of the Vice-Chancellor’s salary. A third year student regarded this situation as “ridiculous.”However a university spokesperson responded, “According to most national league tables Oxford is the number one university in the UK. It makes a major contribution to the economic prosperity of the UK and the UK’s position in the world, as well as to tackling global challenges through its research.” He added, “Its research output is vast, it has an almost billion-pound-a-year turnover not including the colleges and OUP, and it has great institutional complexity. Its Vice-Chancellor’s salary reflects that.”Dr Wendy Piatt, Director General of the Russell Group, also defended the pay of Vice-Chancellors, commenting, “Russell Group Vice-Chancellors lead complex multi-million pound organisations that succeed on a global stage. First-rate leadership is crucial if our universities are to continue to excel in such a challenging economic climate.” She added, “That Russell Group universities still punch well above their weight on the international stage despite being under-resourced in comparison with their international competitors is in large part testimony to the quality of their leadership.”Comparisons have been made to the pay of the international counterparts of the Vice-Chancellor, since in the U.S. heads of institutions are frequently paid salaries that pass the $1 million (£650,000) mark. This has fuelled concerns that the rising pay-packets of university heads are an indication of the increasing commercialisation of the university sector.Meanwhile Sally Hunt, the General Secretary of the University and College Trade Union said that the findings meant the government’s crackdown on excessive executive pay should extend to universities. She called for increased transparency and accountability for salary levels. Hunt told Cherwell, “Vice-Chancellors improved pay and perks are bound to raise eyebrows, especially when university staff have taken a real-terms pay cut of 7% since 2009. Unless there is proper scrutiny of vice chancellors’ pay and perks then stories of unaccountable increases will continue to embarrass the sector at a time when it is suffering punitive financial cuts.”The main political parties are all vying to lead calls for a crackdown on executive pay, with David Cameron saying it made “people’s blood boil.” In light of this, many are calling for the pay of Vice Chancellors to be subject to similar scrutiny, with Ms. Hunt calling for employees and students of universities to be included on the remuneration boards that decide the pay of the Vice-Chancellor.The Vice-Chancellor’s pay is currently decided by an Independent Remuneration Council which includes academics as well as experts from outside the sector. It has been revealed that the Oxford University Vice Chancellor receives the highest salary of anyone with an equivalent position in the UK. Andrew Hamilton receives £424,000 in salary, benefits, and pension contributions. His Cambridge counterpart receives £258,000, while the typical teaching academic can expect to be paid £42,263 on average.The benefits that the Vice Chancellor is able to claim follow the university guidelines for all staff, although part of his total remuneration includes travel expenses to return to the US a certain number of times a year. He is also given health insurance and access to a driver “for work transport only”, although this staff member is not solely for Hamilton’s use.The Vice Chancellor is required to live in a University-owned residence due to his position. The University gave some justification, commenting that the residence was used professionally, allowing Hamilton to entertain guests. They added that the property was fully owned by the university, so they incurred no costs from this arrangement other than for the property’s general upkeep.The university stated there are no additional benefits other than these for the Vice Chancellor, who does not receive bonuses. Cherwell last year reported that the Director of Oxford University Endowment Management Ltd received a salary of £600,000 in 2010, making her the highest paid university administrator in the country. However in 2011 no member of university staff received a pay packet that exceeded £520,000. 65 members of staff are on a salary that exceeds that of the Prime Minister whereas last year more than 70 University officials earned more than Cameron’s £142,500. Andrew Hamilton receives £424,000 in salary, benefits, and pension contributions. His Cambridge counterpart receives £258,000, while the typical teaching academic can expect to be paid £42,263 on average.The benefits that the Vice-Chancellor is able to claim follow the university guidelines for all staff, although part of his total remuneration includes travel expenses to return to the US a certain number of times a year. He is also given health insurance and access to a driver “for work transport only”, although this staff member is not solely for Hamilton’s use.The Vice-Chancellor is required to live in a University-owned residence due to his position. The University gave some justification, commenting that the residence was used professionally, allowing Hamilton to entertain guests. They added that the property was fully owned by the university, so they incurred no costs from this arrangement other than for the property’s general upkeep.The university stated there are no additional benefits other than these for the Vice-Chancellor, who does not receive bonuses. Cherwell last year reported that the Director of Oxford University Endowment Management Ltd received a salary of £600,000 in 2010, making her the highest paid university administrator in the country. However in 2011 no member of university staff received a pay packet that exceeded £520,000.65 members of staff are on a salary that exceeds that of the Prime Minister whereas last year more than 70 University officials earned more than Cameron’s £142,500.Vice Chancellors of the elite Russell Group universities saw their pay packets increase by 0.4% last year, although Oxford University said that this rise was reflected in the salary of all staff and was well below the rate of inflation. The rate of inflation was 4.8% in November 2011.last_img read more

Former Oxford local branded “Jihadi Jack”

first_imgMr Letts’ parents, speaking to The Guardian about how he learned Arabic, said, “He dropped out of school and taught himself Arabic on his own because he wanted to be useful; said he wanted to help medical staff but had no medical skills.” When he first left Britain in 2014, he is believed to have told his parents that he was traveling to Kuwait to study Arabic.Mr Letts himself has made it clear that he is not a member of IS. In correspondence with The Independent over Facebook, he described how he felt about his media coverage. “It’s sort of awkward when the media thinks you’re ISIS and you’re not,” he said. Speaking about his frustration with the way the British media covered converts to Islam, he said, “The formula with the media is simple: English guy became Muslim + went to the Middle East + followed Islam = ISIS + eats babies x evil.”In a case where many of the facts remain uncertain, there has been concern in Oxford University’s Muslim community that Jack’s case represents another case of the national press jumping to conclusions about the behaviour of young British Muslims. Sameer Farooq, OU Islamic Society’s Media and Student Politics Chair, brought this story to Cherwell’s attention because of the lack of clarity of the case. Cherwell has spoken to a number of Oxford students who would like to remain anonymous who have said that conclusions about Mr Letts have been drawn too soon.Writing in response to the media coverage, the leaders of Oxford’s four leading mosques have released a statement in which they expressed their support for Mr Letts’ family. The statement reads, “We are deeply shocked and saddened to hear from reports that the individual named as Jack Letts has travelled to war-torn Syria.“Although the exact nature of his visit has yet to be confirmed, our thoughts and prayers are with the Letts family in Oxford, at what must be a very difficult and distressing time for them.”Moving on, the leaders maintained their commitment to the handling of extremist behaviour in the Oxford Muslim community, saying, “Mosques in Oxford have measures in place to promptly report any form of extremist and suspicious behaviour, and such measures will continue to be developed and implemented in liaison with and following advice and guidance from local law enforcement authorities.” A former student of the local Cherwell Academy School is alleged to have become a member of the Islamic State group (IS). Labelled ‘Jihadi Jack’ by a number of news agencies, including the Mail Online, Jack Letts denies being a member of the Islamic State group. The former Oxford resident, aged 20, is thought by some to be living in the IS-occupied city of Raqqa with an Iraqi wife and a son, Muhammed.Claims that their son has joined the Islamic State have been refuted by his Oxford-based parents. Speaking in an interview with The Guardian, his father stated that “Jack never had a weapon, never posed in a photo with a weapon, but every article mentions it.” He went on to describe his response to media coverage of his son’s situation, saying, “It’s all insinuation, forcing connections that don’t exist.” In an earlier discussion with The Times, his parents said that he had told them that he was in Syria as long ago as September 2014.Mr Letts has been depicted in Facebook photos at the Tabqa Dam in Syria, famously thought to be one of the main hideouts of IS’ leadership. The emergence of this photo has prompted questions over to what extent he has been engaged with the terrorist organisation.Classmates of the organic farmer’s son have spoken about their experiences of him. Described in The Independent as “very much the class clown” and “liked by a lot of students,” Mr Letts is described to have been an avid Liverpool Football Club fan, who prior to his conversion to Islam was known to have drunk alcohol.Thought to be a fan of the street artist, Banksy, Mr Letts is rumoured to have first taken interest in Islam during the Arab Spring in 2011. He is subsequently thought to have attended Oxford’s Madina Masjid.Over time, it is thought that the young convert to Islam became of increasing interest to the local authorities. It is understood that the police had raided his family home two times before he left, confiscating laptops and mobile phones. The police, however, do not seem to have found any evidence that he had broken any laws.last_img read more

Thunderstorms Knock Out Power to Small Number of O.C. Homes

first_imgTom Sofield passed along this photo of flooding in the area of 21st and 22nd streets on Monday morning.A lightning strike on Monday morning knocked out power to about 132 homes near the Rite Aid pharmacy at 14th Street and West Avenue, according to Atlantic City Electric.A power outage map estimated the service would be restored by 2 p.m.A line of thunderstorms passed over Ocean City early on Monday. A heavy downpour that coincided with an 8 a.m. bayside high tide this morning flooded some streets with poor drainage.Atlantic City Electric power outage map as of early Monday afternoon.last_img

Awards winners honoured

first_imgTwo Baking Industry Awards 2005 winners and one finalist have been made members of the Incorporation of Bakers of Glasgow, in recognition of their achievement at the awards, organised by British Baker.Celebration Cake Maker of the Year Debra Cunningham and Student Baker of the Year Andrew Fairley, as well as highly commended Daniel Smith, received the honour at Glasgow Trades House last month. Before collecting the honour from the Deacon, Norrie Fyfe, they were granted Freeman Citizenship of the city of Glasgow, which is necessary to become a member of the Incorporation.Ms Cunningham is head of the cake decorating department at 44-shop Skeltons Bakery based in Hull. Andrew Fairley and Daniel Smith are both from Greggs North East.The Incorporation is part of the Glasgow Trades House, set up over 400 years ago to look after workers and their families involved in 14 major crafts.last_img read more

PREMIERE: Benjamin Shock & Marina Martensson Release Mellow New Single, “It’s A Shame”

first_imgSlovenian DJ/producer Benjamin Shock is most known for spinning house and hip-hop beats on radio shows and European underground labels as well as for a number of hip-hop artists. His first house track, titled “Get Down, was released by the German house label Discogalaxy on both vinyl and digital. Shock is also one-half of the electro/funk/ house duo called Fatnatikz — the other half is his good friend and fellow Slovenian, Gramatik. In 2014, Shock dropped “Feel Da Phunk,” which was the first of many singles he’s released via Gramatik’s Lowtemp label. In addition to the tracks he’s produced, Shock proved his versatility as a DJ when he won third place in the Burn Residency DJ Contest. “It’s really hard for me to play or produce only one specific style of dance music,” Shock said. “I like to keep my sets dynamic as well as in the studio. It all depends on the vibe and the crowd on the dance floor.”Gramatik Features Eric Krasno On Vocals And Guitar For This Collaborative New Track, “Recovery”Shock’s latest single, “It’s A Shame,”  is featured on Lowtemp’s third installment of its compilation series, Lowtemporary, which is due out soon. Thanks to the soulful vocals of Swedish singer Marina Martensson and creative input from guitarist Teo Collori, “It’s A Shame” is a moody number with a chill vibe, reminiscent of Portishead or Massive Attack. As singer Marina Martensson noted about the song’s creation process, “The second I heard the beat and guitar playing, I started singing the words that would later become the verse more or less unchanged. The process was immediate.”Live For Live Music proudly premieres the latest from Benjamin Shock, “It’s A Shame” featuring Marina Martensson, below. You can also head over to Benjamin Shock’s Facebook or Soundcloud for more information about and tunes from the producer and DJ.last_img read more

Widespread Panic Honor Tom Petty & Col. Bruce For NYE Show

first_imgWidespread Panic finished their three-night run at the world-renowned Fox Theater in Atlanta with an opening set that featured an acoustic John Bell who was seated in center stage. The atmosphere was intimate, and when Vic Chestnutt’s song “Let’s Get Down to Business” got started, it felt like the band was playing in a living room. The band last played this song at Red Rocks Amphitheater this summer and it foreshadowed a special night to come.Bloodkin’s song “Who Do You Belong To?” quickened the tempo of the show, before another Bloodkin’s cover, the regretful tune, “Can’t Get High”, slowed the tempo back down thereafter. “Driving Song” became the first original song played, which they gave appropriate treatment with an exceptional jam sandwich with another original, “Jamais Vu”, squeezed in between the two lengthy verses of “Driving Song.” The “Jamais Vu” was eloquently slow and contrasted perfectly in juxtaposition with the progressively upbeat breakdown of “Driving Song”.JoJo Hermann stood out during the next song, an original, “Time Waits” with a jazzy ragtime feel that transformed the regal theater into a backstop honky-tonk roadhouse located far off the beaten path. To finish the short, but sentimental and sweet first set, the band aced their own classic tune, “Wondering”, before walking off the stage for the first time.The second set began with a blazin’ hot “Disco”, which featured masterful solos by every member of the band in their characteristic roundabout style. The band kept the pedal to the floor and brought a level of intensity fitting for this New Year’s Eve. The fervent energy was off the charts as the band segued into the epic crowd favorite—the drum-heavy, “Fishwater”. This extended jam presented the virtuoso musicians an opportunity to demonstrate their expertise, which they executed seamlessly. Dave Schools provided back-up vocals while holding down a heavy bass line while Jimmy Herring and JoJo carved meaty slices throughout the constant bombardment of Duane Truck’s and Sunny Ortiz’s powerful drumlines.The music didn’t stop as the band charged headfirst into a spectacularly comprehensive rendition of the original “Tie Your Shoes.” Another rarity, “Sleepy Monkey”, promptly followed with its mellow reggae tone and quick and crisp guitar licks provided capably by Jimmy Herring. The heated intensity of the music threated to spontaneously combust the rowdy members of the audience, so the band transitioned without pause into the wild and feral jam “Chilly Water”, and the balcony seats obliged the lower level seats with the obligatory flying cups of hydration. Though often dismissed as a superficial party-anthem, the song possesses deep themes of private vs. public domain by relating the story of a thirsty cowboy desperate for a drink of water from a rancher’s well.Adding to the celebration, the band played a deliberate and jubilant “Ribs and Whiskey” after a brief pause. Another crowd favorite, this saucy jam kept the crowd dancin’ to set up a psychedelic “Pigeons” to close the second set in grandiose fashion. Altogether, the second set was absolutely fire. Seven songs were played for a total of seventy-one minutes, averaging over ten minutes a song with smooth, ceaseless transitions between the first five songs.Before the third set began, the band’s tour manager, Steve Lopez, took center stage to thank the staff of Fox Theater and to commemorate the life of Colonel Bruce Hampton before counting down to midnight. The new year continued the traditions of the past with three consecutive tributes to Colonel Bruce. Widespread Panic began the final set with a moving rendition of “Basically Frightened” which they last played with Colonel Bruce in 2011. Jimmy Herring’s playing was especially emotional and sincere as a former bandmate to the beloved Colonel. John Bell gave an outstanding performance to capture the tone and vocal delivery for the tributes and gave the songs a Colonel-esque authenticity.“Basically Frightened”[Video: MrTopdogger]“Yield Not To Temptation”[Video: MrTopdogger]The band followed with a first-time-played rendition of “Yield Not to Temptation”, a skippy Bobby Bland cover. Progressing deeper into the mystical cosmos of their long-time mentor and friend, Col. Bruce, the band then performed a scintillating version of “I’m So Glad”. John Bell played his mandolin for the self-reflective, positive anthem “Ain’t Life Grand?” which is a guaranteed riot for the crowd as the seats emptied and the aisles filled with jumpin’ and hollerin’ zealots.The drums to “Surprise Valley” kept the level of excitement through the roof, and only magnified further when they sandwiched a glorious version of “Greta” in the middle of the celestial jam. Duane Trucks and Sonny Ortiz berated their percussion kits following “Greta” before finishing the second half of “Surprise Valley.” A fiery tribute to Tom Petty, “Honey Bee”, re-emerged for the second time played- with the first time played being two months ago on Ladies’ Night of the Halloween run in Las Vegas. J.J. Cale’s song “Travellin’ Light” trailed “Honey Bee” with the necessary reminder that “traveling light is the only way to fly.” Finally, to finish an extraordinarily impressive third and final set, the band closed with a slow and passionate version of Neil Young’s “Last Dance”.“Honey Bee”After a short break, the band returned to the stage with the audience still on their feet to play the rarely played, and extremely cherished “Expiration Day”. This Vic Chestnutt cover venerates the humble and simple life of an everyday worker, and the band performed this song impeccably. As the second encore, the rock and roll legends played a succinct and formidable “Postcard”. You would be fortunate to hear one of these songs at a show, to see both rarities jammed back-to-back as encores was incredible. As the grand finale of the run, the band reveled in the classic original “Porch Song” to finish the night and their three-night stay at the Fox Theater.I’d like to give a special thank you to Eugene and Antonio of Fox Theater for their hard work and love for the community (as well as the other employees who made sure everyone had a safe and enjoyable time). Also, sincere thanks to a new friend, John from Smyrna who accommodated our band of weary travelers.Setlist: Widespread Panic | Fox Theatre | Atlanta, GA | 12/31/2017Set One: Let’s Get Down To Business, Who Do You Belong To?, Can’t Get High, Driving Song > Jamais Vu > Driving Song, Time Waits, WonderingSet Two: Disco > Fishwater > Tie Your Shoes > Sleepy Monkey > Chilly Water, Ribs & Whiskey, PigeonsSet Three: Basically Frightened, Yield Not To Temptation, I’m So Glad, Ain’t Life Grand*, Surprise Valley > Greta > Drums > Surprise Valley, Honey Bee, Travelin’ Light, Last DanceEncore: Expiration Day, Postcard, Porch Song[Photo: Josh Timmermans (Noble Visions) via Widespread Panic’s Facebook page]last_img read more