Viewber claims outsourced viewings ARE gaining traction

first_imgHome » News » Viewber claims outsourced viewings ARE gaining traction previous nextViewber claims outsourced viewings ARE gaining tractionCompany co-founder says it has completed 6,500 viewings and has 2,200-strong ‘Viewber army’ a year after starting up.Nigel Lewis12th September 201701,757 Views Outsourced viewings service Viewber has revealed its results from the company’s first year of operation.Co-founder Ed Mead says the proptech firm has completed 6,500 viewings, has 500 clients including several large, but undisclosed, sales and lettings agents. He also say it now has a ‘Viewber army’ of over 2,200 freelance local operatives.High points of its first 12 months in business have included a block booking of 188 viewings requested by one client, and a requested viewing that came in at 5.45am for an 8.45am viewing the same day.But Mead also admits that demand got off to a slow start with just 50 viewings during the first three months from September to November last year.“I always knew this service was part of the future and increasingly useful to busy agents and other industry players, who face squeezed margins and increased competition,” says Ed.“Agents, buyers and tenants now expect service on demand, which is often late, at short notice or at weekends. Viewber can help support a business freeing up teams to spend more time putting deals together and less out on the road.”Outsourced viewingsViewbers was launched after Ed decided to bring his expertise, along with co-founder and IT entrepreneur Marcus de Ferranti (both pictured, above), to bear on the problem of how agents juggle unpredictable demand for viewings both the residential and commercial property market.Investors in the company include several of its employees including finance team member Sophie Lyons plus a member of the Mead family, tech investor Richard Cunningham and former Foxtons and Marsh & Parsons boss Peter Rollings.Viewber also recently hired Kate Campbell-Balcombe who as well as being a former Countrywide branch manager also has wide experience in outsourcing both within the property and utilities industries.“It has been a phenomenal year and it’s hard to believe we’ve achieved so much in such a short space of time. We’re looking and planning ahead and the future looks every bit as promising,”says Ed.Viewber was recently shortlisted for an award during last week’s judging at The Negotiator Awards due to take place at the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane on the evening of 31st October.Ed Mead Viewber September 12, 2017Nigel 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 2021last_img read more

Russia to Resume Bulava Trials in Summer

first_img View post tag: Summer Industry news View post tag: trials View post tag: News by topic Russia to Resume Bulava Trials in Summer View post tag: Bulava Several test launches of ballistic missile Bulava will be conducted in the summer of 2012, reports RIA Novosti referring to a source in Russian Navy Main HQ. All launches including a salvo one will be held under the missile commissioning program. Bulava missiles will be launched by Project 955 Borei nuclear-powered submarine Yury Dolgoruky. Meanwhile, Russian defense minister Anatoly Serdiukov earlier said that the Bulava state flight tests had been already finished.“Flight development tests of Bulava missile system have been successfully completed. Estimated commissioning date is October 2012“, Serdiukov said. So far, seventeen test launches of SLBM Bulava were held; seven of them failed. The missile was supposed to join Russian Navy by the end of 2011, but delays in the trial program made the military postpone that event to later date.Bulava will become the basic weapon of Project 955 Borei nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines; as is expected, the first sub would be put in service along with the missile. Bulava is capable to carry up to 10 hypersonic maneuverable nuclear reentry vehicles and destroy enemy assets at the range up to 8,000 km.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 22, 2012; Image: ssbn Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia to Resume Bulava Trials in Summer center_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Resume View post tag: Naval View post tag: Russia March 22, 2012 Share this articlelast_img read more

Royal Navy embraces Blyth spirit at tall ships regatta

first_img View post tag: Royal Navy Share this article More than 350,000 people converged on the small Northumbrian port of Blyth, where HMS Grimsby, Tyne and Explorer helped the majestic tall ships on the latest leg of their summer tour.The two warships were part of a substantial Royal Navy contingent at the four-day North Sea Tall Ships Regatta, which drew in members of the public from as far away as Birmingham, and matelots from as far away as Gosport.Engineers from Sultan made the 720-mile round trip with three veteran helicopters – a recently-decommissioned Search-and-Rescue Sea King, Lynx and Gazelle – which were surrounded by lengthy queues throughout the event, despite never leaving the ground.Students helped to bring P2000 HMS Explorer up the coast from Hull, then manned the Gazelle.And reservists from HMS Calliope just down the coast in Gateshead set up a recruiting stand and were active ambassadors for the Senior Service throughout the ‘naval village’.Their efforts helped drum up 30 potential spare-time sailors, while the local careers office proved nearly as successful with its recruiting efforts – more than two dozen genuine candidates for the Armed Forces.A diving tank is always popular and Northern Diving Group’s water-filled glass box provided entertainment throughout.Those who didn’t fancy getting soaked could watch the divers show off their bomb disposal skills and share their advice and guidance to members of the public considering a diving career.A display of survival equipment also drew the crowds – thanks chiefly to the ability to don the kit, which always works with youngsters.Other young people were providing the entertainment: cadet units from Ashington/Whitley Bay and Fenham performed music, drill and hornpipe dancing.Grimsby’s sailors had to cope with 150 visitors flowing through her passageways every hour during the three days she was open to the public – and continued giving tours when not, this time to cadet groups and members of the RNR.Her gangways were closed on the fourth day of the festival for she, Tyne and Explorer acted as guardships for the ‘parade of sail’ as the tall ships left British shores for Gothenburg in Sweden.The line of 19 sailing vessels – with Tyne and Grimsby at the front and Explorer at the rear of the line – stretched for more than six miles along the coast, watched by an estimated 60,000 spectators.“As well as being a hugely popular spectacle, the event also allowed the warships to hone their skills in tactical communication as they led the parade out of Blyth,” explained Tyne’s navigator Lt Cdr Mike Rydiard.With the elegance of the parade over, the sailing ships lined up on the start line –the passage to Sweden is actually a 500-nautical-mile race, with the first vessels expected in Gothenburg by the weekend.Tyne and Grimsby took up position at the pivot point of the start line, while Explorer then took up position to indicate the ‘No Go’ Zone to make sure none of the ship’s had an unfair advantage.With the race director aboard Tyne, it was that ship’s job to signal the start of the race, which she did with several blasts on her siren“The whole day was fantastic,” said Tyne’s Executive Officer Lt Craig Clark, who took part in the 2005 Tall Ships Race.“It was a real privilege to be on the other side and lead the parade with Tyne representing the Royal Navy. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience which I am very fortunate to have been a part of.” Training & Education Royal Navy embraces Blyth spirit at tall ships regatta August 31, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy embraces Blyth spirit at tall ships regatta last_img read more

As complex as a toy

first_img In this video, we see spinning toys with peculiar preferences for direction and orientation, a propeller that rotates by vibrations, and how to screw a nut on a bolt using an electric toothbrush. To learn more, view the “Toys in Applied Mathematics” video. Tokieda is spending his year as the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fellow making his scientific toys widely available by developing durable models, Web-based presentations, texts, photos, and movies. He’s also discovering new toys, sharing his ideas with audiences, and developing an exhibition — which opened this month in Byerly Hall — to bring these concepts to the public.Though the toys tend to be simple, the scientific concepts behind them often are not. It’s that combination of a simple object, surprising behavior, and sophisticated underlying principles that Tokieda is looking for, and that he hopes will draw in others from different scientific backgrounds.“It’s not that I knew a piece of science and designed a simple toy to illustrate; I find a raw phenomena … interesting to children and professional scientists alike,” Tokieda said. “Professional scientists may find it even more interesting than a child would. … Children and great professors of Harvard University can share the surprise.”Tokieda’s goal is to convince people that science isn’t just something performed in remote laboratories by formula-spouting specialists in white coats. Rather, it is alive, fascinating, and present all around.“We have the impression of science as institutionalized and of scientists with thick glasses and lab coats,” Tokieda said. “If you believe science is all around us, as it is, you should be able to find science everywhere. It is in the daily life of everyone.”Tokieda grew up in Japan thinking he would become an artist. When he was 14, he left home for high school in Bordeaux, France, where he began studying languages. He later returned to Tokyo to specialize in classics.When he was in his 20s, he picked up a book about a Russian physicist who disdained people not proficient in calculus. Tokieda hadn’t even heard of calculus and set about remedying the situation. Learning first from books and then through formal lessons, he discovered he enjoyed math. He left the classics and continued his studies in mathematics, eventually earning a doctorate from Princeton University and joining the faculty at Cambridge.To find new toys, Tokieda keeps his attitude playful and his eyes open. In the introduction to his Radcliffe exhibit, he describes the oft-cited scenario of a small child opening a present and, intrigued by the paper, playing with that instead of the toy.Many scientists are like an older child opening the same package. They know what’s supposed to be interesting, so they focus on that, forgetting the potential magic of the unconventional: the crinkly paper.“I am suggesting that in science,” Tokieda wrote, “we rediscover the eyes of the child.”Tadashi Tokieda’s exhibit will have extended hours on Monday (Oct. 28) as part of Radcliffe Open Yard, a public event from 4:30 to 6 p.m. that will highlight his show, an exhibit of items from the Betty Friedan collection at the Schlesinger Library, and a new public art garden.  In the Byerly Hall Gallery, Harvard students will demonstrate and explain the toys and the scientific principles they illustrate.  The exhibit closes on Nov. 1. <a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Tadashi Tokieda drops a small cedar ball into an empty soup bowl and begins swirling the bowl on a tabletop with his hand.As the bowl moves in circles, so does the ball. Tokieda adds a second ball and a third, and they swirl, too. When he adds a fourth, the balls’ smooth movements become jerky. A fifth and sixth add to the confusion as the balls are influenced not just by the bowl’s movement, but also by their interactions with each other.A seventh ball triggers something odd. The confusion subsides, and the balls, now influenced largely by their interactions with each other, begin to swirl in the opposite direction of the bowl’s motion. Tokieda explains that the change is analogous to the shift of particles moving freely in a gas to those crowded in a liquid.“A transition takes place,” Tokieda tells the crowd watching his demonstration earlier this month at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study’s Fay House. “It’s metaphorically like vapor condensing to water.”Tokieda, director of studies in mathematics at Cambridge University’s Trinity Hall, is spending this academic year as a Radcliffe Fellow. His day job at Cambridge involves high-level geometry and the mathematics of Hamiltonian systems, a type of mechanics that describes the movement of planets.But Tokieda is also interested in toys.Several years ago, Tokieda decided to use simple toys to demonstrate to family and friends the complex mathematical problems on which he works. As he searched for illuminating objects from everyday life, he came across surprising behavior — sometimes complex behavior — routinely exhibited by simple objects. Eventually, his search for objects with which to teach became a search for objects from which to learn.To date, Tokieda has collected, invented, and analyzed more than 100 “toys,” ranging from spinning plastic tubes to small tops, a Slinky to illustrate tension and gravity, a mug and a spoon to tap out bell-like sounds, and glass jars partially filled with rice that roll down wooden ramps at varying speeds because of differences in how the rice moves inside the jars.Toys in everyday sciencelast_img read more

Swim, Ride, Run

first_imgA swimmer leaves the James River and heads for the bike leg of last year’s Rocketts Landing Triathlon in Richmond. Photo: Richmond MultisportsReady to complete the racing trifecta? This summer the South is loaded with triathlons of all distances—from fast sprints to the long slog of the mighty Ironman.Rocketts Landing Triathlon Richmond, Va. • July 24 Racers traverse the best of Richmond with a 1,500-meter swim in the James River, followed by a rolling 40K bike ride on the rural roads of Henrico Country, and finishing with a 10K through downtown.Charlottesville Off-Road Sprint Triathlon Charlottesville, Va. • July 24 If your racing preferences eschew concrete, try this off-road triathlon at the idyllic Walnut Creek Park, located in Charlottesville’s forested outskirts. After a 750-meter open-water swim in the cool waters of the park’s lake, the course’s 15.5-mile bike ride and 5K trail run will weave through dense woods on well-maintained singletrack with relatively mellow grades.XTERRA Panther Creek Morristown, Tenn • July 31 XTERRA hosts a series of rugged off-road triathlons around the country with 65 races in 35 states. Avid racers earn points as they compete for an invite to the XTERRA USA Championships in Utah. One of the South’s toughest trail triathlons takes place in the Smoky Mountain terrain of East Tennessee’s Panther Creek State Park. After an 800-meter swim in Cherokee Lake, racers complete a 15-mile mountain bike ride and a 4.5-mile trail run.Paris Mountain Triathlon Greenville, S.C. • August 6 This rugged race at Paris Mountain State Park in the South Carolina Upstate was rescheduled from early spring, so sweltering summer temps could be an additional challenge. Besides the heat, racers will contend with the brutal climb of Paris Mountain (over 1,000 feet in a little over two miles), both during the five-mile run and the 20-mile bike ride on the surrounding hilly roads. This is the same climb elite cyclists tackle every year at the U.S. Professional Cycling Championships. The most refreshing part of this race comes early in the 500-meter swim in Lake Placid’s cool and clear spring-fed waters.Ironman Louisville Louisville, Ky. • August 28 Completing the full monty is no small feat: swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112, and running a marathon (26.2 miles). The only full Ironman in the South takes place around Louisville’s scenic waterfront with a point-to-point swim in the Ohio River and running and biking past popular landmarks like Churchill Downs and Louisville Slugger Field. 1 2last_img read more

We’re Beyond Theory, and on to Reality and Execution

first_img(CIDRAP Business Source Osterholm Briefing) – The race is on. The next few months will pit all of our preparedness planning (or lack thereof) against a novel H1N1 virus that is certain to sweep through northern hemisphere countries.While this next wave is not likely to dramatically increase influenza deaths—unless the virus undergoes additional mutations or reassortments—it could cause significant and sustained illness in our otherwise healthy workforce populations. And remember, we currently don’t have any explicit plans to vaccinate that population, except for pregnant women and healthcare workers, even in the United States.Regular readers of this column know I have emphasized for the past 4 months that we should expect the unexpected in our battle with this virus. But now it’s time to drive a stake in the ground and declare, “No more what-ifs. This is what we can and are going to do in response to this virus in our organization over the next 4 to 6 months.”Business preparedness for this pandemic was substantially elevated this past week when the US news media suddenly found the second coming of novel H1N1. Stories about the potential shoe to drop with a fall/winter wave of illness have been everywhere.The media’s attention is not based on any recent change in the disease occurrence, but has largely occurred because of an all-out media campaign by our federal government to hit our pandemic preparedness status head-on. I applaud these federal efforts, particularly the coordinated messages coming from the Departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Education, Commerce, and Agriculture.Despite the balanced and scientifically sound information being shared by our federal agencies, there are still a number of critics who have publicly declared that this is a “Chicken Little” situation. We are scaring the world needlessly, they say. If that’s where you are as you read this column, go no further. If you aren’t convinced by now that we have some real challenges ahead with this upcoming fall/winter wave of H1N1, I’m afraid it’s too late for CIDRAP to help.Your primary focusBut if you do believe that H1N1 may cause substantial and sustained illness in our workforce over these upcoming months, then understanding what that means, particularly as it is overlaid on a global just-in-time economy, ought be your second highest priority right now.Of course, your first priority should focus on what the next few months will mean for your family and loved ones. As a father of a pregnant neonatologist (my first grandchild is due in December)—and she is also part of the team at the bedside of other H1N1-infected and seriously ill pregnant women—I pray for the day when my daughter gets both of her H1N1 influenza vaccine doses in her arm. It can’t come soon enough.Announcing a crucial summitTo try to bring a very current, practical, and execution-driven summary of what we all can do to have the highest level of preparedness in our organizations, CIDRAP is sponsoring its third pandemic preparedness summit on September 22 and 23 in Minneapolis. “Keeping the World Working During the H1N1 Pandemic: Protecting Employee Health, Critical Operations, and Customer Relations” is the title we’ve chosen for this 2-day crash course and summary of the latest, most effective actions your organization can implement to be better prepared.You can get more information on the summit here. We’re convening pandemic response experts in public and private sectors who know their business and are ready to act. We’ll tackle with candor, urgency, and practicality how to brace our enterprises for the months ahead.The 25 members of the Summit Advisory Group represent some of the best minds and most practical thinkers in the pandemic preparedness business. I think when you review the program and see the line-up of speakers and sessions, you will agree that this will be your last, best chance to get ready for this next wave of H1N1 infections.And I can only hope that one day, when we do all our pandemic postmortems, we will realize we did make a difference.Bottom line for businessIt’s not too late to get some very crucial and practical preparedness planning completed and implemented in your organization. But time is of the essence. No more feeling your way through the preparedness black hole. Execution is everything now. And it helps if somebody else has tried it and is willing to share which best practices worked and which didn’t.last_img read more

Presented thematic trail 20 km long and a new brochure of the island of Mljet – a mystical oasis

first_imgThe “Olive Road”, 20 kilometers long, begins in Babino Polje, and leads to Odysseus’ Cave through hundred-year-old olive groves. The path “Sacral treasure of Babino polje” is a short circular, passes through the town of Babino Polje, and leads to churches and chapels that testify to the Christian tradition of the island since the 11th century. The project on Mljet was implemented as part of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County project “Paths of the Past” co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund, and is implemented through the Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020. The aim of the project is to create and promote the cultural and ethnographic offer of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. The brochure was printed as part of the project “Rural educational, cultural and ethnographic tourist attraction” for the purpose of promoting landscaped hiking trails in the central part of Mljet. “Drywall Road” is a 500-meter-long trail that represents a cultural landscape shaped by fields and drystone walls, forming a unique cultural and natural heritage unit. The route also includes the core of the hamlets of Ocinje and Zabrežje with volts from the 15th century. The trail “Water springs – old stream” follows a stream with a riverbed that often dries up, testifying to the importance of water for agricultural activities in the area of ​​Babino polje from the Middle Ages to the present day. Along with the Austrian road and the Babino polje thematic trails, the project also includes the Dubrovnik Littoral Native House, the Korčula City Museum located in the Ismaeli-Gabrielis Palace and the Smokvica Gold and Silver Museum. The tourist offer of Mljet is richer for a new thematic tour as long as 20 kilometers, which is presented through a new brochure “Mljet – a mystical oasis”.center_img The aim of arranging themed trails and the Austrian Road is to present the rich heritage of the Island and ensure a longer stay of guests. In addition to the thematic trails of Babino polje, 850 meters of the Austrian road between the settlements of Sobra and Babino Polje have been arranged. A brochure with information on new tourist attractions can be found in the offices of the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Mljet and the information centers of the National Park Mljet or downloaded in electronic form attached. “Paths of the past” Attachment: Brochure Mljet – a mystical oasislast_img read more

Is IT coming back?

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Historical wooden wonder home

first_img388 Rode Road, ChermsideIt is not the only historical feature that remains, which also features French bay windows and stained leadlight glass doors. The home will go under the hammer at an auction on Saturday, February 17 at 2pm 388 Rode Road, Chermside Qld 4032AN HISTORICAL home in Brisbane’s northern suburbs has an eye-catching feature that you will not find in many modern houses. 388 Rode Road, ChermsideBut as soon as you set foot inside the 1940s built home you will see what makes it very different. 388 Rode Road, ChermsideThe original pine VJ walls have remained untouched throughout the decades, giving an interior that looks similar to the walls of a sauna. center_img 388 Rode Road, ChermsideThe home at 388 Rode Road in Chermside might look like the thousands of other old Queenslander style homes that fill Brisbane’s older suburbs.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by 388 Rode Road, ChermsideThe pine spreads across the entirety of the walls and the floors of the two-bedroom home, which sits on a 610 sqm block at the heart of Chermside. last_img read more

Wellcome Trust returns 18.8% after taking Brexit bet on sterling

first_imgThe Wellcome trustees’ report said: “Tactically, we viewed the risk to sterling from the referendum to be asymmetric and reduced our sterling exposure (including hedges) to an all-time low ahead of the vote. Sterling’s subsequent depreciation and the generally steady performance in underlying assets enabled us to record a sterling return in the year of 19%.”At end-September, 58.1% of Wellcome’s portfolio was denominated in US dollars, compared with 23.8% in sterling.Asian currencies made up 8.5%, with a further 4.1% in European currencies.The report said: “Our global diversification enabled us take advantage of the sharp depreciation of sterling over the year. It also provided the rating agencies with the confidence to maintain our coveted AAA/Aaa (stable) credit rating, even as they were downgrading that of the UK government.”Danny Truell, managing partner of investments at the Wellcome Trust, said: “The portfolio has again performed well in a difficult environment for many investors. The decision to reduce home country bias and to diversify assets and geographical exposure has borne fruit.“Although future investment returns are unlikely to match recent experience, we remain confident the portfolio should generate sufficient cash flows to insulate the trust from potentially more difficult conditions.”In terms of performance by individual asset classes, public equities – 50.5% of the portfolio at end-September – were led by growth markets with a 29.9% return, followed by global (28.6%) and developed world equities (24.6%).But all these were lower than the MSCI AC World return of 31.3%.In their report, the trustees criticised the “poor” performance of their outsourced public equity strategies.The report said: “Of our 11 external equity managers, with £4.2bn of our investments, eight underperformed against their reference benchmarks, in each case by at least 5%. Although nine of the 11 are still ahead of their benchmarks over five years, warning bells are sounding.”And it said active public equity managers, particularly in the US and Europe, were confronting three powerful and correlated headwinds: a long-term structural bias against mega-cap companies, performance measurement periods that engender pro-cyclical behaviour; and the accelerating shift from active to passive index management.Over the past decade, the trust has reduced its external active management in global and developed market mandates from 85% to around 20% of its public market exposure.In contrast, all five of its external managers for emerging market equities have beaten their benchmark since inception.The best-performing class for private equity – which as a whole makes up 25.2% of the trust’s portfolio – was large buyouts, with a 34.9% sterling return (though the US dollar return was 15.6%); mid buyouts and specialist returned 25.7% and 24.9%, respectively, compared with an MSCI AC World return of 31.3%.But hedge funds made -0.7% over the period, the only strategy boasting positive results being directional funds, with a 0.8% return.Hedge fund exposure has been more than halved from 23% in 2008 to 10.7% in 2016, with some funds sold to increase exposure to equities.Wellcome’s real estate portfolio failed to repeat the double-digit returns of the previous year, with a 3.2% return for the year to end-September: 3.6% for residential, and 0.5% for non-residential, portfolios.Residential property – concentrated in prime central London units – makes up just over half the allocation.Over the year, the allocation to property fell by 2.7%, to 10.2% of the overall portfolio.The report said: “Uncertainty induced by the impact of Brexit and downward pressure on London super-prime residential activity created by higher taxes caused headwinds for our predominantly UK property interests. Active management enabled us to record modest positive returns.“Uncertainty about Brexit might well create further attractive opportunities for our patient long-term capital.” A tactical bet on the outcome of the UK’s EU referendum helped push investment returns at the Wellcome Trust – the UK’s largest charity – to 18.8% for the year to 30 September, compared with 6.1% for the previous year, and taking its investment assets to £20.9bn (€24.9bn).The results take the annualised return over three years to 13.3% per annum, and over five years to 14% per annum.While not predicting the “surprise result” of the EU referendum, the trust said it had already diversified its portfolio globally over the past decade to reduce significantly any home country bias.But this policy was intensified in the run-up to last June’s vote.last_img read more