Hostmaker, one of the UK’s most high profile Airbnb property management companies, faces going into administration, it has been revealed.The company behind the business, Flying Jamon Limited, has filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators at the High Court, The Times has reported, giving it until early March to keep the business afloat.Hostmaker says it is in talks with several investors. Founded six years ago by former hotel industry strategist Nakul Sharma (left), it has raised £30 million during two funding rounds.Armed with this cash, the business has expanded from London into Thailand, France, Spain, Italy and Portugal.Its model is to offer property owners and landlords the ability to rent their properties out via Airbnb using Hostmaker’s digital platform, while Hostmaker outsources and manages each booking.Investors have got excited about platforms such as Hostmaker because, by piggy-backing the rise of Airbnb and other short-lets platforms, it was clear they could make significant margins and gain volume quickly.But gaining market share and instruction proved to be expensive, as its most recent accounts show for 2018. That year Flying Jamon spent £9.9 million generating a £12 million turnover but had administrative expenses of £16 million and therefore made a loss of £14.3 million.Hostmaker also got into hot water last year when its aggressive tube advertising was criticised for suggesting landlords should abandon long-term lets for short-term ones.The company told The Negotiator at the time that it wanted to apologise for the tone of the ads and recognised that it was misguided.Read more about Hostmaker.Hostmaker airbnb February 25, 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 » One of UK’s leading proptech platforms faces going into administration previous nextProptechOne of UK’s leading proptech platforms faces going into administrationHostmaker raised £30 million from two funding rounds and hoped to become a global platform for landlords and homeowners wanting to rent out properties on Airbnb at arms length, for a fee.Nigel Lewis25th February 202003,970 Views
Oxford students have complained of excessive promotion by members of the Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union, as part of ‘Mission Week’.A student at Exeter College described a “constant stream” of religious literature posted to students, and told Cherwell that he suspected his atheism and involvement with the LGBT may have had a role to play in his targeting. “I had a seventh copy of the gospels of St. John forced upon me today,” he explained, and added, “The misdirected resources of Mission Week have had no impact on me.”Robbie Strachan, President of the OICCU, stressed the inclusivity of the society, encouraging students of any denomination or faith to attend lunch-time talks and events running throughout fourth week at the town hall. He told Cherwell “’This is Jesus’ is a week of events for every single student in the university to engage with the real Jesus. That means that meetings are open for all students to attend, irrespective of their personal convictions.”He added, “We’d encourage people to come and see what all the fuss is about.”In response to OICCU’s campaign tactics some students have produced rival posters and fliers with varying degrees of gravity. One particularly contentious poster listed several different gods with the “This is…” tag and featured quotes from prominent atheists claiming that organised religion is synonymous with “misogyny, genocide and homophobia.” The more light-hearted responses to the CU campaign include a list of cheeses entitled “This is cheesus” which was distributed in all University College toilets, and a series of labels found around St Hugh’s with declarations such as “this is kitchen” and “this is lamp.”Regent’s Park College, a PPH affiliated with the Christian Baptist Ministry, reportedly had a ‘This is Jesus’ poster graffitied to read, ‘This is SPARTA’ in their JCR. Other parodies featured on Facebook show that students have gone so far as to create ‘This is Penis’ parodies of the poster complete with a silhouetted phallus. Second year PPEist Ben Deaner, creator of the ‘This is Penis’ meme told Cherwell of his motives, claiming, ‘As an atheist I have not yet ‘found God’ and as such you can imagine my excitement upon finding a poster labeled ‘This is Jesus’. After some enthusiastic shouting about how I had at last encountered my Lord and Savior I was politely informed that the object was in fact a poster and that the message was some kind of metaphor. In my disappointment and anger I created the ‘This is Penis’ poster.’Not all are offended by the efforts of OICCU however with one anonymous student claiming, ‘I like that they’re making the effort to reach out to us, even if it can be a little over-enthusiastic at times. They mean well and I find the appeal of free lunches and toasties on demand pretty convincing in return for a half hour of pleasant talk.’A first year student at New College commented, “Although I understand that the Christian Union is well meaning, the indiscriminate dissemination of ‘This is Jesus’ books seems to be nothing other than an explicit attempt to convert non-believers. I – and almost all others to whom I have spoken – have reacted against this, as it seems inappropriate in a diverse society in which we should all be entitled to our own views and beliefs.“As someone who is Jewish and is open about this, I find really quite offensive the insinuation in the quotation attached to the book that “the truth will set you free,” implying that as a non-Christian I am somehow in chains, not emancipated, and destined for hell. Once again, I realise that there is no malicious intent behind the actions of the CU, and in general most people appreciate the philanthropic works of the Union, but I felt this was somewhat misguided.”Second year Alexander Lynchehaun remarked, “Christians are annoying at the best of times, but this week has been something else.”
Most UK shoppers believe it is important to support the local high street but just 32% admit to regularly using the stores, according to the latest survey by Hyder Consulting, a planning and environmental consultancy.It claims that in light of the Sustainable Communities Bill (see pg 16), 80% of UK adults believe it is important to support the local high street. Conversely, less than a third (32%) shop on the high street and nearly half (45%) say they do their main grocery shopping in out-of-town retail sites.The survey questioned a representative sample of 1,512 adults aged 18+ across the UK from 20-23 November 2006.
Children are being urged to ‘stop, look, listen, think’ in a new road safety campaign launched by children’s presenter Sam Homewood and THINK! today (16 May 2018). Road Safety Minister, Jesse Norman, said: The CiTV star visited Holy Family school in Walthamstow to encourage children to think carefully about crossing roads as new materials for teachers, parents and road safety experts were released by THINK!.A new Safer Journeys Anthem, featuring the ‘stop, look, listen, think’ message, has also been launched, alongside other games, films and lesson plans, ahead of the half term and summer school holidays when children are likely to be spending more time outdoors. The resources include mobile games and educational films with photographs and illustrations created by students from Farnborough Sixth Form College. A new THINK! Map can help children to pinpoint risky areas near them and consider the best way to travel safely.THINK! has been running campaigns for more than 50 years and has successfully challenged a number of behaviours and attitudes to improve road safety, including drink driving, drug driving and using handheld phones while driving. THINK! campaigns have helped reduce the number of deaths from 22 a day in 1960 to 5 a day in 2016.The new campaign follows a long and a proud tradition of hugely successful child road safety campaigns, spanning several generations and featuring much-loved icons such as the family of Hedgehogs, Kevin Keegan, James Earl Jones (the voice of Darth Vader) and David Prouse as the Green Cross Code Man.How far we’ve come videoThe campaign will feature across Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.The free resources can be found at www.think.gov.uk/education. Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 Britain has some of the safest roads in the world but we are always looking at new ways to make them safer. As more children take advantage of the better weather by walking to school or playing outside, it is important they know how to cross roads safely. THINK!’s new resources will make it fun and easier than ever for schools and parents to help children learn good habits that can last a lifetime. Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 The government’s THINK! campaigns have helped reduce child road deaths by 90% since records began in 1979. However, 6 children die and 170 more are seriously injured every month on the UK’s roads.Children’s presenter and CiTV star Sam Homewood, who also features in one of the films, said: Roads media enquiries Switchboard 0300 330 3000 Watch Sam Homewood’s video explaining to children how to cross the road safely I’m delighted to be a part of this THINK! campaign to help spread the word about road safety among young people. Working with children every day, I see the huge impact that simple precautions can have on their lives. I hope this campaign will help keep children safe on our roads and encourage them to look out for each other.
Invitations have now been sent out for the launch of the Bakery Market Report. The report, which is the definitive guide to the retail bakery trade that incorporates the annual BB75 tracker, will be unveiled at an exclusive networking event in London next February.The report, which is the definitive guide to the retail bakery trade that incorporates the annual BB75 tracker, will be unveiled at an exclusive networking event in London next February.Sponsored by Cybake, Dawn Foods, Eurowire, Rank Hovis, Tetley and Unox, the seminar will be held at the Skyloft, Millbank Tower, Millbank, London and will feature a clutch of industry speakers who will highlight the key trends facing shop-based bakery businesses.Martyn Leek, editor of British Baker, said: “We have listened to the industry and the new-look Bakery Market Report will contain both the BB75 coverage and much more. The report, and the top line-up of speakers at its launch, will offer invaluable insight into the bakery retail market, highlighting key areas of innovation across all aspects of bakery from staffing to NPD. By now, if you are a business on the BB75 tracker, you should have received you official invite to this exclusive event.”On the day, delegates will hear an exclusive analysis of the report, plus further talks by: Chris Brockman, Mintel; Claire Nuttall, Thrive Partnership; David Smart, Greenhalgh’s; and Mike Holling, Birds of Derby. For further updates on the Bakery Market Report you can follow British Baker on Twitter via @britishbaker or via our Facebook page.The report will only be available for free if you attend its launch. It will also be available to buy for £250 plus VAT from the William Reed shop. A 10% pre-order discount will be available shortly.BB75 is the annual authoritative tracker of companies that sell baked products as the primary element of their food offering in a non-supermarket retail, food-to-go or eat-in format, benchmarked by the number of outlets operated.
The death of Prince has been mourned the world over, as the tragic Purple One passed away last Thursday at the age of 57. While most everyone has performed tributes to the late great artist, those closest to him, musically speaking, have remained somewhat silent.In a truly emotional moment, the great D’Angelo sat down at a Wurlitzer piano and performed a solo version of Prince’s “Venus Di Milo.” Captured just days after Prince’s death, D’Angelo is clearly mourning the loss of someone so inspirational to his own music. While the tribute is only two minutes in length, it is a truly moving tribute to the late artist.Listen to D’Angelo’s take on “Venus Di Milo,” below:The R&B star will also appear on tonight’s episode of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon for a tribute to Prince, alongside some special guests not yet announced. Tune in tonight!
Steven E. Hyman, who spurred an expansion of interdisciplinary research at Harvard and has overseen the revitalization of the University’s libraries and many of its museums and cultural institutions, announced today (Dec. 15) that he would conclude his service as provost at the end of the academic year.During nearly a decade in the post, Hyman put significant emphasis on intellectual activities that cross disciplines and School boundaries, and played a key role in founding major institutes and academic centers that forged new approaches to scientific research.“Being Harvard provost is undoubtedly one of the greatest privileges in American higher education,” Hyman said. “Working with Harvard’s talented deans, faculty, and other University leaders, I have had an opportunity to nurture their high aspirations for some of the world’s greatest academic departments, professional Schools, museums, and libraries, as well as for their extraordinary students.”Hyman, a neurobiologist and past director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), said he would take a one-year sabbatical at the Broad Institute of Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to refocus on his academic work. He also plans to create an undergraduate course on the implications of neuroscience for ethics, policy, and law.Harvard’s longest-serving provost in modern times, Hyman broadened the scope of the role through programmatic expansions that served all of the Schools, including the modernization of the University’s technology transfer programs, and the establishment of policies to support international research and collaborations.“I have deeply valued my partnership with Steve,” said President Drew Faust. “He has spurred fresh thinking and important initiatives in areas ranging from the sciences to the humanities, from the museums to the libraries … In all of these areas and more, he has approached his role with intelligence, passion, and wit, and with a devotion to the highest academic standards.”Faust said the search for a new provost would begin early next year.“Steve has done an outstanding job as provost, especially in helping the University navigate a decade full of change and in creatively pursuing ways to make Harvard more than the sum of its parts,” said Robert D. Reischauer, senior fellow of the Harvard Corporation. “He’s contributed a great deal to the Corporation’s deliberations on a wide range of issues, and he’s consistently been a positive force for academic and organizational innovation. More than that, he’s been a pleasure to work with, and all of us on the Corporation join in thanking him for his leadership, his insight, and his dedication.”Hyman oversaw the reorganization of the American Repertory Theater, supported the renovation of the Fogg Art Museum, and appointed the current directors of those two institutions, as well as the Arnold Arboretum and Villa I Tatti, Harvard’s Renaissance research center in Italy. He is currently leading the search for a new curator of the Nieman Foundation and, having overseen a review of the University’s vast library system, also is chairing the new Harvard Library Board that will establish a more closely coordinated management structure to strengthen Harvard’s position as the pre-eminent university library of the 21st century.Hyman also worked to elevate the Harvard Humanities Center to the status of a University-wide center. “Steve Hyman is in many ways a Renaissance man, and I don’t use the term lightly,” said Homi Bhabha, director of the Mahindra Humanities Center and the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, who noted that Hyman helped him to organize seminars that explored the intersection of the humanities and the sciences. “He has deep interests, of course, in the neurosciences and in the sciences more generally, but he is also very interested in the classics and in contemporary debates in the humanities.”At a time when difficult questions were being asked about diversity in the ranks of Harvard’s faculty, Hyman established the Office of Faculty Development & Diversity, whose mission has been to improve the faculty experience while taking steps to ensure that the evolving faculty more closely reflects the increasing diversity of the student body.“Steve’s background in medicine, his passion for the liberal arts, and his experience in leading the NIMH gave him the perfect set of skills to be an extraordinary provost,” said Harvard College Dean Evelynn Hammonds, who was the first vice provost for faculty development and diversity. “Steve never lost sight of the University’s goals and priorities. He’s been a wonderful mentor and friend to me.”Many of Hyman’s most far-reaching accomplishments revolve around research and education in the sciences and engineering. He was integrally involved in elevating Harvard’s Division of Engineering to School status, and in founding such entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary ventures as the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, a collaborative venture of Harvard Medical School (HMS), the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; the Broad Institute, of MIT and Harvard, which takes a systematic, collaborative approach to genomics and the life sciences more generally to dramatically accelerate the treatment of disease; and the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT, and Harvard, which supports nontraditional partnerships among experts to accelerate the search for an HIV/AIDS vaccine.Gary Gottlieb, president and chief executive officer of Partners HealthCare, said Hyman had been “a visionary in creating a single campus for Harvard University.”“His office has allowed the development of close collaboration among the hospitals and the HMS quadrangle faculty and the great scientists and teachers at the main campus of the University,” Gottlieb said. “He is passionate, brilliant scientifically, yet he’s a true physician who grew up in the hospitals. He really understands the great strength of all the parts of the University.”Hyman established the Harvard University Science and Engineering Committee, which brings together faculty and deans from all of Harvard’s Schools that support science and engineering, along with leaders of the University-affiliated hospitals, to take an integrated approach toward priority setting and initiating new collaborative ventures. He played a key role in creating the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard’s first cross-School department, and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, which has been a world leader in the growing field of stem cell research.“Steve Hyman has been a very strong voice for science and innovation at Harvard, working to support new structures for research and teaching within our community,” said Doug Melton, co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. “A notable success was his ability to foster and coordinate new research initiatives within Harvard, as well as making stronger connections with Harvard’s affiliated hospitals. I was delighted to learn that he is returning to experimental science for his next challenge, and look forward to watching his discoveries at Harvard.”
The dialogue was an opening event of HUBweek, an inaugural collaboration among Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Boston Globe, and Massachusetts General Hospital that is designed to showcase and tap into the myriad innovations and ideas in this region’s scientific, artistic, and technology communities. The festival — think a nerdier South by Southwest, but with fewer tattoos — will feature 100 civic and cultural events across Boston and Cambridge and runs through Oct. 10.Predictions of inclement weather had prompted the event, initially dubbed “The Fenway Forum,” to relocate from John Updike’s “lyric little bandbox” to that “cradle of liberty” across town, Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall.Serving at times as both master of ceremonies and referee, Sandel posed a series of provocative questions about technology and ethics to a star-studded panel from the realms of art, science, and politics, including cellist Yo-Yo Ma ’76; Arianna Huffington, editor in chief and namesake of the Huffington Post; former Harvard Lampoon president Alexis Wilkinson ’15, now a writer for HBO’s Emmy Award-winning political comedy “Veep”; Andrew McAfee, D.B.A. ’99, principal research scientist at MIT, author, and co-founder of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy; and Sherry Turkle ’69, Ph.D. ’76, the Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT. Comedian and Harvard alumnus Conan O’Brien ’85, as well as Pedro Martinez, the Hall of Fame pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, also weighed in, with humor and eloquence, during several recorded video segments.Long known at Harvard for his wildly popular course “Justice,” Sandel travels the world delivering his evocative philosophical dialogues about justice, ethics, and democracy, whether online, on television or radio, or to audiences at Great Britain’s Houses of Parliament and the Sydney Opera House in Australia, among other places.Sandel asked the audience to register its approval or disapproval, using red and blue cardboard placards, to a host of questions he also put to the panel, such as: Is the use of gene editing to improve human traits ethical, or should it be limited to eliminating disease or repairing other health conditions? In a recorded video segment, Michael Sandel interviewed former Red Sox pitching great Pedro Martinez. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer Harvard Professor Michael Sandel (from left) set the stage for the kickoff of HUBweek at Faneuil Hall, which featured Arianna Huffington, Yo-Yo Ma ’76, Alexis Wilkinson ’15, Andrew McAfee, D.B.A. ’99, and Sherry Turkle ’69, Ph.D. ’76. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer Sandel posed a series of provocative questions about technology and ethics to a star-studded panel, including Arianna Huffington, editor in chief and namesake of the Huffington Post. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2q5wbV0pPHw” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/2q5wbV0pPHw/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Innovation comes to Faneuil Hall He asked the panel and audience to consider issues prompted by new innovations, such as: Do algorithm-driven apps such as Uber have a duty to provide privacy to users? Could a Netflix-like dating app be a more reliable predictor of the ideal mate than one’s parents or friends? And should insurance companies be allowed to raise or lower the price of health insurance based on data culled from someone’s Fitbit?“It’s clear that we begin with these eye-catching technologies and acts. But the debates we have really are not about the technology in the end; they’re ultimately about us, about how we should understand and negotiate our relations with one another and with the world we inhabit,” Sandel said.A “tension” surrounding our desire to do well in school or be better at our jobs can lead to overvaluing technology that offers shortcuts and convenience, but at the price of kismet, wonder, and reverence, he said.Fenway Forum Harvard hosting HUBweek Michael Sandel leads an all-star panel of authors, artists, entertainers, and other well-known public figures in a lively discussion—with audience participation—about some hard ethical questions and the meaning of citizenship today. “We aspire to mastery and control, to try to extend our ability to control our lives and events as fully as we possibly can. And yet, there are moments when we notice that the project of mastery and dominion over nature and our children and our families and ourselves comes up short.“In an age of apps and genetic engineering and smart machines, could it be that our drive to mastery, sometimes, at least, begins to eclipse or to displace our capacity for wonder, for beholding the world rather than simply aspiring to mold the world? Perhaps our humanity today, given our vast technological powers … requires we at least sometimes rein in that impulse to mastery and control so as to protect and nurture our capacity to behold the world, to take it in.”Ultimately, how humans best use machines is an essential moral question that warrants robust civic debate, Sandel said, before the incremental creep of invention overtakes us.“Science and technology can do wondrous things, but one of the things they can’t do is tell us how they should be used. That is up to us; that is our responsibility as human beings and as democratic citizens.”A few members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble provided a musical opening to the session. Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble opened the evening of discussion on a musical note. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer Innovation. Disruption. Datafication. In some ways, we are now living in a brave new world of technology and change once only imagined by writers like H.G. Wells and Isaac Asimov. But in this time of unprecedented scientific transformation, have we thoughtfully considered the moral and civic implications of what’s ahead, or are we instead on a dark path like that of which George Orwell dreamed?In a public debate Sunday evening, Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, asked a sold-out crowd in Boston’s Faneuil Hall to consider and confront some fundamental queries: What is the role, if any, of accident, happenstance, and imperfection in this era of smart machines, genetic engineering, and big data? And what do we lose when we prefer the concept of “made by machines” to “knit by humans”? Predictions of inclement weather had prompted the event, initially dubbed “The Fenway Forum,” to relocate to the “cradle of liberty” across town, Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer Yo-Yo Ma ’76 shared a laugh with Alexis Wilkinson ’15, who is a writer for HBO’s Emmy Award-winning political comedy “Veep.” Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer As one of four founders, University organizes 18 presentations Related
Black feminism and the women’s liberation movement. Transgender archives. American women’s history in the high school classroom.These are a few of the many topics students and scholars will examine as they travel from across campus and from around the world to use the collections at the Schlesinger Library at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. For nearly 75 years, the Schlesinger Library has documented women’s contributions to American history and opened its collections to the public. This year, the library awarded more than $80,000 in research support grants that will create new insights into American history.“We live in an era of profound social and political change. These scholars and the diversity of the projects they are undertaking underscore how important it is to look into our history in order to understand the present and shape the future,” said Jane Kamensky, the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute and a professor in the History Department at Harvard. “Aided by our research grants, these scholars will amplify the voices of remarkable and everyday women and families in America.”Researchers will dive into the Schlesinger Library’s manuscripts, rare books, magazines, photos, and audiovisual materials to uncover both the lives of well-known Americans — including the photographer Bettye Lane, the actor and ambassador Shirley Temple, and the public relations executive and feminist Doris Fleischman — and the lives of everyday women, such as students involved in anti-violence movements on American college campuses. New stories will be documented through oral histories of the Native American women of Standing Rock who protested the Dakota Access Pipeline and of black women in New Orleans who are fighting against the mass incarceration of people of color.Full list of grant recipientsThe Schlesinger Library is currently accepting research grant and fellowship applications for the 2018–2019 academic year.
continue reading » CUNA Mutual Group identified more than 70 credit unions and nearly 300 of their branches in Florida and Alabama that were in the path of Hurricane Michael, which left behind a landscape of massive destruction and devastation when Thursday morning dawned.Because of many road closures, spotty or no phone or internet service, widespread power outages, and other issues, Florida Gov. Rick Scott urged residents in the affected areas to stay off the roads and listen to local authorities so that first responders and utility crews can do their jobs.Jeff Byard, FEMA’s associate administrator for the Office and Response and Recovery, told CNN that crews are focusing on rescue efforts Thursday throughout various communities along Florida’s panhandle hammered by the hurricane.Cara Clark, communications manager for the League of Southeastern Credit Unions, said league officials are currently assessing the situation, but they are aware that some of the league’s member credit unions and staff have suffered extensive damages. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Hurricane Michael