Despite slow progress, easyProperty says its new strategy will succeed

first_imgRelaunched hybrid estate agency easyProperty has claimed that a strategy of growing its network locally and organically will make it more successful than other Purplebricks wannabes including YOPA.The agency has also revealed that it has 37 local representatives around the UK following its relaunch in January, some way off its original stated aim to have 72 signed up by now.It has financial backing from both Easy brand owner Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannous and City investment fund Toscafund, and now has 129 properties listed on Rightmove.Its geographic coverage includes licenced representatives in East Ayrshire, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Wales, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Birmingham, Holyhead, Derby, Pembrokeshire, Hereford, Fareham, Lincoln and Coventry.Its boss David Brierley (left), who also owns agency marketing services firm Evolve, has now spoken about why he bought the agency off ePropServices, and its new structure.In many ways easyProperty is similar to Purplebricks but – Brierley claims – offers licensees greater autonomy. Each territory contains 25,000 to 30,000 occupied homes, and easyProperty now has a three-point fees plan including upfront, split fee and no sale, no fee.“I’m an estate agent and have been all my life and I believe easyProperty is the future of estate agency because, when Purplebricks and Tepilo came along, it was the one brand that I thought would make it.“Clearly that didn’t happen for all sort of reasons, but it remains a household brand with huge consumer awareness and I want to develop it and create a modern-day estate agency.”Brierly tells Chris Watkin during a video interview that although easyProperty is being rebuilt as a national business, selling and buying homes remains an intensively local affair.“Rather than conquer the world, we have a strategy that is to build the brand awareness in certain areas but, if there’s no coverage in between we don’t mind – we’re just building the brand.”Watch the interviewDavid Brierley easyProperty Evolve Partnership easyProperty May 7, 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 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 » Agencies & People » Despite slow progress, easyProperty says its new strategy will succeed previous nextAgencies & PeopleDespite slow progress, easyProperty says its new strategy will succeedNew owner who bought the business in October last year and relaunched it in January now has 37 local representatives, and 122 properties listed on Rightmove.Nigel Lewis7th May 202001,401 Viewslast_img read more

MICHANE, KAREN MULLINS

first_imgFuneral mass took place May 18 at St. Joseph’s Church for Karen Mullins Michane of Hoboken. She passed away at home surrounded by her family on May 15. Born in Jersey City, the daughter of the late Edward and Agnes Mullins, she attended the Academy of St. Aloysius and was one of the first women accepted at St. Peter’s University. Karen taught at St. Vincent de Paul School in Bayonne before becoming a probation officer. She retired as a principal probation officer after 33 years. She was a communicant and lector at St. Joseph’s Church in Hoboken and the executive secretary for the Homeless Shelter. Karen loved spending time with her family and friends, and traveling, especially to Ireland and Scotland, reading mysteries, going to the theater and listening to Bob Dylan.Karen is survived by her children, Marianne and Thomas Michane, her granddaughter, Megan T. Brown, her companion, Anthony Casale Jr., her brothers, Edward, Thomas, Robert and James Mullins, sisters, Joan O’Brien and Marianne Ruane, and is also survived by twelve nieces and nephews, nine great nieces and nephews and many truly dear, loving, wonderful friends.Services arranged by the Failla-McKnight Memorial Home, Hoboken.last_img read more

“Coaches vs. Cancer Day” Features Basketball Doubleheader at OCHS on Saturday

first_imgOcean City Board of Education presents a school budget that meets the needs of the students with a slight savings for the 2020-21 school year, officials say. The Butch Gleason Memorial Coaches vs. Cancer Day will be held Saturday at Ocean City High School.The 2019 event, the ninth annual, will start with a middle school basketball doubleheader between Ocean City and Upper Township at 1 p.m., with the Ocean City High School teams playing a girl-boy doubleheader against Egg Harbor Township starting at 4 p.m.And this year’s event will also include a 40th year reunion tribute to the OCHS girls basketball team that won the South Jersey championship in 1979. Coach Pat Dougherty and many of her players will be introduced prior to the start of the girls game.There will be a half-court shootout for fans at halftime of the high school games for Johnson’s Popcorn gift certificates and Coaches vs. Cancer items and certificates will be available for purchase.A silent auction will take place all day, with the winners being announced following the boys game. A list of auctions items is below, with additional items possibly added.If you cannot get there, contributions can be made out to Coaches vs Cancer and mailed to Post Office Box 21, Ocean City, 08226.It will all help the cause and continue the tribute to Butch Gleason, a member of the 1964 Ocean City state champions who died in 2014.Saturday’s Coaches vs. Cancer Auction Items:Baseball bat signed by Mike Trout2018 NCAA Final Four program autographed by Jay WrightFoursome at Atlantic City Country ClubBasketball autographed by OCHS boys varsity team and coachesBasketball autographed by OCHS girls varsity team and coachesTickets to Flyers-Jets gameTickets to Villanova-Butler gameTickets to Temple-UCF gameTickets to Temple-UConn gameTickets to St. Joseph-LaSalle gameNBC Sports gift bagsSet of OCHS Sports in the Sixties/Seventies/Eighties booksUniversity of Kentucky gearGift bag of H20+ skin care suppliesBaseball signed by Bruce Beaver and Ron MorettiLower level tickets to game at Kentucky’s Rupp Arena next seasonGift package from Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy & FudgeCar detailing from Car CaressLarge tubs of Johnson’s Popcornlast_img read more

Several school districts closed on Monday due to ongoing power outages

first_imgIndianaLocalMichiganNewsWeather Twitter Pinterest (Photo supplied/ABC 57) On account of the ongoing power outages, there are some school closings today, including South Bend Schools. South Bend students who receive breakfast and lunch can get them from the district’s meal distribution sites at Lincoln Elementary, Washington High School and LaSalle Academy between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.Also closed today are Elkhart Schools, Concord Schools, St. Thomas the Apostle School and St. Vincent School in Elkhart.Indiana Michigan Power issued their latest statement regarding power restoration:Indiana Michigan Power has restored power to more than 80% of customers whose service was disrupted by several waves of bad weather over the weekend.Hundreds of crews from seven states, working up to 16-hour days in icy conditions, have been working across the hard-hit South Bend/Elkhart area as well as damaged areas in southwest Michigan to restore power. Crews placed a priority on restoring power to critical and essential community establishments such as hospitals, area nursing homes, police and fire departments and area schools.I&M identified 100 spans of wires that were down as well as a dozen broken or damaged poles, reflecting the extent of the damage caused by freezing rain, ice and snow.More than 660 I&M and AEP employees along with our business partners will continuerestoration until the power is back on to all customers who lost service due to the New Year’s Day weekend weather. Power to about 100 remaining southwest Michigan customers is expected to be restored Monday, and I&M estimates all remaining customers in the South Bend/Elkhart area will be restored by 3 p.m. Monday, though most customers will be restored beforethen. Several school districts closed on Monday due to ongoing power outages By Jon Zimney – January 4, 2021 0 329 Previous articleConcord Schools providing more protection for students learning onlineNext articleDonnelly, Upton tweet about Election challenge Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Jamestown’s ‘Turn the River Green for St. Patrick’s Day’ Event Canceled

first_imgImage by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce says due to the Governor’s ban on events larger than 500 people the annual ‘Turn the River Green for St. Patrick’s Day’ event, which was scheduled for this Saturday at the Riverwalk in Jamestown, has been canceled.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img

National Ag Teacher Day

first_imgA self-professed farm girl from Illinois is helping shape and mold future agriculture teachers at the University of Georgia.“I’m a farm girl and I’ve always wanted to be an advocate for agriculture. Being a teacher educator is a way to take that to the nth degree, to be on the cutting edge of what’s new in agriculture as well as helping make that connection between our public school classrooms and what’s going on in university research,” said Diana King, an assistant professor at the UGA Tifton Campus.Ag teachers cover various topics ranging from working on a lawnmower engine to growing plants in a greenhouse.“It’s all relevant to potential careers students could go into,” King said. King, who is in her sixth year with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, grew up in a diverse agriculture environment. Her family raised hogs, cattle and chickens in Illinois, while also growing row crops and hay. She developed a passion for agriculture early in life, and it has continued ever since.“I have an appreciation for what happens in agriculture every day,” King said. “My goal as a teacher educator is to instill in my students that their job is to create educated consumers of agriculture. Everybody should have a basic understanding of the ways food, fiber and natural resources impact our daily lives. I’ve seen it first hand. I grew up with it. The vast majority of people don’t have those same experiences. Ag teachers provide the best possible avenue to get that information out there.”Disseminating that information involves not being afraid to tackle controversial issues. Topics like genetically-modified foods and organic production are not off limits in King’s classes. In her mind, she’s preparing future Ag teachers for the moments when they’ll have to discuss these subjects with their students. That means sometimes reaching beyond Georgia’s state line and talking about the way farmers tend their crops, feed their families and make a living. These are the core topics in her World Agriculture class. “That (class) really helped give me a perspective of not only what agriculture is like around the rest of the country but also gave me a perspective of agriculture from a global perspective,” said Michael Barnes, a former student of King’s who is now an Ag teacher at Lowndes High School in Valdosta. “She definitely helped with my perspective on agriculture from an outlook different than south Georgia.”Brittaney Schwing, a former CAES student on the Tifton Campus and now an Ag teacher at Northeast Campus High School in Tifton, credits King and fellow UGA teacher Jason Peake for her development as an Ag educator.“Dr. Peake and Dr. King were very influential throughout my time as a student at the University of Georgia,” Schwing said. “Now that I am in my own classroom, I appreciate their expertise in the field of agricultural education more than ever.” She felt prepared when she walked into her classroom for her first day as an Ag Teacher this August. “They taught me the skills I would need in classroom management, technology integration, curriculum planning and so much more,” she said.King’s classes involve research projects, both individual and group, as well as field trips. She and her students visit local grocery stores to track exactly where consumer products come from. This helps stress that products don’t magically appear in store freezers or on a shelf, she said. They were once planted and harvested by a farmer, sometimes locally. That’s the message King tries to drive home to her students.“We are a population that lives in cities and towns,” King said. “We’re disconnected from our agrarian roots. It’s up to a very small number of people to bridge that gap and to help the general public develop an awareness of agriculture.” Not all of King’s students become agricultural teachers, but many do. And that’s a good feeling, she said.“It’s the greatest job in the world. You get to see that light bulb come on when something really clicks with them,” King said. “But this is so much more powerful to me because my students are going to take that new passion that was ignited, that new interest that was sparked and they’re going to spark that in so many others. They’re going to take that interest into their classrooms and engage a lot of other students with that new knowledge.”For more information on agricultural education degrees at UGA, see the website www.alec.caes.uga.edu/.last_img read more

UVM roboticist wins major national science award

first_imgUniversity of Vermont,For his work to understand how to build better robots, Joshua Bongard, a researcher at the University of Vermont, has received the highest award given by the US government to young scientists.UVM roboticist Josh Bongard will go to Washington D.C. to meet President Obama and receive the government’s highest award for young scientists. (Photo: Sally McCay)On September 26, President Barack Obama announced Bongard as one of 94 winners of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers; he will be honored at a White House ceremony in October.Bongard is only the second researcher in UVM history to receive the PECASE award, which provides $500,000 in research funds over several years.Inspired by evolutionBongard’s far-reaching work looks to nature for ideas. ‘The goal is to borrow ideas from neuroscience and evolution to help us build better and more intelligent robots,’ he says. So far, scientists have had little success in building resilient machines that can continually perform behaviors that are fairly simple but require ongoing adaptation to changing conditions ‘ like paving a road or cleaning up a toxic dump.But Bongard is on a mission to make them.‘The prevailing approach to create such machines is to copy physiological and neurological systems observed in animals, and build them into robots,’ Bongard notes. ‘This raises the issue however of what, from among the infinitude of existing biological structures, should be copied.’Instead of guessing, Bongard has innovated systems in which computer programs copy the dynamics of biological evolution and replay them in a virtual space with numerous generations of synthetic creatures ‘ something like a highly sophisticated video game.The resulting algorithm yields ideas for robots that have optimized their neurological structures ‘ and their behaviors and body plans ‘ over many generations of being tested by virtual evolution, instead of human guesswork.With these ideas in hand, Bongard and his students can then build actual robots in their workshop that are adaptable and capable of responding to novel challenges.‘My long-term goal is to give back to neuroscience and evolutionary biology, to give us a different tool to investigate: why does intelligence evolve?’ Bongard says. ‘Under what conditions will intelligence evolve? Could we ever consider a machine to be intelligent, or is intelligence something limited to biological organisms?’Presidential visionRecognizing this kind of innovative work, the PECASE awards ‘embody the high priority the Obama Administration places on producing outstanding scientists and engineers to advance the Nation’s goals, tackle grand challenges, and contribute to the American economy,’ the White House wrote in a press release.In 1996, the National Science and Technology Council was commissioned by President Clinton to create a program that would support and honor outstanding scientists and engineers early in their research careers ‘ from this council came the PECASE award.Each year, more than a dozen federal departments and agencies nominate scientists and engineers whose early accomplishments ‘show the greatest promise for assuring America’s preeminence in science and engineering and contributing to the awarding agencies’ missions,’ the White House press office wrote.‘It is inspiring to see the innovative work being done by these scientists and engineers as they ramp up their careers ‘ careers that I know will be not only personally rewarding but also invaluable to the Nation,’ President Obama said in the White House release. ‘That so many of them are also devoting time to mentoring and other forms of community service speaks volumes about their potential for leadership, not only as scientists but as model citizens.’An innovatorBongard, an assistant professor of computer science in UVM’s College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, was one of 21 nominees presented by the National Science Foundation for the most recent round of awards.Bongard’s research has received national and international attention, and has been featured in Wired magazine, the Boston Globe, The Voice of America, Popular Science, and many other outlets. He also received a fellowship from Microsoft Research in 2007 for research related to self-healing robots ‘ one of five given nationwide. He was named by MIT as one of the world’s top innovators under 35.Bongard will travel to Washington, D,C., Oct. 13-14, to receive the award and will attend three ceremonies cumulating with a recognition ceremony at the White House with President Obama.‘This award allows me to continue with my basic scientific research, but it also allows me to create tools that draw many people into my research beyond my graduate students,’ Josh Bongard says. ‘Through this award, we’re developing a web interface that will allow people to perform evolutionary robotics experiments without having a background in evolution or robotics.” UVM. 9.27.2011last_img read more

Weekend Pick: Russell Fork BADDLUN Adventure Race

first_imgThe 6th Annual Russell Fork BADDLUN event takes place this Saturday, October 12th in Elkhorn City, Kentucky. Wondering what in the world that stands for? It’s a blend of the words bike, paddle, run. BADDLUN. Get it?The course consists of a 13 mile bike ride, 8 mile paddle, 3 mile run, and a 20 yard swim. Unlike every other race in the world, BADDLUN doesn’t have an entry fee. With that, there are also no teams, aid stations, or prizes. It’s all for fun, people! Imagine that. The folks who started the event want to keep things carefree with a focus on the sports involved. You can read the hilariously honest course guide on their website for more details. I think it’s fair to say this is not for beginners.This year, the event will be raising money for ALS research. Keep a look out for ways to donate once you’re there.As far as sign up goes, you can register around 11:00am at the Ratliffe Hole. There will be shuttle info as well. The race will start a little after noon.The rules are simple: don’t die, don’t be weak, help others in need, have a good time, and be safe.If BADDLUN is a bit too extreme, lace up your kicks and run the Odyssey Autumn Faire 5K in Asheville, N.C. on Sunday. The rolling 3.1-mile run traverses Montford, Asheville’s most beautiful and historic neighborhood, and prizes are awarded to the best costumed runners as well as the fastest finishers. Stick around for the festival and chili cook-off afterward. More info and registration can be found here.View Larger Maplast_img read more

Townsend Grains and Grits Festival

first_imgJoin us for a Celebration of Southern Spirits and Gourmet Grub in the beautiful Peaceful Side of the Smokies.  A blending of Tennessee spirits and savory grub is what you’ll find at this event. We have created a unique opportunity for you to experience our thriving craft spirits and gourmet food community while discovering some of the region’s legendary distillers and blenders.  The Townsend Grains and Grits Festival provides an intimate sampling event offering something for consumers, foodies, and spirit professionals alike.Meet master and head distillers from all over the state that will include: Jeff Arnett, Master Distiller from Jack Daniels, Alex Castle, Head Distiller from Old Dominick, Nicole Austin, Head Distiller from George Dickel and many more.Mix and mingle with great chefs from all over the south: Chef Shelley Cooper, Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, Chef David Rule from Walnut Kitchen, Chef Michael Sullivan “Sully”, Chef Geoff Kenny and others.Join us on November 3rd, 6:00-9: 00 pm, Townsend, Tennessee.last_img read more

Two Civilians and Two Soldiers Killed by FARC

first_img Two civilians and two soldiers died due to guerrilla attacks perpetrated by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), an insurgency that is currently holding peace talks with the Colombian government in Cuba, Colombian authorities reported on March 23. In the first attack, two men, age 45 and 16 respectively, were killed by guerrillas with rifle shots while they were shooting at civilian vehicles on a highway in César department. Another six people were also injured in the attack, three of which were women and one of which was pregnant, according to reports from Agustín Codazzi hospital, where they were taken afterwards. General Adelmo Fajardo, 10th Brigade Commander, told the press that guerrillas from FARC’s Front 41 set up a check point, where the incident took place on the night of March 22. “The criminals (…) appeared on the road, shooting randomly against civilians, and hitting a taxi with civilians inside,” apparently because they did not stop at the illegal check point, he told the press. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos condemned these actions in a public address in Aracataca, Magdalena department. “Colonel Peña, I heard that an incident took place on a road on March 22, in César department, municipality of Codazzi. Please, tighten the security on the area because this is unacceptable,” Santos said to the military officer responsible for the area. The second incident in which two Soldiers were killed, occurred during combat with the FARC in a rural area of Chaparral municipality, Tolima department on March 22 in the evening, the Army reported in a statement. The FARC, Colombia’s main insurgency group, is carrying out peace talks with Santos’s government since November 2012 in Havana, without a ceasefire of armed confrontation. By Dialogo March 26, 2013last_img read more