With the vast majority of property searches now starting online, as reflected by the fact that most estate agents now receive the majority of their leads via website listings, many homeowners are now demanding that their properties are advertised on the main property portals, new research shows.A new survey of over 4,000 homeowners by Zoopla Property Group (ZPG) reveals that 94.2 percent expect their agent to automatically maximise the marketing exposure of their property, which includes listing the property on the major property websites.The survey, conducted earlier this month, found that almost nine in 10 homeowners would expect their property to be advertised on at least one of the major property portals, particularly Rightmove or Zoopla.More than 90 per cent of those surveyed confirmed that they conduct their property search primarily through property websites, with Rightmove most popular among those surveyed.Intriguingly, a large proportion of respondents – 41.5 per cent – stated that the property websites the agent advertises on is the single most important factor in choosing which estate or letting agent to instruct, suggesting that more homeowners are becoming more marketing savvy.Lawrence Hall (right) of ZPG said, “This latest data shows clearly that homeowners expect their properties to be marketed as widely as possible and that agents who choose not to are operating with one arm tied behind their back when trying to win instructions. It also shows just how far local print has fallen and property websites have risen in terms of importance with sellers in a relatively short period of time.”Meanwhile, ZPG has appointed Vin Murria as an independent Non-Executive Director, the company announced last Friday.Murria, who left her position as Chief Executive of Advanced Software Group earlier this year, will assume his new role from Wednesday 1st July.But while Murria, who has won various awards, including the coveted Quoted Company Entrepreneur of the year 2014, accepts her new job, Clive Rook, Managing Director of Rook Matthews Sayer, has decided to step aside from his role at another major property portal.Having helped guide Agents’ Mutual through the critical development and launch phases of OnTheMarket.com, Rock stepped down from his role as Non-Executive Director, as anticipated, at a recent AGM.Despite not seeking re-election in order to able to focus more time on his estate agency business in the North East, Rock insisted that his company “remains one of its [OnTheMarket] biggest supporters”.“I have very much enjoyed being a part of the Agents’ Mutual board,” he said. “I take great satisfaction in what has been achieved so far and remain firmly confident about the prospects for the business.”He continued, “From a standing start, OnTheMarket.com has, within its first four months, already become an essential destination for anyone searching for residential property. I have no doubt that its momentum will continue to grow as it challenges the established duopoly of Rightmove and Zoopla Property Group.”Lawrence Hall online marketing online platforms marketing online agents OnTheMarket OTM Zoopla June 25, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’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 » Marketing » Online marketing strategy vital for estate agency success previous nextMarketingOnline marketing strategy vital for estate agency successThe printing industry has been in decline in recent years as companies divert marketing spend from traditional print media to online platforms.PROPERTYdrum25th June 20150656 Views
Home » News » Agencies & People » Romans acquires Bramptons previous nextAgencies & PeopleRomans acquires BramptonsRomans has bought yet another firm – its seventh acquisition of the year.4th December 201501,179 Views Sales and lettings agency, Bramptons, has become the latest in a growing list of firms to merge with the Romans Group, it has been announced.Romans has acquired the Bramptons branches at Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross in Buckinghamshire, marking the Group’s seventh acquisition of 2015.All members of staff at Bramptons have joined Romans under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006, otherwise known as TUPE, including the firm’s Director, Peter Scott.Commenting on the merger, Scott said, “The decision to sell to Romans was not one that was taken lightly; we are all extremely passionate about property and have thoroughly enjoyed working across South Buckinghamshire building Brampton’s reputation as a reliable and trusted estate and lettings agency.“Therefore, it was imperative that we sold to a company with the same passion as us, but who could also bring additional experience and investment to improve the service our clients, current and future, receive.”As part of the Romans Group, Bramptons will now be able to offer clients a property auctions sales room, surveying, conveyancing, planning expertise, and access to new homes developments, in addition to its existing sales and lettings service.Richard Frost (MARLA), Lettings Director at the Gerrards Cross office, has expressed his delight at the decision to join Romans and have access “to an established network of buyers and tenants” as well as all of “the extra resources a larger company can provide”.Both offices have undergone complete transformations, including a change of name from Bramptons to Romans.Established in 1987, Romans now has 27 sales and lettings branches across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Middlesex, Oxfordshire and Surrey, and its ambitious growth plans have led to several other exciting acquisitions in the local area, including Sherriff Mountford in Burnham, Atlantis in Reading, Campsie in Windsor, Staines-upon-Thames and West Drayton, and Jacksons in Henley-on-Thames.Peter Fuller, Managing Director of Romans Lettings, said, “With our extensive acquisition experience in the south east, capacity and financing facility, we are ready and able to consider any acquisition opportunity and plan to accelerate our rate of growth this year and in the years to come.”merger acquisitions Bramptons Romans Romans acquires Bramptons December 4, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’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 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 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
Conduct studies to determine genetic and epigenetic alterationsin hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) after chemotherapy and radiationand during aging using the state-of-the-art technologies, such asnext generation sequencing (NGS), transcriptome mutation analysis,single cell RNA sequencing, and CHIP-sequencing.Perform bioinformatic data analysis using various NGS tools(such as Bowtie 2, Tophat, cufflinks, STAR, MACS2, SamTools,Seurat, and Galaxy), data bases (for example, TCGA, UCSC, NCBI-GEO,ICGC, Proteomics DB, ELM, JASPAR, and CellMiner), pathway analysis(including DAVID, KEGG, REACTOME, ConsensusPathDB, and GSEA) andstatistical methods.Perform a variety of phenotypic and functional analyses forHSCs, such flow cytometry, HSC and hematopoietic progenitor cellclonogenic assay, and HSC transplantation.Mentor and teach graduate students and undergraduate students.Communicate research progress to colleagues, present research atconferences, and write grant proposals and articles forpublication. Department of Pharmacodynamics is looking for a highly motivatedearly career investigator with research experience in experimentalhematology and leukemia research at the rank of as a ResearchAssistant Professor.This junior, non-tenure-track faculty position will: The ideal candidate will have an excellent record of publication,experiences in experimental hematology and leukemia research,development of new ideas and technologies to gain a betterunderstanding HSC aging, clonal hematopoiesis and leukemogenesis atthe single cell level, and a keen interest in using an researchfaculty position as a resource to not only strengthen aging andcancer research at the University of Florida, but also launch anindependent research career. Strong written and verbalcommunication skills, analytical skills, and creativity areessential. Applicants interested in advancing teaching skills willhave that opportunity. In addition to substantial researchinfrastructure and financial support, the salary for this positionwill be highly competitive according to the applicant’squalifications and experience.Minimum: PhD in biomedical research; some postdoctoral experiencein experimental hematology and leukemia researchPreferred: PhD in biomedical research; 3 or more years ofpostdoctoral experience in experimental hematology and leukemiaresearch; and a strong record of high impact publicationsThe Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediatelyand accept applications until the position is filled. For fullconsideration, applications should be received by 10-15-2020.Interested applicants should apply online at https://explore.jobs.ufl.edu andsubmit: (1) a letter of interest; (2) complete curriculum vitae;and (3) contact information for at least threeprofessional/academic references. Three letters of recommendationwill be required for final candidates.E-mail inquiries to: Ashley Lavender ( [email protected] )Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript tothe hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not beconsidered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” isvisible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside ofthe United States are required to be evaluated by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by National Association ofCredential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found athttp://www.naces.org/ .The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institutiondedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty andstaff.The University of Florida is An Equal Employment OpportunityInstitution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed toapply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the FloridaRelay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent uponeligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordancewith Florida’s Sunshine Law.#Category=263The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.
There Has to be More From The IU Med Centerby Gail Riecken-CCO Statehouse EditorJon Webb (Courier &Press) recently wrote a thoughtful, and certainly, liberating article on the new IU Medical Center.He has made it easier to talk candidly about what the Center should mean for our area in the years to come – not just what it means to us today.For the IU Medical Center, now a central feature of downtown Evansville’s economy should be part of our vision for raising some of the poorest in our community from the ALICE 43%( Asset Limited, Income Constrained – folks that don’t have the buying power in personal income for basic necessities).Reducing poverty in our area means higher wages and higher wages involves training and education.That means students attending classes at the Center should include the 43%.And that means the Center has a to include Ivy Tech.And including Ivy Tech means there has to be classroom space on campus and the students have to be a part of any collaborative training program with other attendees.And …let’s not stopped there.It means our K-8 school system has to develop a meaningful educational program introducing students to training at the Center, including internships and more associate degree tracts.And it means there has to be a program where young people with lessened abilities and/or disabilities, who are capable to work in a medical/hospital environment, are trained for paid employment.And I am sure there are more thoughts about including those in the 43%.We should feel confident that the Center is working for us; that the 50 plus million we are paying (with interest) becomes the incentive for a comprehensive workforce development program that offers opportunity and hope for our young people, including those in the 43%.A Fellow Kiwanian recently offered this Thought for the Day: “ Management of attention through vision is the creation of focus”. We need that kind of attention today. We need to do more to face a serious problem in our area; we need leaders to focus on the 43%.By prioritizing reducing poverty in ways that become generational and transformational (not only providing affordable housing), our community will surely reap the benefits of the IU Medical Center.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
We hope that todays “IS IT TRUE” will provoke “ honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?”IS IT TRUE this coming Tuesday Vernon Stevens will be announcing his intention to run for the Vanderburgh County Commission seat in the Republican primary? …that Mike Duckworth is postured to announce his candidacy during the first week of December? … that just announced County Commission candidate Steve Hammer Finance Committee has raised over $30,000 for his campaign war chest so far? …we expect this race to be an aggressive social media and door to door campaign that addresses the economic, social and political challenges that face the citizens of Vanderburgh County? …we expect that this race will attract the largest voter turnout in recent memory?IS IT TRUE that todays “Special Called Meeting” of the Vanderburgh County Commission should be extremely interesting? …the main topic to be discussed shall be the future renovation/expansion of the county jail? …we expect a large crowd to attend this meeting?…we can’t wait to hear what members of the Vanderburgh County Council will say at this gathering? …we expect the two Republican County Commissioners to do a little grandstanding? …this is a developing story?IS IT TRUE 1st Ward City Councilman Dan McGinn and former Zoo Director is claiming that the Amazonian display at the Zoo is making a profit? …we are told that the Amazonian has been a major financial drain of the city budget since it was built?IS IT TRUE the City County Observer intentionally avoided the frantic rush to be first, second, or even third to publish an articles about breaking news in the wee hours of the morning? …sometimes articles that have the potential to have political implications need to rest a while until some reality starts to emerge? …one thing that is for sure is the reporting of events posted by some mainstream media outlets something has to do with subliminal messaging?IS IT TRUE Teamsters Local 215 established a Taft-Hartley Scholarship Fund in 1998? …the Trustees of the fund are Chuck Whobrey and Rick Voyles as employee Trustees and Gary Staley and Alan Braun as Employer Trustees? . ..since 1998 the fund has awarded over $3 Million Dollars in Scholarships to sons and daughters of Teamsters members whose employers contribute to the fund?IS IT TRUE the North Main corridor master plan was designed to replace some street parking, provide an up-to-date bike trail, and bring economic development to that area? …we invite you to go to North Main Street area in six (6) months from now and see what kind of new retail businesses that this $18 million dollar public works project have attracted?IS IT TRUE during a social event held at an Haynie’s Corner establishment a over zealous city employee was openly bragging about the large amount of loans, and grants that were awarded to individuals and businesses in the downtown and Haynie’s Corner area over the years? …he also bragged about the millions of dollars spent on public works projects in those areas? …that some people took his remarks as “influences peddling”?IS IT TRUE a couple of years ago ECHO Housing and DMD paid someone to paint a abstract Mural on the side of a building located behind McDonalds restaurant on North Main? …it was stated by local officials; “that this Mural is the Gateway to welcoming people to the North Main and Jacobsville area” ? …the Mural painting is fading and peeling off?…it would have been better if the $65,000 of tax dollars spent to paint this Mural on the side of a building would have been used to help the needy people in the Jacobsville area?IS IT TRUE we highly recommend that you take time and pull up the Channel 44 News and StateHouseFiles links located on the upper right hand corner of our publication?IS IT TRUE that the city of Bangkok, capital of Thailand, has the longest name in the world? ..Bangkok’s real name is Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit?Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you feel that the newly renovated North Main Street project is going to attract new retail businesses?Please take time and read our feature articles entitled “STATEHOUSE FILES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections. You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily. If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisersFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail 2018 Veterans Day discounts, free meals, deals, and sales. As Veterans Day approaches, we will continually update this list as restaurants and companies announce their Veteran’s Day specials. Typically offers are announced just before Veteran’s Day in late October and early November.Veterans Day 2018 will be on Sunday, November 11th, 2018 and designated as a Federal Holiday on Monday, November 12th, 2018.Thornton’sFree cup of coffee to our servicemen and women with a military ID starting 11/9 through Veterans Day Weekend (11/11).Boston MarketBOGO, buy 1 get 1 free individual meal and drink with Coupon on 11/11 and 11/12.The Chop HouseOn Sun., Nov. 11th and Mon, Nov. 12th veterans with military ID or in uniform get 50% off any dine-in lunch or dinner entree.IHOPAll active duty and Veterans are invited to come in and enjoy Free Red, White, & Blue Pancakes on Monday, November 12, from 7 am to 7 pm.O’Charley’sAll active and retired military service members are invited to enjoy a free meal from O’Charley’s. Veterans can choose from O’Charley’s “Veterans Thank You Menu” all day on both November 11 and 12 simply by showing their military IDs. Restaurant participation may vary by location.Red LobsterOn Sunday and Monday, November 11th and 12th to thank Veterans, active duty military and reservists, Red Lobster will offer a free appetizer or dessert from their select Veterans Day menu. To receive an offer, show a valid military ID.White CastleMilitary veterans and active duty military who show proof of service can visit a participating White Castle location on Nov 11th or 12th, and receive a free breakfast combo or castle combo meal #1-6.AcapulcoOn Veterans Day from 3 pm to closing, Acapulco will offer a complimentary meal of a 3-item combo, choosing among Tacos, Enchiladas, Taquitos, Tamales and Chile Relleno.Applebee’sVeterans and Active Duty Military can select a free meal from a limited menu on Veteran’s Day. Provide proof of service required.Back Yard BurgersMilitary veterans with valid ID, and active duty service members in uniform can enjoy a free ‘Classic Burger’ on Veterans Day 2018.Bandana’s Bar-B-QVeterans and active duty eat free on Sunday, 11/11/18.Bar LouieVets and active military receive a free flatbread or burger on Sunday, November 11th.Bob EvansBob Evans Restaurants are offering free select menu items to Veterans and Active Duty Military on Veterans Day, Sun., Nov. 11.Buffalo Wild Wings Free WingsAll day long on Sunday, November 11, veterans and active duty military who dine-in at their local B-Dubs can receive a free one order of traditional or boneless wings and a side of fries. At participating U.S. locations only.Chili’s Grill & BarAll veterans and active duty military personnel can choose a complimentary meal from a select menu on Veterans Day 2018.ChipotleOffering a buy one get one free (BOGO) burrito, bowl, salad or taco on Veterans Day from open to close. Offer valid for all active duty military, reserves, national guard, military spouses and retired military with valid ID.Cicis PizzaFree pizza buffet if you show a valid Military ID on 11/11/18.Circle KNovember 11, 2018, participating Circle K convenience stores will offer a free Polar Pop to military Veterans.Cracker Barrel Old Country StoreVeterans receive a complimentary Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake dessert or Crafted Coffee beverage. Plus an opportunity for guests to make purchases that support Operation Homefront. Veterans Day only.Dunkin’ DonutsOn November 11, Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free donut at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide, no purchase necessary.El Torito & El Torito GrillOn Veterans Day from 3 pm to closing, El Torito will offer a complimentary meal and the complimentary meal will be a 3-item combo. El Torito Grill will offer a choice between the following items: Two-Item Combo, Fajita Salad, Mesquite Grilled Chicken Tostada, and Carnitas Yucatán.Hooters Free MealHooters invites all veterans and current servicemen and women to a Hooters Veterans Day free meal from their select Veterans Day menu by presenting a military ID or proof of service at participating Hooters locations across the country on 11-11.Joe’s Crab ShackOn November 11th, all veterans can enjoy 20% off.Little Caesars PizzaOn Saturday, November 11, from 11am to 2pm, veterans and active military members can receive a free $5 HOT-N-READY® Lunch Combo.Logan’s RoadhouseThis Veterans Day, veterans and active duty drop on in for an American Roadhouse Meal on the house with proof of service. Not valid in CA, NC, SC or Augusta, GA, locations. Veterans year round receive a 10% discount to guests who present a military or veterans’ ID.Mission BBQVeterans and active duty will receive a free sandwich and slice of cake (while supplies lasts) on Veterans Day, 11/11/18.MOD PizzaShow your military I.D. on #VeteransDay (11/11) at any MOD location, and they’ll proudly serve you a free MOD-size pizza or salad.Orange Leaf Frozen YogurtOn November 11, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt will be offering free frozen yogurt for all active and retired military at participating locations.Outback Steakhouse Free Bloomin’ Onion® and a beverageVeterans get a free Bloomin’ Onion® and a beverage on Veterans Day. Must have valid identification.Pilot Flying JFrom November 10–12, active-duty and retired military veterans can redeem an offer in the Pilot Flying J app to enjoy a free Pilot Coffee of any size with their choice of a PJ Fresh breakfast sandwich, packaged pastry item or a Cinnabon Center of the Roll.Red RobinAll Veterans and Active Duty Military get a free dine-in Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries on Veterans Day 11/11.Ruby TuesdayThis Veterans Day, all former and active duty service members of the military can enjoy a free appetizer.StarbucksOn Veterans Day, active duty service members, reservists, veterans and military spouses are invited to enjoy a free Tall Brewed Coffee.Texas RoadhouseOn Sunday, November 11th, select from a free special veterans lunch menu including a beverage and sides.Denny’sAll veterans, active, and retired military personnel at all participating Denny’s restaurants nationwide will receive a free Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast on Monday, Nov. 12, from 5 a.m. to noon. Diners must show ID to receive this offer.El Chico CafeVeterans and active military eat free on Monday 11.11.18 (Limit $15).Golden CorralOn Monday, November 12th, 2018 from 5 PM to 9 PM, Golden Corral offers a free sit-in “thank you” dinner for Military veterans, retirees, and active duty members..Old Country BuffetMon., Nov. 12, veterans may eat for free plus a bottled beverage. Offer valid at participating restaurants.Ryan’sMon., Nov. 12, veterans may eat for free plus a bottled beverage. Offer valid at participating restaurants.Shoney’sShoney’s says ‘Thank You’ to America’s heroes by offering a free All You Care To Eat breakfast, to all Veterans and Active Duty Military members on Monday 11.12.18 from open – 11 am.Texas Steakhouse & SaloonAll veteran and active duty military personnel receive a complimentary meal from a select menu on Mon., November 12th from 11 am to 10 pm.Bonanza SteakhouseOn Veterans Day, all former and current military service men and women enjoy a free buffet (beverage not included), at all participating Bonanza Steakhouses. Contact your local Bonanza for more details. Bonefish GrillOn Saturday, November 11th, all veterans, active and retired military service members who show a valid ID, can enjoy a free Bang Bang Shrimp. Offer valid for dine-in only.Gatti’s Pizza Veterans and active military members with ID will receive a free buffet, or a free medium 1-topping pizza for carryout.Krispy Kreme Free Doughnut & CoffeeOn Veterans Day, a free doughnut and small coffee will be given to anyone who identifies themselves as a veteran or active military personnel (no ID required).KrystalOn Veterans Day, all active and retired military can receive a complimentary sausage biscuit during breakfast hours (6am – 11am).Ponderosa SteakhousesFrom 4pm-close on Veterans Day, all former and current military service men and women enjoy a free buffet (beverage not included) from participating Ponderosa locations. Contact your local Ponderosa for more details.TGI Fridays Free LunchGuests who show valid military ID can enjoy a free lunch menu item up to $12. This offer is valid on Saturday, November 11th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. 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Free guided beach walks offered by Ocean City begin July 1 at Corson’s Inlet State Park. By MADDY VITALENature lovers have just the right thing to explore in Ocean City. A hidden gem, something little known to visitors and residents, are guided beach tours on the south end of town.And this year, the tours are free to eliminate the exchange of cash during the coronavirus pandemic. They begin July 1 and run Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. and Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. through August. Volunteer beach guides take out groups and share information on environmental topics, including seashells, birds, the ocean, beach vegetation, marine creatures and more.The guided beach walks run for approximately one hour at Corson’s Inlet State Park.Bill Stuempfig, 67, of Tuckahoe, and his wife, Carol Jones, 75, have each been guides for years. There are also other volunteer guides in the program.Jones is one of the volunteers for the Tuesday morning walks and Stuempfig does the Wednesday night walks.Tour guides will follow the shoreline at Corson’s Inlet State Park.Each beach walk is unique, depending upon the questions raised during the tour and the change in the landscape. Group participants are encouraged to find items along the way for discussion and learning. The guides share knowledge and welcome questions.People meet at the south end at 59th Street and Central Avenue near the entrance to Corson’s Inlet State Park. While the guides don’t take people on the trails, they stick to the shoreline to discuss the abundant marine life, plant life and wildlife.“We go up to the top of the trail and explain to them about (Hurricane) Sandy and how the beaches were rebuilt. We also explain the diverse plants,” Stuempfig pointed out. “There is a lot of golden rod and beach plum right as you go onto the beach at the very south end. We talk about birds, fish, the weather and the waves.”Stuempfig, who has been a guide for the walks for 15 years, said he enjoys teaching families about the Jersey Shore.He grew up on the bay in Ocean City and has been a boat captain since he was 18. He is currently a professional nature tour guide in Cape May and surveys osprey for the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.While the pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of many other events throughout the shore, Stuempfig said the tours offer a great way for people to safely gather.“It is safe. It is fun and you learn,” Stuempfig said. “I think even with the coronavirus we will all be careful. Even though you are having fun you are still learning. We will show rather than hand things around this year.”He added that the six feet of separation called for in social distancing guidelines is also possible on the tours and if they are too large, they will be split into two sessions.Bill Stuempfig, of Tuckahoe, grew up in Ocean City, and enjoys being a guide on the beach walks.Jones, a retired teacher, became a guide five years ago and loves every minute of it, she said.“I was a teacher all my life. I spent my last 20 years teaching in Woodbine. When I retired it, I missed it a lot,” Jones said. “Giving the tours is perfect for me. Most of the people come with their kids and the kids just love everything you show them. It is really a good replacement for me.”Stuempfig and Jones agreed that while they are imparting their knowledge about the shore and its ecosystem, kids teach them a thing or two.“Kids come up with amazing answers,” Stuempfig noted. The guides ask the groups questions such as how many mammals they think live in the inlet.“There is diverse wildlife in Corson’s Inlet. There are actually deer living there,” he added, noting he could name at least 10 types of mammals that live there.The families also learn how to tell what type of species made tracks in the sand.“A lot of the tracks at the beach are cool to show people. You will see the trails of fox. The wrack line, which marks the high tide, is also a really neat place because you will find a lot of things in there from seaweed to some little critters,” Stuempfig said. “We like to teach people things. That is what my life has been, teaching people on the water, and Carol is a natural with the kids.”For more information about the free beach guided beach walks visit https://oceancityvacation.com/things-to-do/kids-activities/nature-walks.htmlCarol Jones, of Tuckahoe, has been a beach tour guide for five years. (Photo courtesy Carol Jones)
While the rest of the college football world marks the sport’s 150th anniversary this autumn, Harvard plans to wait until 2024 to celebrate. History and tradition are important at the country’s oldest college, which believes that it created the modern game in 1874 and whose varsity has been playing the same archrival for 144 years and performing in the same concrete horseshoe for 116 — this season’s first home contest is set for Friday evening against Brown.Continuity, heritage, and ritual are central to the enduring magnetism and mystique of Harvard football, which this season is observing the centennial of its Rose Bowl victory over Oregon that produced the program’s last national championship.The stadium may have been renovated multiple times, but except for an artificial playing surface and lights for night games it still looks much the same as it did when it was opened in 1903. The schedule features the same seven rivals from the 19th century. The varsity still has only one captain. And the last couple of decades have been something of a minor throwback to the glory era before the Great War, when Percy Haughton’s estimable elevens collected three national crowns.Aerial view of Harvard Stadium circa 1915. Source: Harvard University ArchivesBecause the Ivies do not participate in the post-season playoffs, the league’s silver trophy, which may be the most elaborate on the planet, is the season’s only prize. Since the turn of the millennium, Harvard has won or shared it eight times and posted three perfect records without enduring a losing season.During that time, the Crimson has enjoyed extraordinary success against Dartmouth, Penn, Princeton, and Yale, the four rivals that are the historic benchmarks by which success is measured, posting an aggregate record of 54-22.For a time the lengthening string of Saturday successes provoked confusion among some longtime followers more accustomed to defeat: “Why are we winning all the time?” Graduates of a certain age recalled the lost decade that began with a 44-0 thwacking at Stanford in the 1949 opener and continued with seven losing seasons.The nadir came at New Haven in 1957 where Harvard’s battered varsity absorbed a 54-0 televised tutorial. At halftime, with Yale ahead 34-0, a messenger handed Eli coach Jordan Olivar a one-word telegram from a Harvard alum: “Please.”Robust recruiting soon provided more sturdiness and speed, and the next several decades were decidedly more fruitful. John Yovicsin’s conservative fundamentals produced 11 winning seasons and three Ivy titles. Joe Restic’s deceptive multiflex offense, with its many formations and players in motion, befuddled rival defenders (“The ball’s coming,” Restic would say. “They don’t know where.”) and delivered a dozen winning campaigns and five more league crowns.Tim Murphy is in his 26th year as head coach of the Harvard Crimson. Harvard file photoBy the end of the ’80s, though, the victories were dwindling, and there was only one more winning season until 2001. Stadium vendors hawked T-shirts puckishly proclaiming Harvard as the “Team of the ’90s” — meaning the 1890s.When coach Tim Murphy, now in his 26th year, restocked the ranks with swift runners and receivers and sinewy defenders, perennial success returned with 16 consecutive autumns with at least seven triumphs and at least one All-American virtually every year. Along the way, 30 Crimson lettermen have gone on to play in the National Football League (eight this season), most notably quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, the bearded Zelig who has called signals for a record eight clubs.Yet the players, who still live in the same dorms and take the same courses as the rest of their classmates, hardly are campus celebrities. Most of the undergraduates probably could not identify captain Wes Ogsbury if they passed him in the Yard. He and his teammates are students who happen to spend their fall afternoons in helmets and pads and are uncommonly proficient in the classroom.Half a dozen Harvard players have earned Rhodes Scholarships over the past six decades. Three of the top five scores in the Wonderlic cognitive ability test taken by NFL prospects were achieved by Crimson players (Pat McInally, Fitzpatrick, and Matt Birk). Last season’s offensive line majored in electrical engineering, psychology, human developmental and regenerative biology, bioengineering, and economics. It was not atypical.“We recognize that this is football that is still human in its dimensions and personalities,” Roger Angell ’42 once wrote about the ivied game. “These athletes before us are not heroes or employees, but only young students, and it is their game, and their pleasure at their game, that we have come to watch.”It was the students who devised the version that permitted carrying the ball and tackling (Princeton and Rutgers essentially played soccer in 1869). They drew up the rules, designed the uniforms, and engaged and entertained their opponents, starting with McGill.,Their colonnaded playground, a hybrid between a Roman circus and a Greek amphitheater, gives participants the impression that they are gladiators or artists. Dick Clasby, running back a kickoff for 103 yards against Dartmouth in 1952, recalled seeing the spectators rising section by section before he passed beneath them. John Dockery, returning an end-to-end interception against Cornell in the rain in 1964, described “colors moving past you, atmospheric details like Renoir.”The pigskin version of Harvard’s festival rites remains The Game, which former Yale president Bart Giamatti called the country’s last great 19th-century pageant. It is decidedly more gentlemanly now than it was in 1894 when multiple players were bloodied and brained and the rivalry was halted for two years. “Our kids really respect their players as tough, hard-nosed, classy kids,” observed Murphy.The contest’s end-of-season finality creates an aura of urgency and drama. “It makes for a warm winter if you do win,” Restic once mused. “And a cold one if you don’t.” While Harvard’s 29-29 “victory” in 1968 remains the most memorable outcome from the Cambridge perspective, there have been notable others since: the 95-yard drive engineered in 1974 by concussed Hawaiian quarterback Milt Holt, who dashed for the winning touchdown in the final 15 seconds, or Mike Lynch’s “9-iron” field goal at the Bowl the following year. “I just told myself not to shank it in front of 70,000 people,” he said. The triple-overtime triumph came in the gloaming at the Bowl in 2005 after the Crimson erased an 18-point second-half gap.No matter the result, the Crimson players mill about the gridiron with their rivals, friends, and family — and then walk off into winter. There still is no game after The Game.The Crimson will play Brown at 7 p.m. Friday, Harvard Stadium. For a complete schedule, visit the website.
Virtualization has expanded in the data center as organizations seek to maximize the use of resources and simplify operations and management. What’s left to complete this transformation in the final step towards a software defined data center (SDDC)? The network, of course.But the reality is that networks are complex. They also support the business-critical applications and workloads that today’s businesses rely on to operate, compete and grow. The reliance on apps and workloads to run and support the business means that workloads must operate at peak efficiency. Fast is a business imperative, and your network infrastructure needs to provide the performance, stability, and scale that can deliver that speed, both from a physical and virtual perspective.Physical and virtual networks need to work together to support and accelerate business speed. At the same time, a lack of visibility into the underlying physical network and its correlation with the supported virtual overlays means network managers waste time correcting mistakes when deploying and managing virtual networks. That can hinder your ability to bring up new network services quickly and efficiently.The challenge that remains is how to ensure the physical underlay network is provisioned and optimized for virtual environments. In order to do that we need to simplify management across physical and virtual networks. Here’s why:Ease the creation and production of an efficient fabric network. Automation makes the time-consuming process of creating and deploying an open, simple, and efficient network easier while also verifying it will operate as intended without the need for manual intervention. Automation enables a trail of all changes made to the network and can be used to audit the compliance of network configuration to Business Policies. By enabling only a few intents or templates for network configuration, we also reduce the maze of changes that can happen – Keep it simple principle.Eliminate error-prone manual processes. Making changes to the physical layer can be a complex, time-consuming process fraught with the potential for errors that impact a business’ ability to act fast.Gain fabric visibility. Comprehensive and highly intuitive visualization of the time-series data and other telemetry information greatly simplifies the day-to-day operations of the fabric and ensures that the physical and virtual layers of the core networks are synchronized. Visibility and correlation between Physical and Overlay would help debugging, monitoring and capacity planning.Improve fabric lifecycle management. Automating the download, install and verify process ensures that fabric switches are upgraded with the right images.Reduce OpEx. Reduce overhead associated with manual tasks and troubleshooting and reallocate valuable resources to business-critical initiatives. In a typical Data Center, OpEx is the major of the costs and Fabric automation addresses the heart of the problem – namely OpEx.Simplified, unified management across physical and virtual networks not only eliminates the need to rely on multiple management screens and manual processes, it also enables organizations to embrace software-defined networking and realize the benefits of moving away legacy hardware-bound technologies to modern, open technologies that are software-driven and driving innovation.Co-architected by Dell Technologies and VMware, Dell EMC SmartFabric Director helps organizations accelerate data center transformation through more agile central management across virtual and physical network infrastructures. Tight integration between Dell EMC SmartFabric Director and VMware vSphere and NSX-T ensures the seamless functioning of application workloads in a VMware software-defined data center.Learn more about how Dell EMC SmartFabric Director enables a more agile and simplified central management across both virtual and physical network infrastructures, visit here.
Morten Eskildsen, professor of experimental condensed matter physics, was named an American Physical Society (APS) Fellow in the Condensed Matter Physics division in December. The Society recognized his research regarding type-II superconductors.Eskildsen, who has been a member of the Notre Dame faculty since 2003, was one of 32 condensed matter physicists selected from a nomination pool of 6,000. The APS elects Fellows for their “exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise,” according to its website.Eskildsen’s recent research on superconductors has provided insight on this aspect of physics. Superconductors are substances considered an “emergent phase,” he said.“The fundamental constituents that make up a superconducting material, atoms and electrons, are well-known with well-understood properties,” Eskildsen said. “Nonetheless, when a large number are combined into a material, the interactions can lead to new physical phenomena.”Since superconductors can carry electric currents without any loss, they have enormous potential for technological use, Eskildsen said. In addition to furthering the fundamental understanding of particle interaction, research on superconductors could improve the functionality of these materials, he said.“Currently, the practical use of superconductors is mainly in very strong electromagnets,” said Eskildsen. “Since there is no loss, these magnets can be charged and basically ‘store’ a magnetic field indefinitely. This is used for NMR magnets, MRI scanners and also in the magnets in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.”Eskildsen’s primary research focus is the vortex lattices that exist within superconductors in magnetic fields.“They are like little (nano-scale) electric tornadoes,” Eskildsen said.Eskildsen said the electric vortices behave differently within different superconductors, and observing these variations allowed him and his team to understand more about certain mysterious superconductors that are of “special fundamental importance,” he said. Eskildsen’s research also has implications regarding the practical use of superconductors, he said.“Current in the superconductor will compel the vortices to move and if they do so that will lead to losses; even in the superconducting state,” Eskildsen said. “So the study of vortex dynamics and vortex pinning is of considerable practical importance.”For example, Eskildsen said development of more effective superconductors could solve the problem of “power transmission lines where a lot of the electricity generated at power plants is lost.”“So far all superconductors have to be cooled to cryogenic temperatures,” Eskildsen said. “If one could discover a superconductor that would work at room temperature, one could potentially solve these problems.”Tags: American Physical Society, APH, electromagnets, Morten Eskildsen, superconductors condensed matter physics