first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Gloves are off! Purplebricks launches aggressive attack on traditional agents in Oz previous nextAgencies & PeopleGloves are off! Purplebricks launches aggressive attack on traditional agents in OzLocal TV celebrity John Du Bois is recruited to front TV campaign that paints traditional agents as preening, Porsche-driving ‘commission collectors’.Nigel Lewis23rd January 20191 Comment1,992 Views Purplebricks’ Australian business has launched a direct attack on traditional estate agents in Oz with a campaign fronted by the country’s answer to Phil Spencer, property pundit Barry Du Bois (pictured, above).In the UK the company may have only made indirect references to its traditional rivals, but in Australia the gloves are well and truly off.After being appointed as the company’s brand ambassador, Du Bois has joined Purplebricks in an all-out assault on local fee levels, which the 58-year-old says are ‘frustratingly’ high.He told local media yesterday that: “As a nation, we need to challenge the concept of a commission in real estate,” he says.“The argument that agents can only do their job well if they are excessively remunerated just doesn’t stack up.“The commission-collecting model hasn’t changed for thirty years at a time when technology has rapidly transformed the industry. Every month millions of Australians visit and Domain so the days of relying on an agent’s black book of contacts are over.”His comments are part of a campaign by Purplebricks including a revamped website, banner ads and a TV campaign fronted by Du Bois.During the advert traditional agents in Oz are depicted as self-absorbed, preening, Porsche-driving ‘commission collectors’.“Since launching, we have saved Australians over $50 million in commission fees,” says Neil Tavender, CEO of Purplebricks in Australia (left).“This campaign is about educating Australians about the real estate industry’s archaic business model that only benefits agents.” January 23, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentSam Samuel, Edward Ashdale Edward Ashdale 23rd January 2019 at 9:01 amThe benefit of High Street agencies is they do work harder to achieve more money. Plus, when the market becomes challenging you cannot rely on portals to get interest in homes.Local knowledge, good contact with buyers on database and experienced progressors to deal with stick issues and manage chains also return value.And let’s not forget these agents that want to work self-employed for online businesses are usually failed EAs or lazy ones that want an easier life whilst yes you’ve guessed it… earning a decent living from taking fees upfront with no guarantee of the vendor getting a result.Bring it on here. Gloves will come off and the boots will come on!Log in to ReplyWhat’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 2021last_img read more

first_img View post tag: Subs Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: Nuke Industry news View post tag: deliver View post tag: five View post tag: Naval USC to Deliver Five Borey Class Nuke Subs to Russian MoD May 29, 2012center_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Borey View post tag: class Back to overview,Home naval-today USC to Deliver Five Borey Class Nuke Subs to Russian MoD View post tag: MoD View post tag: Russian View post tag: USC A contract for delivery of a set consisting of five Borey class nuclear submarines has been signed on Friday by the Russia’s Defense Ministry and United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), Alexei Kravchenko confirmed to RIA NOVOSTI on May 28.Reportedly, no further details are known about the contract signing, which was brought to a question in the aftermath of failed talks on agreeing on pricing conditions.The talks have been back on track after Russian President Vladimir Putin intervened, urging his Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov to come to terms with USC and agree on the final price.Under the contract, the Russian Navy should renew its fleet with additional 10 new Borey class strategic nuclear submarines by 2020, outfitted with Bulava ballistic missiles.Just a few hours upon Vladimir Putin’s inauguration ceremony in Kremlin, the newly elected Russian President passed his first decisions as the country’s leader, putting a focus on defense and foreign policy strategies, followed by modernization of weaponry and intelligence improvement.The move stems from a desire to protect Russia’s strategic interests and strengthen its position as military super power. Having that in mind, the Russian government has allocated five trillion rubles ($156 bln) or a quarter of the entire armament procurement budget until 2020 for the purpose.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 29, 2012last_img read more

first_imgOxford City Council has approved plans for a 300-bed student complex to be built in Headington for Oxford Brookes students, despite fierce opposition from local residents.The student accommodation will be built on the former Dorset House School site on London Road, in close proximity to retirement flats and a nursing home. When plans were announced, the council received numerous complaints regarding potential noise pollution in the area.The chief concerns centred around a potential clash of lifestyles between the students and local residents. The residents of nearby retirement flats have an average age of 86. Fears were expressed that the process of building the three- and four-storey buildings and introduction of students to the area would disrupt the quiet for the elderly residents in the area.Whilst in accordance with city planning regulations, students will not be allowed to park cars in the area. Residents have voiced discontent with students potentially parking in streets that do not enforce residents\’ parking permits. Concerns have also been aired of student cyclists posing a threat to the elderly residents.Other complaints relate to the design of the buildings, which have been labelled \’overbearing\’ and \’an eyesore.\’However, Brookes university regards the site as a good location for halls of residence as it is situated between Oxford Brookes and the Headington shops. Residents have been assured that wardens will be on site twenty four hours a day, to quell any drunken or rowdy behaviour and prevent sleepless nights for neighbours.A spokesperson for Oxford City Council said, \”We consider all planning applications on their individual merits. We take in concerns and comments from residents through the consultation process.\”In addition we assess proposals against our planning policies that we have to follow when granting or refusing planning permission. In this case the Council decided that there were important benefits in providing student flats to help reduce the number of students sharing in family housing and that the possible impacts on adjacent residents could be suitably controlled by using planning conditions.\”The issues regarding the new halls of residence appear to confirm an increasing sense amongst local people and home-owners that Oxford is effectively becoming a \’student ghetto,\’ overrun by members of the city\’s two universities.One Brookes student said, \”I can understand the concerns of locals with regards to a clash of lifestyles, as it is common knowledge that halls produce a lot of noise pollution, especially in contrast to a retirement home. It is important to note the necessity of a quiet and calm environment in respect to the well-being of members and staff at the retirement homes.\”However she noted that, \”Oxford is home to one of the oldest universities in the word, therefore the city shall and always will be dictated by its student population\’s lifestyle and needs.\”Âlast_img read more

first_imgAT THE STATE BOARD ELECTIONS — Lincoln Community School’s Student Council visited The College of New Jersey in Ewing to attend the State Board of Elections. From the left are Miriam Gurguis, President, Bridget Garces-Blanca, Sergeant at Arms, Julia Lapinski, Treasurer, Bilal Touzani, Vice President and Alyssa Johnson, Secretary. ×last_img

first_imgMembers of Australian psych-rock powerhouse King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are spending today celebrating the release of their 14th studio album, Fishing for Fishies. The nine-track project released via Flightless Records acts as the popular rock band’s first since they released a mind-blowing five full-length albums in 2017.Related: The Black Keys Announce ‘Let’s Rock’ LP, Share New Single, “Eagle Birds”The new album includes the previously-released singles, “Cyboogie” and “Boogieman Sam“, in addition to six other tracks which will surely kickstart your way into the weekend.The band’s singer Stu Mackenzie recently spoke about the band’s efforts in the studio on what kind of direction they wanted their latest project to go in.“We tried to make a blues record,” Mackenzie told Rolling Stone. “A blues-boogie-shuffle-kinda-thing, but the songs kept fighting it — or maybe it was us fighting them. Ultimately though we let the songs guide us this time; we let them have their own personalities and forge their own path. Paths of light, paths of darkness. This is a collection of songs that went on wild journeys of transformation.”The arrival of Fishing for Fishies on Friday will give the hard-hitting rock band a fresh batch of new material to take on the road, when they head on out their North American headlining tour this summer beginning on August 13th in Los Angeles.Fans can head over to the band’s website for ticketing info to their upcoming performances. Fans can also hit play on the Spotify player below to hear some of the fresh new material on Fishing for Fishies.King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Fishing for Fishieslast_img read more

first_imgHarvard University announced today its intention to create a social choice fund. Donations to the fund will be invested in one or more external mutual funds that take special account of social responsibility considerations. The fund will be established as of Harvard’s next fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2013.The Harvard social choice fund will be managed separately from the endowment. Income from the fund will be dedicated to supporting financial aid for students across the University.“I have heard from many students and alumni who have asked for additional avenues to support both the University and broader social interests,” said President Drew Faust. “This fund will offer donors another way to support Harvard’s financial aid program and the transformational opportunities it offers our students.”Contributions to the new fund will be invested in one or more mutual funds selected and approved by the Corporation Committee on Shareholder Responsibility (CCSR). It is anticipated that there will be no minimum gift amount, and that each year 20 percent of the fund’s beginning market value will be made available to support financial aid.Over the coming months, the University will review the experiences of other colleges and universities that operate similar funds, and will receive advice from the Harvard Management Company and others.“In addition to their excellent track record as investors, Harvard Management Company has considerable expertise in due diligence processes that rigorously evaluate investment opportunities on a number of levels, including sustainability, governance issues, and other factors,” said Faust.Operational details of the social choice fund will be worked out by the end of the current fiscal year, and the University plans to review and assess the fund’s performance within five years.Contact:Kevin [email protected]last_img read more

first_img Read Full Story The Harvard Black Students Association (BSA) held its inaugural convocation for first-year students earlier this month.Freshmen, upperclassmen, and graduate students filled Memorial Church on Sept. 2 for an event that celebrated diversity, inclusion, and culture while addressing the challenges many minority students say they face on campus.While the majority of attendees were members of the Class of 2021, the convocation event brought together graduate students who have a unique purview, as they provide wisdom and guidance for undergraduates as resident proctors, mentors, and advisers.Freshmen, first-year, and graduate students gathered at the Memorial Church earlier this month for the inaugural Black Students Association convocation. Photo by La’Toya Princess Jackson“It serves as a symbol of how far the University has come in the ethnic diversity of the student body,” said BSA President Hasani Hayden ’19 of the event’s goal, which was to welcome black-identifying, first-year students to campus.Aric Flemming, vice president of the Harvard Graduate Council, called the event a timely symbol of hope and healing not just for black students, but all students, staff, and faculty.Flemming is a graduate student at Harvard Divinity School in the master’s of divinity program and also serves as a resident proctor and graduate assistant for Harvard College.“At this time, we upheld black culture and history while moving to solidify a seat at the table,” Flemming said.Organizer Najya Williams ’20 said she wants every black first-year student to feel welcome at Harvard, and she said she hopes to engage the graduate community in future events as supporters, resources, and examples.Amanda Gorman ’20, National Youth Poet Laureate and one of the speakers at the convocation said, “It was beautiful to witness a myriad of black identities — from Jamaican to Afro-Latin — represented at the event.“This speaks to Our Harvard, its inclusion, and the unity of a diverse black population,” she added.By La’Toya Princess Jackson is vice chair for communications for the Harvard Graduate Council, which is the official student representative body for Harvard’s 12 graduate and professional Schools. last_img read more

first_imgThe development of our Dell EMC PowerScale and ECS platforms was informed by the challenges the enterprise faces when scaling distributed systems like Hadoop. As data teams continue to scale their Hadoop and analytics systems, the need increases for flexible compute and storage. Data teams are processing more data than ever before, but with the growth of data comes significant management challenges. To address these issues, many data teams pivot to architectures that allow for independent scaling of compute and storage in both Object and HDFS for Hadoop. At Dell Technologies, we have helped our customers work through these challenges for many years.Since our partnership with Hortonworks and Cloudera began in 2015, Dell Technologies has engaged in joint engineering and validation efforts to bring our leading edge file and native HDFS storage product Dell EMC PowerScale and distributed object storage product Dell EMC ECS to both Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) and Cloudera Data Hub (CDH).Extending the PartnershipWith the release of the Cloudera Data Platform (CDP), the Cloudera team is enabling IT to deliver easier, faster, and safer self-services analytics experiences. Today, we are announcing our partnership with Cloudera in validating and certifying CDP with PowerScale OneFS and ECS. Our new partnership is built on the base of many years of QATS certification for both CDH & HDP platforms with our unstructured data solutions.“As customers continue to expand their Machine Learning workloads and the storage requirements evolve, we’re excited to partner with Dell Technologies to bring to market solutions backed by its leading-edge unstructured data storage offerings like PowerScale and ECS,” said Nadeem Asghar, VP of Solutions and Partner Engineering at Cloudera. “Dell Technologies shares our commitment to ensuring our customers can always stay ahead of industry and technology trends and we look forward to delivering solutions to our customers for years to come.”  Benefits for Data TeamsThis new three-year investment strengthens the Dell Technologies and Cloudera partnership, allowing us to:Continue to support our existing joint customers on existing and future hardware and software releases.Bring shared storage model at scale with innovative and fully validated end-to-end platforms to support the growing Hadoop ecosystem.Over the course of next few months, we are contracted to work jointly with Cloudera to certify PowerScale as the primary HDFS store for CDP-Private Cloud Base 7.1.x. In the same timeframe, we also plan to certify Dell ECS through QATS as the S3 object store for CDP 7.1.x.Building a Solid Data Foundation for AnalyticsFinally, PowerScale’s capability for data consolidation that can manage data for several Hadoop distributions simultaneously enables us to offer phased migration services from CDH or HDP to CDP. This simplifies the process and significantly minimizes business risk in migrating to the new Hadoop distribution. At Dell Technologies, we plan to launch these migration services as CDP-Private Cloud Base becomes available for on-prem deployment.You can find more information about Data Analytics and Hadoop solutions built using PowerScale  here and Apache Spark on PowerScale here. For the technically inclined, you can find technical details on Hadoop with PowerScale here. If you have questions or feedback on our Hadoop offerings, please reach out to your local Dell Technologies account executive.last_img read more

first_imgWhile many students occupied their time this past semester studying abroad, working an internship or balancing homework and other extra-curriculars, one Saint Mary’s student spent the last several months living out her dream as a singer. Sylvia Yacoub, a Saint Mary’s sophomore, took the year off to pursue her aspirations of becoming a professional singer when she auditioned for “The Voice,” an NBC reality television show where participants compete on teams coached by successful musicians. When singers are selected to participate on the show, they have the option to choose to be coached by one of four artists: Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green. Yacoub chose Aguilera and said the opportunity to work with her has been an unforgettable one. “Getting the chance to work with [Aguilera] and perform with her has been incredible,” she said. “She has been my idol since I was a little girl and to know that she knows who I am personally is awesome. We connected so easily both artistically and emotionally.” Throughout the rehearsals and performances, Aguilera acted as a mentor to Yacoub, coaching her during her time on the show. In addition for the chance to learn under Aguilera, Yacoub said she especially enjoyed getting to know her coach’s personality and work ethic. “She’s a strong woman and stands for what she wants – and I love that about her,” Yacoub said. “You have all these ideas about how great your idol is and to meet Christina and to have her exceed all of my expectations was really cool. She was probably the most real person [at “The Voice”], and she was always herself. That is something I respect.” Though Yacoub received coaching and advice from Aguilera throughout the competition, she was also able to hear the other coaches’ opinions about her performances. Yacoub said she really enjoyed that aspect of “The Voice” and was grateful to hear additional feedback on her singing. “It was awesome,” she said. “Not everyone gets coached by their idol, let alone four different amazing singers. [They] are all really different artists and that feedback really helps you grow because you realize ‘Well this group thinks this, so I need to improve on this.’ It was great.” While the comments and advice from Aguilera and the other three coaches were extremely helpful to Yacoub, she said she also benefited greatly from the support of the Saint Mary’s community and her hometown of Muskegon, Mich. “Everyone’s support means the world to me,” she said. “Friends, and even people I don’t know and alumni are all reaching out to me. The support has been impeccable and I personally feel I had one of the best hometown and school backings [on “The Voice”]. It feels great to know so many people support me.” The support from all of her fans helped Yacoub push through some of the more stressful parts of her time on the show. She said the experience of rehearsals, performing and competing was an “emotional rollercoaster.” “I think I cried more on the show than I have in my entire life,” she said. “You just spin through so many different emotions. You go so quickly from excitement to being nervous to ‘I could go home tonight’ to ‘Oh my gosh, America saved me’ – it was crazy.” After making it onto the show after the blind auditions and advancing past the knockouts into the top 10, Yacoub was voted off of the competition last week after her performance of Alicia Keys’s “Girl on Fire.” While Yacoub is disappointed she is no longer on “The Voice,” she said she was expecting the elimination. “I kind of had a feeling I would go home,” she said. “I had mentally prepared myself and got it all out of my system the night before. I just had this gut feeling. But I was really happy with my last performance – it had a message I think is really important and the coaches were happy with it, too.” While her time on “The Voice” is over, she said her plans to return back to Saint Mary’s are still  being finalized. Because she is still under contract with NBC and “The Voice,” she is unable to make any definite plans right now. “I definitely will come back to Saint Mary’s and visit,” she said. “There is a possibility I will be back next semester to finish the year but everything is still up in the air. It all depends on my career and me moving forward with my singing.” Despite her uncertainties at the moment, Yacoub said she is confident in her career and hopes others take inspiration from her success on the show. “I’ve opened a lot of doors by being in this competition and making it to the Top 10, so expect more coming from me,” she said. “I hope my experience shows that someone with literally no connections can make it and that I’ve given people the drive and push to shoot for what you want.”last_img read more

first_img Les Miserables One day more! Nothing says “Happy Graduation” like the aftermath of the June Rebellion of 1832. This clearly homemade (but very fun) Les Miz cake uses pretzel rods as barricades, and features Enjolras in what appears to be football shoulder pads. Mamma Mia! We don’t know many six-year-olds who would request a Mamma Mia! birthday cake, but hey, let’s get her started on the Broadway path early. This cake evokes the Greek Isles, and—damn it, now we’re going to have “Super Trouper” stuck in our heads for the rest of the day. Thanks a lot, Crystal. June is a time for celebration, and with Broadway fans all over the country getting married, graduating, celebrating Father’s Day, having impromptu barbecues and of course, making parole, we think you deserve a sweet treat. After hours of internet research, is highlighting the most impressive, silliest and weirdest Broadway-themed cake creations we could we could find. Check ’em out! Newsies How adorable is this Newsies birthday cake adorned with teeny papes? This obviously homemade treat gets an “A” for creativity—although we wish it included some edible photos of Jeremy Jordan and Corey Cott. The Book of Mormon Show your Book of Mormon-obsesed pal you care with this clever sheet cake. (If you’re thinking of sneaking into the kitchen and binge-eating the whole thing yourself, just turn those cravings off like a light switch.) View Comments The Phantom of the Opera Cakes featuring the Angel of Music are pretty basic stuff—what, you didn’t have a Phantom cake for your 12th birthday party? Don’t lie. But this treat by Toronto’s For the Love of Cake featuring a very smiley masked man really takes the, uh… You know.center_img The Lion King He’s gonna be a mighty king! What three-year-old wouldn’t want this delicious bug-covered ode to The Lion King? Pumbaa looks a little squished down there, but hey, he’s just gonna get devoured anyway. Aladdin Four-year-old Anissa is one lucky girl—she got a gorgeous Aladdin cake for her birthday! We wonder if a tap-dancing, Tony-winning James Monroe Iglehart comes out of that magic lamp when you rub it. Chicago Celebrate your release from jail with this delectable and sexy Chicago creation. It’s got everything: metal bars, legs, inexplicable poppies… This looks illegally delicious. Kinky Boots Sex isn’t in the heel—it’s in the frosting in this cake by Ron Ben-Israel. There’s only one problem: We’re not exactly sure how you slice a piece of this gorgeous dessert and eat it. Lola? Help! Wicked Although we’re not sure how much this Elphie looks like Idina Menzel, she certainly defies gravity in this three-tiered treat by Anne Arvin. Created for a Wicked fanatic’s 21st birthday, the bottom tier is decorated with flying monkeys and decorated with green icing flowers.last_img read more