Developer launches first upmarket property raffle platform

first_imgPictures have been released of the UK’s first developer-built newbuild apartment to be sold via a raffle.The £2 million apartment in South Kensington in central London is to be raffled for £10 a ticket by developer Gatsby Property, which admits the competition is one way for it to drum up interest in its site as transactions in central London have slumped by up to 40% recently.The London-based developer constructs small to medium size residential developments all over the UK and is raffling the flat at is latest site on Exhibition Road (pictured, above).Its two-bedroom apartment will come ready furnished with Stamp Duty and legal costs paid as will the first year’s council tax, utilities and service charges.But the raffle is not a one-off. The founders of Gatsby Property, Harry Dee and Jonny Jackson, have set up their own competition site for upmarket properties called Cadivus, which any scholars will know means ‘windfall’ in Latin.The duo (pictured, left) reckon there’s a gap in the market for a regulated property raffle platform, although previous efforts have come to grief either because they haven’t attracted enough sales, or because they have not stuck to the rules government such competitions regulated by the Gambling Commission.Gatsby Property says its Cadivus platform will use www.promoveritas.com, the independent adjudicator that the BBC and Channel 4 uses.“We’ve been developing properties in prime London for the past five years and have watched the evolution of property raffle sites with interest,” says Jackson. December 7, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Marketing » Developer launches first upmarket property raffle platform previous nextMarketingDeveloper launches first upmarket property raffle platformGatsby Property says there is a gap in the market to sell prime newbuild properties in the UK and is offering a £2m apartment to kick off the initiative.Nigel Lewis7th December 201802,125 Viewslast_img read more

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RedBlack targets ordering

first_imgRedBlack Software has released a new Automated Orders function for its CyBake Touch shop management solution, which claims to take the guesswork out of predicting shop sales.Standalone product Cybake Touch runs on EPoS tills to provide a link between head office and retail outlets via the internet. The new Automated Orders function generates its own suggested orders, for a retail baker, for the following week. “The suggested orders are created from an algorithm agreed with each customer,” said the firm. “For example, on short shelf-life products, the Automated Orders software may use an average of the last week’s actual sales plus a percentage uplift to suggest what should be ordered for the following week.”Shop managers are still required to review and confirm the suggested orders, which allows them to moderate the results for changes to the usual routine, such as school holidays.last_img read more

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Press release: World first as UK aid brings together experts to predict where cholera will strike next

first_img General media queries (24 hours) The information on rainfall assessments supports the early warning on high risk areas for cholera outbreak. This enables UNICEF and partners to refine and focus our efforts on preparedness and timely response to cholera which has affected the lives of many children in Yemen. These rainfall predictions have helped ensure that crucial preventive and response measures are in place where they will be most needed, including agreements with implementing partners on the ground, prepositioning of essential supplies, disinfection of water sources and deployment of community volunteers to engage households and communities on preventive hygiene behaviours including, safe water storage. As a result of this support and our other preparedness and response work, we have been able to avoid a resurgence of cholera on the scale seen in 2017. If you have an urgent media query, please email the DFID Media Team on [email protected] in the first instance and we will respond as soon as possible. The Met Office’s supercomputer in Exeter makes 14 thousand trillion calculations per second allowing it to take in 215 billion weather observations from across the world every day, which are used as a starting point for UK and global weather forecasts. In Yemen, high-resolution models are used to forecast out to six days, providing UNICEF accurate and critical intelligence as they identify areas most at risk.These forecasts have been used to improve a predictive model that was developed by scientists at two universities in the United States – West Virginia University and the University of Maryland.The forecast produced by the Met Office and the predictions produced by the US scientists are then shared with UNICEF and other aid so they can see which neighbourhoods, schools and hospitals will be at greatest risk, helping them to target their response to where support is needed most.This breakthrough of accurately predicting where and when the disease will spread has meant that aid workers can take action before an outbreak occurs.It is DFID’s ambition to combine the NASA data and Met Office forecasts in order to predict outbreaks eight weeks in advance – twice the current capability. This would help aid agencies plan major vaccinations campaigns ahead of outbreaks, protecting hundreds of thousands of individuals. Aid experts at the Department for International Development (DFID) have teamed up with the Met Office, NASA and US scientists to use for the first time a world-leading approach to accurately predict where and when cholera will spread.Cholera Prevention in YemenUS scientists, working with NASA satellite data, have developed a model to predict where cholera is most at risk of spreading with an impressive 92 per cent accuracy in Yemen. UK aid is turning this from theory to reality, using these predictions and Met Office forecasting to give aid workers on the ground in Yemen the information they need to respond to cholera outbreaks quicker than ever before.DFID is helping to prevent the deadly disease spreading any further by working with UNICEF to target the delivery of vital support to areas predicted to be at greatest risk. This includes: DFID Chief Scientist Professor Charlotte Watts said: Aid experts at DFID began using this data to work with UNICEF to prevent the spread of the disease in March 2018, ahead of the rainy season. Last year, Yemen suffered the worst cholera outbreak in living memory with more than 1 million suspected cases.There has not been a significant outbreak in cholera so far this year, with the number of suspected cholera cases significantly lower than last year. For example, during the last week of June this year there were 2,597 suspected cases and 3 deaths, down from 50,825 suspected cases and 179 deaths at the same time last year.Despite the predicted risk of cholera in Ibb – a governorate on the frontline of the conflict – being just as high this year as last year, there were only 672 suspected cases of cholera in July 2018 compared to 13,659 in July 2017.There are a number of other factors that could have contributed to a lower number of suspected cholera cases this year, including a later rainy season, greater immunity against cholera and a change in national guidance for the recording of suspected cholera cases. However, the new actions taken as a result of the predictions are helping to save lives and reduce suffering.This new approach is all the more important as the new guidance for recording suspected cholera cases in Yemen may make it more difficult to detect early outbreaks of cholera. Acting early and being able to target high-risk areas is critical.UNICEF Yemen Representative Meritxell Relaño said: Telephone 020 7023 0600 promoting good hygiene to prevent people falling ill in the first place; stock-piling hygiene kits, jerry cans and chlorine to clean water in advance of an outbreak; providing cholera treatment kits, rehydration salts, zinc supplements and intravenous fluid packs to treat people that have fallen ill; and providing medical equipment for hospitals and clinics, such as cholera beds. The conflict in Yemen is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, with millions of people at risk of deadly but preventable diseases such as cholera. By connecting science and international expertise with the humanitarian response on the ground, we have for the very first time used sophisticated predictions of where the risk of cholera is highest to help aid workers save lives and prevent needless suffering for thousands of Yemenis before it’s too late. This breakthrough means that we no longer need to wait for cases of cholera to be detected before medical staff can start taking life-saving actions. Through our collaboration with DFID we are able to be part of this ground breaking approach to take early action against cholera, a waterborne disease, contracted through consuming contaminated water. Met Office meteorologists are able to translate our global modelling and scientific expertise to show where rain has fallen and where it will fall. We then provide weekly tailored guidance to DFID and humanitarian agencies including UNICEF to inform their life saving actions. Email [email protected] Met Office Head of International Development Helen Bye said:last_img read more

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Watch The Avett Brothers Perform “Give Me Love, Give Me Peace On Earth” On Colbert

first_imgThe Avett Brothers had the distinct honor of performing on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last Friday, January 20th, just hours of President Donald J. Trump was inaugurated into office. The controversial moment in American history has been met with all sorts of reactions, but most musicians have taken on a message of peace and love in the face of intolerance.With that in mind, The Avetts decided to perform a cover of George Harrison’s “Give Me Love, Give Me Peace On Earth” for their spot on the late night program. Check out the heartwarming video below.last_img

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Tickets Now Available for B’way’s The Audience, Starring Helen Mirren

first_imgAlways wanted to be in the presence of Her Majesty? Tickets are now on sale to see Peter Morgan’s The Audience, starring Oscar winner Helen Mirren as Elizabeth II. The show will begin previews on February 17, 2015 and play a limited engagement through June 28. Directed by Stephen Daldry, opening night is set for March 8 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said, not even to their spouses. The Audience imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister uses these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional—sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive. In turn, the Queen can’t help but reveal her own self as she advises, consoles and, on occasion, teases. These private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age, from the beginning of Elizabeth II’s reign to today. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 28, 2015 View Comments The Audience The production will also star Geoffrey Beevers as the Queen’s equerry, with Michael Elwyn as Anthony Eden, Richard McCabe as Harold Wilson and Rufus Wright as David Cameron. All are reprising their roles from the acclaimed London production. Further casting will be announced later. Related Showslast_img read more

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FEMA’s 160 workers fill temporary employment gap

first_imgSome Vermonters saw their homes and cars swamped by this spring’s heavy rains and floods, while others saw their jobs or businesses swept away. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is helping put the state’s economy back on track, not only by providing financial assistance to families and businesses, but also by hiring residents in Vermont to help with the recovery efforts and spending money in the local economy.The agency has hired 10 Vermonters in various positions around the state, according to FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer Craig Gilbert, who noted that the roughly 150 workers at the agency’s Joint Field Office in Burlington are the equivalent of a large business locating there. “The positions are short-term temporary jobs working in numerous areas of the recovery operation, but they are critical to our efforts and to helping the state get back on its feet,” Gilbert said. “We take our responsibility to hire local people very seriously, and we’re delighted with the quality of workers we’ve found.”Vermonters have been hired to perform tasks ranging from inspecting damaged homes to performing administrative duties to reaching out to and signing up residents for assistance. “We really want to put local people to work, not only to help Vermont’s economy but to take advantage of their knowledge of the communities in which we are operating,” said Vermont Emergency Management Director Mike O’Neil.Bristol’s Kate Ash, hired as a Voluntary Agency Liaison Specialist, has been employing her local knowledge to assist community organizations, faith-based groups and voluntary agencies in communities affected by the flooding.  Ash, a 22-year-old graduate of the University of Vermont in 2010, was an intern in U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy’s office before coming to FEMA. In the senator’s office, she worked with the Vermont Council on Rural Development among other groups.Now she is working with other nonprofit and voluntary groups, including the Vermont Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, AmeriCorps, American Red Cross, Vermont 211, United Methodists, and Southern Baptists to help with the recovery efforts statewide.”Our primary goal is to help establish community-led groups who will be able to assist survivors with any disaster-related unmet needs long after federal teams have left the state,” she said. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to use my local contacts and for the experience to promote the work of both local and national recovery groups throughout Vermont.”The Burlington Joint Field Office is expected to pump roughly $3.7 million into the local economy, which according to many standard economic models that use an $8 multiplier for every dollar spent, will result in nearly $30 million of local economic impact.”We not only purchase supplies and services, but our staff rent cars; stay in hotels; shop in stores and eat in local restaurants. They have their families come to visit them,” said Gilbert. “That adds up to a tremendous economic impact.”FEMA personnel have been in Vermont since late June, and are expected to remain in the state until late September or through October, though the number of people will be declining as work is completed.last_img read more

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Easy does it

first_imgTwo steps forward, one step back. This old saying has much merit in a well-thought training plan for a race. How one achieves the two steps forward progress is predicated upon making sure you have recovery runs built into your weekly running regimen.Recovery runs become even more important if you run high mileage (6-7 days a week), do one or two speed workouts a week and have one long run per week. Most training plans incorporate some or all of these components. Perhaps, what can often be overlooked are the recovery runs, which for me is really an extension of all the harder efforts. The need for some recovery runs usually start 10-12 weeks out from a goal race. The timing of the mileage ramp up, addition of speed and the long run is also determined by your current fitness level and skill level. To get stronger and faster one must do some tearing down (one step back) through the speed work and long runs. Building in recovery runs or cross training days is how you achieve the two steps forward, so you are ready for the next hard effort. Recovery running is not to be confused with rest days. Sometimes you do need to build in a day or two off of no exercise but recovery running is a way to keep your mileage up, while prepping for the next hard effort.I’m speaking about this through my own trial and error and having been coached to understand the importance of recovery running. I have often learned the hard way that each day of running has its own purpose. Recovery runs are just as important as the speed workouts and long runs. Unfortunately they are over looked because they are usually boring and not as glamorous. A recovery run does not make great water cooler talk or Facebook posts. Much too often runners run by feel. If they feel good even the day after running hard, they then push the pace on the next day’s recovery run because everything seems great. This can come back to bite you rather quickly usually though an injury. Once you have incorporated all the necessary core run elements in your training plan, you are walking a balance beam. Once you fall off, it is hard to get back on that beam. Bottom line don’t get suckered into someone else’s pace or think faster recovery runs equals getting in bonus shape.   1 2last_img read more

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Traveling Exhibition of Replicas of Argentinean Dinosaurs to Tour Europe

first_imgBy Dialogo February 18, 2009 For the next two years, the “Gigantic Argentinean Dinosaurs” exhibition, which opened ‎today in Buenos Aires, will tour various countries in Europe with original fossils and ‎exact replicas of the dinosaurs that inhabited Argentina, some of which have never been ‎shown abroad.‎ This exhibition, the result of a collaboration of seven museums of Natural Sciences ‎coordinated by The National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina ‎‎(CONICET), is the most significant one that this country has presented.‎ Among the dinosaurs reproduced in the exhibition, made possible by remains found in ‎various parks in Argentina, is “Argentinosaurus Huinculensis,” which at 38 meters long ‎is the largest known dinosaur in the world, and “Giganotosaurus Carolinii,” the largest ‎known carnivorous dinosaur.‎ Edgardo Romero, director of the Argentinean Museum of Natural Sciences in Buenos ‎Aires, said in his presentation that, for the first time, a replica of “Panphagia,” the oldest ‎ancestor of the sauropods, which were the largest dinosaurs that inhabited the Earth, will ‎be exhibited.‎ In his statements to Efe, Romero emphasized that the importance of this exhibition is that ‎it contains material “of international significance;” every item was selected for its ‎scientific interest.‎ ‎“The exhibition proves to the world that Argentina is a very important country for ‎paleontological studies, because it shows that there is sediment containing fossils of very ‎different ages which can document much of the history of dinosaurs,” and therefore ‎Argentina possesses “a paleontological community trained for research,” said Romero.‎ The head of the Paleontological Division of the Museum, Alejandro Kramarz, stated that ‎this exhibition is “unprecedented,” and reflects the wealth that Argentina possesses in this ‎field, with “fabulous” pieces which, in his view, have surprised the entire international ‎scientific community.‎ The exhibitions will be sent to the city of Rosenheim, Germany, where they will be ‎shown from April 29 until October 25, after which they will continue their journey ‎through Europe until late 2010, when they will return to Argentina.‎last_img read more

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3 ways to help employees adjust to change

first_img 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Companies experience change on a constant basis. Whether the change is tiny or huge, it can be difficult for your staff to adjust. Sometimes change can be scary, and as a leader it’s your job to help your employees understand and adapt to the changes. Here are three ways you can help your team succeed during this adjustment process.Feedback: When change occurs, it can be overwhelming. Your employees may immediately have a million questions, but sometimes there can be a lot confusion. Seek feedback from every member of your team and to make sure everyone is on the same page. Giving your team detailed explanations to their questions will hopefully lead to more discussion that will eventually lead to clarity and understanding.Training: When new processes and products are launched, make sure the training required is adequate and thorough. The last thing you want is for your team to feel like they’re running around like headless chickens. Make sure each and every employee feels confident, prepared, and ready to perform their new responsibilities with excellence.Availability: Just because training is completed, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee that your transition will be smooth sailing. Even if your staff is prepared, there will be bumps along the way. Check in frequently at first and be more encouraging than critical. Your team wants to adjust and be able to handle things on their own, but they’ll definitely need you to be supportive along the way.last_img read more

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Senate overturns new rule allowing class-action suits against banks

first_img continue reading » U.S. consumers are on the verge of losing the right to sue their banks and credit card companies through class-action lawsuits.Vice President broke a 50-50 Senate tie Wednesday night, narrowly approving the repeal of the rule that blocked financial companies from requiring consumers to resolve disputes via individual arbitration proceedings.The Senate vote followed earlier House approval and now goes to President Trump for expected signing. The action hands Wall Street and the financial industry a victory while dealing a defeat to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the federal watchdog that approved the rule in July.The bureau is headed by Richard Cordray, an Obama administration appointee who has been targeted for removal by some congressional Republicans. Created as a new safeguard after the national financial crisis, the watchdog agency had moved to ban most mandatory arbitration clauses found in the fine print of agreements that consumers typically agree to automatically and often unwittingly when they open a checking account or get a credit card. 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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