Housing market activity buoyant in January

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Housing market activity buoyant in January previous nextHousing MarketHousing market activity buoyant in JanuaryViewing requests for residential sales and lettings soared last month.The Negotiator17th February 20160565 Views The New Year has proved to be a catalyst for house-hunters looking to buy or rent property, new data suggests.Moneypenny reports that there was a significant rise in the volume of calls to estate and letting agents to request property viewings in January.The telephone answering specialist reported that there was a 70.8 per cent increase in the volume of calls handled last month compared with December, while there was also a marked increase on the corresponding period last year when the average calls concerning viewing requests saw a 32.5 per cent spike.In particular, viewing requests for residential sales rose by 77.6 per cent and by 57.2 per cent for lettings.Samantha Jones, Moneypenny’s Commercial Manager – Corporate and Property, commented, “We typically see a rise in viewing requests in January, but this year we anticipated that figure would increase. With major advertising campaigns run by portals like Rightmove and Zoopla over the Christmas period, as well as the April 1st Stamp Duty deadline looming, there have been a number of factors that could have potentially acted as a catalyst for those looking to buy.”The sharp increase in activity witnessed by Moneypenny reflects recent figures from Rightmove which reported its busiest ever month in January.More than 127 million people visited Rightmove last month, up almost 20 per cent compared to the corresponding month last year, and surpassing the previous record of 118 million set last August.The rise in visits helped to ensure that email and phone enquiries to agents and developers hit a new record of over 4.9 million, up 15 per cent year-on-year.Rightmove Director, Miles Shipside (right), said, “Moneypenny’s increase in viewing requests is mirrored by the records that were set on Rightmove for both traffic and leads to agents in January. Potential buyers and investors hit the ground running after the festive break, resulting in a record number of over 4.9 million phone and email leads being sent from Rightmove, setting up a very busy next few months for many agents.”housing market activity housing market rise in activity Moneypenny property market residential sales and lettings February 17, 2016The 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 2021last_img read more

Elkhart County deaths are up this year compared to each of the last five

first_img Elkhart County deaths are up this year compared to each of the last five By Tommie Lee – December 17, 2020 0 334 Twitter Google+ Facebook Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Facebook (Photo supplied/Elkhart County Indiana) More residents of Elkhart County have died in 2020 than in any of the previous five years.That’s according to data from the Elkhart County Health Department. The Elkhart Truth reports that 1,992 residents had died in the county through December 14.The average number of deaths per year between 2015 and 2019 was 1,883, peaking with 1,887 in 2016.County Health Officer Dr. Lydia Mertz said 14 point 3 percent of the deaths in the county were related to the coronavirus. CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleSuspects in alleged Whitmer kidnapping plot indictedNext article46,000 healthcare workers in Indiana registered to get COVID-19 vaccine Tommie Leelast_img read more

Pladis unveils £4.5m ad campaign for Jacob’s Mini Cheddars

first_imgSource: PladisPladis has launched a £4.5m advertising campaign for its Jacob’s Mini Cheddars brand.The seven-week ‘Welcome to Cheddar Town’ campaign features a new TV creative, launched on Channel 4, as well as amplification on social media. The brand will also be sponsoring ‘Friday nights in on 4’, running a series of bespoke idents from the campaign across Channel 4’s Friday night schedule for six weeks.The TV creative depicts an animated land inspired by the Jacob’s Mini Cheddars brand colours and sunburst logo, inhabited by ‘cheesy’ animated characters who can’t resist the snacks.The ‘Welcome to Cheddar Town’ platform will be built upon through a series of sponsorship creatives and social media assets, Pladis said.The campaign aims to bolster the brand’s relevancy among 25- to 45-year-olds, which according to Nielsen data has already grown by 8% year on year.“This new campaign marks the start of a huge year for Jacob’s Mini Cheddars where we’re aiming to reignite brand love by playing on the distinctive bright and fun nature of the brand with a playful new TV creative,” said Christopher Owen, marketing controller at Pladis UK&I.“By bringing the brand to life through the characterisation of Jacob’s Mini Cheddars’ signature real-cheese flavours, we’re able to build strong quality and taste associations and land one of Jacob’s Mini Cheddars’ USPs – baked with real cheese.”Last December, Pladis launched Mini Cheddars Sticks, ‘baton-shaped’ versions of its Mini Cheddars to tap into evening consumption occasions.“Mini Cheddars Sticks are now also available in Co-op and Morrisons, and we’re continuing to build on the success of the launch by spotlighting them within the ‘Welcome to Cheddar Town’ campaign – just in time for the range also hitting Asda and Sainsbury’s shelves over the following weeks,” Owen added.last_img read more

The Game Of Thrones Live Concert Experience Is Coming [Video]

first_imgMusic Is Coming! Arguably one of the best musical scores in all of cinematic history, Game Of Thrones has just released a brief video outlining what fans can expect at the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience featuring composer Ramin Djawadi, and all we can say is that it looks absolutely mind-blowing.Djawadi will be towing along a full orchestra and state-of-the-art technology to provide audiences with a fully immersive musical and visual experience. In conjunction with event producers Live Nation in partnership with HBO Global Licensing, various aspects of the series will be re-created using new audio and visual technology.The tour will commence on February 1st in Kansas City, MO at the Sprint Center and will make its way across North America, with a scheduled final performance on April 2nd at Portland, OR’s Moda Center.Check out a full itinerary of tour dates here. For now, check out the video below.last_img read more

Fluoride impacts neurological development in children

first_imgFor years health experts have been unable to agree on whether fluoride in the drinking water may be toxic to the developing human brain. Extremely high levels of fluoride are known to cause neurotoxicity in adults, and negative impacts on memory and learning have been reported in rodent studies, but little is known about the substance’s impact on children’s neurodevelopment.In a meta-analysis, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and China Medical University in Shenyang for the first time combined 27 studies and found strong indications that fluoride may adversely affect cognitive development in children. Based on the findings, the authors say that this risk should not be ignored, and that more research on fluoride’s impact on the developing brain is warranted.The study was published online in Environmental Health Perspectives on July 20, 2012.The researchers conducted a systematic review of studies, almost all of which are from China where risks from fluoride are well-established. Fluoride is a naturally occurring substance in groundwater, and exposures to the chemical are increased in some parts of China. Virtually no human studies in this field have been conducted in the U.S., said lead author Anna Choi, research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health at HSPH.Even though many of the studies on children in China differed in many ways or were incomplete, the authors consider the data compilation and joint analysis an important first step in evaluating the potential risk. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Nanda appointed director of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

first_img Read Full Story Ashish Nanda, the Robert Braucher Professor of Practice, faculty director of executive education, and research director at the Program on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School, has been appointed director of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA), in India.Nanda’s appointment w1as announced by IIMA’s board of governors following approval by the Indian Prime Minister’s Office and various ministries in the government of India. Upon assuming his new responsibilities on Sept. 2, 2013, he will take a leave of absence from the Harvard Law School faculty, but will continue to be involved with HLS and HBS Executive Education programs.Said Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow: “This important appointment recognizes the vital leadership of Ashish Nanda in the study and teaching of management and business dimensions of professional services sectors in a global economy. Our students and colleagues have benefitted from his rich knowledge of organizational behavior, culture and processes and the increasingly global reach of law and business organizations.  How wonderful that Ashish now has the opportunity to give back to the school where he trained—and how terrific that he will continue his involvement in Harvard Law School’s Executive Education program and strengthen its cutting edge role in research and teaching about this transformative time for law firms and global law practice.”Read more on the Harvard Law School website.last_img read more

Best Practices for Robust VMware Data Protection in an Ever Growing Data Environment

first_imgWith more data and more VMs being spun up at an ever increasing rate, you cannot rely on manual processes to ensure that all your new applications and VMs are protected.  You do not want busy application owners or vAdmins to have to manually create new protection policies or assign new workloads or VMs to existing policies.  And, you certainly do not want the lag time from the creation of a workload to raising a request with a backup or storage admin to configure backups of the workload.Modern data protection solutions automate protection processes with support for dynamic mapping of vSphere objects to existing protection policies.  This means that your new VMs, based on criteria you define (such as DS cluster, data center, tags, VMname, etc.), are automatically assigned and protected upon creation with no human intervention necessary.Self-service data protectionYour application owners and vAdmins are busy making sure that your business and mission critical applications are up and performing as intended.  They do not want any delays with respect to data protection related tasks (backup policy changes, file and/or VM recoveries, etc.) by going through a backup or infrastructure admin and they certainly do not want to learn or log into another system or UI to do it on their own.  Enabling your application and vAdmins to perform data protection tasks directly from the native vSphere UI they are familiar with can go a long way in making their jobs, with respect to data protection, easier.Modern data protection solutions provide deep integration with vSpehre to deliver self-service data protection workflows, enabling application owners and vAdmins the freedom to perform the vast majority of data protection related tasks directly from the native and familiar vSphere UI.Distributing data across Software Defined Data Center nodesMost data protection solutions handle data deduplication and distribution of data at the edge of the SDDC, after the data has been transferred from the source storage to the target backup storage.  This results in extensive network traffic and bandwidth usage.  It can also lead to the requirement of a separate expensive backup network and inefficient use of storage space.Modern data protection solutions perform deduplication processing within the SDDC before the data is transferred to backup storage.  This allows the solution to scale-out with the SDDC and ensures data processing requirements do not fall behind as the SDDC scales. In addition, an ideal data protection solution should also utilize horizontally scaled out pools of protection storage, which results in more efficient allocation of software defined storage.  The result is less bandwidth usage and less storage capacity consumed for backing up your data.Change block tracking restore capabilities Change block tracking for backups is very common among today’s data protection solutions.  This means that for each subsequent VM backup, the solution only copies data blocks that have changed since the last backup.  This results in faster backups and less bandwidth consumed.What is not very common, but important is change block tracking restore.  This allows the solution to track the difference between the current version of the VM and the version you are trying to restore.  It then only restores the changed blocks between the two.  The result is much faster VM restores and much less bandwidth consumed for those restores.  A solution that supports change block tracking restore enables new architectures without compromising recovery time objectives. One such architecture is the ability to backup and restore VMs across wide area networks. A modern data protection solution will have support for change block tracking restores.Performance disaggregated from capacityThere is a trend in data protection solutions towards simplicity in the form of converged appliances that combine data protection software and backup storage, along with all the ancillary compute and networking, in a single converged appliance.  While this trend towards simplicity is admirable, for many data protection solutions, it has come at the expense of capacity and/or performance efficiency.For many of these simple, converged solutions capacity and processing are linked.  Once you run out of processing power on an appliance – too many VMs to backup, too many backup streams needed to comply with SLAs, etc. – you need another appliance to add more processing even if you did not need the additional storage capacity.  Similarly, if you run out of storage capacity, you need another appliance and end up paying for the additional processing that you did not need. This is a common dilemma of architectures that scale capacity and performance linearly.A modern data protection solution, whether it is in the traditional HW/SW form factor, SDDC or a converged appliance, disaggregates performance from capacity and allows each to scale independently.  Ideally, the backup processes should be load balanced across your entire SDDC environment and there should be no need to add or pay for additional processing if you need more capacity.Dell EMC delivers software defined, automated data protectionWith Dell EMC Data Protection, you don’t have to compromise on performance, automation, architecture or efficiency for the sake of simplicity.  Our solutions, whether you are deploying our Data Protection software and Data Domain backup storage or our new Integrated Data Protection Appliances, each utilize our software defined data protection architecture to deliver on each of the above best practices.Dell EMC Data Protection solutions deliver:Automation of VM protection with dynamic mapping to protection policiesLeading self-service data protection for VMware environments with our native vSphere integrationMinimal bandwidth usage and maximum storage efficiency with our industry leading edge and target deduplication technology that delivers up to 55:1 storage efficiency and up to 98% bandwidth efficiencyChange block restore for lighting fast VM recoveryDisaggregated performance from capacity with distributed virtual proxies that are automatically provisioned, deployed, and load balanced across the SDDC environment For more information, visit the Dell EMC VMware Data Protection page. Peter is the CTO for the Global Technology Office within the Data Protection Division. He is a thought leader in emerging technologies encompassing Cloud, Security, Data Management, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Peter aligns his activities with Product and Engineering groups to ensure our solutions capture the markets needs into the future. Peter has over 18 years of technology and consulting experience spanning Data Protection, Availability, Disaster Recovery, Security, Storage, IT Management and Enterprise Architecture. Prior to joining EMC in 2011, Peter held a number of senior roles at Telstra Corporation, Symantec, VERITAS and StorageTek. This post is co-authored by Peter Marelas. …Or why you need software defined, automated data protection.Everyone has heard the numbers.  There is more and more data and it keeps growing at an ever increasing rate.  According to the latest IDC estimates, the amount of data is expected to grow tenfold by 2025 to 163 zettabytes.  To thrive in today’s economy, organizations must make the most of their data and must also ensure that the data is protected and can be recovered quickly and cost effectively. And, since majority of enterprise workloads run on virtualized environments, with most of those workloads running on VMware, having robust VMware data protection is essential to the success of most organizations.A number of best practices deployed as part of your data protection strategy can help you achieve this:Automate protection of virtual workloadslast_img read more

ND amends harassment protocol

first_imgIn an attempt to streamline treatment of sexual and discriminatory harassment, the Office of Institutional Equity published revisions to the University’s “Policy on Sexual and Discriminatory Harassment” in late December.“This is an overarching policy that applies to everyone at the University that says we have no tolerance for instances of sexual or discriminatory harassment,” Sarah Wake, director of the Office of Institutional Equity, said. “It is also a general policy statement about what the University expects of every member of this community.”The policy applies to students, faculty and staff members, but the “du Lac” student handbook, and not the “Policy on Sexual and Discriminatory Harassment,” governs student-on-student sexual harassment.Steph Wulz | The Observer The revised policy combines two previous policies: one on sexual harassment and one on discriminatory harassment, Wake said. She said the sexual harassment policy largely mirrored the student-on-student sexual harassment policy in “du Lac,” whereas the discriminatory harassment policy contained some different procedures.“There wasn’t as specific of a time frame, it wasn’t as clear I think who to contact and what the process was,” Wake said. “By condensing the two policies … we have the same policy and procedure governing both sets of conduct.“It also shows that we take discriminatory harassment just as seriously as we take sexual harassment. They’re treated the same way, they’re investigated in the same way, they have the same time frames involved. It shows to me that they’re treated on equal footing here and that we’re committed to having a zero tolerance policy for both types of harassment.”The revised sexual and discriminatory harassment policy eliminates the option of proceeding informally to attempt to resolve a case. Wake said under the previous policies, a department of the University could conduct its own investigation about an instance of alleged harassment. She said this informal procedure was troublesome because different departments used distinct processes and sometimes reached different outcomes.“We want these to be treated consistently … across campus, so we want to know that all of our students, all of our faculty and all of our staff who are ever making a complaint, that they know that they can trust in the process and that they’ll get a consistent result any time that they come forward,” Wake said.The revised policy provides students with two options to make complaints: communicating directly with the alleged defender or undergoing the University resolution process. Wake said this new set of options provides consistency among cases of alleged harassment.“It allows us to track what’s going on on campus,” she said. “Before, if things were handled informally, we might not ever know, someone at the University might not ever know, that in a given department there was whatever complaint. … Now, with this process, … we’re going to have an accurate picture of where potential problems might be and where we might need to do more, to conduct additional training or make people more aware of a policy and of what the University expects.”The “Policy on Sexual and Discriminatory Harassment” also states that the University aims to complete investigations of complaints within 60 calendar days of the initial report, as opposed to the 60 business days mentioned in the previous, separate policies.A provision of the revised policy ensures the confidentiality of people who report instances of harassment. A separate provision protects them against retaliation.“When [University President Fr. John Jenkins] speaks about these issues, he says that it never serves Notre Dame to keep issues like this quiet,” Wake said. “We want people to come forward, and we want people to feel comfortable, not only with the process, but with people here at the University who are designed simply to help deal with situations like this.”Wake said her office recently redesigned its website, equity.nd.edu, to make clearer the avenues through which people can report harassment. She said policies regarding sexual and discriminatory harassment also have become more integrated into faculty and staff orientation programs.Additionally, Wake said so far in the 2013-14 academic year, her office has received four times as many complaints of sexual or discriminatory harassment involving a staff member as it did in the entire 2012 calendar year.“I just think there’s been a huge renewed commitment to making sure people are aware of and understand these issues,” Wake said.Although the student-on-student sexual harassment policy outlined in “du Lac” is not currently up for revision, Wake said the University is conducting focus groups with students and is open to considering improvements that could be made to the “du Lac” policy in the future.Wake said she hopes the revisions to the “Policy on Sexual and Discriminatory Harassment” help people to understand the avenues through which students, faculty and staff can report issues or receive guidance.“I hope that people also gain confidence in the process, that if I come forward, I’m always going to be treated with respect,” Wake said. “I’m going to have a fair process, it’s going to be a prompt process, it’s going to be a thorough process, and at the end of the day, that they feel the resolution is fair.”Tags: Discriminatory Harassment, Office of Institutional Equity, Policy change, Sarah Wake, Sexual harassmentlast_img read more

New York Extends Workforce Policy Regulations Through Mid-April

first_imgMGN ImageALBANY – New York State has extended its nonessential workforce policy regulations through mid-April.Governor Andrew Cuomo says the “New York On Pause” policy will now run through April 15. This is the policy keeping 100% of the nonessential workforce home.The governor made the announcement during Sunday’s COVID-19 update.He says the trajectory of cases continues to climb with 7,195 new positive cases. New York state continues to be the most impacted state in the United States with a total of 59,513 cases.Looking at trend lines, the hospitalization rate was doubling every 2 days but that rate has slowed to every 6 days even though positive case numbers continue to go up.New York State’s plan to combat COVID-19 is one of unity. Governor Cuomo is urging hospitals, both public and private, to work together with a coordination system.With a “rolling apex” and current projections, New York City will reach its apex first, then either Westchester or Long Island, followed by Upstate New York.With the coordination system between healthcare systems, Upstate New York hospitals would be able to lend help when New York City hospitals need it, and vice versa. “This is going to be all hands on deck,” said Governor Cuomo.The New York State Health Department is working to create a faster, easier way to test. The Wadsworth Center has developed a less-intrusive saliva and short nasal swab test that can be administered by healthcare workers that will be available as soon as next week.The USNC Comfort, a military hospital ship, will be arriving in New York City on Monday. The ship offers a 1,000 hospital beds that will be used for a backlog of patients who are not being treated for COVID-19.Governor Cuomo said the state is still working to stockpile personal protection equipment. An overwhelming 76,000 healthcare workers have volunteered their help to hospitals during their time of need.President Trump and the CDC issued a travel advisory on Saturday, March 28 for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Governor Cuomo clarified that this is not a lockdown. This is exactly what the state has been telling everyone: stay at home.Rhode Island repealed an executive order to stop people with New York license plates at the border to put them in mandatory quarantine.While these are trying times, Governor Cuomo took the time to remind people to find the joy in this situation. “We are strong, we have endurance and we have stability,” said Governor Cuomo. “Any obstacle that we come across we will manage that obstacle.” He cited two New York expressions: Excelsior and E Pluribus Unum, meaning always improving together.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gas Prices Decrease Both In New York State, And Nationwide

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageJAMESTOWN – The price of gas has gone down since last week, both in New York and across the nation.The national average of $2.11 is down two cents, while New York’s price of $2.22 is down one cent. One year ago, those prices were $2.59 and $2.69, respectively.According to GasBuddy.com, the price at the pump in Jamestown is $2.35. In more rural areas like Clymer we are already seeing a price decrease, with pumps selling petrol for $2.32.Dunkirk matches Jamestown at $2.35 a gallon while nearby Warren, Pennsylvania is selling gas for $2.59. The Energy Information Administration says total domestic stocks of gasoline increased, while the demand for it dropped, leading to lower prices.last_img read more