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Hybrid agency Easyproperty reaches £800,000 crowdfunding target

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Hybrid agency Easyproperty reaches £800,000 crowdfunding target previous nextAgencies & PeopleHybrid agency Easyproperty reaches £800,000 crowdfunding targetBackers include the UK government through its Future Fund, Easyjet founder Haji-Ioannou and 300 small investors.Nigel Lewis15th March 20210554 Views Easyproperty has raised £800,000 from a crowdfunding campaign to help the hybrid estate agency expand including £400,000 from the government’s Future Fund and £300,000 fromEasyjet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou, who has said he backs it because the company ‘offers low-cost professionalism’.The agency, which was bought off the Guild’s parent company in July 2019 by David Brierley (pictured above) of property services firm Evolve, has raised the remainder of the cash from small investors since launching the crowdfunding bid in January.Investing between £50 and £5,000 each, they helped the company reach its fundraising target which the agency says will keep give it a ’12 month runway’.Runway in investment circles means how long a company can survive if its income and expenses stay constant.Quadruple territoriesBrierley told national media over the weekend that he expects to increase the number of territories operated by the company by the end of this year to 120. It current operates 50.Half of the money raised comes from the government’s Future Fund, which supports tech companies like Easyproperty in return for equity. The agency has also received a £50,000 bounce back loan, its crowdfunding pitch document reveals.Funds from the Seedrs raise will be used to build a tech platform on which buyers, sellers, conveyancers, mortgage lenders, surveyors and valuers will interact in one place to upload and sign documents, pay fees and deposits and monitor the progress of each transaction.The agency says this will help speed up transaction, reduce costs for vendors, generate fees from third-party suppliers and help attract more territory owners.British bank future fund david brierley Stelios Haji-Ioannou easyjet easyProperty March 15, 2021Nigel 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 2021last_img read more

HII Launches USS America

first_img View post tag: Ingalls Back to overview,Home naval-today HII Launches USS America View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Huntington Industry news View post tag: America HII Launches USS America View post tag: USS View post tag: Navy June 6, 2012 View post tag: Naval View post tag: industries View post tag: launches Huntington Ingalls Industries, its Ingalls Shipbuilding division, launched the U.S. Navy’s next amphibious assault ship, America (LHA 6), from the company’s floating drydock on Monday.“Launching a large-deck ship is a significant milestone requiring several highly skilled shipyard crafts and a complex logistics plan,” said Brian Cuccias, Ingalls’ vice president, large deck amphibious ships. “As the Navy’s longtime sole provider of these important ships, we are unique in our ability to draw on the specialized experience our shipbuilders have in the safe and efficient translation and launch of a warship of this size.”The ship, weighing more than 29,000 tons in its current state, became one of the largest objects moved across land when it was translated to the drydock two weeks ago. Following additional planning and preparation, the launch process occurred utilizing the drydock’s ballast system on Monday afternoon, and the ship floated free.“This is an exceptional milestone for the LHA program that was conducted flawlessly,” said LHA 6 Program Manager George Jones. “I am proud of the team who made this happen and who continue to do quality work in this program.”Ingalls received a $2.38 billion contract to build the next ship in the class, Tripoli (LHA 7), last week. LHA 6 and LHA 7 are the first two ships in the new America class of amphibious assault ships. The ships are 844 feet long and 106 feet wide and will displace 44,971 long tons. The gas turbine propulsion system will drive the ships in excess of 20 knots. They will accommodate 1,059 crew (65 officers) and 1,687 troops. They will be capable of carrying a Marine Expeditionary Unit, including Marine helicopters, MV‐22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft and F‐35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft. Carrying a complement of F‐35s allows the ships to serve the role of a small aircraft carrier, as demonstrated by LHD‐class ship operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom.The America class has an increased aviation capacity to include an enlarged hangar deck, realignment and expansion of the aviation maintenance facilities, a significant increase in available stowage for parts and support equipment, and increased aviation fuel capacity. Similar to its predecessors, the ship will be able to operate as the flagship for an Expeditionary Strike Group. Ingalls has built five Tarawa (LHA 1) class ships as well as eight Wasp (LHD 1) class ships.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, June 6, 2012; Image: HII Share this articlelast_img read more

St Catz porter resigns claiming discrimination

first_imgAn ex-porter is taking St Catherine’s college to an employment tribunal with the accusation of racial and religious discrimination.Laiq Abbasi, who had been employed as a porter since November 2007, resigned last August claiming to have been constructively dismissed.Part of his complaint accuses a member of staff of making racist remarks. St Catherine’s denies his claims of discrimination and says the charges have “no merit”.Speaking exclusively to Cherwell, Abbasi claims the accused member of staff in 2008 got drunk at the College bar, then came to the reception area and made anti-Islamic comments. These included, “All of you Muslims: why do you blow yourselves up?”, “Why do you abuse your women?”, “I don’t believe in your religion” and “You’re stupid for believing in your religion.”A spokesperson for St Catherine’s said, “We confirm that we have recently received an employment tribunal complaint from Mr. Abbasi, a former Lodge porter who resigned in August last year after a failed application for a more senior post. The College sees no merit in Mr Abbasi’s complaint and will be vigorously defending its position. The matter is now being dealt with by our lawyers who have advised us that no further comments on this matter should be made at this time.”However, the member of staff involved in the alleged islamophobic incidents later sent a letter of apology for his actions to Abbasi. “I very much regret that you had to experience my recent extremely stupid, unthinking conduct caused by drinking far too much,” he wrote.“This involved childlish negative abuse of your religion, which I should have not engaged in, and was accompanied by some very immature conduct. All of this was most rude, unacceptable and offensive. “I am extremely sorry that I have acted in such a thoughtless manner. There is absolutely no justification or excuse for behaving so entirely inappropriately. I unreservedly apologise. I can assure you that there will be no repetition of this type of behaviour.“At the same time as apologising for my behaviour, I would like to apologise for having put you through the trouble of making a complaint.” The College has responded to the comments, and other allegations, through its legal firm Peninsula in documents they are presenting to the Tribunal. In these documents,they argue that only one complaint was ever received about such an incident and this was resolved at the timelast_img read more

Warren Haynes To Lead All-Star Tribute To Little Feat’s Classic Live Album “Waiting For Columbus” In NOLA

first_img***Update 4/14: George Porter Jr. has been added to this celebratory lineup.***Today, Blackbird Presents announced its annual “Second Weekend at the Saenger” concert series during Jazz Fest with “New Orleans Is Waiting For Columbus,” set to take place Saturday, May 6th at the Crescent City’s historic Saenger Theatre. The all-star event celebrates classic live album Waiting For Columbus, the most beloved album in Little Feat’s expansive catalog. The show will be led by musical director and Grammy-winning guitarist Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, The Allman Brothers Band, The Dead) and Grammy-winning producer/multi-instrumentalist Don Was, as well as AMC/CMA Award-winning singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson, The Radiators’ Dave Malone, keyboard master John Medeski, legendary funk drummer Terence Higgins (Dirty Dozen Brass Band, John Scofield’s Piety Street Band), horns master Mark Mullins (Bonerama, Harry Connick Jr.), and a handful of surprise guests.Named one of the 10 best live albums of all time by Rolling Stone readers, Little Feat’s Waiting For Columbus compiled live recordings from their 1977 performances at the Rainbow Theatre in London and the Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The album–which went platinum and remains Little Feat’s best-selling release ever–features the band’s biggest hits, including funky 1970’s New Orleans-style tracks like “Dixie Chicken,” “Fat Man In The Bathtub,” and “Willin’.”Tickets go on sale March 31, 10:00 A.M. CT via Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 800-745-3000. Fans can also purchase tickets at the Saenger Theatre Box Office.[Cover photo via Rex Thomson]In addition to our long list of exciting late nights, Live For Live Music is partnering with “Crawfish King” Chris “Shaggy” Davis to host the second annual NOLA Crawfish Festival during the days between the two Jazz Fest weekends, from May 1st – 3rd at Central City BBQ. The event will feature all-star musical collaborations by John Medeski, Terence Higgins, George Porter Jr., Eric Krasno, Jon Cleary, Nigel Hall, John “Papa” Gros, Ivan Neville, Cris Jacobs and more, in addition to craft beers and Shaggy’s world famous crawfish! For more information, or to purchase tickets, head to the event’s website.last_img read more

‘Vigil of Prayer and Remembrance’ to be held

first_imgIn response to recent tragedies, the Harvard Chaplains Office will hold a “Vigil of Prayer and Remembrance” on Wednesday (Feb. 12) at  7 p.m. in the Memorial Church.The service will consist of inspirational readings, song, and reflective silence.  Participants will include President Drew Faust, interim College Dean Donald Pfister, and Leverett Co-Masters Howard and Ann Georgi.The vigil will gather members of the Harvard community together to mark this weekend of loss, both spiritually and literally, wrote the Rev. Jonathan Walton in a statement released today.Memorial boards will be located just off the sanctuary of the Memorial Church.  At the conclusion of the vigil, community members are encouraged to pen their prayers, positive thoughts, poems, and reflections.  The memorial boards will remain in place for the community for the remainder of the month.last_img read more

Harvard beats Yale 45-27

first_img While Saturday’s football game will be the Crimson’s first there, University ties run deep BOSTON — In the 135th playing of The Game, the Harvard football team (6-4, 4-3 Ivy) bested the Yale Bulldogs (5-5, 3-4 Ivy) in a commanding 45-27 victory at the historic Fenway Park today. Harvard’s victory in the colosseum of champions snaps Yale’s two-game winning streak in The Game.Senior quarterback Tom Stewart went 18-for-27 for a total of 312 yards and three touchdowns to cap his career at Harvard. Receiver Henry Taylor and running back Devin Darrington found the end zone twice in today’s matchup against rival Yale, tying for a team-high two touchdowns a piece.To read complete coverage, visit gocrimson.comAlex, 5, watches The Game at Fenway Park on Saturday.Harvard HighlightsJake McIntyre‘s 36-yard field goal today ties the single-season record for field goals made with 13 as well as the program record for career field goals with 30.Harvard’s 605 yards of total offense marks a new record for The Game. Previously, the Crimson’s record was 518 total yards set in 2012.Harvard’s 45 points ties for the most points scored in The Game by the Crimson.Game NotesToday’s playing of The Game marked the first time since 1894 that Harvard and Yale met at a neutral site. The last time the teams met outside of their home fields, the rivals battled it out at Hampden Park in Springfield, Mass.Today’s 72 combined total points breaks a record set in 1993, when the rivals combined for 64 total points.Harvard ended the campaign in third place in the Ivy League. Harvard’s long history at Fenwaycenter_img Relatedlast_img read more

An uncertain financial road ahead

first_imgGAZETTE:  Are there any other messages that the Harvard community should be aware of during these difficult times?HOLLISTER: We will make it through this period, but the worst economic pressures brought on by the pandemic are likely still ahead of us. Despite this reality, I remain confident that we will be able to continue to prioritize our essential mission activities. Harvard’s decentralization provides an enormous advantage in that resources are often managed locally by those people who are the most involved in both the academic and other activities of the Schools.This means that now is a time for each and every one of us to take an interest in, and to assume a vigilant responsibility toward, ensuring that our declining resources continue to best support our commitment to teaching and research. Already, I have seen countless contributions from administrators, faculty, and staff across the University to do just this, despite the ongoing adversity. I think that should provide us all with hope and confidence. Amid darkening clouds, the best road forward Chief financial officer offers updates on the University’s fiscal health and future plans amid the downturn triggered by the pandemic Hollister explains revised guidance on endowment The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create financial challenges for colleges and universities across the country, including Harvard, which has forecast significant revenue shortfalls for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. Since the onset of the outbreak, the Gazette has periodically checked in with Thomas J. Hollister, Harvard’s vice president for finance and chief financial officer, for updates on how the pandemic has affected the University’s finances. We recently spoke with him about the current outlook and how leaders of the University and its Schools and units are doing in their efforts to protect the health of the community as well as to preserve Harvard’s enduring mission to teaching and research.Q&AThomas HollisterGAZETTE:  The University reopened campus for the fall semester to a limited number of Harvard community members. Could you provide context into how financial resources were aligned to support these efforts?HOLLISTER:  Before commenting on resources, let me just say something on planning and logistics. So far, Harvard has successfully reopened research labs, broadened and intensified its excellent remote learning offerings, established hybrid classrooms, and selectively returned a limited number of students, faculty, and staff to campus with rigorous testing and tracing practices. It has been an extraordinary effort in imagination, academic and administrative planning, and old-fashioned hard work across Harvard’s Schools and in central administration. We are grateful to everyone who has been involved in these considerable efforts.So, to your question. Harvard has focused on three main guiding principles since the University decided to move to virtual learning last March: ensuring the safety of our community members, delivering on our mission in teaching and research, and supporting our people. To be able to continue to follow these principles at a level consistent with what we aspire to at Harvard, and during a pandemic, we have needed to make significant new investments, and we have increased our spending in targeted areas. This includes costs associated with COVID-19 testing and tracing, the reconfigurations of laboratories, as well as classrooms and dormitories, the procurement of personal protective equipment, and investments in technology and training for remote and hybrid learning, for faculty and students alike. Testing and tracing costs alone will be tens of millions of dollars. To help the deans of Harvard’s Schools cover a portion of this additional spending, members of the Corporation voted a special assessment earlier during the spring on the coming year’s distribution. But the challenge of funding these measures is amplified, of course, given Harvard’s declining revenues directly related to the realities of the pandemic.“The reality is, we just don’t know what is going to unfold, even as we engage in planning for things like the spring semester,” says Harvard CFO Thomas Hollister. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard file photoGAZETTE:  We have been hearing from University leadership, and you referenced it here, that Harvard’s core mission will continue to be central to the administration’s decision-making. How does Harvard continue to invest in its mission of teaching and research, even as COVID-19 continues to pose myriad challenges?HOLLISTER: It’s a great question. How do you invest more when revenues are declining? Doing so requires a careful examination of priorities, tough choices, and a reallocation of resources. We have made cuts in discretionary spending, frozen new hires and salaries, and offered a voluntary early retirement program. All of these moves have helped.As the University leaders make decisions, teaching, research, and financial aid will remain at the top of the list for what is most important to continue to support. Still, every part of Harvard has   felt, or will feel, the impact of either declining or reallocated resources.GAZETTE:  It was previously announced to the Harvard community that the University was projecting shortfalls of anticipated revenue in fiscal year 2020, which ended June 30, and in the new fiscal year 2021. What uncertainties does the University continue to face that complicate the forecast of Harvard’s financial outlook moving forward, as we remain entrenched in the challenges of the pandemic?HOLLISTER: The previous consolidated revenue loss estimates that you reference were based on forecasts across all of the University’s Schools and units, both just before, and not long after, the onslaught of the pandemic. Since then, we’ve learned more about the impact of the pandemic on the University’s finances — and our understanding continues to evolve over time.With respect to FY20, we will not have final numbers until next month. I do know enough to say, however, that revenues for this past year were down substantially from FY19. That is only the second decline of Harvard’s revenues since World War II. The other time was during the Great Recession of ’08 and ’09. And the staggering part about the losses of revenue — including due to room and board rebates, cancellation of continuing- and executive-education programs, sharp drops in rental income, health-related services, parking fees, and so on — was that it all occurred in a little over three months in the spring.With respect to FY21, our most recent forecasts indicate that revenues will likely be down a second year in a row. We haven’t seen that since the 1930s. The key point, though, referenced in your question, is the uncertainty. We face extraordinary, in some ways unprecedented, challenges related to the pandemic and ones that extend beyond it, including the economy, politics, societal inequities, and pressures in higher education. Each of these forces could have an effect, in varying degrees, on the University’s financial outlook for the year. “Some things will receive funding, and some will not. We cannot treat all activities the same, with a ‘spreading peanut butter’ approach.” Related GAZETTE:  Could you provide further context for what difficult decisions related to the University’s finances may need to be considered as the financial outlook does become clearer?HOLLISTER: Given the levels of uncertainty, we need to be as flexible and adroit as possible. The reality is, we just don’t know what is going to unfold, even as we engage in planning for things like the spring semester. Working with the Corporation Committee on Finance, Harvard has established three overriding financial principles to maintain during the pandemic: to stay “liquid” (which is to say, have cash available), to endeavor to reduce spending in line with declining revenues, and to be on the lookout for investment opportunities that will strengthen the mission for the future.You will notice that there is tension embedded in those goals. How do you reduce spending and invest at the same time? That is difficult. As I’ve already mentioned, doing so requires hard thinking, prioritization, and difficult decisions. Some things will receive funding, and some will not. We cannot treat all activities the same, with a “spreading peanut butter” approach.One key point of context is the perception, by some, that Harvard has unlimited resources. As I have said previously in this space, Harvard is well-resourced and has [leveraged] and will continue to leverage those resources during this unprecedented time. We cannot, however, continue to deficit spend on an operating basis, or spend irresponsibly or unsustainably from the endowment. Like all organizations, we have to find a way to live within our means, and we cannot do everything everyone wants. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Harvard’s chief financial officer outlines fiscal shifts wrought by COVID-19 last_img read more

Pope on Iraq trip: Worthwhile even if most watch him on TV

first_imgROME (AP) — Pope Francis says he’s still planning to visit Iraq in March, even if most Iraqis have to watch him on television to avoid the coronavirus. The important thing, he said, is “they will see that the pope is there in their country.”After St. John Paul II canceled a planned 2000 visit to Iraq, Francis said he has every intention of keeping his word to visit because he doesn’t want to disappoint the Iraqi people a second time. He said only a serious new surge in infections would put the trip in question. Francis made the comments to Catholic News Service during an audience to mark the 100th anniversary of the news agency of the U.S. bishops conference.last_img read more

Deck the Halls, Jazz Hands-Style! Stream Broadway.com’s Holiday Playlist

first_img View Comments You’ve put up your tree, hung the stockings by the chimney with care and made the most delicious Wicked cupcakes for everyone in your office. There’s nothing left to do but sit by the fire and rock out to the Broadway.com Ultimate Holiday Playlist! From “The Schmuel Song” to “Turkey Lurkey Time,” we’ve got 19 of your favorite holiday-themed Broadway tunes all in one place on Spotify. So grab a cup of hot cider, snuggle up under your fuzziest theater blanket and have a holly jolly Broadway holiday!last_img read more

Casting Switcheroo for Roundabout’s The Humans

first_img Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 15, 2017 View Comments A bit of a shakeup at Roundabout’s off-Broadway premiere of Stephen Karam’s The Humans, starring Reed Birney and Jayne Houdyshell. Arian Moayed will now play Richard instead of Greg Keller and Lauren Klein will take on the role of Fiona “Momo” Blake, replacing Joyce Van Patten.Joe Mantello will direct the production as part of Roundabout’s New Play Initiative. Performances will begin on September 30 at off-Broadway’s Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center. It will open officially on October 25 and run through December 27.Karam, who returns to Roundabout after their 2011 production of Sons of the Prophet, first premiered his play at Chicago’s American Theater Company in November 2014. It follows Mr. Blake, who, after a sleepless night, brings his family from Pennsylvania to his daughter’s new apartment to celebrate Thanksgiving. Family tensions reach a boiling point as things start to go bump in the night.Cassie Beck will still play Aimee, with Sarah Steele as Brigid. The Humans Reed Birneylast_img read more