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Fed up with fake enquiries? New tool checks leads against social media profiles

first_imgA tool that automatically checks agents’ incoming vendor and buyer leads against their social media profiles has been launched.Recently-launched company OneDome, which has developed the tool, says it will enable agents to instantly check out the person prior to a viewing or valuation appointment by providing information from their Facebook, Twitter and other social media profiles.The company says it believes that agents have to research up to ten potential buyers of a property prior to viewings and spend up to half an hour doing it. It claims therefore that up to five hours’ work can be saved per property listed.Fake leadsOneDome’s tool also helps agents screen out time wasters and ‘fake leads’ – or in other words people enquiring who mistakenly or deliberately provider false details – which OneDome says constitute a third of all leads from portals and automated valuation tools.“Our tool cannot prevent people from entering fake details, but with over 78% of the UK’s adult population using Facebook and other social channels, it allows us to provide agents with a quick way to eliminate time wasters, leaving them to focus on following up the hot leads,” says OneDome founder and former City trader Babek Ismayil (pictured, left).OneDome, which is both a proptech company offering ‘hybrid’ tools to high street estate agents and a leads generator, now has 100 branches signed up to its service including North London agent Prickett & Ellis and central London prime agent Russell Simpson, with a further 586 branches lined up.The company has funding of £4.25 million behind it and recently hired Legal & General’s former head of estate agency networks and agent, Tim Price (pictured, right).OneDome Babek Ismayil social media Tim Price November 20, 2017Nigel LewisOne commentLaura Hulett, PSG PSG 22nd November 2017 at 9:38 pmRealistically, how much information would be obtained? I don’t see how you can verify a person from FB if there is no information about the person’s address, unless you are gaining access to data which has not been shared publicly (which would be a data protection breach).Also of concern would be any ‘profiling’ of potential tenants based on their views expressed, tweets shared or fb ‘likes’.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 2021 Home » News » Fed up with fake enquiries? New tool checks leads against social media profiles previous nextFed up with fake enquiries? New tool checks leads against social media profilesDeveloper OneDome says new tool will both save time for sales staff and help filter out time wasters inbound from portals and AVM engines – but not be a snooping tool.The Negotiator20th November 20171 Comment1,849 Viewslast_img read more

Some students can return to university from 8th March

first_imgIn an email to students today, the university said: “The UK Government is expected to confirm arrangements for the end of the current national lockdown today (Monday 22 February), including plans for the return of students to universities. Once published, the University and colleges will urgently review the guidance and provide information for students about arrangements for Trinity term and about returning to Oxford. We expect to be in a position to write to all students by the end of this week (Friday 26 February). However, the University will not have prior sight of the guidance, and we appreciate your patience as we work through the details.” In a statement to the House of Commons today, the Prime Minister has announced that some university students will be able to return for in-person teaching on the 8th March, while others will have to wait until the end of the Easter holidays to find out when they can return. However, all other students will continue to work remotely for the time being. Options for a more general return to in-person teaching will be reviewed by the end of Easter: “The government will review, by the end of the Easter holidays, the options for timing of the return of remaining students. This review will take account of the latest data and will be a key part of the wider roadmap steps. Students and providers will be given a week’s notice ahead of any further return.” The guidance for higher education providers continues that: “Providers should not offer in-person teaching before then, or later if further guidance to this effect is issued, and should encourage students to remain at their current accommodation until the resumption of their in-person teaching, wherever possible.” The first stage of the government’s plan for exiting lockdown involves the reopening of all schools on the 8th March, and from the 29th March meetings of up to 6 individuals or two households will be allowed outdoors. Hospitality and non-essential retail should reopen on the 12th April as part of the second stage in the government’s plan to ease lockdown restrictions. This will include hairdressers, public buildings, indoor leisure, alcohol takeaways and beer gardens. The Prime Minister said that all the steps he outlined in his statement would be dependent on four tests, including the success of the vaccine rollout, the number of hospital admissions and deaths, the amount of pressure on the NHS and the impact of future mutations. The Prime Minister announced that the rule of six would be scrapped in May in outdoor settings in favour of a limit of thirty at gatherings. In indoor settings the maximum number of people in a group will remain six. Finally, in June the last restrictions should be lifted, with the final sectors of the economy, such as nightclubs, reopened. Students who are undertaking practical courses, or require specialist facilities for their degrees will be able to return from the 8th March. This will also apply to any course which requires onsite access. Higher education guidance released on today appears to confirm this: “In addition to the students who returned to in-person teaching and learning in January, providers can resume in-person teaching and learning for undergraduate and postgraduate students who are studying practical or practice-based (including creative arts) subjects and require specialist equipment and facilities from 8 March”. The definition of “practical” has not been provided. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street.last_img read more

Lois R. Likens, 92, of Seaville, NJ

first_imgLikens, Lois R. 92 (nee Rhoads) of Seaville, NJ passed away on Monday, August 7, 2017 at her home.Born in Philadelphia, PA, she was formerly of Ocean City, NJ moving to Seaville, NJ 31 years ago.She was a graduate of West Chester University and worked as a Music Teacher for 35 years in Cape May County and retired from Middle Township Elementary School in 1989. Mrs. Likens was a soloist who sang in local churches and venues such as the Ocean City Music Pier. She taught Sunday school and led many to the Lord. She had a private music studio and was the former Music Director for First Presbyterian Church in Ocean City, NJ.Her true life’s calling was loving others and glorifying her Lord and savior.She was predeceased by her husband, Joe Likens. Surviving are three children, Nancy Bell (David) of Seaville, NJ, Lois Likens of Seaville, NJ, Bettie-Ann Candelora (Joe) of Tarrytown, NY, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.Her Funeral Service will be offered Monday morning at 11 o’clock from The Godfrey Funeral Home of Palermo, 644 South Shore Road, Palermo, NJ where friends may call from ten o’clock until the time of service. Burial is private in Seaside Cemetery, Palermo, NJ.For condolences to the family, visit www.godfreyfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Press release: HS2 to support 15,000 jobs by 2020

first_img Contact form… Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, Anne Milton, said: Apprenticeships offer incredible opportunities for young people. Everyone studying an apprenticeship with HS2 will be able to look back and say they played a role creating our country’s future. Not only that, the apprentices are also learning the skills that future employers are looking for, that’s what apprenticeships are all about. HS2 is creating 2,000 apprenticeships and is a fantastic example of a national project that is providing opportunities for everyone, whatever their background and wherever they come from. I look forward to meeting some of the apprentices that have been a part of making it happen. Over 7,000 roles already supported by the project Over 2,000 business have already won work with HS2 Over 100 apprentices already working on the project, with 2,000 expected over its lifetime 30,000 jobs supported by HS2 at peak construction HS2 Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP, said: Richard Kirkham, LM Project Director, said: Press and media enquiries New initiatives will be introduced over the next 12 months to stimulate interest in STEM subjects and encourage more young people into transport infrastructure related careers. Opportunities will be opened up through a new Job Brokerage Service to help people access the jobs created by the HS2 supply chain, and a new Secondary Education Engagement Programme will inspire the next generation to enter transport infrastructure careers.Through HS2 contracts, there are already hundreds of businesses creating opportunities for their workforce. Explore Manufacturing, part of the Laing O’Rourke group, has won a contract with LM joint venture to supply major bridges as part of the early works on Phase One of the project.The modular components will be manufactured at Explore Industrial Park in Workshop, North Nottinghamshire, and then brought to site in the West Midlands for assembly. The company recruits a minimum of 4 apprentices each year and when the HS2 related work commences in the factory it will create 35 new jobs.Alan Clucas, Director of Explore Manufacturing, said:center_img We are proud to be working on the biggest rail infrastructure programmes in the country. For Explore Manufacturing it means a significant contribution in digital design and high quality off site manufacturing, which shortens time needed on site, and has big benefits in safety, efficiency and programme costs. HS2 will provide the backbone of our future rail network and is already driving jobs and economic growth across the country. HS2 already supports over 7,000 jobs, forecast to reach around 15,000 by 2020, and is building the talented workforce of the future that this transformative project needs. The ambitious programme of skills, employment and education set out today will see the economic benefits of HS2 fully realised across the UK, boosting productivity and sharing prosperity across the country. Our skills strategy, launched today, shows how we will create a sustainable pipeline of jobs and skills for companies across the whole country, which boost regional economies and help Britain compete internationally. Our programme will tackle the skills challenges faced by the wider transport infrastructure sector, and ensure the UK has the best skills to deliver HS2 as well as major infrastructure projects in the future. A whole generation of engineers, designers, architects and geologists will benefit from the construction of the new high speed railway as the project gears up to support 30,000 jobs and create opportunities for British businesses to upskill their workforce.Today HS2 Ltd sets out its programme of skills, employment and education interventions that will ensure the UK not only has the skills to deliver the HS2 project, but to become a worldwide leader in high speed rail.Over 7,000 roles are already supported by the project. With construction starting next year, many more jobs around the country will help build a skills base to export around the world.Mark Thurston, Chief Executive of HS2 Ltd, said: The press and media enquiries line is for accredited journalists only By working on the HS2 project, and linking to the National College for High Speed Rail with 4 apprenticeships, as well as other schools and college liaison across the region, we’re giving local people the opportunity to gain world class skills and knowledge, create a sustainable pipeline of jobs, and be in a great position to win future work with large-scale infrastructure projects.last_img read more

News story: Banks scored on quality of service: latest results published

first_imgThe measure was introduced by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) after it conducted a market investigation into the banking sector in 2016. The league table style results allow customers to clearly see how their bank compares on quality of service and helps to drive competition between banks to improve the quality of their offering to customers.Since August 2018, banks have been required to publish information on how likely people would be to recommend their bank – as well its online and mobile banking, branch and overdraft services – to friends, relatives or other businesses, with results being updated every 6 months.Today banks have also published figures on how long it takes to open current accounts and replace debit cards. They are required to do so by the Financial Conduct Authority on a quarterly basis.Andrea Coscelli, Chief Executive of the Competition and Markets Authority, said: We introduced this survey last August so that people can see exactly how well banks are treating their customers. If people are unhappy with the customer service they are currently getting, I would encourage them to look at the results and think about switching to a better performing bank. personal small businesscenter_img The results of the survey must be prominently displayed in banks’ branches, as well as on their websites and apps.The latest survey results are available on the following links:last_img read more

A new view of gentrification

first_imgFor researchers studying urban issues such as gentrification, one of the largest challenges is collecting detailed visual evidence across hundreds of square miles of city streets.Just ask Robert Sampson, the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences. In the mid-1990s his research team carried off an effort to videotape more than 23,000 street segments in Chicago. The project was so intensive, he thought it would never be repeated.As it turns out, there’s now an app for that.Rather than travel to Chicago for an exhaustive study of gentrification in certain neighborhoods, Sampson and doctoral student Jackelyn Hwang used Google Street View to scour thousands of streets for signs of gentrification. Their findings were stark. After controlling for a host of other factors, they found that neighborhoods an earlier study had identified as showing early signs of gentrification continued the process only if they were at least 35 percent white. In neighborhoods that were 40 percent or more black, the process slowed or stopped altogether. Their study is described in an August paper in the American Sociological Review.“This is really a sobering finding,” Hwang, the paper’s lead author, said. “Even in neighborhoods that are showing change, even when we control for things like crime, perception of disorder, and proximity to amenities, race still matters.”Sampson said the key finding “is that the predominantly black, seriously discriminated-against neighborhoods in Chicago and many other American cities aren’t reaping the same benefits from the transformation of cities. In one sense, this is a paradoxical result, because there is evidence that diversity and mixed neighborhoods are the ground floor of gentrification, but this paper shows there are sharp limits to that.”Though gentrification is most often associated with the phenomenon of white, middle- or upper-class residents moving into once-disenfranchised neighborhoods, Hwang and Sampson expanded their investigation to include investments from the public and business sectors.“Reinvestment can come from the people that live there, but it can also come from businesses, or developers, or policy-makers,” Hwang said. “An influx of middle- and upper-class residents is part of gentrification, but those other investments are equally important and drive the influx of these residents further.”The paper makes clear that not all neighborhoods change equally, Hwang said.“There’s a limit to where the change is happening, and that’s why we have persistently poor neighborhoods. If we think of neighborhoods as having a social hierarchy, the ones at the top stay at the top, while the ones at the bottom typically stay there. The ones in the middle can go in either direction, but it depends on their racial and ethnic makeup.”The new research builds on a 1995 study that examined gentrification trends in nearly two dozen cities across the country, including nearly half of the census tracts in Chicago. The earlier study categorized census tracts according to how gentrified they were based on how much visible reinvestment they were seeing.To examine whether those trends had continued, Hwang and Sampson targeted areas that had earlier been identified as gentrified and adjacent census tracts, and began using Google Street View to examine them in painstaking detail.“The idea was to bring the transformative changes that are happening in technology to bear on research, and I think Google Street View will be a powerful tool going forward,” Sampson said.The researchers used Google Street View to digitally tour hundreds of Chicago streets while gathering data — from evidence of new construction or renovations to existing homes to whether there were signs of neighborhood disorder, such as graffiti or litter. They also looked for public improvements, such as new signs and crosswalks, and efforts to beautify the neighborhoodEach side of each street received a score that reflected its level of gentrification. Across the various streets included in the study, those scores were then aggregated, giving each census tract a score.“I wouldn’t want this to be interpreted as saying neighborhoods need whites,” Sampson said. “It’s saying that we have a particular history in cities in the United States, and the analysis has to be interpreted within the structure of that history. So rather than saying you need whites, I think what is needed ― and this has always been the case ― is some concerted effort to rethink urban policy.“During the period of the collapse of cities in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, a great deal of that had to do with policies of disinvestment in poor neighborhoods,” Sampson added. “Today, we need policies and government to play a greater role in the stabilization of neighborhoods, and to protect against cities simply becoming playgrounds of the rich and famous.”As neighborhoods enjoy the benefits of early-stage gentrification ― higher property values, greater diversity, greater public and business investment ― a big challenge remains in protecting long-time residents from being forced out.“I think what would have to happen is meaningful reinvestment that also maintains a certain level of affordable housing in order to prevent displacement and that preserves both racial and income diversity,” Hwang said.last_img read more

Gary’s first female mayor delivers leadership lecture

first_imgKaren Freeman-Wilson, the first female mayor of Gary, Ind., and the first African American mayor in Indiana spoke about her leadership experience in a lecture at Saint Mary’s Monday evening. Junior Brooke Fowler and her classmates in an Intercultural Leadership Development course invited Freeman-Wilson to speak as part of an assignment to reach out to an influential female leader. “In class we talk a lot about leadership styles. The style I most admire is servant leadership in which the leader focuses directly on the needs of the people and places [herself] among the people to serve and work towards a common goal,” Fowler said. “This is what Karen is doing.” Freeman-Wilson is currently in her second term as Gary’s mayor. She said it was not her successes but rather her failures that got her to where she is today. “I have a firm belief that God puts where he wants you to be,” Freeman-Wilson said. Despite having lost more city elections than she has won since 1987, Freeman-Wilson said she successfully gained the mayoral seat after a group of people urged her to run again. “I ran in 2003 and 2007 unsuccessfully for mayor of the city of Gary and after my loss in 2007, [I] decided that the voters [were] not interested in [my] service,” Freeman-Wilson said.  “So in 2011 when some guys came to me and said ‘we have a poll that shows that you’re the only person that can beat the incumbent and we think that it’s your time,’ I said no, but they kept pressing the issue … It was the easiest election I had.” Freeman-Wilson said she wanted to talk about her failures because it’s something that few leaders highlight. She learned that it’s important to show people how much you care. “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care,” she said. “Without fail, I believed I had the best credentials in the races that I lost, but it was only when I became a caregiver that realized the importance of compassion in leadership.” Freeman-Wilson said after her mother suffered from multiple strokes their relationship was changed and her mother depended on her for care. This experience taught Freeman-Wilson the importance of service especially in public office. “[Public service] means that in every decision you that you make, when you have been given the public trust, that you make it with the people in mind,” she said. “I know that every time I make a decision it isn’t always the right one, because none of us are infallible, but what I can tell [the public] … is that every time I make a decision it is for the right reason, [and] I can walk you through my thinking as to why I thought that decision is in the best interest of the majority of the city.” Perseverance, patience and good teamwork are important qualities all leaders should possess, Freeman-Wilson said. However, she said working together as a team will get students further than any individual effort. “At the end of the day, it’s not about you,” she said. “It’s not about us as individuals, but it’s about what our legacy is and what our service is. “It’s been said that service is the rent that we pay for our time on earth and I believe that.” Freeman-Wilson said women have a unique quality that lends itself to  leadership. “[Women] always want to find a win-win … we want everybody to be okay with the resolution, where they feel comfortable with it, and that’s not always the case with men,” she said. Being comfortable with responsibility and authority are important in leadership Freeman-Wilson said. She urged students to be confident in themselves and recognize the importance of their own leadership skills. “I’m counting on you all to continue the effort that we started and the only way you can do that is if [leaders] set an example,” she said. Freeman-Wilson said she hopes that her work as mayor is setting that standard for what citizens of Gary should expect from their public servants. “I understand there is a generation behind me that can do better than me,” Freeman-Wilson said. “And I’m cool with that.” Contact Haleigh Ehmsen at [email protected]last_img read more

Juvenile rules fast-track amendments

first_img August 1, 2005 Regular News Juvenile rules fast-track amendments Juvenile rules fast-track amendmentsThe Juvenile Court Rules Committee invites comment on proposed fast-track amendments to the Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure shown below. The proposed amendments will be filed with the court by August 1. The full text of the proposals can be found on The Florida Bar’s Web site at Interested persons have until September 1 to submit comments to Alan Abramowitz, Chair, 210 N. Palmetto Avenue, Ste. 440, Daytona Beach 32114-3269.last_img read more

Get better input with ‘advice’

first_imgAs we progress through our careers, we learn the value of receiving feedback from peers and managers to ensure we improve and grow. Feedback helps us identify weaknesses, strengths, and mistakes – ultimately setting us up for success.How we ask for feedback, deliver it, and interpret it influences the effectiveness. This article from Harvard Business Review provides a fresh take on getting the most out of others’ input, and it’s a simple phrasing change.“People received more effective input when they asked for advice rather than feedback.”Here’s the difference based on four studies examined in the article:Advice: Reviewers who were asked for advice “offered more critical and actionable input” and “more frequently contained detailed explanations of what worked and what didn’t.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Why families vote for Three Strikes

first_imgDirect from KiwiblogStuff reports:A Hastings man who sexually assaulted an 87-year-old woman in her home was on parole at the time.Name suppression on Hugh Hemi Tuatua Tareha, 30, was lifted yesterday after he admitted the attack on November 7 last year.It can now be revealed that he attacked another woman on the same day – and that he was on parole at the time for the robbery of an elderly woman.Tareha had been before the Parole Board just the day before and had led the board to believe he was motivated to make changes.“We are pleased with his performance,” the board wrote in its report on November 6.Well they got that one wrong.Yesterday, Justice Simon France entered the convictions and noted that Tareha would receive a second strike under the three strikes legislation at sentencing in September. He ordered a cultural report and two health reports, as the Crown was seeking preventive detention. Tareha was remanded in custody.This is excellent. No parole for him next time, and if he offends again, then he will receive the maximum sentence for his crimes.Make sure you vote to retain the three strikes law at the election.last_img read more