KeyAGENT launches version 2.0 of PropertyBOX app

first_imgMarketingKeyAGENT has launched version 2.0 of PropertyBOX, the floor plan and photo enhancing app.PropertyBOX allows agents to upload their own photos and floor plan sketches, which are processed into digitised, readyto- use images.In its first launch in October 2016, the 100 free spaces filled in four hours. One of the lucky 100, Matt Smith from Thornley Groves, achieved a 20 per cent increase in RightMove statistics.Now, version 2.0 of the app is open to 200 agents, who will trial the app, with unlimited use, free of charge.Thornley Groves says that its PropTech strategy, which includes the roll out of floor plan and photo enhancing app PropertyBOX to its nine branches, has helped the team boost its Rightmove stats by up to 20 per cent.“You could technically operate a business without email, but why would you? Using PropertyBOX is kind of like that. It’s an obvious choice for us,” said Matt Smith, Residential Sales and Lettings Director.Tim Wright, Product Director at KeyAGENT, said, “Our mission is to give some PropTech magic to every property in the UK. Even if an agent isn’t one of the 200 to get a free trial of PropertyBOX, we’re aiming to open the doors to everyone very soon, and those who sign up will be the first to know.”keyAGENT ProtertyBOX floor plan and photo enhancing app. September 21, 2017The 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » KeyAGENT launches version 2.0 of PropertyBOX app previous nextProducts & ServicesKeyAGENT launches version 2.0 of PropertyBOX appThe Negotiator21st September 20170871 Viewslast_img read more

Asda names Murdoch Allan best local supplier

first_imgScottish wholesale and retail baker Murdoch Allan has been chosen from around 400 suppliers as Asda’s Local Supplier of the Year 2006. It was awarded the title in recognition of its high-quality products, excellent customer focus and level of service at a recent Asda local sourcing conference in Leeds. Murdoch Allan MD Paul Allan told British Baker the company has been an Asda supplier since January 2005. A range of 40 of its lines, including bread and biscuits, is listed in 20 Asda stores. The company is set to start supplying all 38 Scottish stores through Asda’s central distribution depot in September (British Baker, 14 April, pg 5).Allan said: “We are always seeking out new products and markets, and this important award will be an excellent tool in helping us to achieve those aims.” He added that he has had enquiries about listings from other supermarkets since picking up the Asda award. And sales are booming with Somerfield, which Murdoch Allan also supplies.Murdoch Allan has 200 employees, and is set to take on a further 15 staff in September. The company also runs seven retail outlets.last_img read more

Press release: First look at HS2’s Washwood Heath depot site

first_img500 staffHS2 trains will be maintained at Washwood Heath, and activities at the facility will include cleaning, servicing, and routine repairs of the new high-speed fleet. The depot will employ up to 500 staff working in shifts, either in jobs within the depot, maintenance and support workers, or train drivers who will start and finish their day there. It will be HS2’s only rolling stock maintenance depot for Phases One and 2a of the UK’s new high-speed rail network.Formerly known as the Washwood Heath Railway Works, the site was last used by Alstom. It is the preferred location for HS2’s future depot because it is centrally located in relation to the completed HS2 network, which will extend to Leeds and Manchester. Contact form… The press and media enquiries line is for accredited journalists only The site at Washwood Heath was originally home to a depot that measured 782,622 cubic metres.Mike Lyons, Programme Director of Phase One in the Midlands, said: Press and media enquiries The demolition covers a site larger than 110,000 square-metres and is being carried out by HS2 Ltd alongside their early works contractor, Birmingham-based LM JV.Reducing landfillThe site at Washwood Heath was originally home to a depot that measured 782,622 cubic metres of buildings and structures, and these are now in the process of being demolished. This has yielded a total of 412,464 tonnes of demolition materials, the equivalent weight of 68 Birmingham BT Towers, and will be predominantly reused on site, significantly reducing the need for landfill and lorry movements. As we prepare for the construction of HS2, there is a huge amount of work going on at sites in the Midlands, including land clearance, habitat creation, tree planting, demolitions, archaeology, road improvement works and utility diversions. We currently have 62 live sites across the whole Phase One route, servicing over 250 work locations. Over 7,000 jobs are supported by HS2, and over 300 companies in the Midlands are already working on the project.last_img read more

Theologian explores relationship between humanity and ecology

first_imgHumanity is losing the lexicon to properly interact with the natural world, Christopher Thompson, professor of moral theology at the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas, said Monday evening at his lecture titled “Integral Ecology and the Promise of Green Thomism.”“Something has gone wrong,” he said.Thompson argued that Thomism — and green Thomism in particular — provides the vocabulary needed to connect the human life to ecological surroundings.Thomism is the philosophical school of thought rooted in the work of Saint Thomas Aquinas, a philosopher, theologian and Doctor of the Church. Aquinas — a Dominican friar and Catholic priest — argued that the goal of human life is union and eternal fellowship with God, Thompson said.Thompson argued that the philosophy of Aquinas creates the vocabulary for integral ecology. The idea of integral ecology is a key concept in Pope Francis’ “Laudato si’,” a papal encyclical published in 2015. Francis said everything is connected, so the environment cannot be considered separate from humanity.Fr. Terry Ehrman — the assistant director of the Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing — said thinking of Aquinas’ teachings can center one’s relationship with God and their surroundings.“The more we get into a world that’s disconnected from God, we can lose our place,” Ehrman said. “By bringing Saint Thomas Aquinas into this, [Thompson] is saying, ‘There is our place in the cosmos, and it’s not just our relationship with God, but everything else God has created.’”In his lecture, Thompson outlined the relationship between Catholics and the natural world.Catholicism has an authoritative teaching about human interaction with the environment. Catholic social teaching, the Church’s guidelines to building a just society, lists “Care for God’s Creation” as one of its seven tenets, Thompson said.“Christ — the logos made flesh — is the person through whom all things are made,” he said. “No Catholic can be indifferent to the created universe because we are not indifferent to the word who speaks.”Thompson said Catholics should be at the forefront of environmental protection.“Recovering creation, recovering its splendor, protecting natural spaces, protecting wildlife sanctuaries. … Catholics need to be all over this,” he said.In his encyclical, Francis criticized consumerism and calls for global action to combat climate change. Thompson, too, targeted the problem of consumerism, noting that western culture is a prime culprit of environmental degradation.“It’s not that there’s too many people, there’s too many Americans,” Thompson said. “What’s not sustainable is the style of life that’s come in contact with this level of consumption.”No Catholic colleges and universities in the United States offer academic programs in agriculture, Thompson said. Catholic universities have programs for potential lawyers, doctors, theologians, poets and philosophers, but not responsible farmers, he said.Thompson said a cultural shift away from consumerism is necessary for humanity to revive its relationship with ecology.“In discovering and professing to Christ, the original vocation to steward the earth and the fundamental impulse to care for its beauty now becomes intimately transformed into an [unprecedented] invitation to become an adopted son or child of the maker of all,” Thompson said.Tags: American Catholicism, Christopher Thompson, environment, laudato si’last_img read more

Mitrano: Reed Deflects From His Record With False Nursing Home Narrative

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) PENN YAN — In reaction to the state’s probe into nursing home COVID cases, Democratic Congressional Candidate Tracy Mitrano said incumbent Tom Reed is using a false narrative to deflect from what she sees as a poor record.“Tom Reed has had a false narrative about this issue in the nursing homes for some time and I think the health report only underscores common sense about what was going on with this issue,” Mitrano told WNYNewsNow Tuesday.“If we all knew what we know now and the awful crises it became, we would have closed, I would hope, the mayor and the governor would have closed things down right away and isolated and so forth,” she said, adding COVID-19 has been in New York since at least February.“Our hospitals in New York City were totally overrun, we had people who were convalescing and that means they’re no longer contagious. We know the contagion is when people are asymptomatic not when you’re convalescing weeks out,” she said. She said the facts make her think about Reed and what she sees as a divide and deflect strategy.“You begin to think, okay wait a minute, it’s not the way Tom Reed likes to create a narrative because this guy has been going after Cuomo since day one, it’s his campaign strategy,” she said. “He can’t talk about federal issues, he’s failed at health care, he’s failed at education, he’s failed at infrastructure, he doesn’t want to protect the environment, he’s not brought jobs, he hasn’t created economic incentives in this district even when the market was good.”Mitrano said what she sees as Reed deflecting is his one skill, comparing him to a donkey.“He’s deflecting the fact that all Tom Reed knows how to do is, like a donkey, kick down the barn door,” Mitrano said. “He doesn’t know how to do good things for people. He can’t criticize the president because he’s his honorary chairman of his reelection in New York State.”Reed no longer discusses federal issues because he wants to attack Cuomo to divide and confuse his constituents, she charged.Asked about the travel advisory list in New York expanding to 19 states and whether a possible travel ban could be issued, she said there is a long history of Constitutional rights regarding interstate travel and commerce.“If the numbers become overwhelming I don’t know if there’d be some procedure to make sure the people coming in are staying in isolation so we do things constitutionally but we’re protecting the public health,” she said, adding Reed “didn’t do a single thing to help this district” with COVID-19 solutions or procedure.last_img read more

Heat Wave

first_imgAs of this week, 2016 has entered the top 10 in terms of years with the most consecutive days over 95 degrees.Even for a Georgia summer, it’s hot, it’s dry and it doesn’t look like it will be letting up anytime soon, said Pam Knox, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s agricultural climatologist.“Everywhere in the state is basically in the top 10 as far as days over 95 degrees,” Knox said. “If you look at nighttime temperatures, they also have been higher than normal, and on average they’re increasing faster than the daytime highs. That’s important because livestock need those cool nights to recover or they can become stressed.”The same goes for crops and people, she added.“That’s what’s amazing to me — the relentlessness of it,” she said.While the heat makes it hard, or even dangerous, to work or play outdoors, one of the most serious impacts has been the heat’s contribution to the ongoing drought.Much of north Georgia has been in some level of drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, since the spring. The lack of rain and heat are starting to have serious impacts on Georgia’s row crop and cattle industries.Since Jan. 1, the northern two-thirds of the state has received between 4 and 7 inches less rain than normal. Athens, Georgia, has seen 7.3 inches less rain than normal; Atlanta has seen 4.2 inches less than normal; Columbus, Georgia, has seen 5.7 inches less than normal; and Macon has seen 4.5 inches less than normal.The lack of rainfall combined with the persistent high temperatures has most of the northern part of the state in severe or extreme drought, according the U.S. Drought Monitor.While the southern half of the state has fared a little better, Georgia’s row crop powerhouse counties are also going through a dry spell, putting peanuts, corn and cotton grown without irrigation in peril as they enter their peak growing season.“Farmers expect that they’re going to get about an inch of rain a week during the summer,” Knox said. “The crops may need more than that with this heat, but they at least need that inch and they need it every week. If they don’t get it every week, the plants begin to shut down.”Over the last decade and a half, many farmers have installed irrigation systems in their row crop fields, but there are still thousands of acres of dryland fields across the state. It’s not clear yet how those farmers will fare.For cattle farmers, especially those in north Georgia, the heat and lack of rain has seriously depleted their pastures and hay crops. Farmers depend on grazing pastures to feed their cattle during the summer in Georgia, saving their hay for the fall and winter months.This year farmers across the state have already been feeding cattle hay for about a month, Hancock said. The lack of rain means there’s simply not that much hay available locally.“I was driving through north Georgia last week and stopped counting after I saw 10 hay trailers on I-75 in northwest Georgia coming out of Tennessee and places further north,” Hancock said. “There is a lot of hay coming from Tennessee, Alabama and wherever there has been enough rainfall.”For more information on strategies for coping with drought on the farm or in your yard, visit and search “drought.”last_img read more

Fescue Fungus

first_imgWhile many people know that the microbes in our guts are an important part of our health, many are unaware that microbes are just as important to our crops.Different microbes can help plants acquire nutrients, fend off pests and disease, and produce higher yields, but we know very little about how these partnerships work. University of Georgia researchers are working to understand these partnerships so that they can be used to breed better, more sustainable crops.A team of researchers at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has received a $1.35 million grant from the National Science Foundation to better understand how plants interact with their microbiomes.“Just like people, plants host trillions of microbes that live on, around and inside them,” said principal investigator Jason Wallace, a CAES professor of crop and soil sciences. “Some of these cause disease but many are beneficial, helping the plant thrive in harsh conditions, but we don’t know how this interaction works.”“Learning how a plant’s microbes make it more resilient could be an important key to developing more sustainable and stress-tolerant crops in the future.”Wallace’s team is focusing on a grass called tall fescue, which has been grown for animal feed for over 70 years and covers 40 million acres across the U.S.While breeding more water-efficient fescue has been a goal of plant breeders for decades, UGA geneticists are taking a new approach. They are investigating how the grass interacts with symbiotic fungi, which has been found to fortify it against heat and drought stress.Some types of tall fescue have a fungus, Epichlo? coenophiala, living inside them, which helps the plant survive drought, heat and disease. It also helps the grass fend off insects and predators.Ironically, this partnership was discovered because the fungus usually produces toxic chemicals, ergot alkaloids, that make cattle sick. UGA was instrumental in breeding the first commercial varieties with toxin-free strains back in the 1990s.Wallace’s team will be working with fescue that contains the fungus to understand how such a beneficial partnership works, including how the plant and fungus communicate with each other and how their interaction leads to higher stress tolerance in the plant.The hope is that understanding this system will show how similarly strong, beneficial partnerships can be made in other crops to boost agricultural production and sustainability.Wallace is partnering with Carolyn Young, an associate professor at the Noble Research Institute in Ardmore, Oklahoma, to carry out this research.To complete this work, Wallace, Young and their research teams will analyze thousands of fescue plants to find how the plant influences fungal growth and toxin production. They will also investigate how the plant forms relationships with new varieties of fungus, such as ones that do not produce toxins, and how the fungus helps the plant survive under heat stress that would normally kill it.In addition to the work with fescue, Wallace and Young will assist middle- and high-school teachers in developing hands-on teaching projects related to these topics that they can implement in their own classrooms. This will give students a better understanding of plant-microbe partnerships and the ways that microbes impact the larger ecosystem.The grant period will run from 2019 through 2022, but some parts of the project are already underway.For more information or for updates on their progress, visit For more information about the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at CAES, visit read more

MVP first to offer quality of care goals

first_imgMVP Health Care first Vermont insurer to offer physicians financialincentives for meeting quality of care goals(Williston, VT) — MVP Health Care announced today that it is the firsthealth insurer in Vermont to establish a “Pay for Performance” programthat offers physicians a financial incentive for meeting a set ofpre-determined quality of care measures.last_img

Renewables close in on coal generation in Germany

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Germany is edging ever closer to its national target of 65 per cent renewable energy by 2030, with new data showing wind and solar produced 38 per cent of the electricity consumed in the country between January and September 2018.The figures mark an increase of three percentage points over a year earlier, according to utility association BDEW, and were boosted by the renewables’ share reaching 43 per cent in the months of January, April and May. “If we have an average amount of wind in the fourth quarter, renewables could also cover 38 percent over the entire year,” BDEW said in a statement.But for the first three quarters of the year, this means that renewables produced almost 170 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh), while lignite and hard coal added up to about 172 billion kWh. “Clearly, renewables are in the fast lane, while the contribution of conventional energy sources to cover gross power consumption is falling continuously,” said BDEW head Stefan Kapferer.Meanwhile, the rise in renewables generation has helped to set Germany’s carbon emissions on course for their largest drop since the 2009 recession, the Clean Energy Wire reports. Strong renewable power production and warm temperatures lowered Germany’s CO2 emissions by around 7 per cent in the first nine months of 2018, according to the calculations by energy market research group AG Energiebilanzen (AGEB).More: German renewables share jumps to 38% for 2018, nearly catches coal Renewables close in on coal generation in Germanylast_img read more

U.S. Army Readiness, Humanitarian Mission Go Hand in Hand

first_imgBy María Pinel/Joint Task Force-Bravo Public Affairs August 17, 2017 A team of U.S. Army medical personnel from Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) participated in a training exercise in Hospital Escuela and Hospital María in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, from July 19th – 27th. They performed complex trauma surgical procedures in a resource-limited environment with logistical support from Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-Bravo). The group of surgeons and combat medics split up into two teams to be able to simultaneously perform surgeries in both hospitals after receiving an orientation from Dr. Ricardo Aviles, JTF-Bravo medical liaison, who also introduced them to their Honduran counterparts. The teams then began to screen patients and scheduled surgeries of the most complex cases. “Many of the surgeries we are doing prepare us really well for what is seen as a result of dismounted complex blast injury,” said U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Steven Hudak, a staff urologist at BAMC, in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. “We don’t usually see that in civilians so we are able to come here and get a lot of important techniques that cross over into these complex injuries that are seen only on the battlefield.” The combat medics also had the opportunity to complete morning rotations through the emergency room at Hospital Escuela, a school hospital that works as the main center for public health care in Honduras. The teams also rotated to Hospital María, a public pediatric hospital where they performed pediatric urology surgeries. Both teams were joined by surgeons from the JTF-Bravo Medical Element Mobile Surgical Team (MST) who also participated actively. “JTF-Bravo doesn’t necessarily have the same exposure to these patients, so it gives them experience to see the abdominal type of injuries and gives them a broader understanding of all kinds of patients,” said U.S. Army Sergeant Major Richard Russell, the chief clinical NCO at BAMC. “JTF-Bravo and its MST become more efficient in trauma areas that they are not used to treating,” said Dr. Aviles. “A general surgeon is used to doing general surgeries and not urology or orthopedics, but once he is in the battlefield he is the only surgeon and has to be able to assist – so this is basically the concept behind the mission.” Multi-faceted mission The mission consisted of different components, such as female urology, male reconstructive surgeries, and pediatrics, with the intent of teaching the group of medical and surgical providers how to perform complex trauma surgeries in an austere environment in preparation for combat. “Most if not all of what we see in the clinic here is a direct result of trauma,” said U.S. Army Major Humberto Villarreal, a staff urologist at BAMC, who is participating in his third trauma mission to Honduras. “We are seeing blunt trauma, penetrating trauma – these are late manifestations of those injuries but we get to reconstruct urethra injuries, and that has a direct application to the patients that we care for back home,” said Maj. Villarreal. Historically, this mission has always been about urology, but is now expanding the concept to obtain combat readiness by incorporating prehospital training with the Honduran Red Cross through an exchange of best practices. “We get exposure to prehospital training and our surgeons develop skills from working in an austere environment –using equipment that they are not accustomed to– which allows them to think outside the box, as they would in a deployed environment,” said Lt. Col. Hudak. Evolving collaborations U.S. Army Lieutenant Coronel Thomas Novak, a BAMC urologist and officer-in-charge of the mission, has participated actively in the event since 2009. He spoke about how the mission is continuously expanding and the partnership formed with the Honduran urologists. “It was already a mission that was in place with a smaller footprint, but we’ve expanded the scope of our operations here,” said Lt. Col. Novak. “We went from being one surgical team to now three surgical teams using an additional site as well moving pediatric surgeries to Hospital María. A lot of what we are doing has significant trauma relevance even though we are not treating acutely injured patients. What we are trying to accomplish is to evolve it in terms of getting a trauma surgeon to actually see acutely injured patients.” Cases are selected and prioritized by their complexity with the help of Honduran medical counterparts to provide different learning opportunities to both U.S. and Honduran participants. “We have treated many medical issues that had an apparently difficult solution; but as an integrated team we have been able to solve them,” said Dr. Carlos García, a Honduran urologist at Hospital Escuela. “We can say that these are cases that provide us both with learning opportunities.” “I hope it will lead to a continued advancement of our own skills and readiness and I hope that it provides a continued chance for collaboration with our Honduran partners so we can continue to learn from them as much as we hope they are learning from us,” said Lt. Col. Novak. Surgical backlog Limited resources and urologists for adults and children cause a surgical backlog in Honduras, where most patients seen at hospital Escuela or María have to wait months if not years for surgery. Such is the case of Hector Sánchez, who patiently waits in the screening room prior to surgery at Hospital Escuela. Sánchez has waited 10 months to have his urethra repaired and his urinary catheter removed. Another patient, already in the operating room, is having a bullet removed from his urinary tract after a gunshot he received four years ago. If not for this mission, he and Sánchez as well as many others would be forced to use a catheter for life. “We hope that we continue every year because this is a learning experience that helps both countries and strengthens our relationships” said Dr. García. “You will always be welcome in Honduras, and on behalf of the people who have received your support, we thank you.” The surgical teams were able to see a total of 123 complex trauma surgical patients. They developed the way for future engagements involving pre-hospital training opportunities to practice many of their combat trauma skills with a focus on readiness and alleviating the surgical backlog for many Hondurans in need.last_img read more