Challenger portal signs up 10,000 branches as it prepares to go live

first_imgRightmove challenger portal Homesearch says it has commitments from 10,000 branches to list properties on its site when the platform goes live for agents on Wednesday.Chief Operating Officer Sam Hunter admits that relatively few of these 10,000 are paying customers at the moment, but that he’s been overwhelmed by the thousands of independent agents who have signed up to list their properties.“To be working with so many agents so early has exceeded all of our expectations,” he says.Hunter says the agents signed up so have some 395,000 properties to list between them, a figure expects to rise to 450,000 by next week.This would give it approximately half of Rightmove’s listings and puts it well on the way to becoming a fully-fledged portal when it launches to the public in the middle of July.Public launch“We’re inviting agents to have a play with it and really understand how it works before the public begin using it,” he says.“We believe that the traction we’re seeing is proof that agents have wanted to see something new for a long time, which keeps us focused on making sure that we deliver both the product and ongoing business support they need.“We’re really thankful to those who have helped us hit this milestone so quickly.”Hunter prefers not to call his platform a ‘portal’ but rather a next generation property ecosystem, where property professionals and consumers can interact to buy, sell, rent, invest or simply research the UK housing market.Read more about Homesearch.Sam Hunter Homesearch June 26, 2020Nigel 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 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 » Challenger portal signs up 10,000 branches as it prepares to go live previous nextProducts & ServicesChallenger portal signs up 10,000 branches as it prepares to go liveHomesearch is preparing to go live for the public in Mid-July and has been overwhelmed by the positive response from agents.Nigel Lewis26th June 202001,059 Viewslast_img read more

Assembly candidate Hart plans to fight conservative extremism

first_imgI come from a strong union household and I’m the youngest daughter of a Jersey City educator and a Teamster. I’m also the proud wife of a Jersey City Fire Captain. As a mother to three kids, I’m running for Assembly to bring new ideas and a fresh approach to the problems of our district and to represent real Democratic values in Trenton.  We need Assembly representatives that are in touch with the district and the issues affecting our neighborhoods. I work as a teacher and through my work in the community, I see firsthand the real-life issues that need to be addressed. The 31st District Assembly members have been absent on major issues, and yet available for every photo opportunity.If I know one thing about elections – is that they are won in the streets talking to voters, which is why my campaign is built around people, fueled by their ideas and strong Democratic principles.If elected, I’ll get right to work addressing property taxes, reforming the Port Authority, fighting to alleviate traffic on our highways and bridges, fully funding our public schools, protecting our environment, balancing our budget and improving healthcare affordability.These are the issues that the public cares about. As Assemblywoman, I want to be a champion to ensure every taxpayer’s voice is heard in Trenton.Today, the very Democratic values we hold dear are under assault by Donald Trump and the Republican Party. As a result, we’re seeing unprecedented conflicts of interest, threats to defund and privatize our schools, attempts to dismantle healthcare for millions, and a rise in hate crimes against our neighbors based solely on their religion, race or sexual orientation. It is imperative to have state representatives who will defend the residents of Bayonne and Jersey City against Chris Christie, Donald Trump and the Republican Party.I look forward to standing alongside Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy in the fight against conservative extremism and I hope to earn your support in the Democratic Primary on June 6thSincerely,Kristen Zadroga-HartDemocratic Candidate for Assembly Dear Editor:My name is Kristen Zadroga-Hart, and I’m a Democrat running to represent Bayonne and Jersey City in the NJ State Assembly. Whether your family has been here for generations or just recently settled in our community, every single hardworking family throughout the district deserves a representative that will fight for them.last_img read more

Free Paper Shredding and Electronics Recycling on Saturday

first_imgFree paper-shredding and electronics recycling will be available to Ocean City residents 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 11) at the Shelter Road off Tennessee Avenue.Residents must bring a driver’s license or other form of identification.Paper-shredding by a secure mobile unit can include paper only (staples and paper clips acceptable).Small appliances, televisions, computers, monitors, laptops, stereos, camcorders and desk phones will be accepted for recycling. Old cell phones can be exchanged for phone cards for soldiers overseas. CFL light bulbs also will be collected.For more information, call 609-399-6111, ext. 9710.last_img read more

Watch Members of String Cheese, Dead & Co And More Jam Out The Open Seas

first_imgThe ultimate craft beer vacation, the Lebrewski Cruise, just wrapped up several days out at sea. Featuring a number of exceptional refreshments from breweries like Boulder Beer Company, Cigar City, Lagunitas Brewing, Left Hand and Stone Brewing, and musical performances from O.A.R., Kyle Hollingsworth of the String Cheese Incident as well as SCI bandmates Michael Kang and Jason Hann and more, the Lebrewski Cruise is certainly a one of a kind experience.Having put three members of SCI on the cruise, it didn’t take a brewmaster to figure out there would be significant collaborations along the way. Cue Jason Hann’s Rhythmatronix. Featuring Hann, Michael Kang, Fareed Haque (Sting, Joe Zawinul, Garaj Mahal), Raul Pineda (Chucho Valdez, Sintesis), Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company, Allman Brothers Band), and Todd Stoops (RAQ), the Rhythmatronix delighted onlookers to a grooving, jazz inspired, improvisational-laced set.You can watch Jason Hann’s Rythmatronix’s entire set from the Lebrewski Cruise below:Setlist: Jason Hann’s Rythmatronix at the Spinnaker Lounge, Lebrewski Cruise – 3/2/16Set: Opus Pocus, Havona, Palladium, Manga, Raul Drum Solo, Gibraltarlast_img read more

Meet Quinn Christopherson: The Chosen Winner For 2019 Tiny Desk Contest [Video]

first_imgThe contest for this year’s Tiny Desk Contest is now closed, as NPR has picked the winning songwriter/performer from over 6,000 entries to star in their own episode of the popular online performance series. While bands and artists from across the country (including Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Midnight North) all submitted their entries to win the popular video contest, NPR announced on Thursday that Quinn Christopherson has been chosen and crowned this year’s winner.Related: Weezer Performs Career-Spanning Set For NPR Tiny Desk ConcertChristopherson and his bandmate Nick Carpenter chose to go with their original tune, “Erase Me”, for their impressive entry. The young songwriter hails from Anchorage, Alaska, but the surrounding northern wilderness didn’t stop him from putting together a warm and captivating indie-folk ballad to take home this year’s highly-coveted industry contest.The winning video sees (and hears) Christopherson and Carpenter taking their place in a spacious room which is uniquely decorated with a flannel chair, a few amplifiers, and a large painting which acts as the official backdrop for the performance. Throughout the nearly six-minute video, Christopherson–who describes himself as a transgender and associated with Athabaskan and Inupiaq indigenous cultures–can be heard belting out inspiring lyrics such as, “I’ve got a voice now/I got power/But I can’t stand it” and “Nobody interrupts me/And nobody second-guesses my opinions.”Watch the winning entry for this year’s Tiny Desk Contest below.Quinn Christopherson – “Erase Me” [Video: Quinn Christopherson]Christopherson now finds himself in impressive company, as the annual Tiny Desk Contest has spent the last two years introducing music fans to Tank and The Bangas in 2017 and Naia Izumi in 2018. Christopherson’s next stop will be the NPR offices in Washington, D.C., where he’ll get to star in his own Tiny Desk performance.[H/T NPR]last_img read more

APS elects four from Harvard

first_imgThe American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States, recently elected four new members from Harvard into this year’s class of scholars.The society, founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge,” honors and engages distinguished scientists, humanists, social scientists, and leaders in civic and cultural affairs through elected membership and opportunities for interdisciplinary intellectual fellowship, particularly in the semiannual meetings in Philadelphia. Since 1900, more than 240 members have received the Nobel Prize.This year’s elected members from Harvard follow:Ben Heineman, senior fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; distinguished senior fellow, Harvard Law SchoolSarah Blaffer Hrdy, associate of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and EthnologyRobert Sampson, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social SciencesPatrick Thaddeus, Robert Wheeler Willson Professor of Applied Astronomylast_img read more

New resources for Office of Sexual Assault Prevention

first_imgHarvard University will invest new resources immediately to expand and strengthen its Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, President Drew Faust announced today. The increase in resources was among a series of immediate actions recommended by the Sexual Assault Task Force, which is led by former Harvard Provost Steven E. Hyman.In addition to the investment in that office, recommendations include creation of a website that aggregates and clearly highlights the broad array of current prevention and response resources in one location; resources on which the Schools can draw as they devise training and orientation programs for the fall; and a campus survey to assess the incidence, circumstances, and perceptions of sexual assault and other forms of sexual harassment at Harvard.Faust accepted the recommendations and said that the University “will move at once to implement your four recommendations for immediate action.”The recommendations were developed after the first two task force meetings and were included in a May 13 letter from Hyman to Faust, who commissioned the group earlier this spring.“Reflecting the urgency of the issue, we chose to begin our work immediately,” wrote Hyman, former director of the National Institute for Mental Health. “During the summer, we will gather data on effective practices developed by other universities and by the military, and will also review relevant academic literature. In addition, we plan to develop survey instruments attuned to the Harvard community. A critical activity that will begin as soon as students and faculty return in the fall will be a process of broad outreach to members of the Harvard community to gather input.“While we have much work in front of us in the next months, we have determined that there are several steps that can be taken now,” he wrote, strongly recommending immediate new support for office, the website, the fall programming, and the proposed campus survey.Hyman emphasized that the new resources are being made necessary by the increased national focus on sexual misconduct on college campuses.“With renewed attention to sexual assaults, the call for services has increased and will likely continue to do so,” he wrote.In accepting the recommendations, Faust thanked the task force for its focus on near-term improvements and said the University must “do better” on issues related to sexual assault.“As I noted when the task force was constituted, Harvard will meet our legal obligations, but they alone should not bound our response to this behavior,” wrote Faust. “We can, and indeed we must, do better.“We have the responsibility to think in new ways about the best means of preventing sexual assault and ensuring that we are effectively responding to those who have experienced it.”Hyman was instrumental in creating the office in 2003, a reform that significantly bolstered Harvard’s ability to respond to incidents of misconduct and to support those who had experienced sexual harassment, including assault. The new director of the office, Alicia Oeser, is a task force participant.For more than a year, the University has worked to respond to the rapidly evolving legal landscape and to the needs of students, faculty, and staff. Last spring, the first University Title IX officer, Mia Karvonides, was hired. She convened a working group last May to review existing, School-based Title IX policies and procedures. That group produced the first University-wide Title IX policy, which has been submitted for review to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.last_img read more

‘Revolutionary’ writing earns prize nomination

first_imgEric Nelson, the Robert M. Beren Professor of Government at Harvard, has been named a finalist for the 2015 George Washington Book Prize. One of the nation’s largest and most prestigious literary awards, the prize recognizes the best new books on early American history. Now in its 11th year, the award recognizes works that not only shed new light on the nation’s founding era, but also have the potential to advance broad public understanding of American history.This year’s honorees spark new thinking on the American Revolution: its causes and principles, the meaning of liberty and freedom in the young democracy, and the impact of the revolution that reverberated throughout the 18th-century Atlantic world. Nelson’s “The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding” (Harvard University Press) turns upside-down the conventional image of the war as a rebellion against a tyrannical king.Nelson is also the author of “The Hebrew Republic: Jewish Sources and the Transformation of European Political Thought” (2010) and “The Greek Tradition in Republican Thought” (2004).The award is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and Washington College. The winner of the $50,000 prize will be announced at a black-tie gala on May 20 at Mount Vernon.last_img read more

Dietary link found to drug-resistant breast cancer

first_img The dietary factor Flight attendants have higher rates of breast, uterine, other cancers Drug resistance is the leading cause of death in women with estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer, the most common form of the disease. Now, researchers have identified an ordinary dietary element that may increase the chances of a breast cancer becoming drug-resistant.The connection of the amino acid leucine — found in foods such as beef, pork,  chicken, fish, dairy products, and beans — to drug resistance raises hopes that a relatively simple intervention, like a shift to a low-leucine diet, can reduce the incidence of drug resistance, which is responsible for a large portion of the roughly 40,000 breast cancer deaths every year.The work also raises the possibility that a drug could be developed to mirror the effects of that dietary restriction, by blocking cells’ ability to take in leucine from the surrounding environment.Senthil Muthuswamy, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the cell biology program at the Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, said scientists in his lab have already begun experiments with mice to see whether dietary changes can make a difference in the disease’s course. They’re also exploring whether an experimental drug already in clinical trials for another purpose can block tumor cells’ ability to take up leucine.“A lot of women are dying because of this condition,” Muthuswamy said. “So if you can have any impact on that cohort, whether it is through a drug or simple dietary manipulations combined with some other treatment, that would be huge. I would be ecstatic.”The research was led by Muthuswamy and funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. It was conducted by team that included research fellow Yasuhiro Saito, first author of a paper published recently in the journal Nature, and colleagues from Beth Israel, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Keio University in Japan, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, and the University of Toronto. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. New weapon against breast cancer Molecular marker in healthy tissue can predict a woman’s risk of getting the disease, research says Relatedcenter_img Could a popular food ingredient raise the risk for diabetes and obesity? Race bias seen in breast-cancer screening Current guidelines can delay diagnosis in nonwhite women, analysis says The potential interventions would apply to estrogen-receptor-positive, or ER+, breast cancer, which accounts for about 70 percent of the approximately 260,000 annual cases in the U.S. ER+ breast cancer cells are nurtured by the hormone, so estrogen-blocking drugs such as tamoxifen have been developed to stop their growth and spread.But, Muthuswamy said, resistance to tamoxifen and other estrogen-blocking drugs is a major cause of recurrence and metastases. Once resistance can keep any of the available estrogen-blocking drugs from working, death usually follows in two to three years.“It’s really a horrible state at that point,” Muthuswamy said. “I was driven by that and trying to see if this would provide any insight into endocrine resistance, because I’m very interested in trying to help those patients.”Muthuswamy and his team found that tamoxifen-resistant breast cancer counters the drug’s effects by increasing its intake of leucine, an amino acid that the body normally uses to make proteins and that must be consumed in food. In experiments on mice seeded with tamoxifen-resistant breast cancer cells, researchers found that blocking leucine from entering the cells resulted in the resistant tumors shrinking.The work grew out of a general investigation of how ER+ breast cancer cells respond to a stressful environment. Researchers first found that cells increased their use of leucine, and as the scientists explored the relationship between leucine and breast cancer cells, they found that a molecule called SLC7A5 on the cell surface plays a key role by transporting leucine from the surrounding environment into the cells.They also found that when leucine was scarce in the environment, cells moved more SLC7A5 to the cell surface, and that tamoxifen-resistant cells had more SLC7A5 on their surface than nonresistant cells did. Cells with extra SLC7A5 on their surface were able to grow and divide even in leucine-poor environments.In addition to the follow-up clinical research already begun, Muthuswamy said his lab is investigating basic science questions, such as the mechanism by which leucine nourishes cancer cells and how the transporter molecule SLC7A5 moves from within the cell to the cell surface.Muthuswamy said he is excited by the findings and by the prospect that positive results in the next phase of investigation could result in the rapid transition to the clinic of a new tool to fight ER+ breast cancer. Oncologists, he said, are routinely asked by patients whether a particular diet will help, and perhaps they will soon be able to give a more hopeful answer.“Invariably, almost all physicians tell them, ‘Just eat a healthy diet,’” Muthuswamy said. “Managing endocrine resistance is one of the biggest clinical problems in breast cancer.” U.S.-focused analysis suggests need for stronger protection against radiation, researchers saylast_img read more

Pedestrian Wheeling Baby Stroller Killed in Long Beach, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police Homicide Squad detectives are investigating the death of a 63-year-old Long Beach woman who was struck by a car at an intersection in her hometown Thursday morning, police said.The victim was identified by police as Deborah Batus, who was pushing a baby stroller filled with garbage when she was struck at the intersection of East Park Avenue and Pacific Boulevard at 6:32 a.m. There was no child in the stroller.Batus was transported to Long Beach Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 7:05 a.m.Police did not reveal information about the driver involved in the crash.last_img read more