New agent-controlled ‘local’ portal, Wearethemarket, launches first territory

first_imgHome » News » New agent-controlled ‘local’ portal, Wearethemarket, launches first territory previous nextProducts & ServicesNew agent-controlled ‘local’ portal, Wearethemarket, launches first territoryPortal first revealed last month is now live in Coventry and Warwickshire with over 3,000 properties from 53 estate agency branches.Nigel Lewis14th February 20212 Comments727 Views Much anticipated new estate agency-run property portal has officially launched today.Its website is now live for the platform’s first local operation across Coventry and Warwickshire featuring 3,100 local properties with many others territories lined up to go live in the coming months, its co-founder Mike Cleary has told The Negotiator.“It’s a huge step forward in our journey to becoming a household name,” says Cleary.“Since breaking cover last month, we’ve generated serious interest from within our community of independent agents and are now in dialogue with major firms in Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Gloucestershire.”The idea behind the portal is to create a patchwork of agent-owned businesses under the umbrella and grow, organically.First territoryLaunched to appeal to leading independent agents in every area of the UK, it now has 28 member agents with 53 offices within the initial West Midlands launch area.Cleary says the portal expects home hunters to be given 80% market coverage within each area because that is the level of listings held by leading independent agents in many areas of the property market, including in Coventry and Warwickshire.“We’re excited that is now live with so many independent agents signed up as ambassadors for the portal, as well as rugby legend Jason Robinson OBE lending his support.“As independent agents, we have unrivalled knowledge of our local areas and our clients deserve to see the best properties and the best of the surrounding area all in one place,” said Mike Cleary, who runs local independent agency Sheldon Bosley Knight (pictured).Peter Clarke (pictured), another of the agents behind the portal, says: “The idea of listing our properties in one place for the consumer is not new, but we have done it intertwining it with our role in promoting the location, creating a local hub that is easy to use and stripped bare of the usual advertising and calculators that detract from the search experience.”Visit Mike Cleary Sheldon Bosley Knight February 14, 2021Nigel Lewis2 commentsMike Cleary, Sheldon Bosley Knight/ wearethemarket Sheldon Bosley Knight/ wearethemarket 15th February 2021 at 12:02 pmThank you as always Murray.Our model works for anyone anywhere. Furthermore, if you can mobilise your locality (we found 4 or 5 of the top 6 or 7 Independent agents is enough), our website should also give you the platform to drop all other portals in time. We are here to set you up and recruit in your locality. If you’d like to know more please email me:[email protected] not own your own portal, control your own destiny (and costs) by joining us?Log in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 15th February 2021 at 9:36 amWhat a great inspired idea.Mike has a vision that I fully support and wish him and the other members the best of luckGiven the whole of the Estate Agencies support this could go a long way of breaking that portal domination and put control (and costing) back in our handsGood luck @WearethemarketLog 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 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 2021last_img read more

Oxford PhD student beaten in MasterChef final

first_imgOxford PhD student Nawamin Pinpathomrat has been beaten to the title of the 2018 series of MasterChef.35-year-old bank manager Kenny Tutt had his “best week yet”, according to judges Greg Wallace and John Torode, and was crowned the winner.Pinpathomrat, who trained as a doctor in his native Thailand, is studying for his PhD at the Jenner Institute.Despite the result, he won the hearts of the show’s viewers over the course of the series, and ‘Nawamin’ was a top-ten trend on Twitter during tonight’s episode.Nawamin – creative excellence from start to finish #MasterChefUK— MasterChef UK (@MasterChefUK) April 13, 2018After making it to the final of the competition, he told Cherwell: “It means a lot to me.“Honestly, I didn’t expect to make it this far, but I’ve enjoyed every single moment in the competition.“Of course, I’m excited to be in the final, but also nervous at the same time.“The standard is getting higher and higher. I have to cook up to perfection while I have to finish my experiments and write my DPhil thesis – no pressure!”Nawamin has all of the moves #MasterChefUK— MasterChef UK (@MasterChefUK) April 6, 2018 During tonight’s show, he said: “I just want to enjoy cooking today. I’m going to cook my socks off. I have nothing to lose!“I’m very proud that I decided to do this. It will stay with me forever.”Upon hearing about Pinpathomrat’s menu for the evening, Wallace said: “Nawamin – and I mean this in the nicest possible way – you are nuts.“We’ve never seen anything like it.”Listening to Nawamin’s menu like… #MasterChefUK— MasterChef UK (@MasterChefUK) April 13, 2018Despite his starter of lobster and scallops impressing the judges, his red curry duck, infused with pear, was called “a bit tough”, and Wallace was critical of his overly-intricate pudding.“It’s not easy to eat,” he said. “The theatricals are, this time, getting in the way of the dessert, not necessarily enhancing it.”Pinpathomrat takes his love for cooking from his mother, but cites his grandmother – who taught him that he should grow his own ingredients rather than buying them – as his most important culinary inspiration.He impressed the judges throughout the series with his unusual combinations of food.To reach the final, he cooked banana leaf grilled trout curry with wild mushrooms, chilli, basil and lime leaves, served with rice, carved vegetables, and a prawn and salted fish coconut dip.last_img read more

Guttenberg Arts Gallery announces fall exhibit The works included in MADE…

first_imgGuttenberg Arts Gallery presents MADE HERE: Fall 2020 a group show of Fall Artists in Residence; Cheryl Hochberg, Tenjin Ikeda and Devon Stackonis. On view by appointment only December 5th – January 3rd.The works included in MADE HERE: Fall 2020 were created during the artist’s 3 month Space & Time Artist Residency at Guttenberg Arts.  To promote social distancing Guttenberg Arts is now open by appointment only and virtually on their website.  Patrons can schedule their visit or view the virtual gallery by going to During her time at Guttenberg Arts, Cheryl Hochberg has been experimenting with ways to integrate the various sources into a common image. She explains, “Over the past decade, my work has drawn its inspiration from traveling. But during the pandemic, my travel plans were cancelled, and instead, I gathered my material locally. Specifically, I explored along the Passaic River (with its swampy floodplains) that makes its way east, eventually creating the meadowlands that border Manhattan.”“The resulting series, while made up of individual pieces, is also performative. The work begins with me, walking, and continues in the studio as the images and experiences are filtered through my materials and processes. The pieces, in total, form a diary of the pandemic, which begins in early spring recording the stunning proportional shift in emphasis between human and natural presence. It then continues through the experience of viewing nature under a backdrop of protests, continues through the fall into the partial re-opening that rearranged again the very tentative balance between the human and natural world, and goes on even up through the election with all its accompanying angst. The full group of works and the accompanying installation can be seen on my website at”Tenjin Ikeda has been working on a series of relief prints with the phrase in mind, “I See You.” He explains, “It is a question, a statement, affirming as well as accusatory, as well as having deeper meaning and significance. During this time of humanities reset as I like to call it, these three words have conjured up all sorts of ideas and images that I would like to explore. We have seen people ignored. We have been asked to sacrifice individuals who have been cast aside because we feel like they have out lived their relevance in the name of safety and access. We have been shown who gets to be seen and why.”Currently Devon Stackonis works primarily with mezzotint and intaglio techniques however her process is still heavily informed by her background in drawing, painting, and sculpture. She is drawn to imposing elements on the natural landscape such as abandoned structures, machinery, cemeteries and monuments.She explains, “I am drawn to imposing elements on the natural landscape such as abandoned structures, machinery, cemeteries and monuments. These subjects generally evoke a sense of stillness or isolation but also suggest power or importance, even long after they have been stripped of the purpose for which they were built. I am compelled by the quickness with which they transition from being essential to obsolete, serving now as little more than monuments to the passage of time. Nothing is truly guaranteed to be permanent; buildings crumble, forces of nature wear on the strongest foundations, memory fades. Once powerful and commanding forms can in an instant become almost comical and diminutive, now nothing more than characters in a personal narrative.“In my work, I create a world in which these monuments and structures are no longer forgotten but recontextualized and brought back into a sharp focus in a style reminiscent of early cinema. Recurring visual devices and the materials used expose the framework of my imagery and the method in which they were built. The depicted structure isn’t sincerely itself as it is barely held together by paper and tape, suspended or teetering, captured in a film still moment.  I am interested in the implied permanence of these structures alongside the impermanence of memory, dreams, and human experience.”Exhibition: December 5th, 2020 – January 3rd, 2021; Opening Saturday Dec. 5th by appointment only.  Schedule your visit by going to  For more information please contact [email protected] or 201-868-8585. Guttenberg Art Gallery is free and open to the public by appointment only. ×last_img read more

The Coronavirus Vaccines

first_imgNone of the COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for use or in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. Typically, it takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination.CDC recommends that you get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19, because you can catch it more than once. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering, we don’t know how long this protection will last. Vaccination is the best protection, and it is safe. People who get COVID-19 can have serious illnesses, and some debilitating symptoms persist for months.More studies need to be conducted before COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for children aged 16 and younger.The vaccination is especially important for people with underlying health problems like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and obesity. People with these conditions are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19Currently authorized vaccines, and most vaccines under development, require two doses. The first shot helps the immune system recognize the virus, and the second strengthens the immune response. You need both to get the best protection.There may be side effects, but they should go away within a few days. Possible side effects include a sore arm, headache, fever, or body aches. If they don’t go away in a week, or you have serious symptoms, call your doctor.It will take more people getting vaccinated to learn about very rare or possible long-term side effects. At least 8 weeks’ worth of safety data were gathered in the clinical trials for all authorized vaccines.  It’s unusual for side effects to appear more than 8 weeks after vaccination.All COVID-19 vaccines were tested in clinical trials to make sure they meet safety standards and protect adults of different ages, races, and ethnicities. There were no serious safety concerns. CDC will keep monitoring the vaccines to look for safety issues.We will provide more information about the vaccines as they become available in Bayonne in the months ahead. × The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided important information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines:CDC strongly recommends you get vaccinated. The vaccine will help protect you from getting COVID-19. If you still get infected after you get vaccinated, the vaccine may prevent serious illness. By getting vaccinated, you can also help protect people around you.last_img read more

Art House Productions Releases BLACK TOM ISLAND Radio Play

first_imgBlack Tom Island was originally commissioned and produced by Premiere Stages at Kean University in Union, NJ. The original production was presented at the Liberty Hall Museum, which received the 2018 Broadway World New Jersey Audience Award for Best New Play Produced.“I grew up listening to old radio dramas, which our local Public Radio station (KCRW in Los Angeles) played on weekday afternoons. Shows like THE SHADOW and PAUL TEMPLE, where only the voices and sound effects told the story,” says playwright Martin Casella. “When Art House suggested doing a radio version of Black Tom Island, I jumped at the chance! What our brilliant actors, director, and sound designer have come up with is absolutely thrilling.”“We hope this radio play will give our patrons a new way to experience the play and learn about this often overlooked important local historical event,” says Producing Director Courtney Little. “This is the first radio play Art House produced and it’s proven to be a rewarding challenge. We’ve translated theater’s spirit of collaboration, discovery, and creativity into this new format.”The free historical panel on Sunday, February 7 at 3:00pm EST on Zoom will feature historians Janet Akhtarshenas of Liberty State Park and Timothy R. White of New Jersey City University, along with playwright Martin Casella and director Darren Lee. Moderated by Jim Peskin of Save Ellis Island. Additional panelists may be announced at a later date. Admission is free, advance registration is required to receive the Zoom link. To register, please visit For questions about accessibility and patrons services, please email [email protected] Stewart Allen Most recently was seen playing, Juror 7 in 12 Angry Men at Indiana Repertory/Syracuse stage, Iago in Othello for The Acting Company in NYC and King Louis XIII in Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers at The Shakespeare Theater of NJ. Theater: The first Broadway National and International tour of War Horse with The National Theater of Great Britain. Company member at the Old Globe: King Lear, Madness of King George, Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Amadeus, and Much Ado About Nothing. Company member at The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey for the last 20 years and performed in The Acting Company, Arkansas Rep, Delaware Rep, The Folger Theater, Playmakers Rep, Florida Studio Theater, Shakerbridge Theater, and the PA and NC Shakespeare Festivals. Film/TV: The Blacklist, Billions, Admiral Rickover, Cold Mountain. Graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and proud member of Actor’s Equity and SAG/AFTRA.Damian Buzzerio has recently appeared as Detective Lopez (FBI Season 2) Regionally he’s performed at: Premiere Stages, NJ: Father Prosco (BLACK TOM ISLAND), Phil Carter (BY THE WATER), Playhouse on Park, CT: Mushnik (LITTLE SHOP); Reb Saunders (THE CHOSEN); Robert (PROOF), Elm Shakespeare, CT: Cassius (JULIUS CAESAR), Antiochus (PERICLES); Florida Studio Theatre: Don Fermin (BOLEROS FOR THE DISENCHANTED), Shakespeare Theater of NJ: Claudius (ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN), Des Moines Playhouse: File (RAINMAKER), Mill Mountain Theatre, Pap Finn (BIG RIVER), PA Shakespeare Festival: Lord Montague (ROMEO JULIET), Northern Stage, VT: Herr Schultz (CABARET), Weathervane Playhouse, OH: Fredrik (A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC), Human Race Theatre, OH: Alonso (TEMPEST).Mason Hensley is incredibly grateful and excited to be a part of this immigrant’s story for your auditory enjoyment! NY/REGIONAL: Black Tom Island (Premiere Stages), Forever Plaid (Sunset Theatre), A Midsummer Nights Dream (NC Symphony), In Her Blood (24 Hour Plays), I Create & Auto Bon (Lincoln Center Education). FILM: Flounder, Cow-Boy, Permanent Press, MILF. VOICEOVER: Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy (Hasbro), Red Dead Redemption II (Rockstar), SELECTED READINGS/WORKSHOPS: Irish Repertory Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Theatre Barn. EDUCATIONAL: TheMemorandum, The Drowsy Chaperone, Pericles, Seminar, Cymbeline, Guys and Dolls. TRAINING: UNCSA. [email protected] “Laska moja–tajomstvo”Jenna Krasowski is thrilled to be reprising her role as Ewa Babek in Black Tom Island. She also lends her voice to the audio dramas Craiglockhart, and Cryptids: A Sci Fi Mystery Podcast. Recent theatre credits include Proof (Hudson Stage Company) and Across the Park (Araca Project). Recent film includes: Empty Nesters (short), Emma on the Roof (short), The Resistance (short), Nesting Dolls (feature) and Landing Home (web series). Thank you to Marty, Darren, Courtney, and Art House for the opportunity to bring this play back to life!Martin Casella is a graduate of, and taught playwriting at, the California Institute of the Arts. He also taught playwriting for eight years at the Harvey Milk High School in New York City’s East Village, which is a haven for LBGTQ students from around the country. Mr. Casella’s plays and musicals have played across the U.S. and the world. He’s a member of WGA, SAG/AFTRA, AEA and The Dramatists Guild. THEATER: (Plays) Black Tom Island (Premiere Stages, 2018); THE REPORT (2015 Fringe NYC; London, 2017); The Irish Curse (Off-Broadway, London, LA, Edinburgh, Prague, Chicago, and Rio) ; published by Samuel French); Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead; Scituate; Mates; Paydirt; Desert Fire; Beautiful Dreamer; Grand Junction; George Bush Goes to Hell. (Musicals) Play It Cool (Off-Broadway); Paper Moon; Happy Holidays; Taking Care of Mrs. Carroll; Saint Heaven; DOO-DAH! LATEST THEATER PROJECTS: Miss Maude, about the 1950’s meeting between South Carolina midwife Maude Callen and Life Magazine photo-journalist Eugene Smith; and Club Dangerous, a jazz musical. FILM /TV: One Night Stand, directed by Talia Shire; Behind the Lens for CBS; Daddy’s Girl, HBO pilot; and staff writer on the daytime drama One Life to Live. Developed/wrote screenplays for Steven Spielberg, Kerry Washington, Anthony Edwards, Whoopi Goldberg, Disney, Universal, Warner Brothers, Paulist Productions, CBS and HBO. LATEST FILMS PROJECTS: Two British animated features: a musical The Land of Sometimes, with Ewan McGregor and Helena Bonham-Carter; and the murder mystery-thriller, A Christmas Twist. AWARDS: FringeNYC 2015 Overall Excellence Award for Playwriting, THE REPORT; New York Outer Critics Circle nomination, Best New Off-Broadway Musical, Play It Cool; GLAAD nominations for Outstanding New LA Play, The Irish Curse and Best New Off-Broadway Musical, Play It Cool; FringeNYC 2005 Overall Excellence for Playwriting Award, The Irish Curse; Dramalogue and LA WEEKLY Outstanding Play Awards for Mates.Darren Lee’s Broadway acting credits include Chicago, Guys and Dolls, Allegiance, Shogun the Musical, Miss Saigon, Victor/Victoria, Kiss Me Kate, On the Town, Seussical the Musical, Pacific Overtures, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Film: Hackers, Everyone Says I Love You, Sisters. National Tour and UK Tour: King and I (King of Siam). Director/Choreography credits include: Broadway: associate choreographer Pacific Overtures, other New York credits: Orchard Project, Asia Society, Fringe Festival, Wagner College, NYMF, Prospect Theatre. Regional: Ogunquit Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Olney Theatre Center, MUNY, Paper Mill Playhouse, Music Theatre of Wichita, Glimmerglass Opera Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Williamstown Shakespeare Festival, Kennedy Center, Diamond Head Theatre, Little Theatre on the Square, Riverside Theatre, UNLV, Westchester Broadway, North Shore, Cincinnati Playhouse, Atlanta Alliance, Trinity University, Lyric Theatre, La Comedia, Casa Manana, Omaha Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, Holland America Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line. In development for The Remarkable Journey to Tianguo, Mr. Holland’s Opus. www.darrenlee.comMegumi Katayama is a Sound Designer, Sound Artist, and Composer based in NYC. Her recent design credits include Pass Over (Studio Theater), Pride and Prejudice (Long Wharf Theater), For Colored Girls… (The Public Theater), El Huracán (Yale Rep/The Sol Project, Connecticut Critics Circle Award Nomination), Sense & Sensibility (Virginia Stage Company), soft (Williamstown Theater Festival Fellowship). Her installation Spine Line Awake: Manuel Neri Redux (Yale Art Gallery) was selected for featured emerging artist exhibit at Prague Quadrennial 2019. Originally from Japan, Megumi holds a BFA from University of Central Oklahoma and an MFA from Yale School of Drama.Zoom is an online video conferencing software that allows you to virtually interact when in-person meetings and events aren’t possible. Participants must have wifi, download the application on a computer or smartphone, and sign up for a free Zoom account to participate. Make sure you’ve updated to the most recent version. (You can check your version by following these steps.) The Art House staff are available to help troubleshoot registration and download; please email [email protected] for assistance.Art House Productions is generously supported by The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, MACK-CALI Realty, SILVERMAN, Manhattan Building Company, CoolVines, Masterwork Arts, and Genova Burns.Art House Productions is committed to accessibility and inclusivity in all public programming. Art House Productions produces work with a shrewd sense of social responsibility and challenges the idea of “universal” mind and “universal” body in each artistic endeavor.Art House Productions is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to the development and presentation of the performing and visual arts in Jersey City, NJ. Art House Productions presents theater, performing and visual arts festivals, arts events, visual art exhibitions, and adult and youth art classes. For more information about our programs, please visit our website at Follow us on social media @arthouseproductions @arthouseprods. To sign up for Art House’s mailing list, please click here: ×  1 / 2  Black Tom Island Poster  2 / 2  Black Tom Island Cast & Creative Team ❮ ❯ 1 / 2  Black Tom Island Poster  2 / 2  Black Tom Island Cast & Creative Team ❮ ❯center_img Art House Productions (Meredith Burns, Executive Director) is proud to announce their first audio play, Black Tom Island by Martin Casella. This free audio play is available for download on and A free virtual panel discussion about the actual event featuring historians and the play’s creative team will take place on Sunday, February 7 at 3:00pm EST on Zoom.Based on an actual incident that took place in Jersey City in 1916, Black Tom Island explores the first documented terrorist attack on American soil through the lens of a fictionalized Slovak immigrant and his wife who may or may not be involved in the attack. Funded in part through the Hudson County Historical Partnership Grant, the original project was imagined to include in-person readings on location in Jersey City, however, to adapt the project to the current safety guidelines, Casella’s play has been adapted as a radio play directed by Darren Lee with sound design by Megumi Katayama. The cast includes Michael Stewart Allen, Damian Buzzerio, Mason Hensley, and Jenna Krasowski. Narration by Executive Director Meredith Burns.last_img read more

The Kennedy Dancers Air Dance Vista Cable Television Series in 22…

first_imgKennedy Dancers, Inc.,a Professional Repertory Dance Company, Dance Studio, and Dance Vista Television Productions, is proud to announce an upcoming cable television show featuring members of the “Inner City Youth” Pre-Professional Training Program and their journey from rehearsals to performances and competitions.Under the Direction of Diane Dragone, for over 40 years The Kennedy Dancers has strived to provide high quality dance performances, dance classes while keeping the needs of the community in mind through inclusive programming for youth, adults, senior citizens, and people with disabilities. The Dance Vista cable television series is a catalyst to exponentially grow capacity and interaction with the art of dance to our viewers, live audiences, and students, and has received 6 cable television network awards for cultural programming.Dance Vista is directed and produced by Tom Horan and Executive Producer Diane Dragone. Dance Vista reaches over 6 million viewers and is seen on television Access Systems across the United States.Dance Vista follows the New Jersey Board of Education approved core curriculum in dance.  It is a useful tool in dance training. Diane Dragone is a Certified Teacher of Dance in the State of New Jersey.Diane Dragone, host and Artistic Director of the Kennedy Dancers Inc., delves into the steps and process of becoming a professional dancer.Clips of Kennedy Dancers (The Inner City Youth Program) pre-professionals are shown as they learn choreography, rehearse, compete, and perform new works for everyone from concert audiences and for competition judges.Not an easy road, but a rewarding one.Also featured are clips of the Kennedy Dancers Professional Repertory Dance Company performing “Calling God” at the Loews Jersey Theater, Jersey City, NJ.The premiere is at Friday, April 9 and Sunday April 11th at 9:00PM and will be aired on Comcast Channel 97 and Verizon Channel 43.Airing Times:Fridays and Sundays at 9:00pm on JCETV located on Comcast Channel 97 in Jersey City, and on Verizon FIOS Channel 43 throughout Northern New Jersey.  DANCE VISTA can also be seen on Manhattan Neighborhood Network’s Lifestyle Channel 2 on Tuesdays at 3:30p.m.DANCE VISTA all also be shown at various times throughout New Jersey and Beyond through syndicated Educational and Governmental channels across twenty three states.The Series is produced by the Kennedy Dancers Inc., a 501C3 non-profit organization.Executive Producer and Host is Diane Dragone and Director is Tom Horan.For further information contact [email protected], 201-659-2190, or visit our website at kennedydancers.orgFor your convenience, you can also view it on YouTube at 1 / 2    2 / 2  ❮ ❯center_img ×  1 / 2    2 / 2  ❮ ❯last_img read more

A ‘Meet the Scholar’ lineup

first_img A decade of success marks Harvard Housing’s Graduate Commons Program Related University community discovers special bond in unique setting A sense of community and belonging with a sweeping view of campus.Harvard Graduate Commons Program (GCP) is celebrating its 10th anniversary by partnering with the University’s Common Spaces website to take their “Meet the Scholar” speaker series to the top floor of the newly renovated Smith Campus Center, offering a special lineup of speakers including former CEO of Massachusetts Port Authority Thomas Glynn and political activist and social critic Cornel West.Starting Feb. 20, GCP will host five speakers whose career and work exemplify the program’s defining core values. The events will allow GCP residents to explore topics beyond their daily pursuits while providing an opportunity for them and their spouses to connect with the larger Harvard community. Over the past decade, the GCP has welcomed dozens of prominent scholars, business leaders, and alumni from across the University and beyond as part of its speaker series, helping to bridge the divides among the learning, living, and cultural experiences at Harvard for GCP residents.“Graduate Commons is all about the idea of One Harvard,” said Lisa Valela, director of the GCP. “We were started by President [Drew] Faust with the idea that everyone here belongs and that interdisciplinary engagement is a starting point for those inclusion and belonging issues on campus. We want to make people feel like they belong here. We want to provide opportunities for people to have these important cross discipline conversations in a more relaxed setting.”Since its inception in 2008, the GCP has been known for its unique interdisciplinary effort to create a “home away from home” for a diverse residential population including graduate students, faculty, staff, and their families. Hundreds of events each year — organized by live-in faculty directors, resident community advisers, and staff — provide enriching social and intellectual opportunities for residents, including lecture series, dinner discussions, themed nights (coffee, wine, games), classes such as cooking and fitness, outings to local music and sporting events, kid-friendly activities like apple picking, and international holiday and cultural celebrations.What began as a pilot program of 300 University apartments in two buildings near campus has been scaled up to a dynamic community, accommodating 5,000 residents across 108 buildings in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston. Resident surveys show the program is a success. Ninety-two percent of residents feel like the program helped them feel settled at Harvard and 86 percent said it made them feel part of the community.,This year’s “Meet the Scholar” series is built around the GCP’s defining core values, called the Four Pillars: Building Community; Bridging Divides Across Cultures and Disciplines; Service to Self and Others; and Learning Outside the Classroom. Each upcoming speaker for GCP will show how these pillars have guided them through their own journeys. During each session, GCP faculty directors will moderate a question and answer session with the speaker, which will be followed by a networking reception.Seating for the series is extremely limited. Residents may sign up for individual lotteries to each event by following the links below. Limit one guest per registration. This event is intended for adults only. Registrants must supply a Harvard email account and confirm a calendar invitation from GCP to attend. Calendar invitations must be accepted within 48 hours, or your spot may be given to another lottery registrant. Each event is on the 10th floor of the Smith Campus Center.Here’s the full “Meet the Scholar” speaker lineup. The events are open to residents of Harvard University Housing:Anita ElberseLincoln Filene Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business SchoolFeb. 20, 7-8:30 p.m.GCP Pillar: Learning Outside the ClassroomProfessor Anita Elberse is an award-winning scholar focusing on business, entertainment, media, and sports. Her talk, titled “Blockbusters and Superstars: On the Business of Media, Entertainment, and Sports,” will explore what drives the success of products in the entertainment, media, sports, and other creative industries, and how firms can effectively manage products and talent in these sectors.Sign up for the lottery hereHugh HerrProfessor of Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, and Co-Director of the MIT Center of Extreme BionicsFeb. 25, 6:30-8 p.m.GCP Pillar: Building CommunityHarvard alumnus and MIT professor Hugh Herr is responsible for breakthrough advances in bionic limbs that provide greater mobility and new hope to those with physical disabilities. A double amputee himself, Herr is the author or co-author of more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and patents, chronicling the science and technology behind his many innovations.Sign up for the lottery hereThomas GlynnChief Executive Officer, Harvard’s Enterprise Research Campus in AllstonMarch 6, 6:30-8 p.m.GCP Pillar: Service to Self and OthersThomas Glynn is a former CEO of Massachusetts Port Authority and current senior official in charge of developing the 36-acre enterprise research campus in Allston, the largest non-academic commercial development in Harvard’s history. Glynn will focus on the University’s efforts to strengthen and expand partnerships throughout the region, especially among peer institutions, local hospitals, businesses, and investors.Sign up for the lottery hereCornel WestProfessor of the Practice of Public Philosophy, Harvard Divinity SchoolMarch 26, 6-7:30 p.m.GCP Pillar: Bridging Divides Across CulturesProfessor Cornel West is a political activist, social critic, and author. West focuses on the role of race, gender, and class in American society. He has written 20 books, most notably “Race Matters” and “Democracy Matters.”Sign up for the lottery hereMark GearanDirector of the Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy SchoolApril 2, 6:30-8 p.m.GCP Pillar: Service to Self and OthersClosing this year’s “Meet the Scholar” program is HKS’s Mark Gearan. A leading voice at the intersection of education and public service, Gearan has held numerous leadership roles in American politics, government, and education, including director of the Peace Corps, White House communications director, and White House deputy chief of staff. Gearan will speak on what it means to be a servant leader, especially during these turbulent political times.Sign up for the lottery herecenter_img Graduate Commons fosters extended family within a diverse setting Harvard housing program creates communitylast_img read more

BlackRock unit sees growing investment opportunity in energy storage market

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:The world’s largest asset manager has a new multibillion-dollar renewable energy fund in the works, and a good chunk of it may go to batteries.Looking out over the next few years, energy storage is one market “where we’ll see the opportunity set expand,” said Martin Torres, head of the Americas at the renewables group within BlackRock Real Assets.BlackRock shook the financial universe this month when CEO Larry Fink said the company will put sustainability at the “center” of its investment approach. Exactly what Fink’s announcement will mean for BlackRock’s fossil fuel investments remains to be seen. But in the realm of renewables, at least, BlackRock’s green bona fides need little burnishing.Since 2011, BlackRock claims to have channeled $5.5 billion into more than 250 wind and solar projects around the world, a fleet that generates enough power to keep the lights on in Spain. And its appetite for renewables investment keeps growing.BlackRock’s first renewables private-equity fund drew around $600 million of commitments from big investors. The second, launched a few years later, brought in $1.65 billion. With its third “vintage,” known as the Global Renewable Power III fund (GRP III), BlackRock is targeting $2.5 billion of commitments; in December it announced a record $1 billion “first close,” meaning the fund can begin making investments even as it continues to bring in more capital.Onshore wind and utility-scale solar will remain core investments for GRP III, with a growing focus on repowering aging wind projects. But BlackRock is also keeping a close eye on the rapidly expanding U.S. energy storage market, Torres said.  “As we think about the opportunity set for GRP III, we see more and more opportunity for battery storage,” Torres said. That means distributed or utility-scale storage projects, and both standalone facilities or those coupled with wind or solar farms.[Karl-Erik Stromsta]More: BlackRock targets storage with new multibillion-dollar renewables fund BlackRock unit sees growing investment opportunity in energy storage marketlast_img read more

HOW: Lack of manpower in the hotel industry is a problem facing the entire region

first_img“After the GDPR, we have a regulation on e-privacy… Are you sure you are ready?” Is the name of the workshop that opened the second and final day of the 2nd edition of the HOW Festival, which took place on Wednesday on the island of Sv. Nikola at Valamar Isabella Island Resort. Marija Zrno, a lawyer from the Zagreb company Bardek, Lisac, Mušec, Skoko with CMS presented the regulation on e-privacy, which should be adopted at the end of this or the beginning of next year and which will be directly applied in all EU countries. While the GDPR provides for the protection of personal data of individuals, the regulation will bring security of communication in the e-world, ie through mobile phones, websites and social networks. “Unfortunately, the adoption of this regulation is delayed, it was planned to be adopted in May this year, so business systems could be harmonized in parallel. But a regulation that will primarily mean greater protection for legal entities is not as comprehensive as the GDPR and will not have as much time to comply. All this will affect direct marketing, ie mostly newsletters and communication via social networks and websites”, Said Zrno. She explained that our existing law provided that the submission of newsletters required the consent of end users. The new regulation will have the same principle, but a broader definition, which means promotion on websites and social networks. Consent from legal entities will also be sought. She also mentioned cookies, which the regulation will also regulate. Users will decide for themselves on their computer which cookies they want. She concluded that it would be good for companies to inquire now about what the new regulation will bring, for which there is a lot of information on the Internet. If a company is already compliant with the GDPR, this does not automatically mean that it is also compliant with the ePrivacy Regulation.The most attention of the participants of this conference was attracted by the panel discussion on employee engagement and retention led by the moderator Mirjana Pajas, project director in Profil grupa, and her experiences were shared by Jelena Šuleić, general manager of group A hotels from Serbia, Tea Cergna, director of education and development in Poreč’s Valamar Riviera and Gordana Kolenko, director of BHV Consulting. Lack of manpower in the hotel industry is a problem facing the entire region.It was pointed out that Serbia is “fighting” with the problem of labor outflows mostly to Slovenia and Croatia, because it has the lowest average salaries in our area, while Croatian companies are facing the departure of people to Germany and Ireland. With the general conclusion that quotas are expected to increase for the import of foreign labor, not only from nearby countries, but also  from around the world (as Dubai, for example, has solved the problem), the importance of political will to reduce state payroll taxes has been stressed. But it’s a fight with windmills, it was noted on the panel. Cergna stated that Valamar tried to get higher quotas for labor from abroad, but the number of unemployed in Croatia also appears as a problem, which is why the state refuses to do so. They then asked for a list of the unemployed from all the counties they could hire, there were several hundred of them, of whom they eventually managed to hire only 17. Cergna noted that they called just about everyone from that list, but people were mostly not interested. The importance of education and cooperation with schools as a way to find and retain employees was mentioned. Šuleić stated that they achieved the best results with their employees when they were able to have their teeth repaired by contracted dentists, and a five-day stay with families in all their facilities – hotels, swimming pools, water parks and restaurants in the period from August 20 to September 10. . “People need to be dealt with constantly, they want to be taken care of. “, pointed out Šuleić. But she admitted that after three years, as long as it takes them to prepare one middle-level manager, they mostly lose that person because they go to another job. At the same time, the salary in Serbia is always a problem. For example, how much better it is for women there to go to work in the summer in Croatia is shown by the fact that they will earn 300 euros a month at home as maids, while Valamar will give them 700 euros, plus free accommodation and food. Then they return home and, for example, go to work in the mountains in Slovenia in the winter. Cergna, on the other hand, said that the salary is one of the key factors for retaining employees, so this year Valamar offered HRK 5.000 net as the minimum income for everyone. Also, the largest Croatian hotel company has an elaborate system of communication with employees who inform about everything, but also ask what they want in their career, then 18 programs of rewards and incentives, education, mentoring and scholarships. Valamar’s plan is to open its own university in the fall of next year, Tea Cergna announced.”How a hotel bar can be a part of the experience and the importance of education and development of bar staff” is the title of the panel discussion where opinions and experiences were presented by Andrea Klemenčić, F&B consultant at Dubrovnik’s One Suite Hotel, Filip Verbanac, strong alcohol development manager for Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina at Coca-Cola HBC, and, as panel moderator, Vedran Gulin, a consultant from Bar Three. Everyone stressed the importance of staff education, without which at least he will not be successful. Important elements in the bar are the offer and service, with which they will stand out from the competition. In Croatia, they singled out only 30 bars that stand out from the average. The bar is a mirror of the hotel, they pointed out. Its good position in the hotel, and excellent offer and quality, allow it to be open to the local population. Therefore, Klemenčić emphasized that local people come to the bar of that hotel, so it works best in winter. They focused on local products and groceries, and what they all have in common is that it has to be of extra quality. The staff is well educated, the standard of what they have to offer is known exactly (if the coffee is not a cannon it doesn’t go out of the bar) and they are constantly monitored and corrected in their work. Of course, a system of rewards and incentives has been organized in order to motivate and keep them, which depends on the reviews of guests, ratings of superiors and the realized traffic. Verbanac emphasized that his company now has five people for the education of employees in the field, and they are planning their program of education and training of people. Over the next ten years, Coca-Cola will focus on people who want to do business in the F&B sector and are willing to learn.Moderator Berislav Herceg, director of the Zagreb company DivisIT, which develops software solutions, Dragan Bodiroga, director of the Service Center from Dubrovnik, Tamara Čimbur, director and owner of the Zagreb restaurant Baltazar, and Vladimir Marinković spoke about the need to introduce modern procurement in the hotel business. general manager of Belgrade’s Saint Ten Hotel.The emphasis of the workshop was on automated data entry and exchange between customer and supplier, which speeds up the procurement process and brings savings. Manual data entry, which it still has, is a waste of time, and errors are common that make it impossible to control the state of the warehouse. It was noted that data entry automation must be inexpensive and easily applicable in all systems, whether they are small or large hotels, because not all are the same and not all have the same number of suppliers. One of the solutions, as a new standard in business, are personalized vendor web shops that will adapt to both large and small systems.last_img read more

Franjo Tuđman Airport named the best airport in Europe

first_imgPhoto: Franjo Tuđman Airport The Airport Service Quality (ASQ) is a program for assessing the quality of airport services and the world’s leading program for the so-called. Benchmarking, the measurement of passenger satisfaction through 37 key performance indicators, is conducted by certified ASQ agents who interview passengers at airports, through a specialized ACI / ASQ questionnaire. “We are extremely proud of the fact that we have been recognized and rewarded by passengers and service users through the ACI / ASQ survey, in a unique survey measuring passenger satisfaction with airport services, and for the second year in a row we were named the best airport in Europe in the group. airports of 2 to 5 million passengers. The award to Franjo Tuđman Airport comes just before the third anniversary of the opening of the new passenger terminal, through which almost 10 million passengers have passed since the opening. “, said Huseyin Bahadir Bedir, President of the Management Board of Zagreb International Airport. center_img According to the survey of passengers on satisfaction with ACI / ASQ (Airports Council International / Airport Service Quality), Franjo Tuđman Airport was once again named the best airport in Europe in the group of airports of 2 to 5 million passengers.last_img read more