New tech to boost estate agency window displays

first_imgHome » News » New tech to boost estate agency window displays previous nextProptechNew tech to boost estate agency window displaysThe Negotiator28th June 20190398 Views A new display product will help estate agents create high impact property displays, according to Mid West Displays. The ceiling hanging, double sided digital screens are the next stage in dynamic property display.Available in two sizes, the slim screens incorporate an HD Android media player. Together with Plug N Play technology this enables estate agents to display high quality video and photographs. The screens are designed to work even in bright direct sunlight and include a ceiling mount for easy installation.The screens are offered with a three year warranty and free lifetime tech support. Mid West Displays has launched the screens with an introductory offer, saving up to £400.Manager Clive Towe said, “These screens are designed to double the impact of estate agents’ digital marketing, displaying dynamic content inside the branch and in windows in one stylish display unit. They certainly deliver the high impact display property listings that clients deserve as well as help agents to stand out from their High Street and internet competitors.” uk/products/hanging-digitaladvertising- screensMid West Displays window display technology slim screen window displays Clive Towe proptech window displays June 28, 2019The 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 2021last_img read more

News story: Multimillion investment in early years education and boost social mobility

first_imgAn investment to better support early years education and child development spearheads a range of initiatives announced today to halve the number of children finishing reception year without the early communication or reading skills they need by 2028.Latest research shows more than a quarter of four-and-five-year-olds (28 per cent) lacked the early communication and literacy skills expected by the end of reception year. The ‘expected level’ includes, for example, a child being able to express themselves clearly and read simple sentences.In a speech to the Resolution Foundation, Education Secretary Damian Hinds set out his ambition to halve this number through a range of measures and a new coalition of organisations to look at ways of supporting parents with helping children learn new words and develop their communication skills.He also unveiled details of a £30 million fund, part of an investment announced in the government’s social mobility action plan, to create more nursery places run by successful schools in disadvantaged areas so more children can access a high-quality early education. This fulfils a government manifesto pledge to help primary schools develop nurseries where they do not currently have the facilities to do so.Schools will be invited to run projects that demonstrate innovative approaches to closing the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their more affluent peers, with a focus on creating partnerships between schools and councils, Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs), or charities.Alongside this another £20 million will be spent on training and professional development for early years staff in disadvantaged areas to increase their ability to support children’s early speech and language development. This work will drive up standards in the pre-school years, so more children arrive at school with the foundations in place to make the most of primary school.On top of the new ambition and investment in early years provision, the Education Secretary announced other measures to improve social mobility: the early learning from birth to age three; a good school education; high-quality teaching; making more extracurricular activities available; increasing access for university; second chances later in life; and developing resilience and emotional wellbeing. During the speech Mr Hinds set out his ‘Seven Key Truths’ that drive better outcomes for children by giving them the support, skills and character building experiences that will unlock their potential.These include: We need a country that works for everyone – because what is progress for our society, if we’re not doing more for the people who start out with the biggest disadvantages? A strong society, a strong economy, does not leave people behind. It’s time to raise our ambitions, to expect more and to expect better for every child, whatever their background – and to build a country where everyone can make the most of themselves.center_img In his speech, Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: the Office for Students will look at how universities – particularly the most elite – can reach out to children from different backgrounds; a new data project building on Raj Chetty’s world-renowned work mapping social mobility in America, linking education and income data and breaking it down by region to directly show the impact of education on future earning prospects. The data will provide a map and measure of social mobility and help target interventions more effectively; a departmental review of non-GCSE qualifications for 14 to 16 year olds to make sure the courses on offer to students are of high quality; and new research by the Social Mobility Commission looking at the impact of extra-curricular activities on social mobility. This will help ensure the most effective practices are scaled up and targeted at the areas that need them most.last_img read more

We solved the problem! Now let’s unsolve it.

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. By several measures, including rates of poverty and violence, progress is an international reality. Why, then, do so many of us believe otherwise?The answer, Harvard researcher Daniel Gilbert says, may lie in “prevalence-induced concept change.”In a series of studies, Gilbert, the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, his postdoctoral student David Levari, and several other researchers show that as the prevalence of a problem is reduced, humans are inclined to redefine the problem. As a problem becomes smaller, conceptualizations of the problem expand, which can lead to progress being discounted. The research is described in a paper in the June 29 issue of Science.“Our studies show that people judge each new instance of a concept in the context of the previous instances,” Gilbert said. “So as we reduce the prevalence of a problem, such as discrimination, for example, we judge each new behavior in the improved context that we have created.”“Another way to say this is that solving problems causes us to expand our definitions of them,” he said. “When problems become rare, we count more things as problems. Our studies suggest that when the world gets better, we become harsher critics of it, and this can cause us to mistakenly conclude that it hasn’t actually gotten better at all. Progress, it seems, tends to mask itself.” The phenomenon isn’t limited to large, seemingly intractable social issues, Gilbert said. In several experiments described in the paper, it emerged even when participants were merely asked to look for blue dots.“We had volunteers look at thousands of dots on a computer screen one at a time and decide if each was or was not blue,” Gilbert said. “We lowered the prevalence of blue dots, and what we found was that our participants began to classify as blue dots they had previously classified as purple.”Even when participants were warned of the tendency, and even when they were offered money to avoid it, they continued to alter their definitions of blue. Another experiment, this one using faces, showed similar results. When the prevalence of threatening faces was reduced, people began to identify neutral faces as threatening.Perhaps the most socially relevant of the studies described in the paper, Gilbert said, involved participants acting as members of an institutional review board, checking research methodology to ensure that scientific studies were ethical.“We asked participants to review proposals for studies that varied from highly ethical to highly unethical,” he said. “Over time, we lowered the prevalence of unethical studies, and sure enough, when we did that, our participants started to identify innocuous studies as unethical.”,Prevalence-induced concept change sometimes makes perfect sense, Gilbert noted, as in the case of an emergency room doctor trying to triage patients.“If the ER is full of gunshot victims and someone comes in with a broken arm, the doctor will tell that person to wait,” he said. “But imagine one Sunday where there are no gunshot victims. Should that doctor hold her definition of ‘needing immediate attention’ constant and tell the guy with the broken arm to wait anyway? Of course not. She should change her definition based on this new context.”In other cases, however, prevalence-induced concept change can be a problem.“Nobody thinks a radiologist should change his definition of what constitutes a tumor and continue to find them even when they’re gone,” Gilbert said. “That’s a case in which you really must be able to know when your work is done. You should be able to see that the prevalence of tumors has gone to zero and call it a day. Our studies simply suggest that this isn’t an easy thing to do.”Aside from the obvious questions the research raises about problem-solving, it also suggests challenges with how we discuss, debate, and address societal ills.“Expanding one’s definition of a problem may be seen by some as evidence of political correctness run amok,” Gilbert said. “They will argue that reducing the prevalence of discrimination, for example, will simply cause us to start calling more behaviors discriminatory. Others will see the expansion of concepts as an increase in social sensitivity, as we become aware of problems that we previously failed to recognize.“Our studies take no position on this,” he added. “There are clearly times in life when our definitions should be held constant, and there are clearly times when they should be expanded. Our experiments simply show that when we are in the former circumstance, we often act as though we are in the latter.”This research was supported with funding from the National Science Foundation.last_img read more

Rank the B’way Star Turns You Can’t Wait to See This Fall

first_imgThe staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank. With the an exciting new crop of performers headed to the Great White Way, we started thinking of all the star turns we can’t wait to see. From Bruce Willis to Rumer Willis—and even people not in the Willis family, we’re super stoked to put on a sweater, order up a pumpkin spice anything and check out some major Broadway acting. Now we want to know: How would you rank the fall’s imcoming Broadway star turns? Video Producer Anthony Taylor kicked off this new challenge with his list of top 10 picks here!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on! View Commentslast_img read more

Armistead Caregiver Services Hires Beryl Champagne as New Job Trainer

first_imgArmistead Caregiver Services is pleased to announce that Beryl Champagne, a long-time Armistead Caregiver, is now Armisteads new Job Trainer. Beryl will be overseeing and conducting all aspects of caregiver training for both new and existing clients and will be managing all client and caregiver day-to-day issues and concerns regarding care.In addition to her extensive caregiving career, Beryl has served as a case manager and owned and operated her own restaurant and motel in Swanton for 15 years.Armistead is a premier caregiver service serving Northwestern Vermont since 1999. Armistead provides assistance to the elderly and adults with disabilities in homes and other settings. Services include personal care and bathing, meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation and errands, medication reminders and more.last_img read more

Weekend Pick: Snowshoe Discovery Tour at White Grass

first_imgWe already know that Canaan Valley boasts some of the best skiing in the Mid-Atlantic, but it’s also home to a treasure trove of natural history and beauty. Learn from the best this Sunday, February 16, at White Grass Touring Center in Canaan Valley with WG operator and celebrated outdoorsman Chip Chase.  White GrassChip Chase opened the White Grass Ski touring Center in 1981, which since then has thrived as an ideal cross-country and telemark skiing destination. Chase, an avid skier himself, has become an expert on the area over the years, and has plenty of interesting information to share about the unique history of the valley. On this tour, you’ll strap on a pair of snowshoes (provided for free) to take a trip through White Grass while you soak up some skills, knowledge, and beautiful sights.Participants will also get to spend time in the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge property, which provides safe habitats for local animals, including endangered species, and helps to promote conservation work in the valley. Together with the Fish and Wildlife Service, Chip and his partners have made White Grass a special place for both animals and people alike.The tour will begin at 10 AM on Sunday morning, and will lead you along White Grass cross-country trails, and through the Refuge area. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to dive into Chip’s vat of knowledge – you won’t find a better guide to Canaan!last_img read more

Brazilian Navy Rebuilds their Research Station in Antarctica

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo February 21, 2017 The Brazilian Navy has begun reconstruction of a new Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station (EACF, per its Portuguese acronym), after a fire on February 25, 2012, destroyed its structure. At present, in addition to the 15 service members who comprise the permanent group at the station, another 67 people – among whom are workers, auditors, and the administrative staff of the company in charge – are facing the challenge of working on the planet’s coldest and driest continent. In this first phase, all foundational blocks of the modules that will support the laboratories, cafeterias, offices, and dormitories will be installed. The project will cost $99.6 million, and the new station is projected to commence operations during the first half of 2018. “The project’s logistics will be overseen by a company hired to perform these services. All the elements that make up the station will be pre-assembled outside of Antarctica, and then brought in by ships,” explained Rear Admiral Flávio Augusto Viana Rocha, director of the Brazilian Navy’s Communications Center. According to Rear Adm. Rocha, rebuilding the station will ensure its permanent occupation and fulfillment of scientific research in Antarctica, supporting Brazil’s status as a consultative member of the Antarctic Treaty. “This enables Brazil to actively participate in decisions involving the future of that continent,” he explained. Since 1975, Brazil has been a signatory member-nation of the Navy’s Antarctic Treaty and has conducted scientific activities on the continent. The treaty stipulates that countries may only make use of scientific exploration of the continent on the basis of international cooperation. The project’s full cost, from infrastructure to logistics, is being financed by the Brazilian Navy and the Ministry of Defense. The new EACF will occupy the same location as the previous one and has an area of around 4,500 square meters. According to Andrei Polejack, general coordinator for Oceans, Antarctica, and Geosciences at the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation, and Communications, the project was designed with the direct participation of both the scientific and military communities, which are the main users of the facilities. “What really sets it apart is the space allocated for research and more laboratories – 14 now, instead of six – with the latest equipment designed specifically for use by area,” Polejack noted. In addition to the 14 labs, the new station will have a specific area for storing cold and frozen samples, known as ultra-freezers; an area for autoclaves and distillers, and a research locker for storing materials. “The EACF is a scientific station, fostered and designed to facilitate the Brazilian Navy’s development and constant improvement of Antarctic science, conducted by the Brazilian scientific community in an international environment,” Polejack added. The new station will contribute to the training of hundreds of scientists, and a vast collection of studies in different domains, he opined. Brazilian Navy’s Antarctic Program Nearly 300 researchers from the Brazilian Navy’s Antarctic Program (PROANTAR, as per its Portuguese acronym) conduct studies in the region each year. According to Polejack, the research area was designed to meet a multitude of demands, with priority given to PROANTAR’s scientific activities. “The goal is to carry out the provisions set out in the ‘Action Plan for Antarctic Science for the period of 2013 to 2022.’ The plan defines priority investigation areas by presenting five research-specific programs. These thematic programs explore the connections between Antarctica’s environment and that of South America, emphasizing the processes that affect Brazil in particular,” Polejack said. Brazil is working on major research projects related to monitoring upper atmospheric phenomena, like temperature and gravitational waves; the dynamics of the hole in the ozone layer and ultraviolet rays; surface atmospheric parameters; inventory of local fauna and flora (both on land and sea); air quality, and local environmental impacts (soil contamination). Researcher Luiz Henrique Rosa explained that PROANTAR’s research involves biotechnology aimed at discovering organisms capable of producing antibiotics, antifreeze substances, cosmetics, and sun block. He states that the new station will contribute to the expansion of scientific operations in Antarctica. “It’s Brazil’s ‘home’ in the Antarctic. With new modern labs, higher quality research can be done, and Brazil can further international partnerships with other countries that conduct research in Antarctica, thus strengthening the exchange of knowledge and technologies.” Antarctic emergency modules Since the 2012 fire, Brazil’s activities in Antarctica have been conducted in emergency Antarctic modules. There are 45 modules in an area of 940 square meters, which house 15 Brazilian service members who make up the permanent contingent in Antarctica, in addition to the scientists. The structure integrates housing with laboratories, which has made it possible for scientific projects to continue from the post-fire period, until today. According to Polejack, during the rebuilding period, only research of interest to the observation of work such as environmental monitoring is being conducted. According to Rosa, the 2012 fire compromised important activities that were already consolidated, “primarily in the first two years after the accident, given that all the station’s work was focused on removing debris and recovering the impacted area.” With the installation of the emergency Antarctic modules, part of the research activities at the station has resumed, but just barely. “The modules are interesting structures and were a good palliative measure, given what was possible, to resume scientific activities at Admiralty Bay, after the 2012 fire,” the researcher explained. Rosa emphasized, however, that PROANTAR also works on polar oceanographic ships – Almirante Maximiano (H-41) and Ary Rongel (H-44) – which provide support to studies at universities and research institutes in Brazil. “The two ships have structures for labs, and cargo for studies where we navigate along the Antarctic Peninsula and set up camps on various Antarctic islands.”last_img read more

November 2015 Credit Union Trends Report from CUNA Mutual Group

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Credit Union Trends Report is a monthly “pulse check” on the state of the credit union marketplace, often placed in a historical context. The report is published and distributed by Steven Rick from CUNA Mutual Group. View Steven’s biography.November 2015:Credit union loan balances rose 1.2% in September, faster than the 0.8% pace reported in September 2014.Credit unions added more than 1.5 million memberships in the third quarter of 2015, the fastest growth quarter in credit union history.Credit union liquidity fell to the lowest level since February 2009 in September. continue reading »last_img read more

How financial marketers can max a rebrand by tying it to web redesign

first_imgOne of the most effective ways to roll out a rebrand of your financial institution is to introduce it along with the launch of a website redesign. Serving as the virtual branch for your end-users and the online hub for your institution’s marketing efforts, your website represents the “always-on” face of your bank or credit union.While your new brand will eventually roll out to all your institution’s traditional and digital marketing channels, the website gives financial marketers an opportunity to unveil a rebrand to a widespread audience. The digital nature of a website also provides a forgiving format for moving from brand standards in theory to an actual practical application.It makes a lot of sense to debut a new brand on your institution’s website to preserve marketing continuity. Because both offline and online marketing tactics drive traffic to your financial site, you want to provide a seamless brand experience. Imagine how jarring it would be for your end users if your institution were to launch a rebrand via an email or direct mail campaign, yet not have that same experience carry over to the website. Just as the logo at the branch should match the logo on a statement stuffer, most certainly it should be the brand mark found on the website. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Windsor student headed to Vienna to play french horn

first_img“It was a way to explore,” said DiGennaro. “It’s not very far but I did go to New York City to play at Carnegie Hall a couple times and then I went to Australia, I think two years ago to play at the Sydney Opera House.” “Having the opportunity to be chosen to play in Vienna, or even play at Julliard every weekend like she does, these are not typical things,” said Carle. As far as her trip to Vienna, she’s most excited to see Mozart’s house. Music runs through her blood. Growing up with her dad and sister playing band instruments, she decided she wanted to start back in fourth grade. “She is just an amazing performer and really years ahead of so many other musicians, where the standard musician for her age would be,” said Windsor music teacher and band director Joel Carle. What started out as a hobby, turned into the journey of a lifetime. “I feel really lucky that my parents let me do some of that stuff, because I know some people don’t get to do that,” said DiGennaro. “I think it brings up the whole group, to have someone so strong in the band and so driven,” said Carle. “I told my dad I wanted to play trumpet to be like him, but he knew I liked the french horn sound better, so he gave me a french horn and called it a trumpet,” said DiGennaro. And the Windsor community is behind her, lifting her up, like how she does for her peers. This June, she’s playing on a global stage, showcasing her talent at the 2020 High School Honors Performance Series in Vienna. DiGennaro is currently in the Julliard pre-college program and that’s where she hopes to go to college. WINDSOR (WBNG) — You can find a lot of talent inside a high school band room, but Alex DiGennaro’s goes unmatched.last_img read more