7 May

Major UK agent signs up to rent empty properties via Airbnb

first_imgFranchised agency network Hunters is piloting a scheme in Manchester that will enable its landlord and vendor clients to rent out their properties via Airbnb and other short-term rental sites.The first properties to be offered for short-term rent are within Bracken House (pictured, right), a development of apartments within the city centre.The new service is a partnership with Lavanda.co.uk, which has launched an agent version of its property management service to facilitate the deal.Hunters says the Manchester pilot has been a “great success” and will be rolled across the national Hunters 200-branch network over the next 12 months.Properties must be let out for a minimum of two nights and will be managed by Lavanda including a furnishing service for empty properties, tenant vetting, hotel-style housekeeping, face-to-face check-ins and a 24-7 concierge service.Lavanda will also advertise the properties, it says, via all the major short-term rental websites including Airbnb, Booking.com, HomeAway and Expedia.“Much to the frustration of vendors, the recent slow sales market has led to swathes of prime property sitting empty,” says Guy Westlake, CEO of Lavanda (pictured, left).“This has not only resulted in landlords suffering a significant loss of income, but [for vendors] not facilitating a quick sale can also damage the agent’s reputation with their client.“Lavanda AGENT solves this specific pain point, powering growth and profitability in our partners, whilst enabling them to delight their customers with a new, value-added service offering.”Glynis Frew, Chief Executive of Hunters Property Plc (pictured, right), said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Lavanda and pioneering an innovative new service for customers that unlocks major value for our vendors and landlords.Glynis Frew Guy Westlake Hunters airbnb short term rentals January 17, 2018Nigel 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 » Agencies & People » Major UK agent signs up to rent empty properties via Airbnb previous nextProptechMajor UK agent signs up to rent empty properties via AirbnbHunters has signed a deal with short-term rentals website Lavanda and is piloting the partnership in Manchester.Nigel Lewis17th January 201802,325 Viewslast_img read more

4 May

USCG Cutter Vigorous Provides Assistance to Disabled Cruise Ship

first_img View post tag: Navy USCG Cutter Vigorous Provides Assistance to Disabled Cruise Ship View post tag: USCG View post tag: ship Share this article View post tag: Naval View post tag: Vigorous Back to overview,Home naval-today USCG Cutter Vigorous Provides Assistance to Disabled Cruise Ship View post tag: Disabledcenter_img The US Coast Guard is maintaining communication with a cruise ship that has lost main propulsion and is dead in the water approximately 136 miles north of Merida, Mexico Sunday. The Carnival cruise ship Triumph reported a fire in the aft engine room. Cruise ship personnel isolated and extinguished the engine room fire. No injuries have been reported.The ship is operating on emergency power and is receiving supplies from another cruise ship on scene. Tug boats have been dispatched to assist the disabled ship.The Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous has been diverted to provide assistance if needed and it arrived early Monday morning.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 11, 2013; Image: USCG View post tag: Assistance View post tag: provides View post tag: News by topic February 11, 2013 View post tag: Cruise View post tag: Cutterlast_img read more

3 May

Eights’ Thrill Approach

first_imgAs the nights get shorter, the river becomes more crowded with punts, tourists in row-boats, and the hundreds of rowers cramming in as many hours as they can on the river in an attempt to take part in the glorious Pimms-quaffing tradition that is Oxford Summer Eights, kicking off with Rowing- On taking place on Friday of 4th week. All eyes will not, however, be on the rowing-on divisions in Eights, but instead on both Headships. After Pembroke Men’s disasterous Torpids crash, they’ll be looking for revenge on the water, and have a stronger returning contingent of University rowers than Oriel that could lead to a close battle. Merton women, having come so agonisingly close to the Eights Headship last year, look to be on course to take victory this year following good results at the Bedford Regatta and their acquisition of the Torpids Headship earlier in the year. Further down the Men’s 1st Division, Magdalen look to be fielding a very strong Eight – stacked with no fewer than 5 oarsmen who represented Oxford over the Easter Vacation. In the Women’s 1st Division, St Hilda’s will also be looking to build on their Torpids success, chasing the Univ crew which bumped them back in 2001. Taking a look at the 2nd Divisions, Wadham men will be eagerly trying to bump up into Division One after their agonising 8 consecutive row-overs last year. Hot on their heels will, no doubt, be Univ, who chase a Brasenose crew losing several key oarsmen to Finals on the first day. Trinity looked strong at City Bumps and in Torpids, and surely crews ahead will be watching anxiously as they look to make amends after their relatively poor performance last year. Keble women should be upward movers, encouraged after their win at Bedford Regatta. A few final mentions; Corpus Christi should be closely watched, as despite languishing in the Men’s 3rd Division, they seem to have managed to find themselves the 3-man of the Blue Boat and a home-grown OUBC triallist to row for them in Eights. Also, the antics of the heavily-loaded Brasenose and Wadham Schools VIIIs should prove quite amusing to anyone up early enough to watch them race.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2003last_img read more

3 May

The penny drops at Lincoln

first_imgOxford has its fair share of odd traditions, but not many can rival the strangeness of those which take place at Lincoln College on Ascension Day.Oxford has its fair share of odd traditions, but not many can rival the strangeness of those which take place at Lincoln College on Ascension Day.This Thursday began with students and the public hitting stones with sticks, and progressed to giving members of a rival college a deliberately disgusting pint of beer. At midday a large crowd watched a group of small children being bombarded with pennies.As Lincoln JCR President Kevin Smith said, “Lincoln’s Ascension Day traditions are the kind of wonderfully bizarre curiosities one seems to only get in Oxford.”The traditional Beating of the Bounds of the Church of St Michael at North Gate, of which Lincoln are patrons, is an ancient ceremony which defines the limits of the church’s parish by marking with chalk, and beating with willow twigs, the stones around its edge.The ceremony pays no regard to modern development, with Wagamamas and Marks and Spencer both incorporated into the routeOne second year Lincoln student who joined the procession said, “It is an interesting coming together of the old and new Oxford, although some of the shoppers did look slightly confused.”Following the Beating of the Bounds, all members of Brasenose College are invited into Lincoln for a pint of beer, as pennance from Lincoln to Brasenose.It has been suggested that during a town-gown riot centuries ago a group of Lincoln and Brasenose students were being chased by a bloodthirsty mob. Lincoln refused to admit the Brasenose students into the safety of the college, and they were subsequently beaten to death.Another account claims that it was a duel between members of both colleges in which the Lincoln student prevailed.Whatever the true origins of this tradition, the stream of Brasenose students making their way through the door connecting the two college, said to open only for these ten minutes every year, were happy to make the most of the beer on offer.The beer is flavoured with ivy so that Brasenose are not encouraged to overstay their welcome, though one Brasenose student claimed that the beer did “not taste too bad”.However, another seasoned Brasenose student commented, “You get good years and bad years. This is a bad year.”With the peculiar taste of the ale still lingering, the majority of students progressed to Lincoln’s front quad to watch the third, and perhaps oddest, ancient tradition.A group of children from nearby Combe Primary School came onto the pristine grass in the middle of the quad. The JCR committee at the top of Lincoln’s tower then proceeded to throw handfuls of pennies into the crowd of children, who scrabbled around trying to pick them up.As more coins rained down, the throwers’ aims began to fail them as members of the crowd found themselves in the firing line.Although one tearful young man also received a direct hit after an inspection from his teacher he was quickly back into melee.The pennies used to be heated so that the children would burn their hands when they picked them up, thus warning them about the dangers of greed. Now there is no deterrent to the children picking up as many as they can.This Thursday began with students and the public hitting stones with sticks, and progressed to giving members of a rival college a deliberately disgusting pint of beer. At midday a large crowd watched a group of small children being bombarded with pennies.As Lincoln JCR President Kevin Smith said, “Lincoln’s Ascension Day traditions are the kind of wonderfully bizarre curiosities one seems to only get in Oxford.”The traditional Beating of the Bounds of the Church of St Michael at North Gate, of which Lincoln are patrons, is an ancient ceremony which defines the limits of the church’s parish by marking with chalk, and beating with willow twigs, the stones around its edge.The ceremony pays no regard to modern development, with Wagamamas and Marks and Spencer both incorporated into the routeOne second year Lincoln student who joined the procession said, “It is an interesting coming together of the old and new Oxford, although some of the shoppers did look slightly confused.”Following the Beating of the Bounds, all members of Brasenose College are invited into Lincoln for a pint of beer, as pennance from Lincoln to Brasenose.It has been suggested that during a town-gown riot centuries ago a group of Lincoln and Brasenose students were being chased by a bloodthirsty mob. Lincoln refused to admit the Brasenose students into the safety of the college, and they were subsequently beaten to death.Another account claims that it was a duel between members of both colleges in which the Lincoln student prevailed.Whatever the true origins of this tradition, the stream of Brasenose students making their way through the door connecting the two college, said to open only for these ten minutes every year, were happy to make the most of the beer on offer.The beer is flavoured with ivy so that Brasenose are not encouraged to overstay their welcome, though one Brasenose student claimed that the beer did “not taste too bad”.However, another seasoned Brasenose student commented, “You get good years and bad years. This is a bad year.”With the peculiar taste of the ale still lingering, the majority of students progressed to Lincoln’s front quad to watch the third, and perhaps oddest, ancient tradition.A group of children from nearby Combe Primary School came onto the pristine grass in the middle of the quad. The JCR committee at the top of Lincoln’s tower then proceeded to throw handfuls of pennies into the crowd of children, who scrabbled around trying to pick them up.%%VIDEO%%http://blip.tv/play/gTOCv_AzAA%%As more coins rained down, the throwers’ aims began to fail them as members of the crowd found themselves in the firing line.Although one tearful young man also received a direct hit after an inspection from his teacher he was quickly back into melee.The pennies used to be heated so that the children would burn their hands when they picked them up, thus warning them about the dangers of greed. Now there is no deterrent to the children picking up as many as they can.last_img read more

21 Apr

Candy shop opens in Cirencester

first_imgBakery entrepreneur and British Baker columnist Tony Phillips has branched out into confectionery with a chocolate shop in his home town of Cirencester.Chocolate and Candy was opened just over three months ago and is based on an American-style candy shop. Phillips said: “If it is successful, and we won’t know for about a year, we will think about opening others.”The shop’s handmade range includes seasonal lines, jellies, sugar mice, popcorn, peanut brittle and personalised chocolate bars.Phillips explained that he became attracted to the chocolate world after becoming a member of Retail Confectioners International (RCI) 11 years ago. This year he was made the first non-American president.last_img read more

21 Apr

Brand clinic: What’s in a name?

first_imgDon Williams, CEO of brand and design consultancy Pi Global discusses the intricacies of brand naming and the importance of getting it rightLegend has it that, in the early 1940s, a bunch of DuPont executives and a gaggle of ’ponytails’ of course they didn’t have ponytails in those days…think ’madmen’ and you’ll be a little closer to the picture were sat around a table brainstorming a name for a new thermoplastic material they had invented. After much coffee, debate, doodling and head-to-wall contact, a weary executive cast his eyes downwards and happened upon a flight tag on a suitcase New York-London or NY-LON. Apocryphal? Yeah, right nice story though.The real history is that the name was originally going to be ’no-run’, implying that it wouldn’t unravel, but this claim wasn’t defendable, so the first three letters were changed to an abstract ’nyl’ and the last two based on a category generic ending: cott-on, ray-on.Naming, like most creative exercises, is an imprecise science. I know there are those who believe otherwise, but names can come from a wide variety of sources ranging from Latin derivatives (Hovis comes from the Latin hominis vis, meaning ’the strength of man’), to the descriptive Warburton’s ’Milk Roll’ (it’s a roll and it’s USP is that it contains milk), to phonetic sounds, often used in car-naming (Aygo, Ka), to the development of initials GP (General Purpose vehicle) became Jeep, SO (Standard Oil) became Esso.Many of the greatest brand names are simply abstract. Names that aren’t linked to a specific attribute are far more flexible in terms of brand stretch and growth. If you tie your brand to a single function, it is incredibly limiting; imagine what would have happened if Richard Branson had called his record label Vinyl instead of Virgin Vinyl Atlantic doesn’t quite have the same ring.Steve Jobs liked apples, had worked in an orchard and, allegedly, in 1976 while driving along Highway 85, from Palo Alto to Los Altos, announced to his partner Steve Wozniac that he thought ’Apple Computers’ would be a great name; it could have been worse!What’s vital, like everything in marketing, is that the solution is fit for purpose and, crucially, is right for the brand.Many, many years ago we were asked to develop names for a brand called ’Nuts’ from KP. I remember vividly sitting in the briefing thinking, “You have a name it’s KP.” KP was, and had been for decades, synonymous with nuts, but somehow they’d ended up by highlighting the generic rather than the equity. We explored a range of options, but our strong recommendation was to hero KP, making it clearly the brand name, where it remains today.I also fondly remember working for many years on Pot Noodle and being briefed to work on a pack design for ’Max Pot Noodle’. At that time, Pot Noodle was incredibly edgy, with a huge personality, and constantly pushed the boundaries of political correctness. We felt the name could work much harder and, more importantly, be more relevant to the brand. So we suggested ’King Pot Noodle’ King being an abbreviation of ’spanking’, which was being used in advertising as a pay-off line ’spanking gorgeous’.The ’king’ concept was perfect for the brand and quickly developed down avenues that are probably a little inappropriate for the pages of this journal.last_img read more

2 Mar

Tedeschi Trucks Band Welcomes Blake Mills & Carey Frank For Night One In LA [Setlist/Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Steve Rose Tedeschi Trucks Band is back on the road, roaring through the west coast. On Friday night, the band began their two-night stop at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles with the Hard Working Americans as support. The familial ties alone, between brothers Derek Trucks and drummer Duane Trucks, make this lineup special–but musically, the gritty rock and roll from the HWA set the perfect stage for the rock and soul of the twelve piece ensemble. As always, the husband-and-wife duo had some surprises up their sleeve, with special guest appearances from guitarist Blake Mills (Dawes, Band of Horses, Grammy nominated “Producer of the Year” for Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color), who sat in for the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Ain’t Wastin’ Time” and Billy Taylor‘s “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free”, as well as TTB’s original “Bound For Glory” during the encore. Keyboardist Carey Frank, who filled in for Kofi Burbridge while he was off tour earlier this year, also joined the band for the show-closing “Bound For Glory”.Relive Tedeschi Trucks Band & Trey Anastasio’s Collab At The Beacon [Pro-Shot Video/Audio]Known for their unique takes on old covers, Tedeschi Trucks Band included renditions of The Beatles, Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers, Sleepy John Estes, and the Grateful Dead in their setlist. The band also included newly-written “All The World” and “Shame” performances amongst others from their impressive catalogue of originals. Check out the setlist and the full gallery below, courtesy of Steve Rose.Tonight, Tedeschi Trucks Band returns to the same stage with David Luning.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Orpheum Theatre | Los Angeles, CA | 11/10/17Anyday, Made Up My Mind, Within You > Just As Strange, Right On Time, Leavin Trunk, All The World, Ain’t Wastin’ Time*, I Wish I Knew*, Shame, Angel > Sugaree, How Blue Can You Get, I Want MoreE: A Song For You, Bound For Glory*^*w/ Blake Mills^w/ Carey FrankTedeschi Trucks Band & Hard Working Americans | Orpheum Theatre | 11/10/17 | Photos by Steve Roselast_img read more

8 Feb

Conservatives praise South Carolina win on abortion ban

first_imgCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Some conservatives in South Carolina say a bill that passed the state Senate banning most abortions is a big step for them, but isn’t the end of their efforts. The ultimate goal of those groups is what’s called a “personhood law,” which would dictate that life begins at conception. That would give a fetus the rights of any citizen and require “due process of law” to end its life under the U.S. Constitution. But most groups say they’ll wait to make sure the latest bill passes the House and is signed into law before discussing their next steps to push for further restrictions.last_img read more

18 Jan

Nathan Lane Marries Long-Time Partner Devlin Elliott

first_imgNathan Lane is a married man! The two-time Tony winner wed his partner, the playwright and producer Devlin Elliott, in an intimate ceremony at the Big Apple’s City Hall on November 17. People reports that the pair have been together for almost twenty years. Lane and Elliott recently penned a children’s book together, Naughty Mabel, inspired by the pair’s own canine, who thinks she’s a bit of a celebrity. A Tony winner for The Producers and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Lane also received Tony nominations for Guys and Dolls and The Nance. He was most recently seen on Broadway in It’s Only a Play.Congratulations to the happy couple from all of us here at Broadway.com! Star Files View Commentscenter_img Nathan Lanelast_img read more

20 Dec

Interview with Brazilian Rear Adm. Lima Filho, Head of Maritime Operations, PANAMAX 2012

first_img Brazilian Rear Admiral Wilson Pereira de Lima Filho is a man used to commanding vessels during simulated war exercises. During April 2012, onboard the flagship of Operation ADEREX-I, in the maritime area between Rio de Janeiro and Santos, he was responsible for coordinated antisubmarine actions and the transfer of oil at sea. Now, he is in charge of the naval component of PANAMAX 2012, a military exercise focused on protecting and guaranteeing the safe passage of commercial traffic through the Panama Canal, maintaining its neutrality and respecting Panama’s sovereignty. Despite having a very tight agenda during this temporary assignment (PANAMAX ends on August 17), Rear Adm. Lima Filho took some time from his busy schedule to talk to Diálogo. By Dialogo August 15, 2012 DIÁLOGO: What does it mean for you and Brazil to head this part of the exercise for the first time? DIÁLOGO: What will Brazil bring to the exercise as a whole and to the U.S. in particular? DIÁLOGO: How will this mission be achieved on the Brazilian side? Rear Admiral Wilson Pereira de Lima Filho: On the PANAMAX 2012 Operation, Brazil is the Combined Force Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC), coordinating the actions of the 17 participating nations in order to assure the free navigation on the Panama Canal. Rear Adm. Lima Filho: It was with enormous satisfaction that the Commander of the Brazilian Navy, Admiral Julio Soares de Moura Neto, accepted this invitation. For me as Brazilian Admiral, it is a great honor to participate in an operation with the magnitude of the CFMCC, as the second largest delegation after the U.S., with the participation of so many partner nations. In my view, PANAMAX offers an opportunity to learn from each other in an environment of high-level training. DIÁLOGO: How will Brazil benefit from the exercise and from leading the maritime portion of it? Rear Adm. Lima Filho: Brazil will benefit by exchanging experiences and sharing information among the participants, thus enhancing the friendship between our nations and our navies. To finalize this interview, I wanted to take the opportunity to express our gratitude (of all CFMCC members) to the Commander of the U.S. Fourth Fleet, for the invaluable support provided to us throughout the exercise. UNITED BY THE SEA! Rear Adm. Lima Filho: Colombia is an important Brazilian partner, just like all participating nations in this exercise, so in their role of Combined Force Land Component Commander, it shares with us a huge joint effort in search of greater interaction. DIÁLOGO: What is your role during Panamax 2012? Rear Adm. Lima Filho: Brazil comes to this exercise with enthusiasm and professionalism, with a Joint Staff composed of 25 Officers from different sectors of the Navy, distributed among various areas of specialty, in order to share lessons learned, such as its responsibility as Commander of the United Nations Maritime Task Force in Lebanon, which the Brazilian Navy is currently in charge of. We are very proud to know that we are going to have Rear Admiral Lima Filho to command our Navy in Operation Panamax and other operations. So much professionalism and enthusiasm! DIÁLOGO: Is there a joint effort with Colombia, as it leads the Combined Force Land Component? Rear Adm. Lima Filho: To accomplish this mission, as CFMCC, we will execute Maritime Security Operations, Maritime Interdiction Operations, and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, with intense interaction to the others components – Land, Air and Special Operations. last_img read more