Google property chief to address gathering of agents and proptech firms

first_imgThe organisers of an ‘estate agents vs proptech’ debate taking place today are hoping to increase dialogue between the industry’s technology suppliers and help make their products more accessible to estate agents and will include a presentation by Google’s head of property in the UK, Duncan Watts (pictured).Agents may struggle to get tickets, though. Organiser BestAgent, the new free-to-use mobile agency CRM platform, says it has been rejecting ticket requests from estate agency groups  in order to maximise the number of tech suppliers who can come.  These now number 50, although the Property Franchise Group has made it onto the guest list.Tech companies attending the London event include the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, Lonres, ValPal, Yomdel, VTUK, Let MC, OneDome, EA Analytics, Goodlord, Viewber, Estates IT and View My Chain.BestAgent, which is the brainchild of entrepreneur Charles Wright, says it has 20 suppliers signed up, four pending and a further 30 companies who have expressed an interest.And since launching in June, Charles says 200 estate agents have so far registered to have accounts.Proptech peoplePanel members at the conference are a mix of proptech people and agents including Ian McKenzie, CEO of the Guild, London estate agent Kristjan Byfield, former NAEA president Katie Griffin, Reigate estate agent Perry Power and former agent and commentator Christopher Watkins.The conference is also going to be addressed by Google UK’s Head of Property, Duncan Watts.“I am excited to be part of this panel discussing what I think is the most pressing problem affecting the industry,” says Perry Power (pictured left).“It really is time the industry modernised with proptech. The BestAgent Marketplace concept is a great initiative. The current amount of repetition and duplication of data-entry caused by CRMs not connecting with other services is mind-boggling.“It takes agent teams away from doing what really matters, which is delivering a great client result and experience.”goodlord Katie Griffin Google Perry Power OneDome Let MC LonRes Bestagent Tenancy Deposit Scheme Duncan Watts EA Analytics Estates IT ValPal View My Chain Viewber VTUK Yomdel September 25, 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 » Associations & Bodies » Google property chief to address gathering of agents and proptech firms previous nextProptechGoogle property chief to address gathering of agents and proptech firmsNew tech platform BestAgent says it wants conference to encourage more proptech suppliers to cooperate and reduce ‘mind boggling’ levels of double-data entering.Nigel Lewis25th September 201802,652 Viewslast_img read more

Zoopla reveals major shake-up for its software services

first_imgZoopla has revealed that it is to roll all its agent software offerings into a single, mobile enabled platform for its 10,000 estate agent customers over the next few years.The ‘new direction’ will be introduced slowly and is designed to help estate agents offer the kind of ‘always on’ hybrid-style service popular with consumers.This will include tools not just for agents but also their customers including landlords, tenants, vendors and buyers.“Our new software strategy will give agents the power of disruptive online and mobile technologies resulting in an improvement in the quality of leads and efficiencies for their businesses and, in turn, providing value to their customers,” says Charlie Bryant, Managing Director of Zoopla.To drive the changes the portal has created a new division which will invest several million pounds in new technology, lead by former Skype tech executive Carl Oliver.The initiative will see its various software offerings including Jupix, Alto, Expert Agent and PropertyFile eventually re-engineered into one CRM service, although this is not on the cards yet.Zoopla’s initiative is part of the portal’s drive to reposition itself as a provider of digital tools to agents following its £2.2 billion acquisition by US equity fund Silverlake last year.“With the property market facing mounting pressure from all angles, agents need innovative partners that will give them the competitive edge to be successful,” says Bryant.“Following ongoing engagement with our agent customers and the gathering of their feedback, we are investing heavily in technologies that will enable a truly hybrid property lifecycle.”Jupix Alto Alto Software Carl Olivier Charlie Bryant Zoopla May 23, 2019Nigel 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Zoopla reveals major shake-up for its software services previous nextProducts & ServicesZoopla reveals major shake-up for its software servicesMillions are to be spent unifying its various agent software brands and services into one ‘hybrid’ style CRM system.Nigel Lewis23rd May 201901,401 Viewslast_img read more

Physician- Neurosurgery -133

first_imgWest Virginia University School of Medicine and the Departmentof Neurosurgery seek a neurosurgeon qualified for appointmentat the Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor rank.The successful candidate will be expected to practice inMorgantown, WV, and may also be expected to perform services atseveral satellite clinical sites in the states of West Virginia,Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia and additional sites to bedetermined based on expansion and growth of our services andsites.The West Virginia University Rockefeller NeuroscienceInstitute, led by Dr. Ali Rezai, is expanding to include theclinical, research, and academic missions of Neurosurgery,Neurology, and Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, among others.The Institute will spearhead efforts to develop innovativesolutions for West Virginians and those across the world withneurological and psychiatric conditions ranging from Alzheimer’s toParkinson’s; autism to stroke; and paralysis to chronic pain,addictions, and traumatic brain injury.Duties: The successful candidate will practice in the areas ofneurosurgery. In addition to providing excellent patient care, thesuccessful candidate will also be actively involved in teachingmedical students, residents, and fellows. For appointment at theAssociate Professor or Professor rank, it is expected thatcandidates sustain an outstanding, extramurally supported researchprogram.Qualifications: Applicants must have an MD or DO degree or foreignequivalent and be eligible to obtain an unrestricted West Virginiamedical license. Candidates must be board certified / eligible inneurosurgery. For appointment at the Associate Professor orProfessor rank, a demonstrated track-record of leadership,excellent communication skills, and publications in high-impactjournals are required. All qualifications must be met by the timeof appointment.WVU Medicine is West Virginia University’s affiliated healthsystem, West Virginia’s largest private employer, and a nationalleader in patient safety and quality. The WVU Health System iscomprised of four affiliated hospitals and nine member hospitalsanchored by its flagship hospital, J.W Ruby Memorial Hospital inMorgantown, a 700+ bed academic medical center that offers tertiaryand quaternary care. WVU Medicine has more than 1,000 activemedical staff members and 18,000 employees who serve hundreds ofthousands of people each year from across the state of WestVirginia and the nation.Morgantown, West Virginia is located just over an hour south ofPittsburgh, PA and three hours from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore,MD. Morgantown is consistently rated as one of the best smallmetropolitan areas in the country for both lifestyle and businessclimate. The area offers the cultural diversity and amenities of alarge city in a safe, family-friendly environment. There is also anexcellent school system and an abundance of beautiful homes andrecreational activities.Build your legacy as you serve, teach, learn and make a differencefrom day one. To learn more, please visit http://medicine.hsc.wvu.edu/neurosurgery/and https://neuroscience.wvu.edu/ ,and apply online at http://wvumedicine.org/morgantown.careers.For additional information, please contact Pam Furbee, SeniorPhysician Recruiter & Talent Advisor, [email protected] .West Virginia University & University Health Associates are anAA/EO employer – Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran – and WVU isthe recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals withDisabilities.Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided byOFCCP here .The contractor will not discharge or in any other mannerdiscriminate against employees or applicants because they haveinquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay ofanother employee or applicant. However, employees who have accessto the compensation information of other employees or applicants asa part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay ofother employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwisehave access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is(a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtheranceof an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including aninvestigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with thecontractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR60-1.35(c)last_img read more

Indiana Commission For Higher Education Aims To Leave Nobody Left Behind

first_imgHaley Carney FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare TheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS— Jóse Goméz Márquez came to America from Peru in 2003, eventually settling in Indiana with the hope of a better life.He soon realized he would need more education to realize his dream. Inspired by his children, Marquez pursued his education through the  Next Level Jobs program. He enrolled in a certification program through Ivy Tech Community College that gave him the  opportunity to earn free credentials while taking the next steps towards a higher-paying, higher-demanding job in Indiana.Teresa Lubbers, Indiana’s commissioner for Higher Education, cited Marquez as an example of the goals of her department’s strategy to provide opportunities for Hoosiers to improve their skills that lead to better jobs. His was on several stories she cited as she delivered her annual State of Higher Education address Tuesday at the Statehouse.Marquez, she said, completed his certificate in supply chain management and is currently continuing his education as he works toward an associate degree.More than 100 Hoosiers filled an atrium in the Statehouse as Lubbers described the need for change in higher education  as the economy evolves and technology advances.She spoke confidently of Indiana’s big goal for at least 60% of Hoosiers to have a quality credential beyond a high school diploma by 2025 and she described three action priorities—completion, equity and talent.“No longer can we assume that completion is tied to a singular credential,” Lubbers said. “The new economy will demand educational upgrades throughout life, and higher education must be more agile and relevant to meet this need.”As for equity, Lubbers said life’s circumstances should not dictate Hoosier’s opportunity to succeed. She believes everyone deserves to have access to higher education opportunities and support.The commission created the nation’s first equity report in order to track results which includes information on socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, along with gender and geography.The third priority of the strategic plan—talent—is measured by Indiana’s College Value Report and focuses on developing  human potential to drive the state’s workforce and economy.“Nearly 11,000 Hoosiers are realizing the benefits of skilling up or changing careers by completing a tuition-free, quality credential with a Workforce Ready Grant certificate,” Lubbers told the crowd.The commission has created a “Blueprint for Change” that include strategies to ensure the success of the three action priorities. They include quality, affordability, community engagement, finding the right path for every learner and strengthening the educator pipeline.The measurements include college-going rates, on-time and extended-time completion rates, the completion rates of our adult learners, as well as the progress being to close achievement gaps, she said.Another focus of the commission is to redesign academic programs to include career preparations in all postsecondary programs, including internships, research projects, and work-based learning options that offer career relevance.Lubbers said another goal is to increase median household income to at least the average of Midwestern states, which is $51,635 while Indiana sits at $46,158, according to the Council of State Government Knowledge Center.“The commission’s priorities for the year ahead include helping more students and families understand the benefit of early college credit, and giving high school teachers and counselors better resources to help students navigate their options,” she said.The commission will release an annual report card to track and highlight the progress on the three metrics and explain the stories of people and organizations who are participating in this movement.“Indiana’s willingness to embrace this new higher education compact with a collective sense of urgency and optimism will determine our state’s readiness and prosperity for decades to come,” Lubbers said.FOOTNOTE: Haley Carney is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.last_img read more

Spafford Adds New Dates To Extensive Fall Tour

first_imgTwo weeks ago, the Arizona four-piece Spafford announced an extensive coast-to-coast fall tour spanning through late September to mid-November. Today, in addition to the previously announced 34 shows, Spafford has expanded their tour, adding a five-night Midwest run falling across October 12th through October 17th. The additional shows will take place in Columbus, Ohio; Bloomington, Indiana; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Grand Rapids, Missouri; and Madison, Wisconsin, with the first four locations constituting a Thursday-through-Sunday run. After the Grand Rapids show at The Pyramid Scheme on Sunday, October 15th, Spafford will take a day off before hitting Madison, Wisconsin’s Majestic Theatre on Tuesday, October 17th.These dates come in addition to the existing 34 dates, which will also see Spafford performing two nights at Asheville Music Hall in Asheville, North Carolina, two nights in Denver, Colorado (including a special VIP-only performance), their first headline play at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, New York, and an appearance at Suwanee Hulaween in Live Oak, Florida.In partnership with CID Entertainment, Spafford is offering their fans an “All In” VIP Experience to those catching their Colorado shows. This limited-run ticket includes admission to the Ogden Theatre on Thursday 11/9, alongside an intimate private VIP-only performance at the new Globe Hall in Denver on Saturday, 11/11. The “All In” VIP Experience also features a Meet & Greet/Photo Opportunity with Spafford, access to the Ogden Theatre soundcheck on 11/9, a limited edition event poster signed by the band, one exclusive Spafford merchandise gift, a high-quality download of soundboard audio from each night, and on-site concert hosts.While the majority of the existing Spafford tour dates are already on sale, starting today, a limited allotment of tickets for the newly announced shows is available via Spafford’s Songkick fan club presale starting at 11 am (local). General on sale for the new Midwest string of shows is this Friday, July 14th at 11 am (local). You can visit the band’s website for additional information on specific dates.Spafford Upcoming Tour Dates7/15 – Patchogue, NY – Great South Bay Music Festival7/30 – Rowayton, CT – RCA Summer Music Series8/3 – 8/5 – Thornville, OH – The Werk Out8/5 – New York, NY – BB Kings8/10 – 8/13 – Scranton, PA – Peach Music Festival9/2 – Chicago, IL – North Coast Music Festival9/9 – Bellvue, CO – Canyon Jam9/21 – 9/23 – Thornville, OH – Resonance Music Festival9/27 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern9/28 – Baltimore, MD – The 8X109/29 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry @ The Fillmore9/30 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl10/1 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt10/3 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Showcase Lounge10/4 – Hamden, CT – The Ballroom at The Outer Space10/5 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall10/6 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair10/7 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall10/8 – Albany, NY – Lucky Strike Social10/11 – State College, PA – State Theatre10/12 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar +Fri. 10/13 – Bloomington, IN – Bluebird Nightclub +Sat. 10/14 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig +Sun. 10/15 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Pyramid Scheme +Tues. 10/17 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre +Thurs. 10/19 – Columbia, MO – Rose Music HallFri. 10/20 – Nashville, TN – Mercy LoungeSat. 10/21 – Asheville, NC – Asheville Music HallSun. 10/22 – Asheville, NC – Asheville Music HallTues. 10/24 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite TheatreWed. 10/25 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt ClubThurs. 10/26 – Live Oak, FL – Suwannee HulaweenFri. 10/27 – Live Oak, FL – Suwannee HulaweenTues. 10/31 – New Orleans, LA – Parish @ House of BluesThurs. 11/2 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish MoonFri. 11/3 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall UpstairsSat. 11/4 – Austin, TX – Antone’s Night ClubSun. 11/5 – Dallas, TX – HoB Cambridge RoomTues. 11/7 – Lawrence, KS – The BottleneckWed. 11/8 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting RoomThurs. 11/9 – Denver – CO – Ogden TheatreSat. 11/11 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall *Tues. 11/14 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile CafeWed. 11/15 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir LoungeThurs. 11/16 – San Francisco, CA – The IndependentFri. 11/17 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram BallroomSat. 11/18 – Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum Theaterlast_img read more

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival Will Not Return In 2019

first_imgOkeechobee Music & Arts Festival will not return in 2019. Producers of the annual multi-day music festival named after its home in Okeechobee, Florida announced on Thursday afternoon that will be taking a year off in 2019.The announcement comes a few months after rumors began to spread online that the music festival would not return next year. Okeechobee Fest, as its often referred, was initially launched in 2016 by its parent company, Soundslinger LLC, and featured a 2018 lineup that included Arcade Fire, Bassnectar, Halsey, and Travis Scott when it returned for its third year back in early March.“After much consideration and looking at many different options, we have decided to take a fallow year and not hold our annual Okeechobee Fest in 2019,” the statement shared by festival organizers on Thursday reads. “For the past three years, we have witnessed 100,000 strangers from all walks of life, come together to our home of Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee, Florida, to live, laugh, listen, sing, dance, learn, create, meditate, downward dog, eat & drink, explore, give back, embrace and live OMF’s mantra to Be, Here, Now.”The announcement, which can be read in full via the statement below, also goes on to state that the producers are hoping for the event’s return to Sunshine Grove in March 2020. The announcement didn’t go on to reveal any specific reasoning for the 2019 cancellation, although the over-saturation of the North American festival circuit could be to blame.Okeechobee’s programming has included an impressive mix of electronic, hip-hop and pop music since launching just two years ago. Other notable artists who have also performed at the event include Kings of Leon, Flume, Pretty Lights, Kendrick Lamar, The Roots, and The Flaming Lips, just name a few.Disappointed fans can click here to revisit Live For Live Music’s coverage from Okeechobee 2018, in addition to watching the “Official OMF 18 Aftermovie” below, which was also shared on Thursday following the 2019 cancellation announcement. “Passage : The Official OMF18 Aftermovie”[Video: Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival]last_img read more

Nieman Fellows win 2013 Lukas Prize Project Awards

first_imgPulitzer Prize-winning biographer Robert Caro and reporter Beth Macy, who both studied at Harvard as Nieman Fellows, have won two of the three 2013 J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project Awards.Caro will receive the $10,000 Mark Lynton History Prize for his profound understanding of President Lyndon B. Johnson while Macy will be honored with the $30,000 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award for her book “Factory Man” (Little, Brown and Co.). Another author, Andrew Solomon, has won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for “Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity” (Scribner).Judges cited Caro’s “The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson” (Alfred A. Knopf) for taking “readers to a pivotal moment in modern American history when the presidential ambitions of Lyndon Johnson are first thwarted and then tragically fulfilled. At once deeply researched and utterly absorbing, this book exemplifies the power of narrative history to enlighten and entertain.”Macy’s “Factory Man” has won the Work-in-Progress Award, which is given to aid the completion of a significant work of nonfiction. The judges cited Macy for “… her extraordinary reporting and narrative skills,” which “come together in a compelling story about a gritty Virginia furniture maker who refuses to allow his family’s company and its workers to become victims of globalization.”The awards will be presented to winners and finalists on May 7, at a ceremony at Columbia University. Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation co-administer the awards. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Helping the homeless, in high school and college

first_imgFor Sam Greenberg ’14, the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter was the place where he felt truly comfortable.This was in large part because he had started volunteering at the shelter before he even came to Harvard. Greenberg graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin, the only public high school in Cambridge, in 2010. His first experiences with the homeless shelter run by Harvard students came through Club Four, an extracurricular group that allows Rindge and Latin students to volunteer cooking dinners there. Today, Greenberg works full-time as co-director of Y2Y, a shelter opened just last year for youths struggling with homelessness.When Greenberg joined Club Four in his sophomore year of high school, the club had just been formed. It got its start when Jondou Chen, a Harvard senior, began working as a student teacher for Jacquie Cesario in the high school’s history department. At the time, the high school was divided into four parts — C, R, L, and S — and Chen was working in School Four. He started informally bringing some of his Rindge and Latin students as extra volunteers during his own shifts at the shelter. Over time, these spontaneous trips gained structure as more students expressed interest, and an organization was eventually formed under the name of its original school affiliation: Club Four.Chen is now working in the University of Washington, Seattle in the College of Education, and faculty leadership of the club has passed to Susie Van Blaricum, now dean of students for one of the high school’s four learning communities. But in many ways, the club retains its original spirit of informal collaboration.Every shift when Rindge and Latin students cook is chaperoned by a current Harvard student or an adult from the high school, but it is the high school students themselves who are responsible for most organizational aspects of the club. More experienced volunteers can become “point people” in charge of planning the meals and directing the students on a given shift. Four elected students make up the club’s executive board, which oversees student sign-ups and the club’s finances.In the spirit of its founder, the club depends in large part on Rindge and Latin alumni who go on to volunteer at the shelter as Harvard students.Today, Greenberg is known to most of those who have passed through Club Four for his dedication to the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter. But he originally came to Harvard with some apprehension: Not only would he be staying in his hometown for college, but Harvard seemed, in many ways, like a strange and intimidating place.Ultimately, he remembers, “One of the reasons I didn’t feel as badly about the decision to stay where I grew up was because it meant I was still going to have the shelter.” But the transition still wasn’t easy. “I was miserable until mid-October,” he reflected. “It’s certainly not a coincidence that about the time I started feeling I could hang at Harvard was about the time I joined the shelter’s leadership and we started training to get ready for the winter.”The shelter remained such a bright spot in Greenberg’s time at Harvard that he would go on to become vice president of the Phillips Brooks House Association and begin to work on the initiative to open Y2Y in his sophomore spring. He ended up writing his senior thesis for the history and literature department on homelessness in the Boston area. He laughed when he admitted, “As much as I became a one-trick pony, school didn’t make sense until I could relate what I was doing academically to what I cared about outside the classroom.”Isobel Green ’17 joined Club Four the same year she came to Rindge and Latin from Milton Academy, as a sophomore. Just as the club had smoothed Greenberg’s transition to Harvard, it helped Green feel at home in her new high school. “That was the first night I felt really comfortable with kids at Rindge,” she noted of her first shift at the shelter. “The atmosphere at Club Four is really special because it’s all about kids organizing something by themselves without adult influence or a school-administered framework. There’s a lot of empowerment that comes from that, and a lot of community spirit.”Today, Green is one of two administrative directors at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter. Even before applying to the College, her Club Four connections helped ease some of her anxieties about what the School might be like. “By the time I applied, my perception of Harvard students was that they were very down-to-earth people, and that was based on my interactions with the shelter staff I had gotten to know.”Like other Rindge and Latin alums, Green spends some of her time at the shelter helping direct current Club Four students. This year, one of the students she worked with when he was in high school began his first year at Harvard.Will Macarthur ’20 largely credits Club Four with his decision to apply to the College. Like Greenberg and Green, he describes some trepidation surrounding his original thoughts on applying to Harvard. “A lot of people from Cambridge recognize that Harvard is here primarily as its own institution,” he explained.Greenberg described his first impressions of Harvard as “a fairly inward-looking place.” But for Macarthur, as for Green, speaking with Harvard students at the shelter who had no connection to Rindge and Latin helped dispel some of his concerns. “I met some of the best and nicest people at the shelter, and I don’t think I would have applied to Harvard if I hadn’t been forced to regularly interact with Harvard students who reminded me that caricatures are at least not entirely true.”For all three of these Rindge and Latin alums, Club Four helped highlight some of Harvard’s most unusual and positive aspects and its commitment to service.“Even if you were to say that Harvard does more than enough for the communities it’s a part of, you could never accuse it of being low-key,” Greenberg notes. “What’s amazing about the shelter is that it doesn’t follow this trend. And that definitely speaks to the priorities of both groups. The shelter itself was not even started as an official Harvard institution, but by the church and an individual pastor who wrangled a bunch of Harvard Divinity School students to help out. It was an organic thing, and Club Four still embodies a lot of that.”Despite its informal nature, Club Four has continued to grow exponentially over the years. When Greenberg first joined, it had a core group of about 15 volunteers. In Green’s time at Rindge and Latin, there were two shifts a week and the group sometimes scrambled to find enough volunteers.Today, Van Blaricum notes the club has gotten big enough that it staffs three shifts a week, and volunteer slots fill up months in advance. MacArthur remembers that, in his senior year, volunteers represented 146 students from every grade, gender identity, and socioeconomic status. “And it’s gotten really gourmet,” Green adds. “Back in my day we used to fall back on baked ziti all the time, but now the kids have these elaborate menus for chicken souvlaki and homemade pita bread.”Ultimately, the future of the club rests on a collaboration between Harvard and Rindge and Latin that remains largely behind the scenes. “What students at either school don’t tend to realize is that the collaboration is really fragile,” Macarthur said. “It relies on people who understand both Cambridge and Harvard.”This became especially clear to Macarthur when he worked to establish a collaboration between Club Four and Y2Y in his last year at Rindge and Latin. “Seeing all the speed bumps that arose reminded me that the relationships between the two organizations require a ton of maintenance.” But after everything it has given back to him, Macarthur is quick to add, “And I think Club Four is important enough that I’m willing to devote my time in College to making sure that it keeps going.”last_img read more

Introducing Easy and Highly Protected Multi-cloud Managed Services

first_imgCustomers are looking for ways to easily manage and protect their workloads in a multi-cloud world with more freedom to choose vendors seamlessly and avoid the obvious vendor lock-in challenge. The daunting task of scattering data over many locations can create compliance risks, synchronization issues, and duplication of data across clouds. All of this can drive up resource costs and lead to inefficient backup processes with low reliability. In addition, the migration of data from one cloud to another is subject to high egress costs.Dell Technologies Cloud PowerProtect for Multi-Cloud, announced today at Dell Technologies World, solves these challenges with a fully managed service that provides a single target for backup and recovery for all three of the major cloud players today; AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.The multi-cloud capability is enabled by low latency, high throughput connections from a Dell EMC PowerProtect appliance in a central location adjacent to the public cloud providers. This architecture enables dynamic connectivity between backup source locations in the cloud and the PowerProtect for Multi-cloud service. This gives the customer end-to-end flexibility to adjust throughput and backup windows to meet data protection policies as part of an overall IT strategy without resource underutilization and management overhead.The primary use cases that are provided with this service are:Cloud disaster recovery allows the restoration of point-in-time data availability to any public cloud provider in the event of data failure or data loss, avoiding cloud vendor lock-in. Backup to protect on-premises data in a cloud-adjacent location by leveraging familiar and trusted array-based replication from on-premises PowerProtect DD appliances replicating to the PowerProtect for Multi-cloud service. ¹ Based on Dell EMC internal testing of PowerProtect DD with DDOS 7.0 and NetWorker with DD Boost, July 2020. Actual results may vary.center_img Long-Term Retention (cloud-tiering) is available for data on-premises and/or in the cloud. PowerProtect for Multi-cloud can be a remote site to protect data that needs to be retained for regulatory requirements (governance and compliance) as well as for workload migrations.This service is powered by PowerProtect appliances, which deliver enterprise-grade features to meet stringent governance and compliance policies and up to up to 65x data deduplication¹ leading to greater storage efficiency and lower costs. Plus, customers can realize even more cost savings with zero egress fees when leveraging this solution with Microsoft Azure.In a nutshell, this solution brings the same features and benefits of an on-premises PowerProtect appliance to multi-cloud, delivered as a service.PowerProtect for Multi-cloud builds on the Dell Technologies Cloud Storage for Multi-Cloud Offerings. Storage for Multi-cloud includes capabilities based on PowerMax, PowerStore, PowerScale and Dell EMC Unity XT as well as Disaster Recovery as-a-Service for VMware environments.Learn More about PowerProtect for Multi-Cloud and the rest of our Dell Technologies Cloud Data Protection Solutions.last_img read more

Afghan officials: Bombings in Kabul kill 2, including cleric

first_imgKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A prominent cleric and his driver were killed in an explosion from a bomb stuck to their car, one of a series of bombings around Kabul that also wounded seven people. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks. The first bomb was attached to a military vehicle in central Kabul and wounded two military personnel, said Ferdaws Faramarz, spokesman for the Kabul police chief. An hour later, the second bomb, in the northern part of the city, killed two people, including cleric Mohammad Atef, and wounded two others. A third sticky bomb wounded one person in western Kabul and a fourth in the late afternoon in eastern Kabul wounded twolast_img read more