Henry Smith Charity director on hospice funding

first_img Howard Lake | 8 March 2005 | News The director of the Henry Smith Charity told delegates at a recent workshop that the trust finds funding hospices ‘difficult’.Speaking at a recent Midas workshop, Richard Hopgood, director of major grant-maker the Henry Smith Charity, said that the trust finds funding hospices difficult for two reasons. First, there are many hospices, and secondly, it feels that hospices’ local communities should be the basis of hospice support. That said, the Henry Smith Charity does occasionally make grants to hospices, either where a hospice has special difficulty, such as a very poor area, or if it is engaged in a particularly innovative project. Advertisement The Henry Smith Charity gives away 10% of its budget to hospices and palliative care, resulting in donations of around £2 million a year. Mr Hopgood reported a substantially increased number of applications to the trust.His staff also manage Trusthouse Trust, a smaller trust with average grants of £3,000 and a top of £50,000. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Henry Smith Charity director on hospice fundingcenter_img Tagged with: Recruitment / people  40 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Colombia and Venezuela — Two brotherly peoples

first_imgThe following is a statement of the Peace Delegation of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP) from Havana, Cuba, site of the peace talks, dated Aug. 28, discussing the crisis between Colombia and Venezuela:It is essential for Colombia to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries if we want to build a stable and lasting peace that radiates brotherhood to the continent.Venezuela is and will remain essential for peace in Colombia. We have to extinguish this chauvinist fire, in order to promote unity and integration of two nations with a common history, daughters of the same father, the Liberator Simón Bolívar.It is best to seek, through constructive and sincere dialogue, the normalization of the situation on the border, hopefully with the creation of a binational zone of integration and development in which fraternity, coexistence and the construction of one great nation will be encouraged.The sovereignty of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela must be respected; the perfidy of moving paramilitarism, that has caused so many victimizations in Colombia, to another place, should be ceased.As sister nations we need to be united for peace to prevail. Therefore, we should close spaces to the tension of warmongering spirits and make the rights of peoples prevail above all those who want to destabilize the legitimate government of President Nicolás Maduro through economic war and all kinds of conspiracies, and overturn the undeniable solidarity and social support — since Comandante Hugo Chávez was in power — received by those who had to leave for exile because in this country there was no inclusion and respect, something we are still demanding.We understand clearly that the confrontation in Colombia, as well as the serious humanitarian crisis that goes beyond our borders today, are rooted in the unjust social order we experience, and for which the successive governments that have passed through the Casa de Nariño [official home of the Colombian president] should be held accountable. We cannot close our eyes to that, and we believe that serenity and common sense should emerge, in order to not give way to certain irresponsible politicians who only want to sow hatred towards Venezuela, fish in troubled waters and favor their personal interests.The cancer of paramilitarism cannot destroy the bonds of harmony that historically, since the struggle for independence, have made Colombia and Venezuela one family with a common destiny: a dream of dignity and freedom, enrolled in the sublime cause of Our America.“We are children of the country left by the Liberator and we will defend it with love, his legacy calls upon us.” May the Catatumbo lightning [a unique atmospheric phenomenon in Venezuela] enlighten us. We are optimistic: like in Ali Primera’s song, “The Orinoco and Magdalena [principal rivers of Venezuela and Colombia] embrace each other with songs of the jungle, and your children and my children will smile at peace.” May our friendship last forever.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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US – Coalition urges North Dakota Governor and Attorney General to drop charges against Standing Rock journalists

first_img Follow the news on United States Wayne StenehjemNorthDakota Attorney General600E Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 125BismarckND 58505andDoug BurgumGovernorof North Dakota600E Boulevard Avenue, BismarckND 58505Dear Mr. Stenehjem and Mr. Burgum,Reporters Without Borders/Reporters sans frontières (RSF), a non-profit organization defending freedom of the press and access to information, along with the organizations below, write to express deep concerns regarding charges against multiple journalists for their coverage of protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The undersigned have collectively documented at least 10 journalists currently facing charges stemming from their reporting on the protests. Filmmaker Jahnny Lee is being charged with physical obstruction of a government function and is next due to appear in court for an arraignment on March 22. Myron Dewey, owner of Digital Smoke Signals, a website that includes news, videos, and forums, is being charged with stalking for allegedly using a drone to film private security guards. He is next due to appear in court for a bench trial on March 30. Other journalists still facing charges include freelancers Sara Lafleur-Vetter, Jihan Hafiz, Adam Schrader, Jenifer Stum, Jenni Monet, Tracie Williams, and Tonita Cervantes, and Lorenzo Serna, from Unicorn Riot. On March 2, 2017 RSF joined a coalition of media associations and press freedom organizations in a letter to the Morton County Sheriff’s office asking that it drop all pending charges against journalists who had been covering the events at Standing Rock, or justify the arrests of reporters in the course of their work. Several journalists have said they were arrested despite attempting to follow police orders to disperse or remain behind police lines. Monet said in a column for the Columbia Journalism Review that she was arrested while following an officer’s order to leave an area where protests were taking place. Most of the journalists facing charges are either freelancers or are from smaller, independent outlets that lack the resources to pay attorney fees or mount a public defense. The fact that these journalists do not have the backing of large media companies may make them more vulnerable—but it does not lessen their First Amendment protected right to report the news. Journalists have an important role in documenting incidents in the public interest, such as the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the multiple protests around it, including instances of civil disobedience and law enforcement operations. The fact that journalists are being arrested in the context of this reporting not only has a chilling effect on press freedom by discouraging media from covering such stories, but it also does broader harm to the American people who have an important interest in accessing this information but are denied it when journalists are detained and arrested. Furthermore, public trust in the government is undermined when the media are restrained from performing their job of informing the public and, in fact, are prosecuted for doing so. We urge you to uphold the First Amendment rights of these journalists to report the news and call for charges against them to be dropped, or justify the arrests of reporters in the course of their work. Sincerely, Delphine Halgand North America Director Reporters Without Borders Katy Glenn Bass Director, Free Expression Research and Policy PEN America Bryan Pollard President Native American Journalists Association Melissa Lyttle President National Press Photographers Association Joshua Hatch President Online News Association Trevor Timm Director Freedom of the Press Foundation Lynn Walsh President Society of Professional Journalists Bobby Magill President Society of Environmental Journalists Yvette Alberdingk-Thijm Executive Director WITNESS Carlos Lauria Program Director and Senior Program Coordinator for the Americas Committee to Protect Journalists Bruce D. BrownExecutive Director Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and a coalition of press freedom organizations and journalism associations have today sent a letter to North Dakota’s Governor and Attorney General urging them to drop all charges against journalists covering protests surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline. 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Akbar Ganji begins fourth year in prison

first_imgNews to go further News Follow the news on Iran Organisation Help by sharing this information Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Journalist Akbar Ganji will start his fourth year in prison on 22 April, despite repeated calls by Reporters Without Borders for his unconditional release since he was jailed for alleged subversion in 2000. Another journalist, Ahmad Zeid-Abadi, was recently returned to prison to serve the rest of his sentence.”Ganji’s only ‘crime’ was to do his job as an investigative reporter and Zeid-Abadi is also paying dearly for criticising the regime,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “We demand the release of both of them as well as eight others in prison.”Ganji, who worked on the daily paper Sobh-é-Emrooz, was arrested on 22 April 2000 after appearing before the press court accused of writing that leading figures, including former President Hashemi Rafsanjani and former intelligence minister Ali Fallahian, had been involved in the murder of opponents and intellectuals in late 1998. He was also accused of taking part in a conference in Berlin on 7-8 April 2000 about reform in Iran which the government charged was “anti-Islamic.”He was sentenced on 13 January 2001 to 10 years in prison but the appeal court reduced this to six months on 15 May. However on 15 July, the supreme court quashed the May sentence on technical grounds and imposed a six-year jail sentence. He has been in solitary confinement for the past 70 days and, unlike other political prisoners, is not allowed to phone his wife, who says prison doctors have advised that he be hospitalised outside the prison to treat his back problems. Officials have refused to allow this.Zeid-Abadi, of the reformist daily Hamshahri and the monthly Iran-é-Farda, was ordered by legal officials to report to Teheran’s Evin prison on 13 April after being sentenced on appeal on 10 March to 13 months in jail (eight for “anti-regime propaganda” and five for “putting out false news”) and a five-year ban on “public and social activity,” including journalism. He had been sentenced by the press court on 17 April 2002 to 23 months in prison and a five-year ban on “public and social activity” for “making propaganda against the Islamic regime and its institutions.” The court accused him of making “provocative speeches that threatened national security.” He has already served seven months and six more remain.Journalists Hossein Ghazian (arrested last October) and Abbas Abdi (arrested in November) were each sentenced on appeal early this month to four years and six months in prison – four years for “passing information to enemy countries,” and six months for “making propaganda against the Islamic regime.” Ghazian, a director of the Ayandeh public opinion firm and a journalist on the daily paper Nowrooz, and Abdi, another Ayandeh director, former editor of the daily Salam and former staff member of many reformist papers, were accused of “receiving money from the US polling firm Gallup or from a foreign embassy.” They were arrested after the official news agency IRNA, published last 22 September an Ayandeh poll that showed 74.4 per cent of Iranians favoured a resumption of ties with the United States. April 22, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Akbar Ganji begins fourth year in prison RSF_en Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalistscenter_img News June 9, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News March 18, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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PUSD Names Rose City High School Principal

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent Jon R. Gundry announced today that he has named Jack Loos as principal of Rose City High School and promoted teacher Brian Stanley to assistant principal. Loos is currently the administrator of the district’s Center for Independent Studies (CIS) and his role will expand to managing both schools. Rose City and CIS offer alternative high school programs for 500 students.“Jack brings nearly 20 years of experience in alternative education to the position and will manage both of the district’s alternative education programs to provide consistent, high quality and personalized instruction for students who have struggled in traditional classrooms,” said Gundry.Loos joined PUSD as a teacher and football coach at Pasadena High School in 1993. He was previously a coach and teacher at Mount San Antonio College and Pasadena City College. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of LaVerne, a Master’s degree in cross cultural education from National University and a Master’s degree in child, marriage and family counseling from Phillips Graduate Institute.Loos replaces former Rose City High School principal Eric Sahakian, who was named director of the district’s Child Welfare, Attendance and Safety department in August.For more information, visit www.pusd.us. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News HerbeautyTop 9 Predicted Haircut Trends Of 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Celebrity Body Parts Insured For Ridiculous AmountsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Business News Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Education PUSD Names Rose City High School Principal From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | 3:44 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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BUILDING PERMITS: May 5 – May 14, 2021

first_imgBusinessBuilding Permits By Odessa American – May 23, 2021 TAGSbuilding permits BUILDING PERMITS: May 5 – May 14, 2021 WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Twittercenter_img Pinterest Previous articlePET OF THE WEEK: GracieNext articleHART: Government’s ill-timed sit at home money hurting the economy: Too much, too late Odessa American Facebook Twitter NEW RESIDENTIALSMorgan Warrick/DR Horton, 2029 Ebbets Drive, $155,245; Greg Baier/Betenbough Homes, 1324 Terra Cotta St., $193,950; Robbie Moon/Betenbough Homes, 1333 Terra Cotta St., $185,950; Greg Baier/Betenbough Homes, 1329 Terra Cotta St., $240,950; Robbie Moon/Betenbough Homes, 1326 Terra Cotta St., $184,950; Robbie Moon/Betenbough Homes, Terra Cotta St., $185,950; Greg Baier/Betenbough Homes, Terra Cotta St., $191,950; Robbie Moon/Betenbough Homes, 1314 Terra Cotta St., $229,950; Greg Baier/Betenbough Homes, 1320 Terra Cotta St., $192,950; Robbie Moon/Betenbough Homes, 1328 Terra Cotta St., $197,950; Greg Baier/Charlie Cooke/Betenbough Homes, 1312 Terra Cotta St., $190,950; Greg Baier/Betenbough Homes, 1305 Terra Cotta St., $201,950; Robbie Moon/Betenbough Homes, 1306 Terra Cotta St., $232,950; Greg Baier/Betenbough Homes, 1307 Terra Cotta St., $217,950; Robbie Moon/Betenbough Homes, 1309 Terra Cotta St., $225,950; Charles Dawson/Jason Waters/Dawson Custom Homes, 5 Paseo La Estancia Court, $1,500,000; Greg Baier/Betenbough Homes, 1331 Terra Cotta St., $196,950; Greg Baier/Betenbough Homes, 1327 Terra Cotta St., $194,950; Alexa Guillen/John McKnight/Silver Leaf Homes, 1803 Twin Falls Drive, $279,725; Morgan Warrick/DR Horton, 32 La Cresta Ave., $183,660; Alexa Guillen/John McKnight/Silver Leaf Homes, 2007 Twin Falls Drive, $270,150; Morgan Warrick/DR Horton, 10 Coyote Court, $216,605; Morgan Warrick/DR Horton, 8635 Rutland Drive, $173,120; Morgan Warrick/DR Horton, 10 San Pedro Court, $221,555; Morgan Warrick/DR Horton, 5 El Nido Court, $197,300; Jorge Contreras/Forming House, 600 Wabash Ave., $160,000; Greg Baier/Betenbough Homes, 1201 Big Easy St., $209,950; Morgan Warrick/DR Horton, 7508 Horton Ranch Road, $137,370; Morgan Warrick/DR Horton, 10 Los Medios Drive, $199,830; Morgan Warrick/DR Horton, 7520 Horton Ranch Road, $180,790; Greg Baier/Betenbough Homes, 1205 Big Easy St., $232,950; Alexa Guillen/John McKnight/Silver Leaf Homes, 2015 Twin Falls Drive, $292,550; Morgan Warrick/DR Horton, 7507 Horton Ranch Road, $151,100; Morgan Warrick/DR Horton, 8626 Rutland Drive, $174,225; Morgan Warrick/DR Horton, 8631 Rutland Drive, $183,780; Morgan Warrick/DR Horton, 1810 Ebbets Drive, $155,245; Greg Baier/Betenbough Homes, 1202 Big Easy St., $229,950; Greg Baier/Betenbough Homes, 1301 E 93rd St., $179,950; Greg Baier/Betenbough Homes, 1303 E 93rd St., $177,950; Santiago Ortega/Ortega Construction, 3611 El Cajon Ave., $180,000; Omar Rosas/Rosas New Homes LLC, 204 Rolling Winds Circle, n.a.Total: 41 permits, $9,309,200RESIDENTIALS ALTERATIONS, ADDITIONS & CONVERSIONSOscar Prieto/Ruben Degado, 210 Orchard Drive, n.a.; Yolanda A Hernandez, 1817 Beckwood Place, n.a.; Tenille Washington/Premier Portable Building, 408 E Odessa St., $8,000; Simon Escarsega/Sheila Hernandez, 914 E 21st St., n.a.; Simon Escarsega/Sheila Hernandez, 914 E 21st St., n.a.; Rodrigo Valenzuela, 3603 Pershing Ave., $3,200; Heath Erwin, 2818 Hilltop Drive, n.a.; Jose Rodriguez, 3011 W 8th St., n.a.; Jared Smedley, 9200 Lamar Ave., n.a.; Miguel Rodarte/Javier Gullardo, 612 E 97th St., n.a.; Jabiel Badillo, 604 E 56th St., n.a.; Efren Lujan, 2019 W 8th St., n.a.; Alejandro Tejada, 2119 Beverly St., $3,000; Catrina Leyva, 1417 W 23rd St., n.a.; Santiago Mata/Wesley Seales/S Mata Roofing, 3720 Bowie Ave., n.a.; Neftaly Lopez/Raymundo Gonzalez/Nl Construction Panchitos, 1444 S Grant Ave., $120,000; Carlos Baiza, 5161 Kalenak Court, n.a.; Phillip Graham, 1821 E Yukon Road, n.a.; Jonathan Miera, 3105 San Marino Drive, n.a.; Robert Ramirez/Rene Hignojos/Ramirez Homes and Remodeling, 3923 Oporto St., $20,000; Willy Davila/Rocky Barnes/KVC Homes, 714 Amburgey Ave., n.a.; Robert Sellars, 8834 Dublin Ave., n.a.; Luis Lozano, 404 E 46th St., n.a.; Richard Brazening, 1514 Haywood Ave., $4,214; Johnny Doerksen/Tj Mosely/Doerksen Construction, 3774 E Everglade Ave., $47,650; Huber Samaniego, 505 N Belmont Ave., n.a.; Oscar Arce, 507 Washington Lane, n.a.; Alfredo Espinosa/Erica Gutierrez/Top 2 Bottom Construction, 1024 Jefferson Ave., $4,300; Emanuel Muela/Jorge Salazar, 3114 Chestnut Ave., n.a.; Armando Zapata, 1313 E 35th St., n.a.; Alina Orona/Dorthy Price/Elite Energy, 612 E 99th Court, $1,000; Sonja Lipp, 21 Valley Road, $5,000; Luis Puente, 412 Zeneta Ave., n.a.Total: 33 permits, $216,364COMMERICAL ALTERATIONS, ADDITIONS & CONVERSIONSAnthony Rios/PC & D, 513 N Grant Ave., $150,000; Alain Gonzalez/Cream Lab, 4101 E 42nd St., $1,900; Maria Hernandez, 4101 E 42nd St., $3,200; James Chase McCain/C & J General Contracting LLC, 1406 Brittany Lane, $25,000; Christopher Sewell/One Architecture/Sol Building Contractors, LLC, 2600 Kermit Highway, $8,500; Amy Diekevers/Precision Permit Services/Golden Sands General Contractors, 901 N Grandview Ave., $84,000; Miguel Porras/Miguel Porras/Roadrunner1 Mobile Drug Testing LLC, 1615 W 26th St., $6,000Total: 6 permits, $278,600CHANGE OF USEDebbie Chiu/Boba Cup Fried Rice Express, 3760 Andrews Highway, n.a.Total: 1 permit, n.a.Final total: 86 permits, $9,804,164 Pinterestlast_img read more

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Man and woman killed in Budoran collision

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleKevin Eves wins National Section of Ulster RallyNext articleMan in his 20s arrested following fatal Bundoran crash News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Facebook Google+ Man and woman killed in Budoran collision By News Highland – August 19, 2018 WhatsApp Google+center_img Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook Gardaí in Ballyshannon are investigating a single vehicle fatal road traffic collision that occurred at Eastend, Bundoran, Co. Donegal at 3.25a.m. this mornin.A man and one woman, both in their 20s, were fatally injured when the car they were passengers in collided with a wall.  Their bodies have been removed to the morgue in Sligo University Hospital.Another woman is in a critical condition, while two other two men have serious injures. All are in their mid 20s.Garda forensic collision investigators officers are at scene and the road is currently closed to traffic.  Local diversions are in place.Anyone with information in relation to the collision are asked to contact Gardaí in Ballyshannon Garda Station on 071 – 9858530, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station. Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more

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BBC cuts jobs in restructure plan

first_imgBBC cuts jobs in restructure planOn 18 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. The BBC’s HR team of 460 employees is to be cut by almost a quarter and will become a centralised department.The traditionally devolved structure will be changed as the corporation intends to use a BBC-wide team to handle all administration and advice as part of its One BBC initiative. The changes come as part of director-general Greg Dyke’s restructuring of the organisation to concentrate on programmes and services, rather than support. A total of 1,100 staff out of 25,000 employees are to lose their jobs across the whole of the BBC to release an extra £750m.The BBC HR professionals are now to work in two teams – one providing senior managers with expert advice on HR issues, the other operating as “consultants” wherever they are needed. A BBC-wide operations and information team will handle all administration and advice. Other changes include creating an internal “agency” to handle all recruitment and a new diversity centre to work on employment, portrayal and access issues.There will be fewer internal communications practitioners, and external training spend is to be slashed while an internal knowledge sharing culture is to be developed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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Online property transactions are here

first_imgHome » News » Online property transactions are here previous nextProptechOnline property transactions are hereThe Negotiator15th September 20200112 Views Offr execs: Niall Dawson, Robert Hoban and Philip Farrell Offr, the prop-tech platform digitising the buying, selling and leasing process for real estate agents and buyers, has launched in the UK & Australia to digitise the buying and selling of property.The company also announced it has raised £2.7m in seed funding led by Barclays. Existing investors Delta Partners on behalf of Bank of Ireland, AIB, Enterprise Ireland, The European Investment Fund and Frontline Ventures also participated in the round.On March 24th during the COVID-19 lockdown, Offr enabled the world’s first fully remote, end-to-end, digital property transaction. The property was sold entirely online for 61 per cent over the asking price.Offr enables fast, digital property transactions, from offer to exchange, on any device, at any time and from anywhere in the world. Offr digitises over 85 per cent of the process of buying and selling property for agents and their customers. Up until now, there’s been no easy, fast and secure way of buying properties cross- border. Offr is changing this by making international trading of property possible for buyers online, using traditional real estate agents.Robert Hoban, CEO of Offr said, “We built Offr with a clear and simple goal, to change the way property is bought and sold. We developed one platform for everyone; an end-to-end, open solution which supports real estate agents, buyers, sellers and solicitors and the pandemic has accelerated adoption by all.”digital property transaction digital property transactions fast digital property transactions remote end-to-end Robert Hoban Offr proptech September 15, 2020Jenny van BredaWhat’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

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How a zebrafish model may hold a key to biology

first_imgTeaching a computer to behave like a zebrafish wasn’t Martin Haesemeyer’s goal.In fact, the research associate in the labs of Florian Engert, professor of molecular and cellular biology, and Alexander Schier, the Leo Erikson Life Sciences Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, was hoping to build a system that worked differently than zebrafish with an eye toward comparing how both process temperature information.What he got instead was a system that almost perfectly mimicked the zebrafish — and that could be a powerful tool for understanding biology. The work is described in a July 31 paper published in Neuron.“Initially, what I was curious about was some kind of comparison study, to look at zebrafish and something like Drosophila and see if their brains do this the same way,” Haesemeyer said. “And as a cheaper alternative than getting another animal to do it, I chose the artificial neural network, and I was surprised it worked so well.”Using open-source software tools, Haesemeyer built a neural network with an architecture different from that of the zebrafish brain, gave it some basic rules on how to process temperature changes, and then allowed it to “learn” how to do it for itself.“Essentially, what the network learns is … a filter function for extracting rates of change from a stimuli,” Haesemeyer said. “It makes what it thinks is the best movement, and then as the inputs change because it’s in a different place, it moves again, and starts to navigate the heat gradient. And after learning, it can do that quite well.”But it wasn’t simply the network’s ability to navigate that interested Haesemeyer — it was the fact that it seemed to do it in a way identical to the fish.“There were two things I looked at,” he said. “The first was, for lack of a better term, how well did its behavior compare to zebrafish? Does it follow similar rules to zebrafish? And indeed it does.“I can also measure how quickly it integrates stimulus,” he continued. “I had earlier done that with zebrafish, and the results from the artificial network agree, so even though I didn’t tell the network that it should pay attention to the temperature every half-second, which the fish does, it learned a similar skill.”,Haesemeyer then compared the artificial network to whole-brain imaging data he’d previously collected that showed how every cell in the zebrafish brain reacted to temperature stimulus. He found that the artificial “neurons” showed the same cell types as those found in the biological data.“That was the first surprise — that there is actually a very, very good match between how the network encodes temperature and how the fish encode temperature,” he said. “And as a way to confirm that point a bit more … one thing we can easily do with the artificial network is remove certain cell types. When we removed all the cells that look like those in the fish, the network cannot navigate the gradient anymore, so that really indicates that what makes the network do what it does is the cells that look like those found in the fish.”Haesemeyer thinks that it may be possible to create artificial networks for other animals. If it is, they could prove to be important guides to understanding biological networks.“For example, there was one cell type in the network that I hadn’t found in the fish,” he said. “But since everything else seemed to match so well, I thought maybe I just didn’t find it because when you analyze whole-brain imaging you have to make certain trade-offs that make finding rare cell types difficult. And it turned out that this one cell type, which the network predicted and I hadn’t found, actually does exist in the fish.”Though Haesemeyer said he doubts the day will come when artificial networks suffice for understanding complex behaviors — hypotheses will always need to be confirmed by biology — he believes the networks can serve as important tools.“If you know what questions to ask, you will need to do considerably fewer experiments, and you could get to answers much faster than going hunting with a shotgun in the dark,” he said.Haesemeyer said the finding also highlights the need for researchers to get a clearer understanding of precisely how such artificial networks operate.“I do think it will become more important and interesting to study generally how these networks do these things, because it’s still very hard to disentangle what they are doing,” he said. “In this case, it worked because the input stimulus was fairly simple, but I do think there are interesting developments to be found in understanding how these networks accomplish their tasks that might teach us more about our brain.”This research was supported with funding from an EMBO Long-Term Fellowship, the Jane Coffin Childs Fund for Medical Research, the National Institutes of Health, and a Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain research award. How biology affects behavioral decisions Devices used in mice offer a more accurate way to study the brain, potential treatment for disease, damage, mental illness Relatedcenter_img Sensors go undercover to outsmart the brain Study using brain imaging suggests why zebrafish facing a threat surprisingly opt to keep mating rather than flee last_img read more

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