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Former CEO of Purplebricks in US seeks £5.75m to grow his own hybrid agency

first_imgEric Eckhardt, the former CEO of Purplebricks in the US, has relaunched a hybrid estate agency that he first established in 2015 and is seeking $7 million (£5.75 million) from global investors.Eckhardt, who spent over two years launching Purplebricks in America before departing in February this year, says his re-launched Dwellowner platform is gaining listings and pending transactions and has 24 team members including 18 realtors based in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, California and Florida.The company is to offer an ‘i-buyer’ service which will enable property investors to buy homes direct via its platform, a concept that has already been tried in the US by US portal Zillow.In a subtle swipe at his former employer, Eckhardt says his new business is ‘US-centric’, includes 12 former Purplebricks realtors, and will be ‘a broader more balanced model with a world class team’ in comparison to Purplebricks, he has told The Negotiator.Viable alternativeDwellowner says it offers property sellers and buyers a ‘viable alternative versus a traditional real estate model to save thousands on commission with local real estate professionals’.The company is the first of its kind in the world to offer investors blockchain-enabled tokens rather than shares, which can be bought using several currencies other than the dollar including the euro.Therefore, the company is hoping to attract investment from the UK and elsewhere in Europe.Eckhardt says the investment opportunity for investors is an opportunity to “participate early in our success while benefiting from the shift in our industry, driven by [both] technology, change in consumer behaviour and viable alternatives,” he says.“Furthermore, our employees and agents will all become owners of the company through a progressive digital equity offering that aligns with our company’s commitment to innovation.”Dwellowner Purplebricks Eric Eckardt September 4, 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 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 » Former CEO of Purplebricks in US seeks £5.75m to grow his own hybrid agency previous nextAgencies & PeopleFormer CEO of Purplebricks in US seeks £5.75m to grow his own hybrid agencyEric Eckhardt is offering global investors the chance to back his relaunched Dwellowner platform, which he first established prior to joining Purplebricks.Nigel Lewis4th September 20190795 Viewslast_img read more

Quidditch British Cup to be held in Oxford

first_imgThe top 16 teams in Britain and Ireland have qualified to compete in the cup, with Oxford being the only Quidditch Club to have 2 teams qualify: The Radcliffe Chimeras and the Oxford Quidlings. The top teams in the competition will qualify to compete in the European Regionals, with the chance to win a place in the world cup in April next year.The game, made famous by the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, has been especially adapted for ‘muggles’, who have to run around with a broom between their legs at all times. As Matthew Weston, of the Oxford University Quidditch Club explained, “It’s actually a very important handicap, comparable to only using your feet in football or having to dribble the ball in basketball. It means you can’t run as fast and have to throw and catch with one arm.”The quaffle is made by a slightly-deflated volleyball which allows it to be caught in one hand, and bludgers are dodgeballs thrown at players.The snitch, in contrast, is not a ball at all, but a person in a yellow jersey with a tennis ball in a sock down the back of their shorts, who has all of a predetermined area to run and hide in. The human snitch can have their own tactics when it comes to hiding from the Seekers, including what are known as ‘snitch spectacles’, which might even include the use of decoy snitches. Catching the snitch and retrieving the ball only gets thirty points rather than the 150 in the books.“It’s going to be a really big event, with scouts from QUK (Quidditch UK) and the IQA (International Quidditch Association) there to look for players to form part of the UK team to compete in the international cup early next year,” said Ashley Cooper from The Oxford Quidditch Team.There has also been suggestions that the Oxford University Sports Federation should award Quidditch players half-blues for playing for the university, particularly as the sport does have a governing body in the form of the International Quidditch Association.“I don’t think they should be awarded half-blues,” said one fresher from Exeter College. “You only get a half-blue for playing ice-hockey and it would devalue the whole thing. I don’t think that quidditch should be seen as more of a sport than ice-hockey”.However, in their defence Western said, “this isn’t just some kind of immersive Hogwarts reenactment, people are being drawn to the unique tactics and culture of the sport. Furthermore, not only is Quidditch a mixed-gender sport, but we judge gender in terms of identity rather than biology, making it probably the most progressive sport in the world in terms of welcoming gender identities.”At the tournament there will also be sessions for spectators to have a go at playing quidditch for themselves, for both adults and kids.last_img read more

Verizon Wireless Service Is Down in Ocean City and Region

first_imgDownDetector.com image for Verizon Wireless outage area.Verizon Wireless cell and data services were down for about 12 hours on Wednesday and not fully restored until about 1:11 p.m.Ocean City was part of a widespread outage area throughout much of New Jersey and the Delaware Valley that started about 1 a.m. Wednesday.The problem was reportedly related to Tuesday evening’s storms and affected hundreds of thousands of customers.Verizon had no way to tell its customers by phone and posted no notice on its website about the outage. Affected customers could not make or receive calls, or use their data services. They also could not use 911 to make emergency calls.Many businesses that rely on cell services were paralyzed by the outage, and many Ocean City visitors had no connection to family back home.Verizon Wireless did not return calls or messages about the outage.All electrical power outages from Tuesday night in Ocean City had been restored by Atlantic City Electric by Wednesday.last_img read more

Erika Matyok Artwork on Display at Positively 4th Street Cafe

first_imgPhiladelphia based artist Erika Matyok will display her work at Positively 4th Street Cafe from Dec. 20 to Jan. 3.Original artwork by Erika Matyok will be displayed on the walls of Positively 4th Street Cafe (4th and Atlantic) from Dec. 20 to Jan. 3.The featured artwork is inspired by the ocean and surfing.The work will include paintings, photos, and decorative art inspired by the ocean and surfing.Matyok is based in Philadelphia. Her experience ranges from painting murals to shaping surfboards. Matyok’s portfolio is displayed on her artist site.Positively 4th Street Cafe is open from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.last_img read more

Gavin and Stacey star launches Kipling campaign

first_imgJoanna Page, star of BBC comedy Gavin and Stacey, has launched Mr Kipling’s latest campaign, which aims to cheer up the nation with free cake.She launched the first Mr Kipling Cake-To-Go dispenser on Tottenham Court Road in London, this week, with another 18 dispensers planned to pop up across the UK.The dispenser is an installation board, which dispenses free Mr Kipling Angel Slices at the push off a button, as well as wafting out the smell of the cakes. It will be giving away free cake until Sunday 1 April.The Cake-To-Go dispensers will also appear on streets in Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield.>>Students to see design as Kipling cake>>Premier Foods pursues Power Brands strategylast_img read more

US DOT: $72.8 million for Massachusetts to cut travel time 30 minutes on Vermonter

first_imgUS Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced travel time on Amtrak’s Vermonter line will be cut by nearly 30 minutes through a $72.8 million grant to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.  The project will restore a rail line, improving 50 miles of track and infrastructure on a direct route from Springfield to East Northfield, MA, along the Connecticut River Valley. ‘Thanks to President Obama’s commitment to create jobs and strengthen our manufacturing sector, these dollars are delivering more than 200 new jobs along with the purchase of 50 miles of American-made steel rails,’ said Secretary Ray LaHood.  ‘Coupled with previous federal investments along the Vermonter line, these improvements will bring almost a one hour reduction in travel time for passengers traveling in Vermont and Massachusetts.’ With more than a 16 percent ridership increase in 2010, the Vermonter line operates between St. Albans, VT and Washington, DC.  The Massachusetts portion of the rail line dates back to the mid-1800’s.  After track conditions deteriorated in the 1980’s, Amtrak service was shifted to a rail line farther east.  Work to restore the original passenger route on Pan Am Southern Railway’s Connecticut River mainline also includes construction of two new stations in Greenfield and Northampton, MA. Progress on the Vermonter service began last year with a $50 million grant to the Vermont Agency of Transportation, improving 190 miles of track between St. Albans and Vernon, shaving 30 minutes off of travel time within Vermont.  Long-term, the investments in Vermont and Massachusetts will also increase reliability and for future expansion of service to Montreal, Quebec.  Until September, however the trip will require Vermonters to take an Amtrak bus, as work continues to upgrade the line.Source: US DOT. 7.1.2011last_img read more

Mangano, Suozzi Clash in First Nassau Exec Debate

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano (Left) faces off against Democrat Tom Suozzi (Right) who is vying for his old position.Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his Democratic predecessor, Tom Suozzi, who’s running for his old job, clashed in their first debate of their rematch four weeks before Election Day.The current and former county executives accused each other of lying before the boisterous crowd that frequently heckled both candidates as they discussed topics ranging from affordable housing, policing and Nassau’s troubled finances.“Tom, I would just ask…that you stick to the facts and don’t make them up,” Mangano said in his closing remarks after Suozzi alleged Mangano forced 19-percent property tax hikes through the assessment system—a claim Mangano interrupted Suozzi when he first mentioned it, calling it “an outright lie.”“We all know that this administration is in serious financial trouble and leading us down a road of ruin,” Suozzi said during his closing in which he asked Mangano if he supports a Shinnecock Indian Nation casino at Nassau Coliseum, which Mangano proposed years ago but hasn’t materialized.Hundreds of Mangano and Suozzi supporters—taking turns cheering their candidate and booing their opponent—filled the auditorium Tuesday evening at The Wheatley School in Old Westbury for the debate moderated by the Nassau County Village Officials Association.Despite the politically charged atmosphere, there was one point on which both sides agreed: the need to lobby against New York State enacting more unfunded mandates—state laws that force local governments to spend more without providing new revenue.They also agreed that the county needs more affordable housing in downtowns near public transit to stem the so-called Brain Drain, the term for Long Island’s college graduates increasingly moving away, although they parted ways on how to go about building such housing.On the topic of the police department, Mangano touted “eliminating duplicative administrative heads” and intelligence-led investigations, although he did not mention his controversial merging of eight precincts into four—a plan that was left incomplete, leaving five precincts.For his part, Suozzi conceded in his response to the question on county police that his old style was too combative and that, if returned to office, he would try to be more collaborative.Once the topic turned back to county finances—most notably the Nassau Interim Finance Authority tightening its control when Mangano took over in 2010—the gloves came off.Mangano reiterated his argument that NIFA held him to stricter standards, which he said should be taken into consideration when comparing their records. Suozzi maintained that his record includes 13 bond upgrades versus three bond downgrades under Mangano.But, when Suozzi quoted newspaper editorials blasting Mangano—specifically Newsday, whose parent company, Cablevision Systems Corp., hired him after he was unseated in 2009—one heckler shouted: “Did you write it?”last_img read more

Senate poised to vote on cyber threat info-sharing bill

first_imgThe Senate today is expected to complete its work on NAFCU-backed S. 754, the “Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act” (CISA), a bill that encourages faster, more efficient sharing of cyber-threat information among the business and government sectors.Last week, the Senate invoked cloture on a manager’s amendment, which set the stage for the chamber to complete consideration and vote on the bill today.Several amendments were considered for this bill, including one from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., which would have made companies liable for inadvertent violations of terms of service or privacy agreements. NAFCU opposed the amendment, which was later voted down.NAFCU also signed on to a joint letter with three other financial trades to raise concerns about other proposed amendments, including those introduced by Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Al Franken, D-Minn., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., regarding the definition of a cyber threats, how long the measure would be in effect, and other aspects of the bill. The trades argue that the amendments would create ambiguities and complications in the bill’s language and otherwise undermine the measure. continue reading » 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Nassau Resident Infected With Birth Defects-Linked Zika Virus

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The virus is not contagious and cannot be transmitted by coming into physical contact with another human, said health officials. Zika virus is primarily contracted from an infected Aedes mosquito. It can also be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her baby during pregnancy, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control.State health officials urged residents who are considering traveling to Central and South American countries where the virus is prevalent to check all health advisories and take preventive measures.“There is virtually no risk of acquiring Zika virus in New York State at this time as the virus cannot be spread by casual contact with an infected person, and mosquitoes are not active in cold winter months,” said state Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker.The CDC says about two-dozen countries are grappling with the virus. The agency also issued a travel alert for people heading to nearly all the countries where the virus is being transmitted.Officials overseas have turned to drastic measures to try and prevent birth defects in children. In El Salvador, the government has advised women to halt any pregnancies until 2018. Brazil is calling upon its military to help eradicate the mosquitoes.An image of a baby suffering from Microcephaly. (Courtesy: CDC)The impact to unborn babies could lead to lifelong complications. Among the birth defects that have been reported is microcephaly, a condition in which a baby’s head fails to grow at a normal pace, according to the CDC.Pregnant woman are advised to postpone travel or to follow strict preventive steps if traveling is a must. Women considering pregnancy should speak with their doctor about the risks posed by the Zika virus, the CDC advised.Previous outbreaks of the virus have been reported in such tropical areas as Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands.“Zika virus will likely continue to spread to new areas,” the CDC warned.Health officials said only one in five people who are infected actually fall ill. The symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes, muscle pain, and headaches. The incubation period is believed to last anywhere from a few days to a week.There are no known vaccines to treat or prevent the virus.LIST OF COUNTRIES WITH ACTIVE ZIKA VIRUS TRANSMISSIONSZika Virus Map (Courtesy: CDC)AmericasBarbadosBoliviaBrazilColombiaDominican RepublicEcuadorEl SalvadorFrench GuianaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuyanaHaitiHondurasMartiniqueMexicoPanamaParaguayPuerto RicoSaint MartinSurinameU.S. Virgin IslandsVenezuelaOceania/Pacific IslandsSamoaAfricaCape Verde Embed from Getty Imagescenter_img A person living in Nassau County is among three people statewide who have tested positive for the mosquito-borne Zika virus that has officials in Latin American countries warning of potential birth defects.The person who contracted the virus has recently traveled to an area outside the United States where there is confirmed transmission of the virus, according to Mary Ellen Lorraine, a spokeswoman for Nassau County Department of Health.The unidentified resident contracted the virus in August, she told the Press. Lorraine was unable to provide details of the person’s sex, age or town of residence. She did say, however, that the person is not pregnant.One patient has fully recovered and the two others are recovering without any complications, state health officials said.last_img read more

H5N1 virus change may ease jump from birds to humans, WHO says

first_imgJan 12, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – An H5N1 avian influenza virus recovered from a Turkish patient has a mutation that may enable the virus to spread more easily from birds to humans, though the finding’s significance for human health is not yet clear, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.Viruses recovered from the first two Turkish children to die of avian flu have been analyzed in London, the WHO said. A sample from one of the patients has a mutation at “the receptor-binding site,” a reference to hemagglutinin, a protein that enables flu viruses to attach to and enter host cells.”One of the mutations has been seen previously in viruses isolated from a small outbreak in Hong Kong in 2003 (two cases, one of which was fatal) and from the 2005 outbreak in Viet Nam,” the WHO said. “Research has indicated that the Hong Kong 2003 viruses bind preferentially to human cell receptors more so than to avian cell receptors. Researchers at the Mill Hill [London] laboratory anticipate that the Turkish virus will also have this characteristic.”What the finding may mean for human health will depend on clinical and epidemiological data now being gathered in Turkey, the agency said. It added that it has found no evidence of sustained person-to-person transmission of the virus in any country so far.In a Washington Post report today, the WHO’s Michael Perdue called the finding “a little concerning because the virus is still trying new things in its evolution.” Perdue is overseeing the WHO’s response to the Turkish outbreak from agency headquarters in Geneva, the story said.The WHO statement did not suggest whether the mutation could be a factor in the rapid increase in reported human cases in Turkey since the first two were revealed Jan 4. The number reached 18 today with the report that three more Turkish children have tested positive for an H5 avian flu virus, a finding that usually points to H5N1. The tests were done in a Turkish lab.The cases include two children, aged 4 and 6, in Sanliurfa province in southern Turkey and in Siirt province in the east, the WHO reported. Both had contact with sick birds. The other patient was a 12-year-old girl who died Jan 7 in eastern Turkey and was the sister of two teenagers who died of avian flu earlier.The WHO so far has officially recognized just four cases in Turkey on the basis of confirmation by outside labs.The analysis by the British lab showed that the viruses from the two Turkish children were very similar to H5N1 viruses recovered from birds in Turkey, the WHO said. The viruses were also closely related to viruses isolated from migratory birds that died at the Qinghai Lake nature reserve in China last spring.The WHO said the studies also indicate that the Turkish viruses are sensitive to both classes of antiviral drugs used against flu: oseltamivir (a neuraminidase inhibitor) and amantadine (an adamantane). H5N1 viruses are usually described as insensitive to adamantanes, though some strains have been susceptible.”WHO and collaborating experts will review the data on amantadine sensitivity. Oseltamivir remains the drug of first choice recommended by WHO,” the agency said.The agency said its pandemic alert level is still in phase 3: “human infections with a new virus subtype are occurring, but the vast majority of these infections are acquired directly from animals.”See also:Jan 12 WHO news releasehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_01_12/en/index.htmllast_img read more