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first_img Facebook Twitter Beck’s Hybrids Expands Collaboration with GeoVantage for Aerial Imagery Home Indiana Agriculture News Beck’s Hybrids Expands Collaboration with GeoVantage for Aerial Imagery SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleIndiana on Radar of MAPCO Plan to Distribute and Sell E15Next articleFarm Bureau Delegates Set Public Policy Positions for 2014 Andy Eubank By Andy Eubank – Jan 15, 2014 Beck’s Hybrids has announced that they are expanding their 2014 collaboration with GeoVantage, a remote sensing services company. The expanded collaboration will include increased operational capabilities and increased technology offerings in Beck’s geographical areas.“Early on, Beck’s Hybrids recognized the unique advantages that GeoVantage aerial imagery technology can provide to the agricultural market,” said Wade Wiley, farm business lead at Beck’s Hybrids. “By building the right tools, it is our goal to help farmers increase yield potential on their operations through the use of aerial imagery. And because we’re working together, it gives us the opportunity to focus more on the farmer.”In 2013, Beck’s Hybrids became the first third-party company to offer technology for the farmer to order and  receive delivery of aerial imaging from their precision agriculture web application. GeoVantage currently supplies data at 50cm resolution for Beck’s imagery-based field management program designed to help farmers to more efficiently manage their crops in a site-specific manner that can lead to increased yields and profitability. As an example, Beck’s Hybrids processes 21 different views of the image in real-time which allows field variability to be seen at different levels.“Since 2010, Beck’s Hybrids has utilized GeoVantage to supply custom imagery for farmers in their marketing area,” said Matthew Herring, senior vice president of GeoVantage, Inc. “Our unique and proven delivery system allows Beck’s Hybrids to rely on GeoVantage as a consistent long-term provider. We are deeply committed to bringing Beck’s and their customers the highest quality aerial imagery.”GeoVantage delivers orthorectified digital aerial imagery through a proprietary camera and processing software system that is automated for high efficiency and quality. Their network of more than 30 airplanes and camera systems differentiates GeoVantage as the premier agricultural imagery provider in the United States.“By utilizing multiple, simultaneous operations and a seamless web integration with the tools Beck’s provides, GeoVantage is able to service Beck’s aerial imagery needs over a large multi-state market area,” said Nick Morrow, director of operations at GeoVantage.last_img read more

first_imgNews UpdatesCOVID-19: Madras HC To Continue Restricted Functioning Till April 30 [Read Notification] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK13 April 2020 4:14 AMShare This – xIn view of the prevailing situation of the pandemic of COVID-19, the Madras High Court has decided to extend the period of suspension of regular court work until April 30. Through notification issued in this behalf yesterday, the Registrar General intimated that the order of suspension of regular works of the High Court and the Subordinate Courts under its control shall…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn view of the prevailing situation of the pandemic of COVID-19, the Madras High Court has decided to extend the period of suspension of regular court work until April 30. Through notification issued in this behalf yesterday, the Registrar General intimated that the order of suspension of regular works of the High Court and the Subordinate Courts under its control shall continue to operate till 30th April, 2020. This is in continuation of the Office order dated March 24 whereby entry in the High Court premises was prohibited for a period of three weeks. It was further notified that only extremely urgent cases will be heard via video conferencing. “In view of the persisting status of the Corona Virus Pandemic, particularly as reported in the State of Tamil Nadu, and the same is likely to continue for some time in future, Hon’ble the Administrative Committee of the High Court of Madras has resolved to continue the functioning of the High Court and the Subordinate Courts as per the Circular dated 24.3.2020, till 30th April, 2020,” the fresh notification states. The High Court has also notified changes in the Sitting Arrangement of benches wef April 15, here. Read Notification Next Storylast_img read more

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) — Cincinnati police and prosecutors have launched investigations after a teenager was mysteriously found dead in his van hours after calling 911 with pleas for help.Kyle Plush, 16, made two desperate calls to 911 before he died Tuesday from asphyxia due to chest compression inside his 2004 Honda Odyssey, authorities said.What happened?He was retrieving his equipment from the van to play tennis when the ordeal started, a source close to the family told ABC News.Plush became “trapped in the third-row bench seat,” Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters said.The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that a source with knowledge of the incident told the newspaper that Plush “put a knee on the third-row bench seat and reached over the bench seat into the rear well.”The source said, according to the Enquirer, that the bench seat then flipped backward and the force and weight trapped the boy upside down, with his “head in the rear well and legs in the air against the minivan’s rear door.”The Cincinnati Police Department and Hamilton County Coroner’s Office declined to comment to ABC News on The Cincinnati Enquirer’s reporting.Honda said in a statement Thursday it “does not have any specific information from which to definitively determine what occurred in this incident. We can confirm that there were no seat-related recalls affecting the 2004 Honda Odyssey.”Two gut-wrenching calls for helpAt about 3:14 p.m. Tuesday, Plush, in his first call to 911, said, “Help! I’m stuck in my van. … I need help!”An operator repeatedly asked Plush where he was but the teen could not hear the dispatcher and wasn’t able to answer the operator’s questions, police said.The teen did, however, say he was at “Seven Hills,” which is the name of the Cincinnati school he attended.Banging could be heard in the background. The terrified teen is heard screaming and later said on the call, “I’m in desperate need of help!”The call lasted nearly three minutes before it disconnected, police said. Dispatchers tried to call Plush back but reached his voicemail, police said.At 3:21 p.m., the incident was broadcast as an unknown trouble run and officers were dispatched, police said. At 3:26 p.m., officers arrived on the scene to investigate, police said.They patrolled the area and tried to find the caller or someone in distress, and then closed the incident at 3:37 p.m. and went back into service, police said.Plush called 911 again at 3:35 p.m. and a different dispatcher answered, police said.“I’m trapped inside my gold Honda Odyssey van in the … parking lot of Seven Hills,” Plush told 911. “This is not a joke.”Plush again said he couldn’t hear the call-taker. The dispatcher and Plush didn’t communicate and the information was not relayed to the officers who were still on the scene at the time, police said.“I probably don’t have much time left. Tell my mom I love her if I die,” Plush said. “Send officers immediately. I’m almost dead.”That night a family member found Plush inside the van, police said, and he was declared dead.Police and prosecutors investigateCincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac has directed an internal investigation into the actions of all employees involved in this case.The 911 dispatcher who received Plush’s second call was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.“This young man was crying out for help” when he spoke to that second dispatcher, Isaac said at a news conference Thursday. “We weren’t able to get that information to the officers on the scene. We need to find out why.”Plush died from “asphyxia due to chest compression,” a preliminary autopsy determined, according to the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office.The manner of death was accidental, the coroner’s office said. There was no evidence of foul play or a drug overdose, the coroner’s office said.Prosecutor Deters said he is reviewing Plush’s death with help from the coroner’s office.A community in mourningThe Seven Hills School said in a statement Thursday, “We are all grieving the loss of this beloved member of our school family — a young person of keen intelligence, good humor, great courage—and we feel this loss profoundly.”“The school’s counseling staff, assisted by outside grief counselors, are providing ongoing support to our community, our students and their families, as well as our faculty and staff,” the school said. “There is an ongoing investigation, and we are working with authorities in any way we can.”Mercy Montessori, where Plush was a student from kindergarten to sixth grade, said in a statement, “He was an inspiration to many children and teachers at Mercy Montessori. Kyle’s gentle spirit made it a joy for others to be around him. We lovingly remember Kyle as creative, vibrant, and kind.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgInterpersonal Relationships in Organisations is an open programme offeringreal-time learning about yourself and your interactions with others, says MarkBunker, communications executive at Burger KingInterpersonal Relationships in Organisations Designed and delivered by: Roffey Park, Forest Road, Horsham, West SussexRH12 4TD Phone: 01293 851644 E-mail [email protected] you want to help people understand and enhance their interpersonalrelationships with others, the best way to do it would be to get a group ofpeople together for five days and let them relate to each other and learn fromthe experience. That’s exactly what I found happened on Roffey Park’s open programmeInterpersonal Relationships in Organisations. The philosophy of the programme is that there are patterns to people’sbehaviour that will reconfigure wherever they are. This means we all recreatethe relationships around us in whatever group situation we experience. As a participant on IRO, you learn about yourself through your interactionswith others on the programme. In October 2000, I was a communications and press officer at insurerLiverpool Victoria, the UK’s largest friendly society. I had some issues interms of the way I conducted relationships with others at work. I was veryassertive, bordering on aggressive at times, and I sometimes vented myfrustrations verbally when I came across what I perceived as blockages in theorganisation. My manager at the time suggested I should attend IRO. He knew of theprogramme as he’d sent someone on it previously and had been very impressed bythe change in their behaviour afterwards. He said the programme would be goodfor me. I knew I had to do something to address my behaviour, so I took hisrecommendation. Preparation IRO is a five-day programme run with two tutors. Before starting theprogramme, one of the tutors called me to ask if I had any questions or ifthere was anything I was concerned about. The idea was to get you thinking about your aims for the week, to understandwhy you were attending and to highlight the special nature of the programme andthe type of experiential learning involved. I was sent pre-course material to work through, which involved collectingfeedback from my manager and peers about my interpersonal relationships. I wasalso asked to prepare and bring a work-based scenario which I could talk abouton the programme. Format IRO is not a typical course with few “training activities”. It hasa high degree of complexity and ambiguity, which in many ways mirrors the realworld of work. Much of the week features large group work, where you learn from therelationships you form with others. We started by clarifying objectives, agreeing ways of working and reflectingon the feedback received in the pre-course work. We were then asked to sharefirst impressions of each other. This was something I hadn’t experiencedbefore, and it was one of the features of the programme throughout the fivedays. There was always plenty of feedback available – if you wanted it. The large group work was an opportunity to find out not only how you wereperceived by others, but also how these impressions were formed and how theywere influenced by events. The interaction and contact with other participantsbecame a key source of real-time learning. Outside of the large group, the content was moulded around individualrequirements. We could self-select sessions or activities based on our learninggoals and the tutors would then offer workshops on those themes. I chose workshopson power, authority and office politics. Others were run on issues such as bodylanguage, group dynamics and influencing styles. In small group and one-to-one sessions, you could talk about your specificwork scenario and get feedback to help you develop a strategy for handling thatsituation. The “problem” scenario could even be recreated, to helpyou understand how you came across. You could also opt for a one-to-one with atutor to explore issues raised on the programme in more depth. Changes Getting other people’s perceptions of how I came across, and the ability toshare some of the personal issues I’ve experienced over the years with thegroup and the tutors, had a profound effect on me. The last day of the programme focuses on bringing your learning together andplanning its transfer to the workplace. When I got back to work, my manager and my colleagues immediately noticed apositive difference in my behaviour. In January, after attending the programme, I changed jobs, moving to alarge, global company. The programme was not so much instrumental in making mewant to change, but it put me in a position to be able to do so. It gave me theconfidence that I needed to move on. Since then, I’ve maintained contact with the Roffey Park tutors and withother participants from the programme. I keep a photo of the group on my deskand whenever I feel the pressures of work getting on top of me, it acts as acomfort. It reminds me of the choices I made about how I would build betterrelationships at work. VerdictIT has changed meI found IRO quite fascinating and it certainly had a hugeimpact on me.  Roffey Park’s grounds and facilities all contribute to creatinga relaxed environment for learning. The group was conducive – some participantshad reached a certain threshold and needed to change their behaviour toprogress. Others, like me, had come to resolve a particular problem or issue.All of us were there because we wanted to learn about ourselves and ourrelationships with others. The tutors facilitated very well and they integratedwith the group to become part of the whole experience.One possible reason for IRO’s effectiveness and consequentlongevity is that it touches people personally at a very deep level. It letsyou be yourself. There’s no rigidity, so the programme can adapt to providewhatever people want from it. You could run it with 10 different people everyweek and it would be different each time.It’s true to say that IRO changed me as a person. It made mesit up and realise that I needed to go back to work and do things differently.Overall rating * * * * * (key * =Disappointing   * * * * * = excellent) Mirroring the real worldOn 1 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Related posts:No related photos. Employers await skills strategyOn 8 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article TheGovernment’s skills strategy is due to be published this week. But what areemployers expecting and what is its likely impact? Ben Willmott and Ross WighamreportTheGovernment’s long-awaited skills strategy is due to be published later thisweek, containing a raft of proposals aimed at meeting skills shortages throughimproved links between business and education and training providers.Thestrategy likely to be unveiled by the Secretary of State for Education andSkills, Charles Clarke, is expected to ensure that regional and sector skillsshortages have a greater influence on the type of education and trainingavailable to young people.Anotherkey strand of the strategy is likely to be more targeted support forlow-skilled adults, helping to engage them in education and training byproviding higher-quality advice and learning programmes that meet their needsmore effectively.Plansto provide higher-quality and more coherent education and training for youngpeople on Modern Apprenticeships and those studying vocational and occupationalcourses, are also set to feature in the strategy.PersonnelToday asked a number of employers in different sectors what skills shortagesthey face, and what they are hoping the skills strategy will include.EngineeringShirleyWoolley, HR director for precision engineering firm Frederick Woolley, said shewould welcome any initiatives by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES)to make education and training more relevant to local business needs.Woolleybelieves the DTI has already helped the manufacturing sector address skillsneeds by setting up the Manufacturing Advisory Service and the new ScienceEngineering Manufacturing Technology Alliance Skills Council (Semta).Shepraised what she identifies as increased co-ordination between the DTI andDfES; for example, in setting up the Science and Engineering Ambassadorsnetwork to improve the promotion of the manufacturing sector within schools. Woolleysaid there was a particular shortage of apprentices with craft and technicalskills. To address this, employers need more support to help find the righttraining providers to deliver work-based training.Shecalled for more work-based GCSEs, such as engineering, which was introducedinto the national curriculum in September last year. “The underlyingissue, that as a business you are only as good as your staff, will never goaway,” she warned.LeisureRosBarker, HR director at Ladbrokes, said her industry suffers from a lack ofpeople with customer service skills, and believes there is still a need toimprove the basic literacy and numeracy of school leavers.”Thereis a problem with basic writing, spelling, punctuation and comprehension, whichI think is partly a spin-off from an over-dependence on technology,” shesaid.Barkeralso believes there needs to be a better balance between vocational andacademic qualifications in schools.Sheis optimistic that a Sector Skills Council (SSC) she is involved in helping toestablish, which will represent the leisure, hospitality and touristindustries, will provide increased funding and help create a more joined-upapproach to meeting skills shortages.CateringGarryHawkes, non-executive chairman at Aramark, which provides catering vending,cleaning and refreshment services, agrees there is currently too much emphasison academic qualifications and not enough vocational training available foryoung people aged 14 to 16.”Thereis a real need for some children between 14 and 16 to benefit from an effectiveday-release programme that allows them to work in industry and get enthused byit,” he said.”Thiswould also require committed employers – not exploiting young people but givingthem real and effective training.”Atthe moment, we have a system that confirms people’s failure at an early age,whereas what we need is a system that confirms people’s potential,” hesaid.Hawkes,chairman of the Basic Skills Agency, is hopeful the SSCs will provide a moreholistic solution to meeting skills.However,he is concerned that some councils will not have enough sector-specific focusbecause they represent too wide a range of industries.Pubsand restaurantsJohnBrackenbury, deputy chairman of Pubmaster, said skills shortages in his sectorwere damaging employers’ ability to live up to the required quality ofstandards. “The skills shortages go right across the board, but the sectoris especially short on chefs. The catering and leisure industry is short ofabout 50,000 qualified chefs,” he added.Hesaid the problems were partly due to the tight labour market, but he alsoblamed the Government for failing to put money in the right areas.”Theemphasis is on the wrong area. I want to see some tangible support foremployers so we can work in partnership to raise skills,” he said. Hehopes the skills strategy will enable employers to work with the SSCs todevelop better training and more of a career path in the industry.ManufacturingMargaretGildear, director of learning and development at Rolls-Royce, is hoping theskills strategy will place more emphasis and resources on the ModernApprenticeship system. Shesaid the more employer-led SSCs were a step in the right direction, but wantsthem to have more spending autonomy.”TheSSCs should have a role in funding so projects that will really improve theeconomy are backed,” she said.Gildearalso called for more industry-focused, vocational qualifications and foundationdegrees that could feed into national education targets.”Wewant foundation degrees for people of any age that could be completed whilestill at work. We’re hoping targets for national education can be integratedinto the workforce,” she added.MediaTheBBC’s head of training, Nigel Paine, wants clarification on the trainingresponsibility for freelance staff, and hopes the White Paper will foster aculture of lifelong learning and employability. “We need more help on therole of employers in training these staff and how we can best influencethat,” he said.Healso praised SSCs for unifying employers and giving them a single voice ontraining. Painesaid it was crucial that training keeps step with advances in new technologybecause of the rapid rate of changes in the sector.Hehopes the strategy will also draw closer links between higher education andvocational training, with a co-ordinated approach to knowledge and job-basedlearning.www.dfes.gov.ukwww.personneltoday.com/features to find out How organisations aretackling the skills gap read more

first_imgLearning zone – taking the temperature at first ever Faculty of Occupational Health Nursing conferenceBy Nic Paton on 6 Sep 2019 in Clinical governance, OH employment law, Respiratory, OH service delivery, Research, Occupational Health, Personnel Today No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Occupational Health & Wellbeing research round-up: November 2020Work-related allergic symptoms in bakersBakers using multigrain flour are at a high risk of experiencing nasal and asthma-like symptoms,… Previous Article Next Article Occupational health education facing a challenging future post pandemicThere were serious concerns about the future of occupational health training even before the pandemic threw our education system up…center_img Related posts: One speaker’s very personal battle with alcohol and drug addiction was a highlight of the first FOHN conference From gaining the confidence to write publicly through to one speaker’s personal struggles with addiction; from effective report writing through to managing workload – the high-quality CPD topics at the first annual conference of the Faculty of Occupational Health Nursing were both engaging and diverse. Nic Paton listened inLeadership”, “collaboration” and “competence” are the three watchwords that underpin the Faculty of Occupational Health Nursing, and all three were very much in evidence at the faculty’s inaugural annual conference in Bristol in June.The faculty brought together a diverse group of speakers to (as we shall see) discuss a broad range of topics, everything from lung health through to wellbeing; pay, job satisfaction and workload within the profession through to addiction, and some of the legal considerations around report writing.Chief operating officer Christina Butterworth opened the proceedings by conceding that, while the faculty was still very much a “a fledgling organisation”, the conference was all about building momentum around its ambitious change agenda. As she said: “As occupational health nurses, we should start leading OH nursing. We will do that by making sure we have good professional development; that we ensure we have quality in practice and in how we deliver occupational health nursing. And that we think about the profession as lifelong learning.”Writing, clinical supervision, wellbeing and lung healthFull disclosure time – the first speaker for the conference was myself, as editor of Occupational Health & Wellbeing, with a presentation looking at “why write, how to do it well, and how by doing so you can change the conversation around occupational health”.In essence, my argument was that, if OH nurses have serious ambitions to lead and shape the occupational and workplace health agenda, a key part of that needs to be developing the confidence and tools to write publicly, whether that be academic research, peer-to-peer or best practice articles (in outlets such as Occupational Health & Wellbeing), blogs or other public-facing content. Writing in this way can also help you to reflect upon and review your practice, and therefore potentially improve how you deliver your services as an OH professional.Next up was clinical safety consultant Suzanne Pemberton, who made the case for a tailored approach to clinical supervision for the lone autonomous practitioner. Pemberton emphasised that being a lone autonomous practitioner should not just mean that “you’re a very lonely person who’s in charge”. As she said: “We don’t want anybody to be lonely; it’s not good for you; it’s not good for your practice, and it is not good for people that you care for.”Pemberton was followed by Nancy Hey, director of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, on “wellbeing at work – what does this mean for OH nursing?”. Hey talked about the challenges of understanding, and measuring, wellbeing. As she put it: “We should start designing for the promotion of wellbeing, not just the prevention or treatment of ill health. We should actually be designing-in things that support wellbeing.”Professor David Fishwick, chief medical adviser at the Health and Safety Executive and a consultant respiratory physician, then spoke about “the working lungs – how best to keep them healthy”. His presentation emphasised that, even though the workplace has become much safer in recent years, especially in the UK, there is no room for complacency around the risk management of conditions such as occupational asthma, silicosis and mesothelioma.Personal struggle with addictionPerhaps the most inspiring presentation of the day then followed, a very personal account by Hannah Edgell, admissions co-ordinator at addiction charity ADT Healthcare, of her own struggles to overcome alcohol and drug addiction.Edgell outlined in coruscating detail her battle with addiction from her teenage years onwards, first with cannabis and then alcohol. “The day after a binge – terrible anxiety, depression, self-loathing, guilt, shame. These are emotions we hear from most of the addicts we speak to. They are a huge part of the problem, and the reason that we use or drink, and they are also a huge part of the reason we are likely to relapse if we don’t focus on them,” she said.She highlighted the depths of denial that someone in the grips of addiction can spiral into. “One moment of denial that always sticks in my mind was my husband pleading with me not to carry on drinking. I’d had a huge session the night before and had been drunk until passing out; he had carried me to bed. I woke up deciding I had to carry on because I felt dreadful and felt ‘I can’t deal with these emotions’. He was saying ‘please don’t drink today, you’ll end up in a mess, I’ll have to take a day off work and I’ll have to look after you’.“In my alcoholic mind I remember thinking ‘this is all your problem, you’re controlling, I can probably ring an advice line and say I’m with a controlling man who doesn’t want me to have fun’. At that point I was falling down the stairs; I was really was choking in my sleep. I had fallen down stairs probably a week prior and had a head injury. But to me him asking me not to drink it was ‘what’s your problem?’. That is real insanity of addiction; it really gets you.”Eventually she hit rock bottom and went into rehab, has now been sober for eight-and-a-half years and works with addicts through the charity. From an occupational health perspective, Edgell emphasised the need to recognise that addiction is often as much about addressing mental illness as it is about the addiction itself, and the value as an employer in helping, facilitating, someone to get the professional help they need.As she highlighted: “Often part of the problem with people who want to go into rehab is ‘do I tell my employer?’. We would always suggest a minimum of a month in rehab, that is the minimum. Often we get ‘I can’t take a month off work’, ‘how do I hide that as holiday?’. So then we have say ‘do you feel you could be open with your employer?’. Can you go to them and explain what is happening? They probably have some sort of policy that allows you time off and will give you support. If they felt they weren’t going to be penalised and it wouldn’t affect future promotion and I think they would be more open to it.”OH reports, workload and job satisfactionThe day then concluded with two presentations. First, Liam Entwistle, partner at law firm Wright, Johnston and Mackenzie, spoke about how to create an “excellent” occupational health report and some of the common pitfalls to avoid from a legal perspective.And then the final presentation was by John Ballard, director of The At Work Partnership, who discussed research his organisation had carried out into pay, workload and job satisfaction among occupational health professionals.As Ballard emphasised, those working in occupational health need to be supported from a health and wellbeing perspective when it comes to these issues just as much as they need to be providing similar support to their clients.“We need to support people and offer job security. I think we need to allow occupational health professionals to make a difference in their work; because that is why you went into the profession. Are you are just expected to churn out stuff in exchange for money, well that is not I don’t think what nursing is about, and certainly not occupational health nursing,” he said.OH job opportunities on Personnel TodayBrowse more OH jobs Occupational Health & Wellbeing research round-up: December 2020Fatigue and workplace exercise programmesWork-related fatigue is related to a range of negative consequences, including poor productivity. This study…last_img read more

first_imgEmail Address* Gabriel is no babe in the woods. He got his start publishing an annual guide to New York City rental buildings before listings were online. Now, his firm, Gabriels Technology Solutions, is known for creating the Hamptonsre.com listings portal, among other real estate sites and digital tools in the U.S. and abroad. Earlier this year, he decided to create a rival to StreetEasy, which rose to prominence in the absence of a citywide multiple listings service.The residential brokerage industry, which has never created a successful consumer database, has been a vocal critic of StreetEasy because of the portal’s fees and advertising programs. That’s what motivated REBNY to launch its Residential Listing Service in 2017.The official debut of homes.nyc was scheduled for Dec. 14. REBNY’s cease-and-desist letters accuse Gabriel and RealPlus of violating REBNY’s intellectual property by using listing data from its RLS without proper licensing.RealPlus is owned by Eric Gordon as well as Douglas Elliman, the Corcoran Group, and Brown Harris Stevens’ parent company. Gordon was not available to comment and his partners declined.REBNY’s lawyer indicated in an internal memo viewed by The Real Deal that the trade group had received complaints from several brokerages indicating they had not given homes.nyc permission to display their listings or logos. The site displays 22 residential brokerages’ logos, more than 10,000 sales listings and close to 20,400 rental listings.“Your listings data is your most valuable asset and the compilation of those listings is the RLS’ most valuable asset,” wrote Claude Szyfer, a partner at Stroock representing REBNY, in the memo, which was sent to members of the Residential RLS Board of Directors.“REBNY and the RLS will do everything they can under the law to protect that absolutely vital listing information,” he added.Gabriel said he was shocked to receive the letter from REBNY and maintains that he was authorized to use RLS data on homes.nyc.Gabriel said he was talking to REBNY earlier this year about building a consumer-facing listing portal but, when they couldn’t agree on pricing, he decided to move forward with the website alone. Gabriel also said he’d been “encouraged by many of the larger firms.”Correspondence provided by Gabriel shows that he filled out a form applying for a license to use RLS data in February 2020. The same day, John Canniffe, the head of the RLS at the time, wrote in an email that “due to a few things going on here, my product person suggests that you get the data from RealPlus.”“The rest was verbal but you can take from those emails that there was authorization,” said Gabriel. “I did what I was asked to do.”REBNY says that process did not amount to official licensing. The trade group’s president, James Whelan, said REBNY never granted homes.nyc a license, and RealPlus did not have its permission to give RLS data to Gabriel’s portal.“We intend to pursue all available legal options in this matter,” he said in a statement. Canniffe left REBNY in August and did not respond to requests for comment.There may be a factor beyond licensing at play for REBNY. The trade group has struck a deal with Homesnap, a residential technology provider, to build out its own public-facing portal that could launch early next year, according to a source with direct knowledge of the deal.Homesnap was acquired by CoStar Group for $250 million last month, as CoStar seeks to break into the residential sector and compete with established firms — namely, Zillow Group, which owns StreetEasy.“CoStar wants to go after Zillow,” said the person. “The only entry at this point is through this portal.”The idea of REBNY building out its own consumer-facing portal has been much-discussed over the years, but active efforts this year were not previously reported. Asked about the partnership with Homesnap, a spokesperson for REBNY said, “We look forward to announcing upgrades and improvements.” A representative for Homesnap did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Gabriel said he wasn’t aware of REBNY’s recent plans, but he has hired an attorney to consider whether REBNY’s cease-and-desist letters could amount to an antitrust violation. The trade association paid $2 million in 2008 to settle an antitrust lawsuit for blocking access to its listings.“[Homes.nyc is] a site that brokers and agents have been waiting for, and asking for, for a very long time,” he said. “And they’re trying to restrict access.”Gabriel has invested a “substantial” sum to outfit the portal with high-quality video, the capability to operate in 19 languages and display listing prices in over 50 currencies, and other features. He said homes.nyc will remain open, even if he has to source listing data directly from brokers and agents in the city.“We are forging forward,” he said, “one way or another.”Contact Erin Hudson Message* RealPlus’ Eric Gordon, Michael Gabriel and REBNY’s James Whelan and Ninve James (Gordon by Emily Assiran; Whelan via Facebook/REBNY; homes.nyc)When Michael Gabriel began building a consumer-facing listings portal early this year, he thought he had the real estate industry’s blessing. Instead, he’s found himself embroiled in what could become a lengthy legal battle.Just four days before the planned launch of homes.nyc, the Real Estate Board of New York hit the veteran software developer and his data partner RealPlus with cease-and-desist letters, claiming the two had improperly used its members’ residential listings data.Both REBNY and homes.nyc share the goal of giving StreetEasy, the dominant listings portal in New York City, a run for its money. REBNY is said to be working on its own consumer-facing portal, backed by a third-party platform recently acquired by CoStar Group.Now, both Gabriel and REBNY say they are lawyering up.Read moreWatch out Zillow, here comes CoStarREBNY taps Realtor.com exec to lead RLS$2M settlement reached in REBNY anti-trust suit Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Share via Shortlink Full Name* TagsCostar GroupREBNYResidential Real EstateRLSZillow Grouplast_img read more

first_img Written by December 20, 2019 /Sports News – National Dwyane Wade makes heartfelt plea to those who troll his child FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEric Lars Bakke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Former NBA star Dwyane Wade spoke at length Thursday about his support for the LGBTQ community, and more specifically, his 12-year-old child, whom he referred to as “she.” In an interview with “Smoke with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson,” Wade shared that he has not allowed the preteen to give any public interviews, and as a result, feels an obligation to use his platform to preach equality and be an ally. Sharing that his child, Zion, has more “strength and courage” than he does, Wade stated, “You can learn something from your kids.”“I had to look myself in the mirror when my son at the time was 3 years old and me and my wife [actress Gabrielle Union] started having conversations about us noticing that he wasn’t on the boy vibe that [his elder child] Zaire was on. I had to look myself in the mirror and say, ‘What if your son comes home and tell you he’s gay? What are you gonna do? How are you gonna be? How are you gonna act?’ It ain’t about him. He knows who he is. It’s about you. Who are you?” Wade recalled. “I’ve watched my son, from day one, become into who she now eventually has come into,” he said. “For me it’s all about nothing changes with my love. Nothing changes with my responsibilities. Only thing I gotta do now is get smarter and educate myself more. And that’s my job.” “So all these people that’s out there saying those [hateful] things, look at yourself,” he continued. “Understand that you’re the one that’s got the issues. You’re the one that’s got the problems. It’s not the kids.”In addition to their 1-year-old daughter Kaavia, Wade and Union are raising Wade’s children from other relationships — Zaire, 17; Zion, 12; and Xavier, 6. Earlier this month, the former basketball star spoke out against hateful messages he received on a family photo in which Zion sported long fingernails and a cropped top. A similar situation arose in October, when Union hit back at a Twitter user who questioned why the actress would caption a photo of herself with Zion and Kaavia, “My girls.” “Looks like love to me,” Union responded. “I truly hope that everyone gets the love, support and hugs they deserve. Also Kaav ain’t with the dumb s—. Peace & Blessings good people.”Wade, 37, shared with Barnes and Jackson — also former NBA players — that Union, 47, is responsible for helping him disregard his previously “ignorant” mindset. “My wife has been amazing by the way. I could say that I am the man I am from that standpoint because of being around someone who’s been so cultured,” Wade said. “When she came in she gave me some different lenses to look through of life and changed my whole perspective.” “You meet people along the way that help you take those glasses off and put on some different ones,” he added. Now, he wants others to understand that the LGBTQ community is not “different.” “The ones who don’t get it, the ones who are stuck in a box, you’re different — not the people who are out here living their lives, man,” he said. “Ultimately, you want your kids to be free and live their lives. … Whatever you want to do, it’s my job to support you doing it. And make sure that you have all the tools you need to be as happy as you can be in this world, while you’re growing into the person that you’re gonna grow into. They’re not different. They’re normal.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

first_img Written by February 18, 2021 /Sports News – Local Snow Basketball Roundup: 2/18 Brad Jamescenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMen’s BasketballEPHRAIM, Utah-Kt Raimey posted 26 points on 10-17 from the field as the Southern Idaho Golden Eagles clipped Snow 79-67 Thursday at the Activity Center in SWAC men’s basketball action. The Golden Eagles shot 52 percent for the game in the win. Travis Wagstaff’s 23 points and 5 rebounds led the Badgers in defeat. Snow fell to 8-3 and 3-1 in SWAC play with the loss. The Badgers return to action Saturday at 3:00 pm to face the Salt Lake Community College Bruins at Ephraim.Women’s BasketballEPHRAIM, Utah-Japrix Weaver and Kennedy Eskelson symmetrically each posted 17 points and 6 rebounds as the Snow Badgers drilled Southern Idaho 67-53 at the Activity Center in SWAC women’s basketball action Thursday. The Badgers shot 51 percent for the game in improving to 8-2 and 3-1 in SWAC play in victory. Ashlee Strawbridge had 12 points in defeat for the Golden Eagles. Snow returns to action at 1:00 pm Saturday to host the Salt Lake Community College Bruins.last_img read more

first_img View post tag: Philippine Coast Guard Photo: Photo: Philippine Coast Guard View post tag: South Korea Coast Guard View post tag: Super Typhoon Mangkhutcenter_img The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is bracing for Super Typhoon Mangkhut which is expected to reach the country by the middle of this week.The coast guard has alerted its districts and stations in Northern and Central Luzon to brace for the possible effects of the tropical storm, forecasted to develop into a super typhoon once it enters the Philippine waters on September 12.Mangkhut is reportedly reaching super typhoon level of more than 220 kilometers per hour.PCG Commandant Admiral Elson Hermogino directed all PCG district commanders in areas expected to be hit by the super typhoon to ensure the readiness of all assets and personnel to respond during emergency situations and to coordinate possible rescue and related activities.Separately, PCG informed that it welcomed the Korea Coast Guard (KCG) training vessel Badaro at South Harbor, Port Area in Manila. The vessel and her crew officially visited the country for the first time on September 10.During the visit, the two coast guards will be involved in an academic subject-matter expert exchange with regards to the best practices in providing medical support for emergencies needed on ships using air assets. Share this articlelast_img read more