iStock/Bogdan Khmelnytskyi(ORLANDO) — Chaos erupted at Orlando International Airport Saturday after a man tried to breach a security checkpoint and travelers yelled out that the suspect had a gun, police said.Video shows people running for cover just after noon when they believed the man, who police said reached into his pocket, was armed.Orlando Police tweeted that the suspect was unarmed.Police arrested the suspect, who has not been identified.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Emoov’s former CEO Russell Quirk has revealed why his hybrid estate agency failed in a frank interview published over the weekend.In it Quirk reveals that investors’ need for rapid expansion, eye watering staff costs, huge digital marketing bills – that saw the company burn through £800,000 a month – and also being out-spent by Purplebricks all eventually brought the company down.“We were too ambitious and tried to grow too quickly,” he says.Quirk also reveals that Emoov spent £29 million of investor cash during its eight years, raised primarily from nine rounds of funding during the final four years of trading before going into administration just before Xmas.He also claims that the cost of hiring the kind of ‘chief’ or C-level staff that investors wanted to see on board meant the company ‘bled cash’.Marketing spend“The marketing approach that we had – and that the whole online/hybrid sector has – is ridiculous,” he says.Quirk has expanded on this elsewhere, explaining in a blog on Friday that the cost of gaining instructions from vendors via Google and Facebook cost the company a fortune.“In the first days of Emoov, the cost per click of the term ‘online estate agents’ was between £2 and £3,” he says.“Now, it’s around £50 and with many, many more companies slicing the pie.“Google Adwords went from returning us £2 for every £1 we spent in 2011 to a negative ROI of 30p returned for every £1 spent in 2018.”But Quirk is also clear that the arrival of Purplebricks and its huge initial £27 million launch budget, was a key factor in Emoov’s demise.“We were never second or third in terms of the money we raised, and we didn’t have the sugar daddy in the form of Neil Woodford that Purplebricks has or that HouseSimple has with Charles Dunstone or Yopa via DMGT and Savills,” he says.Watch the video in full. Russell Quirk Emoov January 13, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentChris Arnold, Agency Negotiation Agency Negotiation 14th January 2019 at 6:16 amEMoov could have spent triple that amount and it still wouldn’t have made them successful. It only gets attention. It doesn’t get enrolment from potential vendors.For enrolment to happen, they needed a convincing message. They didn’t have one!‘Sugar-daddies’ don’t make a business successful. Execution of a sound plan ticks that boxLog in to ReplyWhat’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 » No wonder Emoov ran out of money! Quirk reveals £800k a month costs previous nextAgencies & PeopleNo wonder Emoov ran out of money! Quirk reveals £800k a month costsDuring a frank interview, firm’s former CEO Russell Quirk makes several surprising admissions about why the hybrid estate agency went into administration.Nigel Lewis13th January 20191 Comment3,648 Views
VCNO Tours Old Ironsides View post tag: VCNO Follow @navaltoday October 3, 2014 View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today VCNO Tours Old Ironsides View post tag: Old Ironsides Howard, the first female four-star admiral in U.S. Navy history and the first African-American woman to attain a four-star rank in the history of the Department of Defense, stopped by Constitution following a previous speaking engagement in Boston to experience the history of the 216-year-old warship first hand.During her address to Constitution’s crew, Howard spoke of her experiences spanning her groundbreaking 32 years of naval service and shared some of her aspirations for her tenure as the Navy’s 38th VCNO, including raising recruitment and retention numbers for female Sailors while more fully integrating them throughout the fleet, and increasing awareness of emerging technologies and growing cyber security threats to the U.S. and Navy personnel.Howard also discussed the important role Constitution played in establishing the U.S. Navy as a global power and the responsibilities her crew has to carry on the legacy of Old Ironsides today. She expressed her gratitude toward all the Sailors who have served aboard the historic frigate and spoke of the profound effect Constitution has had on so many of her visitors.After her address to the crew, Howard proceeded to answer several questions from Sailors concerning topics that were on their minds.USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, actively defended sea lanes against global threats from 1797 to 1855. Now a featured destination on Boston’s Freedom Trail, Constitution and her crew of U.S. Navy Sailors offer community outreach and education about the ship’s history and the importance of naval seapower to more than 500,000 visitors each year.[mappress]Press Release, October 03, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: Naval Authorities View post tag: Tours View post tag: USS Constitution Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Adm. Michelle Howard visited Charlestown Navy Yard Oct. 2 to tour USS Constitution and conduct an all-hands call with the crew of Old Ironsides. Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: americas
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We are seeking two highly motivated postdoctoral fellows in thefield of imaging-genetics.The ideal candidate is expected to develop and apply statisticaland machine learning methods to understand the patterns ofneuroimaging-genetics for brain diseases with high heritability.The main research areas will include: (1) structural and functionalbrain connectome analysis; (2) GWAS; (3) genetics-imaging-braindisorder mediation analysis; and (4) graph based deep learning toexplain phenotypic variance. The candidates will be supported by astrong collaborative team who are world-known experts in multimodalbrain imaging and genetics for neuropsychiatric research and willprovide access to the large -sample imaging-genetics data (bothpreprocessed and original) from the consortiums including ENIGMA,HCP, and UK Biobank.The position is located in the University of Maryland School ofMedicine at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, on thegrounds of Spring Grove Hospital Center, Catonsville, MD.Candidates holding a doctoral degree in a quantitative field, suchas statistics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, computationalbiology, computer science, mathematics or physics, with interest inimaging and/or genetics data analysis, and machine learning arepreferred.Candidates with strong computational skills (proficient in one ofthe programming languages R, Matlab and Python, and cloud computation experience) are especiallyencouraged to apply.Salary is commensurate with qualifications and will be equal to orexceed NIH postdoctoral stipends. Benefits will be in accordancewith the University of Maryland’s standard postdoctoralbenefits.Applicants must apply on-line through UMB/HR jobs and email thefollowing materials to [email protected]: (1) CurriculumVitae and (2) Contact information of 2 References.UMB is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Allqualified applicants will receive consideration for employmentwithout regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race,color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteranstatus, age, or any other characteristic protected by law orpolicy.Qualifications :Ph.D. statistics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, computationalbiology, computer science, mathematics or physics, statistics,biostatistics, bioinformatics, computational biology, computerscience, mathematics or physics.
Wholesale Baker of the YearStag Bakeries“This means the world to us, thank you so much, we are absolutely delighted,” said Daniel Smith of Stag Bakeries.“It is going to mean so much to our staff, they will be so proud. And I can’t thank our customers enough, it is wonderful to know that so many of them rate us their favourite wholesale baker.” Bakery Café of the YearMimi’s Bakehouse“After such a tough few months, it is beyond wonderful to know that so many of our customers rate us their favourite Bakery Café,” said managing director Michelle Phillips“We are really touched so thanks to everyone who took the time to vote for us and we are looking forward to continuing to serve our community with freshly baked, quality produce for many more years to come.” Retail Craft Baker of the YearAulds Bakeries“That is fantastic, we are thrilled,” said managing director Alan Marr. “A real bit of brightness in these dark days.” Scottish Bakers chief executive Alasdair Smith said the association was delighted the awards gave the public a chance to have their say.“It was a great opportunity for Scottish bakers to reach out to their customers and communities and get people buzzing about great, traditional Scottish baking.”This month’s issue of British Baker magazine is a special report on the Scottish bakery market. View the issue here. Craft Baker of the YearMurrays Bakers“I am so, so chuffed, thank you,” said Linda Hill of Murrays Bakers, which recently re-opened its business.“Coming after such a really great re-opening that has made my day. After such a tough few months, it is beyond wonderful to know that so many of our customers rate us their favourite craft baker.” With the traditional annual search for Scottish Baker of Year postponed by the coronavirus outbreak, trade body Scottish Bakers has this year awarded four Customer Choice awards.Consumers’ votes for their favourite baker were used to identify ‘Customer Choice’ winners in four business categories: Craft Baker, Retail Craft Baker, Wholesale Baker and Bakery Café.“I am delighted to announce the winners and bring some sense of celebration back to the great Scottish Bakers family,” said Scottish Bakers ambassador Mich Turner.The four winners are:
Stay tuned over the coming days for more Phishmas! ‘Tis the season!On the tenth day of Phishmas, a Phish phan played for me…Ten Sally’s Sneakin’ (12/30/97)Nine Ladies Dancing (to Meatstick) (12/31/10)Eight No Men Landing (12/31/15)Seven Jams A-Steamin’ (12/31/11)Six Walls a-Cavin’ (12/31/02)Five Song Second Set (12/29/97)Four Light Year Jams (12/29/98)Three Phishy Decades (12/31/13)Two Sitting Legends (10/22/96) and The Gamehendge Time Factory (12/31/95)! Set One: Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley  -> Taste, Water in the Sky > Punch You In the Eye > Stash, Chalk Dust Torture, A Day in the LifeSet Two: AC/DC Bag > McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters, Harpua > I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) > Harpua > Izabella > Harry Hood -> My Soul > Sleeping Monkey > GuyuteEncore: Carini -> Black-Eyed Katy -> Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley > Frankenstein No vocal jam. “Pentagram Harpua;” also included a narrative about Lost in Space. Phish debut; Tom Marshall on vocals. Unfinished. Fish on vacuum. In 3 short days, Phish will settle in at Madison Square Garden for their traditional end-of-the-year run. Phish is no stranger to the Garden, having now played the famed venue in the heart of New York City 35 times over the course of their career. From their MSG debut in 1994 to their most recent appearances at the very beginning of 2016, the storied room has played host to some of the most treasured shows in the band’s history. As we inch closer to this year’s New Year’s Run, we will be bringing you our 12 Days Of Phishmas series, highlighting a different milestone MSG Phish show each day until we all head back to the Garden on the 28th. It wasn’t easy narrowing 35 down to 12, but we think you’ll be pleased with these classics from the Phish catalog. Enjoy!On the 10th day of Phishmas (which just so happens to be both Christmas Day and the first day of Hanukkah), we look back at the gift the boys delivered to fans at MSG on December 30th, 1997–this writer’s all-time favorite Phish show. 12/30/97 epitomizes the “anything can happen” maxim that is the basis of many fans’ obsession with the Phish from Vermont. From the opening tune (a bust-out of epic proportions) to the closing notes (of an impromptu extended encore), this show has no shortage of fantastic moments.First things first: the setlist (I’ll give you a second to scroll down and check it out). Sometimes a show looks relatively standard on paper, and its greatness only becomes apparent when you dive in and start to listen. 12/30/97 is not one of those shows. Just reading the setlist from this night is enough to get a Phish fan all hot and bothered. Segues? Check. Gamehendge? Check. Beloved covers of legendary artists? Check and check. Story time? Check. Four-song encore?!…Well, you get the picture. But this show is even more special than its beauty of a setlist would indicate.The band wasted no time asserting their intentions on this night, kicking off the show with Robert Palmer‘s “Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley”. A relatively common cover these days, this funky number had not been played in nearly 10 years (920 shows). Fluid, bluesy riffing from Trey Anastasio highlighted this massive bust-out, as the band sounded confident and locked in from the get-go. The strong Type-1 jam eventually faded out into a drum-led section that’s eerily similar to the beat from “Blaze On”, though the Big Boat tune was still almost two decades in the future at that point.“Sally” flowed seamlessly into “Taste”, which functioned as a lead guitar showcase. After the song’s main structure, the remainder of the 11+ minute rendition saw Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, and Mike Gordon set the musical stage while Trey delivered several minutes of inspired soloing. Many consider this to be the best version of the classic Phish tune. Whether or not that’s the case, it’s undoubtedly a “Taste” you have to try for yourself.“Water In The Sky” came next, followed in quick succession by an excellent “Punch You In The Eye”. Next up was A Picture Of Nectar composition “Stash”. This version featured a hearty helping of creative improvisation, with Mike and Fish pushing the jam to some great high-tension spaces before fading out in a wash of film-noir jazz textures. A short-but-sweet “Chalkdust Torture” followed, before the band closed the first set with a cover of The Beatles‘ “A Day In The Life”.After a brief set break, the band got the show back on the road with “AC/DC Bag”, and took the song deep with a heaping helping of highly potent jamming. From thick ’97 cow funk, to full-blast hose, to ambient space, to teases of Jimi Hendrix‘s “Third Stone From The Sun” and Talking Heads‘ “Psycho Killer”, this behemoth of a “Bag” had more than a little bit of everything. By the time it segued into Gamehendge rarity “McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters”, the jam had instantly entered the “best ever” conversation.After the incredible 25-minute “AC/DC Bag” and always-welcome “McGrupp”, this set was already shaping up to be a heater. That notion was quickly confirmed as the first “oom pah pah” rang out through the Garden. Perhaps the Phish-iest of all the tunes in Phish’s extensive repertoire, “Harpua” is more than just a highly sought-after song. Strictly reserved for special occasions and requiring extra planning and preparation by the band, “Harpua” is a number that many thousands of fans chase for hundreds of shows and still don’t manage to catch. In addition to telling the tale of the titular fat, sweaty bulldog and his ill-fated feline counterpart Poster Nutbag, “Harpua” serves as an opportunity for story time with Trey. The characters’ story gets warped and morphed with each telling of the “Harpua” tale, though they all end badly for poor old Poster. While the outcome for Poster Nutbag was no better on 12/30/97–the only “Harpua” ever played at MSG–it did contain a particularly crazy story featuring 10-year-old Trey, classic TV show Lost In Space, an olive loaf, a mystical pentagram burned into the ground, and Tom Marshall singing “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”. Of course, I can’t tell this story like Trey can, so you’ll have to listen for yourself.After “Harpua”, the band opted for Hendrix’s “Izabella” a cover that had seen several impressive outings in the year leading up to this performance. “Harry Hood” was up next, and stretched for almost 20 minutes of skilled improvisation before a bluesy jam segued delicately into “My Soul” in place of the song’s usual ending refrain. A “Sleeping Monkey” sing-along followed, before “Guyute” closed the set.Wow. What a show, right? However, as it turned out, Phish still had a lot more left to give on 12/30/97. The encore opened with “Carini”, the first U.S. rendition of the song after its premiere during the band’s European tour earlier that year. As the band played, however, the clock struck 12, signaling that they had officially blown through their midnight curfew. Knowing that they would already be paying a fine for breaking curfew, Phish decided to keep on playing. “Carini” segued flawlessly into the heavy funk of “Black-Eyed Katy” (the instrumental that eventually evolved into “The Moma Dance”). From there, the band transitioned back into “Sneakin Sally” reprising the enormous bust-out that had started the show hours earlier. That’s right–Sally disappeared for 920 shows, and then snuck into the setlist twice in one night. Finally, after Phish had already given the MSG crowd way more than any of them could have possibly expected, they closed out the nearly 30-minute encore with a stellar, jammed-out “Frankenstein”.Every time I revisit this show, it reaffirms how utterly incredible it is. There’s not one second of the 3+ hours of music that I would change. 12/30/97 features enough unforgettable moments, unbelievable playing, cheer-inducing surprises and classic, characteristic Phishiness that I still find something new to blow my mind every time I go through it. I’ve said it about various songs in this show, but I’ll say it again now because it begs repeating: whether you were there on that night, you’ve never heard a live Phish song, or you literally just finished re-spinning it moments ago, do yourself a favor and listen to 12/30/97 as soon as you can. It’s good for your health. Trust me.You can watch full set videos below, courtesy of YouTube user The Phish Jams:Set 1Set 2Setlist: Phish | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 12/30/97 Trey teased “A Night in Tunisia” in “Stash”. “AC/DC Bag” included “Third Stone From the Sun” and “Psycho Killer” teases. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” made its Phish debut, was sung by Tom Marshall, contained an “A Day in the Life” quote from Tom referencing Big Phil (a fan who was in attendance that night), and was part of the “Pentagram Harpua,” which also included a narrative about Lost in Space. “Harry Hood” was unfinished. Pete Carini made an appearance on-stage during the encore. “Frankenstein” included a segment with Fish coming center stage with his vacuum. The encore was unusually long; once the band realized they were going to be fined for playing past midnight, they decided to play well past midnight. “Sneakin’ Sally” was played for the first time since May 28, 1989 (920 shows). Neither of the Sallys contained vocal jams. This show is available as an archival release on LivePhish.com.
How well a hospital performs on three major publicly reported conditions—heart attack, congestive heart failure, and pneumonia—may prove a useful tool in signaling overall hospital mortality rates, according to a new Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study. Examining Medicare data from 2,322 acute care hospitals from 2008 through 2009, the authors found that mortality rates for publicly reported medical conditions are correlated with hospitals’ overall performance.The study appeared online June 24, 2013 in JAMA Internal Medicine.Led by Marta McCrum, research fellow in the HSPH Department of Health Policy and Management, and senior author Ashish Jha, professor of health policy and management, researchers found that hospitals performing in the top quartile on the three publicly reported measures had five times better odds of also being in the top set on a more global measure of quality—overall risk-adjusted mortality.The ability of these three metrics to reflect broader hospital performance is “extremely important,” wrote the authors of an accompanying commentary about the study. “We do not have to measure every aspect of quality to get a sense of overall quality.”Other HSPH authors included Atul Gawande, professor, and Karen Joynt, instructor, both from the Department of Health Policy and Management; and E. John Orav, associate professor of biostatistics. Read Full Story
Read Full Story On May 14, the Harvard Innovation Lab celebrated the accomplishments of six finalist teams and crowned winners of the Deans’ Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge. Now in its second year, the challenge calls upon students to utilize the platform of entrepreneurship to help sustain the longevity of the arts and expand their impact on society.PIVOT was announced as the winner of the $25,000 grand prize. The winning team is working on a cutting-edge interactive mobile application that reveals images, videos, and information about ancient and modern Palestinian history to visitors in locations that would otherwise be unmarked.“I’ve always loved maps and preserving history and cultures.” said Asma Jaber, founder of PIVOT. “Being a challenge finalist helped our team translate a passion and idea into a prototype and a social enterprise that will address an issue we are all passionate about —cultural preservation, first in Palestine-Israel and later throughout the world. This would not have been possible without the resources and supportive staff at Harvard’s Innovation Lab.”The runners-up included Worldi, an interface that helps urbanites explore music and dance from around the world, and SPOUTs of Water, which aims to create a sustainable workspace for potters in Uganda to carry on their long-lived tradition while increasing access to clean water by producing and supplying effective and affordable ceramic water filters.Read the full article here.
Oath, a Verizon subsidiary comprising the former Yahoo and AOL businesses, is a diverse company of more than 50 media and technology brands that engage more than 1 billion people worldwide. To gain new efficiencies, the former AOL had begun moving workloads to the cloud prior to the merger. As the newly formed Oath began to grow, the business decided to accelerate IT transformation by migrating more of its infrastructure to the cloud. “There was a big push to move to the cloud, to gain more flexibility and operational efficiency and find technology that was flexible enough for all Oath consumption models globally,” says Daniel Pollack, chief storage architect for Oath. The company decided on Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its cloud technology provider.Oath’s current AWS presence is currently composed of:Over 100 accounts with consolidated billing~500 VPC’s40,000+ EC2 instances~70PB of S3 storageAs Oath built out AWS infrastructure the team recognized the need for an extensible toolset to protect both their on-premise and cloud based IT infrastructures. “We have to protect all our internal and customer-facing data, and that means using the best data protection and backup software,” Pollack says. “However, we found that our old software was not economically viable anymore.”Protecting Critical Business Data On-Premise And In The Cloud By implementing Dell EMC Data Protection Solutions, Oath moved key workloads to the cloud without any business disruption. “We were able to move to the cloud seamlessly, with no impact to our end users across the globe, because of the capabilities of Dell EMC Data Protection Software. That made it very easy to follow the direction of the company as far as becoming more cloud-focused,” says Pollack. “About 10 percent of our infrastructure is on AWS now, and that migration was very simple.”Reducing Software Costs By Nearly 70 Percent Oath has achieved its goal of reducing data protection software costs. “We are only paying one-third of what we were paying before for data backup and protection by using Dell EMC Data Protection Software,” says Pollack. “In addition, we are seeing some operational efficiency gains in terms of managing the data protection and backup environment, so we expect further cost reductions.”Improving Manageability And Flexibility In addition to the management benefits of a single toolset, Oath is also able to more effectively protect data at remote sites around the world. Before moving to AWS Oath had constraints and cost associated with local IT presence, and dedicated WAN infrastructure between sites. Now Oath leverages AWS Direct Connect technology and EC2 instances running AWS editions of the technology they previously deployed on premise. The company can now more effectively protect remote data. Previously Oath had many backup appliances scattered across the globe. Since moving to a cloud based ecosystem using Dell EMC Data Protection Solutions on AWS, management of data protection has become significantly more efficient.Finally, Oath has the flexibility it needs to respond quickly to business demands. “We have more agility and flexibility by being on the cloud, so we can quickly launch short-term solutions while maintaining service levels when we need to,” says Pollack. “Overall, we have reduced a lot of the risk and uncertainty related to the merger by implementing Dell EMC Data Protection Software.”Conclusion The needs of Oath required a robust, mature cloud provider at global scale, while leveraging a single, integrated toolset for data protection led Oath to an obvious decision – AWS & Dell EMC – Best of breed in the industry!