Trust in agents rises in 2016, national poll reveals

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Trust in agents rises in 2016, national poll reveals previous nextAgencies & PeopleTrust in agents rises in 2016, national poll revealsBut it’s not for the reasons you might hope for, Ipsos MORI research showsNigel Lewis7th December 20160720 Views Trust in agents has increased by five percent over the past year, research has revealed.Polling organisation Ipsos MORI in partnership with Mumsnet asked over a thousand people across the UK last month whether they trusted agents to tell the truth. Of these 30% said they did, although 65% said they didn’t. A further 5% said they didn’t know.The research also revealed that only government ministers and politicians are less trusted than agents, and that nurses, doctors, judges, scientists and the police are the most trusted.But hidden in the research are figures that hint at why people rate estate agents more highly than last year, and why overall agents are not trusted.The simple answer is that the more likely a person is to have used a sales or letting agent recently, the less they trust them. And the drop in the number of homes being sold at the moment following the Stamp Duty changes, and Brexit jitters, means fewer people have used an agent recently.And trust levels among members of the public are highest (58%) among those who own their homes outright and who therefore are less likely to have moved recently.“Also, it appears that middle-aged people between 35 and 44 years-old are probably most likely to have recently bought a house or be moving home are therefore particularly untrusting,” says Michael Clemence, a senior research executive at Ipsos MORI (pictured).Michael says that those who live in suburban areas of the country where competition for homes for sale is the fiercest are also less likely to trust agents.The research is part of the yearly Veracity Index carried out by Ipsos MORI that has been carried out since 1983.Ipsos MORI trust in agents estate agents December 7, 2016Nigel 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 2021last_img read more

Nikolay Koshikov takes Hilary 2017 presidency in Union elections

first_imgNikolay Koshikov is the new Union President-elect of the Oxford Union, following the results of elections held on Friday 10th June.In a clean sweep for their slate of other officer positions, Mia Smith was chosen by members as Librarian-elect and Dom Hopkins-Powell as Treasurer-elect. Mark Fischel, who ran as an independent candidate, was chosen as Secretary. All officers ran uncontested.Elizabeth Webb, Kriti Joshi, Laali Vadlamani, Owen Rapaport and Chris Zabilowicz were elected to the Union Standing Committee.It was a particularly successful election for Koshikov’s slate, with four of the five Standing Committee and eight of the eleven Secretary’s Committee running alongside him.The turnout was 917.See the full results below:OFFICERSPresident-elect: Nikolay Koshikov – 610 (RON – 155)Librarian-elect: Mia Smith – 646 (RON – 107)Treasurer-elect: Dom Hopkins-Powell – 589 (RON – 138)Secretary: Mark Fischel – 575 (RON – 141)STANDING COMMITTEE (in order of number of first-preference votes)Chris Zabilowicz – 220Owen Rapaport – 180Laali Vadlamani – 131Kris Joshi – 127Elizabeth Webb – 103SECRETARY’S COMMITTEE (in order of number of first-preference votes)Edward Evans – 109Juliette Aliker – 73Simon Jagoe – 70Julian Kirk – 62Gui Cavalcanti – 62Aidan Lea – 59Edward Piggott – 58Melissa Hinkley – 56Alex Urwin – 56Alan Petri – 50Rufus Morgan – 44last_img read more

moe. Announces Webcast For Video Game-Themed Halloween Celebration

first_imgmoe. is celebrating Halloween on Saturday, October 27th, at The Fillmore Philadelphia with a special video game-themed “night at the arcade.” For fans that can’t make it, the band is offering a live stream via nugs.tv, available in SD and HD webcasts here.In order to get fans in the gamer spirit for Halloween, the band recently launched Buster Brawl, an NES-style 8-bit video game in which the user plays the titular flying pig from the band’s “Buster”. The band encourages fans to “Grab your Mountain Dew and mozzarella, get that perfect amount of grease on the joystick, test your skills at Buster Brawl to make sure you are properly ready for Vintage Video Game Night right here on the .org!!!” Try your hand at “Buster Brawl” on the band’s website now.While moe. was forced to take last Halloween off as bassist Rob Derhak received treatment for cancer, moe. has celebrated Quentin Tarantino films (2016), Star Wars movies (2015), The Big Lebowski (2014), and more in the past. This year’s video game theme should make for another special All Hallows Eve with moe.!For a full list of moe.’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

HLS Professor Jonathan Zittrain appointed to SEAS faculty

first_imgHarvard Law School (HLS) Professor Jonathan Zittrain ’95, a leading scholar on the legal and policy issues surrounding the Internet, has been appointed to the faculty of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) as professor of computer science. Zittrain is a co-founder of the University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.“Jonathan’s appointment is a critical step in fostering stronger ties between HLS and SEAS,” said SEAS Dean Cherry A. Murray, the John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences and professor of physics. “Given the complexities of issues such as the security and privacy of data and medical records, open access scholarship, and the changing nature of digital identities — from social networks to gaming avatars — understanding the connections between law and technology is increasingly important. We believe that by leveraging the strengths of both our Schools, Harvard will become a leading player in this exciting interface.”The author of “The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It,” Zittrain’s scholarly work bridges theory and experiment, prototyping tools for and on the Internet. His concept of the shifting roles of public and private institutions is the intellectual underpinning for StopBadware, a large-scale empirical study of the flow of Internet malware online.“I am delighted that through Jonathan’s work, we are able to foster strengthened ties to the Engineering School,” said HLS Dean Martha Minow. “Jonathan’s work has long drawn upon his background in computer science, and his groundbreaking analysis combines legal, political, and technological analyses in helping to shape and reassess the quickly changing field of cyberlaw. His new appointment to SEAS strengthens his work, offers new opportunities for collaborations between our Schools, and deepens Harvard’s commitments to creative and comprehensive thinking about the challenges and opportunities of this digital age.”To read the full story.last_img read more

Cellular ‘message in a bottle’ may provide path to new way of treating disease

first_img Read Full Story A newly discovered cellular messaging mechanism could lead to a new way to deliver therapeutics to tissues affected by disease, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Researchers found that a type of extracellular vesicle (EV) — a sac secreted by cells that contains proteins and RNA molecules — known as ARMMs also carries receptors that allow signaling without direct contact between cells. This capability may make ARMMs uniquely suited to be engineered to send therapeutics directly to affected areas of the body.“EVs are like messages in a bottle between cells,” said senior author Quan Lu, associate professor of environmental genetics and pathophysiology. “We think that within the next few years, we may be able to swap the endogenous molecules in ARMMs for therapeutic cargos — such as antibodies — and to engineer ARMMs to home in on a particular tissue.”The study was published online Sept. 27, 2017 in Nature Communications.There are an estimated 37 trillion cells in the human body — and 100 times that many EVs. They circulate in the blood and other bodily fluids and are involved in processes such as coagulation and the immune response. They can also be hijacked to spread cancer or viruses like HIV and Ebola.EVs are generating a great deal of interest in the biotechnology field. Researchers believe that the molecules they carry include the fingerprints of disease and harmful environmental exposures. Work is already underway on developing a “liquid biopsy” to test EVs in a drop of blood.Previous work by Lu’s lab described the body’s mechanism for producing ARMMs. Unlike other EVs, which are generated within cells, ARMMs are secreted directly from the plasma membrane at the cell’s surface. Although the physiological function of ARMMs remains unknown, the way that they are made may make them uniquely suited to carry certain molecules.In the current study, the researchers found that ARMMs contain molecules used for NOTCH signaling, a type of intercellular communication that normally requires cell-to-cell contact. NOTCH receptors are plasma membrane proteins involved in critical physiological roles such as embryonic development, tissue homeostasis, and stem cell function. According to the new findings, ARMMs are able to facilitate NOTCH receptor signaling at a distance.“Our research on ARMMs has tremendous potential for therapeutics and public health,” Lu said. While other researchers have explored using EVs to deliver therapeutics, directing them within the body has been an obstacle. Lu believes that ARMMs provide a way past that barrier, and he was recently awarded a patent for generating, isolating, and engineering ARMMs. “It will likely be at least 10 years before we see these methods used in a clinical setting,” Lu said. “But the path forward is clear.”  The study’s first author was Qiyu Wang, a research associate at Harvard Chan School.This study was supported in part by a National Institutes of Health R01grant (R01 HL114769) and by funding from the Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator Fund.last_img read more

Richard A. Smith dies at 95

first_imgRichard A. Smith, a former member of both of Harvard’s governing boards, has died at age 95. Smith was a member of the Harvard Corporation from 1991 to 2000, and an Overseer from 1989 to 1991. A prominent philanthropist, executive, nonprofit trustee, and Harvard citizen, he and his wife, Susan, provided a transformative gift to the University for the redesign and renovation of what was formerly Holyoke Center, and the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center opened in 2018.Smith was also a member of the governing boards’ Joint Committee on Appointments for eight years, sat on the executive committee of the Committee on University Resources, and was a member of several visiting committees. In addition, he served on the board of the Harvard Management Company, which manages the University’s endowment.“Dick Smith loved Harvard,” recalled Harvard President Larry Bacow, “and he always looked on the institution with a critical eye — wondering how it could and should be improved for the people who would care for it after him. The University we know today would not be the same without his efforts and his generosity. Together with his wife Susan, Dick created for all of us a campus center that has truly become the heart of our community, a gathering place that celebrates the best of what we can be when we are together — creative, energized, and optimistic. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.”He was a member of the College Class of 1946 and had enlisted in the Navy during World War II. He was awarded an honorary degree from Harvard in 2001, cited for “[h]is incisive mind, his concern for the fundamental values and purposes of Harvard, his great experience, and his eye for what is really significant in a given situation.” His honorary-degree citation recognized him as a “superlative and civic-minded executive, whose insight and dedication have invigorated medical research and advanced the enterprise of education.”An engaged and devoted alumnus, Smith was chair of the Class of 1946, chair of his 50th and 55th Reunion Gift Steering Committees, and a member of the Harvard College Fund Council.Richard A. Smith (center) with President Larry Bacow and President Emerita Drew Faust at the 2018 opening of the Smith Campus Center. Jon Chase/Harvard file photoSmith graduated from the Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge in 1942. At Harvard, he lived in Lowell House. He played squash, tennis, basketball, and football, and he participated in the Navy V-12 program.After World War II, Smith went to work for General Cinema Corp., then a family-controlled drive-in theater chain. Rising to become chairman and  chief executive officer, he led the company’s development into a diversified enterprise known as Harcourt General Inc., a Fortune 500 company that at various times included movie theaters, publishing houses, retail stores (including Neiman Marcus), and other lines of business.For decades, Smith was a leading figure in Boston’s nonprofit community. Along with his wife, he had a distinguished history of philanthropy and service not only to Harvard but to affiliated medical institutions, including the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where he was chair of the board of trustees, the Joslin Diabetes Center, and Beth Israel Hospital, where he was a trustee.His and Susan’s legacy gift to Harvard made possible the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center, which has become an anchor for Harvard’s campus and a crossroads for the community. At its opening, President Emerita Drew Faust said the re-created center would “enable us to change how we can be together, how we can learn from one another, and how we can advance the fundamental purposes of this extraordinary institution. The Smith family’s generosity launched us onto the path of making this real. They enabled this dream, and we are incredibly grateful.” The center has won numerous awards since its opening, including the Harleston Parker Medal.Other gifts from the couple include the Smith Family Graduate Science and Engineering Fellowship, which from 2011 to 2019 has provided 175 awards to almost 150 Ph.D. students in the sciences at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). The Smiths also endowed graduate fellowships supporting students in the arts and in Jewish studies in the 1980s, and made other generous gifts supporting the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and SEAS, including support that enabled the launch of the Harvard Integrated Life Sciences Graduate Program.Smith was co-founder and chair emeritus of The Smith Family Foundation, whose mission is “to effect permanent positive change in the lives of individuals and families across Greater Boston, especially in economically disadvantaged communities.”Smith’s generosity and drive to serve extended deep into the Boston nonprofit world, with several prominent leadership roles for diverse organizations whose missions ranged from cancer research to the arts to education. He chaired the board of Facing History and Ourselves and served as a trustee, director, or member of organizations that included the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and United Cerebral Palsy Research and Educational Foundation.Upon his departure from the Corporation in 2000, Smith spoke of what his service to Harvard meant to him, describing it as an “awesome responsibility” that “has challenged my academic capabilities and pressured me to mine my business and social service career experience in order to contribute as much as possible.”“In my opinion, Harvard is at the peak of its intellectual and financial strength, and is poised to render continuing great service to mankind.”Smith is survived by three children and their spouses, Amy Smith Berylson ’75, M.B.A. ’79, and John Berylson, M.B.A. ’79; Robert A. Smith ’81, M.B.A. ’85, and Dana Smith, Ed.M. ’92; and Debra Smith Knez; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Susan Flax Smith, in 2016, and son James A. Smith in 1970.last_img read more

Politican discusses Ireland’s global economy

first_imgThose who picture Ireland in terms of sheep and rolling green landscapes may be shocked to learn the nation is far more than just a leader in agricultural exports: it is a business hub drawing major financial, technology and pharmaceutical corporations from around the globe. In her lecture Thursday titled, “An Irish Perspective: Doing Business in a Global Economy,” Irish politician and legislator Mary Hanafin detailed Ireland’s successful integration into today’s highly interconnected global economy. Hanafin attributed Ireland’s increased global economic integration in large part to the recent decline in sectarian violence and conflict between the Northern and Southern regions of the country. She said Ireland’s transformation into a “nation at peace,” a nation emphasizing friendship and cooperation rather than strife, has helped redefine negative perceptions of the country, improving not only the lives of citizens but the health of the economy. “During those early 70s years, when you said to people, particularly people who didn’t speak English, that you were from Ireland, they would say ‘boom boom,’ and they didn’t mean an economic boom,” Hanafin said. “They meant fighting and bombs and killing.” Hanafin said taking a stroll through Dublin, the capital city, will reveal to any visitor the nation’s leading role in international business. She said Dublin has become a major center for the communications industry, attracting corporate giants such as Microsoft, Amazon and Google. Hanafin said Ireland’s educational system has played a large part in attracting foreign business and investment by fostering a highly creative, technically skilled young worker population. “It is the quality and the availability of skilled people that make Ireland attractive and special,” Hanafin said. Ireland’s membership in the European Union, as well its low corporate tax rate of 12.5 percent, also boosts its appeal among corporations seeking high rates of return on their investments, Hanafin said. She said evidence of this can been seen in the large sums of money invested in Ireland internationally. “The USA invests more dollars in Ireland than it does in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa combined, and we’re only a little country of 4.5 million people,” Hanafin said. “But we’re also a country that takes our business, and our business with the world, very seriously.” Hanafin said Irish companies continue to think globally, providing everything from airport biometric screening in Japan to a communications system that currently directs roughly 50 percent of mobile phone traffic in the United States. Hanafin was most struck by the extent of this global economic integration upon visiting a children’s school in the United Arab Emirates. She said watching students use Irish software to learn the Quran was “globalization at its best.” Looking forward, Hanafin said Ireland will continue to foster cooperative economic ties with nations around the world, sharing its distinct culture and heritage while learning to appreciate the cultures of other peoples. “It is about respecting not only own our culture, but the culture of the countries with who we do business,” Hanafin said. “It’s about appreciating the importance of dialogue, and friendship, and peace as a small, neutral nation in a very troubled world.” Contact Dan Brombach at [email protected]last_img read more

NCPD Expands R.E.A.C.H Program With Donation

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York R.E.A.C.H. Program to expand with the help of NCPD Foundation.A Nassau County police program that helps authorities identify residents with cognitive disorders in the event that they go missing will soon be expanding, officials announced Tuesday.The two-year-old program, Return Every Adult & Child Home (R.E.A.C.H.), received a financial boost from the Nassau County Police Department Foundation, a nonprofit that has partnered with the county to build a new state-of-the-art police academy.The $6,000 donation from the group will help Nassau authorities purchase 5,000 wristbands, lanyards and identification cards to assist officers in identifying individuals already registered in the program or who are interested in joining.“This [identification] kit will help further speed the identification of the missing person that has registered,” Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said at a press conference where he was joined by police brass, leaders of the police foundation and the family of a man with a cognitive disorder who has gone missing before.The program, which launched in 2010, provides law enforcement officials with information and photos of the person suffering from any one of a number cognitive disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and autism.Police officials said those registered in the program will have their photo and other important information released to police officers in the streets within seconds.Kathy Kammerer, whose husband, Brian, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s 10 years ago, described R.E.A.C.H as an “extra safeguard” that makes it easier for her to be away from the couple’s home when she’s at work.“It was enough dealing with the fact that he was not going to remember me, my children, and our three children, but as years went by my husband also couldn’t speak anymore,” Kammerer said. “He didn’t understand, we would call his name, he wouldn’t answer to us.”Brian went missing several years ago, she said, but he was discovered at a mall in Bay Shore by authorities who quickly obtained his information through R.E.A.C.H.“This program is amazing for me,” she added.“We believe in the significance of this program,” said Eric Blumencranz, chairman of the NCPD Foundation. “This identification items will not only help our law enforcement, but they’ll help our citizens.”The foundation’s donation comes less than two months after a former top Nassau police official was found guilty for conspiracy after he squashed a burglary investigation revolving around the son of a former foundation board member. Two other top NCPD officials charged with allegedly covering up the case are awaiting trial.“I don’t take any bad reflection from it,” Blumencranz said of the verdict. “My interpretation from it is that the district attorney looked at the foundation…and gave us a perfectly clean bill of health, that we had no wrongdoing whatsoever.”Blumencranz noted that the foundation—which has raised $4 million since it opened in 2008—struggled to raise money since the investigation but has recently rebounded.Residents interested in registering a family member in R.E.A.C.H and obtaining a wristband and identification card can do so on April 20 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Nassau County Police Academy in Massapequa Park.last_img read more

Credit Union Value Proposition: Still awesome after all these years

first_imgOn June 14, we gathered a group of more than 90 credit union leaders from across North America at Harvard University to talk about cooperative strategies for sustained competitive advantage and business model evolution. And some pretty big darn deal stuff happened.The first research output delivered through our new Centers of Excellence approach came out earlier in June, and Filene Fellow and Harvard Business School professor Dennis Campbell was there to share his insights on the connection between culture and performance, further delving into the case study of Handelsbanken. We discovered how local decision-making and distributed control can be the path to long-term success. We also heard from Wisconsin’s Verve, a Credit Union all about “the new age credit union merger,” and from Conexus Credit Union in Saskatchewan, sharing their approach to put member financial well-being at the center of their strategy. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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