COVID-19 crisis: how technology will help the big players of the industry

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:08Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:08 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow will COVID-19 compare to other market downturns03:08TECHNOLOGY will separate the COVID-19 crisis from previous major events that impacted the real estate market. Ray White Surfers Paradise CEO Andrew Bell, who has weathered four recessions, including the recession with 18 per cent interest rates in the early 1990s, three stock market collapses, the nine-month national pilots’ strike and the global financial crisis is giving a new definition to the term “evolving to meet market conditions”. Home values set to weather coronavirus pandemic Ray White Surfers Paradise CEO Andrew Bell says his agency is always evolving to meet market conditions. Picture: Jerad Williams“It’s in times like these that businesses across the board need to think outside of the box in terms of how to engage with its customers, and that’s no different in the real estate industry,” Mr Bell said.“Given the events of recent weeks and the likelihood that self-isolation is going to increaseas a result of the coronavirus pandemic, we have been working very hard to improve our connectivity without necessarily having to meet face-to-face.“Implementing simple things like inspections via video link, or virtual tours, to providing more data and information to enable clients to make informed decisions, are all practical ways to adapt to the current business environment.” MORE NEWS: Backyard bungalows an ideal escapecenter_img An aerial view of the Surfers Paradise skyline.More from news02:37Gold Coast real estate: Custodian CEO John Fitzgerald urges Australians to buy more property now16 Sep 202002:37How COVID has changed spring buyer wishlists5 Sep 2020Mr Bell said during previous major events his agency was forced to adapt to the climate. But now with so many technological advances, he said it was much easier to stay connected.“Today we benefit from having so many electronic tools at our fingers tips which make day-to-day operations and the ability to overcome these challenges much easier,” he said.“Through our experience working through various global and financial challenges, we are able to help concerned property owners and assist prospective buyers make the right decisions knowing that things will eventually pass and there are incredible opportunities when they do.“This was seen during the GFC when everybody thought the world was collapsing but eventually prices moderated, people kept coming to the Gold Coast and then the supply and demand equation kicked in to the extent that property prices in the last decade have almost doubled.last_img read more

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Stanley Cup Final 2019: Inspirational Blues fan Laila Anderson to attend Game 7 in Boston

first_imgAnderson’s mother, Heather, told her Tuesday that the Blues will be bringing her to Beantown.MORE: Blues fans ready for first Cup in franchise history Guess who we’re bringing to Boston. #stlblues #WeAllBleedBlue pic.twitter.com/qsvjyQ7BcL— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) June 12, 2019Anderson suffers from hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, or HLH. As reported by STLToday.com, she met St. Louis defenseman Colton Parayko during a team event on Halloween, and the two kept in touch. Other Blues players became aware of the girl’s health struggles and also befriended her.Anderson received a bone marrow transplant in Jaunuary; by May her condition had improved enough for her to attend the Western Conference finals. Her story quickly went national. In one of the latest developments, it was announced last week (per STLToday.com) that a special-edition Laila bobblehead had been produced. A portion of the proceeds will go to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.On Wednesday, Laila will be in the building for the most important game of the season, ready to inspire again. The Blues will have an extra source of inspiration with them in Boston when they play Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday.In the stands at TD Garden will be Laila Anderson, the 11-year-old St. Louis girl with a rare, life-threatening disease who has become one of the faces of the team’s playoff run.last_img read more

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SSA orders contractor to remove Blue Lives Matter flag

first_imgAs the Patriot Ledger reported, Hingham’s fire chief stirred controversy when he ordered the flag removed from town fire trucks following a citizen’s complaint. Union firefighters under him didn’t agree with the decision.In an effort to maintain a politically neutral environment, the SSA opted to tune out several national news broadcasts on its ferries and its terminals, and stick with NECN, following customer complaints about the political flavor of those programs.Updated to add some context on the Blue Line flag. A crane at the Steamship Authority’s Woods Hole Project jobsite flew a Blue Lives Matter flag on Tuesday, in apparent contradiction to the ferry line’s apolitical stance. The jobsite is operated by general contractor Jay Cashman Inc. A representative from that company deferred comment on the flag to another staff member, and promised to respond when they could reach that person.SSA spokesman Sean Driscoll told The Times that “per SSA policy, the only flag allowed to be flown on our property other than the U.S. and state flags is the POW/MIA flag. We relayed that to Cashman today, and they have removed the flag.”Blue Lives Matter has been seen as a countermovement to Black Lives Matter. Proponents of Blue Lives Matter have sought to equate the killing of police officers with hate crime. However many in law enforcement view the the Blue Lives Matter flag, commonly known as the Thin Blue Line flag, as a sign of support for what is an inherently perilous occupation. The flag has been a divisional flashpoint at several Massachusetts fire departments, where it has been flown from fire apparatus.  Updated 3:40 pmlast_img read more

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England’s Gabriella wins British Open place

first_img England international Gabriella Cowley played her way into the Ricoh Women’s British Open, which starts on Thursday over the Old Course, St Andrews, after shooting four-under 68 at yesterday’s final qualifying. The 17-year-old from Brocket Hall (Image © Leaderboard Photography) was one of only two amateurs to make it through the final stage at Kingsbarns Golf Links, alongside Curtis Cup player Amy Boulden of Wales.   Meanwhile England’s Emily Taylor – a rookie professional on the Ladies European Tour – also qualified with a sparkling 66, which put her in second place. A total of 16 players qualified for the championship from a field of 90. Another England international, Lauren Taylor (Woburn), is keeping her fingers crossed for a place in the Open. She is the first reserve after taking part in a play-off, involving 12 competitors, for the final four places in the championship. All 12 players – also including England’s Bronte Law (Bramhall) and Hayley Davis (Ferndown) – had shot three-under 69 in regulation play. Gabriella will join two other England amateurs when she tees off in the championship.  British champion Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) and British stroke play champion Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro) were both exempt from qualifying. QUALIFIERS Par 72 65 Xiyu Lin (China). 66 E Taylor (Eng), M Jorgensen (Den). 67 S Michaels (US), M Silva (Spa). 68 A Boulden (Wal) (am), D Holmqvist (Swe), L Diaz (US), S Hassan (Wal), M Rigon (Ita), G Cowley (Eng) (am), D Carter (US). 69 (after play-off) C Booth (Sco), L Larsson (Swe), T Elosegui (Spa), C Lennarth (Swe). FAILED TO QUALIFY 69 (eliminated in 12-player play-off for last four places) 1st reserve L Taylor (Eng) (am), 2nd L Beck (Isr) (am), 3rd E Givens (Eng)  4th Mallory Fraiche (US), B Law (Eng) (am), H Davis (Eng) (am), M Hernandez (Spa),  C Koch (Swe) 70 P Pretswell (Sco), M Sagstrom (Swe) (am), K MacDonald (Sco), H Burke (Eng), C Chen (SAf), L Kane (Can), V Felibert (Vene), M H Lee (SKo), J Hedwall (Swe), R Goodall (Eng) (am), A Sharp (Can), M Hjorth (Swe), C Afonso (Fra) 71 C Herbin (Fra), K Lunn (Aus), L Johansson (Swe) (am), S L Bregman (SAf), M Prat (Spa), N Roessler (Ger) (am), N Hori (Jap), K Ekeu (US) 72 M Thomson (Sco), H Bowie-Young (US), A L Caudal (Fra), K Smith (Aus), V Laing (Sco). 73 J Klatten (Fra), D Luna (Ita), T Johns (Aus), S Croce (Ita), M Nagl (Ger), R Artis (Aus), H Aitchison (Eng), L Henriksson (Fin), V Derrey (Fra). 74 M Reid (Eng), K Pogacar (Slo), A Hewson (Eng) (am) V Valvassori (Ita), C Woods (US), A Peters (Eng) (am), K Matharu (Eng), M Grehan (US), V Schlasberg (Swe), L Shervill (Eng) 75 S Fuller (Eng) (am), L Hall (Wal), W Walker (Eng), J Song (US), C Wild (Eng),  A D Soderstrom (Swe) 76 B Brewerton (Wal), M MacLaren (Eng) (am) 77 R Lee Bentham (Can), H Fitzgerald (Swi), A Ratcliffe (Eng) (am), M Cappeliez (Fra) (am), S Madden (Eng) (am), R Wyn Thomas (Wal). 78 A Dimmock (Eng) (am), K Rule (Eng), F Liddell (Sco) (am). 79 M Ramos (Mex), M Matzler (Swi) 81 S Rodger (Eng). 82 N Tamminen (Fin). 30 Jul 2013 England’s Gabriella wins British Open place last_img read more

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Joined at the hip

first_imgSince there are laws in place that will disqualify a student-athlete from competing in the NCAA as an “amateur” if he or she accepts “any” form of compensation for their services, then there should be a law against any coach calling 47 running plays for one individual. That is lazy and visionless coaching. Dion Lewis is not a horse or a greyhound. He is still a young man, just shedding the cocoon of adolescence and he should be treated like the young athlete that he is, even if a reduced workload for him represented the prospect of Pitt losing, which they eventually did anyway. Would you like to see your son or daughter hit 47 times during any one competition? If a quarterback was hit every single time after he threw 47 passes he would have to possibly sit for two weeks, and don’t forget our legs carry our entire body weight.Running backs coach David Walker should have insisted after 40 carries that Lewis sit on the sideline because only a running or ex-running back like Mr. Walker (Syracuse) knows how it feels to have 30 carries not to mention 47. When recruiters in living rooms of America come-a-calling begging parents to allow their children to compete at various institutions of higher learning, solemn, sincere and heartfelt promises are made to take care of and look out for their young protégés and not to use them to win at any cost.Dave Wannstedt had this to say about Dion Lewis: “Dion Lewis is the best. I love him and he’s a great player. He shows up. It’s amazing for a freshman, 12 weeks [into] the season to show up with the performance that he had today.” Well, that is a very astute observation but to call that many plays for one player; does that mean that maybe the coaches were the ones that didn’t show up? Only the sore and battered body of Lewis and the final score may hold the answer to that question.* * *The Steelers drive for their seventh Lombardi Trophy may have hit an enormous pothole, maybe even a “black hole” at Heinz Field over the weekend. I knew something was wrong when I had to scrounge up the Raiders last media guide. Even thought they are not the Raiders of old, they sure played like it, well, except for Raiders QB Bruce Gradkowski. The Pittsburgh area native looked more like a hybrid of Terry Bradshaw and Kordell Stewart. In this case imitation was not in the least the sincerest form of flattery by the Oakland QB, maybe assault and battery describes how he competed against and beat his hometown team.Kevin Colbert and the rest of Steelers management rolled the dice when they sat back with smirks on their faces and allowed Bryant McFadden, their former unappreciated cornerback to depart for the desert in Arizona and hop into the Cardinals’ nest. It looks as though they rolled the dice and came up with snake eyes. There also seems to be a sort of insecurity about the job of Ike Taylor, their best corner; no, their only corner being benched. If this is true who in the heck are they going to start in his place? Mel Blount or Judge Dwayne Woodruff? At this point in their lives I do not think either one of them would be interested in suiting up for competition. If Ike Taylor’s job is not safe, the head of offensive coordinator Bruce Arians should be on the chopping block as well.There are also several injury issues. Troy Polamalu has been nagged by a knee injury and probably will be inactive for the game against the Browns. It has been determined that cornerback William Gay suffered a concussion but hasn’t been ruled inactive for Thursday night’s game, at least not yet. The missed interception by defensive back Joe Burnett during the Raiders final drive was just as important as the senseless pick thrown by Big Ben Roethlisberger that wiped a possible three points off the board. The Steelers needed those three points because they lost by the score of 27-24. ’Nuff said.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected]) There were two football games played last weekend in at Heinz Field. The first game on Saturday  featured the Pittsburgh Panthers versus the Cincinnati Bearcats for the Big East Conference Championship. Sunday’s game featured the Steelers against the extremely disliked Oakland Raiders. That game would possibly represent the deciding factor as to whether Pittsburgh would possibly go on to qualify as a wild card team in order to defend its Super Bowl XLIII championship. Let’s begin with the Panthers. Pitt lost the game 45-44. Everyone said that it was the fault of the Panthers’ defense but how in the heck can you devise an offensive plan of abuse and expect it to be a win, win, for everyone. How could Dave Wannstedt allow his offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti to call 47 running plays for one running back, Dion Lewis?last_img read more

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Leicester City tracking Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic, claims agent

first_img Nikola Kalinic in action for Croatia at Euro 2016 Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic is drawing interest from Leicester City, according to the player’s agent.Kalinic bagged 13 goals for Fiorentina last season and several clubs have expressed an interest in signing him this summer.Defending Premier League champions are on the hunt for a striker and according to the 28-year-old’s agent, Tomislav Erceg, the Foxes are tracking his client.“It’s true, we are aware of interest from Leicester,” Erceg told Croatian newspaper Jutarnji List.“It is all open, but there is no rush, as the transfer market has only just begun.” 1last_img read more

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Tyler Beede leads the way, three Giants rookies combine to shut out Marlins

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The last time Giants rookie Tyler Beede took the mound, he shut down the best team in the National League in a narrow 1-0 victory.In his start on Friday at Oracle Park, Beede faced the worst team in the NL.Same starting pitcher. Same score.After blanking the Dodgers in a five-inning stint in Los Angeles on Saturday, the rookie right-hander was brilliant over 6 1/3 innings against the Marlins on Friday, allowing just three hits while striking out five Miami hitters in another …last_img read more

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Transport Month celebrates the ‘heartbeat’ of South Africa’s economy

first_img“A resilient and fast-growing economy is at the heart of our radical economic transformation agenda and our National Development Plan,” Transport Minister Dipuo Peters at the launch of Transport Month at Mmorogong village in North West on Saturday.Transport is the heart of the country’s development, the heartbeat of the economy, she said.The theme of the month-long campaign is “Together we move South Africa forward”.“Our programme this year will showcase transport infrastructure projects, promote the use of public transport and advance the country’s road safety initiatives,” Peters said.The minister praised the transport industry’s accomplishments and explained its ongoing works.October is recognised as Transport Month on the official government calendar, and this year’s launch was been spectacular #OTM2016 pic.twitter.com/HCehbhqPdB— Dipuo Peters (@DipuoPeters) October 3, 2016Roads and airportsPeters commended the work of the Road Accident Fund, describing it as “the country’s social security safety net that covers and consoles those tragically maimed on South African roads”.Peters said the fund continues to deliver services despite a tough economic climate.She applauded work done by the Airports Company South Africa, saying airports across the country are becoming important catalysts for economic growth.“They are being transformed into multi-faceted, world-class, global gateways for travel, trade and commerce. As a result, business opportunities abound, particularly in property, retail and advertising.”Turning to maritime transport, Peters said under Operation Phakisa there were already a group of local and international investors collaborating to operate South Africa-flagged ships.Ongoing projectsThe Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa will be acquiring new stock over the next decade because the current rolling stock was over 50 years old, Peters said. “The acquisition of the new rolling stock will also include the upgrade of the current rail infrastructure, including stations in our main cities and towns.”She said progress was being made in the Moloto Road Development Corridor, in which investment in passenger rail will give commuters a safer, faster and more accessible connection between Mpumalanga and Gauteng.Peters said the refurbishment of the infamous Moloto Road will take five years to complete at a cost of R4.5-billion.“Moloto Road is notoriously known as the road of death. We are going to transform it into a road of hope,” she said.She described the national road network as arteries carrying life-giving oxygen in the South African economy’s lifeblood.Source: South African Government News AgencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

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Key pork trade issues addressed with Vietnam

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Following a meeting between President Trump and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, the two countries last week announced plans to enhance political, diplomatic, economic and trade relations.Among the topics addressed directly with Vietnam’s prime minister were two key trade access issues for U.S. pork: the use of veterinary drugs and offal exports. Regarding veterinary drugs, Vietnam will not be issuing a circular, previously announced, implementing a zero-tolerance policy on residues for multiple veterinary drug, many of which are used in U.S. pork production. It agreed to follow U.S. food safety standards and maximum residue limits (MRLs) set by the U.N.’s Codex Alimentarius Commission.Vietnam will continue to allow U.S. imports of beef and pork that meet Codex MRLs. The policy aligns with U.S. food safety concerns. In addition, Vietnam said it is committed to working with the United States to address issues currently preventing the importation of white offal.Earlier in the week, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer touted “significant trade progress” underway between the United States and Vietnam at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce dinner attended by the prime minister.“Over the last decade, our bilateral trade deficit has risen from about $7 billion to nearly $32 billion. This concerning growth in our trade deficit presents new challenges and shows us that there is considerable potential to improve further our important trade relationship,” Lighthizer said.last_img read more

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