Latest proptech launch? The app-only lettings agency

first_imgAgents will soon have a new competitor for students lets, but not on the high street or online.Instead, an entirely app-based lettings agency specifically for university students is about to launch its proptech platform, backed by £280,000 raised on funding platform Seedrs.At launch the company says it will offer 50,000 rooms to rent, helped by listings from US institutional property investor Hines, which has handed over its entire UK student portfolio to SPCE.The service, which includes a website, smartphone application and an office in London, is due to launch during the first week of November and was created by former Leicester student housing ambassador and merchant banker Leon Ifayemi with adverting executive Omar Fahmi.“My job as a student ambassador was to take students to properties to view day in and day out and that’s where I saw the issues that students and landlords faced,” he says.Leon says he then saw a need for a solution that would arbitrate the problems that arise between landlords and students, and also handle the rental process from search to moving out, “rather than just portions of it”, he says.Tenants will use SPCE almost entirely through its proptech app, Leon says, including rent payments, rent guarantor management, property listings and most other elements of the lettings process.“By doing it through an app it means everyone involved in the student let gets instantaneous notifications and it’s much smoother than the manual input processes rentals traditionally rely on,” says Leon.“By doing it this way we can substantially reduce our costs and that means we can charge landlords less to rent out their student properties.“The student market is much more tech savvy and open to adopting new technology and ways of doing things so our app has a much better chance of success.”SPCE, which is pronounced ‘space’, will at launch offer three tiers of service to landlords including an Airbnb-style DIY self-managed service, a fully-managed lettings agent-style service for smaller portfolio landlords, and a listings-only service for large institutional investors including university housing departments. leon Ifayemi seedrs SPCE October 10, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Latest proptech launch? The app-only lettings agency previous nextAgencies & PeopleLatest proptech launch? The app-only lettings agencyStudent lettings agency SPCE based in London is to launch next month with national pretensions and a service run entirely via smartphone.Nigel Lewis10th October 201701,858 Viewslast_img read more

The Armed Forces of Peru and Colombia Cooperate against Illegal Mining

first_imgThe basis of the agreement between Peru and Colombia is to stop an unlawful enterprise which accounts for huge revenues for organized crime groups in both nations. “This is a bilateral battle because we share the problems of terrorism, drug trafficking, illegal mining and others, and therefore we are coordinating the joint execution of our actions,” added Daniel Urresti, Peru’s Minister of Internal Affairs. Strategy includes help for civilian population In addition to calling for joint action by security forces against illegal miners, the treaty also seeks to promote sustainable economic activities, such as fish farming and the production of cacao in the border region, the Embassy of Colombia in Lima stated. Cacao production provides an alternative to the illegal cultivation of coca leaves for the purpose of producing cocaine. The Putumayo River is located along the border between Peru and Colombia. The two countries are divided by a continuous, 1,626 kilometer-long-long border. Organized crime groups generate about $29 billion from illegal mining annually in Peru, according to the Office of the Chairman of Peru’s Council of Ministers. This figure is 12 percent higher than the estimated annual revenue – about $25 billion – generated in Peru by drug trafficking. It also calls on Peru and Colombia to work cooperatively to stop organized crime groups from smuggling the machinery needed to engage in illegal mining, according to the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Relations. The Armed Forces of the two countries are working cooperatively to carry out the Memorandum of Understanding they signed in February 2014. The agreement calls for Peru and Colombia to work cooperatively to develop a strategy to fight illegal mining; to assess the environmental impact of such activity; to share information about such unlawful enterprises, and to carry out joint law enforcement operations to fight this crime. By Dialogo January 16, 2015 The governments of Peru and Colombia are working in cooperation along the border the two countries share to stop illegal mining and mitigate its impact on the environment. The Putumayo River is located along the border between Peru and Colombia. The two countries are divided by a continuous, 1,626 kilometer-long-long border. Illegal mining generates billions of dollars annually In Colombia, about 63 percent of all mining is conducted illegally, according to the Office of the Comptroller General. “The work along the Peru-Colombia border focuses on the Putumayo River basin, where we must meet the needs of the communities, finding a balance between human settlements and the environment,” Soto Castañola said. The agreement between the two countries warrants for a broad strategy of enforcement against illegal mining, protection of the ecosystem, and improved opportunities for communities that live in the border region. “In this partnership with Colombia, we have planned for actions against all acts that threaten the security, economy, natural resources, environment and health of our two nations stemming from illegal mining and related criminal offenses, such as trafficking in persons and forced child labor,” said Augusto Aníbal Soto Castañola, the High Commissioner for Mining Formalization in Peru. It also calls on Peru and Colombia to work cooperatively to stop organized crime groups from smuggling the machinery needed to engage in illegal mining, according to the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Relations. center_img The basis of the agreement between Peru and Colombia is to stop an unlawful enterprise which accounts for huge revenues for organized crime groups in both nations. The agreement between the two countries warrants for a broad strategy of enforcement against illegal mining, protection of the ecosystem, and improved opportunities for communities that live in the border region. In addition to calling for joint action by security forces against illegal miners, the treaty also seeks to promote sustainable economic activities, such as fish farming and the production of cacao in the border region, the Embassy of Colombia in Lima stated. Cacao production provides an alternative to the illegal cultivation of coca leaves for the purpose of producing cocaine. “This is a bilateral battle because we share the problems of terrorism, drug trafficking, illegal mining and others, and therefore we are coordinating the joint execution of our actions,” added Daniel Urresti, Peru’s Minister of Internal Affairs. Annually, organized crime groups launder about $48.5 billion generated by illegal mining, according to a report titled, “Mining in Colombia, Institutionality and Territory, Paradoxes and Conflicts,” released by the Office of the Comptroller General. Strategy includes help for civilian population “The work along the Peru-Colombia border focuses on the Putumayo River basin, where we must meet the needs of the communities, finding a balance between human settlements and the environment,” Soto Castañola said. Illegal mining generates billions of dollars annually The Armed Forces of the two countries are working cooperatively to carry out the Memorandum of Understanding they signed in February 2014. The agreement calls for Peru and Colombia to work cooperatively to develop a strategy to fight illegal mining; to assess the environmental impact of such activity; to share information about such unlawful enterprises, and to carry out joint law enforcement operations to fight this crime. Annually, organized crime groups launder about $48.5 billion generated by illegal mining, according to a report titled, “Mining in Colombia, Institutionality and Territory, Paradoxes and Conflicts,” released by the Office of the Comptroller General. In Colombia, about 63 percent of all mining is conducted illegally, according to the Office of the Comptroller General. Organized crime groups generate about $29 billion from illegal mining annually in Peru, according to the Office of the Chairman of Peru’s Council of Ministers. This figure is 12 percent higher than the estimated annual revenue – about $25 billion – generated in Peru by drug trafficking. The governments of Peru and Colombia are working in cooperation along the border the two countries share to stop illegal mining and mitigate its impact on the environment. “In this partnership with Colombia, we have planned for actions against all acts that threaten the security, economy, natural resources, environment and health of our two nations stemming from illegal mining and related criminal offenses, such as trafficking in persons and forced child labor,” said Augusto Aníbal Soto Castañola, the High Commissioner for Mining Formalization in Peru. It’s so good to be a reservist in the military forces, I didn’t last 20 years in our dear and beloved COLOMBIAN AIR FORCE in vain… Don’t shut the mines down on the miners. Let them work, or give them the food they work for so they may eat I didn’t like it Well, truly, how could we not thank those who have helped us so much. Before we’d travel on mules because we had no roads, thanks to this valuable help the roads were opened up and along with this came automobiles, the beginning of development for any civilization. And so, thousands of other things.last_img read more

McIlroy and Casey to go again

first_img While Danny Willett, Gary Woodland and Jim Furyk all enjoyed comfortable victories to advance to the semi-finals, McIlroy and Casey could not be separated after 21 holes in San Francisco. Casey was one up with two holes to play only to three-putt the 17th, while both players missed chances to win in extra holes before deciding it was too dark to continue. Rory McIlroy and Paul Casey faced an early return to Harding Park to complete their quarter-final in the WGC-Cadillac Match Play after darkness forced play to be suspended on Saturday. “I dodged a couple of bullets but felt I gave him one or two,” Casey said after McIlroy missed from six feet to win the match on the third extra hole. “I am glad we are teeing up tomorrow, simple as that. “I thought I was done for the day and the week on this green. The beautiful thing is we hit the reset button, come back at 6:45am and start again. “We looked at each other on the 15th (the second extra hole) and said ‘One more’. It really was dark, whatever the TV cameras are showing and both of us agreed.” McIlroy added: “I made a couple of key up and downs when I needed to coming down the stretch. I had a couple of opportunities to close it out, one on 18 and one there and could not quite convert. “It was getting pretty dark so we come back in the morning and try again.” McIlroy or Casey will take on Jim Furyk in the last four after Furyk defeated JB Holmes 5&3 in the last 16 and then Louis Oosthuizen 4&2 in the quarter-finals. The other semi-final was between England’s Danny Willett and American Gary Woodland, with Willett beating compatriots Lee Westwood and Tommy Fleetwood, while Woodland defeated Australian pair Marc Leishman and John Senden. McIlroy had earlier thrashed Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama 6&5 in the last 16 and was hoping another comprehensive win might have allowed him enough time to get to his ringside seat for the contest between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Press Association However, after losing the first to a McIlroy birdie it was Casey who moved two up thanks to birdies on the fourth, fifth and seventh, and although McIlroy got back on level terms, the 25-year-old then bogeyed the 14th to give Casey the upper hand. Casey was unfortunate to see his tee shot on the 17th finish up against the collar of rough around the green and the resulting three-putt allowed McIlroy to get back to all square after he saved par from right of the green. Neither player was able to birdie the par-five 18th and the match went into extra holes, starting on the 14th. Both players got up and down to save par on the 14th before Casey left a birdie putt agonisingly short on the 15th, but McIlroy missed from just five feet on the 16th before play was halted. Westwood later posted a picture on Twitter of himself and Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke at the fight, and Willett explained: “If all would have gone terribly wrong today, I would have been going. “But Lee has got the ticket. Basically it was either me or Lee was going to go. It’s going to be a good fight. A shame to miss it. But for me it’s obviously good being here.” And the European Tour also posted a picture showing McIlroy giving the thumbs down sign as he had to settle for watching the fight in the media centre at Harding Park. last_img read more

Bengaluru hope to ride luck against Abahani

first_imgDhaka, May 15: Bengaluru FC will hope for the rub of the green to go their way at more than one venue when they take on Abahani Limited Dhaka in their final Group E game at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Wednesday.Albert Roca’s men need a win while hoping Aizawl FC claim a point or more against New Radiant SC in Group E’s other fixture, if they are to stand a chance of qualifying for knock-out stages of the Cup for a fourth successive year.Meanwhile, the Maldivian side simply need to match Bengaluru FC’s result, as a better goal difference in the head-to-head comparison between the two sides will pull New Radiant through.Speaking to the press on the eve of the clash, Roca said, “It’s true that we are in a position where a win may not be enough to qualify, but it has been made clear to the players that we have to remain focused on the task ahead. We cannot take Abahani (Limited Dhaka) lightly, as they are a team with some good players and we have seen that in our travels here before.”Bengaluru’s only previous visit to Dhaka ended in defeat to the Bangladeshi side in the group stages of last year’s AFC Cup campaign with late goals from Saad Uddin and Rubel Miya handing Roca’s men a 0-2 loss. IANSlast_img read more

Brady sees ‘urgency’ in preseason game vs Super Bowl foe

first_imgPeza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ New Jersey takes in $40.6 million in sports bets in July New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady watches from the sideline during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady thinks his next game against the Philadelphia Eagles is a little like the last time he played them.The reigning NFL MVP says he’s eager to get back on the field for the first time since the Super Bowl, and his next chance is in Thursday night’s exhibition game against Philadelphia. Brady did not play in the preseason opener against Washington last week.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Brady, who turned 41 this month, said he is feeling healthy and planning to play on Thursday night. The decision will be up to coach Bill Belichick.“I certainly plan on being out there,” Brady said.Also Tuesday, Brady repeated that his goal is to play “a long time.” He reportedly reached an agreement that could boost his pay this year by $5 million in 2018; he is signed through next season.“You always have short-term goals and long-term goals, and this year’s the one I’m focused on,” he said. “Obviously, I want to play for a long time, so I’ve said that for a while. Feel like I’m a broken record.”ADVERTISEMENT “We’ve got a big one against the Eagles and we know the challenge they present,” Brady said on Tuesday. “So, (we’re) trying to put a lot into it and see if we can obviously get a lot out of it. You know, it’s a big test. They’re a good team and we’re going to have to play well.”Philadelphia beat the Patriots 41-33 in February for its first Super Bowl title. The teams will meet again in New England this week, with considerably less on the line.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’But you wouldn’t know if from listening to Brady, who said there is urgency even in the second game on the exhibition schedule, because the team needs to line up against an opponent to measure its progress.“They’re important,” Brady said. “If it was a waste of time, we wouldn’t do it. I think there’s a lot of urgency, and you know we’re not where we need to be, got a lot of work to do and these practices are a part of it, (along with) the opportunities that we get in the game.” View commentslast_img read more

Carvajal rues missed chances in Real Madrids 22 draw

first_imgReal Madrid defender Dani Carvajal believes they should have added a third goal before Santi Cazorla’s equaliser rescued a point for VillarrealThe European champions lacked sharpness up front in their first game of 2019 at Villarreal with 19-year-old Samuel Chukwueze proving to a threat for the hosts right from the start.The Nigerian would go on to set-up Cazorla’s opener and provided Marcelo with a lot of trouble down the wing with Villarreal seemingly the stronger of the two sides on Thursday.However, two headed goals from Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema caught out Villarreal keeper Sergio Asenjo to hand Real a 2-1 lead.But Lucas Vazquez was unable to take advantage of a golden opportunity when he was denied by Asenjo in the second half, despite being clean through on goal.Former Arsenal playmaker Cazorla then punished Real for failing to take their opportunities by grabbing an 82nd-minute equaliser to settle things at 2-2.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We had some real chances to finish the game and make it 1-3, but in the end, we drew and dropped two points,” said Carvajal on the club website.“We needed those three points to close the gaps on the leader. Now we need to keep working hard and rack up some points. This is not an easy place to come play.“We’re disappointed because we were ahead for practically the whole match and not winning really stings.”“We knew that they would have to push forward and leave the defence open. Before finishing with a draw, we had two massive chances to kill it off, we did not finish and they nicked a goal at the end.”Los Blancos, who remain fourth in La Liga, will go up against Real Sociedad this weekend.last_img read more