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Exclusive: AI chatbot that helps estate agents handle portal leads wins £500,000 backing

first_imgHome » News » Exclusive: AI chatbot that helps estate agents handle portal leads wins £500,000 backing previous nextProptechExclusive: AI chatbot that helps estate agents handle portal leads wins £500,000 backingInvestor Life Ventures says the recently-developed service generated 50 transactions and over 700 viewings when trialled by its parent sales and letting agency.Nigel Lewis2nd November 20181 Comment4,126 Views A London estate agent has joined a group of investors putting £500,000 into a company developing an artificial intelligence (AI) based chatbot service exclusively for estate agent and developers designed to help them handle portal leads.Life Ventures, which is the proptech investment arm of London sales and lettings firm Life Residential, has stumped up the cash after its parent company LiFE has trialled Blyng for 3 months (12 weeks).Called Blyng, Life Residential claims that the chatbot processed 2,000 leads, ‘spoke’ to 800 users on its website and handled 14,000 questions about properties for sale, to let or under management.The company also claims that it was directly responsible for generating 720 viewings and 50 sales and letting deals during the trial.There are several AI-based chatbots in the market but Blyng claims to be the first to be designed specifically for the real estate market and be able to ‘speak property’.It is available via Facebook Messenger, a smartphone Web app and soon WhatsApp. The estate agent is contacted by a potential lead through the portals and the Blyng virtual assistant then engages and qualifies the lead and simplifies the customer journey.“Testing and using Blyng is the beginning of the future way of doing business,” says Jonathan Werth, Managing Director of LiFE Residential (left).Blyng has been developed by entrepreneurs Alex Boulenger and Julien Vidal (pictured above) and has the backing of Pi Labs and Ascension Ventures as well as Life Residential.“Blyng is the first AI chatbot for property negotiators in the UK and has already been trained with a large amount of data, making Blyng smarter every day,” said Vidal.LIFE Residential LiFE VEntures November 2, 2018Nigel LewisOne commentChristian Woodhouse, Search Acumen Search Acumen 3rd November 2018 at 8:55 pmA fantastic use of technology that appears to be paying dividends.Log 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 2021last_img read more

US Navy’s 1st Flight III destroyer receives deckhouse

first_img Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division achieved a substantial milestone on May 20 with the successful lift of the aft deckhouse onto US Navy’s future guided missile destroyer Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125).The 320-ton aft deckhouse includes radar equipment rooms, main engine intake and exhaust compartments, electric shop, and staterooms. “Our entire shipbuilding team has worked tirelessly to ensure that all of our efforts have been aligned to implement all Flight III changes successfully on this ship. With this lift, we are one step closer to delivering the U.S. Navy the most technologically advanced destroyer in the fleet,” Ben Barnett, Ingalls DDG 125 program manager, said.DDG 125 is the fifth of five Arleigh Burke-class destroyers HII was awarded in June 2013 and is the first Flight III ship, which adds enhanced radar capability and other technological upgrades.The ship is named for Jack. H Lucas, a longtime resident of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, who was the youngest Marine and the youngest service member in World War II to receive the Medal of Honor.Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are highly capable, multi-mission ships and can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection.The guided missile destroyers are capable of simultaneously fighting air, surface and subsurface battles. The ship contains myriad offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense needs well into the 21st century. View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Flight III US Navy’s 1st Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyer receives deckhouse Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy’s 1st Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyer receives deckhouse View post tag: Ingalls Shipbuilding navaltodaycenter_img View post tag: USS Jack H. Lucas View post tag: HII Equipment & technology May 21, 2020, by Share this articlelast_img read more

Oxford flies Suffragette flag marking centenary of women’s vote

first_imgOxford’s suffragettes’ flag will fly over the city’s colleges and libraries on Friday, marking exactly 100 years since the first women were allowed to vote in Britain and Ireland.Friday will mark the centenary of the 1918 general election, which was the first election following the enfranchisement of middle-class women over the age of 30. It was also the first election in which working class men, although not working class women, were allowed to vote.Women in the Humanities, which campaigns for gender equality in academia and conducts interdisciplinary research on gender issues, is coordinating the occasion.A spokesperson said: “We hope that on Friday 14th December people will look out for it and remember those who campaigned tirelessly more than a century ago for women’s enfranchisement.”The banner which will be flown on today is a reproduction of an original flown by a contingent of around 90 members of the Oxford Women’s Suffrage Society, at a major march in London in 1908. The OWSS was formed by a coalition of locals, students and academics in 1904.Linacre College tweeted a photo of the flag flying over a college building earlier today.To mark 100 years since British and Irish women first voted in a general election, we have put up a reproduction of an Oxford Women’s Suffragette Society banner @WiH_Oxford #Vote100 #womensrights pic.twitter.com/XSGvxLtbS0— Linacre College (@LinacreCollege) December 14, 2018Women in the Humanities also aim to shed light on the locations in Oxford which feature in the history of the suffragette movement.For example, Millicent Fawcett addressed the Oxford Union in 1908, while feminist meetings were regularly held at Oxford’s women’s colleges, as well as Jesus College and the Town Hall. Other places in Oxford were the site of attacks by militant suffragettes and their male supporters.Oxford’s history of feminist activism goes back to at least 1878 and the founding of Lady Margaret Hall and the Association for Promoting the Higher Education of Women. By 1893 Oxford had four women’s colleges, and by 1909 there were suffrage societies at St. Hilda’s, Lady Margaret Hall and St. Hugh’s.More information about the history of the suffragette movement in Oxford can be found on the Women in the Humanities website.last_img read more

John Mayer Sits In With Bob Weir For Five Grateful Dead Classics In LA [Watch]

first_imgLoad remaining images It’s been a busy few days for guitarist John Mayer! The festivities began last Friday, when Mayer made his debut as a special guest of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York, NY. Watch here. Not only did the guitarist play a full set with Almost Dead, but he stayed in the Big Apple and joined Alicia Keys during her surprise performance in NYC’s Times Square on Sunday night.The guitarist must have immediately jumped on a flight to Los Angeles, because he was spotted at a Bob Weir concert at the famed Wiltern Theatre last night. Weir has been on the road supporting his new release Blue Mountain, treating fans to a selection of new cowboy-themed originals and classics from the Grateful Dead catalog. As Mayer had been playing said classics all summer long with Dead & Company, his appearance last night was a real treat for those in attendance.Mayer emerged during the second set, lending a hand on a rockin’ version of “Jack Straw.” The sit in marked three consecutive surprise appearances from Mayer in four days, as well as the first time that Mayer and Steve Kimock have shared the stage. Mayer continued on to play “Morning Dew” and “I Know You Rider,” with Matt Berninger of The National emerging to sing vocals on the two songs.After “Rider” ended the second set, Bob Weir returned and performed a solo acoustic rendition of “Ki-Yi Bossie” from his new album. He then welcomed back his entire band, as well as Mayer and Berninger, to close out the show with two more beautiful songs: “Peggy-O” and “Ripple.”Watch some of the musical magic below.Jack StrawMorning Dew > I Know You RiderPeggy-ORippleThe full setlist can be seen below, as well as a gallery featuring Bob Weir courtesy of photographer Steve Rose (unfortunately photographer restrictions did not allow for images to be taken at the end of the night.) Weir will head across the country and perform in Upper Darby tomorrow night, October 12th.Setlist: Bob Weir at Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA – 10/10/16Set I: KC Moan (solo), Loose Lucy (solo), Blue Mountain (solo), Cottonwood Lullaby, Lay My Lily Down, Only a River, Ghost Towns, El Paso, GonesvilleSet II: Me and My Uncle, Jack-a-Roe, West L.A. Fadeaway, Jack Straw*, Morning Dew*^, I Know You Rider *^E: Ki-Yi Bossie (solo), Peggy-O *^, Ripple *^[Setlist via Bill Batson]last_img read more

Lessons of the Week! Skylar Astin, Anna Kendrick & More

first_imgPut down the knitting, the book and the broom and pick up that double martini, because it’s Friday—and that means it’s time for the Lessons of the Week! We learned a ton of crazy stuff in the last seven days about Anna Kendrick, Aaron Tveit, Ruth Wilson and more Broadway stars we just had to share. Ready? Let’s go!Anna Kendrick Works Hard For Her…$1.91Broadway is the gift that keeps on giving for Anna Kendrick—after starring in High Society as a kid, those royalty checks keep rolling in. For $1.91. Wow, Anna, that chunk of change could buy you a slice of dollar pizza from 2 Bros., 1/6 of a Chipotle burrito or…a magic bean. Can we interest you in a magic bean?Aaron Tveit Is Alive, He Is So Alive!Tveitortots, brace yourselves: we have good news and bad news. The bad news is the Assassins star will be cutting out of the London run early. But the good news? He’s leaving to shoot more episodes of Graceland, meaning (SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t watched season two yet) his character Mike Warren is probably not dead after all! Yaay!Girdles & Grey Wigs Are So In For 2016We knew when 20th Century Fox got in on the Broadway game, a Mrs. Doubtfire musical was right around the corner! Rob McClure, hope you like granny sweaters. And don’t think you’re getting off easy, Norbert Leo Butz—Tootsie’s got your name all over it! Maybe you guys can go on a shopping spree at Dress Barn together.Ruth Wilson Was a Horse-Loving ClownBefore she was the star of The Affair and Constellations, Ruth Wilson earned her stripes in acting school, where she did all sorts of important acting exercises. You know, the usual things, like dressing up like a circus clown and “sexually pleasuring” a make-believe horse. Stuff like that.Vanessa Hudgens Is Repeating Senior YearJust when we thought Vanessa Hudgens had finally graduated to more adult roles, the High School Musical star will be taking her senior year over again alongside Julianne Hough in Grease: Live. But hey, at Rydell High, everyone stays in school until they’re at least 34.Wicked Has a Prison For Crazy DollsWe thought we’d seen everything there was to see backstage at Wicked, but we were very wrong. New Broadway.com vlogger Kara Lindsay showed us the super creepy jail where she keeps a “very bad” Glinda doll captive for all eternity. The great and powerful Kara Lindsay has spoken!Natural Women Don’t Need Natural CurlsThe Broadway hopefuls at this week’s Beautiful casting call had one thing in common: wild hair, either natural or, um, electrically enhanced. A few minutes after talking to one holdout who decided to keep her hair straight, we caught her frantically curling her hair in the audition room. Guys. It’s a show. You can wear a wig. Relax. (Get it? Relax? We crack ourselves up.)Jessie Mueller’s Go-To Dance is the RobotSpeaking of natural women (See guys? Jessie’s hair is straight and she won a Tony), Beautiful star Jessie Mueller revealed that her favorite dance move to bust out at parties isn’t the Locomotion, but the Robot. Hey, anyone wanna write a musical follow-up to Small Wonder? Alan Menken, we’re looking at you.Elisabeth Moss Is Not a ‘Doll’Jason Biggs had great things to say about his new The Heidi Chronicles co-star Elisabeth Moss (well, after he jokingly called her “kind of a bitch”). But when he said she was “a real doll,” he put his foot in his mouth, realizing it’s a faux pas to call his co-star in a feminist play a “doll.” Geez Biggs, this is Broadway, not the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.Something Has Changed Within Skylar AstinOn TBS’ Ground Floor, Brody, played by our very own Spring Awakening and Pitch Perfect stud Skylar Astin, takes his girlfriend to see Wicked for the first time and does a spot-on “Defying Gravity” riff. You know what? We’re through with playing by the rules of someone else’s game—let’s cast Skylar Astin as Elphaba! Who’s with us?! View Commentslast_img read more

VEDA lowers interest rates for second time in two months

first_imgFor the second time in two months, effective April 1, 2008, the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA), will lower its interest rates for commercial financing. VEDAs variable rate for taxable borrowers will drop to 3.5%, and the Authoritys variable rate for tax-exempt borrowers will drop to 3%. In February, 2008, the same rates went from 6.5% to 5%, and from 5.5% to 4.5%, respectively. “This is VEDA’s way of doing our part to help stimulate Vermont’s economy,” said Jo Bradley, the Authoritys Chief Executive Officer. “VEDA is keeping pace with a lower rate environment that exists throughout the nation, and we believe lowering interest rates again for Vermonts business community is the right move at the right time to help stimulate jobs creation and economic growth.”Prospective commercial borrowers who may benefit from the new lower rates are Vermont companies engaged in manufacturing, processing, warehousing, research and development, recycling, travel and tourism, information technology, and other businesses as defined in statute. Also eligible for the lower rates are Vermont businesses who build, install or update technology and communications infrastructure, and Vermont nonprofit local and regional development corporations who borrow to plan and develop industrial parks, or build facilities for lease to identified eligible tenants.VEDA’s mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financialassistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises. Since its inception in 1974, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling over $1.3 billion. For more information about VEDA, visit www.veda.org(link is external) or call 802-828-5627.last_img read more

USS Bataan ARG/22 MEU Complete Relief Mission In Haiti

first_imgBy Dialogo March 26, 2010 The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) and embarked Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed their support to Operation Unified Response and depart Haiti on March 25th. U.S. Southern Command released the Bataan and its embarked Sailors and Marines following a steady decline in demand for the capabilities of the ship and its crew as relief efforts in the Caribbean nation transitioned from urgent life-saving activities to long-term recovery. Bataan arrived in Haiti Jan. 18 and immediately began supporting U.S. relief efforts led by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA). Within 48 hours of arriving, helicopter and landing craft from Bataan transported 23 patients with serious earthquake-related injuries to the ship, where they were stabilized and treated before being transferred to follow-on care facilities to begin their long-term recovery. During its two months on station, rotary-wing aircraft from the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the MEU flew 2,200 missions to aid communities affected by the earthquake, delivering nearly 560,000 liters of bottled water, 200,000 gallons of bulk water, 1.6 million pounds of rations and 15,000 pounds of medical supplies. Helicopters and air cushion landing craft (LCAC) from the ship evacuated 97 patients to the ship’s medical facilities and transported another 524 patients to and from the hospital ship USNS Comfort, aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and to medical facilities throughout Port-au-Prince. Bataan’s crew also assisted residents in the town of Grand Goave, removing 150 tons of rubble, building 65 shelters for 130 families and distributing more than 500,000 meals. “The Marines and Sailors of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and the MEU have once again demonstrated how their speed, flexibility and training can be called upon to help save lives,” said Maj. Gen. Cornell A. Wilson, Jr., commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South. “They brought food, water, medical aid, and hope to the people of Haiti in some of the most devastated parts of the country at a time when getting help into Haiti was extremely challenging.” To date, the U.S. government has contributed more than $779 million in earthquake response funding for Haiti.last_img read more

U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Is Decorated by Commander-in-Chief of Chilean Navy

first_img The commander-in-chief of the Chilean Navy, Adm. Edmundo González Robles, awarded the Order of Naval Merit in the grade of Commander to the U.S. Navy’s chief of naval operations, Adm. Gary Roughead, in recognition of his attitude toward and decided commitment and significant contribution to promoting the relationship between the Chilean Navy and the U.S. Navy. At the award ceremony, Admiral González referred to the great personal help he received from Admiral Roughead following the earthquake and tsunami that devastated much of Chile and its coastline on 27 February 2010, something reflected in the fact that his was the first phone call he received from abroad to offer support and solidarity in facing this tremendous crisis. The ceremony, which took place on 5 August 2011, was attended by the U.S. ambassador to Chile, Alejandro Wolff, and the high command of the Chilean National Navy. The commander-in-chief of the Chilean Navy expressed his gratitude to Admiral Roughead, emphasizing that “We owe him our gratitude for his ongoing and committed predisposition toward and interest in participating, either personally or accompanied by delegations at the highest professional level, in important activities carried out by our Navy, inspired by the progress of Chile’s maritime interests and focused on the consolidation of balanced and effective naval power for global or regional strategic deterrence.” By Dialogo August 10, 2011 U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Is Decorated by Commander-in-Chief of Peruvian Navy Is it Peruvian or Chilean?last_img read more

Published results of a public call intended for professional associations

first_imgFind out the results of the public call for associations in the attachment. The Ministry of Tourism has published the results of a public call intended for professional associations operating in tourism and catering to co-finance projects of professional associations.  Side dish: LIST OF SELECTED PROJECTS Grants are awarded for projects of professional training and development of members of professional associations in tourism and / or catering that give added value to employees and members / members of associations and thus affect the strengthening of human resources competitiveness and, ultimately, increase competitiveness of the Croatian tourist product, point out the MINT. This is the support of the Ministry of Tourism, which aims to raise the competitiveness of Croatian tourism through the strengthening of professional associations in tourism and / or catering, and a total of two million kuna has been provided for the necessary public call. last_img read more

Civil groups sue Jokowi’s letter on resuming deliberation of job creation bill

first_imgThe groups demanded in the lawsuit that the court declare the letter as legally flawed in both substance and procedure. The groups also asked the judicial panel to order the government to revoke the letter from the House and end any ongoing deliberations on the bill.Lawyer Arif Maulana from the plaintiffs’ legal team said that the focus of the lawsuit was the Surpres that green-lighted the House to resume deliberating the job creation bill.”We demand that the court annul the Surpres because it was made without [reference to] the principles of good governance, prudence and public participation,” Arif told a virtual press conference on Sunday.He noted specifically that the groups that were likely to be affected by the bill, such as workers, fishermen, farmers and indigenous communities, were not involved in drafting the bill. Civil society groups have filed a lawsuit against a presidential letter (Surpres) that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo sent to the House of Representatives to resume deliberation on the controversial omnibus bill on job creation.The letter also listed the names of ministers the President had appointed to represent the government in the bill’s deliberation.Arguing that the bill was made without public involvement, the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI), environmental group Mining Advocacy Network (Jatam), the Agrarian Reform Consortium (KPA) and the All-Indonesia United Workers Confederation (KPBI) as the plaintiffs filed the lawsuit on April 30 with the Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN). Arif said that if the court granted the lawsuit and annulled the letter, any deliberations on the bill must cease automatically, as the legal basis for the process would be proved legally flawed.KPBI deputy chairwoman Jumisih said that labor unions were not invited to participate in drafting the bill with the task force, despite the government’s claim that the unions had been involved and had agreed to the contents of the bill.A task force consisting of businesspeople and experts and headed by Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) chairman Rosan P. Roeslani had been set up to consult the public, inventory problems and input suggestions in drafting the bill.Read also: Omnibus bill on job creation: Labor articles to be discussed last amid public protestsThe government had previously planned to set up a separate team comprising state officials, businesspeople and union representatives to  coordinate deliberations and public consultations on the bill. However, the labor unions had declined to join the coordination team, as they were not permitted to make changes to the existing draft bill.“The draft bill was completed suddenly and the government submitted it to the House along with the Surpres. We [workers] are not allowed to provide any input [to the draft bill],“ she said.The House resumed deliberation of the problematic bill in early April despite the public outcry, that it neglected workers’ protection, and during the COVID-19 epidemic that had additionally strained the people’s lives, especially workers.Students, workers, activists and experts lambasted the government and the House for pushing ahead with their intent to endorse it, saying that the bill would harm Indonesian democracy, the environment and workers, particularly when the world was battling a pandemic.House Legislative Gody (Baleg) chairman Supratman Andi Agtas said that he would respect the rights of civil society to sue the Surpres, but he questioned whether such a lawsuit was permissible.“I’m not sure that the letter [can] be sued at the PTUN, but we are waiting for a decision from the judges,” said the Gerindra Party politician.Baleg is scheduled on Tuesday to resume its series of expert hearings on the bill.Topics :last_img read more

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