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Payment platform launches

first_imgYorlet has announced the launch of its industry-first digital payments processing platform, as it seeks to digitise the UK’s £85 billion rental market.Under development for three years, Yorlet streamlines the payments process. Its APIdriven platform can schedule all recurring payments, including holding deposits and move-in monies, accepting payment via cards and bank transfer. This removes the need for manual reconciliation, automates accounts processes and compliance work, and frees up time that would otherwise be spent on admin. Max Cartwright, MD said, “By using Yorlet for payments, our clients are seeing their rental arrears fall by as much as 80 per cent due to our auto-recollection, and are saving hours on manual reconciliation.”Customers are able to ‘pick and mix’ which features of the system they want to incorporate across the Leasing, Billing and Owners products.www.yorlet.comYorlet digital payments processing platform APIdriven platform Max Cartwright March 24, 2021Jenny van BredaWhat’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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Payment platform launches previous nextProptechPayment platform launchesThe Negotiator24th March 2021016 Viewslast_img read more

Porter rescues bike

first_imgMiranda Essex, a third year geographer at Hertford, had her bike stolen on Sunday evening, only for it to be spotted and chased down in town the following day by Angelo Fernandez, a heroic Hertford porter.The bike was one of many to have been stolen from outside Hertford College on Catte Street, in a spate of recent thefts. It was taken at about 8.30pm on Sunday. Essex had reported the theft to the Lodge, but assumed she would never see the bike again.Luckily, one Hertford porter was walking down Broad Street on Monday afternoon, on his day off, when he recognised her bike being ridden by an unidentified man. He chased after the person, shouting “That’s not your bike!” On hearing this, the perpetrator stopped, threw down the bike and fled the scene. Fernandez then returned the bike to Robert Dyas. He informed Essex of the events the following morning, and she later picked it up.Essex was hyperbolic in her praise of her beloved porter. She said, “I’m amazed that Angelo was able to recognise my bike even when it was being ridden.” She added, “It’s way beyond the call of duty for him to accost a thief on my behalf and I’m very grateful. He’s saved me a lot of money and reunited me with my trusty (albeit unstylish) mountain bike!’Dave Haxell, Head Porter at Hertford College, was equally impressed with Fernandez. He said, “Of all the bikes we have outside, it’s amazing that he recognised Miranda’s, especially as it’s not even a particularly unusual one. That it was being cycled makes it all the more impressive!”He mused, “What a guy! You could say he’s an angel.” Haxell mentioned how lucky he thought Miranda was, acknowledging that it was a very unusual incident, and adding, “A Hertford porter is never off duty.”Ben Williams, a third year English student at Hertford whose bike was purloined from outside college earlier this term, commented, ‘If only I had been so lucky to have a knight in shining armour rescue my bike!’last_img read more

Oxford launch new animal research and commit to transparency

first_imgSome charities concerned with animal research are unhappy with the move. Michelle Thew, CEO of British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection said, “The BUAV has campaigned for greater transparency in animal research for many years so naturally welcomes any steps towards genuine openness. Effective scrutiny – parliamentary and public – of the way animal experiments are carried out and regulated is impossible under the current system.“We are concerned, however, that genuine transparency is not what the recent Concordat on Animal Testing delivers. It is simply transparency on their terms with researchers having complete control over what the public gets to see.“This is about human health as much as animal welfare and the public has a right to know. Apart from the terrible suffering of animals in laboratories, we all have a stake in ensuring that medical research is scientifically sound and that scarce research resources are wisely targeted.”For most students, the news was a positive development. As one Classics undergraduate from Oriel remarked, “Greater transparency must be a good thing; it can only lead to better treatment and compassion towards animals. What I can’t understand is why it hasn’t been implemented before.”Many remain unsatisfied with the developments, however. As a first-year at Trinity observed, “Yes, animal research undoubtedly leads to cures and developments in medicine and yes it’s true that I selfishly enjoy being a recipient of the improvements it has brought about.“However such a justification still sits uncomfortably with me. It comes dangerously close to suggesting that all animals are merely instrumental for our own needs – what gives us the right to be the superior species? I know men who are definitely far less intelligent than monkeys.“Research can only be conducted on animals where there is no other alternative. This is required by law and is strictly regulated by the Home Office. Where use of animals is essential, the University is committed to very high standards of animal welfare using the latest research methods. Almost all the animals used in Oxford research are mice.”A spokesperson for the University commented, “Research on animals has contributed to almost every medical advance of the last century. Without animal research, medicine as we know it today wouldn’t exist.The number of animals held by Oxford fluctuates regularly according to the studies taking place. As of January 2014, ninety-eight per cent of the animals kept at Oxford were mice or fish, with 52,886 and 23,165 specimens respectively. There were only twenty-three primates. The University of Oxford is one of seventy-two organisations to have signed a Concordat on Openness in Animal Research this week, pledging to provide greater transparency on how, why and when they use animals in research.Signatories of the Concordat sign up to four commitments: “We will be clear about when, how and why we use animals in research; we will enhance our communications with the media and the public about our research using animals; we will be proactive in providing opportunities for the public to find out about research using animals; we will report on progress annually and share our experiences”.At the same time, the University has launched a new programme studying the neurology of twenty macaque monkeys.The project is funded by the Wellcome Trust, a co-signatory of the Concordat, and is one of the first to be conducted under the agreement. It will receive £4.95m over five years and it is a study of how the brain supports complex mental processes which will use MRI brain imaging in addition to more invasive procedures. In order to justify its use of primates, the University has committed itself to providing precise descriptions of the research and practical information about its potential benefits.An article on the University website said, “The macaques will be housed in state-of-the-art facilities in the Biomedical Sciences Building, where they can express their natural behaviours – such as living in social groups, playing, climbing and foraging for food.”Dr Paul Browne, a spokesperson from Speaking of Research, an organisation that aims to provide the public with accurate information about animal testing and its importance, told Cherwell, “The Concordat on Openness is a major step in encouraging institutions to be more open about the work they conduct, and builds on the substantial progress that institutions like Oxford University have already made towards this goal.“Animal research is critical to many aspects of medical progress in the 21st century, and the research community must continue to work hard explaining what happens in animal facilities and why the public should support it.”last_img read more

Costa announces total sales of £521.9m

first_imgCosta Coffee has announced total sales growth of 19.7%, according to parent company Whitbread’s trading statement for the 24 weeks to 15 August.The coffee chain saw total sales, including its UK and international business, reach £521.9m, with total franchise sales up 18%, to £207.3m.In the UK, like-for-like sales rose by 5.7%, with total sales up 17.3% to £279.5m.Costa Enterprises (including Costa Express) delivered sales of £126.8m, up 24.5% due to the addition of 553 net new machines, making a total of 3,113 Costa Express machines.In the year to date, Whitbread has opened 78 net new UK stores, 70 in UK Retail and eight in Costa Enterprises. Last month, the brand celebrated the opening of its 1,000th international coffee shop in Bangkok, Thailand.Whitbread confirmed that it was “on track” with its plan to open 300 net new stores, and 850 Costa Express units in the full year.last_img

Step into the Dell EMC VR Playground

first_imgExplore the power of Dell, through the power of playExperience virtual reality and get to grips with the Dell commercial client portfolio in the Dell EMC VR Playground? We’re bringing the power of play to you, our partners.Virtual reality (VR) is being increasingly embedded into commercial workflows, so we want to ensure everyone experiences the true power of VR.The Dell EMC VR Playground enables you to experience our new Dell Commercial Client portfolio, including 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7+ vPro™, in a set of challenges – a great way to build engagement on the sales floor or at customer events.Your first stop will be the virtual sales floor, where you’ll face a hide and seek challenge. Your task? To find five of our Dell OptiPlex Micros, which – due to their compact size – have been mounted in different places. And remember, the clock’s ticking.The next floor is our product design lab. This is all about precision – Dell Precision, to be precise. Here, you’ll face the tough product-launch timescales your customers are challenged with. So prepare to design, build and launch a Dell EMC robot, or face being locked in the design lab.And we’ve just launched our latest challenge.  The rooftop garden.  This is all about the mobility of our Latitude 2-in-1’s.  Here you’ll have to use your Latitude 7390 2-in-1 to find your way around the maze, collect the ORB’s and escape before your time’s up.Enter the Dell EMC VR Playground today. Download the app from Viveport or the MS Store and get the set-up guide in the Sales Enablement sections of the OptiPlex or Precision pages of the Digital Marketing Platform.And you can play in English, French, German, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese or LATAM Spanish, just choose your language at the start of the game.How will you perform under pressure?last_img read more

Tinker FCU helps bust car loan fraud scheme

first_img continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Oklahoma’s largest credit union helped police bust an auto loan fraud scheme that involved 22 people.Employees responsible for due diligence on loan applications at the $3.7 billion Tinker Federal Credit Union in Oklahoma City, initially detected that several people allegedly applied for car loans with fraudulent information from April 2016 to September 2016.Tinker FCU handed over its information to the Tulsa Police Department, which investigated the bogus car loan applications and began arresting 22 suspects last week.Barry Paul Wright Jr., who was one of the co-defendants listed in court documents, reportedly walked into a Tinker FCU branch April 2016 and used fake documents to get a $20,000 auto loan approved to buy a Mercedes Benz. Since then, 21 other people got involved in the fraud as well, according to local media reports.last_img

Australia pulls out of 2020 Games, planning for 2021

first_img“We’ve had to make a call now because of the situation here in Australia and other parts of the world,” Carroll told reporters in Sydney on Monday.”But the IOC is still working through their final decision-making.”Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said for the first time on Monday that the Tokyo Olympic Games may need to be postponed if the event cannot be held in its “complete form” due to the coronavirus pandemic.The IOC said on Sunday after an emergency meeting that it is stepping up its “scenario planning” for the 2020 Games due to start on July 24, including a possible postponement. Topics : The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) said on Monday it could not assemble a team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics due to the coronavirus outbreak and that its athletes should prepare for the Games to be postponed to 2021.AOC Chief Executive Matt Carroll said the AOC’s executive board had made its decision without waiting for advice from the International Olympic Committee due to changing circumstances with the pandemic in recent days.Carroll’s comments came after Canada announced it would not send its team to the Olympics and Paralympics in the summer of 2020.center_img Carroll said Australia’s decision would give its athletes “certainty” and pushed for the Games to be held off until 2021.”… 2021, it’s 12 months, it has to be a summer Games, it’s an appropriate amount of time but again that’s a decision for the International Olympic Committee.”The AOC said in a statement earlier on Monday that it’s decision reflected the IOC’s “key principles of putting athlete health first and ensuring it acted in their best interests and the interests of sport”.Opposition to holding the Games in July has risen sharply in the past 48 hours, with several major stakeholders such as US Track and Field and UK Athletics, along with several national Olympic committees, calling for a delay because of the pandemic.More than 13,000 people have died globally since the coronavirus outbreak began. last_img read more

Italy extends lockdown until ‘at least’ April 12

first_imgItaly on Monday extended an economically crippling lockdown until “at least” mid-April to stem coronavirus infections that have claimed a world-leading 11,591 lives.Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said any easing of containment measures would be done incrementally to ensure Italy does not give up gains it has made against the extraordinary disease.The near three-week shutdown “had been very tough economically,” Conte told Spain’s El Pais newspaper. “It cannot last very long,” he said. “We can study ways (of lifting restrictions). But it will have to be done gradually.”Health Minister Roberto Speranza later announced that “all containment measures would be extended at least until Easter” on April 12.Business closures and a ban on public gatherings were to have expired on Friday. ‘Picture has improved a lot’ Health officials said one of the most encouraging figures was a drop from 25,392 on Sunday to 25,006 on Monday in the number of people in Lombardy testing positive for COVID-19.The figure had grown continuously for more than a month.”The picture has improved a lot over the past four days,” Lombardy’s chief medical officer Giulio Gallera said.The latest data was released nearly three weeks into a national lockdown that has emptied cities and paralyzed most business activity.Store and restaurant closures were reinforced last week by a shutdown of “non-essential” factories.Forecasts by several global banks and analysts point to Italian economic output shrinking by seven percent this year. ‘Flattening of the curve’ Italy was the first Western nation to impose sweeping restrictions to stem a pandemic that has claimed more than 36,000 lives worldwide.Its own toll grew by 812 on Monday and the number of infections reported by the civil protection service surpassed 100,000.But fresh evidence also suggested that COVID-19 was spreading more slowly than when the first victim died in Italy on February 21.The daily rate of new infections dropped to 4.1 percent — a fraction of the 62 percent level registered a month ago.The number of people suffering from the illness at its epicenter in the northern Lombardy region also dropped for the first time.And the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 across the nation of 60 million people hit a new high.”We saw 1,590 people recover in the past 24 hours,” civil protection service chief Angelo Borrelli told reporters.”This is the highest number of recoveries recorded since the start of the pandemic.”Deputy Health Minister Pierpaolo Sileri said the latest data showed that Italy might see “a drop in the number of people infected within seven to 10 days”.Italy’s ISS public health institute chief Silvio Brusaferro also felt the infection rate was approaching its peak.”We are witnessing a flattening of the curve,” Brusaferro told the La Repubblica daily.”There are no signs of a descent yet, but things are improving.” Topics :last_img read more

Denmark’s ATP returns 14.5% as domestic equities post 52% gain

first_imgDenmark’s giant ATP pension fund produced a return of 14.5% on its investments last year, helped by a 52% gain on listed domestic equities.The fund also said it managed to carve out more room for manoeuvre on investments through a major bout of bond selling and other market operations carried out late last year.ATP’s chief executive Carsten Stendevad said 2013 “was a good year for ATP’s members”.“We increased pensions for current pensioners and generated a healthy return on our investment activities,” he said. The ATP Group reported a profit of DKK11.6bn (€1.55bn) for 2013 and distributed a bonus of DKK2.5bn to current pensioners. ATP’s investment activities generated DKK12.2bn, equating to a 14.5% return on its bonus potential. The profit increased reserves to DKK93bn from DKK 84bn, the fund said. All five of ATP’s risk classes ended the year with positive returns, with listed domestic equities producing the highest return at 52%, or DKK6.5bn in absolute terms.The fund said it worked on its hedging strategy last year, adopting a new discount curve for the valuation of its pension liabilities.“Consequently, in Q4, ATP engaged in extensive market operations, selling government bonds and other financial instruments subject to an overall interest rate risk equivalent to DKK20bn,” Stendevad said. “This reduced our interest rate sensitivity by 25% and enhanced our investment flexibility.”ATP uses hedging activities to protect its pension guarantees against changes in interest rates.In 2013, ATP said it made a loss on its hedging portfolio after tax of DKK42.3bn, reflecting the shrinking of guaranteed benefits by DKK42bn – mainly due to the rise in interest rates.Total group assets fell to DKK677bn at the end of December 2013 from DKK794bn the year before.Looking ahead to this year’s investment return prospects, ATP said that, despite signs of recovery in the global economy and financial market optimism, uncertainty remained.“This, in combination with significantly lower payment for assuming risk, means ATP will retain its focus on risk diversification and active risk management,” the fund said.The overall strategy was to make sure ATP got its fair share of the continued gains in the financial markets, while always being able to meet its guarantees, it said.last_img read more

Australia’s newswire axed amid pressure from digital giants

first_imgStaff gathered on the newsroom floor atAustralian Associated Press’ headquarters in Sydney were told a drop-off insubscribers in the face of free online content meant the company was “nolonger viable.” “This decision’s been made withvery heavy hearts. It’s been made on an economic and financial basis,”chief executive Bruce Davidson said following the announcement. The newswire will close at the end ofJune while its subediting business Pagemasters is set to close at the end ofAugust. (AFP) Staff at Australian Associated Press’ headquarters were told a drop-off in subscribers in the face of free online content meant the company was “no longer viable”. AFP CANBERRA – Australia’s only nationalnewswire will be shuttered after 85 years of operation, with around 180 stafftold Tuesday their jobs will end in June.last_img