Spark, the multi-utility group built around the property industry, has launched Tili, a digital home move assistant that sets up essential home utilities for tenants and generates extra revenue for its partners.Tili removes the hassle of utilities management, delivering an excellent customer experience for letting and estate agents in ten taps and three minutes.Spark CEO, Chris Gauld, said, “I’m delighted that Tili is up and running and rolling out with 80 per cent of our partners creating the opportunity for added revenue, delivering a better customer experience for thousands of movers.Movers can rapidly confirm move-in date and contact details to councils, water, energy, broadband, phone and other services.“We’ve worked with the property industry for ten years, we understand the challenges from issues like the tenant fees ban and the limitations which GDPR puts on our partners, so we’ve invested in a proptech platform that adds real value to our partners’ business.“Tili, a fully populated digital assistant, lets homemovers confirm their move-in date and contact details to the local authority and water provider in just a few taps, before a really quick journey to select a great energy tariff, phone and broadband packages and Sky TV. Tili customers can access services such as removals, post redirection and finding the local gym – all free for our partners and customers.“We’re proud of the long-term partnership we’ve enjoyed with people across the property industry. These relationships stem from our ability to deliver value-add products and services which make life easier for our partners, providing another way to deliver an awesome customer experience.”https://www.asktili.com/partners/ proptech new technology AskTili.com Spark digital home move assistant Tili August 22, 2018The NegotiatorWhat’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 » Spark launches digital home move assistant previous nextProptechSpark launches digital home move assistantThe Negotiator22nd August 201801,689 Views
Report: Solar prices have more room to fall FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:A new analysis from Greentech Media (GTM) Research estimates solar bids becoming as cheap as $14.07/MWh through 2022, assuming a perfect storm of desirable financing and technology advances.While that is an extremely low and aspirational price in today’s market, the report warns that the rate of cost declines is beginning to slow, particularly in more mature markets. But rapid declines will still likely be seen in developing areas.NV Energy proposed a portfolio of projects that currently has the lowest-priced solar — a 300 MW power purchase agreement at $23.76/MWh for 25 years, with the Eagle Shadow Mountain solar project.The industry has been playing the solar limbo for years now, as prices rapidly plummeted in response to economies of scale, new technology and experience.NV Energy’s proposal made waves by coming in below a $24.99/MWh contract signed earlier this summer in Arizona. And there is talk that a Tri-County Electric Cooperative deal in Oklahoma resulted in even lower wind prices than the NV Energy solar deal.The addition of storage is also helping bring down solar prices in some areas. In January, Xcel Energy received a median bid price of $21/MWh for wind-plus-storage projects and $36/MWh for solar-plus-storage projects. That beat out the $45/MWh price for a solar-plus-storage project hit last year in a PPA between Tucson Electric Power and NextEra Energy.More: How low can solar prices go? GTM predicts under $15/MWh in 2022
Activity in Japan’s services sector contracted for the eight straight month in September but at the slowest pace since the coronavirus pandemic started wreaking havoc on the economy, a private business survey showed on Monday, in a sign that demand is starting to steady.The final Jibun Bank Japan Services Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose to its highest in eight months, coming in at a seasonally adjusted 46.9 from 45.0 in the previous month.The headline index, while still below the 50 neutral level, was higher than a preliminary reading of 45.6, suggesting conditions were moving closer to stabilisation. “Overall, there are signs of improvement in the sector, however recovery is far from secure,” said Shreeya Patel, economist at IHS Markit, which compiles the survey.“Demand across the country remains subdued, with tourism and travel restrictions impeding new work volumes across the service sector.”The main reading was pulled down by an accelerated decline in new orders from abroad, with surveyed firms citing depressed demand conditions in export markets as well as the closure of clients’ businesses.However, the survey also showed strong optimism in companies’ outlook for the 12 months ahead on hopes of a recovery in demand, pushing the business expectations sub-index to its highest level of the year.While job shedding continued for a seventh month, the pace of staff cuts was more modest and neared a neutral level.The results echo a key Bank of Japan survey from last week that showed business sentiment improved in the third quarter from a 11-year low hit three months earlier, in a sign of a gradual economic turnaround.The composite PMI, which includes both manufacturing and services, rose to 46.6 in September from the previous month’s final of 45.2.Topics :
Philadelphia’s female pitching phenomenon has garnered national attention and accolades from professional athletes after continuing on her history-making exploits in the Little League World Series.Mo’Ne Davis, 13, became the first female to ever record a pitching win the LLWS, a complete-game shutout and domination of Tennessee.Davis twisted Tennessee batters into knots with her wicked 70-mph fastball, ending the game with eight strikeouts, no walks, and only two infield hits. She only threw 70 pitches and ended the game with three straight strikeouts.Davis became the 18th girl to ever participate in the prestigious youth tournament. From the onset, Davis lived up to the media hype while facing off against an experienced Tennessee team that made the tournament last year.Toronto Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman for her “awesome mechanics and great feel.” Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald called her “LEGIT” and an “honorary leader of the #DreadCrew.”Davis also received Twitter love from NBA superstar Kevin Durant and athletes from various sports.
By contrast, Richard Kerr’s summary article in Science was titled, calmly, “Mercury Looking Less Exotic, More a Member of the Family” (30 September 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6051 p. 1812, DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6051.1812). Judging from abstracts and reports, the following discoveries seem the most interesting: Science Daily: “Mercury Not Like Other Planets, MESSENGER Finds.” PhysOrg: “Epic volcanic activity flooded Mercury’s north polar region” BBC News: “‘Hollows’ mark Mercury’s surface.” The article begins, “Hands up who thought Mercury was just a dull rock circling close to the Sun? The latest data returned by Nasa’s Messenger probe shows that view couldn’t be further from the truth.” National Geographic: “Mercury ‘Hollows’ Found—Pits May Be Solar System First.” New Scientist: “Bright ‘hollows’ on Mercury are unique in solar system.” Space.com: “Planet Mercury Full of Strange Surprises” As boring as the moon? Just a burned-out cinder? Not Mercury. True to tradition for planetary exploration, the MESSENGER spacecraft has served up a plate of surprises about the innermost planet. In orbit since March, the ship is sending theorists back to the drawing board to figure out a number of puzzling phenomena, some unique to Mercury. Commentators fall into two categories: those that are flabbergasted, and those who say all is well. Science magazine published the first seven papers this week since the orbital tour began. Here were the headlines that resulted on various news outlets: Science Daily began its coverage with this summary that emphasized the theoretical challenges: Only six months into its Mercury orbit, the tiny MESSENGER spacecraft has shown scientists that Mercury doesn’t conform to theory. Its surface material composition differs in important ways from both those of the other terrestrial planets and expectations prior to the MESSENGER mission, calling into question current theories for Mercury’s formation. Its magnetic field is unlike any other in the Solar System, and there are huge expanses of volcanic plains surrounding the north polar region of the planet and cover more than 6% of Mercury’s surface…. Theorists need to go back to the drawing board on Mercury’s formation,” remarked the lead author of one of the papers, Carnegie’s Larry Nittler. “Most previous ideas about Mercury’s chemistry are inconsistent with what we have actually measured on the planet’s surface.” Science Daily ended with a quote by Sean Solomon: “Mercury is not the planet described in the textbooks. Although a true sibling of Venus, Mars, and Earth, the innermost planet has had a much more exciting life than anyone predicted.” It could be argued that planetary scientists need surprises to justify their jobs. Would the public continue to support space exploration if everything was as boring as predicted? Reporters, too, need to fan the hype with exciting headlines, or else advertisers might not get their return on investment. That doesn’t seem to be the case here. Long before this mission was conceived, planetary scientists had their theories based on the 1970s data from Mariner 10. And it’s not like they were all waiting with nothing to do before MESSENGER got there. Many of these things seem like genuine surprises that are important. While we join the revelry of new discoveries and applaud the many designers, engineers, scientists and assorted workers for a job well done getting this ship into orbit and delivering the data, we think much of the hand-wringing about textbooks being blown out of the water is a result of thoughtless adherence to the old Moyboy* Myth, that old Law of the Misdeeds and Perversions that Cannot be Altered. To keep the data in the ASS (age of the solar system, 4.5 billion years), believers have to tell fantastic tales: lava erupted quickly and suddenly all over the north, then shut off for billions of years, while depressions are being hollowed out in a process that could still be ongoing today. Inside a planet smaller than Saturn’s moon Titan, they have to keep an iron core liquid long enough so that a global magnetic field can survive. They have to make a planet out of volatile elements that were believed not possible to exist so close to the sun, but then keep vast deposits of it intact after billions of years of solar heat and bombardment. MESSENGER is just the messenger. The sender, Mercury, is saying, “Think outside the moyboy* box.” *Millions of Years, Billions of Years(Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Hollows: The hollows spoken of are unique structures found within some craters. Irregular in shape and up to miles across, these depressions with sharp rims, often found in clusters and found across Mercury, appear to be collapse pits – as if volatile substances escaped from underground and caused surfaces to fall. The closest analogues are on Mars, where similarly shaped features result from sublimation of ice at the poles; but here on Mercury there is no ice. Science Daily called them “an unexpected class of landform on Mercury and suggest that a previously unrecognized geological process is responsible for its formation.” New Scientist said of them, “They may have been formed by processes still active today, and change our view of the small rocky planet’s history.” Science Daily quoted a scientist who believes they are actively forming today – further evidence that “Mercury is radically different from the Moon in just about every way we can measure.” National Geographic quoted David Blewett (Johns Hopkins): “”The old thinking was, Oh, Mercury, it’s an old burned-out cinder and not so interesting… here’s this jaw-dropping thing that nobody ever predicted.” Sulfur: Space.com introduced this surprise: “Mercury is not just hellishly hot but apparently covered in brimstone. A vast part of the planet is covered with dried lava – enough to bury the state of Texas under 4 miles of the stuff, scientists say.” Richard Kerr in Science said “Surprisingly, it has 10 times the sulfur of Earth’s rock.” Reducing conditions: Mercury doesn’t fit another expectation. Richard Kerr explained, “The combination of high sulfur and low iron in Mercury’s rock must have come from minerals that could have existed only if Mercury formed under chemically reducing conditions. That sounds bizarre, because all the other rocky planets formed under the opposite conditions: oxidizing ones.” He was quick to find a scientist who “showed that probably only water-free, organics-rich, comet-dust–like stuff would have survived near the sun to make Mercury. With no oxygen atoms from water around, reducing conditions would have prevailed.” Still, it makes Mercury a special case compared to nearby Venus and Earth. Potassium: Science Daily explained why elevated potassium levels seen on the surface is a challenge to explain: “Measurements of Mercury’s surface by MESSENGER’s X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Spectrometers also reveal substantially higher abundances of sulfur and potassium than previously predicted. Both elements vaporize at relatively low temperatures, and their abundances thus rule out several popular scenarios in which Mercury experienced extreme high-temperature events early in its history.” Lava flows: Evidence of volcanism had been observed on the previous three flybys, but the extent of lava plains exceeded expectations – some five million cubic kilometers. The BBC News had a comparison some angry voters might like: “This is enough lava to cover the City of Washington DC to a depth of over 26,000 km, which is about 72 times higher than the orbit of the International Space Station.” Seen primarily in previously-unseen northern regions, the lava is thought to have oozed out of fissures, rather than coming from eruptive centers that produce familiar cone-shaped mountains. Space.com explained, “Based on the way this lava apparently eroded the underlying surface, the researchers suggest it rushed out rapidly.” Lead scientist James Head (Brown U) thinks the flows date from billions of years ago, but remarked, “We can’t say if it took 2.7 days or 15 years or any exact time from orbit, but it wasn’t hundreds of millions of years.” Why extensive volcanism would turn on like that, last a few years, and then stop – only to remain unchanged for billions of years – seems odd. Magnetic field: Of the rocky planets, only Earth and Mercury have global magnetic fields. Unlike other magnetic fields, Mercury has one that is only 3% offset from its polar axis, but is inexplicably displaced some 300 miles northward from the center of the planet. Mercury’s is also much weaker than Earth’s – too weak to provide protection from the solar wind. See Science Daily for details.
John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort In this picture taken on October 21, 2017, tourists visit a promenade in front of the city skyline in Hong Kong. / AFP PHOTO / DALE DE LA REYHong Kong will become the first Asian city to host the Gay Games in 2022 with rights campaigners celebrating the winning bid for a city often criticized for lagging on LGBT rights.Hong Kong beat Mexico’s Guadalajara and Washington DC to host the 11th edition of the event, with the jubilant bid team saying it would attract 15,000 participants and bring HK$1 billion into the local economy.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion When the constitutional court in neighboring Taiwan ruled in favor of allowing gay marriage in May, campaigners in socially conservative Hong Kong highlighted the city’s lack of progress on equality issues.READ: Paris to host 2018 Gay GamesHong Kong does not recognize gay marriage and only decriminalized homosexuality in 1991.But a landmark court decision in September that granted a British lesbian in Hong Kong — known as “QT” — the right to live and work in the city as a dependent of her long-term partner was hailed as a decision that could reduce more hurdles for same-sex couples.QT had previously been denied a dependent visa by immigration authorities, forcing her instead to stay in Hong Kong on a visitor visa, which did not allow her to work.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label PLAY LIST 01:10Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label02:20Hidden healers treat Hong Kong protesters01:44Opposition heckles lead Hong Kong leader to abandon policy speech01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Organized by the LGBT community, the Gay Games features a range of sports and is open to all participants, “without regard to sexual orientation, and there are no qualifying standards,” the Hong Kong bid team said in a statement.Competitors come from many countries, including those where homosexuality remains illegal, it added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Gay Games was founded by former Olympic decathlete Tom Waddell and first held in San Francisco in 1982. The next edition will be held in Paris in August next year, featuring 36 sports, from mountain biking to fencing and athletics.Hong Kong’s Pink Alliance, which promotes equal rights for the LGBT community, said the games would “help to bring a wider understanding and acceptance of our community,” not only in the southern Chinese city but throughout the region. MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Bulls’ Mirotic opts not to have surgery for facial fractures View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hong Kong’s Gay Games bid chair Dennis Philipse said there was a “spirit and passion for increased inclusion and diversity” in Hong Kong.However, the campaign for LGBT rights continues to elicit fury from anti-gay campaigners.Last year, banking giant HSBC placed a pair of rainbow-painted lions in front of its landmark building in the heart of the city to promote support of gay rights, a move slammed as “disgusting” by opponents who rallied in protest.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Beye warns PSG of improving Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Newcastle and Marseille fullback Habib Beye has warned PSG over new-look Manchester United.The two teams will meet in the Champions League round of 16 and Beye says United are a different proposition after the sacking of Jose Mourinho.He told Canal+: “Manchester United remains a big European club. The truth of today will not be that of February. It is true that this team has changed coach. We must not forget the material it has available. “If tomorrow, these players come back to their best levels, we are facing a very high level team. Alexis Sanchez, (Marcus) Rashford or (Romelu) Lukaku are not at their best. Plus defensively, if they cannot solve their problems, it is a team that is fragile and always will be, even changing coach.”
LOS ANGELES — The U.S. is on track to finish the year with an annual decline in home sales for the first time since 2014.Home sales have plunged over the past 12 months and many economists forecast sales will weaken further in 2019.The housing market is slowing as would-be buyers struggle with rising borrowing costs and a persistently low number of properties on the market.Glenn Kelman, CEO of Seattle-based real estate brokerage Redfin, recently spoke to The Associated Press about the state of the housing market and why he expects first-time buyers will continue to struggle next year. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.Q: How do you see the housing market’s trajectory next year?A: The housing market is probably the weakest sector of the U.S. economy and the $64,000 question is just whether housing is going to bring down the U.S. economy or the U.S. economy is going to bring housing back up. People have good jobs and corporations are making money. If the stock market rebounds, you’re going to see a reasonable housing market next year. It will still be soft, but it won’t be catastrophic. If, on the other hand, housing undermines consumer confidence generally; people start feeling poor because their home has declined in value; and a huge sector of the economy for building and selling housing enters a recession, then you can see the start of a much larger cycle.Q: Do you see first-time buyers having an easier time?A: They’re going to have a harder time. There’s so much inventory that’s rate-locked. The spread between 3.5 per cent and the current mortgage rate, as that widens, it will just be a stronger and stronger incentive for people to hold on to their homes forever. When they want to move, they’re going to rent them out, rather than sell them.Q: What’s it going to take to fix this shortage in affordable housing?A: I view much of our economic policy as a way to defend the wealth of baby boomers. People get up in arms about protecting the value of their home and making sure that it increases. When the city wants to increase density, everybody living in a single-family home, who is usually between the ages of 40 and 65, absolutely freaks out and prevents that construction. And in some ways that’s just acting as a cartel where the people who hold the good prevent more supply of that good from reaching the market and maintain artificially high prices. What I’m hopeful about is just this idea that Americans aren’t trapped in a single city. If you go to almost any city hall, the only pocketbook issue that the middle class is up in arms about is the cost of housing. And every mayor is trying to solve that problem. And the cities that are solving it best are in the middle of the country, so that’s why you’re seeing this migration from coastal cities into the centre of the country. I think it’s going to depolarize us politically.Q: Any major trends that you see accelerating next year?A: Tech companies are going to increasingly be called to account for how we deal with the prosperity created by technology. We should want high-paying jobs, but when housing prices blow up in Boise or Salt Lake or Denver, a mob forms and they want answers and the people they ask the answers from are Twitter and Amazon and Redfin. The idea that we can say that’s not our problem isn’t working very well right now. There just has to be a better alliance between tech and government on this. It boils down to higher taxes for tech.Alex Veiga, The Associated Press
Palm Beach: Threatening drastic action against Mexico, President Donald Trump declared he is likely to shut down America’s southern border next week unless Mexican authorities immediately halt all illegal immigration. Such a severe move could hit the economies of both countries, but the president emphasised, “I am not kidding around.” “It could mean all trade” with Mexico, Trump said when questioned Friday by reporters in Florida. “We will close it for a long time.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USTrump has been promising for more than two years to build a long, impenetrable wall along the border to stop illegal immigration, though Congress has been reluctant to provide the money he needs. In the meantime, he has repeatedly threatened to close the border, but this time, with a new surge of migrants heading north, he gave a definite timetable. A substantial closure could have an especially heavy impact on cross-border communities from San Diego to South Texas, as well as supermarkets that sell Mexican produce, factories that rely on imported parts, and other businesses across the US. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe US and Mexico trade about USD 1.7 billion in goods daily, according to the US Chamber of Commerce, which said closing the border would be “an unmitigated economic debacle” that would threaten 5 million American jobs. Trump tweeted Friday morning, “If Mexico doesn’t immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States through our Southern Border, I will be CLOSING the Border, or large sections of the Border, next week.” He didn’t qualify his threat with “or large sections,” stating: “There is a very good likelihood I’ll be closing the border next week, and that is just fine with me.” He said several times that it would be “so easy” for Mexican authorities to stop immigrants passing through their country and trying to enter the US illegally, “but they just take our money and ‘talk.'” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen suggested Trump was referring to the ongoing surge of mostly Central American families heading north through Mexico. Many people who cross the border illegally ultimately request asylum under US law, which does not require asylum seekers to enter at an official crossing. Short of a widespread shutdown, Nielsen said the US might close designated ports of entry to re-deploy staff to help process parents and children. Ports of entry are official crossing points that are used by residents and commercial vehicles. “If we have to close ports to take care of all of the numbers who are coming, we will do that,” Nielsen said. “So it’s on the table, but what we’re doing is a very structured process based on operational needs.” The White House did not immediately respond to questions about whether Trump’s possible action would apply to air travel. Trump’s latest declaration came after Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said his country was doing its part to fight migrant smuggling. Criminal networks charge thousands of dollars a person to move migrants through Mexico, increasingly in large groups toward remote sections of the border.
New Delhi: Behind every successful journey, there is a lot of struggle and heartbreak that goes unnoticed. Done with the celebration and the post-match presentation at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Sunday, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma took a trip down the memory lane as he walked back into the dressing room after lifting the IPL trophy for a record fourth time. With the noise settling down and the feeling of being the champions sinking in, Rohit took the boys down to May 20, 2018. A loss to Delhi Capitals (then Daredevils) at the Feroz Shah Kotla saw the Mumbai Indians’ journey end as they failed to qualify for the playoffs. This very team, which on Sunday was the cynosure of all eyes, had people questioning their ability and prowess. But the skipper had the back of the boys when things went downhill and the boys repaid the faith with the title this season. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuIt has been learnt that Rohit, after Sunday’s summit clash, in his speech inside the dressing room mentioned how he believed in the boys even when the chips were down and he was extremely proud of how they came back with a bang this season. “Last year after we couldn’t qualify for the playoffs in Delhi, I told you all that this is a damn good team we have. Our run (2018 season) didn’t go as expected, but I believed that this team can do wonders. Today we have shown our character. This is the hallmark of our team. We believed in each other till the last minute. Each one of you was exceptional this season and I am just the lucky guy who gets to lift the trophy. So, thank you to all the boys, support staff, management and everyone for being a part of this wonderful and historic journey,” Rohit said in his victory speech to the boys. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersIn fact, sources in the know of developments said that this year too, Nita Ambani and Akash had a word with the boys after their loss to Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens on April 28. Speaking to the team in a huddle after the game, both the owners had told the boys to believe in themselves and their abilities. In fact, Akash had told the boys to avenge the defeat when the two teams would meet again at the Wankhede Stadium in a week. Not only did the boys avenge the loss with a resounding nine-wicket win, but they also went on to win the remaining two games of the season to be crowned champions.