London agent starts Airbnb letting service for landlords

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » London agent starts Airbnb letting service for landlords previous nextAgencies & PeopleLondon agent starts Airbnb letting service for landlordsPortico says nearly 50,000 people now ‘host’ in the capitalNigel Lewis13th February 201702,051 Views Eighteen-branch London agent Portico has launched an Airbnb letting management service specifically for landlords as the number of hosts in the city approaches the 50,000 mark.Managing director Robert Nichols (pictured) says that despite the 90-day limit introduced by the San Francisco-based company, even “seasoned landlords are coming round to the fact that a combination of Airbnb and traditional tenancy will maximise their return on investment,” he says.Portico, which was launched in 2015 and replaced existing brands Edmund Cude and Bushells, says there are now 48,017 active Airbnb hosts in London and that the average two-bedroom flat there generates £2,226 a month based on a 70% occupancy rates.Portico claims its service will be able to achieve even higher occupancy rates for clients of up to 80%, and that landlords can expect to receive a booking within a week of listing on the site.Average day rates for Airbnb properties in London range from £65 a day in Bexley to £224 a day in Westminster.Portico is stepping into controversial waters – many agents and city housing professionals see Airbnb as a threat to supply within the existing private rental market, and several councils including Westminster have made their dislike of the website known.Portico is also keen to highlight the price difference between Airbnb ‘hosting’ and traditional renting. Its research points to the former being £449 a month higher on average than longer-term lets.“If your property becomes vacant in the quieter months, we recommend listing [a landlord’s] property on Airbnb and synchronising [their] tenancy to start a long-term let in the summer or late summer when demand from tenants and therefore prices are highest.” says Robert Nichols.“It really does pay to get on board with Airbnb in the short-term.”Read more about the Portico’s new service.Portico Robert Nichols London airbnb February 13, 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 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 2021last_img read more

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Tobin targets European medal

first_imgClonmel AC athlete Sean Tobin says he’s certain he can earn a team medal at the European Cross Country Championships next year.Last weekend he finished in 15th place in the race in Slovakia – on what was his senior debut.His fellow Clonmel AC teammate Kevin Maunsell finished in 24th position. Overall the team, including Hugh Armstrong, finished in fifth place – and speaking on Extra Time with Ronan Quirke last night Tobin says it’s given people belief they can come back next year.last_img read more

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Refixed U21A hurling final down for decision

first_imgPhoto: Stephen Gleeson The big game of the day in local Gaelic Games sees Kiladangan go up against Holycross/Ballycahill in the County Under 21 A Hurling final.Throw in is at 1.30pm in Templederry.Tipp FM’s Stephen Gleeson looks ahead… Meanwhile, the Tipperary senior footballers have an early outing – as they take on Limerick in a challenge game this afternoon.Throw in in Golden is at 2pm.last_img

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SIS appoints Dominic Matthews as operations lead

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Dominic MatthewsUpdating the market, industry racing content and data provider Sports Information Services (SIS) has confirmed the appointment of Dominic Matthews as its new Chief Operations Officer (COO).An industry veteran, Matthews joins SIS from FTSE operator Ladbrokes where he served for 26-years in a number of executive positions including most recently Commercial Projects Director and Retail Operations Director.Taking on the newly created role of COO, Matthews will be charged with delivering the performance of SIS operational and commercial teams. He will be a key stakeholder in the decision-making process of SIS current and future strategies.Matthews will report directly to Chief Executive Richard Ames, who took over as CEO last month.“Dominic’s appointment to our senior management team is a major coup for SIS and I’m delighted to welcome him to the company,” commented Ames on the appointment.“He brings a wealth of experience to the role having been an integral part of the betting industry for so many years. After working with him during my time at Ladbrokes, I know he will prove to be a valuable asset as we look to improve our operations.”“The newly-created role of COO is one of many changes at SIS recently, but these will allow us to develop a more customer-centric approach and maintain delivery of a very high quality of service.”Matthews, who is set to  start the leadership role this month, said: “I’m thrilled to be joining SIS and look forward to working with one of the industry’s most recognised brands.”“After many years working on the operator side of the industry, I’m excited to be taking on this new challenge. My aim is continue delivering the highest quality service to customers, as well as supporting Richard’s new leadership of the business.”As a result of the new appointment, a SIS company restructure sees Commercial Director Paul Witten take on the role of Product Director, recently vacated by Ames. All commercial team members will now report to Sales Director Sandra McWilliams, who joined SIS in May. SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020 Share Submit Sharelast_img read more

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Varadkar and Johnson expected to speak ahead of G7 summit

first_imgTaoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Boris Johnson are expected to speak again by phone next week, before Mr Johnson attends the G7 summit of world leaders.Sources confirmed the phone call is likely to take place as part of a fresh round of appeals by Mr Johnson to EU leaders and before he travels to the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, next weekend.Mr Varadkar and Mr Johnson have to date held one phone call a fortnight after the new British prime minister gained power, and are due to hold a face-to-face meeting in early September. However, next week’s phone call is likely to prove vital to setting the tone for future engagements in the lead up to the October 31 Brexit deadline, with it still being unclear if the two leaders will meet in September in Dublin or London.The phone call is expected to see Mr Johnson again push for the backstop to be scrapped, and for Mr Varadkar to underline the importance of protecting the Good Friday agreement.Downing Street has separately indicated Mr Johnson will use the coming days to speak with a number of other EU leaders, including key figures French president Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Biarritz next week.The fresh diplomatic efforts come as opposition parties in Britain continue to push for an alternative government to block a no-deal Brexit, and as leaked German government papers stressed Berlin will oppose any backing down on the existing withdrawal agreement if it damages the Irish backstop. Varadkar and Johnson expected to speak ahead of G7 summit was last modified: August 17th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Smoke Hotkeys You Should Customize to Work Faster

first_imgThis is a function I use all the time as I mainly work in Overwrite mode (since I am constrained to a fixed timeline length when dealing with commercials and promos). In the Classic hotkeys, this is a two handed operation [CTL+?].  In FCP it’s simply [X].So for my workflow, I have set this to my forward Pen button. This way I can quickly select clip or clips and set the In/Out instantly with the tap of my pen button. Now a quick Overwrite hotkey and I can swap out shots pretty quickly.7. Action Menu Buttons: If you enter ConnectFX, Add an Action Node and Select it… then enter the Shortcut editor, you will have access to the Action hotkeys.With the hotkey editor you can assign hotkeys to physical buttons of the UI even if they are not in the editor list.To do this, open the hotkey editor and then press a button in the UI. Select the Action Bin button.  You should see it pop up in the List and in the Description box.  Assign a key to this button. [CMD+1]Press SET to commit the selection. Now do this for the rest of the Action buttons (Media, Object, Source, Output). You can continue using the CMD and number keys to go down the list [CMD+2 through CMD+5].This allows you to quickly access the right submenu when you are working in your schematic or result view. So if you need to add a Gmask to an image, you can get to the Media menu easily with 1 keystroke.8.  Clip Cut at Current Frame:These are unmapped in both Classic and FCP.  They are limited in use, but they are very handy. This function will cut a clip into 2 separate clips at the positioner point. This works on clips in the source area.9. Clip Cut at Each Splice:  This is an interesting function that will slip a clip up at it’s cut points. So if you had a sequence, as a source, you can quickly slip the entire sequence into it’s separate clips.  These clips will be “dumped” into the currently selected folder.10. Clip Cut at (n) Frames: This is a quick way to cut a clip up into multiple clips with the same duration. With the clip selected, you hit they hotkey, and then a number in the calculator that pops up. The clip will then be split in to separate clips with the same frame duration.Trim Hotkeys:Once thing that has changed for Classic Users is that the trim hotkeys don’t need to be held down to function. If you want to SLIP a shot, just press [,] once and Smoke enters the SLIP mode.The same goes for SLIDE. Then you can use the [B & N] hotkeys to slip and slide your clip. For FCP users, the process is the same with the FCP hotkeys. The fact that Smoke stays in a certain mode now, means that you can easily use the hotkeys and still work with one hand on the keyboard and one on your tablet or mouse. When you are done slipping and sliding, you can return to trim mode by hitting the Trim Hotkey [T] Classic or [R] FCP.Explore the empty shortcuts in the hotkey editor and play around with assigning keys to them. Many can be useful functions not easily done in the traditional UI, and others can help make your workflow faster and easier.  If you have any hotkey questions or have any special hotkeys you use, let everyone know with a comment below. Master the Smoke workflow by creating your own hotkeys to be more effective in your editing.Autodesk Smoke is a very hotkey (or shortcut) driven software. The key to mastering the workflow is to know the hotkeys.  Yes, it is true that the 2013 release has changed a lot of hotkeys for legacy users but they have also incorporated the FCP 7 shortcuts to help ease in those users to Smoke.There are many hotkeys that aren’t assigned in the hotkey editor, but in my opinion should be.  Here is my collection of hotkeys that have helped me speed up my editing and effects workflow.Smoke Classic vs FCP Hotkeys:I still use the Smoke Classic hotkeys because I am a long-time Smoke editor and these are the hotkeys I am most comfortable with. I honestly do believe that they work best for working in Smoke, both as an editor and for effects.  Here’s why:The Smoke Classic hotkeys are primarily focused on the left side of the keyboard.Timeline navigation for the start and end of the timeline, and jumping between clips and edit points, are all centered around the A,S,X and Z keys. Using these keys in combination with the Alt, Shift, Control keys allow you to quickly jump around the timeline with your left hand.The right hand is for your tablet or mouse. Smoke was originally designed with a tablet, and much of the workflow still works best for that.  For playback Smoke Classic uses the [V] key, again, near Z & X.Copy clip operations use the [F] key, which is again, in line with A & S.  Delete clip is [Shift+D], right in the same grouping as everything else we have discussed.So, although the letters themselves don’t make  much sense in matching the letters with the function, they make perfect sense with how your hand works. With effects operations, the F1-F4 hotkeys are also used, which work with this this left-sided keyboard layout.Now many of the FCP shortcuts make a lot of sense.  I & O for In & Out marks. And of course JKL for clip transport. However, FCP shortcuts seem to be more right sided keyboard centric. The FCP shortcuts do have the limitation of not being able to use the Spacebar as a hotkey modifier since it is tied to Play and Stop.The Spacebar is used heavily in Smoke Classic for many operations when combined with other keys. Zoom for instance is just [Space + click] and Pan is [Alt+Space+Click].The bottom line is: use whichever works well for you. Being comfortable with the shortcuts is the key to working fast in Smoke.Assigning Hotkeys:You can access the shortcut editor with a hotkey of it’s own or via the menus. With the FCP keys the shortcut is [ALT+H], while Classic is [Shift+Alt+F8].On the left you will see the list of assigned hotkeys. You can sort them by name, number or hotkey. There is also a search option, to help you find the function you wish to map. Smoke has 2 sets of hotkeys, Global and Local.Global hotkeys  (Yellow) are hotkeys that work in all operations of the software: Timeline, ConnectFX, Action, etc.Local hotkeys (White) are hotkeys that function in the area of the software you are in: Timeline or Action for example.If you want to remap a function already assigned to a key [Render] you can select the line, and it will populate the fields to the right.Press the Clear Button, and then assign a new keyboard key to it. You will see the key update in the editor. Press SET to commit the key, and you can then assign another key to another function if you wish. If you are done press SAVE or SAVE ALL, and confirm. Finally, CLOSE the editor.If the new key you have chosen is already being used elsewhere, you will get a message in the bottom left of the UI. You have no choice but to pick another.My Must Use Hotkeys:Some of these hotkeys exist in one shortcut set, but not the other.  This seems like an oversight.  So I’ll make note of it as we run through them.1. New Library, New Folder, New Sequence:These don’t exist at all in the Classic hotkeys. This is crazy with the new Media Library workflow. They do however exist in the FCP set.  I suggest [CMD+1, 2, & 3] as you can quickly add a New Library and Folder with just a few quick keystrokes.2. Image Window: Fit Zoom Toggle:This is only mapped in the Classic hotkeys and not the FCP set. Why, who knows? This function will set the Viewers in the timeline and in ConnectFX and Action to “Fit Screen” mode.Often times when you are working and zooming and panning a viewer with a large schematic or images, you just need a quick fit to screen.  In the Classic set it’s already assigned to [CTL+Home].  I don’t like this key combination however, because I have to use two hands and take my pen away from the tablet (or off the mouse). I suggest the [TAB] key for the Classic view as it works well with the left handed keyboard setup. For FCP, find one that works for you.3. Toggle Overlays:The Overlay functions used to be easily accessible in previous versions of Smoke. Now they are buried in a submenu. This makes them kind of painful to deal with, as you are often turning on and off the overlays as you work. A simple [CTL+O] seems to work well. This will toggle the Overlays menu on and off, giving you instant access. (Note: must have the single viewer open when you access this hotkey in the menu).4. Toggle Viewing Settings:This works just like the Overlays setting in that it toggles the Viewing settings for quick access. [CTL+V] is a good choice. (Note: must have the single viewer open when you access this hotkey in the menu)5. Toggle FX Pipeline (Button):Sometimes you just need a bit more screen space for your timeline when you are working. If you assign this function to a quick hotkey, you can toggle open and close the FX Pipeline display, so you can easily gain some UI real estate.6. Mark IN/OUT around selection:last_img read more

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New CBB Polls: Kentucky Is Nation’s Lone Undefeated Team, Gonzaga Receives First Place Vote

first_imgKentucky cheerleaders holding up signs that say We Are UK.LEXINGTON, KY – FEBRUARY 28: Kentucky Wildcats cheerleaders perform during the game against the Ole Miss Rebels at Rupp Arena on February 28, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) The 'Zags are starting to get some No. 1 love. (Twitter/@TrueToRecruits)The ‘Zags are starting to get some No. 1 love. (Twitter/@TrueToRecruits)With Virginia’s loss to Duke, Kentucky is now the only undefeated team remaining in college basketball. However, the Wildcats aren’t quite the unanimous top team. One voter in the USA Today Coaches Poll selected the 22-1 Gonzaga Bulldogs as the nation’s No. 1 team. Kentucky received the other 31 votes in that poll, and all 65 first place votes in the AP Poll. After Kentucky and Gonzaga, Virginia hangs in at No. 3 despite its loss to Duke, which remains at No. 4, with Wisconsin at No. 5.Here are both the AP and USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls.RankAP PollCoaches Poll1.KentuckyKentucky2.GonzagaGonzaga3.VirginiaVirginia4.DukeWisconsin5.WisconsinDuke6.ArizonaArizona7.VillanovaVillanova8.KansasLouisville9.LouisvilleKansas10.Notre DameNotre Dame11.Iowa StateUtah12.North CarolinaWest Virginia13.UtahNorth Carolina14.Northern IowaIowa State15.West VirginiaNorthern Iowa16.Wichita StateMaryland17.MarylandWichita State18.VCUVCU19.BaylorBaylor20.Ohio StateOhio State21.OklahomaOklahoma22.ButlerButler23.SMUSMU24.GeorgetownGeorgetown25.TexasIndianalast_img read more

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