Brexit to blame for higher sales fall-through rate, it is claimed

first_imgHome » News » Brexit to blame for higher sales fall-through rate, it is claimed previous nextBrexit to blame for higher sales fall-through rate, it is claimedHousing buying firm reckons uncertainty caused by Article 50 trigger and Referendum vote have helped give buyers the jitters.Nigel Lewis4th October 201701,013 Views Nearly a third of house sales fell through before completion during the third quarter of the year, continuing an upward trend that has been ongoing since the start of last year – and that’s being blamed on Brexit.The figures come from ‘fast sale’ home buying firm Quick Move Now, which says the number of sales falling through before completion has increased from 26% to 28% compared to the previous quarter, and up from 20% at the beginning of 2016.It blames the rise in fall-throughs on a “turbulent year” for the UK property and in particular external factors such as the EU referendum and the triggering of Article 50 for “all playing their part in the fall through rate”.Slow salesQuick Move Now, which researched transactions in England and Wales only, says the most common reason for sales falling through is when sales progression grinds to a halt and buyers simply find somewhere else, following by lenders refusing credit after an offer has been made.Buyers trying to renegotiate the agreed sales price after its been agree was the third most common reason, followed by buyers simply changing their minds about a property, followed by survey problems.“As we reflect on Q3, it’s clear the UK property market is still full of uncertainty and instability,” says Quick Move Now’s Managing Director Danny Luke (pictured, left).“Looking at the reasons behind the fall-throughs for Q3, nearly 63% occurred due to hesitation on the buyer’s part.“These reasons behind the house sale fall-throughs would indicate a complete lack of confidence from buyers.“Nearly every day, the media is reporting a property price slow-down across the UK. And with many property experts predicting this downward shift to continue as we go into 2018, I would expect buyers to become even more apprehensive in the short term.” Quick Move Now Danny Luke October 4, 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

It’s Time for the Media and Entertainment Industry to Virtualize

first_imgWhen it comes to virtualization, the media and entertainment (M&E) industry has lagged other industries. For 30 years, broadcast engineers have relied on bare-metal hardware and hard-coded applications, trusting that these solutions could deliver the performance and predictability required of a broadcast network.Broadcast engineers have been wary of virtualization. But for M&E, virtualization in private, public or hybrid-cloud environments offers many tangible benefits: streamlined workflows, increased automation, lower cost of ownership, reduced production time and much more. In fact, forward-thinking media companies are now realizing that virtualization is the only way they’ll be able to compete in a new and rapidly evolving digital marketplace.However, these benefits can only be realized if all components works seamlessly together. To ensure this, Dell Technologies is partnering with many of the world’s leading independent software vendors (ISVs) to test, qualify and prove the functionality of underlying VMware vSphere-based solutions and virtualized configurations.Advantages of Media Function Virtualization (MFV)Prior to VMware, broadcast engineers relied on single-operation hardware, which was limited to one job at a time, whether it was playout, transcoding or rendering. With MFV, media companies can execute multiple tasks on a single Dell EMC VxRail hyperconverged node – an integrated system co-engineered by Dell EMC and VMware.For instance, we have a qualified solution with an ISV that enables us to get 2 – 4 compute tasks, doing either the transcode or the renders on a single VxRail, versus running each job on a separate server. So, what used to take 20 or 30 physical servers is now handled on seven or eight 1U VxRail systems.VMware vSphere can also create robust automated environments. This enables virtual machines (VMs) to move between clusters and stretch clusters to provide higher availability and reliability. If an environment goes down or is taken offline, the application can seamlessly shift to another storage array or vSphere host without any interruption or impact to the user.Now, VMware vSphere advances also allow you to run OTT client applications in VMs, as well as host the core video streaming applications for many broadcast and media solutions.Virtualization’s expanding roleAs the industry progresses toward “IP Playout” delivery, the role for virtualization continues to increase. Broadcasters must compete for audience and advertising dollars by quickly offering new services and channels with specialized content.Easy-to-deploy integrated playout solutions accelerate channel deployment well beyond the capability of traditional installations by offering a flexible, software-based architecture. This enables broadcasters to only pay for what they need and easily add new features as their business evolves.Add to that the evolution of Dell EMC Isilon scale-out storage solutions, designed for high-performance and advanced production environments, enabling media companies to shape and configure resources to meet the demanding needs of each operation in the workflow.Time is moneyTraditionally, it would take 9-12 months for a customer to get their broadcast workload environment into production. They had to size the equipment, set it up, configure and test it extensively before going on-air.With Dell Technologies, the configuration is already qualified and tested when the VxRail nodes arrive. VxRail can be up and running in a couple of days once the networking is ready. Once VMware vSphere is configured, the ISVs – who are familiar with the vSphere configurations and images – can load the base VMs that very day.ISVs have tested and qualified this technology right in their labs, so they’re able to move your operation immediately into workflow customization. This is how environments that used to take 12 months to get running become operational – and collecting revenue – within three months. We’re talking about greatly accelerating revenue from ad sales and everything else that goes along with spinning up a new channel. It also can shorten their technology investment depreciation cycle.This kind of efficiency has caught the attention of ISVs, some of which are now adopting VMware’s solutions as their underlying technology, with huge OEM potential.Broadcast challenges Uncompressed video streams with an IP playout – usually associated with live sports broadcasts – can present a significant challenge for broadcasters, who can’t have dropped frames, jitter or black space, so the requirements are extremely high.The  ST-2110 standard requires 1.3 Gb/s bandwidth for an uncompressed UHD channel. To get multiple channels playing, we found it imperative to have the ISV engineering department working with our VMware vSphere Alliances & Performance Engineering team. It took a long time to solve these challenges, but we can now get two of these channels running on a single VxRail node.One of our ISV partners spent nine months working on a hardware solution to solve this problem. They had no success, because it wasn’t a hardware issue – it was a virtualization-engineering feat. They needed a virtualization solution and Dell Technologies’ expertise. When we brought our VMware vSphere performance engineers to the table, our partners were finally able to overcome this issue.Furthermore, when the next generation VxRail arrives with even more powerful CPUs, we expect to get up to four uncompressed live streams playing without any issue.Lower total costsVMware-powered solutions can help media organizations realize significant cost savings. A single VxRail – powered by VMware vSphere and vSAN – can do the work of multiple bare-metal servers. This results in less rack space, less power and a reduction in cooling requirements versus deploying server after server.Finally, we’re in the early virtualization stages with M&E, but not in other industries where we have employed this solution successfully for years. It took the banking industry, for example, a year or so to understand how well virtualization works. Once they understood the tools and their comfort level increased, the technicians’ work became more meaningful and interesting, and the possibilities of virtualization began to be realized.That’s where we’re heading with M&E, which is why it’s going to be such an exciting next phase in this industry.To learn more about recommendations and best practices, download VMware’s new whitepaper: “Media and Entertainment Workloads on vSphere 6.7: Best practices and recommendations for deployment and performance tuning,” co-authored by VMware’s Mark Achtemichuk, Bob Goldsand and Shak Malik. It is the definitive guide to successfully deploy and benefit from Media Function Virtualization.last_img read more

The Latest: ACC moving football media days to virtual format

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Atlantic Coast Conference is moving its football media days online because of concerns about COVID-19. Organizers say they told tour officials they would “prefer to cancel this year’s edition of the tournament in light of the current situation.”Tournament head Roger Brennwald says playing the event with no fans or with social distancing “have to be ruled out for us in Basel on economic grounds.”The ATP is expected to decide on its end-of-season indoor schedule in mid-July.Brennwald says “it looks like coronavirus is on match point and is set for victory.”Hometown great Roger Federer was already set to miss the tournament where he worked as a ballboy and is the record 10-time champion. He ended his season this month to recover from knee surgery. Associated Press The ACC Football Kickoff was originally scheduled to be held at The Westin in Charlotte, North Carolina. It has been rescheduled for July 21-23 with coverage on the ACC Network. Commissioner John Swofford, each of the conference’s 14 head coaches and selected players will be featured. All 10 FBS conferences have now announced that their media days will be altered because of the pandemic, with most going virtual. The Big Ten has not made a final decision on its media days.___Norwich midfielder Marco Stiepermann has returned to training after self-isolating at home following a positive test for COVID-19.The English club was informed of the positive test on Friday. That was the same day Norwich played Tottenham in a friendly ahead of the resumption of the Premier League. The Latest: ACC moving football media days to virtual formatcenter_img Norwich says Stiepermann has remained asymptomatic and has since taken two further tests that returned negative results.Norwich is in last place in the league and hosts Southampton on Friday in their first Premier League game back after the three-month suspension.One person has tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest round of checks. The Premier League announced that 1,541 tests had been conducted on players and club staff on June 15 and 16.___The Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Basel wants to cancel its 50th anniversary edition in October because of the coronavirus pandemic. June 18, 2020 ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

MLAX : Season-long faceoff struggles plague SU once again; Duke’s senior midfielders take control

first_img Comments Published on May 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected] DURHAM, N.C. – John Desko couldn’t escape the topic. From his opening statement to the questions he faced following Syracuse’s loss to Duke on Saturday, the head coach repeated himself over and over.A 7-of-24 faceoff performance filtered into the performance of the Orange in every facet of the game. The offense could never get going without the ball. And the defense was forced to try to slow down an explosive Duke offense for nearly the entire game.After plaguing Syracuse all season, Desko addressed the future of the position that was the difference in so many games this season.‘We got to keep working at it, obviously recruiting wise, we’re going to be looking for anybody that we think can come in and help us out right away there,’ Desko said.Syracuse (9-8) came into the year with a focus on getting better at the X. But for the most part, draws remained an issue for the team all season. It proved to be the problem that ended the Orange’s year in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday in a 12-9 loss to Duke (14-4) at Koskinen Stadium.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe startlingly low number of faceoff victories was what Desko and his players pointed to as the answer to nearly every question surrounding the loss. The battle for possession prevented SU from having any chance to pull off the upset despite tying the game early in the second half.The Orange never dominated an opponent at the X all season, and came into the game ranked 41st out of 50 Division-I teams in faceoff-win percentage at 47.5 percent.Desko tried seven different players on draws this season, and while some had their share of success, all of them were inconsistent.After Syracuse won the faceoff battle in its last two games at the Big East tournament, Desko is hopeful sophomore specialists Chris Daddio and Ricky Buhr establish themselves and turn Syracuse’s weakness around next season.‘Our guys will be juniors next year and hopefully step into their own like they did the last part of the season,’ Desko said.Duke attack capitalizes on opportunitiesDuke head coach John Danowski credited his senior midfielders for sparking the Blue Devils offense.Justin Turri and Robert Rotanz each finished with three goals to contribute to the team’s 12-9 win over Syracuse on Saturday. But Danowski was more impressed by the plays that didn’t show up in the box score after the game.‘While they did make plays and score goals,’ Danowski said, ‘I was happier with their decision making, passes they didn’t make, feeds they didn’t force which allowed us to maintain possession of the ball and then continue to hunt for good opportunities.’On a day when Duke had plenty of chances to attack Syracuse offensively, staying patient and maximizing those opportunities was key for the Blue Devils. The patient approach of working the ball around until a teammate found a wide-open shot paid off as the team finished with 12 goals.When the Blue Devils jumped out to a three-goal lead, that patience was on display. Duke had the Syracuse defense constantly sliding with quick passes around the perimeter before taking the open shot.The Blue Devils caught the Syracuse defense out of sorts on an extra-man opportunity about four minutes into the third quarter, and Rotanz buried a shot into the back of the net for his third goal to put Duke up 7-5. SU defenders David Hamlin, Matt Harris and Brandon Mullins all furiously tried to get set for the Duke possession, but Rotanz beat all of them and fired past Orange goaltender Bobby Wardwell for the score.Later, Mullins was late rotating out to attack Christian Walsh, who scored Duke’s fourth consecutive goal of the third period and sent the Blue Devils on their way to a first-round victory.‘We kept the ball moving, we didn’t settle for the first easy look we didn’t let the goalie make any of the easy saves,’ Turri said. ‘We were really patient and spread the ball around and moved it to anybody. No one guy is the key to the offense.’[email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Džumhur on 123rd Place on the ATP List

first_imgNovak Djokovic convincingly retained the first place on the new ATP list.Serbian tennis player leads with 13.045 points, followed by Roger Federer with 9205 and Rafael Nadal with 5,745 points.Top Rated BiH tennis players are Damir Dzumhur on 123rd place, Aldin Šetkić on 224th, Tomislav Brkic on 240th place, Mirza Basic on 281st, while Nerman Fatić occupies 800th place.(Source: Klix)last_img