Big win for Helpthemove

first_imgOnline utility management service Helpthemove was named Best Start-Up 2017 in the Big Chip Awards, recognising innovative digital and technology businesses in the North.The award was accepted by Helpthemove founder Stephen Henesy and team at the ceremony in Manchester.The free online tool provides agents with a single portal to manage tenant and landlord utility notifications quickly and easily each time a tenant moves in and out of a property. It is used by 1,000 letting agents, housing associations and PRS organisations.The judges said, “The enterprise stands out as a new and exciting generation of intermediaries for thoughtful design and innovative use of tech to simplify the complexities of being a landlord or tenant.”Indeed, the service not only significantly reduces the admin time and associated costs in notifying the utility companies, it offers agents a new commission-based revenue stream for administrative updates that are traditionally unprofitable.Stephen HenesyHelpthemove Founder, Stephen Henesy said, “We wanted to build a time-saving tool that would solve the inefficiencies of this task through digitisation and automation, and to monetise it in the process so agents could essentially get paid for a job they’re already doing.We’re pleased to have been awarded the Big Chip – it’s testament to the demand in the property letting market for services that not only save time, but can make money.” Best Start-Up 2017 Big Chip Awards technology business digital business September 8, 2017The 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 » Big win for Helpthemove previous nextProptechBig win for HelpthemoveThe Negotiator8th September 201701,650 Viewslast_img read more

Professor discusses Barbie doll’s impact

first_imgWith blonde hair and blue eyes, Barbie seems like an all-American girl next door — but behind the plastic doll lies a mysterious past and a troubling message, according to Terri Russ. Russ, a communication studies professor at Saint Mary’s College, outlined the truth behind Barbie’s life and her impact on women in her lecture “Barbie — Love Her, Hate Her, Who Cares?!” on Thursday evening in the Saint Mary’s Student Center. “[Barbie] is this really interesting toy,” Russ said. “She’s been around for well over 50 years now … [but] even though she’s a doll, she … represents more than that. Clearly, she’s part of our cultural understanding of a lot of things.” Barbie, whose full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts, is a teenager with an interest in fashion. She hails from a make-believe town in Illinois where she lives with her architect father and stay-at-home mother, Russ said. The story behind Barbie’s creation is guarded closely by her manufacturer Mattel, , Russ said. “One of the things [Mattel] has … done is been very protective of what the public knows and doesn’t know about Barbie,” she said. “One of the ways we see that play out is in terms of the creation of Barbie.” Mattel advertises that Barbie was named for the daughter of her creator, Russ said. However, there are other possible stories of Barbie’s creation. “[One] story is that Ruth Handler, the woman who we think came up with the idea of Barbie, wanted to design a doll for her daughter, Barb, so that her daughter and her friends could practice being an adult in play and make believe,” Russ said. At that time, the only other popular dolls on the market were made of paper, she said. Handler wanted to enrich her daughter’s playtime, so she turned to another doll on the market for inspiration — a highly sexualized German fashion doll named Lilli. “Lilli was a sex toy doll marketed to men in Germany and other places in Europe,” Russ said. “So, you can kind of tell why Mattel would want that [sanitized].” The second story, Russ said, starts with a man named Jack Ryan — an engineer employed in the defense industry. “After World War II, the defense industry kind of went downhill, so [Ryan] needed to find something to do,” Russ said. “He was really good with plastics, so he went to work for Mattel.” Some believe Ryan’s interests dictated the appearance of Barbie, Russ said. “Jack was kind of like the Hugh Hefner of his time,” she said. “He had a preference for thin, blonde women with big boobs. The story is that he designed Barbie.” However, Russ said most Barbie scholars believe the true creation story is a blending of the two. Beyond mystery surrounding Barbie’s creation, the doll also has a powerful effect on the lives of little girls around the world. “[Barbie] is this idea of little girls getting to practice being a woman, and they do that by buying Barbie,” Russ said. “But, buying Barbie is never enough, because she only comes with one outfit, and the whole purpose of Barbie is to dress her up. To do that, you have to buy more outfits, and all the accessories.” This constant need to purchase Barbie accessories instills consumer behavior in girls, Russ said. “As we know from other research, that whole consumer identity continues in other forms,” she said. “We’re marketed that we can improve ourselves if we buy the right product. That presents this really interesting phenomenon.” Despite Mattel’s idea that Barbie should inspire girls to pursue careers as doctors, teachers, dentists and more, there is a strange reality left out of this empowering thought, Russ said. “It’s interesting, because we’re supposed to view Barbie to help us be anything we want to be as a girl, but it’s very controlled by Mattel,” Russ said. “If you think about all the careers Barbie has been, which is a lot, there’s also a lot of things she hasn’t been.” Barbie has never been a professor, single mom or other realities women face, Russ said. “If [Barbie] is supposed to represent what it’s like to be grown up as a woman, it presents a very narrow view, not just physically, but holistically,” she said. Russ said Barbie’s physique creates an ideal body that is unrealistic. “We’re not going to find anyone who even comes close to looking like Barbie,” Russ said. “Even if they are blonde and thin, still nobody can really look like Barbie. She’s just completely unreal. I mean, hopefully no one has feet like that.” In fact, she’s creating a body image paradox that is not ideal, Russ said. “While we all know Barbie is just a doll and she’s unrealistic, there’s still that part of us that asks, ‘Well, what if? What if I could do that?” she said. “There is this ambivalence. We love her, but we know we shouldn’t love her, but we don’t really hate her, and she’s hard to hate. She’s a doll.” Despite Barbie setting unrealistic physical standards, mysterious career paths and disjointed thought paradoxes, Russ said Barbie does not have to be hated. “Nothing … is good in excess and nothing is good in a vacuum. It needs to be contextualized,” she said. “At the end of the day, [Barbie] is a toy — a doll — but a really, really famous doll.”last_img read more

Wisconsin hopes to avoid loss at PSU

first_imgAlyssa Karel and the Badgers will look to win back-to-back games for the first time in more than a month.[/media-credit]With only two games remaining in regular season play, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (19-8, 9-7) finds itself firmly implanted in the logjam that is the Big Ten conference. A mere three games separates seventh-place Northwestern from second-place Michigan State, and at least 10 teams have an outside chance at earning a first-round bye in next week’s conference championship.Well aware of the conference situation, the Badgers are anticipating a battle as they travel to the Bryce Jordan Center to square off with the fifth-place Penn State Nittany Lions (16-10, 8-8) tonight. Last month, it was the Nittany Lions who stopped a four-game Badger win streak with a 54-43 win at the Kohl Center and altered the path of UW’s season.Since that Jan. 21 contest, Wisconsin has followed a win one, lose one pattern.Having defeated Michigan over the weekend, Wisconsin hopes to buck that pattern come Sunday.“I think we are expecting a battle,” Wisconsin junior forward Tara Steinbauer said. “Obviously, they came in to our home and they beat us. That was an unpleasant experience, so I think going into this game, we’re really geared up and, hopefully, we come out being successful and having the right momentum going into the Big Ten Tournament.”Last month against Penn State, Wisconsin played arguably its worst offensive game of the season, as the Badgers posted season-lows in points scored (43) and field goal percentage (28.1 percent).In addition, UW struggled to control PSU’s uptempo transition game, which is led by the Big Ten’s second-leading scorer, senior guard Tyra Grant.“Transition, transition, transition,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said. “They want to get it and go quick. … We need to resemble our transition defense that we demonstrated at Oregon — that’s a long time ago, but that’s going to be key for us. That’s the type of high-potent offense they’re capable of having. They’ve got the [second-leading] scorer in the conference in Tyra Grant, who is someone you don’t stop, you just try to contain.”Complementing Grant in the Nittany Lion starting five are two more guards, junior Julia Trogele and freshman Alex Bentley.Standing at 6-foot-2 and 5-foot-7 respectively, the backcourt duo combined for 25 points against the Badgers back in January and aid Penn State’s height advantage. Along with the 5-foot-11 Grant, the remainder of PSU’s starting lineup consists of a pair of tall forwards, 6-foot-4 freshman Nikki Greene and 6-foot-1 senior Meredith Monroe.“They’re big; their starting lineup’s real big,” Stone said. “They pose a size advantage. However, they really want to run. You would think a bigger team would want to maybe slow down, but they push it hard.”To combat Penn State’s size, Wisconsin will be looking for contributions from a variety of areas.Against Michigan last Sunday, 6-foot-2 sophomore forward Anya Covington scored a career-high 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds in 30 valuable minutes off the bench. UW guards Rae Lin D’Alie and Alyssa Karel will also look to keep the Nittany Lion backcourt in check.Standing at only 5-foot-3, but leading the team in assists and steals in her senior season, D’Alie is third on the team with an average of 8.2 points per game. Karel, meanwhile, leads the team and is tenth in the conference in scoring at 14.3 points per game.The 5-foot-7 junior from St. Paul, Minn., has scored 20 or more points in seven games this season and will play a vital role in keeping the UW offense rolling for the duration of the game. In order to do so, Stone has led the Badgers through what she calls “toughener” drills to ensure the team stays tough on offense and defense.“As coaches, you try to prepare your team for what they may see,” Stone said. “We do these ‘tougheners’ and finishing drills inside, and you’ve noticed statistically, our turnovers are down, we’re shooting the ball at a high percentage, we’re making our free throws, we’re scoring some points. All of those things are day-to-day. Offense is something that is just a part of defense.“We continue to pretty much spend 75 to 80 percent of our practice on defense, and offensively, just make sure that we don’t put our defense back on their heels.”For Karel, often the team’s sparkplug on offense, staying tough with the ball has been important all year. However, with only two games left on the schedule, playing strong is of utmost importance.“We really tried to focus on that a lot more: where we have to be tough with the ball. We can’t really let the other team dictate what we’re going to do on offense,” Karel said. “Penn State’s a very aggressive physical team, and that’s going to be huge — huge — this game because they’re going to get up in our shorts, and we got to be able to handle that pressure.”last_img read more