Tributes for ‘superhero’ estate agent who lost 18-month fight against brain tumours

first_imgColleagues of an estate agent who lost his battle against cancer last Friday have paid tribute to his ‘energy, enthusiasm and absolutely commitment’ at work.The family of Trevor Wood (pictured, above) have revealed the career estate agent, who worked at Essex firm Dedman Grey, passed away after 18 months fighting the disease.A dedicated West Ham fan, Wood joined the industry in 2006 as a sales manager at Douglas Allen in his mid-20s before moving to Connells in Billericay and later joining Allen Estate in Braintree.He then joined Dedman Gray in 2015 as an auctions consultant, later running the company’s South Essex operation.His LinkedIn profile has been inundated with comments form colleagues, contacts and friends after his wife Leanne (pictured above) posted the news of his death at the Fair Havens Hospice in Southend.Returned to workHis old boss, Mike Gray, revealed that he had returned to work last year after initial treatment for his brain cancer, and thought he had ‘won his battle’.But after celebrating his 40th birthday, Wood then fell ill and it was discovered that the cancer returned even more strongly and he entered the hospice on August 11th, local media report.“Over the last five years Trev has been a crucial part of our auction team and has always shown absolute commitment to getting the best possible outcome and sale price for the clients we represent,” says Gray“His energy and enthusiasm rose to even greater levels while fighting these aggressive tumours over the past 20 months.“Trevor has been an inspiration to us all throughout his difficult time and the memories we all have will remain with us forever.”Woods set a go-fund me page for his family when he realised time was short – which has now raised £5,400.Trevor Wood Dedman Gray August 28, 2020Nigel 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Tributes for ‘superhero’ estate agent who lost 18-month fight against brain tumours previous nextAgencies & PeopleTributes for ‘superhero’ estate agent who lost 18-month fight against brain tumoursFamily, colleagues and friends pay tribute to agent who battled to make his 40th birthday but passed away on Friday.Nigel Lewis28th August 202001,042 Viewslast_img read more

Nature as storm defender

first_imgGittman’s graduate research along the North Carolina coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene in 2011 suggests that the use of “living shorelines” instead of seawalls “can protect private property from these coastal hazards without compromising the habitats.” (The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration defines a living shoreline as one that “uses plants, sand, and limited use of rock to provide shoreline protection and maintain valuable habitat.”)In an area of North Carolina hardest hit by the hurricane, Gittman observed “75 percent of the bulkheads had some kind of damage,” while other types of shorelines, including living shorelines, were damage-free.While such living shorelines won’t work everywhere, they are often a viable option, said Gittman, who helped North Carolina residents plant sea grass for their living shorelines as part of her research. “And with the right amount of education and incentives,” she added, “it’s possible we could push private-property owners in the direction of thinking about the long-term sustainability and resilience and ecological function of their shorelines rather than just ‘I want my property to stay exactly the way it is for the next 30 years.’”Whale chatter amid the clamorThe ocean is a noisy place, explained Ana Širović during her afternoon presentation on whale communication. Natural sea sounds include the songs of marine mammals, as well as the din made by rain, waves, and even the low thunderclap rumble generated by underwater earthquakes. But man also contributes to the clatter, from shipping tankers, oil drills, and commercial and navy sonar.Carefully discerning and studying the songs of giant blue whales is a main focus of Širović, an assistant researcher in the marine bioacoustics lab at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. Her research, she said, helps shine a light on the distribution, behavior, and population structure of the marine life.Recent genetic analysis suggests that blue whale populations off Chile differ so greatly from those off Australia that the Chilean whales might be considered a separate subspecies, said Širović. She hopes that a close analysis of the whales’ songs will support those findings. “If we can measure the amount of difference in different songs of different populations, we could also form more refined hypotheses on how likely they are to be different populations.”Research suggests that just like human language, whale songs are frequently passed on from generation to generation. Humpback whale songs change and evolve, said Širović, citing an example of a whale that arrived off the east coast of Australia singing the western Australian whale song. “Within two seasons, everybody adopted the [eastern] song.“There clearly is some transmission and exchange between these different populations,” Širović added, “but we don’t really know a whole lot about how that works.” Altered oceans Related For years coastal homeowners have tried to beat back Mother Nature with seawalls, imposing structures of wood and/or concrete intended to fend off angry tides and surging storms. But emerging research suggests that in some areas, biological barriers both better protect against erosion and preserve vital ocean habitats.Not only have seawalls in certain areas been shown repeatedly to fail when tested, but they pose a threat to the delicate ecosystems associated with wetlands and intertidal areas, Rachel Gittman, a postdoctoral research associate at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center, said during a talk at Radcliffe on Thursday. Instead of absorbing energy generated by wind and waves, seawalls reflect that force back into the water, said Gittman, further eroding the shore and erasing important habitats for fish, crabs, and shore birds.“You are essentially talking about a little over a 25 percent loss in biodiversity and also around a 35 to 40 percent loss in abundance when you have a seawall instead of a natural shoreline.”Gittman’s talk was part of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study’s “Next in Science,” a new program that brings together early career scientists to present their research to the Harvard community and the public. The session, which included speakers from the University of Glasgow and the Sea Education Association, was a preview of Radcliffe’s October ocean symposium, “From Sea to Changing Sea,” as well as a series of upcoming ocean-related talks. Panelists see window for addressing human impact on ecosystems last_img read more

USC out of MPSF Playoffs

first_imgThe USC men’s volleyball team lost to No. 4 BYU in Provo on Thursday night in its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation playoff game.Sunny Dong | Daily TrojanComing off a remarkable upset against No. 3-seeded Pepperdine, the No. 6 Trojans hoped to use their momentum to take on the overall top-seeded Cougars, who earned a quarterfinal bye last weekend. Before the game, head coach Jeff Nygaard spoke about the different dynamics of postseason play. “Regardless of what happens in the regular season, once you get to the playoffs, everybody’s at the same level, at the same footing,” Nygaard said. BYU did not take USC lightly and reminded everyone why they are the favorite to take home the championship. With a 21-6 record on the season (10-2 in conference), BYU had already defeated the Men of Troy twice this season, both times 3-1. In addition, the Cougars demonstrated an ability to close out games against fellow ranked foes, such as Grand Canyon University, Lewis University, UC Santa Barbara and Ohio State, all of whom defeated USC. Conversely, USC’s predominantly underclassmen squad consistently showed great flashes of potential by hanging tight with teams for half or most the game before being unable to close sets in the final points. That proved to be the case once again against the Cougars; USC was tied 12-12 in both the first and second set, and even led 21-20 in the third set, before eventually losing all three by margins of 25-17, 25-17 and 25-22. For the Trojans, star redshirt junior outside hitter Jack Wyett went out in his final game with a relatively average 10 kills. His fellow junior outside hitters Gianluca Grasso and Ryan Moss were also held below their usual production; Grasso finished with nine kills, three aces and two blocks, while Moss had seven kills and two blocks. Freshman middle blocker Sam Lewis, who is expected to be one of the bona fide leaders next season, finished with four kills and two blocks. BYU won with a collective effort throughout the night. Senior outside hitter Brenden Sander had 12 kills, while freshman opposite hitter Gabi Garcia Fernandez had 12 kills. Sophomore outside Cyrus Fa’alogo also chipped in 12 kills. As a team, USC was significantly outhit .529 to .205, out-digged 24 to 13 and out-aced six to three. Overall, it was a bittersweet season for the Trojans to say the least. After starting the year off in the top 15, the Trojans stayed in it for the first half of the season, but failed to collect a win against another ranked team. With only four departing players and many young players, the Trojans seemed to find joy in trusting the process and believing the results would come with time. At times, they were able to see the payoff at times, most notably their big-time Senior Night win versus crosstown rival UCLA, as well as their quarterfinal upset against Pepperdine. Though their season is over, the team redefined its idea of success relative to what they had going for them, and in doing so, set the stage for even greater things in the coming years. While USC will look largely the same on paper next year, fans can expect a completely different product on the court with a year of experience together under their belts and fresh motivation to prove the next phase in their collective growth.last_img read more

49ers reportedly open at Bucs before hosting Steelers

first_imgSANTA CLARA — First stop on Jimmy Garoppolo’s comeback tour apparently will be Tampa, Florida.The 49ers schedule will open at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and two weeks later, the Pittsburgh Steelers will make their first trip to Levi’s Stadium for the 49ers home opener, NBC Sports Bay Area reported Wednesday morning.The schedule with all dates and times officially will be unveiled at 5 p.m.News of a road opener at Tampa certainly fired up former Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander, who signed …last_img read more

Twitter “Fail Whale” Artist Now Selling Stickers and Wall Art

first_imgTags:#twitter#web Do you know about the Twitter “fail whale?” Of course you do – it’s the iconic image that displays whenever the microblogging social network takes a nose dive. What many do not know, however, is that the so-called “Fail Whale” wasn’t a creation from Twitter itself to decorate their startup’s “uh-oh” page, but actually the work of an unknown artist, Yiying Lu, whose image was posted for use at a stock photo site. Of course, Lu isn’t all that unknown anymore, as her fail whale was soon embraced by the community and turned into a social object. And now that object can decorate your computer or even your walls, thanks to new Twitter art from Lu herself. The “fail whale” is just one of many new wall graphics now available at There are also images of an owl, an elephant, trees and even a very Twitter-like bird, among others, all of which are offered in sizes that range from laptop-sized to wall-to-ceiling prints up to 7-feet tall. (What better way for a blogger to decorate their home office, we ask?) Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Prices start at $14.95 for the laptop-sized graphics and go up to $149.95 for the giant wall art. In a recent interview with the artist on the LTLprints blog, it’s mentioned that Shanghai-born Lu has also done creative work for Anna Sui New York, Maybelline, GettyImages, Glam Media, JWT, the Surfrider Foundation, the University of Technology Sydney, McCann World Group and LTLPrints itself. However, for many of us tech geeks, none is more memorable than that of the Fail Whale. Related Posts sarah perez A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more