Pine Island Glacier and its drainage basin: results from radio echo-sounding

first_imgRetreat of the grounding lines of West Antarctic ice streams may lead to the collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet. Pine Island Glacier has been pinpointed as an ice stream in which rapid retreat is likely, especially as it is not buttressed by an ice shelf. Radio echo-sounding flights have produced a longitudinal thickness profile for the glacier. The ice presently rests on a bedrock sill which may play a crucial role in controlling the position of the grounding line. The profile can be fitted to a steadystate model but this alone is not adequate to determine steady- or non-steady-state behaviour. Landsat images show that the ice front undergoes periodic calving. Mass-balance calculations suggest that accumulation in the catchment may exceed ablation by a factor of 2. However, accumulation data are poor and there is no firm evidence of a build-up of ice within the Pine Island Glacier drainage basin.last_img read more

Castles Residential Sales & Lettings bucks Brexit trends

first_imgDespite Brexit and the resulting downward business trends across some sectors, Swindon-based Castles Residential Sales & Lettings continues to thrive despite the stormy economic climate.“We are all having to face the consequences of the 2016 referendum: our departure from the EU, the never-ending media noise around what is going to happen, what is not going to happen, and who said what to who. But life still goes on!” said Mark Noble, Castle’s Managing Director.LaddersPeople are still being promoted and able to either buy their first home, or take the next step up the property ladder. People are progressing their careers by taking up new positions and are moving out of, or into, the local area. Other people are adding to their families and want a larger house, whilst others are downsizing as their children leave the nest.“The housing market is constantly moving to accommodate ‘life going on’. Castles play a key role in making sure that our customers, buying or selling, looking for tenants, or finding a rental property it all goes as smoothly as possible,” said Mark Noble.Castles’ listing team now consists of three highly experienced, extremely professional agents who each manage their own part of Swindon, ensuring that clients benefit from a property expert with real local knowledge. The listers are supported by the Branch Manager, the sales team and a dedicated in house sales progressor.“We are all about delivering exceptional client service,” said Mark Noble. “We have a customer experience rating of 4.9*/5* from Feefo, which delivers a totally independent review.Castles’ ratings on Feefo:Alisa Myfanwy Barker said, I would highly recommend Castles Estate Agents for their efficient and friendly service. They managed to find me two ideal properties within a couple of weeks. They organised all the transactions in the purchase or the two properties and now they are looking after them for me. They are a small company with good local knowledge.Mr & Mrs Brown, said, wrote “Quite simply they have been outstanding and I thank the management team and staff for their professional skills and knowledge in executing my instruction.”Mark Noble Brexit Castles Residential Sales & Lettings Sheila Manchester March 13, 2019The 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 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 » Castles Residential Sales & Lettings bucks Brexit trends previous nextAgencies & PeopleCastles Residential Sales & Lettings bucks Brexit trendsSheila Manchester13th March 20190513 Viewslast_img read more

Utilities company is lead sponsor at The Negotiator Conference & Expo 2019

first_imgHome » News » Utilities company is lead sponsor at The Negotiator Conference & Expo 2019 previous nextProducts & ServicesUtilities company is lead sponsor at The Negotiator Conference & Expo 2019Innovative proptech brand Tili, returns as headline sponsor to The Negotiator Conference & Expo 2019 and gold sponsor of The Negotiator Awards.The Negotiator23rd September 20190405 Views  On a backdrop of uncertainty and change facing the lettings industry, The Negotiator Conference & Expo, in association with Tili, aims to give agents a clear view of what lies ahead with its title theme for this year: 2020 Vision – residential agency in focus.Both lettings and estate agents have been through the proverbial wringer in recent months, with the long road towards Brexit and the implementation of the Tenant Fee Ban consistently creating uncertainty across the industry.Despite these challenges, there are early signs of recovery in sight. Recent data from Halifax shows that house prices have continued to rise. Modest as this growth is (1.8% in the past year, and 0.3% in August), Halifax assert that the sales market has proved itself to be resilient in the face of much political and economic uncertainty.Lettings businesses are already working closely with landlords to fairly and sustainably offset the 10-20% revenue gap lost from tenant fees. From service add-ons to cost-cutting and efficiency measures, agents have shown great ingenuity in rising to the challenge posed by the fee ban.Arguably, estate agents are still very much exposed to risk with the the sales market slowing down, but for once there are more diverse options for the selling market’s sustainability other than just the age-old advice… time to shut up shop and go online.As agents know well, this isn’t the first time the housing industry has seen itself on an uneven axis. With the recession and the financial crash in 2007 – agents saw a very similar scenario, with lettings arms working at an unprecedented pace to ensure their own sustainability and help support estate arms through the tough conditions. But, the market embraced the chance to evolve and what emerged from the other side was an entirely new manifestation of the industry – diverse in its nature and signalling the birth of proptech and hybrid organisational models.Ian Crowther, Commercial Director of Tili comments:“This echoes exactly what we’re hearing from our property industry partners. Agents are making time to implement regulatory changes and refine their processes, but equally they’re looking for meaningful change and innovation that’ll see them thrive. Our partners want to hear the success stories, ‘who’s doing what?’ and ‘how will this help us to offset these challenges?’, where are the opportunities and how do we grab them and run with them in this challenging new climate?“We’re passionate about helping agents find these answers, which is why we’re delighted to return as the headline sponsor of this year’s Negotiator Conference & Expo.”Scott Holmes, Marketing & Communications Manager of Tili comments:“The Negotiator Conference & Expo answers the SOS call from agents perfectly, what we saw at last year’s event was an offering that delivered a holistic set of answers that benefit both multi-market groups as well as lettings only/ estate only businesses.“By delivering the key insight needed for successful decision-making in a changing environment as well as show-casing a curated range of relevant suppliers – agents will be hard-pressed to find another event that’ll offer this level of opportunity to help them recoup revenue, diversify their brand and sustain their position in the market.“We’re delighted to return as the headline sponsor to this year’s Negotiator Conference & Expo, as well as lending our support to the Negotiator Awards as a gold level sponsor. We’re committed to helping our partners and potential partners find the answers needed to evolve to meet the demands of a challenging market environment, not to mention recognising the successes of those who thrive and innovate each year. Grab your tickets for these great events and we’ll see you there!”The Negotiator Conference & Expo takes place on 29th November at Grosvenor House in London.    Ovo Scott Holmes Negotiator Conference & Expo Ian Crowther ovo group Tili September 23, 2019Chris SmedleyWhat’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 2021last_img read more

Better loaves with Kluman’s Breadfat

first_imgKluman & Balter (Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire) has expanded its fats and oils range with Breadfat. The fat produces light and well-textured bread for sandwich loaves, baps, rolls and other speciality items, says the company.Kluman & Balter offers seven different types of margarine. The Sovereign Superior AV margarine has good creaming properties and a buttery flavour, says the company. Kluman also supplies oils, such as palm frying oil, vegetable oil, rapeseed oil and extra virgin oil, suitable for baking quality breads.Like all of the products in the Kluman and Balter range, the oils and fats are available directly from stock for immediate delivery. The fats are non-hydrogenated and come in 10kg and 12.5kg packs, the oils in 5, 15 0r 20 litre drums and 1000 litre tanks.last_img read more

Generally, a happy anniversary

first_imgOne year after the Class of 2013 became the first required to complete Harvard College’s Program in General Education, officials have one thing to say: so far, so good.“Students seem excited by the new courses,” said Stephanie Kenen, associate dean of undergraduate education and administrative director of the program. “The flexibility of the program seems to be something they like.”The General Education Program, known as Gen Ed, replaced the University’s 30-year-old Core Curriculum last fall. In the new program, students are required to take at least one course in each of eight areas of study: aesthetic and interpretive understanding; culture and belief; empirical and mathematical reasoning; ethical reasoning; science of living systems; science of the physical universe; societies of the world; and United States in the world. In addition, at least one of these courses must also engage substantially with the study of the past.Kenen said it is far too early to assess the program’s success, but preliminary returns have been encouraging. For instance, even though upper-class students may still graduate under the requirements of the Core Curriculum, fully half of juniors and nearly 10 percent of seniors have switched to the new requirements. Moreover, when asked, “What was your most positive academic experience?” on last year’s freshman survey, many students identified Gen Ed classes.Kenen said she and her colleagues have been surprised at the excitement over some courses. While “Science and Cooking” has received much press attention, other classes have seen enrollment spikes as well, such as “Pyramid Schemes,” a new course that explores the archaeological history of ancient Egypt.“The course has given me a chance to go beyond what I would normally experience in a classroom,” said William Weingarten ’11. “I’ve enjoyed getting the chance to travel out to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and to visit the Visualization Center here at Harvard to get a deeper intuition for what Egypt was really like thousands of years ago.”Professor Peter Der Manuelian, who teaches “Pyramid Schemes,” said it is both challenging and rewarding to design a rigorous curriculum that is not too esoteric for the generalist.“There is nothing like sharing the passion for one’s field with 170 interested undergraduates,” he said. “I enjoy watching students get excited about new pyramid construction theories, ancient religious schisms, explanations for the rise of complex society, and the mysteries of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic grammar. Long ago I learned that to focus only on the narrow confines of one’s discipline can lead to diminished interest levels across the board.”Weingarten said he has enjoyed all the Gen Ed courses he has taken so far. “Most Gen Ed professors put a lot of effort into ensuring that their courses are both fun and educational,” he said. “Gen Ed has given me more time to take courses that I enjoy outside of my normal concentration track, applied math.”College officials say they are working to keep the Gen Ed curriculum fresh, pointing to the dramatic expansion of course offerings over the last year. When the program launched, 230 classes had been approved for Gen Ed; by this fall, that number had expanded to 356.“We want a curriculum that evolves with our students, so we have to refresh and renew the curriculum on an ongoing basis,” said Kenen. “Some courses are constructed in such a way as to retain their suitability for the program without much change over time. Others may not have as long a shelf life.”Looking to the future, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences created Graduate Seminars in General Education (GSGEs) as one way to meet the demand for new and engaging Gen Ed courses.“Dean Allan Brandt [of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences] came up with the idea,” Kenen explained. “Faculty take graduate students through the study of a topic at an advanced level and, at the same time, take these students through the process of designing an undergraduate course in that area. Graduate students get to work on course themes, design, and pedagogy, which is a really wonderful opportunity for them. If all goes well, the teaching fellows [TFs] for the new course will be the same people who helped design it. So, not only do we get a great new course, but we also get a group of well-trained and very engaged TFs.”Kenen directs anyone curious about the program to the recently developed course trailers website. There they will find short videos for classes such as “Tangible Things,” “Primitive Navigation,” and “Fat Chance.”“Each trailer is a snapshot of a course,” Kenen said. “Faculty members give a little introduction to the course, its aims, and how it meets the goals of Gen Ed. It’s a great way for parents, students, and others to find out about classes in the Gen Ed curriculum.”last_img read more

Nevada jockeys to be first on presidential primary calendar

first_imgLAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrats in Nevada are making a play to bump Iowa and New Hampshire from their early spots on the presidential primary calendar. If the move is successful, it would upend decades of political tradition and give a more urban and racially diverse group of voters a greater say in picking the party’s nominee. The behind-the-scenes lobbying seeks to capitalize on the party’s discontent with Iowa’s and New Hampshire’s performances last year. Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses devolved into a technological and logistical mess, leaving the winner unclear. New Hampshire’s first-in-the-state primary wound up a near tie between two candidates who ultimately lost, while the eventual nominee, now-President Joe Biden, came in fifth.last_img

NYC Pension Funds To Divest Fossil Investments

first_imgNYC Pension Funds To Divest Fossil Investments FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享AP:New York City officials are citing climate change as their motivation to join a growing number of investors ridding themselves of financial interest in fossil fuels.Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio and Comptroller Scott Stringer are set to announce plans on Wednesday to divest the city’s five pension funds of roughly $5 billion in fossil fuel investments out of its total of $189 billion. They say the divestment is the largest of any municipality in the U.S. to date.Clara Vondrich of the DivestInvest campaign says the city joins a movement that started about six years ago. She says hundreds of institutional investors managing assets of over $5.5 trillion have taken their money out of fossil fuel investments.Last month, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans to have the state pension funds also divest from fossil fuel investments. He and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli are creating an advisory committee to examine the way to proceed with divestment.In November, Norway’s central bank urged the Norwegian government to consider divesting oil and gas company shares held in the $1 trillion oil fund.Vondrich said other cities and entities divesting of fossil fuel interests have included Washington, D.C., Berlin and Cape Town; insurance companies Swiss Re, Axa and Allianz; and educational institutions such as the University of Oxford in Great Britain, Stanford University in California and Trinity College in Ireland. Philanthropies have included the Wallace Global Fund and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, notable because the late John D. Rockefeller grew his wealth as an oil baron.Brian Youngberg, a senior energy analyst at Edward Jones Investments, noted divestment is not entirely altruistic over the issue of climate change. Fossil fuel securities are underperforming and officials say the outlook for fossil fuel investments continues to be negative.More: read more

Foreign Governments Assist in Investigation of Attack in Colombia

first_imgBy Dialogo May 18, 2012 Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón revealed that given the technique used in the terrorist attack that targeted former Interior Minister Fernando Londoño on May 15, the Government has requested the assistance of friendly countries in the investigation in order to shed light on its motives, perpetrators, and planners. “We’ve turned to these friendly Governments, as on other occasions, in order to exchange information and be more effective in these investigations,” Pinzón affirmed. The minister offered assurance that no effort will be spared to find, as quickly as possible, those responsible for the terrorist attack, which left 2 dead and more than 40 injured. The Defense minister affirmed that for now, no terrorist group is being ruled out as responsible for the attack, although he noted that only as the investigation moves forward will its results regarding possible perpetrators and planners be made public. Finally, minister Pinzón offered assurance that Government forces will continue pursuing all terrorist and criminal groups, in order to keep moving forward on restoring the Colombian people’s security.last_img read more

El Salvador’s Army Deploys Armored Vehicles in Fight against Violent Gangs

first_imgConsequently, in late 2009, the United States donated an initial batch of 18 Humvees, which the Salvadoran Military incorporated into its Cavalry fleet. The U.S. followed with several donations during next five years – ultimately providing about 50 M1151s and M1165s, along with 25 M1025 Armament Carrier Humvees. “We want to keep improving our fleet by making low-cost investments in the conditions of the vehicles that we have produced, and in the fleet of Humvees that we already have,” he said. In April, the Armed Forces incorporated many of the Humvees into the recently created Special Reaction Forces (Fuerzas Especiales de Reacción, FER for its Spanish initials), a strategic Army unit of 600 Troops divided into three Battalions. A history of using armored vehicles Specialized Army unit FER repels gang attack But that began to change by the 2000s, when Salvadoran security forces confronted growing violence by the MS-13 and Barrio 18 after both formed alliances with Mexican cartels to transport drugs through El Salvador. In 1985, the Cashuat was followed by 20 Astroboys, light armored vehicles built using Ford F-250s. They were important in the so-called “Final Offensive” of the Civil War, which lasted from 1979-1992. From 1992 until the mid-2000s, armored vehicles weren’t used nearly as much, largely because the Civil War was over and few internal threats required their presence, Colonel Moz Linares said. The Salvadoran Military has been using armored vehicles for more than four decades, starting in 1969, when the country’s Cavalry acquired a few American M3 Stuart light tanks designed for conventional warfare. And by the early 1980s, private Salvadoran companies built their first APCs and light tanks, which the Army used in the country’s Civil War. “We’ve adapted our combat methods to the missions we’ve been assigned in the conflict,” Colonel Lucio Edilberto Moz Linares, Chief of the VIII Group of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of El Salvador’s Armed Forces, said on July 1 at the 4th Annual Latin America Armored Vehicles Conference in Bogotá, Colombia. “The Humvees offer us versatility,” Colonel Moz Linares said. “They are great support for public security units in our fight against the maras.” El Salvador’s Army is significantly increasing its use of armored vehicles to confront violent street gangs like the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 (M-18) in several of the country’s cities. Army Troops are using M1151 Enhanced Armament Carriers, upgraded versions of the HMMWVS (Humvees), M1165 Control MRC Radio Trucks, modified pick-up trucks and locally made armored vehicles like the VCTA1 and VCTA2 to provide cover and support during urban operations. By Dialogo July 24, 2015 I hope they get going on this because it’s tough Good day. How shameful, our legislators fighting like any street thug Lets get all the gang members out of the country. Let’s see if there’s even 1 nation that wants to be screwed up the way El Salvador is. Relatives of gang members enough already. Let’s get started and get our relatives out. Gang bangers… Polo. I want to know about the seismic activity that has been seen in the municipality of Alegría This kind of person can only be eradicated with the death penalty. I am really sorry for my brother who’s involved in this but every action has a consequence Enough already, gentlemen of the Assembly. You need to reform these laws to get rid of these gang members once and for all. We are tired. They use extortion as they please and against whomever they please, and no one does anything that you would expect. The country is lost, this has no way to be fixed and it’s going to get worse. This is because the criminals are inside the community itself and that makes it very hard to get rid of them. Juliany came from the USA and just came to take money away and when he saw the guys he was going into the Assembly with, it’s better he left before they could hurt him. GREAT SECURITY In addition to the Humvees, the Army has benefited from using the VCTA1 and VCTA2, two locally made armored vehicles with 20mm cannons. Presented in 2011, these armored vehicles were produced using Dodge Ram chassis. Since their introduction, they have been involved in most urban operations against gangs, as they can withstand high-caliber weapons, grenades and other explosives, according to Colonel Moz Linares. Their primary task is to combat gangs and criminal organizations while supporting local police and other Soldiers. Since its inception, FER Soldiers have repelled an M-18 attack in Zacatecoluca in the department of La Paz; combated gangs who had attacked police in Jucuapa in the department of Usulután; and conducted security patrols in cities nationwide. last_img read more

Car Thief Nabbed in Deer Park Police Chase Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An alleged car thief led Suffolk County police on a high-speed chase that ended in a crash that seriously injured a woman in Deer Park on Sunday night, authorities said.A Highway Patrol officer tried to pull over a 2012 Kia Forte for speeding on the westbound service road of Sunrise Highway at the corner of Commack Road in Islip when the driver refused to stop and sped off at more than 100 mph shortly before 10 p.m., police said.The fleeing suspect nearly struck several cars and the pursuit was terminated shortly later when the car was lost. Minutes later, First Precinct officers found the car after its driver crashed at the corner of West 6th Street and Central Avenue in Deer Park into a Chevy Trailblazer that caught fire.The driver of the Kia, which police later learned was reported stolen in Bay Shore on Aug. 27, tried to run away from the scene but officers apprehended him nearby.He was identified as James Darrow, 49, of Medford, has and taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.A passenger in the Kia, 33-year-old Brooke Moody of Bay Shore, and the driver of the Trailblazer, 42-year-old Frank Cassano of Lindenhurst, were treated at the same hospital.Darrow was charged with unlawful fleeing a police officer, reckless endangerment and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.First Squad detectives impounded the vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed the pursuit or the crash to call them at 631-854-8152.last_img read more