South Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (SAMOC) – Fourth Workshop

first_imgThe fourth workshop of the South Atlantic MeridionalOverturning Circulation (SAMOC 4) took place in Simons Town,South Africa, on 27-29 September 2011. The main objectives of the workshop were to: highlight recent modeling results related to the importance of observing the South Atlantic components of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC); provide an overview of results from ongoing pilot arrays and related observational programs; discuss the status of proposals submitted for observations and modeling; and coordinate new proposals aimed at SAMOC goals. Discussions on ship time availability to support the proposed fieldwork in the region, and on developing new agreements for sharing these resources, alsotook place.last_img read more

World first: UK firm to stream fully interactive TV-style property auctions

first_img An national auction house based in Sussex is to launch what it claims is a world first for the housing sector – fully real-time interactive property auctions.During the digital realtime streamed property auctions bidders will be able to exchange on each property at the ‘fall of the gavel’ hosted via a TV format similar to the way QVC sells clothes and hoovers.The company behind it, Connect UK Auctions, is to hold the inaugural sale on Friday featuring 12 properties, although it expects to have more to sell at the next auction a month later.Fronted by BBC and Channel 4 presenter Adam Partridge of ‘Flog It!’ fame, the monthly auctions will feature direct interaction between him and bidders as each lot goes through.Taking a riskA spokesperson for Connect has told The Negotiator that the company is aware of the risk it’s taking with the innovation and that no one ‘has dared do it’ until now.Available initially via a webpage and streamed live, Connect reveals that it is also preparing a smartphone app through which people can bid online during the auctions.Called Connect Realtime, the events will be in addition to the company’s traditional auctions and Connect will pre-register and vet bidders beforehand.“Until now online auctions have just been streamed video of existing traditional auctions to enable telephone bids, whereas during our Connect Realtime sales they will be part of an interactive audience of bidders who will be spoken to directly by Adam,” a company spokesperson says.“We believe the potential is global and huge – the market is no longer restricted by who is in the auction room; expect a shift in the industry, imminently.”After representations from several auction houses who claim online auctions such as this have been around for some time, please note that it is the TV-style direct-to-camera element of the auctions that Connect Auctions believes has not been attempted before. Connect UK auctions Adam Partridge online auctions February 6, 2020Nigel Lewis2 commentsAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 6th February 2020 at 11:04 amAs has been commented recently the speed of technology is not linear but doubles year on year, which means processes and ways of doing things will leapfrog forwards. With new technology not only can old legacy led systems be made more efficient, completely new ways of doing things can replace these systems.Yes, there will be false starts and bumps on the way, but auctions for instance, the idea of travelling to city centres to stand in front of a man with a gavel, if you are 25 years old and want to buy at a property auction you would frown on this antiquated system.Much better having viewed the property you want to secure (though now companies can do this for you) you can make all the necessary checks you need and with the legal pack delve into the legals, before sitting in your chair and clicking on your mobile to secure the property.Whilst property auction is not for every buyer, due to their circumstance, why is there a need to have a room full of people, after all the digital blueprint of buying online with eBay has been established for a very long time.As Connect Realtime say ‘the market is no longer restricted by who is in the auction room; expect a shift in the industry, imminently.”Underpinning change are big levers like 5G, and the massive potential that is going to be unleashed when it rolls out fully, to power the even quicker new layer of technologies which have not yet even come into being.I predict within five years, a re-imagined real estate landscape built around fulfilling the customer experience, where speed, convenience and minimal barriers are the norm.Log in to ReplyPaul Fosh, Paul Fosh Auctions Paul Fosh Auctions 6th February 2020 at 10:41 amWorld first? No one has dared do it? Hardly.Most ballroom sales are now streamed live but not just for people to watch or make telephone bids. Like us, a large number of ballroom auction sales allow interaction with online bidding during the sale so this is hardly a new offering and certainly not a world first.We have a catalogue of 74 properties being offered tonight and we are expecting a number of “interactive online bidders”.Log in to ReplyWhat’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 » Auctions news » World first: UK firm to stream fully interactive TV-style property auctions previous nextAuctions newsWorld first: UK firm to stream fully interactive TV-style property auctionsFronted by TV and industry auction expert Adam Partridge, the events are to take place 12 times a year with the first held online on Friday.Nigel Lewis6th February 20202 Comments961 Viewslast_img read more

Leasehold reforms will take years to become reality, warns legal expert

first_imgThe Government’s confusing new leasehold reform plans could take years to become law, according to one property expert.Far from benefitting millions of leaseholders who had expected the law to be changed almost overnight, Cavendish Legal Group’s Jonathan Frankel, head of its specialist leasehold enfranchisement division, says they’ve been given false hope by the leasehold reform promises as many barriers still remain.Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced this week that up to 4.5 million leaseholders would be given the right to extend their lease by up to 990 years at zero ground rent.This means they won’t have to pay any ground rent to the freeholder, which could save them tens of thousands of pounds. A cap will be introduced on ground rent payable when a leaseholder chooses to either extend their lease or become the freeholder, while Jenrick also announced that a new online calculator would make it simpler for leaseholders to find out how much it will cost to buy their freehold or extend their lease.Biggest hurdlesHowever, Frankel says that one of the biggest hurdles for new owners remains, as new leaseholders will still have to wait two years before they can start the process of obtaining their statutory lease extension. “This is one of the key elements of the much-needed reforms,” he says.“So, far from benefitting the many leaseholders who have been waiting for these reforms, it has only served to create confusion.”Frankel is calling for more detail and a timetable for implementation of the leasehold reform plans. He adds: “The clock is ticking as the pressing point remains – the shorter the lease gets; the more costly it will be to extend.”Under current rules, leaseholders of flats can extend their lease at a zero ‘peppercorn’ ground rent, but usually only for 90 years.Cavendish Legal Group’ Jonathan Franke Leasehold Reform January 9, 2021Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 11th January 2021 at 1:23 pmThere has always been a two year period, if a leaseholder fails to want to engage with a vendor of a leasehold property, but who is to say that many may now be more open as they see the way that the direction of travel now is. Also, as pressure grows, no doubt there may be more governmental ‘tinkering’ with the present, woefully inadequate system.Log in to ReplyWhat’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 » Leasehold reforms will take years to become reality, warns legal expert previous nextRegulation & LawLeasehold reforms will take years to become reality, warns legal expertJonathan Frankel of The Cavendish Legal Group says many barriers remain to making leasehold ownership fairer despite the Government’s hoopla.Nigel Lewis9th January 20211 Comment2,319 Viewslast_img read more

UK: Royal Navy, Marines Help Promote Armed Forces Day

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today UK: Royal Navy, Marines Help Promote Armed Forces Day Share this article View post tag: promote July 1, 2013 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Armed View post tag: day The Royal Navy and Royal Marines helped promote Armed Forces Day at various events across the UK over the weekend. Cities and towns across the country pulled out all the stops to show strength of support for the three Services for the national day of celebration on Saturday June 29.The Royal Navy’s First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas was among a large navy contingent taking part in the Cardiff Armed Forces Day event.Joining the Royal Navy’s most senior officer were crew members of HMS Monmouth, which is affiliated to its Welsh namesake town and county, and Royal Navy Reserves from HMS Cambria in Penarth, as well as Royal Marines Reserves, and the Corps of Drums of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band from Commando Training Centre, Lympstone.Sea Cadets from the local area also joined the parade in the grounds of Cardiff Castle.Admiral Zambellas was part of a party of dignitaries taking the parade salute. A tour of the Coopers Field ground at the castle followed, before an open air service concluded the formal element of the proceedings. “I am honoured to have been invited as the senior Armed Forces representative for this spectacular Cardiff event,” said Admiral Zambellas.“Armed Forces Day is a particularly special occasion for all our servicemen and women, full time and reserve, serving or retired, as these are events organised by communities to show support and recognition for our sailors, marines, soldiers and airmen and the work which they do on behalf of our country around the world.“We appreciate the honour which Cardiff has bestowed on us with this special parade and service, and continue to thank the public for their unstinting and fond support.”Naval town Plymouth is also hosting a week of events to commemorate the Armed Forces Day initiative.Special events and activities take place across the city each year to raise awareness of the city’s service community and celebrate the outstanding contribution it makes to our country, as well as forge closer links between the armed forces and young people.The city will welcome thousands of visitors from home and abroad to join in honouring and paying tribute to the dedication of the nation’s serving personnel, veterans and their families, as well as the many agencies that support them.Portsmouth also held a series of events as 12,000 visitors flocked to the Naval Base to climb on board two warships which opened their gangways for Armed Forces Weekend.Type 45 destroyer HMS Defender and Type 23 frigate HMS Westminster attracted 12,289 visitors between them, offering an insight into life in the Royal Navy.Commander Phil Nash, HMS Defender’s Commanding Officer, said:“It was a huge pleasure to be able to welcome members of the public to HMS Defender throughout the Armed Forces Weekend.“Visitors were able to see a good deal of the inside of the ship and got a real sense of what we in the Royal Navy do on a day to day basis – not only how and why we deploy around the world on operations, but also how we live, eat, sleep and work on board this state of the art destroyer.”Displays on both ships included fire fighting, small arms weapons, boarding team operations and safety at sea.HMS Westminster’s Commanding Officer, Captain Hugh Beard, added:“It was a fantastic opportunity for us to engage with the public which is important as much of what the Royal Navy does these days is far away from UK shores.“The Navy these days is busier than it’s ever been before.”And in a video message of support from Prime Minster David Cameron, he said:“Armed Forces Day is about reminding the British people that everyday, as we go about our business, there are extraordinary men and women all over the world, and indeed right here at home, who risk their lives for our safety and security.“Let us show everyone in our Armed Forces just how proud we are of everything that they do.”The national event was held in Nottingham and opened in spectacular style with local Reserve unit, 100th (Yeomanry) Regiment Royal Artillery (V) firing a volley of gun blasts in a “feu du joie” – “fire of joy” – from Nottingham Castle.A spectacular tri-Service parade then made its way from the Castle to the Old Market Square for a Drumhead Service attended by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.[mappress]Press Release, July 1 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Help View post tag: Navycenter_img View post tag: UK Authorities View post tag: Naval View post tag: Marines View post tag: Defence UK: Royal Navy, Marines Help Promote Armed Forces Day View post tag: Royal View post tag: forceslast_img read more

Costa acquires Coffee Nation

first_imgUK coffee retail chain Costa Coffee has acquired self-service coffee chain Coffee Nation for £59.5m. Costa plans to launch a new brand, Costa Express, which will target the self-serve coffee bar sector.Parent company Whitbread said the “acquisition provides Costa with access to new types of location and creates a growth opportunity in the UK’s emerging self-serve coffee bar sector”. This market currently comprises around 2000 units of which Coffee Nation operates 900.“Customers increasingly want great-tasting coffee on the go, which makes the self-serve coffee market very attractive,” commented Whitbread chief executive, Andy Harrison.“This acquisition provides an exciting launch pad to develop 3000 Costa Express bars across the UK, providing an additional growth lever for the Costa brand and making Costa available to more customers in more locations.”Coffee Nation’s coffee bars use fresh milk and freshly ground coffee. Costa Express’s coffee will be supplied by the Costa Roastery in London. Coffee Nation’s existing customer base includes Tesco, Moto and Welcome Break.Costa Limited will purchase Coffee Nation, which has an annual turnover in excess of £20m, from Milestone Capital and Investec Growth & Acquisition Finance and members of the existing management team.In March 2008, Milestone Capital Partners (‘Milestone’) led the £24m secondary management buyout of Coffee Nation, backing the existing management team. Investec provided a preferred equity investment of £5.25m in support of their bid. The £59.5m cash payment, includes the entire issued share capital of Coffee Nation including the repayment of Coffee Nation’s existing debt.In a trading statement from Whitbread today, Costa reported overall sales were up 28.5% for the 50 weeks to 17 February 2011. Like-for-like sales in the UK were up 7.9% over the same period.>>Barracuda welcomes Costa into pubslast_img read more

McDowell Mountain Music Festival Nails It With Eclectic Lineup

first_imgFestival season seems to start earlier each and every year. What used to be a summer tradition has now turned into a year-long calendar, with impressive festivals taking place nationwide nearly every weekend. One of the best festivals of the “off season” is McDowell Mountain Music Festival, which takes place in Phoenix, AZ on March 3-5. The festival, now in its 14th year running, continues to deliver top notch lineups year after year.This year’s lineup features an eclectic array of talent from across the musical spectrum. Flume, The Shins, Chromeo, Grouplove, and Gov’t Mule top the lineup for one of the most diverse sets of headliners on the festival circuit. Lettuce is also on the bill, as well as Emancipator Ensemble, Railroad Earth, Turkuaz, SunSquabi, and more.The festival operates as a non-profit, meaning that 100% of proceeds go to two different non-profit organizations: Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and UMOM New Day Center. It’s awesome to see an event like this take on such noble causes while delivering multiple days of top-notch live music.You can see the full lineup announcement below, and head to the festival’s website for further details.last_img read more

Drake Salutes The Grateful Dead In New Song

first_imgLate Saturday night, Drake unexpectedly dropped a 22-track “playlist” called More Life, with guest appearances from Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Young Thug, and so many more. In the More Life tune “Lose You,” the one-time Degrassi actor-turned-chart-topping-rapper includes a line that shouts out Grateful Dead members Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and Mickey Hart!Give the track a spin, and listen closely for the “grateful” name drop:I’m just takin’ what God will give me Grateful like Jerry, Bob and Mickey Better attitude, we’ll see where it gets meHearing Grateful Dead references in pop culture is generally exciting. Whether or not Drake chose that line (or even wrote it) for reasons beyond a perfect rhyme, we’re still happy to see that artists outside the jam band scene are turning on their love lights. From the Haight to the Six, the music never stops. Check it out:last_img read more

Chicago’s Taste of Randolph Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

first_imgThe 21st Annual Taste of Randolph Festival, taking place Friday June 16th through Sunday June 18th 2017, will return to Chicago’s West Loop Neighborhood. Artists will perform on two stages and a DJ stage to entertain guests while they peruse the block with the biggest and brightest names in Chicago dining, featuring over 18 restaurants exemplary for delectable menus and irresistibly unique flavors.The lineup includes headlining slots from Dawes, Eden, Emancipator Ensemble, Here Come The Mummies, Moon Taxi, and Denver’s own Robert Delong – who will all rock and roll on the Denver Live on the Rocks Stage, returning for its second year. The two wings of a jaw-dropping replica of Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver’s world-famous outdoor venue, stands 76 feet long and up to 30 feet tall, and is hand-carved and hand-painted to resemble Red Rocks’ sandstone – making for an exciting experience similar to one of America’s best venues.There will also be performances from Slow Magic, !!! (Chk Chk Chk),  Son Little, Jerry Folk, ProbCause, Michl,  Too Many Zooz,  Head For The Hills, Soule Monde, The Blue Stones, Brayton Bowman, Organ Freeman, Satsang, Naughty Professor, Bassel & The Supernaturals, Donnie Biggins, Carlile, JJ & Dre, Nasty Snacks, and Growler. Check out the poster below:last_img read more

As overweight and obesity increase, so does risk of dying prematurely

first_img Read Full Story Being overweight or obese is associated with a higher risk of dying prematurely than being normal weight—and the risk increases with additional pounds, according to a large international collaborative study led by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the University of Cambridge, UK. The findings contradict recent reports that suggest a survival advantage to being overweight—the so-called “obesity paradox.”The study was published online on July 13, 2016 in The Lancet.The deleterious effects of excess body weight on chronic disease have been well documented. Recent studies suggesting otherwise have resulted in confusion among the public about what is a healthy weight. According to the authors of the new study, those prior studies had serious methodological limitations. One common problem is called reverse causation, in which a low body weight is the result of underlying or preclinical illness rather than the cause. Another problem is confounded by smoking because smokers tend to weigh less than nonsmokers but have much higher mortality rates.“To obtain an unbiased relationship between BMI and mortality, it is essential to analyze individuals who never smoked and had no existing chronic diseases at the start of the study,” said Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard Chan School and a co-leader of the collaboration. Hu stressed that doctors should continue to counsel patients regarding the deleterious effects of excess body weight, which include a higher risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.last_img read more

Indiana co-op to close 1,070MW Merom coal plant in 2023

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Tribune-Star:The Merom Generating Station in western Sullivan County will be closed in 2023, impacting about 185 utility workers.Hoosier Energy today announced a plan to retire the coal-fired power plant and transition to other energy sources including wind, solar, natural gas and storage.The 1,070-megawatt Merom Generating Station went online in 1982.The company announced its new long-range resource plan, which it said is designed to provide its 18 member cooperatives with reliable, affordable and environmentally sustainable energy while saving members an estimated $700 million over the next two decades.The plan provides a foundation for supply cost stability and predictability while reducing the company’s carbon footprint by nearly 80, a news release said.Hoosier Energy is a generation and transmission cooperative with headquarters in Bloomington. The cooperative provides electric power and services to 18 electric distribution cooperatives in southern and central Indiana and southeastern Illinois, serving nearly 650,000 consumers.More: Hoosier Energy announces planned closing of Merom Generating Station Indiana co-op to close 1,070MW Merom coal plant in 2023last_img read more