End-to-end in Southern Ocean ecosystems

first_imgSouthern Ocean ecosystems matter for us all because they are important in Earth System processes and contribute to food security; they are also undergoing some of the most rapid changes being seen anywhere on the planet. The changes are not uniform, with warming in some regions and cooling in others, and the ecological effects being observed in these areas also vary. These changes need to be interpreted in the context of historical changes generated by harvesting of marine mammals, fish and Antarctic krill at various times over the last two centuries. To examine the relative importance of the factors that determine ecosystem structure and functioning requires integrated analyses of whole ecosystem operation from ‘end-to-end’ (microbes to whales and from small (<10 km) to circumpolar scales). We present a perspective that highlights the urgent need for concerted action, and that analyses of Southern Ocean ecosystems have relevance for analyses of ecosystems across the global ocean.last_img read more

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Chestertons launches aggressive assault on London lettings market

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Chestertons launches aggressive assault on London lettings market previous nextAgencies & PeopleChestertons launches aggressive assault on London lettings market213-year-old company says it is investing heavily in lettings tech and also preparing to splash the cash and buy up competitors.Nigel Lewis23rd October 201802,080 Views Leading London estate agent Chestertons has revealed plans to expand its lettings business using both recently-implemented tech to drive greater efficiency and an aggressive effort to buy up competitors.The company follows several other large London agencies hoping to persuade competitors to sell up as the Tenant Fees Bill progresses through parliament and many competitors look to their bottom lines.Chestertons says its lettings business has been doing well recently, helped by heavy investment in tech services and a surge in activity.The company declined to tell The Negotiator which tech services it has invested in, but Chestertons says they are designed to increase the efficiency of its Anti-Money Laundering (AML) checks and the speed with which it can process tenancy agreements.Chestertons says it has also opened branches in Chelsea and the leafy suburb of Barnes and has completed several branch refurbishments.Lettings surgeThis expansion and renewal programme has all the ambitious hallmarks of recently-appointed Managing Director Guy Gittins, who took over from now Group CEO Allan Collins in June this year.“Chestertons has been well positioned to take advantage of the huge surge in lettings activity in London, thanks to our highly experienced front offices staff working closely with our centralised Tenancy Progression team and expert Compliance department,” says Guy.“By introducing more technological solutions to support these teams, we will be able to increase our capacity, improve the experience for buyers, sellers, tenants and landlords and substantially reduce the time it takes to complete transactions.”Chestertons has been doing better since it demerged from Humberts four years ago, and its most recent accounts reveal an increased turnover of £39.19 million for 2017, up from £35.2 million the year before.  guy gittins lettings Chestertons October 23, 2018Nigel 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 2021last_img read more

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Conman estate agent ordered to pay back £580,000 to victims

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Conman estate agent ordered to pay back £580,000 to victims previous nextAgencies & PeopleConman estate agent ordered to pay back £580,000 to victimsJeffrey Gadsden is already in jail after being convicted of eight counts of fraud but must now repay the cash or face another five years in prison.Nigel Lewis13th May 201901,892 Views A ‘conman’ estate agent who is already serving time in prison after using £700,000 of client cash to keep his business afloat has been ordered to repay £580,000 to his victims.Jeffrey Gadsden was found guilty in July last year by a jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court (pictured) of eight counts of fraud by abusing a position of trust and later sentenced to five years behind bars.A confiscation hearing under the Proceeds of Crimes Act has now been completed against the 69-year-old former estate agent and after assessing his existing assets Gadsden has been ordered to pay £580,747 to seven victims. He has until August 1st to repay the cash or face another five years in jail.Detective Chief Inspector Lee Morton, head of Essex’s Serious Economic Crime Unit, told local media: “This was a large-scale theft of money from people who believed they were dealing with an honest person.Estate agent victims“The sentence passed on to Gadsden reflects how this type of crime is viewed by the court and the Proceeds of Crime Act has been used to take away any benefit obtained by him and this will be given back to his victims.”Gadsden stole the cash from landlord clients between 2009 and 2013 to pay his staff wages at Walker Professional Property Services Ltd but the theft only came to light after the company went into liquidation.His former business was then investigated by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate. Gadsden had been either an owner or director of 26 estate agency businesses in Essex before being jailed. Jeffrey Gadsden Serious Economic Crime Snaresbrook Crown Court May 13, 2019Nigel 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 2021last_img read more

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Lecturer – Measurement, Quantitative Methods and Learning Sciences (MQMLS) program – (ADJ000083)

first_imgThe Department of Psychological, Health and Learning Sciences(PHLS) offers a broad range of graduate-level course and hasoccasional openings for temporary, part-time lecturers to teach forMeasurement, Quantitative Methods and Learning Sciences (MQMLS)program. Lecturer appointments are made on a semester basis but maybe renewed by PHLS Department as needed.Our university is located in the heart of Houston, Texas, thenation’s fourth largest city. This metropolitan area offersscholars rich urban and suburban environments in which to work andlive. The University of Houston, with one of the most diversestudent bodies in the nation, seeks to recruit and retain a diversecommunity of scholars.In addition to your CV, please attach a cover letter describingyour (a) qualifications, (b) interest in the position, (c) teachingexperience, and (d) teaching philosophy. Only applications with allrequired documents will be considered.The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction institution Minorities, women, veterans and persons withdisabilities are encouraged to apply.Qualifications :PhD in Educational Psychology, Learning Sciences, Measurement andQuantitative Methods or related fields.Notes to Applicant: Only applications with all requireddocuments will be considered. Official transcripts are required fora faculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of finalcandidate. All positions at the University of Houston are securitysensitive and will require a criminal history check.last_img read more

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Labour councillor suspended for anti-semitism to rejoin party

first_imgAn Oxford Labour councillor suspended from the Oxford Labour group after posting anti-Semitic and homophobic remarks on social media will be readmitted to the group when his suspension ends.Earlier this year, Cherwell revealed that Ben Lloyd-Shogbesan shared posts comparing Israel to Nazi Germany, praising Gaddafi, and suggesting gay marriage was a “perversion”.He also shared a post that claimed cancer was “only a deficiency of vitamin B17” and advised people to “avoid chemotherapy, surgery, or taking medicines with strong side effects”.Lloyd-Shogbesan resigned from the group and was subsequently suspended over criticism of his posts.At the time, leader of the Labour group and the council, Susan Brown, said that the material shared by Lloyd-Shogbesan was “inappropriate and offensive”.She added: “In suspending councillor Lloyd-Shogbesan from the group, we disassociate ourselves from his actions and have told him there can never be a repeat of them or any other behaviour by him which brings the party and the group into disrepute.”Other councillors criticised Labour’s decision to suspend him, one calling the move “extremely disappointing”.An investigation by the city council’s standards committee found that he had not broken the code of conduct because he made the posts prior to his councillorship.The national Labour Party reached the same conclusion as the Oxford City Council Standards Committee inquiry, agreeing to take no further action.Lloyd-Shogbesan will be readmitted to the party after 1st January, following a suspension period of three months.Lloyd-Shogbesan said: “I have never held anti-Semitic, homophobic or racist views and fully support the city council’s position on equality, diversity and inclusion.“This has been a humbling and educational experience and I remain fully committed to serving the community of Oxford to the very best of my ability.”Liberal Democrat councillor Andrew Gant said Labour had “taken the wrong course of action”, and “[Lloyd-Shogbesan’s] behaviour is incompatible with continuing as a councillor.”Oxfordshire Green Party councillor Craig Simmons said: “If this had been someone from another party they would have certainly been forced to resign – hounded out by the Labour majority.”last_img read more

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The Innovation Award

first_imgBachmanns Chocolate Christmas PuddingBachmannsThames Ditton, SurreyGreg Cadoni, head chef/director has been with Bachmanns for just under five years and oversees all production at the Continental patisserie. His Chocolate Christmas Pudding is not a chocolate-flavoured version of the traditional dessert, but a “cartoon-style” take on a Christmas pudding, moulded entirely from chocolate.”We took the concept of an Easter egg two chocolate halves, filled and stuck together and adapted it to take advantage of the Christmas demand for chocolate novelties,” explains Cadoni. The two halves of the pudding are moulded milk chocolate, filled with Rocher clusters caramelised split almonds, covered in chocolate. The whole thing is sprayed with a dark chocolate, giving it a velvety texture, both in the mouth and in appearance. The pudding is then decorated with marzipan holly leaves and berries. “We made it in four sizes, from 2.5in to 20in,” he explains. “The biggest one, which had a box of chocolates inside, was a sort of Christmas Day piñata, so you could place it on the dinner table and leave everyone to help themselves.”The judges said the Chocolate Christmas Pudding clinched the top prize, as it had “real wow factor”. They were impressed that the product met a customer need, while remaining “incremental to the rest of the business and maximising production capabilities”.Warburtons’ Sandwich ThinsWarburtonsBolton, LancashireFamily-owned plant bakery Warburtons makes wax-wrapped loaves, wraps, crumpets and pancakes, as well as gluten-free breads. It distributes two million products nationally every day to customers. Started in 1876, the firm employs 5,000 people at its 14 bakeries and 15 depots. It boasts an annual turnover of £492m.Warburtons’ Sandwich Thins, launched this February, come as a six-pack of flatbread, pre-sliced rolls, which can be toasted or used to make sandwiches.Produced on a stress-free sheet-and-cut line, they have a tender-eating quality, unlike the more usual flatbread or wrap texture. Darren Littler, director of innovation, says: “They meet customer demand for ’healthier’ bread products each two slices of Thin are just 100 calories. “We get a lot of inspiration from the US, and flatbread-style products are massive over there.”Puratos Puravita BreakfastPuratosBuckinghamPuratos has been supplying ingredients and product solutions to bakers for 90 years. Family-owned, it has 50 production plants and 5,500 employees worldwide, boasting an annual turnover of E1bn (£0.9bn); its UK office turns over around £35m-£45m.The firm’s Puravita Breakfast Bar mix is designed to help bakers “regain a hold” on the breakfast market. “On average, we miss 90 breakfasts a year in the UK,” says Puratos marketing executive Lydia Baines. “Consumers rely on other ’grab and go’ products so bakers miss out.”The Puravita mix contains wheat, oat and spelt as well as apricots, raisins and figs. Baines says the 100g soft bread bar has a high proportion of slow-burning carbohydrates.”It can be baked off, frozen, thawed and refreshed. We hope it will help bring customers back into bakeries at breakfast-time.”last_img read more

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Press release: Ministry of Justice launches new facilities management company

first_imgPermanent Secretary, Richard Heaton said: We have robust contingency plans and are taking appropriate action to ensure that the prison FM services continue to operate normally. I want to reassure staff that their jobs are secure and essential to making prisons safer and more decent. The new company will take over the delivery of the prison Facilities Management (FM) services previously provided by Carillion such as cleaning, reactive maintenance, landscaping and planned building repair work.Around 1,000 staff, including 100 contractors, who were previously employed by Carillion will now move across to the new company, Gov Facility Services Limited, with their terms and conditions of employment preserved.These services, which are provided to 52 prison establishments located across South West, South Central, Kent & Sussex, Greater London and East of England, will continue unaffected in the transfer.Justice Secretary, David Gauke said: The Ministry of Justice’s (MOJ) priority is to ensure continuity of service. We are implementing our contingency plan for the prisons facilities management contracts held by Carillion. This means the work that was undertaken by Carillion will move to a new government-owned company set up for this purpose. I’d like to thank all the Carillion staff who are moving across into the new company, and reassure them that their jobs are secure. The vital work they do to maintain and improve our prisons is greatly valued and appreciated. The new company has already been created and will take responsibility for the prison FM services as soon as the formal transfer of staff has occurred.FM is a critical service for Her Majesty’s Prisons and Probation Service (HMPPS) and there is an ongoing need for a continuing service.MOJ and HMPPS will work with all relevant stakeholders to ensure a stable service which retains skilled and knowledgeable staff working on the FM contracts.The government has been clear that its priority is to ensure the smooth running of public services. Our robust contingency planning and preparations for the transition to Gov Facility Services Limited has meant there have so far not been any disruptions to prison maintenance.last_img read more

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Medal or no medal, a golden opportunity

first_imgEvery player on Harvard’s men’s hockey team knows the plot; many can recite the lines by heart.The 2004 film “Miracle” tells the underdog story of the U.S. team that defeated the Soviet Union — the defending gold medal champion and overwhelming favorite — in the semifinals of the men’s hockey tournament in the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.“Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” shouts Al Michaels, famously losing his TV commentator’s cool in a surge of national pride as the buzzer sounds and U.S. players swarm the ice to celebrate their 4‒3 win over the Soviets, many of whom were on break from the National Hockey League. The U.S. team, the youngest in the competition and made up entirely of amateurs, would go on to win the gold.“It’s one of my favorite movies,” said Ryan Donato ’19 on a recent morning at Harvard’s Bright-Landry Hockey Center before suiting up for practice. “Every bus trip we have ‘Miracle’ with us.”Donato will bring his dream of real-life glory onto the ice on Feb. 14, when he and his teammates face Slovenia in the group stage of the men’s ice hockey tournament in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. While the center’s talent earned him a spot on the U.S. team, he knows one other factor was in play: The decision by the N.H.L. not to send any of its players to the games, which cleared the way for college athletes and players from other pro leagues.“Obviously it’s something I might not have had the opportunity to do,” said Donato. “I think our team is going turn a lot of heads.”For Donato, who got the confirmation phone call about a week before the team was officially announced on New Year’s Day, the news was a welcome Christmas present. But it wasn’t entirely unexpected.Harvard University hockey player Ryan Donato said his dad “doesn’t really talk about the games … [but]  the stories he has … and the connections that he has built along the way … that’s something I want to emulate.” Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe 21-year-old Scituate native had already hit some major milestones. He was a standout at Dexter School, and took part in USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. When he was 18 the Boston Bruins selected him in the second round of the N.H.L. draft. As a freshman at Harvard he received the George Percy Award for enthusiasm, sportsmanship, team spirit, and loyalty. Last year he helped the Crimson win the Beanpot for the first time in 24 years.USA Hockey officials told Donato that his Olympic tryout would be his performance during the College season. If he has been feeling the pressure, it hasn’t shown. Donato is one of the top offensive players in the country — a leader in goals and assists — and a contender for the Hobey Baker Award, hockey’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.Donato counts his “hockey sense” as one of his biggest strengths: “Just my head for the game, knowing where the puck will be and being in the right position to score.” And it’s safe to say he’s honed that sense with a little help from someone close to him, and to Harvard — Ted Donato ’91, his father and the men’s hockey coach since 2004.“Sometimes I have to take my coaching hat off and put my dad hat on,” said the elder Donato, who competed in the Olympics in 1992 and played 10-plus seasons in the NHL. “Certainly when Ryan told me [he made the team], as a parent I was just over the moon.”The coach planned to keep it simple when offering Olympics advice to his son. “I would just say understand the incredible opportunity you have, play the best you can … and enjoy it.”Ted Donato said that his own experience was about much more than going for gold. He recalled high-fiving American figure skaters who attended hockey games, watching Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards in the ski jump, and connecting with a range of athletes from all over the world. Those encounters turned out to be the most memorable part of the competition.,Donato also remembers how his respect for the Olympics was inspired in part by Harvard coaching legend Bill Cleary ’56, a two-time Olympian who won gold as part of the 1956 U.S. team.“To him, the Olympics was the highest honor anybody could ever achieve playing hockey, or any sport,” Donato said.Cleary, who remains adamant that Olympic competition should be reserved for amateurs, turned down the opportunity to play professionally so he could represent the U.S. He’s never regretted it.“I could have won 10 Stanley Cups and it would not have equaled marching in the Olympic parade,” said Cleary, who spent 19 years as coach of the Harvard men.“You want others to have that kind of experience … I am delighted for Ryan and for the whole Donato family.”Following the example of his father, Ryan Donato knows that whether or not he wins a medal, he’ll return to the U.S. changed by the experience.When recalling his hockey career, Donato said his dad “doesn’t really talk about the games and the highlight reel goals that he had. The main thing he talks about are the friendships and the stories he has with those friendships, and the connections that he has built along the way … that’s something I want to emulate.”last_img read more

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Lisman, Pelham, McKenzie launch ‘Campaign for Vermont’

first_imgBruce Lisman today announced the formation of Campaign for Vermont, a public policy campaign intended to unite Vermonters around a new direction for Vermont’s future.  Lisman is the founding partner of the organization, joining him as founding officers are Tom Pelham and Mary Alice McKenzie. Bruce Lisman explained, ‘Campaign for Vermont will unite Vermonters, from a broad spectrum of political perspectives, to set a new direction for our future.  Imagine economic security, better job opportunities and growing prosperity for Vermonters of every generation.’ Lisman said, ‘Public policy and public budgeting is about real people, real families ‘ that is why we need to have real results.  We are innovators, but we must overcome our economic challenges, grow our economy, create more and better-paying jobs and make our families more secure and prosperous.  Together as Vermonters we will always succeed.  We think you’ll find supporting Campaign for Vermont a worthy endeavor. Visit our website CampaignForVermont.org and decide for yourself.’ Tom Pelham one of two Founding Officers said, ‘I am thrilled to join Bruce in establishing Campaign for Vermont.  We need a place where moderate, centrist voices from all across Vermont gather in support of public policy that leads to a vibrant balanced economy.’Pelham explained, ‘Bruce knows success and hardship.  In an extremely competitive environment, he emerged as a leader who when confronted with complex problems and opportunities found solutions that really worked. Bruce sees trouble ahead, as do I, in a number of public policy areas that challenge Vermont’s future.  Bruce is a problem-solver with deep Vermont roots who genuinely cares about the well-being and prosperity of all Vermonters.’ Mary Alice McKenzie who also serves as a founding officer said, ‘I am enthusiastic about Campaign for Vermont because it is a non-partisan campaign intended to advance common sense policy ideas that will result in prosperity for all Vermonters.  As a fellow member of some boards Bruce has served on, I have seen first-hand the ability he has to bring people together.  Bruce is an optimist; he believes things can get better, but knows it takes hard work.  I am proud that Bruce asked me to join him in this project, we must start a discussion about Vermont’s future.’ McKenzie went on to say, ‘Bruce has always been an active volunteer.  In 1993, hestarted a scholarship program at UVM in his dad’s name.  He has served on numerous boards, including UVM, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Central Vermont Public Service, and the Shelburne Museum.  He currently serves on National Life and Merchants Bank boards.  Bruce is a strong supporter of The Boys & Girls Club of Burlington and Winooski located in his childhood community, of which I am particularly proud.’ November 21, 2011last_img read more

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Holiday fraud fighting tips credit unions can provide their members…

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Ok, most, if not all of us, are mired deep into the holiday shopping season, scrambling to purchase gifts for loved ones, friends, peers, and pets. It’s a fun time of the year — a bit stressful but still fun to give. And today, most of us are using our credit cards shopping at the mall or online. It’s so convenient, quick, and trackable — all upsides for the consumer.The downside for the consumer, however, is that it’s also prime shopping season for fraudsters. With past years’ breeches and the growing CNP threat, it can be scary. But there are a few fraud-fighting tips out there that folks can incorporate in their holiday shopping ventures. That said, we invited CO-OP’s Product Marketing Manager Amanda Atcheson on the show to provide us — and credit unions — with five fraud-fighting tips for protection. These tips can continue enhancing your credit union’s value toward your members as a primary financial resource. Check it out and let us know what you think … and what you’re doing, as well. continue reading »last_img read more

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