The possibility of a global warming induced by increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide has led to increased interest in monitoring global temperatures. Polar regions are of particular interest because temperature changes may be amplified in these regions by the complex feedback mechanisms which operate in the atmosphere-ice-ocean system1. Monthly mean station surface air-temperature data have been objectively analysed to produce time series of temperature anomalies for the Northern Hemisphere (1881-1980)2,3, the Arctic (1881-1980)4 and the Antarctic (1957-82)5. A comparison of recent changes in these three regions is made here. Previously published series have been updated to 1982. Changes in Arctic temperatures since about 1966 and in Antarctic temperatures since 1960 show significant warming trends. For the period from 1975 to 1982 there is a high positive correlation between temperature variations in the Arctic and Antarctic.
In some seabirds sexually dimorphic in size, males and females segregate at sea or diverge in other aspects of foraging behavior. We examined factors influencing foraging strategies of Cory’s Shearwater and compared the sexes’ flight morphology and activity patterns. Trip duration, incubation-shift length, total mass gain, and rate of mass gain at sea of birds from our two study colonies differed. The colonies are situated in regions of contrasting oceanographic conditions: Selvagem Grande, a remote subtropical oceanic island, and Berlengas, an island on the Portuguese continental shelf. Although the wing loading and wing span of males and females breeding at Selvagem Grande differed significantly, sex did not consistently influence activity patterns of Cory’s Shearwaters foraging at sea during the incubation period. Moreover, both sexes breeding at Selvagem Grande foraged in areas with similar sea-surface temperatures. Our study suggests that sexual differences in size and shape may be poor predictors of differentiation in the ways male and female pelagic seabirds use the marine environment.
Home » News » Associations & Bodies » Landlords back RLA and NLA merger previous nextAssociations & BodiesLandlords back RLA and NLA mergerLandlords have backed plans for its two largest representative bodies to merge to provide a stronger voice for the private rented sector.Sheila Manchester18th September 20190738 Views Following meetings held yesterday 17th September, members of the National Landlords Association (NLA) and the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) have voted for the two organisations to unite to form the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA).The new organisation will have a membership of more than 80,000 landlords making it by far the largest organisation in the sector. Its members will own and manage half a million properties, about 10 per cent of the private rented sector. It will officially launch on 1st January 2020.Alan WardAdrian JeakingsThe two Chairs, Alan Ward (RLA) and Adrian Jeakings (NLA), have said in a joint statement,“We are delighted that landlords have backed plans for a new, stronger body to represent them and their interests.“The new organisation will have a more powerful voice to support landlords, provide services to them and to lobby government.“Both organisations will now move forward together to appoint a new Chair and Directors for the NRLA. We will be seeking candidates internally and externally and we would welcome expressions of interest from members for these posts.”The NRLA will serve landlords in England Wales and will have a regional structure.The origins of the National Landlords Association date back to 1973, and it now represents 41,500 members providing advice, training and support as well as campaigning on behalf of landlords.www.landlords.org.ukNRLA National Residential Landlords Association NLA Residential Landlords Association National Landlords Association Adrian Jeakings Alan Ward RLA Sheila Manchester September 18, 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 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
Lettings platform IdealFlatmate has pulled its crowdfunding campaign to raise £1.3 million after failing to raise enough cash from potential investors.The two-year-old company, which helps renters organise themselves via matching to rent shared houses, launched its campaign exactly a month ago.As well as appealing to consumers, the platform also helps landlords, build-to-rent developers and letting agents find well-matched tenants.In September it said the money would be spent on marketing, technical development and hiring more staff.It sought the £1.3 million in return for a 16.67% share in the company, which was founded by young London-based tech entrepreneurs Tom Gatzen and Rob Imonikhe.80% fundingLast week Seedrs informed potential investors that the company had raised £1.04 million or 80% of its funding target with 45 days to go, saying it was likely to ‘reach its funding target soon’.“If you are still interested in investing in the campaign, we suggest that you take another look and invest to ensure you do not miss out on investing,” its update said.But IdealFlatmate yesterday pulled its campaign after deciding it would not reach its funding target after insufficient numbers of private investors were pulled in by its track record.This includes 300,000 site visitors, 15,000 new property listings and 9,000 flatmate registrations since launch.IdealFlatmte is not the only property platform to pull its crowdfunding campaign including TheHouseShop in January this year.Another company is also coming to close to its deadline – property funding site The House Crowd – has just 18 days to persuade investors to pledge enough to reach its £500,000 target, which is currently 85% funded.The House Crowd Rob Imonikhe idealflatmate tom Gatzen TheHouseShop October 24, 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 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 » Tenant matching sites IdealFlatmate pulls crowdfunding campaign previous nextProptechTenant matching sites IdealFlatmate pulls crowdfunding campaignThe company reached over 80% of its £1.6 million funding target but has suddenly pulled its Seedrs campaign without explanation.Nigel Lewis24th October 20190656 Views
View post tag: Signs View post tag: Naval View post tag: software Industry news Back to overview,Home naval-today Raytheon Signs Contract for USS Zumwalt Total Ship Computing Environment Software Raytheon Signs Contract for USS Zumwalt Total Ship Computing Environment Software December 19, 2011 View post tag: Raytheon View post tag: Navy View post tag: contract View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Total Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, has won a $254,000,000 contract for development, test, and delivery of DDG 1000 total ship computing environment software for the Self Defense Test Ship. Contract includes: post-delivery availability, post-shakedown availability, SPY-3 volume search software and firmware development, as well as software maintenance in support of the Zumwalt-class destroyer program.Developed under the DD(X) destroyer program, Zumwalt (DDG 1000) is the lead ship of a class of next-generation destroyers.The multi-mission DDG 1000 is tailored for sustained operations in the littorals and land attack, and will provide independent forward presence and deterrence, support special operations forces, and operate as an integral part of joint and combined expeditionary forces.The lead ship and class are named in honor of former Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr.DDG 1000 provides a broad range of capabilities that are vital both to fighting and winning major combatant operations. The ship’s multi-mission warfighting capabilities are designed to counter not only the threats of today, but threats projected over the coming decades.This warship integrates numerous critical technologies, systems and principles into a complete warfighting system. These include employment of optimal manning through human systems integration, improved quality of life, low operations and support costs, multi-spectral signature reduction, balanced warfighting design, survivability, and adaptability.Each ship features a battery of two Advanced Gun Systems (AGS) firing Long-Range Land Attack Projectiles (LRLAP) that reach up to 63 nautical miles, providing a 3-fold improvement in naval surface fires coverage. DDG 1000 will employ active and passive sensors and a Dual-Band Radar (DBR) suite capable of conducting area air surveillance, including over-land, throughout the extremely difficult and cluttered sea-land interface. DDG 1000 will have a significantly reduced cross section reduction as compared to current destroyers and a much greater operating area in shallow water regions against mines. Zumwalt features increased stealth through a composite superstructure, integrated multi-function mast, and reduced acoustic signature.Following a successful Total Ship System Production Readiness Review, construction began on the first ship of the DDG 1000 class in February 2009, and PEO Ships and its industry partners have worked diligently to mature the ship’s design and ready their industrial facilities to build this advanced surface combatant on cost and on schedule.The DDG 1000 design was more mature at start of fabrication than any lead surface combatant to date, and all 13 Engineering Development Models (EDMs) have entered production, including 155mm Advanced Gun System and its Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP); the Mark 57 Advanced Vertical Launch System; composite deckhouse; the infrared suppression engine exhaust and heat suppression system; and components of the Integrated Power System. The Navy currently plans to build three DDG 1000-class destroyers.Work will be performed in Tewksbury, Mass. (40.0 percent); Portsmouth, R.I. (24.8 percent); Marlborough, Mass. (12.7 percent); Fort Wayne, Ind. (10.3 percent); Sudbury, Mass. (5.8 percent); Dahlgren, Va. (2.7 percent); Indianapolis, Ind. (2.3 percent); and San Diego, Calif. (1.4 percent).Work is expected to be completed by January 2016. Contract funds in the amount of $11,000,000 will be provided upon contract award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.About RaytheonRaytheon Company, with 2010 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 89 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , December 19, 2011 View post tag: USS View post tag: ship View post tag: Environment View post tag: Computing View post tag: Zumwalt Share this article
View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Australia: Attack One Deemed Mission Ready for Operation RESOLUTE View post tag: Defense September 26, 2013 View post tag: operation View post tag: Deemed View post tag: Mission View post tag: Defence Training & Education View post tag: attack View post tag: News by topic Share this article Australia: Attack One Deemed Mission Ready for Operation RESOLUTE View post tag: one View post tag: Naval View post tag: Ready View post tag: RESOLUTE The Armidale Class Patrol Boat crew Attack One has been deemed mission ready for Operation RESOLUTE following two weeks of training by Sea Training Unit – Minor War Vessels and a final assessment by the senior assessor Commodore Warfare, Commodore Peter Leavy on 13 September.COMWAR embarked in HMAS Albany to put Commanding Officer Lieutenant Justine Archer and her crew through their paces to ensure they were capable of meeting all Operation RESOLUTE mission requirements.With the training vessel Discovery III simulating a Foreign Fishing Vessel and a Suspected Irregular Entry Vessel as required, Attack One was able to successfully demonstrate competence in a variety of different boarding scenarios, across the gamut of trying physical, materiel and legal difficulties that are regularly encountered during border protection operations.Personnel from the Sea Training Unit and the recently qualified Transit Security Element (TSE) 70 embarked Discovery III to simulate a number of the difficulties encountered during border protection operations, including engineering defects, as well as the typical water ingress and sea-worthiness hazards that are regularly encountered on target vessels.COMWAR gained insight into, and an understanding of the level of interaction between the embarked TSE, who are comprised of tri-service personnel from both the permanent and reserve force, and Navy crews,“It is pleasing to see all three services working hard and so well together to achieve the mission,” CDRE Leavy said.“Attack One demonstrated the competencies required of them to successfully conduct the Operation RESOLUTE mission as a force assigned unit. Together with their TSE colleagues, the crew confirmed just how well they have been able to take on board the professional training provided by the Sea Training Unit here in Darwin.”The members of TSE were equally excited about the chance to deploy on Operation RESOLUTE, and spoke very highly of the training and exposure to operations and everyday life onboard an Armidale Class Patrol Boat.Private Esthelle Jones, a member of TSE 70 said the training in the lead up to mission readiness had been demanding but it was a challenge she enjoyed.“TSE is a very highly sought after deployment for us; I am very proud to have been selected for the opportunity. The training has been both fun and challenging, and I am looking forward to the chance to help out,” PTE Jones said.This collective training and assessment period has been one of many conducted by STU-MWV during a very high tempo six months. Based in Cairns and Darwin, the small team of twenty sea trainers conducts Mariner Skills and Unit Readiness training and assessment for all Minor War Vessels (MWV) and Hydrographic Survey Ships (HSS) as well as Mission Readiness training and assessment for MWVs, HSS, Major Fleet Units (MFU) and TSE deploying for Operation RESOLUTE.[mappress]Press Release, September 26, 2013; Image: Royal Australian Navy
He ignored advice and guidance given to him on numerous visits by Agency officers. He told them he needed a few weeks to clear the site and would meet with them again. Crockwell had no previous waste experience but tried to compete with established businesses in the area.As well as the suspended prison sentence, magistrates ordered Crockwell to pay £5,592 costs.The site of Cambridge Skip Hire at Half Acre Site was first visited by Environment Agency investigating officers in August 2016. No-one was around so a letter was left asking the business to make contact, but it failed to do so and a stop letter was placed on the business.In November 2016 officers tracked down Crockwell, the company director, who reluctantly agreed to meet them at the site. Mr Bdesha told magistrates: More information on permitting waste activities.Crockwell pleaded guilty to:Between 31 December 2015 and 31 December 2016 on land known as Half Acre Site, Long Drove, Waterbeach, CB25 9LR, you operated a regulated facility, namely a waste operation for the deposit, storage and treatment of waste without being authorised by an environmental permit granted under Regulation 13 of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.Contrary to Regulation 12 and 38(1)(a) Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010. Mixed commercial and construction/demolition waste was illegally stored at a site in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, despite advice given by Environment Agency officers.Cambridge Magistrates’ Court heard that the site in Long Drove began as a skip hire site but soon became an unpermitted waste transfer station.Stop notices were twice placed on the business but Daniel Lee Crockwell, aged 35, of Milton Road, Cambridge, carried on operating.On 26 July 2018 Mr Gurjit Bdesha, prosecuting for the Environment Agency, told the court: Crockwell agreed to clear the site by 16 February 2017 but failed to do so and eventually the landowners took control of the site and cleared it themselves.Mr Bdesha said Crockwell had taken a risk in running the business illegally and had only ever held a waste carriers’ licence during the year of operating at Long Drove.He had eventually stopped taking in extra waste in November 2017 and closed down his website and disconnected the phones at the same time.Mr Bdesha said that before a waste transfer station could be operated at the site there would have had to have been improvements to the infrastructure to protect the environment. Planning and health and safety requirements would also have been needed.After the hearing, Environment Agency Enforcement Team Leader Phil Henderson said: Whilst the Environment Agency seeks to work with operators who co-operate and want to comply with the law, we will take action against those who don’t. Always make sure you are operating legally before embarking on a waste management activity or you are likely to get a visit from our enforcement officers.
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Source / photo: Zadar Tourist Board, Bojan Bogdanić This is confirmed by the figures, and even more by the organization of tourist arrivals, half of which came in the post-season with agency mediation. According to Palek, the structure of guests is changing, because quality hotel accommodation and top gastronomic service are increasingly in demand, and in this context, Zadar still needs more high-capacity hotel facilities. “It is true that the very nice weather brought us a larger number of guests, but we also had two extremely successful events in October. For the first time, we organized the “Meat Me” festival, which during three days attracted the attention of locals and guests of Zadar, but also the traditional regatta “Zadarska Koka”, which attracted a record number of sailors. It turns out that gastronomic festivals, city hats and sports events are a good recipe for the off-season. ” – kaže direktor zadarske Turističke zajednice Mario Paleka. In October, a total of 114.500 overnight stays and 47.200 tourist arrivals were realized, ie 17.200 overnight stays and 6.500 more arrivals than last year. Foreign tourists dominated, accounting for 90% of October overnight stays and 87% of arrivals. Most of these figures were tourists from Germany with a 27% share of overnight stays, followed by Austrians with 7 and Britons with 6%. This fact is particularly pronounced in the growing number of overnight stays and arrivals that are realized at the level of the entire tourist year, because in Zadar from the beginning of 2019 to the end of October, 2.121.000 overnight stays and 600.000 tourist arrivals were recorded. This is a significant increase of 11% in arrivals and 9% in overnight stays. The previous tourist year was made special by American tourists with a growth of 14%, but also the Dutch with 23 and the Germans with 19% growth, and mostly Poles with a growth of 36% compared to last year. Statistics of tourist traffic expressed in overnight stays also reveal that, according to the type of accommodation, household facilities dominated (48%), followed by hotels (32%), other catering facilities for accommodation – companies and crafts (13%), camps (4%) and non-commercial accommodation (3%). The average length of stay of tourists was 3,5 days, confirming Zadar as a highly desirable City Break destination.
The day before the Juneteenth holiday, Ross posted: “With all due respect- I don’t need anyone to give me a holiday…I need pay equity, equal opportunity, and access.”The shift in tone and content has also created a challenge for LinkedIn to balance the need to foster honest and productive expression while maintaining professional decorum, say experts.That played out in LinkedIn’s own backyard in June when it was forced to reverse a policy that once allowed its employees to post anonymously during company meetings to create a “safe space” for opinions after some employees posted “offensive” comments during a company-wide town hall meeting to address diversity.”We require members on our platform to have real identities and we will not allow anonymous questions in all hands meetings in the future,” LinkedIn CEO Ryan Roslansky wrote in a blog post explaining the new policy. “We are not and will not be a company or platform where racism or hateful speech is allowed.”The platform’s moderators stepped in again in June when one LinkedIn commenter said a picture of a group of Black Harvard Law students looked like “gang members.” Mo Light, who posted the photo of himself and his classmates, which attracted more than 1.3 million views and 12,000 reactions on LinkedIn, demanded the name caller be held “accountable.”In the comments section of the post, LinkedIn told Light it was investigating the matter. LinkedIn declined to comment on the status of users’ accounts. The commenter’s profile is no longer active.In addition to employing human community moderators, who field complaints from users, LinkedIn also uses artificial intelligence and automated systems to detect and remove inappropriate content to ensure that the platform remains a “real, respectful and professional community,” Li said.For ad exec Davis, who waited 10 years before airing his grievances against his former bosses at McCann Worldgroup for recommending anger management classes when he spoke up at the time, LinkedIn helped bring closure to a painful episode in his career.Davis’ former boss Jonathan Shipman, who no longer works for McCann, apologized in the comments of the post. “I have always considered myself a mentor but now is the time for me to be the mentee,” he wrote.Davis and Shipman told Reuters they reconnected recently and are now working on a project to boost the exposure of Black professionals to the advertising industry.A McCann spokesman declined to comment. As US companies grapple with addressing racism and inequality stoked by nationwide protests, workers sheltering in place during the coronavirus pandemic have staked out LinkedIn as the next battleground for unvarnished discussion in the virtual office.”We aim for the conversations on LinkedIn to reflect real-life conversations in the workplace, and that includes topics that deeply affect our members’ lives,” LinkedIn’s Director of Product Liz Li said in a statement. “From work from home driven by COVID-19 to Black Lives Matter and racial injustice, we’re seeing more conversations on the platform between colleagues, connections and by companies.”Companies blanketed LinkedIn and other social media platforms with declarations of solidarity with the Black community following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man killed by Minneapolis police. That helped stretch the boundaries for what is now permissible in the office, even virtual ones hosted on platforms such as LinkedIn, said Brittany Bronson, a diversity and inclusion consultant for Rebrand Career Consulting.”We have all brought more of our personal lives to work since COVID-19 began – we’re seeing our colleagues’ kids, dogs, partners, parents,” Lisa Ross, US chief operating officer for consultancy Edelman, told Reuters by email. “It’s harder and harder for people to hide their views, and I think the open conversation you’re seeing on LinkedIn is part of that.” Topics : “This is white supremacy. This is institutionalized racism,” Aaisha Joseph, an executive assistant in New York City, posted on Microsoft Corp’s LinkedIn in early June, calling out the Black leadership vacuum at tech giants.In another post on LinkedIn, Ian Davis, a Black creative consultancy executive who founded Age of the Creative, called out his former bosses at a global advertising agency, for telling him he had an “attitude problem” after speaking out.Uncomfortable remarks like these, which have generated thousands of responses and millions of views, were once shunned at the office and confined to no-holds-barred forums like Twitter Inc. But they are now increasingly common on LinkedIn, known more for its polite discourse where users networked their way to their next job.