A two-dimensional plume model is used to study the interaction between Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf, Antarctica and its underlying ocean cavity. Ice Shelf Water (ISW) plumes are initiated by the freshwater released from a melting ice shelf and, if they rise, may become supercooled and deposit marine ice due to the pressure increase in the in situ freezing temperature. The aim of this modeling study is to determine the origin of the thick accretions of marine ice at the base of Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf and thus improve our understanding of ISW flow paths. The model domain is defined from measurements of ice shelf draft, and from this ISW the model is able to predict plumes that exit the cavity in the correct locations. The modeled plumes also produce basal freezing rates that account for measured marine ice thicknesses in the western part of Ronne Ice Shelf. We find that the freezing rate and plume properties are significantly influenced by the confluence of plumes from different meltwater sources. We are less successful in matching observations of marine ice under the rest of Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf, which we attribute primarily to this model’s neglect of circulations in the ocean outside the plume.
If the government needs reminding of the argument for compulsory minimum qualifications for estate agents then it had to only look to a small room in the House of Lords yesterday afternoon.The Cholmondeley Room was packed with the winners of this year’s Property Qualifications Awards run by Propertymark and addressed by Lord Best (below), who is heading up the government’s new working group which is tasked with improving professional standards and qualifications.Housing minister Mrs Heather Wheeler MP gave out the prizes, which celebrate excellence in learning and development in the property industry.“After years of campaigning, the government has now pledged to introduce mandatory qualifications for all professional agents,” says Propertymark.“It’s therefore important that the very best stand out from the crowd and are celebrated, as we are soon to enter an era when everyone will need a qualification.”Property Qualifications AwardsThe winners were Elizabeth Anderson (below) of Quantum in York (sales candidate of the year), Sarah Howard from Marshalls in Hertfordshire (Lettings Candidate of the Year), Andrew Everett (Auctioneering Candidate of the Year), Katie Vale of Knight Frank (Rising Star), Employer Champion (Glasgow firm The Property Store EK Ltd) and Nina Chambers of Countrywide brand Abbotts Property in Cambridgeshire (Learner of the Year).The Lifelong Achievement gong went to Melfyn Williams who is a past President of the NAEA, Chairman of the Board for its qualifications arm and an auctioneer, estate agent and chartered surveyor. He works for Welsh full- service agency Williams & Goodwin.“It has been fantastic to be able to bring our ceremony to the House of Lords at a time when the Government are deciding which route to take to build better professional standards,” says Mike Smith of Propertymark Qualifications.“These awards demonstrate the dedication and commitment of employees, employers, new entrants to the industry and those who are more experienced, who are willingly developing their knowledge and skills to improve overall quality and professionalism in the industry.“However, the sector’s reputation will not improve until we eliminate rogue agents and bad practice completely.”Katie Vale of Knight Frank Nina Chambers of Countrywide brand Abbotts Property Melfyn Williams Andrew Everett propertymark Quantum Sarah Howard from Marshalls The Property Store EK Ltd Elizabeth Anderson Williams & Goodwin October 18, 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 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 » Associations & Bodies » Winners! UK’s best estate agents win gongs at Westminster ceremony previous nextAssociations & BodiesWinners! UK’s best estate agents win gongs at Westminster ceremonyThis year’s winners at Propertymark’s national Property Qualifications Awards gathered yesterday to get their awards watched by Housing Minister Heather Wheeler and Lord Best.Nigel Lewis18th October 201801,170 Views
The huge gap between Purplebricks and its main hybrid and online competitors has been revealed by new research following the demise of its main rivals Emoov and Tepilo.Independent consumer advice group The Advisory has used data from portals Rightmove and Zoopla to show that Purplebricks now has a 69.4% share of the sector, with Yopa in second place at 10.9%.The Advisory’s fortnightly research reveals that over the past two weeks Purplebricks listed 2,843 properties, while nearest surviving rival Yopa listed 450, House Simple 411, Doorsteps 153 and House Network 78.But the research also shows that traditional, high street-based agents worried that hybrid and online agents are gaining ground can relax a little.Traditional firms increased their listings by 8% over the past two weeks, adding 85,469 new properties to the market.The figures support other recent analysis of the sales sector that has suggested that hybrid and online agents may have reached a plateau of popularity with vendors.“Proportionally, Purplebricks has increased new instructions at a lesser rate than the mainstream estate agency sector, and their overall market share of the sector has dropped slightly,” says The Advisory founder Gavin Brazg (left).His company’s data shows that Purplebricks peaked at 4,647 new listings per fortnight in late September 2018 before dropping to 3,274 in mid-November.The other hybrid/online agents in The Advisory’s ‘top ten’ including 99homes, OpenHouseEstateAgent, sellmyhome, settled and esale, which has pushed easyproperty into 11th place.House Simple Purplebricks The Advisory Gavin Brazg doorsteps YOPA February 7, 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 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » High street agents regaining ground from Purplebricks, report claims previous nextAgencies & PeopleHigh street agents regaining ground from Purplebricks, report claimsFigures from The Advisory based on Zoopla data reveal the extent of Purplebricks’ dominance of hybrid sector, but traditional agents are fighting back.Nigel Lewis7th February 201902,365 Views
My Morning Jacket played a few shows over the last week, dusting off the cobwebs in what has been a rather quiet 2016 for the band. With their first shows back, the band paid tribute to Prince with three songs on Wednesday night in Oklahoma, and following that up on Thursday at Houston, TX’s Revention Music Center with covers of “Sign O’ The Times” and “Purple Rain,” the latter of which closed their set in rousing fashion.My Morning Jacket Opens Spring Tour With Three Prince CoversAlong with the Prince covers, MMJ ran through crowd-favorites such as “Circuital,” “The Way That He Sings,” “Gideon,” new track “Throwback”, and finished the show with “One Big Holiday”. The band is playing New Orleans Jazz Fest today, and will play several shows in May, including already sold-out shows at Louisville, KY’s Iroquois Amphitheater and Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. Setlist: My Morning Jacket at Revention Music Center, Houston, TX – 4/28/2016CircuitalThe DarkCompound FractureSpring (Among the Living)Sign “” the Times The Way That He SingsLay LowTropics (Erase Traces)ThrowbackBelieve (Nobody Knows)Off the RecordWordless ChorusTouch Me I’m Going to Scream Pt. 2Purple Rain Encore:Victory DanceGideonEasy Morning RebelOne Big Holiday
Snarky Puppy threw a serious late-night party at the Republic last night. With members such as Bob Lanzetti, Nate Werth, Michael Leage, Jason Thomas, Justin Stanton, Chris Bullock, Mike ‘Maz’ Maher, Jay Jennings, Caleb Sean McCampbell, and new drummer Jamison Ross all on hand for the show, the group played a two-set extravaganza that featured a sizable portion of material from their latest effort Culcha Vulcha.Snarky Puppy Makes Triumphant Studio Return On ‘Culcha Vulcha’ [Review/Stream]The group welcomed a very special guest from one of the greatest bands of all time during the encore, Spinal Tap‘s own Derek Smalls (aka Harry Shearer). Shearer, the co-creator of Spinal Tap, along with being a NOLA resident and the voice of a plethora of characters on The Simpsons, joined the Puppy dressed in full-on 80’s hair metal gear for a cover of Spinal Tap’s “Big Bottoms.“Check the video below, courtesy of Chanice Kobolowski:One thing is for certain….the band most definitely turned things up to eleven!
During the half-century that the Harvard Business School (HBS) has admitted women, only the family of James S.C. Chao can claim four daughters among those graduates.On Friday, the Chao family announced its intention to honor that legacy — as well as the life of its late matriarch, Ruth Mulan Chu Chao — with a $40 million gift to the School to support student fellowships and to build a new executive education center on the Allston campus.“What a wonderful thing to have a building on this campus that is both named for a woman and comes from the gift of four daughters,” said HBS Dean Nitin Nohria during an afternoon press conference at Kresge Hall, which will be razed to make way for the Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center, set for groundbreaking in 2014. “It is so symbolic, so wonderful for us to be able to announce this gift in a year in which we’re celebrating 50 years of women graduating from Harvard Business School.”The gift is in tribute to the life and legacy of the late Ruth Mulan Chu Chao. Elaine Chao (from left) sits with Harvard President Drew Faust and Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria during the announcement.The gift from the James Si-Cheng Chao and Family Foundation will allot $35 million toward construction of the Chao Center. The remaining $5 million will establish the Ruth Mulan Chu and James Si-Cheng Chao Family Fellowship Fund, which will provide financial assistance to deserving students of Chinese heritage.The Chaos’ generosity was inspired not just by their personal connections to HBS, but by their mother’s passion for education. A native of China’s Anhui Province who immigrated to the United States from Taiwan with her husband and children, she once said, “The best dowry for my daughters is education,” and earned her own long-delayed master’s degree in Asian literature and history at 53.The gift serves as a reminder of the important role of women at HBS and at Harvard through history, said Harvard President Drew Faust.The Chao family represents “generations of dedication to what matters most here at Harvard to all of us, and that is the power of education to generate opportunity, to create possibility for everyone in our society, for women as well as men,” Faust said. “This is, of course, something that the Chao sisters lived here at Harvard Business School … education that is meant to serve others, education that is meant to build a better world.”Members of the Chao family — among them former U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, M.B.A. ’79, and her husband, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. — were joined by HBS faculty, alumni, and staff, as well as friends of the School and representatives from the city of Boston, to celebrate the gift, one of the largest in HBS history and another boon to the Executive Education Program. (Just outside Kresge’s windows, construction of Tata Hall, which will provide housing for executive education participants, was under way.)The Chao Center will serve as a space where the roughly 9,000 professionals who attend Executive Education programs each year can mingle with M.B.A. and doctoral students, said Elaine Chao, speaking on behalf of her father, who also attended.“In an era of internationalization, the Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center will be a gateway and convening site to the tens of thousands of Executive Education attendees from all over the world,” she said.The center also will help to keep Boston at the forefront of the economy, said Mayor Thomas M. Menino.“It demonstrates the direction that Boston is moving in as we build on our status as a leader in the global economy,” Menino said.The center also will help to keep Boston at the forefront of the economy, said Mayor Thomas M. Menino (right), pictured with Elaine Chao.James and Ruth met during China’s mid-century upheaval, a period of multiple wars and rapid cultural change, Elaine Chao said. They reunited in Taiwan, where Ruth, the educated daughter of a distinguished family, had moved with relatives seeking safety.When James, then a young but already accomplished sea captain, had the chance to go to America, Ruth, then pregnant with their third of six daughters, encouraged him to do so. Three years later, Ruth and the children joined him in New York. James went on to found the international shipping, trading, and finance outfit the Foremost Group, where he remains chairman.The couple also established the Mulan Education Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing U.S.–China relations, which has awarded thousands of scholarships.Through the HBS gift, her father plans to continue the legacy of his wife of six decades, who died of lymphoma in 2007, Elaine Chao said.“Her spirit of altruism, generosity toward others, and contributing to society are values that he hopes that the best university in the world will instill in the smartest students in the world,” Chao said, “so that our world will have better leaders of principle, conscience, and service to society.”
PLAINS, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a northeastern Pennsylvania shooting stemming from an argument over snow disposal during Monday’s storm left two people dead, and the suspect was later found dead at his home. Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said a husband and wife were shot in the street outside their Plains Township home just before 9 a.m. Monday. Police identified them as 50-year-old James Goy and 48-year-old Lisa Goy. Forty-seven-year-old Jeffrey Spaide was found dead in his home across the street of a self-inflicted wound. Chief Dale Binker of the township police department said the Goys had a 15-year-old son with autism who is now staying with his grandparents.
View Comments Bobby Conte Thornton photographed at VANDAL(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) A Bronx Tale Age: 24Hometown: San Francisco, CACurrent Role: Bobby Conte Thornton stars as A Bronx Tale’s Calogero, a young man caught between his father and the mob boss he looks up to.Stage Cred: Thornton makes his Broadway debut in A Bronx Tale. His other New York theater credits include My Fair Lady and Starting Here, Starting Now. Regionally, he has appeared in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Comedy of Tenors, Grease, Les Miserables and The Light in the Piazza. Related Shows Bobby Conte Thornton Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 5, 2018
Vermont Achieves Record Safety Belt UseEarns $3.7 Million in Additional Transportation & Public Safety FundingMontpelier, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas today announced that the state’s Click It or Ticket campaign has resulted in a record safety belt use rate of 87.3% in Vermont and an additional $3.7 million for the state’s transportation and public safety programs.Governor Douglas said this is the highest safety belt use rate ever documented in Vermont.”Vermont’s extraordinary law enforcement agencies, safety advocates and a number of private partners and citizens worked together to attain this level of use and together we are saving lives,” the Governor said. “This year, our educational campaign was the most comprehensive ever, including partnerships with Thunder Road race track, Bond Auto, the American Red Cross, Clear Channel Radio, Chittenden Bank, AAA Northern New England, Vermont Voltage Soccer Team, Agency of Transportation and Vermont Information Centers.”The Click It or Ticket campaign has been an annual effort coordinated by the Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program since 2002. Before the series of campaigns began, Vermont’s safety belt use rate was only 67.4%.As a result of attaining a belt use rate that exceeds 85% for the second consecutive year, Vermont qualifies for a federal incentive payment of $3.7 million dollars, Governor Douglas added.Vermont can use these funds for any project that improves a hazardous roadway or proactively addresses highway safety problems. And at least 1 million dollars of the funds received by Vermont under this incentive will be used for public safety programs.###
The US Senate has approved legislation by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to give the National Guard its first seat on the nation’s highest military council, the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The bill, which has 71 Senate cosponsors, was added by voice vote Monday night as an amendment to the annual Defense Authorization Bill.Leahy and Graham are the co-chairs of the Senate’s 84-member National Guard Caucus. Their National Guard Empowerment and State-National Defense Integration Act (S.1025) ‘ also known as ‘Guard Empowerment II’ — is the latest in a series of successful efforts led by the Guard Caucus over the last six years to give the Guard a more meaningful voice in Pentagon circles where key policy and budget decisions are made that affect the Guard. Among other changes, the Leahy-Graham bill would make the Chief of the National Guard Bureau a permanent member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; reestablish the position of the Vice Chief of the Guard Bureau at the three-star level; enhance the Guard’s representation at the senior levels of U.S. Northern Command; and help clarify the disaster response command relationship among the Guard and the U.S. military commands. The legislation is endorsed by the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the National Governors Association, the National Guard Association of the United States, the Adjutants General Association of the United States, and the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States. Similar legislation has been approved by the House of Representatives, giving the reforms an ‘excellent’ chance of becoming law by the end of the year, according to Leahy and Graham.Leahy said, ‘These reforms will bolster our national security and facilitate the Guard’s enhanced role in our national defense. At home and abroad, we are asking the Guard to take on more responsibilities than ever. The Guard has grown to become a front-line, 21st Century force, but it is trapped in a 20th Century Pentagon bureaucracy. This will help clear away those cobwebs and give the Guard a voice in the Pentagon that befits the scale of its missions here and overseas.’Graham said, “I’m very pleased the Senate has voted to allow the Chief of the National Guard Bureau to become a statutory member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Since 9/11, the National Guard and Reserves have done tremendous work at home and abroad in defense our nation. They have earned a seat at the table where our most important military decisions are made. This is a long-overdue recognition and fitting tribute for our citizen-soldiers.”Major General Michael D. Dubie, head of the Adjutant Generals Association of the United States and Vermont’s adjutant general, said, ‘This is a strong and powerful statement that leaves no question about the Guard’s future role in the defense of America. In this era of persistent and uncertain conflict, the National Guard’s role has expanded from one of a strategic reserve to an operational force and changed every aspect of what it means to be a member of the Guard. Representation on the Joint Chiefs of Staff ensures that both the nation’s civilian and military leadership will receive the very best advice on matters relating to the National Guard serving overseas and here at home.’General Craig McKinley, USAF, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said, ‘We greatly admire and appreciate the outstanding leadership and support that Senators Leahy and Graham continue to provide on behalf of the more than 460,000 Soldiers and Airmen of the National Guard. We also greatly appreciate the tremendous work of the entire Senate, and particularly the Armed Services Committee under the leadership of Senators Levin and McCain, in providing for all service members and their families.” Major General Gus L. Hargett Jr. (ret.), president of the National Guard Association of the United States, said, ‘The entire Guard community is indebted to Senator Leahy and Senator Graham for bringing us one major step closer to the biggest legislative victory for the National Guard since the Militia Act of 1903 created the modern, dual-mission National Guard. But this is so much more than about giving the Guard a voice at the Pentagon, it’s about adding the Guard’s unique domestic-response expertise to the nation’s highest military council.’ WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, Nov. 29)