Tracing particle paths in the Antarctic ice sheet

first_imgA layer of moraine within the Antarctic ice sheet has been detected in the course of airborne radar ice soundings. The moraine was injected at the margin of the ice and can serve as a tracer to pick out a particle path within the ice. When combined with surface measurements, the ability to trace particle paths should allow detailed modelling of the dynamic behaviour in limited areas.last_img

Estate agents earn £4,770 per sale, claims zero-fee hybrid agent

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Estate agents earn £4,770 per sale, claims zero-fee hybrid agent previous nextAgencies & PeopleEstate agents earn £4,770 per sale, claims zero-fee hybrid agentStrike, formerly known as HouseSimple, says its research shows traditional agents are charging too much.Nigel Lewis26th November 20204 Comments633 Views Estate agents have earned £4,770 per property sale on average in the UK over the past decade, it has been claimed.The figure has been published by hybrid estate agency Strike, formerly HouseSimple, which is currently rolling out its free home selling service across the UK.The agency, which generates its revenue from recommending third-party services such as mortgages and conveyancing to clients, has completed the research in an attempt to highlight how much vendors pay on average to sell a property.It also says that 11% of vendors payed more than £10,000 to sell their home.But the figures do reveal the huge variation in fees earned by agents across the UK.London – £6,573Birmingham – £5,622Southampton – £5,481Bristol – £5,316Belfast – £4,667Norwich – £4,338Liverpool – £4,221Edinburgh – £3,690Sheffield – £3,405Glasgow – £3,273Manchester – £3,265Cardiff – £3,255Newcastle – £3,167Leeds – £3,000Nottingham – £2,854Also, Strike says more than two in five (44%) of UK sellers were unhappy with the service provided by their estate agents, peaking at 58% in Belfast.And it claims that the level of agency fee charged depends on a range of factors including gender (men appear to get better deals than women) and age group (Millennials seem to be happy not to haggle on fee).Sam Mitchell, CEO at Strike, said: “Estate agent fees are often the most significant expense when moving to a new house, especially with the current stamp duty relief, and it’s really interesting to see which factors affect how much people pay.Earlier this year Rightmove put the average fees at £ agent commission strike HouseSimple online agent sam mitchell November 26, 2020Nigel Lewis4 commentsColin Bury, Duckworths Estate Agents Duckworths Estate Agents 26th November 2020 at 12:06 pmWell Sam your research figures for the area of Lancashire that I work in are well of the Mark and that’s a fact and not based on a set of figures pulled together multiplied then divided to make an averageMost estate agents are above average in their professional capacity and it’s the let’s reinvent the wheel brigade that on average probably get most complaints and give the rest a bad nameWhen will you learn that the majority of people are prepared to pay for a good estate agency service and don’t trust the we don’t charge commission or fees brigade !Log in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 26th November 2020 at 9:00 amThats because we work hard to earn them. !!!!As any of my clients many of whom return time after time to instruct meJust read our reviewsThis is a more recent one from a lawyer!“Daniel GinsburyPartner at Ingram Winter Green LLP SolicitorsGlad to have taken a complex high-value residential disposal through to completion today, under the steady co-ordinating hand of Murray Lee of Dreamview, expertly pulling all the component strands together.Looking forward to working with you again soon Sir !”And was echoed by his clientWe also receive no fees if we dont sell. Where else do you find that?And we also try to make sure we achieve the best prices for our vendors working hard to cover the fee element of the sale priceLets focus on the positives6 out of 10 were happy with their agents (60%!)Better rating than many other businessesLog in to ReplyJames Gibbs, Gibbs Gillespie Gibbs Gillespie 26th November 2020 at 8:54 amI can imagine the wonderful service that the public will receive at Strike and then complain about Estate Agents. The sooner these cheap and nasty brands fold the better. Give great service and charge accordingly.Log in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 26th November 2020 at 9:01 am100% agree Mr Gibbs !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 2021last_img read more

Warburtons opens learning centre

first_imgWarburtons staff in Blackpool are getting a career boost after the company and Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union forked out for a learning centre.They have invested £5,000 in the new facility, which staff can use during their breaks and production shut-downs.More than 20 staff in Marton are already using new computers to improve their IT skills and take up business-related training in computers, health and safety, finance, touch typing, and online skills for life. Courses for literacy and numeracy will also be introduced soon.Jason Hall, unit manager at Warburtons, said: “We already have around a third of our staff working to gain better qualifications and more sign up almost every day. The new centre will give employees the opportunity to further their skills and qualifications in an accessible way.”last_img read more

Happy Opening to Neil Patrick Harris & Hedwig

first_img About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. To celebrate the musical’s opening night, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson created this portrait of Harris as Hedwig and Lena Hall as Yitzhak, Hedwig’s husband and backup singer, rocking out to Stephen Trask’s score and John Cameron Mitchell’s book. View Comments Lena Hall wishes Harris, Hall and everyone at Hedwig a happy opening! You can spit beer in our face, yell at us, whatever. We’ll just beg for more. Star Files Neil Patrick Harris Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 The cat’s out of the bag, or rather, the wig’s out of the box! The much-anticipated Great White Way debut of Hedwig and the Angry Inch opens on April 22 at the Belasco Theatre, with Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris donning the transgender rock star’s wig, fishnets and heels. Tony winner Michael Mayer directs the new production of the cult favorite. Hedwig and the Angry Inch Related Showslast_img read more

Obama Receives Uribe at the White House to Discuss Matters of Common Interest

first_imgBy Dialogo June 30, 2009 Washington, 29 June (EFE).- The president of the United States, Barack Obama, today receives his Colombian counterpart, Alvaro Uribe, at the White House to address a wide range of topics on the bilateral agenda, among them the Free Trade Agreement bogged down in Congress. This is Obama and Uribe’s first meeting at the White House, although they met on April 18 during the fifth Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago. The bilateral meeting will take place at 2:15 p.m. Washington time in the Oval Office, and according to the White House, Obama will first meet with Uribe alone, without press access, and then the two will hold an “expanded meeting,” after which they will be available to journalists. It is expected that the two leaders will go over topics on the bilateral agenda, among them the thorny subject of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed by both countries in November 2006 and still bogged down in Congress as a result of Democratic reluctance and pressure from labor unions about the labor situation and human rights in Colombia. During his election campaign, Obama said that he would oppose ratification of the FTA with Colombia as long as violence against union activists continued. On taking office, he instructed his trade representative, Ron Kirk, to review the U.S. trade agenda and analyze ways to make improvements in the FTA. Uribe arrived in Washington on Sunday afternoon, for a two-day working visit that includes today’s meeting with Obama, as well as with high-ranking officials in his administration. Before meeting with Obama, Uribe will meet in the morning with the United States Trade Representative, Ron Kirk; the Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke; the director of the White House National Economic Council, Larry Summers; and the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Gil Kerlikowske. He will also meet with the president of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick. In addition, he will have lunch with representatives of think tanks and political analysts. In the afternoon, Uribe will also present the Order of St Charles, Great Cross Degree, to Tom Shannon, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, “who has been a friend of Colombia throughout his lengthy diplomatic career,” according to the official agenda. On Tuesday, Uribe will take part in a forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center, where he will discuss the incentives his administration is offering to investors and the achievements of his policy of “democratic security.” Subsequently, Uribe will travel from Washington to Panama to attend the swearing-in of Panamanian President-Elect Ricardo Martinelli Berrocal on the following day. Uribe is accompanied on this visit by Chancellor Jaime Bermúdez Merizalde, Minister of Trade, Industry, and Tourism Luis Guillermo Plata, and three secretaries.last_img read more

Weaker sterling feeds through to Swiss pension funding boost

first_imgA Brexit-fuelled fall in sterling that benefited UK equities helped boost pension funding levels at Swiss companies in the third quarter, according to Willis Towers Watson.The consultancy’s quarterly pension index for Swiss occupational pension schemes showed that funding levels rose from 88.4% as at the end of the first half of the year to 90.2% as at the end of September.Willis Towers Watson said the increase was predominately due to positive returns from equities during the third quarter, with bond yields and hence pension liabilities largely unchanged.Adam Casey, senior consultant at Willis Towers Watson, said central banks’ low-interest-rate policies were continuing to stimulate equity markets, and that Swiss pension funds were able to benefit from this in the third quarter and get a bit of “breathing space” in the short term. He singled out UK equities, saying these were supported by the fall in sterling after the Bank of England cut interest rates given worries about Brexit.The Bank of England cut interest rates to 0.25% in early August, and also re-launched and expanded its quantitative easing programme to include corporate bonds.In the UK, this was met with concern given the impact of lower Gilt yields on scheme deficits.  Casey’s colleague, Peter Zanella, head of retirement solutions, said Swiss Pensionskassen remained under pressure, however, given the persistent low-interest-rate environment, and that they needed to assess their asset allocation and benefit structure carefully to avoid breaking under that pressure.Asset-liability modelling is one way pension funds can test their resilience to stress situations, he added.The consultancy’s calculations are based on the returns of Pictet’s BVG-40 pension index with a 40% equity exposure.last_img read more

New LNG carrier for Japan’s JERA named

Image courtesy of K LineA brand new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier to be chartered by Japan’s LNG importing giant JERA was named on Tuesday at Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ shipyard in Sakaide. The 164,700-cbm LNG carrier named Enshu Maru is owned by Trans Pacific Shipping 4 S.A, a joint venture consisting of K Line and Tokyo Century.According to a K Line statement, the newbuild LNG carrier is powered by a reheat steam turbine.It is a “next-generation LNG carrier propulsion plant of high thermal efficiency and high reliability, incorporating the most advanced materials and control technologies including improvements in steam conditions to raise the thermal efficiency,” the statement said.The 293m-long vessel is expected to mainly serve the transportation route between the Freeport LNG export project in the US and Japan.JERA, a joint venture comprising of two major Japanese electric companies Tepco and Chubu, has a 25 percent stake in the Freeport LNG export project expected to start operations next year. read more

Protect kids from Miley’s ‘porn’ – Family First

first_img3News 22 August 2014Miley Cyrus’ show is porn and the promotion of substance abuse dressed up as pop music, says a family advocacy group.Family First’s Bob McCoskrie is urging parents to protect their kids from the 21-year-old singer following an announcement she’ll play an Auckland show in October.Cyrus’ show features a hotdog and a tongue slide – but there have also been reports of her wearing an outfit covered with pictures of cannabis leaves and of her miming oral sex on a dancer wearing a Bill Clinton mask.Reviews of the Bangerz tour she’s bringing Down Under showed featured foul language, highly sexualised imagery, and normalised drug use, Mr McCoskrie said.He said part of the former Disney star’s show advised parental guidance – and he thought parents should take the guidance in advance before buying tickets.“Parents should save their money, protect their children and expose them to the far more positive messages of celebrating their achievements, their personality and their uniqueness.”–Family-First/tabid/423/articleID/357904/Default.aspxlast_img read more

CDC Extends Social-distancing Guidelines to Household Pets

first_imgThe rules of social distancing are indeed changing, and not just because we are close to the national guidelines expiring on April 30.The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention issued new guidelines this week suggesting that pet owners follow the same social-distancing rules with their furry family members as with everyone else during the COVID-19 pandemic.“Treat pets as you would other human family members — do not let pets interact with people or animals outside the household,” the agency said in an advisory. “If a person inside the household becomes sick, isolate that person from everyone else, including pets.”The agency is also advising pet owners to avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs typically gather.The change comes after reports of animals becoming infected after having contact with a person with the virus.Last week, two pet cats in New York state tested positive for coronavirus, marking the first diagnoses of domestic animals in the country. In addition, last Monday, a North Carolina pug became the first dog in the nation to test positive for the virus.Protect your pets if you are sick with #COVID19. Limit exposure to pets and have someone else care for them if possible. If you must be around animals while sick, wash your hands before and after interacting with them. Learn more:— CDC (@CDCgov) April 28, 2020 The first known case of any animal catching the virus in the U.S. was a 4-year-old Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo named Nadia. She is believed to have been infected by a zookeeper, according to reports.Additionally, seven more big cats at that zoo also tested positive, the Wildlife Conservation Society says. All of them are now recovering.Still, the CDC stresses there is no evidence that animals play a major role in spreading the virus to humans.“The first infections were thought to be linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now primarily spreading from person to person … Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low,” the CDC said.last_img read more

Pollard backs Tridents to bounce back from disappointing 2016

first_imgBARBADOS Tridents captain Kieron Pollard has backed the team to recover from a disappointing 2016 campaign that saw them achieve their lowest finish in the competition’s history.The Tridents finished in sixth place last season, missing out on the competition’s playoff round for the first time in four editions. Pollard, however, believes last season’s campaign was heavily impacted by injuries to key players and the loss of South African batsman AB de Villiers as the team pushed to secure a place in the next round.“Last year we struggled with multiple injuries and the departure of key players at inopportune times for the team. In 2017, we intend to return to our winning ways with the team we feel will win it all,” Pollard told Nation News.The all-rounder, who has hit a purple patch of form with Indian Premier League’s Mumbai Indians, has also encouraged the home fans to come out in full support of the team.“The CPL may be the biggest party in sport, but with the support of the Bajan fans, the Tridents will be the only ones partying after the matches this year. The Tridents intend to play a fierce brand of cricket which will be make it very uncomfortable for anyone we face, especially at The Mecca.” (Sportsmax)last_img read more