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Geological constraints on glacio-isostatic adjustment models of relative sea-level change during deglaciation of Prince Gustav Channel, Antarctic Peninsula

first_imgThe recent disintegration of Antarctic Peninsula ice shelves, and the associated accelerated discharge and retreat of continental glaciers, has highlighted the necessity of quantifying the current rate of Antarctic ice mass loss and the regional contributions to future sea-level rise. Observations of present day ice mass change need to be corrected for ongoing glacial isostatic adjustment, a process which must be constrained by geological data. However, there are relatively little geological data on the geometry, volume and melt history of the Antarctic Peninsula Ice Sheet (APIS) after Termination 1, and during the Holocene so the glacial isostatic correction remains poorly constrained. To address this we provide field constraints on the timing and rate of APIS deglaciation, and changes in relative sea-level (RSL) for the north-eastern Antarctic Peninsula based on geomorphological evidence of former marine limits, and radiocarbon-dated marine-freshwater transitions from a series of isolation basins at different altitudes on Beak Island. Relative sea-level fell from a maximum of c. 15 m above present at c. 8000 cal yr BP, at a rate of 3.91 mm yr−1 declining to c. 2.11 mm yr−1 between c. 6900–2900 cal yr BP, 1.63 mm yr−1 between c. 2900–1800 cal yr BP, and finally to 0.29 mm yr−1 during the last c. 1800 years. The new Beak Island RSL curve improves the spatial coverage of RSL data in the Antarctic. It is in broad agreement with some glacio-isostatic adjustment models applied to this location, and with work undertaken elsewhere on the Antarctic Peninsula. These geological and RSL constraints from Beak Island imply significant thinning of the north-eastern APIS by the early Holocene. Further, they provide key data for the glacial isostatic correction required by satellite-derived gravity measurements of contemporary ice mass loss, which can be used to better assess the future contribution of the APIS to rising sea-levels.last_img read more

Interpreting bryophyte stable carbon isotope composition: Plants as temporal and spatial climate recorders

first_imgBryophytes are unable to control tissue water content although physiological adaptations allow growth in a wide range of habitats. Carbon isotope signals in two mosses (Syntrichia ruralis and Chorisodontium aciphyllum) and two liverworts (Conocephalum conicum and Marchantia polymorpha), whether instantaneous (real-time, Δ13C), or organic matter (as δ13COM), provide an assimilation-weighted summary of bryophyte environmental adaptations. In mosses, δ13COM is within the measured range of Δ13C values, which suggests that other proxies, such as compound specific organic signals will be representative of historical photosynthetic and growth conditions. The liverworts were photosynthetically active over a wider range of relative water contents (RWC) than the mosses. There was a consistent 5‰ offset between Δ13C values in C. conicum and M. polymorpha, suggestive of greater diffusion limitation in the latter. Analysis of a C. aciphyllum moss-peat core showed the isotopic composition over the past 200 years reflects recent anthropogenic CO2 emissions. Once corrected for source-CO2 inputs, the seasonally integrated ∆13COM between 1350 and 2000 AD varied by 1.5‰ compared with potential range of the 12‰ measured experimentally, demonstrating the relatively narrow range of conditions under which the majority of net assimilation takes place. Carbon isotope discrimination also varies spatially, with a 4‰ shift in epiphytic bryophyte organic matter found between lowland Amazonia and upper montane tropical cloud forest in the Peruvian Andes; associated with increased diffusion limitation.last_img read more

Is Countrywide now one of the biggest hybrid agents?

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Is Countrywide now one of the biggest hybrid agents? previous nextAgencies & PeopleIs Countrywide now one of the biggest hybrid agents?While the City salivates over Purplebricks, Countrywide has been quietly rolling out a huge network of agents who offer a very similar service.Nigel Lewis9th March 201705,009 Views While there’s enormous interest in ‘online-only’ and hybrid agents such as Hatched and Purplebricks, a lesser-known online operation has been rolling out across swathes of the UK.Countrywide revealed this morning how its digital ‘hybrid’ roll-out has been progressing over the past year, and it’s significant. So far this has included a four-phase launch that now covers 25% of its business, and 200 branches.Four phasesAfter trialling it with three brands in June last year – Austin & Wyatt in the SW, Frank Innes in the East Midlands and Spencers in Leicestershire – it then introduced the offering to a further three agencies in November. These were Carsons in Hampshire, Miller Countrywide in Cornwall and Devon and Fulfords in Somerset.In January this year it also added its hybrid offering to Entwistle Green in Liverpool and Lancashire and says that it has shown “the most positive results to date”. A launch then followed last month at Bridgfords, the largest agent to do so thus far.BenefitsBenefits of Countrywide’s hybrid model, which charges a £695 to £995 fee (see ad above) for a Purplebricks-style service during which vendors have to conduct both their own viewings and sale price negotiations, have included increased traffic to agent’s websites. Also, it generates more leads compared to agents with the traditional, full-service offering.Results from its original trial brands from earlier in 2016 reveal that having a ‘hybrid’ option drove 11% more valuations, 18% more instructions and 9% more sales, all without impacting fee levels, the company says.The platform that drives the offering across the different brands has so far seen  2,700 online accounts set up and 1,000 valuations booked online.“The launch of our digital sales pilot in summer 2016 has surpassed our ambitions and we have now accelerated the roll-out to more than 25% of our network,” says Chief Executive Alison Platt (pictured, left).Purplebricks Alison Platt Countrywide digital hybrid March 9, 2017Nigel 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 2021last_img read more

Rental auctions software proptech firm launches to help agents see off Rentberry threat

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » Rental auctions software proptech firm launches to help agents see off Rentberry threat previous nextMarketingRental auctions software proptech firm launches to help agents see off Rentberry threatAs the US letting auction site prepares to launch in the UK, competitor LetsBid4Lets.com offers to drive tenants directly to agents’ websites.Nigel Lewis8th June 201702,107 Views A start-up proptech firm that enables tenants to bid via rental auctions for properties on letting agents’ websites is about to launch into the London market.Founder Spencer Rose (pictured, below) says LetsBid4Lets.com’s software will help agents market properties directly through their own websites rather than relying on the big portals for leads.“The software is built, but we are looking to raise funding from investors to pay for marketing activity to attract tenants to the websites of the agents who sign up with us,” he says.eBay-style biddingFor a fee the company will supply letting agents with white-label auction software to market their rental properties through an eBay-style bidding process.During the auctions tenants will be invited to bid for properties and, if they win, secure them for an agreed rental period.Spencer, who has a property development background from his time at investment firm Palmhurst Group, says tenants using the site will be pre-referenced by FCC Paragon before being allowed to bid.“These references will last for 60 days so if a tenant doesn’t win on one property then they will be able to use the same reference to bid on another, which will be a first for the UK rental market,” he told The Negotiator.“The world has changed but the way to let a property remains exactly the same as when I joined the sector during the late 1980s,” says Spencer.“Our logic with this business is that auctions are a tried a tested way of selling property and people understand it, but no one has applied it to the lettings process yet.“We believe it can provide transparency for the process both for landlords and tenants.”LetsBid4LetsLetsBidForLets.com hopes to copy the success of Rentberry.com in the US which lists 100,000 properties and claims more than 50,000 users and describes itself as a price negotiation platform between landlords and tenants.Unlike LetsBid4Lets.com, Rentberry cuts out letting agents and invites landlords to offer their properties via an auction directly to tenants. The service has said it is planning to launch in the UK later this year.“When Rentberry launches in the UK there is a worry that it could take business off agents, so we’re offering agents the opportunity to take up the technology before that happens,” says Spencer.LetsBid4Lets has a holding page on which it’s inviting interest from the industry. Spencer says some 200 departmental heads have been invited to attend a launch event on June 29th at London’s Shard tower at 6.30pm.LetsBid4Lets has the backing of prominent proptech blogger James Dearsley (pictured, right) and investment expert Anthony Codling – who has shares in the business – both of whom are speaking at the Shard launch event.James Dearsley LetsBid4Lets Anthony Codling spencer rose June 8, 2017Nigel 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 2021last_img read more

They designed, they built, they conkered

first_imgAnd now for something completely different: Conker Pods. The creator, Jag Virdie, says that while they can simply be an aesthetically pleasing garden feature, at £21,000, the 10 square metre pods can also be affordable homes for different generations.Jag VirdieJag, a Chartered Engineer, worked for Rolls Royce Bentley and Lotus before setting up his own Research and Development company in 2010 for automotive and aerospace enterprises. His startup Conker Living is getting a lot of attention and The Conker™ is now available for the public to order their bespoke design.Designed in Cheshire with all materials sourced in Britain, the Conker could be an annexe for a teenager, a granny flat or a glamping pod for a young family, it could also be used as a professional office space.Jag says, “For an office space, we have designed a three metre long desk with drawers and a deployable table. I currently use the prototype as my office. It could be a conference room, with seats, a round table and a projector. Pods can be joined together to form larger spaces and offer flexibility with custom designs. With more than one pod it creates space for a double bed, storage space for clothes, a kitchenette as well as an en-suite bathroom with a toilet and shower.The Conker was designed to be aerodynamic, strong and versatile, made of aluminium and recycled plastic to give it durability it is 100 per cent waterproof that doesn’t need any guttering as rainwater drips down the sides, where it is harvested and stored in tanks, which can be purified and reused in the shower or the kitchenette.Jag Virdie affordable housing Conker The Conker Pod November 1, 2018The 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 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 » Land & New Homes » They designed, they built, they conkered previous nextLand & New HomesThey designed, they built, they conkeredThe Negotiator1st November 201801,638 Viewslast_img read more

Oxford study finds best way to treat social anxiety

first_imgA study published in The Lancet has found that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a psychological intervention, is the most effective type of therapy for social anxiety. However, although the report found that people generally respond well to CBT treatment, it also highlighted that some sufferers continued to experience symptoms after ending treatment.The study compared a range of psychological, pharmacological and self-help interventions to come to the conclusion, looking at 101 trials and 13,164 adult participants who suffer from severe social anxiety.  The study was led by Evan Mayo-Wilson, from Oxford’s Department of Social Policy and Intervention.Mayo-Wilsonsaid that “the good news from our study is that social anxiety is treatable. Now that we know what works best, we need to improve access to psychotherapy for those who are suffering.”Social anxiety disorder is often characterized by intense fear of everyday activities such as meeting strangers, speaking in a group, or eating and drinking in public. Social anxiety can severely affect sufferers’ everyday lives, and some may experience panic attacks. It can also be linked with other mental health disorders, with around 20% of adults with depression also suffering from social anxiety.Social anxiety is thought to affect approximately 10% of University students in the UK. Previous studies conducted in previous years have suggested that social anxiety may increase the risk of a student performing poorly in exams, failing to graduate, or dropping out of University. It is often considered to be a reason for some sufferers’ excessive use of alcohol or drugs. Social anxiety is naturally unremitting, and so in most cases needs treatment. Chris Pike, OUSU Vice-President for Welfare & Equal Opportunities, commented on the findings that “this study is very interesting and it’s great to hear research being done into supporting those with anxiety. It’s important to bear in mind that everyone with anxiety is different and requires different support; I myself have anxiety but did not find CBT particularly useful, instead going down the root of medication and counselling. I hope everyone who is feeling anxious, even if it just seems small, feels they can get the support they need and deserve.”CBT is a psychological intervention, or ‘talking therapy’, where the sufferer is helped to identify unhelpful thought processes and behavioural patterns, and with the help of a therapist begins to change the thoughts and behaviour to something more rational. NHS guidance already suggests that CBT is the most effective form of treatment, though many sufferers and charities claim that it is not offered to all those with the disorder.The study also found that for those who decline psychological therapies, the anti-depressant SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) is the most consistently beneficial form of treatment. However, SSRI sometimes has side effects which can have a negative effect on recovery.last_img read more

MACON, DOLORES

first_imgpassed away on December 3, 2016 at Ocean Medical Center Brick, NJ. Born in Bayonne, Dolores lived most of her life in Bayonne before moving to Linden several years ago. She was a graduate of Bayonne High School. Dolores was a secretary for the Bayonne Board of Education Child Study Team before working at Port Authority of NY and NJ at Newark Airport. She retired in 2000. Daughter of the late Julia (Bajor) and Joseph Macon. Mother of Sheri Scilingo Faethe (Steven), Lisa Scilingo Wands (Thomas), and Susan Scilingo Pellegrino (John). Grandmother of Alyssa Faethe, Eric Faethe, Tyler Wands, John Pellegrino and Julia Pellegrino. Sister of Joseph Macon (Genevieve). Also survived by many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Funeral arrangements by SWEENEY Funeral Home, 857 Kennedy Blvd.last_img read more

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Work Multiple Phish Favorites Into Beachfront Show

first_imgOn Thursday night, July 26th, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong made their way to Paddy’s Beach Club in Westerly, RI for a performance with support from Montana jam-grass quartet Kitchen Dwellers.After the Kitchen Dwellers’ well-received opening set, which they capped with a bluegrass cover of the Grateful Dead‘s “New Speedway Boogie”, Pigeons cast off on their set with “Sail On”. Psychology vehicle “Time to Ride” got the show moving from there, followed by renditions of “Fox & Toad” (Pizazz) and “Bad For You” (Pleasure).Next, the show took a turn into Phish-y territory, as Pigeons dove into “Down With Disease”, the phan-favorite off 1994’s Hoist. The band stuck with the Phish from there, segueing into a riotous “Run Like An Antelope” cover, with the lyrics amusingly altered to “bob like a pigeon out of control.” Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have similarly woven “Down With Disease” into their set before, including at New Haven, CT’s Pacific Standard Tavern in 2015 and during their Domefest 2017 Phish/Grateful Dead “Undercover” set, when they mashed-up “DWD” with “Shakedown Street” for a cleverly executed hybrid jam dubbed “Shakedown With Disease”.The Phish medley eventually slid into one of Pigeons’ own go-to originals, “Melting Lights”, which in turn fed into “King Kong”. From there, a trio of upbeat, beach-appropriate tunes (“Sunny Day”, “Fun In Funk”, and “Ocean Flows”) brought the set to a close. Finally, the band returned for a memorable encore, which saw them work through “J-Town” and into “E-Funk” before landing in a “Down With Disease” reprise to round out the performance.Next up for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong is a performance tomorrow, Saturday, July 28th at Tumble Down at Waterfront Park in Burlington, VT.Watch a selection of clips from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s Paddy’s performance below [Note: As of now, no video of the Phish covers has surfaced online, but we will update this article as soon as it becomes available]:“Burning Up My Time” Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Paddy’s Beach Club | Westerly, RI | 7/26/18Set: Sail On, Time to Ride, Fox & Toad, Bad For You, Down With Disease^ > Run Like An Antelope^* > Burning Up My Time > Melting Lights > King Kong, Sunny Day, Fun In Funk, Ocean FlowsE: J-Town > E-Funk > Down With Disease^Notes:^Phish Cover*”Bob Like A Pigeon out of control” “Fun In Funk”center_img “Melting Lights”last_img read more

Dell Technologies Named a Leader in the Gartner 2020 Data Center Backup & Recovery Solutions Magic Quadrant

first_imgAnd going forward, we have even more ambitious plans to continue to drive innovation across our entire data protection portfolio. With our PowerProtect Data Manager platform, we plan to increase IT simplicity, increase data protection efficiencies and increase automation of data protection and recovery operations, so that our customers can focus on delivering the innovation and change needed to help them transform, modernize and compete more effectively in the data era.¹ As Dell EMC, 2017-2019; As EMC, 2005 – 2016; As Legato, 2004; As Legato Systems and EMC, 2003; As Legato Networker and EMC Data Manager (EDM), 2001; As Legato and EMC, 1999-2000² Based on information provided by public cloud providers, Feb 2020 A Constant in a Sea of ChangeHeraclitus, an ancient Greek philosopher once said, “The only thing that is constant is change.” These words ring truer now perhaps more than any other time in our lives. The recent health, economic and social watershed events of 2020 bring into stark reality how the fabric of our lives can change in an instant.Despite these dizzying changes, one thing has not changed – the criticality of data. In fact, data has never been more critical than it is right now. That’s why we are humbled to be recognized by Gartner as a Leader in the 2020 Data Center Backup & Recovery Solutions  Magic Quadrant  – a distinction we have earned in every  Gartner Magic Quadrant for data center backup and recovery solutions since 1999.¹Our 21-year position as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant is, we believe, a continuing affirmation of the trust our customers place in us, not merely as just a provider of leading data protection solutions, but as a partner committed to their long-term success.That commitment begins with taking a customer-first approach in everything we do – from investing in our people, to investing in our communities, to investing in innovation.And it all begins with data. Unlocking the next great discovery begins with creating, curating, protecting and securing the vast amounts of data being born across core, edge and multi-cloud computing environments.Therefore, safeguarding data to ensure it is highly available, efficiently protected and secure from cyber threats wherever it lives, is a mission we are deeply committed to.For example, three key areas where we are helping our customers today are:Cloud Data Protection – delivering solutions to protect any workload across any cloud while providing the lowest cost to protect in the cloud. Today, we have over 1,000 customers protecting over 2.7 Exabytes of data in the cloud.²VMware data protection – delivering deep integration with VMware to simplify and automate data protection for virtual and containerized workloads for increased agility.Cyber Recovery – secure infrastructure that optimizes cyber resiliency to ensure rapid recovery from destructive cyberattacks. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:19Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -1:19 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsen (Main), selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.last_img read more

Hugh Jackman & More Call for Reinstatement of Sound Design Tonys

first_img The 2013-14 Tony Awards Administration Committee announced their decision following their final meeting three days after the 2014 Tony Awards. They noted that while the two categories would be eliminated, a special award may be given to a production when the committee determines that extraordinary sound design has been achieved. Reactions ranging from disappointment to outrage erupted online, prompting the hashtag #TonyCanYouHearMe. Tony winners Hugh Jackman, Stephen Sondheim, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Diane Paulus are among those who have have signed a petition to reinstate the categories for Best Sound Design of a Play and Musical. According to The New York Times, the petition has now been submitted to the Tony Awards Administration Committee. The committee voted this summer to eliminate the two categories, just six years after the awards were first presented in 2008. View Commentscenter_img Tony nominee John Gromada, sound designer and composer for the current revival of The Elephant Man, formed the online petition shortly after the ruling had been made public on June 11. He had collected the 32,495 signatures by July 30. In it, Gromada noted, “Sound designers are an important part of the theatrical community whose vital contributions cannot be ignored or dismissed.”last_img read more