Modelling the ocean circulation beneath the Ross Ice Shelf

first_imgWe applied a modified version of the Miami isopycnic coordinate ocean general circulation model (MICOM) to the ocean cavity beneath the Ross Ice Shelf to investigate the circulation of ocean waters in the sub-ice shelf cavity, along with the melting and freezing regimes at the base of the ice shelf. Model passive tracers are utilized to highlight the pathways of waters entering and exiting the cavity, and output is compared with data taken in the cavity and along the ice shelf front. High Salinity Shelf Water on the western Ross Sea continental shelf flows into the cavity along the sea floor and is transformed into Ice Shelf Water upon contact with the ice shelf base. Ice Shelf Water flows out of the cavity mainly around 180°, but also further east and on the western side of McMurdo Sound, as observed. Active ventilation of the region near the ice shelf front is forced by seasonal variations in the density structure of the water column to the north, driving rapid melting. Circulation in the more isolated interior is weaker, leading to melting at deeper ice and refreezing beneath shallower ice. Net melting over the whole ice shelf base is lower than other estimates, but is likely to increase as additional forcings are added to the model.last_img read more

They’re coming! Property logbooks set to be trialled in Spring next year

first_imgProperty logbooks for every home in the UK took a giant step towards reality yesterday following the inaugural meeting of the Residential Logbook Association (RLBA), attended by Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government representative Matt Prior.The aim is that every residential property transaction will be supported by one whether sales or lettings, with a trial scheduled for March or April next year.The MHCLG is backing the initiative as it believes property logbooks lie at the heart of making house buying and renting quicker by removing many of the friction points that trip up transactions.Prior was joined by the four founders of the association who are the key suppliers involved, who then set out what a logbook will look like for agents and home movers.It was also agreed that only one per property would be created for each interest in the property. This will enable the logbooks to accommodate multiple leasehold interests and different ownership structures.The digital logbooks will also transfer from owner to owner in the same way Title Deeds do, and be accessible regardless which supplier created it.The key information to be included will include:Unique Property Reference NumberTitle numberHistory of transactions including sales and rentalsA lettings MOT certificate (if relevant)Ground rent info (if leasehold)Up-to-date search and other local authority information.Land Registry informationUtility company data.Government information such as flooding risk.Handover packs.Building or retrofit works completed.In a block of flats all the players involved would exchange information to go into the logbook including freeholder, head leaseholder, leaseholders and even tenants.Up for future discussion includes who can see logbook and when, and whether they should record who has been access to it.The RLBA founders are Nigel Walley (Chimni), chairman, Tim Main (Pip), Simon Lumb (National Deeds Depository) and David Graydon (Spaciable).Anyone who believes they should be involved with the association should contact Tim Main.Read more about property logbooks.The RLBA is part of the MHCLG-backed Home Buying and Selling Group.Simon Lumb (National Deeds Depository) David Graydon (Spaciable) Residential Logbook Association (RLBA) Tim Main (Pip) property log books nigel walley October 23, 2020Nigel Lewis4 commentsPossession Friend, Possession Friend Possession Friend 24th October 2020 at 8:32 pmRLBA must be somehow connected to a Govt minister who will no doubt Trouser a lot of Dosh from this !Log in to ReplyMichael Leyton, littlewoods estate agents littlewoods estate agents 23rd October 2020 at 10:24 amWhat a crazy idea !…another bunch with a vested interest. HIPS killed the market in 2007 leading to a national recession the following year. The one thing that is likely to keep our economy going right now is the property market. So let’s just forget the past and repeat history….just give it a new name…”Logbook”..how crass! after all the market has been buoyant for at least 3 months now…it must be time to kill it off again, after all, we don’t want too much of a good thing do we ?Log in to ReplyCambell Evans, Evans Bros Evans Bros 23rd October 2020 at 9:55 amAm I missing something? Isn’t this suggested “Logbook” just another name for a “Legal Pack”. Remember those? They were meant to come in years ago – but got ditched. And if the “Logbook” is meant to include “Up-to-date search and other local authority information” wouldn’t this mean they need to updated regularly – because Searches have a limited lifespan? If you want to “make house buying and renting quicker” then perhaps they should impose time limits on solicitors and Local Authorities – taking weeks if not months to even apply for Searches and then months to send them back is not good folks.Log in to ReplyJames Wyatt, Barton Wyatt Barton Wyatt 23rd October 2020 at 9:30 amWhat would this ridiculous “log book” provide that can’t be easily sourced in any case. It would add more unnecessary red tape – and this from a Government who promised us less.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 2021 Home » News » They’re coming! Property logbooks set to be trialled in Spring next year previous nextProptechThey’re coming! Property logbooks set to be trialled in Spring next yearNational system of transferable logbooks for every home in the UK is making progress, first meeting of new association reveals.Nigel Lewis23rd October 20204 Comments4,665 Viewslast_img read more

Lack Of Jurisdiction Keeps Cemetery Case In Court

first_imgLack Of Jurisdiction Keeps Cemetery Case In CourtOlivia Covington  for www.theindianalawyer.comA woman’s fight to bury her mother in a burial site that she had purchased but that was mistakenly resold will continue after the Indiana Court of Appeals found that a small claims court did not have jurisdiction to grant her injunctive relief.In 1982, Kathy Salyer purchased five contiguous gravesites in Washington Regular Baptist Church Cemetery. Her father, and first and second husbands were buried in three of the sites, and Salyer intended to bury her mother in the northern-most gravesite and herself between her two husbands.However, Salyer later discovered that a person named Lowell Johnson had been buried in the site intended for her mother. The cemetery admitted that it had inadvertently sold the site for the burial of Johnson after Salyer had already purchased it, but because Johnson’s family objected to his relocation, the cemetery took no action.Salyer took the issue to small claims court, alleging theft and arguing that she was entitled to treble damages, attorney fees and court costs. She also demanded that Johnson’s body be moved. Johnson’s daughter, Kristy Sams, was an intervening third party. At the bench trial, Salyer testified that her mother had died, so she had her body cremated and buried in the same gravesite as her father.In its May 2016 order, the court found that the best way to correct the problem was to compensate Salyer with a burial site south of her burial site, to refund her $75 for the purchase of the northern lot and to reimburse her for $94 in court costs. However, the court also found that because Salyer had already cremated her mother and buried her with her father, specific performance was not warranted.The Ripley Superior Court denied Salyer’s motion to correct error, so she appealed, arguing that because the cemetery wrongfully buried Johnson in her gravesite, it must relocate him. She pointed specifically to Indiana Code 23-14-59-2, which holds, in part, that when a wrongful burial occurs, “the cemetery owner shall: at the expense of the cemetery owner, correct the wrongful burial … as soon as practical after becoming aware of the error.”Although the Indiana Court of Appeals agreed Wednesday that a court may order a cemetery to perform its duty under that statute, it also held that under the preceding statute, which finds that cemetery owners are not liable in any action for a burial in the wrong lot, the trial court did err in holding the cemetery liable for damages in Salyer’s case.Further, the appellate court wrote that I.C. 23-14-59-2 constitutes an order to specific performance or injunctive relief, and that the decision to give Salyer another burial site also constitutes an order for injunctive relief. However, small claims courts do not have jurisdiction to enter orders to specific performance or injunctive relief under Indiana statute.Thus, the order was reversed and the case remanded for consideration of transfer to the Ripley Superior Court’s plenary docket.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Ocean City’s Quiet Festival Barely Causes a Peep

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiShhhhhhhh.Be quiet. Hush up.We’re serious. No loud noises, no screaming, no disturbing the peace of any kind.The whole point of Ocean City’s two-day Quiet Festival unfolding this weekend is to enjoy the sweet sounds of silence.This is, after all, the time of year when the throngs of (noisy) summer tourists are long gone and the year-round residents begin to enjoy what are supposed to be the tranquil off-season months.With that in mind, Ocean City celebrates its annual Quiet Festival with a series of leisurely events that barely cause a peep.Last year, the Quiet Festival was billed as the perfect antidote for the raucous, headache-inducing presidential election.This year, the family-friendly festival adds more activities to make it bigger and better, but not noisier, explained Michael Hartman, the city’s director of special events.“There are a lot of things happening in two days,” he said. “Hopefully, it’s a fun way for families to connect.”Hartman noted that the bigger version of the Quiet Festival now incorporates different venues inside the Ocean City Community Center, adding more flavor and activities for children and their parents.Sandy Engstrom, of Ocean City, helps her sons Jack and Zachary solve some jigsaw puzzles during one of the Quiet Festival events.Highlights Saturday included jigsaw puzzle-making in the Historical Museum, pottery demonstrations in the Arts Center and storytelling in the Free Public Library’s lecture hall.During the storytelling session, children were treated to an appearance by Ocean City’s “royalty.” Each wearing their ornate crowns, Miss Ocean City Madison Kennelly, Junior Miss Ocean City Hope Aita and Little Miss Ocean City Ginger Mumman took turns reading from children’s books. Also on hand for the storytelling was the crowned Mr. Mature America Matthew Allen.“We have the whole royal family here,” Allen quipped.During another event at the Quiet Festival, this one in the Historical Museum, Jack Engstrom, 9, and his 7-year-old brother, Zachary, were busy assembling Ocean City-themed jigsaw puzzles.“I like it. I get to make a puzzle. It’s creative,” said Jack, a fourth-grader at the Ocean City Intermediate School.Zachary, a second-grader at the Ocean City Primary School, said some of the puzzles were hard, but he persevered.Their mother, Sandy Engstrom, of Ocean City, seemed to revel in the blissful silence of her sons. Normally, they spend their Saturday mornings playing video games, she noted.“It’s nice to have them be so quiet,” Engstrom said. “Quiet time is good.”Meanwhile, the Quiet Festival continues Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with an array of events inside the Community Center venues, including the ever-popular annual pet show. Even the animals are supposed to be quiet. Kids dress up their dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, turtles, hamsters and even hermit crabs in colorful costumes in a quest to win the coveted Quiet Pet Contest.At 4 p.m. Sunday, the festival will wrap up with a “Bubble Blowing Bonanza” at the pickleball courts on 18th Street. The bubble blowing grand finale is considered a quiet alternative to a fireworks display.A sign in the Ocean City Community Center lists the array of activities during the Quiet Festival, which wraps up Sunday. From left, Mr. Mature America Matthew Allen, Little Miss Ocean City Ginger Mumman, Miss Ocean City Madison Kennelly and Junior Miss Ocean City Hope Aita entertain a group of children with some storytelling at the Quiet Festival.last_img read more

Greggs boss backs mental health Time to Change Employer Pledge

first_imgGreggs chief executive Roger Whiteside is raising awareness of mental health in the workplace by signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge.Whiteside was keen to demonstrate Greggs’ long-term commitment to breaking the silence of mental health in the workplace and, by signing the pledge, he will be put in place three foundations across the chain:Raising awareness around the importance of mental health and wellbeing at workChampioning the issue by providing the resources and tools for all colleaguesHelping break the culture of silence around mental health.Whiteside said he was proud to sign the Time to Change Employer Pledge on behalf of everyone involved with Greggs.“The health and wellbeing of all of our colleagues is of the utmost importance to us and is a key feature of our business plan, which aims to have a positive impact on people’s lives,” Whiteside said. “This pledge is extremely important to us and has dedicated focus at the highest level of the business.”McVitie’s owner Pladis also signed the Time to Change pledge in May 2017 to commit the changing attitudes to mental health in the workplace.Earlier this year, Greggs launched its health and wellbeing initiative, Balanced You, which covers healthy eating and drinking, keeping active, a healthy social life and good relationships and positive mental wellbeing.last_img read more

The Sam Bush Band Honors Leon Russell, Welcomes Guests At The Boulder Theater

first_imgAfter a lengthy break from The Boulder Theater, the Sam Bush Band made a triumphant, raucous return on Friday night, February 24th. The Energizer Bunny of bluegrass started things out in typical fashion, unleashing a pair of lively bluegrass tunes, “Play By Your Own Rules” and “Transcendental Meditation Blues,” off of his new album, Storyman, to get the crowd moving. With little to prove to his devoted audience, Bush sat back and let his band members shine during the first few songs, particularly banjo player extraordinaire Scott Vestal. Bush took a short break before the next song, introducing it as one of his favorite songs by the late Leon Russell, an early bandmate of his during New Grass Revival’s stint as Leon’s backing band. The band played “One More Love Song” beautifully true to the original, with Bush pouring his heart out in two particularly poignant mandolin solos. It’s often hard to recall all of the great artists Leon Russell collaborated with, but Bush made sure the fans remembered their work together, following up the popular cover with a lesser-known New Grass Revival song.The sprawling set continued with a loose, funky take on Allen Toussaint’s “Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley.” Made famous by Robert Palmer, and more recently, Phish, the comfortable and familiar groove launched the crowd into an all-out dance party. A couple songs later, the band dusted off the old fan favorite, “Circles Around Me,” leading a nostalgic, all-out singalong to a song that hits close to home for many Coloradans. Grinding on, Bush continued to stretch the boundaries of traditional bluegrass music, playing some impeccable slide mandolin on “Old Joe Clark,” an old mountain ballad made famous by Woody Guthrie, Flatt & Scruggs, and Ricky Skaggs among others. The traditional bluegrass tune quickly slipped into the hard driving newgrass that Bush is famous for, before morphing into an apparent, though elusive, Led Zeppelin tease. Using the heavy rhythm foundation provided by bassist Todd Parks and drummer Chris Brown, the band segued right into Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” and then kept on going straight into Rare Earth’s classic “I Just Want to Celebrate.” Finally, and flawlessly, the band returned to “Old Joe Clark” to bring the set to an epic, jaw-dropping close.For the encore, Sam brought out two additional friends, guitarists Chris Daniels and Steve Kovalcheck. Now largely electric, the group ripped through “Speak of the Devil” from the album Ice Caps, Peaks of Telluride, while also candidly reminding all of us to make the annual pilgrimages to Telluride Bluegrass and RockyGrass. Each guitarist, and of course Bush, took a handful of raw, bluesy solos, stretching the song well beyond its usual form. To top it all off, the band treated the audience to a rare cover of Bob Marley’s anthem, “One Love.” With so much doubt and uncertainty throughout the country right now, this seemed a fitting final song. Bush laid down a juicy, reggae-tinged solo before giving his guitarist, Stephen Mougin, as well as Chris Daniels, Scott Vestal, and Steve Tomalchek all one last chance to let it out, and that they did. All in all, the Sam Bush Band managed to deliver an absolute barn-burner to a town that had been itching to see the King of Telluride and his court of pickers for far too long. Catch the Sam Bush Band at the 44th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, June 15th-18th, 2017, and at Lyons, Colorado’s 45th Annual RockyGrass Festival, July 28th-30th, 2017. Check out additional tour dates below, as well a gallery of photos, courtesy of C.B. Klein.Sam Bush Band Tour DatesFebruary 28th Knuckleheads, Kansas City, MOMarch 1st    Old Rock House, St. Louis, MOMarch 2nd    Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, ILMarch 4th Denison Bluegrass Festival, Granville, OHMarch 17th The Lyric Theatre, Birmingham, ALMarch 18th Anastasia Music Festival (March 16-18), St Augustine, FLMar 31st WinterWonderGrass Tahoe (March 31-April 2), Olympic Valley, CAApr 20th Old Settler’s Music Festival (April 20-23), Driftwood, TXApr 22nd The Kessler, Dallas, TXApr 27th MerleFest (April 27-30), Wilkesboro, NCJun 8th Blue Ox Music Festival (June 8-10), Eau Claire, WI Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Up-and-coming property firm

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RICS senior vice president dies

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Indef projects growth down to 3.6%, urges health spending to tackle COVID-19

first_imgIndef has also urged the government to impose a lockdown on hot zones across the country to curb the spread of the virus and resolve the public health crisis as quickly as possible.“A lockdown will greatly affect the economy’s supply and demand, which will inevitably bring Indonesia to a recession. But it’s a bitter pill that we have to swallow to gain a larger economic benefit in the long run,” he said.Andry also urged the government to invest more in the public health sector, as doing so would increase Indonesia’s capacity to combat the outbreak while creating demand for medical equipment.“We should turn government spending in the public health sector into the main economic driver during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has announced that the government would reallocate Rp 62.3 trillion (US$3.9 billion) in government spending from the 2020 budget to tackle the outbreak in the country.She also estimated that the state deficit could widen to between 2.2 and 2.5 percent of GDP this year, taking into account the government’s Rp 120 trillion emergency stimulus package to buoy the economy during the health crisis.While the government seems open to the possibility of increasing the cap on the budget deficit above 3 percent of GDP, Indef senior economist Dradjad Wibowo cautioned against it as a preemptive measure.“Deficit relaxation should only be a last resort. We should focus on budget reallocation first,” he stressed.The government has prepared a few scenarios on the outbreak’s long-term effects on the Indonesian economy.“If the issue worsens, [and] the COVID-19 outbreak lasts more than six months, international trade falls by 30 percent and the aviation industry faces a shock [drop] of 75 percent, economic growth could reach as low as 2.5 percent or even zero percent,” Sri Mulyani said after a limited Cabinet meeting on March 20.“We hope there will be a vaccine and antiviral [soon]. If these can be developed quickly, the [economic] impacts will surely be of a shorter term,” she added. (mpr)Topics : The revised Indef projection estimates household consumption dropping 4.8 percent to become the major contributing factor in dragging down the economy.Indonesia’s overall exports would decline 3 percent, while direct investment would drop around 2.4 percent, according to the negative growth projection.In terms of industrial sectors, Indef projects that processed animal products would see the biggest downturn of 7 percent, followed by electricity at 6 percent.“The COVID-19 pandemic will cause a doom loop in supply and demand, with the economy disrupted on both sides,” said Indef economist Andry Satrio Nugroho. Southeast Asia’s largest economy is now projected to grow just 3.6 percent this year, far below the government’s original estimate of about 5 percent, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to severely hurt trade and manufacturing over the next six months. according to the think-tank.The Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) has revised down Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth projection for the year, with Indef macroeconomics researcher Rizal Taufikurohman estimating that major contributors to economic growth such as household consumption, investment and exports would drop significantly.According to Indef’s economic growth scenario, the pandemic is likely to disrupt the Indonesian economy for up to three to six months, with all provinces affected and Jakarta to be the hardest hit, it said.last_img read more

China’s economy shrinks for first time in decades as virus hits

first_imgChina’s economy recorded the first contraction in decades in the first quarter as the coronavirus outbreak shut down large parts of the world’s second-largest economy and dimmed the global outlook.Gross domestic product shrank 6.8 percent in the first quarter from a year ago, the worst performance since at least 1992 when official releases of quarterly GDP started, missing the consensus forecast of a 6 percent drop. Factory output fell 1.1 percent in March, retail sales slid 15.8 percent, while investment decreased 16.1 percent in the first three months of the year.The sharp contraction underscores the pressure that Chinese policy makers face as they attempt to revive the economy without nullifying efforts to contain the virus. The continued spread around the world also threatens to add fresh downward pressure on China’s exporters in a feedback loop that could throw millions out of work. “The first quarter contraction is not a surprise, considering the nationwide lock down in late January and February,” Robin Xing chief China economist at Morgan Stanley Asia, said on Bloomberg TV. “Most major economies are still in the lockdown stage. As a result, growth in the second quarter will be shallow, just marginally above zero.”China’s markets held gains after the release as investors digested the data. The Shanghai Composite Index was up 0.7 percent at 10:02 a.m., while the Chinese currency was 0.2 percent stronger versus the dollar. The Hang Seng Index climbed 2.4 percent in Hong Kong.China’s economy was forced into a paralysis in late January as the epidemic that first started in Wuhan spread across the country. The economy remained shuttered for much of February with factories and shops closed and workers stranded at home. The process of resuming business has been disappointingly slow and the return rate only inched up to around 90 percent at the end of March, Bloomberg Economics estimates.To cushion the economic blow, China has unveiled a range of support measures, although not on the scale of other nations.That includes 3.55 trillion yuan (US$502 billion) in low-cost funding provided to financial institutions, 1.29 trillion yuan in pre-approved local government special bonds, and 1.6 trillion yuan in cuts to various fee taxes, according to the nation’s cabinet.The central government is also mulling other policies like raising the deficit-to-GDP ratio, issuing special sovereign bonds and increasing the local government special bond quota, in order to fuel a faster economic recovery, according to a recent article from a senior official.Exports fell less than expected in March as production capacity was gradually restored, but economists warn bigger headwinds lie head as the rest of the world shuts down and external demand diminishes.Topics :last_img read more