The Antarctic Plant Database: a specimen and literature based information system

first_imgThe British Antarctic Survey’s Antarctic Plant Database holds over 50,000 herbarium records for Antarctic and sub-Antarctic flowering plants and cryptogams held in herbaria world-wide. In addition, it holds information on species occurrences recorded in the literature for southern polar regions and synonymy indexes for relevant species. The database has been linked to a geographic information system, which can aid record validation and resource management as well as the study of species distributions and biodiversity.last_img

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Covid has driven six-fold increase in medium-term rentals

first_imgHome » News » Rental market » Covid has driven six-fold increase in medium-term rentals previous nextRental marketCovid has driven six-fold increase in medium-term rentalsLeading corporate relocation site says pandemic has significantly altered customer behaviour.Nigel Lewis29th April 20210513 Views One of the UK’s largest online corporate renting platforms says the pandemic has driven a six-fold increase in demand for medium-term rentals in the UK.Homelike, which specialises in quality furnished properties, says the trend has been created as the corporate relocation market has re-awoken as the country has moved out of lockdown.The platform also claims that the pandemic has driven the medium-term corporate rentals market online and that half of all bookings for stays of over 30 days are now booked digitally.Homelike, which is based in Germany but says 60% of its bookings are generated by UK rentals, also has a business in the US.Family and friendsIt says that although corporate relocation is still its key market, many of its customers have also been using medium-term rentals to be closer to family and friends during and after the pandemic in the UK.The corporate relocation property market took a hammering during Covid, with business people reluctant to cross borders within Europe to take up jobs when most were able to work from home.Homelike says people in the UK carried on using its service last year but booked longer stays as the pandemic required people to keep travel to a minimum.Average rents have also dropped as demand for corporate relocation properties weakened overall.“It’s interesting to see how the UK market differs from our other regions in terms of bookings. It’s much more balanced across all areas, rather than being solely driven by business travellers,” says the company’s UK representative Cherry Wang.Her company has 75,000 properties listed on its platform across Europe including in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Oxford, Liverpool, Bristol and Cambridge.Read more about corporate renting news.cherry wang homelike medium term rentals April 29, 2021Nigel 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

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VIDEO: Argentine Navy sinks Chinese fishing boat

first_img Authorities VIDEO: Argentine Navy sinks Chinese fishing boat View post tag: Argentine Navy March 16, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today VIDEO: Argentine Navy sinks Chinese fishing boat center_img The Argentine Navy informed that it sunk a Chinese vessel fishing illegally in Argentine waters on March 14 and released a video showing the gun firing operation.The Navy identified the boat as Lu Yan Yuan Yu 010. The boat was reportedly conducting illegal fishing activities in Puerto Madryn, which is within the Argentinian Exclusive Economic Zone.Argentine Navy units started a chase after the boat failed to respond to radio calls and visual signals. It was said that the Chinese boat performed several maneuvers and even tried to ram one of the navy vessels chasing it.After warning shots failed to stop the vessel, the navy said it shot at different sections of the ship causing it to sink. The boat captain then stopped the boat after he realized the vessel was sinking.Four crew members, including the captain, were then rescued and taken in custody. The other 28 crew were rescued by other Chinese fishing boats that were in the vicinity. The statement said they would be brought to a federal judge in southern Chubut province.“The (Chinese) Foreign Ministry and the Chinese Embassy in Argentina have lodged urgent representations with the Argentine side, expressing serious concerns and demanding that the Argentine side conduct a thorough investigation, inform the Chinese side of the details, ensure the safety and legitimate rights and interests of the Chinese crew, and take effective measures to avoid any repetition of such an incident”, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said in response to the incident.Image/Video: Argentine Navy View post tag: Illegal fishing Share this articlelast_img read more

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“Right Jab And Middle Jab And Left Jab” October 31, 2019

first_imgFootnote: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. Personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site. “Right Jab And Middle Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have a couple of commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give our more opinionated readers exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and Middle Jab and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “MIDDLE JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “LEFT JAB” is a liberal view, “MIDDLE JAB” is the libertarian view and the “RIGHT JAB is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments in this column is free to do so.Today’s “Readers Poll’ question is: If the election was held today for City Council Ward Sixth (6) who would you vote for?If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare,“Right Jab And Middle Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have a couple of commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give our more opinionated readers exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and Middle Jab and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “MIDDLE JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “LEFT JAB” is a liberal view, “MIDDLE JAB” is the libertarian view and the “RIGHT JAB is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments in this column is free to do so.last_img read more

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Press release: British Embassy Bangkok moves to a new home for the 21st century

first_imgDiplomats and consular staff at the UK Embassy in Bangkok will move to new premises by 2019, following the sale of the existing site to a joint-venture consortium of Hongkong Land, a member of the Jardine Matheson Group, and Central Group for over £420 million.This is the biggest land deal in Thai history and the FCO’s biggest ever sale. The proceeds will be reinvested in the FCO’s overseas estate and will fund 30-40 modernisation projects around the world that are necessary for security or health and safety reasons.The new embassy building will be based in the AIA Sathorn Tower in the central business district from where diplomats will continue to promote UK interests in Thailand, a key partner on security and prosperity, as well as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and wider region.Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the FCO on twitter for the travel advice @fcotravel Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Simon McDonald, Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign Office said: In a tight fiscal environment, it is right that we take tough decisions to ensure that the UK can maintain a global presence while getting the best value for taxpayers. For journalists This deal will ensure that we have a modern, state of the art premises in Bangkok, confirming our long-term commitment to our relationship with Thailand, while releasing much-needed funds to modernise other embassies around the world, including in Cairo, New Delhi and Washington. The sale is part of the FCO’s continual review of its global estate, which is designed to ensure the maintenance of a world-class platform from which to promote UK interests, and also deliver value to the British taxpayer.The existing embassy building, which dated from the 1920s, required a significant upgrade and refurbishment to make it fit-for-purpose for a modern working environment, with large parts of the embassy building no longer usable.After exploring all the options for the Bangkok estate, and conducting an independent valuation of the site, the decision was taken to sell the compound to the joint-venture consortium of Hongkong Land, a member of the Jardine Matheson Group, and Central Group following an open competition.The new embassy will reaffirm our long-term commitment to our relationship with Thailand – a key partner for the UK’s security and prosperity interests and a leading ASEAN nation.We are also strengthening our trade links through the new the Thai-UK Business Leadership Council, and this is complemented by the strong collaboration on science and innovation through our £3 million Newton Fund for Thailand.Our diplomatic staff are also working with the Thai authorities on preventing child exploitation, organised crime, money laundering and human trafficking. And we will continue to maintain our focus on supporting human rights defenders, promoting freedom of expression and encouraging full Thai cooperation with the Universal Periodic Review process.Notes for editors Our workforce in Bangkok will be moving into a state-of-the-art premises by 2019 and this can only enhance our trade links and bilateral relations in Thailand and throughout the region. Media enquiries Britain is a leading player on the global stage and I’m determined to ensure that our diplomats have all the necessary tools to do their job effectively. This includes working in modern, safe, fit for purpose premises not just in Bangkok but around the world. Email [email protected]last_img read more

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News story: Preferred candidate for new NHS England chairman announced

first_img Care Quality Commission (CQC) Norfolk, Norwich University NHS Foundation Trust Former health minister Lord David Prior has been named as the government’s chosen candidate to be the next chair of NHS England.Lord Prior has previous experience in high-level leadership roles within health. He is currently chairman at University College London Hospital NHS Trust and has previously held roles as chairman of: Lord Prior would take over from Sir Malcom Grant, who served 2 terms as the chairman of NHS England. He joins at a crucial time for the NHS as it develops the long-term plan for the health service, backed by an extra £20.5 billion a year by 2023/24.This appointment will be scrutinised by the Health Select Committee. Lord Prior is invited to attend a pre-appointment hearing on 10 September 2018.The Governance Code for Public Appointments states that political activity must be declared. Lord Prior was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health in the Conservative government between 2015 and 2017, and has taken the Conservative Whip in the House of Lords since taking his seat in 2015.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:center_img We love the NHS and are determined to guarantee it for everyone for the long term. Lord Prior brings huge experience to this important role where he will help deliver the long-term plan for the NHS. He is enormously qualified, having led an NHS trust, been a former health minister and a chairman of the Care Quality Commission. I look forward to working with Lord Prior closely and want to thank the outgoing Sir Malcolm Grant for his service to the role and the NHS.last_img read more

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Faculty Council meeting held March 23

first_imgAt its 11th meeting of the year on March 23, the Faculty Council heard a review of the joint A.B./M.M. program with the New England Conservatory.  They also voted to amend the rules concerning study out of residence and to update the faculty’s media policy. Finally, they heard reports on the activities of undergraduates and graduate students during January 2011.The council next meets on April 13. The next meeting of the faculty will take place on April 5. The preliminary deadline for the regular meeting of the faculty on May 3 is April 19.last_img

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A One-Two-Three Market Punch Against Texas Coal-Fired Generation

first_imgA One-Two-Three Market Punch Against Texas Coal-Fired Generation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享SNL:The state supplied 25% of U.S. wind power in 2016, and wind capacity in the state is expected to reach 25,500 MW by 2019. Along with abundant supplies of low-priced natural gas, all that wind has helped depress energy prices in Texas: despite having, by far, the highest energy usage per capita in the nation, Texas enjoys energy prices per MWh among the lowest of any state.As the Luminant retirements indicated, low wholesale power prices are driving coal generators out of the market. Exacerbating that trend, the wind boom is expected to be followed by a solar boom in the Lone Star state: In its most recent long-term scenario, ERCOT said between 14,500 MW and 28,100 MW of solar capacity could be added to the system by 2031. Through September, Texas had generated about 17% of its electricity from wind in 2017. Developers have already signed interconnection agreements for another 8,655 MW of new wind, plus 2,050 MW of new solar installations, in ERCOT.For coal plant owners, low natural gas prices and high wind penetration “have been like a one-two punch,” says Chen-Hao Tsai, senior energy economist with the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas, Austin. “If solar really takes off as ERCOT predicts, that will replace a good amount of generation from conventional generators during the daytime. I would consider that the third punch.”More ($): Wind booms, coal suffers, in oversupplied Texas gridlast_img read more

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Interview With Vice Admiral Bernardo Gamboa

first_img In an interview with Diálogo a year ago, the president of Brazil’s Military Sports Commission, Vice-Admiral José Bernardo Pierantoni Gamboa, said that he believed that investment in elite athletes was worth it. He predicted that the level of competition would gain public recognition and was optimistic about the performance of Brazil. “Our goal is to place in the top three in the medals table,” he said at the time. With a few competitions to left before the Militaty Games comes to a close 5 th Military World Games, Diálogo talked with the Vice Admiral again to see whether he had changed his mind and gotten a better perspective of the event. Diálogo: What do you have to say about the lessons learned from these Military World Games? Admiral Gamboa: We learned a lot from the Games. We are always learning. We are also too in recognizing our mistakes in order to improve in the future. On the other hand, there were many successful aspects as well. Diálogo: What was the biggest success? Admiral Gamboa: No doubt it was the training of our athletes. We prepared very well. We had an objective, a goal to be achieved, which was placing well in the medals table. We work hard. We invested in our athletes; we gave everyone the best training conditions and we were successful as a result. I for one am very pleased with the results obtained by Brazil. Diálogo: These results have to ratify the idea that you had of the importance of attracting elite athletes for the Armed Forces? Admiral Gamboa: No doubt. I think this was correct. These athletes are Brazilian. They represent our country and other countries did the same thing. Actually, I think we should give a little more attention to this because, with this model, we are enlarging the sports world, not just Brazil. As you can see, the level of competition at the 5th Military World Games was very high. I think that was very good. Diálogo: Do you think that Brazil, with the investment and the importance given to the 5th Military World Games, set an example for others who may, perchance, host this event in their countries, ie, this is a new example to be followed? Admiral Gamboa: I think so. I think CISM, after these Games are done, will have another model to follow for the next Military World Games. CISM is reshaping the way they think and act, and there is already a strategic plan for quality improvement. There are military athletes from 133 countries affiliated with CISM. Very good people. I think it is even a matter of respect for the athletes as we organize events so that they can represent their countries well and hold a competition to generate worldwide interest, ie for people to feel happy about going to the stadium and seeing high quality games. Diálogo: What are your opinions about the organization of the 5th Military World Games? Admiral Gamboa: I have only praise, but if I had to do something to improve even more, I think we should have focused more on the building of the military villages so that they could have been ready earlier before the Games began and we would have been able to receive the athletes better. Diálogo: Will the military who were involved with the Games have any involvement in the planning and organizing of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics? Admiral Gamboa: I think so. We’re here to help and to contribute. If we are called upon, then of course we’ll help. With exception to security, the World Cup is an event we won’t be too much involved in since it is only one sport. As for the Olympics, yes, I think there’s much we can do. Diálogo: In terms of preparation, what do you attribute the poor performance of countries that are traditionally sports powers? Admiral Gamboa: I can’t speak for other countries, I can only say that we prepared well and the results are there to prove it. Diálogo: Do you think the 5th Military World Games fulfilled its goal of promoting peace? Admiral Gamboa: Promoting peace has always been one of the purposes of the Olympic Games. The World Military Games was no different. It was a celebration of peace. A historic moment. By Dialogo July 25, 2011last_img read more

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BHS schemes ‘weakened’ by management prior to insolvency

first_imgUK parliamentarians have criticised as “wholly inadequate” attempts by the former owner of retailer BHS to address the company’s pension deficit and called for significant contributions to address the scheme’s underfunding.Philip Green was the focus of the parliamentary investigation into the retailer’s insolvency earlier this year, which followed Green’s sale of BHS to Retail Acquisitions Limited (RAL) in 2015.In publishing its findings, the joint work and pensions, and business, innovations and skills committee criticised that Green failed to invest in BHS during his 14 years of ownership, and said his tenure left its schemes “weakened to the point of the inevitable collapse of both”.The company’s staff and executive scheme have begun Pension Protection Fund assessment since the sponsor became insolvent earlier this year, after they were left with a buyout deficit of £571m (€729m). The report further criticised BHS for failing to push ahead with a long-planned restructure of the company’s main scheme, insisting Project Thor could have made the company’s pension liabilities more manageable.It questioned the Arcadia board’s motives for postponing the implementation of Thor, noting it was told that the Scottish independence referendum, instability in Ukraine and Christmas trading in 2014 were variously cited as reasons the restructure did not go ahead.“We do not accept them,” the report said, placing the blame instead at the feet of Green, who, the committee argued, was unwilling to provide key information to TPR as part of Thor’s implementation. “[Green] did not wish to respond to requests for information regarding historic dividends, management charges, sale and leaseback arrangements, inter-company loans and the use of BHS shares or assets as collateral for company purchases,” the report concluded. “At best, this demonstrated a lack of willingness to act to secure the pension funds’ future.”MPs were also critical of the Pensions Regulator (TPR) as “slow-moving” and lacking urgency when dealing with BHS.“TPR will increasingly be called upon to make decisions crucial for thousands of employees and pensioners in a fast-moving and uncertain environment,” the report warned.“It is essential that it has the powers, resources, leadership and commercial acumen to act decisively.”The regulator has already said it would wish to see its ability to scrutinise mergers and acquisitions enhanced.The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association welcomed the committee’s “clear conclusion” that BHS was not sufficiently supportive of its schemes.Graham Vidler, the association’s director of external affairs, added that the report sent a “welcome and strong message” to sponsors about their responsibility to support defined benefit (DB) funds.He also welcomed the report’s pledge to further investigate the DB regulatory framework and whether it offered protection to members and sufficient support for trustees.last_img read more

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