Cold tolerance of micro-arthropods from Alaskan taiga

first_imgMean supercooling points for a variety of soil and litter arthropods including mites, springtails, a heteropteran and immature spiders from a central Alaskan taiga site ranged from ‐6.3 to ‐28.5°C during autumn. Variation in supercooling ability of five species of cryptostigmatid mites occurred throughout the year with increased cold tolerance in autumn and early winter concomitant with the temperature pattern of the habitat. No correlation between the level of supercooling and water content of the mites was evident. Changes in the frequency distribution of individual supercooling points occurred in autumn, winter, spring and summer samples which were species specific. All arthropods tested were susceptible to freezing, and the mites utilize supercooling to avoid freezing.last_img read more

Challenger portal reveals first major third-party lettings suppliers

first_imgChallenger portal OpenBrix has lined up its first list of services to join the platform including satellite giant Sky and the Lettings Hub as it limbers up to launch, most likely at the same time as rival Boomin.OpenBrix hopes its offering will rival the Bruce brothers with its unique blockchain technology, democratic membership model, multi-listing service capability and services plug-in.This will enable agents to connect their existing providers and automate much of their third-party sales and administration, making it easier to onboard sales and lettings instructions into their fee-paying networks.Other companies to sign up to this include credit referencing and rent reporting service CreditLadder, know-your-client identity platform Yoti and mortgage and insurance broker Lea Financial.OpenBrix CEO Adam Pigott says dozens more leading industry suppliers are about to be announced including deposits, lead management, lettings software and inventory platforms or services.“So far no one has said no to joining OpenBrix,” says Pigott (left). “And we’re also about to sign up one of the industry’s leading training platforms.”The company’s most recent sign-up is white goods replace or repair service Product Care.“As an ex-property manager, I was immediately impressed with Product Care and the super-slick, effortless nature of their product,” says Piggott.“Not only do they provide convenience and speed, but their price point is infinitely lower than the big retail names.”Read our interview with Adam Pigott about his looming launch including why Countrywide big beast John Hards is helping launch the business.Product Care Adam Pigott openbrix productcare The Lettings Hub Sky creditladder September 15, 2020Nigel 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 » Challenger portal reveals first major third-party lettings suppliers previous nextProptechChallenger portal reveals first major third-party lettings suppliersCEO Adam Pigott says first big names to join the platform include Sky and The Lettings Hub as his company prepares for public launch.Nigel Lewis15th September 202001,200 Viewslast_img read more

Wealthy students escape the turmoil of spiralling student debt

first_imgWhile it makes no specific prescription on how the tuition fee system in England should be changed, the report considers several potential options, including making loans obligatory, adjusting the current loan interest rate, and scrapping the student loan system in its entirety. A report by UK think-tank The Intergenerational Foundation has found that the current student loans system in England disproportionately impacts students from low-income backgrounds.The report, which uses data on the backgrounds of UK students obtained from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), suggests that “the current system is unfair on many of England’s young graduates, in effect demanding them to take on large-scale student debt which can compromise their mental well-being, dent their aspirations of home ownership, restrict their ability to save towards a pension pot, and dampen their enthusiasm for starting up their own business.”The report finds that students who use student finance to fund their undergraduate courses will pay up to £6,000 more in interest payments than students who pay for their undergraduate courses up front, leading to widening disparities between students from different socioeconomic backgrounds after they graduate.The report also finds that there is a disproportionate number of self-funded undergraduates among elite Russell Group universities, including Oxford, compared with the national average. The tuition fees of 15.8% of undergraduates at Oxford are self-funded, which is more than double the the national average of 7.5%. In addition, while on average, less than 40% of undergraduate students at UK universities belong to the highest socioeconomic classification, HESA data reveal that over 50% of students at Oxford and Cambridge are from the highest socioeconomic classification.“The current student loan system, while being clearly inter-generationally unfair, is also exacerbating intra-generational unfairness,” said report author Rakib Ehsan.“Wealthier families have realised that they can give their children a get-out-of-jail-free-card by helping them to escape skyhigh interest rates and a 30-year loan that could be sold off to the private sector in the future.” President of the National Union of Students Shakira Martin commented: “This report is more evidence that the current system is not fit for purpose.“While wealthy students can avoid accruing debt and the high interest which comes with student loans, too many students from low income families grapple with a cost of living crisis and unaffordable housing.”A spokesperson from the University of Oxford commented: “We are committed to attracting students from all backgrounds to Oxford and we offer one of the most generous financial support packages for students from low-income households.”last_img read more

Greggs accelerates store expansion rate

first_imgThe UK’s biggest bakery chain Greggs exceeded its target of new store openings in 2010 and will speed up the pace of its expansion by a third this year.A new target of 80 net new shops has been set for 2011, spread around the whole of the UK. This would see 1,487-shop Greggs break through the 1,500-shop marker in the first quarter. In 2010, it broke its target of 60 new shops with a total of 68.Greggs’ fortunes were boosted by better-than-expected trading in December, as bad weather blighted the UK. Chief executive Ken McMeikan said the firm’s record results for Christmas were a “tremendous performance in difficult circumstances”. The company’s latest trading update, covering the five weeks ending 8 January, showed total sales up 3.5% and like-for-likes up 0.6%. Highlights were coffee sales, up 26%, and mince pies, up 19%, with eight million sold in total. “We definitely saw a late surge from customers and also benefited from having Christmas Day on the Saturday,” he said. “You would have been brave in your predictions, given the severity of the snow, not to have worried that it would have a dire impact on Christmas.”He added that input cost rises on commodities were not yet affecting retail prices: “Ingredients account for about a quarter of our costs and we do expect food inflation will gradually increase. However, we want to protect our customers from food price rises as much as we can, because we have a very strong value reputation. We saw some of this coming, and looked at our forward buying position on different commodities to extend our buying ahead into this year.”Meanwhile, Greggs is absorbing VAT increases on some of the 20% of products eligible for VAT, including drinks, crisps, chocolate-coated products, hot sandwiches in some shops and outlets with seated outlets.“We’ve had a look on a product-by-product basis – some we’ve put a small increase through, and others we haven’t,” said McMeikan. “Our customers will have noticed a very small change in the first week of January.”He also confirmed that Greggs would extend its trial retail formats beyond the capital. “We’ve been delighted with the performance of our concept shops, which are largely around London,” he said. “We will start extending those into suitable refits outside London.”>>Greggs looks to open up the south westlast_img read more

Video: Chocolate trends with Bachmanns Patisserie

first_imgBritish Baker speaks to Chris Bachmann, owner of Bachmanns Patisserie and Chocolate Creations about what trends he is noticing in terms of chocolate for use in bakery and patisserie products, as well as his predictions for what will be popular in the near future.last_img

Snelling Center Issues Report on Strategies to Fund Road and Bridge Repairs

first_imgSnelling Center Issues Report on Strategies to Fund Road and Bridge RepairsNovember 25, 2008 – -The Snelling Center for Government reported today that surveys of business leaders and the public indicate that Vermonters want action to fix Vermont’s deteriorating roads and bridges.”Our surveys told us that Vermonters want transportation to be a high priority,” said Charlie Smith, president of the Snelling Center. “Bridge repair is at the very top of the priority list.”Data from the Agency of Transportation show that Vermont’s roads and bridges are deteriorating rapidly. Situations like the failing bridge in the Town of Richmond demonstrate how a village can be isolated and harmed when a bridge is closed. Moreover, the shortfall in funding for preventive maintenance and light repairs leads to much more expensive reconstruction projects.”Roads and bridges are a basic responsibility of government. This is a crucial issue for Vermont’s prosperity and for the viability of our communities in the coming decades,” Smith said.The Snelling Center’s report also indicates that Vermonters recognize that putting more money in roads and bridges will require political compromise.”While few people are enthusiastic about new taxes, a large majority supports taxes as part of the solution,” Smith said. “They also favor reallocation of current spending as part of the solution.” 89% of the business leaders and 63% of the general public said they favored a compromise even if it included an equal share from their “least favored funding source. “Vermonters are realists,” Smith said. “They want to be told the truth; they want priorities to be set; and they want problems to be solved.”When asked what tax source they would favor most, a strong majority cited user-related taxes such as gas and diesel fuel taxes, rather than income, sales or property taxes. The surveys also indicated support for major public borrowing to accelerate road and bridge repairs. 93% of business leaders and 79% of others favor public borrowing, with the majority favoring a debt increase of $220 million or more (i.e. 50% increase over current borrowing levels.)The Snelling Center for Government is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that fosters civic leadership and promotes informed citizen participation in public policy.For the full Vermont Roads and Bridges report, the Executive Summary, and the Critical Data Guide, go to: www.snellingcenter.org/vermontroadsandbridges(link is external).The Snelling Center for Government is a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to fostering responsible and ethical civic leadership, encouraging public service by private citizens, and promoting informed citizen participation in shaping public policy in Vermont. For more information, please visit our website at www.snellingcenter.org(link is external).last_img read more

Former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner dies

first_imgBy Dialogo October 27, 2010 I hope in his last moments he had time and was willing to make amends with God. May his soul rest in Peace. Leave his/her life, believing and making us see that we’re people. May God receive you with him … Former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner, the president’s husband and predecessor, died on Wednesday, October 27th, his doctor said. Kirchner, who was expected to run as president in 2011, had undergone two arterial procedures earlier this year.last_img read more

Oceanside Man Torched Bar With 12 Inside, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Alec SapounasA 60-year-old man has been accused of trying to firebomb a bar with a dozen people inside near his Oceanside home last week.Nassau County police Thursday arrested Alec Sapounas on charges of attempted arson and reckless endangerment.Arson/Bomb Squad detectives alleged Sapounas threw an accelerant from a container toward the open rear door of Phat Daddy’s bar on Long Beach Road and then ignited it, causing a large fire at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17.Twelve people were in the bar at the time. None were injured.A police spokeswoman said the patrons smelled gasoline, but the motive for the alleged arson was unclear.Sapounas will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Happy Diva chasing Paddy Power Gold Cup double | Racing News

first_img“At the weights we probably can’t win but we’ve got to have a go at it, her prep run brought her on and we’re 100 per cent happy that she’ll run her best race, whether that is good enough we’ll find out.“This will probably her her last handicap – mares’ races like the one at Doncaster at Christmas, where she just got beat by Lady Buttons, and the new one at the Festival are probably what we’re looking at.”Simply The Betts has taken to chasing with real aplomb, winning four of his five starts last season, culminating in his win in March.- Advertisement – Happy Diva aims to become the first back-to-back winner of the Paddy Power Gold Cup since Bradbury Star when the Kerry Lee-trained mare lines up at Cheltenham on Saturday.While Cyfor Malta did win the famous handicap twice after Josh Gifford’s top-class performer, his victories came four years apart.- Advertisement – That was a breakthrough at the big meeting for trainer Harry Whittington, who has been delighted with his preparation for this.“We were thinking about the Old Roan or the Paddy Power in the summer and the same owners have got Itchy Feet, so it makes sense for him to be going back to Cheltenham,” said Whittington.“He’s two from two, he loves the track, he thrives (there). I think that’s a huge advantage.“He’s fresh, he’s incredibly well. He’s done plenty of work because he started off when he came in in June.“His work has been sparkling, we’re very happy with him and he’s won fresh every season so we’re really looking forward to running him.”Happy Diva was the beneficiary of a late fall by Slate House last year with Colin Tizzard’s charge, who was a novice at the time, slipping up two out.He later went on to win a Grade One at Kempton and assistant trainer Joe Tizzard feels he is back in top form.He said: “He has not had a prep run before the race this year, but he goes well fresh. He likes the track and it seems like a nice target for him.“It looked like he was cruising in last year’s race until he fell, but it was just one of those things. As his season went on he improved like we hoped he would although the Cheltenham Festival never really worked out for him.“He is quite a bit higher in the weights this year, but we still feel it is the right race for him.“If you forget his Cheltenham Festival run he has always run pretty well round Cheltenham. He goes well fresh and runs well at this time of year.”The Tizzards also saddle one of the outsiders, The Russian Doyen, but he could outrun his odds.Tizzard said: “He got injured at Aintree and that was it for last season, but the season before he finished fourth in the Listed novice handicap chase at the Cheltenham Festival where he was the best of the English-trained runners.“He could be a slightly forgotten horse and had a nice prep run over hurdles at Fontwell. I think he has got a great each-way chance.”The ante-post favourite for a long time was Paul Nicholls’ Saint Sonnet, before he was joined at the head of the betting by Mister Fisher and Simply The Betts.Nicholls told Betfair of his French import: “We freshened him up before he won a little race at Catterick at the end of February and he then ran an encouraging race in the Marsh Chase at the Festival. I’ve had the Paddy Power Gold in mind for him ever since.“Saint Sonnet has had a perfect preparation since coming back into training at the start of July, he should be very fit, and a mark of 147 is fair enough without being a gift.“I did plan to give him a pop over hurdles at Chepstow a month ago, but took him out because the ground was too quick. He is an improving five-year-old and I couldn’t be happier with him.”The Pipe family have a good record in this race and David Pipe hopes new recruit Siruh Du Lac can get involved at the finish on his first run since leaving Nick Williams.“Siruh Du Lac is in good form. He had a wind operation over the summer. He works well as you would expect from a 150-rated horse. He needs to step up his game to be involved in the finish, but he has been working well at home and we are very much looking forward to it,” said Pipe.“Siruh Du Lac has been to all the big occasions anyway. He usually races up towards the front of the field and touch wood is a good jumper.“He did fall at Cheltenham last time and you just think about whether horses remember that. He has jumped nicely at home and jumping is one of his strengths, so I think he was just unlucky last time.“The horses have been in good form and are running well. We of course have a history with the Paddy Power meeting, and it would be great to enjoy another good weekend at Cheltenham.”Nigel Twiston-Davies is another trainer with a good record in the race and feels the step up in trip could suit his Al Dancer.The William Hill ambassador said: “His win first time up this season at Newton Abbot was quite remarkable to be honest. The reason why I felt it was so good was because he settled so well, better than he ever had done before, and that could be the key to him.“He had to run over two miles before because he wouldn’t settle, but if he settles here then this trip might bring out the best in him. I think this extra distance should put him ahead of the handicapper.” – Advertisement – Happy Diva may turn 10 on New Year’s Day, but continued to improve throughout last season and was second at the Festival behind Simply The Betts, whom she meets on better terms this weekend.When it was put to her that Happy Diva would be attempting to emulate one of the greats of the National Hunt scene, Lee said: “She’s already one of the greats in our eyes!“I still maintain that her career-best effort was at the Festival last year, she just got chinned. She’s in great form going there, but we know she’s up against it as she’s up in the handicap (from last year).- Advertisement –last_img read more

Bookings and sales of package deals from foreign emitting markets are growing

first_imgAfter the event working meeting with key representatives of the tourism sector of the Republic of Croatia, Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and Director of the CNTB Head Office Kristjan Staničić held a working meeting with directors of Croatian Tourist Board representations, who presented key trends and activities in foreign emitting markets. individual markets.The meeting was attended by the directors of the Croatian Tourist Board in Germany, Slovenia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, Great Britain, Belgium (Netherlands), France, Sweden, Hungary, Russia and the USA. The directors of the representative offices informed Minister Cappelli and director Staničić about the situation in each individual market, but also about the results of booking, which is on the rise in all countries compared to the same period last year. As they point out from the CNTB, the current situation regarding booking and sales of package deals is very good, and in some markets they are growing at high double-digit growth rates.That’s right German market our country’s position is stable and most partners record an increase in sales and reservations in the early book. Croatian destinations are also in great demand on the market Poland which is expected to achieve double-digit growth in tourist traffic at the level of 2018.Excellent results at the beginning of this tourist year are also being recorded in the market Austria where Croatia is at the very top of popular destinations. This year, more than 80 percent of Austrians will go on trips abroad, and according to expectations, most of them will choose Croatian destinations that are in demand throughout the year. On the market Great Britain The demand for Croatian destinations continues to grow, which is why as many as 12 new airlines to Croatia have been introduced from this market. Given that this is a market that booked package deals very early, some British tour operators are already preparing sales for 2019.As regards French market, the current position is excellent, so the turnover is expected to grow between 5 and 10 percent in various years. Namely, key tour operators are recording double-digit increases in reservations and sales, and good traffic connections are in favor of good results, as three new direct airlines are being introduced this year. In 2018, the number will grow Slovenian guests, especially in the pre-season in continental destinations such as Stubičke Toplice, Zagreb, Zagorje and Međimurje.Americans will travel about 8 percent more than last year, mostly in European countries, and Croatia is at the very top of popular destinations, which is why record results are expected from this market in 2018. Very good announcements are also coming from the Canadian market, from which high double-digit increases in tourist traffic are expected this year. Early booking is great on the market as well Russia, capacities for September and October are already being sold, which has never been the case so far, and new airlines have been opened, which has increased the number of flights connecting key Croatian and Russian destinations. This year, the Russian market is expected to grow by 15 percent, so we can talk about the return of Russians to the Croatian market.Positive trends are also recorded in the markets of Scandinavia, Italy, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Belgium (Netherlands), which are expected to continue the positive trends, as well as the realization of higher tourist traffic in 2018 in the range of about 5 to 7 percent. -And.last_img read more