Growth and metabolism in the Antarctic brachiopod Liothyrella uva

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first_imgSummer and winter growth rates were assessed separately for a population of the Antarctic brachiopod Liothyrella uva between early January 1992 and December 1993. Annual shell growth rates (1.6–2.3 mm yr−1 for a 5 mm individual; 0.96–1.44 mm −1 for a 20 mm specimen) were two to six times slower than those reported for temperate species. Growth in specimens less than 20 mm in length was faster in 1992 than in 1993, although differences between years over the whole size range were not significant. Surprisingly, growth was much faster in winter periods than during the summers. A 5 mm long individual grew five times faster in winter than in summer, and for a 20 mm long specimen the difference was 13 times. This runs contrary to current ideas on the effects of seasonality on the biology of polar marine invertebrates, but may be an effect of maximizing the efficiency of resource utilization. Comparisons with previous work showed shell growth to be decoupled from periods of tissue mass increase, and also from the main period of phytoplankton productivity. Oxygen consumption of 75 of the specimens used in the growth study was measured to test the hypothesis that basal metabolic rates should be inversely correlated with growth rates. Unexpectedly, an analysis of residuals produced no significant relationship, positive or negative, between growth rate and basal metabolism (F = 1.37, p=0.25, n = 75).last_img read more

Website that enables tenants to rate landlords and agents goes live

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first_imgHome » News » Website that enables tenants to rate landlords and agents goes live previous nextProptechWebsite that enables tenants to rate landlords and agents goes liveFounders say if the site is successful they plans to launch in the US, Oz and NZ soon.Nigel Lewis12th April 201701,458 Views A Bristol-based website that claims to be a TripAdvisor for tenants by enabling them to rate landlords, letting agents and property has gone live with ambitions to launch in the US, Australia and New Zealand.The site, MarksOutOfTenancy.com, asks tenants to rate their landlord, property and area and also leave brief details about their experiences.It asks tenants to rate the heating, décor and furniture, utilities, structural qualities, soundproofing and heating system, each out of ten.Marks out of Tenancy then publishes summary pages for each property and names both the tenant and how long they have rented the property, and the landlord.Rate letting agentsThe site also enables tenants to separately rate letting agents, marking them out of ten for communication, speed, quality of repairs, value for money, attitude and check in/check out abilities.Both landlords and agents will be able to respond to their reviews, whether good or bad, the site says.Marks Out Of Tenancy has been under development for two years and was founded by Bristol-based Ben Yarrow (picture right, top) and Tom Dickinson (below), who say the idea came to them after a “negative experience” with a local landlord.The pair found that while they could go online to rate holidays, hotels and restaurants, there was no comparable service for the rental market.They say the reviews left by tenants on Marks Out of Tenancy won’t just be about highlighting property quality and landlord or agent behaviour.Ben, who is the tech brains behind the website, says it will also enable landlords to understand better which are the best agents in an area, and also push up housing standards by sharing anonymised data with councils and housing charities.“Marks Out Of Tenancy can be a really useful tool when embraced by landlords and letting agents, to display real-life testimonials of high standards of service,” he told The Negotiator.“Your readers will be keen to know that our next update includes a stream of comments on reviews, in which the letting agent or landlord being reviewed can add more information and communicate transparently with the tenant.“We’re well aware that this is a concept that may be met with some resistance and might make some letting providers feel uncomfortable, but are keen to work with landlords and agencies to demonstrate the positive impact it can have on your service.”The site launched a month ago and to date 50 properties have been reviewed by tenants, almost half of them in Bristol where the business is based.MarksOutOfTenancy Ben yarrow tom dickinson April 12, 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Council charges record £900 per property to license rented homes

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first_imgHome » News » Council charges record £900 per property to license rented homes previous nextRegulation & LawCouncil charges record £900 per property to license rented homesBarking & Daganham, which requires all private rented properties to be licensed, has also increased its fees for HMOs to £1,300.Nigel Lewis19th August 201901,346 Views A local authority in London has increased its property licensing fees by 78% to £900 per property, which is believed to be the highest in the UK.The huge increase is expected to generate an additional £16 million in fees over the next five years for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.The council has also increased the fees it charges for licensing HMOs by 30% to £1,300 per property.The council operates three ways to license private rented properties within its borders (pictured, above) depending on how they are rented out. This includes a selective licensing scheme, an HMO licence and an additional licensing scheme for smaller HMOs.From 1st September this year its additional licensing scheme is not being renewed and instead all letting agents or landlords renewing the licence for a non-HMO property must apply via the council’s selective licensing scheme instead.ConfusionHousing regulation consultancy London Property Licensing has also claimed that advice given by the council’s housing hotline about the changes could lead to agents and landlords being in breach of HMO regulations.It says council advisors have told the consultancy that smaller HMOs will not need to licensed when the borough’s additional scheme expires on 1st September, but London Property Licensing believes this is not the case as has asked the council for clarification.“With a replacement selective licensing scheme starting on 1 September 2019, it is vital that Barking and Dagenham Council clarify how the rules will apply to HMOs that are no longer covered by their additional licensing scheme, says Richard Tacagni, MD, London Property Licensing.Selective Licensing scheme additional licencing Barking and Dagenham August 19, 2019Nigel 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

Warburtons publishes CSR Review

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first_imgWarburtons has just published its first Corporate Responsibility Review as it aims to become a more sustainable business in light of climate change.The family-firm said it has looked at its carbon footprint and the areas it can improve in and has been working to turn its sustainable thinking into business thinking, through working with customers, suppliers and environmental and industry bodies among others.In the review’s introduction Brett Warburton said the firm would be looking at the big questions of wheat production, palm oil and the ethics of the way it does business.This will include looking at the way it uses water, energy, transport and packaging in its business.Warburtons said its vision is to be ‘one of the world’s best family businesses’.last_img

Press release: Making Tax Digital for VAT pilot open for business

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first_imgEligible businesses and agents shouldn’t leave preparations to the last minute and are encouraged to join the pilot as soon as they can. Read more information on Making Tax Digital.BackgroundHMRC’s ambition is to become one of the most digitally advanced tax administrations in the world and Making Tax Digital is making fundamental changes to the way the tax system works – transforming tax administration so that it is: More and more businesses use digital tools every day to help them operate – tax shouldn’t be different. This is a major step towards bringing VAT into the 21st century. Making Tax Digital for VAT will make it easier for businesses to manage their tax and will save them, and their agents, time which can instead be devoted to maximising business opportunities, encouraging growth and fostering good financial planning.From 1 April 2019, under Making Tax Digital, around 1 million businesses registered for VAT with a taxable turnover above £85,000 will need to keep their VAT records digitally and file their returns using Making Tax Digital-compatible software.The pilot opens today for around half a million businesses whose affairs are up to date and straightforward, and will extend to most other business types over the coming months. HMRC has also listened to concerns and will give a small group of customers with more complex requirements a further 6 months to prepare. This will ensure there is sufficient time for testing the service with them in the pilot before they are required to join.Mel Stride MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, said: Millions of people are already banking, paying bills and interacting with their suppliers and customers online. Using digital tools to help businesses manage their business income and expenses and get their tax right builds on this momentum and will also help them get more control over their finances. HMRC is transforming the tax administration so that it’s more effective, more efficient and easier for taxpayers. Today’s announcement means that around half a million businesses will be able to join Making Tax Digital and start filing their VAT returns online, making it easier to get their tax right first time. more effective more efficient easier for taxpayers to get their tax right Theresa Middleton, Director for Making Tax Digital for Business, said:last_img read more

Watch The Eerie New Video For One Of David Bowie’s Final Recordings

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first_imgA brand new video for David Bowie‘s “No Plan” debuted yesterday, aligning with both the artist’s birthday today and the one-year anniversary of his death this week.In the mysterious Tom Hingston-directed video, rows of televisions in the rain-slick display window of Newton Electrical – a nod to Bowie’s character in The Man Who Fell to Earth and Lazarus (the Bowie-penned musical that featured “No Plan”) – broadcast the lyrics to the song while an audience gathers and watches, transfixed, outside the store. The televisions also flash images of space travel, another ubiquitous theme in Bowie’s work.“No Plan” was one of the three of Bowie’s final recordings – along with “Killing a Little Time” and “When I Met You” – with the singer’s version appearing on the Lazarus musical cast recording album. To mark Bowie’s birthday, those three songs, along with “Lazarus” from Blackstar, have been repackaged as the No Plan EP, which is available now on streaming services. You can watch the video below, via DavidBowieVEVO:Happy birthday, Bowie, we miss you. The stars look very different today.[h/t Rolling Stone]last_img read more

New York Governor Says Halloween Trick-Or-Treating Can Take Place This Fall

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first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),If children have the ok from the governor to go to stranger”s homes, begging for candy or miscellaneous treats…. then we can all go vote in person….,No one has to beg when its Halloween, the point is to knock on peoples doors and say trick or treat. Let the children enjoy something other than politics..,If you believe in the seriousness of the virus, … You know… “We all need to stay home, wear mask, social distance, plexiglass dividers….” How could you even consider letting your child take ANYTHING from a stranger !!!!!!!!!!! Morgan , your reply is ridiculousI would like to enjoy something as well….. LIKE VOTING IN PERSON Pexels Stock Image. ALBANY – The future of Halloween trick-or-treating will not be decided by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.The Governor, in a phone interview with News 12’s Tara Joyce on Tuesday morning, said he will leave the decision up to parents.“You have neighbors – if you want to go knock on your neighbor’s door, God bless you and I can’t tell you not to,” the Governor told. “If you want to go for a walk with your child through the neighborhood, I’m not gonna tell you can’t take your child to the neighborhood, I’m not going to do that – I’ll give you my advice and guidance and then you will make a decision what you do that night.”Cuomo made his comments after rumors circulated that he was planning to ban the festive activity because of the COVID-19 pandemic. At Monday night’s Jamestown City Council Work Session meeting, officials briefly discussed the matter.Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist says, after speaking with other mayors around the state, he is leaning towards not sanctioning the activity because of COVID-19 concerns.He says many parents may decide to keep their children home, regardless of what local leaders do.However, officials would likely not ban the activity.“The authorization that is typically passed by the Council normally would lift the curfew for kids going out in the dark, especially younger children, who are going trick-or-treating,” said Sundquist. “I don’t think there is any intent that we are going to have our police officers tell children that they have to go home, but I do not think that it is necessarily prudent that we say it’s a good thing for our kids to go and potentially spread this virus.”City leaders plan to continue discussing the future of trick-or-treating during coming meetings after seeking input from others in the community.Halloween will take place on Sat., Oct. 31.last_img read more

Eleven Colombians Claimed for Extradition to the United States are Arrested

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first_imgBy Dialogo June 01, 2009 Bogota, 29 May (EFE). – Colombian authorities arrested for drug trafficking activities eleven alleged members of a money laundering network who are claimed for extradition by the United States, the Attorney General’s Office reported today. The arrestees were linked to the “Comba” or “Combatiente” drug trafficking ring, led by “Luis Enrique Calle Serna” (alias), said the judge, noting that the eleven are accused of laundering $100 million. Calle, one of the five most wanted drug traffickers in Colombia, succeeded Wilber Varela (“Jabón”), who was murdered over a year ago in Venezuela, as leader of a drug trafficking ring in the southwest of the country. The group wanted for extradition is composed of two women and nine men, who were arrested on Thursday during a raid by the prosecution which was supported by the Department of Administrative Security (DAS, state). The prosecution said in a statement that members of this money laundering network “used the black market, physically transported money, and made wire transfers to multiple accounts in United States, Europe, Central America, Canada, and Mexico.” The eleven are sought for extradition by the District Court of Georgia (USA).last_img read more

Disintermediation in the time of COVID-19

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first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Consumers fearful of direct contact with everything from snail mail to drive-thru receipts are just one example of why credit unions need to pay attention to disintermediation.That’s the term in the financial services space given to what happens when consumers choose non-bank providers for financial services, especially payments.As COVID-19 sweeps across the country, credit unions are shuttering lobbies and urging members to use digital channels, opening the door to non-bank competitors promising an easy way to pay without leaving home.It’s not that credit unions weren’t already responding to disintermediation. The Strategic Resource Management (SRM) consulting firm polled its client base of hundreds of credit unions and banks in late March and found eight out of 10 rated their online and digital channels as “vital” to their operations. The rest chose nothing less than “important.”last_img read more

Martin Keown rates Arsenal’s chances of signing ‘incredible’ Chelsea star Willian

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first_imgMartin Keown rates Arsenal’s chances of signing ‘incredible’ Chelsea star Willian Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 May 2020 9:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Comment Martin Keown doubts Arsenal will sign Chelsea star Willian this summer (Picture: BBC)Martin Keown doubts Arsenal will sign ‘incredible talent’ Willian this summer and believes the Chelsea star will instead be looking to join Barcelona or Real Madrid.Brazilian winger Willian, who has won two Premier League titles and the Europa League at Chelsea, is set to leave Stamford Bridge and will be available to sign on a free transfer.Arsenal have expressed interest in signing the 31-year-old, with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta keen to bolster his squad at the Emirates.But former Arsenal and England defender Keown cannot see Willian signing for the Gunners and believes Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will make a late intervention to try and make the Brazilian stay.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I don’t see him going to Arsenal,’ Keown told talkSPORT. ‘I think he’s aiming for Barcelona or Real Madrid.‘He’s an incredible talent. Chelsea will be weaker if he goes but Frank Lampard knows what he’s doing. I’m sure he wants to keep him.’Willian has made more than 300 appearances for Chelsea since signing from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013 but will be out of contract in a few months time. Advertisement Willian looks set to leave Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty)Speaking earlier this week, he admitted he could leave Stamford Bridge this summer and said he would be ‘fine’ joining London rivals Arsenal or Tottenham.‘It really is a hard decision,’ said the winger. ‘I identified myself a lot at Chelsea, I have a lot of love for everyone at the club, and the fans.‘However, it is like I said before, if I leave Chelsea with no trouble and leaving the doors open, it would be fine to move to a rival club.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Good strikers will click immediately with Chelsea signing ZiyechMORE: Timo Werner sends transfer message to Chelsea and Liverpool Advertisementlast_img read more