This synthesis study assesses recent changes of Arctic Ocean physical parameters using a unique collection of observations from the 2000s and places them in the context of long-term climate trends and variability. Our analysis demonstrates that the 2000s were an exceptional decade with extraordinary upper Arctic Ocean freshening and intermediate Atlantic Water warming. We note that the Arctic Ocean is characterized by large amplitude multi-decadal variability in addition to a long-term trend, making the link of observed changes to climate drivers problematic. However, the exceptional magnitude of recent high-latitude changes (not only oceanic, but also ice and atmospheric) strongly suggests that these recent changes signify a potentially irreversible shift of the Arctic Ocean to a new climate state. These changes have important implications for the Arctic Ocean’s marine ecosystem, especially those components that are dependent on sea ice or that have temperature-dependent sensitivities or thresholds. Addressing these and other questions requires a carefully orchestrated combination of sustained multidisciplinary observations and advanced modeling.
Growth in the buy-to-let sector this year has dropped dramatically as more amateur, smaller portfolio landlords have stopped buying properties or decided to leave the market, a report has claimed.The Kent Reliance annual Buy To Let Britain survey, published in association with Legal & General, quizzed 865 landlords and shows that the recent mix of tax reform and tighter regulation has reduced growth in the number of privately rented houses to 2.2% this year, down from just over 8% in 2014.These recent reductions in tax allowances and extra Stamp Duty, coupled with a second round of stricter buy-to-let lending rules introduced by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) this year, means the market now favours larger portfolio and institutional investors, the report claims.Limited companiesAnd the landlords who have stuck with buy-to-let are now increasingly turning to limited company status to reduce their tax costs. Kent Reliance says 70% of all buy-to-let loans are now from companies rather than individuals.This, Kent Reliance Chief Executive Andy Golding (pictured, left) says, is having the effect many warned it would – to push up rents as tenant demand outstrips supply in some areas of the UK, in particular the East Midlands and East of England.But overall rents are slowing, dragged down by a softening rental market in London, the reports says.“Landlords are swallowing the unpleasant cocktail of higher taxation and tighter regulation, and this is undermining the expansion of the private rented sector,” says Andy Golding.“A fundamental shift in the landlord population is now underway, as buy to let moves from being a popular past-time for hundreds of thousands of British amateur landlords, to the preserve of committed long-term investors with experience and expertise.The report also reveals one staggering figure; tenants have paid landlords £58.8 billion in rent over the past 12 months, £2.3 billion more than a year ago.Kent Reliance Building Society landlords andy golding buy-to-let December 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 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 » Housing Market » Smaller landlords are disappearing – is this what the Government wanted all along? previous nextHousing MarketSmaller landlords are disappearing – is this what the Government wanted all along?Report into the £1.4 trillion buy to let market in the UK reveals how the recent tax changes and stricter lending rules are favouring larger, institutional investors.Nigel Lewis8th December 20170924 Views
Home » News » Agencies & People » Coronavirus: 6-point plan for survival previous nextAgencies & PeopleCoronavirus: 6-point plan for survivalIt’s affecting everybody and damaging business but good communications and a caring attitude can help get your business through the crisis.Richard Reed17th March 202005,587 Views The property industry could be hard hit by the Coronavirus pandemic – but there are things that agents can do to help themselves and help clients.That is the message from Jerry Lyons, managing director of Property PR Expert, who says it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom.To help people cope with the impact of the Coronavirus he has come up with a six-point plan which he says was first put together in 2009 to deal with the Swine Flu outbreak.He says the 6C system can be summarised as ‘communicate calmly, clearly, consistently and compassionately with your community’.Opportunities“There are opportunities out there,” he said. “Not just to win business, but to change perceptions of our industry. And remember in bad times you can still do good things.”The 6C systemCommunicate: Don’t hide away and hope it goes away. Communicate (call, email, What’s App, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) with anyone involved in your business. This means clients, prospects, suppliers, contractors and the communities you serve. Let them know what you are doing. Have a front-foot mindset like Tyson, not a ‘shrink into your shell’ turtle. Focus on what you can do, not on what you can’t.Calmly: Good leaders don’t panic, and if you get your communication and content plan working well, your agency will be taking responsibility and leading the way. Stick to the facts, be honest and remember this will eventually pass.Clearly: There’s a reason why this plan is on one page and summarised in a single sentence. People can’t take on board large amounts of information, especially in anxious times. Keep your messaging simple and clear, eg “We’re open for business. Here is our six-point Coronavirus protocol. We’re here to help no matter what.”Consistently: This is a fast-changing situation. Be ready to communicate at least daily for the foreseeable future. Also, only use recognised sources – the NHS, BBC News, reputable newspapers and magazines – Not Frank from Facebook or Tina on Twitter.Compassionately: People are worried about themselves, their children, their parents, their jobs. Think carefully before sending out communications. How does the tone sound? Are you being too salesy? These are highly sensitive times, and your agency’s tone needs to reflect this.Community: We are all in this together, and your content and communications need to reflect this. Be as community-focused as possible. No-one will remember your market share during this time, BUT they will remember your agency showed genuine, compassionate community care – such as encouraging people to use local independent shops.estate agent coronavirus Coping with coronavirus coronavirus marketing client communication March 17, 2020Richard ReedWhat’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
Share this article Equipment & technology View post tag: Drydocks February 13, 2013 View post tag: NAVDEX View post tag: portfolio Drydocks World, the leading maritime service provider, will showcase its extensive portfolio of services and capabilities for the Defence sector at NAVDEX, the dedicated Naval Defense and Maritime Security area at IDEX, the region’s leading Defence Exhibition organised at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, during February 17 – 21, 2013. The debut participation is set to further broaden the shipyard’s reach into servicing the highly sophisticated naval sector.Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World will address representatives of world military establishments at the IDEX 2013 Gulf Defence Conference, being organised on the sidelines of the show.“Global navies have had continued faith in our services due to our secure environment, efficient project management, good understanding of naval requirements and meticulous adherence to the highest safety and quality standards. We have consistently been meeting the stringent military standards and delivery schedules, in keeping with operational programmes, Defense budgets and strategies. Our services cover the entire range warship repairs, including repairs of hulls, propulsion machinery, mechanical equipments, electrical / electronic equipments and upgrade of weapon / communication systems,” said Mr. Buamim.IDEX, the region’s most sought after defense exhibition is the ideal platform to showcase the latest technology across all sectors. It is a unique platform to establish and strengthen relationships with government departments, businesses and armed forces throughout the region.Drydocks World – Dubai and Shiplift facility at Dubai Maritime City have carried out repair and maintenance, of over 100 vessels for global navies, with a large majority of these belonging to the US, France, UK, UAE and other European navies / establishments. This includes mid-life refit of a regional navy warship.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 13, 2013 View post tag: its View post tag: exhibit View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy UAE: Drydocks World to Exhibit Its Naval Portfolio at NAVDEX Back to overview,Home naval-today UAE: Drydocks World to Exhibit Its Naval Portfolio at NAVDEX View post tag: to View post tag: world View post tag: UAE
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Oxford has witnessed a violent Freshers’ Week with a spate of attacks across the city.The reports of violent incidents include the allegation that a student was attacked on New College Lane on Thursday night, though New College has not confirmed whether the victim was a member of college.One New College student said, “It’s all a bit strange – we know something happened in New College Lane on Thursday night, but they won’t tell us what, or who was involved. It’s because they don’t want to scare the freshers, but I think it would be better to be open about it – at the moment there are just loads of rumours, which are making things a lot worse.”New College JCR President Tom Scott said, “New College JCR would of course like all of its members to stay safe on the streets and be mindful of the dangers that exist in most of the UK’s urban areas, particularly at night.” However, he does not believe students will have “anything much to fear” provided “they stick to sound practices such as keeping to the main roads and in groups.” He confirmed that freshers were escorted to and from clubs during Freshers’ Week and those who were not “knew the way and went home in groups.”In a separate incident there have been reports that two students were attacked in the Turl Street area on Wednesday of Freshers’ Week. Both victims sustained multiple injuries; one spent the night in hospital and had serious head injuries. The attack is being looked into by the police; there are reports that three suspects have been arrested.In a third violent incident, a nineteen-year-old male was attacked on Pullen’s Lane just after midnight on Thursday. Four men attempted to mug the student, hitting him and pushing himto the ground when he refused to hand over his possessions. The assailants then stole his wallet and passport. His attackers are described as being around 6ft, in their mid-twenties and of Eastern European appearance. A spokesperson for Oxford Brookes said that there has been “a few incidents involving the police at the start of term.” While most of these were to do with student anti-social behavior, the spokesperson admitted there had been a more serious incident during Freshers’ Week “near one of the halls,” though they were unable to give out any further details.University welfare services and the police are urging students, particularly freshers, to take extra measures to stay safe at one of the most vulnerable times in their University career.Dani Quinn, OUSU VP for Welfare said that although these events are a matter of serious concern, “it is likely that such a high number is confined to Freshers’ Week, in what is typically a safe city for students.” She acknowledged that freshers are more vulnerable when they first arrive in Oxford, “They tend not to know their way around, are more likely to be drunk and, typically, are wearing clothing that indicates this (e.g. Freshers’ Week t-shirts that say ‘drunk’ or ‘lost’). They are also likely to be carrying more money or valuables than usual. Although this in no way excuses or condones violent or criminal behaviour, it can explain a spike at this time of year.”OUSU advise students to travel in groups at night, carry attack alarms, avoid leaving clubs at closing time and to make sure they are not listening to music or talking on the phone when walking home at night. Distractions such as phones and mp3 players not only make students more vulnerable as they are unaware of their surroundings, students are also “displaying something worth stealing.”If students are victims of an attack, they should inform their College and the Police. Quinn also pointed out that it can be helpful to contact OUSU, “so that we can bring it to the attention of the Police and the Council when lobbying for better security measures around the city.”Thames Valley Police maintain that Oxford is a generally safe city but offer advice for students going out at night, urging them to eat before they go out, avoid rounds and to hold on to their drinks to avoid spiking. Despite reports of several attacks, a spokesman from Oxford University insisted, “Oxford is a very safe place to live, work and study and violent crimes against students are rare.”
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North Carolina natives BIG Something have finalized the lineup for their fifth annual summer festival, The BIG What? Hosted in Mebane, NC from July 21-23, this year’s lineup will boast a number of the jam scene’s most exciting musicians, including The Werks, Turkuaz, Zach Deputy, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Spiritual Rez, Barefoot Manner, People’s Blues of Richmond and more. In addition, Big Something and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will link up for a special late night set dubbed “BIG Pigeons Playing Something.”3-day weekend passes, including car and RV camping, as well as new VIP options are on sale now and can be purchased here. Check out the official recap video from 2015’s BIG What? below:[Photo via The Big What?]
Today, Umphrey’s McGee has announced their return to Charleston, South Carolina, with a performance at The Grove at Patriots Point on May 31st, 2018, with Perpetual Groove. Given plans to develop the area of the venue, as noted in a press release, this will also be one of the last big shows at The Grove. While members of Umphrey’s will be on hand at Charleston’s Pour House this weekend with Everyone Orchestra, the last time the band performed in the Charleston area was in September of 2016 at the North Charleston Coliseum for Chucktown Ball.An official late-night at the nearby Omar Shrine will also see performances by Doom Flamingo—a new side project of Ryan Stasik and a number of prominent Charleston musicians including Michael Quinn (sax), Ross Bogan (keys), Stuart White (drums), Thomas Kenney (guitar) and Kanika Moore (vocals)—and The Artisanals. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Communities in Schools Charleston—an organization that supports local students and empowers them to stay in school and achieve in life.Tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 2nd at 10:00 am ET through fwbpro.com, with Early-Bird and VIP packages available.
The holiday season is officially upon us. After a huge turkey dinner, many families begin decorating their homes. For many, the Christmas tree is the centerpiece of decorating and more and more people are choosing live trees.While a tree can be festive and fun, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has several considerations for consumers to be mindful of when choosing one for their homes. In Georgia, there are a number of native-grown trees available for purchase, including Fraser fir, Leyland cypress and red cedar.Fraser fir has all the qualities of an excellent Christmas tree, such as fragrance, good needle retention and freshness. Its strong limbs also hold ornaments well.Many people prefer red cedar because it is the traditional southern Christmas tree. Redcedar has a nice fragrance, but its flexible limbs will not support many or heavy ornaments. Redcedar may dry rapidly in a warm house if it is not watered well.Leyland cypress is a relative newcomer in the Christmas tree market. It has a lighter green color than redcedar and has soft flexible limbs. It also has a very attractive shape. Like redcedar, Leyland cypress dries rapidly in a warm house.Before setting out to get a tree, first decide where in your home the tree will be located. This will help you decide what size tree to buy and whether all sides of the tree will be displayed. Looks can be deceiving. If you don’t measure the height of your ceiling, you may be forced to make some hacksaw adjustments that can leave your tree looking less than desirable. Consumers have three choices when purchasing a live Christmas tree. They can go to a retail lot where harvested trees are available, buy a “balled and burlapped” tree, or choose and cut a tree themselves.When selecting a tree at a retail lot, care is needed to ensure the tree is fresh. The most effective way for a buyer to evaluate the freshness of a cut tree is by how firmly the needles are attached to the branches. To test this, lightly grasp a branch of the tree and gently pull the branch and needles through your hand. If the tree is fresh, very few needles will come off.If you are cutting your own tree, inspect the tree for discolored or easily shed needles.“Balled and burlapped” trees are sold with their roots intact so that they can be replanted after the holiday season.A cut Christmas tree can last the entire holiday season without becoming excessively dry or shedding large amounts of needles if it is fresh when purchased and is given proper care. Be sure to place the tree in water as soon as possible and keep it out of direct sunlight as much as possible. If the tree has been cut within six to eight hours it is not necessary to retrim the trunk. If the tree was cut more than a day before you purchased it, trim a 1 to 2 inch piece off of the trunk to ensure continued quality. A freshly-cut Christmas trees will absorb a large amount of water within the first week. Therefore, check the water level frequently at this time. While there are many home remedies and commercial products available to keep a tree fresh, research shows that plenty of plain water works best. The water level should never fall below the cut end of the stump.To prevent an accident, place your tree away from space heaters, fireplaces and wood stoves. Electric lights and extension cords should be thoroughly checked for safety and defects prior to use. Frayed wires, broken sockets or loose connections can all be a fire hazard. Do not leave tree lights on while the tree is unattended. If you have small children or indoor pets, keep them in mind when trimming the tree.With a little planning and preparation, live Christmas trees can add a festive feel to your home during the holiday season.