Detection and attribution of Antarctic climate change

first_imgThe current understanding of climate changes that have occurred in the last 50 years over Antarctica is presented with a focus on: (i) a summer warming of the eastern Antarctic Peninsula, which caused the collapse of the larsen B ice shelf, (ii) the observed significant increase of total sea ice extent and (iii) an anthropogenic ‘fingerprint’ in the Antarctic-wide temperature change pattern. The implications of this for predictions of the future are discussed.last_img

Dexters hits back over Coronavirus criticism but 70 staff still working from offices

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Dexters hits back over Coronavirus criticism but 70 staff still working from offices previous nextAgencies & PeopleDexters hits back over Coronavirus criticism but 70 staff still working from officesDexters says it closed down branch network as fast as possible, but that a small team is still needed to manage its lettings portfolio from secure hubs.Nigel Lewis31st March 202003,412 Views London 100-branch estate agency Dexters has hit back at ‘unfair’ criticism that it asked its staff to continue coming into work after the government made its initial lock-down announcement.But the company, which says it sent home 95% of staff within 48 hours of the Prime Minister’s request five days ago that people should work from home ‘where possible’, has also revealed that a core of 70 or so staff are still commuting to work at two non-high street hubs to deal with the company’s huge lettings portfolio.“Jeff Doble, its Chairman, says: “Dexters has been the subject of misinformation started on social media which has ended up with wider reporting, resulting in deeply unfair allegations.“We are a responsible business and a respected firm of Chartered Surveyors and Dexters has followed Government Covid-19 guidelines to the absolute letter.”Doble also says some staff are being asked to assist with people’s moves and provide a keyholder service for properties in their local areas, where necessary.Staff at the two hubs are all senior directors or people available to assist, with none are from high-risk health groups. They either travel off peak on public transport or in the safety of cars.They are dealing mostly with property management issues and enquiries from its 60,000 tenants and are working at desks at least two metres from each other and following sanitisation procedures.Dexters is also keen to highlight its charitable work via the company’s dedicated charity committee, which this year is to switch its fund raising effort to support NHS staff.The firm has also created a special hardship fund to help any staff having financial difficulties.Jeff Doble says: “I am very proud of my colleagues who have supported our customers in completing over 400 pre-arranged house moves in the days following the lock down announcement, enabling these households to now be in safe self isolation; whilst we also completely shut down within 48 hours.”Read more about Dexters.  covid-19 coronavirus Jeff Doble Dexters March 31, 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 2021last_img read more

Ocean City High School’s Girls Swimming and Basketball Teams Receive Honors

first_imgMembers of two Ocean City High School teams that captured South Jersey championships this season were honored Wednesday night by the Board of Education.The Red Raiders girls basketball team won a school-record 30 games while advancing all the way to the state title game, dropping a nail biter to Pascack Valley.In the playoffs, they topped Mainland to grab the South Jersey Group 3 championship and beat Ewing in an overtime thriller in the state semifinals. During the regular season, they shared the Cape-Atlantic League championship with Mainland.Members of the South Jersey championship girls swimming team are joined by school officials while receiving their honors.Also receiving honors from the Board of Education on Wednesday were members of the girls swimming team.For the second straight year, the Red Raiders swim team made it to the state championship meet, but fell short to Chatham. Last year, Ocean City beat Chatham to win the state Public B title.This season, the swim team racked up its fourth straight South Jersey championship and also captured the Cape-Atlantic League title. The girls basketball team racked up a school-record 30 wins while grabbing conference and South Jersey titles.last_img read more

Coca-Cola gets to grips with packaging

first_imgCoca-Cola Enterprises is to introduce an easy-to-hold ’grip” packaging design across all its 500ml PET bottles of leading soft drinks brands – Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Coke Zero.The launch of the grip bottle marks the first significant change to the 500ml contour bottle design in 23 years. Steve Fry, marketing controller at Coca-Cola Enterprises says: “Extensive consumer tests have revealed the grip bottle is in great demand, with 83% of consumers tested preferring the new bottle. The bottle will be rolled out in the UK throughout 2008, supported by a £300k marketing campaign, which includes major outdoor advertising and POS material.”Britvic Soft Drinks has introduced a new flavour to its J20 range, to capitalise on consumers’ increasing demand for premium drinks and the growing popularity of superfruit flavours – in particular, blueberry.The new flavour, Apple & Blueberry, will be available in the take-home sector from April 2008. The Apple & Blueberry flavour will replace Orange & Cranberry flavour.Andrew Richards, sales director at Britvic, says: “Premium soft drinks have grown significantly over the last few years. The introduction of the new Apple & Blueberry flavour will ensure J20 continues to cater for a range of consumer tastes and social occasions, driving overall purchase frequency and boosting the appeal of the core range.”The launch is being supported by POS with the tagline ’Not the usual’ to prompt consumers to consider the new flavour.Sussex-based firm Southover Food Company has added Fruit Hit Long Life Smoothies from the Natural Beverage Company to its product lines.The Fruit Hit range is made from 100% real fruit, with no added sugar or artificial additives. The range includes Mango & Orange, Pineapple & Passionfruit and Black & Blueberry varieties and is available from Southover in 6 x 300ml servings. The range uses aseptic packaging, which means a longer shelf-life without the need for preservatives, says the firm.Southover has also launched a range of functional drinks under the label Before the Fall. Each contains a balanced selection of vitamins and minerals, designed to increase and maintain energy levels. The range includes: Restore, a combination of elderflower pressé and ginseng; Detox, comprising green tea and fresh lemon juice; and Anti-ox, containing pomegranates. Each drink is available in cases of 12 x 375ml bottles.last_img read more’s Lindsay Champion Shows Off Her Theater Smarts on The Today Show!’s very own Lindsay Champion stopped by The Today Show to bring some Broadway trivia to the 30 Rock plaza on December 3. Our Features Editor was on hand with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb to drink wine to show off her theater smarts and quiz passers by. Believe us: She knows a thing or two about teaching Broadway lessons. Check out the clip below! View Comments Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economylast_img

Outdoor Updates: Hiker Survives 6-hour Cardiac Arrest

first_imgUntil Christmas, Patagonia will match every dollar you give through their giving campaign In what doctors are describing as an ‘exceptional’ case, a British woman hiking in Spain’s Pyrenees mountains survived a six-hour cardiac arrest caused by severe hypothermia. Audrey Mash, 34, was hiking with her husband in the Catalan Pyrenees when the weather turned. As temperatures dropped, Mash began having trouble speaking and moving and eventually became unconscious. Her husband told TV3 that he thought she was dead. “I couldn’t feel a breath, I couldn’t feel a heartbeat,” he said. It took rescuers two hours to reach the couple. When they arrived, Mash’s body temperature had dropped to 64 degrees. Upon arriving at the hospital she had no vital signs. Doctor’s say Mash’s six-hour cardiac arrest was the longest ever documented in Spain and that the cold temperatures that caused her condition also played a role in her survival. Mast was released from the hospital 12 days after her ordeal began and had no neurological damage.  Gross began selling tents in 2012. Today, the company offers four different types of tents, rain gear, lightweight sleeping bags, trekking poles and a line of women’s clothing. They were awarded with the 2019 Small Business of the Year award because of their innovative product offerings, above-and-beyond customer service and fast growth in recent years, Business North Carolina says.  Outdoor equipment manufacturer LightHeart Gear wins Business North Carolina’s 2019 Small Business of the Year awardcenter_img Fletcher, North Carolina based LightHeart Gear has taken home Business North Carolina’s top award for small businesses. The company, which manufacturers outdoor gear, began after Judy Gross, 62, saw a large, homemade lightweight tent while attempting to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. “It was a palace,” Gross told Business North Carolina. “It didn’t weigh anything and it packed up very small. The tent I was carrying around was a big-box brand that weighed 4.5 pounds and was much smaller than his. And I though, ‘Well, I’m going to go home and make a tent.”  A British hiker survives 6-hour cardiac arrest Want to make your dollar stretch while giving to a good cause this holiday season? Check out Patagonia’s giving campaign, which will match every dollar you give to any Patagonia Action Works group. Send a digital eCard, print a card at home or pick up a physical card in any Patagonia store and Patagonia will match your donation through Christmas. It’s not necessary to purchase any products in order to participate in the campaign.last_img read more

Panel takes up issues of judicial ethics

first_img March 15, 2002 Managing Editor Regular News Panel takes up issues of judicial ethics Panel takes up issues of judicial ethicscenter_img Mark D. Killian Managing EditorThe spouse of the administrative judge of a Family Law Division may not serve as a case manager in that division, according to the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee.The advisory panel also recently held pro bono part-time family law hearing officers may continue to practice in the same circuit in which they preside as hearing officers over child support cases, and said a judge may not ethically mediate the dissolution of her friends’ marriage. Family Division In a 6-4 decision, the JEAC says it is a violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct for the spouse of a family division’s administrative judge to be employed by the court administrator’s office as case manager in that division. Opinion Number: 2002-02.The JEAC said the pivotal issue is the appearance of impropriety that can occur as a result of the fact that the spouse’s employment as case manager is directly involved and related to the family law division and its operation.“The inquiring judge admitted that the spouse, in her employment, will perform work and make decisions that will affect the judge’s divisions,” the JEAC said. “Although the inquiring judge indicates that he has and will have no supervisory control or decision-making authority over the spouse’s employment, promotion, or termination, it is unclear how an administrative judge of the family law division would have no input regarding the duties and performance of a case manager in the family law division.”The panel said the integrity and independence of a judge depends on his or her acting without fear or favor and public confidence may be diminished if it is felt that the judge is acting with favor in regard to the work and decisions of his case manager spouse.“Real or not, the appearance of impropriety becomes an important issue,” the panel said, noting Canon 2 says a “judge shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety in all of the judge’s activities.”A minority of four JEAC members disagreed with the majority, whose argument were summed up by one of the dissenters: “I find nothing in the code that would preclude the spouse from continuing the employment, if it is otherwise authorized pursuant to Florida law. If a spouse is a judge’s judicial assistant, would his or her degree of loyalty be any different than having a nonspouse as a judicial assistant? Staff attorney? If the family law administrative judge were to appoint the judge’s judicial assistant as case manager for [the] Family Law Division, would this create ethical conflict? I think not.. . . ” Hearing Officer The panel also said pro bono part-time family law hearing officers may continue to practice law in the same circuit in which they preside as hearing officers over child support cases, subject to certain conditions. Opinion Number: 2002-03. T he committee said the inquiring judge appears to have read JEAC Opinion Number 00-32 as a “blanket proscription. . . placed upon judicial hearing officers regarding the practice of law in any cases in the circuit where the hearing officer presides.. . . ”The committee, however, said that was an incorrect reading of the opinion.“The rationale of Opinion 00-32 does not thwart the Judicial Hearing Officer program described in the present inquiry,” the committee said. “Here, a pro bono nighttime hearing officer system has been set up, and the county has recruited prospective hearing officers from among private practitioners who do not practice in family court and also from the ranks of government attorneys who might otherwise have difficulty fulfilling their pro bono obligations.”The panel said assuming that such volunteer pro bono hearing officers would be bound by Opinion 00-32, this opinion would not prevent such volunteer hearing officers from practicing law within their circuits.The JEAC said Opinion 00-32 relied specifically upon three prior opinions, each of which discussed the problems inherent when part-time hearing officers, officially employed in the circuit, continue to practice law within the circuit.“The committee thus takes this opportunity to clarify its view that the ethical prohibition is as the committee has set out in Opinions 00-32, 98-12, and 96-12 and applies to practice in family law and related areas,” the JEAC said. “Accordingly, the attorneys now participating in the pro bono program described by the inquiring judge may practice law within the same circuit, subject to the prohibition against handling family law cases, and the further prohibition against handling cases that the committee has previously found to be so overlapping with family law that conflicts of interest would arise with regularity.” Mediation The JEAC also said a judge may not privately mediate the dissolution of her friends’ marriage. Opinion Number: 2002-01.The inquiring judge’s friends were involved in extensive divorce litigation over the past six years. Ultimately, their case was dismissed for lack of prosecution. The judge is one of the few people that both parties trust. The judge would like to mediate their case and assist them in coming to an amicable resolution of their differences.The panel noted Canon 5F says, “A judge shall not act as an arbitrator or mediator or otherwise perform judicial functions in a private capacity unless expressly authorized by law or court rule.”“Pursuant to the clear and unambiguous provisions of the Code of Judicial Conduct, the inquiring judge is precluded from serving as a private mediator unless there is a law or court rule that expressly authorizes said service.One committee member also said the inquiring judge should be cognizant of Canon 5G, which precludes a judge from practicing law and appears to likewise preclude the giving of legal advice to anyone other than the judge’s family. That committee member also notes that, “It would be difficult to mediate a complex dissolution of marriage without giving legal advice to the parties.”One member, however, said if the judge is talking about informal mediation or counseling in an effort to see if the friends can resolve their disputes now that the case has been dismissed for lack of prosecution, “I would not have an ethical problem with such an action so long as [the judge] makes it completely clear to both parties that he cannot provide legal advice to either side and cannot act in an official capacity in their case.”The Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee is expressly charged with rendering advisory opinions interpreting the application of the Code of Judicial Conduct to specific circumstances confronting or affecting a judge or judicial candidate. Its opinions are advisory, and conduct that is consistent with an opinion may be evidence of good faith on the part of the judge, but the Judicial Qualifications Commission is not bound by the committee’s interpretive opinions.The full text of the opinions is available on the Supreme Court’s website by clicking here.last_img read more

Why you should let technology take care of your finances

first_imgby: Jen TurrellWe’ve all been there: standing in line at the grocery store, watching the items add up, stressed we don’t have enough in our account to cover it all. Anxious we may have to put items back if we overdraw.How embarrassing.Yet it happens all the time. And thanks to technology it’s totally avoidable.I’m not talking budget. I’m talking about automating: bills, savings, and spending. Automating means freedom from the scene I described above.Instead, you can pull out your cellphone, open your preferred money-tracking app, and glance at what’s left in your account.There is no reason not to know how much money you have and whether or not you can spend it.This is why I teach my clients, the beauty and simplicity of financial automation, because budgets get broken and have to be reworked. Unexpected life events can get expensive. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Lifestyle education creates business development opportunities

first_imgFor the past two months I have been going on socially distant walks with my neighbor, Shannon Quimby. She is an international salvage DIY luminary, photo stylist for magazines like Better Homes and Gardens, and she’s been on local TV stations via Zoom doing all kinds of DIY segments. It’s been fun cultivating a new friendship with someone who exudes right brain creativity.One day she was telling me a story about her first childhood yard sale where she sold several of her DIY projects. Afterward her dad walked her up the street to his credit union to open an account. To this day, she still has an annual yard sale to sell her DIY projects and still walks her money to that same credit union. They know her by name.My first thought? Why aren’t credit unions using her or people like her in their financial wellness programs? More of us need to find our local “Shannons”: Experts in lifestyle choices that promote financial wellness. Maybe to host a session about how to eat organic without breaking the bank? Or a session about creative DIY kid birthday party themes? The list is endless.I learned this lesson years ago as I walked by the Umpqua Bank branch across the street from where I lived in the Pearl District in downtown Portland, Oregon. Face smashed against the glass; I was in awe of the sheer number of attendees at their financial wellness events. As I walked away, I realized our education sessions at the credit union where I worked had only 10 attendees because the topics were boring. Umpqua’s reputation as “the coolest bank in the West” stems from its creative approach to community and financial wellness.Since then I’ve been preaching this simple business development call to action about financial wellness education:Be memorable.Be relevant.Build trust.Make a connection.Follow-up and keep the conversation going.The result is business. We market lifestyle but do we educate lifestyle? Think about all of the things that impact our finances. When I mentioned to Shannon that I was going to reframe five large paintings because the frames were dated, she said “Why not paint them?” I ended up spending 20% of what it would have cost to reframe and they look awesome.Here are a few things to consider when rethinking your approach to financial wellness education:Choose wisely: The presenter matters – a lot. Now that we have transitioned to webinars make sure your internal presenters are trained on virtual delivery. It’s different from face-to-face and requires new skills.Review your classes: Take another look at your sessions, their titles and descriptions. Are you addressing common, relatable concerns? Be creative. An Ardent Credit Union session about retirement is titled, Who Needs the Lottery?Bring in experts. Find the “Shannons” for a variety of lifestyle topics that impact financial wellness. Another Ardent Credit Union session titled Nutrition for Active Kids, spoke to an ideal target demographic. Centric Federal Credit Union hosts a Women Who WOW event each year and has a panel that includes a mental health expert, a physical health expert, and a financial health expert. Brilliant. Be sure to look internally for your experts as well. United Teletech Financial FCU recently presented a session on Working Moms’ Budget Tips During COVID-19. Three of their well-known working mom employees were on the panel. Members get excited to see their favorite credit union employees.Rethink Delivery Channels. Overall employee wellness is top of mind for your SEG contacts. Consider creating a special series for them. Name the series something that feels co-branded. Bring in experts. Make it awesome.Offering relatable, memorable lifestyle education events creates business development opportunities, attracting members and non-members alike. Let’s jazz it up. Photo credit: Lincoln Barbour and Shannon Quimby 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Julie R Ferguson Founded by Julie R Ferguson in 2009, JRF Consulting concentrates on growth and member engagement. Julie is very passionate about helping credit unions create and execute focused and results oriented … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Trump, Biden spar ahead of real debate fight

first_imgFrontrunner Joe Biden and an increasingly struggling Donald Trump traded jabs Tuesday hours ahead of a first presidential debate that promised to be as nasty and unpredictable a clash as American voters have ever seen.Before they’d even met on the stage in Cleveland for the first of three 90-minute live television clashes, Biden made public his tax returns to capitalize on revelations by The New York Times that the billionaire Trump avoided paying almost any federal income taxes for years.Trump’s reported mastery of loopholes to pay just $750 in federal tax during the first year of his presidency has given Biden an opening to paint the Republican as a phony when he says he represents America’s working classes. By contrast, Biden’s returns show that he and his wife Jill paid a hefty $299,346 in federal income taxes for 2019. While Biden tees up what is likely to be a central weapon in the debate, Trump’s team leaned in on its lurid narrative that the Democrat challenger is senile and needs help to get through the debate.Trump has repeatedly demanded that Biden take a test for performance enhancing drugs.And on Tuesday, his campaign, echoed by Trump-friendly Fox News, launched into new conspiracy theory territory by loudly demanding that Biden be checked for a secret earpiece — presumably to give him answers in the debate.”Joe Biden’s handlers several days ago agreed to a pre-debate inspection for electronic earpieces but today abruptly reversed themselves and declined,” Tim Murtaugh, Trump 2020 communications director, said in a statement. COVID and taxesTrump flew into in Cleveland Tuesday afternoon ahead of the debate, with a senior official on Air Force One telling reporters: “He’s ready to go.” The official said Trump was bringing former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani — now a controversial lawyer for the president — and mixed martial arts fighter Colby Covington as guests.The pre-game trash talk gave a flavor of what the two camps are trying to achieve.Trump, behind in national and swing state polls, is considered a master at changing the subject and stirring outrage.Biden wants to keep the debate firmly fixed on Trump’s biggest liabilities — the more than 200,000 coronavirus deaths and the tax avoidance uproar.COVID-19 restrictions will give the debate a streamlined look with a smaller audience. Naturally, there won’t be the once standard — even if forced — show of goodwill in shaking hands.What Americans will get, however, is a chance finally to see Trump, 74, and Biden, 77, side by side.And Trump, who fancies his skills as a verbal pugilist, is expected to hit hard and low. Blue collar boast The president is sure to go heavy on previous claims that Biden’s son was involved in corruption in Ukraine. Last year Trump was impeached for using the power of his office to try to pressure the Ukrainian government into publicly backing that theory.Biden, as frontrunner, wants to stay steady, but he has a reputation for losing his cool when challenged in public. Many Americans are keen to see whether the would-be president can stand the heat of a Trump firestorm.”I hope I don’t get baited into a brawl with this guy, because that’s the only place he’s comfortable,” Biden conceded.But Biden will also go after Trump in a personal way, painting him as a spoiled playboy who only poses as a friend of the white working class that helped him get elected in 2016.Biden, who spent his early childhood in the rough-edged town of Scranton, Pennsylvania, is increasingly mocking Trump’s glitzy New York roots, calling it a “Scranton vs Park Avenue” election.The strategy does appear to have some traction in Pennsylvania at least: on Tuesday a new Washington Post-ABC News poll showed the former vice president pulling ahead in the battleground state, which Trump won in 2016.Topics :center_img The campaign also claimed that Biden had asked for “multiple breaks during the debate, which President Trump doesn’t need.”Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield called all this “absurd” and shot back with her own bit of rumor mongering, claiming that Trump’s team had tried unsuccessfully to ensure that the debate moderator, Fox News’ Chris Wallace, would never mention the number of US deaths from COVID-19.”See how easy that was to try to throw up a distraction?” she was quoted as saying by Politico. Supreme Court silver bullet? The president arguably has little to lose: his hardcore support is already baked in and Americans are by now almost incapable of feeling shocked by his convention-wrecking insults and well documented torrent of exaggerations or outright lies.But he also goes to Cleveland with what he hopes will be a silver bullet — his nomination of conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.If Barrett is quickly confirmed, as the Republican-led Senate expects, Trump will have tilted the highest court firmly to the right for years to come.Democrats are crying foul over the rushed timing on the eve of an election, but Trump expects the power play to energize conservatives.last_img read more