Analyses of size at sexual maturity were undertaken on samples of Patagonian toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) caught in the commercial fishery within Subarea 48.3. The results for 1996 indicate that Lm50 occurs at 78.5 cm total length for male and 98.2 cm for female fish. In 1997 the results for male fish were essentially the same. For female fish there is evidence that in 1997 a significant proportion, 25 to 43%, of sexually mature fish were not coming into spawning condition. This introduces a bias leading to the overestimation Lm50 of calculated by conventional methods. Further analysis allowing for this bias indicates that Lm50 for female fish in 1997 was no different to that for 1996. The implications of this phenomenon are discussed.
Foxtons is to buy up more competitors in order to drive growth within the troubled estate agency after three recent acquisitions have proved successful.The company has seen declining revenues and profits since early 2018, culminating in its first ever yearly loss during 2019.But its latest trading statement reveals that the sales recovery in London following the first lockdown means it now has funds spare to buy up smaller competitors, as well as £3 million available to buy back its own publicly-listed shares.This follows a £22 million cash raise from investors during the worst months of the first Covid lockdown to help it survive the downturn.Buying spreeFoxtons says it has fared better than expected and will now spend some of the spare investor cash on buying up competitors.This will be on top of the £4.6 million it has already spent buying Stone Properties in March plus last month the lettings book of another rival, Aston Rowe. A third unspecified lettings book has also been bought.“The results we have seen from these initial acquisitions are encouraging and have reinforced our belief that they present an attractive method of growing the business, improving profitability and delivering strong financial returns,” the company says.“We have a good pipeline of additional, similar opportunities, and expect to make further investments in the next 12 months, striking a balance between executing at pace and ensuring the integration of the acquired businesses goes smoothly.”Industry commentator Anthony Codling (pictured) of Twindig says: “The announcement of the share buyback programme is either inspired or foolhardy, and we hope it’s the former rather than the latter.”Twindig Anthony Codling Foxtons December 14, 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 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 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Foxtons to spend ‘millions more’ buying up competitors in London previous nextAgencies & PeopleFoxtons to spend ‘millions more’ buying up competitors in LondonThe troubled estate agency says its business did better during Covid housing market than expected, and has cash to burn.Nigel Lewis14th December 202001,129 Views
The Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences atthe University of Houston is accepting applications for a ResearchAssistant Professor position, available immediately. The departmentis nationally and internationally recognized for research in drugdiscovery and development, experimental therapeutics, andpharmaceutical sciences. The research team within the departmentincludes experts in medicinal chemistry, analytical chemistry, drugdiscovery and development, cancer biology, preclinical and clinicalpharmacology, toxicology, and pharmaceutical sciences.The University of Houston, with one of the most diverse studentbodies in the nation, seeks to recruit and retain a diversecommunity of scholars. The candidate is expected to develop adynamic and innovative research program, garner peer-reviewedfunding, and publish papers in high impact peer-reviewed journalsduring his or her probationary period.The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons withdisabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the Universityprohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexualorientation, gender identity or gender expression.Qualifications :PhD in chemistry, medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, chemicalbiology, molecular biology, cancer biology or related field with 3+years of postdoctoral or industrial research experience;Significant experience with protein-ligand interactions,conformational and structural analysis, virtual screening,compounds design, synthesis, purification, and characterization bychemical and biophysical methods; excellent publication record,strong organizational and excellent communication skills forassisting and collaborating with molecular biologist,pharmacologist, and pharmaceutical scientist in a dynamic,multi-disciplinary team.Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required for afaculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of finalcandidate. All positions at the University of Houston are securitysensitive and will require a criminal history check.
A spokeswoman for Downing Street said, “There is still significant scope for sensible savings across local government to be made by back office consolidation, disposing of surplus property and joining up our local public services; we will be discussing with Oxfordshire how this can be taken forward to help protect frontline services.”Nonetheless, there are now widespread questions over how far the PM comprehends the extent of the cuts his government has mandated. John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor, joked, “I’m backing David Cameron on this one. He is absolutely right that his chancellor’s cuts to local government are seriously damaging our communities and have to be opposed. I welcome the Prime Minister as another Tory MP joining our campaign against George Osborne’s cuts.”Cameron’s subsequent offer of a meeting with his Downing Street policy unit has led to Labour council leaders around the country inundating the PM with requests for the same treatment and serious accusations of an abuse of ministerial privileges, favouring his own constituency’s local council.Local Oxfordshire figures have joined in criticisms of Cameron’s apparent lack of understanding about Oxfordshire Council’s difficulties, which includes his own Witney constituency. Leader of the Liberal Democrats at Oxfordshire Council, Richard Webber, commented, “It is staggering that the Prime Minister knows so little of the impact of his government’s cuts in his own backyard”.Meanwhile, leader of Oxford City Council Bob Price, told Cherwell, “It is particularly surprising that an Oxfordshire MP who gets regular briefing from his fellow County Tories should have put his name to such a dismissive and insouciant letter.”Labour Councillor Liz Brighouse went so far as to suggest that the PM was relying on dubious information from civil servants, to the detriment of those affected by local cuts, commenting, “Our budget is being spent on the most vulnerable people. But Mr Cameron has not bothered to speak to anyone here and has just relied on his people in Whitehall to tell him what is going on.”Among some Oxford students, this news has been met with similar derision. The Oxford University Labour Club told Cherwell, “David Cameron’s letter to the Conservative leader of Oxfordshire County Council shows just how out of touch he is with the delivery of public services both in Oxford and across the country. Unfortunately, in Oxfordshire, cuts have had a harmful impact on many frontline services, such as the provision of social care and community projects.“What I can say is that these letters are part of an ongoing discussion with government about how we can protect frontline services while doing our bit in Oxfordshire to tackle the national budget deficit – a government policy that I support. To do this, we are having to make some very difficult decisions, which is why we are consulting the public on all the options.”Neither Hudspeth nor the Oxford University Conservative Association responded to Cherwell’s request for comment. David Cameron faces charges of hypocrisy after he wrote to the leader of Oxfordshire County Council, Mr Ian Hudspeth, protesting about cuts being made to frontline public services.The letter, written in September but leaked to the Oxford Mail in the last few days, expressed disappointment about council plans to cut funding for services such as libraries and elderly day centres, suggesting back-office savings and shared service solutions should be investigated instead.Mr Hudspeth replied with a six-page document rebutting each of the points made, pointing out how extensive cuts had already been made in these areas and arguing that, given budget constraints, the council was left with little choice.In his letter, the Prime Minister wrote, “I was disappointed at the long list of suggestions floated to make significant cuts to frontline services. I would have hoped that Oxfordshire would instead be following the best practice of Conservative councils from across the country in making back-office savings and protecting the frontline.”In his reply, Mr Hudspeth pointed out, “Our significant savings over recent years have included taking out as much from the back-office as possible”, and claimed, “Our revenue support grant funding has fallen by almost 50 per cent in the first half of this decade…Other funding streams have not kept pace with this, particularly in real terms.”Mr Hudspeth, a representative of the Conservatives since 1999, also questioned the factual accuracy in parts of Cameron’s letter. In response to the PM’s description of the cuts to government grants for Oxfordshire as a “slight fall”, Mr Hudspeth wrote, “I cannot accept your description of a drop in funding of £72m or 37 per cent as a ‘slight fall’.”In another part of the letter, referring to Cameron’s comment that, “Your briefing note suggested that £204m had been taken out of the budget since 2010”, Mr Hudspeth appears to state that the PM misunderstood the statistics, writing, “I cannot emphasise enough that £204m is not a cumulative figure…cumulative savings since 2010/11 are in fact £626m.”
STOP Stealing Our Wealth, Opportunity And Security!Freedom, IN – Since 1970’s Bank Secrecy Act, banks must report large financial transactions to federal agents. Since then, the reporting requirements have gotten tougher, more expansive, and secretive. For example, the “Suspicious Activity Report” invokes a gag order, and nullifies the already-lowered dollar limit such that any financial activity at all may be secretly monitored by federal agents.Some might think increasing secrecy, power and spying is good; that it keeps us safe.But voters make decisions on information that is increasingly missing or proven false. It’s foolish to believe that politicians we claim we don’t trust are honest with us when it comes to programs that actually fund their cronyism; like “civil asset forfeiture” programs.While few know it, police forces now take more money and property from USA citizens by “civil asset forfeiture” (as opposed to “criminal asset forfeiture,” which requires a conviction) than do all other criminals, combined.This “forfeiture” at gun point doesn’t require charges of any crime, or any warrant. Increasingly, this is done with foreknowledge of money movement provided by devices like the “Electronic Recovery and Access to Data” or ERAD (as in eradicate?) machine, which uses data harvest initially intended to fight drug trade and terrorism, but is in practice irrelevant to either, and is allowed to fund police departments.This is armed highway robbery. This “policing for profit” must be stopped, not expanded.But just this week, US House Rep. Larry Bucshon touted his support of, among other anti-constitutional bills, H.R. 5607, the Enhancing Treasury’s Anti-Terror Tools Act.ETATTA did not go through regular order, and was rushed to the floor under suspension of the rules. No amendments were considered, debate was limited, and, as usual, few representatives actually read the bill before voting on it.This carelessness is apparent in the practical force of the law proposed – that in violation of the USA Constitution’s Article I Section I, Article II Section I, Article III Section I, and Amendment IV, bureaucrats in executive agencies are granted even more power to write rules, judge their efficacy and infractions, and at least recommend, and ultimately execute, new actions as already imposed upon Americans as by the ERAD device, without warrant, probably cause, or conviction of any crime. Furthermore, ETATTA expands the role of the Treasury’s power of spying and enforcement to non-monetary assets – essentially encompassing all property.Politicians have blurred the lines between good-guy and bad-guy, dividing us by class and race, imprisoning a higher percentage of citizens than any other nation, and making us less secure and prosperous to boot.In other words, government has become what it’s supposed to protect us from.I have a plan to restore respect for the badge and restore faith in all our important institutions. It’s an already well-respected plan to not only police the police and govern government, but also to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.Liberty or Bust!Andrew HorningLibertarian for 8th District US House of RepresentativesFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
A second and third Dear Jerry tribute concert, following the success of last year’s festivities at Merriweather Post Pavilion, have been announced in both Washington D.C. and Fairfax, VA on October 14th and 15th, respectively. Dear Jerry: Let’s Play 2 will feature an array of musicians with a completely separate performance each night, honoring late Grateful Dead leader and guitarist Jerry Garcia.On Oct. 14th at DAR Constitution Hall, a lineup of Warren Haynes, John Medeski, Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson, Don Was and Raymond Weber will feature music mainly from the Jerry Garcia Band catalog. The following night at EagleBank Arena is being billed as “This Is 30!”, acting as a re-creation of a JGB concert from October 1986. Performers for that evening include The Avett Brothers, along with Warren Haynes once again.Tickets for both Dear Jerry: Let’s Play 2 performances go on sale Thursday, September 1st at 10am EST at this link.[via Jambase]JERRY UNCOVERED: EXPLORING JERRY GARCIA THROUGH THE JGB SONGBOOKWarren HaynesAlison KraussJamey JohnsonJohn MedeskiDon WasRaymond WeberMore To Be Announced THIS IS 30!: A FULL PERFORMANCE OF A CLASSIC JERRY GARCIA BAND SHOW FROM OCTOBER 1986 & MOREThe Avett BrothersWarren HaynesSpecial Guests To Be Announced
You wouldn’t know by the spirited discussion in crowded Starr Auditorium that it was a late Friday morning in January, the period between academic semesters, a time when students traditionally leave the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) campus to visit family and friends.The students who chose to remain in Cambridge over the winter break to squeeze in another course prior to the start of the spring semester were focused on what Gary Orren, V.O. Key Jr. Professor of Politics and Leadership, argued was “one of the most important 15 minutes in U.S. history most Americans know nothing about.”Orren was referring to Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain’s inspirational “sermon” given to approximately 120 mutinous soldiers from the 20th Maine regiment moments before heading into the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.As Orren explained, Chamberlain’s speech had a significant impact on the battle, and was a case study of persuasion worthy of emulation by students enrolled in his January-term (J-term) course, “Persuasion: The Science and Art of Effective Influence.” Orren’s course was one of 16 J-term courses offered at HKS, all of which gave students a unique opportunity to earn an additional course credit in just two weeks.“The J-term also offers much more time and space to accommodate every type of experiential and conventional learning — extended role-play simulations, classroom exercises, small group breakouts, videos, and lecture/discussions,” said Orren. “The J-term is ideal for a course like mine where students are developing and honing practical professional skills, breaking old habits, and experimenting with and acquiring new ones.”All HKS J-term courses met five days a week; most began at 8 or 9 a.m. and continued until 5 or 6 each night.“It’s pretty intense, but the great thing about it is that you can really dive into something and do it on a focused basis. During the regular term you have the distraction of having to juggle four different classes at the same time with all the assignments and readings. But here you really get to zero in, so I kind of like that,” said Dorothy Tuma, M.C./M.P.A. ’14.Echoing her comments was Caleb Phillips, M.P.P. ’15, who described it as a “much more immersive, engaging experience.”“I didn’t expect the workload and the pace,” said Jiaoli Chen, M.C./M.P.A. ’14.“It takes a lot of time for preparation; there is a lot of classroom discussion, and a lot of homework. Overall I think it’s quite effective.”This year’s J-term course list included “Leadership for a Livable City,” taught by David Gergen, public service professor of public leadership; “Inclusive Security” with Swanee Hunt, Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy; and “Advance Workshop in Multiparty Negotiation and Conflict Resolution” with Brian Mandell, senior lecturer in public policy.Most of the courses met on campus, but a few, such as “Community Recovery: Rebuilding Disaster-Damaged Communities in Chile,” taught by Doug Ahlers, submerged students in fieldwork. In previous years classes have traveled to New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina, and to Chile following 2010’s devastating 8.8-magnitude earthquake to help residents rebuild their communities.“We call it an immersive learning experience,” said Ahlers, a senior fellow at the Belfer Center and adjunct lecturer in public policy. “We’re taking classroom-learned skills and applying them in a real-world setting where time is short, the stakes are high, and real people are counting on us. In situations like these, I’ve found that Kennedy School students always rise to the occasion.”While Chamberlain had 15 minutes to practice the principles of persuasion, the students in Orren’s course had two weeks to try to master them.“I think J-term is good for some particular courses which can really develop your skill set within a short time,” said Chen.“It’s the kind of learning that sticks,” added Orren.
There is nothing more frustrating than planting a vegetable garden and not producing a substantial crop. Numerous problems can contribute to low yields, but, fortunately, most of them can be avoided.Most vegetable crops require at least 60 to 120 days from planting to producing fruits. Keep this in mind when planning your garden. When planting outdoors, it is virtually impossible to have vine-ripe tomatoes in early May because Georgia’s last frost dates come in April. Nor can you expect pumpkins in October if the vines were planted after early August.An issue that goes hand-in-hand with the time of year is the plant’s age. Young plants often don’t produce fruits from their first flowers. On squash and zucchini plants, the first flowers are often all male and won’t produce fruits. Plants also may produce sterile pollen or only male flowers during hot weather. Cold weather can also inhibit fruit production.There is nothing that can be done to avoid these particular problems other than waiting for plants to mature or temperatures to change to more optimal levels.A lack of pollinators is another problem in the vegetable garden that can lead to poor fruit-set or misshapen fruits. Flowers need to be visited several times for complete pollination. This is a very frustrating problem because it is more difficult for a homeowner to remedy. While you can start your own or rent a beehive, this is often not financially feasible and may not be allowed in your neighborhood.Home gardeners often over-fertilize with liquid fertilizers that are high in nitrogen. An abundance of nitrogen encourages plants to grow leaves, not fruit, and most people would prefer to eat a tomato rather than a leaf. To remedy this situation, wait for the nitrogen to be taken up by the plant or leached out of the soil.Before the gardening season, always take a soil test. Kits are available at your county University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office. Follow the directions for collecting the sample, return the sample bag and a list of recommendations based on the test will be returned to you.When fertilizing your vegetable garden, always follow the recommendations from your soil sample results. These results can also be targeted to help you have optimum growth in your vegetable garden.Water, both too much and too little, is one of the most common issues home gardeners run into when vegetable gardening. Too little water can create a stunted plant with few flowers and can cause the plant to drop both flowers and immature fruits. Too much water can cause roots to rot and fruits to drop. An additional problem with watering is uneven watering, which can lead to fruit drop but more commonly leads to fruit cracking and blossom end rot. Blossom end rot is more common when fruits are young. Fruit cracking is more common when fruits are ripe or very close to ripening. Both blossom end rot and fruit cracking are aesthetic problems. The fruits are still edible, just not as attractive. To keep the plant roots cooler and the moisture more even, cover the soil with at least three inches of mulch. This will help to reduce the incidence of both blossom end rot and fruit cracking.Many minor problems can affect the quantity and quality of produce from your backyard garden. The good news is that the majority of these problems are easy to remedy. For more vegetable gardening information, call your UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 or visit online at www.ugaextension.com.
A small area of drought returned to Georgia at the end of last month, following a record-setting dry July in Alma. The weather station there received only 0.44 inches for the month, much lower than the previous record of 0.77 inches set in 2006. Most of the state received less than the normal rainfall, but cooler temperatures helped lower soil moisture losses.TemperaturesIn Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 77.9 degrees F (2.3 degrees below normal); in Athens the average was 79.3 degrees (1.3 below normal); in Columbus the average was 80.3 degrees (2.2 below normal); in Macon the average was 78.9 degrees (2.9 below normal); in Savannah the average was 82.9 degrees (0.3 above normal); in Brunswick the average was 82.1 degrees (0.7 below normal); in Alma the average was 81.8 degrees (0.2 below normal); in Augusta the average was 80.4 degrees (1.3 below normal); in Albany the average was 81.7 degrees (0.7 below normal); and in Valdosta the average was 84.1 degrees (2.7 above normal). A number of temperature records were set this month. Macon was the tenth coldest July on record in 122 years of observations.Record low temperatures were set on July 17 in Atlanta, Augusta and Alma, and tied in Columbus and Macon. Previous records were surpassed by one to three degrees. Record low temperatures were also broken on July 30 in Atlanta, Columbus and Macon (by two to three degrees) and tied in Athens. A record low maximum temperature of 80 degrees was reported in Brunswick on July 12, breaking the old record of 83 degrees set in 1975.The cold conditions were associated with a high-amplitude wave pattern that brought continuing drought, forest fires and warm temperatures to the western United States, while bringing cool and dry Canadian air to the eastern half of the country.High temperature records were also tied or broken in July. Alma reported a record high of 99 degrees F and Brunswick a high of 97 degrees on July 3, equal to the observations from 2006. A record high minimum temperature of 77 degrees F was also set in Alma on July 28, breaking the old record of 76 degrees set in 2011.PrecipitationThe highest monthly total precipitation from National Weather Service reporting stations was 5.24 inches in Augusta (1.06 inches above normal) and the lowest was in Alma at 0.44 inches (4.92 inches below normal). Atlanta received 4.6 inches (0.67 below normal); Athens received 4.22 inches (0.25 below normal); Macon received 5.04 inches (0.09 above normal); Albany received 0.53 inches (4.93 below normal); Brunswick received 2.7 inches (1.38 below normal); and Valdosta received 3.84 inches (2.79 below normal).Several daily precipitation records were set in July. On July 19, Atlanta set a daily record of 2.18 inches, surpassing the old record of 2.09 inches set in 1897. On the same day, Athens received 2.81 inches, breaking the old record of 1.72 inches set in 1919. Augusta received 1.81 inches on July 25, breaking the old record of 0.64 set in 1952. The highest single-day rainfall from Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network stations was 6 inches recorded east of Savannah in Chatham County on July 22 Two other Chatham County CoCoRaHS observers nearby reported 5.25 and 4.88 inches on the same day, respectively. The highest monthly total rainfall was 12.11 inches, observed on Tybee Island in Chatham County, followed by 12.09 inches from another Tybee observer and 10.25 inches reported east of Savannah. Severe weather occurred in Georgia on eight of 31 days in the month. Wind damage was due to scattered thunderstorms associated with fronts passing through the area.Crop updateAgricultural crops were progressing across the state, but areas with less rainfall observed significant stress on crops and an increase in pests and diseases. Some delays in planting soybeans after wheat were noted in drier areas. Growth of pastures in some areas was hindered by the lack of rainfall. Drying of hay in other areas was helped by the dry conditions.August has a slightly increased chance of warmer than normal temperatures in Florida and southern Georgia and Alabama, but equal chances elsewhere. There are also equal chances for above, near or below normal rainfall. As we enter the most active period of tropical storm development, Tropical Storm Bertha has developed in the Atlantic Ocean but is expected to turn before reaching the coast. Additional storms are likely to develop this month, but their paths and intensities cannot be determined at this point.For more information, see the “Climate and Agriculture” blog at blog.extension.uga.edu/climate/. Email reports of weather and climate impacts on agriculture to [email protected]
Experience the thrill of a 5K trail race right inside the Baltimore Beltway.Head over to Baltimore, Maryland, Sept. 13, 2014, for the Grit Up & Run Outward Bound Trail Challenge 5K trail run.The Outward Bound Baltimore Campus is located just off I-70 near Security Blvd. The course includes mixed terrain with technical dirt trail, a boardwalk trail through the wetlands, and several bridges crossing over the Dead Run stream as well as some pavement.Along the course runners will be treated to “Nature Art” created by community members and a variety of wildlife in this beautiful section of the city. All levels and experience of runners are welcome. On the course runners will be serviced by two water spots and following the race, runners will have access to post race snacks, bottled water, and fruit.The post-race party will include live music and entertainment, as well as interactive games and the soon-to-be-world-famous Outward Bound climbing wall. All participants will receive Sport Tek race shirts in gender specific sizing, Sm-XXL. These performance shirts are from the Competitor line and guarantee to keep you cool and dry throughout your training for next year’s Outward Bound trail race!Proceeds from this race will go to the Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School, whose mission it is to change lives through challenge and discovery. Your registration and participation in this trail run will help us continue to achieve that goal.Registration is in the final days at $45. Official address is 1900 Eagle Drive, Leakin Park, Baltimore. Race starts at 8 a.m.