Order books emptying at record rate as world waits

first_imgOrder books emptying at record rate as world waitsOn 6 May 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Manufacturing employers report that orders are falling at their fastest ratefor four years, research by the CBI reveals. Its Quarterly Industrial Trends survey, published last week, finds thelatest decline in orders has been driven by a sharp deterioration in domesticdemand. Thirty-seven per cent of firms reported a fall, against 16 per cent whichsaw a rise. The difference between the two gives a balance of minus 21 per cent,compared with minus 9 per cent in the January survey. Total orders are expectedto continue falling sharply over the coming months. This suggests the weakness in global trading conditions that caused themanufacturing recession is spreading to the home market, where orders are nowfalling at their fastest rate since April 1999. The survey also shows a decline in manufacturers’ confidence, which canprobably be attributed in part to the war in Iraq – but this is the thirdconsecutive survey to register a fall. CBI director-general Digby Jones called for a cut in interest rates tostimulate demand. “The end of the Iraq conflict will steady nerves,” he said,”but the world’s economic problems were there before the war and they arestill there now. Manufacturers hoped domestic demand would hold up until therewas a pick-up in global trade, but that does not seem to be happening. We arenot predicting a recession, however.” www.cbi.co.uk Comments are closed. last_img read more

Carbon flux in ice–ocean–plankton systems of the Bellingshausen Sea during a period of ice retreat

first_imgMost analyses of marine microbial systems in the seasonally ice covered areas of the Southern Ocean have been based on data from the major embayment areas of the Ross and Weddell Seas. In this study data were collected at stations covering a range of regimes from full ice cover through to open water in the Bellingshausen Sea. A major feature of the production system was a rapid retreat of the ice-edge, which uncoupled the marginal ice zone from a phytoplankton bloom which remained associated with a frontal system. This bloom was maintained, and probably initiated, in an unusual environment generated by the interaction between the marginal ice zone and the front. Size-based analyses of the microbial system were derived for ice-covered, recently ice-covered and open water sites. Estimates of standing stocks and key rate processes were combined to produce a single food web network for each station. The under-ice system was one of low production and low recycling but apparently high retention. As the ice retreated the microbial systems to the north began to develop, but these were constrained by grazing pressure. The bloom in the area appeared to be sustained even though estimated losses were far higher than production, although the high sedimentation losses expected were not observed. The carbon flow networks are discussed in relation to the environmental changes and the interaction of the marginal ice zone and the frontal system appears crucial to the phytoplankton. Microzooplankton grazing is implicated as a major controlling factor. The local microbial dynamics are strongly influenced by material which was produced at an earlier time and somewhere else in the Southern Ocean.last_img read more

OnTheMarket – it’s finally here!

first_imgOnTheMarket.com, the much anticipated new property portal from Agents’ Mutual, finally launched on Monday, going live with simple, fast and state-of-the-art website that adapts seamlessly to fit the screen of any device being used to view it.Designed to disrupt the portal business and break the ‘duopoloy’ held by Rightmove and Zoopla, OnTheMarket, the new industry-owned portal, which only features properties marketed by high street agents but not those with an online-only presence, is causing quite a stir in the property market, with various arguments and legal threats already being made.OnTheMarket.com will aim to challenge the duopoly for the portal top spot while giving estate agents the opportunity to regain control of their online advertising costs.Ian Springett (left), Chief Executive of OnTheMarket.com, said, “We are proud to present OnTheMarket.com as a much-needed competitor in the online property search market. We have launched an outstanding website using the latest technologies which presents properties in the best possible light for consumers and avoids unnecessary clutter.”The new portal, solely owned by the agents that list on the website, with around 4,600 estate agency offices already signed up, has had a dramatic early impact on the market with its ‘one other portal’ rule requiring their member agents to stop advertising on either Rightmove or Zoopla.Various agents have announced in recent weeks that they will stop listing properties with Rightmove, but it is Zoopla that has been most affected by the new OnTheMarket website, with a larger share of agents opting to cancel their subscriptions to Zoopla, in accordance with OnTheMarket.com’s strategy.Springett, in a press conference last week, said that OnTheMarket “want to keep growing” and get to the “number two position” in the portals market “as quickly as possible” and at the expense of Zoopla.Many of the agents will be advertising their new-to-market properties exclusively at OnTheMarket.com for at least 48 hours in advance of displaying them anywhere else. The combination of substantial development funding contributed by its member agents and the committed fees revenue they will pay from launch will enable OnTheMarket.com to run a very heavy advertising campaign on national TV, in the press and online.Click here to see OnTheMarket.com’s first TV advert – http://bit.ly/1EL68PT“Our multi-million pound advertising and marketing budget is in place,” said Springett. “We will run commercials on prime-time TV, full page adverts in the national press and have plenty of online marketing. This campaign will attract consumers to the website as a ‘must view’ destination with a unique set of listings.”OnTheMarket.com believes that the exclusive early listings will appeal especially to the most serious property-seekers who want to gain an edge over other buyers or tenants.Michael Fiddes, Head of Agency at Strutt& Parker, said, “OnTheMarket.com offers something new and exciting – and anything that offers consumers more choice and flexibility has got to be a good thing. The lay-out of OnTheMarket.com is fresh, clean and uncluttered – without lots of confusing and surplus information and distracting third party adverts. It does what it says on the tin, allowing property hunters to find the home of their dreams more easily.”Graham Wilson, Managing Director of DDM Residential which has branches in Grimsby, Barton, Scunthorpe, Brigg and Gainsborough, commented, “I was one of the first to sign up to OnTheMarket.com when it was first mooted back in 2013. We’ve been paying around £60,000 a year to Rightmove and I’d rather invest those costs into frontline staff.”Paul Jarman, Head of Western Region Residential at Savills, said: “We believe that OnTheMarket.com will soon become the only portal where consumers are able to search for all the properties from the country’s leading agents.”Clive Rook, Managing Director of Rook Matthews Sayer, one of the largest agencies in the North East with 17 branches, said, “OnTheMarket.com is already the preferred website of the North-East’s leading agents. It’s clean, fresh and bang up to date and I believe more and more independent agents will quickly join and move all their properties to it.”Meanwhile, following the ongoing support shown for OnTheMarket by the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA), Adam Day (right) and Hatched, the online estate agents, have resigned from the industry trade body.Day, the Director of Hatched, has written open letter to Mark Hayward of the NAEA, stating that his decision was an inevitable one, made in light of the NAEA’s continued backing of OnTheMarket, which is refusing to list online estate agents.portal OnTheMarket property portals property search market January 27, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’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. 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Sinners, repent!

first_imgThe piazza was crawling with women. I would have felt like a kid in a candy store, had they not all been wearing habits. It was a muted rainbow of black, white, blue and brown veils waving in the wind, as the young women alternately giggled and cheered. They reminded me of the teens in clips of the first Beatles concerts, both in their giddiness and in the sense that they properly belonged in some different era. But the man inspiring their enthusiasm was not from Liverpool. He was the frail, octogenarian leader of a billion Catholics. And his fans had come not just to revel, but to repent as well, in a city which melds reveling and repentance like few others. The Wednesday morning Papal audience is usually the high point of a trip to Rome for the pilgrimtourist. But this week was different. This was Settimana Santa – Holy Week, the crescendo of the Christian calendar. Wednesday was only the beginning of a string of church services at St Peter’s. It was my fifth trip to Rome, so the wideeyed wonder that marks the firsttime visitor had eased a bit. The list of must-see sites that had governed my first visits – the Vatican museums, the Piazza di Spagna, the Forum – gave way to the aimless wandering through which Rome truly reveals herself. More than any other time of the year, Holy Week sees a mixing of holiday and pilgrimage. Men and women in clerical garb make their way through groups of university students on spring break, camerawielding tourist packs, and Clark Griswold-esque families following a tight program from the Trevi Fountain to Piazza dei Populi. Yet in the face of this relentless movement, this city conserves its secrets in shadows and quiet light. Nineteenth Century pastel buildings crowd narrow streets, with angles that even at the height of day frustrate the sun. The calmness is never totally overcome. Whether holiday or pilgrimage, I can never come through Rome without a visit to the Spanish steps. From the top of the steps, one can see the dome of St Peter’s and the white marble heights of the monument to Vittorio Emmanuele, the father of the modern Italian state. After a moment reflecting on the skyline, I stroll down to the Cappuccin Church, known for the macabre display of centuries-old monastic bones in its crypt. In it, skeletons in monastic robes stand watch over the inscription ‘What you are, we once were, and what we are, you too will be’. The guitars are just out of earshot. Of Rome’s many layers, faith would seem to have been squeezed by the tectonic shifts of politics and culture: the former with the unification of Italy and the end of the Papal States in 1870s, and the latter in an ongoing struggle between tradition and progress. This means a richness, one that lives in each step across the cobbled stones of Campo dei Fiori in the southern part of the city centre, where I spend the late afternoon. There is nothing reserved here – all is sound and movement, swirling around the ancient figure of a hooded Giordano Bruno, clutching a book in both hands. His head is bowed, toward the Vatican, but in judgement rather than reverence. His judgement is on the Vatican authorities who had him burned for his theological ‘errors’ at a stake set in that very place. Yet now it seems – with the Enlightenment perhaps vindicating his obstinacy – he should be looking up and gloating about history’s judgement. That such a statue stands in Rome’s centre suggests the uneasy relationship that remains between the city’s temporal and spiritual leaders. I make my way south from the city centre, keeping my map in my bag, wondering which of the city’s four hundred churches will appear before me around the next curve. After a day of wandering, following the Pope’s morning audience, I find relief from the hordes across the river to the south, in the Trastevere section of the city – so named for its location across the Tiber River, or ‘Tevere’. In the Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, lights blink on to meet the twilight. Tables spill out of restaurants along with smells that will capture not just the stomach but the soul. The Piazza is alive with a spirit very different from St Peter’s in the morning. Replete with habits of a different sort, it is more of revelling than repentance. Around the fountain at its centre, carefully coiffed young Italian men summon their charms to woo scarlet-haired goddesses. These women will catch your eye and vanish like dreams so intoxicating it hurts to wake up. While this goes on, the Church of Santa Maria rises up in the square’s southwest corner. Its face is darkened with age, and with the thick blackness of modernity that hangs in the air. The church is open late during Holy Week. Inside, in dark corners defined by clusters of flickering flame, searching souls kneel alone. Their moving lips suggest that on this night, in this place, solitude may be more complicated than it first appears. Curious passers–by wander in. Some step purposefully, as if to assert themselves. For others, steps falter for fear of violating something – some space from another time. One woman dressed for a night out makes her way up the aisle, craning her neck at the carvings on the ceiling as if in a museum. Then she slips into an empty pew. Light flickers on golden mosaics, multiplying the force of the flame. She sits quietly.ARCHIVE: 6th week TT 2004last_img read more

Senate Bill Would Limit Government Role In Reproductive Health Issues

first_imgSenate Bill Would Limit Government Role In Reproductive Health IssuesJanuary 22, 2019, Victoria RatliffTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—Two years ago, Ali Brown found herself needing emergency contraceptive services after becoming pregnant while a copper intrauterine device, or IUD, was still in place.Her regular physician was unavailable to see her for at least two weeks, so Brown turned to Planned Parenthood and received treatment within 24 hours. And without that quick treatment, she said she wouldn’t have been able to deliver a healthy son.That is why Brown was at the Statehouse Tuesday as part of a press event to support Senate Bill 589, which would grant all Hoosiers complete reproductive freedom.Ali Brown talked about her experience with Planned Parenthood when she needed medical services quickly. Photo by Carolina Puga Mendoza, TheStatehouseFile.comIt was the 46thanniversary of the historic Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion across the country. As the press event continued inside the Statehouse, anti-abortion advocates from Indiana March for Life protested outside the building.“My vision is to build an Indiana where families thrive in safe and healthy communities,” said Sen. Jean Breaux, D-Indianapolis, who authored SB 589 with the goal of helping Hoosiers like Brown get the medical services they need.Rev. Anastassia Zinke, senior minister of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Indianapolis, said that reproductive rights shouldn’t be a matter of politics. She has been asked to counsel women, men, and couples who attend her church as they made hard decisions about their reproductive health.“I have yet to meet a person who is asking his or her legislator to play this role,” Zinke said.She wants Hoosiers to make their own decisions about the reproductive health and doesn’t want them determined by legislators in Indianapolis, who do not face these issues daily.Breaux agrees.“It is my hope that we stop playing politics with our health and our lives, and instead work together to shape an Indiana where we strengthen families by protecting Hoosier rights,” she said.Tracey Wilkinson, assistant professor of pediatrics at Indiana University, said that Hoosiers should have control over whether they want certain reproductive health services or not.“Hoosiers, not politicians, should be the ones making decisions about their contraception, pregnancy, abortion, adoption, and parenting,” she said.Three bills have been filed in the current legislative session to limit abortion services, including House Bill 1430 which dictates that human life begins when a human ovum is fertilized by human sperm and Senate Bill 210 makes it legal for a health care provider to refuse abortion services if it violates their religious, moral or ethical beliefs.Breaux’s bill has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee, however, it has not been scheduled for a hearing. The anti-abortion House bills have been assigned to the Public Policy Committee and SB 210 has been assigned to the Health and Provider Services Committee. There have been no hearings scheduled on any of the bills.FOOTNOTES: Victoria Ratliff is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: IS IT TRUE?

first_imgIS IT TRUE that in todays printed Courier and Press it was reported as of last week that the City of Evansville medical expenses has surpassed $6.7 worth of unpaid medical claims for this calendar year?  …at last nights City Council meeting the Council approved $1 million to be taken from varies accounts to pay this debt down to $5.7 million dollars?  …we predict that the final figure for unpaid city employees medical bills will be much higher by December 31, 2016?IS IT TRUE we would like to publicly thank former City Councilman and Finance Chairman John Friend  CPA for sounding the alarm concerning the unpaid city employee medical bills for the last two years?  …it is common knowledge that a couple members of the area main stream media did everything to discredit Mr. Friend during his last year in office by putting seeds of doubt concerning his claim that the City of Evansville is in a major financial tail spin?  …we can’t wait to see how Mayor Winnecke and his puppet City Council members are going to address this issue?IS IT TRUE we also can’t wait to see how  City Council persons Dan Mcgann-Finance Chairmen, Missy Mosby-City Council President,  Jonathan Weaver- City Council Vice President are going to spin the news about the real facts concerning a $5.7 in unpaid City of Evansville medical bills as of two weeks agoIS IT TRUE we are extremely disappointed that City Controller Russ Lloyd Jr.-CPA over the last several years have continually to denied that the City of Evansville had any major unpaid city employee medical bills issues?  …if Mr. lloyd Jr worked in the private sector and his CEO found out that he underestimated knowingly or unknowingly) the employees medical bills owed he would had been immediately terminated?IS IT TRUE that Jack Pate is stepping down as the Publisher of the Evansville Courier and Press? ….. we wish him well in his new endeavors.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Fabulous Baker Brothers go stateside

first_imgTom and Henry Herbert, stars of Channel 4’s The Fabulous Baker Brothers, have been invited to recreate their show for the US, according to the latest reports.As reported on thisisgloucestershire.co.uk, the siblings have been invited by American television channel Discovery TV to make a US version of the show, currently in its second series in the UK.The pair, who run Hobbs House Bakery in Chipping Sodbury, are due to jet off to America this summer to make a two-part food and travelogue, starting in New Orleans.Tom Herbert said: “We will look at different food sub-cultures and what makes each area special. Henry and I will each cook something inspired by the area. In New Orleans, for instance, we’ll look at Creole culture, the music, history and food.“It’s very exciting. I keep pinching myself. If it goes well, then we’ll make more programmes.”The move comes as Paul Hollywood, judge on BBC Two’s The Great British Bake Off, revealed last month he would be taking up the same role in an American version of the show called The Great American Baking Competition, which is due to air in the US in May.last_img read more

Watch Anders Osborne And Ivan Neville Perform Together On Jam Cruise [Pro-Shot]

first_imgContinuing their steady stream of pro-shot video releases from 2016’s voyage, Jam Cruise has shared footage of Anders Osborne‘s “Aim Way High” on the ship’s pool deck with help from a fellow NOLA musician Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk). In the video, produced by TourGigs, Osborne and his band tear through the meat of the slow-burning tune from 2001’s Ash Wednesday Blues before Neville joins (at about 08:30) to add his funky keyboard chops to the mix. You can watch the performance below. You can catch Anders Osborne on the road this summer, as the artist is in the midst of an extensive tour. Check out upcoming dates here!last_img

Man charged in rhino horns, elephant ivory trafficking case

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — A man charged with conspiring to smuggle 10 tons of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horns has been extradited to the United States from Kenya. U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said Mansur Mohamed Surur arrived Monday to face the charges in Manhattan federal court. An indictment charged him with conspiring in the illegal poaching of over 35 rhinoceros and more than 100 elephants. Surur pleaded not guilty at an initial court appearance and was detained. He was arrested by Kenyan authorities in Mombasa, Kenya, last July. Two co-defendants were brought to the United States last spring to face charges. A fourth individual is a fugitive.last_img

Frozen Holiday Treats

first_imgFor those who love to prepare meals during the holidays, relieve some of the stress associated with cooking by preparing and freezing holiday treats in advance. Freezing prepared foods allows you the satisfaction of homemade meals with the convenience of store-bought ones.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has tips for those who plan to freeze prepared food.Freezing will not improve the texture, flavor or quality of food. It only acts to preserve the food’s quality. This is why you should only freeze high-quality products.After cooking the food you plan to freeze, cool it quickly to keep the food safe to eat. Place pans with casseroles and stuffing or dressing into shallow ice baths, for example, if you baked them in nonbreakable pans. Disposable foil pans are a good choice; they can then be dried off and used as the base of the dish to wrap for freezing. Stir hot gravies and some other side dishes in a bowl or pan that is also set down into an ice bath. Never leave perishable food at room temperature for more than two hours.When the food dishes are completely cooled to at least room temperature, package them for the freezer in moisture-vapor resistant materials to prevent freezer burn. Be sure all sealing areas are clean and dry and leave recommended headspace for expansion. This process is explained in detail at https://nchfp.uga.edu/how/freeze/headspace.html.Clearly label each package with the name of the food, the ingredients, the packaging date, special instructions and the amount of food. Package foods in amounts you will be able to use at one time.Freeze food as soon as it is packaged and sealed and place the food in the coldest available part of the freezer. It’s also important to research the ingredients ahead of time to see what foods do not freeze well. You can reference UGA Extension’s recommendations at www.uga.edu/nchfp/how/freeze/dont_freeze_foods.html.When the time comes to thaw out your frozen favorites there are several options available. You can remove frozen food from the freezer and immediately place it in the oven for thawing and heating. Keep in mind that the frozen food should be in a freezer-to-oven safe container. Some foods are best thawed and heated using a double boiler.Foods that are high in protein like fish, meat or eggs should be thawed in the refrigerator or microwave if they have not been cooked from the frozen state. To ensure the safety of your food, do not allow these potentially hazardous foods to stay in the temperature danger zone (40-140 degrees Fahrenheit) longer than two hours.Breads, cakes or cookies can be precooked and thawed at room temperature. Reheat all prepared foods, except nonmeat baked goods, sweets and fruits, to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit quickly (within two hours).For special instructions on preparing and freezing food, visit www.uga.edu/nchfp/publications/uga/FreezingPreparedFoods.pdf.last_img read more