RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – June 8, 2013 Previous articleCouncil eases Stranorlar Electoral Area water restrictions for Friday nightNext articleDonegal County Council hoping for significant portion of national road repair funding News Highland Google+ Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook WhatsApp News 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North One of the highlight events of Derry’s UK City of Culture celebrations is currently taking place with “The Return of Colmcille”.The large-scale outdoor event has been scripted by Frank Cottrell Boyce, the author of the Olympic opening ceremony.Last night, a curragh which left Iona last month arrived in Derry, starting the two day event, which will see music and parades across Derry, culminationg in a huge outdoor spectacle tonight.As a result, a number of road closures are in place.St Columb’s Park will be closed to the public from 5pm today. People using the park during the afternoon are asked to leave the area in good time ahead of the closure.The Peace Bridge will be closed this evening from 7.30pm to 11.30pm.Pump Street and London Street will be closed to vehicles between 8am and 6pm this evening. The rest of the city centre will be open to traffic as usual.Queens Quay will be closed from 8.15pm to 11.30pm on this evening.Foyle Embankment and Strand Road will be closed from 8.15pm to approximately 22.15pm this evening.St Columb’s Road will be closed to vehicles between 4pm and 11.45pm today, with the exception of Browning Drive residents.This evening The People’s Procession and the Showdown on the Foyle cannot be viewed from Ebrington Square or the eastern bank of the River Foyle and St Columb’s Park for reasons of audience safety and good sightlines and these areas will remain closed. The viewing areas for the public are located along Queen’s Quay and also for The Procession at Foyle Street and Strand Road.A platform for wheelchair users is located in Queen’s Quay car park. The drop off point is by the Strand Road roundabout. Anyone requiring this facility is asked to contact 02871 360886 to give your name and contact details.Foyleside and Quayside car parks will open late tonight but access will be restricted to them between 8.15pm and 11.30pm. A ‘Park and Stride’ facility is available at Fort George off the Strand Road which leaves approximately a 15-minute walk to the city centre. Google+ Pinterest Twitter Update to traffic information – “Return of Colmcille” Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire
Previous Article Next Article The English Cricket Board is the latest sporting body to appear to ignorefamily-friendly law in its treatment of players.Last week it excluded Graham Thorpe from its new central contracts, largelybecause he chose to spend the winter with his family and new-born baby, ratherthan go on tour.Under the Parental Leave regulations, which came into force on 15 December,an employee is entitled to three months’ unpaid leave to spend with their youngchildren, without having a detrimental change in contract.”I see no reason why he should not be in the team,” said SimonWilde, the Sunday Times cricket editor. “He had back problems, which heseemed to have overcome, then he opted out of the tour for family reasons. Hadhe not done so he might still be regarded as England’s best batsman.”The new central contracts are the latest bid by the beleaguered Englandcricket managers to sort out its personnel problems, highlighted by PersonnelToday (1 February).Last month Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson appeared to ignorefamily friendly law by dropping David Beckham for taking emergency time offwith his son (PT, 29 February).www.dti.gov.uk/er/parental_leave.htm Out in cold for spending winter with familyOn 7 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.
Related posts:No related photos. Psychometric tests cut B&Q’s staff turnoverOn 15 May 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. B&Q’sautomated psychometric testing system has reduced staff turnover by 10 per centsince the scheme was introduced last year. HR policy controller Rob Barnett claims that the system has improvedmonitoring of gender, race and ethnicity levels. Barnett said the psychometric testing will help the company fill 7,000 newjobs over the coming year, which will in reality involve hiring around 11,000new employees when turnover is taken into consideration. B&Q used Gallup to survey top-performing staff and assess what qualitiesmake them compatible with company culture. It then built up a questionnairedesigned to bring out these qualities in potential applicants. The system hit the headlines last month when a member of staff was employedand then sacked after failing the psychometric test. Barnett said the man, whoworked for a week before being dismissed, was sacked because his manager hadnot observed the proper procedures. The psychometric test should have been used to screen employees before theyjoin the company, not afterwards, Barnett said. There are no plans to introduce other similar schemes within the company,for example to assess employees’ promotional prospects. Barnett said, “Customer service has reported an improvement and we havebeen able to use it to provide information about ethnicity, age and gender. “There is a face-to-face interview after the test – this is justanother way of looking at applicants. “It is primarily a tool to deal with volume, and there are no plans tointroduce it to use it in internal promotions.”
Levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), such as polychlorinated biphenyls and pesticides have been determined in ambient air at Signy Island, Antarctica, over a period of 17 weeks. Mean concentrations for single polychlorinated biphenyls (0.02–17 pg/m3), for chlordanes (0.04–0.9 pg/m3), DDT compounds (0.07–0.40 pg/m3) and γ-hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH, 22 pg/m3) were comparable to those in Arctic air. However, α-HCH levels were approximately one order of magnitude lower. Compared to the Arctic, differences were also observed in the concentration ratios of α-/γ-HCH and chlordane compounds. Two possible atmospheric long-range transport episodes from South America were found by comparing 10-day back trajectories with observed concentration changes. The lower limits of determination (LOD) were mainly governed by the field blanks. They were satisfactory for the most volatile PCBs. However, many concentrations for DDT and chlordane compounds were below the LODs (range 0.1–1 pg/m3) or even the instrumental detection limit (0.01–0.03 pg/m3).
Iceberg calving and increased ice discharge from ice-shelf tributary glaciers contribute significant amounts to global sea-level rise (SLR) from the Antarctic Peninsula (AP). Owing to ongoing ice dynamical changes (collapse of buttressing ice shelves), these contributions have accelerated in recent years. As the AP is one of the fastest warming regions on Earth, further ice dynamical adjustment (increased ice discharge) is expected over the next two centuries. In this paper, the first regional SLR projection of the AP from both iceberg calving and increased ice discharge from ice-shelf tributary glaciers in response to ice-shelf collapse is presented. An ice-sheet model forced by temperature output from 13 global climate models (GCMs), in response to the high greenhouse gas emission scenario (RCP8.5), projects AP contribution to SLR of 28±1628±16 to 32±16 mm32±16 mm by 2300, partitioned approximately equally between contributions from tidewater glaciers and ice-shelf tributary glaciers. In the RCP4.5 scenario, sea-level rise projections to 2300 are dominated by tidewater glaciers (∼8–18 mm). In this cooler scenario, View the MathML source2.4±1 mm is added to global sea levels from ice-shelf tributary drainage basins as fewer ice-shelves are projected to collapse. Sea-level projections from ice-shelf tributary glaciers are dominated by drainage basins feeding George VI Ice Shelf, accounting for ∼70% of simulated SLR. Combined total ice dynamical SLR projections to 2300 from the AP vary between 11±211±2 and 32±16 mm32±16 mm sea-level equivalent (SLE), depending on the emission scenario used. These simulations suggest that omission of tidewater glaciers could lead to a substantial underestimation of the ice-sheet’s contribution to regional SLR.
A smartphone app has begun raising money on crowdfunding platform Seedrs that says it can help estate agents and mortgage lenders understand when people are planning to move home.Called Track, it is seeking to raise £250,000 and has so far raised £160,000. If successful, the raise will value the company at £2 million.The app enables home owners to manage their finances, plan their next move and understand the value of their property.“We will be able to see people’s home moving intentions and of course that is super-interesting to estate agents and lenders because we’ll be able to give them sight of when a move is imminent,” says co-founder Byron McCaughey (above, left).Also, one of the key planks of its service is to offer property valuations for free to home owners.These will be supplied by artificial intelligence based platform HousePrice.ai which says it has analysed 20 years of home sales and 100s of data sources to give valuations which, the company claims, are more accurate than Zoopla’s.Track has been founded by McCaughey and friend Henry Oakes who established the business after attending Imperial College Business School in London.After initially raising money from friends and family, they won the backing of the Europe’s leading proptech start-up specialist, London-based Pi Labs.“We want to change the way that people manage their homes in the same way Monzo has changed how people juggle their finances and Clearscore has changed how they manage their credit score,” says Byron. HousePrice.ai Byron McCaughey Track December 9, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » App launches that will tell agents when people are planning to move previous nextProptechApp launches that will tell agents when people are planning to moveConsumer-facing smartphone app offers homeowners new tool to plan and executive their home finances and moving plans.Nigel Lewis9th December 20190798 Views
View post tag: Cape Class Australian shipbuilder Austal launched the tenth Cape-class patrol boat for the Royal Australian Navy at its Henderson, Western Australia, shipyard on February 14.Future Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Cape Inscription is the the second of two follow-on Cape-class boats that will be operated by the Royal Australian Navy.The first boat, ‘Cape Fourcroy’, was rolled out in December last year and is scheduled for delivery to the navy in April 2017.The first eight vessels were ordered in 2011 and entered service with the Australian Border Force from 2013 onwards. In December 2015, Austal announced a AU$63 million contract for the construction of another two boats.Austal’s Cape-class patrol boat is a 58 metre all aluminium monohull vessel, designed to perform border protection and maritime security tasks, with a top speed of 26 knots and a range of up to 4,000 nautical miles.According to the company, the vessel is capable of undertaking 28 day patrols in (up to) sea state 4 and the ability to launch two boats simultaneously.The company also revealed enhanced maritime security and anti-mine warfare variants of the Cape at Euronaval 2016, which offer greater capability and feature mission packages that include unmanned aerial vehicle’s (UAV’s), unmanned surface vessel (USV’s) and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV’s). View post tag: Austal Share this article View post tag: Royal Australian Navy Austal launches second Cape-class patrol boat for Australian Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Austal launches second Cape-class patrol boat for Australian Navy Authorities February 14, 2017
Photo: US Navy photo of USS Abraham Lincoln in the Atlantic Ocean on January 30, 2019. View post tag: USS Abraham Lincoln Share this article View post tag: US Navy US Navy Vice Adm. Andrew “Woody” Lewis, the US 2nd Fleet (C2F) Commander, embarked the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), marking the first time the fleet has executed command and control over forces at sea.Lewis was aboard the carrier from January 31 through February 1.Under Lewis’s command, C2F will lead the Carrier Strike Group’s Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), ultimately charged with recommending certification of combat ready naval forces to deploy for maritime employment and operations around the globe.C2F’s participation in Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12’s COMPTUEX is a milestone on the new fleet’s path to initial operating capability. C2F watchstanders will learn and train with CSG-4 and U.S. Fleet Forces in order to qualify the first watchstanders for the fleet’s maritime operations center.“It is important to plug into this COMPTUEX as your fleet commander for a few reasons: building my team’s watch stander proficiency, integrating with Carrier Strike Group 4 and U.S. Fleet Forces command, and advocating for the other numbered fleet commanders during the training cycle,” said Lewis.During his visit, Lewis met with warfare commanders and CSG-4 leadership and trainers to discuss COMPTUEX progression.“COMPTUEX is by far and away the most challenging training we do,” said Lewis. “But it is so important that we challenge ourselves in a secure environment where we are able to manage risk in order to train at the highest level.”Since completing the ship’s refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) in spring of 2017, Abraham Lincoln has successfully completed a spectrum of operations, assessments and evaluations to prepare her for COMPTUEX, to include humanitarian relief efforts in the after-math of Hurricane Irma, the Board of Inspection and Survey, Tailored Ship’s Training Availability/Final Evaluation Period, Operational Test-1 for the F-35C Lightning II squadron, and material and maintenance management inspection.All of the evaluations and combat mission scenarios throughout each of the testing phases have prepared the CSG-12 team for the challenge of COMPTUEX and subsequently entering the sustainment phase, during which it could deploy at any time.As the security environment around the world’s ocean continues to be more dynamic and increasingly complex, the US 2nd Fleet represents the Navy’s dedication to security and stability in the Atlantic Ocean and around the globe. View post tag: 2nd Fleet
by Jonathan TanThe brief seemed simple enough: travel to London to view the British Museum’s Terracotta Army exhibition and see whether it lived up to the hype. Actually I had been oblivious to any hype. How popular could it be? Surely the principal reason the army is so impressive is the sheer scale of the work: over eight thousand soldiers filling vast underground caverns. Yet, in the case of the British Museum, there are fewer than twenty. Still, it turns out these few statues are enough to turn the museum into something akin to a rock concert, and the British public into screaming, knicker-throwing teenage girls. And I realise the cost of being part of this baffling phenomenon when my alarm clock sounds at 5am on a Saturday, and I’m forced to obey it.The exhibition runs from September to April, but advance tickets are already sold out until January and are likely to sell out entirely within a month. Fortunately, five hundred are released every day for purchase at the museum. It is all for one of these precious tickets that I find myself in line at eight in the morning, a full hour before the gates even open. This, it seems, is just enough commitment to warrant sixtieth place in the queue. I ask the frontrunner what time he arrived. He shrugs. “About 6.30.” Nodding sleepily, I take my place in the line, which, within minutes, extends behind me, out of sight.9am arrives and I’ve never been so glad to see it. I trudge inside to take up position in a new queue. The £10 tickets are issued in timeslots to avoid overcrowding and the earliest times sell out first. Finding myself with an hour to wait, I foolishly decide to ascertain the length of the queue. Part accountant, part harbinger-of-doom, I shuffle down the entire line, informing those that ask of their predicament. There are over eight hundred people queuing for five hundred tickets, and it’s only 9.20 am.I queue again (briefly) to actually enter the exhibition. By this point, the anticipation has me expecting the archaeological equivalent of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Instead, I find myself in the Reading Room, a reasonably large, circular area with a high, ornate ceiling. The exhibition itself is modern, with temporary stages erected, but I can see rows of old bookshelves just behind the makeshift walls. The atmosphere is a welcome relief from the chaos outside. Thanks to the timeslots, the exhibition is uncrowded, even peaceful, and there is ample time and space with which to savour the presentations. The magnificence of the history is unquestionable, but I want to view the displays for what they are, without feeling as if I’m obligated to bow in reverent awe, so I’m less than pleased by the opening chunks of information. The First Emperor ‘was unique in both life and death’ claims the British Museum which makes me wonder if it was them who started all the hype. Thankfully, most of the placards let the facts speak for themselves. This is not simply a display of ceramic figures, but an intriguing immersion into the Qin Empire. As I follow the layout, I am schooled in culture, history and architecture, before learning about the archaeological site itself. The Emperor, who viewed himself as an eternal, universal ruler, was driven to create an entire world for his afterlife out of a terrible fear of death.“He wanted to live forever!” exclaims one lady behind me.“So do we all,” replies her elderly friend dryly.It’s interesting, but it’s all foreplay. Everyone’s looking for the main exhibit.There are about twenty complete terracotta warriors and horses displayed together (the largest ever collection outside of China), and numerous security guards watching over them, presumably on edge ever since an environmental protestor managed to sneak face masks on them. Indeed, when one observer leans in too close, the tranquillity is shattered by alarms. A guard surreptitiously whispers to me that one of the ‘objects’ in the display is worth £1.5 billion (approximately the GDP of a small country such as Suriname), but refuses to say which one. I retain a healthy scepticism about his claim.The figures themselves are slightly more than life-sized, uniquely detailed, staring impassively through two thousand years of history, betraying nothing of the pain that went into their creation. It is certainly a privilege to be able to stand so close to such essential historical artefacts and I even find myself shivering- although it later transpires I’m standing on an air vent.If the exhibits answer copious questions, they also raise some more. Why may archaeologists never excavate the Emperor’s tomb itself? What mysteries lie inside? And still the question persists: why exactly is this relatively small exhibition so popular? It is fascinating and well-designed, yet the hordes of people clamouring for tickets must expect something more. Perhaps for some it is the chance of a lifetime, their only opportunity to confront such mythical heritage. If not the statues themselves, perhaps it is the idea that compels. The sheer audacity and grandeur and madness of one man. Yet as I leave the museum, I see the last remnants of the queue and, gazing at their forlorn expressions, I wonder where the madness really lies.