Disaster likely to dent only the UK economy

first_imgThe US terrorist attack will have a significant short-term impact on the UKeconomy but will not lead to a full-blown recession. CIPD chief economist John Philpott believes that investment in replacingdamaged infrastructure and attempts by the US to shore up the economy in theaftermath of the disaster will prove effective. He said, “The likelihood is we will see a downturn in the short termbut over the long term there may be a pick-up in activity when some sectorsstart re-investing. Philpott believes a number of sectors will suffer job losses as a result ofthe crisis – not just the airlines but tourism and leisure as well. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Disaster likely to dent only the UK economyOn 25 Sep 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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Crenarchaea and phytoplankton coupling in sedimentary archives: Common trigger or metabolic dependence?

first_imgThe concentrations of chlorins (chlorophyll transformation products indicative of phytoplankton production) and crenarchaeol (a marker for Crenarchaea abundance) are significantly positively correlated (Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient r(s) > 0.75) in four core records from freshwater (Lake Baikal) and marine settings (Southern, Atlantic, and Arctic Oceans). This suggests a close relationship between Crenarchaea abundance and phytoplankton production. Degradation and transport mechanisms, as well as a common environmental trigger, may in part account for our observations, but these mechanisms alone cannot fully explain them. Instead our findings point to a metabolic dependence of Crenarchaea on resources released by phytoplankton, such as organic carbon or ammonium.last_img read more

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Scoreboard roundup — 10/16/19

first_img Written by October 17, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 10/16/19 Beau Lundcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PRESEASONDetroit 116, Charlotte 110San Antonio 128, Houston 114Atlanta 100, New York 96Memphis 124, Oklahoma City 119Portland 126, Utah 118 Sacramento 124, Melbourne 110L.A. Lakers 126, Golden State 93NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEColumbus 3, Dallas 2Pittsburgh 3, Colorado 2 — OTWashington 4, Toronto 3Edmonton 6, Philadelphia 3Anaheim 5, Buffalo 2San Jose 5, Carolina 2Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Hybrid lettings agency Howsy to break even 6.5 years after launching

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Hybrid lettings agency Howsy to break even 6.5 years after launching previous nextAgencies & PeopleHybrid lettings agency Howsy to break even 6.5 years after launchingFigure is revealed by CEO Calum Brannan as his company seeks a further £800,000 to get it through to profitability.Nigel Lewis26th March 20213 Comments1,114 Views Hybrid fixed-fee lettings agency Howsy says it will reach break-even within two years, some nine years after it was founded.The claim is made within its pitch document to investors on crowd funding platform Seedrs, who are being asked for some £800,000 to help fund the company. It has raised £610,000 so far with 20 days left to go.This, the company says, will be its final fund raise.It has 7,000 properties under management and CEO Calum Brannan says his company wants to make renting a property as easy as booking a hotel stay.This is the third time that Howsy has crowdfunded on Seedrs, raising £2.35 million in June last year and £700,000 in 2018 to fund its tech platform and the purchase of several competing businesses including The Happy Tenant Company and Upad.Break-evenBut despite increasing its gross margin by 30% and growing revenue by 134% during the pandemic, Brannan says the company still has two years to run until it breaks even.This will be achieved by selling additional services to renters and landlords including insurance, utilities and furniture rentals, which are vastly more profitable than the thin or no-existent margins of its property management arm.“Landlords use us because we offer a completely different experience to the high street by both saving them money and enabling them to manage everything online.”Brannan says the company’s average annual rental income from a property is now £972, up from £660 two years ago.Howsy says it is raising this funding as a bridging round to provide ‘runway’ to Series A, which it aims to complete by January 2022.This is the name typically given to a company’s first significant round of venture capital financing and is when a firm like Howsy is judged to have survived the precarious early start-up financing years.Howsy callum brannan seedrs March 26, 2021Nigel Lewis3 commentsCalum Brannan, Howsy Howsy 26th March 2021 at 12:18 pmHowsy launched in 2016 as No Agent, with no significant revenue generated until 2017. We anticipate breakeven at the end of 2022, therefore 6.5 years after launch.Howsy continues to invest in market-leading technology and growth marketing. With 3 acquisitions behind us and a fast-growing business offering a great alternative to the high street.Log in to ReplyCurran McKay, RentProfile RentProfile 26th March 2021 at 10:10 amAndrew-with the greatest of respect, setting up a PR agency is not on the same scale as building out the tech stack and online marketing necessary to build an online lettings agency.Quick maths says 7,000 landlords with an average revenue of £972 is £6.79 million. With revenue growth of 134% I’m not sure what you’re criticising here except implying Callum hasn’t used any of his own money (I imagine he has) and that it should break even faster?I sincerely hope your business hits a £1.2 million ARR in eight months but if it doesn’t I hope you’ll come back and acknowledge that execution is hard.Log in to ReplyAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 26th March 2021 at 8:51 amSpeaking as a founder of Proptech-PR a privately funded start up that launched in May 2020 during lockdown, who used my own cash, paid myself back all my start up capital about £50,000 after five months – and now have a business that makes 55.7% gross profit pre tax a month, I scratch my head why will it take nearly a decade for Howsy to ‘possibly’ break even? Maybe we should get on a call? Seperately Proptech-X my next venture is again backed by my own cash, though I have got a co-founder Matt Hughes, but that is because we are looking to generate £1.2M of revenue annually, 8-months after we launch at the end of April, and that requires a slightly larger team.Log in to ReplyWhat’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

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Adjunct-Supervisor of Student Teachers

first_imgPosition Overview:Note: Adjunct positions at UCO are part-time teaching positions.This posting is to create a pool of interested applicants fromwhich the Department may draw as sections become open at any pointin the current academic year. This posting may or may not result inthe hiring of adjuncts. Adjunct Faculty – provides a qualitylearning experience for students on a semester basis. Adjunctfaculty reports to a dean or chair and performs instruction-relatedduties and responsibilities in a timely manner and in accordancewith the mission, policies and procedures of the college. Therelationship of the adjunct faculty member to the student is one ofteacher and facilitator of learning.College/Department Overview:College of Education and Professional ServicesDepartment Specific Essential Job Functions:Responsibilities include supervision of student teachers, workingwith mentor teachers, principals, coordinator of clinicalexperiences, and the director of teacher education to providesupport for student teachers. Conducts a minimum of threesupervision visits with each student teacher assigned per semester.Guides and directs completion of all tasks. Reports studentprogress through observation, assessment, and evaluation andassists with improvements when needed. Assists with difficulties,concerns, and problems of assigned student teachers, principals andmentor teachers. Attends meetings scheduled by direct supervisor.Interacts in a collegial manner with all persons involved in thestudent teaching experience. Follows all policies, procedures, andtimelines established. Respects a diverse student and facultypopulation with the school sites served. Monitors effectiveness ofpartnership schools where students are assigned and attends toother duties as assigned. The adjunct instructor will prepare andteach the assigned class following a syllabus guideline. Theinstructor will maintain appropriate records, assign earned grades,report needed data to the department, and complete all necessarydepartment assessment information.QualificationsExperience Required:Possesses at least a master’s degree in the field specified in theposition announcement (exceptions require Academic Affairsapproval). Possesses excellent communication, problem-solving, andorganizational skills. A current certification in the State ofOklahoma and minimum of five years teaching experience withinpublic school settings is required.Experience Preferred:Prior experience in school administration or in the supervision ofteachers (principal, department chair, etc.) is preferred.Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:Professionally qualified.Will this employee supervise others?No, this employee will NOT supervise other employees.Physical Demands:Repetitive movement of hands and fingers – typing and/or writing.Frequent standing, and/or sitting. Occasional walking, stooping,kneeling or crouching. Reach with hands and arms. Visuallyidentify, observe and assess. Ability to communicate withsupervisor/students/colleagues. Regular physical attendancerequired. The physical demands and work environment characteristicsdescribed here are representative of those that must be met by anemployee to successfully perform the essential functions of thisjob. Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADArequirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals withdisabilities to perform essential functions.Special Instructions for Applicants:Please include your teaching certificate.last_img read more

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Man Arrested For Murder After Fatal Shooting On Frisse Ave

first_imgEvansville Police have arrested 51 year old RICHARD BRIAN WORLEY on multiple charges following a fatal shooting at 2008 Frisse Ave on Friday night. Officers were called to the home at 8:25pm and found the victim in the driveway. As officers tried to render medical aid, multiple shots were fired at them from the rear of the home. The officers were not injured and were able to find cover and call for assistance.After the gunfire stopped, Worley exited the home and was taken into custody without further incident. No officers fired their weapons during the incident.During the investigation, officers found several weapons in the backyard of the home. Investigators learned that Worley had been staying at the home while the victim and her family were out of town. The family returned home and the victim had just exited their vehicle when she was shot. The other members of the family were still in the vehicle and were not injured. They include the victim’s hu sband and 3 minor children.Information was gathered during the investigation that provided probable cause to arrest Worley and charge him with the following:MurderAttempted Murder – 6 counts (4 family members and 2 Police Officers)Possession of a firearm by a serious violent felonTheftCriminal ReckelssnessFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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BB’s installs training for own facilities

first_imgCafé chain BB’s Coffee & Muffins is scaling up its training facilities with the launch of a new academy in Ireland.The chain, which has 150 outlets in the UK and 20 in Ireland, has based its new Franchisee & Management Training Academy at its Irish head office, in Limerick.The academy, which accomodates 12 students at a time, has a counter and kitchen set-up, as well as classroom facilities.Participants will be able to make BB’s muffins and become skilled baristas and makers of BB’s range of sandwiches and baguettes during their two-week course. It will also train techniques for ser-ving the New Zealand Natural ice-cream and chilled drinks range.BB’s also plans to run three- day intensive courses on topics ranging from staff recruit- ment and retention to financial management.The custom-built facility will support new and existing franchisees to acquire operational and management skills, as well as brand consistency to operate BB’s cafés, said retail and brands director Michele Young.”We consider training to be of paramount importance and fundamental to the success of each business,” said Young.”Our franchise base of 150 is growing rapidly, especially as we have now introduced our UK franchising model into Ireland. We provide our new franchisees with support to ensure they are successful from the start and achieve and maintain maximum productivitylast_img read more

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Starbucks reveals five-year growth strategy

first_imgCoffee giant Starbucks yesterday outlined a major seven-stage plan for the brand, including growing the number of stores from 22,000 to 30,000 worldwide, with a particular focus on China and on tea. Over the next five years, Starbucks will aim to achieve a portfolio of 30,000 sites around the world, having just this week opened its 5,000th store in the China/Asia Pacific (CAP) region. Over the next five years Starbucks’ presence in the region is set to grow three times in size and the coffee chain’s store footprint will double to 10,000 across its 15 markets.John Culver, group president China/Asia Pacific and channel development, said: “Over half of Starbucks’ new store growth globally over the next five years will come from the CAP region, led by Japan and China. Japan was Starbucks’ first market outside North America, entered in 1996.”Today approaching 1,100 stores in Japan and will soon assume full ownership of the market. China is Starbucks’ fastest-growing global market. In the next few weeks we’ll open the 1,600th store and will have 3,400 stores there in the next five years. Shanghai has more Starbucks’ stores than any other city in the world in which we operate.“We are seeing tremendous anticipation for Starbucks’ first international Roastery as we look for potential sites in Japan and China.”Hot drinksWhile famous for its coffee, which remains a focus for the company, tea is higher on the agenda for growth. It is the second-most consumed drink after water and has a global category size of $125bn (£84bn). Starbucks envisages building its Teavana brand, including Teavana Shaken Iced Tea, Teavana Oprah Chai and Teavana hot brewed teas, which are currently served in just seven of the 66 countries in which the company has presence.Annie Young-Scrivner, president, Teavana, said “a large portion” of the category value resides in Asia, so all stores in China and Japan will next year be converted to the brand.Regarding coffee, this year Starbucks will achieve verified ethical sourcing for 99% of its coffee.Other plansStarbucks plans to grow its digital engagement following the success of its gift cards, which it claimed one in seven American adults received over Christmas. Its ‘My Starbucks Rewards’ loyalty programme is also growing well, with more than 10 million active members and nearly 50% year-on-year growth to $1.5bn in 2014.Creating new reasons to visit stores is another area of growth, including drive-thrus. The first Express format of take-away-only stores will open next quarter in New York, with four more by the year-end.Bet Guajardo, senior vice-president of global strategy, said: “Starbucks has become one of the world’s most beloved and trusted brands, and we can tell you what creates our brand strength. In a survey of all the people who consider purchasing at Starbucks because of brand appeal, they do so because: 47% love the Starbucks brand because of the connection between partners and customers; 27% say they love the way Starbucks treats its people; and 26% love the coffee.”Read the full report from the 2015 annual meeting of shareholders here.last_img read more

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The impact of plate tectonics

first_imgHelping to settle a debate over plate tectonics that has divided geologists for decades, scientists at Harvard University have moved a step closer to understanding the complex physical deformation of one of the most densely populated earthquake zones on Earth: the Tibetan Plateau.Published in the journal Earth and Planetary Sciences Letters, their paper tackles a question fundamental to how earth scientists think about the ground we live on: Is plate tectonics applicable on a continental scale?Harvard geophysicists Brendan Meade and Jack Loveless say the answer is yes. They say that on the Tibetan Plateau, where India is pressing north into the rest of Asia at a geologic sprint, the continents deform and interact in ways that can be understood using plate tectonic theory.“There has been a great debate over plate tectonics since the 1960s,” said Meade, associate professor of earth and planetary sciences. “The interactions between continents are so complex. A lot of people in the field believe that continental interactions are too complex to be explained by plate tectonic theory.”An alternative to plate tectonics — which describes how large plates of the Earth’s crust slowly move and interact — has long existed in the earth science community. Thin viscous sheet theory, as it is known, says that continental interactions are best understood as the result of continuous forces across blocks of land, rather than strain at discrete faults. Thin viscous sheet theory is born of a belief that plate tectonic theory, originally conceived of at the global scale, doesn’t adequately explain the smaller-scale motions of continents.The debate isn’t an academic one: It has important implications for earthquake preparedness.“By describing continental deformation using plate tectonic theory, we can estimate how quickly stress is building up on major faults, which will eventually be released in earthquakes,” said Loveless, a research associate in Harvard’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. “It’s this type of calculation that can have implications for seismic hazard around active faults.”To determine whether plate tectonics could be applied to continents, Meade and Loveless set out to test the premise on the world’s most active continental collision, redeploying tools ordinarily used to measure small faults to gauge massive chunks of the Earth’s surface.Using highly precise GPS data from the Tibetan Plateau, they constructed a picture of how fast and in what direction land in the area was moving over time. Geologists had previously identified at least a dozen significant faults on the Tibetan Plateau. Meade’s team mapped fine movements of the Earth’s crust along all of these faults, looking at patterns of motion and strain at those boundaries versus elsewhere across Tibet.“GPS data have allowed us to refine the global maps of tectonic plates and the interactions between them, giving a more detailed view of how the Earth’s crust deforms,” Loveless explained.How much of the strain on a block of land, the scientists wondered, can be predicted by understanding what is going on at faults? If plate tectonics is a good explanation of continental interactions, they reasoned, then the strain at the faults, at plate boundaries, should account for most of the pressure on the entire block of land.“If strain is localized mostly along major faults, then plate tectonic theory can also be used to describe the complex patterns of continental deformation,” said Meade.That’s exactly what he and Loveless found. Compiling enormous amounts of GPS data — which can measure movements down to a staggering single millimeter per year — they found evidence that the Tibetan Plateau’s geologic strain is, in fact, found overwhelmingly at its faults. The models, which display direction and speed of motion as well as quantify the complex seismological measures of strain and deformation, show that analysis at the faults is a good predictor of the behavior of the entire block.“Plate tectonics works to predict deformation of continents,” Meade said. “It gives a good earth scientist goose bumps just thinking about that.”last_img read more

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A plaque recalls aid in escaping from Nazis

first_imgA small group gathered Tuesday in Harvard Yard to mark the reinstallation of a bronze plaque honoring Harvard students from the 1930s who helped 16 refugees from Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia to flee Nazi persecution, starting a scholarship fund so they could study at the University. An earlier plaque disappeared several years ago.Led by President Larry Bacow, the group — which included Harvard administrators, faculty, a student, and a Cambridge resident — converged at the site between Boylston and Grays halls beneath a commemorative linden tree that had been given to the University by the scholarship beneficiaries, along with the original plaque.“It’s an important story to be told, and it’s especially relevant now,” said Bacow, whose parents were refugees from Europe. “We should be reminded of this event and be willing to raise a voice — like those who came before us did — for those who cannot raise a voice themselves.”Gerald Holton, Ph.D. ’48, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and professor of the history of science emeritus, said that is the exact message he took from the story, and it was one of the reasons he helped highlight the almost forgotten episode in a 2006 Harvard Magazine article.The Harvard students undertook the initiative, Holton wrote, following Kristallnacht, the night in November 1938 when the Nazis systematically attacked Jews and their property, destroying almost 200 synagogues, sacking more than 8,000 Jewish shops, and sending tens of thousands of people to concentration camps.“It was a specific example for what is possible for Harvard and Radcliffe young men and women to do with themselves and for society,” Holton said. “If you think of the huge number of problems for this nation and for this world, the work will have to be done by the young people. They have to have some emblem, some example before them for what is possible for a young person to do. This particular set of events here, in those years, is necessary to remember because it’s just about the best thing that could be expected from our students. The world is crying for leadership of the kind that was given by the students here in 1938.”Julia Huesa ’20, vice president of the Harvard Undergraduate Council, agreed that such examples provide pivotal lessons for today’s students. “Especially at a time where anti-Semitic crimes are on the rise,” she said, “it’s important to come together.”,The new plaque is embedded in the grass in front of the linden tree near where the original memorial once lay. It was commissioned by the Harvard Yard Operations office after Peter Suber, director of the Office for Scholarly Communication, noticed it was missing and reported that. Yard Operations investigated the disappearance, but reached no conclusions.The plaque reads: “To Harvard University Students — Faculty — Staff — Alumni — whose generosity fifty years ago opened doors to Student Refugees from Nazi Persecution. May this tree express in grace and beauty the abiding and heartfelt gratitude of the recipients.”Linden trees have deep roots in Germanic culture and also are a national symbol of the neighboring Czech Republic. In German folklore, the linden is known as the “tree of lovers,” and one of the most notable streets in Berlin is Unter den Linden, or “Under the Linden.” Austrian composer Franz Schubert immortalized the linden in his 1827 composition “Der Lindenbaum.”As a symbol, the tree “stands for so much memory,” Holton said.During the ceremony, Bacow read the names of the 16 refugee students who came to Harvard starting in 1939.They were: Ernst Berliner, M.A. ’41, Ph.D. ’43; Karl Deutsch, Ph.D. ’51; Regula Frankl (Davis) ’42; Kurt Hertzfeld ’41, M.B.A. ’42; Hans Imhof ’42; Rachel Kestenberg ’40; Herman Noether, M.A. ’40, Ph.D. ’43; Walter Pick, M.D. ’42; Walter Robichek ’42, M.P.A. ’44; George Rohrlich, Ph.D. ’43; Milos Safranek ’42; Herbert Sonthoff, M.A. ’42; George Springer ’42, Ph.D. ’54; Walter Stettner, Ph.D. ’44; Klemens von Klemperer, M.A. ’40, Ph.D. ’49; and Thomas Winner ’42, M.A. ’43.The student leaders who helped to bring them to Harvard were Philip Bagby ’39; Alice Burke ’39; Robert Lane ’39, Ph.D. ’50; Irving London ’39, M.D. ’43; Lucille Radlo (Gray) ’39; Robert Ridder ’41; and Abba Schwartz, LL.B. ’39.“These are the people who we remember today,” Bacow said, “and we shouldn’t forget those who could not come, and all the things which they might have done.” Related Forgotten Jewish fighters ‘Inventur’ shines light on work by German artists during and after World War II Stories of patriotism, revenge, and profound loss in Pusey Library exhibit Visions pursued through darkest shadows The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

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