How isolated is Antarctica?

first_imgThe traditional view of Antarctica and the surrounding Southern Ocean as an isolated system is now being challenged by the recent discovery at the Antarctic Peninsula of adult spider crabs Hyas areneus from the North Atlantic and of larvae of subpolar marine invertebrates. These observations question whether the well described biogeographical similarities between the benthic fauna of the Antarctic Peninsula and the Magellan region of South America result from history (the two regions were once contiguous), or from a previously unrecognized low level of faunal exchange. Such exchange might be influenced by regional climate change, and also exacerbated by changes in human impact.last_img read more

First furlough scheme payments to arrive by next week

first_imgChancellor Rishi Sunak last night revealed that 140,000 companies have applied for furlough grants since the system opened for applications at 8am yesterday morning, including many of the UK’s 15,000 estate agency firms.He also revealed that companies applying for the funding should receive payment within six working days.Although thousands of estate agency staff have been said to be ‘furloughed’ it is their employers who have been funding their enforced inactivity and it is only now that companies can apply for the grants to fund this via the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.The system is expected to pay the monthly wages of over a  million staff once the grants begin to be paid out. Furloughed staff are paid 80% of their monthly salary up to £2,500.“These are a million people who, if they hadn’t been furloughed, would have been at risk of losing their job,” said Chancellor Rishi Sunak during last night’s Coronavirus press conference.But estate agency owners and directors will have to be quick off the mark. To receive the funds in time for the next payday on 30th April, applications to the furlough scheme must be submitted by tomorrow.The start of furlough scheme can’t come quick enough for many estate agencies.Just before Sunak’s announcement Adam Marshall, director general at the British Chamber of Commerce told Sky News that its research revealed 60% of UK companies have just three months’ cash reserves to keep going during the Coronavirus pandemic.Find out if your company can claim its wage costs through the furlough scheme.Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme furlough scheme Rishi Sunak Chancellor of the Exchequer April 21, 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 » COVID-19 support » First furlough scheme payments to arrive by next week previous nextCOVID-19 newsFirst furlough scheme payments to arrive by next weekChancellor Rishi Sunak revealed last night that 140,000 firms have applied to receive funds from the furlough scheme.Nigel Lewis21st April 202001,355 Viewslast_img read more

Bosma Has Deal Arranged By Casino Investor

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare “It’s quite coincidental that this one person that just happens to be so involved in this casino project, would be the one to bring the speaker on,” she said. “That certainly makes this thing smell a lot more than if it had been someone not directly involved.”The Vigo County board hired Bosma in June, a few weeks after Gibson contacted Bosma directly about providing legal services, according to a letter Bosma wrote to legislative ethics officials. He is a partner at the Indianapolis law firm of Kroger Gardis & Regas, where he leads its government practice group and specializes in municipal law.Meeting minutes show Bosma is handling the board work personally, attending monthly meetings and advising on contracts and property acquisition for a planned $32.5 million convention center project in Terre Haute. Gibson has since stepped down from the board to pursue a private hotel development in conjunction with the convention center.The Star reported neither Gibson nor Spectacle’s attorney returned messages seeking comment.The Star previously reported that Spectacle CEO Rod Ratcliff treated Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb to two private jet flights as they traveled together last year for Republican Governors Association meetings in Colorado and Arizona.The flights, valued at about $50,000 total, gave Ratcliff and his business partners hours of exclusive access to the governor. One of the flights came just a day before Ratcliff and Gibson announced in November the company’s plans to buy the two casinos in Gary.Bosma said he didn’t immediately know how much he had been paid by the board, which didn’t immediately provide the contract. Bosma Has Deal Arranged By Casino InvestorApril 19, 2019Associated Press and Indiana Lawyers Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma is doing legal work for the Vigo County Capital Improvement Board, which is among the entities supporting the bill that includes allowing a proposed Terre Haute casino, The Indianapolis Star reported.Bosma told the House ethics committee he was first contacted about the work by Terre Haute businessman Greg Gibson, an investor in Spectacle Entertainment. The company wants to move one of Gary’s two Lake Michigan casino licenses to Terre Haute and the other to a potentially more lucrative location along Interstate 80-94 in Gary.Bosma said he has followed all House rules and denies the contract has influenced his actions as a lawmaker. Bosma recused himself from voting on the bill or presiding over the House when it considers the proposal, but he confirmed he met with Spectacle officials once earlier this year and has discussed the bill with other legislators.“I’ve not advocated for or against any position on the bill,” he said. “My only advice to those who were working on the bill was that it … needed to be a stand-alone bill. And if a county was going to receive the right to have gaming, they needed to have a referendum like everyone else.”The wide-ranging bill would allow the Gary casino to move after the owner paid a $50 million state fee, while also legalizing sports wagering and moving up when two central Indiana horse track casinos could offer table games with live dealers.Julia Vaughn, policy director for the government accountability group Common Cause Indiana, said Bosma did the right thing by recusing himself. But she said his involvement behind the scenes and Gibson’s role in arranging Bosma’s contract are ethical red flags. The leader of the Indiana House is skipping votes on a major gambling-related bill after a casino owner helped arrange a local government contract with his law firm.last_img read more

Get set for sub-zero wind chills for the entire week ahead

first_img Facebook Twitter WhatsApp IndianaLocalMichiganNewsWeather (Photo supplied/ABC 57) (Maci Tetrick/ABC 57 Meteorologist) On this Sunday, Feb. 7, the wind-chill feels like temperatures in the negative teens.Double up on layers and make sure to cover as much of your skin as possible. Take breaks indoors when you start to feel too cold.Temperatures only warm to 12 degrees by Sunday afternoon, but will feel even cooler than that with wind chill. These cold temperatures are a perfect excuse to stay in and watch the big game tonight.While there are a few more flurries early this morning, especially near Lake Michigan, most of today will be cloudy but quiet.Tonight there are additional chances for a few light snow showers or flurries, but there should be little new accumulation for your Monday morning drive.Monday is slightly warmer with a high around 18.The next round of snow is Monday night into Tuesday morning – we’ll pick up 1-2” for most of Michiana, with slightly higher totals near Lake Michigan. The Tuesday morning commute could be a bit messy because of this. Unfortunately, there is still no sign of a warm up in the 10 day forecast, as daytime highs stay below normal.WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST THIS AFTERNOONWHAT…Very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as20 below zero.WHERE…Portions of northern Indiana.WHEN…From 3 AM EST /2 AM CST/ to 1 PM EST /noon CST/ Sunday.IMPACTS…The cold wind chills could cause frostbite onexposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.Your ABC 57 First Warning Neighborhood Weather Center Forecast:Today: Few AM snow showers. Cloudy and cold. High 12.Tonight: Light snow showers. Low 4.Monday: Cloudy and cold. PM snow. High 18.Tuesday: AM snow showers. Mostly cloudy. High 20. Google+ Get set for sub-zero wind chills for the entire week ahead Twitter Facebook Google+ By Jon Zimney – February 7, 2021 0 171 Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleHow to stay safe in extremely cold weatherNext articleSouth Bend, Elkhart warming centers available for those in need Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Fighting Botnets to Bitcoin with Dell Next-Generation Firewalls

first_imgIf your IT organization is worried about how to fight the botnets to bitcoins threats, you needed to be at Dell Enterprise Forum in San Jose, California.I had the opportunity to present and engage with our customers and partners at two breakout sessions: “Expand Your Portfolio with Dell Security Solutions” and “Best Practices for Combining Dell SonicWALL and Dell Networking.” The latter was a collaborative effort with Bala Pitchaikani, head of Product Management, Dell Networking. More than 1,500 people attended these sessions as well as the exhibit hall demos and hands-on tutorials.The first ‘Connected Security” session was for our channel. Every single day companies are being probed, exploited, and infected. They lack the tools to visualize and counter these threats. To combat these cyberattacks, partners can expand their offerings to sell our big iron: Dell SonicWALL Next-Generation Firewall appliances. The key functionality is the ability to ‘see’ what applications are running on the network and who is running it, regardless of port, protocol, or file size. Add bandwidth management of important business applications (Voice over IP, email, online collaboration, etc.) and the network administrator can implement policy without having to decipher cryptic protocols and configure in a trial-and-error methodology.Next up, I joined forces with my colleague, Bala Pitchaikani, advanced technical networking and security break out. We dove into how well Dell SonicWALL Next-Gen Firewalls and Dell’s Force 10 deliver interoperability for high availability deployments. These solutions will protect the enterprise against sophisticated malware, very targeted, zero-day exploits by foreign sponsored cyberattacks that utilize unlimited resources.Bala spoke initially about the strengths of Dell’s Force 10. We are blending rich capability with the marriage of Dell networking and security. Their orchestration framework is the fastest selling product for Networking at Dell.Representing Dell Security Products, I discussed how our customers and partners are faced with relentless invasion from of state sponsored attacks, botnets to mine bitcoin and ransomeware.Why do traditional firewalls fail?The epic fail that is happening in the marketplace is that organizations do not deal with security. Most firewalls do not protect you. Eighty-one percent of companies will turn off security to increase performance – access trumps security all of the time. Dell’s Next-Generation Firewalls deliver Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection (RFDPI), anti-malware, SSL Decryption, and allow you to delineate and differentiate what malware is infecting your network. Application identification and visualization illuminate what percentage of your bandwidth is being used by iTunes or training. NGFWs literally give you the control to click and implement a policy and forensics to drill down on all network activity.Poisonous attacks will continue to evolve, disrupt and steal from organizations. To learn more, here are two technical whitepapers: “Dell SonicWALL NSA E-Class and Dell Force 10 S-Series- Better Together” and “Full L2 and L7 Redundancy Solutions Using Dell SonicWALL and Force 10.” Here is a recent video highlighting Amerijet, an air cargo company, who has implemented Dell Networking and Dell SonicWALL solutions. Come back next year to Dell Enterprise Forum 2014.last_img read more

Cult Hit The Vaudevillians to Return Off-Broadway

first_imgThe Off-Broadway cult hit The Vaudevillians will return to off-Broadway’s Laurie Beechman Theater for a limited encore June 15 through 22. RuPaul’s Drag Race favorite Jinkx Monsoon will come back for the one-week run, with the musical comedy co-starring composer and musician Major Scales. Before becoming part of the hottest act ever frozen alive, Monsoon began his career as Jerick Hoffer, a theater performer who danced lead in the world’s largest drag queen chorus line. Around the country, Monsoon has torn up the stage in Spring Awakening, Rent and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Scales is the evil twin of Richard Andriessen, a musician, writer and performer based in Seattle. He has written everything from award-winning New York shows on the east coast to music for amateur adult films on the west. Watch Monsoon chat up Show People host Paul Wontorek in this fantastic interview! The Vaudevillians follows 1920s burlesque performers Kitty Witless and Dr. Dan Von Dandy, who toured speakeasies throughout the country until a tragic avalanche in Antarctica froze them alive. After being thawed by global warming, the two vow to reclaim their music after they discover that pop artists of various decades have stolen their songs and passed them off as their own, including “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and “Drop It Like It’s Hot.” View Commentslast_img read more

Ad Guru Drew Hodges on From Rent to Revolution, the Best Theater Book of 2016

first_imgBroadway advertising exec Drew Hodges has pushed Broadway artwork for over 20 years, spearheading some of the most iconic campaigns in recent memory. Finally, this year he shared some of the secrets of his success in On Broadway: From Rent to Revolution, our pick for the #1 book of 2016. This coffee table must-have from Rizzoli Publications digs into the back story on 89 theatrical smashes, flops and in-betweens starting with Rent and ending with Hamilton. Along the way, Hodges introduces you to all of the players who collaborate on shows: the stars, the producers, the writers, the photographers, the designers and all of the talents that make SpotCo, the ad agency that Hodges founded, one of the most well-respected shops around. What we especially love are all of the unused posters he shares along the way, many of which are honestly more striking than the final products. Be sure to wrap up this peek into the mind of a creative genius for the theater lover on your Christmas list! recently chatted with Hodges about the book and his career for our Building Broadway series. View Commentslast_img read more

Cannabis industry’s lobbying on track to hit a new record

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As the cannabis industry keeps growing, it’s on track to set a fresh record in its spending on lobbying Washington.After shelling out $2.7 million to influence lawmakers and regulators in 2018, the industry has disclosed outlays of at least $1.6 million in 2019’s first half, putting it on pace for a new spending record by year’s end. This year’s total at the halfway mark already slightly beats 2017’s overall figure. continue reading »center_img The outlays on lobbying come as members of Congress roll out a range of bills that would affect the industry, such as the STATES Act, which aims to protect U.S. states that have legalized marijuana, and the SAFE Banking Act, which seeks to help banks that serve cannabis companies.last_img read more

Taylor Garbage speaks out over future of services following fire

first_imgWhile we appreciate Jason Garner and Broome County’s proposed efforts to transfer recyclables for us, we have decided it is in our best interest to move forward with the proposal as there would be no cost savings.Jared Taylor, Taylor Garbage COO On Monday, Taylor Garbage said it would not being using the Broome County Landfill. (WBNG) — Taylor Garbage will not be accepting help from Broome County after a massive fire destroyed its recycling facility in early January. In a statement sent to 12 News, the company said:center_img Taylor Garbage also said it will “no longer be handling materials from municipalities (Town of Union, Village of Endicott and Johnson City)” until its new MRF is built. On Jan. 29, Broome County Executive Jason Garner announced the county will allow Taylor Garbage to use the Broome County Landfill temporarily as it worked to rebuild its facility.last_img read more

Death of missing Glen Aubrey woman ruled accidental

first_imgWeese went missing in the early morning hours of March 1. Police say her husband told them she wandered off after their car got a flat tire. Authorities say she died of hypothermia. There are no signs of trauma or sexual assault, they say. (WBNG) — The New York State Police Department tells 12 News the death of 37-year-old Casie Weese has been ruled accidental.center_img She was found March 5 in a wooded area between Route 17 East and 434 on the Broome-Tioga County line.last_img