May 9

Adaptations to hydrothermal vent life in Kiwa tyleri, a new species of yeti crab from the East Scotia Ridge, Antarctica

first_imgHydrothermal vents in the Southern Ocean are the physiologically most isolated chemosynthetic environments known. Here, we describe Kiwa tyleri sp. nov., the first species of yeti crab known from the Southern Ocean. Kiwa tyleri belongs to the family Kiwaidae and is the visually dominant macrofauna of two known vent sites situated on the northern and southern segments of the East Scotia Ridge (ESR). The species is known to depend on primary productivity by chemosynthetic bacteria and resides at the warm-eurythermal vent environment for most of its life; its short-range distribution away from vents (few metres) is physiologically constrained by the stable, cold waters of the surrounding Southern Ocean. Kiwa tylerihas been shown to present differential life history adaptations in response to this contrasting thermal environment. Morphological adaptations specific to life in warm-eurythermal waters, as found on – or in close proximity of – vent chimneys, are discussed in comparison with adaptations seen in the other two known members of the family (K. hirsuta, K. puravida), which show a preference for low temperature chemosynthetic environments.last_img read more

May 7

Radical leasehold reform programme recommended by Law Commission

first_imgAn historic and radical set of leasehold reforms has been proposed by the Law Commission, the official body that advises government on legal reform in England and Wales including proposals to dramatically reduce the costs of freehold acquisition.This focusses on ideas to help leaseholders buy their freehold more easily, part of a wider attempt by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to reform leaseholds, including a recent decision to ban the sale of leasehold houses.The Law Commission’s proposals followed a demonstration outside parliament (pictured, above) on Wednesday calling for the government to end the ‘leasehold scandal’. It was attended by several MPs including leasehold campaigner Peter Bottomley and shadow housing minister John Healey.The key elements of the Law Commission’s proposals include clearing away many of the legal and contractual complications that leaseholders face when attempting to buy a freehold; making it easier for lessees to collectively buy a freehold; and for leaseholders to more easily extend their terms.“Enfranchisement offers a route out of leasehold but the law is failing home owners: it’s complex and expensive, and leads to unnecessary conflict, costs and delay,” says Professor Nick Hopkins (pictured) of the Law Commission.But most controversially, it has also suggested that the cost of freehold acquisition should be dramatically reduced for leaseholders.Leasehold reformThe commission suggests several ways this could be included by varying the different ways the cost of ‘enfranchisement’ are calculated, the most radical of which would see the sums paid by leaseholders drop from tens of thousand to just a few by using a ground rent multiplier method.These measure are all ideas at the moment – the Law Commission will now conduct a consultation before then putting forward its final legislative proposals to government next year. July 20, 2018Nigel 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 » Radical leasehold reform programme recommended by Law Commission previous nextRegulation & LawRadical leasehold reform programme recommended by Law CommissionLeaseholders will find it easier, quicker and MUCH cheaper to acquire their property’s freehold if recommendations from the Law Commission become law.Nigel Lewis20th July 201801,916 Viewslast_img read more

May 3


first_imgSUMMARY: Provide project management for AV and client ITprojects undertaken by Information Technology to ensure projectsare conceived, designed, planned and executed effectively,efficiently and within time, budget and quality targets.Collaborate with facilities, business, technical staff and vendorsto gather and translate business requirements into technicaldefinitions to be used for implementing a solution to meet businessneeds. Effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously andprovide assistance with AV installations as required.SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: This position reports to theDirector of Engagement and Client Technologies and directlysupervises the AV Technician position and may provide guidance /supervision to students employees.ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Primary duties and responsibilitiesinclude but are not limited to the following.1. Provide project management for AV and client IT projectsundertaken by Information Technology to ensure projects areconceived, designed, planned and executed effectively, efficientlyand within time, budget and quality targets.2. Collaborate with staff from the office of Facilities andother stakeholders across the College to provide leadership fortechnology related initiatives.3. Effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously andprovide assistance with AV installations as required. Manage, trackand report on project schedules, budgets, and risks. Clarify anddocument project requirements and objectives, coordinate theefforts of project teams, acquire resources, manage third partycontractors and control project scope. Assist in the collection anddocumentation of project objectives, manage stakeholder and projectteam member expectations.4. Develop and review Statement of Work (SOW) and Build ofMaterials (BOM) specifications for each project / initiative.5. Consistently communicate project health and status tostakeholders. Escalate matters of significance; ensure that projectdocuments are complete, current and stored properly; collect,document and share project lessons learned.6. Provide leadership and guidance for the development,design, documentation and commission installations of AV technologyand systems to include AV Control, digital signal processing andwireless presentation to assure the AV technology needs of theCollege are met.7. Collaborate with the Director of Engagement and ClientTechnologies, the Provost’s office, Teaching and Learning withTechnology, and other members of the IT technology team to developa strategy for AV technology management and replenishment.8. Maintain an awareness of new and emerging AV technologies thatwould support the various teaching modalities and pedagogy,increase efficiencies and reduce costs. Implement a real timemonitoring utility that will allow proactive review of classroom AVtechnology issues.9. Ensure that the College’s AV environment meetsaccessibility, compliance and risk standards.10. Assist in preparing and maintaining budgets related toaudio-visual operational and capital project expenses.11. Define and develop Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)that focus on hardware utilization in the classrooms.12. Develop and demonstrate a multicultural awareness andcontribute to cultivating an inclusive, diverse, and respectfulCollege community. Demonstrate civil and inclusive behavior wheninteracting with staff, faculty, students and visitors to theCollege. Promote a flexible, collaborative and inclusive work andliving environment and engage in educational opportunities toincrease awareness and understanding of diversity andinclusion. QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2 yearsof project management experience with projects of various sizes andcomplexity, or the equivalent combination of education andexperience. Familiarity with industry standard project managementterms, concepts and best practices, along with strong analyticalskills, including the ability to interpret customer business needsand translate them into operational requirements. Well developedinterpersonal and communication skills and the ability toeffectively work and interact respectfully within a diverse groupof executives, managers, and subject matter experts. A diverseproject portfolio to include the familiarity with and successfulimplementation of AV projects within the higher educationenvironment is preferred.WORK ENVIRONMENT: Most of the work of the incumbent iscarried out within a generally accessible, safe, indoorenvironment. The incumbent will be required to operate a personalcomputer and associated equipment such as computer printers as wellas other office equipment used in the day-to-day office operations.Ithaca College understands our obligation to operate in accordancewith NYS Department of Health Guidance applicable to the COVID-19Public Health Emergency. This includes but is not limited tophysical distancing, use of PPE, hand hygiene, regular cleaning anddisinfecting of frequently touched and high risk areas, and dailyand/or weekly employee health screenings.Ithaca College is committed to building a diverse academiccommunity and encourages members of underrepresented groups toapply. Experience that contributes to the diversity of the collegeis appreciated.APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Interested applicants must applyonline at and attach a resume and cover letter.Questions about online applications should be directed to theOffice of Human Resources at [email protected] . Preference will be givento applicants who have current or previous Ithaca Collegeexperience.Visa sponsorship is not provided for this position.About UsAt Ithaca College, a comprehensive residential campus community of6,500 students, we strive to be at the forefront of the highereducation landscape. We offer a distinct integrative learningexperience that makes students ready for the personal,professional, and global challenges of our age.We seek candidates who embrace integrative learning and want to bea part of this exciting time in Ithaca College history. Weencourage creative collaboration and innovation in our faculty andstaff, providing support and resources for them to grow in theirfields and lead students to their own innovative ideas andachievements.We welcome different ways of thinking and look for candidates withunique points of view and life experiences. We are inclusive ofindividuals with a wide range of cultural, personal, andprofessional backgrounds, talents, and skills. Our campus is avibrant and rewarding community where diverse minds can learn,succeed, and excel.When reviewing candidates, we are looking for indicators of anumber of core competencies. Prospective candidates must beadaptable, collaborative, inclusive, respectful, responsive,results driven, and sustainable. They must communicate effectively,demonstrate leadership, exhibit professional integrity and ethics,take initiative, value personal and professional development, andshow that they will engage in the college.Nestled in the heart of New York State’s scenic Finger Lakesregion, Ithaca College sits atop South Hill overlooking picturesqueCayuga Lake and is just minutes away from the city center.Combining small town warmth and charm with the vibrancy of acollege community, the thriving and culturally diverse city ofIthaca has been rated by Kiplinger’s as one of the top 10 places tolive in the United States.To learn more about Ithaca College, visit us at http://ithaca.edulast_img read more

April 20

Press release: New Lead Non-Executive Director Appointed at the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland and the Office of the Advocate General

first_imgMs Macpherson will sit on the OSSS and OAG Joint Management Board. She is currently the interim Lead Non-Executive Director for both Offices as well as a Non-Executive Director at Futurelearn. She serves as the Chair for both the Robertson Trust and the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company.BiographyMs Macpherson has extensive experience serving on the boards of Scottish bodies including the Scottish Government, National Trust for Scotland, the Royal Conservatoire for Scotland, SCDI, ITI Scotland Limited, the University of Edinburgh, Open University, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh College of Art, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust. provide independent support, guidance and challenge on the progress and implementation of the department’s strategic direction give advice to ministers and officials on the operational and delivery implications of policy proposals Shonaig Macpherson has been appointed as Lead Non-Executive Director for the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland and the Office of the Advocate General for Scotland, to support their work in delivering for Scotland. Her appointment concludes an open, fair and transparent competition and will be undertaken for a three year period.Non-Executive Board Members are senior figures from outside government, appointed to provide external challenge to government departments. As set out in the government’s Code of Practice, Non-Executive Board Members should be appointed directly by the Secretary of State and are not civil servants. Their role is to: advise on performance and monitor implementation of the department’s business planslast_img read more

January 26

Saint Mary’s program connects older, younger students in “sisterhood” bond

first_imgMany Saint Mary’s first-years approached Le Mans Green on Reveal Day Sunday afternoon to find juniors holding up signs, each brightly decorated with the name of a different first year. While Saint Mary’s may not have Greek life, the Big Belle Little Belle program enables students to foster similar bonds between students.Students gathered to celebrate the reveal of their match for the upcoming year. “We walked out of Le Mans, and all of the Big Belles had big signs with our names on them,” first year Lea Hall, a participant in the program, said. “I found my big, Abby, holding my name and as I walked up she handed me a little present. We then did a scavenger hunt and it was just a fun time.”The Big Belle Little Belle program connects juniors and first-years based on a number of factors. Committee co-chair junior Moira LeMay said in an email the club based their matching off both an event and questionnaire responses. “We had a social event that allowed the juniors and first-years to talk to each other so that everyone had a sense of knowing at least someone in the program,” LeMay said. “Then, we sent out a questionnaire to the members to further the pairing process.” While both factors weighed into matching decisions, LeMay said the committee placed a larger emphasis on the results of the social events. Following the event, everyone received a half-sheet to record their thoughts. “When it came time to put two-and-two together, we catered toward the littles’ preferences,” LeMay said. “If they didn’t have a preference, then we went with who seemed to be a good fit for what the little had answered on the questionnaire.”A social event leading up to the pairing process was a change from the previous year, LeMay said. While in the past students were matched solely off questionnaire answers, the event allowed students to get a sense of preferences prior to being paired. “This year we incorporated an event prior to Reveal Day,” LeMay said. “That way, the committee had a better sense of who would be good matches together. We also brought in catering to give the new pairs something to do besides meet and leave.” LeMay said Sunday’s reveal acted as a positive indicator for the year to come. “The committee overall was impressed with the turnout and participation from the club members,” LeMay said. “It met all expectations, and provided us a good gauge of how the year will follow.”The program’s goals for the year are to promote a relationship of reciprocal growth, LeMay said.“I look forward to seeing how these mentorships grow into friendships,” she said. “As a committee, we hope that our matches will learn from one another,” LeMay said. Hall said she looks forward to the community and sisterhood to be gained through her participation in Big Belle Little Belle. “As a freshman, even though I have sophomores, juniors and seniors in my classes, I don’t get to really focus on a friendship with people other than freshman,” Hall said. “I would have rushed for a sorority this year, but Saint Mary’s doesn’t have this opportunity because there are only girls. I love the sorority feel and closeness of the girls in this club.” Tags: Big Belle Little Belle, reveal day, Sisterhoodlast_img read more

January 18

Still Wondering Whodunit! Mystery Musical Comedy Murder For Two Extends at New World Stages

first_img Watch Blumenkrantz and Ryback play a killer mystery trivia game in our exclusive video below! Murder For Two View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 Featuring a book by Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair, music by Kinosian and lyrics by Blair, Murder For Two combines classic musical comedy with a dash of Agatha Christie. Everyone is a suspect in this house of eccentric characters (all played by Blumenkrantz), and a rookie cop posing as a detective (Blumenkrantz) must get down to the bottom the crime. Plus, both actors play the piano!center_img Murder For Two features set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Andrea Laurer, lighting design by Jason Lyons, sound design by Jill BC DuBoff and choreography by Wendy Seyb. Related Shows The case hasn’t been cracked, so get a clue and get your butt over to New World Stages! The zany musical comedy Murder For Two has been extended at the off-Broadway theater. Initially scheduled to play through March 16, the dangerously funny musical is now slated to run through July 6. Directed by Scott Schwartz, Murder For Two stars Jeff Blumenkrantz and Brett Ryback.last_img read more

January 18

Happy Opening Night, The Bridges of Madison County!

first_img Derek Klena Kelli O’Hara Show Closed This production ended its run on May 18, 2014 Wishing everyone at Bridges a magical opening night. We certainly won’t be looking at National Geographic in quite the same way ever again! Steven Pasquale Broadway Ink With four-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara as Francesca and Steven Pasquale as Robert in the foreground, the illustration also features Tony nominee Hunter Foster as Bud, Derek Klena as Michael, Caitlin Kinnunen as Caroline, Cass Morgan as Marge and Michael X. Martin as Charlie. The Bridges of Madison County Related Shows Star Files About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Romance has taken center stage at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre! In celebration of the official opening of Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman’s The Bridges of Madison County, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this portrait of the cast. View Commentslast_img read more

January 1

Vermont state workers’ union loses court case over layoffs

first_imgA Chittenden County Superior Court judge denied today a Vermont State Employees Association request for a restraining order against the Douglas Administration. The state workers’ union sought the order against the administration to stop it from laying off more than 120 state employees, approximately 100 of whom were scheduled to begin departing state government today.In a written statement, VSEA Director Jes Kraus said: “Our heart goes out to the hundred employees who are being, in our views, unnecessarily forced out the jobs that they work so hard at. VSEA will continue pursuing every option available to us in our efforts to avoid more senseless layoffs.” In any case, the administration maintains that it has the right to layoff workers, as it always has, and will go ahead with its plan to do so. It expects the action to save about $13 million through this job action in the coming fiscal year. VSEA s complaint asserted that the layoffs violate the Appropriations Act, which went into effect June 2 over Governor Douglas’ veto. The Act specifically prohibits the administration from proceeding with layoffs unless they are first submitted as part of a plan that is vetted and approved by the Legislature s Joint Fiscal Committee. However, a companion bill passed Wednesday to the Act (the state budget) somewhat changed the language of that section. Attorney General Sorrell had offered an opinion to legislative leaders suggesting the language might be unconstitutional, which is a point Governor Douglas previously had made. Also at issue is that the state budget technically does not kick in until the start of the new fiscal year July 1, calling into question whether the layoff language, right or wrong, can even be applied during the current fiscal year. Nor has the governor signed nor vetoed the companion bill.center_img In an effort to not have to file this lawsuit, VSEA did send a letter to Secretary Lunderville on Tuesday, asking the administration to rescind the RIFs, but we never heard back, said VSEA Director Kraus. That silence forced VSEA to take the action we will tomorrow (Thursday), as we believe the Legislature s veto override means the governor must now follow the law, whether he approves or not.last_img read more

January 1

Rae Ann Knopf appointed Vermont Deputy Commissioner of Education

first_imgRae Ann Knopf of St Johnsbury was confirmed as Vermont’s Deputy Commissioner of Education by the State Board of Education in a special meeting today. Knopf, who most recently served as the Assistant Director for Student Support and Safe and Healthy Schools, also serves as the department’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) coordinator.“We on the State Board of Education are excited about Rae Ann Knopf’s appointment as Deputy Commissioner,” said Board Chair Fayneese Miller. “I have had the pleasure of watching her expertly steward the department and our education partners through the complexities of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. I personally look forward to working with her and the commissioner as we continue our work on the transformation of education in Vermont. ”Rae Ann Knopf has worked nationally over the last 26 years to establish learning communities where young people can thrive and realize their true potential. She uses her experience as a school administrator, clinical director, corporate executive and organizational development specialist to lead statewide efforts to continue strengthening Vermont’s educational system by implementing tiered systems of support and intervention for academics and behavior.Prior to joining the department, she has shown a career-long commitment to students in need in a whole range of educational settings, including serving as the Executive Director, Founder and Head of Bromley Brook Secondary School for the Aspen Education Group in Cerritos, CA; as the Vice President of Private Education Operations, and as the Interim Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, of CEDU Family of Services for the Brown Schools of Boston. Prior to that, she served several years at VisionQuest National LTD in Arizona, a national organization providing treatment to adolescents with severe emotional and behavior difficulties. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Statistics from Western Michigan University, and her Master of Social Work in Social Policy and Organizational Development from the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Knopf most recently founded an academically rigorous residential secondary school in Manchester, Vermont for girls facing significant personal and emotional challenge. “The appointment of Rae Ann Knopf as the Deputy Commissioner in charge of Transformation and Innovation will greatly benefit the children of our state,” said Commissioner Vilaseca. “She has demonstrated leadership in innovative school practices prior to her arrival at the department.  Her diverse experience in the private sector and non-profit private schools brings a different perspective to this role and compliments my experience in public schools. Her work with schools has had a positive impact on students and has helped provide schools with systems that support all students reaching their potential. She is respected both within and outside of our department and I look forward to working with her and the benefits she will bring to Vermont schools. ”Knopf’s duties as the next in command under Commissioner Armando Vilaseca will include, but are not limited to, overseeing the programmatic divisions of the department, which encompass Student Support and Safe and Healthy Schools, Lifelong Learning, Standards and Assessment, Educator Quality, and Independent and Federal Programs. She will also play a critical leadership role in the department regarding the Transformation of Education effort, State Board work and advising Commissioner Vilaseca on policy matters. She will continue her role as the ARRA coordinator for the department.“These are both challenging and exciting times for education in Vermont,” says Knopf. “Challenging because the current economic realities force us to constantly reassess our priorities. Exciting because our understanding of how children learn and accessibility to global educational resources increases exponentially every year. I look forward to working with Commissioner Vilaseca, the department staff, and educators across the state to put our collective knowledge to use in helping each child in Vermont to thrive and recognize their true potential.”Knopf will begin serving as deputy commissioner on October 11. Source: Vermont Dept of Education. 10.8.2009last_img read more