Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for Antarctica

first_imgTo date, Antarctica is the only continent to have escaped the COVID-19 pandemic. This was facilitated by the continent’s isolation and low human presence, combined with the global emergence of the pandemic at the end of the Antarctic summer season and the rapid action of those national governmental operators and other actors still active on and around the continent during the early phases of the outbreak. Here, we consider the implications of the pandemic for Antarctic governance, national operator logistics, science, tourism and the fishing industry, as well as for Antarctic environmental protection. Global disruption will result in a temporary decrease in human activity in Antarctica, in turn leading to a reduction in environmental impacts for a period, but also a reduced capacity to respond to environmental incidents. Given the diversity of transmission routes and vectors, preventing the introduction of the virus will be difficult, even with stringent quarantine procedures in place, and the risks and implications of virus transmission to Antarctic wildlife are largely unknown. With control of the pandemic a major global challenge, international cooperation will be essential if Antarctica is to remain free of coronavirus.last_img read more

Sunak reveals extra £7.1 billion to boost house building…but what about stamp duty?

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Sunak reveals extra £7.1 billion to boost house building…but what about stamp duty? previous nextHousing MarketSunak reveals extra £7.1 billion to boost house building…but what about stamp duty?Chancellor reveals eye-watering debt and extra spending following pandemic, but industry wonders why he ignored industry lobbying.Nigel Lewis25th November 20201 Comment1,295 Views Agents worrying what happens to the housing market and economy when the nation emerges from the shadow of Covid will have been reassured and alarmed in equal measure by Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s speech yesterday.Billed as his 2020 spending review and financial forecast it revealed the perilous position the UK finds itself in, but also set out Sunak’s spending plans, including £7.1 billion extra for house building.The figures are unsettling, nevertheless. The economy is to contract by 11.3% this year, the greatest reduction du ring peacetime for 300 years, recovering by 5.5% next year and 6.6% in 2022. And the economy will not return to ‘normal’ until the final months of 2022, he said.The government is also borrowing eye-watering sums including an estimated £394 billion this year, or 19% of GDP, followed by £164 billion next year. During 2019 it borrowed £44 billion.97% of GDPAlthough Sunak revealed that debt will reach 97% of GDP next year, he said “the cost of inaction would have been much higher” and that unemployment in the UK remains lower than many other large EU countries, peaking at 7.5% next year.The Chancellor is hoping to spend his way out of the recession, including a £7.1 billion national home building fund on top of its existing £12 billion affordable homes programme.“Today I’ve announced a huge investment in jobs, public services and infrastructure but these figures can ring hollow – the true measure of our success is that everyone in this country has the opportunity to reach their potential,” he said.But what about stamp duty, Rishi?Neil Cobbold, CEO of Payprop: “Understandably, today’s Spending Review focused on funding for public services in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, even if the property industry had hoped that the Chancellor would use the address to provide clarity on issues such as the stamp duty holiday and proposed changes to Capital Gains Tax (CGT).“A longer period for property buyers to benefit from significant tax savings would provide the market with a welcome boost as we approach the New Year and the effects of record-breaking sales volume this summer start to wear off.”Rob Houghton, CEO of Really moving: “Thousands of homebuyers up and down the country are facing the prospect of missing out on the stamp duty holiday if their purchase doesn’t complete by 31st March.The housing market has been absolutely critical in keeping the economy moving over the last few months and there’s no doubt further challenges lie ahead, with unemployment rising and economic growth in decline.“When someone moves house it’s not just the estate agent who gets paid – it’s also the solicitor, the financial advisor, the surveyor, the removals firm and often the cleaner, the electrician, the furniture shop and so on. There’s very little else that promotes spending in such a far-reaching way.”Chancellor Rishi Sunak Government Spending Review November 25, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentJames Gibbs, Gibbs Gillespie Gibbs Gillespie 26th November 2020 at 9:09 amLots of people get paid when people move home. The first time buyer might spend £5,000 in IKEA, but on a older house it could be a £100,000. On average around £50,000. Think, electricians, plumbers, window firms, kitchens, carpets, curtains, small builders, and furniture. A healthy housing market is massively important to a vibrant economy. When the housing market stalls, recession is here. But interest rates are low, immigration is high, people working from home need better facilities. If Dishy Rishy extends the stamp duty holiday, expect the housing market to stay buoyant for 2021.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 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 2021last_img read more

Image of the Day: Safety Handling Ops of 40mm Saluting Battery

first_img View post tag: Navy Image of the Day: Safety Handling Ops of 40mm Saluting Battery View post tag: Ops These ops were conducted during a 21-gun salute evolution aboard the future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) before the ship anchored off the coast of Callao, Peru, for a scheduled port visit.America is traveling through the U.S. Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility on her maiden transit. The ship is scheduled to be commissioned Oct. 11 in San Francisco.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 03, 2014; Image: U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Lawrence Grove View post tag: handling View post tag: News by topic View post tag: 40mm View post tag: americas View post tag: safety View post tag: Batterycenter_img Chief Gunner’s Mate Anthony Russell observes safety handling operations of a 40mm saluting battery with Sailors assigned to Weapons Department. View post tag: Image of the Day View post tag: Naval September 3, 2014 Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Image of the Day: Safety Handling Ops of 40mm Saluting Battery View post tag: Saluting Share this articlelast_img read more

Gov. Holcomb Makes State University Trustee Appointments

first_imgGovernor Eric J. Holcomb announced new appointments and reappointments to the State Board of Trustees for Ivy Tech Community College and the Board of Trustees for the University of Southern Indiana.Ivy Tech State Board of TrusteesThe governor made one reappointment to the board, with a term expiring June 30, 2021:Stewart McMillan (Valparaiso), president and CEO of Task Force Tips, Inc.The governor also made two new appointments to the board, with terms to expire June 30, 2021:Kim Emmert O’Dell (Brazil), managing broker at Emmert RealtyStephanie Wade (Anderson), an attorney with the Law Office of Stephanie Wade, LLCUniversity of Southern Indiana Board of TrusteesThe governor made two reappointments to the board, with terms to expire June 30, 2022:W. Harold Calloway (Evansville), an agent with State Farm InsuranceJohn M. Dunn (Evansville), chairman and CEO of Dunn Hospitality Group The governor also made one new appointment to the board, with a term expiring June 30, 2022:Christine Keck (Evansville), director of Federal Government Affairs for Vectren Corp. By accepting this role, she has resigned her position on the Ports of Indiana Commission.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgSOUTHWEST INDIANA CHAMBER HOSTS THE 2018 LUNCH WITH THE MAYOREVANSVILLE, Ind.  – The Southwest Indiana Chamber will host the 2019 Lunch with the Mayor on October 24 at Tropicana Evansville.REPORT TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY Mayor Lloyd WinneckeLunch with the Mayor is a forum for members of the business community to hear directly from the Mayor of Evansville. Learn about the progress made during the previous year and receive updates on major projects that impact commerce and the quality of life in Evansville and the greater Southwest Indiana community.Presenting Sponsors: St. Vincent Evansville, Vectren – A Centerpoint Energy Company; Gold Sponsor: Townsquare MediaAbout Southwest Indiana ChamberSince 1915, the Southwest Indiana Chamber has been a trusted ally of the regional business community. Today we are one of the state’s largest, strongest, and most impactful nonprofit business organizations, representing a total membership of more than 1,400 businesses, organizations, and agencies. About one-third of members have invested in our organization for 10 or more years. While nearly all major employers in our region invest in the Southwest Indiana Chamber, 71% of our member businesses have 25 or fewer employees.Learn more about the Chamber, our members, and the Southwest Indiana regional business community at 318 Main St., Suite 401, Evansville, IN 47708.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgMEET KAITLIN MOORE MORLEY AT LARGE EVANSVILLE CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATEIt was a cold, rainy, windy day in Manchester, England and I was homesick for my midwestern American.  I had spent the last three years living abroad and I yearned for a group of people who spoke my language and understood me intrinsically.  I had grown up evangelical and in a fiscally conservative family which lead the Republican party to make sense to me in many ways.  In a moment of supreme homesickness I googled Republicans Abroad and was about to sign up when I noticed the $50 fee.  Yikes.As a poor college student that seemed like a lot. I noticed the Democrats Abroad charged zero dollars to join, and as a fiscally responsible woman this began my love affair with a new party.  As I attended events and listened, I began to shift my thinking and grew into a new ideology. I had found my political home.I was born in Evansville Indiana, the daughter of a banker and a nurse, as American as pumpkin pie.  I was joined a few years later by two brothers whom I would remain close to throughout my adolescence and adulthood.  My dad was adamant in teaching us a good work ethic, kindness, and to take responsibility for our actions.  My mom added a touch of spice, humor, support to everyday life.I attended FJ Reitz High School as a somewhat studious band member. As I looked toward graduation I felt a strong pull to serve as a missionary, something that had been my dream since I was a young child.  In 2003, at the age of 18, I moved to the Czech Republic and taught English as a Second Language to adult students. I developed an interest in learning other people’s languages, not simply the words, but the cultural and social meanings behind the words.  At the end of the year I was not ready to go home and began to apply to universities throughout Europe.I moved from the Czech Republic to Spain where I studied Spanish and Sociology and lived in a house with a dozen women from half a dozen different countries.  Yelling in Spanish, English, German, French and a variety of other languages was a part of daily life, and I learned to live and thrive with people of different cultures and religions.My final European stop was Manchester, England where I completed my undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Manchester.  This was post 9/11 when fear of Islam was high, I had roommates who were Muslim and women of true character, grace and faith.  It was through these women my mind grew.  I began to understand how much I can learn from people who have a different narrative and experience than me. The Czech Republic taught me to listen, Spain taught me to embrace, and England taught me to let people different from me to grow me.  After graduation I returned to the United States and was accepted at Asbury Theological Seminary for a Masters of Divinity degree.  This would fulfill another childhood dream of becoming a minister.  During my time at Asbury I was hired as a youth pastor at Newburgh United Methodist and began my career in ministry.  Since then I have served at Howell United Methodist, Hillside United Methodist and Trinity United Methodist where I am currently an associate pastor of community development.  I had the opportunity to take part in Deaconess’ Chaplain Residency Program where I learned how to minister to all people regardless of background and religious belief.  I spent several years as a chaplain at St Mary’s Medical Center.  At my core I am a chaplain, I love challenge of listening deeply to people and being present in times of crisis. Being a chaplain has taught me how to be quiet, present, self-assessing, and proactive. It was a week before graduating from seminary that I met my husband, Darren.  His work with his family company, Morley Corp (formerly Morley and Associates) moved us to Philadelphia where I met a group of Mennonites that would eventually become my church family.   In the Mennonites my theology and political beliefs met.  Our church was not so interested in what you believed but how you expressed it.  Do you care for the homeless, the immigrant, the downtrodden? Do your words and actions reflect a quiet inward faith? I found myself personally and theological challenged daily I was baptized Mennonite in the spring of 2017.  I continue to be active in the Mennonite church while serving at Trinity.The Mennonites have taught me how to be humble and develop community. These are all factors that have led me to a decision to run for office.  I joked in my twenties that I would leave the politics to people smarter than me.  As I have matured I have learned the truly great leaders are the listeners, the philosophers, the curious, the humble.  I have become determined to be the civic leader I want other people to be.  People ask me why I am running for office.  I am running because I am passionate about listening to people.  I have spent years listening to people, embracing them, learning from them and problem solving with them.  I am now ready to take these skills to a civic level and be a servant leader in this vibrant and growing city. Also, I really like budgets.Sincerely,Kaitlin Moore MorleyCandidate For At -Large Seat On The Evansville City CouncilFOOTNOTE: We ask Kaitlin to write this article in the first person and we would post it without editing.  We must admit that her article is very  informative. In the published photo are Kaitlin and her husband Darren.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Specialty crop grant program accepting applicants in Indiana

first_img Twitter Specialty crop grant program accepting applicants in Indiana AgricultureIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ WhatsApp By Tommie Lee – March 2, 2020 0 1140 WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Facebook Corn With Storm Clouds. Photo by Kim Closson. The Indiana Department of Agriculture is accepting proposals for a special grant program.The USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is designed to fund better competition for specialty crops. Those are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops. Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch says Indiana is home to a diverse agriculture industry that adds a lot to our state’s economy and society.Organizations, non-profits, trade associations, universities and others can apply through the Indiana State Department of Agriculture through March 22. Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Previous articleSouth Shore to expand bike-friendly programNext articleElkhart High School officially has a logo Tommie Leelast_img read more

Chef Shaggy Ready To Serve Second Helping Of NOLA Crawfish Festival

first_imgTo capture the throne of “NOLA Crawfish King,” you have to be the best of the best. Chris “Shaggy” Davis has earned that title, and the crown fits well on him. Davis has gone beyond throwing backyard boils to being a fixture in all the hottest New Orleans parties and around the country serving up his incredible wares. For the second year in a row, he has also put his heart and soul along with an unimaginable amount of crawfish, potatoes, and corn into his dream project, The NOLA Crawfish Festival. Combining the finest in New Orleans musicians and themes with the atmosphere of a backyard boil, he has created an atmosphere that locals and visitors can enjoy.With the second helping of the Crawfish Fest just a few short weeks away, and with the excitement building, we thought we would check in with Chris about his plans for this year, the improvements he is looking to make and, of course, the crawfish. Check out his chat with our own Rex Thomson below:Live For Live Music: So, as a chef, you must feel good when folks come back for a second helping of the magic you’re serving.Chris “Shaggy” Davis: That always feels good, yes. We are definitely very excited for round number two. We’ve upped our game. We have a new location, new artists, and a lot of food and fun on the way.L4LM: Where are you hosting the NOLA Crawfish Festival this year?CSD: We will be partying the day away at Central City BBQ in a wonderful resurgent neighborhood in New Orleans, Central City. It’s a huge space. We’re gonna have two stages, one indoor, one outdoor. We are gonna have vendors this time around. And new artists and bands. We are just all around upping our game.L4LM: How many folks can you fit in this new venue?CSD: Well, it is more than double the size of last year’s facility, so we are ready for a big crowd. We are expecting a couple thousand each day. And this year, we won’t just be selling beer, we will have several full bars for all your refreshment needs. They also have some incredible BBQ. The place is a perfect fit.L4LM: I’m sure the BBQ is good but this is the “Crawfish Festival” after all. There WILL be plenty of that on hand, right?CSD: Yeah, there will literally be tons & tons of crawfish. We plan on cooking seven or eight thousand pounds of crawfish over the three days. There may be other food there, but hot boiled crawfish will definitely be the main dish.L4LM: Now, each day ticket includes crawfish, music and beer, right?CSD: Each ticket comes with two pounds of crawfish, potatoes and corn, and one NOLA beer, just like last year. Now all the VIP packages come with more of everything. More food and drinks. The packages are really good and you won’t be hearing any complaints from anyone who comes about not getting any crawfish, I promise you that.L4LM: I read on the website that the “Super” VIPs get all access at the festival. Does that mean they can show up at six a.m. when you start cooking and sit and watch you cook?CSD: Hey, if they want to get there that early then sure. The music starts at 3pm each day and we will have plenty of crawfish ready for those who show up when the doors open.L4LM: Once again you are following the boil recipe with the music. You have put together some “One Off” super jams for each night. How do you pull these line-ups together? Do you just call folks and pull in all the favors and good karma you are always sharing?CSD: Well, I’m lucky in that I know a lot of these guys personally. And I want to keep this festival in and of New Orleans. Last year we had a lot of folks from here in town come out as well as some out-of-towners. This event is for the home town crowd as much as it is the visitors…maybe more.The super jams are me going through my head figuring out who I wanna see play with who. We switched it up a bit this year on purpose. There are different players in the All-Star jam. And I know we have some special guests coming by for that.We got Alvin Youngblood Heart and his Muscle Theory coming with special guest Luther Dickinson. Alvin and Luther are best friends and it is not often they get to play together, so that should be fun. That is one of the things I asked Alvin one night over dinner and he said “Sure!”We brought back the MVP band, “Most Valuable Players” – Jon Cleary, Nigel Hall, Raymond Weber, Tony Hall and Derwin “Big D” Perkins. That is gonna be awesome.One of the bands that people really loved last year was Neville Jacobs and they are back for sure. We’ve also got Eric Lindell…I am lucky to know them all. I asked if they would come play my festival and they all said “Heck yeah!”I’m not trying to say the “Daze Between” were boring before but now they are way better. And the best part is each day the event ends at 10pm so everyone can still go catch the late night shows.Check out Neville-Jacobs stunning version of Prince‘s “Little Red Corvette” from last year’s festival below:L4LM: Acts like Neville-Jacobs and even Good Enough For Good Times are side projects and rarities that you can only see during things like Jazz Fest. It seems like you are using your spot there in the days between to maximum effect.CSD: That was the thought process behind all of this. Ivan Neville has a band with Eric Lindell called Dragon Smoke. They only really play one gig a year in New Orleans. Now…on that same day I have booked every artist in that band for the Crawfish Festival in hopes that we could possibly get them all together for a Dragon Smoke Jam. I have hopes…HOPES…that could happen for us.And then there is the charity element. This year we’re working with Can’d Aid & Anders Osborne’s Send Me a Friend Foundation. It helps musicians who are just out of rehab and heading back out on the road to face the temptations they are gonna be running into. They try to have someone signed up in each city to be there for artists who need them.Helping this cause is really important to me. I have been sober about seven years and when Anders started this foundation I knew this was something I wanted to be a part of. And for Anders it is personal.Like so many other musicians it was hard for him to stay sober on the road. You gotta get back out there on the road to make your money. He had no choice but to head out to the bars and clubs where alcohol and more temptations can be found. Having folks in those cities he could talk to definitely helps him and others out.Partial proceeds from every ticket go directly to Can’d Aid. It’s important to me that we help those who need it.L4LM: It is impressive that people who fight that battle daily like Anders and yourself not only work in the party atmospheres but actually thrive in spite of it. I think I can speak for everyone when I say thanks for leading the way!CSD: Me…and Anders too…we wouldn’t be where we are today if we hadn’t cleaned up our act. He and I have been friends for twenty-five or twenty-six years. We’ve been shoulder to shoulder through good times and bad. The scheduling for Anders is hectic as always during Jazz Fest. He isn’t officially on the line-up but I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t pop by for a jam or two. Something to look forward to.L4LM: There are gonna be at least a few people there who have never ate a crawfish before. Got any tips for them?CSD: Take your time. Eating is a socializing occasion down here. No one is in a big hurry. Get a plate, sit down with some friends, old and new and somebody will show you the way. And this is an experience you can’t get somewhere else.You can’t go into a restaurant and order up crawfish like this. My company Nola Crawfish King thrives in the festival atmosphere. We recommend you belly up to the table & enjoy what we have to offer.  This Is New Orleans baby Our Crawfish aren’t too spicy but they have a kick. Just like our music!L4LM: Sounds like we are in for a treat! Looking forward to it. Thanks for taking the time to chat with us!CSD: No problem! See you soon, and bring your appetite!Tickets and information about the different packages available for the NOLA Crawfish Festival are available HERE.last_img read more

Gorillaz Plan To Release A New Album Next Year, Says Jamie Hewlett

first_imgMuch to the delight of fans around the world, earlier this year, Gorillaz returned to the public eye with the release of Humanz—the band’s first album since 2010. However, those left needing more Gorillaz are in for a treat, as the band’s own Jamie Hewlett recently revealed during an interview with TASCHEN that the group has plans to release another album next year.Watch Stephen Colbert’s Incredible Sit-In With Gorillaz For “Feel Good, Inc.” On The Late ShowHewlett said this of the new studio effort during the interview, “We are working on another Gorillaz album which is going to be released next year. … So we’re going straight into the next album with no break. Usually, we have a good five years break, but this time we decided to keep going.”However, it seems that the new album may deviate from what fans have come to expect. As Hewlett explained, “I’m inventing a new style for the next Gorillaz album. Damon [Albarn] started to send me demos for new songs quite early on and that’s exciting, to hear the new direction.”[Video: Damon Albarn Unofficial][H/T Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

PREMIERE: Listen To Papadosio Welcome Aqueous’ Mike Gantzer For A Slinky Take On “Utopiate”

first_imgOn February 16th and 17th, Asheville, North Carolina’s premier dynamic rock band, Papadosio, closed out the first leg of their winter 2018 tour with a two-night run at The Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For the majority of these past February dates, the band was joined by the Buffalo rockers of Aqueous, opening the door for some standout collaborations. For the final night of their run at The Sinclair, Papadosio welcomed out Aqueous guitarist Mike Gantzer for a take on the band’s older fan favorite “Utopiate”, off their 2007 debut album Magreenery, to end their set.For this rendition stellar of “Utopiate”, the band’s percussive opening section was particularly jazzy and syncopated, making for a fiery start to the tune as the ensemble expertly balanced electronic effects and tones with cascading, lyrical keys. As “Utopiate” opened up to become more light and spacious, Gantzer began teasing the iconic guitar riff from Dr. Dre’s “Xxplosive” off his hit album, 2001, as he’s been known to do with Aqueous. However, this portion dissipated as the song dramatically dropped into an initially sparse transition ahead of a triumphant build to the meat of the jam. After an extended segment with a nostalgic feel, highlights of the ending jam came via a parallel guitar and synth duet as well as a longer piano solo that led to the song’s ending.You can listen to Live For Live Music‘s premiere of Papadosio and Mike Gantzer’s take on “Utopiate” below from The Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts on February 17th below. For more information about Papadosio’s upcoming shows, you can head to their website here.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Setlist: Papadosio | The Sinclair | Cambridge, MA | 2/17/18Set 1: The Plug, Therian, Frequence, Cushion, Moon Entendre, You and Yourself> All I Knew, Snorkle, Utopiate*Encore: The Eyes Have Eyes*with Mike Gantzer (guitar, of Aqueous)last_img read more