The South Sandwich Islands lie between lats. 56° 18′ S. and 59° 28′ S., and between longs. 26° 14′ W., and 28° 11′ W. There are eleven islands, of which ten form a curved chain stretching north and south while the eleventh, Leskov Island, lies to the west of the group near its northern end. The group is the only typical volcanic island arc in the Antarctic region and forms the easternmost section of the Scotia Arc; to the east it is bounded by the associated deep South Sandwich Trench.
One of the pipes to be used for the Trans Mountain expansion project (Credit: Trans Mountain) The Trans Mountain Expansion Project has cleared a major legal hurdle with the Supreme Court of Canada upholding an earlier decision made in its favour by the Federal Court of Appeal.The Canadian apex court declined to hear the various legal challenges made by certain indigenous groups against the federal government’s re-approval of the pipeline expansion project.In February, the appeals court dismissed four legal challenges put up by Coldwater Indian Band, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Squamish Nation, and others. The allegations made in the challenges were that the Canadian government did not fulfill its obligation of consulting with them ahead of the re-approval of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.The Federal Court of Appeal, earlier this month, concluded that there was no legal basis for overturning the government’s decision. The litigants subsequently took the option to appeal against the appeals court’s judgment in the Supreme Court of Canada.Trans Mountain president and CEO Ian Anderson said: “We are pleased that the scope of the Federal Court of Appeal’s Decision was upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada. After many years of consultation, reviews and approvals, we will continue to move forward and build the Expansion Project in respect of communities and for the benefit of Canadians.”The project proponent said that construction on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project is in progress in British Columbia and Alberta.What is the Trans Mountain Expansion ProjectThe Trans Mountain Expansion Project has been taken up to increase the capacity of the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline from 300,000 barrel of oil per day (bpd) to 890,000 bpd.The project calls for the twinning of the 1,150km-long Trans Mountain Pipeline between the two Canadian provinces. The CAD7.4bn ($5.52bn) expansion project and the original pipeline system are owned by the Canadian government.For a long time, the pipeline expansion project has been opposed by various environmental groups. The Raincoast Conservation Foundation, which is one of them, claimed that the project will increase tanker traffic and will carry a great risk of an oil spill in British Columbian waters, besides threatening the existence of the Southern Resident killer whale population.Raincoast Conservation Foundation senior scientist Paul Paquet said: “We are disappointed but understand that while the law and justice are ideally connected, they are not always the same. The decision exposes gaps in how the law is applied that leave vulnerable endangered species susceptible to exploitation and abuse, intended or otherwise.” Canada’s top court declined to hear the legal challenges made by certain indigenous groups against the federal government’s re-approval of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project
Home » News » Marketing » Meet Mike Cleary, the agent founding a ‘local’ alternative to Rightmove previous nextMarketingMeet Mike Cleary, the agent founding a ‘local’ alternative to RightmoveIt’s an idea no one’s thought of before – build a Rightmove challenger from the grassroots up, area by area. Would you support it?Nigel Lewis13th January 20216 Comments4,692 Views 53-year-old Mike Cleary is not your usual property portal chief. He still runs his own business, nine-branch Midlands estate agency Sheldon Bosley Knight, which is one of the region’s leading independent firms with offices in Worcestershire and Warwickshire, and doesn’t have a background in tech.But if Cleary’s plans for his soon-to-launch portal – called We Are The Market – come to fruition then Rightmove and Zoopla may soon have a powerful competitor with deep roots in local agent communities.Rightmove may also rue the day it made a mess of the initial pandemic price discount offer – as We Are The Market was thought up by agents who had gathered under the #SayNoToRightmove umbrella.Clearey says it will be a portal built by agents for agents initially in Coventry and Warwickshire (and later Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire) and launched without the consumer razzamatazz or huge tech investment of other portals.“We can make it a success by working together as agents and collectively creating a better, more local and less expensive alternative to Rightmove,” says Cleary.The planHis plan is relatively simple. Build a property portal just for independent agents that taps into their loyalty, enthusiasm, local contacts and staff to create a ‘local’ portal in each area it operates within, all for £150 a month.“We’re not going to launch in areas willy nilly or just because one agent wants to sign up – we will only make it a success in an area once we have achieved the necessary density of independents.Although it hasn’t launched yet, the enterprise has 35 agents and 50 branches signed up which, along with money raised to start up the business, means it will break even at launch in mid-February.But agents can be forgiven for being sceptical – there are at least six ‘challenger portals’ already in existence. So, what makes We Are the Market different?Ambassadors“The real value is that the agents’ staff will be ambassadors for the portal and register applicants on it and also add our logo to their For Sale boards, both of which has never happened before,” he says.Also, we will offer house hunters a stripped down, easy-to-use property portal not clogged up by advertising and calculators.“We are also going to be intensely local and have pages where agents can offer the best businesses, charities and organisations in their area a place to advertise or promote their activities.“Everyone says it is these aspects of the portal that make it an absolute player.”Cleary says his portal will have enough properties to attract house hunters because in most towns and areas independent agents hold between 85% and 100% of the stock.“That does leave out the online agents, nationals, corporates and house builders but that’s fine because the bulk of the houses in most areas aren’t sold by them,” says Cleary.“So far we have the required density in the areas where we will launch – and many of the agents I’ve talked to who haven’t joined say they will once we launch.”Find out more.local portal Mike Clearey We Are The Market January 13, 2021Nigel Lewis6 commentsKelvin Francis, Kelvin Francis Ltd. Kelvin Francis Ltd. 14th January 2021 at 11:31 amExcellent idea, the vast majority of buyers are looking only in the immediate area, so national coverage (and the cost involved in subscribing for it) is unnecessary.Log in to ReplyMike Cleary, Sheldon Bosley Knight/ wearethemarket Sheldon Bosley Knight/ wearethemarket 18th January 2021 at 9:47 amHi KelvinThank you for your comments and you are right. We seem to be stepping into adjacent counties and will continue to do so. Current portals have become obsessed with their shareholders. We will be the same but the difference is all of ours will be the quality Independent agents in the communities we serve. We will all own wearethemarket.co.uk.Log in to ReplyRobert May, Rummage4 Rummage4 13th January 2021 at 10:35 amIndividual agent sites, that collaborate at individual activity centre level (3 agents is enough for an activity centre so some large villages) town, area or property type niche all the way up to a national or global aggregator is now possible with the generation 5 technology that has been developed.The best bit about #PSP technology is that it allows agents to cost where their engagement is coming from.I have been recording engaged sessions on 49,000 properties across various platforms for the past 3 months. it is interesting that an average branch of agency who spends 74% of its marketing budget on Rightmove was rewarded with 73% of it engaged traffic coming from Rightmove, 21% was generated by the CRM system and measured social media activity, 3% from another portal it uses and 4% from its own website. When the time of engagement is compared to the cost Rightmove fares exceptionally well against the other portal and the agents’ site. That said, what is notable, Rightmove manages to charge £10 per engaged minute more that it would if it had proper competition. Both the digital strategy and the technology has moved on from the original regional agents’ systems pioneered 12 years ago by Radar.Log in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 13th January 2021 at 8:45 amGreat local initiative by Mike. I think this could be the way forward to break the RM monopolyDivide (the areas LOL) and conquer!All power to you Mike#saynotorightmoveLog in to ReplyAdam McHenry, Cadman Homes Cadman Homes 13th January 2021 at 8:52 amTo be fair CW Homes was an early version of this in Coventry and Warwickshire but never took off – I really hope that now that tech has moved on that this can work!Log in to ReplyMike Cleary, Sheldon Bosley Knight/ wearethemarket Sheldon Bosley Knight/ wearethemarket 18th January 2021 at 9:50 amHi AdamGood to talk to you the other day. The tech is now the easy bit. The hard bit (initially) was getting the Independent agents to believe that there is an alternative. Our model with ownership, ambassadors, looking locally and brand awareness with Boards means that we are a viable player. My inbox has some brilliant agents wanting to be a part of this message. Bring it [email protected] in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? 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fresh! naturally organic has launched a range of ‘credit crunch munch’ slimline sandwiches to tempt more consumers to go green.Ryan Varga-Clark, responsible for marketing, said they were an alternative to the brand’s more substantial filled sandwiches and should appeal to those cost-conscious shoppers who were not usually tempted to buy organic food. “Not everyone wants to spend £3 on lunch every day.” He added: “Some people just want plain ham and don’t want varied flavours. It’s the same organic ingredients, but using simpler fillings in bread that is 20% thinner.”The 11-strong ‘skinny’ range includes varieties such as cheddar & tomato and veggie sausage, and is priced from £1.65 to £2.45; the egg mayo is £1.65 compared with the standard £2.10 version.The brand has also given its packaging a face-lift to help customers choose the right sandwich. Its packaging is lime green with a daisy logo and ‘fresh! skyline’ cutting into the sandwich window to draw more attention to the pack and filling. Dark green packaging is used for ‘flavour of the month’ and orange packaging marks out wheat-free sandwich varieties.The fresh! naturally organic range includes sandwiches, salads and yoghurt pots, with plans for a new range of quiches and pies to be launched in the spring.
Starting tonight at 9 PM, Lettuce’s killer set from Lockn’ Festival will be broadcast on Qello Concerts for free. Simultaneously, Let Us Play, the official Lettuce documentary, will be available with a subscription to Qello, the world’s largest collection of full-length concerts and music documentaries.The 45-minute film, directed by Human Being Media and produced by Live for Live Music, merges footage from live sets, recording sessions, interviews, and candid scenes from the road. Filmed over a six-month period, the footage chronicles the mechanics of improvisation and the artistry behind making a funk record. Viewers will get an in-depth diagnosis of the band, who they are as artists, how they work together and use their ridiculous expertise to come up with some of the funkiest music around.You can watch Qello on Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast and more (click here for a full list of devises). Qello has thousands for shows spanning 10 decades and every genre. Click here to begin your free seven-day trial.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the Los Angeles Times:With the nation’s electricity production shifting to cleaner sources of power, U.S. coal consumption is declining. But here’s a problem: As major coal-mining companies watch their sales diminish domestically, they are struggling to find export markets in which they can continue to do business.And what have we really gained if coal that the U.S. doesn’t use just gets shipped to other countries for them to burn?That’s the question that needs to be answered as officials consider a proposal to build a new coal port in Oakland as part of the conversion of a decommissioned Army base. There are a lot of problems with the proposal, which we’ll get to, but just from an environmental standpoint, it is a bad idea.The proposal arises from the redevelopment of the decommissioned, 330-acre Oakland Army Base at the foot of the Bay Bridge. The California Capital and Investment Group, with which the city of Oakland contracted in 2012, proposed to build a 30-acre Oakland Bulk and Oversize Terminal to handle alfalfa, grain, potash, wind turbine parts and other products. Chief Executive Phil Tagami wrote in a December 2013 newsletter that the developers’ plans did not include “the pursuit of coal-related operations at the former Oakland Army Base.”Yet reports surfaced in early 2015 that coal was indeed part of the mix, which the developers had kept secret to avoid public opposition. How much coal? Estimates run as high as 10 million tons a year, which is about five times the combined volume of the state’s other coal docks in Long Beach, Stockton and Richmond. The coal could end up being shipped via open-top rail cars, a practice that, without mitigation (such as spraying the load with a chemical sealant), can spread more than 600 pounds of coal dust per rail car over the course of a 400-mile trip. Coal dust, which causes black lung disease among miners, contains lead, mercury and other elements that can be toxic even in light concentrations, and is linked to heart and respiratory diseases.The coal would come from mines in Utah, where four counties and the state government have concocted a scheme to take $53 million in federal mine lease-fees — money meant to support infrastructure and other public projects in communities affected by mining on public lands — and invest it in the Oakland port project. The goal is to provide a link to foreign markets for the Utah coal. Note that with the exception of port jobs in Oakland — which would exist no matter what products were to be shipped — the only thing California gains from this project is an environmental headache.The port developers say they will use covered rail cars and covered facilities in Oakland, but environmentalists are right to be skeptical given the lack of transparency so far, and the fact that open-top rail cars are the industry standard. The most likely path is through the Donner Pass north of Lake Tahoe to Sacramento, across the Central Valley to the port in West Oakland, where the overwhelmingly low-income residents already suffer from elevated cases of asthma and other pollution-related ailments.That’s just the kind of information that should be included in the project’s environmental impact report, but because coal was supposedly not being considered when the report was done, that impact was not assessed.That’s absurd. The city of Oakland should order a supplemental environmental report and, if the deleterious effects of the project are as bad as expected, the city should pull the plug.This is a project that would harm the local environment — and the global environment as well. If we need to wean the world from coal, why would Oakland build a dock to export it?Full item: If coal is too dirty for the U.S., why would Oakland build a dock to export it to Asia? Editorial: A Shady Utah-California Coal-Export Scheme
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Albuquerque Business First:A massive wind farm is another step closer to powering eastern New Mexico.Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy broke ground on the Sagamore Wind Project — a 522-megawatt wind farm across 100,000 acres — in Roosevelt County on Monday, the company said in a news release. The nearly $900 million project will power close to 194,000 typical homes annually, employ 400 workers during the build-out and create 20 to 30 full-time positions. The wind farm is expected to be in operation by the second half of 2020, according to a release.“This is a historic investment for Roosevelt County, but its benefits reach far beyond,” David Hudson, president of Xcel Energy – New Mexico, Texas, said in a statement. “We’ll see a significant economic boost to the New Mexico economy through increased jobs, royalty payments to landowners and more revenue for county and school budgets. And for the next 25 years, Xcel Energy customers in both New Mexico and Texas will benefit from lower fuel costs, since our fuel source is the free and abundant wind of eastern New Mexico.”North Dakota-based Wanzek Construction will be the builder on the project, which will use 240 turbines from Denmark-based Vestas Wind Systems.In May 2017, Xcel announced it would invest $1.5 billion in New Mexico and Texas over the next three years to support long-term growth in the area, with the bulk of the money going to new substations and transmission lines, according to previous Business First reporting. Xcel spent nearly $500 million with its vendors in New Mexico and Texas in 2017.[Ron Davis]More: Xcel breaks ground on massive NM wind farm Xcel begins construction of 522MW wind farm in New Mexico
The day the world changed: January 9, 2007. Those that work at a credit union may think back ten years to remember what was happening in the financial services world at the start of 2007. Was this the date when the first large bank collapsed? Was it the passage of new key financial legislation? Something going on with interest rates? None of those things align to that particular date – although it’s important to note that all of those were important trends that were happening around the same time.January 9, 2007 was the day that Steve Jobs announced the original iPhone.In an infamous product launch speech, Steve Jobs said that Apple Computer was announcing three revolutionary new products on that day. First, it was launching a widescreen iPod with touch controls. Second, Apple was also launching a breakthrough mobile phone – and there was a ton of cheering in the room for the phone. And finally, it was launching a breakthrough internet communicator. Again, everyone cheered ecstatically. Masterfully, Jobs then teased the audience about how these three ‘different’ products could be combined, and ended with the brilliant punchline that these three products were actually just one single device. This legendary example of Jobs’ showmanship can be seen in this video.But nobody – not even Steve Jobs – could have predicted the impact that this trifecta device would have. Furthermore, most people would not have guessed that the third product – the ‘internet communicator’ – would end up being the most transformative part of the device. But it did. Now – ten years later – the iPhone is not really used as much of a phone. And while important, the ability to play music or videos is a secondary benefit to the iPhone. Its killer app is that it is a powerful mini supercomputer that you can fit in your purse or pants (and, well, it also happens to make phone calls). And when you combine the power of the internet with the convenience of accessing the sum of all human knowledge in the palm of your hand, that is going to continue be a big deal. Is this the understatement of the year?With access to a smartphone, Credit Union members now practically have an entire branch of a Credit Union in their pocket too. With check depositing capability, the ability to check balances and transfer money, the consumer’s need to step into a branch is a fraction of what it used to be. That is about as disruptive as it comes.But looking back over the last ten years, there is another critical undercurrent too that needs to be noted.With the financial collapse (also starting in 2007), consumers’ distrust of the banking industry skyrocketed. Consumers no longer trusted the ‘experts’ at credit unions to tell them what to do or how to bank. Consumers and members wanted to be empowered to make their own informed decisions around personal finance. While it is true that information on the internet existed before the iPhone, the convenience and ubiquity of the device itself – the ability to check out snippets of information while on the go – meant that you were also only a few finger taps from getting the information you need at any time. As a consumer, you no longer would dare walk into a situation without having at least some information. Now, you can easily pull out your phone on the way to the Credit Union (or the doctor’s office, car mechanic, or department store) and research your options, see feedback from others, and become informed and empowered, before talking to any expert. Why would you approach any decision without being informed?Today’s consumer now expects to ‘know before you go’ in almost any situation. Your members are using their phones to research information and advice on personal finance. Are you providing them what they need?Now – let’s jump to Fall 2017. There are tons of rumors about the new iPhone that is coming, and at the time of this writing, some of this is pure frenzy and speculation. But it is clear that one feature – peer-to-peer payments as part of the update to the phone’s operating system – seems a safe bet to actually launch. Peer-to-peer payments from Apple will again change the game. Yes – there are other peer-to-peer solutions out there. And online bill pay certainly can be used for personal transactions in a similar peer-to-peer way. But given Apple’s market penetration, and often elegant execution of user experience, this is going to be different. The most important feature of the iPhone – its convenience and ubiquity – will make the Apple peer-to-peer solution something truly impactful. The use of cash has been declining for years, but this will be at least one of the final ‘nails in the cash coffin.’ Online sites like Craigslist will be rid of one of the most vexing parts of buying goods from another person – getting cash for a secured transaction. Parents will also be able to pay their children’s allowance with the tap of two phones. Restaurants will no longer need to split since groups can easily settle up between themselves. Electronic payments are now truly liquid.So get ready. Peer-to-peer payments could rival the credit card as far as changing your Members’ spending habits. The next wave of innovation is about to happen. Learn more about how credit unions can optimize their mobile strategy to reach target consumer segments by downloading our white paper. 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Steve Rice Steve Rice is Executive Vice President of Financial Education at EverFi, the nation’s leader in Financial Education. He is based in Washington DC and has a career in technology, … Web: everfi.com Details
If you’re a country music fan, you might recall the 1995 Tim McGraw hit “I like It, I Love It.” The repeated refrain goes on to say “… but I like it, I love it, I want some more of it.” How does this apply to your brand? In many ways.If your consumers like your brand, that’s a good thing. For a start. If consumers like your brand, there’s a pretty good chance they might come back again.If your consumers love your brand, that’s even better. But you’re just getting the engine started. If consumers love your brand, there’s a pretty good chance they will not only come back to you again but also choose you over your many competitors.If your consumers want some more of your brand, you’ve struck branding gold. If consumers want some more of your brand, they’re much more likely to be thoroughly dedicated to it, saturated with its messages and prone to spreading the good word about it to their friends and family. This is the pinnacle for which your brand should aspire. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Sagaponack man who admitted to torching a $34 million oceanfront mansion on Dune Road in Bridgehampton last year will spend a year in a psychiatric facility after reaching a plea deal.David Osiecki pleaded guilty to arson Tuesday before Judge Fernando Comacho at Suffolk County Court. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors said the 65-year-old arsonist will undergo a psychiatric evaluation and a year’s probation in an inpatient psychiatric facility.“The victim of the arson is amenable to this disposition,” District Attorney Thomas Spota said. “If and when the defendant completes his psychiatric hospitalization, he will then serve five more years of probation with mental health conditions.”Authorities said that in April 2014 Osiecki torched a 1,600-square-foot mansion with seven bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms reportedly belonging to a fellow developer.If Osiecki violates probation during his year in a residential psychiatric facility, the court can potentially sentence Osiecki to up to 15 years in prison.