Icebreakers, their construction and use

first_imgcebreakers are best defined by their primary uses: to break sea ice, to manœuvre in heavy concentrations of pack ice, and to clear channels through which other ships can pass in safety. Ice-strengthened ships, in contrast, are normally cargo transport ships strengthened for use in ice. Heavily reinforced hulls, a sloping forefoot and a ratio of horse-power to displacement of more than unity are characteristics common to both types; the icebreaker being usually distinguished by more powerful engines, higher ratio of beam to length, smaller cargo capacity and such distinctive features as heeling tanks. Icebreakers designed for use in regions other than the Arctic or Antarctic, e.g. in the Baltic or Gulf of St Lawrence, may possess one or two forward propellers, which are not found in polar icebreakers.last_img

Is Brexit driving independents to take refuge in franchised brands?

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Is Brexit driving independents to take refuge in franchised brands? previous nextAgencies & PeopleIs Brexit driving independents to take refuge in franchised brands?Increase in number of applicants and rise in branch openings at Winkworth and Century21 revealed this week.Nigel Lewis9th January 201901,283 Views Two of the UK’s best-known franchised estate agency chains have revealed significant numbers of new branches and an uptick in business activity despite the difficult sales market.The number of estate agents applying for Winkworth franchises has increased by 80% year-on-year, the company says.This jump in applications is part of an industry-wide trend for independent agents to seek safety in a branded franchise network, and comes just a day after Century 21 revealed that it opened 16 new offices around the UK last year and expects to open a further ten branches this year.Winkworth opened six offices during 2018 including  three cold starts in Banstead, Poringland and Northampton, a conversion in Fowey, a new office opened by a franchisee in Brentford and the acquisition of an existing business in Mudeford. It now has over 100 offices across England.“Despite a tough year for some businesses, our new franchising applicants reached record levels in 2018, demonstrating the strength of our brand and reputation,” says Winkworth’s CEO Domonic Agace (left).“We feel that the key to our success is not rapid growth, but ensuring we have the right people on board in the right locations to drive our business forward steadily.“We have yet to see what the year will bring for the industry, but I’m confident that we have the best people to weather any potential storm.”Century 21, which is run in the UK by the SDL Group, claims its success is down to the wide range of services available within its branches including sales, lettings, estate and block management, surveying, auctions and mortgages.Century 21 winkworth January 9, 2019Nigel 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 2021last_img

“READERS FORUM” MARCH 24, 2018

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare We hope that today’s “Readers Forum” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that the ECHO Board of Directors made a major mistake by refusing to file a report with the EPD concerning alleged financial improprieties at the agency?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]last_img

IS IT TRUE MARCH 21, 2017

first_imgIS IT TRUE the latest Evansville bout with patronage human resources policies is drawing the ire of nearly everyone in town with enough sense to see what has been proposed by our Vanderburgh County Commissioners?…firing a capable and educated young professional who chose Evansville over other opportunities in other places spits in the face of growing the young and educated part of the local workforce?…it is entirely possible that some elected officials have been indoctrinated from birth in the culture of patronage that they don’t even know it is the path to permanent mediocrity?…this action will be memorialized on future Google searches as a reason for educated professionals to avoid Evansville like a cat avoids a bath?IS IT TRUE we can’t wait to hear what the President of the Vanderburgh County Commission has to say about the firing of the current Director of Burdette Park without cause?IS IT TRUE  the State Board of Accounts audited financial statement for the City of Evansville reveals some shocking information?  …that the Post Employment benefits healthcare plan funding status as of January 1, 2015,  was zero (0) percent funded. by the City of Evansville?  ….The actuarial accrued liability for retired city employees benefits was $281,495,540 and the actuarial value of assets for this fund was zero (0) funded, resulting in an unfunded actuarial accrued liability (UAAL) of $281,495,540.?IS IT TRUE we have on good authority that today’s County Commissioners meeting should be extremely interesting?  …we been informed by Vanderburgh County Veterans Commander Mark Acker that members of the Vanderburgh County Commission are trying to force the Vanderburgh County Veterans Council to leave the Veterans Memorial Coliseum?  …Mr. Acker also alleges that he believes the Mayor would like to demolish the Veterans Memorial Coliseum because it stands in the way of his future downtown revitalization. plans?  ….Commander Acker also states  “that the Vets are fed up with the way members of County Commission have been mistreating them and have retained legal counsel to represent them ? …this a developing story?IS IT TRUE that bad news struck the West Franklin Street entertainment district Sunday afternoon when a patron of the restaurant was told “there is no tea”?…the reason given for a tea shortage was that the Tin Man Restaurant will be shutting down and the only things available for sale are whatever is on the shelf in the back?…the last day of operation was communicated from a waiter to a customer as Sunday March, 19, 2017?… The future of the Tin Man Brewery is not known at this time?…the legacy of the Tin Man started about a decade ago when someone won enough lottery money to set themselves up for life and used part of it to start among other things a brewery and a restaurant in Evansville?…with the depth of the pockets backing the Tin Man it must have been facing some insurmountable financial issues for the white flag of surrender to have been hoisted?…this business failure will most certainly cause other aspiring entrepreneurs in the Evansville entertainment market to think twice and bankers to think five times before making loans against such assets?IS IT TRUE there is about to be another startup business down at Marina Point which has seen its share of challenges to entrepreneurial success?…the list of failed entertainment venues is a long one and we hope that trend ends with the soon to be launched business?…the owner of this new business at Marina Point is the owner of K C TIMEOUT Bar located at the Washington Square Mall on Green River Road?  …we predict that KC Marine Point Bar will be a smashing success because the owner knows his stuff?IS IT TRUE a 35 year old mother from Henderson is in trouble for supplying alcohol to her own teenager and at least one other teenager?…beer and other alcohol consumption has been an accepted tradition in the Tri-State for at least a century but that does not make it legal or right?…let this Henderson mom be an example to others of how not to raise children?…terrible parenting is likely to be one of the fundamental reasons that there are places like Iceland where people are 15 times less likely to commit murder than Evansvillians are?…multiply that by eleven for St. Louis?…America had better get its act together in the parenting department or we may well be headed to attaining third world status among nations?NOTE: Todays “READERS POLL” question is: Do you feel its time for our City and County officials to start planning to demolish the Veterans Memorial Coliseum to make way for future development?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

Twiddle Teases Grateful Dead, X-Files Theme, Welcomes Horn Section At Sold Out Albany Show With Formula 5

first_imgTwiddle and Formula 5 brought a sold out dance party to the Upstate Concert Hall last night, Friday, February 26. The Capital Region’s own Formula 5 opened the evening, playing an hour long set with the hometown crowd in the palm of their hand. New member Matt Richards’ keyboard playing fit in perfectly with the band’s sound. Barely stopping between songs, the set was sandwiched at beginning and end by “Earthbound Tim”. Teases of Phish and Twiddle got the crowd going.Formula 5 will play Saratoga’s Putnam Den later this month, followed by a residency in Vermont every Wednesday of March.Twiddle brought along The Frendly Horns for the evening, with the brass section really filling out the band’s sound. They tore through “Gatsby The Great” to start the evening off, never taking their foot off the gas pedal. A brief “Shakedown Street” tease had the crowd going wild in the already impressive “Brick of Barley”. The band is locked in right now and can slip into any sort of jam at the drop of a dime. Whether it’s full on classic rock, outer space craziness, or murky funk, Twiddle is on fire at the moment. Ending the evening with The Samples’ “Did You Ever Look So Nice?” with special guest Lowell Wurster of Lucid on washboard sent everyone home with a smiling face.Twiddle continues their Plumperdump Winter Tour tonight at Irving Plaza in New York City.Setlist: Twiddle at Upstate Concert Hall 2/26/16Gatsby the Great, Honeyburste, Brick of Barley*, Polluted Beauty, Classical Gas**, Be There, Complacent Race, FrankenfooteEncore” Did You Ever Look So Nice?*”Shakedown Street” tease**”X-Files Theme” teaseWords and Photos by Bryan Lasky. Full gallery at the bottom. Load remaining imageslast_img

Cancer vaccine begins Phase I clinical trials

first_imgA cross-disciplinary team of Harvard scientists, engineers, and clinicians announced today that they have begun a Phase I clinical trial of an implantable vaccine to treat melanoma, the most lethal form of skin cancer.The effort is the fruit of a new model of translational research being pursued at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University that integrates the latest cancer research with bioinspired technology development. It was led by Wyss core faculty member David J. Mooney, who is also the Robert P. Pinkas Family Professor of Bioengineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and Wyss Institute associate faculty member Glenn Dranoff, who is co-leader of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Cancer Vaccine Center.Most therapeutic cancer vaccines available require doctors to first remove the patient’s immune cells, then reprogram them and reintroduce them back into the body. The new approach, which was first reported to eliminate tumors in mice in Science Translational Medicine in 2009, instead uses a disk-like sponge about the size of a fingernail that is made from FDA-approved polymers. The sponge is implanted under the skin, and is designed to recruit and reprogram a patient’s own immune cells “on site,” instructing them to travel through the body, home in on cancer cells, then kill them.The technology was initially designed to target cancerous cells in skin, but might have application to other cancers. In the preclinical study reported in Science Translational Medicine, 50 percent of mice treated with two doses of the vaccine — mice that would have otherwise died from melanoma within about 25 days — showed complete tumor regression.“Our vaccine was made possible by combining a wide range of biomedical expertise that thrives in Boston and Cambridge,” said Mooney, who specializes in the design of biomaterials for tissue engineering and drug delivery. “It reflects the bioinspired engineering savvy and technology development focus of engineers and scientists at the Wyss Institute and Harvard SEAS, as well as the immunological and clinical expertise of the researchers and clinicians at Dana-Farber and Harvard Medical School.”“This is expected to be the first of many new innovative therapies made possible by the Wyss Institute’s collaborative model of translational research that will enter human clinical trials,” said Wyss’ founding director, Don Ingber of Children’s Hospital Boston, who is also the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at Harvard Medical School and a professor of bioengineering at SEAS. “It validates our approach, which strives to move technologies into the clinical space much faster than would be possible in a traditional academic environment. It’s enormously gratifying to see one of our first technologies take this giant leap forward.”The Wyss Institute comprises a consortium of researchers, engineers, clinicians, and staff with industrial and business development experience from the Wyss Institute and nine other collaborating institutions in Greater Boston.“It is rare to get a new technology tested in the laboratory and moved into human clinical trials so quickly,” said Dranoff, who is also a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and leader of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center program in cancer immunology. “We’re beyond thrilled with the momentum, and excited about its potential.”The goal of the Phase I study, which is expected to conclude in 2015, is to assess the safety of the vaccine in humans.The cancer vaccine work has received support from the Wyss Institute, Dana-Farber, and the National Institutes of Health. In addition to Mooney, Dranoff, and Hodi, other collaborators include Wyss senior staff scientist Edward Doherty, Wyss staff scientist Omar Ali, Jerry Ritz, director of the Cell Processing Laboratory at Dana-Farber, Sara Russell, and Charles Yoon, surgeons at Dana-Farber, and other clinical research team members based at Dana-Farber.To learn more.last_img

Notre Dame Fire Department welcomes first full-time women firefighters

first_imgThe University announced in a press release Wednesday that the Notre Dame Fire Department (NDFD) recently welcomed its first full-time women firefighters: Christi Shibata and Michelle Woolverton.Shibata, 37, began her time with the department in July, according to the release. She is a native of Petoskey, Michigan, where she worked as a physical therapist assistant and personal trainer prior to joining the department. Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD) chief Keri Kei Shibata is her sister.Woolverton, 42, started with the department in August, the release said. She is from South Bend and worked as a supervisor in Building Services at Notre Dame prior to joining NDFD.Shibata and Woolverton are both certified emergency medical technicians. Their duties will not be different from other firefighters on the force and will include “driving the [fire] engine and operating the engine pump,” the release said. Both women are graduates of Clay Fire Academy.Bruce Harrison, chief of NDFD, said in the release Shibata and Woolverton earned their opportunities and are both qualified for the job.“I’m very proud of Notre Dame Fire Department,” Harrison said. “I’m proud of its past, I’m very proud of the present, and I’m very optimistic about the future. It’s a good place. It’s a good service. And I think Christi and Michelle are going to be good representatives of this fire department as we move into the future.”Other women serve part-time on an on-call basis with NDFD, the release said, but Shibata and Woolverton are the first women to serve with the department full-time.“It’s been awesome,” Shibata said in the release. “I’m excited about the next steps. There’s so much more to learn and so much more you can do through the fire service other than the basic level training, so I’m excited about those opportunities.”Women now represent about 11% of the Department’s personnel, according to the release.“I’m 42 years old. I never thought my dream would come true, and it has,” Woolverton said.The NDFD is the oldest university fire department in the United States. The Department provides emergency fire and medical services, as well as public education and inspection and maintenance services. According to the NDFD website, they receive approximately 1,500 calls a year from the Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross communities.Tags: Blue Mass, NDFD, University of Notre Dame Fire Departmentlast_img

Tuck Everlasting Opens on Broadway

first_img Related Shows Join the parade! The new Broadway musical Tuck Everlasting opens officially at the Broadhurst Theatre on April 26. The tuner, directed by Casey Nicholaw, features a folk score by Chis Miller and Nathan Tysen and a book by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle. To celebrate the show’s big night, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch of the cast.The portrait features newcomer Sarah Charles Lewis front and center as Winnie Foster, as well as (clockwise from top left) Pippa Pearthree as Nana, Valerie Wright as Mother, Michael Wartella as Hugo, Fred Applegate as Constable Joe, Terrence Mann as the Man in the Yellow Suit and the four Tucks: Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Jesse, Robert Lenzi as Miles, Michael Park as Agnus and Carolee Carmello as Mae.Broadway.com wishes the cast of Tuck Everlasting a happy opening! May you cherish tonight forever and ever (and ever and ever…) View Comments © Justin “Squigs” Robertson Tuck Everlasting Show Closed This production ended its run on May 29, 2016 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.last_img

Vermont to get $400,000 for unemployment insurance system upgrade

first_img Unemployment Insurance Technology Infrastructure Grants ———————————————– State Grant Amount —– ———— Alabama $926,714 ——- ——– Alaska $1,900,000 —— ———- Arizona $6,778,673 ——- ———- Arkansas $261,244 ——– ——– California $4,439,602 ———- ———- Colorado $3,453,055 ——– ———- Connecticut $5,189,407 ———– ———- District of Colombia $134,714 ——————– ——– Florida $1,573,298 ——- ———- Georgia $8,850,630 ——- ———- Hawaii $820,620 —— ——– Idaho $6,093,305 —– ———- Illinois $5,910,249 ——– ———- Indiana $182,332 ——- ——– Iowa $2,693,354 —- ———- Kansas $3,415,913 —— ———- Kentucky $3,457,695 ——– ———- Louisiana $907,730 ——— ——– Maine $341,290 —– ——– Maryland $5,362,230 ——– ———- Massachusetts $2,533,150 ————- ———- Michigan $3,908,500 ——– ———- Minnesota $2,047,838 ——— ———- Mississippi $3,804,924 ———– ———- Missouri $2,032,503 ——– ———- Montana $23,005 ——- ——- Nebraska $777,307 ——– ——– Nevada $4,188,165 —— ———- New Hampshire $73,275 ————- ——- New Jersey $798,689 ———- ——– New Mexico $1,666,539 ———- ———- New York $5,354,950 ——– ———- North Carolina $5,625,765 ————– ———- North Dakota read more

Vermont near bottom in most cost-effective roads ranking

first_imgOver the last two years New Jersey has moved up from last to 45th in the overall rankings, but still spends dramatically more than every other state. New Jersey spends $1.1 million per mile on state roads. The second biggest spender, Florida, spends$671,000 per mile and California spends $545,000 per mile. South Carolina had the lowest expenses, spending just $34,000per mile.California also squanders a massive amount of transportation money that never makes it onto roads, spending $93,464 in administrative costs for every mile of state road. New York ($89,194 per mile), Massachusetts ($71,982), and New Jersey($62,748) also compare poorly to states like Texas ($6,529) and Virginia ($6,370) that spend dramatically less on administrative costs.‘We’re seeing several factors combine to produce significant improvement in highway conditions,’ said David T. Hartgen, author of the report and emeritus professor of transportation studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. ‘Over the last several years, states invested a lot more money to improve pavement and bridges. Spending increased 8 percent from 2007 to 2008, and per-mile spending on state roads has almost tripled since 1984, so you’d hope and expect to see improved performance. As pavement gets better, roads are widened and bridges get repaired, you’d also expect safety to improve. And the significant reduction in vehicle miles traveled during the recession has also played a role in slowing system decay. But as the states deal with large budget deficits and the recession continues, we’ll have to wait and see if this progress can be continued.’Full Report OnlineThe full Annual Highway Report with detailed state-by-state analysis is online here:http://reason.org/studies/show/19th-annual-highway-report(link is external).About Reason FoundationReason Foundation is a nonprofit think tank dedicated to advancing free minds and free markets. Reason Foundation produces respected public policy research on a variety of issues and publishes the critically acclaimed Reason magazine and its website, Reason.com. For more information, please visit Reason.org. State highway conditions are the best they’ve been in 19 years, according to Reason Foundation’s 19th Annual Highway Report. Unfortunately, the recession is partly responsible for the improvement in road conditions: people are driving less, which has helped slow pavement deterioration and reduced traffic congestion and fatalities. The annual Reason Foundation study measures the condition and cost-effectiveness of state-owned roads in 11 categories, including deficient bridges, urban traffic congestion, fatality rates, pavement condition on urban and rural Interstates and on major rural roads, and the number of unsafe narrow rural lanes. National performance in all of those key areas improved in 2008, the most recent year with complete data available.Overall, North Dakota, Montana and Kansas have the most cost-effective state highway systems. Rhode Island, Alaska,California, Hawaii and New York have the least cost-effective road systems.Drivers in California, Minnesota, Maryland, Michigan and Connecticut are stuck in the worst traffic. Over 65 percent of all urban Interstates are congested in each of those five states. But nationally, the percentage of urban Interstates that are congested fell below 50 percent for the first time since 2000, when congestion standards were revised.Motorists in California and Hawaii have to look out for the most potholes on urban Interstates. In those two states, approximately 25 percent of urban Interstate pavement is in poor condition. Alaska and Rhode Island have the bumpiest rural roads. Nationally, pavement conditions on urban Interstates are the best they’ve been since 1993, and rural primary roads are the smoothest they’ve been since 1993 also.Rhode Island has the most troubled bridges in the country, with over 53 percent of bridges deficient or functionally obsolete. For comparison, just 10 percent of top-ranked Nevada’s bridges are rated deficient. Across the country, 23.7 percent of America’s bridges were structurally deficient or functionally obsolete in 2008, the lowest percentage since 1984.With the recession reducing driving, and engineering improving road design and car safety features, traffic fatalities have steadily fallen to the lowest levels since the 1960s. Massachusetts has the safest roads with just 0.67 fatalities per 100 million miles driven. Montana and Louisiana have the highest fatality rates, at 2.12 and 2.02 fatalities per 100 million miles driven. The full Annual Highway Report rankings are:North DakotaMontanaKansasNew MexicoNebraskaSouth CarolinaWyomingMissouriGeorgiaOregonDelawareSouth DakotaTexasKentuckyNevadaMississippiIdahoVirginiaTennesseeAlabamaNorth CarolinaUtahIndianaOhioMinnesotaArizonaNew HampshireWisconsinArkansasWest VirginiaIowaMaineWashingtonColoradoMichiganLouisianaOklahomaPennsylvaniaFloridaIllinoisConnecticutVermontMarylandMassachusettsNew read more