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first_imgWe use repeat-pass SAR data to produce detailed maps of surface motion covering the glaciers draining into the former Larsen B ice shelf, Antarctic Peninsula, for different epochs between 1995 and 2013. We combine the velocity maps with estimates of ice thickness to analyze fluctuations of ice discharge. The collapse of the central and northern sections of the ice shelf in 2002 led to a near-immediate acceleration of tributary glaciers as well as of the remnant ice shelf in Scar Inlet. Velocities of the glaciers discharging directly into the ocean remain to date well above the velocities of the pre-collapse period. The response of individual glaciers differs and velocities show significant temporal fluctuations, implying major variations in ice discharge and mass balance as well. Due to reduced velocity and ice thickness the ice discharge of Crane Glacier decreased from 5.02 Gt a−1 in 2007 to 1.72 Gt a−1 in 2013, whereas Hektoria and Green glaciers continue to show large temporal fluctuations in response to successive stages of frontal retreat. The velocity on Scar Inlet ice shelf increased two- to three fold since 1995, with the largest increase in the first years after the break-up of the main section of Larsen B. Flask and Leppard glaciers, the largest tributaries to Scar Inlet ice shelf, accelerated. In 2013 their discharge was 38% and 46%, higher than in 1995.last_img read more

first_img The Ecuadorean Armed Forces dismantled 126 clandestine bases of the FARC Colombian guerrilla group during 2010, as part of operations in which three irregulars were killed, according to a report by the institution published on Monday, 17 January. Ecuadorean military personnel destroyed 61 fewer camps than in 2009, but the average number of discoveries in the border region in recent years was maintained, according to the report by the Joint Command, made public by the daily El Universo. The bases were discovered in the provinces of Sucumbíos and Esmeraldas, it added. Last year’s vigilance actions in the 720-km border territory translated into 12 military operations, 207 tactical operations, and 5,687 patrols, in which around seven thousand uniformed personnel participated each month. Three alleged irregulars were killed in these deployments, and another eighteen people were detained. At the same time, five combat engagements took place, eight cocaine-processing laboratories were discovered, and ammunition and explosives were confiscated, the report specified. The commander of Task Force I, Gen. Wagner Bravo, who is responsible for security along the border, affirmed that 2010 was an “effective” year “in military vigilance,” despite the difficulties of the area, the majority of which is jungle. “The border is more than seven hundred kilometers of jungle. We would need to have a soldier for every meter in order to be able to cover it. Nevertheless, (the discoveries) also represent the work of the Armed Forces,” the officer told El Universo. By Dialogo January 18, 2011last_img read more

first_img August 15, 2005 Regular News It is important to practice under your real name It is important to practice under your real name Lori S. Holcomb Bar UPL Counsel While it may be true that a rose by any other name is still a rose, an attorney practicing under a name other than as admitted is a rule violation.Rule 1-3.3 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar requires each member of The Florida Bar to designate an official Bar name and mandates that “the official Bar name of each member of The Florida Bar shall be used in the member’s practice of law.”How is your official Bar name designated? It is the name that you use with the Florida Board of Bar Examiners when applying to become a member of The Florida Bar. How can you find out what your official Bar name is? Look at the certificate you got from the Supreme Court of Florida when you became licensed or at the card you got from The Florida Bar with your Bar number on it. Can’t find those? You can find your records on the Bar’s Web site, floridabar.org. Just click on Find a Lawyer and put in your Bar number. Or you can call the Bar’s Membership Records Department (850-561-5832) and give them your Bar number, and they can tell you how your name is listed with The Florida Bar.What does it mean that you shall practice under that name? Just what is says. If you are licensed as Cynthia R. Jones, you can’t practice as Cynthia C. Jones or Cindy Jones. If you are licensed as Robert Smith-Barnes, you can’t practice as Robert Barnes or Bob Smith-Barnes or Bob Barnes. If you are licensed as Cruella D. Ville, you can’t practice as C. D. Ville. Whatever name you are licensed under must be the name that appears on business cards, letterhead, office doors, pleadings, the telephone book, and any other place your name appears.Why is this a problem? Besides the fact that the rules require it, when your clients or potential clients call for information on you and your name is put in the system, your records will not come up. The caller is then transferred to the Unlicensed Practice of Law Department because you, or your name, appears to be practicing law without a license. This could result in action by The Florida Bar. At the very least, you’ll get a call or letter asking about your status. Not only are you opening yourself up to a possible letter from The Florida Bar, you are missing out on a source for new clients. You are listed on the Bar’s Web site and in the directory edition of the Bar Journal under your record name. If you are practicing under a different name, you decrease the chance that potential clients will be able to find you. So when cousin Bill tells his friend Jim to call Cindy Jones, Jim won’t be able to find you.Okay, you’ve decided after all of these years as practicing as C.D. Ville you want to change your record Bar name to C.D. Ville. How do you change it? Rule 1-3.3 states that the change can only be made “upon request to and approval” of the Supreme Court. How do you do that? According to the Supreme Court’s Web site (www.florida supremecourt.org), you send a letter to the clerk’s office requesting that your name be changed on the roll of attorneys. You should include your old name, your new name, and your Bar number. You should also include a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of the order approving the change. The same procedure applies if you have a change in last name due to marriage or divorce.So, it really boils down to be or not to be, for Bar purposes anyway. I once heard that change is good for the soul. In this case, it’s good for your business as well.last_img read more

first_imgCUNA ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA recommended additional amendments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) transaction coverage thresholds that would further relieve unnecessary burdens for credit unions. CUNA filed an initial comment letter on the thresholds in June, and since then the CFPB has published data in several forms on HMDA reporters.“CUNA supports HMDA’s mission and its mortgage reporting requirements, but its objectives should be balanced by an appropriately tailored regulation… The CFPB has repeatedly acknowledged that credit unions maintained sound credit practices through the economic crisis and did not engage in the practices that led to the crash of the housing market,” the letter reads. “Nevertheless, the HMDA rule has disproportionately burdened credit unions, due to their finite resources, despite no evidence of past wrongful conduct.”Specifically, CUNA recommends:Increasing the closed-end mortgage loan threshold for required HMDA reporting to 500 loans in each of the prior two years. Barring the adoption of a 500-closed end mortgage loan threshold, the CFPB should finalize the proposed 100 loan threshold at a minimum to exempt credit unions with small mortgage lending portfolios from HMDA reporting; andcenter_img continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgShe came down with a fever and cough on April 13 before being admitted to the Porth Health Centre (PHC) Hospital in Surabaya on April 20 and undergoing a swab test a day later. On April 28, doctors told her she had tested positive for COVID-19.She was allowed to return home on May 17 after doctors declared her free of the disease.“She recovered because she was disciplined in maintaining a healthy lifestyle,” East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa said on Friday, as quoted by kompas.com.Read also: COVID-19 kills elderly, haunts the young in IndonesiaKamtin’s family members have self-isolated after having had direct contact with her.According to Indonesian health authorities, as of Saturday, the 60-and-above age group accounted for 15 percent of total COVID-19 cases and 44 percent of deaths.The Health Ministry had recorded a total of 25,773 COVID-19 confirmed cases nationwide as of Saturday, with 1,573 deaths and 7,015 recoveries. East Java has been one of the hardest-hit regions across the archipelago, with 4,613 confirmed cases. (dpk)Topics : A 100-year-old woman in Surabaya, East Java, has recovered from COVID-19 after spending a month in the hospital.The woman, identified as Kamtin, was the country’s oldest COVID-19 patient.last_img read more

first_img314 Stanley Street, North WardWhile this spacious family home is located within one of Townsville’s most desirable school catchment areas, the property also comes with a bucket load of potential.To be offered as two registered lots with a total land area of 1012 sq m, the sky is the limit for the future owners of this property. The substantial sized residence also comprising four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an excellent outdoor entertainment area while at the rear of the home, Lot 2, is an individual elevated site ready for further development or subdivision. The property will be auctioned at 10am, today on-site. Final inspection commences at 9.30am 314 Stanley Street, North WardSPACE and opportunity collide at this magnificent North Ward home which is expected to draw a reasonable crowd at auction today.With a total of 24 inspections since the property’s launch three weeks ago and four registered bidders received by Tuesday afternoon, this week, listing agent Garry Byrnes said the home had field interest from families and investors alike. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020314 Stanley Street, North Ward“314 Stanley Street is a classic example of where a large amount of buyer inquiry and inspections comes from families seeking a lifestyle where it’s more desirable to enjoy the local attractions in a rapidly increasing ‘time poor’ situation,” he said. “Families are much more preferring to live closer in and avoid wasted hours travelling to and from schools/sporting facilities, week in week out.”last_img read more

first_imgIn the tender notice, the PPF said: “The board is seeking to procure a licence for an economic scenario generator for use in assumption-generation for a range of medium and long-term modelling.”It said the company it picked would have to be able to provide a “real-world calibration of an appropriate time frame, including outputs for a sufficiently broad range of asset classes given the investment strategy of the board and the pension schemes it protects”. These outputs should also allow it to project the liabilities, it said.The applicant should be able to provide a regular, well-justified and researched ‘house view’ calibration, the PPF said, though it added that the solution should also be flexible, making user-defined calibrations possible, too.“As well as appropriate technical functionality, the successful candidate will also provide technical support, training and knowledge sharing, committing to a range of SLAs (service-level agreements) and regular feedback sessions to ensure client satisfaction,” the fund said.The contract is expected to last three years, with the option to extend for a further two 12-month periods, according to the notice.The deadline for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is 16 October.Separately, the PPF announced that its 2016-17 levy estimate would be set at £615m, lower than last year’s estimate of £635m. David Taylor, the fund’s general counsel, said the reduction reflected improvements in the Experian scores that scheme employers and guarantors were receiving.But he added that this had been balanced by a deterioration in the smoothed scheme funding levels the fund uses to set levies.The PPF also said it had published the 2016-17 levy consultation document, and that the consultation period would end on 22 October. The UK’s Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has put out an EU tender notice in search of a company to provide an economic scenario generator, used to come up with the large set of scenarios needed for a stochastic, or random probability, analysis.The PPF, which has £22.6bn (€31.2bn) in assets and was set up to shield pension scheme members from corporate collapses, said the tender was not related to the performance of its current provider Barrie & Hibbert, which is now part of the Moody’s Corporation.The fund said it had been using Barrie & Hibbert since July 2006 and was now simply testing the market to see what other providers were offering.The PPF said it wanted either to hire a new provider or to renew the contract with Barrie & Hibbert by April 2016.last_img read more

first_imgThe UK regulator has introduced a workaround for the country’s local government pension scheme (LGPS) to avoid European rules that could have forced some funds into a potential fire sale of assets.The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) yesterday published a 1,068-page policy document regarding the implementation of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II). In it, the watchdog added wording to the rules making it easier for LGPS schemes to be “opted up” to professional investor status. MiFID II requires all local authorities to be treated as retail clients by their asset managers, which would severely restrict their ability to invest in illiquid asset classes. While it was introduced to protect the treasury management functions of local governments across Europe, it raised concerns within the LGPS that it would hamper efforts to pool assets and boost infrastructure spending.After lobbying from the LGPS Advisory Board, the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Investment Association, the FCA made changes to the “quantitative” and “qualitative” tests for clients to be classified as professional. On the quantitative test, the FCA introduced a criterion allowing all LGPS administering authorities to be opted up if they run at least £10m (€11.4m) – even the smallest LGPS funds have more than £200m in assets.Asset managers must also assess the “expertise, experience, and knowledge” of their clients in order to opt them up to professional status. MiFID II refers to an individual person, but the FCA’s policy statement made it clear that “firms may take a collective view of the expertise, experience and knowledge of committee members, taking into account any assistance from authority officers and external advisers where it contributes to the expertise, experience and knowledge of those making the decisions”.The regulator added: “Given different governance arrangements, we cannot be prescriptive, but we would stress the importance of firms exercising judgement and ensuring that they understand the arrangements of the local authority and the clear purpose of this test. It remains a test of the individual, or respectively the individuals who are ultimately making the investment decisions, but governance and advice arrangements supporting those individuals can inform and contribute to the firm’s assessment.”The implementation phaseThe LGPS Advisory Board welcomed the FCA’s decisions as a “significant step in the right direction”.Despite the concessions to LGPS funds, there remains a significant administration burden for the pension funds and asset managers in the coming months before MiFID II is implemented on 1 January.“We are less than six months away from these changes coming into force and we need to make sure we are focused.”Joe Dabrowski, PLSAJeff Houston, the LGA’s head of pensions, told IPE the focus of the various parties involved would immediately switch to implementation. The LGPS and LGA have already begun working with the Investment Association and other bodies, including representatives of the private equity and infrastructure sectors, to put together a questionnaire for asset managers to use when opting out LGPS clients.Houston said that, while the FCA’s change to the quantitative test had essentially made it a “tick box” exercise, asset managers still needed to be satisfied that each local authority client had the necessary collective expertise to be a professional client, and understood the implications of such a move.Nick Buckland, senior investment consultant in JLT Employee Benefits’ LGPS team, said: “What we are conscious of is there is still a significant amount of administration involved, especially for pension funds with lots of alternatives managers.”Traditional managers were looking at the assessment framework, Buckland added, but there were “some concerns” about smaller, boutique managers keeping a consistent approach.Joe Dabrowski, head of investment and governance at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), said: “The LGA has done a really good job of explaining the way the LGPS is set up and run, and the FCA has listened. The concessions and adjustments they’ve made will go quite a long way making the problems we had go away.”The PLSA will feed in to the questionnaire discussions, Dabrowski said. He added: “We are less than six months away from these changes coming into force and we need to make sure we are focused. Six months for pension funds is not very long – time is of the essence.”last_img read more

first_imgTeam members from Bearcats Bar & Grill accept one of their trophiesPerfect weather helped to make to Main Street Greensburg’s 5th Annual Tenderloin Throwdown a huge success, Saturday.  A greater beer selection and more kids’ activities were among improvements made to the event this year.  Newcomers to the competition, Bearcats Bar & Grill Restaurant, based in downtown Indianapolis, were winners in the fan-voted “People’s Choice” category as well as the judge’s choice in the “Breaded” catetory.  Returning competitors, Bobber’s Cafe at Shadyside Bait & Tackle (from Anderson), took top honors in the “Grilled” and “Creative” categories.  Here is the full list of award winners…Grilled1st – Bobber’s Cafe at Shadyside Bait & Tackle2nd – Bearcats Bar & Grill RestaurantCreative1st – Bobber’s Cafe2nd – Pork Paradise (from Anderson)Breaded1st – Bearcats Bar & Grill2nd – The Willard (from Franklin)People’s Choice1st – Bearcats Bar & Grill2nd – The Willardlast_img read more

first_imgOSKALOOSA, Iowa – The Class Too Tough To Tame takes top billing at the 22nd annual Budweiser Stock Car Shootout set for Monday and Tuesday, July 3 and 4 at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $2,500 to win, $1,500 for second and $1,000 for third; a minimum of $300 will be paid to start the Tuesday night main event. The top eight will qualify on opening night.Entry fee is $100 or $175 on Tuesday. Tow is $200 for drivers who race both days. Heats and last-chance races are on the Tuesday card.Complete shows are also on Musco Lighting co-sponsored programs both days for IMCA Modifieds, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts.Modifieds race for $1,000 to win Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot-qualifying events. SportMods and Hobby Stocks also race for $1,000 to win both nights, Sport Compacts for $500.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance State points, but no local track points will be awarded at both draw/redraw shows.Entry fee each night is $50 for Modifieds, SportMods and Hobbies, and $30 for Sport Compacts. Tow is $75 for Modifieds, $60 for SportMods and Hobbies, and $50 for Sport Compacts.Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 6:30 p.m. each night.Monday grandstand admission is $15 for adults and $8 for students. Tuesday admission is $18 for adults and $9 for students. Kids 12 and under get in free both days. Pit passes are $30, $20 for kids ages 7-13, $10 for kids 4-6 and $3 for three and under.More information is available from promoter Mike Van Genderen at 641 521-0330 and at the www.oskyspeedway.com website.last_img read more