Rugby Book Review – The Lion Man

first_imgIan Mcgeechan celebrates with physio Craig White after winning the third Lions test against South Africa (2009)Ian McGeechan weighed a puny 10½ st when he made his Headingley debut in 1964 and he was once mistaken for someone’s son when boarding the Yorkshire team bus. Yet is there a bigger giant of the game? writes deputy editor Alan Pearey.The Scottish Yorkshireman went on seven Lions tours, four of them as head coach, and produced the blueprint on which all tours of length should be based: one team, one goal, one hell of an experience. His tactical powers, as illustrated on his favourite Lions tour of 1997 when he nullified Henry Honiball, have always stood him above the rest. But his strength of will was also exceptional: he was a terrific cricketer and once, batting at eight, he defied a table-topping attack for 38 overs to earn a crucial draw for his team. Only four runs were scored in that time.The subject of his Carnegie College dissertation, the invincible 1967 New Zealand team, tells you that his analytical mind was ticking from a young age. But it took a picture of Jonathan Davies defending against a wall of All Blacks in 1988 to reinforce his principle of the ‘cone’ attack, which shaped his thinking for the next two decades. Northampton, Wasps, Scotland and the Lions were the main beneficiaries.He says the best advice he ever got came from a teacher at college. “After 20 years, make sure you’ve got 20 years’ experience, not one year’s experience that you’ve repeated 20 times.”Despite some repetition, McGeechan’s story is told with customary panache by Stephen Jones, and the fact Geech has so few unkind words to say – David Burcher, Will Carling, Laurie Mains and Brand Haskell may beg to differ – is a reflection of his forgiving nature. He will soon be back!RW RATING 5/5 Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. BUY IT AT: RRP:  £18.99  PUBLISHER:  Simon & SchusterGot a rugby book or DVD you’d like us to review in the Armchair Zone? Email [email protected] article appeared in the December 2009 issue of Rugby World MagazineDo you want to buy the issue of Rugby World in which this article appeared? Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Rugby statistics: Who is the most prolific try-scorer in Europe?

first_imgCombined, the current Premiership top try-scorers on that table have scored 37% of their tries against top half of the table sides and it is the same rate in the Top 14. The Pro12 list above has a lower percentage of 21%, with only Tim Visser and Gilroy scoring more than twice against teams currently ranked first to sixth.  Ten of the 15 Pro12 players listed have scored a third or more of their tries this season against the Italian sides of Treviso and Zebre.Looking at the split between tries scored at home or away, Northampton’s James Wilson has continued a trend from last season of scoring his tries away from Franklin’s Gardens. Five of his six tries in 2013-14 were scored on the road and seven of eight this year.In the previous two seasons Niko Matawalu scored 11 of his 15 league tries at home, however in 2014-15 just one of his six scores has occurred in Glasgow. Even allowing for the nature of the Top 14, Brive do have a poor away record with 44 losses from their previous 50 trips. Despite that, their winger Benito Masilevu has a creditable five away tries this season including a brace at the usually miserly Racing Metro. At the other end of the scale, a fellow Fijian in Metuisela Talebula has scored all eight of his tries at home. When it was announced in January 2014 that Thomas Waldrom would be joining Exeter Chiefs, head coach Rob Baxter said: “We feel his best years are probably still to come.” The Chiefs boss made reference to detailed analysis carried out on his new recruit, but it is unlikely those rugby statistics would have pointed to ‘the tank engine’ topping the try-scorer table.Previous trends would suggest a likely Premiership top try-scorer to be a winger, play an average of 20 games and for a team finishing in the top four places.  Exeter scored 40 tries last season and finished eighth, with 11 defeats in 15 matches from the end of November onwards, while No 8 Waldrom had scored 13 league tries in four years at Leicester Tigers. There wasn’t much evidence then to suggest he would score 15 tries in this campaign and be closing in on Dominic Chapman’s tally of 17, from 1997-98.It can be seen below that there are several rivals for the top scorer title in the league but few can boast a better scoring rate than Waldrom. (Minutes played via ESPN Scrum and Itsrugby)It isn’t a surprise that the joint top scorers from the 2012-13 campaign and proven try machines Christian Wade and Tom Varndell feature here. Wade has scored a total of 41 tries in 62 Premiership appearances at a rate of a try approximately every 114 minutes played. Less expected is Tom Arscott –who had a career record of a try every 436 minutes in the Premiership before this season, but has scored a try every 85 minutes so far in 2014-15.Comparing the Premiership with other leagues, in the Pro12, Craig Gilroy tops the table for tries scored with 11 while Rhys Webb has the best strike rate (of players who have scored five or more) with a try every 90.8 minutes.  In his final season for Toulon, David Smith has scored 13 tries in the Top 14 and at a rate (minimum of seven tries) bettered only by Clermont Auvergne‘s Peceli Yato – who has seven tries in just 542 minutes from the backrow.Taking strength of opposition as a factor, it does stand out that Chris Wyles has scored the majority of his 11 tries against teams in the top half of the table – with no scores against London Irish, Newcastle Falcons or London Welsh.  Wyles had scored 14 tries in his six previous seasons for Saracens, at a rate of one every 540 minutes so like Waldrom and Arscott makes for a surprise contender. In contrast to Wyles, seven of Waldrom’s tries have come against the bottom two sides and five of Arscott’s were just against London Welsh. Wade’s total was boosted by a hat-trick against London Welsh in November, but he also scored a brace against Saracens at Twickenham and three tries at Northampton. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Looking ahead to the 2015-16 season, Clermont are losing Napolioni Nalaga to Toulon. The Sigatoka-born winger scored 79 tries in 131 Top 14 matches and 25 tries in 37 European outings.  His replacement is Waisake Naholo, six years younger and also from Sigatoka.  The powerful winger scored nine tries in 12 matches for Taranaki in the ITM Cup and has eight in ten games for the Highlanders so far this year.Naholo was also part of the New Zealand Under 20 squad that beat England 33-22 in the 2011 Junior World Championship final. Peers from that tournament such as Wade,  Gilroy, Talebula and Alipate Ratini have all gone on to trouble defences in the Northern Hemisphere and it looks a safe bet that Naholo will be joining them on the try-scorer charts next season. Hail to the Chief: Thomas Waldrom has scored 15 of Exeter’s 60 Premiership tries this season last_img read more

AD Classics: Pearl Bank Apartments / Tan Cheng Siong, Archurban

first_img “COPY” Projects Apartments 1976 ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard AD Classics: Pearl Bank Apartments / Tan Cheng Siong, Archurban ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Architects: Tan Cheng Siong, Archurban Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Jani PatokallioWritten by John Rizor Sharecenter_img “COPY” CopyAbout this officeTan Cheng Siong, ArchurbanOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsArchitecture ClassicsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsPenthouseSkyscrapersHousingSingaporePublished on September 18, 2011Cite: John Rizor. “AD Classics: Pearl Bank Apartments / Tan Cheng Siong, Archurban” 18 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Singapore Copy+ 7Apartments, Penthouse•Singapore Photographs:  Jani PatokallioText description provided by the architects. At the time of its completion in 1976, the Pearl Bank Apartment complex was the highest-density and tallest residential structure in Singapore at 38 stories.  The total height of the horseshoe-shaped complex exceeded 430’ tall and was home for over 1,500 inhabitants.  Designed by Tan Cheng Siong of Archurban Architects & Planners, Pearl Bank served as a beacon of contemporary residential design and acted as precedent to the subsequent high-density urban development in Singapore and throughout southeast Asia.Save this picture!Photo by Jonathon Lin –, the parti of the Pearl Bank Apartments is a ¾ cylindrical tower enveloping a west-facing interior courtyard on the lower level.  Not only did this orientation minimize solar heat gain from the afternoon sun, it also was vital to capturing the magnificent views afforded at the top of Pearl’s Hill. Save this picture!Photo by Jonathon Lin – cylindrical shape of the tower suggested various structural methods, including the ten arrayed shear walls whose mass serve as physical and acoustic separation between adjacent units.  The shear walls, in addition to the necessary columns and circulation cores that complete the complex’s structural system, serve both structural and aesthetic functions.  In keeping with the purity of the initial parti, the structural components follow the radial organization of the tower and are expressed throughout.Save this picture!Photo by Choo Yut Shing –[email protected]/The radial organization also was a key component of the layout of the units.  The architects pushed the service areas and utilities rooms to the interior courtyard which maximizes light, ventilation, and views for the 272 living areas on the exterior rim of the plan.  Also unique would be Tan Cheng Siong and Archurban’s use of a split-level scheme similar to the approach employed by Le Corbusier in his seminal Unité d’Habitation residential complex.  This approach drastically affected the fenestration of the façade, as the split level configuration is expressed on the outer rim as a matrix of L-shaped, Z-shaped, and strip windows – the interior fenestration, on the other hand, is a composition of strip windows, and vertical/horizontal circulation (in keeping with the programmatic organization of service and utility spaces on the interior).Save this picture!Photo by orangebokeh –[email protected]/In addition to the residential units (eight penthouses, forty four-bedroom apartments, one hundred eighty-four three-bedroom apartments and forty-eight two bedroom apartments, 272 in total), the Pearl Bank complex also features a commercial center, parking structure, and a 28th-floor community area aptly named “Sky Park”.  This communal space, in addition to amenities including common areas, swimming pools, and clubhouses, were the first of their kind in Singapore.Project gallerySee allShow lessSaint-Michel Soccer Stadium Proposal / Paul LaurendeauArticlesInterpretation and Visitors Center / VAUMM ArchitectsArticlesProject locationAddress:Chinatown, SingaporeLocation to be used only as a reference. 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B-one / Cadence

first_img Area:  5700 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects Save this picture!© Sergio GhettiText description provided by the architects. The house is designed on a plot measuring 45’x 90’. The plot is located in a typical Indian neighbourhood flanking a busy street. The dense residential fabric of the neighbourhood, proximity of the neighbours and the busy street in front prompted us to conceive an introverted building. Diagrammatically, the program of the house was laid out in the form an ‘H-shaped plan’ that wraps around a courtyard such that each arm of the ‘H’ flanks the courtyard. The open to sky courtyard, not only becomes the point of interest and activity within the house but also represents the ‘outside’ within the introverted house.Save this picture!© Sergio GhettiSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Sergio GhettiThe program is expressed as horizontal bars across the courtyard. The puja room is further conceptualised as part of the courtyard. The puja and the courtyard then become the focus of the house for the various functions. Due to its transparency, the courtyard also acts as an extension to all the functions around it.Save this picture!SectionA blank wall with a dispersion of openings for the front facade emphasizes the introverted nature of the house and a large overhanging roof levitates above the mass. A sculpted object nestled between the roof and the ground below gives the residence a strong visual identity on the street. The contrast between the blank wall and the sculpted object is articulated in terms of materiality and form which helps stage one against the other.Save this picture!© Sergio GhettiProject gallerySee allShow lessMeCri Museum Extension / Studio Inches ArchitetturaSelected ProjectsN Village / Zai Shirakawa architectsSelected Projects Share India 2016 Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard S&S B-one / Cadence Year: center_img “COPY” Structural Consultant: Photographs:  Sergio Ghetti Architects: Cadence Area Area of this architecture project Houses Landscape Consultant: 3Fold Design B-one / CadenceSave this projectSaveB-one / Cadence Save this picture!© Sergio Ghetti+ 13 Share CopyAbout this officeCadenceOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBengaluruIndiaPublished on June 22, 2016Cite: “B-one / Cadence” 21 Jun 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MSun Control Film – Prestige ExteriorShowerhansgroheShowers – Croma SelectWall / Ceiling LightsSpectrum LightingLED Downlight – Infinium 3″ Round FlangelessVentilated / Double Skin FacadeCosentinoDekton Cladding in LD Sevilla hotelSealantsSikaJoint SealingBeams / PillarsLunawoodThermowood Frames and BearersPorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – MarblesCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Facade in Manchester HospitalWindowspanoramah!®ah! CornerHome AppliancesGIRAGira Keyless in – Door communicationLightsLinea Light GroupIntegrated Lighting – Fylo+More products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?印度内敛的 B-one 住宅 / Cadence Architects是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream CopyHouses•Bengaluru, Indialast_img read more

House H / Felipe Assadi Arquitectos

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard House H / Felipe Assadi Arquitectos “COPY” Projects Architects: Felipe Assadi Arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeFelipe Assadi ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesZapallarChilePublished on April 24, 2018Cite: “House H / Felipe Assadi Arquitectos” [Casa H / Felipe Assadi Arquitectos] 24 Apr 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Surface: Nordic DécorWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CorneringWoodBruagRoom Acoustics – Interior Cladding PanelsSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Frequency® FL-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoInternal Walls – Trimoterm, Qbiss OneGlassSolarluxWintergarden – SDL Akzent plusSystems / Prefabricated PanelsInvestwoodCement Bonded Particle Board – VirocPaintKEIMMineral Paint in Hunters Point LibraryCabinetsburgbadMid-Height Cabinet – EssentoSignage / Display SystemsGlasbau HahnMuseum Display CasesMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?悬臂混凝土住宅 H / Felipe Assadi Arquitectos是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Save this picture!© Fernando Alda+ 19Curated by Danae Santibañez Share Houses Photographs:  Fernando Alda Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Chile House H / Felipe Assadi ArquitectosSave this projectSaveHouse H / Felipe Assadi Arquitectos ArchDaily CopyHouses•Zapallar, Chile Area:  340 m² Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Manufacturers: Cosentino, Bosch, Arteknia, Atika, Dynal, Interdesign, Johnsons, Kitchen Cabinet, Led Studio, Masisa, Novaimagen, Opendark, Qstone, Scanavini, Teka, VALVOSave this picture!© Fernando AldaText description provided by the architects. House H is a reinforced concrete structure composed of a succession of longitudinal and transverse beams that work together to generate a single structural piece. As always, we prefer to inhabit a structure instead of structuring a room. In this way, we consider the technical feasibility of a project as its actual design resolution; feasibility is not separate from project design. This means that before becoming a house, the project is its own structure. Starting from the top down, the ceiling slab hangs from two main longitudinal beams on a north-south orientation, 41 meters long and 1.40 meters high. Save this picture!© Fernando AldaSave this picture!Site PlanSave this picture!© Fernando AldaSave this picture!ElevationsSave this picture!© Fernando AldaThe beams are supported by only 4 walls, creating large, 7-meter long cantilevers at both ends. The system rests on two other longitudinal beams of the same length, located under the floor slab. The same 4 walls support the entire structure and project downwards to the floor, creating a base with bedrooms, on one hand, and resting on an east-west transversal volume on the other. The latter volume frames the entrance to the house on one side, and on the other, projects towards the sea and contains the pool, a heavy wedge with a variable section that builds a new cantilever, also 7 meters towards the slope, reinforcing the views of the house towards the sea.Save this picture!© Fernando AldaSave this picture!Cortesía de Felipe Assadi ArquitectosThe project consists of an access level in which the common areas are located: living room, dining room, and kitchen in a single space, without partitions or columns, in addition to the master bedroom plus its bathroom. The lower level, with access from the outside, contains a family room and secondary bedrooms. The great beam-wall that frames the main facade of the project is, in turn, a long piece of wood furniture that runs throughout the house, serving the enclosures according to their use. A vertical circulation consisting of a staircase and a ramp rises at the connection between both levels, where transverse structures meet the pool volume. The staircase and ramp arrive at a courtyard that crosses underneath the main structure from east to west, reinforcing the idea proposed by the project: to levitate on the slope.Save this picture!© Fernando AldaProject gallerySee allShow lessUpdates Released of Renzo Piano’s First Residential Project in the United StatesArchitecture NewsCo-Living, Custom-Order Homes, and Creative Economies: Is This the Future of High-De…Articles Share “COPY”last_img read more

Charlotte Uprising confronts NFL game, cuts sales and profits

first_imgCharlotte, N.C.Sept. 29 — After well over 1,000 people spent five consecutive nights of mass uprising in the streets of uptown Charlotte, the community turned its attention to the National Football League game on Sept. 25 between the Carolina Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings.Hundreds of protesters gathered at the corner of S. Mint and S. Graham streets in front of the Bank of America stadium as tens of thousands of football fans moved past to enter the game.The demonstrators were protesting the racist police murder of Keith Lamont Scott and subsequent murder of protester Justin Carr.During the playing of the national anthem at the Panthers vs. Vikings game, hundreds of protesters took a kneel and raised their fists, inspired by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the ceremony in solidarity with oppressed people and against police killings. Dozens of other football and professional athletes have taken similar actions protesting police murders before other sporting events.The action at the ballpark was organized by the Charlotte Uprising collective. According to later reports, most national broadcast stations omitted airing the national anthem at all, in order to avoid having to cover players’ resistance. Marcus Ball, number 36, with raised fist; Cam Newtoncenter_img On Sept. 21, on the second day of the uprising, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said he wasn’t “happy how the justice has been dealt with over the years, and the state of oppression in our community.”Newton wore a black T-shirt during pregame warmups with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. emblazoned on the back that read: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere — MLK.”Also on game day, Panthers backup safety Marcus Ball stood with his right hand raised and index finger extended during the national anthem.A message for justiceThe football game provided an opportunity for the community to get out its messages for justice.  Reports indicated that the nights of unrest and the protest at the game deterred many people from attending and filling the 73,000 seats. Fewer tickets were sold for this game than any other in over two years.“If we don’t get no justice, then you don’t get no peace!” chanted the demonstrators.The protests were certainly having an economic impact on the city and big businesses, all located downtown. Many popular bars and hotels were boarded up all weekend. This was especially costly on the busy bar nights of Friday and Saturday.As crowds gathered Saturday night to protest uptown, police pre-emptively blocked off Interstate 277, the main thoroughfare to downtown Charlotte, for several exits, undeniably deterring many from coming downtown at all that night.Many people are calling for ongoing actions at NFL games and to target other economic interests, such as the Bank of America, to shut down business as usual. They argue that without firm economic pressure on the city, state and federal governments and major businesses, this war on Black and Brown people will never end.According to Charlotte Center City Partners CEO Michael Smith, the hospitality industry employs some 120,000 people in the Charlotte metro area, accounting for one of every nine jobs. The industry, he adds, is “highly susceptible to business interruption.”Businesses hit hardMany hotels and tourism firms are suffering already from House Bill 2, the anti-LGBT law that has led to the NBA All-Star Game and the ACC football championship being pulled from Charlotte.Following the demonstrations, the Westin hotel had nearly 4,000 room nights cancel this past weekend, manager Leo Percopo told the Charlotte Observer. The impact on revenue so far is “well above $1 million, and probably closer to $2 million,” he said.At Not Just Coffee at the 7th Street Public Market, owner James Yoder said business has started to pick back up, but it was “pretty dead for several days and through the weekend.”At Aria and City Smoke combined, owner Pierre Bader told the Charlotte Observer that total losses from the week were likely between $120,000 and $130,000. On Friday, Aria had all 300 reservations canceled. On Saturday, the restaurant served about 50 guests, after about 300 reservations were canceled.In a solidarity statement, the Black Workers for Justice call for a Black Solidarity Day: “We should consider how to move and engage even more people by stepping up our resistance with a One Day General Strike; (no school, no shopping, no work) to demonstrate to the powers that be that we want real change NOW!”On Monday, Sept. 26, the day after the Panthers vs. Vikings game, over 150 fast food workers from all across North Carolina went on strike and gathered at the transit center in downtown Charlotte to challenge the police killings.   Called by Raise Up, they have not only been leading the campaign to raise the minimum wage and to push corporations to pay their workers at least $15 per hour, but they have also connected the low-wage workers’ struggle to the movement for Black lives.Other unions and workers’ organizations have also come out calling workplace actions to target capitalist businesses that benefit from police repression.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Tighter border controls needed after Buncrana murder

first_img Google+ Calls for tighter border security have been made amid rising fears of spillover violence following last Thursday’s brutal murder of a man in Buncrana.The 25-year-old father of two, Andrew Allen was killed at his home in Links View Park, Lisfannon, just outside the town.He had been living there since being ordered to leave his native Derry by the vigilante group, Republican Action Against Drugs, (RAAD), six months ago.It is understood that up to three men were involved in the attack.Donegal North-East TD, Joe McHugh said he wouldn’t be in favour of checkpoints returning, but tighter controls are needed……[podcast][/podcast] WhatsApp Facebook HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Previous articleDonegal v Laois ‘LIVE’ OnlineNext articleBundoran RNLI called out after reports of surfer in trouble News Highland Twitter By News Highland – February 12, 2012 Facebook Twitter Tighter border controls needed after Buncrana murdercenter_img Pinterest Pinterest Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Google+ News Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

The migration of the great snipe Gallinago media: intriguing variations on a grand theme

first_imgThe migration of the great snipe Gallinago media was previously poorly known. Three tracks in 2010 suggested a remarkable migratory behaviour including long and fast overland non-stop flights (Klaassen et al. 2011). Here we present the migration pattern of Swedish male great snipes, based on 19 individuals tracked by light-level geolocators in four different years. About half of the birds made stopover(s) in northern Europe in early autumn. They left the breeding area 15 days earlier than those which flew directly to sub-Sahara, suggesting two distinct autumn migration strategies. The autumn trans-Sahara flights were on average 5500 km long, lasted 64 h, and were flown at ground speeds of 25 m s-1 (90 km h-1). The arrival in the Sahel zone of West Africa coincided with the wet season there, and the birds stayed for on average three weeks. The birds arrived at their wintering grounds around the lower stretches of the Congo River in late September and stayed for seven months. In spring the great snipes made trans-Sahara flights of similar length and speed as in autumn, but the remaining migration through eastern Europe was notably slow. All birds returned to the breeding grounds within one week around mid-May. The annual cycle was characterized by relaxed temporal synchronization between individuals during the autumn-winter period, with maximum variation at the arrival in the wintering area. Synchronization increased in spring, with minimum time variation at arrival in the breeding area. This suggests that arrival date in the breeding area is under strong stabilizing selection, while there is room for more flexibility in autumn and arrival to the wintering area. The details of the fast non-stop flights remain to be elucidated, but the identification of the main stopover and wintering areas is important for future conservation work on this red-listed bird species.last_img read more

Fugro wins 3-year IRM ROV support contract with Seamec for ONGC project

first_imgFugro has provided Seamec with IRM, positioning and construction support solutions for the past 8 years The Seamec project involves inspection, repair and maintenance of ONGC Mumbai’s offshore assets. (Credit: Fugro) Fugro has won a 3-year inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) contract with SEAMEC LIMITED (Seamec) to support their asset management project for ONGC off the west coast of India.Fugro will provide Seamec with work class remotely operated vehicle (ROV) services for 3 years from mid-June, with the option of a 2-year extension.The Seamec project involves inspection, repair and maintenance of ONGC Mumbai’s offshore assets, which comprise processing and wellhead platforms, risers, subsea pipelines, pipeline end manifolds, single buoy moorings and single point moorings. Fugro’s ROV services will support critical IRM activities including marine growth removal, cathodic potential, and thickness measurements of jacket structures and subsea pipelines. Fugro’s work class ROV is equipped with specialist tools effective in water depths from 10 m to 150 m and it will be operated by experienced local personnel.Fugro has provided Seamec with IRM, positioning and construction support solutions for the past 8 years. Naveen Mohta, President of Operations and Commercial at Seamec, said: “Fugro has been our trusted partner for a long time and we are confident that they will deliver on this contract with the expertise and reliability that we have come to expect.” Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Business rates: Why are estate agents treated differently to bakers and tanning shops, demands Propertymark

first_imgHome » News » Associations & Bodies » Business rates: Why are estate agents treated differently to bakers and tanning shops, demands Propertymark previous nextAssociations & BodiesBusiness rates: Why are estate agents treated differently to bakers and tanning shops, demands PropertymarkIndustry association wants agents to write letters to their MPs as a matter of urgency as it lobbies friendly politicians and civil servants.Nigel Lewis23rd March 2020018,029 Views Propertymark has launched a campaign to persuade Chancellor Rishi Sunak to include estate agency branches in his recent decision to suspend business rates payment for millions of retail businesses across the UK.Many estate agents were baffled on Thursday when Sunak revealed emergency business rates reduction measures for the high street by temporarily extending the government rates relief allowance to 100%.But the measure did not include the A2 class of premises that cover estate agencies and other professional and financial services, instead covering just A1 (retail shops) and A3 (food and drink) categories.“Propertymark has been calling for reforms to business rates since January and it was a key part of our submission to the Budget,” an email sent out to member on Friday said.“Since the outbreak of Coronavirus, Propertymark has written directly to the Chancellor and hounded Senior Civil Servants at the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government to ensure estate and letting agents receive an exemption.“Several MPs have raised the issue in Parliament and Propertymark is engaging with them to urge immediate action.”Propertymark is now urging estate agents to contact their local MP and lobby them hard to change the Chancellor’s mind, using the following letter template.“We are pushing the Ministry of Housing and the BEIS on this and it’s important for agents to lobby individual MPs alongside us,” a spokesperson said.A North London agent has also launched a petition on the subject. Sign up here.“Dear <>,I’m contacting you as I’m very concerned that estate and letting agency offices have been omitted from a list of high street premises to be included with the widened range of business rates relief measures announced by the Government on 18 March in response to the Coronavirus threat.Almost every type of high street premises is included within the scheme from supermarkets to bakers and also second-hand car lots, caravan showrooms, holiday homes and tanning shops. Hundreds of thousands of high street premises will be given extra help to pay their rates with an expanded retail discount of up to 100%.However, estate and letting agencies are not included. Estate and letting agency offices have the same running costs as retail stores and are just as impacted by what’s going on as any other high street business.The Government is predicting that coronavirus will impact for months which will likely lead to less viewings, increased complexity in managing tenancies and ultimately a loss in revenue.  There are thousands of jobs in the sector at risk and many more in our supply chain.We have supported people find homes and now we need the Government to support us to stay open.   In order to help estate and letting agents on the high street please raise this issue in Parliament as a matter of urgency and ensure that the Government extend the business rates relief to estate and letting agency offices. I look forward to hearing from you.Best wishes, <>  Rishi Sunak business rates Chancellor of the Exchequer March 23, 2020Nigel 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more