first_imgIn response to increased demand in Asian markets, the commercial fishery for the common whelk (Buccinum undatum, L) has expanded in north-eastern Europe. In the Irish Sea region (ICES Area 20 VHa), increased effort and landings have raised concerns about long-term stability of the fishery amongst stakeholders. Fisheries in Welsh waters and the Isle of Man territorial sea are now subject to an increased minimum landing size according to the best available scientific data. This study addresses key knowledge gaps by investigating the size-at-age relationship of the species across the latitudinal extent of the fisheries management region. Our findings show that growth parameters, modelled using growth rings observed in the statolith, vary between populations and show a broadly latitudinal pattern. Thermal-time (expressed as sea bottom temperature degree-days) showed a significant negative linear relationship with the asymptotic size reach by whelk populations (L-infinity), where whelk grew to a larger maximum size in cooler waters. Other parameters, including maximum growth rates and the age at which growth rate begins to decrease, showed clear trends with sea-bottom temperature but linear modelling failed to detect significant relationships, where warmer waters increase the rate of growth in the early life stages of whelk but cooler waters allow growth to continue until later in life. Whilst there are substantial requirements to further validate and refine the relationship between growth and sea-bottom temperature, extrapolation of these data to other regions in Northeast Europe may provide a valuable tool in approximating important life-history characteristics in stock assessments, such as L-infinity, age-at-L-50 and age-at-recruitment.last_img read more

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » BREAKING: world’s first blockchain property portal to launch in UK previous nextMarketingBREAKING: world’s first blockchain property portal to launch in UKWatch out Rightmove! OpenBricks says its technology will enable agents to vote democratically on every aspect of its operation including fee levels and marketing expenditure and will cost £100 a month per branch.Nigel Lewis4th December 201903,036 Views A new property portal that will be controlled by the industry using blockchain technology is to launch in January after a prolonged period of preparation and testing with six agents.OpenBricks claims to be a world first and hopes to sign up estate agents as many businesses within the industry baulk at the huge cost of using the main portals, but particularly Rightmove.It is due to soft launch in the New Year and officially throw open its digital doors to agents at the end of January, charging £100 a branch.The company’s senior management admits that agents may roll their eyes at news of another wannabe rival to Rightmove, Zoopla and OTM.But they claim that OpenBricks is the first of its kind in the world because the ‘portal’ won’t have a central controlling entity or many staff and will exist on agents’ own servers as a ‘network’.“The blockchain technology will prevent us from turning the screws and hiking up the fees; it will be the agents who decide that and not the board of OpenBricks. It’s your portal,” says Chief Operating Officer Adam Piggott (left).Its senior team include figures with varied experience including at Premier division football clubs, banking and property funds, HM government and the property industry.Piggott is a former lettings agent who founded a sizeable management portfolio in London before selling out to Countrywide in 2014. He went on to back online lettings agency MakeurMove and is also an investor in rent recognition platform CreditLadder.“OnTheMarket was never the level playing field it promised from the outset, and it’s ended up being the same as Rightmove; agents can’t control their data or the price they’re being charged for its service,” he says.Piggott claims the OpenBrix model differs because it uses blockchain for the first time ‘outside of finance, anywhere in the world’.“Our de-centralised portal will be a big ‘spider’s web’ network linking agents together and enabling them to control how they share their listings rather than handing it over to a portal – because with OpenBricks there won’t be a central entity.“Each agency will pay the same and be given one vote which they can use when being balloted on subjects such as marketing budgets, who gets discounts or membership fee increases or reductions.”Piggott says agents will have access to unlimited uploads and that so far OpenBricks has 204 agents who are keen to get involved, and that he aims to have 2,000 signed up by the end of next year.Listen to the full interview with Adam Piggott on the Properganda website.   openbricks Adam Piggott Makeurmove December 4, 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 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

first_imgThe University’s testing service has confirmed 212 cases of COVID-19 among students and staff for the week 24th-30th October, with a positivity rate of 29.2%. This marks the third consecutive week in which the number of new cases has remained constant and brings the total number of confirmed cases since the implementation of the University’s testing service on August 20th to 708. Figure 2: New COVID-19 Cases recorded by the University’s testing service. Data: https://www.ox.ac.uk/coronavirus/status Figure 1: Cumulative COVID-19 Cases recorded by the University’s testing service. Data: https://www.ox.ac.uk/coronavirus/status The University’s Status and Response website states that the figures released do not include positive test results received outside of the University testing service. It notes further that “due to the time interval between a test being done and the result becoming available, it is expected that there will be a mismatch between actual results and those confirmed to us on any given day”. Until Thursday, Oxford will remain in Tier 2 and residents will have to adhere to the following new measures:center_img On Saturday, Oxford was moved into Tier 2, which will remain in place until new national lockdown restrictions come into place on Thursday. Following the government announcement on Saturday night, the University has updated its guidelines: “New National Restrictions will be introduced from this Thursday (5 November). The University is now considering the impact of these measures, and further information will be made available on these pages as soon as possible. You should also refer to the UK Government website for the latest advice.” People cannot meet “socially” with anybody outside their household or support bubble indoors, including at home or in public places such as restaurants and bars. People should try to reduce the number of journeys they are making, and if they need to travel should avoid public transport where possible.  The University has implemented a four-stage emergency response, depending on how wide the spread of COVID-19 is. The current status is Stage 2, which allows the University to operate “in line with social distancing restrictions with as full a student cohort as possible on site”, with teaching and assessment taking place “with the optimum combination of in-person teaching and online learning”. A Stage 3 response would imply “no public access to the University or College buildings” and “gatherings for staff and students only permitted where essential for teaching and assessment to take place”.last_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Because it’s our business, we eat, sleep and breathe payments. Many of our credit union partners do, as well. But, is the same true for credit union members? Probably not. In fact, most increasingly expect to think as little as possible about the mechanics of buying. After all, this is the era of one-click purchases, contactless cards and auto pay; the fewer steps it takes to move money, the better.The goal, then, is to make payments as simple as possible. Creating a seamless payments experience today will lead to unprecedented growth opportunities. Just look at Amazon Prime Day. This year, the number of Amazon Prime Day transactions processed by CO-OP nearly doubled compared to those processed in 2018. The credit unions whose credit or debit card members reached for during the biggest two-day online shopping event of the year saw significant non-interest revenue. Even more importantly they were able to extract valuable data that can be used to create the kind of personalized experiences that members expect.One way to do that is with the help of our SmartGrowth team, CO-OP’s credit portfolio experts that leverage transaction data and market-level trends to create customized campaigns drive portfolio growth. We partnered with several credit union card issuers to launch special rewards campaigns to drive their card to the coveted default payment for Amazon leading up to Prime Day. Now that Prime Day has come and gone, it’s time to think about how to set your card program up for success with more prime shopping events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday approaching.last_img read more

first_imgHARRISBURG, Pa (WBNG) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health discussed the work of the Regional Response Health Collaborative (RRHC) to strengthen the support for long-term care facilities Monday. DOH Secretary Doctor Rachel Levine says the RRHC staff has helped with the state’s efforts to stop the spread of the virus in the more vulnerable populations.  Funding for the RRHC is expected to end Dec.1.  The Department of Health is hoping the efforts made so far from the program will convince the state to continue funding.  The RRHC was created over the summer to provide assistance to long term care facilities.  It provides operational, educational and clinical support to long term care facilities, including on site COVID-19 testing. center_img The RRHC is deployed in six regions across the state to help yield any possible outbreaks at long term care facilities. “The RRHC provide a local point of response that has helped with everything with ensuring staff are using PPE correctly, to providing staffing itself and decompressing a facility if necessary,” Levine said.  last_img read more