first_imgConflicts with colleagues, bullying by managers and work pressures aredriving thousands of teachers to call a telephone and web-based support line. While pupil misbehaviour was a key stressor among teachers, relationshipsbetween staff were as pressing an issue, the Teacher Support Network (TSN)found. The support service has helped 76,000 teachers in England and Wales over thepast four years. Four-fifths of all the enquiries came from women, and lastyear, 30,000 teachers sought help either by phone or online. The main reason for contacting the service was conflict (10.2 per cent) –conflicts with managers accounted for two-thirds of cases, and a quarter withcolleagues. Workload or hours worked accounted for 4.8 per cent, pupilbehaviour for 4.3 per cent, and long-term sick leave accounted for 4.2 percent. The largest single group of callers to the service were newly-qualifiedteachers, who accounted for a fifth of all enquiries, with stress, anxiety anddepression accounting for the highest number of calls. More than 2,200 calls were from teachers on sick leave, who often felt theyhad failed or were letting people down. Harassed teachers turn to support serviceOn 1 May 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_img Share via Shortlink Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink city councilCosta Constantinides Email Address*center_img Tags Queens Council member Costa Constantinides is sponsoring the bill. (Getty, Costa Constantinides) The City Council is pushing a bill to limit how much asphalt can cover a development site, but real estate professionals say it ignores the realities of building in the city.The measure, sponsored by Queens Council member Costa Constantinides, would cap the percentage of material that doesn’t absorb rainwater, such as asphalt or concrete, covering building sites.For future projects, no more than half of a lot could be impermeable, according to the bill. Existing development above the 50 percent threshold would be grandfathered but could not be made any more impermeable. Gas stations and certain industrial sites would be exempt.ADVERTISEMENTConstantinides is trying to reduce how much raw sewage flows into the city’s waterways. Much of the city has a combined sewer system, meaning rainwater and sewage flow into the same pipes, which get overwhelmed during rainfalls. To prevent untreated waste from backing up into homes and streets, it is diverted into the Gowanus Canal, Newtown Creek, East River and numerous other waterways.But the Real Estate Board of New York said his bill applies a one-size-fits-all approach to entirely different areas — whether they are high-density or low-scale, or prone to sewage overflows or not.And what would happen, the trade group asked, if a below-grade room had a permeable surface above it?There are surely other problems with the bill that no one has contemplated yet, the group added.“This is by no means exhaustive given the complexities of designing these systems and the variety of below-grade conditions,” the group wrote in testimony submitted at a hearing on the bill this week. “Further study and outreach is necessary.”The New York Coalition of Code Consultants, whose members help secure project approvals, called the measure “extreme” and said it would restrain development.“New York City may be a concrete jungle, but residents also live sustainability through dense housing and take advantage of walkability, proliferating bike lanes and public transportation,” the group testified. “There are ways to encourage more sustainable development without completely stifling new construction.”The bill, introduced in 2018, is part of an effort to make the city more resilient to climate change. Late last year, the City Planning Commission launched a public review of a proposal to address coastal flood resiliency through zoning.Contact Kathryn Brenzel Message*last_img read more

first_img Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Email Address* Message* JDSJDS DevelopmentTwo Bridges Paula Segal, an attorney who represents Tenants United Fighting for the Lower East Side and other neighborhood groups in one lawsuit, said her clients are considering their legal options.Kenneth Kimerling, who represents Lower East Side Organized Neighbors and other organizations that brought a second lawsuit, did not immediately return a request seeking comment.Because the Appellate Division’s decision was unanimous, the groups would need to receive court approval to appeal to the state’s highest court.The three projects — JDS Development’s 247 Cherry Street, L+M Development and CIM Group’s 260 South Street and Starrett Corporation’s 259 Clinton Street — would have 2,775 rental units across four towers at three addresses. A quarter of those units would be set aside as affordable.The developers are also upgrading a local subway station and financing repairs at a nearby public housing complex. A spokesperson for developers praised Tuesday’s decisions.“Private investments in affordable housing and essential community infrastructure are critical as the city emerges from the pandemic, and these projects will deliver a range of meaningful and lasting benefits for the Two Bridges neighborhood,” the spokesperson said in a statement.The Appellate Division’s decisions cap a tumultuous two years for the projects. In June 2019, Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron halted the developments, agreeing with the New York City Council and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer that the projects must go through the city’s land use review process. In February 2020, Engoron similarly ruled in favor of community groups in two other lawsuits challenging the projects.But the Appellate Division reversed Engoron’s first decision in August 2020, casting doubt on the prospects of the other two lawsuits.Those complaints argued that City Planning was required to report certain findings before approving the projects, based on a provision in the zoning resolution. In Tuesday’s decisions, the panel found that the developers “persuasively argue” that the provision doesn’t apply to their projects.The Two Bridges lawsuits were among several recent cases that concerned the real estate industry.In late 2019 a state Supreme Court judge annulled the city’s rezoning of Inwood. That decision was ultimately overturned. Developers of another project, 200 Amsterdam, are still awaiting the results of its appeal after a lower court ruled that it must remove 20 floors to comply with zoning rules.Contact Kathryn Brenzel JDS Development’s Michael Stern, L&M’s Ron Moelis and Starrett’s Josh Siegel with a rendering of Two Bridges (Twitter, SHoP Architects)After a series of setbacks, developers planning four towers in Two Bridges have survived two more legal challenges.A state appeals court on Tuesday unanimously overturned two decisions, clearing the way for the projects to move forward. The panel of judges found that the lower court judge should have deferred to the Department of City Planning’s “reasonable interpretation” that the city’s zoning resolution didn’t require further justification for its approval of the towers.Neighborhood groups had argued that the developers’ proposed modification to the Two Bridges large-scale development plan, which was approved in 1972, required further examination by the city. Opponents argue that the projects require City Council approval.ADVERTISEMENTRead moreInwood rezoning is a done dealJudge nixes Inwood rezoningShock ruling could throw 200 Amsterdam Ave loan indo default Tagslast_img read more

first_img Full Name* Benchmark’s Jordan Vogel with 826 Madison Avenue (top) and 581 Austin Place (Linkedin, Google Maps)Two investment sales between $10 million and $30 million closed during the last week of February — one in Manhattan and one in the Bronx — for a combined $24.3 million. The week prior saw one such sale. Here are the details for the two deals in the week ending Feb. 26.1. Benchmark Real Estate Group purchased a 9,100-square-foot, mixed-use building at 826 Madison Avenue in Lenox Hill for $12.5 million. Jordan Vogel signed for the buyer. Sprayregen Real Estate Advisors was the seller via Bicent Properties LLC. Alice Netter signed for the seller.Sprayregen Real Estate Advisors provided Benchmark with $5.5 million in financing.2. SNL Development purchased a warehouse at 581 Austin Place in Mott Haven for $11.8 million in an off-market deal, and plans to bring self-storage units to the building.The seller was the Paladino Realty Corporation. Joseph Barretta and Max Rather of Metro Net Realty brokered the transaction.ADVERTISEMENTContact Orion Jones Share via Shortlink Message* Investment Salesthe Bronxupper east sidecenter_img Tags Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

first_imgDemand in the Hamptons surged last year: In the fourth quarter, the number of transactions rose to 803 homes, the highest quarterly total in 15 years, according to a report from Douglas Elliman. Supply, meanwhile, has fried up, with listing inventory sliding from 1,919 homes to 1,745. That’s resulted in bidding wars, with 19 percent of homes sold in the fourth quarter closed at prices above final asking.And while the median sale price rose to an all-time high of $1.4 million at the end of 2020, the Jule Pond Road property is leaps and bounds beyond that. It remains one of the Hamptons’ priciest homes for sale, possibly surpassed only by 700 Meadow Lane, which is currently asking $175 million. That property hit the market in January.Other homes with astronomical prices did sell last year. Hedge funder Ken Griffin — himself no stranger to wild real estate purchases — bought Calvin Klein’s onetime compound at 650 Meadow Lane for $84.4 million. The second priciest sale of 2020 was an East Hampton estate that traded for $67 million.The Jule Pond Road property was originally built in 1957 by Henry Ford II, grandson of the famed automaker, and was known as Fordune. The current owner is Brenda Earl, a former partner at hedge fund Zweig-Dimenna, according to property records. She purchased the property in 2002 for around $22 million.The property, which is situated on 42 acres, includes a 20,000-square-foot main house with 12 bedrooms, 12 full bathrooms and three partial bathrooms. It also features a swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts, and an outdoor kitchen. Its many indoor amenities include a billiards room and private gym.The compound is advertised as having the largest ocean frontage in the Hamptons, spanning nearly a quarter mile. The property borders protected and preserved land, adding yet another quarter mile of ocean frontage. Whether all of that is enough to finally draw in a deep-pocketed buyer remains to be seen.Contact Sasha Jones hamptons-weeklylong islandResidential Real EstateSotheby’s International Realtysouthampton villageThe Hamptons Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* 90 Jule Pond Drive is on t he market for $145 million (Sotheby’s International Realty)The Hamptons real estate market was red-hot in the past past year, even as the pandemic hammered home sales in New York City. But how much are buyers willing to pay?A Southampton property has put skyrocketing demand out east to the test with a price tag of $145 million — and if that sounds high, consider that it was once going for $30 million more.The massive estate at 90 Jule Pond Drive is co-listed by Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty and Bespoke Real Estate at that eye-popping price. It originally hit the market in 2017 at $175 million, making it the most expensive property in the Hamptons at the time. After two years and no takers, its price was chopped to $145 million in June 2019.Since then, the price hasn’t budged — and neither has the listing. A representative for Sotheby’s declined to comment; Bespoke did not provide comment prior to publication.Read moreThis massive Hamptons compound just cut $30M from its asking priceFormer ad exec asks staggering $175M for Hamptons estateKen Griffin in contract for Calvin Klein’s Hamptons compound Email Address* Tags Message*last_img read more

first_img1983 receptions of subionospheric signals radiated from Siple, Antarctica (L = 4.3) to neighboring stations Palmer (L = 2.3), Halley (L = 4.3), and South Pole (Λ = 74°), each ~ 1500 km from the horizontal (magnetically east-west) VLF transmitting antenna at Siple, were found to be strongly dependent upon azimuth and upon signal frequency. At Palmer, located equatorward in the broadside direction with respect to the antenna, signals near 2.5 kHz were often well defined, while the third harmonic of the transmitted signal, near 7.5 kHz, was not detected. Meanwhile, at Halley, the third harmonic was regularly observed and directionally stable, while the fundamental was often weak or undetectable. The field strength of the third harmonic component at Halley exceeded by ~ 40dB the level of the fundamental, when both were normalized to the same antenna input power. The large size of these effects is attributed in part to antenna properties that favor the endfire direction (toward Halley) at the 3d harmonic of the antenna half wave resonance frequency, and in general provide greater efficiency at higher frequencies. Other factors are high waveguide attenuation in the 2–4 kHz range and azimuth dependent differences in the propagating modes. The observed effects represent a way of extending the effective frequency range of the narrowband Siple antenna system, and also, by using the new crossed dipole configuration at Siple, of selectively probing certain regions of the Earth-ionosphere waveguide.last_img read more

first_imgSeasonal haul-out patterns and diet of individually marked leopard seals (Hydrurga leptonyx) were investigated at Bird Island, South Georgia during the 1983–96 winters. A total of 2956 leopard seal sightings were made, and 121 seals were tagged during the study, mainly between 1993 and 1996. Photographs of scars and pelage patterns were also used to identify a subset of these individuals across years, which provided no evidence of tag loss between or within years. Leopard seals were observed between April and November; the mean time between the first and last sightings in each year was 208 d (s d ± 48). Between 1993–96, eight seals were resident around the island for more than 100 d, and the longest recorded residence was 130 d. The proportion of tagged seals resighted was 0.35 and 0.17 in 1995 and 1996 respectively. Based on estimates of body length, 70% were not sexually mature. There was considerable inter-annual variation in abundance, with a maximum of 502 sightings during 1994, compared with a minimum of 21 during 1986 and 1989. Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella) were the main prey item (58% of kills observed and 53% of scats). Other items included penguins (28% of kills observed and 20% of scats) and fish (24% of scats). Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba), southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) and seabirds other than penguins were also present in the diet in small quantities.last_img read more

first_imgFitness can be profoundly influenced by the age at first reproduction (AFR), but to date the AFR–fitness relationship only has been investigated intraspecifically. Here, we investigated the relationship between AFR and average lifetime reproductive success (LRS) across 34 bird species. We assessed differences in the deviation of the Optimal AFR (i.e., the species-specific AFR associated with the highest LRS) from the age at sexual maturity, considering potential effects of life history as well as social and ecological factors. Most individuals adopted the species-specific Optimal AFR and both the mean and Optimal AFR of species correlated positively with life span. Interspecific deviations of the Optimal AFR were associated with indices reflecting a change in LRS or survival as a function of AFR: a delayed AFR was beneficial in species where early AFR was associated with a decrease in subsequent survival or reproductive output. Overall, our results suggest that a delayed onset of reproduction beyond maturity is an optimal strategy explained by a long life span and costs of early reproduction. By providing the first empirical confirmations of key predictions of life-history theory across species, this study contributes to a better understanding of life-history evolution.last_img read more

first_imgThe overturning circulation of the global ocean is critically shaped by deep-ocean mixing, which transforms cold waters sinking at high latitudes into warmer, shallower waters. The effectiveness of mixing in driving this transformation is jointly set by two factors: the intensity of turbulence near topography and the rate at which well-mixed boundary waters are exchanged with the stratified ocean interior. Here, we use innovative observations of a major branch of the overturning circulation—an abyssal boundary current in the Southern Ocean—to identify a previously undocumented mixing mechanism, by which deep-ocean waters are efficiently laundered through intensified near-boundary turbulence and boundary–interior exchange. The linchpin of the mechanism is the generation of submesoscale dynamical instabilities by the flow of deep-ocean waters along a steep topographic boundary. As the conditions conducive to this mode of mixing are common to many abyssal boundary currents, our findings highlight an imperative for its representation in models of oceanic overturning.last_img read more

first_imgFaunal assemblages at hydrothermal vents associated with island-arc volcanism are less well known than those at vents on mid-ocean ridges and back-arc spreading centres. This study characterizes chemosynthetic biotopes at active hydrothermal vents discovered at the Kemp Caldera in the South Sandwich Arc. The caldera hosts sulfur and anhydrite vent chimneys in 1375–1487 m depth, which emit sulfide-rich fluids with temperatures up to 212°C, and the microbial community of water samples in the buoyant plume rising from the vents was dominated by sulfur-oxidizing Gammaproteobacteria. A total of 12 macro- and megafaunal taxa depending on hydrothermal activity were collected in these biotopes, of which seven species were known from the East Scotia Ridge (ESR) vents and three species from vents outside the Southern Ocean. Faunal assemblages were dominated by large vesicomyid clams, actinostolid anemones, Sericosura sea spiders and lepetodrilid and cocculinid limpets, but several taxa abundant at nearby ESR hydrothermal vents were rare such as the stalked barnacle Neolepas scotiaensis. Multivariate analysis of fauna at Kemp Caldera and vents in neighbouring areas indicated that the Kemp Caldera is most similar to vent fields in the previously established Southern Ocean vent biogeographic province, showing that the species composition at island-arc hydrothermal vents can be distinct from nearby seafloor-spreading systems. δ13C and δ15N isotope values of megafaunal species analysed from the Kemp Caldera were similar to those of the same or related species at other vent fields, but none of the fauna sampled at Kemp Caldera had δ13C values, indicating nutritional dependence on Epsilonproteobacteria, unlike fauna at other island-arc hydrothermal vents.last_img read more