Former chief praises Socpo’s ‘evolution’

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Former chief praises Socpo’s ‘evolution’On 25 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. The outgoing president of local government HR body Socpo said she isdisappointed the society’s membership did not increase further during her yearin charge. The society’s membership increased by 200 to around 650, but Francesca Okosisaid she would have liked to see 900 members. But, she told Personnel Today she was pleased with the organisation’sevolution during her presidency and happy the body raised its profile andinfluence within local government, the public sector and with centralgovernment. In the past year, Socpo has entered into partnership with local governmentchief executive body Solace, sits on the Public Sector’s Employers’ Forum, andformed closer ties with the Government’s Office of Public Sector Reform. Okosi, director of change at government environmental agency Defra, said sheis confident Socpo’s membership will dramatically increase because of thesociety’s inclusion of Civil Service HR chiefs. last_img read more

New recombinant cold-adapted and organic solvent tolerant lipase from psychrophilic Pseudomonas sp. LSK25, isolated from Signy Island Antarctica

first_imgIn recent years, studies on psychrophilic lipases have become an emerging area of research in the field of enzymology. The study described here focuses on the cold-adapted organic solvent tolerant lipase strain Pseudomonas sp. LSK25 isolated fromSigny Station, SouthOrkney Islands,maritime Antarctic. Strain LSK25 lipase was successfully cloned, sequenced, and over-expressed in an Escherichia coli system. Sequence analysis revealed that the lipase gene of Pseudomonas sp. LSK25 consists of 1432 bp, lacks an N-terminal signal peptide and encodes a mature protein consisting of 476 amino acids. The recombinantLSK25 lipase was purified by single-step purification using Ni-Sepharose affinity chromatography and had a molecular mass of approximately 65 kDa. The final recovery and purification fold were 44% and 1.3, respectively. The LSK25 lipase was optimally active at 30 °C and at pH 6. Stable lipolytic activity was reported between temperatures of 5–30 °C and at pH 6–8. A significant enhancement of lipolyticactivity was observed in the presence of Ca2+ ions, the organic lipids of rice bran oil and coconut oil, a synthetic C12 ester and a wide range of water immiscible organic solvents. Overall, lipase strain LSK25 is a potentially desirable candidate for biotechnological application, due to its stability at low temperatures, across a range of pH and in organic solvents.last_img read more

OTM claims ‘new and exclusive’ listings strategy is working

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » OTM claims ‘new and exclusive’ listings strategy is working previous nextMarketingOTM claims ‘new and exclusive’ listings strategy is workingCEO says agents listing on OTM first is driving rapid growth in the number of people who have signed up for property alerts, which has now passed 1m mark.Nigel Lewis9th April 201901,231 Views  OnTheMarket (OTM) has claimed that its ‘new and exclusive’ listings strategy is helping the portal catch up with Rightmove, saying that over a million people have now signed up to its property alert service.OTM says a ‘key driver’ behind the sign-up milestone is many buyers’ desire to receive alerts about properties 24 hours before they are uploaded to the other portals.Rightmove remains some way ahead of OTM, although the gap is closing; Rightmove’s most recent full-year results revealed that during 2018 it sent over three quarters of a billion instant alerts to ‘over two million’ people.By comparison OTM says it sent over half a billion instant alerts to its base, or three quarters of Rightmove’s figure, and claims that more of its users are people planning home moves who are, therefore, generating higher-quality leads.Quality leadsOther portals attract a higher proportion of ‘property porn’ consumers and industry users, it claims.No comparison with Zoopla is possible since its parent company ZPG de-listed on the stock exchange in July last year and stopped publishing comprehensive performance figures.“OnTheMarket is continuing to close the gap with Rightmove in terms of engagement with currently active property-seekers,” says Ian Springett, CEO of OnTheMarket Plc (left).“That over one million people are already using our property alert service indicates the agent-backed  is delivering an increasingly relevant service for the property-seeking public.“This is creating growing value for our agent advertisers and is an important step towards providing them with a market-leading alternative to Rightmove and Zoopla.”Read more about OTM.Rightmove OnTheMarket OTM Zoopla April 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 read more

Support the NHS! The property industry players doing their bit

first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » Support the NHS! The property industry players doing their bit previous nextCOVID-19 newsSupport the NHS! The property industry players doing their bitAs front-line services struggle in some areas to get support, the property industry swings into action.Sheila Manchester22nd April 20200778 Views Strawberry Star Group has donated 800 N-90 quality protective masks to NHS West Essex and a number of residential care homes across Newham and Havering.Santhosh Gowda (above), Chairman, Strawberry Star Group, says, “Covid-19 has immensely increased the burden of our healthcare network. These are extremely difficult and challenging times for frontline staff, who are at the greatest risk of contracting the virus. We wanted to extend our support to them by donating protective masks.”“We know that N-90 masks are widely used beyond hospitals, by volunteers and care givers too, so we could see the potential to support the broader network of frontline key workers, such as those looking after the elderly.”Strawberry Star has now donated 400 N-90 face masks to the NHS in Epping, to be used at St. Margaret’s Hospital and other local clinics. Another 400 masks were donated to Newham and Havering Councils, who will be using them to support the most vulnerable people.”Meanwhile, Steven Kontou, Director, SK Estate Agency says, “We are based in Sheffield and we are currently offering nine apartments (see poster, right) in an apart-hotel to NHS workers to stay free of charge. The total cost of the guests stay is being covered by our agency,“I am supporting the NHS is a cause close to my heart – both my wife and one of our part time members of staff are front line staff in the NHS dealing with Covid-19 patients.”Guy Platt-Higgins (left), owner of Wallasey-based Skellens Estate Agents, said, “This is a ‘once in a lifetime’ crisis and I feel we all have to pull together to mitigate the impact of it.“Through our commercial contacts we have sourced much needed PPE. Our urgent order for 2,500 World Health Organisation compliant surgical masks has just arrived and we are now busy delivering them to local health centres, GP practices, nursing homes, Arrowe Park Hospital and the police.”“If they save a life or at least stop the spread of the virus then at least we have helped as best we can.“This terrible pandemic has touched the lives of everyone in some way or other – including house movers whose plans have been put on hold. We all must try to look after each other as best we can.”Update from Steven Kontou, 23rd April 2020“Our estate agency business is in Sheffield and we are currently offering nine apartments in an apart-hotel to NHS workers to stay free of charge. The total cost of the guests stay is being covered by our agency.“The apartments were recently refurbished. They are usually used as an apart-hotel for contractors, and general short stay guests. At this time of the year we would, typically, have guests staying for the snooker. We do not usually let them through the agency. They are ideal for guests really as they all have their own bathroom, kitchen, Wi-Fi, parking and they are all accessed via a remote key coded lock so no key exchange is required which is good for social distancing.“My wife is called Kate Kontou, she is a Clinical Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist. Kate says, “I have worked in the NHS for 10 years and seen what an amazing job everyone does first hand. It felt like the ideal opportunity to give something back.”“Another colleague is also on the frontline was unable to give her name and a quote as she needs permission from the trust). She works on every Saturday for us in the agency and in the NHS five days a week. We have given her leave with full pay about six weeks ago as she is obviously needed more by the NHS at the moment.“The apartments are located centrally between Hallamshire Hospital and Northern General Hospital so we are happy to accommodate people working in either hospital, or in community services. We would also take frontline staff from either Rotherham or Chesterfield.“We currently have a guest who works at the Hospital as a Clinical Care Support worker dealing with Covid-19 patients. She is living with her parents who have both had the letter to self-isolate for a minimum of 12 weeks due to underlying health issues. Therefore, we are been able to offer her accommodation so she can go to work without worrying about putting her parents at risk.“I am the director of the business and a Member of the RICS and a fellow of both ARLA and the NAEA. I have seen on the TV and first-hand what an amazing job the NHS and Key workers are doing but I feel a little helpless. I live and breathe property so donating the apartments to the NHS frontline was an easy decision.“We are a business but making money is not important at this time, we need to do whatever we can to help support people fighting Covid-19.”What are you doing to support the NHS? Email us here.Santhosh Gowda NHS Charities Together coronavirus Strawberry Star Group April 22, 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 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 read more

James Snyder & Wife Jacqueline Welcome Baby Girl

first_img View Comments Hey, Kid (again!). Broadway fave James Snyder and his wife Jacqueline Dadon Snyder have welcomed into the family a baby sister for their son Oliver. Willa Emerson Snyder was born on July 27 at 8PM at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, weighing in at a healthy 8lbs 11oz and measuring 21 inches. Mom and baby are doing well.The proud parents tell “Even though she was a week late, Willa still made curtain, and we are looking forward to introducing her to the world! Judging from the strength of her lungs, she may have a future as a belter!”Snyder recently headlined Ever After at the Paper Mill Playhouse. On the Great White Way he has been seen starring opposite Idina Menzel in If/Then and Cry-Baby. His screen credits include Anna’s Dream, Pretty Persuasion, She’s the Man, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Blue Bloods and The Good Wife.last_img read more

Race Report: Bury Me at Lake Logan (but not anytime soon)

first_imgIt has become my favorite weekend of the year. Hands down. I love Lake Logan weekend. When Melissa and I were getting into triathlon, circa 2008-09, we started looking for races in interesting places around the State of North Carolina. Long enamored with the foothills of Asheville and points west, I stumbled upon Lake Logan International Triathlon, just outside of Canton, N.C. We first did the race in August of 2009, spending Friday night in nearby Waynesville, then Saturday night after the race in Asheville. I fell immediately and irretrievably in love with that weekend and in particular, Lake Logan.We’ve done it five years running now and it has never failed to leave me deeply satisfied. Annually held on the first Saturday of August, Logan comes at a time of year that finds my soul in need of nourishment – deeply diminished by the grinding heat and humidity of a long summer and the bleak morass that is the sports world between the end of the Tour de France and the start of College Football season. Logan is a welcome retreat from steamy Raleigh into the high hills west of Asheville, and as we make that annual drive up the mountain on I-40, my blood pressure drops in corresponding degrees with each west bound mile marker. Logan is medicinal – I daresay even spiritual. It is my late summer North Star and I am reminded each year of the simple, luxuriant pleasure of needing a long sleeve t-shirt against the cool morning air.*****According to the site, Lake Logan sprang up in 1932 when the powers that be at Champion Mill, located in nearby Canton, decided to dam the West Fork of the Pigeon River, resulting in an 87 acre lake that flooded the former logging community of Sunburst. Named for Logan Thompson, the son of Peter J. Thompson who founded Champion, Lake Logan soon became home to various meeting, sleeping and dining facilities constructed from logs of deconstructed cabins in nearby counties and served as a retreat for Champion Mill executives well into the 1990s. Many of the buildings survive today and were purchased by the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina in 2000 after Champion sold its holdings. The Diocese operates a retreat at Logan and in 2006 sponsored the first Lake Logan Multi-Sports Festival, which has grown to include international and sprint triathlons, an aqua-thon (swim/run) and aqua-bike (swim/bike).*****The swim portion of the triathlon is one of the very few wetsuit-legal swims (possibly the only one) in the summertime triathlon circuit throughout the Carolinas, which indicates that the water temperature is below the acceptable wetsuit cutoff temperature of 78 degrees. Usually it is considerably cooler and this year it was a bone-chilling 67 degrees. The last hundred yards or so of the swim goes under the Lake Logan Road bridge and directly into the chilly mountain stream which feeds the lake, resulting in a lung-seizing five to ten degree drop in temperature. It is cold, people, but in August, you appreciate that kind of thing.The swim itself is enchantingly beautiful, setting off just after dawn, the narrow lake bookended by hills covered in hemlock and fir and topped by a cloud cover almost low enough to touch, hanging grey and cottony like soiled gauze over the water. The .9 mile course runs in a long rectangle and as you advance in that strange watery silence unique to lake swims, the hills to your right and left rise up in your periphery and you – I at least – feel totally at ease, peaceful and warm in the thought that there is no place on Earth I would rather be on the first Saturday in August than in this very place.The bike course is 24 miles of mostly rolling hills through Southern Haywood County, bookended by steep climbs out of T1 and coming back, just before T2. It is Southern Appalachian farm country, generously dotted with picturesque and diminutive farms, ancient barns and the occasional work mule, brooding and contemplative in its pen. Mostly flat to downhill on the first nine miles, you don’t so much ride the bike course as you float through it, enjoying the novelty of the cool air and the rustic countryside. You can almost hear banjo music in the air, although not in the moronic, clichéd sense of snickering Deliverance references, but deep in your veins – in the very fiber of your being, as if the hills are calling to you in bent, five string notes. And for me at least, it sounds a lot like home.The last 15 miles of the bike are mostly up hill – the heady reverie a little less pronounced, the determined exertion a little more. Your average speed steadily declines as the hills exert dominion over any unspoken plans you may have harbored for a 22 mph average. The last climb is truly taxing, but Lake Logan is visible to the right, through the chlorophyll-choked cover of summer trees. You know you are closing in on the run and this carries you upward.The run is a 10k – three miles mostly uphill from the base of T2 along Lake Logan Road to Sunburst campsite just within the borders of Pisgah National Forest (the campsite takes its name from that long-forgotten logging community). This is followed at the turn by the much-anticipated pleasure of three miles mostly down hill back to the finish. The run is always an especially happy time as you pass friends either going or coming and contemplate the completed swim and bike in between high fives and shouts of encouragement.The finish is always sun-splashed, the low cloud cover of early morning burned away as friends gather to cheer each other and chat about the race – what went right, what went wrong, how cold the water was, etc. The temperature is late summer perfection – warm but not hot – and we make our way to the food tent where we eat sandwiches and chat some more. We are pleasantly tired after 31 miles of swimming, biking and running and as we sit there amongst friends in the perfect post-race warmth, it is, how can I put this… exceedingly nice.Later, Melissa and I always check in at the Indigo Hotel in downtown Asheville – an easy walk to all that downtown has to offer, which is much. After lunch and a nap, we’ll meet friends again for well-earned margaritas and dinner at our favorite Asheville establishment, Salsa’s. We’ll dine in the narrow ally way outside and soak in the perfect mountain air. Saturday night after dinner can go late and on occasion ends early, but is always fun.Sunday, we’ll sleep in and have breakfast at Early Girl Eatery or Over Easy. Afterwards we’ll walk over to Mast General Store and my favorite bookstore, Malaprops, where I take almost as much pleasure eavesdropping on the aging hippies gathered earnestly to discuss new age mumbo jumbo as I do in the truly wonderful selection of books.We linger, not wanting to leave. We order coffee, we stroll, we take in Asheville and all of its charms. And then, reluctantly, we get in the car and we head home. And on the drive home, we talk about our weekend and Logan weekends of years past, and the four-hour drive breezes by. Its Monday after Logan as I write this, and we’ve already planned next year’s trip.I told Melissa that when I kick the bucket, I want my ashes spread over Lake Logan. And though nothing is guaranteed, I’m hoping we’ll have a lot more Logan weekends between now and then.Alan Piercy is a freelance writer and veteran endurance athlete from Raleigh, NC. He has completed two Ironman triathlons and the JFK 50 Mile ultra run among other events. He writes frequently about the challenges and rewards of competing in endurance sports and his blog can be found at  Want to submit a race report, story, or essay for the website? Shoot an email to submit[at] read more

Solar start-up Xurya becomes first recipient of Southeast Asian green fund

first_imgFor Xurya, which recently expanded to Sumatra and Sulawesi islands, the investment also represents a lifeline, as energy investments have collapsed globally following a decline in energy demand amid the ongoing health crisis.Globally, new solar PV installations are expected to dip by 17.5 percent from last year, led by falling demand among homeowners and small-medium businesses “as they look to save money or reduce capital spending”, wrote the International Energy Agency (IEA) in May.“Amid the economic crisis, SEACEF’s early investment into Xurya will create new jobs, provide efficiencies and most importantly, provide the development funds to show that a green recovery can be achieved,” Clime Capital managing director Mason Wallick said in the statement.Clime Capital, a Singapore-based investment firm, manages the SEACEF that raised an initial US$10 million from several philanthropic organizations such as the United States’ Wellspring Climate Initiative and the United Kingdom’s High Tide Foundation.The fund specializes in providing high-risk capital for renewable energy projects in Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines to help the projects get off the ground. Editor’s note: This article has been revised to state that Xurya will use the investment to continue developing 80 megawatt peak (MWp) rooftop photovoltaic (PV) projects for businesses and industries in IndonesiaTopics : Jakarta-based solar start-up Xurya has received an undisclosed investment sum from the multimillion-dollar South East Asia Clean Energy Facility (SEACEF), becoming the fund’s first recipient since its launch in June.Xurya said on Monday that the funds would be used to continue developing 80 megawatt peak (MWp) rooftop photovoltaic (PV) projects for businesses and industries in Indonesia.“Against the slowdown of utility-scale solar investments, we believe that commercial and industrial customers are a bright spot for electrification investors in Indonesia,” said Xurya managing director Eka Himawan.last_img read more

Cairn sells half of its interest in Nova project

first_imgSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit. Cairn Energy has entered into a farm-out agreement for the sale of a 10% interest in the Wintershall Dea-operated Nova development offshore Norway.Installation of subsea templates on Nova field. Source: Wintershall DeaWith effect from January 1, 2019, ONE-Dyas Norge will acquire 10% in the project by paying $59.5 million plus customary working capital adjustments on completion, Cairn said in a statement on Tuesday.Following this transaction, Cairn will retain a participating 10% interest in the Nova development and reduce its capital expenditure to the end of 2021 in the Nova area by approximately $110m.Cairn said it will use the proceeds of the transaction to fund group exploration and development activities.The Nova field development plan was submitted and approved in mid-2018 by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate with first oil targeted in 2021.The transaction remains subject to written consent by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, partner and third-party approvals.As a result of the transaction, subject to approvals, the partners in these licenses will be as follows: Licenses PL418/PL418B: Wintershall DEA (Operator) 45%, Spirit Energy 20%, Edison 15%, Cairn 10%, ONE-Dyas 10%; and, License PL378: Wintershall DEA (Operator) 76%, Cairn 12%, ONE-Dyas 12%.The gross asset value of the interests being transferred was $62.5m, the net asset value was $28.5m.The Nova field is located in the Norwegian North Sea, 120km northwest of Bergen. The expected recoverable reserves from the field are around 80 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe), of which the majority will be oil. The partnership is investing almost 1.1 billion euros in the development of the Nova field, which is expected to come on stream in 2021.The Nova is being developed with two subsea templates tied back to the Neptune-operated Gjøa platform. Gjøa will receive the well stream, and provide water injection and gas lift to the Nova field. A new module will be lifted onto Gjøa in 2020.In May this year, Wintershall Dea installed two subsea templates on the ocean floor in Norway, marking a major milestone for its operated Nova project.last_img read more

21 OFWs negative for COVID-19 virus

first_imgTheir respective local government units fetched the OFWs from the hotel. The test results of the three turned out negative. Two of them were residents of Guimbal, Iloilo and another was from San Dionisio, Iloilo. * 33-year-old-male from Dingle, Iloilo (Patient No. 76), hospitalized They were allowed to go home on May 14, a day after the results were released, but were told to finish 14-day quarantine in isolation facilities prepared their respective local government units. These four were from the first and second batches of repatriated WV OFWs. The 24 OFWs were the third batch of Region 6 overseas workers repatriated since April. This batch was composed of 41 OFWs some of whom were residents of towns and cities in other Western Visayas provinces. * 32-year-old male from Pavia, Iloilo (Patient No. 92), facility quarantine 2. OFWs must have certification that they have finished a 14-day quarantine As of May 14, only four repatriated OFWs in Iloilo province tested positive for COVID-19. They were the following: They would wrap up their quarantine on May 22. These were the three requirements:center_img * 24-year-old male from Tigbauan, Iloilo (Patient No. 46), recovered The 21 OFWs were part of the 24 Ilonggo overseas workers who returned here after over a month of being stranded in Metro Manila due to the quarantine here. The testing of returning OFWs was a requirement set by the Western Visayas Regional Task Force on COVID-19 in resolutions No. 12, 13 and 14. According to Dr. Maria Socorro Colmenares-Quiñon of the Provincial Health Office, the results of the OFWs’ reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) tests were released on May 13. The OFWs waited for the results while on quarantine at a hotel on General Luna Street, Iloilo City. 3. OFWs must have medical certificates that they are asymptomatic and are in good health condition/PN 1. OFWs must have undergone RT-PCR test with negative result conducted within seven days prior to boarding ILOILO – Twenty-one overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who returned to this province on May 9 tested negative for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). * 26-year-old male from Tigbauan (Patient No. 47)last_img read more

Cardinals 5th Grade Girls Start Off Season Against Wildkats

first_imgThe St. Louis Cardinals 5th Grade Girls Basketball team played their 1st game of the season tonight at St. Mary’s in North Vernon and were defeated by a score of 18-11.It was a very competitive, close game all night which saw the Cardinals down by only three points late in the second half of the game. Aside from a few costly turnovers and some first game anxiety, the team played really well!The team was led in scoring by Claire Saner (6), Sadie Wachsmann (3), Lilly Schebler (2). Another key aspect of the game was the effort of Kate Weber, Isabelle Wonnell, Izzi Price, Lea Cossentino and Isabel Fitzgerald who all played really aggressive defense!The next game will be Monday, January 23rd at home against St. Michael’s.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Schebler.last_img