A dynamical link is demonstrated between the equatorial quasi-biennial oscillation (QBO) and high-latitude mesospheric zonal winds recorded by an Imaging Doppler Interferometer (IDI) at Halley, Antarctica. Above ~80 km eastward winds in winter (an extension of the polar vortex into the mesosphere) are strengthened under easterly 50 hPa QBO conditions. This is similar to the Holton-Tan effect in the stratosphere but working in opposition. The weak winter time zonal winds are shown to differ by up to 2.6 m/s dependent on QBO phase. In spring, zonal winds are most strongly correlated with the equatorial 25 hPa QBO and are significantly more westerly in November, an extension of the QBO response in the stratosphere below. It is suggested that QBO modulation of the vortex winds in the Antarctic mesosphere is dependent on planetary-wave activity from the Antarctic in winter and Arctic in spring.
Home » News » London’s largest agent invests in deposit replacement service previous nextProducts & ServicesLondon’s largest agent invests in deposit replacement serviceThe agency, which already uses Zero Deposit, says deposit replacement market is due to grow.Nigel Lewis27th January 202101,462 Views Sixty-branch agency KFH, one of London’s largest operators, is the latest property industry player to invest in Zero Deposit.The company joins several other industry big hitters including Andrews, Connells, LSL, Countrywide, Knight Frank, Foxtons and Acorn all of whom are shareholders in the alternative deposit business.Zero Deposit has also received money from the government’s Future Fund, and the business says 75% of the UK’s top 50 letting agencies who have selected a deposit replacement partner use its platform.Demand“We’ve partnered with Zero Deposit since June 2018 so have witnessed first-hand the demand for the product and the value it provides to our lettings branches,” says Paul Masters (left), Group Operations Director of KFH.“The positive trajectory of the deposit replacement market will only accelerate and backing Zero Deposit helps us to capitalise on that, while ensuring landlords and tenants have the security of a market leading product.”The platform was launched in early 2018 led by former Zoopla sales chief Jon Notley, who stepped back from his CEO job in October last year to take a non-exec role. He made way for a former PrimeLocation marketing chief Sam Reynolds (pictured).He says 60,000 tenants have now used its tenancy deposit alternative to move home and provided landlords with protection worth £50 million.“We see daily examples of how moving with a Zero Deposit Guarantee makes renting easier, faster and fairer. Working with KFH and their enhanced market presence in London makes that a reality for even more landlords and tenants,” says Reynolds.Sam Reynolds KFH Paul Masters zero deposit January 27, 2021Nigel 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 2021
Hundreds of spectators turned up to watch the Oxford men and women’s blues teams ski to victory at this year’s races, held on the Varsity Trip in Val Thorens, France. Vin chaud and hot dogs kept the crowds warm as a DJ pumped music onto the slopes and the Oxford and Cambridge ski teams slalomed their way down the flood lit course, finishing through an enormous Varsity Trip inflatable arch to the cheers of their supporters. The Giant Slalom races were held during the day in terrible conditions. With a snow storm, strong wind and a badly cut up course, it was not a surprise that the Olympic race piste, which was one of the longest and most challenging in Varsity history, took its share of victims. The money was on the Oxford men’s blues team (Adrien Geiger (capt), Freddie Clough, George Hamer, Freddie Athill, Phil Senior, Laurence Whyatt) to hold on to the cup, however ex Great Britain team member Freddie Clough and highly ranked BUSC racer Phil Senior were quickly sent crashing out of the course and into the side netting. Four out of six team members must complete the course to avoid a heavy time penalty, so with the first and third seeds down, the remaining four skiers put up a brave fight and played it safe to stay in the game, however the Oxford blues were far behind Cambridge, with 12.61 seconds to make up in the Slalom races. Meanwhile the top four Oxford women blues finished well and were close on the heels of an exceptionally strong Cambridge side. The Slalom races started in the evening, along with the crowds and entertainment. All racers were keen to impress, and above all, the Oxford Blues men, who knew they had to make up vital seconds. This time all six team members made it down with exceptional times. After a tense wait and a nerve wracking announcement, whereby Oxford… no… Cambridge… no… Oxford were finally declared the overall Winners by just 0.92s. The Oxford Women’s Blues team also managed to shave off enough seconds, beating Cambridge equivalents in exciting races. The Oxford Men’s second team were less fortunate and lost to their counterparts due Christian Reinecke’s controversial disqualification, who finished the course with a superb time but on only one ski, which breaks international FIS regulations. The men’s third team and women’s second team won by impressive margins. The Varsity Trip 07 was the biggest and most successful in history, with 1700 Oxbridge students descending on Val Thorens, one of the highest resorts in the French Alps, for two weeks of racing, freestyle events, and debauched behaviour.by Frederick Athill
Delivering the deal negotiated with the EU remains the government’s top priority. This has not changed. However, as a responsible government we are preparing for all scenarios and in December 2018 Cabinet agreed to accelerate the next phase of no deal planning.What is BEIS doing to prepare businesses?The government is taking the steps to prepare for the UK leaving the European Union and is working to ensure that businesses have the information they need to prepare. As well as regular and ongoing engagement with research institutes, businesses, and business and trade representative groups to discuss their priorities and concerns, we have taken forward significant preparations including: what your business will need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU what’s changing in your industry information on specific rules and regulations Other sources of information are available for businesses including from business representative organisations and trade bodies. What do businesses need to do now?If you run a business you can access information on a range of measures you may need to take in order to prepare, including the guidance available in the event of no deal. These notices will be regularly updated with the latest information.Government has launched the business readiness website which includes a tool to enable you to find out: recruitment of 700 new staff to work on EU Exit policy using additional funding allocated by HM Treasury for Brexit preparedness passing of new legislation to lay the groundwork for our future outside the EU with 57 out of 63 required statutory instruments required by Exit day, including new laws for a nuclear safeguards regime that will maintain the UK industry’s ability to trade in the nuclear sector while ensuring the UK remains on track to meet its international obligations on day one of exit laying of legislation and the putting in place of new measures to ensure a robust and effective product safety and metrology regime post-Exit by the Office for Product Safety and Standards the publication of 28 technical notices, including oil and gas, climate change, company law and state aid. These will continue to be updated. These notices also include guidance about what actions businesses need to take in order to carry on exporting and importing a range of goods and services continuing to work closely with the UK research community to maintain collaboration with the EU while laying legislation to ensure laws governing areas like employment rights and renewable energy remain world-leading after we leave retaining a general system for recognition where UK regulators will be required to recognise EEA and Swiss qualifications which are of an equivalent standard to UK qualifications in scope, content and level working with Ofgem, the Northern Ireland Utility Regulator and interconnector operators to put in place arrangements that aim to ensure that electricity and gas continue to flow across borders through interconnectors signing Nuclear Cooperation Agreements (NCA) with Australia, Canada and the United States. The NCAs allow the UK to continue civil nuclear cooperation when current European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) arrangements cease to apply in the UK protecting our climate ambition by taking steps to ensure that, if we leave the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, on day one companies will still have to report their carbon emissions and there will be a carbon tax of equivalent impact – to make sure that these important emissions don’t increase as a result of a no deal scenario publishing a package of secondary legislation in December to ensure our energy laws function effectively after exit day, including: European Network Codes, Electricity and Gas Acts, and EU regulations under the Third Energy Package £92 million of funding work on the development of options for a UK Global Navigation Satellite System; and working with Cabinet Office, DExEU and other departments to ensure all business sectors are appropriately informed on all major issues
Today, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill announced its final run of shows in its current Times Square location (237 W 42nd St) in New York City, after 18 years of hosting some of music and entertainment’s most revered names–including Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Etta James, Alicia Keys, The Allman Brothers, ZZ Top, Jay-Z, Bon Jovi, Mary J. Blige, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Al Green, Wilson Pickett, Bo Diddley, and B.B. King himself.According to a press statement, the decision to close its doors was “due to escalating rent”, explaining that “the historic venue and supper club is forced to close its doors with a final performance on April 29, 2018.” However, they promise, “B.B. King Blues Club is in the process of selecting a new location in Manhattan to relocate the venue.”In addition to this sad announcement, B.B. King’s announced the final schedule before they close their doors. Buddy Guy, Rick Ross, Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh + Special Guests, El Gran Combo, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, and more will all celebrate the venue’s legacy for one last time. Buddy Guy will headline the final B.B. King Blues Club show on Sunday, April 29. Check out the full schedule below, and click here to purchase tickets. Additional shows will be announced in the next few days.In a press release, Tsion Bensusan, Chief Operating Officer states,It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share the news about B.B. King Blues Club’s closing. Despite many sold out shows, the location’s rent escalated to an unsustainable level, leaving us no choice but to close our doors. Unfortunately, this has become a growing trend in New York City, with other iconic music venues and businesses falling victim to opportunistic property owners. This venue’s legacy extends much further than the stage, playing a role in Times Square’s revitalization two decades ago. It is a shame that wasn’t taken into consideration regarding its future in the area. Nevertheless, we feel extremely grateful for the overwhelming support we have received from both fans and artists over the years to create some truly historic and incredible memories in this space. We hope that we can find a new place to call home very soon so we can continue bringing live music to you all.Furthermore, all shows scheduled beyond the April 29th closing date will be moved to various venues throughout the city. The weekly Sunday Gospel Brunch featuring The Harlem Gospel Choir will give their two final performances at B.B. King’s on April 22nd and 29th. B.B. King’s is currently working with the group to find a new home for their weekly residency which will be announced shortly. Lucille’s Grill, located inside the venue, will remain open until April 29th and will feature sets by club favorites: B.B. King Blues Club All-Stars, Jon Paris, A Decade of Soul, and more.B.B. King Blues Club & Grill Closing Week Celebration Show Schedule:April 17 & 18 Buddy GuyApril 22 William Bell’s Memphis Soul RevueApril 23 Rick RossApril 25 Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh + Special GuestsApril 26 El Gran ComboApril 28 George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic + Special GuestsApril 29 Buddy Guy
“To blow things up.”Harvard President Drew Faust on Tuesday recalled the words Rita Hauser spoke two years ago at the inaugural symposium of the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT). Hauser’s provocation was for faculty to reimagine classroom learning.This year’s HILT event, focused on “engagement and distance,” was held in a decidedly stolid structure, Harvard Law School’s mammoth Wasserstein Hall. But, in a nod to Hauser’s prodding — and the support that she and her husband, Gustave, LL.B. ’53, have given to transform teaching and learning at Harvard, including a new digital studio in Widener Library — little explosions were everywhere.Surveying the 400 educators present, almost two-thirds being faculty, Faust noted the emergence of “an intellectual common space” for pedagogical experimentation. Picking up on that theme, David Garvin, C. Roland Christensen Professor of Business Administration, asked the opening panel to debate whether true educational innovation was possible.Melissa Franklin, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, responded with a hammer to the wall. She used a HILT grant to create SciBox, a flexible lab and teaching environment where anything can be moved, modified, or even broken. Her aim was to bring “a lack of respect to learning” and to inspire others, especially students, to “not ask for permission.”In a similar manner, when students in Glenda Carpio’s course needed a way to discuss “race in an impolite way,” the viral “I, Too, Am Harvard” social media campaign was born. Carpio, professor of English and of African and African American studies, said technology liberated the conversation on and beyond campus.Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law, celebrated the virtues of tuning out. To help him focus on writing, he uses software that denies Wi-Fi access for set periods of time. Lessig submitted the following as a learning innovation: “Going retro” to “create an environment where certain technologies” could be silenced.The heart of the event was a series of hands-on workshops, from designing a HarvardX course to using blended learning to integrating simulations and games.Sandwiched between the flashier titles, a seeming outlier sat: “Teaching Ethical Reasoning,” with Jay Harris and William English. That session, however, may have been the kind of unexpected microburst Rita Hauser had hoped to see cutting through campus.English, a HILT research fellow, dove deep into “ER36: Institutional Corruption,” a course that is part of the College’s General Education curriculum and meets the ethical reasoning requirement.Almost every aspect of the course was sliced and diced, from the relation of prior G.P.A. to final course grades, in-class and online participation levels, and anecdotal student assessments about motivation and perceived learning.The initial findings were not surprising: More time with course materials leads to better grades; motivation is the best predictor of success; and night owls turning out assignments from 2 to 6 a.m. rarely fare well. Having this level of data on a course was new; the room of participants leaned in with every new scatter plot.Beyond the data lay the real challenge. English said that a goal for the course was to make ethical thinking like “an inoculation,” so when students encountered challenging scenarios in the future, whether as an E.R. doctor or a C.E.O., they had an analytical tool kit at the readyHarris, Harry Austryn Wolfson Professor of Jewish Studies and dean of undergraduate education, reflected on the challenge of knowing if the vaccine is working. He has long had a concern that students view ethical reasoning as merely a “jumping through hoops” exercise, or as too specialized.For Harris, figuring out how to best engage students with a messy topic, where there are no right answers, is no less than the purpose of education itself, as “uncertainty is the intellectual condition we must all find ways to live with.” If achieving success merited blowing up the entire class, Harris could prove to be the first to push the lever.The process of competing for “mindspace,” or learner attention, in the age of online distractions like Facebook was picked up by Sam Moulton, director of educational research and assessment at HILT, and Columbia Business School’s Malia Mason, as part of the second panel on early research findings. Both explored the general perception that student in-class attendance, time spent on coursework outside of class, and amount and quality of note taking (on paper or computer) have all declined.While incentivizing desired behaviors from mandatory attendance to no-laptop policies, Moulton, citing philosopher Henry David Thoreau, encouraged the audience to spend time “striking at the root,” or exploring the kinds of deep questions English and Harris did, while making incremental improvements.Bharat Anand, faculty chair of HBX, the nascent online learning program from Harvard Business School (HBS), switched gears and talked about the quest to “create something ‘wow’” from the ground up. With CORe, a primer on business for preprofessional college students, the HBX team baked specific learning objectives and engagement mechanisms (such as algorithmic cold calling) into a platform designed to reimagine, not replicate, the case method in an online environment.Anand was surprised that some of the “magic” he sees in his traditional business classes found its way into the pilot online program, which some students called a “life changer.” Now he and his team are trying to tease out why it is working so well and how to implement improvements.The HILT conference concluded with a panel on institutional adaptation. With Extension School Dean Hunt Lambert dispelling the specter of disruption — “the majority of the disruption has already happened” — he said the focus needs to be “faculty, faculty, faculty.”Lambert pointed to what he called Harvard’s “secret lair” at 125 Mt. Auburn St. as part of the solution. The building is home to HarvardX, HILT, parts of the Division of Continuing Education, the Teaching and Learning Technologies effort, and some members of the Bok Center. A skunk works space for “CS50,” a hallmark for innovation in teaching, is on the third floor.Peter Bol, vice provost for advances in learning, said that the dream of a “one-stop shop” for faculty and a vibrant network of experts on innovative pedagogy and learning research was being realized.Reflecting on the symposium, Erin Driver-Linn, associate provost for institutional research and director of HILT, echoed Bol’s sentiment. “These events create space for vibrant discourse about changes in educational practice, with faculty from a broad range of disciplines and instructional goals engaging with one another, academic professionals, and senior leaders,” she said.“One faculty member told me that in 30 years he had never seen such a diverse University crowd and so many talking substantively and excitedly about teaching and learning. The collaborations and conversations that get started here seem to be transforming education at Harvard from the inside out.”A final thought that will keep the campus air charged came from Jim Ryan, dean of the Graduate School of Education. It was deceptively simple and agnostic about solutions: “The only distance that prevents engagement is emotional distance.”
Randy Weston’s first recordings as a band leader began in the mid-1950s; he has released more than 40 recordings over five-plus decades. Compositions such as “Hi-Fly” and “Little Niles” have become jazz standards. A poster from a State Department tour of Africa in 1967. Weston’s tours of the African continent aimed to bring traditional African music to the consciousness of its Western descendants, and bring the best of American jazz music back to Africans. The legendary jazz pianist and composer Randy Weston spent a lifetime using music to tell stories that crossed cultures and continents. On Wednesday, Harvard will honor the 90-year-old for his extraordinary body of work and the University’s acquisition of his personal archive during a celebration at Agassiz Theater.“Man, how did I get here?” the spirited entertainer said during a phone call from his New York home last week. “When I trace my life and the musicians I’ve played with — I’m so blessed. I’ve met almost everyone in my life through music.”Weston’s archive reads as a “Who’s Who” of jazz greats, literary luminaries, pioneering performers, and social activists. In one breath, Weston ticked off collaborations with Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Melba Liston, and John Lee Hooker, then recalled meeting Marshall W. Stearns, his correspondence with Langston Hughes (whose poem inspired Weston’s 1960 landmark album “Uhuru Afrika”), and his travels to Nigeria with Nina Simone as part of a U.S. delegation.Jazz pianist Randy Weston at HarvardJazz pianist Randy Weston performs live as part of the Learning from Performers program at the Office for the Arts at Harvard in 1999. “I felt perfectly at home in Africa,” recalled Weston, who grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, where his father taught him a deep love for his ancestral roots and an appreciation for collecting journals and historical papers. “It was like I had never left.”His time in Africa is one compelling aspect of the archive that Ingrid Monson, the Quincy Jones Professor of African-American Music, is particularly excited to use in her own research and in teaching future courses.“He is one of the key people to link jazz and Africa. He ran a jazz club in Morocco for many years, and worked with many African musicians there. I knew in these materials there would be a lot of things documenting that time. When Sarah Adams [the Richard F. French Librarian of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library] and I went to look at the archive, it was astonishing, and extremely well-organized. There are materials about him, but also jazz as a whole,” she said. Randy Weston with his longtime collaborator Melba Liston in 1985. Liston was a jazz trombonist, musical arranger, and composer, as well as the first female trombonist to play in American big bands during the 1940s. The archive includes a wealth of original flyers, handbills, announcements, and visually evocative posters that reflect the jazz scene of the 1960s and ’70s. Images courtesy of Randy Weston Weston, his daughter Pamela, and his son Azzedine Niles in Morocco in the late 1960s. The Weston archive, which includes an estimated 300 manuscript scores and 1,300 audio and visual media, will reside in the Music Library and will be available to the public. It marks the first archival collaboration among the Jazz Research Initiative, the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the Harvard Library.“When Ingrid brought this as a proposal, I could see why it was of interest to her and of greater interest to Harvard. It’s a very deep archive that has multidisciplinary implications,” Adams said. “The archive offers such a detailed picture of the jazz world over a long period of time. I have the sense that he had, from early on, a sense of history and his place in it — his connection to ancestors, the places he’s been, and the people he’s been connected to.”The visit is a coming home of sorts for Weston, who feels connected to the University and to Massachusetts. As a young man, he worked as a dishwasher and landscaper in the Berkshires (“I got my first traffic ticket in Pittsfield”), and he performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1981. He recorded Count Basie’s “Harvard Blues” in 1993 with Johnny Copeland singing the George Frazier (’32) lyrics about social life on campus.“I’ve always loved this piece,” said Weston, who came to campus in 1999 when he took the stage with Tom Everett and the Harvard Jazz Band as part of the Office for the Arts’ Learning from Performers program.These days, the pace of his performance schedule moves only slightly slower than it did in decades past, and his hands are ever nimble. Along with a performance Wednesday with his African Rhythms Quintet, the elder jazz statesman will also play the role of scholar, speaking about life on a global music stage and the social history he witnessed.“He’s a natural-born teacher,” said Adams. “He loves to share, and having him available to put his archive in context is as amazing as the archive itself.”Harvard will celebrate Weston and the acquisition of his archive at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Horner Room in Agassiz Theater. Admission is free, but tickets, available through the Harvard Box Office, are required. 617-496-2222.SaveSave Weston performing with Dizzy Gillespie. Weston emerged from a thriving musical scene in 1950s Brooklyn. His most enduring musical influence was Thelonious Monk, who welcomed Weston into his home in the early ’50s and nurtured his talent.
Students found a way to put South Bend snow to good use Saturday, racing down South Quad on improvised “dog sleds” for the third annual I-Domer-Rod to benefit the Declan Drumm Sullivan Memorial Fund. Fisher, Lyons and Pangborn Halls co-sponsored the event, but competition was open to participants from all across campus. Sophomore Maggie Rohlk, an organizer of the I-Domer-Rod, said the event was an opportunity to benefit a good cause while having fun. “What better way to support charity than dogsled racing?” Rohlk said. Senior Allie Rauh, a resident assistant in Walsh Hall, used the event as a bonding activity for her section. “I-Domer-Rod was a really fun thing to do with the girls in my section and my sister,” Rauh said. Sophomore Emma Terhaar said Lyons made the event into a competition between sections by giving the girls the opportunity to earn points for their section by participating in the event. While that incentive was valid regardless of the race’s outcome, Terhaar said her team came to win. “The concept of pulling people on sleds like dogs was very attractive for me,” Terhaar said. “I’m planning to use precision and power to achieve maximum aerodynamics and win the race.” Pangborn freshman Gracie Gallagher said she participated because the event offered a fun way to exercise. “It’s a good way to get some exercise and some laughter,” Gallagher said. While students came for a number of reasons, Rohlk said it’s fundamentally about benefitting the Fund, which was the impetus for its establishment three years ago. “Fisher is one of the founding sponsors, and the first year [of I-Domer-Rod] took place as soon as the creation of the Declan Sullivan Memorial Fund,” Rohlk said. Contact Meg Handelman at [email protected]
View Comments Britney Spears(Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images) Crazy?! Pop princess Britney Spears may be heading to the West End! The star is in talks to lead the London Palladium’s previously reported production of Cinderella this Christmas. According to the Daily Mirror, Spears could earn up to £500,000 ($725,000) for her work in the pantomime, which is scheduled to run December 9 through January 15, 2017. Michael Harrison and Andrew Wright will direct.Spears’ countless accolades include a Grammy Award, six MTV Video Music Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Billboard has recognized her as the best-selling female artist of the 2000s; she has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and over 100 million singles. Spears currently has a residency at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood.The London Palladium was synonymous with lavish annual pantomimes from 1948-1987, and attracted some of the biggest stars of the day, including Julie Andrews, Sir Cliff Richard, Peter Sellers, Cilla Black and Ronnie Corbett, but the festive cornerstone has been absent for almost thirty festive seasons.Check out Spears’ track “Cinderella” below. Maybe this news should be less surprising, more “Oops!… I Did It Again.”
Hugh Jackman Stage and screen star Hugh Jackman’s wife totally gets us. With every starry music video preview into her forthcoming album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway (due to hit earbuds August 26), Barbra Streisand lifts our hearts with those powerful pipes and sends us down into an inevitable YouTube spiral. Her latest famed friend featured? It’s Jackman; the pair performs “Any Moment Now” from the musical Smile. “When I listen to Hugh’s voice, I hear a truth in his performance that I find very touching,” Streisand said. Jackman revealed that his own wife screamed upon him telling her the news about the duet. (Side note: We did too, Babs. Can these two return to the Great White Way? Pretty please?) Good luck watching the video below without smiling! View Comments