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New industry body promises end to low-quality property search data

first_imgEstate agents who curse property search inaccuracies that hold up sales will soon have help at hand from a new conveyancing industry body set up to raise standards.Established by industry giants Groundsure, Landmark Legal, SearchFlow and Geodesys, the purpose of the Conveyancing Information Executive (CIE) is to raise the standards in data and content quality within property searches used in the conveyancing process, and it is now open for business.With the industry evolving and the growing role of technology and data, the establishment of the CIE is timed to fill the void that exists around ‘data governance, provenance and transparency’.All CIE members recognise the importance of these principles, as they are enshrined within the CIE Standards and Code of Practice.The CIE says that it “recognises the critical role of market stakeholders and its members in delivering its purpose. Having received numerous declarations of interest already, the CIE is pleased to announce it is open for membership.”It is introducing two tiers of membership – CIE Member and CIE Industry Partner.The Directors of CIE are Kevin Brown; Nicolas Dyoss; Christopher Loaring, Daniele Montagnani, all who represent market leaders that provide all types of environmental, mining, local authority, and drainage and water searches.This, combined experience and expertise sets a robust and comprehensive baseline to work towards progressing the CIE purpose.The CIE welcomes membership applications from all organisations that support the UK’s conveyancing industry.Visit the CIE website. Read more about conveyancing. Groundsure Landmark Legal Geodesys Conveyancing Information Executive Searchflow March 2, 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 2021 Home » News » Associations & Bodies » New industry body promises end to low-quality property search data previous nextAssociations & BodiesNew industry body promises end to low-quality property search dataCIE says it wants to improve the quality of information provided to conveyancing solicitors and also better police poor practices within the search data sector.Sheila Manchester2nd March 20200386 Viewslast_img read more

Elysian Charter School beat Hoboken Charter School

first_imgElysian Charter School beat Hoboken Charter School in the 2017 Girls Basketball City Championship held on March 3 at the Hoboken Multi-Purpose Center. Hoboken Charter arrived at the championship after going undefeated in the regular season, but proved no match for the dominating Elysian Eagles starting line up — Lucy Berquist, Michele Murray, Sara Leong, Kayla Murray and Gigi McCue. This is the fourth consecutive Championship for the Elysian’s Lady Eagles who won the game 20-13 despite an strong last minute charge led by top Hoboken Charter scorer, Hannah Berman.Hoboken Charter, undefeated, 5-0. Elysian Charter, 4-1. ×last_img read more

OCHS Field Hockey Routs Vineland 7-0

first_imgBy Lesley GrahamThe Ocean City High School field hockey team started the week off on the right foot with a 7-0 win over conference foe Vineland. Ocean City improves to 8-0 in conference play (9-1 overall) while Vineland drops to 1-5-1 (2-5-1 overall).Alexis Smallwood (45) takes shot on goal.Senior Jaclyn Charbonneau scored twice on the afternoon, while Molly Reardon had one goal and two assists. Sophia Gresham had one goal, one assist.  Fellow teammates Shannon Decosta and Tara McNally each contributed a goal and Chloe Prettyman rounded out the scoring for Ocean City with an assist.Tara McNally (21) pushes the ball upfield.Unlike previous home games at the turf stadium, Monday afternoon’s game was played on grass, which had an effect on the game.“It takes a little bit of adjustment”, Mitchell said about playing on grass. The ball can take a bad hop and lose some power so it takes a little getting used to.  Mitchell said it’s important to have home games on the grass every once in awhile as they have more games on grass as the season continues.Molly Reardon (22) takes a shot.Ocean City scored in the first 10 minutes of the opening half and then rattled off four more goals in less than eight minutes . The Red Raiders added the final two goals in the second half tallying a total of 18 shots on goal for the game.This is the second time Ocean City has faced Vineland this season and Head Coach Kelsey Mitchell was pleased with the outcome. “We knew they had an athletic goalie and they play hard,” said Mitchell.  As they approach the back half of conference play, Ocean City tries not to lose sight of their goals of the season.  “If we play our game, we are in good shape.  We try not to focus too much on the outside factors.  We like to stay within ourselves and our expectations,” added Mitchell.Meredith Moon (17) makes a play on the ball.Ocean City was able to get multiple players in the game, allowing for some of the team’s starters to get a bit of a break. With a busy week ahead, the extra rest is beneficial since Ocean City has three remaining games on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.  And although it may be easy to get ahead of themselves, Mitchell remains steadfast in her philosophy for the season.  “We don’t like to look ahead.  We go one day at a time.” Shannon Decosta (29) takes a strong swing on the ball.last_img read more

Phish Shares Pro-Shot ‘Scent Of A Mule’ With Marimba Lumina Jam From LA [Watch]

first_imgLast weekend, Phish wrapped up their summer tour with two performances in Southern Calfornia. While fans will be talking about some highlights from the finale in Chula Vista, the show one night prior, at The Forum in Los Angeles, certainly had its moments.Among those moments was an all-out jam session during “Scent of a Mule” in the second set, which saw both Trey Anastasio and Jon Fishman playing on the Marimba Lumina instrument. The jam goes into some weird trippy places before returning for the song’s bouncy conclusion.Thanks to Phish, we can share some pro-shot footage of this tune. Watch below, and check out the full phish.net setlist as well.Setlist: Phish at The Forum, Los Angeles, CA – 7/22/16Set 1: The Moma Dance > Sample in a Jar, Paul and Silas, Yarmouth Road, Kill Devil Falls, Horn, Halfway to the Moon, Heavy Things > Blaze On, Stash, Cavern > Run Like an AntelopeSet 2: Axilla, Fuego > Back on the Train > Saw It Again > Prince Caspian > Waves > Joy > The Wedge, Scent of a Mule[1], Rock and Roll > You Enjoy MyselfEncore: Boogie On Reggae Woman, Bouncing Around the Room, Golgi Apparatus[1] Trey and Fish on Marimba LuminaNotes: This show was webcast via Live Phish. Paul and Silas was played for the first time since October 20, 2013 (107 shows).[Photo by Steve Rose]last_img read more

Danielle Allen to receive Governor’s Award in Humanities

first_imgHarvard ethicist and author Danielle Allen will be honored this fall for her contributions to the humanities in the Bay State when she accepts her 2019 Governor’s Award in the Humanities. Award recipients are nominated each year by Mass Humanities and confirmed by Governor Charlie Baker. Allen is the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University and Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. She is widely known for her work on justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America. Allen is the author of five books, including most recently “Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.” (2017).Honorees include New Bedford historian and educator Lee Blake, philanthropist Nancy Donahue of Lowell, and Nahant preservationist Jeffrey Musman.The humanities community will fete the awardees at Mass Humanities’ gala dinner on Oct. 27 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.“These four individuals reflect a thriving humanities ecosystem in the Commonwealth,” said Mass Humanities Executive Director Brian Boyles. “From the origins of the Declaration of Independence to the preservation of historic buildings, they strengthen their communities through their research, civic participation, and commitment to the public good.”Each year Mass Humanities recognizes individuals and organizations for excellence in the humanities. Past awardees include Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the Lowell Institute, journalist Sasha Pfeiffer, and Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice Margaret Marshall. As the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Mass Humanities supports humanities programs across the state. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Fescue toxicosis

first_imgFescue toxicosis can reduce cattle performance even before many of the noticeable symptoms show up. Consumption of toxic endophyte-infected tall fescue depresses body condition. It reduces milk production in cows and weaning weight in calves. Collectively, these problems are called fescue toxicosis. Grazing toxic tall fescue pastures or consuming toxic tall fescue hay decreases cattle’s forage intake, lowers average daily gain and alters hormone concentrations in cattle and other livestock. Rough coats, heat stress are symptomsAs conditions worsen, cattle begin to exhibit visual symptoms, the most common being rough hair coats and heat stress. Infected cattle typically wade in ponds or lay around in the shade when they would typically be grazing. In extreme cases, they may lose ear tips or tail switches.While mineral supplements won’t counteract the toxins, supplemented cattle can tolerate the toxins better. Using good quality minerals always yields return on investment, but even more so under conditions of potential fescue toxicosis.For more information, search “fescue toxicosis” on the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences publication website at www.caes.uga.edu/publications. Cattle producers should watch their herds for signs of fescue toxicosis this summer. Conditions this spring are ideal for the deadly fungus that attacks tall fescue, but good forage management can help prevent problems with toxicosis. Cooler than normal spring temperatures and above normal rainfall combined with adequate fertilization causes conservatively stocked fescue pastures to grow more grass than cattle can eat. Most tall fescue in north Georgia is now infected with the fungus that produces livestock toxins called ergot alkaloids. This fungus (endophyte) lives within tall fescue, improving its drought tolerance and stand persistence on poor soils. Managed appropriately, the buildup of toxins in fescue can be kept to an acceptable level.Ergot alkaloids are at their highest levels when plants get tall and lush. Tests have shown levels in seed heads are five times higher than in other plant parts. Cattle grazing fields that are candidates for commercial seed production are most at risk. Those herds are more apt to eat the infected seed heads when they are fresh and succulent from adequate rainfall.Make adjustments to lower risksManagement for preventing toxin buildup includes adjusting the stocking rate to keep grass at the proper height and preventing massive seed head production. Cattle producers can also reduce fertilization if necessary to slow rapid growth. If the grass gets ahead of you, get out the bush hog and cut it back. At the very least, clip off the seed heads. Adding clover to the pasture will help to dilute the toxins. Clover can sometimes be planted with a notill drill.last_img read more

Symington, Shumlin say “false claims” made by PSD over Yankee request

first_imgSymington, Shumlin say “false claims” made by PSD over Yankee request(July 21,2008) During the 2008 session the legislature put in place a collaborative process between the Department of Public Service and a Public Oversight Panel for design and implementation of the independent safety assessment of Vermont Yankee. This Panel is critical to the legislature’s upcoming consideration of Vermont Yankee’s future.We are disappointed to learn that the Department of Public Service has chosen not to supply the Panel with the necessary information to evaluate the safety inspection of Vermont Yankee and treated them with a level of disrespect that is unacceptable.Last week, Mr. Gundersen requested the Department allow him to accompany the NRC during their inspection of Vermont Yankee. The Department falsely claimed to Panel members that the NRC had denied Mr. Gundersen’s request. However, the NRC has since made it clear that the Department never made this request of them. There was no requestfor them to have denied.Despite these false claims coming to light, the Department is continuing to deny Mr. Gundersen from accompanying the NRC this week and further denying any Panel member this opportunity for the remainder of the inspection process. The Department claims that this week’s NRC inspection is unrelated to the state’s independent safety assessment of Vermont Yankee. This too is inaccurate. In an April 11 letter to Governor Douglas, the NRC informed the Governor they had moved up their inspection of the plant in order to assist with some of the questions regarding relicensing for the legislative review next year. Today, we have sent a letter to Commissioner O’Brien, urging him to reconsider and allow Panel members to do the job the legislature intended and accompany the NRC in future inspections.These recent false claims and obstructionist actions only add to the unfortunate manner in which the Department has chosen to participate in this important collaborative process. The Department began this process by inaccurately labeling the two esteemed nuclear experts as “no-nukers.” This unjust allegation was not only inappropriate but incorrect. Both Mr. Gundersen and Mr. Bradford have the experience and expertise necessary to objectively evaluate the audit. Mr. Gundersen is an energy advisor with thirty-eight years of nuclear engineering, operations, and safety oversight experience while Mr. Bradford is a former NRC Commissioner who authorized the permitting of over twenty nuclear power plants during his tenure.The Oversight Panel was established by the legislature to ensure transparency and public involvement in the independent safety inspection of the plant. We are disappointed the Department of Public Service is choosing to stand in the way of a process designed to ensure the safety of the Vermont nuclear power plant and treating this important panel with such disrespect. Vermonters should not be shut out of the process to ensure the plant’s safety and reliability.Please note that the letter to Commissioner O’Brien is pasted below.——————July 21, 2008Commissioner David O’BrienVermont Department of Public Servicev112 State StreetMontpelier, VT 05620-2601Dear Commissioner O’Brien,In early 2008, the Governor, legislative leaders, and the congressional delegation agreed that an Independent Audit must be conducted at Vermont Yankee prior to a decision to allow the plant to operate beyond the expiration of its current license. The details of that Assessment were codified in Act 189 – The Comprehensive Vertical Audit and Reliability Assessment of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station, which the legislature passed and the Governor signed into law on June 5, 2008.Act 189 puts in place a collaborative process between the Department of Public Service and a Public Oversight Panel for design and implementation of the audit. The Public Oversight Panel is critical to the legislature’s upcoming consideration of Vermont Yankee’s future.It has come to our attention that the Department is not complying with the legislation’s directive to involve the Panel in an important area of the inspection process.The Department has denied a member of the Panel his request to accompany NRC inspectors on their visit to Vermont Yankee this week as they begin the Vertical Slice Audit. Furthermore, the Department has refused to request of the NRC that any Panel member accompany them on future plant inspections.The Public Oversight Panel was created in order to ensure the “maximum amount of transparency and public oversight and involvement” in the audit process (Act 189, Sec. 6). It is not appropriate for the Department of Public Service to restrict members of the Public Oversight Panel’s involvement in the audit process. The legislation intended that the Public Oversight Panel be deeply involved in the entire audit process. As was remarked by a member of the sponsor committee during testimony on this legislation, “We have all put our total faith in the Public Oversight Panel and we don’t want to do anything that will impede their ability to get the information they need to make the best decision for us. And we also don’t want to put restrictions on them so they can’t do it in the very short time frame we have laid out.” (Representative Kathy LaVoie, House Natural Resources and Energy Committee, 4/18/08)We expect that for the remainder of this process the Public Oversight Panel will be involved at a deeper level than has been practiced up to this point and we urge you to reconsider your decision not to allow Panel members to accompany the NRC on their inspections of Vermont Yankee. The independent safety assessment of Vermont Yankee is critical to Vermont’s energy future. We are confident that the Department of Public Service will follow through with the intent of the legislation and that the remainder of this process will be productive andsuccessful.Sincerely,Senator Peter Shumlin, Senate President Pro TemRepresentative Gaye Symington, Speaker of theHouselast_img read more

Colombian Police and DEA Seize More Than Four Tons of Cocaine in the Caribbean

first_imgBy Dialogo August 31, 2009 Bogotá, 26 August (EFE).- The Colombian police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) seized more than four tons of cocaine and detained nine members of an alleged international drug-trafficking ring during an operation in international waters, official sources told EFE today. “There were 4,075 kilos of cocaine on board a Panamanian-flagged vessel, on board which five Colombians, three Panamanians, and a Ghanaian were detained,” Col. Henry Gamboa, assistant director of the Colombian Anti-narcotics Police, specified. The vessel was intercepted after investigative work by the Colombian Anti-narcotics Directorate, the Colombian Attorney General’s Office, the U.S. Navy, and the DEA, at a point around sixty nautical miles from the northern Colombian department of La Guajira, the high-ranking officer added. “Several days before the vessel was intercepted, it left the port of Guaranao, in the Republic of Venezuela, headed for Honduras,” a statement issued by the Colombian police indicated. The statement added that “some hours later and as a result of information provided by the judicial and investigative police (Sijin) of Santa Marta, coordination took place with the DEA office in Cartagena about the departure of two launches (…) in the El Cojoro sector in La Guajira.” These launches, the report adds, “were carrying a large quantity of narcotics that would be transferred to a deeper-draught motorboat very near Colombian La Guajira.” The boat, the drugs, and the detainees were taken to a Panamanian port, the identity of which Col. Gamboa said he did not know. The same source admitted that the drugs were undoubtedly intended for markets in the United States, for which reason “it is quite possible that a U.S. federal judge may request the extradition of the detainees,” whose identities were also not released. EFElast_img read more

Trial of second-generation zanamivir shows promise

first_img The study was conducted according to guidance from Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency, according to the statement from Biota. A parallel phase 2 study, performed elsewhere in Asia, addressed dosing. “The results of both trials will be used to support the international regulatory and development program planned for LANI,” the company said. In the double-blind trial, inhaled CS-8958 administered once was “statistically indistinguishable” from 75 mg of oseltamivir given twice a day for 5 days, Biota reported. The company said that in preclinical studies CS-8958 demonstrated efficacy against H5N1 avian influenza, as well as influenza A and B. Neuraminidase inhibitors are used for flu treatment and prevention. The United States and numerous other countries are stockpiling oseltamivir and zanamivir for use against a potential pandemic flu strain. Though the World Health Organization has recommended oseltamivir as the first-line treatment against H5N1 avian influenza, in May British researchers reporting in the journal Nature found that certain mutations in the H5N1 virus that make it resistant to oseltamivir make it vulnerable to zanamivir. They advised nations not to rely on oseltamivir alone when planning their pandemic antiviral stockpiles. Collins PJ, Haire LF, Lin YP, et al. Crystal structures of oseltamivir-resistant influenza virus neuraminidase mutants. Nature 2008 Jun 26;453(7199):1258-61 [Abstract] The phase 2 trial of CS-8958 included “several hundred” adult patients who had confirmed, naturally acquired influenza A or B, according to Biota. The study was designed to assess the drug’s safety and efficacy and used fever and symptom resolution as endpoints. In background materials outlining the company’s work on influenza drugs, Biota said the long-acting nature of CS-8958 might allow less frequent dosing and could reduce the storage space needed to stockpile antivirals for future pandemic use. Under a grant from the United States National Institutes of Health, the two companies are at the preclinical development stage for a range of other LANI compounds, Biota said.center_img See also: Biota, the Australian company that developed zanamivir, said in a statement yesterday that it is developing the new drug, a long-acting neuraminidase inhibitor (LANI) named CS-8958, through a joint partnership with Japan-based Daiichi-Sankyo. Biota said it and Daiichi-Sankyo were satisfied with the safety, tolerability, and efficacy data for their LANI and that they will use the results to guide a phase 3 trial that will be conducted during the next northern hemisphere influenza season. The phase 3 study will include subjects from locations in Asia, including Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Korea. Aug 1, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Two pharmaceutical companies that are developing a second-generation version of the inhaled antiviral drug zanamivir (Relenza) reported promising phase 2 results showing that one dose was as effective against influenza as a course of oseltamivir (Tamiflu). Jul 31 Biota press releaselast_img read more