The relationship between fitness and parental similarity has been dominated by studies of how inbreeding depression lowers fecundity in incestuous matings. A widespread implicit assumption is that adult fitness (reproduction) of individuals born to parents who are not unusually closely related is more or less equal. Examination of three long–lived vertebrates, the long–finned pilot whale, the grey seal and the wandering albatross reveals significant negative relationships between parental similarity and genetic estimates of reproductive success. This effect could, in principle, be driven by a small number of low quality, inbred individuals. However, when the data are partitioned into individuals with above average and below average parental similarity, we find no evidence that the slopes differ, suggesting that the effect is more or less similar across the full range of parental similarity values. Our results thus uncover a selective pressure that favours not only inbreeding avoidance, but also the selection of maximally dissimilar mates.
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The volume of new homes in England increased by 25 per cent in 2014-15, the biggest rise in 28 years, according to latest Government figures.Alterations to planning laws helped boost the number of residential properties developed through a change of use, but the main factor was a hike in the number of new-build homes completed during the year.Data from the Department for Communities and Local Government shows that a total of 170,690 homes were added to the country’s housing stock, which Communities Secretary Greg Clark said was further proof of the Government’s commitment to get more homes developed.More than 700,000 additional homes have now been delivered since 2010, supported in part by a rise in the number of commercial buildings converted into residential properties.Clark (left) said, “As a one nation government we’re determined to make sure everyone has the opportunity and security of owning a home of their own.“Today’s figures show a 25 per cent increase in the number of new homes over the past year – showing our reforms are building new homes across Britain.“We are going further and will do everything we can to help families buy a place of their own. Government support like Help to Buy and our plans to build 200,000 new Starter Homes will help anyone who aspires to own their own home the chance of making their dream a reality.”Housing Minister Brandon Lewis (right) insisted that the Government has “brought the housebuilding industry back from the brink”, giving them the tools they need “to get on with the job” with developing much needed new homes.“That includes making it easier for developers to turn underused buildings into new homes, with today’s figures showing a 65 per cent increase in these kinds of developments over the past year,” he said.“Today’s figures represent the highest annual percentage increase in net additional homes for 28 years. The vast majority of the homes delivered in the past 12 months have been new builds.”Greg Clark help to buy new homes in England Brandon Lewis building November 18, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’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 » Housing Market » Britain is building again previous nextHousing MarketBritain is building againThere has been a sharp rise in the volume of homes added to the country’s housing stock, new figures show.The Negotiator18th November 20150627 Views read more
Home » News » Marketing » OTM share price rises by over 40% in just two weeks previous nextMarketingOTM share price rises by over 40% in just two weeksSuccess in legal battle with Gascoigne Halman and increasing market share of listing and agents appear to have encouraged investors.Nigel Lewis8th February 20192 Comments2,460 Views OnTheMarket’s share price jumped by 5% yesterday as the company’s stock continues its two-week-long fightback which has seen its shares increase by over 41% to £1.02p.Since it went public on London’s AIM market nearly a year ago the company’s stock has enjoyed mixed fortunes, rising to £1.80 last summer but since then slowly falling away to 72p before starting its recent rally.City investors have begun taking the property portal’s claims seriously after OTM’s attempts to gain market share have begun to bear fruit, and reassured by the ending of its legal wrangle with Gascoigne Halman over its previous ‘one other portal’ rule.The residual non-competition issues relating to OTM’s legal claim against the estate agency remain to be resolved.Last week OTM revealed that it now has 12,500 listing branches which based on Local Data Company sector research suggests it has 70% of agents signed up.Earlier this week it claimed to have 80% of Zoopla’s listings and 60% of the whole market.“We are currently running advertising campaigns across national television and radio which complement our sustained heavy investment in digital marketing,” says CEO Ian Springett (left).“We are confident in our ability to deliver a market-leading, agent-backed alternative to Rightmove and Zoopla, continuing to inject much-needed competition in the portals market, while delivering a superior digital user experience for property-seekers.”The company is also working hard to reward its staff during this tough growth phase; this morning the company lodged an additional 173,000 ordinary shares on AIM to add to its employee share option scheme.Ian Springett Rightmove OnTheMarket OTM Zoopla February 8, 2019Nigel Lewis2 commentsAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 15th February 2019 at 9:36 amI think the share price should be going up, as it is extremely good value as the third largest UK property portal, the proof will be if clients sign on the dotted line when it is not free.From my experience RM and their prices are the most talked about topic after Brexit, it seems that new clients are expected to pay nearly £1,500 a month, whilst old clients or large networks are paying £350 a month, perhaps a level playing field would be fairer.In some parts of the country, office/branch rents are cheaper than the cost of RM, one cloud on the horizon for OTM – is ZPG – what is Zoopla about to morph into – there are many whispers it may allow self listing by private vendors, which at its cost base to agents might work as agents would probably still list alongside as the monthly cost would seem fair value to some.Let us see what 2019 holds, many things do not come to pass like Tesco entering the estate agency arena … it never happened.Log in to ReplyJulian Blackmore, BNE BNE 8th February 2019 at 10:05 amIf you sit down and do the math, OTM offers good value when compared to rightmove and the share price doesn’t reflect it at all.Log in to ReplyWhat’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 read more
Ohmic heating – cooking by passing an electrical current through a material – might be used to produce gluten-free bread quicker and more cheaply than traditional baking, according to new research.Fully expanded gluten-free bread can be produced in ‘only a few minutes’ using ohmic heating, according to a study published in the journal Food and Bioprocess Technology.Scientists said their research showed ohmic heating was a “suitable and promising” technology for producing gluten-free crustless bread. They looked at how parameters such as power input and holding time impacted traits including specific volume, crumb firmness, relative elasticity and digestibility.“Compared with conventional baking, ohmic heating has shown many advantages in terms of improved bread quality and reduced baking time,” stated the paper, Ohmic Heating—a Novel Approach for Gluten-Free Bread Baking.“Starch digestibility of the breads baked with ohmic heating was slightly reduced compared with conventional baking, resulting in breads with higher resistant starch content, which has been associated to several health-related benefits.”Researchers also claimed ohmic heating might reduce processing costs, as baking uses around 40% of the energy during bread making. And they pointed out that water evaporation during conventional baking (14%) was at least three times that during ohmic heating (2–4.3%).They found the ohmic heating process could be improved by applying electrical energy in three descending power steps, and that gluten-free breads made with uniform rapid heating during processing had superior functional properties. Ohmic heating produced gluten-free bread with specific volume of 2.86–3.44 cm3/g and relative elasticity of 45–56.8% compared with conventional oven-baked gluten-free bread with specific volume of 2.60 cm3/g and relative elasticity of 44.2%.“Overall, this process is still in need of optimisation and further fundamental research should be carried out in order to understand the behaviour of the batter and its components during ohmic heating and to further optimise the process variables for a tailored and targeted processing,” concluded the researchers.Ohmic Heating—a Novel Approach for Gluten-Free Bread Baking Bender, D., Gratz, M., Vogt, S. et al. Food Bioprocess Technol (2019) 12: 1603. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11947-019-02324-9 read more
Widespread Panic wrapped up an incredible three-night run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre yesterday, playing their 51st consecutive sell-out show at the historic Morrison, CO venue with a passion. The show featured some great music from the Southern jammers, who played a unique Sunday matinee for their fans.The show started with a wailing “The Take Out,” before the band broke into blues classics like “Blackout Blues” and a cover of the blues standard “Good Morning Little School Girl.” More great tunes were imminent, as the set raged with classics like “Who Do You Belong To?” and a set-closing “You Should Be Glad.”WSP brought the heat in the second set by opening with their funky “Disco” tune, and covered a pair of The Band classics, “Ophelia” and “The Shape I’m In.” The set continued a bust out of “Time Zones,” not played since 2014 (144 shows), and the first time played for “Time Is Free” at Red Rocks. The latter, an original by Col. Bruce Hampton, segued into the great Traffic song “Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys,” which in turn segued into “Love Tractor.”The show was far from over, as a three song encore filled the Colorado venue with pride. “Hallelujah!” started things off, before a “Postcard > Porch Song” finale finished the show on a strong note.Check out video highlights below!Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys (via LoadOff Annie)Hallelujah (via Brady Turner)Porch Song (via Brady Turner)Setlist: Widespread Panic at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO – 6/27/16Set 1: The Take Out, Blackout Blues, Lil Kin > Good Morning Little School Girl > Travelin’ Light, Old Neighborhood > Who Do You Belong To?, Genesis, Up All Night, You Should Be Glad (68 mins)Set 2: Disco > Goin’ Out West, Bears Gone Fishin’ > Rock, Ophelia > The Shape I’m In, Ribs and Whiskey, Time Zones*, Time Is Free^ > Low Spark of High Heeled Boys > Love Tractor (84 mins)Encore: Hallelujah!, Postcard > Porch Song (16 mins)Notes:* LTP 7/02/2014 Las Vegas (144 shows)^ FTP at Red Rocks per Everyday Companion Entire show with Edie Jackson, sign language interpreter (#TeamEdie shirts available benefiting Nuci’s Space) read more
To Internet users, they’re an often-ignored nuisance. But to Google, online ads are both big business and a showcase for some serious mathematics. The determination of which ad ultimately shows up on your computer screen is made by an algorithm that considers everything from how much a company pays for an ad to how well its website is designed.Latanya Sweeney, Harvard professor of government and technology in residence, wants to add another factor to the mix, one that measures bias. As described in a paper published simultaneously in Queue and Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery, Sweeney described how such a calculation could be built into the ad-delivery algorithm used by Google.“We’re not trying to get rid of all discrimination,” Sweeney said. “At the end of the day, online advertising is about discrimination. You don’t want mothers with newborns getting ads for fishing rods, and you don’t want fishermen getting ads for diapers. The question is when does that discrimination cross the line from targeting customers to negatively impacting an entire group of people?”Sweeney discovered one such example. In a paper published earlier this year, she found that Internet searches for “black-sounding” names — such as Darnell or Ebony — were 25 percent more likely to result in the delivery of an ad suggesting that the person had an arrest record, even when no one with the name had an arrest record in the company’s database.“I was working with a colleague, and we were searching for an old paper of mine,” Sweeney said. “We Googled my name, and up popped an ad suggesting I had an arrest record. I do not, and I was so shocked I spent hours seeing which names got the ads and which did not. I went through the entire study believing I would eventually prove no association with race, but that wasn’t the case.”Fortunately, she said, the same techniques that uncovered that apparent bias can be used to counteract it. In her paper, Sweeney describes how an algorithm can identify white- or black-sounding names and calculate a “bias score” based on how often negative ads are delivered for that name.If, for example, someone were to search for “Latanya Sweeney,” the algorithm could determine whether a disproportionate number of ads offering to search for an arrest record have been delivered in the past, and counteract that bias by discounting the ad to encourage the delivery of more neutral ads.The roadmap for making such calculations, Sweeney said, was laid out in an earlier paper of hers.In that study, Sweeney explained, she first had to determine what white- and black-sounding names were. To do that, she turned to earlier studies that had collected birth records and tracked the first names given to white and black children. Armed with that data, she conducted thousands of Google searches to produce a list of nearly 2,200 real people who had those first names.Sweeney then visited two sites, Google.com and Reuters.com, and searched for each name once while recording which ads came up. The results, she said, were startling.Overall, black-sounding names were 25 percent more likely to produce an ad offering to search for a person’s arrest record. For certain names, like Darnell and Jermaine, the ads came up in as many as 95 percent of searches. White-sounding names, by comparison, produced similar ads in only about 25 percent of searches.One possible explanation for the phenomenon is that the bias is simply an unintentional side effect of the way Google’s algorithm weights certain ads based on what companies will pay and how often they are clicked on. Whether that is the case or bias is introduced through an advertiser, Sweeney said, the bias measure could easily be built into the algorithm as another weighting factor, controlling for both.“Google is already weighting some ads more than others,” Sweeney said. “What we’re saying is we want to define another measure, called a bias measure, using the same comparisons we used to identify the bias in our prior study. This could be very easily built into the way Google’s algorithm already works.“We can now define a predicate for finding this bias,” she said. “In our prior study, that predicate was whether the name being searched was a ‘white’ name or a ‘black’ name, but we could do the same thing with male or female names, or other ethnic groups and other groups protected from specific forms of discrimination by law.” read more
Photo Courtesy of Gwen O’Brien Sister Veronique Wiedower speaks with faculty and staff as her farewell part in the lobby of O’Laughin Auditorium on Wednesday. Wiedower has been at the College since 2011 and is an alum.After three years serving as vice president for the Division for Mission at Saint Mary’s, Sister Veronique Wiedower left the role on Friday to pursue a new position as president of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross.Sr. Wiedower was elected president of the congregation at the 2014 General Chapter that was held in Entebbe, Uganda over the summer, Saint Mary’s director of media relations Gwen O’Brien said. Wiedower’s installation in the position will occur on Sept. 7.The College has not yet announced a new vice president for the Division of Mission.Wiedower said she was surprised her fellow sisters elected her as president, but she said she believes in her ability to lead.“For me, it’s a feeling of being humbled by people putting their faith in you as a leader,” she said. “I’m excited and have some gifts to share.”The motherhouse of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross is on the Saint Mary’s campus, so although Sr. Wiedower will not move far, her focus will shift.“I’m moving from the perspectives of college women to the perspective of women religious, a more global perspective, as we are in eight countries around the world, including the U.S., Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Bangladesh, India, Ghana and Uganda,” she said.Wiedower, an alum of Saint Mary’s, said the College has been an important part of her life for many years, and she will miss the opportunity to make a difference there.“I have had the privilege to sit at the cabinet table and invite others to see the mission in all of the decisions that we make,” she said.Wiedower said her ability to listen to the students, staff and faculty and encourage them to live the mission of the College is one of her greatest contributions to the school.“The heritage of the sisters isn’t something of the past, but it’s something that we carry today,” she said. “I’ve seen signs of people picking up on that, especially with students leaders. [There is] a desire to be part of the heritage of student leaders moving forward.”Most of all, Wiedower said she will miss the motivation provided by working closely with students.“It’s life-giving for me to be here because the students bring me life,” she said. “The students keep us in touch with the new, the vision for the future.“They make me want to be a better person, and I find their spirit inside myself.”Wiedower said the mission of Saint Mary’s has the potential to impact the world when students live out what they learn.“Father Moreau’s mission was to provide an education so that people could make a difference in the world,” she said. “Our students have so much potential to make that difference. If they can live the spirit of that, [the mission] multiplies.“There’s a need out there, and I think Saint Mary’s women can help to change the world, to meet the needs.”Wiedower said she encourages students to make the most of their time on campus and utilize their resources.“It’s important for women at Saint Mary’s to make use of the time when they are surrounded by role models so that they do grow in that sense of mission,” she said.Wiedower said the administrative leaders of both Saint Mary’s and the Sisters of the Holy Cross meet annually to discuss issues that affect both groups on campus.“It’s a great privilege to be here and be asked to serve in both positions,” she said. “As they say, once a Belle, always a Belle.”Tags: Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Division for Mission, Holy Cross, Vice President read more
Uruguay’s Air Force (FAU) is modernizing and providing maintenance for one of its two Lockheed Martin Hercules C-130B aircraft, which in recent years has carried out humanitarian and scientific assistance to remote areas such as Africa and Antarctica and served the Uruguayan population in response to natural disasters. The frequent and far-reaching humanitarian aid missions that the Uruguayan Hercules C-130B aircraft supports led the FAU to opt for Enaer, according to Col. Gurbindo. “However, to a lesser extent we also work with other companies in the region such as Brazil’s Embraer, and sometimes with the Argentine Air Force’s San Martin Brigadier Aircraft Factory of Argentina for the maintenance of our Pucará aircraft.” The FAU utilized an Exceptional Direct Purchase to hire the Chilean firm Enaer to provide the aircraft’s maintenance, including a “Minor ISO Inspection, Major ISO Inspection, Program Depot Maintenance (PDM), rewiring of the cockpit and fuselage, repair and overhaul of accessories, and the maintenance of the Allison T-56 engines (overhaul of the turbine modules, compressor modules, gearboxes, complete intermediate maintenance, isochronal inspections, test benches, etc.),” according to an FAU statement. The routine maintenance being carried out on the FAU Hercules C-130B is part of a project that costs over $82,000. The previous maintenance project, in 2014, cost over $435,000. The FAU did not have the proper equipment and expertise to service the aircraft, which it acquired in 1992, so it hired Enaer. The company “has met all of the requirements and has also shown over the years that they conduct serious, committed work with skilled technicians,” said Col. Guillermo Gurbindo, Director of Public Relations for the FAU, adding that “geographical proximity” was also taken into account as part of the selection. Important missions The 2015-2016 Antarctic Campaign The FAU carries out summer logistics flights to Antarctica, which are known as Technical Support, Maintenance, Repair Service, and Aircraft Spare Parts Exchange operations. These missions provide support to the scientific bases Uruguay operates under the 2015-2016 Antarctic Campaign. They should protect themselves, and theyâ€™re doing really well with their work. I congratulate the Brazilian Air Force’s heroes. May they always be ready to defend the Brazilian homeland. Excellent articles. Interesting way to fight weevils. Many good vibes to all the military men and women involved in all the mentioned projects. The plane receiving maintenance in Chile has conducted numerous missions supporting the deployment of Uruguayan contingents serving as part of United Nations Peacekeeping Missions. For example, in 2014, Uruguay transported a Bell-212 “Twin Huey” helicopter to the FAU flight team in the interior of the Democratic Republic of Congo. By Dialogo February 05, 2016 The 2016 summer campaign began with the departure of the first flight of one of the FAU’s Hercules C-130 aircraft on December 1st, followed by the departure of the Uruguayan Navy vessel ROU 26 “Vanguardia,” which left the port of Montevideo en route to Antarctica. The Military aircraft and vessel were carrying 40 tons of equipment, which included supplies and spare parts, as well as 250,000 liters of diesel fuel. The C-130B Hercules is a U.S.-manufactured plane with four Allison T-56 A7 turboprop engines and eight hours of autonomous flying time, all-metal construction, and high wings. It can fly at a maximum altitude of 11,500 meters (35,000 feet) and can carry up to 92 passengers, or 64 Paratroopers, or 64 stretchers and three to four light vehicles. The 2015-2016 Antarctic Campaign is part of the Antarctic Treaty, an international pact among 52 countries for which Uruguay has served as an advisory member for the past 30 years. The campaign’s objectives include promoting measures and decisions regarding legal, political, logistical, and technological issues on Antarctica. The FAU has two Hercules C-130B aircraft that service members use extensively in various medium- and long-range missions, such as trips to Antarctica. The FAU also uses the aircraft to support the Uruguayan Armed Forces’ peacekeeping missions. In another of its missions, in May 2015, one of the FAU’s two Hercules C-130B aircraft landed at Argentina’s Piloto Fernández Airport, where it was loaded with a spare part bound for the Dutch-flagged Antarctic ship TIMCA. The vessel had suffered a mechanical malfunction during a logistics mission near the Marambio Base in Antarctica. read more
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Wheatley Heights man has been accused of beating a man with a fire extinguisher that the suspect believed the victim used to spray the suspect’s Maserati in Massapequa nine months ago.Nassau County police said Robert Baker, 28, walked into the 51-year-old victim’s place of employment on Merrick Road, accused him of spraying a fire extinguisher in the grill and tail pipes of his sports car and then hit the victim with the device in the head Jan. 2.Baker was arrested early Thursday morning upon his release from Suffolk County jail, where he was being held on an unrelated charge, police said.The victim had been treated for lacerations and contusions.Baker was will be arraigned Thursday on an assault charge at First District Court in Hempstead. read more