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first_imgRecent recommendations for the expression of time units in Quaternary Science Reviews appear still to leave room for confusion. Here, I propose that the entire palaeoclimate community should agree on the use of a common zero for age scales, with a clear and informative notation. I briefly review the options available in the hope that this will lead to a rapid discussion and conclusion.last_img

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Leaders’ National Mortgage Service and Academy previous nextAgencies & PeopleLeaders’ National Mortgage Service and AcademyThe Negotiator19th April 20180454 Views Leaders has launched a new range of mortgage services designed to help customers access the best deals and rates, as well as an in-house academy to train the next generation of mortgage experts.Leaders Mortgage Services will be available to customers in all 123 locations across the UK in which the firm’s branches are based. Local advisers will be supported by a dedicated central mortgage services hub. Mark Hughes, who recently joined Leaders as Financial Services Director, says, “We are delighted to launch Leaders Mortgages Services, which is already expanding rapidly and we anticipate will become the UK’s most trusted mortgage service.“We want customers to know they can leave the important task of finding a great mortgage deal in our capable hands, meaning we take some of the strain during their move and ensure they benefit from the best deals on the market.”Leaders has also announced the creation of an academy at which it will offer training programmes to aspiring mortgage brokers and administrators.Leaders’ academy Leaders Leaders’ national mortgage service April 19, 2018The 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 2021last_img read more

first_img September 17, 2012 View post tag: Naval View post tag: off Sailors on HMS Duncan are enduring daily physical pain and exertion to maintain the new destroyer’s position as the fittest ship in the entire Fleet. It’s not just the Type 45 warship which is being put through her paces on her first series of sea trials off the Scottish coast.Admittedly ‘best’ will probably be challenged by her five sisters as it’s a tad subjective…But they’ll be hard pushed (literally) to surpass D37 when it comes to physical stamina and achievement: she’s officially the fittest ship in the Fleet.Duncan’s currently undergoing her first spell of sea trials off the Scottish coast, but it’s not just the 8,500-tonne state-of-the-art warship being put through her paces.Just one day after departing BAE’s yard at Scotstoun on the Clyde, where the air defence ship was fitted out, her leading physical training instructor was running the first circuit training sessions both on the expansive flight deck and in the more sheltered environment of Duncan’s rather large hangar.“I’m really proud for Duncan to lead the Fleet table with 98 per cent of us in-date for our RN fitness test. These circuits, the first on board, will be really tough to keep us at the standard I expect,” said LPT Curtis Fleming.“However, I cannot believe that the navigator has just beaten me at ping-pong despite him being on-watch all night and me in my bunk!”Duncan currently has around 70 Royal Navy personnel assigned to her, with the remainder of the ship’s company drawn from the civilian world.She’s completed her propulsion trials and is about to engage her guns for the first time – everything from the main 4.5in Kryten on the forecastle down to machine-guns – on the ranges of the Outer Hebrides.The trials will also see her test her sensors and systems for the first time, before she returns to Scotstoun for further fitting out.“It’s been an amazing experience,” said Cdr Phil Game, weapons engineer officer and the senior RN sailor aboard.“I was the first person to join her. I saw her when she was just a shell and now here we are at sea, being thrown around a bit!”A second set of trials will be conducted later this autumn, then a final stint at the BAE works over the winter, before the destroyer sails to Portsmouth around Easter 2013.Once the Type 45 returns alongside, the fitness challenges go on for the Duncan team: PO ‘Wiggy’ Bennett has just completed the Iron Man challenge and is looking for his next test; CPO Jack McKinstray and PO Dougie Lunt are preparing for the Loch Ness marathon at the end of the month; CPO Emma Powell the Great South Run in Portsmouth and Wtr Megan Ryan the Great Scottish Run.A ten-strong team including WO2 Robbie Robson, CPO George McCormick, PO Lunt, Wtr Ryan, PO ‘Hammy’ Hammond, PO George Young and LET ‘Paxo’ Paxton has also entered the ‘Survival of the Fittest’ – an endurance event featuring lots of mud, water, climbing and some 70 obstacles to overcome.As well as keeping Duncan’s men and women fighting fit they’ll also boost the coffers of several worthy causes: the ship’s charity, the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice; the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity; and Macmillan Nurses.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 17, 2012; Image: RN View post tag: trials View post tag: coast HMS Duncan on Her First Series of Sea Trials Off the Scottish Coast View post tag: News by topic View post tag: first Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Duncan on Her First Series of Sea Trials Off the Scottish Coast center_img View post tag: Duncan View post tag: Scottish View post tag: sea View post tag: HMS Training & Education View post tag: Series View post tag: Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare IS IT TRUE that Mole #4 tells the City-County Observer that newly installed leader of the Vanderburgh County Democrat Party Scott Danks is starting his new job off with a decisive move?… Danks formed a posse and taken all of the things owned by the Democrats out of the Kunzel Building commando style on a Sunday afternoon?…the fact remains that the Vanderburgh County Democrats are leaving while owing roughly three years of rent for space? …It’s obvious that Mr. Danks realized why use something you can’t afford or don’t need? …we would like to congratulate Chairmen Danks for doing what others only talked about?IS IT TRUE many CCO readers feel that the EVSC recent golf course purchase is the ultimate slap in the face to taxpayers? …we wonder where was the public discussion on this initiative? … it’s been alleged that the property in question change ownership immediately prior to the EVSC purchase? … we wonder why are the people of this community are so willing to roll over for this kind of highly questionable backroom deals without challenging them publicly?  …we predict that this golf course shall soon be used as a facility for area high school golf practices and tournaments?IS IT TRUE the Evansville Sports Corporation proudly announce a while back that they had attracted the Great Lakes Valley Conference Basketball Tournament to the Ford Center for 2017?…the tournament was played last week and to the surprise of no one who understands human nature, the attendance was not up to snuff? …one semifinal session with USI playing drew 929 attendees while the other only drew 401?…USI typically draws a larger crowd than that at the on-campus gymnasium?…it seems as though USI fans like the PAC Center better than the beautiful downtown $127 Million Ford Center?IS IT TRUE that the championship games of the GLVC tournaments drew a whopping total of 809 people to the Ford Center on Sunday?…there were two championship games, one for men and one for women and only 7% of the seats in Ford Center were occupied?…the tickets when bought in the overall ticket package were less than $2 per game and still the crowd was paltry?…given the declarations of last month about how the UE Lady Aces drawing 500 fans is not sufficient for Ford Center to break even, we assume that the GLVC tournaments didn’t generate a profit for the Ford Center?IS IT TRUE we wonder if the new downtown Doubletree Hotel draws a quorum of basketball fans to downtown Evansville for the GLVCC Tournament as predicted by the Evansville Sports Corporation?IS IT TRUE that the Evansville Thunderbolts lost for the second night in a row to Pensacola Florida 4 to 0?  …Pensacola outshot Evansville 47-25 in handing the Thunderbolts their seventh consecutive loss overall? …their season record is now 11-29-5 which puts them solidly in 10th place out of 10 teams? FOOTNOTE: Todays ‘Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that members of the Evansville Sports Corporation should have a long discussion before they decide to bring back the Great Lakes Valley Conference Basketball Tournament to the Ford Center?last_img read more

first_imgOver 300 entries competed in the 2006 Western Bakery Championships, held earlier this month at BAKO Western’s new facility in Cullompton, Devon.The Open Bread Championship was won by Kathleen’s Kitchen of Colchester, which also won Best Loaf in Show. The Open Confectionery Championship was won by St Mary’s Bakery in Torquay and “remains firmly in the West Country,” said Ian Hawkins, who organised the event. There was also keen competition in the two Cornish Pasty classes. The ’D’ shape winner was Polmorla Pasties of Bude and the ’A’ shape was won by Endacotts of Okehampton.The overall winner in the trainee classes was Sean Stanley, who works at Burns The Bread, Somerset. He won a three-day bakery visit to Reeves the Baker in Salisbury and also a one day course at Campden & Chorleywood Research. “Trainees are the lifeblood of our industry and it was gratifying to see the high standard of exhibits in the open classes being reflected in the trainee classes,” said Hawkins.There was an “excellent” display of Harvest Festival loaves, wheat sheaves, multi-flavoured plaits and a large butterfly, said Hawkins. However, entries in the decorated cake classes were “disappointingly low”. He added: “Without the financial support of our allied traders these competitions would not have been possible. I believe the trade has shown it is still very much alive and kicking.”The event was aired on the local ITV newslast_img read more

first_imgAs one of the 800 members who do not use training from the National Association of Master Bakers, I too am a little fed up with the near hysteria over the Board’s decision to look for better quality and more cost-effective training for our members. As CEO Gill Brooks Lonican’s letter in British Baker (26 January, pg 6) states, there is no intention to stop training by bakers for bakers, so the criticism is somewhat premature.If I had received a letter from the NA, informing me there would no longer be training, I would still pay my subs. Yet if I received a letter telling me I would no longer receive employment, environmental and health and safety advice, I would drop out of membership, as this is the kind of advice members need.Compared with a recent £600 charged from a solicitor for three letters and four phone calls, my membership to the NA for help 52 weeks a year on every subject is the best payment I will ever make.Nigel Howe, Theydon Bois Bakerylast_img read more

first_img This 17 year agreement is about applying a long term view to our work – which will help us work better and nurture the game changing ideas we need to achieve our mission, as well as giving the confidence to invest in the development of skills for the long term. We have many examples of fantastic collaborative work with NNL across our portfolio, although many areas where we don’t. This will help spread that collaborative approach and make it more consistent. It will enable us to make the best use of skills across our two organisations and very importantly proactively develop our supply chain and academic and national laboratory links, being smarter in the way we divide work up and getting the right people together to deliver what we need. Chief Executive Officer of NNL, Dr Paul Howarth said: “We have a strong, multi-faceted and unique relationship with Sellafield Ltd. A large portion of our work has also been associated with Sellafield and the site hosts around half our workforce and our biggest nuclear facilities. “This new partnering approach will enable us to work much closer with Sellafield Ltd on new innovative approaches to help tackle the challenges on the site and will enable us to bring in supply chain companies, academia and small to medium enterprises across different technology sectors that may be able to offer innovative solutions.” Sellafield Ltd has signed an agreement that will introduce a significant change in the way it works with its major partner, the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL).Both have a long and proud history of working together – and the new Technical Services Agreement (TSA) is designed to strengthen that history and set the direction for years to come.The 2 organisations signed a collaboration agreement in October 2016. The TSA aligns with this and provides the legal procedures for placing work between the 2 companies.Sellafield Ltd, Technical Director, Rebecca Weston said:last_img read more

first_imgRobert Brucker grew up in rural Ohio, where farmers depend on herbicides to protect crops. Now in his lab in the Microbial Sciences Initiative at the Rowland Institute of Harvard, he studies how agrochemicals affect insects over multiple generations.“It’s important to recognize that the pesticides and herbicides we use are essential for our food security, and that following best practice in pest management is an essential part of life,” said Brucker, who is a Rowland fellow. “But now that we’re starting to understand the role of microbes in health, it’s time to look carefully at the impact these compounds have not only on cytotoxicity, but also on the microbiomes of pollinators and even ourselves.”In his latest study, published in Cell Host & Microbe, Brucker investigated the effects of atrazine, a common herbicide with comparatively low toxicity, on the microbes living in the guts of wasps. The study demonstrates that resistance to multiple pesticides can arise in a population exposed to low concentrations of atrazine, that the microbiome facilitates this resistance, and that it provides resistance against other pesticides to which the host animal has never been exposed.The discovery has important implications for the way the biological risks of agrochemicals are assessed.All animals have gut microbes that aid digestion and affect many other functions, including immunity and energy production. But experimental evolution studies into the impact of xenobiotics like atrazine on gut microbiomes is new. Brucker and his team focused on the gut of Nasonia vitripennis, a wasp commonly used as a model species for studying bees and other insects.Robert Brucker (pictured) investigated the effects of atrazine, a common herbicide, on the microbes living in the guts of wasps. Courtesy of Robert Brucker/Rowland Institute“We chose atrazine because it’s widely used for corn crops, and is considered to be safe to most animals: Up to 3 [parts per billion, or ppb] is allowable in drinking water. One of the first things we did was evaluate whether it was even toxic to our wasps — we had no reason to think it would be” at lower doses, said Brucker.The team exposed the insects to the same concentration of atrazine encountered by pollinators in newly sprayed agricultural fields and streams (300 ppb). That exposure changed the wasp’s microbiome diversity, causing a shift in bacterial populations that persisted across successive generations — even in offspring that were not exposed to atrazine.“The big surprise was that one exposure, even at a nontoxic level, was enough to cause a heritable change in the microbial community,” said Brucker.The atrazine-exposed wasps also had an increased tolerance of the herbicide glyphosate, even though they had never been exposed to the compound. Brucker and his colleagues found that even after the risk of exposure had been removed, the change to the wasp microbiome persisted across generations, with unexpected consequences on the insect’s ability to break down herbicides and pesticides.“Pesticide resistance is something that agriculture scientists are continually looking to avoid, so this finding is important,” Brucker pointed out. “When the wasps were only exposed to only 30 ppb of atrazine, the effect over 36 generations was increased resistance.”After discovering that a single exposure of a xenobiotic can have lasting changes on the wasps’ microbiomes, the researchers screened a population of wild honeybees. Wild bees and other pollinators have been at risk of exposure to atrazine since the 1950s.,“I collected honeybees from my family’s farm in Ohio, where following all of our best practices for pest management has been helpful in keeping our family together,” said Brucker. “Like most corn fields, the area had been sprayed with atrazine. The bees’ microbiomes had bacterial genes that could degrade atrazine, and likely other xenobiotics — and those genes were nearly identical to what we observed in our laboratory wasps.”The genes could only be from the bees’ gut bacteria, as honeybee genomes do not have atrazine-metabolizing genes.It’s not clear whether the changes brought on by exposure have negative consequences for pollinators and people. What’s important, Brucker says, is that the repercussions of repeated exposure across generations on microbiome health are unknown. They could well involve host behavior, metabolic stress, immunocompetence, and host-microbiota regulation. So while the microbiome is not yet considered in standardized risk assessments, that could change.“Everyone feels strongly about protecting our pollinator species, so we may need to be mindful of our uses of xenobiotics in crop management,” said Brucker. “We need to understand multigenerational exposure better, and make host–microbiome interaction part of biorisk assessment in the future, especially in light of increasing xenobiotic exposure to humans, plants, animals, fungi, and bacteria across the globe.”There are a few years of experimental work ahead for Brucker and his team before they will have specific recommendations for incorporating microbiome studies into biorisk assessments. Another direction for the researchers is to use their new understanding of gut bacteria in Nasonia to develop probiotics for honeybees that aim to reduce multi-pesticide exposure risk.last_img read more

first_imgUS Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has formally informed US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials of his concerns about the size and scope of the new port of entry planned for Morses Line, Vermont. In a letter to CBP s acting commissioner, Leahy asked the agency to improve consultation with local landowners, to review the size and scope of the project, and to protect the historic resources near the border. The text of Leahy s letter, which was submitted during the official comment period on the proposed project, is below.Leahy also announced that an official from the Army Corps of Engineers, the federal agency handling portions of the planning process for CBP, will meet with the Rainvilles later this week to review the latest land acquisition and design plans. I understand the need to replace the Morses Line port of entry that is now more than 70 years old, said Leahy, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which approved funding for the project. However, any new facility needs to be right-sized for its purpose and location. I appreciate that after my inquiry the Army Corps will be meeting with the Rainville family later this week. I expect that they will be kept apprised of the planning, design, and construction process for the new port from now on.Information on the project can be found online at: http://www.northernbordernepa.com/(link is external). Public comments may be submitted on or before October 14 by mail or online at:Northern BorderP.O. Box 6760Chesterfield, MO [email protected](link sends e-mail)[The text of the letter Leahy has submitted during the project Comment Period is below or you can view a PDF of the letter online at http://leahy.senate.gov/DOX/093009MorsesLineLetter.pdf.](link is external)September 30, 2009Mr. Jayson P. AhernActing CommissionerU.S. Customs and Border Protection1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20229Dear Acting Commissioner Ahern:I write to comment on the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Modernization and Operation of the Morses Line Land Port of Entry in Franklin County, Vermont.I understand the need to replace this port of entry that now is more than 70 years old. However, any new facility needs to be right-sized for its purpose and location. After reviewing the draft document and having staff members visit the site, I do not believe that the size and scope of this proposal fits the operational conditions at Morses Line, where Customs and Border Protection (CBP) conducted just 16,140 inspections in 2007, and the port is staffed by only two officers from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. daily.First, I am concerned about the lack of outreach by CBP and the Army Corps of Engineers to affected landowners and neighbors. I understand that prior to a recent inquiry by my office, CBP and the Army Corps had not contacted the adjacent landowners about the design and construction process since May, and that these landowners found out about the draft environmental assessment from an ad in a local newspaper. I appreciate that the Army Corps subsequently has set up a meeting with these landowners, and I ask and expect that they will be kept apprised of the planning, design, and construction process.Second, I am concerned about the large amount of land envisioned for the new port of entry. I do not believe that the federal government needs to purchase 10 acres of prime farmland for this port, as there are several steps that could be taken to reduce the footprint of the project, including moving the new port closer to the existing road, streamlining the roadway s circulation pattern, and reducing the number of parking spaces. In addition, I suggest that CBP allow the adjacent landowners to continue farming any unused land surrounding the security fence at the new port.Third, I am concerned about protecting the historic resources in the area around the Morses Line port of entry. While the draft document refers to a draft Memorandum of Agreement between CBP and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, I suggest that CBP make that document available to the public and expressly declare that all resources eligible or listed on the National Register of Historic Places will be preserved.Thank you in advance for your consideration of these comments. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.Sincerely,PATRICK LEAHYUnited States Senator Source: Leahy’s office. (WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2009)last_img read more

first_img Naval security, from monitoring and controlling fishing activities to the fight against drug trafficking, was among the topics debated at the 24th Inter-American Naval Conference (Conferência Naval Interamericana, or CNI), held in September 2010 in Rio de Janeiro. The CNI was created in 1950 and is held every two years. It promotes ongoing professional ties among navies of participating countries and is considered “the most important forum for debate and exchange among the navies of the Americas,” according to the secretary-general of the 24th edition of the event, Brazilian Rear Adm. Wagner Lopes de Moraes Zamith, who spoke to Diálogo at the event. The navies of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the United States and Venezuela participated in the conference. Evaluating the conclusions reached during the event, the commandant-general of the Brazilian Navy, Fleet Adm. Julio Soares de Moura Neto, told Diálogo that “delegates from the participating countries left the event fully aware that we need to exchange information and cooperate with one another.” By Dialogo January 01, 2011 Bolivia… where is your sea? It was a successful event, once again, a show of excellent relations between the Navies of the Americas as they cooperate with each other and the the maritime security forces. There are challenges in the Atlantic, Pacific and even in the Antarctic. It has to motivate, above all, the governments of these countries to invest in education to train their elite professionals for jobs on the sea — civil and military — with a view towards taking advantage of the riches of the ocean to guarantee preservation and security. We await the 2012 conference in Mexico. Rear Adm. Aland Javier Molestina Malta, commandant-general of the Ecuadorian Navy, spoke of the shared importance of secure oceans. “Although it’s only now that we talk about globalization, the ocean has always been globalized as a way to get everywhere. We all have common interests in this ocean. We cannot focus only on our own country, but have to focus on the entire region.” Adm. Molestina added that Ecuador is being used as a transit route from drug production areas to consumers, and in order to solve the problem, Ecuador “needs close contact between countries, particularly with Colombia, Peru and the United States, which is the main destination for all these drugs.” Noting a specific contribution by Ecuador in this battle, Adm. Molestina told Diálogo that his country has developed a system available to others in the region called ZIMAC. The system monitors ships weighing more than 200 tons. Nonetheless, Adm. Molestina thinks that the surveillance of smaller vessels remains problematic. “Throughout the region, we should standardize the monitoring system and share information on these suspicious vessels that pass through international waters.” Vice Adm. Álvaro Echandía Durán, head of the Colombian Navy’s delegation, told Diálogo that the Colombian Navy has vast experience in the fight against drug trafficking. Vice Adm. Echandía said that in 2009, the Colombian Navy set a record for the country, seizing 97.4 tons of cocaine. The Colombian Navy also monitors the presence of self-propelled semisubmersibles, clandestine submarine vessels used to transport illicit drugs. According to Colombian officials, in 1993, when seizures of this kind were first conducted, 56 of these vessels were found, whereas in 2009, the number seized dropped to 20. “We stopped a large share of these vessels still in the construction phase. Others that were already sailing, filled with drugs, were then intercepted,” said Adm. Echandía, who pointed out that Colombian law authorizes imprisonment for the use of any type of semisubmersible. The head of the Paraguayan delegation, Rear Adm. Egberto E. Orue Benegas, spoke of the need to focus on riverine operations. “Besides the effort to free our rivers from pollution, we also fight against illicit trafficking,” he emphasized in an interview with Diálogo. Nations throughout the region are increasingly turning their attention to patrolling Amazonian rivers. For the chief Mexican representative at the conference, Fleet Adm. José Jesús Marte Camarera, the most important aspect was the exchange of information among the forces and joint operations with all the navies from the Americas. “This is why we participated in the conference, to explain our point of view and to get to know the points of view of others,” said Fleet Adm. Marte Camarera. center_img For the head of the general staff of the Chilean Navy, Vice Adm. Federico Niemann Fiyari, the conference facilitated more than the exchange of information. “There are agreements implemented with certain countries … to exchange information ahead of time so as to be able to react on a national level with the resources and the regulatory and legal jurisdictions that each country has in this matter,” he told Diálogo. Brazilian Navy Rear Adm. Wagner Lopes de Moraes Zamith told Diálogo that the goal of the 2010 conference had been successfully met: to improve interoperability among the navies of the Americas to establish security and peace among nations. Mexico will host the 25th Inter-American Naval Conference in 2012.last_img read more