The North Atlantic Ocean and adjacent shelf seas play a crucial role in global climate. To better constrain long-term natural variability and marine-terrestrial linkages in this region, a network of highly resolved marine archives from the open ocean and continental shelves is needed. In recent decades, bivalve sclerochronology has emerged as a field providing such records from the mid- to high latitudes. In May 2014, dead valves and young live specimens of the bivalve Glycymeris glycymeris were collected at St Kilda, Scotland. A floating chronology spanning 187 years was constructed with fossil shells and radiocarbon dated to 3910–3340 cal yr before present (BP), with a probability density cluster at ca. 3700–3500 cal yr BP. Sub-annual δ18O data were obtained from five fossil and three modern specimens and showed a strong seasonal signal in both time intervals. The growth season of G. glycymeris at this location today lasts from May to October, with most growth occurring before the temperature peak in August. Thus, the modern specimens and the fossil chronology represent late-spring and summer sea surface temperatures (SST). The annual temperature range was 4.4 °C in the fossil shells, which is similar to the range observed today (3.8 °C). Average SSTs reconstructed from the fossil shells were 1 °C cooler than in 2003–2013 CE and similar to the early 20th century CE. The radiocarbon age of the floating chronology coincides with a climatic shift to wetter conditions on the British Isles and with a cold interval observed in palaeoceanographic records from south of Iceland. However, our data do not provide evidence of a cold interval on the Scottish shelf. The similarity in growth season and temperature range between the fossil and modern specimens are attributed to similar boundary conditions in the fourth millennium BP compared to today.
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Home » News » Family of tragic former soldier calls for ‘property investment’ course regulation previous nextRegulation & LawFamily of tragic former soldier calls for ‘property investment’ course regulationDanny Butcher took his own life after spending £13,000 on a property investment course and his father now says action must be taken.Nigel Lewis23rd January 202001,592 Views The father of a former soldier Danny Butcher (pictured, above), who killed himself after signing up to a ‘property investment’ coaching course has called for the sector to be regulated. He failed to get a bricks-and-mortar investment business off the ground.Alan Butcher has launched a change.org petition that has already been signed by 650 people asking the government to regulate the ‘wealth creation/property training’ industry.Some action has already been taken. An industry accreditation scheme, The Property Investors Bureau, is in the process of being set up with support from Landlord Action’s Paul Shamplina, and will offer a redress scheme backed by the PRS.Until then, anyone can set themselves up as a property investment trainer without the need for any qualifications or oversight.Run rampantThis lack of regulation despite the high costs of completing the courses, has “created an opportunity for unscrupulous individuals to run rampant”, says Alan.His son’s case featured on Monday’s BBC Inside Out programme about Property Investors, which charged Danny £13,000 to attend its ‘property academy’ course.The company claims to be the largest of its kind in the UK and is fronted by former illusionist Samuel Leeds. He says those attending both his free and paid-for courses are warned not to get into debt when paying for them.Despite attending the course, Danny was unable to get a property business off the ground and, after failing to win a refund from Property Investors, took his own life.“The only thing I can do for Danny is to try and make people aware so they don’t end up wasting their money and putting themselves in a bad place,” his father told the BBC.“If it does that, what’s a meaningless loss of life won’t be quite so meaningless.”Danny Butcher Alan Butcher Paul Shamplina PRS property investors January 23, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021
View post tag: Italian Navy View post tag: Fincantieri The Italian Navy has, one last time, bid farewell to its two decommissioned Minerva-class corvettes which will continue their lives as Bangladesh Coast Guard ships.ITS Danaide and ITS Urania left the Navy yard to undergo conversion works before they are delivered to the Bangladesh Coast Guard.The two vessels were previously decommissioned during a ceremony held March 10, 2016.Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri in July 2015 announced that it has signed a contract to provide the Bangladesh Coast Guard with four offshore patrol vessels.Under the contract, Fincantieri was to upgrade and convert four Italian Navy Minerva-class corvettes into Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), and to provide the related logistics support services.The first two vessels, Minerva and Sibilla, left the Navy yard in June 2015 and are currently conducting sea trials as converted coast guard vessels. The two vessels were already named by the Bangladesh Ministry of Defence as BCGS Syed Nazrul (Pennant number: PL-71) and BCGS Tajuddin (Pennant number: PL-72).Bangladesh Coast Guard will use the vessels to patrol the country’s maritime boundaries and traffic in its Exclusive Economic Zone, with capabilities to contain environmental pollution and to rescue and assist civilians in the case of humanitarian emergencies. Back to overview,Home naval-today Two Italian corvettes prepare for new life as Bangladesh Coast Guard vessels May 11, 2016 View post tag: Bangladesh Coast Guard Authorities View post tag: Minerva-class Two Italian corvettes prepare for new life as Bangladesh Coast Guard vessels Share this article
Back to overview,Home naval-today US destroyer duo returns from Middle East deployment View post tag: US Navy View post tag: USS The Sullivans View post tag: USS Jason Dunham Share this article US destroyer duo returns from Middle East deployment December 24, 2018 Authorities US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) and USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) returned to their homeports after completing a seven-month deployment to Europe and the Middle East.On December 21, USS Jason Dunham returned to Naval Station Norfolk while USS The Sullivans to Mayport Naval Station.During the deployment, Jason Dunham navigated the Bab el-Mandeb 16 times, the Strait of Hormuz twice, the Strait of Gibraltar twice, the Suez Canal twice, among other transits, totaling to well over 40,000 nautical miles traveled. Port visits included Haifa and Eilat, Israel; the Azores, Portugal; Safaga, Egypt; Djibouti, Djibouti; Duqm, Oman; Manama, Bahrain; Jebel Ali, UAE; and Funchal, Madeira.“I am very proud of the crew for all of their accomplishments this deployment. We had a junior crew, and this was a challenging deployment,” said Cmdr. John Hamilton, Jason Dunham commanding officer.In addition to the thousands of nautical miles traveled, the ship conducted over 500 hours of maritime security operations, to include four boardings and the seizure of over 2500 AK-47’s.Jason Dunham worked hand-in-hand with foreign countries as she conducted numerous passing exercises, gunnery exercises, and other integrated exercises- to include Eagle Salute 2018- with the Egyptian and Emirati navies. The ship also supported the USS Essex (LHD 2) Amphibious Ready Group with mine sweeping exercises off the coast of Djibouti, Djibouti.USS The Sullivans navigated over 40,000 nautical miles, completed two Strait of Gibraltar transits, two Suez Canal transits, two Bab-el Mandeb transits, and 14 transits through the Strait of Hormuz.The destroyer’s port visits included Rota, Spain; Limassol, Cyprus; Souda Bay, Crete; Manama, Bahrain; Muscat, Oman; Fujairah, United Arab Emirates; and Duqm, Oman.For a large portion of the crew’s deployment in 5th Fleet, The Sullivans was the only Arleigh Burke destroyer in the Arabian Gulf, operating with US Navy Cyclone-class patrol ships and Combined Maritime Forces partners to preserve the free flow of commerce and freedom of navigation in the Gulf.While operating independently in the Arabian Gulf, The Sullivans led the 2018 trilateral exercise with US Navy and US Coast Guard ships alongside the Iraqi and Kuwaiti navies. The exercise afforded the opportunity for the three countries to practice cooperative maritime security tactics and operations in the Gulf.The Sullivans also provided layered defense and command and control for the 2018 Griffin missile exercise with four US Navy Cyclone-class patrol ships. Upon arrival of Amphibious Ready Group One in US 5th Fleet, The Sullivans provided layered defense for USS Essex (LHD 2) in support of Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter missions to ensure stability and security in the Central region.“The Sullivans led operations daily in the Arabian Gulf that directly impacted freedom of navigation through the Strait of Hormuz, and strengthened ties with our partners in 5th Fleet,” said Cmdr. Pat Eliason, commanding officer of The Sullivans.
Tesco said it would have to make “customer-led decisions” this year, following plans to slim down its product range and launch fewer products than in 2007, in a bid to drive availa- bility and quality.In-store bakery (ISB) buyer Simon Holt told British Baker that Tesco’s ISB contained too many products and the range would undergo “editing” over the next 12 months. The aim is to make it simpler for stores to bake products in-store, maintain quality and increase availability, he said. “We only have so much shelf space, so we’re focusing on editing the range. We cannot keep filling the stores with more and more product,” said Holt.”This will involve making some decisions based on customer needs – we’re going to have to be very focused. That will be a massive project this year.” Currently, around 80% of ISB sales come from half of Tesco’s products, he added.Despite a successful year for the category, Holt revealed that the ISB launched too many products in 2007. Future launches would have to be backed up by market data and a strong customer rationale from suppliers, he said. “We’ll launch fewer products – around 40 a year – but more successful ones, so we can focus on what customers want.”Holt also called for more NPD on non-premium lines. “Everybody is going hell for leather after Finest,” he said. “But the vast majority of our customers are middle-of-the-road and middle-income; we’ve got to provide great quality and great value-for-money for those customers.”ACNielsen figures for the last 52 weeks to this week show Tesco is outperforming the market by 3.5%. “We’re also reporting some of the strongest numbers within food at Tesco,” added Holt.
French chef Abel Mehablia is to launch a range of patisseries as part of his development of Northern Ireland’s first Patisserie Cookery School.Mehablia set up La Table Tea Room and French Patisserie Cookery School at Merville House, a Georgian manor near Belfast, in September, as part of an initiative to develop a range of patisseries for sale particularly outside Northern Ireland, as well as expanding French patisserie skills and knowledge in Northern Ireland.Born in Paris, the graduate of the Lycée Hotellerie Tourisme de Yvelines, near Versailles, said he had identified an opportunity to sell his handcrafted artisan cakes and French breads to hotels, restaurants and high-end retailers in the UK and Republic of Ireland.Mehablia said: “I decided to develop my range of patisseries for sale outside the tea room in response to the demand from customers and from those attending functions to which I’ve been commissioned to provide products.“I plan, in the first instance, to market the patisseries and breads, all handcrafted by me, by means of my website. There’s a growing demand for indulgent products. I’ve had approaches from other cafés and retailers interested in quality breads and cakes. I will be following these approaches to expand the business.”
Leicestershire baker Michelle Orme has retained her ‘Best Vegan Bakery’ title at the annual Vegfest UK awards in London at the weekend (Saturday 22 October).Orme, who runs her charity-focused cruelty-free business The Vegan Cakery from her home in Fleckney, has won the accolade for the second year in a row and received her award from actor, and fellow vegan, Peter Egan.The Vegan Cakery’s triumph at the weekend means the business has picked up a total of five national awards since 2013.Orme commented: “It’s such a fantastic feeling to win the Best Vegan Bakery award again at Vegfest UK, I’m so grateful to all of the people who voted for me and I can’t express what it means.“I put my heart and soul into everything I do with The Vegan Cakery, whether it’s the baking, the packaging, marketing or administration, and it’s absolutely amazing to have that acknowledged by so many wonderful customers and supporters from across the UK and beyond.”The baker set up her business in 2012, and has won honours such as the ‘Best Vegan Company’ at the 2013 UK Vegan awards and collected two accolades at last year’s Vegfest awards.
Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon has started an investigation into the Co-operative Group over delistings and the introduction of quality control charges.Tacon said there was a “reasonable suspicion” that the retailer may have broken the Groceries Supply Code of Practice, and is calling on suppliers to submit evidence in the next two months so she can decide if this is the case and what further action to take.She added that the investigation was necessary to understand the extent to which the Code may have been broken, the causes of the issues and the impact on suppliers.In response, the Co-op Group said it acknowledged it had “fallen short”, adding that it had been “discussing the two issues raised with the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) for some months”.The retailer said it had already taken steps to ensure fair treatment of all its suppliers, and had refunded £500,000 in charges (see below).The GCA’s investigation is to focus on two areas of the code:Paragraph 16: Duties in relation to delistingParagraph 3: Variation of supply agreements and terms of supply.When considering issues, the GCA will also be looking at Paragraph 2 of the Code: Principle of fair dealing.The GCA investigation will consider the scale and impact of practices that may have resulted in suppliers being delisted with no, or short, fixed-notice periods “without due consideration of published GCA delisting guidance”.While the focus of the investigation is a range reset called ‘Right Range; Right Store’, which took place between summer 2016 and summer 2017, it will not be limited to this.The investigation will also look at the introduction of charges to suppliers for depot quality control and benchmarking, especially to suppliers with fixed-cost contracts.The GCA will look at the retailer’s code-related training for its buyers and its culture.“I have previously escalated my concerns with the Co-op as part of my published collaborative approach,” said Tacon. “However, after carefully considering all the information submitted to me, I have decided an investigation is necessary, so I can fully understand the extent to which the code may have been broken and the root causes.“It is now important that suppliers provide me with information to help my investigation. I am looking forward to hearing what they have to say about whether they have experienced any of the issues now being investigated and, if so, the impact on them of the Co-op’s conduct. All information I receive will be treated with complete confidentiality.”Suppliers are asked to submit evidence by 4pm on 3 May 2018.The Co-op response:In a statement, the Co-op said it acknowledged that “we have fallen short and have been discussing the two issues raised with the GCA for some months. We have already taken decisive steps in line with our commitment to ensure the fair treatment of all of our suppliers.”The retailer said action had included:Steps to strengthen its systems and processesRetraining of 450 commercial staff in the operation of the Groceries Supply Code of PracticeWriting to 1,500 direct suppliers to seek information on delisting decisions they believe may have been taken without appropriate consultation. A small number of suppliers have raised concerns.Reviewing all cases where a supplier was charged for benchmarking and quality control. As a result, 110 suppliers have been refunded a total of approximately £500,000. “We care deeply about our relationships with our suppliers and we are very sorry that, in these two areas, we have failed to live up to our usual high standards,” said Jo Whitfield, CEO of Co-op Food.“We are already addressing the issues with the GCA and our suppliers and we hope the investigation will help bring to light any additional cases, so that we can put these right as quickly as possible.”
Beloved New Orleans brass band The Soul Rebels are blowing up! The band was just added to the Electric Forest lineup, performing with Talib Kweli and GZA in place of Fetty Wap, who cancelled his set at the festival. The group has also announced an extensive West Coast tour schedule with Kweli, rocking through a number of exciting tour dates in September through early October.Check out both announcements below, and head to the Soul Rebels’ website for details.