Norway: NATO Begins New Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise

first_imgBetween 29 May and 06 June 2012, NATO will conduct a new Anti-Submarine Warfare exercise. DYNAMIC MONGOOSE 12, as the exercise is called, will take place off the coast of Norway and involve four submarines, 11 aircrafts and four surface ships provided by seven NATO nations. The objective is to provide the best anti-submarine warfare training to NATO naval forces and to guarantee their interoperability in a multi-national environment.Four submarines from Germany, the Netherlands and Norway are scheduled to join the exercise. Each submarine will have the opportunity to conduct a variety of submarine operations either in a ‘hunting’ or in a ‘hunted’ situation. Four surface warships from France, Germany and Norway will participate in the exercise under the tactical command of the Norwegian Warship HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen. Maritime Patrol Aircrafts (Canadian, French, German and Norwegian) and Anti-Submarine Helicopters (Polish, French and British) will operate from air bases in Sola, Norway and Nordholz, Germany. These two air bases will also ensure control of air operations.The exercise will be directed from the NATO Maritime Headquarter in Northwood, United Kingdom by Commander Submarines North (COMSUBNORTH) and Commander Maritime Air (COMMARAIR).[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 30, 2012; Image: NATO View post tag: begins View post tag: Navy View post tag: NATO View post tag: Norway View post tag: Anti-Submarine View post tag: Warfare View post tag: Naval View post tag: Newcenter_img View post tag: Exercise Norway: NATO Begins New Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise May 30, 2012 View post tag: News by topic Industry news Back to overview,Home naval-today Norway: NATO Begins New Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise Share this articlelast_img read more

Social sciences most employable

first_imgA recent study has found that people who study a social science at university are the most employable after they graduate. The study showed that 84 percent of social science graduates are in employment three and a half years after their degrees. This is in comparison with 79 percent of graduates who had taken a humanities degree and 78 percent of graduates who had studied a science, engineering or mathematics based subject. The study was undertaken by the Campaign for Social Sciences, an initiative that began in 2011 to work on raising the profile of social sciences. James Wilsdon, the Chair of the Campaign said, “the Campaign was set up a couple of years ago to try and raise the visibility of social sciences in policy debates, in the media and in broader public debate.”He commented on the results of the study saying, “It should help to remind decision makers of the critical importance of those subjects and of the value that they are bringing to the workplace.”Oxford students were similarly enthused by the news. An E&M finalist said “As a finalist job hunter, it’s heartening to hear that social science students are seen as more employable. When facing such a grim jobs market, it’s good to know that the skills I have developed whilst doing my degree can translate into tangible results.” Paul Moroz, who studies PPE, said “It’s great to know that all those 9am lectures will be worth it.”Other students however were not intimidated by the success of social science graduates. A third year Classicist commented, “As a classicist, I think that my degree, or any arts degree, fosters skills of analysis and communication just as much as a social science degree does. I do not think that I’m disadvantaged by studying for an arts degree, nor would I have picked a social science degree in preference because it may be more employable.”This sentiment was shared by Shearer West, the Head of the Humanities Division at Oxford who claimed students should not be put off studying humanities or scientific subjects because they might be less employable. She said “Generally, I feel that the collective evidence demonstrates that pupils at school should feel confident in choosing an academic subject that reflects their interests and passions and not feel deterred by anxieties about their future career prospects.”The study also found that not only do more social scientists find employment after they graduate, but there are also more social science graduates in jobs like senior officials or managers. 7.6 percent of people who have social science degrees are in jobs like these compared to only 3.6 percent of people who did mathematics or science based degrees.A Balliol Chemist however was unconvinced by the findings; he said “I find it hard to believe. The statistical maths and computer programming, and complex problem solving learned during a science degree can be applied almost anywhere. Scientists have the widest range of transferable skills and I think employers know that.”last_img read more

Eastbound Newark Bay-Hudson Extension closed between 14 and 14A for emergency…

first_imgHUDSON COUNTY — The eastbound Newark Bay-Hudson County Extension of the New Jersey Turnpike will be closed to traffic between Interchanges 14 and 14A while repair crews address a structural problem with the bridge deck.The bearings between the bridge deck and a pier at milepost 0.5 of the Extension became overextended, causing the eastbound bridge deck to drop several inches. Repairs crews have begun jacking the structure back into place in order to repair the bearings. It is too soon to determine when the eastbound Extension will reopen, but engineers estimate that the work will take at least 36 hours, which was to keep the Extension closed until at least Thursday evening.The bearings are steel pieces that connect the bridge deck to the pier. They are designed to allow for controlled movement of the bridge deck, such as expansion or contraction due to temperature changes. A contractor working in the area discovered that several bearings on the pier beneath the eastbound roadway at milepost 0.5 had rotated out of position.In addition to the repair work, engineers working for the Turnpike Authority are evaluating similar bearings beneath the Extension to make sure there are no other problems.For real-time traffic conditions in the area, drivers should call 511 from a hands-free mobile device or download the SafeTripNJ smartphone app. Links to live camera views of traffic conditions on the roadway can be found under the Travel Tools tab at the top of this page.last_img read more

Raising a pie for charity

first_imgThis year sees the inaugural World Scotch Pie Week, organised by The Scotch Pie Club from Saturday 25 November to Saturday 2 December and sponsored by ADM Milling.Under the slogan ’Say aye tae a pie’, the event, which has echoes of the annual Doughnut Week, aims to raise money for the Scottish Society of Autism, supporting both children and adults who have problems in communicating, forming relationships and understanding everyday activities. The promotional event is being fronted by TV personality Richard Park.The organisers plan to establish World Scotch Pie Week as a major event in the Scottish calendar. Scotch Pie is a traditional takeaway item, made with prime Scottish beef and lamb. Each year already sees the annual World Scotch Pie Championship, this year held on St Andrews Day during World Scotch Pie Week. Scotch Pie Club founder Alan Stuart says: “Now we’re calling on Scotland’s butchers and bakers to get behind the Pie Week and support this worthwhile charity.”== WRISTBAND INITIATIVE ==To raise money, the Scottish Society for Autism has linked with The World Scotch Pie Championship to launch a limited-edition Autism Awareness wristband. Scottish bakers are being encouraged to order a quantity of the wristbands and sell them during the week. The blue band costs £1 and money raised is pledged to families touched by autism.Bakers who register with The Scotch Pie Club to take part, will receive a pack of promotional materials for their shops, including posters, tent cards, shelf wobblers, balloons and a collection box.As The Scotch Pie Club points out, not only will bakers be supporting a worthy cause, but their business will benefit from increased focus and traffic. It suggests activities to make the week work well, such as offering a competition unique to a shop for Scotch Pie customers, creating an exciting window display, providing special incentives for shop staff, involving the local school and making sure you inform local media for coverage.== WRISTBAND ==The charity chosen by the organisers recognises the problems, pressures and opportunities in supporting a family member with autism. According to the Scottish Society for Autism, difficulties can include sleeping problems, behavioural challenges, difficulty relating to others, personal care, food intolerance and sensory intolerances. “For some parents it can prove too much to cope with. In extreme cases, the pressures for families can become intolerable and lead to tragic events. We try to reach those individuals and families to provide the support and intervention they need,” says the Society.A leaflet regarding the World Scotch Pie Week, giving details of the charity it supports and how to enter, was distributed to all bakers in Scotland via the Scottish Association of Master Bakers in September. nl For more information, contact Alan Stuart on tel: 01333 439 333last_img read more

Ween Announces 2018 Halloween Show

first_imgToday, Ween has announced the location for their highly anticipated Halloween show, which will take place at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom on October 31st. Ahead of this special performance, the band will work its way across the south, with two nights in Florida—October 13th at Miami’s Fillmore and October 14th at St. Augustine’s St. Augustine Amphitheater—and two nights at Atlanta’s The Tabernacle on October 19th and 20th previously announced.Tickets for Ween’s newly announced Halloween show in Chicago go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 20th, at 10 a.m. (CT) on the band’s website. However, the band will be offering a special pre-sale for their Halloween show, which starts on Wednesday, July 18th at 10 a.m. (CT) here. Use the pre-sale password: Satan. For more information and ticketing, head here.last_img read more

The marvel of fruit rotting

first_imgWhile we eagerly await the ripening of our favorite summer fruits, microscopic competitors are at work multiplying and consuming them in a world beyond our sight. If we wait too long, the activity of fungi, bacteria, and other microbes will soon appear as an unexpected blotch, suspicious “fuzz,” or oddly curled foliage. Yet, there is a beauty in this natural decaying process that repeats with each season.“Fruits in Decay,” a new exhibit in the Glass Flowers gallery at the Harvard Museum of Natural History explores blight, rot, and other diseases on summer fruits.This special exhibit features exquisitely detailed glass botanical models of strawberries, peaches, apricots, plums, and pears made by famed glass artist Rudolf Blaschka between 1924-32. On display for the first time in nearly two decades, the models capture — with astonishing realism — the intricacies and strange beauty of fruits in various stages of decay.“Rudolf Blaschka’s last work centered on the creation of these models of diseased fruits. They are the culmination of his lifelong attention to accuracy and innovation. They illustrate the effects of fungi as agents of disease in plants and point to their importance in agricultural systems,” said Donald H. Pfister, curator of the Farlow Library and Herbarium of Cryptogamic Botany and Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany.,“Fruits in Decay” includes more than 20 glass specimens depicting common agricultural diseases and the effects of fungus such as peach leaf curl, gray mold, brown rot, soft rot, blue mold, shot hole disease, stony pit, pear scab, fire blight, and leaf spot.Visitors will be able to see the delicate artistry of these celebrated Blaschka specimens Aug. 31 through March 1.One of Harvard’s most famous treasures is the internationally acclaimed Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, popularly called the “Glass Flowers.” This unique collection of more than 4,300 models, representing 780 plant species, was created by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, a father and son team of Czech glass artists, over five decades from 1887-1936. The Blaschkas were the last in a line of jewelers and glassmakers going back to 15th-century Venice.,About the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of PlantsProfessor George Lincoln Goodale, the first director of Harvard’s Botanical Museum, commissioned the collection as a teaching tool and public exhibition. Plant specimens are typically pressed and dried, then mounted on paper herbarium sheets, or they are preserved in liquid. At the time, scientific models were made from papier-mâché or wax, but Goodale wanted a better material to illustrate the plant kingdom.Goodale saw the Blaschkas’ exceptionally realistic glass models of marine invertebrates in the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard and became convinced that this was the ideal medium for representing plants. Goodale traveled to Dresden in 1886 to visit the Blaschkas’ studio and he persuaded them to create glass models of plants for Harvard. The exceptional artistry and workmanship of these pieces proved readily apparent to all who saw them. Mary Lee Ware, a former student of Goodale’s, and her mother, Elizabeth C. Ware, financed the collection and presented it to Harvard University as a memorial to Charles Eliot Ware, Class of 1834.The Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants officially opened to the public on April 17, 1893.The Harvard Museum of Natural History is located at 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. It is an eight-minute walk through Harvard Yard from the Harvard Square MBTA station. For general information visit the website at hmnh.harvard.edu, or call 617-495-3045. New book captures rare glimpse of Blaschka botanical models outside of their cases Putting the Glass Flowers in new light Leafing through Glass Flowers Related The first moon walk Gallery set to reopen after major renovation center_img Natural history museum displays the relics, examines the legacy of space exploration, moon walk A touch of rot Conservators freshen Blaschka apples for display in Glass Flowers gallery Undersea life, clear as glass Exhibit at Harvard Museum of Natural History showcases restored Blaschka glass sea creatureslast_img read more

On the Town Cancels Week of Performances on Broadway

first_img In addition to Yazbeck, Johnson and Alves, the cast includes Alysha Umphress as Hildy, Megan Fairchild as Ivy Smith, Elizabeth Stanley as Claire, Jackie Hoffman as Madame Dilly, Michael Rupert as Judge Pitkin and Allison Guinn as Lucy Schmeeler. The Broadway revival of On the Town will cancel six performance this spring due to a scheduled event at the Lyric Theatre. Performances scheduled for May 7 through May 12 have been scratched; additional evening performances will now take place on May 4 and May 17. First seen on the Great White Way in 1944, On the Town features music by Leonard Bernstein and a book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. It follows the adventures of three sailors (Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves) on leave in New York City. Based on the ballet Fancy Free by Jerome Robbins, the musical’s toe-tapping numbers include “New York, New York,” “I Can Cook Too,” “Lonely Town” and “Some Other Time.” View Comments Related Shows On the Town Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 6, 2015last_img read more

Head of Vermont State Hospital resigns

first_imgby Anne Galloway, www.vtdigger.org(link is external) May 13, 2011 Terry Rowe, executive director of the Vermont State Hospital, announced her resignation Thursday. She has served as head of the state facility for severely mentally ill patients for seven years.In an e-mail, Rowe told the 240 staff members of the hospital that she decided she will leave her position this summer because of ‘major shifts’ in the new administration’s vision for mental health service.Rowe said in an interview that the Shumlin administration officials are ‘good people’ and ‘there’s a lot of energy and optimism in the air ‘ I’m just really tired.’In an interview on Friday morning, Rowe said she was discouraged by recent publicity about  a patient who set a fire on one of the wards and public complaints from staff about  forced overtime. Employees told news outlets they had been working extra shifts, some days working as long as 16 hours in an environment in which they needed to stay alert in order to keep patients from endangering themselves or others.‘What’s been hard is there’s been extremely negative publicity about the hospital and in that environment there is no margin for error,’ Rowe said.The intense level of public scrutiny, she said, has been taxing for her and for the staff.The staff complaints about overtime were very difficult for Rowe. What was most painful was the feeling that ‘on some professional level I was disconnected from the staff.’ She said the ‘last thing I would want to do was to hurt them.’‘I’ve had dark moments at the hospital and that’s one of them,’ Rowe said.Since the end of April when the stories came out, Rowe said she has tried to even out the unpredictable scheduling problems that go along with having enough employees to ensure safety at the hospital when psychiatric patients who are a danger to themselves and others are newly admitted.When the fire occurred at the hospital, ‘people jumped to conclusions about what had gone wrong’ even though the staff, Rowe said, handled the fire appropriately.‘The response was, ‘there goes the state hospital not doing a good job again,’‘ Rowe said. ‘We believe we have a safe environment. We don’t have a lot of capital out there with what we do because of the enormous amount of negative publicity. We haven’t come out the other side.’The 54-bed Vermont State Hospital was decertified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in 2003 after several suicides.Rowe was hired in 2004. During her tenure, the state has repeatedly attempted and failed to regain federal authorization for the hospital, and previous proposals for replacing the facility have not materialized. Lawmakers and the governor have pulled back from the significant investments necessary to bring the hospital in line with federal requirements. At the same time, the state loses about $10 million a year in federal reimbursements because of the hospital’s decertified status.The Shumlin administration will begin the process of planning a new replacement facility in Berlin this summer.‘These major shifts call for reflection,’ Rowe wrote. ‘I felt I needed to decide to either continue my commitment to the hospital or look at other options. Standing at the turning point, I knew the pressure, stress and demands of this 24 hours a day, 7 days a week job would continue unabated. In the end, I chose to pursue a life where work is a part of what I do, not its defining purpose.’Rowe has accepted a position as director of the Registry Review Unit in the Vermont Department for Children and Family Services. The registry tracks child abuse incidents and investigations.Christine Oliver, commissioner of the Department of Mental Health, described Rowe’s position as a ‘critical,’ 24/7 job.‘She’s done it for seven years,’ Oliver said. ‘That’s a long time in hospital administration, let alone the type of hospital she is running.’‘I am sure the news of Terry’s departure is difficult to absorb,’ Oliver wrote in an e-mail to staff. ‘Terry has long been a stabilizing force for (the Vermont State Hospital). During her tenure, she has dedicated herself to the challenges of operating a 24/7 psychiatric facility serving some of our most vulnerable Vermonters. Terry will leave the state hospital in much better shape than when she first arrived in 2004. Terry’s many contributions and accomplishments are greatly appreciated, and we are lucky that she will continue to use her talents for the benefit of the (Agency of Human Services).’Oliver said the position has been reclassified as an exempt position. The secretary of the Agency of Human Services, Doug Racine, and Oliver will choose Rowe’s successor. The position will also come with an increase in compensation. Rowe earned about $78,000 a year ‘ less than half that of her counterparts in small hospital administration in Vermont who earn about $200,000, Oliver said.  Anne Galloway is editor of vtdigger.orglast_img read more

ELN Guerilla Claims Desire to Work Towards Peace

first_imgBy Dialogo January 07, 2013 In a video posted on their website on January 3, Colombian ELN (National Liberation Army) guerrilla leader Nicolás Rodríguez, alias Gabino, demanded that the Armed Forces work to put an end to the armed conflict in the country. “Today it is necessary to have nobility to embrace peace. And who better to work for it” than those who “have endured and developed the war with profound cruelty,” the insurgent leader stated. The ELN, the second largest guerrilla group in Colombia, with 2,500 combatants, has publicly stated that they intend to start peace talks, like the ones being held by the government and the FARC in Cuba since November. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has shown his willingness to agree to talks with the ELN, although he has requested time, discretion, and the right attitude to establish contacts. Government and FARC delegates started their talks on November 19 in Havana. Currently, the process is recessed until January 14. The FARC declared a truce in its offensive actions from November 20 until January 20. However, the Armed Forces have not ceased fire. In his message, aimed particularly at the military commanders, Gabino also asked for “a profound reflection and complete support for the peace process and all the efforts that are made to this end.” In the six minute—47-second–long video, the rebel leader also asked for the “active participation” of Colombian intellectuals and young people in order to bring an end the Colombian armed conflict, which has been going on for nearly fifty years.last_img read more

Kick your company communication into overdrive: Part 1

first_imgCommunication—especially in the workplace is critical to a healthy work environment. Whether you’re in management or not, effective communication among coworkers and employees can make or break your working relationships. Face it, we spend more time at work than at home so building healthy relationships with coworkers is key. To help you kick your communication style up a notch, we are giving you 20 simple tips—10 today and 10 more in Part 2 of this article—to help you improve your communication skills and build stronger relationships with your coworkers.1. Lay the GroundworkIt all begins with trust. When we do this, we can open up the lines of communication and begin to trust one another on a different level. Go out to lunch with a coworker or spark up a non-work related conversation with a coworker to learn their interests. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more