Spanish Navy Hosts Multinational Mine Hunting Exercise

first_img Training & Education View post tag: Mine View post tag: News by topic A multinational mine hunting exercise has taken place off the coast of Spain involving ships from Spain, France, Turkey and the Royal Navy. MINEX 13-1 tested NATO forces against a variety of threats such as fast attack craft and terrorist drones whilst dealing with a complex mine counter-measures battle.Hosted by the Spanish, the Royal Navy was represented by Portsmouth based minehunter, HMS Cattistock, who joined 14 other units from across the maritime spectrum including Mine Hunters, Frigates, Spanish Marines, NATO research vessels and submarines.HMS Cattistock’s Commanding Officer, Lt Cdr Steve Higham, said:“This exercise is the latest in a series of mission rehearsal events that we are undertaking as the lead ship in NATO’s Standing Naval Mine Counter-Measures Group 2.“Building partnerships with NATO Navies and developing our tactics together is key to our future success.”This latest challenge comes at the end of a busy period for HMS Cattistock.She will shortly return to the UK for a quick break before the Ship’s Company commences retraining ahead of a further deployment to the Gulf.Other participants included SNMCMG-2, represented by Turkish Aydın class mine hunter TCG Alanya, and EU’s Euromarfor, along with many Spanish Armada units.The exercise will last untill 26th April 2013.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 19, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: HMS Cattistock View post tag: Exercise View post tag: MINEX 13-1 View post tag: hosts View post tag: Naval Share this articlecenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Spanish Navy Hosts Multinational Mine Hunting Exercise View post tag: Hunting View post tag: Multinational April 19, 2013 View post tag: Navy View post tag: NATO View post tag: Spanish Spanish Navy Hosts Multinational Mine Hunting Exerciselast_img read more

Hidden Art in Oxford

first_imgWhy you should go to Keble to see Holman Hunt’s Light of The WorldBy Claudia Rimmigton With the exception of the high profile Millais exhibition at Tate Britain this autumn, the Pre-Raphaelites do not usually get a very good press. Possibly because their reputation tends to focus on a few unfortunate works such as  Rossetti’s “Luscious Lovelies”- stylised depictions of plump Victorian women- and some nature works, like Ford Maddox Brown’s The Pretty Baa Lambs.To think that the Pre-Raphaelites were all sweetness and light, however, would be a gross misconception. Much of their work is serious and visually powerful. William Holman Hunt’s The Light of the World (1853) is an excellent example.  The picture shows Christ standing in an eerie orchard just before daybreak. He is crowned, robed and bejewelled, and stares directly at the viewer. Shining lantern in one hand, he is shown knocking on the door of a hut while his eyes searchingly penetrate the viewer. The surroundings are dark with the sun gently rising. Dew can still be seen on the ground and a bat hovers overhead. Inscribed in the frame is a text from Revelation: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”The door referred to in the text and shown in the painting symbolises the human conscience. The crux is that there is no handle, which means that it can only be opened by its owner and not by God alone. The brambles and weeds at the foot of the door suggest that it has not been opened for a while, and show that the faith has been allowed to whither. The dawn light, however, represents hope that the door might be opened, and the possibility of renewal. According to Hunt, “I painted the picture with what I thought, unworthy as I was, to be by Divine command, and not simply as a good subject.”As a devout evangelist living in 1850s Britain, Hunt thought that worshippers needed such a painting. The church was going through a period of schism. Many Oxford dons, such as John Henry Newman, had converted to Catholicism from Protestantism in 1848 and had caused many bitter quarrels and disputes by the early 1850s.  One consequence of this was the formation of the Oxford movement, which aimed to encourage more authority in the English church. The Light of the World would later go on to inspire the Salvation Army composer, Sir Dean Goffin, to write one of his most famous compositions also entitled “The Light of the World”.Bearing this climate in mind, it is easy to see why Hunt depicted Christ as a calm but authoritative figure. Viewers commented that the degree of realism made it seem as if Christ was actually there, looking straight into the eyes of the beholder.  His paintings are notable for their strong colour, elaborate symbolism and exquisite detail, and it is well worth exploring his other forays into religious expression. Though it is tempting to mark this as a piece of Victorian irrationality, I can see where they were coming from.last_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: VW Sports, L.L.C. Acquires Additional Ownership Interest in Evansville Thunderbolts Hockey Team

first_img“The SPHL is pleased to continue its relationship with VenuWorks and supports their efforts to enhance the hockey experience in Evansville. We look forward to all the positive changes on and off the ice from now and into next season to provide a top-notch product,” said Jim Combs, President of Southern Professional Hockey League. “We applaud the efforts of Scott Schoenike and his staff. They always work hard to improve the experience at the Ford Center.”Season tickets for the 2017-18 season are currently on sale. For more information about the Evansville Thunderbolts visit www.evansvillethunderbolts.com.  VW Sports, L.L.C., majority owner of the Evansville Thunderbolts hockey team, announces their purchase of Mike Hall’s ownership interest in the team. Mike, a local businessman,  VW Sports, L.L.C. is a subsidiary of VenuWorks, Inc., a facility management company that currently manages the Ford Center which serves as home ice to the team. Hall and VW Sports partnered together to acquire the Southern Professional Hockey League affiliation in early 2016. “Mike was integral in the leadership of the Thunderbolts through our first season in Evansville,” said Steve Peters, President of VenuWorks. “We are very appreciative of his hard work and dedication. The foundation he developed will allow us to take this organization to the next level.” “The SPHL is pleased to continue its relationship with VenuWorks and supports their efforts to enhance the hockey experience in Evansville. We look forward to all the positive changes on and off the ice from now and into next season to provide a top-notch product,” said Jim Combs, President of Southern Professional Hockey League. “We applaud the efforts of Scott Schoenike and his staff. They always work hard to improve the experience at the Ford Center.”Season tickets for the 2017-18 season are currently on sale. For more information about the Evansville Thunderbolts visit www.evansvillethunderbolts.com. “Early last year, Mike Hall and VenuWorks made a commitment to the City to keep professional hockey in Evansville following the Icemen’s departure,” stated Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. “The City would like to thank Mr. Hall for his part in this endeavor and looks forward to the success of professional hockey in Evansville.”  VW Sports does not anticipate changes in the front office and coaching staffs. VW Sports, L.L.C. Acquires Additional Ownership Interest in Evansville Thunderbolts Hockey TeamVW Sports, L.L.C., majority owner of the Evansville Thunderbolts hockey team, announces their purchase of Mike Hall’s ownership interest in the team. Mike, a local businessman, currently serves as President of the Thunderbolts. “Early last year, Mike Hall and VenuWorks made a commitment to the City to keep professional hockey in Evansville following the Icemen’s departure,” stated Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. “The City would like to thank Mr. Hall for his part in this endeavor and looks forward to the success of professional hockey in Evansville.”  VW Sports does not anticipate changes in the front office and coaching staffs.center_img Hall and VW Sports partnered together to acquire the Southern Professional Hockey League affiliation in early 2016. “Mike was integral in the leadership of the Thunderbolts through our first season in Evansville,” said Steve Peters, President of VenuWorks. “We are very appreciative of his hard work and dedication. The foundation he developed will allow us to take this organization to the next level.” FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare —————–ABOUT VenuWorks VenuWorks provides customized management solutions for arenas, stadiums, theatres and convention centers throughout the country with services that include operations, catering, concessions, along with the booking and marketing of sports and entertainment events. www.venuworks.com VW Sports, L.L.C. is a subsidiary of VenuWorks, Inc., a currently serves as President of the Thunderbolts.facility management company that currently manages the Ford Center which serves as home ice to the team.last_img read more

Conexus Indiana, Ivy Tech launch CDL+ training program

first_img Pinterest Conexus Indiana, Ivy Tech launch CDL+ training program Google+ Facebook TAGSCDLCLD+community collegeConexus IndianaIndianaIvy Techprogramstudent loanstrainingtrucking Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest IndianaLocalNewscenter_img By Brooklyne Beatty – November 9, 2020 0 754 Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleVeterans Day holiday to delay South Bend trash pickupNext articleNew restrictions in place at Notre Dame to slow the spread of COVID-19 Brooklyne Beatty (Source: http://bit.ly/2bBHTjJ License: http://bit.ly/2bBHhe9) The nation’s first training program for commercial truck drivers that is covered by student loans has been launched in Indiana.Conexus Indiana and Ivy Tech Community College announced the program Monday, which enhances a graduate’s employability in the increasingly growing trucking industry.The CDL+ curriculum will be offered beginning January 2021 at five Ivy Tech campuses and is currently enrolling students. An additional eight Ivy Tech locations will offer the course later on.CDL+ is a 17-credit-hour certificate that can be completed in one semester. Students will have 160 hours of training, which prepares them to become a Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL) holder. The program includes 121 hours of operating observation, 30 hours of behind-the-wheel skill development, an 8-week internship, an overview of logistics and transportation which includes all types of trucking operations including intermodal processes. There is also a focus on professionalism and customer service.This is the first CDL program that is eligible for federal student loans, which required both state and federal legislation and approval from the U.S. Department of Education. The state of Indiana is also working to ensure CDL+ is eligible for Workforce Ready Grants. Twitterlast_img read more

Phish To Perform David Bowie Tonight For Their Ninth Halloween Musical Costume

first_img[Photo by Jay Kocyla] The news is out! The doors have opened at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for Phish’s fourth and final night at the venue, and the first Halloween Phishbills have been distributed, meaning that this year’s musical costume is now public knowledge. Without further adieu, tonight’s musical costume will be The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie. WOW! When the doors opened, the Internet exploded. Tonight is going to live out the dreams of many!The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars is David Bowie’s most iconic album. It is a concept album about about a hyper-sexual, egotistical alien rock star. The album features several of Bowie’s most iconic songs from his glam era, with “Suffragette City”, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide”, “Moonage Daydream”, “Ziggy Stardust”, and “Starman” all appearing on the eleven-song record.The album has been one of the most wished-for albums for the band’s musical costume over the years, so fans at the MGM Grand will be pinching themselves to make sure they aren’t dreaming. Phish will finally deliver The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars tonight during the second set of their three-set Halloween show.With this announcement, Phish have brought back their traditional Halloween cover of a classic rock album. After their Wingsuit Halloween in 2013 and the remarkable Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House in 2014, the band will once again re-create a classic album this Halloween. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars is an incredible album that should make for an extremely awesome night in Phish history! We can’t wait to hear the their take on the album during tonight’s second set! See below for the full track list from The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.Five YearsSoul LoveMoonage DaydreamStarmanIt Ain’t EasyLady StardustStarHang On To YourselfZiggy StardustSuffragette CityRock ‘n’ Roll Suicide.Enjoy!last_img read more

Running his buns off

first_imgHarvard students are a pretty passionate bunch. The campus is home to a staggering variety of orchestras and dance troupes, political clubs and debate societies, newspapers, and satirical rags. For instance, we just celebrated Housing Day, in which students passionately defend and promote a residence hall into which they were randomly assigned.Like other Harvard students, I have my passion. Burgers. I love them. Beef. Turkey. Veggie. Extra pickles. Caramelized onions. Double tomatoes. Hold the mustard. Nothing picks up my day like a well-made burger.But the passions that we have for everything from chamber music to Big Macs are not just endearing quirks. They create incredible energy that can be channeled toward other ends. And when you look at certain intractable problems that face American society, these energies seem like a vast potential oil field with no wells, possibly lucrative source of ideas and inspiration that can be leveraged into resources.This spring, I’ve teamed up with Citizen Schools and the Harvard Square restaurant b.good burgers to channel my passion for burgers to help kids. Citizen Schools is a nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for low-income children across the country. It engages volunteers to share their energy and expertise with middle schoolers who are thirsty for fun, engaging learning projects. Every Thursday, I work with 12 sixth-graders at the Edwards Middle School in Charlestown who are designing an addition to b. good’s menu.Teaching a class like this makes you see the power of channeling the energy and passion of citizens to help kids. And that’s why I’ve started a movement to inspire others to do the same. That’s why I’ve become Burgerman.You see, in addition to burgers, I also love running. Having experienced the power of channeling my love for burgers to help kids, I wanted to tap into my passion for running as well. And wouldn’t it be doubly powerful, I thought, if I tapped into both of these passions at the same time?On April 19, Burgerman will run the Boston Marathon in a burger suit to raise $100,000 for Citizen Schools.The campaign seems improbable? How can a 22-year-old from Baltimore come up with $100,000?The answer comes in the words of Robert F. Kennedy: “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls.”These ripples are already starting to spread. Christi Morrissey, a senior from Hawaii, has signed up to run the marathon in a fry suit and raise $10,000 by mobilizing Delta Gamma sorority chapters around the country. The Harvard Outing Club has engaged national chains REI and L.L. Bean to donate a bike and a boat to be raffled off among outing clubs throughout New England.Sehe Han, a high school senior in Duluth, Ga., heard about our movement on Facebook from a post by her high school friend. She will tap into her passion for music and hold a concert in April to raise funds.What are you passionate about? I am challenging you to channel that passion and energy to help inspire middle school students and your fellow citizens.If you’d like to learn more, send me an e-mail at [email protected], or visit the Burgerman site.When people get together, they can access the greatest untapped resource to aid education in America: the energy of American citizens.If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student and have an essay to share about life at Harvard, please e-mail your ideas to Jim Concannon, the Gazette’s news editor, at [email protected]last_img read more

Expect the Exceptional with Dell EMC VxRail

first_imgIDC recently completed a study on The Business Value of Dell EMC VxRail and VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail  and the findings are impressive. Not only does it quantify many of the benefits our customers have seen, but it confirms VxRail has become a backbone for data center infrastructure. Regardless of the size or vertical, companies with revenue from $100M to $15B in Healthcare, Finance, Government and Entertainment industries reported that on average 79% of their revenue was tied to applications running on VxRail.¹ These customers also realized a 452%, 5-year Return on Investment (ROI) and 10 months to payback.¹We launched VxRail almost five years ago. At the time it was the first – and remains the only – jointly engineered hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution with VMware. Continually setting and raising the bar for reliability, performance and operational simplicity with features like single click upgrades and synchronous releases with VMware HCI software has made Dell Technologies #1 in HCI.²We are excited to showcase the proven ROI and payback results,  extraordinary productivity gains  and unique business advantages that our customers have achieved with what we call the VxRail Advantage. While this blog provides an overview of the exceptional results our customers have come to expect, there was simply too much material to include it all. So much, in fact that we decided it deserved its own website.Exceptional Business ResultsFrom day one, VxRail has been a catalyst to accelerate IT transformation. Whether our customers are accelerating data center modernization, deploying a hybrid cloud, creating a developer-ready Kubernetes platform, or running applications in harsh edge environments, VxRail delivers a turnkey experience that delivers operational and business results.IDC said it best in the study: “IDC’s research demonstrates the value proposition for interviewed organizations of VxRail and VCF on VxRail as a cost-effective, efficient, reliable, and high performing infrastructure for many of their most critical business applications.” ²IDC found that the average customer experienced a 68% improvement in IT staff efficiency and 72% operational savings when considering infrastructure cost, IT staff efficiency and unplanned downtime, proving that VxRail has delivered on the promise of operational simplicity. In our customer’s words, “VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail has allowed us to effectively triple our staff without adding any headcount.”²Exceptional Productivity for IT TeamsThe proven resiliency, unique HCI System Software, and single call support separate VxRail from the pack and enable IT Teams to spend more time focusing on value added business activities instead of day-to-day operations and maintenance.IDC found that implementing VxRail resulted in 92% less unplanned downtime than previous solutions. ² Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai noted: “We wanted to be more resilient. Having the Dell EMC VxRail foundation has given the business more confidence in IT. We’re having fewer interruptions and when they do occur, they’re much shorter.” ²Our unique VxRail HCI System Software extends VMware native capabilities to deliver a seamless, automated, operational experience and enable one-click automated updates. This means customers spend less time planning for, scheduling or recovering from upgrades gone wrong, helping implement new features sooner and taking advantage of software and hardware improvements. Combined with our award-winning support, with over 1,800 VMware-certified Dell EMC support professionals resolving 98% of all VMware cases in house, our customers can quickly resolve issues from hardware to hypervisor.³“We’re getting a lot more hours back with Dell EMC VxRail because we don’t have to worry about interoperability and compatibility issues during upgrades.” – US Insurance CompanyShareExceptional Business AdvantagesWe all know that IT teams are no longer a cost center, they are now a revenue-generating, dynamic part of the business strategy. In one of the IDC study’s most interesting and important parts, our customers described how VxRail helps put them a step ahead of their competition.Businesses reported better performance for key critical applications with 32% faster transactions and 39% faster queries improving productivity and internal customer satisfaction and development teams reported 114% more new applications along with 32% faster development lifecycle, getting new tools and features to their business faster. ² As the City of Amarillo, Texas observed, “Dell EMC VxRail has made us more agile and responsive to business demand. Our team has eight developers that are saving a lot of time. It must be about 80 hours a month, collectively. It’s been huge for them because they can spin up environments in minutes.”I want to thank all our customers who have provided the abundance of new proof points and customer stories showing the exceptional value our customers see with VxRail. To discover more customer stories, value assessments and analyst studies and learn how 10,000 VxRail customers Expect {and receive} Exceptional outcomes from VxRail, please visit here.¹ The Business Value of Dell EMC VxRail and VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail, December 2020 #US47005920² IDC WW Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, Vendor Revenue (US$M) Q2 2020, September 17, 2020³ Based on internal analysis of all service requests from February 1 to October 31, 2019last_img read more

Cover Girl! Idina Menzel Is One of NYC’s Most Powerful Women

first_img View Comments Star Files Related Shows Idina Menzel We always knew If/Then star Idina Menzel was a woman of power, but Variety made it official in their newest issue! The Tony winner is looking sleek and professional in a white blazer on the cover of the April 22 issue. Inside, she talks about her summer camp A Broader Way, which takes a group of girls from urban areas to the Berkshires in Massachusetts to act and write songs and poems. “It’s about using the arts to help girls find their own voice,” Menzel explains. “There’s a lot of young women who don’t know how to use their voice literally and figuratively. These girls get to be the authors of their own life.” Starring on Broadway, topping the Billboard charts and making the world a better place? Bravo, Idina! Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 If/Thenlast_img read more

New legal problems for owner of Powder River Basin mines

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Casper Star-Tribune:The CEO that obtained Wyoming’s Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr coal mines last year is being sued for alleged unpaid royalties in Appalachia, the second lawsuit that Jeff Hoops’ West Virginia-based company, Revelation Energy, is facing in under a year.Hoops formed Blackjewel LLC, a sister company to Revelation, to take over the Wyoming mines in 2017. The latest lawsuit is one of a number of troubles the Eastern businessman has encountered since becoming one of Wyoming’s coal producers.According to court documents filed in the Western District of Virginia, Pocahontas Resources LLC is seeking nearly a half million dollars in royalties and interest from Revelation based on allegations Hoops’ firm committed fraud.Pocahontas asserts Revelation is being underhanded in its reporting of coal sales. It has asked for a slew of documents from Hoops’ company to prove its claim, much of which the company has refused to provide. Pocahontas filed a request to compel Revelation to release that information earlier this month. The judge had not responded as of Tuesday.Hoops has hit a few snags since arriving in the Powder River Basin.Blackjewel was delayed in obtaining leases for Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr until Hoops addressed outstanding environmental offenses at his Eastern coal mines. Blackjewel has yet to obtain permits to mine in Wyoming, though Hoops said Blackjewel has the required reclamation bonds in-hand and would seek permits this week, a claim he also made in an email to the Star-Tribune in February.The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has not yet received those applications, a spokesman for the department said Monday.More: Second lawsuit entangles Wyoming’s newest coal producer New legal problems for owner of Powder River Basin mineslast_img read more

US, Caribbean Security Leaders Join Virtual Forum, Table-Top Exercise on Regional Mechanism to Mitigate Impact of Natural Disasters in a COVID-19 Environment

first_imgBy U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) June 05, 2020 Defense and public security leaders from 13 Caribbean nations and four territories participated in the 2020 Caribbean Security Conference (CANSEC) June 2-3, hosted virtually for the first-time by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM).At the beginning of hurricane season, this year’s CANSEC focused on regional mechanisms to mitigate the impact of disasters in a COVID-19 environment.The conference included virtual briefings and moderated discussions on the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the region’s preparedness for the hurricane season, which began June 1 and continues through November 30. The participants also took part in table-top exercises, led by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), with scenarios involving simultaneous regional responses to hurricanes and pandemics.The participating Caribbean countries included Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as well as Trinidad and Tobago.Representatives from Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Montserrat, and the Turks and Caicos also participated.Five regional organizations took part in the virtual forum, including the Caribbean Community, known as CARICOM, Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), CDEMA, Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), and Eastern Antilles’ Regional Security System (RSS).Security leaders from the Inter-American Development Board, Canada, France, Mexico, the Royal Netherlands, and the United Kingdom also contributed to this year’s conference.The participants were joined by leaders and security experts from SOUTHCOM, the U.S. Department of Defense, National Defense University, U.S. State Department, U.S. Northern Command, as well as adjutant generals from Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington, D.C.U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of SOUTHCOM, welcomed CANSEC’s participants and addressed the importance of sharing lessons learned during the ongoing pandemic that prompted the need to host it virtually. “COVID-19 has swept the globe and affected all of us,” he said, “It’s the norm, and it will be the norm until we can inoculate and immunize the globe.”He described the COVID-19 assistance SOUTHCOM has provided to its partners in the Caribbean, Central America and South America as “robust,” consisting of “some 200 projects that have been very flexible and rapid” totaling approximately $2 million.“Overall, the U.S. government response into the region for the COVID [efforts], principally through USAID [U.S. Agency for International Development], has been close to $100 million,” he added.He commended Caribbean countries for developing regional approaches to security challenges.“We have the right mechanisms,” he told them, referring to CARICOM, IMPACS, RSS, CDEMA, CARPHA, and the Multinational Caribbean Coordination Cell in Barbados. “We have all those structures in place. We’ve got to make them work.”last_img read more