Australian-Singaporean Team of Amateur Scuba Divers Discover HNLMS K XVI After 70 Years

A Royal Netherlands Navy submarine, HNLMS K XVI, which went down in 1941 with its 36-man crew, six of whom of Indonesian nationality, has been found. Following up a tip-off in October 2011 by a local fisherman who had spotted a wreck, an Australian-Singaporean team of amateur scuba divers discovered the Dutch World Warr II submarine in the waters north of the island of Borneo.Marine experts studied the photographs taken by the divers and observed unmistakable features unique to Dutch submarines. This information, in combination with other records, enabled the submarine to be identified as the K XVI. This brings to an end a long period of uncertainty for the relatives of the crew members. The commander of the Royal Netherlands Navy, Vice Admiral Matthieu Borsboom, conveyed the news to them.Christmas EveHNLMS K XVI was part of the Allied fleet tasked with stopping the Japanese invasion of the then Netherlands East Indies. The 1,000 ton submarine sunk the Japanese submarine hunter Sagiri on Christmas Eve 1941, only to be sunk itself the following day by Japanese submarine hunter I-66 in the South China Sea.With the discovery of HNLMS K XVI, the only Dutch submarine still unlocated is HNLMS O 13. This submarine went down in the North Sea. HNLMS K XVI will be designated as a war grave.[mappress]Source: defensie, October 28, 2011 View post tag: Australian-Singaporean View post tag: DIVERS October 28, 2011 View post tag: of View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HNLMS Australian-Singaporean Team of Amateur Scuba Divers Discover HNLMS K XVI After 70 Years View post tag: after View post tag: Scuba View post tag: K View post tag: 70defensie View post tag: Navy View post tag: Amateur View post tag: Discover Research & Development Share this article View post tag: team View post tag: XVI Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian-Singaporean Team of Amateur Scuba Divers Discover HNLMS K XVI After 70 Years read more

Fashionistas ‘flaunt it’

first_imgThe prestigious halo of academia which surrounds Oxford means that it is not often described as the central hub of student style and innovation. On 14 May, however, a group of the forward-thinking members of this university will be presenting a fashion show of student-designed clothing and lingerie at the Oxford Union, and encouraging the fashion world to rethink this hackneyed attitude. Everyone enjoys the annual University fashion show, and this year will certainly be no exception, but at this inaugural event the emphasis will be on something new, something fresh; something a little bit daring. The show is being organised by a company called UFO, or ‘Unique Fashionable Objects’ – a name which certainly conjures up some lively, zany images. And so it should, because the company is a product of the most ambitious of Oxford societies: the Oxford Entrepreneurs. So what exactly can the audience expect on the night of 14 May? There will be three main ingredients: firstly, the artists. The designers are an international group of students making their debut at this show. Their aim is to create beautiful and exotic clothes, fusing old and new ideas, delicate and abrasive materials, gentle and harsh silhouettes; mixing together a kaleidoscope of colours. Secondly, there are the muses, a selection of Oxford’s most beautiful student models. Beware, however, of seeing them merely as clothes-horses. These models have been chosen to reflect and enhance the tone of each individual collection. Finally, the marquee after-party will provide an opportunity to bring a touch of personal glamour to the evening, while enjoying complimentary Cobra beer and General Bilimori wines to summer sounds mixed by guest DJs. It is a much repeated adage that beauty and brains create the most exquisite cocktail imaginable in man: why not come and enjoy this heady sensation for yourself? For more information go to 1st week TT 2004last_img read more

“Missing” Brookes student found

first_imgAn Oxford Brookes student who had been reported to Thames Valley Police as missing resurfaced on Sunday evening, after it emerged that he had been writing his dissertation for the past three weeks.

 The fourth year history student from Oxford Brookes, Andrew Stout, had not been seen since Thursday night, 3rd February, at the nightclub Camera, on St Ebbe’s Street. His  phone had been inactive since 8th February.

As well as alerting the police, a Facebook campaign was launched to find Stout, urging the public to report  news of the missing finalist, and posters were circulated around Oxford town centre by concerned family members and friends.  read more


first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE we are pleased to announce that a new online publication, the City-County Banner, will be launching sometime during February, 2019? …The City-County Banner will service Orange and Dubois counties, specifically focusing on the cities of Jasper, Huntingburg, French Lick, and Paoli? …the City-County Observer will be a media partner with the City-County Banner and both papers will be operating as corridor newspapers?  …this publishing partnership between the City County Observer and the City-County Banner will provide articles and advertisements published in both papers to readers in cities stretching from Paoli to Evansville? …that the City-County Observer is also working on additional media partners up and down the corridor?IS IT TRUE a hedge-fund-backed media group known for buying up struggling local papers and cutting costs is planning to make an offer for USA Today publisher Gannett Co., according to people familiar with the matter? …its been reported that MNG Enterprises Inc., one of the largest newspaper chains in the country, has quietly built a 7.5% position in Gannett’s stock and plans to publicly urge the McLean, Va., publisher to put itself up for sale? …we been told that the USA Today publisher Gannett Co.,own the Indy Star, Louisville Journal, Nashville Banner and the Evansville Courier and Press? …hear are a copy of links concerning this issue for your review: IT TRUE here is an article concerning newspaper acquisitions ?Our take: What Digital First’s bid for Gannett meansIS IT TRUE yesterday we posted comments concerning a charitable organization named “Funk In The City”? …we have been told that “Funk In The  City” has raised around $200,000 to help the disadvantaged living in the Haynes’s Corner and Center City areas since 2008? …we give five (5) cheers to “Funk In The City” President Ashley Vezzoso Schaefer and her Board of Directors for a job well done?IS IT TRUE we give five (5) cheers to Holli Sullivan for creating House Bill 1002?  …this legislation will reallocate funds to proven workforce programs so Hoosiers could increase their certifications, earn stackable credentials and secure high-paying jobs in high-demand fields to meet the changing needs of Indiana employers? … its obvious that State Representative Holli Sullivan understand how to think outside the box?IS IT TRUE we are hearing that several movers and shakers in the Vanderburgh County Democratic party feel that its time for the At-Large City Council member Jonathan Weaver to publicly announce if he’s going to be a candidate for the Mayor of Evansville? …if Mr. Weaver decides not to run for the Mayor of Evansville we hear that several well qualified people are looking at taking on Mayor Winnecke?IS IT TRUE that the State of Illinois bet on Video Gaming and lost? …that legalizing video poker and slots was supposed to generate billions of dollars for the State of Illinois but a decade later, that hasn’t happened?  …we are now hearing that Illinois State Legislators want to double down on gambling in that cash poor state? …we hope that the  Kentucky and Indiana State Legislators will take heed when they make amendments to their state gambling laws later on this year?IS IT TRUE that the White House announced yesterday that President Donald Trump signed a bill providing back pay to federal employees affected by the ongoing partial government shutdown?IS IT TRUE we can’t wait to read what our most infamous right wing poster Joe Biden will have to say about the above post?IS IT TRUE to no one surprise Old National Bank CEO Bob Jones will retire after 14 years and current CFO Jim Ryan was named as his successor?  …we wonder what kind of a “Golden Parachute” will Mr. Jones receive upon his retirement?IS IT TRUE during the early years, the Veterans Memorial Coliseum was the place where the best entertainment occurred? …this included hosting car shows, the Shrine Circus, and Evansville College used to play its basketball games there?  …once Roberts Stadium was built in the fifties, the Coliseum lost some of its appeal and it closed in 1969?  …the Coliseum was built by the city and was given to Vanderburgh County around this time? …during the waning years of not being in use, the Coliseum deteriorated until the Veterans Council of Vanderburgh County took it over and started to renovated the building?  …we want to thank members of the Veterans Council of Vanderburgh County for saving this historic landmark from the wreaking ball? …we are pleased with the way that Veterans Council of Vanderburgh County Commander Mark Acker and his staff are running this facility on behalf of the taxpayers of this community?  …we would like for anyone that demanded that Commander Acker hand over the keys to the Veterans Memorial Coliseum please go hide under a rock?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Do you think that the Republicans will take control of the Evansville City Council in 2019? FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site. Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site. Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.last_img read more

13-Year-Old Pianist Owen York Shares His First-Ever Original Composition [Watch]

first_imgJam fans have taken note of Owen York, as the 13-year old pianist first turned heads with a show-stopping four-hour performance in January for Umphrey’s McGee fans. The popularity for York’s mash-up piano medleys has only grown, and he even got to perform a cover of David Bowie on the floor of Madison Square Garden! Very cool.Today we’re delighted to share a brand new venture for York, as he debuts an instrumental jazz composition entitled “Lotos.” The three-minute piece sees the young pianist tackle an intricate composition in style. Accompanied by British drummer Matt Griffiths, “Lotos” showcases the skills that earned Owen York a seat as the youngest member of Rockland Youth Jazz Ensemble, an elite group of musicians from New York and New Jersey.Watch the video of Owen York’s “Lotos,” taken in July at the French Woods Camp in Upstate New York.Be sure to check out York’s YouTube channel for covers and medleys of Radiohead, Grateful Dead, Beck, Steely Dan, Umphrey’s McGee, Phish, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Peter Gabriel, Neil Young, Gorillaz, Outkast, Mashups and more!last_img read more

Philly Funksters Swift Technique Releases New Summer Anthem “Annawanna” [Listen]

first_imgIn the midst of heavy summer touring, Philly funksters Swift Technique have released a brand new single, “Annawanna”. The song is a classic dancehall anthem with a modern soul twist, featuring the expressive vocal talents of Chelsea ViaCava with a simple yet powerful message of devotion and love. The band’s typically propulsive rhythm section is tighter than ever and the ST horn section provides the punch that drives the tune home. Swift pushes the disco groove into an absolute frenzy before dropping into a sweet and soulful outro that will have you slow dancing with your sweetheart.Most recently, Swift Technique has earned the coveted opening slot at this summer’s XPonential Fest, getting airplay (and more) on the only Philly Station that matters–WXPN home of the World Café–and have been serving as the backing band for Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles fabled leader Jason Kelce.“Annawanna” is the first in the band’s summer singles series–with single #2 coming in August. The Band will enter the studio with the legendary Phil Nicolo this winter for their first full-length release.Listen to “Annawanna”, Swift Technique’s new summertime jam, below and head to the band’s website for more information.Upcoming Swift Technique Shows:JUL 21The Ardmore Music HallArdmore, PAJUL 27XPoNential Music FestivalCamden, NJAUG 02The Stephen TalkhouseAmagansett, NYAUG 07Musikfest presents Swift Technique!Bethlehem, PAAUG 10Pearl Street WarehouseWashington, DCAUG 30Levitt AMP Music Series presents Swift TechniqueTrenton, NJAUG 31SummerSounds Park presents Swift TechniqueGreensburg, PASEP 02Adirondack Independence Music Festival presents Swift TechniqueLake George, NYSEP 08Twilight Concert Series presents Swift TechniqueKutztown, PAOCT 20Downtown 27 @ the ClocktowerStaunton, VAlast_img read more

Former Finnish president to receive 2010 Great Negotiator Award from HKS

first_imgA highly respected world leader and peace negotiator is the recipient of the 2010 Great Negotiator Award, co-sponsored by the Future of Diplomacy Project at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Harvard University’s Program on Negotiation.This year’s honoree is Martti Ahtisaari, former president of Finland and recipient of the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize, for his work on diplomacy and negotiation throughout his career.  Ahtisaari will receive the award during a visit to Harvard on September 27.Ahtisaari played a pivotal role in negotiations for Namibian independence from South Africa in the late 1980s, served as the chief U.N. negotiator on Kosovo from 2005 to 2006 and helped end hostilities between the province of Aceh and Indonesia that claimed as many as 50,000 lives over the years of conflict. Among the eight previous recipients of the award are U.S. Senator George Mitchell, United Nations Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi, and Ambassador Richard Holbrooke.last_img read more

HDS’s Janet Gyatso elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

first_img Read Full Story Harvard Divinity School Professor Janet Gyatso has been named among this year’s class of national and international leaders elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.Gyatso, the Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies and Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, is a specialist in Buddhist studies with concentration on Tibetan and South Asian cultural and intellectual history.“I am very honored to be in the company of so many fine scholars, artists, scientists, and leaders, and most gratified at the recognition of my work,” Gyatso said upon learning of her election into the Academy.Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, convening leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing—and opportunities available to—the nation and the world.Members contribute to Academy publications and studies in science, engineering, and technology policy; global security and international affairs; the humanities, arts, and education; and American institutions and the public good.“This honor signifies the high regard in which you are held by leaders in your field and members throughout the nation,” wrote Academy chairperson Don M. Randel in his letter to Gyatso.The new members of American Academy of Arts and Sciences will be inducted at a ceremony on October 7, 2017, at American Academy of Arts and Sciences headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This will include a total of 13 new members from Harvard University.last_img read more

The fallout from Comey’s firing

first_imgIn a major and surprising shift, the Trump administration late Tuesday fired FBI Director James Comey. Citing recommendations by Justice Department officials, President Trump said Comey was dismissed for mishandling the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email practices. Skeptics of that rationale were quick to note that Comey oversaw the criminal and counterintelligence investigation into alleged ties between Trump associates and Russian officials, as well as Russia’s involvement in hacking the 2016 election. Comey had earned the ire of both political parties for his unusual pronouncements late in the campaign confirming the FBI’s probe into Clinton’s use of private emails for some public business while she was secretary of state. Alex Whiting is a professor of practice at Harvard Law School who focuses on complex international and domestic prosecutions. From 2010 to 2013, he coordinated the ongoing investigations and prosecutions in the prosecutor’s office at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. Before that, he was senior trial attorney with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and was a U.S. prosecutor. Whiting spoke with the Gazette about the legal issues surrounding Comey’s dismissal.GAZETTE: Critics have questioned the timing of FBI Director James Comey’s dismissal, and yet both Democrats and Republicans complained about his handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails. And, of course, the president is authorized to hire and fire the FBI chief. How do you see this event?WHITING: I think that’s correct about the complaints and about the authority of the president. But what’s odd is that if Comey’s handling of the Clinton email investigation was really the motivating factor, Trump could’ve done this months ago. Also, his [previous] statements, as well as the statements of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, have been praiseworthy of Comey with respect to the investigation — at least the announcements of the investigation. So there’s the timing issue about why he waited until now to do this. And that makes people think that there is another reason he did it now, and that it has to do with the ongoing Russia investigation.GAZETTE: Does he need a specific reason to hire or fire the FBI director?WHITING: No.GAZETTE: If the firing was related to Russia, does that technically prevent him from doing this, no matter the issue of how bad it looks politically?WHITING: That’s a good question. He has the authority to hire and fire, that’s correct. He has to get Senate confirmation to hire, but he has the authority to fire. If it turned out he fired Comey because of the Russia investigation and he did it in order to impede that investigation, then that could rise to the level of obstruction of justice. But the important thing is that most people aren’t thinking about this in terms of the legal authority to hire and fire Comey, but rather about the norms he has violated and the independence of the FBI director and the credibility of the FBI and its investigation. That’s really where the problem is. There’s a perception — and it’s a pretty widespread perception — that the reasons he gave for the firing are a pretext, and it really was to get rid of Comey because Comey was aggressively investigating the Russia case.GAZETTE: Given how infrequently FBI directors are let go, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s letter announcing the rationale for Comey’s firing did not appear heavily grounded in the law. What do you make of this, and, legally, how can Attorney General Sessions recuse himself from the Russia case and yet weigh in on firing? Is there a legal definition of recusal in play here?WHITING: On Rosenstein’s memo, I think what he said was right about the errors that Comey made. They were violations of Department of Justice policy and practice. He didn’t commit crimes or break the law, but [there were] violations of practice that did undermine his stature and his credibility. So the rationale is one a lot of people agree on. It’s the conclusion that’s the problem. Does that lead him to be fired? Most people think not. And should he be fired right now, when he’s leading this investigation? Again, most people say no.GAZETTE: What does recusal mean in this context?WHITING: It’s a fine line. Some people have raised that question. Sen. [Patrick] Leahy, for example, has said this violated the recusal. I think that what Jeff Sessions would say — and it’s debatable — is that this had nothing to do with the Russia investigation. That’s what he was recused from. This had to do with Comey’s conduct in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, and that’s why Sessions could act without violating the recusal. He would make that distinction.GAZETTE: Are the early comparisons to Watergate and the “Saturday Night Massacre” apt or overblown? Is there a legitimate case to be made for an obstruction of justice case?WHITING: I think it’s hard to know, and it’s too early to tell. I think some of the comparison is apt, and some of it isn’t. We don’t know where this investigation is going to go. It’s certainly not clear — at this point it’s far from clear — that it’s ever going to implicate the president himself. And so perhaps in that way it might be different. However, in terms of protecting the integrity of a law enforcement investigation, there are a lot of similarities. Even if Trump isn’t concerned about the investigation coming to his door, he’s certainly concerned about how it’s affecting his administration. It’s quite clear that Comey was a big headache to his administration, and this gets rid of that headache. In that respect, it feels like the “Saturday Night Massacre.”GAZETTE: Several Democratic lawmakers have called this a constitutional crisis. Can you explain what that is, and, in your opinion, are we in one? If so, what are the legal or procedural remedies available to right the ship, so to speak?WHITING: I’m not sure it’s quite at a constitutional crisis. It is shaking the foundations of our legal system and the respect for the law and the respect for the independence of the Justice Department and the FBI. There are going to be two things that likely will be the remedy. The first is that there’s much more likelihood now that there will be some kind of an independent investigation, either by Congress or a special appointed counsel who will direct the Justice Department investigation. Secondly, the person who is appointed to replace Comey will have to be somebody of utmost independence and integrity who has enormous credibility that everybody can agree on.GAZETTE: What are the benefits and drawbacks of engaging a special counsel to oversee this matter?WHITING: The benefits are that you’re going to have a more independent investigation. The drawback that the administration is likely to see is that it will have less control over that investigation. Under the procedure as stands now, [a special counsel] wouldn’t be completely out of reach of the attorney general or the president. However, there still will be independence, and it would be extremely difficult and politically impossible for the president or the attorney general to remove the special counsel or to second-guess or to block that person. So technically, the counsel would still be under the authority of the attorney general, but for all practical purposes would have enormous independence. The counsel would not have to report to the attorney general on a daily basis, for example, and would be freer to make his or her own decisions. It’s building in a greater degree of independence from the hierarchy of the Justice Department.GAZETTE: But wouldn’t that create a delay in the investigation?WHITING: It would result in some delay because you’d have to appoint a special counsel who would then have to get up to speed. And there’d be less control, so politically the Justice Department, the attorney general, and the president might not like it. And also there’s always some concern that if you appoint independent prosecutors or special counsels they will become runaway trains.GAZETTE: I think for people who aren’t lawyers, it’s assumed that the law wouldn’t permit a president to act in a way that would affect a federal prosecutor or an FBI director when that person is in the middle of an active criminal and counterintelligence investigation that may involve the president’s campaign associates. What does the law say?WHITING: No. That’s part of the law. But there is a separate statute, 18 U.S.C. 1503, that prohibits anybody from corruptly impeding a criminal investigation that is ongoing. There’s the possibility, if it could ever be established, that that’s what the Trump administration was doing.GAZETTE: Is there anything that prevents a president from appointing an ally who then shuts down either an investigation or a prosecution, irrespective of what’s been uncovered?WHITING: Yes. Whoever he appoints has to be confirmed by the Senate. It’s a majority vote in the Senate, but the Democrats could filibuster on this. This has become a political firestorm, and the Democrats will definitely filibuster if the person is not to their liking.GAZETTE: CNN reported that there are two, perhaps three federal and/or state grand juries that have now seen evidence of this Russia matter and have issued subpoenas to associates of former national security advisor Michael Flynn for documents. If that’s true, what does that tell us about how far along the investigation may be and where it might go?WHITING: It doesn’t tell us a lot. The information is that there’s a grand jury in Virginia that issued subpoenas in the Mike Flynn investigation for documents. That’s pretty standard in a criminal investigation. It means that the investigation is ongoing, and it means that it’s serious. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that there will be charges in the end, and it doesn’t necessarily mean anything is imminent. These investigations can sometimes take a long time.I think the thing that is striking here is how much the [Trump] administration misjudged what the reaction would be. By all accounts, officials were surprised by the reaction to the Comey firing, a response that if true would be mind-boggling. And then there is the matter of not appreciating the politics of the case and the seriousness with which Washington and the country take these issues about law and the respect for law. There’s a feeling that the administration thinks that these things can be all traded, and they’re all bargainable, and it’s like there’s nothing sacred. I think their reaction says something about their understanding of government and the seriousness of the jobs they have, and how they’re treating them.This interview was lightly edited for clarity and length.last_img read more

Ambassador promotes brand

first_imgJunior Rachel Greenberg complements her marketing major by working as a campus ambassador for Procter & Gamble (P&G) to promote brand loyalty and social media interest among students. As part of P&G’s “ReadyU” campaign, Greenberg said her job is more than just handing out free samples to girls in her dorm. “I’m supposed to distribute them in a way that promotes P&G but also shows students that P&G is an advocate for their college career,” she said. “It’s distributing these products for a functional benefit, obviously … but also on a deeper level, Ready-U supports the idea that … grades aren’t everything and sometimes [you] have to put the books away. “The campaign is primarily a Facebook page but also has physical components that manifest itself in marketing events on campus,” she said. The theme of the campaign is “Conquer Outside the Classroom,” Greenberg said, which emphasizes a college experience goes beyond the academic realm. “[The campaign] looks back to why we go to college in the first place, to have fun with your friends and grow as a person,” she said. “The values P&G [tries] to promote are so great for Notre Dame students specifically, who are so driven in getting good grades but also really focused on getting a well-rounded college experience.” Greenberg said she has used hall events like hall council to advertise P&G products. “I made a Pic Stitch of a few of my friends using P&G products, like a Tide to Go stick for cleaning a stain on a shirt and a friend getting ready for a party using CoverGirl mascara.” Part of Greenberg’s job is to “drive likes, comments and shares on the pictures” on social media, so she said she held a raffle to encourage students to like or comment on the pictures. “[The campaign] is not just based on advertising products but focused on building this online interactive base that’s fun and something you can do in your spare time,” she said. “It gets you to interact with the brand.” Greenberg said she reports to managers in a New York advertising agency, and she and ambassadors on other campuses are able to communicate the effectiveness of certain advertising strategies. “We’re involved in marketing strategy at the same time. You’re not just doing the dirty work,” she said. “You’re actually analyzing what works and what doesn’t work, and how to promote [products] better.” Greenberg said the campaign is primarily interested in promoting brand loyalty, which they believe will eventually drive sales.  “We show that P&G is more than just a supplier, but [also] a supporter of your college experience,” she said. Contact Catherine Owers at [email protected]last_img read more