UK: Royal Navy, Army and RAF on Parade at HMS Raleigh

first_img View post tag: Defence UK: Royal Navy, Army and RAF on Parade at HMS Raleigh View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defense View post tag: Army October 22, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Royal Navy, Army and RAF on Parade at HMS Raleigh Training & Education View post tag: Royal All four elements of the UK’s Armed Forces were represented at HMS Raleigh, in Cornwall, for a passing-out-parade held to congratulate the latest group of recruits to complete basic training.While the vast majority of those on parade were wearing the dark blue of the Royal Navy, the VIP inspecting officer for the day and guest of honour was Group Captain Simon Harper, Station Commander at RAF Halton.Taking central spot on the parade ground to provide the musical accompaniment was the Band of the Prince of Wales Division, an Army band based at Lucknow Barracks, who were under the direction of Warrant Officer 1 Claire Milgate.They were deputising for the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Plymouth who were fulfilling engagements down under for the 100th anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy.As ever HMS Raleigh’s Parade Sergeant Major, Warrant Officer 2 Laird Webster kept a watchful eye over the parade as the representative of the Royal Marines, who are an integral part of the Naval Service.Captain Bob Fancy, the Commanding Officer of HMS Raleigh, said:“We often have VIP inspecting officers from other areas of the Armed Forces accept the invitation to join us for the passing-out-parade, but it is somewhat unusual to have all elements of the military on parade here at any one time.“It’s great for the recruits to see as increasingly the Royal Navy work alongside the other services during various operations around the world.”[mappress]Press Release, October 22, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HMS View post tag: Parade View post tag: Navy View post tag: Raleigh Share this article View post tag: RAFlast_img read more

Press release: UK marine scientists begin work to deliver marine litter action in South Pacific

first_img We are pleased to work with the programme, which aligns with existing national policy to tackle plastic pollution, because it is focussed specifically on Vanuatu’s needs. I am personally thankful that this programme will also build capacity here for continued marine litter monitoring to take place, leaving a legacy ensuring that we continue to look after our natural environment. Marine litter scientists from the UK kick-off work with partners in the South Pacific this week to tackle plastic pollution in the ocean.Experts from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), part of the UK government, are working alongside colleagues in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands to identify country specific solutions to problems posed by marine litter, including reducing our reliance on single-use plastics, improvements in waste management, and developing more sustainable life cycles for plastics.In recent years, the serious issue of marine litter and plastic pollution has been recognised by international governments and organisations, as well as local communities, as a growing threat to the marine environment and people’s livelihoods. It will form a key part of the UK and Vanuatu led Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance (CCOA) launched at the April Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in London. The alliance unites countries around the Commonwealth in their shared ambition to tackle plastics in the marine environment. To support this, the UK government are funding the Commonwealth Litter Programme (CLiP) to help share expertise and solutions.The programme will bring together scientists, policy makers and communities around the world to identify actions which can be taken to stop plastic entering the marine environment, remove existing litter from the environment and raise awareness of what individuals and society can do to protect our marine habitats and wildlife.Scientists from the UK are working with their colleagues across the Vanuatu and Solomon Islands governments, regional organisations, academia and community groups, to develop ideas and actions which support the existing efforts such as the ban on plastic bags, which will enable them to further achieve their ambitions on tackling plastic pollution. The programme will develop best practices and create a network of people, groups and communities across which these solutions and ideas can be shared.UK Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: Cefas is delighted to be collaborating with the government and other organisations in the South Pacific in finding solutions to the issues around marine litter. Cefas has international expertise and experience in marine litter science and policy which we are pleased to share with Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, and further nations, to help address the problem. UK Foreign Office Minister of State for the Commonwealth Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon said: Islands in the South Pacific know all too well the negative impacts of plastic pollution. By working together, particularly through the Commonwealth, we can make a difference, by better protecting our precious marine environments and the livelihoods they support. The Commonwealth brings together British and international experts to find solutions and I am pleased it is leading the way for the rest of the world with this marine litter programme. The two Pacific island nations are the first to receive support through CLiP.Hon. Ralph Regenvanu, the Vanuatu Minister of Foreign Affairs, said, We are happy to support Cefas, through the Commonwealth Litter Programme, to work towards identifying national solutions to the issues of marine litter, so that we can protect Vanuatu’s precious natural resources now and for future generations. Toney Tevi, Head of the Oceans Division under the Vanuatu Ministry of Foreign Affairs added, It is fantastic to see world-leading UK scientists joining their Commonwealth counterparts and sharing expertise in the international fight to tackle the scourge of plastic in our oceans. Plastic pollution is a global challenge, which requires global action. I’m proud to say the UK is at the forefront of this challenge and, through our Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance, we will use the collective power of the Commonwealth to protect our marine environment for future generations. Cefas’ principal marine litter scientist, Thomas Maes said, Scientists will be in the region until the end of February, working with local colleagues and stakeholders to monitor litter, clean beaches and raise awareness of actions which can be taken.A national policy workshop in January and a final conference in February for wider South Pacific stakeholders will summarise findings and share potential solutions for the region, also informing the roll out of the wider CLiP programme in other Commonwealth countries.Beyond February, as the programme expands to other parts of the world, networks will be developed to ensure that any further ideas can be shared back to the South Pacific for consideration.last_img read more

Being a Judge

first_imgSo here is my story of judging this year’s National Cupcake Championships rather then winning it. The insiders view!The events of this year’s National Cupcake Championships started for me with the difficult decision when offered to judge of whether I should defend my title (no one has won it twice as yet thus giving me the opportunity of becoming the undoubtable ultimate Cupcake Champion of undefeated ranking!) Or take the role of judge and rise to ‘expert in my field’ celebrity judge status. Both options have obvious appeal and I couldn’t do both (I checked, not allowed surprisingly). So I plumped for judging mainly because if I didn’t win again, which was quite possible (as I mentioned no one has won twice) I probably would not get the opportunity again and I can always enter next year (I checked).So little old me had to hang up her apron, remove the flour, buttercream and other unidentified kitchen fodder from my hair and venture out into the big wide world of competitive baking.The first round of ‘paper’ judging involved getting myself to a rather fancy office building just outside Brighton. After signing in at reception and getting name tagged up I swiped my card fob through a number of doors (whilst pretending I was a CIA agent in 24!) until I reached the judging room. Here I was paired with another judge and we went through stacks of applications scoring each one on a number of categories such as innovation, presentation and technical skill. We were then left a much smaller stack of the cupcakes we just had to have the chance to try.Round 2 and the final judging was held at Birmingham’s Cake International show, an epicentre for baking enthusiasts! So after a ten hour shift in the kitchen, a rather late, long train journey and a very nice but brief stay in a local hotel I rocked up fresh faced and ready to judge (no cake in my hair or anything).After getting the chance to meet some of the other very lovely and very talented judges such as Fiona Cairns, Gerhard Jenne and Will Torrent we went through to the show floor for our live judging. I was paired with last year’s winner of the ‘Great British Bake Off’, John Whaite and given the task of judging the Home Baker category of cupcakes containing alcohol. Everything was laid out and looking fantastic on the judging tables displaying all the hard work of this years entries. Fifteen cupcakes, some buttercream in my hair and a little thicker round the waist lines later, John and I gave our top marks to a very well balanced Mulled wine cupcake. I even got to meet Mary Berry as she came round to have a look at the competition.At this point our sweet tooths were definitely done but our job was not. All the judges got to taste the winners in each category and score them to find our overall champion for 2013. The scores were counted and we were ushered to the main stage of the show for the prize giving. I have to admit I was pretty nervous to get up on stage but I got to open a gold envelope and present Lauren Jenkinson with her award for her Mulled Wine cupcake along with Mary Berry. Soon after my gracing of the stage the overall champions were revealed and crowned with a riot of applauds. And so it was done, my reign as National Cupcake Champion was over and passed on to another well deserving baker.So was it the right decision be a judge rather then a competitor this year. It definitely was, I learnt a lot, met some fab people and had a much more relaxing time putting cupcakes in my belly rather then my hair (mostly). Even got a photo of Mary Berry and me!About Emily JohnsonCakeBlogger Emily Johnson runs Upsy Daisy Bakery in Hammersmith and was winner of the National Cupcake Championships 2012.last_img read more

Dead & Company To Host Charity Outreaches At Each Stop Of Summer Tour

first_imgBeloved Grateful ensemble Dead & Company set off on a major summer tour beginning this Friday, June 10th! With the tour opener in North Carolina, the band has pledged $100,000 in donations for LGBTQ charities, and will welcome two outreach groups, Equality NC and Time Out Youth Center, to their ongoing Participation Row charity outreach area.HeadCount, the voter-positive non-profit group with Bob Weir on its board of directors, has revealed to us that Participation Row will be active at every Dead & Company performance this summer. As 2016 is a Presidential election year, every citizen has the civic duty of voting in America. To encourage voter turnout, each Participation Row will feature booths from HeadCount, REVERB, who are co-organizing the Participation Row, and Clean Energy Advisors, who will be powering the Row and providing a solar power phone charging station.Anyone who takes action at these booths will receive a free VOTE pin and will be entered to win a D’Angelico lightning bolt guitar signed by all members of Dead & Company. There will also be a signed item auction at various stops along the tour, with all proceeds split evenly between the member sof Participation Row. Other groups that will be in attendance include Rainforest Action Network, NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), and more!Check out the design for the VOTE pin and signed D’Angelico, below.last_img read more

Bourbon & Beyond And Pilgrimage Music Festival Both Cancel Due To Weather

first_imgEarly this morning, the Bourbon and Beyond Festival announced that the second day of the festival will be canceled. As a result from yesterday’s storms, the city of Louisville, Kentucky has declared Champions Park too flooded to proceed. While sets by David Byrne, Lenny Kravitz, John Mayer and more managed to go off with some small delay yesterday, the waterfront facility deteriorated over the course of the day and has, at this point, become been deemed unsafe by the city, which owns and operates the venue.Disappointed fans will lose their chances to see the likes of Sting, Robert Plant, Gov’t Mule, Blackberry Smoke and many more, but in the end, safety must come first. While music fans are disappointed at the loss of such a stellar lineup of shows, spare a thought for the many artists, workers, vendors, promoters and the like who, though they knew the risks, still worked tirelessly to put on a truly impressive event.The festival will be offering all single day Sunday ticketholders a full refund, while offering a partial refund for weekend and camping passes. Head to the event website for more information.Last night, Franklin, Tennessee’s Pilgrimage Music Festival was evacuated due to weather. Fans were told to seek shelter outside of the festival grounds at 5:52 pm, and the festival canceled the programming at quarter to 8 pm. Fans were outraged by the decision, which left them waiting in mud-stuck cars for hours without any chance of seeing Jack White, Lionel Richie, Elle King, Hozier, and the many others that were scheduled to perform on Saturday.This morning, Pilgrimage Music Festival organizers posted that Sunday’s programming would also be canceled, “due to additional inclement weather on its way to Franklin”. No announcement has been made about what this means for ticket-buyers, who will now miss out on headlining sets from Chris Stapleton, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Keb’ ‘Mo Band, Brandi Carlile, and so many more. Head to the event’s website for more information.last_img read more

Erasing traumatic memories

first_imgResearchers at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital are reporting that xenon gas, used in humans for anesthesia and diagnostic imaging, has the potential to become a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other memory-related disorders.“In our study, we found that xenon gas has the capability of reducing memories of traumatic events,” said Edward G. Meloni, assistant psychologist at McLean and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS). “It’s an exciting breakthrough.”In the study, published in the current issue of PLOS ONE, Meloni and HMS Associate Professor of Psychiatry Marc J. Kaufman, director of the Translational Imaging Laboratory at McLean, examined whether a low concentration of xenon gas could interfere with a process called reconsolidation — a state in which reactivated memories become susceptible to modification. “We know from previous research that each time an emotional memory is recalled, the brain actually re-stores it as if it were a new memory. With this knowledge, we decided to see whether we could alter the process by introducing xenon gas immediately after a fear memory was reactivated,” explained Meloni.Statistics show an increase in PTSD diagnoses among the military. Harvard researchers are investigating a potential breakthrough that would treat symptoms associated with PTSD. Credit: Congressional Research Service PTSD data/McLean HospitalThe investigators used an animal model of PTSD called fear conditioning to train rats to be afraid of environmental cues that were paired with brief foot shocks. Reactivating the fearful memory was done by exposing the rats to those same cues and measuring their freezing response as a readout of fear. “We found that a single exposure to the gas, which is known to block NMDA receptors involved in memory formation in the brain, dramatically and persistently reduced fear responses for up to two weeks.  It was as though the animals no longer remembered to be afraid of those cues,” said Meloni.Meloni points out that the inherent properties of a gas such as xenon make it especially attractive for targeting dynamic processes like memory reconsolidation. “Unlike other drugs or medications that may also block NMDA receptors involved in memory, xenon gets in and out of the brain very quickly. This suggests that xenon could be given at the exact time the memory is reactivated, and for a limited amount of time, which may be key features for any potential therapy used in humans.”“The fact that we were able to inhibit remembering of a traumatic memory with xenon is very promising because it is currently used in humans for other purposes, and thus it could be repurposed to treat PTSD,” added Kaufman.For these investigators, several questions remain to be addressed with further testing. “From here we want to explore whether lower xenon doses or shorter exposure times would also block memory reconsolidation and the expression of fear. We’d also like to know if xenon is as effective at reducing traumatic memories from past events, so-called remote memories, versus the newly formed ones we tested in our study.”Meloni and Kaufman indicate that future studies are planned to test whether the effects of xenon in rats that they saw in their study translate to humans. Given that intrusive re-experiencing of traumatic memories — including flashbacks, nightmares, and distress and physiological reactions induced by with trauma reminders — is a hallmark symptom for many who suffer from PTSD, a treatment that alleviates the impact of those painful memories could provide welcome relief.The study may be viewed on the PLOS ONE website.last_img read more

BRO ATHLETES: Chris Harnish Takes on the XTERRA Myrtle Beach Triathalon

first_imgSLOW START, FAST FINISHIt’s no secret that the swim is my weakest event, but in the weeks leading up to the race, I was feeling a good bit smoother, and dare I say faster (yeah, I should not have dared…). However, I’ve never liked swimming in a wetsuit, which seems to blunt any feel for the water. To make matters worse, the boat John and I were on dropped our group off a good 30 yards behind the line, forcing a good sprint to try to make the line before the horn blew. I can honestly say I felt more like I was flailing around than swimming, but after a slow start, I picked up steam and hit T1 about 2 min back of the leaders.The swim tends to really blunt my power early on in the bike leg, so it’s better to work on finding a good rhythm and let the legs open up. Nonetheless, I was still making good progress cutting my way through the field on the opening lap. Going into the second lap my aim was to keep my lines smooth and my lap time even with or better than the first. I continued to pick off several more athletes, including a group of three just a mile from the end of the course. Without much of a buffer coming into T2, I needed to have a clean transition, which I was mostly successful at, leaving T2 shoulder to shoulder with two others.One noticeable differences between Xterra and road tri is that the runs are often more about who is less fatigued, or slow, than it is about speed. Nonetheless, I spend a good bit of time working on my running technique, as well as speed. After a fantastic BRICK the week before, I really felt like my run had come up a level this year. Objective 1 is to find your rhythm and turn over.I quickly moved myself into the front of the group on the dirt road. One of the guys dropped off pretty quickly while the other settled in behind me until about mile one where he pulled even. Knowing the course was a flat out and back and that I was still running at a comfortable pace, I knew the best thing to do was to keep my effort steady and see what happens; if he was stronger he’d either pull ahead or stay even. However, about a half mile later he fell back a few feet, then several seconds. At that point, I knew we were well back of the leaders, but nearing the turn around I found myself about 30 to 40 seconds back of 3rd and 18 seconds up on 5th. Hitting mile 3, I edged my pace up a bit to see what happened.As we emerged from the trail back on the road, I was now looking at 20 seconds to 3rd, so I decided to keep my effort where it was, knowing that the dirt road would be considerably faster.Sure enough, as we hit the final mile, third place was now really struggling, not to mention cramping. As I closed to within five seconds, he gave one more look back and started walking. I overtook him with a pat on the back and pushed on to my best ever finish, and the second fastest run, also a personal best! Unfortunately, the race opted for an abridged awards ceremony, so I had to settle for just the result and some high hopes for Alabama and Richmond in June.11183434_10205176742715949_7863365890380741924_nSpecial thanks to all my sponsors: Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, SLS3 Custom Apparel, Rudy Project, Honey Stinger, and Skratch Labs Thus far, the 2015 race season has proven to be a lesson in patience and perseverance. After a stellar fall and winter of training, 2015 looked to be shaping up to be spectacular. My first race, a trail half marathon, only seemed to confirm that those months of training paid off. However, three weeks following that race I found myself still recovering from a nasty respiratory infection and scrambling to rearrange my race schedule before the major Xterra Championships (Southeast and East) arrived.ALL YOU NEED IS A LITTLE PATIENCEAfter dropping two of my planned races, I opted to register for the slightly later—and hopefully warmer—Xterra Myrtle Beach Triathalon. About a week out my patience seemed to be paying off, so one of my Richmond buddies, John D., and I headed down to Myrtle Beach the morning before to get in a pre-ride of the MTB course. With more twists and turns than any course I can recall in even distant memory, the course would prove an interesting challenge, and limit my usual “road” strength.IMG_20150502_163752last_img read more

Quick Hits | Blue Ridge Briefs

first_imgRunning Shop Owner Chases Down Much Slower VandalHuntington, W.Va. For weeks, employees of Robert’s Running and Walking Shop in Huntington were scared and extremely inconvenienced by ongoing incidents of their car windows being shot by a pellet gun.Earlier this fall, though, a shop employee caught a suspect in the act, witnessing a man shooting car windows parked at an insurance office across the street. The employee notified shop owner Robert Smith, who darted out the door along with another employee Ryan Smith (no relation). Suspect Robert Coffman tried to run away, but considering where he’d been vandalizing, the pursuit didn’t last long. “At the time I guess we weren’t laughing, but it seemed pretty comical,” Smith told new station WSAZ. “He was being chased by probably some of the best runners in the state.”After quickly catching Coffman and restraining him, Smith and Smith waited until police arrived. The police ended up finding drugs in Coffman’s apartment, so according to the news station he was charged with destruction of property.Brewery Sends Canned Water to Flood VictimsColumbia, S.C.The folks at Oskar Blues Brewery know how devastating floodwaters can be. In 2013, heavy rains ravaged the longstanding brewery’s home base of Lyons, Colorado, and the town has since been rebuilding. So earlier this fall the brewery, known as the first to offer craft beer in cans, sent 1,600 cases of canned drinking water to flood victims in South Carolina, where heavy rains caused damage throughout the state. Oskar Blues sent the cans through its own CAN’d Aid Foundation, which helps communities dealing with the effects of extreme weather events.In more brewery philanthropy news, Georgia-based Sweetwater Brewing Co. is currently donating proceeds from sales of its line of fly fishing rods and flies and related swag to Project Healing Waters, a non-profit organization that takes disabled veterans on fly fishing and other water-based recreation trips for therapeutic purposes. The brewery’s Healing for the Holidays program will last through the holiday season.Start the Year with a Polar PlungeNeed a baptism of renewal as you head into 2016? Start the year with a Polar Plunge, an annual rite of passage for many on New Year’s Day and the following weeks that simply entails jumping into a freezing body of water with some like-minded brave souls. On January 1, plenty of plunges will be taking place around the region, including the shiver-inducing soak within North Carolina’s Hickory Nut Gorge at the Lake Lure New Year’s Day Polar Plunge. There’s also the Polar Pony Plunge, which sends swimmers into the chilly waters of the Atlantic on Virginia’s Chincoteague Island. Later in the month the daring will plunge into the frigid waters of Chetola Lake in the North Carolina High Country at the Blowing Rock Winterfest on January 30. In February there’s also a Polar Plunge Festival that takes place throughout Virginia with chances to jump in Virginia Beach, Richmond, Dumfries and a dip in the New River at Bisset Park in Radford. More info: polarplunge.comBeyond the Blue RidgeBackcountry Bar—Winter Park, Colo.Upslope Brewing Company decided to make customers earn their first taste of its fall seasonal Oktoberfest Lager. Back in September the first pints of the brew were poured exclusively at a pop-up bar in the mountains that could only be reached via a 2.3-mile hike. Unveiled as part of Upslope’s limited Tap Room Series, Oktoberfest was available at what the brewery called its Backcountry Tap Room, set up at the High Lonesome Hut located just outside of Winter Park and surrounded by the Arapaho National Forest.Much Ado at Fall MarathonsThe fall marathon season yielded quite a few interesting tidbits. In Chicago, 42-year-old Deena Kastor posted a new U.S. Masters record time, finishing the race in 2:27:47. And 80-year-old local Frank Abramic running his 17th straight Chicago Marathon.Earlier in the month, runner Bryan Morseman won his 30th career marathon at the Wineglass Marathon in upstate New York eight days after winning the Mill Race Marathon in Columbus, Indiana. Morseman runs races to help cover his son’s ongoing medical costs for spina bifida treatments.And Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys ran the New York Marathon on November 1, an effort she was undertaking to raise money for Keep a Child Alive, a nonprofit that assists young HIV patients in Africa.last_img read more

4 ways you can hold on to your best employees

first_img 135SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details Keeping talent around is vital to growing a successful company. If you’re having an issue with employee retention, there could a number of reasons why employees are flying the coup. While there will always be some level of turnover, it hurts when good employees leave. Here are a few strategies for keeping those employees around.Provide opportunities for growth: You have a talented staff that you’ve spent time training and cultivating. Don’t overlook inside options when you’re hiring for a new position. Who in your company is ready for a new challenge? Whenever a position is open, you should always consider your current staff first. Maybe you won’t always have the perfect person to fill the position, but sometimes you may realize that you have a great candidate already on the payroll with a relevant skillset that they’ve never had the chance to use before. This is a win-win for your company and the employee.Give them a chance to speak their mind: Sometimes an employee leaves because they don’t feel like their opinions matter. Discuss with your employees any concerns they have about the business or the culture in the office. Be willing to hear new ideas and be available when employees need your assistance. Keep the lines of communication open and allow information to flow freely in both directions. An open communication policy will create happy employees.R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Just like Aretha said, if you give your employees a little respect, you’ll find out what it means to them. Most employees have at least one or two horror stories involving a boss, so it’s your chance to be the exact opposite. A strong culture in your office leads to good experiences, and that’s the kind of place we all want to work.Pay them well: You don’t have to back a Brink’s truck up to their house, but if you know a good employee is underpaid, don’t be surprised if they leave for greener pastures. Pay your top talent what they are worth, and show them how much they’re valued by your organization.last_img read more

Tax Administration in the control of catering facilities and passenger transport services

first_imgThe Tax Administration notes that in the fiscalization system they monitor and analyze data on fiscalized accounts on a daily basis and, based on the performed risk analysis, carry out supervisory activities. Supervisory activities will include taxpayers who perform the activity:  TOURIST INSPECTION TO DATE 651 SUPERVISION WITH 97 OFFENSES – I 56.30 – Djelatnosti pripreme i usluživanja pića i RELATED NEWS: center_img – S 96.02 – Frizerski saloni i saloni za uljepšavanje.  Authorized officials of the Ministry of Finance, Tax and Customs Administration in order to prevent the gray economy, protect the state budget and taxpayers who duly meet their tax obligations will carry out as part of regular supervisory activities in the period from 5. – 11.9.2019. years supervision of fiscalization in the entire territory of the Republic of Croatia, daily with a 24-hour presence in the field.  – H 49.39 – Ostali kopneni prijevoz putnika, d.n.,last_img read more