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

Oxford Union bans blind member ejected from debate

first_imgAn Oxford Union spokesperson told Cherwell, “As per the redacted report on the noticeboard, the defendant was acquitted on the charge of disruption.” A panel consisted of ex-President Stephen Horvath alongside ex-returning officers Henry Samuels and Alastair Graham. Following the Oxford Union’s No Confidence Debate, in which one member was expelled from the Union chamber after a disagreement with staff, the Oxford Union’s disciplinary panel has found the member to have caused disruption, and have banned them from the Union for two terms. The findings add: “The Defendant claimed their actions were justified because they were attempting to criticize Union policy towards disabled members, and we agree that members of the Society should be able to raise objections and constructive criticisms of the Society through the appropriate channels.” “The conviction was for violent conduct, and other conduct liable to distress, offend or intimidate other members.” The member was found guilty of violating the Union’s rules against “violent conduct” The Union’s finding states that the member in question did not attempt to dispute this, but rather made a case based on self defence and due cause.  “But to do so in an aggressive manner towards members of staff is deeply unacceptable”.last_img read more

Tinker Cliffs

first_imgPhoto courtesy of staff at Wilderness AdventureAppalachia Outposts: Tinker CliffsVirginia has a wide assortment of backyard activities. From climbing to caving and everything in between, keeping busy outside in Virginia is not a hard thing to do. So with a little time off, and a thirst for adventure, a small group of friends and myself got in the vehicle, took a short ride, and checked out one of the many scenic branches of the Appalachian Trail: Tinker Cliffs.Hiking Tinker CliffsPhoto courtesy of staff at Wilderness AdventureLocated in Catawba (near Daleville) and off of Virginia 779, the Andy Layne Trail head is located right off the road. Starting the scenic 2.8-mile hike to the top is a couple of creek crossings, open cow pastures (watch your step!), and many well-maintained trails. The trails are all in good conditions as you push further on, but the grade quickly becomes steeper. And at times, you question to yourself, “Why am I climbing this mountain?”Tinker Cliffs SummitPhoto courtesy of staff at Wilderness AdventureThe answer soon becomes clear as you reach the summit. The glorious views provided by Tinker Cliffs will take your breath away, make you appreciate hiking, and will simply amaze you. 1,700 feet above ground level gives you a bird’s eye view as you navigate across the cliffs and have a good time, definitely a must-do Virginia backyard activity.Go, get out and explore, and most of all, have a good time with it.-BradView Larger Maplast_img read more