UK: Search and Rescue Honours Fleet Air Arm, RAF, Coastguard and RNLI

first_img January 6, 2012 View post tag: air View post tag: Navy View post tag: search View post tag: rescue Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Search and Rescue Honours Fleet Air Arm, RAF, Coastguard and RNLI View post tag: Arm View post tag: RAF UK: Search and Rescue Honours Fleet Air Arm, RAF, Coastguard and RNLI View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: fleet The selfless actions of Naval aviators are at the heart of two-year exhibition championing the work of the men and women who save lives around the nation’s coast.Search and Rescue at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth honours the deeds of the Fleet Air Arm, RAF, Coastguard and RNLI – and has the full backing of 771 Naval Air Squadron, based at nearby RNAS Culdrose.The public can gain an insight into the world of Search and Rescue from next month – a proverbial stone’s throw from RNAS Culdrose, home to one of the country’s busiest lifesaving teams.The National Maritime Museum Cornwall on Falmouth’s waterfront is staging a two-year exhibition celebrating the deeds of all those dedicated to risking their lives so others might live in waters around the UK.The exhibition – simply titled Search and Rescue and opening on March 16 – has the backing of 771 Naval Air Squadron, Culdrose-based squadron dedicated to helping stricken mariners off the Cornish coast, as well as holidaymakers who get into difficulties and road accident victims in south-west Cornwall who need urgent transfer to hospital.Accounts from some of 771’s famous – and also lesser-known – rescues feature in the exhibition, as do various pieces of lifesaving equipment… and a 70ft Sea King, the aircraft which is the mainstay of Fleet Air Arm and RAF Search and Rescue units.The helicopter is the largest item on display at the exhibition and has been painted in the Navy’s trademark red and grey on one side, and the RAF distinctively-bright yellow on the other.As well as championing the work of aviators, the exhibition showcases the work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (there’s a small Atlantic 75 inflatable as used by inshore crews on display), Coastguards (courtesy of mock-up interactive operations centre) and lifeguards (with the opportunity for younger visitors to have a go at keeping virtual swimmers safe).However the highlight for many visitors is likely to be the live-action demonstrations to be held sporadically throughout the two-year exhibition.These will include air-sea rescue practises in Falmouth Harbour – which is used regularly for training by 771 crews, based just ten miles away – ‘meet the crew’ days, and visits by RNLI all-weather lifeboats with the chance for the public to clamber aboard.Royal Navy fliers and ground crew sustain two of the 12 helicopter Search and Rescue units peppered around the UK, alongside the RAF and Coastguard. In addition to 771 Culdrose, HMS Gannet at Prestwick, near Ayr, provides round-the-clock assistance in the northern Irish Sea, Clyde estuary and the Western Highlands; it is Britain’s busiest Search and Rescue unit – although the bulk of its missions are flown over land, assisting walkers and climbers in difficulty.771, whose men and women have flown more than 500 rescue missions in the past two years, has provided accounts of rescues past and present, which form a central spine of the helicopter side of the exhibition.Lt Cdr Chris ‘Damage’ Canning, 771’s Commanding Officer, said:“At its heart is our helicopter, which has its own long and distinguished career, and the vast range of information, pieces of equipment, items from numerous rescues conducted off the Cornish coast and personal recollections from crews which will be an inspiration, both for the young – and the young at heart.” [mappress]Naval Today Staff , January 06, 2012; Image: royalnavy View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: RNLI View post tag: Coastguard View post tag: Honours Training & Educationlast_img read more

Mansfield JCR rejects changing Champagne and Chocolates to ‘Carlsberg & Chips’

first_imgMansfield College last week voted on whether the college should rename its ‘Champagne and Chocolate’ (C&Cs) event ‘Carlsberg and Chips’, over “elitism” fears.The motion was heavily rejected in the college’s JCR meeting, while its proposers insisted it was inteded to be “ironic”.The motion stated: “Champagne is a drink which is commonly associated with privilege, elitism and exclusivity; values which are fundamentally opposed to Mansfield’s founding ethos”.It argued that the event, while being a “Mansfield institution”, went against the college’s “proud tradition of inclusivity and egalitarianism.”It also said: “Champagne (or rather Cava) is an acquired taste and is also known to lead to sensitive teeth for those who do not use Sensodyne toothpaste”.Those proposing the motion stated that “the college-funded consumption of Champagne is a vestige of a bygone era in which Oxford was a nishing school for the publicly educated.”Highlighting Mansfield’s 74 per cent intake of state-school students, the highest of any Oxford college, the motion said: “as an advertisement for Mansfield College, C&Cs is likely to detract from Mans eld’s image as a college which is open, friendly and welcoming to all.”The motion proposed to “replace C&Cs with ‘Carlsberg & Chips’, redirecting the Entz budget for champagne and chocolates to the purchase of Carlsberg and chips, respectively.” The motion’s proposer, Joe Seddon, told Cherwell: “The motion was supposed to be ironic, and draw attention to a glaring hypocrisy which pervades student politics at Mansfield (and Oxford in general): namely, that politically-active students all too often employ a ‘do as I say, not as I do’ attitude to political issues.”Seddon added: “The very same students who (mis)use college JCRs as a forum to vituperate about cultural appropriation, minority representation and extraneous political issues (condemning various bodies and public gures) are all too happy to quaff champagne and revel in the ‘privilege’ to which they claim they are opposed.“They are, quite literally, Champagne Socialists.” He added: “Also, as an aside, Carlsberg &Chips would obviously be far superior to Champagne (or rather Cava) & Chocolates.”Mans eld JCR President Joe Inwood informed Cherwell that 8 people voted in favour of the motion and 37 people voted against.Inwood told Cherwell that he had no comment other than “fake news”.Laura Worman, a Mansfield second year, told Cherwell: “It was a pathetic attempt to derail an innocent and much-loved college event by a pair of hypocrites who clearly relish the unlimited alcohol and have never before expressed intent to boycott the event.”‘Champagne and Chocolates’ are held after formal hall in the college. They are organised by the Entz officers alongside bops, open-mic nights and charity auctions.last_img read more

In Brief

first_imgA noise study carried out on the shop floor of Brace’s two bakeries confirmed that workers should wear ear defenders, which have been distributed to all operatives. Visitors will be given disposable earplugs when entering the shop floor areas.Tortilla manufacturer Discovery Foods has achieved Investors in People status. Formed in 1989, the company now has over 300 staff, produces six million tortillas a week and has an annual turnover of £40m. Headquartered in High Wycombe, the company also has factories in Daventry and, its latest, in Milton Keynes. Thomas Tunnock has recalled its own-brand four- and eight-carton Snowballs and four-pack Caramel Log Wafers because of packaging errors. They have best-before dates up to and including 7 October 2006 and 9 December, respectively.Ten bakery workers were kidnapped in Iraq on 18 June. Reports say 14 gunmen stormed a bakery in the predominantly Shiite neighbourhood in Baghdad. The fate of the workers is not known, but a number of bullet-riddled bodies were found in the city later.last_img read more

In the mood for Strudel

first_imgApple strudel is thought to have derived from Bavaria or Austria. Made with a very thin elastic and springy pastry and filled with apple, this classic pastry makes a heart-warming winter dessert.The strudel can be sold as a whole piece or portioned as appropriate – we cut each 27-inch strip into 12 portions. We sell ours at £1.80 a slice. *Apple Mix recipeMackle apple, chopped apples, cinnamon, raisins, lemon zest Method1 Make the strudel paste and leave in the fridge over-night. Seal with vegetable oil to avoid drying out2 Dust liberally with flour. Roll out the dough until very thin (1.5mm thick)3 Place a cloth or sheet on a table. Take the thin layer and stretch it further so it completely covers the work surface. Hint: use the back of your hands to avoid tearing the dough. Use two people.4 Gently (the dough is almost see-through at this stage) brush butter over the whole surface. Lay out a layer of sponge crumb about 9cm wide and about 5cm from the edge of the surface.5 Make a pile of apple mix along the length – we use a triangular mould 27 inches long – and leave a small gap between each one.6 Carefully lift over and encase the apple in the dough. And roll into a giant “sausage”.7 Tear off each section and tuck the ends in, so the apple is completely sealed8 Place on trays lined with silicon paper and brush with butter.9 Sprinkle liberally with icing sugar. It is now ready to bake.10 Bake at 250?C for 10-12 minutes. Finish off with icing.center_img IngredientsStrudel paste, sponge crumbs, butter, apple mix*last_img read more

News story: More support to help schools with costs

first_img Introducing a new deal for teacher recruitment agencies by publishing a register that will set out agency mark ups so schools will know up-front what they are paying for. This will help schools avoid agencies which charge fees for making temporary staff permanent. These fees can be as much as 30% of an annual salary; A toolkit for schools to help reduce unnecessary workload. This provides free online training materials, audit tools, practical examples and model policies – developed and tested by school leaders and teachers; I want to help schools use their resources as effectively as possible. This strategy equips head teachers and school business professionals with the practical advice, resources and support they need so that they can focus on what they do so well – delivering high-quality education for their pupils. There can be no great schools without great teachers to inspire and motivate children, so it’s absolutely right that we help schools to maximise the money they have to spend in the classroom by working together, making sure they’re getting the best deals and are not being overcharged for services. Recommending deals to schools that could save money on things they buy regularly – including new deals on books, ICT solutions and software licenses; and Increasing the number of School Resource Management Advisers to provide support to more trusts and schools to help them ensure they are getting the best value for every pound they spend. This strategy is the latest in a series of steps taken by the department to help schools deliver the best value for money and ensure resources can be targeted at the frontline. It includes:center_img Earlier this year, Mr Hinds unveiled plans to clamp down on agencies charging schools excessive fees to recruit staff and provide a free platform for schools to advertise vacancies, which costs on average £75 million a year.A national network of buying hubs which offer procurement support to schools, a register of recommended best value deals and an online utility bill comparison tool are among other steps which have already been taken by the department.The register of recommended deals has helped schools save £21 million since April 2018, with one school – Belmont Community School in Durham – £30,000 better off by simply switching to a better printing and photocopying deal. Another eight deals will be added to the register today.The strategy has been welcomed by The Institute of School Business Leadership.Stephen Morales, CEO of the Institute of School Business Leadership, said: A new toolkit to help schools save money to ensure every pound possible is being spent in the classroom has been published today by Education Secretary Damian Hinds.The School Resource Management Strategy provides schools with practical advice on how to reduce the £10 billion non-staffing spend spent across England last year. It is estimated schools could save up to a billion pounds through better procurement and buying strategies.The strategy includes information on how to work collaboratively with other schools to drive down costs on things like stationery, energy and water bills, as well as supporting schools with staff recruitment and retention.Between 2014/15 and 2016/17 schools saved £106 million on non-staff spending and a nationwide network of Schools Resource Management Advisers, who work with schools to use every pound they spend effectively, is helping to build on that success.Today’s announcement follows a pledge by the Education Secretary to work with schools and bear down on cost pressures so every pound counts in the classroom.Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: ISBL welcomes the Department’s guidance on excellent school resource management. We believe that the effective review of the school’s resources by the whole leadership team across pedagogy, governance and business will help to ensure that schools reach appropriate recommendations for the effective use of their resources. We would recommend that school leaders use this guidance to help to steer and focus their discussions when considering how to reduce cost pressures and optimise the use of available resources. The strategy also underscores the Department for Education’s commitment to investing in the school estate, to work with schools and local authorities to reduce running costs, and to ensure school places are available in the areas that need them.Today’s announcement builds on the Education Secretary’s commitment to work with the profession, unions and Ofsted to strip away unnecessary workload and to champion the teaching profession.last_img read more

String Cheese Incident’s Jason Hann To Fill In For Floozies Drummer At Peach Fest

first_imgPeach Music Festival has been given a lot of difficult situations to navigate around, but somehow they keep coming through with news that impresses fans beyond their initial lineup. Drummer Mark Hill of The Floozies is unable to attend their set this evening, but will be replaced by The String Cheese Incident‘s own Jason Hann instead. The Floozies’ Facebook post reads: “Alright peach fest people. Mark can’t make it tonight because he’s becoming a father. So Jason Hann from The String Cheese Incident will be filling in on drums. So many effing feelings right now.” Congratulations, Mark!The announcement comes atop the exciting news that Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, and Oteil Burbridge will be performing a special set on Sunday, as will Rich Robinson Band and an extended set from Gov’t Mule. These week-of announcements are a result of the unfortunate situations surrounding Gregg Allman‘s health, which ultimately led him to cancel the rest of his tour, with multiple sets at Peach included. Get better, Gregg!last_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Washington D.C. Run Gets Off To A Soulful Start [Full Audio/Video]

first_imgAfter a blistering performance in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on Thursday night, Tedeschi Trucks Band fully locked into the current leg of their winter tour with the first of four performances at the Warner Theatre. (The band will return to the Washington, DC venue tonight, on Saturday, February 1oth, as well as next weekend on February 16th and 17th following a quick two-night detour to Red Bank, NJ’s Count Basie Theatre on the 13th and 14th.) Marketed as an “Evening With TTB,” the twelve-piece ensemble led by Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks played two sets, as well as a cover-heavy two-song encore featuring classic tunes by Tom Petty and Joe Cocker.After opening words by Susan, Derek Trucks Band’s “Don’t Let Me Slide” offered an energetic start to the show with its heavy opening guitar riffs and Tedeschi’s heartfelt and powerful vocals. “Laugh About It”, off the group’s 2016 Let Me Get By, came next, which saw Trucks open the tune with a transcendent bluesy guitar solo. Following a take on Leonard Cohen’s “Bird On The Wire”, during which Kofi Burbridge stood out with his ornamental offerings on the keys, Tedeschi Trucks Band picked up the pace with the feel-good original “Part Of Me” and Elmore James’ slinky “The Sky Is Crying”. To close out the first frame, following the Mike Mattison-sung original “Crying Over You” and a take on Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”, a drum solo highlighting the band’s drummers J. J. Johnson and Tyler Greenwell led into “Let Me Get By”.Moving into the second frame of the evening, Tedeschi Trucks Band offered up a cover of the beloved classic “Statesboro Blues”. Three originals—”Don’t Know What It Means”, “Midnight In Harlem”, and “Just As Strange”, which spanned the group’s catalog from 2011’s Revelator to their most recent studio album, Let Me Get By—came next and accounted for a large portion of set two. As the band began to wind down the performance, they performed a cover of St. Louis Jimmy Oden’s “Goin’ Down Slow” ahead of the relatively new original “Shame”, which made its debut last summer and is expected to make an appearance of the band’s forthcoming new studio album, and the set-closing rendition of Billy Taylor’s “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free”.For the encore, the group first offered up a cover of Tom Petty’s “You Don’t Know How It Feels”—a number the group has regularly worked into their setlist rotation since Petty’s tragic death in early October of last year—followed by a rendition of the group’s frequent cover of Joe Cocker’s “Space Captain”.“You Don’t Know How It Feels” & “Space Captain”[Video: edtyre1]Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Warner Theatre | Washington, DC | 2/9/2018Set One: Don’t Let Me Slide, Laugh About It, Bird On A Wire, Part Of Me, The Sky Is Crying, Crying Over You, Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright, Drum Solo > Let Me Get BySet Two: Statesboro Blues, Don’t Know What It Means, Midnight In Harlem, Just As Strange, Goin’ Down Slow, Shame, I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be FreeEncore: You Don’t Know How It Feels, Space Captain [Audio: edtyre2][Cover Photo: Josh Brick via DC Music Review]last_img read more

Professors from abroad discuss transition to ND

first_imgSeveral Notre Dame professors first knew the United States as a foreign country. Professor Ghada Bualuan from the Classics department moved to the United States from Lebanon after marrying her husband. “At first it was hard and very challenging, for I missed Lebanon so much. I missed my family and friends,” she said. “I felt awfully lonely.” For others though, the transition was not as difficult. Professor Olivier Morel, from the Romance Languages and Literatures department, said he had few problems moving from France to America. “Perhaps it was because of my experiences, because [I moved here for] love,” he said. “But I did not struggle with moving here. Morel said, however, that everyone has to adjust to acclimate themselves to a new environment. From mannerisms in social interactions to adapting to a new diet, every aspect of life changes, he said. “The human body and mind goes through a cultural change,” Morel said. Pointing to a hot dog on his desk, he added, “I would have never eaten this for lunch before.” Several professors said they lost sense of community. Professor Mahan Mirza from the Classics department said in his homeland of Pakistan, people seemed more connected. “We would come out and play in the wonderful neighborhoods. You would know the people at the local store,” he said, speaking of his childhood. “It felt very organic and connected. Here you tend to feel a little more isolated.” Bualuan also commented on this feature of American society. She said differences in tradition, while respected, could cause a person to be set apart. “I, like many other Arabs in America, have faced prejudice and some sort of discrimination. I didn’t initially feel that most people accepted me for who I am, but I didn’t take it personally,” she said. “However, this fact made it difficult for me to truly belong.” In Pakistan, Mirza said religion is widespread, though its actual practice depends on each family. “[My family] was pretty secular, though my mother was devout and would pray,” he said. “Being a Muslim country, you hear the call for prayer five times a day.” While religion was more immediately present in his life while growing up, Mirza said coming to the U.S. allowed him to discover his identity. “You ask all the questions you never asked before. What does it mean to be religious? You have to make a choice now,” he said. “I began to take religion more seriously to keep my grounding and give myself some bearings.” Taken from another perspective, Morel said the feature that differentiates the United States from other countries is its relationship with war. “America is at war, but we don’t see any signs. I thought this would be a good time to come to the U.S. and witness what is happening to a society in a country I love,” Morel said. “In the United States, I have met people who have never been involved in a war.” Morel said this relationship transforms an entire society. War is often ignored, not out of disrespect, but simply because of everyday life. There are parts of everyday life that Morel said he enjoys. “This is a joke: You have wonderful beds, wonderful chairs — the first thing I notice when I go back to France is that my back hurts — and wonderful showers,” he said. “You invented V8 and the free refill.” Mirza said the quality of this nation’s academic institutions are distinguishable from other countries. “The academic institutions here are very strong. I can’t imagine giving up an opportunity [to work here]. Nonetheless, there are institutions coming up in the Muslim world like Pakistan,” he said. “You wonder sometimes if you would do a service by moving back and helping to uplift your homeland. Especially at Notre Dame, Morel said, the world of academia is thriving. “We are doing things here that we could never do in France. Universities there are more conservative,” he said. “Notre Dame is often seen as traditional, but when it comes to the Arts and Letters, the level of freedom that we have here is incomparable.”last_img read more

Caffine High.

first_imgIf coffee lovers want to get that morning caffeine jolt at thecoffee pot, they first have to survive the sticker shock at thegrocery store.Drought and poor flowering in Brazilian coffee trees has pricessoaring. In Atlanta, the price of a 26-ounce bag is approaching$6. There’s no relief in sight, says a University of Georgiaeconomist.”Brazil is the largest coffee producer in the world,” said BillThomas, an agricultural economist with the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Its production will bedown an estimated one-third from last year.”Short Supply, High DemandWhile 1999 was a record production year for Brazil, Thomas saysmarkets were unable to maintain the low prices.”Once you have a record year, usually the next year will go down,and that’s what happened,” Thomas said. “We expect production todrop from 36 million bags last year to 24 million bags thisyear.”Coffee drinkers can expect to continue to pay more for some time.The crop is harvested annually. “If we miss one harvest, we haveto wait a full year for another harvest and for supply to catchup with demand,” Thomas said.”Brazil is just recovering from the damage their trees sufferedin 1994,” he said. “Most of the damage seems to be to fruit,rather than the trees, so production could come back as early asnext year.”Until production comes back to build up the supply — or peoplestop drinking coffee, to lower the demand — expect prices toremain high.”There aren’t a lot of alternatives for the coffee market,”Thomas said. “Brazil produces such a high percentage of thehigh-quality beans. Colombia and other South American countriesdo produce coffee, but Brazil is a major exporter. When Brazilhas a problem, everybody in the world knows about it.”last_img read more

People’s United announces final results in merger consideration for Danvers Bancorp

first_imgPeople’s United Bank,People’s United Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: PBCT) today announced the merger consideration to be received by Danvers shareholders in People’s United’s acquisition of Danvers Bancorp, Inc.People’s United and Danvers Bancorp also today announced that their proposed merger was approved by the Office of the Massachusetts Commissioner of Banks and the MassachusettsBoard of Bank Incorporation on June 27, 2011.  The transaction was previously approved by Danvers Bancorp shareholders on May 13 and by the Office of Thrift Supervision on May 16. The closing of the merger is expected to occur on June 30, 2011. Based on final election results and applying the proration provisions set forth in the merger agreement, Danvers shareholders will receive the following merger consideration:Danvers shareholders will receive 1.624 shares of People’s United common stock for each Danvers share for which they made a valid stock election;Danvers shareholders who expressed no preference or who did not make a valid election will receive 1.624 shares of People’s United common stock for each Danvers share held by them; andFor Danvers shareholders who made a valid cash election, approximately 55.3% of the Danvers shares held by such persons will be exchanged for cash and the balance of the Danvers shares held by such persons will be exchanged for People’s United common stock, at the rate of $23 for each Danvers share exchanged for cash, and 1.624 shares of People’s United common stock for each Danvers share exchanged for stock.Under the merger agreement, fractional shares of People’s United common stock will not be issued. Instead, Danvers shareholders will receive cash based on the closing price of People’s United common stock on June 29, 2011 which will be the last trading day prior to the closing of the merger.Of the 20,686,592 shares of Danvers common stock outstanding immediately prior to the closing of the merger:2,036,686 shares, or 9.8%, elected to receive People’s United common stock;16,863,737 shares, or 81.5%, elected to receive cash; and1,786,169 shares, or 8.6%, did not make a valid election or did not express a preference.The total consideration paid by People’s United will be comprised of approximately 18.5 million shares of common stock and $214.5 million in cash.People’s United Financial, a diversified financial services company with $25 billion in assets, provides commercial banking, retail and business banking, and wealth management services through a network of 341 branches in Connecticut, Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts. Through its subsidiaries, People’s United Financial provides equipment financing, asset management, brokerage and financial advisory services, and insurance services. SOURCE People’s United Financial, Inc. BRIDGEPORT, Conn., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more