first_img View post tag: News by topic HMAS Newcastle Holds Two RAS Operations View post tag: RAS August 21, 2013 View post tag: Newcastle View post tag: Naval HMAS Newcastle has conducted two Replenishment At Sea (RAS) operations in two weeks with one of the world’s biggest combat supply vessels in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO).Newcastle received fuel on both occasions from the United States Naval Ship USNS Rainier allowing the Australian warship to continue her counter piracy mission in the MEAO without needing to visit a port to resupply.During the first RAS, Newcastle took on 165,000 litres of marine diesel fuel and 31,000 litres of aviation fuel from Rainier by conducting a RAS-L (liquids) down aft and also simultaneously used a Heavy Jackstay forward.Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Greg Morris said Heavy Jackstays were an efficient method of transferring stores between ships at sea.“The Heavy Jackstay is a method of transferring heavy stores or ammunition from a supply ship to ours, by personnel heaving on lines which are hooked up to both ships,” he said.“It is capable of a higher rate of transfer than vertical (helicopter) replenishment, but requires us to maintain station on the supply ship for a long time.”“We didn’t need stores on this occasion, but we transferred a test weight to meet mutual training targets. We wanted to prove our rig, while Rainier used the evolution to conduct training for her winch drivers.”The second RAS allowed Newcastle to take on another 320,000 litres of marine diesel fuel and 15,000 litres of aviation fuel from the 49,000 tonne American replenishment ship, whose motto is “Legend of Service”.In a role swap, Newcastle’s Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander Stuart Mayer assumed Command to control the second RAS from the ship’s bridge, while Commanding Officer Commander Paul O’Grady acted as the evolution Safety Officer.The second RAS with Rainier was Newcastle’s eighth since arriving in the MEAO on May 27. She had previously also been replenished by USNS Medgar Evers, USNS Patuxent, French Ship Somme (on three occasions) and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria.“Replenishment at sea demonstrates the outstanding level of cooperation that exists between coalition vessels operating in this region. Replenishing at sea allows us to stay out here, focused on our maritime security mission,” Commander O’Grady said.“With all this practice, Newcastle’s evolutions teams are highly proficient and doing a fantastic job.”Newcastle is in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) as part of Operation SLIPPER – the Australian Defence Force (ADF) contribution to the international campaign against terrorism, counter smuggling and counter piracy in the Gulf of Aden, and enhancing regional maritime security and engagement.Her deployment is the 55th rotation of an Australian warship to the MEAO since 1990.[mappress]Press Release, August 21, 2013; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: makescenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Newcastle Holds Two RAS Operations View post tag: HMAS View post tag: Navy View post tag: Operations View post tag: two Share this articlelast_img read more

first_img300 fans of J.R.R. Tolkien will meet in Oxford this weekend to celebrate the renowned author’s life and writings.The event, celebrating the former Oxford student and academic, is taking place at St Antony’s College, and began yesterday. It will finish on Sunday.The news that the weekend-long event has already sold out reflects the increasing popularity of Tolkien’s works, and coincides with the Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth exhibition at the Bodleian Library.It also follows last month’s publication of The Fall of Gondolin, originally written by Tolkien in 1917.The annual event, known as ‘Oxonmoot’, is being hosted by The Tolkien Society, an educational charity and literary society aimed at promoting the life and works of Tolkien. On the recommendation of his family, Tolkien remains the Honorary President of the society, which has over 1,600 members and regularly hosts events across the country.During the weekend, Tolkien fans will be able to participate in quizzes, workshops, a Hobbit bake-off, and a visit to the exhibition at the Bodleian Library. There will also be talks from leading Tolkien scholars, including writer John Garth.The weekend will conclude with a ceremony of remembrance at the grave of Tolkien, located in Wolvercote Cemetery in North Oxford.Shaun Gunner, Chair of The Tolkien Society, said: “This is the largest ever Oxonmoot, and this is testament to the growing popularity of Tolkien and his works, and ever-increasing numbers shows that people want to share their passion for Tolkien with others.“Oxonmoot has been going for over 40 years and provides an excellent opportunity for hundreds of fans from around the world to come together for a weekend of fun and fellowship in Oxford, a location so important to Tolkien.”He added: “Oxonmoot always takes place in September to coincide with the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo, but this year we have a record number of attendees coming to St Antony’s College to enjoy the longest-running Tolkien event in the world.”last_img read more

first_imgFayrefield FoodTec (Crewe, Cheshire) will be exhibiting its new range of healthier ingredients and mixes for cakes, breads and morning goods at Food & Bake at the NEC in March.These include Geltec clean-label egg replacer, which increases shelf-life and lowers cholesterol content. Mixes containing no hydrogenated fats will also be on display to meet consumer expectations for products with possible heart health benefits, says the company.The company can also help bakers include omega 3 fatty acids for improved heart and brain health through odourless fish oils and flaxseed. Ways to include prebiotics for improved gut health and a sucrose-free Madeira cake mix will also be on show. Fayrefield will be launching new products containing natural bread improvers and also sourdough bread and pizza mixes at the show. All mixes will be available in traditional 3.5kg and 12.5kg bags, but can be made available in any size the customer requires. Fayrefield FoodTec has supplied mixes to a number of cake bakeries for many years.Products are sold under the Baketec and Geltec brands. The company says it is not well known in the industry because it has grown through close confidential partnerships with retail product manufacturers. It has supplied bespoke mixes and brought new product ideas to market, while cutting processing and ingredients costs, it claims.last_img read more

first_imgColorado’s own Magic Beans have announced the initial artists for their seventh-annual Beanstalk Music & Mountains Festival at Bond, Colorado’s Rancho Del Rio, set to take place on June 27th–29th, 2019.Magic Beans will play three shows throughout the weekend’s festivities, along with a headlining performance from Ghost-Note, the musical brainchild of multi-Grammy Award-winning artists Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth. The seven-piece ensemble is comprised of Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas Jr. (bass), Xavier Taplin(keys), Vaughn “V-Keys” Henry (keys), Peter Knudsen (guitar), and Jonathan Mones (alto sax & flute) alongside Snarky Puppy cohorts Werth and Sput.Beanstalk staples lespecial and Yak Attack round out the current initial artist announcement, after having both made huge moves in the last year. Both bands will be performing late-night sets, as well as a special set from Yak Attack. Last year, the Oregon-based live electronic trio treated fans to a late-night pop-up set on Saturday night following Magic Beans’ grand finale festival-closing set, so expect something extra-special from the Jedi musicians. Yak Attack drummer Nick Werth is the younger brother of Ghost-Note leader Nate Werth, presenting a nice opportunity for the brothers to potentially share some stage time.The remainder of Beanstalk Music Festival’s 2019 lineup will be announced onstage this weekend at Magic Beans’ 2nd-annual Snowstalk Festival, taking place at Frisco, CO’s newly opened 10 Mile High Music Hall on Friday, February 8th and Saturday, February, 9th. Tickets are currently on sale here for Beanstalk Music Festival’s 2019 event.For more information on Beanstalk 2019, ticketing, and the upcoming full-lineup announcement, head to the festival’s website here.last_img read more

first_imgGreen compost materials, such as fresh plant products, kitchen fruit and vegetable waste, coffee grounds and tea bags, provide nitrogen.Westerfield says to include more brown items than green. The ratio should be 3 to 1. Don’t add meats, bones, grease or other animal-based food waste. They can smell bad and attract rodents.Materials should be added in layers, alternating brown and green. A pile of compost can take three weeks to six months to process, depending on the care. Adding fresh material to a pile can cause the process to take longer. The key to composting is to keep the pile moist and to allow for air flow. “The composting cycle will work faster if the pile is kept moist and turned frequently,” he said. “The more you agitate the pile the faster it will compost.” Rain water and turning the pile a few times a month should maintain moisture. Water should be added only to keep the pile moist, not wet.“It is nice to have two or three bins so you can have several stages of compost,” he said. Westerfield suggests removing finished compost from a pile and keeping it contained in a separate bin for use. “Some people are disappointed because they fill the bin up and when it becomes compost, they end up with 10 to 20 percent of what they put in,” he said. “As it biodegrades, its volume drastically reduces.”Fertilizer can be added to the pile. A little 10-10-10, as well as a few scoops of garden soil, are suggested. Don’t add lime to the mixture. Another option in composting is vermicomposting, which uses worms to help break down the organic waste. While composting provides organic material valuable to plants, most people view composting as a form of recycling. In many counties, landfills no longer accept green materials. “It’s a way to recycle waste and save money by producing a product from trash you would otherwise have to buy,” Westerfield said. (April Sorrow is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaComposting not only saves water in landscapes and gardens, it creates plant food from trash, says a University of Georgia expert. “Incorporating finished compost mulch into vegetable garden beds or plant beds amends the soil and allows water and air to filter through the soil better,” said Bob Westerfield, UGA Cooperative Extension horticulturist. “There is not as much run off and the nutrients infiltrate better.” Using nearly-finished compost as mulch helps plants retain moisture and prevent weeds.“Organic fertilizers make the plants healthier,” Westerfield said. “And, when they are healthier they require less water.” Compost is decomposed organic matter used as a soil conditioner and fertilizer. In heavy clay soils, compost reduces compaction, helps increase aeration and helps water better infiltrate the soil. In sandy soils, it helps the soil retain both water and nutrients.Compost is made from a mix of brown and green organic materials. Brown compost materials may include dry, dead plant materials, autumn leaves, dried grass clippings, shredded paper and wood chips. These provide carbon.last_img read more

first_imgIf you need a little inspiration to lace up those running shoes or to run that extra mile, think about Fauja Singh, who at 101 years old completed his last competitive marathon in Hong Kong about a week ago. Nicknamed the “turbaned tornado” by his fans, Singh took up long-distance running a decade ago to help cope with the deaths of his wife and son. Since then, Singh has run nine marathons around the world, and in 2011, he became the world’s oldest man to ever have completed a 26 mile race, when he finished the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in eight hours, eleven minutes and six seconds.The secret to Singh’s incredible drive? His simple love for the sport. “It’s because of the happiness I get out of it,” he said. “If something makes you happy, you’ll do it well.”last_img read more

first_imgThis Saturday, March 2, the Atlanta Track Club is hostingthe Road to Gold 8.2 mile race. The race will serve as a preview of the OlympicMarathon Trials course for February 2020, also taking place in Atlanta. Themarathon trials course will consist of 3 loops of six miles with a final loopof 8.2 miles. The Road to Gold Race will cover both loops and mimic the final8.2 miles of the Olympic Marathon Trials course. The race will host a number ofOlympic hopefuls, offering them only one of two opportunities to run on theclosed streets of the 2020 Olympic Team Trails. Olympic hopefuls from aroundthe country will be entered into a separate division, which will begin justbefore the open race. Run like a futureOlympian at Atlanta’s Road to Gold 8.2 mile race New hearing forpipeline to cross Appalachian Trail has been rejectedcenter_img On Monday a federal appeals court in Richmond, VA denied arequest to reconsider a ruling throwing out a permit that would have allowedthe Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross Monongahela and George Washington nationalforests, including part of the Appalachian Trail. The request to hold afull-court hearing came from lead pipeline developer Dominion Energy and theU.S. Forest Service and was rejected by the 4th U.S. Circuit Courtof Appeals. In December, a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuitcriticized the Forest Service, saying the agency lacked authority to approvethe pipeline’s crossing of the trail and that in doing so it had “abdicated itsresponsibility to preserve national forest resources.” last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo April 30, 2012 Let them come… They shall not pass through here! Brazil will boost its military presence in the Amazon region to protect its huge natural resources from any external threat, Defense Minister Celso Amorim told the Senate on April 26. “The commitment to the defense of the Amazon is fundamental. Navy, Air Force, all services will boost their presence in the Amazon in the next few years,” he said without giving further details. Amorim said Brazil did not feel threatened by any neighboring country but added: “We cannot rule out that some power from outside the region” may covet the natural resources of the Amazon, the planet’s largest rainforest and its main source of fresh water. “We are working on a plan to deploy (security) forces and the Amazon plays a very important role. It’s the most vulnerable part of our country,” Amorim said. “We have a wealth of resources which can make us the target of adventures,” he added. Amorim said the country’s strategic planners were planning to boost “transparent cooperation” with other Amazon countries, referring to plans to set up a security commission with Peru and Colombia. “We do not feel threatened by any South American countries and we do not want anyone to feel threatened by us. We always want full transparency to avoid suspicions,” the minister said. Brazil, Latin America’s largest country and the world’s sixth largest economy, shares the sprawling Amazon with Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela. Brasilia is also boosting its naval power in the South Atlantic with an ambitious submarine program to protect its huge deep-water oil reserves and project its growing influence. Under the National Defense Strategy unveiled in 2008, the Navy was tasked with developing a blue-water force to protect Brazil’s huge sub-salt oil reserves, the Amazon river basin and its 7,491 km-coastline. The sub-salt oil fields, located off the country’s southeast Atlantic coast beneath kilometers of ocean, bedrock and hot salt-beds, could contain more than 100 billion barrels of high-quality recoverable oil, according to official estimates. last_img read more

first_imgFrom Andy Reed, president and CEO of Texas People Federal Credit Union in Fort Worth comes a story that warms all of our hearts and reminds us why credit unions are so needed and valued in our communities. First, never forget, it’s about the people. Reed, in a stirring Facebook post, brings us a story about a special person named Harry, one of Texas People FCU’s members.“I want to tell you a story about Harry and my extraordinary team at my new credit union,” Reed says. “Recently, Harry stopped coming in for his daily cup of coffee. Concerned, the staff checked in on him and found him overwhelmed by life.”As background information, Harry lives in a small one-bedroom apartment, survives on $300 a month after he pays his rent, and had a $250 electric bill to pay. “As you can imagine, this is just not economically feasible,” Reed says. “My very generous team selflessly circled the wagons and split his electric bill to keep his lights on last Friday. I was so proud of their generosity and kindness. They’re such an amazing group of people and I’m so glad to have every one of them on my staff.”Reed goes on to explain, “In trying to help Harry, I learned enough to disturb me. He was nine years old when his mom left him on the side of the road and told him, ‘You’re the biggest mistake I ever made.’ His life has been filled with all of the things most of us fear—hunger to the point of near starvation, homelessness, mental illness, and an existence with no family or real friends. About a decade ago Harry was able to get off the streets and into an apartment. Of course, he has many emotional and physical ailments which are no doubt the scars of a past he didn’t choose for himself. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgWhere do they live? Use geographical data to pinpoint areas for new growth. Knowledge is power. The more you learn about your members and your market, the more successful your credit union will be. Because more than 81% of American households bank online,* data gleaned from your website can provide you with valuable information on how to better serve existing members and attract new members, both online and off.But how do you collect this information? Our favorite tool is Google Analytics, a free, robust service that tracks and reports website traffic. Most new websites have Google Analytics built in (check with your website admin), but if yours doesn’t, it’s easy to implement.Once your Analytics account has been running for a few months, you’ll start to accrue some useful data that can be applied to your operations and marketing efforts. For example:Learning Member/Prospect BehaviorsHow do visitors arrive at your site? Do they search “credit union” in Google? If so, you may want to do some paid search marketing. Are they being referred from a SEG website? If so, you may want to hold open enrollment events at that SEG. How many visitors use desktop vs. tablet vs. mobile? Are your tablet and mobile numbers steadily increasing? Consider replacing your current website with one that is mobile responsive. Evaluate your other online services for mobile functionality.  Identifying Trends in the MarketWhat product pages are visited the most? As the economy fluctuates, so do the saving and borrowing habits of your members. By keeping an eye on what product pages your web visitors view most, you’ll be aware when consumer trends shift and can beat your competitors to the punch with new products and offers.What devices are your visitors using? Today it’s the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy, tomorrow…who knows? Watch this data to stay on top of technology changes and ensure that your website and services are compatible and up-to-date.Tracking the Effectiveness of Marketing CampaignsGoogle Analytics can also help you track your marketing initiatives. Here’s how:For every campaign, event, or news item you wish to track, create a promotional page on your website. For example, if you’re offering a special auto loan rate, create a page explaining the offer and how it will benefit the member/prospect.Be sure to add a call to action to the page such as “Apply now! Click here” and link to an online application or “Call Wendy at 123.456.7890.” As your campaign is running or when it has ended, view the promotional page data in Google Analytics. You’ll see how many people visited the page, if they came from elsewhere online (Facebook, a SEG website, etc), how long they viewed the page, and more.For more information on using Google Analytics to track your website, contact Jeff Kjoller at 214.827.2600, extension 104.Contributing Author: Erin Ortizcenter_img Drive members/prospects to this promotional page by putting the page link on all marketing pieces – direct mail, Facebook, Twitter, email blasts, newspaper ads, etc. 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Kjoller Jeff has extensive experience in branding, art direction and graphic design, having served employers and clients in a creative capacity for more than twenty-five years. After graduating from the University … Web: www.loudthought.biz Detailslast_img read more