Image of the Day: Killer Tomato Ready for Live-Fire Weapons Exercise

first_img View post tag: americas View post tag: Exercise Authorities Image of the Day: Killer Tomato Ready for Live-Fire Weapons Exercise View post tag: Weapons Back to overview,Home naval-today Image of the Day: Killer Tomato Ready for Live-Fire Weapons Exercise View post tag: day View post tag: Ready View post tag: Live View post tag: Image:center_img View post tag: fire View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval Share this article Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) toss the killer tomato into the water in preparation for a live-fire weapons exercise.Mitscher is participating in the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX). With a quarter of the world’s navies participating including 6,500 Sailors from every region, IMCMEX is the largest international naval exercise promoting maritime security and the free-flow of trade through mine countermeasure operations, maritime security operations, and maritime infrastructure protection in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility and throughout the world.Image: U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Patrick W. Mullen III View post tag: Killer Tomato View post tag: News by topic November 12, 2014last_img read more

Cambridge student banned for poem protest

first_imgA Cambridge student has been suspended for seven terms following his role in the peaceful protests that took place during a speech by David Willetts in November 2011.Owen Holland, studying for a DPhil in English, was charged with “recklessly or intentionally impeding free speech within the Precincts of the University”, because of his reading of a protest poem which disrupted the speech. The sentence was passed on Wednesday by the Cambridge University Court of Discipline and has provoked widespread outrage and subsequent action from students and dons alike.A ‘Spartacus’ letter written to the University Advocate was signed by 60 dons and students, admitting to their role in the protest and demanding that they be punished accordingly. A number of petitions have also been penned, including one by the Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU) which has already garnered almost 2500 signatures.On Friday afternoon a mass demonstration comprising 350 students, staff and lecturers took place outside the Cambridge Old Schools. During the protest, which passed without incident, a statement was read out on behalf of Holland in which he commented, “I have been humbled by the level of support I have received these past few days”.He continued, “I can tell you that I plan to appeal the sentence before a higher court, and I have every [confidence] that the seven senior members of this University will heed your calls for the sentence to be overturned.”The general reaction amongst students has been one of indignation regarding the “excessive” suspension, and worries about the effects that this could have upon the protest movement as a whole.Cambridge student Dominic Morris labelled the ruling as “disgraceful, disproportionate and discriminatory”, commenting that “regardless of the politics, the two and a half year sentence can only be seen as designed to silence peaceful protest.” Freddy Powell, a fresher reading Politics, Psychology and Sociology at Robinson College, responded similarly, criticising the “absurdly disproportionate response”. He observed, “rarely in recent times has Cambridge been so illiberal in its response to protests, a recognised part of student and academic life.”Julius Handler, a student at Churchill, agreed, commenting, “at Cambridge we are encouraged to think and to engage in discourse, and it is this kind of gesture that suppresses all that Cambridge embodies.”Oxford students voiced similar concerns regarding the impact of the suspension upon peaceful protest. Nathan Akehurst, a student at Lincoln, linked the “grossly unfair” suspension with “wider attacks on the right to protest, including the banning of occupations at Birmingham University and the ongoing trial of peaceful protesters at Fortnum and Mason”.Ben Hudson, a student at Regent’s Park agreed that “brash though it is, this tactic is the only way to make evident the opposition to the government’s ideological drivel”. Notably, students uninvolved with and even opposed to protest movements have reacted similarly, with Samuel Lin, a member of Oxford Conservative Assocation, branding the suspension “excessive”.A statement issued by the University of Cambridge following the ruling did not comment explicitly upon the sentence, but simply reasserted the right of the Court to make decisions as defined by statue law.Some Cambridge students, however, supported the suspension. One History fresher at Murray Edwards commented that although the ruling seemed “harsh”, “a strong message did need to be sent out to the protestors, as they were expecting a fine which would have had little effect”.A CUCA member, who also wished to remain anonymous, went further still, stating, “I totally believe that Holland got his just desert. Unrest is never the answer.”last_img read more

BSB sets out plans for AGM and dinner

first_imgThe British Society of Baking (BSB) will host a four-course dinner, including a talk by well-known BBC sports journalist Garry Richardson, as part of its AGM.It will take place on Monday evening, 22 March, during the Baking Industry Exhibition (BIE), March 21-24 at the Birmingham NEC. The meal, at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel and Country Club in Birmingham, is open to members and non-members, offering a chance to relax with colleagues after the show.The dinner costs £60 for BSB members and £65 for non-members. Pre-dinner drinks are 6.30-7.30pm in the Woodlands Suite Bar, followed by a four-course dinner and entertainment. Bed and breakfast at the Forest of Arden Hotel costs £135 per room. Download a booking form at or tel: Sharon Byrne on 01869 247098.Chairman Andy Pollard, who has led BSB for four years, will hand over to Keith Houliston.last_img read more

News story: Two unknown soldiers given military burial a century after their deaths in the Great War

first_imgThe remains of both soldiers were found in March 2015, within a ploughed field north of the village of La Boisselle in an area that was known as Mash Valley during the Battle of the Somme (July 1916). Although its over 100 years since the end of the World War 1, people are still moved to remember and honour the fallen, and as each year yields yet more bodies it is a deep privilege to take part in the burial of British soldiers and continue the tradition of a century of remembrance. The coffins awaiting burial, Crown Copyright, All rights reservedThe Reverend Stuart Richards (Chaplain to 1 RRF) said; David Royle, CWGC said: Although it has not been possible to identify these 2 soldiers, their service and sacrifice has not been forgotten. They have been laid to rest with respect and dignity alongside their comrades in Ovillers Military Cemetery. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission will proudly mark and care for their graves, together with all of those who served and fell, in perpetuity. The Regimental burial party, Crown Copyright, All rights reservedDespite extensive research, it was not possible for the JCCC to identity either of these soldiers due to the high number of casualties.Louise Dorr, JCCC said: It’s a matter of great personal sadness that we have not been able to identify either of these brave men, return their names to them and bury them in the presence of their families. That said, their military family is here to mourn them both and lay them to rest with the dignity, respect and honour they deserve. The bearer party carries the coffin of the unknown Northumberland Fusilier, Crown Copyright, All rights reservedWhilst 1 solider was identified as a Northumberland Fusilier through artefacts found with his remains, sadly no artefacts were found with the second solider. It is believed that he also died during the Capture of La Boisselle in July 1916. The second soldier was buried as an unknown soldier of an unknown regiment.Both men were laid to rest by a burial party composed of members of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Two unknown soldiers have been laid to rest more than 100 years after they fell serving their country during World War 1. The service took place on Tuesday 30 April at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s (CWGC) Ovillers Military Cemetery, on the Somme in France.The service, organised by the MOD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC), part of Defence Business Services, conducted by the Reverend Stuart Richards, Chaplain to the 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (RRF).last_img read more

Former vice president of business affairs dies

first_imgTags: Death, Notre Dame vice president, obituary, Vice President Thomas J. Mason, former Notre Dame vice president for business affairs, passed away Nov. 24 in Naples, Fla. at the age of 82, according to a University press release.“During his 20-year tenure, Mason exercised overall control of Notre Dame’s fiscal affairs and oversaw a nearly tenfold expansion of the University’s endowment, more than 30 major construction projects, the renovation of the Main Building and the expansion of Notre Dame Stadium,” the press release stated.Mason, who took the position in 1976, came to the Notre Dame after working at the University of Michigan for 10 years. In 1993, the Notre Dame Alumni Association named him an honorary alumnus, and the facilities services building on campus bears his name.“Much of higher education in recent years has been characterized by fiscal crisis and retrenchment,” University president emeritus Fr. Edward A. “Monk” Malloy said upon Mason’s retirement in 1996, according to the press release. “The fact that this has never been the case at Notre Dame is due in large measure to the financial and managerial acumen of Tom Mason. His legacy to the University is a fiscal planning and budget making model that should ensure our financial strength for years to come.”Mason earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s of business administration from the University of Detroit in 1959 and 1963, respectively, and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, according to the press release.A visitation will take place at 8:30 a.m., Saturday in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. A funeral Mass will follow at 9:30 a.m.In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made in Mason’s memory to the University of Detroit Mercy at 4001 W. McNichols Road, Detroit, MI 48221-3038; or to St. Agnes Parish, 7775 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples, FL 34120.last_img read more

This Week’s Picks! Anika Noni Rose, Idina Menzel, Motown Legends & More

first_imgPregame with Erich BergenDecember 29 at BirdlandGoing out on New Year’s Eve is risky. You can’t get a cab, the subways are packed, and the chance of a random stranger puking on your shoes increases by 32 percent. Let singer-actor Erich Bergen (Bob Gaudio in the Jersey Boys film) ease your pain. His Early New Year’s Eve Party will feature numbers from his stage and screen career as well as his two EPs. Click for tickets! See (the Real) Motown on BroadwayBegins December 29 at the Palace TheatreYou loved Motown the Musical, right? Well, here’s your chance to see two of the vocal groups responsible for that show’s terrific music as the Temptations and The Four Tops hit the stage. You have until January 4 to see these showmen unleash a half-century of classic hits—let’s see today’s pop acts display that staying power. We’ll wait, Katy Perry. Click for tickets! Spend NYE with Two FavoritesDecember 31 at 54 BelowThere is no worse feeling in the world than expecting a night of New Year’s Eve revelry only to discover the “revelry” involves lukewarm spinach dip and stilted conversation. 54 Below, fortunately, has two options for a guaranteed kickass evening. First, playwright and drag legend Charles Busch unleashes a special New Year’s Eve show. Then, the always-game Laura Benanti rings in the New Year. Take that, boredom! Click for tickets here and here! Star Files Rock New Year’s Eve with IdinaDecember 31 on ABCAt every holiday or civic event Idina Menzel is there, whether it’s singing the national anthem at baseball’s All-Star Game or celebrating the holiday windows at Bloomingdale’s. Of course, she’s going to perform on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. And, of course, she’ll sing “Let it Go.” And, of course, we’ll belt along, pretending to be the newly independent Elsa. Man, there’s nothing better than spending the holidays with people we love. Stay In with Jason Robert BrownJanuary 2 on PBSYou’ll probably still be recharging from the social destruction you unleashed on New Year’s Eve—but that doesn’t mean you can’t entertain yourself. Make some tea, settle on the couch, and watch Jason Robert Brown in Concert, where the Tony-winning composer teams up with Anika Noni Rose and a team of Broadway musicians to perform songs from his impressive career. Expect songs from 13, The Last Five Years and Honeymoon in Vegas. View Comments Hey, you, waiting on line to return a bag of gifts from your colorblind aunt who still thinks you’re a size too small and a foot too tall. Leave that line and hit the town! There is a concert with Motown legends, a pre-New Year’s celebration with a Jersey Boy, and New Year’s Eve awesomeness with Charles Busch and Laura Benanti. Get ready for this week’s picks! Idina Menzellast_img read more

Culturalist Challenge! Which Game of Thrones Should Come to Broadway?

first_img View Comments The staff is crazy for Culturalist, the awesome site that lets you choose and rank your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank—we’ll announce the most popular choices on the new episode of The Show every Wednesday.Last week, we asked you to cast Dorothy in the forthcoming NBC broadcast of The Wiz. The results are in, and Glee’s Amber Riley came out on top. To celebrate the return of HBO’s Game of Thrones on April 12, we want to know: Which star of the hit series would you like to see on Broadway? GOT favorites like Emilia Clarke, Iain Glen and Aidan Gillen have already made their debuts, while Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington and more would be total Broadway newbies. Who should leave Westeros and Essos to trod the boards of the Great White Way? Video Producer Anthony Taylor posted his list of top 10 picks here.STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button. (If you don’t have a Culturalist account yet, you will be asked to create one at this point.)Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results on the next episode of The Show!last_img read more

March jobs report reflects coronavirus impacts; NAFCU expects a bumpy recovery

first_img continue reading » With 701,000 jobs lost in March, NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long said that, as forecasts worsen, “credit unions should be prepared for a bumpy and tepid recovery.” Additionally, the unemployment rate rose to 4.4 percent – the largest month-over-month increase in the rate since January 1975.“The March jobs report captured more job losses than was expected, but it is still nowhere close to the present level of unemployment,” noted Long in a new NAFCU Macro Data Flash report. “The timing of the survey – second week of March – puts these numbers at the very beginning of the country’s shutdowns, obscuring the full picture of job losses.“It was not until the middle of the month that states began ordering restaurants to close. Even still, losses in the restaurant industry accounted for two-thirds of total losses. Broader business closures in the second half of March and beginning of April will be reflected in the next release,” suggested Long.Other insights from the report indicate negative results among the major industries. The leisure and hospitality sector shed 459,000 jobs, followed by the health care and social assistance sector losing 61,000 jobs. The professional business services sector and the retail sector lost 52,000 and 46,000 jobs respectively. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

To get rid of guns, vote out gun backers

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Everyone is upset by the constant mass shootings going on in this country and the non-action by our Congress to do anything about it. If we keep electing the same people every time, it’s our own fault. When the next election comes, vote to put all new people in office, hopefully not gun proponents.  Don Wagar Clifton Park More from The Daily Gazette:Game 7: Shenendehowa grad and Braves rookie Ian Anderson gets start with World Series spot on the li…EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusControversial solar project goes before Clifton Park Planning BoardHigh-risk COVID exposure reported in Clifton Parklast_img

People moves: Essex scheme seeks investment adviser

first_imgATP — Christine Schmitz has been appointed as the leader of the new administrative body set to manage the Denmark’s senior pension – the new early-retirement disability pension introduced in January this year. Seniorpension, as the new organisation is to be called, will be a subsidiary of statutory pensions giant ATP, and will begin operating in January 2021, when ATP takes over responsibility for running the state benefit scheme nationally.Since its initiation at the beginning of this year, the scheme has so far been managed by local authorities around the country. The senior pension reform stems from a cross-party agreement in May 2019 and in its current form, the benefit allows those with 20-25 years of full-time employment, who cannot work more than 15 hours a week, to receive a pension up to six years before normal retirement age.Schmitz, who has been appointed as a deputy director of ATP, joins from Deloitte, where she was a partner responsible for tasks for the state and municipalities, especially in the area of employment. ATP said she would start work in the new role on 15 August.The Pension SuperFund (PSF) – The PSF, one of the two commercial defined benefit consolidation vehicles actively operating in the UK, has announced the composition of its asset and liability management (ALM) committee, which provides strategic and operational recommendations to the PSF’s joint investment committee.Joining managing partners Edmund Truell and Luke Webster on the ALM committee are some high-profile names:Chris Hitchen – chair of the PSF and of the Border to Coast local authority pension pool, non-executive director of NEST and former CEO of Railpen;Kari Stadigh – former president and CEO of Nordic insurance group Sampo and vice chair at Nokia. The PSF has reportedly received equity backing from Sampo;Wolf Becke – former CEO of Hannover Life Re and board member of Hannover Re Group. Current board mandates include chair Aegon Blue Square Re N.V, vice chair of FWU AG and senior independent director of Vitality Life. He is also a member of the PSF’s ‘committments’ committee;William Maltby – former vice chair of investment banking at Deutsche Bank and currently chair of NB Private Equity and Ekins Guinness;Martin Gilbert – chair of Aberdeen Standard Investments, co-founder and formerly CEO of Aberdeen Asset Management. Former chair of the Practitioner Panel at the Prudential Regulatory Authority; andIan Edward – former investment banker and serial entrepreneur and private equity investor across a variety of sectors including financial services, food & leisure. Currently non-executive director of Pizza Pilgrims and co-founder of Hippo Inns. Essex Pension Fund, ATP, The Pensions SuperFund, Lothian Pension Fund, Falkirk Council Pension Fund, Fife Council Pension FundEssex Pension Fund – The scheme is seeking to appoint an independent investment adviser to advise its investment steering committee (ISC). It is intended that the appointment should be effective from November 2020. The appointment will be for an initial period of three years – with an option for the fund to extend it for a further period on the same terms and conditions.The fund is growing towards a value of £7.5bn (€8.2bn). Details of the strategic asset allocation and investment structure, including details of all current mandates, are set out in the scheme’s investment strategy statement (ISS). The draft ISS is currently out for stakeholder consultation and can be found here.Candidates wishing to express interest in this position should contact Samantha Andrews, the scheme’s investment manager by Friday 18 September 2020 at 5pm UK time via email. Lothian, Falkirk and Fife pension funds – The three Scottish local government pension scheme (LGPS) funds’ joint investment strategy panel (JISP) has appointed three independent advisers. Scott Jamieson has been reappointed and Kirstie MacGillivray and Stan Pearson will take up the position for the first time. The panel used to have two independent advisers – Jamieson and Gordon Bagott.The JISP comprises senior officers as well as the independent external investment advisers, who rotate after an initial term of three years. It advises the three pension fund administering authorities on implementation of their respective investment strategies, although these are agreed by the pensions committee of each pension fund and the assets of Lothian Pension Fund, Falkirk Council Pension Fund and Fife Council Pension Fund remain separate. Between them they have some £14bn (€15.3bn) in assets under management.Elaine Muir, head of finance for Fife Council and chair of the JISP, said: “We were impressed by the caliber of candidates we met during the selection process and in Kirstie, Stan and Scott we have an ideal blend of skills and experience to cover our needs for macro, equities and governance fields.”last_img read more