UK: RN Reservists Assume Key Roles in Two International Exercises

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: key View post tag: two January 23, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: RN Reservists Assume Key Roles in Two International Exercises View post tag: International View post tag: Roles View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: UK View post tag: Assume View post tag: Reservists UK: RN Reservists Assume Key Roles in Two International Exercises View post tag: Exercises View post tag: RN Royal Naval Reservists from HMS President in London played key roles in two large international exercises in the closing months of 2012.Lieutenant Commanders Howie San and Pat Shinner swapped their civilian careers, the former with US shipping giant AT&T and the latter for a financial software firm in the City of London, and donned their naval uniforms for Exercise Joint Warrior in the northern waters of the UK.At the same time Lieutenant Tony Scott, global enterprise architect for engineering consulting firm Arup, deployed to the Mediterranean with the French Navy in the waters off Toulon and Marseille for Exercise Noble Mariner.As the Submarine Control Team reporting to the Joint Warrior Task Group Commander, Howie and Pat worked in the operations room of the Type 23 frigate HMS Kent.They were responsible for directing the Norwegian submarine HNoMS Utvaer as she engaged warships from a dozen nations in the cat-and-mouse style manoeuvres that define submarine warfare.With 22 warships from a dozen nations taking part in the exercise, the Ula class diesel-electric powered submarine was much in demand. Howie and Pat ensured that her movements did not conflict with that of other submarines operating in the area, including a very special arrival.A day before starting Joint Warrior, HMS Kent was assigned as the safety ship to oversee the first open water dive of the Royal Navy’s newest nuclear submarine, HMS Ambush.Howie said:“It was a privilege to see the latest addition to the Fleet and one of the most powerful submarines in the world.”1,200 miles away, in the warmer Mediterranean waters, Lieutenant Tony Scott was one of a number of personnel from HMS President and other Royal Naval Reserve units who deployed for Exercise Noble Mariner.The annual exercise plays an important part in the certification process of the NATO Response Force (NRF).The objective of Noble Mariner 12 was to certify the capacity of France to lead the maritime component of the NRF. Units taking part included 26 warships from 10 NATO nations, as well as helicopters, Maritime Patrol Aircraft and jet fighters from French Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle.Tony was based on board French Ship Var, a Durance class replenishment tanker equipped with headquarters facilities. He worked as a battle watch captain in the mine warfare battle staff, responsible for the conduct of mine hunting ships and divers from a number of nations.This was the role he performed while mobilised to the Gulf for most of 2009.“Although French-led, our battle staff in Var included representatives from ten NATO countries,” Tony explained.“We all spoke English – mostly – and I was incredibly impressed with how well integrated we became in no time at all.”France only recently re-joined NATO as a full member. This exercise played an important role for the French personnel taking part to gain familiarity in working with their NATO allies.Tony said: “I was pleased to be able to make a difference during the exercise, training French personnel in modern NATO mine warfare practices.“It was a vindication of the training the RNR has given me. But it wasn’t all one-way learning.“For example I spent one day of the exercise in FS Pegase, a French mine hunter, and found some of their capabilities to be very impressive indeed.”Exercises like Joint Warrior and Noble Mariner are just some of the opportunities Royal Naval Reservists have to train alongside their regular counterparts during their annual training fortnights. This training helps prepare them for their longer periods of mobilisation.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 23, 2013; Image: Royal Navy Training & Educationlast_img read more

Lettuce Offers Free Download Of Huge Content Bundle With Live Shows, Tracks And More

first_imgAnyone who’s heard Lettuce knows that the group is extra funky. Now, the band is bringing the funk to you with an exclusive BitTorrent partnership, as part of the new “Lettuce Live” series. The free download series will see Lettuce share some of their prized content, and the first edition features so many goodies. Live shows, compilations, an animated “Lettuce Medley” video series, four videos from Red Rocks, and footage from the band’s recently-released Let Us Play funkumentary are all included!You can watch the full Let Us Play film here.For fans of the Lettuce funk, do not sleep on tickets for the band’s inaugural festival, Fool’s Paradise. Held from April 1-2 in St. Augustine, FL, the festival will see Lettuce perform an original show as well as a collaborative performance with beloved saxophonist GRiZ. Other performers include Vulfpeck, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, Break Science, Nth Power, Goldfish, Fools for Funk and so many more! Tickets are available here.Read the band’s full statement about the new BitTorrent bundle below, and access the download here.We’re teaming up with BitTorrent to introduce the first installment of the “Lettuce Live” series. This Funk filled bundle is bursting at the seams with exclusive content including two full unreleased live shows from our recently completed Winter Tour, Whit’s Picks vol. 1 (10 hand picked tracks from 2015-16 selected by Whit Hawkins), the premiere of our animated “Lettuce Medley” video series (Chapter 1), 4 full song videos from our headlining performance at Red Rocks (2015), 4 clips and movie trailer from our newly released funkumentary “Let Us Play”, Lost in Flight: The Fly Outtakes, “Phyllis” (Music Video), and a 15% off coupon for our online merch store! Best of all the entire bundle is downloadable FREE OF CHARGE!“The “Lettuce Live” series is about spreading Lettuce Funk far and wide, and this BitTorrent bundle is only the beginning. We’ll be consistently releasing new recordings as well as back catalog gems complete with video footage and behind the scenes content. STAY TUNED! We’d also like to express our heartfelt appreciation to everyone who has supported Lettuce through the years, without you none of this could be possible. Lettuce Thank You!” -Lettucelast_img read more

Never Put Off Until Tomorrow What You Can Do Today

first_imgThis week I had the privilege of participating in an event held in Sydney, Australia, with Bill Dawes, publisher and editor of Image & Data Manager, and Chris McLaughlin, Chief Marketing Officer of our Enterprise Content Division. During my presentation, I (hopefully) entertained the audience while advocating the importance of archiving.Prior to the event, Mr. Dawes had conducted a survey to better understand the challenges that organizations face around managing legacy applications and data. One of the most surprising revelations for me was that some organizations would rather maintain legacy apps, or migrate legacy data, than find a more efficient solution.I guess it should not be overly surprising. Newton’s First Law of Motion, often termed simply “the law of inertia,” states: “An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an unbalanced force. An object in motion continues in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.ShareSo in a nutshell, organizations will have a natural tendency to keep on doing what they’re doing unless there is a catalyst to do otherwise.The reality is that there are multiple catalysts to start moving now:Find the hidden gem. Repurpose archived data to create new insights and business values using analytics tools. This is becoming increasingly important as organizations disrupt their current business models to be relevant in the new digital economy.Clean the garage. Up to 70% of IT budgets are being spent on maintaining legacy applications. Free up this budget for new innovation and SaaS solutions by retiring legacy applications.Stay out of jail. Regional and industry-specific regulations continue to multiply. It’s become critical that archiving solutions maintain compliance across all enterprise data.Boost performance. Don’t get dragged down by data you don’t need. Make production systems efficient by offloading static data into an archive.And if that isn’t enough, the right solution to these challenges can pay for itself. A great example of this is BMO Harris Bank.So while 75% of those surveyed by Mr. Dawes indicated that they are currently maintaining legacy applications and data, and more than 50% of them see value in having a single compliant repository for all information across an organization, some are still struggling to extricate themselves from the status quo.Those organizations that truly comprehend the value of archiving will thrive as the industry continues to be disrupted by digital transformation.So my advice to those of you who are maintaining legacy apps and data is this: never put off until tomorrow what you can do today. The viability of your organization may depend on it.last_img read more

Data use cases for credit unions – Part 1

first_imgData analytics was once the sole domain of giant tech companies – Amazon’s suggestions “If you bought that you might like this” or Facebook’s algorithms of which of your friend’s posts you most want to see on your timeline. With the proliferation of data across multiple systems, the increase in computing power at a decreasing price, and tools to extract and harness data, the science of data analytics is being increasingly used by credit unions to make better decisions. And it’s not just bigger credit unions that are introducing business intelligence through data analytics to their staff. Credit unions with under $500 million in assets realize that data analytics drive ROI, better member experiences, and increases in product penetration across their member base.Data Just For Data’s Sake – NOT!It’s important to keep in mind that no company, regardless of industry, invests in data analytics just for the technology. The cost of the tools, the hardware (or more common, the cost of cloud storage), investment in staff, such as business analysts and possibly a data scientist, and consulting services to help get started, can represent not just a significant up-front investment, but an on-going cost that must be justified. The justification sometimes comes in the form of use cases. The following paragraphs are use cases from credit unions showing the return on their investments. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Continental League Will Boost Basketball in Africa, Says Fall

first_imgAt a round table with the media over the weekend, Gallo Fall said the commitment to the league will create awareness and ignite passion among the youths for the development game at grassroots level not only in the Nigeria but other African countries through the Basketball African League.“Africa’s time is now and basketball is the channel through which the continent can achieve greatness. We are open to taking every step to ensure that we create a benchmark that will meet up with global standard,” he remarked.He said that BAL in global partnership with the International Basketball Association (FIBA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) who have promised to help with a lot of resources in developing and promoting local talents and support teams to become real professional clubs that will conform with international standard.The BAL chief stated further that “developing the game will also focus on building the entire ecosystem, structure and foundation including training the coaches, referees and increasing participation among countries to grow a fan base, while creating a compelling product that will be marketable,” he noted.In his reaction to the development, former NBA star and captain of Team Nigeria to London 2012 Olympics, Olumide Oyedeji, expressed his delight to the continental league especially the flavour NBA will add to it and hoped that the game has come to stay in the country.“Hopefully, this will be a wake up call for all of us locally to grow our game of basketball, to know what we need to do because we have to understand that this BAL is a professional basketball initiative and not just another dream with no concrete foundation,”  he remarked.The continental President explained that six cities, namely Cairo (Egypt), Dakar (Senegal), Lagos, (Nigeria), Luanda (Angola), Rabat (Morocco), and Monastir (Tunisia) while Kigali (Rwanda) will host the first-ever BAL final later in the year.The competition will start in March and the cities will host a regular season that will feature 12 teams divided into two conferences, with each conference playing in three cities.The regular season will ensure that the 12 teams play five games each with the top three in each conference qualifying for the playoff.According to the guidelines, each team will have 16 registered players including 12 active and four inactive with at least eight of whom must be citizens in their respective team’s home country while up to four can be from other nations with no more than two players per team from outside of Africa.Rivers Hooper of Port Harcourt will represent Nigeria in the maiden event.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi SolajaThe President of Basketball African League (BAL), Amadou Gallo Fall, has urged all stakeholders in the continent to rally round the maiden edition of the league as a step towards the giant leap of the game in Africa.The league, expected to feature 12 teams from the continent, is scheduled to take off in March. It will mark NBA’s first collaboration to operate a league outside North America.last_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup: Cape Town Stadium 3

first_imgLocation: Cape Town, Western Cape provinceCapacity: 68 000 seatsMatches: Uruguay vs France (11 June), Italy vs Paraguay (14 June), England vs Algeria (18 June), Portugal vs North Korea (21 June), Cameroon vs Netherlands (24 June), Round of 16 (29 June), Quarter-final (3 July), Semi-final (6 July)Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Photo: Rodger Bosch,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Rodger Bosch,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Rodger Bosch,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Rodger Bosch,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Rodger Bosch,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Rodger Bosch,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Rodger Bosch,• Download high-resolution image Photo: Rodger Bosch,• Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression.Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Artist’s impression.Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

Home from Home: Raising orphans in loving community homes

first_imgCentral to the Home from Home model of care is the special bond between foster parent and child. (Image: Home from Home)It all started 11 years ago with one house and six children. Today it is a network of community-based foster homes that give orphaned and neglected kids a chance at a real childhood, outside institutions, in a loving home. This is the innovative model of South Africa’s Home from Home fostering network.“Home from Home isn’t an institution. We’re not a children’s home,” says co-founder and managing trustee Pippa Shaper. “We are a group – a cluster – of small community-based family homes. Our homes look like any other home on the street. They integrate into the local community.”Recognising that children respond better in small community foster homes than in institutional care, Home from Home was founded in 2005, and has grown rapidly from one house in Khayelitsha to many homes around the country.Over the past 11 years, about 300 children have been raised by the Home from Home network. Today, it cares for 198 children in 33 homes, in 15 different communities, all over the Western Cape.“When we decide to work in a new community, we come from a couple of angles,” says Shaper. “Either we will discover, through working with the Department of Social Development, that there is a tremendous need to have a new home in the area. Other times, a church or community organisation will come to us and say, ‘We’ve got a need in our area.’ But they don’t have the resources, they don’t have the model, they don’t have the idea to do it.“That’s when Home from Home comes along. We’ve got the model of care set up. We have the experience. We’ve got the professional skills. So we can come in and partner with a local community group or church to help them – and empower them, really – to look after their own orphans.”Central to the Home from Home model of care is the special bond between foster parent and child.“To work with children – this is the thing I like most in my life,” says Hellen Ntshikila, a foster mother living in Khayelitsha. “I used to look after my sisters at home. It’s in my veins, to look after children.”Selecting the right person for the role of foster mother is paramount. A small, loving family unit, where siblings are kept together, is the recipe for the children’s ongoing development.This creates a place where they can be brought up as part of a community, speaking their first language, and gaining a sense of their own identity.“Selecting the home mother, the foster mother, is the most difficult part of all our work. They are the most important people in the whole organisation,” says Jayne Payne, social worker and co-founder of Home from Home. “We need to get someone who is really going to love and cherish the children, and look after them as if they are their own children. It has to be someone who really wants to care for children.“And we’ve been very, very lucky. We’ve got wonderful foster mothers – so dedicated. Because it’s a hard job to care for children who aren’t your own.“We see the foster mothers every few days. We are very involved with them.”Many of the children under the care of Home from Home are HIV-positive. But with proper care and medication, they can go on to live full and meaningful lives.A safe, stable, loving family is what every child needs and deserves. Children in foster care have often come from a place of great sadness – of abuse, neglect, poverty, ill health and loss. Home from Home aims to redress this by providing children with security from harm or any form of abuse, in secure families where they can settle and not be fearful of being uprooted. It also provides children with the food, health care, education and psychological support they need.By loving the children and accepting them as they are, Home from Home aims to raise its foster kids to become well-adjusted adults who will contribute to society.The network creates opportunities for them to become valuable members of society through every means possible – individual treatment plans, therapeutic assistance, extra help with educational needs, excellent health care, the chance to expand their world vision through experiences they would otherwise not get.HOW TO VOLUNTEEROne of the most rewarding ways to get involved with Home from Home is by becoming a volunteer. They accept both local and international volunteers, and there are many tasks they need help with. Everything, from taking children on outings to helping get children and foster parents to clinics, the NGO needs assistance from taking children on outings to providing a lift to a foster mother and child to the local clinic for an appointment.“We would also love to have volunteers with special skills – for example, counselling, physiotherapy and occupational therapy amongst others – which we could incorporate into our programme,” says Shaper.To find out more, visit the Home from Home website.last_img read more

Control erosion and prevent fertilizer loss

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest John Leif, CCA, AgroLiquid Field AgronomistFertilizers can leave a field by several different routes. The route most beneficial to the crop is, of course, uptake and removal by the crop. Unfortunately there are other, less beneficial, routes for fertilizer to leave a field including through soil erosion. Most nutrients applied to the soil erode off of the field when soil is moved by wind or water. That soil, and its attached nutrients, can be deposited in surface waters causing a number of water quality issues. This can be prevented through erosion management and conservation practices. It is a landowner’s job to work towards preventing erosion that leads to water quality problems.There are several erosion management practices that utilize vegetation to trap soil and prevent it from reaching surface water. Vegetative conservation practices can be placed in a production field, around the perimeter, or away from the field near sensitive areas such as rivers and streams. Several common conservation techniques are discussed below. When planning any vegetative practice it is important that the plant species used is adapted to the geography and specific soil conditions and not be considered invasive.One of the most common in-field vegetative practices is a grassed waterway. A grassed waterway is a shaped or graded channel planted to suitable vegetation that directs water to a suitable outlet. The ideal characteristics for a grass species in a grassed waterway is one that has stiff, upright stems that can withstand heavy water flow and sedimentation. A dense stand of stiff stemmed grasses will slow down water flow as it enters the waterway. When water flow slows down the sediment in that water will settle out of the water and remain trapped by the grass. The clean water will then travel down the waterway to the outlet.Grass species common to the Midwest and eastern United States include, but are not limited to, cool season grasses such as bluegrass, ryegrass, and fescues. Species common to the southern United States include, but are not limited to, warm season grasses such as Bermuda grass and sideoats grama.There are several conservation practices that can be installed around a field or near environmentally sensitive areas. Field borders and filter strips are plantings of permanent vegetation using stiff stemmed upright grasses, legumes, and forbs to trap soil particles suspended in wind or water. A combination of cool season and warm season grasses can be used for this purpose. Cool season grasses such as wildrye species, junegrass, wheatgrass species and bottlebrush are considered native to the United States. Those grasses will have fast vegetative growth in the spring and early summer, and again in the fall. Prairie grasses such as big bluestem, little bluestem, Indiangrass, and switchgrass are common warm season grasses that can be used, and their fast growth period is from early summer until early fall. Warm season grasses will often have thicker stems than cool season grasses and the senesced stems will usually provide a filtering effect throughout the early spring until cool season grasses grow enough to become effective as filters.If the landowner or manager wants to provide additional wildlife habitat there are many choices of forbs and legumes that can be added to the planting. Forage legumes such as clovers, birdsfoot trefoil, and alfalfa provide diversity in the planting and fix nitrogen from the atmosphere. Many forb and wildflower species can be added to supply habitat for pollinator insects. Wildflower planting should have enough species to provide flowering throughout the growing season so that pollinator insects will have a food source during the entire season. Not all wildflowers are attractive to pollinator insects. Refer to local recommendations for species selection.Grasses, legumes, and forbs are not the only plants that can be part of conservation practices that prevent sediment and nutrient runoff from a field. A riparian forest buffer where trees and shrubs planted adjacent to streams and rivers can also serve an important role in protecting surface waters. The trees and shrubs planted against a river or stream will hold soil in place with their root systems and their leaves reduce the impact of raindrops on the soil surface. They can also be used to help stabilize stream banks, provide additional wildlife habitat, and improve overall water quality of the stream or river. Short tree and shrub species may include alders, dogwoods, willows, sumac and elderberry. Tall trees may include maples, birch, oaks, and cypress species. Riparian forest buffers are often installed in conjunction with filter strips.Once a conservation practice is planted and established it is important to perform maintenance on them at various times. Maintenance tasks may include mowing, spraying, burning or pruning. Performing timely maintenance will improve the effectiveness of the practice and extend the life of the planting.There are many resources available to help plan, establish, and maintain these conservation practices. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has information on design and species selection that are appropriate for each local area. There may also be State and local resources in an area to help with this planning.last_img read more

Instagram Filters for FCPX, Premiere Pro and After Effects

first_imgShow your inner hipster with these ‘vintage’ Instagram filters for FCP, Premiere, and After Effects.Have you ever been scrolling through pictures of coffee foam on the Internet and thought “man I really wish I had a filter that could make my video footage look this cool”? Well you’re in luck because we’ve found some free downloadable Instagram filters for FCP, Motion, Premiere, and After Effects.The filters are perfect for all kinds of footage including:Feet at the beachCloudsFoodTall buildingsCoffee foamAirplane wingsSelfiesSunsetsAnything you want to make instant ‘hipster’Installing the FiltersThe filters were created by Brent Pierce at CineBlur and are completely free. To download go to the link in Brent’s article.For FCPX, Motion, and Premiere CC1. Download and install LUT Buddy from Red Giant Software. It’s free.2. Apply the effect “LUT Buddy” to your footage, click Options, then Import LUT, then choose which effect you would like.For After EffectsCopy the corresponding “Instagram” presets folder into your application presets folder.(Applications/Adobe After Effects/Presets)There are 2 different AE presets folders. One is for CS3-CS4, and the other is for CS5-CC.For DaVinci ResolvePlace the LUT files in library/application support/blackmagic design/davinci resolve/LUT/CineSpaceBrent was also so kind as to create a video tutorial on how to use the Instagram filters.These filters were first shared on Thanks for sharing Brent!Have any other hipster filters we need to know about? Share in the comments below.last_img read more