UK: Aviators from CHF Receive ‘Wings’

first_img View post tag: Defence View post tag: Wings View post tag: receive Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Nine new aviators from the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) were awarded their coveted “wings” on graduating from 848 Naval Air Squadron at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton. The ceremony was the culmination of many years of hard work and was the final hurdle in their flying training before becoming fully qualified aircrew.Trophies were awarded to acknowledge particular individual achievements during training, this year presented by the recently retired guest of honour Rear Admiral Charlier CBE, himself an experienced helicopter pilot. The Westland prize for best overall student was presented to S/Lt Simon Jones RN, whilst the Bill Murton Trophy for best ‘Commando aviation ethos’ went to Lt Tom Morris RN.The Bill Murton trophy is named after a distinguished CHF pilot, killed in a flying accident in 2003.For the graduating pilots, the ceremony and award of their wings marks the end of three years of flying training.Initial flying grading assessments, lasting two weeks, are followed by flying fixed-wing training aircraft at RAF Barkston Heath in Lincolnshire.They then spend six months flying basic Squirrel helicopters at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire before being chosen for their final operational aircraft types.For Commando-role students this involves 8 months with 848 NAS, converting to the Sea King Mk 4 helicopter and learning the operational tactics that will enable them to operate in any environment and operational theatre, day or night.The five Commando Aircrewmen have undergone similarly rigorous training, initially with four weeks of aviation military skills training at RAF Henlow and RAF St Mawgan, then five weeks initial flying grading, five weeks basic ground school and seven weeks navigation instruction at RAF Shawbury, followed by four weeks Winchman training at RAF Valley.Cpl Stuart Pirie RM was awarded the ‘Doc’ Love Trophy for the best overall student on course.This trophy is named in honour of a Commando Aircrewman killed during the Falkland Conflict in 1982.The graduates will now join 845 Naval Air Squadron, the front line Commando Sea King Squadron which is on five days notice to move anywhere in the world.The Origins of the Commando Helicopter Force lie in Naval ship to shore helicopter operations in the jungles of Malaya during the 1963 Malayan Conflict.As a result, members of the force are known as ‘Junglies’ and have a proud heritage built on since that time, serving in Northern Ireland, the Falklands, both Gulf Wars and more recently Afghanistan.All the students will now face a busy period, with amphibious exercises and operational tours of Afghanistan in the near future, where they will have to put their new skills to the test in a demanding environment.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 22, 2013; Image: Australian Nav View post tag: CHF View post tag: Defense Training & Education View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Aviators from CHF Receive ‘Wings’ UK: Aviators from CHF Receive ‘Wings’ View post tag: Aviators April 22, 2013last_img read more

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Oxford tuition fees set to soar above £7000

first_imgStudents at top universities could face tuition fees of over £7,000 per year by 2013 under plans being developed by both Labour and the Conservatives, the Times reported yesterday.Students and prospective students across the country are reacting in dismay at the proposal, with online forums such as The Student Room flooded with posts on the subject. Both parties are currently considering an overhaul of the system under which top universities would be allowed to lift fees above the current legal limit of £3,225. University vice-chancellors have indicated that a £7,000 maximum fee is a reasonable “consensus” figure; striking the delicate balance between rescuing university finances and being affordable.The proposal was handed by the former Universities secretary, John Denham, to Lord Mandelson, the new Business, Innovation and Skills secretary. Denham’s plan also calls for a wholesale restructuring of higher education.Some post-1992 universities and further education colleges could offer free, government-funded “walk to study” degrees, often in vocational subjects, to local students living at home, whilst top institutions like Oxford would be allowed to charge much higher fees than they do at present, with students essentially pre-paying for future earning potential.The idea was not costed out in the proposal, but it has been estimated that the eventual annual fee at elite institutions could be up to £15,000, nearly five times the current legal maximum. This would leave students a staggering £60,000 in debt at the end of a three year course, compared to the current NUS estimate of £20,000.Earlier this year, Sally Hunt, general secretary of The University and Colleges Union (UCU) said, “increasing fees or the other financial barriers that so many students and parents come up against when considering university is certainly not the way to deliver a world-class university system.”In contrast, Lord Mandelson said today in his first speech on higher education since it became part of his remit as Business Secretary that Britain needed to “face up” to paying for excellence in higher education. “Bluntly put, excellence is not cheap,” he commented.Jonny Medland, OUSU’s Vice-President for Access and Academic Affairs, emphasised the need to look for other solutions to the funding problem. “It’s crucial that the funding review examines all possible options without assuming the desirability of increasing the cap on tuition fees. The students of Oxford have voted to support a graduate tax as it provides a fairer way of ensuring that we enjoy world class universities which are accessible to all students.”Initiatives such as Target Schools have been working hard to demystify Oxford’s reputation as a financially unattainable institution – yet the negative publicity generated by the government’s plans is bound to put off prospective applicants from less well-off backgrounds.Medland stressed that any raise in fees will need to be accompanied by increasing bursaries. He commented, “Doubling fees risks deterring students from applying to university unless it is matched by a significant expansion in the number of bursaries. Government and universities would need to redouble their efforts to persuade applicants that they were not being priced out of higher education.”last_img read more

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Pladis and IPP form sustainable partnership

first_imgMcVitie’s owner Pladis UK & Ireland and pallets supplier IPP have teamed up in a bid to reduce environmental impact across the supply chain.Pladis is working with IPP, part of Pooling Partners, to help reduce carbon emissions caused by empty trucks running on UK roads, with empty Pladis trucks being used to return or redistribute Pooling Partners’ pallets.The collaboration is said to be working well, with an estimated reduction of almost 30,000km in unnecessary journeys and a 200 metric tonnes cut in carbon emissions.“Empty running is one the greatest challenges in every supply chain and impacts negatively on both carbon emissions and congestion” said Alistair Leckie, transport operations controller at Pladis UK&I.“As a business, we know that we have a responsibility to reduce our impact on the environment and that’s why we are so encouraged by our partnership with Pooling Partners.”IPP said it shares the same philosophy, with Shelley Harris, head of commercial at IPP, adding: “We are delighted to have teamed up with Pladis to create a partnership that is already delivering tangible results for us both and for the environment. We’ve removed 28,200km of trips from the roads, which equates to saving 74.5 tonnes of carbon emissions to date.”The news follows the announcement that Pladis hired Kerry Foods’ Lindsey Roberts in a vice-president role.last_img read more

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Neon Desert Announces 2019 Lineup: Miguel, Wiz Khalifa, Kali Uchis, Chicano Batman, More

first_imgNeon Desert will return for its eighth year this spring when the two-day music festival takes place in downtown El Paso, TX on May 25th-26th. On Friday, the festival’s organizers revealed the lineup of artists who will perform at this year’s event, including headliners including Rezz, Miguel, Steve Aoki, Wiz Khalifa, Young Thug, and Kali Uchis.Other artists who were included on the 2019 lineup poster shared on Friday include Tory Lanez, Chicano Batman, Tchami, Dashboard Confessional, Tyga, A R I Z O N A, Paul Wall, Bane’s World, Lovely The Band, Inner Wave, Holy Wave, Midnight Generation, Juice and the Suds, and Jordan Taylor, just to name a few.Glastonbury Announces First Round Of 2019 Performers: The Cure, Tame Impala, Lauryn Hill, Wu-Tang Clan, MoreSince 2011, Neon Desert has continued to thrive as a regional music festival thanks to its mission of producing “an annual music festival for El Paso by El Pasoans, while providing the local artistic community an outlet to showcase their talents.” The Memorial Day Weekend event features performances across multiple stages, as produced by Splendid Sun Productions, a Texas-born organization based out of both Austin and El Paso.Fans can check out the 2018 recap video below for a look into one of Texas’ premiere summer music events.Neon Desert Music Festival 2018 Recap Video[Video: JandKpresent]Both two-day, and single-day passes are now available for purchase here.last_img read more

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In poor countries, taller moms’ kids are healthier

first_imgNEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In developing countries, taller moms tend to give birth to healthier kids who are less likely to die in infancy, be underweight or have stunted growth, a new study finds. At the same time, good nutrition in adolescence and delaying marriage and childbirth appear to lead to taller adults.“This is the first time we’re seeing an effect of the mother’s health — as captured through her attained height — being transferred well into the childhood of her offspring,” study author Dr. S. V. Subramanian of the Harvard School of Public Health told Reuters Health…Read more herelast_img read more

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For life expectancy, money matters

first_imgBeing poor in the United States is so hazardous to your health, a new study shows, that the average life expectancy of the lowest-income classes in America is now equal to that in Sudan or Pakistan.A Harvard analysis of 1.4 billion Internal Revenue Service records on income and life expectancy that showed staggering differences in life expectancy between the richest and poorest also found evidence that low-income residents in wealthy areas, such as New York City and San Francisco, have life expectancies significantly longer than those in poorer regions.While those differences can be chalked up, in part, to healthy behaviors — low-income residents in New York City smoke and drink less, exercise more, and have lower rates of obesity than the poor in other cities — it’s unclear what other factors might contribute to the difference, said David Cutler, the Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics and a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Federal insurance has helped many, but system’s holes limit gains, Harvard analysts say Related The costs of inequality: Money = quality health care = longer life “It’s not an overwhelming correlation with medical care or insurance coverage,” he said. “It’s not that the labor market is getting better — it’s not correlated with unemployment, or the expansion or contraction of the labor force, or how socially connected people feel. The only thing it seems to be correlated with is how educated and affluent the area is, so low-income people live longer in New York or San Francisco, and they live shorter in the industrial Midwest.”Among men, that gap is 15 years, roughly equivalent to the life expectancy difference between the United States and Sudan. For women, the 10-year difference between richest and poorest is equivalent to the health effects from a lifetime of smoking. The study is described in a paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association online on April 11.“This paper really has two missions,” said Cutler. “One is to present this data, but the other is to create this data set so it can then be used by policymakers and researchers everywhere. This data has never been looked at with this level of granularity before.The richest American men live 15 years longer than the poorest men, while the richest American women live 10 years longer than the poorest women, according to the Health Inequality Project. Graphic courtesy of David Cutler“Previously, we could say what life expectancy was like in Massachusetts as compared to Michigan, but the problem is that Massachusetts is much richer than Michigan, and we know mortality varies with income,” he continued. “What we wanted to do was compare the same people in both cities — a shopkeeper in Detroit with a shopkeeper in Boston, not a biotech executive. That’s what we can do with this data that people haven’t been able to do previously.”Cutler and his co-authors, including former Harvard Economics Professor Raj Chetty, now at Stanford University, collected federal tax records from 1999 through 2014, and sorted people into 100 percentiles according to income. By matching that income data with death records, the researchers were able to calculate the mortality rate and subsequent life expectancy at age 40 for each income level.While researchers have long known that life expectancy increases with income, Cutler and others were surprised to find that trend never plateaued.“There’s no income [above] which higher income is not associated with greater longevity, and there’s no income below which less income is not associated with lower survival,” he said. “It was already known that life expectancy increased with income, so we’re not the first to show that, but … everyone thought you had to hit a plateau at some point, or that it would plateau at the bottom, but that’s not the case.”Cutler and Chetty then examined how life expectancy changed over time, and found that while life expectancy has increased for the wealthiest, it has edged up only slightly for low-income Americans.“The increase has been approximately three years at the high end, versus zero for the lowest incomes,” Cutler said. “This is important, because it has major implications for Social Security policy. People say, ‘Americans are living longer, so we ought to delay the age of retirement,’ but … it’s a little bit unfair to say to low-income people that they’re going to get Social Security and Medicare for fewer years because investment bankers are living longer.”When they laid the data over maps of the United States, Cutler and Chetty again found unexpected results, with low life expectancy concentrated not in the Deep South, but across the Midwest Rust Belt.“What emerges strongly is that there is a belt from West Virginia, Kentucky, and down through parts of southern Ohio, through Oklahoma and into Texas — it’s not a story of the Deep South,” Cutler said. “The variability in where high-income people live longest is not as large and is much less geographically concentrated. You don’t see this same type of belt — it’s scattered all over.”Going forward, Cutler, Chetty, and their co-authors have made the data publicly available in the hope it will spur further research into whether certain public policies or other economic indicators are associated with longer life expectancy. Cutler believes it also underscores some worrying truths about economic disparity in the United States.“These differences are very, very troubling,” Cutler said. “The magnitude is startling. You might expect two or three years of life differential — which is roughly what we would get by curing cancer — but 10 or 15 years … it’s an immense difference. We don’t know exactly why or what to do about it, but now we have the tools to ask those questions.”The research was supported by the U.S. Social Security Administration by a grant to the National Bureau of Economic Research as part of the SSA Retirement Research Consortium, the National Institutes of Health, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.last_img read more

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Committee to unveil The Shirt 2014

first_imgThe Notre Dame community will celebrate The Shirt’s 25th anniversary with free food, entertainment and student discounts at the unveiling ceremony at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday.  Wei Lin | The Observer Junior John Wetzel, president of The Shirt Project, said the ceremony would spotlight members of the Notre Dame community with performances from student groups.“The unveiling ceremony has been around since 2002, and it is always a great time for the community to come together,” Wetzel said. “The event will feature fantastic performers including AcoustiCafe, P-Fresh, the Bagpipe Band, Irish dancers, pom squad, Glee Club, Leprechaun Legion, the Notre Dame cheerleaders and the [marching] band.”Wetzel said he expects a large turnout at the unveiling ceremony due to favorable weather and student discounts.“We’re expecting a couple thousand students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members to show up for the unveiling this year, especially if the weather is as nice as predicted,” Wetzel said. “Students will also receive 15 percent off up to two shirts that they purchase at the unveiling ceremony.”Marketing manager and senior Catherine Simonson said the local frozen yogurt shop Let’s Spoon and Barnaby’s pizzeria would provide catering.In addition to the entertainment lineup and free food, Simonson said attendees could participate in multiple other activities before Irish coach Brian Kelly officially unveils the new Shirt at 6 p.m.“We’re offering a couple different interactive booths, such as face painting, a guessing station allowing people to predict the color before it’s unveiled — which is all polled through Twitter, a photo booth where we’ll be bringing out all the previous Shirts and allowing people to try them on or hold them up and take pictures with their favorites — a really rare opportunity to see the whole collection — and a color stations allowing guests to design their own shirt templates.”Along with expansions to the unveiling ceremony, The Shirt committee has broadened its media presence for the 25th anniversary, Simonson said.“We’ve really bolstered our social media,” Simonson said. “We created an Instagram account over the summer and have used that as a central platform for growth. Right now, we’re finishing up a scavenger hunt we’ve been running for several weeks now via all of our social media platforms, including a newly designed website.”According to freshman committee member Mackenzie Smith, the social media outreach aims to highlight the charitable impact of The Shirt, which helps to fund student activities.“One of our goals for the year was to promote what exactly The Shirt Project is and where the money goes,” Smith said. “Most people don’t know that the proceeds from buying The Shirt go straight back to the students and to campus through our The Shirt Charity Fund and the Rector Fund.”Simonson said she hopes the 25th anniversary edition of The Shirt will excite Notre Dame fans and sell in record numbers.“This year’s Shirt takes on a whole different vibe than any of the previous years’ and we’re really looking forward to showing it off,” she said. “I’m predicting significantly higher sales than last year, which sold 156,000. I’d love to hit 160,000 or higher.”Tags: The Shirt, The Shirt 2014, The Shirt Project, unveiling ceremonylast_img read more

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Winter pipes

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaPleasantly warm weather has returned to much of Georgia this week. But it’s still winter, and freezing temperatures will be back. Don’t forget to keep outdoor pipes and hoses protected.Freezing temperatures can cause the water in an exposed pipe or hose to expand. If the water expands too much, the pipe or hose bursts. It’s that simple.”With home irrigation systems, you probably wouldn’t know you had any pipe damage until you turned it on for the first spring watering,” said Kerry Harrison, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension irrigation specialist.Most in-ground sprinkler pipes will be OK. Only the top 2 inches of the ground will freeze in most of Georgia. Pipes should be well below this level. Other irrigation components, such as backflow-prevention valves, are at ground level, though, and could be in danger.If there are any exposed valves or pipes around your home, tape them up or “use a good old sack to wrap them,” Harrison said. Home-improvement stores have many tapes, foams and gadgets to keep these pipes warm on cold, winter nights.The tips of sprinkler heads can hold water. When frozen, they can rupture. The whole sprinkler system holds water, too, even when it isn’t being used. Don’t forget to drain the system, Harrison said. If you don’t drain it properly in the winter, your sprinkler could be a geyser when you turn it on next spring.If you’ve bought a home with an installed irrigation system, find this drain valve. Some systems are equipped with automatic drain valves.Don’t forget about outside water hoses. You can do two things:* Leave the hoses hanging outside. But disconnect them from faucets.* Disconnect, drain and store hoses someplace with a constant temperature. This will prolong the life of hoses.If you leave hoses undrained outside in the winter, don’t move them or touch them in freezing weather. You could break them as frozen hoses are fragile.Private water users and rural residents with wells should check out their main water pump. Usually a quarter-inch pipe connects to the pressure switch. If it’s metal, it likely won’t freeze. But if it’s plastic, it might freeze and burst. This could cause the water pump to fail or continue to run and cause some major winter repairs.If all these precautions fail and a pipe bursts, there’s still one thing to remember: “Know where your main water cutoff is,” Harrison said.last_img read more

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Are you missing out on the benefits of a strategic financial plan?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If you’ve ever wondered if you’re doing enough in your strategic process, there is a highly beneficial piece that is often overlooked. Strategic plans commonly look out three to five years, yet financial plans are much shorter term. That means that long-term strategies are created without connecting them to potential long-term financial effects, which is a missed opportunity.Looking out short-term doesn’t cover most of the impacts of a longer-term strategy, such as expected increases in membership resulting from more sophisticated usage of data or additional loan growth from planned geofencing capabilities. To be clear, this is not a long-term budget. It’s the result of a non-siloed, collaborative effort where management thinks through what implementing the strategic directions and initiatives could cost over time as well as what they could produce, be it member growth, loan growth or just remaining relevant without any expected boost in revenue. While finance is typically involved in modeling the numbers, this should not be thought of as a finance function; it’s a collaboration.The question to answer is, Does the strategic plan result in our desired financial performance?Let’s take the method for answering this question in phases: continue reading »last_img read more

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Covid: Michigan and Washington State clamp down as US cases pass 11 million mark

first_imgCovid cases have now topped 11 million in the US, with daily cases rising by more than 100,000. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img

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