EU NAVFOR Frigate Corte-Real Performs Boat-Handling Training in Seychelles

first_img View post tag: Naval May 17, 2012 The EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) frigate Corte-Real recently visited Port Victoria in the Seychelles to perform boat-handling training with the local Coast-Guard.This military cooperation is seen as an important way to improve the counter-piracy capabilities of the Seychelles’ Coast-Guard. The Seychelles has an exclusive economic zone of 1.4 million km².This training is part of a coordinated planning approach established under the supervision of Force Headquarters on board FS Marne, and is implemented by ships when visiting ports in the area of operations. This is part of EU’s comprehensive approach in the fight against piracy, and particularly of EUNAVFOR’s will to participate actively in the maritime capacity building process of regional navies and coast guards.Corte-Real is part of the EU’s counter piracy mission – Operation “Atalanta”, off the Horn of Africa. She has an embarked helicopter and 2 boarding teams and her crew comprises 196 men and women.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 17, 2012; Image: Eunavfor Back to overview,Home naval-today EU NAVFOR Frigate Corte-Real Performs Boat-Handling Training in Seychelles View post tag: Navy View post tag: Seychelles Training & Education EU NAVFOR Frigate Corte-Real Performs Boat-Handling Training in Seychelles Share this articlecenter_img View post tag: Performs View post tag: Boat-Handling View post tag: Corte-Real View post tag: Training View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Frigate View post tag: EU NAVFORlast_img read more


first_imgPictured is one of the stars at Bayonne Cal Ripken Baseball, Cole Lucarelli. Cole plays for the Rock in the Major League Division. If anyone has any questions about Bayonne Cal Ripken Baseball, please email Mike at [email protected] or call (201) 436-8787. ×last_img

News story: CEN updates affecting chemical measurements October 2018

first_imgFood EN 17093:2018 – Domestic appliances used for drinking water treatment not connected to water supply – Jug water filter systems – Safety and performance requirements, labeling and information to be suppliedEN 17093 describes chemical and microbiological safety requirements and tests for gravity fed devices for treating drinking water that are not connected to the mains water distribution system in buildings, known as jug water filter systems.Further information on food and feed legislation can be found on the Government Chemist website:Food and feed law: Compendium of UK food and feed legislation with associated context and changes during April to June 2018 – Government Chemist Programme Report EN ISO 18363-2:2018 – Animal and vegetable fats and oils – Determination of fatty-acid-bound chloropropanediols (MCPDs) and glycidol by GC/MS – Part 2: Method using slow alkaline transesterification and measurement for 2-MCPD, 3-MCPD and glycidol (ISO 18363-2:2018)The glycidyl fatty acid esters 3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol (3-MCPD) and 2-monochloropropane-1,3-diol (2-MCPD) are contaminants which can form during the refining of oils and fats along with glycidol which occurs with the formation and decomposition of 3- and 2-MCPD.The toxicological relevance of glycidyl fatty acid esters has not yet been fully elucidated but glycidol is categorised as probably genotoxic and carcinogenic to humans.EN ISO 18363-2 describes a procedure for the parallel determination of glycidol together with 2-MCPD and 3-MCPD in bound or free form present in the fat or oil. The method is based on alkaline-catalysed ester cleavage, transformation of the released glycidol into monobromopropanediol (MBPD) and derived free diols (MCPD and MBPD) with phenylboronic acid (PBA) and determined by gas chromatography with a mass spectrometer detector (GC-MS).The method is considered applicable to solid or liquid fats and oils including animal fats and frying oils but a validation study is required to be undertaken before the analysis for these matrices. Milk and milk products (or fat coming from milk and milk products) are excluded from the scope of this standard.center_img EN ISO 3961:2018 – Animal and vegetable fats and oils – Determination of iodine value (ISO 3961:2018)The iodine value (IV) is the mass of halogen, expressed as iodine, absorbed by the fat or oil component in a sample expressed as the mass fraction in grams per 100 g of fat. It is considered a measure of the relative degree of unsaturation of the fat or oil component where a high iodine value is indicative of greater unsaturation.EN ISO 3961:2018 updates and replaces EN ISO 3961:2013 describing the determination of the iodine value for animal fats or vegetable oils but not fish oil. The method is based on the dissolution of the sample in a solvent and reacting with ‘Wijs’ solution, followed by the addition of potassium iodide and water where the liberated iodine is titrated using standardised sodium thiosulfate solution.last_img read more

Speech: Reconstruction, reconciliation and representation as the keys to progress in Iraq

first_imgThank you, Mr. President. Let me begin by thanking Special Representative Hennis-Plasschaert for your very thoughtful and comprehensive briefing. I think today’s unanimous adoption of the resolution renewing UNAMI’s mandate shows the strong Council support for your work and for the work of your mission.Mr President, I think it’s significant that this is our first Council meeting on Iraq since the liberation of the last of Daesh-held territory in the region. And whilst as a Security Council I think it’s only natural that at times we tend to focus on the risks and the threats, I do think it’s very important that we also reflect on the significant progress that’s been made in Iraq to date and also that we thank the Iraqi government, the Iraqi security forces and the Iraqi people for the immense sacrifices that they have made in defeating Daesh.Now, whilst the territorial defeat is a very important milestone, the path to reconciliation and stabilisation will be long and complex. Erasing the ideology of Daesh will take time and will require our sustained and collective efforts. In this regard, we recognise the important role that UNAMI continues to play in supporting the government of Iraq and its post-conflict recovery and stabilisation efforts.Looking ahead, the immediate focus must be on ensuring that the conditions that first gave rise to Daesh do not re-emerge again. In the near term, we believe this means focusing on three areas: reconstruction, reconciliation and representation.First, on reconstruction and the provision of basic services, these are clearly essential for Iraq’s long term stability. We’ve all heard the staggering figures mentioned today by Cote d’Ivoire with over 1.75 million Iraqis remaining displaced, unable or unwilling to return to their homes. The governments of Iraq, the UN and the international community should continue to work urgently to address this situation, including by recognising and tackling underlying concerns and through the full implementation of the pledges made at the Kuwait conference on reconstruction, referred to earlier by the Russian Ambassador. Ensuring that all Iraqi citizens are able to access civil documentation must also be a priority, especially for internally displaced children who face disruption to their education.Underpinning all of this is the need for strong state institutions, an inclusive and representative government. In this regard, we support Prime Minister Abdul Mahdi’s efforts to reach agreement in the Council of Representatives to fill the remaining four cabinet positions and to ensure the broadest possible representation of women and minorities in all levels of government.Mr President, second, as Iraq continues to rebuild following years of conflict, reconciliation at all levels of society must be front and centre – a point raised by the French Ambassador. In this regard we welcome UNAMI’s continued engagement with the government of Iraq as it advances an inclusive political dialogue. We further welcome the important role that the UN plays in supporting an effective and accountable Iraqi security sector – one that is able to effectively counter the ongoing threat from Daesh and provide security for all Iraqis.Accountability is important, too, as Germany highlighted, and we thank the government of Iraq and the UN Mission for their ongoing support to the UN investigative team for accountability for Daesh crimes as it continues to carry out its vital work to ensure justice for survivors.Mr President, third, turning finally to representation, the United Kingdom welcomes the UN mission’s focus on gender across all of its activities, including its work to promote the enactment of the anti-domestic violence law. We strongly agree with Germany that women’s protection and meaningful participation will support reconciliation and long term stability. As we are approaching the 20th anniversary of Resolution 1325 next October, we will continue to support Iraq to ensure that its next National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security is budgeted, implemented in collaboration with civil society and coordinated at the local and national level. We would also welcome the opportunity to hear from more female civil society briefers as in future Council meetings to learn from their experiences and expertise.Mr President, the United Kingdom remains steadfast in our commitment to and our support for the important work of UNAMI and for the people of Iraq as they work to build a more stable and prosperous future.Thank you, Mr. President.last_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Is Tearing Through Colorado With A Passion [Gallery/Setlists]

first_imgSetlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Belly Up Aspen, Aspen, CO – 3/17/16Set 1: The Floor, Kabump -> No Diablo, Rocker Part 2, Atmosfarag > August, Soul Food I > Reelin’ in the YearsSet 2: Bright Lights, Big City, Wife Soup, Pipeline[1] > Full Frontal -> Remind Me[2], Steppin’ Razor -> Nothing Too Fancy > Hangover > Nothing Too FancyEncore: Speak Up[1] unfinished[2] with Roundabout (Yes) teaseSetlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Belly Up Aspen, Aspen, CO – 3/18/16Set 1: Goonville > Gents > 2×2, Example 1, Intentions Clear > Smell the Mitten > Groove Holmes > Smell the Mitten, Syncopated Strangers, Push the PigSet 2: Der Bluten Kat[1] > Mad Love > Der Bluten Kat[2], Attachments, Night Nurse > Cherub Rock, The Fuzz > The Triple Wide[3]Encore: Plunger > Glory > Plunger[1] “Jimmy Stewart” with lyrics[2] with Sweet Child O’ Mine (Guns N’ Roses) tease[3] with (Don’t Fear) The Reaper (Blue Öyster Cult) teaseNotes:last Groove Holmes 01.20.2013 (324 shows)with Start Me Up (Rolling Stones) teases before Plunger Load remaining images Umphrey’s McGee knows a thing or two about how to rock and roll. The jam group have settled in nicely at the Belly Up Aspen, now two shows deep into the run. The band has mostly stayed with original music, though a handful of covers like Steely Dan’s “Reelin’ In The Years” and Dick Dale’s “Pipeline” slipped into the mix. The band also busted out a cover of Beastie Boys’ instrumental track “Groove Holmes” in the middle of set one, night two, played for the first time in over 300 shows!UM continues to bring some of the most energetic shows around, and with the Colorado crowd in attendance, the band is truly doing it right. Check out photos of the run below, courtesy of photographer Jake Plimack:last_img read more

Listen To The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney And Michelle Branch Team Up On BoJack Horseman Soundtrack

first_imgNetflix’s original series BoJack Horseman is a special show, with the critically acclaimed dark-comedy cartoon gaining fans worldwide for its expert navigation of tragedy and comedy through the missteps of the show’s deeply flawed hero. On September 8th, in conjunction with the release of the show’s fourth season, the soundtrack for BoJack Horseman will drop via Lakeshore. Today, fans got a taste of what’s in store for the show’s soundtrack with the release of a song of the album—a cover of America’s 1971 “A Horse With No Name.”For the version of “A Horse With No Name” on BoJack Horseman (Music From the Netflix Original Series), Patrick Carney, drummer for The Black Keys, teams with singer-songwriter Michelle Branch. Carney is no stranger to the show, as he previously provided the theme song for the animated series. For his collaboration with Branch, the duo offers a stripped-down and airy rendition of “A Horse With No Name” that still keeps in line with the melancholy aesthetic of the show.You can listen to their rendition of America’s “A Horse With No Name” below, courtesy of Lakeshore Records. [H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Global power for global powers

first_imgLiu Zhenya has a vision for revolutionizing not just how we produce energy, but also how we share it.Liu, former chairman and president of State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), the world’s largest utility company, is now the chairman of the Global Energy Interconnection (GEI) Development and Cooperation Organization, a United Nations- and SGCC-affiliated group. Speaking on Tuesday at Harvard Law School, Liu outlined a two-part program for energy independence — and interdependence.Promotional poster for the speech. Photo by Ke TangThe talk, “The Art of Energy Revolution: From Ultra-High-Voltage Power Grid to Global Energy Interconnection,” was sponsored by the Harvard-China Project, East Asian Legal Studies, and Harvard Global Institute.Since 2004, Liu has been working with colleagues on ultra-high-voltage (UHV) electricity transmission. Initially proposed to solve energy shortages in his rapidly growing country, such transmission is, in Liu’s words, “a key technology for ultra-large energy grids,” several of which are now functional in China. Highly efficient, the technology can transport more electricity over longer distances, effectively revolutionizing the practicality of green power and enabling outreach to underserved areas.“UHV tech has become a symbol of Chinese innovation,” noted Liu, speaking through a translator.This domestic breakthrough is only the first step, he said. Liu discussed the potential for UHV technologies — and new advances currently being worked on — to enable the next step: global energy interdependence. Such a grid would transmit power generated by solar, wind, and water around the world, allowing energy-ravenous cities to utilize currently inaccessible clean resources. (Liu noted that solar energy in 7.7 percent of the Sahara Desert could meet global energy needs.)It would also allow underdeveloped and developing nations to access the same resources and bypass the traditional carbon-heavy stages of burning coal, wood, or manure, effectively helping to balance income inequality on a global scale.Global energy interdependence holds promise to “push the world out of fossil-energy dependence and overcome resource shortages, environmental pollution, and climate change,” Liu said. “It will ultimately provide solutions to the problems of global energy development.”,A global grid, he continued, would be “jointly constructed and mutually beneficial to all.” Ultimately consisting of nine latitudinal and nine longitudinal lines that would span continents and oceans, he said this “smart grid” would be “the foundation that allows the distribution of clean energy sources, optimizes utilization, and fulfills the diversified needs of end users.”Of course, such a grid would face both technological and political challenges. It also would require extensive rebuilding of existing grids. Liu explained how even in North America different systems are used between the U.S. and Mexico and the U.S. and Canada. In addition, as noted in a post-talk Q&A, a global grid would likely stir fears of energy vulnerability.“Yes, there will be hackers,” answered Liu. “There are countries that don’t get along. But will the U.S. turn off the internet to Russia? No, because it’s to its advantage to keep it open. When you encounter these problems you can address them.”Economics should also help sway doubters, he said. Total investment related to power generation and power grids of GEI is approximately $38 trillion, including $27 trillion on power generation, and $390 billion on transnational and transcontinental power grids. The investment could stimulate the global economy to increase by an estimated 0.2 percent annually, and reduce the average electricity tariff by 2.8 cents/kWh, compared with the current level.Listing the energy goals of the Paris climate agreement, Liu said that a global grid “would promote world peace and harmony, because we could go from competing for fossil fuel sources to being cooperative.”last_img read more

Accelerating Insight Using 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors with Deep Learning Boost

first_imgArtificial Intelligence (AI) techniques are quickly becoming central to businesses’ digital transformation by augmenting, and in many cases supplanting, traditional data analytics techniques. These techniques bring proactive and prescriptive capabilities to a company’s data-driven decision-making process, giving companies that adopt them early a distinct competitive advantage. Those that adopt them late will be left behind.Intel recognizes that AI methods, most notably machine learning and deep learning, are now critical components of company workloads. To address the need to both train and, arguably more importantly, have AI models make decisions faster, Intel has put these workloads front and center with the new 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor line.2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors bring a host of new and improved capabilities, including the ability to deploy Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory, improved DRAM speeds, greater processing capability for traditional instruction sets such as single precision FP32, and new processing capability for deep learning workloads with the new Intel® Deep Learning Boost instruction set.Deep Learning Boost on 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable ProcessorsDeep learning is the process of developing models using artificial neural networks, which consist of many independent processing units, or neurons, connected in a dense graph. Neural networks have demonstrated astonishing ability to identify unknown or unforeseen patterns in all sorts of data and have been applied to domains ranging from image and video recognition and analysis, to audio and language transformation, to time-series data and anomaly detection analysis.The process of using neural networks for developing cutting-edge models is broken into two phases: training, where existing data is used to teach the neural network how to identify patterns; and inference, where the trained model is exposed to new data and expected to make appropriate decisions. And while the process of training neural networks has been the focus of hardware and software innovation for several years, it is in the inference where businesses are receiving benefit from their AI efforts.Inference has different hardware requirements than training. Training requires half-precision or single-precision floating point arithmetic and the ability to process many large vectors of similar data simultaneously. Inference has much lower total compute requirements, is focused more heavily on latency (time-to-decision), and can take advantage of lower-precision numerical formats such as 8-bit and 16-bit integers.The 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor line focuses primarily on this second (inference) phase with an entirely new capability known as Deep Learning Boost. Intel® Deep Learning Boost brings reduced precision arithmetic (8-bit and 16-bin integers) to Xeon’s 512-bit wide vector units (AVX512). This is a huge capability for reduced precision inference because Deep Learning Boost-enabled Intel® Xeon® processors can simultaneously process 64 8-bit integers (or 32 16-bit integers) in a single hardware instruction! Couple this with the ability to perform fused operations, such as Fused Multiply Add (FMA) on these wide low-precision vectors, and the throughput of the system goes up substantially.Dell EMC has been benchmarking the realizable performance improvements that Intel® Deep Learning Boost can bring the neural network inference. The figure above shows how much improvement your organization could realize by deploying 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors with Intel® Deep Learning Boost. While 1st Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors (codenamed “Skylake”) are capable of processing 258 images per second on the ResNet-50 inference benchmark in single-precision (FP32), and 389 image per second in reduced 8-bit integer precision, the new instructions that Deep Learning Boost brings to 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors can more than triple the throughput in 8-bit integer precision to 1278 images per second!Why This MattersWhat does this mean for your business? Each inference your AI model makes is an insight you didn’t have before, or a workload you’ve automated that removes a barrier to a decision. Each of those insights, each of those removed barriers can translate to a new sale, an additional upsell, or a faster investment decision. That is money in your company’s pockets.As companies undergo digital transformation, making use of AI – and deep learning specifically – will be critical to keeping your company competitive in a data-driven world. And while training AI models has been the talk of this early stage, the inference is going to be the way in which your business realizes the benefits of AI. Dell EMC PowerEdge servers powered by 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors with Intel® Deep Learning Boost can help your business realize the full potential of AI through higher performance model inference. And higher performance translates to better business.last_img read more

Farming Seafood.

first_imgIt’s OK with Downer, though. He already has most of them sold long before harvest. Mostof them, he said, will wind up on dinner plates in Webster County.Burtle said the key question for any farmer interested in growing freshwater shrimp isthe amount of shrimp they can produce. “Can you move from selling it to local freshmarkets,” he said, “and sell it wholesale?” He doesn’t know the future offreshwater shrimp farming in Georgia. But Burtle expects high interest in the appealingenterprise over the next few years. John Downer looks over his first “crop” of freshwater shrimp. Photo: Joe Courson Hundreds of miles from any coastline, John Downer is trying to make sure shrimp loversget all they want. The Webster County farmer is growing shrimp in fresh water in hishomemade tanks in southwest Georgia. “It should take between 160 and 170 days,”Downer said, looking forward to his first shrimp harvest.Growing freshwater shrimp has caused a new wave of interest as farmers look forsomething they can grow to make a profit. It looks simple enough from an equipment pointof view. But University of Georgia expert Gary Burtle tells farmers it takes a new way ofthinking.”You have to be a management-minded producer to get above-average yields,”said Burtle, an Extension Service aquaculture scientist with the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. Production Promise May Be UnrealisticBurtle has been interested in growing shrimp for the past 20 years. Now, he has hisfirst shrimp-growing demonstration at the National Environmentally Sound ProductionAgriculture Lab in Tifton, Ga.The freshwater shrimp industry has been hyped with big promises of as much as 1,500pounds of shrimp per acre, Burtle said. But he tells farmers not to believe theadvertisements. His research shows Georgia farmers are more apt to make about 600 pounds.”Prices range from $7 to $10 per pound at the pond bank for live, large shrimp,”he said.Consumer acceptance of freshwater shrimp could be a determining factor, along withconsistent production at the farm, in deciding whether farmers make money growing shrimp.”Freshwater shrimp are very similar when they’re fresh — that is, to fresh saltwatershrimp,” Burtle said.Shrimp Farmers Must Be MarketersFarmers getting into the fresh shrimp business must keep in mind that most shrimp comefrom Latin America and Asia. American producers compete on the world market. Burtle saidfarmers have to do more than just grow the shrimp. They have to market what they grow, andthey have to promote freshwater shrimp. And many farmers don’t feel comfortable doingthat.center_img They look like their ocean kin, and experts say farm-raised freshwater shrimp taste like them, too. Photo: Joe Coursonlast_img read more

Black Shank Disease

first_imgUniversity of Georgia Cooperative Extension research trials of new tobacco varieties could help farmers reduce the level of black shank disease in their fields to 15 percent, according to Tony Barnes, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension agent in Atkinson County, Georgia.If the research proves successful, Georgia tobacco farmers who plant these new varieties could save as much as $1,463 per acre as compared to farmers who grow varieties impacted by black shank disease.“We are seeing success in some of the newer varieties, but in a severe year, it doesn’t matter what the variety is, black shank will eat it up,” Barnes said. “We are getting better responses from these varieties, though.”Black shank is a fungus that turns the tobacco plant yellow as it slowly wilts and dies. The disease spreads through the field and to other fields through water and equipment. Chemical treatment programs must be applied to ensure older tobacco varieties withstand the disease, which can wipe out a crop under the right conditions, according to Barnes.UGA scientist Paul Bertrand, who studies tobacco diseases on the UGA Tifton campus, recommends growers plant varieties like CC-143, NC-925, NC-938, CC-1063 or GL-925 in fields with a history of black shank disease.“A farmer generally makes about $4,180 per acre. If the farmer takes a 50 percent loss due to black shank, which is not uncommon with some of our older varieties, the financial return is reduced to $2,090 per acre. That is just not profitable after input costs are calculated,” Barnes said.UGA Extension’s research goal is to reduce the loss from black shank disease to 15 percent. Farmers can sustainably produce tobacco with low levels of black shank disease, Barnes said.The weather plays a role in treatment applications in severe years. Since black shank moves upward through the tobacco plant, chemical applications must be made to the base of the roots. The roots must then absorb the treatment before it leaches out. If it rains, farmers can’t get into the field to apply the treatments, leaving their plants vulnerable.“There are varieties that are not resistant, but the growers like them because of how they grow and cook out. However, if they plant those varieties in a field that is infected with black shank, they’re probably going to lose a lot of their crop,” Barnes said.Barnes advises growers to stay out of fields with a history of black shank disease for at least two years, but preferably for four to six years.  Additionally, UGA Extension experts advise growers to clean their tractors, equipment and trucks before moving from one field to another field to avoid spreading the fungus.In 2015, Atkinson County farmers cultivated 582 acres of tobacco. The county ranked ninth in Georgia for tobacco production, with a farm gate value of more than $2.4 million.Georgia-Florida Tobacco TourGeorgia tobacco farmers can learn more about black shank disease during the Georgia-Florida Tobacco Tour, which is set for June 12-14. The tour will visit the UGA Tifton campus, where participants will learn about tobacco research on Tuesday, June 13, and Wednesday, June 14. To learn more or to register for the event, visit read more