View post tag: Navy View post tag: Area August 21, 2012 USS George Washington Continues Its 2012 Patrol in 7th Fleet Area of Operations View post tag: Operations View post tag: 7th Back to overview,Home naval-today USS George Washington Continues Its 2012 Patrol in 7th Fleet Area of Operations View post tag: George View post tag: 2012 View post tag: Washington View post tag: Naval View post tag: Patrol View post tag: continues View post tag: News by topic View post tag: fleet The U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) departed its forward operating location of Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, Aug. 20 to continue its 2012 patrol.Continuing in its fourth patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations since relieving the now decommissioned aircraft carrier, USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), in 2008, George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, will provide a combat-ready force that will protect and defend the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region.“George Washington and its crew are ready to get back underway to continue our patrol in the Western Pacific supporting stability and peace in the region,” said Capt. G.J. Fenton, George Washington’s commanding officer. “It is very important that we always remain ready to carry out the full range of missions, from humanitarian assistance to possible combat operations. Operational readiness is what [George Washington] is all about.”The patrol will be Fenton’s first deployment as commanding officer aboard George Washington, having turned over command of the aircraft carrier from Capt. David A. Lausman Aug. 11.“It is a pleasure to assume the duties of commanding officer of this great ship and crew,” said Fenton. “I look forward to working with our partners and allies in the region, including the professionals of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.”During this patrol, George Washington will participate in joint, military-training exercises with international partners, which will strengthen its alliances and partnerships to promote a collective security.George Washington was commissioned on July 4, 1992, and is the fifth of the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers. Aircraft carriers exercise the Navy core capabilities of power projection, forward presence, humanitarian assistance, deterrence, sea control and maritime security.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 21, 2012; Image: US Navy Share this article
Back to overview,Home naval-today NATO warships visit Plymouth for FOST training View post tag: FOST March 3, 2017 Authorities View post tag: SNMCMG1 NATO warships visit Plymouth for FOST training Warship deployed to two standing NATO maritime groups arrived in Plymouth on Friday for an informal port visit and an opportunity to take part in Royal Navy’s renowned Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST).Led by Norwegian Navy Commodore Ole Morten Sandquist, visiting ships from Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) include flagship HNoMS Roald Amundsen together with Belgian frigate BNS Louise-Marie, German tanker FGS Spessart, and Spanish frigate ESPS Reina Sofia.Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One ships are led by Estonian Navy Commander Johan-Elias Seljamaa from aboard the Estonian flagship ENS Admiral Cowan. Other ships in the group include British minehunter HMS Ramsey, Belgian minehunter BNS Narcis, Dutch mine countermeasures vessel HNLMS Schiedam, and Norwegian minehunter HNoMS Hinnøy.“During the upcoming period, we will support FOST as an opposing force to the ships undertaking their certification training,” said Commodore Sandquist. “We are looking forward to working closely with our Allies in an advanced warfare training environment.”Since the change of command on Jan. 14, with Spain handing over command to Norway, SNMG1 has led and participated in exercises off the coast of Norway, which provided an opportunity to improve interoperability with other NATO and Allied partners.“Our mission is first and foremost to provide NATO with a continuous maritime capability for operations and other activities in peacetime and periods of crisis and conflict,” said Commodore Sandquist.During the port visit Standing NATO Force leadership will meet with local authorities. The two maritime groups consisting of nine warships will join the FOST from March 6 to 14. View post tag: MARCOM Share this article View post tag: NATO View post tag: SNMG1
Bowmans Milling (Hitchin, Herts), with a group turnover in excess of £40m, delivers flour throughout the UK and Europe.The Hertfordshire-based firm, with a second site in Yorkshire, pioneered the thermal treatment of flour in 1963. It now boasts a product line-up that includes flours for bread and morning goods, an extensive range of cake flours, which can be used across all cake applications, and specialist flours for the wider food industry.All Bowmans customers benefit from on-site technical advice and support for all its flours, says the firm. And the company continues to invest in plant and people.
A university, in North Carolina has conducted a study to prove that a diet high in wholegrain foods, such as wholegrain bakery products, is associated with a significantly lower risk of developing cardio-vascular disease, including heart disease and stroke.The analysis was conducted by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. In a statement, Philip Mellen, lead author and an assistant professor of internal medicine, said: “Consuming an average of 2.5 servings of whole grains each day is associated with a 21% lower risk of cardiovascular disease compared to consuming only 0.2 servings.”The findings are based on an analysis of seven studies involving more than 285,000 people, conducted between 1966 and April 2006. Despite evidence that whole grains have clear health benefits, intake remains low, said the university. Recommended whole grain intake in America, defined in Dietary Guidelines for Americans, is 48g.The study showed that greater wholegrain intake is associated with less obesity, decreased chance of diabetes, lower blood pressure, and lower cholesterol.A grain is considered whole when it has all three parts – bran, germ and endosperm. The bran is high in fibre and B vitamins. The endosperm contains starch, protein and some vitamins and minerals. The germ contains B vitamins, some healthy protein, minerals and healthy oil. Whole grains are also a good source of vitamin E, magnesium and iron, as well as other antioxidants, which are found in both the germ and the bran of a grain.
Good evening.It is a pleasure to be here tonight to mark the start of UK-India Week 2018.I first visited India in 1997 as a young Minister at the FCO.In the past 3 decades, India has undergone a truly remarkable transformation.I cannot speak for myself!Through free trade and increased economic openness, India has been transformed into one of the most dynamic and fast-growing economies on earth.This week is an excellent example of the commercial power of modern India – representatives of many of the world’s leading companies, gathered to exchange ideas and best practice, and to build the personal relationships that so often translate into business success.India and the UK are countries that are looking to our respective and joint futures with optimism, and a willingness to embrace the opportunities of globalisation.This week is, if you like, a symbol of the friendship that exists between the world’s oldest democracy, and the largest.Yet before we set out our ambitions for a mutually prosperous future, it is worth reflecting on the existing strength of the UK-India trading relationship.As we’ve heard already, India and the UK are, in PM Modi’s own words, an “unbeatable combination”.Both countries have a shared interest in each other’s prosperity, generating jobs, developing skills, and enhancing the competitiveness of the 2 economies.Our vibrant business communities are instrumental in maintaining and strengthening the partnership between our 2 countries, building upon strong ties encompassing trade and culture.Bilateral trade between the two countries has grown rapidly over the last 10 years, and reached some £18 billion in 2017.But it has so much further to go.The rate of growth reached a remarkable 15% in the first 3 quarters of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016. It is a trend we should work to continue.Our commercial links span a wide variety of sectors, from life sciences and medical technology, to food and drink, energy, defence and culture.Our trade in services includes not only IT and professional services – but significant trade in financial services, with the City of London playing a key role in raising capital to support India’s infrastructure growth.I was delighted to open the London Stock Exchange last year with Finance Minister Jaitley. Over 80% of masala bond issuances to date have taken place in London, to a value of more than $3.9 billion.We also have exceptionally strong investment links. The UK has been the largest G20 investor in India over the last 10 years, more than any other EU country. There are over 270 British companies operating there, employing nearly 800,000 people.The CBI estimates that UK companies are creating one in every 20 jobs in India’s organised private sector. This includes well known investors such as Vodafone, BP, HSBC, Standard Chartered, G4S and Unilever – but also new entrants such as Dyson, who plan to launch their products in India in 2018.Earlier this year I welcomed the steps taken by Prime Minister Modi to further liberalise FDI policy, especially for single brand retailers.The UK also welcomes the steps that Minister Prabhu and his team are taking to improve the Ease of Doing Business in India – leading to a 30 point jump in the World Bank’s Index this year. The UK is proud of its partnership with India on the Ease of Doing Business, including co-hosting a national conference in 2016.With a vote of confidence in the unshakeable strength of the UK economy, India is also the source of significant investment and jobs in the UK.In 2016, approximately 800 Indian companies were operating in the UK, accounting for around 110,000 jobs and recording combined revenues of £47.5 billion.In the same year India established 127 new investment projects in the UK, adding 4,000 new jobs and safeguarding more jobs than any other country.What is particularly pleasing is the size and range of Indian investors who already consider the UK their home.This includes well-known companies such as Tata Sons, owners of TCS and Jaguar Land Rover, Wipro, Infosys and Genpact alongside many others.This Government is putting its money where its mouth is in response to India’s technology investment demands. In 2016, I was delighted to attend the UK-India Tech Summit in Delhi, along with the Prime Minister.And last November, with the support of the Indian High Commission and UKIBC, DIT ran the India-UK ‘Future Tech month’ where more than 60 of India’s most innovative tech companies and buyers criss-crossed the UK’s regional tech and manufacturing centres of excellence set out in the Industrial Strategy.This was followed in February by the UK-India Createch Summit in Mumbai, an event which produced £58 million worth of new commercial deals.And, later this year, I look forward to travelling to India again for the next UK-India Joint Economic Trade Committee and taking further steps to deliver the bilateral trade liberalisation that our businesses require.Clearly, the commercial relationship between India and the UK is going from strength to strength.We are of course here at the Taj hotel this evening to celebrate the strength of this partnership.But we are also here to look to the future and lay out our ambitions for a trading partnership that has the potential to shape the global economy.In particular, as we leave the European Union, there is the opportunity for both countries to enhance our partnership – opening up new sectors for business and minimising barriers to trade.For the first time in more than 4 decades, the United Kingdom will be able to fully determine its own economic destiny, through an independent trade policy.In practice, this will mean championing global free trade, and strengthening the commercial relationships that already flourish between the UK and our allies and significant trading partners.India, of course, is foremost among these.That is why we plan to increase our engagement with India.In particular, we aim to strengthen our partnerships in the areas of energy, smart cities and financial services, whilst at the same time addressing the critical issue of skills.And it is to help achieve this joint prosperity, that – at the eleventh meeting of the India-UK JETCO in Delhi at the end of 2016 – we agreed to set up a new Joint Working Group on Trade.We tasked this working group with identifying practical ways to broaden and deepen the trade relationship between both countries, now and as we leave the EU.Key to this has been the UK-India Joint Trade Review, announced in January.Officials from both countries are in the process of agreeing a sectoral roadmap, focusing on 3 sectors – life sciences, information technology, and food and drink – where there is real progress to be made on removing non-tariff barriers to trade.These are, of course, only 3 industries. But they are only the start of the liberalisation of UK-India trade, which will create vast opportunities across each and every industry. It is hugely encouraging the way that the Indian Government and especially Minister Prabhu have supported and encouraged this initiative.But to achieve a step-change in our trading relationship, your role – the role of business – will continue to be crucial.I would like to issue a call to you, as those businesses who already have a lot invested in the UK-India relationship, to get in touch with the Department for International Trade.We want to understand not only the challenges that you face in increasing trade and investment – but also to work with you to overcome them. More importantly we want to know the opportunities you identify so that we can help you maximise the possibilities.Your ideas today can become our policy tomorrow so take this chance to let us know what you believe the challenges and opportunities to be.And by working together to meet these challenges, as governments, as business communities, as people, and as friends, we can build a brighter, more prosperous future for India, the UK and the world beyond.Thank you.
The United Kingdom and the European Union negotiating teams have reached agreement in principle on the Withdrawal Agreement. The terms of the UK’s departure on 29 March 2019 have been established, providing a smooth exit and orderly transition to the future relationship for people, businesses and organisations across our country.The two sides have also agreed an outline of the Political Declaration on the future relationship, which sets out the broad structure, scope and objectives for the UK’s future partnership with the EU.Negotiations will now continue to finalise the full Political Declaration for review by the Prime Minister, and the leaders of the EU27.
In its report on the drug-related harms that occur when people move between custody and community, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) found that many prisoners are released on a Friday, despite this making it more difficult from them to access stable housing, drug treatment and job centres – increasing the chances of a relapse, reoffending and death.The report follows the ACMD’s concern over high levels of harm in the custody-community transition and to find out to what extent previous recommendations had been implemented. It found that in 2017 to 2018 a third (34.5%) of prisoners in England are released without settled accommodation, that just less than a third (32.1%) of those who have drug problems enter community treatment on release, and only 12% of prisoners who have problems with heroin leave prison with naloxone (the medicine which reverses heroin overdose).The Council’s other recommendations include: This report identified the substantial harms suffered by those with drug dependency as they transition between custody and the community. It is paramount that the government makes sure more is done to help prevent vulnerable people from relapsing after their release from prison. Chair of the ACMD, Dr Owen Bowden-Jones, said: the drug strategy board nominates a minister to lead on improving community-custody transitions for prisoners with complex needs the Secretary of State for Justice (England and Wales) and the Cabinet Secretary for Justice (Scotland) take steps to reduce the number of transitions in and out of prison, including by cutting short sentences and prison recalls the prison and probation service improve the level of face-to-face, individual support to prisoners preparing for release The ACMD’s full report can be found on GOV.UK: Custody and community transitions
In 2018, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jackie Greene released a 6-song EP entitled The Modern Lives Vol 2., the second EP of the series. Jackie has long collaborated with many of the greats in the jam band scene, including Phil Lesh & Friends and The Black Crowes, but over the past year he’s focused his efforts on his own music and band.Recently, Jackie Greene released a new video for “Fragile And Wanting”, a ballad off of The Modern Lives Vol 2. EP. Directed by Anthony Simpkins of GemsOnVHS, the video features clips of a family at a carnival, while bouncing back and forth between a band made up of multiple versions of Greene singing and playing all of the instruments, in similar fashion to how he recorded the record.Jackie Greene shared his thoughts on the song with Relix, explaining,Like most romantics, I’ve always been a sucker for a sappy ballad. Especially the kind you listen to privately, on headphones. This is that type of song. Meant to be enjoyed alone. On headphones. But, if you end up blasting it in your car while you cruise around on the weekend, that’s cool too. You might get some funny looks, though.Watch Jackie Greene’s new captivating video for “Fragile And Wanting” below:Jackie Greene – “Fragile And Wanting”[Video: Jackie Greene]For a full list of his upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to Jackie Greene’s website.[H/T Relix]
Willets Point in Queens, N.Y., is a 75-acre patch of hustling junk dealers, mechanics, tire dealers, and auto glass installers. Savvy drivers troll the potholed streets of this offbeat commercial hive looking for the best fix-it deals in New York. About 2,000 people work in 250 businesses.But the city has plans for a new $3 billion retail and office complex there. Willets Point will soon disappear in a puff of rust, taking with it one of the last vestiges of a scrappy free-market New York.Luckily, its sights and sounds are captured in “Foreign Parts,” an 80-minute documentary film co-directed by two fellows at Harvard’s Film Study Center. (The fellows program there is the only graduate-level source of arts funding at the University.)Released last fall, “Foreign Parts” has already captured six international film prizes, including the prize for best first feature at the prestigious Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland. (Its first screening in Cambridge, featuring remarks by both directors, is at 7 p.m. April 22 at the Harvard Film Archive.)“It was totally surreal for us,” said co-director Véréna Paravel of the Locarno prize, the first in a rapid string of top film festival honors in Italy, Spain, the United States, and elsewhere.Paravel, a French-born ethnographer, is a postdoctoral associate in Harvard’s Department of Anthropology and in the Sensory Ethnography Lab. Her co-director, J.P. Sniadecki, is a Harvard Ph.D. candidate in anthropology.Paravel was a novice at making films. Sniadecki had already won film awards, including for “Chaiqian” (“Demotion”), a 2008 documentary on migrant labor in urban China. Now he is a Blakemore Foundation fellow and curator of an independent film series in China called Emergent Visions.“It’s very interesting how different we are,” said Paravel, who is from the south of France, but grew up in Algeria, Togo, Ivory Coast, Russia, and elsewhere. Sniadecki was raised in Michigan. “But we share this common ground — a small place where we really get each other,” she said. “We speak the same aesthetic language.”“Foreign Parts” is visually lush and elegiac, an unobtrusive look at the sights, sounds, and people of a vanishing world. The film’s unwitting stars are as obscure and colorful as Willets Point itself. They have names like V.K., Abdul, Chino, Angel, Max, and Moe.Joe, who is 76 and the last legal resident of Willets Point, rages at the eminent domain machinery that started to grind in 2008. Eighty percent of the neighborhood is now in city control.Luis and Sara, a married couple, live in a van. Julia, a bearded homeless woman who favors baseball caps, has been a fixture there for 17 years and calls herself “queen of the junkyard.” Joe, who is 76 and the last legal resident of Willets Point, rages Lear-like at the eminent domain machinery that started to grind in 2008. (Eighty percent of the neighborhood is now in city control.) He roams the pocked and puddled streets like a proud mayor.Paravel found this little vestige of commerce while living in New York. Tired of writing academic papers and attending conferences, she decided to make a film about city life beneath 12 miles of elevated subway track that starts in Flushing. (The eventual 20-minute film, “7 Queens,” was done for a seminar at Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab.)But along the way, Paravel discovered the oddity and the energy of nearby Willets Point. She started shooting video in the summer of 2008. Sniadecki joined her that fall, and after two years they had 150 hours of raw footage. “We were the crew,” said Paravel.The result — edited with panicky speed in Cambridge, China, India, and Paris — was finished just in time for Locarno, thanks to patient help and a sound mix by Sensory Ethnography Lab manager Ernst Karel.The finished film has no narrative, no contextual interviews, and no political viewpoint, just the views of two observant ethnographers who have a gift for images. A series of 81 vignettes capture the queer vibrancy of Willets Point.In the first scene, a man with bolt cutters snips hoses in a jacked-up Astro van while fluids gush from the dangling engine. The slaughterhouse imagery remains a cinematic thread. A forklift knifes its blades through a car’s windows and lifts it like a sack. A man saws at a steering column and drags the remnant down the street.But “Foreign Parts” also lovingly records the accidental beauty of junkyard bricolage. There are walls of hanging side view mirrors, racks of shiny wheels, tunnels of stacked bumpers, and warehouses lined with labeled taillights and wiper motors.The people seem less ordered. Two Hasidic Jews in broad black hats sit at a desk in a mechanic’s shop, drinking vodka with two other men. One of them says, “The Messiah is coming now,” and raises his glass.A man with an earring rolls a blunt in a car. Joe pauses during an angry walk to deliver an ornithological aside on the swallows that nest in local trees every May. Sara shows the knife and tire iron she sleeps with while Luis is in jail. She concludes, “So this is how I live.”One rainy day, Julia dodges street puddles, veering off to hit up old friends for money. (“What am I,” asks one, “an ATM?”) Then she turns to the camera, raising her hands. “This is my people, my friends,” she says.Last October, Julia had a bottle of whiskey in each pocket when she joined Joe and others at the Lincoln Center for the official U.S. premiere of “Foreign Parts” at the New York Film Festival. Afterward, she told Paravel, “I slept so well.”
The head of one of the world’s largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies said he is an enthusiastic convert to the promise of natural gas to lower fuel costs, ease U.S. dependence on foreign oil, and reduce the environmental impact of burning fossil fuel.James Hackett, chairman and chief executive officer of Anadarko Petroleum Corp., said Wednesday that developments regarding shale gas over the past five years amount to a revolution in the nation’s energy picture. Supply estimates have increased dramatically in recent years, and estimates show that there’s enough natural gas to meet moderate demand for a century.The rapid increase in supply is already driving prices down, and Hackett said projections show natural gas can provide fuel at the equivalent of $42 per barrel of oil at a time when oil is in the neighborhood of $100 per barrel. Coal remains cheaper, he said, but all of the health and environmental costs of burning coal are not reflected in its price. Burning natural gas produces far fewer greenhouse gases than does coal, he said.Hackett delivered his speech, “North America’s New Age of Energy Abundance: Prudent Oil and Natural Gas Development,” at the Science Center Wednesday evening in a Future of Energy talk, sponsored by the Harvard University Center for the Environment.The increased supply and lower prices of natural gas have the potential for economic benefits beyond the energy sector, Hackett said. Though thought of primarily as a fuel, natural gas has long been a component in making fertilizers. A reduction in cost, Hackett said, could cut expenses for farmers, potentially lowering food prices.Already, Hackett said, the increased production of shale gas is creating jobs, in both the petroleum and fertilizer industries. Factories that had been shuttered five years ago are re-opening.With a potentially dramatic increase in production of natural gas and other unconventional sources of oil such as that derived from oil sands, Hackett said that energy independence — a stated goal of the U.S. for decades — is potentially achievable.“There is a huge potential to make us almost independent,” Hackett said.Hackett briefly addressed alternative energy sources such as wind and solar, saying they still have a problem with delivering energy when it’s needed — solar, for example, doesn’t produce when the sun goes down, which is when people turn their lights on — and haven’t come up with a workable energy storage solution to solve the problem.Though there are already 100,000 vehicles powered by natural gas in the United States, there is room for expansion, Hackett said, though a lack of natural gas refueling stations remains a major hurdle. He suggested usage could expand by converting medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses to natural gas, which could save 1.2 million barrels of oil a day by 2035.Though the petroleum industry is heavily regulated, Hackett acknowledged that it’s not always properly regulated. He also acknowledged problems with the controversial process of extracting natural gas from shale rock deposits far underground, called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”In fracking, liquids are injected under pressure into shale rock deposits, cracking the rock and releasing gas, which is extracted at the surface. Problems have cropped up in several ways, Hackett said, including improper handling of water as it comes back out of the ground, heavy truck traffic in rural parts of the country that aren’t used to that, and the release of methane into the atmosphere.Hackett said that a recent report by the National Petroleum Council, requested by Energy Secretary Steven Chu, recommended establishing regional centers of excellence to establish best practices, which can be shared with regulators in order to minimize problems. That same report also recommended a carbon tax, if the government believes it necessary.Hackett said climate change is an important issue to consider in determining the nation’s future energy mix, and acknowledged that though natural gas releases less carbon dioxide than coal and oil, it does release some carbon dioxide when burned and so isn’t the ultimate solution. Still, he said, climate change concerns shouldn’t overshadow other important priorities, such as clean water, proper land use, and limited community impact.“This is a real answer for the country,” Hackett said.