NLR Helps Royal Netherlands Navy Test New Helicopter Transport System on Board M-frigate

first_img View post tag: Netherlands View post tag: NLR View post tag: Royal View post tag: New View post tag: test View post tag: system (shephard)[mappress]Source: shephard, March 1, 2011; View post tag: M-frigate View post tag: helps Back to overview,Home naval-today NLR Helps Royal Netherlands Navy Test New Helicopter Transport System on Board M-frigate View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: News by topic March 1, 2011 NLR Helps Royal Netherlands Navy Test New Helicopter Transport System on Board M-frigate View post tag: Navy View post tag: Helicopter The NH90 helicopter recently made its first deck landing on an M-frigate, while the ship was under sail… View post tag: board View post tag: Transport Share this articlelast_img read more

USS Patriot Arrives in Sakaiminato for Goodwill Port Visit

first_img Training & Education View post tag: Visit March 6, 2012 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Sakaiminato USS Patriot Arrives in Sakaiminato for Goodwill Port Visit View post tag: Goodwill View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Arrivescenter_img View post tag: Patriot View post tag: USS View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Patriot Arrives in Sakaiminato for Goodwill Port Visit Mine countermeasures ship USS Patriot (MCM 7) arrived in Sakaiminato, Japan, March 5, for a goodwill port visit.The last U.S. Navy ship to visit the coastal city was guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) in 2006.In port, Patriot Sailors will engage with members of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) and tour the city of Sakaiminato, home of Shigeru Mizuki, one of Japan’s most celebrated cartoonists.“The Patriot team is looking forward to its time here in Sakaiminato,” said Lt. Cmdr. Suzanne Schang, commanding officer of Patriot. “Having the chance to engage with the JASDF provides the opportunity to showcase what we do at sea and learn about the Japanese air capabilities. This visit provides the opportunity to enjoy new experiences and create lasting memories that will serve to strengthen relations with our partner nation.”Schang spoke with media and will conduct courtesy calls with local officials. Patriot Sailors provided a guided tour of the ship for the media, offering them a first-hand look at Patriot’s inner workings.Patriot Sailors will participate in an indoor volleyball match with members of the JASDF March 6. Prior to the match, the Sailors will receive a tour the JASDF air base. To gain a better understanding of life onboard Patriot, members of the JASDF will be given the chance to tour the ship.Patriot has visited the Japanese cities of Takamatsu, Hachinohe, Tomakomai, Hakodate and Yokosuka since departing Fleet Activities Sasebo Jan. 23 for its patrol.Commander, Naval Surface Forces announced Patriot as the recipient of its sixth consecutive “Battle E” award for battle effectiveness Feb. 28, an exemplary standard of recognition in the Navy. Patriot’s continued success serves as a prime example of surface warfare excellence in the Navy’s forward-deployed forces.Patriot is currently on a mine countermeasures partnership patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations and is one of four mine countermeasure ships forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 06, 2012 View post tag: port Share this articlelast_img read more

Oxford Professor creates Lego Hertford

first_imgHertford college’s resident Lego enthusiast, Dr Andrew Beaumont, has built a special Lego model of the college, which was displayed at Oxford University’s open days this week.The six foot wide replica of the 700 year old college façade, which faces the Radcliffe Camera, was displayed prominently at Hertford’s open days on Wednesday and Thursday. Although Dr Beaumont is yet to have entirely completed the model, he has already used over 30,000 Lego bricks. The project has so far taken six months and the model has been built from memory, without any sort of plan. Aside from specialising in constructing replicas of Hertford’s most famous features, Dr Beaumont is a lecturer in History and the college’s Home Bursar. He has previously admitted that his construction of the models is purely an extracurricular activity. Matthew Hiscock, Director of Admissions at Hertford, told Cherwell, “Hertford [is] fortunate enough to have a Home Bursar who is also a Lego enthusiast! Two years ago he built a Lego model of the Bridge of Sighs. We thought it was pretty great and so this year he has created a model of the side of Hertford that faces out to the RadCam. “It’s a great thing to display at open days because it is something that distinguishes Hertford from other colleges. It helps potential applicants remember the college and sends out an important message; that we don’t take ourselves too seriously. It reflects the fact that we are a college full of academics, staff and students with distinctive and celebrated talents that extend well beyond their academic excellence. “When Dr Beaumont’s model is complete, it will include intricate replicas of the rooms in that part of the college. Some quirky additions include a batmobile for the Principal and a science lab for aliens, that unfortunately do not exist in reality.” Alongside these fantasy elements, the model also features figures who attend or work at the college, including Principle Will Hutton. The Lego model also contains two special QR codes printed on to the bricks of the walls, which prospective students can scan to then access the college prospectus. Cherwell recently reported on the representations of the candidates for Oxford West and Abingdon created out of LEGO by Dr Beaumont in the build up to the General Election. Some of his other projects include homages to Harry Potter and “the life of Vladimir Putin”. Dr Andrew Beaumont is yet to comment and Oxford University declined to comment.last_img read more

Asda in bakery revamp

first_imgSupermarket Asda is to relaunchthe whole of its Extra Special premium range, across all categories, over the next few weeks.The brand has been given a “more modern” look, and over 300 new products are being added to the range, bringing Asda’s total number of Extra Special lines to over 750.A new-look Extra Special bread and cakes range was introduced in stores last week as the roll-out began, bakery director Huw Edwards told British Baker.Edwards said: “We are making a big splash on organic and Extra Special, as hero categories. We’ve got some really great products, mainly different products from the same suppliers as before. There are some really delicious lines in there, such as new really rich Bakewell tarts.”The new range also includes Extra Special chocolate muffins, with 80% more chocolate than before, and very berry muffins with 40% more fruit, he said.Asda has redesigned packaging for the range, introducing a new strapline ’Loving Food at Asda’. A sideways ’E’ on the new cream-coloured Extra Special logo is shaped like a heart. The Extra Special products went into store alongside a revamped organic bakery range, with 19 lines merchandised in a dedicated bay in the bakery area.Edwards commented: “We are launching various branded organic products alongside an Extra Special organic range. We plan to move branded organic lines to own-label Asda in future.”Asda’s Extra Special line includes Honey and Sunflower Seed Bagels (at 98p for a four-pack), Extra Special Toffee and Apple loaf (340g) at £1.98 and Extra Special Sticky toffee pudding (400g) at £2.48.Asda is the latest supermarket to relaunch its premium range. Last week, Sainsbury’s told British Baker it was relaunching its 1,200 Taste The Difference lines, including bread and cakes, with a new logo and “clean” ingredients (British Baker, 22 September, pg 4).last_img read more

American Ethanol powers NASCAR Green, innovation

first_imgIt now boasts the largest recycling program in sports, the largest solar-powered sports facility (Pocono Raceway) and a massive tree-planting program to off-set carbon emissions from its Sprint Cup Series races.But fuel is fundamental in racing, and making the decision to switch to a drastically different formula was not only a matter of science but of overall vision.“There was a significant degree of caution from the start and we had to be absolutely certain,’’ said Dr. Mike Lynch, managing director of NASCAR Green Innovation. “We had to take all the risk out through hard work, time and careful analysis. We needed performance without compromise and we’ve ended up with all the good things and no negative trade-offs.’’The 15-percent ethanol blend has transitioned from carburetors to fuel injection engines and from the Car of Tomorrow to the 2013 debut of the Generation-6 cars, thanks to a concerted and diverse effort from NASCAR, its teams, manufacturers and a nearly three-year old partnership with the American Ethanol industry.Hundreds of man-hours and even more manpower went into developing this project through track tests, engineering trials and engine dynos. That effort resulted in an E15 blend that produces 20 percent less emissions from the race cars, and just as importantly, a 9 to 12 horsepower increase.“We’ve come a long way and I really give NASCAR credit for their green initiative,’’ said Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, an American Ethanol advocacy group. “This wasn’t something the government made them do or they were forced to do.“I think you have to give NASCAR a lot of credit for being bold enough to undertake the initiative. Not only has (NASCAR Chairman) Brian France talked the talk, but he’s walked the walk. They’ve put over 3 million miles on these cars in practice, qualifying and race conditions without any problems and for us, that’s a real validator of our product.“You couldn’t ask for a tougher testing ground.’’In May, NASCAR will have accumulated four million miles fueled by E15 among NASCAR’s three series without so much as a hiccup or disparaging word. And NASCAR fans, long known for their extreme loyalty, have taken note.According to a study conducted in 2012, NASCAR fans are now 50 percent more likely than non-fans to support the use of ethanol blended gasoline in their own cars. The study also found they are now 100 percent more likely than non-fans to indicate their households are “very green” — all encouraging statistics that show NASCAR it is proceeding in the right direction.”The Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, says, ‘Look, if it’s good enough for Jimmie Johnson, it’s good enough for my car,’” Buis said. “And that’s exactly the connection I think we’re making with this partnership.”“I think what’s really impressive about NASCAR is the fans are very well educated,’’ Buis continued. “They follow the sport closely, they listen to people and that was one of the reasons we were attracted to work with NASCAR. We know we have a good product, but it doesn’t matter if you have a good product if you don’t get the message out there.“I like to tell people, there’s no sport more American than NASCAR and no fuel more American than ethanol. It’s a natural fit.’’For more information on NASCAR Green initiatives, visit the official NASCAR Green website here.READ MORE: FULL SERIES COVERAGE• View all articles  • View all videos  • View all photos WATCH: Edwards returns to Victory Lane WATCH: Bowyer hits pit crew member READ: Carl Edwards ends losing streak ___________________________________________________________________________________________We apologize. We are having technical issues with our comment sections and fan community and it is temporarily unavailable. We are actively working on these issues and hope to have it up and running soon. We are also working on enhancements to provide a better forum for our fans. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience. READ: Phoenix a different story for Danica One bold initiative and almost four million miles later, NASCAR’s switch to American Ethanol-infused fuel for its race cars has gone so smoothly it’s difficult to imagine a time when the sport wasn’t using it.Not only has the move to Sunoco Green E15 gasoline proven to be an environmentally beneficial decision, it’s actually boosted the performance of the race cars in all three of NASCAR’s marquee series — lowering emissions and increasing horsepower.The ultimate endorsement came when the sport’s favorite son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., declared “a seamless transition” to Green E15 fuel upon winning the 2011 Daytona 500 pole position — the first time out with the American Ethanol blend. And just like that, any doubts or fears that fans or competitors had about such a radical change in fuel were quickly dispelled.“Without fuel, we’re not able to race so there was a lot of pressure on making sure we got it right,’’ said NASCAR Vice President for Competition Robin Pemberton. “We were proud to be able to do that. It wasn’t that long ago we were using leaded fuel, then moved on to unleaded and that was a big change, and then the move to ethanol came just a couple short years after that.“Because it goes under the radar when things are successful, they probably don’t receive the hype they deserve.’’In terms of significance, this ranks right up there. When NASCAR went green five years ago, it went big. Move to American Ethanol ‘a seamless transition’last_img read more

Big Gigantic Has Launched Their Own Strain Of Marijuana

first_imgWith the legalization of recreational marijuana in various states, it’s no surprise that musicians are taking the opportunity to brand some of this newly-legal product and call it their own. Saxophonist/producer GRiZ was among the first to team up with growers to create Griz Kush, and of course rappers like Snoop Dogg have been involved with weed for years.The newest artist to get in that game is Big Gigantic, as the beloved duo has just detailed a new strain of weed called Cookies & Dream. Personally curated by Dominic Lalli of Big G, the strain mixes Blue Dream with Girl Scout Cookies, and was grown up by Native Roots in Colorado.To celebrate the new plant’s release, Lalli and Jeremy Salken will be at the Native Roots shop tomorrow at, you guessed it, 4:20 PM![H/T This Song Is Sick]last_img read more

For Faludi, a rare internal gaze

first_imgSusan Faludi ’81, RI ’09, is an expert on secrets, but she never meant to be. Speaking dismissively of the “selfie culture,” the Pulitzer-winning journalist and author of “In the Darkroom,” which centers on her relationship with her gender-transitioned father, had little interest in writing a traditional memoir.“I’m suspicious of the privileging of the personal,” she said during a phone conversation in advance of her participation in “Hidden in Plain Sight: Family Secrets and American History,” a Schlesinger Library event at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study to be held Thursday at 4:15 p.m. in the Knafel Center. “It worries me that we are living in a period where identity has been defined in a fairly egocentric way.”Pulitzer Prize-winning author Susan Faludi ’81, RI ’09, will be at the Radcliffe Institute on Thursday. Photo by Russ Fischella ©To be moderated by Annette Gordon-Reed, J.D. ’84, RI ’16, Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and professor of history at Harvard University, the panel discussion will also include Gail Lumet Buckley ’59, author of “The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights with One African American Family”; Alice Echols, Barbra Streisand Professor of Contemporary Gender Studies and professor of history and gender studies at the University of Southern California; and Alex Wagner, author of the forthcoming “Stories We Tell Ourselves.”Writing about her evolving relationship with her father, who had long been a guarded and at times hostile parent, according to Faludi, was a new experience for her.“I’m not somebody who has ever written personally,” she said. “What I love are the memoirs that connect personal experience with a larger world.”Her father’s experience certainly brought the journalist and former Crimson editor into a burgeoning global conversation about gender. But Faludi is quick to point out that her father’s concerns — and hers with her parent — were complicated. In addition to her gender identity, Faludi’s father had also hidden his (and eventually her) Jewishness during the Holocaust in Hungary. “If anything my father was an identity Zelig,” the author explained, “and passed through a series of identity crises.”One strange later conflict came about in how her father experienced femininity, pursuing — at least at first — a much more stereotypical style than Faludi did. “Certainly when my father was taking all of the most clichéd ideas of femininity and throwing them back in my face, I was not greatly appreciative,” said Faludi. “Ultimately, I saw my father and I had similar life paths of pushing up against constraints in gender,” she notes now, adding that the insights in her book are “more about identity than gender.”Still, even as she acknowledged that her political interests had been shaped by her family experience, Faludi had to face down an initial reluctance to write such a personal work — a reluctance, she said, that has been dispelled. “To just put that out there was a great relief,” she said.Indeed, sharing secrets can also be a political act. Citing her father’s struggle, Faludi referred to the current backlash against transgender rights and also to the breakthroughs in visibility. “Everybody knows what a trans woman or a trans man is now,” she said.Reflecting on the recent #metoo movement, she found another connection. “It is interesting that the panel is happening at a time when we’ve kind of had a massive reveal by women on the sexual harassment and sexual assault front,” she said. “It seems we’re in a period where women are doing an awful lot of disclosure of male predatory behavior that only a short while ago women assumed there would be a coded silence about.“It’s really interesting about the refusal to feel shame,” she continued. “Shame is the reason we all keep our mouths shut, isn’t it? That has a lot to do with the advances of feminism. Women are no longer willing to say, ‘I should be ashamed because I was attacked, I was raped, I was grabbed.’ Women are no longer willing to take on the shame that should be attached to the assailant.”These battles, she warned, are far from over. In fact, Faludi’s next work is likely to be a return to an old project “about a radical environmental feminist,” she said, specifically, “about the difficulty in sustaining a left-wing movement, which seems relevant today.”last_img read more

Joo-eey! The National Theatre’s Original London Production of War Horse to Broadcast to Cinemas Countrywide

first_imgTheater’s sweetest and most determined horse is coming to a movie theater near you! The National Theatre’s original stage production of War Horse, pre-recorded live from London’s West End, will broadcast for one-night-only in cinemas across the U.S. on February 27. Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, Joey will be presented in more than 350 cinemas around the country through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. War Horse is the powerful story of a young boy named Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the English in World War I. Caught in enemy crossfire, Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in no man’s land, while Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. The magnificent artistry of the Handspring Puppet Company brings the story to life with full-scale horses on stage, with their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables. War Horse is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship. Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse has become an international phenomenon, seen by over four million people worldwide and receiving numerous accolades, including two Olivier Awards in London, five Tony Awards in New York and three Dora Awards in Toronto. War Horse is currently in its sixth year in London and is on a major tour of North America which continues through 2014. The show is also on a UK/Ireland tour and a German language production is playing in Berlin. View Comments War Horse Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 6, 2013last_img read more

Saigon Sets London Closing Date; B’way Transfer In The Works

first_img View Comments We knew that Miss Saigon would close at London’s Prince Edward Theatre to make way for Aladdin, and now we know when. Directed by Laurence Connor, the revival of Boublil and Schönberg’s tuner will shutter on February 27, 2016; it began performances on May 3, 2014. The show’s producer, Cameron Mackintosh, said in a statement that transfers of the production are “planned to open in Germany, Australia and Broadway in the next two years.”Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, Miss Saigon is an epic love story about the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman. Orphaned by war, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work as a bar girl in a sleazy Saigon nightclub, owned by a notorious wheeler-dealer known as “The Engineer.” John, an American GI, buys his friend Chris the services of Kim for the night—a night that will change their lives forever.The company currently includes Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer, Eva Noblezada as Kim, Chris Peluso as Chris, Siobhan Dillon as Ellen, Hugh Maynard as John, Sangwoong Jo as Thuy and Natalie Mendoza as Gigi.The original production of Miss Saigon opened at the Great White Way’s Broadway Theatre on April 11, 1991 and shuttered on January 28, 2001. At time of closing it had played 19 previews and 4092 regular performances.last_img read more


first_imgWould you like one or two wood chips in your coffee? Howabout a few cottonseed hulls to sweeten your cereal?Sound ridiculous? A University of Georgia researcher says a large,untapped supply of a natural, high-valued sweetener lies hiddenwithin Georgia’s agriculture and timber industries. You just haveto know how to get to it.Sweeter Value Jim Kastner, a biological and agricultural engineer with the UGACollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is workingon a fermentation process to extract an alternative sweetenerfrom common Georgia by-products.The sweetener, xylitol, is a highly valued product that’s growingin demand worldwide, Kastner said. It’s used in chewing gums,pharmaceutical and dental hygiene products.Using xylitol has many advantages, he said. And it’s just as sweetas regular table sugar. “Not only is it sweet, but it generatesa pleasant, cooling sensation in the mouth,” he said.Xylitol is better for you than regular sugar.It doesn’t cause cavities and actually fights the bacteria that causes cavities.It’s safer for people with diabetes, too, because it doesn’t causean insulin response. It’s also known to inhibit the growth ofother bacteria, including the one that’s the most common causeof ear infections in children.Getting to the Value “With the research, the overall goal is to develop specialty,value-added commodities from renewable carbon sources in the state,”Kastner said. “Xylitol is one of these products.”Because Georgia has a large agriculture and timber industry, thestate has a large supply of renewable carbon sources, such ascottonseed and soybean hulls and waste from the pulp and paperindustry, he said.For example, wastewater from the pulp and paper industry containsmany fermentable carbon sources. One is called xylose.Kastner’s fermentation process uses microorganisms to feed onthe xylose. As the microorganisms feed, they convert the xyloseinto xylitol.”We’re in the process of designing a new strain of microorganismto use in the process to give us higher yields,” he said.Kastner is now taking the research from the laboratory and placingit into real-life industry situations. He’s working closely witha specialty pulp and paper company in Georgia to see how wellhis process will work at the plant.The research has the potential to produce a range of productsother than xylitol. One such product is Ribose, which is usedto synthesize anti-cancer drugs.”If we develop the technology to apply this to industry inGeorgia,” Kastner said, “the infrastructure will beestablished to further develop these other compounds.”last_img read more