HMS St Albans Heads for Middle East

first_img Royal Navy’s Type 23 Frigate HMS St Albans left her homeport in Portsmouth for a nine-month deployment in the Middle East, yesterday, December 1.St Albans will continue the work that her sister ship, HMS Richmond, carried out earlier this year as part of the Royal Navy’s long-term presence East of Suez.Her task is to police the seas and promote UK interests in the region by acting as a deterrent to illegal activity, safeguarding allied and merchant shipping and help ensure that global trade can proceed without a hitch.In preparation for deployment the crew have undertaken two fast-paced training periods with Flag Officer Sea Training, the Royal Navy training organisation.The ship, nicknamed the Saint, is the first to deploy with the combined aviation technology of a Merlin Mk2 helicopter and ScanEagle unmanned aircraft.The ship has been through extensive maintenance and upgrades including the installation of ScanEagle, a pilotless aircraft, which provides the Type 23 with extra “eyes in the sky” sending back live imagery to the operations room. Launched by a catapult on a 14ft ramp, ScanEagle can remain airborne for 12 hours operating at ranges of up to 40 miles from the mother ship.Final preparations took place last week when the ship’s Merlin Mk2 helicopter joined the ship for a series of sorties designed to refresh and sharpen the ship’s aviation skills prior to deployment.[mappress mapid=”17482″]Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Royal Navy Authorities Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS St Albans Heads for Middle East View post tag: HMS St Albans December 2, 2015 HMS St Albans Heads for Middle East View post tag: middle eastlast_img read more

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News story: UK’s Creative Industries thrive in Japan

first_imgThe UK’s creative industries are continuing to grow in the Japanese market, statistics reveal.From Beauty and the Beast and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them topping the Japanese box office, to music releases from UK exports Adele and Ed Sheeran flying high, the love affair that the Japanese have for the UK’s creative industries shows no sign of letting up.As the UK welcomes Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this week, the government has praised the work that our thriving creative industries sectors produce, making it such a positive global export.Across film, music and video games the UK and Japan share a huge common interest. In 2016 Japan accounted for £325 million of the UK creative industry service exports, up from £226 million in 2015. These are any services that are exported including advertising and marketing.Creative Industry export goods, which includes things like handbags, printed books, paintings and sculptures, to Japan in 2016 were also worth £155 million, which was up from £146 million the year before.Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries Margot James said: The UK’s creative and cultural output is one of our biggest exports and the Japanese market continues to love what we have to offer. From seeing our latest blockbusters on screen, to listening to rip roaring live music acts and playing our latest video games – it’s clear that creative industries love affair between Japan and the UK continues. And that affection is shown in the UK too, with over £100 million of creative industry goods imported into our shores every year. I look forward to seeing this partnership continue to grow for many years to come. In 2017 the box office take for UK films shown in Japan was $424.3 million. Two British films Beauty and the Beast and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them topped the charts with 9.5 million and 5.6 million admissions respectively.Japan’s love of UK music continues to be a success with UK labels earning an estimated £18.5 million from Japan in 2017. It was 5th largest marker in terms of UK revenues behind the USA, Germany, France and Australia. The biggest selling album by a British act was Divide by Ed Sheeran.The UK’s video games industry also has strong links with Japan with UK benefitting from major investment by leading companies including SEGA and Sony Interactive Entertainment.The UK game Overcooked 2 co-developed by Team17 and Ghost Town Games in Wakefield is also proving popular in Japan as it was voted the most recommended game by Nintendo Switch players last August.last_img read more

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Genius hires new manufacturing director

first_imgFree-from bakery business Genius Foods has appointed Liam McHugh as a new director to help strengthen its senior management team.McHugh, who has previously worked for Warburtons and Unilever, has been appointed manufacturing director, and will oversee the development of the manufacturing strategy for the Genius and Livwell brands, both of which produce a range of gluten- and wheat-free bakery products.In addition, he will help to develop the firm’s own-label capability which Genius has said will “achieve the company’s ambitious domestic and international growth targets”.It comes after it was revealed earlier this month that Genius has acquired two bakeries from Finsbury Foods, including United Central Bakeries in Bathgate and Livwell in Hull.Roz Cuschieri, chief executive of Genius, said: “Liam brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Genius. He has an in-depth knowledge of manufacturing processes, change management, people development, plus innovation and is perfectly suited to help drive our expansion plans at home and internationally.”Liam’s appointment reinforces our ambitions to become a truly global brand. He joins a world-class senior management team and will play a pivotal role in Genius’ future.”McHugh said: “Genius is one of the most high-profile, innovative and fast-growing food businesses in the UK. I am delighted to have an opportunity to help the company to continue to grow and expand.”last_img read more

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Dell Technologies Teams with VMware on Project Monterey

first_imgNext-Generation Infrastructure for HCI and BeyondIn computing, architecture is all about finding balance by taking advantage of cheap, plentiful resources and maximizing utilization of scarce, expensive ones to optimize yield, performance and cost per computation of applications.Project Monterey which VMware introduced earlier today creates a new type of disaggregation and, therefore, composability options to balance those resources. Modern applications and operating environments require modern infrastructure. At Dell Technologies, we are reimagining next-generation building blocks to enable closer cooperation between the future VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) infrastructure overlays and our future infrastructure underlays.Redefining the Balance Equation in Compute ArchitecturesAs business and society increasingly digitize, the same architectural concepts apply to organizations. For decades, we focused on building and deploying systems of record – databases and transactional computing. The emergence of the internet and social media led us to develop systems of engagement. Increasing digitization and pervasive connectivity, enabled by 5G, are compelling us now to develop systems of insight to build intelligent businesses.Systems of insight capitalize on the vast amount of digital data being created today. A Chief Digital Officer for a leading medical research institution recently told me: “In the past, we were asked to do more with less (consolidation); but now, we’re being asked to do more with more.” The latter “more” referring to the data deluge surrounding us all.Interestingly, that data deluge is increasingly being generated at the edge – witness autonomous transportation, wearables, remote monitoring, and so forth. And since compute follows data – it’s much cheaper to bring compute to data than to move data to compute – we have the emergence of an enterprise trend toward edge computing.The same edge trends are occurring inside computing systems. The emergence of cheap, ubiquitous compute cores inside network adapters (SmartNICs) and inside actual storage media (computational storage) are redefining the balance equation in computing system architectures and present us with unique arbitrage opportunities.Disaggregation and Intent-Based ComputingWorkloads are increasingly evolving toward data-centric computing. As such, these workloads tend to be optimized by specialized offload engines and accelerators such as GP-GPUs, FPGAs and emerging specialized training and inference silicon engines.This silicon diversity – x86, ARM and specialized silicon – as an ensemble combined in systems lead us into heterogeneous computing. The ratios required to optimize data-centric workloads among these varied types of engines may be such that they cannot be realized within the mechanical/power/thermal confines of a classic server chassis. This leads us into an era of disaggregation where, rather than deploy intact systems, we aim to deploy smaller, malleable building blocks that are disaggregated across a fabric and must be composed to realize the intent of the user or application. The provisioning of engines to drive workloads is completely API-driven and can be specified as part of the Kubernetes manifest if using VCF with Tanzu. We call this intent-based computing.The concept of composability is not new. We could think of prior mainframe and Unix-based systems as implementing capabilities of this genre. On x86, however, what has been extant to date is coarse-grained composability with constructs like VMware’s Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC), which carved up SW-defined infrastructure assets out of intact server or storage systems.What we require moving forward is fine-grained composability. We need smaller and simpler specialized-function infrastructure building blocks that can be more flexibly combined by a composability or intent manager to optimize computational yield across core data center racks or edge sites.VMware Project Monterey – Evolving beyond HCI toward Hyper-Composable InfrastructureVMware’s Project Monterey provides that close cooperation between the infrastructure overlay and underlay to enable this new type of fine-grained composability. By making the most of general-purpose compute available on SmartNICs, VMware is extending disaggregation to the hypervisor. The benefits of a hypervisor and its associated infrastructure services being disaggregated across compute hosts and SmartNICs are many, including:Increasing customer-usable yield out of the underlying host hardware by removing contention between application and infrastructure virtual machines (VMs)Enabling higher, customer-visible performance for applications and application services through improved asset utilizationExtending a common control plane across virtualized/containerized and bare metal workloads, enabling VMware to provide bare metal as-a-serviceProviding air-gap isolation between computing domains for higher intrinsic securityImproving network response time and performance by offloading networking functions from the server host to the SmartNICAs the leading infrastructure partner in Project Monterey, Dell Technologies’ objective is to deliver a new class of infrastructure. We are working closely with our SmartNIC partners to accelerate the transition in the market, moving beyond hyperconverged to hyper-composable infrastructure for service providers, telcos, and large enterprises.In hyperconverged systems, like our industry-leading VxRail offering co-developed with VMware, infrastructure and application VMs or containers co-reside on relatively coarse common hardware and contend for resources. As we introduce hyper-composability, we will develop finely disaggregated infrastructure expressly enhanced for composability and therefore tightly integrated and optimized by both soft- and hard-offload capabilities to SmartNICs and/or computational storage.Customers will benefit from the simplicity afforded in VMware’s infrastructure overlay and the flexibility of having tailored hardware infrastructure in Dell Technologies’ underlay with no waste relative to workload demands.We have already demonstrated joint working prototypes internally and have committed to deliver offers to the market. Stay tuned!Service providers that deliver as-a-Service and Telco customers building their 5G clouds will find this solution very attractive. Large enterprise customers, who increasingly behave as service providers to their internal customers, will also be interested. But the real benefit of this architecture is that we can express the value in back-end core data centers as well as at the edge to create a seamless computing continuum between core, edge and cloud. This is the foundation of our next-generation service delivery platform.While hyperconverged systems can easily compose software-defined assets (compute, storage, networking), we envision that hyper-composability will extend that ease of dynamic (re)composition to the hardware building blocks to take advantage of silicon diversity. Project Monterey will help enable this new type of fine-grained composability. As a result, we will have new opportunities to balance the computing system architecture to increase yield, maximize performance and reduce cost per computation of workloads.Attend VMworld to find out more. We’ve got breakout sessions on this topic including:Next Generation Infrastructure Enabled by SmartNIC – Sept. 29, 2:00-2:230pm PTDell, VMware and NVIDIA – Sept. 29 12:00-12:30pm PT for the Americas and Sept. 30 for EMEA at 4:00-4:30pm PT CEST.last_img read more

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SMC canoe race builds community

first_imgAs a part of Spirit Week festivities, Saint Mary’s Residence Hall Association (RHA) sponsored a canoe race Wednesday afternoon for SMC students to earn spirit points toward the “Hall of the Year” distinction for their dorm. This third annual event took place on Lake Marion, located at the center of campus. Junior Emily Murphy, national communications coordinator for RHA, said the event is intended to promote camaraderie among Saint Mary’s students. “We have Spirit Week to promote hall bonding and to increase the spirit of the different residence halls,” Murphy said. “We want to have pride not only in our class, but also [in] where we live.” RHA sponsored students to rent canoes from St. Joseph County Parks at a discount, Murphy said, and those with the best rowing skills won recognition for their dorm. “‘Spirit Points’ will be given to the different residence halls throughout the week based on [their] resident’s enthusiasm and participation in the events,” Murphy said before the race. “At the end of Spirit Week the points will be tallied and whichever residence hall collected the most points will be named ‘Hall of the Year.’” Duos competed in the regatta, which took the form of a tournament, Murphy said. Before the race, junior Katherine Wabler said she sought to regain the championship title she won freshman year.   “We are going to have to work out our arms before the race so they are in prime condition for rhythmic rowing,” Wabler said.   Wabler’s partner, Shanlynn Bias, said teamwork is important. “Communication and synchronization is the key to victory,” Bias said.     Classmate and rowing rival, Kirsten Bonnesen, said she competed with teammate Helene Tarnacki as one of the other 11 teams up against Wabler and Bias.   “Our confidence as first-time rowers is very high,” Bonnesen said.  “There will be some intense competition, but our eyes are on the prize.”   The first place team, consisting of Julienne DeLee and Krista Mathews from LeMans Hall, won $25 gift cards to Target. Spirit Week will conclude Friday with the first home meet in seven years for the SMC cross country team.   “We will be handing out free T-shirts, and would like to encourage everyone to come and show their support,” Murphy said.   The meet will begin 6 p.m. Friday at the Saint Mary’s soccer fields.last_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Amy Schumer’s Hamilton Tip & More

first_img Hamilton from $149.00 Amy Schumer(Photo: Mike Windle/Getty Images for GQ Magazine)) P.S. We leave you with West End alum Luke Evans (upcoming Gaston) and Tony winner Hugh Jackman (wannabe Gaston) having a Gaston sing-off. We’re still working out who has the thicker neck. Related Shows View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Hamilton Bartenders ‘Satisfied’ by Amy Schumer’s TipA few updates from Broadway’s hottest show. Amy Schumer and friends stopped by the gargantuan hit that is Hamilton over the weekend and left the bartenders at the Richard Rodgers Theatre a gargantuan tip. A $1,000 tip on a $77 check, to be precise, the New York Daily News reports. We imagine that they were more than “Satisfied” with the Trainwreck star’s generosity! Meanwhile, Javier Muñoz, who recently revealed he is recovering from cancer, took to social media to thank fans “for the outpouring of love and support…Every morning that my eyes open and there is air in my lungs and blood in my veins I have already won the day. The rest is icing; and I really love icing☺.” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s alternate also announced that he’ll be teaming up with Hedwig’s John Cameron Mitchell for a live podcast on March 23 at The Talkhouse.Stage Faves Returning to American Horror Story?Ryan Murphy would welcome back Broadway alums Cheyenne Jackson, Angela Bassett, Denis O’Hare, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates and Finn Wittrock, along with Wes Bentley and Matt Bomer, to American Horror Story next season, if they wish to take part. According to Variety, Murphy has been working on two ideas for the upcoming series—we will bring you more information as it comes in!Bloodline Sets Premiere DateWe now have a return date for the previously reported second season of Bloodline. Featuring Main Stem favorite Norbert Leo Butz, alongside guest star Steven Pasquale (The Robber Bridegroom) and more, the dark drama will premiere on Netflix on May 27. With a cast also including Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini and Sissy Spacek, TV Line writes that the 10 episodes will follow the Rayburn family fighting to hide their crime as law enforcement closes in.Jeff Daniels Discusses ‘Tough’ BlackbirdJeff Daniels is currently appearing opposite Michelle Williams in Broadway’s Blackbird and he visited Live with Kelly & Michael on March 21 to discuss David Harrower’s intense play. “It’s tough. What’s most gratifying is that it’s really hard to do and to be challenged at this point in the career is a great honor.” Check out the interview (Malin Akerman’s in for Kelly!) below; the production is running at the Belasco Theatre.last_img read more

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Saharan dust cloud settles over the South—public warned to stay indoors

first_imgThe National Park Service is coordinating search efforts with rescue groups and loved ones of the missing hikers. It is not requesting any public assistance in the search due to the hazardous conditions in the area.  Three hikers from three separate parties are missing in Washington’s Mount Rainier National Park, the National Park Service reports. Matthew Bunker, a hiker from Seattle, was descending the mountain on skis when he disappeared on Saturday. Vincent Djie, a student from Indonesia, was reported missing June 19 and was last seen hiking the Van Trump Trail. Talal Sabbagh, of Seattle, was last seen hiking in the Paradise region of the park on June 21. The Georgia Department of Public Health is warning about potential health problems related to the Saharan dust cloud that has settled over the South for the next few days. According to CNN, it’s normal for Saharan dust to reach the US every hurricane season, but this year’s cloud is historic. Georgia health officials report the cloud is the densest it has been in at least 50 years.  North Carolina offers free fishing on July 4 Grab your fishing poles, North Carolina. The state’s annual free fishing day is July 4. On Free Fishing Day, residents and out-of-state visitors can fish without purchasing a license, though all other fishing regulations, such as length and daily possession limits and bait and tackle restrictions, still apply.  Saharan dust cloud settles over the South—public warned to stay indoorscenter_img Health officials urge the public, especially those with chronic lung conditions, to limit the amount of time they spend outside if the skies appear dusty or hazy. Face masks, in addition to preventing the spread of Covid-19, can also offer protection against the dust. The dust can cause eye, nose and throat irritation and wheezing in those with asthma and allergies.  “Free Fishing Day is a great opportunity for families to enjoy some quality time together on the water,” said Christian Waters, the agency’s chief of the Inland Fisheries Division. “Fishing is a relatively inexpensive activity that anyone, no matter what their age or skill level, can enjoy.”  Three hikers missing Mount Rainier National Park Photo: Powerful dust storm in the desert of Arabia – Photo from Getty Imageslast_img read more

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Shirley Man Killed in Shootout With Police

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police officers shot and killed a Shirley man that fired a shotgun at them after they responded to a neighbor’s report of yelling and gunshots fired at his home Friday night, authorities said.The man, whose identity was not immediately available, allegedly shot at the officers when he came to the door armed with the gun as they walked toward the backyard of his Carlton Drive East  home at 10:31 p.m.The officers returned fire and took cover as the alleged shooter retreated into the house and returned outside minutes later and fired a rifle at officers in the street, police said.Officers again returned fire and shot the gunman, who police said was wearing a helmet and a ballistic vest. He was pronounced dead at the scene after firing at least 15 rounds at the officers.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this incident to call them at 631-852-6392 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

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CUNA supports CFPB extension of ex parte deadline

first_imgCUNA appreciates the announcement from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) this week that it will make changes to its disclosure requirements to its current ex parte policy on rulemakings. The new policy gives commenters 10 business days to submit a documentation of a presentation, via written copy or summary, up from 3 days in the original policy.Under the current policy, an “ex parte presentation” means “any written or oral communication” by “any person outside the CFPB that imparts information or argument directed to the merits or outcomes of a rulemaking proceeding.”CUNA believes in the importance of the bureau’s ex parte policy to create a record of communications between credit unions and CFPB staff, and as an avenue to highlight credit union concerns and suggestions to improve CFPB rules. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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Law enforcement officials meet with Endicott residents, discuss bail reform law

first_imgThe West Endicott Neighborhood Watch group also created a petition asking New York lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo to reevaluate the law. Korchak says that makes law enforcement job even harder and could pose a possible danger to the community. “This will give people information on what this bail reform is, the facts behind it,” said Mayor Linda Jackson. The new law that went into effect January 1st, allows those who commit non-violent offenses to not have bail or be held in custody to await trial. ENDICOTT (WBNG) – Endicott Police and the Broome County District Attorney met with Endicott residents Thursday night to discuss New York’s new bail reform law. Broome County District Attorney Michael Korchak, as well as an Endicott Police officer, attended the meeting to answer residents questions and concerns and clear up any misconceptions. “One of the conditions that the judges are not allowed to consider is if the person is dangerous and their likelihood to re-offend. That’s not something that they are taking into consideration,” said Korchak, “Under New York law, dealing drugs is a non-violent offense, so if someone gets arrested for drugs, they are going to be out on the street immediately. Someone gets charged with manslaughter in the second degree, non-violent offense in New York… there needs to be some revisions in this law.”center_img “They are escalating what it could mean and that’s why we are having this meeting because even though it’s really bad, let’s not get carried away and think that murderers are getting away with something,” said Jackson. The meeting, held at American Legion 1700, was filled with citizens who wanted questions answered about how the law could affect their safety. “I understand that they don’t want to charge the poor people a lot of bail. The rich people get out of it because they can afford to pay it. That’s not fair and I totally understand that. But, this is also on rape cases and other important cases,” said Jackson. Residents also got to share their opinions and points of view on the matter. “Our whole thing is not to just complain but actually take an action and if your going to complain, complain to the people that will listen,” said Pamela Brigham from the West Endicott Neighborhood Watch.last_img read more

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