HMAS Huon Tests Mine Warfare Skills in Jervis Bay

first_img View post tag: skills Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Huon Tests Mine Warfare Skills in Jervis Bay View post tag: HMAS Huon View post tag: Jervis Bay Australian Navy’s Mine Hunter Coastal, HMAS Huon, has recently put four mine warfare students through their paces in a series of challenging scenarios played out in Jervis Bay, New South Wales.In the final sea assessment phase of the Mine Warfare Officers’ Course, the trainees undertook navigation leadthroughs, mine disposal vehicle operations and serials utilising Huon’s clearance divers.Course instructor, Lieutenant Daniel Lister, said the training provides both theory and practical elements, to not only the students but for the entire ship’s company, from the Commanding Officer through to junior combat system operators and engineers.Navy’s 12 week Mine Warfare Officers’ Course is an intensive program giving officers the skills required to search, identify and dispose of sea mines in both simulated and sea based training.The course consists of a theory phase at HMAS Waterhen followed by a simulation phase conducted in Waterhen’s Combat System Operator Training for six weeks. The final assessment phase is conducted on a Mine Hunter Coastal at sea.The students will return the Waterhen for the final theory phase of the course designed to prepare them for the role of Operations Officer.[mappress mapid=”16403″]Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Navy Authorities View post tag: Navalcenter_img July 6, 2015 Share this article View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Mine Warfare HMAS Huon Tests Mine Warfare Skills in Jervis Baylast_img read more

Skate Park Progresses With Spray of Concrete

first_imgWork crews are spraying concrete to preserve the shape of a bowl and snake run that will be a pair of highlights at a skateboard park under construction between Fifth and Sixth Streets, Asbury and West avenues. Wooden molds run along a metal coping and help shape the concrete bowl.The park is being constructed on a city-owned property parking lot bordered by the Fire Department and Ecumenical Clothes Closet, the Ocean City Primary School, the Ocean City Tabernacle and a commercial property. It remains on schedule for completion sometime in August.Metal coping outlines the top of the bowl and a mesh of steel rebar follows its contours. Workers are spreading concrete across the rebar to form the bowl.The new $732,284 concrete facility will replace a park at Sixth Street and Boardwalk that was dismantled in 2011 due to safety concerns.In addition to the bowl and snake run, the park will feature a variety of quarter pipes, ramps, tables and rails.City Council on April 23 awarded a $732,284 contract to Spohn Ranch Inc. of Los Angeles, Calif., for the supply and installation of the park. Spohn Ranch was the sole bidder on the job, which came in just under the estimated $750,000 for the work.“The design was developed to provide a park with an appropriate degree of challenge and fun balanced with safety,” Mike Dattilo, assistant to Mayor Jay Gillian, wrote in a memo to City Council in April. “There has been an extensive amount of input provided by the local skating community.”The final design of the park includes the bowl and snake run situated near the West Avenue side of the park with the entrance on the Asbury Avenue side. Because the park designer recommended against the use of pegs, bicycles likely will be prohibited from using the facility.__________ Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free morning newsletter.__________Ocean City approved the spending of $750,000 for construction of the park.The city will be reimbursed $500,000 from a Green Acres Cape May County Recreation Grant that was announced in September 2014, and City Council  approved a capital plan that calls for borrowing $250,000 for the project.last_img read more

Bakery partners brewery in beer cake innovation

first_imgBakery and patisserie Just Desserts has linked up with fellow Yorkshire business the Black Sheep Brewery to create a chocolate beer cake.The 28-year-old chocolate fudge cake recipe has been adapted and infused with Riffwelter beer – a strong ale – to make a malty-chocolate cake for the brewery’s visitor centre and bar/bistro.Derek Ballantyne, head chef, Black Sheep Brewery bistro said: “We invited the team to help us develop a beer-infused cake, as we aimed to introduce a new indulgent dessert in our bar/bistro to capitalise on the coffee and cake culture. “We are also selling the beer cake at our visitor centre, as we wanted tourists and customers to take home a little slice of the Yorkshire Dales. It’s great that we have been able to work with a fellow Yorkshire business which is as passionate about quality as we are.”James O’Dwyer, managing director, Just Desserts said: “We took one of our tried-and-tested recipes and substituted beer for the liquid and, after much development to get the taste, texture and quality just right, we think we have baked a cake with character.”last_img read more

Steve Gunn Shares Folky Covers Of The Misfits & Michael Chapman

first_imgSteve Gunn is proving himself to be a musician of many colors. The folk-rock guitarist and singer is currently in the process of gearing up for the January 18th release of his latest studio album, The Unseen In Between. On Monday, Gunn and indie music blog Aquarium Drunkard shared a pair of tasteful covers as part of the outlet’s “Lagniappe Sessions” performance series. The two covers performed by Gunn include Michael Chapman‘s “Among The Trees” and The Misfits‘ “Astro Zombies”. Both recordings were recently tracked at Gold Diggers Recording Studio in East Hollywood, California.Michael Chapman’s “Among The Trees” initially appeared on the English singer’s 1970 Window LP. The easygoing song’s folk instrumentation and relaxed but sincere makeup fits Gunn’s own style perfectly. He sticks pretty close to the original, starting with the descending acoustic guitar riff and minimum production work. Gunn’s version is slightly less energizing than Chapman’s, but that’s okay considering the old folk tune is really about solemn reflections of the past.Gunn’s cover of The Misfits’ 1988 punk anthem is the recording that really sticks out with its polar opposite sound from the original. Surprisingly, the updated version runs at 2:55 minutes (only 0:40 seconds slower than the adrenaline-pumping original) although you’d never think that with Gunn taking more of an eerie folk approach to the rock track. Gunn trades power chords in exchange for fingerpicking as he opens the song with the sounds of his acoustic guitar and soothing vocals. It is slightly odd hearing such an innocent singing performance belt out the unapologetic lyrics of “With just a touch of my burning hand/I’m gonna live my life to destroy your world/Prime directive, exterminate/The whole fuckin’ race.” Yet, if anyone can pull it off with true musical sincerity, it’s Mr. Gunn.“Misfits were my first favorite band when I was a teenager,” Gunn said about the rock band in a statement to go with the two songs’ premiere on Monday. “There’s a certain pop sensibility to their songs, and Glenn Dazing’s Elvis-like yodeling is actually quite melodic. For a punk band, I think he was one of the better singers. Their songs are also very catchy, which helped ingrain almost every lyric into my young mind.” Fans can click here to listen to both recordings in full.This is not the first time in which Gunn has recorded a pair of covers for the “Lagniappe Sessions”. He shared a pair of Smiths covers last winter with his own renditions of “The Night Has Opened My Eyes” and “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle”.Gunn will head out on his 2019 winter and spring tour beginning later this month with an opening night at Great Scott in Allston, Massachusetts on January 31st. Fans can head over to Gunn’s website for tickets and more info on the upcoming tour.last_img read more

Faculty Council meeting held March 27

first_imgOn March 27, the Faculty Council met with the president to ask and answer questions as representatives of the faculty, discussed draft principles on outside activities, and heard a proposal about reading and examination periods.The council next meets on April 10. The faculty next meets on April 2. The preliminary deadline for the May 7 meeting of the faculty is April 16 at noon.last_img

How to get a bigger tax refund next year

first_img 67SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details We’re a month into the new year, and that means W2s are in the mail. For some, it means a nice bonus after the Christmas season. For others, it means keeping your fingers crossed that your tax liability won’t be more than what you’ve already paid. If you’re looking for ways to decrease your liability and increase your refund, here are few ways you might be able to just that…Increase your charitable giving: You can claim donations on your tax return if the organization you’ve donated to is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization such as a church or the  American Red Cross. And not only will you be able to claim the deduction, but you’ll be able to help out an organization that you’re passionate about.Change your filing status: If you’re married and filing jointly, you may be able to get a bigger refund if you file separately. While it might be more work to file separately, it could be worth it if you’re looking for a few extra bucks. If you’re not sure about changing your filing status, consult a tax professional and get their opinion.Increase your retirement contributions: When contributing to a traditional IRA or 401k plan, those contributions come from pre-tax dollars. By lowering your taxable income, you’re paying less to the government, while also putting more away for the future.Claim refundable tax credits: If you’ve got kids, you may be missing out on an opportunity to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit. The amount of benefit you receive is dependent on your income and the number of children you have. This often-overlooked tax credit may be something you can take advantage of.last_img read more

Norwegian oil fund writes to companies over low-carbon transition

first_imgIt added that, despite the decision not to divest fossil fuels, NBIM had long sought to address matters of climate change, and had been assisting CDP in drawing up metrics for carbon disclosure.However, it noted that measuring a company’s greenhouse gas emissions was not enough to assess the risk of climate change properly, and that a company’s business plan and operation should therefore be examined as well.As part of the initiative, NBIM said it had in 2015 written to a number of undisclosed energy firms asking them to outline their plans for dealing with a future low-carbon economy.The disclosure of the letters comes shortly after both Shell and BP endorsed a shareholder resolution backed by 50 institutions worth more than £160bn (€214bn) to report on the resilience of its business in a future low-carbon economy.The resolution asked them to disclose their low-carbon research and development plans, with Shell noting its work in the area of biofuels and carbon capture.Throughout the letter, NBIM emphasised the importance of an evidence-led approach to RI, in line with the view of chief executive Yngve Slyngstad, who last year called for more rationality in the sustainable investment debate.Read more about carbon risk in IPE’s recent in-depth report on the topic,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesNBIM Responsible Investment report (Norwegian only) Norway’s sovereign wealth fund has written to energy companies, asking them to outline their plans to deal with the transition to a low-carbon economy.In a letter to the Ministry of Finance accompanying its inaugural responsible investment (RI) report, Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) noted a recent decision not to use the Government Pension Fund Global as a tool for enacting climate policy by mandating a blanket divestment of fossil fuel holdings.NBIM contrasted the blanket exclusion of one or more sectors with its ability to monitor companies actively and potentially not invest in them, noting that sector-wide bans would directly conflict with the “basic premise” of its approach to management.“Use of the fund as a climate policy tool beyond what is consistent with the fund’s role as a financial investor would be very unfortunate for the management of the fund,” it said. last_img read more

Aviva Investors slapped with FCA fine over conflicts of interest

first_imgAviva Investors has been fined £17.6m (€24m) after failing to manage conflicts of interest within its fixed income team, after evidence of ‘cherry picking’ trades for more lucrative fee arrangements was discovered in 2013.The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) charged the asset manager after the UK watchdog found it in breach of two of its Principles for Businesses.Between 2005 and 2013, Aviva Investors, the investment arm of UK insurer Aviva, managed certain fixed income strategies side-by-side, resulting in funds that paid differing fee levels being managed by the same desk.Because a proportion of the fees were paid to traders in the fixed income team, traders were incentivised to favour one fund over another – using internal processes to delay certain trades for several hours before allocating favourable price movements to one fund, and non-favourable to others. Aviva Investors discovered two fixed income traders had been conducting the ‘cherry picking’ process in May 2013 and addressed eight impacted fixed income funds with £132m of compensation.In additional to internal compensation for the affected funds, the regulator fined the asset manager £17.6m for failing to take “reasonable care to organise and control its affairs responsibly and effectively”.FCA acting director of enforcement and market oversight Georgina Philippou said Aviva Investors’ failings were serious, but the regulator recognised the “exceptional” reaction of the manager during the investigation.Aviva Investors was offered a 30% discount on its fine by settling with the regulator in the first stage of investigation.“This case serves as an important reminder to firms of the importance of managing conflicts of interest effectively by implementing a robust control environment with effective systems to manage the risks,” Philippou added.Euan Munro, chief executive at Aviva Invetsors, said the issued within the manager had been fixed.“We have improved our systems and controls, and ensured no customers have been disadvantaged and also made substantial changes to the management team,” he added.The FCA said Aviva Invetsors had operated a ‘three lines of defence’ model of risk management, and that conflicts of interest would have been avoided had it operated effectively.“Its failure to implement robust systems and controls in this area where there were clear conflicts of interest led to an unacceptable risk these weaknesses could be exploited for personal gain,” the FCA said.The regulator did praise the manager, however, calling its response “exceptionally open and cooperative”, and said its compensation procedure to the eight affected funds was prompt.The asset managed breached Principle 3 (management and control) and Principle 8 (conflicts of interest) of the FCA’s Principles for Businesses and related Rules.Munro was announced as the asset manager’s new chief executive in July 2013 after a period of instability in the management structure. He started his new role in Janaury last year.Parent firm Aviva has emphasised a need for improving revenue from the subsidiary with its 3% contribution, described as “inadequate” by chief executive Mark Wilson.The asset manager’s prospects have been raised by Aviva’s proposed merger with fellow UK insurer Friends Life.last_img read more

UCL: Real Madrid to appeal Ramos’ red card in Man City defeat

first_imgReal Madrid are reportedly going to challenge the red card given to Sergio Ramos in the 2-1 defeat by Manchester City on Wednesday night. The Madrid captain was shown a straight red card in the 86th minute after tripping up Gabriel Jesus through on goal with the scoreline 2-1 to City, meaning Ramos will now miss the decisive second leg. Ramos receives his marching orders from the referee at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night And with Zinedine Zidane desperate to have his best side available, Madrid will appeal against the red – according to Cadena SER – as they look to overturn the 2-1 deficit at the Etihad on March 17. Ramos was largely untested for much of the first hour at the Bernabeu but City finally ramped it up a gear and caused Madrid’s defence a whole host of problems. After Isco opened the scoring for Madrid in the 60th minute, Gabriel Jesus levelled things up before Kevin De Bruyne struck to clinch victory for the Premier League giants on Wednesday night.Advertisement And a fatal eight minutes for Madrid was compounded at the Bernabeu after Ramos received his marching orders for fouling Jesus on the edge of the penalty area. The Real Madrid captain was sent off after tripping up Gabriel Jesus on the edge of the area Read Also: Salah warned not to make Real Madrid move The red took Ramos up to four sending offs in his long Champions League career – sharing a competition record, with only two other players in history picking up as many reds in Europe. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edgar Davids both accrued four reds during their Champions League careers. Wednesday night also marked the Madrid and Spain defender’s 26th career dismissal. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket10 Largest Cities In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe Best Cars Of All TimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Waylast_img read more

BAAC offering mosaic series

first_imgBatesville, IN—Have you ever wanted to learn how to create your own mosaic? Next week is your chance through a Batesville Area Arts Council evening series class.  Mosaic artist, Vicki Murphy, who has visited Batesville Intermediate School and the Batesville Primary School will also be teaching an evening series for those who are interested in learning how to create a simple mosaic piece of art.  The evening series will be a two-night event. On the first night, Tuesday, February 18, the class will place mosaic pieces onto a surface.  The second night, Tuesday, February 25, the class will grout the art and it will be ready to take home.  The Mosaic evening series will take place at Batesville Primary School art room from 5:30-7:30 pm both nights. There is limited space available so to reserve your spot, email Laura Gilland at [email protected] .last_img read more