EU NAVFOR protected over 1.5 Million tonnes of WFP Humanitarian Aid

first_img July 4, 2017 Training & Education Share this article EU NAVFOR protected over 1.5 Million tonnes of WFP Humanitarian Aid Back to overview,Home naval-today EU NAVFOR protected over 1.5 Million tonnes of WFP Humanitarian Aid View post tag: EU NAVFOR One of EU NAVFOR’s key missions is to protect World Food Programme (WFP) vessels as they transit along the coastline of Somalia. It is essential that much-needed food and other humanitarian aid get safely delivered to the Somali people without any delay. EU NAVFOR has been protecting WFP vessels since December 2008 and since that time over 1,5 million tonnes of food aid has arrived safely in Somali ports.EU NAVFOR can protect a WFP vessel from a potential pirate attack by providing a warship to escort the vessel along the coast, or by embarking a highly trained maritime protection team.EU NAVFOR currently has a maritime protection team from Montenegro aboard WFP vessel, MV Esbjerg. When MV Esbjerg arrived in Berbera port recently the Montenegrin team helped WFP and MV Esbjerg crew to unload the precious cargo.last_img read more

Cambridge college criticised for Japan-themed ball

first_imgThis season’s announcements of the themes for Cambridge’s popular end of the year balls have been accompanied by protests and claims that the colleges are indulging in cultural appropriation, most recently with Trinity Hall’s ‘Tokyo to Kyoto’ May ball.The ball is proudly advertised online as an invitation to “come aboard the Tokaido bullet train as we take you on a journey from Tokyo to Kyoto.” For the price of £90 students will be able to “experience everything from the vibrant fashions of Harajuku and the neon lights of Shibuya to the Imperial palaces and tranquil gardens of the old capital, Kyoto.”This aim to cover all aspects of a distant and complex culture in a single night is part of what has irritated some students, and Trinity Hall is not the first to choose an exotic theme for its ball.Oxford has recently had its share of exoticism with Pembroke’s ‘Indian Summers’ last year, and Lincoln will be holding its controversial New Orleans ‘Jazz Age’ ball in May. Just as Darwin College in Cambridge chose ‘Havana Nights’ as its theme and Clare College announced its ‘Orient Express’ ball, non-Western culture has become one of the principal sources of inspiration for these events.Hannah-Lily Lanyon and William Andrews, both undergraduates in Oxford, told Cherwell that they see this trend for themes evoking faraway countries as being “primarily about a desire to control. What’s a better way to dominate another culture than using its outward projections (clothes, traditions etc)? This could all stem from the remains of a colonial mindset: we are still being taught by our society and our education system that white domination of non-White culture is totally ok.“We ought to be rejecting the orientalist attitude which sees Japan as a different world in which we can play out our night-out fantasies and then finally return to western normality. This is no different to Lincoln’s ‘New Orleans’ – which sees white British students take over predominantly African-American history. Yet crucially Japan was never a colony, so colonisation doesn’t ply such a role here – rather it’s about using a different culture to make ourselves feel superior; in contrast comes New College’s ‘Bombay nights’ – which plays on a colonial heritage we should be ashamed of.”The announcement of Magdalen’s Commemoration ball last term also triggered reactions from students, with many pointing out how the event’s idea of bringing students back to an earlier version of the college may exclude a number of groups. William Andrews notes, “As a queer man I know I don’t want to go back to the 20s: I’m planning on going with a boy as a date, an activity we’d have been arrested for; some non-White students might feel a bit out of place in 1920s outfits designed without them in mind.” The various committees organising these balls all replied positively to these claims, and Trinity Hall has called for advice on the ways of securing a sense of authenticity for its Japanese evening.When asked whether the problem of cultural appropriation at parties is specific to Oxford and Cambridge, Lanyon and Andrews both agree.“Using ‘oriental’ and ‘exotic’ aesthetics to promote a predominantly white party experience is a nationwide problem, stemming from the lack of diversity in universities themselves, often composed of white middle class students with little awareness about the cultures they are stealing from.”last_img read more

Twitter founder invests in Oxford laundry start-up

first_imgOriginally catering for students at the University, Oxwash now has more than 4000 paying customers and has secured “several hundred” business contracts.  The investment, announced at the start of May, will allow the company to launch operations nationally and grow their operations and executive teams. Oxwash was previously operating on a £300,000 pre-seed round.  Among the new backers are Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, founder Paul Forster, TrueSight Ventures, and Founders Factory. The funding round also includes several unnamed angel investors.  “We’re all incredibly excited to expand our team and bring clinically-clean and sustainable laundry and dry cleaning to everyone.” Speaking to Cherwell, Grant said: “With this new investment Oxwash will be able to dedicate resources to expanding our proprietary washing technology, hire new team members both operational and executive, as well as expand into new geographies such as London. Oxwash, the high-tech Oxford-based laundry start-up, has secured a £1.4 million funding injection to aid with expansion.  “We’re aiming to combine zero-emission laundry with world-class disinfection to ensure people are safe from textile pathogen transmission in the future.” Grant, a former NASA engineer, has two years of experience researching microorganisms at the space agency. He and his team have developed an ozone-based cleaning process which requires less energy and is safer than traditional laundry methods, which rely on chemicals and high temperatures.  Founded in 2017 by Oxford student Dr Kyle Grant, Oxwash aims to disrupt the way laundry is cleaned and delivered. By reengineering the traditional laundry process they have succeeded in cutting associated emissions, and are working towards reaching zero net carbon emissions for delivery and washing services.  Pollutant producing delivery services have been replaced by a fleet of electric cargo bikes which deliver to customers locally.  Grant added: “With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been working hard to support both the primary and secondary healthcare sectors with disinfection and washing of PPE, scrubs and medical uniforms. We’re now working with labs in the Netherlands to verify our disinfection coupled with our proprietary ambient temperature washing.  Over the last two months, the company has sought to address the challenges posed by COVID-19 and is working closely with the NHS to provide services for local GP surgeries.  The £1.4 million seed will allow washing hubs (dubbed “Lagoons” by the company) to be set up in cities across the country. Hubs will be located centrally to allow for bike transportation, and customers will be able to benefit from next day door-to-door service. last_img read more


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Notre Dame’s Aaron Taylor headed for the College Football Hall of Fame

first_imgIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend MarketSports Google+ Facebook Notre Dame’s Aaron Taylor headed for the College Football Hall of Fame Previous articleDonations, Volunteers Needed By Meals On Wheels As Winter BeginsNext articleShooting suspect turns himself in Tommie Lee By Tommie Lee – January 11, 2021 0 228 Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp (provided by NFF) A Notre Dame standout from the early 1990s is headed to the College Football Hall of Fame.The 2021 Hall of Fame class headed for enshrinement has some big names, like Tony Romo, Carson Palmer, and Coach Bob Stoops. But it also features Fighting Irish Tackle Aaron Taylor, who played in South Bend from 1990 to 1993.Taylor is one of 11 players and two coaches headed to the Hall this year.The class will be inducted at the National Football Foundation dinner in December, and Taylor will also be honored on the campus this year. Pinterestlast_img read more

News story: Drive to ensure all children can swim by end of primary school

first_img Swimming is great fun and helps children to stay fit and healthy. But swimming at school also teaches children vital skills on how to stay safe in and around water. We want every child to be a confident swimmer by the time they leave primary school. By funding extra lessons for the pupils that need it most, providing extra training for our teachers and working with our independent schools to offer access to their pools and expertise, we can help children stay safe and learn to love swimming. using the PE and Sport Premium for extra lessons for children who have not yet met the national curriculum expectation after core swimming lessons, and extra training for teachers on water safety and swimming techniques through courses provided by Swim England; extra guidance, provided by Swim England, will be available to help schools deliver safe, fun and effective swimming lessons; and a drive to boost partnerships with independent schools to offer the use of facilities, coaching and other forms of support to schools in their area. Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: Julie Robinson, Independent Schools Council general secretary, said: We are committed to ensuring that every child who leaves primary school is able to swim. This plan will support schools and the sport sector to get more children swimming confidently and learn water safety. Since my competitive days I’ve been championing the need for all children to be taught swimming and water safety at primary school. Along with Swim England and the Swim Group, we have been working to raise awareness of the issues and provide support for all those involved in the delivery of curriculum swimming and water safety. Ensuring our children are able to enjoy the water safely is everyone’s responsibility. That is why it’s great to hear the government is raising awareness of the issue and pledging its support. We want everyone – schools, parents, lesson providers, decision makers – to do likewise and pledge to support schools to achieve our joint vision of every child having a full knowledge about water safety and learning how to swim by the time they leave primary school. Primary schools in England are set to receive extra support and improved guidance to help make sure all children can swim confidently and know how to stay safe in and around water.Working in partnership with Swim England, the Department for Education and Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport have today (Thursday 25 October) announced extra help for schools to make sure every child knows how to swim and be safe in and around water by the end of primary school, supported by the £320 million PE and Sport Premium.To coincide with the announcement, Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi and Sports Minister Tracey Crouch have also backed a pledge by Swim England – signed by the likes of British Olympic swimmer Steve Parry – calling on teachers and parents to do all they can to ensure children are taught swimming and water safety at primary school.The extra support will help deliver the government’s sport strategy ‘Sporting Future’, which committed to ensuring that every child leaves primary school able to swim. It includes:center_img The measures announced today follow a government-backed review of swimming and water safety in primary schools, which found that swimming standards vary in schools, despite being compulsory on the national curriculum. Following its recommendations, the government is working with Swim England to provide extra guidance to help schools deliver safe, fun and effective swimming lessons.Steve Parry, Olympic bronze medallist and Chair of the Swimming and Water Safety Review Group, said: Today’s announcement is part of a drive to tackle childhood obesity and help children to lead healthy, active lives, with more than £1 billion invested in schools through the PE and Sport Premium to improve PE and sport since 2013.It comes after the Education Secretary announced a cross-government school sport and activity action plan that will consider ways to ensure all children have access to quality, protected PE and sport sessions during the school week and opportunities to be physically active throughout the school day. The action plan will be launched in spring 2019. Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said: We completely agree that all primary age pupils should learn to swim – it is a basic life skill. Many independent schools with swimming pools are already working in partnership with state schools and the wider community to ensure others have the opportunity to benefit. There is much goodwill from schools fortunate to have facilities that may be in short supply locally, and the Schools Together website features plenty of examples of partnership working. Raising awareness of partnerships and encouraging more of this good work helps state schools and independent schools develop mutually beneficial programmes, which provide education and development opportunities to all pupils and staff involved. Swimming is a vital life skill that is proven to boost both physical and mental wellbeing.last_img read more

Online technology helps bakers select products

first_imgFoodservice supplier Bidvest 3663 has created an online tool to help bakery customers choose the right products.The From the Bakery guide is an interactive tool, created following company research into customers’ buying habits. It revealed that bakery items can be confusing to purchase as the products span all eating occasions across the day parts as well as differing on cooking and preparation requirements.The guide can be found on the Bidvest 3663 website, with detailed information on more than 375 products including more than 30 pastry products such as Bridor chocolate twist. It recommends upselling these with coffee.Each listing features an image and icons to explain the cooking method, whether the product is Craft Guild of Chefs endorsed and whether it meets a special dietary need such as gluten-free.There are also dedicated gluten-free pages to help bakers meet the increasing demand for these products, particularly in light of the new Food Information Regulations coming in this December.Gemma Young, product marketing manager at Bidvest 3663, said: “Bakery is a key category for any foodservice provider as it touches all eating occasions throughout the day. We pride ourselves on our vast range, offering a number of options to suit different customer needs and price points.“The brochure includes a ‘something special’ section for each bakery sub-category, highlighting products that will help customers offer something different on their menus. There are also top tips and recipe ideas throughout the brochure to help inspire our customers, along with market stats to help them make informed product choices.”last_img read more

Béla Fleck To Debut New Trio At Dave & Tim Mexico Event

first_imgThe second annual Dave & Tim event is just a few weeks away! Set for January 12-14, 2018, the all-inclusive concert vacation features three nights of Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds performing on the beach in Riviera Maya, Mexico, just steps away from the ocean. Additional artists include critically acclaimed hit-maker Brandi Carlile, 2016 Best Folk Album GRAMMY-winning banjo extraordinaire Béla Fleck, and sister trio Joseph, each set to open one night each of the 3 the nightly concerts. Additional unique performances including daytime poolside sets will be announced in the coming weeks.Béla Fleck was originally scheduled to perform with his wife Abigail Washburn, but she is unfortunately unable to make the event. In place of their duo set, Béla will debut a new trio. As the event notes, “Béla Fleck will be premiering a new trio collaboration with the incredible Antonio Sanchez and Mathew Brewer. Abigail Washburn sends her regrets that she is unable to attend.”Drummer/composer Antonio Sánchez (Bad Hombre) is known for his Golden Globe and BAFTA-nominated score for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Academy Award-winning film, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), as well as soundtracks composed for director Fernando León de Aranoa’s Política, Manual de Instrucciones, and EPIX network’s Get Shorty. His fervent solo drumming improvisations, infused with surreal electronic textures, create potent and volcanic modes of self-expression unique to him.World-renowned bassist Matt Brewer is known for his work with artists such as Greg Osby, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Lee Konitz, David Sanchez, Terence Blanchard, Aaron Parks, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and many others. He is featured on dozens of recordings, including two on the Blue Note record label, “Channel Three” by Greg Osby, and “Avatar” by Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Matt has also led bands in New York, performing at venues such as the Jazz Gallery, Fat Cat, and the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. His band was also featured at the New Mexico International Jazz Festival. He is an adjunct faculty member at The New School, has been a guest artist/teacher at the Banff Center, and has taught lessons and masterclasses across the globe.We can’t wait to hear what this trio is made of, and are counting down the days until Dave & Tim takeover Riviera Maya!This serene Caribbean getaway, designed in partnership with CID Presents, will offer guests a fully curated experience: exclusive access to three nights of beachside performances, all-inclusive food and drink, premium hotel accommodations, shuttle service to and from Cancun International Airport and 24-hour concierge service. Guests can choose from a limited amount of remaining packages at five tropical resorts including the concert’s host resort, The Barcelo Maya.There will also be a variety of daily on-site activities, including daily sunrise and morning yoga sessions, paddleboard / kayak rentals, surfing contests and many more. Off-site adventures will include catamaran tours, zip-line & ATV tours, day trips to the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Chichen Itza, journeys to Rio Secreto (an underground all water cave) and much more.For more information or to purchase ticket/accommodation packages for Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds’ Riviera Maya destination weekend, head to the event website.last_img read more

New Marketing Tools to Help Partners Drive Customer Transformation

first_imgThis year, we are accelerating our incredible momentum from 2017 by focusing on the four critical transformations impacting our customers: IT, Digital, Security, and Workforce. To further enable this acceleration, at the recent Global Partner Summit in Las Vegas, we launched powerful new marketing tools, trainings and materials, created with you—our partners—in mind and based entirely on your feedback. I encourage you to leverage these exciting new resources to enhance and invigorate your marketing and sales efforts:Elevate Your Consultative Skills with the New IT Transformation CampaignIn today’s fast-changing world, your customers know they need to embrace Digital Transformation and evolve to stay competitive—it’s not a question of if, but when. IT Transformation is a key enabler of wider Digital Transformation, and as Dell EMC partners with access to solutions across the Dell Technologies family, you are uniquely positioned to guide your customers through this transformation and become their “go-to” technology consultant. We listened to your feedback and leveraged our own campaign—as well as a $1.5 investment in third-party industry research—to develop a comprehensive partner IT Transformation campaign to help you drive engagement and make IT Transformation real for your customers.The campaign tells a complete, captivating story which positions the strategic value of our ISG portfolio and connects all of our ISG demand generation campaigns. Further, the IT Transformation Campaign enables your sales team to elevate the conversation to business outcomes, versus products or solutions, to drive consultative-led selling. Developed from the perspective of the buyer’s journey, the campaign delivers connected content at each step of the journey, and supports your customer nurture objectives while engaging potential prospects through digital interaction. Within the campaign, you can map technology to actual use cases and provide tangible, evidence-based assessments to further strategic conversations specific to each customer.Within this campaign, you can also align your infrastructure services with your business services as the application experts in your customer proposals. And, of course, the option is available to sell Dell EMC Services.To make this content easy to access and launch, we have created a new campaign within the Digital Marketing Platform, and your sales teams can access a wealth of content and supporting activation components in the Knowledge Center, all of which is available on the Partner Portal. You can also view the campaign video for additional details.Tell the Dell Technologies Advantage & Transformation StoriesWe have created a compelling story to help sales teams understand the full power of our Strategically Aligned Businesses – and now they are available to all of our partners. These videos position the value of IT, Digital, Security, and Workforce Transformation to your customers, including how to realize business outcomes by leveraging the end-to-end portfolio of Dell Technologies:New, on-demand webinar outlining how Dell Technologies provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT, and protect their information.Videos explaining The 4 Transformations – the same ones used to train our internal sales teams.MyRewards Incentive PlatformTo incentivize your teams, we launched MyRewards, a new, points-based reward program for Sales Representatives and Systems Engineers at Dell EMC Solution Providers globally* with exciting features including:Intuitive, easy-to-use platform with simple navigation and personalized, engaging contentSimple express sales claiming to save time and earn points fasterBigger, better promotions with additional benefits as partners advance from Level 1 to Top AchieversThousands of rewards including virtual prepaid cards, merchandise, events and travel experiencesLearn more about MyRewards and review the enticing Q2 promotions on the Dell EMC Partner Portal Incentives Page, and you can register here.New Solutions CompetenciesWe continue to introduce new Solutions Competencies within the Dell EMC Partner Program to educate your sales teams on the new emerging trends in technology. At GPS, we announced the new Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions Competency, which joins our previously launched Competencies in Software Defined Infrastructure, Hybrid Cloud, and Connected Workforce.Additional Solutions Competencies will launch soon, to further align our education programs with our marketing platforms and resources.Continual ImprovementWe have done all these improvements with your success in mind and will continue to enhance our marketing tools, including the Digital Marketing Platform, Marketing Institute and Product Syndication.As always, we welcome your feedback and look forward to sharing another incredible year.*The MyRewards platform excludes Greater China, Russia, and Poland, and Authorized partners in EMEA. US Federal, OEM, GSI, and Distribution partners are not eligible for the MyRewards program.last_img read more

Spain outlines plan to install 2GW of wind annually through 2030

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享 Spanish government is targeting over 2GW of annual wind energy installations out to 2030 as part of its new 10-year plan for renewables.Madrid has submitted its National Energy & Climate Plan (NECP) to the EU and wants renewables to account for 42% of the country’s energy mix and generate 74% of its electricity by the start of the next decade.All EU member states are required to submit 2030 plans, which will set growth targets for clean energy.“Spain has long been a leader in renewables: wind is 20% of their electricity and they create more export revenues from wind energy than from wine. It’s great to see they’re now planning a significant further expansion of renewables,” Wind Europe chief executive Giles Dickson said. “The level of ambition and visibility sends a clear signal to investors and will be good for jobs and growth. It makes Spain a frontrunner in the EU Green Deal. Five other EU Member States still haven’t finalised their NECPs yet. They should find inspiration in the excellent Spanish example,” he added.Spain currently has 25.7GW of installed capacity onshore and was Europe’s leading market for onshore wind last year, adding new projects totaling just over 1.6GW.More: Spain sets sights on 22GW of new wind by 2030 Spain outlines plan to install 2GW of wind annually through 2030last_img read more