View post tag: military View post tag: Navy Training & Education July 2, 2012 View post tag: Expo View post tag: News by topic View post tag: BALT View post tag: Baltic Back to overview,Home naval-today Polish Navy Participates in Baltic Military Fair “BALT MILITARY EXPO” Polish Navy Participates in Baltic Military Fair “BALT MILITARY EXPO” View post tag: Fair View post tag: Polish Between 27-29 June the 12th Baltic Military Fair “BALT MILITARY EXPO” was held in Gdansk. Polish Navy has prepared a presentation of ships and maritime rescue.Transport-and-landing ship ORP “Lublin”, minehunter ORP “Flaming” and hydrographic ship ORP “Arctowski” were presented to the public in the city center. A dynamic presentation of rocket ship ORP “Orkan” and the Search and Rescue helicopter “Anaconda” from the Polish Naval Aviation Brigade was also included in the program.BALT-MILITARY-EXPO has close ties with both the sea and its coast. The exhibition focuses on military, safety and rescue issues. It is dedicated to the Polish Navy and other types of forces, as well as to the services subject to the Ministry of Interior; its goal is to present cutting-edge technological solutions, weaponry, equipment and accessories to serve the defense, security, safety and emergency rescue at sea and on the coast.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 2, 2012; Image: Polish Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Participates Share this article
View post tag: Naval Group August 30, 2017 Authorities Works start on submarine construction yard as Naval Group opens Australia office Naval Group, the French shipbuilder picked to build Australia’s 12 new submarines has marked the official opening of its new Australian headquarters and has started master planning studies for the design and build of the Future Submarine construction yard in Adelaide.The new Naval Group office in Keswick, Adelaide was officially opened by Australian minister for defense industry Christopher Pyne and Herve Guillou, global chairman and chief executive officer, Naval Group.During the opening ceremony, Naval Group announced they have engaged Coffey Services Australia, Alexander Symonds and Precision Hydrographic Services to commence survey work in preparation for the design and build of the Future Submarine construction yard in Adelaide.“To inform the design of the construction yard in Adelaide, where Australia’s fleet of regionally superior Future Submarines will be built, we will be commencing comprehensive survey work in the Osborne precinct,” said Guillou.“We look forward to working with the Australian companies who will provide us with these services,’’ Mr Guillou added.Naval Group’s Adelaide headquarters is currently home to 40 staff, a mix of French and Australians, who are working on the early phases of the Future Submarine Program including submarine design, supplier engagement and infrastructure planning for the new submarine shipyard. View post tag: Future Submarine Back to overview,Home naval-today Works start on submarine construction yard as Naval Group opens Australia office View post tag: SEA 1000 Share this article View post tag: Royal Australian Navy
The US Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded VT Halter Marine a $39.8 million contract for the construction of additional units of the new class of barracks ships, the Auxiliary Personnel Lighter – Small (APL(S)).VT Halter Marine received a $77.9 million contract in September 2018 to design and build the first two units.This contract modification is for the first of four additional craft that will be built.As these craft are similar to accommodation barges used in the commercial oil and gas industry, APL(S) are being acquired as a commercial item.The barracks ship will provide berthing and messing facilities for sailors while their ships are in port for availabilities and Inter-Deployment Training Cycles (IDTC). As pointed out by the navy in 2016, thirteen of the seventeen APLs in service were built from 1944-1946 and are therefore approximately 70 years old. The new APLs are being built to improve sailors’ quality of life during availabilities and save a significant amount of money over the life of the program.The APL(S) will support up to an aircraft carrier (CVN) size ship with berthing for approximately 600 personnel and messing for approximately 1,100 personnel. It will be a non-self-propelled craft designed to be towed to bases or shipyards where ship availabilities are being conducted.The first two barges are expected to be built by July 2020. View post tag: APL(S) View post tag: VT Halter Marine Photo: The US Navy’s two newest barracks barges, APL-65 and APL-66, were commissioned in 2000. Photo: US Navy Share this article View post tag: US Navy
This house believes that children need heterosexual parents: A packed and glorious debate.Though not one whose outcome was ever in question – as opener James Dray puts it, ‘we live in Oxford; everyone’s gay’ – you might expect the Proposition to muster a more forceful argument than that children might get teased a little at school. Alas, they do not, leaving the evening void of any real intellectual titillation. Luckily, the debate’s aesthetic merits more than compensated.Dray, clearly not believing his own argument, serves up ten minutes of charming banter before adopting his serious voice, and then it all goes tepid and tenuous. He did at least trot out the line ‘some of my best friends are gay’ with superb irony, speculate on Tryl and Omkar’s ‘exquisitely dressed’ hypothetical progeny and introduce the terms ‘rimming’ and ‘fisting’ to the debating chamber. Opposition opener Wan also amuses, but is incisive along with it; like a whippet armed with a rapier, he plays on personal emotions with aplomb and carries all before him. This lad will go far.Archdeacon Norman Russell favours the rhetorical tactic of attrition, and subjects the floor to a long and dreary siege. Maybe he hopes disease will break out in the opposition ranks – the coughing certainly becomes more widespread. Rev. Gaston answers with a staccato delivery like the bursts of a machine gun across an abandoned battlefield. And the battle is certainly over. The audience subjects Stephen Green to an immature but effective sally of interruptions; Holmes and Truss deliver sound and sober speeches in opposition; Edward Leigh MP makes up in fist-clenching and citing ‘our heart of hearts’ as a legitimate statistical source, what he lacks by way of a rational thought process. A decisive victory for the opposition, with many audience members moved by the eloquence of the arguments deliveredAdoption crises; rafts of statistics; UN conventions; the opposition have all the points, but what makes this debate so one-sided is their utter conviction. Future speakers take note: believing your own rhetoric really does make a difference.
However, when she stated her intention to read this out, there was an objection from the sitting Librarian, Sabriyah Saeed. She referred to Standing Order B6, stating that the agenda had not been sent out in due time by the Secretary and thus that Greenwood’s statement should not be heard.Greenwood argued that the President had already made statements which were not highlighted on the agenda, such as accusing Greenwood of the “serious offence” of failing to provide minutes of previous meetings on time.The objection was seconded by Treasurer – and winner of last week’s presidential election against Greenwood – Stephen Horvath. This meant the statement could not be made, as per Union rules.After this heated exchange, it seemed that Greenwood had been silenced. However, when Horvath proposed a vote of thanks to President Vadlamani, referencing her efforts to improve the diversity of speakers at the Union, Greenwood made an objection on the grounds that she had “acted very unprofessionally on many levels”.The vote of thanks went on to pass immediately with no further opposition, and the fractious meeting was brought to an end.Saeed, who first objected to the reading out of Greenwood’s statement, told Cherwell: “I believed that it was improper for this business to be brought to Standing Committee and under standing order B6 I exercised my right to object to it being brought forward.“The reason B6 is not always invoked where it might be is due to the fact that the Standing Committee often needs to deal with business arising less than 48 hours prior to the meeting, and in such cases the invocation of B6 would prevent it from acting on its duty towards the general membership.”Vadlamani and Greenwood declined to comment. A candidate in last week’s Oxford Union elections has been denied a spot on the Secretary’s Committee despite winning more votes than his nearest rival.According to initial results Rai Saad Khan, who was running on the ‘Ignite’ slate, was narrowly beaten to the final position on the committee by ‘Reform’ candidate Mo Iman.However, last night the Union’s returning officer stumbled upon a spreadsheet error which had undervalued Khan’s votes, meaning he should have been elected.As no complaint was registered in the 48 hours following the close of the poll, the society said it would not amend the results to the correct outcome – a decision which prompted Khan to question “the democratic nature of the Union”.Last week saw the first contested Union presidential election in five terms, with the race for Secretary’s Committee also being remarkably competitive.Only the first eleven of over twenty candidates would make it onto the committee, and the results announced on Saturday morning showed that Iman had just pipped Khan to the final spot.However, last night a mistake with the vote count was discovered. In a document outlining what happened, the returning officer said he had “discovered an error in the Excel spreadsheet formula for vote change for Rai Saad Khan.“I subsequently went through the spreadsheet to investigate whether there were any further errors, and also produced a corrected version,” he said. “I asked an ex-Returning Officer trained in using STV [Single Transferrable Voting] to independently confirm this.”He discovered that Khan should have had a vote value of 86.298 by the final round. Mo Iman, meanwhile, only had a vote value of 81.490. As such, Iman should have been eliminated in the final round, with Khan taking his place on Secretary’s Committee. Despite this error being clear and the returning officer labelling it “an injustice”, he concluded he could not change the result. Union Rule 33(b)(vii)(1) states that the Returning Officer may order a recount if an error is brought to his attention within 48 hours of the close of the poll, meaning the deadline had long passed when the mistake was discovered.Rai Saad Khan told Cherwell: “I deeply regret the turn of events, and sincerely hope Mo resigns on his own accord, as it is unfair for all those who are elected on committee and those who didn’t get elected.”Khan also expressed his frustration at the Union’s rules. He told Cherwell: “Rules such as 33b vii(1) that still exist within the Union highly call into the question the democratic nature of the Union, and it is deeply troubling that all malpractices or violation of elections laws are protected beyond a 48 hour period, such that even when evidence of a miscount or illegal electorial acts do arise, the elected members are protected at the cost of ordinary members and voters.“This rule is made to benefit the elected members, and is another sign of prestige and inequality within the Union that needs to be changed.”The returning officer of the Oxford Union did not wish to comment.The electoral blunder follows reports of infighting at the upper echelons of the society.In a recent meeting of the Union’s Standing Committee, outgoing Secretary and defeated presidential candidate Molly Greenwood accused President Laali Vadlamani of acting “very unprofessionally on many levels”.Tensions had first been raised early on Monday morning, when the agenda for the meeting detailed Greenwood’s intention to make a statement regarding “the unacceptable conduct of the President, Laali Vadlamani”.
Here is a round-up if this past weekend’s Ocean City Junior Raiders Football results against the Absecon Blue Devils:Pee-Wee – Ocean City 6 – Absecon 0The Ocean City Jr. Raiders PeeWee team stretched their winning streak to 4 in a row with a 6-0 win over the Absecon Blue Devils. The defense has definitely been the story for the young PeeWee team as they have posted 4 shutouts during this run. The only touchdown of the game came on a beautiful 15 yard touchdown pass from Evan Taylor to Colin Thompson in the first quarter. The Blue Devils caught the Raiders team on a well designed Double Reverse at the end of the first half that they broke for a fifty yard gain until Raiders Safety Amari Casalena and Linebacker Joey Berardis chased the running back down just shy of the goal line on what would turn out to be the play of the game. The second half was effected tremendously by the weather as neither team was really able to put together any offense and exchanged multiple turnovers. Cole Haverly (playing Nose Tackle for the first time) clogged up the middle of the Blue Devils offense time and time again. Evan Taylor was unblockable, coming off of his Defensive end position making numerous tackles for loss. Aiden Majors, Colin Thompson, and Joey Berardis took advantage of great defensive line play in front of them that kept the blockers off of them the entire game allowing them to make tackle after tackle. The coaches also wanted to mention the play of Neo Oropeza Hernandez, who stepped in and played a great game on both the offensive and defensive lines. The Jr. Raiders travel to Vineland next Saturday to battle an extremely tough Blitz team at 4pm. Please come and support our young athletes! Junior Varsity – Absecon 26 – Ocean City 0The JV Jr. Raiders faced off Saturday against the undefeated Absecon Blue Devils. The Jr. Raiders battled through the weather and against a tough Absecon team, and came up with several nice defensive stops. On offense, they couldn’t get much going, and Absecon proved to be to much, losing 26-0, dropping OC to 3-3 on the season. Varsity – Ocean City 31 – Absecon 7The Junior Raiders Varsity squad upped its record to 4-2 on the year with a convincing 31-7 victory over the Absecon Blue Devils during a steady rain throughout the game. The team took the opening kickoff and marched down the field leading to a short touchdown run by Kareem Lovest. After Absecon responded with a score of its own to take a temporarily 7-6 lead, the Junior Raiders scored on its next three possessions, capped off right at the end of the half with a touchdown pass by Lovest to Jake Schneider. That score put the Raiders up 24-7 at the half. The team then recovered an on-sides kick to start the second half which led to the team’s final touchdown of the game, putting the final score at 31-7 before the Absecon squad conceded the game. After the first possession, the defense was tremendous led by a stalwart effort by the defensive line. The team’s offensive line dominated the entire game in less than ideal conditions. Next up for the Junior Raiders is a game at Vineland on Saturday, October 15.
Load remaining images The Disco Biscuits continued their three-night hometown run at the Fillmore Philadelphia last night, playing the second show with special guests, Swift Technique. The horn-filled Philly band not only opened the show, but linked up with the Biscuits on a handful of songs throughout their two set performance, including “Give it to Me” in the first set and both “King of the World” and “Let’s Dance” in the second.The show was full of classic Biscuits jams as well, including a show opening “Bernstein & Chasnoff” that segued into “Voices Insane” before returning to “Bernstein & Chasnoff.” They also rolled out some inverted takes on “Humuhumunukunukuapua’a” and “Down to the Bottom,” and would ultimately close out the show with an encore of “On Time.”Thanks to the band, we can watch a full pro-shot video of the show! Check that out, as well as the setlist and a photo gallery from Sean DiSerio, below.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | The Fillmore Philadelphia | Philadelphia, PA | 2/3/17I: Bernstein & Chasnoff-> Voices Insane-> Bernstein & Chasnoff, The Very Moon-> Give it to Me (with Swift Technique Horns)-> Morph Dusseldorf (ending only)II: King of the World (with ST Horns)-> Let’s Dance (with ST Horns)-> Humuhumunukunukuapua’a (inverted)-> Astronaut-> Down to the Bottom (inverted)-> Confrontation (ending)E: On Time
In 1982, Pink Floyd shocked moviegoers everywhere with their intense film adaptation of The Wall. The movie had particularly strong imagery, including a number of paintings by artist Gerald Scarfe. Now, 35 years later, those paintings will be displayed in an exhibit at the San Francisco Art Exchange this July, before being sold off to collectors.A total of eleven pieces will be included, such as The Scream pictured above, as well as a full 50 panel storyboard for the entire film. Other pieces are titled The Mother, The Gross Inflatable Pig, Wife With Flaming Hair, Education For What? No Jobs! and many more. The full collection can be seen here.Interestingly, Scarfe began working on the artwork for The Wall before Pink Floyd even started recording the album. He designed several inflatable animals that were used in the live performances, and some of his illustrations made it to the movie. It should be a real treat to see these artwork on display.[H/T Rolling Stone]
Streaming giant Netflix has announced that it will team up with A-list comedy star Will Ferrell for a new feature film about the Eurovision Song Contest, according to a report from Deadline. Ferrell is set to star in the film, titled Eurovision, as well as write the screenplay along with Andrew Steele. Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum will produce for Gary Sanchez Productions, and Adam McKay will serve as executive producer.The Eurovision Song Contest, frequently referred to simply as Eurovision, is the widely-known TV song contest that pits entrants from various different countries against each other and allows viewers to vote for the other countries’ songs to determine a winner. The competition has expanded in scope over the course of its more-than-50-year existence, with over 40 countries (including, as of 2015, Australia) now eligible to enter a contestant.The Eurovision Song Contest has famously launched a handful of enduring musical careers: ABBA rode their 1974 win for Sweden to a successful global recording career, and Celine Dion launched her own career with a win for Switzerland in 1988. However, the contest has mostly only provided short-term popularity boosts for its winners, with most winners eventually fading back into obscurity.Ferrell has made a career out of sending up various fringe competitions, from NASCAR (Talladega Nights) to Olympic figure skating (Blades of Glory) to youth soccer (Kicking & Screaming), to semi-pro basketball (Semi-Pro), and beyond. We’ve also seen him show his musical side once or twice—from his famous Robert Goulet impressions on Saturday Night Live to his climactic operatic rendition of “Por Ti Volare” in Step Brothers—and it always proves to be a riot.Will Ferrell – “Por Ti Volare” – Step Brothers[Video: abate16]Ferrell’s move to Netflix rather than the big screen follows a recent trend in the comedy world in which both big-name stars and rising comedic talents go directly to the streaming platform with their films and specials rather than utilizing the big screen and premium cable, as was formerly the norm. Many of Ferrell’s comedic contemporaries like Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, and Dave Chappelle have already gotten in on the Netflix comedy trend.[H/T Deadline]
At the Frances Loeb Library, students from the course ADV-09125 were showing off the future of libraries.The advanced seminar at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) — aka the “Library Test Kitchen” — just wrapped up its third fall offering on the course schedule. Like a few other classes across the University, its last act of the semester was not an exam but a public exhibit of student projects. ADV-09125 gets extra credit, however, since its final event on Dec. 13 was accompanied by wine, cheese, and fruit.Near the wine table, guests lounged on the inviting turf-grass mounds of “Library Island.” A few steps away was the tabletop “Toy Library,” whose sign summed up the evening: “Let’s play library!”Downstairs, Alexandra “Lexi” Bond, a M.Arch.-I student and a clarinetist studying the design future of concert halls, demonstrated the only project of the evening bolted into the ceiling. “Extra Leverage” is a contraption of metal, chain link, and canvas that allows a library-goer to hoist herself or himself to a high shelf. “I’m interested in dynamic models,” said Bond.Call the creativity and fun a tradition. Last year’s student projects, including an inflatable Mylar reading room, were housed at the “Labrary,” a pop-up experimental library in Harvard Square. This year, the course’s key challenge was along the same lines: Look at libraries as they are; imagine what new devices or furnishings they might need — library machines, in the parlance of this fall’s iteration; then pitch and build fast prototypes. The course is a seminar about thinking up and making up new stuff, while shaking up normal conceptions of the traditional library.“The motivation is to get students really looking into the library and its future,” said course co-instructor Jeff Goldenson, a designer at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. He said one aim of the course was “fun” and another was “interestingness.”Helping Goldenson this fall were Loeb Library Director Ann Whiteside; Jessica Yurkofsky, MUP ’12; and Jeffrey Schnapp, director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Schnapp is also the author, with colleague Matthew Battles, of the forthcoming “The Library Beyond the Book.”Just across from the cheese plates, architecture critic Alexandra Lange, one of nine Loeb Fellows at the GSD his year, showed off a foldable fabric desktop she called “Bureau-to-Go.” “When they work at a communal table,” she said of library-goers, “they stake out their own territory.”A few feet away, Jenny Hong, a M.Arch.-I student sat on a comfy chair next to her creation, the “Electric Campfire.” Like Lange’s portable bureau, it was based on observing the real life of libraries, in this case the solitary laptop user often seen sitting near the wall by the only electric outlet. But Hong’s “campfire” — a cubical table arrayed on each side with wireless power outlets — solves the problem of power access and creates a sense of informal community. “It’s more social than your normal library table,” she said.Ben Ruswick, a M.Arch.-I student, joined two other students to design a 4-by-4-foot outdoor library: 25 linear feet of used books under a hydrophobic roof, complete with shelves, chair, and reading lamp. Above will be a camera taking periodic stills that may stream onto the Web. “We’re interested in the idea that people associate libraries with structures to hold books,” and then shaking up that idea, he said. “This whole course is about re-thinking.”Hong agreed, and seconded another observation Ruswick had: that the Library Test Kitchen shakes loose levels of creativity that are helpful, especially for a student working on a final thesis. “The great thing about the class,” she said, “is there was a lot of freedom.”That freedom included being yourself. Early in the semester, students were asked to reveal any obsessions they have that might inform ideas for the libraries of the future. “One of my obsessions is craft and materiality,” said Carmine D’Alessandro, a M.Arch.-I student, who also confessed to being drawn to StoryCorps-style audio storytelling.So he joined with Kate Brown, a M.Arch.-I student, to create a working prototype of the “Object Lens.” The tabletop device allows a library-goer to both view an object (through a lens for magnification) and to talk about it (with commentary captured on video). “It’s trying to create an experience around archiving,” said Brown. “It’s hoping to capture not just the objects, but the way you relate to them.”MArch II student Joanna-Maria Helinurm built an immersive environment for teaching preschoolers the alphabet one letter at a time. For the Dec. 13 exhibit, the learning capsule, which is shaped like the turret of a miniature submarine, was primed for the letter “B,” from bushes and bees to butterflies. “I am interested in how kids will learn,” she said, and she’s planning a book on children and architecture.With the help of a van from the Harvard Depository, the student projects may travel next spring to SXSW Interactive in Austin, the cutting-edge festival of creative pursuits. If so, the long drive will be recorded by “Speed Reader,” a prototype created by Christina Yang and Timothy Carey, both third-year M.Arch.-I students. Side-facing cameras, linked to GPS, would “illustrate” a book as the journey proceeds, with text provided by a classic. (One text synched to the exhibit’s beta version was Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days.”)“It does take time to drive a book from A to B,” said Yang, and “Speed Reader” puts the road time to creative use. Added Carey, “We’re remaking the bookmobile.”Toward the end of the session, with the cheese dwindling and the white wine gone, a Loeb Library patron wandered into the still-buzzing ADV-09125 exhibit. Her eyes went wide and she asked: “What’s this?”