Reservists Swap Lives for Year Serving as Part of Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron

first_img View post tag: swap View post tag: Squadron View post tag: Royal View post tag: Navy View post tag: Gibraltar View post tag: Year Back to overview,Home naval-today Reservists Swap Lives for Year Serving as Part of Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron Reservists Swap Lives for Year Serving as Part of Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron View post tag: serving View post tag: Reservists Two Royal Navy Reservists have swapped their civilian lives for a year serving as part of the Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron. They are manning the Royal Navy’s Fast Patrol Boats patrolling the shores of Gibraltar at the entrance to the Mediteranean. Able Rate Alex Harper (22) and Able Rate Matthew Amelan (40) have swapped their civilian lives to coxswain the navy’s Pacific rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RIBs) where they will be working for a year. On opposite watches they are part of the Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron consisting of two Scimitar- class patrol boats HMS Scimitar and HMS Sabre and three Pacific Rigid Raiders.The role of the boats and people of the Gibraltar Squadron is to safeguard Gibraltar’s shores, while contributing to joint operations. In addition, the Gibraltar Squadron provides a maritime Quick Reaction Force to support ships in the local area, and keeps a watchful eye over shipping passing through the Strait of Gibraltar. The craft of the squadron are often busy supporting British and NATO exercises in the region, or indeed other nations’ maritime forces. Achieving speeds in excess of 30 knots the rigid inflatable boats are more than capable of providing maritime security and keeping the watching eye in the area.Alex said:“I am really enjoying my time at the Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron. It can be a challenging maritime environment to operate and so far I’m finding it particularly rewarding”. On joining the naval reserves he added: “Joining the Reserves has been an excellent opportunity for me to learn new skills, take part in exciting activities and transform my spare time”.Mathew said:“I am enjoying my full time Reserve commitment at the Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron, my duty involves routine patrols off British Gibraltar Territorial Waters as a Coxswain, on duty I’m at short notice to perform a variety of tasks”.Commanding Officer of HMS Scimitar Lt Tom Knott said: “As part of Future Reserves 2020 the Royal Naval Reserves will have an even more significant role. Using reservists for us is mutually beneficial, is gives us flexibility in the Squadron whilst providing the reservists with depth and experience patrolling in a challenging environment”The Senior Naval Officer of the Royal Navy Gibraltar Squadron and Commanding Officer HMS Sabre Lt Adam Stevenson said: We’re delighted to have Able Rates Alex Harper and Matthew Amelan as part of the Gibraltar Squadron, I have been particularly impressed with the dedication and commitment they have shown. The enhancement they have provided to the operational capability of the Squadron reflects highly of them and the wider contribution that the RNR are making to the Future Naval Force.”Alex has been a naval reservist at his local Reservist Unit in Plymouth HMS Vivid since 2006, in his civilian career he is a trainee chef in Plymouth. In the short time since joining, he has had an action packed career conducting anti-piracy patrols onboard RFA Wave Knight and Force Protection onboard RFA Lyme Bay. He has also been awarded an Iraq medal for his time spent on Operation Telic in 2010. Since joining he has also managed to travel to the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Kenya.Matthew’s current reservist unit is HMS Eaglet, Liverpool and since joining the Reserves in 2009 has served onboard HMS Ocean on anti-drugs operations in the Caribbean and Force Protection onboard RFA Cardigan Bay.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 17, 2012; Image: royalnavy February 17, 2012 View post tag: part View post tag: Lives View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic Share this articlelast_img read more

Live Music Review: Seth Lakeman

first_imgby James Stafford Any mention of ‘folk and traditional music’ that’s casually tossed out in conversation invariably results in a few raised eyebrows. The beardy ale stereotype is a tough one to shake off, but that doesn’t stop a substantial number of twenty-somethings on the circuit from doing their level best to alert a wider audience to the power of traditional music. As the man at the head of folk’s assault on the mainstream Lakeman clearly has cause for celebration tonight. The nigh-on 1000 capacity Academy is packed to the rafters with what for a folk gig is a respectable mix of old and young, with a relaxed and confident performance from Seth, his brother Sean, bassist Ben Nicols and percussionists Andy Tween and Cormac Byrne receiving a rapturous reception. There were those of us who, following a difficult summer of embarrassing tight T-shirt music videos and shouty vocal performances from the group, had begun to fear that Lakeman’s contract with Relentless was turning him into the aspiring pop-rock star nobody really wants him to be. Standard opener ‘Rifleman of War’ does much to dispel these doubts, a gleeful military stomp rendered still more danceable by the group’s dual percussive assault. Last year’s Freedom Fields album is heavily represented here, and as such Cormac Byrne’s presence in the band is all the more welcome.  His frenetic bodhran playing really shines on two numbers he plays as a duo with Seth, last year’s single ‘Lady of the Sea’ and fan favourite ‘The Bold Knight,’ from 2004’s Mercury nominated Kitty Jay. The band in full-on stomp mode is arguably just as impressive. Live stalwart ‘How Much,’ a trip-hop wimp-out on Seth’s overlooked 2002 debut The Punch Bowl, is here pumped full of mashed guitar chords and thumping double bass, leaving it easily the evening’s most joyous moment. Meanwhile, sensitive treatments of recent singles ‘The White Hare’ and ‘King and Country’ show the group as a whole to be capable of more than tenor guitar riffery, the latter in particular gaining an emotional resonance lacking from either of its recorded incarnations. More’s the pity, then, that the title track showcased from upcoming EP Poor Man’s Heaven displays none of its predecessors’ subtlety, succumbing all too easily to a welter of cringe-inducing ‘Yeah!’s and ‘Come on now!’s. Hopefully, the Spinal Tap influence will not be discernable for long, and as soon as the singer banishes his bandmates and launches into an incendiary solo rendition of his greatest songwriting achievement, the terrifying ‘Kitty Jay,’ all is swiftly forgiven. The versatility and power of this group leaves them a force to be reckoned with, in the folk world and beyond.last_img read more

Government response: Response to Independent Commission report on Oxfam International

first_imgA Government Spokesperson said:“We welcome the publication of the report from Oxfam International’s Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct, Accountability and Culture.“This report contains serious findings and important recommendations, shaped by victim and survivors’ voices, and makes for uncomfortable reading for the whole aid sector. Aid must be delivered in a way which does no harm. Along with the Charity Commission inquiry, it will be an important step in Oxfam’s work to transform its culture and strengthen its safeguarding practices.“We will now carefully review both the reports and their recommendations, and the International Development Secretary will shortly meet Oxfam’s Chair of Trustees to discuss next steps. Decisions on Oxfam’s funding relationship with the UK Government will be made in due course.“The UK Government remains committed to driving up standards across the aid sector. Change must happen and the entire sector must work together to deliver it – safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.”last_img read more

Voting for the first time and in a historic contest. But no pressure

first_img Thinking through unforeseeable election fallout University leaders from around the nation exchange ideas at Town Hall Scholars, analysts examine possibilities in foreign policy, intelligence, and defense She was to be first woman president; he the first Black VP. Only no one told him How might the election change the nation’s place on world stage?center_img Voters under the age of 30 have been projected to cast ballots in record numbers this year. Political analysts say this election, where votes have been slow to be counted, may provide a turning point as the younger, more diverse population begins to flex its political muscle amid the waning influence of Boomer and older voters. The Gazette asked students in the Yard, some of them voting for the first time, to weigh in on what it felt like to be part of the process in this historic moment, their hopes for the country, and memories of past elections.— Juan Siliezar and Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite,Related Recalling another strange, historic election The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Analyzing Industries Part 1: Banking, Financial Services & Insurance

first_imgWhen we examine how technology is deployed in the field, there are a multitude of ways in which we can slice the market to give depth and greater understanding of the bespoke challenges that are faced in a given segment. For example, we could look at the market through the lens of a workload, where we see vast differences between the varying types of use cases such as Oracle database environments versus SAP, VDI or even HPC.  Additionally, we could look at varying geographies around the world and examine the differences between developed and developing economies, where the cost of labour influences the types of technology used.In this blog post and subsequent posts, I will look at technology through an industry prism beginning with banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) companies. To set the scene, I will examine the disruption BFSI firms will face in coming years.I’ll then move to the technology challenges being faced, starting with the data centre and finishing with the VCE perspective and answering the question of how VCE supports financial institutions in creating a foundation for IT and business transformation.What will be the game changer for financial services industry in the year ahead?2014 continues a fundamental shift for the financial services industry as their customers, big and small, have more financial negotiation power due to alternative sources of capital from new technologies. Information intersected with analytics – often referred to as big data – when combined with cutting edge platforms, can bring together investors and borrowers in ways that bypass the traditional model where borrowers seek out banks. Instead, it becomes possible for savvy lenders to identify prime borrower prospects before the prospects even start a search for a lender. Together, big data and new platforms are launching a surgical strike at the very heart of the traditional financing model.This, coupled with radical simplifications of traditional end-to-end business process and flow, will disrupt the sector, creating opportunity for some, but crisis for others. Disruption brought about by the changing dynamic with partner organisations and customers will be further characterized by the introduction of technology mash-ups, providing outcomes such as a broad uptake of digital wallets, payment disruption and more.“These companies are facing a harsh reality – banking is essential to a modern economy, banks are not. The same can be said for insurance companies.ShareHow can financial services organisations keep pace with the challenge of running their data centres?I don’t think keeping pace and merely running a data centre is good enough for a competitive and innovative financial services organisation. A successful company needs to be ahead of the demand and predict how technology will impact the very heart of their environments; the data centre. Today our data centres are under more strain than ever as they groan under the weight of the third wave of computing.The amount of devices connecting to our networks is exploding, not just internally, but also for BFSI customers. This will only continue its inexorable expansion with new connected devices and mobile wearables, such as Smart TVs and Google Glass. These devices surf a tsunami of information as the Internet of Things feeds the digital universe. Compounding the challenge is the pressure of making sense of this deluge through increasingly sophisticated analytics methods.“To keep ahead, not just keep up, organisations should look to platforms that will serve the needs of the modern data centre by reducing complexity, increasing availability and, more importantly, creating an infrastructure that enables rapid service deployment.SharePlatform strategies should be forward-looking to underpin the shift in the way we manage infrastructure and reduce the amount of time spent on configuring systems, instead of spending more time on applications and workloads.How does VCE support financial institutions in creating a foundation for IT and business transformation?At VCE, we have done the complicated work of invention and innovation on the infrastructure layer, enabling BFSI customers to redirect their focus away from the challenges faced in the modern data centre – integration, provisioning and maintenance. Vblock Systems don’t just converge the compute, network and storage fabrics, but the management layer too. This approach frees up BFSI resources to channel innovation, providing customers with a higher ROI as well as allowing the technical staff to focus on business-oriented, outcome-oriented IT, instead of non-strategic, silo-bound configuration activities.In the case of the financial services sector, VCE Vblock Systems have been successful in use cases ranging from PCI compliance to large scale VDI to allowing rapid provisioning of services for insurance companies to online banking and credit card rewards processing. Vblock Systems add hygiene and consistency to financial services environments and provide a stable, reliable, repeatable and highly scalable platform upon which customers can confidently hold their most mission-critical and business critical workloads and applications.last_img read more

Court section of 2005 Journal directory is now available online

first_img August 15, 2005 Regular News Court section of 2005 Journal directory is now available online Court section of 2005 Journal directory is now available onlineAfter removal from the 2004 directory, the court section will be included in the 2005 Journal directory and is currently available online at floridabar.org.With the eventual goal of phasing out the printed directory in favor of Web publication, last year the court section and several other sections were removed from the 2004 directory, and the information was made available exclusively online.Many members expressed dissatisfaction with the deletion of the court section, citing that it was handier in printed form. Several letters to the editor in the News requested that the section be reinserted in the 2005 directory. The Martin County Bar Association passed a resolution supporting the reinstatement of the judges’ section.In light of the membership outcry to restore the court section, the Communications Committee and the Board of Governors voted in April to include the court section in the 2005 directory at an approximate cost of $9,200 to the Bar. While the committee’s ultimate decision was to reinstate the judges’ section, it was also decided that the section would be made available on the Web in the same format as the print version.The court section of the 2005 Journal directory is available online now at floridabar.org along with links to court Web sites. The printed version of the directory will be available in September.last_img read more

5 Open Houses of Mega-Cheap Homes On Long Island This Weekend

first_img36 8 Ave., Huntington Station NY, 11746$174,900Listing Summary:School: S. HuntingtonStyle: Colonial# Families: 0Beds: 2Baths: 1 FullMLS#: 2894850Status: ActiveLot Sq. Ft.: 7,405Approx. Year Built: 1934Bank Owned Property, Very Nice Lot With Detached Garage. Low Taxes, Convenient To All. Open House:Saturday, 2/18 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday, 2/19 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Check Out Full Listing HERE Questions Contact: Steven PaganoColdwell Banker Residential516-864-8100 41 Robin Rd., Rocky Point NY, 11778$219,000Listing Summary:Section: North Shore BeachSchool: Rocky PointStyle: Ranch# Families: 1Beds: 2Baths: 2 FullMLS#: 2909515Status: ActiveLot Sq. Ft.: 3,920Approx. Year Built: 1960This Completely Updated Home Is Situated Just A Block From The Long Island Sound/North Shore Beach. Bright And Sunny Ranch Featuring A Large Country Kitchen, Cac, Hw Floors Throughout, New Bathroom, New Oil Tank And More. Basement Has An Ose, Small Kitchenette & Full Bath. Meticulously Maintained Home Inside And Out. Being Sold Furnished. Open House:Saturday, 2/18 12:30-2:00PM 1 Block From The Beach. Completely Renovated Home With Furniture Included!Check Out Full Listing HERE Questions Contact: Jennifer BaerBel Breeze Real Estate Inc.631-331-5100 Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Recently married and now scouring Long Island for your first home? Professional house flipper looking for a dream-come-true renovation project to redo, list back on the market, and turn a nice profit? Moving? Relocating? Simply out there on the prowl for an inexpensive home on Long Island?You’re in luck. We searched the real estate listings for you, and have come up with this quick list of bargain home buys, all welcoming would-be owners in for a tour this weekend.There are currently 38 open houses across Long Island this weekend (Feb. 18 & Feb. 19) showcasing single-family homes for sale between $100,000 to $250,000, according to real estate records on MLSLI.com.Here are Five Open Houses of Mega-Cheap Homes On Long Island that may be very well worth the visit this weekend (it’s supposed to be absolutely glorious out), along with their corresponding listing summaries from MLSLI.com: 1061 Udall Rd, Bay Shore NY, 11706 $244,900Listing Summary:School: BrentwoodStyle: Ranch# Families: 1Beds: 3Baths: 1 FullMLS#: 2906778Status: ActiveLot Sq. Ft.: 16,553Approx. Year Built: 1954Super-Mint Move In Ready Home. Completely Renovated With So Much More Potential To Grow Into. New Porceilaine Floor, New Kitchen Cabinets, New Doors, Upgraded Electric, 2 Heating Zones, Wooden Back Deck On A Huge Backyard. 1 Car Garage And 3 Car Driveway. Excellent Condition. No Additional Expenses To Upgrade Lot Is Irregular Approximately 230 Feet Deep Open House: Saturday, 2/18 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Check Out Full Listing HERE Questions Contact: Richard HalloranSignature Premier Properties631-422-3100 center_img 3117 Heather Ave., Medford, NY, 11763$249,000Listing Summary:Section: Eagle EstatesSchool: Patchogue-MedfordStyle: Split# Families: 1Beds: 4Baths: 2 FullMLS#: 2906873Status: ActiveLot Sq. Ft.: 8,276Approx. Year Built: 1963Split Level With Accessory Apartment With Proper Permit Renewal. Well Maintained Home With Room For Mom Or Dad. Updated Kitchen And Baths. Ceramic Tile Kitchen Floor And Some Hardwood Floors Under Carpet. Move In Condition. Open House:Saturday, 2/18 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Check Out Full Listing HERE Questions Contact:Roberta FranzeseBetter Homes Premier LLC631-696-4500 200 Longfellow Dr., Mastic Beach NY, 11951$119,000Listing Summary:School: William FloydStyle: Cape# Families: 1Beds: 1Baths: 1 FullMLS#: 2898748Status: ActiveLot Sq. Ft.: 6,098Approx. Year Built: 1951Nestled On A Quiet Dead End Street This 1 Possibly 2 Bedroom Home Is Centrally Located To All! Minutes Away From The Marina, Smithpoint Beach, Sunrise Hwy And Lirr. It’s Within Walking Distance To Beautiful Robert Miller Park. A Perfect Starter, Vacation Or Investment Home. New Sheet Rock On Walls In Most Rooms. New Carpets In Bedroom And Loft. Open House:Saturday, 2/18 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Check Out Full Listing HERE Questions Contact:Kelly Ann MazzioKeller Williams Rlty Homes631-675-0770last_img read more

2020: Powering through new challenges

first_imgThis is placeholder text The past year has seen unprecedented challenges within the industry; NAFCU is dedicated to helping your credit union successfully power through them and grow. Even with just a quick skim of our 2020 accomplishments for credit unions, you’ll see the incredible value you can expect from our top-rated advocacy, training opportunities and compliance assistance.Just a few 2020 highlights:Credit union membership grew to over 121 million members, while NAFCU’s membership has grown to represent over 54% of federally-insured credit unions’ assets.Numerous advocacy wins, including SBA PPP funding, the introduction of legislation to eliminate CECL, and thwarting big banker attacks.Connecting more than 13,000 credit union professionals online within NAFCU Networks, so you can help each other, and our entire industry, grow. Answering over 9,000 credit union questions via our direct compliance assistance program, including more than 1,600 questions related to the pandemic. And that’s just a handful of ways we’ve worked together this year to launch credit unions forward. You’re at the heart of everything we do. If you’re a current NAFCU member: thank you. If you haven’t joined us yet, learn more now about taking advantage of direct access to NAFCU research, expertise and programs. We work for you, so we’ll work hard every day to provide you and your staff with extreme member service. View and download the full 2020 datasheet. This post is currently collecting data…center_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Quake of magnitude 7.3 hits Papua New Guinea, tsunami warning briefly issued

first_imgA warning for “hazardous tsunami waves” was briefly issued for coastal regions within 300 kilometers of Wau in Papua New Guinea’s northeast, after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the region, the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.The quake struck about 12.50pm local time at a depth of 85 km according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), and struck offshore 18 kms east-southeast of Wau.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially issued a tsunami warning but said about an hour later the danger had passed. Topics : There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage and the PNG National Disaster Centre declined to comment until it had received a briefing.Wau is an inland former gold mining town with a population of about 5,000, about 150 kms southwest of PNG’s second-largest city, Lae.A person who answered the phone at the Lae City Hotel said they the had felt the quake but there was no property damage.”It’s normal, the earthquake, here. The staff is okay. They just kept on going,” the person said.The hotel was fully booked but all the guests were out at the time of the quake, the person added.last_img read more

Klopp expects Liverpool to face tougher title fight next term

first_imgLiverpool turned the Premier League title race into a procession this season, but Jurgen Klopp expects his champions to face a much tougher fight to retain the trophy next term.Klopp’s side powered to their first English title for 30 years with a dominant campaign that left their rivals trailing in their wake.Liverpool wrapped up the silverware with a record seven games remaining and finished the season 18 points ahead of second-placed Manchester City. But the German insists Liverpool will take nothing for granted when the 2020-21 campaign kicks off because he expects a renewed push from City and stronger challenges from Manchester United and Chelsea.”Whatever people say, it will not be important for next season because for sure we both have to be ready,” Klopp said.”We see United coming up. People thought they had no chance but we see with one or two players how good they are and how good they can be, and for sure they will not be worse next season, and now there is Chelsea as well.”It will not be about City and us. For the last two years pretty much the top of the table was City and us, and City for four or five years before that.”City clearly have the pedigree to take back the title.They set a 100-point Premier League record total in 2018 that Liverpool were unable to match this season and pipped Klopp’s men to the title again in 2019.Guardiola’s side could yet underline their enduring class by ending the campaign as Champions League winners.’Anyone can beat you’ City were undeniably inconsistent this season, with defensive frailties exposed after failing to replace Vincent Kompany and losing Aymeric Laporte to injury for long periods.Long-serving Spanish midfielder David Silva will leave this summer, but Phil Foden’s development gives Guardiola a potential replacement.Klopp does not expect a drop-off from City, who made a point about their ability to compete with Liverpool when they crushed them 4-0 in the Reds’ first game after clinching the title.”I am very positive about my team but I cannot deny Manchester City are really good. That was always the case, and I cannot see the end of anything for Manchester City,” he said.FA Cup finalists Chelsea, who ended fourth, must improve a creaky defence and a costly lack of killer instinct if they are to close the 33-point gap to Liverpool.Frank Lampard’s emerging young side have potential however and the additions of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech should add potency to their attack.”Chelsea have incredible guys there in the squad and extra now with (new signings) Hakim Ziyech and (Timo) Werner,” Guardiola said.Third-placed United, who finished 15 points behind City, have improved dramatically since the January signing of Portugal playmaker Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can also deploy a lethal front three in Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.”That is why it is the best league in the world. Anyone can beat you and every season will be stronger,” Guardiola said.”That is the reality of the Premier League. We are going to think about what we need to do to improve the team.”Topics : The Reds’ remarkable run forced City to surrender the title they had won for the last two years, with Pep Guardiola’s team unable to muster the consistency required to keep pace.With Liverpool having also won the Champions League in the 2018-19 season and the Club World Cup in December, some pundits believe the Anfield club are primed for a golden era of dominance.All the pieces are in place for Liverpool to win consecutive titles for the first time since 1984, with Klopp signed to a long-term contract and key stars Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson all in their primes.Liverpool also have a cadre of emerging youngsters capable of bolstering Klopp’s squad next season.last_img read more