HMS Daring and HMS Illustrious Receive Peace Awards

first_img Authorities HMS Daring and HMS Illustrious Receive Peace Awards View post tag: Peace Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Daring and HMS Illustrious Receive Peace Awards Two Royal Navy warships have received the military’s ultimate award for peace and goodwill for helping the people of the Philippines.First HMS Daring and later HMS Illustrious spent around a month helping devastated island communities rebuild their lives after the most powerful storm ever recorded.Collectively, the two ships helped more than 22,000 people in November and December 2013 – efforts which have earned the vessels the Firmin Sword of Peace.Typhoon Haiyan steamrollered through a swathe of islands large and small some 200 miles south of the Filipino capital with winds as strong as 175mph wrecking homes, schools, businesses, amenities and fishing vessels.Destroyer HMS Daring broke off from exercises in the South China Sea to dash to the country’s aid followed a short time later by helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious, which had been carrying out anti-piracy sweeps off the Horn of Africa.When she arrived, Daring was the only rescue asset available in the Visayan Sea and used her Lynx helicopter to search an area five times the size of Wales to pinpoint the communities most in need of assistance.Her sailors, bolstered by British government international aid experts and charities, delivered food, shelter packs, set up mobile clinics treating more than 300 Filipinos, repaired fishing vessels, put roofs back on schools and community centres and helped to restore water supplies.Illustrious did much the same job when she reached the Philippines – but on a much larger scale given her size, number of helicopters aboard, and the 1,100 sailors, soldiers and RAF personnel aboard.It proved to be the last operational act of the carrier’s three-decade career – Illustrious paid off last summer – and it earned her a special collective Firmin Sword of Peace for all three Armed Forces, while Daring receives the same title on behalf of the Royal Navy.[mappress mapid=”14958″]Press release, Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: europe View post tag: receive View post tag: awardscenter_img Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HMS Illustrious View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: Naval January 26, 2015 View post tag: HMS Daringlast_img read more

Culture corner: Book review

first_img£6.99 Published by EgmontThis bakery cook book for the kids invites you to follow in the footsteps of Wallace & Gromit in their latest film, A Matter of Loaf and Death, in which they run a bakery. Full of practicality, it has wipe-clean pages for those messy flour spillages, as well as a pen to mark off the ingredients used, so you don’t accidentally put two lots of flour in and no butter.The ring-bound book folds out as a stand-up and, on the inside front cover, is a list of equipment needed for the recipes. There is also child-friendly information about what equipment to leave to the adults, as well as tips on safety in the bakery. The baker’s dozen book contains 13 recipes – for obvious reasons – including: Banana Bread, Flipping Pancakes, Sweet ’n’ Cheesy Strawberry Cheesecake, Shortbread Biscuits and Bouncy Blueberry Muffins. There is also a note by each recipe for steps that require the watchful eyes of an adult. The last page is dedicated to Wallace & Gromit’s Cookery Corner, which gives some simple technical tips such as abbreviations for measurements.This is a must for encouraging children to bake, whether you are a baker, a parent or both.last_img read more

Cheap sarnies cause concern

first_imgCheap and ’recession-busting’ sandwich ranges threaten to undermine consumer perceptions of quality and value for money in the category, according to a new report from the British Sandwich Association.The report found that while the UK market has grown by 3.6% in the last year to reach a value of over £6bn, average prices being charged by some retailers are the same or lower now than they were in 2007, despite food cost inflation of around 10% and a 4% rise in general inflation since then.Static prices are due, in part, to the launch of ’value’ sandwich ranges targeting price-conscious consumers.”This may be understandable in recession, but the industry needs to take care that it does not result in consumer perceptions of the quality and value for money becoming undermined,” said the report.Other concerns included product blandness due to reductions in salt and fat content to meet government targets; a lack of innovation due to cutting back on new product development budgets; and reduced consumer choice as a result of restructuring of shelves.last_img read more

NAMB takes action to train teachers to bake

first_imgTeachers around the country are getting bread-making lessons so that they can inspire teenagers to bake.The National Association of Master Bakers (NAMB) is sending board members into schools as part of the Teach Food Technology programme, designed to prepare for when food technology becomes a compulsory part of the national curriculum.Home economics is not a statutory subject, so the programme is helping to educate teachers who are not food specialists, giving them basic baking skills and tips.National Association of British and Irish Millers (nabim) director general Alex Waugh said it had contacted the government to suggest the new programme covered baking as one of its practical elements. It agreed, and artisan bakers are now giving up their time to visit schools in London, Birmingham, Manchester and the south west.Said Waugh: “Four hundred teachers should have had the training by the time the programme ends in March and they are on track to do that.”Teachers’ feedback has been superb and really positive it has given them confidence and I think they’ll be teaching bread-making in schools as a result. It should lead to children being inspired and wanting to do baking or at least looking at bread a bit differently and recognising the skill of people who make it well.”Anthony Kindred, of Kindred Bakery, has given demonstrations at schools in London many of them to geography or history teachers. He said: “It’s usually quite a mixed bunch of people who are foodies and those who have never seen a bag of flour, but they have always been very keen.”His one-and-a-half-hour sessions show teachers how to make dough balls and plaits. Added Kindred: “The more people who know that bread is a handmade product, the more it becomes another weapon in our armoury against the supermarkets.”Waugh said it was unlikely the government would put any more money into the programme but that nabim was talking about ways the training could be continued.last_img read more

Gorillaz Continue To Build Anticipation With Ten-Page Story, “The Book Of Murdoc” [Watch]

first_imgIt seems that new music from the Gorillaz could arrive any day now. The band has been posting with intermittent bursts of social media activity, which started about a month ago when the band shared a timeline of their entire career. Then, the group started detailing the stories of its cartoon members in “The Book Of” updates, filling in the gaps of each character over the last few years.We first heard from “The Book Of Noodle” and “The Book Of Russel,” with each ten-page post detailing the characters and their stories. Today we get “The Book Of Murdoc,” chronicling the so-called King of the Gorillaz during the down years between Phase Three and Phase Four of the Gorillaz.Check out the new story below.last_img read more

Harvard Theatre Collection Curator Fredric Woodbridge Wilson dies at 62

first_imgFredric Woodbridge Wilson, curator of the Harvard Theatre Collection and resident of Watertown, Mass., died on May 15 of pancreatic cancer. He was 62.In his 13 years at Harvard, Wilson curated more than 40 exhibitions, many of which explored his favorite corner of theatrical history, 19th century British theater, including theatrical caricatures, pantomime, Toy Theater, and Gilbert and Sullivan operas, a subject in which he was widely considered an expert.Wilson was born in Point Pleasant, N.J., on Sept. 8, 1947. Raised on the Jersey shore, Wilson attended Lehigh University, initially as a physics major, but became the university’s first-ever music major, graduating in 1969. At Lehigh he developed a deep interest in choral music, and from there pursued a graduate degree in musicology at New York University, where he conducted several choirs.In 1981, Wilson was appointed to the staff of the Pierpont Morgan Library, now the Morgan Library and Museum, after having become a familiar presence there as a researcher in music and opera. At the Morgan Library, Wilson curated several exhibitions — most importantly a show in 1989 on the Gilbert and Sullivan operas that was one of the library’s largest exhibitions ever — before coming to Harvard. A week after taking his new position, Wilson was awarded a fellowship by the Guggenheim Foundation for research in the history of theatrical publishing.Wilson is the author of many books, including most recently, “The Theatrical World of Angus McBean” (2009). He lectured widely; was an active member of the Society of Printers, the Harvard Musical Association, the Old Cambridge Shakespeare Association, the Signet Society at Harvard, and the Senior Common Room of Lowell House; and was a proprietor of the Boston Athenaeum. At Harvard, he organized major symposia on the choreographer George Balanchine in 2004. His last (and largest) exhibition, which opened in April 2009, was a centenary celebration of Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.He is survived by a sister, Elaine Chapman Mazzara, a brother-in-law, Walter Mazzara, and two nieces. Arrangements are private.last_img read more

SMC magazine contributors share work at reading

first_img“Chimes,” the biannual art and literary magazine of Saint Mary’s College, will be released next week.  The magazine features various creative works from Saint Mary’s faculty and students ranging from first years to seniors.  Senior and co-editor Laura Corrigan said many students have two pieces in the magazine, which is the maximum accepted per student. Corrigan said she hopes the Saint Mary’s community will appreciate the pieces in this year’s edition. “We hope people will read and enjoy all of the pieces accepted this year and will be encouraged to submit next year,” Corrigan said.  “We also hope the writers’ hard work and creativity is accessible for others to enjoy.” Haemmerle said “Chimes” has had a long history – the first issue of the magazine was published in September of 1892. “The magazine has developed from being primarily a literary magazine to include art work as well,” Haemmerle said. “It also is published digitally on the ‘Chimes’ website.”  Haemmerle said that there were 36 poetry submissions this year, 19 of which were chosen for publication.  A chapbook was chosen as well, she said. The magazine received 22 fiction submissions, 10 of these were chosen, she said. Junior Landess Kearns said she is very excited about her poem, which will be published in this year’s edition. “I was thrilled when they chose my poem,” Kearns said. “It always it such an accomplishment to have work recognized by others, and I think that “Chimes” does a great job at selecting a wide variety of student pieces.” Corrigan said students and professors read both fiction and non-fiction pieces during the first official “Chimes” reading Thursday night in Spes Unica Hall at Saint Mary’s. Corrigan said attendance at the reading by both students and professors was better than expected. Sophomore Maria Monreal, senior Elizabeth Elsbach and sophomore Anna Fanelli read their pieces at Thursday’s gathering, where other writers shared their work as well. Elsbach said she has enjoyed being published in the “Chimes” multiple times through her years at Saint Mary’s, and likes seeing the literary talent in the community. She shared one of her poems at Thurday’s event, Elsbach said. “I read one of my poems called ‘Grinding the dregs’ at the ‘Chimes’ event,” Elsbach said. “It’s about sexuality and how people exploit it.  It’s always a pleasure to be chosen.” Senior Rose Franzen said she read one of her fictional short stories, entitled “My Brother’s Keeper,” about her brother coming back from active duty. She said she enjoyed sharing the story with others interested in art and creative writing. “I loved the reading last night because it is fun to share a creative piece with other people who love literature and art like I do,” Franzen said. Fanelli, a Humanistic Studies and German major, said that she enjoyed hearing the work of students from various majors. “I was shocked when one of the girls was a Biology major,” Fanelli said.  “It’s cool that not only English majors take part in this publication.”last_img read more

COVID: Senators Propose $2k Per Month Payment

first_imgPhoto: PixabayWASHINGTON – Three prominent lawmakers have joined forces to propose monthly payments of $2,000 to U.S. residents during the Coronavirus pandemic.That includes payments for some children. The money would be in the form of a rebate program.The bill is proposed by Democratic Senators Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Ed MarkeyIt’s in response to the worsening economic crisis brought on by the pandemic. However, the legislation has a tall climb on capitol hill, especially in the republican-controlled senate.The payments would be available to residents no matter if they have a social security number.That includes undocumented immigrants who pay taxes but don’t have a social security number. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

EPA Pulls Dursban.

first_imgIf you normally buy the pesticide Dursban to fight pests likefleas, ticks and spiders, you’d better start shopping for a replacement.The Environmental Protection Agency has announced the removal of the chemical chlorpyrifos, known by mostconsumers as Dursban or Lorsban, for household use. DowAgrosciences, manufacturer of these products, voluntarily withdrew their products from the market.Tested on Fetal Rats”EPA has received information that indicates chlorpyrifoscould have some effect on fetal rats,” said Paul Guillebeauof the University of Georgia. Guillebeau is the Integrated PestManagement and pesticide coordinator for the UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences.”EPA became concerned there could be some risks to humanchildren as well,” he said. “That’s why they are pullingthe products off the market.”The ruling stems from the ongoing implementation of the FoodQuality Protection Act of 1996. The FQPA is fundamentally changingthe way U.S. pesticides are regulated, Guillebeau said. Last summer,EPA removed methyl parathion and azinphos methyl from the marketbecause of potential health threats to children.”Products containing this chemical are widely used forboth agricultural and nonagricultural applications, largely dueto the economical control they offer against a wide spectrum ofpests,” he said. “For nearly 30 years, chlorpyrifoshas been the mainstay for controlling pests. It would still bethe best control in some situations. But it won’t be availablein five months.”Home-Use Sales Stop After 2000More than 800 products contain chlorpyrifos. Those for homeuse won’t be in the stores after 2000. The chemical can stillbe used as a termiticide for spot treatment until Dec. 31, 2002,and in new home construction until the end of 2005.Chlorpyrifos is used to control insect damage on every majorcrop in the United States, so farmers are preparing for additionalrestrictions. Guillebeau said farmers won’t be allowed to usechlorpyrifos on tomatoes, but can continue using it on other crops.”Farmers will probably be restricted on how close to harvestthey can apply it,” he said. “We expect restrictionson additional crops to come in the future.”Choose an AlternativeBut don’t panic. Alternatives are available.”There are still some other products we can turn to suchas Diazinon and Malathion that will, in many cases, do just asgood a job as Dursban,” he said. Contact your county ExtensionService agent for recommendations on alternatives.”If you have Dursban at home, use it,” Guillebeausaid. “The best way to dispose of these products is to usethem up. If you have too much to use at your house, share theproduct with your neighbors.”Guillebeau doesn’t recommend rushing to the nearest gardencenter to buy all the Dursban you can.”Some companies removed all chlorpyrifos products fromtheir shelves immediately, but legally they have until the endof the year,” he said. “I know some people are rushingto the stores and stocking up on these products now. Just don’tbuy more than a six-month or a year supply, or you’ll be stuckwith 10 gallons you can’t use.”Don’t Rush the StoresAside from wasting the pesticide by stocking up too much, Guillebeausaid the product may not be effective after a year.”Keep in mind that pesticides don’t last forever,”he said. “You may end up with a product that’s simply noteffective anymore. And you’ll have no safe way to dispose of it.”Guillebeau says the EPA ruling should have consumers feelingmore sympathy for farmers.”The positive side of this ruling is now consumers seewhat farmers face when pesticides are removed from the market,”said Guillebeau. “I think farmers are going to have a muchharder time in the future as more products are removed from use.”last_img read more

Cuomo Orders Testing Of Bethpage’s Ever-Creeping Toxic Plume

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Rashed Mian & Christopher TwarowskiGov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered the US Navy and Northrop Grumman to provide the state and a local water district access to monitoring wells so it can test for potential contamination caused by a toxic underground plume.Samples from the so-called “Grumman Plume”—the subject of a 2012 Long Island Press investigative multimedia report exposing its continuous southward journey and disastrous public health ramifications—will be tested for hazardous carcinogens by both the state and Massapequa Water District, Cuomo’s office announced Wednesday.“There have been too many questions about the extent of contamination caused by this plume and residents are frustrated with the lack of answers from the Navy and Northrop Grumman,” Cuomo said in a news release.New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, said testing of wells is “just what the doctor ordered” for residents in Massapequa, Bethpage, and South Farmingdale—communities where the plume has threatened water supplies.The news may provide some relief to residents and water district officials who’ve been lobbying the state for years to act. The plume is essentially a 4.5-mile long by 3.5-mile wide cocktail of potentially harmful chemicals which has been traveling south-southeast unabated for decades. The underground plume first crossed Hempstead Turnpike years ago and is currently on the verge of creeping past the Southern State Parkway.As recently as last November Massapequa Water District President Stan Carey wrote a letter to the US Navy and Northrop Grumman asking permission to sample monitoring wells to test for the “correlation between the TCE in the monitoring wells and the TCE emanating from” the plume. TCE is short for Trichloroethylene, which is classified as a human carcinogen by the US Environmental Protection Agency.As part of the state’s plan, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation will collect groundwater samples from monitoring wells in order to test for potential contaminants through a process called compound specific isotope analysis (CSIA), officials said. The Massapequa Water District will conduct its own independent analysis. State testing could be expanded if necessary, officials said.Carey thanked Cuomo for granting the water district access to conduct sampling and stated he looks “forward to continuing to work with New York State to protect Massapequa’s water wells.”The Massapequa Water District has maps charting the plume’s path spanning more than two decades.Local and state officials have feuded for years as to how to contain the plume and protect water supplies, with officials from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) even supporting “post-wellhead treatment” for a time—allowing wells in the hazardous chemicals’ path to first become contaminated, then receive treatment.Critics panned the contamination-first strategy and demanded extraction wells to stop the spread of the toxic plume before it contaminated more public drinking water supplies and ultimately, the Great South Bay.In his statement, Schumer accused the Navy and Northrop Grumman of “stonewalling” the water districts in their attempts to test wells.The Navy has an agreement with the state DEC that calls for it to actively track down and remediate hot spots in the plume.Residents in the impacted areas are forced to deal with the effects of disposal practices dating back to World War II by the former aerospace and weapons manufacturer, previously known only as Grumman.Grumman was credited with helping the allies win the war, but its handling of waste has since come under scrutiny.In 1983, the 600-acre Grumman Aerospace-Bethpage Facility Site was listed in the Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites in New York State.last_img read more