Singapore, Indian Navies Hold SIMBEX Exercise

first_img Share this article Singapore, Indian Navies Hold SIMBEX Exercise View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Singapore, Indian Navies Hold SIMBEX Exercise View post tag: Singapore Hosted by the IN, the opening ceremony of the exercise held yesterday was co-officiated by the RSN’s Commanding Officer of 188 Squadron, Colonel (COL) Alan Goh and the IN’s Naval Component Commander, Andaman and Nicobar Command, Commodore Jatinder Singh in Port Blair.The sea phase of SIMBEX 2014 will be held at the Andaman Sea and involves surface and air assets from both navies. The RSN is deploying a missile corvette (RSS Valour) and a patrol vessel (RSS Independence), while the IN is participating with two corvettes (INS Karmuk and INS Kuthar), a naval helicopter and a maritime patrol aircraft.The exercise underscores the warm and long-standing defence ties between both countries. During the opening ceremony, COL Goh highlighted that SIMBEX 2014 would reinforce the strong relationship between the RSN and the IN. “This exercise will bolster the strong bonds between our navies by enhancing interoperability and mutual understanding.” said COL Goh.This year’s SIMBEX is the 21st instalment in the series of bilateral exercises conducted by the RSN and the IN since 1994. Over the years, SIMBEX has expanded in scope and has grown from a training-oriented anti-submarine exercise to include elements of maritime security, anti-air and anti-surface warfare. Apart from SIMBEX, the two navies also interact regularly through a range of activities, including professional exchange programmes, staff talks and courses.[mappress]Press Release, May 23, 2014; Image: Singapore Navy May 23, 2014 View post tag: Exercise The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) and the Indian Navy (IN) are conducting the annual Singapore-Indian Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX), from 22 to 27 May 2014.center_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navies View post tag: SIMBEX View post tag: Indian View post tag: Naval View post tag: hold Training & Educationlast_img read more

US Navy test fires Raytheon’s SeaRAM missile

first_img View post tag: SeaRAM Share this article Authorities US Navy test fires Raytheon’s SeaRAM missile The U.S. Navy has tested Raytheon’s SeaRAM anti-ship missile defense system by performing test shots that took out several targets in scenarios that mimicked threats a warship could be faced with.The Raytheon SeaRAM Anti-ship Missile Defense System is a low-risk evolution of the Phalanx Block 1B Close-In Weapon System and the Rolling Airframe Missile.The series of two shots included one in which two supersonic missiles were inbound simultaneously, flying in complex, evasive maneuvers.U.S. Navy’s Self Defense Test Ship served as a platform for the firings off the coast of Southern California.In both flights, according to Raytheon, the SeaRAM detected, tracked and engaged the threats, and fired Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2 guided missiles which intercepted the targets.“SeaRAM achieved a new level of success today, intercepting targets under high-stress conditions,” said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon’s Naval and Area Mission Defense product line.Phalanx is a rapid-fire, computer-controlled radar and 20mm gun system that acquires, tracks and destroys enemy threats that have penetrated all other ship defense systems.Intended to enlarge Phalanx’s keep-out range against anti-ship missiles, rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft, unmanned aircraft systems and other evolving threats, SeaRAM anti-ship missile defense systems use advanced Phalanx Block 1B sensors and replace the gun with an 11-round Rolling Airframe Missile guide. May 18, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy test fires Raytheon’s SeaRAM missile View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Raytheonlast_img read more

Indian Navy Mig-29K crashes at Goa airport, pilot ejects

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Indian Navy Mig-29K crashes at Goa airport, pilot ejects Authorities An Indian Navy Mig-29K aircraft went off runway during a take off at Goa airport on January 3, an Indian Navy spokesperson confirmed.The aircraft’s trainee pilot managed to eject before the aircraft crashed and caught fire.The incident caused delays in civilian arrivals and departures at the Goa airport.The Indian Navy further said the fire on the aircraft was extinguished completely and the aircraft was rendered safe after removal of fuel onboard.According to Indian news outlet NDTV, this is the first time the navy has lost an MiG-29 which fly from the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. Share this article January 3, 2018center_img Indian Navy Mig-29K crashes at Goa airport, pilot ejects View post tag: MiG-29K View post tag: Indian Navylast_img read more

Man attacked at Bridge

first_imgPolice were called to the Bridge Bar and Club at around 2.40am on Saturday morning in response to reports that two men had been assaulted.The victims were taken to be treated at the John Radcliffe hospital for injuries to the face. A 23 year old Oxford resident sustained severe injuries to his eye, while another man suffered broken teeth.The officer leading the investigation, Detective Constable Karl Ralph, said, “This was a very nasty attack which might cost one of the victims the sight in one eye.”Two men were arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent, a 23 year old man from Oxford and a 28 year old man from Kidlington.The Thames Valley Police informed Cherwell that the men have since been released on police bail and will appear in court in July.The assault is believed to have taken place in the VIP area of the nightclub, which is a favoured spot for many student revellers on a weekly basis. When contacted by Cherwell, the Bridge declined to comment on the incident.Emma Finlayson, a first-year student at St Peter’s, expressed relief that the incident had not taken place at a student event. She said, “I go to Bridge every Thursday so I’m really glad this didn’t happen on one of the big student nights.”Finlayson added, “I don’t think this kind of thing would happen on an Oxford uni night. I haven’t ever seen a serious fight among students on a night out.”The Thames Valley Police is currently appealing for witnesses to the assault to come forward with information.last_img read more

St John’s JCR provides £200 to set up a political caucus

first_imgSt John’s JCR passed a motion to create a centre-left caucus on Sunday 9 November, after the original motion was drastically amended to eradicate any political preference from the Society.The ‘Keeping up with the Balliols’ motion, so-called because of Balliol’s well-known Left Caucus, was proposed by co-Chair Elect of the Oxford University Labour Club, David Cesar- Heymann. Pledging to give £200, the motion intended to create “a space in college where students can be politically engaged” with speakers and the publication of a magazine.Cesar-Heymann argued that the JCR’s recent decision to give money to support the Free Education demonstration, while simultaneously rejecting the principle of Free Education, showed that John’s valued people’s ability to express their opinion even if they disagreed with the opinion itself.The motion was attacked for fear that it would appear like the JCR was endorsing a political party, despite backers’ insistence that the motion was explicitly worded to avoid this.An amendment from the floor was proposed to remove the phrase ‘centre-left’ from the Society’s title, effectively creating just a politics society. After Cesar-Heymann demanded a recount, the amendment passed 19 votes to 17.The JCR overwhelmingly supported the creation of the society but questioned whether it required financial backing. Access and Equal Opportunities Officer Flora Sheldon argued that, as the funding available for her position was also £200, it seemed “disproportionate” to value a political society to the same extent as access and equal opportunities.Countering Sheldon, Cesar-Heymann reminded the JCR that it holds a subscription for The Telegraph costing £200, which is allegedly unused. The vote to give the newly founded society £200 passed contentiously 17 votes to 15.Speaking to Cherwell after the vote, Cesar- Heymann was “very happy with the motion that passed by a practically unanimous vote”, adding that he was already focused in bringing in speakers.He added, “I’d be happy to help anyone interested in setting up another discussion group under the caucus umbrella.”Several members, however, suggested that societies should only receive JCR money when there was strong enough evidence of sufficient interest by college members.The motion requires the caucus to submit a yearly report to the Secretary, meaning it is likely to continue to attract scrutiny from the JCR.last_img read more

In Short

first_imgScrumptious DiscipleBaker Paul Bradford, of Truly Scrumptious Designer Cakes in West Lothian, Scotland, has been made a Disciple Escoffier after impressing chefs from across the world with a series of classes in Monte Carlo, reported the Sunday Mail. He was invited to Monte Carlo after creating a 12-tier cake for a VIP wedding at the Hotel de Paris, and the pastry chefs were apparently so impressed, he was invited back to pass on some of his wisdom.Coffee chain cupcakesCaffè Nero has introduced its first ever range of cupcakes. The range, developed by Aulds Delicious Desserts, uses no artificial colours and includes chocolate, lemon and berry varieties. They retail at £1.35 for take out and £1.45 eat in.Iberian StarbucksStarbucks has begun serving 100% Fairtrade Certified and Starbucks Shared Planet verified coffee in the UK in all of its espresso-based beverages. The chain has also assumed 100% operating control of its French business, currently run in a 50/50 joint venture with partner Spanish firm Grupo Vips, which operates stores in France, Spain and Portugal. As part of the agreement, Vips will be a fully licensed partner with exclusive rights to operate Starbucks coffeehouses within Spain and Portugal.Impulse offerUK Point of Sale (UK POS) has launched new products so that bakers can take advantage of the popularity of Halloween and Bonfire Night. The new items include shelf wobblers, aisle signs and impulse bins, which it said can be used to highlight promotional campaigns and generate impulse buying among customers.last_img read more

Real Good Food vows to shake up financial reporting

first_imgHaydens and Renshaw owner Real Good Food has said it is committed to improving its corporate governance and reporting after failing to fully report details of payments made to directors.Payments had been made to two directors for consultancy services that were not properly disclosed in transaction notes for the company’s accounts in 2014 to 2016. The costs had been accounted for by the business, however.Real Good Food (RGF) today said its standards of corporate governance and reporting had been below those investors “might reasonably expect”, adding it was “committed to rectifying this important aspect of operations and disclosure”.At the end of last month, RGF reduced its earnings expectations for the financial year ended 31 March 2017 to £1m. This was half the figure suggested by the business earlier this month, which was itself around £3m lower than previously forecast (see full details here).The RGF board said it would be appointing external advisers to conduct a full review of the company’s corporate governance and financial reporting procedures, and would make a further announcement when the review had been completed and “any necessary changes implemented”.“In light of the recent discovery that transactions for these separately remunerated activities had not been appropriately declared as related party transactions in the company’s annual report and accounts as regulation required, the board carried out an exercise to establish precisely what payments had been made to which related parties,” announced Real Good Food (RGF) today.The accounts probe was conducted with the forensic accounting department of BDO LLP.Undisclosed payments made to RGF founder and executive chairman Pieter Totté in the financial years 2014, 2015 and 2016 totalled £1.9m and, said RGF, included consultancy agreements for services relating to merger and acquisition and other project work that was beyond his day-to-day role as executive chairman. The total includes £1.1m in relation to the disposal of the Napier Brown Sugar business in 2016.Undisclosed payments totalling £96,000 had been made to non-exec director Peter Salter, who was chairman of the firm’s audit and remuneration committees. Salter resigned the role and stepped down from the board on 1 August. Totté stepped down a week later, the same day chief financial officer David Newman left the business. Newman has been replaced by Harveen Rai, previously chief financial officer at Arzyta UK Holdings. Non-exec director Pat Ridgwell is currently interim chairman, while Christopher Thomas is executive director.last_img read more

Neal’s Family wins £5,000 community award grant

first_imgLancashire-based Neal’s Family Bakery has won an award from dating and social networking app Bumble.The family-run bakery won £5,000 in Bumble’s competition to support small businesses during the Covid-19 outbreak.One of 10 winners, Neal’s Family Bakery was nominated for the Bumble Community Grant Award and chosen out of 2,500 UK applicants.The coronavirus pandemic had led to the closure of its café, which accounted for half of its annual turnover. It had to adapt and branch out into an online ordering service for contactless collection and delivery, in order to ensure the most vulnerable members of the local community had access to its products.“The grant is facilitating the continuance of our business during these challenging times and contributing to the cost of our online ordering and delivery service. In an effort to future-proof our business, we have invested in glass screens, in order to create individual booths in our café. This will ensure we can provide effective social distancing facilities, as and when we are permitted to open,” said Jane Neal, co-owner of Neal’s Family Bakery.The majority of the bakery’s customer base is made up of an older demographic, who are at higher risk from the virus, it added.People in the community spoke highly of the business and how well it served its clients and took care of its staff.Neal’s has fostered an environment where its employees feel they can grow as individuals, creatives and a team, said a spokesperson from Bumble.Bumble is a free, women-first social networking app, with more than 80 million users across six continents.last_img read more

Foo Fighters, Iggy Pop & Post Pop Depression, Billy Idol To Headline 2018 Cal Jam Music Festival

first_imgCal Jam Music Festival will return for a second year, going down October 5-6, 2018 at the Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, California. The Foo Fighters-hosted-and-curated event will also include headlining performances from Billy Idol, Iggy Pop and Post Pop Depression–an exclusive one-off reunion which features Queens of The Stone Age’s Joshua Homme, Dean Fertita and Troy Van Leeuwen and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders. Also on the lineup are Tenacious D, Garbage, Billy Idol, Greta Van Fleet, Silversun Pickups, Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms, Black Mountain, Deer Tick, Gang Of Youths, Thunderpussy, and more. The daily breakdowns can be found below.Friday, Oct. 5thBilly Idol, Bridget Everett, Mexrrissey + More!Saturday, Oct. 6thFoo Fighters, Iggy Pop with Post Pop Depression, Tenacious D, Garbage, Greta Van Fleet, Silversun Pickups, Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms, Black Mountain, Deer Tick, Gang Of Youths, Slaves (UK), Giant In The Trees, Metz, Yungblud, Thunderpussy, Anna Von Hausswolff, Fea, Kingfish + MoreCal Jam Music Festival’s good times come at the affordable price of $99 (plus taxes and fees) for one day GA. This year, Saturday ticket holders have the option to buy a Friday night ticket for $30 (plus taxes and fees). All camping packages include free entrance to the Friday night Party. Tickets and camping packages go on sale this Thursday, May 17th at 10AM PST. Visit the festival website for more information.last_img read more

Don’t just sit there

first_img“I want theater to look like this,” said Diane Paulus, artistic director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), gesturing dramatically at a PowerPoint slide that looks like it was taken in a packed 1970s nightclub, glitter ball and all.The slide, however, shows the A.R.T. production of “The Donkey Show,” which set Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in a disco and had audience members standing up and dancing alongside actors. The production represents Paulus’ vision of theater that actively engages the audience, tearing down the invisible wall between actors and attendees.Likewise, many schools are turning to new forms of education that break the mold of static lectures and passive listeners.Examples of this kind of “active learning,” matched with new classroom technologies and the evolving role of the instructor, were highlighted on Friday (Feb. 11), in the first of a series of campuswide dialogues on teaching and learning called “[email protected]: Redefining Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century.”Paulus; Christopher Winship, the Diker-Tishman Professor of Sociology; and David Malan, lecturer on computer science, each described examples of active learning rapidly gaining acceptance at Harvard and campuses elsewhere.Schools are going “beyond the traditional college lecture format in which the student is simply a passive listener,” said Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), in his opening remarks.“Overall, the practice of supplementing traditional classroom teaching with more hands-on experiential learning is common to a very large number of courses taught at Harvard and truly transcends disciplinary boundaries,” Smith told a group of about 122 people in Maxwell Dworkin G115.Determining the actual number of attendees was part of the presentation by Malan, who has been applying innovative techniques in teaching introductory computer programming for his popular CS 50 class.Malan illustrated “logarithmic growth” or improving the speed of searching through massive amounts of data by having audience members interact and use a formula to count themselves, instead of having him painstakingly count each person. To everyone’s delight, including Malan’s, the system worked and the audience got a demonstration of new ways to look at old techniques.“We do this in the very first lecture of CS 50,” he said. “It’s one thing to represent the notion of an algorithm formulaically, but it’s a lot more memorable and compelling to actively see and feel what that algorithm would actually be like.”Winship described the evolution of his own thinking about interactive learning, sparked in part with his efforts to develop statistical models for evaluating educational programs in Boston’s Dorchester and Roxbury neighborhoods — an experience that showed him the challenges of applying academic models to the real world.Research shows that, on average, after 10 minutes a student tends to tune out, Winship said.  In his course on “Reinventing Boston,” he encourages students to break out of the “Harvard Square bubble” by having them work on projects that use Boston neighborhoods as living subjects for field research, interviews, and demographic analysis.  The goal is to “show students the connections between the classroom, the real world, and the lives they really want to lead,” he said.“Theoretical, conceptual models are enormously important to help us think, but testing them against the real world is absolutely critical and is what pushes our thinking to become more sophisticated,” he said.Active learning can take myriad forms. Paulus, who has co-taught Shakespeare classes while the A.R.T. presented Shakespeare plays, said that she will teach classes on “Porgy and Bess” in advance of an upcoming A.R.T. revival of the famous George Gershwin opera.“I really believe that my interaction with students and what I hear from them will actually impact the production,” she said. “Because part of doing  ‘Porgy and Bess’ in the 21st century is ‘What do we make of this work?’ and ‘How do we place it in a context that has meaning for our audience?’”While Malan uses new technology — like online recordings of his lectures and live chats — to help students grasp the details of programming, he also uses the model of the high school science fair for the popular CS 50 fair in which students show off programs they created. The class even hosted an all-night “Hackathon” in which students — fueled by pizza and 2 a.m. Chinese food — worked all night on problems and helped each other through the night.Befitting the topic, the question-and-answer period was lively. Panelists were questioned about whether rigorous evaluation has proven the effectiveness of active learning, whether it works better for some subjects like languages, how instructors grade in an active learning environment, and whether activities like reading are, in fact, an “active” form of learning. Several participants argued that Harvard should do more to teach better ways of teaching across all its disciplines.Future topics for [email protected] will include  “Instilling a Global Perspective” on March 25 and “Teaching With Collections” on April 1.In his course on “Reinventing Boston,” Christopher Winship encourages students to break out of the “Harvard Square bubble” by having them work on projects that use Boston neighborhoods as living subjects for field research, interviews, and demographic analysis.last_img read more