View post tag: Georgia Training & Education Share this article View post tag: South View post tag: Naval Royal Navy Warship Visits Snow-Blanketed Paradise of South Georgia Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy Warship Visits Snow-Blanketed Paradise of South Georgia View post tag: Paradise August 25, 2011 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Blanketed View post tag: Royal View post tag: Warship View post tag: visits View post tag: Navy It might be the height of summer in the UK but half a world away its the depths of the austral winter – as HMS Edinburgh found on a visit to the wildlife paradise of South Georgia.The Portsmouth-based destroyer is on a six-month stint in the southern ocean to provide reassurance to the Falkland Islands and fly the flag for the UK in this part of the world.In company with tanker RFA Black Rover, the Fortress of the Sea made the three-day passage from East Cove Military Port in the Falklands to King Edward Point in sight of the South Georgian ‘capital’ Grytviken.The trip south had a three-fold aim: to show the sparse population of the UK’s continued interest in the islands; to allow soldiers to train in a cold weather environment; and to give Edinburgh’s sailors the chance to operate a warship in a challenging environment.The journey to South Georgia takes the ships into the Antarctic Convergence Zone – where the warmer waters of the Atlantic meet those of the frozen continent – and means there needs to be a constant iceberg watch from the ship’s company.Once in the confined waters of King Edward Cove, there was a chance to offload troops from A Company 2 Battalion Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment. The Tigers, as the regiment’s known, (a) prefer warmer climates and (b) prefer the land to the sea – the passage to South Georgia was a bit lumpy and the soldiers set foot ashore proclaiming they were glad they were in the Army…Also glad to get ashore was journalist Liz Roberts, who joined the destroyer for the trip south to record programmes for Falkland Islands television and radio about the day-to-day life of a warship patrolling this part of the world.While she was off gathering material and the Tigers were conducting cold weather training, the ship’s company were meeting the local human and wildlife populace – the former in the shape of the British Antarctic Survey scientists who operate a research base at King Edward Point.All returned to the ship awestruck by the beauty of the island – and conscious that it should not be spoiled by visitors.Edinburgh’s Commanding Officer, Cdr Paul Russell, said:“South Georgia is a unique – and fragile – environment. It needs protection in every sense of the word.”“We had to be very conscious of ‘bio-security measures’ when landing personnel.”“It was a great privilege to be able to experience one of the most naturally-stunning and remote places on the planet.”Edinburgh’s been away from the Solent since May and will remain in the South Atlantic until the tail end of the year. In a varied deployment so far she’s visited Angola and Cape Town before a rough crossing of the ocean to begin her Falklands patrol.She’s due to return to South Africa imminently for her mid-deployment maintenance period before resuming duties.[mappress]Source: royalnavy, August 25, 2011; View post tag: Snow
The Saïd Business School will design and deliver a ‘Major Projects Leadership Academy’ for the UK Cabinet Office, it was announced this week.A spokesperson said the new initiative is designed to “develop a cadre of world-class major project leaders within the Civil Service, who will direct major government projects of high complexity and cost.”The programme will commence in October 2012, and will consist of three, 5-day long residentual modules across a period of twelve months. It will draw upon Oxford University resources and the work of the BT Centre for Major Programme Management at the Saïd Business School, whose Director, Professor Bent Flyvbjerg, commented, “Over the past three years we have been developing at Oxford a global “gold standard” for how to manage major projects successfully. This is the standard we now bring to the British Civil Service.”
The building used for former nightclub Warehouse, on Park End Street, is to become offices for the new ‘social sciences quarter’ of Nuffield College.Warehouse, which closed without warning in January, was joined this summer by Wahoo and the Glee comedy venue as part of a spate of nightclub closures in the city. Unlike the others, there were commercial reasons for its closure, and it has stood empty for the last seven months.Despite rumours that the building would become a youth hostel, Nuffield College has confirmed that its new purpose will be administrative and academic.Much of the land around Park End Street and Hythe Bridge Street, which forms the nexus of Oxford nightlife for many, was acquired by Nuffield in 2015 in a deal with Christ Church. It will form part of the college’s attempt to refocus Oxford’s West End away from nightclubs and onto social sciences, in which Nuffield specialises.Speaking to the Oxford Mail, college bursar Gwilym Hughes said “When we stripped these buildings back we found they were flexible, open spaces that will work quite well as offices.“We would like to get the departments all under one roof, as they are all a bit scattered at the moment.“There is some amazing work being done. We are world-leaders in social sciences so we are pleased to be able to help.Sophie Conquest, a second-year student at Balliol, said: “The news about the closure of Warehouse and the imminent closure of Wahoo was heartbreaking. It’s no secret that Oxford doesn’t have much going for it in terms of nightlife, but when these nightclubs are both gone I worry that I’m not going to know what to do with myself after my Thursday evening deadline.“Words cannot express the anger and disappointment I feel that future generations of Oxonians will not get to experience the euphoria of top floor Wahoo on a Friday night… or the weird faux rocks in Warehouse.”Nuffield is set to release its full plans for the development of the area early next year.
Oxford University has topped a list of the universities with the biggest shares of 2.1s and firsts, according to data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.93.8 per cent of students were awarded the top two grades in 2017.While 33.9 per cent received firsts, only 5.4 per cent received 2.2s and 0.8 per cent were awarded thirds.The only institution that had awarded a larger share of first and 2.1s was the Royal Academy of Music, a London conservatoire.In 2017, humanities had the highest share of 2.1s and firsts with only two per cent of finalists being awarded 2.2s and none being awarded thirds.Students in only nine of 26 humanities subjects offered by the University received grades lower than a 2.1 last year.Those studying Ancient and Modern History had one of the highest chances of receiving the top two grades with only four finalists awarded grades below 2.1 in the last ten years.In Medical Sciences, no thirds were awarded last year and there only 15 2.2s meaning that 96 per cent of students received the highest grades.This is also true of Social Sciences where only 27 students received the lowest final grades.Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences had the highest rate of grades below first or 2.1. In 2017, 14 per cent of finalists were awarded 2.2s or thirds in the subject.Maths and Computer Science and European and Middle Eastern Languages had the greatest share of firsts with 83 per cent being awarded the top grade.The rankings also show that the University of Cambridge had the second highest share of firsts and 2.1s among Russell Group institutions.More than 91 per cent of students received the top two grades in 2017, with 33.5 per cent receiving firsts.A spokesperson for the University of Oxford said: “We think this is a reflection of our intake comprising of students with very high levels of prior attainment.“When this is combined with the University’s excellent teaching and facilities, it is unsurprising that our hardworking, talented students get such good exam results.”This article has been amended to remove an inaccuracy concerning the awarding of firsts to Physics’ students, which did not take into account those studying for an MPhys.
Greencore was bullish about the success of its convenience foods and ingredients divisions in the group’s latest trading statement.Operating profit for convenience foods is expected to show at least 5% growth – up to E68.6m – despite rising energy costs. The announcement came ahead of its year-end on 29 September and suggested the ingredients, agribusiness and related property division was also expected to deliver profits of at least E25.2m.Despite leaving the sugar processing market in March, Greencore Sugar has traded above expectations which it said compensated for a continued weakness in EU malt markets.
Good afternoon everyone. And thank you to everybody who has contributed to the debates today. Finding the right relationship between technology and Government is an age old question. Especially how we strike the right balance between innovation and regulation. Because technology transforms everything in its path. Our legal frameworks, our ethical values and the everyday norms of our society.The invention of the printing press required new ways of thinking about copyright and the ownership of ideas.The ‘dark and satanic mills’ of the Industrial Revolution led to questions around public health and working conditions.And the invention of the automobile required us to develop frameworks for speed and safety, beyond a man with a red flag.So we always need to be thinking about not just what laws we need, but also about who we are online and what values that we hold dear.Of course we should not do this in a way that stifles innovation and tech. After all, big names from around the world are increasingly seeing the UK as the place to be. In 2017, UK venture capital investment exceeded Germany, France and Sweden combined.We have the third highest global investment in tech after the USA and China. And we have already become a natural destination for the largest and most innovative companies to operate and invest. Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM and many more firms have bases in the UK, are expanding them, or will soon be setting them up. And these big companies thrive because they are alongside a rich and diverse ecosystem of tech start ups and scale ups. We value tech companies for their ability to solve problems in ways that we never thought possible. And we don’t want to put up unnecessary barriers to innovation.But there is also a role for policy makers too, if we are to have an Internet based on democratic legitimacy and consent. This is at the heart of our Digital Charter. Government, industry and civil society working together to agree norms and rules for the online world and putting them into practice.I want to leave lots of time for questions but before I do so I wanted to update you on the work we are doing as part of the Charter.Firstly, online harms. As our digital economy grows, the online harms we face become greater and more sophisticated. The Government has been clear that more needs to be done to tackle online harms. The Internet Safety Strategy is a core pillar of the Charter, which sets out the Government’s ambition to make Britain the safest place in the world to be online.We published our Green Paper on the Internet Safety Strategy in October 2017. This provided details relating to the draft social media code of practice. When published, the statutory code of practice will provide guidance to social media providers on appropriate reporting mechanisms and moderation processes to tackle abusive content.By setting out clear standards for industry, we will make sure there is improved support for users online, and that more companies are taking consistent action to tackle bullying and insulting conduct. But although we have had success working with companies at a voluntary level, more needs to be done to address harms occurring across a growing range of platforms.The Government has therefore committed to publishing a joint DCMS-Home Office White Paper in the winter, setting out a range of legislative and non-legislative measures detailing how we will tackle online harms.Secondly, disinformation. Disinformation, along with misinformation, is one of the most significant issues of our age. We have all seen internationally how it can sow discord and pose a risk to free and fair elections. As the digital revolution continues to transform our lives, the potential to disrupt our civil society and democratic institutions becomes greater than ever.In our Digital Charter we set out a clear goal to tackle disinformation and misinformation here in the UK. One of the ways we will do this is by giving people the digital literacy and critical thinking skills needed to properly assess online content.This includes ensuring that these skills are taught in schools and colleges, but also thinking about what more we can do to empower adults to recognise deliberately misleading or false content. And it is encouraging to see so much excellent work underway in this space outside of Government too.Several news organisations, such as the BBC, the Guardian, and the Times, have developed valuable resources to raise young people’s awareness of disinformation and develop their critical thinking skills. It is true that the tech sector has also been taking action, especially Twitter, to make mounting disinformation campaigns more difficult and costly.This has included the development of algorithms to spot fake accounts and the deletion of hundreds of thousands of suspect accounts, many linked to hostile states such as Russia.But as new technologies like deep fakes mean we need to stay ahead of the game and fight for truth and accuracy online. Our democracy depends on it.Thirdly, data. There has been a huge programme of work in recent years to make sure we are promoting its open and transparent use. In the Government we are in a privileged position, as we collect a vast quantity of high quality data as part of the services we run. The Government has already published over 44,000 datasets on data.gov.uk. And this unprecedented level of openness has created many benefits.But whilst open data is something that we must aspire to, we also need to use it in a safe and ethical way. Because the rise of AI driven products and services have posed new questions that will impact us all.Is it right to use technology to be able to determine somebody’s likelihood of reoffending? Is it right to use a programme to make hiring decisions? And is it right to have an algorithm to dictate who should be saved in a car crash? This is not science fiction. But real questions that require clear and definitive answers from policy makers.That’s why we recently established our new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. The Centre is a world-class advisory body to make sure data and AI delivers the best possible outcomes for society, in support of its innovative and ethical use.This is the first body of its kind to be established anywhere in the world and represents a landmark moment for data ethics in the UK and internationally.I am pleased that today I have been able to announce the new Board for this Centre. We have already announced that Roger Taylor will be chairing the Board. Roger is a successful entrepreneur and passionate advocate for using data to improve lives and I know that he will do an excellent job.And as it is clear today, the Board will include many other world renowned experts and leaders in their field. The Board will bring their immense and varied expertise to tackle some of the greatest policy issues of our time.Finally, we are also working hard to make sure we have a secure Internet, with protection against those who wish to cause harm.Nearly half of businesses suffered a cyber breach or attack in the past 12 months and this is a threat that will only get more pressing as businesses and services continue to move online. Some of the solutions are regulatory. We’ve implemented the new Data Protection Act.This gives people more control than ever before over their data, and requires organisations to have appropriate cyber security measures in place to protect personal data.Some of the solutions are technical. For example, the NCSC’s Active Cyber Defence programme has had a real impact in reducing malicious emails and web domains at a national level. And some of the solutions rest on working closely in partnership with industry, to encourage organisations to act in a way that protects them online.We are continuing to promote the safe and secure use of data through targeted advice for businesses like the Small Business Guide and the Cyber Essentials scheme. And we are working to improve and expand cyber security skills at alllevels; from schools to degree level.Only last week we launched a new phase of our Cyber Discovery programme to find the cyber security experts of the future. This work is vital. Because a free Internet can only flourish if it is safe and secure.It is fitting that we are here in Parliament today to talk about the future of technology. Because the values that can be found in Parliament at its best; democracy, transparency and freedom, should be at the heart of the Internet and emerging technologies.We have a unique chance to make sure that we strike the right balance. Between promoting our pioneering tech industry and preventing those who cause harm. That is our big question and I’m looking forward to hearing your views on the answers.Thank you very much.
The Jay-Z-curated Made In America Festival has announced the lineup for the 2019 edition of their annual event, set to take place this Labor Day Weekend on August 31st and September 1st in Philadelphia, PA.Made In America 2019 will feature performances by Travis Scott, Cardi B, Juice Wrld, James Blake, Kaskade, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Kodak Black, Bazzi, Jorja Smith, Blueface, Pink Sweat$, Jacob Banks, Kaytranada, Grace Carter, Kayzo, Tierra Whack, Roddy Rich, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Hippie Sabotage, SG Lewis (DJ Set), Madeintyo, DaBaby, Amber Mark, Megan Thee Stallion, Kasai, Channel Tres, Elephante, Phantoms, Set Mo, 99 Neighbors, and Calboy.A ticket pre-sale for TIDAL members is now underway here. An American Express Card Member pre-sale is also underway through Thursday, April 4th here.For more information about the 2019 edition of Made In America Festival, head to the event website here.
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Brian d’Arcy James is Pinching HimselfBrian d’Arcy James is not only headlining a hit Great White Way musical (Something Rotten!), but he’s also in the much-buzzed about new movie Spotlight. On December 22 the busy Broadway favorite stopped by TODAY, below, to chat about his plethora of projects. “I’m pinching myself that I’m in it,” d’Arcy James admitted about the film, before going on to say that he’ll be “taking a few minutes off” over Christmas…It is busy season for the Main Stem, after all! View Comments Ryan Silverman’s Paris ProjectBroadway alum Ryan Silverman (Side Show) has been tapped for Stephen Sondheim’s Passion at Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet. He will play Captain Giorgio Bachetti alongside Natalie Dessay as Fosca and more in the Fanny Ardant-helmed production, which will run March 16, 2016 through March 24. The venue has attracted multiple high profile shows of late, including the pre-Great White Way engagement of An American in Paris; it is currently playing host to the Broadway-bound Singin’ in the Rain.Viewing Figures In for Daddy Long LegsTurns out that the Daddy Long Legs live stream on December 10 was a resounding success! The broadcast from the Davenport Theatre was seen by a total of 150,055 people in 135 countries around the world. Directed by John Caird and starring married Broadway pros Megan McGinnis and Adam Halpin, the production made history as the first ever Broadway or off-Broadway performance to be broadcast over the interweb free of charge. We’re loving the whole concept of watching shows from the comfort of our own sofa…hopefully this will catch on!Hamilton’s Twitter TriumphHamilton has broken yet another record, this time on Twitter! According to the AP, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s gargantuan hit generated more than one million tweets over the past year; in comparison, there were 266,000 tweets about the Tony-winning Fun Home and 323,000 Tony Awards-related tweets during the June broadcast. Check out a fancy chart of the last 30 days of conversation on Twitter around Hamilton below!
By Dialogo July 08, 2009 Medellín (Colombia), 4 July (EFE).- The dreams, experiences, and realities of dozens of writers from all over the world will mingle once again in the annual International Poetry Festival held in the Colombian city of Medellín, where hundreds of people attended the opening ceremonies held today in the open air despite heavy rain. The nineteenth edition of the competition brings together sixty-five poets from forty-three different countries and runs until July 11, with readings, recitals, workshops, courses, and lectures in more than a hundred locations throughout the northwestern Colombian city and several municipalities in the region. Naturally, the gathering began with the reading of several poems, in Spanish and English, to great applause from the mostly young audience gathered in the open-air Carlos Vieco Theater. Verses speaking of love, of pain, of individual and collective tragedies. There is room for them all in the festival that has become a true “rainbow,” according to South African poet Daniel Kunene, due to the great variety of subjects covered and the cultural diversity of the participants. “The poet’s task is to speak the truth,” reflected Usha Akella, from India, in an informal gathering with other authors and reporters before the opening of the competition, declared an Alternative Nobel Prize in 2006 and a Colombian Cultural Heritage Event. What is happening right now in Honduras as a result of the military coup and the conflict a few months ago in Gaza “will be reflected in poems that communicate the truth to the world,” noted American Jack Hirschman, director of the International Poetry Festival of San Francisco (U.S.). “We poets have so much to say to humanity; we’ve been saying it for a while (…) but it seems that humanity is deaf,” Bolivian Matilde Casazola commented in her turn. Along the same lines, Ecuadorian Yvon Gordon Vailakis said that festivals like the one in Medellín can help those people “listen” who turn “a deaf ear” to what is going on around them, because “the word saves and heals.” In the opinion of Swede Agneta Falk, current conflicts and social issues are very important in contemporary poetry, but no more so than other subjects like love and beauty. Through poetry “we can communicate things as beautiful as the flowers of Medellín,” American Jayne Cortez indicated in this regard. The competition began in 1991, and its purpose has always been, as its director, Fernando Rendón, explained to EFE, “to bring poetry to the life of the city,” the center of operations until a few years ago of dangerous drug cartels like that of the now deceased Pablo Escobar. It is a matter of “fighting fear with hope” and of making room in this event “for everyone who has something to say,” the organizers affirm. One of the great attractions of this year’s festival is the presence of a significant group of Asian authors, among them Lebanese Fuad Rifka, a translator of German poetry into Arabic; Vietnamese Nguyen Quang Thieu, winner of a national poetry prize in Vietnam; and Palestinian Ghassan Zaqtan, also a screenwriter and playwright. The European contingent includes Spanish environmentalist poet Jorge Riechman, and three indigenous authors stand out in the large Latin American block: Maya Rosa Chávez (Guatemala), Mapuche Graciela Huinao (Chile), and Aymara José Luis Ayala (Peru). The event, which over the course of its history has brought together 863 poets from 143 countries, is funded by the Medellín mayor’s office, the Colombian Ministry of Culture, the Swiss and German governments, and the Spanish, French, Italian, and Swedish embassies in Colombia. It is also supported by international cooperation organizations and agencies including Hivos, Döen, Novib, Prince Claus Fund, Heinrich Böll, and the Caipirinha Foundation.
The exhibit itself includes six stations: “I think the [Armed Forces’] vision is a great one,” she added. “The idea of also taking care of natural spaces, preserving endangered animals, and helping out during catastrophic weather is truly praiseworthy.” This year’s Tecnópolis, began on July 16, and is open through November 1, with no entry fee. The exhibit occupies 50 acres in the Vicente López municipality of greater Buenos Aires, where about 80 vendors are involved in the event; one such space even has a life-size dinosaur park and an interactive exhibit on ARSAT-1, an Argentine satellite. Gianella González, an 11-year-old student, already grasps the concept, said, “Sovereignty means that we have to defend our rights and support democracy in Argentina.” At the fifth stop, a radio studio announces live highlights from the exhibit via loudspeakers; other programs include performances by military bands, discussions, and teleconferences with the Military base in Antarctica. Connecting the Armed Forces to the public Finally, at the exhibit’s end, visitors are invited to leave their thoughts on what they saw, responding to the question: “In your opinion, what is sovereignty?” The stop also records video, which is projected on the building’s exterior and seen by whoever passes along Tecnópolis’s main street. 5. Soldier Radio Upon entering the space, visitors can see an air droppable general use light vehicle (VLEGA) commonly known as “Gaucho,” which was designed during a joint effort by Military engineers from Argentina and Brazil. It was developed to satisfy the operational needs of the Paratrooper Brigades of the Brazilian and Argentine Armies, and can be used on several types of missions, including operations to transport cargo, wounded persons, or communications equipment, as well as for reconnaissance missions, according to the Brazilian Army’s Technology Center. At the exhibition, children can climb into the Gaucho and take pictures with the Grenadiers – Military personnel from the Army charged with guarding the president. 2. “Like it!” 1. Megacinema On the path’s third stop, visitors can dress up in real Military uniforms from various Argentine security forces, including Soldiers, Airmen, Seamen, Grenadiers, and those personnel stationed at the Marambio Base in Antarctica. After donning the uniforms, visitors can take pictures in front of backgrounds that depict various places where the Armed Forces have been deployed, including the peacekeeping mission in Cyprus, the frigate Liberty, and the interior of a Hercules C-130 plane on a mission in Antarctica. 6. Film set “I’m really excited about everything we are seeing here,” he added. “I’m especially passionate about the idea of sovereignty. It crops up when dealing with our educational system, our seas and rivers, and the union that we have created in order to take care of what is ours.” Héctor Parchelta, 59, also of Cipolletti, appreciated the initiative. “This space has allowed us to give Argentines a more complete idea of what the Armed Forces are like,” Argentine Defense Minister Agustín Rossi said during the booth’s inauguration on July 29. From the outside, it is a huge cube. Inside, it is a cinema with a 36-meter by eight-meter screen that has a 270 degree viewing angle, and an eight-minute video highlighting the Armed Forces’ importance to the country. Visitors learn, for example, that 15 percent of the personnel in Argentina’s Armed Forces are women, and that the country has maintained a presence in Antarctica for 110 years with six permanent and seven temporary Military bases (for a total of 13). Patricia Pertovt, 59, from the city of Cipolletti in the province of Río Negro, said she loved the video because it expanded the idea of what the Military is. Interactive Activities After leaving the cinema, visitors are met by a 1.6-meter tall structure that resembles the icon used for likes on Facebook. Pressing a button illuminates the structure’s hand. Visitors can also like the Defense Ministry’s website using a tablet and can take a picture to appear as their profile picture on any social network. Bands from different branches of the Armed Forces are just one of the many attractions at the exhibition; they play a diverse musical repertoire on Saturdays and Sundays, from classic Military marches to rock, swing, and jazz. During another family-friendly activity on Children’s Day (August 16), the booth’s team entertained children with face painting. The Ministry also participated in a workshop on patriotic caricatures during Comicópolis, a comic book festival held within Tecnópolis from September 17-20. As part of the Argentine Armed Forces’ efforts to reach out to civilians they serve and protect, the Ministry of Defense has a booth at the fifth annual Tecnópolis Exhibition – Latin America’s largest science, art, and technology fair. By Dialogo September 29, 2015 The world should invest in people’s well-being instead of in weapons. “The space’s greatest feat is that it has been introducing the Ministry of Defense to the public in a friendly way,” said Marina Quesada, the exhibit’s coordinator. “For example, the public is excited to see the number of instruments the bands have and, later, they associate the military with something more relaxing.” Those who have never gone skydiving can now experience it, thanks to the simulator that comprises the exhibit’s fourth stop. Visitors use a helmet with a visor that offers a 360-degree view of an actual jump that was filmed by Argentine Military personnel. Whoever “jumps” stands on a platform and can support themselves with a harness if they experience vertigo. “People put themselves in the shoes of our service members,” Camila Golzman, a member of the team that runs the Defense Ministry’s exhibit, said. “They love to dress up like Grenadiers and put on pilot helmets. These activities make the Military seem more family-friendly. Many parents choose the uniforms for their children, and some children like the uniforms so much that they want to take them home.” Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry’s Sovereignty booth greets 2,500 visitors daily, as children and adults are able to learn more about the Military’s work — from defending the national territory to providing humanitarian assistance during natural disasters. 4. Virtual reality 3. Portraits of Sovereignty “On weekdays, between 400 and 900 people tour the exhibit,” Quesada said. ”On weekends, we receive between 2,000 and 2,500 people depending on the weather. On sunny days, the exhibit completely fills up.”