View post tag: Naval Training & Education October 24, 2012 View post tag: Fly View post tag: this View post tag: BrahMos Share this article View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Russian-Indian Cruise Missile BrahMos to Fly This Year Russian-Indian Cruise Missile BrahMos to Fly This Year View post tag: Missile View post tag: Navy View post tag: Russian-Indian First launch of submarine-based Russian-Indian cruise missile BrahMos will be carried out by the end of the current year…[mappress]Source: Russian Navy, October 24, 2012 View post tag: Cruise View post tag: Year
TO QUIT SMOKING GAMUT By Jim RedwineMy grandfather smoked a pipe. Every Christmas his seven children and numerous grandchildren filled Grandpa’s stocking with tins of crimp-cut Granger tobacco. Grandpa smoked only Granger because he was a working man who also, along with Grandmother, eked out a living on a tiny hardscrabble farm. Grandpa did not drink, swear or hug his kids nor his grandkids nor did he talk, other than to nod at Grandma to get dinner on or to sternly tell a grandkid to not slide on the cellar door or to get out of the cherry tree. Pretty much what he did was work and smoke his pipe. He died of cancer.Grandmother did not smoke herself but still died of cancer after living with Grandpa from the time she was sixteen through all those kids and grandkids, many of whom smoked. Grandpa, Grandma and my mother, who was the first-born child, traveled to Oklahoma by covered wagon in 1915. There was precious little relief to be had from the struggle to live and raise a family. Smoking was cheap and ubiquitous; until near the end of the 20th Century about the only warning about possible harm from tobacco was the folksy admonition to young people that it would “stunt your growth”. This was countered by the constant drumbeat of the Marlboro Man and movie stars who hardly did a scene without a cigarette dangling from their lips. You may recall that 1978 hippie anthem by Little Feat about sharing a marijuana joint: Don’t Bogart that joint my friend, Pass it over to me. Humphrey Bogart and almost every other hero of the silver screen was famous for smoking. He died of cancer at age 57.When I started college at Oklahoma State University in 1961 I did not smoke, but everybody who was cool did. In order to be a real college student, I had to teach myself to smoke by practicing in front of a mirror in my dorm room. Yes, smoking was allowed almost everywhere, even in the classes at the option of the professor. One of my literature professors would get so involved in his lectures he would sometimes have three burning cigarettes lying in the chalk rail.My parents both smoked and both died with cancer. Of the four children in my family, three smoked and one never did. The one who never smoked has never had cancer.Now, what’s this column all about? Well, it is not an anti-smoking diatribe. If you or anyone else wishes to smoke, drink, whatever, I am not seeking the role of hall monitor. This is America. Do what you choose as long as you do not harm others. No, what this column is about is the smoker who was so addicted to tobacco he left his baby in a basket on a train as he stepped out to have a smoke.This happened in Cleveland, Ohio on January 12, 2019, on the Regional Transit Authority train. When the father left his baby and stepped off the train the doors closed and the train took off for the next station. You can imagine the father’s panic.It turned out okay as the engineer was informed and then returned the train to where the father was. The baby was fine. My guess is that when the baby’s mother heard about the event, she engaged in an intensive stop smoking intervention with the father. Maybe he won’t follow in Bogart’s footsteps.Want to read other Gavel Gamut articles? Go to www.jamesmredwine.comOr “Like” us on Facebook at JPegRanchBooksandKnittingFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Starbucks’ international sales rose 30% to $387m while profit increased by 9% to $21m in the second quarter of its financial year.The chain said the increase in revenue was due to product sales and royalty revenues from opening 456 stores in the last 12 months.Starbucks reported a 20% increase in overall net revenue to $2.26bn compared with $1.89bn last year.Jim Donald, president and chief executive, said: “We’re very pleased our business is right where our plans were and we were able to continue to deliver another solid quarter for our shareholders.”Donald added Starbucks was very comfortable with its performance both in the US and abroad. Starbucks plans to open at least 2,400 new stores around the world in the current financial year.
Sainsbury’s says it has struck a unique deal to supply its 360 in-store bakeries with traceable British flour, as part of an initiative to become what it calls “the best baker in town”.Sainsbury’s will source some 55,000 tons of wheat annually, from a farmer-owned cooperative called Camgrain, in a bid to create a short and efficient supply chain. Camgrain will supply the wheat, to be milled by Whitworth Brothers, through marketing agent Grainfarmers.”We feel it’s a strong story to tell UK customers,” said Sarah Mackenzie in-store bakery bread buyer at Sainsbury’s. “While we are supporting British farmers, the shorter supply chain will also mean that we are improving our efficiency.”By April 2008, Sainsbury’s will be pushing its in-store bakery and advertising the partnership to its customers through point-of-sale material, case studies of farmers and supporting media, she told British Baker. At the moment, 80% of the wheat that produces flour for Sainsbury’s in-store bread products is sourced from the partnership and 5% is from Canada. It aims to increase the wheat from the partnership to 85% by April 2008 and to 100% by 2009.”Sourcing with integrity is a priority for Sainsbury’s,” added Mackenzie. “We conducted several consumer focus groups and found that more people are wanting provenance and to know how and where ingredients are sourced.”Ninety per cent of the wheat collected from the 300 Camgrain farmers is being grown within a 30-mile radius in the East Anglia area. A two-year contract has been agreed, but there are options to extend it until 2011.The new agreement will also see the launch of the Sainsbury’s British Flour Development Group (SBFDG) in January. The group has been set up to share information and encourage best practice between retailer, miller and the 300 wheat farmers belonging to Camgrain.It will drive efficiency, discuss environmental issues, the use of pesticides and devise a farming code of practice.”This partnership will result in a homogenous, traceable and transparent farm-to-bakery supply chain,” said John Latham, chairman of Camgrain. “We believe that no other baker or manufacturer can boast this degree of traceability.”
What do the reports show?A wealth of important information about contractual performance is contained in each ‘Provider Activity Report’ (PAR). Some examples include: Defence Solicitor Call Centre acceptance rates rejects for claims submitted reconciliation statistics for standard and variable monthly payments improve the guidance that sits alongside PAR make sure contract managers are equipped to answer more detailed questions or address concerns at annual visits Why are you doing this now?Your PAR is important to how we manage your contract and we want to be transparent about the information we hold.The idea is to give providers the opportunity to review and monitor changes in performance using the same information that we hold.You should already be familiar with the content of these reports through discussions with your contract manager.We have been piloting the reports with providers in Bristol and London for the last few months and have listened to feedback. This has allowed us to refine the reports and our approach to sharing them.Outcome of pilotPARs were sent successfully to around 800 providers during August and September.Feedback focused on making the reports as easy to use as possible e.g. increasing font size, removing excess pages, and using blanks rather than 0s for example.We have also worked to: Timescales and next stepsAll providers will start receiving quarterly PARs from January 2018.Who will you contact?We plan to email the designated primary contact email address we hold for your office in Contracted Work and Administration (CWA).How can I check you have the right email address?You can check the designated primary contact email address we hold for you by going into the CWA system.There is a user guide on GOV.UK which sets out how to check and amend this information – see below.Further informationCWA detailed user guides – download ‘CWA user guide admin’ and see page 7 ‘Primary Contacts’
government urges local authorities to take advantage of a £4.5 million pot which could help people around the country join the electric car revolution Electric Vehicle Homecharge and Plug-in Car Grant schemes extended to help motorists make the switch to electric Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 We are in the early stages of an electric revolution in the UK transport sector, and connectivity is at its heart. Millions of homes in the UK do not have off-street parking, so this funding is important to help local councils ensure that all their residents can take advantage of this revolution. Switchboard 0300 330 3000 Roads media enquiries Ministers Jesse Norman and Claire Perry have called for local authorities to do more to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle air quality after it emerged just 5 councils in the whole of the UK have taken advantage of an electric car scheme.In 2016 the Department for Transport launched the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme, offering funding for local authorities to buy and install electric car charge points. But the take-up more than a year later has been extremely disappointing, meaning people up and down the country are being denied the opportunity to take advantage of the technology.The two government ministers have written to councils urging them to take up the scheme which makes available up to 75% of the cost of procuring and installing chargepoints. Local authorities can fund the remaining costs through public and private sources.Transport Minister, Jesse Norman said: Charge points can be anything from new points popping up on streets to adapting existing lampposts to make the best use of space. The money has been available since 2016 but so far only 5 councils have come forward, so there is £4.5 million still available for them – enough for thousands of extra points.Prepared for the electric revolutionWith a host of different support schemes for electric vehicles announced in the Autumn Statement, including a Charging Investment Infrastructure Fund to accelerate the roll out of charging infrastructure, and more money to help people buy electric cars, the on-street scheme is an important part of the toolkit.Around a third of homes in England do not have off-street parking, making it extremely difficult to charge an electric vehicle overnight. As a result, on-street charge points like those being offered through this scheme have the potential to entice drivers to switch to electric.Now government ministers Jesse Norman and Claire Perry are writing to council leaders to remind them about the scheme and highlight the opportunities that making electric vehicles accessible to their residents can bring.The number of electric vehicles bought in the UK was up nearly 30% last year, and having committed to ending the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040, government is also making sure we have the right infrastructure in place to support drivers.A set of schemes for electric vehicles were announced in the Autumn Budget in November, including a further £100 million to help consumers purchasing electric vehicles. Following that, government is today (January 12 2018) also announcing the extension of current grant rates for both the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, and Plug-in Car Grant which provides up to £4,500 to help motorists make the switch to electric.Our Clean Growth Strategy, National Air Quality Plan and Industrial Strategy, all highlight the importance of electric vehicles, which is why the Prime Minister announced In December that the UK would host a Zero Emission Vehicle Summit in Autumn 2018.All this work is part of our plan to meet long-term climate change and air quality targets and for the opportunities that new green industries can bring with jobs and growth. With 1 in every 5 battery electric vehicles sold in Europe in 2016 already built in the UK, we are already leading the way on the electric revolution.
Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) strongly condemn the continuing pattern of violations of the 21 December 2017 Cessation of Hostilities (CoH) agreement by parties to the South Sudan High Level Revitalisation Forum (the Forum), and call on all parties to immediately and fully implement the CoH in letter and spirit and ensure humanitarian access throughout the country.The Troika has seen strong evidence of violations of the CoH by Government of South Sudan forces in Unity State and by forces associated with opposition groups, including Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition, in Unity State and the Greater Upper Nile region, as witnessed by ceasefire monitors. We are seriously concerned by continuing reports of the movement of forces by all sides in violation of the CoH, including the movement this week of hundreds of Government troops into Jonglei state. The Troika also notes with grave concern the strong evidence from multiple sources linking the attacks in Gudele, Jubek State, on 4 January to former SPLA Chief of Defense Paul Malong and forces under Lt. Colonel Cham Garang, an SPLA-IO commander. We remain committed to holding to account all those who obstruct the realisation of lasting peace for the people of South Sudan, whether or not they are participating directly in the Forum.The HLRF process must be conducted in the spirit of compromise by those South Sudanese leaders who are committed to working for peace. Parties must not be able to increase their influence through force of arms in advance of the second round of talks.The Troika reaffirms its full support for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s (IGAD) efforts to build peace in South Sudan and will continue to follow developments on the ground. We call on our IGAD partners to rapidly investigate all violations and to immediately hold those responsible to account. We will continue to work closely with international and regional partners to ensure full accountability with respect to the CoH and stand ready to impose consequences on those who violate the agreement, also in line with the African Union Peace and Security Council Communiqué of 20 September 2017.Further information Media enquiries Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Email [email protected] For journalists
This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Information for employeesI work for Carillion – what should I do?You should continue to turn up for work as usual and you will be paid. Please visit www.pwc.co.uk/carillion for more information.What about my pension?Anyone worried about their pension situation can ring The Pension Advisory Service (TPAS) on 0300 123 1047 for free and impartial guidance. TPAS has also set up a special helpline number for members of these pension schemes: 020 7630 2715. Those already receiving their pensions will continue to receive payment.I’m worried about my jobJobcentre Plus, through its Rapid Response Service, stands ready to support any employee affected by this announcement.The National Careers Service provides free, up to date and impartial information, advice and guidance on careers, skills and the labour market in England. Call a professional careers adviser on 0800 100 900 (8am to 10pm daily).Read this redundancy factsheet for more information: To ensure continuity of public services, the companies will employ workers on the same terms and conditions as before: employees should continue to turn up for work and will be paid as normal any employee worried about their pension situation can ring The Pension Advisory Service (TPAS) on 0300 123 1047 for free and impartial guidance The Pension Advisory Service (TPAS) has also set up a special helpline number for members of these pension schemes: 0800 7561012. Those already receiving their pensions will continue to receive payment a dedicated website has been set up to provide information for anyone affected – see www.pwc.co.uk/carillion and a dedicated helpline – 0800 063 9282 Self-employed contractors and agency workers who provided services to Carillion are not entitled to redundancy payments and should speak to your usual point of contact in the companies.What happened?Carillion Plc entered into insolvency on 15 January 2018 along with a number of subsidiary companies in the group. All companies will continue to operate, providing continuity of public services, until further notice.The Official Receiver has been appointed by the Court as liquidator of Carillion Plc and is now responsible for the day-to-day control and management of the liquidated companies in the group. Partners at PwC have been appointed as Special Managers to assist.What contracts did Carillion hold?Government contracts with Carillion include services for hospitals, schools, prisons and transport. Carillion delivered around 450 contracts with government, representing 38% of Carillion’s 2016 reported revenue. Key central government contracts are held with Department for Education, Department for Health and Social Care, Ministry of Justice and Department for Transport. These are not the cause of the company’s present financial difficulties.Further informationIf you have any further questions, you can contact the dedicated helpline on 0800 063 9282. Read Carillion: information for employees, sub-contractors, creditors and suppliers for more detailed guidance. Note: the most up to date information for employees and former employess of the Carillion group and its creditors and suppliers is available here.On 15 January 2018, winding up orders were made against Carillion Plc and associated companies. The court appointed the Official Receiver as the liquidator. The companies involved in the liquidation are: Request an accessible format. Carillion Plc, company number 03782379 Carillion Construction Ltd, company number 00594581 Carillion Services Ltd, company number 02684154 Planned Maintenance Engineering Ltd, company number 00737307 Carillion Integrated Services Ltd, company number 03679838 Carillion Services 2006 Ltd, company number 03011791 If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email [email protected] tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. Getting help with your application for redundancy paymentsIf you worked directly for the liquidated companies under an employment contract, and your employment ceases then you will be entitled to redundancy and other related payments from the Insolvency Service.Self-employed contractors and agency workers who provide services to the companies are not eligible to apply for redundancy payments.If you were an employee of the liquidated companies and your employment ceases you will receive from the Special Managers a case reference number (for example CN12345678). Once you have this information you can apply online.Further informationIf you have any further questions, you can also contact the dedicated helpline: 0800 063 9282.Information for suppliersCustomers, suppliers and sub-contractors should call their usual operational points of contact in the Group and visit the website www.pwc.co.uk/carillion.Information for creditorsYou will need to register as a creditor in the liquidation if: PDF, 130KB, 3 pages you haven’t been paid for goods or services you’ve supplied to the Carillion companies in liquidation you have paid these companies for goods or services that you haven’t received Looking for work and claiming benefits if you’re made redundant
where possible, we would be making use of the information we already have to complete administrative tasks for continuity of work and licences. the UK continues to be a full member of the EU: we will fulfil our responsibilities, and, in turn expect to be treated as such. the UK continues to bid for EMA work and expects its bids to be respected and considered on merit. There are simple, pragmatic solutions to manage the possibility of various outcomes in March 2019: we are, for example, putting forward UK bids in conjunction with other Member States, in the centralised procedure, to ensure business continuity where procedures are likely to run beyond this date. UK regulatory requirements after March 2019 in the event of no ongoing relationship with EMA networksCompanies have been asking for detail about UK legislative requirements in different scenarios. We have been working closely with industry associations and other stakeholders and further details on all these issues and more – both our Day One and longer-term proposals – will be published when appropriate.As stated above, the UK intends to agree a time-limited implementation period with the EU, and both parties have recognised its importance. Should however there be no implementation period, MHRA’s approach would be in line with the following principles: the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will convert the existing EU legislative framework into UK law at the moment of exit, so there would be no sudden changes to the UK regulatory framework. we would be pragmatic in establishing UK regulatory requirements. We would give adequate notice and ensure that companies had sufficient time to implement any changed requirements. the UK will continue to put candidates forward for leadership roles where appropriate and expects the committees with responsibility for electing chairs to do so on merit. For current MHRA guidance see MHRA services and information,Update on negotiationsThe European Council formally agreed on 15 December that sufficient progress has been made to move on to the second stage of the negotiations, and adopted guidelines for that second phase.This followed the publication of a Joint Report on progress during the first phase by the Government and the European Commission on 8 December.These are important steps forward for both sides and demonstrate the shared interest in managing our exit smoothly, and in moving on with our negotiations.In the context of ensuring continuity in the availability of goods placed on the market under Union law before withdrawal, the Joint Report makes clear that “goods placed on the market under Union law before the withdrawal date may freely circulate on the markets of the UK and the Union with no need for product modifications or re-labelling; be put into service where provided in Union law, and that the goods concerned should be subject to continued oversight.”The guidelines set out the need for the EU and the UK to complete work on all withdrawal issues and to start drafting the Withdrawal Agreement. The UK looks forward to continuing these discussions.The EU guidelines also acknowledge the proposal put forward by the UK for a time-limited implementation period, based on the existing structure of EU rules and regulations. The aim is for access to one another’s markets to continue on current terms throughout this period, and for it to be based on the existing structure of EU rules and regulations.Both parties have recognised the importance of such a period in the interests of providing certainty and continuity to businesses and individuals, and the EU is expected to adopt additional negotiating directives on transitional arrangements in January 2018. The UK expects to be able to rapidly agree the detail with the EU in 2018.Finally, the guidelines reconfirm the EU’s desire to establish a close future partnership with the UK. As the UK enters the second phase of negotiations, its position on medicines regulation remains clear. The UK is fully committed to continuing the close working relationship with its European partners, in the interests of public health and safety. Its aim is to ensure that patients in the UK and across the EU continue to be able to access the best and most innovative medicines and be assured that their safety is protected through the strongest regulatory framework and sharing of data.Preparing for all outcomesMHRA is aware that companies who market pharmaceuticals in the EU and UK will need to plan and make decisions in advance of the UK’s departure from the EU in March 2019.As noted above, the UK’s intention remains to secure an implementation period based on the existing structure of EU rules and regulations as quickly as possible, and to agree a deep and special future partnership.We will continue to advise businesses on the basis of the UK position and will continue to work with the European Medicines Agency in planning for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and future relationship.Current regulatory relationship between UK and European networkIt is also important to note that the UK’s current regulatory relationship with the European network remains unchanged. The UK has underlined to Member States and to the EMA on several occasions that at present: we would ensure the minimum disruption and burden on companies as the UK exits the EU, while building on the existing relationship between MHRA and firms. the UK continues to carry out its Official Control Authority Batch Release (OCABR) responsibilities as part of the Official Medicines Control Laboratory (OMCL) network for human biologicals. We will continue to engage with business, patient groups and other stakeholders to help plan ahead with certainty, and will look to publish more technical detail if appropriate. MHRA have committed to complete all assessments under evaluation at the time that the UK departs from the EU and will make assessment reports available to the network.
A few minutes in Jameson “Jim” Marvin’s presence, and it’s easy to guess his line of work. The man likes to use his hands.It’s a useful trait for a music conductor.But Marvin, who has led Harvard’s choral program for more than 30 years with a passion for making music and friends, will end his time at the University on a high note when he retires at the end of the year.“The choral program is in great shape, and I am in pretty good shape, so I think it’s time to go.”To get a true sense of Marvin’s impressive Harvard career, just glance at the ceiling of his lofty Paine Hall office. Plastered high overhead and on every inch of available wall are the colorful posters of the countless concerts he has conducted since taking over as Harvard’s director of choral activities and senior lecturer on music.The California native was tapped to head the choral program in 1978, beating out 160 applicants after responding to an ad in The New York Times.“It was so exciting. I loved it,” Marvin said of the intense interview and audition process led by students that included brief turns conducting the all men’s Harvard Glee Club, the women’s Radcliffe Choral Society, and the mixed voice Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, three of the four groups that make up Harvard’s Holden Choirs.During his tenure, the outgoing Marvin has led all three groups, created another large community and student choir, developed a training course for young singers, added assistant choral director positions for each choir, taught classes in beginning and advanced conducting and masterpieces of choral literature, and performed everything from Bach and Beethoven to Barber and Bernstein.“This is a really, really wonderful, full program, and I am really proud of it. And I am very, very lucky to have been here to have helped shape it.”Shaping and perfecting the music requires hard work, said Marvin, who admits to being “strongly tenacious” at times in order to get the best sound possible. But the reward, he said, is always worth the effort.“Ultimately, through a wonderful rehearsal or performance that brings a piece to an extremely high level, the students may be inspired, and can experience an enriching quality of transcendence … [which] touches them deeply.”His students laud his commitment to excellence, passion for music, and dedication to his singers.“He really wanted to help us perform wonderful music, but also really truly enjoy our experience,” said Cara Ferrentino ’08, Harvard Law School’s sustainability coordinator, who sang all four years with the Radcliffe Choral Society.Marvin grew and developed the triumvirate of choruses for accomplished singers and also founded two programs to help singers with less vocal experience, but an equal love of song.In 1979 he created the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus, a choir that combines students, faculty, and staff members, as well as community residents. The 180-voice choir helps younger singers to get “a little extra experience and guidance.” He also created the “Choir-in-Progress” course, which helps beginning singers develop voice and music techniques.Marvin is as gracious as he is gregarious. He is quick to praise former associate director Beverly Taylor with helping to develop Harvard’s choral program. He calls his current associate conductor Kevin Leong his “right-hand man,” and credits the Office for the Arts for its ongoing support.“So many people helped make the program what it is today.”His own love of music developed early. As a boy he learned to sing from his grandparents. Later he took piano lessons and recalled sneaking down to the piano in the early morning hours to practice music that left him “in a swoon of a mood.” In high school he sang in a church choir, where he was introduced to the sacred songs that would lead him to his love of Renaissance music.When he was tapped to lead a group of his fraternity brothers in an annual singing competition while at the University of California, Santa Barbara, his conducting die was cast.“I realized I liked to stand in front of people and lead. But the fact that I could hear and help them fix and get better and better is what began to convince me that I really could do this.”Marvin went on to receive his master’s in choral conducting from Stanford University and his doctorate in choral music from the University of Illinois. He was assistant professor of music at Vassar College before arriving at Harvard.He has toured yearly with the Harvard choirs, enjoying singing trips to countries like New Zealand, Australia, China, and Brazil. He laughed, recalling a ride on the back of an ostrich on a trip to South Africa, and smiled proudly in remembering a performance with the choirs at New York’s famed Lincoln Center. Marvin’s choirs are frequently selected to perform at the regional and national conference of the American Choral Directors Association.“I can’t imagine the Holden Choirs without him,” said Jack Megan, director of the Office for the Arts,” but I believe they will thrive because of what Jim has accomplished.”Marvin’s Harvard tenure has been as much about the people as it has been about performance. He is most proud of having created a community of “kindred spirits” who share his love and enthusiasm for music and friendship.Paying tributeIn tribute to Marvin, more than 400 alumni from the choirs will return to campus this weekend (April 30 to May 2) to celebrate his long career with a series of receptions and group sings, and a special tribute concert at Sanders Theatre.