Nine Ships Tasked to Search for Flight MH370 Traces

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: MH370 April 2, 2014 View post tag: search View post tag: Flight Back to overview,Home naval-today Nine Ships Tasked to Search for Flight MH370 Traces The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has determined a search area of about 221,000 square kilometres,1504 kilometres North West of Perth.Nine military planes will assist in the search, while one civil jet will provide a communications relay. The first aircraft departed for the search area at 6am WST.Nine ships have been tasked to search.The weather forecast for today’s search is for marginal conditions, with areas of broken cloud, sea fog and isolated thunderstorms, reducing visibility, Australian Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) wrote in a release today.[mappress]Press Release, April 2, 2014, Image: JACC MAP SHOWING SEARCH AREA FOR APRIL 2Up to ten planes and nine ships will assist in today’s search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topiccenter_img View post tag: Traces Nine Ships Tasked to Search for Flight MH370 Traces Share this article View post tag: Defence View post tag: NINE View post tag: Tasked View post tag: Defense View post tag: shipslast_img read more

Governor Nominates Ocean City’s Bob Barr to Serve on Pinelands Commission

first_imgBob Barr, right, a Democrat, helped organize a recent mayoral debate along with Republican Frank McCall.An Ocean City man may find himself at the center of a controversy over a proposed natural gas pipeline through the Pinelands.Gov. Chris Christie on Monday (May 19) nominated Robert Barr of Ocean City to serve on the Pinelands Commission, which blocked construction of the pipeline after a 7-7 deadlocked vote earlier this year.Barr, president of Democratic Club of Ocean City and municipal leader in Ocean City for Cape May County Democrats, was named by the Republican governor along with New Hanover Mayor Dennis Roohr.Barr’s appointment must be approved by the state Senate before he can begin to serve.He is president of Ocean City Community Association and serves on the Ocean City Exchange Club Board of Directors, the South Jersey Transportation Authority Advisory Committee and the South Jersey Regional Family Support Council for Cape May County.Barr, 32, is a 2004 graduate of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a 1999 graduate of Ocean City High School. Starting in third grade, he was the first disabled student to attend regular classes in the Ocean City School District.Barr said Tuesday that he would not comment on his stance on the pipeline.He said he “hopes to do the work of the people and protect the environment.”Barr and Roohr were nominated to replace two Commission members, D’Arcy Rohan Green and Robert Jackson, whose terms have expired. Both voted against the pipeline.The Pinelands Commission is a regulatory body charged to “preserve, protect, and enhance the natural and cultural resources of the Pinelands National Reserve.”last_img read more

News story: MHRA streamlines services for devices customers

first_img offers customers a better way to do business with us provides a single online account with the Agency provides access to Devices Registration (DR) and Certificates of Free Sale (CFS) services via a new online portal allows our staff to access and provide information to customers more quickly and in a more joined-up way enhances our customer service to you What do I need to do?Our new online accounts began being rolled out to customers at the end of November 2017 and we aim to have everyone on the new system by the end of 2018.If you use our Device Registration service or you apply for Certificates of Free Sale you will be moved to the new system in groups and will receive information with your instructions and go-live date.There is no need to re-register. Your existing registration will remain valid and we will let you know what action you need to take to update your new account.Further informationRead more about our new [email protected] At MHRA we are always working to improve the transparency, responsiveness, usability and effectiveness of our services.To make our systems easier to use, we have developed and successfully piloted a new online service which:last_img read more

News story: Sell out success at Severn Tolls event

first_imgA sell out audience from both sides of the River Severn will be on hand at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport later this month when the UK Government hosts the first Severn Growth Summit (22 Jan).350 delegates have signed up to attend the inaugural event hosted by the Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns to explore how links between the South Wales and South West England economies can be strengthened following the announcement of the abolition of the Severn Tolls later this year.Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: I am delighted to see such a positive response from communities to this first sell out event. The fact the event has sold out so quickly is a clear demonstration of the appetite to bring people and industry closer together on both sides of the border. That is what the Severn Growth Summit is all about.‎ This event signals the start of an important conversation that will transform the joint economic and cultural prospects of South Wales and the South West of England. Boosting the local economy by over £100m each and every year‎ by this major UK Government policy decision is a clear message that Wales is open for business. I look forward to welcoming partners from both sides of the Wales-England border to the Summit and hope that we seize this opportunity to think big to make our economies stronger, more dynamic and fit for the future.‎last_img read more

Press release: Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Vietnam in July 2018

first_imgMr Gareth Ward has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in succession to Mr Giles Lever, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Ward will take up his appointment in July 2018.CURRICULUM VITAEFull name: Gareth Edward WardMarried to: Olena WardChildren: Two2013 – present FCO, Head of China Department2010 – 2013 St Petersburg, Her Majesty’s Consul General2007 – 2010 Beijing, First Secretary, Head of Foreign and Security Policy Team2004 – 2006 FCO, Section Head for Justice and Home Affairs, Europe Directorate2003 – 2004 FCO, Section Head for Germany and Austria, Europe Directorate1998 – 2002 Moscow, Second Secretary Development1996 – 1997 FCO, Desk Officer for Hungary and Bulgaria1996 Joined FCOFurther information Email [email protected] Media enquiries Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn For journalists last_img read more

Press release: Environment Agency announces £750,000 to tackle single use plastics

first_imgThe announcement follows a pledge to eliminate avoidable waste and crack down on plastics as part of the government’s 25-year environment plan launched yesterday.The pioneer project will see the creation of a new Plastics and Sustainability team across Devon and Cornwall working with businesses, local councils, charities and community action groups, such as the Bude Cleaner Seas Project.The team will aim to reduce the amount of plastic pollution across land, rivers and the coastline. It will promote better environmental practices across industry, including a reduction in plastic waste from manufacturing, along with community campaigns to clean up pollution locally.Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency, made the announcement from Bude, Cornwall today where she met with groups and charities who strive to clean up the coastline and keep it free of pollution.Emma Howard Boyd said: The government’s ambitious plan for the environment is a significant step forward and the Environment Agency’s commitment to reduce plastic pollution shows how we are already working to put the plan into action. Plastic pollution is a threat to our natural environment and our new team promises to tackle it head on. By working together, we can reduce the amount which enters our land, rivers and the sea and protect wildlife for future generations. A reduction of plastics reaching land, waterways and shorelines. Promotion of better environmental practices in business and a reduction in plastic waste from the start of the manufacturing process. Increased local engagement to change public behaviour and encourage more community action to tackle pollution. Monitoring and research into ways plastics enter and affect the environment, supporting leading academics in the South West. During Emma Howard Boyd’s visit to Cornwall, she also spent time at Bude Haven school speaking to children about their passion for protecting their coastline and met local business owner Tom Dawe to find out how he had made his beachside restaurant more sustainable.Emma will return to Bude in June to mark World Oceans Day and to see the project’s progress. The Environment Agency’s work with partners to improve bathing waters has led to a dramatic improvement in water quality in recent years which has benefited coastal communities, visitors and tourism. A similar partnership approach will be taken by the new Plastics and Sustainability team. The ambitions for the project include:last_img read more

Full Video: The Disco Biscuits Debut New Song In Raging NYC Show

first_imgThe Disco Biscuits have been on fire of late, and continued their smoldering City Bisco run with the second straight night at Irving Plaza in New York, NY. The band weaved through a number of original compositions throughout the entire show, opening with a “Grass is Green” that would take them through “Spacebirdmatingcall,” “The Bridge” and “And the Ladies Were the Rest of the Night” before concluding the song. Finally, it was “Kitchen Mitts” that closed out the first set.The biggest surprise came during the second set, when the band debuted a new song called “The Champions.” Sandwiched in the middle of a “Munchkin Invasion” and coming after “Orch Theme,” the new song was a raging treat from the Biscuits. Hopefully this means more new material is on the way!After closing out the set with “Floes,” the band returned for one more song, “The City.” Fortunately, thanks to their Uphoric TV stream, there’s a full video of last night’s performance for all to enjoy. They’re also live streaming from Coney Island Amphitheatre tonight, so don’t miss out.Watch last night’s Disco Biscuits show below.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits at Irving Plaza, New York, NY – 8/19/16I: Grass is Green-> Spacebirdmatingcall, The Bridge, And the Ladies Were the Rest of the Night-> Grass is Green, Kitchen MittsII: 7-11-> Munchkin Invasion-> Orch Theme-> The Champions (1st time played, new original song)-> Munchkin Invasion, FloesE: The Citylast_img read more

ND researchers mobilize as Hurricane Florence paves stormy path

first_imgHurricane Florence struck the east coast Friday, ransacking North and South Carolina with record flooding and region-wide catastrophe.The storm was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical depression, but the damage being left in its wake persists: thousands are trapped by rising floodwaters, hundreds of thousands of homes are without power and the death toll reached 18 Sunday.For a group of professors, that damage is a siren call. Photo Courtesy of Tracy Kijewski-Correa Andrew Kennedy surveys a demolished beach in the Virgin Islands after Hurricane Maria hit in 2017. Kennedy is part of a group of professors that conducts research on natural disasters to evaluate infrastructure and building codes.Andrew Kennedy, a coastal science and engineering professor, is one of a group of faculty members in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences (CEEES) who collect data about natural disasters. Often, this involves deploying to the affected area or partnering with teams already in the region to conduct research.“With our partners in North Carolina, we have put out 10 water level gauges on the North Carolina barrier Islands on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week,” Kennedy said in an email. “[With the gauges], we will have good records of water levels and some wave information near buildings, which is needed for helping designs. However, we will not have this information until we pick up the gauges and download the data.”This isn’t the first time professors deployed to an area struck by natural disaster to gather on-the-ground data. It’s been done for “a bunch of storms” in the past, Kennedy said.“We used to have a program where we would have a helicopter fly along the coast before the storm and lower gauges that we found afterwards using divers,” he said. “But that program ended a while ago, and since then we have only been placing gauges on land to investigate conditions around built-up areas.”As of Sunday, rain accumulation reached 40 inches in southern North Carolina and 20 inches in northern South Carolina and western North Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center, and is also affecting parts of Virginia and other New England states.Given the severity of the storm, research can’t be conducted until before or after the disaster hits, Kennedy said, which means deployment teams must wait before collecting much of the research.“It is not certain what will happen after Florence clears up,” Kennedy said. “We will likely send a team down in concert with other people and assess the damage and how that related to the conditions during Florence.”The team will likely be led by Tracy Kijewski-Correa, Kennedy said, who is the director of the Structural Extreme Events Reconnaissance (StEER) Network, a National Science Foundation initiative created this year.Kijewski-Correa said StEER is a new network involving a “volunteer corps” composed entirely of members from in or around the community affected by the storm. The team will travel to the afflicted region in a coordinated manner to gather on-the-ground research, she said.“Our job is to get on the ground fast, as fast as safely possible, and use mobile apps to collect as much data as we can using a team that’s in the field as well as a larger team that remains at their universities processing the data that they’re feeding in on off their phones,” Kijewski-Correa said.Using wind simulations, storm surge measurements, aerial data and social media, Kijewski-Correa said the StEER team has been working already to identify key neighborhoods particularly struck by Florence for on-the-ground teams. The aim is to create a “sheet map” of a concentration of damage across the affected area — one that can help other research teams or the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “I’m literally corresponding with professionals in South Carolina and North Carolina who are locked up in their homes right now,” Kijewski-Correa said. “But we can get on the ground with our mobile app almost instantly once the rain subsides, and they can start feeding data into the second wave that will probably fly in from universities that are further away from the zone.”Virtual assessment teams work on the “backside” of the operation, Kijewski-Correa said, which involves processing the data from on-the-ground researchers and adding additional information to assist in the process.“Most of the information that you need you have to be up-close front to observe,” Kijewski-Correa said. “The reality is you cannot forensically kind of understand what happened unless someone gets close enough, either with a drone, a set of laser scanners or physically with a mobile camera to be able to take those images. You can’t really see them unless you have someone get there.”Notre Dame’s performance during the hurricane season last year warranted a contract distinguishing the University as the “coordinating node” for the network, Kijewski-Correa said. This new role will change the manner by which the storm’s damage is assessed. “If we do a really good job as the leaders, we’re empowering other researchers to get out there and collect the data rather than us having to chase every disaster, which is really hard,” she said. “We deployed people for I think all three hurricanes last year, and that’s a lot of missing class, a lot of physical and emotional burden on those people.”While about three Notre Dame professors regularly deployed for natural disasters, the goal now is to take everything learned over the last 10 years and build it into a system encouraging others closer to the target zone to engage in research, Kijewski-Correa said.“We are virtually leading [others] and orchestrating their movements and staying kind of like what we call a ‘war-room’ above the battlefield so that you can see what all your people on the ground are doing and position them well rather than being so deep in it without cell communication that you can’t really beat,” she said.The data gathered often helps researchers learn what needs to be changed in infrastructure and building designs, Kijewski-Correa said, which can be a decade-long cycle to implement after a major disaster. She said this is known as the “major learning loop,” an element of structural engineering that is essential to keep people safe.“The only way that all of the construction practices and building codes that keep all of your families safe are ever validated is for people to do exactly what we do because we cannot build your house and then subject it to all that nature can do at full-scale,” Kijewski-Correa said. “We can’t simulate the kinds of things that the hurricane does in a lab, you actually have to see what it really does because it’s so complex and so large-scale you have to see that on the ground.”Tags: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, Florence, Hurricane, Hurricane Florence, stormlast_img read more

Find your flow on the bike trails of Patrick County

first_imgMountain bikers and road racers alike can find riding nirvana in the mountains and valleys of Patrick County, Virginia, and the best of both will travel there in May and June for top-tier races.Perched at the point where the Blue Ridge Mountains crash into the rolling hills of Piedmont Virginia, the county is home to a wide variety of biking options, from 15 miles of epic trail at I.C. DeHart Park in Woolwine to the sweeping panoramas of ridgetop runs on the Blue Ridge Parkway.I.C. DeHart Park will host the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Virginia State Championships on May 19. Known as the Bootlegger’s Blitz, the roughly 15-mile race showcases the park’s numerous features, including rock gardens, drops, screaming descents, mountains, creek crossings, and more. The race is part of the Southern Classic Mountain Bike Series and Virginia Off-Road Series, with prizes for different age groups and skill levels.Two weeks later, the Big Ivy Grand Fondo Charity Bike Event at Primland on June 3 gives a completely different look at cycling in Patrick County. The event, which benefits local EMS services, offers challenging 14, 33, 52 and 75-mile routes on paved roads through hills and mountains, with great support, a post-ride meal, and performance awards—all based at Primland, a luxury Blue Ridge resort that offers ATV tours, disc golf, golf, hunting, fishing, and all sorts of adventures at its 12,000-acre property.The race events signify the quality of bicycling in Patrick County, which offers plenty of additional options for hiking, golfing, camping, fishing, hunting, and kayaking.I.C. DeHart Park is a great ride no matter the season, with two loops that offer a multitude of ride options. The route used for Shiner’s Revenge XXC and Bootlegger’s Blitz XC offers a taste of everything, and 90 percent of the route is singletrack. The park is located on the former estate of Isaac C. DeHart, who operated a roller and grist mill and legal distillery. The park has a picnic shelter, children’s playground, two tennis courts, a walking trail, baseball field and horseshoe pitching area. Admission is free.Road cyclists will want to ride the Blue Ridge Parkway, which offers stunning views and a variety of loop options with paved backroads that descend and climb the Blue Ridge Plateau. Consider the 64-mile Mabry Mill Challenge, or a 41-mile ride from Meadows of Dan to Willis Gap to Squirrel Spur.For shorter options, check out the newly built Mayo River Trail in Stuart and the bike trails at Fairy Stone State Park.Unwind after your ride with a visit to one of the county’s wineries, Stanburn Winery, and Villa Appalaccia Winery. Enjoy a meal at one of Patrick County’s numerous restaurants, a cup of coffee from Honduras Coffee Shop, or a local-made treat at Nancy’s Candy Company. Listen to old-time mountain music along the Crooked Road Music Heritage Trail, and explore the county’s deep arts scene.Patrick County, Virginia: Experience the simple life.last_img read more

8 personal finance myths money experts want to see disappear

first_imgMyth: You need at least three to six months of expenses in your emergency reserve. Actually, you need enough money in your emergency reserve to cover expenses over the time period it would take you to find a new job. continue reading » Niv Persaud, certified financial planner, managing director, Transition Planning & Guidance, Atlanta 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Whether you’re listening to outdated advice or blindly following broad rules of thumb, personal finance myths are rampant. To debunk common misunderstandings, U.S. News asked financial experts to weigh in on the money misconceptions they’d like to see debunked. Their answers have been edited for length and clarity. When it comes to managing your finances, it’s tough to separate fact from fiction.last_img read more