India to Receive INS Vikramaditya on December 4

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today India to Receive INS Vikramaditya on December 4 View post tag: Navy Industry news View post tag: India View post tag: Naval March 7, 2012 View post tag: INS View post tag: News by topic India to Receive INS Vikramaditya on December 4 View post tag: December View post tag: receive Share this article View post tag: 4 Aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya (former Russian aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Gorshkov) will be delivered to Indian Navy on Dec 4, 2012, reports ITAR-TASS referring to a source in defense industry.“The carrier’s sea trials will start on May 29, and in accordance with the contract terms the ship will be handed over to India on December 4”, said the source.As was reported earlier, sea trials of the carrier will take place in the Barents Sea within two or three weeks. Then will come 3.5-month air wing tests.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 07, 2012; Image: funfix View post tag: Vikramadityalast_img read more

Students pounded by charity challenge

first_imgStudents across Oxford are taking part in the national project ‘Live Below The Line’ which aims to raise money for charity and raise awareness about poverty.Those involved in the campaign have to spend only £1 a day on food and drink for five days, including any ingredients you already have at home or gifts given from friends or family. The scheme in Oxford is running between Monday 29th April and Friday 3rd May.The campaign was started in 2009 by Rich Fleming from the Global PovertyProject and Nick Allardice from the Oaktree Foundation in Australia when they decided to live on $1.25 for three weeks.Oxford students from across the university have signed up to the campaign, with groups from Brasenose and Hertford taking part  together. Working in groups allows people to pool their money, exploiting economices of scale and therefore making it easier to buy more food.By Tuesday the campaign had nationally raised £462,000, with three more days to go until the end of the project. Donations close at the beginning of July.Brasenose’s team have raised £1,244 so far, and has eleven members. Some Oxford students have taken part as members of ‘Just Love’ a neworganisation run by Christian students which encourages other students to engage with issues of social justice.Tomas Christmas, a member of Just Love told Cherwell, “There are over thirty of us doing Live Below the Line this week, for the purpose of solidarity with the poor and to raise money for those who need resources most.“There are so many injustices in the world, so many people who suffer while we live in relative comfort, and we want to actively take whatever steps we can to stand with these people and raise awareness of their situations. This was fundamental to how Jesus lived, and we want it to become fundamental in our lives today. “By day 2 the challenge is already becoming very tough – and tomorrow will be worse as the rest of my college will be having roast duckling withrissolee potatoes for dinner! (I’m not even sure what they are but they’re probably better than the everyday value bread I’ve been having.)”He continued, “On the plus side, I’ve raised a bit of money for Malaria NoMore, an incredible charity who have been greatly reducing malaria deathsin sub-Saharan Africa.” Charlotte Weller, a student taking part as a team from Brasenose college also commented, “The goal is one thousand, two hundred pounds as a team by Friday. I think this week will make me realise exactly how lucky I am. It’s already been a lot harder than I expected it would be, all I seem to think about it food and prices. Ideally, I’d also like to make it to Friday without passing out.”Another participant, Ruth Meredith, stated, “So far, it’s been a bit grim, but obviously nothing on the scale of being in perpetual poverty. While we’re struggling to get through the day, we know that come Saturday, we can eat what we like. We don’t have to deal with the reality of being permenetly in poverty, knowing that next week I’ll be as hungry asthis week, and as hungry as I was last week.She continued, “Hopefully, we’ll raise awareness, and funds, for someof the causes like UNICEF and Positive Women trying to tackle some of the problems.”Participant Alice Newton-Fenner said, “This week is offering a glimpseof the massive difficulty that something as simple as eating can presentto those without the resources we take for granted. Despite beingcoerced into it by a friend, I really am getting to understand the actual value for money.”Other Oxford students have also been receptive to the idea. RupertTottman, a student at Balliol College opined, “I think it’s a good idea, especially if it’s raising money for charity. Hopefully it will also make peoplemore aware about poverty and make people like Iain Duncan-Smith thinkwhen they say it’s easy to live on benefits.”Sarah Santhosham, OUSU Vice President (Charities & Community) said,“It’s good to see students across colleges joining together in a challenging initiative to help combat extreme poverty. Such fundraising initiatives are great not only for raising money for some of the leading development charities, but also for raising awareness of the plight of over a billion people.”last_img read more


first_imgForty-eight days ago, Ed Snukis died while in the custody of the Evansville Police Department. Ed was unarmed. The police were dispatched in response to a 911 call that said, “he’s just standing there and I’m kinda afraid he is going to get hit.” Less than 30 minutes later, he was dead Now, another officer-involved death has been reported. Two such deaths in less than 2 months are very concerning. This concern has been heightened by the EPD’s failure to release complete time-stamped bodycam footage from the officers involved. We will be requesting the bodycam footage and other information in order to determine what happened on the night of September 13, 2019. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Ed’s family has hired Danks & Danks to represent them and investigate the circumstances of Ed’s death on September 13, 2019. We have opened an estate, which is the first step in that process. Ed Snukis has a loving family who is grieving as a result of his death. Our efforts will also help the family as well as our community deal with Ed’s tragic death.Based on prior reporting, we expect that the Coroner’s autopsy report will be released in the next few days. We will provide a follow-up statement once the autopsy report has been released.last_img read more

DayMark’s pipers go green

first_imgDayMark UK has launched new HighGrip biodegradable piping bags. They break down in 18-24 months, depending on conditions, and are thus kinder to the environment, and landfill. The bags are available in a 20-inch size and come 100 to a bag, five bags to a case. According to the firm, they have all the functionality of standard piping bags, and can be used in all types of bakery, patisserie and catering operations.DayMark is also offering the first 10 readers to email [email protected], the chance to get their hands on a free sample pack of the bags just mention British Baker in the email subject line.last_img read more

Red Rocks To Host Early Screening Of The New Grateful Dead Documentary ‘Long Strange Trip’

first_imgAmir Bar-Lev’s highly anticipated Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip is due out on Amazon Prime on June 2nd. However, fans looking forward to the new film may not have to wait until June 2nd to see it in full with the recent announcement of special early screening in Colorado. On May 25th, the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre will show the four-hour documentary as part of the Denver Film Society’s Film On The Rocks series. The locale is a perfect venue for the showing of the movie, which features interviews with band members and other notable figures and which contains never-released Grateful Dead studio recordings and live footage, especially considering that the band played 20 concerts at the epic venue over a ten-year period from 1978 to 1987. VIP tickets for the Red Rocks screening of Long Strange Trip are on sale now here, while tickets for general admission will go on sale this Friday, April 21, here.[Photo courtesy of Andrew Kowalyshyn via the Red Rocks Facebook]last_img read more

Digital record of a stand against chaos

first_imgThe bombings at last year’s Boston Marathon turned a celebration of the human body and spirit into a day of bloodshed, fear, and mourning. Three people died in the explosions and 16 of the more than 260 injured lost limbs. Now, a year later, as the city remembers the tragedy, a Harvard initiative is telling the story of the doctors, nurses, and emergency responders who saved countless lives. It is also chronicling the days and months that followed and the spirit that helped the city recover and healed both bodies and minds.“Strong Medicine,” organized by Countway Library’s Center for the History of Medicine, is a digital archive of stories, photographs, oral histories, and other media documenting the medical community’s response to the crisis. Developed in collaboration with Our Marathon at Northeastern University, the archive is an effort to build a permanent record for future researchers and historians.“This is a unique moment. People’s experiences are so vivid and strong, the medical community was so engaged with the public, and was so committed,” said Kathryn Hammond Baker, deputy director of the Center for the History of Medicine. The archive, which encourages self-submissions of materials via its website, is an opportunity “for the public to really get a glimpse into what medicine is on the ground floor when it’s all happening.”Experts agree that many lives were saved last April 15 thanks to the courage and focus shown by responders on site and the preparedness of local hospitals. At Massachusetts General Hospital, a well-crafted disaster plan was in motion before the first of several severely injured patients arrived.In one of the archive’s many interviews with members of the local medical community, Alasdair Conn, then the chief of the department of emergency medicine at MGH, details the hospital’s response and explains how an alert system notified approximately 1,000 people connected to the hospital about the bombings. As part of the MGH plan, staff from other departments helped clear the emergency room of patients, freeing up beds for bombing victims. Conn also recounts how doctors and nurses calmly came together to save lives.“There was no screaming, there was no yelling, everybody was just doing their jobs,” Conn says, remembering work on three patients with traumatic amputations.One lesson learned during the bombings was the power of social media. Before the hospital had received confirmation of the attack, an anesthesiologist saw a tweet about an explosion at the finish line.“You’re not going to bring in 1,000 people on the basis of one, unsubordinated tweet,” says Conn, who is now chief of emergency medicine emeritus. “But we are going to say, ‘Something’s going on and we need to at least begin to alert people and set up the contingency plan.’”Later in the interview, Conn, who is part of the joint committee of law enforcement, emergency services, and medical professionals developing a national policy aimed at enhancing survivability from mass casualty incidents, reflects on the changing nature of emergency medicine.“I never thought, going to medical school, I would be dealing with how to manage a multiple-casualty incident or multiple shooting. But it’s a reality now. And we have to be able to face that.”While some recollections are more clinical than others, said Joan Ilacqua, the archive’s project coordinator, most of the interviewees remember an immediate sense of shock, followed by a need to “get down to business.”Many, she said, reflect on “a balance between your personal feelings and thoughts and what you’ve been trained to do.”In addition to the emergency response, the archive captures the remarkable emotional support the community showed over the ensuing weeks and months. Among the materials are items sent to Brigham and Women’s Hospital — cards from well-wishers, messages of healing and support written on colorful paper cranes, and a red, white, and blue blanket with an attached note, “This blanket was handmade for you with thoughts of peace, love, hope, and strength.”Many of the get-well cards were from children, said Ilacqua, who is compiling the archive with help from three grad students from Harvard’s History of Science Department: Emily Harrison, Miriam Rich, and Jacob Moses. The notes, some with the telltale stick figures in a young hand, convey simple yet powerful messages.“To see that response from children … is especially striking,” said Ilacqua. “They are trying to comfort you in the way that they know how.”One letter is particularly moving: a note from a 10-year-old who lost a leg to cancer, whose father’s words after the surgery were, “You can’t direct the wind, but you can always adjust your sails.”“Since then, I have been trying hard to adjust my sails in this new breeze. Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain,” the letter continues. “I am still working on walking, then I will run, and just wait, soon I will be dancing again. And, SO WILL YOU!”Organizers hope people will continue to submit material to the archive in the coming weeks and months.“It’s a matter of convincing people that their individual stories are relevant and important in the personal and unique ways in which they experienced the Boston Marathon bombing,” said Ilacqua.last_img read more

Alienware’s AREA-51 Now with 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper

first_imgAlienware is excited to announce the new Alienware Area-51 with the 2nd Generation Ryzen™ Threadripper™ processors. Designed for PC gaming, game streaming, megatasking and content creation, the 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper Edition of Alienware’s award-winning flagship desktop goes on sale November 8, starting at $2,199.99 USD1, direct from 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper comes in two powerful options: 16-core (2950X) and 12-core (2920X). In addition, the current Area-51 AMD portfolio will be upgraded to include the 8-core (1900X). For our community of content creators, the 2nd Gen chips are ideal for running CPU-taxing applications that require high core counts, delivering the muscle to fulfill your vision. For game streamers, it’s equally suited to the most immersive PC titles, offering fluid gaming experiences in 4K, 8K, and VR environments, while delivering dynamic gameplay footage to their community of followers.Instantly recognizable with its iconic triad-shaped chassis, the Alienware Area-51 2nd Gen Threadripper Edition comes with the latest tech, and an effortlessly upgradeable, tool-less design.  Equipped with our most powerful liquid-cooling unit to date, it’s engineered for thermal management which includes headroom for the next generation upgrades. The Area-51 supports our highest-performance configurations including support for NVIDIA SLI with the latest GeForce RTX graphics and AMD Radeon Crossfire graphics technology, which enables up to triple and quad graphics configurations thanks to a chipset that enables up to 64 PCIe Gen 3 lanes.  While the shape enables great thermal advantages over a traditional rectangle, it also enables great user ergonomics. No longer are you getting down on your hands and knees to see the front panel ports or the rear cables.Lastly, included with all Alienware systems, the Area-51 2nd Gen Threadripper Edition comes with the award-winning Alienware Command Center. Back in January, Alienware Command Center was completely redesigned from the ground up to give the user control over both, their hardware and their software environment. Users can customize the software with light and dark themes, background animations, and select from different viewing modes to encourage ultimate personalization. Create a custom game and system themes, manage all your game content through the game library, monitor and control thermal and power management setting, and dial in the perfect audio settings with Sound Center. Command Center was designed to be the center of your gaming environment.Whether you’re rendering a 3D model, editing photography, video or sound, or playing graphic-intensive PC games, you can be sure that with the new Alienware Area-51 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper Edition, your only limit is your imagination. Click here to learn more.1Please note, regional availability and configurations will varylast_img read more

Schiff in mix as Newsom deliberates on next California AG

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The public and private jockeying to be California’s next attorney general is intensifying as Gov. Gavin Newsom says he’s close to deciding who he’ll name to the coveted job. Newsom spoke Wednesday about the job, which will open if current Attorney General Xavier Becerra wins confirmation as President Joe Biden’s health and human services secretary. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is backing Congressman Adam Schiff for the job, according to a person close to Newsom who spoke to one of her allies. Other candidates under consideration include Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and state Assemblyman Rob Bonta.last_img read more

ND research team retains grant despite shutdown

first_imgThe United States Department of Agriculture awarded a $500,000 grant to a Notre Dame research team headed by Scott Egan, research associate professor in biological sciences, to create new technology to track genetically engineered organisms.  Egan said the grant will fund two different methods of detecting genetically engineered organisms, one of which is called environmental DNA, or e-DNA. Egan said e-DNA refers to tissue and cells that organisms naturally lose or shed into the environment, which can be used to detect the presence of certain species. He said an example of this is genetically modified salmon produced by a private company to breed year-round rather than only during the spring or summer.  “When you take water samples, you can filter those tissues and cells and do a DNA extraction, and then use standard genetic tools to detect species present in given environment,” Egan said. “Instead, we’re going to focus on genetically modified organisms rather than invasive species.” The second technology funded by the grant centers around environmental proteins, Egan said. “We have a collaborator in our grant, professor Jennifer Tank in the [Notre Dame] biology department, as well as co-collaborator Emma Rosi-Marshall at the Cary Institute in New York, and they have used other technology to find that some genetically engineered corn releases different proteins into the environment that we could also detect,” Egan said.  Egan said they will also collaborate with physicists to develop a device that performs “light-transmission spectroscopy” (LTS) on the proteins to learn more about their nature. Carol Tanner, Notre Dame physics professor and developer of the LTS device, said in a press release the information provided by the LTS technology could provide much more thorough information about the proteins.  “The LTS technology exhibits the potential to be a field-ready device that can generate rapid and highly accurate detection results, even when a target is at low densities,” Tanner said in the release.  In light of the recent government shutdown, Egan said luckily, their project still would remain funded. “We were very lucky in that our grant was funded this summer and the paperwork was just recently delivered and finalized with Notre Dame literally weeks before the shutdown,” Egan said. “Two weeks later, we would have been affected. We would have had graduate students who didn’t have any money.”  Egan said though changes to their approach may have to be confirmed with government officials, his research and his collaborators’ research will go on. Contact Alex Cao at                      [email protected]last_img read more

Organic summer

first_imgWinter may be a relatively quiet season for many farmers in the Georgia Piedmont, but not for Carl Jordan. Jordan, the founder of Spring Valley EcoFarms, is busy preparing for his summer-long course on organic agriculture at the University of Georgia.Located in Athens, Ga., Spring Valley EcoFarms is a 100-acre farm that includes experimental plots, an old-growth hickory stand, organic farms, pastures, ponds, newly planted fruit groves, greenhouses and animals.Course covers wide array of organic ag topicsIn addition to farming, Jordan is a senior research scientist emeritus at the UGA Odum School of Ecology. Open to all UGA students, the course combines May session and through session classes to create an intense, hands-on learning experience. Students learn about ecological agriculture, the ethics of sustainability, ecology and organic agriculture principles, the seven-credit course can be used as an internship for the UGA Organic Agriculture Certificate Program. The certificate program is coordinated through the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Jordan, who retired in 2009, said the idea for the class came from his own undergraduate days, when he attended a summer forestry camp. On-farm experience, too“It was a great experience, and I wanted to recreate something similar here,” he said. “The students are at the farm three days a week from 8 a.m. to noon for 11 weeks. It’s not quite the same as living in cabins in the woods for the entire summer, but it’s something they couldn’t get in a regular semester.”The summer-long course allows students to experience an entire growing season: planting seeds, tending crops and harvesting the produce at the end of the course. “Eleven weeks is enough time to grow crops like squash, corn, peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes,” Jordan said. “At the end of the session, the peppers and tomatoes have only started to ripen. Last summer, a lot of the students kept coming out to the farm even after the course was officially over. Ideally, we would start in March and go through November, but that doesn’t quite fit with UGA’s academic calendar.”Along with gaining hands-on experience, students in the course learn about the theory and practice of organic agriculture in the Southeast, ranging from history, economics and ethics to soil ecology and nutrient cycling. A complete systemFor Jordan, ensuring that students gain an understanding of the organic farm as a complete system is paramount. “Spring Valley is unique,” he said. “We’re promoting the concept of integrated agriculture—animals, vegetables, fruits, forestry—it’s a whole system. As Eugene Odum used to say, ‘the ecosystem is greater than the sum of its parts.’ We always try to keep the big picture in mind.”Jordan encourages students from any discipline to enroll in his course. “Some students want to go into organic farming, some want to have a garden and some just want to be aware of the issues,” he said. “Those are all good reasons to take the class.”More details about the course can be found on the Spring Valley EcoFarms website at read more