UK: HMS Illustrious ‘Sets Standard’ for Flying at Sea

first_img March 9, 2012 UK: HMS Illustrious ‘Sets Standard’ for Flying at Sea View post tag: Standard Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Illustrious ‘Sets Standard’ for Flying at Sea Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: HMS View post tag: Illustrious Training & Education HMS Illustrious is the safest place to be in the Royal Navy if you’re flying after the famous carrier won a prestigious award. The Bambara Trophy is presented each year to the ship, squadron or unit which does the most to promote – and enact – safety in the world of naval aviation.The Portsmouth-based helicopter carrier, currently leading the Royal Navy’s input to NATO’s winter war games – Exercise Cold Response – in northern Norway, has been presented with the Bambara Trophy, awarded each year to the unit with the best flight safety record.Lusty, which only emerged from an extensive refit last summer, was assessed on the tasks she had to complete, her flight safety organisation, awareness and contributions to flight safety.She did so with a very demanding post-refit programme, many inexperienced ship’s company aboard, and seven different helicopter types from all three Services on her flight deck at various times.Indeed, in the past nine months, Illustrious has seen a consistently busy flight deck with numerous squadrons embarking for only short periods of time – including some aircrew and engineering personnel who hadn’t previously had exposure to the maritime aviation environment.Successfully engendering flight safety awareness and ethos within the 670 members of the ship’s company hasn’t always been easy.  However, Illustrious’ flight safety committee found numerous ways to keep it at the forefront of the crew’s minds. These have included mess deck flight safety newsletters, aviation stakeholder discussions, mess deck ‘chats’ and the efforts of the ‘Foreign Object Debris’ working group.The hard work and tireless efforts have been rightly rewarded with the award of the Bambara Flight Safety Award (the trophy itself dates back to the end of the 1950s when HMS Bambara paid off in Ceylon – today Sri Lanka; the funds from her decommissioning led to a silver cup being given to the Fleet Air Arm).“I am immensely proud that the Ship’s efforts have been recognised in this way,” said Lt Cdr Pete Haywood – known by many aboard simply as ‘F’, short for Lt Cdr Flying.“We have set a standard for others to follow as the Illustrious now takes on the responsibility as the nation’s on-call helicopter and commando carrier.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 09, 2012; Image: royalnavy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: sea View post tag: Naval View post tag: flying View post tag: setslast_img read more

Social networking to fund Oxford MBA

first_imgThe fact that so many people have helped me out, with both donations and spreading the word, has been very humbling. I knew I wouldn’t be able to do this alone. But every time a notification of donation email arrives in my inbox, I am reminded of this again. With every donation has come the weight of expectation. Every 3, 10 or 100 dollars has reminded me that people expect me to do something very positive with the MBA afterwards. Donations from developing countries have come with notes of reminder that $3, while not a lot in Canada, is a lot of money in Malaysia, Zimbabwe or Nepal. It’s an interesting feeling I haven’t had so strongly before: the combination of gratitude, humility and massive expectation I feel from so many people. It’s powerful, and will help shape my future plans, at Oxford and afterwards.Cherwell: What happens if you don’t raise the right amount? (What will you do with the money and will you get a job or do a course somewhere else?)BB: If I don’t get to Oxford, the money will go to Engineers Without Borders (which I have been involved with for 5 years, and has shaped how I view and approach the world) and Medecins Sans Frontieres (which does as much as any organisation to convert people’s donations to help people truly need). One of the positive aspects of this campaign, hopefully, is that organisations like this can get a little more exposure, and maybe a few dollars. I strongly urge people, $3 to me or not, to check these organizations out and help them accomplish more great things, by opening up your pocketbook.Whether I get to Oxford will not change my ultimate plans. I am still looking for a highly entrepreneurial atmosphere that seeks to blur the lines between business and nonprofits. I know of a few organisations doing this already, and have a handful of ideas of my own. If I get to Oxford, it will be my plan to explore this afterward. If not, then I’ll explore it in the next few months. I’ll also likely widen my applications a little next year if I don’t get to Oxford. I’m sold on Said Business School, but there are a handful of other good, socially-minded MBA programs elsewhere as well, mostly in the U.S. Cherwell: How did you come up with the idea?BB: Honestly, I was just throwing a Frisbee around. I had been accepted into Oxford’s MBA program, and had just learned that all 5 scholarships (for social entrepreneurs) had been allocated in the first two rounds (I applied in the third). So I was wondering how to fund it, without the expectation of a large paycheck afterwards. It just hit me (the idea, not the Frisbee!): why not ask a very large number of people for a very small amount of money. The opposite to what people are used to. And why not, at the same time, draw some attention to those organizations acting as social entrepreneurs everyday, that I have so much respect for (and which include Engineers Without Borders Canada, Doctors Without Border, and One Water).Cherwell: Do you think it will work?BB: It’s too early to tell whether it will get me to Oxford in October, but I think it might. That said, if I don’t make it, the money will go to two fantastic charities, so there’s really no downside. If I get to Oxford, then it has worked for me. If I don’t, then it was worked for many other people. So yes, it will.Cherwell: Quite a large number of people have donated already – how does that make you feel? Does it reassure you about people’s generosity? A 28 year-old Vancouver man has started an online campaign asking people to donate $3 each towards his Oxford degree.Brendan Baker, who has recently studied at Cambridge University, has been offered a place on the Said Business School’s social entrepreneurship MBA program but has estimated that his studies will cost $90,000. He hopes that if 30,000 people donate the suggested three dollars he will be able to take the course in the next academic year.At the time of writing, Baker’s blog states that he has raised $9875 so far, approximately 1% of his proposed total. He has said that if he does not raise enough money to take the MBA, he will donate what he has been given to two charities. He has also said that if he takes the course and completes it successfully, he will cut up his degree and send each piece to people who helped fund his studies.The Canadian man has garnered a lot of media interest in his home country, with articles appearing in local newspapers and interviews on radio stations in the area where he lives.Baker spoke to Cherwell about his campaign in the following interview:Cherwell: Explain your concept to usBrendan Baker: My concept is simple – I’ve asked 30,000 people to help me get to Oxford, by donating $3 each. To do this I’ve set up a website ( that helps people understand my background, philosophy and goals, and enables easy donations through paypal.Cherwell: Why do you want to come to Oxford so much?BB: I am fascinated in the way business can be used as a tool for social change. Throughout my brief career I’ve seen many opportunities to address some of our social challenges (and have worked directly to do this, including projects in West Africa with Engineers Without Borders and EnterpriseWorks). But personally, I see business (as opposed to NGOs or government/policy) as my avenue for impact. An MBA, particularly an intensive one-year program, is the best possible place to get effective tools to be successful in business. An MBA which focuses on social entrepreneurship, using these tools to address social goals, is even better and exactly what I need to be able to effect the change I want to during my career. Oxford’s Said Business School has very quickly built a strong lead in teaching social entrepreneurship in their MBA program. So the choice was easy, really.center_img Cherwell: You seem to be a very ethically-minded person – do you think the view you take on things should be adopted by more people?BB: I’m not particularly interested in imposing my views on others. When asked whether Canadians (and British, to be sure) have a responsibility to be socially-minded or address developing world challenges, I don’t have an answer. I think it’s a personal decision. I feel I have accepted this responsibility, to an extent, but don’t feel the desire to impose this on others. What I do think we have is the opportunity to address social challenges much more powerfully than we do now. Nowhere is this more true than in my own country of Canada. We have all the wealth and reputation to do much better, within our own borders and on the world stage. We have the opportunity to make much more of a difference, but now it is being largely wasted. I’m very thankful that I am Canadian, with the resources for an education to this point, health, stable and solid parents, and a world that largely embraces me based on my passport. Not everyone has this. So I have the opportunity to use these gifts for positive change. And I think, given a powerful vision and the right tools many others can see it as an opportunity as well, and contribute to changing their world for the better.Cherwell: Fees for international students at Oxford are very high – students from the UK pay a fraction of the amount oversees students do – do you think that’s fair?BB:In Canada we have disproportionately high tuition for international students as well. Is it fair? I don’t know that fair matters. I suppose it boils down to the mission of Oxford and Cambridge. If it is to spread knowledge among British and EU students, then why shouldn’t the fees be higher for me? If these schools see themselves as global educators, as seems increasingly to be the case, then maybe this disparity of fees should be reconsidered. I’m currently an MPhil student at Cambridge, where I have largely paid my fees out of pocket. Am I subsidising other students with my obnoxiously high fees? Of course. Did I know that as I signed up? Of course. Has the year been worthwhile? Without question. I do think an Oxford MBA will be worth the massive price tag, and have strived to convince many people of this in order to fundraise to get to Oxford, but in the end. If the donations don’t come through, the high cost will prevent me from attending, which I feel is both my loss and Oxford’s.I know MBAs are also a huge moneymaker for the University. Oxford has its own challenges in managing its finances, so I can understand. I also know that, with the Skoll Scholarships at Said Business School and Cambridge Trusts at Cambridge, there are attempts to diffuse the costs for those that don’t necessarily expect a large salary afterwards. These are steps in the right direction.Cherwell: Will you really cut up your degree and post bits of it to everyone who donated if you manage to get in?BB: I will absolutely cut it up and send it to anyone who has helped me and wants a piece.last_img read more


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Speech: Together let’s renew the call for action to defeat dementia

first_imgTo get a sense of the challenge that dementia poses, I think about a man who, as a celebrated writer, gave such a clear account of the impact of dementia and stood determined not to let it stop him living his life.Sir Terry Pratchett was a best-selling author of some of the most creative fantasy novels. He continued to write despite his diagnosis of dementia and would not let it stop him. In his words: It’s possible to live well with dementia. On care and treatment, we have made significant progress on staff training to help them care for people with dementia better. This year we reached one million NHS staff receiving dementia training since 2013 and around a million social care staff will have learned about dementia.And we are investing in dementia research for better care approaches and new treatments. To that end, we are spending £300 million on dementia research between 2015 and 2020.Through the Dementia Research Institute, Dementia Platforms UK, and through international efforts such as the Dementia Discovery Fund – which stands at a staggering £250 million so far – we are creating an environment to develop new approaches to tackling dementia.On diagnosis, one of our central achievements has been the improvement in the dementia diagnosis rate. Today, over two-thirds of people living with dementia receive a diagnosis, compared with 2 in 5 in 2010 to 2011.A timely diagnosis enables an individual and their loved ones to think about the care and support they need. It means they are able to access support and receive treatment quicker.But things move on. As the science improves we are now thinking about even earlier diagnosis informed by understanding of ‘biomarkers’ to ensure that novel medicines and treatments stand the best chance of success.On prevention, there is growing recognition that brain health is just as important as heart health: dementia isn’t an inevitable consequence of ageing. Around one-third of Alzheimer’s disease cases may be preventable through improving lifestyle, especially in midlife.That is why we have now have dementia messages in our NHS health checks. In England everyone between the ages 40 to 74 years who goes for a health check will be given advice on how to reduce their dementia risk.In the last 5 years, 7 million people attended a health check. That’s a fantastic opportunity to get the message out.Which brings me to the role of technology. Since 2013 we have a deeper understanding of how technology can transform the lives of those with dementia and their carers.Launched by the University of Oxford and the Alzheimer’s Society, the ‘GameChanger’ app contains a collection of memory and thinking games that test specific parts of the brain as well as the memory and thinking abilities believed to be affected during the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.A fantastic example of using new technology is the Dementia Education and Learning Through Stimulation 2 (DEALTS) programme, which uses virtual reality to help staff understand the challenges someone living with dementia faces in their everyday lives, from shopping to going to the cinema.Or Paro the robotic seal. Paro uses artificial intelligence to learn from its surroundings and interact with people. Soft and cuddly, yes. And studies show its potential as a therapeutic intervention for people with dementia – it has been shown to improve socialisation for people living with dementia.In all these areas, there are examples of good progress. It will take time. But there are still things we can do now. We are seeing a change in the way people think, talk and act on dementia.The Dementia Friends initiative has been successful in raising awareness. We have over 2.7 million people who have become Dementia Friends, and over 400 communities committing to becoming dementia friendly in the UK.Supported by my department, the Alzheimer’s Society co-ordinates the Global Dementia Friends Network, which now has 44 countries developing similar programmes, with nearly 16 million Dementia Friends across all continents.In Brighton, the Dementia Action Alliance is partnering with Chess in Schools and Communities to give free chess lessons to older people, helping them keep their minds active while giving them opportunities to socialise.Participating in music can help bring people together and stimulate memories – through Singing for the Brain for example.Or simple ideas like the Southbank Centre using working poets to run a poetry course for people with dementia and their families.Common-sense interventions like these are simple yet effective. And I want to see more of them.Change is happening. Today’s event is a way of sharing all this great practice. It’s a way of restating our determination to make even more progress towards that goal of transformed care and support, of vastly improved social awareness and the first treatments by 2025.I will work with any nation, any partner who has innovative solutions to defeat dementia. We must not become complacent, we must all keep an open mind to embrace the new opportunities offered by technology and science.But let’s not lose sight of the simple message from Sir Terry Pratchett: There is no clearly plotted pathway to the course of these diseases. Dementia attacks those facets which make us who we are, and it’s a deeply personal attack that defies prediction. care and treatment early diagnosis prevention technologycenter_img Today we know much more about the challenge that dementia poses. But what are we doing to meet this challenge?What have we achieved since the summit here in London in 2013, 5 years ago? Have we done enough to tackle stigma and raise awareness of this disease? Are we doing the research that will help us develop a treatment? Are we helping people to live well with dementia?Today we’re gathered in London again, 5 years on from David Cameron using the UK’s presidency of the G8 summit to turn the spotlight on dementia.Here we have a selection of the people who, working together in a common purpose, can bring change in our organisations, our countries and our world. We have eminent scientists, policy makers, innovators, academia, industry, people with dementia and carers, and politicians too. These are just some of the people that we need to bring together.Without working across boundaries, without the collaborations and sharing of ideas we would not be able to make progress.Today I want to reflect on some of the achievements we’ve made home and abroad. Let us together renew the call for action to defeat dementia.In the UK alone, an estimated 850,000 live with dementia, with numbers projected to rise to over 1 million by 2022 and 2 million by 2051.225,000 people will develop dementia this year, that’s roughly 1 every 3 minutes. And an estimated 1 in 5 people over the age of 85 have dementia. Furthermore, there are over 45,000 people under the age of 65 living with dementia in the UK.Numbers are rising now. As we make progress in tackling the other major killers, then the numbers will rise more so.Globally, nearly 50 million people were living with dementia in 2017. Research commissioned by Alzheimer’s Disease International highlights that the global cost of dementia will double by 2030, to $2 trillion.I want to talk about what we are doing in 4 areas: There is not yet a cure, and as Terry himself described it: It’s possible to live well with dementia. And write best-sellers. Like wot I do.last_img read more

News story: NHS leaders: government commits to new support and improvement measures

first_imgThe remaining recommendations will be considered as part of the workforce implementation plan later this year, which will be led by Baroness Harding, chair of NHS Improvement.These include: set up a central database of information about the qualifications, previous employment and performance of directors make new competency standards to help people know what to expect of senior managers setting up a new organisation that can suspend directors who are found to have committed serious misconduct, such as bullying and harassment of staff requiring old employers to provide references to potential new employers The Department of Health and Social Care commissioned Tom Kark QC, previously counsel to the Mid Staffordshire public inquiry, to lead a review into the effectiveness of the NHS fit and proper persons test last year.The test is overseen by the Care Quality Commission as part of their regular inspections of NHS trusts and aims to ensure executive-level managers are fit to carry out their roles to the highest standard.It came under scrutiny following a report into the severe failures at Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust between 2010 and 2014, where poor leadership was found to have resulted in a widespread culture of bullying and harassment and declining patient care.The government accepted the call from Dr Bill Kirkup for a wider review into the fit and proper persons test, following his examination of the failures at Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust. The Kark review of the fit and proper persons test was led by Tom Kark QC. It includes 7 recommendations for how the government can better support NHS senior leaders to deliver high-quality and safe care in the NHS.Of these recommendations, the government has accepted in principle to:last_img read more

Video: Flat tire sends Stewart into wall

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Gorgeous Photos Capture The Musical Magic Of Mountain Jam Festival [A Gallery]

first_imgSaturday, June 4th A full gallery of images can be seen below, courtesy of Patrick Hughes. Friday, June 3rd Mountain Jam Festival returned to its rightful home on Hunter Mountain, NY last weekend, bringing an esteemed lineup of performers like Wilco, Beck, Gov’t Mule and more to the mountain. With Warren Haynes on hand to lend his guitar-slinging talents to a number of bands and sets throughout the weekend, including Umphrey’s McGee, Marco Benevento’s David Bowie tribute and more, there was no shortage of incredible music.This year’s festival saw performances from Courtney Barnett, Thievery Corporation, Jason Isbell, Michael Franti + Spearhead, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Lettuce, Turkuaz, The London Souls, Cabinet, Ballroom Thieves and so many more! Fortunately, photographer Patrick Hughes (aka Faces of Festivals) was on hand to capture the magic. Check out his images below.Thursday, June 2ndcenter_img Sunday, June 5th Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Tax Schools

first_imgThe tax school program is in its 45th year and highlights various tax-related issues,. Participants will receive a workbook and a CD that they can use as a reference. Instructors will also provide information on legislation passed by the 2013 General Assembly that will affect Georgia Income Tax returns for both individual and business taxpayers. There will also be a briefing of on how the Affordable Care Act will affect personal and business income taxes. “This program is popular because it is face-to-face education. Participants get the chance to ask questions of the people who are doing the teaching on a contemporaneous basis,” said Keith Kightlinger, a UGA Extension economist and coordinator of the UGA Cooperative Extension Income Tax Schools. The UGA Cooperative Extension Income Tax Schools are an approved continuing education provider for all income tax practitioners. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is hosting a series of income tax courses for tax return preparers.center_img The 16-hour continuing education credit courses will be held at four different sites, beginning in Gainesville, Ga. on Nov. 19-20 at the Brenau Downtown Center. The training sessions will move to Griffin, Ga. on Nov. 21-22 on the UGA Griffin Campus. The Tifton Campus Conference Center will host the classes on Nov. 25-26, and the Bulloch County Agricultural Center in Statesboro will host the final classes on Dec. 4-5. Griffin is a new school location, which makes participation more convenient for tax return preparers in west Georgia. Kightlinger expects approximately 300 participants for all four sessions.Registration is $190 with a late fee of $25 applied after Thursday, Nov. 7. For more information, contact Kighlinger at 229-386-3512 or by email at [email protected] interested can register online at For registration information, contact the Tifton Campus Conference Office at 229-386-3416.last_img read more

Vermont named Greenest State in America, again

first_imgA new report by the website 24/7 Wall St ranks Vermont as the greenest state in American, Governor Jim Douglas announced today. The report considered energy consumption, pollution problems and state energy policies in evaluating the environmental standing of states.‘This most recent report reaffirms the Green Mountain State’s reputation as the greenest state in America,’ said Governor Douglas. ‘Our strong record of environmental stewardship includes the nation’s smallest carbon footprint and the greenest energy portfolio. I’ve fought for tougher automobile emissions standards and against threats to our state’s air quality, and was the first Governor to sign onto the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). All Vermonters can be proud of our state’s deep commitment to a healthy environment.’This is certainly not the first time Vermont has been singled out as America’s environmental leader. In 2007, Forbes Magazine named Vermont ‘America’s Greenest State.’ In 2009, Vermont was again named the ‘Greenest State,’ according to an Earthsense Eco-Insights Survey. And that same year Governor Douglas was named one of the top ten ‘Green Governors’ in the nation by Greenopia, an online directory of eco-friendly retailers, services, and organizations.According the 24/7 Wall St: ‘The state releases the fewest carcinogenic toxins and has the smallest carbon footprint in the country. Vermont’s success as a green state isn’t limited to pollution, however: the ‘Green Mountain State’ ranks in the top 15 in 20 out of 28 ranked categories. Vermont has a number of policies to promote efficiency, alternative energy, and reduce pollution, and so far it has succeeded better than any other state.’Data comprising 49 separate metrics were reflected in 28 ranked categories. The sources for the report included The Pew Center on Global Climate Change, The Energy Information Administration, The Department of Energy, The Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Renewable Energy World, American Council For an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), The Environmental Protection Agency, The American Lung Association, Environment America’s Research and Policy Center, The Political Economy Research Institute, and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Although other state factors like industry type and scale, GDP, population and natural resources were considered, they did not impact the rankings.To read the full report, ‘The Environmental State of The Union: A Survey of Pollution, Energy Use and Policy in all 50 States,’ visit is external)….last_img read more

Happy Earth Day!

first_img“The great thing about the project is it will help retain and attract a great work force,” said Lee Brown, Erwin Utilities President and CEO. “It will be a major tourist attraction for people who will visit here, stay overnight and spend money… there will be a lot of people who will visit this world-class park.”  Photo of Earth from Getty Images Earlier this week, the Erwin, TN Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a lease on 115 mountainous acres for development of a “multi-modal biking and hiking park developed with a planning grant from the International Mountain Bike Association,” the Johnson City Press reports. Construction of the park is expected to cost approximately $1.9 million. Most Tennessee State Parks to reopen Friday After closing April 4 due to coronavirus, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced this week that most state parks will reopen on Friday, April 24. Parks will be open for day use only. The parks that will remain closed will be announced online before Friday. Pavilions, playgrounds, cabins, and campgrounds will remain closed.  Watch Earth Day Live, digital programming that starts at 9am EST and cover topics like “The Fight to Save Our Species” presented by the San Diego Zoo and a panel discussion on fighting climate change with diet change.  “We are eager to serve once again but we urge Tennesseans to continue to practice physical distancing when visiting parks,” deputy commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Jim Bryson, told WJHL News Channel 11. “We have implemented policies designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and we will monitor all aspects of the issue to ensure safety among visitors and our staff.” Take 24 Hours of Action as the Earth Day Network issues a new call to action every hour. Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day—and it truly is an Earth Day unlike any other. While large Earth Day events around the world have been canceled, Earth Day Network encourages people to take action in three ways. Join the Global Digital Surge by filling the digital landscape with global conversations and calls to action. Town of Erwin, TN plans world class mountain bike parklast_img read more