Scots donate wood for HMS Victory restoration

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Scots donate wood for HMS Victory restoration View post tag: HMS Victory Authorities Scots donate wood for HMS Victory restoration Dunecht, Haddo and MacRobert Trust, three woods form Aberdeenshire, Scotland are collectively felling 11 elm and ten oak trees and shipping the wood south to donate it to HMS Victory, according to the Royal Navy.Nelson’s flagship from the Battle of Trafalgar is in the middle of a 15-year conservation project and requires the very finest materials to ensure she survives a further 250 years.The elm timbers will be largely used to maintain Victory’s hull below the waterline, especially her keel, or used to build new gun carriages.The oak will be used to replace planking – but it must undergo up to four years of ‘seasoning’ in the rope walk in Portsmouth Naval Base so it is dry and strong enough to bear the strain of hundreds of thousands of people walking on it every year.When Victory was built more than 250 years ago, it required the wood of more than 5,500 oak trees to complete the man-of-war.Over the years and through various conservation projects, much of that original timber has been replaced a variety of hardwoods.Andrew Baines, head of historic ships at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, said: “The return to oak is much welcomed. It demonstrates the serious archaeological research we are undertaking about the ship’s composition, from timber to paint analysis and our commitment to ensure she remains sustainable for centuries to come.”center_img View post tag: Royal Navy February 15, 2016 Share this articlelast_img read more

Speech: Marking the anniversary of the Khan Sheikhoun attack: article by Alistair Burt

first_img Media enquiries Email [email protected] Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn For journalists A year ago today, in the early hours of the morning, Syrian aircraft dropped bombs on the town of Khan Sheikhoun. The sarin released by this bombing killed approximately one hundred people, including several children. We saw media footage of men, women and children convulsing in agony, some foaming at the mouth, as their bodies were poisoned by nerve gas.As we know, the Khan Sheikhoun attack was not the first time that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons against its own people. In 2013, after hundreds were killed with sarin in an attack on Eastern Ghouta, Russia promised the world that Syria would abandon all of its chemical weapons. But this promise has not been kept. We can say with certainty, based on the findings of the UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism, that the regime used chlorine in Idlib: at Talmenes in April 2014 as well as in Sarmin and Qmenas in March 2015. And then the massacre a year ago today in Khan Sheikhoun.In the five years since chemical weapons were first used in the region, international attempts to halt and bring crimes such as these to account have been consistently undermined and increasingly blocked by Russia. Again and again, they have used their power of veto to defend Assad’s brutal regime in the United Nations Security Council. Last November, Russia blocked the renewal of the mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism, which the Security Council had set up to ensure those responsible for chemical weapons attacks in Syria were held accountable. Russia’s response to Syria’s continuing violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention has allowed these abhorrent attacks on the Syrian people to continue.More broadly, Russia’s disdain for the international system has grown ever clearer. Their brazen use of a chemical weapon on UK soil one month ago is a further case of their blatant disregard for the international rules-based system. The poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal with a military grade nerve agent endangered anyone who chanced to be in the vicinity, with more than 130 people potentially exposed to the nerve agent, including a police officer who fell into a critical condition.Russia has offered no explanation whatsoever as to how their nerve agent came to be used in this manner. Instead, as in Syria, we have seen the outpouring of disinformation designed to confuse and paralyse the international system and prevent the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks from being held accountable. After Khan Sheikhoun, Russia repeatedly sought to undermine the OPCW – the very organisation set up to put an end to the barbarity of chemical weapons attacks. Russia unilaterally rejected the findings of the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism last year confirming Syrian regime use of sarin at Khan Sheikhoun. And on 22 March a senior Russian Foreign Ministry official rejected the idea that Russia would accept OPCW independent conclusions in examining the material from the Salisbury attack; only its own investigation would be acceptable.Consensus already exists as to the abhorrent nature of chemical weapons. Only 4 states across the globe are not Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention. 192 states have come together to outlaw their usage; these are weapons that have no place in the world today. We must stand together against any attempt to dismantle an integral pillar of the rules based system. This kind of destructive and dangerous behaviour threatens us all.Events in Khan Sheikhoun and across Syria have seen the world respond in horror. We call on states worldwide to make it clear that Russia should no longer endanger its fellow states recklessly in pursuit of its aims. There should be no more victims of chemical weapons attacks, whether in the warzone of Syria or in a sleepy English town. The rules-based international order and its institutions are too valuable to be put at risk in this way: we must act collectively to protect them and ensure no-one else dies in this most horrific and inhumane way.Further informationlast_img read more

British Baker round up: our favourite stories from the latest issue

first_imgHave you read your copy of British Baker this week? Have a look at our favourite stories from the most recent issue! This issue: 31/10/141. Waffle firm seeks UK expansion2. Premier Foods bullish over Mr Kipling, despite lower-end profit forecast3. Artisan bakery plans £500k investment for growth4. Greggs bakery gets its sea legs5. Listen: Peyton and Byrne invests £1m in new central bakeryOur favourites from this week’s mag! on Dipity.last_img

Trey Anastasio Shares Pro-Shot Footage Of “Ghosts Of The Forest” From NYC Show [Watch]

first_imgIn mid-April, Trey Anastasio and his new Ghosts Of The Forest rounded out their east coast tour with a pair of performances at the stunning United Palace in upper Manhattan.Trey Anastasio Discusses Plans For Ghosts Of The Forest Live Album On SiriusXMDuring a chat with SiriusXM JamOn host Ari Fink, Trey announced a special live recording plan for Ghosts of the Forest’s New York City shows. He explained,This has been in place all along, but, the idea was to take the two nights and record the shows as a live album at the United Palace Theatre. It will almost be like a regular recording session, with two passes at the shows. For example, when Aretha Franklin was famously recording a record she would do two passes and that was it. Everyone had to play live. So for us, this is like we get two takes at the United Palace Theatre, but most importantly, the full picture of the Ghosts of the Forest document will have our community members and family in the audience. The recording will end up being a live album.On Tuesday, Anastasio unveiled the first pro-shot video from the recent Ghosts of the Forest NYC performances, which fans can enjoy and relive below:Ghosts of the Forest – “Ghosts of the Forest” – 4/12/19 (Pro-Shot)[Video: Trey Anastasio]Trey Anastasio Band (which features Ghosts of the Forest members Ray Paczkowski, Tony Markellis, and Jennifer Hartswick) is gearing up for a run of shows in late May before Trey and Ghosts of the Forest drummer Jon Fishman turn their attention back to their main project for Phish‘s 2019 summer tour, beginning with a two-night run at St. Louis, MO’s Chaifetz Arena on June 11th and 12th. For a full list of upcoming dates, head here.last_img read more

Gymnasts exposed to flame retardants

first_img Read Full Story Collegiate gymnasts may have been exposed to flame retardant chemicals from polyurethane foam safety equipment, such as pit cubes and landing mats, according to a small pilot study led by a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researcher. Flame retardants are associated with neurological and reproductive toxicity and cancer.The study was published online on July 6, 2016 in Environment International.“As a former gymnast, I know that there are many benefits to gymnastics, and I don’t think anyone should quit the sport based on our findings,” lead author Courtney Carignan, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard Chan School, said in a statement. “However, I hope our findings will alert gymnasts and coaches to take precautions to reduce their exposure, and that they will encourage their gyms to purchase flame-retardant-free equipment in the future.”Carignan and colleagues at Boston University School of Public Health, Duke University, and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, analyzed 53 urine samples from 11 female college gymnasts from one gym in the Eastern U.S. Their findings included:Gymnasts’ urine samples contained more of the chemicals after—rather than before—practice.Flame retardants were found in 89 percent of foam sampled from 11 U.S. gyms.An earlier study by the researchers found flame retardant chemicals in the air and dust of a gymnastics training facility in the U.S. and elevated chemical levels in blood samples from college gymnasts who practiced there.last_img read more

Pioneering AIDS researcher celebrated

first_img Read Full Story On Nov. 9, 2018, doctors, veterinarians, scientists, and politicians arrived at Boston’s Colonnade Hotel to celebrate trailblazing AIDS researcher Max Essex. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health along with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health AIDS Initiative, hosted the scientific symposium to honor Essex, the Mary Woodard Lasker Professor of Health Sciences, as he prepares for retirement.Essex’s career spans more than four decades and is punctuated by impressive achievements at every point along the way. In the early 1980s, he was among the first scientists to hypothesize that a retrovirus was the cause of AIDS. His research was instrumental in creating the first widely used HIV-blood screening test, and he helped establish both the Harvard AIDS Institute (HAI) and the Botswana–Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership.During welcoming remarks, Phyllis Kanki, professor of immunology and infectious diseases at Harvard Chan School, noted that Essex has been an influential educator and mentor who’s trained dozens of doctoral research students and many more postdoctoral fellows. In addition, he has authored or co-authored more than 600 peer-reviewed papers. “Don’t worry, we’re not going to go through each of them,” Kanki joked.The symposium did, however, trace the evolution of Essex’s scientific endeavors and showed how far his influence continues to reach. It featured sessions and presentations from Essex’s colleagues, mentees, and collaborators. Sue Cotter, distinguished professor emeritus at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, recalled Essex’s formative years, when they were working together on feline leukemia. Their work took them into homes with dozens of cats and revealed that feline leukemia was in fact contagious and associated with immunodeficiency — findings that would inform Essex’s early work on AIDS.Max Essex addressing the crowd at the reception. Photo by Dominic ChavezAmong the highlights of the symposium was discussion of the high-impact work of the Botswana–Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership, a collaboration between the Ministry of Health in Botswana and HAI that began in 1996. The program, which established a state-of-the-art laboratory in Botswana, has helped carry out critical epidemiologic work in the country and launched ongoing projects aimed at curbing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, understanding resistance and adherence to antiretroviral drugs, and conducting genomic analysis of HIV-1C, the viral subtype predominant in southern Africa.Festus Mogae, who was president of Botswana from 1998 to 2008, recalled the severity of the AIDS crisis in his country when he took office. “In the absence of assistance, we faced extinction,” he said. He commended Essex not only for his scientific accomplishments but also for his commitment to building local capacity by training health care workers and scientists from Botswana and surrounding countries. “I’m proud that there are so many Africans that now know as much about the science of HIV and AIDS as you do,” he said.last_img read more

#Dellluminaries Share Informed, Independent Opinions and First-Hand Experiences to Help Our Customers Navigate Dell Technologies

first_imgInfluencer relations at Dell Technologies aim to connect our brand with influential industry experts to create long-term relationships of mutual value, based on shared trust. This trust, we believe, is built by facilitating access to information, people and technology at Dell Technologies with the expressed goal for the independent expert to create their own, informed opinion. Our customers and our brand benefit from this informed third-party perspective by influential, independent industry experts by deriving value from these additional data points and perspectives. The relationship creates value for the independent experts by providing them early access to information about new research, insights on emerging technologies and opportunities to speak with our technology visionaries who are eager to share and absorb the experts’ opinions from a multitude of vantage points.An example of a shared value relationship with independent voices is our marquee podcast Luminaries – talking to the brightest minds in tech. Two or our independent experts host the podcast with technology leader guests from our communities of customers, independent, influential experts, analysts and Dell Technologies experts. The hosts, Mark Schaefer and Douglas Karr, deeply investigate each episode’s topic and research each guest to create a conversation that is based on their knowledge and evaluation of the topic, the guest and of the Dell Technologies strategy. Our customers benefit from the highly informed, distinctly outside-in perspective.Moving forward all participants in #DellLuminaries program will also be part of the #DellInsideCircle.Core to our approach is that the relationships must be genuine and honest, and that the create shared value for the influencer, the brand and the customer.To showcase our latest technology and initiatives, we often partner with individuals who may be compensated by Dell Technologies for their time or content, but we believe strongly in transparency—it’s one of our five social media principles. So in that spirit we want you to know about the #DellLuminaries community. #DellLuminaries members will always disclose their relationship with Dell by using the #DellLuminaries hashtag in social media posts, in a video or link back to this page.And what is the #DellLuminaries relationship? It can take a number of forms. We may provide loaner systems for an extended period of time or free systems to trial. We may pay travel or other expenses to have someone attend a tech or other industry event. Dell might compensate someone for posting on social media about their experiences or contribute blog or editorial content. Ideally, however, it is a collaborative venture that aligns the goals of both Dell Technologies and those we work with.But, and this is important so we’re putting it in bold and all caps, WE WILL NEVER PUT WORDS INTO A #DELLLUMINARIES PARTICIPANT’S MOUTH. We want our #DellLuminaries members to give you their authentic, independent feedback, opinions and experiences so that you know how they connect to our technology when making your own decision. #DellLuminaries is about building an authentic community, NOT a collection of paid endorsements or advertisements.When you see a #DellLuminaries participant posting about us, know that we aren’t telling them what to say. We may encourage them to talk about their experiences, but we do not review their posts, censor their posts, or do anything except ask them to be authentic and disclose they are part of #DellLuminaries. If you have any questions about the program or see a #DellLuminaries member posting in a way that doesn’t seem to follow these concepts, let us know by commenting here on this post.last_img read more

Top turf

first_imgBy Sharon DowdyUniversity of GeorgiaIf you’ve recently walked on a golf course, athletic field or newly established landscape any where in the world, chances are you stepped on a Tif variety turfgrass developed at the University of Georgia. “Many of the people I meet have heard of Georgia because 80 percent of the surfaces planted in improved warm-season turfgrasses are planted in Tif varieties,” said Wayne Hanna, a researcher with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences who has bred turfgrass for 38 years. Tif grasses are popular because they “look good everywhere they’re planted,” he said.A long processBut it takes time to get it right, he said, as long as 15 years in some cases. For example, most varieties look good two years into being grown on research plots. By the third year, however, only 10 percent of plots look good.“We take our time to make sure the varieties we release are just right,” he said. “That’s why turf breeding is such a long process.”Hanna breeds Tif varieties on the UGA campus in Tifton, Ga. The top varieties are Tifdwarf, TifEagle TifBlair, Tifway, TifSport and ST-5.Tifdwarf and TifEagle are bermuda grasses used for golf course putting greens. TifBlair is a vigorous, cold-tolerant centipede grass.Newest on horizonTifway, TifSport and ST-5 are bermuda grass hybrids for lawns, sports fields, golf courses and landscapes. The yet unnamed ST-5 can grow in shade. The dark-green grass was selected from 27,000 hybrids and will be available to the public in 2010, he said.“Bermuda grass loves sunlight,” he said. “So the fact that this variety will grow in 70 percent shade is incredible. And, it’s sterile like a mule. So it doesn’t produce seed or pollen.”Georgia-bred turfgrasses are all certified, he said.“This means that a grass like TifBlair centipede has a pedigree that you can follow,” he said. “You can buy it now or five years from now, and you’ll be getting the same grass — guaranteed.”Plant at optimal timeIf you are planning to install any new turfgrass this year, wait until late April or early May to do it, said Clint Waltz, a UGA Cooperative Extension turfgrass specialist. Late spring conditions are more suitable for establishing warm-season grasses.“Sod may be available, but it’s too early now,” he said. “We’re having some really pretty days, and everyone wants to get out and work in the yard, but it’s not the optimal time to plant warm-season turfgrasses.”For more advice on UGA turfgrass varieties, visit Or, call your local UGA Extension agent at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

GMP, Saint Michael’s team up to provide a free public electric vehicle charging station

first_imgGreen Mountain Power (GMP) and Saint Michael’s College today announced the unveiling of a public electric vehicle (EV) charging station on the Saint Michael’s campus. The new station is a partnership between GMP and St. Michael’s and will allow drivers to charge a vehicle at no cost for the first year.”We are very excited to launch this new EV charging station in partnership with Saint Michael’s College,” said Mary Powell, President and CEO of Green Mountain Power. “At GMP we are committed to a triple bottom-line of cost, carbon and reliability. Building charging station infrastructure is critical for the adoption of electric vehicles. This project and others like it will also help GMP learn more about how people use electric vehicles so we can move away from fossil fuels based transportation without jeopardizing reliability and cost.””Saint Michael’s College works continuously to nurture an ever-more sustainable environment on campus through multiple initiatives,” said Saint Michael’s President John J. Neuhauser. “This electric-vehicle charging station is in keeping with other efforts carried out through our buildings, our organic garden, our recycling efforts, and our extensive and ongoing sustainability programs.”GMP has also launched a new website at to share details on its charging station installations, as well as be a resource where people can learn more about plug-in electric vehicles and EV charging station infrastructure.The Coulomb Technologies CT2100 Chargepoint charging station is located in the Klein Center parking lot just off Route 15 at the west entrance to the Saint Michael’s College campus and is compatible with all plug-in vehicles available on the market. The Chargepoint system also provides customer-oriented features such as online and smartphone directions and reservations, driver notifications of charge status and effortless charging session initiation. The system will also provide feedback so that GMP can better understand how plug-in drivers use charging stations in practice.The station will be paired with a solar photovoltaic system placed atop the Klein Center. “Not only is this an important step to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles, but it demonstrates how renewable energy fits in with new technologies to displace carbon emissions, particularly from transportation,” said Powell.It is anticipated that the electric vehicle market will grow in the coming years with more than 100 plug-in electric or hybrid models available by 2013. While the EV charging station model will be different than the traditional gas station model, as most charging takes multiple hours and will be done at home, it is expected that public charging stations will be used to “top off” vehicles to keep them highly charged and expand their range.Green Mountain Power’s environmental commitment has already inspired some electric vehicle purchases for the company. The company has three Toyota Priuses that have been converted to plug-in hybrids, as well as two GEM neighbor electric vehicles. Later this year, GMP expects the arrival of a pure electric Ford Transit Connect, a small commercial van to be used in conjunction with the deployment of GMPConnects, GMP’s smart grid program. Additionally, GMP will also deploy a Posi-Plus bucket truck later this year, which will have a plug-in battery used to power jobsite operations of the bucket and boom, eliminating vehicle idling to reduce emissions, noise and cost. COLCHESTER, VT–(Marketwire – July 28, 2011) –last_img read more

Cops: Suffolk Mom Wanted for Abducting Child, 5

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Stony Brook mom is wanted in connection with the abduction of her five-year-old son, Suffolk County police said Thursday.The missing person investigation comes after Kristin Kapp failed to comply with a family court warrant issued on April 27, ordering her to turn her son over to Suffolk County Child Protective Services, police said.Kapp allegedly ignored the order and abducted the child, police said. The warrant was issued because of alleged child neglect, according to police. Sebastian Parsons-Kapp was reported missing on Tuesday by his father, who previously had an order of protection that prohibited contact with the child, police said. Mother and son are believed to be in New York, possibly in New York City, police said. Anyone with information about the pair’s whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Sixth Squad detectives at 631-854-8652. UPDATE: The five-year-old-child has been located and is in the custody of Suffolk County Child Protective Services, police said.last_img read more