UK: HMS Edinburgh to Leave Portsmouth on Monday

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Portsmouth Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Edinburgh to Leave Portsmouth on Monday Type 42 destroyer HMS Edinburgh will leave Portsmouth on Monday (September 24), on her final deployment, conducting routine operations across the Atlantic.It marks a historic milestone for both the ship and the Royal Navy as it will be the last time a Type 42 destroyer deploys on operations as they make way for the new-generation Type 45 destroyers.Once sister ship HMS York decommissions next week (27 September), HMS Edinburgh will be the final ship of her kind operational in the Royal Navy, marking the end of 30 years of service for the class.HMS Edinburgh is scheduled to undertake a range of tasks across the length of the Atlantic in support of British interests worldwide. Her tasking will see her supporting counter narcotics efforts in the West African region as well as providing reassurance to UK territories and dependencies world wide.Since returning from her previous deployment in December last year, HMS Edinburghhas undertaken an intensive period of training and maintenance to prepare her for the tasks ahead.Her Commanding Officer, Commander Nick Borbone, said:“I am extremely proud of the way my ship’s company has responded to the many challenges we have faced during our preparations for this operational deployment. HMS Edinburgh might be the last of the class but she remains a capable ship with a highly-trained and motivated ship’s company that is determined to preserve the fine tradition that the T42s have established in 30 years of service.’’On completion of her tasking in the South Atlantic, the ship will undertake a number of high-profile regional engagement visits in the Caribbean and the USA.She is due to return to Portsmouth in March 2013.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 20, 2012; Image: Royal Navy September 20, 2012 View post tag: HMS View post tag: Edinburgh View post tag: Leavecenter_img View post tag: Naval UK: HMS Edinburgh to Leave Portsmouth on Monday View post tag: Monday Training & Education View post tag: Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Poland decommissions first Kobben-class submarine ORP Kondor

first_img Poland decommissions first Kobben-class submarine ORP Kondor The Polish Navy decommissioned the first of its four Kobben-class submarines – ORP Kondor – in a ceremony at the naval port in Gdynia on December 20.With 50 years of service behind them, the remaining three submarines in the class are also set to be decommissioned in the near future.Kondor and its sister vessels are an export version of the German Type 205 boats built for the Royal Norwegian Navy by Nordseewerke GmbH in the 1960s. Norway transferred all of its Kobben submarines to Denmark and Poland between 1989 and 2003.Denmark has already decommissioned all boats in the class and only three units remain in Polish Navy service.During its 13 years of service with the Polish Navy, ORP Kondor traveled a total of 42,000 nautical miles and spent 600 days underway.The submarine contributed to NATO’s counter-terrorism operation Active Endeavor deploying to the Mediterranean Sea from October 2008 to March 2009. Kondor was also sent to take part in international drills like Baltops, Brilliant Mariner and NATO Response Force exercises.Kobben submarines measure 47.2 meters in length, displace 572 tons while submerged and reach a maximum speed of 18 knots. They are capable of operating at depths of up to 200 meters. View post tag: Type 205 View post tag: Polish Navy December 20, 2017 Back to overview,Home naval-today Poland decommissions first Kobben-class submarine ORP Kondor center_img Authorities View post tag: Kobben-class View post tag: ORP Kondor Share this articlelast_img read more

Never Forget

first_imgDear Friend,Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that claimed nearly 3,000 lives.Among those who died were brave first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice helping fellow Americans. Let’s remember the role they played on Sept. 11, 2001, and continue honoring those who dedicate themselves to protecting us.As a way to pay tribute to all the victims of the attacks, consider donating blood during National Blood Donation Week. Click here to learn how to save a life.Please take a moment to reflect on what was lost that September morning 15 years ago.We will never forget the courage shown on 9/11 and how our country stood up against the face of evil.May God continue to bless America,State Rep. Wendy McNamaraFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Watch Dean Ween Join Claypool Lennon For The Best ‘Southbound Pachyderm’ Ever

first_imgEdit this setlist | More The Claypool Lennon Delirium setlists On June 18th, 2016, The Claypool Lennon Delirium wrapped up a smooth sailing summer tour leg with a performance at the renowned Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. With Dean Ween Group on as opening support, the two bands each provided a unique flavor of psychedelia for the night. The opening set even saw Les Claypool reprise his role from the night before, joining the Dean Ween Group on “The Mollusk.” The real special treat from last night’s show came in the encore, however, when Ween paid it forward.[Video by Brosef Wilson]After a rocking set that included most of the band’s new album The Monolith of Phobos, the set ended with spacey versions of Pink Floyd’s “Astronomy Domine,” “Captain Lariat,” and The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows.”Finally, the band welcomed out their first-ever guest, as Dean Ween plugged in after a few minutes of the hit Primus tune, “Southbound Pachyderm.” From there, the three string players – Ween, Lennon, and Claypool – were locked in as tightly as can be. It was an extraordinary moment of psychedelic musicianship, one captured brilliantly by Rey Mdo. Enjoy.Setlist: Dean Ween Group at The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY – 6/18/16Dickey Betts, It’s gonna be a Long Night (DD on vocals), Garry*, Stella Blue, I Saw Gener Crying in his Sleep*, Fingerbang, Mercedes Benz, The Mollusk (with Les Claypool), The Rift*Joe on acousticlast_img read more

CityStep celebrates 30th anniversary

first_imgIn 1984, Sabrina Peck created a dance and theater piece to help Harvard College students tap into their creativity. She never dreamed the work would blossom into the transformative program CityStep, which for the past three decades has united undergrads with middle school students.To honor its 30th anniversary, CityStep will hold its annual year-end performance, “Time Machine,” at Sanders Theatre this weekend. Tonight and Saturday more than 150 local middle school students will dance through time, with choreography based on different periods in history, even moving into the future.“I take a lot of heart in the idea that the students continue to be inspired by the blend of performance arts, education, and public service,” said Peck ’84.Today an accomplished director and choreographer who makes her home in New York City, Peck said the original work that fused choreography and music was an instant hit on campus. When she and several Harvard College students performed an excerpt from the show at a local Cambridge school, sparks flew.Watching the young faces in the crowd light up, Peck spontaneously invited the audience onstage to join in the fun.“From that moment I realized, wow, this is an opportunity to leverage the resources of the University and the enthusiasm of the students to enrich the lives of these public school students.”In its earliest incarnation, CityStep had local middle school students break into two groups and face off with a “conflict dance.” Courtesy of CityStep archivesSince then, CityStep has partnered teams of Harvard undergraduates with Cambridge middle schools. Each week the College students visit fifth- through seventh-grade classrooms, teaching the youngsters funky dance moves. CityStep also helps the youngsters develop social skills, creativity, self-expression, self-confidence, and a sense of community through exercises, dance and music workshops, and field trips.With its local success, the program has expanded well beyond Harvard’s gates. In 2004, CityStep was launched at the University of Pennsylvania. This year, Princeton University started its own CityStep program.But the outreach initiative is much more than just a way to help middle-schoolers engage with the arts. It’s also about helping Harvard College students engage with their passions and give back.Before arriving at Harvard, freshman Emma Kantor danced for years with the National Dance Institute in New York City. It was there she combined her love of dance with public service, helping teach dance to blind and visually impaired students. When looking at colleges, Kantor said she faced a quandary.  “What was I going to do to fill that void?”At Harvard, CityStep was the perfect fit. Her involvement with the program, Kantor said, affirms her belief that “the arts can inspire children to achieve and to succeed and make them work harder in all parts of life.”“Having been on the other side I can say that arts education changes lives,” she added.And Kantor expects CityStep — or a similar program — to play a role in her life after Harvard. “I think it’s something that, wherever I end up in life, I will try to find a program like this,” she added.CityStep will perform “Time Machine” tonight at 7 and Saturday at 1 and 5 p.m. at Sanders Theatre. For more information, visit the Office for the Arts website.last_img read more

Ghosts in the machines

first_imgIn many ways, the entire Digital Era can rightly be laid at the courtly foot of Lord Byron’s rebellious daughter, Ada. Lady Lovelace was the poet’s only child born in wedlock, inheriting both her father’s headstrong, Romantic spirit and her mother’s practical respect for mathematics.As the Industrial Revolution bloomed, her appreciation for the beauty of numbers and invention, an analytical approach she called “poetical science,” led her to write what is now regarded as the first algorithm and to help refine a machine that could be programmed to perform many different tasks, an idea that anticipated the modern computer by a century. That’s where Walter Isaacson’s latest book, “The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution,” steps off. Nominated for a National Book Award, Isaacson takes a sweeping look at the history of the computer and the Internet as seen through the many creative characters who contributed both breakthrough and incremental advances to our technological evolution. It’s a richly told tale of towering figures like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, but also of unsung innovators, including a team of women at the University of Pennsylvania who secretly programmed the ENIAC computer during World War II.Isaacson ’74 is the best-selling author of landmark biographies of Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin. A former journalist who has headed CNN and Time magazine, Isaacson is currently CEO of the Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies think tank in Washington, D.C., as well as a Harvard Overseer. He spoke with the Gazette about what he learned in his research and how truly lasting innovation is often found where our humanity meets our machinery.GAZETTE: What drew you to a subject as complicated and fluid as the history of the Digital Revolution?ISAACSON: I was always an electronics geek as a kid. I made ham radios and soldered circuits in the basement. My father and uncles were all electrical engineers. When I was head of digital media for Time Inc. in the early 1990s, as the Web was just being invented, I became interested in how the Internet came to be. When I interviewed Bill Gates, he convinced me that I should do a book not just about the Internet, but its connection to the rise of the personal computer. So I’ve been working on this for about 15 years. I put it aside when Steve Jobs asked me to do his biography, but that convinced me even more there was a need for a history of the Digital Age that explained how Steve Jobs became Steve Jobs.GAZETTE: You’re known for your “Great Man”-style biographies, and yet this is a story about famous, seminal figures and the lesser-knowns who contributed to the Digital Revolution in some way. Can you tell me about that approach?ISAACSON: The first book I did after college (with a friend) was about six not very famous individuals who worked as a team creating American foreign policy. It was called “The Wise Men.” Ever since then, I’ve done biographies. Those of us who write biographies know that to some extent we distort history. We make it seem like somebody in a garage or in a garret has a “light-bulb moment” and the world changes, when in fact creativity is a collaborative endeavor and a team sport. I wanted to get back to doing a book like “The Wise Men” to show how cultural forces and collaborative teams helped create the Internet and the computer. There’s no one person you can put up there with Thomas Edison and say, “He or she invented the Internet or the computer.” My biography of Henry Kissinger begins with a quote of his in which he said, while flying on one of his shuttle missions to the Middle East in the 1970s, “As a professor, I tended to think of history as run by impersonal forces. But when you see it in practice, you see the difference personalities make.” I wanted to look at the interplay between the cultural forces, including wartime government funding as well as the explosion of digital concepts, and to what extent that related to the creativity of individual players.GAZETTE: At a time when the technology sector faces criticism for its lack of gender and racial diversity, you focus on a number of women who played very significant roles in the evolution of technology. Were you surprised at how central women were?ISAACSON: I think women have been unfairly minimized in the history of technology. Even at Harvard, the great programming work done by Grace Hopper on the Mark I computer that’s in the lobby of the Science Center was instrumental in distinguishing that machine from others at the time that were not reprogrammable. And yet until recently, the panels in front of that machine had no pictures of women, just all of the men who had built it. Even the manual sitting in front of the machine that you can flip through was written by Grace Hopper. Her name’s not on it — it says “by the team” — but she’s the one who wrote it. Now, that display has been revised with pictures of Grace Hopper and some of the other women. I think it’s important to realize that, especially in the area of open-source programming, women including Grace Hopper and the women who programmed the ENIAC at Penn are in the tradition of Ada Lovelace, women who conceived of the power of software programming.GAZETTE: So many people who were instrumental to this history were unconventional and, in some cases, misfits of their era, either by intellect, interest, or temperament. Is it an accident that outsiders drove the evolution of digital technology, and did that outsider status shape the way tech favors openness and less-bureaucratic institutions?ISAACSON: Yes, I think there’s a glorious geekiness that comes with a lot of the great innovators in the tech revolution. Their imprint is in the DNA of how the Internet and personal computers were developed. In particular, the fact that a whole group of slightly rebellious, anti-authoritarian graduate students created the protocols for connecting host computers to the original ARPANET helped to create the decentralized and distributed nature of that packet-switch network.GAZETTE: Harvard probably doesn’t first come to mind for most people when thinking about the history of computers and the Digital Revolution. Can you talk about role the University played?ISAACSON: The first programmable electromechanical computer is the Mark I, developed at the Harvard Computation Lab and now in the lobby of the Science Center. The notion that it could be easily reprogrammed was pioneered by Lt. Grace Hopper and an ensign named Richard Bloch, who worked on programming that computer. Also, the combination of Harvard and MIT created companies like BBN Technologies in Cambridge that built the original routers for the Internet. I also think Harvard has remained a cradle for connecting bright, creative people to technology, from Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg.GAZETTE: One of the book’s foundational themes is the intersection of science and the humanities and how understanding and valuing both has brought us some of the most important innovations. Why is that, and are we in an era right now where the pendulum has swung too far in the direction of valuing S.T.E.M. education and not enough on liberal arts?ISAACSON: Whenever Steve Jobs had a product to launch, he’d end with a slide showing a street-sign intersection of the liberal arts with technology. And he said, “That’s where the value is — when we can connect our humanity with our machines.” The great theme of the Digital Age is not creating new machines that can think alone, but machines that work in partnership with humans. That ability to connect “that which makes us humans” with machines begins with the interactive graphical displays created for the original air defense systems and goes to Xerox PARC, to Apple Computer, and many other great and beautiful technological innovations. Steve Jobs loved taking calligraphy and dance and art, and the reason he loved a bit-mapped user interface was because he could create beautiful fonts for the original Macintosh. And he had a simple rule, which is that “beauty matters.” It helps make us intimate with our technology.I think the first phase of the Digital Revolution — the past 50 years — was to some extent engineering-driven. We’re now in a phase in which the connection of creativity to technology is going to drive innovation. I do believe that it’s important for people to have an appreciation for the arts and humanities. But I also think that one problem is people who love the arts and humanities are too often intimidated by science and math, and they don’t appreciate the beauty of science and math. They’d be appalled if somebody didn’t know the difference between Hamlet and Macbeth, but they could happily brag that they don’t know the difference between a gene and a chromosome, or an integral and differential equation, or a transistor and a capacitor. So as much as I’d like to lecture the engineers that they should appreciate the humanities, I also think that people from the tradition of the humanities should embrace the beauty of engineering and science, as well.This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.last_img read more

First glimpse of a kilonova, and Harvard was there

first_imgMany observatories were used to study the kilonova, including the SOAR and Magellan telescopes, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Dark Energy Camera on the Blanco, and the Gemini-South telescope.The series of eight papers describing the results were published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters on Monday. The four papers with first authors from CfA are on the changes with time of light from the kilonova (Cowperthwaite); the changes with time of the kilonova’s spectrum (Nicholl); the Very Large Array observations (Alexander); and how long the merger took to unfold and the properties of the host galaxy (Peter Blanchard).Also, Marcelle Soares-Santos of Brandeis University led a paper about the discovery of the optical counterpart; Ryan Chornock from Ohio University led a paper about the kilonova’s infrared spectra; Raffaella Margutti from Northwestern University led a paper about the Chandra observations of the jet; and Wen-fai Fong, also from Northwestern, led a paper about the comparison between GW170817 and previous short GRBs.Harvard Gazette science writer Alvin Powell contributed to this report. A simulation of the gravitational waves detected by LIGO on Aug. 17. Gravitational waves are ripples in space-time caused by the accelerated motion of massive celestial objects, such as merging neutron stars. “Imagine that gravitational waves are like thunder. We’ve heard this thunder before, but this is the first time we’ve also been able to see the lightning that goes with it,” said Philip Cowperthwaite of CfA. “The difference is that in this cosmic thunderstorm, we hear the thunder first and then get the light show afterwards.”A few hours after the announcement, as night set in Chile, Berger’s team used the powerful Dark Energy Camera on the Blanco telescope to search the region of sky from which the gravitational waves emanated. In less than an hour they located a new source of visible light in the galaxy NGC 4993 at a distance of about 130 million light-years.“One of the first giant galaxies we looked at had an obvious new source of light popping right out at us, and this was an incredible moment,” said CfA’s Matt Nicholl. “We thought it would take days to locate the source, but this was like X marks the spot.”Another view of the galaxy where the neutron stars collided, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: P.K. Blanchard/E. Berger/Harvard CfA/HST Marking the beginning of a new era in astrophysics, scientists for the first time have detected gravitational waves and electromagnetic radiation, or light, from the same event. This historic discovery reveals the merger of two neutron stars, the dense cores of dead stars, and resolves debate over the origins of heavy elements such as platinum and gold.To achieve the result, thousands of scientists around the world used data from telescopes on the ground and in space. Researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) played a pivotal role in the work. A series of eight papers by CfA astronomers and their colleagues details the aftermath of the event and examines clues about its origin.“It’s hard to describe our sense of excitement and historical purpose over the past couple of months,” said the leader of the CfA team, Harvard’s Edo Berger. “This is a once-in-a-career moment — we have fulfilled a dream of scientists that has existed for decades.”Hours after astronomers detected gravitational waves from neutron stars colliding on Aug. 17, the Harvard CfA team searched the sky as night fell in Chile using the Dark Energy Camera on the Blanco telescope, and within an hour located a new source of light in the host galaxy at a distance of about 130 million light years. The image above shows the source of light, between the yellow lines, dimming over 10 days.Gravitational waves, first predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity, are ripples in space-time caused by the accelerated motion of massive celestial objects. The Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) made the first direct detection of gravitational waves in September 2015, when the merger of two stellar-mass black holes was discovered. That work was honored earlier this month with the Nobel Prize in physics.At 8:41 a.m. this past Aug. 17, LIGO scientists detected a new gravitational wave source, naming it GW170817 to mark the discovery date. Just two seconds later, NASA’s Fermi satellite detected a weak pulse of gamma rays from the same location in the sky. Later that morning, LIGO announced that two merging neutron stars produced the gravitational waves from GW170817.center_img Several teams of astronomers, including Berger’s CfA group, scrambled to capture as many details as possible from the rapidly fading neutron star collision, known as a kilonova.“The plan was simple: capture every single photo of light from this event to uncover all of its detailed physical processes,” Berger said.From their measurements, astronomers were able to detect “the direct fingerprints of the heaviest elements in the periodic table,” in amounts totaling some 16,000 times the mass of Earth.“As this material is flying out from the site of the two neutron stars merging, it will eventually combine with other material to form stars, planets, life, and jewelry,” Berger said.The neutron stars themselves, he said, were formed in supernova explosions when the universe was just 2 billion years old and spent the last 11 billion years spiraling in decaying orbit around each other. Supernova explosions like the one that produced the neutron stars are known to create lighter elements, such as iron and nickel. Watching the neutron star collision, scientists were able to see the source of the heavier elements in the periodic table, such as gold, platinum, and uranium.“In this one system, we see the complete history of how the periodic table of the elements came into being,” Berger said.Radio observations with the Very Large Array in New Mexico helped confirm that the merger of the two neutron stars triggered a short gamma-ray burst (GRB), a brief burst of gamma rays in a jet of high-energy particles. The properties match those predicted by theoretical models of a short GRB that was viewed with the jet initially pointing at a large angle away from Earth. Combining the radio data with observations from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory shows that the jet pointed about 30 degrees away from the planet.“This object looks far more like the theories than we had any right to expect,” said CfA’s Kate Alexander, who led the Very Large Array observations. “We will continue to track the radio emission for years to come as the material ejected from the collision slams into the surrounding medium.”last_img read more

Kerry Ellis Makes a Glamorous New Grizabella in London’s Cats

first_imgKerry Ellis has traded her witch hat and green glow for a coat of fur! The Wicked alum and Audience Choice Award winner has joined the cast of Cats in the West End, playing Grizabella, the Glamour Cat. Ellis, who succeeds Nicole Scherzinger in the role, will star in the limited engagement, which plays at the London Palladium through April 25. Check out photos of the new frisky feline, then see Cats in London…and on Broadway soon! View Commentslast_img

Review: Ibex Ace Shirt

first_imgAs active people, the majority of the time we are clad in wetsuits, base layers, spandex, and parkas. You’re more likely to find chalk on our hands than dress shoes on our feet. It finally seems spring/summer is here which means more adventure, grill outs, and post ride/hike beers. I’m all for slapping on a tee shirt, but certain occasions call for a little more class. For said cultured occasions we have the shirt for you, it’s called the Ace and it’s from none other than Ibex.You probably know Ibex for their incredible base layers, outer layers, tights, and cycling clothes. They also have an incredible line of more lifestyle items like the Ace Shirt and more, most of which are made of merino wool. I love my other Ibex items for their quality, fit, and feel, so the bar was set high for the Ace Shirt. Over the course of the last five weeks I’ve worn the shirt to cook outs, bars, fancy restaurants, casual restaurants, hiking, biking, on a JRA (just riding around), to bed, and about everywhere in between. I can confidently say the shirt can handle it all.Ibex took the classic short sleeve button up and added their own unique touches to it. First off it is made of 100% Merino Wool, has two front flap pockets, classy metal buttons throughout, is machine washable, and has yoke and seam details. The shirt doesn’t bunch up in any areas nor does it ride up in the back. They really put some thought into the fit as it was great not only hanging out, but also huffing it up a trail and riding a bike. Now you may be thinking that since it is wool that you will be sweating bullets, but to the contrary the shirt breathes much better than traditional cotton offerings. I really can’t even begin to count the number of compliments I received on this button up. People across the board loved the color, the look, and the feel. Guys were asking about it and where they could buy one, and girls were asking the same so they could buy one for their boyfriends. Heck, my dad doesn’t know it yet but my mom ordered him one. Dress it up with a pair of slacks or dress down with your favorite shorts and Chaco’s, it’s your choice.I am 6’1” and 163 pounds and went with a medium. The fit is spot on. I opted for the Pond color, but the shirt also comes in Black and Rope. At $115 the shirt is in line with other high quality offerings from competitors, and is well worth it. Buy yourself the Ibex Ace shirt and wow your friends at the next get together.Ibex; $115last_img read more

Chilean Miners: From the Bowels of the Earth to a World Tour

first_img The slow trip in a narrow capsule that brought thirty-three men out of the depths of a Chilean mine, where they were trapped for more than two months, should be their last uncomfortable travel, and now they are preparing to enjoy sumptuous invitations to tour the world. Among the first trips for the survivors, who were trapped around seven hundred meters beneath the Atacama desert, is their promise to accompany President Sebastián Piñera to Bolivia to inaugurate an inter-ocean corridor, together with his host Evo Morales and their Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva. After that, the options for enjoyment open up. A trip to visit the Greek islands for a week and attending a Real Madrid soccer game in Spain, as well as a Manchester United game in England, are some of the rewards for the tense epic. The miners’ new life does not consist only of travel, however. The eleven fans of the local University of Chile soccer team are expected to receive a lifetime pass for the team’s games. Gifts for the miners, once it was discovered at the end of August that they were alive, began to arrive from all over the world, including from individuals prominent on the world stage. Pope Benedict XVI sent them blessed rosaries, while notable soccer stars, from the Brazilian Pelé to the Spaniard David Villa, sent them autographed jerseys. Even the head of Apple, Steve Jobs, sent each one a recent version of the popular iPod Touch to enjoy now that they are free. Meanwhile, greetings from U.S. President Barack Obama and from artists throughout the Ibero-American world also arrived in the bowels of the arid desert earth of Atacama, in the northern part of the South American country. By Dialogo October 15, 2010last_img read more