UK starts construction of Successor nuclear submarines

first_img The United Kingdom is starting construction work on the next-generation nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines.UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon revealed this as he announced nearly £1.3 billion of funding was awarded to BAE Systems to start the ‘Delivery Phase 1’ of the Successor program.At a ceremonial event at the BAE Systems yard next week, Fallon will begin the work with a ‘steel cut’. Several hundreds of suppliers are expected to be involved in the programme at its peak, almost 85 per cent of those based across the UK.‘Delivery Phase 1’ will involve structural steel work for the ‘auxiliary machine space’ of the first submarine: this contains switchboards and control panels for the reactor.According to the MoD, the money will also be spent furthering the design of the submarine, purchasing materials and long lead items, and investing in facilities at the BAE Systems yard in Barrow-in-Furness where the submarines will be built.The Successor program will deliver four new submarines for the Royal Navy and will replace the current Vanguard class, with the first submarine entering service in the early 2030s.“Comparable in size to the Vanguard class submarines, the next generation of nuclear deterrent submarine is widely considered to be one of the world’s most complex engineering challenges,” BAE Systems said. “Technological advances, threat changes, new methods of design and production mean the new submarines will be a completely new design.”Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “Britain’s ballistic missile submarines are the ultimate guarantee of our nation’s safety – we use them every day to deter the most extreme threats. We cannot know what new dangers we might face in the 2030s, 2040s and 2050s so we are acting now to replace them.” October 2, 2016 Share this article View post tag: Successor View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: SSBNcenter_img UK starts construction of Successor nuclear submarines View post tag: BAe Systems Back to overview,Home naval-today UK starts construction of Successor nuclear submarines Authoritieslast_img read more

Comment: An End to Oxford Application Fees?

first_imgIf it walks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck, is it a duck? Yes. So if there is something that looks like a barrier to applying to Oxford, and seems to act like a barrier to applying to Oxford, is it a barrier? Not always. The £10 application fee for undergraduate admissions quacks because it is a barrier. But we should be wary of throwing out babies out with the bath water. Or, to hideously combine these already out of control metaphors, rubber ducks with the bath water. There are some extra processes built in to applying to Oxford, like aptitude tests and interviews, that look like a barrier to applying, seem to act like a barrier to applying, but aren’t a barrier to applying. So why don’t they quack?The short answer is that some perceived barriers benefit applicants: they allow Oxford to gain a much greater understanding of a student’s potential, so the University can confidently choose the very best from the brightest. Working out who is really, really good, rather than just really good, when everyone who applies has perfect grades and a treasure chest of extra curricular achievements, is a challenge to say the least. Few universities benefit from this challenge. Oxford needs different admission processes to meet this challenge.By barriers, in the context of admissions, I mean things that block the progress of students of greatest potential, whatever their background. For Oxford to admit the best from the brightest, it must invest in extra stages to get rounded pictures of applicants. After all, academic potential cannot be accurately represented by a series of past achievements printed on a piece of paper. Therefore the University invests more time and energy than other higher education bodies rigorously interviewing applicants. The interviews allow tutors to stretch potential students’ thinking, to analyse their motivations, and to assess whether they will respond successfully to tutorial teaching. Candidates will not receive adequate care and attention from tutors if there are ten people being interviewed per place. To ensure tutors can conduct meaningful interviews, aptitude tests are used in some subjects to help short-list candidates to approximately three per place during interviews. This also prevents students with no chance of getting an offer wasting time and money coming to Oxford. This guarantees that the University admits the very best from its talented pool of applicants.Charging £10 to apply to Oxford quacks, waddles and swims like a duck, and is one that should be shot. The fee is a barrier that discourages students from applying to Oxford, because they see the application as a costly gamble. By charging students to apply, this university encourages a false assumption that life here is more expensive than everywhere else. Considering the relatively small sums it raises, compared to the millions the University invests every year into its access work and bursaries, there is no reason why the University should undermine its good work on outreach by demanding that prospective applicants buy the opportunity to be considered by Oxford.It is inevitable that this fee will go – Oxford is the last remaining University to charge for this – but its demise is also desirable. I believe applications will increase as more talented students apply speculatively; after all, it won’t cost them anything to do so. This will help our work widening access and making sure Oxford University admits the best students, whatever their school, and whatever their background.James Lamming is the Vice President of OUSU.last_img read more

JUST IN: Fire Crews Working To Save A Spencer County Landmark

first_imgAPRIL 12TH, 2018 Tommy Mason TOMMY MASON INDIANACrews are on the scene of a fire at a local landmark in Spencer County. Dispatchers say the fire is at the Rockport Inn on South Third Street in Rockport. The Fire started just before 6:00 this morning.The owner tells 44News she believes the fire started in the kitchen area, then spread throughout the building.We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update information as it becomes available.Tommy Mason TwitterFacebook FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Baking Industry Awards: Free-From Bakery Product of the Year

first_imgSponsored by IngredionWinner: Too Good To Be Gluten Free Pork Pie, Addo Food GroupThe idea for a free-from brand came from Sam Benjamin and a fellow trainee when they worked in the test kitchens at Nottingham-based Addo Food Group.Brand manager Benjamin researched the gluten-free market and realised its huge potential for growth and the need for great-tasting products.“I presented the concept of a new gluten-free brand, centred on taste, to the Addo team,” he says. “They gave their full support and provided a new dedicated free-from facility.”The core element of Addo’s recipes is a high-quality gluten-free pastry base. “To develop this took eight months of testing, trial and error,” explains Benjamin. “We invested a huge amount of time in creating a pastry that had to be benchmarked against the best standard pastry, with no discernible taste difference.”The Too Good to be Gluten Free Pork Pie uses high-quality British pork, seasoned and encased in a hot water crust pastry. “Our pork pie has seen an incredible response, selling in more than 300 Sainsbury’s stores and being listed with Ocado,” says Benjamin. “It has contributed 40% growth to the brand in the past year and has helped drive our best year yet, with 118% growth in sales volume and a 74% increase in turnover for the brand.”Finalist: Organic Gluten-free Vegan Bread, Good Grain BakeryAs a professional baker, north London-based Good Grain Bakery director Tara Taylor (pictured) set herself a challenge.There are 14 recognised allergens that can be avoided in free-from, of which one is gluten. Taylor was determined to make an organic loaf that was free from all 14 after suffering from several allergies and intolerances herself, and meeting a friend’s daughter who was a coeliac and suffered with other allergies.After experimentation, Taylor sourced her own blend of grains and starches for her recipes. Feedback from the early loaves she made was helpful. “The hydration needed to remain high, but I needed the dough to be pliable for scaling-up,” she says. “I discovered a few more techniques to increase shelf life naturally, without compromising the brand’s integrity and values. Our gluten-free bread is also suitable for vegans, as the protein is not substituted with eggs or emulsifiers.”Major retailers, she says, have told her the product ticks many boxes when looking for a clean label, good-quality, organic, free-from bread with the right texture and flavour.Finalist: M&S Super Seeded Sandwich Thins, Village BakeryHaving made gluten-free products for the past eight years for the UK and Europe, Village Bakery tapped one of the success stories of recent years with this launch.The Made without Wheat thins, developed for Marks & Spencer, contain a blend of seeds plus rice, tapioca and potato starch. They are also fortified with a source of vitamin D and calcium, then topped with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and linseeds.“We had a desire to bring an exceptional product to market that could not be distinguished from a conventional wheat flour-based product,” says project director Christien Jones (pictured), adding the thins contain no wheat, gluten or dairy.“The gluten-free customer wants products the whole family can enjoy without comprising on texture or quality. Our super-seeded variety, with 150 calories per thin and a seven-day shelf life, is a convenient alternative to sliced free-from bread.”Village Bakery is winner of this year’s Bakery Innovation category.last_img read more

Jimkata Sets Things In Motion at Denver’s Larimer Lounge

first_imgIthaca, NY trio Jimkata brought their brand of anthemic electro-rock to Denver’s Larimer Lounge this past weekend, as they tour the nation heavily in support of their latest album, In Motion. The trio, made up of childhood friends Evan Friedell (guitar/vocals), Aaron Gorsch (bass/synth), Packy Lunn (drums) has a penchant for writing catchy, synth-driven rock with plenty of melody and pop sensibilities that will find you happily singing along. Their show at Larimer Lounge saw the group showcase new tracks from In Motion, including “Build Me Up,” “Wild Ride”, and the funky groove of “In The Moment,” among others. Jimkata also sprinkled in songs from 2014’s Feel In Light (“Beat The Curse”, “Feel In Light) and 2012’s Die Digital (“Die Digital”, “Electronic Stone”, etc) into the setlist. While the band is a fixture in the Northeast livetronica/jam scene, it is not far-fetched to see them taking a successful leap into the indietronica/synth-pop realm with their ability to write songs that have plenty of structure and catchy choruses, all the while allowing the songs to breathe with some improvisation.Take a listen to Jimkata play “Electronic Stone”, “Build Me Up” and “Nightshade”:Setlist: Jimkata at Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO – 4/22/16:Set: Electronic Stone, Build Me Up, Night Shade, ?, Jumping Out Of Airplanes, Die Digital, Feel In Light, Innocence, Ride The Wave, In the Moment, Lego Land, Wild Ride, Chain StoreEncore: Beat The CurseGive a listen to “Wild Ride” from In Motion:last_img read more

Madison Greer, solo artist

first_imgDuring her time at Harvard, jazz singer and junior Madison Greer has developed her skills in music theory and music performance and learned how to “front” a band. When not busy with classes, she writes and records music in her room in Quincy House. She hopes to explore a professional music career after graduation.last_img

Airman from Long Island Killed in Afghanistan

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 31-year-old New York National Guard airman from Coram was among six US military service members killed by a suicide bomber near the Afghanistan capital of Kabul this week, defense officials said.Staff Sgt. Louis M. Bonacasa was assigned to the 105th Security Forces Squadron at Stewart Air National Guard Base in upstate Newburgh, New York. He was with a group on patrol in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel when they were attacked by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle in a village outside Bagram Air Base in Parwan province on Monday.“Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of these brave Americans who died in service to this vital mission,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a statement. “Our thoughts remain with all of our troops serving overseas during this holiday season so that we may have peace and security at home.”Another New Yorker among the soldiers killed in the bombing was Technical Sgt. Joseph G. Lemm, 45, of the Bronx, who was assigned to the same Squadron was Bonacasa. Lemm, who previously served in the military from 1988 to 1996, was an NYPD detective.Bonacasa had enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 2002 and transitioned to the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Security Forces Squadron based out of Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach in 2008 before joining the 105th Base Defense Squadron five years ago.Both men previously had served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.“Leading a team of passionate defenders, they took on the most challenging mission for themselves and epitomized the concept of leading from the front, a concept that has distinct risks that they both acknowledged and embraced,” said Col. Timothy LaBarge, the commander of the 105th Airlift Wing, who called them “true American heroes.”The other four soldiers killed in the attack—all U.S. Air Force members—included 36-year-old Air Force Maj. Adrianna M. Vorderbruggen of Minn., 28-year-old Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael A. Cinco of Texas, Staff Sgt. Peter W. Taub of Penn. and Staff Sgt. Chester J. McBride of Ga., both 30.On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of Bonacasa and Lemm.“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family, friends and fellow servicemen of Staff Sgt. Bonacasa,” Cuomo said. “We will join his loved ones in honoring his valor, leadership and service to this great nation. His sacrifice will be remembered with gratitude.”last_img read more

DHS aims for faster detection of airborne pathogens

first_img “We can’t afford to put a system out there that’s going to make a mistake, because the [response] actions of that mistake are tremendous,” he said. The equipment is part of DHS’s BioWatch program, which involves continuous testing of the air in 30 major cities for pathogens such as anthrax. The program was launched in the wake of the anthrax letter attacks of 2001, which killed five people and sickened 17 others. “Operational testing and evaluation of this technology is scheduled for April 2009, about a year later than initially planned,” Jenkins reported in written testimony. The reason for the delay is that DHS’s OHA revised the functional requirements for the equipment in January, about 4 months before the science and technology division was scheduled to complete the “Generation 3.0 prototype detector,” he said. Although the new equipment will be used in some indoor locations, Jenkins said, “No procedural guidance exists for responding to positive results from detectors placed indoors. According to OHA officials, they plan to develop this guidance by October 2008 and apply it to all future BioWatch detectors deployed indoors.” “This interim system will be deployed in high-consequence indoor environments to provide coverage of the highest risk facilities before the Generation 3 system will be ready for deployment,” Hooks said in his written statement. The time savings “will potentially save thousands of lives each day an attack, such as anthrax, is detected ahead of human syndromic surveillance and other public health indicators,” Robert Hooks, deputy assistant secretary for weapons of mass destruction and biodefense in DHS’s Office of Health Affairs (OHA), told the subcommittee in written testimony. The Generation 3 detectors are expected to cost considerably less: $80,000 to 90,000, with yearly operation and maintenance costs of $12,000 to $41,000, Jenkins said. Under questioning by a subcommittee member, Hooks said the original schedule for setting up the new system was too optimistic. “Over a period of time as we managed the program, we looked optimistically at deploying the equipment earlier than was actually realistic,” he said. (A recording of the hearing is available from the Homeland Security Committee Web site.) Hooks said the automated equipment will be tested at two BioWatch sites for 3 to 6 months. If DHS then decides to proceed with the system, initial deployment will begin in the fall of 2010. The program has detected “dozens” of pathogens of concern, or “BioWatch actionable results,” over the years, Hooks reported in his written statement. “These valid laboratory findings have been attributed in all cases to naturally occurring environmental sources,” he said. Jenkins, in his written statement, said DHS officials told him they plan to start operational tests of the Generation 2.5 detectors in November. If they pass the tests, the agency plans to buy more than 100 of them, at a cost of $120,000 each, plus annual maintenance costs of $65,000 to $72,000, he reported. No false-positivesIn other comments at the hearing, Hooks said the BioWatch program has analyzed more than 7 million samples without generating a single false-positive result since its inception in 2003. See also: Interim system for indoor sitesIn the face of that time lag, DHS is working on setting up an interim automated system to provide fast detection of pathogens in certain high-risk indoor locations, DHS officials told the subcommittee. The interim system, called Generation 2.5, is designed to identify pathogens in 4 to 6 hours, but it is more costly than the Generation 3 equipment and will not test for as many different agents. Jenkins said plans call for the new detectors to replace all the current detectors by 2013. Jul 22, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to adopt new automated equipment that will be able to detect dangerous airborne pathogens in major US cities in as little as 4 hours, with a goal of starting deployment in the fall of 2010, DHS officials told Congress last week. In response to questions about DHS’s ability to start operational testing of the new detectors in April 2009, BioWatch Director Dr. Jeffrey Stiefel said DHS expects to meet that schedule, but stressed that the equipment must be tested thoroughly because of the high stakes involved. Currently, filters from collection equipment are removed manually, taken to a laboratory, and tested, a process that takes from 10 to 34 hours, officials told the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology. The new equipment will collect and test air samples automatically, reducing detection time to between 4 and 6 hours, officials said. The new system is also designed to test for more pathogens than the existing system. Stiefel told the subcommittee in response to questions, “We are operational in New York City in a couple of venues with Generation 2.5.” However, development of the automated sampling equipment is about a year behind the original schedule, said William O. Jenkins Jr., director of homeland security and justice issues for the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congress’s investigative arm. Statement by the GAO’s William O. Jenkins Jr. to the House subcommittee read more

Indonesia calls for ‘collective response’ as UN passes COVID-19 resolution

first_img“In particular, the resolution also gives appreciation to healthcare workers, medical professions and researchers that are continuously doing their job under a difficult situation,” the release states.The resolution, cosponsored by 188 member states, was significant and the first of its kind in UN history, Indonesian Permanent Representative to the UN Dian Triansyah Djani said, highlighting that even during a pandemic was Indonesian diplomacy at the UN ongoing.Read also: UN Security Council resumes activities under shadow of COVID-19The voting of the resolution was conducted virtually as New York had imposed a statewide lockdown, Triansyah said.There are more than 1 million COVID-19 cases and over 53,000 fatalities worldwide.In the realm of global health, Indonesia has stepped up its role by chairing the Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative – a multilateral forum that discusses and initiates actions on health issues. The forum consists of Brazil, Norway, France, Senegal, Thailand and Indonesia. Indonesia is also a member of the WHO executive board.Topics : Indonesia has applauded the United Nations General Assembly for passing a resolution on global solidarity in the fight against COVID-19 and is calling on member states to organize a collective response to the pandemic.The resolution, titled “Global Solidarity to Fight COVID-19”, was passed by the UN General Assembly by acclamation on Thursday in New York and is the first UN resolution on COVID-19 since the World Health Organization declared the disease a pandemic on March 11. It was initiated by Indonesia, together with Ghana, Liechtenstein, Norway, Singapore and Switzerland, and cosponsored by 188 countries.In a press release on Friday, the Foreign Ministry stressed the importance of international cooperation in dealing with the pandemic. “In a worrying situation like this, we need unity, solidarity and international cooperation to give a fast and collective response toward the COVID-19 pandemic,” Foreign Ministry Retno LP Marsudi said, adding that there was no country that was immune to the virus, which has caused thousands of deaths worldwide.Read also: Indonesia calls for support for first UN General Assembly resolution on COVID-19The resolution sends a strong message to the international communities that the UN as a “universal organization” has a pivotal role in coordinating a global response, the release says, and that the UN must be able to communicate to the global communities that, without cooperation, solidarity and effective policy, no country will be able to survive the global health crisis.Under the leadership of the UN, a number of global collective actions were drawn up in the resolution, including international cooperation to curb the spread of the virus, impact mitigation through information exchange and research cooperation. It also mentioned the importance of good governance of all countries in handling the crisis and emphasized the leadership of the WHO in coordinating with international communities.last_img read more

UAE postpones Mars mission due to weather at Japan launch site

first_imgThe United Arab Emirates has postponed to July 17 the launch of its mission to Mars due to weather conditions at the launch site in Japan, the UAE government communications office said on Tuesday.The UAE’s Hope Probe was due to set off from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center at 12:51am UAE time on Wednesday (2051 GMT Tuesday) for a seven-month journey to the red planet where it was due to orbit and send back data about the atmosphere.”The UAE’s space mission, the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission, will launch on Friday July 17, 2020 at 12:43am UAE time (July 16, 2020 at 8:43pm GMT) from Tanegashima Space Center,” the government communications office tweeted. There are currently eight active missions exploring Mars; some orbit the planet and some land on its surface. China and the United States will send another two this year.The UAE, an oil-exporting nation, first announced plans for the mission in 2014 as part of efforts to diversify away from hydrocarbons and develop a knowledge economy, aiming to reach the planet by 2021.With a population of 9.4 million, most of whom are foreign workers, the UAE lacks the scientific and industrial base of the big space-faring nations. It launched a National Space Program in 2017 to develop expertise in space science among Emiratis.Emirati Hazza al-Mansouri became the first Arab in space in September 2019 in a flight to the International Space Station.To develop and build the Hope Probe, Emiratis and Dubai’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) worked with US educational institutions with space science expertise.The UAE government has announced an ambitious goal of a Mars settlement by 2117. Topics :last_img read more