A meeting framework for inclusive and sustainable science

first_imgThe ABCD conference format (All continents, Balanced gender, low Carbon transport, Diverse backgrounds) mixes live-streamed and pre-recorded talks with in-person ones to reflect a diverse range of viewpoints and reduce the environmental footprint of meetings while also lowering barriers to inclusiveness.last_img

Budget Fight Could Mean Smaller Fleet of U.S. Navy Submarines

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Budget Fight Could Mean Smaller Fleet of U.S. Navy Submarines Budget Fight Could Mean Smaller Fleet of U.S. Navy Submarines View post tag: could March 21, 2011 View post tag: mean View post tag: Smaller View post tag: News by topic View post tag: U.S. View post tag: fight View post tag: Naval View post tag: Submarines View post tag: Navy Authorities The aging attack submarines built during the Cold War are retiring faster than new submarines are being built to take their place…By Jennifer McDermott (theday)[mappress]Source: theday,March 21, 2011; View post tag: budget View post tag: fleet Share this articlelast_img read more

Sikorsky Signs Contract for UAE Aircrafts

first_img View post tag: For Sikorsky Signs Contract for UAE Aircrafts View post tag: contract October 12, 2011 Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., was awarded a $38,268,248 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure 14 aircraft for the United Arab Emirates.Work will be performed in Stratford, Conn., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2012. One bid was solicited, with one bid received. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-08-C-0003).Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of military and commercial helicopters; fixed-wing aircraft; spare parts and maintenance, repair and overhaul services for helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft; and civil helicopter operations.[mappress]Source: defense, October 12, 2011; Image: sikorsky Share this article View post tag: Signs View post tag: Navy View post tag: Aircrafts View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: UAE View post tag: Sikorsky Industry news Back to overview,Home naval-today Sikorsky Signs Contract for UAE Aircrafts last_img read more

US Navy Ships Commemorate Flag Day

first_img View post tag: US View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Ships Commemorate Flag Day View post tag: ships June 15, 2012 US Navy Ships Commemorate Flag Day View post tag: Navy View post tag: Flagcenter_img Ten Navy ships, including USS Fort McHenry, are commemorating Flag Day today at the site of the historic battle that inspired the national anthem.Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will take part in Flag Day events at Fort McHenry, the star-shaped fortress that endured what’s become one of the most remembered engagements of the war.On the night of Sept. 13, 1814, British ships in Baltimore harbor bombarded the outgunned U.S. resistance at the fort for 25 solid hours. Francis Scott Key, a civilian lawyer who was sent to Baltimore to negotiate an American hostage’s release, found himself in a front-row seat to the battle aboard a British ship.As dawn broke the following morning, Key stood on the ship’s deck, amazed to see the U.S. flag still flapping in the breezes over the battered fort. He was so moved that he penned the poem that became the lyrics of the national anthem.The Navy ships in Baltimore are part of a flotilla making its way up the Eastern Seaboard to mark the bicentennial of the war that historians say marked the dawn of U.S. naval power.Eighteen tall ships, including the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, and navy vessels from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico and Norway are accompanying the Navy gray hulls in the “Star Spangled Sailabration.”The flotilla spent 12 days in Norfolk before arriving today in Baltimore for a week of activities including a tall ship parade, an air show by the Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron, fireworks and a parachute jump into Camden Yards.The festivities, co-sponsored by Operation Sail Inc., are part of a lineup of bicentennial commemorations that kicked off in April in New Orleans and will continue through 2015. Organizers hope to engage the public with educational events and programs across the South, the Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes regions and into Canada to highlight America’s maritime heritage and the War of 1812.Beyond the Battle of Fort McHenry, many Americans have little understanding of what’s been called America’s first forgotten war.The War of 1812 centered on maritime disputes between the United States and Great Britain. In the early 1800s, the Royal Navy, which was at war with France, was stopping American ships to search for sailors born in England, then forcibly pressing them into service for the crown. Both the French and English began seizing American ships, and later imposed an embargo on American vessels going to Europe that nearly bankrupted the industry. President James Madison ultimately declared war against England in 1812.Among the most remembered events was the burning of the White House, the Capitol and the Washington Navy Yard. Dolly Madison, alone with her servants when British troops torched the White House, personally saved the famous Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington by carting it off in a wagon to Georgetown. Army Gen. Andrew Jackson became a national hero as he led the Battle of New Orleans, ending Britain’s long string of land victories.But with naval battles in North America, off South America and Great Britain, and in the Pacific and Indian oceans, the War of 1812 was predominantly a sea campaign. It served as a defining moment for the fledging U.S. Navy, which fought the British as they tried to blockade the Atlantic coast and support land forces from Lake Erie and Lake Champlain, leading to the birth of America’s modern sea services. “The War of 1812 is significant because it paved the way for future development of the U.S. Navy,” said U.S. Naval War College Professor Kevin McCranie, author of the soon-to-be-released book, “Utmost Gallantry: The U.S. and Royal Navies at Sea in the War of 1812.”“Challenging the most dominant naval power of the time, the less powerful U.S. Navy found ways to protract the war and incurred significant costs for Great Britain,” he said. “That’s why the War of 1812 is important for national leaders to study.”The war also helped establish the Navy’s legacy of heroes. Oliver Hazard Perry, who had been dispatched from Newport, R.I., constructed ships on the shores of Lake Erie that went on to defeat a large British armada assembled there. Capt. James Lawrence, aboard the U.S. frigate Chesapeake as it was taken by HMS Shannon, uttered as his last words, the famous battle cry, “Don’t give up the ship.”Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who announced the bicentennial celebration last year, said the activities will recognize the men and women who continue to carry on this tradition. He called the bicentennial an opportunity to celebrate the U.S. Navy’s heritage and its continued commitment to securing unobstructed access and free use of the world’s oceans that are vital to national security and prosperity.“This ‘second war of independence,’ fought 200 years ago, established U.S. sea power as a force in the world, and our continuing presence in the great blue and beyond,” he said. “As we commemorate Old Glory and the War of 1812, we ought to remember the delicate weaving of history that has brought America to this place of great influence and greater responsibility.”Event organizers also call it a way to underscore the importance of a strong international goodwill. William Armstrong Jr., from Operation Sail pointed out that the three combatants in the conflict have become close allies.The United States and Canada share the longest unprotected national boundary in the world, he noted during the May Parade of Sail event in Norfolk. Meanwhile, the United States and Great Britain have become not only trading partners, but also military and political allies.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , June 15, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Commemorate View post tag: News by topic View post tag: day Training & Education Share this articlelast_img read more

A Rich range of cookies

first_imgRich’s (Fareham, Hampshire) Premier range of bake-off cookies is aimed at the top end of the market. It also offers a new range of individually wrapped thaw-and-serve cookies in triple choc chunk, white choc chunk and milk choc chunk. The range has been created from recipes developed by Rich’s US parent company. It uses Belgian chocolate and real butter.last_img

Press release: HMRC warns it’s time to declare offshore assets

first_imgHM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is urging UK taxpayers to come forward and declare any foreign income or profits on offshore assets before 30 September to avoid higher tax penalties.New legislation called ‘Requirement to Correct’ requires UK taxpayers to notify HMRC about any offshore tax liabilities relating to UK income tax, capital gains tax, or inheritance tax.However, some UK taxpayers may not realise they have a requirement to declare their overseas financial interests. Under the rules, actions like renting out a property abroad, transferring income and assets from one country to another, or even renting out a UK property when living abroad could mean taxpayers face a tax bill in the UK.The Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride MP, said: Further guidance on Requirement to Correct is available on GOV.UK. Examples of offshore assets include: art and antiques; bank and other savings accounts; boats; cash; debts owed to you; gold and silver articles; government securities; jewellery; land and buildings, including holiday timeshare; life assurance policies and pensions; other accounts, such as stockbroker’s or solicitors’; other bond deposits and loans including personal portfolio bonds; rights or intellectual property including image rights; stocks and shares; trusts including employee benefit trusts and self-employed persons trusts; and vehicles. HMRC’s Flickr channel. New ‘Requirement to Correct’ legislation was introduced as part of the Finance (No. 2) Act 2017. From 1 October more than 100 countries, including the UK, will be able to exchange data on financial accounts under the Common Reporting Standard (CRS). CRS data will significantly enhance HMRC’s ability to detect offshore non-compliance and it is in taxpayers’ interests to correct any non-compliance before that data is received.The most common reasons for declaring offshore tax are in relation to foreign property, investment income and moving money into the UK from abroad. Over 17,000 people have already contacted HMRC to notify the department about tax due from sources of foreign income, such as their holiday homes and overseas properties.Customers can correct their tax liabilities by: Once a customer has notified HMRC by 30 September of their intention to make a declaration, they will then have 90 days to make the full disclosure and pay any tax owed.If taxpayers are confident that their tax affairs are in order, then they do not need to worry. If anyone is unsure, HMRC recommends they seek advice from a professional tax adviser or agent.Further Informationcenter_img Using HMRC’s digital disclosure service as part of the Worldwide Disclosure Facility or any other service provided by HMRC as a means of correcting tax non-compliance. Since 2010 we have secured over £2.8bn for our vital public services by tackling offshore tax evaders, and we will continue to relentlessly crack down on those not playing by the rules. This new measure will place higher penalties on those who do not contact HMRC and ensure their offshore tax liabilities are correct. I urge anyone affected to get in touch with HMRC now. Follow HMRC’s Press Office on Twitter @HMRCpressoffice. Or using any other method agreed with HMRC. Telling an officer of HMRC in the course of an enquiry into your affairs.last_img read more

Nobel laureate Norman Ramsey, 96

first_imgNorman Ramsey, Harvard physics professor since 1947 and Nobel laureate in 1989, died peacefully in his sleep at age 96 on Nov. 4. Ramsey was widely admired for his scientific accomplishments and for his skill as a scientific statesman.Ramsey was honored with the Davisson-Germer Prize, the Rabi Prize, IEEE Medal of Honor, the Compton Medal, the Oersted Medal, and the U.S. National Medal of Science, among many others. He also received honorary doctorates from several universities, including Oxford and Harvard.Ramsey and his Harvard colleague Edward Purcell (Nobel laureate 1952) wondered if positive and negative charges might cancel while remaining slightly separated within an uncharged neutron. Ramsey started the search for such an “electric dipole moment” and many theoretical predictions were disproved as more precise measurements failed to discover the elusive moment. Decades later, research teams (including those of John Doyle and Gerald Gabrielse at Harvard) pursued Ramsey’s quest with even higher precision — using neutrons, electrons, and nuclei. Ever the encourager, Ramsey last year offered a financial prize for detecting an electric dipole moment during his lifetime.The hydrogen maser was invented by Ramsey and his former Ph.D. student Dan Kleppner (now emeritus professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology). The hydrogen atoms in this microwave version of a laser generate microwaves with a precisely defined frequency of 1,420,405,751.77 oscillations per second. Others refined this maser into a stable and robust atomic clock that does not gain or lose a second in many millions of years. The hydrogen maser keeps time precisely enough to track satellites in deep space, to test Einstein’s general relativity, to enable very long base line interferometry (VLBI) telescopes, and to make possible a global positioning system (GPS) that locates cars and container ships within a few feet, and changes in earthquake fault lines to better than an inch.Ramsey’s “method of separated oscillatory fields” made it possible to measure molecular frequencies precisely enough to investigate small magnetic interactions, going beyond the magnetic resonance methods of his Ph.D. adviser, I.I. Rabi (Nobel laureate 1944).At roughly the same time, Ramsey worked out the theory of chemical shifts of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), an essential tool of modern chemistry and structural biology. The “Ramsey method” has since been applied to many different molecules, atoms, nuclei, and particles — not the least being cesium atoms in the fountain clocks that define the internationally agreed length of a second.Ramsey’s service as a scientific statesman included being the first head of the physics department of Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island. As the first assistant secretary-general for science in NATO, he established NATO fellowships and summer schools that played the role of graduate schools for a generation of European physicists. His scientific credentials and reputation for fairness played a key role in founding the Fermi National Accelerator Lab near Chicago, and for many years he was chair of the University Research Association responsible for its oversight. He was president of the American Physical Society and led the NRC committee, which with Harvard colleague Paul Horowitz concluded that acoustical evidence did not reveal a second assassin of John F. Kennedy.During World War II, before his nearly four decades at Harvard, Ramsey led a team working on radar devices small enough to be portable, served as radar consultant to the secretary of war, and joined the Manhattan Project. Ramsey would not readily talk about the wartime part of his life. Deeply concerned about the use and long-term effect of nuclear weapons, he cautioned that it was difficult to understand the pressures of a world war in hindsight. After the war, when Sen. Joseph McCarthy labeled Harvard as “a smelly mess” and “a sanctuary for communists,” Ramsey appeared on “Meet the Press” to rebut the attacks. “True freedom,” he insisted, “gives a man not only the right to make a right choice but also the freedom to make a wrong choice.”His colleagues celebrate Ramsey for his scientific research achievements, his effective mentoring, and his contributions as a statesman of science. He inspired many with his contagious enthusiasm, his scientific integrity, his optimistic spirit, and his zest for life.Ramsey is survived by the four daughters he raised with his wife, Elinor, who died in 1983.After his retirement from the teaching faculty in 1986, Ramsey lectured in several countries, sharing his love of travel and adventure with his second wife, Ellie Welch.To read more about Ramsey’s remarkable life, visit the Nobel Prize website.last_img read more

Entergy Vermont Yankee refueling and maintenance outage begins

first_imgFeb 24, 2010 … His case against the relicensing was several fold, including: The new power purchase proposal from Vermont Yankee owner Entergy would … Aug 27, 2002 … Vermont Yankee finally sold to Entergy by Robert Smith The deal had more than its share of up and down moments, but the sale of the Vermont … Apr 18, 2011 … The other shoe has finally dropped. Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) announced this morning that two of its subsidiaries, Entergy Nuclear … Jul 25, 2011 … Today Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) communicated to its employees that the company’s board of directors voted to approve the fabrication … Entergy Vermont Yankee sues state of Vermont | Vermont Business … Northstar Vermont Yankee,Control room operators began removing the Vermont Yankee nuclear power station from service Saturday night (October 8) to begin its 29th refueling and maintenance outage. The shutdown of the Vernon plant will mark the completion of the plant’s 29th operating cycle. The plant began commercial operation in 1972. According to published reports, the fuel will cost $65 million and the work will cost another $35 million for a total cost of about $100 million. The refueling will allow the plant to operate another 18 months, or well beyond its scheduled decommissioning in March 2012. Entergy has sued the state of Vermont to allow it to remain open for another 20 years. The state maintains that the Vermont Legislature must approve the license extension. The Vermont Senate voted in 2010 to reject the extension, but the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has already granted the 20-year extention. The Vermont Public Service Board would also need to issue Entergy a Certificte of Public Good for it to remain in operation. Energy states in the federal court case in Brattleboro that the state cannot legally pre-empt the process.The court case concluded in September and US District Judge J Garvan Murtha is now mulling post-trial briefs. It is widely expected that the loser in US District Court will appeal the decision. At the very least, Entergy appears to be banking on the court case, in any result, pushing well beyond March 2012 so it will get the full value from the refueling.A Vermont Yankee statement on the refueling said the plant has again demonstrated its value as a safe and reliable electricity supplier to New England consumers. During this operating cycle, which began in May 2010, the plant has produced more than 7.2 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. The refueling and maintenance outage will be performed by Entergy Vermont Yankee’s staff supplemented by Entergy employees from its other nuclear plants and contract workers, including valve technicians, radiation protection technicians, engineers, inspectors, millwrights, electricians, pipefitters, boilermakers, welders, painters, equipment operators, insulators, carpenters, laborers and divers.Workers will replace 116 fuel assemblies in the reactor and perform various maintenance activities, tests and inspections on plant equipment which runs throughout the operating cycle.The influx of more than 850 outside maintenance workers and their associated local spending provide a major economic boost to the region.Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity and delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy’s second quarter revenues were $2,803.3 million, compared to $2,862.9 for the same periond in 2010. Earnings for the two periods were $1.76 perdiluted share in Q2 2011 and $1.65 per diluted share in 2010.Entergy also announced last week that Kevin Bronson has been named senior vice president and chief operating officer for the James A FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in New York, Pilgrim Power Station in Massachusetts and Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station.RELATED: Entergy to refuel Vermont Yankee as lawsuit proceeds | Vermont … Vermont Senate votes to close Yankee | Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Yankee finally sold to Entergy | Vermont Business Magazinelast_img read more

JNC applicants sought

first_img JNC applicants sought Judicial Nominating Commissions: Two lawyer vacancies for each of the 26 JNCs. The Florida Bar must nominate three lawyers for each vacancy to the governor for his appointment. Each appointee will serve a four-year term, commencing July 1, 2006. Applicants must be engaged in the practice of law and a resident of the territorial jurisdiction served by the commission to which the member is applying. Applicants must comply with state financial disclosure laws. Commissioners are not eligible for state judicial office for vacancies filled by the JNC on which they sit for two years following completion of their four-year term.Applications must be completed for each vacancy you are applying for and must be received by mail or fax, (850) 561-5826 no later than 5:30 p.m., January 16, 2006, in the executive director’s office of The Florida Bar. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Screening committees of the Board of Governors will review all JNC applications. The committee will then make recommendations to the Board of Governors.Persons interested in applying for any of these vacancies may download the application form (there is a specific JNC application) from the Bar’s Web site at floridabar.org, or should call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5600, ext. 5757, to obtain the application. Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300 by the January 16 deadline. December 15, 2005 Regular News JNC applicants soughtlast_img read more

Teachers FCU shares stories from a COVID-19 hotspot

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Teachers Federal Credit Union ($7.8B, Hauppauge, NY) isn’t masking its commitment to coronavirus safety. It’s handing them out.Distributing branded facemasks to members and employees is just part of the protocols in place as one of the Empire State’s largest member-owned financial cooperative slowly returns its working life to a new normal.New York City has been an epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States for the past few months, and with 31 branches in and around the Big Apple, Teachers has hardly been immune to the pandemic’s impact on business continuity, members, and staff.President and CEO Brad Calhoun is marking his first year at the helm of Teachers this month, having made the move in June 2019 from First Tech FCU in Oregon. Inna Sprague, a colleague at First Tech, made the same move this past March, joining Calhoun as the cooperative’s Chief Experience Officer just as the nation was beginning to feel the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more