Royal Navy Trains in Port of Milford Haven, UK

first_img View post tag: Royal View post tag: Navy View post tag: Haven View post tag: port Royal Navy Trains in Port of Milford Haven, UK View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defence View post tag: Milford Royal Navy Reservists began arriving in Pembrokeshire from all over the UK to take part in a major exercise in the Milford Haven area.Exercise Cambrian Trader, which runs from Wednesday September 18 to Sunday September 22, is designed to train the Navy’s Maritime Trade Operations specialists and prepare them for deployment in support of the Royal Navy anywhere in the world.The Royal Navy will also have HMS Mersey, a fisheries protection vessel, in port, as well as a specialist diving unit from Devonport and a team of hydrographic surveyors. Participants in the exercise will be working through a series of tasks designed to replicate what the Royal Navy could do to support a commercial port and sustain safe commercial operations.This includes diving on wrecks, surveying for safe anchorages, briefing merchant shipping on safety and security, and escorting merchant shipping into and out of port.Together with Dyfed Powys Police, the Port of Milford Haven and members of the Army Reserve, the exercise will involve well over a hundred people, yet it will be almost unseen by the public because so much of the activity is waterborne, or at the Port’s Headquarters.Maritime Trade Operations are the link between merchant shipping and the military, supporting the free and safe passage of legitimate shipping in trouble spots around the world. With over 90% of world trade transported by sea, this is an essential part of a whole range of capabilities which the Royal Navy deploys to provide security at sea and protect our economic lifelines.Commander Simon Cottam, who leads the Navy’s Maritime Trade Operations specialisation, said:“This is a big event in our calendar and Milford Haven is a great location, with the kind of high value shipping we could find ourselves liaising with in the Gulf, or in counter-piracy operations off East Africa.”The Port of Milford Haven will be supporting the exercise throughout, including hosting a temporary operations room, set up for the duration of the exercise.Bill Hirst, Harbourmaster at the Port of Milford Haven, said:“As the third largest Port in the UK safely handling 29% of Britain’s seaborne trade in oil and gas, Milford Haven provides a great base for those wanting to understand how a busy commercial port operates.“Opportunities to exercise with the Royal Navy are rare and therefore we are pleased that they have chosen Milford Haven and are keen to support them.”[mappress]Press Release, September 19, 2013; Image: Royal Navycenter_img Training & Education Share this article View post tag: of View post tag: Trains Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy Trains in Port of Milford Haven, UK View post tag: Defense View post tag: UK September 19, 2013last_img read more

Oxford Vice-Chancellor is third highest paid in UK

first_imgThe Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Oxford University was the third highest paid Russell Group VC in 2015-16, new figures reveal.The total remuneration paid to the former VC Andrew Hamilton, and his successor Louise Richardson, who took over the post in January 2016, was £442,000.This sees an increase of one per cent on the previous year’s salary, but an overall decrease in the total earnings from £462,000—including pensions and benefits—which had made Hamilton the highest paid UK Vice-Chancellor in 2014-15, according to an earlier University and College Union (UCU) report.The Oxford UCU criticised the news, noting that staff at Oxford University have some of the highest levels of additional employment and work casualisation in the country.The figures were revealed in analysis by Times Higher Education (THE), which found that on average, leaders of the UK’s Russell Group universities take home almost six per cent more than they did two years ago.During the same period, university staff took a one per cent increase in pay, staging a two-day walkout in May.Oxford University was eager to point out that the increase in Richardson’s and Hamilton’s joint earnings for the 2015–2016 financial year, which amounted to £384,000, was in line with a pay rise for all University staff.A University spokesperson told Cherwell: “The Vice-Chancellor’s salary for the seven months to 31 July, 2016 was £204,000. She received no benefits. Pro-rata, the present VC’s salary represents a one per cent increase on her predecessor’s salary for 2014-15. This is in line with the one per cent pay rise received by all University staff.”Louise Richardson, who had previously served as the Vice-Chancellor at St Andrews University, became the Oxford VC on 1 January 2016, with a promise to “tackle elitism”.News of the nation-wide pay increase for Vice Chancellors has been criticised by the University and College Union (UCU).The President of the Oxford UCU branch, Dr Garrick Taylor, told Cherwell: “It has unfortunately come as no surprise that VC pay has again increased so much while university staff have seen consistent real terms pay cuts, as universities have being doing this year on year.“All over the country professional and academic staff in universities are struggling as rent and house prices go up but pay is depressed. The situation is even worse in Oxford, which has among the highest rent and house prices in the country, and we are increasingly seeing staff taking on additional employment on top of their already demanding roles. On top of this Oxford has amongst the highest level of university staff casualisation in the country, meaning a lack of job security on top of real terms pay cuts.“We hope that this year the universities will attempt to redress the balance and give staff an above inflation pay rise in the same manner that they have been giving their VCs.”However, the Russell Group Director General, Dr Wendy Piatt, defended the pay increases, telling THE that “many vice chancellors have accepted only very modest increases” and that pay levels were set by independent committees that include “expert representatives from outside the sector”.The Vice-Chancellor’s office has been contacted for comment.last_img read more

01 Broccoli, cauliflower

first_imgVolume XXXNumber 1Page 1 By William Terry KelleyUniversity ofGeorgiaGet the cheese sauce ready. Broccoli and cauliflower could becoming out of the garden really soon if you get busy. Although these aren’t what you’d call traditional Southernvegetables, growing great broccoli and cauliflower in your gardenis a definite possibility in Georgia. Throughout the Southeast,both crops can be grown during certain times of the season.In much of the Southeast, temperatures are too cold in midwinterto grow them 0well, since both crops can suffer freeze damage. Andit’s too hot in midsummer, as the heat reduces quality. In thehigher elevations, however, midsummer is peak production time.When to plantIn the Georgia coastal plain and piedmont, plant broccoli andcauliflower from early February through early April, depending onwhere you live. This would bring in harvests during mid-Aprilthrough June.For fall crops, plant them from August through mid-September forharvest in October through early December. In the higherelevations, plant the crops in April to July for harvest in Junethrough September.Many varieties of both broccoli and cauliflower have been shownto perform well in Georgia. “Packman” and “Premium Crop” are twotried-and-true broccoli varieties for home garden use.Many cauliflower varieties are self-blanching and don’t have tobe banded to produce a white-curded head. “Candid Charm” and”Snowball Y” are widely adapted cauliflowers.There are varieties, however, that tolerate temperature extremesbetter than these.How to plantBoth crops can be direct-seeded or transplanted, buttransplanting is best in the Southeast to gain time in thegrowing window and produce more uniform stands.Broccoli and cauliflower can be grown on a wide array of soiltypes. Both crops require irrigation for peak production.Planting densities vary between the crops. Broccoli can beplanted in double rows on 38- to 42-inch centers, with plantsspaced 6 inches apart. Cauliflower, though, is usually planted insingle rows with an in-row spacing of about 12 inches.Fertilize broccoli and cauliflower much as you would cabbage, asboth require a fairly heavy rate of nitrogen. Use rates of 6.5 to7.5 ounces per 100 square feet with both crops. For soils testingmedium for phosphorus and potassium, 4 ounces of each per 100square feet should suffice.Split the totals into thirds and apply the first at planting andthe second and third about three weeks apart.How to harvestThe most rewarding part of any garden crop is the harvest. Handlethese crops with care, though. They’re quite perishable and mustbe cooled fairly quickly after harvest. If you don’t cool themquickly to 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the quality will begin to breakdown. Cauliflower is even more tedious — handle it cautiously tokeep from bruising the curds.Grow broccoli to a central main head 3 to 4 inches across beforecutting it. The plant will regrow many smaller heads if you keepcaring for it. You can cut these smaller heads as they mature.They won’t reach the size of the central head, but still make fora good second crop. Cut broccoli with about 5 inches of stem onit.Cut cauliflower when the curd is 4 to 6 inches across, and trimthe leaves.(Terry Kelley is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

Breaking News: Atsu starts ahead of Boateng for Ghana

first_imgMidfielder Christian Atsu of F C Porto of Portugal makes a first team start for Ghana, as the Black Stars play Malawi in a challenging final-round 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Accra Sports StadiumStarting Line-up: Adam Kwarasey, Daniel Opare, Harrison Afful, John Boye, Isaac Vorsah, Anthony Annan, Christian Atsu, Jordan Ayew, Asamoah Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah, Andre AyewReserves: Samuel Inkoom, Derek Boateng, Jerry Akaminko, Isaac Coffie, Solomon Asante, Emmanuel Clottey, Fatau Daudalast_img read more