View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Diplomats USA: Navy Diplomats Visit Naval Air Station Pensacola September 20, 2012 View post tag: air View post tag: Pensacola Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola hosted 20 members of the Corps of Foreign Naval Attaches, Sept. 16 – 18 during their fall tour of U.S. Navy installations.The diplomats come from a wide range of countries and backgrounds and are touring Navy commands in the United States to learn about the Navy’s capabilities and be exposed to the major cultural, industrial, governmental and historical aspects of the U.S.The senior officers represent Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey and United Kingdom.The group visited the National Naval Aviation Museum and stopped in at Naval Education and Training Command headquarters for an overview of Navy training. At the Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity (NETSAFA) they learned how the command works as the U.S. Navy’s agent for managing international training under security assistance and security cooperation programs. At the Aviation Rescue Swimmer School they observed how Sailors become rescue swimmers. They also toured and received briefs at the Naval International Training Center, Naval Aviation Schools Command and the School of Aviation Safety. At Naval Aviation Technical Training Command (NATTC) they saw how blended learning is used to train Sailors and Marines to become aviation mechanics and technicians. On their last day they saw the acrobatic maneuvers performed by the Blue Angels, the Navy’s flight demonstration team, during a practice show.The attaches watched aircrew water survival training, observed flight students learning about flight physiology, toured the U.S. Air Force 479th Flying Training Group and wrapped up their visit by taking a tour of Training Air Wing Six where they saw firsthand how students are taught how to fly not only in planes, but also with simulators. Rear Adm. Matthew Kohler, deputy director of Naval Intelligence, director of Intelligence Operations accompanied the group during their tour. “This is a chance for them to get a unique look at the Navy and how we train our Sailors, and many of these countries have their own sailors coming through these courses,” Kohler said. “It’s a great opportunity for them to get a firsthand view and understanding, and to take the messages back to their own countries. It’s a great occasion for us to show the international nature of the training that goes on in Pensacola.” “No matter how ‘virtual’ we get,” continued Kohler, “it’s the personal connections that are going to be very important as our nations continue to work forward in the future. It’s the relationship part that’s a very important part of this trip.”According to Debra Gustowski, deputy director of the Navy’s foreign liaison office, she has been bringing groups to Pensacola for several years to help them gain insight and ensure that U.S. Naval attaches are given the same consideration by their host countries.“This is the fourth time I’ve brought a group of attaches to Pensacola. They’re here to find out about the U.S. Navy. Concurring to the Vienna conventions back in 1960, agreements were made that each country would accept attaches representing individual services. Just like an ambassador represents a country they represent their navies. They’re here to collect information about our Navy and we provide that collection,” she said. “Another purpose is that we show them a good tour and they go back to their countries and say ‘my tour in the states was great, make sure you show the attaches in Berlin or London, or Dehli, or wherever, the same courtesy.’”New Zealand Navy Cmdr. Mathew Williams noted that some of the training is similar in the United States as in his country.“The blended learning is something we’ve embraced back in New Zealand. Aviation doesn’t take as significant a role since we are small navy, but we do have some aviation,” he said. “I think the blended learning solution and use of computer-based training in classrooms is very similar to ours. It’s nice to see the similarities in the way we train people.”Royal Navy Cmdr. Ian Atkins was astounded by the volume of Sailors trained at NATTC. “We are using the blended learning solution to a degree,” Atkins said. “What I’ve been most impressed with is the sheer scale of the number of people put through – about 35,000 trainees per year. To get that number of trainees to the right standard so they can operate effectively in the fleet, I think is extremely impressive.”The visit also holds special meaning for Atkins. “My wife’s grandfather trained here in Pensacola in 1941. When he returned to the UK he flew during D-Day and Arnhem,” he said. “In a way it has been a bit of a homecoming. My wife’s grandfather died in January, he was 97 and his wife, who is 94, had a heart attack yesterday and survived. It’s all good things and has been very poignant coming here.”The tour is conducted on behalf of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). The corps of naval attaches is a distinguished group of foreign flag and other senior officers accredited by the Department of the Navy and the Department of State to officially represent their CNO equivalents and governments with regard to naval matters and concerns. Historically, this prestigious assignment has produced many flag officers who have subsequently become their equivalent of our CNO or the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “It was our absolute pleasure to host Admiral Kohler and so many outstanding naval attaches representing our friends and allies from around the world,” said Capt. Christopher Plummer, NAS Pensacola’s commanding officer. “In my experience, naval officers around the globe share a common bond and a connection with the sea, creating an almost instant rapport. This group was no exception. I personally loved meeting and sharing sea-stories with this great group of naval officers and really enjoyed showing off this beautiful installation and all the fantastic stuff we do here.”The attaches will continue their trip through the United States with a visit to Jacksonville, Fla. before returning to Washington D.C.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 20, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: station Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Navy Diplomats Visit Naval Air Station Pensacola View post tag: Naval View post tag: Visit Authorities Share this article
Ronaldinho’s son has followed in his father’s footsteps by signing a contract with sportswear giants Nike. The Brazilian superstar was the face of the company when he was crowned the world’s best player in 2005. Joao Mendes has signed his first pro contract with Nike And now Joao Mendes, 14, is ready to bolster his bank balance by signing his first contract with Nike. Teenager Mendes currently plays his football for Brazilian side Cruzeiro. Ronaldinho revealed the news on social media with a picture of Mendes signing the contract.Advertisement Read Also: Keegan lined up for Newcastle return after £300m Saudi takeover Loading… Joao, a forward like his father, signed his first professional contract with Cruzeiro in April this year and is seen as one of the brightest prospects in the Brazilian giants’ academy. Mendes currently plays for Brazilian side Cruzeiro Joao Mendes has followed in his father’s footsteps by signing with Nike He wrote the caption: “The newest member of the @nike family!!! Football with joy!!” Joao’s mother, Ronaldinho’s ex Janaina Mendes, is also in the photo in what has been described in reports as a “rare” sighting of the three together. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Facts About Sasha ObamaEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go StargazingYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThis Is Why Plus-Size Models Should Always Be An Inspiration When he first joined the club, Mendes kept the name of his father a secret to ensure he didn’t get any favourable treatment.Ronaldinho is regarded as one of the most talented players ever with a career which in took spells with Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan.He featured in a series of famous Nike adverts including one where he appeared to repeatedly kick the ball off the crossbar whilst keeping it in the air.
Before being dismantled and sent packing to Las Vegas along with the Raiders, the Al Davis Memorial Torch was ceremoniously lit one final time at the Coliseum on Sunday.The season-long mystery over who would get the honor of flipping the switch was solved when Charles Woodson did the honors before the Raiders faced the Jaguars in their last ever game in Oakland.One last National Anthem and flyover complete . . . Charles Woodson lights the torch in honor of Al Davis . . . #Raiders . . . .— …
(Visited 59 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The headlines might make one think evolutionists have finally scaled two monstrous hurdles for their theory.Earth’s Magnetic FieldEvolutionary geologists have two big problems with Earth’s magnetic field: (1) explaining its origin and (2) explaining its longevity. We saw Nature reporting last January (1/25/16) about an energy crisis in leading theories of how a geodynamo started in Earth’s core. The best theories as of 2012 could not keep the dynamo running for more than 1/5 the assumed age of the Earth. Now, Nature reports new “Direct measurement of thermal conductivity in solid iron at planetary core conditions.” An international team succeeded in characterizing the behavior of iron at the high temperatures and pressures assumed to exist in the core. “Attempts to describe thermal transport in Earth’s core have been problematic, with predictions of high thermal conductivity at odds with traditional geophysical models and direct evidence for a primordial magnetic field in the rock record,” they say. “…. The result is in agreement with palaeomagnetic measurements indicating that Earth’s geodynamo has persisted since the beginning of Earth’s history, and allows for a solid inner core as old as the dynamo.” Science Daily portrayed this experimental result from a lab as evidence that the “energy necessary to sustain the geodynamo has been available since very early in the history of Earth.”In the same issue of Nature, a Japanese team reports “Experimental determination of the electrical resistivity of iron at Earth’s core conditions.” Their results are not encouraging for believers in billions of years. If the core has low electrical resistivity, electrons can move faster and dissipate heat quicker. “The low electrical resistivity of iron indicates the high thermal conductivity of Earth’s core, suggesting rapid core cooling and a young inner core less than 0.7 billion years old,” they say. “Therefore, an abrupt increase in palaeomagnetic field intensity around 1.3 billion years ago may not be related to the birth of the inner core.”Putting these two findings together, David Dobson writes for Nature that the findings seem contradictory. He sets up the core competency problem:In 2012, first-principles numerical simulations indicated that the thermal conductivity of liquid iron in the outer core is so high that this region might act as a pump that pushes heat towards the core–mantle boundary faster than convection can. If, as these controversial studies suggest, the core is losing heat at such a high rate, it means that the magnetic field must work in previously unimagined ways, and that the solid inner core must be less than a billion years old — a mere babe in planetary terms. In this issue, Ohta et al. (page 95) and Konôpková et al. (page 99) report studies that experimentally tested the simulations’ results using complementary, but distinct, approaches and come to different conclusions.How can geophysicists reconcile the high thermal conductivity with the low electrical resistivity? Dobson can only surmise that one or both teams used wrong assumptions, made experimental errors, or drew wrong conclusions. But neither team can keep the field going for the full assumed age of the Earth (4.5 billion years).The discrepancy makes a big difference to estimates of when the inner core formed, and hence when Earth generated a stable magnetic field — the inner core could be as little as 700 million years old, about the same age as complex life; or as much as 3 billion years old, about three-quarters of Earth’s age.Three billion years is only two-thirds the assumed age of the Earth. What changed after the first one-third? And what about other planets and moons that have magnetic fields, with and without iron cores?For more information about the magnetic field problem, see “What You’re Not Being Told About Earth’s Magnetic Field” (4/17/15) and “Earth’s Geodynamo: An Energy Crisis” (1/25/16).ChiralityCooper and Rios announce with gusto in PNAS that meteorites have been found with a substantial excess of right-handed sugar molecules over the left-handed forms. This “enantiomeric excess” holds true for both rare and common sugars, they claim. “Such data indicate that early meteoritic compounds may have influenced the enantiomer profile of subsequent biological sugars and their derivatives.” Since life uses only the right-handed (dextro or D-) form, evolutionists have long wondered how that arose.Inside the paper, though, the alleged excesses are only around 55%. One outlier, xylonic acid, has a claimed excess of 82%, but this 5C sugar is a metabolite of vitamin C that is excreted in the urine. Generally, the more carbons (4C to 6C), the more the excess, but there are exceptions. The authors do not provide any firm mechanism that would produce the slight excesses; in life, the sugars in DNA and RNA are 100% right-handed. The researchers mention old standbys that might be involved—circularly polarized light and magnetic fields from stars—but those are reversible mechanisms. They conclude with mere suggestions of possible roles in life. As usual, more research is needed.Asymmetric meteoritic compounds may have either played a direct role in the formation of the first homochiral biological polymers or influenced the chirality of their subsequent syntheses. It now seems possible that the EE of two meteoritic classes of compounds, sugar acids (D) and amino acids (L), qualitatively match the excesses of the corresponding classes in extant biology. However, although we have used criteria (rare compounds/enantiomer and isotope ratios) in attempts to discern extraterrestrial from Earth material in the present samples, it is critical that current and future space missions capable of enantiomer analysis examine and/or return samples of carbonaceous material to verify laboratory enantiomer measurements of meteoritic compounds.They did not address the dilution problem (the quantity of homochiral material required to be delivered), the racemization problem (keeping the excesses from reverting to 50:50 mixtures), or the probability problem (calculating the chance of getting only homochiral sugars to link up).These papers are important for showing that the very best that secular scientists can find does not solve their problems. These problems have existed for well over a century.For philosophers of science, one should question whether carefully-designed experiments in a lab dealing with tiny samples can speak to a planet’s core many hundreds of miles in diameter, where variations in temperature and composition are likely. One should also ask what relevance scattered fragments of delicate sugars could have over vast oceans. And even if there was a “substantial” enantiomeric excess in some meteorites, could not the excesses go the other way in other samples, averaging out to racemic? What would maintain the excess once the meteorites land? What would prevent their racemizing in any hypothetical primordial soup?Researchers should be more reserved about the relevance of their findings to these major questions. To say the results “may have… played a role” in the origin of life or of the Earth’s magnetic field is very misleading. State the facts and let the reader decide.
Scorching temperatures suspended play at the Australian Open tennis grand slam in Melbourne on Friday, expected to be the hottest day in a decade, as a week-old heat wave brought power outages and left streets bare in the business district.Firefighters went on alert as the mercury crept towards an expected maximum of 44 degrees Celsius (111 F), the highest since Black Saturday bushfires in 2009 that killed about 180 people in the southeastern state of Victoria.”Glam Slam and Australian Tennis Championships matches have been suspended on all outside courts at Melbourne Park and Albert Reserve,” tournament organisers said on social media.It was the second day that heat had affected play, after the roof at the Rod Laver arena was closed on Thursday for the women’s semi finals match.But the blistering heat did not stop the world No. 4, Japan’s Naomi Osaka, from taking to the practice courts early, ahead of Saturday’s women’s final, where she faces the world number 6, the Czech Petra Kvitova.Crowds were only expected to gather later in the day for the men’s semi finals between world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, and Lucas Pouille of France, ranked 31.Fire officials in the state’s north set the danger rating to “extreme,” while bushfires raging out of control around eastern Timbarra prompted an emergency warning to campers.In the southern island state of Tasmania, officials issued eight emergency warnings.”We’ve got a lot of fire in the landscape,” state fire official Andrew McGuinness told broadcaster ABC. “Some of those fires are quite large. And already, we’re seeing quite nasty fire weather conditions.”advertisementIn Victoria, home to 4 million people, rolling power outages of two hours each could hit about 60,000 homes, after blackouts on Thursday in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, which saw temperatures hit 46.2 C (115.16 F), surpassing a record set in 1939.Australia’s power operator again ordered industrial users to ease back and reduce pressure on Victoria’s overburdened grid, including an aluminium smelter owned by Alcoa in the town of Portland.Only a few people sat under the umbrellas outside Melbourne cafes that are usually heaving by midday, while ice cream melted slowly in the open-air store front of a Ben and Jerry’s that had no customers.Still, some businesses were banking on more patrons as temperatures cool ahead of a long weekend anchored by Saturday’s national holiday, Australia Day.”Days like this attract more customers for us,” said Charlotte Jobling, of the Ice Bar in the trendy Fitzroy district.”Although the streets are a bit quieter, people who are out and about are more likely to come inside. We are hopeful for a full-on evening tonight.”Also Watch:
DONE DEAL: Watford defender Andrew Eleftheriou joins Braintree Townby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford defender Andrew Eleftheriou has moved to Braintree Town on-loan to the end of the season.The 21-year-old defender follows goalkeeper Sam Howes, who moved to Eastbourne Borough, and has made the temporary move to the fellow National League side until the end of this season.The full-back made his first-team debut against Manchester City at the end of the 2016/17 season.He gained experience overseas earlier this year during a loan stint with Norwegian side Sandefjord. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@CoachCroninUCCincinnati has been without head coach Mick Cronin since December, when he was diagnosed with an unruptured brain aneurysm, but he has been unwavering in his support of the team. Moments after the Bearcats’ dramatic overtime win against Purdue in today’s round of 64, a very excited Cronin took a selfie next to his television. That’s my main man !!!!!! BEARCATS BASKETBALL. thank you to all of our fans. pic.twitter.com/i6eFEXdSGx— Mick Cronin (@CoachCroninUC) March 20, 2015We’re glad Cronin is doing well. Watching the Bearcats isn’t quite the same without his intensity on the sideline. Cincinnati will play the winner of tonight’s Kentucky-Hampton game on Saturday.[SB Nation]
Students of all ages strike from school to protest the lack of action on climate change. They are a group called “Future Rising Ottawa” and they are raising awareness for the environment and asking adults to protect their future. Shelby Lisk/APTNShelby LiskAPTN NewsToday students of all ages, in Ottawa and Gatineau, took a strike from school to protest the lack of action on climate change as a part of #FridaysforFuture. Fridays for future is inspired by Swedish teenager, Greta Thunberg, who is leading students to strike for climate around the world.The rally is run by youth and adults are invited but the structure is “youth out front – adults behind” echoing the sentiment that adults need to support and listen to the youth, the leaders of the future. The students are using their voices to demand leaders and all adults take action to ensure they have a safe and clean future and demanding they take responsibility for the earth they have given their children.Ottawa’s first #FridaysForFuture strike was Jan. 11, 2019, continuing throughout the school year and culminating in the most attended strike on March 15, in support of the Global Climate Strike. Over 500 students and supporters protested on Parliament Hill.Today’s event may have had fewer students but just as much spirit.(Mia Beijer chants “whose future? OUR FUTURE” to students gathered in front of the Prime Minister’s office in Ottawa. Shelby Lisk/APTNMia Beijer, 16 years old, from Gatineau“We are gathered here today because we are terrified for our futures. We are terrified because adults and past generations have not changed the system that’s killing us. We are here because the water that feeds us is dying and no one is stopping it. We are here because our land, our home and our earth is dying. What gives us life is dying. As adults I want you to reflect on this moment of silence and I want you to apologize to the youth in your life.” (Parisa Anonby and Kate Martens stand with their sign at the youth climate march. Shelby Lisk/APTN)Kate Martens, 16 years old, from Ottawa“Our earth is really important to us, and our government, all they care about is money and capitalism. We’re just wanting to show that there will be no place for money if we don’t have a sustainable earth to live in. It’s important that they understand that because we are the future voters and future leaders of this planet.”Parisa Anonby, 17 years old, from Ottawa“Some of us, our parents didn’t let us go but we came anyway. It’s the kind of thing where are just going to do anything to bring awareness. We are sacrificing our education to be here and sometimes that’s the only way to bring change.”(Toby Guillemette, 15 years old, Findlay Henderson, 5 years old, Penny Henderson, Zander Henderson, 3 years old, and Sonia Wesche came out as a family to support the Fridays for Future initiative. Shelby Lisk/APTN)Tony Guillemette, 15 years old, from Ottawa“I think what’s happening needs to change and we have to do something because they’re innocent and they deserve the best life, my cousins.”Sonia Wesche thought it was important to bring her family to the climate march because her kids are the future. She was there with her two sons, their grandmother and her nephew.“The future of our planet is at stake and we need to be doing something. I think the time is right. There’s political motivation, there’s leadership to some degree. We need to be pushing for action. We’re in a climate emergency and we need to be doing something about it,” says Wesche.Future Rising Ottawa’s Facebook page says their goals are to become too connected to fail, to help youth secure a livable world and to have fun.Future Rising Ottawa can be found on Parliament Hill every Friday raising awareness for the environment and asking adults to protect their future. The biggest strike yet is set to happen next week, September 27th, for the Global Climate Strike and will include youth, adults and all people and organizations [email protected]
Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (up 39.59 points to 16,131.79, a record high)AuRico Metals Inc. (TSX:AMI). Miner. Up 47 cents, or 36.15 per cent, to $1.77 on 28.9 million shares. Centerra Gold Inc. (TSX:CG) (down 28 cents, or 3.48 per cent, to $7.77 on 1.1 million shares) has signed a $310-million all-cash friendly deal to buy AuRico Metals, which is developing the Kemess property in B.C. The deal requires approval by two-thirds of the votes cast at a special meeting of AuRico Metals shareholders as well as court and regulatory approvals.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 28 cents, or 8.07 per cent, to $3.75 on 27.1 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up 39 cents, or 2.01 per cent, to $19.76 on 18.1 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down two cents, or 0.64 per cent, to $3.10 on 8.2 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Up three cents, or 0.36 per cent, to $8.47 on 7.7 million shares.Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX:VRX). Pharmaceutical. Up $2.66, or 17.24 per cent, to $18.09 on 7.3 million shares. The drug company reported a third-quarter profit of $1.3 billion ($3.69 per diluted share), boosted by a one-time gain related to an internal tax reorganization. That compared with a loss of $1.22 billion ($3.49 per diluted share) a year ago. Third-quarter revenue totalled $2.22 billion, down from $2.48 billion. Valeant says that it has reduced its total debt by $6 billion since the end of the first quarter of 2016, topping its commitment to pay down $5 billion.Companies reporting major news:Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU). Agriculture. Up $1.47, or 1.07 per cent, to $138.63 on 209,192 shares. The Calgary-based fertilizer and farm services company says it has sold two American assets to help win U.S. Federal Trade Commission approval of its merger with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (TSX:POT) (down one cent, or 0.04 per cent, to $24.49 on 911,794 shares). Agrium says it has agreed to sell its Conda, Idaho, phosphate production facility and nearby mineral rights for $100 million, including working capital, to Toronto-based Itafos (TSXV:IFOS).BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE). Media. Up 31 cents, or 0.51 per cent, to $60.99 on 828,311 shares. The telecom and media giant says it will buy Canadian home security service AlarmForce Industries Inc. (TSX:AF) (up $6.68, or 71.52 per cent, to $16.02 on 432,054 shares) in a deal worth about $166 million.Cineplex Inc. (TSX:CGX). Entertainment. Down $1.46, or 3.80 per cent, to $37.00 on 906,994 shares. The movie theatre company says it earned $17.2 million (27 cents per diluted share) in the third quarter compared with a profit of $26.0 million (41 cents per diluted share) a year ago. Revenue totalled $370.4 million, down from $376.0 million. Attendance fell to 16.8 million compared with 19.2 million in the same quarter last year.
MONTREAL – Quebecor Inc.’s cable subsidiary is becoming a partner of the new Montreal comedy festival that will be launched this summer.The director general of the Grand Montreal comedie fest, Diane Arseneau, said in a statement Monday that Videotron is an ambitious partner and that the agreement could open the door to other partnerships.The new festival was originally announced last November and was the idea of standup comedian Martin Petit. It will be held July 1-15.Monday’s announcement came three days after it was revealed that Quebecor had chosen to not exercise its right of first refusal in the sale of Just For Laughs.The comedy company is expected to now fall into the hands of ICM Partners, a Los Angeles-based talent and literary agency that has reportedly signed an agreement in principle to buy the controlling shares of Just For Laughs founder Gilbert Rozon.Rozon announced he would sell his majority stake in the company amid allegations last fall he sexually harassed and assaulted several women.He has denied the allegations and they have not been proven in courtCompanies in this story: (QBR.B)