Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply FWC invites communities to submit proposals for $825,000 in bear-conflict reduction fundingThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has invited counties and other local governments to submit proposals so the agency can effectively distribute state funding for reducing bear conflicts in Florida communities.The $825,000 in funding will be dedicated to programs that are committed to taking a BearWise approach and can demonstrate a measurable reduction in human-bear interactions.The funding come from three sources. Governor Scott and the State Legislature agreed to allocate $500,000 to the FWC’s Bear Management Program for BearWise grants. The majority of those funds ($376,900) came from the proceeds from the 2015 bear hunt permit sales. In addition, $325,000 in proceeds from sales of the Conserve Wildlife license plate (‘The Bear Tag) have been made available to the FWC for this program. The combined total funds available are $825,000.Sixty percent of the $500,000 from the Legislature must go to local governments which have passed ordinances to reduce human-bear conflicts. Local governments have until October 14, 2016 to submit their proposals.Nick Wiley, FWC executive director said, “Thanks to Governor Scott, the Florida Legislature and the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, communities across the state will be encouraged to have BearWise programs tailored to meet their specific needs. FWC will continue to work with local community partners to ensure they have the tools and resources necessary to help Floridians avoid conflicts with bears. Balancing Florida’s growing bear population with the safety of residents and visitors remains a top priority.”Criteria for selectionFunding for bear-conflict reduction will be provided to local governments in a prudent manner following state contracting requirements as appropriate. Applications will be evaluated based on several factors, including:Does the municipality have an ordinance in place that requires residents and businesses to keep trash and other attractants secure from bears?How many households within the municipality are in an area with high human-bear conflicts?How much funding will the municipality match for the project (funds or in-kind or a combination of both)?What is the likelihood the project will result in a community-wide reduction of human-bear conflicts?How many residences and businesses are expected to benefit from the project?Completed applications must be received by close of business on October 14, 2016. A team of FWC staff will evaluate each proposal and will announce funding allocations in the weeks following the application deadline.Leading up to the submission deadline, the FWC will continue to meet with local governments to encourage and support efforts to enact bear-wise ordinances. The implementation of such ordinances, coupled with this year’s bear-conflict reduction funding, can greatly reduce human-bear conflicts.The application and more information can be found at MyFWC.com/bear. The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Previous articleHaving a Baby? 7 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a HospitalNext articleConsensus of City Council: Yes to Splash Pad, no to Skate Park Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
Architects: AmreinHerzig Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/566207/muhlestrasse-residential-and-studio-building-amreinherzig Clipboard Year: photographs: Lucas PetersPhotographs: Lucas Peters, Courtesy of AmreinHerzigSave this picture!© Lucas PetersText description provided by the architects. The slight rotation compared to the long volumes of the terraced houses and its polygonal form give the tower-like monolithic apartment building a stronger autonomy, thereby benefiting its relationship with the two neighbouring buildings on the other side of the street. This creates a village environment, an expanded street space towards which the building entrances are aligned.Save this picture!Courtesy of AmreinHerzigLocal construction law permitted a loft, but only with great limitations. Since it was to be expected that the rooftop terrace would have the best exterior spatial qualities on the whole plot, it was impossible to do without those advantages despite the difficulties involved in a loft construction. So the unusual step was taken of initially using volume studies to find a satisfactory sculptural solution including a loft, before moving on to the interior organisation.Save this picture!© Lucas PetersThe interpolated basic form of the residential and studio building exploits the maximum space available within the confines of the construction site. The quadrangular form is dissolved in the loft, where two volumes occupy opposite corners. That gives the form a maximum vertical effect and achieves the same basic sculptural theme on all sides. The storeys are split into four sections using voluminous partition walls that accommodate all auxiliary uses including the stairways. The space and spatial perimeters are dual, as are the figure and the ground plan. The available spatial layers define the main rooms, which merge into each other and structurally open out to each of the exterior sides respectively, alternating on each floor. This principle is applied throughout the building and leads to a coherent monolithic overall structure consisting of fair-faced concrete.Save this picture!Floor PlanThe residents can use a wide range of apparently identical rooms. They are given their specific uses depending on their alignment, sunlight conditions and accessing possibilities. The spatial experience inside the building is defined by the diagonal visual relationships and the direct presence of the exterior space above the room-high, frameless glass panes. The industrial shell gives the fair-faced concrete an almost shiny surface. It combines with the façade-flush glazing to create a 21dematerialised, ambivalent surface that gives the building a deliberately unapproachable expression. During the day, the effect is strengthened by the reflection of the surroundings in the windows. At night, in artificial light, the openings can be read as consistent spatial imprints of the inner structure.Save this picture!Courtesy of AmreinHerzigProject gallerySee allShow lessOpen for Submissions: Re-Imagining Toronto’s “Winter Stations”Architecture NewsMini House / Agustina RuivalSelected Projects Share Switzerland ArchDaily Houses Photographs Mühlestrasse Residential and Studio Building / AmreinHerzigSave this projectSaveMühlestrasse Residential and Studio Building / AmreinHerzig “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/566207/muhlestrasse-residential-and-studio-building-amreinherzig Clipboard Mühlestrasse Residential and Studio Building / AmreinHerzig Year: 2013 Projects CopyHouses•Menzingen, Switzerland “COPY” Area: 320 m² Area: 320 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Lucas Peters+ 21 Share 2013 CopyAbout this officeAmreinHerzigOffice•••ProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMenzingenHousesSwitzerlandPublished on November 14, 2014Cite: “Mühlestrasse Residential and Studio Building / AmreinHerzig” 14 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Kionte Spencer, a well-loved 18-year-old student, was shot and killed near his home in Virginia by Roanoke County police officers on Feb. 26.The circumstances surrounding the shooting and killing of Spencer are raising numerous demands for transparency and justice in the community. Roanoke County police spokespersons are saying that the officers thought Spencer had a gun because he was supposedly holding something in his hand that resembled a gun. Spencer’s friends say that he could have been holding a BB gun. The Roanoke County police released a still video after the shooting that raises more questions than it answers.At a March 1 Roanoke NAACP press conference near the site where Spencer was killed, Spencer’s friends came out to honor him and his contributions, including his assistance to his classmates, neighbors and children on a variety of projects. They and many others demanded justice.“Kionte was not armed with a lethal weapon. We believe the situation could have been handled totally different. … Now we are faced with so many unanswered questions in Kionte’s premature death by police officers,” said Roanoke NAACP President Brenda Hale.Hale demanded “an unbiased and totally transparent investigation … release of the officers’ names and the police dashcam video. We are seeking the absolute truth no matter what that reveals.” (Roanoke Tribune, March 4)On March 4, a candlelight vigil and speakout was held near the site of the shooting to honor Spencer and to demand justice. Other events are in the planning stages.Spencer’s family is asking supporters to share their “Justice For Kionte” Facebook page (facebook.com/JusticeforKionte) and to call the Roanoke County police chief at 540-777-8601 and demand the release of the police video, an independent investigation and the release of the officers’ names.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
The Huntington Library Announces Aquisitions, Including Unique Edition of John Muir’s Writings, Exquisite Illustrated Book on Camellias
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The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced today that it has acquired a unique 10-volume edition of The Life and Writings of John Muir (1916–1924) that incorporates 260 original photographs—most by Herbert W. Gleason (1855–1937), a nature photographer who inspired the work of Ansel Adams. The items were purchased at The Huntington’s 20th annual Library Collectors’ Council meeting held last month.The Council also purchased A Monograph on the Genus Camellia (1819), an outsize volume containing sumptuous hand-colored aquatint plates after watercolors by Clara Maria Pope (d. 1838), one of a small number of women in England who pursued an artistic career in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.Additional purchases included manuscripts by a close member of Galileo’s circle and by a U.S. Revolutionary War officer, as well as a genealogical roll of arms from the Elizabethan era.“During the past two decades, the Library Collectors’ Council has helped us acquire more than 100 significant items—including rare books, individual manuscripts, archival collections, and photographs—and spent nearly $3.9 million doing so,” said David Zeidberg, Avery Director of the Library at The Huntington. “We are enormously grateful to the Council for their generous support over the years.”The Library Collectors’ Council is a group of 43 families who assist in the development of the collections by supporting the purchase of important works that the Library would not otherwise be able to afford.Highlights of the newly purchased materials:John Muir, Herbert W. Gleason, and the portrayal of American landscapesWilliam F. Badé (1871–1936), extra illustrated 10-volume edition of The Life and Writings of John Muir (1916–1924), incorporating 10 color frontispieces, 10 handwritten manuscripts and 260 original photographs by Herbert W. Gleason (1855–1937). New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1916–1924. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.The Huntington’s deluxe, one-of-a-kind edition of The Life and Writings of John Muir includes an original Muir manuscript and a color frontispiece in each of the set’s 10 volumes, as well as 260 original photographs, most of them by Gleason. It is an important addition to The Huntington’s extensive collections in early environmentalism and in early California photography, which include works by Carleton E. Watkins, Edward Weston, and Ansel Adams, and sets the stage for the role of fine art photography in service to the preservationist cause.Throughout his life, Scottish-born naturalist and philosopher John Muir possessed an unquenchable passion for nature. By the time of his death in 1914, many Americans sympathized with his vision of the everlasting unity of all living things and endorsed the necessity of preserving wild spaces. Muir’s tireless championing of the Yosemite Valley and California’s Sierra Nevada contributed to securing them as part of the Golden State’s legacy of natural wonders.“Muir was an assiduous student of all things living and poet laureate of California’s forests, lakes, and mountains—as well as an unswerving advocate of wilderness,” said Peter J. Blodgett, H. Russell Smith Foundation Curator of Western American History. “He exemplified a radical transformation in the perspective through which humans envisioned the natural world.”Following Muir’s death, his daughters asked his good friend William F. Badé, a faculty member at the University of California, to prepare an edition of their father’s principal literary works. Published by Houghton Mifflin between 1916 and 1924, the 10-volume set involved the collaboration of Gleason, another close friend of Muir’s.Gleason was based in Massachusetts but spent much of his adult life traveling around North America with a camera and notebook. An extended visit to California and the High Sierra in the summer of 1907 brought him into contact with Muir, and a meaningful association was born. Gleason went on to become one of the most capable and prolific nature photographers of the early 20th century.“While this unique assemblage of The Life and Writings of John Muir was perhaps created at the behest of a subscriber, research suggests that its inspiration came from Gleason himself,” said Jennifer Watts, curator of photography and visual culture. “The photographer’s imagery influenced a range of early practitioners, including a young Ansel Adams, and its eloquence is on powerful display.”A Monograph on the Genus Camellia is a landmark work of horticultural literature that contains what are probably Clara Maria Pope’s best-known botanical illustrations.Pope’s first husband, Francis Wheatley (1747–1801), was a portrait, landscape, and genre painter, and his debts prompted Pope herself to turn to art to support their family. She taught drawing and sold her own art as well, sending her first painting to the Royal Academy in 1796 and continuing to exhibit there until the year of her death. After 1812, she devoted herself almost exclusively to flower painting and botanical art, in which she excelled.Pope’s vivid watercolors of camellias were engraved for A Monograph on the Genus Camellia, with text by Samuel Curtis (1779–1860), the son-in-law of William Curtis (1746–1799), founding editor of Botanical Magazine. The plant had been cultivated in England since before 1739, and the monograph lists the 29 camellias known there at the time of publication. Curtis discusses in full the 11 varieties of Japan Rose illustrated in Pope’s five flamboyant yet scientifically informative plates, as well as the propagation and culture of camellias. Sitwell and Blunt’s Great Flower Books, 1700–1900 calls the publication “one of the earliest and probably the best of all the great camellia books.”“Curtis and Pope’s splendid volume exemplifies The Huntington’s trinity of books, art, and gardens,” said Claudia Funke, chief curator and associate director of library collections.The Huntington has one of the most comprehensive collections of camellia plants in the world, including nearly 80 species and 1,200 cultivars. Extensive library holdings enhance the plant’s study, most notably more than 100 rare camellia books.Pope’s achievements are also in context with The Huntington’s outstanding British art collection, which holds more than a dozen works by her first husband, Francis Wheatley, including a pair of group portraits on display in the dining room of the Huntington Art Gallery.Philosophia Naturalis, manuscript consisting of lectures delivered by Carlo Rinaldini (1615–1698) at the University of Padua, ca. 1680. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.Philosophia Naturalis (ca. 1680) consists of the texts of lectures given by Galileo’s friend and colleague Carlo Rinaldini (1615–1698) at the University of Padua. The manuscript contains discussions of Galileo’s work as well as an account of Rinaldini’s own important discoveries, including that of the convection of heat.“Rinaldini is an important transitional figure, presenting Aristotelian ideas alongside those of the ‘new science’ of Galileo and his supporters,” said Daniel Lewis, Dibner Senior Curator of Science, Medicine, and Technology. “He was intellectually bold—no easy task in the political climate of the era in Italy, which just a few decades earlier had seen Galileo placed under house arrest.”The manuscript, Lewis added, provides deep and rich content for scholars studying the 17th century, astronomy, experimentation, the social and cultural ramifications of the Copernican revolution, Italian science, lecture notes, and watermarks.The text covers scientific experiments, the nature of the heavens, and an analysis of other competing worldviews. Among the authors Rinaldini cites and discusses are Brahe, Barrow, Borelli, Boyle, Copernicus, Descartes, Gassendi, Kepler, Riccioli, and Torricelli.This parchment roll—composed of four membranes pasted together to form a document 8.5 feet long—claims to display the ancestry of the Palmer family from the 11th or 12th century into the Elizabethan period.Palmer Family Genealogical Roll of Arms signed by Robert Cooke, Clarenceaux King of Arms, ca.1575–1584, parchment, 8.5 feet in length. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.“While English families liked to take heraldic sources as gospel, scholars are far less trusting, understanding these pedigrees were frequently inventions of the imagination,” said Vanessa Wilkie, William A. Moffett Curator of Medieval Manuscripts and British History. “Historians are taking new interest in heraldic documents, family pedigrees, and family archives to better understand the complex relationship between family honor, family image, and political authority.”In 1555, Queen Elizabeth re-established the College of Arms by royal charter. She appointed three kings of arms and six heralds empowered to verify the ancestral claims of aristocratic families and their rights to display arms. Heraldic shields were the symbols of elite power, and in the second half of the 16th century, rising gentry families were eager to prove that they, too, had these rights.In the 1570s, the Palmer family of Gloucestershire were the model rising gentry family. William Palmer served as the Gentleman Pensioner to King Henry VIII, and by 1575, his nephew, 25-year-old Edward Palmer, was the patriarch of the family. Edward was a wealthy landowner and is likely the person who commissioned his family’s heraldic roll in the 1570s, but it was given elevated status when the controversial Clarenceaux King of Arms Robert Cooke signed the bottom of it, thus giving Palmer the documentation he needed to solidify his family’s place in the social order.“Perhaps not surprisingly, families were willing to forge pedigrees, and many kings of arms and heralds were all too easily bribed to lend their endorsements to fabricated rolls,” said Wilkie.In 2005, the Library Collectors’ Council purchased another one of Robert Cooke’s heraldic manuscripts—the pedigree book of the Earls of Leicester, which celebrates an established nobleman, Robert Dudley. In contrast, the Palmer family roll demonstrates Cooke’s validation of a rising country family. When combined, these two manuscripts expand scholarly understanding of the work of one of the most notorious heralds of the 16th century.The Huntington has one of the most important collections of English heraldic sources, both print and manuscript, outside of the United Kingdom.Lewis Nicola (1717–1804), Divinity of Jesus Christ, ca. 1794–1795. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.Divinity of Jesus Christ (ca. 1794–95) is an unpublished and previously unknown manuscript by Lewis Nicola (1717–1807), the founder of the Continental Army’s Corps of Invalids. In 1781, Nicola became beset by religious doubts. At the time, he was stationed at West Point, which he described as “a small country town,” and had with him only his copy of the Bible; having read it twice, he came to doubt the divinity of Jesus Christ.“This manuscript, an extremely rare example of a theological study penned by an American man of the Enlightenment, is a new and untapped source for the studies of the rich religious and intellectual life of the Early Republic,” said Olga Tsapina, Norris Foundation Curator of American History. “It adds a new dimension to the history of American 18th-century religiosity, which mostly relies on the writings of ministers or religious testimony generated by religious revivals. The manuscript capped an important if largely unknown debate that involved Joseph Priestly, the world-famous scientist and founder of the Unitarian Church. It is a rational examination of scripture predating another example of such an endeavor, Thomas Jefferson’s Bible.”During the Revolutionary War, Nicola served as the commander of Philadelphia’s garrison and published military manuals “calculated for the use of Americans.” After Congress accepted his proposal to establish a corps that would employ veterans unfit for active duty, Nicola spent the next five years as the commander of the Corps of Invalids in charge of guarding hospitals and military stores and collecting intelligence.Nicola’s claim to fame stems from his controversial letter to George Washington on May 22, 1781, suggesting that because the Continental Congress was so dysfunctional, veterans should be governed by a British-style “mixed government.” The letter, which received a sharply worded rebuke from Washington, was the first episode in the wave of discontent that culminated in the Newburgh conspiracy in March 1783. It also overshadowed the rest of Nicola’s remarkable career.“Amazingly, there is no known body of Nicola’s papers, apart from his Revolutionary War correspondence in the George Washington papers at the Library of Congress and some military papers left with the War Department,” said Tsapina. “Divinity of Jesus Christ is the only manuscript of Nicola’s that has come to light since he died, destitute, in August 1807.” Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 21 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. 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Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTwitter/@coachbpeery(PORTLAND, Ore.) — A 30-year-old woman has been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death Friday of a former college basketball player at Portland State University in Oregon.Tamena Strickland was taken into custody late Friday for the 2 p.m. shooting, Portland police said.While the victim was not identified by police, the victim’s uncle told Portland ABC affiliate KATU that he was 22-year-old Deante Strickland, who was a senior on last season’s Portland State Vikings basketball team.His uncle, Diante Strickland, said Tamena and Deante were sister and brother, and he had no idea why she would shoot him.The shooting, which took place at a home in Portland’s Concordia neighborhood, also injured two women. Diante Strickland identified the two adult women as another sister and Deante’s grandmother. Their injuries are not considered life-threatening, according to police.Tamena Strickland has been charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder. She was booked into Multnomah County Detention Center just after 9:30 p.m. local time. She is being held without bail on the murder charge and $500,000 combined for the two attempted murder charges.Eyewitness Kenneth Carter told KATU he was driving down the street when Deante tried to get his attention apparently moments after the shooting.“As I crossed over Holman [Street], he came running down in the middle of the street,” Carter told KATU. “I didn’t know what was going on, his arms were flailing and flapping as to signal, to stop me.”Carter said Deante was bleeding from his mouth when he stopped his car.“Our Viking Family lost a special soul today, Deante Strickland,” Portland State basketball coach Barret Peery said on Twitter. “A Beautiful young man in every way! A special teammate, friend and family member. A PROUD Portland native that loved everything about representing the city of Portland, his Family and his school! He will be missed more than we can possibly imagine today. We are all BLESSED to have had him in our lives.”The coach also shared a picture of Strickland on his account.“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Deante,” Portland State Athletics Director Valerie Cleary said in a statement. “He represented everything it means to be a Viking in his hometown of Portland. He will forever be remembered for his character, determination and warm smile. Our prayers go out to his family and friends.”Strickland played two seasons for Portland State after transferring from Casper State in Wyoming. The point guard played in 34 games and started 10 as a junior, averaging 7.7 points and 2.6 assists per game. As a senior, he averaged 7 points and 2.5 assists per game as a reserve.He was a social science major and said in his school bio he wanted to be a sports agent.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by August 3, 2019 /Sports News – National Former Portland State basketball player fatally shot; sister arrested
Letting agents in the UK face having to conduct mandatory anti-money laundering checks on tenants paying more than £8,800 a month in rent, it has been revealed, and may also have to electronically check identities as a matter of course.These requirements have been inserted into the latest Anti Money Laundering Directive by the EU several days ago which, despite Brexit, is likely to make it into law within 18 months.Although £8,800 or more a month might sound like an elite slice of the lettings indsutry, in London over 5% of the market or nearly 3,000 properties would be affected.Martin Cheek, Managing Director of AML verification platform SmartSearch (left), who has examined the proposed 5th Money Laundering Directive on behalf of The Negotiator, says the draft legislation also suggests that electronic verification of tenants, and vendors/buyers in the sales market, may become mandatory once the legislation passes into UK law.The AML regulations directive requires that the method of carrying out customer due diligence be widened “to include” electronic verification.“It’s not clear yet whether it will become mandatory, but in the UK we have a habit of ‘copper bottoming’ EU directives and going much further than other countries when turning them into law,” he says.Brexit“For the same reason I don’t think Brexit will put a spanner in the works of this new draft directive, because London will want to harmonise UK law with the EU to protect our massive financial services industry.”SmartSearch, which recently won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, is used by several hundred estate agents across the UK to verify tenant and buyer/vendor identities from large corporates to smaller independents.“Our service is designed solely for AML verification purposes but it can be used for Right to Rent immigration checks as well,” says Martin.Read more about AML regulations. martin cheek Right to Rent AML anti money laundering Smartsearch June 28, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Letting agents face more AML regulations after draft EU bill published previous nextProducts & ServicesLetting agents face more AML regulations after draft EU bill publishedPrime letting agents will have to run identity checks on all tenants paying more than £8,800 a month in rent, while electronic client verification may soon also become mandatory for ALL agents.Nigel Lewis28th June 201802,778 Views
View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Ike CSG After two years of cooperation on developing alternative fuels to reduce emissions and pollution, the Italian and U.S. Navy are set to conduct the first replenishment at sea (RAS) that will transfer fuel made from renewable sources.On June 16, Italian Navy auxiliary ship Etna will replenish ships from the U.S. Navy’s Dwight D. Eisenhower carrier strike group which arrived to Europe on June 8. Ships centered around the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower are part of the Great Green Fleet which was pioneered by the John C. Stennis carrier strike group.The Great Green Fleet is a U.S. Navy initiative aimed at making alternative fuel blends a regular part of the military’s bulk operational fuel supply. U.S. Navy ships are currently sailing on a blend of alternative fuel made from waste beef fat provided by farmers in the U.S. Midwest.The ships will meet off the coast of Sardinia, Italy on June 15 and conduct the RAS a day later. Etna will be supplying the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Mason on one side, and Italian destroyer Andrea Doria on the other.Italian Navy is the first and only European naval service to launch a test program on the use of biodiesel in the maritime sector, and cooperates with the US Navy to develop and promote biofuels, under an agreement signed in 2014 for joint research and use of alternative fuels.By virtue of this agreement, in the next few days, a naval exercise will be conducted, involving ships from the Italian Navy alongside the Eisenhower carrier strike group – the Great Green Fleet – which will be partially fueled by a synthetic biodiesel (Green Diesel) produced in Italy.Green Diesel is a marine fuel containing up to 50% synthetic component derived from renewable sources, in accordance with NATO specifications. The synthetic component (HRF-76, Hydrogenated Renewable Fuel) is produced at the Porto Marghera bio-refinery, utilizing EcofiningTM technology. Renewable diesel possesses physical and chemical properties similar to conventional diesel – being non hygroscopic and highly stable – unlike other biodiesel fuels.The Italian Navy has successfully tested Green Diesel, for the first time in January 2014 on offshore patrol vessel FOSCARI – first European ship – with no need for engine modifications, and later, in 2015, on other units and submarines (Duilio, Cavour, Gazzana and Maestrale). The same fuel was utilized during two major anti-pollution exercises conducted by Italian patrol vessels, in 2014 and 2015. Italian, US Navy set to conduct a RAS of a different kind View post tag: Flotta Verde Share this article Authorities View post tag: Great Green Fleet Back to overview,Home naval-today Italian, US Navy set to conduct a RAS of a different kind June 14, 2016
Oxford University has warned student plagiarisers that they will be caught, after a survey revealed almost half of Cambridge students admitted to copying work.Approximately 49% of Cambridge University students confessed to cheating, in a survey published by the Varsity student newspaper. Law students were exposed as being the worst offenders, with 62% of them breaking the University’s plagiarism rules.The revelations have triggered the introduction of new special detection software at the institution, after only 5% of students participating in the survey admitted having been caught cheating.Anti-plagiarism technologyMeanwhile, a spokesperson for Oxford University confessed that similar examples of cheating were certainly happening at their own institution.She said that, “Whilst we would be surprised if Oxford was not near the bottom of national and world rankings for the incidence of plagiarism, thanks to the measure of care taken with both teaching and examining at Oxford, we are not complacent.“Students sometimes do not fully understand what constitutes plagiarism. We take educating them about these issues extremely seriously.”She added that Oxford University already has anti-plagiarism technology in place to investigate cheating in examinations and also monitors online sources where students can find material, such as essay banks.If a student cheats on a piece of written work, they may lose marks or score zero on the assignment. In more serious cases, students may find themselves sent down.Oxford University have the power to take away degrees that have already been awarded if it is revealed that the student cheated. However, despite these prospective penalties, several Oxford students admitted to having frequently cheated during their studies.“Just a fact of life”One second year student said, “I’m not sure what counts as plagiarism, but taking material from other sources and using it in your own work is just a fact of life.“It’s just what goes on, especially when your back’s against the wall during an essay crisis. I’ve heard of people copying entire tracts of text off the internet; anyone who thinks it doesn’t go on is kidding themselves.”Another anonymous student said, “If I thought I could get away with it, I would do it all the time but it’s just not worth the hassle of getting caught.”Paul Dwyer, OUSU Access and Academic Affairs Officer, agrees that “there may be occasions when someone simply does not cite their sources correctly and finds themselves in trouble.”He also recognised the high pressure environment at Oxford could lead students to plagiarism, saying that in some cases students “might feel that it is better to submit something that contains plagiarised passages, rather than submit nothing at all.”However, Dwyer concluded that the chances of students who plagairise not getting caught by the authorities is “very slim”.
Photo Credit: AllPointsImages.com By Matt Koelling On a superficial level, the pairing may not have seemed ideal.An old rocker who built his career playing the blues singing songs about booze playing a dry town on a wet night?Yet somehow, under the magical musical umbrella of a capacity crowd at the Ocean City Music Pier venue, last night in Ocean City everything felt right.Taking the stage shortly after the show’s 7:30 ticket start time, George Thorogood and his Destroyers took the stage with the intention of fully living up to their name.They did not disappoint.Instead, they did indeed destroy.And did so right out of the gate, however things truly got heated up and running up to full steam sometime during the introduction to the fourth song, the John Lee Hooker cover which has gone on to become a trademark George Thorogood FM radio classic “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” during which Thorogood addressed the crowd for the first extended time:“Ocean City, New Jersey! *crowd roaring* World’s Best Kept Secret……. *roaring even louder* So I went down to the bar…. everybody’s drinking bourbon, everybody’s drinking scotch, everybody’s drinking beer… but not in this town….. *crowd roaring in approval while also now rollicking with audible laughter* But still I went to the bar anyway……”He then proceeded to tear into the song with a vigor that would suggest he just cut the record yesterday rather than four decades earlier, utilizing his slide guitar piece to travel up and down his fretboard while also tapping up and down the guitar neck to generate some blues-soaked harmonics to the capacity crowd’s feverish delight.The pace did not slow from there, things sped up both in style and metaphorical spirit on the next number: a rockabilly-style take on one of Johnny Cash’s classics that would have made the Tennessee Three proud.Thorogood began the song by saying “I wanna dedicate this song to a great American, Mr. Johnny Cash and the great woman that loved him, Mrs. June Carter Cash” then sometime shortly after his conclusion mentioned to the Ocean City audience that he had once been blessed with the opportunity to meet both.Feeling (for the first and only time on this evening) that the crowd did not seem audibly impressed enough, Thorogood spoke with renewed emphasis “I don’t think you people heard me…….I said I MET JOHNNY CASH!” at which point the crowd took his cue to give the weight of that statement the response he originally sought.“And he thought I was a really cool guy” Thorogood boasted as the audience co-signed the late-great Man In Black’s assessment with thunderous approval as he took mock bows from the stage.Feeling for a second that he might be taking too long before getting to the song, he further explained:“It took me forty years to get up here, people…….so I’m gonna enjoy every sweet second of it”.Duly Noted.Meanwhile the sold-out crowd packed in on a rainy night inside the Ocean City Music Pier, while seeing George Thorogood and The Destroyers for the first time in the venue’s history, had every intention of doing the same.Both sides seemed to get what they wanted as the band soldiered on through numerous hits.Hits including the Thorogood trademark 1982 smash “Bad to The Bone” and their blues-soaked take on country legend Hank Williams’ “Move It On Over.”In a surprise to even his own band members, the encore became the Elmore James chestnut “Madison Blues” which George Thorogood and The Destroyers famously covered on their eponymous 1977 debut album.According to the band leader, this was not the song they had returned to the stage to play.However, upon hearing someone shouting from the audience, George asked the man to repeat his request.Before obliging the loudly vocal patron standing up about eight rows back from the stage, Thorogood warned him “Alright but if we do it….and we screw it up…which we won’t…then it’s on you. If we get it right…which we will…then it’s on us. So you better get ready, brother. Because you’re gonna be beggin’ for mercy once we get this sucker rolling. Okay, Mr. Jersey?!?”.And away we went.Approximately ten minutes of rocking later, Thorogood exclaimed “Good Bye Everybody…..and God Bless Ocean City” before exiting stage left with the rest of his fellow Destroyers.Having left the packed house sufficiently destroyed, the lights came up and with it an instrumental version of “The Star Spangled Banner” began blasting from the Ocean City Music Pier’s PA system.As the crowd rolled out, the praise from its exiting patrons rolled in:“George definitely is bad to the bone, I first saw him in the early eighties and seeing him tonight he’s badder than ever” said Mark Turner from Phoenixville.“It was a pleasure having my face blown off by the man who raised me on rock and roll” gushed Ben Marcus of the Lehigh Valley.Meanwhile the performance and performer’s most heartfelt praise came from someone near and dear to his heart.Betty Thorpe, George’s first cousin who last saw her cousin rock the shore at Harrah’s in Atlantic City back in 2003, stated matter-of-factly with a bit of familial pride in her voice “The show was great and he still looks great. I loved it and I love him”.And with that, Ocean City New Jersey bids good bye to Mr. Buh-Buh-Buh-Buh-Bad.Let’s not wait another 40 years before we all do it again.