UK naval base Devonport receives new 700-ton dock gate

first_img Share this article UK naval base Devonport receives new 700-ton dock gate View post tag: Royal Navy October 4, 2017 Back to overview,Home naval-today UK naval base Devonport receives new 700-ton dock gate center_img View post tag: HMNB Devonport Authorities The Royal Navy’s HM Naval Base Devonport officially opened a new, 700-ton steel dock gate in a ceremony on October 2.After being towed across the North Sea from a factory in Holland, the caisson (or giant gate), was slotted in the dock or basin entrance, forming a watertight seal between the River Tamar and the dry dock or basin.Commodore Ian Shipperley, Naval Base Commander, ceremonially opened the caisson at a ceremony attended by the makers, the MOD’s industrial partner Babcock and the naval base team who procured the caisson.The naval base has 15 docks along four miles of waterfront with caissons controlling non-tidal basins containing submarines or ships.The new caisson is made of steel with concrete ballast in the bottom to weigh it in position. Inside the caisson are water ballast tanks and two pump spaces. When the caisson is in the basin entrance the water is retained in the tanks to keep it in place. When a vessel is allowed through the entrance from either the river or the dock or basin, the water ballast is pumped out and the caisson is floated out of the way.Once the vessel has entered or exited the basin the caisson is put back in position the valves opened to allow water back into the water ballast tanks it then sinks into the entrance to reform the watertight seal. Once closed, the top of the caisson forms a continuation of the footpath and road bridging the entrance.The new caisson has advantages over the old versions – it is designed to remain in service for 25 years without the need to be taken out of service for maintenance and servicing, boasts a new paint finish and has a different operating system involving electric pumps to pump out the ballast water rather than being blown out by compressed air. The road across the top of the caisson has also been improved for vehicles and pedestrians with safety standards the same as motorways and road bridges.last_img read more

New Vice-Chancellor to seek alumni help

first_imgProfessor Andrew Hamilton has taken up his post as the 296th vice-chancellor of the University and laid out some important changes he wants to make in Oxford.Hamilton particularly wants to improve financial aid with more generous bursaries and scholarships for students applying to Oxford. As the government reduces spending on higher education, the new vice-chancellor believes universities must find other ways of improving funds, including more co-operation with industry and raising tuition fees.Hamilton has spent the last 28 years working in ivy-league institutions in the United States, including both Princeton and Yale, and has a very impressive track record for fundraising.He wants Oxford alumni to give more to “ensure future students will have the same opportunities that they had when they were here.”In the face of the current economic climate, and given funding cuts proposed by the government Hamilton has admitted, “financial sustainability is, without any question, going to be one of the biggest challenges for us.”OUSU have welcomed Hamilton’s promises saying, “Higher donations will help fund new facilities and Oxford’s exceptional quality of teaching while also making the university’s financial position more stable.”Jonny Medland, Access and Academic Affairs Officer for OUSU, agrees that the priority should be attracting the best and the brightest regardless of their background. However, he does not see tuition fees as the way forwards. “Raising fees will undermine all the outreach work which Oxford does at the moment, and contribute to the fear of debt which we know discourages young people from applying to university,” he said.Stefan Baskerville, President of OUSU, supported Medland’s comments. “Fees are not the way forward. The students of Oxford have voted for a fairer and more sustainable system to fund higher education: a graduate contribution scheme. We challenge the University in the coming months to think creatively about the options available for funding higher education, and we look forward to engaging them constructively in that debate.”Alumni do already donate significant amounts to the University. One student who participated in college alumni phone trawls seeking donations claims former students are “generally positive” and “happy to give”. However, he agreed that the system could be improved.One St. Hilda’s student said, “I have enjoyed my time at Oxford and as soon as I have enough money I will be happy to give to help future students.” Another student admitted, “I would only give money if Oxford had helped me become successful. If I struggle to find a good job after graduating, I will definitely have different priorities.”last_img read more

Ostrich, Camel Races Saturday

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare What: The ostrich and camel races are back Saturday at Ellis Park. One of the meet’s mostpopular events, jockeys race ostriches and camels through the stretch of the track. Great video and photo opportunities – this event has never laid an egg!When: Ostrich race is after the fifth race (post time: 2:43 p.m. Central). Camel race is after the seventh race (post time: 4:00). Note: This will delay the sixth race (3:30) and eighth (4:50) from their normal post times.If you want photos and can’t make it, rest assured that Coady Photography will be all over it and I will be sending out photos from both races. If you aren’t on our regular email list, or if there is someone else at your station/paper/website who needs the photos, just have them email me at [email protected] are photos from last year’s ostrich race. Credit is Coady Photography.If you want to take pictures or video and do not currently have an Ellis media credential, please check in at the general offices near the main entrance. This is to make sure we know you’re here and get the access you need. If I’m not in the office, they’ll give you my phone number. Call me and I’ll be right there.last_img read more

School District Shows Students “Signs” of Appreciation

first_imgBy MADDY VITALE Teachers and the Parent Teacher Association want all of the eighth grade graduating students from the Ocean City Intermediate School to know that they are special and will be missed when they take the big leap into high school next year.And because of the pandemic, with events, field trips, parties and activities canceled and the eighth grade version of graduation “promotion” still up in the air, faculty and the PTA decided they should do something to let the 111 students know how important they truly are.On Friday, OCIS teachers delivered custom-made signs to the students along with T-shirts supplied by the Ocean City Education Association, headed by high school art teacher Paul Matusz.PTA President Joyce Palaganas explained how it all came about. “We worked on it for a month now. I felt it would be better for the teachers to deliver the signs and shirts because they are the ones who know the children, and the students would really appreciate seeing their teachers,” she said.About 20 teacher-volunteers delivered the lawn signs and Red Raider shirts.OCIS faculty Frank Butterick, Jess Kriegner and Cholehna Weaver, coordinated the delivery.“I asked a couple of teachers and got an overwhelming response to deliver the signs,” Palaganas said. “They did everything.”Just weeks earlier the district delivered signs to the graduating high school seniors. It was an idea that went over so well that Palaganas and Matusz thought it would be great to join forces and offer the same to the younger students being promoted to the high school.“It has kind of been nice to be able to work with everyone who has the same thing in mind to make this situation better. It is tough on students, whether it is the eighth grade graduation or high school graduation,” Matusz noted.Matusz teaches seniors.“You have such a connection with the kids, and you are used to being able to say goodbye when they graduate,” he pointed out. “This was something simple we could do, showing up to a kid’s house with a T-shirt and a yard sign. It makes it so much better.”Eighth-grader Skylar Cohen, 13, at left, with teachers Nick Verducci and Sonja Parker.Frank Butterick, an OCIS music teacher, along with the help of colleagues, Cholehna Weaver, Jess Kriegner and Nick Verducci, coordinated the effort to distribute the signs.Butterick explained that, like Palaganas and Matusz, educators wanted to make the unusual end of the year a bit brighter.“We wanted to make it special for the kids in this unprecedented time,” he said. “Usually it is a super-busy time of year with recognition events and field trips. We are just trying to do something for the kids so they know how special they are. Students are missing their teachers and we are missing them just as much.”Graduating twins Olivia and David Heap proudly display their lawn signs. Intermediate School teacher Meg Brown with son, Carson, deliver a custom lawn sign to Luke Wagner celebrating his soon-to-be graduation from eighth grade. (Photos courtesy Jocelyn Palaganas)last_img read more


first_imgDan O’Donohoe (63) of Foxrock, Dublin, who collapsed and died suddenly at the beginning of April, was a well-known figure in the Irish baking industry, writes Hugh Oram.In the late 1970s, he was managing director of plant bakery Bolands in Dublin. But trading and union restrictions on plant bakeries at that time meant severe difficulties and, despite many rationalisation and modernisation measures, the plant ultimately closed in 1984.Dan O’Donohoe then set up a number of high street hot bread shops in Dublin. Their eventual closure signalled the end of his involvement in baking, although he remained involved in flour importing.He is survived by his wife Wendy, one daughter, Luci, four sons, Andrew, Danny, Jamie and Stephen, and 10 grandchildren.His funeral mass, attended by many former bakery trade colleagues, was held at a church in Foxrock, Dublin and was followed by a burial at Glencullen cemetery.last_img read more

Detailed guide: Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK

first_imgThis page is no longer updated with daily statistics.We have consolidated publication of COVID-19 testing statistics to make it easier to find the latest data.Statistics on deaths and COVID-19 cases are published daily on the coronavirus in the UK dashboard.Detailed information on tests and testing capacity is published weekly in the weekly Test and Trace publication.Dashboard of coronavirus cases and deathsThe coronavirus in the UK dashboard is updated daily. It shows the number of cases and deaths in the UK, broken down by region and local authority area.You can download the data in csv format.Number of coronavirus deaths and casesDeathsAs of 21 August, daily deaths statistics are no longer published on this page. These figures are available through the coronavirus in the UK dashboard.Positive casesAs of 21 August, daily positive cases statistics are no longer published on this page. These figures are available through the coronavirus in the UK dashboard.Positive cases statistics are also available via the weekly NHS Test and Trace (England) and coronavirus testing (UK) statistics.Number of testsAs of 21 August, daily testing statistics are no longer published on this page. The ‘tests processed’ figures are available through the coronavirus in the UK dashboard and the weekly NHS Test and Trace (England) and coronavirus testing (UK) statistics.The weekly NHS Test and Trace (England) and coronavirus testing (UK) statistics also include the ‘tests sent out’ figures.Testing capacityAs of 21 August, testing capacity statistics are no longer published on this page. These figures are available in the weekly NHS Test and Trace (England) and coronavirus testing (UK) and through the coronavirus in the UK dashboard.Time series documents (no longer updated) Coronavirus (COVID-19) statistics are published daily on the coronavirus in the UK dashboard.Detailed information on tests and testing capacity is published weekly in the NHS Test and Trace reports.,See the latest coronavirus statistics See a time series of capacity statistics: 18 August 2020 (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 22.9KB) (updated every Tuesday at 9:30am) Related coronavirus testing publicationscenter_img Coronavirus (COVID-19): testing data methodology NHS Test and Trace: how it works Coronavirus in the UK dashboard ONS deaths statistics PHE surveillance reporting ONS coronavirus Infection Survey results See a time series of testing statistics: 20 August 2020 (CSV, 118KB) See a time series of daily deaths: 20 August 2020 (CSV, 8.36KB) See a time series of positive cases by specimen date: 20 August 2020 (CSV, 73.8KB)last_img read more

Parent Calls For Online Learning Option

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),less than 1 in 10 kids have the home support and atmosphere for online learning, on-line learning requires tremendous amounts of self discipline, from both the student and those around the….most people can not make on-line learning successful…. Piqsels / CC0 1.0 App users, tap here to watch video report.JAMESTOWN – A parent with students at Jamestown Public Schools is calling on the district to allow parents to choose whether or not their children attend school in person this fall.Lindsay Fain, the mother of three students in Jamestown’s elementary, middle and high schools, says she has read the school’s reopening plan and has concerns about kids keeping their masks on.Fain says she is specifically worried about her son who has a pre-existing medical condition catching COVID-19 while at school. “For me and my peace of mind, it just makes me feel better having my son at home, for those reasons, for the fact that it’s hard for him to wear masks all day because he has asthmatic conditions,” said Fain.She is calling on school officials to offer two options to parents, one where they send children back for face-to-face instruction, and the other where parents can choose to have their children attend 100 percent virtually.“Can we at least examine that option for parents and maybe revamp the reopening plan to add an option in for those parents who want to opt out, but still keep their kids involved in the school district, and just do a complete virtual learning,” furthered Fain.Since releasing the district’s reopening plan, Superintendent Dr. Kevin Whitaker says most parent feedback favors face-to-face instruction.In a statement to WNY News Now Thursday morning, Whitaker said the school would “of course allow for modifications based on a child with a serious medical condition.”By August 15 the district is expected to formally announce specific reopening plans for each specific school.last_img read more

Renault to cut 15,000 jobs in 2b euro cost cutting plan

first_imgIts annual global production capacity will be reduced from a current figure of four million vehicles to around 3.3 million. Consultations with staff representatives in France will start from next month.The car industry faces an existential crisis from the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused sales to plunge as governments have forced citizens to stay at home to slow the spread of the virus.Renault is in talks with the French government to obtain a 5-billion-euro state-backed loan, but the French government has made this conditional on guarantees for workers and production to remain in the country.It also pushed the automaker to join a European initiative on batteries for electric cars. The French state holds a 15 percent stake in Renault. French auto giant Renault plans to cut around 15,000 jobs worldwide, including 4,600 in France, as part of a two billion euro cost-cutting plan over three years, sources said Thursday.The plan, which is set to be announced publicly on Friday, was explained to unions by the company on Thursday evening, multiple sources with knowledge of the matter told AFP.The company hopes to bring about the job cuts without redundancies through voluntary departures, internal mobility measures and retraining, the sources added. France had on Tuesday announced an 8 billion-euro plan to support the auto industry that President Emmanuel Macron said he hoped would help make the country the European leader in the manufacture of electric cars.Renault and its partners Nissan and Mitsubishi had unveiled Wednesday a plan to deepen their alliance, a top global producer of cars, that only months ago seemed on the verge of breakup.Even before the current crisis, Renault had been rocked by the departure of emblematic CEO Carlos Ghosn, who was arrested in Japan in November 2018 over allegations of financial misconduct, including under reporting salary and misuse of company assets at Renault partner Nissan.Brazilian-born Ghosn, who also has French and Lebanese nationality, is now in Lebanon, where he fled in December after jumping bail in Japan.Topics :last_img read more

Nicolas Pepe impresses Freddie Ljungberg with superb skill in Arsenal training

first_imgPepe looked like he had no place to go with Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Lucas Torreira in close proximity but the Ivorian’s brilliant backheel got him out of trouble.And Pep’s show of quick-thinking drew instant praise from Ljungberg who said: ‘Nice, good Nico.’ Metro Sport ReporterThursday 5 Dec 2019 12:46 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.3kShares Nicolas Pepe got out of trouble with a nice flick in Arsenal’s training session (Arsenal)Nicolas Pepe has done his chances of winning back his place at Arsenal no harm after impressing Freddie Ljungberg in training before Thursday’s clash with Brighton.The £72 million summer signing was left on the bench in Ljungberg’s first game in charge as interim manager as Arsenal were held to a 2-2 draw by Norwich City on Sunday.After the match at Carrow Road, Ljungberg called on Pepe to step up his performances in training as it would lead to securing a place in the starting line-up.And Pepe appears to be doing just that with an excellent display of quick feet during one of Ljungberg’s tight transition exercises.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Comment Skip Top articles Read More PLAY Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE 1 min. story Read More Read More SPONSORED Video Settings Read More Advertisement Full Screen Skip Ad 1/1 Nicolas Pepe impresses Freddie Ljungberg with superb skill in Arsenal training About Connatix V67539 Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More Pepe is aiming to win back his place at Arsenal (AP Photo)Ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Brighton on Thursday, Ljungberg has revealed that he plans to hold further talks with Pepe about his plans for the Ivorian.‘Nicolas is a very, very good player,’ said Ljungberg.‘Sometimes we come from a different league and it takes time to adapt, off the pitch and on the pitch.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Nicolas is someone I plan on talking to, we’re going to have a little chat about how he feels about things. He’s an important player.‘I just think it’s a new country, a new way of playing and I’m going to have a little chat with him about what I expect and how I want to play.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal / Advertisement Coming Next by Metrolast_img read more

One in four homeowners would fail new mortgage tests as banks crack down on living expenses

first_img“The reality is, it has become a lot harder to secure a new home loan or refinance an existing one. Banks are scrutinising everything, whether it’s how much borrowers are spending on tolls, Netflix, or ASOS,” said Siobhan Hayden, HashChing’s chief operating officer.“This is because lenders are tightening their credit policies and shining an unprecedentedly harsh spotlight on applicants’ living expenses.“Reviewing a loan applicant’s living expenses is a rational metric to assess suitability for the loan, and doing so should provide more protections for both banks and borrowers. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoIt’s important to remember when the RBA moves to cut interest rates, there will probably be two (or more) 25bp moves. As my mate Saul Eslake once noted, interest rate changes are like cockroaches, when you get one, there is always another just around the corner— Stephen Koukoulas (@TheKouk) September 3, 2018 However, combing through living expenses is having an adverse effect on existing homeowners who would not qualify for their current mortgage today. This leaves them unable to refinance and stuck with their existing rate.She suggested borrowers and househunters seek financial advice now to understand the recent changes to lending.The Reserve Bank board meets Tuesday for its monthly monetary policy meeting, with 100 per cent of brokers expecting the cash rate target to remain on hold at 1.5 per cent.Four in five brokers believe the official interest rate will “remain unchanged into 2019”. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK All your actual spending habits from Netflix to online shopping now go under the microscope.center_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:24Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:24 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD288p288pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCoreLogic Brisbane Housing Market Update – August 201809:25 One in four homeowners given mortgages last year would be rejected if they applied for the same loan this year, brokers warn. Picture: Penny StephensA SHOCK new broker survey has revealed one in four homeowners given home loans last year would fail new bank tests if they applied today. Everything from Netflix habits, to your online spending spree, and even how many times you chose to use the tollway rather than take the long way around are going under credit microscope.“Banks are reviewing an applicant’s actual expenses, rather than using the traditional household expenditure measure method” this year according to the latest HashChing broker survey.A massive 41 per cent of brokers believed a quarter of those who secured mortgages last year would not pass tougher rules around living expenses now.last_img read more