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Roll-Royce to power new Italian Navy high-speed vessels

first_img Italian Navy’s two new high-speed vessels, designed and built by Intermarine (Immsi Group), will be featuring Rolls-Royce engines and waterjets, the engine manufacturer announced.Intermarine’s Sarzana shipyard recently began the construction of two high-speed multi-purpose units (UNPAV). They are more than 40 metres long, 8 metres wide and powered by three MTU 2000 series diesel engines connecting to three Kamewa S4 water jets.The UNPAV will be used by the Operational Incursion Group (Gruppo Operativo Incursori or G.O.I), the Special Forces of the Italian Navy. The vessels will increase their capacity to strengthen maritime traffic control, combat human trafficking, undertake counter terror and anti-piracy operations and evacuate personnel from crisis areas.Don Roussinos, Rolls-Royce, president – naval said: “We are proud to have been chosen to provide the best technologies for missions such as these. We invest to develop solutions best suited for just such complex naval operations as those undertaken by the GOI.”The collaboration between Intermarine and Rolls-Royce continues with minesweeper programmes, for which Rolls-Royce provides stainless steel controllable pitch propellers from Kamewa, driven by MTU engines designed to be anti-magnetic and shock resistant. Rolls-Royce will also provide Tenfjord type steering gear.“In Rolls-Royce we have a partner dedicated to understanding the needs of our client and capable of very competitive solutions,” said . “Intermarine designs and builds military vessels in composite materials, aluminium and steel. The company’s composite Mine Countermeasure Vessels (MCMVs) are globally renowned and its fast patrol boats have been supplied to many of the most important navies in the world,” Livio Corghi, CEO of Intermarine, said. Equipment & technology View post tag: Italian Navy January 26, 2017 Back to overview,Home naval-today Roll-Royce to power new Italian Navy high-speed vessels View post tag: Rolls-Royce View post tag: UNPAV Share this article Roll-Royce to power new Italian Navy high-speed vesselslast_img read more

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John Foster waves the flag for Barnsley bakers

first_imgFosters Bakery MD John Foster has pledged to support bakers in Barnsley after the “extremely negative” approach taken by Barnsley council in persuading bakers to reduce salt usage.In a press statement, the Yorkshire town’s council said officers found 65% of the town’s bakeries using “worryingly high” levels of salt in their bread. Regulatory officers had tested bakeries of all sizes across the town, to check for compliance with the FSA’s 2010 salt targets.The story was picked up by South Yorkshire newspaper The Star, which said the council planned to publish the results of bread sample tests.Foster said: “The article was extremely negative. We know what our levels are and we’re not one of the high ones, but my heart goes out to the smaller bakers, I really feel for them. There seems to be a school of thought that bakers just add salt by pressing a button, but it’s more complicated than that.”He added: “We’re planning to approach other bakers in the town, in partnership with the council, to arrange a breakfast meeting to share our salt reduction expertise.”We’re going to deal with this on a positive and proactive basis, so that, in a way, their threat to name and shame has done the trick.”Foster admitted his motivation wasn’t entirely altruistic – if there are local differences in salt usage, customers are more likely to buy higher-salt products, he said.Councillor Roy Miller, cabinet spokesman for customer and neighbourhood services, said the council had no immediate plans to publish lists of results, but did not rule the idea out. He said: “At this stage, the council is not proposing to produce a list – we are working with and advising all producers of the advisory salt levels for 2010.”Barnsley council has sent bakers letters detailing their individual results, along with information on salt and health.l How is your council dealing with salt reduction? Email us on [email protected]last_img read more

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Students raise malaria awareness with flash mobs

first_img Read Full Story Harvard’s Defeating Malaria initiative, spearheaded by Harvard School of Public Health, sponsored a student-led event called “Mob Malaria” in commemoration of World Malaria Day on April 25. Two hundred students gathered in the Science Center Plaza to participate in a synchronized flash mob designed to raise awareness of the need to eradicate malaria.Dyann Wirth, director of the Defeating Malaria initiative and chair of HSPH’s Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, attended the event, along with the chief of staff for Ray Chambers, the UN Special Envoy for Malaria and a member of the HSPH Board of Dean’s Advisors.The two Harvard College students who organized the event, Stephen Turban ’17 and Lily Zhang ’17, wanted it to be a global project and reached out to students in Beijing, China and Harare, Zimbabwe; a total of nearly 350 students participated in their own versions of Mob Malaria in the two cities.In addition to the flash mob, the Defeating Malaria initiative supported a number of other student-led activities. HSPH students organized a photo exhibit called “Malaria Matters,” and a 5k fundraising run. Harvard College students ran a masquerade fundraising party called “Masquerade for Malaria.” All of the day’s activities were ideas submitted to the 2013 Harvard Malaria Competition, which sought innovative ideas for raising awareness to defeat the disease.last_img read more

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Bauske ASHS Award

first_imgEllen Bauske is a boundary spanner — she’s known as a person who brings people and organizations together on national, regional and local levels.It’s one of the many reasons she received the American Society of Horticultural Science’s 2020 Extension Educator of the Year Award, which recognizes an educator who has made an outstanding contribution to extension education in horticulture for more than 10 years.Bauske serves as a program coordinator for the University of Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. She has helped develop innovative programming in a variety of disciplines, including integrated pest management, water, consumer horticulture, Master Gardener Extension Volunteer training, community gardens, landscape and tree care worker safety.”Ellen Bauske is a doer,” said Dan Suiter, who is chair of the center’s faculty advisory committee. “Her formal training is in plant pathology, but she has been very adaptable in the many years she’s been with the Center for Urban Agriculture. She, like no one I’ve known, can get people to move as a group in the direction of accomplishment. It’s a rare skill.”Harald Scherm, head of the Department of Plant Pathology, agrees. “Ellen has consistently reinvented herself and her Extension programming during the past 15 years,” he said. “She has been remarkably responsive to emerging needs and opportunities.”Bauske currently serves as chair of the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture, an organization she’s worked with to strengthen academic and industry collaboration since 2012. Along with fellow academics, she gathers industry stakeholders and national leaders from nongovernmental organizations to help increase recognition of the human health, economic and environmental benefits of consumer horticulture.“For the first time in consumer horticulture, we’re making an effort to lock arms with our industry partners, and that’s a game changer,” Bauske explained. “We’ve always paid attention to home gardeners, but now we have also reached out to our industry stakeholders,  retailers and the services that meet the needs of gardeners. That includes landscapers, arborists, garden centers, garden writers and the many nonprofits involved in residential food production. We are forging those relationships now to build common ground. We’ve been putting out proposals for grants and they’re getting better and better.”Gail Langellotto, professor of urban and community horticulture Extension at Oregon State University, says the organization has been a successful endeavor under Bauske’s leadership.“It is not hyperbole to say that she has helped to elevate the field of consumer horticulture so that those of us who work in the field are better networked, more competitive for federal funding, and better able to communicate the value of our work to stakeholders and decision makers,” she said.Based at the UGA Griffin campus for more than 15 years, Bauske stays connected to UGA Cooperative Extension specialists and agents around the state. One of her most well-known focus areas is chainsaw education programming, and she developed the UGA Saw Safety Team to have agents deliver trainings and timely information to industry professionals and homeowners.Tree care is the most dangerous job in the U.S. The Southeast is prone to many natural disasters that cause extensive tree damage. Storm damage is dangerous for professionals, and it often prompts homeowners who don’t regularly use chainsaws to pull them out and start cutting.“With the hurricanes blowing through, OSHA (the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration) asked if we could do an emergency safety training about chainsaws. When storms like that go through, everybody grabs a chainsaw — and I mean everybody. They’ll think, ‘it’s already on the ground, how dangerous can it be?’ It’s incredibly dangerous,” Bauske said.Outreach for the program included videos like, “Common tree felling accidents and what you can do to prevent them,” which has been viewed nearly 680,000 times. Ultimately, a total of 1,220 people received 2,215 hours of in-person safety training.She has also authored or coauthored numerous guides and UGA Extension publications, including “Chainsaw Safety: Always Use Your Personal Protective Equipment (PPE),” “Choosing a Landscape Irrigation Contractor” and “Hiring a Tree Care Service.”Whether it’s organizing a survey for the Georgia Arborists Association, promoting native pollinator programs or creating training materials for OSHA, Bauske always has a team-oriented approach.“I’ve never had a project with less than five people on it,” she said. “I’ve done a lot of work with the states around us.  We can do more together than we could ever do alone.”Locally, Bauske has helped support the Healthy Life Community Gardens in the Fairmount community, a historically Black neighborhood in Griffin. The garden serves as a focal point for extension educational programming and provides a safe location for activities.After the development of the garden, an interest in the history of the neighborhood fostered the Fairmont Oral History Project, a collaboration with the UGA Special Collection Libraries to document the desegregation of the city.“I had once read that community gardens are often the site of political organization — they’re not kidding,” she recalled. “It’s amazing what fruits grow there.”For more information about ASHS, visit ashs.org. To learn more about the Center for Urban Agriculture, see ugaurbanag.com.last_img read more

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A generational guide to communicating with members

first_imgThe words you choose when communicating to others can make your job easier or more difficult – especially if you’re an MSR in the complex, multi-faceted credit union industry. Talking to strangers about personal matters like saving and financial planning requires some ability to empathize, relate and voice concern. Understanding the mindset of each member and knowing how to elicit a positive response helps lower the risk of objections or confrontations while making financial service and sales more efficient, effective and enjoyable.One of an MSR’s responsibilities is to communicate not only with a wide range of personality types but also with a wide range of ages. And different generations often have different needs, expectations and motivations. Do you know what they are and how to meet them?Keep in mind that we’re discussing general trends, not the specific traits of every person falling into these generational categories.VeteransThose born between 1922 and 1943 are often considered members of this generation. However, the biggest mistake you can make is painting everyone in this group with the same broad brush! Some members from this generation may be quite technically savvy, while others may seem stymied by hi-tech jargon. Typically, Veterans are practical and value dedication, sacrifice, patience and rules. Take a respectful, helpful approach. Be receptive and responsive to their views, ideas and suggestions.Most Veterans are cautious about how they spend their money; many are on fixed incomes. Appreciate it if they seem skeptical. They may need reassurance even when purchasing low-risk products. Help allay their concerns by taking a personal interest in their situations. While there are always exceptions, most Veterans are probably looking to make smart, but safe, moves that will benefit not only themselves but their heirs.Baby BoomersGenerally between 51 and 69, these members tend to have a vision of how things should be done, so they might seem controlling or demanding when you speak to them; they are the “show me” generation. Speak to them in an open, direct style, but do not dictate to them. Answer questions thoroughly and expect to be pressed for details. This group typically values personal financial growth and, unlike most Veterans, they are usually willing to take some risks.Boomers can be confident and exuberant. Let them vent, then explain the facts in an even tone that conveys your empathy but also underlines your own self-confidence; they should respect that. Make suggestions and act as a resource; give them options. They resist command and control. Boomers are often more interested in the cold, bottom-line facts than your personal advice.Generation XersGenerally between 34 and 50, many feel they still have some time to plan their future and are typically interested in doing so; but, they’re also old enough to have developed a strong sense of skepticism and distrust of formal planning and institutions. They may be a tough sell! When conversing with them, state your points clearly and succinctly. Avoid vague generalizations that don’t address their specific situations. Speak in an upbeat manner, and use an informal communication style.Give these independent, creative members some direction, and then give them the space to draw their own conclusions. Often, the more assertive you are with a Generation Xer, the more they’ll dislike working with you. Provide the data, then ask for their feedback, and listen between the lines to their responses.Gen Y and ZStill quite young, they might feel no real need to invest their money. Share your information with them if they’re already a member and need answers about financial products. Because they likely have few facts on which to base decisions, they may be more receptive than Xers, Boomers or Veterans to your general advice and ideas. Remember, many are still discovering their own needs and preferences; present yourself as an authority figure, but don’t talk down to them. Encourage them to take some risks.Successful MSRs learn how to read people. With some experience and a little insight into your own personality you’ll be able to communicate with almost anyone. If you want to do this more quickly, consider taking a behavioral assessment, as they help you gain a clearer understanding of why you relate (or don’t) to members and coworkers. These business tools are readily available and may be exactly what you need to deal more effectively with a wide range of people.As an MSR you provide information, solve problems, cross-sell products, offer advice, correct inaccuracies and smooth-over ruffled feathers – all before lunch! Your words have a direct impact on members. Learn to size up personalities, adapt your own communication style and make each member feel they are the only one who matters to you! Doing so will boost your own confidence and make you more successful. It will also set you apart from ordinary MSRs and brand you as an extraordinary one! 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Carletta Clyatt Carletta Clyatt, a popular seminar speaker, is the SVP at The Omnia Group.  She offers clients advice on how to manage more effectively and gain insight into employee strengths, weaknesses … Web: www.omniagroup.com Detailslast_img read more

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Spotify has acquired blockchain technology… how will the distributed ledger affect your credit union?

first_img 64SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Portz Mark Portz joined OnApproach in 2016 as a Marketing Specialist. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business in Entrepreneurial Management and Public/Nonprofit Management from the University of Minnesota. … Web: www.onapproach.com Details Last month, Mediachain Labs, a blockchain operator, was acquired by Spotify, a popular audio streaming service. The goal of the acquisition is to utilize the new technology to help track and appropriately pay the correct people when songs are played on Spotify. This is especially challenging with Spotify’s impressive growth in both users and song selection. What is Blockchain?In a fascinating TED Talk, Bettina Warburg defines blockchain as “a de-centralized database that stores a registry of assets and transactions across a peer-to-peer network.” The network is essentially unforgeable as it is cryptographically linked, secured, and replicated on every network computer. This security greatly lowers uncertainty and makes it possible to radically transform our economic systems. In other words, it is a distributed ledger that allows people to interact and trade with low uncertainty through technology, rather than governments and corporations. While often associated with cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, blockchain is also being used or considered for a growing number of additional applications including voting, file storage, user authentication, and more. Why Does Spotify Care?Spotify boasts over 100 million active users across 60 countries, 30 million songs, and as of September 2016, paid $5 billion to rightsholders. Managing such an extensive and complex library creates a legal puzzle of how to correctly pay out royalties. Even with the right intentions, companies such as Spotify run into massive problems determining rights ownership. There are a number of stories, like this one, in which Spotify settled to pay $30 Million for unpaid royalties. In response to these lawsuits, Spotify has expressed it plans to pay the rightsholders appropriately, but “unfortunately, especially in the United States, the data necessary to confirm the appropriate rightsholders is often missing, wrong, or incomplete”, and that, “When rightsholders are not immediately clear, we set aside the royalties we owe until we are able to confirm their identities.”With the Mediachain acquisition, Spotify will be able to utilize blockchain technology to effectively allow music creators and rightsholders to prove their identities and ownership to improve the royalties process. As Jesse Walden, Mediachain Cofounder, stated, “A music blockchain would be a single place to publish all information about who made what song, without having to trust a third-party organization.”Takeaways for your Financial InstitutionSimilar to Spotify’s purpose for investing in blockchain, credit unions and other financial institutions have a lot of room to benefit from blockchain’s ability to successfully verify and track transactions in a quick and secure manner. By decentralizing the authority of trust across the network, the need for a middleman, central bank, or other third-party is eliminated. This distributed ledger allows for a peer-to-peer network that is extremely reliable and essentially un-hackable. Major banks and innovators expect blockchain to be the way of the future, and have already been heavily investing in the technology. Credit unions have a lot to gain from the technology, and cooperatively can make the fast, secure, and validated payments a reality for their members.John Best, CEO, Best Innovation Group, will be leading a session titled “CU Ledger – Credit Union Use Cases” at the Analytics and Financial Innovation (AXFI) Conference in Minneapolis, MN, June 11-14, 2017. To learn more about the conference and have an opportunity to see this innovative and informative presentation, register at http://www.axficonference.com/. last_img read more

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Croatia is again among the 10 countries with the most Booking.com awards

first_imgBooking.com today announced the winners of the Traveler Review Awards 2020.  The places where the warmest welcome is provided on the market in Croatia are: Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Opatija, Baška, Cavtat, Osijek, Cres, Korenica, Slunj, Rakovica. For the third year in a row, four of the five most awarded types of accommodation: apartments (380.936), hotels (179.869), private accommodation (94.162), cottages (82.241) and bed and breakfasts (75.875). In Croatia, the most awarded types of accommodation are: apartments (33827), private accommodation (3989), cottages (1555), villas (933) and hotels (729). The apartments continue to meet and exceed guest expectations Nearly one million awards (986.449) were given across 220 countries and territories. Among the 10 countries with the most award winners was Croatia with 42.763 winners.  The spectacular increase in the number of award winners continues this year among the apartments. This type of accommodation is again at the top of the list again this year and makes up almost 40% of the winners among accommodation facilities globally in 2020.  The awards recognize these partners for their superior hospitality and for providing travelers with incredible experiences when booking accommodation. Although hotels are still second in the number of awards globally, three quarters of all awarded accommodation facilities (75%) are apartments and holiday homes and other unique accommodation facilities, including options from boats and igloos to accommodation with hosts and country houses. A recent survey conducted by Booking.com on more than 22.000 travelers found that nearly two-fifths (39%) of global travelers prefer to stay in a cottage or apartment over a hotel. Numerous countries and destinations continue to provide excellent service from year to year, and in 2020 the countries with the most winners include Italy (130.253), Spain (66.755), France (61.492), Germany (49.777), Croatia (42.763), the United States United States (42.112), United Kingdom (41.848), Poland (36.793), Russia (36.296) and Greece (33.259).last_img read more

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Views and charm bring in top price at auction

first_imgThe home at 65 Dalrymple St, Wilston sold at auction.COMMANDING city views, a renovated Queenslander with room for improvement and a prestige postcode.That’s what $1.55 million will get you for a four-bedroom, three-bathroom house in Wilston.This two-level house on 607sq m at 65 Dalrymple St recently sold four days after auction.Ray White Wilston principal Alistair Macmillan said bidding stalled at $1.51 million at the auction, but the buyers managed to achieve $1.55 million during negotiations afterwards.Mr Macmillan said the house was in one of Wilston’s finest streets.It also offered exceptional views of the city skyline right around to Mt Coot-tha and beyond.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019He said the home was in great condition, but there was also room for further renovation, which appealed to buyers.“It’s been updated but is also a little bit dated, so most buyers were looking to do some work to it,” he said.Mr Macmillan said the move by the big four banks to increase interest rates for owner-occupiers and investors in March had impacted upon the market. “The interest rate rise means buyers are doing a bit more due diligence prior to committing,” he said. Wilston is a high-demand market given its location.It is just 4km from Brisbane’s CBD and is close to Wilston Village, schools and infrastructure.The median house price in the suburb is $1.1 million, according to Corelogic.last_img read more

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Hamptons haven undergoes mammoth transformation

first_img15 Timana Ave, Mermaid Waters.The pair bought the property in 2015 – it was to be their “forever home” but work in Sydney has forced them to reluctantly sell it. “It is with a very heavy heart that we say good bye to this home,” Ms O’Driscoll said.“We spent so much time and money getting it right and truly thought it would be our forever home.” 15 Timana Ave, Mermaid Waters.Since owning the property the pair have devoted countless hours giving the house and backyard a Hamptons-inspired renovation.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We had a landscape architect do the whole outside area with us,” Ms O’Driscoll said. “It is a big 1058 sqm block so we wanted to have a lot of different living areas that you could enjoy outside for both kids and adults,” the mother-of-one said. “When we bought this place what attracted us was we would do up the pool and not lose the grassed area and gardens. 15 Timana Ave, Mermaid Waters.The pool house features a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen with a deck overlooking stunning vista of the pool.Ms O’Driscoll said the house was the perfect family entertainer. “We finished the renovations a while back now and were able to have people here for Christmas,” she said. “We spent so much time in the pool and in the gardens, it has been fantastic. It’s such a fantastic place to live.” 15 Timana Ave, Mermaid Waters.WELCOME to your hidden sanctuary.Relax by the statement pandanus tree, unwind in the resort-inspired pool and sit back in your poolside guesthouse.But this Mermaid Waters house didn’t always look like this – the property had a mammoth backyard transformation thanks to vendors Karen O’Driscoll and husband Michael Goldsworthy. 15 Timana Ave, Mermaid Waters. 15 Timana Ave, Mermaid Waters.Inside, the couple replaced many of the windows overlooking the pool with sliding doors to create a seamless indoor-outdoor flow. They also installed white plantation shutters throughout the house.Gema Jackson and Mitch Palmer of Ray White Mermaid Waters are taking the property to auction on May 26. 15 Timana Ave, Mermaid Waters.“We wanted areas for relaxing and making the most of the sun and we wanted the pool to be suitable for adults and children.”The couple, who have five-year-old son Ethan, have definitely achieved their vision – one step inside the property and you feel a million miles away in a tropical paradise. “We had the pool suitable for adults and children – we basically put shallow steps in and a water feature and made sure the pool was also long enough so we could swim laps,” she said.last_img read more

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Tie Games in Soccer

first_imgAt the present time, when a soccer match ends in a tie, the tie is broken by penalty kicks.  This is not really a fair measure of who the best team is.  Penalty kicks, a lot of times, are more luck than skill.  In order to score in soccer, teams try to create space on the playing field.  This is the best way to get a score.  The idea that is being considered would be to reduce the size of each team by one player every 5 minutes that a game goes on in overtime.  Obviously, if you do not score during one of these early 5 minute player reductions, you would eventually get down to just a few players on each side playing the game.  This is how the game of soccer starts with young kids.  If you have ever gone to one of these games, you know that scoring often comes fast and furious when only 3 or 4 players are on each side.  I don’t know if this will ever fly, but it sounds like a good idea to me.last_img read more

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