Russian Navy to Get 3 Ice-Class Supply Ships

first_imgThe contract winner of the Russian Defense Ministry’s online public auction for the delivery of three ice-class ARC4 supply ships is the Severnaya Verf. The auction was organized by the Federal Agency for Military Procurements (“Rosoboronpostavka”) and the results of the auction were announced on June 8, 2012.The draft state contract will be submitted to the company on June 13, 2012.If the contract is concluded, Severnaya Verf will begin processing the metal for the first supply ship in December this year. The shipyard will deliver the first ship to its owner in November 2014, the second – in November 2015 and the third – in November 2016“Severnaya Verf won the auction largely due to already existing experience of building supply ships intended for offshore drilling platforms for European customers. From a technical point of view, the vessels purchased by the Ministry of Defense are very similar to the ones made for European clients and the project 22390/22391, which should provide a basis for the development of the Gazprom’s auxiliary fleet, envisaged for exploration of the Arctic shelf, “ Leonid Kuzmin, Marketing Director of Severnaya Verf stated.In recent years, Severnaya Verf has built on a “turnkey” basis and exported two offshore drilling platform replenishment ships.“Due to our export related experience we are the only shipyard in Russia with well- proven technologies, special tooling, as well as extensive business contacts with suppliers of marine equipment. This will allow our company to successfully execute a new order from the MoD,” Leonid Kuzmin emphasized.According to the decision of the Government of the Russian Federation, Severnaya Verf is currently the sole supplier of Project 20380/20385 corvettes as well as Project 22350 frigates for the Russian Navy.Based on the existing contracts, Severnaya Verf is contracted by the Russian Navy for construction and delivery of 6 Project 22350 frigates, six Project 20380/ 20385 corvettes as well as a communication ship under the Project 18280, which are to be completed by 2020.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , June 15, 2012; Image: Hotchya View post tag: Naval View post tag: 3 June 15, 2012 Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: class View post tag: Supply Back to overview,Home naval-today Russian Navy to Get 3 Ice-Class Supply Ships center_img View post tag: Ice Russian Navy to Get 3 Ice-Class Supply Ships View post tag: Russian Industry news View post tag: ships View post tag: get View post tag: Navylast_img read more

UK: Queen Elizabeth Tours HMS Lancaster

first_imgHer Majesty The Queen has spent the day on board HMS Lancaster in Portsmouth, catching up on the ship’s activities around the globe. View post tag: Lancaster The Queen – as the Duke of Lancaster – launched the Type 23 frigate in 1990 and has taken a keen interest in her work ever since.On arrival at Portsmouth Naval Base Her Majesty inspected a guard of honour comprising 34 members of HMS Lancaster’s 170 crew before attending a shoreside reception for sailors and their families.The Queen then had a private lunch on board in the ship’s hangar and spoke to crew members about the ship’s deployment to the North Atlantic and Caribbean Sea last year.During the seven-month operation HMS Lancaster – known as The Queen’s Frigate – seized drugs with a total street value of £160m – 1.2 tonnes of cocaine and almost 1.5 tonnes of cannabis. She detained 23 drug-runners and also disrupted sizeable amounts of drugs which were ditched into the sea.Aside from counter narcotics patrols the ship visited all six of the UK overseas territories in the region, providing reassurance and security during the core hurricane season. She also assisted local communities by repairing vital buildings including hospitals and schools.Before leaving the ship, The Queen joined the entire ship’s company for a photograph on the upper deck.HMS Lancaster’s Commanding Officer, Commander Peter Laughton, said: “It has been a true honour to receive a visit from our Lady Sponsor, The Duke of Lancaster. “Since launching HMS Lancaster in 1990 I know Her Majesty The Queen has taken a keen interest in what we are doing, and today gave me the perfect opportunity to update her on the ship’s recent activities including our successful counter-narcotics deployment in the North Atlantic and Caribbean, and our more recent Defence engagement activities in Hamburg.”[mappress]Press Release, May 22, 2014; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Queen Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Queen Elizabeth Tours HMS Lancaster Training & Education May 22, 2014 View post tag: Elizabeth UK: Queen Elizabeth Tours HMS Lancaster Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Tours View post tag: HMS View post tag: Navallast_img read more

Oxford study identifies prisoners for priority vaccination

first_imgThe Association also went a step further than the Oxford study, suggesting that inmates with a terminal illness and a life expectancy of less than twelve months should qualify for early release, allowing them to return home for the remainder of their lives and hopefully avoid contracting COVID-19. However, the UK Joint Committee on Vaccine and Immunisation does not currently list inmates and prison-staff in those who can apply for early vaccination.  According to Professor Seena Fazel at Oxford University’s Psychiatry Department: the sub-optimal prison environment means that “prisons are high-risk settings for the transmission of contagious diseases and there are considerable challenges in managing outbreaks in them”. Prisons have been a hotbed for coronavirus transmission. At the end of October, the Ministry of Justice announced that there had been over 1,500 positive cases of Coronavirus in England and Wales’ 99 prison establishments since the beginning of the pandemic. The study, by the university’s Psychiatry Department reviewed outbreak studies of 28 highly contagious diseases including Covid-19, influenza and measles. They concluded that those living and working in prisons should be front of the queue for any prospective COVID-19 vaccine.  A new Oxford study identified prison inmates and staff as top priorities for the impending coronavirus vaccine.center_img The situation in US prisons is worse than that of the UK. As of November 16th, just under the same number as have tested positive in UK prisons have died from coronavirus-related complications, and over 200,000 individuals have tested positive for the disease, according to the New York times. The Association’s Public Health reference committee said that 19 out of 20 of the US’s largest Covid clusters are in prisons or jails, with a“growth rate that doubly outpaces the general population”.  Image credit: Pixabay As a result, the American Medical Association has echoed the Oxford study’s findings: a recent meeting saw overwhelming support for prison inmates and staff to be first in line for the vaccine. One medical student delegate from Tallahassee said that safety measures like physical distancing were “simply infeasible” in prison settings. Additionally, inmates’ mental health was a concern, with the Association’s Tiffany Bell of the Section Council on Psychiatry noting that 20% of inmates suffer from serious mental illness. Inmates are also disproportionately affected by outbreaks. Many prisoners have underlying health conditions or are from minority ethnic groups, making them more at risk from the disease. Moreover, the high number of staff who work at these institutions provide a vector for the virus to spread throughout the rest of the community.last_img read more



Mayor’s Message: Feb. 7

first_imgMayor Jay Gillian Dear Friends, I’m sad to report on the passing of Mario Gallelli, who ran the Tahiti Inn in Ocean City with his family. Mario was a faithful member of St. Damien Parish, he was beloved by many in town, and he was an important part of our local hospitality industry. A viewing for Mario will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight at the Godfrey Funeral Home, 4008 English Creek Avenue in Egg Harbor Township and again 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Ocean City. A funeral Mass will follow. I hope you all will join Michele and me in extending our deepest condolences to his wife, Triestina, their children, grandchildren, and all of their friends and family. Starting on Monday, Bay Avenue will be closed from Eighth Street to Ninth Street as part of the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority project to replace the main that carries our wastewater to the treatment facility at 46th Street. Please plan to use West Avenue to travel southbound or to access the outbound lanes of Ninth Street. This pattern will remain in effect until the county’s work crews can excavate an access pit and make all the necessary tie-ins. Work continues on other parts of Bay Avenue and 31st Street. To follow updates on this project and to sign up for email notifications, visit I want to thank you all for your patience and understanding as the county completes work on this important repair project. A public town hall meeting will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 8) to provide updates on Ørsted’s offshore wind project. The meeting will be held at the Ocean City Tabernacle (550 Wesley Avenue). The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about Ørsted and the Ocean Wind Project, which is expected to power more than half a million New Jersey homes by 2024. Ørsted is exploring different locations where underground cables could connect to the grid – one includes the former B.L. England Generating Station in Beesley’s Point, where clean energy would replace what was once produced at the coal-burning plant. Ocean City Intermediate School students, under the guidance and direction of the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority, are launching a new program to collect plastic bags and film packaging for recycling. Everybody is invited to drop off recyclable plastic at any one of five locations in Ocean City:• Ocean City Intermediate School, 18th Street and Bay Avenue• City Hall, 9th Street and Asbury Avenue• Henry Knight Building, 12th Street and Haven Avenue• Ocean City Community Center, 1735 Simpson Avenue• Shelter Road Recycling Center, Shelter Road off Tennessee AvenueMost drop-off locations are indoors and subject to building hours of operation. All materials collected will be used to create composite decking and railing products. Click here for more information. The Ocean City Board of Realtors has launched its “Food Is Love” winter food drive to collect non-perishable food items for the local Ecumenical Council Food Cupboard. Donations can be dropped off through Feb. 29 at the board office at 405 22nd Street. Contributors also can call the office at 609-399-0128 for pickup service.  Warm regards,  Mayor Jay A. Gillianlast_img read more

The Disco Biscuits Share 20-Minute Pro-Shot Video Of “Helicopters” From Vegas Run

first_imgThis fall, The Disco Biscuits hit Las Vegas for a run leading up to Halloween joining Phish in Sin City and inevitably turning the city into a mecca for jam aficionados. The Biscuits have been releasing pro-shot videos from Vegas in recent weeks, with a video of “Once The Fiddler Paid” from their final night of the run debuting last week.Now, the Biscuits have added a clip from their performance on the 28th with the release of a video of “Helicopters.” The pro-shot video captures the first rendition of “Helicopters,” which kicked off a giant “Helicopters” sandwich that ended the first set of that night. Following a cover of the 80’s classic hit, “The Safety Dance,” this 24-minute “Helicopters” builds on itself beautifully, cutting out before the band moved into “Hot Air Balloon” and “Astronaut” before ending the show with a return to this first track. Check out video from the night below, courtesy of the band.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Brooklyn Bowl Vegas | Las Vegas, NV | 10/28/2016 Set One: Resurrection> The Safety Dance> Helicopters> Hot Air Balloon> Astronaut> HelicoptersSet Two: Above The Waves> Floes> Above The Waves> Tricycle> Above The WavesEncore: Frog Legslast_img read more

Platforms = End Game for IT

first_imgIs that headline over the top? Perhaps 🙂On the other hand, it’s obvious when you think about it and also nothing new.It’s the short answer to the question, “Chad, why are you incredibly pumped about being the new leader of VCE?”Let’s start by really understanding the word platform.In the Military domain: “…solid ground on which artillery pieces are mounted.”In the Political domain: “…a public statement of the principles, objectives, and policy of a political party.” In the Digital technology domain: “…a major piece of software, as an operating system, an operating environment, or a database, under which various smaller application programs can be designed to run.”The common pattern? A platform is a foundation, something you consume and build on versus something you decompose. In fact, the core value is that it is not decomposable. It must be used whole. When someone tries to decompose a platform, it loses its value, its purpose, its animus.In the past, the IT platform domains were primarily “server, network, storage, database, client, application, security.” Virtualization started the trend of mashing up server/network/storage by making the technical lines dividing those domains very blurry. Public IaaS clouds finished the job, making the dividing lines invisible. SaaS and PaaS models then moved the bar of platform further.In IT, the idea of a platform is nothing new. It’s always existed. So, it’s by definition the end game.What is changing – and disrupting massive ecosystems – is where platforms begin and end.Three reasons why I’m so pumpedReason OneStorage, compute and networking domains are commoditizing. Can anyone disagree? It’s not that there won’t be great innovations in sub-component stacks. There will be tons of new things like VMware NSX and Horizon, like EMC DSSD, XtremIO, and Neutrino. There will be things like VSAN and ScaleIO from VMware and EMC together and things like Cisco ACI and UCS Director.In open source land, the point solution innovation is overwhelmingly fast and furious. There will be innovations in the Apache Hadoop ecosystem and the Openstack ecosystem; there will be Mesos releases, Docker updates, and the VMware Photon Platform, EMC RackHD, REX-Ray and so much more. It can feel never-ending.Of course there will be tons of innovations by our competitors too! And YES all those ingredients are awesome. 🙂But, the game is shifting towards “Buy commodity vs. Build where you differentiate.”   I firmly believe that customers are thinking more strategically about where they buy vs. build, redefining where the new commodity line is drawn, which leads to…Reason TwoThe lowest common denominator of that new commodity line is convergence in consumption of infrastructure as virtualized pools of compute/network/storage with an integrated consumption and management model.This comes in 3 system-level architectures:Blocks – traditional virtualized system architectures; packaged for turnkey consumptionRacks – hyper-converged virtualized industry standard servers with software-defined storage and networking stacks; designed as a system to scale big; much simpler operational models than traditional stacks, scaling in simpler linear waysAppliances – hyper-converged virtualized industry standard servers with software-defined storage and networking stacks; designed as a system to start small; much simpler operational models than traditional stacks, scaling in simpler linear waysIn 2016, the people still building and trying to optimize their own stacks are wasting their time (with small exceptions that are very workload-centric). It’s not that they aren’t smart or capable. It’s more that if you ARE smart and capable, focus on something that provides more value, which leads to…Reason ThreeThe higher order version of choosing “what you build vs. what you buy” and where you draw the commodity line is the next layer up in the stack: turnkey IaaS /PaaS (on and off premises, and in every form of capex/opex economic model) and SaaS models.Turnkey IaaS and PaaS are not actually turnkey yet. There is a window to make it that way – and EMC, VMware, Pivotal are in a better position than anyone to do that. It requires a pivot in some strategic thinking and posture – becoming more opinionated (while still always offering choice – that’s a brand promise). You can see the industry running to this point (see the EMC Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud, Cisco Metapod, Mantl, IBM’s bluebox efforts, and Azure on-prem work).None of us have nailed it yet – but we will.If you agree with point #1 (the commoditization of components)…Then the center of the infrastructure universe is at the same place as the center of the universe for making storage/networking/compute convergence the new “commodity” domain. That’s at VCE within EMC. This strikes me as the center of that new entity.If you agree with point #2 (the new base commodity layer is converged/hyper-converged)…Then you want to be at the place that is the clear leader in converged infrastructure. That’s clearly VCE.    VCE exits FY15 on an even higher run rate than the $2 billion+ we previously disclosed, demonstrating the resonance of the VCE value proposition and the tremendous growth potential of CI.For perspective, one of the other leaders in this space made their current run-rate public in an S-1 filing.   It highlights a 4x delta. It also makes clear why everyone would target VCE as a leader in this category and that’s OK (competition is good for everyone)!Today, VCE is synonymous with Vblock, which is in the “Block” category of CI. Blocks are an important category and will continue to grow as the best way to support workloads in certain scales, industries and use cases. Vblock is an unquestionable leader in this part of the market – and in 2016 we will DOUBLE DOWN on Vblock with our partner Cisco.If you look at the incredible success VCE had in 2015 – a huge portion of that $2B bookings run rate is directly attributable to the success of Vblock.  That formula is a winning formula we have developed and nurtured in partnership with Cisco over 6 years.  It is a strong partnership – and one we will be doubling down and investing to grow.  Vscale, the Vblock (in particular the VB500), as well as expansion/upgrades/refreshes into the enormous Vblock installed base – these are all areas that benefit EMC, Cisco, and most importantly – the customer.While Racks and Appliances represent critical new growth engines to the Converged Infrastructure business – let there be no doubt – our partnership with Cisco is central to our Converged Infrastructure plan.BUT hyper-converged models are an area of massive growth. VCE will not rest on the laurels of success in the Block category, rather we will disrupt ourselves to become a leader in hyper-converged Rack scale and Appliance forms of CI. These are different in a ton of ways than the well-established Block CI model (operationally, economically, technologically, and as a business model).Can we do it? Only results speak. Self-disruption is something that needs to be a core competency. VCE has it. We absolutely can be the leader in all three forms of CI (Blocks, Racks, and Appliances). Customers want partners who are more than a one-trick pony and offer a CI portfolio. We plan on doing it and will do it. Period.If you agree with point #3 (turnkey IaaS/PaaS/Data Fabrics are the “emerging commodity layer”)…Then you would want to be in the place where “turnkey buy vs. build” moves to the next level, where you could take the value of an engineered system and make it include engineered solutions.Converged and hyper-converged infrastructure are simply a means to an end for customers. They dream of a turnkey IaaS/PaaS/Data stack.The team that builds solutions like the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud stack, the Federation Business Data Lake, and what we will soon reveal as our solution for new Cloud Native app development – they are part of the same team building converged infrastructure.We can move commoditization further up the stack. We can aggregate, industrialize, and curate the technologies of EMC, VMware and Pivotal. 2015 had a lot of great solutions work – but it still hasn’t been turnkey enough, curated enough. We can do that. It will take a little longer – but that’s the big opportunity.I can even dream of a day where all IT is consumed as a Platform.   VCE is now the Converged Platforms  Division of EMCOur mission is simple:Shift customers upward towards “buy vs. build.” Focus on delivering the business outcome – the cake, not the ingredients.Broaden the domain of Converged Infrastructure with a portfolio of Blocks, Racks, and Appliances.Raise the bar on defining new commodity into the IaaS/PaaS/Data Fabric domain. Bring the simplicity of public cloud IaaS/PaaS models to cases where the right answer is on-premises.Help power Virtustream and other parts of the Federation that deliver those elements as managed services and public cloud offers.Now, in addition to leading VCE, I continue to lead the EMC Global Systems Engineering community.   All of my almost brothers and sisters in the EMC SE team will now be able to tap into the resources of VCE and vice versa. We can get the same 1+1=3 with the sales teams, the engineering teams, the customer service and professional services teams. That is powerful!VCE as the Converged Platform Division is at the center of EMC’s business strategy. Converged Platforms – both Infrastructure (Blocks, Racks, Appliances) and Solutions (IaaS, PaaS, Data Fabrics) are at the center of what customers want – and represent a path towards a simplified and accelerated IT world.It’s an incredible team, an incredible opportunity – and 2016 will be an AWESOME year! I’m PUMPED!Forward-Looking Statement LegendThis release contains “forward-looking statements” as defined under the Federal Securities Laws.  Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) risks associated with the proposed acquisition of EMC by Denali Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Dell, Inc., including, among others, assumptions related to the ability to close the acquisition, the expected closing date and its anticipated costs and benefits; (ii) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (iii) delays or reductions in information technology spending; (iv) the relative and varying rates of product price and component cost declines and the volume and mixture of product and services revenues; (v) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures and new product introductions; (vi) component and product quality and availability; (vii) fluctuations in VMware, Inc.’s operating results and risks associated with trading of VMware stock; (viii) the transition to new products, the uncertainty of customer acceptance of new product offerings and rapid technological and market change; (ix) risks associated with managing the growth of our business, including risks associated with acquisitions and investments and the challenges and costs of integration, restructuring and achieving anticipated synergies; (x) the ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; (xi) insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory; (xii) fluctuating currency exchange rates; (xiii) threats and other disruptions to our secure data centers or networks; (xiv) our ability to protect our proprietary technology; (xv) war or acts of terrorism; and (xvi) other one-time events and other important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in EMC’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  EMC disclaims any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.last_img read more

Alumnus reflects on experience as gay, Catholic

first_imgChristopher Damian, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame class of 2013, discussed the intersection of homosexuality, Catholicism and theology in his presentation “Gay and Catholic,” hosted Thursday evening by the Gender Relations Center and the Institute for Church Life.Damian spoke about his journey toward reconciling his sexual identity with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Damian recounted his struggle to understand his identity throughout his undergraduate years.“How could I see my studies through a unified lens, if I couldn’t see myself as a unified person?” he said.Damian said one of the most difficult aspects he encountered while accepting his sexuality was how to understand the Church’s teachings regarding homosexuality and intimacy. Damian said he frequently questioned whether or not he would be able to fully engage in relationships with others, a question which poses a significant problem for LGBTQ-identifying Catholics.“I was worried that I couldn’t have friendship with anyone,” Damian said. “I wondered if my life as a Catholic was doomed to failure.”Damian said the language and rhetoric of the Catechism regarding homosexuality tends to be misrepresented and misunderstood by Catholics, specifically passages that refer to homosexuality as an intrinsic disorder. Damian said the focus on condemning the identity of LGBTQ individuals often leads to unnecessary rejection.“We should be careful about the things we say about sexual-minority students,” he said. “If Christians make claims about these people that seem blatantly untrue, this will cause others to question these issues and Christianity as a whole.”Damian said there is a need to define adequately the nature of the celibate vocation established for gay Catholics as well as address the definitions of friendship and intimacy for LGBTQ Catholics. He said celibacy allows others to engage in a life of self-giving love and reflect on the true nature of desire for intimacy.“The Church’s limitations are not meant to close us off, but rather, to open us up,” Damian said. “The Church places limitations so that we may be drawn deeper into reflection on where our intimacies and desires can lead us.”Damian said the definition of homosexuality can be highly misunderstood within the broader cultural context. Although sexuality and sexual orientation are frequently understood to be rigid and focused purely on sexual intimacy, “sexual attraction is very fluid and contextual,” he said.“I’m going to argue that the way in which the Catechism treats homosexuality is actually quite different for how it’s understood in the broader culture,” Damian said. “The more I’ve thought about it, it seems to me that while the desire for sexual intimacy with a person of the same sex is a significant part of the gay experience, it is only one aspect of it.”Damian said understanding homosexuality and identity requires understanding the transformative nature of the Church.“Catholicism never leaves things as they are,” he said. “It deepens, purifies and transforms all things it comes into contact with. So history becomes more than just history. For the Church, it can be deepened into salvation history.”Tags: Christopher Damian, Gay and Catholic, Gender Relations Center, Institute for Church Life, LGBTQlast_img read more

Nisky residents lose in partisan battle

first_imgYasmine Syed, the recently elected Republican town supervisor, raised several concerns with items on the agenda of the Niskayuna Town Board’s March 27 meeting.  None of the four Democrats on the five-member town board (John Della Ratta, Denise Murphy McGraw, Bill McPartion and Lisa Nemza Weber) made any comments on anything raised by Syed. None. Yet, when the board proceeded to a vote, the four Democrats voted for each item and against Syed. Each item passed by a 4-1 vote.It’s fair to conclude that this four-member Democratic block on the town board has adopted a tactic intended to punish the Republican supervisor for having won the election. Unfortunately, town residents are also being punished. We have become collateral damage in this battle and are now no longer told why the four Democrats favor or oppose any item on which they are voting. If residents wish to again know why the Democrats are voting as they are, it seems we must vote Syed or the other four town board members out of office.Elmer F. BertschNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more