India to Lease Second Russian-Built Submarine?

first_img View post tag: built India to Lease Second Russian-Built Submarine? Industry news View post tag: Navy Indian defense minister A.K. Antony announced during commission ceremony of nuclear-powered submarine INS Chakra (SSN Nerpa) that there was a proposal to take second Russian-built submarine on lease. According to him, the offer is being presently considered.The offer was made, but the decision has not been taken so far, Antony told reporters. Although he did not specify who had made that proposal, some sources say that did Russia several years ago. Certainly, the price is not a problem. According to Antony, India can afford it [the second submarine].Russian-built Project 971I nuclear-powered submarine INS Chakra is taken on lease for 10 years. The submarine and her 84-men crew arrived in India on April 31 after the 50-day long trip from Vladivostok.Indeed, India initially planned to lease two Akula-class nuclear submarines meant for Russian Navy. The contract was tied in 2003 and provided leasing of only one sub. Reportedly, the reason was high price. Overall contract cost is about $1 bln.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 06, 2012; Image: ssbn View post tag: lease Share this article View post tag: Russia View post tag: News by topic View post tag: INS View post tag: Chakracenter_img April 6, 2012 View post tag: India Back to overview,Home naval-today India to Lease Second Russian-Built Submarine? View post tag: Naval View post tag: submarine View post tag: Russian View post tag: ‘Nerpa’ View post tag: Second View post tag: SSNlast_img read more

Bakers’ Fair attractions

first_imgBakers’ Fair, the autumn event aimed mainly at craft bakers, takes place at Bolton Arena on Sunday 3 October.The fair gives visitors the chance to meet key suppliers under one roof. Visitors can also find new products and services for the bakery, snack, sandwich and food-to-go markets.The show is supported by Norbake and exhibitors include: Acrivarn, Cereform, Dawn Foods, DCA Equipment, Epos Group, Frimovel, Jiffy Trucks, Kraft Foods UK, Masz, Monarch Cate-ring, the National Association of Master Bakers, Rank Hovis and Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients, among others. For a full list, or details of visitor registration, see read more

CASH targets stricter salt reduction for 2014

first_imgIn the wake of the publication of the government’s Responsibility Deal, which outlined food manufacturers’ commitments to reducing salt levels in bread, Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) is pressing for even more stringent salt reduction targets for 2014.Kingsmill, Warburtons and Hovis pledged cuts to 0.4g sodium (1g salt) per 100g of bread by 2012, but influential lobby group CASH wants new targets of below 0.3g sodium.“It was a major objective to get the food industry to sign up to the Responsibility Deal. I don’t think we wanted to worry them about something happening in 2014,” said Professor Graham MacGregor, founder of CASH. “We’d like to see more severe targets for salt now to give the food industry time to prepare.”Public health minister Anne Milton pledged her support to salt reduction, as CASH launched its latest campaign this week, targeting out-of-home foods. But she acknowledged the UK’s success in reducing people’s daily input by 1g to 8.6g. “It isn’t easy to reduce salt in some products, but it is possible,” she said.MacGregor expressed “irritation” at the suggestion bakers would likely resist further cuts beyond 2012 targets, insisting additional cuts were needed to meet the government’s ‘6g of salt a day’ advice. He said: “We were told 10 years ago that they had reached the technical limit and they’ve reduced salt by another 30%. Bread is the major source of salt in the UK.”A recent Australian study suggested bread contributed only 13% of salt to the diet, not the 20% used by the Food Standards Agency. Federation of Bakers director Gordon Polson said: “There is an issue around the contribution statistic bread makes to salt in the diet. We have to await the urinary analysis that theDepartment of Health is meant to be doing this year, but we think it’s closer to that [13%] figure.”Volumes of own-label wrapped bread, where sodium has been driven harder than on the brands, fell 13% in the last year compared with a 6.1% rise for branded bread (Kantar Worldpanel, 52 w/e 20.02.11).Anthony Kindred of Kindred Bakery, who worked alongside the Food Standards Agency and National Association of Master Bakers to reduce salt in craft bread said: “If salt had to be reduced any more, consumers wouldn’t buy it – you may as well take it out altogether.”>>Bakery manufacturers commit to Responsibility Deallast_img read more

Speech: The future is beneath us

first_imgDeveloping our North Sea oil and gas has been a Great British success story.Since the first wells started producing in the 1960s we have created a secure domestic energy supply, created thousands of high quality jobs, delivered billions to the economy and driven the growth of a huge engineering sector that we have exported to the world.Even with the amazing improvements in North Sea production, volumes are declining and we are now importing almost half of our gas supplies.Although we are in no way reliant on Russian gas despite what the Russians would have you believe.Because gas is so important for our economy we know that we will need it for decades to come.It also fits with our world-beating climate goals as it generates less CO2 than oil and coal.That is why every estimate of our 2050 emissions reductions targets from the independent Climate Change Committee includes gas in our energy mix and why it is right to continue to look for gas that can be safely extracted from the potentially huge reserves hundreds of metres beneath our feet.And there are other benefits too.Shale gas extraction could provide a big clean growth boost for local communities as part of our modern Industrial Strategy – bringing thousands of high quality jobs, local investment and financial benefits to many parts of the country.And our world-leading environmental regulations mean we could create even more investment and export opportunities from innovations like recycling waste water.There are those who argue strongly against shale gas, using the most colourful and scaremongering language they can find and intimidating local communities and decision makers with lots of protestors from out of town.In my experience, most of these arguments are made by people who actually just don’t want us to use gas at all – now or ever.While we should all be hugely proud of our huge progress on renewables that delivers almost 30 percent of our electricity needs, we cannot meet our energy and heat needs now, or for many years to come, at a price we can afford, without using the gas that geography has gifted us.That is why we committed to support the development of onshore British shale gas and to deliver a clean safe and affordable energy supply for the country.It is why I have set out these changes to the planning and regulation regime to make sure there is support available for all involved in this process. This article first appeared in The Sun.last_img read more

Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood Reveals He Is Cancer-Free

first_imgRolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has revealed that he is a cancer free. When asked about his illness during a new interview with Metro, the 70-year-old English musician answered, “I had three months of check-ups and it was all clear and they said go and enjoy life.”Wood was diagnosed with lung cancer in early in 2017, though he didn’t announce the news until August of last year. The guitarist explained that doctors had discovered, “a supernova burning away on my left lung … He asked me what I wanted to do and my answer was simple: ‘Just get it out of me.’” At the time, Wood decided to forgo chemotherapy treatment because he was afraid of losing his hair. Apparently, it’s a decision he doesn’t regret.“I don’t want to lose my hair,” Wood told Metro in the new interview. “If your body is riddled with cancer, it’s a losing cause. Luckily, all mine was contained within the left lung and I was fortunate enough to get shot of it, bang. There was none in the rest of my body so I didn’t require chemo.” Wood added that, after smoking for 50 years, it’s “a wonder I wasn’t riddled with cancer in both lungs. It’s a wonder they both didn’t explode.”The Rolling Stones will return to the road this summer when they play a number of shows in Europe over the course of May, June, and July.last_img read more

New Boston top cop on leave over domestic abuse allegations

first_imgBOSTON (AP) — Boston’s new police commissioner has been placed on leave after domestic violence allegations from more than 20 years ago surfaced days after he was elevated to the job. Dennis White was sworn in as the city’s top cop on Monday after William Gross, the city’s first Black police commissioner, abruptly retired. White, a 32-year veteran of the department, previously served as Gross’ chief of staff. White was placed on administrative leave late Wednesday after The Boston Globe raised questions about allegations found in court documents that White pushed and threatened to shoot his then wife in 1999.last_img read more

Minority students at SMC struggle to find mental health resources

first_imgEditor’s note: This is part three of a three-part series on mental health services at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. Follow these links to find part one and part two.Imán Omar, a Saint Mary’s senior, feels the pull of many strings: she is a black, Muslim, South African woman who spent the past four-odd years at a predominantly white institution.“It’s a constant battle where I feel like I don’t belong anywhere and have had to create my own identity,” Omar said. She struggled to feel a sense of belonging at Saint Mary’s — and she is not the only one. Minority students at the College often have to try harder to find mental health and wellbeing resources that cater to their unique needs.In terms of staff, Saint Mary’s counseling center is better off than most higher-ed institutions. The national average for mental health professionals to students is around 1:1,000-1,500, while the ratio of counselors to students at Saint Mary’s is about 1:460.But for many minority students, it’s difficult to find common ground with professionals who lack expertise in multicultural or international counseling. As of the spring 2020 semester, none of the three mental health counselors at Saint Mary’s specialized in this area.Omar said this is why she sometimes felt misunderstood by the counselors at Saint Mary’s.(Editor’s Note: Omar is a former News Writer for The Observer)“I had an experience with a counselor [at Saint Mary’s] where I was explaining how I felt isolated in terms of identity, which is normal for international students,” Omar said. “But I’m also Muslim and African, and all these identities affect me. She just kind of went, ‘Well, you chose to come to a Catholic college.’ Which was valid, but that’s not what I’m trying to hear from a counselor.”Notre Dame has three senior counseling staff members who specialize in multicultural counseling, but while students in the tri-campus community are encouraged to take advantage of academic and extra-curricular resources from all three institutions, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross cannot receive counseling at Notre Dame.These services are reserved for “degree-seeking students” at the University, according to the University Counseling Center (UCC) website.UCC director Christine Conway said Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students are not eligible for UCC services because the colleges “offer their own counseling services.”Tom DeHorn, director of counseling and health at Holy Cross, offered a similar explanation. “Students have [a health clinic] here and they’re paying tuition to utilize these services,” he said. “They’re paying for our services because they’re a Holy Cross student.”Available resourcesSaint Mary’s offers a number of other resources specifically for multicultural and international students, many provided through the International Student/Scholar Services office in the College’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership.However, Omar said these resources are often not enough to support all students who need them. As a result, minority students sometimes have to look in unconventional areas to get the help they need.“It shouldn’t be all on the students to get everything they need, especially because I feel like international students get used so much for diversity advertisements,” Omar said. “You’re advertising that you’re diverse and inclusive, but this means that you should take care of the diverse students on campus.”Students sometimes turn to residence hall staff for mental health support instead of seeking professional help directly.“Many students visit hall directors to talk about a variety of things including mental health,” Holy Cross Hall director Ally Straeson said. “Some turn to their RAs or the hall MA for support, but there are many who come directly to their hall director. Whether a student turns to a hall director, an RA, or an MA, they are always provided with resources and referred to the Health and Counseling Center or other campus resources including Campus Ministry and BAVO.”Saint Mary’s hall directors are not trained to provide mental health counseling. Instead, Straeson said, they’re taught to connect residents with the appropriate resources when they need help.“The Health and Counseling Center does not have on-call counselors, but students have the opportunity to see a counselor from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. In the off hours, hall directors respond … and will be involved every step of the way,” Straeson said. “The only time Residence Life would no longer be involved is if the student was transferred to a mental health facility off campus or no longer a resident of campus.”While Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students cannot receive counseling at Notre Dame, the University’s Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS) is open for students across all three campuses. Director Arnel Bulaoro said MSPS works directly with the University Counseling Center and the McDonald Student Center for Well-Being (McWell) to create programs that serve underrepresented student populations.“In 2008, the University Counseling Center partnered with MSPS to serve as one of several campus locations for a program titled ‘Let’s Talk,’” Bulaoro said. “A more recent program, ‘Stock Your Toolbox’ … is a skill-based workshop designed to assist students as they face the everyday stress of life on the Notre Dame campus.”Bulaoro said MSPS serves as a bridge between minority student groups and institutions across the University. In order to connect students with mental health resources, Bulaoro said MSPS first helps students realize they are not alone, while also addressing the crisis of identity many may feel at the University. “One of the biggest hurdles we run into is the stigma students have of meeting with professionals,” he said. “Faculty also have their own struggles, and shared stories add perspective that make a student realize, ‘it’s not just me.’”Bulaoro sees MSPS as an entry point for students looking for resources all around campus. He said it is a “natural place for first encounters,” and a space for “all students in the tri-campus community.” Looking aheadHannah Simpson, president of the College’s Black Student Association, said Saint Mary’s could do more to support mental health for minority students.“There is still an issue of a lack of representation that should still be taken into consideration for the purposes of supporting underrepresented students,” she said.Students at Saint Mary’s are taking notice. In February, the Black Student Association held a round table event to break the stigma surrounding mental illness in the black community. Students met to discuss stigma, prejudice and lack of resources available to the black community, which can prevent students from reaching out to receive the care they need.Omar said she is unsure if resources for minority and international students will ever become more accessible in the tri-campus community. “It kind of feels hopeless in a way,” she said. “As an international student, I feel like I’ve screamed a lot of these issues to people and they’ll say ‘I hear you, but we’re not going to do anything about it.’”Tags: counseling, counselors, Health and Counseling Center, Mental health, minority, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, University Counseling Centerlast_img read more

Jenkins announces 2020 ND Forum theme

first_imgThe ND Forum theme this year will be Election 2020: Think. Engage Respectfully. Vote., University President Fr. John Jenkins announced in an email Tuesday.The annual forum was created in 2005 by Jenkins with the purpose of encouraging the campus community to reflect and focus on various topics and issues, including the Church crisis and response, globalization, sustainability and immigration. Numerous events are sponsored each year to facilitate conversation around the theme’s topics.Jenkins encouraged ND community members to take part in these events, and encouraged students and faculty to add their own events to the collective calendar by contacting [email protected]“Let us all engage thoughtfully with the many important issues facing our nation during this election year, and when we disagree, let us do so honestly but with comity, never demonizing or denigrating those whose perspectives might differ from our own,” Jenkins said. “And, please, exercise your right and privilege to vote on Tuesday, November 3.”Tags: Election 2020, Fr. John Jenkins, ND forumlast_img read more

Colombia, Peru, and Brazil Agree on Joint Military Actions on the Border

first_imgBy Dialogo October 25, 2010 Colombia, Peru and Brazil have decided to carry out joint operations against drug traffickers and guerrillas in their shared border in the Amazon – operations that have been undertaken before on a bilateral basis. “We have decided that in the future, we will carry out three-way operations to fight drug trafficking and terrorism on our shared border,” said Gen. Francisco Contreras, chair of the joint chiefs of staff of the Peruvian armed forces, at the conclusion of a meeting with his counterparts Edgar Celi (Colombia) and Jose Carlos de Nardi (Brazil) in the Colombian border town of Leticia. According to Contreras, such operations have already been carried out with good results, but only bilaterally, Colombia with Peru and Colombia with Brazil. During the four-hour meeting held on 21 October, the military commanders fleshed out the details of mechanisms for border cooperation and strengthened the ties among the armed forces of the three countries, the Brazilian general de Nardi maintained. The Colombian admiral Celi emphasized that at the meeting “cooperation mechanisms to protect the border region were set in place, and communication channels were established to close the three-way border to crime and drug trafficking.” In addition, he stressed that from now on, “the exchange of information and of training and skills development for the members of the armed forces of the three countries” will play a larger role. “Beyond increasing our footprint in the region, it’s a matter of establishing more effective mechanisms for cooperation and work,” he said. According to military sources, the three countries have assigned nearly 3,000 military personnel to the Amazonian border region, of which the largest component belongs to Colombia with around 1,600, followed by Peru with nearly 1,000 and Brazil with around 450.last_img read more

Ervin, Graessle receive Foundation Medals of Honor

first_imgRobert M. Ervin, a former president of The Florida Bar, recently received The Florida Bar Foundation 2003 Medal of Honor for a lawyer for his dedication to improving the administration of justice and as a leader in fostering programs and institutions that continue today to advance the interests of the public and the legal profession.Lois Thacker Graessle was also honored with a Foundation Medal of Honor for her “lifetime of selfless volunteer service in the pursuit of justice.”The awards were presented at the Foundation’s 27th annual reception and dinner in Orlando in conjunction with the Bar’s Annual Meeting.Ervin, admitted to practice in 1947, demonstrated his commitment to serving the poor early in his career as chair of the Legal Aid Committee of the Tallahassee Bar Association at a time when pro bono service by lawyers received little emphasis. Among his many posts since then are president of the Tallahassee Bar, The Florida Bar, and the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society. He served for a quarter century as a member of the ABA House of Delegates and shaped the leadership of that association in many ways. He chaired the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section and later served as deputy chair of the special committee that implemented the ABA’s Standards of Criminal Justice. He then turned his efforts to securing adoption of the ABA’s Code of Judicial Conduct. As Florida Bar president, he was the driving force in establishing a permanent home for the bench and bar of Florida through creation of The Florida Bar Headquarters in Tallahassee, and he shepherded creation of the Bar’s Clients’ Security Fund, a then revolutionary and controversial program.A director in the early days of The Florida Bar Foundation, Ervin was its first fellow.“Soft spoken and gentle, he is a brilliant strategist, an academic, a formidable advocate, a trusted counselor to clients, and a wise mentor to aspiring lawyers,” said William Thompson, Jr., the Foundation’s immediate past president. “In service to the public, the law and our system of justice, Robert Ervin typifies the highest ideals of the legal profession.”Lois Thacker Graessle, the only woman in her University of Florida College of Law graduating class of 1941, has been honored as one of Florida’s First 150 Women Lawyers.“But, the gender discrimination pervasive at the time prevented her from becoming a practicing lawyer,” Thompson said. “Instead, after she raised her five children, she plunged into volunteer work in the turbulent era for societal change of the 1960s and quickly became a visible community leader.”Thompson said advocating for those least able to protect themselves, Graessle has put issues on the table for public debate that few others dared to raise. As chair of the Jacksonville Mayor’s Child and Youth Care Study, her committed effort led to significant improvements in how her community responded to the needs of its disadvantaged and troubled youth and particularly racial minorities and the poor. Personally involved in implementing the study’s recommendations, she worked with her church to establish its first ever child care center and helped establish two emergency shelters for abused children. A co-founder of Hospice of Northeast Florida, Graessle successfully challenged the hospital lobby to ensure passage of legislation permitting the terminally ill to receive hospice care in their own homes.“More than once, she used her respected position in the Jacksonville community to safeguard legal aid’s effectiveness as an advocate for the poor when city leaders threatened its credibility and funding in retaliation for advocating unpopular causes,” Thompson said. “A feminist, a liberal and a philosopher, she persists in her mission today, renewing her call that the community focus its energies to meet the challenge of making life more equitable for all its citizens.” Ervin, Graessle receive Foundation Medals of Honor Ervin, Graessle receive Foundation Medals of Honorcenter_img August 1, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more