Civmec, Luerssen finalize Australian OPV contract

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Civmec, Luerssen finalize Australian OPV contract Civmec, Luerssen finalize Australian OPV contract View post tag: Luerssen April 16, 2018 Civmec has been awarded a contract from Luerssen Australia in relation to the SEA1180 Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) project.As informed, the awarded scope includes the supply and processing of steel for all twelve vessels to be built for the Royal Australian Navy.The construction of the first vessel will commence in Q4 2018 in South Australia. The new Australian OPVs will be 80 meters in length with a displacement of 1700 tons and a draught of 4 meters.Following the building of the first two vessels in South Australia, the company will undertake specific fabrication and construction activities for the following ten vessels.Final consolidation of the ten vessels will be undertaken in the company’s new shipbuilding facility, which is currently under construction adjacent to its existing water-front facilities and head office at Henderson, Western Australia.“We are looking forward to working with Luerssen on this project and further strengthening our relationship to target additional opportunities together in the future,” James Fitzgerald, Executive Chairman of Civmec, said.Last year, the Australian government demanded from Luerssen to include the domestic shipbuilder Austal in the project.In a separate announcement, Austal confirmed that the commercial negotiation process with Luerssen is still ongoing. Austal was brought into negotiations with Luerssen by the country’s government in order to use all the capabilities available in Henderson for the OPV project.“Our Henderson operations currently comprise two facilities, one at Hope Valley Road that is dedicated to the Pacific Patrol Boat project and our Head Quarters at Henderson is currently building a 109m Fast Speed Catamaran (…) We have recently committed six million dollars in capital expenditure to upgrade our Henderson operations,” David Singleton, Austal CEO, said. Authoritiescenter_img View post tag: Royal Australian Navy Share this article View post tag: Austal View post tag: Civmeclast_img read more

Three-quarters of graduates will never pay off student loan, says major report

first_imgStudents are graduating with such large debts that a majority will not be able to pay them off, new findings by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) say.Research shows that graduates will be still be paying off their debts into their 50s, after government legislation removing maintenance grants in 2011 significantly increased student debts.Under the new system, 77.4% of students will never fully repay their debts, compared to 76% of students under the 2012 system, which featured maintenance grants, and only 41.5% of students under the 2011 system.The think-tank found that changes to the system in 2015 will disproportionately affect students from poorer economic backgrounds, especially those with parental income below £25,000. The report states that, as a result of the scrapping of maintenance grants in favour of higher loans, “students from the poorest backgrounds will accrue debts of £57,000 (including interest) from a three-year degree”.The report showed that while the changes increase the total cash-in-pocket available to students from low-income households by £1,500 per year, the removal of grants significantly increases their debt burden upon graduation. Students eligible were previously able to obtain up to £3,482 per year in grants under the 2012 system.The report also found that, due to increasing interest rates, high earners could pay up to £40,000 solely in interest payments. It notes that interest rates on student loans are set to rise in line with inflation from 4.6% to 6.1% in September. Interest rates on student loans are set at RPI plus up to 3% (depending on income).The report found: “The average student accrues £5,800 of interest while studying, meaning that they borrow £45,000 but find on the day of graduation they have a debt of £50,800.”According to the report: “The combination of high fees and large maintenance loans contributes to English graduates having the highest student debts in the developed world.”Universities minister Jo Johnson said: “The government consciously subsidises the studies of those who for a variety of reasons, including family responsibilities, may not repay their loans in full.“This is a vital and deliberate investment in the skills base of this country, not a symptom of a broken student finance system.“And the evidence bears this out: young people from poorer backgrounds are now going to university at a record rate – up 43% since 2009.”last_img read more

Mayor’s Update – March 18, 2016

first_imgMark Soifer, our long-time public relations director, has announced that he will retire at the end of the year after a career of more than 45 years. His legacy will always be an important part of life in Ocean City. Mark brought events such as First Night and the Doo Dah Parade to Ocean City, sustained traditions like the Baby Parade and Night in Venice and created an array of unique family-oriented activities for the city. His career has always been defined by his unwavering dedication to “America’s Greatest Family Resort” and his unrelenting sense of humor. I want to remind you that I will hold a town hall meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center (inside the Ocean City Community Center at 18th Street and Simpson Avenue). Representatives of Michael Baker International will be on hand to present information and answer questions about designs to improve drainage in the area from 26th Street to 34th Street between West Avenue and Bay Avenue. Jay A. Gillian Mayor Warm regards, I also want to encourage everybody to vote for Ocean City in the Best Beach in America 2016 contest. With a big victory over Ogunquit Beach, Maine, in the first round, we’ve made it into the Sweet 16. Click here to learn more and to cast your ballot.center_img We’ll fully honor Mark later in the year, but I encourage you all to stop and thank him as he continues to lead us all through one more year of parading, plunging, plopping, snoring, sculpting taffy, cheering for crustaceans and other antics. March 18, 2016Dear Friends,I received positive news this afternoon that Comcast will not close its customer service center in Ocean City at the end of the month. The company had announced recently that it planned to shut down its Ocean City location and open a regional service center in Mays Landing. I’m now optimistic that Comcast will remain in town at least through the summer season. I have always felt that having a Comcast office in town is incredibly important to our many guests, residents, and business owners who rely on their products. My administration has made every effort to make accommodations to keep Comcast in town following Superstorm Sandy.  As we receive more information, I will share it with all of you. Check on the latest project updates and sign up for email alerts.last_img read more

No happy medium

first_imgRather than finding a happy half-way house between the demands of health campaigners and the needs of plant bakers, the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) 2012 salt reduction targets were greeted with criticism from both sides when they were published last month.”Technically impossible” is how the Federation of Bakers described the new target of 1g of salt per 100g of bread and rolls – this despite the fact that it was a more lenient target than the 0.93g originally proposed by the FSA. Meanwhile anti-salt lobby group Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) slammed the target, claiming thousands of lives could be saved with a tougher approach.The salt-in-bread debate is in danger of descending into a frustrating deadlock, although one way out of the stalemate could come from the craft baking sector. Anthony Kindred, owner of Kindred’s Bakery in London, who has worked on an FSA and National Association of Master Bakers project looking into reducing salt in craft bread, is confident the sector will be able to achieve both the 2010 and 2012 targets.”Craft bakeries are more flexible than the plant bakers. We can use techniques such as sponge-and-dough and longer fermentation times, which help strengthen the dough and give flavour. This means you don’t need as much salt,” he says. “For plant bakers to change lines costs millions, but for craft bakers, it’s just a couple of hours’ extra work. Meeting the targets would be a tremendous marketing opportunity for the sector.”Salt levels in craft bread are currently at around 1.4g per 100g, says Kindred, making the 2010 target of 1.1g potentially the most difficult step. “After that, the last 0.1g to reach the 2012 targets will be relatively easy,” he says.If craft bakers do manage to meet 2012 targets, it is likely to put pressure on plant bakers. Gordon Polson, director of the Federation of Bakers, says that plant bakers are unlikely to meet 2012 targets because dough with reduced salt levels becomes too sticky, which leads to blockages on the production line.”Bakers have invested in ingredients and plant to overcome stickiness, but to take the next step we need a different solution and we don’t know what that is. We are talking about huge multi-million-pound processes. The bread has to be consistent, technologically possible and meet consumer requirements,” he says. “By saying we don’t think we can meet the 2012 targets we are being honest and responsible. It would be disingenuous to say we can meet them when we can’t. We are proud of our work to cut salt and will continue to work with the FSA.”The problem with the big bread brands’ claims that they have reached the upper limits of salt reduction is that there are plant loaves on the shelves that already meet FSA 2012 targets. CASH points to supermarket own-label plant breads that go well beyond 2012 targets.Professor Graham MacGregor, CASH chairman, says: “If Sains-bury’s can sell bread with 0.7g of salt per 100g, why can’t brands such as Hovis, Warburtons and Kingsmill? It’s sad to see some bakers are not prepared to lower the salt content of their products. We can only speculate that this is for commercial reasons.”In its comments on the new 2012 targets, the FSA highlighted the success of retailers in reducing salt in own-label bread to levels of between 0.75g and 1g salt per 100g, while also noting that premium breads have salt levels that are still above this. According to CASH, Kingsmill’s Great Everyday Soft White loaf contains 1.18g per 100g.Polson takes issue with the comparison of own-label and premium, branded bread, arguing that they are very different products. “[Premium bread] is a product that goes through a bakery in a 24-hour, seven-day process. If you start getting blocking [from sticky doughs], it means increased costs and wastage. The volumes of own-label bread are much lower.”The danger remains, however, that if the craft and own-label sectors achieve the 2012 targets, the big brands could become increasingly isolated on salt, leaving themselves open to further criticism from the likes of CASH and the FSA.last_img read more

Tesco coffee shop director ‘leaves’ business

first_imgThe Tesco boss in charge of in-store restaurants and coffee shops, such as Harris + Hoole and Euphorium, has reportedly left the business.According to The Telegraph, Michael Holmes, chief executive of new food experiences at Tesco, has stepped down from his role as director of in-supermarket businesses, including Harris + Hoole, Euphorium, Giraffe and Dobbies.According to reports, Holmes departure is part of plans made by new Tesco chief executive, David Lewis, to cull up to 10,000 jobs, including up to 1,000 store management staff.A Tesco spokesperson said: “There are a lot of changes happening at Tesco at the moment and it will be providing no comment on any individual’s departures.”Tesco opened Giraffe restaurants and Harris + Hoole coffee shops, under former executive Philip Clark, in a bid to attract more shoppers into stores.The Harris + Hoole coffee chain made a pre-tax loss of £12.8m in its year-end results for 2014, and closed one of its Tesco concession stores, in Highbury, London.Tesco has seen a rapid overhaul of senior management since Lewis joined, including UK chief executive Chris Bush, Matt Atkinson, the chief creative officer, and David Hobbs, the group business planning and strategy director.Holmes was in the role at Tesco for almost three years. The Telegraph stated that corporate filings showed that he had now stepped down from his role.last_img read more

Eddie Vedder Helps Save The Chicago Cubs Season With “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”

first_imgFor over one hundred years, the Chicago Cubs have not been able to win a World Series championship. The team has been competing against the Cleveland Indians in the World Series this year, marking their first time playing in baseball’s final series in over 70 years. Still, in true heartbreaking Cubs fashion, the team lost two games at their home Wrigley Field, which is why they needed some help in the third and final Wrigley game.Now, we’re not saying that Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder magically changed the outcome of a baseball game, but the Cubs won last night and Vedder sang “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during the 7th inning stretch – two things that happened for the first time this World Series. Also, the Cubs put their last pitcher in during the top of the 7th, and he stayed and pitched through to the end of the 9th. Coincidence? Maybe…Watch Vedder, the die-hard Cubs fan, leading Chicago in the baseball classic, “Take Me Out To The Ballgame,” below.Perhaps it’s also worth mentioning that Phish played at Wrigley Field for the first time this year too…Game six of the World Series is set for tomorrow, November 1st, but will take place back in Cleveland. Can Chicago pull it out, or will Cleveland keep their curse alive? We’ll have to wait and see.last_img read more

moe. Is Currently In The Studio Rehearsing “New Songs”

first_imgMOE. – 2018 TOUR DATESFeb. 2 Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY * with Kung FuFeb. 3 Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NYFeb. 16 State Theatre – Portland, MEFeb. 17 State Theatre – Portland, MEFeb. 23 Palace Theatre – Albany, NY * with AqueousFeb. 24 Palace Theatre – Albany, NYMay 25-27 Summer Camp Music Festival – Chillicothe, ILJul. 12 Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO[H/T JamBase] The last couple of weeks have been extraordinarily exciting for moe. fans, as bassist Rob Derhak confirmed his return to the band after completing treatment for oropharyngeal cancer, announcing that he is officially cancer free. moe. have since announced several concerts in 2018, including two nights at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on February 2 & 3, 2018, two nights at the State Theatre in Portland, ME on Feb. 16 & 17 and a return to the Palace Theatre in Albany, NY on Feb. 23 & 24. moe. will also make their way back to Summer Camp Music Festival on May 25-27, then head to Red Rocks Amphitheatre on July 12, 2018 this summer. These shows are the first back together since moe. announced their hiatus in July, when Derhak was first diagnosed.Summer Camp Announces Phil Lesh, moe., Umphrey’s, & Everyone Orchestra For 2018Today, the band shared a photo of their rehearsal in Yarmouth, Maine on Instagram, writing: “We cleaned out the old barn & dusted off the cobwebs. Great to be back together for a few days working on some new songs. (Jim was here too, but recuperating when this pic was taken). Happy Holidays!”Happy Holidays, indeed! New songs from moe., who last released No  Guts No Glory in 2014, is extraordinarily good news–as it promises more from moe. in our foreseeable future. Check out the band’s post below:last_img read more

Dead & Company Debuts Instrumental “My Favorite Things” At Shoreline Amphitheatre Closer [Photos/Videos]

first_imgLoad remaining images On Saturday, Dead & Company returned to Mountain View, CA’s Shoreline Amphitheatre for the second performance of their tour-opening run. The Grateful Dead spinoff act featuring Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti, and Oteil Burbridge kicked off their 2019 summer run the night prior with an electric performance.Dead & Company opened up their first set with “Bertha”, led by John Mayer handling the tune’s vocal duties. “Bertha” smoothly transitioned into a cover of The Young Rascals’ “Good Lovin’, with Weir slow and steadily leading his bandmates through the classic 1966 hit. With the Rhythm Devils locking into a bouncy rhythmic pocket, Mayer fired off a series of tenacious guitar solos before moving forward with “They Love Each Other”. Backed by some silky-smooth bass licks from Burbridge’s corner, Dead & Co. showered the Northern California crowd with the theme of “love”. Picking up the pace, the band moved forward with Johnny Cash‘s “Big River”, highlighted by some quick-witted keyboard solos from Chimenti. Mayer handled the vocal duties moving forward with “Mr. Charlie” and “Tennessee Jed” before Weir stepped up to lead the way through a set-closing segue of “Lost Sailor” into “Saint of Circumstance”.Following a setbreak, the band returned to open their second set with the classic pairing of “China Cat Sunflower” into “I Know You Rider”. As “Rider” faded out, Dead & Company coasted into a beautiful rendition of “Row Jimmy”, highlighted by some tender lead vocals from Mayer. The band kept on chuggin’ with “Deal”, as Mayer and Chimenti traded off scorching hot licks before crashing into “The Other One”. Burbridge locked into the song’s main theme alongside Hart and Kreutzmann, with Weir paving the path through some dreamy improvisational territory.Next, Hart and Kreutzmann took the reigns for the customary “Drums/Space” portion of the evening, followed by a debut cover of “My Favorite Things”. The band offered up an instrumental take on the classic song from The Sound Of Music  before landing back into “The Other One”. Weir stepped up to lead his bandmates through a somber set-closing “Morning Dew”, allowing Mayer to dazzle the crowd with his mind-bending guitar work. Dead & Company returned to offer up an exploratory encore of “Uncle John’s Band” into a “Supplication” jam, which saw Mayer and Chimenti get a final chance to bounce off of each other’s improvisational lead. The band returned to a “Playin’ In The Band” reprise to properly close out the tune, which was left unfinished from the night prior.Below you can watch some videos from Dead & Company’s Saturday performance and check out a gallery of photos courtesy of photographer Matt Rea.Dead & Company – “Bertha”[Video: Dead & Company]Dead & Company – “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider”[Video: Dead & Company]Setlist: Dead & Company | Shoreline Amphitheatre | Mountain View, CA | 6/1/2019Set One: Bertha > Good Lovin’, They Love Each Other, Big River, Mr. Charlie, Tennessee Jed, Lost Sailor > Saint of CircumstanceSet Two: China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Row Jimmy, Deal > The Other One > Drums > Space > My Favorite Things > The Other One > Morning DewEncore One: Uncle John’s Band > Supplication Jam > Playin’ In The Band RepriseA full soundboard audio recording of the show is available to stream via & Company | Shoreline Amphitheatre | Mountain View, CA | 6/1/2019 | Photos: Matt Realast_img read more

HGC plans Harvard Masquerade Ball for Feb. 8

first_imgOn Feb. 8, more than 1,000 students and alumni will experience the fourth annual Harvard Masquerade Ball. They’ll come wearing suits and ties, formal dresses and heels; their faces hidden behind colorfully decorated masks.Since its inauguration, the ball has quickly become one of the most popular graduate School events of the year — growing from 500 attendees in 2010 to 1,000 in 2013. Despite its larger venues, tickets continue to sell out rapidly and the waiting list grows. This year, the event will be held at the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse in Boston, a waterfront venue with 88-foot glass walls and views of the Boston downtown. As in the past, the night will be filled with champagne, chocolate fountains, dancing, student entertainers, live opera, jazz, and rock music performances.Sponsored by the Harvard Graduate Council (HGC), the official government of the 13 graduate and professional Schools, the Masquerade Ball was born as an effort to bring students together from across the University. Philip Harding, president of HGC and a Harvard Kennedy School student, came up with the idea after hearing President Drew Faust speak about the need to have One Harvard, rather than disparate Schools.“The idea is to bring together students from all the graduate Schools for one amazing night,” Harding explains. “We want it to be beautiful, to be glamorous, but more than that, the whole reason behind it is to bring Harvard together. It’s the idea of One Harvard.”The Masquerade Ball is run as a tight operation with a core team of about 60 students who plan and execute the event. Last year, the ball was held at the Harvard Club with tickets selling out in 20 minutes. (Tickets are divided proportionally among Schools to ensure that all are represented.) This year the same is expected, although details of ticket sales have yet to be disclosed.— Elizabeth Andersonlast_img read more

Green up time

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaIf your home lawn is planted in centipede turfgrass, you may have noticed it changing colors lately. University of Georgia experts say this is a natural occurrence that has resulted from Georgia’s unusual springtime weather.”I’ve received numerous calls and e-mails lately on centipede grass green-up problems,” said Clint Waltz, a turfgrass specialist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “It’s common for centipede grass to change color during the spring transition from dormancy to active growth.”Soil, air temps change colorAs the root system develops, the color of the grass will fluctuate with soil and air temperatures, he said. Georgia’s recent cooler temperatures are another reason for the color change.Waltz says the best plan of action is to take no action at all.”Neither nitrogen fertilization nor iron applications will encourage green-up or growth,” he said. “Waiting on conducive environmental conditions is the best practice. In most cases, this problem will solve itself by the end of May.”If you’ve neglected or mismanaged your lawn, you may have more problems.”Lawns that have been mismanaged for several years may experience turfgrass loss,” Waltz said. “This is typically evident by gray stolons with no green buds.”If this is the case, you may have to re-establish your lawn either by sodding large areas or seeding smaller areas. Waltz says this is best done when the soil temperatures 4 inches deep are consistently 65 degrees Fahrenheit. This commonly happens after mid-May.What to do in the futureSo how do you properly care for a centipede lawn?Waltz recommends applying 1 to 2 pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet per year.”One nitrogen application per growing season typically doesn’t satisfy the growth requirements of centipede grass,” he said. “Several reduced-rate applications are needed.”Apply fertilizer two to four times at a rate of 0.5 pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet.Mowing and watering properly are essential, too.The recommended mowing height for centipede is 1.5 inches in full sun and 2 inches in shaded areas. “If you’re mowing the lawn higher, you should gradually lower the mowing height,” Waltz said.Do this in steps, he said, by dropping the mower one notch and mowing at that height for several weeks. Then drop the height again.”Continue this stairstep process until the proper height is reached,” he said. “You may have some scalping and unattractive areas. It may look bad, but it will look better in the long run.”Centipede grass will decline if watered too much. Waltz suggests applying 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week during the growing season.”This can vary depending on your soil type,” he said. “Sandy soils may need to be irrigated toward the upper end of the range.”last_img read more