HMAS Success stops in New Zealand before deployment end

first_img Share this article View post tag: Royal Australian Navy Royal Australian Navy replenishment oiler HMAS Success and over 200 of her crew stopped in Wellington, New Zealand, recently for the final port call of their deployment.After spending weeks away at sea taking part in exercise Talisman Sabre 17, and participating in the 75th-anniversary events commemorating the Battles of Guadalcanal and Savo Island in Honiara, Success ship’s company visit their neighbors for a couple of days rest and recuperation.While in Wellington, Success hosted a tour for personnel from the New Zealand Defence Force. The visit provided the opportunity to discuss maritime replenishment capability and improve relationships between the two countries.Success recently completed operation Solania, an Australian Defence Force contribution to maritime surveillance within the Pacific Region.The visit to Wellington was the ship’s final port visit before returning to her home port of Sydney, at Fleet Base East.HMAS Success celebrated 30 years of service last year and is the last warship built at the Naval dockyard. Success, along with the RAN tanker HMAS Sirius, will be replaced by Navantia-built replenishment ships that are expected to enter service in early 2020s. Authorities Australian oiler stops in New Zealand on deployment’s final port callcenter_img August 30, 2017 Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian oiler stops in New Zealand on deployment’s final port call View post tag: HMAS Successlast_img read more

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Mayor’s Update: June 29, 2018

first_imgDear Friends,Several residents voiced their displeasure with the Fourth Ward neighborhood drainage project during last night’s City Council meeting. I understand the frustration of living in a construction zone for more than a year, and I want everybody to know that we are near the finish line of this $6.5 million effort to bring flood remediation to one of the lowest areas of town.Residents can expect the paving of the numbered streets to be completed next. Adjustments to the inactive pumping station equipment at 30th Street and Haven Avenue have already been made. Those in combination with the installation of new check valves will provide relief from the recent tidal flooding near that intersection. With new road surfaces in place, restoration of private property disturbed by the project work will take priority. When these tasks are complete, travels through neighborhood should begin to return to normal.Work on installing and activating four pumping stations will continue through the summer. The 30th Street station is in place. Two pumping stations on Ocean City Municipal Airport property (one near the end of 28th Street and one near the airport parking lot) will be installed next. The final one will be off Bayland Drive near Clubhouse Lagoon. Alleys in the project area will be paved after Labor Day. I hope that the memories of the project’s disruptions fade quickly when we see the long-term benefits of this work in the fall.For the fifth straight year, New Jersey residents have picked Ocean City as their “Favorite Beach.”  Representatives of the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium announced the winners of their annual contest in a ceremony today at the Music Pier. I’d like to thank all of the residents, businesses, organizations and volunteers who help make Ocean City such a great destination.There will be plenty of people in town for the upcoming holiday weekend, so I’d like to remind you all to honor the laws that keep everybody safe and respectful of each other.Drivers must stop for pedestrians at crosswalks, but, more importantly, I want to remind pedestrians to make eye contact with drivers before walking out into any street. Bicyclists should heed all stop signs and red lights, and follow the same rules as cars. With so many people sharing the streets, these rules are extremely important. Remember that dogs, smoking and drinking alcohol are not permitted on the beach at any time. This year, we’re asking beachgoers, as a matter of courtesy, to set up tents and canopies toward the back of the beach (closer to the dunes), especially if it’s crowded.Please respect the power of the ocean and swim only at beaches protected by the Ocean City Beach Patrol. The patrol has started its extended evening hours at beaches throughout the island. You can see the locations and hours here.There are a lot of great events this weekend and throughout next week, and I encourage you to check out the many great restaurants and shops on the boardwalk, downtown and throughout Ocean City. Wednesday’s July 4 celebration will be capped off with a fireworks display that will begin at about 9 p.m. I hope you all have a great week as summer kicks into high gear.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayor Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img read more

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Out with the old

first_imgD ividing and moulding by hand is no longer always realistic, when high volumes and consistent output are an economic necessity.Nowadays, high-spec machinery is par for the course. European Process Plant (EPP) cites the recent launch of König’s latest industrial automatic divider-rounder, the Industrie Rex Hyper. The machine was developed after extensive surveys revealed customers wanted to save time, increase productivity and run machines that were easy to clean to the highest hygiene standards.Stewart Morris, EPP director, says it can be taken apart for cleaning in 15 minutes and can be jet-washed. “This is a major step forward in roll plant design,” he says.König’s Grande Rex has been developed to cater for “extremely large” weight ranges, processing dough pieces up to 320g, which can be used for producing pizzas, baguettes and bread products on multiple rows. And EPP says another machine, the König Mini-Rex, which can produce up to 4,000 dough pieces an hour and is suitable for bakeries where space is a premium, has been continually improved.The materials, the controls, the accuracy and gentle dough treatment have been “radically” upgraded and the weight ranges have been extended to handle anything from 13g to 140g. A new design for the pistons and rounding system gives a bolder mould to dough pieces, EPP says.Benier UK believes industrial bakers are looking for ways of automating the processing of artisanal breads. “They have been able to make the bread look artisanal with clever moulding, but the problem has been getting the bread to taste artisanal as well,” says MD David Marsh.The major problem associated with automating this process is that the dough used to make artisanal products is much more fluid than the dough used in standard breads. “These doughs will not go through mainstream dividers and moulders,” Marsh says.Benier’s new Dough DrieMer uses dough sheeting technology so that bakers can produce doughs to an artisanal recipe and, for example, can produce up to 6,000 baguettes an hour, he explains. And moulds can be made for all shapes and sizes of bread. “This is the first system to automate the production of artisanal breads, which means the end products look and taste as if they were handmade. The system is so new that it has only just been rolled out on the Continent and is just now being launched into the UK,” he reveals.Other new Benier products on the market include the Doughmaster. This comes with Dough Related Software that manages the divider servo drives’ settings so even highly delicate dough with long fermentation times and high water content can be processed as gently as by hand, according to Marsh. It also offers “exceptional” accuracy, he says.However, London Food Machinery MD Ian Ort says new developments in this market tend to be small. The supplier of Rheon machinery says with volumetric equipment, companies started working on oil-less systems a few years ago and using metallic parts less, so costs could be minimised, easily replaced, and less pressure put on the dough.He says that, when it comes to stress-free doughs, the developments have been mainly in weight control to try to iron out the difference between volumetric and stress-free systems. “We have intelligent systems that can vary the dimensions of a product by 2ml while trying to gain very accurate weights,” he says.It is a far cry from the days when Ort’s father, Ron, started out 70 years ago. Then, the dough was mixed, rested and divided by hand to get the right weight and then moulded by hand. “This gave no stress to the dough, wouldn’t destroy the gluten structure and did not need lots of yeast or additives. Rheon has reproduced that as much as possible with machinery using no pressure or stress to portion that dough. It then offers bakers the choice of hand moulding to the desired shape or they can use attachments to mechanically gain the desired shape,” Ort says.Reiser, supplier of Vemag Systems, says the company is always developing new dividing equipment. MD Ken Mosser says the company’s Waterwheel flow divider can handle all types of doughs from stiff to soft, and weight accuracy is guaranteed across multiple lanes without adjustments. Reiser does not use oil in its dividing system and precise weights and versatility give Vemag the edge, he claims.Mono Equipment believes people are looking more at stress-free systems and adding more water to the dough, which gives a better texture and a more artisan-type product with economical benefits. It markets Paneotrad, and Mono has developed a manufacturing process for bulk processing of dough that facilitates fast turnaround of bread.”If a customer comes in and you’ve run out of bread, you can have more bread within 22-24 minutes depending on the shape of the product that’s quite revolutionary,” says sales manager Chris Huish.So what do you choose and how do you choose it? David Dunne, sales director of Interbake, which supplies Daub, says the first point is to ascertain the level of production you want to achieve the number of pieces of dough and the weight.Next, consider the type of dough you want to divide. “Some dividers knock the hell out of dough. You need something that’s gentle for making artisan bread. If you just buy off a brochure, you might buy the wrong machine which becomes an expensive exercise.”Benier’s Marsh says that, if the equipment cannot divide the dough pieces accurately, it is simply a waste of time. “It would make no sense to purchase a divider that turns out 2,000 dough pieces an hour when a bakery only needs to produce 1,000,” he says.Other issues include reliability both mechanical and electrical and service support from the suppliers, as well as how easy is the equipment to load, unload and clean.”With moulders, the most important decision is that they mould the bread into the shape that you want with the crumb structure you require. Likewise, robustness is key. As with dividers, hygiene and ease of cleaning are very important.” Bakery equipment proves its worth BB Grout, the Essex bakery chain, has a Mono plant, König Mini Rex and Mono stick machine. Director Giles Grout says the machines are in operation six hours a day, six days a week and, when things go wrong, he goes to EPP, which acts quickly. “You get an engineer that has been trained with the machine and they know which part needs replacing. You are not wasting any time. They can normally get a new part sent overnight.”Jonathan Brace, director of plant bakery Brace’s, in Crumlin, South Wales, has around eight dividers and seven moulders across its three sites and four plants. It has a moulder from Benier and dividers from Baker Perkins. He says: “With dividing it’s about making sure you control your scaling weights. It’s a constant battle to ensure you have the correct weights and you are dividing as gently as possible, so you do not damage the dough pieces. With moulding you want to make sure you roll your dough out gently.”The running costs of all Baker Perkins’ Accurist dough dividers can be reduced simply by fitting new design dies. Oil consumption, waste and downtime are all reduced by the patented new design, while reduced dough build-up improves weight control, extends cleaning intervals and prolongs die life. The improvements have been achieved by reducing the contact area between the die and the machine by 50%, along with a self-cleaning feature that disposes of dough passing the die face, rather than allowing it to accumulate. The new die is compatible with all Accurist and Accurist2 dividers.last_img read more

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Innovation by design

first_img Read Full Story Visitors to the Materials Collection at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s Frances Loeb Library will never be admonished to look without touching. In this tactile paradise, fingers—and imagination—are encouraged to roam free.Tucked in a long, narrow room off the stacks, the collection consists of 600-plus physical material samples, often with multiple pieces per product. Bins, boxes, and bags fill shelves and drawers with objects of every texture, color, size, and shape. (View the full slideshow on the Library Portal.)Created and cultivated to support research, teaching, and learning, the collection is available to help students and faculty re-envision possibilities in the constructed environment.“You have these preconceived ideas of what concrete is,” said Johanna Kasubowski, design resources librarian. “We have samples of concrete as you’ve never thought of it—foamed concrete, flexible concrete. It really shatters the way you think about a building material.”last_img read more

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Dell EMC Data Protection for VMware at Dell Technologies World 2018

first_imgDell Technologies World 2018, with over 14,000 attendees, was a resounding success in showcasing Dell Technologies’ leadership in helping organizations transform into the modern data center.  Modernizing data protection, specifically data protection for VMware environments, is an essential element of that transformation.Architected from the ground up for the software-defined data center, Dell EMC data protection solutions provide automation for all aspects of VMware data protection, comprehensive application coverage, and native VMware integration.  They deliver high performance and low cost to protect with industry-leading deduplication and bandwidth usage. And, they enable the extension of VMware data protection to the Cloud for each phase of your journey to the cloud – long-term retention to the cloud, disaster recovery in the cloud and VMware Cloud workloads running on AWS.Dell EMC’s VMware data protection capabilities were highlighted extensively at Dell Technologies World.There were two Dell EMC and VMware joint break-out sessions presented by Will Pien from VMware and Charles Sevin from Dell EMC that provided information on the latest innovations from VMware with the recent launch of vSphere 6.7 and the latest innovations from Dell EMC data protection – including data protection for VMware Cloud on AWS and hypervisor direct backup and recovery for mission-critical workloads, along with tips and tricks, for protecting VMware environments.   There was a lot of interest for these sessions with both completely full. Click here to review the Data Protection for VMware session slides.There were also a number of RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines sessions with Udi Zisser from Dell EMC, for which there was a lot of interest. These sessions demonstrated how Dell EMC helps organizations achieve efficient disaster recovery, operational recovery, and data migration for their VMware environments.  Dell EMC RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines provides continuous data protection and enables any point in time recovery for a diversified storage environment both within and across data centers.  Click here to review the RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines session slides.For conference attendees who were unable to attend the break-out sessions, Jason Tolu presented multiple VMware Data Protection booth theater sessions while Danielle Pryor had a fantastic booth session on how Dell EMC can protect VMware Cloud on AWS.  There were also a lot of productive conversations and feedback with customers at the Dell EMC Data Protection Expo booth.ResourcesTo learn more about Dell EMC Data Protection for VMware, click here.For further information on Dell EMC RecoverPoint, click here.Click here for Dell EMC Data Protection for VMware Solution Brief.Click here for Dell EMC Data Protection Bundle for VMware CloudTM on AWS Solutions Brief.Click here for Dell EMC RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines Overview.last_img read more

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Make a lasting impression with members

first_imgRecently, I found myself in the market for a new hairstylist. After doing some homework, I landed on a salon with a great location and enticing service options.Being brave, I said, “Any stylist. First available Saturday appointment, please.” They quickly booked my appointment. Super!Haircut day arrives and I eagerly enter the salon, ready to meet my new stylist. She was friendly, greeted me by name and, best of all, acknowledged that I was new.Everything was going great. With my haircut underway, another employee came over to my stylist and began to complain about her client who had just left. Suddenly, the experience turned sour.This experience left me with a negative impression of not only these two stylists, but the entire salon.As I sat there listening to her describe annoyances with her previous client, I felt more and more awkward. My stylist had several opportunities to “flip the switch” and stop the negative rant in its tracks by reminding her she was with a client, but she didn’t. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Compliance as a strategic member experience asset?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Something’s been on my mind since joining the PolicyWorks team last summer. Coming on board as VP of Client Development, I had a strong vision for how I planned to contribute. In brief, I hoped to make working with our company one of the best experiences a credit union leader could have on any given day.Audacious? Maybe. But a totally exciting goal, in my estimation.Of course, I’m not the only professional focused on experience today. Quite the opposite. Whether it’s referred to as UX, CX – or in the credit union space, MX – the end-user experience has become an increasingly important area of focus for nearly all brands. How people feel before, during and after interacting with a company or organization directly impacts how long they’ll maintain that relationship.Thinking through this growing point of concentration for business got me to wondering about the MX implications of the compliance dimension. In other words, how are our clients – credit union compliance officers and their teams – impacting their cooperative’s member experience goals? Do they have a role to play in delivering loyalty-inducing experiences, and if so, is there recognition of that role?Here’s where I landed… continue reading »last_img read more

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Otsego County reports 3 more recoveries from COVID-19

first_imgAs of Sunday, Otsego County has confirmed five new cases of the coronavirus. This brings the countywide total to 29 positive cases. The health department says that of the 29 positive cases, three of the individuals are hospitalized, six have recovered and there has been one death. Go to the CDC website or the Otsego County Health Department’s website for more information. OTSEGO COUNTY, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Otsego County Health Department gave an update on the coronavirus in the county on Sunday.center_img Additionally, officials say there are 110 individuals in mandatory/precautionary quarantine, while 41 have been released from quarantine. For more coronavirus coverage, click here.last_img read more

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Botswana investigating mystery deaths of at least 275 elephants

first_imgIn a report prepared for the government and seen by Reuters, Elephants Without Borders (EWB), a conservation organization, said that its aerial surveys showed that elephants of all ages appeared to be dying. The group counted 169 dead elephants on May 25, and another 187 on June 14, according to the report.The directors of EWB did not immediately respond to phone calls or text messages seeking comment on the report.”Several live elephants that we observed appeared to be weak, lethargic and emaciated. Some elephants appeared disorientated, had difficulty walking, showed signs of partial paralysis or a limp,” the report said.”One elephant was observed walking in circles, unable to change direction although being encouraged by other herd members.” The report said urgent action was needed to establish if the deaths were caused by disease or poisoning.Africa’s overall elephant population is declining due to poaching, but Botswana, home to almost a third of the continent’s elephants, has seen numbers grow to 130,000 from 80,000 in the late 1990s.However, they are seen as a nuisance by some farmers, whose crops have been destroyed.President Mokgweetsi Masisi lifted a five-year ban on big game hunting in May last year but the hunting season failed to take off in April as global travel restrictions meant hunters from many coronavirus-hit countries could not enter Botswana.Topics : Botswana is investigating a growing number of unexplained deaths of elephants, having confirmed 275 had died, up from 154 two weeks ago, the government said on Thursday.The dead elephants were first spotted months ago in the Okavango Panhandle region, and the authorities say they have since been trying to discover the cause. Poaching has been ruled out as the cause of death, as the carcasses were found intact.”Three laboratories in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Canada have been identified to process the samples taken from the dead elephants,” the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, Conservation and Tourism said in a statement.last_img read more

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Wolf Administration: New Funding Awarded to Assist Hospitals Across Pennsylvania

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration: New Funding Awarded to Assist Hospitals Across Pennsylvania Healthcare,  Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf announced that nearly $324 million in funding has been awarded to 31 hospitals across the commonwealth through the Hospital Emergency Loan Program, or HELP, which provides short-term financial relief as hospitals combat the surge of COVID-19 cases in their area.“As Pennsylvania continues to practice social distancing, we have successfully flattened the curve, but we know that our fight against COVID-19 is far from over,” said Gov. Wolf. “This funding will allow our hospitals to hold steady in that fight with the peace of mind that they have access to the resources they need to provide critical care to their communities.”A list of approved hospitals can be found here.The loan package was made available to the commonwealth’s hospitals to provide immediate financial support for working capital to ensure that these facilities have sufficient personnel, equipment, and personal protective equipment.The funding was dispersed by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) and is being administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) through the Pennsylvania First Program (PA First).“Our number one priority is protecting the health and well-being of Pennsylvanians, and that priority extends from the home to the hospitals,” Governor Wolf said. “By distributing this emergency funding to our commonwealth’s health care system, we are safeguarding our hospitals working hard to combat this virus.”The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020, with the goal of easing the financial strain of the pandemic and smoothing the transition back into regular health care operation.Pennsylvania health care facilities licensed as hospitals by the Pennsylvania Department of Health under the Health Care Facilities Act of 1979 that are eligible to receive federal grant funding through the CARES Act are eligible for HELP.For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit on.pa.gov/coronavirus.View this information in Spanish.center_img April 30, 2020last_img read more

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