Royal Navy detonates bomb which closed London City Airport

first_img View post tag: WWII The Royal Navy has detonated a 500 kg WWII bomb which forced the London City Airport to cancel flights on Sunday and Monday.After a multi-day operation, the navy’s bomb disposal experts on February 14 detonated the bomb in the waters off the MOD’s Shoeburyness range.The historic ordnance was found in the George V Dock in River Thames during pre-planned construction work near London City Airport on Sunday morning.Royal Navy divers from the Portsmouth-based Southern Diving Unit 2, who are trained bomb disposal experts, were called to the scene to make the device safe and take it to be destroyed.“Our armed forces are on standby 24/7 to keep the people of the United Kingdom safe,” armed forces minister Mark Lancaster said. “I’m immensely proud of the Royal Navy bomb disposal teams who have worked in very difficult conditions over the last 36 hours to safely dispose of this Second World War bomb.”After examination, the device was confirmed as a 500kg tapered end shell measuring 1.5m in length. Bad weather on Tuesday meant it was unsafe to detonate the device, and the Royal Navy diver team guarded the ordnance overnight until calmer weather settled today.Lieutenant Commander Jonny Campbell, the officer in charge of Southern Diving Unit 2, said: “The operation to remove the Second World War bomb from London City Airport was extremely successful. My team worked incredibly hard to ensure public safety remained the priority at all times.“Royal Navy bomb disposal experts are called out roughly every 18 hours to incidents such as this and we are well trained and well placed to deal with them. We are pleased that London City Airport was able to reopen yesterday while we safely detonate the device well away from any public areas out at sea.”The safeguarding and ultimate detonation of the historic device was handled by a joint operation between the Royal Navy, British Army bomb disposal teams, and the Metropolitan Police. The discovery of the bomb led to the temporary closure of London City Airport, and caused some evacuations of nearby residents while the bomb was made safe and removed from the site. View post tag: historic ordnance February 15, 2018 Authorities View post tag: Royal Navy Share this article Royal Navy detonates bomb which closed London City Airport Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy detonates bomb which closed London City Airport last_img read more

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Christ Church JCR rejects motion to abolish scholars’ ballot privilege

first_imgThere are very few colleges which still have ballot privileges for scholars and exhibitioners. Hertford was the most recent college to abolish the system. “This change has commanded the majority of our JCR and yet college staff are against it. Christ Church can only exorcise these often-unfair labels if it embraces reform and engages with student, otherwise as it stands it will be condemned to living in the past.” Christ Church’s current policy is for those who get a scholarship or exhibition in their first year to get first choice of rooms via a separate ballot in their 3rd year. The motion was brought forward by James Mulvey, and seconded by Rebecca Rogers. They argued that: “The quality of one’s final years of accommodation should not be influenced by results achieved in first year or via the non-standardised awarding of Exhibitions. Christ Church’s JCR has voted against abolishing the scholar and exhibitioner ballot privilege. While the motion gained majority support, it did not receive the 2/3 of votes needed to pass. According to the motion: “Generally speaking, due to structural education inequalities that may not balance out by the end of first year, privately educated students are more likely to achieve a Scholarship than state educated students. center_img “Christ Church often has a negative image, one that is characterized as archaic, static and elitist. I have fortunately found this inaccurate to a large extent from my time here. However, on this important issue of Scholar and Exhibitioner ballot privilege, we are on the wrong side of progress I believe, and the majority of voting JCR members agreed. “There is no standardised procedure for awarding Exhibitions across subjects – year-on-year the same subjects award several Exhibitions while others award none.” “Hard work should continue to be rewarded, but via the existing system of financial reward and the Scholar’s Gown which does not recognise high achievement at the expense of others.” “Arbitrary factors such as educational background and subject choice should not continue to influence one’s quality of accommodation at Christ Church. James Mulvey, who brought the motion to the JCR, said: “Opposition to the motion focused on the role of the Scholars’ room ballot bump as an incentive for hard work. Clearly this incentive is not working, as Christ Church has maintained a mediocre position on the Norrington Table in recent years. “In fact, Christ Church is one of the only colleges across Oxford that gives preferential treatment to Scholars and Exhibitioners when it comes to room selection. If there is progressive change on this front in Oxford, it is clear that Christ Church is falling well behind.last_img read more

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Man drives vehicle into door of Hoboken train terminal

first_img× HOBOKEN — Media outlets reported that a man was arrested after he hopped into a NJ Transit K9 vehicle near the Hoboken Train Terminal on Monday morning and allegedly drove into the front doors of the waiting room.No one was injured.Train service was not affected by the crash, but several other transit delays and tie-ups angered commuters Monday morning.The FBI’s New Jersey office was investigating along with police, as a safety precaution.last_img

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Plaxtol takes top LASER day prize

first_imgThe seventh LASER Golf Day took place on 10 July at Surrey National Golf Club, Caterham. Sixty gol-fers from all sectors of the baking industry took part.The winning team, with 118 points, was Plaxtol Bakery of Tonbridge, Kent (pictured) receiving the Team Prize from LASER president Anthony Kindred. Prizes were also awarded to the individual winners including the longest drive and nearest the pin.last_img

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News story: The Civil Nuclear Constabulary and Project Servator

first_imgAbout Project ServatorProject Servator aims to disrupt a range of criminal activity, including terrorism, while providing a reassuring presence for the public.Our Project Servator deployments are highly visible and unpredictable, and can happen at any time, anywhere. They are made up of a range of resources including armed police officers, police dogs, vehicle checkpoints and CCTV.Project Servator officers are specially trained to identify individuals who may have criminal intent. This can range from someone shoplifting in a town centre to an individual who is planning a terrorist attack and is carrying out hostile reconnaissance at an iconic site, the tell-tale signs of pressure and anxiety that bring them to the officers’ attention are the same.What we doIf a Project Servator deployment is happening where you are, there’s nothing to worry about. They are normal police deployments, designed to be unpredictable, planned in advance and intelligence led.Officers will talk to staff and members of the communities in and around the sites which we protect, to let them know what we are doing and remind them to be vigilant, trust their instincts and report any suspicious or unusual behaviour. You may see officers handing out leaflets explaining what Project Servator is, or posters on display.Project Servator is in operation around some of the sites that we protect across the UK and will soon be rolled out to all of them.A surge capability is also available where required.We work closely with local police who also operate Project Servator in the areas close to the communities that we serve.Our Servator teams also work with other partners, including security staff, CCTV operators and local businesses, to carry our deployments. Together, we’ve got it covered.How you can helpYour support and assistance with Project Servator is the key to its success. You can help protect the sites and communities that you are working in, living in and visiting by reporting anything that doesn’t feel right.For example, report an unattended item or someone acting suspiciously, don’t leave it to someone else. Suspicious activity is anything that seems out of place, unusual or doesn’t seem to fit within day to day life.If you see one of our police officers, please take a moment to talk to them and find out how you can help keep your workplace and community safe. Communities defeat terrorism and you can help by being an extra pair of eyes and ears.If you see something suspicious, please tell a police officer or call 101. Please use 999 if an immediate response is required.We also need you to remain vigilant while out and about, and to follow national ACT (Action Counters Terrorism) guidance. More information on what to look out for and how to contact police can be found on the ACT Website.Further informationKeep up to date with Project Servator via social media using #ProjectServator.Follow us on:Facebook: FacebookTwitter: @nuclearpolicelast_img read more

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Food firms sign saturated fat pledge

first_imgThe level of saturated fat in bakery products will be tackled as part of the government’s Responsibility Deal Saturated Fat Reduction Pledge, launched on Saturday (26 October).Almost half the food manufacturing and retail industry has already signed up to the pledge, according to the Department of Health, which will aim cut thousands of tonnes of saturated fat out of the nation’s diet.Among those companies that have made pledges is CH & Co, which said it will be reformulating some of its best-selling cake lines. Tesco has said it will be removing 32 tonnes of saturated fat from products such as breadsticks, while Nestlé is to remove 3,800 tonnes of saturated fat from over a billion Kit Kat bars each year by reformulating the recipe.Jane Ellison, public health minister, said: “It’s hugely encouraging that companies providing almost half of the food available on the UK market have committed to this new Responsibility Deal pledge and they are leading the way to give their customers healthier products and lower-fat alternatives.”Melanie Leech, director general, Food and Drink Federation, added: “These significant commitments to reduce saturated fat in a wide range of products build on the achievements already delivered by a number of our members, which empower consumers to make healthier choices appropriate for their lifestyles.”One in six male deaths and one in nine female deaths in this country are from coronary heart disease.Victoria Taylor, senior dietitian at the charity, told British Baker: “By reducing the amount of saturated fat in everyday foods, these manufacturers and retailers are helping us to lower our intake. We welcome the changes made by companies signing up to this deal and will be keen to see the impact this has on the health of shoppers.”last_img read more

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Trey Anastasio Band Performs “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” For Vegas Victims [Pro-Shot Video]

first_imgOn Friday night, Trey Anastasio kicked off Trey Anastasio Band’s fall tour with a performance at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. Paying tribute to the victims of the recent concert mass shooting in the city, Trey Anastasio Band first offered an a capella rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”, also featuring the group’s horn section of Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, and James Casey on vocals, marking the first time the band has ever performed the number.Trey Anastasio Band Honors Vegas Victims With Debut Of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” & 2 OriginalsThe Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas has shared pro-shot video of the performance, which you can watch below:[photo by Erik Kabik]last_img read more

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Envision a Safer and Smarter World with Dell EMC PowerScale

first_imgIn my previous blog, I described how video data is growing faster than ever before with the increase in device count and the emergence of new devices with higher resolution and better picture quality. One interesting thing to note is that most video data is unstructured in nature. Unstructured data holds huge potential to help business leaders understand business results, anticipate what’s coming, and act quickly on risk and opportunity. To stay competitive, organizations need an enterprise-grade, scalable and reliable infrastructure to handle the explosive growth of unstructured data.In June, we announced Dell EMC PowerScale, a new family of storage systems engineered with industry-leading storage software and server hardware to set a new industry standard for how organizations capture and capitalize on unstructured data. Dell EMC PowerScale configured with the PowerScale OneFS operating system forms the next evolution of scale-out NAS solutions. OneFS provides the intelligence behind the highly scalable, high-performance modular storage solution that can grow with the business.Simplicity at any scale – Capacity and performance are provisioned only when needed. With a single namespace, single file system environments, and enterprise-class data services, customers get simplicity, flexibility, and performance with increased efficiency and new automation capabilities – all at a lower cost. PowerScale provides simplicity and data protection for the most challenging video management applications.Any data, anywhere – PowerScale can handle a wide variety of data types with its multi-protocol support. With the introduction of S3 support, customers can run modern applications that rely on object storage. In addition, multi-protocol access also enables limitless flexibility to run workloads that can store data with one protocol and access data with a different protocol. In a data-first world, PowerScale provides the optimum fusion of IT best practices with emerging physical security requirements.Intelligent insights – PowerScale enables data to be turned into insights with the inclusion of CloudIQ, which delivers insights into the health of systems across the data center, and DataIQ, which delivers data insights and data mobility, making it easy for anyone to find and understand data. With the digital transformation taking place in safety and security and associated solutions, PowerScale provides unique toolsets for data insights.The minimum node size is 3 with PowerScale – customers can start small at a lower entry point and require less rack space. PowerScale is ideally suited for small scale deployments requiring 40-50 cameras (such as airport duty-free shops) up to thousands of cameras (like parking lots and big stadiums). PowerScale’s intelligent insights enable customers to automatically identify suspicious behavior and provide alerts in real time.Check out this webinar and visit our website to find out more about how Dell EMC PowerScale, a new standard in unstructured data storage, enables organizations to unlock the potential of video data, maintain the integrity of assets and innovate their businesses.last_img read more

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Kelli O’Hara & Christian Borle Know You Want Something to Go Wrong During Peter Pan Live!

first_img Whatever happens, O’Hara says she’ll love it. “We come from that world of the show will go on and we’ll make it work. It’ll be fun,” she says.  View Comments O’Hara quickly interjects, “Little things! Nothing big! These people know what they’re doing.” “I think people want to see a couple of little things go wrong to see what happens,” Borle adds. Peter Pan Live!, starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken, airs on December 4 at 8PM EST.center_img “I am a live theater person,” says five-time Tony nominee O’Hara, who plays Mrs. Darling. “There is no contingency plan; you will see anything that happens. You will go through it with us.” Tony winner Christian Borle, who plays both Smee and Mr. Darling notes that the biggest question marks in the show are the dog playing Nana and the children. “There’s no live audience, so there’s no audience to react and throw [the dog] off. We’re going to be in an enclosed space, and he’ll know the drill. It’s going to feel for him—unless he feels our nervous energy—just like any other day. And then the children,” he laughs. “Well, that’s a whole other thing. Are the Broadway vets in NBC’s live broadcast of Peter Pan Live! nervous something will go wrong during the performance? There is a lot at stake: last year the network’s telecast of The Sound of Music drew 22 million viewers, while the 1955 live Peter Pan broadcast garnered a whopping 65 million viewers. Nevertheless, Broadway alums Kelli O’Hara and Christian Borle are cool and confident about the possibility of an on-air mishap.last_img read more

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