UK: Navy Shows Wide-Ranging Abilities

first_img Training & Education Share this article View post tag: News by topic UK: Navy Shows Wide-Ranging Abilities View post tag: shows View post tag: Abilities Around 1,000 sailors and Royal Marines from across the Naval Service took part in the Maritime Combat Power Visit, showing what the Royal Navy does, to more than 300 students from the advance command and staff at the Forces’ college at Shrivenham, plus senior officers, academics, the media, MPs, affiliates and other interested parties.The four-day Maritime Combat Power Visit – formally known as the Staff College Sea Days – is aimed at demonstrating what the RN can do, and indeed does, around the globe.After a day of rehearsals on Monday, the demonstrations kicked off in earnest on Tuesday, concluding on Thursday, all choreographed by the Navy’s training organisation, FOST.The Commando Helicopter Force, also known as the ‘Junglies’, and Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines staged a mock boarding, leaping from a Sea King helicopter and roping onto HMS Bulwark’s deck to show how they can take down pirates/terrorists.RFA Black Rover demonstrated the tricky art of replenishing at sea, while HMS Sutherland showed how to deal with the threat of submarines, and HMS Bulwark showed how the Navy can put men and material onto hostile shores by sending her embarked Royal Marines and their kit onto Browndown Beach in Gosport, Hampshire.Demonstrating the Navy’s abilities at this year’s event were:• flagship HMS Bulwark• landing support ship RFA Mounts Bay• Type 23 frigate HMS Sutherland• tanker RFA Black Rover• patrol boat HMS Raider• Sea King helicopters from 846 Naval Air Squadron• Commando Lynx from 847 NAS• Lynx helicopters from 815 NAS•surveillance Sea Kings from 849 NAS•Hawk jets•green berets from the Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines, and• the amphibious skills of 539 Assault Squadron RM.[mappress]Source: mod, November 01, 2011center_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Wide-Ranging November 1, 2011 View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Navy Shows Wide-Ranging Abilities last_img read more

Sustainable Gardening Book

first_imgSusan Varlamoff’s title at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences – director of the Office of Environmental Sciences – suits her. She was a boots-on-the-ground environmentalist long before moving to Georgia and joining the university. As a housewife and the mother of three young children living in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, she successfully fought the expansion of a toxic landfill that was proposed for her neighborhood. Then, she wrote an award-winning book about it, “The Polluters: A Community Fights Back.”The University Press of Florida released Varlamoff’s new book, “Sustainable Gardening for the Southeast,” this month. In it, she aims to teach home gardeners how to protect the environment around their houses. The concept for the book began eight years ago, when Varlamoff initially became employed by CAES on the college’s Griffin, Georgia, campus. She read a water quality study that showed pesticide levels in urban watersheds are higher than in rural watersheds. Varlamoff, along with a team of CAES scientists, reasoned that farmers in rural areas minimize pesticide use due to its high cost; furthermore, professional pesticide applicators must be certified. “This led us to believe that homeowners were harming the watersheds by improperly applying pesticides,” she said.As a result, the UGA team developed a survey for home gardeners, mainly in the metro Atlanta area, to learn if urban gardeners wanted to learn more about sustainable gardening and then implement the practices they learn. The survey revealed that approximately 70 percent of homeowners wanted to garden and protect the environment, and they wanted more information on how to do so. The team produced a training manual and brochures that UGA Cooperative Extension agents used to present trainings.The development of these materials led to Varlamoff’s decision to compile the information in book form. “It’s an issue that’s time has come. Basically, I pulled together science-based information from Southern land-grant universities on various aspects of environmentally friendly gardening. There are a lot of books on these individual topics, such as water conservation and natural pest control, but not one book on the entire topic,” she said.The book teaches readers how to create an ecosystem in home landscapes, according to Varlamoff. “We talk about using this pesticide and that one, but if you create functional ecosystems, then Mother Nature will do the heavy lifting and manage pests naturally,” she said.Topics covered include reducing water usage through xeriscaping, planting trees to reduce climate change, growing food and bringing wildlife to your doorstep. The most important thing, Varlamoff says, is to begin with nutrient-rich soil as the foundation. Varlamoff has used her Lilburn, Georgia, landscape as a 23-year field study site. “I can see how different my landscape is from more than 20 years ago until now. I don’t have any plants that attract a lot of pests,” she said. “If they do, poof! they go to the compost pile.”She has eliminated all invasive plants, like kudzu and privet, and added many native plants. “My neighbor is a native plant aficionado, and she gives me plants that find a home in my garden,” Varlamoff said.Her “low-maintenance” landscape attracts 20 different types of birds as well as other wildlife. “It’s beautiful to have a yard that is filled with critters because it’s a wonderful nature lesson for children,” said Varlamoff, who is now a grandmother of two. Installing different types of trees and native plants is what attracts local, native insects and wildlife that work together to keep pests “in check” without pesticides, she said. “As I say in the book, if you really want to make an environmentally friendly statement in your landscape, plant a native oak tree,” she said. “They are the biggest biodiversity attractors.”“(UGA turfgrass specialist) Clint Waltz suggested reducing the amount of turfgrass in my landscape to 40 percent, so I did. I’ve turned my whole backyard into a woodland area with paths, and I’ve reduced the grass area in the front by putting in shade trees,” she said. “I tried to take a very balanced approach. You can create an environmentally friendly landscape without sacrificing beauty, and I still have plenty of grass for picnics and family activities.”Varlamoff says home gardeners don’t have to turn their backs on plants that don’t fit the sustainable gardening model. “It’s OK if you have a camellia. It’s beautiful. It doesn’t attract a lot of wildlife, and it’s not native, but that’s OK,” she said. “A few of the plants my husband likes are semi-invasive, but we keep them because he likes them.”While doing research for the book, Varlamoff found several studies that link cancer cases to families who used DDT in their landscapes in the late 1950s. “The study said the risk of acute leukemia was seven times higher in these families,” she said. This hits close to home for Varlamoff, who was 14 years old when her 5-year-old sister died of leukemia. “There’s nothing like walking behind your sister’s coffin to make an impression on you. To me, there are very few good reasons to use pesticides in your landscape.”“Sustainable Gardening for the Southeast” can be ordered through the University Press of Florida at read more

Rivalry contains different flavor

first_imgOf the previous 72 meetings between USC and Notre Dame, at least one team has been ranked in the Associated Press top-25 poll all but nine times.This season marks the 10th time.Wide-eyed · Junior quarterback Matt Barkley, pictured here as a freshman against Notre Dame on Oct. 17, 2009, is 1-0 as a starter against the Irish. He missed last year’s edition of the rivalry because of a high ankle sprain. – Brandon Hui | Daily TrojanThough the Trojans and Fighting Irish have compiled a combined nine wins this season — against three losses — both finished outside the top-25 poll this week, receiving 107 and 87 votes, respectively, in what would equate to No. 27 and No. 28 in the poll.It marks the first time in the history of the poll that a 5-1 Trojans team has not been ranked.Despite USC’s postseason ineligibility and Notre Dame’s two losses, the game will still continue to hold plenty of value for many.“It means a lot to the school, alumni and people here,” junior quarterback Matt Barkley said following Tuesday’s early morning practice. “To us, it is just another game that we have to win.”Last week at California, Barkley passed for 195 yards and two touchdowns. Saturday’s contest against the Irish will mark Barkley’s second visit to South Bend, Ind.As a freshman, Barkley completed 19 of 29 passes against the Fighting Irish, throwing for two touchdowns and one interception.He did not, however, play in last season’s game because of a high ankle sprain sustained the week before in a 36-7 loss at Oregon State.“I remember it being electric and not hostile like Autzen [Stadium] or [Ohio State’s] Horseshoe,” Barkley said. “It is a classic stadium that gets me fired up and it probably will for the other guys, too.”Senior linebacker Chris Galippo noted that familiarity also makes Saturday’s showdown all the more unique.“Most everybody on this team was recruited by Notre Dame,” Galippo said.Last November, the Irish defeated the Trojans 20-16 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.But until last season’s meeting, USC had won eight straight games over Notre Dame, dating back to 2002 — Pete Carroll’s second season as the team’s coach.“So many coaches and players work over the years to start the streak and keep it going,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “When you’re playing a game without your quarterback, you hate to lose a streak when all of your guys aren’t there.”Kiffin noted that it was difficult to watch game film from last year’s loss to Notre Dame.“I don’t think it will ever leave,” Kiffin said of the defeat. “This week brings it back because you have to watch it again and learn from the tape.”—Junior tailback Curtis McNeal was USC’s leading rusher against Cal last week with 86 yards on 17 carries. He hopes the team’s strong play carries over this weekend as well.“It’s a big game,” McNeal said. “They beat us last year, but we’re on a roll and we have to keep it going.”McNeal is listed as the starter on the depth chart along with senior tailback Marc Tyler, who suffered a dislocated shoulder against Cal. It is unknown whether Tyler will be healthy enough to play against Notre Dame.—On Sunday and Tuesday, Barkley and sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods worked on their accuracy after having noticeable issues with timing against Cal.Woods believes he was not affected by his performance last week.“We still got the win by a good margin against Cal,” he said. “I just have to be ready for Notre Dame.”—The Trojans were pleased with their victory against the Bears and hope to repeat their performance this Saturday.“The offense did a great job in controlling the ball and not turning it over,” Barkley said. “Although we had to settle for some field goals, we are putting points up on the board and that’s what matters to us.”last_img read more