Australian frigate returns to port with rescued yachtsman

first_img View post tag: Royal Australian Navy Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat has returned to port with a rescued solo round-the-world yachtsman.Ballarat’s MH-60R ‘Romeo’ Seahawk helicopter recovered Irish national, Gregor McGuckin, from a French scientific research station on Amsterdam Island after he was transported there by French fishing vessel Osiris.The second sailor, Indian Navy Commander Abhilash Tomy, who suffered a back injury, is being picked up by Indian Navy frigate INS Satpura for return to India.Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan, RAN, praised the quick response of Ballarat’s Ship’s Company.“With Ballarat about to deploy to the Middle East, the crew had been on their first day of pre-deployment leave,” Vice Admiral Noonan said.“As sailors, when called upon to assist someone in distress at sea, we never hesitate. We are very pleased that both yachtsmen are now safe.”McGuckin accepted Australia’s offer to transfer him to Western Australia where he was met by family and friends who had flown at short notice to Perth.The sailors were taking part in the Golden Globe solo round-the-world yacht race when they were de-masted by mountainous seas in the southern Indian Ocean, around 1,900 nautical miles south-west of Perth.Ballarat’s ship’s company will now resume their pre-deployment leave to ensure all personnel are well rested prior to their Middle East Region deployment. View post tag: HMAS Ballarat Share this articlecenter_img Photo: 2018 Golden Globe Race competitor, Gregor McGuckin, is reunited with partner Barbara O’Kelly onboard HMAS Ballarat, at Fleet Base East, Western Australia. Photo: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: Golden Globelast_img read more

Vermont syrup producers to get $54,000 in grants to make production more energy efficient

first_imgWASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2011 Vermont’s congressional delegation ‘ Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Representative Peter Welch ‘ Thursday welcomed nearly $54,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grants to five Vermont maple syrup producers to make their operations more energy efficient. The news came as USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager is visiting Vermont. The funding is provided through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and will allow producers to install reverse osmosis systems to remove water from sap before it is boiled down to syrup. By removing the water before boiling the sap, producers reduce the amount of energy consumed in the production process. The nearly $54,000 in USDA funding will help to leverage $182,298 in private investment for energy efficiency improvements. In a joint statement, Vermont’s congressional delegation members said:  ‘We want to welcome Under Secretary Tonsager to Vermont and thank USDA for recognizing the importance of reducing energy costs on Vermont farms and in Vermont sugar houses. Maple syrup production is integral to our state’s identity and economy. At a time when the price of energy is rising, these investments will help Vermont syrup producers reduce their energy consumption, lower their costs and expand their operations so they can continue providing quality product to the rest of the world.’ According to figures compiled by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Vermont led all states in maple syrup production in 2011 with over 1.1 million gallons produced, a 28 percent increase from the previous year. A complete list of funding recipients is copied below. Recipient:                                Town:                                      Award:Eric Remick Hardwick$4,975Larry CotaEast Fairfield$12,705Matthew GedeonFairfax$2,112Francis HallCambridge $9,470Richard HoburnFranklin$24,158last_img read more

Lighting for Video: Introduction and Light Output

first_imgWe kick off our Lighting for Video series with this intro to light types and understanding output!Which light is right for your video shoot? How do you know how much output (or brightness) you need? How can you keep exposure consistent between shots?Our Lighting for Video series is geared toward the professional video creator that’s looking to take their lighting knowledge and skills to the next level. In this first tutorial we take a look at how light output is measured and how to use this info for determining the right light for your shot.We start off taking a look at light performance data from 3 professional lighting manufacturers. Each light has it’s own specifications on the throw distance, light diameter and illuminance (light output). Understanding these metrics will give you a good idea of how a light will perform.But how do you ensure a proper exposure on-set? Next we’ll discuss a few tools that will aid in aligning you camera settings with your light setup for a proper exposure, as well as a simple formula for calculating how many foot candles (light intensity) are needed based on your camera settings.Lastly, you’ll learn a few ways to reduce the output of different types of lights. It’s often preferential to have a light that’s too bright but dimmable, than having to have more lights with less output. Understanding the basics of lighting and how to quantifiably measure light output will ensure that you have consistent lighting and exposure between shots.Stay tuned, as we’ll be adding more videos in our Lighting for Video series!last_img read more

Bad Things Come to Those Who Wait

first_imgYou are competing to win a deal and things have gone well. At some point, you find out that you aren’t the only one pursuing this particular company, that they are also engaged with a competitor. As time has passed, your prospect has gotten much quieter. They used to call and email you questions, but you haven’t had a question in weeks. You used to have meetings, the last one being over a month ago. Without warning, your prospect goes dark.You may have been told to wait, that your dream client was still working through things on their end. You may have received emails thanking you for following up and asking for your patience. You may worry that acting will cause you to lose the deal you are working on. The greater risk isn’t asking; it’s waiting.If given the choice between doing nothing and losing, or taking action and potentially losing, the right decision is to act.You don’t want to call again because you have been told that your client will get back to you. You don’t want to go over your primary contact’s head, engaging the executive sponsor that brought you into the deal. You don’t want to have someone from your leadership team reach out to their leadership team. You don’t want to get real and have the tough conversation because you are afraid you are going to find out you are losing the deal. But when you avoid taking action, you are likely increasing the odds that you lose the deal.If you were positioned to win, another phone call should not cause your client to go another direction. If you’re not positioned to win, doing nothing isn’t going to improve things for you.Bad things come to those who wait, things like being notified that you lost, being notified that your prospective client decided to kill the initiative, or that your dream client is going in another direction. If you are going to lose, don’t lose without even trying to win. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more


first_imgThe South West Queensland (SWQ) Touch Office has released the first volume of its  Newsletter, “Show and Go”.                                          Queensland Game Development Officer Terry Mc Sweeney and newly appointed SWQ Administrator Lauren Potter will keep affiliated members up to date on all the news and views from the SWQ region with their fortnightly offering leading up to the Queensland State Championships from 5-7 October 2007.The Queensland Regional  State Championships, being contested for the first time since 2003, will be hosted by flagship South West Queensland affiliate Toowoomba.Please click onto the attached PDF of the first edition of “Show and Go” Related Filesnewsletter__swq_-pdflast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd chiefs shut door on Pogba (& others) sale

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd chiefs shut door on Pogba (& others) saleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United chiefs have ruled out plans to sell Paul Pogba.The Telegraph says United have no plans of selling Pogba in the January transfer window or next summer.With relations with Jose Mourinho souring Pogba was tipped to return to Juventus when the transfer window opens next week, but the report claims Ed Woodward deems Pogba an integral part of his plans on and off the pitch.The report adds that United chiefs believe Pogba, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard are the future of United’s attack.And of course for Woodward, there is Pogba’s huge commercial value to consider. last_img read more

9 months ago​Chelsea boost as AC Milan target Higuain replacement

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Chelsea boost as AC Milan target Higuain replacementby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are boosted by news that AC Milan are already looking for a replacement for Gonzalo Higuain.Milan feel that Juventus want to cash in on Higuain, which has led them to pursue Krzysztof Piatek from Genoa.For now, Higuain is on loan at Milan till the end of the season.Any Chelsea deal would only be possible if Milan agreed to terminate his loan, which would allow Juventus to sell him.And former Italy star Antonio Cassano does not believe that letting Higuain leave is the right move.Cassano is quoted by the Daily Mirror as saying: “For me it’d be madness to sell Higuain. He’s their only decent player, their only champion, and one of the best strikers in the world. I would never get rid of him.” last_img read more

a month agoAC Milan consider move for Tottenham fullback Serge Aurier

first_imgAC Milan consider move for Tottenham fullback Serge Aurierby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan are considering a move for Tottenham fullback Serge Aurier.The Serie A side are looking for an alternative for Andrea Conti.Sport Mediaset says they will target Aurier in January.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is yet to be convinced by the Ivory Coast international.The Argentine could be open to selling Aurier if he can find a replacement. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 days agoHertha Berlin midfielder Grujic confident of future with Liverpool

first_imgHertha Berlin midfielder Grujic confident of future with Liverpoolby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHertha Berlin midfielder Marko Grujic believes he has a future with Liverpool.The 23-year-old has returned to the German capital for a second consecutive season as he prepares to join Liverpool’s first team come 2020/21.”It’s not easy to become a part of the Liverpool squad, I can see myself in the red shirt but I have to become more experienced before I can wear it again,” Grujic told the Liverpool Echo.“I want to improve my physical performance and take my concentration to another level. I want to be ready for Liverpool so I will have a chance to get into the team.”Despite offers from Atalanta, Brighton and Eintracht Frankfurt, Grujic stayed at the Olympiastadion – revealing Jurgen Klopp was the driving force behind the decision.He said: “He said that it would be a great opportunity for me to improve my development. The Bundesliga is one of the strongest leagues in the world and Hertha BSC is a big club.“It is very important for me to play regularly right now and [Klopp] told me to fight for my place in the team.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more