International Naval Reservists Join Forces within Bell Buoy Exercise

first_img View post tag: News by topic International Naval Reservists Join Forces within Bell Buoy Exercise View post tag: Naval June 12, 2013 View post tag: UK View post tag: International View post tag: buoy Naval reservists from 10 nations, including the UK, descended on New Zealand to practise their response to natural disasters.Exercise Bell Buoy saw the personnel, who form part of Maritime Trade Operations, rehearse how they would ensure merchant and military shipping could aid a country in the event of a humanitarian disaster such as flooding, or even a conflict situation.Held in Devonport, Auckland, the home of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN), there were 6 attendees from the UK – 5 members of the Royal Naval Reserve and a member of the Fleet AWNIS (Allied Worldwide Navigation Information System) Unit.The attendees were welcomed to the base with a traditional Maori ceremony at the marae (meeting house).Lieutenant Commander Sue Roll from HMS Flying Fox, based in Bristol, a teacher in civilian life, said: This was the first time I’ve undertaken this type of exercise, which demonstrated broader scope for the Naval Co-operation and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS).I’ve really enjoyed working in a multinational headquarters, and we got real value from seeing how each other nation conducted its business.Maritime Trade Operations (MTO) is a system whereby authorities can ensure trade vessels can safely transit in particular areas – they act as the primary point of contact for merchant vessels and liaise with local military forces.The UKMTO is manned by reservists and is based in Dubai. They track vessels and the positional information is passed to Combined Maritime Forces, the NATO Shipping Centre and the EU’s Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa. Emerging and relevant information affecting commercial traffic can then be passed directly to ships rather than by company offices, improving responsiveness to any incident and saving time.For the New Zealand-based exercise, which was held in the Pacific Rim, the teams practised MTO and how they would operate if called to support a country in need of humanitarian aid or disaster relief.For the exercise the naval participants worked for a fictitious organisation called the Regional Assistance Mission Nivaki Islands – the Nivaki Islands also made up part of the training.The UK participants practised 2 disciplines within MTO – AWNIS and NCAGS.Lieutenant Commander Michael White, Fleet AWNIS Unit (UK Hydrographic Office), said: We’ve been talking to other navies outside NATO for a while about what AWNIS can do, but this exercise marks a shift in the understanding of other navies as to what it can do to aid deconfliction and quickly get maritime safety information out to those at sea.Exercise Bell Buoy also saw a new AWNIS capability being practised, with rapid port assessment (RPA) demonstrated to officers from New Zealand, Australia, Chile and the United States.Lieutenant Richard Burdett, who runs a homeless charity in civilian life, guided officers through RPA and practised it in 6 ports on the north island of New Zealand, from Auckland to Whangarei:This wasn’t just a wonderful opportunity to visit New Zealand, but was a great chance to work with staff from other navies,” he said.We’ve found fertile ground for what AWNIS can do and the teams on RPA have proved able and enthusiastic to explore this capability.The RPA teams started with basic techniques, fixing buoys with relative positions recorded and taking bearings with a magnetic compass. This enabled them to solve the problem of an exercise chart that differed considerably from reality, and they went on to use GPS and laser range-finders where they were the best option. The training value provided by our Royal Navy counterparts was invaluable and helped us to understand how best to approach this particular task,” said Lieutenant Commander Jeremy Packham of the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve.The UK Armed Forces are changing, with greater emphasis being put on the Reserve Forces. The aim is that, by 2020, reservists will be a fully integrated component of the ‘Whole Force’ and will routinely deploy as part of all military operations.[mappress]Press Release, June 12, 2013; Image: UK MoD Training & Education View post tag: Bell View post tag: Reservists View post tag: join View post tag: Defence View post tag: Exercise View post tag: Navy View post tag: forces Share this article View post tag: New Zealand Back to overview,Home naval-today International Naval Reservists Join Forces within Bell Buoy Exercise last_img read more

William Klemperer, 90

first_imgAt a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on May 1, 2018, the following tribute to the life and service of the late William Aloys Klemperer was placed upon the permanent records of the Faculty.William (“Bill”) was an innovative, versatile, and ebullient physical chemist. He was among the world’s leaders in molecular spectroscopy, a field he relished for its challenges to improve ways to observe and decipher molecular properties and consequent chemical phenomena. He especially enjoyed applying supersonic beams to chemistry. He exclaimed that “they give one a sense of power . . . [to] push molecules around with electric or magnetic fields.” His curiosity ranged widely. Early on, he studied molecules that exist in equilibrium only at high temperatures. Later, his cooling techniques for molecular beams enabled incisive study of many weakly bound molecular complexes. When Bill became intrigued by spectra of molecules coming from the vast interstellar clouds, he hatched a kinetic scheme involving ion-molecule reactions.Bill was born on Oct. 6, 1927, in New York City and died gently on November 5, 2017, at home in Watertown, Mass. Both his parents, Paul and Margit, were physicians and raised Bill and his younger brother, Martin, in New York and New Rochelle. Bill graduated from high school in 1944 and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy Air Corps, where he trained as a tail gunner. In 1946 he enrolled in Harvard, where he majored in chemistry and met and married Elizabeth Cole, a Radcliffe student. On obtaining his A.B. in 1950, Bill and Beth headed west to the University of California–Berkeley. Mentored by George Pimentel with characteristic gusto, Bill received his Ph.D. in early 1954.On a social visit to Harvard, Bill was offered appointment as an instructor, which he accepted. That rank, now defunct, was considered unlikely to lead to the faculty ladder. However, soon Bill startled both students and faculty with his research. He quickly created a unique spectrometer, ripping items out of conventional gear and adding heavy duty plumbing. By vaporizing solid substances, his apparatus made accessible infrared spectra at high temperatures. The data he obtained on vibrational frequencies for many molecules, especially oxides and halides, yielded remarkable insights into their chemical bonding.Before long, Bill began assembling a high-temperature microwave apparatus, to attain rotational spectra that would complement the low-temperature work done in E. Bright Wilson’s laboratory. It become evident that much better resolution could be attained by molecular beam techniques, such as those being used in Norman Ramsey’s physics laboratory across the street. Bill became a welcome visitor to Norman’s lab, quickly acquiring the experimental savvy and conviction to pursue molecular beams for chemical spectroscopy.Senior chemists advised that constructing such an elaborate beam apparatus might risk his tenure prospects. Undeterred, Bill undertook the project with Lennard Wharton, a graduate student with an engineering background from MIT. The beam apparatus, dramatically intricate compared with Bill’s earlier equipment, took two years in gestation. It and later siblings, enhanced by innovative improvements such as supersonic cooling, produced a cornucopia for molecular spectroscopy and resulted in unprecedented resolution and chemical scope. Using electric fields to deflect beams and energy levels brought forth many surprising results. Studies of molecules held together by weak van der Waals forces contributed to understanding the specificity and selectivity of such ubiquitous forces in biomolecules. Bill foresaw that myriad pairs of molecules could be weakly linked by expansion in a supersonic nozzle — a process that offered quantitative access to a wide range of intermolecular forces.In 1965 Bill was made full professor. His beam experiments had thrived and would do so for more than another three decades. In 1968–69 Bill took a full year sabbatical to study astronomy in Cambridge, England, a heavenly sojourn for him, his wife, and their youngsters, Joyce, Paul, and Wendy. Bill both explored the English rose gardens and planted the basic sprouts of his kinetic ion-molecule model. Later, he collaboratively cultivated the kinetic model and harvested dozens of interstellar “astromolecules,” many unexpected.The huge dark clouds where most interstellar molecules have been seen are 99 percent composed of hydrogen and helium. After H2, carbon monoxide is the most abundant molecule, although down by a factor of 10-4 or more. Ionization by the pervasive flux of 100-MeV cosmic rays creates some H2+ and He+ from which emerge many reaction sequences. The H2+ rapidly reacts with H2 to form H3+, which readily transfers a proton to many other molecular species. Hence Bill predicted that most of the H3+ should be converted to HCO+, a very stable species. This prediction was a seminal triumph for Bill’s model. Soon thereafter interstellar emission from a species dubbed Xogen, which had not yet been seen on earth, was shown to come from the HCO+ ion. It turned out to be the most abundant ion in dark clouds and has even been observed in distant galaxies.The offspring of the He+ ions exemplify how chemical kinetics can produce paradoxical results. The extraction by He+ of a hydrogen atom from H2 would be very exoergic. Yet that reaction does not occur. This is an unusual exception for ion-molecule reactions, but it has been confirmed by laboratory experiments and quantum theory. Instead, He+ reacts with CO, the second most abundant molecule, to form C+ and O. The ionization of helium is thus almost quantitatively transferred to C+, enhancing its concentration a thousandfold (by the He/CO abundance ratio). In turn, C+ only feebly reacts with H2, but reacts avidly with methane and acetylene to launch sequences of many organic compounds, including chains punctuated with double and triple bonds. Bill’s model explained the paradoxical irony: the mutual distaste of the simplest inorganic species, He+ and H2, gives rise to the proliferation of complex organic molecules in the cold interstellar clouds.Bill Klemperer was a lovable and loving man. Along with his bright, creative intellect, he had good down-to-earth wisdom and humor, and total integrity. He was an earnest citizen, glad to serve on boards and committees for worthy causes. Deservedly, he delighted in his science; in his many intense friendships with students, colleagues, and others; in his rose garden; and in his joyous family life.Respectfully submitted,Daniel NoceraCharles LieberDudley Herschbach, ChairAn extended version of this Minute was previously published by Dudley Herschbach, “Obituary: William Klemperer,” Nature Astronomy 2, 24–25 (January 2, 2018), https://doi.org/10.1038/s41550-017-0365-0.last_img read more

Apple Pay and tech trends: 5 questions we forgot to ask

first_imgAs usual, Apple was at the forefront of people’s conversations last month when it rolled out Apple Pay. This new payment technology allows consumers to make in-store purchases with a single touch of their phone. That is, assuming the financial institution and the retailer both agree to support it. There is already controversy over which retailers will and will not accept Apple Pay, and most of it is surrounding payment fees and the need for new POS platforms.Another example of a relatively new technology is mobile banking apps. They have been on the market for about six years, yet many smaller credit unions are still wondering whether they should offer one. As a large investment of time and money, new tech concepts take time to fully diffuse. With all new technology, there will always be early adopters who are willing and able to begin using it immediately. On the other hand, not everyone is interested in changing their habits.One thing we can all agree on is that if a new form of technology is going to directly affect the way our members do their banking, we must be behind it 100%. When considering implementing new technology for your credit union, remember to ask the following questions:Is it something members want? You know your members like you know your own family. Rather than making assumptions on what they expect from you, go ahead and ask. Do they plan to use mobile payments? Do they want the option to check their balance on their phones? Do they own a smartphone in the first place? Their answers will help determine your plan.What new feature does it introduce? A new technology will add value to your credit union by offering members something they did not have access to previously. It is smart to differentiate what can be communicated through existing channels, and what would be better suited to an app, for example.Does it solve a real problem? “Gone are the days of searching for your wallet,” says Apple of its new payment system. But have your members expressed this as a problem? As Matt Davis of CU Water Cooler, gameFI and 6th Story asked following Money 20/20 – are they unhappy with the payment system as is? Perhaps the real problem at hand is data security, easy account access or otherwise.Is it easy to use? Technology is meant to simplify. Whether it is an app, a mobile website, a new payment method or some other change, it must provide a simple and streamlined user experience. Remember that members have varying degrees of technological expertise, so your continued education and support is important as well.Will it impact the community? Some big-box retailers are already opposing Apple Pay, and local businesses may follow suit. As an integral part of your community and your members’ lives, locally owned businesses are important to the decisions you make in-branch.At Buzz Points, we recently launched an updated version of our mobile app, based on direct feedback from our cardholders. When building the app, our goal was not only to improve the user experience for consumers, but also to support our local businesses and the communities where they reside. Buzz Points is a merchant-funded rewards program that partners with credit unions to encourage debit card use and shopping locally. Cardholders earn points for every transaction, even those made electronically through a system like Apple Pay, should you decide it is right for your members.Your members are your most important asset. A new technology is an investment and an extension of your credit union. Therefore, be sure to ask the proper questions when considering a new technology.In addition to the tech resources you have in place, Buzz Points can offer members a mobile presence and more. To learn more about Buzz Points, visit buzzpoints.com or contact [email protected] 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Emily Gasper Emily Gasper is a strategic communication and marketing professional based in Austin, Texas. Before joining Buzz Points, Emily was a Marketing Assistant at the Anthropologie home office in Philadelphia, and … Web: buzzpoints.com Detailslast_img read more

A beach house with a difference

first_img15 North Shore, Twin WatersUpstairs, the second floor features two more bedrooms along with a bathroom, study and a rumpus room with built-in cabinetry opening to a deck.On the top level is another study, along with the main bedroom that includes a walk-in wardrobe, a private timber deck with a rooftop viewing platform, and an ensuite with a spa bath that has views over the ocean. 15 North Shore, Twin WatersOther features of the residence include established lawns, airconditioning, ceiling fans, a fully fitted and keypad-locked wine cellar and a double garage with internal access, loft storage space and a work room.Floor coverings are a mix of sandstone to the lower level and timber to the middle and upper levels, with sandstone also featuring in the bathrooms. 15 North Shore, Twin WatersIF a seachange is in order, check out the features in this spacious oceanfront house that took out a Housing Industry Australia Queensland award.Spread over three levels, the home has large covered outdoor areas overlook either the resort-style 18 metre lap pool, protected coastal sand dunes or the ocean and Mudjimba Island. 15 North Shore, Twin WatersThe open-plan living spaces were designed to allow abundant natural light with the use of extensive voids, high ceilings and generous amounts of glass. On the first level the kitchen, dining and living space are set off by a water feature and fireplace and connect to the terrace – and the pool beyond – via bi-fold doors.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoThe kitchen has marble benchtops, an induction cooktop, two-pac cabinetry and a corner pantry, with the level also including a laundry, bedroom with an ensuite, a retreat area and separate access via a timber deck. 15 North Shore, Twin WatersAgent Liz Hope of North Shore Realty Sunshine Coast said the house’s prime location meant potential buyers could be dipping their toes into the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean within minutes.“This beachfront residence also provides easy access to pristine Mudjimba beach, the Maroochy River, coastal walking and bike paths, plus the championship Twin Waters Golf Course is only a short drive away,” Ms Hope said.last_img read more