UK: Lynx Wildcat Maritime Force Undergoes Transition

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Undergoes View post tag: Lynx View post tag: europe View post tag: Force View post tag: Wildcat View post tag: Transition May 27, 2014 The Lynx Wildcat Maritime Force (LWMF) at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton is already deep into this transition, successfully introducing the Wildcat Helicopter Maritime Attack (HMA) Mk2 into service, and from 31 March 2017 when the Lynx Mk8 goes out of service, will become the Maritime Wildcat Force.On 1 August 2014 LWMF, consisting of 815 Naval Air Squadron (NAS), 702 NAS and 700W NAS will become 2 front line squadrons, similar in size but each with a unique focus.815 NAS will become the sole Lynx Squadron, and a new Wildcat Squadron, 825 NAS will form with the unification of 702 NAS and 700W NAS.Lynx aircraft from 815 NAS will continue to operate, supporting the front line to deliver Flights and remain at Very High Readiness for Maritime Counter Terrorism (MCT) until the aircraft goes out of service on 31 March 2017. The Squadron will start its conversion from Lynx to Wildcat during the latter part of 2015. Once fully converted to Wildcat, 815 will consist of 12 single-manned Flights at readiness for deployed operations worldwide and 2 double-manned MCT Flights at very high readiness in the UK.The commissioning of 825 NAS in September 2014 will be the merger of 702 NAS and 700W NAS and will operate the first 4 Wildcat Flights to convert and deploy to sea on either a Type 45 Destroyer or Type 23 Frigate. It will deliver training to Lynx qualified and new aircrew on the Wildcat along with Air Engineers and will be responsible for continuing Wildcat Tactical Development, identifying and understanding the significant potential of this very capable new aircraft.Captain Kevin Fleming, Commanding Officer of LWMF said: “These are exciting times for the Lynx Wildcat Maritime Force, developing the brand new Wildcat whilst delivering the Lynx to the Front Line and not without its challenges. The Force has worked extremely hard to ensure that transition from Lynx to Wildcat is managed smoothly whilst maintaining support to Operations as routine business.”Captain Fleming added, “Over the past 35 years or so we and our predecessors have delivered huge operational success in the Lynx worldwide; I am certain with our continued positive engagement and professional focus, we will put the Maritime Wildcat Force firmly on track to delivering similar and even greater operational achievements for very many years to come.”[mappress]Press Release, May 27, 2014; Image: Royal Navycenter_img Authorities View post tag: Naval View post tag: Maritime Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Lynx Wildcat Maritime Force Undergoes Transition UK: Lynx Wildcat Maritime Force Undergoes Transition The Fleet Air Arm is undergoing a vast programme of transition as all front line aircraft are replaced over the coming years. Share this articlelast_img read more

Strong showing for musicals with A.R.T. ties

first_imgTwo Broadway shows with origins at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) cleaned up at the Tony Awards on Sunday night. “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” and “Once” took home 10 awards in total, including the prizes for best musical revival and best musical, respectively.“This was an extraordinary night for the A.R.T. and for the activity of the arts at Harvard,” said Diane Paulus, the theater’s artistic director, who developed and directed the “Porgy” adaptation last fall in the lead-up to its Broadway debut in January.“Porgy,” which was nominated in 10 categories, also scored a best actress award for Audra McDonald’s wrenching performance as Bess in the classic American opera. “Once” — which was developed at the A.R.T. last year by John Tiffany, a 2010-11 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study — took home a whopping eight awards of the 11 for which it was nominated, including best direction for Tiffany and best sound design of a musical for Clive Goodwin, resident sound designer and engineer at the A.R.T.The awards were an affirmation of the A.R.T.’s work and “the kind of dialogue we provoke,” Paulus said, perhaps both in spite of and because of the experimental theater’s distance from Broadway. The adaptation of “Porgy” was “so informed by our relationship with Harvard — everything from the course I taught with Professor Marjorie Garber to the Harvard student interns who worked all summer on the show when we were mounting it in Cambridge,” Paulus said. “This recognition is just a great moment for the A.R.T. and for Harvard and for the Boston audience.”Indeed, “Porgy” producer Jeffrey Richards gave a shout-out to the adaptation’s Cambridge roots in his acceptance speech for best musical revival.“We want to thank the Gershwin estates, who gave permission for us to do this show and permission to bring ‘Porgy and Bess’ into the 21st century,” Richards said. “We did that because of a visionary director, Diane Paulus, who gave us a great home to incubate this show at the American Repertory Theater — that’s A.R.T., at Harvard.”The opera beat a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies” for the award, an ironic touch given Sondheim’s early criticism of the A.R.T.’s adaptation of “Porgy and Bess” (which, though he had not yet seen it, he dubbed too radical). Paulus insisted she didn’t dwell on the competition.“Being nominated is the greatest honor, and part of that honor is the company you’re in,” said Paulus, who was also nominated for best direction of a musical alongside her colleague, Tiffany. “When we won [for best] revival, it was just an emotional relief for the production and an amazing moment for our story.”“Once,” Tiffany’s directorial debut on Broadway, was another against-the-odds success at the awards. The show is based on a low-budget 2006 Irish film. Though its quiet story of two musicians’ romance made it an Academy Award-winning fan favorite, it wasn’t exactly obvious material for a big-budget Broadway production.But the play, which workshopped at the A.R.T. last fall, won more Tony Awards than any other this year, including prizes for best actor in a musical (Steve Kazee), best scenic design of a musical (Bob Crowley), best book of a musical (Enda Walsh), best orchestration of a musical (Martin Lowe), and best lighting design of a musical (Natasha Katz).The production also provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Goodwin, who took on his routine sound duties at the A.R.T. for “Once” during its unannounced two-week run at Oberon.“I loved the show so much, and they liked me enough to want to keep me on and take me with them to the next stages,” said Goodwin, who had never before worked on Broadway. Tiffany was receptive to Goodwin’s ideas for a production that looked and sounded “as natural as possible,” with carefully hidden headset mics and speakers.“He steers everybody so gently, so beautifully, that it gets the best out of people without any difficulties, without any stress,” Goodwin said of the director. “The show is something to be proud of, and I’m immensely proud of my small part in it.”Tiffany (along with some members of his Tony-winning design team) will return to the A.R.T. next season to helm Tennessee Williams’ classic drama “The Glass Menagerie,” which opens next Feb. 2. Though the British director was already known for his work with the experimental National Theatre of Scotland, Paulus admits she was lucky to lure him to Harvard before “Once” put his name in lights.“We were talking pretty early on about what John might want to do if he came back” to the A.R.T., Paulus said. “I asked him, ‘What’s your dream project?’ and he said ‘Glass Menagerie,’ and I said, ‘Let’s do it.’ It’s exciting to have an artist of his caliber coming back next year.”last_img read more

Falling costs and strong returns prompt KLP price cut

first_imgNorway’s municipal pensions provider KLP is to cut prices for its customers amid looming changes to its competitive environment.The premium reductions follow a strong investment return recorded in the first quarter of the year. KLP’s investments added NOK2.2bn (€226m) to its portfolio in the first three months of 2019.Sverre Thornes, KLP’s chief executive, said: “The return on our customers’ pension funds is well above the return we have guaranteed, and our costs are low.”He added: “We are finding that low costs and a strong financial position allow us, as a mutual-owned company, to pursue our ambition to reduce prices and hence costs to our customers within public sector occupational pensions.” In the first quarter, the pension fund generated a value-adjusted return of 3.1% and a book return of 1%, which it attributed to strong equity market performance.As a result, KLP’s total group assets rose to NOK699bn at the end of March from NOK676bn at the end of 2018.Reforms take shape Sverre Thornes, chief executive, KLPThe provider has held a near-monopoly in the local authority pensions market in Norway since 2012 but is set to have more competitors as the country reduces its tally of municipalities.The reform means that some of the new, larger local authorities will be able to expand independent pension schemes and therefore have less need for KLP’s services.In addition, the advent of a new hybrid pension scheme for public sector workers in Norway, to replace existing defined benefit models, could also increase competition from other providers.Storebrand and DNB announced in February that they intended to re-enter the municipal sector following the implementation of the reforms in January 2020.The funds previously managed a third of the market’s pensions, before quitting back in 2012, leaving KLP largely unchallenged.However, KLP said today that the ongoing reform efforts had not affected its growth.The firm also emphasised the importance of equalising pension premiums regardless of age or gender. Trade unions and employers have agreed that KLP should continue to build on this principle, ahead of a debate on the subject in the Norwegian parliament.“This is an important point to make clear before the changes in public sector occupational pensions take effect from 1 January 2020,” KLP’s Thornes said.last_img read more

Betty Sue Ison

first_imgBetty Sue Ison 78, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Sunday September 2, 2018 in Ft. Thomas , Kentucky.She was born April 8, 1940 in Whitesburg, KY, daughter of the late William Henry Hamilton and Oma (Back) Hamilton.She worked at Thatcher Glass MFG, for many years.She was a member of Thatcher Glass Retiree Club. Betty Loved to read the newspaper and be on face book. She loved to spend time with her family and especially enjoyed the grandchildren.Betty is survived by her loving spouse of almost 60 years Doyle Ison, sons, William Michael (Rhonda) Ison of Moores Hill, IN,and John Randall (Sheryl) Ison of Milan, IN; siblings, Billy (Gay) Hamilton of Republic, OH, Bessie Hamilton Shepherd of Whitesburg, KY, Bonnie (Jimmy) Salyers of Bel Alton, MD; grandchildren, Travis Ison, Tyler (Shana) Ison, Jenna Ison, Ryan (Courtney) Ison & Adam Ison; great-grandson, Parker May.She was preceded in death by father, William Henry Hamilton, mother, Oma Hamilton, and sister, Bobbie Jo Brown.Friends will be received Thursday, September 6, 2018, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home, at 2:00 pm, following visitation, with Pastor Charles Miller officiating.Interment will follow in the Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

TENNIS: Venus too strong for Radwanska once again

first_imgVenus Williams recovered from a mid-match wobble to defeat Agnieszka Radwanska in Thursday’s quarterfinals at the Qatar Total Open.Last month, Williams provided a timely reminder of what she I capable of at tennis’ showpiece events when she knocked out Radwanska in the last 16 of the Australian Open. And she proved this was no flash in the pan by prevailing in a see-saw battle at the Khalifa Tennis Complex, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.After sharing the first two sets, Williams surged ahead in the decider and, despite and 11th hour rally from the Pole, served out the match at the second time of asking, wrapping up victory with another thumping forehand down the line.”Our last match was three sets and it felt like as soon as I thought I was going to win at 5-1, she hit nothing but winners. It was a challenge and I’m glad to have gotten through,” Williams said. “I think she played even better than that match in Australia and she made it a challenge.”Williams is expecting another challenge in the last four, where she will face either Victoria Azarenka orCaroline Wozniacki.”Every match has been three sets, so it’s been really challenging – no one gives you a point, you have to fight, fight, fight for each point and I guess it’ll be more of that tomorrow,” Williams added.last_img read more