HMS King Alfred Reservists Attend Shipping Festival in Winchester

first_img View post tag: HMS View post tag: Reservists Authorities Proud Naval Reservists from HMS King Alfred, Portsmouth’s Royal Navy Reserve Unit represented the Senior Service on 13 June by leading the Colour Party bearing the White Ensign into Winchester’s Shipping Festival.Chief Petty Officer Ken Turley, Petty Officer Ian Lane and Leading Hand Miranda Cracknell-Burt led an impressive, colourful array of Ensigns and Standards into the ancient flower-filled cathedral for the annual service of dedication which celebrates and gives thanks to God for the continuing prosperity of the shipping industry and the safety of seafarers.The Festival’s organisers, Southampton Master Mariners Club were delighted to welcome HRH The Princess Royal to the Winchester cathedral’s special seafarer’s service.A keen and accomplished sailor The Princess Royal supports numerous maritime organisations.She is a Master of Trinity House, Patron of the Missions to Seafarers and recently agreed to become a Stowaway of the Master Mariners club based in Southampton.Commanding Officer of HMS King Alfred, Commander Anthony Stickland RD RNR was present at the Service accompanied by the RNR unit’s Chaplain, Reverend Bernard Clarke.Cdr Stickland said:“With the cathedral looking magnificent, bedecked with flowers, the numerous Standard bearers made a wonderful sight, I was very proud that HMS King Alfred’s Naval Reservists were bearing the White Ensign on behalf of the entire Naval Service.“Winchester has a deep history associated with the Saxon King Alfred so it is entirely appropriate that HMS King Alfred was there to support this important dedication in Winchester, the ancient capital city of England and county town of Hampshire.”Two other members of the Royal Naval Reserve were also present, Captain Nigel Bassett and Lt Cdr Andrew Robinson but on this occasion not wearing the Senior Service’s uniform.Lt Cdr Robinson wore his ceremonial robes as the Chief Executive of the Diocese of Winchester while Captain Nigel Bassett was also present in his civilian capacity as a Master Mariner and Senior Marine Pilot in Southampton Port.The Princess Royal read the lesson at the cathedral while the Evening Service of Dedication was conducted by the Bishop of Southampton, the Right Reverend Jonathan Frost by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter of Winchester.Also on parade were the Red and Blue Ensigns of the Merchant Navy, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, HM Coastguard, and Army Ensign worn by Her Majesty’s Army vessels.The National Ensigns were received by The Very Reverend James Atwell Dean of Winchester.The Royal Naval Association, the Association of WRNS, the Royal Marines Association and Merchant Navy Association carried their Standards.Cadets from the Southampton, Winchester and Portsmouth units of the Sea Cadets Corps carried the flags of the Mission to Seafarers, the Apostleship of the Sea and the Sailors Society.They also carried flags of Shipping companies and organisations associated with Southampton.[mappress]Press Release, June 17, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Defence Share this article View post tag: europe June 17, 2013 View post tag: UK View post tag: Winchester View post tag: Kingcenter_img View post tag: Alfred View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: SHIPPING Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS King Alfred Reservists Attend Shipping Festival in Winchester View post tag: attend View post tag: News by topic HMS King Alfred Reservists Attend Shipping Festival in Winchester View post tag: FESTIVALlast_img read more

Jazz at Harvard

first_imgHarvard sophomore Andrew Kennard discusses his love of jazz and his experience mentoring students at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, preparing with them for the arrival of Wynton Marsalis at Harvard.last_img

Georgia’s Grape Industry

first_imgGeorgia’s grape industry, once dormant, is now thriving, according to Phillip Brannen, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension fruit plant pathologist. Growing potential for prosperity in the wine industry will require that farmers stay vigilant about certain diseases, like Pierce’s disease, that could negatively impact production.“Pierce’s disease is the major disease to limit European grapes in Georgia. It is caused by a bacterium that is transmitted by numerous sharpshooter insects, such as the glassy-winged sharpshooter. It clogs the grape xylem, cutting off nutrient and water flow,” Brannen said.Once infected with Pierce’s disease, vines die within one to two years. Because of Georgia’s warm climate, European grape varieties like merlot and chardonnay can only be grown in the foothills of the north Georgia mountains, according to Brannen. Colder temperatures reduce the number of insects present as well as bacterial numbers in the plant.Muscadines are generally resistant to Pierce’s disease, while ‘Norton’ and hybrid cultivars vary in resistance.Other diseases that grape producers need to watch for vary depending on the grape species. Georgia wine comes from grapes of European descent (Vitis vinifera), muscadines (Vitis rotundifolia), and the ‘Norton’ (derived from Vitis aestivalis) and hybrid cultivars. Producers worry most about powdery and downy mildews and various rots, like black rot, bitter rot, ripe rot and sour rot, Brannen said.Powdery mildew can infect all green vine parts and produces a white, powdery growth. Early sprays are required for control, Brannen said.Downy mildew attacks all of the green parts of the vine, but the leaves are extremely susceptible. The infected leaves drop, resulting in reduced sugars in the fruit and a decreased hardiness in overwintering buds. While leaf loss may affect the current season’s crop, it may also impact next year’s crop by retarding the maturation of canes and decreasing stored food reserves. This may kill the plant. Muscadines do not contract downy mildew.Brannen emphasizes that any practice that promotes good drying conditions, such as proper pruning, vineyard aspect and weed control, should reduce downy mildew pressure.One of the most destructive grape diseases in Georgia is black rot. Black rot will wipe out all of the crop as it spreads to new green growth in the spring. Growers of European and American bunch grapes should be especially wary of this disease.“Like any other fruit, grapes can be impacted by diseases if they’re not managed correctly. Georgia farmers need to be mindful of what these diseases are and what chemical treatments are appropriate,” Brannen said.Brannen also stresses the importance of nematode control. Nematodes are microscopic worms that feed on roots of plants and stunt plants’ growth. In grapevines, nematodes can infest the roots and inflict direct damage, increase fungal invasions on damaged roots and spread viruses. European grapes require nematode-resistant rootstocks.In addition, Brannen suggests preplant fumigation, which may be necessary if nematode populations are high. Farmers are advised to sample for nematodes prior to planting in order to understand how significant a problem nematodes are in their vineyards.Brannen recommends that growers purchase certified rootstock to combat certain grape diseases. If plants have been certified, then they have been officially declared free of viruses and crown gall bacteria, both of which decimate grape production in a vineyard. Crown gall bacteria can develop on trunks and canes that have been wounded by subfreezing temperatures. The plant cells active in healing the wound are susceptible to an infection.Once wiped out by Prohibition, Georgia’s wine industry is now thriving throughout Georgia, Brannen said. Essentially, there were no wine grapes in Georgia from Prohibition until the late 1970s, but that has changed in recent years.“The combination of locally grown (crops) and agritourism makes Georgia wine grape production a viable industry for the future,” Brannen said. “Though most wineries are in north Georgia, wineries are opening up throughout the state.”According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, the farm gate value for grapes in 2015 was more than $8.9 million.last_img read more

Group classes crucial for staying fit in college

first_imgUSC provides a variety of group exercise classes, which are imperative to staying fit in college, according to a new study.In shape · Pamela Crawford, a master trainer, instructed Shayna Turk, a sophomore majoring in psychology. Group classes are key to remaining fit. – Jennifer Schultz | Daily TrojanThe top motivator for college students to work out is having educated professionals at their universities’ fitness centers to teach group classes such as yoga, aerobics and Zumba, according to an American College of Sports Medicine survey of the top fitness trends for 2012 published in the November issue of Health & Fitness Journal.Leora Mitzner, a student teacher and yoga instructor at the Lyon Center, said it is easier for students to commit to a weekly group exercise class than to work out alone.“When students attend a group class, it becomes part of their schedule like their academic classes, and so they’re much less likely to skip out when school gets stressful,” Mitzner said. “Although the attendance for my classes still dwindles around midterms, I’ve found that the few who stay committed have the best experience at these times. One student told me that my morning yoga class was the one thing that got him through the day.”Melissa Rocque, a senior majoring in international relations (global business), said she has been attending spin, yoga and Pilates classes regularly since she was a freshman.“It’s more motivating when you’re in a group of people because it increases the competitive drive,” Rocque said. “If I’m spinning by myself it’s easy to slack off, but it’s much more motivating when you see a group of people working hard around you.”She said this keeps her motivated to go to the gym during midterms.“As a student, you get busy as classes and activities happen,” Rocque said. “It’s really nice to have your workout be a kind of social thing when you have all those other things going on.”Sarah Francis, a senior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention studies and public health, said blocking out specific times to work out and having motivating instructors makes group workouts useful.“You’re guaranteed to work out for a certain amount of time, whether it’s 45 minutes or an hour, so it makes you work out longer than if you just came on your own,” Francis said. “It’s a better workout because you have instructors pushing you; it’s a longer workout and it’s more fun because you can bring friends and make it more social.”Some students, however, said they prefer to work out by themselves. Chris Zao, a graduate student studying computer science engineering, said he only has time to work out late in the day.“I work out at 11 p.m., when there are no group classes being held at the Lyon Center,” Zao said. “Because of my busy schedule as a graduate student, working out at night four times a week is the only time I get.”Daniel Heller, a yoga teacher at Lyon Center and USC web services staff member, said students do not have to neglect their bodies if they do not have time to work out.“Study and meditation over a prolonged period of time are what yoga was invented for,” Heller said. “I’d tell busy students to try holding simple or restorative yoga poses while studying, if you aren’t too self-conscious or confined to a library.”Certain poses might also help students stay awake, Heller said.“If you’re exhausted and have to finish a reading assignment, lie down on your back with legs vertical and feet flexed, holding your book above your eyes,” Heller said. “You can’t fall asleep without dropping a book on your head, and after a few minutes you and all your abdominals will be awake.”last_img read more