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HMAS Anzac Keeps Flight Crew Ready for Action

first_img View post tag: Helicopter View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Anzac Keeps Flight Crew Ready for Action Authorities Sailing across the Indian Ocean on its way to Anzac Cove and beyond, the Royal Australian Navy helicopter frigate HMAS Anzac has kept itself busy with daily flying operations using the ship’s embarked AS350BA Squirrel helicopter.The flying operations have been a good opportunity to consolidate the skills of the flight crew; the ship’s embarked flight team and a range of crew members who are involved in the daily flying operations.Anzac’s Flight Commander, Lieutenant Commander Nick Plenty, is overseeing the program to ensure that the ship can maximise the value of the Squirrel – a light utility and training aircraft from 723 Squadron.Throughout our deployment on NORTHERN TRIDENT 2015, the embarked flight will be used for a range of activities, including personnel and materiel transport, search and rescue, and mission support operations.The range of training operations undertaken has included deck landing practices, navigation sorties, and utility exercises such as vertical replenishments and passenger transfer operations over both the ship’s flight deck and forecastle.HMAS Anzac is currently deployed on NORTHERN TRIDENT 2015 during which it will participate in the Centenary of ANZAC commemorations in April, followed by a series of important international engagements.[mappress mapid=”15646″]Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Asia-Pacific HMAS Anzac Keeps Flight Crew Ready for Action April 13, 2015center_img View post tag: HMAS Anzac View post tag: Naval View post tag: Flight Crew Share this article View post tag: Squirrel View post tag: Navylast_img read more

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Pre-colonial Mexican manuscript co-discovered by Oxford scholars

first_imgUsing cutting-edge technology, researchers from the University of Oxford and the Netherlands have uncovered a Mexican codex which has been hidden beneath a layer of plaster and chalk since the 16th century. The codex was concealed on the back of a later manuscript known as the Codex Selden, which dates from around 1560, kept in the Bodleian Library.Codex Seden is one of less than 20 manuscripts made before the European conquest of the Americas still in existence. These scripts use codes of pictures and symbols in bright colors to recount the history of ancient cities, wars and genealogies of dynasties. According to Oxford University, this is the first time an early Mexican codex has been proven to be a palimpsest, or an older document which has been covered up and reused, obscuring the original.Ludo Snijders from Leiden University, who conducted the research with David Howell from the Bodleian Libraries said, “After four or five years of trying different techniques, we’ve been able to reveal an abundance of images without damaging this extremely vulnerable item. We can confirm that Codex Selden is indeed a palimpsest”.“What’s interesting is that the text we’ve found doesn’t match that of other early Mixtec manuscripts. The genealogy we see appears to be unique, which means it may prove invaluable for the interpretation of archaeological remains from southern Mexico.”Although archeology scholars had long expected Codex Selden is a palimpsest, until very recently no technique has managed to unveil the covered manuscript in a non-invasive way. The manuscript underwent invasive tests in the 1950s when a back page was scraped back, uncovering clues that an earlier codex could lie beneath. However, ancient Mexican scrolls used organic paints to create the vibrant manuscript images, and these paints do not absorb x-rays, which meant the widely used x-ray analysis was ineffective on this artefact.This time, scientists used ‘hyperspectral imaging’ to reveal the pictures that lay beneath, publishing their findings in the Journal of Archaeological Sciences. The hyperspectral imaging scanner was acquired two years ago when the Bodleian Libraries and Classics Faculty made a bid to the University’s Fell Fund.Oxford classicist Dr Charles Crowther says use of the new scanner will benefit numerous humanities departments across Oxford University, allowing them to analyse previously inaccessible artifacts. He said, “Hyperspectral Imaging (HsI) is certainly the most exciting development in this field in that time. Its application to manuscripts in Oxford collections, whether carbonised Herculaneum papyri, parchment Achaemenid letters, or erased marginalia in the First Folio, has the potential to resolve details that previously have been unattainable and to bring to light significant new texts.”The Bodlian Library is in possession of four other pre-colonial Mesoamerican codices: Codex Laud, Codex Bodley, Codex Mendoza and the Selden Roll, named after their former European owners.last_img read more

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Stand and Deliver: Celebrating OCBP’s Famous Perches

first_imgBy Tim Kelly Consider, if you will, the Ocean City Beach Patrol’s lifeguard stand. Never has such a well-known O.C. symbol been so little understood.The white wooden stands with the distinctive blue trim and red lettering are unique to South Jersey’s beach communities, and functionally more useful to the professional men and women who patrol the resort’s 40 guarded beaches. More than that, they are some of the most photographed and romanticized symbols of Ocean City. By day, people snap photos of the stands, which are numbered or named with the corresponding street designation, often with an OCBP boat visible in the background.  After the guards move the stands beyond high tide’s reach and leave their posts in late afternoon, kids play on them and sometimes get into routine mischief. Couples snuggle in them. At daybreak, people sit in them to watch the sunrise. Images of the lifeguard stands are even depicted on Christmas ornaments.Search the internet and you won’t find much documented history about the lifeguard stands, despite being an O.C. tradition for 99 summers now.What you will find are items for sale, including replicas of all sizes, tree ornaments, refrigerator magnets, beach towels, coffee mugs, post cards, art prints, calendars and all other manner of OCBP lifeguard stand kitsch.  We’re told that tiny wooden depictions of the stands even dangle from women’s earrings, although that one hasn’t yet been confirmed. So what’s the big deal about some wooden lifeguard stands?  “Jack Jernee, Beach Patrol captain from 1920 to 1942, designed them,” local historian Fred Miller said. “Here was a man who was clearly ahead of his time.”Jernee was a World War I (Coast Guard) and World War II (Navy) veteran who changed the name of the former Ocean City Lifeguards to the Beach Patrol. Wanting his guards to have all the best equipment, he was responsible for many other innovations still in use today.George Becker Sr., in a possibly staged photo, demonstrates leaping into action from a lifeguard stand around 1925. (Photo courtesy of Bob’s Oceanfront Restaurant)Jernee thought outside the box of the open lifeguard chair with attached umbrella, which remains the standard guard station in most area beach communities. Instead, he created his own box of sorts, a wooden design about 10 feet high and four feet wide.  He attached a “roof” to the structure, which gave the stands several advantages over the old chair design.The roof tilts down at a slight angle to the back side to facilitate water drainage. For a time there was a rail along the back side to prevent beach chairs from sliding off. When a few falls resulted anyway, guards were told no more beach chairs up top.“The roof was really all about sun protection. At that time, people didn’t think much about sun protection, but (Jernee) did,” said Miller, an OCBP alum, longtime lieutenant, Beach Patrol historian and author. “He encouraged the guards to use suntan lotion (sunscreens and SPF ratings were still a half century in the future) and to protect themselves from the sun as much as possible.”“Very little was known about the dangers of long-term exposure to the sun, but Jack seemed to have a sense of it,” Miller added.The roof also enabled the guards to stand atop their perch for a better view of their surroundings.“Put that stand at the water’s edge and stand up on that roof and you can really see a lot, especially on a crowded beach day,” Miller said. The innovative design allows lifeguards to stand on top of the roof for a clear view of swimmers.Jernee is credited with designing the distinctive color scheme of the stands, as well as the OCBP’s uniforms. “He was one of the most patriotic people in town, at a very patriotic time in this country,” Miller said. “That’s why he painted the stands red, white and blue, and why he dressed the guards in those colors.”In case there was any doubt of his reverence for Old Glory, Jernee also began the traditional Boardwalk flag-raising ceremonies, still held daily in-season since 1940.The guard stands have remained largely unchanged in construction or design since they first appeared on O.C. beaches. The side walls of the stands were much higher in the first few years, and then cut down to improve visibility. “Since the 1930s, the stands are virtually unchanged,” Miller noted. “The Beach Patrol has been bound more than many other institutions to tradition. Having said that, they’re traditions because they’ve served us so well.”In this vintage photo, a lifeguard is ready to make a rescue if needed. (Photo courtesy of OCBP Alumni and Friends Facebook page)Schuylar Rockey concurs. Rockey, a 10-year OCBP vet who was on the 14th Street beach Friday with partner Carley Rossiter, a second-year member and one of 20 female lifeguards, said he was a fan of the guard stands.“I like how the seat adjusts,” he said of the plank inside the stand, which slides back and forth for optimal seating comfort.Rockey also approves of how guards can stow their gear conveniently under the bench and spring into action quickly on a rescue.Nobody seems to know for sure how much the stands weigh, though. “They’re pretty heavy,” Miller said, “yet not too heavy.”Rockey and Rossiter work together to keep the stands where they need to be as the beach day moves along.“The tides in Ocean City move a lot, so we have to move the stands and the boats around,” Rockey said.Using teamwork and their legs for leverage lifting the stands, it’s no problem, he explained.  Schuylar Rockey, a 10-year veteran OCBP member, with second-year lifeguard Carley Rossiter at 14th Street.The stands are a purely Ocean City product. Built in the town’s boathouse, where the Beach Patrol lifeboats are also cared for, they are repaired and kept on the beach for many years of service. Although no city employees were available when we visited recently, a row of six stands were awaiting repairs.Miller wasn’t certain what types of wood were used in the stands’ construction, but he noted that they were built the same way each time.  “They are made using a pattern,” he said. “At any time during the season, there are 40 of them in service.”We quizzed some random beachgoers, who easily recited the beach rule reminders painted in red on the lifeguard stands: “WATCH YOUR CHILREN” on the back and sides of the roof and “NO BALL PLAYING” and “NO DOGS ON BEACH” stenciled on the back panel.Some of the do’s and don’ts of beach etiquette are listed on this stand.A famous admonition formerly appeared under the side panels: “NO TALKING TO GUARDS,” it said in fancy red lettering. Nobody seems quite sure when those words disappeared, though some say it was in the 1980s.“That’s one of my pet peeves,” Miller said ruefully. “Years ago, the lettering was beautifully hand-painted by (a professional sign painter).”He conceded this was one aspect of the OCBP lifeguard stand tradition in which it was sensible for economy to prevail over aesthetics.“Most people don’t remember when they were painted like that, and our stands are still the nicest looking and most useful to the guards of any around here,” he said. “They still look great.”And what of the disappearance of the “No talking to guards” rule?“That was really more of a suggestion and a reminder to the guards to cut the flirting down to a minimum,” Miller said, chuckling.Scott Campion, circa 1975, sitting in one of the old stands that included the “No Talking to Guards” refrain. He later became a lifeguard. (Photo courtesy of Scott Campion) Ocean City’s iconic red, white and blue lifeguard stands will return for Memorial Day weekend.last_img read more

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