USS Blue Ridge changes command

first_img March 30, 2016 View post tag: US Navy Authorities USS Blue Ridge changes command View post tag: USS Blue Ridge U.S. Navy ship Blue Ridge changed command during a port visit to Sri Lanka on March 29.Captain Matthew Paradise relieved Captain Kyle P. Higgins as commanding officer of the Command-class ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19).Higgins served as commanding officer for over 14 months, leading the ship and crew through two patrol cycles, one including the rescue of five stranded Filipino fisherman and several inspections and awards with the ship being awarded the Battle “E” Efficiency Award for the second year in a row.Blue Ridge commanding officer Matthew Paradise said: “It is obvious that I’m stepping into a terrific command. That is a true testament to the men and women of Blue Ridge, but it’s also a testament to its commanding officer. Thank you for leaving me such a great legacy. I’ll make you proud and build on it.”The ship is currently on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations, strengthening and fostering relationships in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.Senior military leaders from U.S. 7th Fleet and Sri Lanka Navy and Air Force on May 29 met to discuss operational topics aboard the fleet’s flagship.Sixteen officials from Sri Lanka Navy and Air Force attended the bilateral meeting hosted by 7th Fleet, designed to share knowledge and discuss lessons learned within the Indo-Asia-Pacific.There were also discussions about potential bilateral training between the U.S. and Sri Lanka during Pacific Partnership, a joint effort between the United States, foreign militaries, and other organizations to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian and civic assistance, as well as veterinary, medical, dental and civil engineering support. Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Blue Ridge changes command View post tag: Sri Lanka Share this articlelast_img read more

Five Minutes With… Tom Campion

first_imgAs a ‘New Writer’ in Oxford, what do you feel are the obligations of the modern playwright?Obligations…I think the obvious ones are firstly to entertain and secondly through entertaining bring the audience into contact with ideas and viewpoints that they wouldn’t necessarily have considered otherwise. The way theatre is now, it’s never going to change the world, but it can act in more subtle ways, and I believe it’s about presenting ideas and getting them into the public eye, getting the audience to consider them, rather than simply hammering home one point of view. I’m not sure I’ve fulfilled either of them yet. But I’m trying.Which pieces of New Writing have you particularly enjoyed this year?There are a number of writers I admire. I think the my highlight was Kathryn Rickson’s Bare Feet on a Cold Floor, which was the most assured piece of student writing I think I’ve ever seen, and the best thing to grace the Moser. I really enjoyed the 24 hour plays last week, it was fascinating to see what people came up with. Ben Arnold is definitely a writer to watch – he’s got a unique style and some great ideas. And Tom Crawshaw’s NWF winner was great fun, too.Are you working on anything at the moment?I’m working on a couple of things – I’ve got a show going up to Edinburgh called I’m a Lab Rat, Get Me Out of Here! and a play hopefully on next term which is a little darker called Knuckles in her Heart, both of which I’m really looking forward to. Should we move on from the Past Masters?It’ll always depend on what the audience wants to see. I personally want to see new ideas and interesting takes on old conflicts. If that’s done through reinterpreting classics or through brand new plays then so be it. I like watching new plays because it’s like meeting new people – it’s exciting, it can lead to more than what it starts as and it’s always got the potential to make you feel something completely different.What place should New Writing take in the future of the theatre? ‘New Writing’ seems like a rather grand title. Obviously people will continue to write plays, and some of them will have the potential to define an era or capture a moment in history. I think writing is becoming more and more accessible, so hopefully we’ll see a bigger diversity of playwrights and new plays – it’s all about expanding the horizons of the audience (without them noticing, because then they usually get scared and run away).last_img read more

Welcome to the Post-Big Data Era

first_imgSeveral years ago the industry coined the phrase “big data” and we discussed what this new term meant for Dell EMC. We framed our thought process using the three Vs: velocity, volume, and variety. Taming the three Vs meant significant business insights and dramatically improved financial results for our customers.But looking back, it hasn’t worked out quite that way. We are now living in a post-big data era where we are dealing with an increased compute capacity and massive data sets.Over the years data took the steering wheel while compute sat in the back seat. What has been missing over the last few years (as John Roese points out in his 2018 predictions blog) is the reality of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Our massive data sets are being processed by new systems that not only need to learn and reason with huge data sets, but also need to do that in a quick and reliable way at the speed of business.Extracting the expected insights and business value from all of that data is a challenge – and an opportunity – for organizations. John Roese mentions that Big Data will become Big Intelligence; we need to embrace “Data Valuation with Big Intelligence”. We’ve moved beyond simply Big Data.Why Data Valuation?“Data”: the Dell EMC journey continues to feature the handling of mission-critical data in all its forms, from mission-critical databases to unstructured data stores.“Valuation”: the process of calculating or reasoning about data’s value is a matter of computing intensity.To process this critical business information in the age of data valuation we are going to need to process data differently. This requires the combination of storage and compute innovation. It’s a good thing we’ve already been at this for a few years!In 2014, Dell EMC launched a data valuation research partnership with Dr. Jim Short of the San Diego Supercomputer Center. Our research findings, published last year in MIT’s Sloan Management Review, highlight billion-dollar data valuation examples:The most valuable asset in Caesar’s Palace bankruptcy filing is the Total Rewards Customer Loyalty database. It has been valued at one billion dollars by creditors.LinkedIn’s acquisition of was mainly a data valuation exercise that also exceeded one billion dollars.Tesco placed an internal valuation of over one billion dollars on their Dunnhumby data asset, which contained the shopping habits of some 770 million shoppers (Kroger purchased the data for less than one billion).The key to performing this type of data valuation will be to continually reason and value data at speed.The “brains” of the IT infrastructure will evolve to quickly and efficiently recognize, analyze and label data, know what data goes where, identify how it needs to be stored and accessed in the future, and decide where it needs to live specifically. – John RoeseData valuation will require the combination of multiple forms of data: legacy mission-critical data, recently-collected Big Data, and emerging forms of IoT data. Combining all three types of data together is crucial: they each represent evolving patterns of business activity over time. John Roese explains the transition from mission critical to Big Data (second wave) to IoT:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.All three types of data must exist in a way that enables compute-intensive valuation. This valuation must extend from the cloud to the edge, and in future years to gateway devices.The “Age of Data Valuation” will also require additional innovations in the areas of data trust (e.g., blockchain) and data visualization (e.g., AR/VR).In future posts, I will expand on these technologies and their relation to data valuation.last_img read more

Oilfield services company Schlumberger reports huge third quarter loss

first_imgOilfield services company Schlumberger reports huge third quarter loss FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Houston Chronicle:Schlumberger, the world’s largest oilfield service company, reported steep losses in the third quarter after writing down the value of two previous acquisitions and its North American shale business by billions of dollars.Schlumberger said it lost $11.4 billion in the three-month period ending in September, compared to a $659 million profit during the same period a year earlier. Third quarter revenues rose to $8.54 billion from $8.5 billion in the third quarter of 2018.The third quarter loss was more than double the combined $5.6 billion of profits that Schlumberger earned during the previous 12 quarters. The company, which is headquartered in Paris but has its principal offices in Houston, blamed the loss on $12.7 billion of pretax charges.More than $8.8 billion of those charges were attributed to write downs in the value of business units formed by the 2010 acquisition of Houston oilfield service company Smith International and 2016 acquisition of Houston offshore service company Cameron International. Executives attributed another $1.6 billion in losses to write downs in value for company’s North American hydraulic fracturing business, which has suffered from weaker demand amid lower crude oil businesses and tightening customer budgets.Despite those write downs, Schlumberger beat Wall Street expectations for revenue and generated $1.7 billion of cash flow from operations during the third quarter, which executives said makes the company look strong moving forward.Bill Herbert, head of energy research for the Houston investment banking firms Simmons Energy, was not as dismissive of the writedowns, calling it a “muddled quarter” for Schlumberger. “The asset write-downs today spoke about the misallocation of capital over the last 10 years,” Herbert said. “Anyone who engaged in acquisitions over the last five to 10 years overpaid. And that’s not just overpaid. They overpaid significantly.”More: Schlumberger’s $11.4 billion loss blamed on two past acquisitions, weakening shale marketlast_img read more

Two arrested in North Vernon after pointing a handgun

first_imgNORTH VERNON, Ind. — Two Indianapolis women were arrested in North Vernon after police received a report that a female was pointing a handgun at another woman in the parking lot of an auto parts store.Police responded to the call, but when they arrived, a witness told them the vehicle with the women left.Police later found the vehicle in the North Vernon Walmart parking lot and located the registered owner, Kore A. Kirk, 20, of Indianapolis.She was found hiding inside the vehicle. While questioning Kirk, a second female, Kenisha D. Jones, 20, of Indianapolis, was found hiding inside the vehicle.The officers noticed a strong odor of marijuana inside the vehicle, and during a search found 175 grams of marijuana in separate packaging, a handgun that was reported stolen, and a digital scale.The also seized $700 in cash, which $110 was counterfeit.Both women were arrested on charges of dealing in marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana.Jones also faces charges of intimidation with a deadly weapon, possession of stolen property, and pointing a firearm.last_img read more