Fleet Air Arm Lynx to Support War on Drugs in Caribbean

first_img View post tag: Navy June 20, 2011 View post tag: air Back to overview,Home naval-today Fleet Air Arm Lynx to Support War on Drugs in Caribbean View post tag: Lynx A Fleet Air Arm Lynx has flown across the Atlantic to support the war on drugs in the Caribbean.Admittedly, it was in the back of a C17 transporter. Had it tried to make it on its own, the little helicopter would have run out of fuel about 120 miles off Land’s End…The Mk8 from 815 Naval Air Squadron spent 11 hours in the back of the giant Boeing jet before being offloaded at NAS Mayport in Florida ready for a seven-month deployment.The Yeovilton-based helicopter will spend the summer and autumn in the Caribbean using tanker RFA Wave Ruler as her launchpad.There she’s taking the fight to drug-runners and will also be on hand, as will the tanker’s ship’s company, should natural disaster strike the many islands in the region during hurricane season.A 12-man team – including two Royal Marine snipers, aircrew, maintainers and controller – has deployed with the helicopter to form 206 Flight.Once embarked on the fleet tanker, the first task was to get through Directed Continuation Training provided by a mobile FOST team who travel the globe to ensure ships on deployment are ready for any eventuality.As well as the standard fire and flood exercises, the Rulers were tested on their ability to cope with a natural disaster, with the US naval air station providing the disaster zone.The Lynx was used extensively to transfer personnel from ship to shore, carry out aerial surveys and carry stores and medical supplies, slung beneath the fuselage.“It was a demanding and challenging exercise, but it also highlights the essential support that the RN, RFA and Fleet Air Arm can provide to hurricane-stricken communities,”said pilot Lt Adam Rudkin.206 Flight’s home for the next seven months is deployed as Britain’s Atlantic Patrol Ship (North) with a dual role to support the international effort to prevent drugs reaching US and Europe from Central and South America and to provide assistance in the event of storms wreaking devastation.RFA Wave Ruler has a full medical team and sick bay, carries 2,000 emergency relief supply packages and can provide around 100 tonnes of fresh water every day should it be required by a community.The tanker has recently been in Kingston, Jamaica to show off what she can offer in the event of a disaster, discuss the counter-narcotics mission with local defence forces and appear on local TV (watched apparently by four out of five Jamaicans).[mappress]Source: royal-navy , June 20, 2011; View post tag: Caribbean Fleet Air Arm Lynx to Support War on Drugs in Caribbean View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Drugs View post tag: Arm Share this article View post tag: Support View post tag: War View post tag: fleetlast_img read more

Branford Marsalis To Join Dead & Company, Jason Bonham To Join Umphrey’s McGee At LOCKN’

first_imgLOCKN’ Festival is going down August 23 – 26, 208 at Infinity Downs & Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA. With headlining performances from Dead & Company (4 sets), Widespread Panic, Tedeschi Trucks Band (2 sets), and Umphrey’s McGee (3 sets), jam band fans from all over are planning to make their way to one of the most exciting music festivals of the summer. Known for their unique tribute sets and out-of-left-field collaborations, LOCKN’ is a place of magic. Now that the official lineup has been unveiled, festival organizers will be revealing special twists over the next couple of months until we land on show day.As such, LOCKN’ Festival has announced that saxophonist Branford Marsalis will sit in with Dead & Company and drummer Jason Bonham will sit in with Umphrey’s McGee for a Led Zeppelin set.This will be the first-ever collaboration between Dead & Company and Marsalis, though the saxophonist has played with the original Grateful Dead five times, along with their various side-projects.As Relix notes,Marsalas first performed with the [Grateful Dead] on 3/29/1990 at Nassau Coliseum. Originally, Marsalis was supposed sit-in for one song, but he meshed with the band so well that he played the entire second set. After that fateful night, Marsalis played with the original band on New Years 1990 as well as 9/10/91, 12/10/93 and 12/16/94. Later in life, he also sat in with The Dead in 2009 and Furthur in 2013.“I still remember fondly my time playing with the Dead in 1990,” Marsalis told Rolling Stone, “and this latest iteration of the Dead aesthetic is filled with great musicians. I look forward to making music with them.”“As I’ve always said, if we’re not having fun, we’re not doing our job,” Bob Weir added. “With Branford, at LOCKN’, I’ll expect we’ll be working overtime.”Watch Branford Marsalis discuss his experience playing with the Grateful Dead in a 1996 TV interview below via YouTube user Josh Daniel:Additionally, Umphrey’s McGee will welcome drummer Jason Bonham during one of their three sets at LOCKN’. Umphrey’s McGee has a long history of playing Led Zeppelin tunes, covering over 15 total tunes several times since 1998, including “Bron-Yr-Aur” (x13), “Fool In The Rain”(x84), “Immigrant Song” (x30), “Kashmir” (x19), “Moby Dick”(x25), “That’s The Way” (x18), “The Song Remains The Same” (x80), and more, according to allthings.umphreys.com, so the collaboration comes as no surprise.According to Relix,Jason Bonham will also break new ground at LOCKN’ 2018, performing with Umphrey’s McGee for the first time. Through his career, Bonham has collaborated with Slash, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck and more. He also played in place of his father—the legendary John Bonham—at the historic Led Zeppelin reunion in December 2007.“[Led Zeppelin is] one of our biggest influences,” guitarist Brendan Bayliss told Rolling Stone. “We technically have three drummers in the band, and I guarantee you that all three would say John Bonham taught them more about rock & roll than any other drummer. Getting the opportunity to play with Jason is another example of Pete [Shapiro] asking, ‘How can we make this place go off?’”As you can see in last week’s teaser video below, guitarist Jake Cinninger is perfecting a few choice covers of the classic English rock band. Get psyched:Two weekends ago, Umphrey’s McGee incorporated “Fool In The Rain” into their rain-soaked closing set at SweetWater 420 Fest in Atlanta, GA, foreshadowing the exciting announcement. Watch a clip of the performance below, courtesy of YouTube user CornBinladen:Umphrey’s McGee – “Fool In The Rain” [Led Zeppelin cover]Catch Branford Marsalis with Dead & Company and Jason Bonham with Umphrey’s McGee only at LOCKN! You can grab your weekend pass now via the LOCKN’ website.last_img read more

The problematic growth of AP testing

first_imgA new book co-edited by a Harvard researcher pulls together a wide range of research on the successes and limitations of the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) program.The studies, said Philip Sadler, the F.W. Wright Senior Lecturer in Astronomy at Harvard, fall far short of consensus on many areas.“AP classes give a lot to the top students, but pouring money into the program and trying to give every student an AP education is not efficient or effective,” says Sadler.As the AP program becomes increasingly widespread in America’s public high schools, the student demographics that it serves have shifted and rapidly expanded. More than 25 percent of public high school seniors graduating last May took at least one AP test.The elite students the program once catered to have been joined by hundreds of thousands of students who may be less prepared for the rigors of AP course work. That means that the number of test-takers who do poorly on AP exams is growing, and some critics have begun to question the effectiveness of the program.Now, in “AP: A Critical Examination of the Advanced Placement Program” (Harvard Education Press, 2010), researchers present the most comprehensive picture yet of who really benefits from the millions spent each year on AP programs across the country.Most of the studies presented in the book focus on AP mathematics and science courses. Sadler is quick to point out the difficulties of conducting research on the program.“We can’t run control groups in ‘placebo’ classes,” he said. “Even with the best statistical tools, there is a large gray area.”Even so, Sadler and his fellow researchers agree that the AP program has expanded to reach the point of diminishing returns. As more students are pushed to take the courses, the number of students enrolled in them without sufficient foundational knowledge increases. Unprepared students do not gain more from an AP course than they would from a standard course, and schools promoting the program often end up funding the unnecessary failure of students who are pushed to take courses for which they are not ready.Sadler stresses that the effectiveness of paying to bring the AP to new districts must be analyzed school by school. One study in the book looks at Philadelphia, where the city has spent millions of dollars bringing the program to all of its public schools. The students passing AP tests, while low-income, overwhelmingly attend schools that use selective admissions. Students of similar income who attend the city’s regional high schools have a failure rate of at least 41 percent.“We found that AP courses can give strong students excellent preparation for college courses, especially if they earn a 5 on the AP exam,” Sadler says. “However, AP course work does not magically bestow advantages on underprepared students who might be better served by a course not aimed at garnering college credit.”last_img read more