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Partner Nation Naval Forces Improve Maritime Security Capacities

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo May 30, 2018 A team of seven naval officers from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and the Argentine Naval Prefecture bolstered their knowledge of maritime security to conduct naval control operations. The International Naval Vessel Traffic Service Officer Training Course (OCONTRAM, in Spanish) took place at the Argentine Navy’s Manuel Belgrano National Nautical School, in Buenos Aires, March 12–23, 2018. “The officers received training in maritime traffic guidance, support and defense, as well as on the Law of the Sea and agreements of the merchant shipping and fishing world,” Commander Sergio Daniel Hoj, chief of operations of the Argentine Navy’s Operations Control Local Command told Diálogo. “The theoretical and practical instruction provided every year by the Navy’s Maritime Transit Naval Command is open to all countries worldwide.” Benefits The training encompasses current knowledge and procedures used to manage maritime transit security and protection operations during times of crisis or armed conflict. Additionally, it is part of the preparation stage for the Inter-American Maritime Traffic Defense Coordination Plan—to which most of the Western Hemisphere’s naval forces belong—that seeks to provide courses to standardize instruction among naval forces. Over two weeks, students specialized in message preparation and learned to operate the Atria message encryption system, which has secure communication features. They also trained in the naval mercantile shipping information system, to prepare for crisis situations, while keeping up with each of their areas of responsibility. “We identify how transfer of information occurs between the various Vessel Traffic Service organizations and between countries,” Chilean Navy Ensign Alejandro León Solari, chief of the Maritime Security and Operations Department of the Iquique Maritime Command told Diálogo. “All the students presented our ways of working within our institutions, and we identified relationships and drew comparisons.” A direct impact The graduates gained the tools to interact at the port level and with a general staff, between the maritime community and the naval forces that provide security and defense for maritime traffic when regional threats arise. “The knowledge gained will allow officers to make use of information [procedures] regarding seagoing vessels, navigable waterways, and [military, merchant, fishing and scientific] ports,” Cmdr. Hoj said. “Interacting and comparing vessel traffic service work methods between countries helps us improve our procedures and perform better in international exercises,” Ensign León said. “The key to naval control of maritime traffic is to maintain good relations between countries. This contributes to better transfer of information, leading to better control of the maritime theater.” OCONTRAM is essential for maritime control institutions. “Without a doubt, coordination and cooperation between the various organizations enable better security results in the South Atlantic and interior navigable waters, which are our areas of responsibility, Cmdr. Hoj said. In addition to the academic challenges the course presents, other challenges arise in assimilating the different technologies and work methods that vary among countries. “This course [strengthens] the efforts of each of the naval forces and resolves issues that do not recognize borders, issues that are regional, even global, rather than national,” Cmdr. Hoj concluded.last_img read more

Helical Bar joins NCP for £90m Soho job

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UK roundup: DWP Select Committee, Pensions Bill, LCP

first_imgA cross-party group of MPs has raised concerns with the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) about its momentum in bringing through new risk-sharing legislation.The UK government launched a consultation on bringing in new risk-sharing pensions, placed in between traditional defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC), in November 2013.But it has yet to publish its planned legislation.The risk-sharing – named ‘defined ambition’ – is set to look at reduced DB options and enhanced DC options, as well as Collective DC (CDC). However, a report from a cross-party working bench accused the government of losing momentum over the proposals.It also raised concerns over delays with the government’s planned cap on charges for those being auto-enrolled into DC schemes, after it was postponed by at least a year until April 2015.The DWP responded and said it was committed to bringing in a charge cap within this Parliament, which ends in May 2015.It also said it would publish its defined ambition plans shortly.In other news, the Pensions Bill, which is being debated for the final time before being enshrined into law, has seen opposition amendments shot down by the government.In a debate yesterday evening, the Liberal Democrat pensions minister Steve Webb called for the rejection of certain Labour amendments on charge disclosure and employment law.The amendments referred to changes to the Bill regarding contributions to National Insurance for low-paid workers, and for the government, instead of the financial regulator, to force pension providers to disclose charges to members.Webb said the amendment to employment law did not fit in with what the average worker experienced over their working lives.He also said the amendment to the government’s own proposition, calling for government action over the financial regulator, did not fit in with the current system.The Bill passed, rejecting two amendments, and will now move forward to Royal Ascent.Lastly, research from consultancy LCP showed 2013 to be a record-breaking year for bulk annuity deals and longevity swaps.The market showed healthy growth due to favourable economic conditions, with written bulk annuity business up by 69% from 2012 alone.There was more than £16bn (€19bn) of liabilities hedged with insurance companies during the year, with £7.4bn in bulk annuities and £8.9bn in longevity swaps.The bulk annuity market was dominated by Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC), which accounted for 47% of all business.Its nearest rival, Rothesay Life, wrote 22%.The two, together with Legal & General, accounted for more than 90% of transactions in the year.Emma Watkins, partner at LCP, said average transaction size increased by more than 30% in 2013, and predicted that 2014 bulk annuity deals could exceed £10bn.“We have every reason to expect that 2014 volumes will continue the positive momentum from last year,” she said.last_img read more

Batesville schedules ‘Large Trash Day’

first_imgUnacceptable Items Include:No electronic devices containing mercury (as in TV’s, computers, microwaves, cell phones, etc.)No building and construction materials (bricks, etc.)No remodeling materials (interior/exterior)No landscape materialsNo car body parts including wheels and tiresNo steel or metal framingNo tree limbs, grass clippings or leaves Batesville, In. — Large trash pickup for Batesville residents has been set for Saturday, September 2 beginning at 5 a.m. Material too large for a garbage can or heavier than 75 pounds can be discarded.The pickup schedule begins at 5 a.m., so residents are advised to move items to the curb the night before.Acceptable Items Include:old clothingfurniture, bedsprings & mattresses (must be covered in cellophane/plastic), etc.old rugs, carpet piecesrubber hoseappliances (as in washers, driers, etc.)wood (bundled 4 feet long or shorter, 75 lbs. maximum)insulationall cans or buckets, totally cleaned and drypaint cans (must be dried paint) Refrigerators or air conditioning units must have a sticker showing the CFC’s have been removed by a certified person. This includes without a compressor.For a fee, TVs’, computers, refergerator, AC units and freezers can be dropped off at the recycling center at 616 John Street Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon. For more information call 812-801-9099.last_img read more

Girls Area Regional Basketball Scores

first_imgGirls Area Regional Basketball ScoresSaturday  (2-15)Class 1A Regionals @ Southwestern HanoverNorth Central Farmersburg  56     Bethesda Christian  53Greenwood Christian  61     Jac-Cen-Del  49     Championship-Greenwood Christian  74     North Central  65Class 2A Regionals @ PaoliLinton-Stockton  56     Evansville Mater Dei  30     Eastern Pekin  51     North Decatur  40     Championship-Linton-Stockton  43     Eastern Pekin  33Class 3A Regionals @ CharlestownGreensburg  69     Evansville Memorial  63Salem  62     Washington  48Championship-Salem  53     Greensburg  52Class 4A Regionals @ Columbus NorthEast Central  50     Franklin Central  42Bedford North Lawrence  55     Evansville North  40Championship-Bedford North Lawrence  54     East Central  48Photo courtesy of EC Trojan Athletics.last_img read more

Amazon bans employees from having TikTok app on phone

first_imgAmazon has barred employees from using the popular TikTok app on phones they use to access their work emails from.The notice was sent out to employees on Friday stating a potential cyber security risk from the China-owned app.Employees will still, however, be able to access the app through their Amazon laptop browser.When asked by reporters to comment on the decision, no answer was given.TikTok owned by Chinese internet giant ByteDance said in a emailed statement that they “still do not understand their concerns.” The company also stated that it would have been opened to dialogue with Amazon to address their concerns.TikTok has been working to distance itself from it’s Chinese roots to appease critics and even has since named Disney executive Kevin Mayer as the new CEO.They are also in the process of stopping operations in Hong Kong due to a new Chinese national security law that would require social media apps to provide user data to Hong Kong authorities.last_img read more

2 adults and an infant rushed to the hospital after freight train accident

first_imgTwo adults and one infant are currently in the hospital after their vehicle was struck by a freight train.The incident occurred Friday around 9:30 am in the area of Runyon Village and State Road 15.Captain Albert Borroto of Palm Beach County Fire Resue reported that they found the vehicle on it’s side with the infant and two adults trapped inside.Rescue workers were able to release the victims using extrication tools and rushed them to area hospitals.One person was said to have been taken to a trauma hospital, while the infant and another adult were taken to another hospital.Their conditions are unknown at this time.last_img read more

India Game Not Easy, We’ll Give Our Best Shot: Shakib Al Hasan

first_imgSouthampton: All-rounder Shakib al Hasan believes Bangladesh are capable enough to beat India, adding they will have to play their best in order to beat the Men in Blue in the next cricket World Cup fixture on July 2.On Monday, Bangladesh defeated Afghanistan by 62 runs and kept their chances alive of making it to the semi-finals.Riding on Shakib’s 51, the Bangla Tigers first posted a competitive total of 262/7 and then bowled out Afghanistan for 200 in 47 overs. The all-rounder picked up five wickets for 29 runs and was adjudged the Player of the Match.Against Afghanistan, Shakib Al Hasan also became the first Bangladeshi batsman to score 1,000 runs in World Cups. He also became the second player after Yuvraj Singh to score a 50 and take five wickets in a single World Cup game.Bangladesh now have seven points from seven games and need to win their remaining two matches against India and Pakistan to remain in contention for ending in the top four. Besides the two wins, Bangladesh will also need results of matches of other teams as well to go in their favour to make it to the last four stage.“They (India) are the top side. They are someone who is looking at the title. So it’s not going to be easy, but having said that, we’ll give our best shot,” Shakib said at the post-match presser at the Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium.In the 2007 edition of the World Cup, Bangladesh had knocked out India at the group stage and Shakib thinks his team is more than capable of doing it again.“Experience will help, but experience is not the end of the world. We have to play our best cricket in order to be able to beat India. They got world-class players who can take the matters on their own hand. As I said, we have to be at our best, and I believe that we are a capable enough team,” he added.The 32-year-old is currently the leading run scorer of the tournament. He has scored 476 runs and also 10 wickets to his name. And Shakib is happy with his performance so far.“It is very satisfying. It was needed. It was important from my perspective and from (the) team,” he said. “Luckily, I’ve been doing this, and very happy the way this tournament is going so far,” he added.Bangladesh now have a week’s break before their next game against India at Edgbaston which will be followed by their last league game against Pakistan on July 5 at Lord’s. IANSAlso Read: Shakib Al Hasan First Bangladesh Cricketer To Score 1000 Runs In World Cuplast_img read more

Syracuse basketball recruiting: Orange offers Class of 2017 center Nicholas Richards

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 13, 2015 at 7:10 pm Contact Chris: | @ChrisLibonati ranks Richards as the No. 22 overall recruit and No. 7 at his position. He is listed at 6 feet 11 inches tall by Scout. The Orange are thin at center, with DaJuan Coleman and Chinonso Obokoh being the only players on the current roster that have experience at the position.SU’s Class of 2015 has two power forwards — Moustapha Diagne and Tyler Lydon — and the Orange’s only commit in the Class of 2016, Matthew Moyer, is also a power forward. Each is listed at 6 feet 8 inches tall or taller.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange has no commits for the Class of 2017, but has offered five-star center Mohamed Bamba, five-star guard Trevon Duval and four-star small forward Jordan Tucker, according to Scout. Commentscenter_img Syracuse has offered Class of 2017 center Nicholas Richards, per a tweet from Adam Zagoria of read more

USC fans are wise to not get excited yet

first_imgTrojan fans, I’m proud of you.I thought, after USC’s 49-10 blowout of Hawai’i in which sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee took the first play of the entire season for a touchdown, you would all start booking flights to Miami and talking about how you couldn’t wait to beat down Alabama.I was all set to write a column more or less about how everybody needed to calm down. I was going to write about how the 2004 Trojans are the only preseason Associated Press No. 1 team to actually win the BCS Championship since 2000, and how only four teams have done it in the last 30 years. A mere 10 teams have done it since the Associated Press started preseason rankings in 1950.I was going to say that there is a lot of season left, a lot of football to be played, a lot of traps to be avoided. I was going to remind everyone that USC beat Hawai’i, not Alabama nor Oregon nor even Utah. I thought people would need a reminder that USC played just one game, against perhaps its worst opponent of the season, and that there were still 13 to go to get to Miami or Pasadena.And, to my surprise, fans agreed with the sentiment.I have had so many conversations with delusional people who claim there is “no way” the Trojans won’t win it all. The “BCS title or bust” mentality I have felt from many on this campus is ludicrous. I was afraid people legitimately expect that out of this team.Does the team have a chance? Of course, and a pretty good one.Is it something they should be expected to do? Never.“One down, 13 to go” is the perfect moniker for the grind that is a college football season. There is almost no room for error: chances are, one loss will derail USC’s championship aspirations. One injury, one bad call, potentially even one missed tackle and it can all come crashing down.So, Trojan fans, thank you for not getting caught up in the hype — too much, that is. Some of it is legitimate. Lee’s touchdown is a sign if there ever was one.Honestly, it’s perfectly fine to salivate over a colossal showdown of undefeated teams when Oregon visits the Coliseum on Nov. 3. And go ahead and dream of an unstoppable-force-meets-immovable-object championship game of USC and Alabama in South Beach. But remember that, for now, that’s what these matchups are: dreams.In high school, my basketball coach would ask us the same question before every game: “Why is this game the most important game of the season?”We gave the following answer every time: “Because it’s the next one on the schedule.”Ask anyone on this Trojan football team this week about any opponent besides Syracuse, and he will tell you his focus is entirely on the game ahead. I was worried Trojan fans were going to forget the simple fact that it won’t matter what happens in November or January if USC missteps against a lesser opponent before that time. But after the game on Saturday, I saw fans posting the team’s “prep not hype” motto on Facebook and Twitter. Those words are painted on the grass at the entrance to Howard Jones Field. The team sees them as they enter practice every day. Trojan fans are wise to remember those words this year as the hype grows and the preparation becomes all the more important. “Any Given Saturday” runs every other Wednesday. If you would like to comment on this article, visit or email Nick at burtonn@usc.edulast_img read more