USS Russell Hosts US State Department Official

first_img View post tag: News by topic Authorities View post tag: USS Russell View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Russell Hosts US State Department Official The officers and crew of the guided missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) provided a ship’s tour and brief on the Navy’s important role in ballistic missile defense (BMD) to a high ranking U.S. State Department official, April 17.Dr. Amanda Sloat, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, visited the ship to better understand the role and capabilities of Russell’s powerful BMD system.Sloat is responsible for issues related to Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus, as well as for coordinating with Europeans on our engagement with the countries of the Middle East and North Africa. Russell was the second U.S. Navy ship ever visited by Sloat, and the first destroyer.Sloat’s visit coincided with Russell’s final re-certification as an official U.S. Navy BMD ship, enabling her to view Russell’s entire Combat Information Center (CIC) watch team in action. She observed Russell’s crew successfully engage several ballistic missiles, simulating defending our allies and neutralizing the threats of rogue states.After observing the ballistic missile defense simulation, Sloat proceeded on a tour of the ship led by Cmdr. Gill McCarthy, Russell’s executive officer.The tour included the bridge, decoy launch system deck, foc’sle, and aft missile deck, enabling Sloat to gain a better understanding of the navigation of the ship as well as the employment of Russell’s formidable offensive and defense capabilities, including the surface to air missile, Tomahawk cruise missile, vertical launch anti-submarine rocket, MK45 five-inch gun, Phalanx close-in weapons system and various missile decoys.Russell is assigned as part of Destroyer Squadron One. The ship and crew are currently in the basic training phase in preparation for a deployment later this year.[mappress mapid=”15770″]Image: US Navy View post tag: US State Departmentcenter_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: americas April 24, 2015 USS Russell Hosts US State Department Official Share this articlelast_img read more


first_imgWe hope that today’s “Readers Forum” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?HERES WHAT ON OUR MIND TODAY?We are told that when the dock was built at Marina Pointe many years ago to house the LST, the Evansville City Council and the Vanderburgh County Commission donated several millions of dollars to construct it. The Evansville City Council just voted to move the LST down the river to Tropicana. Since the City of Evansville and the Vanderburgh County Commission were responsible in the funding and building the current LST boat dock at Marina Pointe.  We wonder shouldn’t both entities share the estimated $3 million dollar cost of dismantling it? WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Should City Council have known who are paying the $3 million dollar costs to dismantle the dock at Marina Pointe before approving the move of the LST to the Tropicana area?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy.  Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our siteFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Clean and clear

first_imgRisk assessments are required under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and, recently, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been promoting a simple approach to the process to ensure that risk assessments are better understood by employees. This is supposed to result in the health and safety policy being better cascaded through businesses.One such business is 150-shop Sayers The Bakers, which is the biggest independent retail baker in the north west. The company employs more than 1,000 people, both in retail and at the company’s own dedicated bakery. Sayers wanted to ’demystify’ health and safety, in line with the HSE’s thinking and to ensure that managers at each Sayers retail shop had the right level of understanding to take ownership of the risk assessments. A specialist health and safety team was invited to review and assist Sayers on how best to carry out the risk assessments, making them easier to use.”My goal was to update all health and safety systems across the Sayers retail estate by developing a safety manual and to raise the profile of health and safety among staff,” explains Karon Marsay, head of safety at Sayers. “Previously, the risk assessment documents had been held at head office. We wanted a live, user-friendly document that could be owned by the individual shop manager and used as an integral part of the day-to-day running of their shop.”Like many multi-site retailers, the challenge for Sayers was how to develop a uniform health and safety risk assessment with so many varying types of premises. Among its shops are 25 cafés, some shops are in shopping centres, some open directly onto the pavement while others have two storeys or a cellar.”First, we reviewed the central risk assessments and developed a simplified draft document, using the current HSE approach of ’demystifying’ health and safety,” Marsay explains. This reduced its current documentation into a simple assessment with fewer pages.”As a team approach to risk assessment is recognised as being the most effective means of identifying all the risks and control measures, we visited a selection of shops, checking that we had not missed any hazards and also speaking to our shop teams about any specific hazards they felt we had overlooked or were specific to their shop. This kind of approach was vital to ensure our employees felt we were delivering an approach that suited their needs.”Safety manual devisedA new safety manual was developed by health and safety expert Exova and training on its contents was rolled out to shop managers in February 2010, with part of the training focusing on risk assessments. Managers were tasked with completing the new risk assessment document.”In a busy retail environment, such as ours, there are inevitably potential risks to staff and customers, but it is our responsibility to ensure these risks are properly controlled,” says Marsay. “By simplifying our health and safety risk assessments and updating all reference material, we have empowered our shop managers to implement systems that are both a legal requirement, but also best suit the needs of their part of our business.” What’s new l Specialists in food hygiene and health & safety, Food Alert, has launched a one-stop solution for cafés, bakeries and sandwich bars. Espresso POM (Peace of Mind) is a bespoke service to provide smaller quick-service operations with high standards of food hygiene and safety. Under the service contract, Food Alert undertakes an annual safety audit, prepares a personalised safety manual, provides technical helpline support and incident management services. l The new portable SmartDose system from Diversey SmartDose is aimed at foodservice and retail operators where space is limited, connection to a water supply is impractical or complete portability is required. It uses a four-in-one concentrate that covers dishwashing, floors, glass and general surfaces in a single product. The system incorporates a patented dispenser that doses accurately into spray bottles, buckets, sinks or cleaning machines. l Dyson is marketing its Airblade hand-dryer to food production facilities. Drying hands in just 10 seconds, the machine works by channeling 400mph sheets of unheated air to scrape water from hands like a windscreen wiper. Unlike warm air hand-dryers, it doesn’t rely on evaporation to dry hands, making it up to 80% more energy-efficient, claims Dyson. A HEPA filter cleans the air before blowing it on to hands, and anti-microbial additives eliminate 99.9% of surface bacteria.l For any busy bakery or sandwich operator, behind-the-scenes labelling is just as important as what’s on the sandwich wedge for the consumers’ information. DayMark’s ClearView Dispensers are said to protect your day-date labels, helping to keep sandwich fillings and food ingredients properly HACPP recorded. The labelling systems includes DissolveMark Dissolve-A-Way labels that dissolve in any temperature water in less than 30 seconds and leave no sticky residue.last_img read more

Forbidden Broadway: Alive and STILL Kicking Starts Performances

View Comments Beware Great White Way! Forbidden Broadway is Alive and STILL Kicking! Gerard Alessandrini’s revue roast begins performances February 22 off-Broadway after a ten-month hiatus. Directed by Phillip George and Alessandrini, the show is playing at the newly refurbished Davenport Theatre. This year’s targets are set to include Pippin, Kinky Boots, Matilda and Motown, joining favorites from last year including Wicked and The Book of Mormon. As the new season of Main Stem productions open, the creative team will add shows including Rocky, Cabaret, Bridges of Madison County, Bullets Over Broadway, Les Miz and Aladdin. Related Shows Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging! Show Closed This production ended its run on July 20, 2014 The cast will feature Erica Dorfler (Book of Mormon), Carter Calvert (Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues), along with stars from last year’s edition Scott Richard Foster and Marcus Stevens. read more

SOUTHCOM and the Colombian Army Step up their Activity in the Fight for Humanitarian Demining

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo October 11, 2016 As part of the Global Demining Initiative, the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) is offering the Colombian Army’s First Brigade of Humanitarian Demining Engineers support to improve their strategies and methodologies for the removal and detection processes of the anti-personnel mines strewn throughout the country. Between July 7th and 24th, a total of 15 military members from SOUTHCOM, headed by Lieutenant General Michael H. Shields, director of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, and Rear Admiral Scott B. Jerabek, director of theater engagement at SOUTHCOM, saw the strengths and capabilities of the Humanitarian Demining Brigade and their tactical units positioned throughout Colombia. The military unit was activated on August 8th at the Tolemaida Military Fort, in Tolima department. Under the command of Colonel Raúl Ortiz Pulido, the Brigade will comprise 5,000 men and women from five Demining Engineer Battalions, which will be based in the departments of Santander, Antioquia, Cesar, and Caldas and will carry out tasks in almost 400 municipalities in the country where there are mines. According to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, this unit will be the largest brigade in the world dedicated to demining. “No other army, no other country will have a brigade like the one we have just activated,” said President Santos at the 197th anniversary celebration of the Colombian Army. The new military unit will begin its mission in 2017. The work of the Humanitarian Demining Brigade will be coordinated with the Directorate for Comprehensive Action Against Anti-Personnel Mines (DAICMA, per its Spanish acronym), who will make sure the removal of these explosive devices takes place. “SOUTHCOM wanted to see how it would work for doctrinal matters to be applied to operational matters with respect to this new capacity, which will increase to 10,000 personnel in 2018,” said Colonel Rodrigo Cepeda Asencio, commander of the National Center against Mines and Explosive Devices of the Colombian National Army in an interview with Diálogo. Currently, the 60th “Colonel Gabino Gutiérrez” Demining Battalion and the Naval Infantry Explosives and Demining Group are conducting public information dissemination and search operations for explosive devices and unexploded ordnance in 14 Colombian municipalities given priority by the Presidential Program for Comprehensive Action Against Anti-Personnel Mines and accredited Civilian Humanitarian Demining Organizations. Colombia and SOUTHCOM agreed to a work plan and a two-year strategy with short-, medium-, and long-term goals. “The equipment and training donated by SOUTHCOM comes with a projected economic aid package, initially $3 million as an endowment for humanitarian demining platoons,” said Col. Cepeda. The team designed a strategy to improve the academic curriculum of the courses. As a joint strategy for a mine-free country, the U.S. team analyzed different factors in the training to achieve programs that can internationally certify the demining processes. For his part, Rear Adm. Jerabek told Diálogo, “The entire team from SOUTHCOM has been very impressed with the progress Colombia has made in all areas of planning, training, and executing the demining mission. We understand the complexities of the history and use of mines. The rapid adaptation and implementation by the Colombian military is an example not just for demining but as a template for all types of new capabilities. I am very proud to have been a small part of this effort, and I anxiously watch for continued great results.” The United States is not the only country supporting this brigade so it can become an example in the Latin American region. “This demining unit will be able to offer the training we have acquired with respect to humanitarian demining, taking advantage of U.S. strategic partners, Brazil, and Spain, with the goal of increasing the level of effectiveness,” indicated Col. Cepeda. In October of this year, a team of 90 Colombian instructors will be trained by U.S., Brazilian, and Spanish demining experts with the goal of being certified by these three countries. This group will take charge of preparing the 10,000 men and women of the Humanitarian Demining Brigade. Women’s tasks The Brigade will incorporate 1,000 women in its ranks. Currently, it is training 16 female officers to become a part of this unit. The women’s tasks in this brigade will be geared towards non-technical studies and outreach to the communities. Their goal will be to gather all the information necessary to perform the humanitarian demining. “What we are seeking is accreditation of our men and women at the international level, so they can continue our transformation of doctrine, using all NATO’s methodologies, as well as improving and standardizing all the processes from a doctrinal perspective and making sure that doctrine is joint for the Colombian Army, Air Force, and Navy. We are going to have an international demining center that will be located in the Tolemaida region,” said Col. Cepeda. With this center, Colombia will be able to participate in peacekeeping operations in countries such as in Africa and Asia where there is a huge mine problem and where they have been creating a demining training program. The trajectory towards peacekeeping missions is something gradual. “Colombia is thinking about mobilizing its first personnel to work in countries where the National Government will send people for peace missions in 2018 or 2019. We could start to directly support these operations with instructors, to initiate this humanitarian demining process which Colombia began 10 years ago,” said Col. Cepeda. Global initiative All of these actions are part of the Global Demining Initiative, which is led by the governments of the United States and Norway. The Initiative seeks to mobilize resources of cooperation and support from the international community to complement the Colombian government’s efforts to free the country of unexploded anti-personnel mines by 2021. Currently, the United States supports Colombia with over $60 million through the Global Demining Initiative; Norway supports Colombia with close to $25 million Since 2011, the European Union has contributed 10 million Euros and has committed to 4 million more for this year, according to a press release from the Colombian president dated May 10, 2016. The Colombian experience To terrorize the population, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) installed thousands of land mines in Colombia during five decades of conflict. Since 2010, authorities have detected and destroyed over 130,000 explosive devices. Of the anti-personnel mines’ 11,000 victims, 60 percent were members of the Security Forces. Colombia’s success in humanitarian demining is based on the effectiveness of its personnel with respect to procedures not only in manual demining but also in mechanical and canine demining. These personnel have the training and techniques that allow them to perfect their work and be more efficient in the field. At the conclusion of the meeting, the SOUTHCOM delegation “left with a very good impression of our capacity and our strategy, which has improved a lot,” according to Col. Cepeda. “Our relationship with SOUTHCOM is excellent and enriching.”last_img read more


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Investing in bonds safe bet amid market volatility: Experts

first_img“They think the bond market doesn’t offer capital gains, that’s wrong because there’s the secondary market,” Jason said, arguing that the secondary market provided ample capital gains, especially in long-term benchmark series. “But nobody talks about this to millennial investors.” Jason also argued that the majority of young investors would be better off investing in bonds than the stock market as the former offered stable returns.Jason added that a lack of exposure contributed to the low level of participation in government bonds among retail investors, despite his observation that fixed-income funds and money market funds had outperformed equity funds.The Finance Ministry’s director for government debt securities, Deni Ridwan, acknowledged that the reason many retail investors were reluctant to invest in government bonds was not just because they lacked exposure but also because of infrastructure hurdles. The Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) is currently developing an electronic trading platform that will include government bonds in partnership with global fixed income trading software company AxeTrading Ltd.“Hopefully, bonds will be traded as easily as trading stocks,” Deni said during the webinar. The government plans to issue retail government bonds worth Rp 50 trillion to Rp 70 trillion, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati’s stated during a April 30 working meeting with House of Representatives Commission XI overseeing financial affairs.The Indonesian government is mostly financing its Rp 677.1 trillion fight against the COVID-19 outbreak by issuing bonds, with Rp 1.2 quadrillion in debt financing planned for this year, according to the ministry’s data dated June 3. It issued Asia’s first 50-year dollar bond in April and in the second half of the year will offer Indonesia’s first-ever diaspora bonds.  “This is an opportunity to invest and gain profit, but at the same time, also contribute to the fight against COVID-19,” said Deni, emphasizing that investing in government bonds was “investing in a good cause”. Founder of online financial planner Finansialku Melvin Mumpuni said new investors needed to set out their financial goals and seek advice, prior to choosing an investment instrument.While bonds can be included in one’s investment portfolio, Melvin explained how assets should be allocated across different investment instrument baskets. Indonesian government bonds are considered attractive by foreign investors because the country has been able to maintain a low debt to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio of around 30 percent, compared with more than 100 percent in Singapore, Japan and the United States.Indonesian government bonds in the benchmark 10-year series have also offered a real yield of 5.01 percent, which is higher than other emerging markets such as Thailand (4.05 percent), the Philippines (1.09 percent) and India (0.23 percent), Mandiri Sekuritas data show.Topics : Over the past year, Indonesian sovereign bond returns have been higher than the sovereign bonds other emerging markets as well as the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), the benchmark stock index, according to total return index figures from Bloomberg and Mandiri Sekuritas.“Foreign investors have enjoyed the bond rally, [but] unfortunately, retail participation is still low,” said Handy, citing data from the Finance Ministry’s debt management office that show a retail investor participation rate of 3 percent in tradable government bonds. Foreign investors account for 38 percent of ownership, followed by non-bank institutions and banks at 22 percent and 21 percent, respectively.The JCI has dropped 15 percent overall in the past year and nearly 22 percent so far this year. Meanwhile, one-year rupiah deposit rates at local banks stand at around 4 to 5 percent. The government’s last retail bond issuance came with a fixed 6.8 percent coupon rate per year while the benchmark 10-year yield stood at 7.26 percent on Wednesday.Jason Gozali, the founder of young investors community Investor Muda, stated that “bonds are the most underestimated asset by retail investors”.  While not particularly popular among retail investors, investment in the bond market provides prospects for a safe and steady income, as the government plans to issue more debt papers to fund the nation’s COVID-19 battle, a webinar has concluded.Handy Yunianto, head of fixed income research at Mandiri Sekuritas, said that low interest rates made it difficult to deliver high rates of return from investing in safer investments, such as time deposits. Meanwhile, the recent volatility in the stock market has stoked fears among individual investors of the prospects of losing their lifetime savings, he added.“Bonds provide diversification and smooth out the higher volatility connected with equities,” Handy said in his presentation during the webinar “Investing in a high-risk environment: Managing fixed-income funds”, part of The Jakarta Post’s webinar series “Jakpost Up Close”.last_img read more

Ndidi’s surgery successful, says Rodgers

first_img “It went very well,” Rodgers told the national media on Friday, ahead of Saturday’s Premier League visit of Southampton to King Power Stadium (3pm kick-off). Read Also:Leicester City Fans worried over Ndidi’s Injury “It was a good operation. He’s now back in and straight into his recovery. Something around that (three or four weeks). Sometimes it can be sooner, sometimes it can’t be.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Leicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers, has confirmed that an operation on Wilfred Ndidi’s knee was successful, but the Nigeria international is still a number of weeks from returning to contention. Ndidi  Ndidi, 23, suffered a knee injury in training ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup Semi-Final first leg tie against Aston Villa, and is expected to be out for around three or four weeks. Now the operation on the former Genk midfielder’s meniscus has been completed, Rodgers says he is now back in at Belvoir Drive and has commenced the recovery process.Advertisement Loading… center_img Promoted Content7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’20 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Siberia8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Superhero Castings That People Hated But Were Amazing6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?How Good The CGI Effects In Those Movies Were!7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

Duke Energy reports record number of scam attempts against its customers in June

first_imgStatewide– Scams targeting electric and natural gas customers are on the rise, with imposters implementing new tactics during the pandemic to trick utility customers out of money and personal information.June 2020 was the highest single month on record for reported scam attempts targeting Duke Energy customers across the states it serves, hitting more than 4,000. The total number of scam attempts reported by Duke Energy customers so far in 2020 – 15,000 – already is approaching 2019’s full-year total of 18,000. In Indiana, Duke Energy customers have reported more than 1,400 scam attempts in June, which is close to the total reports for all of 2019.Scammers have added a new tactic, which promises to mail customers refund checks for overpayments on their accounts if they can confirm their personal data, including birthdays and, in some cases, social security numbers. Generally, Duke Energy will apply refunds as a credit to customers’ accounts and will not contact customers to verify personal information by phone, email, or in-person in order to mail a check.Scam reports also indicate that phone scammers posing as utility providers continue to call and insist customers are delinquent on their bills. The scammer typically claims a service disconnection is pending, rigs caller ID to mimic your utility provider, and demands the money in the form of a prepaid debit card. Duke Energy has currently suspended disconnections for nonpayment.Common scam tactics include:• A call with pre-recorded voice, often referred to as a robocall, with a caller ID display showing the customer’s utility’s name.• A mimicked Interactive Voice Response menu that customers typically hear when they call their utility.• Threats to disconnect the power or natural gas service to a customer’s home or business within an hour.• Immediate payment demands by prepaid debit card.• And, with many utilities suspending non pay disconnections during the COVID-19 pandemic, scammers are now promising refund checks if the customer makes a payment and the pending disconnect was an error.  Customers who suspect they have been victims of fraud or who feel threatened during contact with one of these scammers should:• Hang up the phone, especially if it’s a robocall.• Call the utility provider by using the phone number provided on the bill or on the company’s official website, followed by a call to the police.• Never purchase a prepaid debit card or gift card to avoid service disconnection or shutoff. DO NOT pay over the phone if immediate payment is demanded by a prepaid card to avoid disconnection. Legitimate utility companies do not specify how customers should make a bill payment, and they always offer a variety of ways to pay a bill, including accepting payments online, by phone, automatic bank draft, mail, or in person.Customers can learn about recent scams and how to recognize the warning signs on the Federal Trade Commission website read more

Couple finds bag of cocaine on beach worth $884,000

first_imgThe Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a couple visiting a beach in the Keys found a duffel bag full of cocaine worth $884,000.The discovery was made on Saturday around 1 pm at Grassy Key on Morton Street.According to deputies, the bag contained 20 bricks of cocaine weighing around 25 kilograms.U.S Border Patrol was called to the scene as has since taken possession of the drugs.last_img