Somalia: EU NAVFOR Warship FGS KÖLN Destroys Suspicious Whaler

first_img View post tag: FGS Back to overview,Home naval-today Somalia: EU NAVFOR Warship FGS KÖLN Destroys Suspicious Whaler Somalia: EU NAVFOR Warship FGS KÖLN Destroys Suspicious Whaler On September 29 the EU NAVFOR warship FGS KÖLN located and destroyed a suspicious whaler close to a beach off Somalia, 100 nautical miles SW of Mogadishu.A helicopter was dispatched to inspect and found the whaler loaded with equipment usually related to piracy on board.No crew was seen on board. Consequently, the whaler was destroyed to prevent any potential future use for piracy.This action continues EU NAVFOR’s robust stance against piracy and the intention to interdict and disrupt pirate activity.[mappress]Source: eunavfor, September 30, 2011 View post tag: NAVFOR September 30, 2011 View post tag: Warship View post tag: Destroyscenter_img View post tag: KÖLN View post tag: Somalia View post tag: Whaler View post tag: EU View post tag: Suspicious Share this articlelast_img read more

Coastal Flood Advisory for Monday

first_imgMotorists crawl through floodwaters on Ninth Street in the downtown business district during the Oct. 27, 2018, storm. The National Weather Service issued a Coastal Flood Advisory in effect for Ocean City from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.The advisory predicts a level of 6.0 feet on the mean low water (MLW) scale for a high tide at 10:08 a.m. Monday on the bay side of Ocean City. Tides on Saturday evening (6.05 MLW) and Sunday morning (5.97 MLW) reached about the same level.Visit www.ocnj.us/octides to compare the prediction to other recent and historic tide levels. If predicted rain coincides with high tide, conditions could be worse. Street flooding is likely prior to high tide and may last for several hours. Vehicles should be moved from areas that typically experience tidal flooding. The roads closer to the beach including Central and Wesley avenues are typically at higher elevation. Parking will be available at the Trinity United Methodist Church at 20 North Shore Road in Marmora.For your safety and the protection of your vehicle and neighboring properties, never attempt to drive through flood waters, and do not drive around barricades. For police and fire department emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 609-399-9111.last_img read more

Press release: Education Secretary thanks school leaders for academy success

first_imgMore than 8,300 schools in the country have become an academy or opened as a free school and hundreds of schools each year continue to make the positive choice to become an academy.The academies programme was introduced by the Blair Government in 2000 with the aim “to improve pupil performance and break the cycle of low expectation”. By 2010, there were 203 academies – mostly in inner cities.The 2010 Academies Act gave all schools in England the freedom to choose to become an academy and now over 50% of pupils in the state funded education system are taught in an academy or free school.The reception follows the publication of a research report on the benefits of academies earlier this year that showed that thousands of pupils are benefiting from higher standards in their schools after converting to become academies, and the Education Secretary urging more schools to consider the freedom and opportunities offered by becoming an academy.Leora Cruddas, Chief Executive of Confederation of School Trusts, said: The overwhelming majority of academies – that’s more than 8,000 schools – tell a positive story. I see and hear about this every day in my job, and we’ve come a long way in the past eight years thanks to the hard work and dedication of teachers and school leaders across the country – including all of you. Many of you run schools in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country that were previously underperforming – that is no longer the case and parents now have the choice of a good school. The fact that more than half a million children are now in Good or Outstanding sponsored academies that were previously underperforming demonstrates that when schools come together, as part of a multi academy trust, they can achieve far more than they can on their own. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for helping to drive up standards for the next generation – the challenge now is to continue to transform education and encourage other school leaders to do the same. The success of the school academies programme and the impact it has had in raising school standards across the country was honoured by the Education Secretary yesterday (4 April).Seventy-six school and sector leaders joined Damian Hinds at Lancaster House to mark the milestone that 50% of pupils in England are now studying in academies and free schools.To celebrate the successes of the academies programme – which placed freedom into the hands of school leaders in thousands of schools across England since 2010 – Mr Hinds hosted leaders from top academies and free schools, including the Harris Federation, Co-op Academies Trust and STAR Academies, to thank them for their hard work.The reception, which was co-hosted with Academies Minister Lord Agnew, also marked the fact that more than 50% of children in state-funded schools in England are now taught in an academy or free school, with standards typically rising faster in many sponsored academies than in similar council-run schools.Mr Hinds also thanked attendees for their dedication to improving education for children and driving up school standards in some of most disadvantaged areas of the country.Education Secretary Damian Hinds said:center_img We want trust leaders to have the confidence to say that their trust is a group of schools working in collaboration as one entity to improve and maintain high educational standards to help local communities thrive by giving children the best opportunities to learn. We have therefore published guidance for trust leaders to help them proudly say that academy trusts are education charities that run schools to give children a better future and advance education for the public benefit.last_img read more

The Wood Brothers Deliver New Tunes & Homage To Col. Bruce Hampton At Suwannee Roots Revival [Videos]

first_imgThe Wood Brothers delivered a stellar headlining set for their first visit to the Spirit Of The Suwannee since being forced to cancel last year’s Suwannee Roots Revival headlining spot. The trio joined a collection of Roots music legends like Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn and Peter Rowan, park favorites like the Steep Canyon Rangers, Donna The Buffalo and Rev. Jeff Mosier as well as new comers like River Whyless and Chatham County Line. By the time the sun had set and the eager audience had packed in the area in front of the stage, the excitement for the long delayed show was sky high.Fans concerned about Chris Wood’s health issues that kept the show from proceeding last year were relieved to see him back in fighting form as the insanely talented bassist more than made up for it with his joyous return to the beloved Amphitheater stage. If his artful playing and limber dance moves with partner, the stand-up bass, was an indicator, it is obvious that his recovery was successful.As is their tradition, the show started with multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix out front and center alongside the titular Wood brothers for the first couple of tunes. Rix mixed percussive taps and slaps on an acoustic guitar and even some melodica to help give listeners a truly rich and diverse sound and unique energy to show openers “Just Might Pass” and “Keep Me Around.” Watch the fun begin in the clips below.“Just Might Pass”“Keep Me Around”Up next was a newer tune, “River Takes The Town,” a song played only a few times previously that carries a relevant message about the state of the world. Noting how it was apropos to both the physical devastation of the recent hurricanes and the mental devastation of the contentious political climate, Oliver Wood introduced one of the most moving moments of the evening with the new song, which you can watch below:“River Takes The Town”“Jam”The passing of Col. Bruce Hampton earlier this year stunned all sides of the music community, including The Wood Brothers. Oliver Wood took a few moments to talk about his love for the late Col., who they were scheduled to share the bill with the previous year. Noting that the band would be missing the tribute scheduled for Sunday to be led by the Rev. Jeff Mosier, The Wood Brothers still wanted to pay their respects. Oliver, who had spent much time with the Col. and performed at Hampton 70, seemed to use the inspiration and emotion to give his impressively honest vocals even more emotional weight. You can watch the stunning rendition of “Postcards From Hell” they played in his name below:“Postcards From Hell”After such a moving testimonial, The Wood Brothers decided to close on a cheerful note, delivering another excellent new tune, “Happiness Jones,” before closing the night down with fan favorite “Honey Jar.” The sheer energy from the set closers had the packed crowd dancing in pure jubilation. Chris Wood uses the Wood Brothers to showcase his more straight-forward bass skills but he managed an explosion or two during the final songs that left jaws dropped and minds melted. Watch the fun below:“Happiness Jones>Honey Jar”Attendees of Roots have a long tradition of acknowledging greatness when they see it and the ovation for The Wood Brothers was long and vigorous. For their part, the band seemed truly honored to receive such a warm reception and pleased to have so perfectly made up for their previously scheduled appearance. If the new tracks debuted are any indication they will have good reason to return to this beloved venue very soon to share the rest of what is sure to be a stellar release.last_img read more

Love life

first_img“Love stinks!” the J. Geils Band told the world in 1980, and while you can certainly argue whether or not this tender and ineffable spirit of affection has a downside, working hard to find it does. It may even shorten your life.A new study shows that ratios between males and females affect human longevity. Men who reach sexual maturity in a context in which they far outnumber women live, on average, three months less than men whose competition for a mate isn’t as stiff. The steeper the gender ratio (also known as the operational sex ratio), the sharper the decline in life span.“At first blush, a quarter of a year may not seem like much, but it is comparable to the effects of, say, taking a daily aspirin, or engaging in moderate exercise,” says Nicholas Christakis, senior author on the study and professor of medicine and medical sociology at Harvard Medical School as well as professor of sociology at Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “A 65-year-old man is typically expected to live another 15.4 years. Removing three months from this block of time is significant.”These results are published in the August issue of the journal Demography.An association between gender ratios and longevity had been established through studies of animals before, but never in humans. To search for a link in people, Christakis collaborated with researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of Wisconsin, and Northwestern University. The researchers looked at two distinct datasets.First, they examined information from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, a long-term project involving individuals who graduated from Wisconsin high schools in 1957. The researchers calculated the gender ratios of each high school graduating class, then ascertained how long the graduates went on to live. After adjusting for a multitude of factors, they discovered that, 50 years later, men from classes with an excess of boys did not live as long as men whose classes were gender-balanced. By one measurement, mortality for a 65-year-old who had experienced a steeper sex ratio decades earlier as a teenager was 1.6 percent higher than one who hadn’t faced such stiff competition for female attention.Next, the research team compared Medicare claims data with census data for a complete national sample of more than 7 million men throughout the UnitedStates and arrived at similar results (for technical reasons, the study was unable to evaluate results for women who outnumbered men at sexual maturity).Much attention has been paid to the deleterious social effects of gender imbalances in countries such as China and India, where selective abortion, internal migration, and other factors have in some areas resulted in men outnumbering women by up to 20 percent. Such an environment, already associated with a marked increase in violence and human trafficking, appears to shorten life as well.The researchers have not investigated mechanisms that might account for this phenomenon, but Christakis suspects that it arises from a combination of social and biological factors. After all, finding a mate can be stressful, and stress as a contributor to health disorders has been well-documented.Says Christakis, “We literally come to embody the social world around us, and what could be more social than the dynamics of sexual competition?”This research was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.last_img read more

Dell EMC Heroes Program Provides Technical Training to Partner and Dell EMC Systems Engineers

first_imgThe channel contributes $43B in annual revenue to Dell Technologies; and Pre Sales is critical to educating our partners and customers. The Dell EMC Heroes Program was designed to provide timely, effective technical training to Partner and Dell EMC systems engineers. The program’s components discussed below help build a physical and virtual community for our Partners.We launched the Heroes Program at Dell EMC World in 2017; and since then, the program has expanded globally with events in all regions: APJ, EMEA, LATAM and NA.The Heroes Program allows for direct, ongoing access to 10,000+ Partner and Dell EMC Pre Sales technologists throughout the year. This is Dell EMC’s single, global program focused on the Partner Community. It ensures touchpoints at all levels within the Partner Technical Community—practitioners, architects and senior technical leaders, executive technical management. The program sessions cover the entire Dell EMC portfolio including both Infrastructure (ISG) and Client (CSG). In the future, the Dell EMC Heroes Program will expand to include all the Dell Technologies strategically aligned businesses—including, Vmware, RSA, Virtustream, Boomi etc.To achieve its stated mission, the Dell EMC Heroes Program delivers four key elements:Heroes Exchange: Quarterly events for Partner systems engineers (SEs) and architects which feature Dell EMC technical products, roadmaps, competitive positioning, solutions and use cases. These are 100% partner focused with the Partner SE in mind—consider it a Partner User Group community. We often host these events at “cool” venues with scientific, historical or cultural significance around the world. These focused technical training events are intended to be complementary to Partner Academy and other training offerings from Dell EMC. Heroes Exchange events are aimed at IT practitioners.Sample Agenda: 8:00am-8:30am – Registration and breakfast8:30am-4:00pm – Technical sessions on Dell EMC Storage, Data Protection, Servers and Networking, HCI/CI, Ready Solutions and Unstructured Data Solutions4:00pm-6:00pm – Networking reception Partner Technical Advisory Boards (PTABs): Semi-annual invite-only events for Partner SMEs and Tech Directors; designed for Dell Technologies to receive Partner input and advice into programs, products and feature development. PTABs are aimed at Partner SE managers or practice leads, and are hosted in region.Heroes CTO Summit: An invite-only annual event for Partner CTOs for Partner Executive interaction with Dell Technologies technical executives. The annual Heroes Summit is aimed at partner technical visionaries to have two-way dialog with their peers from Dell Technologies.Online Community: In addition to the events, Heroes Exchange has an online community for Partners to learn about the events from all around the world. The program’s aim is for this to be a global community of partners who can learn about and from each other. Our partners are active on social media and Heroes posts can be found under the hashtag #DellEMCHeroes on LinkedIn and Twitter.In Q2 of this fiscal year, we launched Heroes Exchange events in the Greater China region (GC) with events in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. We were also pleased to relaunch the Client Heroes Program after a pilot series. During H2, we will include Global Alliances as another permutation of Heroes. The Global Alliances category includes Global Systems Integrators, Strategic Outsources, Service Providers and Cloud Partners.Whether it is facilitating medical care to the developing world or simply automating a mundane task that helps a lot of people, Dell EMC-based solutions are solving problems and this program will continue to support our Partners by ensuring they have the most up to date product information in order to serve our customers in the best way possible.For more information about the program and upcoming schedules, please email us.To stay updated on all Heroes Events, please join our LinkedIn Group here.last_img read more

24-year-old Jamestown Woman Pleads Guilty In 2019 Drug Case

first_imgLoegan Morrison-Samples file mugshot. Image by Jamestown Police.BUFFALO – A 24-year-old Jamestown woman has plead guilty to maintaining a drug-involved premises in connection with a 2019 drug case.The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Loegan Morrison-Samples entered the plea on Monday.Samples was arrested in April 2019 after the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force raided her Partridge Street residence.Inside the house, investigators allegedly recovered methamphetamine and other narcotics, including small amounts of cocaine and marijuana. In addition, police say they found a 12-gauge shotgun and a pink stun gun.Months later, in September 2019, police executed another search warrant at a new residence Samples shared with co-defendant Jacob Komenda.Jacob Komenda file mugshot. Image by Jamestown Police.Inside that location, police say they found more than $3,000 in cash, methamphetamine and various drug paraphernalia.Komenda was previously convicted of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, five grams or more of methamphetamine and is awaiting sentencing.Sentencing for Samples is scheduled for January 28, 2021. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Maintaining employment and business activity is key

first_img“Swe are aware of the situation of the coronavirus epidemic and its impact on our entire economy, of which tourism is currently the most affected. Our Government is taking a responsible approach to solving the problem and the measures we will apply will be primarily to retain jobs and maintain the liquidity of employers whose business is directly affected by the viral crisis. “, said Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli. According to eVisitor data, in the first 10 days of March, 30% less arrivals and overnight stays were recorded. He added that just last week, finance ministers discussed possible economic and financial consequences, as well as consequences for tourism. In conversations with tourism workers from various sectors, some state assistance or compensatory measures are expected in the transition period from the moratorium on loans, wage relief, etc.… It is certainly most important to maintain the liquidity of the tourism sector and jobs. Due to intensive monitoring of the coronavirus situation, sessions of the Tourist Board of the CNTB will be held once a week “Currently, all countries are doing analyzes, the situation is different, you see what is happening in Italy and in some other countries where the prevalence of coronavirus is much higher, ie this epidemic. At the moment, Croatia is holding talks with all interested segments of the Croatian economy. We had a meeting with hoteliers last week, and I instructed Ministers Marić, Horvat and Cappelli to consult with all sectors of the economy.”, Said Plenković yesterday. Kristjan Staničić, CNTB: Planned promotional campaigns on digital and online platforms in most markets have been postponed Today, the 62nd session of the Tourist Board of the Croatian Tourist Board was held, at which the members of the council decided that the sessions will be held once a week due to intensive monitoring of the situation regarding coronavirus. Plenković: We are working on finding measures to make the coronavirus crisis as harmful as possible to the Croatian economy Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli emphasized that they have already started seasonal employment and training in tourism and expressed his desire to retain the workforce, especially employees from the territory of the Republic of Croatia. He announced that measures to retain workers would be implemented soon. Cappelli also emphasizes that it is important to send a clear message that our tourism sector will be prepared and will provide all the necessary services to tourists who come to Croatia. Dnevnik.hr he briefly conveyed some of the information from this meeting, but as far as could be read between the lines, it is obvious that we still have to wait for concrete measures, which, according to Minister Zdravko Maric, will be elaborated in more detail in the coming days. “The most endangered will be the transport sector, especially air transport, which is quite logical, and the second is, of course, the tourism sector. In both of these sectors, of course, Croatia will take appropriate measures. All ministries are currently monitoring the situation and we will then together, both at the European level and at the national level, continue to find ways to make the situation as harmful as possible for the Croatian economy.”, Concluded the Prime Minister. The meeting of Croatian ministers with representatives of economic associations and institutions, including representatives of the tourism sector, has ended. The burning issue was the impact of the coronavirus on the economy and the upcoming tourist season. Photo: Government of the Republic of Croatia The most vulnerable sectors of transport, especially air and tourism In the coming days, concrete measures will be known to help companies affected by the effects of coronavirus. “We are in constant contact with the most important tour operators, partners and entities from the tourism industry, as well as with colleagues from the European Travel Commission. In cooperation with the offices of the CNTB’s representative office in the world, we actively monitor the situation around the coronavirus every day, and we reacted in accordance with the new circumstances in terms of adjusting marketing and PR activities in the markets. Scheduled promotional campaigns on digital and online platforms in most markets have been delayed. Until the beginning of March, we successfully completed advertising as part of brand campaigns, while pre- and post-season promotion campaigns were postponed in order to place customized promotional messages at a more appropriate time to target groups in terms of their openness and readiness to travel after stabilization.” said CNTB Director Kristjan Stanicic.last_img read more

UK roundup: Balfour Beatty, Just Retirement

first_imgBalfour Beatty has re-negotiated the terms of its pension fund recovery plan, transferring ownership of £85m (€115m) in private finance initiative (PFI) assets to a new limited company.The firm would not be drawn on the ownership arrangements of the limited company, but similar asset transfers to Scottish Limited Partnerships have been used as a vehicle for asset-backed funding agreements in lieu of contributions to pension funds in deficit.According to Balfour Beatty’s 2013 annual report, the Balfour Beatty Pension Fund was 88% funded at the end of March 2013.At the time, the sponsor agreed to an eight-year recovery plan that would have seen payments of £460m made over the course of the agreement. In a statement to the London Stock Exchange, the company said today that an £85m deficit reduction payment would be made over an eight-year period, starting in 2016 with a £4m cash payment that would then increase in undisclosed increments.It comes in place of an £85m cash payment promised as part of the £820m sale of Parsons Brinckerhoff, which would have also seen a £200m share buyback that the company cancelled in January.Leo Quinn, the company’s chief executive, said he was pleased the trustee had agreed to the new arrangement.“This gives a clear plan on how the pension deficit will be reduced over time, whilst maintaining balance-sheet flexibility as we drive the required organisational change and performance improvement, as set out in the Build to Last programme we announced last week,” he said. In other news, annuity provider Just Retirement has seen its annuity sales decline only 4%, despite the UK government’s no longer requiring individuals to annuitise pension pots.In its interim report for the six months to December 2014, the company said it was able to offset the decline in individual business with a 39% increase in bulk annuity sales, with total business peaking above £660m.Rodney Cook, Just Retirement’s chief executive, said he was “delighted” to be able to report “resilient” profits despite the regulatory changes.For more on the bulk annuity market, read Taha Lokhandwala’s assessment of the growing business in medically underwritten bulk annuitieslast_img read more

Egypt vows to enact tougher laws to combat terrorism

first_imgThe Egyptian government is vowing to enact tougher laws to combat terrorism. The proposals include more powers of arrest for the police and special fast-track courts for terror suspects. CCTV’s Yasser Hakim reports Egypt’s Al-Sisi approves tough anti-terrorism laws Will France help to combat terrorism in Egypt? Related Kenyan MP’s want tougher laws on gamblinglast_img