Philippines, Vietnam Receive Warships amid China Tension

first_img View post tag: Vietnam View post tag: china View post tag: Naval Philippines, Vietnam Receive Warships amid China Tension View post tag: News by topic The Philippines and Vietnam each received warships Tuesday to beef up their navies as they face tensions with China over disputed islands, r…(sympatico)[mappress]Source: sympatico, August 23, 2011; View post tag: Philippines Back to overview,Home naval-today Philippines, Vietnam Receive Warships amid China Tension View post tag: Tension August 23, 2011 View post tag: Navy View post tag: receive View post tag: Warships Industry news Share this articlelast_img read more

Somali Coast Guard Conducts Counter-Piracy Training

first_img View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Somali Coast Guard Conducts Counter-Piracy Training Authorities View post tag: Coast Guard View post tag: Counter-Piracy View post tag: europe View post tag: Naval View post tag: Training View post tag: Ocean Shield View post tag: conductscenter_img Task Force 508 of NATO’s counter-piracy Operation Ocean Shield has conducted training with Somali Coast Guard personnel. The training took place off the coast of the town of Hobyo on October 12th and 13th and marks the first time Somali maritime forces have trained in their territorial waters.Following the training activities, the Commanding Officer of HDMS ESBERN SNARE, Commander Henrik Holck Rasmussen, handed out certificates to 15 Somali Coast Guard personnel.“The dedication and willingness to learn I have seen these two days has been outstanding,” said Commander Rasmussen. “Through years of naval presence and cooperation, the international community has contained piracy in these waters. However, in the long run the best solution is for Somali authorities to be able to suppress the maritime crime themselves. Today we have taken an important step in that direction.”The Coast Guard trainees, hailing from the Galmudug Region on Somalia’s east coast, were trained in criminal investigation procedures, first aid, and motor engine maintenance and repair. There are a number of specialists in these fields on board ESBERN SNARE.“We could see that the pupils came with proficiency already obtained from training with other international units,” said the manager of the two day course, Lieutenant Heino Kristensen. “We were able to build on this and heighten their skills.”The graduation ceremony on board ESBERN SNARE was honoured by being attended by several senior members of the local authorities, including the Vice Governor of Galmudug and the Vice Mayor of Hobyo.[mappress]Image: NATO MARCOM View post tag: Navy View post tag: operation View post tag: africa Somali Coast Guard Conducts Counter-Piracy Training View post tag: Somali October 15, 2014 Share this articlelast_img read more

Rep. Messer Authors Bill Modeled After IU Program to Reduce Student Loan Debt

first_imgMesser’s bill, the Letter of Estimated Annual Debt for Students (LEADS) Act, would require higher education institutions that accept federal aid to send an annual letter to every student estimating their total loan debt and future monthly payments.“Student loan debt has tripled over the last two decades, handcuffing our young people as they try to make it in today’s economy,” Messer said. “Often, students don’t realize the true burden of their debt. We want to empower students with information so they can make better-informed decisions about their education, finances and future.” WASHINGTON (Thursday, March 9, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) today introduced legislation modeled after an Indiana University program to help reduce student loan debt. According to a 2014 Brookings Institute study, about half of all first-year undergraduate students in the U.S. seriously underestimate how much student debt they have. Worse yet, 14 percent of students who have student loans think that they do not have any student debt at all. Inspired by the results of the program, the Indiana General Assembly enacted bipartisan legislation in 2015 that required all colleges that accept state aid to send similar letters. In 2012, IU began sending annual letters to every student estimating their total loan debt and future monthly payments. Four years later, officials at the University reported undergraduate borrowing had dropped 23 percent. The LEADS Act, H.R. 1429, is modeled after a program started at IU to better educate students about their loans and prevent over-borrowing.center_img “Through an extensive financial literacy program, a focus in financial aid on student loan debt and more incentives to get students to graduate on-time, Indiana University has reduced student loan debt by over $100 million over the past four years,” said Jim Kennedy Associate Vice President for University Student Services and Systems at IU. “The annual student loan debt letter implemented by IU has played a major role in overall student awareness about student loans and responsible borrowing, and we are proud that it is serving as a model for other institutions committed to ensuring the affordability and accessibility of quality higher education.” The LEADS Act is among the policy recommendations supported by the Republican Policy Committee’s Millennial Task Force, a group dedicated to empowering millennials through sensible policies, limited government, and free market opportunities.  Learn more about the Millennial Task Force’s policy recommendations and view the Task Force’s Millennial Report here. Messer is chair of the Republican Policy Committee and co-chair of the Millennial Task Force. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgEvansville, IN – Below are the felony cases to be filed by the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office today.Larry Michael Bolin: Operating a vehicle with an ACE of 0.08 or more (Level 6 Felony)Shaina Erin Moore: Battery against a public safety official (Level 6 Felony), Operating a vehicle while intoxicated (Level 6 Felony)Joshua Lane Grigsby: Domestic battery (Level 6 Felony)Pierre Demont Thomas Jr.: Domestic battery (Level 6 Felony), Intimidation (Level 6 Felony), Criminal mischief (Class B misdemeanor)Edward Schmidt: Auto theft (Level 6 Felony)Khalil Abdul Jabbar Smallings: Unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon (Level 4 Felony), Criminal recklessness (Level 5 Felony), Attempt Battery by means of a deadly weapon (Level 5 Felony), Resisting law enforcement (Class A misdemeanor)Misery N. Cadet: Dealing in a narcotic drug (Level 2 Felony), Possession of cocaine (Level 4 Felony), Unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon (Level 4 Felony), Possession of marijuana (Class B misdemeanor)Benjamin Allen Richard L. Baize: Possession of methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony)FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

This is not just bakery…

first_imgNo one has done more to capitalise on that ghastly sounding word ’premiumisation’ over the last few years than Marks & Spencer. In fact, the retailer has gone to such lengths to drive this home to consumers that you could coin another P-word – pornographisation – to describe it, such has been the success of its occasionally lambasted but hugely successful ’This is not just food…’ marketing, whose overtones rival only Nigella Lawson for titillating innuendo.The in-store bakery (ISB) is the next thing on the agenda to be sexed up. Having undergone a review, the planned changes – teasingly under wraps – will begin filtering through over the next six months, from January. “We can see the ISB becoming a real hero category where people think, ’Wow, M&S bakery!’” says new bakery category manager Gail Richards, who, for the last five months, has covered core pre-packed bakery as well as in-store bakery.This will involve a renewed focus on smaller artisan producers and sourcing regional favourites. “We could do so much there,” she says. “There are so many fantastic things we’ve seen that couldn’t be done in a large factory because the product’s either hand-finished or hand-topped. They are the types of areas where we’re looking to work with smaller businesses. We source from throughout the UK – you’d be surprised how many bakers we have in every single part of the British Isles. We already sell an Irish range, but we need to have a wider Scottish and Welsh range.”established supply baseWhat separates M&S from other retailers is that its products are entirely own-label. This means it has an established supply base, with relationships stretching back four decades. But five new suppliers will be joining over the next two months, two of which approached M&S.You won’t get your foot in the door by approaching M&S with something it already stocks, says Richards. “I would say to potential suppliers, go out and look at the market, see what’s out there. The first question we will ask is ’What’s so special about your product?’ One, it must taste really good; two, it must follow the brand values; and three, why is it different? Will it add incremental sales and will customers know what to do with it?”While a buyer may leapfrog around departments, Richards says there is long-established technical expertise in M&S’ bakery department, including Barry Stocker, senior bakery technologist, with 34 years’ experience in the baking industry. Richards also works alongside a technical manager and a product development manager and, together, they are responsible for setting the strategy for bakery.”While we have people specific to bakery, there are other people we would rotate – it really depends on your skill base for the category. I’ve worked across a spectrum and that keeps you fresh, because you’re always learning new things,” says Richards. “I love the diversity in bakery: one minute I’ll be talking about wheat prices; the next minute I’ll be standing in front of eight croissants judging the best flakiness, and the next I’ll be talking to the technical team about a new process for breadmaking.”What distinguishes bakery from a category like groceries, which Richards has also managed, is the smaller number of suppliers, but there is scope for innovation across all product segments. “Bakery has 99% penetration. Generally, 60% of our customers will only pick up one bakery item in the shop. They could be putting so much more in the basket and that is our greatest opportunity and our big challenge over the next year.”This will be achieved through tailoring ranges to M&S’ plethora of retail formats – 13 in all. Across the estate of over 570 stores, it has the rapidly-expanding Simply Food, large high street stores and railway and motorway outlets, all of which attract different customer types. A large percentage of those are one-to-two person households. “If you’ve got a beautiful Mediterranean bread, but it feeds four-to-six, then people are not going to pick it up. What we’re now doing is having smaller sizes of those types of products. That way, they’re more inclined to put it in the basket. Smaller 400g loaves are now out-performing 800g because of our customer type. For most other retailers, 800g is their core.”In recent months, M&S introduced individually-wrapped croissants, pains au chocolat and Danish, sold en route to the checkout, which have taken off. “I love a croissant, but my husband doesn’t, so I don’t want a four-pack of croissants. This way people can mix-and-match,” she successM&S has had a few firsts in the baking industry, she adds, including the hugely successful tubs of mini-bites, which were launched five years ago. The range is refreshed with new flavours such as Rocky Road, introduced last year, which has already become the category’s fourth-biggest seller. Two months ago, Amaretto was added to the line-up and is shaping up to be another strong performer.”The mini-bites absolutely fly out of those smaller stores,” she says. “And cakes do well because people will often be going to visit someone. The whole brief behind mini-bites revolves around people feeling a bit guilty about having a big slice of cake. They want nice little nibbles. You can eat as few or as many as you wish.”Recently M&S introduced six-pack mini lemon muffins for the same reasons. “Sometimes you don’t want a whole muffin, but you want to treat yourself. That’s something you’ll be seeing more of.”Similarly, boxes of bite-size Turkish patisserie Baklava have rapidly built up a loyal following. “They’re a big seller. Our customers used to phone up to say ’You’ve run out today’. So now we make sure we don’t run out!”Being entirely own-label gives M&S an important advantage over the competition, she believes. “We can control the whole process, from raw materials to how the products are actually made, which gives us consistency of quality. We can make claims like ’all our breads are free from preservatives’, because we know everything that’s in our products.”That’s important for new suppliers who approach us, because they need to work with our brand values; they need to know we don’t do GM, hydrogenated fats or preservatives in the bread. Hopefully, by January 2008, 99% of our bakery range will be free from artificial colourings, flavourings and preservatives. We want people who will support us in that ambition.” n—-=== At a glance ===Job history: Worked for Sainsbury’s for eight years across a number of categories before joining M&S five years ago; there, she has category-managed fish, chicken, frozen foods, dairy, juice, groceries, biscuits and savoury. Five months ago, she joined the bakery team.Top tip to new suppliers: no phone calls please; just send a one-page summary of who you are and what’s your point of difference via email. Do you fit with M&S’ ’Plan A’ corporate sustainability policy?Favourite product: “I love scones! I’ve benchmarked them so many times, I keep saying,’Let’s do scones again!’”Outside interests: “Since I’ve joined bakery I seem to be putting on weight. So I’ve taken up tennis and pilates to balance the over-eating.”last_img read more

Power outage affects 1400 South Bend residents, forces eLearning day for LaSalle Academy

first_img By Brooklyne Beatty – October 29, 2020 0 469 Power outage affects 1400 South Bend residents, forces eLearning day for LaSalle Academy Google+ IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Facebook (Photo Supplied/Indiana Michigan Power) More than 1400 South Bend residents are without power after a vehicle struck a powerline early Thursday morning.LaSalle Academy is also affected by the power outage, and as a result, will provide eLearning for its students for the duration of the day.PLEASE NOTE: Due to a power outage, LaSalle Academy students will have an eLearning day today, Thursday, October 29.— South Bend Schools (@SouthBendCSC) October 29, 2020The Indiana Michigan Power Outage Map estimates all power to be restored by 5 p.m.center_img TAGSeLearningi&mIndianaIndiana Michigan PowerLaSalle ElementarymapoutagepowerSouth Bend Facebook Twitter Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleBerrien County Sheriff to increase Halloween drunk driving enforcementNext articleRaising Cane’s begins hiring for December debut in Mishawaka Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

News story: Health and Social Care Secretary bans fax machines in NHS

first_img Because I love the NHS, I want to bring it into the 21st century and use the very best technology available. We’ve got to get the basics right, like having computers that work and getting rid of the archaic fax machines still used across the NHS when everywhere else got rid of them years ago. I am instructing the NHS to stop buying fax machines and I’m setting a deadline for getting rid of them altogether. Email is much more secure and miles more effective than fax machines. The NHS can be the best in the world – and we can start with getting rid of fax machines. NHS trusts will instead be required to invest in new technology to replace outdated systems.The ban on buying fax machines takes effect from January 2019. They will be phased out by 31 March 2020. NHS organisations will be monitored on a quarterly basis until they declare themselves ‘fax free’.A freedom of information request revealed in July that more than 8,000 fax machines are still being used by the NHS in EnglandFrom April, NHS organisations will be required to use modern communication methods, such as secure email, to improve patient safety and cyber security.It is part of the Health and Social Care Secretary’s tech vision, to modernise the health service and make it easier for NHS organisations to introduce innovative technologies.Digital services and IT systems will soon have to meet a clear set of open standards to ensure they can talk to each other across organisational boundaries and can be continuously upgraded.Any system that does not meet these standards will be phased out and the government will look to end contracts with providers who do not understand these principles for the health and care sector.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: Richard Kerr, Chair of the Royal College of Surgeons Commission on the Future of Surgery, said:center_img Earlier this year, work undertaken for the RCS’s Commission on the Future of Surgery revealed that NHS hospital trusts own over 8,000 fax machines. This is absurd. Advances in artificial intelligence, genomics and imaging for healthcare promise exciting benefits for patients. As these digital technologies begin to play a bigger part in how we deliver healthcare it is crucial that we invest in better ways of communicating the vast amount of patient information that is going to be generated. Most other organisations scrapped fax machines in the early 2000s and it is high time the NHS caught up. The RCS supports the ban on fax machines that will come into place in March 2020. Since we published our data on NHS fax machines, we’ve seen a number of trusts pledge to ‘axe the fax’. They have proved that, with the right will and support, it is possible to modernise NHS communications.last_img read more

Canada Bread sees sales up in frozen

first_imgLower overhead costs and an improved product mix at Maple Leaf Bakery UK has helped boost parent company Canada Bread’s frozen bakery sales.Second quarter sales stood at C$125.7m (£80.53m) for the six months to 30 June 2012, compared to C$123.9m in 2011 (£79.38m).The firm said that after adjusting for the closure of its Walsall bakery in the UK, the related exit of unprofitable categories, and currency translations, sales were up 5%. However the rise was mainly due to stronger volumes and selling prices in its North American frozen bakery operations.Adjusted operating earnings within frozen bakery stood at C$6.9m (£4.4m) compared to C$1.9m (£1.2m) last year.Richard Lan, president and chief executive officer of Canada Bread, said: “Our results improved from last year and significantly from a weak first quarter, reflecting some improvement in volume and the benefit of price increases in our frozen bakery segment to manage higher costs.“While the bread category continues to be soft in both North America and the UK, we will continue to manage this through proactive sales strategies, product innovation and cost reduction.”Canada Bread is 90%-owned by Canadian-based Maple Leaf Foods. Its frozen bakery arms comprises products sold to retail, foodservice and convenience channels in North America and the UK, including the New York Bakery Co brand.last_img read more

Grateful Dead To Release ‘Dave’s Picks 19’ Featuring Hawaii 1970 Concert With 38-Minute ‘Lovelight’

first_imgThe acclaimed Dave’s Picks series has just announced the 19th volume in their archival series, picking out a gem of a performance from the Grateful Dead’s career. The new Dave’s Picks Volume 19 release will spotlight the Dead’s 1/23/70 performance in Hawaii, as the band took their jams across the Pacific to the Honolulu Civic Auditorium.The show sees the band turning from a psychedelic novelty to a legitimate and talented grouping of artists, highlighting the transition between the 60’s and the 70’s. There are plenty of highlights from his great release, including the 38-minute version of the classic “Turn On Your Love Light” by Bobby “Blue” Bland, as sung by Pigpen.Check out more info here, and the full tracklisting below.Disc 1 1. China Cat Sunflower> [4:35] 2. I Know You Rider> [6:11] 3. Black Peter [8:36] 4. The Yellow Dog Story [3:14] 5. Hard To Handle [5:41] 6. Mama Tried [3:10] 7. Casey Jones [1:22] 8. Dire Wolf [4:27] 9. Good Lovin’ [10:00] 10. That’s It For The Other One [21:57] Disc 2 1. Dark Star> [18:45] 2. St. Stephen [5:02] 3. Turn On Your Lovelight [38:09] Disc 3 1. Cumberland Blues [5:37] 2. Cold Rain And Snow [5:36] 3. Me And My Uncle [3:32] 4. I’m A King Bee [6:25] 5. Mason’s Children [6:47] 6. Black Peter [9:41] 7. Good Lovin’ [6:23] 8. Feedback>[1:23] 9. And We Bid You Goodnight [4:25] 10. Dancing In The Street [9:18]last_img read more

Wes Anderson Is Making A Post-WWII Musical, And It’s Probably Going To Be Whimsical As Fuck

first_imgWes Anderson has become an iconic director of our time. Known for his distinct symmetrical shot frames (please do yourself a favor and check out Accidentally Wes Anderson if you haven’t already), pastel hues, meticulous details, and whimsical storylines, the critically acclaimed director surged into popularity after hits like The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and most recently, the stop-motion masterpiece Isle Of Dogs.Normally, Anderson takes his sweet time creating films, infrequently releasing movies in a close timeframe. However, as a followup to 2018’s Isle Of Dogs, a French newspaper, Charente Libre, reports that Anderson is currently creating a musical set in post-World War II France. While details about the new project are sparse, the movie is set to film in late 2018 or late 2019. Given Anderson’s past body of work, it’s likely that his go-to muse, Bill Murray, will make an appearance—a hunch that’s even more so likely given that Murray himself has been flexing his musical muscles as of late, touring as a contemporary classical musician with a string quartet.Regardless, if we know anything about Wes Anderson, this new film is going to be whimsical as fuck, and we’re here for it.[H/T Consequence Of Sound]last_img read more