USA: Rim of the Pacific Exercise to Begin June 29

first_img View post tag: RIMPAC Training & Education View post tag: Navy USA: Rim of the Pacific Exercise to Begin June 29 View post tag: usa View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic May 9, 2012 Twenty-two nations, 42 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 29 to Aug. 3, in and around the Hawaiian Islands.The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series that began in 1971.Hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet, and led by Vice Adm. Gerald Beaman, commander of the U.S. Third Fleet (C3F), RIMPAC 2012 marks the first time non-U.S. officers will command components of the combined task force during the exercise. Commodore Stuart Mayer of the Royal Australian Navy will command the Maritime Component and Brig. Gen. Michael Hood of the Royal Canadian Air Force will command the Air Component. Other key leaders of the multinational force include Royal Canadian Navy Rear Adm. Ron Lloyd, deputy commander of the Combined Task Force (CTF), and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Rear Adm. Fumiyuki Kitagawa, vice commander of the CTF.The theme of RIMPAC 2012 is “Capable, Adaptive, Partners.” The participating nations and forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of maritime forces. These capabilities range from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting. The relevant, realistic training syllabus includes amphibious operations; gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises as well as counter-piracy, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal and diving and salvage operations.RIMPAC 2012 will feature the first demonstration of a U.S. Navy “Great Green Fleet,” during which U.S. surface combatants and carrier-based aircraft will test, evaluate and demonstrate the cross-platform utility and functionality of biofuels. This demonstration will also incorporate prototype energy efficiency initiatives such as solid state lighting, on-line gas turbine waterwash and energy management tools.This year’s exercise includes units or personnel from Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 09, 2012; Image: US Navy Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Rim of the Pacific Exercise to Begin June 29 View post tag: Exercise View post tag: Pacific View post tag: Hawaiian Island View post tag: Rim View post tag: begin View post tag: June 29last_img read more

Swallowing the Sun – David Parks

first_imgMartin is a man of destiny – or at least we are assured as much with mounting insistence throughout Swallowing the Sun. He has escaped, by dint of stubborn grit, from his brutal childhood in a Belfast slum, but in his new middle-class existence he feels awkward and uncomfortable. He is suspicious of this bourgeoisie to which he suddenly belongs, and is overawed by money and soft furnishings. Furthermore, he has an old taste for violence (instilled of course by his father) that is only lying dormant. And when things in the cosy family unit start to fall apart, the old horror returns. David Parks makes so much of these tragic totems that you feel, after a while, like enquiring as to the precise nature of Martin’s relations with his mother, and whether he has consulted an oracle recently. But to give away anything much of the plot would be to spoil the most enjoyable aspect of this novel. Parks tells a good yarn, and the pace of the narrative mounts steadily and effectively, even if it seems to lack an ending. But Parks isn’t content just to say what happens next; he wants to have a deep and meaningful dialogue with you. Sometimes this means that he overloads sentences, describing characters’ thoughts with overweight diction, as when Martin has a moment of reflection in the school hall. However, Parks can show great sensitivity to the significance of places and objects; a mobile phone that reappears several times, effectively registers the shifting boundary between public and private speech in the novel. The objects in Martin’s museum form a lapidary bulwark against the ravages of time and Martin’s demons. David Parks might sometimes sound like he’s swallowed a thesaurus rather than the sun, but he writes compellingly when telling a story and not thinking about fate. Bloomsbury, hardback, £14.99ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2004last_img read more

What’s brewing?

first_imgTea. It’s the archetypal British drink, consumed by many of us in large quantities, daily. But it can often prove hard to find a decent cuppa when out and about. Although coffee shops are increasing their presence on our high streets at a staggering rate, tea has traditionally been the drink of choice on these shores, and one that shouldn’t be neglected.According to the UK Tea Council, around 165 million cups of tea are drunk in the UK per day, compared to 70 million cups of coffee. Speaking at the Caffè Culture exhibition last year, Bill Gorman, chairman, UK Tea Council, told visitors that if their tea offering was not up to their speciality coffee offering, then they were missing a trick. He also said that by improving the quality of their tea offering, there was an opportunity to charge 50p more per cup in some instances around £1.65 per cup, which could make you a profit of £1.63 per cup.Jacqueline Chapman, customer marketing manager at Twinings, says that to maximise the profit opportunity of tea, bakers need to realise that a simple bag in a cup is no longer enough. “Much like what we have experienced with coffee, consumers are now looking for something different and premium to what they get at home to help justify them parting with their money,” she says. “The profitability of tea shouldn’t be underestimated as it accounts for seven out of 10 hot drinks consumed.”She says the speciality tea market has grown in value by 3.9% in the past 12 months, while ’commodity’ or builder’s teas continue to decline. “Sales of infusions are up 7% and green tea 6.2% (Nielsen data 11.06.11) an indication of just how discerning consumers have become in their tea tastes.”In reaction to this trend, Twinings recently introduced smaller pack sizes of its speciality, infusions and green tea ranges. Chapman says this was to make the range more accessible and help operators increase profits, by allowing them to offer their customers a wider range of teas, but reduce stockholding, at no extra cost.Chapman adds that choice is essential. “The tea purchased can vary depending on the time of day or the customer’s mood,” she elaborates. “For instance, where a strong speciality English Breakfast is welcome in the morning, a soothing, light and delicate Earl Grey would be preferred for the afternoon. Camomile and Pure Peppermint are also welcome alternatives for customers seeking a caffeine-free hot beverage.” Chapman says bakers could even expand their tea menu, where appropriate, to offer decaffeinated blends or popular infusions such as lemon and ginger.She adds: “How you market and present your tea is instrumental to how it will perform.” As 75% of consumers will generally only ask for products they can see on menus and counters, she says, it is important to promote your teas with high-visibility point-of-sale and branded merchandising.”Including tempting descriptors and offering tea and food pairings can also help differentiate your tea offering,” she adds.Alex Nazaruk, marketing manager at The London Tea Company (LTC), which supplies teas to the likes of Pret A Manger, says: “English Breakfast and Earl Grey are, and will always be, popular, but what has surprised us is the increasing popularity of herbal infusions. Our biggest sellers are Peppermint and Green Tea.”He reckons the foodservice industry needs to take into account what sells well in the major multiples, as customers will often want to drink the same teas on-the-go. “We have also noticed that retailers are increasingly switching to the corn starch tea bags,” says Nazaruk, who adds that the biggest growth of these has been seen with its speciality teas, as they give a better quality loose leaf tea. “Starbucks has just switched to that format, and more and more people are doing the same.”He recommends bakery retail outlets, coffee shops and cafés offer a range of six to eight teas: a couple of standards teas, such as English Breakfast and Earl Grey, a few herbal teas such as peppermint tea and green tea, and maybe a couple of more unusual teas for those customers who want a special tea to accompany the treat they have bought themselves to eat. For example the LTC offers a white tea, elderflower and apricot variety, and vanilla chai, which is popular in Pret, he says. Costa case study The Costa store on Queen Street in Oxford sells a wide range of Twinings tea, with tea accounting for an increasing share of its business currently 10% and rising. Store manager Jenny Coughlan (pictured left) says its most popular tea is Everyday Tea, but it also sells a lot of green tea and peppermint tea.”We put a lot of effort into our food range, because we want to do everything well. In the same way, we wouldn’t want to serve sub-standard tea as it would ruin what we are trying to achieve as a brand name,” explains Coughlan.”Tea can also drive incremental food sales and, with a broad range of cakes and sweet treats available, tea offers an excellent opportunity to encourage consumers to buy a pot of tea and a cake for some well-earned time out.” She says the store recently added a decaffeinated Traditional English Tea to its offering, which has proved really popular. “Once people see it is available and that it is featured on the board, they tend to buy it.” New products l Twinings recently introduced three new blends to its expanding foodservice porfolio. The firm says seasonality is a key driver of consumers’ tea choice. It has launched chai tea for the winter months, which features an aromatic scent of cinnamon, ginger and cloves. While for the January detoxers, it has introduced green tea & jasmine, which contains antioxidants, and has a light, floral flavour. l Lu Lin Tea Cubed has been launched in a bid to give tea leaves more freedom in their bags. The cube-shaped nylon bags, which contain loose tea leaves, stay firm and are considerably larger than conventional tea bags. However, one bag can make up to three pots of tea, claims to firm. The product has even been named as an Innovation of the Week by DataMonitor’s Product Launch Analytics. The tea comes in eight flavours including green tea (Dragonwell), puerh tea, and Fujian oolong tea.l The Drury Tea & Coffee Company, which recently launched a new range of speciality teas in pyramid-shaped bags, has now expanded the range by adding a new catering pack of 100 in each of the varieties. The firm says the new shape and material teabags allow the tea to brew more efficiently. The 17-strong range includes lemon and ginger infusion and spiced chai with assam. l Jacksons of Piccadilly claims to have launched the first Fairtrade Infusions range for the foodservice sector. The new teas cranberry, raspberry & blueberry, pure peppermint and pure camomile will be available from mid-February, in cases of 4 x 20 enveloped teabags. Tea stats n Number of cups of tea drunk per day: 165 millionNumber of cups of coffee drunk per day: 70 millionn Approximately 34% of UK daily fluid consumption is tea 14% of this is out-of-home (that’s just over 21 million cups of tea per day)last_img read more

Industry responds to PM’s plans to leave single market

first_img“Ambitious plan with the right priorities”Meanwhile, Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium said that the Prime Minister had an ambitious plan with the right priorities.“It is crucial that Britain gets a new deal that works for ordinary British consumers, which doesn’t hit them with the costs of new import tariffs at a time when the pound is already weakened,” she said.“The government has an opportunity to secure a win-win deal that works for the UK economy, by keeping prices down for consumers, while allowing the EU to continue benefiting from its open-trade relationship with the UK.” Following Theresa May’s announcement that the UK is set to leave the single market, the industry has reacted to the news that could affect their businesses.During the anticipated speech, the PM noted that staying a member of the European single market would mean “not leaving the EU at all”.May outlined the UK’s priorities for Brexit negotiations, including rights for EU nationals in Britain, free trade with European markets and new trade agreements with other countries. “Much needed clarity”Ian Wright, director general of the FDF, has welcomed “some much needed clarity and commitment to securing the freest and simplest possible trade arrangements with the EU”.He added: “We are also encouraged that the PM hopes to adopt a phased approach to Brexit, which offers businesses time to prepare and plan as opposed to a potentially fatal jump from the cliff edge.”center_img Agriculture is a key industry for BritainThe National Farmers’ Union (NFU) responded by outlining four principles which British food production needs in a post-Brexit Britain:The best possible access to trade with Europe;Access to a competent and reliable workforce;The government to give a commitment that agriculture is a key industry for Britain and a post-Brexit Britain will allow farmers to be profitable, productive and realise the potential of British food production;That any changes to trading relationships or the agricultural policy affecting farmers should be subject to a period of transition to allow farming businesses to adapt to any new environment.The NFU has long called for clarity from government as to what the intended trading environment will be for Britain post-Brexit. Some 72% of agricultural exports go to the EU, with some sectors being heavily dependent on trade with the rest of Europe. For example, 78% of wheat and barley exports went to the EU, according to the union.In October, Liberal Democrat politician Nick Clegg warned that UK food prices would see a steep hike if the government were to opt for a hard Brexit and leave the single market.Bakery companies such as Mr Kipling owner Premier Foods recently announced they would be raising the prices that retailers pay for their products.last_img read more

Tales of Transformations: Brooks Serves Up Science

first_imgMeet Brooks Weisblat, VP of Technology at Frost Science, who – as he says – is responsible “for everything that has a button on it.” That’s very modest. In fact, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is a 250,000 square foot state-of-the-art marvel. Every part of it, from the exhibits to the wildlife tanks to the gift shop, uses the latest technology to keep it running smoothly and efficiently. Building these interconnected systems was a massive undertaking for Brooks and a small team of developers.Brooks started his career as a web developer at a small science museum in Miami… and two decades later, he was planning the technological backbone for a $330 million new building. Have a look at how Dell Technologies centralized infrastructure helped Brooks make it happen. Here is his Tale of Transformation:A modern infrastructure enables Brooks and his team to spend their time being creative and helping the museum’s staff think big.If you want to learn more about how Brooks melded creativity and technology to help create a state-of-the-art modern marvel, check out this podcast.Are you ready to modernize your infrastructure? Then learn more here.last_img read more

Tony Host James Corden & More Get the Vogue Treatment

first_imgLeslie Odom Jr., Lin-Manuel Miranda & Joan SmallsSmalls wears an Erdem cape and dress(Photo: Mikael Jansson/Vogue) The Schuyler Sisters aren’t the only Great White Way show-stoppers that know how to werk. Hamilton title star, mastermind, Tony nominee, Pulitzer Prize winner and Audience Choice Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, along with BACA Fave Onstage Pair partner Leslie Odom Jr. and a slew of other Broadway stars have received the wave from Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour’s wand. This season’s robust roster of talent is currently slaying in the glossy pages of the iconic fashion magazine’s June issue. From a high fashion duel in front of the NYC skyline to model Joan Smalls riding shotgun with Tony host James Corden (see below), the issue is currently on stands to get you hyped up for the glamour of Broadway’s biggest night on June 12. So, who will Wintour play fairy godmother to at this year’s Great White Way ball? One thing’s for sure: all of Broadway’s best clean up real nice. Pick up a copy of Vogue with actress Margot Robbie on the cover to see Cynthia Erivo, Sara Bareilles and more inside! Star Files Hamilton View Comments Lin-Manuel Miranda Leslie Odom Jr. Fashion Editor: Camilla NickersonPhoto: Mert Alas And Marcus Piggott/Vogue Related Shows from $149.00 Smalls wears a Saint Laurent blouse; Corden wears BurberryPhoto: Mikael Jansson/Voguelast_img read more

Turfgrass institute

first_imgOne-day fees for nonmembers are $140 before Nov. 23 and $190 after. For GTA members, it’s $90 before Nov. 23 and $140 after. For more information or to register, call (800) 687-6949, or e-mail [email protected] The Web site is For Georgia Turfgrass Association members, both days cost $130 before Nov. 23 and $180 after. For nonmembers, the cost is $180 for both days before Nov. 23 and $230 after. The trade show will have exhibits from more than 35 turf-related companies and associations, with silent auctions each day. The show will include Atlanta Braves interactive games and appearances by the Atlanta Falcon cheerleaders.center_img University of GeorgiaTurfgrass professionals will learn the latest about their industry from experts across the Southeast Dec. 9-10 during the annual Turfgrass Institute and Trade Show at the Gwinnett Civic and Cultural Center in Duluth, Ga.Researchers from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will present workshops on business, worker safety, environmentally friendly practices, working with Hispanic employees, erosion, drought and turfgrass weed, pest, disease and soil management. Scientists from Auburn University and Clemson University will share their expertise, too. Mercer University economics professor Roger Tutterow will be the guest speaker.Pesticide license training and Georgia Certified Landscape Professional and Plant Professional training and exams will be available. Fees for the trade show and luncheon only either day are $15 for GTA member and $20 for nonmembers.last_img read more

Video of the Week: DPS Skis The Shadow Campaign Sanctuary

first_imgThe Shadow Campaign // SanctuaryDPS is a boutique ski brand based out of Salt Lake City that exists because of South American skiing.In the summer of 2001, DPS founder Stephan Drake was spending yet another season in Las Leñas, Argentina, when he met Swiss skier Cyrile Boinay. In a smoky wine bar the duo vented their frustration on the lack of progressive shaping and materials in the ski industry — and the idea emerged to start a ski company. They founded “DB Skis” that year and after a few years of toiling and Boinay’s eventual departure, DPS was born in 2005. These are some of the most beautiful, technically advanced, consciously shaped skis on the market, and we highly recommend you get on a pair this winter. And, you can enter here to win a ski getaway to West Virginia.last_img read more

Operation Sicilia Strikes at Extortion in Colombia

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo September 08, 2017 Units of the Colombian Army, National Police, and Office of the Attorney General dealt a heavy blow to extortion gangs in 26 of the nation’s 32 departments. The outcome of this successful operation was announced to the nation by Minister of Defense Luis Carlos Villegas and Army General Juan Pablo Rodríguez, the commander in chief of the Colombian Armed Forces, on July 28th at the general headquarters of the National Police. “During Operation Sicilia (Sicily), 42 operations with 67 raids were conducted between July 25th and 27th,” Minister Villegas told Diálogo. “During those raids, firearms, cell phones, narcotics, and log books containing the names of potential victims were seized, 197 criminals captured, 188 [arrested] by court order, and the other nine caught red-handed.” The gigantic operation was a nationwide offensive. It particularly focused on dismantling criminal organizations that spent several months extorting drivers, small merchants, and unlicensed vendors in Bogotá and in 26 municipalities nationwide. Extortion rates decrease Operation Sicilia required four months of investigative work. It was a detailed search-and-tracking effort that took down a huge network and greatly impacted the structure of criminal organizations that mercilessly preyed upon the civilian population, even going after people who perform simple and very small-scale jobs to survive. “Through these types of operations focused on tackling extortion, we have been able to reduce this crime. Extortion has fallen by 44 percent nationally, meaning that the crime is now at half the number of cases recorded in the prior year,” Minister Villegas pointed out. “Results such as those from Operation Sicilia allow us to be more effective in fighting crime, and represent a meaningful change in the lives of the communities where interventions are made.” Dangerous gangs dismantled Through this nationwide offensive, the Colombian Army dismantled six criminal gangs: “Los Congos” (The Congos) in Magdalena; “Los Empleados Públicos” (Public Employees) in Medellín; “Los Parmalat” in Antioquia; “Los Cafeteros” (The Coffee Growers) in Arauca; “Los Socialistas” (The Socialists) in Norte de Santander, and “Pescado Frito” (Fried Fish) in Santander. Sicilia’s results included another 37 criminal organizations that were impacted, such as “Libertadores de Vichada” (The Liberators of Vichada) and “La Cordillera” (The Mountain Range) in Colombia’s coffee belt. So far this year, the Colombian Armed Forces have captured more than 1,600 extortionists nationwide. They have broken up more than 80 gangs and organizations dedicated to this crime, which is often managed from inside the jails, a situation that has resulted in surveillance and control measure to be beefed up in recent years. Countering extortion against the civilian population The dismantling of extortion gangs has revealed the devastating effects of this crime. For example, business people, parking lot owners, truckers, and drivers of food delivery vehicles in Itagüí, Antioquia, were forced to pay the criminals between $3 and $170 a week in exchange for not threatening their security. In some cities, residents were extorted for their water consumption, and bus, bicycle taxi, and auto rickshaw drivers were forced to pay to drive along certain routes. Small business owners were intimidated for trying to sell eggs, sugar, or salt, according to information provided to Diálogo by the General Command of the Colombian Armed Forces, which delves into a full exposé on the forms of extortion. “The ‘Los Pepes’ gang that was arrested is accused of extorting shopkeepers in the municipalities of Atlántico department, and the members of the crime group ‘Los Gualiva’ are being tried for collecting an alleged ‘collaboration’ fee from business owners and truck drivers in Soacha, Cundinamarca, to improve their security situation,” the document confirms. “In Cali, the ‘Los Boqueños’ crime group was hit, catching 10 suspected criminals who had requested payments from the residents of Vallado, an area inhabited by people with scant resources.” Program to boost the GAULAS Extortion is one of the largest scourges in Colombian society. This crime is liable to spread due to the post-conflict situation. Dissident guerrillas may resort to extortion as a source of financing. “The great challenge is working with greater efficacy in order to counter organizations and people involved in extortion,” Gen. Rodríguez acknowledged. “We’ve lowered the rates of this crime but the goal is to get it down to zero.”. The military is working a program to boost the 30 Unified Action Groups for Personal Liberty (GAULAS, per their Spanish acronym). These groups are located at strategic points throughout Colombia, plus two elite GAULAS that the high command has activated to address special situations when any zone is beset by specific extortion activities. “The result of Operation Sicilia is its clear demonstration that our interagency work is yielding excellent results in countering extortion and kidnapping,” Gen. Rodríguez added. “All of this institutional effort has averted the payment of sums calculated at $2.5 million so far in 2017. Our capabilities are now better structured and have greater reach. Sicilia is an example of that.”last_img read more

Celebrating the 2017 DE Award winners

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit Union Development Educators (DEs) around the world are doing incredible work to “keep purpose constant” in the credit union movement. Individuals who graduate from DE Training commit volunteer and professional time to take the credit union message to audiences throughout the world, enhancing the credit union movement and improving people’s financial lives.Each year, we celebrate some of these inspirational individuals and projects through the DE Awards. We recognize the work and impact that DEs are having within the movement, on a local and sometimes even international level.  We are so excited to announce this year’s winners and we encourage all CUDEs to celebrate with them when they are honored at the awards banquet during this year’s DE Workshop happening July 11-13 in Tampa, Florida!Individual Achievement Award – Brandi Stankovic, CUDE Class of  2003Since becoming a DE in 2003, Brandi has volunteered and engaged with the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU). She has been instrumental in the World Council of Credit Unions Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN). Although the roots of the initiative are global, in the last several years she helped launch Sister Societies. She is the US Sister Society Ambassador and is responsible for initiating and engaging women across the US. These act as local chapters of the global network and allow for women in the credit union industry to make a measurable difference in the lives of fellow women in credit unions, employees, members and the community. GWLN has become a premier program of WOCCU with 1,200 members, 46 scholarships, 33 Sister Societies in 28 countries and financial education to more than 8,000 members throughout Asia. continue reading »last_img read more