USS Bonhomme Richard gets underway for patrol

first_img USS Bonhomme Richard gets underway for patrol Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Bonhomme Richard gets underway for patrol Authorities View post tag: US Navy June 2, 2017center_img View post tag: USS Bonhomme Richard U.S. Navy’s amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departed her forward-deployed base of Sasebo, Japan, on June 1 to start her scheduled patrol in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.Bonhomme Richard and the Okinawa-based Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are scheduled for operations and exercises aimed at enhancing interoperability with partners and allies.“Every member of the crew in Bonhomme Richard has trained to sharpen their professional skills for this patrol. We have performed the maintenance necessary to keep our forward-deployed ship ready for any contingency, and I have every confidence that we are ready to execute any of our assigned missions,” said Capt. Larry McCullen, commanding officer of Bonhomme Richard. “I’m confident this crew will represent our navy well, and that the ship will gain valuable experience while operating and making a positive impact with the 31st MEU and our regional partners.”Throughout the patrol Bonhomme Richard and 31st MEU Marines will conduct land, sea and air training, as well as practice their ability to respond with humanitarian assistance in response to a natural disaster. Share this articlelast_img read more

Indefinite sentence for Oriel killer after his “ferocious and unrelenting” attack

first_imgI meet Jason Braham in a West London pub on a sunny day in September. He and his wife Julienne have come up to London from their new home in Wales where they have opted to live a quiet life as artists. It is the day before the anniversary of Lucy’s death and he and Julienne are preparing to go to a festival where a band will be dedicating their set to Lucy. Jason talks to me about his daughter. He describes her as a “very good, friendly person” but says, “I don’t think she was a fool in this case. She knew the sort of character that Jaggs was. His is a fairly obscene bunch, really. She wouldn’t have normally had anything to do with him. The guy rolled up with this wretched cat.”Since her death we’ve found a load more out about her as a friend from her pals, because you don’t necessarily know your own children incredibly well. I mean, you know them, but I hadn’t realised just how much fun she was. We always thought she was possibly even slightly reclusive because she would like her own space, and often didn’t like going out to the pub every night or anything like that. But, when she did go out, she was the life and soul, apparently.” Contrary to some reports in the press, Jason’s daughter and Jaggs were not friends. She was three years older than him and they only knew each other vaguely through their parents.Both Jason and Julienne Braham taught Jaggs, at preparatory school and at Harrow respectively. He tells me what he remembers of Jaggs at Harrow.”He was very clever; he had a very high IQ. He didn’t work particularly hard… his results weren’t particularly good. He left his first boarding house and went to another one, and of course we now know why. The question that people ask is if enough was done to follow that up. I suspect it wasn’t. It was an attempt to force sex on a boy, a junior boy and, later on, we also heard in court that that’s the way he saw sex in general, even when it was consensual. He obviously fantasised about raping someone… He obviously had some sort of obsession with her [Lucy] because that came out in court, but we didn’t know that; nor did she.” Jason expresses his conviction that staff at Harrow could have done more to prevent the sequence of events that led to his daughter’s death. “You’ve got 800 boys you’re responsible for [at Harrow]. I reckon he was a danger to them, given his past record, on that score, and he was a danger to all the daughters and all the wives and the other staff. But simply no one was thinking about it. No one was recognising that he was a danger. “This might sound hard, but I do believe that pressure on teachers, above all, to achieve the ‘perfect score’ with their examination candidates, a knock-on effect of the obsession with the ‘league table’ as a measure of a school’s worth has impacted on their family lives and on their ability to take a balanced view of their role in the community. In a less frenetic time I am sure the degeneration of William Jaggs and the behaviour of his circle would have been addressed long before the crisis was reached.” He describes William’s parents, Alan and Stella, as being “a little too innocent” in the way they handled their son’s behaviour. He says, “They were too amateur in the way they dealt with the problem. Alan took Will away to the country, to try to get him away from the influence of the gang he was with, to get him away from drugs and his drug dealer, thinking this would cure him, or at least would help.” Despite this criticism, Jason seems tolerant and forgiving of Jaggs’ parents. “My wife has had Stella round for coffee,” Jason tells me. “Not to talk about the crime, obviously, but to talk about how she was coping. I think for me it would be difficult, actually. Knowing exactly what their son did to my daughter I’d find it quite difficult to sit down… although I don’t actually bear him [Alan Jaggs] any malice.”I then ask him how he feels that Jaggs is only to be detained in a secure hospital, rather than a prison.”There is an illiberal part of me that would have liked to see him spend time in a regular jail first, where he would see just how foul even hardened criminals consider crimes like his. It would also serve to remind people that Jaggs is a criminal and not just insane.”When we broach the subject of Jaggs’ drug habits, Jason tells me that he has been carefully following reports about the dangers of drugs. He is clearly concerned about the possible link between cannabis use and mental illness. “A lot of those reports were from the nineties but I don’t think skunk had appeared on the scene until a few years ago. So I would have thought the effects on teenagers now, who will be starting with skunk, will be much more devastating. I think actually this is just the tip of the iceberg.”He tells me he is considering giving a talk at the festival he will later be attending warning about “drugs and teenagers and the general complacency of my generation and it’s acceptance of… how it’s inevitable that teenagers take drugs. I think some people, because they did drugs themselves… it sort of holds them back from speaking out.”Speaking about his daughter’s death, Jason tells me, “Obviously, we will never properly come to terms with it; it would be very hard. But we decided to try to follow our creative work; I certainly would have found it difficult to go back to Harrow, if not impossible. And I think actually they would have found it awkward, too, because other people involved are still there and you can’t just carry on as if nothing’s happened. I have said we’re going to take in young graduates to work alongside us as artists. When they leave art school it’s quite difficult to carry on making art; you want to get a job. I’m hoping we can give people the chance to spend up to a year with us, working alongside me as a potter or Julie as a painter. Because that’s, in a way, what we were doing for Lucy.”last_img read more

Managing jury service requests

first_imgJury service creates unexpected problems for employers. But sometimes, an employee can ask to be excused – or to have their selection deferred.Our new Deferral of Jury Service letter helps you support such an application. So how does it work?Required for jury serviceUnder the Juries Act 1974 an individual who is a. aged 18-70 years old, b. registered on the electoral register, and c. a resident of the UK (for five consecutive years) can be called for jury service. Some people are disqualified – for example, those on bail awaiting criminal proceedings and individuals with certain mental disorders.Jurors’ names are randomly selected by the Jury Central Summoning Bureau and those chosen are normally required to serve for a minimum of 10 working days – although in much more complicated trials the time will be longer. Usually, six to eight weeks’ notice is given.If one of your employees is picked, they can apply to be ‘excused’, or to have their service ‘deferred’ to a later date. This is on the grounds that their absence from work would be likely to cause “substantial harm” to your business – provided it would. Note: you cannot make the application on your employee’s behalf, but you can – and should – submit evidence in support of it.New documentTo help you support an employee’s application, we have created a new ‘Deferral of Jury Service’ letter. It should be sent at the same time as their own request. We have provided some time-suggested reasons, but you can add other information about your business to help strengthen your employee’s request.Jury service can only be deferred once and for a maximum of 12 months. And your employee will need to provide details of all other dates in the forthcoming year when they will not be available.They will only be excused if:1. they cannot serve at any time during the next year, or2. they have already undertaken jury service within the previous two years.Being excused is generally only considered in exceptional circumstances and, if your employee requests one, because of work commitments; it is likely they will be offered deferral in the first instance. You should, therefore, have contingency plans in place in case it goes ahead.If an employee’s application is rejected, you should release them from work in accordance with the court summons. While there is no specific statutory duty that requires you to grant them time off work for this purpose, a refusal to do so would be a contempt of court.While you would be unlikely to decline, tribunals take a dim view of employers who subject their staff to any detriment – for example, a dismissal or demotion – because they have been summoned for jury service.l For a free copy of our new Deferral of Jury Service letter, please contact the NAMB on 01920 468061.last_img read more

Wild traffic stop ends with struggle, two arrests in Hobart

first_img Previous articleFood industry jobs hit especially hard by December’s Michigan jobless numbersNext articleThree bills that could expand gambling in Indiana Network Indiana Twitter Wild traffic stop ends with struggle, two arrests in Hobart WhatsApp By Network Indiana – January 22, 2021 0 424 (“Police car lights” by Scott Davidson, Attribution 2.0 Generic) A traffic stop turned into one person trying to run away handcuffed, while the other tried to drive away with a police officer halfway in his car.An officer with the Hobart Police Department pulled over a car and smelled marijuana from inside.The officer began asking the driver, a 22-year-old from South Holland questions, like his age and identity. The officer then asked the passenger of the car the same questions, but the passenger’s age didn’t match the date of birth.When the officer asked the man to get out of the car, he was handcuffed. The officer then asked the driver to turn the car off, but the driver refused.When the officer tried to turn it off the passenger ran away, while the driver began to drive with the officer halfway into the car, said the Times of Northwest Indiana.The officer was able to stay partially in the car, and ordered the driver to stop. He did, but still refused to turn the car off. The officer tried to use his Taser but the man was able to run away.Lake Station police found the passenger running through a gas station parking lot, and arrested him. Police were also able to eventually arrest the driver.They were taken to the Hobart City Jail, and face multiple charges including resisting law enforcement, and confinement Pinterest Twitter Facebook IndianaLocal Pinterest Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Heart attack uptick attached to 2016 presidential election

first_imgThe hospitalization rate for acute cardiovascular disease events in a large southern California health system was 1.62 times higher in the two days immediately after the 2016 presidential election when compared with the same two days in the week prior to the 2016 election, according to new research from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Kaiser Permanente. The results were similar across sex, age, and race and ethnicity groups, and the findings suggest that sociopolitical stress may trigger similar responses.“This is a wake-up call for every health professional that we need to pay greater attention to the ways in which stress linked to political campaigns, rhetoric and election outcomes can directly harm health,” says David Williams, Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health at Harvard Chan School and corresponding author of the study, which was published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences on Oct. 12..Previous research has shown that there is an increased risk of acute cardiovascular events soon after significant stressful changes such as earthquakes, industrial accidents, terror attacks, and even sporting events. The American Psychological Association has recently noted that a large portion of adults consider the current political climate as a significant source of stress, though little is known about how that stress may affect health.For this study, researchers analyzed data collected by Kaiser Permanente Southern California, an integrated health system that provides care to 4.6 million people in the region. The researchers focused on diagnoses of acute myocardial infarction and stroke among adults, as well as emergency department diagnoses for chest pain and unstable angina. In the two days after the 2016 presidential election, the rate of hospitalizations for such events was 573.14 per 100,000 person years (or 94 total hospitalizations), compared with a rate of 353.75 per 100,000 person years (or 58 total hospitalizations) in the same two days of the week in the week prior to the election.“In our diverse patient population that is reflective of Southern California as a whole, we saw that the risk of heart attacks increased after the 2016 election irrespective of sex, age, and racial/ethnic groups,” said the study’s lead researcher, Matthew Mefford of the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation. “It is important that people are aware that stress can trigger changes in their health, and that health care providers help patients cope with stress by encouraging wellness strategies such as exercise, yoga, meditation, and deep breathing.”Other Harvard Chan School authors include Murray Mittleman, Alan Geller, and Elizabeth Mostofsky.Funding for this study came from W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant P0131281.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s engages in conversation about anti-racism

first_imgIn coordination with Black History Month, members of the Saint Mary’s community discussed the importance of fighting against racism in modern society during a brown bag lunch discussion Wednesday. “Beyond White Guilt and Anger: Becoming Actively Anti-Racist,” sponsored by Student Involvement and Multicultural Services (SIMS), addressed systematic racism and inequality in terms of white privilege and guilt about the legacy of racism.  The conversation was moderated by Marc Belanger, associate professor of political science, who said white people must acknowledge how race affects them personally for this anti-racist discourse to effect change.  “It is important to me for whites to see the negative consequences of race within their own lives,” he said. “Not in the sense of reverse discrimination, but rather how white privilege has consequences for people of all races.” Belanger said racism is a system of advantages based on white privilege, but systems of privilege based on gender, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status also pervade society. “There are many different types of privileges,” he said. “We are complicated people that come from all different backgrounds, and all of that shapes who we are.”  Belanger also said the key to eradicating modern-day racism lies in changing the systems that propagate racism in society. “Ending racism needs to include the white population,” he said. “They are the ones who created the system and need to be active participants in breaking it down.” Although overcoming the taboos surrounding discussions of race can be challenging, this particular discussion was a necessary step in anti-racist discourse, Tamara Taylor, assistant director of SIMS, said. “I felt as though this discussion was important because we tend to be hesitant to talk about race,” Taylor said. “We are afraid to bring it up, so if people were willing to come to this discussion I was willing to put it on.” Taylor said the unique perspective of the conversation helped guide it in a productive direction. “Having this discussion from a white perspective allowed for more open talk about race,” she said. “It did not allow for whites to feel left out.” Belanger said this spirit of racial inclusion is crucial for people to be active participants in the fight against racism, but it is often overlooked in the case of the white majority. “Psychologically, racism is a damaging process to white people as well,” Belanger said. “Not to say it is comparable to the hurt caused by those targeted by racism, but it does leave many whites feeling confused and disempowered.” Belanger said whites are often afraid to be actively anti-racist because they may not know how to effectively address and act on the issue of racism. “Many times people want to change the system but just do not know how to make a society free of racism,” he said. These ideas sparked discussion within the audience, which included several faculty members, health professionals and students. Several attendees shared personal anecdotes about the effects of racism on their lives today. “Racism limits you. It puts up barriers. Even if you would like to reach beyond them, you sometimes just can’t,” Cyndie Horton-Cavanaugh, a nurse in Women’s Health, said. “We can benefit from relationships with people from all different experiences, but racism limits us from really knowing and experiencing people.” Other attendees expressed the importance of having the courage to make a change and fight against racism. “We must look at ourselves and have the courage to break through the barriers,” senior Jacquitta Martin said. “It needs to be a joint effort, and barriers must be crossed on both sides.” With the discussion as a prime example, Belanger said the first step in finding a solution to end racism is simply talking about the issues. “There is only so much we can say in 50 minutes, but this is a good start and these conversations must continue to occur,” he said.last_img read more

Venezuela, Colombia Sign Drug Cooperation Pact

first_imgBy Dialogo January 28, 2011 Venezuelan and Colombian ministers met in Venezuela on 26 January to sign an agreement to jointly fight drug trafficking, in a sign of warming relations between the two nations often at odds with one another. Venezuela’s Interior Minister Tarek El Aissami and Colombian Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera said the pact provides “assistance and information exchange to dismantle criminal groups, control of chemicals used to produce narcotics and efforts to prevent money laundering.” Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos and his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez will meet soon, at a date yet to be set, to further expand relations and endorse the agreements reached by their ministers in a number of fields, officials said. Known as the Canaima Act, the agreement also calls for joint operations “by land, sea and air” to combat the scourge of drug trafficking. “We’ve achieved significant results in a short period time against these criminal groups,” said El Aissami, noting a number of arrests and drug seizures stemming from intelligence sharing. The two countries have enjoyed warming relations in recent months, since the election of Santos, who restored diplomatic ties with Venezuela. Relations had broken down in July 2010 after then-Colombian leader Alvaro Uribe accused Caracas of harboring leftist Colombian rebels.last_img read more

Financial milestones everyone needs to achieve

first_img 116SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tyler Atwell Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Everyone has a different life plan and different expenses. No matter what that looks like, make sure you’re checking off these financial milestones.Start saving for retirementI’ve written in length on how important it is to start early when saving for retirement, but regardless of when you start saving it is indeed a milestone. You benefit more from saving early, and the longer you wait, the worse it gets.Pay off student loansEducation is getting more and more expensive and the student debt crisis is consistently in the news as a serious problem. Some students have resigned to never paying their debt off and just perpetually rolling them over. Paying them off has now become a great accomplishment.Establish a good credit historyWhile you may have missed some payments when you were younger and made some mistakes with your finances, it is important to redeem them. Developing a solid credit history will help with big purchases and shows how responsible you can be with paying your bills.Invest in more than a retirement planWhether it’s something simple like mutual funds or something more advanced like stocks, it is important to have your money diversified in something beyond a basic savings account.Maximize employer benefitsIf you work somewhere that provides you with perks, you should be using them to the fullest. Employer match accounts are effectively the closest thing to free money that exists, so the sooner you maximize your benefits, the better.Have a positive net worthThis is the moment that everything you earn with become pure profit. There is nothing more exciting than when assets – liabilities = a positive number.Buy your first homeBuying a home is easily one of the largest financial obligations most people will experience, and it may determine your spending habits for the future.Deciding when to retireThere are quite a few things to consider when it comes to retirement, and they differ for everyone. Deciding when to collect social security, how much you need in savings, and how you plan to spend are just a few of the things you may need to think about.last_img read more

Merger Madness: Are credit union – bank mergers just plain wrong?

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robert McGarvey A blogger and speaker, Robert McGarvey is a longtime journalist who has covered credit unions extensively, notably for Credit Union Times as well as the New York Times and TheStreet, … Web: www.mcgarvey.net Details When a credit union buys a bank, has something terribly wrong happened?  Listen to bankers and you will think the answer is a loud yes.Even some credit union veterans agree.But it is the bankers who right now are creating the loudest noises.Are they right? Why are these mergers occuring at all?First off, some perspective. In 2019 there were exactly 16 credit union-bank mergers.  There were 271 bank-bank mergers.And yet here is the Independent Community Bankers Association shouting that the Devil is at the door, or words to that frightened effect: “ICBA and the nation’s community banks are calling on Washington to stop pressing the snooze button and wake up to the risks of aggressive, growth-obsessed credit unions and the costs of their taxpayer-funded subsidies,” ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey said. “With credit unions abandoning their founding mission in the name of expansion and risky lending, it is long past time for Congress to level the playing field between community banks and credit unions while reining in the National Credit Union Administration’s expand-at-all-costs agenda.”The ICBA also announced a Wake Up campaign to warn the public about the perceived dangers of the tax exempt status of credit unions.And yet, in a conversation with Keith Leggett, longtime senior economist of the American Bankers Association, now retired but who still writes his Credit Union Watch column, Leggett told me that when a community bank does a deal with a credit union it is because the bank is out to get the best deal for its shareholders and when that is a credit union, so be it.Credit unions buying banks are also generally motivated by the opportunity to rather easily add new business lines – notably business lending, an area many community banks excel at – and they may be willing to pay a premium price over what other community banks would offer because those banks may already have those strengths.In other words, the community bank that sells out to a credit union is simply doing what it is supposed to do as a shareholder-owned business.So why all the yelling by banker groups and trade publications?Leggett, in the conversation – and the audio is available in a podcast recording – said that in the world of association politics, fear sells.  Shout to bankers that the wolf is at the door and many of them may well join the shouting about the evil of credit unions.Even though it is bankers themselves who are deciding to sell out to credit unions and the institutions are gratefully accepting credit union dollars to do the deal.Association politics, shrugged Leggett in the podcast. Fear breeds more fervent members who are that much more likely to renew their memberships.  (And credit union trades cannot claim not to play similar fear cards. Fear works just as well to stir up credit unions.)Bottomline: when a credit union buys a bank it is just good business and a credit union is a cooperative but that does not say it isn’t also a business.Now, what about credit union executives who believe that just maybe there indeed is something wrong with credit unions buying banks?  The illustrious Jim Blaine, retired CEO of SECU, the nation’s second biggest credit union, said something similar in a recent podcast.  He worried about how well the cultures would blend and he is right: credit union mindset and culture are dramatically different from banker culture and mindset where the institution’s purpose is enriching shareholders, as opposed to the credit union mission of benefiting member owners.Blaine also said that in a bank the daily mission is to sell customers more products.  Not so in a credit union where often, he said, the right thing to do is to tell the member that he or she shouldn’t do such and such. Can you picture a banker talking a customer out of a BMW and into a Kia?  But in a credit union, exactly that should happen often, said Blaine.So is a credit union – bank merger bad? Wrong?  The answer just may be that there is no easy answer.  And while you are at that, just ignore the howling of the wolves at the door.last_img read more

Australia’s economy set for first recession since 1991: McIntyre

first_imgMcIntyre forecasts GDP to grow by 0.4 percent in 2020, some 1.5 percentage points below his pre-coronavirus forecast.The Reserve Bank cut interest rates last week and money markets are pricing in a further reduction in April, which would bring it to the estimated lower bound of 0.25% and open the door to unconventional policy. The government is finalizing a fiscal “boost” that could amount to A$10 billion ($6.6 billion) to support firms struggling with cash flow and help them keep on employees.McIntyre predicts large budget deficits ahead as the automatic stabilizers — increased welfare payments and reduced tax collection — begin to take hold. That’s on top of the fiscal stimulus needed to boost demand and confidence.The Treasury and RBA estimate the impact on tourism and education from China’s shutdown and other virus fallout will cut 0.5 percentage point from GDP in the first quarter. That doesn’t include supply chain disruptions and is in addition to a 0.2 point cut from wildfires over summer. McIntyre said the comparison with the 2003 SARS epidemic is problematic because of the massive increase of China’s importance to both the Australian and global economies. He notes that in the Australian Dollar Trade-Weighted Index of the exchange rate, the weighting of the renminbi rose to 30 percent, higher than any other currency in the 36-year history of the gauge.McIntyre notes that the channels through which the reduction in domestic activity transmits during a pandemic were laid out in a 2006 Treasury paper whose author is Steven Kennedy, the current secretary to the Australian Treasury. That analysis saw the economy contracting 5% in the first year.Transmission of the virus in Australia is now occurring, meaning disruptions and shutdowns of aged-care facilities, child-care centers and schools. Health authorities anticipate several months of disruptions from the virus.McIntyre predicts the economy will bounce back, noting that fourth-quarter GDP released last week showed several segments turning around, including housing and mining investment. China is also set to stimulate its economy, which traditionally benefits Australia.Property prices Down Under have surged since late last year when the RBA resumed easing.“How Australia’s housing market weathers the virus outbreak will be a key area of interest given the earlier downturn in construction activity,” he said. “Australia’s resources sector also stands well placed to benefit from a resumption of activity in China’s construction sector and stimulus measures.”Topics : Read also: Virus puts globalized economy at risk, says OECD chief economistcenter_img Australia’s economy will record its first recession since 1991 as the hit from China’s virus-induced slowdown is amplified by slumping confidence and domestic disruptions as the outbreak intensifies Down Under, according to Bloomberg Economics’s James McIntyre.Gross domestic product will fall 0.4 percentage point in the first three months of the year and 0.3 percentage point in the second quarter, ending a 28-1/2-year stretch of economic growth, he said in a report Monday.“Isolations and domestic disruptions to contain the spread of the virus will have a mounting economic impact, which is likely to result in a further GDP contraction in 2Q and potentially beyond,” McIntytre said. “Stimulus, both fiscal and monetary, will help to reduce the damage, but is unlikely to be enough to offset the impacts.”last_img read more