Iranian Warships Enter Port Sudan

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Warships Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today Iranian Warships Enter Port Sudan View post tag: Iranian The Iranian Navy’s warships have entered Port Sudan, reports the Fars News Agency citing the Navy.After passing through the strategic Strait of Bab el-Mandeb, Jamaran destroyer and logistical chopper carrier vessel, Bushehr, docked in Port Sudan, the Navy’s public relations office said.The fleet’s commanders and Sudanese Navy commanders have already had a meeting.Tehran’s ambassador to Khartoum also attended the meeting aimed at expanding bilateral military cooperation and announced that he will pay a visit to Iran in the near future.The ambassador thanked Sudan’s warm welcome to the Iranian fleet of warships, and described presence of the warships in Sudan as “an honor” for Iran.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 11, 2012; Image: Iran Military View post tag: News by topic View post tag: portcenter_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Sudan December 11, 2012 View post tag: enters Iranian Warships Enter Port Sudan Share this articlelast_img read more

Susan Jean Webb

first_img“It’s tough to find the words to describe a human like Sue. Her strength, resilience, grace, and love are just a few of the things that made her a woman I will always look up to and remember fondly.” – Erin Scott-WilliamsSusan J. Webb, 63, of Ocean City, NJ passed away on Tuesday evening, July 14, 2020. Sue died at home comforted by her partner & wife of 23 years, Pat Cowan.Sue is survived by her mother (Bernice), brother (Robert), sister (Jane), wife (Pat), and her four children: Jack Wiese and his wife Sarah Wiese, Chuck Hilman, and Shane & Caitlin Cowan.Daughter of Bernice Webb and sister to Robert Webb and Jane D’arista, Sue grew up in Broomall, Pennsylvania. Sue graduated from Marple Newton High School, Goddard College, and New York University. Sue began her career at Johnson & Johnson and Bankers Trust, but spent more than 30 years at JP Morgan Chase in various retail & commercial business roles. She retired as a senior global banking executive in 2012.Following her retirement, she spent her time down the shore in Ocean City and in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Sue was a big-hearted friend, overly-generous mother and wife, and all around altruistic individual.Warmly known by her friends and family for her loving, affable character, Sue had a charismatic energy that anyone and everyone was drawn to. Whether Sue was in the kitchen cooking up something new or serving a crowd favorite (chicken fajitas, ribs, or her famous cheesecake), playing an umpteenth hand of late night pinochle, getting in a round of golf with her ladies’ league, Sue was always found sharing with others.Sue was an avid crossword & sudoku puzzler, vodka tonic and red wine connoisseur, yoga enthusiast, and a converted Philadelphia Eagles fan (previously a Giants fan). Sue always put an emphasis on the importance of creating memories with loved ones and family no matter how small or grandiose the experience – from cozy movie nights at home to adventure-filled family vacations overseas.“With Sue’s constant positivity and charismatic personality, you knew that every round of golf together was going to be a memorable experience and something to look forward to.” – Shane Cowan“I’m so fortunate to be able to call Sue family. She made everyone’s life better just by being a part of it. She is one of the most hardworking and caring women I know.” – Sarah Steinborn“She was the best role model I could have ever asked for. She is one of the most strong-willed and open-minded people people I’ve ever known. I’m so glad so many others saw the same.” – Jack Wiese“Some of my favorite memories with Sue will always be of us skiing together or going to the annual auto show when I was young.” – Chuck Hilman“Sue always made you feel included and accepted. Sue would always be the first person to look up vegan-friendly food places or arts activities to do when we traveled. She always made me – and everyone else – feel so special.” – Caitlin CowanHer friends and relatives are invited to join us in celebrating Sue this Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at Linwood Country Club in Linwood, NJ. From 9a-11a, friends and relatives can join in the receiving portion of her memorial service.The memorial service will begin at 11a and will be followed with a luncheon at 12p. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Shore Memorial Cancer Center in honor of Sue. (, there will be a livestream of her memorial service available for viewing online as well.Please note: Masks are REQUIRED to be worn at all times.last_img read more

News story: Female representation in the City is rising thanks to Treasury Charter

first_imgJayne Anne-Gadhia, the government’s Women in Finance Champion said: Gender equality is not just a moral imperative, it’s also better for employees and better for business. Which is why it’s vital that we see conversations on gender diversity taking place across the financial sector.“Without the committed women and men championing the gender agenda at every level in their firms, we would not have seen the fantastic progress that we have today. But, we will only see long-lasting change with consistent action, so we’ll continue to monitor the progress of the sector closely to ensure it keeps up the momentum. If progress slows, we can and will take further action. HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter asks financial services firms to commit to four industry actions to prepare their female talent for leadership positions.Further Information:Over 330 firms have now signed the Women in Finance Charter. The 36 new firms that have signed the Charter are: HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter continues to play a leading role in improving the gender balance across the UK’s financial services sector We know that there is more to be done and I am pleased to see the progress made by Charter signatories so far, and that a further 36 financial services firms have made a public commitment to develop a more diverse and inclusive workforce by signing the Charter.center_img Over 800,000 employees in the UK are now covered by the Women in Finance Charter, as more than 30 new companies sign up to the government’s plan to tackle gender inequality in financial services.Vitality, Skipton Building Society, and Commerzbank AG are just some of the new firms signed up to the Charter, taking the total number of businesses signed up to over 330.Today’s announcement also marks the launch of the second Women in Finance Charter Annual Review, which shows that female representation in senior management at firms who have signed up to the charter is rising, with 86% of signatories having either increased or maintained the proportion of women in the top jobs. The Review also shows that the Charter is holding firms to their promise, with 87% of signatories on track or already having met their ambitious targets.John Glen, Economic Secretary to the Treasury said: Addidi Wealth Limited Uinsure Ltd Glenhawk Sapphire Capital Partners LLP St Mary’s Private Wealth IPTF (Income Protection Task Force) Bridging Finance Solutions Group TFA (Tom French & Associates Limited) Hope Capital Vitality Vanilla Thinking Limited (ACQ5) FLA (The Finance & Leasing Association) AMP Capital Investors UK Castle Trust Ark Wealth Ltd Bibby Financial Services Ltd Crowe U.K. LLP Also Communications ABN AMRO UK Crito Capital LLP Skipton Building Society Bluestone Leasing Limited Triodos Bank AMC Executive Search BMW Financial Services (GB) AEGON UK Amundi London Commerzbank AG Everyday Loans Group Cameron Hume Limited ISDA (International Swaps & Derivatives Association) Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited CDC Group Provident Financial plc Pays Services UK Limited (Paysafe) HW Global Talent Partnerlast_img read more

Keira Knightley Discusses Why She’s Finally Ready to Star in Therese Raquin

first_img Therese Raquin View Comments Keira Knightley is making her Broadway debut in Thérèse Raquin, which officially opens at Studio 54 on October 29. All it took for her to take on the title role were two previous offers.In a recent interview with the New York Times, the Oscar nominee revealed that she had been asked to perform in the play twice before, but until now, she didn’t feel ready. “When it came back to me the third time,” Knightley said, “I thought, ‘Well this is weird.’ I’ am still frightened of it, and I don’t know how to do it and there are so many problems with putting it on. But I was sort of up for the challenge.”The third opportunity to play the role also almost didn’t happen. Knightley welcomed her daughter Edie with husband James Righton earlier this year, but she signed on to the Roundabout production before learning she was pregnant. Though she initially considered withdrawing, she was urged by several loved ones to continue with the play: “My mother and various other very strong feminists around me went, ‘How could you say that? Of course you don’t back out….of course you do it all.’”Knightley is digging deep in exploring Thérèse’s challenges and limitations: “I get very interested with people who are caged in some way, and I think it’s quite true that very often people who try to break out of their perceived cage do get punished for it.” But to the actress, theater is almost an escape from such a cage: “It’s not like film, which is stuck there forever…tomorrow will be completely different. And I find that incredibly romantic.”You can catch Knightley, alongside Tony winners Judith Light and Gabriel Ebert, Matt Ryan and more, in Thérèse Raquin, directed by Evan Cabnet, at Studio 54 through January 3, 2016. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016last_img read more

Why the pandemic-prompted increased reliance on digital may be long-lasting

first_imgPerhaps the most apparent impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in financial services is its amplification of the digital channel. Credit unions have been planning and budgeting for their “digital transformation” for years, but there is nothing like a little social distancing and widespread stay-at-home orders to fast track their readiness for it.In late March, SRM polled its credit union and bank clients to understand their early response and evolving operational strategies for combating the effects of COVID-19 in the United States. According to the survey, 82% rated their online and mobile channels as “vital” to operations during the pandemic and no respondent rated them “less than important.” Additionally, 79% of responding institutions have provided further education on the use of remote channels. The purpose of this education is to provide consumers unfamiliar or uncomfortable with digital channels a means for accessing and managing money and needed financial services during a time of high economic anxiety.In the past several months, credit unions have shifted priorities to determine how to best serve members in the wake of this “now normal.” Even as states solidify their gradual reopening plans and things begin to settle down, credit unions will face this “now normal.” This pandemic will likely have long-lasting impacts on consumers’ banking behavior patterns, and credit unions need to plan accordingly and reevaluate their digital investments.The question on everyone’s mind is how much reversion to old habits should we expect? Even as branches begin to open, will members visit them, or will they continue to rely on the digital banking platforms they used during the pandemic?Certainly, there will be a segment of those who have relied on digital channels for the first time who will stay. The concern about the highly infectious nature of COVID-19 may make this a large segment. Further, those who have been venturing out tend to be younger and they are not a demographic that tends to do most of their banking in the branch. The dynamics here cannot be ignored by credit unions. It has never been more the case that an optimal digital banking experience is a top priority.Members will expect this experience to offer every service available at the branch. The key here is not to despair any gaps that exist between a current digital offering and these expectations by members. If a credit union develops a path to that optimal experience and can deliver functionality often on its way to the goal, members likely will wait and see, rather than heading elsewhere. If there is no strategy . . . no roadmap . . . a credit union will quickly become irrelevant.The digital use numbers during the pandemic may recede somewhat as members adjust to this “now normal”, but rest assured the battle with COVID-19 is far from over. There will be “a next normal” and a next and a next and a next. As wave after wave washes over the financial services industry, digital will become the default for an increasing number of members. The temptation to ignore these facts in a challenging economic environment must be resisted. Investing in digital will be mandatory and to pay for it one strategy might be to shut down branches.The debate around the branch has been a red herring for the last five years. Biased and competing research, analysis and reporting has contaminated the ability to quantify trends. However, during the pandemic, anecdotal evidence has pointed to the demise of the branch. Credit unions have closed branches and are offering assistance by appointment . . . usually, these appointments concerned more “complicated” subjects.This is the future “branch”. The model already exists in other verticals, such as healthcare. We see our doctor when we think we may be sick and/or when a regular check-up is scheduled. There is no reason this model cannot work in tandem with the digital delivery of services. In addition, the elimination of the branch as a full-service channel will free up the resources – money and people – needed to address the digital transformation that is required to remain competitive.Quantifying the impact of the pandemic on the adoption of digital-first (or digital only) banking is not possible given the fluid situation in which we work. But, common sense is sufficient in this case. Digital delivery has never been more important in the effort to attract and retain members. For many credit unions, addressing what needs to be done to establish parity will require that senior management be willing to accept risk. Risk is a component of all decisions within a financial institution; as it should be. But, in this case, doing nothing is the greatest risk of all. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Carter Michael Carter is the executive vice president of SRM (Strategic Resource Management), an independent advisory firm serving financial institutions. Web: Detailslast_img read more

American Red Cross helping family of 10 after devastating Owego fire

first_imgAs for what caused the fire, at last check officials said it was under investigation. After speaking to the family, the organization will help provide funding for housing, food and any other needs.    Jay Bonafede, Western New York Region Chief Communications Officer, says the Red Cross will help the family put together a long-term recovery plan.  OWEGO (WBNG) — The American Red Cross is helping a family of 10 after they were displaced from a house fire on Fred Catlin Road Monday.  The organization also has disaster mental health volunteers on scene to provide emotional support.   “Our volunteers will know some of the paperwork, some of the navigation, some of the agencies they’re going to need to go through,” Bonafede said. “Regardless of their resources. To locate some of those resources.”  Bonafede also mentioned all on call Red Cross volunteers are going through COVID-19 screening before arriving to the scene.  last_img read more

The promotional campaign “Vacation week worthwhile” starts from October 16 to 25

first_imgAs of today, the official date of the promotional campaign “A week worth a vacation”, a project of the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board, which runs from 16 to 25 October 2020, is known. The aim of the action is to encourage the domestic market to tourist activities in the period before and after the season. Through the website all those interested can join and enter their offer and prices for the specified promotional week. All participants who choose to be part of this campaign will be able to display visible official visuals at their facilities and thus clearly communicate to the public that they are part of this national campaign.center_img The action is open to all tourism-related entities: hotel houses, private renters, caterers, nature parks and national parks, museums, galleries, adrenaline tourism, health tourism, nautical, etc., and registrations are possible until October 1.last_img read more

Maluku limits access to airports, harbors to curb COVID-19 spread

first_imgAmid the coronavirus pandemic, the Maluku administration has limited access to airports and harbors to prevent further transmission in the province.The governor had already urged people to stay at home and maintain distance from others during social interactions.“The Maluku administration will carry out measures to prevent, tackle and control [the outbreak] in a quick, precise, focused and integrated [manner] to prevent further spread that disrupts social security and order,” a decree from Governor Murad Ismail said. “Arrivals and departures by land and/or sea transportation are limited except for important and urgent matters,” the decree continued.Read also: Papua restricts entry as concerns mount over lack of facilities to treat COVID-19The decree also stipulates that any person arriving in the province is required to fill out an arrival form and self-quarantine for 14 days under the supervision of a family member and local health center.“All costs incurred during quarantine in facilities that have been provided by the provincial government of Maluku [will be] borne by the administration,” the decree states, adding that violation of the decree would result in punishment.  The governor asked people living in Maluku to stay calm and cautious as the province had recorded one COVID-19 case as of Wednesday. (mfp)Topics :last_img read more

Cardinal Pell walks free after Australian court acquittal

first_img“I hold no ill will toward my accuser, I do not want my acquittal to add to the hurt and bitterness so many feel; there is certainly hurt and bitterness enough,” Pell said in a statement shortly before he was driven away from the maximum security Barwon Prison near Melbourne.The Vatican had no immediate comment on a verdict that comes in the middle of Holy Week, the period leading up to Easter, which is the most important day in the Christian calendar.Pope Francis, who appointed Pell to overhaul the Vatican’s vast finances in 2014, said previously he would comment only after all avenues of appeal had been exhausted.Pell, a polarizing figure in Australia for his conservative views, remained a cardinal but lost his treasurer role last year when he became the highest ranked Catholic official worldwide to be jailed for child sex offences. Topics : Australia’s highest court on Tuesday acquitted former Vatican treasurer George Pell of sexually assaulting two teenaged choirboys in the 1990s, allowing the 78-year-old cardinal to walk free from jail.The High Court ordered Pell’s convictions be quashed and verdicts of acquittal be entered in their place, ending the most high profile case of alleged historical sex abuse to rock the Roman Catholic Church.The seven judges of the High Court agreed unanimously that the jury in the cardinal’s trial “ought to have entertained a doubt” as to his guilt. Pell, who has maintained his innocence throughout the lengthy court process, cannot be retried on the charges.center_img Pell was serving a six-year sentence on one charge of sexual penetration of a child under 16 and four charges of an indecent act with a child under 16, which the plaintiff said took place when Pell was archbishop of the city of Melbourne.The High Court overturned a lower appeal court’s decision to uphold Pell’s conviction on the basis it had failed to consider evidence at the trial, which should have raised doubt that he was guilty.The High Court cited precedent from an unrelated case that “there is a significant possibility that an innocent person has been convicted because the evidence did not establish guilt to the requisite standard of proof.”Pell’s accuser, one of two boys the archbishop was alleged to have assaulted, had said the offences took place shortly after Sunday masses, in the priests’ sacristy and corridor of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne, while Pell was robed.The High Court judges pointed to unchallenged evidence from church officials at Pell’s trial that he typically spent time talking to congregants on the church steps after mass, he was always accompanied by a priest while robed, and the sacristy was usually a hive of activity after mass.‘Furious’ and ‘heartbroken’The second alleged victim in the case died in 2014 of a drug overdose. His father, who is pursuing a civil case against Pell, said through his lawyer Lisa Flynn that he was “in shock” and “furious” that a conviction by a unanimous jury had been overturned.Pell’s first trial ended in a hung jury, before the jury in a second trial unanimously found him guilty in 2018. Pell did not take the stand at either trial.After an appeal to a lower court upheld the guilty verdict, Pell’s lawyers took the case to the High Court.”Our client says he is heartbroken for the surviving victim who stuck his neck out by coming forward to tell his story,” Flynn of Shine Lawyers said.Vivian Waller, a lawyer for the accuser, said in advance of the ruling that her client would not comment on Tuesday.Previous hearings of the case have seen crowded courtrooms as media and supporters for both sides jostled for a place. But Tuesday’s decision was delivered to a largely empty courtroom in Brisbane because of national restrictions on travel and public gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said the acquittal would be welcomed by many and “devastating for others.””The result today does not change the Church’s unwavering commitment to child safety and to a just and compassionate response to survivors and victims of child sexual abuse,” said Archbishop Mark Coleridge, president of the conference. last_img read more