German FGS Berlin Joins EU Naval Force

first_img View post tag: EU View post tag: FGS Berlin View post tag: joins Share this article View post tag: German German FGS Berlin Joins EU Naval Force View post tag: africa View post tag: europe Authorities After a two-week transit from Northern Germany the ship, under command of Commander Marcel Rosenbohm, arrived in the operating areas off the coast of Somalia. FGS Berlin has taken over the duties from auxiliary replenishment tanker FGS Rhön which has been deployed with the EU Naval Force for the last three months.Together with the German flagship FGS Brandenburg, Dutch frigate HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën and Spanish frigate ESPS Relámpago the support ship will contribute to the European Union’s fight against piracy in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden.Commanding Officer Commander Marcel Rosenbohm: “The ship’s company is looking forward to the challenge. They will be busy months, but we are in best spirits and well prepared for the tasks that await us.”In addition to the task of deterring, preventing and repressing acts of piracy and armed robbery in the piracy high risk areas, FGS Berlin has the specialised role of supplying warships with fuel, spare parts and food. This will allow warships to remain at sea for longer periods without the need for port visits.Also embarked on board FGS Berlin are two Sea King helicopters and enhanced medical facilities.FGS Berlin will remain part of Operation Atalanta for three months before returning to her home port of Wilhelmshaven, Germany in October 2014.[mappress]Press Release, July 10, 2014; Image: EU NAVFOR View post tag: Force View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today German FGS Berlin Joins EU Naval Force View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy July 10, 2014 On Thursday 10 July 2014 the EU Naval Force welcomed a new ship to its counter-piracy Task Force – the German Navy replenishment ship FGS Berlin.last_img read more

[The Source Podcast] Peeling back the Data Analytics Onion with the Big Data Beard

first_imgDell EMC Ready Solutions for Data Analytics are designed to help our customers and partners deploy systems for supporting the deployment of advanced analytic workloads.  Covering Data Analytic Solutions for Hadoop covering both Cloudera and Hortonworks along with Splunk Solutions. Dell EMC is focused on providing the right Solution to accelerate your Data Analytic workloads.Cory Minton (@Cory_Minton), Principle Systems Engineer for our Data Analytics Solutions and host of the Big Data Beard Podcast, was more than happy to talk about the latest enhancements in the data analytics space, and how we help address our customers business problems.You can find more information on all of the Dell EMC Ready Solutions for Data Analytics here.Get Dell EMC The Source app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, and Subscribe to the podcast: iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play.Don’t miss the blog, now part of Direct2DellEMCDell EMC The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)last_img read more

Office of the Registrar tests new registration planning tool

first_imgThe Office of the Registrar is testing a new class registration tool — ND Academic Planner — that will be available to students during course registration for the Fall 2018 semester. The tool is intended to simplify the process of searching for courses, planning schedules and registering for classes.The Office of the Registrar collaborated with student government to create the planner and is receiving feedback from a group of around 40 students who are testing the tool during this semester’s registration process. University registrar Chuck Hurley said planners such as Coursicle and Schedulizer inspired the tool during the design process.ND Academic Planner’s uniqueness, Hurley said, lies in its integration with Banner, Notre Dame’s registration program.“[We] wanted to build something that was actually integrated with Banner because students will go to Coursicle and then they’ll have to print it out or write it down,” he said. “This will help students into all of our Notre Dame data there. So we’re really optimistic about it.”Senior associate University registrar Amika Micou said the integration with Banner is tool’s most popular feature thus far.“That always gets a round of applause the first time someone sees it,” she said. “I think it’s the thing that we’re doing that nothing else is or can do. So they’re very excited about that, and the whole planning side of it is something that we’ve heard is missing from the tools that we’re providing them now.”This integration with Banner will allow students to add entire schedule plans to their official schedules with two clicks, Hurley said.“Basically, instead of typing in the five CRNs or searching and then clicking on ‘add’ and things like that, it would allow you to apply these plans [as a whole],” he said.With the new planner, students will be able to search for courses by attributes such as subject, requirement or professor and add them to a potential schedule, which includes a visual representation of the schedule plan. Students can create up to five hypothetical plans, a number Micou said came out of discussions with students about the tool.“That was a discussion point,” she said. “So every time we had these small groups with student government, we said, ‘What number seems about right?’ Because we all agree that if you get too many out there it gets overwhelming, and five just seemed about right for them. It’s not too many, not too little.”However, Hurley stressed that creating these plans does not automatically register students for classes.“One of the keys, though, is that students still need to understand they would still need to go in at their time ticket and register,” he said. “Creating a plan does not automatically register a student for classes. It’s no different than looking up classes in class search right now, or going to Coursicle, or Schedulizer or something like that and creating some test plans. … Classes will be full, things like that, but it integrates the planner with registration.”Hurley said the creation ofND Academic Planner was largely student-guided. The Office of the Registrar tried to incorporate student requests into the planner.“We started kind of with a blank slate and said … ‘If you could wave a magic wand, what would you want to build plans in registration?’” he said.Tags: NOVO, Office of the Registrar, registration, Schedules, University Registrarlast_img read more

Colombian Army Launches Virtual Human Rights Course

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo September 18, 2020 On Agust 28, the Colombian Army’s Education and Doctrine Command (CEDOC, in Spanish) launched the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Virtual Certificate. The120-hour course, which was initially designed for a classroom setting, was developed virtually by the Army due to the coronavirus pandemic.More than 700 students from the Military Education Center (CEMIL, in Spanish) will take part in this course in the first phase. The course will be provided to the entire Army in 2021, the institution said in a press release.“What is striking here is the use of virtual resources to create a massive impact. We could never teach 250,000 people at the same time,” Brigadier General Alberto Rodríguez Sánchez, CEDOC commander, told Diálogo. “This will enable the soldier, the officer, the noncommissioned officer, no matter where they may be, […] to carry out and really continue to strengthen their knowledge about human rights and IHL.”The course is divided into three modules that cover topics such as the history of human rights, national and international organizations devoted to protecting human rights, the protection of victims of international armed conflicts, and applicable rules in non-international armed conflicts. Other important topics include rules for the use of force and the importance of Operational Law.“The constant quest is for our men to always act within the law and norms, as our regulations say, as taught by military programs, as we emphasize to students in each academic program we conduct on this subject,” Brig. Gen. Rodríguez concluded.last_img read more

Northport Man Gets 25 Years for Hit-and-run on 2 Officers

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Northport man was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison for running over two Suffolk County police officers while fleeing a carjacking last year.Chad Morizsan pleaded guilty last month at Suffolk County court to charges of assault, assault on a police officer, leaving the scene, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, robbery and forgery.Authorities said the 34-year-old man stole a Ford Explorer from Commack. When two police officers pulled him over in Huntington, he drove into the officers with the SUV as he fled the scene in September 2014.Morizsan and his alleged accomplice, Nicholas Franzone, then carjacked another vehicle and stole credit cards from its 87-year-old owner in Commack. They were arrested at a Central Islip store hours later when they tried to buy a TV with the woman’s stolen cards, according to investigators.The two Suffolk officers who were struck, Nicholas Guerrero and Heriberto Lugo, were hospitalized for treatment of their injuries. Officer Guerrero suffered severe head injuries, underwent surgery and followed a regimen of physical therapy during his recovery.Franzone is due back in court on August 4.last_img read more

SheIn Simple Velvet Tank Feels Insanely Luxurious and Soft

first_img– Advertisement – Us Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services.Question: Is there a fabric that exudes luxury and festive vibes more than velvet? If we could get away with it, we would probably wear it all year long. Come to think of it, we can do that. Velvet has become one of the trendiest textures around, and it’s certainly made a splash in the fashion marketplace.- Advertisement – This tank top has a V-neckline that’s mirrored in the front and back. It’s a cami-style tank, so it has thin spaghetti straps that are dainty and elegant. This top is made entirely of velvet, including the straps. You can even pick it up in two different forms of velvet too — smooth or crushed!This tank top is rendered in a standard length that hits right at the middle of the hips. It’s ideal to wear with a pair of jeans, and if you’re comfortable enough, you can absolutely team it with leggings too. Tanks like these are fall staples, as they’re practically made for layering. Throw on a fuzzy sweater or a leather jacket over it, and you instantly have the dreamiest autumn ensemble!SheIn Women's Casual Basic Strappy Velvet V Neck Cami Tank TopSheIn Women’s Casual Basic Strappy Velvet V Neck Cami Tank Top (Dark Purple) AmazonSee it!- Advertisement – These days, you can score velvet shoes, pants and even puffer jackets made from the material. But if you’re a velvet novice, why not start out easy with a simple tank like this one from SheIn? It adds that little touch of glamour — you can indulge in the fad without going overboard. Plus, it’s a seriously affordable option that’s still incredibly high-quality!SheIn Women's Casual Basic Strappy Velvet V Neck Cami Tank TopSheIn Women’s Casual Basic Strappy Velvet V Neck Cami Tank Top (Light Navy) AmazonSee it!Get the SheIn Women’s Casual Basic Strappy Velvet V Neck Cami Tank Top for prices starting at just $14, available on Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 5, 2020, but are subject to change.- Advertisement – Get the SheIn Women’s Casual Basic Strappy Velvet V Neck Cami Tank Top for prices starting at just $14, available on Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 5, 2020, but are subject to change.While the majority of colors this tank is available in are made from the smooth velvet option, the crushed versions are equally glamorous. The latter adds increased texture to the look and gives the tank an eye-catching metallic effect. The best part? You can’t go wrong.See it: Get the SheIn Women’s Casual Basic Strappy Velvet V Neck Cami Tank Top for prices starting at just $14, available on Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 5, 2020, but are subject to change.Not what you’re looking for? Check out more styles from SheIn and shop all of the clothing, shoes and jewelry available on Amazon! Don’t forget to check out all of Amazon’s Daily Deals here!Check out more of our picks and deals here!This post is brought to you by Us Weekly’s Shop With Us team. The Shop With Us team aims to highlight products and services our readers might find interesting and useful, such as face masks, self tanners, Lululemon-style leggings and all the best gifts for everyone in your life. Product and service selection, however, is in no way intended to constitute an endorsement by either Us Weekly or of any celebrity mentioned in the post.The Shop With Us team may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. In addition, Us Weekly receives compensation from the manufacturer of the products we write about when you click on a link and then purchase the product featured in an article. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product or service is featured or recommended. Shop With Us operates independently from advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback at [email protected] Happy shopping!last_img read more

Frogmore hops into Equitable partnership

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Garuda Indonesia spends thousands of dollars to repair aircraft damaged by kites

first_imgNational flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has spent thousands of dollars to repair aircraft damaged by kites flown around Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang, Banten.”The cost we incurr for both the inspection and repair is around US$4,000,” Bernard Partogi Sitorus, the airline’s senior manager for incident management, said on Wednesday.However, Bernard noted that the cost was relatively small a problem compared to the risk caused by such incidents. Garuda Indonesia reported seven kite-related disturbances out of 59 reports on flight disruptions recorded by state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II between May and July at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.The number of kite-related disruptions was relatively high, Bernard said, considering that flight operations were lower than during the coronavirus pandemic.The seven incidents included one fatal one, where parts of a kite entered an airplane’s engine. Authorities found strings and bamboo sticks tangled up inside the plane’s propeller, according to kompas.com.Indonesia’s 2009 Aviation Law forbids flying kites around flight operation areas, with Article 421 of the law carrying a punishment of up to three years of imprisonment and a Rp 1 billion (US$ 67,925) fine for violations.Kites have previously been reported to have disrupted other facilities and services, leading authorities to warn the public to be more considerate when flying kites.In Bali, for instance, police arrested a man in July who allegedly caused a five-hour blackout in three districts after his kite broke and fell onto a substation owned by state electricity firm PLN. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Explainer: How the KPK is losing public trust

first_img“Under the new law, the KPK has to go through a very long ordeal to start operations to search or arrest people of interest,” said Zaenur Rochman, a researcher at the Gadjah Mada University Center for Anticorruption Studies (Pukat UGM).Read also: Which KPK leader has caught more suspects in their early days?In one notable example, the KPK’s attempt to search the headquarters of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) in January was reportedly delayed because of a pending search warrant from the supervisory board.Swift but accountable action, said Zaenur, was the key to dealing with extraordinary white-collar crime, just as it was facilitated in the previous law.Concerns about independence also come from withinThe new law’s requirement that all KPK employees – including forensic auditors, investigators and prosecutors – be civil servants has left many employees worried about potential conflicts of interest when handling cases related to the government, as well as reduced independence overall.Recently, Febri Diansyah announced he would quit his job as the KPK’s public relations head, citing “changes in the KPK’s political and legal spheres” over the past 11 months as the reason for his departure – presumably referring to the changes introduced by the revisions to the KPK Law.Febri joins 31 other employees who tendered their resignations between January and September. Febri, a KPK spokesman for five years, until December 2019, was described as an important asset for the agency by former commissioner Laode M. Syarif.“Changing the status of KPK employees to civil servants is like putting them on a leash and undermining their morality,” Zaenur of Pukat UGM said.Controversial leadershipFollowing the passage of the contentious law last year, the House selected five new KPK leaders and placed Firli, an active police general, at the commission’s helm.He is now at the center of most public criticism of the KPK.Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) has noted that Firli visited other state institutions without the presence of KPK colleagues at least 17 times between January and February despite calls for the KPK to maintain its independence.Last month, the supervisory council found him guilty of an ethics violation for displaying a “hedonistic lifestyle” by taking a private helicopter for a personal trip in June.“[Under Firli], it’s clear that the KPK’s performance has dropped dramatically, and we also often see KPK controversies of late,” ICW’s Kurnia Ramadhana said.A shift in strategyAfter assuming his position, Firli announced plans to focus more on graft prevention than on law enforcement.But the KPK has yet to introduce new programs in its prevention campaign. Firli has opted instead to continue past initiatives, such as assessing the policies of government institutions, finding loopholes for corruption in their systems and recommending quick fixes, as well as conducting antigraft campaigns in schools.Read also: KPK shows ‘lack of willingness’ to fight corruption in natural resources sector: ActivistsActivists said Firli lacked focus in cracking down on corruption in strategic sectors such as natural resources – which is typically responsible for the lion’s share of state losses due to corruption – and politics.Wawan Heru Suyatmiko from Transparency International Indonesia pointed to the KPK’s lack of progress in investigating major graft cases of the past, such as the Bank Indonesia Liquidity Support (BLBI) bailout case.Keeping the spirit aliveAmid a restrictive law and a string of KPK controversies, Wawan has pinned his hopes on civil society groups and the public to advocate for the anticorruption enforcement they have been fighting for since the reform movement in 1998.Read also: 75 years on, Indonesia grapples with entrenched corruption“Looking at the development of the KPK today, we must begin to realign the spirit of the antigraft movement,” he said. “If the KPK weakens, it means that members of society – and their enthusiasm to root out corruption – must prevail.”In a press conference last week, KPK commissioner Alexander Marwata addressed some of the concerns of critics, saying that the change of employment status would not affect the commission’s independence. “We will keep our spirit of corruption eradication alive – both in terms of prosecution and prevention,” he said.Topics : In September of last year, the House of Representatives and the government passed a revision to the KPK Law, ignoring widespread opposition from the public. Many feared the amendment would quietly declaw the antigraft agency.Activists pointed to a number of problematic provisions, particularly an added layer of bureaucracy in graft investigations through the formation of a KPK supervisory council, which has the power to approve or reject arrests, searches and wiretapping of people of interest. Previously, KPK investigators needed only the approval of the commission’s five leaders.Now, a year later, the concerns appear justified. Experts say the added bureaucracy is one of the main reasons behind the KPK’s mediocre performance, coupled with its controversial new leadership under Firli Bahuri.The KPK has recorded two successful sting operations since its new leadership took over at the beginning of this year, a decline from the eight operations the commission’s previous leader, Agus Rahardjo, completed only six months into his tenure in 2016. Since its establishment in 2003 in the wake of the 1998 reform movement, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has spearheaded Indonesia’s long battle against corruption.But now, the KPK is losing public trust as criticism abounds over its new and controversial leaders and a restrictive new anticorruption law.Mediocre performance after new law was passedlast_img read more

PIC completes £230m buy-in with UK glass manufacturer’s scheme

first_imgPension Insurance Corporation has completed a £230m (€267m) insurance buy-in for the UK pension scheme of Pilkington Group, a glass manufacturing company owned by Japanese Nippon Sheet Glass group.The transaction was completed in the wake of the UK referendum on the country’s membership of the European Union, with the vote to leave triggering a rise in the value of Gilts.Gilt yields fell again after the Bank of England earlier this month announced that it was cutting its policy rate to 0.25%, and re-launched – and expanded – quantitative easing.The bid-yield on UK 10-year Gilts fell to a record low of 0.501% earlier in August, according to Bloomberg figures cited by Kames Capital. Uzma Nazir, an actuary at the Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC), told IPE that the deal with the Pilkington scheme was concluded in early August.The buy-in was preceded by a market review exercise and the negotiation of a price lock mechanism.The latter is a common feature of the lead-up to a insurance deal being concluded, although Nazir said that in this case a further look was taken because of the market volatility following the referendum.“We had took a closer look at how the scheme was invested and what we could do on that mechanism to mean that the pricing that we were charging was similar to how the scheme’s assets were moving,” she said.Nazir said that there has been “a tangible increase in interest from trustees in buy-ins since the Brexit referendum”, with the Pilkington scheme benefitting from the higher Gilt prices and exchanging the Gilts for a buy-in policy.John Baines, partner in the risk settlement group of Aon Hewitt, which was the lead advisor to the trustee of the Pilkington Superannuation Scheme, said that the market review exercise and price lock mechanism “meant that we were able to ensure a predictable and positive outcome for the scheme and capitalise on the attractive pricing currently available in the bulk annuity market, driven by market conditions following the EU referendum”.Aon and fellow consultancy Mercer have said that market volatility in the wake of the Brexit vote could present good bulk annuity pricing opportunities for UK defined benefit (DB) schemes.Pilkington Group Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based Nippon Sheet Glass Co Ltd.Elsewhere, Just Retirement has completed a £65m bulk annuity deal with one of the DB schemes sponsored by engineering and public services firm Amey.The transaction, involving two separate buy-in policies, covers the pension benefits of 1,000 scheme members.PwC advised the trustee of the Amey OS Pension Scheme.It said that, after initial insurer quotations, the deal took five weeks to be completed with prices “fully protected against market activity during the EU referendum period”.Amey is owned by Ferrovial, a Spanish multinational civil engineering company.last_img read more