View post tag: Guards Share this article View post tag: Merchant April 11, 2013 Dryad Maritime, a leading UK commercial maritime intelligence company, has welcomed the Japanese government’s plans to submit a bill to the National Diet which will permit the carriage of armed guards on Japanese-flagged vessels, but advise that a number of other precautions must also be taken.The Japan Times last week reported on Japanese government plans to submit a bill to the National Diet that would permit armed guards to operate on Japanese ships based on a commonly held view that their presence on other vessels in waters off Somalia has led to a sharp fall in piracy. Current Japanese law prohibits Japan-registered ships from carrying armed private citizens. If this proposed legislation is approved, Japanese ships will be permitted to employ private security contractors to provide armed guards.Ian Millen, Dryad’s Director of Intelligence;“The Japanese government’s intention to legislate for the carriage of armed guards is a welcome step toward safer transits of the High Risk Area. There is no doubt that the embarkation of armed protection has significantly contributed to the decrease in successful pirate attacks in both the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden over the last 18 months.“However, armed guards are by no means a panacea and should be considered as only one of a range of measures which, if deployed in a coordinated manner, can significantly reduce the risk of a merchant vessel falling into the hands of determined maritime criminals. Full adoption of the measures contained within the IMO-sanctioned Best Management Practice (BMP4), cooperation with regional bodies and international naval forces, alongside the provision of proper risk-based routing and vessel transit monitoring are all positive factors in keeping vessels out of pirate hands.”“We must not underestimate the value of a vigilant crew, as demonstrated during the attempted hijack of the Danish-flagged vessel, Torm Kristina, in the Gulf of Oman in December 2012. Whilst the ship did not have guards on board, the actions of the crew in detecting the threat, raising the alarm and retreating to a citadel whilst the pirates were delayed by razor wire, prevented a pirate boarding turning into a hijack. With no control of the ship and the impending arrival of naval forces, the pirates decided to run.”According to the Japan Times 18,000 ships annually sail through the Gulf of Aden including about 1,700 ships registered in Japan or operated by Japanese shipping companies. The total number of ships attacked by pirates in the gulf and nearby waters off Somalia jumped from 44 in 2007 to 111 in 2008 and 237 in 2011. The article went on to say that, since 2007, 13 Japanese ships have been attacked. In March 2011, the Bahamian-registered oil tanker Guanabara, operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd, was boarded in the Arabian Sea. Following U.S. military intervention four pirates were seized and handed over to Japanese authorities for trial in Japan. The significant drop in pirate activity in 2012, following the adoption of armed guards by a number of Flag States (including the UK) is thought to be a key factor in the Japanese desire to change national legislation.“Whilst we have not seen a successful hijack of a large merchant vessel since the MT Smyrni in May 2012, we have seen Somali pirates engage in a number of aborted attacks against merchant vessels with armed guards on board. There have also been many instances where potential pirates have approached a vessel, only to break off their interest when it becomes clear to them that armed guards are present on board. The embarked security team’s visible demonstration of weapons to the potential attackers is often sufficient deterrent to change the risk/reward ratio for the pirates”.“Armed guards are not for everyone and the majority of vessels transiting or trading in the High Risk Area (HRA) of the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden do not employ them. Those that do employ them can point to their success, given the fact that no vessel with armed guards on board has ever been hijacked. However, this does not mean that all those that do not have them will be. As with Japan’s current position, a number of flag states do not allow them to be embarked, whilst owners and charterers may choose other, cheaper measures to mitigate the risk of pirate attack.”“Dryad recommends a layered defence approach in countering the threat of Somali piracy, of which the provision of physical security is a very effective component. The move toward allowing the embarkation of armed guards on Japanese-registered vessels will doubtless bolster their vessels’ defences and further reduce the risk of pirate attack and hijack.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 11, 2013; Image: Royal Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Dryad Maritime Welcomes Japanese Govt’s Plans to Allow Armed Guards on Merchant Ships View post tag: ships View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Dryad View post tag: Navy View post tag: Armed View post tag: Allow View post tag: Maritime View post tag: Defense UK: Dryad Maritime Welcomes Japanese Govt’s Plans to Allow Armed Guards on Merchant Ships Industry news View post tag: Naval View post tag: Govt’s View post tag: Japanese View post tag: welcomes View post tag: plans
The track for Hurricane Gonzalo takes the storm over the open water of the Atlantic Ocean as a Category 3 (winds of at least 111 mph) storm, sending good surf to Ocean City on Friday and Saturday.A major hurricane is on a collision course with Bermuda, and while the distant storm is not expected to come anywhere close to Ocean City, it will send big surf that is expected to arrive on Friday and Saturday.Hurricane Gonzalo became the first Category 4 hurricane (sustained winds of 130 mph) in the Atlantic Ocean since Ophelia in 2011. But the storm weakened slightly on Wednesday and moved to Category 3 with sustained winds of 125 mph.Gonzalo is on a track that will take it near Bermuda on Friday afternoon then northward over the open water of the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday and Sunday.Surf forecasts call for the swell to build through Friday and peak with overhead waves on Saturday. Local winds will be offshore (west) creating clean conditions on Friday. The marine forecast calls for southwest winds on Saturday.The ocean water temperature is 66 degrees, and high tides will be late afternoon on Friday and Saturday.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebook
Bakers are among businesses in Chesterfield being urged to take part in an initiative to get locally sourced, high-quality food served at a hospital in the Derbyshire town.The Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is teaming up with the Food and Drink Forum – a not-for-profit organisation based in the East Midlands – to appeal to local producers at an event on March 18th at the Coney Green Business Centre in Clay Cross.Later this year, the trust plans to open a new catering outlet in the main entrance to the hospital as part of a wider redevelopment project. The facility will offer healthy breakfasts, lunch and evening meals using locally produced bread, sandwiches, fruit, vegetables, meats, dairy produce and ready meals.Susan Tate, the Food and Drink Forum’s public sector food procurement initiative coordinator, said: “It is very good for local producers and the local economy in general when an organisation like a hospital has a strong commitment to local sourcing.”
From Monday 1 April 2019, we introduce a new policy where academy trusts must declare a related party transaction before they agree it with their supplier. They must also seek approval from ESFA before they agree any related party transactions over £20,000.New online reporting arrangements aim to give ESFA, Parliament, the tax payer and other interested parties, assurance about the use of public funds.Eileen Milner, ESFA Chief Executive said:“Related party transactions offer a legitimate way for academy trusts to work when used following the principles set out in the Academies Financial Handbook. On occasion, they may even help save time and money. But we cannot allow a mis-use of public funds where academy trusts agree to inappropriate related party transactions. It is this behaviour that we need to stamp out through increased transparency and accountability.“I know this has caused concern for many academy trusts. I want to provide clarity that we are not trying to change the definition or expand the reach of related party transactions in any way. Nor do we want to constrain academy trusts’ ability to make good business decisions. All we seek is extra assurance by introducing a system where academy trusts declare a related party transaction in advance, while continuing to include the transactions in their financial returns.“In designing the system, we have tried to maintain a balance between scrutiny and autonomy that minimises any additional burden on academy trusts. I’d like to thank all the academy trusts and representative groups for their feedback throughout the policy and design process and with testing the new system.“From April to September 2019 we will continue to develop the system as we find out more about how related party transactions are used. We will capture the evidence and trends and consider whether our approach is the right one or if it needs to change.“This is the beginning of a process, not the end. I am grateful to everyone for all the help we’ve had in making sure our funds are spent where they should be – on ensuring our children get the best education they deserve.”ESFA has published academy trust related party transactions guidance. This has information about what academy trusts need to do before completing the online form.We have also created 2 videos which summarised what academies need and what has changed.Related party transactions: what’s changed?Related party transactions: what’s changed?Related party transactions: what do I need to do?Related party transactions: what do I need to do?We would like you to help us develop and improve the process, by providing us with your feedback.
Read Full Story After months of vitriolic campaigns, on June 23 voters began to emerge from polling stations throughout the United Kingdom having cast their ballots in a nationwide referendum on European Union (EU) membership. The possibility of a British exit, or “Brexit,” has shined a spotlight on the institutional, political, and economic woes of the EU and the eurozone. But for political economist Jeffry Frieden, Stanfield Professor of International Peace at Harvard University, this moment in British political life is merely the latest expression of domestic political unrest in a host of European countries.Elections loom throughout Europe: in Spain three days after the UK referendum, in France and Germany next year. In a final irony, Britain is due to take the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union in July 2017.What does the future look like for a European Union tethered to a single market and a single currency? From the economic woes of the eurozone, to the political debates brought about by the refugee crisis, tension among EU member states has brought into question the very nature and future of European integration generally, and of monetary integration specifically.Jeffry Frieden specializes in the politics of international monetary and financial relations. The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs sat down with its former interim faculty director to discuss the referendum and the eurozone crisis.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provides support for digital tool and research and scholarly programmingHarvard research institute Dumbarton Oaks and JSTOR, the digital library for research and teaching that is part of the non-profit ITHAKA, are launching, with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Plant Humanities Initiative: a digital tool with related research and scholarly programming to advance the field of Plant Humanities. To this end, the Foundation has awarded JSTOR a grant of $750,000 for developing a digital tool, with a parallel grant of $700,000 to Dumbarton Oaks for the research and programming over three years.Building on the Global Plants Initiative, Dumbarton Oaks and JSTOR propose a new model of integrating digital humanities with scholarly programming that has three main goals: to provide innovative research and professional development opportunities for early-career humanists; to create a digital tool informed by the insights and needs of teachers and students as well as librarians and technical experts; and to supplement, contextualize, and disseminate existing digitized resources with new primary source material.The ultimate focus of the digital tool will be determined in the first year of the project in consultation with the advisory committee. Content for the digital tool will then be developed by intergenerational teams of students and scholars who will come to Dumbarton Oaks to receive training and conduct research in the research institute’s special collections during a four-week summer school and nine-month academic year fellowships.“We are thrilled to be working with Dumbarton Oaks on this exciting project and grateful for Mellon’s support to make this a reality,” said Alex Humphreys, Director of JSTOR Labs and Associate Vice President of JSTOR. “This is a unique opportunity to foster the development of a new scholarly field by creating a new digital tool built with a constant feedback loop with its first set of scholar users.”“The Plant Humanities Initiative allows us to take to the next level a set of goals that we have been pursuing for several years, including providing skill-building opportunities for early-career humanists, sharing our collections more broadly, and developing innovative digital humanities projects,” added Yota Batsaki, executive director of Dumbarton Oaks. “We could not wish for better partners than the Mellon Foundation and JSTOR in this undertaking.”The idea for the digital tool grew out of extended conversations between JSTOR and Dumbarton Oaks. In December 2017, Dumbarton Oaks and JSTOR hosted a workshop that brought together 30 scholars and librarians representing 16 institutions and a range of disciplines, including botany, history of science, and landscape architecture. Those who took part singled out the study of plants as a node around which a multidisciplinary field could be further developed, as plants lend themselves to a range of methodological approaches — scientific, cultural, historical, aesthetic, and environmental.JSTOR and Dumbarton Oaks have a fruitful history of working together, having partnered to digitize and bring the Dumbarton Oaks Papers online, and to digitize Studies in Pre-Columbian Art and Archaeology. For the current project, the development of the digital component will be carried out by the JSTOR Labs group, which is composed of technologists and designers who have experience developing digital tools for research and teaching. Dumbarton Oaks will provide the academic laboratory for this collaborative experiment, contributing their experience in fostering communities of scholars through their fellowship programs and the rich resources of their special collections.Read the full release
Today, your business needs a trusted advisor as you reevaluate IT priorities to drive business continuity in “the new normal.” Dell Technologies has rolled out the Payment Flexibility Program, which includes 0% interest rates and up to a 180-day payment deferral**. We’re also making $9B in financing available this year to help fund your critical technology needs. This is our commitment to help you run your business, take care of your people and access essential technology. Dell Financial Services** (DFS) has been a reliable partner for the last 23 years and will be here to support you, especially during times of uncertainty.We’ve built the Payment Flexibility Program on the strong foundation of DFS and industry-leading Dell Technologies’ end-to-end portfolio.We’ve introduced 0% interest rates for all Dell Technologies server, storage and networking solutions, so you have access to technology with no up-front payment required.We’ll defer your first payment up to 180 days on data center infrastructure and services to help you manage cash flow.We’re offering short term options for remote work and learning with 6 to 12-month terms and refresh options for laptops and desktops.We’ve added a one year term to flexible consumption offerings in the Dell Technologies On Demand program. You can scale usage of Dell Technologies converged, hyperconverged, hybrid cloud, storage and data protection solutions and only pay for what you use. As part of our Dell Technologies on Demand portfolio, Flex on Demand is also available from three- to five-year term options.We’ll continue to partner with VMware to deliver flexible payment solutions supporting your digital transformation.Our commitment extends to our channel and global alliances partners with DFS accessible to thousands of partners. Partners whose customers use DFS can improve their cash flow and liquidity by being paid within days**. Additionally, qualifying partners can get a payment extension of 45 to 90 days with the Dell Technologies Working Capital Solutions Program.For more information, visit Payment Flexibility Program and Dell Financial Services sites for flexible, customizable payment and remote working solutions.——————————————————————————————————————————————–**Payment solutions provided and serviced by Dell Financial Services LLC or its affiliates or designees (“DFS”) for qualified customers. Offers valid through July 31st, 2020, to qualified business end-users in the US (excluding DBC accounts). Offers may not be available or may vary in certain countries. Offers may change without notice, may be subject to minimum transaction size, and are subject to credit approval, product availability, applicable law and documentation provided by and acceptable to DFS. 0% Finance Lease: 24-month or 36-month term. Rate percentage does not include charges other than periodic rent payments. For purchases of qualifying Dell EMC infrastructure solutions (servers and storage).
The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.Good news! Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel’s highly anticipated albums arrive have arrived, and we’re ready to play them on repeat. The Art of Elegance and idina. (both released on September 23) are musical testaments to where these wildly popular, gravity-defying divas are both professionally and personally. Though we adore Cheno and Idina solo (we can’t wait for Chenoweth’s Love Letter to Broadway and seeing Menzel in the Beaches remake), we can’t get enough of them taking the stage together. “For Good” is a fan fave (obvs), but our most swankified dreams imagine Chenzel singing beloved Broadway duets together. (Think Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley, but with more pink and green.) While a Cheno/Idina concert skyrockets to the top of our wishlists, we want you to rank the top 10 duets these divas should tackle together. Broadway.com Editorial Assistant Lindsey Sullivan started us off with her top 10. Time to close your eyes and leap—give us your picks!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! View Comments Kristin Chenoweth Idina Menzel Star Files
By Andréa Barretto/Diálogo May 16, 2018 The Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) is set to receive by October 2018 eight MK3M modernized vehicles, capable of firing a missile and four different types of rockets from a single launcher. Brazilian company Avibras was contracted in 2012 to update the technology on 38 MK2 and MK3 vehicles used by the 6th Missile and Rocket Group (GMF, in Portuguese). This will be its fourth and final delivery. The delivery marks the conclusion of strategic program ASTROS 2020. Additional key steps already took place in 2018. EB inaugurated the ASTROS 2020 Instruction Center and the program’s Logistics Center on January 25th and February 1st. The new facilities kicked off operations and are part of the Fort Santa Bárbara complex, a military conglomerate in the midst of construction in the city of Formosa, Goiás state, in central Brazil. “It’s a personal accomplishment to command a military logistics organization because I’m an officer who works with war materials. It’s particularly [important] at this installation, whose weapons system requires us to have in-depth professional knowledge and work with complex management tools,” said EB Lieutenant Colonel Giovani Siqueira, who assumed command of the Logistics Center during the inauguration ceremony. “We are building EB’s missile and rocket artillery center,” said EB Major General José Júlio Dias Barreto, ASTROS 2020 project lead, in an exclusive interview with Diálogo in Brasília. In addition to modernizing EB’s equipment and constructing new facilities, the program incorporates research and development projects and the acquisition of new vehicles. “The expectation is that the program as a whole will be finalized in 2023, if there are no funding delays.” Select group In the area of research and development, ASTROS 2020 seeks to create and manufacture tactical cruise missiles (known as MTC-300 in Brazil), SS-40G guided rockets, and the Integrated Simulation System (SIS-ASTROS, in Portuguese). The MTC-300 missile is unprecedented for the Brazilian Armed Forces. Its development began in 2005. In March 2018, the missile entered the final phase of development when test flights resumed. The missile has a range of 300 kilometers and is accurate to within 50 meters. Its smart navigation is guided by GPS and other technology. With the use of an optical-electronic sensor, the missile can follow the terrain and correct its trajectory with coordinates inserted into the onboard computer before launch. Developing MTC-300 allows Brazil to join seven countries with this technology, according to information from EPEX. As a long-range, high-accuracy defense weapon, MTC-300 can be used in missions to destroy large structures, such as hydroelectric plants and oil refineries. EB initially ordered 100 units of the missile, to be delivered between 2020 and 2023. The SS-40G guided rocket is another weapon developed within the framework of the ASTROS 2020 program. It is based off the SS-40 model rocket, which reaches a range of 40 km and which the ASTROS system already uses. With new technology, the latest version gains precision and, consequently reduces collateral damage. “Currently, the world’s artillery operates using a strategy of saturation. The aim is for this to change and follow a strategy of precision. As such, the rocket and other weapons would be guided and hit the target. The dispersion is very low,” explained Maj. Gen. Barreto. The goal is to provide service members with more adequate training to prepare them to use the new ASTROS system equipment SIS-ASTROS is developing. The system brings together several types of simulators, as well as software for computer-based training. EB and the Federal University of Santa Maria in Rio Grande do Sul partnered to develop the SIS-ASTROS project. The project is expected to be ready in 2019, when it will be delivered to Avibras, which will manufacture the set of simulators. Once completed, SIS-ASTROS will be installed at the ASTROS 2020 Instruction Center at Fort Santa Bárbara in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina state. Multiple functions The ASTROS 2020 artillery system was created to provide EB with long-range firing support, a resource that allows for greater deterrence—a greater capacity to weaken and prevent attacks and threats from enemy forces. The ASTROS 2020 system basic training lineup includes a total of 13 vehicles, all with different functions. There are six missile and rocket launching vehicles and three passenger vehicles. There is also an armored command and control vehicle and a firing car-radar, which registers information upon launch to improve later shots. There is also a meteorological vehicle that tracks weather conditions and a car to transport personnel, which can also be used to carry out maintenance on other vehicles during operations on the ground. The 6th and 16th GMFs are organizations within EB that use the ASTROS 2020 system. The new and modernized vehicles the program acquired are gradually being delivered to both military facilities. According to Maj. Gen. Barreto, the modernized vehicles, dubbed MK3M, and the new version, MK6, are exactly the same because the old vehicles were modernized with the same technology the new ones come equipped with.
To find out more about Fill a Glass with Hope, click here. CANDOR (WBNG) — The Tioga County Dairy Princess was at the Candor Farmer’s Market Thursday, raising money for a good cause. It’s Megan Henry’s job to travel around Tioga County, spreading the word about the local dairy industry and the importance of dairy products to a healthy diet. Today, she was promoting ‘Fill a glass with hope’, a program that helps provide milk products for individuals. “The dairy princesses around New York State are collecting funds,” she said. “The funds will go to local food banks where the food banks can use the money to purchase dairy products.”