View post tag: ships View post tag: Naval The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, joined by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry and Regional Minister for British Columbia, yesterday announced that Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards will be building up to 10 additional large non-combat ships for the Canadian Coast Guard fleet at an estimated cost of $3.3 billion.Minister Finley made the announcement during a visit to Vancouver Shipyards, which was selected to build the non-combat package of vessels through the Government’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS).“The decision supports the long-term benefits of the Government’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy in creating a sustainable shipbuilding industry once again here in Canada,’’ said Minister Finley.“The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy is a key priority of the Harper Government as we create jobs and generate significant economic benefits in shipbuilding and other industries all across Canada,’’ added Minister Finley. “Today’s announcement illustrates our commitment to eliminating boom and bust cycles, while providing best value for taxpayers, and ensuring affordable and timely delivery of ships.”This significant investment will enable the Coast Guard to acquire up to five Medium Endurance Multi-Tasked Vessels and up to five Offshore Patrol Vessels.“This is yet another example of the unprecedented investment our Government has made in the Canadian Coast Guard and the Canadian shipbuilding industry,” said the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. “Our Government is committed to providing the men and women of the Coast Guard with the equipment they need to do the important work we ask of them.”This investment is in addition to the already announced Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels, Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel, and Canada’s first Polar Icebreaker that will be constructed at Vancouver Shipyards for the Canadian Coast Guard.“The Government’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy has played a key role in revitalizing British Columbia’s shipbuilding industry, creating thousands of long-term, skilled jobs,” said Minister Moore. “Today’s announcement will ensure that the job creation is sustained, and that British Columbia continues to be a leader in Canadian shipbuilding.”The NSPS is now in its fourth phase, with the designs of the initial set of ships being finalized and the shipyards undertaking the infrastructure upgrades required to enable them to build Canada’s ships efficiently. The Government of Canada is following through on its commitment to build ships in Canada.The NSPS will mean long-term jobs and economic growth for the country, stability for the Canadian marine industry, and vital equipment for the men and women in the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard.[mappress]Press Release, October 08, 2013; Image: Seaspan View post tag: Defence View post tag: Additional Training & Education View post tag: 10 View post tag: builds View post tag: Seaspan Back to overview,Home naval-today Seaspan Builds 10 Additional Ships for Canadian CG October 8, 2013 Seaspan Builds 10 Additional Ships for Canadian CG View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defense View post tag: CG View post tag: Canadian View post tag: News by topic Share this article
This Friday, Colorado-based funk ensemble Analog Son will be debuting their star-studded third release, Black Diamond. The beginnings of Black Diamond were born from Jazz Fest 2015, when cofounders Jordan Linit and Josh Fairman locked down time at The Parlor Recording Studio and had friends in New Orleans for the festival come through and record songs in line with their straight funk style. The album is set to be a scorcher, with Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), Alvin Ford Jr. (Dumpstaphunk), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Nigel Hall (Lettuce), The Shady Horns (Lettuce/Soulive), and Gabe Mervine (The Motet), among many others, constituting some of the friends who make appearances on the album.To get people stoked on Black Diamond, which goes on pre-sale today before dropping officially on Friday, Analog Son is giving us a taste of what’s in store with the exclusive premiere of “Eyes For You,” a track featuring Corey Frye of The Main Squeeze. You can check the track below.While Jordan Linit describes Analog Son’s studio projects as “Steely Dan style” because each record features 25 or 30 people, Black Diamond marks a decided shift from their origins as a solely studio project, particularly as they continue to expand their tours and bring their funky sounds to eager audiences across the West.Linit elaborated on this change, “It’s definitely a different mindset than just going in the studio and laying down a bunch of random funky fusion tracks. Now, we’re thinking about creating songs that are going to come across in a fun, live setting. Plus, we’re getting to know our fans more and more and what makes them tick. For us, it’s all about feeding off the energy of the people who enjoy our music, which can happen at a show but also through our records.”To celebrate the release of the full album, Analog Son is finishing up their recent tour with a hometown throwdown at The Bluebird in Denver, CO on Friday. Tickets for the release party for Black Diamond are available here. To buy the album, you can pop over to Analog Son’s website, where presales for the new album opened today.
On Sept. 10, 2001, Richard Evans was a civilian with plans to marry his fiancÃ©e later that year. This Veterans Day, 12 years later, he is an active-duty captain in the U.S. Army, a survivor of four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and a father of four. “It’s an awesome thing when the country gets behind and supports us [on Veterans Day],” Evans said. “I think we’ve learned some really hard lessons from the past. “As a soldier, I’ve felt nothing but gratitude from South Bend, Mishawaka and Notre Dame in particular. I’m very thankful for that and the opportunity to be here.” Since July, Evans has served as an assistant professor of military science at Notre Dame and a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadre, or staff. Despite his prior tours of duty, Evans said he does not focus on his own service on Veterans Day. “It’s a time for me to reflect,” Evans said. “I’ve been in the military for 12 years. I’ve deployed four times, so I think about all the great men and women I’ve had the opportunity to serve with. I think about the sacrifices my family has made to allow me to pursue this career.” Tyler Thomas, a senior Naval ROTC midshipman and tri-military commander of the three Notre Dame ROTC branches, said Army and Air Force cadets and Navy midshipmen held a 24-hour vigil at the Clarke War Memorial fountain starting Sunday evening in honor of Veterans Day. “We protect the War Memorial, which stands for all of the Notre Dame graduates who have died in World War II, Korea and Vietnam,” Thomas said. “We pay tribute to the sacrifice they gave. “Ultimately, that’s the ideal service we try to strive for. It may not necessarily mean giving our lives in the defense of the country, but they set a great example of how we should be living our lives.” Thomas said South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg will address ROTC students and staff members at a public ceremony Monday evening in the Carey Auditorium of the Hesburgh Library. “[Mayor Buttigieg] is in the reserves right now, and he’s actually going to be going overseas in February with the Navy,” Thomas said. “It’ll be really interesting to hear his perspective, especially in his pre-deployment work up.” Thomas said the ROTC branches will participate together in Veterans Day activities, including a special appearance at the women’s basketball game Monday night. “We try to make it a tri-military celebration,” Thomas said. “During the women’s basketball game, we’ll be doing a flag unfurling that’s tri-military.” Chris Lillie, senior cadet and battalion commander for Army ROTC, said the rifle drill team would also make its first presentation in several years at the basketball game. “It’s actually the first time in at least five or six years that we’ve had a drill team performance, so we’re kind of excited that we’re getting that going,” Lillie said. Thomas said Veterans Day unites the ROTC branches beyond community-event planning. He said recognizing the service and sacrifice of all military men and women was the main lesson for midshipmen and cadets in training. “We can learn from every service of the people who went before us, so it’s important to not just recognize Navy veterans or Army veterans, but celebrate their lives together,” Thomas said. Lillie said the tri-military events reflect the shared commitment of the military divisions to protecting the United States. “[The ROTC branches] don’t represent different things,” he said. “They’re all focused on different things, so seeing them come together shows that it’s one team, one fight.” Maggie Armstrong, senior cadet and a squadron commander for Air Force ROTC, said her family’s military history made her learn and appreciate the significance of all veterans from a young age. “It was a family holiday, and I never really understood why until my dad explained to me when I was about 12 that he had lost his entire crew in a plane crash,” Armstrong said. “That day was about remembering those people and the ones who’d gone before us to make our country free.”To me, Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect and remember the brothers and sisters in arms who’ve gone before us. Whether they are retired or out of service or reserves or killed in action, it’s an opportunity to remember what this country stands for and that there are people willing to fight for it.” Lillie said the same spirit extends to students at Notre Dame, even those who have no connections to ROTC or to the military in general. “With the big ‘God, Country, Notre Dame’ mantra that we have on campus, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone on campus that isn’t big on service, and that includes service to country,” Lillie said. “Whether or not you’re actually directly involved in the military, Veterans Day is a big day for everyone because you can go out and support the principles that you as an American believe in and that the people that are fighting for America are representing directly.” Evans said Veterans Day also reminds civilians of the ongoing sacrifices that military men and women must make. “What I’m afraid of is with the nearly 3,000 KIA [killed in action] and I think somewhere near 8,000 wounded soldiers, that the general populace will start to forget the sacrifice and service that these men and women have made,” Evans said. “Veterans Day is a day a year to remind everybody … [of] what they’ve had to do – leave their homes, leave their families, to bring freedom to a group of people and protect our shores from future attacks.” Evans said members of the Notre Dame and South Bend communities frequently approach him when he wears his uniform to thank him for his service. He said Veterans Day would be a chance for civilians to continue supporting the armed forces. “It gives them an opportunity to be a part of something larger than campus,” he said. Contact Lesley Stevenson at [email protected]
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:U.S. coal power generation plunged by 30 percent in the first half of 2020 off an already-depressed base, shoved out by natural gas and renewables amid low energy prices linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new figures from the Energy Information Administration.Since its peak in 2007, U.S. coal consumption has been on the decline. But the trajectory of its fall has been getting steeper, and 2020 looks set to be an unprecedentedly terrible year for the sector. Electricity generation accounts for more than 90 percent of U.S. coal consumption. In 2019, coal generation fell to a 42-year low, dropping by a record 16 percent. That record low does not look like it will last for long.Renewable electricity output rose 5 percent in the first half of 2020, and natural-gas generation surged by 9 percent in the lower 48 states, the EIA says, with gas-fired generation hitting a record U.S. high in late July during the typical summertime peak.Natural gas was already the leading source of U.S. power generation by some distance, with a 38 percent share in 2019, followed by coal (23 percent), nuclear (20 percent) and renewables (17 percent). The EIA’s renewables tally typically does not include behind-the-meter systems such as rooftop solar, a rapidly growing market in many parts of the country.While coal power’s slide is helping to reduce carbon emissions, the reasons for its decline are largely tied to another factor: money. With average monthly Henry Hub natural gas spot prices down more than 30 percent in the first half of the year, to $1.81 per MMBtu, and more than 180 gigawatts of wind and solar plants now online across the country, coal plants have simply become “uneconomical in most regions,” the EIA says.While low-cost natural gas is the most immediate threat for coal power generators and their fuel suppliers, renewable energy is becoming a more serious competitor in parts of the country, notably the ERCOT grid in Texas. In ERCOT territory, most of this year’s decline in coal generation has been replaced by renewables rather than gas, the EIA says. Gas-fired generation has actually declined slightly in Texas this year.[Karl-Erik Stromsta]More: U.S. coal power generation plummets 30% in 2020, EIA says EIA: Coal plants ‘uneconomical in most regions’
The Army announced September 9 that soldiers, working in cooperation with agents from the Colombian National Police (PNC), had captured four alleged members of the financial commission of the 27th Front of the FARC. The four suspects were allegedly demanding extortion payments from farmers, merchants, and business people in the region. Soldiers captured the four suspects as part of Operation Justice in the rural area of Vista Hermosa Meta. The Army identified the four suspects as Negro Caimán, who is also known as “Fabián;” Álvaro Guerrero, who is also known as “El Tuerto;” Betty Mico Concuerda; a man known as “Alirio” or “Chonto.” Alirio is particularly important to the terrorist group because he is suspected of being a sniper and a bodyguard for a FARC operative who is known as “Chorizo,” the alleged leader of the financial commission of 27th Front. “That commission is in charge of extortions and intimidations with improvised explosive devices of farmers, merchants, workers, drivers and businesspeople in the municipality of Vista Hermosa, to compel them to pay their quotas,” said the Colombian Army in a statement. “This group had also participated in burning public transportation buses, and damaging the energy and road infrastructure of the municipality.” “At the time of the detention, alias Alirio had 26 million pesos in extortion money, six cellphones, seven SIM cards, a Pietro Beretta 9mm pistol and documents of interest for military intelligence. The captured were charged with rebellion and illegal enrichment.” FARC uses extortion to fund terrorism The FARC relies heavily on extortion proceeds to finance its terrorist activities, according to Yadira Gálvez González, a security analyst at the National Autónomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The FARC often targets oil companies for extortion. Capturing FARC operatives who engage in extortion disrupts the terrorist group’s finances. “The Ministry of Defense has been proactive in approaching the oil companies to reassure them of the work that it’s being done [to prevent the extortion], as well as to establish direct lines to report the crimes. This is necessary to avoid at any cost that these groups continue the extortion of these companies.” The FARC is increasing its extortion activities because security forces have succeeded in cracking down on much of the terrorist group’s drug trafficking activity, the security analyst said. “The extortion of merchants is becoming an alternative source of funding given the loss of money from drug trafficking. Obviously, it is not the same amount of money, but these groups are trying to identify other sources. Medellín, Bogotá and other big cities are the centers of extortion.” The arrests of the four extortion suspects who are allegedly part of 27th Front will damage the group’s ability to carry out attacks, the Army said in a written statement. “The 27th Front has been hit hard by this operation because we have taken out of circulation an important part of the financial commission, since it lost highly experienced men who would be hard to replace quickly.” “It will be very difficult to access logistical support, food, weapons and explosives because we have neutralized their key pieces. This is also a respite for the population and the businesses of the region, which had been suffering from the plague of extortion by these bandits. Our operations are constant, the 27th Front will not be able to recover the criminal zone we have taken away from them.” Between January 1 and early September 2014, the GAULA unit attached to the Fourth Brigade has captured at least 97 extortion suspects. Let us hope we arrive at a peace agreement soon because of the victims of the FARC Too bad President Santos gives the FARC breathing room in Cuba! They aren’t there as terrorists! The so-called secretariat is safe and the only one missing is JoaquÃn Gomez and they’ll all be safe! By Dialogo September 19, 2014 The Colombian National Army struck strong blows against the finances of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in early September by capturing five alleged leaders of extortion rings for the terrorist group. The Colombian Army announced September 16 the capture of a man as he allegedly collected an extortion payment from a woman in a park in the Yarumal municipality, north of Antioquia. The payment was for two million pesos. The suspect, who is 26, identified himself as a member of the FARC. Troops from the Unified Action Group for Personal Liberty (GAULA) in Antioquia and agents with the Attorney General’s office cooperated to arrest the suspect after receiving tips from Yarumal residents, the Army said. The residents reported that a man was threatening them with violence if they did not make extortion payments. Many of the threats were allegedly delivered during phone calls. The Army arrests four other extortion suspects
10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “We want our new CEO to be exactly like our current CEO.”Throughout my two decades advising credit unions on succession plans and governance, I’ve often heard that sentiment from boards.Typically, they have long-term CEOs who plan to retire within the next two to three years.My response: “Do you really?”Don’t take that the wrong way. That’s not a judgment of the board or the current CEO, who has served in that role a long time for a reason.But does your next CEO need the same skills as his or her predecessor?Maybe. Or maybe not. continue reading »
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The assumptions it was proposing would require an increase in the proportion of pay that employers and members contribute for the current package of benefits offered, it added.Currently, active members and employers pay a combined contribution rate of 26% of pay, with the former paying 8% and the latter 18%. Under the proposals being consulted on, the combined required contribution rate would have to increase to 32%-33% of pay, a spokesperson for the scheme confirmed.In a statement, the USS trustee said: “The increase proposed is a significant challenge for our stakeholders, [Universities UK] and University and College Union to address.”The £5bn deficit identified by the USS trustee is considerably lower than the £12.6bn deficit figure the scheme reported in its annual accounts, based on what it calls a monitoring approach. Its annual report and accounts had also revealed a £17.5bn deficit, based on accounting rules. In a follow-up to the publication of the annual report, USS chief execuitive Bill Galvin had said this was not the figure driving benefit and contribution decisions for the scheme. According to the trustee’s consultation statement, USS was expected to grow by £30bn in assets over the over next 20 years. During this time the scheme would continue to reduce its equity allocation proportionate to the growth in the scheme “to ensure that the risks inherent in funding the scheme remain within affordable limits of all the employers”.USS’ investments are currently broadly half in equities, one third in bonds and the balance in infrastructure, property and other assets, the trustee noted. Expectations for future returns were significantly lower than at the time of the valuation, it said.Based on the assets USS plans to hold over the next 20 years and beyond, the trustee is assuming an average annual rate of return to value future pension benefit payments of inflation (Consumer Prices Index) plus 0.9%.This was the main reason why the required contribution rate had increased, it said.The consultation, which is with Universities UK (UUK), the representative body for USS employers, runs until 29 September. The trustee has proposed to keep employer contributions towards the deficit at the current 2.1% of pay.Decisions on any changes to future benefits or contributions will follow later in the valuation process. Any changes would have to be subject to a full consultation with all affected employees by their employers.Once decisions on future benefits have been made the length of the recovery period will be consulted upon.The consultation comes as the parliamentary Work and Pensions Committee, a cross-party group of politicians from the UK’s lower house, has written to the USS trustee board to inquire about its plans to plug the deficit.The committee has also written to The Pensions Regulator and UUK. Its involvement comes as some commentators have raised concerns that tuition fees may need to be raised to fund the deficit. A spokeperson for UUK said: “It is inconceivable that one of the options would be for the tuition fee cap for undergraduate students in England to be increased to address the USS deficit.”“Over the coming months, USS will work with employers (through Universities UK) and employees (through the University and College Union) to understand the options that are available for dealing with both the deficit and the wider increase in pension costs outlined at the 2017 valuation,” she said. Funding future pensions promised by the UK’s universities pension scheme could require an increase of contributions of six to seven percentage points, according to the trustee of the £60bn (€67.1bn) Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).The information was revealed as the trustee launched a consultation on its proposed assumptions for the latest triennial valuation.These put the USS deficit at just over £5bn, which the trustee said was similar to the figure from March 2014.However, the cost of funding future pension benefits had increased by 35%, it said.
Image courtesy of InpexPerth-based infrastructure, construction and services company, Whittens, grabbed a new contract on Ichthys LNG project from Kawasaki Heavy Industries. Under the new contract, the company will complete the closing of the Temporary Construction Opening (TCO), and insulation of the ceiling and walls across four cryogenic tanks – two LNG, one propane and one butane.Work has already started in April and is expected to take around four months, Whittens said.Inpex-led Ichthys LNG project is preparing to transition its onshore processing plant from construction into the operation phase, the company said in a recent statement.The project, which is expected to start production by March next year, will have the capacity to produce 8.9 million tons of LNG and 1.6 million tons of LPG each year, along with more than 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.It is a joint venture between Inpex, major partner Total, Taiwan’s CPC Corporation and the Australian subsidiaries of Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Kansai Electric, Chubu Electric Power and Toho Gas. LNG World News Staff
He reminded the public anew to observe the health protocols imposed in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19./PN The test results of these individuals were released on July 23. According to Villarosa, about 80 households in the neighborhood were affected by the lockdown.Barangay Banago village head Ricky Mijares, for his part, said he placed the whole of Purok Mahimulaton on lockdown after the City Health Office (CHO) informed him 13 persons in the neighborhood tested positive for COVID-19. Five houses in Purok Riverside were also under the same order, he added. In Purok Masanag I, Barangay 26, there were 30 houses placed on lockdown and the same was also done to a house in Purok Paghidaet, Barangay 29. BACOLOD City – Authorities here ordered the lockdown of neighborhoods in barangays Banago and Tangub after their residents turned out positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Tangub village chief Noli Villarosa ordered the closing of Purok Seaside after the sibling of the General Services Office worker who tested positive for COVID-19 also contracted the virus. CHO Environment and Sanitation Division chief Grace Tan said the 13 individuals in Purok Mahimulaton were among the 19 persons included in the contact tracing after a carpenter living in the same neighborhood tested positive for the virus and died on July 15. Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, head of the City Inter-agency Task Force said there is already a local transmission of the virus in this city.