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UK, US conclude mine countermeasure drill

first_img Authorities View post tag: Royal Navy November 22, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today UK, US conclude mine countermeasure drill The navies of U.K. and U.S. concluded their joint mine countermeasures (MCM) exercise 17-1 in the Persian Gulf, on November 17.The 38-day, bilateral exercise between the U.S. Navy and U.K. Royal navy was designed to provide an opportunity for both nations to share knowledge of MCM techniques.U.S. Navy exercise participants included USS Devastator (MCM 6), USS Gladiator (MCM 11), USS Dextrous (MCM 13), and explosive ordnance disposal mobile unit (EODMU) 1, along with Royal Navy MCM ships HMS Bangor (M 109), HMS Chiddingfold (M 37), HMS Penzance (M 106), HMS Middleton (M 34), and auxiliary landing ship dock RFA Lyme Bay (L 3007).Evolutions were tailored to focus on the cooperative skills of both countries in working together to identify and eliminate mine threats that threaten regional security and the free flow of commerce.“U.S. and U.K. MCM forces work together on a daily basis, as well as continuously engaging in bilateral exercises and professional exchanges to ensure that we are able to efficiently deter and counter naval mine threats,” said Capt. Eric Wirstrom, commander, Task Force (CTF) 52. “This exercise provided a valuable opportunity for both nations to optimize force interoperability and increase warfighting effectiveness.”According to the Gladiator crew, the highlight of U.K.-U.S. Mine Countermeasures Exercise 17-1 was the opportunity to practice using a combat SeaFox round — a remotely-operated, unmanned underwater vehicle used to investigate and identify mine contacts on the ocean floor. When a mine is found, a combat round is deployed, detonating a charge next to the mine in order to eliminate the mine threat.“Deploying and detonating the SeaFox combat round was a unique experience,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Kortni Jonker, one of Gladiator’s SeaFox pilots. “It required a focused, coordinated effort between everyone standing watch on deck and in combat information center, because the engagement work-up and execution was different than the usual investigatory SeaFox round. It was great to put our training to practice.”As part of improving proficiency in mine warfare through force integration among coalition assets, Lyme Bay acted as a command and control station and auxiliary support ship for the exercise.“Lyme Bay acted as an afloat forward support base for the task group as it holds enough provisions, equipment, and fuel to sustain the task group for the duration of the exercise,” said Royal navy Cmdr. David Morgan, commander of RFA Lyme Bay and head of the coalition task group for the exercise. “It also acted as a launch platform for U.S. Mine Hunting Unit (MHU) and Expeditionary Mine Countermeasure Company (EXMCM) sea boats to conduct their tasks, as well as a landing site for HM (Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron) 15 helicopters; allowing us to refine various MCM capabilities.” UK, US conclude mine countermeasure drill View post tag: US Navy View post tag: MCM Share this articlelast_img read more

Graduate careers market hit by crunch

first_img“Many banks and private equity funds are still hiring in Dubai and Asia, so being willing to move there for a few years will probably help your application.”Moving to Dubai has other advantages – the tax burden is much less and living costs are significantly lower than in the UK.Jonathan Black, Director of the Oxford Careers Service, commented that “in this situation there is no space for students to be complacent – but then there never really was.” He went to say that “While certain things are outside our control, employers are going to be interested in how you deal with bad situations.”He urged students not to be discouraged or anxious about the current graduate job market, and to approach their applications with confidence.“Focus on fewer applications, but really concentrate on them. In general, students need to take more care over this process – a leading recruiter told me just the other day that they have to reject 25% of applications purely because of stupid mistakes.”With fewer vacancies available, the importance of networking has never been greater.Jonathan advocates a concerted campaign of what he terms ‘information interviewing’ – a process of sending out letters and emails asking for further information on the sector to key individuals that can often result in a positive outcome. “People never believe me, but it really does work. Extra efforts to be courteous like handwritten thank-you letters can make all the difference.”The Careers Service will be launching a new website later in the term which will allow students to post their CVs online and match them up with recruiters’ profiles. In such an uncertain and difficult time, every increment can make a difference.• Be prepared to move out of Europe. Lehman’s didn’t fire anyone in the Dubai office so be willing to move out to the Middle East• Don’t be discouraged, employers will be interested in how you deal with bad situations• Approach applications with confidence• Focus on fewer applications, but really concentrate on them. In general, students need to concentrate more over this process However, companies will always aim to avoid rescinding graduate offers because of the negative message this sends to campuses.She explained that banks and financial institiutions have made redundancies at every level over the last few months and there may be more to come.She continued, “Banks don’t want to lose juniors as they are the future of the company, but sometimes it’s the only way to cut costs.”Chris Stainton, an Oxford graduate who set up UniVentures, a recruitment consultancy and marketing agency in April 2007, echoed this, saying, “the banking job market has clearly tightened.“Graduate recruiters always respond to business need – the message on worsening market conditions has certainly filtered through, and as a result, banks are focused on recruiting interns rather than full time analysts.”Mergers have affected a large number of financial organisations in the past couple of months, and fewer graduate positions will be offered in the sector as a result.However, our interviewee maintained that prospective candidates shouldn’t be discouraged.She said, “It’s actually a not a bad time to start out in banking. Because of all the redundancies higher up, graduates starting next year are likely to be given more responsibility than they might have otherwise had.“It will be more competitive, but if you’re really interested in the job this is a fascinating time to be in the sector. Recession is like a rite of passage for a banker.”Beating the Crunch in 2009While competition is necessarily going to be much fiercer for this year’s graduate intake, there are steps that Oxford students can take to improve their chances. For those wanting to get into finance, our interviewee’s recommendation is to be willing to move out of Europe. Students graduating in 2009 face unprecedented levels of debt and will struggle to find employment in the contracting economy.The introduction of top-up fees in 2006 along with the rising cost of living will mean that this year’s finalists will graduate with the highest level of student debt ever seen in the UK.According to a survey conducted by the independent university guide in August 2008, Oxford students will graduate with an average debt of £12,311.On top of this, the Student Loan Company doubled its interest rate to 4.8% earlier this year, bringing it to its highest level since 1991.Loan repayments are collected as a percentage of post-graduation salaries over £15,000, meaning that finding a well-paid job straight from university is absolutely essential for many students.However, the global economic downturn of the past few months has meant that the graduate job market is contracting. Companies are being forced to merge in order to bring down their fixed costs, and as a result fewer graduate positions are on offer.Trinity Mirror plc, which publishes the Daily Mirror and the Sunday Mirror as well as over 150 regional newspapers, announced earlier this year that it had cancelled its graduate scheme, and that recruitment would not recommence for the foreseeable future.The financial world has seen the biggest reductions in graduate positions.A recent survey by the Income Data Services suggested that financial firms are expected to employ 14.7% fewer graduates this year.Growth in the graduate job market as a whole is expected to fall sharply compared to this time last year, with many companies explicitly citing the credit crunch as the cause of this reduction.We spoke to an employee who recently joined Lehman Brothers. She explained the state of affairs within the industry and added that like in all previous recessions, graduate recruitment across the financial sector is going to shrink.last_img read more

University of Evansville To Hold 40th Anniversary Commemoration of 1977 Plane Crash

first_imgThe University of Evansville will hold a 40th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1977 Plane Crash on Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. The ceremony will be held at Memorial Plaza on the UE campus.The Air Indiana Flight 216 crashed at 7:22 p.m. on the evening of December 13, 1977 carrying the University of Evansville basketball team along with coaches, administrators, and fans. Those gathered will observe a moment of silence at that time during the candlelight vigil.The order of service will include candle lighting, a reading of the names of those who perished in the plane crash, and a bell ringing during each interval. University of Evansville President Thomas A. Kazee will provide a statement, followed by the singing of the UE alma mater, prayers, and bagpipes.An opportunity for informal gathering and fellowship will be offered in Ridgway University Center’s 1959 Gallery and Lounge immediately following the ceremony. Neu Chapel will also be open for personal prayer and meditation throughout the evening.The public is invited to attend this commemoration and the University of Evansville is working to personally reach families of those who perished. A Facebook event has also been created for interested guests to stay up to date with information. Visit to find the event.Additionally, a memorial service to honor the first responders involved in this tragedy will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on the same day.FOOTNOTES: Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel its time to address the expansion of the Vanderburgh County jail? Please take time and read our other articles entitled “StatehouseFiles, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]last_img read more

Ocean City Police Activity Report for April 13 to 19

first_imgApril 19, 2014: Saturday Calls for service: 97Motor Vehicle Stops: 49Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2Property Checks: 13Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 7 EMS callsTrespassing, 1100 block Simpson Ave., at 4:22amTrespassing, Bayshore Dr., at 9:36amCriminal mischief, 1100 block Asbury Ave., at 11:48amMotor vehicle accident, hit & run, 50th St. & West Ave., at 12:04pmBurglary, 5500 block Asbury Ave., at 3:21pmMotor vehicle accident, hit & run, 29th St. & Wesley Ave., at 5:09pm April 15, 2014: TuesdayCalls for service: 42Motor Vehicle Stops: 6Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 6Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 2 EMS callsCDS, 200 block 34th Street, two in custody, at 2:27amDomestic violence, 200 block 9th Street, one in custody, at 8:14amMotor vehicle accident, no injuries, 9th St. & Central Ave., at 11:52amCriminal mischief, 300 block Wesley Ave., at 4:31pmTheft, 800 block Asbury Ave., at 5:41pm April 18, 2014: FridayCalls for service: 65Motor Vehicle Stops: 16Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 22Alarms: 5The Police Department assisted with 5 fire and 4 EMS callsCDS, 1100 block Boardwalk, at 4:29pmHarassment, 600 block Wesley Ave., at 7:48pm April 13, 2014: Sunday                                                Calls for service: 85Motor Vehicle Stops: 29Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 30Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 3 Fire and 4 EMS callsShoplifting, 1100 block Boardwalk, at 12:22pmWarrant, 34th Street, one in custody, at 2:10pm OCEAN CITY POLICE SUMMARIZED WEEK’S ACTIVITIESApril 13 – April 19, 2014Calls for Service: 532Daily Average: 76 April 17, 2014: ThursdayCalls for service: 79Motor Vehicle Stops: 17Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 31Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 6 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, no injuries, 25th St. , at 10:32amTheft, 1400 block Pleasure Ave., at 1:08pmBurglary, 200 block Simpson Ave., at 1:18pmTheft, 1100 block Asbury Ave., at 6:28pmTheft, 800 block Brighton Pl., at 11:05pm April 16, 2014: WednesdayCalls for service: 96Motor Vehicle Stops: 37Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 31Alarms: 5The Police Department assisted with 7 fire and 5 EMS callsWarrant, 800 block West Ave., one in custody, at 2:45amWarrant, 14th Street, one in custody, at 10:45amCriminal mischief, 200 block Simpson Ave., at 11:46amWarrant, 1100 block Wesley Ave., one in custody, at 4:25pm April 14, 2014: Monday Calls for service: 68Motor Vehicle Stops: 22Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 12Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 5 Fire and 4 EMS callsWarrant, 2100 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 9:04amTheft, Marianna La., at 3:58pm PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year.City Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street. Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days. Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations.last_img read more

Sturdy Savings Bank Supports Local Educational Program

first_imgFrom right to left, Sturdy Savings Bank Business Development Officer Michael Lloyd and Director of Retail Banking David Repici present the sponsorship check to Bayshore Museum Curator Rachel Dolhanczyk, Executive Director Brian Keenan, Chief Financial Officer Candi Faunce, and Communication and Donor Relations Manager Lorraine Shourds. (Courtesy Sturdy Savings Bank) Sturdy Savings Bank recently presented the Bayshore Center at Bivalve with a sponsorship check to support an environmental educational program.The program is organized and run by the Bayshore Center at Bivalve for fourth and fifth grade students at the Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro’s Homework Club in Middle Township.“We are proud to support programs that provide opportunities for our youth to connect with the environment and broaden their education,” Sturdy Savings Bank President Jerry Reeves said in a press release.The Bayshore Center at Bivalve is New Jersey’s only environmental history museum. Through the state’s official tall ship, the oyster schooner AJ Meerwald and an historic waterfront museum, the center advances the understanding of human impact on New Jersey’s aquatic environment through education, advocacy, and programming.Sturdy Savings Bank serves the community at 14 different locations, including Avalon, Cape May, Cape May Court House, Dennisville, Marmora, North Cape May, North Wildwood, Ocean City, Rio Grande, Somers Point, Stone Harbor, Tuckahoe and Wildwood Crest.Each of Sturdy’s branches consider the communities in which they are located their homes, and are dedicated to see those areas succeed. The bank often donates to local organizations, and supports schools because it values the development of the youth in the communities it serves.For more information about Sturdy Savings Bank, visit or call 609-463-5220.last_img read more

Bread prices set to rise

first_imgBread prices are set to rise again, with the on-shelf price for an 800g loaf predicted to increase by 10-15p in the next few weeks.Gary Sharkey, head of wheat procurement for Hovis, told British Baker: “Bakers cannot possibly absorb the latest round of increases.Flour costs have risen yet again, due to world shortages, and there have been big increases in energy costs, a major factor in baking, plus significant rises in oil prices affecting daily distribution costs.”He said that, last September, wheat prices had risen 60% year-on-year due to adverse weather conditions and high demand. Since September, prices have continued to rise and are now £50 a tonne higher.Niall Irwin, of Irwins plant bakery in Northern Ireland and president of the Irish Association of Master Bakers, said; “We are not immune. We cannot absorb recent steep increases and will have to pass costs on shortly. We supply Irish and mainland supermarkets throughout the UK. It’s not just fuel and flour costs that have risen, but edible oils and fats used in baked goods. Dried fruit, too, is continually rising.“Everyone is hopeful the next harvest will be good quality and plentiful, but if not, it will be a continuous spiral of price rises.”Warburtons’ CR director Sarah Miskell said: “We are aware of continued input costs such as wheat and energy. For now we are monitoring the market really closely. In these volatile market conditions, it is always  difficult to predict the full extent of the long-term price peaks. Price rises may be needed, but Warburtons feels it is too early to do this at the moment and will continue to watch the markets.Mike Holling of 52-shop Birds of Derby, who is also chairman of the National Association of Master Bakers, representing high street independents, said: “We are experiencing increases every week in ingredients, while fuel and energy have risen considerably. We had to raise bread prices last week.“A few days ago, I met with several members of the National Association. Some have already raised prices and others are intending to very shortly, just to keep their businesses viable.”Jefta kon Lakovic, chief executive of Arnouti Pitta Bakery, which supplies supermarkets, said: “As well as all the increases, commodity price speculators have changed their speculation to the most important commodities of the world – food.”>>Short stocks force sugar suppliers to raise priceslast_img read more

I-86 Westbound Closed Following Wreck

first_imgGoogle Earth Graphic.BEMUS POINT – Interstate 86 Westbound between the Route 430 exit and the Chautauqua Lake Bridge is closed following a truck crash.Chautauqua County Fire Dispatch reports indicate the westbound lane is blocked after a load fell off the truck.The unspecified cargo also reportedly fell from the bridge to the 430 underpass beneath.Crews are asking the public to avoid the area. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Growing Public Blowback Against More U.S. Pipeline Projects

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享SNL:Returning to protest the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at its first meeting in months, opponents of natural gas pipelines said protests at the agency and a backlash against President Donald Trump helped set the stage for a recent string of victories at the state level and in federal appeals courts.“We are starting to see with Trump as president that there are state regulatory agencies and federal court judges who seem to be now acting a little differently,” said Ted Glick, a leader at Beyond Extreme Energy. “Maybe it is because if Obama is no longer president, they feel more responsibility.” Beyond Extreme Energy would like to lead the country away from gas transportation infrastructure and fossil fuels because of climate and community impacts.“The fact is that state environmental agencies in New York, West Virginia and North Carolina in the last month have all made decisions very much to the displeasure of the pipeline industry,” including extra scrutiny and even denial of Clean Water Act permits issued by the states, Glick said. In a Sept. 20 interview, he also pointed to a Delaware River Basin Commission move toward a ban on hydraulic fracturing and the U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit’s decision to vacate an approval of the Enbridge Inc.-led Sabal Trail gas pipeline, which sent the matter back to FERC for more analysis of downstream greenhouse gas emissions.“All those things are going against what Trump wants to do” and against FERC, which Beyond Extreme Energy and others believe is thwarting the transition to a clean, efficient energy future by approving pipelines, compressor stations and LNG terminals, Glick said.“I think there is a connection between the protests that have been happening at FERC over the last three years and [protests] that happened at the Senate in relationship to the Trump appointees … and the growth of this movement,” Glick said.Protesters from Beyond Extreme Energy and Delaware Riverkeeper Network interrupted the FERC monthly meeting Sept. 20, singing “We Shall Overcome.” Delaware Riverkeeper leader Maya van Rossum warned of dangers that fossil fuels pose to the climate as she was escorted out of the chamber by security. A display in front of the commission showed the gas industry as a puppeteer with the commissioners on strings.More: ($) Pipeline protesters return to FERC energized by recent wins, Trump backlash Growing Public Blowback Against More U.S. Pipeline Projectslast_img read more

Lisa Loeb’s Songs Will ‘Stay’ With Us Long After Upcoming Boulton Center Gig

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Lisa Loeb broke onto the music scene in the ’90s and was immediately welcomed into the echelon of acoustic singer-songwriters who dominated the Lilith Fair era. She embodies emo-nerd chic and makes it sexy, and she’ll be unleashing all her hits and irresistible magnetism at YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, March 30.Her stripped-down confessionals, like “Stay (I Missed You)” from the cult classic film Reality Bites (which catapulted Ben Stiller, Ethan Hawke and Winona Ryder to Gen-X infamy) remain popular to this day. The song was the first #1 single by an artist who didn’t have a recording contract! Of course, after that tune, she released two back-to-back albums that went gold—1995’s Tails and 1997’s Firecracker—and was nominated for a Grammy Award for the latter.Loeb become a bonafide television star in 2004 for her culinary misadventures with Dweezil Zappa on the Food Network, chronicled in Dweezil & Lisa, and 2006’s reality TV-music show Number 1 Single on E! Entertainment Television. She’s released nearly 20 music albums throughout her career, most recently 2016’s Feel What U Feel, appeared in a ton of television shows and movies, and has also done voice-over work. Loeb’s songs have appeared in television and film soundtracks, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Legally Blonde and Twister, and she’s also a prolific children’s music and book author—releasing a bevy of award-winning titles and audio versions—crafting fun, catchy tunes that connect with kids.Besides her infectious songs, you’ll also recognize Loeb by those signature dark-framed glasses. In fact, those glasses are so synonymous with Lisa Loeb that she has her own line of them.Classic. Refined. Quirky. Fun. Soulful. Vulnerable. And always real. Lisa Loeb is more than a performer. She’s a singer-songwriter who reminds us Gen-Xers of who we used to be, when the world was a gritty, undefined place. Somewhere along the way, we’ve suddenly discovered we’re now the grownups, alongside Ethan Hawke, Winona Ryder and Ben Stiller. And guess what? We’ve all made it.Lisa Loeb provided our soundtrack.Featured Photo: Lisa Loeb rocks YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts in Bay Shore on March 30! (Photo: Lisa Loeb official Facebook profile)Lisa Loeb will be performing live at YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main Street, Bay Shore, on Thursday, March 30 at 8 p.m. For tickets and more information, call 631-969-1101 or visit read more

CFPB issues interpretive rule clarifying loan originator screening requirements

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Greetings Compliance Friends!I’d like to start off today’s blog with a brief scenario: ABC Credit Union is seeking to expand its staff of loan originators to accommodate an uptick in loan applications. One new employee comes from another state and although she has applied, does not yet have the required license to conduct loan originator activities in the state where ABC Credit Union is located. ABC’s prudent compliance officer remembers that there is a provision in Regulation Z requiring specific screening and ongoing training for loan originators who are not state licensed and wonders if this rule applies to this new hire. The CFPB explains that this is not the case in its recently issued interpretive rule, clarifying that a loan originator organization is not required to follow the screening and periodic training requirements under section 1026.36(f)(3) of Regulation Z where a loan originator who is required to be licensed is operating with temporary authority due to a pending state license application.The Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 (SAFE Act) prohibits individuals from “engaging in the business of a loan originator” without meeting certain requirements. Loan originators who are employees of federal credit unions are generally required to register as a loan originator under Regulation G and obtain a unique identifier from the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry (NMLSR). Loan originators employed at state-chartered credit unions are also required to be registered and may be subject to state licensing requirements under Regulation H or applicable state law. See also, NCUA Risk Alert 14-RA-05.A state may but is not required to impose licensing requirements for loan originators if such individuals are lawfully registered and maintain their unique NMLSR identifier in accordance with section 1008.103(e)(5) of Regulation H. For loan originators that are not required to be state-licensed, section 1026.36(f)(3) of Regulation Z provides certain screening and ongoing training requirements that a loan originator organization is required to fulfill before its employee may act as a loan originator in a dwelling-secured consumer credit transaction.last_img read more