Philippine Navy to Hold Joint Maritime Exercises with Vietnamese, Thai Navies

first_img View post tag: Maritime View post tag: Thai View post tag: Exercises View post tag: Navy March 28, 2012 View post tag: Philippine View post tag: Joint View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Philippine Navy to Hold Joint Maritime Exercises with Vietnamese, Thai Navies View post tag: holdcenter_img View post tag: Navies According to Lieutenant Colonel Omar Tonsay, the Philippine Navy is about to host joint maritime exercises with Vietnamese and Thai navies, with the aim of fortifying mutual cooperation.The said cooperation should include exchange of shipbuilding expertise and skills, exchange of visits, along with possibilities for education and training of personnel.On March 11-14 Philippine Navy delegation, headed by Vice Admiral Alexander Pama visited Vietnam, where the Philippine Navy representatives were acquainted with the level of technological development of Vietnamese navy. This included a presentation of shipbuilding possibilities, especially that of warships and military vessels. In addition, the delegation also toured the Naval Shipyard X46 and the Hai Long Shipbuilding Co.“The visit paved the way for continued Staff to Staff Talks and exchange of visits between the Philippine Navy and VPN, which is hoped to sustain the active engagements of the Philippine Navy and the VPN and effectively address maritime security issues in common maritime domains,” Tonsay pointed out.Having signed standard operating procedure regarding interactions among Philippine and Vietnamese navies’ personnel in the vicinity of Southeast Cay and the Northeast Cay Island with Vice Admiral Alexander Pama, VPN’s commander in chief, Admiral Nguyen Van Hien, offered to host the first “Navy to Navy Talks” with the Philippines in Vietnam in the last quarter of 2012.The counterparts also tabled a possibility of setting up a communication hotline between the operations centres of the Philippine Navy and the Vietnam People’s Navy (VPN), the priority being search-and-rescue operations.The visit to Vietnam was followed by a visit to the Thai Ministry of Defence, on March 14-17 where the Philippine Navy delegation explored cooperation possibilities with the Royal Thai Navy (RTN),  The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 28, 2012; View post tag: Vietnamese Training & Education View post tag: News by topic Share this article Philippine Navy to Hold Joint Maritime Exercises with Vietnamese, Thai Navies View post tag: withlast_img read more

End to EMAs

first_imgMPs voted on Wednesday to scrap Education Maintenance Allowance in England. Labour had called on the government to rethink its plans to axe the means-tested grant, which is given to students who stay in education past 16, but lost to a coalition majority of 59 votes.It was confirmed in October that the EMA was to be cancelled as part of the UK’s budget cuts, and applications have already been closed to students who would be claiming an allowance of the 2011/12 academic year.The government justified their move by arguing that the current system was inefficient, with Education Secretary Michael Gove claiming the allowance had been “poorly targeted”.A protest was staged by students outside Parliament, whilst within, Labour’s education spokesman, Andy Burnham, claimed that social mobility would be “thrown into reverse” and that it was an attack on the aspirations of young people.Gove responded that “you cannot spend money you do not have”.The grants are of up to £30 a week and were intended to be spent on course necessities, books and transport.The decision comes despite research published on Tuesday by the University and College Union which suggested that 70% of students in the poorest areas would drop out of college if they no longer received their EMA payments.Oxford uses the EMA as a part of the contextual data used to gauge student’s academic background, and therefore to help in the process of selecting those student’s with the best academic potential.Laura Bromely, a second year student at Trinity, said, “Even though it may be inefficient, it certainly helps many students through A level education which they otherwise wouldn’t have access to, and to scrap this assistance would mean places like Oxford in particular could lose bright, academically gifted candidates due to financial barriers”.Aaron Porter, NUS president, said that the EMA was a “vital lifeline” for young people.The government says it plans to support poorer students through a discretionary fund administered by colleges, which it aims to triple from its existing level of £26 million.last_img read more

“Right Jab And Middle Jab And Left Jab” October 23, 2019

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare,“Right Jab And Middle Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have a couple of commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give our more opinionated readers exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and Middle Jab and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “MIDDLE JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “LEFT JAB” is a liberal view, “MIDDLE JAB” is the libertarian view and the “RIGHT JAB is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments in this column is free to do so. “Right Jab And Middle Jab And Left Jab” was created because we have a couple of commenters that post on a daily basis either in our “IS IT TRUE” or “Readers Forum” columns concerning National or International issues.The majority of our “IS IT TRUE” columns are about local or state issues, so we have decided to give our more opinionated readers exclusive access to our newly created “LEFT JAB and Middle Jab and RIGHT JAB”  column. They now have this post to exclusively discuss national or world issues that they feel passionate about.We shall be posting the “LEFT JAB” AND “MIDDLE JAB” AND “RIGHT JAB” several times a week.  Oh, “LEFT JAB” is a liberal view, “MIDDLE JAB” is the libertarian view and the “RIGHT JAB is representative of the more conservative views. Also, any reader who would like to react to the written comments in this column is free to do so.Today’s “Readers Poll’ question is: If the election was held today for City Council Ward three (3) who would you vote for?If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] Footnote: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. Personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.last_img read more


first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE! (Evansville, IN August 15th) The legacy of the beloved “Mister Rogers” lives on with the hit television series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, from The Fred Rogers Company and airing daily on PBS KIDS. Now, Daniel and all of his friends are hopping aboard Trolley to delight live audiences with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! coming to the Victory Theatre in Evansville on Wednesday, November 16th at 6pm. Tickets (starting at $25 plus applicable service fees) go on-sale Friday, August 19th at 10am and are available at, 800.745.3000, or the Ford Center Ticket Office.Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel invites the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others, and celebrating new experiences. This live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing, laughter and “grr-ific” surprises will warm the hearts of multiple generations.Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood tells its engaging stories about the life of a preschooler using musical strategies grounded in Fred Rogers’ landmark social-emotional curriculum. Through imagination, creativity and music, Daniel and his friends learn the key social skills necessary for school and for life.In September 2015, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood was the #2 program across all TV networks for Kids 2-5 and with moms of young children. In addition, it continues to be one of the highest-streamed shows, averaging over 50.5 million streams per month. One million Daniel Tiger books have been published to date, and downloads of the apps, music and episodes continue to rank high on iTunes.The animated TV series has garnered a host of prestigious awards, and most recently was nominated for a 2015 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Program. This recognition follows a string of additional honors, including a 2015 Parents’ Choice Gold Award and 2014 Prix Jeunesse International Selection as well as the 2013 Kidscreen Award for Best Animated Series in the Preschool Category, and 2013 Cynopsis: Kids! Imagination Award for Preschool Series.PBS KIDS Website: Fred Rogers Company Website: by Mills Entertainment: Producer/Tour Booking: The Brad Simon Organization Inc.: read more

Press release: Polluter to submit plans for River Witham repairs

first_img We know the pollution had a devastating effect on delicate river ecosystems, and issuing this notice means the process of helping the river recover to its natural, healthy state can start sooner. It’s one way we’re working to protect and improve our environment for local people and wildlife. We look forward to receiving proposals from Omex for review, and working with them to restore the Witham. After the incident, Environment Agency experts and biologists worked tirelessly with other organisations to clean up the pollution and mitigate the damage. Fisheries teams have since re-stocked the river with more than 1.5 million fish larvae, including common bream, roach and tench, plus re-introducing around 40,000 roach and common bream ranging from 30 to 40mm long.Meanwhile, the Environment Agency is continuing to investigate the circumstances of the pollution. Further action will be considered once the investigation is complete.Anyone who suspects a pollution incident is urged to report it to the Environment Agency’s incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.Background The notice requires agricultural and fertiliser company Omex Agriculture Limited to submit proposals for repairing the river Ammonia entered the River Witham in March of this year and caused the worst river pollution ever recorded in Lincolnshire An investigation into the circumstances continues Under the Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations 2015, a Notice of Liability allows the Environment Agency to require a polluter to take steps to remediate the damage done by a pollution incident. Once the notice is served, the recipient has 28 days to lodge an appeal. The polluter has until mid-January to submit their proposals. The Environment Agency must be satisfied the plan represents the best results for the environment. This measure is taken separate to the ongoing investigation under the Environmental Permitting Regulations. The company responsible for a major pollution on the River Witham that killed at least 100,000 fish has been told they must develop plans to restore the river.The Environment Agency has issued agricultural and fertiliser company Omex Agriculture Limited with a ‘notice of liability’ under the Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations 2015.The notice – only the second the Environment Agency has issued since the regulations came into place – requires the company to develop plans for repairing the environmental damage caused when ammonia entered the river in March 2018.The ammonia affected the river from Bardney to the Wash, severely impacting the condition of the river and its ecosystems. It’s thought to be the worst river pollution incident ever recorded in the county.Manfai Tang, environment manager at the Environment Agency, said:last_img read more

Open consultation: Early years healthy development review: call for evidence

first_imgThe questionnaire has been extended by one week to help capture a wide range of responses. The new closing date is 11:59pm on Friday 23 October. The Prime Minister has asked Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP to lead a new review into improving health and development outcomes of babies and young children in England. The time from conception to the age of 2 is a critical time for development and can impact physical health, mental health and opportunity throughout life.We’d like to hear from recent parents, including those who gave birth during the lockdown and public health response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, about the experiences of care and services you received.We’d also like to hear from health service professionals, charities, volunteer groups and academics.We will use your views to check where progress has been made and where more needs to be done in the future both locally and nationally.last_img read more

Ingredion invests $100m (£61m) to fill ingredient demands

first_imgGlobal ingredients supplier Ingredion will invest around $100m (£61m) in increasing its manufacturing capacity for speciality ingredients. This investment has been made in response to the growing demand for higher-value ingredients, according to the company.Capital investments will be made over the next years, located in North America and Asia-Pacific, where the firm hopes to utilise local crops such as tapioca and rice.Ilene Gordon, chairman, president and chief executive, said: “There are growing trends towards wholesome products made with authentic ingredients and products designed for convenience. Expanding our capacity will help customers deliver against these trends.”The announcement of these investment plans are in addition to the ongoing capital expenditures of over $1bn from the company since 2009.last_img read more

New Sharon plans Meet the Candidate event for selectman seat

first_imgNEW SHARON – Residents are invited to come meet candidates for the next selectman at a morning social event on Saturday, Feb. 23.Selectman Bob Neal is not running for his position this year, opening up a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen. Four residents have returned nomination papers prior to the deadline: Dennis McCourt, Paula Nason, Donald Richard and Joseph Rollins.Lorna Nichols and Travis Pond currently sit on the three-member Board of Selectmen with Neal. The selectman seat is the only position up for election this year.All the residents that returned nomination papers prior to the deadline have been invited to the event, which will begin with a half-hour social period starting at 8 a.m. From 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., the four candidates will be provided with time for introductions, as well as a question and answer session.Moderated by Paul Mills, the event will take place at Cape Cod Hill School. Light refreshments will be available.The election will be held on Friday, March 1 from noon to 7 p.m. at the town office. The annual town meeting will take place the following morning, Saturday, March 2 at 9 a.m.last_img read more

Let’s try a presidential dialogue

first_img Read Full Story In anticipation of the final presidential debate, HLS Professor and Director of the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program Robert Bordone and Clinical Fellow Heather Scheiwe Kulp weighed in on the previous debates from a mediator’s point of view.After the first presidential debate, it was hard to tell whether the pollsters and pundits were talking about the NFL or the candidates’ meeting. President Obama’s “prevent defense” and “two-yard runs down the middle” were criticized, while Romney was said to have “spiked the football.”If the presidential debate was reported more as a sporting event, the vice presidential debate seemed more a horror movie. The next day’s newsbytes cited the vice president’s “show of teeth” and “barroom brawling” and Rep. Paul Ryan’s “lacerating blows.” Some even called Biden “unhinged.”As conflict resolution professionals whose entire professional lives are devoted to teaching others how to listen more effectively to each other and engage in genuine, learning dialogue, we had high hopes for the “town hall” format of Tuesday’s Presidential debate. Here, at last, would be a chance for a real conversation between citizens and candidates and, as the format originally intended, between the two candidates themselves. The format, in theory, would invite both candidates to respond directly to questions from undecided voters in the room, making the kind of hand-to-hand, tit-for-tat jousting of previous debates more unseemly and inappropriate in front of the seated citizens.Read the rest of the article on the Harvard Negotiation Law Review website.last_img read more

Scanlan wins in Sophomore Class Council runoff

first_imgAfter Thursday’s Sophomore Class Council election proceeded to a runoff, the results were announced Tuesday night. Tim Scanlan, current freshman class president, will begin his term as sophomore class president April 1. His council will include Nathan Foje, Andrea Palm and Emily Voorde, who will serve as vice president, secretary and treasurer, respectively. The Judicial Council reported Scanlan’s ticket received 541of 1066 votes (50.75 percent), not including 121 abstentions. The opposing ticket received 525 votes (49.25 percent). Scanlan and his ticket defeated Kevin McMannis, Cristin Pacifico, Ryan Newell and Kai Gayoso to win the election. Scanlan said his ticket looks forward to working to achieve the goals and ideals it ran on. “We want to unite the class, get people to connect across the quad, across the hall and between the different dorms,” he said. “We want to do that through several different events, from a class cup to a class stimulus package.” Scanlan said through the stimulus package, any sophomore can submit an idea for an event and Sophomore Class Council will fund, advertise and run it. “We want to do a class trip to Cedar Point as well as an off-campus winter ball,” Scanlan said. “And we’re really excited about some of the class apparel ideas we have. I think the class cup will be what we’ll work on first.” The class cup will be a year-long competition in which residence halls earn points through athletic events and activities, Scanlan said. At the end of the year, Sophomore Class Council will crown a champion. McMannis said he hopes to be involved in Student Government next year and is considering running for membership on Sophomore Class Council or applying to be the director of a Student Senate committee.last_img read more