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USS Donald Cook Welcomes Romanian President on Board

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: President April 16, 2014 View post tag: board USS Donald Cook Welcomes Romanian President on Board View post tag: Romanian The forward deployed guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) welcomed aboard Romanian President Traian Bsescu while the ship was in port in Constanta, April 14.Bsescu was met by members of the U.S. Embassy and Donald Cook’s Commanding Officer Cmdr. Scott Jones. He was then given a tour of the ship, including the Navigation Bridge, Combat Information Center and Engineering Control.“Operating in the Black Sea has been an incredible opportunity for us to further strengthen our ties and improve our interoperability with an important strategic partner, Romania, who just recently celebrated their 10th anniversary as a member of NATO,” said Jones. “We feel that this is an important time to demonstrate our resolve and shared commitment with NATO; that we will maintain the right presence where it matters to promote peace and stability.”“Donald Cook’s visit to Romania is an example of the U.S. Navy’s commitment to strengthen ties while working toward mutual goals in the Black Sea. This multi-mission destroyer is there to reassure their NATO allies that they share a commitment to promote peace and stability in the region, “the U.S. Navy said in release.“We have also been privileged to host several members of the Romanian Navy during our time in the Black Sea,” added Jones. “This professional exchange has been valuable for my crew, allowing us a chance to discuss future exercise opportunities, and helping to reinforce, on a personal level, the strong ties between our two navies and our two nations.”Donald Cook, the first of four Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to be forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is serving on a scheduled patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations as part of the President’s European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) to ballistic missile defense in Europe.U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts a full range of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation missions in concert with coalition, joint, interagency, and other parties in order to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa.[mappress]Press Release, April 16, 2014; Image: US Navy Training & Education View post tag: Navycenter_img View post tag: welcomes View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: Cook View post tag: USS Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Donald Cook Welcomes Romanian President on Board View post tag: Donaldlast_img read more

Press release: Health Secretary announces strengthened legal powers to bolster public health protections against coronavirus

first_imgThe The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 have been put in place with immediate effect to impose restrictions on any individual considered by health professionals to be at risk of spreading the virus.The regulations apply to any individuals seeking to leave supported isolation before the current quarantine period of 14 days is complete. It will also apply to future cases during the current coronavirus incident where an individual who may be infected or contaminated could present a risk to public health.Today’s announcement is not a result of a change in risk to the UK public, which remains moderate.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: The regulations have been put in place to reduce the risk of further human-to-human transmission in this country.The strengthened powers, effective immediately, will ensure that NHS staff dealing with possible cases can be confident the necessary powers are in place to keep individuals in isolation where public health professionals believe there is a reasonable risk an individual may have the virus. This is in line with measures taken in other countries.Over the weekend, the latest government-chartered flight brought a further 100 individuals from the centre of the outbreak in Hubei province to stay in supported isolation in the UK.The individuals have been taken to the Kents Hill Park conference centre in Milton Keynes where they will remain for 14 days until the end of the incubation period. This follows the same approach for those currently being housed in Arrowe Park NHS accommodation in Wirral.All passengers were asked to sign a consent form agreeing to stay in supported isolation for at least 14 days until the incubation period is over. In all cases so far, supported isolation has been effective in controlling the spread of the virus.These powers will give the public further confidence that the repatriation of British citizens back to the UK from Hubei does not increase the risk of further cases in this country.The UK Chief Medical Officers currently assess the risk to the UK to be moderate. I will do everything in my power to keep people in this country safe. We are taking every possible step to control the outbreak of coronavirus. NHS staff and others will now be supported with additional legal powers to keep people safe across the country. The transmission of coronavirus would constitute a serious threat – so I am taking action to protect the public and isolate those at risk of spreading the virus. Clinical advice has not changed about the risk to the public, which remains moderate. We are taking a belt and braces approach to all necessary precautions to ensure public safety. Our infection control procedures are world leading – what I am announcing today further strengthens our response.last_img read more

Arcade Fire Covers The Cranberries’ “Linger” In Ireland [Watch]

first_imgArcade Fire took over Dulbin’s 3ARENA on Friday for the first night of a six-show run through the British Isles. After starting off their encore with a rendition of the Everything Now track “We Don’t Deserve Love”, the indie-rock giants led the crowd through a singalong of “Linger”, the 1993 hit by Ireland natives The Cranberries.Arcade Fire offered up a few lines from the Cranberries favorite before meandering into the reprise of “Everything Now”. Once that section came to a close, the band invited Preservation Hall Jazz Band to help them finish strong with their perennial show-stopper “Wake Up.”Arcade Fire – “Linger” > “Everything Now (Continued) & “Wake up”  While the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has teamed up with Arcade Fire on numerous occasions, the “Linger” tease was a new offering from the group that was undoubtedly inspired by the recent passing of singer Dolores O’Riordan. The Cranberries frontwoman, who led the Irish rock band for nearly three decades, died unexpectedly in January at the age of 46. As of now, her cause of death remains unknown.last_img read more

Announcing our 2016 Dog Photo Contest Winner

first_imgOnce again readers turned out in record numbers to show off pictures of their canine companions enjoying the great outdoors in our annual Dog Photo Contest sponsored by Ruffwear®.This year’s winner—who unfortunately passed away on May 23—came from the far northern reaches of Minnesota. His name was Bobo the Blind, and he was a bit of a celebrity in those parts.bobo3“Bobo is a 4-and-half-year-old rottweiler and is actually a foster dog with Secondhand Hounds, a non-profit dog rescue in Minneapolis, Minnesota,” said Bobo’s foster mom Sarah Deimel.Sarah says Bobo arrived at Secondhand Hounds in rough shape, suffering from a rare skin condition that caused him to lose his vision along with his fur.“This is part of the reason why winning the photo contest is so amazing for Bobo,” she said. “He will get great use out of the Ruffwear dog jackets and booties to keep his hairless body warm in the cold Minnesota winters.”bobo2Despite Bobo’s medical condition, life had never been better for Sarah Deimel’s four-legged friend.“Bobo faced more than his fair share of adversity throughout his life, but he continued to be one of the happiest and sweetest dogs I had ever met,” she said. “Nothing made him happier than snuggling near his humans, napping, and chewing on antlers. He has been through a lot of medical issues in the past year and still walks around with a huge smile on his face everyday.” Related Posts:last_img read more

CUNA, orgs team w/ FS-ISAC for paper on ATM scams

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA has teamed with other financial services organizations to create a white paper, “Understanding ATM Attacks,” explaining how cybercriminals conduct such attacks and how financial institutions can protect consumers. The paper was released by the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), and is a joint effort between CUNA, FS-ISAC, the American Bankers Association and the Independent Community Bankers Association.“Cybercriminals target ATMs through both physical and computer-based means to steal funds for a cybercrime gang or a nation-state,” the three-page paper reads. “These attacks often occur around holidays in an attempt to circumvent or delay detection. This may involve the creation of fraudulent payment cards at one or more financial institutions.”The paper outlines four types of ATM attacks: continue reading »last_img read more

Razer Book 13 productivity laptop has a compact, portable design for easy mobility » Gadget Flow

first_imgMaybe you work at home. Maybe you work at an office. Maybe you work at a coffee shop. Or maybe you want the freedom to work anywhere. That’s what you get with the Razer Book 13 productivity laptop, which has a super-compact design. With a 13.4″ bezel display, this super-portable productivity laptop is made for you to take it wherever you want to go. Additionally, boasting 14 hours of battery life, this new Razer Book ensures you can work all day long, too. Furthermore, the Razer Book 13 comes with an 11th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor for efficiency, multitasking, and power. With its 16:10 aspect ratio and Gorilla Glass 6 display, this is a screen you’re going to want to look at. In fact, you can even choose between an FHD non-touch screen, an FHD touchscreen, or a UHD touchscreen. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Fed revisits idea of pledging to keep interest rates low

first_imgThe US dollar slightly extended losses against the yen and euro while the S&P 500 index edged higher after the release of the minutes.Outlook uncertainThe Fed has repeatedly said the US economic outlook remains highly uncertain and reiterated that a full economic recovery hinges on the battle to control the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has killed more than 127,000 people in the United States.Since the meeting, a surge in US infections has led several policymakers to warn that signs of a nascent economic recovery over the last few weeks could already be under threat as hard-hit states halt or reverse the re-opening of their economies.The US economy slipped into recession in February and economic output and employment are still far below pre-crisis levels despite a rebound as restrictions were eased. More than 30 million people were receiving unemployment checks in the first week of June, about a fifth of the labor force.At last month’s policy meeting, the Fed signaled it planned years of extraordinary support for the economy, with policymakers projecting the economy to shrink 6.5 percent in 2020 and the unemployment rate to be 9.3 percent at the end of the year.In addition to slashing interest rates, the central bank has also pumped trillions of dollars into the economy to keep credit flowing to businesses and households.Americans’ anxieties over the spread of the coronavirus are at the highest level in more than a month, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Wednesday, a day after the United States recorded the biggest single-day rise in new cases since the pandemic began. Federal Reserve policymakers are looking at reviving a Great Recession-era promise to keep interest rates low until certain conditions are met, in a bid to deliver a more rapid recovery from the recession triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.The policymakers “generally indicated support” for tying rate-setting policy to specific economic outcomes, minutes from the US central bank’s June 9-10 policy meeting showed on Wednesday. “A number” favored a promise to leave rates low until inflation meets or even modestly exceeds the Fed’s 2 percent goal.A couple of policymakers preferred tying changes to rates to a specific unemployment rate; a “few others” wanted to promise easy monetary policy until a specific date in the future – an approach the Fed used effectively in 2012 and 2013. Topics :center_img Although two warned of the danger of adopting any such policy, citing financial stability risks, the minutes showed that policymakers overall supported giving the public more explicit forward guidance, both for rates and bond purchases, “as more information about the trajectory of the economy becomes available.”The readout showed much less support, and many questions, about alternate forms of support including control of the yield curve, a strategy in use by other central banks around the world.Fed officials anticipate the United States will suffer the worst economic downturn since World War Two, and they have no intent to let up on providing stimulus for the foreseeable future.“Members noted that they expected to maintain this target range until they were confident that the economy had weathered recent events and was on track to achieve the (rate-setting) Committee’s maximum-employment and price-stability goals,” the Fed said in the minutes.last_img read more

Kenmore Hills home sells for $1.555m as demand grows

first_imgThe kitchen is tidy and modern.Mr Edwards said he believed school catchments had a lot of influence on the rise in sales.“The schools are very highly rated, which has a lot to do with it, he said. “I think there are definitely buying groups who want to live in these certain locations for school catchments.” The home at 56 Jacaranda Ave, Kenmore Hills.Brisbane Real Estate selling agent Scott Edwards said the home at 56 Jacaranda Ave received seven written offers and said the demand for homes in the suburb was rising.“Chapel Hill is the new Indooroopilly and St Lucia, and Kenmore Hills, being one of the next suburbs out, is receiving a lot of interest as well,” he said.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019 One of the bedrooms at 56 Jacaranda Ave, Kenmore Hills.He said the buyers of 56 Jacaranda Ave were a family with a number of children who wanted a large block of land for the children to grow up on, while still having easy access to the city.The agent also said the market in the area was “hot”.“It’s powering along,” he said. “The average time frame for selling is shortening all the time, with no properties hanging around on the market for long.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:17Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMichelle Hele’s May market wrap03:17center_img The home at 56 Jacaranda Ave, Kenmore Hills, sold for $1,555,000.A HOME at Kenmore Hills has sold for $1,555,000 after reaping the rewards of a boom in nearby Chapel Hill.last_img read more

Belgian pension funds generate 5.7% in 2016

first_imgBelgian pension funds generated a nominal return of 5.7% on average last year, according to the Belgian sector organisation PensioPlus.However, the group warned that funds will have to increase their investments in the real economy in order to keep on generating sufficient returns.“Bonds are no longer a safe haven and are becoming increasingly volatile,” it said. Last year, Belgian pension funds allocated 45% of their assets to fixed income, with just 7% in alternatives and 6% in real estate.The 5.7% return compares to average gains of 4.4% and 11.1% over 2015 and 2014, PensioPlus said. The organisation drew its figures from 52 schemes with combined assets of €14.4bn. It added that returns had averaged more than 6.4% a year during the past 25 years.As well as the 45% in fixed income, Belgian pension funds had stakes of 39% in equity. The schemes’ holdings of cash were 4% on average, while the allocation to alternatives, such as insurance, infrastructure, private equity, and convertible bonds, totalled 7%.During the presentation of the preliminary figures, PensioPlus reiterated earlier warnings of the looming ‘devastating impact’ of the financial transaction tax (FTT) on Belgian pension funds.Philip Neyt, chairman of PensioPlus, called on the Belgian government to abandon the introduction of the so-called ‘Tobin tax’ if its rules were also to apply to non-commercial players such as pension funds.PensioPlus estimated that the FTT would cost Belgian pension funds €20m in direct expenses annually, but said that this amount would at least triple if the tax also applied to underlying investments.“This means that 5 to 24 months of pensions accrual during a worker’s entire career would be lost to the FTT,” it said.The lobbying organisation also reiterated that the introduction of the Tobin tax will scupper further relocation of pension funds to Belgium and that existing pan-European schemes may even leave.Currently, there are approximately 80 cross-border pension funds in Belgium.PensioPlus further warned that pension funds in countries that don’t participate in the FTT, including the Netherlands and Luxembourg, are also to suffer from the tax if they invest through a Belgian investment vehicle.The ministers of the ten European member states that are considering to adopt the Tobin tax are to meet on Friday to discuss the subject.last_img read more

Leaked cables will not affect US ties, says Jamaica minister

first_img Share NewsRegional Leaked cables will not affect US ties, says Jamaica minister by: – May 28, 2011 Share 17 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share By Chris PattersonMinister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Daryl Vaz, reads from a document during a post-Cabinet press briefing KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunication and Special Projects, Daryl Vaz, says the governments of Jamaica and the United States continue to enjoy strong relationships, despite leaked US diplomatic cables regarding the Jamaican administration published on the WikiLeaks website.“This administration continues to value the strong historical, cultural and economic ties between the people and the government of Jamaica and the people and government of the United States of America. We are confident that these ties are more durable than the exigencies of dynamic diplomatic situations,” he said.Vaz was responding to questions during post-Cabinet press briefing.The minister said that individual diplomatic cases, such as the revocation of the visa (of a government minister), have to be dealt with on a specific basis, “but overall, we enjoy and have enjoyed a fantastic relationship with the US and we continue to do so”.He said the United States government has categorically stated and made it abundantly clear that those internal cables do not represent the official position of the US government, “but merely reflects the opinions of individuals within the Embassy which, most times, could be deemed as speculative in nature”.Vaz explained that it is not the intention of the government of Jamaica to respond to any of those leaks which have been released, based on the position taken from the outset by the United States regarding the cables.The minister encouraged the local newspaper publishing the cables to reveal all the relevant information regarding the cables.WikiLeaks is an international non-profit organisation that publishes submissions of private, secret and classified information from anonymous news sources, news leaks and whistleblowers.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more