Sub Krasnodar to Join the Russian Navy’s Fleet

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Sub Krasnodar to Join the Russian Navy’s Fleet Sub Krasnodar to Join the Russian Navy’s Fleet Authorities Share this article November 2, 2015 View post tag: Black Sea Fleet View post tag: Russian Navy View post tag: SSK Krasnodar New diesel-electric submarine Krasnodar will be put into the service of the Russian Navy on November 5, 2015, with a flag raising ceremony, to be held in Saint Petersburg. Krasnodar is the 4th submarine in a series of six units constructed by Admiralty Shipyards for the submarine forces of the Black Sea Fleet. The construction of Krasnodar has been completed ahead of schedule.Novorossiysk, the first submarine from project 636.3, has already been put into service of the Black Sea Fleet. Rostov-on-Don submarine, the second sub, will join the Black Sea Fleet after passing weapon trials, while the third diesel-electric submarine Stary Oskol is currently conducting weapon trials at the Northern Fleet.According to the plan, all six submarines of project 636.3 are scheduled to be built and put into service of the Russian Navy by the end of 2016.Further two subs, Kolpino and Veliky Novgorod, are under construction at Admiralty Shipyards.[mappress mapid=”17326″]Image: Russian Ministry of Defencelast_img read more

Nordic bakery introduces free-from goods to Ireland

first_imgScandinavian free-from baker Fria is launching its products in Ireland.The family based bakery specialises in gluten-free, milk-free and lactose-free frozen bakery products, which are now available in Supervalu stores in the Cork region of Ireland.The products are also available online via Heaven & Health, which delivers Fria products in the greater Dublin area.Gunilla Lisspers, Fria’s export manager, said: “We’re very excited to be launching Fria in Ireland and this is another testament to the growing consumer demand for our free-from products across Europe.”Gráinne Denning, CEO for the Coeliac Society of Ireland, said: “With the prevalence of more than 1% of the Irish population having coeliac disease, we welcome new brands which add to the choices for those on a gluten-free diet. Diverse product ranges such as this help coeliacs to expand and maintain their gluten-free diet.”The bakery has been producing free-from products since 1996, and currently distributes to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and the UK.last_img read more

Weetabix revenues up after NPD

first_imgWeetabix has grown revenues and profits in its first full year of ownership by China’s Bright Food Group. Turnover for the year to 28 December 2013 increased by 3.3% to £366.4m, while operating profit before exceptional items was up 2.2% to £102.5m, according to sister title The Grocer.The company described the results as “ultimately satisfactory” following a challenging trading period. It attributed the growth to continued brand investment, ongoing innovation and strong customer relationships.It has also launched new front-of-pack labelling highlighting that Weetabix is low in salt, fat and sugar.Clare Canty, Weetabix senior brand manager, said the new pack was designed to remind customers about the “nutritional strength” of the brand. “From listening to our customers, we know that health is one of the biggest motivating factors in their decision making process,” she said.“As such, we wanted to make it easier than ever for people to remember that when it comes to providing a nutritional and tasty start to the day, Weetabix really is the number one choice that the whole family can enjoy.”Weetabix has faced difficulty as consumers turn to own-label products and the discounters rather than paying for premium brands. As a result, it has invested in new product development, launching the Weetabix On The Go breakfast biscuit in apple and cinnamon; fruit and fibre; and milk and cereals varieties to grab a share of the booming breakfast market.last_img read more

RSU 73 to vote on school budget on July 14

first_imgJAY – Residents of the Regional School Unit 73 towns will vote on a proposed $20.16 million budget at the state referendum on July 14.The $20,160,842 budget for K-12 students would represent an increase of roughly $593,000 over the current fiscal year, or 3.03 percent, as described by Superintendent Scott Albert at a public hearing on the budget conducted via Zoom teleconferencing Tuesday evening. The hearings are replacing the typical, in-person budget meeting at school districts across the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Increases to the budget include insurance and wage increases – 3 percent for teachers, 2.64 percent for custodians and 1 percent for ed techs and building administrators – as well as two additional ed tech positions to assist with math and literacy and creating a full-time resource room teacher at Spruce Mountain Middle School. The budget also includes a part-time Section 504 coordinator who will work with students qualifying for assistance through that program. Major reductions to the budget include paying only one superintendent, as the final year of the former superintendent’s contract has been paid off, as well as reducing the previous budget’s $195,000 contingency down to $100,000.If approved as proposed, Albert said at Tuesday’s meeting, the budget would represent a reduction of $11,382 in Jay’s assessment, an increase of $99,466 in Livermore’s assessment and an increase of $132,464 in Livermore Falls’ assessment.This year’s referendum will include four questions this year, with the first asking voters if they wish to approve the $20.16 million K-12 budget, raising $7.35 million locally.The second question would provide authorization to the RSU 73 school board to transfer funds between cost centers, provided the transfers don’t increase the total school budget. Albert said that the district’s legal counsel had recommended utilizing that authorization if a curtailment of state subsidy relating to the pandemic and associated economic downturn should occur during the next fiscal year. While the budget itself could not be increased, Albert said that the question would allow the board to make necessary adjustments.Question three authorizes RSU 73 to appropriate roughly $845,000 for the district’s food service program, with each of the three towns paying $68,988 as their local share.Question four would approve the adult education budget. The proposed adult education budget is $378,938, with each town paying $65,000, the same as the previous fiscal year.Polls will be open in each town on July 14 for the state referendum.last_img read more

Phish No Longer Offers Free Downloads With Ticket Purchases

first_imgOne of the great perks of attending a Phish show, beyond the carnival of sound, is the free MP3 download of the show that you get to take home. Traditionally, each ticket comes with a unique code that carries an extension of the experience – a tangible token of the concert that you can listen to on all of your devices, an addition to your personal collection, something to relate to for years to come. Now, fans must now purchase the MP3 – in addition to their regular ticket price – if they wish to own the content forever.The 2017 Phish ticket codes will no longer provide ticket-buyers with downloadable versions of the show; instead, they will direct you to stream the show for free in the LivePhish mobile app, according to the new FAQ page that was updated yesterday.These Donut-Themed PTBM Tix And New Baker’s Dozen Artwork Are Making Us Hungry For PhishAccording to the website, “2017 Phish ticket codes are redeemable to unlock a free stream of the show in your Stash on the LivePhish mobile app. You can scan your ticket barcode right from your phone to unlock the show in your Stash. You can usually start listening while you are still leaving the venue. If you choose to redeem your code on the website you can choose to upgrade to Lossless or HD downloads or CDs for a discounted price AND you will still unlock the show in your Stash on the LivePhish app.Free MP3 downloads are still available for any pre-2017 ticket codes. You can also scan them to redeem directly from your app.”Instead of a unique download code, tickets now read:Check Out Our Official Guide To Phish Baker’s Dozen Late Nights[cover photo by Dave DeCrescente]last_img read more

From cradle to grave, through history

first_imgThis is the latest installment in the Gazette’s summer series showcasing recent books by Harvard authors.It took a while for Jill Lepore to realize she was writing a full-blown book about the ways Americans view the stages of life.The evidence accumulated slowly: piles of notes and primary sources, essays she’d written here and there for The New Yorker on topics such as breast pumps and cryogenic freezing — even old board games of life, a newfound fascination.“I didn’t set out to write a book about life and death,” says Lepore, David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History. Then, with the arrival of a $6,000 overdue notice from Widener Library, came her expensive epiphany — the seemingly disparate books she’d been turning to in her research weren’t, actually. (Luckily, most of the fine was later forgiven.)“I realized, Oh, I guess everything I’m writing is related,” she recalls. “There’s a theme here.”That theme became “The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death,” in which Lepore shows, with equal parts wit and wisdom, that anxieties about how to define stages of life have plagued Americans from the outset.“That’s me trying to talk down my own anxiety,” she says with a laugh. “I find a lot of comfort in realizing that very few problems are actually new.”What is new, she argues, is how politicized matters of life and death have become. Lepore, no stranger to controversial topics in her work as a staff writer for The New Yorker, says she wanted to offer some historical context in the debate over issues like abortion and the right to die.“It’s not that there’s not a lot at stake or that these issues are not morally troubling,” she says. “It’s that the terms of the debate have been made to seem both timeless and two-sided. This is the problem with mapping really complicated moral questions onto a two-party political system, in which every issue has only two sides. Either it’s right or it’s wrong, it’s good or it’s evil, it’s murder or it’s freedom.“The party system is probably the worst possible place to work these ideas out,” she says.“The Mansion of Happiness” — a journey through American cultural history, stuffed with perfectly selected anecdotes, historical coincidences, and a colorful cast of dreamers, visionaries, and hucksters  — offers a respite from partisan rhetoric.In Lepore’s hands, the smallest cultural artifacts become entry points for meditations on existential questions. Take those board games: The book draws its title from a popular 19th-century game of life that instructed its players in how to be morally upright. (“The Mansion of Happiness is not fun to play. But it is funny,” she says of the game’s heavy-handed punishments for Sabbath-breaking and other wrongdoings.) In comparing the Mansion of Happiness with Milton Bradley’s 1860 Checkered Game of Life, with its emphasis on productivity, and with the latest iteration of Bradley’s game, which gives its players no set goals at all, Lepore shows how our ideas of what it means to live a good life have changed.Indeed, she argues, much like the games, our idea of the life cycle has evolved, with a linear path, start to finish, replacing a circular process. That idea, which has been articulated by other scholars of modernity, had a profoundly personal resonance for Lepore, whose best friend died of cancer within hours of Lepore delivering her first child. (“It’ll be like the baby and I will be waving at each other, passing along the existential highway,” she recalls her friend saying.)“I think that, looking back, questions about life and death have been on my mind since that moment,” Lepore says. “I’m sure that I thought a lot about the relationship between birth and death before then, but, from that moment on, I didn’t think about it while sitting in a quiet room in a library, staring out the window and musing, Emersonian. I thought about it while changing diapers and crying over someone I would never see again and who never got to hold this baby.”Writing “Mansion,” a hybrid of more traditional scholarship and magazine writing, was a change of pace from her normal work, Lepore says. She’ll follow it up with a book of essays in October, “The Story of America: Essays on Origins,” a collection of New Yorker pieces exploring American democracy’s long-standing relationship with the printed word. Next year she’ll publish a biography of Jane Franklin, Benjamin’s sister, a project she began in 2008. It’s natural to wonder where she finds the energy, let alone the inspiration, for such prolific output.“Before I worked for The New Yorker, I just wrote a ton of stuff and stuffed it in a drawer,” she says. “I write all the time; I always have. It’s just what I do. I am never not writing.”But even for a self-described “maniacally efficient person,” the juggling act of a scholar-journalist — not to mention Harvard professor and mother of three boys — isn’t as easy as she makes it look.“I don’t actually know how to do all those things at once,” she says. “I’ve had to stagger them.” It helps that she finds writing for a general audience just as gratifying as publishing for her academic peers.“I’m not really sold on the distinction between writing for the academy and writing for the public,” she says. “Some kinds of writing can be both. Some kinds of writing should be both.”To read an excerpt from “The Mansion of Happiness” (Random House), click here.last_img read more

The McDonald Consulting Group Launches New Name, Products and Services at Gala Celebration

first_imgOctober 9, 2004 — The McDonald Consulting Group was formally launched at a gala party on October 9, 2004 in Austin, Texas. Representatives from both the Austin, TX, and Burlington, VT, offices were on hand to unveil the company’s new product and services offering as well as their new logo.Mary McDonald, CEO, stated, “We were very successful for the past 9 years as Individual Solution Options/Quality Services, Inc., but it was time to rebrand ourselves to reflect the addition of our new services in the banking and service sectors as well as our new product lines in Lean Manufacturing, Restriction of Hazardous Substances support, and ISO management systems integration.”The McDCG, as it is called, announced the appointment of Vice President of Operations, Bob Greenlese. Mr. Greenlese said, “I look forward to working with our CEO to bring the company to the next level in providing outstanding service and customer support. We go the extra mile for our customers, and they appreciate it… now we’re poised to do that in new industry segments, and I’m excited to be leading this initiative.”The McDCG’s focus is on helping their customers improve their bottom line by identifying and eliminating inefficiencies. Their tag line, “Merging Process and People”, reflects their belief that great strides can be made by giving employees the tools to execute their processes more efficiently; these tools include training, job task analysis, and application of Lean, Baldrige, ISO, and Six Sigma concepts.McDCG may be contacted at e-mail protected from spam bots, or at www.mcdcg.com(link is external) .last_img read more

The often ignored credit union member

first_img 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr What group of Americans holds over 70% of our collective disposable income?  Is it lawyers, doctors, bankers?  Actually the answer is not so much career based as it is age based.  The Answer:  People over the age of 50.Don’t believe me?  Just ask AARP.  They have created a new marketing company called Influent50, which is part of AARP’s for-profit subsidiary.  Why?  This is a great opportunity to reach a wealthy and largely IGNORED demographic, just 10% of marketing money targets people over the age of 50.Historically this age group has been difficult to target, which is most likely the reason they have often gone ignored.  As we age, our buying psychology changes.  These people no longer need BMW to tell them what the ‘Ultimate Driving Machine’ is, instead they want Apple to suggest that they ‘Think Differently’.  Over-50 consumers want the liberty to think for themselves, instead of being told what the product is all about.  Accompanying the historical attitudes marketers have had toward the over-50 crowd are myths – such as, they don’t spend any money and that they are overly brand loyal. Probably the biggest myth surrounding over-50 consumers is that they want to be treated… ‘old’.  Let’s not forget we are talking about 50-somethings in this demographic!Influent50 hopes to reach over-50 consumers initially in the areas of travel and insurance.  Credit unions would be smart to take a page out of AARP’s book and not forget their over-50 members.  Much attention is being directed by credit unions at millennial and younger consumers with the intent to continue to grow their brand and to ensure their future.  No doubt this is wise (we’ve put together an eBook on how to help your credit union market to millennials).  But ignoring a group of your members that owns the majority of our collective disposable income seems counterproductive.  The Federal Reserve, in their 2015 Consumers and Mobile Financial Services Report, noted 32% of people aged 40 – 59 are using mobile banking, clearly a number that shows ‘older’ credit union members and potential members are comfortable with technology.  They are willing to meet you where you market to your ‘younger’ members. continue reading »last_img read more

“Beware: Cyber scares!”

first_img continue reading » Happy Halloween, Compliance Friends! With the rise of social media, there seems to be a day and/or month for nearly every thing, occasion or cause. However, the observation of October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is definitely noteworthy. National Cybersecurity Awareness Month was created in 2004 by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance to provide a reminder that each of us has the power to make the Internet more secure and possibly safer. The National Cyber Security Alliance identifies five principles for credit unions to stay safe online: identify, protect, detect, respond and recover.In honor of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, today’s blog will review cybersecurity regulatory requirements and provide resources in light of the National Cyber Security Alliance principles mentioned above. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

House approves $10.32b stimulus for state companies

first_imgThe House of Representatives has approved a plan to channel Rp 151.1 trillion (US$10.32 billion) into state-owned enterprises (SOEs) as part of the government’s national economic recovery (PEN) program.The funds, which are lower than the government’s initial projection of Rp 152 trillion, will be disbursed to 16 state-owned firms using three schemes, namely state capital injections (PMN), government debt payments and government loans, said Aria Bima, the deputy chairman of House Commission VI overseeing SOEs, trade and industry, on Wednesday.“The commission agreed to channel Rp 23.65 trillion via PMNs, Rp 11.5 trillion through government loans and Rp 115.95 trillion in government debt payments to SOEs as part of the economic recovery program and [these numbers] will be reported to the House budget committee,” he said during a hearing with the SOEs Ministry in Jakarta. As much as Rp 7.5 trillion will be disbursed to construction firm PT Hutama Karya via a PMN to finance the trans-Sumatra toll road project, while Rp 500 billion will go to the Indonesian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) to develop infrastructure for the Mandalika special economic zone (KEK) in West Nusa Tenggara.The government will also provide a PMN of Rp 1.5 trillion to financing firm PT Permodalan Nasional Madani (PNM) to support the women-based finance lending development program Mekaar and give Rp 6 trillion to insurance holding firm PT Bahana Pembangunan Usaha Indonesia (BPUI) to increase its capacity to provide loan guarantees for micro, small and medium (MSMEs) and the government micro lending program (KUR).Although the Commission VI members initially suggested giving flag-carrier PT Garuda Indonesia and steelmaker PT Krakatau Steel capital injections as well, SOEs Minister Erick Thohir insisted on providing government loans to the two companies.“We have to find the appropriate scheme to convert the PMN schemes for the two companies because they are both publicly listed companies that have public and minority shareholders,” Erick explained during the meeting.The funds for both companies will be channeled using a mandatory convertible bonds (MCB) scheme. Under the scheme, the bonds holder will convert their debt papers into the company’s common stocks before or on a contractual conversion date.Infrastructure financing firm PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (SMI) will act as a buyer for Garuda’s MCB, while either SMI, state-owned banks or Indonesia Eximbank will be Krakatau Steel’s MCB.Garuda has requested a Rp 8.5 trillion loan while Krakatau Steel has applied for a Rp 3 trillion loan.The airline plans to use the loan as working capital after experiencing a 95 percent plunge in its passenger numbers amid the pandemic, while Krakatau Steel will use the loan to support its upstream industries and end-users.The lawmakers also agreed for the government to pay its Rp 115.95 trillion in debts to nine SOEs. These debts consist of unpaid land acquisition costs to construction firms Hutama Karya, Wijaya Karya, Waskita Karya and toll operator PT Jasa Marga, and public service obligation payment shortages for KAI, fertilizer holding firm PT Pupuk Indonesia and logistic firms Perum Bulog.“We also agreed for the government to pay Rp 45 trillion to [energy holding firm] PT Pertamina for unpaid compensation and Rp 48.46 trillion to PLN for unpaid electricity subsidies and compensation,” Aria said.The lawmakers excluded the payment of Rp 1 trillion in government debt to pharmaceutical firm PT Kimia Farma from the PEN program as they suggested both parties should settle it by themselves. The debt is for unpaid drug costs under the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) and for COVID-19 patient treatment.Topics : The allocation for the SOEs is part of the government’s Rp 695.2 trillion COVID-19 budget to help strengthen the healthcare system, provide social assistance and support the economic recovery.Aria said the PMNs would be disbursed to seven state-owned companies, as they had agreed to add three companies to the list, namely agricultural holding firm PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) III, housing firm Perum Perumahan Nasional (Perumnas) and train operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI).In the government’s initial proposal, the three companies were to receive government loans to help support their working capital and cash flow. However, the House agreed to give them PMNs instead, as the companies were fully owned by the government.PTPN III will receive Rp 4 trillion via a PMN to help fund its investments and working capital to increase production, while KAI will receive Rp 3.5 trillion to help fund its operational costs, as it is currently working on the Greater Jakarta LRT project. Meanwhile, Perumnas will receive Rp 650 billion via a capital injection to help shore up its liquidity amid the slumping housing market.last_img read more