Pakistan orders offshore patrol vessel from Damen

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Pakistan orders offshore patrol vessel from Damen View post tag: OPV Share this article View post tag: Damen June 13, 2017 Pakistan orders offshore patrol vessel from Damen Pakistan’s defense ministry has signed a contract with Dutch ship designer Damen for the acquisition of a locally-built offshore patrol vessel (OPV).The contract was signed on June 12 during an event attended by navy and company representatives and Dutch ambassador to Pakistan Jeannette Seppen.According to the ministry of defense, the OPV will be built at Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works Ltd..The ministry did not specify the type of OPV that will be built, but said the vessel will have a displacement of 1900 tons (approx), and an overall length of 90 meters.These specifications point to Damen’s OPV 1800. While slightly below the Pakistani specification measuring 83 meters in legth and displacing 1,800 tons, the OPV 1800 has a stated top speed of 22 knots which matches that from specifications.Pakistan further said the vessel is suited for anti surface, anti air operations, maritime security operations (MSO), day & night helicopter operations, combat search and rescue (CSAR) and surveillance and intelligence gathering. Authorities View post tag: Pakistan Navylast_img read more

Indiana State Police Reminds Drivers to Celebrate Responsibly this Super Bowl

first_imgIndiana State Police Reminds Drivers to Celebrate Responsibly this Super BowlThe Indiana State Police, in partnership with the Governor’s Council on Impaired & Dangerous Driving and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI), would like to remind all Indiana motorists to celebrate this year’s Super Bowl responsibly, by driving sober and safe.“Whether it’s the Super Bowl or any other event, please remember that alcohol, drugs and driving aren’t in the athlete’s playbook and it shouldn’t be in yours’ either,” said Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter. “Alcohol drugs and driving are a deadly combination to be avoided regardless of the occasion, so do your part to keep Indiana roads safe and have a designated driver.”During the 2015 Super Bowl weekend (6:00 p.m. Jan 30 through 5:59 a.m. Feb. 2), there were nearly 740 traffic collisions in Indiana. Of those, 45 were alcohol-related, with 60 percent involving a driver with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or greater. In total, there were 14 injuries and 0 deaths as a result of alcohol-related accidents.“Accidents involving impaired drivers is something we can all prevent,” said Council Chairman, Todd Meyer. “Together, we can work to keep each and every motorist safe during Super Bowl weekend.”The Indiana State Police, the Governor’s Council, and ICJI would like to remind motorists that accidents and deaths resulting from impaired driving can be prevented with the following precautions:BEFORE THE CELEBRATION BEGINS           plan a safe way homeDo not drive impaired  If you do drink, use a taxi, public transportation, ridesharing service or designate a sober friend or family member, and give them your keysIf you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911If you know someone who is about to drive or ride impaired, take their keys and help make arrangements to get them home safelyFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Press release: PM meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: 22 January 2018

first_imgA No 10 spokesperson said: The Prime Minister attended a part of the National Security Adviser’s meeting with the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at 10 Downing Street today. They discussed the continuing depth and breadth of the special relationship. They agreed on the importance of the international community coming together to counter Iran’s destabilising regional activity, and the Prime Minister reiterated the UK’s commitment to the Iran nuclear deal.last_img

Press release: Defra approves sale of Sequoia for use only in greenhouses

first_imgSequoia contains the active ingredient Sulfoxaflor which was approved by the EU in 2015 following assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).The Government’s decision follows a full assessment by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the UK Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP).A Defra spokesperson said: Both organisations concluded Sequoia used in greenhouses meets the requirements for authorisation as the risk to pollinators is low.Our priority is the protection of people and the environment which is why decisions on the use of pesticides are based on a careful scientific assessment of the risks.This decision is consistent with the EU’s recent decision on neonicotinoids, which bans the outdoor use of neonicotinoids while allowing continued use in greenhouses. Further information is online. The Health and Safety Executive and the Expert Committee on Pesticides recommended that Sequoia should be authorised for use in greenhouses as they assessed the risk to bees and pollinators to be low. In line with commitments to be led by the science, Ministers have accepted this recommendation.last_img read more

Drain-pipe planters

first_imgBy Gary L. WadeUniversity of GeorgiaYou don’t have to use the same old hanging baskets. Creativeplanters made from PVC drain pipe can add a new dimension to yourhanging gardens.These durable planters can be used for years. Their sleek,cylindrical shape adds a contemporary feel to the landscape. Andif you already have the required tools, you can make four of themfor less than $20.To build yours, start with the rigid, 4-inch, white PVC drainpipe used for indoor plumbing. It comes in 10-foot lengths inmost home improvement and hardware stores.You’ll need PVC cement and an end cap for each planter, alongwith a hacksaw, sandpaper, 8-gauge wire, an electric drill,1/8-inch and 1/2-inch drill bits and a 1 3/4-inch hole-saw bit.Here’s howWith the hack saw, cut the 10-foot pipe into four equal sections2 1/2 feet long. Then with the hole-saw bit, bore three holesabout 8 inches apart along one side, beginning about 4 inchesfrom the bottom.Leave enough space for the end cap at the bottom and at least 6inches of head space at the top. If the top hole is too close thetop, water will gush out of it each time you water and will washaway the top plants. I learned this through trial and error.Once the first row of holes is bored, turn the pipe over anddrill a second row on the opposite side, directly across from thefirst holes.Keep goingThen rotate the pipe one-quarter turn and drill another line ofholes midway between the first two sets of holes, so the holesalternate up the planter. When all is done, each planter shouldhave 12 holes. Sand off the plastic shards left around each hole.Next, drill a 1/2-inch drain hole in the center of the end cap.Then glue the cap with PVC cement on the bottom of the planter.Finally, drill two 1/8-inch holes about 1 inch from the top ofthe planter. Insert the ends of a 12-inch length of the 8-gaugewire into each hole from the outside in, bringing each end up andover the top of the container. Secure it around itself withseveral twists.What to plant and howPlants grown in six-plant cell packs work best for the drain-pipeplanter. Their roots are small enough to insert easily into theholes. Don’t use 4-inch plants. Their roots will be too large.Plant from the bottom up by adding soil mix to the first set ofholes. Carefully insert the roots of the first two plants intothe bottom holes. Add more soil mix to the second set of holes,then plant the next two plants.Continue filling the pipe and planting. Leave 4 to 6 inches ofsoil above the topmost hole and another 4 to 6 inches of spacebetween the soil mix and the top of the planter. The top spacewill serve as a reservoir when you water.Last stepsWhen all plants are in place, gently tamp the planter on a hardsurface to settle the soil around the roots. You may need to adda little more soil after it settles.Finally, hang the planter. Use a liquid fertilizer to water inthe plants and settle the soil. Add it slowly until you see itdraining from the bottom.Many plants adapt well to the drain-pipe planter. I use pansiesand violas in winter and vinca, begonias and sedums in summer.Impatiens are excellent for shady areas. Avoid trailing plantslike petunias. They tend to dry out quickly.In late winter, I plant my drain pipes with lettuce and parsleyfor spring salads. That makes the planters both attractive andfunctional.(Gary Wade is a professor and extension horticulturist withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

US Donates Vehicles and Equipment to Ministry of National Security in Belize

first_imgBy U.S. Embassy in Belize August 28, 2020 On August 6, the United States government donated an ambulance, six vehicles, and aircraft and vehicle parts valued at $1 million to the Belize Ministry of National Security in a handover ceremony at Force Headquarters on Price Barracks. The donation was funded by U.S. Southern Command’s Building Partner Capacity and Foreign Military Funding programs, through the U.S. Embassy’s Security Cooperation Office.The handover ceremony represents the culmination of almost three years of effort and partnership with the Ministry of National Security to purchase the equipment. The donation includes a fully equipped Toyota Land Cruiser ambulance, six Hino 500 4×4 troop transport vehicles and vehicle parts, and a container of aircraft parts.“The U.S. Embassy understands how critical these troop transport vehicles are in moving soldiers around the country to secure Belize’s borders and deter illegal activity, including that of transnational criminal organizations,” said Keith Gilges, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. to Belize. “These vehicles will provide an enhanced emergency response capability dedicated to Belize’s soldiers and sailors of who often take great risk in service to their country.”The donation of the ambulance to the Belize Defence Force complements a second ambulance donated to the Belize Coast Guard in 2019. The six Hino vehicles delivered on August 6 will join an existing fleet of seven Hino vehicles donated by the United States five years ago. The newly expanded fleet is expected to significantly improve the effectiveness of border security operations.last_img read more

Legal fiction competition seeks entries

first_img March 1, 2005 Regular News Legal fiction competition seeks entries Legal fiction competition seeks entries Entries are now being accepted for the National Legal Fiction Writing Competition for Lawyers.The purpose of the contest, sponsored by SEAK, Inc., is to encourage lawyers to become more interested in and adept at writing legal fiction.A short story or novel excerpt in the legal fiction genre should be submitted and should not exceed 2,500 words.For more information, contact Steven Babitsky at (508) 548-9443 or [email protected] or visit read more

The Amazon effect: Can credit unions survive their big threat?

first_imgOne morning in mid-June, news broke that Amazon had struck a $13.4 billion deal to acquire Whole Foods Market, sending the $600 billion retail grocery industry into a tailspin.  As president of the board of directors of a grocery cooperative in Madison, and connected to a network of grocery retail consultants and professionals nation-wide, I saw the news and responses to it spread faster than an error-riddled Donald Trump tweet through political journalists’ feeds. How could we have not noticed that this digital superpower was planning to move into the space of brick-and-mortar grocery stores?Sound familiar credit unions? Have you been paying attention to the signal sounded by Square and their recent move to apply for an industrial loan company charter? Experts agree that this won’t be the last fintech to apply for a bank charter.The threats are symptoms; the disease is losing relevanceThe initial reaction in the grocery retail space was a bit of shock, then, like any sudden impact, taking a moment to assess the damage this would cause. The ripple of less obvious impacts rose to the surface quickly through online discussions, but no one quite knew what to do in those initial hours. There was immediate talk about what would become of United Natural Foods, Incorporated, or UNFI–the largest supplier of organic and natural foods in the United States and Canada. They get 30% of their business through Whole Foods. Grocery co-ops large and small rely on UNFI for supplying much of their natural and organic dry, refrigerated and frozen groceries at prices that allow them to compete. If Amazon were to restructure the way they receive and distribute food through Whole Foods storefronts, then the future of UNFI would be in doubt, potentially leaving co-ops without a supplier. Worse, Amazon could make a bid to purchase UNFI and charge loads more for product, over time squeezing out all their competition in the space.This is a threat to the grocery cooperative industry not unlike many looming threats that exist above the credit union industry. A lesson for credit unions to take in this example is that while this big shiny threat got a lot of attention, it contributed to leaders taking their eyes off of even bigger, potentially more damaging realities. It was a wake-up call for many.A bigger problem, for credit unions (and grocery cooperatives), is about losing relevance among consumers.It’s a marketing problem before it’s a leadership problemThis isn’t just a leadership-level issue. This is a marketing and communications issue, too. If you’re not involving your entire marketing team in the conversation about top threats it could be too late for you. Get them in the room right now. If a business loses marketplace relevance, it’s likely because of two things going wrong. 1) Either you’re not doing a good job delivering what people are asking for, or 2) You’re not doing a good job telling people you have what they want (or even better, they want what you have). It’s marketing’s job to do the latter. So, if your board and leadership teams aren’t working with marketing on threat scenario planning, you’re putting your entire organization at risk for when, inevitably, one of those threats comes to fruition. Proactive messaging through your marketing efforts can position you to survive likely threats. That’s why if you wait until it’s more than a communication problem, you’ve got a big problem. How credit unions can prepare for an ‘Amazon emergency’Make a list: Start with a SWOT analysis and focus on the T. Identify a list of all threats you can imagine likely for your credit union and the industryPrioritize it: Vet the list to make sure all functional areas (and outside resources) agree with what is on the list and align on what could potentially be the biggest 5 threats. To help prioritize, think about the severity of the risk of each threat—and remember that risk is likeness of the threat happening multiplied by the consequences of it happening.Identify your landscape: Set the stage for predicting and surviving threats by reading the context of what’s going on around us. Use PESTLE to identify the current Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal and Environmental trends and drivers. Run a scenario exercise:  What would be your immediate, mid- and long-term plan if any of your top threats came to fruition? Take a quick look at your balance sheet. How would each of those threats impact your key financial metrics? Finally, answer the question, “In this situation, why does my credit union matter?”We can’t predict the future and we can’t prevent these things from happening even if we could. Change is inevitable but it can be good for you if you are ready to change with change. The grocery cooperative industry looks bleak right now, but the financially-strong, well-cashed and large will survive. It’s likely that grocery cooperatives smaller than $4 million will not make it through these competitive times unless they do something bold. But those who make it will have learned a lot about surviving the next big threat. 78SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Holly Fearing Holly lives and breathes social media; if you can’t find her IRL, try reaching out on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram, and you’ll likely get her right away. … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Slough stops slide with confidence-boosting data

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