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USA: Remus 100 UUV Lost at Sea


first_img View post tag: lost Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Remus 100 UUV Lost at Sea View post tag: UUV One of the U.S. Navy’s battery-powered vehicles has been lost in the Gulf of Mexico near Panama City, News Herald informs.Naval command lost contact with the 6-feet long Remus 100 Unmanned Underwater Vehicle on Thursday night during a training exercise.The UUV was heading north after the loss of communication and it could have hit shore, according to the Naval Oceanography Mine Warfare Center’s press release.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 11, 2012; Image: Kongsberg December 11, 2012 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: 100 View post tag: Navycenter_img Equipment & technology View post tag: REMUS View post tag: sea View post tag: Naval USA: Remus 100 UUV Lost at Sea Share this articlelast_img read more


Oxford donors examined


first_imgIn 1989 the French stockmarket watchdog, Commission des Opérations de Bourse, concluded that George Soros had not violated insider trading laws, after he purchased a large amount of shares in Société Générale, a French banking group, just before its sale. The insider trading laws were amended in 1990 to include third parties, and Soros was convicted in 2002, the only one out of the three on trial.The judges also ordered Soros to pay back the €2.2 million profits he had obtained from the share purchases and the following sale. The fine was reduced to €940,000 after a 2007 decision by France’s Supreme Court.Following his conviction, Soros made several appeals to the European Court of Human Rights, basing his case in part on his claim that the law had been amended specifically because of him, and was thus unfair. The ECHR rejected all of his appeals, with the latest decision made in March of this year.Michael Vachon, Advisor to the Chairman at Soros Fund Management (SFM), told Cherwell, “With respect to the Société Générale case, Mr Soros continues to maintain that he engaged in no insider trading.” Ron Soffer, his lawyer said, “The investigation started in 1989. The appeals trial occurred in 2004. How can you call witnesses and ask them about what happened in 1988?”Soros has donated more than $8 billion (just over £5 billion) over the past 30 years to promote democracy, foster free speech, improve education and fight poverty around the world. He also recently declared that he would be donating $27.4 million over the next five years to the Millennium Villages program, a United Nations project based in Africa that aims to alleviate poverty.Corpus Christi College’s £1 million auditorium was wholly funded by a donation from Saudi-Austrian businessman Sheikh Mohammed bin Issa al Jaber. Mr al Jaber is a UNESCO special envoy, and has backed female education in Saudi Arabia. His personal foundation, the MBI Foundation, has pioneered a scholarship programme that enables Israeli and Palestinian students to study together. The MBI al Jaber Building was opened in 2009. In recognition of his gift, al Jaber was awarded an honorary fellowship by the college. Presenting the accolade, the University’s Chancellor, Lord Christopher Patten of Barnes, praised al Jaber as, “a man of the highest distinction in business and educational philanthropy”.Other recent large donations include the £75m donation by Russian-born US citizen Leonard Blavatnik in 2010 towards the new Blavatnik School of Government, and £26m this year from Mica Ertegun, the widow of the founder of Atlantic Records Ahmet Ertegun, to support postgraduate humanities scholarships.In 2008, the University ran the risk of losing one of their most prominent donors after refusing to accept a £1 million, four tonne, ten foot monument of Conservative MP George Cooke, from Israeli multi-millionaire Zvi Meitar. The Times reported that the tycoon was threatening to withdraw his support after the University rejected his offer.When vetting donations, the University takes into account donors who might be seen to have a “tarnished reputation”. Their policy states, “The University will consider gifts from that donor if the behaviour which led to the donor’s reputation being tarnished has clearly ceased.” The guidelines also include more specific regulations. For instance, donations from those “actively working in the tobacco industry” will not be accepted.The University declined to comment when contacted by Cherwell.[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%5614%%[/mm-hide-text]Freedom Of Information (FOI) requests made by Cherwell also revealed that during 2009-2011 there were 517 total donations made to the University over the amount of £10,000. 83 out of these donations were made wholly or partly to the Ashmolean Museum. This is over 16% of all donations made to the University. Oxford University’s multi-million pound annual list of donors has revealed that two of the University’s major donors have been respectively accused of bribery and convicted of violating insider trading laws.Three 2009 diplomatic cables from the then US Ambassador to Uganda, Jerry P. Lanier, released by WikiLeaks in 2010, contained allegations by rival British firm Tullow Oil that Italian industrial company Eni SpA had bribed senior Ugandan government officials.Eni made a multi-million pound contribution to Oxford’s Saïd Business School in the 2009/10 University year. The record of donors who had given above £100,000 to the University in this period lists Eni as a donor who has given £1,000,000 – £9,999,999 to the University.The cables Lanier sent to Washington DC claimed that Eni had bribed then-Security Minister Amama Mbabazi and then-Energy Minister Hilary Onek to favour Eni over Tullow Oil in the sale of recently discovered oil assets in the country. One of the cables read, “Tullow Oil claims senior Ugandan government officials were ‘compensated’ to support the sale of a partner/rival firm’s exploration and production rights to Italian oil company ENI.”Lanier also said, “If Tullow’s allegations are true – and we believe they are – then this is a critical moment for Uganda’s nascent oil sector.” Onek is currently Minister for Internal Affairs. Mbabazi, the incumbent Ugandan Prime Minister, has been previously implicated in other corruption scandals. Both the two ministers and Eni SpA have denied all allegations.A spokesperson for Eni SpA said, “We do not have anything to add to our position, which as we say we have already publicly expressed. With regard to our support for academia, Eni supports academic research at various different Universities around the world, including Oxford where our support is for scholarships, research and executive training initiatives.”Meanwhile, George Soros, the famed investor and philanthropist, donated $5 million (around £3.2 million pounds) to the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), opened in April 2012 by Vice Chancellor Andrew Hamilton. Professor Ian Goldin, Director of the Oxford Martin School said that [email protected] will address “some of the greatest economic challenges we face.”center_img Meanwhile, 74 out of the 517 donations made to the University were for the Bodleian libraries. In particular, donations were directed to the Bodleian Law Library. Most of the donations were directed towards a specific faculty (again the Faculty of Law achieved over 30 donations) and the larger donations towards larger institutions such as the Saïd Business School (there were three donations over £1 million made to the School).However, some more specific donations were directed towards “the archiving of the Tolkien papers both at the Bodleian Libraries”, “for the Heberden Coin Room at the Ashmolean Museum” and “for the acquisition of the Kafka Letters to Ottla Archive at the Bodleian Libraries”.Overall, the University has received 162 donations that are each over £100,000 in value. Donations of this size must first be approved by the University’s Committee to Review Donations (CRD), which, amongst other guidelines, ensures that donors have a good reputation and wholly genuine motivations. 356 donations of less of £100,000 each were accepted outside of CRD scrutiny.In the majority of cases, the University has been hugely successful in attracting philanthropic aid. Oxford Thinking, the University’s fundraising campaign passed its initial target of £1.25 billion earlier this year, having currently raised £1.3 billion. Established in May 2004, this is the shortest time taken by a European univer- sity to reach such a target. 36% of this total came from previous alumni, with some of the most prominent donations emerging from those with no previous affiliation with the University.Individual colleges are also capable of attracting similar sums. Cherwell reviewed the amount of money donated to Oxford colleges over the past three years and discovered that out of the college responses Christ Church received the highest amount in donations with an average of £1,278,500 donations a year. Balliol came a close second with an average of £1,125,500 a year and University College was third with an average of £1,027,750.St John’s received a surprisingly low amount of donations, only receiving £188,250 on average over the past three years considering that their financial endowment in 2010 was valued at £313,319,000. Donations of over £10,000 to Jesus College increased from 17 in 2008/9 to 31 in 2009/10.Christ Church JCR President Oluwatosin Oyetunji commented, “We have a very strong Alumni relations office, and I am glad to see positive results. I suppose people enjoy their time at Christ Church and are happy to donate after they leave.”Correction: This article has been amended to accurately reflect the philanthropic work of Sheikh Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber and the MBI Al Jaber Foundation. Cherwell apologises for any distress caused to Sheikh Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber and the Trustees of the MBI Al Jaber Foundation by the original version of this article.last_img read more


Steamy Days Mean Chill Time in O.C.


first_imgPaul Wermuth, of Folsom, Pa., and his wife, Jill, take their daughter, Elaina, 3, for a stroll at the water’s edge. By Maddy VitaleJust listening to reports that temperatures would soar into the high 90s over the weekend was the perfect reason for families to head to Ocean City for a quick getaway to escape the heat and get in the water.Beachgoers, surfers and ocean kayakers enjoyed the mild water temperatures on Saturday. Others strolled along the Boardwalk, ate ice cream and pizza and checked out some shops and eateries. Everyone seemed to have one of three things in mind — air conditioning, ocean breezes and dips in the water. Relief by any one of those ways seemed to please the throngs of visitors who headed down for the weekend, a day trip or for a pre-planned weeklong vacation.Dana DeFillipps, of Morris Plains, N.J., and her husband, John, with their children, John, 5, and Carmen, 4, keep cool in an arcade.Dana DeFillipps, of Morris Plains, N.J., her husband, John, and their children, John, 5, and Carmen, 4, headed down to Ocean City for the day with the plan of going anywhere that meant they would stay cool. “We will take the boys for ice cream, maybe get a cold lemonade. Just keep cool,” Dana said.They began with an arcade, where the boys kept themselves amused. Their next stop would be Gillian’s Wonderland Pier.“The kids love the rides,” Dana said. “We love to come down. We’ve made a lot of memories here.”And if they were home on the scorcher of a day, John remarked that they would likely be in a pool. While John and Dana sipped on smoothies, the kids played “Ice Man,” a game where the players squirt water to “freeze” zombies.Dana joked that she wouldn’t mind getting squirted with the water guns. “It is hot out,” she said with a laugh. Beachgoers fill the surfing beach at Seventh Street.Jill Wermuth, of Folsom, Pa., and her husband, Paul, brought their 3-year-old daughter, Elaina, for a day at the beach.“We’ll probably go swimming in a little bit,” Jill said. “It’s really the only way to keep cool.”Elaina giggled as she played in the sand at the water’s edge alongside her parents and her grandmother, Connie Wermuth, of Philadelphia.Paul, who grew up vacationing in Ocean City, said he wants to make Ocean City their family tradition as well. Families such as the Frosts took time out from lounging on the beach to make some sand art.Melanie Frost, of Bucks County, Pa., her husband, Eric, and their daughter, Kayla, 4, play in the sand.Melanie Frost and her husband, Eric, of Bucks County, Pa., brought their children, Kayla, 4, and 11-month-old son, Nicholas, down for the weekend to stay at Eric’s parents’ home. “We always come down on the weekends,” Melanie said. “Kayla really likes it down here.”The only problem was the air conditioning broke sometime overnight.“It gives us a great reason to get out of the house and have a fun beach day,” Eric noted, as he carved out a hole in the sand for Kayla to create a masterpiece.The family, who came down Friday night, planned on heading up to the Boardwalk later for some amusements.“Kayla loves the little roller coaster,” Eric said.From left, Stephanie Shick, of Bethlehem, Pa., her friend, Dale Brown, also of Bethlehem, and Shick’s mom, Diane Sames, of Quakertown, Pa., enjoy a refreshing ice cream on the Boardwalk.While no one would argue that the ocean is a top refresher, there is just something about taking a lick of an ice cream that chills the body, even on a steamy day.Stephanie Shick, of Bethlehem, Pa., her mom, Diane Sames, of Quakertown, Pa., and Shick’s friend, Dale Brown, also of Bethlehem, had a perfect idea after a walk on the Boardwalk during their weeklong vacation.“We’ve been coming here for 20 years,” Sames said of her and her family. “This was definitely a good week to come down.”Before their ice cream melted, the three women sat on a bench and began to indulge in their vanilla-chocolate twists.It was just another way that people in Ocean City were able to beat the heat on the sweltering Saturday.Beachgoers take advantage of the mats that keep the scorching sands from burning their feet.Kayakers and surfers share the ocean on the steamy day.last_img read more


News story: Police caution issued 29 November 2018


first_img Two offences under Regulation 7(5) (Classification, supply and possession of the product) On the 29 November 2018 an individual from the London area attended Clapham Police Station where he was issued a caution for three offences under the Veterinary Medicines Regulations 2013. These were: One offence under Regulation 8 (Administration of the product)last_img


Displace Shares New Single And Reveals Major Summer Tour Dates


first_imgJam rockers Displace continue to take the scene by storm, bringing their infectious live show to venues and festivals nationwide. The Florida based band has a big summer ahead, starting with the release of their new album Undertow. Due out June 25th, the group’s sophomore effort shows a matured approach to the same energetic equation, expanding on their creative songwriting and musicianship on every track.To give fans a taste of the new music, you can stream their first single, “Friction,” below.The band has a major tour ahead of them, kicking off on June 21st for an album preview show at WMNF’s In The Groove radio program in Tampa, FL, before an official album release party on the 25th at Crowbar. The tour hits a number of dates in Florida, before hitting the Great Outdoors Jam in Mount Dora, FL on July 1st with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Aqueous and more. They’ll hit more Southern shows before heading to Colorado for an extended run in the state, bringing their shows to fans at venues throughout.The Great Outdoors Jam Will Welcome Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Aqueous And More For Florida ThrowdownCheck out the band’s summer dates below, and head here for more information.last_img read more


Abraham Zaleznik, HBS professor, 87


first_imgHarvard Business School Professor Emeritus Abraham Zaleznik, a renowned authority on leadership and social psychology, died in Boston on Nov. 28 at the age of 87. At the time of his death, he was the School’s Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership.As a member of the Harvard Business School (HBS) faculty for more than four decades, Zaleznik made important and lasting contributions as an innovative, prolific, and distinguished scholar, researcher, teacher, course developer, and author of 16 books and more than 40 articles. In all his roles, Zaleznik was never reluctant to go against the grain of conventional wisdom in order to nurture new ideas and perspectives.He is survived by a daughter, Dori, of Newton, Mass., and a son, Ira, of Lexington, Mass. A funeral has been held. No decision has been made regarding a memorial service.Read the full obituary.last_img read more


Council to host tourney


first_imgAfter the final home men’s basketball game of the season tonight, the Sophomore Class Council will host a knockout basketball tournament in the hopes of breaking a world record. Sophomore Krystal Alvarez, a class council and athletic committee member, said event organizers hope to have enough participants to enter the Guinness Book of World Records. “The tournament will take place right after the game is over on the court at Purcell Pavilion,” Alvarez said. “It’s a rare opportunity to play on the court and a chance to come together as a community to put Notre Dame in the record books.” Alvarez said Keough Hall rector Fr. Pete McCormick tried to hold a similar tournament on South Quad last spring, but only had 200 participants. “We need at least 380 participants to break the world record,” Alvarez said. “Hopefully playing on the court at Purcell Pavilion on Senior Night will be more of a draw.” Alvarez said the Sophomore Class Council decided to make the knockout tournament free of charge to anybody who attended the game to increase participation. The athletic committee came together with the Marketing and Ticketing Office at the Joyce Center to create a deal to promote even more participation, Alvarez said. “We were able to score a deal where the first 50 students who commit to participate in the knockout tournament and do not already have a ticket to the game will have the opportunity to purchase a five-dollar ticket instead of the full 15-dollar price to the game,” Alvarez said. Alvarez said the Sophomore Class Council hopes both students and fans are able to come together to get into the record books. “It’s not limited to student participation, it’s open to the community as well,” Alvarez said. “Anyone who attends the game is encouraged to participate.”last_img read more


On the Blogs: Unviable Export Projects in Northwest U.S.


first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Daniel Jack Chasan for Crosscut.com:Major fossil fuel export projects are still on the table. Gateway Pacific and Millennium are still under review, the Tesoro Savage plans for an oil shipping facility at the Port of Vancouver, has gotten a lease extension. Two methanol plants are planned along the Columbia River. Two oil pipelines and a coal port expansion are still being considered in British Columbia.But do any of them still make economic sense? Some critics have long doubted it. As the Vancouver Columbian reported, some analysts still see good sense, for instance, in the Tesoro Corp. and Savage Company’s plans for a terminal in Vancouver but even they are more cautious about full development of an oil terminal there.An environmental impact statement for the Millennium project came out April 29, noting that Millennium “states further development of western U.S. coalfields and the growth of Asian market demand for U.S. coal is expected to continue.” No doubt that was truly the expectation in 2010 when the project received its first permit. But now? The past tense seems more appropriate.“Coal’s a dead man walking,” says Clark Williams-Derry of the Sightline Institute, which opposes the coal projects. He talks about “zombie proposals.”“There’s no way you can get U.S. coal off the coast at anything approaching a profit,” he says.Environmentalists have predicted coal’s demise before, only to see it rise again when the cost of other fossil fuels gets high enough to make it economically attractive again. But this time may be different. “The recent bankruptcies of the nation’s leading coal producers are the latest benchmark in the steady decline of the coal industry,” Tom Sanzillo and David Schlissel of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis wrote recently in a New York Times op-ed.“The U.S. economy has experienced a slow, modest recovery at the same time the coal industry has collapsed,” explains Tom Sanzillo. “This decoupling is historically unprecedented.”Full item: How economics turned NW coal ports into the walking dead On the Blogs: Unviable Export Projects in Northwest U.S.last_img read more


A credit union career isn’t for me. Change my mind. (Part 1)


first_imgUnemployment in the United States jumped into the double-digits in April, hitting 14.7%as the fallout of the coronavirus continues to deepen. But even as credit unions put systems and strategies into place to help members and employees withstand the worst of the pandemic, so, too, are they bucking national employment trends.According to first quarter data available from Callahan & Associates,  total employment at U.S. credit unions increased 3.4% annually in the first quarter of 2020 to 317,500. Employment growth, however, is slowing as credit unions across the country employ full-time staff in lieu of part-time. The number of full-time employees increased 3.8% over the past year, whereas the number of part-time employees decreased 4.5%. What’s more, credit unions have avoided laying off employees so far in the second quarter. Instead, organizations report redeploying staff members to support increased call center activity and back-office functions.Anecdotal evidence doesn’t suggest this trend will soon change, as credit union leaders express more interest in recruiting young, talented workers than downsizing payrolls.With this in mind, CreditUnions.com reached out to several prominent leaders across the credit union industry to ask them three questions: continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


Mothers lead families to play significant role in COVID-19 handling: Ministry


first_imgEditor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.Topics : The protocols are available on the ministry’s website, berjarak.kemenpppa.go.id, as well as social media accounts. “The coronavirus is transmitted quite fast. “Each member of a family has the potential to contract and spread the virus. We need to keep promoting the ‘3M’ protocols, because changing people’s behavior to live a healthy life is not an easy task,” the ministry’s undersecretary for public participation, Indra Gunawan, said in a statement on Wednesday, referring to the protocols that cover mask-wearing, hand-washing and physical distancing.“And mothers, who mostly manage the family, carry a really important role [in this campaign],” he added. Read also: BKKBN to assist COVID-19 task force in socializing ‘3M’ health protocolsThe ministry’s spokeswoman, Ratna Susianawati, also stressed the significant role of mothers in the campaign, saying they were believed to be the best supervisors in families.“Each member of the family has a role as an agent of change in implementing and educating others about health protocol in public. Meanwhile, mothers ensure the safety of their family members,” she added.The head of the Health Ministry’s subdirectorate on working capacity, Rusmiyati, said mask-wearing, hand-washing and physical distancing should come in a package. “The idea behind the protocols is to make sure we are healthy. If we’re unhealthy, we are not supposed to travel. Those who are healthy and do activities outside of their homes must wear masks, bring along hand sanitizer and maintain a 1-meter distance from others. “And when they reach home, they have to consider their family members in the house. Therefore, as stipulated in the protocols, those who have activities outside of their homes have to take showers when reaching home before interacting with their family members,” she added. Rusmiyati said that, according to the ministry’s survey, the public often neglected the physical distancing rule. The survey, which involved 19,654 respondents, showed that 96.6 percent of the respondents fully understood the importance of physical distancing. Nevertheless, only 54.29 percent of the respondents complied with the rule. Therefore, Rusmiyati further said, massive campaigns for the health protocols needed to continue. (nkn) As part of the nation’s efforts to tackle COVID-19, the public’s change of behavior in implementing health protocols is essential, and family plays a significant part in endorsing such a change. As soon as Indonesia found family virus clusters in August, which contributed to the nation’s overall cases, the government focused on the important role of families in helping educate the public on how to curb COVID-19 transmission. To support such a gesture, the Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry, in partnership with the Health Ministry and the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), released special health protocols to guide families in doing their part.  #avoidcrowd #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance #usesoaplast_img read more