Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Ruler Visits Caribbean Island of Martinique

first_img View post tag: Royal View post tag: Martinique View post tag: of View post tag: Auxiliary View post tag: Ruler Share this article RFA Wave Ruler made a visit to the Caribbean island of Martinique from the 23rd to 26th September. This was the second time the ship had visited the island, with the first visit in April 2007.RFA Wave Ruler has previously been stationed in the Far East, Gulf and as APT(S) (Atlantic Patrol Task (South)) in the South Atlantic, supporting the Falkland Islands as well as working in territorial waters around the UK.Patrolling the North Atlantic and Caribbean, RFA Wave Ruler’s primary role is to provide support to the UK Overseas territories and strengthen the UK Government’s commitment in the region. This role includes providing regional support in the event of natural disasters such as hurricanes.With an extensive range of disaster relief stores Wave Ruler is capable of providing food, water and shelter where required. Additionally the ship and her crew can provide medical and humanitarian aid, together with technical assistance using their training, skills, knowledge and experience.Whilst at sea working in support of local defence and police forces, from a host of Caribbean nations, together with United States Coast Guard, RFA Wave Ruler has been conducting maritime patrols.RFA Wave Ruler and her Commanding Officer Captain Stephen Norris RFA hosted VIPs for an official reception on Friday 23rd September. The ship’s company also took part in a football match against Marine Nationale.Capt Norris said: “We are delighted to be in Martinique. The visit confirms our commitment in the Caribbean and offers the opportunity to work closely with allies on regional issues.“Wave Ruler’s primary role is to support UK Overseas Territories in the event of natural disasters and contribute to regional law enforcement.“The ship’s company are looking forward to the visit and the opportunity to experience Martinique.”[mappress]Source: royalnavy, October 03, 2011 View post tag: fleet View post tag: wavecenter_img View post tag: Island October 3, 2011 View post tag: Caribbean Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Ruler Visits Caribbean Island of Martinique Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Ruler Visits Caribbean Island of Martinique View post tag: visitslast_img read more

Farewell Iron Nickel!

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Farewell Iron Nickel! View post tag: USS Peleliu Authorities April 2, 2015 Share this article View post tag: Navy The U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet ceremoniously disembarked the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) for the final time during the ship’s decommissioning ceremony at Naval Base San Diego, March 31.USS Peleliu, or the “Iron Nickel”, was named after the Battle of Peleliu which took place from Sept. 15 to Nov. 27, 1944 in which 1,256 Marines gave their lives to take the island which was being held by the Imperial Japanese Army.During 34 years of service, Peleliu was homeported in both Long Beach and San Diego on the California coast as thousands of Sailors and Marines called the ship home. Capable of launching a coordinated air and sea attack from one platform, Peleliu conducted 17 deployments, 178,051 flight operations, served 57,983 personnel and steamed approximately 1,011,946 nautical miles since being commissioned May 3, 1980 in Pascagoula, Mississippi.After the decommissioning process is complete, Peleliu will be towed from San Diego to Hawaii to join the Navy’s reserve fleet. There, the last of its class amphibious assault ship will take its place alongside its sister ship and first in class, the ex-USS Tarawa (LHA 1).[mappress mapid=”15560″]Image: US Navycenter_img View post tag: Iron Nickel View post tag: Naval View post tag: americas Farewell Iron Nickel! View post tag: Decommissionlast_img read more

Legislation watch

first_imgBakery businesses are being urged to sign an online petition against the new family business tax.The e-petition is now among the top 50 most-signed petitions on the Number 10 website, with over 6,000 signatures, claims Professional Contractors Group (PCG), which represents the UK’s freelancers.In 2007, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced his intention to prevent “income shifting”. He said it was the practice of splitting income between two people to make use of the tax allowance of the lower-earning partner.The new tax will target all jointly-owned businesses, and family businesses in particular. “It penalises people who have jointly set up businesses in exactly the way recommended for years by the government,” according to PCG, “and makes it impossible for small businesses to self-assess their tax liabilities, adding another crushing administrative burden.”Businesses will have to keep extensive records, according to PCG. They will then have to justify the distribution of profits to family members or other joint owners if the taxman investigates them.”Even if you are not clobbered by a tax investigation, you will still have to jump through all the hoops and keep all the records,” commented John Brazier, MD of the PCG.For more information, visit the website [].last_img read more

Blackfriars spends £1.2m

first_imgLeicester-based flapjack, muffin and cake producer Blackfriars Bakery has invested £1.2m in moving to a new 36,000 sq ft factory, which will enable it to improve efficiency and develop a raft of new products for major customer Holland & Barrett.The firm has spent the past two years operating from two sites and has gradually moved to a newly refurbished factory in Wigston over the past six months. The new site has a capacity of 250,000 products per week.”The flow of the factory is much more efficient, helping us offset rising raw material and utility costs,” said MD Mike Madylus. “It will also give us the extra room to grow. We are working on a range of six new flapjacks and grab-and-go bars for Holland & Barrett, which will launch next year, and we plan to expand our biscuits and cookies range.”last_img read more

Vittles ventures up Kilimanjaro for charity

first_imgEmployees from Vittles Desserts will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in a bid to raise £10,000 for the Rainbows Hospice.Managing director Martin Zalesny and operations director Peter Simpson will take part in a six-day trek up the Tanzanian mountain in June – the world’s fourth-highest walkable peak – for the East Midlands charity that looks after children and young people.In addition, the Leicestershire cake supplier will be donating all the profits from its best-selling Chocolate Fudge cake to the cause.Simpson said: “These are just two of the activities we’re using to raise funds for Rainbows this year. We’re overwhelmed by the generous support we’ve received from our suppliers, who are donating the ingredients for the Chocolate Fudge Cake so we can pass all the profits on to Rainbows.“Now, anyone who buys the cake will be helping us to reach our £10,000 target – and we’ve included ‘thank you’ cards with the cake to let customers know how grateful we are.”Zalesny said: “The trek up Kilimanjaro will involve walking for hours at a time in tough conditions. We’re already working hard and walking for hours every week to prepare ourselves for the challenge, but it will be worth it to raise money for Rainbows, which provides vital care and support for children and their families.”Supporters can follow their progress, including photos from their training sessions, on their Facebook page, Peter & Martin Climb Mount Kilimanjaro. To make donations to the cause, please visit: read more

Hall hosts annual DanceFest

first_imgWelsh Family Hall will bring together dance groups ranging in style from swing to hip-hop this weekend in its annual signature event, DanceFest 2012. Junior Anna Gorman said the goal of DanceFest is to highlight the performing arts culture at Notre Dame. “The DanceFest started as a way to showcase dance groups on campus because not too many are aware they exist or find them interesting,” Gorman said. “We have dancers on campus who are absolutely phenomenal and deserve more attention than they currently receive.” DanceFest will take place Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Washington Hall. The show will feature numbers from Dance Company, TransPose, Project Fresh, the Pom Squad, Troop ND, the Irish Dance Team and Swing Club, along with a few group performances choreographed specifically for the show. Gorman said she hopes the DanceFest’s collaborative nature will entice students to attend one of this weekend’s performances. “People don’t necessarily want to go to all the different dance shows, but this gives them a taste of the different companies in one sitting,” Gorman said. “Hopefully, attending one show will spark their interest, and they will recognize the impressiveness of dance.” Gorman said though all the performers share an enthusiasm for dance, each group participating in DanceFest brings its own unique style to the show. “When you see the dancers on stage, you can see their passion, and you can tell their having a great time dancing under the lights and having an audience to enjoy their performance,” Gorman said. Sophomore Katie Fusco, a member of the TransPose modern dance company, said DanceFest builds a stronger campus arts culture for students. “The chance to collaborate with all of the dance groups on campus is an opportunity invaluable to fostering a supportive performing arts community at Notre Dame,” Fusco said. Gorman said proceeds from the DanceFest will benefit the Robinson Community Center’s Summer Shakespeare Program in support of the performing arts. “We hope our efforts will give more kids the opportunity to express themselves artistically through the Shakespeare program,” Gorman said.last_img read more

Face The Future Now, Says Long Island’s Master Planner, Lee Koppelman

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Trying to encompass the far-reaching impact that Lee Koppelman has had on Long Island is no easy task.The master planner has been active in civic, academic and planning circles for decades. From 1960 to 1988, Koppelman was the longtime director of the Suffolk County Planning Department. But longer than that tenure was his time at the helm of what eventually became the Long Island Regional Planning Board, which he served as executive director from 1965 to 2009.A small look of some of his noteworthy accomplishments range from heading a pioneering study of the linkage between land use and water quality, promoting open space preservation across wide swaths of Suffolk, and playing an instrumental role in the creation of the Fire Island National Seashore.On Monday, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone awarded the 88-year-old Koppelman the Suffolk Medal for Distinguished Service, the county’s highest honor, in recognition of his work. He drafted Suffolk’s first master plan in 1970 and was on hand at a public hearing in Hauppauge to share his thoughts on the county’s latest planning effort.I first met Koppelman at SUNY Stony Brook University while I studying for my Masters in Public Policy. There, like so many other students before me, he taught the ins and outs of many topics including the fundamentals of urban and regional planning, land use, addressing Long Island’s housing, transportation needs and more.Over the course of his career, Koppelman has seen many public officials and their administrations come and go, yet he and his team were able to steadfastly maintain his pragmatic approach to planning. According to him, maintaining a healthy dose of skepticism, and sticking to data-backed recommendations are the keys to success in his field.So often people make plans, but few see them come to fruition as he has. In his own words, Koppelman says, “That’s why planners just have to be patient, and live long enough!”Thanks to a healthy mix of professionalism, strong ethics, and the benefit of both foresight and decades’ worth of hindsight, his pointed thoughts carry as much weight now as they ever did. Koppelman is still as passionate about the issues facing us as he was during his early days in Suffolk government when he shared his desk with county executive H. Lee Dennison in a trailer in Hauppauge. What follows are edited excerpts of my recent discussion with LI’s veteran planner:What is our greatest regional challenge?We have several. I don’t even prioritize. Certainly, the basic objective of planning is to achieve balanced growth. That means you need all of the specific land uses to serve the human needs, and that includes the needs of the economy, as well as the environment. And that means you to have a balanced variety of housing, again consistent with the needs of the population at any point in time.So if the population starts having more babies, you need more tot lots, you may need more elementary schools. If the population is aging, you need senior citizen activities; you need senior citizen housing. In other words, there has to be the full panoply of land uses to adequately meet the needs of the population at anytime that you’re doing the planning. So housing is a key priority.We don’t have “affordable housing” for the young. That doesn’t mean there isn’t affordable housing, but for a young single person, the last thing they need to be saddled with is a house. We need studio apartments.But any type of rental has been violently avoided. We did a whole series of studies on the tax consequence of different housing types. The single-family detached house has the heaviest tax burden. In contrast, rental housing (including two-bedroom units) are primarily used by either single people, or a married couple without children. The end result is that the taxes these rental units or condominium units or whatever they may be provide is a tax surplus. And the economics are very simple to understand.As you continue to expand, the curve drops. In other words, the people who are buying the McMansions, proportionate wise, are paying less taxes than the average middle class family. And so if you look at the real estate taxes in any of the luxury communities, or especially in the Hamptons, all of the Hamptons, the houses there that are selling for $15 million dollars, their taxes may be $50,000 to $70,000. If you have a house in Stony Brook that’s worth a million dollars, you’re paying 50 percent that amount in taxes.That’s why taxes are a crisis. And I can’t convince the people that it’s in their interest. We don’t have to put multifamily housing right on top of single-family, but they oppose it even if it’s half a mile away.What is an easy first step to solving this challenge?The status of the economy is one factor that has caused a turnabout, because now all the politicians are all of a sudden all concerned with jobs, and tax base.The other is demographic. What has happened is that the very same people who were in their 30s and 40s, and opposed every single effort that I made to get rental housing available for the singles, the elderly, for the middle class who don’t need a house, whatever it is, and now 20 years later, the 30-year-olds are 50, the kids are out of the house, and now, all of a sudden, a condominium sounds like a great idea. In those days, even senior citizen housing was violently opposed.The second prime problem is transportation, and here it’s affected by NIMBYism. Every time there’s opposition, the limited amount of highway funds is dissipated.Now, in addition to that, you have a secondary problem. We don’t get 90 percent money on the interstate because once you get past Queens, it’s not continuous. And the interstate has to be continuous; it can’t be a dead end. So, the west end got 90 percent money, and everything in Nassau and Suffolk only got 50 percent funded.Now, when I did the regional plan that was published in 1970, just to meet the transportation needs at that time was $17 billion. That was rail, and road. In today’s dollars, you can multiply that by 10 or 15.  So right at the present, in my judgment, we need two referenda: an “open space” bond issue, and a transportation bond issue. I think the last transportation bond issue was when Rockefeller was governor in the ’70s.The last point on transportation, since they [governments] are always short of money, they have more projects then they can pay for. If they propose a project, they’re not stupid – they know there is a need. Like Jericho Turnpike, the most fatal, accident-prone stretch of highway in the State of New York. Well, anytime anyone opposes anything that the Department of Transportation wants to do, the DOT pack up their maps, they take the money, and they go upstate. So we’ve been shooting ourselves in the foot every time we oppose something.It was the same thing with the railroad. I did the plan for the railroad, called Park and Ride. We need double tracking on the North Shore/Port Jefferson Line. To do what the railroad needs requires certain accommodation. Everywhere from Route 110 in Huntington into Smithtown, whatever they [LIRR] proposed, the local people objected. So nothing can be done, and that’s part of the problem.What has been the biggest change that you’ve seen on Long Island during the course of your career?From a standpoint of the environment, we’ve made great strides. For example, in Suffolk County, more than 25 percent of the total real estate is in dedicated park lands. On top of it, the environmental studies that we initiated on the hydrogeology, the marine environment, on the Peconic estuary bay system, all of that has produced some good science, all emanating from the planning department. That’s been a success story, and that’s probably the greatest achievement we’ve made.Our efforts at housing, until recently, have been largely a failure. We’re beginning to get senior citizen housing, condominium projects, nursing homes, independent living, so we’re beginning to get an array of housing choices.On transportation, it’s been a mixed bag. A lot of my transportation plans now exist. The bus system exists. The electrification of the mainline of the railroad exists. I didn’t get the North Shore line because the MTA didn’t have the money. Otherwise, I would’ve gotten both.What do you think Long Island will be like in 20 years?It will probably look pretty similar to what we have now…with the exception that I anticipate a lot more urbanization that’s already taken place in Nassau County. The same thing that’s happening in Nassau County, that has happened in Queens. Queens, primarily, has been a low-rise community. A lot of single-family housing, apartment houses limited to four stories; you go higher, you need elevators, that’s what did it. But now that Manhattan prices have a median of about a million dollars per unit, and they’re socked in on Manhattan Island, the developers all of a sudden are discovering Queens.From a standpoint of geomorphology, Long Island can sustain any type of building that you want to put up. Just look at Stony Brook University Hospital: five stories underground, 17-story building.  So it can be done. In Nassau County, it’s already happening. In fact, if you look at the Hempstead Hub, which has about one third of all the economic activity on six or seven square miles, you’re surrounded by high-rise office buildings, or Hofstra University, with 17-story dormitories.So, in the next 20 years, the builders are discovering that in Manhattan, where you have to buy the developable land by the square foot, if you’re smart, you buy on Long Island. Buy it now while it’s still cheap, with the idea within the next 10 or 20 years, they’ll build.Rich Murdocco writes about Long Island’s land use and real estate development issues. He received his Master’s in Public Policy at Stony Brook University, where he studied regional planning under Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s veteran master planner. Murdocco is a regular contributor to the Long Island Press. More of his views can be found on or follow him on Twitter @TheFoggiestIdea.last_img read more

Strategic planning is a journey

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Shazia ManusIn an article I recently wrote for Credit Union Business, I examined the challenges and changes occurring in the realm of strategic planning. As today’s financial institution (FI) leaders adapt to an ever-changing, hyper-competitive environment, their strategic planning objectives and efforts must also evolve.Defining the ideal consumer experience by understanding the channels, products and services most used by an FI’s customers is an important first step in the strategic planning process. Once this ideal consumer experience has been identified, strategic planning to best further your FI’s core objectives can begin.In the article, “Three Traits of Successful Strategic Planners,” I highlight the characteristics I believe are key for an effective strategic planner to possess. The excerpt below takes a closer look at the first trait.Trait #1: Take Walks Around the Magic Kingdom (with Eyes and Ears Wide Open)FI leaders must carry out their planning in an intentional, disciplined and yet fluid way. Think of strategic planning as a journey, rather than an annual event. This may mean setting aside time each week to do what I like to call “taking a walk around the magic kingdom with eyes and ears wide open.” continue reading »last_img read more

Millennials loving credit unions’ new fast-track Facebook loans

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A group of credit unions in Ireland have come together in an effort to reach tech savvy borrowers in their 20s and 30s through Facebook.The offer? An online loan with a lightning fast decision.The application process for these loans reportedly takes less than 30 seconds, and all applicants are promised a speedy response.Irish Millennials apparently love the concept. Close to half of those who have taken out one a Fast-Track Facebook Loan had never borrowed from a credit union before.In fact, participating credit unions claim that 10% of their total new loan volume is stemming from these loans, and they think they can kick that to over 20% in the next 24 months. continue reading »last_img read more

Enesel Exercises Options for Suezmax Pair at Daehan

first_imgGreek shipowner Enesel, part of family-owned Lemos Group, has declared its options for a crude oil tanker pair at South Korean Daehan Shipbuilding.The 158,000 dwt vessels are expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2021, according to Clarksons Platou Shipbroking.The transaction price has not been disclosed.The most recent order is part of a contract that included two firm and two optional 158,000 dwt tankers signed between Enesel and Daehan in late 2018. The tanker pair ordered in December last year is slated for delivery in 2020.For the first two Suezmaxes, Enesel paid USD 61.5 million per ship, data provided by VesselsValue’s shows.With a total cubic capacity of 174,000 cbm, each of the four identical newbuilds will feature a length of 274 meters and a width of 48 meters. They will have an engine power of 15,670 kW and a service speed of 14.8 knots, according to information found on Enesel’s website.Apart from the four Suezmaxes, Enesel has two Aframax oil/product tankers on order at Daehan Shipbuilding as well as one very large crude carrier (VLCC) at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more