Photo: Odessa welcomes USS James E. Williams

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Photo: Odessa welcomes USS James E. Williams View post tag: USS James E. Williams Photo: Odessa welcomes USS James E. Williams Photo: U.S. NavyThe Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) arrived in Odessa, Ukraine, on November 29, for a scheduled port visit.“The ship’s presence in the Black Sea is a demonstration of our continued commitment to the collective security of the European region,” the U.S. Navy said.James E. Williams, homeported in Norfolk, is on a routine deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.While in Odessa, the sailors aboard James E. Williams will be hosting a reception on the ship as well as engaging in a community relations project. November 30, 2017center_img Vessels View post tag: Odessa Share this articlelast_img read more

Bleeding Heart attack

first_imgNew York is widely acknowledged as the epicentre of food-to-go trends. But here’s one we’re hoping won’t catch on in the UK: apple-smoked bacon, half-coated lengthwise by a layer of chocolate.This is the brainchild of Michelle Garcia, co-owner of the Bleeding Heart Bakery, which has struggled to keep up with demand since launching this artery buster for Valentine’s Day. It is shifting over 20lb of choccy rashers every week. The bakery also makes bacon scones and truffles. “My wife has an obsession with bacon,” said husband Vinny.Shockingly, Amy Carter, of the International Culinary School at the Art Institutes International of Minnesota, said bacon is now even being added to chocolate chip cookies: “We’re starting to see bacon more and more in the mainstream than we ever have. I absolutely think it has transcended all the borders of what we think is normal.”last_img read more

News story: Crime news: workshops to improve accuracy of Crown Court claims

first_img assessment process LAA reports special preparation A provider workshop is to be held on 11 April 2019 showing providers how to correctly claim for electronically served Pages of Prosecution Evidence (PPE).Additional events will be held in Leeds, London and Newcastle over the coming months.This follows a successful ‘PPE and special preparation pilot’ workshop in Manchester on 11 March 2019.Why is this happening now?A number of claims are being submitted without the correct information. This is leading to unnecessary rejections and fee reductions.Is the workshop only about electronic evidence?The workshop will cover: how to make claims through the Crown Court Defence (CCD) online billing system Where will it be held?The workshop will be at the Legal Aid Agency office, 18 The Priory Queensway, Birmingham, on 11 April 2019, between 11am and 1.45pm.How do I apply?If you are interested in attending email [email protected] are limited so you will need to apply early.Where can I find electronic billing guidance?Guidance is available on GOV.UK pages for all aspects of Crown Court legal aid fees. This explains: importance of selecting the ‘Disc Evidence’ option and printing the disc evidence form supporting information for electronic evidence The electronic disc evidence you must post is listed in the Crown Court fee guidance document. See paragraph 16 on page 69, appendix D.This needs to be sent to: Legal Aid Agency, Fothergill House, 2nd Floor, 16 King Street, Nottingham, NG1 2AS DX: 10035 Nottingham 1Further informationCriminal legal aid processing: applications and digital systemslast_img read more

Sarah Brightman, Kristin Chenoweth & More Broadway Stars Who Should Switch Roles!

first_imgBen Vereen as King Charles in PippinPippin’s original magic man has become a household name since his breakout stint as the Leading Player in 1972. Vereen returned in ’74 for a return engagement, but it’s high time this Broadway legend makes an encore appearance in the show that made him a star—this time, as King Charles. He’s already got experience playing the ruler of a kingdom on Broadway and on TV, and the 67-year-old can still bust a move! Now can he ride a unicycle? Constantine Maroulis as Dennis in Rock of AgesHas it really been nine whole years since Constantine Maroulis wailed “Bohemian Rhapsody” on American Idol? We’d love to see him return to the show that made him a Broadway mainstay, Rock of Ages—but this time, instead of playing wanna-be rocker Drew, we think he’d really kick ass as Bourbon Room honcho Dennis. He’s got the comic timing, the luscious locks and the chest hair for the gig. Joe Machota as Sam Carmichael in Mamma Mia!After making his Broadway debut as the very first flipper-wearing husband-to-be Sky in Mamma Mia!, Joe Machota deftly switched career paths to become a successful Broadway talent agent. Now that he’s tried a different side of the business, we invite him to return to the Greek Isles—but this time, no wetsuit! We think he’d really be able to nail “S.O.S.” as Sophie’s possible papa Sam Carmichael. There’s a mysterious new trend sweeping the nation—first, Bebe Neuwirth returned to Broadway’s Chicago to take on the role of Matron “Mama” Morton after playing both Roxie and Velma. Two days later, Colm Wilkinson made a cameo as the Bishop in the Toronto production of Les Miserables. This crazy epidemic could revolutionize Broadway as we know it, and we are perfectly OK with that. Here are eight more stage favorites we’d love to see shake things up and return to the show that made them a star in an unexpected new role. Casting directors, you’re welcome. Terrence Mann as Old Deuteronomy in CatsWhile Ben Vereen is enjoying his stint as King Charles, we’d love to snag Tony winner Terrence Mann to star in a new revival of Cats—not taking on his original role of Rum Tum Tugger, but Old Deuteronomy! These days, Mann has been rocking the all-natural white locks and beard, and his booming baritone would be perfectly suited to sing the wise cat’s Jellicle proverbs and rhymes. Frances Ruffelle as Madame Thenardier in Les MiserablesShe hasn’t appeared on Broadway since her Tony-winning turn as Eponine in Les Miz, but over the last 25 years, Frances Ruffelle has inspired countless pre-teens to belt “On My Own” in their bedrooms (OK, we still do this once in a while. Fine, we did it this morning). Ruffelle returned to New York to star in a solo show at 54 Below in 2013, which is a great warm-up for a Broadway return as Eponine’s mean momma, Madame Thenardier.  Sarah Brightman as Carlotta in The Phantom of the OperaIt’s been over two decades since Sarah Brightman made her Broadway debut as Christine Daae in Phantom, but judging from her solo concert extravaganzas, she’s totally still got that high E. From her lavish stage shows to her lunar vacation plans, we’ve got more than enough proof that Brightman should graduate to the role of the ultimate Prima Donna at the Opera Populaire. She could even provide her own costumes.center_img Kristin Chenoweth as Madame Morrible in WickedKristin Chenoweth first floated onstage in Glinda’s bubble 10 years ago, but her star has only been on the rise since then—we think it’s time she makes a deliciously sinister return to Oz. She’s a master comedienne, she knows how to work those hair extensions and she’s not afraid to let her inner mean queen shine. Plus, she’ll look striking in that green mink! Joel Grey as Herr Schultz in CabaretBroadway legend Joel Grey played the Tony-winning role of the Emcee in two productions of Cabaret—the original 1966 Broadway mounting and the subsequent 1987 revival. Nearly five decades after his first “WIllkommen,” it would be a treat to see him return to the Kit Kat Klub as pineapple-toting dream date Herr Schultz. Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah… Star Files View Comments Kristin Chenowethlast_img read more

Don’t be closed minded: A core processing revolution that has worked

first_imgA credit union core processor is responsible for handling deposit accounts, loan processing, and associated reporting among many other functions. And managing a core system should never take away from managing your credit union. It should be effortless to keep your system running so you can focus on what matters. Since the 90s, credit union core systems have had to evolve at the same pace as the technologies it supports.The shift from closed core systems to open architectures was highlighted this week in the Credit Union Times. It was a critical component of the progression for credit unions. With proper architecture and design, a platform should provide peace of mind and instill confidence in its users each and every day.The world of self-service channels via the Internet is credited with starting the evolution of core processing. As users began to demand more from mobile banking like sending payments electronically and making remote deposits, credit unions needed to respond. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Supporting our credit union community

first_img 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Beth Cutler Beth Cutler is the Community Relations Director for CUNA Mutual Group and the Foundation Leader for the CUNA Mutual Group Foundation. Contact her at [email protected] Web: Details As 2017 comes to a close and we prepare to spend time with family and friends over the holiday season, it’s fitting to talk about giving back – to get out and make a difference in our communities.In fact, one of the more satisfying elements of my role is seeing my colleagues do just that, year-round. The credit union movement stands apart from the many others in the financial services industry through our genuine commitment to helping the communities we serve.But this year, let us not forget the other community that needs our support – the one I’m so proud to be a part of: our credit union community. There are still credit union people struggling to recover from the hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas. And, let’s not forget about those in California who continue to suffer through a series of catastrophic wildfires.One way to directly help is to donate to CUAid, the National Credit Union Foundation’s disaster relief fund. Every penny raised goes to support credit union employees and volunteers in areas affected by natural disasters. And the CUNA Mutual Foundation has pledged to match all new donations, up to $100,000, now until December 31, 2017.Credit unions can also help raise awareness of CUAid and encourage donations with these social media banner images.In times of crisis, we have always come together, rallying as a cooperative movement to support a common cause. We may belong to Credit Union X or Credit Union Y, but we all know it’s not the name above the door that makes a difference; it’s the people walking through it – from member to teller, branch manager to CEO.So let us make a difference now for our friends and colleagues who need us. Let us demonstrate that our founding principle of ‘People Helping People’ is as true today as it ever has been, and that while the news cameras may have moved on, we have not.last_img read more

USDA to increase testing of Canadian meat

first_img Eamich said the tests take several days for definitive results—3 to 5 days for E coli and Salmonella and 3 to 7 days for Listeria. Raymond said the FSIS will take two additional steps: However, USDA spokesman Keith Williams told Reuters the testing was not postponed. Launch “an audit of the Canadian food safety program that will focus on Rancher’s Beef Ltd. and will include other similar establishments that export beef to the U.S.” Starting this week, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) “will increase testing for Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes and E coli O157:H7 and will require that shipments be held until testing is complete and products are confirmed negative for these pathogens,” said Dr. Richard Raymond, USDA under secretary for food safety, in a Nov 3 statement. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) wants the USDA to reconsider the increased testing and inspections, said a CFIA official who was quoted in a Reuters report today. Nov 5, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – In the wake of evidence that Canadian beef contributed to recent Escherichia coli cases in the United States, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced plans to increase testing of Canadian meat and poultry products before they can cross the border. “We expect the interim measure will be reconsidered,” said Frederique Moulin, the CFIA’s manager of international meat programs. Amanda Eamich, an FSIS spokeswoman in Washington, DC, said the agency inspects all imported shipments of meat and poultry products to make sure they come from a country eligible to export to the United States. About 10% of shipments undergo more intensive inspections, which could include opening boxes and taking samples, she told CIDRAP News. But she couldn’t offer any details on how much the intensive inspections will increase or how many samples will be tested for pathogens. Moulin said the holding and testing of meat products was supposed to start today but was postponed as talks between US and Canadian officials continued, Reuters reported. The USDA action drew protests from a Canadian beef industry leader, while a Canadian food safety official urged the agency to reconsider. Ted Haney, president of the Canada Beef Export Federation, said the USDA move is unreasonable and unfairly implies that Canadian testing is not equivalent to that in the United States, according to a report today by the Toronto Globe and Mail. “The audit and stepped up actions are being conducted because of concerns about testing practices at Rancher’s Beef Ltd. that were discovered as part of the ongoing investigation,” Raymond stated. Haney said the action contradicts the policies of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organization. “It was done without consultation, it was done unilaterally, it doesn’t reflect the risk of E. coli in both Canada and the United States,” he asserted. See also: Nov 5 statement by Dr. Richard Raymond of USDA The United States is Canada’s biggest meat export customer, taking 81% of Canada’s exports in 2006, Reuters reported. The announcement follows last week’s USDA report that beef trim from Rancher’s Beef, an Alberta company, was the probable source of E coli O157:H7 in contaminated ground beef from Topps Meat Co. of Elizabeth, N.J. Topps recalled more than 21 million pounds of ground beef after the company’s meat was linked to an E coli outbreak involving 40 cases in eight states. Carry out “increased levels of reinspection” of Canadian products “to confirm they are eligible to enter commerce when presented at the U.S. border” He said the USDA would review the preliminary results of the audit to determine whether to continue the increased testing and inspections. Oct 29 CIDRAP News story “E coli in Topps beef traced to Canadian firm” read more

ETC: European tourism demand remains stable despite an unstable global economy

first_imgReflecting the general slowdown in the global economy, the report says the average increase in passenger kilometers in global revenue, an indicator of airline demand, has been 4,1 percent in the past three months, well below the average expansion rate of 6,1 percent in the last ten years. Annual growth in the number of air passengers is slowing down in Europe faster than in any other region. It fell from 6,9 percent, as recorded in April, to 5,4 percent in August. Of particular interest in the third quarter was the fact that Montenegro maintained an 18 percent growth momentum due to a large influx of tourists from Western Europe, while the depreciation of the lira continued to play a vital role in Turkey’s tourism performance with an equally impressive 15 percent increase. Arrivals in Iceland, on the other hand, fell 14 percent due to the strengthening of the crown and the collapse of Wow Air. Although intra-regional demand plays a key role in increasing the number of tourists in Europe, large source markets still have a significant impact, especially in the US. The third quarter report shows that several European destinations witnessed an increased number of arrivals from the US to Southeast Europe – Turkey (+ 32%), Greece (+ 21%) and Cyprus (+ 27%). Chinese demand for European destinations is still quite high – almost all destinations are seeing an increase in Chinese arrivals and / or overnight stays. Eduardo Santander, CEO of ETC, said that “this latest report points out that the demand for travel to Europe is solid, with a steady increase in the number of tourists across the continent. Despite challenges, such as the threat of ‘Brexit without an agreement’ and the collapse of several airlines, European destinations continue to record positive arrival rates. Europe needs to focus on developing long-term sustainable management solutions so that tourism can flourish, not just grow.” American and Chinese tourists continue to visit Europe en masse “Brexit without an agreement” will have a lasting effect on the United Kingdom According to the ETC, although things in the European tourism sector seem stable, the biggest risk lies in not exploiting existing opportunities by encouraging more sustainable and inclusive tourism approaches.center_img The latest quarterly report includes a special supplement analyzing the impact of “Brexit without an agreement” on tourism in Europe. According to the report, the combined effect of economic and non-economic factors related to “Brexit without an agreement” would cause a 7 percent drop in outbound travel in the UK in 2020 and a 8 percent drop in 2021. The report also states that “Brexit without a deal” have a lasting impact on the decline in departures from the United Kingdom, which would certainly be a concern for many European destinations. Slowing air traffic growth in Europe According to the latest report of the European Travel Commission (ETC) called “European tourism – trends and prospects” for the third quarter of 2019, European tourism demand remains at a positive level, but with a slightly slower growth compared to the last two years. Destinations continue to grow at a modest pace, and the overall regional outlook remains positive (3-4 percent increase in international arrivals in 2019), reports ETC. You can find the full report HERE. Source / photo: European Travel Commission; Pixabaylast_img read more

FTK faces yet another delay as Dutch Senate postpones reading

first_imgThe Netherlands’ new financial assessment framework (FTK) is facing yet another a setback as the Dutch Senate has postponed the reading of the bill, initially scheduled for next Monday.The Upper House said it was unconvinced of the need of stricter rules within the FTK proposals and “demanded answers” from the Dutch government on a number of pension issues. As a result of the expected delay, the scheduled introduction of the FTK on 1 January could be in jeopardy.The Senate’s criticism of the FTK has caught many in the industry by surprise, as the Lower House has to date widely supported the bill, meant to protect the pensions system against market shocks. But Joris Backer, a senator for the Liberal Democrats (D66), pointed out that, during a recent hearing on the subject, the Senate had been “taken aback” by the new FTK proposals. Reflecting broad concern among pension funds and unions, Helma Kneppers-Heijnert, a senator for the Liberal Party (VVD), asked: “Are the proposed financial buffers really necessary? And will this all be feasible within European legislation?”In their opinion, the proposed rules within the FTK are unnecessarily strict and would hurt pension fund participants and pensioners’ purchasing power. Like many senators, Backer wondered why pension funds must discount their liabilities against a stricter rate than the one the EU has prescribed for insurers. He also said he was unsure whether the FTK proposals would give pension funds enough space to create tailor-made policies. The Dutch Pensions Federation said it was prepared to accept a delay in the introduction of the FTK, if the proposals were strengthened.However, in this case, it will call for the implementation to be delayed, its spokesman said.The Ministry for Social Affairs – responsible for the FTK bill – declined to comment.last_img read more

CMIH, DNV GL Enter Strategic Cooperation

first_imgChina Merchants Industry Holding (CMIH) and DNV GL have signed a strategic cooperation agreement with a focus on advancing shipbuilding in the gas carrier, offshore and special vessel segments.The deal will see the companies working together to optimize construction processes and quality control, in order to develop vessels that meet the varying requirements of these markets.“This agreement offers both our companies a great opportunity to learn from each other and work together to drive new developments in the gas carrier, offshore and special vessel segments,” Torgeir Sterri, Regional Manager Greater China at DNV GL – Maritime, said.“CMIH is highly regarded for its expertise in building a variety of vessels and offshore units and we look forward to collaborating with CMIH now and in the future,” Sterri added.Signed at Nor-Shipping this week, the cooperation deal covers collaborations on classification issues, regulatory questions and extends into research and development as well as training.last_img read more