HNLMS VAN SPEIJK Completes Her Role in OCEAN SHIELD, Heads Home

first_img View post tag: home HNLMS VAN SPEIJK Completes Her Role in OCEAN SHIELD, Heads Home Authorities August 14, 2013 View post tag: piracy View post tag: Van View post tag: Navy View post tag: Shield View post tag: ocean Back to overview,Home naval-today HNLMS VAN SPEIJK Completes Her Role in OCEAN SHIELD, Heads Home On Monday, 12 August 2013, the Dutch frigate HNLMS VAN SPEIJK concluded more than two months deployment in support of NATO’s counter-piracy Operation OCEAN SHIELD and began her voyage back to the Netherlands.VAN SPEIJK joined OCEAN SHIELD just days before Commodore Henning Amundsen took command of NATO’s counter-piracy mission in Djibouti on 7 June.On 4 August, Amundsen visited the Dutch frigate to express his sincere thanks for the VAN SPEIJK crew’s professionalism and commitment during their deployment under the NATO flag. “The contributions VAN SPEIJK has brought to the fight against piracy off the coast of Somalia have been greatly appreciated by all the actors involved in this common endeavour,” said Amundsen. “Having spent more than 80% of their deployment at sea, they have remained alert and at high readiness to safeguard the seafarers in the region. I wish HNLMS VAN SPEIJK fair winds and following seas back to the Netherlands.”Together with the operation’s flagship HNoMS FRIDTJOF NANSEN, the Dutch frigate has continued the vigilant support that has resulted in no successful pirate attacks in the OCEAN SHIELD area of operations in well over a year.In mid July, VAN SPEIJK conducted a visit to the Chinese hospital ship “Daishando,” or “Peace Ark,” in the Gulf of Aden. The crews of the two vessels exchanged information on medical treatment procedures and policies in case severely injured crew members need to be evacuated by air. These discussions enhanced the medical cooperation between the various navies in the region and further strengthened the relationship between NATO and China.Later in July, the Dutch frigate visited the Seychelles to conduct a maritime exercise with the island nation’s Coast Guard, focusing on search and rescue operations and enhancing coordination and cooperation between the Coast Guard and NATO warships patrolling the Indian Ocean. VAN SPEIJK’s port visit to the Seychelles presented a valuable opportunity to maintain and improve the skills needed to support seafarers in distress.Nearing the end of her deployment, the frigate hailed the largest ship presently operating in the world, Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, as she made her maiden voyage transiting the Gulf of Aden. The meeting took place in the Internationally Recommended Transfer Corridor (IRTC), a shipping corridor used by commercial ships to take advantage of the naval protection offered by NATO, the EU and several international navies.[mappress]Press Release, August 14, 2013; Image: ACO NATO View post tag: Hercenter_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defense View post tag: Defence View post tag: heads View post tag: Speijk View post tag: role View post tag: News by topic View post tag: completes View post tag: HNLMS Share this articlelast_img read more

US Navy to promote alternative fuel during RIMPAC

first_img View post tag: Great Green Fleet June 30, 2016 Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy promotes alternative fuel during “world’s largest naval drill” View post tag: US Navy Share this article This year’s participants of the international maritime exercise RIMPAC will use about 11.2 million gallons of a 10 percent alternative fuel blend during the exercise, the U.S. Navy said.USS John C. Stennis Strike Group (JCSSG), also called the Great Green Fleet and the U.S. Navy’s pioneer in fuel efficiency measures, arrived in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii June 28 and 29 to take part in the exercise.In 2012, the exercise met one of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus’ five energy goals, to demonstrate a Green Strike Group operating on alternative fuel. U.S. Navy ships and aircraft used 900,000 gallons of a 50-50 blend of renewable diesel and traditional petroleum as a proof of concept.This year, participating countries will be using the same fuel the John C. Stennis CSG used during the first operational deployment of a GGF strike group.The alternative fuel that will be used during RIMPAC is derived from waste beef fat from the Midwest. Alternative fuels can be made from animal waste oil, algae, or non-food crops. The fuel must be “drop-in,” requiring no modifications to engines or procedures. Having alternative fuel in the supply chain increases operational flexibility by allowing forces to obtain fuel from more sources worldwide.JCSSG, also known as the Navy’s first Great Green Fleet (GGF) strike group, consists of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21 embarked, guided-missile destroyers USS Stockdale (DDG 106), USS ChungHoon (DDG 93), and USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110), and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53).“The strike group has accomplished our mission in 7th Fleet, fulfilling a vital role in a region the U.S. Navy has operated in for a century and a half,” said Rear Adm. Marcus A. Hitchcock, JCSSG commander. US Navy promotes alternative fuel during “world’s largest naval drill” View post tag: RIMPAClast_img read more

Sasquatch Music Festival Will Not Return In 2019 After 17 Years Running

first_imgAt the end of the day on Thursday, one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest music festivals, Sasquatch Music Festival, announced it would not be returning in 2019. After 17 years at the iconic Washington venue, The Gorge, festival founder and producer Adam Zacks stated that he would no longer produce the event.In a statement, Zacks elaborated:Today we take a bow and bid a fond farewell to Sasquatch! I will no longer be producing the Festival, nor will it take place in 2019.The Festival began 17 years ago on a hunch, greenlit on nothing more than a name and instinct there was space for something with a uniquely Northwest flavor, on Memorial Day weekend, at one of the most beautiful locations on Earth – The Gorge.17 years is a long time to do anything. The Beatles lasted a mere 8 years, a fact so astonishing it is difficult to believe. While we didn’t accomplish anything as indelible as “Hey Jude”, the Festival left a lasting mark and proudly represented an independent spirit.Sasquatch! will forever remain a tapestry of the people who worked with us, the artists who inspired us, and the varied experiences of the fans who attended it … of friendships made, engagements, hilltop weddings, permanent tattoos, once in a lifetime collaborations, weather events both treacherous and magnificent, at least one very public conception, and, of course, hundreds of awe inspiring performances. My humblest gratitude to all of you.May the spirit that made Sasquatch! so special live on.Per a report from KEXP, while Sasquatch is definitely canceled in 2019, the future of the festival and whether it will return with a new producer remains unclear. Zacks grew the festival from a single-day event in 2002 with headliners String Cheese Incident, Jack Johnson, and Ben Harper to a massive multi-day event—it expanded to three days in 2006 and four days from 2011 to 2013. In the festival’s 17 years of existence, Zacks noted that Sasquatch had sold 1,026,095 tickets, booked a staggering 1,313 bands, and donated $723,436 to nonprofits.In 2018, Sasquatch hosted Bon Iver, The National, Modest Mouse, David Byrne, Tyler The Creator, Ray LaMontagne, Anderson .Paak, Spoon, Grizzly Bear, and other nationally renowned touring acts.last_img read more

This Week’s Picks: Jeremy Jordan Alone, Side Show, The River & More

first_img See The River Twist & Turn Begins October 31 at Circle in the Square Theatre Hugh Jackman’s return to Broadway is a universe away from song and dance—and still riveting. Jez Butterworth’s three-person drama covers (in the playwright’s words) “fly fishing and the affairs of the human heart” over the course of one night in an isolated cabin. Jackman and emotional intensity aren’t the only reasons to watch. Jackman is also over the moon about his co-stars, Cush Jumbo and Laura Donnelly, who are both making their Broadway debuts. Click for tickets! Hey, you, trying to decide between the Sexy Stephen Sondheim and the Slutty Edward Albee Halloween costume! Stop it. Both of those ideas are terrible. Besides, there’s too much fun stuff to do this week, including a series of Jeremy Jordan concerts, a musical gala celebrating Rodgers, Hammerstein and Hart, and Hugh Jackman’s return to Broadway. Here comes the Datebook! Spend Alone Time with Jeremy Jordan Begins October 27 at 54 Below We’re pretty sure the only people who have two-week runs at 54 Below are bartenders, waiters and Patti LuPone. And now Jeremy Jordan! The hunky Broadway songbird makes his solo concert debut in Breaking Character, which features personal stories as well as songs from resume-makers Smash and Newsies. It should be loads of fun—we just hope we can hear him sing over all the swooning. Click for tickets! View Comments Celebrate B’way’s Past with B’way’s Best October 27 at the New York City Center’s Mainstage It’s annual gala time, y’all! So put on some pants with buttons and your least stained shirt and head over to the New York City Center. This year it’s Encores! Celebrates Rodgers and Hammerstein and Hart, which features Stephen Pasquale, Laura Osnes, and more talents tackling tunes from these three titans of the American songbook. Oh, and there’s dancing! Proceeds help fund the center’s education and artistic programs. Click for tickets! Hail the New Pippin Begins October 31 at the Music Box Theatre This year, Pippin has been like your hometown bar the night before Thanksgiving. Welcome back, Andrea Martin! Good to see you, John Rubinstein! So it’s a fun surprise to see a newbie—Josh Kaufman, who won season six of The Voice—take over the title role. After surviving the whims of couch-bound voters and the whiff of Adam Levine’s man perfume, we’re sure Pippin will be no sweat for the Broadway newcomer. Click for tickets! Get Attached to Side Show Begins October 28 at the St. James Theatre The revised revival of Henry Krieger and Bill Russell’s musical stars Erin Davie (A Little Night Music) and Emily Padgett (Rock of Ages) as the Hilton Twins, the conjoined pair who went from side show attractions to legitimate stars in the 1920s and ‘30s. This dark, revamped revival version is directed by Bill Condon, who also helmed the Dreamgirls movie. Now you’re interested, huh? Click for tickets!last_img read more

ENZES, INC. INTRODUCES Enhanced Performance

first_imgEnzes, Inc. unveils Enhanced Performance” a preventative maintenance program for small and medium businesses that does more than just provide blocks of support hours. Enhanced Performance” is a program of specific maintenance items customized to fit the specific needs of the individual customer.Enhanced Performance is the result of responding and reacting to our customers needs and realizing that was not the most cost effective solution for todays businesses said Enzes, Inc. founder and president Eric Smith. We developed Enhanced Performance to be proactive in nature and customized to fit each network individually. That way we actually save our customers money and help them become more efficient.Enhanced Performance” reduces the cost of PC and network ownership by increasing the lifespan of the components and reducing the amount of downtime by minimizing software and hardware failure. Additionally, businesses will see an increase in productivity by reducing the amount of employee downtime that is caused by hardware or software failures.A typical PC infected with a virus or spyware could require as much as two hours of support time to clean it. Add to that the time that the PC is down while waiting for the technician to arrive and the loss of productivity of that employee and the costs can become staggering. If that two hours was spent maintaining that same PC with Enhanced Performance” you would have saved the cost of lost time and productivity.Enzes, Inc. was founded in 2001 to provide sales and service in the networking segment of information technology to small businesses. Enzes offices are located in Waterbury, VT and can be reached by phone at (802) 244-1115 or email [email protected](link sends e-mail).last_img read more

Samsung heir appears in court, awaits decision on whether he’ll be jailed again

first_imgSamsung Group heir Jay Y. Lee on Monday arrived at a South Korean court which will rule whether he will be sent back to jail after more than two years of freedom, as new allegations dog the executive and cast a pall over the country’s top conglomerate.Prosecutors on Thursday asked the court to issue an arrest warrant against Lee, culminating a probe into accounting fraud and a controversial 2015 merger of two Samsung affiliates that they said helped facilitate Lee’s plan to assume greater control of the group.Lee, 51, wearing a face mask and a dark suit, appeared at the Seoul court for a hearing scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m.. He did not answer questions from reporters before entering the court. Topics : After the hearing, he is expected to head to a detention center to await the judge’s decision, expected on Monday or early Tuesday.Samsung on Friday denied the allegation of stock-manipulation against Lee, saying it was “beyond common sense” to claim Lee was involved in the decision-making.In a further statement over the weekend, the group said the lengthy probe is weighing on management, which is in a “crisis” at a time when the coronavirus pandemic and US-China trade disputes are adding to uncertainty.The company declined to make Lee available for comment.center_img He served in jail for about one year until Feb. 2018 for his role in a bribery scandal in which he was accused of giving horses as gifts to win support from the government of former President Park Geun-hye for the merger.The merger increased his control of the group – and of its crown jewel, Samsung Electronics Co, South Korea’s biggest company. His father, Lee Kun-hee, has been ailing for some time.”If he is arrested, this will further hurt the reputation of Lee and Samsung. There will more questions about his legitimacy as the CEO and successor of the company,” Chang Sea-jin, business professor at Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology.”The public would think, ‘Oh he may have done something wrong again.'” last_img read more

Why Unai Emery has decided to sign Denis Suarez and where will he fit in at Arsenal

first_img Comment Unai Emery will be hoping that Suarez can provide a boost in the second half of the season (Getty Images)It is also an important move for the player. Suarez has long been talked-up as an exceptional young player but having recently turned 25, he is still yet to showcase his ability on a consistent basis, which part explains his one solitary cap for Spain.Following impressive campaigns with Sevilla and Villarreal and a promising debut season at Barcelona under Luis Enrique, Suarez’s career has stalled over the past 18-months with Valverde selecting him as a starter just four times in La Liga.Having earned moves to Manchester City and Barcelona and been a part of Spain’s victorious U19 European Championship winning team in 2012, Suarez is undoubtedly a gifted footballer. Now is the time for him to kick on and prove that on a consistent basis.With Arsenal also in a state of evolution, it is a move that could suit both parties down to the ground.More: SchoolMum finds girl, 6, rubbing talcum powder on her face to make herself whiteParents vow to homeschool son after headteacher bans face masks in classTrans boy, 17, waiting two and a half years to get an appointment at gender clinic Advertisement Denis Suarez (bottom row, second from right) worked with Unai Emery at Sevilla (Getty Images)Suarez’s move to Arsenal represents the second time in his career that he has swapped his homeland for England having previously spent time with Manchester City between 2011-13.That two-year stint in the North West as a teenager probably wasn’t the happiest period of Suarez’s career as he made only two substitute appearances in the League Cup for the club under Roberto Mancini.There are parallels to be drawn with Suarez’s experience to that of Brahim Diaz, who also returned to Spain as a 19-year-old after struggling to break into the first-team picture at City, bar the odd cup cameo.In a 2016 interview with the Guardian, Suarez claimed he failed to make the grade as more physical midfield players were preferred, saying: ‘I couldn’t understand it. There’s a guy two metres tall playing in my position because he’s stronger.’Unlike Diaz who signed for Real Madrid this month, Suarez was snapped up by the other of Spain’s ‘big two’ joining Barcelona in 2013 for an undisclosed fee and he was immediately registered for the club’s B team. Denis Suarez had a similar start to his professional career as that of Brahim Diaz (Getty Images)Following an impressive 2013-14 campaign in the Segunda Division in which he scored seven goals from midfield, Suarez was sent on loan to Sevilla for the 2014-15 season which is where he linked up with Emery.Suarez played 31 times in La Liga that season – 15 times as a starter – scoring four goals and providing two assists. He was also involved in the club’s Europa League success, although was an unused substitute in the final win over Ukrainian side Dnipro.A permanent move to Villlarreal that summer followed and once again Suarez clocked up over 30 appearances in La Liga in 2015-16 paving the way for a return to Barcelona for just €3.5 million in 2016.After moving back to Barcelona, Suarez won La Liga and two Copa Del Rey medals, but only started 16 of a possible 97 La Liga games for the club over the past two and a half years.Where does he play?Similar to other Spanish midfielders of his generation such as Isco, Koke and Saul, Suarez is positionally versatile and tactically adaptable, able to perform well in a variety of roles in a variety of systems.AdvertisementAdvertisementEmery tended to use him out wide during his season-long stint in Andalusia as he mentioned after Arsenal’s FA Cup win over Blackpool: ‘He was playing as a left or right winger for Sevilla when he was with me,’ Emery said.Ernesto Valverde has also utilised Suarez on the flanks in his favoured 4-4-2 system and with Arsenal lacking options out wide, that could be the role in which Suarez starts his career with the club. Emery has admitted his desire to see a wide midfield player join this month. Why Unai Emery has decided to sign Denis Suarez and where will he fit in at Arsenal Denis Suarez is close to a move to Arsenal (Getty Images)Unai Emery has completed his first signing of the January transfer window with Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez joining Arsenal on loan until the end of the season with an option to buy.The 25-year-old playmaker has found first-team football difficult to come by at the Nou Camp, featuring for a grand total of 17 minutes in La Liga this season and will be looking for greater opportunities in north London.Arsenal have been blessed with technically gifted Spanish playmakers in recent years with Cesc Fabregas, Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla all excelling in north London.Suarez will be looking to follow in the footsteps of his compatriots but what qualities will he offer the Gunners and where could he fit into Emery’s plans?AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhat’s his background? Oliver Young-MylesWednesday 30 Jan 2019 5:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link676Shares Suarez was inspired by Andres Iniesta at Barcelona (Getty Images)It will be interesting to see, though, whether Suarez follows Cazorla’s path by gravitating infield into a deep-lying playmaker role from a position on the flank. Cazorla was regarded as a winger during his first spell with Villarreal and early days with the Spanish national team.Read More: Three ways Arsenal could line-up with Unai Emery’s January transfer target Denis SuarezSuarez seems to favour playing centrally himself, stating upon his return to Barcelona in 2016 that he wished to emulate Andres Iniesta, saying: ‘I’ve always watched Iniesta, who is an example to young people. His behaviour is exquisite.‘He wasn’t an undisputed starter but he’s gained that. He’s one of my idols and I can train with him, in his best position.’That Suarez was handed Xavi’s no.6 shirt at Camp Nou, also suggests that he was being primed to play in a central midfield position long-term when the club activated their option to re-sign him from Villarreal.Which player could he replace?Despite Emery insisting that signing a central defender and wide player this month were his priorities, it is unsurprising that the Gunners have made a move for a technically gifted attacking midfielder given speculation regarding Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil’s futures.AdvertisementRamsey will almost certainly leave Arsenal, either this month or in the summer, with his contract set to expire and an extension offer from the club withdrawn in September, while Ozil appears to have work to do to convince Emery of his worth.Suarez isn’t a like-for-like replacement for either in terms of his skill-set. The one-cap Spanish international thrives in tight spaces thank to his excellent close control and burst of acceleration and as you’d expect for someone schooled in the Barcelona way, uses the ball extremely efficiently. Advertisement Mesut Ozil has been in and out of the Arsenal team under Unai Emery (Getty Images)While Ramsey is more of a box-to-box player and Ozil an out-and-out No.10, Suarez is most adept as a deep-lying playmaker who helps to set the tempo of attacking moves and who operates in the half-spaces higher up the pitch.As he gets up to speed with the pace and physicality of the Premier League, Suarez could find himself predominantly used as an inverted winger off the left wing – a position that has generally been occupied by Alex Iwobi this season.However, long-term it is likely that Suarez will be deployed as a third central midfielder with license to cover wide areas and drift into advanced positions up the pitch or else as a mobile attacking midfielder at the centre of Emery’s favoured 4-2-3-1 formation.Is he a good fit?On the face of it, the deal looks risk-free from Arsenal’s perspective. Acquiring a technically gifted midfield player with his best years ahead of him, represents a gamble a worth taking for Emery and the club, especially as there isn’t a compulsory purchase option in the loan agreement.AdvertisementSuarez’s technical qualities and versatility should stand him in good stead under Emery while he also possesses good physical attributes – notably speed and dynamism – to thrive in the Premier League.Having spent part of his formative years with a Premier League club, Suarez also has experience, albeit limited, of the English game which could aid his adaptation and enable him to settle down quicker than other players might.last_img read more

UK public pensions launch investment cost transparency drive

first_imgThe templates currently apply only to listed assets, but Roger Phillips, chair of the advisory board, said it was working with the IA and other parties to adapt them for use with unlisted assets such as private equity.Phillips said: “The important thing to recognise is that this is a voluntary code. But in 12 months, you’ll want an extremely good reason why your manager hasn’t signed up to it.”The LGPS plans to develop a similar transparency code for alternative asset classes such as private equity, Phillips added.He warned that the push for transparency was likely to lead to increased explicit levels of costs as reporting standards improve, and urged LPGS staff to be prepared to explain and contextualise the figures they report.Chris Sier, professor at Newcastle University who helped develop the models, said with the backing of the LGPS the models could have a significant impact on the asset management industry.Sier told the conference: “The LGPS is a £217bn asset pool that is thinking collectively. This pool has the opportunity to do something for the entire UK market; every consumer that has a pension fund. What you adopt, the chances are it will be adopted market-wide.“The call I want to present to you is that if you get this right, it turns over the entire marketplace in the UK and makes it transparent. That’s not £217bn, that’s £3.5trn. You would have a significant impact on the lives of all consumers in the UK that have pension funds.”Sier said he was working with an unnamed provider to establish an independent body to oversee the data and keep it at a high standard. The body would be non-profit and funded by both asset managers and asset owners, he added.IPE’s Special Report into fees and costs is available here. The UK’s local government pension scheme (LGPS) has launched a cost transparency code for asset managers.The £217bn (€253bn) system – which includes 89 pension funds for local authorities in England and Wales – announced the code at a Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) conference today.It is based on templates introduced by the Investment Association (IA), the UK’s asset management trade body, earlier this year, and has been backed by the LGPS advisory board and the Local Government Association.Managers that sign up to the transparency code would agree to supply information using the IA’s templates in a timely manner, the advisory board said on its website. An independent third party would then be responsible for checking and collating the data.last_img read more

Nigerian LNG cargo bound for Portugal

first_imgImage courtesy of RENREN-operated Sines LNG import terminal in Portugal is to receive a new cargo of the chilled fuel from Nigeria.The cargo will be delivered from Nigeria LNG’s Bonny Island liquefaction plant onboard the LNG Borno liquefied natural gas carrier.The vessel with the capacity to transport 149,600 cubic meters of liquefied natural gas was built by the South Korean shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries in 2007.Shipping data from the port of Sines shows that the LNG carrier is scheduled to dock at the terminal on November 7.NLNG’s Bonny Island facility has the capacity to produce 22 mtpa of liquefied natural gas from its six trains.Sines LNG terminal, located on Portugal’s Atlantic coast, has a nominal send out capacity of 600,000 cubic meters per hour (5.26 bcm per year), with a peak capacity of 900,000 cubic meters per hour. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more