Australia: AMCS Inks Contract on Providing PPB Training Services

first_img Australia: AMCS Inks Contract on Providing PPB Training Services View post tag: PPB The  Australian Minister for Defence Materiel Mike Kelly today announced the signing of a $21 million four-year contract with AMC Search Ltd to provide Pacific Patrol Boat (PPB) training services.Dr Kelly said AMC Search Ltd (AMCS) is the commercial arm of the Australian Maritime College, located in Launceston, Tasmania. “The contract is for a range of technical, operational and administration courses for students from the 11 nations participating in the PPB Program,” Dr Kelly said.“An annual suite of 16 separate training programs are to be delivered in Launceston.“Courses will range in duration from 10 days to 12 weeks and AMCS will also deliver some training in individual countries.“It is anticipated that approximately 140 – 160 students will undertake training each year.“The PPB Program remains the centrepiece of the Defence Cooperation Program in the South Pacific,” he said.In addition to training delivery and assessment, AMCS will also provide 24 hour support to all PPB trainees.Federal Member for Bass, Geoff Lyons MP, said the contract was good news for Launceston. “This contract means that the Government will continue to deliver the necessary training services to the countries participating in the PPB Program, right here in Launceston,” Mr Lyons said.Senator Feeney said the program was successful and would evolve under the Government’s Pacific Maritime Security Program announced in the recent Defence White Paper. “This program saw 22 patrol boats gifted to 12 nations in the Pacific between 1987 and 1997,” Senator Feeney said.“These patrol boats provide Pacific Island Countries with significant sovereign capability to conduct maritime surveillance and enforcement of their Exclusive Economic Zones and also assist in national search and rescue missions and disaster relief.“The training provides critical operations and mariner skills to the participating Pacific states, helping build their capability to protect their boarders and resources,” he said.Training provided to Pacific crews by Launceston’s Australian Maritime College builds a range of core skills, including: maritime technical, seamanship, communications, search and rescue, navigation and management courses.Australia proposes to replace the current Pacific fleet from 2018 over a period of 10 years.In addition to the training program, Australia continues to provide a range of support services including the conduct of refits, engineering and technical services and logistic support.Following the announcement, Senator Feeney and Mr Lyons received a brief on the extensive range of training courses provided under the PPB program, met with teachers and staff and toured the facilities of the AMC.[mappress]Press Release, June 11, 2013; Image: AMCS View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Australia: AMCS Inks Contract on Providing PPB Training Services Share this article View post tag: contract View post tag: Australia View post tag: Inkscenter_img View post tag: services View post tag: AMCS Equipment & technology View post tag: Defence View post tag: providing June 11, 2013 View post tag: Training View post tag: Navallast_img read more

HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën Escorts WFP Vessel

first_img View post tag: vessel View post tag: WFP August 12, 2014 View post tag: HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën On 11 August EU Naval Force ship HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën completed an escort of a World Food Program (WFP) vessel along the coast of Somalia. View post tag: africa View post tag: Naval Escorting WFP vessels is one of the primary tasks of Operation Atalanta.The WFP chartered merchant vessel left the port of Berbera on Saturday, 9 August  for the port of Bosaso. Both cities are situated in Somalia and are used as distribution bases in order to deliver food to the people in the region.As soon as the WFP ship left Berbera, HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën took over the security of the WFP-contracted ship. After a 2-day escort, the ship arrived in Bosaso where security was handed over to the local authorities. The captain of the merchant vessel expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the assistance given by EU Naval Forces to help keeping World Food Program ships safe.Altogether the EU Naval Force has protected World Food Program ships carrying over 900,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid since 2008. The cargo of this shipment consisted mainly of grain, oil and corn soya blend, which is designed to provide protein supplements and is generally used in WFP Supplementary Feeding and Mother and Child Health programs.[mappress]Press Release, August 12, 2014; Image: EU Navfor Back to overview,Home naval-today HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën Escorts WFP Vessel center_img Share this article View post tag: Escorts View post tag: News by topic HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën Escorts WFP Vessel Authorities View post tag: Somalia View post tag: Navylast_img read more

Off-syllabus material in Medicine exam

first_imgSecond year medical exams have been surrounded by controversy again this year, after complaints that unhelpful phrasing, obscure content and inclusion of material not on the syllabus made them even more difficult. The exams, known as 1st BM Part 2, take place after the end of Hilary, and candidates are due to receive their results this week. The controversial questions, which appeared in the multiple choice section of the paper, asked the student to identify the incorrect or least likely answer rather than the correct one. One second year medic, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “This made it incredibly easy to misread almost every question.’ Another pointed out that ‘the point of the examination [is] to test our core medical knowledge, not our grammar!” A further objection was at the alleged inclusion of ‘extension’ material in the multiple choice sections. These are only meant to test a tightly-specified syllabus of ‘core’ knowledge, and typically carry a pass mark of 80% for each question. Yet students claim that a significant amount of extension material was included in the examinations.One question in particular, covering the mechanisms of diuretic drugs, asked for information that candidates claim was specifically excluded from the syllabus.The University Press Office responded to the allegations, saying that if students were concerned, “There is a procedure for them to raise these concerns with the Proctors through their colleges. None of the First BM Part 2 candidates has done so.”However at least two students, including Richard Rosch, a Magdalen second year, have instead contacted the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre directly. The senior clerical officer, Ashley Morely, said that their complaints “may be reviewed during the post examination meeting.”Last year students were unhappy about the content on the multiple choice sections, especially in the general pathology and microbiology paper. “Some of the questions [in this paper] were unbelievably obscure,” said one third year. “I remember everyone was very angry.” A summary of the Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) report for that year admits “general unhappiness” about the issue. The examiners defended their position, claiming that while some of the “distracter answers” may have been off-syllabus, this was not the case for any correct answers. However the examiners’ report for the 2007 papers shows that they lowered the pass mark for a large number of questions in the pathology paper, judging that it was too high for eight out of the sixteen questions.last_img read more

April Events in Ocean City: Craft Shows, Egg Hunts, Doo Dah Parade

first_imgApril 1229th ANNUAL DOO DAH PARADE: Starts at noon, 6th Street and Asbury Ave., goes to 12th and Asbury, then to Boardwalk and ends at Moorlyn Terrace in front of the Music Pier. Peter Funt of Candid Camera will be grand marshal. The Parade includes 600 friendly basset hounds, costumed characters, clowns, fun brigades, bands and surprises. The popular PieAsco follows when the Parade ends. Folks sit in grandstands and smoosh each other with shaving cream pies, honoring the legendary Soupy Sales who attended Doo Dah for many years. You can enter just by being there. It’s free. Smoosh the person sitting next to you and receive a certificate to celebrate the occasion.ABBOTT AND COSTELLO TRIBUTE:  At 3:30 p.m. after the parade, at the Ocean City Free Public Library, featuring the Abbott and Costello impersonators and a movie, “Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy.” The movie includes a cameo performance by Pretty, Perky, Peggy King, who will be at the Library to greet her fans. The event is free and will be held in the Library’s main lecture room. For information on Doo Dah events or to enter Parade call (609) 525-9300, after hours and on weekends, call (609) 364-4010. Ocean City Doo Dah Parade on the Ocean City Boardwalk.A season of special events in Ocean City kicks into high gear in April.A weekend arts and crafts show on the Ocean City Music Pier on Saturday and Sunday (April 5 and 6) provides a warm-up for an Egg Hunt on the beach and the Doo Dah Parade the following weekend. Another Egg Hunt, the Woofin’ Paws Pet Fashion Show, the Sunrise Service and Easter Fashion Competition come next. April 11BASSET HOUND OLYMPICS and HUMOR EVENTS: On Friday at noon, the humorous and endearing Basset Hound Olympics is set on the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave.  At 2 p.m., Dr. Joel Goodman will present a program on the benefits of Humor at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave. Admission free. At 7 p.m., Peter Funt will host a program featuring The Best of Candid Camera at the Music Pier. The event will open with a rendition of “Who’s on First” by Abbott and Costello champion impersonators, Gil Palmer and Lou Sciara. Admission is by a donation of canned or dry food to the Ocean City Food Cupboard. April 20EASTER FASHION PROMENADE: In front of the Ocean City Music Pier. Come dressed in your Easter best to stroll in our fashion contest and win prizes. The Easter Bunny will be present to pose for photos and give chocolate bunnies to children. Fashion promenade prizes include Best Woman, Best Man, Best Family, Best teens, girls and boys, Best Bonnet, Most Unusual Bonnet, and Children. April 12 and 19EGG HUNTS: Because of the popularity of the annual Egg Hunts, the Boardwalk Merchants are presenting two this year. Both will be held on the beach between 11th and 13th streets at 2:30 p.m. There will be five age groups: Up to 2 years at 11th St., 3 years at 11th St., 4 years at 12th St., 5 years at 12th St.  6 years and 7 years at 13th St. Rain dates are April 13 and April 20 at 2:20 p.m. 180,000 Eggs with Candy and Toys will be distributed.  For more information, call 1-800-BeachNJ.center_img April 19WOOFIN’  PAWS PET FASHION SHOW: 11 a.m. at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off the Boardwalk. Registration begins at 10 a.m. The competition is open to any pet that will not eat another pet …dogs, cats, bunnies, ferrets, Guinea Pigs, Turtles etc.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Categories include Best Dressed, Bonnet, Intelligent Pet Tricks, Bathing Suit, Owner Pet Look Alike, Super Hero Costume. There is a $5 donation per pet that benefits the Ocean City Humane Society. The Humane Society will have a table at the event where spectators may make a voluntary donation to support the no-kill, award winning shelter. Best of Show receives the Dean Schofield Woofin’ Paws Plaque for Perfection in memory of a beloved and valued volunteer of the City’s Public Relations Division. For more information, call (609) 525-9300 or access                                                                                                                                                                                                                 (April 20) Easter Sunrise Service, a traditional nondenominational service by the sea. All are welcome to the Music Pier, 6:30 a.m., Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. For more information, call (609) 525-9300. April 26STEP INTO SPRING 5K WALK/RUN: Registration begins 7 a.m. in front of the Music Pier. Run/Walk begins 8 a.m. Benefits Betsy Young Memorial Foundation and Abramson Cancer Center of Philadelphia. To register call (609) 233-9020 or on line OCEAN ACTION BEACH SWEEP: 9 a.m.  to 12:30 p.m. Check in at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace for clean up supplies. All organizations and families are encouraged to participate in this annual State wide event to help keep our beaches clean and safe and protect our coastal environment. For more information call (609) 399-6111 ext. 9711. April 5 and 6SPRING FESTIVAL OF FINE ARTS AND CRAFTS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, featuring the finest artisans on the East Coast. Free parking at nearby city lots. $3 contribution benefits local charities. For more information, call 1-800-822-4112. last_img read more

Nominations open for Deane C Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award

first_imgVermont Business Magazine,Nominations are open for the 2010 Deane C Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award. Sponsored by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award recognizes a Vermont business that demonstrates growth in sales or employment coupled with a commitment to social responsibility.Named for former Governor Deane C. Davis, who championed economic development and sound environmental policy, the award focuses on nominees who demonstrated major achievements during 2010 in any or all of the following categories:· Growth in sales or employment· Commitment of company resources for participation in community projects· Encouragement of employees to be involved in community events· Recognition of the importance of the environment to the state as a natural and economic resource· Addressing employee concerns/needs to create a positive work environment for all employeesNominated businesses must have been based in Vermont for at least 10 years.Nominations for the award can be made by any individual, government agency or business. Completed nomination forms must be postmarked by March 11, 2011. The nomination form and additional information can be found online at . Forms and additional information are also available at is external) or by sending an email to [email protected](link sends e-mail).The Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award will be presented during the opening ceremonies of the Vermont Chamber Business and Industry EXPO on May 25, 2011.Past winners of the DCD Outstanding Business of the Year Award are:2009: BioTek Instruments, Inc.2008: National Life Group2007: SymQuest Group, Inc2006: Resource Systems Group, Inc.2005: King Arthur Flour2004: IDX Systems Corp.2003: Hubbardton Forge2002: NRG Systems2001: Wild Apple Graphics2000: Waitsfield Champlain Valley Telecom1999: Cabot Creamery1998: Vermont Country Store1997: Smugglers’ Notch Resort1996: Mack Molding Company, Inc.1995: Vermont Heating & Ventilating1994: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters1993: Perry Restaurant Group1992: McKenzie Country Classics1991: C&S Wholesale Grocers1990: Wallace EnterprisesVermont Business Magazine is the state’s most respected business publication. Since 1972, VBM has published statewide business news, economic and political news and commentary, business and individual profiles, data, analysis and statistics in a monthly magazine. For more than a decade it has published online and now reports daily through its industry-leading, free email newsletter. VBM also publishes three annual publications: Vermont Business & Manufacturers Directory; The Book of Lists; and Ask the Experts/Profiles. Along with the Deane Davis Award, VBM sponsors or co-sponsors the Centennial Business Awards, Best Places to Work in Vermont Awards, SBA Small Business Person of the Year Award, 5x5x5 Growth Awards, and the Rising Star Awards. www.vermontbiz.comThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the largest statewide, private, not-for-profit business organization, represents nearly every sector of the state’s corporate/hospitality community. Our mission is to create an economic climate conducive to business growth and the preservation of the Vermont quality of life.last_img read more

SOUTHCOM Hosts New US Space Force ‘US-Brazil Space Engagement Talks’

first_imgBy U.S. Southern Command Public Affairs/Edited by Diálogo Staff August 31, 2020 U.S. Southern Command hosted U.S. Space Force and Brazilian counterparts for the newly established virtual U.S.-Brazil Space Engagement Talks. This is the first senior space flag officer event between the U.S. and Brazil and the first such event for the U.S. Space Force.The talks, held during separate virtual sessions Aug. 4, 6, 11, and 13, aimed to strengthen both nations’ already strong space partnership and identify opportunities for cooperation between the U.S. military and the Brazilian government.The talks provided a forum to advance U.S. and Brazilian objectives in the development of space capabilities to support combined space operations. Discussions focused on future collaboration opportunities in space situational awareness; research, development, test, and evaluation; launch; satellite command and control; among other areas.Brazil is a leader in space operations in Latin America with very close ties to the United States. Combined U.S.-Brazil space operations strengthen U.S. and allied competitive advantage by improving mission assurance and military effectiveness across all domains.The United States’ space partnership with Brazil and other regional partners helps ensure access and the use of space for responsible and safe purposes.last_img read more

Why is social media marketing failing?

first_imgby: Ron ShevlinThe assertion in the title of this post–that social media marketing is failing–will prompt one (or maybe more) of the following responses in people:Social media marketing is not failing!Who says it’s failing?Why is it failing?Who cares?If #1 is your primary response, you have rose-colored blinders on. If it’s #4, I don’t know why you even bothered to click on the link to get here, but thanks!I’m hardly the only one asserting that social media marketing is failing. I could produce a list of sources backing up (or rather, asserting) the claim, but Ad Contrarian has already done that for us. Atomic Tango links to a YouTube video of a Melbourne Business School professor making his case for why social media marketing is a colossal waste of time (which, I must say, I don’t agree with, although I don’t dispute the conclusion). continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Celebrity Parents Making TikTok Videos With Their Kids: Watch

first_imgWitherspoon has also given TikTok a go multiple times. Her first attempt was in September 2019 with her and her ex-husband Ryan Philippe’s son, Deacon.“@deaconphilippe tries to teach me how to TikTok,” the Big Little Lies alum captioned their mother-son video at the time. “I think I nailed it.”Five months later, the actress learned “more important life lessons” from the teenager, including the difference between dapping and dabbing. “Thank you for teaching me about TikTok, it’s been so much fun,” the Whiskey in a Teacup author told Deacon in February 2020.- Advertisement – The Oscar winner, who also shares daughter Ava with Ryan and son Tennessee with her husband, Jim Toth, taught her eldest son how to drive — but he’s “actually better” than she is.Witherspoon explained to Ellen DeGeneres in September 2019: “I get distracted a lot because I see cute dogs, and I’m like, ‘Oh, I’ve got to pull over!’ I will literally pull over and get out of the car if it’s a bulldog. Only a bulldog. I’m very preferential to certain breeds … if it’s being walked by somebody and it’s really cute. There’s probably a lot of pictures in the world of me on the side of the road with dogs.”Watch the video above to see Witherspoon and more celebrity parents trying their hands at TikTok, from Courteney Cox to Matt Lauer.Listen on Spotify to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories!&lt;/iframe<br /> Getting their groove on! Kourtney Kardashian, Reese Witherspoon and more celebrity parents have made TikTok debuts with their kids.The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star joined her eldest son, Mason, and YouTube star David Dobrik on the social media app in January 2020. “Hey guys, I’m here with Mason and I’m gonna teach him how to TikTok,” the former Vine star said in the funny footage.- Advertisement – Dobrik panned over to show Mason and his mom. The reality star went on to hand her son something from the fridge, clap for him during a pool game and hug him as Hippie Sabotage’s “Devil Eyes” played.Watch Kourtney Kardashian More Celeb Parents Doing TikTok Videos With KidsKourtney Kardashian and her son, Mason. Courtesy Kourtney Karrdashian/InstagramIn another TikTok video, the Poosh creator danced with Mason and Dobrik to “Lottery” by K Camp while wearing a black trench coat and matching shades.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Tomislav Fain, UHPA: Slavonia can show and offer a lot, and I hope that the agencies will decide to put Slavonia in their offer

first_imgMost importantly, this meeting has finally come to Slavonia and that many travel agencies that have not been there so far will see a part of Slavonia and get acquainted with what it has to offer. UHPA Days 2019 are held from March 21 to 23.03.2019, XNUMX. in the oldest European city – Vinkovci. “Personally, I think that Slavonia can show and offer a lot, and I hope that the agencies will decide to put Slavonia in their offer to help develop tourism in this part of Croatia. Slavonia should see for itself in which direction it wants to develop, and it is very important that you act synergistically. You can do a lot together. I convinced myself that Slavonia is beautiful, so the potential is huge, but we all need to work together on product development and promotion of Slavonia. ” Fain pointed out. Today, UHPA has 228 regular members and 100 associate members from the tourism sector, last year the regular members generated 3,3 billion kuna in turnover and employed 3400 people. Attachment: UHPA DAY PROGRAM IN VINKOVCIcenter_img The Days of the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies were officially opened yesterday by Tomislav Fain, President of UHPA, who pointed out that this event is an excellent opportunity for Vukovar-Srijem County and the whole of Slavonia to present their tourist offer and meet agents and representatives of tourist boards. A total of one third of arrivals in 2018 relate to travel arrangements, which is a direct role of travel agencies RELATED NEWS:last_img read more

Washington region a new coronavirus hotspot

first_imgDespite more than a month of stay-at-home orders, the Washington region has become a coronavirus hotspot — and the African-American and Latino populations of the US capital have been particularly hard hit.Washington and the neighboring states of Maryland and Virginia now have more than 50,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and there have been some 2,300 deaths.Maryland Governor Larry Hogan predicted in early April that the area would see the next major outbreak and was about two weeks behind New York, the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States. ‘Social distancing fatigue’ There have been more than 5,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Washington, which has a population of around 700,000, and 264 deaths.African-Americans account for slightly less than half of the population of Washington — but 80 percent of the virus deaths.”This virus has not left the District,” Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said Monday. “We are where we thought we would be in having peak experiences during the month of May.”Amanda Castel, a professor in the epidemiology department at George Washington University, said the rise in the number of cases is due — to some extent — to increased testing capacity.”People should not be alarmed that the numbers continue to go up,” Castel told AFP, adding they should instead be “reassured that social distancing is working.””There are more test kits and more testing sites,” she said. “We are building capacities to test more individuals.”It means we will identify more people who are positive,” she said. “It’s a good thing.”Castel said it was important to ensure that those who test positive “go into isolation and that their contacts are also screened for symptoms and put into quarantine.”She cautioned against the dangers of “social distancing fatigue.””Over the weekend, there was a lot more movement,” she said. “That’s concerning — people are tired.”Gayles said he was hopeful the region may be approaching the peak, although to “calculate the peak is tricky.””I’m optimistic we are in the area of it,” he said.Several US states have already begun reopening despite not having met federal guidelines that call for a 14-day decline in the number of new virus cases before doing so.Ralph Northam, the governor of Virginia, has said he may partially ease restrictions from May 15 — a move not yet embraced by Hogan or Bowser.”Guidance was clear for states to prepare to reopen — a 14-day decline in cases, capacity for widespread testing, hospitals in place,” Castel said. “If you can’t tick all the boxes, it makes it premature to reopen.”Virginia has reported around 19,500 COVID-19 cases and nearly 700 deaths. Maryland as a whole has reported around 26,400 cases and more than 1,300 deaths.Many of the area’s essential workers are African-American or Hispanic, and their infection and death rates are considerably higher than those of the white population.”It is not uncommon that two families share a two-bedroom apartment,” said Gayles. “When one is positive, it spreads quickly, and it is much more difficult to isolate.”Other factors contributing to the high fatality rate among minorities are underlying health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, and a lack of insurance coverage. Despite the closure of schools and non-essential businesses and a lockdown since the end of March, the number of infections, hospitalizations and deaths has continued to rise in the region.”We are a highly populated area with a high density,” said Travis Gayles, chief of public health services in Maryland’s Montgomery County, which borders Washington.”We still have a high number of essential workers that have to go to work and are subject to exposure there,” Gayles told AFP.Montgomery County, to the north of the US capital, has about one million residents. As of Tuesday, it had 5,541 confirmed coronavirus cases and 292 deaths. Topics :last_img read more