Russia: Black Sea Fleet Announces Results of Winter Training Period

first_img View post tag: News by topic Training & Education June 1, 2011 Russia: Black Sea Fleet Announces Results of Winter Training Period View post tag: Training View post tag: fleet View post tag: Period View post tag: Announces View post tag: Results View post tag: Black View post tag: Euroasia View post tag: sea View post tag: Russia Black Sea Fleet (BSF) Military Council convened to summarize winter training period.Appearing at the audience, BSF Commander Vice Admiral Vladimir Korolev emphasized the fleet had completed winter training period with good results at hand. Such events as BLACKSEAFOR activation, Russian-Ukrainian exercise Fairway of Peace-2011, participation in international exercise Bold Monarch, field drills of marine units, and ship missile firings were mentioned specifically.BSF Deputy Commander for personnel affairs Capt 1 rank Yury Orekhovsky highly appreciated activities of the fleet’s commanding officers in strengthening discipline and order.In the end, the fleet commander’s order awarding best servicemen was read off.[mappress]Source: rusnavy, June 1, 2011; Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia: Black Sea Fleet Announces Results of Winter Training Period View post tag: Winter Share this articlelast_img read more

Organic flour crisis

first_imgOrganic wheat prices have hit an “historic high” as a supply crisis combines with soaring demand.The price of organic wheat has risen from £200 to £300 a tonne over the last three months, ADM Milling marketing manager John Hastwell told British Baker. He said: “The global picture is of reduced availability and stocks and increased demand.”Paul Matthews of organic miller FWP Matthews also said organic wheat prices had risen by 50% in the last three months. He would be putting up prices from 5 February.Export restrictions in Eastern Europe and a shortage of worldwide stocks from growing regions, including Sweden, Canada, South America and Australia, had put supply under pressure, he said. Demand for organic wheat to feed organically-reared animals in the UK had also escalated.George Marriage, director of organic miller Marriage’s in Essex, said the price of wheat had risen by around £100 a tonne, not including extraction costs. He commented: “This is the law of supply and demand working with a vengeance. Demand for organic feed wheat has gone through the roof, with the rise in sales of organic meat and eggs, and with new regulations, upping the amount of organic wheat in organic feed.”Major organic wheat growing country the Ukraine had imposed an export ban on farmers, after a poor harvest, putting supply under further stain, he added.John Lister of Shipton Mill told British Baker that the supply situation was “horrendous,” and there was doubt whether wheat stocks would last to the next harvest.And John Norton of wheat merchant Norton Organic Grain said: that wheat prices are at “historic highs”. Around 50,000 tonnes of organic wheat are estimated to be sold in the UK a year.Norton said: “The market is very short of supply. Demand is up, for organic wheat for animal feed and across the board. It takes three years for a farmer to convert to organic, so there is a time lag in supply.”National Association of British and Irish Millers director Alex Waugh commented: “This situation is like the conventional wheat situation, but with knobs on.”Under European law, organic cattle and sheep can be fed 5% non-organic wheat and pigs and poultry 15%, but feed must be 100% organic by 2012.last_img read more

News story: Companies House shortlisted at UK Civil Service Awards 2018

first_imgThe team worked hard to put this action plan into practice. We gained external accreditation for our commitment and had positive feedback from our colleagues. Employee absence rates have reduced since the implementation of this action plan.We’re so proud to have been shortlisted for the health and wellbeing award. We’ll continue to work hard to provide the best possible working environment for our colleagues.Congratulations to A to Z to Better Wellbeing team for picking up this award, and to all the 2018 winners. This year’s Civil Service Awards were held on Thursday 8 November. These annual awards recognise and celebrate inspirational individuals and teams across government.The wellbeing of our colleagues has always been a priority.We were concerned to see employee absence rates increase in November 2017. The main cause of absence was mental health issues, such as stress and anxiety. This accounted for 155 lost days each month.Our health and wellbeing team developed an action plan to address the issue. The main priorities were to: raise awareness about mental health issues make sure there was plenty of support available for employees provide training for managerslast_img read more

Speech: Expanding UK’s diplomatic, defense and development assistance in the Sahel region

first_imgThank you Mr President.Thank you to Special Advisor Thiaw for briefing us today. We are pleased to hear of the progress made to operationalise and deliver the Integrated Strategy for the Sahel. You and your team deserve real credit for the 2018 Support Plan, which has rightly prioritised getting better coordination between agencies and improved buy-in from the governments and people of the Sahel region.Mr President, as I think Mr Thiaw’s briefing has established, the Integrated Strategy has been through an important and formative year. The Support Plan has helped highlight the need to be realistic and targeted in our ambitions, and serves as a reminder that despite some very difficult challenges, the Sahel is also full of opportunities. The more that can be done to unlock the potential of the Sahel – particularly through support to education, jobs and family planning – the more we will see young entrepreneurs and young leaders finding local solutions to the challenges they face, including to the challenges of climate change.We are therefore delighted to see the international community and the UN system redoubling its efforts through UNISS, seeking to learn from the challenges of the last five years, and taking a more deliberative partnership approach with the countries and peoples of the region. The Security Council has previously discussed the risk of UNISS seeming distant or disconnected from the realities of the region, so we welcome the increased focus on local engagement, particularly with girls and women.Similarly, the past few years have shown the need to be realistic, patient, and ensure that major pledges and announcements are matched with sufficient people, resources, and capabilities to actually deliver in the region. This has not always been the case, and there is much that could be done centrally from New York to ensure existing resources are fully mobilised, and that coordination mechanisms in country are working as effectively as possible. In particular, we would highlight the need to deploy the best people to the toughest problems in the region itself.Mr. President, we also need to ensure that the development agenda is working closely with other institutions and sectors, particularly those focused on defence and security. It is trite but true that there can be no development without stability, nor vice versa, so we would encourage more frequent and honest conversations between the development and security sectors in the Sahel. It is notable that West Africa and the Sahel region in particular are attracting ever more international solidarity and support – which is absolutely right and arguably overdue – but we need to ensure that organisational mandates are clear and strong lines of communication are set up between them.Mr. President, the UK is in the process of expanding its diplomatic, defence, and development assistance to the Sahel region. We believe this will enable us to fully explore the links and opportunities, and build up an approach that knits together our security, diplomatic, development and humanitarian work.We are opening new embassies in Niger and Chad, increasing our presence in Mali, and have already deployed 3 Chinook helicopters to provide logistical support to the G5 Joint Force through Operation Barkhane. In the coming years, we will also be significantly increasing our development assistance to the region. We see an approach that joins up the immediate and lifesaving aid to long term development and security outcomes as critical to changing the Sahel’s current trajectory. This demands UN leadership, and I am pleased to hear that UNISS will be entering 2019 in a better state to deliver this.last_img read more

New paper: Oil and dynastic rule influence Arab Spring outcomes

first_imgThe Arab Spring, which raised hopes for a wave of democratic reforms throughout the Middle East, has so far led to regime change in only four countries—Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen. Why that dramatic series of almost synchronized uprisings reaped such modest dividends is the subject of a new paper, “Tracking the ‘Arab Spring’: Why the Modest Harvest?,” published in the Journal of Democracy, co-authored by Harvard Kennedy School Associate Professor Tarek Masoud.“The Arab Spring that resides in the popular imagination is one in which a wave of mass mobilization swept the broader Middle East, toppled dictators, and cleared the way for democracy. The reality is that few Arab countries have experienced anything of the sort,” the authors write. “The Arab Spring’s modest harvest — a record far less inspiring than those of the East European revolutions of 1989 or sub-Saharan Africa’s political transitions in the early 1990s — cries out for explanation.”Masoud and co-authors Jason Brownlee of the University of Texas, Austin and Andrew Reynolds of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, examined the political, social and economic conditions under which the various national protest movements were launched and sustained. Their analysis identified two primary factors – a nation’s oil exports and the nature of its ruling structure – that directly influenced the outcomes in each country.According to the authors, oil wealth endows leaders with extra repressive capacity, and the means to buy off regime elements that might otherwise defect in the face of protest.last_img read more

Hot Shot! Hedwig’s Darren Criss Hosts Broadway Junior Celebration

first_imgHedwig and the Angry Inch star and Glee favorite Darren Criss made dreams come true for 375 middle schoolers on May 18, when he hosted a celebration for the new Broadway Junior mentorship program at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre. After posing for a snapshot with Shubert Organization executives Michael I. Sovern and Robert E. Wankel, MTI Chairman Freddie Gershon and his wife Myrna, Criss rocked out with the talented kids as they sang songs from Beauty and the Beast Jr., Annie Jr. and more. Check out this Hot Shot of Criss, then see him all glammed out in Hedwig at the Belasco Theatre. Darren Criss Star Filescenter_img View Commentslast_img

RBC, CFPB, data breaches, and more with NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz

first_imgIn credit union land, the acronym “RBC” has become more prevalent than your “ABCs” these days, as the Risk Based Capital issue rages on within our industry. To get to the heart of the matter, we went directly to the source: NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz, who was gracious enough to spare a few minutes with us to discuss this currently consuming topic. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

5 opportunities for AI and RPA: How is robotics changing the industry?

first_img continue reading » Data intelligence helps facilitate action. Whether we want to admit or not, artificial intelligence is rapidly becoming a part of our day-to-day lives as consumers are routinely inundated with personalized solutions that adapt and respond to available data. Across the financial industry there has been a shift towards greater data consumption and digital transformation, accelerated further by the global coronavirus pandemic. We live in a data-driven society where artificial intelligence is emerging in the form of operational tools to help manage and organize the vast amounts of available data.This blog explains what artificial intelligence is, the idea of robotics, available data tools, and how these resources are impacting lenders across the financial industry.What is artificial intelligence?Artificial intelligence (AI) is the development and deployment of systems that are able to perform human tasks, such as decision-making, predicting outcomes, assessing efficiencies, and automating adaptions to complete a specified task. There’s a spectrum of currently available artificial intelligences that range from integration to automation to machine learning and cognitive processing. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Hard days at the offices

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Inner City: James Whitmore

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