HMAS Anzac Trains for NORTHERN TRIDENT Deployment

first_img View post tag: Navy HMAS Anzac Trains for NORTHERN TRIDENT Deployment Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Anzac Trains for NORTHERN TRIDENT Deployment View post tag: Trains View post tag: HMAS Anzac View post tag: Deployment Authorities Crews of HMA Ships Anzac and Melbourne got busy recently in order to complete workups before Anzac’s NORTHERN TRIDENT deployment.Added to the mix on the south coast of New South Wales, the ships have been joined by other major fleet units, such as HMAS Perth, to increase the task group operation war-fighting capabilities.As she prepares to deploy next month, Anzac is being put through a range of development and assessment activities that will allow her to operate thousands of miles from home alone, and in company, with warships from other nations.A fundamental part of this development is the refinement of seamanship skills, including replenishment at sea serials with light and heavy jackstay lines, along with boat operations and towing exercises.In order to prove herself ready for deployment, members of Sea Training Group, known as the ‘Green Team’, have been assessing Anzac’s readiness across these and other skills during an intense five-week period off the New South Wales coast.With more than a third of the ship’s company directly involved in the more complex replenishment evolutions, these activities involve sailors and officers from all parts of the ship – maritime logistics, marine engineering, weapons engineering and the chaplain – working together with the boatswains to pass and recover lines between two ships.Overseeing the briefing and conduct of these operations in Anzac is Petty Officer Boatswain Chris Opperman.During her upcoming deployment, Anzac will work closely with ships from many navies, practising and honing time-honoured basic seamanship skills.[mappress mapid=”15281″]Image: Australian Navycenter_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: NORTHERN TRIDENT March 3, 2015 Share this articlelast_img read more

Right to Life Annual Banquet Features Former Notre Dame Coach, Lou Holtz

first_imgRight to Life Annual Banquet Features Former Notre Dame Coach, Lou HoltzThe annual Right to Life Banquet will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at The Old National Events Plaza, formerly The Centre in downtown Evansville, IN.  Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m.  A Private Reception featuring Lou Holtz is being held for donors.  Corporate sponsors are invited to attend a VIP Reception prior to dinner.  The banquet, Right to Life of Southwest Indiana’s signature fundraiser will feature former Notre Dame legendary coach, Lou Holtz as the keynote speaker.Musical entertainment will be provided by soloists, Jordan Duncan, Holly Daughtery, Delmas Beasley, and Amy Beasley Davis.Dr. Christina Francis, OB/GYN will present information on, “The Abortion Pill Reversal”.  A Board Certified Obstetrician & Gynecologist, Dr. Francis is a graduate of Harrison High School, Ball State, and IU Medical School.  She practices medicine in Fort Wayne, IN and is a board member and president of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  She also serves on the board of directors for Indiana Right to Life.A Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Michael Fichter, CEO & President of Indiana Right to Life for outstanding leadership, service and dedication on behalf of innocent human life.The Right to Life Banquet started with approximately 100 people attending in the late 1980’s and has grown to become the largest pro-life banquet in the country with expected attendance of more than 1,600.  It is known nationwide for being a pacesetting event in the pro-life community.For tickets and more information on the Right to Life Banquet, please call 474-3195.  All seats are reserved and no tickets will be sold at the event.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Organic trial

first_imgA new ’Better Organic Bread’ project has been launched to boost the country’s organic bread market.The project, organised by the Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association Group (CCFRA), along with Defra and the Home Grown Cereals Association (HGCA), features milling and baking trials with different wheat varieties in a bid to reduce the amount of wheat imported from abroad. More than 50% of the wheat required for the UK organic bread market is imported.The project is sponsored by Defra through the Sustainable Arable LINK Programme and by HGCA, with 14 ’grain chain’ partners and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.last_img read more

Pret HR boss raises post-Brexit staffing concerns

first_imgPret A Manger has said it may struggle to find staff following Brexit.Pret human resources director Andrea Wareham told an economic affairs committee that only one in 50 job applicants to the chain were British and that 65% of its employees were non-EU citizens.“If I had to fill all our vacancies with British-only applicants, I would not be able to fill them because of a lack of applications,” she told Labour peer Alistair Darling.Darling responded to Wareham, stating the company might have to just pay more to attract British workers.“I actually don’t think increasing pay would do the trick. I can only talk for Pret on this, but we do pay well above the National Living Wage, we do have great benefits and we offer fantastic careers,” Wareham replied.“It really is a case of: ‘Do people want to work in our industry?’ We are not seen always as a desirable place to work and I think that’s the trick.”Pret A Manger told British Baker it did not wish to comment further on the matter.Earlier this month, Ministry of Cake managing director Chris Ormrod discussed the ramifications for the industry in terms of non-EU workers in the run-up to Brexit.last_img read more

Hear The First Three Singles From Bob Weir’s Forthcoming Cowboy Album, “Blue Mountain”

first_imgOn September 30th, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir returns with his first solo album in 10 years and first fresh batch of new songs in over 30 years. Titled Blue Mountain, Weir’s new album will focus heavily on “cowboy music,” replete with folk instrumentation capturing the country-western ideals.To date, Weir has shared three singles from the new release. The first was called “Only A River,” filled with members of The National and more as accompaniment. That can be streamed below, via NPR Music.Just a couple weeks later, Weir shared a track called “Gonesville,” premiering the new single with Rolling Stone. “Gonesville” again features members of The National, as well as The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn and more! Listen to the acoustic number, below.Finally, today, Weir has shared the third taste from his forthcoming LP. Titled “Lay My Lily Down,” the song is one of a handful from Blue Mountain that has been played in the live setting. The heartwrenching ballad just gives us another keen look into the new effort by Weir, as we count down the days until its release.Stream “Lay My Lily Down” below.Blue Mountain Tracklist1. Only A River2. Cottonwood Lullaby3. Gonesville4. Lay My Lily Down5. Gallop On The Run6. Whatever Happened To Rose7. Ghost Town8. Darkest Hour9. Ki-Yi Bossie10. Storm Country11. Blue Mountain12. One More River To Crosslast_img read more

ZZ Top Announces Las Vegas Rock Musical, ‘Sharp Dressed Man’

first_imgA new ZZ Top rock musical, Sharp Dressed Man, is in the works and set to premiere in 2020. The forthcoming show is executive produced by ZZ Top members Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard, and Dusty Hill, as well as produced by their longtime managers Prem Akkaraju and Carl Stubner. Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment, led by Michael Gruber and Jason Gastwirth, is developing the show, which was written by Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins.A press release explains, “Sharp is an outrageous, bawdy musical romp about a Lone Star auto mechanic who becomes a modern-day Robin Hood, stealing hearts — and car parts — with the help of his merry band of beer drinkers and hell raisers.”Billy Gibbons added his thoughts on the new production in a statement, explaining, “We’re excited about this fantastic project and look forward to hearing our music in a new innovative context. Fans have often told us that we’ve provided the soundtrack to their lives, and this is very much in line with that kind of enthusiastic thinking.”Recently, ZZ Top announced their plans to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a new, career-spanning compilation album, Goin’ 50. The album is scheduled to arrive on August 16th via Warner Bros. Records.The band is one of the headlining acts scheduled to perform at the inaugural Exit 111 Fest in Manchester, TN this fall, which takes place on the same site as Bonnaroo. In addition to playing three nights as part of their 50th Anniversary Texas Bash across Texas later this month, the band will continue their anniversary summer tour with an international leg of dates beginning on June 4th in Helsinki, Finland. ZZ Top will return to the States to begin the North American leg of their summer tour on August 16th in Ridgefield, WA.Fans can head to the ZZ Tops’s website to pre-order the album, in addition to finding ticketing information and a full list of upcoming tour dates.[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Hunger for change

first_imgAt the same time the government urges Americans to eat healthy foods, it heavily subsidizes farmers who produce corn and other crops used in junk foods, and invests little in those who grow fruits and vegetables.The result? A pound of fresh broccoli costs about $2 in any supermarket, while a calorie- and fat-filled cheeseburger is half that price in many fast-food restaurants.This system that makes healthy food expensive and junk food cheap should be fixed, said a panel of experts who gathered at Harvard Law School on Nov. 30. The panel discussion — “Transforming Our Food System” — was sponsored by the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic in partnership with the Union of Concerned Scientists.The experts said a sound food policy in the United States is central to Americans’ general well-being because food affects not just health, but also the economy and the environment. Industrial agriculture, which produces most of the food in the United States, damages the soil and the air, and is driving the rise of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and other diet-related diseases across the nation.The situation is dire, the panelists said, because from production to consumption, the food system in the United States is broken. “Nutrition issues become public health and economic issues,” said Mark Bittman, Union of Concerned Scientists Fellow and former food columnist for The New York Times. “Every dollar we spend on improving food pays back numerous savings in healthcare.”Bittman was joined by Ricardo Salvador, the food and environment program director for the Union of Concerned Scientists; Emily Broad Leib, assistant clinical professor of law and director of the Food Law and Policy clinic; and Kat Taylor, co-founder and co-CEO of Beneficial State Bank, director of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation, and a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers.The food movement has made great strides over the past decade, generating greater demand for healthy foods in school lunches and organic produce in supermarkets, and the spread of local farmers’ markets across the nation. Experts point to the decline in sales of sugary breakfast cereals and soda and consumption of red meat as crucial signs of progress, and although they said that progress cannot be undone, there is still much work to do.A pound of fresh broccoli costs about $2 in any supermarket, while a calorie- and fat-filled cheeseburger is half that price in many fast-food restaurants.“We need a food system that provides environmental sustainability, preserves biodiversity, assures water quality, produces human justice,” Taylor said. “It must be a system that provides food security for everybody, ensures our health, provides access to healthy food for everyone.”Under the incoming Donald Trump administration, the need for a food policy that helps those with less access to healthy food is more pressing, the experts said. Leib expressed concern about a House bill that proposes cutting food stamp benefits by $40 billion. “This could be small compared to what we might see coming,” she said. “This program is a safety net for many people that otherwise wouldn’t be able to put food on the table.”Another area of concern is the wages and working conditions of laborers in the food system, which is known for its low pay. A smart and just food policy should include farm workers, many of whom are undocumented immigrants, the experts said.“Those who are here without the protection of legal status, those who lack the economic power to live sustainable lives, have received disproportionately the punishing effects of a mismanaged and unjust food system,” said Taylor.Bittman agreed. “Immigrant workers’ ability to live in peace has to be discussed in the context of wages, but also citizenship, the absence of fear, labor and wages and working conditions, and health issues,” he said. “You can’t fix agriculture without fixing immigration and labor.”It’s the right thing to do, said Salvador, because food issues are social justice issues.“When we talk about transforming the food system, we need to remember that at the core it is what enables everything else that occurs in the planet,” said Salvador. “Climate change, defense priorities, wars — all of that is connected to the struggle to secure supply lines of oil, water, fertilizer, and food. The food system is core at everything that is at stake.”last_img read more

6 ways your credit union can violate OFAC’s 50 percent rule

first_imgIn November, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued a Joint Statement on Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) cybersecurity sanctions. It warned that many entities sanctioned for malicious cyber activity claim to be domestically based and offer technology-related services to financial institutions under false pretenses. These sanctioned entities increase both operational and OFAC compliance risk for the institutions that have used or continue to use their services. While assessing your exposure to this particular OFAC risk, take the opportunity to also review your compliance with OFAC’s 50 Percent Rule, as the two issues are closely related.    OFAC’s 50 Percent Rule OFAC first addressed entity ownership in 2008. In 2014, it published Revised Guidance on Its 50 Percent Rule, which states that, “any entity owned in the aggregate, directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more by one or more blocked persons is itself considered to be a blocked person.” The Treasury Department’s FAQ on the OFAC 50 Percent Rule “urges persons considering a potential transaction to conduct appropriate due diligence on entities that are party to or involved with the transactions or with which account relationships are maintained in order to determine relevant ownership stakes.”6 Ways to Violate OFAC’s 50 Percent RuleOn its face, the 50 Percent Rule appears straightforward, but complying with it is quite complicated, in large part because OFAC does not publish a list of majority SDN-owned entities. That leaves the legwork to compliance teams to determine.Here are six ways that a credit union, money services business or any other business can get tripped up by OFAC’s 50 Percent Rule:Fifty percent ownership by one or more SDN: Exactly as the rule states, if your organization conducts a transaction with an entity that is owned 50 percent or more by one or more SDNs, it has violated the 50 Percent Rule. Barclays Bank was fined $2.4 million by OFAC for doing just that. According to the OFAC enforcement action against Barclays, the activity took place between 2008 and 2013 and involved 159 transactions with an entity that was “owned 50 percent or more, directly or indirectly, by a person identified” on the OFAC SDN list. This case highlights the difficulty in following the rule to the letter of the law. The enforcement action emphasized that, despite multiple attempts by the bank to improve its OFAC compliance program, Barclays screening system “had several limitations” and its “Know Your Customer (KYC) procedures were ambiguous and difficult to follow with respect to the requirement to identify related parties and/or beneficial owners of corporate customers.”   OFAC’s recent enforcement action against a technology company is another clear example. The first cited violation occurred when the company sold goods to a firm not itself listed as an SDN but that was owned 51 percent by an SDN. By the time of the tech company’s second and third transactions, the buyer had been added to the SDN List, but the firm’s “denied party screening produced no warnings or alerts.” For those three violations, the firm was fined $87,507. Per its enforcement action, OFAC notes that, this “case demonstrates the importance of companies operating in high-risk industries (i.e., defense) to implement effective, risk-based compliance measures.” It also called on companies doing business internationally to “maintain a culture of compliance where frontline staff are encouraged to follow up on sanctions issues.”SDN-controlled entities: While the above scenario shows that majority ownership can be problematic, entities control by an SDN proves even trickier. According to OFAC, “an entity that is controlled (but not owned 50 percent or more) by one or more blocked persons is not considered automatically blocked pursuant to OFAC’s 50 Percent Rule.” However, it warns that such an entity could eventually be placed on the SDN List. Entity control tripped up ExxonMobile to the tune of $2 million. According to OFAC’s enforcement action against the energy giant, it entered into eight business agreements with an entity (not on the SDN List) that were signed by a Russian oligarch who was on the SDN List. In regard to its 50 Percent Rule, OFAC specifically states that, “U.S. persons should be careful when conducting business with non-blocked entities in which blocked individuals are involved.” Further, they may not “enter into contracts that are signed by a blocked individual.” Significant but non-majority ownership by an SDN: Consider an entity owned 49 percent or even 40 percent by one or more SDNs. It is less than 50 percent ownership, so you can do business with it, right? Not so fast. OFAC “urges caution” whenever an SDN has significant ownership under 50 percent, although it does not provide a specific number. And again it stresses future possibility, noting that, “such non-blocked entities may become the subject of future designations or enforcement actions by OFAC.” Dow Jones’ Risk and Compliance unit, which compiles its own Sanctions Ownership Research (SOR) list—a list of entities with 10 percent or more ownership by an SDN, also notes that blocked persons have been known to structure their ownership to avoid triggering the 50 Percent Rule.Russian-based entities: Given recent geopolitical and cyber activity, doing business with anyone located in or associated with Russia inherently increases OFAC risk. To begin with, the U.S. Department of Treasury continues to ramp up sanctions against Russian entities. In April alone, OFAC designated the following for sanctions: seven Russian oligarchs, 12 Russian companies owned or controlled by those oligarchs, 17 senior Russian government officials, and a state-owned entity and its subsidiary. In addition, it is important to note that not all Russian persons and entities that have been designated for sanctions have been placed on the SDN List yet. This complicates OFAC compliance. Finally, it is imperative that U.S. financial institutions understand from whom they are acquiring technology services, as well as with whom their third-party vendors might be interacting. OFAC’s Cyber-Related Sanctions Program specifically mentions the 50 Percent Rule, and the FFIEC’s recent Joint Statement on the same warns that, “continued use of products and services from a sanctioned entity may cause the financial institution to violate OFAC sanctions.” A download of a software patch is enough to merit such a violation. Before dismissing this as irrelevant to your organization, keep in mind that Russian technology firms span the globe, and their connection to their U.S. subsidiaries is often opaque.Majority-owned by a sanctioned government: In addition to avoiding business with entities that are 50 percent or more owned by SDNs, organizations must also be on the lookout for entities that are majority-owned by a government or country that is subject to a sanctions program. In November of 2018, the French bank Société Genéralé was fined $54 million for activity occurring between 2007 and 2012 that included, among other things, doing business with a company majority-owned by the government of Sudan. TD Bank faced similar violations in 2017, as it was forced to pay $955,750 for maintaining accounts and processing transactions for a Canadian company owned by a Cuban company at a time when this was prohibited by the Cuban sanctions program. Past sins: Keep in mind that even if your organization’s current OFAC compliance program is fully in line with the 50 Percent Rule, it can still be penalized for past interactions that violated it, as evidenced by the enforcement actions described above. If your organization is aware or becomes aware that a past violation occurred, it is wise to voluntary self-disclose it to OFAC, because that will typically count as a mitigating factor in reducing the base fine. On the other hand, failing to self-disclose is often cited as an aggravating factor that negatively impacts the final amount of any fine.Incorporate OFAC’s 50 Percent Rule into Your Compliance ProgramHolland & Hart, which provides legal services for financial institutions, describes OFAC’s 50 Percent Rule as “a logical extension of the prohibition on transactions and dealings involving blocked property.” However, “it also adds the substantial burden of an enhanced due diligence exercise.”Here are some ways to more effectively handle that burden:Conduct routine risk assessments of your OFAC exposure.Review customer on-boarding and ongoing due diligence policies and procedures to ensure that entity ownership is initially identified and continually monitored for changes.Review third- and fourth-party vendor management policies and procedures, specifically to include an assessment of their OFAC exposure and compliance programs.In addition to screening entity names against the SDN List, screen entity officers, directors and contract signatories of both customers and vendors.Upgrade your watch list screening process to cross reference a database, such as the Dow Jones SOR list, that identifies entities that are owned by sanctioned persons or jurisdictions.  3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amber Goodrich Amber Goodrich, compliance strategist for CSI Regulatory Compliance, has more than 15 years of financial industry experience. She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a Certified Regulatory Compliance … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Zagreb’s Esplanade Hotel is the best hotel in 2018

first_imgAt the traditional annual tourist event – Days of Croatian Tourism, held on October 24 and 25, 2018 on Hvar, organized by the Croatian Tourist Board, Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of Tourism, awards and recognitions for the best in tourism were presented in several categories.Zagreb’s Hotel Esplanade was crowned with two prestigious awards – for the Best City Hotel and Hotel of the Year.The awards were presented to the general manager, Ivica Max Krizmanić, who has been in charge of the hotel for almost seven years, and whose working life at the Esplanade is a full quarter of a century. “The Esplanade is truly an exceptional hotel, my whole team and I are especially happy and proud today to be a part of its distinctive and luxurious history. Esplanade is a kind of institution and icon of Croatian hospitality, gastronomy and design that has been irresistibly attracting guests with its famous charm and personality for almost 95 years. The hotel has always been known for its excellent service, and we continuously strive to follow this tradition, following the needs of modern guests, new trends and the development of new technologies in the world to provide guests with an unforgettable experience. ” Krizmanic points out.Hotel Esplanade was and remains the center of Zagreb’s social life, a favorite gathering place of many generations of Zagreb citizens, and has always been the first choice of statesmen, royal families and people from the world of showbiz.. ”I am proud of these great achievements and recognitions and of my entire team, which creates wonderful memories for guests every day with their positive energy, individual, original approach and feeling of love for this hotel. This prestigious Zagreb Lady is the pride of Zagreb and a synonym of top hotel management, and the awards are just a confirmation of our efforts, dedication and successful business results. I thank the profession that recognized this and congratulate once again from the bottom of my heart to everyone.” Krizmanić pointed out and added that from the very beginning of the Esplanade it was of great importance not only for the city of Zagreb, but also for Croatia.Since the beginning of 2018, Hotel Esplanade has received many prestigious recognitions and international awards and is included in globally respected guides. A kind of hotel Oscars – World Luxury Travel Awards were awarded to the hotel in as many as three categories – Luxury Architecture Design Hotel, Luxury Historical Hotel for Croatia and Luxury Heritage Hotel for Southeast Europe. Hall of Fame TripAdvisor certifications have been awarded to Zinfandel’s Restaurant, Le Bistro and Hotel Esplanade for years of excellent guest reviews.For two years in a row, both hotel restaurants have been included in the Michelin guide, while chef Ana Grgić has been named the “Great Chef of Tomorrow” by the Gault & Milau gourmet guide for Croatia 2018.last_img read more

Icelandic pension chiefs resign after being named in Panama Papers

first_imgChief executives of two Icelandic pension funds have resigned after being embroiled in the Panama Papers scandal.Kári Arnór Kárason and Kristjáns Arnar Sigurðssonar, chief executives at the ISK157bn (€1bn) Stapi pension fund and the ISK171bn Sameinaði pension fund, respectively, stepped down following an investigation by RÚV, the Icelandic public broadcaster.The investigation by news programme Kastljós revealed both were named in the so-called Panama Papers, a cache of millions of documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca initially leaked to a German newspaper.In a brief statement released 27 April, Sigurðssonar said he had decided to resign but claimed he had always acted with integrity and taken care to comply with existing laws and regulations. In a separate statement, Sameinaði said the fund’s director of operations, Ólafur Haukur Jónsson, would fill the vacancy left by Sigurðssonar’s departure until a permanent replacement could be found.Kárason offered greater detail in his statement, saying he had notified Stapi’s board of his decision to resign but emphasised that he had not profited from either of the companies he was linked to in the leaked files.The outgoing Stapi chief executive said one of the companies, based in Luxembourg, was set up in 1999 by Kaupthing Bank, and that he gave the bank’s staff “full and unreserved power of attorney” to conduct its business.He said he believed the company was eventually wound up, and that its investments proved unsuccessful, and that he was not in possession of any documents relating to its activities.“Although it is difficult to be sure of events occurring 16, 17 years ago,” Kárason continued, “I am nevertheless fairly certain I never invested any funds in this company and received no payments from it.”The second company, launched by MP Bank at Kárason’s behest in 2004, was paid an initial fee of ISK305,200 (€3,500), but never went into operation.“[The investment] was included in tax returns, valued at the amount of start-up cost and amortised three years later, as a total loss,” he added.“Thus, I earned no gain or yield from these companies, and they bear no relation to tax evasion.”Kárason said there was “no doubt” he should have informed his superiors at Stapi of both companies’ existence.“Although the serious nature of the events I have described here is surely a matter of opinion,” he added, “my assessment of the current social discourse with regard to offshore companies and tax havens is that it cannot be regarded as acceptable for a man in my position – that is, in charge of an establishment responsible for managing public pension savings – to have been associated with business operations of this kind.”Kárason has been with Stapi since its launch in 2006, when Nordurlands Lifeyrissjodur, where he was managing director, merged with a second pension fund.last_img read more