US Senate is divided in row over tax breaks

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Sunday 26 September 2010 10:14 pm whatsapp US Democrats do not have the votes in the Senate to pass their proposal to extend tax breaks for all but the richest Americans, Senate majority whip Dick Durbin said yesterday after the US lower house left the door open for a vote on the proposals to be delayed until after the mid-term elections.Under the Democrat’s proposals, a tax break introduced by the previous Bush administration would be extended to individuals earning up to $200,000 (£126,000) and couples who earn $250,000 jointly. Republicans want the tax break extended to all citizens. Those affected by the Democratic proposals represent the top two per cent of earners in the US. The tax breaks are due to end on 31 December.Republicans, and a few Democrats, say the tax reductions should apply to all as raising taxes in an atmosphere of high unemployment and slow growth risks slowing recovery.There are also disagreements over the timing of the vote after the House of Representatives left it open to delay beyond 2 November, the date of midterm elections in which the Democrats expect to fare badly in.“We know we don’t have the 60 votes for our position,” Durbin said yesterday. Tags: NULL whatsapp US Senate is divided in row over tax breaks center_img Share KCS-content More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Sun Limited ( 2011 Annual Report

first_imgSun Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2011 annual report.For more information about Sun Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Sun Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Sun Limited (  2011 annual report.Company ProfileSun Limited engages in the tourism sector of the leisure industry. The company is based in Ebene, the Republic of Mauritius, where it owns and operates six resorts in the Republic of Mauritius, one resort in the Republic of Maldives and also owns two in-house tour operators in France and South Africa. Sun Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritiuslast_img

Oando Plc ( Q32018 Interim Report

first_imgOando Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Oando Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Oando Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Oando Plc (  2018 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileOando Plc is the largest integrated energy solutions provider in Nigeria and internationally. The company has onshore and offshore oil and gas exploration operations throughout Africa and trades in crude refined and unrefined petroleum products. Separate operations are responsible for storing, hauling and distributing petroleum and gas products; providing logistics and other services; and managing aviation activities. Oando Trading supplies and trades crude oil and petroleum products which includes naphtha, gasoline, fuel oil, gas oil, kerosene and bitumen. Oando Financial Trading & Hedging offers a highly centralised and financial risk management framework and is active in most financial energy markets worldwide. Oando Shipping & Chartering has access to a global pool of shipping brokers and vessel owners which means it is able to offer highly competitive rates for shipping and chartering services. Established in 1956 and formerly known as Unipetrol Nigeria Plc, the company changed its name to Oando Plc in 2003. Oando Plc is a subsidiary of Ocean and Oil Development Partners Limited. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Oando Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Munster favourites in derby clash

first_imgJ Heaslip (Leinster) 18/1G D’Arcy (Leinster) 20/1 K Earls (Munster) 11/1L Fitzgerald (Leinster) 12/1D Howlett (Munster) 12/1S Horgan (Leinster) 12/1Brian O’Driscoll (Leinster) 14/1F McFadden (Leinster) 14/1Johne Murphy (Munster) 16/1S Tuitupou (Munster) 16/1I Nacewa (Leinster) 16/1P Warwick (Munster) 18/1L Mafi (Munster) 18/1Sean O’Brien (Leinster) 18/1 Munster go into Saturday evening’s provincial derby clash as 4/7 favourites to beat in-form Leinster according to Ladbrokes.  The Thomond Park showdown will be a chance for redemption for the Munster men who have been on the end of a Leinster beating in the last 5 meetings.  Despite their top form in the Heineken Cup and Magners League, Leinster are 11/8 to continue that unbeaten run.Fresh from his outstanding display against England, Keith Earls is 11/1 with Ladbrokes for first try scorer while Luke Fitzgerald is favourite amongst the Leinster contingent at 12/1.Munster still head the betting to win the Magners League at 5/4 with Leinster priced at 3/1.Ladbrokes BettingMunster to win 4/7Leinster to win 11/8Draw match 18/1Magners League 2010/11Munster 5/4Ospreys 3/1Leinster 3/1Ulster 9/1Cardiff 12/1Scarlets 100/1First Try Scorer Munster v Leinster TAGS: LeinsterMunster LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Despite IS threat, Baghdad Christians are still seeking baptism

first_imgDespite IS threat, Baghdad Christians are still seeking baptism By ACNS staffPosted Oct 1, 2014 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Knoxville, TN Mark Hatch says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Albany, NY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Tags Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Tampa, FL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Youth Minister Lorton, VA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Belleville, IL An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Catherine Cheek says: The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Press Release Service Rector Washington, DC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Pittsburgh, PA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Anglican Communion, Featured Jobs & Callscenter_img Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Julian Malakar says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Shreveport, LA October 2, 2014 at 4:09 pm Thank you, Canon White for caring. Yes, you have idealistic ideals, which is good, but dangerous. Please remember that IS may launch attack on you and those you serve. I am behind you on this. Some have stated that you are a nut, but remember, people called Jesus a nut, also. Whatever people say is irrelevant. You are taking action, rather than complaining. God’s blessings on you and those who you assist. Our church has been praying for those persecuted by that ‘so-called’ Islamic group. They are not real Muslims who, apparently, have no understanding of the Our’an and Hadiths. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN October 1, 2014 at 6:49 pm You really believe the stone age madmen of ISIS are going to allow a “Christian village”? With all due respect, sir, you sound naive, daft and delusional. Have you not learned anything from the ongoing events such as 3 women beheaded today by ISIS? Do your loved ones a favor and get out. Sorry, this story will not end well. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Canon White traveled to center of Baghdad Oct. 1, where Saddam Hussein’s statue had once stood: “I was quite horrified to see that flying from that plinth was an ISIS flag.”[Anglican Communion News Service] Christians in Baghdad are still being baptised despite the threat of execution by the radical Islamist group Islamic State (IS) which is currently fighting to get to the Iraqi capital.The Anglican priest who has served the beleaguered city for more than a decade, Canon Andrew White, today told ACNS he thought the threat posed by IS was actually one reason the believers wanted to be undergo baptism.“People really wanted to demonstrate their faith and that’s good,” he said. Publicly identifying oneself as a Christian is a particularly courageous move in a country where IS has been intentionally targeting religious minorities.In towns they have captured IS fighters daub the Arabic letter ‘N’ (for Nazarene) on the homes of Christians. The occupants are offered the choice of leaving, paying a massive tax, converting to Islam or being murdered.A mother and four young children who were baptized Oct. 1 had been brought up Christian, but from a mixed Christian/Muslim background. Canon White did not want to say more about them for fear of reprisals from IS supporters; that afternoon he had traveled to center of Baghdad, where Saddam Hussein’s statue had once stood: “I was quite horrified to see that flying from that plinth was an ISIS flag.”Despite this, the man nicknamed the Vicar of Baghdad rejoiced in the chance to carry on his priestly ministry in Iraq: “It was lovely baptizing them and the children were so excited. One little boy came up to me and said, ‘I feel like a new person now’ and I told him, ‘You are’.“In the midst of such a desperate situation it was wonderful to have something which was so nice.”Canon White explained that his church, St George’s, once had a congregation of around 1,000. “On Sunday we only had 160. That’s because so many of our people have gone up north.”Despite the dwindling numbers and the possibility that IS could arrive in Baghdad at any time, Canon White is determined to continue his ministry for Christians in the capital and in Erbil where he and staff are delivering much needed-relief supplies.“Thousands upon thousands of people remain Internally Displaced People (IDP’s) on the Kurdish boarders in the North,” he said. “Limited food, living in simple plastic tents and having none of the much-needed provisions. We are trying to provide as much of what is needed as possible.“One of the things we’re looking at is establishing a separate Christian village comprising separate trailers with four bedrooms [for refugees] which would be better than these awful plastic tents.”At $11,000 each, the trailers are not cheap. Much of his financial support comes from Anglican churches in England, US and Canada, but he said that, thanks to social media, he also has supporters in Anglican churches as far away as Australia and New Zealand. IS are, he said, not the only ones to make good use of the Internet.IS are currently estimated to be 20 miles away from center of Baghdad. However, for Canon White things are business as usual. “I certainly plan to stay, though I do have other meetings coming up. I’m in Israel next week and I have to go to California, so I will continue to do things I have to do, but I’ll be back as soon as I can.” Submit a Press Release Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Middle East Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Hopkinsville, KY October 3, 2014 at 12:07 am Thanks be to God to know that works of Gospel is still going on in Iraq, Middle East countries despite crucifixion of Christians on streets in this modern age by terrorists Muslim Jihadists.May Almighty God give wisdom, courage and strength to stand firm in this painful trial for eternal life as He promised!Those who believe Muslims’ holy books: the Quran and Hadith have nothing to do with present prosecution against Christian and non-Muslims are ignorant of teaching of those books.Unlike Christ, Quran assures heaven by martyrdom by fighting for their Allah and killing unbelievers. In Sahih al-Bukhari 2797—The Prophet said, . . . “By Him in Whose Hands my soul is! I would love to be martyred in Allah’s Cause and then come back to life and then get martyred, and then come back to life again and then get martyred and then come back to life again and then get martyred.” In Sura 9:73 Quran says “O Prophet, fight against the disbelievers and the hypocrites and be harsh upon them. And their refuge is Hell, and wretched is the destination.For taxes against Christian for their life and property Muslims’ Allah says in Qur’an 9:29—Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the Religion of Truth, from among the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizyah (tax) with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued. ISIS Fighters are well educated immigrant Muslims from developed countries like Europe, America, Australia, Canada etc. They know what their Quran and Hadith teaches about to be good followers of their Prophet Muhammad. Saying Islam is religion of peace, is nothing but distortion of truth. All Christians should know the truth about Islam to stand firm with Christ when storm comes. May God bless us! Comments are closed. Featured Events Rector Bath, NC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Comments (3) Cathedral Dean Boise, ID In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Smithfield, NC Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA last_img read more

Adani Defamation Case Against Paranjoy Guha Thakurta: Gujarat Court Issues Arrest Warrant Against Journalist

first_imgNews UpdatesAdani Defamation Case Against Paranjoy Guha Thakurta: Gujarat Court Issues Arrest Warrant Against Journalist Sparsh Upadhyay20 Jan 2021 11:28 PMShare This – xA Court in Kutch (Gujarat) on Tuesday (19th January) issued a warrant of arrest against senior journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta in connection with a 2017 defamation suit filed by the Adani Group against Thakurta. The Defamation Suit filed against Thakurta by one of India’s leading corporate houses, Adani, pertains primarily to an article about the business conglomerate co-authored…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA Court in Kutch (Gujarat) on Tuesday (19th January) issued a warrant of arrest against senior journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta in connection with a 2017 defamation suit filed by the Adani Group against Thakurta. The Defamation Suit filed against Thakurta by one of India’s leading corporate houses, Adani, pertains primarily to an article about the business conglomerate co-authored by Thakurta.The Article in question was co-authored by Thakurta, when he was the Editor of Economic and Political Weekly, alleging that Narendra Modi’s Government tweaked special economic zone rules which ultimately led to the Adani Group reaping a benefit of Rs 500 crore. As reported by PTI, Judicial Magistrate Pradeep Soni, while issuing the warrant of arrest, directed the Nizamuddin police station in New Delhi, “…accused (Thakurta) stands charged with complaint under section 500 of IPC. You are hereby directed to arrest the said accused and to produce him before me.” This particular article was first published on EPW, and later on republished by The Wire, after Sameeksha Trust, which runs the EPW, took down the article/report, and which further prompted Thakurta to resign as the editor of EPW. After The Wire refused to comply with the notice, the Adani Group went to court applying for an injunction. It had also filed two cases against the authors and the editors of The Wire in two different courts in Gujarat: a civil defamation suit in Bhuj and a criminal defamation case in Mundra. However, in July 2018, a Gujarat court set aside the criminal defamation plea complaint, and accompanying summons to the website. Then in May 2019, the Adani Group withdrew the case against the Wire and all the other accused, except Thakurta. As reported by Newslaundry, on Monday (18th January), when Gujarat’s lower courts reopened, Thakurta was to appear before the Kutch magistrate. His Lawyer said that “We requested the court to exempt Thakurta from personal appearance and said he would be present at the next hearing. But the court didn’t accept our request saying the case was from 2017 and since he had been present through 2019 he should be present now as well.” In a statement issued on Wednesday, The Wire has said: “Paranjoy Guha Thakurta and two other authors wrote an article for the Economic and Political Weekly in 2017 on the Adani group, which was republished subsequently by The Wire. While the Adani group had initiated both civil and criminal defamation against the three authors and The Wire in 2017, the proceedings against The Wire and its Editors were unconditionally withdrawn in 2019, as were those against two of the three authors of the article. We are dismayed to see that the case of civil and criminal defamation against Paranjoy Guha Thakurta has not been withdrawn. The Wire wishes to place on record its stand that the article itself is legitimate expression and not defamatory in the least.” Further, in a statement released on Thursday (21st January) Editors Guild issued a statement on the arrest warrant against senior journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, issued by a lower court in Gujarat in a criminal defamation case filed by the Adani group in 2017. Issuing a statement condemning the use of intimidatory tactics by powerful corporate houses against journalists to prevent media scrutiny act, the EGI has said, “The issue of a non-bailable warrant by a lower court against Mr Thakurta is another example of how intolerant the business houses have become to any criticism. Routinely they have targeted independent and intrepid journalists by using the very instruments that provide media the necessary protection”. “The Editors Guild is disturbed on how the judiciary, in this case, has become a part of this exercise to muzzle free press. Criminal defamation laws are often used by those in power to suppress any scrutiny by the media”, the EGI has further said. In its statement, the EGI has also urged the Adani group to withdraw the case against Thakurta.[With inputs from PTI] Click Here To Download Court’s OrderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

“Treat Judicial Officers As Frontline Workers, Earmark COVID Hospitals For Them And Their Families”, PIL Filed In Delhi HC

first_imgNews Updates”Treat Judicial Officers As Frontline Workers, Earmark COVID Hospitals For Them And Their Families”, PIL Filed In Delhi HC Sparsh Upadhyay25 April 2021 12:09 AMShare This – xA Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition has been moved before the Delhi High Court seeking directions to treat the judicial officers as frontline workers and to earmark private/government COVID hospitals for the treatment of judicial officers and their families. The Petition filed by Shobha Gupta and others (advocates enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi) has been moved before the HC stating that due to the nature of work in the Courts, the COVID protocol was not being followed in courts and Ld. judicial officers are exposed to the VIrus immensely. Advertisement The PIL by Gupta and others seeks the setting up of a mechanism by which the Judicial Officers of Delhi get proper treatment and admission in the earmark Pvt./Government Hospital for covid-19 upon being tested positive, nearby their residence, court complexes. The Plea states, “The Judicial Officers in view of their judicial independence and unbiased nature of work lead secluded life and because of their nature of work they have limited circle/interaction”Advertisement Submissions in the PIL The plea submits that with the onset of the second wave of the deadly coronavirus an alarming (number of judges) has tested positive for coronavirus and to the utter dismay a few left for heavenly abode. It has been argued in the plea that unless some drastic measures are taken now, the other Judicial Officers infected with the novel coronavirus may also face severe health consequences for which appropriate health care may not be available at the right timeAdvertisement Advertisement In this backdrop, the plea has stated that since 24th March till 20th April, a number of Judges and their family members contracted the deadly virus and suffered from Covid and that in almost every District Court Judicial Officers are Covid positive. “Six judicial Officers from the Saket complex required urgent hospital admission. Despite efforts, four of them could not secure even a bed at the nearest Covid hospital Max Smart. Unfortunately, one DHJS officer, sh. Kovai Venugopal, succumbed to the disease because of late hospital admission. His widow and a 9-year-old daughter survive him. The Ld. Add session Judge District Satna (MP) Sh. Jagdish Aggarwal succumbed to death due to Covid,” the plea states.Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement The plea argues that after the resumption of physical hearings in the Court Premises in Delhi the Judicial Officers of Delhi selflessly exposed themselves to scores of people and undetected virus on a daily basis. Importantly, the plea also submits, “The Judicial officers have been meted out with discrimination by not being included in the list of frontline workers. That the fact that when the entire country was under lockdown, continuous duties for maintenance of law and order like magistrates performing Jail duties were being performed by the Judicial officers has been totally ignored by the Government. That the fact remains that the Judicial Officers have been most exposed to the deadly coronavirus and yet they have been discriminated against by not being included in the list of frontline workers.” Stressing that the fourth wave of ‘coronavirus’ in Delhi has been spreading at a very fast rate, the plea argued that if proper precaution and healthcare facilities are not provided to the Judicial Officers then it can prove to be fatal for the majority of the Delhi Judiciary. Prayers of the plea To direct the GNCT of Delhi to immediately declare Ld. Judicial Officers (DJS/DHJS) as frontline workers and provide them by Setting up a mechanism for the medical treatment of Judicial Officers in Delhi infected with the coronavirus and or serious related ailments;To direct the Government to earmark Private and Government hospitals near respective the Court residence complex in Delhi for the treatment of the Judicial Officers (DJS/DHJS).To convert the dispensaries in the residential colonies of Judicial Officers and dispensaries near the Court Complexes to Covid Centers;To treat the judicial officers with severe symptoms and treatment as frontline workers.TagsDelhi High Court PIL Judicial Officers As Frontline Workers Delhi District Courts Earmark COVID Hospitals for Judicial officers Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Meeting planned over controversial proposals for road through scenic forest

first_img Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – November 16, 2017 Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Twitter Homepage BannerNews The Cathaoirleach of the Inishowen Municipal District is hopeful a solution can be found regarding controversial proposals for a road through a scenic forest on the peninsula.Lisnagrath Woods near Muff is a popular amenity in Inishowen however Coilte plan to construct a road through it with concerns locally over the environmental impact this could have on wildlife there.Cllr. Jack Murray met with representatives of Coilte today to discuss the issue.He says it was a positive meeting and believes an alternative entrance can be established:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Previous articleLetterkenny scoops regional award at National Enterprising Town AwardsNext article25 people waiting for a bed at LUH News Highland Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Meeting planned over controversial proposals for road through scenic forest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Mariners told to use ‘extreme caution’ after Russian spy ship spotted off East Coast

first_imgThe Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72) returns to its homeport of Norfolk, Va. (U.S. Navy)(WASHINGTON) — Mariners were told to use “extreme caution” after a Russian spy ship was spotted off the southeast coast of the United States this week “operating in an unsafe manner,” according to the Coast Guard. The Russian surveillance ship, named the Viktor Leonov, is now hundreds of miles off the Florida coast and east of the Bahamas after moving in a southerly direction for the last several days, a U.S. defense official told ABC News.In a bulletin posted Tuesday morning, Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville warned that the Russian spy ship was operating in an “unsafe manner,” including “not energizing running lights while in reduced visibility conditions, not responding to hails by commercial vessels attempting to coordinate safe passage and other erratic movements.”“Vessels transiting these waters should maintain a sharp lookout and use extreme caution when navigating in proximity to this vessel,” the bulletin said. “Mariners should make reports of any unsafe situations to the United States Coast Guard.” Coast Guard offices in South Carolina and Georgia also issued similar warnings in the last several days.In a statement to ABC News, a spokesperson for North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAAD) and United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM) said they “closely track vessels of interest, including foreign military naval vessels such as the Russian ship Victor Leonov, in our area of responsibility.” “We are aware of Russia’s naval activities, including the deployment of these intelligence collection ships in the region,” the statement said. “While we won’t discuss specific measures being taken, NORAD and USNORTHCOM routinely conduct air and maritime operations to ensure the defense of the United States and Canada.”A U.S. Navy destroyer, the USS Mahan, is shadowing the Russian ship, a second defense official said. The Leonov, which typically carries electronic surveillance equipment and some weapons for self-defense, is no stranger to the eastern seaboard, having made similar treks in years past. It made headlines in 2017 after being spotted off the coast of a U.S. Navy submarine base in Connecticut in February before making its way south. Then in March, the Leonov was seen near the submarine base at Kings Bay, Georgia following a five-day port visit in Havana, Cuba. During that 2017 visit, the ship remained in international waters beyond the U.S. territorial limit that extends 12 miles out from shore, and U.S. officials downplayed its presence off the coast, noting the ship had made prior visits in years past.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

No learner is an island

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article No learner is an islandOn 1 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today If you have a global workforce, bringing the team’s knowledge of a newproduct up to speed via conventional training can be costly and impractical,which is where e-learning comes in. Sue Weekes reportsCable & Wireless is a major global telecoms organisation, operating in70 countries. It has two divisions, Cable & Wireless Global, which focuseson IP (internet protocol) and data services and solutions for businesscustomers, and Cable & Wireless Regional, which provides telecoms servicesto 27 countries. Included in the regional division’s sales patch are exotic locations such asthe West Indies, the Solomon Islands, the Falklands and the Maldives – nice forsite visits but not the easiest locations for co-ordinating global training,which is where e-learning comes in. Towards the end of last year, the company launched a range of internetproducts and wanted to ensure its sales force in the various regions fullyunderstood them. It decided to run a pilot e-learning project to train itsemployees. Cable & Wireless had used e-learning before and already had a long-termrelationship with London-based bespoke learning company Fuel, which provides itwith instructor-led and online training. It was the first time, however, thatthe regional division had tried e-learning. Individual assessment “The purpose of the project was to see if e-learning was a viable methodof delivering education to Cable & Wireless Regional and to see if ourstaff would accept it,” says Simon Joy, strategic e-learning managerwithin HR at Cable & Wireless Regional. The pilot system was rolled out to 500 employees based on 30 islands acrossthe West Indies. For the e-learning project to be effective, the sales teamneeded some prerequisite knowledge to fully understand the benefits of the newproducts and implant in them an underlying technical knowledge. Fuel knew thatlearners would be at varying knowledge levels and so composed an onlinepre-course test to assess each one. This meant the full-blown course could thenbe created to an individual’s requirements. Fuel designs all of its e-learning programmes to work with a standard browserand via a 28k modem and upwards. “Most users will access the training on acorporate network but it is also created for access from home so we make sureit will work across 28k modems,” says Fuel CEO Steve Dineen, whoco-founded the company in 1994 with Chris Campbell. “We also created a web-based learning management system, an LMS‘light’,” he explains. The LMS, which is designed to be plug-and-play andis accessed through a standard browser, has since become a commerciallyavailable standalone product. Easy does it Fuel prides itself on creating engaging content and took a lively, visualapproach to the training with material broken down into bite-sized chunks.”We made it analogous and tried to contextualise it wherever possible – soto explain a network we would use a motorway and traffic,” explainsDineen, who is clearly pleased that the material appears to look ‘very easy’ onthe screen. “It’s actually very hard to make technical content look easyon screen,” he says. The course also employs the use of highly visual andfun-to-play breakout games for the user to test themselves. Although Fuel already had an existing relationship with Cable &Wireless, Joy says it knew it needed a partner that could create educationallyeffective and engaging content on its products. “Poor content is probablythe main reason for the failure of e-learning in some companies, along with badinternal marketing,” he says. All of Fuel’s e-learning consultants have worked in instructor-led trainingand it also employs educational psychologist Charles Low as head of e-learningeducation, whose background is in teaching and adult training. “It isimportant not to overwhelm your learners and for Cable & Wireless wecreated a structure that could be broken down easily. It is also alwaysimportant to have consistency on a technical level, consistency of message,look and feel so learners can comfortably move on to the next level,”explains Low. The more diverse the audience, the harder his job, he says, adding:”it’s a case of putting your stick in the ground somewhere. If you pitchit too low, you lose them and if you pitch it too high, you lose them. If youcan hit around 90 per cent of the audience you’re doing well.” Evaluation Feedback from the Cable & Wireless pilot scheme proved more thanencouraging from both the pre- and actual course. It was marketed to staff viaa punchy e-mail, which included the web address for accessing to the training,from the CEO of Cable & Wireless. “The online evaluation completed by all those taking the course hasgiven us unbiased, instant feedback from the start – that 94 per cent of themsay they would like future training to be delivered by e-learning is a powerfulendorsement,” says Joy. Although initially pitched at the sales force, the training is available foranyone in the regions who wants to improve their product knowledge and has beenaccessed by secretaries, admin staff and billing clerks. Low was also pleased with the uptake: “Users liked things such as themini breakout games and feedback showed that most were happy doing the trainingat their desks. The average scores on the pre-test were 36 per cent but on thepost-test it was 70 per cent. Of all who took the post-test, only 1 per centfailed, which is pretty good. At two hours though, some people did think thecourse was too long.” Around 1,400 employees have now registered for the training which is beingrolled out to offices in Spain and Panama (the course was originally designedin Spanish as well as English). The pilot proved the value, acceptance levelsand cost-effectiveness of e-learning to Cable & Wireless Regional, saysDineen, who adds Fuel is now embarking on a joint venture with the telecomsgiant. “The feedback has consolidated our views and helped shape our futureplans. For instance, it is helpful for resource and facility planning to knowthat just 10 per cent of staff are uncomfortable about learning at their deskand want to learn in a dedicated training area.” Moving forward The cost of the e-learning solution to Cable & Wireless was less than£150,000 and Joy believes the bill for traditional education for what they’veachieved would have been up to £2.6m. In terms of cost savings, it has alreadyprovided a return on investment, he says, but the benefit goes far beyond that:”In terms of educating our staff, our customers are already realising thebenefits. Many of our team are now able to engage in much richer conversationswith each other and our customers,” and, as a final endorsement, he adds:”We are planning to move 49 per cent of our education to e-learning.”As part of the next phase of the programme, Fuel will be meeting the Cable& Wireless directors – including those representing HR, marketing andfinance – in order to work alongside them to develop a longer term strategy forthe organisation’s educational needs. This is likely to involve skillsetanalysis to align training with business needs and also put in place competencyframeworks. Certainly the Cable & Wireless experience proves the benefit of a pilotand Joy emphasises the importance of implementing one going sooner rather thanlater if you think e-learning may suit your needs. “Do not spend yearsplanning an infrastructure strategy and then plan a content strategyafterwards; these activities run parallel. You will learn a lot from your firstexperience that will allow for future planning, so get the pilot goingquicker.” In summaryPilot testing Cable & Wireless Regional’srequirement: To implement a pilot programme of new product training, initiallyto 500 people across the West Indies.Why? Although the product training in itself was important, theprogramme was also a pilot project to see if e-learning was a viable method ofdelivering education to the regions and to see if staff would accept thismethod of deliveryIs e-learning delivering? The pilot was judged a success on thebasis of staff feedback and results. Around 1,400 employees have now registeredfor the training. The cost-savings mean the training has already paid foritself, says Simon Joy, strategic e-learning manager within HR at Cable &Wireless RegionalIn summaryCable & wireless e-learning tips for success1 Content is king; get key members ofstaff to trial a few hours of e-learning from different vendors before making adecision2 Internal marketing and motivationis as important as the technology3 Get your pilot project up andrunning – you will learn a lot from your first experience that will allow forfuture planning Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more