UK Takes Over Command of CMF Combined Task Force 150

first_img View post tag: 150 UK Takes Over Command of CMF Combined Task Force 150 Commodore Jeremy Blunden RN assumed command of CTF 150 from Commodore Daryl Bates RAN bringing to an end the RAN’s fifth command of CTF 150 and beginning the Royal Navy’s seventh time in charge.The handover ceremony was overseen by Vice Admiral John Miller, Commander, US Naval Forces Central Command, Commander, US FIFTH Fleet, Commander, Combined Maritime Forces. He said:“CTF 150 has been very successful in interdicting illicit cargos: three hash seizures for a total 5,610 kilos, five heroin seizures for a total 1,494 kilos and three amphetamine seizures of 24 kilos. With each interdiction, we have been able to influence the adversary’s behaviour. “They know we are there, and that the stakes are raised due to the presence of this combined task force.”He added: “CTF 150 has also strengthened the CMF organisation well into the future through a series of rich engagement activities. Commodore Bates has raised the profile of CMF through significant engagement with the United Nations and regional nations.”CTF 150 is one of three task forces operated by CMF. Its mission is to promote maritime security in order to counter terrorist acts and other illegal activities, which terrorists use to fund, or hide, their movements. The area of operation is vast, covering some two million square miles, including the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman.Commodore Bates highlighted the skill and professionalism of his team and the multinational units under his command. He said:“It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with so many nations committed to improving maritime security and countering terrorism. CMF is a very impressive organisation that achieves great things.”Acknowledging the accomplishments of Commodore Bates and his team, Commodore Blunden said:“In addition to their successes at sea, they have expanded our understanding of the frameworks within which we operate and helped moved CTF 150 forward.“More than at any time, there is an opportunity for CTF 150 to add real value in achieving maritime security in the region. My team stands ready for the task. It is well trained, well supported and eager to get on with the job.”“We look forward to working closely with CMF staff and all of our partners to make this a reality.”CTF 150 is a multinational task force. Participating nations have included: Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Republic of Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, and Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Command is rotated on a four to six month basis.[mappress]Press Release, April 18, 2014; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: takes View post tag: Naval April 18, 2014 Back to overview,Home naval-today UK Takes Over Command of CMF Combined Task Force 150 View post tag: CMF Authorities The Royal Navy has taken over command of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Combined Task Force 150 from the Royal Australian Navy at a formal change of command ceremony in Bahrain. View post tag: over View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Task View post tag: UK View post tag: Command View post tag: Force View post tag: combined Share this articlelast_img read more

News story: New data on gender pay gap in medicine

first_imgThe interim update from the Gender Pay Gap in Medicine Review has found that the continued dominance of men in senior medical positions is one of the main causes of the gender pay gap in medicine.The independent review, led by Professor Dame Jane Dacre, was commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care in April 2018 to advise on action to improve gender equality in the NHS. It is the largest examination of gender pay data ever conducted in the public sector.Today’s update shows that the gender pay gap for doctors is 17% based on their total pay. The overall NHS gender pay gap is 23%.The review’s initial findings show the full extent of the gender pay gap: The founding principle of the NHS is to treat everyone equally, yet women employed in the health service are still experiencing inequality. It’s disappointing to see that the numbers show that two-thirds of senior medics are men despite more women starting training and it is essential we understand the underlying causes of the gender pay gap if we are to eradicate it from modern workplaces like the NHS. Senior doctors and managers have an important role to play in breaking down barriers and championing equality as role models or mentors so aspiring doctors know they are joining a health service that encourages more women to reach their full potential. We fully support Dame Jane Dacre and her team as they continue to review the medical pay gap and look forward to their final conclusions later this year. women are over-represented in lower-paid specialties, such as public health and occupational health, but under-represented in the highest-paying specialties, such as urology and surgery Professor Dame Jane Dacre said: there is variation across medical specialties, with male-dominated specialties such as urology showing a higher gender pay gap women are not yet represented in equal proportions in senior medical grades – there are nearly 32,000 male consultants to 18,000 femalecenter_img The aim of the review is to identify the impact of cultural, practical and psychological issues that contribute to the gender pay gap in medicine. This is being achieved through in-depth analysis of anonymised pay data, evidence from interviews with medics at various career stages and an online survey of 40,000 doctors.The final report and recommendations is due to be published in September. It is expected to address the underlying causes of the gender pay gap, such as the impact of motherhood and women’s career progression while working irregular hours or part-time.Promoting a culture of respect, equality and diversity will be a central part of the workforce implementation plan, which will be set out later this year as part of the next phase in delivering the NHS Long Term Plan.This week, further steps were taken to make the NHS a more flexible and responsive employer with a fairer system of parental leave agreed for the majority of NHS staff, giving new parents greater choice over how they manage the demands of work and family.Health Minister Stephen Hammond said: two-thirds of doctors in training grades are women, but within consultant grades this drops to under half the general practice gender pay gap is 33% – far higher than the average in medicine Our research shows that the gender pay gap in medicine is slowly narrowing, but with more to do. The findings of the review will help us to work with government, employers and the profession to identify and understand the main contributors to the gap, and to explore ways to reduce it, based on our evidence.last_img read more

Allied Bakeries reports increased sales in challenging times

first_imgKingsmill owner Allied Bakeries achieved a substantial increase in sales volumes for the 16 weeks ending 2 January, “although pricing and margins remain challenging”.Allied Bakeries’ parent company, Associated British Foods (ABF), reported that its group revenue for the 16 weeks ending 2 January was 3% ahead of the same period last year at constant currency. It was 2% behind at actual exchange rates.Against a backdrop of declining UK retail prices for bread, Allied Bakeries said that the “challenging” UK bread market and lower bread prices had resulted in lower profitability. This was despite the Kingsmill brand being relaunched last May, and revenues from Sandwich Thins continuing to build following their 2014 launch.ABF-owned AB Sugar reported “good progress” with the UK crop for the 2015/16 season. After its record crop of 1.45 million tonnes in 2015, a smaller area was contracted for cultivation this year.  With a return to more typical beet yields, sugar production is predicted to be just short of 1.0 million tonnes. 2015/16 is forecast to be the first year of global sugar deficit for five years, which has resulted in some improvement in world prices.last_img read more

A close eye on population growth

first_imgProjections that global population growth will level out in coming decades are not assured, an expert said Wednesday, adding that just a one-child difference in global fertility would mean an extra 10 billion people by century’s end.“It matters enormously what we do right now,” said Joel Cohen, a professor at Rockefeller University and head of the Laboratory of Populations at Rockefeller and Columbia universities. “The world is not fixed. Demography is not destiny. We can influence the world of our children and grandchildren by what we do right now.”At today’s rate, population would skyrocket by 2100, to 27 billion from today’s 7 billion, Cohen said. But growth has been slowing steadily in recent decades. Projections see the pace continuing to slow as it approaches the replacement growth rate of about 2.1 children per family, putting the world population between 9 billion and 10 billion by 2100.But relatively small differences in fertility could dramatically change the outcome, Cohen said. A half-child reduction in the fertility rate would see global population peak and then fall back to 6 billion by 2100. A half-child increase in the rate would mean population would continue to climb, reaching some 16 billion by the end of the century.Population growth is a key factor in addressing a host of big problems, but not the only one, Cohen said. Economic issues, cultural influences, and environmental effects also must be considered if nations are to address major issues such climate change, hunger, and the disparity between rich and poor.“To understand the solution of any real human problem, if you don’t have these four elements, you’re going to run aground,” Cohen said.Cohen spoke at the Harvard Kennedy School’s (HKS) Belfer Building in a seminar co-sponsored by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Center for Population and Development Studies and the HKS Sustainability Science Program. The talk was introduced by Sustainability Science Program Chair William Clark, the Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development at HKS, and HSPH Dean Julio Frenk, who cited the breadth of Cohen’s scholarship in calling him a “true Renaissance man.”Cohen began by examining the problems of population growth, pointing out that cultural issues play a significant role, with some groups discouraging contraceptive use.Other major trends, however, foster declining birthrates. Better education among women and girls delays their first pregnancy and has been shown to lower the total number of children a woman has. Similarly, birthrate declines are linked to urbanization, because city dwellers have easier access to contraception, and no farm in need of a big family.Sometime in 2007, the balance between city and countryside populations tipped toward the former. Projections show an additional 5 billion people living in cities by the end of the century, which translates to 1.1 million new urban residents a week between now and then.Another trend, Cohen said, is the aging of the world population. With the number of dependents for each working-age individual expected to rise, retiring at age 65 may cease to be an option for many.“There is not going to be any way around people working longer when we have this many elderly people and this [number of] younger people,” Cohen said.Pressure on the planet’s resources doesn’t just come from population growth, Cohen said, it also results from increased living standards in developing nations. Cohen cited several studies showing that resource use will have to double, triple, or even quadruple to bring global living standards near those in industrialized nations.While rising standards of living are linked to declining birthrates, they’re also linked to increased power consumption, much of which is from fossil fuels. Burning fossil fuels adds carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and exacerbates climate change. Declines have been measured in ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica; should either melt, several meters of sea level rise would inundate major cities on all continents.“You can kiss Miami goodbye,” Cohen said.Turning to world hunger, Cohen pointed out that today’s harvests contain enough calories to feed the world. The problem, he said, is in how much grain is diverted to feed livestock and to industry to create biofuels and other materials.“I think we have to do the same thing with hunger that we did with slavery,” Cohen said. “There’s no reason people should go hungry. If you get born, you have a right to eat.”Part of the reason these problems remain unsolved, Cohen said, is that today’s institutions may be inadequate for the job. Governments focus on narrow geographic areas (nations, states, or towns) and operate on short time frames — the next election cycle or, at most, the decade-plus span during which a child is educated. Corporations, on the other hand, can have a global reach, but tend to be focused on specific resources, like a fishery or industry. While some companies plan for the longer term, many are ruled by the short-term demand for quarterly results.last_img read more

Tickets Now On Sale for Off-Broadway Run of A Night with Janis Joplin

first_img View Comments Take another little piece of our hearts, Janis! Tickets for the off-Broadway run of A Night with Janis Joplin are now on sale. The Janis tribute, after an acclaimed run on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre, will play the Gramercy Theatre beginning April 10. A Night with Janis Joplin celebrates the inspirations of one of rock’s greatest legends and takes audiences on a musical journey with Joplin as her unforgettable voice made her a must-see headliner all across the country when she exploded onto the music scene in 1967. The show features many of Joplin’s hit songs, including “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Down on Me,” “Summertime,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Ball ‘n’ Chain,” “Maybe,” “Kozmic Blues,” “Cry Baby” and “Mercedes Benz.” Mary Bridget Davies will reprise her performance as the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Additional casting will be announced soon. The show is written and directed by Randy Johnson.center_img Star Files Mary Bridget Davieslast_img read more

Kara Lindsay Will Return to Wicked on Broadway

first_img Related Shows View Comments Hide your peanut butter, because a certain former vlogger is returning to her bubble. Kara Lindsay will reprise her performance as Glinda in the Broadway company of Wicked, stepping in for Carrie St. Louis at the Gershwin Theatre. Lindsay will begin performances on November 1—the same day Sheryl Lee Ralph takes over for Judy Kaye as Madame Morrible.Lindsay first rode Glinda’s bubble on tour before assuming the role on Broadway in December 2014. She appeared in the original cast of Broadway’s Newsies as Katharine and took home a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award alongside her co-star Jeremy Jordan. Earlier this year, Lindsay took on the title role in Mary Poppins at North Carolina Theatre.In addition to St. Louis and Kaye, the current cast of Wicked includes Jennifer DiNoia as Elphaba, Michael Campayno as Fiyero, Peter Scolari as the Wizard, Michael Genet as Doctor Dillamond, Zachary Noah Piser as Boq and Dawn E. Cantwell as Nessarose. Kara Lindsay in ‘Wicked'(Photo: Joan Marcus)center_img Wicked from $95.00last_img read more

July 15, 2005 News and Notes

first_img July 15, 2005 News & Notes News and Notes July 15, 2005 News and Notescenter_img The Hillsborough County Bar Association recently honored John “Jack” F. Rudy II with its Outstanding Lawyer of the Year Award. Rudy has served the legal community for 41 years, mentoring hundreds of young lawyers, providing advice, direction, and support when needed. Charles Baumberger of Rossman, Baumberger, Reboso & Spier in Miami spoke at the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers presentation on jury selection, “2005 Voir Dire Seminar: Brainstorming with the Masters.” Joshua G. Gerstin of Boca Raton was interviewed on television by David Weir of the South Florida Business Report regarding the state of the law of Florida community associations and their affect on real estate investors. David M. Gagnon of Taylor, Day & Currie in Jacksonville joined the Insurance Coverage Committee of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association. William S. Berk of Adorno & Yoss in Miami presented a seminar to the London insurance market on Florida legal trends, including bad faith law and property insurance litigation following the 2004 hurricane season. Judge Ron Rothschild of the 17th Judicial Circuit received the Gavin K. Letts Memorial Jurist of the Year Award from the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Charles H. Egerton of Dean Mead in Orlando was recently re-elected as a vice chair of the American Bar Association Tax Section. Michael Andrew Haggard of Haggard, Parks, Haggard & Lewis in Coral Gables served as an expert guest speaker at an Aquatic Law Symposium at the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Ft. Lauderdale.Retired Judge Mario Goderich of the Third District Court of Appeal and Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart in Miami presented the Dade County Bar Association’s first annual Mario P. Goderich Legal Ethics Award to Florida Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero. Additionally, Goderich spoke on corporate governance issues and measures to stop corporate fraud at a conference hosted by the National Italian American Foundation in Rome. Steven Lesser of Becker & Poliakoff was appointed to lead the Owners and Lenders Division of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the construction industry. Paul R. Wallace of Hinshaw & Culbertson in Miami was appointed Gov. Jeb Bush to the South Florida Regional Planning Council for Region 11 and was confirmed by the Florida Senate. Hank Jackson of Holland & Knight in West Palm Beach was the recipient of the 2005 Appellate Law Award from The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County. Dennis J. Wall spoke at the annual Liability Claims Conference on Good Faith sponsored by the Florida Defense Lawyers Association. Frederic M. Schott of Orlando was elected chair of The Festival of Orchestras. Frank M. Petosa of Petosa & Associates in Boca Raton was named treasurer of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. John S. Mills of Mills & Carlin was selected as a member of the 2005-2006 class of Leadership Jacksonville. Additionally, Mills spoke on the topic of preservation of error at the Raymond Ehrlich Trial Advocacy Seminar. Patricia E. McQueeney of Brinkley, McNerney, Morgan, Solomon & Tatum served as a judge on behalf of the American Intellectual Property Association at the 56th Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona.Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Lucy Chernow Brown was named recipient of the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Award for Judicial Professionalism. David S. Gold of Luks, Santaniello, Perez, Petrillo & Gold presented “Fact or Fiction? Attorneys’ Fees under Section 440.34” to insurance adjusters in Central Florida. Additionally, Gold presented a seminar on “Recent Legal Developments in Workers’ Compensation” that was sponsored by the CEU Institute. Also, Rusty A. Perez presented a seminar on “Litigation Cost Containment Strategies” sponsored by the CEU Institute. Garrett J. Biondo of Coral Gables was sworn in as president-elect of the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, as secretary of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Young Lawyers Section, and as treasurer of Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. Michael J. Snure of Kirkconnell, Lindsey, Snure & Yates in Winter Park was elected president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Jeanne L. Seewald of Fowler White Boggs Banker was elected to the board of directors of the Collier County Bar Association for a two-year term. Rebecca B. Creed of Mills & Carlin presented a seminar titled, “Appellate Law 101: What All Trial Lawyers Need to Know to Protect Their Clients’ Rights on Appeal” to the Sole Practitioner/Small Firms Section of the Jacksonville Bar Association. George H. Mazzarantani was elected to the board of directors of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc. Michaelle Paulson and Christopher J. O’Rand of Markowitz, Davis, Ringel & Trusty were awarded two 2005 “Put Something Back” Pro Bono Awards. Paulson was the recipient in the “Domestic Violence” category and O’Rand was the recipient in the “Family Law” category. Harris K. Solomon of Brinkley, McNerney, Morgan, Solomon, Tatum in Ft. Lauderdale was elected president of Temple Bat Yum of East Ft. Lauderdale. Bruce A. Blitman of Ft. Lauderdale presented, “When the Winds Blow: Strategies for Effectively Mediating Hurricane-Related (and Other) Claims” at Groelle & Salmon, P.A.’s, Annual Property Claims Seminar. Mark Eiglarsh from the Law Offices of Mark Eiglarsh and Katie Phang from Patino and Associates present “The Insider’s Edge” on television every morning at 7:15 a.m. on South Florida’s UPN. Stephanie Russo of Fowler White Boggs Banker in West Palm Beach was appointed chair of the Palm Beach County Bar Association Health Law Committee. Robert J. Becerra of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg spoke as a member of a panel titled, “Practical and Ethical Considerations in the Use of Criminal Cases in Foreign Courts” at the Third Annual International Litigation Update. Cathryn A. Mitchell of MillerMitchell spoke at the Corporate Governance Seminar sponsored by the Princeton Bar Association regarding corporate governance and attorney ethics.last_img read more

Westbury Contractor Charged With Ripping Off Workers

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A contractor from Long Island and two of his employees have been indicted on charges of failing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in wages to workers on a New York City work site.Mohammad Riaz, a 34-year-old Westbury resident and owner of Applied Construction Inc., pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Bronx court to money laundering, grand larceny, scheme to defraud and other charges.Pleading not guilty to similar charges were 39-year-old Mohammad Arshad, his manager from Hicksville, and 58-year-old Zbigniew “Ziggy” Lakomiec, his foreman from Brooklyn.“Contractors who work on affordable housing cannot ignore New York State’s labor laws,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who alleged the trio schemed to avoid prevailing wage laws by underpaying workers.Applied Construction was required by law and their contract with the city to pay prevailing wages to workers on a taxpayer-funded affordable housing project on Kingsbridge Terrace in the Bronx between Nov. 9, 2011 and Aug. 30, 2012.Instead, the trio allegedly paid the workers a fraction of the lawful rate and did not provide supplemental benefits, according to the attorney general. They allegedly tried to cover their tracks by excluding from payroll reports the workers they paid in cash. Some workers who were included on payroll were ordered to back kickbacks to the suspects, authorities said.Judge Richard Lee Price set bail for Riaz and Arshad at $10,000. Lakomiec was released without bail. All three face up to 15 years in prison on the grand larceny charge.last_img read more

A global financial literacy test finds that just 57% of adults in U.S. are financially literate

first_img 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Can you explain what risk diversification is? Identify the effects of inflation? Know how to calculate interest? If you answered yes to these three questions, you are better off than 43% of Americans and a whopping two-thirds of the world’s population.According to the first-ever S&P Global FinLit Survey, a detailed and comprehensive analysis of worldwide financial literacy by the World Bank, Gallup, and George Washington University, just one-third of the world’s population is financially literate. On a country-by-country basis, Norway, Denmark and Sweden tied for first place, with 71% of their populations ranking as financially literate. At the bottom of the spectrum was Yemen — just 13% of the Yemeni population was deemed financially literate by the S&P survey.The U.S., meanwhile, ranked a less-than-impressive 14th in the world, with 57% of Americans passing the test set before them. continue reading »last_img read more

Recap: Once Upon a Time’s Dark Turn

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sunday night’s premiere of Once Upon a Time’s fifth season transported fans from the small Maine town of Storybrooke to the thick woods of the Enchanted Forest, wherein lurked the newly dubbed Dark One: Emma Swan.These days, stories favor “grey characters”–people who weave between the boundaries of morality–like the characters of Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead. In this regard, Once Upon a Time challenged itself by abandoning typical family-friendly tropes and essentially asking the question, What happens when the world’s magical savior becomes its doom?Emma Swan’s (Jennifer Morrison) transformation into the Dark One–or #DarkSwan, if you prefer–has been hyped since last May’s season four finale, when Emma was literally consumed by darkness. The premiere continued to tease that buildup, playing on the idea that evil isn’t born but made.The evil within Emma was personified as an apparition of the original Dark One, Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle), who served as the devil on Emma’s shoulder. He taunted Emma’s dark side by blatantly quoting Star Wars’ Emperor Palpatine: “Do it. Give in to your anger.” The bow-wielding princess from Pixar’s animated film Brave, Merida (Amy Manson), debuted with a deadly accurate portrayal and devious agenda that further provoked Emma’s rage. Back in Storybrooke, Emma’s family and friends flashed their own dark sides when they resorted to questionable and perhaps extreme actions–such as Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) and Henry (Jared S. Gilmore) freeing the pregnant Wicked Witch Zelena (Rebecca Mader)–all in an effort to find and save Emma.The characters’ internal struggles, alongside Merida’s debut and the introduction of King Arthur (Liam Garrigan) and Camelot, all were weaved nicely into an hour-long setup for the real payoff: the Dark Swan. Consequently, that climax detracted from the characters’ personal stories, touched on through small snippets of dialogue. Everything revolved around finding and saving Emma, which was understandable given the circumstances, but disappointing for fans interested in the show’s many romances.Clothed in a black leather outfit, her blond hair slicked back in a bun, and her pale face greased with an ugly gloss, the once heroic Emma Swan claimed her new title as the Dark Swan–the highlight of the episode. The moment fans had anticipated for so long lasted minutes before finally fading into a magical black cloud.The problem? The good guys lost their memories–again. Six weeks’ worth of memories, actually. No one can remember how Emma became evil or what caused them to lose their memories in the first place. So, the next episode–and probably the rest of the season–will explore Emma’s transformation.While Once Upon a Time will never match the moral ambiguity of Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, the Dark Swan exhibited enough potential to rival most stereotypical fantasy villains. ABC will likely enforce Emma’s eventual redemption, but Once Upon a Time’s premiere kindled an immoral hope that the Dark Swan shall remain or, at the very least, won’t be held back for the series’ darkest season yet.last_img read more