View post tag: FS Floreal View post tag: Operation Atalanta Authorities February 11, 2016 Operation Atalanta flagship ITS Carabiniere conducted a joint exercise with the French frigate FS Floreal in the waters off Seychelles’ main harbour on February 5, 2016.The exercise was coordinated by the ships’ commanding officers, Commander François Xavier Waroux and Commander Francesco Saladino. The training tested the ships’ crews and included close-proximity manoeuvres, visual communications, flight operations and helicopter landings.Rear Admiral Stefano Barbieri, Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander, said: “The cooperation between multi-national navies is critical to counter the piracy threat to maritime routes.”Having raised her anchor at dawn, ITS Carabiniere steamed to the training area to meet FS Floreal. The French frigate is permanently based in La Réunion, an island in the French insular region in the Indian Ocean, and is tasked with combating piracy, illegal fishing and counter narcotics. After a full day’s exercise, both ships departed the exercise area to continue their respective tasks.Joint training and exercises such as this strengthen multi-national efforts to deter and disrupt piracy in the Indian Ocean.[mappress mapid=”17693″] View post tag: ITS Carabiniere Back to overview,Home naval-today ITS Carabiniere, FS Floreal train in waters off Seychelles ITS Carabiniere, FS Floreal train in waters off Seychelles Share this article
“My memory of the incident is a bit hazy, but I remember that there were two people I didn’t know having an argument and it got heated. I attempted to intervene and for my trouble I was punched so hard it knocked me out.“I’ve never been hit before and I was in A&E for six hours that night. I’m quite light-hearted about the whole thing but it was so avoidable.”The police are still investigating both incidents but there have been no arrests made so far. The rapid spate of attacks since the beginning of term has raised concerns that students are being deliberately targeted.Osborn agreed that the attack felt like more than a straightforward mugging. He said, “Once they took my things they argued about what they were going to do with me. They decided to hit me anyway even though they’d already robbed me.“I live in a very rough area of London, and I’ve been mugged before, but I’ve never had an experience as horrible as that. It didn’t seem like they needed to steal. It just seemed like they wanted to hurt me. When I was assaulted before it was a means to an end – they hit me first and then took my wallet. I just got the impression that they hated me.”A further incident was reported to police on the same evening that Osborn was attacked. A 23-year-old student was admitted to hospital after being hit with a glass bottle at the corner of South Parks Road and St Cross Road. The man was walking with friends when confronted by a larger group of people at around 10.45pm.The incident is also being treated as grievous bodily harm but no-one has been arrested.Both Osborn and Maconnachie have praised police assistance. Maconnachie commented, “When I came around the police were already there and somebody had called an ambulance for me.”Osborn said, “The police have been very helpful. They explained that I’ll be entitled to compensation because it was a case of grievous bodily harm.”Tom Perry, OUSU Welfare warned that students must not underestimate the dangers of walking alone late at night. He commented, “While Oxford may seem like a quaint place to live, it is a city, and students should be careful.”Last week, an Oxford Brookes student was stabbed outside the O2 Academy on Cowley Road. A man has now been arrested for the attack.Benjamin Hepburn, 22, appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court last week and will appear at Oxford Crown Court later today. He has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent. Fears about student safety have been raised this week following three violent assaults in central Oxford.These latest attacks follow two stabbings Cowley last week.Third year student Laurence Osborn was robbed by a group of five men on Parks Road, opposite Keble college, leaving him with severe head injuries.“I was walking into the centre of town for a friend’s birthday when I saw a group of guys on bikes and a moped coming towards me on the pavement rather than the road. I didn’t think for a moment that I was a target because I was so close to town.”The group pushed Osborn against a wall and threatened physical violence unless he handed over his phone. Osborn complied but the attackers decided the phone wasn’t valuable enough to steal and broke it instead.After punching him, the group began to move away. However, when Osborn stayed to attempt to retrieve his glasses from the ground, the attackers threw a bottle at him and forced Osborn to run in the direction of The King’s Arms.Despite his injuries, Osborn commented, “It’s more psychologically wounding than physically wounding. I’ve been having flashbacks, but I’m alright. I’m not going to let it affect the academic year and my tutors have been supportive.”The attack left Osborn with a broken nose and fractured cheek. He was admitted to A&E because of blood clots and worries that the compound breakage of bone as well as cartilage in the nose was consistent with skull fracture.Although the attack occurred at nine o’clock at night, no passers-by witnessed the incident, and Osborn’s attackers made off with his passport, bank cards and keys. The student was forced to remove any valuables from his college room and sleep elsewhere until the lock was changed.A second student, Ian Maconnachie, was assaulted on his way home from Park End last Wednesday. The attack took place outside O’Neill’s pub on New Inn Hall Street at around 3am.
On 30 April, the University of Oxford announced a partnership with biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for global development and distribution of the University’s potential recombinant adenovirus vaccine aimed at preventing COVID-19 infection from SARS-CoV-2. The partnership aims to bring the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine to patients if the vaccine becomes distributable. The vaccine candidate is being trialled by the University’s Jenner Institute and Oxford Vaccine Group. The coronavirus vaccine development began in January 2020. The partnership will prepare for future pandemics and attempt to increase the speed with which such challenges are addressed. By creating the framework for future development, the University and AstraZeneca hope to improve responses to future pandemics. In AstraZeneca’s announcement, Professor Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University, said: “Our partnership with AstraZeneca will be a major force in the struggle against pandemics for many years to come. We believe that together we will be in a strong position to start immunising against coronavirus once we have an effective approved vaccine. Sadly, the risk of new pandemics will always be with us and the new research centre will enhance the world’s preparedness and our speed of reaction the next time we face such a challenge.” The Oxford University announcement states: “Oxford University and its spin-out company Vaccitech, who jointly have the rights to the platform technology used to develop the vaccine candidate, will receive no royalties from the vaccine during the pandemic. Any royalties the University subsequently receives from the vaccine will be reinvested directly back into medical research, including a new Pandemic Preparedness and Vaccine Research Centre. The centre is being developed in collaboration with AstraZeneca.” The spokesperson continued: “As COVID-19 continues its grip on the world, the need for a vaccine to defeat the virus is urgent. The Jenner Institute proved in previous trials that the same vaccine platform had shown promise in early clinical trials. This means they have been able to develop the potential COVID-19 vaccine and advance to clinical trials more quickly. AstraZeneca will be working closely with the University, governments, health authorities and CMOs over the coming weeks and months to ensure we can accelerate the development and manufacturing as quickly as possible.” Mene Pangalos, Executive Vice President, BioPharmaceuticals R&D, AstraZeneca, said: “The University of Oxford and AstraZeneca have a longstanding relationship to advance basic research and we are hugely excited to be working with them on advancing a vaccine to prevent COVID-19 around the world. We are looking forward to working with the University of Oxford and innovative companies such as Vaccitech, as part of our new partnership.” If the University’s vaccine candidate is successful, AstraZeneca will be in charge of development, global manufacturing, and distribution of the vaccine. AstraZeneca will work to make the vaccine available in conjunction with global partners – with a focus on making the vaccine available and accessible to low- and medium-income countries. In a comment to Cherwell, an AstraZeneca spokesperson said: “The University of Oxford and AstraZeneca have a longstanding relationship to advance research and scientific understanding of complex diseases. By partnering we want to combine Oxford’s world-class expertise in vaccinology with AstraZeneca’s global development, manufacturing and distribution capabilities. Our hope is that, by joining forces, we can accelerate the globalisation of a vaccine to combat the virus and protect people from the deadliest pandemic in a generation.” The partnership aims to increase the speed with which the vaccine – if successful – could reach patients worldwide. Oxford University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, expressed her excitement about and approval of the AstraZeneca partnership. “Like my colleagues all across Oxford, I am deeply proud of the work of our extraordinarily talented team of academics in the Jenner Institute and the Oxford Vaccine Group. They represent the best tradition of research, teaching and contributing to the world around us, that has been the driving mission of the University of Oxford for centuries. Like people all across the country, we are wishing them success in developing an effective vaccine. If they are successful, our partnership with AstraZeneca will ensure that the British people and people across the world, especially in low and middle income countries, will be protected from this terrible virus as quickly as possible.” The partnership is to be the first of its kind since the government launched a dedicated Vaccines Taskforce – aimed at finding, testing and delivering a new coronavirus vaccine. It comes alongside £20 million in government funding for the University’s vaccine research and clinical trials. Both AstraZeneca and the University have agreed to operate on a not-for-profit basis during the coronavirus pandemic. Image Credit to: fernandozhiminaicela/Pixabay
While no definitive party has been identified as being responsible for the situation, confusion may have resulted from a list posted on the National Careers Service website that included early years providers, including nursery staff and childminders, as social care workers who were included in this phase of the roll out and were therefore offered appointments for jabs. Frontline community healthcare workers have already been given their vaccinations. Nonetheless, those who were turned away expressed their frustration. A nursery worker Karen Ratcliff, 62 from Wantage was also turned away, and told the Oxford Mail: “Girls have had their holidays cancelled, they book a week off at home and then have to come in. We look after all these kids. It is really upsetting, I usually work part-time but I have been working full-time. I am 62, I do not want to be working full-time anymore. It is exhausting.” An early years teacher from a north Oxford school called the system “chaotic shambles” for instance after being forced to leave on Saturday evening and a member of staff estimates that “at least 200 people” were turned away on Saturday alone, many of them having driven long distances from around the county. The teacher told the Oxford Mail: “I am so angry. They have given people false hope and wasted our time. They had our contact details but made no attempt to let us know, which is a basic courtesy. They would rather sit back, let hundreds of people turn up and turn them away in the car park. Early year providers are working throughout the pandemic and are struggling at high risk without the financial support to buy appropriate PPE and sanitising products. Pre-schools have been open since September and we are all worried and anxious. Mistakes like this should not happen. The lack of respect for the early years sector is unforgivable. And we haven’t been given any indication of when we can actually get our jabs.” Hundreds of individuals reported being turned away from Oxford’s Kassam Stadium COVID-19 vaccination hub on the weekend of February 13th because of a booking error where some social care professionals who were offered jab appointments were then told there is no vaccine for them. Oxfordshire County Council asserted that these early staff should not have access to jabs and a spokesperson for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust commented: “We continue to vaccinate people in priority cohorts set by the JCVI, and local authorities are identifying eligible social care staff. People who booked in error are rightly asked to wait their turn so that we can prioritise those eligible for vaccination at this time, including older residents and those who are clinically vulnerable. We are carrying out ID checks at the Vaccination Centre to ensure only those who are currently eligible are vaccinated.” Image: Steven Cornfeld via unsplash.com
State Sue Equifax Over 2017 Data BreachMay 6, 2019 By Andrew LongstrethTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANANPOLIS—The Indiana attorney general’s office has sued one of the nation’s largest credit reporting bureaus over a 2017 security breach that compromised the personal information of nearly four million Hoosiers.The lawsuit, announced Monday by Attorney General Curtis Hill, accuses Equifax of exposing sensitive personal data, including names, Social Security numbers and in some cases driver’s license numbers. In all, nearly 148 million Americans had their information compromised between May 13 and July 30, 2017. “Data breaches such as this one cause real harm to real people,” said Hill. “We know the people of Indiana trust us to work hard every day to ensure their safety and security.”An investigation of the data breach by the U.S. House of Representatives determined that it was “entirely preventable,” putting the blame on the company’s aggressive growth strategy that expanded data security risks.The investigation also found that Equifax had acquired multiple companies, IT systems, and data that led to increased difficulty in maintaining their systems.One of the company’s biggest failures is due to its failure to meet industry standards related to information security. No entity that has met all standard has yet to be breached, while Equifax has still not been certified.In the lawsuit, which was filed in Marion Superior Court, seeks civil penalties, consumer restitution, and costs and injunctive relief. The states of Massachusetts and West Virginia have also sued Equifax.FOOTNOTE: Andrew Longstreth is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe has announced a new play at The Fillmore in San Francisco on November 25, affectionately dubbed “Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Presents Eat A Bunch Of Peaches.” Known for his genre-spanning excellence in tributes, the Rolling Stones saxophonist and his nineteen year old band will perform the music of the Allman Brothers Band. The show’s theme is seemingly a nod to ABB’s 1972 Eat A Peach album, as the font also indicates Allman Brothers-esque praise. KDTU typically taps a slew of special guests for these tribute-type shows, though none have yet to be announced. White Denim will open the show as support.Tickets go on-sale this Friday, September 29 at 10am PST.Eat A Peach is the third studio album of the Allman Brothers Band. It is also arguably the most renowned collection of songs to the band’s repertoire, including studio classics like “Melissa,” “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More,” and “Blue Sky,” as well as staple live tracks like, “One Way Out,” “Trouble No More,” and the thirty-minute “Mountain Jam.” The album was released on February 12, 1972 by Capricorn Records, and was the final record to include guitarist Duane Allman, who died four months earlier in a motorcycle accident at the age of 24.The album’s title came from Duane Allman’s response to an interviewer’s question: “How are you helping the revolution?” Duane replied, “There ain’t no revolution, only evolution, but every time I’m in Georgia I ‘eat a peach’ for peace.” Read more about the album here.
Georgia pecan growers should be monitoring for ambrosia beetle now, especially if they have planted new trees or their orchards include trees that are less than three years old. The tell-tale sawdust “toothpicks” sticking out of trees is a sure sign of ambrosia beetles boring into trees.Young trees are at particular risk because they are coming out of dormancy using only what small carbohydrate reserves they have to put out new leaves, making them stressed and vulnerable to this pest.Ambrosia beetle, primarily Xylosandrus crassiusculus (Mot.), X. germanus and other related species, is a tiny beetle in the weevil family that attacks stressed and dead trees by boring into the heartwood of trees. There they excavate tunnels in order to cultivate fungal gardens, their sole source of nutrition. Spring flight of this pest happens in the space of about two to three weeks when temperatures are more consistent. So, as temperatures warm, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialists advise monitoring for this pest early because management will need to take place as soon as growers see evidence of beetles in their orchards.“Growers should also pay close attention to areas that are poorly drained, because trees will more likely be stressed in those areas, making them vulnerable to attack,” said UGA Extension pecan entomologist Angel Acebes-Doria. “Although trees can recover from attacks by these beetles, the higher the attack, the more likely the trees could die.”New adaptations of previous ambrosia beetle traps have been designed to allow growers a method of identifying when ambrosia beetles are attacking trees. The traps are called bolt or log traps and are made using freshly cut segments of young trees that have been bored out and filled with ethanol or ethyl alcohol. The traps are hung about a meter off the ground and placed between orchards and the surrounding forested areas.Ambrosia beetles coming out of dormancy will start to move into the orchard, so they will ideally hit the traps first, allowing for rapid identification and action on the grower’s part. Bottle traps are another tool for monitoring the presence of ambrosia beetle in orchards. They are helpful for monitoring the timing of emergence and population density of this pest but, Acebes-Doria said, seeing ambrosia beetles in traps does not mean they are actively boring into trees.“The beauty of using log traps is that when ambrosia beetles bore into the wood, they create visible holes and the tell-tale sawdust ‘toothpicks’ so growers can immediately see if this pest is actively attacking trees,” she said. “This helps (growers) make more informed management decisions.”Acebes-Doria suggests growers who find beetles in their traps should initiate scouting for attacks on vulnerable trees and begin management using pyrethroid materials sprayed on trunks of infested trees. Reapply after seven to 10 days, if needed.“Growers often ask if they can use a systemic insecticide, but because these beetles are not actually ingesting the plant tissues, these types of insecticides don’t work,” said Acebes-Doria. “For that reason, we recommend using a contact application of pyrethroids on the trunks of trees – as more of a preventative than a curative treatment.”Once the beetles make their way inside the wood, they are difficult to control. Acebes-Doria does not recommend spraying insecticides without first knowing for sure that ambrosia beetles are present and attacking their trees.“That is costly and unnecessary,” she said.This monitoring program is part of a larger collaborative project between researchers from Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The working group is funded through the Southern IPM Center and meets annually to provide updates on monitoring and impact of this pest in various production systems in order to develop and assess priorities year after year.“A lot of the previous research on ambrosia beetles has been done in ornamental production systems but, in the last couple years, there have been increased issues with this pest in apple and pecan systems,” said Acebes-Doria.Ambrosia beetles have an incredibly wide host range and are economically significant to several commodities, she said, so this collaborative work expands the research of this pest into multiple production systems and regions.Acebes-Doria and other researchers are in the planning phase of seeking continued funding to help further these and future research efforts. They hope to find more efficient ways of reporting trap captures online so agents and growers can stay apprised of the pest’s behavior each year.For additional information on pecans, visit the UGA Pecan Extension blog at https://site.extension.uga.edu/pecan/. For more information on ambrosia beetles, see UGA Extension Bulletin 1160 at https://extension.uga.edu/publications.html.
By Dialogo January 07, 2010 Argentine singer Sandro, a popular idol famous in Latin America, who died Monday, was mourned Wednesday by thousands of fans who came to file past his remains, in lines that had not stopped since the previous day, where he lay in repose in the Palace of the National Congress. Starting on Tuesday, around fifty thousand people defied extreme heat, then rain, and finally a sudden drop in temperature in Buenos Aires’s southern summer in order to say goodbye to their idol amid scenes of weeping, sorrow, and anguish. Sandro died at the age of sixty-four following multiple complications in the forty-five days since receiving a heart-lung transplant, an operation that took place when his health had already greatly deteriorated due to his chronic tobacco use and after months of waiting for an organ donation. Roberto Sánchez, to give him his real name, captivated several generations in his forty-year career, which he began by imitating Elvis Presley, although he then turned to romantic music, the genre with which he became a success in Latin America. The period of lying in repose, which had been expected to end in the evening, had to be extended due to the crowds, who at one point formed a line 1,300 meters long in front of the congressional building. Some of the fans even got back in line after filing past the casket in order to have another opportunity to say their last goodbyes. The funeral cortege will depart from the Palace of the Congress Wednesday afternoon and will pass in front of the singer’s residence in the locality of Banfield, on the southern outskirts of Buenos Aires, before proceeding to a private cemetery in a neighboring locality. Since Monday night, the door of Sandro’s home has become a kind of shrine where his followers have left flowers, letters, and posters and have expressed their grief for the loss of their idol. It was at this same house that every 19th of August his female fans, the majority of whom are over fifty and whom the singer called “my babies” as a term of endearment, came together to celebrate his birthday, and he would come out to greet them, wrapped in his legendary red bathrobe, with the same self-assurance with which he broke hearts on stage. Sandro, also known as “The Gypsy” or “The Puma,” lay in repose as a popular idol in the Hall of Lost Steps of the Palace of the Congress, a space reserved solely for significant Argentine figures like singer Mercedes Sosa, in November, or former presidents like Raúl Alfonsín and Juan Domingo Perón.
By Dialogo October 25, 2012 A soldier was wounded on October 23 in an alleged attack by Shining Path guerrillas against a MI-17 helicopter in eastern Peru, informed the Armed Forces Joint Command. The attack took place in the afternoon, while the Russian-made aircraft was “relieving Army personnel in the counter terrorist base of Mazángaro, in Junín department,” according to the communiqué. The wounded individual is a sergeant of the 2nd Infantry Division, who was transferred to a rural medical post in Pichari. The Military command did not specify the number of attackers or whether any of them were wounded. On October 13, two police officers died in an ambush by the Shining Path, in a jungle village in the province of La Convención, Cusco department. A group of Shining Path members set three helicopters on fire in early October. The aircraft provided services for the Peruvian Gas Carrier Company, which was performing work in the gas field of Camisea. The incident took place at the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro River Valley (VRAEM), where drug trafficking rings operate in partnership with Shining Path Maoist guerrillas, who offer protection to transport the drug.
The fact is, when we make more money, whether it’s a one-time bonus or an increase in salary, we spend more. Many of us think making more gives us the freedom to be less careful in our financial decision-making. This is a huge mistake. Consider the following three reasons why although you think you’ll be bringing more home, your habits are keeping you from seeing an increase in income.You’re living a luxurious lifestyleYou’ve gotten a pay raise. Time to travel, right? Wrong! Don’t immediately book your ticket to Tahiti. Get your bearings first and figure out how you can best use your additional income. Instead of rushing out to buy a new car, consider more responsible ways to put your money to good use. The more thoughtful you are about your spending, the more you’ll appreciate having extra in the end.You’re overly generousYou’ve gotten a big bonus… so, drinks for everyone! Hold tight on forking out gifts and cash to others. Your heart is in the right place, but focus first on taking care of yourself and your loved ones. Be sure you’ve considered your child’s college savings or necessities you’ve needed but haven’t had the funds for. Being generous with others, whether it’s treating a parent or giving to a charitable cause, is a wonderful thing. Just make sure before you give, you plan accordingly for how it will affect your money moving forward.You’ve become carelessJust because you are making more money, doesn’t mean budgeting and saving should go out the window. There’s a reason why the wealthiest people in the world have advisors who help with their financial decision-making. When you get a bump in pay and have money on the mind it can be difficult to see past the dollar signs. Don’t get distracted by the extra zeros. Be smart and not rash when it comes to even the smallest purchases. Life is expensive and even extremely successful people can easily blow their money if they’re not careful. 69SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details