Dutch Navy Frees Iranian Fishing Vessel

first_img Dutch Navy Frees Iranian Fishing Vessel View post tag: Frees View post tag: Naval View post tag: Iranian View post tag: fishing Share this article April 5, 2011 View post tag: Dutch Two Somali pirates were killed in an operation by the Dutch frigate HNLMS Tromp on Saturday morning…(rnw)[mappress]Source: rnw, April 5, 2011; View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Dutch Navy Frees Iranian Fishing Vessel View post tag: vessellast_img read more

Anderson .Paak Releases Second Slamming Single As NxWorries [Listen]

first_imgAnderson .Paak is unstoppable. After his incredible collaborations with Dr. Dre on his 2015 album Compton, .Paak started a global assault on the music industry, delivering his huge breakthrough album Malibu before appearing at what seemed like every major music festival around the world. The artists has combined hip-hop and R&B with funk and punk, essentially creating a new genre along the way. His drumming is determined and tight, and his band, The Free National, easily move from one genre to the next in the live setting – ultimately creating a vibe that pretty much everyone can get down to.Now, Anderson .Paak is moving in a new direction, with the release of a new album with Kendrick Lamar producer Knxwledge under the name NxWorries – due out October 21. The duo actually released an EP a few weeks before Malibu dropped, and this new LP is an expansion on the project that they started last year. The new album, entitled Yes Lawd, is due out on October 21st on Stones Throw Records, and will feature nineteen tracks, seventeen of which are brand new, never before-heard recordings.Following the release of “Lyk Dis” a few weeks back, comes today’s release of their second single, “Get Bigger”. You can stream the new track below:Yes Lawd! Tracklist:01. Intro02. Livvin03. Wngs04. Best One05. What More Can I Say06. Kutless07. Lyk Dis08. Can’t Stop09. Get Bigger / Do U Luv10. Khadija11. H.A.N.12. Scared Money13. Suede14. Starlite15. Sidepiece16. Jodi17. Link Up18. Another Time19. Fkkulast_img read more

Pennsylvania Trespassing Case Poses a Potential Threat to National Fracking Industry

first_imgPennsylvania Trespassing Case Poses a Potential Threat to National Fracking Industry FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Anxiety is building around a court ruling in Pennsylvania that could potentially upend long-standing oil and gas arrangements, and affect hydraulic fracturing efforts nationwide.Natural gas driller Southwestern Energy Production Co. has asked Pennsylvania’s Superior Court to rehear the case with more judges after a two-judge panel ruled April 2 that hydraulic fracturing could create liability when fluids released from the fracking process flow onto adjoining properties. The case, Briggs v. Southwestern Energy Production Co., in Pennsylvania’s Superior Court, has caught the attention of energy companies, oil and gas attorneys, and legal scholars nationwide, attorneys from around the country told Bloomberg Environment.The ruling could have a chilling effect on oil and gas development because it overturns a long-standing, seemingly settled legal principle known as the “rule of capture,” they said. According to the rule of capture, a driller on one parcel of land may extract oil and gas from underneath adjoining properties as long as the driller doesn’t physically trespass over the property line.The ruling holds potential for a significant economic impact for companies invested in gas development, because it increases the possibility that energy companies could face trespass claims in connection with their fracking operations that they otherwise wouldn’t have been exposed to, Anthony J. Carna, chair of McGuireWoods LLP’s oil and gas practice, told Bloomberg Environment May 3.The case involves Southwestern Energy Production Co., a subsidiary of Houston-based Southwestern Energy Co., and the Briggs family, who own a roughly 11-acre property in Susquehanna County next to two hydraulic fracturing wells that the company has operated since 2011. The Briggs sued the driller in November 2015 for trespass and conversion, seeking punitive damages. They argued that extracting the natural gas from beneath their property through hydraulic fracturing is a trespass, because the gas would be trapped forever if it weren’t forcefully fracked out.Fracking the Marcellus Shale to extract natural gas from beneath the Briggs’ property is “akin to opening the gate of a neighbor’s livestock pen and taking the livestock as they walk out,” they said in a court filing April 30, arguing that the court’s April 2 ruling should stand.More: Frackers Feeling Shaken Up by Pennsylvania Court Decisionlast_img read more

President Dilma Rousseff Highlights the Growth of Women in the Military

first_imgBy Dialogo December 27, 2012 On various occasions, President Dilma Rousseff emphasized, on December 20, the investments made by the government for the modernization of the Armed Forces and the participation “each time more active and proud” of women in the military. “For the first time, a woman was promoted to the rank of General, showing that in the Armed Forces the patriotism and the professionalism are not linked to gender distinction,” she said while praising the achievement of Rear Admiral Dalva Maria Carvalho Mendes, during a greeting with recently promoted generals, in the Palacio do Planalto head office. Her words were followed by Navy Lieutenant Luciana Mendes, Dalva’s daughter. She is very proud of her mother; she said that the Admiral is a “great influence” in her career. Later, during the celebration lunch with leaders of the Armed Forces, President Dilma highlighted the commitment of the government to the strengthening of the national defense industry, which according to her “is vital for a country that wants to obtain proper military capacities and to keep its international independence.” During the lunch at the Army Headquarters, Dilma praised the accomplishments of women that were promoted to important roles in the Armed Forces. She mentioned the 2012 investments in each of the Forces and also important matters of the government, in a quick annual review. When she talked about the Navy, the president emphasized the beginning of the national phase of the nuclear propulsion submarine. Concerning the investments in the Army, she elected the Cyber Defense Center as one of the gains. Regarding the Air Force, she mentioned the projects for the aerial refueling KC-390 airplane and the Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV). President Rousseff highlighted the success of the Rio+20 in terms of security, which was coordinated by the Ministry of Defense. The president also spoke on combat operations against border crimes, such as Agata. According to her, these initiatives “stimulate the solidification of the interoperability between the Armed Forces.” And she praised the professionalism of the troops, stating that “Brazil trusts you.” The Army commander, General Enzo Peri, delivered a speech and praised the presidential government. “Brazil is better today,” he said, adding that there is a lot to celebrate. According to the commander Enzo, the investments in operational resources of the Armed Forces provided the increase of “the contribution of our support to national development, the security of large events, and the projection of Brazil to a global scenario.” Following, the Ministry of Defense, Celso Amorim, reiterated the words of the General, praising the growing investments in the modernization of the Armed Forces. According to Amorim, Dilma Rousseff “proposed a toast” to the Brazilians, based on: reequipping the Naval, Ground, and Air Forces, and the kindness for having spared resources to provide for the troops.last_img read more

Do you need a leadership detox?

first_imgI love this time of year—warm weather, flowers are blooming (unless you’re in the Northeast!) and Cadbury Cream Eggs are available in stores. I have a weakness for those chocolaty eggs, and my family and friends know it. On the way home from the gym last week, I stopped at the store to buy (and quickly eat) two Cadbury Cream Eggs. When I arrived home, my husband had left me a gift—a box of four cream eggs. I indulged some more. With Easter over, my husband and I are now on a health detox to get back on track. A detox helps to rid your body of toxic or unhealthy substances. A detox cleanses your body to reset your metabolism and feel more energized and healthy. As leaders, most of us tend to slip into negative habits that don’t serve us. These habits keep us from operating at an exceptional level. Much like a health detox leaves you feeling more refreshed, focused, and more energized, by identifying our unhealthy leadership habits, we can detox old or negative leadership habits, so we can work at our peak and feel more focused, energized, and successful. Although there are many negative habits that can hold leaders back from success, there are three common ones that keep leaders from working at their peak and making a positive difference with their employees and in their credit union:Lack of focus: most leaders struggle to prioritize their many projects and tasks, and feel overwhelmed. Lack of delegation: many leaders struggle to operate at a strategic level. We often think the value we bring to the organization is our technical expertise, but often that expertise is what holds us back. To be an exceptional leader, we need to focus on leading and influencing our team towards results—through coaching, developing, and giving meaningful feedback. As a leader, you are a facilitator, not a fixer. Meaning, a leader should focus on facilitating peak performance from the team, rather than getting in the weeds and fixing technical issues.Lack of team engagement: Most leaders are so busy, that the people side of business—coaching, feedback, development conversations—gets put on the back burner while they deal with operational issues. Or perhaps that struggling employee is taking up most of your time and resources. Many managers take their best employees for granted and don’t invest time coaching or developing them.To begin your detox, read through the sections below to eliminate your negative leadership habits and replace them with positive habits that will support your leadership success. Gaining ClarityThe ability to focus is the most important skill for leadership today. To be able to focus, you need clarity. If you don’t have clarity around the strategic, departmental, or daily goals, you will spin your wheels, spend your days putting out fires, and not get anything of value accomplished. Yet most leaders operate this way. Most leaders are activity focused, not results focused. If you don’t have clarity as a leader, this trickles down to your staff. They spin their wheels and struggle to know where to put their focus. You can be the smartest, most strategic, highly emotional intelligent leader, but if you can’t get the right things accomplished, and you can’t focus your team to get results, you will never be successful. What are some habits that contribute to lack of focus that you need to detox?Common examples: Not prioritizing your to-do listNot taking the time to plan your dayToo many distractionsEmail open all dayNot blocking time in your calendar to focusNot scheduling priorities in your calendarWhat are two positive habits you can implement to offset the negative habits?Successful DelegationThe ability to delegate is one of the most important habits of successful leadership. In fact, lack of delegation is often the primary reason leaders aren’t successful. There are many reasons leaders don’t delegate, but one common reason is they get satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment by staying in the technical work.Leading at a strategic level is necessary for effective leadership. Yet for many people, the strategic elements of leadership like coaching and developing employees, creating strategic plans and solutions, and engaging and leading a team feel less tangible. Staying in technical work feels more rewarding because we get the immediate satisfaction of checking things off a list. When you delegate, you multiply your productivity, AND you develop others on your team. What are some habits that contribute to lack of delegation that you need to detox?Common examples: Wanting to control the outcomeNot trusting your staff to do it wellNot taking the time to teach someone on your teamOperating in activity mode, not accomplishment modeWhat are two positive habits you can implement to offset the negative habits?Team EngagementBecause most leaders feel overloaded and overwhelmed, they aren’t purposeful in their leadership. They don’t prioritize coaching and developing employees, which often leads to lack of team engagement. What defines engagement? When employees invest a lot of energy in their work: physical, mental and emotional energy. An engaged employee is a person who is fully committed to and enthusiastic about his or her work.Many leaders think engagement is about happy employees. It’s not about just having happy employees, it’s about having more productive employees. You want engaged employees because engaged employees work hard.A high performer can deliver 400% more productivity than the average performer. (HBR)If you want engaged employees, you need to be an engaging leader. What are some habits that contribute to lack of engagement that you need to detox?Common examples: Not getting to know your employees as individualsNot providing meaningful feedbackNot meeting with employees regularlyNeglecting to coach and develop your employeesFocusing only on results and not on peopleWhat are two positive habits you can implement to offset the negative habits?Small habits are the foundation of success. Most people underestimate the power of small steps that compound each day. If you detox the negative leadership habits that don’t serve you and focus on creating positive habits in the three areas this year, you will elevate your leadership and your team, and set yourself up for exceptional results. 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Laurie Maddalena Laurie Maddalena is a dynamic and engaging keynote speaker and leadership consultant. She writes a monthly online column for next generation leaders for CUES and has published articles in Credit … Web: www.envisionexcellence.net Detailslast_img read more

USDA says new Listeria rule has made a difference

first_imgDec 3, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Most firms that produce ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry products have taken specific steps to prevent Listeria contamination since new federal safety rules took effect last year, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced this week. The document says that in the first 9 months under the new regulations, 76% of the plants had no “noncompliance records,” or violation notices, while 24% had been notified of some type of violation. The report doesn’t describe what kinds of violations were most common. About 51% of all RTE plants are classified as “very small,” and these accounted for 56% of the Listeria-related rule violations. Jun 6, 2003, CIDRAP News story on announcement of interim final rule on Listeriahttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/news/june0503listeria.html The report says that FSIS has found Listeria contamination on about 1% or fewer of recent RTE product samples. However, it cites limited evidence from other sources that 3% to 5% of RTE meats from retail delicatessens—which are not regulated by the USDA—may harbor Listeria. The FSIS said it would accept comments on the report as well as on the Listeria rule itself until Jan 31, 2005. (See FSIS news release link below for details on how to submit comments.) The report also says that no firms have availed themselves of an option under the new rules to cite Listeria-control measures on their product labels. The provision was intended to give companies an incentive to install newer control technologies, with the idea that citing these measures on labels would confer a marketing advantage, FSIS spokesman Steven Cohen told CIDRAP News. The USDA does not regulate retail delis, which are under the jurisdiction of the FDA and state and local health departments, according to FSIS officials. But the report recommends that the FSIS should increase comparisons of the levels of Listeria on RTE products at production plants and at retail delis. The report suggests that retail delicatessens may be a soft spot in defenses against Listeria. “Evidence indicates that slicing and packaging of luncheon meats at retail deli counters presents a significant source of exposure to L. monocytogenes,” it states. “Prevalence reported from these sources ranges from 3 to 5 percent in deli meat sliced at retail.” But more studies are needed, because the samples that yielded the data were small, the report says. The data come from unpublished findings from New York State and one published study. Dec 1 FSIS news releasehttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/NR_120104_01/index.asp “Under the Listeria rule, ready-to-eat meat and poultry products are safer and public health is being better protected,” Elsa Murano, USDA under secretary for food safety, said in a news release. “If progress continues at the current rate, we should achieve the Healthy People 2010 goal of lowering the incidence of listeriosis to 0.25 cases per 100,000 people.” However, close to a quarter of firms that produce RTE products, such as hot dogs and deli meats, failed to comply with some aspect of the new Listeria rules in the first 9 months after they took effect, according to the report by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Random testing of RTE products this year, including tests on the riskiest products, has shown Listeria on about 1% of samples or less, the report states. In general sampling, 3 of 345 samples collected in the first 5 months of this year tested positive for the pathogen. In testing of the highest-risk products over the same period, 11 of 1,349 samples tested positive. In October 2003 the FSIS added a requirement that firms take specific steps to prevent Listeria contamination of RTE foods. The rule says producers must choose one of three approaches: (1) using both a “post-lethality” (post-cooking) treatment, such as heating, and a chemical growth inhibitor; (2) using either a post-lethality treatment or a growth inhibitor; or (3) using sanitation only. Firms using sanitation only are supposed to get the most FSIS inspections and those using the first approach the fewest.center_img The team reports that more than 87% of the nearly 3,000 plants that produce RTE meats have adopted at least one Listeria-related measure since the regulations took effect in October 2003. About 17% of the plants began using a post-lethality treatment to control Listeria, and 27% began using an antimicrobial agent or “other control process” in one or more of their RTE products. Also, about 59% of the firms started testing for Listeria or similar organisms on food-contact surfaces after the rules took effect, the report says. Listeria monocytogenes can grow on refrigerated meat and cause serious illness in pregnant women, elderly people, and others with weak immune systems. Largely because of the risk of listeriosis, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says these groups should not eat hot dogs or deli meats unless they are reheated, nor should they eat refrigerated meat spreads, refrigerated smoked seafood unless cooked, or products containing unpasteurized milk. See also: Full FSIS reporthttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/Oppde/rdad/frpubs/97-013F/LM_Assessment_Report_2004.pdf “This may be a way to differentiate their product from others,” Cohen said. “It’s a little early at this point to expect to see much of that. They would have to propose a label, and we’d evaluate it.” The new report was prepared by a 28-member FSIS team that was assigned to measure the effectiveness of all aspects of the Listeria regulations. The USDA began strengthening its Listeria rules for RTE meats in November 2002, after an outbreak in the Northeast involving at least 52 illness cases, seven deaths, and three miscarriages. That prompted the agency to require plants to start testing their surfaces and equipment for Listeria or else submit to increased testing by the FSIS. Previously the FSIS had tested RTE products but not plant equipment. In other items, the report says most of the small and very small plants producing RTE products didn’t receive or didn’t know about the FSIS compliance guidelines for the Listeria regulations. Cohen said he was confident that all the firms were aware of the regulations, since inspectors meet weekly with plant managers, but there may not have been “100% penetration on all the supporting materials that were available.” Nov 2002 CIDRAP News story on requirement that plants test environmental surfaces for Listeriahttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/news/listtests.html CIDRAP News story on recent FDA Listeria risk assessmenthttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/news/oct2103listeria.htmllast_img read more

Police collect nearly 800 bodies from Ecuador’s virus epicenter

first_imgHe later said Sunday on Twitter that the joint task force, in operation for the past three weeks, had retrieved 771 bodies from homes and another 631 from hospitals, whose morgues are full.Wated did not specify the cause of death for the victims, 600 of whom have now been buried by the authorities.Ecuador has recorded 7,500 cases of the coronavirus since the first diagnosis was confirmed on February 29.The coastal province of Guayas accounts for over 70 percent of those infected in the country, with 4,000 cases in the capital Guayaquil, according to the national government. Ecuador said police have removed almost 800 bodies in recent weeks from homes in Guayaquil, the epicenter of the country’s coronavirus outbreak, after the disease overwhelmed emergency services, hospitals and funeral parlors.Mortuary workers in the Pacific port city have been unable to cope with a backlog, with residents posting videos on social media showing abandoned bodies in the streets. “The number we have collected with the task force from people’s homes exceeded 700 people,” said Jorge Wated, who leads a team of police and military personnel created by the government to help with the chaos unleashed by COVID-19. Topics :center_img The military and police began removing bodies from homes three weeks after the mortuary system in Guayaquil collapsed, causing delays in forensic services and funeral homes under a 15-hour long daily curfew.Guayaquil residents posted videos on social media of bodies abandoned in the streets, along with messages asking for help to bury their family members.The Ecuadorian government has taken on the task of burying bodies, given the inability of relatives to do so for various reasons, including financial ones.In early April, Wated said “medical experts unfortunately… estimate that COVID-19-related deaths in these months will reach between 2,500 and 3,500, just in the province of Guayas.”last_img read more

Sweltering heat impacts auctions with listless crowds and no-show bidders

first_imgMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe auction crowd at 1 Splice St, Mermaid Waters, crammed into a shaded outdoor area. Picture: Richard Gosling.“I think people took the weather warning very seriously,” she said.“There has been an emergency warning that the temperatures would be dangerous between 11am until 3pm. “They didn’t turn up and it is probably because they didn’t want to go out in the heat. The heat has really put things off.” Sweltering conditions stalled a result for homeowners Merv Stewart and Kila El Amarna who had hoped to sell their Splice St, Mermaid Waters, home under the hammer. Picture: Richard Gosling.The heat also played havoc for marketing agent Brad Payne from London Estate Agents. His auction at 1 Splice St, Mermaid Waters, was held outside amid the blazing mid-afternoon heat.Auctioneer Nigel Long struggled in the conditions in front of a listless and sweaty crowd.Despite four registered bidders, there was only one bid and the property was passed in at $550,000. Auctioneer Nigel Long struggled in the heat at 1 Splice St, Mermaid Waters. Picture: Richard Gosling.SWELTERING heat impacted auction results on the Gold Coast on Saturday with listless crowds and no-show bidders.The extreme heat warnings might have closed beaches and stopped homeowners from mowing their lawns, but it also turned bidders away from at least one hot auction scheduled for the middle of the day in the peak of the heat wave. First National Southport agent Sharon Cogill said the sweltering conditions had affected her auction results. Ms Cogill said the two registered bidders for her 11am auction at 53 Cotlew St, Southport, were a no-show. last_img read more

Zaha enjoys mid-winter holiday with stunning girlfriend at Barbados

first_imgWilfried Zaha has made the most of his winter break with a Valentine’s trip to Barbados with his stunning girlfriend Paige Bannister. According to UK Sun report,  the 27-year-old Crystal Palace star took full advantage and whisked Paige away to the balmy Caribbean island. Wilf and Paige enjoyed a jetski ride in the sunshine The Ivory Coast international has been dating Bannister since 2016, when he was spotted with the former University of Westminster student outside her hall of residence in Wembley. And in the holiday snaps, the pair can be seen relaxing on the beach before zooming around on a jetski. They then chilled on a yacht in the glorious Caribbean sunshine. The winter break offered the perfect opportunity for a mid-season Barbados holiday Zaha happily shared pictures of his gorgeous girlfriend on his Instagram story. In one picture she can be seen posing for the camera on a sun lounger. While in another, the footballer poses for a selfie while shy Bannister covers her face. The stunning former student also used to date Zaha’s fellow Prem footballer Kortney Hause. Loading… Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanescenter_img But she went on to find true love with the Selhurst Park icon. The duo were photographed on the red carpet at the GQ Men of the Year awards back in September. But since then Zaha has cut off his trademark locks. Instead, the former Manchester United man now sports tightly cropped hair more reminiscent of his Old Trafford days. But she wasn’t so keen on having her picture taken around the table Read Also: Ighalo reveals who he will dedicate every goal scored at Man United Zaha, known best for his silky dribbling skills on the pitch, is also incredibly charitable off it. The generous star donates ten per cent of his Palace wages to help those less fortunate than him.Zaha, who will be back in action next Saturday when 14th-placed Palace host Newcastle, told the E&H Foundation:”I give a tenth of my salary to charity every month so in terms of giving back, I do my best. “That’s not just charities here, it’s charities in the Ivory Coast too. “My mum makes sure of it as soon as the end of the month comes. I do that as my good deed to help.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Vietnam police take DNA from relatives of ‘truck victims’

first_imgInitially, British police believed thevictims were Chinese, but later sought help from the Vietnamese community.(Reuters) CAN LOC – The Vietnam police took hairand blood samples on Sunday to get the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) fromrelatives of people feared to be among the 39 who died in a truck near Londonlast week, their family members said. Police in Britain said on Saturdaythey had charged one man, 25-year-old Maurice Robinson of Craigavon in NorthernIreland, with 39 counts of manslaughter and other offences including conspiracyto traffic people.  Nguyen Dinh Gia said he feared therewas very little chance he would ever again see his 20-year-old son, Nguyen DinhLuong, who had been trying to get to Britain after first making it toFrance.   center_img Nguyen Dinh Gia, father of Vietnamese Joseph Nguyen Dinh Luong who is one of the suspected victims of the 39 people found dead in a refrigerated truck in Britain, is seen at his home in Ha Tinh province, Vietnam on Oct. 27. REUTERS/KHAM The bodies were found on Wednesday ina truck container in Grays, east of central London.last_img read more