Italian frigate takes up duties after promotional tour

first_img View post tag: FREMM View post tag: Italian Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Italian frigate takes up duties after promotional tour May 18, 2017 Italian Navy’s FREMM frigate ITS Carabiniere will be performing counter-piracy duties off the Horn of Africa after completing a promotional tour to Asia Pacific and the Middle East.The Carlo Bergamini-class frigate started her “Italian industry showcase” deployment in December last year and traveled as far as Australia displaying her capabilities during at-sea maneuvers and port visits.The tour was financed by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and a number of other Italian defense contractor. Fincantieri is currently bidding for the design and construction of Royal Australian Navy’s Future Frigates with a design based on the FREMM frigate.During her tour, ITS Carabiniere completed port visits to Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Pakistan, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar.Now, before returning home by the end of this month, Carabiniere joined the European Union’s counter-piracy operation Atalanta. Departing Abu Dhabi on May 12, Carabiniere met up with another Italian warship already operating under the mission, Maestrale-class frigate ITS Espero.ITS Carabiniere is the fourth FREMM frigate built within the international Italian-French program, coordinated by OCCAR (the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation). The 144-meter frigates displace approximately 6,700 tonnes and are capable of reaching speeds of over 27 knots with accommodation for a 200-person crew. Italian frigate takes up duties after promotional tourcenter_img Authorities View post tag: ITS Carabiniere View post tag: Op Atalanta Share this articlelast_img read more

Pastiche de la Bourgeoisie

first_imgArtistic credibility is ultimately a question of control and transcendence, harder to effect in this Internet age. Now the arbiters of credibility are not the musicians themselves, the competition is less between artists for creative leapfrogging, but between record labels for commercial gain. Back in the ‘60s, if you knew the blues and could get a residency at the Marquee Club, that’s all you needed. Now the industry is so bloated, and artistic relevance so convoluted that making the connection is much harder, often nigh-on impossible. The Arctic Monkeys phenomenon was more down to the fortunate fusion of technology with enthusiasm than a conscious effort to define artistic credibility.Controlling influence and preventing it overriding the musician’s natural creativity is the harder skill. Rock and roll, and latterly rap and hip hop, has always been a way of vocalising power, of representing the psychology of control in a musical language. Rock and roll and blues was an illusory expression of looseness, a freedom within a tight musical structure. Artistic credibility is about sustaining this link between freedom and control, a job harder now as the line between performer and audience is constantly influenced by other parties.This question of artistic credibility also now faces the inevitable problem of an ever-widening cliff-face of influences. Back in the early ‘60s, if you were cool it was blues you were listening to, along with rock and roll. This made the performer-audience link easier to establish and maintain because their reference points were the same, to the extent that riffs and sequences were swapped and appropriated between musicians with the audience in full collusion and agreement. This created an interlocking framework of musical matrices, where the aural link was clear, cool and elite. Modern pop/rock music has so many contrasting influences that the heady whiff of the past confuses the music. This leads us to the final point about artistic credibility: it only matters if the audience are aware of the reference points the performer is using. If they are not, the comparisons are pointless and irrelevant, a sobering point for Jerry as he dusts down his promo-only copy of Marquee Moon. But this in itself is the outstretched arm between performer and audience and has its roots in the power concept. Knowing the reference point gives you, the listener, power both to feel involved with the band and the extra sense of belonging that community gives the individual. Jerry might have been in love with his bands, but what he really digs is the power the music itself abstractly represents, the power it gives him as a member of an elite, knowledgeable collective, and the power of identification with another individual, which is, after all, what the truly artistic performer needs and what the audience wants and will pay for. Artistic credibility: it’s just the redistribution of power. by Ann CoatsThere used to be an old record shop down the street where I live. A guy called Jerry owned the place. Drainpipe threads, grey highlighted hair slicked back into a rat’s tail, wizened face, a few days’ patchy stubble, black T-shirt under genuinely faded denim. Jerry loved his music. He had all the vinyl in plastic sleeves, lovingly labelled with a C to A quality system. Blues, jazz, rock, metal, hip hop – all were there in neat rows. Sure, the records were dusty, stained and smelt like a rolled-up rug in an attic, but Jerry and his shop were cool, back in the days when cool was easy, right down to the ancient gig posters on the wall, the slightly sticky floor, and the VHS tapes of long-lost bands lining the wall. He’s gone now, but Jerry was the pall-bearer for a long-lost purity of faith. His rock-fan routine was in no way affected, the grooves in his records were scratched through excess of playing, not carelessness. His was a deep sense of admiration, of constancy, loyalty. Every note on his tattered copy of Live/Dead he’d studied and assimilated. Jerry was a fan and a mythmaker, the cause and effect of rock and roll culture. He was as much of an artist as the musicians he listened to; his own arbiter of taste. He had the whole artistic credibility gig down to a T. He wasn’t talking about revolution, it was always love, power and loyalty, and whether these truths are enough. Sure, Oasis love The Beatles, sure the Stones loved Muddy Waters, but what does that actually mean? Loyalty is too often equated with hagiography. Jerry deified his heroes, because he felt, through the private aural experience of listening to a record, that they spoke to him. Like reading books that effect a mood or an atmosphere, the best records create an alternative culture or universe, where everything within that space relates to everything else. The individual becomes involved inside this sphere and this creates the illusion of empathy, in turn powerful enough to give birth to emulation.This in itself is an inevitable issue, a crisis of influence, that only the best artists can transcend. Back before the press and the critical circle that grew up around the music industry, artists wanted to please other artists. Record labels knew their returns weren’t going to be massive, so their investments weren’t so great. The machinery of TV marketing, magazine placement and music videos didn’t feature. The oft-spat at multinational record companies with their ‘tyranny’ of artistic control is actually a salute to the potential for music to reach Everyman in a way that other art forms have really been unable to do. Music is the ultimate combination of the private and the public experience and changes accordingly. It’s something to enjoy in the comfort of a room as well as in a large, unpleasant venue with thousands of others. No other art form really comes close to the objective power that represents.last_img read more


first_imgA funeral mass was celebrated Aug. 13 at St. Martha’s RC Church in Point Pleasant for Walter M. Meehan, 92, of Point Pleasant. He was born and raised in Hoboken. He passed away peacefully Aug. 9. He served in the Hoboken Fire Department for over 25 years before retiring in 1976. After retirement, he moved to Point Pleasant with his wife of 62 years, Anna Meehan. In his spare time, he enjoyed tending to his vegetable garden and satisfying his sweet tooth with Hershey’s chocolate. He served in the United States Navy during World War II in the South Pacific Theater. He was a parishioner and member of the Knights of Columbus of St. Martha’s RC Church in Point Pleasant. Walter was predeceased by his wife Anna, his parents William and Anna, and his siblings: Edward, Bill, Virginia, and Peggy. He is survived and remembered by his sons and daughters-in-law Allie and Judy Meehan of Beach Haven, and Eddie and Marianne Meehan of Brick; his daughter and son-in-law Maryann and John Ravally of Point Pleasant; his seven granddaughters, Brianne, Caitlin, Kelly, Megan, Dina, Juliana, and Marielle; his seven great-grandchildren; and his friend Margaret Helenski. Services arranged by the Colonial Funeral Home, Brick Township.last_img read more

Science in the mix(er)

first_imgIf eating is universal, science should be too. That’s the underlying premise behind “Science and Cooking,” which was the topic of a HarvardX lecture offered at the new Harvard Ed Portal in Allston on Wednesday.Addressing a mix of Allston-Brighton residents and University affiliates, Robert Lue, faculty director of the Ed Portal and of HarvardX, proposed that theory as he welcomed the overflow crowd to the airy facility on Western Avenue, which is designed in part to bring HarvardX content to the community.The free event, Lue explained, was dedicated to “breaking down the barriers between science and the humanities,” exploring the connections “between the fundamental physical sciences and eating.” Specifically, he talked about how everyday cooking can illuminate basic principles in physics and engineering, and vice versa.“There have long been classes on the discoveries of new stars,” said Michael Brenner, elaborating on the theme. The Glover Professor of Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics and Harvard College Professor at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) then pointed out how the next step has been missing. “But there haven’t been intellectual exercises asking: Why does that delicious dish work? How does that happen?”These questions were at the heart of a 2008 guest lecture by innovative chef Ferran Adrià, Brenner explained, sparking what has since become an immensely popular Harvard course. (The open online version will once again be offered in June.) Along with his colleagues David Weitz, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and of Applied Physics, and Pia Sörensen, preceptor of “Science and Cooking,” both at SEAS, Brenner offered an introduction to the course as a kind of intellectual amuse-bouche. Although the multiple celebrity chefs who play a major role in both the live and the online class were absent, the three offered a lively tag-team approach to the subject, mixing lecture and lab work and illustrating their points with M&Ms, marshmallows, and a sprinkling of sweet equations.The M&Ms — the peanut variety — were central to Weitz’s presentation on packing. “You might think of it as not really important,” he said. “But packing is what keeps me up at night.” With handfuls of the roughly spherical candies, he illustrated a basic principle of packing: that spheres can only be packed to about 64 percent of a container’s total volume. Describing this as “one of the most widely studied and most poorly understood problems,” he added, “you can calculate this, but you can’t say why it is.”But what does packing have to do with cooking? That question was briefly put on hold for a discussion of surfactants, which sit at the interface of air and liquid and allow bubbles to form. Using audience volunteers for some adventures in whisking, the lecture turned a little messy. But with the help of an immersion blender, soon Weitz was demonstrating how that packing equation — only this time, with bubbles as opposed to candies — plays into the making of a mayonnaise or a meringue.The role of all those bubbles — or, specifically, the air inside them — came into play again as Sörensen brought out a container of liquid nitrogen and bags of marshmallows. Winding up the hour, the three discussed heating, cooling, and supercooling, and how these affect the states of everything we eat and drink. Why, asked Brenner, can you thaw a frozen egg white back into liquid form but can’t uncook one? That question, along with so many others, piqued the audience’s appetite for more.“There is science in food,” said Brenner in conclusion. “If you understand that when you cook you are trying to follow a simple physical principle, it makes you a better cook. It allows you to make things you couldn’t make before.”“Marvelous,” was the verdict of Brighton resident Patty Sutliff. “I’m looking forward to taking the [online] course. I’ve always thought of cooking as science,” she added. “I mean: bread rising!”last_img read more

University, police, students react to arrests

first_imgThe second major police raid last weekend resulted in a broken-down door, landed a police officer in the hospital and brought the total number of alcohol-related arrests since students returned to school to nearly 60. The incident, in which students reportedly refused to open the door and one person punched and kicked an officer while resisting arrest, sent 35 people to jail. The recent trend to arrest — rather than cite — students for underage drinking has caught the attention of both students and the University. University spokesman Dennis Brown said the administration is working to address the issue. “We clearly don’t condone underage drinking or gatherings that infringe on the rights of others,” Brown said. “At the same time, the welfare of our students is our highest priority. “We have concerns about the handling of some recent incidents that we are actively addressing through appropriate channels.” Indiana State Excise Police busted a party on Turtle Creek Drive Sunday morning and arrested 32 people for minor consuming alcohol, one person for public intoxication and one person for furnishing alcohol to minors. One person was also arrested for resisting law enforcement, battery to a police officer, disorderly conduct and minor consuming alcohol. Tim Cleveland, excise police commander for the district, said many of those arrested were Notre Dame students, but he could not confirm that all were students. The excise police were in the area of the party because South Bend police asked them to check a location of another party. When officers arrived, the party they had been called for was not occurring, but they discovered the party on Turtle Creek Drive, Cleveland said. “They stumbled across the one at Turtle Creek,” he said. Meanwhile, South Bend police received a call for trespassing at the same party. “There were individuals who were climbing the fence to gain access to the pool, which was closed,” Cleveland said. South Bend and excise police officers were denied access to the apartment and waited for two hours to obtain a search warrant. Once the warrant was obtained, the residents continued to deny officers entry and South Bend police broke down the door. Cleveland said officers decided to arrest rather than issue citations for underage drinking because of the resistance they encountered. “They still didn’t open the door even though they knew we had a search warrant,” he said. “Then when we did gain access into the residence, people were hiding in closets and everywhere else that they could find.” A police officer was injured when one person resisted arrest. He spent most of Sunday at South Bend Memorial Hospital. “He was punched, he was kicked and he did some damage to his knee,” Cleveland said. Cleveland encouraged students to cooperate if they encounter law enforcement officials. While underage drinking is an arrest-able offense, officers are less likely to incarcerate with cooperation, he said. “It’s a higher likelihood that you’ll be incarcerated if you try to hide and attempt to destroy evidence and fail to cooperate,” Cleveland said. “It is not our policy to incarcerate everybody that we encounter that is consuming alcohol underage.” The recent influx in arrests for underage drinking has many students on edge. Junior Sarah Beringer said “a ton of people are talking about it.” “A lot of people are more scared,” she said. “And some are really pissed off.” Junior Nick Grasberger said he has noticed a large increase in incidents. “This year, so many more people have been arrested as opposed to just written up,” he said. “This year is unprecedented to the point where you don’t really feel safe anywhere.” The large number of arrests has driven students to change their habits when it comes to weekend activities. For Beringer, it means staying sober when venturing off campus. For Grasberger, who lives in St. Edward’s Hall, it sometimes means not going off campus at all. “We’ve had a couple parties in St. Ed’s as opposed to just going straight off campus,” he said. “Then when I have gone off campus, I haven’t stayed anywhere too long.” Grasberger said the arrests are especially notable because there may be other crimes occurring in the area that could have more of an impact. “The South Bend police are not focusing on the things that are important for law enforcement. When you’re out busting parties to get money at the expense of preventing actual crime in a town where crime is a real issue, then that’s a problem,” he said. “The priorities of legal authorities have to be elsewhere.”last_img read more

Trend-Spotting in the Wild Garden

first_imgSome of us are clearly out of our comfort zone. We want to stay with our hunting andfishing constituents. That’s where some of our top-down planning has had major impact. Forexample, deer, turkey and beaver have thrived as a result of reintroduction to habitatswhere those animals had been driven out. Now these species need more management than ever.But the urban backyard is a confusing new frontier for us to respond to.This frontier is most frustrating when constituents have clashing values. Few peopleobject to rat and mouse control. And no one objects to having more hummingbirds.But it’s whatBob Warren, one of my research colleagues, calls “charismatic megafauna” (i.e.,big animals people like) that cause the biggest problems.Urban deer and alligators are both megafauna, but deer cause more headaches. That’sbecause people are more divided over what to do with charismatic “Bambi” in thecity.Removing an urban alligator, on the other hand, generates few complaints. “Findingout what wildlife managers can do that’s acceptable to people with conflicting values is the challenge,”Bob says. I did a survey of University of Georgia Extension Service agents recently to see whatkinds of wildlife management are in demand.Surveys help spot trends to see what people want to know. They help us learn what kindsof animals are causing problems or creating opportunities.Here are some examples of the trends:Armadillo populations are exploding in south Georgia and expanding to the north. Theycause headaches for homeowners by digging up their lawns and gardens.Woodchucks are digging burrows and eating vegetables in backyards in the mountains.They’re expanding to the south.Deer are a new source of interest and conflict in suburbs statewide.One of the most stunning comparisons of information requested is between urban andrural areas. Extension agents in urban areas on average get far more calls about wildlifeof all kinds than their rural counterparts.Some people may think wildlife live on the farm or in the forest and that’s where theaction is. That’s true. But the biggest demand for wildlife management information comesfrom population centers.The people, not the animals, ask the questions. And most of these questions come fromthe fastest-growing wildlife habitat: backyards. There, some wildlife may be pests inbackyard agriculture. But backyard wildlife managers may encourage other species.Hummingbirds are a good example of an animal people want to help. Extension agentsreceive thousands of calls per year on hummingbirds, especially in urban areas. So dowildlife biologists.Terry Johnson of the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division told me the large majority ofnew sightings for the Rufous hummingbird come from populated areas.That’s because cities are where so many backyard managers tend their hummingbirdfeeders all winter in hopes of attracting this rare winter bird.”Backyard wildlife management is ‘the growth area.’ It’s just phenomenal,”Terry says. “Interest exceeds our ability to respond.”What do these trends mean to professional wildlife managers?last_img read more

Bellmore Pharmacy Robber Arrested

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Freeport man was arrested Friday after he allegedly robbed a Bellmore pharmacy and then fled the scene after he was shot at by a pharmacist, Nassau County police said.Marc Gumpert was placed under arrest in Freeport after a Nassau County Ambulance driver spotted him on Sunrise Highway, police said. All the proceeds from Precision Pharmacy were recovered, police said.The alleged robbery occurred at 3:30 p.m., according to police. The 43-year-old man entered the Merrick Road pharmacy and demanded Ritalin and Dilaudid from the pharmacist, police said.The 34-year-old pharmacist followed Gumpert out of the store after he handed over the drugs and spotted him standing next to a vehicle. That’s when Gumpert allegedly pulled a knife from his waistband and started walking toward the man, police said. The pharmacist responded by firing once toward Gumpert with his licensed revolver, police said, prompting the alleged robber to get back in his car and flee the scene.Gumpert was charged with first-degree robbery and criminal possession of a weapon. He will be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Saturday.last_img read more

There’s no second “1st” place

first_imgOnce the baton is dropped in the leadership race . . . your credit union is at risk. Strategic Succession Planning is a critical step to serving that purpose and mitigating unnecessary risk. If for any reason your CEO departs and you have not identified or groomed a “step in” or “drop in” candidate, your members are not being served. You have not adequately mitigated risk. This is not a gray area; but very black and white.There are many reasons why a CEO may no longer be available for work. Regardless of the reason; the board has a responsibility to have potential successors ready to serve. A strategic succession plan covers all the bases for CEO departure for any reason:Incapacitating illnessSudden demiseSurprise departureUnder performingNormal retirementOrganization restructureSuccession Planning is a process to ensure that the right people are in the right places at the right time. It is not a ‘Drive By’ event that leaves leadership to chance and risks the purpose of the credit union. The board of directors is responsible for hiring the CEO and, consequently, that future potential successors are identified and available when needed. The CEO is responsible for the development of potential successors. Ensuring proper succession to the CEO desk is a responsibility with an outcome that materially impacts the members, employees, community, and the future of the credit union. It should be taken seriously as it is could be the most important decision the board will make. This article describes a systematic process for the board to ensure that the right people are ready at the right time so they can be in the right place.Creating a robust and fail safe Succession Plan requires a structured and systematic process. It is the boards’ responsibility to decide what competencies are required to meet present and future needs of the credit union. Use the strategic plan as a beacon for developing a list of competencies, both hard and measurable skills, and soft, personal mastery skills. Competencies need to be defined so there is no misunderstanding of how to measure performance of that competency. A Succession Plan needs to be updated every time there is an update in the strategic plan. The CEO Position description needs to be reviewed and updated on an annual basis. A written position description should include measurable work habits and personal skills required to achieve a work objective.Using a qualified facilitator for your first time through a systematic process will provide a foundation for moving forward and updating your Succession Plan every year. There are certified coaches with specific disciplines in Succession Planning and online templates to document and create performance yardsticks for competencies. This is deep and serious work that will strengthen the organizational competencies and capabilities. As a member of a board that creates a robust Succession Plan, you will be adding value that will positively impact your credit union for years to come. . . . the baton will be passed in the Leadership race. 41SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Deedee Myers Deedee Myers is founder and CEO of DDJ Myers, Ltd. and co-founder of the Advancing Leadership Institute. For the past 20 years, she has been passionate about establishing and developing … Web: Detailslast_img read more

DBS looks to boost green investments over next five years

first_imgSingapore’s largest bank the Development Bank of Singapore (DBS) is seeking to boost the amount of funds it will channel into green investments as investors’ appetite for environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment products increases.DBS, Singapore’s largest bank, recently announced that it planned for 8 to 10 percent of its total assets under management (AUM) to be channeled into sustainable investments within the next five years. As of 2019, the bank’s AUM stood at S$245 billion. “Eight to 10 percent of AUM we believe is a very good target. Just to give you a sense of comparison, the average bank in Asia currently has about 5 percent of their AUM in ESG-type investments,” DBS group head of private bank Joseph Poon said during a media briefing on July 14.“We all believe that social good is good for the soul, it’s good for business, it’s good for the community,” Poon went on to say. “So, we want to be ambitious and double that amount in five years’ time”. Although a standard definition is lacking, sustainable or ESG investing largely refers to financing efforts that contribute to mitigating the impacts of climate change. This may include financing the pursuit of a low-carbon economy, or supporting businesses that implement ethical conduct and empower the local community, among other criteria.Poon added that the bank had seen growing interest among millennials in ESG investing. “Millennials are more willing to express their values through investments,” he noted. The pandemic has left an indelible mark on investors, with reports indicating that the pandemic has altered how they think about their finances. It is especially true among millennials, a survey has shown. A UBS investor watch news release, published on July 13, said that millennials had been the most affected by the pandemic, writing that they were now more concerned about their finances than older generations. “They are also concerned about having their money make a societal impact,” the report said. A third of millennials surveyed have increased financial support for family and friends, 69 percent are interested in sustainable investing and 60 percent in philanthropy because of the COVID-19 pandemic.   These preferences will likely determine long-term trends in investing, Moody’s Investors Service wrote in a report published on Feb. 27. It said that the shift toward ESG products would be enduring, as the young cohort that was beginning to invest in the financial market was characterized as being more socially conscious. The desire to avoid future losses is another reason investors are turning to ESG products. “With greater recognition of the risks and opportunities arising from ESG considerations, such as climate change, investors are increasingly focused on avoiding investment losses connected to these risks, and on positioning themselves to profit from correctly anticipating climate and social trends,” the report reads. Moody’s Investors Service estimated that the total addressable market size for ESG products was a rather significant US$89 trillion, more than half of the $129.6 trillion in total global invested assets. “The United Nations expects that within the next 20 years, Indonesia will be one of the top 10 economies in the world. So, Indonesia, in the long run, is a great economy to invest in if you want to be in ASEAN,” DBS Bank group head of consumer banking and wealth management Sim S. Lim said.Topics :last_img read more

Home minister downplays concerns about COVID-19 cluster emerging during election preparations

first_imgHome Minister Tito Karnavian has denied that any COVID-19 transmission clusters have emerged from the ongoing preparations for December’s simultaneous regional elections, adding that organizers are enforcing additional protocols to ensure the polls will be safe.Tito said that organizers had conducted individual verification for candidates between June 12 and June 24, which he said was one of the preparation stages predicted to be most prone to COVID-19 transmission. However, he claimed that there had been no reports of transmission from the verification process. Additionally, no clusters were reported when the ministry performed door-to-door checks to update data on the estimated 105 million voters between July 15 and Aug. 13. “I have not heard of any transmission clusters from this activity,” Tito said in a press conference after Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting.Amid reports of candidates violating health regulations while registering for the elections, Tito said that the lack of time to communicate the health protocols effectively could have lead to violations, or that some parties may have intentionally violated the regulations as a “show of force”.Read also: Voter turnout in upcoming elections may drop nearly 50 percent due to COVID-19: LSI To ensure safe elections, KPU chief Arief Budiman said during the conference that organizers would limit the number of attendees allowed at campaign meetings and face-to-face town hall debates to 100 and 50, respectively, while others would be required to participate virtuallyThe KPU will also limit the maximum number of voters at polling sites to 500, and will arrange voting schedules to prevent crowds, in addition to providing masks, face shields and gloves for organizers and voters.“We will also ask organizers to take a COVID-19 rapid test to ensure that they are not infected,” Arief said.Furthermore, Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) head Abhan said that additional legal tools were needed to enforce heavier sanctions against health protocol violators, such as using laws on health quarantines and infectious disease outbreaks.On Dec. 9, 270 regions will hold simultaneous elections, including nine provinces, 224 regencies and 37 municipalities. Some, however, have raised concerns that holding the elections during the coronavirus pandemic could increase transmissions.Topics :last_img read more