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USS John C Stennis gets underway for deployment preparations

first_img Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today USS John C Stennis starts another round of deployment preparations US Navy aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) has embarked on its first underway period of the new year to prepare for an upcoming deployment.The ship got underway from its homeport of Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton on January 16.John C. Stennis Sailors are scheduled to conduct flight operations, damage control and firefighting training, seamanship training, medical training, and exercises designed to maintain technical and tactical proficiency in a variety of warfare areas.Last year, the carrier completed the largest work package ever planned for a six-month availability for a Nimitz-class carrier, requiring more than 2,800,000 man-hours of work between ship’s Sailors, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, and contractors.The aircraft carrier is preparing for a deployment with its carrier strike group which consists of Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110), USS Stockdale (DDG 106), and USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93). Authorities View post tag: US Navycenter_img January 17, 2018 USS John C Stennis starts another round of deployment preparations View post tag: USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)last_img read more

The Co-operative joins move to British wheat

first_imgThe Co-operative has become the latest retailer to make the move to using 100% British wheat. Its own-brand sliced bread range, across all stores in England, Wales and Scotland excluding its Scottish Square White Bread will now be made with home-grown wheat.The move encompasses 10 lines across its premium Truly Irresistible range, standard and Simply Value ranges, and equates to approximately 7.9 million loaves of bread a year.The packaging has been updated to include a 100% British wheat logo, which is available in stores now, said Elizabeth Bailey, product manager for bakery at The Co-operative. The price of the loaves will remain the same, she added.The firm said it will now be sourcing in the region of 14,000 tonnes of flour annually from up to 4,000 British farmers nationwide, which is part of The Co-operative’s ongoing commitment to support British farmers.last_img read more

Subway links up with Spar convenience group

first_imgSubway has announced it will be partnering up with Spar convenience store group Blakemore Retail to open a number of new outlets across the UK.The deal has already seen Subway’s third such store opened in conjunction with the group in Newport, South Wales, at the end of July.The Newport store adds to the success seen at is first sites in Newark and Shrewsbury, said Subway.In addition, there are currently six Subway stores in development at Blakemore Retail Spar sites across England and Wales, which will be open by the end the year, it added.Of Subway’s 1,600 outlets in the UK and Ireland, more than 300 are open, or in development, in non-traditional locations, such as convenience stores or forecourt sites.Trevor Haynes, area development manager, Subway UK and Ireland, said: “We are delighted to be working with Blakemore Retail across its retail sector.“It’s a great opportunity for the Subway brand to continue its expansion into key c-store locations and to offer customers calling in at Spar stores the choice of Subway subs, flatbreads and salads.“We are seeing a great deal of demand for Subway stores within convenience stores and on forecourts at the moment. Due to their simple operations and minimal space and equipment requirements, our stores are uniquely suited to non-traditional sites.”Geoff Hallam, managing director, Blackmore Retail, said: “This partnership will allow two strong brands to work together for mutual benefit and the introduction of a Subway store, was a natural complement to our existing Spar c-store offer.”last_img read more

Acquisition drives growth at Barry Callebaut

first_imgSales volumes at Barry Callebaut have increased by 19.5%, following the acquisition of the Cocoa Ingredients Division of Singapore-based Petra Foods last summer.Discounting the acquisition, sales rose 4.6% for the three months to 30 November 2013, to 406,163 tonnes. Including the acquisition, volumes rose from 388,160 tonnes to 463,996 tonnes.Sales revenue increased by 5.5%, excluding the acquisition, to CHF1.3bn (£890m), and 21.4% including it, to CHF1.5bn (£1.01bn).In addition to the purchase, the firm put the main growth drivers down to the gourmet sector and its success in emerging markets.Within its European business, volumes increased by 1.5% to 204,075 tonnes.Barry Callebaut said that cocoa terminal market prices continued to increase during the three-month period, reaching a two-year high on 20 November 2013 at £1,782.“With strong arrivals from the two most important cocoa origins, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, market players gradually reduced their deficit expectations. This slowed the bullish momentum in cocoa prices, which closed at £1,745 per tonne at the end of November,” said Callebaut.Juergen Steinemann, chief executive, Barry Callebaut, said: “We have had a solid start into the new fiscal year. Our three key growth drivers – geographic expansion, outsourcing & partnership agreements, and our gourmet business – have maintained their momentum, with emerging markets and gourmet delivering particularly strong growth.”In July 2013, British Baker reported that Barry Callebaut had closed its acquisition of the cocoa division from Petra Foods, for around $860m (£563.5m).The firm said it was an excellent strategic fit, which resonated with the core of its existing business, and supported its overall growth plans.last_img read more

Ulma Packaging appoints new business manager

first_imgUlma Packaging UK has named James Couldwell as business manager for the south of England, following two years of service with the packaging machinery provider. Couldwell, previously financial controller at Ulma, has implemented several successful business service changes over the past two years, and has been the driving force behind the relocation of Ulma’s headquarters in 2018.As business manager, Couldwell will be responsible for providing tailored sales support, designed to improve the quality of bakery, confectionery, fish, poultry, meat, cheese and dairy packaging for customers throughout the south of England.“Over the past two years, James has gone above and beyond to demonstrate excellent managerial qualities and commercial awareness to drive numerous initiatives to fruition, with great success,” said Ulma managing director Chris Pickles.“James’ invaluable understanding of how Ulma Packaging UK and the wider global operations work will allow him to bridge the gap between customers and our packaging machinery solutions, becoming the face that clients come to know and value.”last_img read more

Korea Institute offers undergraduates Korean study opportunities

first_imgThe Korea Institute at Harvard University promotes the study of Korea and brings together faculty, students, distinguished scholars, and visitors to create a leading Korean studies community at Harvard.Harvard University is one of the world’s leading centers for the study of Korea, and through the Korea Institute, Harvard offers exceptional resources for undergraduate students to study Korea. On campus in Cambridge, students take courses on Korea and choose from a wide array of Korea-related activities through student groups, seminars, and programs. Students may also participate in study and work abroad opportunities in Korea through programs such as the Harvard Summer School — Korea, study abroad at Korean universities, and the Korea Institute Internship Program.This year Harvard College students will:• Undertake study abroad programs in Korea• Hold internships in Seoul• Conduct senior thesis research in Korea• Learn the Korean language• Attend student conferences• Develop independent study programs and pursue related activities in KoreaFor more information on the Korea Institute and a full list of this year’s Korea program awardees and participants.last_img read more

Orsted completes construction on 752MW Borssele offshore wind farm, largest in the Netherlands

first_imgOrsted completes construction on 752MW Borssele offshore wind farm, largest in the Netherlands FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Danish energy firm Orsted said on Friday it had finished building the largest offshore wind farm of the Netherlands, the first in a range that should boost the country’s share of sustainable energy in the coming decade.The 752 megawatt (MW) wind farm is currently the second largest in the world, Orsted said, and will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of around a million Dutch households.The ‘Borssele’ wind farm consists of 94 turbines spread over 112 square kilometres (43.2 square miles) in the North Sea, some 23 kilometres (14 miles) off the Dutch coast.Orsted won the right to build the wind farm in an auction in 2016, at what was a record low subsidy on the electricity delivered at the time. Since then, the Dutch government has granted the right to build wind farms with a total capacity of 2800 MW at four other sites in the North Sea, offering no subsidy on electricity prices at the last three auctions.It aims to grant permits for another 6100 MW of wind power through four tenders in the next five years.The Dutch aim to get 40% of all their electricity from wind farms by 2030, with solar panels delivering another 30% of all power needed by then.[Bart Meijer]More: Orsted says largest Dutch offshore wind farm ready to deliverlast_img read more

The New Administration in Peru Is Reorienting the Country’s Security Strategy

first_img Speaking to the Peruvian press, Peruvian Interior Minister Óscar Valdés Dancuart affirmed that the defense and interior ministries will move to closely coordinate the fight against drug trafficking in the Valley of the Apurímac and Ene Rivers, and El Huallaga. The Peruvian judicial branch will also be included, with the aim of speeding up the procedures for declaring loss of ownership of assets seized from drug traffickers, so that the state can quickly have them available and direct their proceeds, whether from sale or from direct exploitation, to the fight against the trafficking of illicit drugs. According to Minister Valdés, the president has very clear ideas with regard to drug trafficking and terrorism and indicated to his military commanders that he may in the future give them a deadline for putting an end to the terrorist remnants, and as a consequence, their association with gangs of drug traffickers. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the area planted with coca increased in Peru for the fifth consecutive year in 2010 and reached 61,200 hectares, an increase of two percent with respect to 2009, indicating a stable general situation. By Dialogo August 09, 2011last_img read more

Dominican Republic: 1.5 metric tons of cocaine seized

first_imgBy Dialogo September 06, 2012 The Sept. 4 operation was the second major bust in less than a week for Dominican authorities. On Sept. 2, DNCD agents discovered 777.6 kilograms (1,714.3 pounds) stashed in a shipping container in a port in Boca Chica, a beach town east of the capital of Santo Domingo. Rosado said the 25 packages of drugs were found hidden in electronic security equipment on a container to be shipped to the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Some were marked with the picture of a tiger and the word “tigre,” according to the DNCD. At least four suspects were detained, although authorities had not revealed their identities because the investigation was ongoing. Rosado said some of those detained worked at the port, which is the busiest in the Dominican Republic. “This seizure came after about a month of investigation carried out by the DNCD, together with other security agencies,” Rosado said. Agents from the Dominican Navy, Port Security Office and Military Intelligence Agency assisted in the investigation. Rosado said they had identified other suspects, who’d come from South America. “We guarantee that all involved in this case will be arrested and brought to justice,” he said. Dominican authorities have voiced concern about the prevalence of narco-trafficking off its southern coast. In the past year, it has scored several major victories against the trade. Between February and March, officials announced three major successful operations, seizing nearly three metric tons (6,614 pounds) of cocaine in total. SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The Dominican Republic tallied one of its biggest drug busts of the year on Sept. 4, seizing 1.5 metric tons (3,307 pounds) of cocaine during a joint operation with U.S. counter-narcotics agencies in the Caribbean Sea, officials said. The seizure came after authorities detected two speedboats traveling north toward the Dominican coast from Colombia. The Dominican National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) coordinated with the Dominican Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard in what it called ‘Operation Safe Coast.’ With assistance from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) office in Santo Domingo, Dominican authorities boarded a Super Tucano aircraft and sent Coast Guard cutters toward the speedboats. They found 60 bales of cocaine floating in the Caribbean roughly 50 miles south of Saona Island, a small Dominican territory off the southeast coast of the mainland. A U.S. Coast Guard boat collected another 37 bales, authorities said. Authorities added each bale contained at least 25 brick-sized packets of cocaine. Drug traffickers had dumped the cache in the water and escaped. No arrests were made. The overnight operation, which began at 10 p.m. on Sept. 3 and ended noon the following day, was the latest example of the close collaboration between Dominican and U.S. authorities, DNCD President Maj. Gen. Rolando Rosado Mateo said at a press conference attended by the chief of the DEA office in the country. “It has become a custom that these institutions coordinate to deal with organized crime,” Rosado said in the press conference. The significant seizure “is the result of the work we’ve been doing. We’re talking facts.” In size, the bust matched a seizure made in March by the DNCD. In that operation, authorities discovered 1.5 metric tons of cocaine aboard a 40-foot speedboat that had also sailed from the Colombian coast. last_img read more