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INS Kamorta Officially Commissioned

first_img View post tag: News by topic Authorities The Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley who commissioned the warship, described the development as ‘the coming of age of our ship building industry’.The commissioning of INS Kamorta has added a new dimension to the ASW capability of the Indian Navy and in particular, the Eastern Fleet. The multifarious missions that can be undertaken by the ship truly reflect the enhanced multi-dimensional capability of the Indian Navy.Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Satish Soni, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral AK Verma (Retd), CMD, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) and various other dignitaries were present during the commissioning ceremony.INS Kamorta is first of the four ASW Stealth Corvettes designed by the Navy’s in-house organisation, the Directorate of Naval Design (DND), under Project 28, with an indigenous component of about 90%. Measuring 110 meters in length, 14 meters in breadth and displacing 3500 tons, the ship can achieve speed of 25 Knots. The ship is fitted with Anti-submarine Rockets and Torpedoes, Medium and Close-in Weapon Systems and indigenous surveillance radar Revathi. The ship is also capable of carrying an integral ASW helicopter.[mappress]Press Release, August 25, 2014; Image: Indian Navy View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today INS Kamorta Officially Commissioned August 25, 2014 View post tag: asia View post tag: Commissioned View post tag: Indian Navy Breaking new grounds in the making of warships in the country, India, commissioned the first indigenously built stealth Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette, INS Kamorta, on 23 Aug 2014, at Visakhapatnam naval dockyard. View post tag: officially Share this article INS Kamorta Officially Commissioned View post tag: Naval View post tag: INS Kamortalast_img read more

Rees-Mogg debates EU at Trinity, doesn’t change minds

first_imgRevered filibusterer and fierce Brexiteer, Jacob Rees-Mogg, returned to his old stomping ground, Trinity College, for a debate last Sunday. Unsurprisingly, given Rees-Mogg’s reputation as a euro-sceptic, the motion was centred around Brexit, but was given a twist, as the spotlight focused on the question of British sovereignty: “This house believes that EU membership is an unjustifiable infringement on UK sovereignty”.The floor’s overwhelmingly pro-EU stance going into the debate was clear from the first vote: eight in favour of the proposition (pro-Brexit), 58 against and 12 undecided.In his speech, the floor witnessed Rees-Mogg’s well-practiced and eloquent oratorical skills, as he explained, in a very methodical manner, why he believed that in order to recover our sovereignty, especially over law making, we needed to leave the EU. The most persuasive element of his speech was when he exposed that in order for a law to be passed, it has to first be approved and proposed by the EU Commission, which, vitally, is an unelected body. He said, “We need to focus on where sovereignty comes from: your vote. Now, if your vote is unable to change the law, then your sovereignty is eroded.”He closed his speech by saying, “You have a choice. You need to decide what your country is. Is it the failing and bureaucratic Europe? Or, is it the strong, independent and sovereign Britain.”The well practiced speech of Rees-Mogg wasn’t able to convince enough students to turn the tide of the debate. The final vote revealed a minor increase in favour of the proposition,The final figures were: 12 for, 51 against and five undecided.last_img read more

Timothy Olyphant & More Tapped for Hold On to Me Darling

first_img View Comments Hold On To Me Darling Related Shows Emmy nominee Timothy Olyphant will star in the previously announced world premiere of Kenneth Lonergan’s Hold On to Me Darling. Also signing on are Adelaide Clemens, Tony nominee Jonathan Hogan, Jenn Lyon, Keith Nobbs and C.J. Wilson. The off-Broadway production will begin performances on February 24 at Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater.Olyphant can currently be seen in The Grinder. He received an Emmy nomination in 2011 for his leading performance in Justified. This will mark his return to off-Broadway after twenty years, when he starred in The Santaland Diaries and The Monogamist. Hold On to Me Darling marks Clemens’ off-Broadway debut; she has appeared on screen in The Great Gatsby and Rectify. Hogan’s previous stage credits include a Tony-nominated turn in As Is, as well as Comedians, Otherwise Engaged, and Fifth of July. Lyon most recently appeared on Broadway in Fish in the Dark. Nobbs’ Broadway credits include Lombardi, Bronx Bombers and Lion in Winter. Wilson also appeared in Bronx Bombers on Broadway, as well as The Big Knife, Festen, Henry IV and The Best Man.The play follows world famous country and western star Strings McCrane (Olyphant), who begins questioning the meaning of his life and what it all adds up to after his mother dies. Determined to abandon his celebrity and career, he moves back to his hometown in Tennessee. It doesn’t go well.The production, directed by Neil Pepe, will open officially on March 14 and is scheduled to run through April 3. The staging will feature set design by Walt Spangler, costumes by Suttirat Larlarb, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by David Van Tiegham.In other Lonergan news, the upcoming film Manchester By the Sea, which he directed and wrote, has been picked up by Amazon for a traditional theatrical release, following a $10 million deal. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 17, 2016last_img read more

Vermont’s high cost of housing highlighted in national housing affordability report

first_imgA national report confirms that renters in Vermont struggle to find affordable places to live. In 2010, Vermont is ranked the 15th least affordable state in the nation, according to a new report jointly released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), a Washington, DC-based housing advocacy group, and the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (VAHC).  These findings confirm the housing/wage research done by the Vermont Housing Finance Agency for their report, Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Housing and Wages in Vermont, which was released just over a week ago.As found in the Housing and Wage report, the Vermont Housing Wage is estimated at $19.04. This is the 15th highest Housing Wage in the nation and the 4th highest growth rate for Housing Wage change from 2000-2010, at 65%. The Housing Wage is the amount per hour, working full time, and only paying 30% of their income on housing, that an individual would have to make to afford a two-bedroom apartment at the Fair Market Rent (FMR). In Vermont, the FMR for a two-bedroom apartment is $990. Affordability has also declined in the rural areas of Vermont; rural Vermont ranks 8th highest for the most expensive rural areas in the nation. Vermont’s Housing Wage for the rural areas of Vermont is $16.91, a 58% increase since 2000. This ranks Vermont as the 5th highest increase for rural, non-metro areas nationally. Working at the minimum wage in Vermont, a family must have 2.3 wage earners working full-time ‘ or one full-time earner working 93 hours per week at minimum wage ‘ to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment. The typical renter in Vermont earns $10.75 per hour, which is $8.29 less than the hourly wage needed to afford a modest unit. The report, Out of Reach 2011, provides the Housing Wage and other housing affordability data for every state, metropolitan area and county in the country, comparing 52 jurisdictions, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  A Vermont fact sheet is attached.  The full report is available online at:…(link is external)The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition is Vermont’s only statewide membership organization dedicated to ensuring that all Vermonters have decent, safe and affordable housing, particularly the state’s low and moderate-income residents, elders, and people with disabilities. For information on the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition, visit is external).last_img read more

El Salvador Conducts Rapid Response Operations Against Gangs

first_imgBy Lorena Baires / Diálogo December 20, 2019 The Salvadoran Armed Force infiltrates urban areas affected by high murder and extortion rates, using drones and helicopters.The Salvadoran Armed Force (FAES, in Spanish) has deployed 10 task forces in the urban areas of the 22 municipalities most affected by violence, increasing the participation of soldiers, drones, and helicopters in rapid response operations to neutralize territorial control points of the MS-13 and Barrio 18 gangs. More than 7,300 elite service members take part in this mission.“Rapid response operations allow us to fulfill specific goals, thanks to task forces, units with rigorous field methods, and a high level of efficiency,” Army Colonel Carlos Alberto Tejada, chairman of FAES’ Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Diálogo. “Gangs continue to be involved in drug and migrant trafficking and are connected to transnational criminal organizations; that’s why it’s important to complement the job with patrols, checkpoints, and a permanent presence in cities.”The work strengthens the implementation of Territorial Control Plan III, which the Ministry of Justice and Security launched in August 2019 to regain control of cities where gangs derive their highest profit by extorting merchants. “We are in areas where both gangs [MS-13 and Barrio 18] operate, sometimes separated by only a street. In one of the operations, 60 gang members engaged in drug and arms trafficking were arrested,” Salvadoran Army Lieutenant Colonel Lisandro Calderón, commander of Task Force Vulcano, San Salvador department, told Diálogo. “The effectiveness of our work can be seen in the decrease in murders.”Task forces control 200 neighborhoods in urban municipal areas that are included in the plan. “Our presence on the ground makes criminals leave urban areas for rural areas, where task forces are also present,” Salvadoran Army Colonel José Herrera, commander of Task Force Apollo in La Libertad department, told Diálogo. “We attack [narcotrafficking] and increase the arrests of the most wanted criminals, who are all associated with gangs.”“We conduct tactical actions onsite, thanks to the intelligence work all units perform,” Col. Tejada added. “Our effectiveness also has to do with our units’ constant training, thanks to the support of the United States and other partner nations that help us, such as Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico.”As a specialized resource, the Armed Force has long-range reconnaissance patrols that are part of the Special Operations Group. “These are trained groups with night goggles and heavy weapons, skilled to perform infiltrations with air and naval means,” Col. Tejada concluded.last_img read more

Shirley Crash Leaves Bicyclist Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A bicyclist was fatally hit by an SUV while crossing a road in Shirley on Wednesday evening.Suffolk County police said a man riding his bicycle was crossing Montauk Highway when he was hit by an eastbound Toyota Highlander near Garden Place at 5:30 p.m.The victim was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where he was pronounced dead. His identity was not immediately available.The driver was neither injured nor charged.Seventh Squad detectives impounded the Toyota was and the investigation is continuing.last_img read more

Transform your borrower communication to keep members happy

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The way financial institutions transact and communicate with borrowers has evolved, due in large part to changes in technology and a shifting consumer mindset. Likewise, as your customer base shifts to a larger number of Gen Y—or Millennials, as they’re often referred—traditional forms of communication will likely fall on deaf ears. According to Entrepreneur, 85% of Millennials in the U.S. own a smartphone, so one can conclude that the best way to reach and market to this demographic is digitally and electronically.And, it’s not just Millennials. The fact of the matter is, all age groups are busier than ever with more demanding work, personal, and social schedules. According to Gallup, American adults that are employed full time work an average of 47 hours per week. For better or for worse, busier schedules and advanced technology has shifted the way that Americans communicate and interact—with each other and with businesses. continue reading »last_img read more

As Occupancy Dwindles, College Dorms Go Beyond Students

first_img– Advertisement – The United States has the world’s largest student housing market, representing $11 billion in real estate investments, according to the National Apartment Association. And as the pandemic drags on and more universities feel the cash crunch, the endowment gap between legacy campuses like Harvard and Yale and smaller colleges is only going to grow.“I think we’re really going to see a tale of two cities but also a tale of two universities,” said Laura Dietzel, partner and real estate senior analyst with RSM, an accounting firm.- Advertisement – The Cadence offered a rent-by-the-bedroom model before it was acquired by Pebb Capital in September for $33 million in a partnership with Coastal Ridge Real Estate. Pebb is planning a $12 million renovation to convert the property into studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments, bringing in amenities and design touches to attract young professionals, who are moving to Tucson in droves, many from nearby states like California, where real estate prices are significantly higher.The building is a five-minute drive from the University of Arizona, Tucson, which makes it ideal for students wanting to live off campus. Once renovations are complete, rents will no longer be offered by the bedroom, said Mr. Jago, and he expects the renter pool will shift significantly.“We’re going to become the prime downtown multifamily property for young professionals,” he said, “and maybe upper-class or graduate students, the kind who want to get away from the riffraff and the undergrads throwing up outside the bar.”- Advertisement –center_img The student housing market is facing the same challenges as corporate office towers, both of which have been pummeled by the pandemic, said Patrick J. Sentner, an executive vice president for CBRE, a commercial real estate services firm.“Each day that Covid drags on, the doubt and the debate about what is going to happen, office-wise with going back to work, is still going to be delayed until we get a vaccine,” he said. “And that’s exactly what is happening with student housing.”last_img read more

State distance learning plan fails to account for poor, disconnected students

first_imgUnder the new scheme, which is financed by ministry funds reallocated from the delayed Mobilization Organization Program (POP), each university student and lecturer would also get 50 GB of mobile data per month.While applauded by many, the creative solution still leaves some big holes in the implementation of distance education, as experts note that not every student in the country has a mobile phone or an internet connection.Retno Listyarti, a commissioner for the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI), said that while her office expressed appreciation for the ministry’s decision, she insisted that the plan followed a class bias.She said the program only provided learning aid only for those who could afford smartphones and access to a stable internet connection.“Such assistance cannot be enjoyed by poor students and students who live in rural areas. This group of students can only access education with face-to-face learning methods, but there is no help from the government for them,” Retno said in a statement on Monday.According to 2018/2019 statistics on the Indonesian education sector, a bit more than half of all Indonesian students are active internet users.Read also: Embracing educational disruption under pandemicHeru Purnomo, secretary-general of the Federation of Indonesian Teachers Associations (FSGI), also believes that the allocated funds are excessive.“It is too big to only solve one problem, especially when internet data won’t be enjoyed by people from poor families who do not have smartphones to begin with,” he said on Monday.Heru suggested other ways to implement distance learning, such as optimizing the role of public broadcaster TVRI for airing educational programs for schoolchildren and students. He believes TV programs are still able to reach more students in Indonesia, even those in households without any hi-tech gadgets.The KPAI also reminded the government that internet connection was rarely the only thing that student’s faced. Retno appealed to the ministry to work with every school and map out each of their unique learning environments, rather than just handing out a lump sum for internet data packages.“If we have a clear map of the problems and needs [of each school] then the Rp 7.2 trillion can also be allocated for [other needs],” she said.Among those are buying smartphones for students and teachers who need them, installing internet signal boosters in areas with spotty coverage, helping teachers cover commuting costs in places where they can only teach in person, and supporting infrastructure for face-to-face learning.In a recent survey of 3,347 schools across the nation, the KPAI found that most schools had been lacking adequate infrastructure to ensure proper sanitation for students and faculty members – considered more important for in-person learning than phone credits – even before the pandemic.The data showed that 46 percent of schools have less than five sinks, while only 6 percent have more than 20 sinks on site. The survey also shows that 5 percent of schools do not provide soap and that another 28 percent only provide it some of the time.Sanitation has become more important than ever as frequent and proper hand hygiene is one of the most important measures for curbing the spread of COVID-19, especially as schools mull over reopening their classrooms for face-to-face learning.“All of that requires large sums of money. So the budget must go toward education, especially for preparing school infrastructure in line with health protocols,” Retno said.“This is the only way to guarantee and fulfill the right of millions of Indonesian children and teachers to live, be healthy and have access to education.”The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on education, widening the gap between children from well-off families and their poverty-stricken peers.This is further complicated by the government’s decision to shift the responsibility for reopening schools to local administrations – and effectively to the parents and teachers themselves.Read also: Indonesia to allow phased reopening of schools in COVID-19 ‘green zones’: MinisterData from the education ministry show that 4,966 schools in “green” and “yellow” zones have reopened their doors for face-to-face instruction. The government says that “green” zones are areas that recorded zero cases of COVID-19 and that “yellow” zones are areas that have a low risk of transmission.Green and yellow zones cover some 43 percent of cities and regions in the entire archipelago.Topics : Gemma Holliani CahyaThe Jakarta Post/JakartaThe government’s plan to fund schoolchildren’s access to the internet in support of online-based learning has spotlighted the social gaps that children living in poverty and in remote areas must face, experts have said. Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim announced on Thursday that the state would allocate Rp 7.2 trillion (US$ 532 million) in mobile phone credits and mobile data packages to support distance learning methods for the nation’s students and teachers, at a time when the pandemic has all but canceled face-to-face interactions across the country.Read also: Teachers, parents fret over health risks as schools prepare to reopenThe state subsidy aims to cover the needs of the nation’s 60 million school students in the form of 35 gigabytes of internet data per student every month until the end of the year, while every teacher would get a monthly data allotment of 42 GB.The ministry is verifying and updating its national student data until Sept. 11, which would give it a better idea of potential data package recipients.last_img read more

Wesley Moraes wants Premier League move amid transfer links to Arsenal

first_imgWesley wants to play in England (Picture: Getty)Wesley’s form this season has attracted a host of suitors, including Paris Saint-Germain.The centre-forward has scored 14 goals in 39 appearances and has also chipped in with nine assists for his team-mates.Wesley joined Brugge in 2016 from Slovakian side AS Trencin and is under contract with the Belgians until 2023.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisement Emery will need another striker in the summer (Picture: Getty)Wesley, 22, is valued at around £15million by his club Club Brugge and revealed playing in the Premier League was his goal.ADVERTISEMENT‘I have read all those names,’ Wesley told Belgian outlet Het Belang van Limburg.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It is of course completely different going to China than to another European country. Comment Advertisement Coral BarryFriday 5 Apr 2019 8:28 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link987Shares Brugge value Wesley at £15m (Picture: Getty)Wesley Moraes admitted he wants to play in England amid reports Arsenal are trying to sign the Brazilian forward.Unai Emery wants to add another striker to his squad this summer as Danny Welbeck is expected to leave the club at the end of his contract.Alexander Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are Emery’s two main strikers, but the Arsenal boss wants more competition for the prolific duo. Wesley Moraes wants Premier League move amid transfer links to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘I don’t know what I want, I don’t want to exclude anything.‘I do know that I once said that I want to go to England and that is still the case.‘I have always closely followed the Premier League. But I am certainly also open to other leagues.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citylast_img read more