RCN joins Phoenix Express drill in Africa for first time

first_img Share this article April 18, 2019, by Back to overview,Home naval-today Canadian Navy ships join Phoenix Express drill in Africa for first time View post tag: Phoenix Express Authorities Canadian Navy ships join Phoenix Express drill in Africa for first time View post tag: Royal Canadian Navy Ships from the Royal Canadian navy made their Phoenix Express debut as they joined the exercise on March 29.The 15th edition of the training event kicked off in the western Mediterranean Sea, in and around the territorial waters of various North African countries.For the next week, they worked cooperatively to enhance their responses to trafficking, irregular migration, the transport of illegal goods, and other threats to regional stability.Joining them for the first time for this year’s operations: warships of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN).Well into their Operation Projection deployment in Africa, Her Majesty’s Canadian ships Kingston and Shawinigan joined a team of liaison officers to form Canada’s contribution to the multinational initiative.Phoenix Express requires ships to conduct frequent maritime interdiction and boarding operations, where participating navies stop suspicious vessels and send teams to verify if criminal activity is occurring onboard.In order to maximize training value for all participants, Kingston and Shawinigan acted as dedicated target vessels, freeing up local ships to focus on honing their skills.“We’re very happy to see Canadian ships here for the first time,” said Royal Moroccan Navy Captain Chaouni while addressing participants during a pre-sail conference.After a week at sea, the exercise ended with groups of ships sailing together through the Straits of Gibraltar and back to Casablanca.“Phoenix Express was our second major multinational training engagement in the span of a few weeks,” Shawinigan’s commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Teri Share, explained, referencing Obangame Express, which the ships had recently participated in.“As we begin our transit back to Halifax, I think we can all be proud of the contribution we’ve made to maritime security in both Western and Northern Africa, and of the relationships we’ve fostered in the region.”Kingston and Shawinigan are now enroute back to home port, where they will officially conclude Operation Projection West Africa 2019. navaltodaylast_img read more

The Disco Biscuits Announce Stacked Lineup For Camp Bisco Festival

first_imgAfter much anticipation, the lineup for The Disco Biscuits festival Camp Bisco is here! The festival will return to Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA for the third straight year, taking over on the weekend of July 13th through the 15th. Today, the festival has announced their initial lineup, revealing headlining sets from Bassnectar, Pretty Lights Live, GRiZ, Lotus, Gramatik, Action Bronson, Shpongle (Simon Posford Live) and more, on top of six sets from The Disco Biscuits!The full lineup is filled with great artists, including sets from 12th Planet, Beats Antique, Break Science, Classixx (DJ set), Cloudchord, Clozee, Desert Dwellers, Electric Beethoven, Emancipator, Escort (live band), The Floozies, G Jones, Ganja White Night, Goldfish, Higher Learning, Jaw Gems, Kasbo, Kill the Noise, The Knocks (live), Louis Futon, Louis the Child, Maddy O’Neal, Manic Focus, Marvel Years, Melvv, Nightmares on Wax (DJ set), Opiuo, Paper Diamond, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Pouya, Pusher, Roots of Creation, The Russ Liquid Test, Slushii, Sophistafunk, Space Jesus, Swift Technique, Tokimonsta, Too Many Zooz, Turkuaz, Twiddle, Wax Future, The Werks, Wingtip, Yookie, Subtronics, Team Ezy, and more.Check out the full lineup announcement below, and head to the fest’s official website for details. Early bird passes for the festival will be on sale tomorrow, February 24th, at Noon Eastern.last_img read more

Guidelines for Harvard’s 367th Commencement

first_imgSince 1642, with just nine graduating students, Harvard’s Commencement Exercises have brought together the community unlike any other tradition still observed in the University. Degree candidates with family and friends, faculty and administrators who supported them, and alumni from around the world are anticipated to participate in our 367th Commencement Exercises this spring (May 24). To accommodate the increasing number of people planning to attend, we ask that any interested readers carefully review the guidelines governing ticketing, regalia, security precautions, and other important details, which are available online at https://commencement.harvard.edu/ticket-information.Commencement Day Overview — May 24The Morning Exercises begin when the academic procession is seated in Tercentenary Theatre. Three student orators deliver addresses, and the dean of each School introduces the candidates for their respective degrees, which the president then confers. Toward the conclusion of the ceremony the graduating seniors are asked to rise, and their degrees are conferred on them as a group by the president. Honorary Degrees are then conferred before the Exercises are adjourned.Diploma-granting ceremonies and luncheons: Graduates and their guests return to their respective undergraduate Houses or graduate and professional Schools. Harvard and Radcliffe College alumni/ae who have celebrated their 50th Reunion are invited to join the Tree Spread luncheon, while all other alumni may pre-purchase tickets for boxed lunches at the Alumni Spread in Harvard Yard.The Afternoon Program features an address by Harvard President Drew Faust and the Commencement speaker. Officially called the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association, this program includes the Overseer and HAA director election results, presentations of the Harvard Medal, and remarks by the HAA president.last_img read more

Mobile & rewards, the perfect match

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr During the PayThink 2015 conference held in Las Vegas this past fall, a panel of experts discussed how financial institutions (FIs) can boost mobile payment adoption. One key theme emerged from this discussion — the need for loyalty and rewards programs in mobile offerings. According to a recent Talech Retail Technology Report, 87 percent of consumers want a loyalty program. Talech found the number of U.S. consumers who were members of a loyalty program exceeded 3 billion in 2014. That’s an increase of 26 percent from 2012.For FIs looking to increase mobile payment adoption among their consumers, offering a basic payment or banking app is not enough. The panel noted the need for FIs to increase their app’s appeal and perceived worth. The best way to do this is to combine the payment component with value-added functionality including loyalty and rewards programs, discounts and other personalization.By linking loyalty programs with mobile payments, consumers enjoy rewards tailored to their buying history. The approach personalizes the rewards experience. Consumers feel more appreciated, and this type of personalization encourages engagement and boosts brand awareness. continue reading »last_img read more

Crosby makes immediate impact for surging Penguins

first_imgby Will GravesPITTSBURGH (AP)—Dan Bylsma promised to keep Sidney Crosby’s minutes under control as his star center eased his way back into the lineup following a three-month layoff.It might be time to take the shackles off.Crosby collected five assists during Pittsburgh’s three-game road trip through New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia that saw the Penguins pull within a point of the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers with three weeks to go in the season.Flashing the speed and playmaking that made him the best player in the world before concussion-like symptoms in January 2011 sidelined him for basically 14 months, Crosby skated a combined 49 minutes over four days as Pittsburgh extended its winning streak to 11 straight before falling in the final second of overtime to the Flyers on Sunday.The former MVP hardly seemed taxed by the workload, his No. 87 a blur during the extra session.“He looked good, had some jump,” Bylsma said. “You saw that right through the overtime. He had a couple of good opportunities there.”Crosby came within inches of scoring for the first time since Nov. 21 in the extra period, but his wrister sailed just wide of the net as his goalless streak extended to 10 games, the longest of his career. He is hardly frustrated though considering the way the Penguins are playing.Pittsburgh plays seven of its final 11 games at Consol Energy Center, including visits by the Devils, Flyers and Rangers.Still, despite ripping off the longest winning streak of the season, the Penguins weren’t thrilled with the way their run came to an end. Pittsburgh has been lights out when leading by two goals this season and dictated the pace for long stretches on Sunday before Philadelphia roared back in the third period then earned the extra point with 1 second left in overtime.The frenetic action could be a preview of the opening round of the playoffs. If the Penguins or Flyers don’t catch the Rangers they’re almost certain to face each other in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.Despite Philadelphia’s spirited rally, the Flyers understand with Crosby back, Pittsburgh is arguably the best team in the league.last_img read more

Latest: Tottenham 4 Chelsea 2 – Hazard gives Blues hope

first_imgEden Hazard’s second-half strike threw Chelsea a lifeline but their Premier League lead remained under threat from a thriller at White Hart Lane.Harry Kane, whose equaliser sparked a dramatic first-half collapse by Jose Mourinho’s side, piled more misery on the Blues by adding a fourth goal on 52 minutes.The livewire striker rolled away from Nemanja Matic and then threaded a low shot between John Terry’s legs and across goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.But on the hour mark, Hazard’s brilliance pulled it back to 4-2 and gave Chelsea hope of a stunning comeback.The Belgian won the ball on halfway, exchanged passes with Cesc Fabregas before exposing an opening in the Spurs defence to slot past the helpless Hugo Lloris.Both sides looked lively on the counter in an end-to-end second half, but barring the two goals neither keeper was stretched.Hazard had struck a fierce drive just over shortly after the break, while Spurs flashes dangerous balls across the Chelsea box but without being able to apply a touch.Diego Costa had put the Blues ahead in the 19th minute, turning in Oscar’s shot, which came after Eden Hazard had hit the post.Kane equalised on the half hour mark, holding off the challenge of Oscar and firing in a low shot beyond Courtois.Chelsea then imploded by conceding twice in the dying minutes of the first half, as Danny Rose followed up a Nacer Chadli shot that hit the post, and Andros Townsend converted a penalty. Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose; Bentaleb, Mason (Dembele 14); Chadli, Eriksen, Townsend; Kane.Subs: Vorm, Chiriches, Davies, Dembele, Paulinho, Stambouli, Soldado. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian (Salah 72), Oscar (Ramires 46), Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Mikel, Ramires, Salah, Remy, Drogba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Demand more when buying a herd sire

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Bull buying season is well underway throughout the cow-calf regions across the country. If your calving season starts in January, you may have already made your herd sire selections for this year’s breeding season. If your calving season starts a bit later, you may be in the midst of making herd sire selections. If you have yet to make your bull buying decisions, there are plenty of opportunities available in the immediate future through public auction or private treaty.As an Extension professional and a seedstock producer, one of the most interesting discussions I can have with a producer is reviewing their thoughts on what they are looking for in a potential purchase for a herd sire. Obviously, there is a wide range of criteria to be considered depending on the production goals and size of the herd. In my experience, a few very consistent themes emerge with discussions on a potential herd bull purchase: calving ease, disposition, and price.Given the value of feeder cattle and the level of expenses associated with beef production today, discriminating bull buyers should demand that potential herd sire candidates be equipped with the proper qualifications to do the job. Prospective bull buyers should expect these qualifications from any operation selling bulls at private treaty or public auction. There is simply too much risk involved in beef production today to take a chance on a sire with a lack of information in the areas of genetics, health, and fertility.Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) allow the breeder to identify the animals that excel in the traits that are important for their operation. The EPDs can be used to determine exactly where a herd sire candidate ranks within a given breed and his potential to make significant improvements in performance of future calf crops. A documented health program should be emphasized with any herd additions regardless of gender. A sound biosecurity plan for the herd can go a long way to help avoid the introduction of a costly disease into a herd.It is my opinion that the most important job qualification that any potential herd sire should possess is a successful Breeding Soundness Examination. This examination gives the purchaser an assurance that a herd sire candidate has the ability to get cows bred. Even mature bulls should have a Breeding Soundness Examination performed prior to turnout before a breeding season. Given today’s economic climate, a cow is too expensive to maintain and feeder calves are too valuable to sell to take risks with poor potential reproductive performance from a sire without a fertility check.Beef producers need to be concerned with a wide variety of production traits if they intend to be successful in this business. Weaning weights, yearling weights, milk, carcass traits, etc. should be prioritized to varying degrees depending on your marketing program. A person that sells feeder calves at weaning will be concerned about weaning weights while a marketer of freezer beef will be more concerned about carcass traits. However, regardless of your marketing program, the traits of supreme importance are fertility (percentage of females bred) and calving ease (percentage of live calves).While calving ease is extremely important, I believe there is a tendency for the typical Ohio herd owner to overemphasize calving ease across the entire herd. The average cow herd in Ohio numbers approximately 17 head with most herds retaining some number of replacement heifers to add to the herd. Herds of this size usually work with one herd sire to cover both mature cows and yearling heifers. If you choose a herd sire with the proper calving ease for the heifers, he should also possess enough quality in the traits of importance such as growth and carcass merit for the mature cows. There are bulls out there that can do many things well, but they can be hard to find and more expensive to own.This brings us to the subject of price. It should be the goal of every cow-calf producer to purchase the best possible bull that fits within a determined budget. I realize that philosophy would result in a wide range of bull prices among producers. A rule of thumb that I have often heard for many years is that the value of a typical herd bull should be equal to the value of two to three market steers or three to five feeder calves at weaning. There are exceptions to these guidelines but an above average bull that excels for traits such as calving ease, growth, carcass traits, etc. will likely demand a premium.I am not about to tell any producer what the correct amount is that they should pay for a bull. However, I would like to offer a few suggestions for producers as they search for their next herd sire.Establish the production goals for your herd and select a sire that compliments the needs of your cow herd.2. Use EPDs, actual performance data, and Selection Indexes to identify outstanding sire prospects.3. Never buy a bull without a Breeding Soundness Examination.4. Select the appropriate age and size that matches the number of cows to be bred. A time-honored rule-of-thumb is to place about the same number of cows or heifers with a young bull as his age is in months. Putting too many cows with too young of a bull is a recipe for open cows.5. A bull that can increase the number of live calves born, add growth, and increase the maternal strength of a herd through daughters retained should be viewed as a sound investment.6. A low-cost bull that may not excel in traits of importance may be purchased just to get cows bred and does little to add to the profitability of the herd. This bull is little more than a “cow settler.”last_img read more

More Trouble for File Sharing: Virgin to Monitor in UK

first_imgRelated Posts Virgin Media, one of the UK’s leading providers of television / broadband / mobile / phone services, has announced plans to use deep packet inspection technology to track illegal file-sharing activity among around 40 percent of its UK network. Users whose activities are being monitored will not be informed of this fact.The tech comes from Detica, a company better known for working with government data and intelligence agencies than media files and P2P networks. Their CView product is designed to help put an end to illegal filesharing, and with ISPs showing interest, it’s unlikely that Virgin’s deal will be the last we hear about.In a lengthy document on illegal filesharing, Detica outlines how CView can be used to baseline the level of illicit filesharing then continue to measure the same activity as punitive measures are rolled out. The company believes that every ISP has an obligation to reduce illegal filesharing “by an agreed percentage over a period of time,” a goal that can only be achieved through accurate, thorough measurement of user activity – this is the very reason Detica created CView.Beyond measuring user activity on P2P networks, CView will not collect data on individual users. Raw traffic data and identification information is reportedly deleted in the closed system and cannot be accessed by a human operator. CView gathers data on peer-to-peer packets in user traffic and then inspects the packets to see whether the content is being shared illegally.Although the tech only examines aggregate traffic data, and although a Virgin spokeperson states that records will not be maintained on individual users, privacy concerns are right behind raining-on-our-parade concerns when one examines the question of monitoring user behavior. Isn’t warning, fining, censoring and/or restricting access for infringing users the next logical step?Give us your doomsday scenario – or your vote of confidence for the Detica/Virgin partnership – in the comments. jolie odell Tags:#p2p#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Former Ohio State coach Joe Daniels dies at the age of 69

Former Ohio State football coach Joe Daniels died early Sunday morning at the age of 69 after years of battling multiple illnesses. Daniels concluded his coaching career at OSU after 39 years in the profession. He joined the OSU staff in 2001 as the quarterback coach and stayed in that role for eight years, until after spring drills in the 2009 season. He later moved into a personnel development position at OSU. “Joe had a positive impact on everyone he met,” OSU Athletic Director Gene Smith said in a press release. “There are hundreds of former and current football players who are blessed because of the relationship they had with Joe. It was an honor to be in his presence and we thank him for what he gave Buckeye Nation while he was a coach and administrator. Our hearts and prayers are with his wife Kathy, son Matt, daughter Kaitlin, daughter-in-law Jenny and the entire Daniels family.” During his coaching career, Daniels helped coach and develop quarterbacks like Dan Marino, Ozzie Newsome and former Buckeye Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith. “The things that stand out to me were Joe’s sense of humor and the way he approached the last five years,” OSU defensive coordinator Jim Heacock said. “He was always upbeat. Everything was always good. He was an amazing man and you won’t find any better quality of person than Joe Daniels.” read more

Ohio State head diving club coach placed on administrative leave

John Appleman, the head coach of Ohio State’s Diving Club, was placed on administrative leave Friday after the class-action lawsuit was filed accusing fellow Ohio State Diving Club coach William Bohonyi of sexual abuse of a former athlete. Ohio State confirmed Appleman’s suspension with USA Diving and that he was placed on administrative leave by the university. On July 12, Appleman was suspended of his membership with USA Diving for undisclosed reasons. USA Diving released the following statement: “Providing a safe environment for USA Diving members is our top priority. USA Diving currently has suspended members and we are unable to comment further on this matter. USA Diving cannot comment on any action The Ohio State University may have taken.” Appleman was announced as the next diving coach at the University of Arizona on June 5, but Arizona rescinded his offer of employment once he was suspended by USA Diving. Appleman was mentioned by name in the class-action lawsuit filed against Bohonyi. The lawsuit stated that he learned of the sexual abuse while at the Senior Nationals competition in Knoxville, Tennessee, in August 2014. But the athlete, 17, was sent home while Bohonyi stayed at the event. The OSU Police investigation of Bohonyi was reopened on Jan. 30, 2018 after the university was contacted by the former diving club athlete. Appleman could not be reached for comment. read more