Australia: Hydrographic Office Welcomes New Hydrographer

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Australia: Hydrographic Office Welcomes New Hydrographer January 24, 2013 View post tag: Hydrographer View post tag: New View post tag: Defence View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defense View post tag: welcomes Authoritiescenter_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Hydrographic View post tag: News by topic Australian Hydrographic Office in Wollongong announced that Commodore Rod Nairn, AM, RAN stepped down as Australia’s longest serving Hydrographer and was relieved by Commodore Brett Brace, RAN.“Hydrography has been my life” Commodore Nairn said, “I am immensely proud to have led such a professional service of Navy personnel and Defence civilians who are dedicated to providing accurate hydrographic information to mariners to make Australia’s waters safer. I know that together we have made a real difference.”Some significant milestones of recent years are the modernization of Australia’s nautical charts, the completion of Electronic Navigational Chart coverage of Australia’s waters and a launch of an “AusENC” Service that make Electronic Navigational Charts affordable and easily available for all Australians who venture to sea.Commodore Brace comes to the role of Hydrographer with an impressive record of seagoing Navy hydrographic ship Commands and staff appointments. He has also worked with Australia’s Maritime Safety Authority where he was responsible for implementing a real time under-keel clearance management system for the Torres Strait to improve safety of deep draught ships transiting this shallow and important shipping route.“I am passionate about hydrography and looking forward to continuing the proud tradition of the Australian Hydrographic Service providing essential information to make navigation safer, facilitating maritime trade and supporting protection of our marine environment” Commodore Brace said.The Australian Hydrographic Service is an element of the Royal Australian Navy. It is the national hydrographic authority responsible for the production and publication of nautical charts and hydrographic information to enable safe navigation of all ships in Australia’s waters.The Royal Australian Navy operates six hydrographic survey ships (four Paluma Class and two Leeuwin Class) and a laser airborne depth sounder aircraft. The output of these units contributes to the navigational safety products produced by the Australian Hydrographic Service.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 24, 2013; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: office Share this article Australia: Hydrographic Office Welcomes New Hydrographerlast_img read more

Guide to Halloween Events in Ocean City 2015

first_imgThe 2014 Halloween Parade in Ocean City, NJ, traveled Asbury Avenue on Thursday, Oct. 30.Ocean City’s 68th annual Halloween Parade is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 29. The parade route is from Sixth Street to 11th Street on Asbury Avenue.The Ocean City Exchange Club sponsors one of the longest running Halloween parades in the Tri-State area.The march includes an array of colorful costumed characters competing for prizes, bands, floats and is a fun-filled, family evening. The Ocean City and Mainland Regional High School Bands and the Pitman Hobo Band will be featured. There will also be decorated floats from numerous organizations competing for trophies.The Boy Scouts are assisting Ocean City Ecumenical Council Food Cupboard by scouting for food along the route. Canned and dried food donations would be appreciated.Registration to enter the Parade is free and runs through Oct. 28. All registrations are taken on line at www.ochp.blogspot.com. Late entries may register the night of the parade at Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue beginning at 6:15 p.m. For more information, call the Parade Info Hotline, 1-800-813-5580.Other Halloween events in Ocean City include:THE MONSTER AND HIS BRIDE: You are cordially invited to Frankenstein’s 80th Anniversary Party, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28 at the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall of the Ocean City Free Public Library at 17th Street and Simpson Avenue. Dracula, Wolfman, Zombie and other ghouls and demons will be there. Featuring student performers from Ocean City High School. For more information, call (609) 399-2434 Ext. 5222. Reception to follow.THIRD ANNUAL HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY: The gala will be hosted by the Ocean City Theatre company, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the Ocean City Yacht Club, Bay Avenue and Battersea Rd. Tickets are $75. Party will feature food, refreshments, dancing and prizes in the following categories: best business group, over-all best group, best organization/non profit group, scariest individual, most original individual, most elegant/classy individual, most creative individual, best couple/duo, over-all best male, over-all best female, best black/orange costume and least creative. For tickets, visit oceancitytheatrecompany.com or call (609) 398-1118. RSVP in advance required. For ages 21 and over.TRICK-OR-TREAT IN DOWNTOWN OCEAN CITY: Participating stores will welcome trick-or-treaters 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, on Asbury Avenue between Sixth Street and 11th Street. Sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association.CITYWIDE TRICK-OR-TREATING: Traditional Halloween trick-or-treating hours will be Oct. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. Children should be accompanied by adults and wear fire proof costumes that provide good visibility.last_img read more

Hovis to drive Best of Both sales

first_imgHovis has relaunched its Best of Both brand in time for the new school term. With a focus on “putting goodness back into lunchboxes” the relaunch encompasses a new recipe, revamped packaging and two additional Best of Both lines.Best of Both Seeds (800g) and Best of Both Little One (400g) have joined Hovis’ existing Best of Both range, with the launch to be supported by a TV sponsorship campaign.Hovis is to sponsor a new prime-time Sunday night ITV quiz show, called ‘Holding out for a Hero’, where contestants play to win money for a deserving person with an amazing story.The Best of Both brand will be positioned as ‘the family hero’ with the format of the show integrated into the theme of each ident, said the firm. It will air for seven weeks from 11 September. According to Hovis, six million lunchboxes are taken to school everyday, creating a £1.23bn sales opportunity as the cost of school dinners rise. “Best of Both bread is our biggest sub-brand after Soft White, and as such is perfectly positioned to reinvigorate the segment (lunchtime occasions) and drive sales at a time when mums are making decisions about what to give their kids for lunch,” said marketing manager Sioned Winfield.Commenting on the new SKUs, she added: “We have developed consumer-driven NPD in response to trends that we had identified to premiumise the category.”last_img read more

Press release: Homes England invests in Otterpool Park

first_imgThe land that Homes England has bought from Somerston Capital lies near junction 11 of the M20, between Lympne and the Lympne Industrial Estate. It was always included in the area within which the plans for Otterpool Park are being drawn up.Otterpool Park is a proposed garden town of up to 12,000 homes near Folkestone. It is being put forward by Shepway District Council and Cozumel Estates Ltd the owners of the former racecourse at Westenhanger. This investment is further evidence of government support for a new generation of garden towns to help deliver the high quality homes the country needs.When the government announced the formation of Homes England it said it would play a major role in securing land in areas where people want to live to help deliver an average of 300,000 homes a year by the mid 2020s.Paul Kitson, General Manager for the South East for Homes England, said: David Monk, Leader of Shepway District Council welcomed the news: Contact Homes England I am delighted that Homes England has co-invested with the Council to deliver Otterpool Park. It shows the government has faith in our plans for this garden town. Notes to editorsHomes England is the new housing delivery organisation that has been created to adopt a more commercial approach to respond to the long term housing challenges facing this country. The new, expanded agency will play a far bigger role in investing in supply and intervening in the market to help deliver 300,000 homes a year by the middle of the next decade.Homes England will act differently from its predecessor, bringing together money, land, expertise and planning and compulsory purchase powers to accelerate the supply of new homes and address affordability issues in areas of highest demand. Buying this land shows how Homes England is determined to use our finance and expertise to expand the delivery of affordable new homes and connect ambitious partners.center_img This investment will help us deliver an even better place so that our children and grandchildren can have the homes they need in a community that will also meet their needs for jobs, access to the countryside, transport links, schools, health centres and a great quality of life. We have been very impressed by the ambition shown by the Council and landowners to deliver Otterpool Park – a garden town for the 21st century. Owning this land will give us a voice in delivering a community that will meet the local need for homes in a place that is truly environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. Email [email protected] Telephone 0300 1234 500last_img read more

Ingles bakery to shut down all sites

first_imgPercy Ingle Bakeries is to close its 48 sites in the East End of London and Essex by 31 March next year.The 66-year-old business, which rebranded as Ingles last year, has confirmed earlier reports that it is to shut, stating substantial investment is required in its shops, main bakery and head office.It pointed out that it has also faced dramatic increases in running costs including rents, rates, wages and utilities. The business had shut its stores in March, due to the coronavirus outbreak, but reopened them in May.In its latest full-year financial statement filed at Companies House, for the year to 30 June 2018, the company reported turnover of £13.1m, up from £12.6m the previous year. It made a loss after tax of £165,000 compared to a £439,000 loss in 2017. The company attributed the loss to the “continued challenging trading environment”.“With a market that is highly competitive, a product that is exceptionally labour-intensive to make and a consumer that is highly price-conscious, it is difficult to see that we would be getting any return on such an investment on top of the many millions of pounds that have already been invested in recent years,” the business said in a statement, issued today (25 June).As a result, the company plans to to close the business on a shop by shop basis over the next year, with a proposed final trading date of 31 March 2021.“We understand the decision to close is a substantial shock to our employees, many of whom have been with us for many years and, of course, we will help them through the closure process as much as we can.“We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to all employees for their commitment and the dedication they have shown in the time they have been with the business.”The company added it was proud of its history of traditional baking (see below).“As a family business baking traditional products and serving London’s East End communities for over 65 years, we would hope that the company is remembered in high regard for years to come,” it stated.Percy Ingle: A historyPercy Ingle, the son of a baker, founded the business when he opened his first shop in Clarence Road, Hackney, in 1954.By the 1990s, the portfolio had grown to more than 40 shops and, in 2000, Percy handed control of the business to his son Derek, an artisan baker who had worked in the bakery since he was a teenager.Derek passed the company on to his own sons, Paul and Michael, with Paul running the bakery and Michael in charge of day-to-day operations at the shops.Last year, the company marked its 65th anniversary by rebranding as Ingles. A key objective of the rebrand was to highlight the company’s heritage in traditional baking and its use of original recipes.“Being a family-run business, we will always be protective of the legacy our grandfathers left us, but we also understand that times change and even a logo has a shelf life,” said Michael Ingle at the time.last_img read more

Google to expand edX’s open source platform

first_img Read Full Story EdX, the not-for-profit online learning initiative founded by Harvard and MIT, today announced its partnership with Google to jointly develop the edX open source learning platform, Open edX, and expand the availability of the platform and its learning tools to individuals and institutions around the world.In collaboration with Google, edX will build out and operate MOOC.org, a new site for non-xConsortium universities, institutions, businesses, governments and teachers to build and host their courses for a global audience. This site will be powered by the jointly developed Open edX platform.last_img

Omnicare and Ivax pay Vermont nearly $50,000 to settle allegations of fraud

first_imgAttorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that Vermont received $47,000 in restitution as part of an agreement with Omnicare, Inc. and IVAX Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to settle allegations that the companies engaged in unlawful kickback schemes that defrauded federal and state healthcare programs. Omnicare is a Delaware corporation headquartered in Kentucky that specializes in providing pharmacy services to long term care facilities. IVAX Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a Florida corporation that manufactures generic drugs. Vermont joined with other states and the federal government to reach a total of $112 million in civil damages to compensate Medicaid and Medicare programs for harm suffered as a result of the companies’ conduct. Vermont Medicaid received its proportioned share of the settlement last week.The government entities alleged that Omnicare and the other entities engaged in several unlawful kickback schemes that included the following: Omnicare solicited and received $8 million in payments in exchange for the company’s agreement to purchase $50 million in generic drugs from IVAX Pharmaceuticals and to drive utilization for the generic drugs for their nursing home patients. Omnicare paid $50 million to certain nursing home chains in exchange for 15-year contracts with each company to refer nursing home patients to Omnicare for the patients’ drug purchases. Omnicare provided pharmacy consultants to long term care facilities throughout the country at below market rates in exchange for the facilities’ agreement to use the company’s pharmacy services exclusively for their patients. Omnicare solicited and received kickback payments in exchange for the company’s agreement to convince physicians to prescribe the antipsychotic drug Risperdal as an initial drug or in place of competitors’ antipsychotic drugs.As one of the conditions of the settlement, Omnicare and IVAX also entered into Corporate Integrity Agreements with the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS-OIG”), which will closely monitor the companies’ practices going forward.  Source: VTAG. 5.7.2010last_img read more

Colombia: 40 kilograms of cocaine seized from coal ship in Magdalena

first_imgBy Dialogo August 29, 2014 Best regards, A major cocaine seizure by Colombian authorities, the arrest of a man claiming to be the son of a Sinaloa Cartel leader, and sanctions against a suspected narco-trafficker highlight regional successes in the counter-narcotics fight this week. Government agents seized 40 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a shipment of coal on a Liberian-flagged ship in the port municipality of Ciénaga, the Colombian Navy announced Monday. Colombia’s Coast Guard Station Santa Marta and the Magdalena’s Technical Investigation Corps Prosecutors Office executed the interdiction. The ship, the “Ping May,” had arrived from England and was bound for the Netherlands when agents found 40 packages of cocaine. “The operation was developed by strengthening units and port controls by the Navy, which in this specific case allowed to conduct research in coordination with the CTI, establishing the cargo ship was contaminated,” the Colombian Navy said in a prepared statement. The most recent bust continued Colombia’s success in its counter-narcotics fight. The Navy has seized more than 28 tons of cocaine in the Colombian Caribbean so far in 2014. It was the second time in less than a month that cocaine was discovered on a ship transporting coal in the department of Magdalena. Coast Guard and CTI agents seized 246 kilograms of the narcotics from a Panamanian-flagged vessel that had arrived from Canada and was anchored at Puerto Drummond in Ciénaga. The ship also was destined for the Netherlands. Colombian police confiscated 1.3 tons of cocaine belonging to the México-based Sinaloa Cartel, National Police Counter-narcotics Division head Gen. Ricardo Alberto Restrepo Londoño said Aug.22. Authorities discovered the narcotics aboard a ship departing from the Pacific port of Buenaventura and destined for the Guatemalan port of Quetzal, Restrepo Londoño said. The Sinaloa Cartel has established a presence in Colombia so it can buy cocaine straight from producers and eliminate middlemen, generating a higher profit, Restrepo Londoño added. “We are facing criminal organizations coming from Mexico,” he said. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has launched a probe into the possible presence of Mexican narco-traffickers in the department of Nariño, where the majority of coca – the main ingredient used to produce cocaine – is cultivated. The cocaine was inside a shipment of ceramic glue in a container among the ship’s cargo. We focus on the transport from various ports to Colombia more than 10 years, we successful get the best level rates. A suspect alleged to oversee cocaine trafficking from Bolivia and Guatemala into the U.S. was sanctioned this week by the U.S. Treasury Department. The sanctions have frozen Mexican Sajid Emilio Quintero Navidad’s U.S. assets under the Foregin Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, making it illegal for any U.S. entity or citizen to conduct financial or commercial transactions with him. Quintero Navidad is a cousin of Rafael Caro Quintero, who led the defunct Guadalajara Cartel in the 1970s, and served 28 years of a 40 year sentence at a federal prison in Mexico when a court ordered his release in August 2013. Caro Quintero is considered a fugitive by the federal court at the central district of California, where he is accused of the kidnapping, torture and murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985. Quintero Navidad, a former member of the Sinaloa Cartel, is suspected of playing major roles in murders, kidnappings and fuel thefts in the state of Sonora. He’s also commited violent acts against the Sinaloa Cartel, one of Mexico’s biggest narco-trafficking groups. Quintero Navidad “is a pivotal figure in the Sonora-Arizona corridor,” Adam J. Szubin, director of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), said in a prepared statement. More than 1,600 individuals and entities worldwide have been designated under the Act since June 2000. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil penalties of up to US$1.075 million per violation to more severe criminal penalties. Criminal penalties for corporate officers may include up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to US$5 million, while fines for corporations may reach US$10 million. Individuals face up to 10 years in prison and fines. Dear Friends, It’s my pleasured to wait for your reply and inquiry , thank you. Alleged Mexican narco-trafficker Sajid Emilio Quintero Navidad sanctioned by U.S. We konw you already have cooperate with other agents well, pls give me a chance to provide our rates and services for you reference. Good day, this is Molly from Globe Express Logistics. Alleged narco-trafficker claims to be son of suspected Sinaloa Cartel boss A defendant facing drug-related crimes has confessed to being the son of the late Juan José Esparragoza Moreno, an alleged leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, during a recent court date in the city of Toluca. Juan José Esparragoza Jiménez’s allegations could lead authorities to conduct genetic testing if they can’t find definitive evidence. Esparragoza Jiménez and co-defendant Joel Vázquez Valdenegro, who were arrested by the Mexican Army in the city of Culiacán in the state of Sinaloa, are accused of producing, possessing and selling methamphetamines, cocaine and cannabis. They also are facing weapons charges. Esparragoza Moreno, aka “El Azul,” reportedly had become one of the main leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel after Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera was arrested in February, ending his 13 years as a fugitive. Esparragoza Moreno died of a heart attack on June 8. About 40% of the narcotics, including cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamines and opiates, that are trafficked into the U.S. from México are owned by the Sinaloa Cartel, according to Raúl Benítez Manaut, a security analyst with the North America Research Center at the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). last_img read more

Eta Heads for South Florida

first_imgThat “would bring an isolated maximum total of 40 inches of rain,” Mr. Feltgen said.“At that point you measure in feet not inches,” he said. “That’s catastrophic, life-threatening flooding.” The storm’s intensity and final trajectory remained uncertain, but it was projected to bring 15 to 20 inches of rain to Cuba, the Cayman Islands and South Florida. The National Hurricane Center’s model indicated that Eta would arrive in the Florida Keys by early Tuesday morning.“Right now, the biggest problem with Eta is the horrific rainfall, which continues over Central America,” said Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist and spokesman at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. By Monday, Eta could be over the Florida Straits, Mr. Feltgen said, stressing that its path remained uncertain. Mr. Feltgen cautioned residents of Cuba, the Cayman Islands and South Florida to stay updated on Eta’s trajectory.“We’re looking at a potentially big rainfall across South Florida and that’s already saturated ground,” he said. “So we’re looking at potentially a flooding situation across South Florida.”Eta is the 28th named storm and the 12th hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season, which started in June and ends Nov. 30.When Eta formed, the 2020 season tied a record set in 2005, when Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma battered the Gulf Coast. That year, so many storms grew strong enough to be named that meteorologists had to resort to the Greek alphabet after exhausting the list of rotating names maintained by the World Meteorological Organization.The agency never got to Eta in 2005, however. It named 27 storms that year and only later identified a qualifying subtropical storm that formed briefly in October near the Azores, a remote archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.This year, hurricanes and tropical storms pounded the Gulf Coast, where towns and cities recovered from one storm only to be hit by another one weeks later. Eta’s path recalled that of Hurricane Mitch, which killed more than 11,000 people, mostly in Honduras and Nicaragua, in 1998. Heavy rains exacerbated by Mitch’s slow march across the region triggered devastating flooding and mudslides.On Thursday, Eta remained over land in Central America, about 80 miles southwest of La Ceiba, a city on the northern coast of Honduras. It was expected to make a slow trek over the Caribbean by Friday before landing in Cuba on Sunday.It continued to pose devastating threats to parts of Nicaragua and Honduras, where it was expected to drop an additional 15 to 20 inches of rain.- Advertisement – After bringing deadly rainfall and flooding to parts of Central America, Eta on Thursday appeared to be on a path for South Florida, where the storm was expected to arrive early next week.Eta, which made landfall in Nicaragua on Tuesday as a Category 4 hurricane, was downgraded to a tropical depression, but it was expected to strengthen again as it crossed the northwestern Caribbean Sea later this week.- Advertisement –center_img Two miners were killed in mudslides in Nicaragua, according to The Associated Press. In Honduras, a 12-year-old girl was killed when she became trapped in a mudslide.- Advertisement – Hurricane Laura battered Lake Charles, La., in late August, and in October, Hurricane Delta made landfall in Louisiana less than 20 miles east of where Laura had struck, slamming the area as it was still trying to recover.In late October, Hurricane Zeta lashed the Louisiana coast with heavy rain and powerful winds. That storm was blamed for six deaths across the South and for widespread power failures in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and the Carolinas.Kirk Semple, Austin Ramzy and Bryan Pietsch contributed reporting. – Advertisement –last_img read more