Chinese Navy’s Hospital Ship Peace Ark Visits Cuba

first_img View post tag: ship Back to overview,Home naval-today Chinese Navy’s Hospital Ship Peace Ark Visits Cuba View post tag: News by topic October 28, 2011 View post tag: Chinese View post tag: Peace View post tag: visits View post tag: Cuba View post tag: Navy Training & Education Chinese Navy’s hospital ship Peace Ark arrived at the port of Havana, Cuba on Oct 21 with a 5-day friendly visit.This is the first visit of Chinese Navy’s ship to Cuba.Peace Ark left Chinese port Zhoushan on Sept 16 with the view to pay friendly visits to Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Costa Rica.About Peace ArkLaunched in 2007, China is one of a few nations with naval floating hospitals. The Chinese rationale for the ship was to give China a platform to provide a better means to providing quicker humanitarian response to disasters around the world, but others contend it allows China to extend the navy’s blue water capabilities.The single ship of the class has a pennant number 866. The ship is assigned to the East Sea Fleet and based out of Daishandao. The ship has 300 beds, 20 ICUs, 8 operating theatres, and the capacity to accommodate 40 major surgeries a day – about as many as a large hospital in Beijing.The ship is unarmed and painted white with red crosses to conform to the Geneva Convention criteria for a civilian hospital ship.[mappress]Source: rusnavy, October 28, 2011; View post tag: Navy’s View post tag: Naval View post tag: Ark Chinese Navy’s Hospital Ship Peace Ark Visits Cuba View post tag: Hospital Share this articlelast_img read more

US Navy destroyers on Western Pacific deployment

first_img US Navy destroyers on Western Pacific deployment U.S. Navy’s guided missile destroyers USS Spruance (DDG 111) and USS Decatur (DDG 73) are scheduled to depart their homeport of Naval Base San Diego, California for a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific.They will deploy as part of Pacific Surface Action Group (PAC SAG) under Destroyer Squadron 31 (CDS-31) on April 19.The two ships will be joined by the guided missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) and the embarked “Devil Fish” and “Warbirds” detachments of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49.The PAC SAG will conduct maritime security operations and theater security efforts and is expected to also participate in the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI). OMSI is a Secretary of Defense program utilizing Department of Defense assets transiting the region to increase the Coast Guard’s maritime domain awareness, ultimately supporting its maritime law enforcement operations in Oceania.U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific Ocean. Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy destroyers on Western Pacific deployment View post tag: USS Spruance View post tag: USS Decatur View post tag: US Navycenter_img Authorities View post tag: USS Momsen April 18, 2016 Share this articlelast_img read more

AUGUST 21 “READER FORUM”

first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?“IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming MondayTodays READERS POLL question is: Do You believe that the Mayor or City Council will have nothing to do with the future decision concerning the development of Robert Park?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribute.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

RSU 73, RSU 9 extend closures

first_imgLIVERMORE FALLS – Following recommendation from Governor Mills, Regional School Unit 73 and 9 have both decided to extend school closures until at least April 27.The districts had originally planned to reopen to the public on March 30, but have made the decision to extend that closure due to the state’s proclaimed emergency status.RSU 73 Superintendent Scott Albert reported there have been no confirmed cases within RSU 73.“This is still meant as a deterrent and is the district being pro-active,” he wrote in a press release.During the closure, staff will be working remotely to provide learning activities as well as bagged meals.For a complete list of RSU 73 pick up locations for meals and work, click here. For details on RSU 9 meal and work offerings click here.last_img read more

Weekend Poll: Who Should Play Marian in NBC’s The Music Man?

first_img View Comments If you haven’t heard about NBC’s plans for a live broadcast of The Music Man in 2015, well, ya got trouble (and you should really read our site more). As soon as we learned the news, we came up with five leading men we would pitch to NBC to play phony band leader Harold Hill. Now it’s your turn. We want to hear your picks for Marian “The Librarian” Paroo! Remember: She should be able to play both prim and tender, and girl’s gotta be able to SING. Take a look at our list of stage and screen stars and let us know: Whose soprano should soar on that footbridge? If you wish they may and you wish they might, cast your vote below!last_img read more

TruexCullins & Heritage Aviation receive BBA’s Hertzel Pasackow Award

first_imgTruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design and Heritage Aviation received the Burlington Business Association’s Hertzel N Pasackow Architectural Excellence Award for the General Aviation facility project in South Burlington, Vermont.  The total renovation of this vacant 60,000 SF 1955-era Army National Guard hangar, located at the south end of the Burlington International Airport, stripped the existing building of all exterior walls and windows to expose the underlying steel and concrete structure.  A 25-foot wide addition at the runway-side of the building increased the size of the existing hangar space and includes a two-story passenger lobby with views to the airport and Vermont landscape through two-story glass windows. The exposed structure was outfitted with a high-performance exterior envelope including insulated metal panels, thermally efficient windows and a new high-insulation-value roof. Multiple large-format skylights and extensive glass at the upper areas of the hangar walls introduce natural sunlight to the interior of the hangar space. A complete renovation of the building interior included new stairs and elevators, energy efficient heating, air-conditioning and electrical systems, and utilized sustainably and regionally-sourced interior finishes and state-of-the art LED lighting.The facility will function both as a maintenance hangar for general aviation aircraft that visit Burlington and require scheduled or unscheduled service as well as an FBO (Fixed Base Operation) providing facilities for transient flight crews and allowing access for General Aviation (GA) passengers to and from their flights.  Another 11,000 SF building addition at the northeast corner of the hangar provides the Customs and Border Protection Service with an air-side office and the ability to process larger numbers of international passengers.This project is currently registered with the U.S. Green Building Council and is on track to obtain a USGBC LEED Silver Certification.  Energy efficient features include:On-site renewable energy generation through a 10 panel solar thermal (domestic hot water) system, a 120 panel solar photovoltaic (PV) array, and a 100 kW wind turbine.Water Conservation and Control Strategies include a 30,000 gallon rainwater harvesting/storage system to supply landscape irrigation, green roof irrigation and plane-washing, parking lot of porous concrete pavement for on-site stormwater treatment, and a bio-swale stormwater collection area. Building Envelope and Energy Conservation strategies included recycling the building structure to avoid waste normally associated with building demolition and reconstruction; thermally improved building envelope with air-sealing and testing; a vegetated (green) roof; high-albedo (white) roof to minimize absorption of unwanted solar gain; daylighting strategies, including vision/daylight glass specification, skylights, and lighting dimming; LED parking lot lighting and interior lighting. The design team included: Architects: Richard Deane, AIA, Tom Hengelsberg, AIA, LEED AP, Peter Burns; Interior Designers: Kim Deetjen, ASID, & Cecilia Redmond, LEED AP; & Casa Bella Design, Hinesburg, VT;Civil Engineer: Stantec, South Burlington, VT; Landscape Architect: H. Keith Wagner Partnership, Burlington, VT; Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Hallam ICS, South Burlington, VT; Structural Engineer: Artisan Engineering, Charlotte, VT;Commissioning: Thomas Engineering, Warren, VT; Construction Manager: Engelberth Construction, Inc., Colchester, VT; Owner s Construction Representative: Barden Inspection Service, Hinesburg, VT; Air-Sealing Testing Authority: Building Energy, Williston, VT.TruexCullins is a Burlington based architecture and interior design firm providing clients with the expertise and creativity of five distinct design studios: education, workplace, home, resort and interiors for over 40 years.For more information contact Susan Weeks, Director of Marketing, or visit www.truexcullins.com(link is external). Source: TruexCullins. 4.16.2010. Photos by Susan Tearelast_img read more

North Yorkshire retail: Stunted growth in York

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Lana Soelistianingsih appointed LPS executive director

first_img “[I also hope Lana] will improve LPS’ performance in insuring deposits are more sustainable in the future,” the minister said in a statement.Read also: LPS lowers deposit insurance rates to 6.25 percent until end of yearShe added that she also hoped Lana could turn the LPS into a corporation that contributed more to the stability of the Indonesian financial system.Lana earned a Master’s degree in economic development from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, United States, in 1995, and a doctorate degree in economy from the University of Indonesia in 2003. She joined Indonesian investment management company PT Samuel Aset Manajemen (SAM) as the head of economics and research in October 2013. (hol)Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo appointed Lana Soelistianingsih as the new Deposit Insurance Corporation (LPS) executive director on Thursday, replacing Fauzi Ichsan. The decision to appoint Lana and honorably discharge Fauzi was stipulated in Presidential Decree No. 10/M/2020.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, who handed over the decree to Lana in a ceremony on Thursday, said she hoped Lana would be ready to collaborate with relevant parties and be aware of any economic challenges coming from inside and outside the country.last_img read more

EIOPA rolls up sleeves on new HBS proposal for IORP II

first_img“EIOPA stands ready to undertake all the necessary work in order to ensure safe, sustainable and adequate pensions for European citizens.”He said EIOPA was now working to improve definitions and methodologies for assessing the HBS approach and would run further assessments in the coming months.“My aim,” he said, “is to present the next Commission with further tested technical proposals for a European, risk-based prudential regime that appropriately reflects the specific reality of pension funds.”At a closed-door event in Brussels in July, Bernardino announced that the HBS approach within the revised IORP Directive was not “a dead-end street”, in spite of the European Commission’s decision earlier this year to postpone pillar one for the same directive.The HBS approach is, according to him, a way to capture “the wide variety of occupational pension systems in the different member states in a single, European prudential regime”.“The holistic balance sheet allows pension funds to recognise the value of all security and benefit-adjustment mechanisms available to them,” he said at the time.“All in all, the holistic balance sheet is able to provide a comprehensive and comparable view of how far occupational pension promises are supported by financial assets, sponsor support and pension protection schemes, and how far benefit adjustments are expected to occur.”In May, Michel Barnier, the current commissioner for internal market, said the Commission would postpone the implementation of pillar one, which focuses on capital requirements, arguing that solvency rules should be an “improvement for the pensions sector, rather than a punishment”.Barnier said he considered the quantitative rules to be a job for his successor. The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) is working to improve methodologies for assessing the holistic balance sheet (HBS) approach within the IORP II Directive, with the view to presenting further tested technical proposals to the new European Commission next year.  EIOPA’s chair, Gabriel Bernardino, speaking at the hearing of the chairmen of the three European Supervisory Authorities, said the first quantitative impact study – which aimed to assess the HBS approach – had revealed large differences in the protection of members and beneficiaries across Europe.He also pointed out that pension funds disposed of “vulnerabilities” in different areas.“Some are very dependent on future payments by the sponsor, and, in others, substantial benefit reductions are expected,” he said.last_img read more

De Eendragt makes radical portfolio shift in bid to raise solvency level

first_imgDe Eendragt, the €1.5bn Dutch pensions insurer, has shifted its entire investment portfolio into fixed income to lift its solvency to the required level. To improve its risk profile, the insurer offloaded all stakes in equities, non-listed property and alternative investments, according to its 2013 annual report.The company – which provides defined benefit, defined contribution (DC) and collective DC plans for companies of the former paper mill Van Gelder – saw its financial position deteriorate following the adjustment of the European Central Bank’s AAA curve as a result of the downgrading of France.As a consequence, De Eendragt had to write off €38m worth of assets, it said. In addition, a new and improved internal model for liabilities had a negative impact on De Eendragt’s assets, which also suffered from stricter Solvency II requirements.As a result of these developments, the pensions insurer was unable – for the second time in a row – to grant indexation to deferred participants or pensioners.The insurer also revealed in its annual report that it failed to attract any new clients last year.De Eendragt argued, however, that its proposition was still attractive, pointing out that most expiring contracts had been renewed over the period.The board said it decided to carry on as an independent company after an extensive strategic study into the possibility of cooperating with other players in the pensions industry failed to reach a satisfactory conclusion.It also said its new executive board had been tasked with prioritising the development of a strategy for the long term, after Philip Menco, its director since 2004, departed last May.De Eengragt lost 5% overall last year, citing the effect of rising interest rates on its fixed income holdings in particular.Its ‘maximum diversification strategy’ for emerging market equities returned 31%, while its ‘minimum variance’ approach for the same segment returned 4%.De Eendragt’s 30% non-listed property holdings – the “cornerstone” of the investment portfolio since 2007 due to the attractive risk/return ratio over the mid term – generated 1.6%.The insurer attributed the result in part to a further decrease in the value of its assets after appointing a new surveyor.In its annual report, De Eendragt confirmed it divested its stake in a long/short commodities fund – after a 7% loss – due to disappointing long-term performance.It also terminated its Global Tactical Asset Allocation strategy earlier this year after it produced a net return of 1.2%.According to the insurer, its long-term trends-based investment in a CTA hedge fund returned 9%, while its stake in a short-term strategy delivered a slightly positive result.De Eendragt did not respond to IPE’s repeated requests for additional information.last_img read more