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first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Japanese warships on first visit to Vietnam Two ships of the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force, JS Ariake and JS Setogiri, made their first port call at Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam.The visit marked the first time since World War II that Japanese warships visited Vietnam.Cam Ranh Bay area is close to Xisha and Nansha Islands which are claimed by China and part of the South China Sea dispute between China on one side and its neighboring countries on the other.Asked about a comment on the arrival of Japanese warships to Vietnam, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said: “It is beyond reproach for any two countries to carry out normal cooperation. However, if such cooperation targets a third party especially China or undermines regional peace and stability, China will definitely state its position.”The visit comes after a G7 meeting held in Hiroshima, Japan during which the leaders of seven nations adopted a declaration on maritime issues which called for restraint in the South China Sea dispute.The Chinese government said that while it supports freedom of navigation it would also uphold its territorial sovereignty.Commenting on the resolution, Kang said: “Given the sluggish global economic recovery at the moment, G7 should have focused on global economic governance and cooperation instead of hyping up maritime issues and fueling tensions in the region.”“China is strongly dissatisfied with relevant moves taken by G7. We urge G7 members to abide by their promise of not taking sides on territorial disputes, respect the efforts by regional countries, stop all irresponsible words and actions, and make constructive contribution to regional peace and stability.”[mappress mapid=”17782″] Authorities April 13, 2016 Share this article Japanese warships on first visit to Vietnam View post tag: JS Setogiri View post tag: JS Asagiri View post tag: JMSDFlast_img read more

first_imgUS-based boat builder Metal Shark has teamed up with autonomous vessel technology developer ASV Global to offer an entire range of autonomous vessels. The autonomous technology – named “Sharktech” – is offered on Metal Shark’s entire portfolio of vessels, which range from 16’ to over 300’ in aluminum, steel, and composite.Sharktech autonomous vessels may be custom configured for military, law enforcement, fire rescue, and commercial markets, the company says.“The industry has watched and waited as autonomous technology has matured from its fledgling stages, and today we’re offering ASV Global’s fully proven autonomous capability on our entire model lineup,” said Metal Shark CEO Chris Allard. “We are demystifying and streamlining the process of autonomous technology integration by bringing this capability to market in turnkey form straight from the OEM. Check the box and get the option, on our full range of globally proven designs.”In addition to waypoint navigation and the execution of pre-programmed mission routes, Sharktech’s ASView onboard digital control system features dynamic collision avoidance with a decision-making capability. Depending on configuration, the system considers data from multiple situational awareness inputs, including multiple radars, 360-degree daylight and thermal cameras, and AIS to safely identify and steer clear of stationary and moving obstacles.“The ASView control system offers multiple modes including unmanned operations, reduced manned operations, or conventional manned operations. In addition, ASV Global can assist with mission payload and sensor integration, control, and remote supervision,” Thomas Chance, CEO of ASV Global, said.Sharktech’s ASView system allows for autonomous or remote operation of navigation and safety lighting, hailers and sirens, pumps, and other components. The system also supports the integration and autonomous or remote operation of a range of specialized equipment, including fire pumps, monitors, and other fire-fighting equipment; hydrographic survey equipment; equipment for acoustic, oceanographic, or meteorological monitoring; and the full spectrum of FLIRs and other specialty cameras.The vessel’s operations may be monitored from a mother ship via radio link, or from shore via satellite link. In the instance of lost primary and backup communications, the vessel will assume pre-programmed behavior, such as station-keeping. Other safety features include geo-fence tools, emergency-stop buttons, and the ability to switch from autonomous to manual control at any time. Photo: A SHARKTECH-equipped 38 Defiant autonomous vessel testing near Metal Shark’s Jeanerette, Louisiana headquarters. Photo: Metal Shark/Business Wire View post tag: Metal Shark View post tag: ASV Globalcenter_img View post tag: Sharktech Share this articlelast_img read more

first_imgThe Novel Coronavirus originated in Wuhan City in China, and has currently caused 130 deaths across China. Let’s look at what we actually know and what Coronavirus means for Oxford. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), “the virus did not match any other known virus. This raised concern because when a virus is new, we do not know how it affects people.” Meanwhile, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have advised against all but essential travel to China. Viral respiratory infections, such as colds and influenza, are very common at this year. Public Health England have assessed the current risk to the UK as low. There are currently no confirmed cases in the UK or of UK citizens abroad. “This means taking simple, common sense steps, such as staying at home and avoiding close contact with other people as much as possible.” “If staff or students have recently travelled to an affected area and develop symptoms of a respiratory illness within 14 days of the exposure, they should phone their GP or contact 111 who will advise them.” Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director of PHE, outlined official guidance for those returning from Wuhan: “Isolating yourself from other people, like you would with other flu viruses, is in step with the best scientific and expert advice on how to stop the coronavirus from spreading. The majority of cases have been confined to China, with a few spreading to Japan and the United States. The University of Oxford has advised that “if staff or students develop viral symptoms they should manage these as they usually would.” Coronavirus is dominating national and international channels. With terrifying headlines and statistics that are causing widespread panic, it’s time to step back. Britons who are being flown back to the UK will be put in quarantine for two weeks to contain any potential risk.last_img read more

first_imgFlour ground in an historic water-powered corn mill has been given a Fine Farm Produce Award from the National Trust.Clyston Mill, by the River Clyst in Exeter, is more than 150 years old and produces wholemeal flour for its on-site National Trust shop, as well as local bakers Emma’s Bread and Ken’s Pastry.Mill custodian Ursula Kirby said they use an old English variety of wheat – Maris Widgeon – from a local organic National Trust farm. She said: “It’s got a fine flavour and can be used in bread, cakes and scones, while it also has less gluten than some flour. We’re really pleased to get the award and I hope it will make us even more sales.”The mill has produced three tonnes of flour this year and aims to mill seven tonnes next year.Rob Macklin, head of agriculture at the National Trust, and chair of the judging panel, said: “All products must pass a checklist of environmental standards, and all primary ingredients must meet high production assurance. “Products that successfully pass this check are assessed in their raw state by the judges before being cooked and subjected to a vigorous blind taste test by a panel of judges…  to win an award, they have to be at least as good as a high-quality, commercially available alternative.”Twenty-two food and drink producers around England and Wales picked up one of the awards, which celebrate the quality of produce farmed, grown or processed on land owned or managed by the National Trust. They can now use the Fine Farm Produce Award logo on their products.last_img read more

first_imgChandler M. Levinson, a doctoral student studying plant breeding, genetics and genomics at the University of Georgia Tifton campus, has been named a 2020 Borlaug Graduate Scholar by the National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB).The Borlaug Graduate Scholars program was established by NAPB and funded through the Agronomic Science Foundation (ASF) to develop the next generation of leaders in the plant breeding science professions. The annual awards are presented for outstanding contributions to agronomy through education, national and international service and research.Levinson, who studies with D.W. Brooks Professor of horticulture Peggy Ozias-Akins in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, currently works with collaborators in the U.S., Argentina and Senegal to use wild peanut relatives to increase resistance in cultivated peanuts, improving and protecting peanut yields and contributing to global food security. Levinson holds a bachelor’s degree from Berry College, where she worked in a chestnut breeding program and longleaf pine restoration program.“Chandler’s research has been part of a formative project on peanut crop improvement for disease resistance traits from wild relatives through interspecific hybridization and molecular marker-assisted breeding,” Ozias-Akins said. “She not only has excelled in her research but also leadership activities in the Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics Graduate Student Association and Graduate Student Working Group of the National Association of Plant Breeders.”Levinson has authored or coauthored three peer-reviewed articles and has two more in preparation. She provides leadership in several organizations, serving as chair for the NAPB Graduate Student Working Group, president of the American Peanut Research and Education Society Graduate Student Association, and vice president of the UGA Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics Graduate Student Association. Her main passions are mentorship, journal and grant writing, professional development, rock climbing, helping others and rescuing animals.As a Borlaug Graduate Scholar, Levinson will be paired with volunteer mentors who are professional and scientific NAPB members committed to the professional development of the recipient.”It is an honor to be associated with Dr. Norman Borlaug through this award, and I hope to follow closely in his footsteps toward promoting food security through plant breeding,” Levinson said. “My plans for my future career are to continue working on improving crops in order to help people, likely by becoming a professor, and focusing on fostering international collaborations and on mentoring confident students.”Levinson will officially receive the award at the NAPB Annual Meeting to be held virtually August 17-20. For more information on the 2020 awards, including award descriptions, visit more information about the plant breeding programs at UGA, visit read more

first_img Unlovely The Ballroom Thieves 3:55 Normal Is Just An Exit Jason Lee Mckinney Band 2:13 3:31 While I wasn’t obligated, I did end up writing about that record, and I have been a fan of Last Train Home, and pretty much everything Eric Brace, singer and front man for the group, has done ever since. In late January, Last Train Home dropped their first record in twelve years, Daytime Highs & Overnight Lows, and I was as thrilled to get it as I was to receive that first record so many years ago. These guys are masters of modern Americana, and Trail Mix is happy to feature “Sleep Eyes” on this collection of tunes. 3:40 Hey, Bus Driver! Tami Neilson 3:27 Audio PlayerEric Brace & Last Train HomeSleepy EyesUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 3:27 Please share the word about this new volume of tunes with the music loving friends and family in your life. Get out there to a show. Grab a record or two. Help support the tremendous artists that so regularly support Trail Mix. Sleepy Eyes Eric Brace & Last Train Home Foreign Thing Jen Starsinic 3:45 3:38 Oh, to be young and naive. Lakeside Mount Hudson Embed East October John Moreland Make It Last Darling West 3:01 Mother Nature’s Daughter Chicago Farmer 3:10 Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. She Feels Like Home The Flyin’ A’s In the Dark of Morning Possessed by Paul James The Return (Love Comes Back) Rose Cousinscenter_img 3:12 3:46 Unsolved Mysteries SoloS Water, Water Michael Doucet I’m A Wreck Sarah Morris Also featured are brand new tunes from Rose Cousins, Darling West, Jason Lee McKinney Band, Michael Doucet, The Flyin’ As, Sarah Morris, Sasha K.A, SoloS, Mount Hudson, and Robert Vincent,. 3:00 2:42 Never Give Up Son Little 2:44 3:44 3:50 Headlight Della Mae This was my first true revelation when it came to writing about music. Way back in 2007, I opened my mailbox and there was a distinctly CD shaped cardboard container. Nestled inside was Last Good Kiss, the new record from Last Train Home. I was mystified. I had no idea how the label knew about me, why I had gotten the record, or what I had to do with it. I even remember writing my good buddy Jedd, now editor of this fine magazine, asking if I was obligated to do something with it. 4:20 3:42 Tall Grass Sasha K.A 4:30 They’ll send me records. For free. And I didn’t even ask. 3:24 This volume of Trail Mix also includes some outstanding tracks from some long time favorite artists. Check out new tunes from Chicago Farmer, Miss Tess, Jen Starsinic, Della Mae, John Moreland, Son Little, Possessed By Paul James, The Ballroom Thieves, and Tami Neilson. My Neighbour’s Ghost Robert Vincent True Flood Miss Tess DOWNLOAD THIS MONTH’S TRAIL MIXlast_img read more

first_img 93SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details We all know it’s important to have an emergency fund, so if yours isn’t currently in good shape, do your best to build up savings for at least a few months expenses as soon as you can. Your food and entertainment budgets are probably a couple of places you can cut back in order to accomplish this feat. But what areas should you AVOID cutting back? Here are a few parts of your budget that you probably don’t want to even consider sacrificing…Debt payments: If you’re battling credit card debt, you should probably make it a point to pay as much as you possibly can each month. Debt is hard to battle when you’re making minimum payments, so you definitely don’t want to sacrifice that extra cash.Your 401k: You’ve got that 401k set up to automatically build itself up every month, so that’s probably not something you’d want to mess with. As important as your emergency fund is to protecting your possible future, your 401k is there to protect your definite future, so don’t forget that.Insurance: Don’t gamble with your health or your money. Dropping insurance is a gamble that has a huge downside. You may need an important surgery and you don’t want to find yourself uninsured with enormous hospital bills.last_img read more

first_imgVirus, cyclone double blow The cyclone weakened as it moved north through Bangladesh but still unleashed heavy rain and fierce winds in Cox’s Bazar, the district which houses about one million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.The UN said the effect in the vast camps of flimsy shacks appeared to be “fairly minimal”.The area most affected by Amphan, the first “super cyclone” to form over the Bay of Bengal since 1999, was the Satkhira district of southwest Bangladesh.There a storm surge — a wall of ocean water which is often one of the main killers in major weather systems — roared inland and destroyed embankments protecting villages and shrimp farms.”My home has gone under water. My shrimp farm is gone. I don’t know how I am going to survive,” Omar Faruq, 28, told AFP. Jessore, the district next to Satkhira and which borders West Bengal, was also hard hit with at least 12 killed.”The coronavirus has already taken a toll on people. Now the cyclone has made them paupers,” said local councilor Bhabotosh Kumar Mondal.The last super cyclone in 1999 left nearly 10,000 dead in Odisha, eight years after a typhoon, tornadoes and flooding killed 139,000 in Bangladesh.This time, as during a cyclone in Odisha last year, the human cost was greatly lessened thanks to the evacuations, said Rahman.”Only several people died. The majority of them ventured out to collect fallen mangoes during the storm,” he told AFP.Natural disaster expert Nayeem Wahra, at the Disaster Forum think-tank, said the storm also lost some of its potency over the Bay of Bengal before it made landfall.”The storm surge was not powerful or high enough to cause extensive damage to lives or properties,” Wahra told AFP.”Bangladesh was largely spared.”Packing people into shelters, however, raised the risk of coronavirus spreading, with cases still surging in India and Bangladesh.Charity WaterAid also warned water sources could have been contaminated by the cyclone, making hand-washing and other hygiene practices to combat the spread of the coronavirus more difficult. Topics : India and Bangladesh began a massive cleanup Thursday after the fiercest cyclone since 1999 killed at least 95 people, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.Cyclone Amphan flattened houses, uprooted trees, blew off roofs and toppled electricity pylons, while a storm surge inundated coastal villages and wrecked shrimp farms vital to the local economy.The United Nations office in Bangladesh estimates 10 million people were affected, and some 500,000 people may have lost their homes. Twenty-three people have died in Bangladesh, according to the official death toll.India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will survey the damage in West Bengal and Odisha states on Friday, as well as take part in aid meetings.Modi tweeted earlier that “no stone will be left unturned in helping the affected”.Improved weather forecasting meant Bangladesh was able to move some 2.4 million people into shelters or out of the storm’s direct path, while India evacuated some 650,000.At least 10 million people were without power on Thursday afternoon in the worst-hit districts of Bangladesh, said rural electricity board chief Moin Uddin.The storm leveled more than 55,000 homes — most made of tin, mud and bamboo — across Bangladesh, junior disaster management minister Enamur Rahman told AFP.Kolkata residents woke to flooded streets, with part of the city’s yellow taxi fleet up to their bonnets in water in one neighbourhood and many areas without power.”Each second seemed like an hour,” bank manager Susanta De said of the storm. “There were only howling winds and sounds of shattering window panes. All of it was very scary and we thought the end was nearing.”Bangladesh’s Sundarbans forest chief Moyeen Uddin Khan told AFP the storm surge that smashed into the vast mangrove area — which bore the brunt of the storm — was “not as high as was feared earlier”.He said Amphan’s impact on wildlife, especially the forest’s endangered Bengal tigers, was not yet known. But the death toll was far lower than the many thousands killed in previous cyclones  — a result of improved weather forecasting and better response plans.The disaster has raised fears, however, that overcrowding in storm shelters will exacerbate the spread of coronavirus.India’s West Bengal reported 72 deaths — including 15 in the capital Kolkata — with state premier Mamata Banerjee saying: “I haven’t seen a disaster of this magnitude.” “This is the worst cyclone to hit the state since the one in 1737 when thousands lost their lives,” she told reporters. Banerjee earlier described the cyclone’s impact as “worse than coronavirus”. last_img read more

first_imgJapan is watching the situation in Hong Kong with “deep concern” after China passed a new security law for the city, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday, and stressed the importance of steps that upheld the principle of “one nation, two systems”.His comments followed a Kyodo news agency report on Sunday that cited officials of Britain, the United States and other countries as saying Japan had decided not to join them in issuing a statement scolding China for the new law, which could endanger Hong Kong’s special autonomy and freedoms.But Tokyo was deeply concerned, Abe told parliament. Other countries had expressed appreciation for Japan’s independent efforts, and it received no complaints, added the source, who sought anonymity because the matter was sensitive.”We’ve expressed our opinions this way directly and promptly to China at a high level and have made our opinions quite clear to international society,” Yoshihide Suga, the chief cabinet secretary, told a news conference.Tokyo is in a bind amid the US-China tension over Hong Kong as it plans for a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, originally set for April but postponed over the coronavirus.  Topics :center_img “Hong Kong is an extremely important partner in terms of both tight economic ties and human relations, and it is important that the original system of ‘one nation, two systems’ be upheld and things proceed stably and democratically,” he said.Japan expressed concern about Beijing’s move in a statement on May 28, the day China passed the law, and called in the Chinese ambassador to convey its view.A government source familiar with the matter said Japan did not participate in the joint statement partly because of “rather short notice” and partly in order to focus on efforts by the Group of Seven nations, rather then the signatories.”Japan took the position to do what it has to do independently, in this case because of, first, time constraints, and secondly, our basic position is that we emphasize our efforts in the G7,” the source told Reuters.last_img read more

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 04, 2016 Department of Health Names John J. Collins as Director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Medical Marijuanacenter_img Medical Marijuana,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today announced that John J. Collins has been named director of the Office of Medical Marijuana. Collins, who currently works in the Department of Health’s HIV Care Section, will assume his new role on Aug. 8, 2016.“I am pleased to announce the department has identified a highly qualified and skilled individual from among our own staff to serve as the Director of the Office of Medical Marijuana,” said Secretary Murphy. “Mr. Collins has an impressive record of executive leadership experience that will serve him well in his new role of overseeing the commonwealth’s high quality, efficient, and compliant medical marijuana program.”Collins will be responsible for guiding the implementation of the state’s medical marijuana program, which is expected to be complete by early 2018.“I am very proud to be chosen to lead such an important office,” said Collins. “My experience in a heavily regulated medical enterprise, market research and new product development, strategic planning, logistics, communications, and customer service is a perfect fit for the requirements of overseeing the implementation of Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program. I am excited and eager to get to work on this medically-focused program that will help Pennsylvanians suffering from one of the 17 serious medical conditions outlined in Act 16.”Collins recently joined the Department of Health in April and currently serves as a public health program assistant administrator in the Division of HIV Disease. He is a certified allied health professional and holds an MBA with a concentration in marketing from Lindenwood University and also completed leadership training at the Wharton School, Aresty Institute of Executive Education, University of Pennsylvania. Collins also has extensive executive experience in the private sector, most recently as chief operating officer for Triad Isotopes, Inc., in Orlando, Florida.The medical marijuana program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016. Since that time, the Department of Health has:Released public surveys to aid in the development of temporary regulations for growers/processors and dispensaries/laboratories;Completed the Safe Harbor temporary guidelines and Safe Harbor Letter application process;Developed the Medical Marijuana Physician Workgroup and sent important information to physicians; andReleased a Request for Information for Seed to Sale IT solutions for the tracking of medical marijuana.Once fully implemented, Pennsylvania residents under a physician’s care for the treatment of a serious medical condition, as allowed under Act 16, will be able to access medical marijuana in the commonwealth.Questions about the medical marijuana program can be emailed to [email protected] Information is also available on the Department of Health website at Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more