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first_img Training & Education November 27, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lanka: ‘Galle Dialogue 2013’ Concludes The international maritime conference, “Galle Dialogue 2013”, organized by the Sri Lanka Navy under the aegis of the Ministry of Defence, concluded on 26th November 2013 pledging support for collaboration and cooperation for the collective prosperity.Eighty-six foreign delegates from 35 countries and 90 local counterparts participated in the two-day dialogue, which provided a unique opportunity to discuss a wide spectrum of perspectives, opinions and views, which are as sprawling as the ocean.The following papers were presented at the conference:– “Emerging Maritime Interests in Asia Pacific: An Indian Perspective” by Admiral DK Joshi, the Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy– “Importance of Building Trust and Confidence to enhance Regional Maritime Security” by Rear Admiral Guan Jianguo, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy– “Potential Factors that could destabilize Freedom of the Seas” by Rear Admiral Kaleem Shaukat, the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Operations) of the Pakistan Navy– “How Cooperation could mitigate People Smuggling Activities in the Indian Ocean” by Rear Admiral Timothy Barrett, the Commander Australian Fleet of the Royal Australian Navy– “Economic and Strategic Realities in the Indian Ocean” by Ms. Nilanthi Samaranayake, Analyst, Center for Naval Analyses, Center for Strategic Studies, USA– “The Iranian Perspective on Regional Maritime Security” by Captain Neghi por Nazary, Iran Navy– “Onboard Security: The Threat, Best Practices and Trends in the Industry” by Major Nissanka Senadhipathi, the Chairman, Avant Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd.– “Marine Environment Protection Concerns and Remedies” by Brigadier General Ahmed Shahid, the Commandant of the Maldives National Defence Force Coast Guard– “The Indian Ocean- Future Threats & Concerns” by Rear Admiral SS Ranasinghe the Commander Western Naval Area of the Sri Lanka Navy.There was also a colourful cultural programme depicting the rich cultural heritage of Sri Lanka as well as a guest performance presented by Vietnamese artistes and a folk dance by Russian dancers on the first day evening. The audience was delighted by the creative “Pooja” dance presented by the Channa-Upulee dance troupe and the fusion of traditional and masks dances which were complemented by a heart rendering cello solo and an enthralling drum fusion that held the spectators spell-bound.The two-day dialogue came into conclusion with a panel discussion on “Emerging Maritime Trends and their Impact on Nations” presided over by four eminent panelists, Admiral (Retd.) Sureesh Mehta (India), Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage (Sri Lanka), Professor Rohan Gunaratne (Sri Lanka) and Dr. Sam Bateman (Australia).Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage making the concluding remarks stated that the intellectual, academic and operational discussions that took place during the Galle Dialogue 2013 emphasized the need for collaboration and cooperation for the common good. The theme this year, he went on to add, aptly demonstrated that the dialogue should not confine itself to maritime security matters alone but to broader issues concerning the maritime domain as well. Sri Lanka had played host even in the past when the traders of yore used the two monsoons to travel across the Indian Ocean. As such, Galle Dialogue held in the southern port city is a meeting of minds, he noted.Proposing the vote of thanks, the Commander of the Navy paid glowing tribute to Secretary of Defence & Urban Development, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, on whom the total success of the Galle Dialogue depends, being the architect and visionary of the whole initiative, providing the guidance, the strength as well as invaluable inputs at various stages of its implementation. He thanked Minister of External Affairs Hon. Prof GL Peiris, the Secretary to His Excellency the President, the Governor and the Chief Minister of the Southern Province, Ambassadors, High Commissioners, members of the diplomatic community and Defence Attachés for their contribution to the event a great success. He also thanked the participants across the oceans and the invitees both local and foreign for their gracious presence and valuable contributions. He also expressed his gratitude to the moderators for a job well done and the presenters for their highly academic and thought provoking papers. He conveyed his heart-felt gratitude to the Steering Committee led by Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy, Rear Admiral Jayantha Perera for the tireless work and to the Commander Southern Naval Area for his and his staff’s untiring efforts that saw the successful completion of the two-day mega event. The Navy Commander also conveyed a big word of thanks to the main sponsor, the Avant Garde Maritime Services, for their generosity.[mappress]Press Release, November 27, 2013; Image: Sri Lanka Navycenter_img Sri Lanka: ‘Galle Dialogue 2013’ Concludes Share this articlelast_img read more


first_imgStudents at Christ Church have voted to add The Sun and The Daily Mirror to their JCR newspaper subscriptions.The JCR motion, proposed by third-year history and politics student Ed Waldegrave, was adopted by an overwhelming majority on Sunday evening; only three students voted against it.It is the second JCR this year to subscribe to the popular red-top newspaper, following Balliol’s decision in Hilary term.Waldegrave said, “It [The Sun] is an important newspaper which three million people in the UK buy. It is not right for an Oxford college to suggest The Sun is not good enough for them.”He added, “If it does have any effect on our reputation, it may slightly reduce the image of Christ Church as an elitist and snobbish institution which considers itself above the rest of the population,”However, the opposition believe that this subscription will do nothing for the Christ Church name, and outsiders appear to agree.Susannah Darby, one of the three who opposed the motion, said, “These newspapers do not promote the standard of debate expected of an Oxford college.”Concerning the use of semi-naked women on page 3, Derby said, “I feel that it is incredibly demeaning to women, and that the nudity could be offensive to people of strong religious faith.”Graham Dudman, managing editor of the Sun said, “We are delighted the students at Christ Church have made this decision.“By subscribing to The Sun, they will benefit from the finest award-winning journalism combined with the most influential campaigns.“Our news, sport and showbusiness coverage is second to none and of course we have the very best page three girls.”OUSU’s woman’s officer, Kat Wall, supported Derby. She said, “the depiction of naked women (page 3) is a form of discreet discrimination.Women may feel compared, in everyday situations, to these ‘sex objects’, and the repercussions on confidence and positive body image may be severe.”Waldegrave admitted that he agreed with the feminist position, but he added, “if you are a woman and have a real problem with it from the feminist perspective, then it’s not going to do any good excluding it from the JCR when it’s everywhere in the country.”However, Wall does not see this newfound interest in The Sun and The Daily Mirror as an example of college openness, and argues that “page 3 banter” amongst the undergraduates will exclude women from the college.In February the traditionally left-leaning Balliol JCR voted to welcome back the Sun after a 35 year absence., earning the college a visit from the Sun Bus and two page 3 girls.last_img read more


first_imgOxford University’s reputation has been used by Ukrainian businesspeople to sell made-up honours for over £9,000 a time, an investigation by The Times has revealed.Honours running into the millions of pounds have been sold under the guise of the Europe Business Assembly (EBA) and on the reputation of the University, with awards such as the “The Queen Victoria Commemorative Award” selling for up to £9,300.The business, which uses photographs of colleges in its advertising and copies the University’s typeface in its logo, claims to offer those attending events access to “exclusive Oxford University lectures.”Former EBA staff claim they were encouraged to approach businesses and academics from developing countries with mass emails and cold-calls, with anybody who expressed interest asked to pay several thousand pounds to meet the company’s administrative costs.One former employee, who spoke to the Times, said: “What’s £8,000 for a certificate? £8,000 is not a lot to have ‘Oxford’ on your wall.”The EBA, run by a father and son from offices in both central Oxford and Ukraine, has given out thousands of awards since 2000 and seeks to trade on the reputation of Oxford University.It also sells membership of organisations such as the “Academic Union” and the “International Club of Leaders”, and charges authors for articles included in its self-published journal, the Socrates Almanac.Awards are given at ceremonies held at hired venues including the Oxford Town Hall, the Institute of Directors in London and other locations in Europe, with awards bestowed by John Netting, a former lecturer at Oxford Brookes University.Ceremonies, which borrow from British state pageantry, often feature paid public figures such as the scientist and Lincoln fellow Baroness Greenfield. Awards cite a “patent” number as evidence of legitimacy, but the number corresponds to an expired trademark for a trophy design.One former employee told The Times that they were asked to muddy the distinction between the EBA and Oxford University.“We were selling the idea that they were becoming part of the great Oxford institution,” the former employee said. “It was just up to adding and finding random email addresses from universities and contacting them.”Two Portuguese mayors, Ferndando Ruas and José Maria da Cunha Costa, used public money to buy “Best Cities” awards in 2013, local reports said. Ruas is now a MEP, and said he believed that the EBA was credible.Stephen Rouse, a spokesperson for Oxford University, told Cherwell: “We welcome the opportunity to make very clear that this company, its events and its awards have absolutely nothing to do with the University of Oxford.“Anyone who is ever unsure if an advertised course or award is actually connected to Oxford University is always welcome to contact the University and we will be happy to check for them.”last_img read more


first_imgCosta’s head of product development, Beverley Philips, shares her hopes and thoughts for the year aheadWith 2009 shaping up as a year of economic difficulty, it could prove challenging for retailers to convince customers to spend on non-essentials. For my team and I, this year will be about ensuring our customers not only see coffee as an affordable and worthwhile treat, but also cakes and paninis. Having a wider offer across products and price points to match their needs and finances will be key.On a broader scale, the continued blurring of the coffee shop market is resulting in a more complex consumer base. With so many coffee shops in so many different locations – such as airports, hotels, the high street, petrol stations and hospitals – we require an even greater understanding of the different customers to develop appropriate products.There is also an increasing opportunity to develop certain products for specific customer needs. This is an exciting prospect for us in NPD, as it means greater development options are possible.As such, it is important to work with suppliers, who are innovative in their development, willing to invest in consumer research, and who recognise the benefit of trialling products in-store to gain feedback.Listening to our customers, increasing the level of new product launches, and having great suppliers working in partnership with us will make this year the most exciting yet.last_img read more


first_imgThere is a very simple reason why it was right for the UK to join our closest allies in launching strikes against the Asad military machine.This is about our collective future. It is about the kind of world we want our children to grow up in.It is about – and exclusively about – whether the world should tolerate the repeated use of chemical weapons and the human suffering they cause.The problem with such weapons is not just that their effect is hideous. Anyone looking at the pictures from Eastern Ghouta can see the kind of suffering involved: the foaming at the mouth, the floppy bodies of children, and the particular terror those weapons deliberately inspire.Vile, sick, barbaric though it is to use such weapons – that is not the principal objection. These munitions are not just horrible. They are illegal.It is now centuries since humanity first recoiled against the use of poison in warfare. The French and the Holy Roman Empire were so disgusted by the use of poisoned bullets they signed a treaty to ban them in 1675.It is now almost 100 years since the great post World War One treaty to prohibit use of chemical weapons – and in that period we have seen nation after nation sign up to the global consensus that this particular means of killing is evil and should be banned.Indeed, the universal abhorrence of chemical weapons, and the destruction of declared stockpiles, must be considered one of the great achievements of the modern world.The global community simply cannot afford to turn a blind eye to what is happening in Syria.In 2013 the Syrian regime committed to destroy its chemical arsenal while Russia – the mentor of the Asad Regime – guaranteed to oversee the process.Since then the Asad Regime and Russia has made a complete mockery of that pledge.A significant body of information, including intelligence, suggests the Asad regime was behind the chemical attack at Douma on April 7 that killed about 75 people and resulted in hundreds of casualties.Multiple accounts located a regime Mi 18 helicopter in the vicinity at the time. The opposition does not have helicopters and no other actor in the Syrian theatre is thought capable of launching a chemical strike of that scale.The only reasonable conclusion is that the regime has become so hardened and cynical that it is willing to exploit the extra potential of these weapons for removing entrenched urban resistance – in complete defiance of global disapproval and the norms of civilised behaviour.The Douma atrocity alone would be enough to demand a response. But it is not a one off.The Douma massacre is now part of a pattern of use of chemical weapons by the Asad Regime. International investigators mandated by the UN Security Council have found the Asad regime responsible for using chemical weapons in 4 separate attacks since 2014.The UK and our allies have done everything in our power to deter the barbaric use of these weapons. The EU has imposed sanctions on key figures linked to chemical weapons use in Syria.We have tried countless resolutions at the UN. But Russia has repeatedly shielded the Asad Regime from investigation and censure, vetoing 6 separate UN Security Council resolutions, including torpedoing the UN mandated Investigative Mechanism set up to attribute responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.Instead, Russia has repeated its lies and obfuscation that we have seen in this country since the attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, including the grotesque assertion that the UK is somehow behind the attack in Douma.Last year we had a military response from the US, when about 20 Syrian planes were destroyed at the Shayrat airfield after the chemical massacre of civilians at Khan Sheikhoun.Now the world is forced to act again – not only to protect those who would otherwise fall victim to Asad’s monstrosities, but because unless we do so his regime will continue to weaken what has become an effective global taboo, with significant humanitarian consequences for many more.If we do nothing there will be other people and other governments around the world who will look at the impunity of Asad and ask themselves: they got away with it – why shouldn’t I?Unless we act there is a risk of moral contamination, a coarsening and corruption of what we have until now thought to be acceptable.Yes of course it was also right for the UK to stand shoulder to shoulder with America and France – close allies who were instrumental in helping to forge the 28 strong group of countries that expressed their palpable outrage at the Salisbury attack by expelling more than 150 Russian diplomats.Yes of course there are diplomatic considerations – but this is about more than diplomacy. It is about principle.And in its specific focus on the use of chemical weapons – and the consequences that must flow – this action is limited, and we must be both acutely aware of those limits and clear about them.These carefully targeted and calibrated strikes are not designed to intervene in the Syrian civil war or effect regime change.The action was carried out to alleviate further humanitarian suffering by degrading the Syrian Regime’s chemical weapons capability and deterring their use.At a time of understandable tension in our relations with Russia it has been important to stress that this action does not entail some attempt to frustrate Russian strategic objectives in Syria.In short this does not represent any major escalation of UK or western involvement in Syria – and we should have the courage to be honest about that.In degrading Asad’s chemical weapons capabilities we intend to do what we can to protect his people from that specific form of cruelty.We are standing up for principle and for civilised values.We may not end the barbarism – but we are telling the world that there is one type of barbarism that is banned and that deserves to be banned.last_img read more


first_img Star Files View Comments Age: 22Hometown: Piedmont, CaliforniaCurrent Role: Piser is making his Broadway debut in the role of Boq, who is Nessarose’s love interest though he pines for G(a)linda, in the blockbuster musical hit Wicked.Stage Cred: The Broadway newbie has appeared off-Broadway in Mad Libs Live! and in regional productions of Godspell, The Fantasticks, Hairspray and more. Wicked from $95.00center_img Zachary Noah Piser Related Shows Zachary Noah Piser photographed at citizenM Hotel(Photo: Caitlin McNaney)last_img


first_imgThe Vermont Department of Public Service (DPS) has named John Beling as its new Director of Public Advocacy and Consumer Affairs. Mr. Beling, who has served as Special Counsel for DPS during the past year, will head the Department’s staff of attorneys who represent ratepayers in all public service company proceedings before the Public Service Board and in all other venues where those interests are at stake, such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Beling will advise the Commissioner and DPS regarding the public interest and will help guide the long-term interest of all Vermonters in reliable, environmentally sustainable, and economically sound provision of utility services.  He will also oversee the Department’s Consumer Affairs division which reviews and investigates consumer complaints regarding regulated utility services.‘John has done excellent work for the Department this past year,’ said Commissioner Elizabeth Miller, ‘and has deep experience in environmental litigation. He is the right person for this position. The Department of Public Service is delighted to welcome him as Director.’Before joining DPS, Beling worked at the Vermont Attorney General’s office on environmental matters and served as enforcement counsel with the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Boston.  Beling started his career in the Torts Branch of the United States Department of Justice as a trial attorney focusing on asbestos and environmental tort litigation.  Beling has a BA, cum laude, in English and History from Tufts University and a JD from St. John’s University School of Law.When not at work, John serves as a lecturer for the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. He also serves as a mock trial judge for Vermont Law School and enjoys coaching youth sports and instructing adaptive skiing.‘I look forward to helping to craft the policies that will balance the needs of progress and the needs of the consumer to enhance the superb quality of life that we enjoy here in Vermont,’ commented Beling.The Department of Public Service is an agency within the executive branch of Vermont state government. Its charge is to represent the public interest in matters regarding energy, telecommunications, water and wastewater. Source: DPS. 7.7.11last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]T[/dropcap]alk about a blast from the past, WCWP 88.1 FM, the public radio station at LIU Post campus in Brookville, and the Play Troupe of Port Washington will perform two classics from the golden age of radio—“The Thin Man” and “Casablanca”—at the Hillwood Recital Hall Stage at the Tilles Center for Performing Arts at LIU Post. The community is invited to attend both productions, which will benefit the non-profit station.“Radio plays are a part of radio history and provide entertainment that engages the imagination,” said Dan Cox, director of broadcasting at WCWP Radio. “They are a lot of fun to listen to, but even more fun to see them performed on stage.”First up is the 1940s classic, “The Thin Man,” on Friday, April 25, at 2 p.m. The original series, which was broadcast from 1941 to 1950, features the same savvy duo—the ex-detective Nick Charles and his glamorous, wealthy wife Nora Charles—who were immortalized in the films of the same name. Here on stage they deliver the same style of witty one-upmanship, loving criticism and inebriated insight as they go about their business solving murders that in their heyday earned them top billing as “the happiest married couple in radio.”Then on Friday, May 23, at 2 p.m., WCWP Radio and the Play Troupe of Port Washington perform “Casablanca” the way this World War II romance was originally heard by radio audiences in 1944 as part of the “Lux Presents…Hollywood” series. Like the movie, Rick’s Place never sounded so good.“The Thin Man” and “Casablanca” will be broadcast later.And that’s not all. A benefit concert is also on the spring calendar to help the station.On Sunday May 4, 2014, WCWP Radio and Word of Mouth Studios present John Batdorf with special guest Jim Dawson at 7:30 p.m. in a live performance at the Hillwood Recital Hall on the LIU Post campus in Brookville. The station will air it at a later date.Batdorf was half of the duo, Batdorf and Rodney.“Their song ‘Home Again’ was a huge FM-New York staple for a lot of years in the ‘70s,” says Word of Mouth Studios’ Tony Traguardo, who is co-sponsoring the concert. “The same would hold true for Jim Dawson, whose album ‘Songman’ had a single, ‘City Song/Simple Song,’ that used to get a lot of play.” These artists used to appear frequently at My Father’s Place.On WCWP Traguardo can be heard hosting the “4F” show from 7-9 p.m. on Monday nights.The proceeds from these three upcoming events will help benefit the FM station.Tickets for the radio performances are $10, and $25 for the concert. They are available at www.WCWP.org. If Long Island Press readers add the discount code “wcwpspring,” they may knock $5 off the ticket price for the concert, Traguardo says.last_img read more


first_imgby: Brian DayAlternative payments provider Dwolla Inc. is taking steps to make it easier and faster for users to send money to vendors or others who don’t currently have a Dwolla account.The new feature, Dwolla Direct, allows users to send money to those who don’t have a Dwolla account. The company says non-users can now receive Dwolla-initiated payments in their credit union account within two or three business days.When a payment is sent to a consumer not registered with Dwolla, a notification is sent directly to his or her email. Once the non-user receives the payment notification, he or she responds by entering credit union account information into Dwolla’s secure system to have the money deposited.Once the original setup is completed (a process estimated to take less than 30 seconds), future payments will be automatically routed to the non-user’s credit union account without any further action from the recipient.This modification of automated clearing house (ACH) payments essentially replicates a direct deposit, via an avenue of communication nearly everyone uses — an email address. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Matt WilhelmAlthough overlapping, these terms represent uniquely different mindsets when it comes to data protection.Data backup answers the questions: is my data safe? Can I get it back in case of a failure?Business continuity, on the other hand, involves thinking about the business at a higher level, and asks: how quickly can I get my credit union operating again in case of system failure?Thinking about data backup is a good first step. (READ THIS: Fully Compliant Data Backup in 2 Minutes and 33 Seconds). But in case of failure, you have to get that data back and restore it quickly enough so your business doesn’t suffer. For example, if your server dies—and remember, hardware failure is the No. 1 cause of lost data—you wouldn’t be able to quickly get back to work if you only had file-level backup. For you to start working again, your server would need to be replaced, all software re-installed, data re-installed and then the whole system would need to be configured with your settings and preferences. This process could take hours or even days—and in the meantime, your users can’t get their jobs done. continue reading »last_img read more