Philippines, Japan, US conclude amphibious drill Kamandag

first_img View post tag: US Navy View post tag: US Marines View post tag: KAMANDAG Photo: An AH-1Z Viper helicopter with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 169 flies in the sky during the final exercise of KAMANDAG 3 at Colonel Ernesto P. Ravina Air Base, Philippines, Oct. 17, 2019. Photo: US Marine Corps The US, Philippines and Japan concluded the bilateral military exercise Kamandag 3 in a ceremony in Manila, Philippines, on October 18.The Philippine-led, bilateral military exercise, which was designed to increase readiness through capabilities development, improve combined responsiveness, and enhance partnership and interoperability between Philippine, Japanese and US forces.This year’s KAMANDAG marked two major milestones during the exercise. The Philippine Marine Corps successfully launched their assault amphibious vehicles for the first time alongside US and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force AAVs to conduct a multilateral amphibious landing.Additionally, significant advancements were made during bilateral air defense and threat reaction drills between Philippine and US forces, which support territorial defense training.Throughout the exercise, Philippine and U.S. service members conducted training in amphibious operations, live fire drills, military operations in urban terrain, reconnaissance, low altitude air defense, aviation operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and other areas.The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s participation in the exercise focused on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training scenarios. All three countries partnered during a variety of community relations events, including teaching hundreds of local civilians in the Luzon region about lifesaving skills, disease prevention practices, and overall personal wellness.“Our forces have enhanced capabilities, interoperability and readiness through teamwork fostered by a true dedication to the attainment of excellence,” said Maj. Gen. Paul J. Rock Jr., 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade commanding general. “Seeing the output of their hard work and expertise, I have the utmost confidence that our forces stand prepared in their mission to uphold peace and security throughout the Indo-Pacific region.”center_img View post tag: JGSDF View post tag: Philippine Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Caught on the web

first_imgl The sadly departed author JG Ballard was assistant editor on The Baker in 1956, then the official publication of the Institute of British Bakers and of the Institute of Irish Bakers… l Deep Fried Coke is taking off in the States with a calorie count equivalent to 10 slices of bread… l A thief managed to steal a spiral mixer in front of craft bakery staff and whizzed it off in his sports car… l There’s a ’National pineapple upside-down cake day’…

Barry Callebaut sales volume up 11.8%

first_imgSwiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut increased sales volume by 11.8% in the year to 31 August 2014, helped by the integration of the cocoa business acquired in June 2013. Volume growth accelerated in the fourth quarter and reached +2.9% for the full year compared to +2.3 volume growth of the global confectionery market. All product groups contributed to the volume increase as continued growth was seen in emerging markets.Sales revenue was up 20.1% as a result of ‘strong volume growth’ and higher than average cocoa bean prices compared to last year. Gross profit grew 18.2%, which the company credits to a ‘significant’ increase in profitability and an improved product mix with more Gourmet and speciality products and better product margins.Juergen Steinemann, chief executive, said: “The short-term global economic outlook will remain challenging. Therefore, we will focus on tight cost controls. However, based on our proven long-term strategy, the structural investments made over the last few years and the global platforms we have built, we see many opportunities across our three growth drivers – emerging markets, outsourcing and strategic partnerships, and Gourmet.“We expect to continue to outperform the global chocolate market and will keep focusing on margin improvements. With this, we remain confident in achieving our mid-term targets.”last_img read more

A closer look at atherosclerosis

first_imgResearchers at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have developed a one-micrometer-resolution version of the intravascular imaging technology optical coherence tomography (OCT) that can reveal cellular and subcellular features of coronary artery disease. In a Nature Medicine paper receiving advance online publication, the investigators describe how microOCT — which provides 10 times greater resolution than standard OCT — was able to show individual arterial and inflammatory cells, including features that may identify vulnerable plaques, within coronary artery samples.“MicroOCT has the contrast and resolution required to investigate the cellular and subcellular components underlying coronary atherosclerosis, the disease that precipitates heart attack,” says Harvard Medical School Professor Gary Tearney of the Wellman Center and the MGH Pathology Department, who led the study. “This high level of performance opens up the future possibility of observing these microscopic features in human patients, which has implications for improving the understanding, diagnosis, and therapeutic monitoring of coronary artery disease.”A catheter-based technology, OCT uses reflected near-infrared light to create detailed images of the internal surfaces of blood vessels. Although the technology is already being used to identify arterial plaques that are likely to rupture, standard OCT can clearly image only structures larger than 10 micrometers (millionths of a meter). Using new types of lenses and advanced imaging components, microOCT is able to image structures as small as one micrometer, revealing in intact tissue the detailed information provided by the prepared tissue slides of traditional pathology much faster and in 3-D.The researchers describe how using microOCT to study human and animal coronary artery tissue revealed detailed images of:endothelial cells that line coronary arteriesinflammatory cells that contribute to the formation of coronary plaquessmooth muscle cells that produce collagen in response to inflammationfibrin proteins and platelets that are involved in the formation of clotsMicroOCT also produced detailed images of stents placed within coronary arteries, clearly distinguishing bare-metal stents from those covered with a drug-releasing polymer and revealing defects in the polymer coating.“When we are able to implement microOCT in humans — probably in three to five years — the 10 times greater resolution will allow us to observe cells in the coronary arteries of living patients,” says Tearney. “The ability to track and follow cells in three dimensions could help us prove or disprove many theories about coronary artery disease and better understand how clots form on a microscopic level. Improved definitions of high-risk plaques will lead to greater accuracy in identifying those that may go on to rupture and block the coronary artery, and the ability to monitor healing around implanted devices like stents could reduce the number of patients who must be on anticlotting medications, which are expensive and have side effects.”Linbo Liu of the Wellman Center developed the microOCT system and is lead author of the Nature Medicine paper. Additional co-authors are Joseph Gardecki, Seemantini Nadkarni, Jimmy Toussaint, Yukako Yagi, and Brett Bouma, all of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at MGH. The study was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Massachusetts General Hospital has filed patent applications on the microOCT technology.last_img read more

Candidate Profile: Vidal/Devine

first_imgWho are they: Student body presidential candidate Lauren Vidal brings experience to the table from her time in FUEL as a freshman and her service as student body parliamentarian during her sophomore year. A junior Management and Consulting major with a minor in public policy, Vidal hails from Miami, Fla.Devine, a Cincinnati native, studies pre-medicine and economics with a minor in Peace Studies. He chaired the department of Gender Issues in student government last year.Both studied abroad last semester — Vidal in Washington, D.C., and Devine in London.First priority: If elected, their first goal would be to work within the existing structure of student government and seek to foster a close-knit community among members of that group. Vidal said they will look for a broad array of passionate people to lead the departments and then work to get each department on board with their goals from the beginning.She said the restructured platform they composed, structured around the divisions of each department, reflects and reinforces the underlying importance of each department in student government.Top priority: The team’s biggest goal is serving their peers and the broader Notre Dame community as best they can, Devine said. He said they will do this by both serving the student body through their leadership and then providing opportunities for them to be of service to the greater South Bend area.“We really have this idea of service, and although we understand that’s a broad term, we really [prioritize] service to our peers and to our community as a whole,” Vidal said. “For our peers, we work on specific, tangible projects.”Best Idea: Devine said the two hope to continue many of the current administration’s agenda items, including a push for medical amnesty for students. He said he contacted members of the Office of Student Affairs to discuss whether “du Lac” would be up for revision during the year ahead, and he said he talked extensively with current student body president Alex Coccia about Coccia’s work toward that goal.Devine clearly did his homework on the matter and gathered the necessary information to make the platform item grounded in real possibility. He said he hopes to change the tone of that conversation to center around keeping students safe and accountable, not enabling them to behave irresponsibly.Worst Idea: Vidal said while interning in D.C., she worked with a press secretary and hopes to find someone to replicate that role in student government. She said the press secretary would be a channel of communication between the cabinet and the student body and could help coordinate media coverage of initiatives.While increased communication is generally a positive thing for any administration, in this form, it would likely remove Vidal and Devine from the student body. Face-to-face communication and a visible, personal presence on campus would better serve students’ needs.Most feasible: Their “29 for 29” initiative would pair each residence hall with an underprivileged South Bend family, linking students to the surrounding area and fostering a deeper understanding of the Notre Dame family. Both Vidal and Devine said they have worked at the South Bend Homeless Shelter and have the contacts to organize and execute this plan.Least feasible: The platform contained plans for Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (SNAP) to supplement the existing SafeWalk system. The patrol would essentially consist of teams of two trained students on call to pick up students in distress on golf carts with the goal of providing other options besides walking and protecting students from inclement weather.Because the service would run only from 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., though, its hours overlap directly with SafeWalk’s current availability. A better option would be to run the service from 2:30 a.m. to 5 a.m. in order to provide 24-hour options. However, even this is not necessary because an after-hours call to SafeWalk will connect a student to NDSP, who will provide a ride to their destination.Notable quote: “One of the main things we’re pushing is continuity. … A lot of our policy initiatives are extensions of what already exists.” — DevineFun Fact: Vidal comes from a “loud, proud Cuban family” and said she loves to cook with her parents and grandparents. Devine has a twin sister at Ohio State University.Bottom line: Vidal and Devine both cited extensive, diverse friend groups at the University that they hope to draw upon for ideas and involvement if elected to office. Their plans to maximize efficiency and collaboration within the student government offices will help them to execute the wide array of initiatives outlined in their platform, but they might do so from a skewed vantage point of the student body’s actual needs if they view campus life mostly through the lenses of their friends and co-workers. Their comprehensive platform speaks to their familiarity with many aspects of student life, and their previous experience in student government makes them well-prepared to lead in the year ahead.Tags: 2014 Election, Student Body President, Student governmentlast_img read more

SymQuest golf tournament Raises $3,900 for The Stern Center, matches funds for United Way of Rutland County

first_imgLarry Sudbay, President and Chief Executive Officer of SymQuest Group, the region’s leading provider of network and document technology solutions and services, announced that SymQuest’s sixteenth annual golf tournament raised $3,900 for The Stern Center. The tournament was held at the Rutland Country Club on Tuesday, September 27, 2011.Originally slated to be held in Woodstock, the venue had to change due to course damage sustained in hurricane Irene. Rutland Country Club was able to host the event and SymQuest determined that they could use their event to honor The Stern Center and help the area of Rutland County at the same time.The Stern Center for Language and Learning is dedicated to learning for all as they recognize all great minds don’t think alike. The Center is committed to helping individuals identify their learning strengths and needs as well as to finding solutions that allow everyone to learn. More than 1,000 children and adults are evaluated and taught at the Center each year including those with learning disabilities, dyslexia, language disorders, autism, attention deficit disorders, and learning style differences. The Center also designs and delivers programs for more than 1,500 educators each year.‘Our belief is that all great minds don’t think alike and SymQuest is proving that all companies don’t think alike as well. We are honored to be the focus of this year’s golf tournament and grateful that SymQuest recognizes the importance of our work to help all learners achieve success,’ said Bob Crews, Chairman of the Board of The Stern Center.‘We enjoy bringing our clients together for a fun day of golf to show our appreciation for all that they do for SymQuest. Asking them to play well and using their birdies and eagles as a means of tallying a sizable donation for The Stern Center makes for a memorable day for everyone,’ said Sudbay. We are also very concerned for the area because of the storm so matching the gift with a donation to the United Way just seemed like the best way to get some much needed help to the area.For more information about The Stern Center visit is external).For more information about the United Way of Rutland County visit is external).For more information about SymQuest® and The SymQuest Way, please visit is external) or call (800) 374-9900.Left to Right: Joe Noonan, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, SymQuest Group;Ed Wilkens, Development Director, The Stern Center; Bob Crews, Chairman of the Board, The Stern Center; Sandy Rendall, Marketing and Communications Manager, The Stern Center; Tess Adone, Executive Assistant to the President, The Stern Center; Larry Sudbay, President & CEO, SymQuest Group###last_img read more

Custodian cleans out members’ accounts

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Peter StrozniakA University of South Florida custodian is accused of stealing $37,000 from two members’ accounts at the $443 million USF Federal Credit Union in Tampa, Fla., according to USF Police.USF police said Darrell L. McNabb, 33, of Tampa allegedly transferred the stolen funds to his USF FCU account by creating fake IDs from personal information he stole from the victims.The theft occurred from early January to Feb. 5. Police investigators were alerted about the suspicious activity Feb. 6. continue reading »last_img

NAFCU set to testify on housing finance reform

first_imgNAFCU witness Rick Stafford, president and CEO of Tower Federal Credit Union (Laurel, Md.), will share with lawmakers credit unions’ priorities and concerns with a bipartisan housing finance reform bill during a planned hearing Thursday before the House Financial Services Committee.Congress’ schedule this week could change following the passing of former President George H.W. Bush.This will be NAFCU’s 12th overall time testifying during the 115th Congress. Stafford also testified in October 2017 during a hearing on housing finance reform priorities before a House Financial Services subcommittee.Thursday’s scheduled hearing will focus on draft legislation from House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, that would preserve a NAFCU-sought government guarantee to the secondary mortgage market and create more lending opportunities for small lenders. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Ideas to adjust your strategic planning

first_img continue reading » Strategic planning ideas are a second thought for many this year.For example, a financial institution executive was recently discussing with me the severe impacts from the pandemic: earnings are tanking, investment income is negligible, fee income is dropping significantly, and loan volume/income is slowing. As a result, the board decided to postpone their strategic planning session so they could focus on a more tactical plan for the coming months.While I certainly understand the sentiment, the reality is this: now is the time to focus on strategy and not just tactics. Even while the pandemic storm is swirling you must think beyond the immediate crisis.One of the worst things your credit union or community bank could do now is to delay or postpone your strategic planning process. While you may have to adjust how you plan, you absolutely still need to plan.But how? Here are a few strategic planning ideas adjusted for this unique year: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Nesconset Man Convicted of Fatal Hit-and-run

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Nesconset man was convicted Tuesday of killing a 23-year-old man in a hit-and-run crash in Hauppauge three years ago.A Suffolk County jury found Craig Williams guilty of leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, a felony.Authorities said the 40-year-old man was driving on Route 347 when he struck Thomas Wik, also of Nesconset, shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.Williams was arrested five months later and is free on $25,000 bail.Garden City-based attorney Stephen Scaring was reportedly appointed as a special prosecutor in the case because Williams’ father was an investigator with the Suffolk County district attorney’s office.Judge Stephen Braslow is scheduled to sentence Williams on Jan. 13.last_img read more