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Australian ships join French Croix du Sud exercise

first_imgRoyal Australian Navy ships have arrived in Noumea, New Caledonia, to take part in the French-led disaster response exercise Croix du Sud.Amphibious landing ship HMAS Choules and Coastal Mine Hunters HMAS Gascoyne and Yarra will join French and Royal New Zealand Navy ships for the exercise which is running until May 25.Exercise Croix du Sud (Southern Cross) 18 is the largest humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) training exercise in the South Pacific and is led by the French Armed Forces of New Caledonia (FANC).HMAS Choules will be the command ship in the exercise. Commanding officer, Commander Scott Houlihan said they are looking forward to the task. “We are embarking a French Maritime Component Commander (MCC) staff to coordinate the HADR effort,” CMDR Houlihan said. “We will be working alongside the other principle amphibious ships including French Ship D’Entrecasteau and Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ships Wellington and Canterbury.”HMAS Choules will be embarking a landing force of up to 300 troops and vehicles, primarily from France (a company group) and personnel from Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.Croix du Sud is designed to ensure all involved are prepared for major HADR operations. The scenario will call for military assistance including a non-combatant evacuation operation followed by stability and security operations.“Australia is very experienced in supplying aid and disaster recovery forces in the region and assisting people in need is one of our most rewarding tasks,” he said, ”But Croix du Sud will tackle the more difficult areas of disaster response.’ View post tag: RNZN Photo: HMAS Choules, alongside in Noumea, New Caledonia, is preparing to conduct Exercise Croix du Sud 2018. Photo: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: HADR View post tag: Croix du Sud Share this article View post tag: French Navy View post tag: HMAS Choules View post tag: Royal Australian Navylast_img read more

Police Detain Gang Members Who Were Engaging in Extortion in U.S. from El Salvador

first_imgBy Dialogo May 09, 2011 IT’S INTERESTING YOUR ARCTICLES THAT I READ ABOUT THE FLIGHT OF BIRDS. BUT WHAT I REALLY LIKED IS THAT IT’S HEALTHY TO BE AWARE OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE ENVIRONMENT, FOR WHICH, WE CAN COME TOGETHER REGARDLESS OF THE KILOMETERS OF SEPARATION. THANK YOU FOR THEIR HARD WORK. On 6 May, police authorities detained 17 gang members who, from El Salvador, were extorting money from Salvadorans resident in the United States by threatening to harm their family members, the National Civil Police (PNC) announced. Another 13 individuals currently serving time in Salvadoran prisons also participated in the extortion, negotiating with the victims by telephone from prison, and they were charged with the offense. “According to our information, the extortion was generated from inside the Usulután Penal Center (110 km southeast of the capital) against targets in the United States, threatening family members residing in several cities in that nation,” according to the police statement. The authorities estimate the sums extorted at 100,000 dollars. The 17 gang members were detained in the department of San Miguel (136 km east of San Salvador).last_img read more

Ask a risk consultant: Indirect lending

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In a recent risk and compliance webinar we call “Office Hours,” we met with several hundred credit unions to discuss the questions they have with the lending landscape today.The vice president of a $765-million-dollar credit union had a great question regarding auto dealerships: What should credit unions be doing to manage due diligence and indirect lending in our dealer relationships? Ongoing due diligence for automobile dealerships in indirect lending programs is critical to your program’s success. In fact, in situations where relationships were loosely managed and monitored, credit unions have seen some of the largest losses caused by unscrupulous dealerships and their employees or practices.  To minimize the risks, be sure to: Understand how the dealership fits into your member demographics, loan growth and risk appetite strategies. Have a clear understanding of the dealership’s operational structure, and conduct reviews regularly including on-site visits and sales staff interviews.  continue reading »last_img read more

UK investors call for fund transparency, stewardship from managers

first_imgSome 49% said they would want to be invested with an investment manager that made a specific effort in ethical investing, even if this resulted in lower returns.Despite regular assertions to keep communications to members simple, and avoid complex information regarding asset allocation, 65% said they would appreciate information on investment allocations.More than 60% of respondents said they would be interested in information regarding how pensions were invested either generally, by industry, by country and in specific companies.Regarding fund performance, the majority of investors said they would want to see the performance of the investment fund on an annual and tri-annual basis, with a slight emphasis on more long-term performance.However, despite savers emphasising their preference for stewardship from their providers, only 15% would accept receiving information on voting records at annual general meetings.The NAPF said, with an average 71% of defined contribution assets invested in equities, now was time to understand the investor preference towards stewardship.The organisation began its own initiative to promote stewardship by asking asset managers to complete a ‘framework’ detailing their engagement policies.However, earlier this year, the NAPF was forced to name and shame managers that had not completed the framework, despite having signed up to do so.“The research findings presented within this report suggest the level of awareness as to how and where pension savings are invested is low,” the NAPF said.“However, there is a significant latent interest amongst pension scheme members in knowing more about where their savings are invested.”The research from the NAPF comes as the UK Investor Forum appoints its first chairman.The forum was a key recommendation of the 2012 Kay Review and aims to promote the value of long-term investing by enhancing institutional investor and company engagement. The majority of savers within pension funds would like to receive performance information and transparency over the markets and companies in which they are invested.Research from the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) – looking into what scheme members expected from their investments – found members ranked transparency as the second-most important issue after costs.Sixty-five percent of respondents said charges were important when their employers assessed investment and pension providers, although 48% said investment transparency was also important.Also, a majority of those surveyed said they would pay a 10% higher charge to their investment manager if they actively engaged in stewardship.last_img read more

Denmark’s Tryg launches branded pension product with Danica

first_imgThe move follows a series of changes made by Danica to its business so far this year, after it finalised the sale of the Swedish arm of its business in May. Danica Pension boss Ole Krogh Petersen says the deal with Tryg will bring digital development opportunitiesDanica Pension also recently integrated SEB Pension’s Danish business after buying it last year. It now functions under its new name, Danica Pensionsforsikring.Tryg said the deal with Danica was a natural progression of its partnership with Danske Bank, which was set up a few months ago and is scheduled to begin operations on 1 JulyJohan Kirstein Brammer, executive vice president of Tryg, said that the company would be able to advise customers on insurance and pensions under one roof. He added that the integration would bring economies of scale, savings on administrative costs and a reduction in prices for its customers. Tryg, Denmark’s biggest insurance company, is partnering with Danica Pension to launch its own branded pension product in Denmark: Tryg Pension.The two firms also have plans to launch the product in Norway to cover customers of Danica Pension’s parent company Danske Bank.Ole Krogh Petersen, Danica Pension chief executive, said: “Tryg is one of the Nordic region’s most innovative insurance companies and is advanced in digitisation.“It gives us some unique digital development opportunities across industries that in the long term can benefit both our and Tryg’s customers.”last_img read more

Decoding Dating Profiles: The Top 10 Guys You Want To Avoid.

first_img Sharing is caring! Share LifestyleRelationships Decoding Dating Profiles: The Top 10 Guys You Want To Avoid. by: – May 3, 2011 40 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Share Having been online dating since moving to NYC in 2000, it goes without saying that I have more experience perusing men’s online dating profiles than any single gal should.I want to share with you what I’ve found to be the top ten dating profile “red flags” that could save you the ridiculous amount of time that I have now forever lost by corresponding and/or going out with some total losers.Disclaimer: To any of the men whose profiles inspired and unknowingly lent to the quotes that comprise my post, let’s all hope for your sake that knowing is truly half the battle.1. Hat TrickIf a guy’s profile only features photos of him sporting a baseball cap, don’t just assume that it’s his favorite hat or that all of the photos must have been taken from the same outing. In “physical description” he may have even filled in the question of “hair color” with “ask me later.”Don’t get me wrong, a lot of bald guys are hot.My dating service even offers a “Bald And The Beautiful” Speed Dating event that always sells out for women. What’s NOT hot is a self-loathing, insecure guy that’s hiding under his hat.2. “Model” CitizenAvoid a guy that talks about how he does some “acting and modeling on the side,” is a “former model/personal trainer,” or any variation of having once had a “lucrative career as a model.” They either feel that all they have going for them is their looks, are living in the past, or they’re not looking so great these days and are hoping by mentioning they used to model, you will find them hotter.3. CAPITAL OFFENSEANY GUY THAT WRITES HIS ENTIRE PROFILE IN ALL CAPS SHOULD BE AVOIDED AT ALL COSTS. I.E. “I`M JUST YOUR EVERY DAY PEOPLE AND WOULD LIKE TO MEET SOMEONE SEXY, AND DOWN TO EARTH.”  UH, CAPITAL “NO.”  IT’S AS IF THEY’RE OVER-COMPENSATING WITH LARGE FONT FOR THEIR SMALL INTELLECTUAL CAPACITY.4. “Killer” ProfileIf a guy’s profile pic even remotely resembles Jeffrey Dahmer, to the point where you’re seriously questioning if it is actually him or perhaps a first cousin, you might want to go ahead and click “next.”   You know what I’m talking about, the thin guy with the glasses, scraggily hair and a total menacing, pedofile-esque look on his smile-less face. Granted, some people aren’t photogenic and look better in person, but honestly, are you willing to risk your life on it? 5. Lost In Translation.“Maybe should me first by said that English is no my speaking.” If you think that was hard to decipher, imagine how much time he put “into” perfecting it via his use of the [insert any foreign language] to English on-line dictionary. I’m sorry ladies, I don’t know about you, but I for one don’t have the patience to date a guy that requires subtitles. I’ve done it once, and you just end up smiling and nodding a lot.6. Actions Speak Louder Than WordsI get really turned off by the guys that describe themselves as “very attractive,” “charming,” “kind,” “honest,” “generous,” “romantic,” “blah,” “blah,” “adjective,” “blah.” First of all, “attractiveness” is in the eye of the beholder, so post your pic and let us be the judge. And as for the rest of it, I feel it should come across in what you say and be more of a “show-not-tell.”7. Humor MeAlong those same lines are the guys that find the need to describe their humor ala “I have a dry wit, sure to make you laugh,” or “I think that my most marked trait is a somewhat self-deprecating sense of humor.” They may even go as far as to say, “I’m the funniest guy you’ll ever meet. LOL.” Be warned ladies, these are likely the least funny guys ever. Date the self-proclaimed “funny guy” and you’ll be courtesy laughing for life.8. Don’t “Hang” Yourself“I’m looking for someone to hang out with and get to know.” Translation: I’m not looking for a relationship or to take you out on dates. I just want to come “kick it “ at your crib late night, so I can get familiarized with your liquor cabinet and favorite positions. Don’t worry, I’ll bring the 420. Let’s just say these relationships tend to be as short-lived and easily delete-able as the text messages they’re usually founded on.9. Come CorrectIf someone mentions that they are “opened to the possibilities,” “have interests which might seem like contractions,” are “emmotionally available” and/or, get this, find “grammatical errors an spelling mitakes a turn off,” you may even want to go as far as to “flag” the profile as inappropriate.10. “Fit” To Be TiedAvoid any and all guys that say, “working out and staying in shape are very high on my list of priorities.” They probably then delve into stats on how frequently they go to the gym. They of course like to do a “variety of things including hiking, skiing, triathlons, running, biking, etc.” They keep themselves “in tip-top shape and believe the body is a gift and should be maintained.” What they clearly haven’t realized is that being SO “fit” and “big” actually makes “it” appear even smaller than what they’re already trying to over-compensate for.by: -Amber SolettiBettyConfidential.comlast_img

Cops Arrest Man After Bar Fight, Find Drugs

first_imgA Decatur County man is in trouble with the law after authorities say he got into a bar fight and attempted to swallow illegal drugs to hide them from police.Kyle M. Wise, 29, of the 2400 block of East C.R. 810 S. was taken into custody Saturday morning around 4 a.m. after he allegedly punched a man multiple times causing injury at the Beach Tiki Bar and Grill in Greensburg.The Greensburg Daily News is reporting that a police search at the Decatur County Jail allegedly yielded prescription pills and marijuana from his pockets. An officer later noticed a plastic bag allegedly containing methamphetamine on the ground. Wise is accused of picking it up and attempting to swallow it.Authorities stopped him from swallowing the substance and say they found another bag of the same drug in his mouth.Wise remains behind bars on suspicion of battery, disorderly conduct, and felony drug charges. Bond has been set at $3,505.He has had trouble with the law dating back to 2007. According to offender data from the Indiana Department of Corrections, Wise has been previously sentenced for drug possession and operating a vehicle as an habitual traffic violator.last_img read more

Under-23 AFCON Qualifiers: Amapakabo picks 18 players for Sudan game

first_imgRelatedPosts Breaking: Ighalo blocked Osimhen’s Man U move — Brother CAF ready to support Egypt with missing AFCON trophy COVID-19: 87 stranded Nigerians arrive from Sudan Imama Amapakabo, the Head Coach of Nigeria’s under-23 male football team, has picked 18 players for Thursday’s 2019 Under-23 African Cup of Nations final qualifying round first leg fixture. Ademola Olajire, Head of Communications Department at the Nigeria Football Federation, said in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday that the players included team captain Azubuike Okechukwu. He disclosed that the team’s delegation of 18 players and 12 officials departed Nigeria from Abuja aboard an Ethiopian Airline flight on Tuesday afternoon. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the match against Sudan is scheduled for the Al Merriekh Stadium in Omdurman. The pairing’s return leg is slated for the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba on September 10. Amapakabo and his lieutenants have been taking the team through training sessions and general build-up programmes for several weeks in Abuja. Already, the Confederation of African Football has picked officials from Djibouti to take charge of proceedings on Thursday, with Souleiman Ahmad Djama as the referee. Compatriots Farhan Bogoreh Salime, Rachid Waiss Bouraleh and Saddam Houssein Mansour will serve as assistant referee 1, assistant referee 2 and fourth official respectively. Meanwhile, Herbert Mwachiro from Kenya will be the match commissioner. THE FULL LIST: Abubakar Adamu, Agbor Ekoi, Nda Olisa, Stephen Manyo, John Lazarus, Ebube Duru, Collins Ogbodo, Azubuike Okechukwu, Fatai Gbadamosi, Sunday Adetunji, Blessing Muyiwa, Ndifreke Effiong, Taiwo Awoniyi, Onyeka Ogochukwu, Sunusi Ibrahim, Sunday Faleye, Stephen Odey, Etboy Akpan.Tags: Ademola OlajireAFCONAzubuike OkechukwuImama AmapakaboSudanlast_img read more

COVID-19: Premier League confirm six positive tests

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians The Premier League has confirmed on Tuesday there were six positives from three clubs for coronavirus after tests were carried out on 748 players and staff.On Monday, the league announced that clubs would be allowed to restart training in small groups within the next 24 hours with no date set for league fixtures to restart. Each Premier League club has submitted 40 staff – players, coaches, medical staff – for testing prior to the start of group training.As part of the Premier League’s strict protocol, no player can train without being tested and any player or staff who tests positive must quarantine themselves for a period of seven days.Testing will be conducting at each club twice a week.Professional football has been suspended in England since March 13 because of the coronavirus pandemic.League Two called a halt to their season last week, with League One expected to follow in the coming days. Football returned in Germany over the weekend with a full round of Bundesliga fixtures, where there had been 10 positive tests on May 5.However, this was from 1,724 coronavirus tests after the clubs had returned to training on April 6.Premier League clubs remain unable to agree on a date to resume their season because of a range of disagreements, including venues for games, safety issues and the prospect of relegation being decided by average points per game if a return date cannot be finalised by a 14-6 majority of the 20 clubs.Tags: COVID-19English Premier LeaguePositive Caseslast_img read more

McIlroy leads as Tiger stalks

first_img But it was a man who was not present the last time the event was staged on the Wirral in 2006 who shone brightest, Rory McIlroy carding a flawless 66 to lead after day one of a major championship for the first time since the 2011 US Open, which he went on to win by eight shots. McIlroy continued his trend of getting off to flying starts in tournaments in 2014, firing birdies at the second, fifth and sixth to be out in 32 and adding more on the 10th, 12th and 16th. At six under par he held a one-shot lead over Italian Matteo Manassero, whose compatriots Edoardo and Francesco Molinari were a shot further back in a high-class group also containing world number one Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, American duo Jim Furyk and Brooks Koepka and Ireland’s Shane Lowry. Scott and Lowry were among just 13 players from the second half of the field to break par as the wind picked up in the afternoon, with defending champion Phil Mickelson two over, Justin Rose level par and Lee Westwood one under. Woods, playing his first major of the year after undergoing back surgery on March 31, was lurking ominously on three under par, the 38-year-old only using his driver once, on the par-five 16th, as he did in 2006. On that occasion the driver was never used again on the rock-hard links. The course was much greener this time around but the ball was still bounding along the fairways and McIlroy was delighted to take advantage. “Any time you shoot 66 at the Open Championship, you’re going to be pleased,” the 25-year-old said. “We had perfect scoring conditions out there this morning. There wasn’t much wind early on and there were plenty of opportunities to make birdies and I was able to take a few of them. “It’s another great start and, yeah, looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow.” That was a reference to his unfortunate habit of following good rounds on Thursday with bad ones of Friday, the latest example being scores of 64 and 78 in the Scottish Open last week. In 2014 he is 50 under par in the first round and nine over in the second. “Whenever I go out and play on Thursdays there’s not really many expectations,” added McIlroy, who also led the 2010 Open after an opening 63 at St Andrews but followed it with an 80 in atrocious conditions. “You’re going out there and you’re trying to find a rhythm and you’re just trying to play your way into the round,” he added. Press Association “When you go back out on Friday after a good score you know what you can do, so you’re going out with some expectations compared to Thursday. I think I’ve just got to approach it like that, start off trying to hit solid shots the first few holes and play my way into the round, just like I did today.” Woods missed the cut in his comeback event at the end of last month and looked set for more woe after dropping shots on his first two holes – he only had two bogeys in the first 36 holes in 2006 – but crucially saved par from eight feet on the fourth and picked up his first birdie of the day on the next. A hat-trick of birdies from the 11th – where he holed from off the green – was followed by a bogey on the 14th, but Woods responded with birdies on the 15th and 16th to return a 69. “I knew I could do it. That’s why it was so important for me to play at Congressional,” he said. “At Congressional I made some terrible mistakes mentally. My decisions weren’t very crisp and I wasn’t decisive enough. Today was totally different and consequently I shot a better score. “I’m getting stronger, I’m getting faster, I’m getting more explosive. The ball is starting to travel again and those are all positive things.” The negative things as far as Woods was concerned were a repeat of the distractions in 2006 from spectators’ phones and cameras which led to a ban the following year. He backed off his second shot to the 18th twice, stopping midway through his downswing the second time, and said: “There were a lot of cameras and we were backing off a lot of shots, it was tough. Unfortunately people don’t put the phones on silent and some of the professional guys were getting on the trigger a little early.” Mobile phones and other devices were allowed back into the Open in 2012 and the R&A have installed a “Wi-Fi mesh” around the course to allow spectators to use them to keep up to date with the action. Asked if catering to spectators in this manner was something of a double-edged sword, Woods added: “Just put it on silent. I’ve had numerous years of dealing with this. There’s a lot of moving parts out there. And you’ve just got to stay focused and plod my way around.” In a statement, R&A executive director of championships Johnnie Cole-Hamilton said: “We are delighted to have big crowds here enjoying the golf and I know there are many fans here who are experiencing the Open for the first time this week. “We urge them and all our spectators to keep their phones on silent and remind them that taking photographs on Championship days is not permitted.” The Open Championship enjoyed a case of deja vu on Thursday with glorious weather at Royal Liverpool and a certain Tiger Woods high on the leaderboard in the opening round.last_img read more