first_img View post tag: passes January 7, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lanka: 210th Regular Intake Passes Out at SLNS Shiksha in Poonewa View post tag: out View post tag: 210th View post tag: Poonewa Sri Lanka: 210th Regular Intake Passes Out at SLNS Shiksha in Poonewa Share this article Three hundred and seventy (370) recruits belonging to the 210th Regular Intake of the Sri Lanka Navy passed out at SLNS Shiksha in Poonewa on 5th January 2013.Chief of Staff of the Navy, Rear Admiral Damayantha Dharmasiriwardene graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and took the salute.Commander North Central Naval Area Rear Admiral Sisira Jayakody, the senior naval officers, parents and well-wishers were also present on the occasion.The 210th Regular Intake, which comprised of 351 sailors and 19 women sailors, was trained at SLNS Shiksha in Poonewa. Recruit DMSL Dissanayake was adjudged the Best Recruit while Recruit WKJN Walpola was selected the Recruit with the highest aggregate in all subjects. Recruit TMSN Gunawardene won the award for the Best Sportsman while Woman Recruit LHMNKK Jayathilake won the award for the Best Sportswoman. Recruit AMCM Adhikari won the award for the Best Marksman. Jayaba Division was selected the Best Division.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 7, 2013; Image: Sri Lanka Navy View post tag: Defence View post tag: Naval Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Regular View post tag: SLNS View post tag: Shiksha View post tag: Defense View post tag: intakelast_img read more

first_imgAmong the many ways that participation in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) helps its members stay sober, two appear to be most important — spending more time with individuals who support efforts toward sobriety and increased confidence in the ability to maintain abstinence in social situations. In a paper that will appear in the journal Addiction and has been released online, researchers report the first study to examine the relative importance to successful recovery of the behavior changes associated with participation in AA.“AA is the most commonly sought source of help for alcohol addiction and alcohol-related problems in the United States and has been shown to help people attain and maintain long-term recovery,” says study leader John F. Kelly, associate director of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Addiction Medicine, a Harvard affiliate. “This study is the first to investigate exactly how AA helps individuals recover by examining the independent effects of several mechanisms simultaneously.”Kelly is an associate professor in the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry.In 1990, the current report’s authors note, the Institute of Medicine called for more research into exactly how AA helps its members. While subsequent studies have documented the short- and long-term benefits of AA participation, only recently have researchers investigated how those benefits are conferred. A broad range of factors associated with AA participation have been identified as contributing to recovery including changes in social networks, maintaining motivation, confidence in the ability to cope with the demands of recovery, decreased depression symptoms, and increased spirituality — but no study as yet has been able to determine the relative importance of those mechanisms.To meet that goal, the current study analyzed data from more than 1,700 study participants who had been enrolled at nine U.S. centers as part of a federally funded trial known as Project MATCH that compared three alcohol treatment approaches. Almost 1,000 were recruited into the study directly from the community, and another 775 had received prior inpatient treatment, indicating a greater degree of alcohol dependence. Along with the treatment approaches being tested in Project MATCH — cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, and a 12-step therapy — participants were free to attend AA meetings.At follow-up sessions three, nine, and 15 months after completing the Project MATCH therapies, participants received several assessments. In addition to reporting their alcohol consumption — based on both the frequency and the intensity of recent drinking — attendance at AA meetings, and spiritual and religious practices, they also completed specialized assessments of confidence in their ability to remain abstinent in social situations and when experiencing unpleasant emotions, of their level of depression symptoms, and of whether their close social ties supported or discouraged their efforts to maintain abstinence.Overall results indicated that greater participation in AA during the first three months of the study period was independently associated with more successful recovery over the following year. Of the behavioral changes associated with AA attendance, changes in social networks — more contacts with people who supported abstinence and fewer with those who would encourage drinking — and greater confidence in the ability to maintain sobriety in social situations were most strongly connected with recovery success. Reduced depression and increased spirituality or religious practices also had a significant independent role in the recovery of participants who had received inpatient treatment and probably had been more seriously dependent on alcohol.“Our findings are shedding light on how AA helps people recover from addiction over time,” says Kelly. “The results suggest that social context factors are key; the people who associate with individuals attempting to begin recovery can be crucial to their likelihood of success. AA appears adept at facilitating and supporting those social changes. Further questions we need to investigate are whether particular groups of individuals — women or men, young or old people, those with or without accompanying psychiatric disorders — benefit from AA in the same or in different ways.”Additional co-authors of the Addiction report are Bettina Hoeppner, MGH Center for Addiction Medicine; Robert Stout, Decision Sciences Institute/PIRE, Pawtucket, R.I., and Maria Pagano, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.The study was supported by grants from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.last_img read more

first_imgWhen we look back 100 years from now, wonders Linda Bilmes, what will we be glad we did today?It isn’t just a philosophical question. Finding the answer was the mission of the Second Century Commission, a panel formed by the National Parks Conservation Association in 2010. Bilmes was a member of the group, whose task was to study the way ahead for jewels like Yellowstone — the world’s first national park — the Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty, and the White House as the National Park Service prepares to mark its 100th anniversary on Aug. 25.Part of the answer, the commission found, is to build a more sustainable financial foundation. Recent research by Bilmes and colleagues from Colorado State University, with help from statisticians at the University of Wyoming, takes a step toward that goal by answering a key question: What are the parks worth to Americans?The answer is quite a lot — $92 billion a year, roughly 30 times the National Park Service’s $3 billion annual budget. Another important finding, Bilmes said, is that the parks are valued highly even by those who don’t use them. The vast majority of Americans find value in just knowing they’re there, preserved for them — should they get a hankering to see Old Faithful — and for the kids and grandkids.The survey, conducted in two parts in 2013–2014 and 2015, built on earlier studies led by Bilmes, Harvard Kennedy School’s Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, and involving dozens of HKS students. One such effort, carried out in 2012 by then-students Francis Choi and Tim Marlowe, created a framework for a comprehensive valuation of the parks. That framework was used in the current study.Researchers tallied the answers of about 700 Americans who responded by mail or online. The survey measured how much people would pay to avoid losing the parks. Eighty-one percent responded that they’d support higher taxes to avoid losing them, and 85 percent said they personally benefit from the existence of the parks.The $92 billion figure, which Bilmes called conservative, can be further broken down to about $62 billion for the physical parks themselves and $30 billion for the educational and historical programming provided by the National Park Service, which extends into schools and other settings.“People felt that what’s important is not just protecting the places but that these activities were being conducted,” Bilmes said. “We thought nobody noticed but they do.”Crucial among the findings, said Bilmes, is broad support for the parks, which she hopes will help provide the footing for a conversation in Congress about the National Park Service’s next 100 years. Bills have been proposed for a financial infusion to mark the centennial and to allow the service to create an endowment to augment the visitor fees and federal funding that provide most of its budget.The idea of an endowment emerged from the Second Century Commission’s discussions, Bilmes said. While endowments are typically created by private institutions, Bilmes said that a financial rule of thumb is to match an organization’s funding to its purpose and mission. Since the Park Service’s mission is preservation in perpetuity, a permanent funding source makes sense. The steady revenue created by an endowment would at least partially shield the Park Service from the vagaries of both tourism and government budgeting.The Park Service’s needs include funding to address threats originating outside the park, such as development and climate change, Bilmes said, and addressing a maintenance backlog estimated at $12 billion. An endowment would also give the service some additional financial flexibility, as the guaranteed income stream would allow it to borrow by issuing bonds.“We have to think of it from the perspective of 100 years from now,” Bilmes said. “A hundred years from now, we’ll be happy we did it because it’ll grow.”last_img read more

first_imgAs a requirement of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced its intent to review the 2009 overdraft rule. This rule requires consumers to affirmatively consent — or “opt in” — to overdraft services before a financial institution may impose a fee for an overdraft resulting from a point-of-sale (POS) debit card or ATM transaction. To kick start the review, the CFPB is seeking public comment until July 15. The Bureau will use these comments in determining whether the rule should be continued without change, amended or rescinded to minimize any significant economic impact it has on a substantial number of small financial institutions.What does this mean for banks and credit unions that are holding on to an outdated overdraft strategy, or don’t have the regulatory knowledge to maintain a fully compliant program? While it may be tempting for some to take a wait-and-see approach to updating an existing overdraft program, demonstrating compliance savvy with proactive steps to ensure processes and procedures are transparent — and fully in line with existing regulatory expectations — reinforces an institution’s commitment and ability to:prevent account holder confusion and misuse of overdrafts involving E-channels;avoid potential Reg E and UDAAP violations;ward off possible civil litigation;increase employee knowledge and confidence; andprovide better service and establish long-term account holder relationships.That’s an important position to maintain as the financial services landscape continues to evolve due to government rule changes. Hopefully, the outcome of this review will provide banks and credit unions with more clarity on the regulatory expectations regarding overdraft strategies. In the meantime, civil action continues to be an increasing threat for institutions that fail to maintain compliant overdraft processes and procedures. The number of class action cases has increased as a result of litigators targeting programs for unclear or misleading terminology used on account agreements and marketing materials, improper fee assessment and violations of opt-in rules. Although there continues to be uncertainty in the financial services industry, that needn’t be the case when it comes to the basics of a consumer-focused overdraft program. What’s more, maintaining a fully-compliant overdraft strategy not only removes the threat of potential regulatory or civil action, it also creates the opportunity for banks and credit unions to achieve measurable performance results year after year — when the program:establishes up-front, fully communicated overdraft policies to avoid any account holder confusion and increased examiner scrutiny;offers on-going training opportunities to ensure that employees understand regulatory expectations and have the ability to confidently and consistently describe the program’s overdraft policies and user responsibilities to account holders;maintains up-to-date technology that provides greater efficiency through improved automation and reliable, comprehensive data analytics to increase the capability to monitor program results and gauge account holder usage;reinforces internal capabilities with on-going, professional consulting and monitoring to identify potential program and service improvements, as well as new revenue opportunities and;provides a 100 percent written compliance guarantee for total regulatory peace of mind.As regulators continue to review industry and consumer comments to determine possible next steps in the overdraft space, your credit union can move ahead with complete confidence with the help of policies that are fully compliant and designed to fill account holders’ financial needs as they continue to evolve. If you haven’t reviewed your overdraft strategy in a while — or lack confidence in your compliance savvy — now is the time to act. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Cheryl Lawson Cheryl has more than 30 years of experience in financial operations, consulting, communications, training and project management. She joined JMFA in 2001 and currently serves as the compliance liaison for … Web: www.jmfa.com Detailslast_img read more

first_imgThe government has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion stimulus to jack up the economy, which is expected to shrink by 1.1 percent at worst or grow by 0.2 percent at best this year, marking the worst economic performance since the 1998 and 1998 Asian financial crises.The government has only spent 25.1 percent of the Rp 695.2 trillion stimulus as of Aug. 19, five months since the start of the outbreak, as red-tape bureaucracy and lack of citizens’ data held up disbursement of the much-needed stimulus.Former Finance Minister Chatib Basri has said that the government would need to allocate the slow-disbursed stimulus to the social protection program, adding that it would boost consumer demand, which is needed to revive the economy.“The only spending that could achieve the level of absorption quite significant is the social system and not tax incentives,” he said on Aug. 19, adding that the government should be more “pragmatic by allocating funding that [it] could spend”.“The government needs to bolster consumer demand by providing cash transfers for lower to middle-income citizens, which in turn will boost the supply side of the economy.”Providing cash transfers to lower-middle income citizens will greatly enhance domestic spending, he added.Meanwhile, University of Indonesia (UI) economist Ari Kuncoro said the government’s stimulus would only be effective if people were confident enough to spend their money without risking COVID-19 infection, adding that implementing strict health protocols would be crucial to revive the economy.“If social restrictions continue and people are unwilling to go outside, then the economy will suffer even more and the stimulus would not be sufficient,” he told The Jakarta Post. “The key to economic recovery is to encourage people to return to their normal activity by using health protocols. That will make the economic wheels run and avoid a greater contraction.”Topics : The government will start to disburse Rp 2.4 million (US$163) in cash aid for workers starting on Thursday as part of its latest measure to boost spending reeling from COVID-19, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has announced.The pandemic has lowered the income of all kinds of businesses, from small to medium-sized to large, he said.“We are hoping that household spending may increase after this,” Jokowi said during the launch of the program. “I think this is a complete [package] that will be given to honorary workers, firefighters, hotel employees, medical workers or anyone that paid their premium to BPJS Ketenagakerjaan [Workers Social Security Agency].” Some 15.7 million workers with a salary below Rp 5 million and are registered with BPJS Ketenagakerjaan will receive Rp 600,000 in monthly assistance over four months. The government has allocated Rp 37.7 trillion from the state budget for the program.The first phase of the program would see the government disburse cash transfers for 2.5 million workers, said Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah, adding that BPJS Ketenagakerjaan had so far verified the data of 10.8 million workers or 69 percent of the target.“The cash aid is expected to maintain people’s purchasing power and boost spending so that it would have a multiplier effect on economic growth and prosperity,” she said during the same event, adding that the cash transfers will take time, until the end of September.The cash aid will be transferred to workers through state-owned banks under the auspices of Himbara, she went on to say, adding that Bank Mandiri would disburse the money to 700,000 workers, Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) to 900,000 workers, Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) to 600,000 workers and Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) to 200,000 workers during the first phase.last_img read more

first_imgRhenus Offshore Logistics, working in conjunction with A1 Offshore Solutions, has started operating a supply vessel named ‘Connector Express’.The customer TenneT is using the ship for supply trips to offshore platforms as well as performing inspections and repair work on structures and submarine cables from the base port of Emden.The Connector Express, which was constructed in 2002, was converted for its new assignment at Fayard shipyard in Odense, Denmark, between October and December 2018. The vessel was equipped with an accommodation module to house as many as 40 technicians. The vessel also has free deck space measuring more than 700 square meters, a 26-AHC crane with a lifting capacity of up to 26 tonnes and a cargo rail crane with a maximum hoisting capacity of ten tonnes.It is possible to equip the Connector Express with two remotely operated underwater vehicles to check and repair submarine cables and offshore structures beneath the surface of the water, the company said.It is also equipped with a drone platform, a sonar device for exploring the seabed and an ultra-short baseline underwater navigation system.For the moment, the vessel will mainly be used for six converter platforms in German waters, which are operated by TenneT and have to be supplied with food and spare parts. Three more platforms will probably be added to the list during 2019.“We were able to beat off the competition from many competitors thanks to our unconventional approaches in the bidding structure and the associated broad knowledge about our customer’s needs; we’d like to thank TenneT Offshore for placing its trust in the concept that we’ve presented,” said Moritz Kukel, head of the Chartering & Marine Asset Management at Rhenus Offshore Logistics. “We’ve found just the right partner for handling this kind of major project in A1 Offshore Solutions.”Rhenus has chartered the Connector Express on a long-term basis and more projects with similar structures are in the planning stage.last_img read more

first_imgThe Danish Energy Agency (DEA) has launched a technology-neutral tender calling for bids for the development of open-door offshore wind, onshore wind and solar PV power.In this year’s tendering scheme, DKK 258 million (circa EUR 34.56 million) has been allocated, with the support set to be given as a fixed price supplement on top of the electricity price for 20 years.According to the Danish Energy Agency, there is a bid cap of 6 Danish øre per kWh.In the open-door procedure, the project developer initiates the establishment of an offshore wind farm of a chosen size in a specific area, which is done by submitting an unsolicited application for a license to carry out preliminary investigations.The application must include a description of the project, anticipated scope of preliminary investigations, size and number of turbines, and the limits of the project’s geographical siting. The developer is responsible for paying for the transmission of produced electricity to land.If the result of the preliminary investigations shows that the suggested project can be approved, the developer can obtain a license to establish the project.Projects applying must be at a late development stage before participating in the tender and must be connected to the grid within two or four years after contract signing, depending on whether it is an offshore or onshore installation.The deadline for submitting applications is 27 November by 12:00 local time.last_img read more

first_img 20 Views   no discussions Share Share HealthLifestyle Gonorrhoea strain found to be ‘resistant to antibiotics’ by: – July 11, 2011 Experts analysed the neisseria gonorrhoea bacteriaA new strain of the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhoea has become resistant to antibiotics, international research shows.Analysis of the bacterium that causes gonorrhoea found a new variant which is very effective at mutating.Scientists from the Swedish Reference Laboratory warn that the infection could now become a global threat to public health.New drugs to delay the spread of the infection are needed, experts say.The first case of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea was found in Japan.By analysing this new strain of neisseria gonorrhoea, called H041, researchers identified the genetic mutations responsible for the new strain’s extreme resistance to all cephalosporin-class antibiotics.Cephalosporins are used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. They are also closely related to the penicillins.A team of researchers will present its findings at a conference run by the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Disease Research in Canada.Dr Magnus Unemo, from the Swedish Research Laboratory for Pathogenic Neisseria, said it was an alarming and predictable discovery.“Since antibiotics became the standard treatment for gonorrhoea in the 1940s, this bacterium has shown a remarkable capacity to develop resistance mechanisms to all drugs introduced to control it.“While it is still too early to assess if this new strain has become widespread, the history of newly emergent resistance in the bacterium suggests that it may spread rapidly unless new drugs and effective treatment programs are developed.”Prevention not cure Rebecca Findlay, from the Family Planning Association, said it was a worrying sign.“Prevention becomes more important because we know antibiotics won’t always work. Gonorrhoea can affect people of all ages and everyone should be now focusing on looking after their sexual health.”Dr David Livermore, director of the antibiotic resistance monitoring laboratory at the Health Protection Agency, said that the cephalosporin antibiotics used in the UK are still effective for treating gonorrhoea.“But our lab tests show that the bacteria are becoming less sensitive to these cephalosporins, with a few treatment failures reported. This means that we are having to change the type of cephalosporin that is used and to increase the dosage.“The worry is that we will see gonorrhoea becoming a much more difficult-to-treat infection to treat over the next five years.“Prevention is better than cure, especially as cure becomes harder, and the most reliable way to protect against STIs – including resistant gonorrhoea – is to use a condom with all new and casual partners.”Gonorrhoea is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the world.Some 50% of women infected with gonorrhoea have no symptoms. The same is true of 2-5% of men.When symptomatic, gonorrhoea is characterised by a burning sensation when urinating and can cause discharge from the genitals.If left untreated, gonorrhoea can lead to serious and irreversible health complications in both women and men.BBC Newscenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharelast_img read more

first_imgFormer Manchester City midfielder, Yaya Toure, has described the club’s failure to win the Champions League “disappointing” and questioned whether Pep Guardiola may have to consider his future if it continues. City were knocked out of the competition at the quarter-final stage thanks to surprise defeat to French side Lyon last week.Advertisement Loading… It means Guardiola has failed to get beyond the last eight in each of his four seasons in charge, with the club’s best ever European showing coming in reaching the 2015/16 semi-finals under Manuel Pellegrini. read also:We beat Pep’s tactical game – GarciaThe Spaniard won the competition twice in the early part of his managerial career, at Barcelona, but also failed to deliver the trophy during his time at Bayern Munich. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At Longer7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemFans Don’t Know What She Looks Like Now2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own Eyeslast_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Pirlo bags UEFA coaching badge US billionaire Dan Friedkin has signed a deal worth 591m euros (£532 million) to take over Serie A side Roma.“We look forward to closing the purchase as soon as possible and immersing ourselves in the AS Roma family,” said Friedkin. It is anticipated that the deal with go through by the end of August.It is Friedkin’s first significant investment in a sport.He has business interests in the car, entertainment and hospitality industries.He will take on Roma from a group of United States-based investors, led by businessman James Pallotta, who bought the club in 2012.Under Pallotta’s leadership as club president Roma finished as Serie A runners-up three times and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2018 via a famous comeback victory over Barcelona. Pallotta had to pay a fine after jumping in one of Rome’s historic fountains during the celebrations.However his hopes of building a dedicated stadium for the club, who share the Stadio Olimpico with city rivals Lazio, have been frustrated by planning issues.Tags: Dan FriedkinRomaSerie Alast_img read more