USS America Stops at Cuba for Supplies

first_img View post tag: USS America View post tag: Navy View post tag: Cuba View post tag: Stops Future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) conducted a port visit to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba while transiting to its home port of San Diego, California July 21. Back to overview,Home naval-today USS America Stops at Cuba for Supplies During the port visit, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Jacksonville Detachment Guantanamo Bay provided 900,000 gallons of JP5 and diesel fuel as well as 45 pallets of provisions, supplies, and mail. Additionally 30 pallets of Operation Hand Clasp materials, a program that transports educational, humanitarian, and good will materials on U.S. Navy ships were loaded.America is currently transiting the U.S. Southern Command’s area of responsibility (AOR) as part of “America Visits the Americas” expedition and will engage in cooperative maritime security operations with partner nations in order to enhance interoperability, maintain access to the region, and build enduring partnerships that foster regional security.The ship is slated to visit several Latin American nations allowing the ship’s crew to serve as goodwill ambassadors and experience local culture.[mappress]Press Release, August 11, 2014; Image: US Navy Authorities August 11, 2014 View post tag: supplies View post tag: americas View post tag: News by topic USS America Stops at Cuba for Supplies View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: DR. DAN ADAMS WILL NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION TO EVANSVILLE CITY COUNCIL

first_imgDeclaration of Non-ReelectionAfter carefully studied reflection, I have decided NOT to seek reelection as an Evansville City Councilman At-Large in the Fall of 2019.I make my statement now so that prospective candidates, trying to make up their minds to run, may know early that there is an opening for them to contest.For more than a decade, I have genuinely enjoyed serving the people of this remarkable city. I thank those who supported and criticized me, as they both leavened and tempered my performance wisely.I shall work as hard for you in my last year on council, as I have in the past eleven. I will seek other fields of endeavor, as I have no intention of becoming a recluse.Sincerely,Dan Adams. MD FACS MBAFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

News story: VMD web and switchboard services will be unavailable from 16:00, 23 February to 8:00, 26 February

first_imgThe following online application services will be unavailable: Product Information Database Special Import Ceritifcates Special Treatment Certificates You should obtain an import certificate in advance if you think you will need to import/use an imported medicine during this period.In urgent cases you may purchase and use an imported veterinary medicine prior to obtaining a certificate from the VMD. This is a special dispensation which only applies to the VMD online system during this maintenance period.You should obtain an import certificate retrospectively as soon as possible. Research Import Certificates Export Certificates Microchip Adverse Event Reporting Animal Adverse Reaction Reporting Human Adverse Reaction Reporting The following online information service will be unavailable: Also, we will not be able to receive phone calls through the switchboard or via direct dial.The systems should be operational again on from 8:00 Monday 26 February.The VMD apologises for any inconvenience.last_img read more

Governor Douglas awards $750,000 grant for major renovation project in Springfield

first_imgGovernor Douglas today announced that the State of Vermont will be contributing $750,000 in grant funds to a major redevelopment project in Springfield. The grant, made available through the Vermont Community Development Program, will help repair sections of the former Fellows Gear Shaper/PVDC facility in downtown Springfield.   The property, largely vacant for several years, is being redeveloped by One Hundred River Street, LLC.“This award will not only help mitigate blighted areas of the former Fellows property, but also pave the way for new job creation, as well as restore an important part of Springfield’s historic downtown,” the Governor said. “This revitalization project is a perfect example of Vermont’s commitment to redeveloping its downtowns and villages as centers of social and commercial activity.”Officials from One Hundred River Street, LLC, anticipate having a significant portion of the site demolition work completed before winter. Once renovations are completed, officials anticipate that the building will be used for office, light industrial and retail space.“The Town of Springfield and the State of Vermont have been vital in assisting us throughout this project and these funds will help us address restoration issues on the site immediately,” said Rick Genderson, who along with John Meekin, is a principal of One Hundred River Street, LLC. Source: Governor’s office. 9.18.2009###last_img read more

Keep your foot on the gas pedal

first_img 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bob Dorsa Bob Dorsa is the President of the ACUMA (American Credit Union Mortgage Association) a professional trade association (co-founded by Dorsa in 1996). ACUMA is one of the most unique niche … Web: www.acuma.org Details There’s no question that real estate lending continues to play a key role in a successful strategy for many credit unions, whether the market favors refinancing or purchase loans. Making mortgage loans provides good service to members and provide meaningful revenue for the credit union. And now, when there is no question that we have moved into an environment where the majority of business is purchase loans, it’s more important than ever to keep your foot on the gas pedal. That’s right: Keep on pushing; keep on making those loans.Many in the mortgage business said credit unions were ill-prepared to handle the shift to purchasing money, but the statistics demonstrate that not only have credit unions made market adjustments, they have also increased market share.In the first quarter of 2017, credit unions grabbed 8.57% of total U.S. residential mortgage originations, up from 7.59% in 2016. That continues a trend that has gone from a tiny 1.41% share in 1989 to a then-record 2.61% in 2007, and on to 4.66% the following year (helped by consumer reaction to Wall Street and Big Bank failures that crippled the economy), topping 5% in 2010, reaching 6.53% the next year and 7.48% in 2014.To keep growing its share of the pie, credit unions will need to work hard—keep pushing—in a market increasingly swinging to purchase loans.How much of a swing? Well, in the fourth quarter of 2106, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported that refinances comprised a bare majority (51%) of mortgage originations. In the first quarter of 2017 that total slipped to 41%.Looking ahead, MBA predicts refi’s will keep dropping—to 32% in the second quarter of this year and 28% in the third quarter. And the 2018 forecast puts refinances between 23% and 30% of the mortgage market.OK, you say, we’ve handled things pretty well up to now. So why should we be worried? Two reasons: You’ll need to up your game to handle even more purchase loans and while you’re looking for a bigger slice of the pie, that entire pie is getting smaller.In 2016, residential mortgage originations totaled $1.89 trillion dollars, according to MBA. In 2017, the forecast calls for a total of $1.6 trillion, or nearly $300 billion less than the previous year—no small chunk of change.Smaller pie means more competition. So get ready. And don’t take your foot off the gas!While credit unions have shown we can be players in the purchase market, we can’t slow down, we can’t miss opportunities. Make sure you are doing these things, many of which are topics ACUMA delves into at its workshops and conference:Cultivate relationships with Realtors, who as partners can point business your way (and bring you, new members—maybe even Realtors among them). And be certain they can contact you when necessary—including weekends when they are the busiest.Review and update your products (continually) to ensure you have the “right fit” for first-time homebuyers and the markets you serve.Meet members on their own terms by providing a variety of application and communication channels (face-to-face, online, email, print, text messages, etc.) so they can select the best option for them. And a corollary: Set goals for responses and measure the data—quicker is definitely better.Move toward automation and digitizing more of the mortgage process. If you don’t, you will lose business to those that do.Mortgage-lending credit unions that prepare for the future will have the best chance to succeed. Make sure you are ready for the challenges.last_img read more

Corona beer takes a hit from coronavirus as brand image suffers

first_imgTopics : Corona, which derives its name from the Sun’s corona and has nothing to do with the virus, is the third-most popular beer in the US, according to YouGov rankings. Guinness is first and Heineken is second.Another reason for the drop in purchase intent could be the perception of Corona as a summer beverage associated with beach holidays, YouGov business data journalist Graeme Bruce wrote in an article published Wednesday. It therefore has substantial seasonal fluctuations, he said. The novel coronavirus has an unlikely victim — one of the world’s most popular beers.Corona has become the subject of memes and videos shared on social media as the toll from the virus climbs worldwide. Reports of an increase in online searches for “corona beer virus” and “beer coronavirus” show the Mexican beer hasn’t been able to escape the association. The so-called purchase intent among adults in the US has plunged to the lowest in two years, according to data from YouGov Plc.The damage has become more severe in recent days as infections spread. Shares of Corona-maker Constellation Brands Inc. dived 8% this week in New York. Corona’s buzz score — which tracks whether American adults aware of the brand have heard positive or negative things about it — has tumbled to 51 from a high of 75 at the beginning of the year, YouGov said.last_img read more

COVID-19 pandemic exposes problems in our health care, Jokowi says

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said that the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed problems in the country’s health care, including its pharmaceutical ingredients and medical equipment.”The pandemic has allowed us to see potential resources that we have not yet managed and developed well,” Jokowi said in his opening remarks in a virtual speech at the National Development Planning Conference on Thursday.”For example, 95 percent of raw materials for the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry are still imported. [We are seeing] what medical equipment we manufacture domestically and what we import. We can see everything now,” he added. Jokowi said Indonesia was dealing with several infectious diseases that required special treatment, such as tuberculosis.”We’re among the top three countries with the largest number of tuberculosis cases after India and China. Do we have the [proper] facilities and beds at the hospitals?” he said.Read also: COVID-19 exposes flaws in Indonesia’s health insurance programIndonesia’s ratio of hospital beds per 1,000 people was lower than many other countries, the President explained. “We only have 1.2 beds per 1,000 residents, far behind other countries such as India with 2.7 beds per 1,000 residents, China with 4.3 beds per 1,000 people and Japan with the highest number of hospital beds per 1,000 people at 13,” he said. “What about the labs, its equipment and its manpower? Or the ratio of health workers, doctors, specialists, nurses? We need to calculate everything.”The COVID-19 pandemic had also shed light on the importance of health security, Jokowi said.”We’ve now seen the importance of health security for the future. […] We’re facing extraordinary challenges because, of all 213 countries, there is no country in the world that is really ready [to face the pandemic],” he said.”I believe with strong cooperation between the central and regional governments we can mitigate the impacts of this global pandemic. Vulnerable groups could be well protected and we could navigate this storm safely.”Topics :last_img read more

Yeronga home comes with all the ‘bells, whistles’

first_imgThe upstairs balcony looks out over the landscaped backyard.Mr Ernst said the property would suit the big or extended family. “The bedrooms can all take kingsize beds and all the bedrooms have access to a bathroom,” he said. “Downstairs, the bedroom has his and hers cupboards and outside access. “We were going to have elderly parents with us, so with the outside access they could close their bedroom door, open the sliding door to outside and have their own space.” Mr Ernst said the home was on a 693sq m block in one of the sought- after “O” streets of Yeronga. The property is being marketed by Kristy Noble from McGrath Annerley Yeronga and will be auctioned on June 3 at 10am. The home at 40 Oriel Rd, Yeronga.There will be no arguing over the bathroom in this stunning Yeronga home, which has five bedrooms and five bathrooms across two levels. Owner-builder Mark Ernst said the property at 40 Oriel Rd was designed to have space and “all the bells and whistles”. “The house had to have the right aspect too,” he said. “The block has two street frontages so we orientated the back to face east for optimum shade in the summer.” On the ground level the home includes an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, laundry, study nook, full size bathroom, and a guest room with exterior access. The open-plan living space flows out to the back patio.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The modern kitchen has an island bench, stone countertops and integrated appliances while the living space flows out through sliding doors to the patio and landscaped back yard. Upstairs, the master retreat includes a walk-in wardrobe, ensuite with double shower and twin basins, and Mount Coot-Tha views. The three remaining bedrooms have built-in robes and two have ensuites while the third has access to the family bathroom. The upstairs family room with wet bar flows out to the upstairs balcony, where you can glimpse city views. last_img read more

bfinance: satisfied investors still plan risk management changes

first_imgKathryn Saklatvala, bfinanceWhile two thirds of the relevant investors are “happy to use the valuation estimates provided by [their] usual channels”, 24% of investors use a public markets equivalent for modelling the potential valuation changes in their portfolios and 10% are marking down estimated valuations more severely than their asset managers.Kathryn Saklatvala, head of investment content at bfinance, said: “The first half of 2020 has been extremely challenging for investors of all types, and undoubtedly there is more volatility and upheaval in store as the true nature of the economic impact of COVID-19 becomes clearer.”She added that such periods are “uncomfortable” but also crucially informative for investors seeking to understand the diversification and resilience of their portfolios and the discipline and skill of asset managers, in addition to the weak-points in risk management capabilities.“It is great to see the majority of investors reporting satisfaction with overall portfolio performance, risk management and active management results across the majority of asset classes, although there are important changes underway on all fronts,” she added.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. Consultancy bfinance’s mid-year Asset Owner Survey concluded that although the vast majority of investors were satisfied with the performance of their risk management processes, research showed that 35% are making changes.Similarly, 82% are satisfied with overall portfolio performance, with just 25% changing their strategic asset allocation in 2020, and most are happy with the results of actively managed strategies across the majority of asset classes.bfinance received responses from 368 investors, just over half of which are pension funds, with combined assets of approximately $11trn (€9.3trn).“The results presented a picture of cautious optimism with the vast majority (82%) being satisfied with how their portfolios have performed and widespread positive feedback for active management results,” it said. However, 50% of those with explicit liabilities – including 63% of relevant pension funds – said their ALM position had worsened this year. More than a third are making changes to risk management as a result of COVID-19, the firm said.The research also showed that 24% of respondents were changing their strategic asset allocation in 2020.Despite the high number of satisfied investors, bfinance found that there are notable problem areas: 53% of emerging market debt investors, 48% of hedge fund investors and 64% of alternative risk premia investors are dissatisfied with the performance of their asset managers – whether external or in house – in those strategies.Illiquid asset classes scored relatively high levels of satisfaction, albeit with considerable uncertainty given the opacity on true portfolio valuations, it added.last_img read more

Street record “smashed” in latest suburban riverfront sale

first_img17 Arbour St, Sherwood sold in under five hours.A stunning six-bedroom riverside home at Sherwood has sold for more than $3 million in under five hours.The property at 17 Arbour St, is a street record, selling for $3,050,000. What a view at 17 Arbour St, Sherwood.The previous street record was $1.91 million, according to NGU Real Estate selling agents Emil Juresic and Leo Liu, who sold the home recently to a Chinese buyer.“We really smashed the record here,” Mr Juresic said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago“It was a cash contract, no conditions.“Something like this in Ascot would sell for $25 million”.Mr Juresic said the new residents lived in Brisbane and owned a business.He said the couple who built the home had done an incredible job.“It’s one of the most well designed homes I have seen,” Mr Juresic said. 17 Arbour St, Sherwood.According to CoreLogic data, the current median house price in Sherwood is $870,000.Mr Juresic said there he had five private inspections in 24 hours.The home, known as Riviera, is on a 858sq m block, and features a wine cellar, large in-ground swimming pool, butler’s pantry and secure yard.last_img read more