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USA: Destroyer Squadron 26 Heads for Joint Warrior Exercise

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first_img View post tag: Navy Training & Education USA: Destroyer Squadron 26 Heads for Joint Warrior Exercise View post tag: heads Share this article View post tag: Squadron Sailors aboard guided-missile cruisers USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) guided-missile destroyers USS James E. Williams (DDG 95), USS Cole (DDG 67), USS Ross (DDG 71), guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B Roberts (FFG 58), and fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawa (T-AO 196) will participate in the exercise, which is intended to improve interoperability between allied navies in an operationally challenging environment.“Joint Warrior provides our Sailors with an opportunity to work with our coalition partners in a unique tactical environment,” said Capt. Cary Krause, commander, DESRON 26. “This exercise will enhance our ability to operate with our allied navies, and will prepare our participating crews to conduct combined operations during deployment.”The U.S. Navy did not participate in Joint Warrior in 2013 due to budgetary constraints. However, with a new budget in place, the Department of Defense approved the Navy’s participation in Joint Warrior 14-1 because this exercise also serves as a pre-deployment certification event for the participating U.S. ships.“The entire spectrum of planned activities is a chance for our ships to train and hone their skills before their upcoming deployments,” said Krause. “We are thankful for this opportunity and excited to return to Scotland to participate in this exercise with our allies.”Joint Warrior will begin in late March and will last approximately two weeks. It will involve air, sea and ground assets from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Exercise scenarios include small boat attacks, boarding operations, air defense, anti-submarine warfare, and ship maneuverability tasks. More than 30 individual units, including aviation, surface, and subsurface, are participating and playing a distinct role.[mappress]Press Release, March 17, 2014, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: Exercise View post tag: Naval View post tag: 26 View post tag: Joint View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Warrior Six ships, led by Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26, departed the U.S. for Scotland, March 14, to participate in Joint Warrior 14-2, a semiannual, United Kingdom-led training exercise designed to provide NATO and allied forces a unique multi-warfare environment in which to prepare for global operations. March 17, 2014 View post tag: Destroyer Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Destroyer Squadron 26 Heads for Joint Warrior Exercise last_img read more

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IS IT TRUE JULY 21, 2018

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first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE we are saddened to hear that George Spohr, executive editor of the Courier & Press, died of cancer Thursday night. He was 37.  …Mr. Spohr was also a regional editor for Gannett’s Indiana newspapers outside of Indianapolis, leading journalism efforts in Lafayette, Richmond, Muncie, and Evansville, as well as at The Gleaner in Henderson, Kentucky?  … he moved to Evansville in October 2017. Spohr was previously the executive editor of the Journal & Courier in Lafayette? ..He is survived by his parents, George Spohr Sr. and Linda Spohr, a sister, Kristen, and two nephews, all in the Utica, New York, area. Services for Spohr will be in Utica at a later date?IS IT TRUE that our publisher will be 75 years young on the 28th of this month? …he has been undergoing extensive tests on his heart  …we hope that the doctors will be able to correct his problem so he will have a better quality of life in his golden years?  …he would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support?  …when asked if he would like to retire real soon he said; “Yes I would if I could find someone like Jon Webb or John Martin of the Evansville Courier and Press to run the paper”?IS IT TRUE that yesterday our “Horse Racing Mole” informed our readers that they should consider betting on Ricochet Bay to place in the 2nd race at today’s live meet at Ellis? …that Ricochet Bay didn’t hit the board?  …she also predicts that Victory Cigar will run a big race in yesterday’s  6th race at Ellis Park? … Victory Cigar placed third?  …our “Horse Racing Mole” suggested that FREDSTWIRLINCANDY should do well in the 7th race?  …that FREDSTWIRLINCANDY placed second?  …she also suggests that you consider betting on LEO MEISTER across the board (win-place and show) in the 8th race? … that Leo Meister won the race and paid $9.20 to win? …she finally recommends that you only bet as much as you can afford to lose and enjoy the live racing card at Ellis today?IS IT TRUE here are a couple of today’s Ellis Park race (July 21, 2018) predictions?  …our “Horse Racing Mole” suggests that you should consider betting on CURIABELLA in the second (2) race, bet on GIANT HERO to place second in the third race, bet on  KRISTIZAR in the fifth (5) race to hit the board, wagger a win-place and show bet on TRACE in the seventh (7) race, and in the ninth (9) race it looks like a sure bet that NINTH STREET will either place first (1) or Second (2) in that race? …she finally recommends that you only bet as much as you can afford to lose and enjoy the live racing card at Ellis Park today?IS IT TRUE we would like to congratulate Rolling Hills Country Club for winning the County Club Championship?  …we would like to congratulate Loraine Pool swim team for winning the City Of Evansville City Championship?IS IT TRUE we would like to congratulate Indiana State Rep. Holli Sullivan for being one among 48 state leaders from across the country selected to participate in The Council of State Governments’ 2018 Henry Toll Fellowship, the nation’s premier leadership development program for state government officials?IS IT TRUE on July 16th, Youth First, Inc. was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Vanderburgh Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation Alliance, Inc., through its Community Good Grants Program?  … this grant will fund Youth First social workers in Vanderburgh County schools to help address the social and emotional needs of young people by building caring relationships, fostering a readiness for positive change, boosting resiliency and teaching valuable life skills to help prevent substance abuse and other risky behaviors? …we give five (5) cheers to Vanderburgh Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation Alliance, Inc., through its Community Good Grants Program for investing in our community?IS IT TRUE The Department of Veterans Affairs held a mental health summit on the University of Southern Indiana’s campus?  …this summit was held as a way to help veterans in the Tri-State who may be struggling with recourses to help? ..Dale Horaz, a spokesperson for the Suicide Prevention Program, say 20 veterans die by suicide every day? …he also explains that the number has been decreasing steadily, but there is still a lot of work to be done to eliminate suicides?  …we agree with Dale Horaz comments and ask you to click the attached link so you can assist our veterans in need?   That guide can be seen by clicking here. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare IS IT TRUE that The Vanderburgh County Commissioners broke ground on a new shell building at VIP Park (Vanderburgh Industrial Park) this week? …that Woodward Commercial Realty was the developer of this project and the event was well attended with supportive organizations such as GAGE (Growth Alliance of Greater Evansville), Vectren, Old National Bank, Economic Development Coalition, and the Evansville Industrial Foundation; all came together to celebrate the new project.? …we agree with the remarks made by Vanderburgh County Commissioner Ben Shoulders “that this shell building will keep Vanderburgh County in the game and competitive”?IS IT TRUE that The University of Evansville’s Access to Capital and Expertise for Emerging Entrepreneurs (ACE³) program has been selected as a Driver of Financial Wellbeing national semifinalist in the Unlocking ₵hange Challenge? …this nationwide competition seeks to find and support leading social entrepreneurs and innovators across the country?  …that a  total of 27 semifinalists were chosen from 107 entrants?  …we say go get them U Of E Emerging Entrepreneurs (ACE³) program, students?IS IT TRUE that the Student Government Association at USI has elected its new president for the 2017-2018 academic year?  … that Bradley Flittner, a junior businesses management major with a marketing minor from Evansville, will assume the position of president following three years of service with SGA as a student representative for the Romain College of Business?  …we give 5 cheers to Bradley Flittner for being elected the new president of the USI student body for the 2017-2018 academic year?Today’s “Readers Poll” question is: If the election was held today for the Vanderburgh County Commission District 1 seat who would you vote for?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.last_img read more

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The Vaccination Debate: A profile of last year’s vote and what it may tell us about COVID shots today

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first_imgBy Paul MillsWe love our anniversaries. Newspapers typically feature them as in century and half century retrospectives. So, let’s now turn the clock back a bit, not 100 or even 50 years but just one year ago.It’s late February 2020, the time when the first cases of community transmission of the Coronavirus were reported in the United States and just two weeks before Maine records its first positive case.It’s thus the prelude to COVID-19, an acronym that to most still conjured up comparisons to a potentially approaching rain shower that would in any event pass over in a matter of days, not foreseen as a potentially paralyzing blizzard.Maine was at the same time weighing in on a People’s Veto referendum aimed at overturning a recently passed law eliminating philosophical and religious exemptions for vaccination requirements for students attending public schools.Seventy-three percent of Maine voters rejected the veto, that is, they upheld the new law that required student vaccinations against a variety of illnesses, the vote being 281-thousand to 105-thousand.The newly developed COVID vaccines have not yet joined measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, polio, hepatitis, chickenpox, and influenza as those required of public school students. The vaccination debate thus continues, just as it did in the heated Maine plebiscite of a year ago at this time.Though there is no present occasion to cast a ballot on vaccinations this year, there are ongoing tabulations on the extent to which Mainers are endorsing them. Not surprisingly the counties in Maine that were most supportive at the ballot box a year ago are also those with the greatest percentage of its citizens obtaining COVID vaccinations today.The three counties turning in the highest percentage of support for vaccinations in last March’s referendum – Cumberland, Sagadahoc, and Lincoln – are the same whose residents are the likeliest to have so far had an arm that has taken at least one dose of a COVID jab. These three west and mid coastal counties each cast 75 percent of their votes for the law requiring public school vaccinations while each of them are the only ones with over 14 percent of its citizens who have so far taken a COVID vaccinationThere is not yet an officially released breakdown among the nearly 500 cities towns, plantations, and voting districts, reports now being at the level of Maine’s sixteen counties. It is possible to revisit the returns from last year’s vote, however, at that more detailed level to check in on the alignment.From this, a rather pronounced geographic tension emerges. Though 64 places voted against compulsory public school shots last year, none of them were among Maine’s 23 cities. Indeed, the largest of the 64 towns and voting districts to throw in its lot with the anti-vac movement, the Piscataquis County town of Guilford, has a population of a mere 1,521. All of those voting with the anti-vaccination movement – with the exception of Newry, home to Sunday River Ski area – were in the eastern half of the state.A sampling of the outcome in such communities provides some quaint illustrations. Those in the libertarian camp would find allegorical significance that Waldo County’s Freedom voted 149 to 97 to overturn the compulsory vaccination law. The nearby town of Liberty did not quite fulfill such expectations, though it was closely divided, going 175 to 149 in favor of the law.A town named for the cradle of democracy, Athens, also provides some consolation to those who would like the right to opt out of government mandated medical procedures. Citizens there, just 13 miles north of Skowhegan, voted 105 to 96 in support of such sentiments. Abutting Athens to the east is the town of Harmony, which voted the same way, 101 to 91, the town’s name being emblematic of a result that mirrored that of its neighbor.Place names that most Maine people have seldom if ever heard from did make their voices known last year. It was in a way that demonstrates the cleavage that often exists between urban and rural Maine, one that seems likely to emerge again in the coming months as many but not all roll up their sleeves.Paul Mills is a Farmington attorney well known for his analyses and historical understanding of public affairs in Maine; he can be reached by e-mail [email protected]last_img read more

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Vermont ranks 8th highest in tax burden study

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first_imgNew Jersey Edges New York for Nation’s Highest State-Local Tax BurdenWashington, D.C., August 7, 2008 – New Jersey taxpayers bear the heaviest state-local tax burden in 2008, and Alaskans have the lightest tax burden, according to a new report from the Tax Foundation. In Tax Foundation Special Report, No. 163, “State-Local Tax Burdens Dip As Income Growth Outpaces Tax Growth,” senior economist Gerald Prante computes each state’s combined state-local tax burden, accounting for taxes paid out of state. The nation as a whole paid 9.7% of its income in state-local taxes, down from 9.9% in 2007 primarily because income grew faster than tax collections between 2007 and 2008. New Jersey residents paid 11.8%, topping the charts. New Yorkers were close behind, paying 11.7%, and Connecticut was third at 11.1%. The top ten were rounded out by Maryland (10.8%), Hawaii (10.6%), California (10.5%), Ohio (10.4%), Vermont (10.3%), Wisconsin (10.2%) and Rhode Island (10.2%). Alaskans pay the least, 6.4 percent in 2008, but Nevada is close at 6.6 percent. In four states the residents pay between 7 and 8 percent of their income in state-local taxes: Wyoming (7.0%), Florida (7.4%), New Hampshire(7.6%) and South Dakota (7.9%). Four other states round out the bottom ten: Tennessee (8.3%), Texas (8.4%), Louisiana (8.4%) and Arizona (8.5%). Tax Foundation rankings are sometimes confused with rankings based on Census Bureau’s tallies of state and local tax collections. The difference is out-of-state tax payments. When state and local governments collect large amounts from non-residents, whether as tourists, commuters, businesses or property owners, Census counts those payments in the collections of the taxing state; the Tax Foundation study counts them in the residential state of the taxpayer. The most recent estimates are for fiscal year 2008 which ended June 30, and the historical burden data cover the 32 years starting with 1977. Historical data and rankings, sorted by year and by state, are available to reporters on an embargoed basis. At 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, they’ll be posted at http://www.taxfoundation.org/taxdata/show/336.html(link is external) and http://www.taxfoundation.org/taxdata/show/335.html(link is external). The new report, “State-Local Tax Burdens Dip As Income Growth Outpaces Tax Growth,” will also be posted Thursday morning at 10 a.m. ET at (a href=”www.taxfoundation.org/publications/show/22320.html(link is external)”>www.taxfoundation.org/publications/show/22320.html(link is external). The Tax Foundation is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that has monitored fiscal policy at the federal, state and local levels since 1937.last_img read more

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Investors who ignore ESG at risk of breaching fiduciary duty – Al Gore

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first_imgInvestors should consider the impact of a “meaningful” carbon price on investments to better identify risks and opportunities, a paper by Al Gore’s Generation Foundation has urged.The white paper praised companies assessing investments using a shadow carbon price, as there is currently no single framework for the cost of carbon – despite recent moves by China and the US that will see around half of emissions priced by the end of 2016.“The reality, however, is that carbon largely remains an un-priced externality in financial markets today,” the report says.“Although it is impossible to know the exact timing of the prospective tipping point when financial markets will fully internalise carbon risk, it is critical for investors to prepare for its inevitable impact over the next five years.” In ‘Allocating capital for long-term returns’, the foundation, funded by Generation Investment Management, also warns that investors risk breaching their fiduciary duties if they fail to consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters during the investment process.The view will be one shared by the Asset Owners Disclosure Project, which recently launched an initiative that could see members sue pension funds where they perceive them to be ignoring environmental risks. Gore, who co-founded Generation IM three years after his unsuccessful US presidential campaign, was adamant sustainability should be taken into account.“The importance of sustainability to business and investing has intensified as financial markets are forced to address challenges posed by the realities of natural resource scarcity, the effects of unabated carbon emissions, rapid urbanisation and widening wealth inequality, to name just a few,” he said. The paper further pointed to the importance of considering sustainability factors, such as human capital management, supply chain concerns and resource management, when assessing the value and success of a company.“Analysing a company’s attitude to these factors can often provide insights into a company’s long-term vision, its strategy for implementing that vision and the probability of its success,” it says.Carbon prices, or a greater number of emissions trading schemes, have long been a demand of various investor groups calling for regulation to mitigate climate change, including the Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change.last_img read more

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