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HNLMS Johan de Witt Hosts EUCAP Nestor Senior Maritime Security Course

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first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HNLMS Johan de Witt Hosts EUCAP Nestor Senior Maritime Security Course View post tag: Naval View post tag: EUCAP HNLMS Johan de Witt Hosts EUCAP Nestor Senior Maritime Security Course August 20, 2013 View post tag: course View post tag: hosts On Sunday 18 August, fourteen participants along with several EUCAP Nestor trainers boarded the Dutch EU Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) Flagship HNLMS Johan de Witt in Djibouti, to embark for a one week’s training course on Maritime Security. This course, the second to be organised by EUCAP Nestor, brings together participants from the Horn of Africa, including Somalia, Puntland, Galmudug, Somaliland and Djibouti. At the end of the course it is expected that participants will have increased their personal leadership skills and improved their knowledge of the legal and operational aspects of Maritime Security.Deputy Head of Mission EUCAP Nestor, Leon Bruin, welcomed the participants on board. “I would like to welcome you on board the EU Naval Force Flagship HNLMS Johan de Witt which is an excellent platform to accommodate the Senior Maritime Security Course. I hope we can accomplish an interactive process where we can learn from each other. We are not only here to teach about maritime security, but we are here to have a fruitful interaction between the participants and instructors of EUCAP Nestor. I hope you, and the instructors as well, will create a network that we can all benefit from in the future.”EUNAVFOR is providing a platform to support the EUCAP Nestor Senior Maritime Security Course that contributes to the further development of capacity building in Somalia, helping Somalia to become a more stable and secure nation.[mappress]Press Release, August 20, 2013; Image: EU NAVFOR View post tag: Johan View post tag: Navy View post tag: Maritime View post tag: Security View post tag: HNLMS Training & Education View post tag: Witt View post tag: Senior View post tag: Nestor View post tag: News by topic Share this articlelast_img read more

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UVM’s Hood becomes president of American College of Physicians

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first_imgVirginia L Hood, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., F.R.A.C.P., F.A.C.P., professor of medicine at the University of Vermont, has been elected 2011-2012 president of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the nation’s largest medical specialty organization. UVM medical alumnus David Bronson, M.D.’73, F.A.C.P., president of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals, has been named president-elect. Their terms began during Internal Medicine 2011, ACP’s annual scientific meeting, held April 7 to 9, 2011 in San Diego, Calif.Hood has been a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) — an honorary designation that recognizes ongoing individual service and contributions to the practice of medicine — since 1991. She served as ACP governor for the Vermont chapter from 1991 to 1994 and in 2003, was named a laureate of the Vermont chapter. These awards honor local fellows or masters of ACP who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to excellence in medical care, education or research, or who have provided service to their community, chapter and ACP.Hood was elected to the ACP Board of Regents in 2005 and re-elected in 2008. She served as the 2008-2010 chair of the ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee. Hood has also served as chair of the ACP International Subcommittee, now the International Council, and the Awards Committee. She served as a member of the Scientific Program Committee and is an ex-officio member of the ACP Membership Committee.Board-certified in internal medicine and nephrology, Hood earned a medical degree from the University of Sydney and completed a residency at Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Australia. She completed two years of fellowship training in nephrology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and her third year of fellowship training at the former Medical Center Hospital of Vermont (now Fletcher Allen Health Care). In 1993, she received a master’s degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.A resident of Burlington, Hood is an attending physician and chair of the Residents’ Research and Scholarly Activity Committee at Fletcher Allen Health Care. She is also a consulting physician for Central Vermont Medical Center. In addition to her involvement with ACP, Hood has served in an advisory capacity to the State of Vermont’s health care programs as a member of the Drug Utilization Review Board in the Office of Vermont Health Care Access (Medicaid). She also served as a member of the Diabetes Surveillance Committee, Healthy Vermonters 2010 Heart Disease Workgroup and Ladies First Program for the Vermont Department of Health. Hood contributed to developing and updating the guidelines for Management of Diabetes for the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care.Bronson, who leads Cleveland Clinic’s nine community hospitals in northeast Ohio, is a member of the Board of Regents of the ACP. A professor of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, he has served on Cleveland Clinic’s Board of Governors, Board of Trustees and the Executive Management Team. Bronson is a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Joint Commission and is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Group Association. He joined Cleveland Clinic in 1992 and led the Clinic’s multi-site regional practices, including operations in Canada, from 1995 to 2008. After receiving his medical degree from UVM, Bronson completed residencies in internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin and the former Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, where he was chief resident.The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 130,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illness in adults.###last_img read more

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Pension fund for Danish teachers returns 2.1% after turbulent year

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first_imgIt said this was particularly the case for foreign shares, including emerging markets equities, high-yield bonds and timber land.The investment portfolio’s rate of return amounted to 1.2%, compared with an expected long-term rate of 5.2%, according to the investment strategy, the pension fund said.Total group assets grew to DKK88.1bn at the end of December 2015 from DKK82.0bn 12 months before, and solvency coverage rose to 316% from 311%.Contributions rose to DKK4.8bn in 2015 from DKK4.5bn the year before.The interest rate paid on pension savings (depotrente) after pensions tax rose to 5.5% from 3.75%.Lærernes said its supervisory board had approved its investment strategy for 2016 to 2020 in December.The new strategic investment portfolio had an expected return of 5.2% before tax and a risk level of around 23%, measured against a confidence level of 99.5%.It explained this meant that, statistically, there was only a 0.5% probability the investment portfolio would suffer an unexpected loss of more than 23% in the course of a year.Lærernes said the new investment strategy meant the pension fund would increase the proportion of its investments in alternative asset classes over the next few years, including property, private equities, forestry and infrastructure.To ensure costs are kept low, it outsourced a large part of its portfolio management to external managers. Lærernes Pension, the Danish pension fund for teachers, reported a 2.1% return on investments last year, down from the 12.6% produced in 2014, with most asset classes performing more weakly than expected, according to the fund’s annual report.In absolute terms, the investment return fell to DKK1.4bn (€188m) in 2015 from DKK7.2bn in 2014.The pension fund said 2015 had been marked by big swings on the financial markets.In the report, the labour-market scheme said: “Lærernes Pension achieved a very high return on its holdings of Danish equities and on its real estate investments. But returns on the majority of other asset classes were more modest and lower than expected.”last_img read more

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Four team-playoff system needed now

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first_imgWeek 10 took the top teams in college football by surprise.No. 1 Alabama was losing to SEC West rival LSU until a late touchdown with 51 seconds remaining in the game. USC kept No. 3 Oregon on its toes with 13 fourth quarter points. No. 4 Notre Dame needed three overtime periods to trump Pittsburgh. And No. 2 Kansas State saw their Heisman contending quarterback Collin Klein go down in the third quarter.Scares aside, each of these four teams have made it to the home stretch of the regular season with 9-0 records. The road ahead for these teams could very well leave us with four programs with perfect records, creating a situation where griping over the BCS system may again be rampant.Alabama appears to have the easiest remaining schedule to get to 12-0, with three home games against Texas A&M, Western Carolina and Auburn.Kansas State will finish up at home versus Texas after two road games against TCU and Baylor. Oregon has to take a trip to play California, followed by dates against Oregon State and Stanford. Notre Dame will play Boston College and Wake Forest and then head to the Coliseum to finish the regular season with its rivalry game versus USC.Alabama and Oregon are also likely to play in the SEC and Pac 12 conference championships, respectively.All four teams could make strong claims why they should be playing in the BCS title matchup if they hold flawless records in December. I don’t think there will be a true consensus on who deserves a spot (minus an undefeated Alabama), making it the perfect year for a four-team playoff.But alas we must wait one more year, as the new system agreed upon this summer does not take effect until the 2013-2014 season, meaning two teams will likely feel cheated out of a chance to be the national champion, and rightfully so.Defending national champion Alabama holds the upper hand in the race as the assumed powerhouse this year. However, Saturday’s game in Death Valley showed while this team is good, they are beatable. The Tigers scored 17 points, 14 of which were in the second half, and the Crimson offense was held scoreless after the first half until the final minute of play.I’m not claiming this team is overrated, far from it, they’re the reigning national champions for a reason. But this team is not as untouchable as the college football world has made them out to be. And look at their past schedule, the next best opponent to LSU is then-No. 8 Michigan to start the season, a team that has completely fallen off the radar.Oregon suffered from a similarly easy schedule, but this factor will be lessened with two tough Pac-12 games and likely a third in the conference championship. The Ducks have proved their offensive dominance and if their defense was comparable I would say they look to be the best. But giving up 51 points to USC shows a clear weakness.Preseason opinions suggested Notre Dame was handed with one of the toughest schedules in college football. They are the biggest surprise of all four teams, beating Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford and Oklahoma, but these opponents have not lived up to the hype they previously received leading up to playing an actual game.Beating Oklahoma Sept. 27 is the biggest accomplishment of Kansas State this season. While it’s played a solid schedule against Big 12 teams, it’s not played in a big game since the Sooners.The absence of a conference championship game also hurts both Notre Dame and Kansas State. Alabama and Oregon likely will have the opportunity to go 13-0 and play another game against a ranked opponent, putting them a leg up in the hunt for the BCS National Championship game.Why should the Crimson and Ducks be given the advantage over the Fighting Irish and Wildcats? There is simply no fair way to compare the four.But what if one of these teams doesn’t come away from the regular season untouched?Well, let’s look at undefeated Louisville.The Cardinals are rightfully not categorized with the other top-tier teams coming from an unnoticeable Big East conference. This is reflected by their spot at No. 9 in the rankings, behind teams that have suffered a loss this season.They will likely skate their way to a perfect regular season record with the only true challenge left on their slate falling on a matchup with Rutgers Nov. 29.This current BCS system gives them no shot at a title game no matter their performance, but they should be given the chance to prove themselves, something a playoff system would do.It looks as though this season will be yet another full of controversy and spite towards the BCS.With the path to the championship now becoming clearer, it won’t be surprising to see an undefeated Kansas State and an undefeated Notre Dame shut out of a title game if Alabama and Oregon finish the season perfect.This serves as a perfect example to why things need to change, but it’s a shame the change is not going to happen soon enough. There probably isn’t a college football fan out there who doesn’t want to see these four teams battle head-to-head and truly earn the title as the nation’s best.last_img read more

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