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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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Japan’s largest thermal power generator boosts investment in offshore wind industry

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Japan’s power generator JERA Co said on Wednesday it will buy a 49% stake in the Formosa 2 offshore wind project in Taiwan from Macquarie Capital for an undisclosed sum, in a bid to expand its renewable energy portfolio.JERA, a joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings and Chubu Electric Power Co, already holds a 32.5% stake in Taiwan’s first commercial offshore wind project Formosa 1, which has 128 megawatts (MW) capacity.The latest investment on the 376 MW project, due to start operation at the end of 2021, will boost JERA’s renewable energy capacity through its equity holdings to 1.2 gigawatts (GW), a step closer to its 2025 renewable target of 5 GW.JERA declined to disclose the size of investment, but its general manager, Ken Matsuda, said the total cost of the Formosa 2 project is expected to be a “few hundred billion yen”.The company is also considering investing in the bigger Formosa 3 project, Matsuda said. “Formosa 3 is still in the early discussion stage and has not been decided, but we are in talks with parties involved with an aim to take a 30-40% stake in the 2 GW project,” Matsuda told a news conference. If agreed and approved by authorities, the Formosa 3 project is expected to start operation over 2026-2030, he added.JERA, Japan’s biggest thermal power generator, is also eyeing investment in offshore wind projects in Japan, Matsuda said. Japanese utilities are stepping up investment in renewable energy projects as they face growing pressure by investors and environment activists to divest coal-fired power plants as well as increasing demand for greener energy from their key customers.More: Japan’s JERA to buy 49% stake in Taiwan’s offshore wind project Japan’s largest thermal power generator boosts investment in offshore wind industrylast_img read more

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State attorneys, PDs need money to reduce turnover

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first_img State attorneys, PDs need money to reduce turnover Jan Pudlow Senior Editor A half dozen years ago, the legislature boosted the starting salaries of rookie prosecutors and public defenders to lure them in the door. Now it’s time for the second phase of trying to keep mid-level attorneys with three to six years experience, the group with the highest turnover rate.That was the message 19th Circuit State Attorney Bruce Colton, president of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, delivered to the Senate Justice Appropriations Committee on January 26.Ditto for public defenders, says Eighth Circuit Public Defender Richard Parker, who made his case for additional staff, as well as increased pay, when he asked for $15 million for workload, an 8.3 percent increase over last year’s trial operating budget.“We can’t stop the turnover,” Parker said. Over an eight-year period, he said, the turnover rate has been nearly 22 percent. That means each year, about one in five attorneys quits the public defenders’ office. Experienced assistant public defenders, he said, are “only making $10,000 more than brand new lawyers coming through the door.”The minimum starting salary for assistant public defenders, Parker said, is $38,317. Yet the minimum starting salary for lawyers in the executive branch after two years is $50,616.The same turnover crisis is also happening on the other side of the courtroom.“We can’t keep experienced lawyers, and we have a problem sending people into court with very little experience on very important cases,” Colton said. “Every day, people apologize for leaving a job they love, because they can’t afford to pay student loans and raise a family.”The prosecutors are asking for $6.9 million.State attorneys are not trying to compete with law firm salaries, just other government agencies, Colton said. He gave the example of the lowest salary of an assistant county attorney in Miami-Dade County is more than 35 percent greater than the average salary of prosecutors in the 11th circuit.Every time the legislature funds a new judge, Colton said, the state attorneys need seven employees, including attorneys, support staff, and a victims’ advocate.In “virtually every case where someone goes to prison,” he said, there are 3.850 motions filed on ineffective assistance of counsel.“These are killing us,” Colton said. “There are four people handling just those motions in our office.”Speaking for the public defenders, Parker agreed: “You can add as many new judges as you want, but if you don’t add corresponding staff it won’t be efficient.”Even without new judges, he said, “We are still facing pressures.”The ineffective assistance of counsel motions are a “tremendous drain” on the public defenders, as well, he said, because they are defending some and prosecuting others.Committee Chair Sen. Victor Crist, R-Tampa, said: “We recognize what your needs are. It’s more than hiring attorneys. It’s staff support.”This year, Crist said, he hopes to fund 66 new judgeships (64 trial and two appellate), 55 Supreme Court certified last year, plus 11 new ones the court has requested.“Whatever we do, we will do in a balanced holistic approach so all parties are equally stroked and no one is penalized,” Crist said. February 15, 2006 Regular News State attorneys, PDs need money to reduce turnoverlast_img read more

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How today’s mobile device helps fight fraud at your credit union

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first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr One of our favorite fraudster fighters returns to CUbroadcast for another report on how credit unions can keep the bad guys at bay. Aite Group‘s Research Director Julie Conroy joins us this time around to divulge her latest report, “Digital-Channel Fraud Mitigation: The Mobile Force Awakens.”Cybercrime remains a big business with few consequences, but Julie reports that the mobile device is not only ideal for managing one’s financials it’s also taking on a bigger role in fraud prevention. In our discussion, she shows us just how your mobile can help fight fraud — along with what banks and credit unions are doing today, even though losses are surprisingly down.Could it be prime time to gear for the next round of fraud attacks? Julie lets us know about the possible “calm before the storm” and why now is a perfect time to invest in new fraud fighting technology to quell future attacks — and your mobile is on the front lines. continue reading »last_img read more

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Crawley & North Sussex Crawley takes off

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The Footballers of Sarajevo Arrived to Athens

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first_imgThe footballers of Sarajevo arrived in Athens where there will play tomorrow night a match of the third round of the European league against Atromitos.Sarajevo has been defeated in the first match that took place at “Koševo” stadium with 2:1, but in the “red” team they believe they can counteract with one of the best teams of the Greek championship.“We have shown that we can play against Atromitos in the first match. During 75 minutes of play at Koševo, we demonstrated that we were equal to them, maybe even better.” – said the coach of our team Dženan Uščuplić.This evening, the Sarajevo team will do the last training before tomorrow’s match which will take place at 20:00 o’clock.(Source: Fena)last_img

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Leafs, Bruins meet in showdown for third in Murdoch Division

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first_imgIt’s come down to one game for all the marbles between the Nelson Leafs and Grand Forks Border Bruins.Okay, maybe not all the marbles but a chance to stay away from meeting the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the first round of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Divisional Playoffs.Nelson Leafs played a solid playoff-style game, combining good defence with timely scoring to edge the Spokane Braves 2-0 in KIJHL action Friday night in the Lilac City.last_img

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