George Washington CSG Docks in Apra Harbor, Guam

first_img View post tag: Guam View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today George Washington CSG Docks in Apra Harbor, Guam The George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) arrived in Apra Harbor, Guam, for a goodwill port visit Oct. 28.Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) and Arleigh-burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) are all part of GWCSG.This is GWCSG’s second visit to Guam during its 2014 patrol.Capt. Greg Fenton, George Washington’s commanding officer, said:During our visit, Sailors have several opportunities to have great experiences with COMREL [community relations] projects and MWR [Morale, Welfare and Recreation] events.According to Lt. Cmdr. Michael Tagaloa, one of George Washington’s chaplains, COMREL projects are an important part of building and strengthening relationships with its allies and partners.Each of our three projects aims to highlight the talents of our Sailors.We are able to have a valuable exchange of knowledge and culture through this interaction with the host country.GWCSG is on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.[mappress mapid=”14246″]Press release, Image: US Navy View post tag: George Washington October 29, 2014 View post tag: docks Share this article View post tag: americas Authorities View post tag: CSG George Washington CSG Docks in Apra Harbor, Guam View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Apra Harborlast_img read more

The CCO Presents “Outside The Box Speaker Series”

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Steve Hammer to Serve as Chairman for the CCO“Outside The Box Speaker Series”It was announced today by the Managing Editor of the City-County Observer, Timothy Justin Phillips, that he is planning to launch the “Outside the Box Speaker Series” in the near future.Phillips says this series will feature unique and insightful stories of success and perseverance from prominent business leaders that tend to fly under the public radar.Plans are to hold this speaking series on a monthly basis. We will be holding this event at an area location convenient to the business community and the attendees.We understand that there are a lot of successful entrepreneurs who, because of economic, technological, or political challenges, have experienced a negative impact on their businesses.We are going to actively search for business people who went through economic adversity due to bureaucratic restrictions, governmental intervention, or increased competition, but had the good business sense to “Think Outside The Box” to allow their products or services to continue to thrive. We also hope that this will turn out to be a great resource for developing businesses.We are pleased to announce that well-known businessman and community leader Steve Hammer has agreed to serve as chairman of this important event. Mr. Hammer will announce his committee members sometime next week.last_img read more


first_imgWe hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” 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? WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that every member on the Evansville City Council will have someone to run against them in the 2019 city election?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.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Speech: Baroness Stowell’s speech at the NACVA Annual Conference 2018

first_imgOr to put it the other way around: that charitable aims don’t justify uncharitable means.We all, according to our research, look to charities to be role models not just in what they seek to achieve for their beneficiaries, but also in how they go about pursuing that outcome.People don’t expect to like everything every charity does, let alone to wish to support every charity with their time and money. This is not about charities competing for popularity.What the public expect is to be able to respect a charity because of the way it conducts itself, the sincerity and authenticity with which it pursues its charitable objectives.This view is held almost universally and shared between people who otherwise probably have little in common when it comes to charity or anything else.And I think this agreement, this sense of shared expectation, gives us – the Commission and the charities we regulate – a great basis on which to make the changes that will help charity continue to thrive into the future. I’d like to give you two examples of the change I think we need to see.One is about what the Commission will expect of charity.The other is about what you as charities can expect from the Commission. Good afternoon, I am delighted to be part of your conference today, and to be spending time here in Sheffield.I spent this morning with the dedicated people behind TimeBuilders, a charity based right here in St Mary’s, whose purpose is to help people volunteer their time and their unique skills and talents for the benefit of those around them.To help forge communities.Forging community is of course the theme of this conference.And it’s one of the things charities, when they are at their best, do best.Harnessing the talents, energies, and commitment of people living in a place, in a patch of city, town or country, and putting them to use for the benefits of all.That work itself rarely makes headlines.And those in turn who work behind the scenes to enable small local voluntary action to thrive – through organisations like yours – rarely receive the acknowledgement they are due. Your work is often just out of sight, in the background.I am sure you don’t do what you do for adulation or praise. And you don’t need me or the Charity Commission to validate your work.But I would nevertheless like to thank you for what you do. And highlight its importance and value.Building communities, creating places in which people feel safe and of which people feel proud, is a task of vital importance.And it’s more important than it’s ever been: Our country is divided, politically, socially, economically – and we face disruption and uncertainty as rarely before.Charities and community organisations are a crucial part of the response to these challenges – and they therefore carry immense responsibility for doing their work well and in a way that helps people feel invested in the future of the place, and the society, they live in.So the aims you have, and the way you go about meeting those aims matters.It matters not just to the health of the geographical communities in which you operate. But to the good of our country as a whole.And the work you do matters to the Commission, whose purpose, as I will explain, is to help charity thrive and inspire trust, so that it can improve lives and strengthen society.And, indeed, it matters to me personally.Because I am very conscious that the place I grew up in shaped the person I’ve become. And because that place taught me some important lessons about the role and potential of communities, of charity and of people.Let me tell you about it.  I grew up in a small place called Beeston Rylands, which is its own self-contained part of a town called Beeston, near Nottingham.At first glance there isn’t anything flashy or distinctive about the town of Beeston. It was, and is, a very normal place, in one sense.But what I felt then and see even more clearly in hindsight, is that Beeston – and the Rylands in particular – was a special place precisely because it is a community.When I was growing up, I saw people, people like my parents, taking responsibility for the place they lived in and the people they lived alongside.There was a sense of civic pride, and also of compassion and care: a sense that everyone matters, regardless of their circumstances.And there was mutual respect. Between the people in formal positions of responsibility, authority and power – teachers, doctors, local councillors etc. And those whose authority was more informal, less tangible, but no less important to the making of a strong community.It was recognised that a strong community relied on leadership of all kinds – not just the most obvious.Let me give you an example: a local shopkeeper does not usually have a formal position of power in his or her community. But they might very well have significant influence, and show leadership in the expectations they set for how customers behave towards one another, in the way they maintain their shopfront and in the courage they show in challenging poor conduct.But those of us with formal authority need to make sure that shopkeeper knows we think they are important.What applies to shopkeepers applies even more to charities: No matter how small they are, or how on-a-shoestring their operations:Charities in a local community have an impact and an importance far beyond the direct services they provide to their immediate beneficiaries.They can help make the difference between a community that inspires people to invest in the future and one whose inhabitants long for a past that cannot return.And that’s why I know that I am stood now before some of the most influential and important people in the charity sector, and arguably, by extension, some of the most important people in our society.You might not see yourself as such.But as people, as organisations, whose purpose is to help local voluntary action in your communities thrive and succeed, you hold huge power.And I know that the Charity Commission won’t fulfill its positive new purpose, or deliver on our ambitious new strategy, unless we bring people like you with us, unless we work in constructive partnership with you.Let me tell you then about the Commission’s strategy, and how we arrived at it.I started at the Commission nine months ago, in early February of this year.I was excited then and I’m excited now about the difference the Commission can make if it does its job well.And at its core, our job is to represent the public interest in charity. To help charities understand and respond to public expectations so that charities in turn can serve their beneficiaries, and have the wider positive impact I spoke about earlier.And because we represent the public interest, we needed to recognise that regulation is not an end in itself. We don’t fulfill our statutory functions just for the sake of it.Doing so must, we said, be a means to an end that serves the public good. And that end, is essentially about what you do; about charity, and the difference you make.And so at the heart of our new strategy lies a positive, optimistic purpose.We say our purpose is to ensure charity can thrive and inspire trust so that people can change lives and strengthen society.And to put it another way: we want to help maximise the benefit charity has in our society. Everything we do from now on will need to serve that end.We will still of course fulfil our statutory functions – registering charities, investigating mismanagement, providing guidance to trustees on their duties, etc. But we’ll do so in a way and to an extent that helps us achieve our purpose. Looking ahead, the Commission is going to do more to hold charities to account in the public interest.This priority is about more than just compliance with the minimum legal requirements, as important as such requirements are. It’s about being accountable for the privilege of charitable status and the stewardship of charitable resources.Don’t get me wrong: we’re not writing a new rule book. And we won’t be investigating charities just because we think their attitude or conduct has fallen short. It is right that we only use our regulatory powers within the legal framework.What will change is that we will use our voice and authority to highlight the responsibility that charities and trustees have to that attention to how they meet their purpose not just what they do.We will use our voice more strongly to encourage the behaviour that people expect. But there’s a significant hurdle in the way of our achieving our purpose.Early into my time at the Commission came evidence that charities are not, at this time, meeting their undoubted potential.Research into levels and drivers of public trust in charities revealed that, even though charities are by definition organisations that exist to provide public benefit, the public no longer give them the benefit of the doubt.Of course individual people have more or less trust in individual charities. The point is that the concept of charity no longer evokes an automatic sense of confidence in the public.There may well be all sorts of factors that feed into this change, for example the general decline in deference to and trust in institutions of all kinds.But I felt strongly that such wider issues should not stop the Commission from asking whether there’s something in and about charities that has contributed to the decline in trust too.So we undertook, over the course of this summer, detailed further research. We wanted to delve deep to find out what it is people expect from and associate with charity, how they relate to charity and why.And what we found was in some senses contradictory: because on the one hand there is no one public when it comes to charity.People relate to charity in different ways, depending on who they are, where they live, and their general sense of security, notably financial security.Some people, often older people who live in less diverse areas, generally think of charity in terms of local voluntary action. The charities you work with may well know people who fall into this group well, they may form a good proportion of their volunteers, for example.Then there are those who see charity principally in terms of its potential to operate and make change at a national, global structural level. They are often younger and live in diverse communities.Others still support professionally-run charities and the wider role that charities play in our society. They welcome the global footprint of some of our larger charities and are comfortable with the large salaries sometimes paid out to those in charge of complex organisations.These are typically the people that most charities that work nationally spend most of their time talking to. They make up what I will mischievously call the charity sector echo chamber.But the research found that, regardless of this diversity of view, there is a remarkable agreement on one basic expectation of charity.Namely that being a registered charity should mean something. That charities should be held to higher standards of behaviour, conduct and integrity because they are charities. center_img But as important as our voice is, we can’t achieve much by way of changing behaviour unless we bring charities with us. Unless we see leaders in charities waking up to public expectations and thinking about what those expectations mean for their charity and their work.There will be no one size fits all.Authenticity and integrity in their nature result in different actions and different outcomes depending on the individuals and the organisations involved.But there will be, on the part of the Commission, a growing expectation that charity leaders ask themselves and their organisations the right questions, even if they end up with slightly different answers.But as regulator, we can’t just step in or speak up when something’s already gone wrong.And this brings me on to what you can expect from us.I recognise that we have to do more to help give trustees the understanding and tools they need to succeed. As you know, we already provide online guidance for trustees. But at the moment, it’s aimed at all charities generically, and it’s largely limited to saying what it is charities should not do.I don’t think that will cut it in the years ahead. To help trustees get things right before they go wrong, we need to be more targeted in the way we create and communicate our guidance.We need to do more to fit with different charities’ needs, including the needs of smaller charities, such as those you support. I’ve been really heartened by the extent to which senior leaders in the sector have already said that that they support and welcome the Commission’s new approach.Who say they’ve recognised that disconnect between them or their peers and the communities they serve.And indeed, the important and extensive research that Julia Unwin undertook as chair of the inquiry on Civil Society Futures led to findings that echo the Commission’s: namely that change is needed if civil society is to reach its potential and counter the forces of division and disaffection.And her report is so important because it paints the big picture: it recognises that charities and other voluntary groups are not about the icing on the cake of our national life, of our society.We need civil society to flourish if our democratic way of life is to be secured into the future, for our children and grandchildren.You might not in this room be leaders of household name charities or of big national inquiries.But for the reasons I’ve set out, I am convinced that your leadership and your influence is every bit as important as that of CEOs of London based charitable institutions.Working behind the scenes in your local communities, you can have an enormous impact in helping charities develop and grow in such a way as to inspire public trust and respect.Now I don’t live in cloud cuckoo land. I know you don’t have spare time and resources to develop grand plans and initiate new projects.I realise that financial worries, worries about demand and how your local voluntary sector can possibly meet that demand on the resources available them are what keep you awake at night.I can’t resolve those challenges for you at the Charity Commission, I’m afraid.But what I can do is help ensure the Commission meets its purpose, and supports you in making small changes that amount to a big difference.Think, for example, about the approach you might take to supporting a first time trustee of a new charity. Do you just point her to her legal duties and responsibilities and to guidance on how to secure funding?Or do you mentor and support her to bring her heart, soul and conscience to the work, and to be bold and brave in making the right decisions, for the right reasons, even when they are hard?I didn’t come here to tell you how to do your jobs, I hope you know that.I came here to let you know how committed I am about helping charities thrive and inspire trust.And to encourage you never to underestimate your power or your ability to make changes that help not just your community, but help strengthen the fabric of our society.And never to be distracted or discouraged from putting the interests of the people and communities you exist to help before everything else.Thank you.last_img read more

M&S to axe 100 stores and slow food expansion

first_imgMarks & Spencer (M&S) is to close more than 100 stores by 2022 and has scaled back its Simply Food openings.The moves are part of a transformation plan designed to modernise the business as it looks to improve its systems and recover lost market share among younger shoppers.Announcing its full-year results today (23 May), the business reported at 0.7% increase in turnover to £10,698.2m, although profit before tax crashed 62.1% to £66.8m.M&S will now close more 100 stores in total by 2022, including 21 that have already closed and the 14 Clothing & Home store closures announced yesterday: Bayswater, Fleetwood Outlet and Newton Abbot Outlet will close by the end of July 2018; Clacton and Holloway Road will both close by early 2019; Darlington, East Kilbride, Falkirk, Kettering, Newmarket, New Mersey Speke, Northampton, Stockton and Walsall are proposed for closure and entering a period of consultation with employees.The retailer also said it would open 15 fewer Simply Food stores this year as its Food opening programme is scaled back.The changes to the business follow the continued shift of clothing and home sales to online, development of global competition, growth of home delivery in food and continued rise of the discounters. “These, together with a challenging UK consumer market, mean we have to modernise our business to ensure we are competitive and reignite our culture,” stated the retailer. “Accelerated change is the only option.”M&S said its food and non-food supply chains needed “significant upgrades” to speed up service, reduce high clothing stock levels and tackle availability and waste in food. It added that its online capability was behind “the best of our competitors and our website is too slow”, and that its Castle Donington fulfilment centre had struggled to cope with peak demand.“The first phase of our transformation is about restoring the basics, getting the architecture and infrastructure of the business fit for the future,” stated the company. “This programme is now under way and gathering pace.”The retailer is investing in improving its website and e-commerce capacity, and is building a new retail distribution centre at Welham Green. Admitting the business had become top-heavy and too “corporate”, M&S has recently separated its Food and Clothing & Home teams.The retailer said it has lost its share of younger family-age customers and larger households, and was looking to recover this with more stylish non-food lines and food products offering innovation, better value for money, and focused on more popular family foods.“The first phase of our transformation plan, restoring the basics, is now well under way and the actions taken have increased the velocity of change running through our business,” said M&S CEO Steve Row today. “These changes come with short-term costs which are reflected in today’s results.“There are a number of structural issues to address and we are taking steps towards fixing these. The new organisation will largely be in place by July and the team is now tackling transforming our culture to make M&S a faster, lower-cost, more commercial, more digital business.“This is vital as we start to leverage the strength of the M&S brand and values across a family of businesses to deliver sustainable, profitable growth in three to five years.”last_img read more

Rep. Johnson works to develop a culture of peace

first_imgContact Kaitlyn Rabach at [email protected]: congresswoman, eddie bernice johnson, first woman, rep. johnson, saint mary’s, texas house committee When Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30) became the first woman in state history to lead a major Texas House committee, the Labor Committee, her supporters knew this would not be the only barrier this Texas native would break.Johnson, who graduated from Saint Mary’s in 1956 with a degree in nursing, was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1972. She said her first stint running for office in the Texas State House was largely motivated by timing in her home state and the support of community organizers.“In Texas that year, it was considered the year of the women,” Johnson said. “We had outstanding female candidates for governor, and it was really seen as the year of encouragement. That encouragement extended to my community, and I was pushed to run.”After a successful stint in state office, Johnson said President Jimmy Carter appointed her in 1977 to serve as regional director of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare because he recognized her advocacy for workers, children and families.“I left the administration after President Carter was defeated, and I remained active in the community,” Johnson said. “I had many people suggesting that I get into office again, so that is the reason I ran for the State Senate.”In 1986, Johnson said she was elected a Texas state senator, becoming the first female and African American from the Dallas area to hold this office since the Reconstruction. In 1992, she retired from the state senate because she was encouraged to run for Congress.Johnson began her term in the House of Representatives in January 1993.‘Confident about the education I received’Although she said she does not believe Saint Mary’s as a whole prepared her for a career in politics, she said the College allowed her to feel confident about her educational background.“I think it is important that anyone who decided to run for office have a good educational background,” Johnson said. “I feel very confident about the education I received at Saint Mary’s and am very proud of everything I achieved there.”As the first nurse elected to the House of Representatives, Johnson said her background in psychiatric nursing gave her the skills to work well with people.“The main thing I learned in nursing was the importance of paying attention to detail,” Johnson said. “With this career and training, I developed a strong habit of doing homework and a focus on planning, which I believe has helped me throughout my political career.”Johnson, who serves on the Committee of Science, Space and Technology, said her background in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields gave her the knowledge and ability to contribute to discussion on the committee’s legislation. From 2000 to 2002, she was the ranking member of the subcommittee on Research and Science Education. While on the subcommittee, she said she emphasized education in STEM disciplines.“I really think it is time for America and American women to understand that all professions should be, and for the most part are, open to women,” Johnson said. “Many of the professions that require very strong background in STEM courses have been dominated by males, but we need all the brain power that we can muster to meet the challenges of a global society.”Because of the many strong role models present at the College, Johnson said she was exposed to a strong commitment to social justice on both domestic and international levels.“I had excellent role models among the various nuns, and, of course, we had some professors that were not of order, but the idea of that commitment to people, to the nation, was very impressive,” Johnson said. “Students from all over the world were welcomed, and I think that because of this, I had a very rich experience at Saint Mary’s.”Commitment to peaceAs an African-American woman in the political sphere, Johnson said she has experienced discrimination.“Sometimes I’ve wondered whether I should identify first as an African American or as a woman,” Johnson said. “I have certainly felt and experienced discrimination along the way. I have tried my best to not allow it to get in the way, but rather attempt to practice ways in which I may help those who are prejudice understand that we all — for the most part — want the same things.”Having been involved with several different caucuses, Johnson said she believes all are calling out for peace and equality.After experiencing the 2001 terrorist attacks in Washington, D.C., the congresswoman said she felt she had to do something to reduce war and violence in the world.  In order to do so, she believes women have a very special role as peacekeepers in the world.“Throughout my time in office, I have seen the faces of war firsthand in Bosnia and the Congo,” Johnson said. “After 9/11, I decided I needed to do something, however small, to try to develop a culture of peace in the world.“I had seen on the cover of Newsweek magazine two boys from Liberia who were 12 and 14 years old all dressed in war gear with machine guns, and I just thought enough was enough.”Johnson said in 2001 she founded the “A World of Women for World Peace” initiative, which includes conflict resolution programs for women and girls of all ages. By using several different avenues, including radio, travel and Skype, Johnson said she has been able to communicate with women across the world.“I have learned that, generally speaking, people all over the world really do want peace, even when leadership in those countries seem like they are just there for war, the majority of the people, for the most part, scream out for peace,” Johnson said. “So what I try to do is touch the women to make sure they can speak up and gain leadership positions in those countries to focus on peace and conflict resolution. These women can promote respecting differences instead of war.”Going backAlthough it has been years since Johnson attended Saint Mary’s, she said she still goes back for reunions and has periodically served on different boards, one of which is the board of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL).Over the past two summers, CWIL has hosted a State Department-sponsored program titled “Study of the United States Institute.” The program brings international women to Saint Mary’s for four weeks of intensive training on women’s leadership. The institute concludes in Washington, D.C.Johnson said she had the opportunity to meet the young women studying at the institute in July 2012 and July 2013.“I was impressed with the questions [the women] asked, and I thought it was an excellent example of how internationally, women can be connected, how to encourage networking and how we can work to fit into this global society that we are in,” Johnson said.Johnson said she is thankful for her experience at the College and stays in touch with other Saint Mary’s alumnae in Congress, particularly, Congresswoman Donna Christensen, U.S. representative for the Virgin Islands.“[Congresswoman Christensen] and I meet up sometimes,” Johnson said. “We know the experience of Saint Mary’s. … A little while back, Father Hesburgh was in D.C. and honored for an award, and we were excited to tell him we were from Saint Mary’s.”last_img read more

Relay for Life to enter 11th year

first_imgThis year’s Relay for Life will be held Friday in Compton Family Ice Arena. According to the relay website, 446 participants from Notre Dame have helped to raise over $105,455 thus far through various fundraising events. The relay Friday will include a variety of activities and entertainment in hopes of raising even more money for cancer research.Freshman Justin McCurdy and senior Andrea Romeros have served as student co-chairs of the event this year. According to Romeros, this is the relay’s 11th year at Notre Dame. Over the past 10 years, Notre Dame has raised over a million dollars for the American Cancer Society, leading to the University winning first place in the Nationwide College Per Capita Income Award and first place in the Nationwide Survivor Engagement. Notre Dame has also been the recipient of 13 American Cancer Society Research Grants, which altogether totals over $4.5 million provided to Notre Dame for cancer research.McCurdy said extensive planning has gone into this year’s relay. Several fundraising events have already been held, including Purple Week, named after the American Cancer Society’s signature color, which culminated in a Purple Dinner held in South Dining Hall to raise awareness for this year’s relay. Other events have included a blood drive and an online auction that will continue until 11 p.m. Friday. Additionally, a ‘Jail and Bail’ will be held Friday, in which students can pay to have peers “arrested” by NDSP and forced to either pay $5 or held in “jail” in LaFortune Student Center.Romeros said support for the Relay has been campus-wide.“So many people have helped prepare for this year’s relay,” Romeros said, “We have both a faculty-run committee and a student-run committee that help plan and promote the event, not to mention all of the teams that have been holding fundraisers. We are just so excited to having everyone come out to Compton on Friday.”This edition of the relay is distinct from years past in that rather than going from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, it will end at midnight, Romeros said.“This year, we can expect a more devoted crowd of participants,” Romeros said, “Since we have shortened the event … we really hope this will encourage students, faculty, staff and community members to stay throughout the event. Of course, you are free to come and go, but we have planned some really great events and ceremonies.”According to the Relay for Life website, doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Friday, followed by an opening ceremony and kickoff of the relay’s first lap led by survivors, caregivers and the Notre Dame Marching Band at 6:30. Activities throughout the night include the silent auction, balloon twisters, inflatables, a basketball shoot-a-thon, ice sculpting, a Zumbathon, karaoke, broomball and an open skate. A luminary ceremony will be held from 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., in which candles in decorated paper bags will be lit in honor of victims, survivors and all community members affected by cancer. Closing ceremonies will begin at 11:45 p.m., and the event will officially end at midnight.“You can just come with your friends and have a good time,” McCurdy said.Students can pre-register for the relay or sign up at the door on the night of the event. Registration costs $10 and is payable by cash, check, credit or Domer Dollars. More information and updates on the event can be found on the relay’s twitter, @NotreDameRelay, Facebook page or website, relay.nd.eduTags: Cancer research, Relay for Lifelast_img read more

U.S. Coast Guard seizes 567 kilograms of cocaine

first_img [The Miami Herald (United States), 01/07/2013; CBS (United States), 01/07/2013] MIAMI, U.S.A. – Crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Northland on July 1 unloaded 567 kilograms of cocaine it seized during a counter-narcotics operation in the Pacific Ocean off the Costa Rican coast on May 29. Lt. Cmdr. Gabe Somma, a Miami Coast Guard spokesperson, said six suspects were arrested in connection with the seizure. The U.S. Coast Guard interdicted about 236,000 pounds of cocaine worth US$3.5 billion and 124,000 pounds of marijuana worth US$112 million during the 2012 fiscal year, Somma added. The interdiction was another success scored under Operation Martillo, a regional counter-narcotics mission that brings together Western Hemisphere and European countries to cut the flow of illicit drugs through Central America. The operation is led by Joint Interagency Task Force South, based in Key West, Fla., but it relies heavily on working with law enforcement and military agencies in other countries. By Dialogo July 02, 2013last_img read more

America East conference postpones competitions, Bearcats to play no games in fall

first_imgIn the best interest of the health & safety of its student-athletes and campus communities, the America East & its member institutions announce a postponement of fall sports for the duration of the first semester.Release:— America East (@AmericaEast) July 17, 2020 The conferences says it will continue to monitor the pandemic and make a decision regarding winter sports at a later date. Health and safety of its players, as well as the importance of a successful return to campus in the fall were some of the reasons listed for the postponement. This means the Binghamton Bearcats will not play any games. (WBNG) — The America East Conference has postponed its Fall 2020 season due to concerns over the coronavirus.last_img read more

Wholesale marketplace Ula secures $10m in seed funding

first_img“A typical [small traditional] store has an 8 to 10 percent cost advantage over modern retailers given that they are usually tax exempt, employ their own family and operate out of their homes,” said Ula’s cofounder Derry Sakti in a written statement on Wednesday.“Yet they are not competitive because of a lack of access to wholesalers and have limited working capital.”He added that small shops sometimes needed to buy supplies in bulk to get better rates, even though they did not require such large amounts.At present, Ula mostly serves customers in East Java, but plans to expand its operations across Java. It also seeks to widen its product range from daily necessities to other categories such as apparel and electronics. Newly established Indonesian wholesale marketplace Ula said it has received US$10.5 million in seed funding led by Sequoia India and Lightspeed India, as it seeks to expand its consumer base across Java.The company, which was launched in January, also received investments from San Francisco-based Alter Global, Sinar Mas-backed conglomerate SMDV, among others, along with several angel investors including Patrick Walujo of private equity firm Northstar.Ula focuses its business on the small store owners, allowing them to buy only the inventory they need, instead of in bulk, while also offering working capital credit. Ula reported it had enjoyed tenfold growth since January with customers returning to buy up to three times their initial volumes, despite the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) implemented since March to curb the spread of COVID-19.The company cited that in emerging economies like Indonesia, traditional retail contributed to nearly 80 percent of the retail market, employing millions of Indonesians.Last year, more than 2.8 million sellers traded at over 15,600 markets across the country, according to data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS).Sequoia Capital Singapore managing director Abheek Anand said that most retailers in emerging markets like Indonesia were dealing with inefficiencies in the supply chain, inventory and working capital management.“With more and more Indonesian SMEs becoming open to adopting technology, platforms like Ula are an easy, affordable and scalable solution to help these retailers streamline their businesses,” he said.Topics :last_img read more