Philippine Coast Guard welcomes two new fast patrol boats

first_img View post tag: FPB 72 View post tag: OCEA Share this article Photo: Photo: Philippine Coast Guard center_img The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has received two more Boracay-class fast patrol boats (FPB) newbuilds built in France.The FPB 72 MKII boats arrived at Subic Port on December 6, 2018, the coast guard said.The two units will be commissioned in the PCG service as BRP Malamawi (FPB 2403) and BRP Kalanggaman (FPB 2404).Featuring a length of 24 meters, the boats can accommodate 12 crew members and reach a speed of 28 knots.The first two boats, Boracay and Panglao, were commissioned into service in October this year.The patrol boats were built under the contract signed with French shipbuilder Ocea in order for PCG to strengthen the enforcement in maritime safety and security and marine environmental protection.Ocea is building another vessel for PCG, an 82-meter offshore patrol vessel. It is scheduled for delivery in August 2019. View post tag: Philippine Coast Guardlast_img read more

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France, UAE conclude Gowind corvette negotiations

first_img View post tag: Gowind Share this article View post tag: Naval Group French shipbuilder Naval Group has concluded negotiations for the construction of two Gowind corvettes for the United Arab Emirates Navy.The deal is estimated to be worth around €750 million (US $850 million) and has options for an additional two units in the class.The contract signing was first reported by Intelligence Online and subsequently confirmed by a number of publications.Naval Group is yet to confirm the conclusion of the negotiation process.The formal contract follows an announcement made by French president Emmanuel Macron during his visit to Dubai in November 2017.The corvettes are turning into an export success for the French shipbuilder as it has already supplied Gowind ships to the Egyptian Navy and the Royal Malaysian Navy.Versions built so far range from 102 to 111 meters and displace between 2,600 and 3,000 tons.Egyptian corvettes are equipped with a 76mm Oto Melara gun, vertical launch cells for MBDA’s MICA missile and torpedo launchers.Gowind will be the Royal Malaysian Navy’s prime surface combatant and will carry the Kongsberg-built Naval Strike Missile, MBDA’s VL MICA missiles, a Bofors 57mm Mk3 gun in a stealth casing and an automated MSI Seahawk 30mm gun. For anti-submarine warfare, the ships will be fitted with J+S torpedo launcher systems.center_img Photo: Naval Group file photo of a Gowind corvette View post tag: UAE Navylast_img read more

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Vanderburgh County Democratic Party Calendar of Events

first_imgWednesday,January 27thCandidate Filing4:00 PMBen Shoulders for County Commissioner Candidate FilingLocation: Civic Center – Elections Office – 1 NW MLK Blvd # 214 – Evansville, INReception to follow at 5:00 PM at the Fraternal Order of Police –           801 Court St – Evansville, IN Friday,May 13thFundraiserTBALockyear for Coroner Golf ScrambleDetails: TBA Thursday,March 31stFundraiserTBALockyear for Coroner FundraiserDetails: TBA Thursday,February 25thFundraiser4:00 PM – 6:00 PMShannon Edwards for County Recorder Chicken & Dumplings FundraiserPickup Location: Fraternal Order of Police – 801 Court St – Evansville, IN$10 per quart.Pre-Order at [email protected] or (812) 307-9252 Below is the latest edition of upcoming events. We are adding new events weekly, so please make sure to take a moment to mark your calendars!Don’t forget that Wednesday, January 27th is the Ben Shoulders for County Commissioner Candidate Filing, held at the Civic Center Elections office at 4:00 PM, with a reception to follow at 5:00 PM at the FOP – 801 Court St.Thank you!Matthew NevillePolitical DirectorVanderburgh County Democratic Party Tuesday, February 9thFundraiser5:00 PM – 7:00 PMJonathan Weaver for City Council 7th Annual Mardi Gras PartyLocation: Bokeh Lounge – 1007 Parrett St – Evansville, INDetails TBA Wednesday,February 17thFundraiser5:00 PM – 7:00 PMKathryn Martin for Knight Township Trustee Annual Chili DinnerLocation: Marigold Bar – 2112 S Weinbach Ave – Evansville, INCost: $10 per person Thursday, January 28thFundraiser6:30 PMStephen Melcher’s 18th Annual Reception & DinnerLocation: Western Ribeye – 1401 North Boeke Road– Evansville, INCost: $350 per person.Contact: Stephen Melcher @ (812) 480-9088 or [email protected] Friday,January 29thCandidate Filing9:00 AMStephen Melcher for County Commissioner Re-Election FilingLocation: Civic Center – Elections Office – 1 NW MLK Blvd # 214 – Evansville, IN FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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AGRESTI, OLGA G.

first_imgMs. Agresti passed away on January 31, 2017. Born in San Mango Cilento, Italy, Ms. Agresti came to the United States in 1958 and lived in Jersey City and Bayonne. She was a citizen of the United States and Italy and continued to spend time in Italy. Ms. Agresti was a factory worker for the Coca Cola Company. Ms. Agresti is survived by her siblings, Anthony Agresti and his wife Fran, Catherine Cormio, Mary Vitale, Navia Stile, and her husband, Michael, and Lily Maiello, and her husband, Tommy; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Louisa (nee: Vitale) and Pasquale Agresti; and her brothers-in-law, John Cormio and Anthony Vitale. In lieu of flowers, donations to Alzheimer Assoc., 440 Morris Ave. #251, Denville, NJ 07834. Funeral arrangements by BAYONNE MEMORIAL HOME, 854 Avenue C.last_img read more

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Harvard readies for 369th Commencement

first_imgFounded in 1636, Harvard did not hold its first Commencement until Sept. 23, 1642 — with just nine students graduating that year. War and plague halted a handful of Commencement Exercises, but fortunately, the tradition has held fast with a growing number of degree recipients. In 2019, Harvard awarded 6,665 degrees across the University.Degree candidates with their family and friends, faculty, administrators who supported them, and alumni from around the world are anticipated to participate in Harvard’s 369th Commencement Exercises on May 28.To accommodate the increasing number of people planning to attend, carefully review the additional guidelines governing ticketing, regalia, security precautions, and other important details, which are available online.On Commencement morning, the Harvard gates will open at 6:45. A ticket is required to gain entry into Tercentenary Theatre, the site of the Morning Exercises.Commencement Day overviewThe Morning Exercises begin when the academic procession is seated in Tercentenary Theatre. Three student orators deliver addresses, and the dean of each School introduces the candidates for their respective degrees, which the president then confers. Toward the conclusion of the ceremony the graduating seniors are asked to rise, and the president confers their degrees on them as a group. Honorary degrees are then conferred before the Exercises are adjourned.Diploma-granting ceremonies and luncheons: Graduates and their guests return to their respective undergraduate Houses or graduate and professional Schools. Harvard and Radcliffe College alumni/ae who have celebrated their 50th Reunion are invited to join the Tree Spread luncheon, while all other alumni may pre-purchase tickets for boxed lunches at the Alumni Spread in Harvard Yard.The Afternoon Program features an address by Harvard President Larry Bacow and principal speaker Martin “Marty” Baron. Officially called the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA), this program includes the Overseer and HAA director election results, presentations of the Harvard Medal, and remarks by the HAA president.For general information about Commencement, including event schedules, maps, accommodations for guests with disabilities, and more, visit the Harvard University Commencement Office website.last_img read more

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Cloud Strategy and the Role of IT in a Multi-Cloud World

first_imgWho’s driving the cloud strategy in your organization? Recently we had a team of cloud experts join Dell technologists including myself (@NickBrackney) for our #CloudTweetChat. Having a chance to interact with and learn from so many knowledgeable folks with varied backgrounds and approaches is critical for our team as well as our customers. What makes these chats great is we go beyond the buzz words and marketing fluff that permeates the discussion and get right into strategies and implementation. As we prepare for our next CloudTweetChat on March 12th it seemed like a good time to reflect on what we learned in our last conversation.According to CIO.com, the average organization is running applications in at least 4.8 different cloud services, both public and private. It’s a complex landscape (cloudscape).Experts in attendance included:Tim Crawford, CIO Strategic Advisor, AVOA, (@tcrawford)Keith Townsend, Co-Founder, The CTO Advisor (@CTOAdvisor)Eric Kavanagh, Bloor Group CEO, Tech Evangelist, and Media Innovator (@eric_kavanagh)Adam Post, Principal Consultant, IT Partners (@semi_technical)Ned Bellavance, Founder, Ned in the Cloud, LLC (@Ned1313)Bob Ganley, Senior Marketing Consultant, Dell EMC (@ganleybob)Josh Fidel, Principal Solutions Architect, Rolta|Advizex (@jcefidel)Brian Solis, International Keynote Speaker, Thought Leader and Analyst, (@briansolis)Arjan Timmerman, Co-owner and Analyst, TECHunplugged, (@Arjantim)Matt Baker, SVP of Strategy and Planning, Dell EMC (@mattwbaker)Phil Bradham, Azure Stack Applications Architect, Dell EMC, (@PBradz)Who’s driving the cloud strategy?To better understand the role of IT, we need to understand if there is a centralized cloud strategy and who is driving it. I believe that strategy should be coming out of the CIOs office. It could also be a combined effort with the CTO, IT operations, security and developers forming a cross-functional team.Keith Townsend countered that most companies don’t have a CTO, and functionally, enterprise architects fulfill that role. He believes enterprise architecture should be driving cloud strategy. “CIO’s should leave the “how” to lieutenants. They should hire people to make those functional decisions and sign off as a sanity check.”Tim Crawford added that, “the CIO should be the one taking point on the cloud strategy. However, likely others within their org will be more engaged on the execution.” Tim reminds us, “Technology is a team sport. But, not everyone plays the same roles or speaks the same language.” Phil Bradham concurs that input from multiple disciplines should be in the plan.Josh Fidel breaks down ownership this way:Executives (CxO/VP) should set high level strategy based on desired outcomes.Management (Director/Manager) should define use cases to achieve those outcomes.Architects should help choose which cloud technologies and providers meet those use cases.Engineers should train for the chosen technology.Rob Steel also agreed that multiple business leaders should be involved in the process, in order to assure each department’s requirements are met.The benefits of a centralized cloud strategyFrom my perspective, it’s easy to see the benefits of centralizing your cloud strategy. It should help deliver better security postures, accelerate innovation, and improve service levels. You’ll likely see cost savings, too.Adam Post weighed in, “one of the primary downsides of a fragmented cloud strategy is the additional complexity required to both architect and maintain applications across platforms. Having a centralized strategy goes a long way toward addressing this.”Any fragmentation works against efficiency and drives down value, and cloud strategy is no different, as Tim Crawford observed. Matt Baker agreed that a fragmented strategy breeds complexity, drives up costs and slows down the organization.The struggles with creating a consistent cloud strategyGetting the entire organization to support a cloud strategy is key, Phil noted. Saying it’s important to share a clear explanation of the plan in business terms.“A barrier to consistency is commonly the difference in underlying platforms and the methods of interfacing with them. Some tools attempt to abstract away the differences, leaving a lowest common denominator of features. A common underlying platform avoids this,” says Adam.Ken said that he believes multi-cloud in the context of a single application is a myth, or possibly a trap. But Tim countered that most enterprises are using multi-cloud quite successfully.Shadow IT and internal delays were at the top of Josh’s list of challenges. Others chimed in about the struggles with other departments deploying applications without IT. But, Tim observed that transformative CIOs can find value in shadow IT.The Lift and Shift ControversyThe conversation shifted when I commented that I think lift and shift can still offer value, but absolutely agree that loud native and using HCI and API driven architectures on-premises is helping IT to deliver IaaS capabilities everywhere.This kicked off a spirited debate between our participants. Tim disagreed: He considers lift and shift only useful in specific use-cases with a very defined time frame. He doesn’t recommend making it a core strategy. But  Keith noted that this has been the historical use case for cloud.As a result of these approaches, Phil observed that companies are moving back to on prem to save money, and that the cost to run old architecture on the cloud was too expensive for many.Matt also added fuel to the fire with a controversial statement, “cloud is ALWAYS more expensive because renting assets is ALWAYS more expensive…However, that doesn’t mean Public Cloud isn’t critical and important.”I think where we landed on is cloud not done properly can limit the benefits of this model, and the idea cloud saves money is largely inaccurate. Mike says the cost narrative is only true if you treat cloud as a data center. This brings us back to the key strategy points:What do you need to run where?What are the economics for your organization?How can technology partners make it easier for IT to drive innovation with cloud?My thoughts were that technology partners must embrace openness and support customers on whichever cloud they need/want to run on. The idea of a single source for IT just doesn’t work in the as-a-service economy, because no one vendor has all the answers.Arjan Timmerman advised technology partners to “listen to the customer and sell them the product(s) they need, not what has the biggest profit.”Adam agreed, stating “partners should take the opportunity to help customers re-evaluate their requirements and be open to a change in approach, where it makes sense.”Tim echoed the other sentiments in the group: “Technology partners need to clearly understand their customer’s business objectives, challenges and current state,” he says.“We now need (trusted technology vendors) to help tell us how to solve business challenges. Public cloud enables businesses to do tech, vendors should enable IT to do business,” Keith concluded.Bonus RoundFor the bonus round, we asked: In organizations where developers or lines of business (LoB) units have led the charge, how can IT regain control? Eric Kavanagh suggests launching a Kubernetes instance and having an IT director take the lead.Josh Fidel sums up a winning strategy:Stop playing politics.Have conversations.Understand business needs from the views of the stakeholders.Work TOGETHER to find solutions.Consider the importance of what is already in place, and don’t try and move mountains overnight. Instead, build a sustainable cloud strategy that is staged to avoid undue risk or halting innovation.Make sure you join the 3/12 Cloud Native #CloudTweetChatDo you have a favorite cloud discussion topic? You can join the conversation anytime using #CloudTweetChat and tagging @DellTechCloud.Mark your calendar for the next #CloudTweetChat on 3/12 . Our topic is: Kubernetes and Cloud Native.You can follow @DellTechCloud for insights anytime for always-on insights and discussions on cloud.last_img read more

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Pen-pal program flourishes

first_imgStudents craving handwritten correspondence in the age of digital communication can join the Literacy Awareness Club of Notre Dame (LAND) and exchange personal letters with middle-school children in South Bend. Senior Emily Yates, president of LAND, said the program began in 2011 to reach out to children in the community. “Our goal is to help improve the rate of literacy in South Bend and in the United States by spreading awareness about low literacy rates,” Yates said. “We focus on programs for children, since they impact future literacy rates.” Yates said the pen-pal program currently pairs about 40 Notre Dame students with pen pals from the sixth grade class of Brown Intermediate Center. “As this is one of our most popular programs, we hope to expand it to more children here in South Bend, and perhaps even neighboring communities,” Yates said. Notre Dame students write pen-pal letters every other week, which gives the middle-school students a week to respond, Yates said. “Many letters include pictures, drawings, stickers and even small gifts,” Yates said. “We have a location in LaFortune where LAND members drop off the letters, and our club delivers them to a contact with the school.” Yates said the pen-pal program is just one of the four main volunteering activities LAND sponsors. Members also volunteer at the Robinson Community Learning Center, the Boys and Girls Club, the St. Joseph County Public Library and the Hesburgh Library. “As president of LAND, I get in contact with local libraries and places that work with children and coordinate ways for people in LAND to volunteer,” Yates said. “Members of LAND sign up for whatever events they can attend as they become available.” The largest volunteering opportunities are the Open Book Festival in the fall and One Book, One Michiana in the spring, Yates said. The Hesburgh Library and the St. Joseph’s County Library host these events together. “I hope to get plenty of volunteers to sign up for our events with One Book, One Michiana that will be happening in April,” Yates said. “I also hope to begin to organize the election process for choosing a new cabinet for next year and to continue to expand the club to get even more people to sign up for events.” Yates said the club hopes to offer more volunteering opportunities to better serve the community. “We can try to make a difference in St. Joseph County by promoting literacy awareness and working with children to change the future of our local community,” she said.last_img read more

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Visa launches new fraud-detection efforts

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Visa has rolled out four new security features that alert financial institutions about fraudulent ATM activity and card-not-present fraud, as well as detect security vulnerabilities in EMV transactions and merchant websites.The company said the features would help protect the integrity of the payments ecosystem and would be available to Visa clients at no additional cost.“Cybercriminals attempt to bypass traditional defenses by stealing credentials, harvesting data, obtaining privileged access and attacking trusted third-party supply chains,” Visa Payment System Risk SVP RL Prasad said. “Visa’s new payment security capabilities combine payment and cyber intelligence, insights and learnings from breach investigations, and law enforcement engagement to help financial institutions and merchants solve the most critical security challenges.” continue reading »last_img read more

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High hopes fall flat in Crawley

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First home buyers make their mark

first_imgEfren O’Brien poses with his dog Beau in West End, Brisbane on Friday, September 7, 2018. Mr O’Brien is a first time property buyer. (AAP Image/Claudia Baxter)A REDUCTION in the Queensland First Home Owners Grant has done little to deter those looking to make their leap on to the property ladder.National data from the ABS shows that the number of finance approvals for first home buyers is now at its highest level in eight years.In Queensland, the number of finance approvals has increased by almost 10 per cent — proof that first time buyers are not afraid to buy a home with or without the state grant.The grant, which only applies to new builds up to $750,000, dropped from $20,000 to $15,000 on July 1.REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said while the number of finance approvals for investors and upgraders had dropped, first home buyers were bucking the trend.“We are now seeing the highest level of first home buyers since 2010,” she said.She pointed to two suburbs within reach of first home buyers — Albion, which has a median house price of $750,000 and Tugun on the Gold Coast, where the median house sales price is $647,000.But there is even more value in the Brisbane market, with Rocklea boasting the lowest median house sales price within 10km of the city, according to data from realestate.com.auThe ‘high demand suburb’ has a median sales price of $415,000 and records about three times the number of searches per property compared to the national average.A newly renovated four bedroom house is on the market for $399,000 — well below the overall Brisbane median house sales price of $535,000. Other top spots for first homebuyer budgets within 10km of the city are Keperra, Tingalpa, Everton Hills and Chermside.A three bedroom ‘fixer upper’ at Everton Hills is on the market for $450,000, and sits on a 615sq m block. The median house sales price for Everton Hills is $558,000, according to CoreLogic.Shirley Mapp of Re/Max Premier Consultants Chermside said she was seeing a lot of activity from first home buyers in the area. “At $450,000, that is great value if you can see its potential,” she said.Ms Mapp said first home buyers were pushing up prices in family-friendly suburbs such as Everton Hills, which had traditionally been held for many years.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoShe said Baby Boomers whose children had left home were now moving on, opening the way for first home buyers to enter the market.For those happy to commute a few extra kilometres, big savings can also be found at Riverview, Ebbw Vale, Gailes, Dinmore and East Ipswich, where existing houses have a median sales price under $275,000 within 30km of the CBD.First homebuyer Efrem O’Brien purchased a one-bedroom apartment in Stockwell’s Muse apartments in West End after renting in Sydney. Efren O’Brien bought his first home at Muse, West End. (AAP Image/Claudia Baxter)“I moved back up after being offered a position with Queensland Ballet and my job is only about 100m away,” he said.“I lived with my parents at first so it is nice having my own space again.“I am paying less on my mortgage now than I was paying in rent in Sydney.” Andrew Russell, who is the executive general manager at realestate.com.au Home Loans, said they were seeing more confidence from first home buyers.“Have a clear budget in mind that takes into consideration your lifestyle, allows enough of a buffer, and ensures you’re not over committing yourself,” he said. “This is particularly important with interest rate rises on the horizon for most Australian banks”. Fast track buying a home – check out Moneysaver HQ in Monday’s Courier Mail.last_img read more

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