Star-Spangled Spectacular Concludes View post tag: Naval Authorities Baltimore’s Star-Spangled Spectacular drew to a close, Sept. 15, as more than 2,000 Sailors, Marines and foreign military personnel departed the area after successful participation in a week-long series of events celebrating the 200th anniversary of the US national anthem. View post tag: americas View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: Baltimore View post tag: Spectacular Highlighting the week was a special air show from the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels, over Fort McHenry and the Inner Harbor, as well as performances by the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, at various locations around the city.Visitors also had the opportunity to view Navy divers inside the Atlantic Reef at the Baltimore National Aquarium and Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal units demonstrating the capabilities of their Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles (SUG-V) to assess and conduct surveillance of suspected explosive devices.The public also had opportunities to visit and tour more than 30 naval vessels and tall ships from the United States, England, Canada, Norway, Germany, Spain and Turkey that berthed at the Inner Harbor, Fell’s Point and North Locust Point.The signature event’s crescendo, the Star-Spangled Spectacular, included special guests such as President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, as well as two star-studded patriotic concerts and a fireworks display over Fort McHenry and the Baltimore harbor.U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships participating in this year’s Star Spangled Spectacular included amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), joint high-speed vessel USNS Choctaw County (JHSV 2) and U.S. Coast Guard cutter USCGC Eagle (WIX 327).[mappress]Press Release, September 16, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: Concludes September 16, 2014 View post tag: Star-Spangled Back to overview,Home naval-today Star-Spangled Spectacular Concludes
“The former board blindly followed its asset manager and pensions provider Syntrus Achmea,” he said.The pension fund’s supervisory council (RvT) agreed that the scheme still lacked a balancing power.It recommended the pension fund appoint a “fully independent” external adviser and suggested the scheme might need to re-assess its future viability.Since 2013, the scheme has applied 9% in overall rights cuts.Stroot said the VO preferred a merger with another pension fund, but he acknowledged that its current low funding made it a relatively unattractive partner.The former board has been largely replaced, including former chairman Piet Duijndam, who stepped down – partly at the VO’s request, according to Stroot.The new board, chaired by Ronald Heijn, has launched an extensive recovery plan, focusing on governance, risk management and checks and balances.Heijn said the scheme would assess its viability annually and stressed that the needs of participants would take precedence over its continuing independence.He also said a third rights discount was “not yet on the cards”, as the new financial assessment framework (nFTK) allowed pension funds to smooth out cuts over a 10-year period.Duijndam, the former chairman, dismissed the VO’s criticisms as being “one-sided”.He pointed out that, 10 years ago, when interest rates were 3%, the board had unanimously decided against applying an interest hedge, “as a further rate decrease was deemed highly unlikely”.“When rates started to drop,” he said, “we still refrained from hedging, as the cost would have come at the expense of returns. With the wisdom of hindsight, the board would have taken different decisions.” The accountability body (VO) of the €700m pension fund for Dutch dental technicians has blamed the scheme’s low coverage ratio on the “indecisiveness” of former board members. In the pension fund’s 2014 annual report, the VO said the previous board’s dithering over the implementation of a strategic interest hedge caused its funding to drop below 94%.VO chairman Guus Stroot said: “The combined effect of rights cuts and missed indexation means participants have lost 30% of pensions accrual.”He added that communication between the VO and the former board had been “very difficult”, and claimed that any countervailing power on the board had been “totally absent”.
The Australian Women’s Open team continued their undefeated run in the tournament’s history, but were pushed all the way by a determined New Zealand team. The side trailed at half-time but rallied hard in the second half to take a 9-5. Results:Men’s 30’s: Australia 14 defeated France 2 Men’s Open: Australia 23 defeated France 1 Men’s 40’s: Australia 15 defeated Italy 0 Men’s 35’s: Australia 23 defeated France 1 Senior Mixed: Australia 15 defeated USA 2 Men’s 30’s: Australia 19 defeated Wales 1 Mixed Open: Australia 21 defeated Jersey 1 Men’s 40’s: Australia 16 defeated Niue 1 Men’s 35’s: Australia 15 defeated Wales 2 Women’s Open: Australia 9 defeated New Zealand 5 Men’s Open: Australia 20 defeated Japan 1 Senior Mixed: Australia 17 defeated Wales 1 Men’s 30’s: Australia 16 defeated Scotland 1 Men’s 40’s: Australia 16 defeated France 2Men’s Open: Australia 15 defeated South Africa 1Women’s Open: Australia 16 defeated Singapore 0Senior Mixed: Australia 6 defeated South Africa 1Men’s 35’s: Australia 11 defeated England 1Stay tuned to the website for more information.
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say West Ham star Nasri: I cried for first time in my careerby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United star Samir Nasri has admitted that he cried when he thought that his career was over.Nasri was banned from football for 18 months for violating a drug policy, due to taking an intravenous drip for hydration.Now he is back in the Premier League and he cannot believe how things have turned around for him.”I’m a guy who, mentally, I’m really strong, but for maybe the first time in my life, I cried about my career because I thought it was over,” Nasri told West Ham’s official website.”I had some really tough moments when I was really down.”But now, coming back to the most competitive league in the world, with a team full of ambition with a manager that I know, and with a stadium like this… Man! It’s the best job in the world!”The competition, the dressing room, and to be back on the pitch, that’s what I was waiting for, for a whole year.”I’m looking forward to the next game, a derby against Arsenal so I’m sure the atmosphere will be even more crazy.”
TORONTO – BCE and Bell Canada formally closed their $182-million purchase of AlarmForce Industries on Friday, and immediately announced that the home monitoring company’s western operations and client base will be sold to Telus Corp.Vancouver-based Telus (TSX:T) will pay about $66.5 million for about 39,000 customer accounts in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan — nearly 40 per cent of the total AlarmForce customer base in Canada.That’s equivalent to what Bell paid, per subscriber, to acquire Toronto-based AlarmForce and its 100,000 customers.Bell said AlarmForce customers — who pay monthly service fees — won’t see an immediate change and that Bell will work with Telus to ensure a smooth transition for the AlarmForce subscribers in the three western provinces.“For the time being, I would say that it’s going to be status quo for quite some time,” Rizwan Jamal, president of Bell Residential and Small Business, said in an interview.But eventually, he said, AlarmForce’s existing customers in the Bell territory will benefit from its investments in new, innovative services as well as the ability to bundle home monitoring with other services, particularly internet.“There is a good synergy between internet and the connected home,” Jamal said.“We continue to invest in our internet network and we’re making big investments in fibre (optic networks). We think this goes hand-in-hand with the connected home of the future.”He said Bell has “taken a couple of cracks” at the home monitoring business in the past but the timing is better now.“We really believe that monitoring is going to be an anchor of the solutions that we’re going to offer in the connected home. We feel (AlarmForce) is going to accelerate our position in that market,” Jamal said.IDC Canada researcher Emily Taylor said communication service providers hope to generate revenue from the proliferation of internet-enabled devices for homes — such as home-assistant speakers introduced to Canada last year.“And I think that’s ultimately why communications service providers across Canada are obviously striving for more ownership and investment in these services,” Taylor said. “More devices (means) more revenue, really.”She added that the connected-home services will help telephone, cable and wireless companies to retain their subscribers and help differentiate themselves from their competitors.Rogers got into the home security business in Ontario years ago and the AlarmForce acquisition is seen as a way for Bell Canada — its competitor in many industry segments — to become a more significant player.Jamal said BCE (TSX:BCE) was willing to sell such a large chunk of the AlarmForce customer base to Telus — a key rival in wireless networks — because most of Bell’s landline residential customer base is east of Saskatchewan.Telus — which has the majority of its residential lines in Alberta and British Columbia — has been quicker to push its home security services than Shaw Communications (TSX:SJR.B), its biggest competitor in the home market.“Telus has piloted technology in this space for a few years as part of our expanding home solutions services beyond internet, TV, and home phone as more products and services are connected to our network,” the company said in an emailed statement.
TORONTO – The loonie lost more than half a cent on Tuesday as Canada’s main stock index fell and U.S. stocks ended a six-day winning streak following a long holiday weekend.The Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 79.23 cents US, down 0.51 of a cent US from Friday.“The dollar is at levels not seen at a while. We’re closing in on 79 cents,” said Luc de la Durantaye, managing director of CIBC Management.De la Durantaye said a decline in gold prices — the April bullion contract fell US$25.00 to US$1,331.20 an ounce on Tuesday — helped give the greenbank a leg up on several global currencies.“Gold had rallied along with the decline of the U.S. dollar. There’s always been a bit of a negative correlation between gold prices and the U.S. dollar,” he said.In currency markets, Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 13.20 points to 15,439.44, weighed by losses in the gold, base metals and materials sectors.South of the border, a sell-off Tuesday afternoon led by technology companies wiped out early gains in New York.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 254.63 points to 24,964.75. The S&P 500 index was down 15.96 points to 2,716.26 and the Nasdaq composite index gave back 5.16 points to 7,234.31.Market commentators say some of the broader issues on investors’ minds right now are looking across to the bond market and seeing the U.S. 10-year Treasury starting to approach the 3 per cent level. Bond yields, which move opposite price, are rising on concerns of higher inflation.Worries about inflation sent stocks falling on Feb. 2 after reports of greater U.S. wage growth increased the likelihood that the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates more rapidly, making it more expensive for businesses and individuals to borrow money.Elsewhere in commodities on Tuesday, the April crude contract was up 24 cents to US$61.79 per barrel and the March natural gas contract was up six cents at US$2.62 per mmBTU.The March copper contract was down six cents to US$3.19 a pound.
OTTAWA – The union representing 50,000 employees at Canada Post panned the latest contract offers from the corporation Thursday, calling them “disappointing” and keeping alive the threat of a work stoppage as the busy holiday online shopping season approaches.Two separate offers for rural and urban carriers included “very small movements” toward resolving some key issues, said the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.On a proposal directed at rural carriers, the union said, “We have a long way to go to achieve a negotiated collective agreement.”The possibility of a work stoppage has hovered over Canada Post since Sept. 26 after postal workers voted overwhelmingly in late summer in support of a potential walkout to back their contract demands.But that initial deadline passed without any job action being launched, with CUPW saying it would stay at the bargaining table so long as there was progress in the talks.That position had not changed Thursday, said CUPW national president Mike Palecek.“Those are discussions that we’re having daily, based on developments,” he said.Job action could include a full or partial walkout, or a lockout, after a 72-hour notice period.The threat of a work stoppage over the holidays has forced companies that rely on Canada Post for parcel deliveries to make alternative plans to ensure their customers receive orders. However, it may be difficult to fill all of the service gaps in the event of a shutdown.Canada Post is the biggest parcel shipping company in the country, having delivered about one million parcels per day during the holiday season last year — an increase of 20 per cent over the same period in 2016.Utilities have also been urging their clients to register for online billing, reminding them that invoices must still be paid regardless of whether they are mailed out.Canada Post said its global offers to rural and urban carriers include improvements to pay, benefits and job security.But the job security proposals are limited, particularly for rural and suburban carriers, CUPW said in a statement on its website.“For those eligible to job security, Canada Post would be allowed to assign you or not to a vacant position within a 75 km radius from your installation,” the union said.“This is a very complex proposal and a substantial amount of clarification is required to fully understand its impact.”Canada Post also rejected demands that those same carriers get paid an hourly rate — and for all hours worked — and that the corporation guarantee minimum hours, said CUPW.For both rural and urban carriers, the post office offered wage increases of 1.5 per cent annually under a four-year contract — virtually unchanged from proposals tabled Sept. 7. The union is seeking a 3.5 per cent hike in pay.“The offers are disappointing,” said Palecek.“Canada Post still hasn’t addressed any of our major issues.”CUPW has been pushing Canada Post to offer banking services in communities underserved by the big financial institutions.The Crown agency’s latest offer proposes “a selected set of new financial services,” a move Palecek described as encouraging.But he noted that no details about what those services might involve or when they could be launched have been forthcoming.
Allahabad: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi has extended a helping hand for a minor girl suffering from tumor here in Uttar Pradesh. The girl’s parents on Friday contacted Gandhi and expressed their inability to bear the cost of their daughter’s treatment. Gandhi immediately contacted senior party leaders Rajiv Shukla, Hardik Patel and Mohd Azharuddin and directed them to arrange for the child to be taken to AIIMS Delhi. Shukla sent the child, her parents, Azharuddin and Patel to Delhi in his six-seater charter plane while he later left for Delhi by train. Congress leader Jitendra Tiwari said that Gandhi has said that she will personally take care of the child’s treatment in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi.
Former OSU cornerback Gareon Conley speaks with the media on March 5 at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorFormer Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley has been accused of rape that allegedly occurred on April 9 in a hotel in downtown Cleveland.TMZ Sports reported that the police report states the woman allegedly met Conley in an elevator at the Westin hotel and later was in the same room as Conley. In the report, she claims Conley unbuttoned her pants and began to have sex with her. The accuser told police that she said “No, stop. It hurts!” but Conley persisted until he was done. She claimed Conley then kicked her out of the room.No arrests have been made and no charges have been filed at this time. The investigation is ongoing.Conley’s attorney, Kevin Spellacy, told Cleveland 19 News that the allegations are “ludicrous and ridiculous.”The Lantern has submitted a public records request for the police report.
Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia has echoed the sentiments at the club stating that nobody is giving up on the chase for a top-four place in the League.United’s next game is at home against Huddersfield Town on Boxing Day, and the former Wigan man urged the squad to develop a consistent run in the bid to secure a top-four spot.”Absolutely,” he replied when asked by MUTV if the top-four scrap remains alive, prior to Saturday’s 5-1 win over Cardiff City.“Nobody is giving up at all. You know there is half a season left to play so it’s all about working hard, battling and playing well.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.”We know we have got the quality within the squad to be able to do that. It is all about being focused and the aim is still to get into those top four places. We also want to go as far as we can in the Champions League – why not get to the final? Why not try to win the two cup competitions we are still involved in?”Wagner’s men are on a relegation fight but the fact the festive fixture is at home is of a benefit to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.”I think it is good,” explained Valencia. “The main thing is to get everyone together at Old Trafford after Christmas and it is a great fact we don’t have to travel as it’s on our doorstep. Playing in front of our fans is always a special occasion.”We are getting the chance to make them happy and hopefully put any recent bad results behind us to get into good form again. We need to start putting a string of wins together and putting in a good performance to make the fans happy.”