US, Indian Navy share P-8 MPA expertise

first_imgRepresentatives from the US Navy’s Patrol squadron (VP) 16 met with counterparts from Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 312 for a subject matter expert exchange (SMEE) in Goa, Oct. 22-24.Members of VP-16’s combat aircrew conducted training and shared their technical knowledge with the Indian Navy P-8I squadron.Purchased from the United States, the Indian Navy P-8I maritime patrol aircraft has been in service since 2013 and shares many similarities with the United States P-8A. As the first US Navy maritime patrol squadron to transition the P-8A, VP-16 has substantial experience with, and knowledge about the platform, to share with their Indian counterparts.“While our systems and training may differ, our missions remain the same,” Cmdr. Troy T. Tartaglia, VP-16’s commanding officer, said. “The cross-training and cooperation afforded by this exchange allowed us to refine P-8 ASW capabilities, directly supporting our shared mission set.”The exchange included a SMEE flight where aircraft from both navies practiced operating in the same location, simultaneously tracking an Indian Navy submarine.Additionally, the two squadrons came together during multiple briefings to discuss coordination between the P-8s when operating together, to include standardizing altitude deconfliction, aircraft safety, tactical communication, and tactical employment of the P-8I and P-8A aircraft.Naval Aircrewman (Operator) 2nd Class Crouch, described the exercise as “…a uniquely rewarding experience to work with the Indian Navy. Sharing our different perspectives allowed us to better accomplish our missions while fostering relationships.”The United States and Indian SMEE played a vital role in furthering interoperability between the two nations, fostering diplomatic relationships, and improving maritime operational capabilities. View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Indian Navy Photo: Photo: US Embassy Indiacenter_img Share this article View post tag: Poseidon P-8Alast_img read more

Breaking: Wadham gives homeless squatters two weeks to vacate shelter

first_imgIffley Open House (IOH) squatters, currently using an old VW garage owned by Wadham College as a homeless shelter, have been told by the college that they have two weeks to leave the site, according to the group.The group say that in January, the leaseholders of the ground floor of the building, the Mid-Counties Co-Operative, negotiated a lease to allow the squatters to stay until 10 April.However, Wadham confirmed this week that it had terminated the Co-op’s lease and intend to take legal possession of the property at the end of February, in order to move forward with plans to redevelop the site into student accommodation. Wadham reiterated that the college’s “intentions and time-line remain the same as previously and consistently stated”.In a statement, the college said: “From the start of the occupation, we have made it clear that the squatters could not remain beyond 27 February, when the site is required for pre-demolition works. We welcome the renewed commitment from representatives of Iffley Open House that, as they have always promised us, they will adhere to this time-line and vacate the property by this date.”Since New Year’s Eve the group have being using the building to house up to 20 homeless people. They have been providing cooked meals, washing facilities, as well as providing skills to held the residents find new work.IOH say that since opening the shelter, two residents have been rehoused, one has been accepted into University, a further two have started new jobs, and several others are awaiting responses from job applications.Cherwell understands that there are 13 residents currently staying in the shelter, who could be forced back on to the streets. The group are calling on the local community and council authorities to help them find a new space to house the residents from 27 February should the homeless squatters not find alternative accommodation.Sandra Phillips, a volunteer at Iffley Open House said: “This space has changed lives. We are concerned that we have to move on before the end of winter, but hopeful we can find a new home and we are determined to continue working with and supporting the residents.“So much has been achieved in the last six weeks – in total we have provided 600 nights of warm, safe accommodation, almost 200 volunteers have given their time and thousands more have given donations and have sent messages of support. This shows what is possible when we work together as a community.”Wadham stated its “profound sympathy for the plight of the homeless in Oxford,” and said that it remained in regular communication with IOH representatives. The college said it was in contact with “members of the local council and local housing charities to encourage their attempts to find alternative accommodation for this homeless group, whom we have been happy to shelter temporarily at the Iffley Road site for several weeks.”last_img read more

Community bakery plans pre-Christmas opening

first_imgA community bakery hopes to open its doors before Christmas, after raising thousands of pounds from local shareholders.Dunbar Community Bakery has negotiated an agreement in principle to lease a shop on Dunbar high street in East Lothian and convert it into a working bakery. The group has raised more than £23,000 in equity from more than 230 shareholders since it was formed in June 2009 and has also received promises of £35,000 in interest-free loans.The community started raising cash when the village bakery closed after 155 years. Chairperson Jane Wood said it had the potential to raise tens of thousands of pounds more in grants and loans.”We’ve got enough money to take the project forward, but we still have a funding gap for some of the start-up costs,” she said. “We need to get equipment and the first lot of stock, so we’re hoping to get some sponsorship, but would also be grateful for any good quality second-hand equipment.”The group plans to recruit a bakery manager in the next few months and the bakery will produce mainly organic, artisan bread and cakes. Wood added: “We will employ six people initially and the busi-ness should break even within three years.”last_img read more

Case Study

first_imgEmployees do not need a year’s service in order to bring an unfair dismissal claim if they reasonably believe even if wrongly that they are in serious and imminent danger and, as a result, take reasonable steps to prevent harm to themselves and others.This case involves a chef, who was dismissed after refusing to mop up an area behind some fryers in the kitchen. He was worried that this was unsafe, due to some electrical wiring being exposed. He was dismissed for disregarding food hygiene and for failing to obey instructions.On appeal, the EAT said that tribunals should consider firstly whether the employee reasonably believed there were dangerous circumstances that were serious and imminent and, if so, whether he took, or proposed to take, appropriate steps to protect himself or others from the danger, or to communicate the circumstances to the employer.If so, the question is whether the employer’s sole, or main, reason for dismissal was the employee’s actions. The fact that an employer may disagree with an employee’s view as to whether there was danger, or whether the steps the employee took were appropriate, is irrelevant.last_img read more

Press release: Low tax gap results in £71 billion for UK public services

first_img Measuring the Tax Gap 2018 can be found here HMRC is working with small businesses to help them get their tax right first time around. The department aims to make sure the tax system is not a barrier to setting up, running and growing a business; which is why the department offers businesses support and provides information, to help businesses start up, sustain and grow.HMRC is continuing to roll-out Making Tax Digital (MTD) for businesses. Once fully operational, MTD will help to reduce the tax gap by helping to prevent error and failure to take reasonable care. Digital record keeping combined with a modern, more automated tax system will help businesses get their affairs right the first time.Notes for Editors These really positive figures show that the tax gap is the lowest in the last 5 years, which reflects the hard work that HMRC and I have been doing to ensure we support businesses to pay the right tax at the right time and clamp down on tax evasion and avoidance. Collecting taxes is essential for funding our vital public services such as the NHS – indeed, had the tax gap remained at its 2005/06 level the UK would have lost £71 billion in revenue destined for public services, enough to build 200 hospitals. The tax gap for 2016 to 2017 is 5.7%, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) confirmed today.Had the tax gap remained at its 2005/06 level the UK would have lost £71 billion in revenue destined for public services.The tax gap is the difference between the tax that should be paid to HMRC and the actual tax that has been paid. Keeping the tax gap consistently low is a result of HMRC’s work to help customers get things right from the start, and the department’s sustained efforts to tackle evasion and avoidance.The tax gap trend shows a long-term decline – it has reduced from 7.3% in 2005 to 2006 to an estimated 5.7% in 2016 to 2017, or £33 billion. This is the same percentage tax gap as for 2015 to 2016, which has been revised down from last year’s estimate of 6%.Mel Stride, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, said: HMRC is the only revenue authority in the world that measures and publishes the tax gap in this level of detail, covering both direct and indirect taxes, every year. It publishes the tax gap because the department believes it’s important to be transparent in their work. Follow HMRC’s Press Office on Twitter @HMRCpressoffice Jon Thompson, HMRC’s Chief Executive, said: Key findings from the Measuring the Tax Gap publication include: The UK is the only country in the world to regularly publish their tax gap in detail and at 5.7%, it remains at its lowest for five years. I am pleased that the downward trend shows HMRC and HM Treasury’s continued hard work to tackle evasion and avoidance is working. HMRC is also working hard to help taxpayers get their tax right by offering support and investing in digital services to improve businesses’ record keeping and reduce errors. HMRC has been measuring the tax gap annually since 2005 to 2006. small businesses made up the largest proportion of unpaid tax by customer group at £13.7 billion; taxpayer errors and failure to take reasonable care made up £9.2 billion of unpaid taxes by behaviour, while criminal attacks made up £5.4 billion; income Tax, National Insurance Contributions, and Capital Gains Tax made up the largest proportion of the tax gap by tax type at £7.9 billion for 2016 to 2017, equivalent to 16.4% of Self Assessment liabilities; the VAT gap showed a declining trend over time, falling from 12.5% in 2005 to 2006 to 8.9% in 2016 to 2017. Since 2010, HMRC has secured and protected over £175 billion in additional tax revenue as a result of actions to tackle tax evasion, tax avoidance, and non-compliance. HMRC’s Flickr channellast_img read more

Professor’s book wins prize

first_imgBrad Gregory, a professor of history at Notre Dame, won the inaugural Aldersgate Prize for Christian Scholarship for the ability to reflect the highest ideals of Christian scholarship through his book, “The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society.” Gregory, the Dorothy G. Griffin Collegiate Chair in Early Modern European History, said the award came as a surprise for him because didn’t even know the book had been nominated. “I didn’t know anything was afoot until I got an email from the provost of Indiana Wesleyan University. I have no idea who nominated me,” he said. “It doesn’t matter, I’m pleased with the outcome.” Gregory said the book addresses why there are so many answers to the big “life questions” people ask today. “How did the world that we’re living in today – the West, North America, especially Western Europe – come to be the way that it is? In terms of the huge variety of people’s answers to questions about the meaning of life, what morality is, what should we live for and what we should care about, there is a hyperpluralism of truth claims about answers to ‘life questions,’” he said. The book emerged from his interest in different ways to approach history and the Reformation time period, Gregory said. “I found a way of connecting the two through a multi-stranded, long-term history. Certain things became clear that previously hadn’t coalesced, even though I had been thinking about them for many years,” Gregory said. “This is really not a book that anybody in their right mind would set out to write. This is a book that came to me in unexpected ways.” Gregory said his book, approximately 500 pages, is big, both chronologically and conceptually. “It’s provocative, and readers find it challenging in a number of ways. It’s an interrogation of the character of the university and how the different disciplines are related to one another,” he said. “It also concerns how historians divide up the past, even though we know our subdivisions into different types of history (political, economic, intellectual, etc.) isn’t how life really works. These things are all intertwined.” The main questions also relate to Notre Dame’s identity as a Catholic university, he said. “Notre Dame essentially has the same structure as secular universities do,” he said. “This is not meant as a critique so much as an observation, but if theology is made simply one department among others and students fulfill their theology requirements just like they do the others, then the relationship between theology and other disciplines can’t be seen.” Gregory said there are no disciplines that ask how various forms of inquiry are related. “We need different disciplines to understand reality in all its complexity, but there is no discipline that asks how these fit together,” he said. “Students take a smorgasbord of classes, but almost no scholars or scientists are asking questions about how they might be related. Students are confused, and it’s almost impossible to come away from an education anywhere in the U.S. today and have some kind of coherent view of what one has learned in one’s classes.” In his classes, Gregory said he wants students to be aware of the bigger picture. “In part, this means we need to see things in terms of their long-term historical transformation – how we have come to have the academic disciplines, institutions, assumptions, and objectives that we have,” he said.last_img read more

Students protest Trump’s environmental policies, call for University to divest

first_imgOn Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed to revive negotiations for the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline — a pipeline that has been of major interest to environmentalists in the fight for clean water because of damage to the environment and water supply that could happen in the case of an oil spill.Emma Farnan | The Observer In response to Trump’s recent actions and his nominations to various cabinet posts, Fossil Free ND hosted a march Tuesday afternoon from O’Shaughnessy Hall to Main Building.Sophomore Tessa Bonomo, a member of Fossil Free ND, said the organization hopes to force change on the University level.“We are asking [University President] Fr. [John] Jenkins and the administration to divest from fossil fuels,” Bonomo said.Bonomo also said the organization wants to draw student attention to some of Trump’s cabinet picks for his new administration — especially in the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — which she said do not represent the needs of the nation. Freshman and Fossil Free ND member Greg Campion stressed the importance of campus-level action.“Last semester we circulated a petition asking for divestment and more efficient renewable energy goals for the campus and we got about 1,200 signatures,” Campion said. “There was not a word of acknowledgement from the administration, which we feel is not acceptable.” Campion said he was motivated to march for climate justice in part by the Trump administration’s recent actions.“It didn’t take long for [the Trump administration] to delete information about climate change, and a lot of other social justice issues from the White House website,” Campion said. “It’s despicable.”Freshman Cameron Ray said personal experience with the effects of climate change, as well as “Walk the Walk Week,” pushed him to attend the march.“I’m from a small agricultural town, and we really get affected by the weather and big sweeping climate change — it has long-term effects,” Ray said. “It’s Walk the Walk Week, and I’ve never been able to express my opinions like this and wanted to be a part of something that’s happening on campus.”Once the march reached Main Building, members of Fossil Free ND spoke about the problems they saw with some recent cabinet appointees.Sophomore Adam Wiechman, another Fossil Free ND member, spoke on the actions of EPA nominee Scott Pruitt.“As the attorney general of Oklahoma for the last six years, Scott Pruitt has leveled lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency, the very department he is being nominated to lead,” Wiechman said. Bonomo said there are issues with Energy Secretary nominee Rick Perry.“Perry was governor of Texas from 2000 to 2015, a time during which he received over $14 million of donations from the fossil fuel industry while proudly expanding both oil and natural gas production,” Bonomo said. “After serving as governor, Perry was a member of the board of directors of the Energy Transfer Partners — the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline.”After speaking about these nominees, members presented a letter to Jenkins’ office urging for fossil fuel divestment.“The University of Notre Dame, as a premier Catholic institution and moral leader, holds great influence over fellow universities, the Catholic community, and people across the world who know and love Notre Dame,” the letter said. “If it is wrong for fossil fuel companies to wreck the climate, then it is wrong for Notre Dame to profit from that wreckage. By continuing to financially support the fossil fuel industry, Notre Dame is standing with them and not our collective future.Tags: Climate change, Dakota Access Pipeline, dapl, Department of Energy, Donald Trump, environmental protection agency, EPAlast_img read more

The Lightning Thief, Starring Chris McCarrell, Will Play Off-Broadway

first_img Get ready to enter the world of Percy Jackson! Author Rick Riordan’s young adult fantasy novel, The Lightning Thief, is heading to the New York stage. Les Miz fresh face Chris McCarrell will headline the off-Broadway musical penned by Joe Tracz and Rob Rokicki. The Stephen Brackett-helmed production is set to begin performances at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on March 23. Opening night is slated for April 4.McCarrell made his Great White Way debut in Les Miserables, eventually going on to take over the role of Marius. His other stage credits include Pippin, Sweeney Todd, Next to Normal, Summer of ’42 and a musical version of Bubble Boy. McCarrell appears in Netflix’s The OA and was one of the Lost Boys in Peter Pan Live! on NBC.Riordan’s best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel The Lightning Thief follows Percy Jackson on a fantastical journey across the United States in search of Zeus’ lightning bolt. The story has been adapted into a film series with Chris Columbus at the helm and Logan Lerman playing the role of Jackson. A one-hour musical version has also been created; however, the forthcoming off-Broadway production includes two acts and a larger cast.The production will include choreography from Patrick McCollum, lighting design by David Lander, sets by Lee Savage, costumes by Sydney Maresca, sound design by Ryan Rumery and orchestrations from Deweese and Rokicki.Additional casting will be announced at a later date. The engagement is scheduled to run through May 6.  Chris McCarrell(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) The Lightning Thief Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on May 6, 2017center_img View Comments Related Shows Chris McCarrelllast_img read more

Leandro A. Vazquez named to Board of Trustees of Champlain College

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt. Leandro A. Vazquez of Charlotte has been named to the Board of Trustees of Champlain College. Vazquez is an investment manager specializing in the commodity hedge fund business and structured financial products. He works mainly with European markets. Vazquez is married to Amy P. Vazquez and they have two sons, Leandro Jr., 9, and Santiago, 6. Both attend Charlotte Central School.Vazquez attended the University of Vermont and is an alumnus of Lynn University. He is an active Vermonter who enjoys cycling, skiing, hiking, hunting and fishing.Vazquez is joining the board of a 130-year-old private college that offers professionally focused programs balanced by an integrated core curriculum. Champlain College has become recognized as a national leader in educating students to become skilled practitioners, effective professionals and global citizens. U.S.News America’s Best Colleges has again ranked Champlain in the top tier of the best baccalaureate colleges in the north.last_img read more

Liberty Mutual to stop insuring thermal coal projects

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Liberty Mutual Group Inc. will no longer accept underwriting risk for companies that derive more than 25% of their profit from the extraction or production of energy from thermal coal.Liberty Mutual announced Dec. 13 that in addition to an enhanced focus on environmental, social and governance issues, it will not make new investments in debt or equity securities of companies generating more than 25% of their revenues from thermal coal mining or utility companies that obtain more than 25% of their electricity production from thermal coal. Existing coverage and investments exceeding the threshold are to be phased out by 2023.“We understand the shift from coal to clean energy is a journey and we recognize the role the insurance industry plays in supporting that evolution for our customers,” said Francis Hyatt, Liberty Mutual’s first chief sustainability officer, whose appointment the company also announced Dec. 13.Environmental activists are leading campaigns to push the insurance and investment industry away from the coal sector. In a recent report showing the number of insurers pledging to abandon the coal sector doubled in 2019, members of the Unfriend Coal campaign said U.S. insurers were slower to adopt exclusionary coal policies than their European peers.Boston-based Liberty Mutual is among the world’s largest insurers of fossil fuel companies, according to the Insure Our Future Campaign, a movement backed by environmental activists including, Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network and the Sierra Club. Campaigners focused on insurance companies in the U.S. specifically targeted Liberty Mutual.Liberty Mutual is the 18th global insurance company to adopt restrictive coal policies, the release added.[Taylor Kuykendall]More ($): Liberty Mutual rolls out new coal exclusions; existing ties to phase out by 2023 Liberty Mutual to stop insuring thermal coal projectslast_img read more