USS Laboon Halfway through COMPTUEX

first_img View post tag: Naval USS Laboon Halfway through COMPTUEX January 21, 2015 Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Laboon Halfway through COMPTUEX View post tag: Halfway View post tag: americas View post tag: through View post tag: Theodore Roosevelt The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) is halfway through Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) in preparation for an upcoming scheduled deployment.Laboon left Naval Station Norfolk Jan. 6, and its crew has stayed busy over the last 14 days with exercises involving visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS), routine flight operations, electronic warfare and counter-targeting.Laboon’s 1st Lieutenant, Ensign Joseph Lillie, said:COMPTUEX is a great opportunity to put into practice all of the training we have received during the basic phase over the past 12 months. There is no question that our ship is better prepared for deployment because of the work we are doing out here.Led by Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 4, COMPTUEX is an exercise designed to evaluate the mission-readiness of deployable assets as it relates to their ability to react to training scenarios and perform as an integrated unit.Laboon is scheduled to finish COMPTUEX in early February, following the successful completion of operational training evolutions, such as scheduled live-fire exercises. Upon successful completion of COMPTUEX, Laboon would be certified to deploy to provide an overseas forward presence maintaining maritime security abroad.The TRCSG consists of the staff of Carrier Strike Group 12, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2, and her ships the guided-missile destroyers USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), USS Forest Sherman (DDG 98) and USS Farragut (DDG 99).Laboon and USS McFaul (DDG 74) are participating in the TRCSG COMPTUEX as independent deployers.Press release, Image: US Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic Authorities View post tag: USS Laboon View post tag: COMPTUEX Share this articlelast_img read more

Statement to Parliament: Foreign Secretary updates the House of Commons on the death of Jamal Khashoggi

first_imgDeputy Speaker, with your permission I will make a statement on the death of Jamal Khashoggi.From the moment that he was reported missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, extremely disturbing reports emerged about his fate.On Friday, we received confirmation that Mr Khashoggi had indeed suffered a violent death, and the Saudi foreign minister has since described it as murder.The government condemns his killing in the strongest possible terms. Today the thoughts and prayers of the whole House are with his fiancée, his family and his friends, who were left to worry for more than 2 weeks, only to have their worst fears confirmed.After his disappearance, the government made clear that Saudi Arabia must cooperate with Turkey and conduct a full and credible investigation. Anyone found responsible for any offence must be held fully accountable.But on top of our concerns about the appalling brutality involved lie 2 other points. Firstly, Mr Khashoggi’s horrific treatment was inflicted by people who work for a government with whom we have close relations.And secondly, as well as being a critic of the Saudi government, he was also a journalist.At the time of his death, Mr Khashoggi wrote for the Washington Post and had contributed to the Guardian. Because in this country we believe in freedom of expression and a free media, the protection of journalists who are simply doing their jobs is of paramount concern.On 9 October, I conveyed this message to the Saudi Ambassador in person and to the Saudi Foreign Minister by telephone. I instructed the British Ambassador in Riyadh to emphasise our strength of feeling to the Saudi government at every level.Last week my Right Honourable Friend the International Trade Secretary cancelled his attendance at a forthcoming conference in Riyadh. On 17 October I met Fred Ryan, the Chief Executive of the Washington Post, and I spoke again to the Saudi Foreign Minister this weekend.On Friday, the Saudi government released the preliminary findings of their investigation. They later announced the arrest of 18 people and the sacking of 2 senior officials, which is an important start to the process of accountability.But I will say frankly to the House that the claim that Mr Khashoggi died in a fight does not amount to a credible explanation. There remains an urgent need to establish exactly what happened on 2 October and thereafter.The incident happened on Turkish soil, so it is right that the investigation is being led by the government of Turkey.They now need to establish who authorised the dispatch of 15 officials from Saudi Arabia to Turkey; when the government in Riyadh first learned of Mr Khashoggi’s death; what became of the body; why there was a delay in allowing Turkish investigators to enter the Consulate; and why it took until 19 October to disclose that Mr Khashoggi had died 17 days earlier.This matters because only after a full investigation will it be possible to apportion responsibility and ensure that any crimes are punished following proper due process.Last week I spoke to both my French and German counterparts and the House will have noticed the strong statement jointly released yesterday by Britain, France and Germany.The actions Britain and our allies take will depend on 2 things: firstly the credibility of the final explanation given by Saudi Arabia, and secondly on our confidence that such an appalling episode cannot – and will not – be repeated. We will of course wait for the final outcome of the investigation before making any decisions.Honourable Members know that we have an important strategic partnership with Saudi Arabia involving defence and security cooperation which has saved lives on the streets of Britain. We also have a trading partnership that supports thousands of jobs.But whilst we will be thoughtful and considered in our response, I have also been clear that if the appalling stories we are reading turn out to be true, they are fundamentally incompatible with our values and we will act accordingly.Indeed such reports are also incompatible with Saudi Arabia’s own stated goal of progress and renewal. That is why the extent to which Saudi Arabia is able to convince us that it remains committed to that progress will ultimately determine the response of the UK and its allies – and we will continue to convey our strength of feeling on the issue to every level of the Saudi leadership.In his final column, published in the Washington Post after his death, Jamal Khashoggi lamented the lack of freedom of expression in the Arab world.Let us make sure that the lessons learned and actions taken following his death at least progress and honour his life’s work.I commend this statement to the House.last_img read more

Rising Star Brad Parsons Shares New Single “Stay Close” [Premiere]

first_imgOnce people get the chance to see Brad Parsons, the Portland-based singer-songwriter, they don’t easily forget him. As an Artist-At-Large for both Winter WonderGrass and the Northwest String Summit this year, Parsons has been enrapturing audiences across the country with his almost-unreal powerhouse of a voice and his genre-bending blend of psychedelic rock and Americana. And, it’s not just his steadily growing fan base that knows that he’s got something special going on. The former member of Horse Feathers gets a lot of love from other musicians, including being tapped as a special guest for Fruition for last year’s Jam Cruise.To get folks excited about the upcoming debut of his new full-length album, Hold True, in January, Parsons is previewing a track off it, “Stay Close,” before it becomes available to the public on digital stores tomorrow. The bluesy song showcases Brad’s soulful vocals and skills on the guitar and keys, and also features Fruition’s Tyler Thompson on drums and vocals, Jeff Leonard on bass, and Jay Cobb Anderson on electric guitar.Listen to the previously unreleased track, “Stay Close,” below.Make sure to keep an eye out for the full release of his album, Hold True, which features members of Fruition, Trout Steak Revival, and the Drunken Hearts.In addition to a tour in the works to accompany the album drop, friends in the Pacific Northwest can check Brad Parsons out with the Lil’ Smokies and Head for the Hills tonight at the Star Theater in Portland. He and the Lil’ Smokies will continue onto the Green Frog in Bellingham, WA on Friday and the Tractor Tavern in Seattle, WA on Saturday.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s supports ‘harassment-free community’

first_imgAfter race-related graffiti was found on campus, Saint Mary’s affirmed its mission to foster an inclusive atmosphere, according to an email College President Jan Cervelli sent to the community Nov. 21.In the email, Cervelli said students should vocalize opposition to injustice they may encounter on campus.“Hate- and bias-related incidents, including race-related graffiti that occurred on campus this past weekend, are an affliction that undermines the mission of higher education,” Cervelli said. “For the vast majority of Saint Mary’s faculty, staff, students and administrators who detest such behavior, our community needs your help. Please speak out against injustice, racism and bigotry, and, especially, reach out to support those among us who suffer from their effects to remind them of their place as valued members of the Saint Mary’s family.”A Saint Mary’s education emphasizes the importance of interacting with individuals of different backgrounds and life experiences, Cervelli said in the email.“We all share the obligation to uphold Saint Mary’s mission ‘to bring together women of different nations, cultures and races,’” she said. “To do so successfully requires respectful engagement with each other. Such diversity enhances the educational experience for all students, instilling a deeper sense of understanding of all people and putting into practice a central tenet of the Catholic character … respect for the dignity of all people.”Cervelli said the College will respond to instances of racism in a timely fashion to preserve an inclusive campus environment, as outlined in Saint Mary’s policy prohibiting discriminatory harassment against students.“Saint Mary’s is also committed to providing an environment free from unlawful discrimination, harassment or retaliation,” Cervelli said. “As such, Saint Mary’s does not tolerate, and specifically prohibits, any kind of unlawful discrimination or harassment by a member of the College community. Saint Mary’s takes prompt and appropriate action to address such conduct and to end a hostile environment if one has been created.”Tags: Discrimination, Harassment, harassment-free community, President Jan Cervelli, Racismlast_img read more

Interview with Trinidad and Tobago Chief of Defence, Brigadier General Roland Maunday:

first_img The Caribbean Nations Security Conference, co-hosted by the United States Southern Command and Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain in February 2011, focused on countering illicit trafficking. Diálogo spoke with Trinidad and Tobago Chief of Defence and conference co-host, Brigadier General Roland Maunday, to discuss this topic and other threats affecting the region such as the spread of criminal gangs. DIÁLOGO: What are the main security concerns for Trinidad and Tobago at this time? BRIDADIER GEN. ROLAND MAUNDAY: Like most of the islands of the Caribbean, our problems relate to drugs, guns and ammunition, and the porous borders that we have throughout the region. We need to secure our borders as best as we can, so that we can stem the flow of illicit trafficking across borders of people and drugs. Arms and ammunition play a critical part in crime in Trinidad and Tobago, and as a result, if we are able to stop guns and ammunition from coming here, we may be able stem the level of crime that we have. Because gangs use these weapons, and if you don’t fuel gangs with fire power to fight against one another, we may be able to stabilize the crime situation. DIÁLOGO: What can the Armed Forces do to counter this problem? BRIDADIER GEN. ROLAND MAUNDAY: First of all, it’s not really an Armed Forces responsibility. It is a joint responsibility between the Armed Forces and law enforcement. What the Armed Forces bring to the fight is an ability to conduct surveillance on our borders, an ability to bring a particular level of expertise that will add to the law enforcement capabilities in the areas where we will probably assist in fighting the war against crime. We have been able to bring to bear the maritime forces, land forces, and air forces inter capabilities in a joint system. That allows us to fight against this together. DIÁLOGO: Many countries in the region are discussing whether the Armed Forces should be granted law enforcement authorities to tackle this problem. Would that solve the problem in your opinion? BRIDADIER GEN. ROLAND MAUNDAY: No, it won’t. The fight against crime requires a different strategy. And in each island state and each nation, each strategy is going to be different. Because our cultures are different, our behavior is different. So I think it’s important for us to understand what will be the best strategy for us to use. I’ve been sitting with the Commissioner of Police together with Customs officials, and we are attempting to put together a strategy that helps us look at the borders, the internal issues, and all the other issues that affect us as a country. Giving me additional powers as a police man will not solve the problem. What you need to do is to use our existing capabilities to the best of our knowledge. DIÁLOGO: Are you looking at an interagency approach within Trinidad and Tobago? BRIDADIER GEN. ROLAND MAUNDAY: That’s precisely what it is: a joint interagency approach to fighting crime. Each one of use brings into the mix a particular level of expertise that we can utilize to our benefit. We have been working together with Customs and with Immigration and have been able to find ways to do information sharing. Our intelligence has been very much enhanced, and those are the types of capabilities that you need to have if you’re going to fight crime. DIÁLOGO: What are the benefits of working with other regional partners and the United States to tackle illicit traffic? BRIDADIER GEN. ROLAND MAUNDAY: The Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, which in itself is tied to the Merida Initiative, has been very successful. What we are hoping is that, like the Merida Initiative, we will be able to come together as countries of the Caribbean and of the Hemisphere and find a way for us to create levels of interoperability across our forces. What I mean is that there should be some standardization on the way we do business. We all have different cultures and everything in our own countries is different, but across the Caribbean we all have the same problem. Therefore, there’s a mutual understanding on what it is we need to deal with and I’m hoping that the United States, Canada, the U.K. and countries like those are able to provide the resources that will reduce crime. Small states in the Caribbean do not have the kind of resource power that our brothers in Europe and North America have. DIÁLOGO: What resources specifically are you thinking of? BRIDADIER GEN. ROLAND MAUNDAY: I’m talking about Air, Maritime and Land forces. We are also speaking of the development of the human resource. The expertise that they can bring to us that we need — expertise that assists us to detect and suppress. DIÁLOGO: What is your forecast for the success of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative? Do you believe there are other measures which can be taken to deal with these issues? BRIDADIER GEN. ROLAND MAUNDAY: I was involved in some of the discussions regarding the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative when I was in Washington D.C. a year and a half ago, and it is very clinically put together. It is effectively written. We have an understanding of what is required of that Initiative. But more so, there’s an agenda that has been set for 2011. If they follow the particular agenda they have set, I feel each series of discussion will bring about decisions that will be beneficial to us all. Can we do anything else? Yes, we can keep talking. We can keep talking, but at the end of the day what we need to do is to put those talks into action. DIÁLOGO: What would Trinidad and Tobago bring to the table? What would be your contribution to these efforts, specifically? BRIDADIER GEN. ROLAND MAUNDAY: Trinidad and Tobago has remained and has always been one of the lead countries in security throughout the Caribbean. I think we should continue to bring our level of leadership. We should be able to bring to the table our learning and our own level of expertise, and as a strong country within the hemisphere, we should be able to bring everyone along with us. There is a need for us to fight crime as one body, rather than as separate entities throughout the Caribbean. DIÁLOGO: Is there anything else you would like to add? BRIDADIER GEN. ROLAND MAUNDAY: Yes. We are going to fight crime to the end! The Defense Force together with Police Service does not have an easy task. We are walking into new territory, new areas, so there’s a whole new learning process that we have to take on board. In addition to that, we must not stem the tide of the particular kind of growth I’m looking for. That’s the institutional growth. We must also recognize that there’s a need for us to maintain a relationship between our regional partners, our hemisphere partners, and any new partners who are willing to give us advice to use in the fight against crime. By Dialogo March 31, 2011last_img read more

Mastic, Huntington Armed Home Invasions Probed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating two armed home invasions one day apart last week, including one case in which the victim was pistol-whipped.Three suspects forced their way into a Meadowmere Avenue home in Mastic, where one of the assailants hit the victim in the face with a handgun before the trio stole cash and fled the scene at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.That case came a day after two men entered a Tanyard Lane home in Huntington, flashed a gun and demanded drugs and money from a victim inside at 3:30 p.m. Friday, police said. The victim said he didn’t have any money or drugs, and the suspects left empty handed, police said.There was no description of the suspects nor were arrests made in either case. The Mastic victim suffered non-life threatening injuries. Detectives are continuing the investigations.last_img read more

How today’s credit union leader can excel in a rapidly changing financial arena

first_imgWith a new crop of credit union leaders taking the helm of our industry, a myriad of leadership strategies and practices are quite the valuable commodity today. It only behooves our new presidents and CEOs to explore as much wisdom in this area as possible to keep our industry on its current profitable tack.That said, we invited Sensei Leader Jim Bouchard on the program to provide the same sage wisdom he doles out during his many credit union-focused keynotes each year. An accomplished black belt in martial arts, Jim looks at leadership as being extremely flexible in today’s ever-changing environment — being tough yet compassionate to weather any circumstance this industry can deliver. continue reading » 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

NAFCU preparation in FCC suit moves forward

first_imgNAFCU on Friday filed its statement of issues for its suit against the Federal Communications Commission regarding autodialed calls to account holders, detailing the issues the association may address in its joint brief with other petitioners.Last month, a federal appeals court judge ruled that NAFCU could enter a suit challenging the FCC’s order on Telephone Consumer Protection Act prohibitions on autodialed calls. The joint brief in which NAFCU will participate will be filed Dec. 2.The association filed its motion to intervene in September and has now become a party in the petition filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce seeking a review of the FCC order. The order responds to 19 petitions from various businesses and organizations that, among other things, sought clarification of FCC rule changes under TCPA that took effect in 2013. continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Asia stocks set to rise on upbeat data, focus on China PMI

first_imgAsian markets were poised to follow Wall Street’s firm lead on Tuesday as the sentiment boost from upbeat US data outweighed the threat of rising COVID-19 infections in the world’s largest economy.Investors cheered strong US housing data that showed a bounce back in home sales, and are anticipating positive jobs data later this week as the US jobs numbers are expected to tick up as people head back to work.“Overnight moves in markets were not large but one does get the distinct impression that markets have got it both ways – with equities rallying on rebounding data and bonds rallying on dismal COVID-19 news,” said ANZ Research analyst Rahul Khare. Australian S&P/ASX 200 futures rose 1.15 percent while Japan’s Nikkei 225 futures ticked up 0.11 percent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index futures climbed 0.62 percent.In Asia, investor focus will be on China’s official purchasing managers’ index (PMI), which is expected to show factory activity grew for a fourth straight month in June albeit at a slower pace, raising concerns the recovery in the world’s second-largest economy may be stalling.A recent resurgence in coronavirus infections had caused some investors to doubt the strength of a rebound in global economic activity.However, gains in equities, long-term yields, and oil futures suggest the majority of investors remain optimistic about the long-term prospects for growth. Confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide rose past 10 million and deaths surpassed 500,000 on over the weekend. The bulk of new cases were reported in the United States and Latin America, stoking fears that the outbreak could stall economic recoveries just as lockdowns begin to ease.MSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe rose 0.72 percent during Monday trading fueled by gains on Wall Street. On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 2.32 percent, the S&P 500 gained 1.47 percent and the Nasdaq Composite added 1.2 percent.US Treasuries were little changed after Monday trading as the intervention by the Federal Reserve Bank kept yields stable.In currency markets, the dollar held onto gains against the yen and the Swiss franc as the recent increase in coronavirus cases supported safe-haven demand for the greenback.China’s yuan held steady at 7.0752 per dollar in the offshore market as traders braced for China’s PMI.In oil markets, Brent crude contracts were unchanged at US$41.71 per barrel.Topics :last_img read more

Tegal deputy speaker hosts crowded dangdut concert, flouting virus protocols

first_imgTegal Legislative Council (DPRD) deputy speaker Wasmad Edi Susilo held a dangdut concert in the Central Java city on Wednesday that attracted a huge crowd in violation of COVID-19 protocols.The concert, held in South Tegal Field, was reportedly to celebrate a marriage and a circumcision in Wasmad’s family. Before the concert took place, a pamphlet promoting the event went viral on social media.Thousands of people gathered in front of a stage equipped with a large sound system and big screens, kompas.com reported. Audience members did not maintain their distance, and many were not wearing masks. South Tegal Police head Comr. Joeharno said the organizers had applied for a permit but had said the event would have a limited number of guests.After learning that the event had attracted a big crowd, the police revoked the permit.“This means that their action was against the law because they did not comply with the initial permit proposed,” Joeharno said, adding that they had agreed not to have the police or military guard the event.Read also: Bogor regent to report Rhoma Irama over alleged PSBB violation after local performance But the police did not disband the event.“We couldn’t get close to the site considering we did not have enough personnel. Besides, we felt it would be unethical to go on stage to forcibly stop them,” he said.Tegal Police Chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Rita Wulandari Wibowo said the police were summoning the organizers for questioning. She said the police would not issue permits for similar activities in the future.Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said he had called Tegal Mayor Dedi Yon Supriyono to reprimand him for holding the event. Dedi had apologized, he said.“We need sensitivity from leaders. [Events] like that are being limited, not totally prohibited. Let’s adapt. If we ignore [regulations], people will act irresponsibly,” Ganjar said.Ganjar said he regretted that a DPRD executive had held such an event and that Wasmad had set a poor example for members of the community. (syk)Topics :last_img read more