Share this article Sri Lanka Navy Intercepts Two Multi-Day Trawlers Illegally Headed for Australia View post tag: Multi-Day Sri Lanka Navy intercepted 2 multi-day trawlers illegally headed for Australia 35 nautical miles south-east of Trincomalee in the early hours of July 10. The intercepted trawlers were brought to the Trincomalee harbor with 82 persons including 78 men, 2 women and 2 children onboard.The over-crowded trawlers with a large amount of provisions and personal belongings stacked inside were detected by 2 Fast Naval Patrol Craft attached to the Eastern Naval Command. The “passengers”, who had opted for the perilous journey, were in grave danger in the choppy seas due to prevailing adverse weather conditions when the timely interception was made by the Navy preventing a human tragedy.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 12, 2012; Image: Sri Lanka Navy View post tag: News by topic July 12, 2012 View post tag: For View post tag: Illegally View post tag: Intercepts View post tag: Australia View post tag: Sri View post tag: Naval View post tag: Trawlers View post tag: Lanka View post tag: Headed View post tag: two View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lanka Navy Intercepts Two Multi-Day Trawlers Illegally Headed for Australia
March 9, 2018 NSA Washington to conduct security assessment Back to overview,Home naval-today NSA Washington to conduct security assessment Share this article Authorities View post tag: Naval Support Activity Washington View post tag: NSAW Naval Support Activity Washington (NSAW) is to conduct its first final evaluation problem (FEP) from March 12 to 14, the US Navy informed. FEP is a tri-annual certification event assessing the command, control, communications and Navy Security Force on all US Navy installations.“Our primary mission objective as an installation command is to protect our base, tenants, and visitors. The final evaluation problem tests our ability, as a cohesive unit,” Capt. Jeff Draeger, NSAW Commanding Officer, explained.The certification, which was implemented for shore installations in fall of 2015, has three main checkpoints — command assessment of readiness and training (CART), regional assessment (RAS) and the final evaluation problem.NSAW’s FEP is an intensive three-day assessment that includes an admin day, an anti-terrorism force protection exercise at NSF Arlington and culminates with an integrated active shooter exercise on the Washington Navy Yard.The installation navy security force will respond to various scenarios that could include gate runners, suspicious packages, and/or alarm response. Plans include facilitating an active shooter exercise in conjunction with a cascading drill – multiple incidents in a row.
Tesco today unveiled its latest style store to the consumer – complete with a raft of new bakery options.Its new look 80,000 sq ft store in Watford features its latest food concepts all under the same roof for the first time including Giraffe, Harris + Hoole, Euphorium and The Bakery Project.British Baker revealed the trial of the Bakery Project earlier this year, which in conjunction with Euphorium, is looking at old classic recipes and dishes.The redevelopment of the store follows Tesco’s acquisition of Giraffe in March and its investment into other food businesses, as part of its strategy to develop the space in some of its larger stores.Chris Bush, UK managing director, said: “We’ve spoken a lot about our vision to create compelling retail destinations in our larger stores; places where customers come to spend time and meet their friends and family. Watford is the first store where many of our innovations and ideas have come together and it’s great to see it all under one roof.“Watford represents a fundamental change in the way that people are doing their shopping. More and more of our customers are shopping for leisure; they want to browse for clothes, eat a meal or grab a cup of coffee, as well as do their weekly shop. It offers us a glimpse into what stores of the future might look like and we’re really excited to be sharing that with our customers.”
Joseph Allen shakes his head over the fact that so many of the nation’s K-12 students are still attending some or all of their classes online due to COVID concerns. Allen, a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health associate professor of exposure science who runs the School’s Healthy Buildings Program, argued early on that last spring’s pivot to online learning showed the many ways in-person education is superior to online and that there are concrete, practical ways to manage health risks. But, he says, we’ve failed schoolchildren by letting community transmission remain so high that people are hesitant to reopen schools fully. Even then, he says, there are many communities that could bring kids back to school that aren’t doing so, with potentially devastating consequences to learning, socialization, nutrition, and other aspects of growing up fostered by the school environment. Allen shared his thoughts with the Gazette.Q&AJoseph AllenGAZETTE: We’re over a month into the reopening of schools and there have been outbreaks reported in many places, student parties causing concern, educational strategies switching from in-person to remote, and even Massachusetts’ governor urging communities with low transmission to switch to in-person learning. How do you think we are handling the return to school?ALLEN: We are failing. Kids out of school — and I’m talking about K-12 schools — is a national emergency, and it is not being treated as such. The conversation on schools has gotten very reductionist in terms of in-classroom risk. That risk is important, but it actually can be managed and very few are talking about the risks of kids being out of school.The consequences are devastating. We have virtual dropouts. We have major school districts in the U.S. where a third of the kids are not logging in every day. This spring, right here in Boston, 10,000 high school kids didn’t log in at all in the month of May. Kids are less social, and the learning is different. According to UNICEF, kids in school are less likely to suffer from abuse, neglect, exploitation, and violence. Over 30 million kids rely on schools for nutrition, so there are food-security issues. There’s a risk from COVID, but that can be managed in the classroom.That’s why I think we are failing. It’s not like it was a surprise that kids were going to go back to school in September. The second we closed schools in March, it should have been an urgent and national priority to figure out a plan for how to get them back. Instead, we opened things like bars, restaurants, and casinos, and now we have millions of kids who are not in school. We have kids who are totally unaccounted for.GAZETTE: So you believe that people are focused solely on the risk from COVID and ignoring the countervailing risk of kids losing education, with the associated harms?ALLEN: I’m not minimizing the risk from COVID, but it’s the reality that we know how to control risk in schools. If we put in measures like universal masking, better ventilation — which can mean opening up the windows, using portable air cleaners with HEPA [High Efficiency Particulate Air] filters — we know this can reduce risk. Schools also benefit in that the risk profile of kids is much different than [that of] adults. This virus hasn’t spared us in many ways, but in one, it has given us a break, and that is that kids are less likely to get this than adults. They’re much less likely to suffer severe consequences if they do get it, and there’s good evidence that suggests they transmit it less than adults. Risk is context-dependent, and we have to include those facts in our decision-making. There are devastating consequences from kids being out of school. This is a national emergency. That’s not overstating it. “Kids out of school — and I’m talking about K-12 schools — is a national emergency, and it is not being treated as such.” Healthy buildings expert outlines recommendations for school reopenings Chan School’s Allen looks at COVID-19 through healthy-building eyes GAZETTE: You made a suite of recommendations about how to safely reopen schools in a report at the beginning of the summer. Are there particular recommendations that are not being taken?ALLEN: We’ve worked with many schools and school districts and superintendents and teachers, and the schools we talked with are implementing, and I’ve heard stories from other schools that are taking our approach. What has been a challenge is that I hear things like, “Well, we can’t do that, we’re in an old building. Our systems are old.” The reality is there’s always something you can do. We presented almost step-by-step guides for how it can be done. If your ventilation system is older, can you pop open windows? Even just a couple of inches will give you four or five, six air changes per hour. In your unit ventilators, can you change the damper position so you bring in a bit more outdoor air? Can you upgrade to better filters so that it does a better job of filtering out any viral particles in the recirculated air? Some might say, “I’m in a classroom that’s interior and doesn’t have windows.” Well, you can use a portable air cleaner with a HEPA filter and get four or five, six air changes per hour using this relatively inexpensive tool.GAZETTE: Do you need special air cleaners designed to filter out viruses or is a HEPA filter good enough?ALLEN: I’ve been really careful to not recommend things that are going to cost a million dollars and take months to install. The portable air cleaners with the HEPA filters are tried-and-true technology. The science on how they work is really clear and decades deep. And it’s literally as simple as plugging one into the wall and turning it on. The filter captures 99.97 percent of particles at 0.3 microns. These filters are going to capture any airborne viral particles. So there’s always something you could do.We proposed this as a national strategy: Think about the billions we’re giving away in stimulus. How about a portable air cleaner in every classroom? It is a really cheap, inexpensive way to get our students back and keep risk low. This is a strategy that can work through the depths of winter in the Northeast, for example, when you can’t open your windows.We heard pushback that opening windows wasn’t a good strategy, so we went out in schools and showed that just opening windows a couple of inches and having a door open for the cross breeze can bring in a lot of fresh outdoor air. We wrote a five-step guide for how to assess classroom ventilation, and we pushed it out to everybody on our page. We built an online tool, a simple calculator, that you put in the dimensions of your classroom and [it] helps you pick a portable air cleaner that will be effective. We tried to simplify this and ensure that all solutions are grounded in evidence-based risk-reduction measures that we know can drive down risk in schools and help get kids back in. “When the metrics are met … but schools in some districts stay closed, I think that’s a problem.” ALLEN: It depends on what we prioritize as a society. Even if there was a surge, if we closed other aspects of the economy, I think we could keep schools open. But I don’t have a lot of confidence that would happen. I don’t know if there’s the will to do that.GAZETTE: Is in-person learning coast-to-coast a realistic goal?ALLEN: It’s not just a realistic goal, it has to be the goal. If we start with a goal that’s anything short of that, then then we’re not doing what’s needed, which is prioritizing schools. So it absolutely should be the goal. I think the president should be talking about this every day. I think everyone should be talking about this every day. I don’t think I’m exaggerating or overstating the case. Right now, occasionally we’ll see a case of COVID in a school that will make headlines. But you can predict the headlines we’re going to see in the coming months and years about kids who disappeared from the system, the virtual dropouts, the loss of learning, the loss of income, which we know happens when kids are left behind with schooling. The public health headlines in the coming years because schools are closed are entirely predictable, and they’re avoidable if we get our act together and prioritize reopening schools.GAZETTE: What about success stories? We hear about spikes. We hear about kids being lost. We don’t hear about schools that have successfully reopened and it’s mainly been OK. Are there examples out there? Are there a lot of examples out there?ALLEN: There are a lot of examples out there. In academia, we talk about publication bias, that a null finding is not that exciting; it doesn’t make the news, doesn’t catch anybody’s attention. But there were YMCAs open in New York City right through the peak of this in March and April and had no problems. There are many camps that were open this summer across the U.S. with no problems. I’ve worked with childcare centers in under-resourced communities that had to stay open through the spring because they care for the children of essential workers. No issues.The denominator is important here. We have a school with cases, and that’s important because we need to learn from that. We need to know what went wrong and why that’s happening. But if the denominator is massive — the number of places that aren’t having a problem — we need to learn from those, too. Why aren’t cases happening there? Is it about controls? Is it dumb luck? Is it about low community spread?GAZETTE: Do you have any final thoughts about what people should think about as we move into the colder weather?ALLEN: Use this time while the weather is mild to prepare for the depths of winter. Related Chan School’s Healthy Buildings Program leader expects biggest challenge will be compliance by all How masks and buildings can be barriers to the coronavirus A five-layered defense for workplace reopening Healthy buildings expert Joe Allen from the Chan School of Public Health weighs in on ways to help protect yourself from coronavirus GAZETTE: If you were to do your June guidelines over again now, knowing what you know now, knowing what people may be reluctant to do, would you offer a different way forward?ALLEN: I don’t think there’s anything we would change because the recommendations were grounded in the science on how we’re exposed and what control strategies work. Over the past couple of months that hasn’t changed. We’ve been clear on the need for universal masking — all the risk models say masks work, and they drive down risk. Disparities are widening for Black and brown communities. They’re widening for women, who are having to choose between work and their kids. A disproportionate burden of home life and homeschooling is falling on women.GAZETTE: Is it reasonable to expect us to get better with experience? And is there a particular area that you would recommend we focus on to get better?ALLEN: I think we’re going to get better. Medicine has gotten better. The medical communities have driven down risks to themselves when people get sick and come in. We’re learning each and every day. We’ve been in warmer weather and have gotten the benefit from time outdoors and indoors with windows open. Kids, when they socialize out of school, it’s at the park; it’s at the playground; it’s on a field. But as it gets colder, everybody moves indoors. My concern is that schools that haven’t put in these rigorous strategies or haven’t paid attention to things like ventilation and filtration could have a problem. If you look at all the outbreak data, they all have a couple of things in common: no masking, low to no ventilation, and time indoors. So, as we move into the winter, if schools don’t have kids in masks and they have not paid attention to ventilation and filtration, that leads to higher risk. For schools whose students have their masks on, and that have put in the controls, and are meeting air-exchange targets — either through ventilation or filtration — that gives me a lot more confidence. I should also say that what is key here — and we said this early on — is that we have to make sure community spread is low. If community spread is low, any one person is less likely to have it. If it’s a kid going into school, schoolkids are less likely to get it; they’re less likely to transmit it, and less likely to die from it. So we have to drive down community transmission and prioritize school reopening over other aspects of the economy: opening bars and restaurants and casinos.GAZETTE: So if we have to sacrifice, school should be the priority?ALLEN: What’s our job in this country? It’s to educate and care for the next generation. Also the economy doesn’t restart when kids and parents are home. And, when they’re both home, you don’t quite have people working, and you don’t quite have kids learning.GAZETTE: How do we know if community transmission is low enough? Here in Massachusetts, we’ve had an uptick in cases in recent weeks. Are the state guidelines — which say towns in the red level of transmission shouldn’t open in person — in concert with your own feelings to open as soon as you can?ALLEN: I think that Massachusetts is doing a really nice job. And I also largely agree with the metrics that are in place. When community spread is low, kids should be back in school. There’s a lot of agreement between the public health community, epidemiologists, building scientists, engineers, and educators on the importance of getting kids back to school and on what controls need to be in place.When the metrics are met, as they have been in Massachusetts, but schools in some districts stay closed, I think that’s a problem. If they don’t open when community spread is low and the weather has been perfect for the past two months and school and the buildings are ready, when will they open? In some ways, I feel like we squandered the two nicest months of the year for learning. It has been a time when all the windows could definitely be open, where classes can be held outside or on a walk or on a ball field. I think schools that have stayed closed have made a mistake.GAZETTE: Can the current school setup — current practices — withstand a fall/winter surge? Or do you see it forcing us to take steps back? 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The Campus Life Council (CLC) met Monday afternoon for a presentation and discussion on the Green Dot program, a violence prevention strategy that seeks to change the culture of communities, such as a college campus. The CLC provides a forum for students, rectors and administrators to discuss matters that are affecting students affairs and includes two subcommittees: diversity inclusion and alcohol culture.Christine Gebhardt, director of the gender relations center (GRC), offered an overview of the program to council members. She said the program promotes an effective model that focuses on the gradual change of culture.“Change does not occur with one huge event,” Gebhardt said. “Oftentimes, history will point back to a huge turning point as an event, but it can actually trace back the little ripples that created a tidal wave to try to change something.”The Green Dot program has two cultural norms, Gebhardt said. These are important because as the culture changes, there shouldn’t be as great of a need for bystander intervention.“Not only do we need to look at what happens at parties on Friday nights and help you guys become great bystanders, but more importantly we need to create a culture that when students come to our campus, they know violence is not okay and that everyone needs to do their part to send the message about our new cultural norms,” she said. Gebhardt said Green Dot stresses the importance of changing the culture, one decision at a time, until it becomes the norm without prompts. “The point where people do something because of the culture around it is the point called critical mass,” she said. “We’ll know that we’ve changed our culture when 15 percent of our student body have been bystander trained by Green Dot. When we have 15 percent, we will have hit critical mass, which indicates enough people have bought into the message and are willing to live out the message.”Council members discussed the program after Gebhardt’s presentation, highlighting the assets of the model. Senior Chizo Ekechukwu, diversity council representative, said she liked the Green Dot model because it did not demand students to change as much in their daily lives.“I think this applies directly to both of our subcommittees, especially alcohol culture,” she said. “It’s a thing we can all do daily and over the weekend, making sure we’re taking care of people and not just saying we’re going to completely fix the problem right now, but thinking of changing in small ways first and things that are easier to do if people aren’t sure how to help.” Gebhardt said the Green Dot program is most effective when it’s accepted by a large population. “It doesn’t become one group’s initiative, it becomes a message of a community,” she said. “No one has to do everything, but everyone has to do something.” Tags: Campus Life Council, Gender Relations Center, Green Dot, Student government
JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist joined WNYNewsNow’s Justin Gould Tuesday to talk about the city’s Coronavirus containment efforts and its effects on the city.See the above video or click here to watch the interview. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
105SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dean Young Dean Young leads PSCU’s strategic direction on how to best leverage the cooperative’s scale to advocate on behalf of the credit union industry. He works collaboratively with key … Web: pscu.com Details The entire payments industry has seen a substantial increase in fraud losses over the past decade. Thanks to EMV technology, we can expect to see card present fraud dramatically decrease. That’s the good news.Now the bad news:In order for this technology to reach its full fraud preventing potential, something significant is going to have to transpire between all members of the payments’ ecosystem – something that unfortunately isn’t happening fast enough.The BackstoryIn addition to highly publicized security breaches at major retailers, skimming to steal card information at swipe locations and then cloning magnetic stripe cards to use at retailers has increased over the last 10 years.Unlike the magnetic strip on the back of the card which cannot be updated with purchase information, the EMV chip keeps track of each transaction and transmits information to the reader for processing. Whereas the traditional magnetic stripe cards were relatively easy to copy, this two-way communication makes EMV cards much more difficult to clone.Credit unions, banks, payment processors and card issuers have invested countless dollars and other resources getting EMV technology in the hands of consumers prior to last month’s EMV liability shift deadline. For its part, PSCU has been issuing EMV cards to its credit union Member-Owners for more than four years. Our EMV deployment strategy went far beyond ordering new chip cards. We conducted EMV educational forums across the country, as well as armed our credit union members with best practices for encouraging member adoption and usage. To date, PSCU member credit unions have issued over 2.8 million EMV-enabled credit cards. More than half of all PSCU credit unions have issued EMV credit cards to their members and several hundred more are at some point in the process. And more than 200 are in the process of converting to EMV debit cards.Today’s LandscapeTo date, a large percentage of retailers, smaller chains and independent stores in particular, have resisted the EMV shift because of significant upfront costs and the disruption to their operations. They’ve lagged behind despite having the same amount of time to update their payment acceptance and processing technology as all other players in the payment processing cycle.Many retailers have either not yet replaced their credit card terminals or have not enabled the new EMV features. If consumers use their new EMV credit cards in the old terminals, the merchant will now bear the cost for any fraud that occurs as a result. An even greater concern is that fraudsters will target stores without EMV-enabled terminals since they can continue using their proven method of skimming. Upgrading and enabling these terminals is critical. Without it, little will be done in terms of reducing card present fraud and identity theft.The deadline was intended to motivate merchants to adopt EMV. Instead, merchants opted to spend their time lobbying the government to mandate PIN transactions, which cost them less than signature transactions. So perhaps the recent outcry from merchants about needing more time to implement EMV terminals is actually more about lowering interchange costs, which mandating a PIN would likely accomplish.The Road AheadRather than spending their time on tactics that distract from the real issue, merchants would be better off investing their time and resources into making the necessary updates to payment acceptance and processing technology.Although EMV is not a magic bullet, adopting new technology to prevent fraud requires complete participation from all parties in the payments loop. If there are any gaps in the process, it’s a safe bet that criminals will capitalize on them until they are closed. New and emerging authentication techniques such as tokenization, biometrics and other forms of encryption promise to add even more strength in the fight against fraud. But the payments ecosystem will not maximize the potential of EMV fraud mitigation technology or any other emerging technologies until all participants are equally engaged.To truly mitigate payment card fraud, all of the players in the payment processing cycle – merchants included – need to come together and move forward with implementing EMV technology.
There is no penalty for taking the third option and canceling housing. The third option is to enroll in remote courses and cancel housing. Students will not have to pay any costs if they wish to quarantine at the Quality Inn. However, the university says it will not cover expenses for self-quarantining at other locations off campus. The university is giving students three options: VESTAL (WBNG) — Binghamton University students who are traveling from a state on New York’s quarantine list must self-quarantine for two weeks before moving into their campus residence. The first option is students must comply with the governor’s mandate and complete the quarantine on their own. The second option is students must comply with the governor’s mandate and self-quarantine at the Quality Inn, located across from the university. This is the university’s designated self-quarantining location. For more information about Move-In Day, click here.
An Australian boy with dwarfism who was bullied to the point he wanted to “die right now” has received a deluge of celebrity messages and donations for a trip to Disneyland.A video of nine-year-old Quaden Bayles uploaded to Facebook by his mother showed him crying and repeatedly saying he wanted to die after being bullied at school.9 year old wanting to commit suicide due to being bullied. 💔💔💔🥺 pic.twitter.com/DysTrmlaiD— YouDontNeedToKnowMyName (@S11E11B11A) February 20, 2020The clip had been watched more than 16 million times by Friday and the boy’s mother, Yarraka Bayles, said she was sharing it to raise awareness of the impact bullying was having on her child. Topics : “I’ve got a son that is suicidal almost every single day,” she says in the footage.Support for the boy built as the video spread online, and a GoFundMe page started by US comedian Brad Williams had raised over $150,000 to give Bayles a trip to Disneyland in California by Friday.”This isn’t just for Quaden, this is for anyone who has been bullied in their lives and told they weren’t good enough,” Williams, who was also born with achondroplasia — the most common type of dwarfism — wrote on the fundraiser page.Williams said extra funds would be given to anti-bullying charities. Australian actor Hugh Jackman and NBA player Enes Kanter were among the hundreds of thousands posting support for Bayles.”Quaden you are stronger than you know, mate. And no matter what, you have a friend in me,” Jackman said in a video posted to his Twitter account.Quaden – you’ve got a friend in me. #BeKind @LokelaniHiga https://t.co/8dr3j2z8Sy pic.twitter.com/jyqtZYC953— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) February 20, 2020Bayles will also lead the Indigenous All-Stars out onto the field in their rugby league clash with the Maori All Stars in Queensland on Saturday.
Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 7 May 2019 4:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link29Shares Comment Ryan Fraser has been heavily linked with a summer transfer to Arsenal from Bournemouth (Picture: Getty)Ryan Fraser admits there is a ‘good chance’ he will remain at Bournemouth and see out his contract, despite interest from Arsenal.Unai Emery is expected to oversee a major summer overhaul with several of the club’s biggest earners likely to leave and the Spaniard targeting up to five new signings.The former Sevilla manager was keen to add a player who could offer a goalscoring threat from wide positions in January but was able only to secure the services of Denis Suarez on loan from Barcelona.Suarez has already returned to his parent club following a groin injury having failed to make a single start for Arsenal. The Gunners had been hopeful of engineering a deal for Fraser, who has scored seven goals and registered 14 assists this term, but the Scotland international admits he is yet to make a definitive decision on his future.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Denis Suarez has returned to Barcelona without making a single start for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘I’ve got a year left,’ he said. There’s a very good chance I’ll be here next season.‘If that’s that then I’m going to try my best as I always do and I’ll enjoy it. I love the group here and the fans. There’s no bad side to what’s happening.‘There’s a good chance I’ll be here next season and I’ll try and beat my assists record next season as well.’Asked if the recent speculation regarding his future has been a distraction, he added: ‘Not at all.‘I just love playing football so I just go and play football. I go out on the pitch and try my best and that’s all anyone can do.‘There’s no point in putting stress on yourself or burdens. If you’re going out to enjoy football, what’s the worst that can happen? You have a bad game.‘There’s a lot of things worse in the world than that.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Arsenal transfer target Ryan Fraser provides major update on his future Advertisement