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Russia to build more, improved, landing ships: shipbuilder

first_img View post tag: Ivan Gren-class View post tag: RussianNavy View post tag: Project 11711 Photo: Ivan Gren during sea trials. Photo: Yantar The Russian Navy will order a number of additional Project 11711 landing ships, the head of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) said this week.USC CEO Alexei Rakhmanov said a decision to order an additional two or three modified Ivan Gren-class landing ships had been made, according to a TASS report.A contract for the construction any additional vessels in the class is yet to be signed, however.The announcement comes after the lead ship in the class ‘Ivan Gren’ was commissioned in June this year and a second ship was launched in May 2018. Previous reports from Russia said the navy did not intend to build additional ships in the class as it was plagued by design faults and engine problems.The follow-on landing ships will feature revised hulls, the CEO further said without providing additional details.Ivan Gren-class landing ships are built to replace the old Project 1171 Alligator-class LSTs. Project 11711 ships displace between 5,000 and 6,000 tons, and carry up to 13 main battle tanks or 36 armored personnel carriers. The second ship in the class, Petr Morgunov, is expected to be delivered to the navy by the end of this year. Share this article View post tag: Yantarlast_img read more

May 4, 2021 0

Tesco sees profit plunge

first_imgBritain’s biggest supermarket chain Tesco this morning reported a fall in half-year profits for the first time in around two decades.Pre-tax profit for the six months to 25 August was £1.7bn, down 11.6% from the same period last year.The retailer is in the middle of a £1bn investment programme to improve its stores in the UK, which was announced by chief executive Philip Clarke in April.Earlier this year Clarke revealed a six-point plan to overhaul the supermarket, which includes a scheme to grow its workforce by some 8,000 people.This morning, Clarke explained: “We continue to act decisively to tackle challenges and seize opportunities across the group. In April, I set out our plans to ‘Build a Better Tesco’ in the UK.“We have been hard at work and I am encouraged by our customers’ initial responses to the changes we have made – but there is much more to be done. I am pleased that the team is in place, highly focused and energised, and I want to thank them for everything they have done.”He concluded that the external environment “continues to present challenges” all over the world.last_img read more

April 20, 2021 0

Households prepare to cut back this Christmas

first_imgHouseholds are planning and budgeting harder than previous years, according to research conducted by Asda.The supermarket chain’s Asda Mumdex revealed that 33% of mums purchased presents for this Christmas in the January sales earlier this year. One in three stated that they won’t be purchasing presents for adults, instead choosing to focus on their children.The brand also anticipates an increase in online shopping. The Asda Mumdex, consisting of over 5,500 Asda mums, showed that ‘convenience shopping’ is a top priority as over half are planning to do more shopping online. A 14% increase on last year, 38% say that will make use of click & collect services.According to the figures, Asda revealed that 20% of shoppers are already making use of the Asda Christmas Savings Card. The card allows customers to save while they shop. Last year Asda paid out more than £1m in bonuses to customers.Families are also planning on saving money by not purchasing Christmas decorations. Cards have also fallen in importance, with 6% of mums who bought cards last year saying they won’t for 2013.Stephen Smith, chief marketing officer at Asda said: “Christmas is a really special time of year for our customers, but the strain of the festive season can be a lot to carry. Last year mums told us they were cutting back, but this year it’s all about planning and budgeting.“To help make Christmas a little less stressful and even more convenient, we’re expecting a record number of mums to do their Christmas shop online this year.”last_img read more

April 20, 2021 0

Timed With Baseball’s Spring Training, Inaugural Innings Festival Drops Heavy-Hitting Lineup

first_imgOn March 25th through 28th of 2018, the inaugural Innings Festival will take over Tempe Beach Park & Arts Park in Tempe, Arizona, for three days. The festival appeals to both music lovers and baseball fans alike, as the festival coincides with the MLB‘s Spring Training. In addition to headlining performances by Chris Stapleton, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Avett Brothers, and Counting Crows, the festival will see performances by The Head and the Heart, The Decemberists, Dispatch, Cold War Kids, Lord Huron, Citizen Cope, Eagles of Death Metal, and more.In keeping with the baseball theme of the event, Innings Festival will also host culinary demos with Chef Beau MacMillan and professional baseball players in addition to a number of other family-friendly activities. You can purchase tickets here, with tickets for the inaugural Innings Festival dropping this Friday at 10 am (PST). Check out the full lineup below.last_img read more

March 2, 2021 0

Students, administrators reflect on state of University Health Services

first_imgTwo weeks before finals in the spring of his junior year, senior Brian Pulawski fell off his skateboard and landed on his hand with his thumb bent underneath it.He continued on to class, assuming the injury was no more than a sprain. However, by the time his 75-minute Biochemistry class had ended, his hurt thumb had swollen to twice the size of the other, and he decided to visit University Health Services.“There were like two or three people in front of me that were sick with colds,” Pulawski said. “I thought it was absurd that, here I have this more serious injury … and they couldn’t see me sooner. Even a couple people in the waiting room were like, ‘You can go ahead of me,’ but it didn’t happen that way.”After a wait of about an hour, a physician looked at Pulawski’s hand and said he did not believe it was broken. In order to verify, the physician would need to see an X-ray.“Their X-ray tech was out, so the next time I could get an X-ray would be like three days from [then],” Pulawski said. “So instead I went to the South Bend orthopaedic clinic down the road … and they saw me right away.”The X-ray at the clinic determined that Pulawski had in fact broken his thumb and would require surgery to heal properly.Sharon McMullen, RN, MPH, director of UHS, said many previous complaints UHS received pertained to issues such as extended waits and unavailable providers.“Before this year, the top three student complaints were about the $5 walk-in fee, not being able to see a provider and long wait times,” McMullen said in an email.UHS underwent a reorganization this year to try to tackle some of these problems.Several students across campus, including sophomore Josh Morgenlander, said there is still a negative perception of UHS despite the changes, and those changes might not have addressed what students believe to be UHS’s greatest issues.“I feel like misdiagnoses, belittling ailments and ridiculously long wait times are the most commonly-cited problems with UHS,” Morgenlander said. “I’m curious to know how many of the ridiculously long wait times are from people who actually scheduled appointments versus people who just walked in.”McMullen said the changes to UHS in the past year are a direct result of student feedback.“Our recent reorganization addressed each of these concerns by updating our fee schedule, which eliminated the walk-in fee, adding a 6th Primary Care Provider and expanding appointments and implementing an urgent care model,” McMullen said.She also noted the new urgent care model has decreased wait times for patients without an appointment by over 60 percent since 2016.However, it can be difficult to tell whether the students’ complaints are actually valid, Morgenlander said.“I don’t know how much of what people say is based off of their actual experiences,” he said. “Maybe a few people have bad experiences, and then they mention it to their friends, and they talk about it in the Keenan Revue and then it’s general campus lore to say that [UHS] is awful.”The one time Morgenlander went to UHS with an illness, he was impressed by the level of care and its efficiency, he said. He scheduled an appointment ahead of time because of a persistent cough. Within an hour, a doctor had listened to his breathing, taken an X-ray of his lungs and diagnosed Morgenlander with pneumonia. Immediately after, Morgenlander went to the pharmacy where he picked up his prescription of antibiotics.“If I had something that I felt was a serious sickness, I would not be nervous about scheduling an appointment and going in there again,” he said.Positive experiences such as Morgenlander’s are not as rare as the prevalent negative attitudes toward UHS might suggest.Sophomore Maria Rossi went to UHS her freshman year with what she thought might have been tonsillitis, she said.“I remember, at the time, not being super happy with the amount of attention that was paid to me by the doctor,” Rossi said. “I was with the actual doctor like two minutes, nothing else.”The doctor performed a strep test, which came back negative, Rossi said. He then recommended that Rossi be tested for mono, which is done with a blood test.“For a 19-year-old, I’m super scared of needles,” Rossi said. “I don’t even know why.”Rossi went to have blood drawn but did not end up having the blood test because of her fears, she said.“I was sitting in the tech’s chair for 40 minutes with two nurses, and they were nothing but patient the entire time,” Rossi said.  Rossi has been back to UHS a few times and has always had particularly good experiences with the nurses, she said.“I really remember the nurses having very good bedside manner,” Rossi said. “They’re just really sweet, really patient. I never felt rushed or anything.”McMullen said the UHS staff is a great asset.“Without a doubt, the best part of UHS is our staff who are committed to living out our vision of exceptional college health care, infused with our Notre Dame values, to foster lifelong well-being,” McMullen said.Cindi Schwartz, RN, BSN, the assistant director of clinical Operations for UHS, said that UHS is constantly striving to improve.“The UHS staff and providers genuinely care about the wellbeing of our students,” Schwartz said in an email. “We are constantly looking at survey results, data and most importantly, listening to the students. We strive to provide the best care to every student and provide education to them for the moment and for their future.”UHS does hope to improve its ability to help students traverse the health care system, McMullen said.“I think we could improve in the area of helping students navigate the sometimes tricky waters of health care, and I look forward to the continued development of our new Clinical Case Management program, which coordinates care of students with complicated medical conditions, and provides student outreach,” she said.Sophomore Lindsay McCray noted that for many students, UHS might be the first time they are visiting a physician without a parent or guardian present.“I think one of the big problems is that people don’t know how to navigate the health care [system],” she said. “Often, friends don’t understand what’s going on. That’s partially on the patient to ask questions, and that’s partially on the doctor to make sure the patient thoroughly understands what’s going on.”There are simple changes that UHS could make to improve students’ ability to advocate for themselves, McCray said. “I mean, just putting sheets of paper in the waiting room [would help] … like, here are my symptoms, here’s when they started, here’s the medications I’m on and here’s my list of questions,” she said. “Cause you’re going to be in the waiting room anyway.”Beyond patient education, building a relationship with the health care staff can help students, McCray said. When utilizing the walk-in system, students cannot control which physician they visit.“I’ve found two doctors that I really like and trust, and I make it a point to go and see them,” McCray said. “That’s helpful for me, because I already have a relationship with them … and it’s helpful for them because then they’re not flying completely blind. They have some kind of history.”Sophomore Amber Grimmer has been to UHS because of a fever and to have blood drawn. In her experience, she has noticed that the staff do not always seem to cater to their population, she said.“It’s kind of a conflicting thing,” Grimmer said. “They assume you have mono, because you’re a college student and you probably caught the kissing disease, but then they also assume that you don’t drink cause you’re under 21.”Grimmer and McCray believe it should be common practice for UHS doctors to tell their patients about each prescription drug’s reaction with alcohol, regardless of the patient’s age.Patients receive follow-up questionnaires after their UHS appointments where they can leave comments. The responses are taken seriously and UHS tries to improve according to the students’ feedback, Schwartz said.“There have been many changes in the last couple of years that I feel show the commitment of UHS to become what our students need,” Schwartz said. “As a provider and educator of health and wellbeing, we can continue to grow and learn and help our students to do the same.”Tags: doctor, Health care, nurse, St. Liam Hall, University Health Serviceslast_img read more

January 26, 2021 0

SBA disaster assistance available to private non-profits in Vermont

first_imgThe US Small Business Administration announced today that certain Private Non-Profit Organizations (PNPs) in Vermont that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low interest rate disaster loans.  These loans are available as a result of a Presidential disaster declaration for Public Assistance resulting from damages caused by Tropical Storm Irene beginning August 27th. PNPs located in the following counties that provide non-critical services are eligible to apply: Addison,Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington,Windham, and Windsor. Examples of eligible non-critical PNP organizations include, but are not limited to, food kitchens, homeless shelters, museums, libraries, community centers, schools and colleges.”PNP organizations are urged to contact their Vermont Agency of Transportation District Office to obtain information about local briefings.  At the meeting, PNP representatives will need to provide information about their organization,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.  The information will be used to submit a Request for Public Assistance which FEMA uses to determine if the PNP provides an essential governmental service and meets the definition of a “critical facility.”  Based upon that conclusion, FEMA may provide the PNP with a Public Assistance reimbursement grant for their eligible costs or refer the PNP to SBA for disaster loan assistance.PNP organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets.  The SBA may increase a loan up to 20 percent of the total amount of disaster damage to real estate and/or leasehold improvements, as verified by SBA, to make improvements that lessen the risk of property damage by future disasters of the same kind.The SBA also offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs, such as ongoing operating expenses to PNP organizations of all sizes.  Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the organization suffered any physical property damage.Interest rates are as low as 3 percent with terms up to 30 years.  The SBA sets the loan amounts and terms based on each applicant’s financial condition.Disaster loan information and application forms may be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET or by sending an e-mail [email protected](link sends e-mail). Applications can also be downloaded from is external). Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.  Those affected by the disaster may also apply for disaster loans electronically from SBA’s website at is external).The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is October 31, 2011.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 1, 2012 .  For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at is external). SOURCE U.S. Small Business Administration ATLANTA, Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

January 1, 2021 0

YLD works to restructure professionalism program

first_img YLD works to restructure professionalism program Senior EditorNew Bar members who are government lawyers should be required to take the new, shorter Practicing With Professionalism course, but be able to defer taking other basic skills courses required of new Bar members, according to the Young Lawyers Division.YLD President Mark Romance presented that proposal to the Bar Board of Governors at its August 22 meeting. The Government Lawyer Section has expressed reservations about the changes.Romance recounted that the Program Evaluation Committee reviewed PWP last year and made two recommendations: That the course be reduced from two days to one, and the deferment should be ended for lawyers on PWP and other required basic skills courses.PWP has already been reduced to one day, Romance said, and the YLD has prepared other necessary rules, including increasing the required number of basic skills courses that new Bar members take in their first three years from two to three.But after meeting with the Government Lawyer Section and other groups that represent publicly employed attorneys, Romance said the YLD modified its proposal. The new plan would end the deferment for PWP, but allow government lawyers to keep the deferment for the basic skills courses until they enter private practice.He added the YLD will have rule changes implementing changes to PWP and its basic skill courses ready for the board’s final consideration in December. The proposals have been forwarded to the Government Lawyer Section and other groups for feedback, Romance said.“Specifically, we recognized that there may be some benefit to government lawyers to defer the basic level course requirements until they complete their government service,” Romance said in a letter to the board. “We continue to believe that there is no reason to have the government lawyers defer the requirement to attend the new one-day Practicing With Professionalism course.”“My goal is to try to work with the government lawyers to do what’s in the best interest of all young lawyers,” he added. “I’m hoping we can convince them it’s in the best interest of all young lawyers.”The YLD’s revised plan was reviewed by the PEC when it met the day before the board meeting.“PEC is unanimously and strongly in favor of there being no exemption with respect to the professionalism aspect of the program,” PEC Chair Hank Coxe said. He said the committee expects to have its final recommendation on the YLD’s proposals by the board’s December meeting.Keith Rizzardi, chair of the Government Lawyer Section, welcomed the change, but said the section still favors complete deferment. “It’s a good step forward, and it brings us closer to a compromise,” he said. “We still have some reservations.”In an August 13 letter to the YLD, Rizzardi said the Government Lawyer Section questioned the need for PWP because law schools already have adequate programs and Bar rules require five professionalism and ethics credits every three years. Ending the deferral would also impose “a new burden on lesser-paid government lawyers and their poorly funded public agencies at a time when the Florida budget is in crisis,” he said.As an alternative, Rizzardi said the section proposed requiring that all CLE courses include a professionalism component, that CLE courses be developed to be of interest to government lawyers, and that the PWP and basic skills course deferment be changed to an outright exemption for all lawyers with 10 years practice experience.Rizzardi said the section would discuss the revised YLD proposal when it meets during the Bar’s September 4-5 General Meeting (after this News went to press). Romance told the board he hoped it could take final action on the changes at its December meeting. YLD works to restructure professionalism program September 15, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

December 19, 2020 0

Position the building blocks of talent management for solid ROI

first_img 68SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: Details Think about how you manage big expenses at your credit union. When you build a new branch, for example, you don’t just open it and let it sit there. You invest in keeping the structure sound and the processes within it up to date. Similarly, when you implement new technology, you maintain and upgrade that system according to your strategy.So, too, should be your approach with the people who work for your credit union, serving its members. When it comes to the financial commitments you make as a credit union, few will be larger than the one you make to compensate and develop your employees. So it’ll pay to make sure you’re getting a good return on the investment.Successful talent management strategy today requires you to thoughtfully position four building blocks—compensation, benefits, talent development, and culture—to get the best possible outcomes for your staff, organization and members. As I explained in a previous CU Insight column, “How to Win the War on Talent,” success will depend on your being competitive on all four of these factors, and winning on three.When you sit down with your team at the planning table this year, consider your compensation strategy. To attract and retain top talent, you’ll need to pay at least the market rate, based on the expertise and skills required by each person’s role. CUES Executive Compensation Survey and CUES Employee Salary Survey are good tools to help you gauge your current position and close any gaps.While determining pay can be a fairly straightforward numbers game, you can win with benefits by being creative. For example, a key benefit used at CUES is flexibility. Assuming a job lends itself to remote work, CUES allows staff to work from home one day a week throughout the year.  Not surprisingly, credit unions have benefited from offering telecommuting as well. As you do your strategic planning, think through various ways you can differentiate yourself and meet the needs of your staff (and executive team) with creative benefits.A baseline goal for talent development is for every employee in your credit union organization to have a development plan and actively participate in learning. Also be sure to keep the time-tested “70-20-10” rule in mind. Pioneered by the Center for Creative Leadership based on 30 years of study, this rule says that 70 percent of what people learn, they learn on the job. This is why you need to make sure your current and potential leaders have challenging and meaningful roles—they will learn by doing. In addition, 20 percent of learning comes through effective coaching and mentoring, and the final 10 percent through formal face-to-face and online learning programs.Finally, your credit union’s culture has a key impact on the performance of your staff. If your people feel that their work environment is one in which they can thrive and be productive, that’s very meaningful. Interestingly, leaders can have an even greater impact on an organization’s culture than they can on an individual’s performance, according to research published in 2011 by Scott Isaksen, president of The Creative Problem Solving Group, Orchard Park, N.Y. But culture, in turn, has a considerable influence on employee performance, Isaksen found.Think about it. The leaders in your credit union aren’t working the teller line, nor staffing online chats with members. They are probably not even in the room when these duties are performed. But they are creating the environment in which these activities take place every day. The right environment lends itself to great performance.Strategic planning season is a perfect time to make sure that managing all the talent within your organization is something you’re giving enough attention. When you sit down with your executive team and board this year, ask yourselves how to best position the building blocks of talent development for your credit union’s future success.last_img read more

December 18, 2020 0

Tata Steel, South Korea’s POSCO to Jointly Develop Hyperloop Tubes

first_imgTata Steel Europe and South Korea’s POSCO will collaborate to develop steel tubes needed for high-speed hyperloop transportation systems, the companies said on Monday.Richard Branson’s Virgin Hyperloop on Sunday completed the world’s first passenger ride on their levitating pod system, which it hopes will transform human and cargo transportation while slashing carbon emissions.- Advertisement – They neither gave a time frame nor financial details for their hyperloop project.In a hyperloop system, which uses magnetic levitation to allow near-silent travel, a trip between New York and Washington would take just 30 minutes. That would be twice as fast as a commercial jet flight and four times faster than a high-speed train.© Thomson Reuters 2020- Advertisement – Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Tata Steel Europe, a unit of India’s Tata Steel, said in a joint statement with the world’s fifth biggest steelmaker POSCO that they would develop high-quality steel grades needed for the huge vacuum tubes that allow high-speed transport using very little energy.“POSCO has been conducting hyperloop related research such as feasibility, design and structural optimisation of various types of steel tubes for more than 10 years,” said Duk-Lak Lee, head of technical research laboratories at POSCO.The steel tubes not only need to allow a vehicle to travel in a low-pressure environment, where air is removed to cut resistance, but retain straightness over very long distances, the companies said.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

November 20, 2020 0

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Free H1N1 shots for kids, no H5N1-H1N1 coinfection, possible one-dose vaccine, flu risk for heart patients

first_imgSep 2, 2009New York City to offer kids free pandemic flu shotsNew York City’s school district said yesterday it will offer free novel H1N1 flu vaccine to all its students, according to the Associated Press (AP). Hundreds of US school districts will provide vaccinations in schools as the vaccine becomes available, projected to occur next month. Brenda Greene, director of school health programs for the National School Boards Association, said New York, with its more than 1 million schoolchildren, could be “a great role model.”Other large US cities detail their plansIn addition to New York’s immunization plan, other large US cities are announcing steps, according to Bloomberg News. Los Angeles will administer vaccine at its fairgrounds, Boston is allowing city employees to leave work for 2 hours for vaccine, and Chicago’s schools for the first time plan to track real-time attendance to pinpoint trends. Los Angeles and Boston are also setting up swine flu centers to administer vaccinations. 1 Bloomberg reportEgyptian H5N1-H1N1 coinfection report debunkedA story out of Egypt about a man infected with both the novel H1N1 virus and the deadly H5N1 avian flu is not accurate, according to an official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The story by an Egyptian newspaper was picked up yesterday by the widely read electronic surveillance system ProMED mail. However, Nancy Cox, head of the CDC’s influenza division, told the blog ScienceInsider, “Our reliable sources indicate that this report is incorrect.” 2 ScienceInsider blog entryChina nears decision on one-dose vaccineChina is close to approving domestic novel flu vaccines that manufacturers claim can protect people with just a single dose instead of the two doses that most officials believe will be necessary, according to the AP today. China’s vaccines could boost global health efforts if the one-dose administration proves effective. China’s State Food and Drug Administration said at least two pandemic vaccines are near approval and another four are under review.WHO expert: Mutations no obstacle for H1N1 vaccineNovel H1N1 vaccines should offer effective protection even if the pandemic flu virus mutates as it spreads, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said today, according to Reuters. Marie-Paule Kieny, director of the WHO vaccine research program, said, “Based on the extensive knowledge available on seasonal vaccines and the results obtained through evaluation of H5N1 avian influenza vaccines, there is no doubt that it will be possible to make effective H1N1 pandemic vaccines.” 2 Reuters articleNovel flu may cause deaths in heart patientsPhysicians have raised concerns that pandemic flu may hit heart patients hard, according to the AP. Thus, some specialists at a European cardiology meeting said that such patients should receive vaccine priority. Although most heart patients are 60 or older and therefore may have some immunity to novel H1N1, “It’s almost a given that any influenza exposure is going to cause more mortality in heart patients,” said Alfred Bove, president of the American College of Cardiology. 2 AP storyiPhone app may help track flu near youA new iPhone application, created by researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston, is said to enable users to track and report outbreaks of infectious diseases, such as H1N1 pandemic flu, in real time. The application, “Outbreaks Near Me,” employs the online resource HealthMap, which collects, filters, and maps information about emerging infectious diseases and pinpoints outbreaks near the user. 1 Children’s Hospital Boston press releaselast_img read more

November 18, 2020 0