Northrop Grumman’s AMSEC LLC Wins USD 40 Million Marine Design and Engineering Contract

first_img View post tag: contract View post tag: Grumman’s Northrop Grumman Corporation  subsidiary AMSEC LLC, was one of two contractors awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy for marine design and engineering services in support of Puget Sound and Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyards (PSNS) and Intermediate Maintenance Facilities (IMF). This indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity, cost plus fixed fee contract contains a base period with four one-year option periods. If all options are exercised, the total value for AMSEC would be approximately $40.2 million.“AMSEC has demonstrated expertise and leadership in marine engineering and design services,” said Harris Leonard, vice president of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding and president of AMSEC Operations. “We look forward to continuing our longstanding partnership with PSNS and IMF. We are dedicated in providing quality engineering service in support of the Navy’s operational readiness.”AMSEC’s portion of the work will be performed at their locations in Kitsap County, Wash., Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Hawaii, San Diego, Norfolk, Va., and other locations. The work is expected to be completed by March 2016. The Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Puget Sound, Bremerton, Wash., is the contracting activity.AMSEC LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman’s Shipbuilding sector, is a full-service provider of engineering, logistics and technical support services to the U.S. Navy and maritime industry.Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.[mappress]Source: Northrop Grumman, March 30, 2011 View post tag: LLC Back to overview,Home naval-today Northrop Grumman’s AMSEC LLC Wins USD 40 Million Marine Design and Engineering Contract March 30, 2011 View post tag: $40 View post tag: design View post tag: Navy View post tag: engineering View post tag: USDcenter_img View post tag: marine View post tag: Northrop View post tag: million View post tag: wins Share this article View post tag: AMSEC Northrop Grumman’s AMSEC LLC Wins USD 40 Million Marine Design and Engineering Contract View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navallast_img read more

HMAS Penguin Enters Another Busy Year

first_img View post tag: Naval Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Penguin Enters Another Busy Year HMAS Penguin Enters Another Busy Year View post tag: Year View post tag: ANOTHER View post tag: enters January 5, 2015 View post tag: HMAS Penguincenter_img View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: Navy View post tag: Australia View post tag: busy View post tag: News by topic Since receiving a new commander in January 2014, the Australian Navy’s HMAS Penguin has been working around the clock.The establishment was heavily involved with the community participating in a large number of community engagement events throughout the year.Early in the year, divers from the Royal Australian Navy Dive School at Penguin entered as a team for the Balmoral Swim for Cancer and then Penguin played host to the Youth Leadership Forum which provided a unique opportunity for some year 11 and 12 high school students to meet with personnel and discuss the opportunities available in Navy.In May, personnel from Penguin volunteered to support the annual Humpty Dumpty Foundation’s Balmoral Burn. The race has upward of 10,000 participants running, walking and crawling 420 metres up Awaba Street, Sydney’s steepest street.Other community engagement events included the Manly Relay for Life and also making the Annual Penguin Gate to Gate run a ‘White Ribbon event’ as part of White Ribbon Day, thereby raising funds in support of the national movement to prevent violence against women.The annual Penguin Community Reception and Ceremonial Sunset on 13 November showed community leaders the talents of the Royal Australian Navy Band – Sydney Detachment, along with the HMAS Penguin guard as they performed ‘Beat to Quarters’, a traditional naval ceremony which dates back to the age of sail.Impressed with the effort from Penguin personnel over the past year, Commander Paul Gall reflected on the base’s community engagement program.Penguin has always enjoyed a strong Community Engagement program and this year has been no different.It culminated with the ceremonial sunset which was very well received and was a fitting climax to the year with the band putting on a great show along with the guard made up of Penguin’s ship’s company. Of note was having the three mayors from Mosman, Manly and Warringah attend and it certainly was a spectacle to end what has been a busy and dynamic year.The establishment has undergone many changes during the year, with the Royal Australian Navy Dive School and Submarine Underwater Medicine Unit moving into new facilities.The Officer in Charge of the Royal Australian Navy Dive School, Lieutenant Commander Russ Crawford said, since opening in February the new facility has trained over 400 Defence personnel. On 30 October the refurbished Diving Training Facility Pool was officially opened.The team at HMAS Penguin starts another year of raising, training and sustaining members of the Royal Australian Navy and lending a helping hand in support of the local community.[mappress mapid=”14833″]Press release, Image: Australian Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Federal Judge Strikes Down Indiana’s Latest Abortion Law

first_imgFederal Judge Strikes Down Indiana’s Latest Abortion LawJune 28, 2018, Posted by Janet WilliamsStaff ReportTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—A federal judge Thursday issued an injunction barring Indiana from enforcing a law requiring doctors to report abortion complications to the state beginning July 1.U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled that the Indiana law, enacted in the 2018 legislative session, was too vague.Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky sued in May over Senate Enrolled Act 340, which requires health care providers to annually report 26 abortion complications to the Indiana State Department of Health.“Absent a preliminary injunction, PPINK and its physicians will, beginning July 1, 2018, be subject to licensing penalties, and eventually criminal penalties, if they violate the challenged statute,” Young wrote in his 19-page opinion.“If PPINK and its physicians interpret the statute incorrectly and report less than everything, they risk civil and criminal sanctions. This violates PPINK’s due process rights. The violation of constitutional rights constitutes irreparable harm.”Some of the complications doctors were required to report included infection, blood clots, uterine and cervical complications, renal failure and death.The legislation also added a number of new requirements for abortion clinics to comply with, including having women who have been prescribed an abortion-inducing drug sign a form that says they have been informed of the manufacturer’s instructions.Ken Falk, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, said the restrictions would have placed doctors and providers at risk of sanctions. The ACLU sued on behalf of the local Planned Parenthood chapter.“Defining abortion complications in such broad and uncertain terms makes it next-to-impossible for anyone to know what is or is not an abortion complication,” Falk said.“The Indiana General Assembly routinely attempts to chip away at Hoosiers ability to access safe and legal abortions in Indiana under the guise of patient safety and SEA 340 is no different,” said Christie Gillespie, president and CEO of PPINK. “Hoosiers deserve meaningful laws that govern their health care and this sham of a law doesn’t qualify.”This is the latest setback for Indiana lawmakers as they attempt to impose restrictions on abortions.In April, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down key features of an Indiana law that would have banned abortions based on the fetus’ genetic abnormality, gender or race.In a 2-1 decision, the appellate panel found the nondiscrimination provisions in the law violated precedent set by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade and reaffirmed in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey.The state’s Legislative Services Agency, in its report on SEA 340, noted that past efforts to enact abortion restrictions have been successfully challenged by ACLU of Indiana, resulting in the state paying about $290,000 in legal fees to the plaintiffs and their lawyers.TheStatehouseFile.com is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

O.C. Legion Brings Back Free Vacations for Vets

first_imgMaster Sergeant Joe Farrell and his family (left to right: Aiden Joseph, Alyssa Rose, wife Sharon, Joseph Robert (back row) and Liam, prepare for a week’s vacation in Ocean City, thanks to the efforts of American Legion Post 524 and its Veterans Rest and Relaxation Program, now in it’s third year of serving vets and their families.For the third consecutive year, Ocean City’s American Legion Post 524 will welcome veterans and their families to “America’s Greatest Family Resort” for an all-expenses-paid, one-week vacation.“The Veterans Rest & Relaxation Program began in 2013 as a way to pay tribute to servicemen and women for sacrifices made during their time in the military,” said program chairman Steve Cole. “Whenever military personnel are deployed, their families also share in that deployment and we support their efforts as well.”On Saturday (June 13), Army Master Sergeant Joseph Farrell, his wife, Shannon, and their children Joe Jr., Allysa, Liam and Aiden will be escorted across the Route 52 causeway by the American Legion Riders motorcycle team and the Ocean City Fire and Police departments. They will arrive at Post 524 on Bay Avenue and be welcomed with gifts from local merchants and the keys to a “free” condominium on the island.Farrell entered the service in 1980 and trained in the Army’s Special Forces as a medic. He retired earlier this year after 35 years and advancing to Senior Battalion Medic. He saw action in Operation Desert Shield (Saudi Arabia), Operation Desert Storm (Kuwait), and later in Afghanistan. During his career, Farrell earned the Bronze Star Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal and a Presidential Unit Citation.Local businesses supporting the Rest & Relaxation Program include:Artisan’s Alcove ($50.00 gift certificate)Ward’s Bakery ($20.00 gift certificate)Hoy’s 5 & 10 ($50.00 gift certificate)Sun Rose Words & Music ($25.00 gift certificate)Fashion Nails (Free Manicure)Kay Jay’s Doll House ($20.00 gift certificate)Yoasis Yogurt ($30.00 gift card)ShopRite ($100.00 gift certificate)Mallon’s Stickey Buns (one dozen buns)Ocean City Home Bank (beach balls, caps, towels and gift certificates)Acme Markets ($100.00 gift certificate)Ocean City Coffee Company ($50.00 gift certificate)Shriver’s Candies (candy and salt water taffy)Mia’s Christmas Shop (a gift box assortment)Henry’s ($25.00 gift certificate)YoGo Factory Yogurt (gift cards and free sundaes)34th Street Market ($100.00 gift certificate)Manco & Manco ( gift certificates)Spinning Wheel Florists (a bouquet of flowers.)The City of Ocean City is also involved in the R & R Program offering free parking during the family’s stay, passes to the Municipal Golf Course, and a free one-week’s pass to the Aquatics and Fitness Center. The Chamber of Commerce has donated a welcome basket and a private tour of the Cape May Zoo is being offered by Cape May County.“The intent of this program is to say ‘Thank You for your service’ to our military heroes who have helped keep us safe,” said Steve Cole. “And we do this because it’s not only the right thing to do, it just feels good.”— News release from Doug Otto for American Legion Post 524last_img read more

News story: UK Government Agriculture Bill – Scotland myth-buster

first_img The UK Government has already agreed to commit the same cash total in funds for farm support for Scotland until the end of this Parliament. This Bill ensures that new systems of farming support can be put in place after 2020 in England and Wales. Farmers in Scotland need the same reassurance – and time is running out for the Scottish Government to act. It is simply not acceptable for Scottish farmers to be kept in the dark about the future of agricultural policy in Scotland. The UK Government’s Agriculture Bill was introduced on 12 September 2018. Agriculture is devolved to the Scottish Government and will remain devolved. This Bill does not change that. Claims of ‘power grab’ are completely false and misleading.The UK Government is not seeking consent from the Scottish Parliament on this Bill as we are not legislating in areas of devolved competence in Scotland.No powers that could constrain devolved policy choices in Scotland are being introduced.For example, there is nothing in the Agriculture Bill which will stop existing Scottish Government policies – including the Voluntary Coupled Support and Less Favoured Area Support Scheme. They will still be possible under both retained EU law and the Agriculture Bill.Contrary to claims, Scottish farmers will continue to receive the same level of funding as they currently do until the end of this Parliament in 2022As we leave the EU, it is our intention that each administration can independently design policies that support their farming sectors and enhance their environment.While these policies are still under development, the Agriculture Bill demonstrates a continued commitment by the UK Government to World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations on domestic support.The Scottish Government has claimed powers enabling us to comply with our WTO obligations should be exercised jointly; however, the Scottish Parliament does not have the legal competence to act in this area.While this is a reserved matter, the UK Government will work closely with the devolved administrations on this given their interest. Just as we did ahead of the Agriculture Bill’s introduction.We have offered to extend powers in the Agriculture Bill to the devolved administrationswhich would enable them to create their own farming support systems to replace the CAP.Wales and Northern Ireland have accepted the offer.The Scottish Government has chosen not to take any powers in this Bill. Agriculture is devolved and that is their choice. But our offer remains on the table.We remain in discussions with the Welsh and Scottish Governments regarding red meat levy funds and legislative options.We will continue to work with all parts of the UK to put in place a wider common framework relating to agriculture once we leave the EU.Scottish Secretary David Mundell said:last_img read more

Walking with my baby; an eclectic ‘MixTape’; and taking people back to the ballgame

first_img Bits of the socially distanced lives of staff and faculty, from a LEGO model of the Music Building to Gov. Andrew Cuomo as Henry V to cereal for dinner — in the shower Teaching by podcast; a taste of campus life; lessons from the South Pole; virtual voice lessons Scenes from the socially distant Shannon Ingraham felt shell-shocked when she started working from home.“We went from having full-time child care at day care to becoming the full-time child care ourselves,” said the department administrator in the FAS Office of Finance. “I knew we would be busy trying to balance working from home and my wife’s schedule [she is a physician who is still seeing patients]. My strategy was to buy every toy Leo had enjoyed at day care while my wife tried to focus on the new work schedule.”Leo just turned 1, an occasion that prompted Ingraham to also buy him a tuxedo. She describes young Leonardo Insogna as a happy guy who likes to eat puff snacks, watch for the Federal Express truck, and talk gibberish. And a few weeks ago, he repaid her generosity with a kind of largess of his own.“I thought he would take his first steps at day care,” she said. “He had been taking a step and falling, but then one morning I took him into the living room during a work meeting, and he just started walking toward me! I squealed as loudly as possible and then took out my phone to capture the moment. There are a lot of grandparents who want to see that.”Ingraham was thrilled with Leo’s achievement, though it did come with a price: Now she has to scramble to childproof the house.“I have to hover now because he wants to walk everywhere. He has his hands in the air waddling around,” she said. “It’s nerve-wracking.”,Feeding timeEvery Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Javier Marin follows the same routine. He drops his wife at her nanny job in Jamaica Plain, then heads to the Harvard Museum of Natural History where he cares for a variety of creatures and critters.There are the arthropods, which include scorpions, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, millipedes, two tarantulas, and another type of arachnid called a vinegaroon (or “Vinny” to Marin). There are the marine animals, like the spider crab or a pair of horseshoe crabs. Then there are the vertebrates, which aren’t on display for the public but are used for the museum’s educational programs. Those include a Mexican milk snake, an eastern box turtle, two female leopard geckos, and a beloved 18-year-old African bullfrog.Marin is one of the museum’s bilingual educators. In normal times, he helps run many of the museum’s programs for school-age children and their families. In the COVID-19 era, Marin is the go-to caretaker for the animals.“Depending on the day, I’ll do different things,” Marin said. “But for the most part, there are things I do generally every single day [I’m there]. For example, our African bullfrog needs moisture. He needs humidity. He needs to make sure that he’s nice and wet, so I spray him down and he seems to enjoy that.”Another thing the bullfrog enjoys? Feeding time. Every Monday and Friday, the frog feasts on 30 to 40 crickets and the occasional mealworm as a treat.“One of the coolest things about frogs that we’ve been trying to show people is that they can’t really swallow,” Marin said. “They don’t have the muscles that you and I have to swallow, so what they do is they close their eyes. They basically have muscles right under their eyeballs which push down the food. It’s really, really crazy to watch this frog unfold his tongue, bring the food inside, and then take this big gulp where he closes his eyes where he’s just actually swallowing.”Each animal has its quirks. The box turtle likes the kale, carrots, grapes, and apples medley, but lights up when that meal is topped with a few mealworms. The spider crab is a bit of a “goofball,” Marin explained. “He will always beg for food and chase you around the tank and try to climb out of the tank if you don’t feed him the way he wants.”Marin always talks to the animals during feedings.“I definitely feel like I have to support them during these times and let them know they’re not forgotten and that we’re still counting on them for when we get kids back at the museum,” he said.While Marin is looking forward to life getting back to normal, he admits the experience has had its upsides.“I get the whole museum to myself, basically, which is pretty special in a lot of ways,” he said. “I consider it a real privilege.”,The mixtapeHow would a class premised on real-time collaboration continue with students scattered across the Western hemisphere? Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts Vijay Iyer had his doubts.Turns out Iyer’s spring advanced music workshop worked out just fine. And the proof is in the “MixTape.”“After the break [and move to remote learning], our classes became wonderful collective listening sessions,” Iyer said. “When we listen to music together, we can have a meaningful, shared emotional response. Listening to the students’ recorded pieces in various stages of process offered a way for us to engage in that kind of communion.”“This course is very hands-off, actually, in terms of what the students create,” added Iyer’s teaching assistant, Phillip Golub ’16. “We tried to help them realize what they’re hearing and open them up to possibilities they might not be thinking of. This didn’t change once we moved online.”The class knew Luke Walker ’22, for example, as a very talented steel pan player. But in his final piece he was able to create a makeshift ensemble by overdubbing himself on quatro (a four-stringed lute), percussion (using the back of the quatro as a hand drum), electric bass, flute, and vocals. Walker also included a stirring spoken-word piece about an ancestor from Venezuela.“Luke’s ‘Bisabuelo,’ which he created back home in Trinidad, became an ebullient meditation on lineage, land, freedom, and the sense of home,” Iyer said. “It was all the more astonishing to us because he hadn’t revealed all of these extra abilities to his Harvard classmates before.”Sophomore Anna Pacheco’s work early in the class had a fresh, youthful R&B sensibility. At home in Queens, N.Y., she started exploring the electric bass.“Her singing and songwriting took on a profoundly vulnerable melancholy,” says Iyer. “‘Deserve Your Love’ became our class’ quarantine anthem: a solitary cry, rich with feeling.”Pacheco enlisted help from two classmates, Kyra Teboe ’22 on electric piano, and Jonathan Karp, a Ph.D. student in GSAS, on viola, who recorded their parts in their homes in Maine and Massachusetts, respectively.“I did my best to give students some critical feedback, other musical points of reference, and other ideas to consider,” says Iyer. “But mainly I felt it was important under the circumstances just to hold space, so the students could have some time together, show appreciation for each other’s work, and treat each other with dignity and kindness. And as you can hear, that went a long way.”Although “MixTape,” the collected musical projects, is free to everyone, the students encourage listeners to contribute to The Jazz Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief fund: jazzfoundation.org/donate/. Select “COVID-19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund.”,7th-inning stretchAs the organist for Fenway Park since 2003, Josh Kantor usually spends 14 nights a month during the spring and summer providing the live soundtrack for Red Sox games. For the past eight years, he has invited fans to submit song requests via Twitter, often playing one for the first time minutes after receiving a suggestion.Kantor, who has worked at Harvard Library since 1999, knew that other people would miss the sport and the ballpark atmosphere as much as he did when the Sox season was postponed due to the pandemic.A friend suggested that he do a livestreamed performance of the organ to emulate life at the stadium, so he created “7th-Inning Stretch,” a daily livestream of requested songs, seen on Facebook and produced by his wife, the Rev. Mary Jane Eaton. More than two months later, his daily performance has become appointment viewing for thousands of people from around the world.“It’s so easy to keep doing it every day, and it just lifts our spirits,” said Kantor, who is an assistant keeper at the Isham Memorial Library housed at the Loeb Music Library. “People are asking to hear songs that really mean something to them and resonate for them, and it’s extremely meaningful to be the person who figures out a way to present that and offer some of that comfort for people and maybe some sense of normalcy.”Every day about 3 p.m., Kantor and Eaton set up the 45-minute livestream and field requests for tracks, which have included tunes like “Somebody to Love” by Jefferson Airplane, “Creep” by Radiohead, and even “The Song That Never Ends.” In between songs, Kantor asks viewers to donate to their local food banks and engages with visitors in the corresponding live chat, which has become its own community of friends.The chat “is the gathering place for people to talk to each other and share jokes and stories and recipes and memories,” said Kantor, who plans to play every day until professional baseball resumes. “It’s kind of like being a party where I’m in the corner playing the piano when everybody else is having a cocktail and chatting with each other, and it’s really nice.” Notes from the new normalcenter_img Related Life at a distance Snapshots of the widespread Harvard community: A Zoom wedding; reunion in St. Croix; challenges of teaching ASL online; and a taste of Cuba last_img read more

New bug enters state

first_imgTrash ’em is the best control methodIf you find mealybugs on houseplants, Hudson doesn’t recommendtrying to control it with a pesticide.”Most of the time it’s going to be cheaper and more effective todiscard that one plant and buy another,” he said. “But discard itquickly before they can spread to your other houseplants.”The GDA recommends double-bagging infested plants in blackplastic, tying the bags securely and leaving them in the hot sunfor at least two weeks. Hudson agrees.”Our nursery and greenhouse growers may elect to fight it withpesticides,” Hudson said. “We just want to get rid of them thequickest way and not let them get established in our state.” Florida fighting pest for two years”They came into south Florida about two years ago from theCaribbean,” Irvin said. “These insects are a problem to stop andcontain because there’s no effective chemical treatment.”First Foliage Nursery in Homestead, Fla., shipped as many as44,000 infested hibiscus plants into Georgia from early March toearly June, GDA officials said.The plants were shipped to Lowe’s and Home Depot stores inGeorgia. All but four of the 41 stores are in metro Atlanta andnorth Georgia. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of Georgiaand Jackie SosbyGa. Dept. of AgricultureAs bugs go, pink hibiscus mealybugs are cute. They’re light pinkand look as if they’ve walked through powdered sugar. But ifyou’re a greenhouse grower or homeowner with new hibiscus plants,they’re not so cute.Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin issued an alertthis week asking University of Georgia Extension Service countyagents to be on the lookout for the exotic pest.center_img Has potential to hurt ag cropsCotton and okra are hibiscus family members, too. Peanutscould also be affected by the insect. ButUGA entomologist Will Hudson says it’s unlikely the tiny intruderwill affect the state’s farm crops.”Hibiscus doesn’t survive outdoors here, even in the Tiftonarea,” he said. “The annual ones die back to the ground in thewinter, and the tropical ones will, too, if you leave themoutdoors. Most of this insect’s host plants aren’t cold-hardy,because it’s primarily a tropical- and subtropical-area pest. It remains to be seen if it can thrive in south Georgia.”Hudson and his UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences colleagues work on ways to control insects on both cropsand ornamental plants.Outdoor plants should be safe, he said. But indoor plantsaren’t.”It’s really giving us fits in interior-scapes,” Hudson said.Interior-scapes include mall and hotel areas decorated withplants.If you’re managing an interior-scape, Hudson says, inspect plantsfor mealybugs and pull out as many as necessary to make sureyou’re rid of all infected plants.Interior-scapes should be inspected”To fight a bug like this in an interior-scape would be reallyexpensive and ultimately a losing proposition,” he said.”These areas are typically close to human traffic and sometimesto food courts, so spraying pesticides isn’t an option.”If you buy indoor plants, Hudson says, inspect them, particularlyhibiscus, for signs of mealybugs.Adult mealybugs are about 3 millimeters long and pink. Males aresmaller than females and have one pair of wings and two long,waxy tails.”Chances are, you aren’t going to see the adults, because by thetime you can, the plant will have a lot of distorted growth,” hesaid.”The first signs are waxy, dirty, sooty mold growing on theleaves and distorted plant growth,” he said. “Also pay attentionto the stems, where early infestations occur, and look forlittle, cottony masses the size of a Q-tip. This is an egg massthat can contain hundreds of eggs.”If you spot any of that, don’t buy the plant.With most mealybugs it takes a while for the plant to succumb.”But this one injects a toxin as it feeds so that you get a lot of distorted growth and death of the plant pretty quickly,” Hudsonsaid.last_img read more

Bolivia, Brazil, and United States Begin Coca-Monitoring Program

first_img “Drug trafficking has to be defeated jointly, sharing efforts among states. This is the great contribution of this system, this trilateral plan involving Bolivia, the United States, and Brazil,” Interior Minister Carlos Romero affirmed here. The ancient plant is also the raw material for manufacturing cocaine, an activity in which Bolivia is ranked third in the world, behind Peru and Colombia, according to the UN. The trinational agreement, which will last a year, aims to promote technical and scientific coordination among the signatory countries, in order to achieve improved monitoring of and greater precision about the areas where excess coca is grown, for the purpose of its eradication, with a budget of 350,000 dollars. The GPS equipment makes it possible to verify the amount of coca eradicated on site and then do follow-up to come back to check whether rural workers have replanted coca, an unsolved problem in Bolivia. In the town of Chimoré, in Chapare, Brazil’s ambassador in La Paz, Marcel Biato, and the U.S. chargé d’affaires, John Creamer, delivered GPS (Global Positioning System) equipment as part of an anti-drug agreement signed in January. Bolivia has 31,000 hectares of coca, according to United Nations data, of which only 12,000 are legal for traditional uses, such as chewing, infusion, and in Andean religious rituals. On April 1, in the Bolivian region of Chapare, the Governments of Bolivia, Brazil, and the United States began to use a satellite system to monitor a reduction in areas planted with coca, AFP confirmed. Since the late 1980s, the country has eradicated between 5,000 and 10,000 hectares a year, manually and with the participation of police and Military personnel, but at the same time that the Government destroys crops, rural workers replant more coca. By Dialogo April 03, 2012last_img read more

Dive into the hole…

first_imgby: Anthony DemangoneNAFCU isn’t perfect. There are things we can do better to better serve our members.But I will say this: we try to fill those holes.A common thread we heard from our members over the past few years was that NAFCU needed a system to provide model policies and procedures to its members.  Facing a regulatory avalanche, our members needed help.Dan Berger pushed us to find a solution.During our recent annual conference, we announced a strategic alliance with CBANC. CBANC is an awesome company out of Austin, Texas. I’m very excited to work with them.  And here’s why… continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more