US and ROK Navies Tighten Bonds

first_img Authorities View post tag: asia View post tag: ROK View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today US and ROK Navies Tighten Bonds View post tag: Tighten View post tag: Navies View post tag: News by topic January 29, 2015 View post tag: bonds US and ROK Navies Tighten Bonds Sailors from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Mustin (DDG 89) and USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) plan on strengthening partnerships with the Republic of Korea navy during a port visit to Busan, Jan 29 – Feb 2.During the port visit, crew members plan to conduct warfighting skills engagements and exchanges with their ROK Navy counterparts and visit local sites in the Busan community.The ships just concluded a series of bilateral training exercises with the ROK navy in international waters east and west of the Korean peninsula. The exercises covered a full spectrum of scenarios including antisubmarine warfare training, communication drills, ship maneuvers, and naval liaison officer exchanges.Mustin and John S. McCain are forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet, which maintains an enduring presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. As multi-mission platforms, the ships can carry out independent operations or operate in conjunction with a carrier strike group or other partner navies to conduct maritime security and stability operations across the region.[mappress mapid=”14992″]Image: US Navy Share this article View post tag: US View post tag: Navylast_img read more

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Student outcry over Immigration Removal Centre expansion

first_imgDr Austen Saunders, a fellow at Oxford and supporter of the Campaign to Close Campsfield commented, “Campsfield is a waste of lives and a waste of money. It’s shocking that in this country the government can lock people up indefinitely without ever accusing them of a criminal offence – let alone having them convicted. We should be looking for alternatives to this broken system, not expanding it.”The Campaign to Close Campsfield has called a public meeting at Exeter Hall on 20th October, with plans to protest outside the Centre on the 25th. So far there are nine signatories for a joint statement protesting the expansion, including the Oxfordshire Green Party, Oxford Migrant Solidarity and Oxford University Amnesty International.The sitting MP for the area, Nicola Blackwood and both Lib Dem and Labour parliamentary candidates have all publicly spoken out against expansion.On her petition to the Home Secretary, entitled, ‘NO to Doubling the Size of Campsfield’ Blackwood states, “This proposal makes no sense for Kidlington or for our immigration system. We should be looking for alternatives to detention rather than expanding our detention programme and Campsfield House in particular has already struggled to manage with its existing numbers resulting in a series of serious incidents.”Sally Copley, the Labour candidate, told the Oxford Mail, “It’s clearly wrong to detain at all people who are not criminals but instead are fleeing conflict, let alone indefinitely. The Home Office have not made a satisfactory case for why they want to extend Campsfield House, and it’s a shame the District Council are only allowed to consider this on planning grounds, as there are strong humanitarian reasons for rejecting it.”The decision of Cherwell District Council’s Planning Committee on the proposed expansion must be based upon planning grounds alone. Plans to expand the Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre in Kidlington from 276 to around 600 beds have been submitted to Cherwell District Council, amid widespread student protest.Societies across Oxford are showing their support for the ‘Campaign to Close Campsfield’ in condemning the plans.Joanna Hynes, President of Oxford University Amnesty International told Cherwell, “Oxford University Amnesty International strongly condemn the government’s proposed plans to expand Campsfield House into a 610-bed mega-centre for immigrant detention.“The policy of indefinite detention, without judicial oversight, is in contrary to the Human Rights Act and the UN Convention on Refugees. What in theory is a centre for short-term detention immediately before deportation has been allowed to develop into systematic indefinite detention, largely for administrative reasons, with Mitie creaming off the profits of systematic human rights abuses.”Mitie PLC was contracted to manage the facility by the Home Office in 2011. In that time there have been three mass hunger strikes, one suicide and a fire at the centre in October 2013. Detainees are migrants whom the Home Office is seeking to remove from the country and deems to be at risk of absconding. They can be held indefinitely without judicial oversight.Some have been held for over two years. Alex Marshall, a member of Oxford Migrant Solidarity, said, “The people who pass through Immigration and Removal Centres such as Campsfield are not there for any crime, and those who have committed offences will already have served any sentences before arrival.We oppose all immigration detention as un-just, unnecessary, and an unacceptable breach of migrants’ most fundamental rights, and we support freedom of movement across national borders for all human beings. At a time when the government should be reducing numbers in detention and closing centres, we are dismayed by plans for Campsfield to be more than doubled in size.”last_img read more

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University accused of refusing to open empty buildings to rough sleepers

first_imgOxford University has been accused of refusing to open up its empty and unused buildings to the homeless over the winter by Green councillor David Thomas.Thomas condemned the University for its “lack of imagination and genuine compassion and empathy” in regard to Oxford’s homelessness crisis.The Green Party reportedly approached the Council and the University in February to ask if there were empty buildings in Oxford that could be opened to the homeless, with the hope of reducing the number of people sleeping rough in sub-zero temperatures over the winter.But despite the Council reporting there are over 300 empty homes in the city, and the University also noting that they had many empty buildings in their possession, neither body would make a single building available.Oxford University told Cherwell: “We have been in talks with Oxford City Council and Oxford Homeless Pathways, but unfortunately we do not have any available buildings which would be suitable for temporary use as a homeless shelter.“We want to continue our conversations with the City Council and we will offer help if a suitable building becomes available. We are genuinely committed to working with these partners to help Oxford’s homeless, particularly as winter is approaching.”Thomas suggested however that in conducting their investigation into empty buildings, the University established so many conditions and unrealistic standards that they set it up to fail.He added that the University failed to see the buildings from point of view of homeless people, who often have the skills to bring buildings up to minimum health and safety standards.Thomas said he suspects the University and colleges have plenty of appropriate buildings available, and that if colleges and students knew about this they could mount pressure over the question of: “why the hell will there will be empty buildings in Oxford city centre with men and women out in sub-zero conditions this winter?”The University claimed that none if its unused properties were suitable for accommodation.The request by the Greens came after the homeless community successfully cooperated with Wadham College over Iffley Open House. Last winter, a group of around twenty homeless people, known as Iffley Open House group, used squatter’s rights to take possession of a disused Volkswagen garage on Iffley Road owned by Wadham College.On occupying the building, they converted it so health and safety was up to standard, and stayed for several weeks. Councillor Thomas negotiated between the homeless and the college, so that the two groups settled on an end date for the squatters with the result that there was a smooth handover of the building when the date came.Thomas suggested that the homeless group demonstrated that they could go into a building, use it for a temporary period and not pose any danger and raise health and safety up to standard.Thomas further claimed that the group showed the possibilities opened by allowing the homeless to use empty buildings in this way. With many of the group getting their housing, education, and health sorted – so that a portion of the group got off the streets permanently.He pointed out the benefits of such stability for homeless people, telling Cherwell: “If you have nowhere to keep your stuff, to sit down, and you spend all your time just surviving, you don’t have time to make plans and get set for the future.”last_img read more

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first_imgCost is the most important factor for consumers when choosing a sandwich at lunchtime, a new survey by YouGov has found.Commissioned by the RSPCA to mark British Sandwich Week, the results showed 51% of adults polled considered the issue of animal welfare important when buying food in general, but the figure dropped to around 11% when it came to the choice of sandwich fillings. Cost (60%), flavour (52%) and appearance (39%) were cited as the key factors in the decision-making process.Over 2,000 adults were surveyed last month, with 64% of respondents stating that it took them less than one minute to choose their sandwich from a shop display. Full-time students were the most ethically conscious when it came to buying lunchtime sandwiches, with 16% considering the use of higher-welfare products, compared to 11% of workers.The RSPCA launched a new campaign, ’Fairer Fillings’, to coincide with British Sandwich Week, from 16-21 May, aimed at encouraging consumers to think about the conditions the animals have lived in, when considering the filling in their sandwiches. “Buying a sandwich with a Fairer Filling can be a challenge. We need our shops to provide more animal welfare-friendly sandwiches,” said Eloise Shavelar, RSPCA farm animal campaign manager.last_img read more

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Press release: Foreign Secretary travels to Toronto for G7 meeting

first_img Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @BorisJohnson and Facebook The G7 countries are the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. The EU, represented by High Representative Federica Mogherini, will also attend the meeting. Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook I am proud to represent the UK at this meeting of the top economies and international powers in the world. Last week London hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, and later this week I will travel to Brussels for a NATO Foreign Ministers’ meeting. The UK and Canada are the only 2 countries that are members of all these organisations – evidence not just the closeness of the UK-Canada relationship, but of the UK’s influence in the world. Influence that will continue long after we leave the European Union. The G7 is a group of likeminded partners who work to protect the rules-based international system. I welcome unanimous G7 support in recent weeks both for the joint UK/US/French action in Syria, and for the UK’s response to the terrible poisonings in Salisbury. I look forward to continuing that work in Toronto this week. Further information For journalists Media enquiries Today and tomorrow (22 and 23 April) the Foreign Secretary will be in Toronto for a meeting of Foreign Ministers from the G7 countries. During the summit the Foreign Secretary will discuss issues ranging from gender equality and women’s empowerment, to non-proliferation and disarmament, to conflict prevention and stability. For the session on counter-extremism the Foreign Secretary will be joined by Home Office Security Minister Ben Wallace.Speaking ahead of the meeting, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Background Email [email protected]last_img read more

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Vulfpeck Releases Eighth Studio Album, “Hill Climber” [Listen]

first_imgToday, Vulfpeck has released their long-awaited, eighth studio album, Hill Climber. The funk quartet has consistently released a collection of studio recordings every year since their official inception in 2011. Prior to today’s album release, Vulfpeck slowly released music videos for “Lost My Treble Long Ago”, “Soft Parade”, “It Gets Funkier IV”, “Lonely Town”, “Darwin Derby“, and “Love Is A Beautiful Thing“–giving fans a taste of what was to come.“Love is a Beautiful Thing” was written by Vulf vocalist and guitarist Theo Katzman and features guest vocalist Monica Martin. In addition to the rest of the core four rhythm section (Joe Dart on bass, Woody Goss on Wurlitzer, Jack Stratton on drums), frequent collaborators Cory Wong (baritone guitar) and Joey Dosik (alto sax) are also featured on the track, which originally appeared on Theo Katzman’s solo album, Heartbreak Hits.“Darwin Derby”, written by vocalist and guitarist Theo Katzman and frequent collaborator and vocalist Antwaun Stanley, also features guitarist Cory Wong and pianist Joey Dosik in addition to the usual suspects. With a chorus of “Gotta be an early birdy if you want that worm!” and animal claymation coloring the screen, this groovy number will 100% inspire you to get out of bed in the morning. So, “shine up your fins and show your teeth. Shake off your skin and clap your feet! Open your wings and start to fly, it’s a beautiful day to be alive.” Alright!“Lonely Town” once again features Katzman on lead vocals and guitar, Jack Stratton on drums, Joe Dart on the “upright bass” a.k.a. electric bass on a vertical stand (so silly!!!), and Woody Goss on keys. Written and performed by Katzman, “Lonely Town” is a sexy ode to loneliness that adds yet another light-hearted love song to the band’s growing repertoire. With perhaps the most “serious” lyrics in Vulfpeck’s catalog to date, the song distinctly belongs to Theo Katzman and perhaps reveals a trend of different “Towns” within the band’s world (see “Dean Town” and “Hero Town“).Along with today’s release of Hill Climber, Vulfpeck has shared a new music video for “Half Of The Way”, written by Ryan Lerman and Larry Goldings. With Katzman leading the way on vocals, the soul-drenched new tune see’s Vulfpeck’s softer side, accompanied by some silky-smooth backing vocals. Watch Vulpecks new “Half Of The Way” video below:Vulfpeck ft. Theo Katzman – “Half Of The Way”[Video: Vulf]Hill Climber showcases the diverse talents of the band as they continue to trade instruments, feature artists, and allow for Theo Katzman–who remains a core piece of the Vulfpeck instrumental section while also displaying his innate ability to sing and write songs– to deliver his own originals in a capacity that otherwise has not been as extensively explored by Vulfpeck as a band.Vulfpeck’s new studio release includes ten total tracks and features special guest collaborations with vocalist Monica Martin, vocalist Mike Viola, and multi-instrumentalist Louis Cole (KNOWER) and featured vocals from Theo Katzman and Antwaun Stanley.To stream Hill Climber on Spotify, click here. Head here to purchase a digital copy of Hill Climber, and here for the vinyl release.Vulfpeck’s Hill Climber Tracklisting:A SIDEHalf of the Way (feat. Theo Katzman)Darwin Derby (feat. Theo Katzman & Antwaun Stanley)Lonely Town (feat. Theo Katzman)Love is a Beautiful Thing (feat. Theo Katzman & Monica Martin)For Survival (feat. Mike Viola)B SIDESoft ParadeLost My Treble Long AgoDisco Ulysses (Instrumental)The Cup StackerIt Gets Funkier IV (feat. Louis Cole)View Tracklistinglast_img read more

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Devin Butler makes first court appearance on felony charges

first_imgSenior Devin Butler, a cornerback for the Notre Dame football team, appeared in St. Joseph Superior Court on Thursday morning on felony charges of resisting law enforcement and battery against a public safety official.Judge Jeffrey Sanford set a court date for Oct. 17, during the University’s fall break. Thursday marked Butler’s first appearance before a judge.South Bend police officers arrested Butler outside the Linebacker Lounge early on the morning of Aug. 20. According to court documents, officers were dispatched after receiving reports of a fight in the Lounge.Police said officers Luke Pickard and Aaron Knepper saw one woman kick another in the head outside the bar. Before they could intercede, Butler approached and lunged at the woman who had kicked the other one, according to court documents.As Pickard pulled Butler away, the football player allegedly started cursing and punching both officers. Other officers eventually detained Butler using a Taser. He was brought to a holding cell at the St. Joseph County Jail.Both charges Butler faces are Level 6 felonies, which carry a sentence of between six months and 2 1/2 years upon conviction.Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly indefinitely suspended Butler from the team after the arrest. Butler has appeared in 27 games for Notre Dame, three as a starter, and was already set to miss the start of the season after refracturing his foot during camp over the summer.Butler may also face discipline at the University.Tags: Devin Butler, Notre Dame footballlast_img read more

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New tobacco sale?

first_imgFor many years, Georgia’s tobacco industry has been declining. And this year looked to be its lowest point. But demand for U.S. tobacco in Asia has given Georgia tobacco farmers what could be a much-needed lift.Georgia farmers recently finished planting what is expected to total 14,000 acres of tobacco, 2,000 acres more than last year, said J. Michael Moore, a tobacco agronomist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The bump in acreage is a surprise, he said, considering Phillip Morris USA, a major buyer, decided to stop doing business with Georgia tobacco farmers last year, allowing contracts to expire. Several other companies had already cut contracts before last year.Because of this, farmers were expected to plant closer to 9,000 acres of tobacco in Georgia this year, he said. This would have been the lowest acreage in Georgia since 1918, when farmers grew 7,000 acres, according to Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service records. U.S. Growers Direct was slow to get contracts out, and many weren’t approved until February. Georgia and Florida growers, Moore said, are slated to supply as much as 15 million pounds of tobacco to the new company.“Growers were very much ready to use their barns, equipment, land and know-how and jumped on the contracts,” he said.Also, Georgia tobacco farmers recently petitioned Phillip Morris USA to once again do business with them, Moore said. The company agreed, but it will pay Georgia tobacco growers 10 cents less per pound than other growers they do business with.Moore was surprised to see a heavy response by Georgia growers to this offer and many signed up for one-year contracts to deliver tobacco to Phillip Morris USA in Moultrie, Ga., later this year.“All of this together has created some hope with growers, and they look to increase their production beyond last year,” Moore said.Starting in the late 1960s, tobacco was big business in Georgia, worth well over $100 million annually. It reached its zenith in 1996 with a farm value of $206 million. It was worth $47 million in 2009. Moore estimates only 225 farmers now grow tobacco in Georgia. In 2004, there were 1,000 Georgia tobacco farmers. That same year, the federal government ended its Depression-era tobacco quota program at the growers’ request. It provided price support but restricted how much they could grow and where. Growers and quota owners were compensated for the end of the program, which started the tobacco decline in Georgia. Farmers now grow as much tobacco as they need to fill contracts they can get.last_img read more

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HUP supports the Proposal of the Decision on determining the annual quota of permits for employment of foreigners

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The Croatian Employers’ Association supports the Proposal of the decision on determining the annual quota of permits for employment of foreigners for the calendar year 2018. Adoption of the proposed decision will greatly facilitate employment in branches that are in high expansion such as construction and tourism, HUP points out.The proposed quota totals 29.000 work permits, of which 17.810 for new employment, 9000 for the extension of already issued permits and 1940 for seasonal employment permits (1.400 tourism and 540 agriculture). HUP points out that they are satisfied with the proposed quota and understanding for the issue of labor shortage expressed by the relevant Ministry, but they point out two key things that HUP has been warning about for several years.First, for a long-term solution to the problem, it is necessary to implement a comprehensive reform of education, which is key to restructuring the entire system that should monitor the needs of the economy and adjust educational programs accordingly, because only in this way labor shortages can be solved by hiring domestic workers. As this is not possible today, the future Croatian labor market, despite the fact of approximately 180.000 unemployed people is not able, given their structure to meet the needs of the economy and Croatian entrepreneurs are forced to turn to foreign workers to fulfill their contractual obligations. Secondly, in addition to the reform of education, a series of measures should be implemented that will enable the needs for labor force to be met in the coming years by employing domestic workers.The current quota system is not a permanent solution, it is a firefighting measure that tries to overcome the problem of lack of skilled labor, which is the result of many years of neglect of workers and the tourism profession, of course with lower fixed costs and increased earnings. Man is the key to success in tourism, but obviously not in Croatia.Related news:last_img read more

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Taiwan FM says China trying to turn island into ‘next Hong Kong’

first_imgOn Monday, Taiwan said China sent fighter jets over a de facto border separating the two rivals in the Taiwan Strait shortly before Azar met with President Tsai Ing-wen.During his visit Azar has heaped praise on Taiwan’s democracy and its success in battling the coronavirus.He has previously criticized Beijing’s handling of the pandemic, which emerged in central China, and its authoritarian model of government. China is trying to turn democratic Taiwan into another Hong Kong, the island’s foreign minister warned Tuesday as he met with a senior US official making a historic diplomatic trip.A crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong has gathered pace since China imposed a sweeping security law on the financial hub in June, with opposition politicians disqualified and activists arrested.The security clampdown has caused alarm in Taiwan, a self-ruled island of 23 million people that Beijing claims as its own territory and has vowed to one day seize, by force if necessary. Foreign minister Joseph Wu said Taiwan lives under the constant threat of having its freedoms taken away by China during a rare meeting with US cabinet official Alex Azar in Taipei on Tuesday. “Our daily lives have become increasingly difficult as China continues to pressure Taiwan into accepting its political conditions, conditions that will turn Taiwan into the next Hong Kong,” he said.Health Secretary Azar is in Taipei for a three-day visit billed as the highest level visit from the United States since it switched diplomatic recognition from the island to China in 1979.His trip comes as relations between the US and China are in tumult, with the two sides clashing over a wide range of trade, military and security issues, as well as the coronavirus pandemic.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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