Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Diamantina Trains Timor Naval Officers Share this article View post tag: Navy HMAS Diamantina Trains Timor Naval Officers View post tag: Timor View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: HMAS Diamantina April 13, 2015 Authorities Australian Navy’s HMAS Diamantina recently had a successful six day port visit to Dili, East Timor, to provide training to the local Naval component.Two Falantil-Forcas Defensa Timor Leste officers, Sub Lieutenants Santos and Nascimento, embarked on a two day sea ride for the transit back to Darwin where Diamantina resumed her duties in support of Operation RESOLUTE.The aim of the sea-ride was to give the two officers exposure to the command and control of a warship at sea and on operations, exposing them to multiple exercises including man overboard and damage control exercises, launching and recovering ship’s boats and engineering casualty control drills.The visitors also experienced the day-to-day and around the clock operations of a Navy vessel undertaking Border Protection duties.Both officers relished the opportunity to observe all operations from different positions in the ship.Both officers have completed their initial training with either the Royal Australian Navy or Royal New Zealand Navy and progressed on those exchanges to their phase three Maritime Warfare Officer training.Since returning to Timor, they have passed on that valuable experience to their counterparts.[mappress mapid=”15643″]Image: Australian DoD View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval
Running Shop Owner Chases Down Much Slower VandalHuntington, W.Va. For weeks, employees of Robert’s Running and Walking Shop in Huntington were scared and extremely inconvenienced by ongoing incidents of their car windows being shot by a pellet gun.Earlier this fall, though, a shop employee caught a suspect in the act, witnessing a man shooting car windows parked at an insurance office across the street. The employee notified shop owner Robert Smith, who darted out the door along with another employee Ryan Smith (no relation). Suspect Robert Coffman tried to run away, but considering where he’d been vandalizing, the pursuit didn’t last long. “At the time I guess we weren’t laughing, but it seemed pretty comical,” Smith told new station WSAZ. “He was being chased by probably some of the best runners in the state.”After quickly catching Coffman and restraining him, Smith and Smith waited until police arrived. The police ended up finding drugs in Coffman’s apartment, so according to the news station he was charged with destruction of property.Brewery Sends Canned Water to Flood VictimsColumbia, S.C.The folks at Oskar Blues Brewery know how devastating floodwaters can be. In 2013, heavy rains ravaged the longstanding brewery’s home base of Lyons, Colorado, and the town has since been rebuilding. So earlier this fall the brewery, known as the first to offer craft beer in cans, sent 1,600 cases of canned drinking water to flood victims in South Carolina, where heavy rains caused damage throughout the state. Oskar Blues sent the cans through its own CAN’d Aid Foundation, which helps communities dealing with the effects of extreme weather events.In more brewery philanthropy news, Georgia-based Sweetwater Brewing Co. is currently donating proceeds from sales of its line of fly fishing rods and flies and related swag to Project Healing Waters, a non-profit organization that takes disabled veterans on fly fishing and other water-based recreation trips for therapeutic purposes. The brewery’s Healing for the Holidays program will last through the holiday season.Start the Year with a Polar PlungeNeed a baptism of renewal as you head into 2016? Start the year with a Polar Plunge, an annual rite of passage for many on New Year’s Day and the following weeks that simply entails jumping into a freezing body of water with some like-minded brave souls. On January 1, plenty of plunges will be taking place around the region, including the shiver-inducing soak within North Carolina’s Hickory Nut Gorge at the Lake Lure New Year’s Day Polar Plunge. There’s also the Polar Pony Plunge, which sends swimmers into the chilly waters of the Atlantic on Virginia’s Chincoteague Island. Later in the month the daring will plunge into the frigid waters of Chetola Lake in the North Carolina High Country at the Blowing Rock Winterfest on January 30. In February there’s also a Polar Plunge Festival that takes place throughout Virginia with chances to jump in Virginia Beach, Richmond, Dumfries and a dip in the New River at Bisset Park in Radford. More info: polarplunge.comBeyond the Blue RidgeBackcountry Bar—Winter Park, Colo.Upslope Brewing Company decided to make customers earn their first taste of its fall seasonal Oktoberfest Lager. Back in September the first pints of the brew were poured exclusively at a pop-up bar in the mountains that could only be reached via a 2.3-mile hike. Unveiled as part of Upslope’s limited Tap Room Series, Oktoberfest was available at what the brewery called its Backcountry Tap Room, set up at the High Lonesome Hut located just outside of Winter Park and surrounded by the Arapaho National Forest.Much Ado at Fall MarathonsThe fall marathon season yielded quite a few interesting tidbits. In Chicago, 42-year-old Deena Kastor posted a new U.S. Masters record time, finishing the race in 2:27:47. And 80-year-old local Frank Abramic running his 17th straight Chicago Marathon.Earlier in the month, runner Bryan Morseman won his 30th career marathon at the Wineglass Marathon in upstate New York eight days after winning the Mill Race Marathon in Columbus, Indiana. Morseman runs races to help cover his son’s ongoing medical costs for spina bifida treatments.And Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys ran the New York Marathon on November 1, an effort she was undertaking to raise money for Keep a Child Alive, a nonprofit that assists young HIV patients in Africa.
Macron’s government has planned to move to a universal pension system by aligning the current multiple schemes that form a complex, fragmented system.In a report on its latest economic survey of France, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said Macron’s plans should contribute to reducing public spending, and would strengthen labour mobility and reduce management costs.“The improved transparency would help address public concerns regarding inequities,” it said.The next step would be to gradually raise the minimum retirement age, it added.Pension spending in France amounts to 14.3% of GDP, one of the highest rates among OECD countries, according to the inter-governmental organisation. It raised its outlook for economic growth in 2017 for France from 1.3% to 1.7%, the highest rate for six years.Discussions about the pension reform are scheduled to start next year. Buzyn has previously spoken of implementing the reform in the next legislative period, starting in 2022.Read more about pensions in France in IPE’s 2017 edition of the Top 1000 European Pension Funds The French government has got the ball rolling on its pledge to reform the country’s pension system with the appointment of Jean-Paul Delevoye, a former minister, to the newly created post of high commissioner for pension reform.The high commissioner position is attached to the solidarity and health ministry, which is led by Agnès Buzyn. It was legally created via a decree published earlier this week, with the cabinet approving Delevoye’s appointment yesterday.He will be responsible for organising consultations with the main pension stakeholders, co-ordinating preparations for reform with ministers, drafting legislative and regulatory texts, and monitoring their implementation.Delevoye is a former French senator, and served as civil service minister under the Chirac presidency from 2002-04. He was formerly a politician for the centre-right UMP party – since renamed as the Republican party. He backed Emmanuel Macron in this year’s presidential elections, and was chosen to chair the nomination commission for the ensuing legislative elections.