Iraqi Troops Practice Combat Skills

first_img Iraqi Army (IA) soldiers in Wasit province are continuing to make progress toward being a capable security force for their nation. Regularly working with United States Forces, the IA is retaining vital skills that will serve them well in the future. With guidance from the Soldiers of Battery L, “Lion,” 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, local IA soldiers are currently conducting basic squad level drills on Contingency Operating Base Delta, Iraq, to hone their ability to operate in small groups. “These guys really enjoy getting out here and training like this,” said 1st Lt. Jason Yankee, officer in charge of the training. Lion Battery Soldiers and their Iraqi counterparts spent a recent day covering basic movement techniques. This involved moving in a file, spreading out in a wedge formation, and stacking in a close-quarters security formation. The IA soldiers split into three separate groups, each with two or three Lion Soldiers, and worked their way through the drills, repeating the processes several times. “I like training with these guys and trying to get them proficient,” said Spc. Matthew Christopher, a small group trainer with Battery L. “There are some obstacles with our language barrier, but the interpreters make sure it doesn’t affect the training too much.” Between iterations, both Iraqi and American Soldiers took breaks together, drinking water, smoking cigarettes, and sharing some laughs too. During each phase of the training, a Lion Soldier would take the lead, and his group would slowly go through the motions. After one dry run, an Iraqi Soldier would take over as squad leader and run through the exercise a few more times. This process was repeated throughout the day until all felt confident in a particular drill. Soldiers finished their training with bounding forward and falling back from an objective, swiftly running from one point to another and diving deliberately into the gravel, just as they would during actual combat. After observing the day’s work, Yankee said he believes the IA Soldiers will now have valuable techniques and skills to share with their peers, strengthening the army’s role as a successful security force for Iraq. By Dialogo March 02, 2011last_img read more

Lawrence Crash Leaves Pedestrian Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 82-year-old Florida man was fatally hit by a vehicle while crossing a road in Lawrence on Friday evening.Nassau County police said Theodore Schiffman, of Boca Raton, was crossing Nassau Expressway at the corner of Broadway when he was struck by a southbound Dodge at 5:45 p.m.The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he died three hours later.Homicide Squad detectives tested the vehicle and did not charge the 66-year-old man driving the vehicle.last_img

Learning from other perspectives

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A skilled leader understands that emotional intelligence (EQ) is on display in all different scenarios and under all kinds of pressures. And for a truly skilled leader with well-developed EQ, it can mean taking a step back and realizing that outside perspectives – good or bad – can help us learn and grow.In an post published this week, Justin Bariso, founder of Insight, said an important component of EQ is the “ability to learn from other perspectives.” He used the recent example of an email from Uber’s new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, to his employees after London government officials announced that Uber’s license would not be renewed and the company would no longer be allowed to operate in the city.In the email, Khosrowshahi wrote that “it really matters what people think of [Uber], especially in a global business like ours, where actions in one part of the world can have serious consequences in another.” continue reading »last_img read more

The most important quarter of 2019 is here

first_imgOctober is just around the quarter, and that means the beginning of the much-anticipated fourth quarter with the holiday season, vacation days and less crazy meeting schedules.  I would argue that these 90 days are the most important of the year. It’s easy to start off the year after making your New Year’s Resolutions and getting some momentum around your goals, but, by the time October 1 rolls around, the goals have lost their luster and you tell yourself your credit union has done what it’s needed to do this year.But I want to challenge you. This is the time to dig deep and remember with fresh excitement and clarity why you set those goals. If you’ve already met them…congratulations! But what’s keeping you from continuing to move forward? Aren’t anywhere near them yet? That’s ok. But again…what’s keeping you from continuing to move forward?Attack your goals with the same fervor that you did on January 2. Set mini-goals to accomplish between now and the end of the year. Rally your team around accomplishing those goals with specific stories of how you have helped members so far this year.  Think of it in terms of a four-person relay. The purpose of the first three legs of the race is to set up the fourth person so they are in a good spot to win the race. The only person who can win the race is the 4th runner.  You are the fourth runner in this year’s relay. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Thomas Amanda is founder and president of TwoScore, a firm that channels her passion for the credit union mission and people to help credit unions under $100 million in assets reach … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Four Danish pension funds invest DKK4.5bn in German offshore wind farm

first_imgPKA’s individual investment in the wind farm will be DKK2.2bn, while Industriens Pension is investing DKK940m.Peter Damgaard Jensen, PKA’s chief executive, said: “PKA will continue investing in such projects, since they are in line with the wish for a sustainable return and our members’ demand to make a positive impact on the climate.” He said Gode Wind 2 was the fourth offshore wind farm in which PKA had invested.Industriens Pension’s chief executive Laila Mortensen said that, by investing in the project, the pension fund would secure a long-term stable return on investment for its members.Lægernes Pensionskasse said the investment fit well with its existing portfolio.Construction of the installation is expected to start next year, with full commissioning of the wind farm – and neighbouring wind farm Gode Wind 1 – expected in 2016.DONG Energy is to operate and maintain the wind farm as well as provide a route to market for the power it produces, according to the agreement.Gode Wind 2 will have an output capacity of 252 MW and be able to supply carbon-free power equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of more than 260,000 households, DONG Energy said.It will be built in the German part of the North Sea, about 45km off the north-western coast of Germany. PKA is leading a consortium of four Danish labour market pension funds to buy half an offshore wind farm project for DKK4.5bn (€603m).The consortium, which includes industrial-sector pension fund Industriens Pension, teachers’ fund Lærernes Pension and doctors’ fund Lægernes Pension, will acquire a 50% stake of the Gode Wind 2 German offshore wind farm project from Danish energy company DONG Energy, according to an agreement signed yesterday.The total sales price will be paid to DONG Energy between 2014 and 2016.When the deal is complete, PKA will hold 24.75% of the project, Industriens Pension 10.5% and Lærernes Pension 8.75%, with 6% belonging to Lægernes Pensionskasse.last_img read more

Pension funds must denounce bonuses to restore faith – survey

first_imgHe said he did not believe changing managers in such circumstances would necessarily come at the expense of returns.“If it is the case, however, it would be a good idea for pension funds to give participants the option of choosing principle over returns.”Burggraaff said the “bonus issue” was part of a broader message from participants – “who seem to demand that pension funds deal with their money in a decent way, which includes sustainability and less risk-taking”.Mercer, which interviewed a “representative group” of 823 participants, found that sustainable investment was particularly important to over 66s.Participants between the ages of 30 and 65 also prioritised clarity about their future net pension income.The latter group said it would also like pension funds to take less risk when investing their assets, preferring lower, but more stable, returns.The survey suggested workers of less than 30 years prioritised the option of choosing their pensions provider.Younger employees also rated highly pension funds’ ability to provide insight on participants’ personal financial situation, as well as freedom of choice in the benefit phase, Mercer said.The consultancy found that participants’ faith in their pension funds hardly improved over the past year, with respondents rating their schemes at an average 5.9 points out of 10, and one-third categorising their schemes as ‘inadequate’. In addition, 26% of participants said faith in their pension funds had fallen, while 7% said the opposite. Pension funds wishing to win back their participants’ trust must denounce bonuses at asset managers and the companies in which the schemes have invested, Mercer Netherlands has said.Dutch pension-fund participants, when asked in a Mercer survey what schemes should do to restore confidence in the industry, said they should reject bonuses more emphatically.Tim Burggraaf, a partner at Mercer, said participants expected pension funds to make a real effort to drive down bonuses.“Pension funds can do this by using their clout or, as a last resort, leaving their managers,” he said.last_img read more

Southeast suburb set to swell

first_img RELATED: An aerial showing the new residential areas with some of the new regional park facilities in the foreground at Peet Limited’s Flagstone development.“I expect this growth trend to continue on to 2019.“Most purchasers come from Brisbane’s south side, however we have also welcomed some interstate buyers looking for affordable acreage.“The real drawcard for Jimboomba is that it appeals to everyone from those looking for traditional family home sites through to 20 acre lots, all within an hour of the Brisbane CBD.” That’s according to @Realty agent Bill Williams, who said the increase would be largely driven by land availability and affordability compared to other areas in southeast Queensland. “The median house price is currently about $518,700 and we have seen growth in values of around 14.2 per cent over the past few years,” Mr Williams said. Developer Peet Limited managing director and CEO Brendan Gore said the monster playground was a gift to the community.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago“We are extremely excited and proud of what this facility provides for our community,” Mr Gore said.“The opportunity to unveil this new stage and bring some adventure to the school holidays is our gift to the many parents and grandparents who are looking for free activities to entertain the children this summer.“Greater Flagstone is one of the biggest new residential areas in Australia with more than 20 families moving in to Peet’s Flagstone City every month. “We are building a city for the future and we want it to be an exciting place for the many families who live here and a key destination to encourage visitors to the region.” The new adventure playground at Flagstone, Jimboomba.“Located halfway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Flagstone is one of the biggest new residential communities in southeast Queensland,” Mr Gore said.“Over the next 30 years, the $6.7 billion development will grow into a satellite city with 12,000 homes and a CBD featuring shops, offices with plans for a future hospital, tertiary campus and train station set in 330ha of green space.“More than 6000 people have already discovered life in Flagstone, which is a thriving neighbourhood with schools, shops and community facilities.”According to CoreLogic, the bargain property of the year was at the start, when a 1 975-built three-bedroom home on 1042sq m sold for $295,000 on January 12.The top sale was a 24.73ha amalgamation of six titles, at 107-117 East St, Jimboomba, which sold for $2.8 million on July 3.The East St properties sold to developer QM Properties Pty Ltd. MORE: According to CoreLogic Market Trends data to September, 150 homes were sold in Jimboomba in the year at a median sales price of $530,000, which was 8.2 per cent up on the previous year and 23.3 per cent more than five year prior.The median days on market was 63 days, and people tend to hold on to their home for an average of 11.8 years.The median rent was $420. Home with side hustle of llamas, pizza yurtcenter_img Kids are already playing at the newly opened playground.One of the biggest playgrounds to be built in southeast Queensland was opened in the suburb just in time for the school holidays on December 15. A streetscape of Peet Limited’s Flagstone display village.Families are moving to Jimboomba in droves, with the population to increase to more than 80,000 people within 20 years. 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ITTF World Tour Hungarian Open:Japanese teenagers win big in Budapest

first_img Loading… A fourth ITTF World Tour men’s singles title for Harimoto, this was totally new territory for Uda, whose previous best on the circuit was a second round exit at last year’s Czech Open. In Budapest he ended European hopes, defeating Austria’s Robert Gardos (11-6, 7-11, 16-18, 11-7, 11-6, 11-7), before overcoming England’s Liam Pitchford, the no.9 seed (11-13, 11-8, 11-5, 5-11, 11-6, 11-7) en route to Sunday’s silver medal finish. While Harimoto got his hands on gold without ever being extended the full seven games distance, it was somewhat different for fellow Japanese star, Mima Ito, top seed in the women’s singles event. In the final against Chinese Taipei’s Cheng I-Ching, the no.3 seed, down 2-3 in games, in the sixth she trailed 2-7 before recovering to win her eighth ITTF World Tour women’s singles title (11-7, 1-11, 11-6, 7-11, 2-11, 11-9, 11-7). “We have played each other a number of times, so we know each other’s game really well. It is never easy to come up against her. Game six was very important when I changed the direction of play. For the final game I played stronger and I found my rhythm. I am very happy about taking the trophy here in Budapest.” – Mima Ito Earlier in the event, Ito had been required to break down defensive play; at the quarter-final stage she beat colleague Hitomi Sato, the no.6 seed (9-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-1, 11-2), prior to overcoming Germany’s Han Ying, the no.14 seed (11-7, 11-9, 10-12, 11-7, 11-4). FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Japanese duo Tomokazu Harimoto (aged 16) and Mima Ito (19) won the respective men’s singles and women’s singles titles at the 2020 ITTF World Tour Hungarian Open in Budapest on Sunday 23rd February. Their success came the day after Japan’s Miu Hirano and Kasumi Ishikawa had secured the women’s doubles top prize, Germany’s Benedikt Duda and Patrick Franziska had struck men’s doubles gold, and Hong Kong China’s Wong Chun Ting and Doo Hoi Kem had emerged the mixed doubles champions. Harimoto, the top seed, entered the action in Budapest with a point to prove. The previous month at the All Japanese National Championships he had been beaten in the men’s singles final by Yukiya Uda. Furthermore, the last time he had played in Budapest, at the Liebherr 2019 World Championships, he had experienced a shock fourth round defeat. In determined fashion, debts were settled and gremlins laid to rest; after ending German hopes by beating Benedikt Duda (12-10, 9-11, 11-6, 12-10, 9-11, 11-4) and Dimitrij Ovtcharov, the no.3 seed (11-9, 11-8, 11-4, 11-8), Harimoto then got his revenge over Uda in the final (7-11, 11-8, 11-2, 11-6, 11-9) to seal his first international title of 2020. “I was looking forward to this final to take my revenge after this year’s All Japan Championships. After winning the second game I was in control of the match, my confidence grew point by point and I started to play at a higher level. I am very happy about the title and the fact I was able to elevate my game to a high level in Budapest.” – Tomokazu Harimoto Promoted ContentThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got BetterThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year10 Asian Actresses Of Irresistible Beauty9 Best Movie Robots Of All Time10 Greatest Disney Female Villains We Love AnywaysWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?last_img read more

30 injured as car rams Germany carnival procession

first_imgBERLIN – Some 30 people includingchildren were injured Monday when a car ploughed into a carnival procession inthe small German town of Volkmarsen, with police arresting the driver butdeclining to speculate on a motive. Police in the Germany town of Volkmarsen said it was too soon to say whether it was a deliberate act. AFP Prosecutors in Frankfurt said the29-year-old suspect was a German national who faces charges of attemptedhomicide over the incident in the western state of Hesse.center_img The investigation was continuing“in all directions”, they said in a statement, after police stoppedshort of calling the incident an attack. (AFP)last_img

Treñas to stranded Ilonggos: NO QUARANTINE, NO TRIP HOME

first_imgAll the five active cases are being quarantined by the city government. Latest data from the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6 showed that this city has five remaining active COVID-19 cases from a total of 19 confirmed cases since recording started in March. Thirteen already recovered while only one case died. * vice chairperson (for LSIs) – Jeck Conlu of the Public Safety and Transportation Management Office * overall chairperson – Mayor Jerry Treñas COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. a. Meet regularly to discuss the implementation of guidelines and protocols for returning residents, be these LSIs or overseas workers. Mayor Jerry Treñas. CMO These were the guidelines or requirements: * certificate issued by the LGU Health Unit of the place of origin that the returnee has completed the 14-day quarantine and does not exhibit signs and symptoms of COVID-19. c. Coordinate with private and government offices regarding the names, history, COVID-19 testing, accommodation and other important details about the returning residents. Information reached the mayor that these residents – referred to as “locally stranded individuals” or LSIs – were not keen on observing the 14-day quarantine required of all returning residents. These droplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. The committee is composed of the following: d. Coordinate with their counterparts from other local government units (LGUs) and agencies tasked to monitor and manage the COVID-19 situation in the Philippines, regarding the travel details of the returning residents. * vice chairperson (for returning overseas workers) – Franco Anthony Agudo of Iloilo City Planning and Development Office “Naga-worry kita. Indi sila kuno magpa-quarantine. So untaton ta anay ang flights until they agree nga mapa-quarantine,” said Treñas yesterday. * members – Dr. Roland Fortuna (Iloilo City COVID-19 focal person); Dr. Anabelle Tang (City Health Office); Anabelle Rosario Blancaflor (Special Assistant to the City Mayor); Atty. GV Eutiquio Cuñada (City Legal Office) The city’s chief executive hoped that the LSIs would understand that the mandatory quarantine aims not to inconvenience them but to protect fellow residents of the city from the possible spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). f. Recommend to the City Mayor and the City Council for the passage, issuance, formulation, and adoption of policies, measures and legislation to ensure the minimal risk of local transmission of COVID-19 which may be triggered by the arrivals of returning residents. b. Formulate specific safety guidelines to prevent the spread and local transmission of COVID-19. * certificate issued by the City Mayor allowing the returnee to enter Iloilo City Treñas tasked them to do the following: Just this May 11, Treñas issued Memorandum Order No. 145 setting guidelines for the processing of returning residents from enhanced and general community quarantine areas. Thus, said Treñas, it is either the LSIs agree to a two-week quarantine or wait wherever they are currently stranded until the COVID-19 pandemic has ceased. ILOILO City – Mayor Jerry Treñas ordered a temporary halt to the processing of the return of Iloilo City residents stranded in Metro Manila, Cebu and elsewhere due to community quarantine. Should the LSIs agree to undergo quarantine, Treñas said he would immediately order the resumption of the processing of these Ilonggos’ return to the city. e. Submit regular reports to the City Mayor and the City Council or as frequent as the situation may require. * barangay certificate of residency duly verified by the Iloilo City COVID-19 operation center * undertaking that returnee shall undergo mandatory RT-PCR test upon arrival in Iloilo City and shall be subject to quarantine Related to this effort, Treñas yesterday issued Executive Order (EO) No. 083 creating an ad hoc committee. * negative COVID-19 reverse transcription–polymerase chain reactiontest result (only for those from areas under enhanced community quarantine)/PNlast_img read more