Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Parramatta Starts Missile Defence Upgrade View post tag: Missile HMAS Parramatta Starts Missile Defence Upgrade View post tag: upgrade View post tag: Navy March 5, 2015 View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: starts View post tag: HMAS Parramatta View post tag: Defence Share this article Authorities View post tag: News by topic Australian Navy’s HMAS Parramatta embarked on an important mission in February – the Anti Ship Missile Defence upgrade.The upgrade will involve a seven month deployment for ship’s company as they transit west and return with HMAS Warramunga in September 2015 to her home at Fleet Base East while Parramatta will remain in upgrade and return to Sydney in 2016.Enroute to Fleet Base West, Parramatta made a weekend port visit to Devonport, Tasmania to provide an opportunity for the crew to have some recovery and respite prior to commencing the upgrade.During the transit to Fleet Base West, Parramatta supported Navy’s training aims by being a host platform for Plan METEOR. This is the second time Parramatta has participated in Plan METEOR, with the first time resulting in eleven Marine Technician Operator qualifications being earned.The ship spent two weeks at sea before arriving at Fleet Base West where a crew swap across to HMAS Warramunga will occur. The crew will spend the remainder of their time in the west getting Warramunga ready to return to Fleet Base East where it is to be home ported.[mappress mapid=”15303″]Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Anti-ship
We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?(Recently we detected an issue where our subscribers may have not been getting breaking news alerts from the City-County Observer. This notification is to let you know that starting today you have been added to receive future news alerts. If you no longer want to receive future news alerts please opt-out by clicking the link in your e-mail to unsubscribe.)IS IT TRUE that the Indiana State Legislature continues to be concerned about accountability in local government finances? …the State Legislature is considering passing the following law? ….the proposed law states: “City Council must put the budget on the Internet and “Provides that a political subdivision shall submit the date, time, and place of the final adoption of the budget, tax rate, and levy through the department’s computer gateway.”?IS IT TRUE that the Indiana State Legislature is about ready to take on bad actors who buy property at tax sales even though they owe back taxes on one he previously bought but if this bill through this won’t be allowed? …the proposed legislation states “that a person (including LLC) cannot Purchase a property on tax sale if they owe taxes on a house bought at a prior sale., “Provides that a person that has certain business relationships with another person that owes delinquent taxes, special assessments, penalties, interest, or costs attributable to a prior tax sale is prohibited from bidding on or purchasing real property at a tax sale or from bidding on, purchasing, receiving, or leasing a tract under the law governing the disposal of property by local governments. Requires the county treasurer to require each person bidding at a tax sale to sign a form affirming that the person is not bidding on or purchasing tracts or items of real property on behalf of or as an agent for a person who is prohibited from purchasing at a tax sale“?IS IT TRUE that a couple of years ago “Jacobsville Join In” association leased a building on North Main Street? …that they were organized and funded by DMD and ECHO Housing Corporation to help promote the $18 million dollars North Main street renovation project? …to everyone’s surprise “Jacobsville Join In” without warning abruptly closed down their offices located on North Main street after this project was approved? … it’s obvious that this was a well-orchestrated staged and funded effort by city officials to sell the $18 million North Main Street renovation project to the masses?IS IT TRUE we wonder how much the City of Evansville has in their “Rainy Day Fund” account for 2020?IT IS TRUE that the original agreement between the Mayor’s office and City Council members was that Riverboat money was to be used to buy police cars, fire trucks, and other capital equipment to enhance public safety activities? …this is a prime example of promises made and promised broken?IT IS TRUE we been told that most of the prepaid lease payments paid to the City of Evansville by Tropicana-Evansville totaling $25,000,000 did not go into the Riverboat account but it was diverted by the City Controller into the City of Evansville General Operating fund account?IS IT TRUE don’t be surprised to hear that the Mayor will attempt to fund some kind of “Feel-Good Fun And Games” projects at Robert’s Park during the 2020 budget year? Today’s “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that Evansville is headed in the right direction? IS IT TRUE our “READERS POLLS” are non-scientific but trendy? Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers. IS IT TRUE that the McCurdy Hotel water bill and sewer issue has been out of the news for a couple of years? …we would like to know if this $1.5 million water and sewer bill have been paid or if a reduced settlement has been made?IS IT TRUE we been told that Evansville Water and Sewer customers better brace themselves for another substantial rate increase in the very near future?IS IT TRUE several years we reported that Evansville City Controller Russ Lloyd Jr., CPA didn’t pay the $369,000 in Victory Theater bills? …we wonder if City Controller Lloyd paid the Victory Theater bills for 2019?IS IT TRUE that Mayor Winnecke decided that we need to re-design our current “City Flag? ….the Mayor and his newly appointed Flag Committee declared “A city flag is something that represents our town – that isn’t political. It isn’t a slogan, or a brand, but a timeless symbol that captures the essence of Evansville. Globally, other cities and countries have timeless symbols that represent the spirit of their city, community involvement, and unity”? …attached is the link explaining this project? https://evansvilleflag.com/?fbclid=IwAR00u0pCK_H_Rp_JQTq2ZQJZa8Iz15QbXeOm8TohW76DxEpZd13YtbCsfQkIS IT TRUE we appreciate Chanda Ramsey the Marketing & Communications Creative Director for the Southwest Indiana Chamber Of Commerce for sending us important news articles about the happenings at the area Chamber?IS IT TRUE we overheard someone say that the CCO Publisher reminded him of the past Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater … we feel that the CCO Publisher would strongly disagree with that statement because he feels that Mr. Goldwater was too liberal for him? We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated. The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site. 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ST. MARY’S WELCOMES NEW CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICERSt. Mary’s Health is pleased to announce Dr. Heidi M. Dunniway has been selected as Chief Medical Officer. As CMO of St. Mary’s Health, Dr. Dunniway, in partnership with Dr. Vernon Maas, Vice President of Medical Affairs, will have responsibility for setting and implementing a bold and innovative agenda for excellence in the delivery of clinical services across the continuum of care. She will serve as a member of our executive team and will provide executive leadership for quality, patient safety, medical staff operations, clinical integration and medical education.Prior to joining the St. Mary’s family, Dr. Dunniway practiced with Otolaryngology Associates in Indianapolis. She is a member of the clinic teaching staff at the St. Francis Family Medicine Residency Program, has served as president of the Indiana State Medical Association and vice-president and president of the Franciscan St. Francis Health medical staff. She currently sits on the board of directors of the Indianapolis Medical Society and Indiana State Medical Association.Dr. Dunniway earned her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign and completed her residency in otolaryngology at The Ohio State University. She is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Bread must have been on the minds of staff writers on publications up and down the country as a bakery theme emerged during a predic-table spate of ’hilarious’ April Fools’ Day spoofs.While BB resisted the age-old temptation to post a made-up tale on bakeryinfo.co.uk, other publications were more than up for it. One local paper wrote that Redbridge Town Hall was to be renamed ’The Gateau’ as part of a new sponsorship deal with a Welsh cake firm.A particularly lame effort was spotted on Contract Journal’s website – a site for the construction industry – which revealed exciting plans for a 42-storey office block called ’The Loaf of Bread’, to be built next to The Gherkin.And gadgets website pocket-lint.com featured a story about The BBC iPlayer Toaster Edition – based on Auntie’s on-demand viewing website – after the BBC’s marketing team “identified breakfast television as an emerging market segment and asked the iPlayer team for something relevant”.The toaster featured built-in Wi-Fi for programme streaming and a 7-inch screen to view programmes. But where’s the joke? Sounds perfectly reasonable to us.
The jamtronica juggernauts of Lotus have just announced a handful of dates around Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve of this year. The group will play two shows the weekend following Thanksgiving with performances at House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio, on Friday, November 24th, and at Royal Oak Music Theatre in Royal Oak, Michigan, on Saturday, November 25th. Then to close out 2017 in style, the Philadelphia-based group has laid out a three-night run across the East Coast. The run will kick off in Baltimore, Maryland, on December 29th at Ram’s Head Live!, followed by a performance at Buffalo Riverworks in Buffalo, New York, on December 30th. For New Year’s Eve, the group will be posted up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for a special show at Stage AE. Tickets for these five new Lotus dates are on sale now for fan pre-sale via Ticketweb.[Photo: Phierce Photo]
Earlier this week, Karen Quintos wrote about the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) Summit and I wanted to follow up on something she shared in that post – the results of our 2017 Women Entrepreneur Cities Index (WE Cities).Photo by Philipp Henzler on UnsplashThis is a unique global study conducted in partnership with IHS that we piloted last year to assess and compare cities around the world in terms of their ability to attract and foster high-potential women entrepreneurs. That successful pilot led to us to scale this year to a 50 cities WE Cities Index that incorporates what was learned from the 2016 Index.2017 Cities List vs 2016It turns out, though, that you can’t actually make an apples-to-apples comparison between last year’s and this year’s scores and rankings because there are several differences including:We expanded to 50 versus 25 global cities,We added a new indicator, bringing the total to 72 versus 71,Weighting of indicators, subcategories and pillars changed slightly to account for new data sources, comparability and effective weights, andTwo indicators were re-assigned under the capital sub-categories.Comparisons to Be MadeDespite the differences in 2016 and 2017, on the indicators that are the same we can make some comparisons.For example, all 25 cities in the Index last year increased the number of accelerators in their city. And many cities saw an increase in the number of accelerators as well as an increase in the amount of funding going to women entrepreneursSince I live there, I’m particularly happy to see that Austin, TX, has notably improved in its access to capital for women, both by having more women businesses funded than last year and having more women founded VC firms.The biggest improvements across most of the original cities is in the area of Markets and Capital, where many cities saw an increase in the number of accelerators as well as an increase in the amount of funding going to women entrepreneurs, perhaps helped by an increase in the number of female founded VC’s in many cities.2017 Highlights“It is in the world’s best interest that women entrepreneurs everywhere thrive. The WE Cities Index can be used as a diagnostic tool to help ensure that lawmakers are enabling women entrepreneurs to succeed,” said Elizabeth Gore, entrepreneur-in- residence at Dell.Some of the things it discovered this year include:New York City ranks No. 1 overall among the 50 cities for its ability to attract and support high-potential women entrepreneurs. However, its total score of 62.9 out of 100, leaves much room for improvementlIn the top 10 cities overall, six are in the U.S., two are in Europe, one is in Canada and one is in Asia.Forty-one of the cities in this index are in the top five for at least one pillar or sub-category; 34 of the cities are in the bottom five for at least one of the pillars or sub-categories – demonstrating the competitiveness of these 50 cities.
Photo courtesy of Claire Saltzman Sophomore Ethan Sunshine’s community house featured art depicting the principles of Catholic social teaching. Students visited Appalachia over fall break to volunteer through the Center for Social Concerns.Sophomore Ethan Sunshine said when he arrived in Wheeling, West Virginia, his living situation was far different from what he expected.“On Sunday, we show up to this office building. We take the elevator up to the fourth floor, and they give us our living space,” Sunshine said. “It’s a pretty small room, maybe 25 feet by 25 feet. Just enough space for all 12 mattresses.”Sophomore Malia Marshall said she spent her week in Jonesville, Virginia, installing vinyl siding on a family’s mobile home. She said learning about a region in poverty and actually going there were two very different things.“I think it just provided me valuable perspective about poverty in the United States in a different way than I had before,” Marshall said. “Poverty outside of the big city, Portland, [Oregon,] where I grew up. So that’s definitely something I took back with me.”Although many people think of Appalachia as a service organization, Sunshine said, it’s really more about immersion as a way to understand the reality of poverty. He said most people struggle to understand what life is like in a food desert until they witness it firsthand.“You have no idea how bad the actual effects of it are until you’re talking to people living in it,” Sunshine said. “We had this man who came to [The House of Hagar] like every day, and he would eat one meal every two days. For all of his energy in between these meals, the only thing he would do to get energy is drink Mountain Dew and coffee. He’d have two to three meals a week. You really can’t understand how bad the problems are until you’re there.”In addition to the Appalachia program, Lantz said there are seven other seminars this fall, comprised of about 75 other students.“These seminars are going deeper on various topics and issues that are relevant as we pay attention to the signs of the times,” he said. “Our newest seminar, Sports and Social Concerns, does not have a fall break immersion but does participate in local experiences and considers how justice is challenged and strengthened through the arena of sports.”Although this was her first time on an Appalachia seminar, Marshall said she participated in the Realities of Race seminar last spring.“We visit lots of community organizations, advocates, lawyers and religious organizations, and just talked to them about race in the U.S., and how that affects their work,” she said. “I think it just hit me how much things that I see as normal, everyday things are affected by race more than I realized.”Sunshine said anyone considering participating in an Appalachia seminar in the future should do it.“You’re going to learn about things that you have no idea existed in America,” he said.Tags: Appalachia, Appalachia Seminar, Center of Social Concerns, social concerns seminar Around 250 students made the trip to Appalachia during fall break this year through the Center for Social Concerns.Kyle Lantz, director of the Social Concerns Seminars Program, said these seminars allow students to serve in a number of different states, including Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee and Virginia. There are 20 community partners around the region that welcome these students, he said.“We are there for a short time to serve with them, ask questions, receive hospitality and encourage them,” Lantz said.
Grid CEO: No need for federal coal, nuclear bailout FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Washington Examiner:The operator of the largest power market in America released a report Thursday finding that its electricity supply would hold up against a range of threats, providing evidence against the Trump administration case for preserving coal and nuclear plants.“The PJM system is reliable today and will remain reliable into the future,” the grid operator, PJM Interconnection, said in an eight-page summary of a much-anticipated report slated for full release in December.Andrew Ott, president and CEO of PJM, amplified that assertion later Thursday during a press conference in Washington D.C. “The grid is more reliable today than it’s ever been,” Ott said.PJM covers a large territory representing 65 million people in 13 states from Illinois to Virginia.The report weighs against the Trump administration’s interest in using emergency power to keep coal and nuclear plants alive.“We think government intervention is unnecessary,” Ott said. “Nothing in our report would say there is a specific need for a specific fuel source. We are fuel neutral.”More: Largest power grid operator dismisses the threat of coal and nuclear plant closures
She added the health department is now looking for collaboration in helping identify people for contact tracing purposes. The co-owner told 12 News Pete’s Legacy Diner will be installing a new air ventilation system in the coming weeks to go along with other safety measures currently in place. But after the Broome County Health Department issued a health alert regarding the diner last Thursday, co-owner John Metritikas said business is even slower. “We are going to try and work with local businesses to see if there is a better way to keep track of who was in their business,” she said. “We’re actually trying to create a card right now that we’ll email out to all the local restaurants to see if they’re interested in using.” “I would do anything the health department asks to keep people safe. That’s just the bottom line,” he said. “We still all have to pull together. The best way to protect everybody is to protect yourself. Despite the tough times and frustration, Metritikas is open to ideas that keep his customers safe. “I think singling Pete’s out, along with all these other small businesses, is just wrong,” Cassin said. “We’re all in this together, let’s get through it together.” The Broome County Health Department says pushing the alerts out is part of protocol. This sentiment also felt by customer Tom Cassin of Endicott. “Anyone who knows the business knows you can’t make your money with half the seats to start with,” he said, regarding the 50 percent capacity of the restaurant. “When [the health department] announced somebody who tested positive ate here, we started doing about half of that.” “Every time they hang somebody out like that, everybody is affected,” he said. “We felt a lot of frustration in out of all these places these positive-case people have been, they just decided to single out one restaurant. We were aggravated.” Rebecca Kaufman, director of the Broome County Health Department, says it’s nothing personal, but its for the safety of all county residents. Metritikas, who has co-owned the restaurant with his family for 13 years, said he felt like Pete’s was being singled out. The card will allow for businesses to take the names, phone numbers and time of visits for customers within stores, shops and restaurants. VESTAL (WBNG) – Pete’s Legacy Diner has seen a drop in business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kaufman pointed out a pattern in the health alerts in which they generally deal with public places where people are closer together for an extended period of time, like restaurants, bars and churches. “Our point of a health alert is to let people know, at that moment in time, you were potentially exposed,” Kaufman said. “In no way does it mean to not go to that business any longer.”
Hotel Kurija Janković from Virovitica, a heritage hotel or a four-star heritage hotel, received great recognition, the most important of its guests who are the best and most relevant critics. It is the first guest recognition from the Booking.com Guest Review Awards 2017 with a high score of 9.2, and recently the hotel was also included in Fodor’s Travel Guidebook, a publication of the world’s largest publisher of travel guides.”In July last year, on the recommendation of the travel agency Boho Travel Art, the Janković Curia was visited by Andrea MacDonald, a tourist journalist of Fodor’s Travel, who collected information on tourist attractions in Slavonia for the new edition of “Croatia 2018 Guidebook”. On that occasion, the entire offer of the Janković Curia was presented to her, its history and plans for the future were told, and in cooperation with Nippy Adventures, a bike tour along the Drava River was made on electric bicycles, which are usually offered by the hotel, thus creating a complete cycling experience.”Points out Sanja Sudar, head of the Janković Curia.Thus, the heritage hotel will be on the list of recommended accommodation facilities in this part of Croatia, while the cycling tourist offer is rated as excellent. As Fodor’s is the world’s largest publisher of tourist guides in English, whose observations and recommendations have significantly influenced the choice of vacation spot for more than 75 million of its readers for 20 years, this is more than a great advertisement, and the recommendation will be visible in print. an edition of the guide that will be available for purchase on Amazon, as well as on Fodor’s website. “The great news that has arrived at the Janković Curia these days, about the inclusion in Fodor’s guide as a recommended accommodation facility in this part of Croatia, certainly means a lot to us. That recommendation will be visible in the print edition of the guide, which will be available for purchase on Amazon, as well as on Fodor’s website. Whether the hotel will be included in the offer depended exclusively on the hotel reviews and the actual experience of the journalist. So, not knowing if we would eventually find ourselves in the company of the elect, we waited impatiently for this good news. The exceptional quality of accommodation in the historical heritage, the combination of our electric bicycles and the interestingly designed Drava route of the cycling guide rounded off the visit of Fodor’s team and showed that we definitely deserve our place on the tourist map of Croatia and the world.”Sudar points out and adds that they offer bed and breakfast, and that they refer guests to local restaurants that work with local ingredients and indigenous dishes.The magic formula for success is very simple. Let’s be what we are, sell an authentic and home-made story and look at the guests not as a number, but as people who came on vacation and met and experienced something new. “The way we welcomed the representative of the Fodor guide is identical to the way we usually greet our guests. We wanted the experience of staying in our area to be authentic, without pushing into the offer of some things that are not natural and characteristic for us. The enthusiasm was first aroused by the Curia as such – a beautiful, elegantly restored 19th-century building that simply radiates uniqueness. ” says Sudar and adds that such objects also bring with them interesting historical sketches that everyone from the Janković Curia team is happy to pass on to visitors.Sanja Sudar: We are also aware that the hotel is not the sole reason for the arrival of the guest, but it is the destination where it is located Hotel Kurija Janković has 18 comfortable double rooms, and guests have at their disposal a coffee bar, restaurant, meeting room, conference hall, souvenir shop and bicycles. The hotel is located at the place where Slavonia embraces Podravina and in the environment of the UNESCO Transboundary Biosphere Reserve Mura-Drava-Danube. Visitors to the hotel are half domestic and half foreign guests, mostly from Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, and last year there was a growth of over 200% in overnight stays. I would like to emphasize that the main focus must be on authenticity, destination as well as the focus on local and traditional gastronomy. It is in this field that they score at the Kurija Janković Hotel. Also, most hoteliers have no way of understanding that the motive for coming is not accommodation, but a quality, diverse and authentic experience of the destination.The atmosphere in Kurija Janković is always homely and pleasant, we always try to respond to every request of the guest with a smile and provide him with a special experience in which he will feel appreciated and welcome, not just as one client in a row, said Sanja Sudar. the word “domestic” runs through our entire business and guests are increasingly recognizing it. “Homemade, homemade, homemade! The hotel serves a traditional Slavonian-Podravina breakfast prepared from local ingredients, and the offer of the coffee bar consists of local wines, liqueurs, teas, natural juices, craft beers, and in local restaurants freshly caught Drava fish is prepared in the traditional local way. We believe that the destination needs to be experienced with all your senses, and the inclusion of local producers in the hotel offer was a completely logical and correct choice for us. We are also aware that the hotel is not the sole reason for the arrival of the guest, but it is the destination in which it is located. We are proud of the untouched nature and richness of flora and fauna of the continental part of Croatia, which tells its own amazing story. Guests of our hotel regularly use bicycles as well as electric ones that we offer”Sudar points out.The message and business philosophy is clear.By the way, the hotel opened its doors to its first guests in 2016, when it got a whole new glow from the old ruins. In the first year of operation, they had an average of 66 nights per month, while last year there was an increase of 220% and an average of 212 nights per month, which is proof of how personalized approach and attitude towards guests is highly valued and respected. That should be imperative. “One of the problems of this part of Croatia is certainly the lack of organized tourism in the form of agency tourist packages, so all the results achieved are individual efforts by hotels and our local caterers and family farms with which we strive to create an attractive tourist product. We hope that the entire tourist offer of the continental part of Croatia will be more visible because we have something to offer with its content and quality. Cycling is certainly one of the directions we have chosen because Virovitica-Podravina County, which through EU projects has marked five hundred kilometers of bike trails in our hilly-plain area, has given us a good foundation for the development of this type of tourism. The experience is what the guest brings home, and we strive to make it truly memorable and special”Says Sudar and adds at the end that they are happy to wait for every occasional traveler and will be happy to create a personalized experience for each guest.Yes, they work and fight and live tourism 0/24. If you need advice on how to extend the tourist season, ask our tourist heroes from the continent, who work all year round. If I can do it on the continent, then why not at sea.Small family and boutique hotels must be our main base, at least in my opinion, because they employ local people, use local food, have a more intimate and homely atmosphere, and they are the ambassadors of our tourism and work all year round. Of course, we also need large hotels, but certainly as a development concept based on small family hotels, it is sustainable and more efficient. It is private renters with six or more rooms who should be encouraged to take this path, to become small family hotels with a story.In the tourism development strategy, we need 1.000 small family resorts, not 1.000 tourist resorts.&lt;/p&gt;<br /><br />
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