Hepatology Clinician Educator

first_imgPosting DetailsEmployees hired into Administrative and Professional positionsposted on or after July 1, 2017, will be governed by and, ifemployed on July 1, 2018 will move into the new University HumanResources System. For additional information, go tohttp://greatplace.vcu.edu. DepartmentInternal Medicine * Do you have specific expertise in the diagnosis andmanagement of patients with acute and chronic liver diseases?YesNo Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsCurriculum Vitae (CV)Optional DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationOther DocumentReference Letter – 1Reference Letter – 2Reference Letter – 3 Diversity Statement Information Mission or Goal of Unit School/UnitSchool of Medicine 1. ClinicalProvide clinical services in hepatology clinics at VCUHS, toinclude both clinics on the MCVH campus and in hepatology outreachlocations; participate in the inpatient management of patients withacute and chronic liver conditions, participate in attending on theDigestive Health Service at VCUHS ; perform diagnostic endoscopicprocedures.2. TeachingProvide teaching to medical students, residents, and fellows in themanagement of patients with liver conditions, with specificexpertise in the diagnosis and management of chronic liverdisorders; providing training in diagnostic and therapeuticendoscopy.3. ResearchSupport departmental research efforts through clinical trialenrollment and development of clinical research efforts withinspecialty interests.4. Service AdministrativeParticipate in divisional and institutional committees as needed;perform all administrative roles related to patient care in atimely and accurate manner. Working TitleHepatology Clinician Educator Tenure StatusNon-Tenure Eligible Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/98244 Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Position TypeTeaching and Research Faculty • ACGME Transplant Hepatology Fellowship completion.• ABIM Board Certification in Transplant Hepatology.• Experience with or interest in Gastroenterology/Hepatologyclinical research. We are seeking to fill this clinician faculty position to functionwithin the division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutritionat Virginia Commonwealth University. This position will providecare for patients with acute and chronic liver disease. Position NumberF65980 Preferred Qualifications * Are you Board Certified in Internal Medicine?YesNo Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission orgoalcenter_img RankAssistant Professor Date Posted03/19/2020 Required Qualifications Application Process/Additional Information Is this employee on a H1B Visa? To provide superior, compassionate and innovative clinical care toour patients using state of the art knowledge and resources and toconduct and disseminate clinical research and scholarship, with afocus on the care of patients and education of futureclinicians. Open Until FilledYes Application Deadline Date * Are you Board Certified in Transplant Hepatology?YesNo Position Responsibilities Grant funded position?No Type of SearchNational • Board certified in Internal Medicine Hepatology.• Current license to practice medicine in the Commonwealth ofVirginia.• Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diversefaculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as afaculty member at VCU . Posted Salary Proposed Hire Date07/01/2020 Number of Months12 Interested candidates should apply online athttps://www.vcujobs.com.For additional information, please contact:Lori HortonDivision Administrator – Gastroenterology, Hepatology [email protected]last_img read more

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Harry Potter sorting ceremony to take place in Oxford

first_imgMeanwhile Imogen Jones, a third-year Classicist at Corpus Christi College, feared that the hat mightentrench élitism at Oxford, claiming, “I’ve heard state school students are twice as likely to besorted into Hufflepuff as their privately educated counterparts.” She also stressed the importance of school unity, saying, “Once everyone is sorted on Thursday theywill instantly find themselves having to partner up with a student from each of the other houses, inorder to compete in our Three Broomsticks Quiz and win some fantastic prizes.” Finegan promised that the house system will feature in future society meetings, telling Cherwell, “Wedo have some events coming up in the future where houses will compete against one another,including everyone’s favourite, some inter-house Quidditch – so once you’re sorted into your house,I’d try and suss out who among your number is good with a broom!” Oxford’s own start-of-year Sorting Ceremony will take place this week, a term later than expected. The event, organised by the newly formed Harry Potter Society, will see the Sorting Hat delve deepinto students’ minds and place them in Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin. A formal invitation, sent to all society members, urged them to “take the Hogwarts Express to HarrisManchester College” and “get to know some fellow Harry Potter fans over a butterbeer”.center_img One student suggested a possible reason for the Sorting Hat’s deterioration in magical ability,pointing out that “the hat was blown up in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, whenVoldemort sacked Hogwarts.” It also specified a number of questions which students must answer in advance, and which form thebasis of the hat’s decision. These include scenarios like “A Muggle confronts you and says that theyare sure you are a witch or wizard”  and “A very strong man approaches you while you’re eatinglunch and demands that you give him some food. He doesn’t appear to be starving or poor. There isnobody there to stop him from taking it.” In each case students must choose from a selection of fourresponses. The event will take place at Harris Manchester College at 7.30pm on Thursday 2nd February.Oxford’s own start of year Sorting Ceremony will take place this week – a term later than expected. The event, organised by the newly formed Harry Potter Society, will see the Sorting Hat delve deep into students’ minds and place them in Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin. A formal invitation, sent to all society members, urged them to “take the Hogwarts Express to Harris Manchester College” and “get to know some fellow Harry Potter fans over a butterbeer”. It also specified a number of questions which students must answer in advance, and which form the basis of the hat’s decision. These include scenarios like “A Muggle confronts you and says that they are sure you are a witch or wizard”  and “A very strong man approaches you while you’re eating lunch and demands that you give him some food. He doesn’t appear to be starving or poor. There is nobody there to stop him from taking it.” In each case students must choose from a selection of four responses. Stevie Finegan, one of the society’s “Mugwumps” (Vice-Presidents) explained the need for such a system, revealing that the hat has lost many of its magical powers since it sorted Harry and friends. She said, “Unfortunately its magical element is proving far less cooperative than we would have hoped. As such we are having to prod it along and help it with song writing.” Finegan promised that the house system will feature in future society meetings, telling Cherwell, “We do have some events coming up in the future where houses will compete against one another,including everyone’s favourite, some inter-house Quidditch – so once you’re sorted into your house, I’d try and suss out who among your number is good with a broom!” She also stressed the importance of school unity, saying, “Once everyone is sorted on Thursday they will instantly find themselves having to partner up with a student from each of the other houses, in order to compete in our Three Broomsticks Quiz and win some fantastic prizes.” One student suggested a possible reason for the Sorting Hat’s deterioration in magical ability, pointing out that “the hat was blown up in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, when Voldemort sacked Hogwarts.” Meanwhile Imogen Jones, a third-year classicist at Corpus Christi College, feared that the hat might entrench élitism at Oxford, claiming, “I’ve heard state school students are twice as likely to be sorted into Hufflepuff as their privately educated counterparts.” Clare Franklin, a second year mathematician and long-standing Potter aficionado, commented, ‘The sorting ceremony is a rite of passage, and will no doubt be the most important trial any of us face this term. As you would no doubt guess, I would rather suffer through one of Umbridge’s detentions than be in Hufflepuff, and being a Muggleborn, I’d be scared for my safety in Slytherin. But I could be quite at home in Gryffindor or Ravenclaw.’The event will take place at Harris Manchester College at 7.30pm on Thursday 2nd February. Stevie Finegan, one of the society’s “Mugwumps” (Vice-Presidents) explained the need for such asystem, revealing that the Hat has lost many of its magical powers since it sorted Harry and friends.She said, “Unfortunately its magical element is proving far less cooperative than we would havehoped. As such we are having to prod it along and help it with song writing.”last_img read more

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Seminal speeches through the years

first_imgWhile it’s common for a modern-day speech to become instantly familiar to millions of viewers through television or the internet, few people experienced the direct impact of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s address at Harvard in September 1943.Through the years, an impressive range of orators have used the opportunity of delivering speeches at Harvard to reach not only those in attendance but the nation and sometimes the world, offering messages of profound significance for their times.In the 360° video above, we imagine what it might have been like to sit among those as they took in five seminal speeches across seven decades, including those of Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Mother Teresa, Bill Gates, and J.K. Rowling.This is a 360° video. If viewing on an iOS device, open the YouTube app. Otherwise, click and drag your mouse, or move your mobile device around, to explore the 360° environment. For the most immersive experience, try using a headset, such as Google Cardboard.last_img read more

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World Premiere Drama Villainous Company Will Play Off-Broadway

first_img Villanous Company explores the suspenseful game of cat and mouse between three women after one of them, Claire, returns from an afternoon of shopping and discovers that one of her packages is missing. Related Shows The cast of Villainous Company will include Alice Bahlke, Julia Campanelli and Corey Tazmania. The production will feature sets by Jennifer Varbalow, costumes by Brooke Cohen, lighting design by Pamela Kupper and sound design by Nick Simone. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 31, 2015 Villainous Company Shopping just got a whole lot more dangerous. The world premiere of Victor L. Cahn’s Villanous Company will play off-Broadway’s Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row next year. The production, directed by Eric Parness, will begin performances on January 9, 2015 and run through January 31. Opening night is set for January 12. View Commentslast_img read more

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Pecan oil

first_imgNew heart healthy oil”Canola oil has even less saturated fat, but pecan oil has about a third more polyunsaturated fat,”Florkowski said. “And the total content of mono- and polyunsaturated fats in pecan oil is about 90percent. That’s higher than soybean, corn, peanut or canola oils.”So what does all this mean to consumers?UGA food specialist Judy Harrison with the College of Family and Consumer Sciences sayssubstituting polyunsaturated fats for saturated fats has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol and, inclinical trials, it has led to a reduced risk of heart disease. “LDL is the bad type of cholesterol,” she said. “Studies have shown that replacing saturated fat inthe diet with monounsaturated fats, like those found in olive oil, peanut oil and nuts, may lowerblood sugar levels and have a mild cholesterol-lowering effect.”Harrison reminds consumers even though monounsaturated fats are healthier choices, they’re stillfats.”Adults should keep their total fat intake to between 20 and 35 percent of their total daily calorieintake,” she said. “And most of this fat should come from sources of polyunsaturated andmonounsaturated fats such as fish, nuts and vegetable oils.”One tablespoon of pecan oil has about 14 grams of fat, which is about 22 percent of an averageadult’s daily value of fat and contain 120 calories, she said. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaThere=s a newcomer headed to grocery shelves, and Georgia pecan growers couldn’t be happier. Pecan oil will soon take its place alongside other cooking oils like corn, olive, peanut, canola andsunflower.”This healthy nut now has a new cooking product that, although not cheap, broadens the availabilityof pecan products on the market,” said Wojciech Florkowski. An agricultural economist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences, Florkowski works closely with Georgia’s pecan growers and shellers. Growers welcome new product”At the last annual meeting and trade show organized by the Georgia Pecan Growers Association,(Kinloch PLantation Products) was offering the long-awaited pecan oil,” he said. “Now we need to inform consumersabout the product’s availability and educate them a bit on how to use the oil.”Currently, pecan oil can be purchased in gourmet shops or via specialty Internet websites. Pricesrange from $8.56 to $13.99 for 3.5 fluid ounces. Many pecan producers are beginning to add the new oil to their product lists.”We’ve just had it in our store for a few months, but it=s really going over well,” said Robbie Henryof Ellis Bros. Pecans in Vienna, Ga. “The small olive oil-sized bottle sells the best. It’s a littleexpensive, but people like new gourmet products.”Until now, pecan oil had been used as massage oil or incorporated into bath soaps. As cooking oil,it can be used in salad dressings and other applications. Compared to commonly used oils likesoybean, peanut or olive, pecan oil has a light color and flavor and less saturated fat. Low or not, it’s still a fatHarrison also cautions those with nut allergies to avoid nut-based oils. “If you=re allergic to pecans,you definitely would not want to use pecan oil,” she said.When it comes to frying, pecan oil has a higher smoke point (470 degrees F) than many other oils.”In comparison, butter is around 350, vegetable shortening around 360, soybean oil around 395,virgin olive oil around 420 and peanut oil around 440,” Harrison said. “Safflower oil has a highersmoke point as it’s around 510.”Florkowski says the market success of other nut oils, like walnut, has created marketingopportunities for new tree nut oils.”It’s only a matter of time before food editors and chefs will note the presence of tree nut oils andadapt their recipes to include novelty food oils,” he said. “Pecan oil enhances the options availableto consumers and will likely catch their eyes as a gourmet-type oil.”For a heart-healthy recipe booklet from the Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission forPecans, visit www.georgiapecans.org.last_img read more

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Cyberspace Becomes Newest Battlefield for Brazil’s Armed Forces

first_img The Brazilian Army is getting ready to engage an enemy who takes down entire networks, reveals state secrets and compromises countries’ security with a few keystrokes. The increasing frequency and severity of cyber attacks has alarmed governments around the world. Brazil’s armed forces have responded by launching the Center for Cyber Defense (CDCiber) in Brasília. A military-led enterprise, the center’s name aligns with Brazil’s pacifist tradition — with the focus on “cyber defense” instead of “cyber war.” “Our strategy is an active defense,” said General José Carlos dos Santos, head of command at CDCiber. “The center seeks to protect Brazilian’s systems by preventing attacks and minimizing their effects.” The center aims to provide the army with an organization that can act in the cyber field “in times of peace and of conflict,” said Gen. dos Santos. Risks are real and attacks are merciless In late June, a particularly virulent series of denial-of-service attacks — in which access to a website is disrupted — took down government-run sites including that of Brazil’s main government statistical institution, IBGE, which boasts a vast archive of demographic and economic data. While these attacks showed vulnerabilities, the Brazilian government has made significant investment in the security of its networks, according to Bruno Rossini, Manager of Public Relations of Symantec Latin America. “The government has a very secure and solid network. Otherwise, the recent attacks would have been much worse,” explained Rossini. The same applies to the banking system. “Brazil has one of the most advanced electronic banking systems in the world. There has been no successful hacking of that network,” Rossini said, noting, however, a significant increase in electronic theft. “At the end of the day, the final user is the weakest link.” Brazil, says a Symantec Corp. 2011 survey, ranks only behind China in its vulnerability to virtual attacks. That’s why CDC iber has become such a priority for the government. The center is run by the Institutional Security Office (GSI) of the presidency of the republic, the body in charge of security measures within Brazil’s public administration. “If our center were fully operational, we could have been able to neutralize, or at the very least, realize the imminent attacks much earlier,” dos Santos said. CDCiber opens its doors, not a minute too soon The GSI manages 320 public computer networks that cover about one million public sector users from 37 cabinet offices and 6,000 government entities. Brazil registers more than 2,000 hacking attempts against government websites per hour. The center that defends Brazilian cyberspace is located in the third floor of a building in Brasilia’s military urban sector. While its official debut was in June, the CDCiber has been in development for around a year. All the branches of Brazil’s Armed Forces have programs of cyber defense, but the new center will integrate leadership of those programs. “We are developing policies for coordination and integration,” dos Santos explained. “Defense Minister [Nelson] Jobim conferred the same degree of importance to the cyber sector as to the space and nuclear ones. We can’t forget our specific function as armed forces. Several of these attacks can be considered acts of war.” About 100 Army, Air Force and Navy officers will staff the center. The team is well-trained to meet the challenge but is also expected — and will receive incentives — to further their specialization. The officers are encouraged to pursue master’s and doctorate programs in cyber defense and computer sciences through Rio de Janeiro’s Military Institute of Engineering. CDCiber is equipped with a laboratory to analyze malware, a center to deal with specific incidents and two servers that will simulate cyberwar for exercises. Army Leads the Cyber Way As it is evident in recent attacks around the world, a small but well-trained and determined force can wreck havoc on forces that are much bigger, and supposedly stronger. They’re also protected by a veil of anonymity, often manipulating computers of unsuspecting users. CDCiber’s work focuses on national defense, in which the Armed Forces have the lead role, as well as on national security, in which they are ancillary. The center will protect Brazil’s military and government network, as well as information infrastructure as a whole. “The cyber security world can learn a great deal from the military,” said William Beer, the London-based director of OneSecurity at PricewaterhouseCoopers. “The military approach and mentality can be very helpful [because it] has access to advanced technology and higher visibility not always available in the private sector. It increases confidence in the system.” Beer said that CDCiber’s key challenge would be to protect civilian infrastructure that is in private hands, but also considered critical. Pay attention to the man behind the cyber curtain his view is shared by Santos, commander of CDCiber. The 58-year-old general, a telecommunications engineer who’s long been in the forefront of introducing new technologies in war and defense operations, is credited with bringing mobile phone into the barracks for the first time, back in 1999. He also commanded the communications battalion in Recife in support of the government fight against drugs. “Young people are born with a knack for the cyber world, but they lack a more general, comprehensive vision,” said dos Santos. “I have acquired that vision through years of experience. Also, most basic concepts of security of communications haven’t changed much. Only the technology has.” Yet if CDCiber is to meet its long-term objectives, the general’s leadership skills will be tested beyond his direct chain of command. The center’s staff, while focused on the protection of national interests, will also need to learn to work with vital areas outside of military control, such as transportation, pharmaceutical production and communications. Taking security seriously GSI has been working to educate the public sector about the importance of incorporating best security practices at all government agencies. Rossini, from Symantec, insists that there are two fronts, the implementation of effective security policies and the compliance with those policies. He says the new center proves the government’s commitment to establishing a climate of confidence and sending a clear message about the seriousness of cybercrime. “Governments have to mobilize, because complacency is the enemy,” he said. “Hacking, clearly, could happen to anyone.” A recent survey by the Tribunal de Contas da União shows that 64 percent of Brazil’s federal entities don’t even have a policy of information security. Experts warn that this is not only a national security problem, but an economic one as well — since a reputation of vulnerability to cyber attacks could send the wrong signal to potential foreign investors. The CDCiber is still studying the myriad of ways it will need to connect with the civilian and private sectors. “We do not want to reinvent the wheel,” said dos Santos. “So we already work very closely with several private enterprises that provide cyber programs and hardware that meet our needs, such as data analysis, forensics, social network trends and analytics.” Beer says the Brazilian military has an opportunity to overcome some of the private sector’s skepticism and take advantage of the immense potential for collaboration on cyber security. “The military should engage with senior leaders from across the business community, not just IT and security,” said Beer. “There need to be forums that are not limited to government and a established channel for regular communications.” The next 12 months Dos Santos envisions CDCiber becoming a modular monitoring center that could be relocated anywhere at a moment’s notice in an emergency. Currently, around 75 per cent of military data is in military servers. “Our number one priority is to increase network security by having it 100 per cent under internal control,” he said. The other priority is training. In 2012, all Brazilian military schools will have a new Technology, Information and Communications curriculum. “Finally, we will set up the CDCiber per se,” said dos Santos. “This well-equipped room is just the first iteration. This is merely the nucleus of a much more complex and sophisticated system for the Brazilian army and society as a whole.” Very nice piece on Brazil. Hope to read more about security issues in this rapidly growing country. what a good infomation must read pages are been displayed.Very good pages. By Dialogo August 03, 2011last_img read more

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U.S. Navy Christens Sixth Joint High-Speed Vessel

first_imgAlthough JHSVs can carry a host of lethal weapons, from special forces teams to tanks to helicopters, they are classified as non-combatant ships; their only permanent armaments are mounts for four .50-caliber machine guns. The new 338-foot-long, shallow draft aluminum catamaran is a multi-mission, non-combatant transport vessel characterized by its high volume, high speed, and flexibility. It’s designed to transport 600 short tons of Military cargo 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots; its top unloaded speed is 43 knots, or 49 mph. Supporting Operation Martillo “Launch marks a major milestone for this ship as this is the first time it’s entered the water, signifying its readiness to prepare for tests and trials and eventual delivery,” said Capt. Henry Stevens, Strategic and Theater Sealift Program Manager. “This is a very busy time for the Navy and the shipbuilder as we continue to mark the major milestones that bring each ship closer to delivery and eventual in-service operations.” A multipurpose vehicle Capable of operating in shallow-draft ports and waterways, the Brunswick features a flight deck for 24-hour helicopter operations and an off-load ramp that will allow vehicles to quickly drive off the ship. Navy authorities launched the ship May 19 from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama; the Brunswick, named for a seaport city located on the southeast coast of Georgia, will undergo sea trials in preparation for its final delivery to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) in the fall. JHSVs have a 20,000-square-foot “open mission” deck that can accommodate a wide variety of applications, from troop transport to cargo to medical modules that can turn the vessel into a hospital ship. They can provide airline-style seating for more than 300 embarked troops and fixed berthing for 104; typically, JHSVs have a core crew of 22 civilian mariners, with Military mission personnel embarking as necessary. Originally designed for intra-theater lift and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief support, the JHSV ship class has already broadened its mission to fill in the gaps, while the Oliver Hazard Perry-class of frigates are decommissioned, in counter-narcotics and counter-trafficking efforts in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific. USNS Brunswick will join five other JHSVs already commissioned: the USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1), which was delivered to the Navy in 2012; the USNS Choctaw County (JHSV-2); the USNS Millinocket (JHSV-3); the USNS Fall River (JHSV-4); and the USNS Trenton (JHSV-5), which was delivered to the Navy in April. Four other JHSVs are under construction, with a cost of about $180 million each. The non-combatant ships are versatile These vessels are “very flexible, fast boats, which are not expensive. This (maintains) technological supremacy in the waters. The benefits for Operation MARTILLO is that these high-tech boats will give greater interdiction capabilities,” said Raul Benitez Manaut, president of the Collective for the Analysis of Security with Democracy (CASEDE) in Mexico. “Cooperation between the countries is further strengthened in the fight against drug trafficking and transnational organized crime organizations.” The non-combatant ships are versatile For example, in 2014 USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1) participated in Operation MARTILLO, a 14-nation effort designed to combat illicit trafficking out of the littoral regions of Central American countries. The Spearhead assisted in maritime security, counter-narcotics trafficking operations, and contingency operations; it also carried teams to Latin America and the Caribbean to conduct training exercises and community relations projects as part of operation Southern Partnership Station 2014, a U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)-directed operation planned by U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (USNAVSO) and U.S. Fourth Fleet. Countries visited included Belize, Colombia, Guatemala, and Honduras. USNS Spearhead will also participate in Southern Partnership Station 2015, scheduled to begin in June. A multipurpose vehicle “Launch marks a major milestone for this ship as this is the first time it’s entered the water, signifying its readiness to prepare for tests and trials and eventual delivery,” said Capt. Henry Stevens, Strategic and Theater Sealift Program Manager. “This is a very busy time for the Navy and the shipbuilder as we continue to mark the major milestones that bring each ship closer to delivery and eventual in-service operations.” Julieta Pelcastre contributed to this article. The U.S. Navy continues to augment its anti-narcotics trafficking capabilities in the Caribbean and the Eastern Pacific with the addition of its sixth Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), the USNS Brunswick. However, because of the JHSV’s versatility, the Navy plans to use the JHSV Trenton (JHSV-5) as a platform for the first at-sea trials of its experimental electromagnetic railgun in 2016. Railguns are projectile weapons that do not use explosives or other propellants, but instead employ electromagnetic forces to achieve a very high kinetic energy; their projectiles can potentially exceed Mach 10, twice the speed of current weapons. Supporting Operation Martillo Such capacities help countries participating in Operation MARTILLO maintain technological superiority in their efforts to stop transnational criminal organizations from trafficking drugs at sea. Although JHSVs can carry a host of lethal weapons, from special forces teams to tanks to helicopters, they are classified as non-combatant ships; their only permanent armaments are mounts for four .50-caliber machine guns. These vessels are “very flexible, fast boats, which are not expensive. This (maintains) technological supremacy in the waters. The benefits for Operation MARTILLO is that these high-tech boats will give greater interdiction capabilities,” said Raul Benitez Manaut, president of the Collective for the Analysis of Security with Democracy (CASEDE) in Mexico. “Cooperation between the countries is further strengthened in the fight against drug trafficking and transnational organized crime organizations.” USNS Brunswick will join five other JHSVs already commissioned: the USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1), which was delivered to the Navy in 2012; the USNS Choctaw County (JHSV-2); the USNS Millinocket (JHSV-3); the USNS Fall River (JHSV-4); and the USNS Trenton (JHSV-5), which was delivered to the Navy in April. Four other JHSVs are under construction, with a cost of about $180 million each. The new 338-foot-long, shallow draft aluminum catamaran is a multi-mission, non-combatant transport vessel characterized by its high volume, high speed, and flexibility. It’s designed to transport 600 short tons of Military cargo 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots; its top unloaded speed is 43 knots, or 49 mph. Originally designed for intra-theater lift and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief support, the JHSV ship class has already broadened its mission to fill in the gaps, while the Oliver Hazard Perry-class of frigates are decommissioned, in counter-narcotics and counter-trafficking efforts in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific. The U.S. Navy continues to augment its anti-narcotics trafficking capabilities in the Caribbean and the Eastern Pacific with the addition of its sixth Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), the USNS Brunswick. By Dialogo June 04, 2015 For example, in 2014 USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1) participated in Operation MARTILLO, a 14-nation effort designed to combat illicit trafficking out of the littoral regions of Central American countries. The Spearhead assisted in maritime security, counter-narcotics trafficking operations, and contingency operations; it also carried teams to Latin America and the Caribbean to conduct training exercises and community relations projects as part of operation Southern Partnership Station 2014, a U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)-directed operation planned by U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (USNAVSO) and U.S. Fourth Fleet. Countries visited included Belize, Colombia, Guatemala, and Honduras. USNS Spearhead will also participate in Southern Partnership Station 2015, scheduled to begin in June. JHSVs have a 20,000-square-foot “open mission” deck that can accommodate a wide variety of applications, from troop transport to cargo to medical modules that can turn the vessel into a hospital ship. They can provide airline-style seating for more than 300 embarked troops and fixed berthing for 104; typically, JHSVs have a core crew of 22 civilian mariners, with Military mission personnel embarking as necessary. Navy authorities launched the ship May 19 from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama; the Brunswick, named for a seaport city located on the southeast coast of Georgia, will undergo sea trials in preparation for its final delivery to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) in the fall. However, because of the JHSV’s versatility, the Navy plans to use the JHSV Trenton (JHSV-5) as a platform for the first at-sea trials of its experimental electromagnetic railgun in 2016. Railguns are projectile weapons that do not use explosives or other propellants, but instead employ electromagnetic forces to achieve a very high kinetic energy; their projectiles can potentially exceed Mach 10, twice the speed of current weapons. Such capacities help countries participating in Operation MARTILLO maintain technological superiority in their efforts to stop transnational criminal organizations from trafficking drugs at sea. Julieta Pelcastre contributed to this article. Capable of operating in shallow-draft ports and waterways, the Brunswick features a flight deck for 24-hour helicopter operations and an off-load ramp that will allow vehicles to quickly drive off the ship. last_img read more

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Who should drive exam innovation … the regulator or the regulated?

first_imgEach financial institution is given instructions for placing needed electronic documents into prebuilt folders within that financial institutions’s StrongBox (e.g., ALM/Liquidity, Information Security and Technology, Lending, Savings and Administration). The financial institution then grants access to the examiner, who can drag files into his/her own system, eliminating the need for paper copies of private bank information. The virtual system also improves security because examiners don’t need to copy files to a thumb drive or other device, which can get lost or stolen. (It can happen; just a year ago, an NCUA examiner’s thumb drive with reams of sensitive credit union data went missing.) Similarly, there’s no need to send documents by email or fax, which are inadequately secured.For banks, the benefits include:Examiners can retrieve files right at their fingertips from their home office without interrupting daily operations.APIs allow for the automation of document delivery from core to examinerExaminers need to be onsite fewer days, often just a one-day (or virtual) exit meeting.Less travel results in huge cost reductions and a lower financial burden for banks.Banks sensitive data is protected by an ultra-secure, file-exchange process.For regulators, the upside is:Examiners travel less, resulting in higher job satisfaction and employee retention.Agencies can hire from a larger pool of qualified employees (millennials, who hate careers that cause them to always be on the road, are now the largest portion of the workforce).Needed documents can be retrieved anywhere there is an Internet connection.Examiners’ time is used more efficiently.Credit union security is enhanced – a high regulatory priority.Whose (job) life is it, anyway?Every week, we hear some new threat about disruptive banking from fintech companies. Perhaps it’s time for our industry to do some “disrupting” of its own to bring about exam innovation. Whether industry participants use the Virtual StrongBox program or another solution, let’s start a conversation about saving the time, costs and aggravation of current exam processes. Otherwise, well, Henry Ford said it best: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”So, who should be doing the innovating? The regulator? The regulated? Both? Let’s just say that whoever has a good idea should be heard. But credit unions and regulators must have a seat at the table; who better to work on a solution than those who have a stake in the outcome? When an examiner is ready to send findings, reports or other documents to the financial institutions, s/he can drag them into the StrongBox for pick up. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ron Daly Ron Daly is the president and CEO of Virtual StrongBox, a secure, end-to-end member engagement platform that can be integrated into various workflow processes to provide high-risk Enterprise IT firms … Web: www.virtualstrongbox.com Details Back in my days as a CFO at a financial institution, we had a few tricks for making the regulators feel welcome when it came time for the annual exam. If it was summer, my favorite was housing them in the sunniest room in the building, where they could enjoy natural lighting. We’d set the temperature at a toasty 90o … you know, to save on the A/C. And when the weather turned cold, we liked to give examiners a feel for what it’s like to participate in winter sports.Of course I was kidding. The examiners have an important job to do – a necessary ev– … uh … inconvenience.Bad disruptive bankingBut doesn’t it seem like they always show up when you’re in the middle of a core conversion, or the system’s down or, at the very least, it’s month end? Having examiners under foot is disruptive, with staff members constantly stopping work to find a file or answer questions that can’t seem to wait. And, let’s face it, it’s just a little unnerving to have regulators in the middle of your daily operations for a week or more.It isn’t easy for them, either. Working in the field requires extensive travel, as much as 300 days a year of constantly packing up papers and computers to move from one financial institutions to another. That’s hard on the body, and hard on home life. And then there are the costs – costs that are borne by each financial institution. Hotel rooms, meals out, travel costs … it isn’t unusual for an examiner to wear out a new car in just a year!Given their druthers, I suspect most regulators would much prefer to work in the familiar setting of a home office, with all their supplies, equipment and files in one place, not to mention creature comforts. That’s especially true of millennial employees, who don’t want to spend all their time traveling.Well, what can you do? Regulators have to be onsite for days at a time so they can conduct a proper examination, right? Maybe not.Good disruptive bankingExaminers don’t like spending the bulk of their lives on the road or in your shop, and your credit union isn’t thrilled when exams get in the way of normal work routines, so maybe we should start thinking differently. What if your examiners could do all their prep work, analysis, interviews and report writing from their own offices? What if they only had to visit your credit union to conduct the exit interview? What if even that could be done by Skype?Exam innovation is possible, and at Virtual StrongBox, we’re working with regulators and financial institutions to make it happen. Already, participating regulators across several states are testing our digital “safe deposit boxes” to do secure file exchange between examiners and the financial institutions they supervise. Here’s how it works:The regulatory agency licenses our secure member engagement platform, providing financial institutions and their employees with individual, Virtual StrongBoxes to use for secure file exchange via our patented, end-to-end encryption process. And unlike less-secure, common document-storage services that commingle users’ files, documents in online box are digitally stored separately in regulatory-compliant, SSAE 16 certified data centers.last_img read more

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Big block in handy position ‘ticks a lot of boxes’

first_imgMore from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 201918 Pylara Cres, Ferny Hills. Picture: realestate.com.au.Kerry Smollen, of Ray White – Ferny Hills, who finalised the sale on August 7, said the couple started renovating the day of settlement.“(This house) ticked a lot of boxes,” he said.“A nice big corner block with a pool, ready for renovation.”Mr Smollen said Ferny Hills had become a hot spot for first home buyers over investors.“There are plenty of houses coming up for sale under $500,000 – that’s our main market,” Mr Smollen said.The property is on a 680sq m block in a tightly held street, close to transport, parks and across the road from Patricks Rd School.It has an inground pool with shade sail and a large back deck.Ferny Hills has a median house price of $540,000. REAL ESTATE: 18 Pylara Cres, Ferny Hills. Picture supplied by Ray White.Savvy first home buyers have snapped up a three-bedroom house on a big block just 12km from Brisbane’s CBD for only $440,000.The young pair in their late 20s were one of at least 40 couples who inspected the highset home at 18 Pylara Cres, Ferny Hills, during the sales campaign.And the motivated new owners have wasted no time getting straight to work on their new purchase.last_img read more

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Price rises mean homes in these areas are worth twice what owners originally paid for them

first_imgTim Lawless said solid price growth in some capital cities meant many properties were now worth twice what owners paid for them.ALMOST 40 per cent of homes are now worth more than double what their owners paid for them.According to new figures from CoreLogic the growth in house prices throughout Australia in recent years means values have doubled in many capital cities.As is to be expected Sydney had the largest proportion, 48.1 per cent, of houses which were worth at least twice as much as the owners paid, while Melbourne was close behind with 47.3 per cent of properties.About 33 per cent of Brisbane homeowners had doubled their money, 37.4 per cent of Hobart owners and 34.3 per cent of Perth owners.In Adelaide 29.1 per cent of property owners were now sitting on assets worth twice what they paid and in Darwin 25.9 per cent of owners were feeling richer.CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said strong capital gains had created a significant boost in wealth for some owners.Has your home doubled in value while you’ve been living in it?More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoWhile the national result was quite strong, Mr Lawless said it was below the previous highs of 45.4 per cent achieved in 2007.Some regional markets also fared well with regional Victoria leading the charge with 40.8 per cent of properties now worth at least twice what owners originally paid.On the flip side, those areas which had the highest proportion of properties which were worth less than what owners originally paid were those hit hard by the resources downturn.The worst was regional Western Australia, at 17.8 per cent, Darwin 15.1 per cent, Perth 11.1 per cent and regional Queensland 11 per cent.Mr Lawless said ten years ago at the height of the mining boom, many of these areas had few properties worth less than what owners paid.“The good news for many mining regions is that housing market conditions seem to be moving through the bottom of their cycle,’’ he said.“Transaction numbers are generally rising and advertised stock levels are reducing which should help to promote some value recovery in these regions.”last_img read more

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