US Navy carrier strike group starts South China Sea patrol

first_img Share this article View post tag: USS Carl Vinson US Navy carrier strike group starts South China Sea patrol View post tag: US Navy Authorities View post tag: South China Sea U.S Navy’s aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and the attached carrier strike group entered the South China Sea and started patrols in the disputed region, the U.S. Navy announced on February.The start of “routine operations” comes a week after Beijing warned the U.S. not to challenge China’s sovereignty in the South China Sea.What is more, according to media reports, China is considering maritime law changes that could possibly require foreign ships to obtain China’s permission to enter its waters. Additionally, submarines would likely have to surface while transiting Chinese waters.Prior to starting the patrol, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), together with guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), and aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, trained off the islands of Hawaii and Guam to maintain and improve their readiness and develop cohesion as a strike group.The strike group recently enjoyed a port visit to Guam and after departing the Marianas, conducted operations in the Philippine Sea.Vinson last deployed to the Western-Pacific in 2015 and conducted a bilateral exercise with the Royal Malaysian Navy and Royal Malaysian Air Force in the South China Sea. Vinson first operated in the South China Sea in 1983 and in total, has operated there during 16 previous deployments over its 35 year history.“The training completed over the past few weeks has really brought the team together and improved our effectiveness and readiness as a strike group,” said Rear Adm. James Kilby, commander, CSG 1. “We are looking forward to demonstrating those capabilities while building upon existing strong relationships with our allies, partners and friends in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.”While deployed, the Carl Vinson CSG will remain under U.S. 3rd Fleet command and control, including beyond the international dateline, which previously divided operational areas of responsibility for 3rd and 7th Fleets. Third Fleet operating forward offers additional options to the Pacific Fleet commander by leveraging the capabilities of 3rd and 7th Fleets. This operational concept allows both numbered fleets to complement one another and provide the foundation of stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy carrier strike group starts South China Sea patrol February 19, 2017last_img read more

Chinese Language and Culture Instructor, Defense and Critical Language/Culture Program

first_imgThe Defense and Critical Language/Culture Program invitesapplications for a Chinese Language & Culture Instructorto join their team. The Chinese Instructor of Language and Culturewill instruct and assist in the development of curriculum formilitary and U.S. government agency personnel in intensive languageand culture courses delivered over video-teleconferencing (VTC) andin-resident venues. The duration of each course ranges from one dayto one year. While classes are in session, 5-6 hours of teachingper day is common per instructor, while 2-3 hours per day are usedfor lesson preparation, classroom management, administration andsupplementary curriculum development. When courses are not insession course materials are developed by the language instructorsfor publishing and for in-class use. The language instructor isresponsible for 5-6 hours of in class teaching daily and aiding theLead Instructor in the design of course curriculum andsyllabus.Due to instruction being conducted at multiple training sites, sometravel may be required for instructors. The instructor selected forthis role must be fluent in Chinese language and demonstrate a highlevel of proficiency in English. The instructor is required to takean Oral Proficiency Interview and score superior in Chinese andadvanced in English prior to selection. They must have a high levelof knowledge in current teaching methodologies and be comfortablewith teaching through technology using Video-Teleconferencing(VTCs), Smartboards, and iPads. Instructors must also be able towork productively in a group (team teaching, active coordination,extensive collaboration), and also work effectively in anindependent mode. The instructor must be able to create and followsyllabi without oversight.The position will be located at Fort Bragg, NC; however, otherlocations may be possible dependent upon mission requirements or atthe request of our customers or as determined by the Director ofthe DCLCP.Minimum Required Education and ExperienceApplicant must have a Master’s Degree; preference is aPh.D.Must have experience in instructing Chinese language andcultureMust have experience in curriculum development for Chineselanguage; required to develop curriculum based on the needs of theprogram and as required by DoDMust have knowledge of current teaching methodologies andpractices in the classroom and experience utilizing advancedclassroom technologiesMust be able to work productively within a team andindependentlyApplicant must score advanced in English as tested against theOral Proficiency Interview (OPI); applicant is required to take theOPI before selection and must score superior in Chinese Letter of Interest – addressing your qualifications andexperience related the stated required skills for theposition.Detailed Resume – listing education and describing workexperienceProfessional References – names and contact informationfor three (3) professional reference Preferred QualificationsExperience in intensive language instruction, particularly in amilitary or government setting Job LocationFort Bragg,North Carolina, United StatesPositionTypeFull-Time/Regular About the Defense Critical Language/Culture Program (DCLCP) andUMThe Defense Critical Language/Culture Program (DCLCP) at theMansfield Center develops and presents comprehensive language andregional studies/cultural awareness courses, courseware, andsupporting materials designed to prepare DOD and USG employees foroverseas deployment. These courses and materials will bespecifically designed to meet DoD requirements, and may include,but not be limited to, languages such as Chinese, Arabic, Dari,Persian, Indonesian, French, Russian, Pashto, and Korean.Additionally, these courses and materials will include asubstantial regional and cultural studies component. DCLCP willalso develop synchronous online learning modules and Apple Apps forlanguage and culture instruction in coordination with Department ofDefense (DoD) entities. DCLCP will also work with other entities atthe University of Montana to 1) develop an online bachelor’s andmaster’s degree program for deployed military and other UMstudents, and 2) an online associate degree.The University of Montana is a unit of the Montana UniversitySystem with over 10,000 students. It is located in Missoula, aculturally vibrant community of about 72,000, surrounded bymountain grandeur which was recently ranked in the “ top 20 best college towns with a population of lessthan 250,000 ” by the American Institute for Economic Researchand ranked 9th in Outside Magazine’s “ The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America” in2014 . Many national publications recognize Missoula for itshigh quality of life . Abundant recreationalopportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearbyGlacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement athriving intellectual atmosphere. The University of Montana offerseligible employees a generous benefits package that positivelyseparates UM from other local employers and offers many programsand policies to support work-life balance for its employees.The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/EqualOpportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment tothe principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we areparticularly interested in receiving applications from a broadspectrum of qualified people who would assist the University indemonstrating its five priorities for action : Place student success at the centerof all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching,learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first,people always”; partner with place; and proudly tell the UMstory.Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to the Offer ofEmployment In accordance with University regulations, finalists forthis position will be subject to criminal backgroundinvestigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran’s Preference Reasonableaccommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons withdisabilities. For example, this material is available inalternative format upon request. As an EqualOpportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applicationsfrom minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates mayrequest veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance withstate law. References: References not listed on theapplication materials may be contacted; notice may be provided tothe applicant. Testing: Individual hiring departments at UMmay elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant toessential job functions. Employment Eligibility: All NewEmployees must be eligible and show employment eligibilityverification by the first date of employment at UM, as legallyrequired (e.g., Form I-9).How to ApplyReview of applications will begin immediately and continue untilthe position is filled.A complete application Includes:last_img read more

Tolkien’s House for Sale

first_imgNo. 20 Northmoor Road, the Oxford house in which J.R.R. Tolkein lived for seventeen years and wrote The Hobbit, is up for sale. It is expected to fetch £1.5million, despite having no central heating or kitchen. The house has a rich history and was originally built for Basil Blackwell, founder of the famous Oxford Bookshop, while the Tolkeins lived next door to him.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2004last_img

Rebecca Long-Bailey on aspiration and going “further” left

first_imgLong-Bailey is a woman of great modesty, raised the daughter of a Salford docker and trade union representative, I get the sense from our surroundings that socialism is not merely a vocation for her, but a calling. Her main rival for the leadership is Keir Starmer, who, when he was here in Oxford a fortnight ago, held his event in Wesley Memorial Hall. The contrast could not be more obvious. “The important point about open selection is that firstly no MP should ever feel that they’ve got a job for life, and most don’t if I’m honest, they realise that they’ve got to be accountable to their members,” Long-Bailey responds. “But the process that we’ve got within the Party at the moment was a bit of a fudge. We wanted to make the Party more democratic; Jeremy did a democracy review, and it resulted in our trigger ballot system being such that branches themselves had to actively campaign against a sitting MP if they wanted to have an open selection. So it’s very negative and it didn’t allow any new candidates to emerge without the stigma of being the person who tried to unseat the relevant MP. Now I think we need to have a discussion within the Party about how we can have a fair and open selection process that also recognises the hard work of MPs, and they shouldn’t have anything to worry about if I’m honest if they’re hardworking and they’re accountable to the local members then they should be welcomed with open arms in terms of going forward in that open selection process. But it also needs to be a system that allows for women to progress through the Party, for black and ethnic minorities to progress through the Party. So we need to have that frank discussion and I understand the concerns because on the other side of the fence there are concerns that if we have an open selection process then that might allow individuals with lots of wealth and means to campaign behind them, to suddenly install themselves in a constituency and actively campaign because they know that an open selection is coming up. But I don’t think we should be frightened about that because we’re supposed to be a democratic Party and we can’t democratise the economy if we’re not even able to democratise ourselves.” I start on the much-hyped idea of the ‘Red Wall,’ the northern seats which Labour lost so heavily in December. Given that across Europe social democratic parties have lost their industrial heartlands and failed to win them back, I ask, is Labour is barking up the wrong tree in trying to win them back? “It’s aspiration but it’s real realisation of aspiration and it’s not just realising the aspiration of somebody who might be lucky enough to climb the ladder and achieve success like I did. It’s about making sure that no matter where you’re from, whatever community you’re from, no matter how wealthy your parents are, we all rise up together. And that only happens with a government that is ready to invest in the economy, to collaborate with businesses, to provide the critical infrastructure that we need to spur on investment and growth. To make sure that we’ve got an education system that’s fit for purpose, it skills up our people for the future, particularly with the fourth industrial revolution and automation presenting another huge challenge. So it runs right through everything. The Green Industrial Revolution is another one where it’s about aspiration, and again it’s not just aspiration of individuals to do better, it’s aspiration about what kind of world we want to live in and what our place in the world should be.” Long-Bailey is unchastened: “I think we need to win those seats back but we’ve also got to win the seats that we need to win a general election and that means appealing to all cross sections of the United Kingdom. It’s important to focus on the reasons why we lost so-called seats in the ‘Red Wall’ and we lost them for a variety of reasons. Brexit, and our position, the compromise that we out forward angered both leavers and remainers, and came across as quite confusing on the doorstep, certainly our activists reported that. I think the facts that our election campaign didn’t offer an overarching narrative or a message which resonated with communities and spoke to life improvement and aspiration was a huge thing. Many people didn’t understand that the Labour Party’s role was to improve their lives and they saw us as a Party sometimes of handouts rather than of aspiration. So I think it’s important to rebrand ourselves and focus a lot on the message going forward.” Moving to parliamentary politics, Long-Bailey has recently come out in favour of mandatory reselection, meaning no Labour MP would be automatically reselected as a parliamentary candidate in each general election. Labour MPs have been notoriously difficult to deal with under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. What’s their reaction been to mandatory reselection, I ask Long-Bailey, and how would you deal with the PLP over the next 4-5 years if you were to win the leadership? Pressed on her definition of “aspiration,” an ideal most commonly associated with the Left’s most hated Labour leader, Tony Blair, Long-Bailey outlines her view of socialist aspiration. I meet Rebecca Long-Bailey in her latest makeshift office, a slightly grubby kitchen in Blackbird Leys Community Centre, one of the poorest areas of Oxford. She made this the latest stop of her campaign for the leadership on Monday evening, as she attempts to maintain the Left’s control over the Labour Party. Long-Bailey is the hope of Labour’s left in this election. If she loses, the consequences to the socialist revival that has occurred in the Party may well be dire, something which Long-Bailey seems aware of. She finishes the interview with an appeal to socialist values and a rejection that Labour lost last year by going too far left, implying to could go even further. “I think this leadership election is important and I know all of the candidates have talked about sticking to our values and not deviating. But I think I’m certainly the candidate that has spent the last four years working on many of the policies that were contained within our manifesto that would have helped us realise our vision of improving our communities lives. And I think the fundamental point and one of the particular reasons why I stood in this election was that, not because I’m personally ambitious, I’ve always been a worker in the background, developing the ideas and the policies, but I’m ambitious for my community and worry because we heard this after the general election that people were complaining about the policies. It was the policies that needed to change rather than the message, and the leader etc etc. And what I would say was that it wasn’t the policies, most of our policies were broadly popular and when you polled them independently without attaching them to the Labour Party, they did very very well. So it’s not the policies, it’s the way we packaged them and in fact I think we could go further than where we are at the moment in terms of our policy offering.”last_img read more

Detecting heart-valve infection

first_imgA novel imaging probe developed by a Harvard-led team of investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) may make it possible to accurately diagnose a dangerous infection of the heart valves. In a Nature Medicine report, which is receiving advance online publication, the team from the MGH Center for Systems Biology describes how the presence of Staphylococcus aureus-associated endocarditis in a mouse model was revealed by PET imaging with a radiolabeled version of a protein involved in a process that usually conceals infecting bacteria from the immune system.“Our probe was able to sense whether S. aureus was present in abnormal growths that hinder the normal function of heart valves,” says Matthias Nahrendorf of the MGH Center for Systems Biology, a co-lead author of the study. “It has been very difficult to identify the bacteria involved in endocarditis, but a precise diagnosis is important to steering well-adjusted antibiotic therapy.”An infection of the tissue lining the heart valves, endocarditis is characterized by growths called vegetations made up of clotting components such as platelets and fibrin along with infecting microorganisms. Endocarditis caused by S. aureus is the most dangerous, with a mortality rate of from 25 to almost 50 percent, but diagnosis can be difficult because symptoms such as fever and heart murmur are vague, and blood tests may not detect the involved bacteria. Without appropriate antibiotic therapy, S. aureus endocarditis can progress rapidly, damaging or destroying heart valves.S. aureus bacteria initiate the growth of vegetations by secreting staphylocoagulase, an enzyme that sets off the clotting cascade. This process involves a protein called prothrombin, which is part of a pathway leading to the deposition of fibrin, a primary component of blood clots. The clotting process enlarges the vegetation, anchors it to the heart valve, and serves to conceal the bacteria from immune cells in the bloodstream.To develop an imaging-based approach to diagnosing S. aureus endocarditis, the MGH team first investigated the molecular mechanism by which staphylocoagulase sets off the clotting cascade, finding that one staphylocoagulase molecule interacts with at least four molecules of fibrin or its predecessor molecule fibrinogen in a complex that binds to a growing vegetation. Because prothrombin is an essential intermediary in the staphylocoagulase/fibrin interaction, the researchers investigated whether labeled versions of prothrombin could accurately detect S. aureus endocarditis in mice.After initial experiments confirmed that an optical imaging technology called FMT-CT could detect a fluorescence-labeled version of prothombin deposited into S. aureus-induced vegetations, the researchers showed that a radiolabeled version of prothombin enabled the detection of S. aureus vegetations with combined PET-CT imaging, an approach that could be used in human patients after additional development and FDA approval.“An approach like this could help clinicians detect the presence of endocarditis, determine its severity and whether it is caused by S. aureus, and track the effectiveness of antibiotics or other treatments,” says Nahrendorf, also a co-corresponding author of the Nature Medicine article and an assistant professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School. “We are working to improve the PET reporter probe with streamlined chemistry and a more mainstream PET isotope to make it a better candidate for eventual testing in patients.”Peter Panizzi of the Harrison School of Pharmacy at Auburn University is co-lead author of the Nature Medicine paper; and Ralph Weissleder, director of the MGH Center for Systems Biology and a Harvard Medical School professor of systems biology and radiology, is senior and co-corresponding author.The study was supported by the National Institutes of Health.last_img read more

University, South Bend communities convene to protest executive order

first_imgStudents, faculty and South Bend community members braved the 20-degree weather and gathered at Fieldhouse Mall in a peaceful protest against President Trump’s executive order that is attempting to temporarily ban the entry into the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya for 90 days.Carrying signs that read “no human being is illegal” and chanting, “No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here,” a group of around 20 students, faculty and staff marched from McKenna Hall to join a larger group huddled outside of LaFortune Student Center.Photo courtesy of Daniela Cabada The event was organized by the We Stand For, a club dedicated to seeking social justice following the recent presidential election. The group was responsible for the silent sit-in Sanctuary Campus movement last semester, which asked University President Fr. John Jenkins to recognize a petition circulating the student body to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival students and make Notre Dame a sanctuary campus.Junior Matthew Donohue, a core member of We Stand For and an organizer of the rally, hoped to use Notre Dame’s position as a premier, Catholic institution to gain awareness for social justice issues and made it clear that We Stand For does not oppose the administration.“We applaud the administration in coming out in strong condemnation against it … it’s been great to see Fr. Jenkins’ support especially with the Mass last Wednesday,” Donohue said. “It’s very easy to see some of these protest movements as either against the administration but this is a solidarity rally. It is nonviolent, very peaceful. This event is to complement the support that we’ve seen from the administration, from the Office of the President and the student body president very strong statements in support of the students here.”This demonstration was part of a larger grassroots movement, Academics United, that was started by two Muslim Ph.D. students from Virginia Tech who were personally affected by the executive order, which remains on hold after a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Thursday, and asked fellow students, post-docs and employees of universities to stand with them. Photo courtesy of Daniela Cabada As a student of Notre Dame, a university that boasts a diverse background of professors from all over the world, Donohue said he believes that the ban — or anything that would decrease the diversity of the University — would only serve to weaken it.“So much of our academic richness and strength comes from diversity, comes from abroad,” Donohue said. “People come to America for freedom for opportunity and freedom of expression and thought that might not be in the countries that they’re coming from. People coming from all over truly do cherish and engage in and strengthen American life, especially American academic life. This is in solidarity with students, faculty, staff.”The rally opened with a prayer led by Imam Muhammad Sirajuddin, of the Islamic Society of Michiana.Following an a cappella rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine” sung by sophomore Selwin LeMont and interspersed chanting, three members of the Notre Dame academic community took the floor to share their personal perspective on the ban.A. Rashied Omar, a scholar of Islamic studies and faculty member of the Kroc Institute for International Studies, used the word “kairos” to describe today’s political atmosphere.“We are living through challenging times,” he said. “Kairos is a biblical term, a Greek word, which means a moment of truth. It is both a moment of crisis as well as a moment of opportunity.”Perin Gurel, an assistant professor of American studies and concurrent assistant professor of gender studies, said she spoke from the perspective of a female Muslim immigrant with the privilege of citizenship.“Our criticism of the ban must take into account both gender and race, as well as other structural factors, like citizenship status, national origin, sexuality, ethnicity and disability,” she said. “We must love and strengthen our communities, but we also must push against old-fashioned identity politics and towards a politics of solidarity that recognizes our differences and is informed by each other’s intersectional, historically-constituted identities and experiences.”Lastly, Majd Alshoufi, a Master’s student in international peacebuilding and a non-Muslim Syrian human rights activist and community-based trauma therapy expert, said he realized the kindness and the power of good Muslims after an Islamic community took him in after being arrested for participating in nonviolent protests for Syrian refugees. “Jihadist terrorism that claims the name of Islam is real and dangerous,” he said. “Second, most radical Islamic terrorists have been dying — literally — to send one very important message to the [billions of] Muslims around the world, namely that they are the real Islam and that they are the only good Muslims. … Kind Muslims, like the ones who protected me in Turkey, are the single most important actors in the fight against terrorism.”Following the official speakers, a diverse group of people utilized the space to share their own stories and personal statements about the executive order.“It is critical to give a platform to the student and the faculty voice to make this issue known, to increase awareness and kind of a catharsis for people more affected by this issue to make it known to them that people stand with them,” Donohue said.Proceeds from the event went to the Islamic Society of Michiana, a nonprofit religious organization that provides Michiana Muslims with spiritual, educational and social activities, as there is no refugee resettlement organization in South Bend. We Stand For is collecting donations via a GoFundMe page until the end of February, with the end goal of $2,000.Donohue said he had a message for President Donald Trump.“Show me what democracy looks like — this is what democracy looks like,” he said. Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly referred to We Stand For as Stand with Us. The Observer regrets this error.Tags: DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival, Donald Trump, executive order, We Stand Forlast_img read more

Welcome Back to Broadway, Motown!

first_img We heard through the grapevine that Motown The Musical has returned to the Great White Way, so we’re here to celebrate the best way we know how: with a portrait from Squigs!Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned the above sketch in honor of the jukebox musical, which is now playing the Nederlander Theatre through November 13. The portrait features Chester Gregory as Berry Gordy, Allison Semmes as Diana Ross, Jesse Nager as Smokey Robinson and Jarran Muse as Marvin Gaye. Looking over them all is the real, present-day Berry Gordy in the top left.Welcome back to Broadway, Motown; thanks for having us dancing in the street (41st, specifically)! About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. © Justin “Squigs” Robertson Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 31, 2016 Motown The Musical View Commentslast_img read more

4-H Offers the World

first_img“How do I sum up six incredible months of my life?” asked Susan Kuzniakon returning homefrom serving as an International 4-H Youth Exchange Representativeto Belgium. Kuzniak is agraduate student at the University ofGeorgia.Putting her experiences into words was tough, Kuzniak said. After all,she now intimately knowsanother country and its culture. And she owes it all, she said, to4-H.Kuzniak said it’s a trip she will always remember. “I became fluentin French, made friends inBelgium and with the other U.S. students on the trip with me, saw alot of Europe and tried newthings I otherwise would not have tried,” she said. “Anyone with anopen mind can benefit from thisprogram.”More than 300 Georgia youths have taken advantage of the two internationalexchangeopportunities the IFYE program has offered since it began 75 yearsago. With several programs tochoose from, 4-H makes traveling an incredible experience.The IFYE Representative program is open to all 19- to 30-year-old 4-Halumni. During theirthree- or six-month stay, representatives live with several host familiesfor three to six weeks at atime.Representatives can take part in day-to-day family life. They also maypursue special intereststhrough self-study and receive academic credit through their university.They may travel to countriesin all areas of the world, including Western and Eastern Europe, LatinAmerica, Australia, Asia andAfrica.The IFYE Ambassador Program is  open  to  any  15- to  19-year-old 4-H’er. It offers many waysfor young people to explore another area of the world, live with hostfamilies in other countries, learn another language and culture, experienceyouth programs and enjoy the sights and sounds of otherlands.All IFYE ambassadors stay with host families. Some take an added educationaltour. The Ambassador programs begin in June and last five to six weeks.Ambassadors may exploreEurope, Latin America, Asia and Africa.The 1998 fee for the Ambassador program is $2,650 to $3,250. The costranges from $3,775 to$4,775 for the Representative program. Prices vary depending on thearea of the world and type ofprogram selected.The fee includes the international airline ticket, travel in the hostcountry, food, lodging,supplemental insurance, orientation and evaluation programs. Financialsupport and fundraising helpmay be available through county and state 4-H offices.Greg Price, an ExtensionService 4-H specialist with the UGA Collegeof Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences, coordinatesthe IFYE program. He encourages students to take advantageof the life-changing experience.”We always tell our 4-H exchangees they won’t come back the same person,”he said. “And theydon’t. They find out who they really are, how they handle challengingsituations and how theyabsorb another culture. They always learn a tremendous amount abouttheir host country. But theyreally learn the most about themselves.”The student is not the only one who benefits from the program. “Everybodylearns from anexchange program,” Price said. “The families back home and host familiesabroad see the worldthrough new eyes.”And when the exchangees return,” he said, “their communities discoverthey have a grassrootsambassador on hand to speak for another culture.”Kuzniak is still using the knowledge she gained in Belgium every day.”I am getting my Master’s degree in teaching English as a second language,”she said. “Myexperience in Belgium helps me relate to my students because I wasforced to communicate in mysecond language (French) while I was on my trip.”last_img read more

Survey: 80% of Britons are already planning their holiday

first_imgYou can see the results of the survey on this one connectors. More than 40% of respondents said they are ready for vacation this summer, and key findings from this survey give room for optimism. Although, according to experts, tourism will first recover within the borders of the countries, almost 50% of British respondents said they would travel outside their country, and 63% would visit a European destination. Source: Overseas Leisure Group The travel agency Overseas Leisure Group, which is most involved in the organization of luxury travel, conducted a survey among 500 British travel enthusiasts. The figures are encouraging for the tourism sector, as they show that most, in this case the British, are already planning future travel and holidays.center_img For the vast majority of them (87%) the journey is just on hold, that is, they are not of the opinion that the journey has changed forever. Interestingly, more than 42 percent of respondents would have already made a reservation now if there were no pre-travel payments as well as no cancellation fees. The survey was conducted from April 24 to 28, and almost 75% of respondents are between 30 and 50 years old. last_img read more

Supreme Court acquits former Pertamina president director Karen Agustiawan of graft charges

first_imgThrough the acquisition, Pertamina planned for the BMG Block to produce up to 812 barrels of oil per day (bpd). However, the block could only produce an average of 252 bpd, resulting in state financial losses of Rp 568 billion (US$39.7 million).The judges said that Karen had violated investment procedures, leading to the losses.Read also: Former Pertamina boss Karen Agustiawan sentenced to 8 yearsThe panel of judges said in its verdict that she had colluded with Pertamina’s former financial director Ferederick ST Siahaan, former mergers and acquisitions manager Bayu Kristanto and legal and compliance counsel Genades Panjaitan in her acts of corruption.Karen immediately filed an appeal after her verdict was announced. Previously, the Supreme Court also acquitted ST Siahaan in the case.Karen was the first woman to lead Pertamina, challenging long-held norms in a male-dominated industry.One of the few women to have succeeded in breaking the glass ceiling looming over the oil and gas industry, Karen has more than 30 years of experience working in the field. When appointed president director of Pertamina in 2009, she had been working in the industry for 25 years. (gis)Topics : The justices said that Karen’s actions were part of a business judgement and not a crime.“According to the justices, a director’s decision regarding a company activity is inviolable, even if the decision ends up costing the company. It is part of the risk of doing business,” Andi said.Karen was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment by the Jakarta Corruption Court on June 10, 2019, after being convicted in a case involving Pertamina’s investment in the Basker Manta Gummy (BMG) Block, Australia, in 2009.The case began in 2009 when Pertamina acquired a 10 percent stake of Roc Oil to work on the BMG Block through its subsidiary, PT Pertamina Hulu Energi (PHE). The Supreme Court has acquitted Karen Galaila Agustiawan, former president director of state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina, of all graft charges, overturning an eight-year prison sentence imposed by the Jakarta Corruption Court last year.Supreme Court spokesperson Andi Samsan Nganro said that the ruling was announced on Monday.The justices that presided over the case were chief justice Suhadi and justices Krisna Harahap, Abdul Latif, Mohammad Askin and Sofyan Sitompul.last_img read more