May 4

Australian, Malaysian Navies Round Off Exercise Mastex

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Australian, Malaysian Navies Round Off Exercise Mastex Training & Education View post tag: Exercise View post tag: off Approximately 300 Royal Australian Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy personnel have concluded the maritime security exercise, Exercise Mastex.The Australian ANZAC Class Frigate, HMAS Ballarat, joined the Lekiu Class Frigate KD Lekiu in the North Malacca Straits for the week long bilateral maritime exercise. Mastex provided both navies with the opportunity to improve understanding of how the other operates in common aspects of naval warfare.Commanding Officer Ballarat, Commander Matthew Doornbos RAN, said the exercise was part of an ongoing program of engagement between the two navies.“The navies of Australia and Malaysia have conducted Exercise Mastex together since 2002,” Commander Doornbos said.“It is an important part of the Royal Australian Navy’s exercise program and helps to foster a close and long lasting relationship between our two nations.“Mastex started with a harbour phase – which included a range of briefings and professional exchanges – before we undertook the sea phases of the exercise. While at sea, Ballarat and Lekiu undertook a graduated series of maritime security activities, which culminated in complex warfare serials.“By regularly conducting exercises like Mastex, we ensure that the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy are ready and capable of working together on a common task.”Australia’s strong relationship with Malaysia is underpinned by cooperation through the Five Power Defence Arrangements, which includes extensive people-to-people links between its two defence forces.[mappress]Press Release, September 9, 2013; Image: Australian DoD View post tag: Defense View post tag: Australian Australian, Malaysian Navies Round Off Exercise Mastex View post tag: Malaysian Share this article View post tag: Round View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defence View post tag: Mastex View post tag: Navies September 9, 2013last_img read more

April 21

Road closure hits sales

first_imgA North Hampshire baker is planning to seek compensation from Thames Water because the closure of the main road through his village is costing his business £400 a day.Simon Smart, who runs the Bramley Village Bakery with his wife Tracey, said the road closure to install a new underground sewerage system had started in November and was due to last 10 weeks.He told British Baker: “It’s been horrendous. They have shut off half the village, sending people on 15-mile diversions. We are not getting the passing trade and we reckon it’s cut sales by 40%.”The bakery normally sells between up to 500 Christmas cakes over the festive period, but sold only 120 this year. Sales of mince pies fell from 18,000 to 12,000.Smart said he would seek compensation but had noted in the small print of the form that it would be “down to Thames Water’s discretion”.last_img read more

April 20

Snacking on the rise, while average spend falls

first_imgMore people are buying snacks and meals to eat outside the home as the number of foodservice outlets and cuisine choice continue to grow.As food operators focus on increasing their appeal across the day parts, the temptation to consume meals out of home has never been greater, according to foodservice consultancy Horizons and JRA. The report revealed that 66% of foodservice operators that took part saw an increase in food sales in the 12 months to April this year, with 21% reporting a “large” increase.However, the research, involving nearly 300 operators, revealed a drop in spend, with reports of people spending less than £12 per head and fewer parting with more than £16. Average spending had dropped from £13.10 in spring 2014 to £11.03 in spring 2015, with 62% of consumers spending an average of less than £12 per head, compared with 51% last year.Almost half (48%) reported an increase in sales of snacks year-on-year, while just 40% said the same a year ago.More people are also eating out at weekends with 42% of operators saying they now serve more meals from Friday to Sunday and just over a third saying they serve more on Sundays.Emma Read, Horizons’ director of marketing & business development, said: “People are now snacking more, or having one, or maybe two courses instead of three, which explains why average spend appears to have fallen. This backs up our previous consumer research that shows that while spend has fallen back slightly, frequency of eating out is rising.“Foodservice operators have done a great job at changing their offer and adapting to the way consumers eat out today, providing more foods that satisfy the snacking opportunity throughout the day. This, typically, means several small meals during the day, whether it be coffee and porridge bought to eat at our desks in the morning, a muffin with a coffee mid-morning or light snack in the afternoon.”Operators remain positive for the future of eating out, with 78% of businesses surveyed – including restaurants, pubs, hotels, cafés and leisure outlets – expecting to see an increase in sales over the next 12 months. While 58% expect a small increase, 20% expect it to be larger. This optimism has dropped from last year – 87% and 25% respectively.last_img read more

April 20

Sonneveld and Credin partner for UK cake ingredients launch

first_imgSonneveld is widening its UK product range by forming a joint venture with Credin.The new business will operate under the Sonneveld name and will now offer Credin products including cake mixes, custard powders and glazes, in addition to bread improvers and release agents from the Sonneveld range.Both brands are owned by Norwegian business Orkla Group, and this is the first time Credin will have a presence in the UK, although some accounts have been supplied directly with Credin products from Denmark.Based out of Sonneveld’s offices in Thirsk, north Yorkshire, the business will be recruiting an additional team member with a focus on cake, to support the Credin accounts.Peter Egginton, director of the new business, said: “We look forward to bringing exciting new products to the market and demonstrating our fabulous quality product range to a wider market.”He added that the venture brought together the strengths and skills of both companies and would allow it to offer the product knowledge of both businesses to clients in the UK and Ireland.last_img read more

December 19

Crime victim bill gets hearing

first_img Crime victim bill gets hearing A bill that would require judges to inform crime victims about their statutory and constitutional rights passed the House Judicial Oversight Committee in February by unanimous vote.HB 1209, sponsored by Reps. Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, and Mitch Needelman, R-Palm Bay, has also been referred to the Crime Prevention, Corrections and Safety Committee and the Council for Smarter Government.A court conducting arraignment, sentencing, or a case management hearing would be required by the bill to announce a specific advisement to a crime victim listing seven rights: to be informed; to be present; to be heard, when relevant, at all crucial stages of criminal proceedings to the extent that these rights do not interfere with the constitutional rights of the accused; to receive advance notification, when possible, of judicial proceedings and notification of scheduling changes; to seek crimes compensation and restitution; to consult with the state attorney’s office in certain felony cases regarding the disposition of the case; and to make an oral or written victim-impact statement at the time of sentencing a defendant.A strike-all amendment included a provision specifying that the advisory is “only for the benefit of crime victims” and the failure of a judge to advise a victim “shall not affect the validity of any hearing, conviction, or sentence.”Representatives from the Governor’s legal office, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and the Florida Network of Victim Witness Services spoke in favor of the bill.The Senate version of the bill, sponsored by Sen. Victor Crist, R-Tampa, passed unanimously through the Criminal Justice committee as a committee substitute and will be heard in the Judiciary and Rules and Calendar committees before reaching the full Senate. Crime victim bill gets hearingcenter_img March 1, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more

December 18

How Americans are spending all that extra money from lower oil prices

first_imgAs soon as oil prices plunged in 2014, economists argued that American consumers would win big.The thinking was that if folks were paying less money for gas, then they could either spend that money elsewhere or save it.In a recent note to clients, Societe Generale’s Aneta Markowska shared a chart detailing just how Americans’ spending has changed since June 2014 (when oil was over $100 per barrel), as well as how spending changed since 2007.Although US consumers have been saving a fair share of their newfound riches, Markowska estimates that households are now spending about two-thirds of the extra money from lower oil prices. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr read more

October 19

COVID-19: Toll roads into and out of Jakarta still operating normally

first_imgJokowi instructed his Cabinet to impose stricter rules on large-scale physical distancing coupled with “civil emergency policies” in an effort to contain the worsening COVID-19 outbreak in a Cabinet meeting on Monday.Regardless, Yusri said the Jakarta Police together with the Indonesian Military (TNI), state-owned toll operator PT Jasa Marga and related institutions had conducted joint training in preparation for the worst-case scenario of Jakarta being under quarantine.He also stressed the importance of social distancing as stipulated in the National Police chief edict issued on Mar. 22, which prohibits any mass gatherings. (trn) Topics : Despite calls from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to limit travel across regional borders in an effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19, there are not yet any restrictions on traveling into or out of Jakarta, according to the Jakarta Police.All toll roads in the city will continue to operate normally, Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus has said.”Jakarta hasn’t applied any regional quarantine, yet, so we are currently still disseminating information on social distancing. Any decision on a regional quarantine will be determined by the central government,” he told The Jakarta Post on Monday.last_img read more

October 17

Governor Wolf Signs Six Bills into Law

first_img Bill Signing,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed six bills into law, including:Act 91 – House Bill 777, sponsored by Rep. Grove, allows for additional prescription drug assistance programs for seniors (PACE and PACENET) cardholders to retain benefits, which they would otherwise have lost as a result of Social Security cost-of-living increases.Act 92 – House Bill 1322, sponsored by Rep. Kaufer, makes various amendments to the Public Welfare Code, including changing the name of the Public Welfare Code to the Human Services Code.Act 93 – House Bill 1332, sponsored by Rep. Godshall, makes necessary updates to the Public Pension Program administered by the State Employees Retirement System (SERS) and the Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS) to maintain compliance with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules.Act 94 – House Bill 1603, sponsored by Rep. Watson, brings Pennsylvania into compliance with changes that have been made to the federal Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA).Act 95 – House Bill 1735, sponsored by Rep. Maher, amends the Tobacco Product Manufacturer Directory Act (TPMA) by expanding the definition of “units sold” to include taxes on roll-your-own tobacco containers.Act 96 – House Bill 1736, sponsored by Rep. Krueger-Braneky, amends the Tobacco Settlement Agreement Act (TSSAA) by expanding the definition of “units sold” to include taxes on roll-your-own tobacco containers and the taxes collected on cigarettes sold without a tax stamp. Governor Wolf Signs Six Bills into Law December 28, 2015center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

September 27

41 sentenced to year for pro-Morsi protests

first_imgThe Beni Suef Criminal Court sentenced 41 alleged supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to one year in jail over staging unlicensed protests on Thursday. Out of those defendants, 29 are still at large and three include three local Muslim Brotherhood leaders. They were found guilty of assaulting police with fire bottles during a march in Nasr City.Egypt has sentenced thousands of people of all political stripes to jail for breaking the protest law. The law, enacted late 2014, requires a security clearance from the Interior Ministry before staging protests, and imposes fines and jail terms for violators.last_img read more