Philippine election and U.S. imperialism

first_imgIn the years following the Spanish-American War of 1898, U.S. imperialism consolidated its political, economic and military domination over Spain’s former colony, the Philippines.The Philippine revolution had begun in earnest in 1896 as a guerilla movement against the Spanish empire. The U.S. posed as the “savior” of the people from Spanish rule, promising to usher in “democracy and liberty.” Betrayal, arrogance and subterfuge led to subjugation, despite the heroic efforts of those resisting imperialism and racism.The yoke of neocolonialism went hand in hand with feudalism and a comprador ruling class. Although Philippine nationalists fought heroically against U.S. subjugation and for authentic independence and self-determination, neocolonialism remained in the saddle.The U.S. military led a brutal pacification campaign to quell a rebellion that eventually claimed 1.5 million lives. Using tactics similar to what they did later in Vietnam, they created “strategic hamlets,” or reconcentrados. Water boarding and a scorched earth policy were the trademarks of imperialist occupation. (Bobby Tuazon, Bulatat.com)Expanding the policies of Manifest Destiny and the Monroe Doctrine from the Western Hemisphere to Asia, this burst of U.S. aggression around the turn of the century also led to the exploitation of Cuba, Puerto Rico and Hawaii for their natural resources and cheap labor. The Philippines and Hawaii would serve as a bridgehead for U.S. economic hegemony in the Asian-Pacific — what is now called “Pivoting to Asia.”The Philippines became a virtual aircraft carrier for the U.S. military in order to guarantee U.S. control throughout the Pacific. The U.S. also made sure to create and nurture a comprador and feudal elite government that would build up the armed forces of the Philippines and a large police force to oppress the people.World War II and its aftermathThe Japanese invasion of the Philippines during World War II led to an anti-colonial resistance movement headed by Hukbalahap Mapagpalaya ng Bayan, the People’s Liberation Army. Under the leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines, they fought the Japanese heroically. The PLA attempt to form an alliance against Japanese rule with the U.S. Armed Forces Far East was rejected. The anti-imperialist movement had to procure its weapons from Japanese soldiers and by raiding ammunition dumps.By 1946 the PLA numbered 15,000 fighters. When the Philippines gained formal independence from the U.S. in 1947, it was on the basis of neocolonialism, allowing U.S. Naval, Air Force and Army bases throughout the islands. A pacification program as well as a counterinsurgency policy by U.S.-backed President Ramon Magsaysay hurt the movement, especially when a minority of the CPP opted for electoral struggle.The further decline of the agrarian economy, massive inflation, obscene corruption and nepotism were hallmarks of Magsaysay’s successors. President Ferdinand Marcos ruled as virtual dictator for 21 years starting in 1965. He imposed nine years of martial law, beginning in September 1972, and sponsored the Bagong Lipunan (New Society), which for all practical purposes was a neo-fascist manifesto that outlawed strikes and muzzled the press.Afraid of rising opposition to Marcos and a possible split in the military, Ronald Reagan himself told Marcos to step down in 1986. The U.S. finally opted for a more liberal-sounding and pliable candidate, Corazon Aquino.In December 1968, Jose Maria Sison reestablished the Communist Party of the Philippines. The CPP received its impetus from the massive popular unrest in the country, especially among the peasantry. In March 1969, the New People’s Army was established from the remnants of the old Hukbalahap. And in 1973 a broad popular organization was established called the National Democratic Front.Election of DuterteThis year, the Philippine presidential elections in May caused tremors in the capitalist world, especially in the U.S. The winner, Rodrigo Duterte, a “shoot from the hip” populist, describes himself as “the first president of the left.” (The Guardian, May 10) U.S. imperialism regards him as an unknown quantity, especially after a record voter turnout of more than 80 percent of Filipinos.What is critical to the U.S. military is the “Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement,” signed in 2014 with the previous Philippine government. After years of mass opposition, the Pentagon was forced to evacuate its bases in the Philippines in 1991. The EDCA allowed the U.S. to use its former military bases as staging areas, consistent with the “Pivot to Asia” of the current Obama administration.Duterte, however, has voiced opposition to the EDCA, as well as the “visiting forces” agreement regarding U.S. military cooperation with the Philippines.Professor Jose Maria Sison, chairperson of the International League of Peoples Struggle and political consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, said the following about the recent elections:“Apparently foreign monopoly interests and the local oligarchy of big compradors and landlords have advised the Aquino government that it was a better choice to desist from electoral fraud and avoid the risk of widespread and uncontrollable civil strife. They are confident that the Duterte presidency would still be financially and politically manageable by using as a lever the underdevelopment and poverty of the Philippines and the huge foreign debt and total public debt of the Philippines, amounting to more than U.S. $77 billion and Php 164 trillion respectively. …“The CPP has challenged Duterte to assert the national sovereignty of the Filipino people and defend the territorial integrity of the Philippines, to let the toiling masses of workers and peasants empower themselves against the oligarchs, to develop the Philippine economy through national industrialization and genuine land reform, to promote a patriotic and progressive culture, expand the public school system, and foster international solidarity for peace and development.” (tinyurl.com/hq4mscm)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

2020 NFL Season Preview – Part 2 (NFC, Super Bowl LV Predictions)

first_imgJack is a junior journalism major and studio art minor from Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys everything sports and co-runs the Blanket Coverage podcast as well as photographs for TCU360. Twitter 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West Facebook printIn this season’s special, Jack and Noah dive into the 2020 NFL season with all the previews and changes related to COVID-19, stadiums and uniforms. With Part 2, we go through NFC team previews before finishing with way-too-early Super Bowl LV predictions. Follow us @BlanketCovPod on Twitter and @blanketcoveragepodcast on Instagram! Linkedin Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special + posts 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special TCU News Now 4/28/2021 Previous articleProfessors participate in Scholar Strike to advocate for racial justiceNext article2020 College Football Season Preview Special Jack Wallace RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West ReddIt Linkedin TAGS2020blanket coveragefootballjack wallacenfcNFLnoah parkerpodcastspecialsportssuper bowl 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC East ReddIt Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Jack Wallace Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods Twitter Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Facebooklast_img read more

Man charged with failing to render aid after fatal collision

first_img Twitter Facebook Previous article080217 Wonder Girls Camp 2 File photoNext articleResilience defines ag community in wake of natural disasters Digital AIM Web Support Twitter Facebook TAGS  WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 center_img Pinterest Man charged with failing to render aid after fatal collision Local News Pinterest Jose Angel Ramirez A 46-year-old Odessa man was arrested early Thursday morning after he was reportedly involved in a three-vehicle collision that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist.Jose Angel Ramirez was charged with failure to stop and render aid involving death, a second-degree felony, and criminal negligent homicide, a state jail felony.The fatal collision happened at 9:57 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of University Boulevard and Bonham Avenue, an Odessa Police Department press release detailed.Ramirez was reportedly driving a 2013 Ford F-350 west on University Boulevard. Kolby Ray Tavarez, 18, of Odessa was driving a 2014 Dodge Challenger west on University Boulevard behind the F-350.Felix John Jaramillo, 48, of Odessa was driving a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle east on University Boulevard, the release stated. The F-350 reportedly failed to yield the right of way while turning left onto Bonham Avenue and collided with the motorcycle, causing it to skid into the Challenger.Ramirez failed to stop and render aid and left the scene, the release detailed. Jaramillo was transported to Medical Center Hospital and was later pronounced dead by medical personnel.Next of kin were notified and there were no other injuries reported, the release stated.Ramirez was located at 1:47 a.m. in the 3500 block of Andrews Highway and was arrested, charged and transported to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center, the release detailed.No bond amounts had been set as of Thursday afternoon, jail records showed. WhatsApplast_img read more

Gauhati HC, Subordinate Courts To Resume Physical Hearings On Experimental Basis From Oct 19 [Read Notification]

first_imgNews UpdatesGauhati HC, Subordinate Courts To Resume Physical Hearings On Experimental Basis From Oct 19 [Read Notification] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK15 Oct 2020 6:23 AMShare This – xTaking into consideration the request of different Bar Associations and in view of the Unlock Guidelines, the Gauhati High Court has decided to resume physical hearing in all Courts in the state, in a phased manner. Physical courts will function in a phased manner on an “experimental basis” from October 19, 2020, by observing necessary safety protocols and after installing…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginTaking into consideration the request of different Bar Associations and in view of the Unlock Guidelines, the Gauhati High Court has decided to resume physical hearing in all Courts in the state, in a phased manner. Physical courts will function in a phased manner on an “experimental basis” from October 19, 2020, by observing necessary safety protocols and after installing protective measures in the court rooms. Apart from urgent cases, the subordinate Courts may take up the following category of cases: District & Sessions Judge/Addl. District & Sessions Judge Hearing of Bail Application u/s 438/439 of Cr.P.C.Criminal Revision/Criminal Appeals.Recording of evidence in cases where sitting/former MPs/MLAs are accused persons.Recording of statement of accused persons u/s 313 of Cr.P.C. by invoking sub-section (5) of Section 313 Cr.P.C.Recording of evidence of MO/IO/Judicial Magistrates through video conferencing.Succession Matters.Civil Appeals.Submission of Examination-in-chief on affidavit.Cross examination of witnesses before Advocate Commissioner by maintaining Covid-19 protocols.Injunction Matters.Arbitration Matters.Arguments. MACTs Submission of Examination-in-chief on affidavit.Cases pending for framing of issues in which the opposite parties have already filed WS.Cases pending for argument.Cases pending for defence witness but the Insurance Company is not willing to adduce any defence witness can be posted for argument.Cases pending for miscellaneous hearing in which physical involvement of litigants is not necessary.Issue of Cheques to the claimants by maintaining Covid-19 protocols. Family Courts Civil and Criminal Execution cases.Maintenance pendente iite cases.Petitions seeking interim maintenance.Enhancement/reduction/cancellation of maintenance allowance cases.Withdrawal/compromise petitions.Cases relating to u/s 125 Cr.P.C.Submission of Examination-in-chief on affidavit.Cases fixed for framing of issues. Special Judge, Assam/ Special Judge, CBI/Special Judge, NIA Cases that are at the stage of final argument/judgment.Bail hearing, other Misc. Cases and petition hearings. Labour court/Industrial Tribunal Cases fixed for framing of issues.Submission of examination-in-chief on affidavits.Cases fixed for arguments Chief Judicial Magistrate/Addl. Chief Judicial Magistrate/JIMFC Bail ApplicationsZimma PetitionRecording of evidence in cases where sitting/former MPs/MLAs are accused persons.Recording of statement of accused persons u/s 313 of Cr.P.C. by invoking sub-section 5 of Section 313 Cr.P.C.Maintenance ApplicationsApplication for Protection order under the Protection of women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005.Recording of statements u/s 164 of Cr.P.Cc. of the victims and confession of statements of the accused persons.Recording of evidence of M.O./1.0./through video conferencingSubmission of examination-in-chief on affidavits in cases u/s 138 of NI Act.Cases at the stage of arguments. Principal Magistrate (Juvenile Justice Board) Bail ApplicationsZimma PetitionApplication for preliminary assessment of CCL |Cases at the stage of arguments. Civil Judge/ Munsiff Title Appeals/Misc. AppealsMiscellaneous Applications filed under various provisions of Code of Civil ProcedureInjunction MattersExecution Matters where urgent stay is requiredSubmission of examination-in-chief on affidavitsCases at the stage of argumentsCross examination of witnesses before Advocate Commissioner by maintaining Covid-19 protocols. Continuation of the limited physical court functioning of the District Courts will be reviewed by the High Court in the 2nd week of November, 2020. Click Here To Download Notification Click Here To Download Press NoteSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

At-a-glance guide to the new data protection monitoring code

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. At-a-glance guide to the new data protection monitoring codeOn 17 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Mark Mansell and Lucy Baldwinson from law firm Allen & Overy outlinewhat you need to do to comply with the monitoring codeThe monitoring section of the Data Protection Code was released byInformation Commissioner Richard Thomas last week. What do you need to do tocomply? Employers must take steps to comply with this Code if they carry out anyworkplace monitoring that goes beyond one individual simply watching another.If monitoring involves manual recording or automated processing of personalinformation it must be carried out fairly and lawfully. There is no singledefinition of monitoring, but it can include activities such as taping phonecalls for training purposes, or checking workers’ e-mails and internet use foraccess to pornography. As an immediate response to the Code, employers should do a quick audit oftheir monitoring activities. They should then conduct an impact assessment toestablish whether their monitoring is lawful in terms of data protectioncompliance. This assessment involves the following steps: – Identify the purpose(s) of monitoring and the benefits it is likely todeliver – Identify any likely adverse impact – Consider alternatives to monitoring or less intrusive ways it could becarried out – Take into account obligations arising from monitoring, such as notifyingstaff about monitoring arrangements, keeping the gathered information secure,and the implications of individuals’ rights to accessing collected information – Judge whether monitoring is justified Employers should also double-check that staff are aware of the nature,extent and reasons for monitoring, unless covert monitoring can be justified. The general approach under the Code is that employers can carry outworkplace monitoring provided the right balance is struck between the legitimateexpectations of staff and the interests of employers. How do you go about managing compliance on a long-term basis? The nature and size of the organisation will influence what is reasonable toexpect of the systems employers put in place to manage data protectioncompliance. The new Data Protection Code’s recommendations include thefollowing: – Designate one person to take responsibility for ensuring employmentpolicies and procedures comply with data protection legislation – Carry out a personal data audit to highlight any gaps in data protectioncompliance that need to be remedied – Ensure line managers and staff are made aware of their data protectionresponsibilities and potential liabilities through guidance notes and training – Check the firm has a valid and up-to-date notification in the InformationCommissioner’s register of data controllers – Consult workers and/or staff representatives, where appropriate, over thedevelopment of employment practices and policies that involve processingpersonal information about workers – Conduct an impact assessment to ensure all monitoring activities are fairand lawful We often record our workers’ phone calls for training purposes. Can wecontinue to do this under the Code? Yes, but certain conditions must be satisfied. Recording staff telephonecalls (as well as intercepting e-mails, in the course of transmission) issubject to the Regulatory of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIP) and the LawfulBusiness Practice Regulations (LBP Regulations), as well as data protectionlegislation. Provided the call is being monitored for training purposes andworkers have been notified in advance, recording will be allowed under RIP andthe LBP Regulations. For the purposes of data protection, the Code recommends carrying out animpact assessment to determine whether the benefits justify the adverse impact.If so, inform workers about the nature and extent of monitoring. In addition,the Code requires those making calls to/receiving calls from workers to be informedof any monitoring and its purpose, unless this is obvious. This could be doneby a recorded message, or by staff telling callers that their conversations maybe monitored. Can we read workers’ e-mails when they are away to make sure thatbusiness-related issues are not left to languish unattended? Yes, but the Code advises that if it is necessary to check e-mail accountsin a worker’s absence, make sure they know this will happen. Where practicable,the Code recommends that those sending e-mails to staff are also made aware ofany monitoring and the purpose behind it. The employer is advised to encourage the use of a marking system to helpprotect private or personal communications. Where possible, monitoring shouldbe confined to the address or ‘subject’ of an e-mail. The Code requiresemployers to avoid opening e-mails, particularly those that are clearly privateor personal, unless there is a valid and defined reason to examine the content.We would like to monitor internet use as there have been severalinstances of staff downloading pornography. Can we do this? Yes, the Code does permit the monitoring of internet access. However, itrecommends carrying out an impact assessment to ensure the benefits are notoutweighed by any adverse impact. It also requires staff to be informed of thenature and extent of all internet monitoring, as well as the extent to whichinformation about internet use is retained and for how long. Generally, it is advisable to set out explicitly in a policy document whatis permitted use and abuse of an employer’s internet and communicationsfacilities. The Code gives guidance on the basic contents that should beincluded in a communications policy. There is a suspicion that some staff are buying and selling drugs in thetoilets. Can we install a secret camera to catch them? What happens if wenotice some other misconduct in the course of filming? According to the Code, covert monitoring should only be used in exceptionalcircumstances, such as where there are grounds for suspecting criminal orequivalent malpractice. It must be strictly targeted at obtaining evidencewithin a set timeframe, and should normally be authorised by senior management.Covert monitoring in private places, such as toilets or a private office, iseven more restrictive under the Code, as it requires this should be confined tocases of suspicion of serious crime, where there is also an intention toinvolve the police. A suspicion of drug dealing is likely to equate tosuspicion of a serious crime. Any other information collected in the course of covert monitoring should bedisregarded according to the Code, unless it reveals information that noreasonable employer could be expected to ignore – for example where it concernsother criminal activity or equivalent malpractice. Can we obtain workers’ consent to all forms of monitoring with or withouttheir prior knowledge? The Code is moving away from using consent as a means of justifyingmonitoring. This reflects the European approach which stipulates that consentmust be ‘freely given’. The Code recognises this may not always be the case inthe employment context, and consent can be withdrawn at any time. Accordingly, it may be safer for employers to ensure that their monitoringactivities can be justified on the basis of an impact assessment – in whichcase consent is generally not needed to monitor staff. What happens if an employer’s activities don’t comply with the Code? The Code sets out the Information Commissioner’s recommendations as to how thelegal requirements of the DPA 1998 can be satisfied. However, there may bealternative ways of meeting these obligations that are not contained in theCode. Non-compliance does not mean automatic non-compliance with the DPA 1998.Only breaches of the DPA 1998 will trigger enforcement action. However, if the employer does not take any steps towards data protectioncompliance, there is a strong likelihood that it will be breaking the law. www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk Comments are closed. 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Good response to job ads spooks MI5 paymasters

first_imgGood response to job ads spooks MI5 paymastersOn 23 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today More than 4,000 people have reportedly answered the Government’s call formore secret agents to help with the UK’s ongoing fight against terrorism. The would-be spies present the recruitment agency being used by MI5 with ahuge challenge in selecting the right people and filtering out unsuitableapplicants. Diversity will also be a key issue, with foreign language speakers andethnic minorities thought to be desperately needed in the fight againstAl-Queda. Earlier this month, home secretary David Blunkett announced a majorrecruitment drive at MI5 which is now looking to hire an extra 1,000intelligence officers. However, former MI5 intelligence officer and whistleblower David Shaylercriticised the agency’s HR practices and claims its upper class image is welljustified. “Intelligence officers tend to be public school and Oxbridgeeducated,” he said. He said the entire HR function should be outsourced to improve the way MI5deals with personnel issues. www.mi5.gov.ukTo see our special feature on MI5 go to www.personneltoday.com/goto/22906How spooky can you get?Have you got what it takes to be an MI5 spook? With the Government lookingfor 1,000 extra intelligence officers, Personnel Today has teamed up withpsychometric testing experts Personality Assessment Solutions to devise a testto identify if you’ve got the aptitude to serve queen and country in secret.We have studied the websites of MI5 to try to identify whatpersonality traits and behaviours are associated with success in the‘intelligence’ community. We then related those traits and behaviours to ‘TheBig Five Personality Model’ and created a short test to measure them.Although we can’t promise respondents an actual job at MI5we’ve got the next best thing. The person with the closest match to a secretservice recruit can either enjoy a 007-style BMW driving experience atRockingham race course or be pampered like a Bond girl on a deluxe spa day.Think you’ve got what it takes? Thentake the test. GO TO www.testsonthenet.com/mi5.htmFor terms and conditions visit: www.personneltoday.com/goto/22907 Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

As Article 50 trigger looms, RICS says a hard Brexit will damage property sector

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » As Article 50 trigger looms, RICS says a hard Brexit will damage property sector previous nextLand & New HomesAs Article 50 trigger looms, RICS says a hard Brexit will damage property sectorIf the 176,500 EU construction workers currently employed in the UK have to leave, their loss will be a major “stumbling block” it says.Nigel Lewis15th March 20170883 Views The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says a hard Brexit may lead to 176,500 EU member state construction workers being forced to leave the UK, or 8% of the total building industry workforce.As the government prepares to trigger Article 50 and steer the UK towards an exit from the European Union, RICS argues that for Brexit to succeed “it is essential to secure access to the EU Single Market or put alternative plans in place to safeguard the property and construction sector”.Research by RICS also revealed that 30% of the construction professional it surveyed believe hiring non-UK workers was important to the success of their business.“Unless access to the single market is secured or alternative plans are put in place, we won’t be able to create the infrastructure needed to enable our cities to compete on a global stage,” says Jeremy Blackburn, Head of Policy at RICS (pictured).“We have said before that this is a potential stumbling block for the Government, which is working to deliver both its Housing White Paper and Industrial Strategy.”A recent report by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan shows that a significant majority of these EU construction workers are based in London; 100,000 of London’s 350,000 construction workers are from the EU.Khan also said that the Capital needs an extra 13,000 construction workers every year up to 2021 to keep with demand.London is in the grip of a serious housing crisis – and fixing it is going to be a marathon, not a sprint,” the Mayor said.“While we are working to train up more Londoners to have the skills to work in construction, you can’t escape the fact that a ‘Hard Brexit’ could leave a quarter of the skilled construction workforce in the capital high and dry which would have a crippling effect on our plans to build the homes Londoners so desperately need.”housing crisis Jeremy Blackburn Mayor of London RICS Article 50 Sadiq Khan March 15, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

USS Boxer, USS Orleans Dock in Singapore

first_img View post tag: Singapore View post tag: Orleans USS Boxer, USS Orleans Dock in Singapore View post tag: Defence Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), and the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), visited Singapore for their second port visit since entering the 7th Fleet area of responsibility, Oct. 2.The two ships are currently deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group.The crew of 2,573 Sailors and Marines will visit the island city-state, located in Southeast Asia, to replenish supplies and experience the local area before continuing on their deployment.The port call comes after the successful completion of bilateral Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2014 in which the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) along with Marines from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) trained with the Philippine Marine Corps.“Across the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, our key purpose is total readiness to conduct the full range of military options for which the team was assembled, trained, and certified to conduct,” said Capt. Malcolm Potts, Commodore of Amphibious Squadron One (PHIBRON 1).“All of our efforts are grounded in this fundamental responsibility. To keep our skills sharp throughout deployment, periodic sustainment training exercises are essential. We just wrapped up a phenomenal training period alongside our Republic of the Philippines’ counterparts during Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX),” he said.Sailors and Marines plan on experiencing Singapore through various Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) tours.Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Marilyn Honeycutt said she’s taking cultural and night safari tours.“I want to see the sites and make it more of a cultural experience,” added Honeycutt. “I’m really excited to visit. From what I’ve heard and seen in pictures it should be a lot of fun.”Potts said he looks forward to the crew getting some time off to relax and enjoy Singapore.“With the forces re-embarked on the ships, it is now time to take a well deserved break, recharge, and step foot ashore as ambassadors of the United States,” he said.[mappress]Press Release, October 03, 2013; Image: Navy View post tag: Dock Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Boxer, USS Orleans Dock in Singapore View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navycenter_img View post tag: Defense October 3, 2013 View post tag: Naval Training & Education View post tag: Boxer View post tag: USS Share this articlelast_img read more

Type 26 officially becomes Canadian Surface Combatant

first_imgFirst Type 26 CSC contractWhile the overall project is valued at between CA$56 and $60 billion, the initial contract with Irving Shipbuilding is valued at $185 million (including taxes) and will increase as design work progresses.Construction on the Canadian Surface Combatants is scheduled to begin in the early 2020s.Lockheed Martin Canada’s winning bid includes BAE Systems, CAE, L3 Technologies, MDA and Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems.A total of 15 Canadian Surface Combatants will be built to replace Canada’s Iroquois-class destroyers and Halifax-class frigates.“Our government is providing the Royal Canadian Navy with the ships it needs to do its important work of protecting Canadians,” Carla Qualtrough, minister of public services and procurement and accessibility, commented. “This procurement process for Canada’s future fleet of Canadian Surface Combatants was conducted in an open, fair and transparent manner that yielded the best ship design, and design team, to meet our needs for many years to come.”Bravo Zulu to the exceptionally large team of dedicated individuals across Defence, the Canadian Forces and our fellow government departments and industry who have worked tirelessly over the last several years and who have contributed to this historic day. pic.twitter.com/MkNUn7bN2n— VAdm/Vam Ron Lloyd (@Comd_RCN) February 8, 2019 View post tag: Royal Canadian Navy View post tag: Irving Shipbuilding View post tag: Lockheed Martin View post tag: BAe Systems View post tag: Type 26center_img View post tag: CSC The Canadian government has officially signed a contract with Irving Shipbuilding and the BAE Systems-Lockheed Martin team for the construction of Canada’s future surface combatants.The contract was signed on February 7 after the BAE Systems’ Type 26 Global Combat Ship design was selected in October 2018.Negotiations between the government and Irving Shipbuilder as prime contractor and the BAE-Lockheed team were completed even as CSC contender Alion Science challenged the decision in federal court.Alion urged the court to determine whether the Type 26 design met the government’s requirements. One of the reasons for this claim was the fact that the government said only existing designs of ships already in service would be considered. The first Type 26 frigate is still under construction in the UK and is expected to take to the sea in 2023.Following Alion’s challenge, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal in December 2018 gave the government green light to award the warship contract to BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin. Photo: Photo: BAE Systems Share this articlelast_img read more

See Who’d Be Eligible For Coronavirus Checks Under Senate GOP Plan

first_imgUnder the plan, the details of which were revealed on the Senate floor by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., individuals making up to $75,000 annually would be eligible for a $1,200 check from the federal government.The cash would be delivered in a one-time payment. President Donald Trump and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin had in recent days pushed for Americans to get two payments.Full coverage of the coronavirus outbreakMarried couples who file their taxes jointly would have to make less than $150,000 to qualify for their payment, which would be $2,400.From there, according to McConnell’s proposal, the payments would decrease. For individuals, the sum of the payment would fall by $5 for each $100 earned over $75,000. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare ‘This Is No Ordinary Time’: McConnell Discusses Coronavirus Relief planMARCH 19, 2020 For married couples earning more than $150,000, the payment would also decline gradually, and it would phase out completely for couples making more than $198,000, according to the plan.The checks, however, would reduce to $600 (or $1,200 for married couples) for taxpayers who have little or no income tax liability but have at least $2,500 in qualifying income, according to a GOP summary of the plan.“These recommendations would blunt the impact for most Americans and limit the damage to the U.S. economy,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a statement. “These recommendations won’t be the end of the congressional response to the coronavirus.”The income levels the government would review to make the cash payout determinations would be based on 2018 tax returns, McConnell said.The direct cash payment proposal is part of a broader stimulus package to combat the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.center_img The payment would phase out entirely for individuals making more than $99,000 annually, meaning people who make more than that would not get any money from the government, according to the proposal. mask with moneymask with money See Who’d Be Eligible For Coronavirus Checks Under Senate GOP Plan(The direct payments to many Americans would be means-tested based on their income)March 19, 2020, 5:04 PM CDT / Updated March 20, 2020, 3:48 PM CDTBy Adam Edelman, Sahil Kapur, and Julie TsirkinThe plan unveiled Thursday night by Senate Republicans to provide direct cash assistance to help Americans hurt by the coronavirus pandemic would send checks of up to $1,200 per person in a one-time payment — and payments would be based on income.last_img read more