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U.S. President Signs USD 633 Billion Defense Authorization Act

first_img View post tag: Naval Share this article U.S. President Signs USD 633 Billion Defense Authorization Act View post tag: 633 View post tag: Navy January 7, 2013 View post tag: President Industry news View post tag: billion View post tag: Authorization View post tag: Defense View post tag: US View post tag: Signs View post tag: USD View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today U.S. President Signs USD 633 Billion Defense Authorization Act President Barack Obama signed the $633 billion fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act into law yesterday.The legislation, which cleared Congress last month, authorizes the department to act in any number of instances. “There are certain things that cannot be done without [the authorization act],” said a senior defense official speaking on background.The act allows the department to institute pay raises, bonuses and incentive pay for personnel. “All military construction has to be authorized under this act,” the official said.It includes a 1.7 percent pay raise for military personnel, and contains $527.5 billion for DOD’s base budget, $88.5 billion for overseas contingency operations and $17.8 billion for national security programs in the Energy Department and Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.It also extends the Commanders’ Emergency Response Program that has been used in Afghanistan and Iraq. It authorizes a one-year extension of the Afghan Infrastructure Fund and extends the Coalition Support Fund and the Pakistan Counterinsurgency Fund. In Iraq, the law authorizes U.S. training activities, the official said.The law also authorizes changes needed to deter sexual assault in the military.In addition, it establishes the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, which will examine all aspects of military compensation. Officials stress that any possible changes to military retirement benefits that the group recommends will not affect current service members.Air Force structure was of some concern to the department going into the process, but officials say they were pleased with the outcome. The Air Force also received 32 more C-130 aircraft than requested.“But the Air Force is allowed to do everything else. They are allowed to do their divestures and moves,” the official said. “The only thing kept out of service’s force structure plan was we had to keep the Global Hawk Block 30 [unmanned aircraft].”The act raises the co-pay for medications under TRICARE through 2022. The legislation also limits any annual increases in pharmacy co-payments to increases in retiree cost of living adjustments.“It is a little bit toward what we need to start paying for how much health care is costing,” the official said.The authorization also provides DOD funds for servicewomen who need abortions in case of rape or incest. “So they don’t have to take leave and come home or go out on the economy,” the official said. “This is the first time this has been approved.”Among other programs, the act authorizes the defense biofuel initiative as well as counternarcotic authorities. “We use this a little bit in Afghanistan, but it’s mostly in the southern border and Colombia,” she said. “It has to get done.”Passage of the legislation is particularly important this year because the department is operating on a continuing resolution through March, which may be continued again through the rest of the fiscal year. The resolution maintains funding at 2012 budget levels. Without this authority, “Things really do shut down,” the official said.“It actually is things that keep the war going and things that … keep the economy going because it is pay, recruiting, military construction,” the official said.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 7, 2013; Image: White House View post tag: Act View post tag: Defencelast_img read more

La Spezia Container Terminal Sets Record Throughput

first_imgItaly’s La Spezia Container Terminal (LSCT), a container handling facility operated by Contship Italia Group, informed it has recorded its best ever container throughput result during the first four months of 2017.Total throughput at the terminal was more than 276,000 units from January 1 to April 30, 2017.This represents a rise of 15% in total container volumes compared to the corresponding four months of 2016 when the terminal’s throughput stood at 240,000 units, LSCT said.As informed, the increase in traffic reflected strong performances in the trades to and from the USA and Asia, as well as intra-Mediterranean services.“These strong throughput figures are highly encouraging for LSCT and demonstrate that the improvements we are making to help cargo flow through the logistics supply chain, that benefit Italian importers and exporters, are starting to pay off,” Peter Hill, Head of Commercial Operations at Contship Italia Group, commented.“Whilst it is too early to say if there will be a sustained upturn in the global economy, it is clear that our ‘Southern Gateway Alternative’ continues to gain traction. The formation of the new shipping alliances (from April 1) is also starting to work favorably for us,” he added.According to LSCT, all the main container alliances call La Spezia and offer improved transit-times to and from key ports in Asia.last_img read more

Capitol offers tax amnesty until Dec. 31

first_imgILOILO – The provincial government isencouraging Ilonggos to avail themselves of its real property tax amnesty untilthe end of the year. * real properties which are declaredand the real property tax has not been paid * real properties which are declaredand subject to the taxes * Sept. 30 – Santa Barbara (2ndDistrict) * Oct. 2 – Oton (1st District) Real properties with pending cases incourt and those paid under a compromise agreement are not covered by theamnesty. * Sept. 25 – Anilao (4th District) The relief is applicable only to thefollowing: “This is your chance to take advantageof the relief and pay your taxes minus the penalties,” Umadhay said. Oso said many taxpayers in Iloilo,particularly the farmers and landowners, failed to pay their taxes as they wereadversely affected by El Nino. The schedules are as follows: In August, the Sangguniang Panlalawiganpassed a resolution embodying Provincial Ordinance No. 2019-198 which grantstax relief to delinquent real property taxpayers. The resolution was authored by 4thDistrict Provincial Board member Domingo Oso Jr. In May, the province was placed undera state of calamity due to huge damages in agricultural crops. PTO will have a launching in everydistrict to disseminate the program. Delinquent taxpayers have until Dec.31, 2019 to settle their debts without having to pay the penalties andinterests. Provincial Treasurer Jean MaireUmadhay said the capitol will start receiving payment on Oct. 7. * delinquent properties auctioned bythe province and for lack of bidders, were subsequently bought by the provinceof Iloilo * Oct. 3 – Sara (5th District) * Oct. 4 – Pototan (3rd District) Oso also noted other economicconditions such as increase in oil prices and other agricultural inputs whichhampered farmers from paying their taxes promptly. (LHC, Capitol News/PN)last_img read more

Czech FACR expands integrity provisions with Sportradar

first_img Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share The Football Association of the Czech Republic (FACR) has moved to strengthen its match integrity provisions after renewing its partnership with leading sports data, content and intelligence provider Sportradar.Securing an extended data agreement, the Czech football association will have all syndicated FACR ‘tier-3’ and youth level matches monitored by Sportradar’s ‘Fraud Detection System – FDS’.In addition, the partnership will see Sportradar support FACR’s integrity agenda with its ‘Intelligence & Investigation Services’, bolstering FACR match data analysis, collection and interpretation dynamics.Jan Pauly, General Secretary of FACR, said: “Sportradar have been a valued and trusted partner of ours since 2012, with their FDS bet monitoring solution providing valuable oversight of global betting data surrounding our competitions.“By adding their Intelligence and Investigation services to our integrity programme, we are confident that we will gain an extra layer of visibility and insight into potential integrity risks, as we have already witnessed through collaboration on previous projects.”Andreas Krannich – SportradarIn addition to the integrity partnership, Sportradar will act as the FACR’s official data partner across all major men’s, women’s and youth competitions during the course of the agreement.Sportradar Integrity Services Managing Director Andreas Krannich added: “We have been proud partners of the FACR since 2012 and are delighted to be extending – and expanding – our integrity partnership well into the next decade. Our long term partners know best the importance we place on establishing strong working relationships, as they help put safeguarding efforts in the best position to succeed.“Moreover, our Intelligence and Investigation products will now put FACR competitions in an even stronger position to thrive. We look forward to building our relationship with FACR over the coming years and playing an even stronger role in helping to uphold the integrity of Czech football.” Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 SAZKA faces scrutiny following appointment of Flint Global as National Lottery advisor August 20, 2020 Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

England quartet head for South America

first_img9 Jan 2013 England quartet head for South America British stroke play champion Sarah-Jane Boyd, English stroke play champion Alex Peters and internationals Callum Shinkwin and Jordan Smith will represent England in the South American amateur championship from 23-26 January. The 72-hole individual event will take place at the Rincón de Cajica Golf Club in Bogota, Colombia. Sarah-Jane Boyd, 21, (Truro, Cornwall) won the 2012 British women’s stroke play championship and, as a result, secured her place in this year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open over the Old Course at St Andrews. Last year she also won the England Golf South West women’s championship and her third Cornwall ladies’ title. She trains with the England Golf Performance Squad. (Image © Leaderboard Photography) Alex Peters, 19, (Notts Ladies’, Nottinghamshire) won the 2012 English women’s stroke play title and was a member of England’s winning team at the women’s Home Internationals. She also won the Independent Schools’ championship, the Nottinghamshire ladies’ title and shared the Porters Park Centenary Cup. Alex, who was previously an England girl international, is also a member of the Performance Squad. Both Callum Shinkwin (Moor Park, Hertfordshire) and Jordan Smith (Bowood G&CC, Wiltshire) are full England internationals. Shinkwin, 19, the English under 18 champion in 2010 and a semi-finalist in the 2011 English Amateur Championship, began 2012 by winning the Hampshire Hog, finishing third in the Berkhamsted Trophy and fifth in the Darwin Salver. He won all four of his games on his full England debut against France in May then helped England win the European men’s Challenge Trophy in Iceland. He also played in the Home Internationals and is a member of the England squad for this year. Smith, 20, made his full England debut in last September’s Home Internationals in Scotland. He has been a member of the winning Wiltshire team at the English County Championships for the past two years, while he reached the English Amateur semi-finals in 2012.  He also finished joint runner-up in the Chiberta Grand Prix and tied fifth in the Biarritz Cup in successive weeks last summer. He is also a member of the England squad for 2013.last_img read more

Wurlitzer Organ Upgraded Thanks to Anonymous Donor

first_imgFacebook36Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe Washington Center for the Performing Arts is home to the Mighty Andy Crow Wurlitzer Organ, which has been described as “one of the top ten best theatrical organs in the world.” The organ is truly a living instrument, requiring annual maintenance, as well as tuning and troubleshooting before – and often, during – each performance. This local asset has over 1,600 pipes and thousands of additional sounds and instruments, such as bass drums, kettle drums, multiple cymbals, a piano, harp, glockenspiel, sleigh bells, and so much more.The organ has been at The Center since 1924. Now, the newly updated organ will play once again on September 13. Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThis summer, thanks to an anonymous donor, the organ received a $16,000 upgrade, its first since the mid-1990s. Jill Barnes, Executive Director, says, “This upgrade will increase the responsiveness of the instrument for the organist playing, and will also provide flexibility for when and how we use the organ.” The organ’s control system was upgraded to a computerized and cordless system which allows pipe organ operators and performers to define and control the organ using state-of-the-art microprocessor controlled interfaces connecting the console and the pipe chambers. Barnes adds, “The new system will create individualized settings for organists and remember those for future use.”The organ was first installed in 1924, when The Liberty Theatre (the original theater pre-dating The Washington Center) opened as a vaudeville house. The organ was originally an impressive “2/9” Wurlitzer organ. In the organ world, this means it originally had two manuals -the number of individual keyboards stacked on the organ console – and nine ranks, or sets of pipes, each set being a combination of multiple and similar instruments. The Liberty Theater was renovated and refurbished in 1948, becoming the Olympic Theater movie house. Andy Crow began taking care of the organ in 1962, and ultimately gifted and reinstalled the organ after The Washington Center was built in 1985. Andy passed away last summer in July.The organ will be used during the screening of the silent film, “The Phantom of the Opera” on October 15. Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsAndy is remembered fondly by many friends including Geoff Apgar, a Washington Center patron who has been a pipe organ enthusiast his entire life. Geoff especially enjoys coming to The Washington Center during the Silent Film series. Geoff says the full, rich sound of the pipes separates the organ from electronic reproductions. He shares, “I’m grateful The Washington Center has made the organ a priority in the programming and performances offered to the community.”“We believe it’s vital to keep local history alive,” says Barnes, “while instilling an understanding and appreciation of the beauty and science of the arts.” Thanks to this anonymous donor, through this upgrade, Andy’s memory and legacy will live on and we will honor him every time we feature the Mighty Andy Crow Wurlitzer Organ.The upgraded organ will make it’s first official debut at the CENTER Stage Awards & Gala on Saturday, September 23, when it will be played by Sharon Stearnes, the organist for the Gig Harbor Methodist Church and former Seattle Mariner’s organist. Following the gala, the organ will accompany the silent film, Phantom of the Opera, in the opening performance of our annual silent movie series on Sunday, October 15, featuring renowned organist, Dennis James.last_img read more

Thurston County Auditor’s Office Suspends Passport Services until Further Notice

first_imgFacebook26Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyStarting Monday, March 16, the Thurston County Auditor’s Office will suspend all passport services indefinitely. We anticipate this suspension to last through April 27, 2020, consistent with school closures.  Please continue to review our website ThurstonAuditor.org for updates as the COVID-19 response is rapidly changing.Customers who have travel plans within the near future and need a passport should visit http://Travel.State.Gov and seek assistance from the U.S. Department of State.Many other Auditor’s Office services are available online, phone or by mail. Please see our website for options for doing business with the Thurston County Auditor’s Office.last_img read more