HerouxDevtek beats profit expectations as acquisitions boost bottom line

Companies in this story: (TSX:HRX)The Canadian Press LONGUEUIL, Que. — Heroux-Devtek Inc. says it earned $7.4 million in its latest quarter as acquisitions boosted its revenue compared with a year ago.The aircraft parts company says its profit amounted to 20 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Dec. 31 compared with a profit of $626,000 or two cents per share a year ago.On an adjusted basis, Heroux-Devtek says it earned 26 cents per share for the quarter, up from 16 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected adjusted earnings per share of 17 cents, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Revenue totalled $144.5 million, up from $97 million in the same quarter a year earlier.The company says its CESA and Beaver acquisitions together contributed $39.6 million, while it also saw eight per cent organic growth. read more

UN rights office calls on Iraq to determine whereabouts of missing Iranian

“We are gravely concerned about allegations that seven former residents of Camp Ashraf, six of whom are reported to be women, were kidnapped during the events of 1 September,” Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), said at a briefing in Geneva. “If they have indeed been kidnapped, all efforts should be made to secure their release unharmed,” Mr. Colville added, noting unconfirmed reports that suggest that they are being held at an unidentified location in Iraq and are at risk of being forcibly returned to Iran.Camp Ashraf was comprised of Iranian exiles, many of them members of a group known as the People’s Mojahedeen of Iran.More than 3,000 residents have been relocated to Camp Hurriya, previously known as Camp Liberty, while the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) carries out a process to determine their refugee status, and resettle them outside of the country, in line with an agreement signed in December 2011 between the UN and the Iraqi Government.Camp Ashraf has been attacked several times, making relocation a priority for the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). Following the latest attack, the remaining residents were transferred to Camp Hurriya, but the circumstances of the attack remain obscure.“As three weeks have now passed, we reiterate our call on the Government to do its utmost to shed light on exactly what happened and to identify the perpetrators of these killings,” Mr. Colville said, while welcoming the transfer of the remaining residents to Hurriya. He added that UNHCR and others shared the concern over the missing former residents and called on the Government to ensure their safety and prevent their involuntary return to Iran. Also in Geneva today, UNHCR’s spokesperson expressed concern that recent waves of sectarian violence in Iraq threatened new internal displacement in the country.“Since the beginning of the year, bombings and rising sectarian tensions have displaced some 5,000 Iraqis,” Melissa Fleming said, noting reports from the last two weeks that suggested that over 200 families had fled their homes in a wide range of locations. “Those displaced so far include Sunni Arabs, Kurds, Shia Shabak, Turkmen as well as Shia Arabs who are in a minority situation,” Ms. Fleming added.She said that UNHCR and its partners have conducted needs assessments of the newly displaced people and are advocating with the Government for their registration. In coordination with the Government, the agency was helping to ensure them food, core relief items, education and adequate accommodation, along with relevant documents. read more

Mens volleyball Ohio State looking to defend MIVA crown tournament play starts

Junior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir hits the ball over the net during a match against #7 Fort Wayne at St. John Arena on Thursday. The Buckeyes won the match, 3-0. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe No. 2 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (27-2 16-0 MIVA) faces Quincy University (7-21, 2-14 MIVA) in the first round of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Tournament on Saturday.Both OSU and Quincy come into the matchup having just faced each other on April 8 when the Buckeyes won 3-1. The win made them perfect in conference play for the regular season, becoming only the second team in 25 years to do so. “I told the kids in the locker room that regardless of what sport you play — volleyball, baseball, tiddlywinks — to go through a conference undefeated, 16 matches, and not losing one is a pretty neat accomplishment,” coach Pete Hanson said. “Very proud of those young men.”Saturday’s match will mark the third time this season that the teams have met. In both previous meetings, Quincy extended the match to four sets. Quincy’s sophomore libero Kolbie Knorr will head the Hawks’ defense on Saturday. Knorr currently sits in the No. 4 spot in digs per set in the MIVA standings with 2.04. “Quincy, they’ll come in and play hard,” Hanson said. “It’s kind of more about us than about the guys in the other uniform.”For the Buckeyes, it’s senior opposite Miles Johnson and junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen who sit in the top five in three statistical categories in the MIVA. While Johnson is top-ranked in kills and kills per set, Szerszen is slated second best in kills and kills per set, and fourth best in hitting percentage.Szerszen was honored as the MIVA Player of the Year on Thursday. It’s his second season in a row receiving the award. He is the the fourth Buckeye and 10th MIVA player to win the award twice.“It definitely helps to get recognized like this especially when you try to put the effort to help your team all throughout the season,” Szerszen said. “But I’m not the only one doing stuff. Everyone is adding stuff to the team.”In addition to the Player of the Year honor, Szerszen and five other Buckeyes received first or second team all-MIVA recognition. Hanson was also rewarded on Thursday, repeating as the MIVA Coach of the Year. The 13-time recipient is one of seven OSU coaches to receive the award in conference history.“[The award] means a lot because to me, it’s a reflection of the program,” Hanson said. “That means Ohio State volleyball is doing the right things.”The Buckeyes and the Hawks clash for the final time this season on Saturday at 5 p.m. in St. John Arena. read more

Benetech conveyor system maintenance provides higher performance with less maintaining

first_imgBenetech, is focusing further on conveyor maintenance solutions. Without proper inspection and maintenance, a conveyor system with small problems can develop much bigger ones, leading to lost production and revenue. Curative repair costs also can double or even triple the investment in efficient preventive measures.Benetech’s state-of-the-art conveyor maintenance and repair include audits/inspections, adjustments, installation of equipment and replacement of parts. Working with Benetech to identify potential setbacks early and fix them results in more-steady production with less spillage, pluggage and carryback; less wear and airborne dust; improved material flow; and greater regulatory compliance for avoiding citations and fees. It helps bulk material handlers prevent fire and explosion hazards as well.Benetech conveyor belt maintenance further helps extend maintenance intervals while enhancing production. With Benetech, bulk material handlers can upgrade older, labour-intensive equipment and systems to advanced solutions such as:Engineered transfer systems that control material flow and lessen impact against belts, chute walls, stringers and idlersInspection doors that allow personnel to safely and easily access all areas to ensure proper conditions and functioningMaterial flow enhancers that restrict build-up and pluggageProper impact beds and trackers that keep the conveyor belt centered and protectedBelt cleaners that prevent spillage and carryback.“Our upgrades boost bulk material handlers’ capabilities and decrease the need for frequent conveyor inspections and maintenance,” said Benetech Vice President Paul Moran. “Our components, technologies and processes help ensure companies move more material for longer periods with fewer delays through a safer, fully operative system. This supports premium service to their customers.”Benetech provides complete, performance-based solutions for dust mitigation and bulk material–handling systems. Its products, services and technologies reduce dust, prevent spillage, improve material flow and reinforce compliance.last_img read more

David Hall Mortgage arrears plan is a horrific step for mortgage holders

first_imgThe progress is in the figures. Facts and statistics speak, not fiction and not spin, and the figures from the Central Bank prove clearly the number of arrears.“It’s a horrific step for mortgage holders and they have most certainly been thrown into the lions den,” Hall said. “This is all one way traffic. This is all power to one group of people again – banks.”Read: Government outlines plan to tackle mortgage arrears >More: Column: New restructuring targets for banks don’t go far enough to help distressed borrowers > GOVERNMENT PLANS TO tackle mortgage arrears are a “horrific step for mortgage holders”, David Hall of the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation has said.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Hall said government had a “golden opportunity” to help those in distress but that he was left “bitterly disappointed” by what was proposed.The Mortgage Arrears Resolution outlined a number of options which banks could pursue, including split mortgages, payment deferrals, and debt write-off.Yesterday’s measures applied to ACC, AIB, Bank of Ireland, KBC Bank, Permanent TSB and Ulster Bank in relation to both principal dwelling homes and buy to let mortgages.Hall said that these solutions were not prescriptive, however, and that it was the banks that determined what course of action should be taken.Referring to 2011′s Keane report as the “last flag flown by government in relation to solutions”, he said that only two of these had since been implemented by lending institutions – split mortgages and mortgage to rent.last_img read more

The Big Idea Will the Irish ditch the breakfast roll for sushi

first_imgCONVINCING PEOPLE TO eat raw fish from a petrol station doesn’t seem like the world’s best business idea, but one Dublin company has been doing just that, and making a success of it.Hidden away down a lane in Smithfield, Oishii Sushi busily churns out stacks of Japanese food every day. The company is the brainchild of 34-year-old mother of two Ciara Troy.Troy wasn’t a typical graduate when she left Trinity with a degree in Business, Economics and Social Science aged 27. A semester in Tokyo had ingrained a love of all things Japanese, especially the food. Instead of looking for a job, she decided to strike out on her own.Starting out making sushi and other Japanese food at farmer’s markets, Troy has grown her company exponentially and now supplies ready to eat sushi to some of the largest retailers in Ireland. Dunnes, Spar and Topaz all stock her produce.Her ambition is limitless, with a plan to take on no less august an institution than the hallowed breakfast roll. Source: Video TheJournal.ie/YouTubeSince her days in the farmer’s markets, the company has gathered momentum and expanded its operations and employee count, even finding time to whip up a batch of Salmon Nigiri for U2 when they played Croke Park in 2009.“I’m not joking when I say I did it all. I’d leave the house at five in the morning and get home at nine that night. Literally, I was doing the deliveries, I’d go back to the kitchen and make the stuff, then I’d go home and do the invoices with my Mum.”Troy wasn’t cowed by the size of the task in front of her, despite her inexperience.“I had never worked in retail, I had never worked in the FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) sector. I learned a lot of lessons the hard way.”Eight years later, the company has 20 full-time employees.Object lessonsAs a small business owner that has had a lot of success selling her product into larger companies, she says that passion and the ability to tailor a pitch is key.“I think you have to have a point of difference, and you have to be very passionate about what you’re selling in to them. If you’re not passionate about it, then they’re not going to buy it.”The fish that goes into Oishii sushi is almost exclusively sourced from Irish waters, through Dublin suppliers Kish Fish and Wright’s of Howth.Steering a start-up company through the recession, never mind growing it, is no mean feat. Out of all the hurdles she’s had to clear in the last few years, Troy rates getting access to funds as the trickiest element of running a small business today.Educating herself about the diverse sources of finance, and making sure her branding was spot on were both key. Source: Video TheJournal.ie/YouTube“Employees would be capped at ten for the local enterprise board (to consider funding), and while Enterprise Ireland would be good, if you’re not exportable, or you’re not gearing up to be exportable, I’m not sure you would meet their criteria.”While the company has been able to spot and exploit secondary income streams such as coporate demonstrations and group outings, cash constraints mean that Oiishi has to keep a lid on its ambitions.“We have more ideas than we have money to do. We are very much beholden to cash flow.”And while Troy doesn’t rule out expanding into other markets at some point in the future, she wants to conquer her home territory before looking overseas.“There’s still a lot of work to do in the Irish market.”Column: What does an entrepreneur need to know when starting out?>Want to know the secrets of digital marketing for SMEs?>last_img read more

Photos The story of Ireland from 1916 to 2015 told through the

first_imgPhotos: The story of Ireland from 1916 to 2015 told through the faces of its people A new exhibition presents photos of 100 people born from 1916 to 2015. Short URL 18,841 Views A NEW PHOTO exhibition will showcase one hundred images of people with a connection to Ireland who were born since 1916.Portrait of a Century by Kim Haughton is being presented in its entirety for the first time at the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks in Dublin. Source: Photographer – Paul Sherwood paul@sherwood.ieIt’s based on the subject of Ireland’s centenary and each photograph represents the birth year of the person in it and the series spans from 1916 to 2015.Over the past two years photographer Kim Haughton sought out people with a connection to Ireland. Source: Photographer – Paul Sherwood paul@sherwood.ieStarting with Ken Whitaker who was born in 1916 during the rebellion to Máire Mhac an tSaoi whose birth in 1922 coincided with the creation of the new state.Haughton photographed people across different sections of society including sporting legends, presidents, public servants, private citizens and pioneering women. Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh Source: Photographer – Paul Sherwood paul@sherwood.ie Sheamus Smith – Producer Source: Photographer – Paul Sherwood paul@sherwood.ie Gearoid Solan – First Irish male dancer in London’s Royal Ballet School in 30 years Source: Photographer – Paul Sherwood paul@sherwood.ie Ciara Ni Ruairc – Captain in Defence Forces Source: Photographer – Paul Sherwood paul@sherwood.ie Rowan Gillespie Source: Photographer – Paul Sherwood paul@sherwood.ieHaughton is an Irish photographer based in New York. In 2015 she was named as an Irish photographer to watch by TIME magazine who described her work as ‘at once sparse and textured’.She spent the early part of her career as a photo journalist covering post conflict humanitarian issues around the globe. Her work has been exhibited in London, New York, Oslo and Dublin.Her images have been included in publications worldwide, including The Financial Times, Der Spiegel and Vanity Fair. Her work is held in the National Archives of Ireland.Read: New €3m viewing platform and museum on the way for Dublin Castle’s record tower> By Cliodhna Russell Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 11:00 AM Share Tweet Email2 https://jrnl.ie/3349908 Apr 23rd 2017, 11:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 12 Comments last_img read more

The Irish For The Irish language version of Wikipedia is going strong

first_img Sunday 31 Mar 2019, 8:30 AM By Darach Ó Séaghdha Darach Ó Séaghdha This the latest dispatch from our columnist Darach Ó Séaghdha, author of the award-winning and bestselling Motherfoclóir. Every Sunday morning, Darach will be regaling (re-Gaeling?) us with insights on what the Irish language says about Ireland, our society, our past and our present. Enjoy.AH WIKIPEDIA. WHERE would we be without it?Who else would give us lists of inventors killed by their own inventions, helicopter prison escapes or even lists of lists of lists?Who else would warn you not to add to a list of famous serial killers by killing people?While you shouldn’t use it as a source when doing your homework (or use it to diagnose yourself), the people’s online encyclopaedia has delighted commuters and settled arguments and formed a community of contributors who all want to make the world a little better by sharing their knowledge.Besides, in the era of fake news, it at least has a capacity to flag imperfect content, unlike some news outlets.Last April, I interviewed Dr. Claire Murray for the Motherfoclóir Podcast. In addition to postdoctoral research in chemistry and encouraging young women to pursue STEM subjects in her work with the Shona Project and Athena SWAN, Dr. Murray is an active contributor to An Vicipéid, Wikipedia’s Irish language portal.  At the time of writing, An Vicipéid is the 87th largest Wikipedia (based on a count of the number of articles) out of 292 active languages.The tally of almost 51,000 puts us ahead of Icelandic and Swahili but behind such dark horses as Luxembourgish and Piedmontese.Having a well-stocked larder of Wikipedia articles in a minority language is worthwhile for a number of reasons. First of all, it is useful for learners and those returning to Irish to have subject matter that ties in with their interests to ease them in, and the comprehensive nature of an encyclopedia is ideal for this.Secondly, translation sites, like Bing and Google Translate, which use machine learning need a wide sample of text to draw from so that they can accurately predict the in-context meanings of words in combination with their neighbouring words.So they can tell you that ‘dara’ in a given instance means second rather than oak, or that the ár in Tiocfaidh Ár Lá does not mean slaughter.So what kind of articles might you find ar an Vicipéid today?Tábla Peiriadach: The periodic table is here in Irish, including lantanóidigh agus achtainídí. As with English, many elements have been named based on a phonetic rendering of the Greek or Latin source name.An Clochaois: The stone age. If that’s too broad for you, there are separate entries on An tSean-Chlochaois (the Paleolithic period) and An Nua-Chlochaois (Neolithic period).An Cogadh Fuar: There are extensive entries on the Cold War, including long articles on An tAontas Sóivéadach (the USSR), Iósaf Stailín (Stalin) and the KGB.AE : The EU. The entry on the European Union (An tAontas Eorpach) includes links to the articles on each ballstát (member state) as well as giving a summary of the union’s history.Madra: The page on dogs is only a stub at the moment, but it’s been viewed twice as often as the page on cats. If someone wanted to dip their toe into being a Wikipedia editor, fleshing out short articles like these would be a good place to start.Gramadach na Gaeilge: If you’ve ever corrected someone’s Irish in a comment section or on social media, why not bring your talents to a welcoming harbour? Some contributors have made a valiant effort to share their knowledge but may have made missed a fada or a séimhiú – this is your chance to shine.Star Trek: Sure enough, one of the longest, best laid-out and most carefully edited pages in An Vicipéid is the page on Star Trek.That fanbase’s famous attention to detail trickles down into attitudes to translation – the Irish for Klingon is Tliongánach, derived not from the English name but Klingon’s own name for itself, tlhIngan.There are some people who will be bemused by long passages about a TV show on Vicipéid when there are conspicuous gaps elsewhere.However, there is nothing stopping such people getting stuck in and updating the encyclopaedia themselves – that would be a win-win situation.Darach’s new book Craic Baby is the follow-up to his acclaimed Motherfoclóir and is out now under the Head of Zeus imprint. He runs @theirishfor Twitter account and the @motherfocloir podcast. Mar 31st 2019, 8:30 AM The Irish For: The Irish language version of Wikipedia is going strong Sure enough, one of the longest, best laid-out and most carefully edited pages in An Vicipéid is the page on Star Trek, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha. Short URLcenter_img 19 Comments 14,480 Views Share301 Tweet Email3 https://jrnl.ie/4567747 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article read more

Meat plant owners granted injunctions against protesters outside their factories

first_img A group of independent farmers protesting at Dawn Meats in Grannagh in Waterford Image: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Image: Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ie Tuesday 27 Aug 2019, 5:40 PM Meat plant owners granted injunctions against protesters outside their factories Dawn Meats and Anglo Beef Processors took the High Court action today. 43 Comments A group of independent farmers protesting at Dawn Meats in Grannagh in Waterford By Aodhan O’Faolain & Ray Managh Share4 Tweet Email center_img Short URL Aug 27th 2019, 5:40 PM THE OWNERS OF up to a dozen meat plants have today been granted temporary High Court injunctions restraining groups of protesters from blockading their factories and intimidating staff and suppliers.Lyndon MacCann SC, counsel for Dawn Meats and Brian O’Moore SC, for Anglo Beef Processors (ABP) told Mr Justice Senan Allen that the actions of threatening and abusive protestors could jeopardise a multi-million euro meat deal with China.MacCann, who appeared with barrister Stephen Walsh, and O’Moore, who appeared with Eoghan Casey BL, told the court that a Chinese delegation was due to visit the meat factories in the next few days to carry out inspections of processing and hygiene with a view to increasing exports to the Chinese market.They said the potential new deal with China had taken years to set up and, if cancelled because of the actions of protesters, could take several more years of negotiation to put it back in place if at all.Judge Allen was told that a peace agreement hammered out with the help of the Minister of Agriculture had broken down at two of the main meat plants of both Dawn and ABP and was expected to spread to other plants if not restrained by the court. He heard that both companies were seeking temporary injunctions restraining a number of named protesters, and anyone with knowledge of the making of the court’s orders, from continuing their blockade.‘Unlawfully denied access’MacCann, instructed by Arthur Cox Solicitors, said Dawn Meats was a sheep and cattle processing business processing 300,000 tonnes of meat annually, operating several sites in Ireland and the UK and employing over 7,000 people in 12 countries and exports to over 50 countries.He said trucks delivering carcasses and animals had either unlawfully been denied access or were significantly delayed in making deliveries.The court heard that the chief concern of the protesters was the fall in the price of Irish beef due to market forces related to Brexit and an increased supply of beef in Europe.  They were attempting to force the beef processors to pay higher prices to farmers for their cattle.MacCann said Dawn Meats had no objection to anyone exercising their right to protest peacefully and in accordance with law but Dawn was suffering a daily loss of turnover of €1.5 million.  Many farmers willing to supply the meat plants were being prevented from doing so.O’Moore, who was instructed by A&L Goodbody Solicitors, said that a particular worrying aspect of the blockades was the intimidation and abuse being hurled at suppliers and staff and even Government inspectors.“Some hauliers have been advised not to return and one was told his company would be burned out if he did return,” O’Moore said.Judge Allen said he was satisfied on the evidence placed before the court in sworn affidavits to restrain the named protesters, or anyone acting in concert with them, from impeding, instructing, hindering or in any way interfering directly or indirectly with access to or egress from all of the two meat companies plants.The court’s orders in the case of Dawn Meats apply to premises at Grannagh, Co Waterford;  Meadow Meats, Rathdowney, County Laois;  Hazel Hill, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo; Ardnageehy, Charleville, Co Cork and Greenhills, Beauparc, Slane, Co Meath.The ABP plants covered by the court’s restraints are APB premises at Bandon, Co Cork;  Nenagh, Co Tipperary;  Rathkeale, Co Limerick;  Cahir, Co Tipperary;  Clones, Co Monaghan and at Ferrybank, Co Waterford.The proceedings, which were heard in the absence of the defendants, was adjourned until Friday. 14,664 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4784606 last_img read more

Speak Greek in March garners more support

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Speak Greek in March campaign is building in momentum, with organisers launching an official website, getting support from parliamentarians and interest from schools. The campaign, launched on the International Day of the Mother Tongue last Saturday, saw promises of support from both federal and state politicians. Newly elected member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos says he will be hoping to give a speech in Greek in parliament to coincide with the campaign and celebrations for Greek National Day on March 25.“What I want to say in parliament is this is a call to arms not just for the Greek community but every community language,” he tells Neos Kosmos.“What’s the value of our multicultural diversity in trade and foreign relations if we can’t speak another language and if we all default to the common ground of English?”He will also be briefing Premier Daniel Andrews on the campaign, while taking part in a number of Greek events throughout March.Federal MP Maria Vamvakinou is taking the campaign to Canberra, and will also be speaking to parliament on the initiative. She will table a motion mid-March and will call on other MPs to give their view of the campaign.She will use the International Day of the Mother Tongue that passed to promote “that languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage”.Ms Vamvakinou’s office in Keilor Downs is also adorned with the campaign’s posters and brochures in the hopes it will get the message across to her electorate. Campaign organiser Mike Zafiropoulos says Speak Greek in March has seen a lot of interest from Greeks around the world.He’s already been in contact with Greek papers in London, Italy, Spain and Argentina, and hopes by next year the campaign will have gone global. He used his speech at the launch to draw attention to how many Greek words we take for granted in English.Every word he used in the speech had Greek language origins. “The Hellenic lexical thesaurus for aeons has been a tonic for the glossolalia of the cosmos,” he said to a slightly confused crowd. The launch also coincided with the unveiling of the Speak Greek in March website, a resource organisers hope will give families and individuals a guide on how to increase their Greek speaking during the month.Already the site encourages people to download learning apps, get Greek keyboards for their phones and utilise ‘Word of the day’ sites for a fun way to engage with the language. At the launch, Greek consul general to Melbourne Christina Simantiraki voiced her hope that the initiative would encourage more people to continue with their Greek and reconnect to the language in a positive way.“Greek was the first worldwide language thanks to Alexander the Great,” she said.“There is almost no language in the world that doesn’t use Greek words.“We should all speak Greek during March and I say we should use Greek for the following months too,” she said.Greece’s ambassador to Australia Haris Dafaranos said the campaign is a chance to show the language off to new Philhellenes.While the campaign doesn’t start for another couple of days, some are already heeding the call and starting early. President of the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) Bill Papastergiadis said he’s already began using more Greek at home, and to his delight, has noticed his children taking much more of an interest.A brochure has been created by the campaign organisers to give people tips on how to keep speaking Greek in March.For more information and to read the brochure online, visit www.speakgreekinmarch.comlast_img read more

Honouring Lefkadas Anzac sons

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Over 300 people attendedFitzroy’s Moonlight Receptions recently to join in the Lefkadian Cultural Association’s commemoration of the many Australian soldiers of Lefkadian heritage.A feature of the event was a celebration of the life and service of Gunner James Zampelis, the only Australian digger of Hellenic heritage to have served and been killed in any of the Greek and Crete campaigns of 1941. The assembly was privileged to have in attendance many members of the extended Zampelis family, including James’ only child Peter.The official party included parliamentary representatives including Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou MP, State Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos MP, Victorian Minister for Veterans John Eren MP and State Member for South Barwon Andrew Katos MP.Also present were former MP and president of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee Lee Tarlamis, Executive Secretary of Melbourne’s Battle of Crete and Greece Commemorative Council Antonis Tsourdalakis, and President of the RSL Hellenic Sub Branch Steve Kyritsis.The event opened with an impressive performance by Oakleigh Grammar School’s Group of Drummers, followed by a minute’s silence and a reading by Peter Katsaitis of the Ode of Remembrance in respect to all Lefkadians who served in the Australian forces in WWI and WWII. The stage was complete with an Honour Roll prepared by public relations officer and event organiser Claire Gazis which listed the Anzacs of Lefkadian descent.Ms Vamvakinou, who is originally from the village of Agios Petros, addressed the audience on behalf of federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and communicated his message of support. The MP went on to say how proud she was as a Lefkadian to be asked to take part in an initiative of such importance, bringing together Australia’s Anzacs of Hellenic heritage. On Tuesday she also made a speech in federal parliament in which she acknowledged the hard work of Olga Vlahos, Gazis, and myself.(L-R) Peter Katsaitis, president of the Lefkadian Cultural Association, Olga Vlahos, and Association PR officer Claire Gazis watch former president of the Association Chris Melas address the assembly. Photo: Jim ClavenMr Staikos then took the opportunity to express his pride at supporting the recent unveiling of the Hellenic Anzac Memorial in the gardens of Parliament House and that he looked forward to his coming parliamentary visit to Greece where he would see James Zampelis’ name inscribed on the memorial walls at Phaleron Commonweatlth War Cemetery. Former president of the Lefkadian Cultural Association Chris Melas and Ms Gazis made a joint presentation on the Lefkadians who served in the Australian armed forces in both World Wars. They spoke of Lefkadian-born Harry Polites who served in WWI, and the 43 Australian service personnel of Lefkadian origin who served in WWII, including Zampelis. These Lefkadians were part of the 80 personnel of Hellenic background who served in the First World War and the estimated 2,500 in WWII. Mention was also made of two Greek Orthodox priests, Christoforo Manesi from Kallimasia and Yianni Evaggelinidi from Lesvos, who served in the Australian armed forces in WWII.It was a personal honour to be asked to address this event, outlining the life and service of Zampelis. James’ father Gerasimos hailed from the Lefkadian village of Maranthori, which I visited the past year. James had grown up in suburban Melbourne, joining the Australian army after the declaration of war in 1939. He went on to serve in the Middle East before arriving in Greece with the Allied forces sent to help defend the birthplace of his father from the coming Axis aggression. He served across the length and breadth of Greece, eventually evacuated to Crete where he was killed in a German air attack on 24 May 1941 along with four of his fellow soldiers, all from Melbourne. Their bodies have never been found and their names are listed on the Memorial Walls for the missing at Phaleron Commonwealth War Cemetery in Athens.I was able to announce to the assembly that my recent research in Australia and Greece, assisted by Paul Sougleris and Arch Bergiannis, has led me to believe that we may have found the site where James and his comrades were killed and buried. We hope to be able to raise sufficient funding to erect a memorial to James and his comrades at, or near, this site in the village of Mournies and also proposed that memorials be erected in Lefkada and Melbourne. Zampelis’ niece Merillyn Hayes was also present and shared a personal note on James’ life, reading from a letter he wrote home from the Middle East. Members of the Zampelis family, including Peter, are joined by members of the Lefkadian Cultural Association and their official guests. Photo: Vicki KyritsisThe event concluded with an amazing performance by the Pegasus Dance Group who, dressed in traditional Lefkadian costume danced to the music of Lefkada, followed by a range of delicious desserts made by members of the Lefkadian community.* Jim Claven is a trained historian and freelance writer who has researched the Hellenic link to Anzac over a number of years, including researching the service of Gunner James Zampelis.last_img read more

Earlylearning advocates seek artists

first_imgSupport for Early Learning and Families is asking local artists to design tables and chairs that capture “the magic” of early childhood years.The organization will commission artists to transform 10 sets of tables and two chairs donated by Friends of the Carpenter. The organization is looking for art that is child friendly, painted with child-safe paint and sealed. SELF will reimburse each artist up to $100 for supplies. The sets will be displayed at 10 local businesses in February and they’ll be sold at the downtown Vancouver First Friday event in March.Artists must submit ideas for the tables and chairs as soon as possible, preferably by Aug. 1, according to a news release. The project must be completed by Jan. 15. Submit ideas to SELF Executive Director Debbie Ham at debbie.ham@selfwa.org.last_img read more

Sheriffs office Man tried to abduct woman in Yacolt

first_imgThe Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a driver attempted to abduct a woman who was walking in Yacolt Wednesday night.A woman in her 30s was walking home from work near West Yacolt Road and Railroad Avenue at about 11 p.m. Wednesday when a vehicle pulled over and the driver asked if she needed a ride home, Clark County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Brent Waddell said.The woman refused, but the man grabbed her arm and attempted to pull her into the vehicle, Waddell said.The woman got away and called 911 from a nearby restaurant, BackRoads Food and Spirits at 303 N. Amboy Road, Waddell said.The suspect was described as being a white man in his 40s or 50s, with a scruffy beard and a tattoo on his forearm, Waddell said. The vehicle was described as a four-door, “box-style” vehicle that was possibly tan in color, Waddell said.Deputies searched the area but did not locate the suspect.last_img read more

Pentagon Update Could Shanahan Remain Acting Secretary Indefinitely Webb Not under Consideration

first_imgActing Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan possibly could remain in place indefinitely without being nominated as a permanent replacement for his predecessor Jim Mattis, but such a move could face a constitutional challenge, reports the Washington Post. There is no statutory limit on how long a confirmed deputy defense secretary can lead the Pentagon on an acting basis. Several legal experts, however, questioned whether the Constitution allows Shanahan to serve in that capacity indefinitely. The Federal Vacancies Reform Act allows Shanahan to carry out defense secretary duties for 210 days, but that limit can be extended if Trump nominates someone else for the post permanently. President Trump has said he is in no rush to find a permanent replacement and said Shanahan “could be there for a long time,” although he did not say whether he meant in an acting capacity. … Trump denied news reports that he is considering former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb (D) as his next Pentagon chief, reported the Hill. “The story in the New York Times regarding Jim Webb being considered as the next Secretary of Defense is FAKE NEWS. I’m sure he is a fine man, but I don’t know Jim, and never met him. Patrick Shanahan, who is acting secretary of defense, is doing a great job!” the president tweeted Friday.DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber Smith Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

China May Devalue Yuan Further Rupee to Remain Stable Morgan Stanley

first_imgChina is expected to continue devaluing its currency in the coming months, a move that raised concerns about a possible global currency war and recovery of global economy.”Now, if you ask me — will China further make market move for weakening its currency; my answer would be – yes. China could do that going forward based on its exchange rate,” said Ian Stannard, executive director and head of European currency strategy at Morgan Stanley.Chinese authorities unexpectedly devalued the country’s exchange rate on Tuesday so as to revive the slowing economic activity in the country. China allowed the currency to fall further on Wednesday.”If you look at economic data points in China —it has weakened significantly in some cases, hence you can make a point that the currency was overvalued,” he told The Economic Times.A devaluation of yuan will help China boost its slumping exports as a cheaper yuan will make its exports more competitive in the overseas markets. China’s exports fell 8.3% in July and a deflationary trend in producer prices persisted for a fourth straight year.Growth in the world’s second largest economy is estimated to touch a 25-year low, although its official target of 7% set for this year has been met.However, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) welcomed the devaluation of yuan by China.”Beijing should aim to achieve an effectively floating exchange rate within two to three years,” IMF told Reuters.The Indian rupee slid to a two-year low, taking a cue from depreciation in currencies of other emerging markets, following China’s devaluation move. China’s exchange rate reforms also weighed on the domestic stock markets and commodities.Easing concerns over further depreciation in the domestic currency, Ian said “rupee is likely to remain stable relative to other currencies despite volatility in global currency markets.””Other currencies from countries like Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Taiwan have a bearish case. I expect the Indian rupee to trade around current levels as I expect fundamentals to improve,” he added.last_img read more

New deal sees an end to the US and EU trade war

first_imgTrump has insisted in recent months on the need for the EU to agree to his demands to facilitate US access to the European market and has threatened to impose tariffs of up to 20 per cent on imports of European automobiles if the bloc did not make concessions to Washington. Donald Trump Reiterates Relationship Between The U.S. And U.K. Remains Strong Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:29Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:28?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … U.S. President Donald Trump and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker speak about trade relations in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 25, 2018.REUTERS/Joshua RobertsUS President Donald Trump has announced he has reached an agreement with the European Union (EU) to move forward together toward a “zero tariff” situation, thus avoiding a trade war, after meeting the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.Trump on Wednesday said he had reached an agreement to work together toward a policy of “zero” tariffs and trade barriers, adding “we are starting the negotiation right now, but we know where it is going” and proclaiming “a new phase” in US-EU trade relations, Efe news reported.Meanwhile, both Washington and Brussels will “hold off on other tariffs” while the talks are underway, Juncker said.In a joint appearance before the press with Juncker, Trump said that the European Union will begin importing soybeans from the US Midwest, as well as liquefied natural gas to “diversity” its energy sources, in addition to reducing some industrial tariffs.The EC chief, meanwhile, hailed the trade agreement, which includes reducing tariffs by both parties and easing the bilateral frictions that had arisen in recent months. Juncker said that he had gone into his Oval Office meeting with Trump with both parties intending to reach an agreement.He also said that the pact establishes the “resolution” of the US tariffs on European steel and aluminium that had sparked a trade brouhaha between Brussels and Washington, although neither Trump nor Juncker specified whether these would be immediately annulled.Minutes later, at a conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Juncker said that the agreement emphasised the “special” nature of the alliance between the US and the EU going on to stress that trade between the two parties comprises half of all global commerce.Juncker’s visit to Washington aroused great expectations after the exchange of accusations and the imposition of tariffs by Trump on European steel and aluminium, to which Brussels had responded with identical measures on assorted US products, including motorcycles and jeans.last_img read more

Students and parents support lesbian counselor asked to leave wife to get

first_imgA Catholic school’s lesbian counselor dismissed upon discovery she is married to a woman is receiving the support of students and parents. Shelly Fitzgerald has been a guidance counselor at Roncalli High School for 15 years. | Photo: WTHR Oklahoma school district shuts down after parents threaten trans student eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . She reported her sister’s comments on parents threatening to pull their children from school.‘Our church isn’t the hate and she doesn’t want, she loves Roncalli, and she doesn’t want anybody to pull their kids from Roncalli. That’s the last thing that she wants them to do because she loves Roncalli, she still does.’The archbishop’s letterThe Archdiocese of Indianapolis defended the school’s decision to put the counselor on leave.In an open letter, Archbishop Charles C. Thompson wrote Fitzgerald ‘is living in a civil marriage to another woman that is not valid in the eyes of the Church’.He also entered the conversation about the reasons for the dismissal. The school, in fact, considers Fitzgerald not apt to fulfill her contractual obligations.‘The issue concerning Ms. Fitzgerald’s employment is not about sexual orientation, but about the Church’s teaching that marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman as established and revealed by God,’ he also wrote.He also provided a very thorough definition of marriage according to the Catholic church.‘By its very nature, marriage is a permanent partnership between one man and one woman ordered to the good of the couple and the procreation and education of children.’The Archbishop also clarified that ‘there is nothing in Church teaching that says being gay or lesbian is a sin’.You might also like:Lesbian teacher suspended for showing picture of her future wife is back in classroom GAYSTARNEWS- Education campaigner says LGBTI teachers should stay in the closet, gets called ‘a dinosaur’ Shelly Fitzgerald, a longtime guidance counselor at Roncalli High School, Illinois, has been on indefinite paid leave since 14 August.The counselor was offered the choice to dissolve her marriage or resign. The decision which sparked the outrage of the community.Fitzgerald and her partner married in 2014. They have been together for 22 years, and have one child.Parents support the counselorDemonstrators who support the counselor were outside the school on Thursday night (23 August). They played Lean on Me, a sort of anthem for the Roncalli community. They also waved flags and signs at other parents leaving the first of several small group meetings with Roncalli administrators.The demonstration was a chance for the parents to weigh in on the issue.‘Hopefully, we really need to band together to go against what the establishment is so we can provoke change, get the contract changed, to let people in Shelly’s circumstance do their job,’ parent Heather Prentice told WTHR.Parents holding ‘Jesus was a rebel’ signs to show her supports to Fitzgerald. | Photo: @DavidMacAnally/TwitterStudents express their solidarity to Fitzgerald‘Who you love has absolutely nothing to do with your ability to do a wonderful job,’ said Andrea McHugh, a pro-Fitzgerald demonstrator.‘My mom was a Catholic school teacher for years and years. I am a devout Catholic and I can tell you it is shameful that Roncalli can’t change with the times as they should,’ said Kathy Keating, a Roncalli grad.Fitzgerald says ‘our churches are these kids’Fitzgerald’s sister said Shelly feels ‘that our churches are these kids. And the parents who are standing up for me’. High school counselor says she was asked to resign for being gayRoncalli students urge Archbishop to change same-sex marriage policySchool teacher fired because she married the love of her lifeRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/students-and-parents-support-lesbian-counselor-asked-to-leave-wife-to-get-her-job-back/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

read more

first_img Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Related Content News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read morecenter_img November 24, 2010 — Software fusion technologies to support magnetic resonance-positron emission tomography (MR-PET) and MR-computed tomography-PET (MR-CT-PET) imaging will be unveiled at RSNA 2010 in Chicago.MR-PET Fusion allows image readers to rapidly switch between different MRI sequences while the MR is fused to the PET, apply both motion correction to the different MR protocols prior to registration with the PET, and tri-modality fusion imaging to allow the MR to be viewed with both CT and PET simultaneously. Additionally, readers will be able to quantify regions of interest in MRI and compare these with earlier or later acquisitions. The new tools, when coupled with Mirada Medical’s deformable registration technology and built-in support for standard and user-defined response assessment protocols, such as RECIST, WHO and PERCIST, provide the user with power to review, compare and quantify a patient’s complete set of current and previous imaging studies.For more information: www.mirada-medical.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | November 24, 2010 MR-PET Software Enables Readers to Switch Quickly Between Sequences News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more last_img read more

At Cannes Michel Francos Chronic looks death in the face

first_imgActor Tim Roth, left, and director Michel Franco pose for photographers during a photo call for the film Chronic, at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau) How do cataracts affect your vision? Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 0 Comments   Share   CANNES, France (AP) — Death is something we’d all like to avoid. But director Michel Franco thinks a reluctance to look at the end of life is unhealthy.The Mexican filmmaker’s Cannes Film Festival entry “Chronic” stars Tim Roth as a homecare nurse to the dying. It’s an unflinching film — no music, sparse dialogue — that plants the camera in bathrooms and bedrooms where Roth’s character, David, shares his patients’ most intimate moments. “Death is the last taboo,” Roth said. “Nobody wants to talk about it. … We have no vocabulary. We do not know what to do. We are helpless, floundering around.”Roth is in almost every shot of the film, and critics have praised the British actor’s intense depiction of a man who has buried layers of emotional pain. He is a strong candidate for best actor at Cannes’ award ceremony on Sunday.The actor and director met at Cannes in 2012, when a jury headed by Roth awarded a prize to Franco’s “After Lucia.” At the time, Franco was writing a script inspired by the nurse who had cared for his grandmother after she had a stroke.“He asked me what was my next movie,” Franco said. “So I told him it’s about a nurse, a female nurse in Mexico. He said, ‘If you change it into a man, I’d love to do it.’”The role is a change of pace for Roth from his work in the high-energy films of Quentin Tarantino. Roth was in “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction,” and has just finished filming Tarantino’s upcoming Western, “The Hateful Eight.”Franco said before he met Roth, “maybe it wouldn’t have occurred to me that Tim was perfect for the role.” Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “When I watch a film, the minute I sense that I am being manipulated, I step back,” Franco said at a Cannes hotel poolside. “I was avoiding (trying) to manipulate the audience. You just show it. I think that’s the most powerful, the purest, way to approach this material.”Many reviews of the film have included the word “challenging.” Variety noted that the film asks “audiences to do the heavy lifting required to arrive at a meaningful emotional response.”Not everyone will embrace the film, but 35-year-old Franco has the firm loyalty of his crew. Sarah Sutherland, who plays the estranged daughter of Roth’s character, said she knew from her first audition that this would not be a run-of-the-mill job.“Immediately afterwards, I got an email saying ‘We’d like you to come back. Please don’t brush your hair, take off your makeup, wear flat shoes,’” said Sutherland, best known as the daughter of Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ politician on the HBO comedy “Veep.”“That’s when I knew that Michel and I would really click,” she added.Roth praised Franco for looking where many others would flinch. But in person, “I sensed something sad in his eyes.”“Chronic” is Franco’s English-language debut, shot in Los Angeles with a mostly American cast. The director said working in the U.S. film industry meant resisting the urge to supersize his small, simple filmmaking style.“I am used to doing things pretty much my own way,” Franco said. “I like working with a tiny, tiny crew. When you’re trying to portray intimacy onscreen, it’s better to have an intimate crew as well.“It was hard to keep it small, but I managed.”___Follow Jill Lawless on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/JillLawlessCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for men Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

US Pacific Fleet chief joins surveillance of South China Sea

first_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Territorial disputes involving China, the Philippines and several others have flared on and off for years, creating fears that the South China Sea could spark Asia’s next major armed conflict. Beijing has asked the United States to stay out of what it says is a purely Asian dispute, but Washington has said that ensuring freedom of navigation in the disputed waters and the peaceful resolution of the conflicts are in the U.S. national interest.The Chinese Embassy in Manila had no immediate reaction to the Pacific Fleet commander taking part in the surveillance flight.The Navy has acquired and plans to purchase more of the versatile P-8A Poseidon aircraft to replace its aging P-3 Orion fleet. The plane can be used for a range of undertakings, including anti-submarine warfare, and surveillance and reconnaissance missions.A picture posted by the Pacific Fleet in its website shows Swift intently looking on as U.S. officers demonstrate the P-8A’s capabilities. In another, Swift, wearing headphones with a microphone, looks out the window at the blue sky over the South China Sea.U.S. Navy Capt. Charlie Brown, a Pacific Fleet public affairs officer who flew with Swift on board the P-8A, said by telephone that the admiral “was pleased with the capabilities of the Poseidon.” MANILA, Philippines (AP) — In a move likely to irk China, the new U.S. commander of the Pacific Fleet joined a seven-hour surveillance flight over the disputed South China Sea over the weekend on board one of America’s newest spy planes.Adm. Scott Swift joined the surveillance mission on board a P-8A Poseidon plane on Saturday to witness the aircraft’s full range of capabilities, the U.S. Pacific Fleet said Sunday. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to homecenter_img Brown did not provide other details on the flight, like whether the plane flew over disputed areas where China has undertaken massive island-building that Washington has asked Beijing to stop.In May, a U.S. Navy P-8A was shooed away by radio callers, who identified themselves as being from the Chinese navy, when the surveillance aircraft flew over a disputed area where China has been undertaking island-building works. A CNN reporter who was on board the plane, which had taken off from the Philippines, reported the incident.Swift took part in the surveillance mission on Saturday after a visit to Manila, where he met top Philippine military officials. He flew to South Korea over the weekend and will visit Japan before returning to Hawaii, where the U.S. Pacific Fleet is headquartered. He assumed command of the fleet, among the world’s largest, in May.Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin welcomed Swift’s move, saying it showed America’s commitment to come to the aid of allies locked in territorial disputes with China.“Militarily, we are nothing against China,” Gazmin said. “That’s why we have been asking our allies to assist us.” The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   In an interview with reporters in Manila on Friday, Swift assured U.S. allies that American forces are well-equipped and ready to respond to any contingency in the South China Sea.Swift said he was “very satisfied with the resources that I have available to me as the Pacific Fleet commander,” adding, “we are ready and prepared to respond to any contingency that the president may suggest would be necessary.”The U.S., Swift stressed, doesn’t take sides in the territorial rifts but would press ahead with operations to ensure freedom of navigation in disputed waters and elsewhere. “The United States has been very clear that it does not support the use of coercion and force,” he said.___Online:Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet: http://www.cpf.navy.mil/Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories last_img read more