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28 апреля, 17:22

Shipping King Blocked In Move To Build World's Biggest Fleet Of Oil Tankers

John Fredriksen is a frustrated hunter. The Norwegian billionaire and his oil tanker giant Frontline have spent the past year stalking rival DHT, but so far it has eluded him.

28 апреля, 16:57

Seattle Genetics (SGEN) Q1 Loss Widens, Sales Top Estimates

Seattle Genetics, Inc. (SGEN) reported a loss of 42 cents per share for the first quarter of 2017, wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 41 cents and the year-ago loss of 15 cents per share.

28 апреля, 13:24

Hysterical Woman: the standup show blasting sexism in comedy

Fed up with heckles, hostility and predatory promoters, Kiri Pritchard-McLean set out to detail the industry’s misogyny in a raucous, revelatory performanceAre women funny? At a time when so many of comedy’s biggest names are female – from Bridget Christie to Katherine Ryan, Sarah Millican to Josie Long – you might imagine that that tired debate would finally have run out of steam. But that would be wishful thinking, according to standup Kiri Pritchard-McLean. The lurid misogyny that she repeatedly encounters has led her to speak out in her touring show Hysterical Woman, which tackles the question – and the zombie sexism it implies – head on.Pritchard-McLean reports back from the frontline of circuit comedy, where predatory promoters roam and all-female bills are called “paralympic nights”. She details the heckles, hostility and patronising post-show comments to which female comics are daily subjected; the rarity of more than one female act appearing on any comedy bill; and the way scheduling works to position them in less prominent positions on those bills. It reveals as endemic the types of behaviour experienced by comedian Jenny Collier in 2014, when she publicised an email from a promoter who cancelled her gig because “the venue decided that they don’t want too many women on the bill”. Or the Canadian comic Christina Walkinshaw, “fired” from one club, she claims, for complaining about sexist heckling (“Show us your tits!”) at the venue. Continue reading...

28 апреля, 08:46

Frontline: конфликт Запада и России будет тлеть и после европейских выборов

Ангеле Меркель удалось согласовать ожидания разных европейских стран и выработать такой подход к России, в котором сочетаются и жёсткость, и готовность к диалогу.

27 апреля, 21:58

Rep. Brad Sherman Worried North Korea Could Smuggle Nuke In 'Bale Of Marijuana'

At least one congressman seems increasingly afraid North Korea could try to send the U.S. some really bomb weed. As North Korea continues to threaten the West with a nuclear attack, U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) suggested the isolationist nation could simply smuggle in a nuke through a “bale of marijuana.” Sherman raised the issue Wednesday afternoon, when the entire U.S. Senate was called to a White House briefing on North Korea. At classified briefing @VP urged members to "convey the Administration's level of resolve to confront N. Korea." That resolve is weak, phony— Rep. Brad Sherman (@BradSherman) April 26, 2017 Sherman said at the briefing, and again in a tweet, that North Korea “could smuggle nuke into U.S. rather than use ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missiles]. Could smuggle inside a bale of marijuana.” I raised two issues: No. Korea could smuggle nuke into U.S. rather than use ICBM. Could smuggle inside a bale of marijuana....(1/2)— Rep. Brad Sherman (@BradSherman) April 27, 2017 Sherman has long said that this is a viable strategy for a country trying to get a nuke on U.S. soil. “Since a nuclear bomb is about the size of a person, it could be smuggled into the United States inside a bale of marijuana,” he said in 2007. Sherman has also suggested Iran could employ the same strategy. “Iran wants intercontinental ballistic missiles,” Sherman said in 2015. “That is the symbol of being a great tyranny. But the fact is, you can smuggle a nuclear weapon inside a bale of marijuana. Iran will always have a nuclear delivery system, as long as there are a couple of guys who want 72 virgins apiece.” Now for an obvious question: Why smuggle something illegal inside something else illegal? It all goes back to 1996, when David Kay of the International Atomic Energy Agency seemed to first suggest the idea to “Frontline.” “I’ve often said, my preferred method for delivering a nuclear device is, I would hide it in a bale of marijuana, contract it out to the drug lords and move it,” Kay said. “Marijuana is a good shielder actually for radiation. The drug lords have a superb record for delivery. They’re not Fed Ex, but they’re awfully close to it. And contract it out and get it across the border.” Frank Ciluffo, director of George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute, also floated the idea in 2014. “If you want to smuggle in a tactical nuclear weapon, just wrap it in bale of marijuana,” Ciluffo said, according to The Washington Post. “Because we’re not doing all that well in terms of some of our drug enforcement.”  So perhaps Sherman isn’t wrong to worry that Kim Jong Un could employ drug lords to deliver a nuke. But it seems like there’s a possible solution: To get rid of the drug lords ― and potentially save us all from a nuclear holocaust ― legalize marijuana. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

27 апреля, 17:55

Battle For Deir ez-Zor. Exclusive Broadcast by Evgeny Poddubny

An exclusive footage from Syria, where ISIS militants promised to make Deir ez-Zor their capital. They took over it 3 years ago. Today Syrian army of terrorists are knocking out from the ruined streets.

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27 апреля, 02:42

Press Briefing by Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin on Executive Order Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protections

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 6:18 P.M. EDT SECRETARY SHULKIN:  Hi, everybody.  this is my first briefing, so I’m glad to see you all.  Tomorrow, the President is going to be coming over to VA in the afternoon and is going to be signing an executive order that is entitled “Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protection.” As you know, accountability is an important issue to us at VA and something that we’re focusing on to make sure that we have employees who work and are committed to the mission of serving our veterans.  And when we find employees that have deviated from those values, we want to make sure that we can move them outside the VA and not have them working at VA. The House has passed a bill already on accountability.  The Senate is working hard to do the same.  The President is committed to this issue and so, therefore, will sign an executive order.   What this Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Office does is it establishes a specific office with an executive in charge that will report directly to me as Secretary so that we can identify barriers that are preventing us from moving employees and people that we have identified that should no longer be working as VA, and make sure that we can do that expeditiously.  And that’s an important part of one of our priorities in accomplishing the mission that we have to take care of our countries veterans. Be glad to take any questions on that issue.  Donovan Slack, from USA Today. Q    I just want to thank you -- SECRETARY SHULKIN:  I’ve always wanted to do that.  (Laughter.)  Q    How does this office differ from the Office of Accountability Review? SECRETARY SHULKIN:  The Office of Accountability Review is an office that was set up after our 2014 issue that deals with our senior executives so that we’ve taken those decision away from the field, so that the central office -- our senior executives can have a special office that reviews their performance and makes recommendations to the department.  This is a broader office that will be taking a look at all of our employees. Q    So going all the way down? SECRETARY SHULKIN:  Going all the way down, making sure that we identify systemic barriers that prevent us from making the right decisions, and also make sure that we’re honoring the communities that we have to our whistleblowers who have come forth and identified issues so that there’s not retaliation against them. Q    And then, last one, how does this jive with the White House hotline for VA complaints and then the other task force to investigate fraud and abuse? SECRETARY SHULKIN:  Okay, so these are all three efforts that are important for us to identify issues that are preventing us from doing the very best job that we can.  So we’re keeping our employees and our executives accountable to the values, to be able to work at the VA.  We are soliciting input from veterans who feel that they have issues that they want to share with us, and that’s what the hotline will be doing.  And we are announcing tomorrow a task force for fraud, waste, and abuse to make sure that we are aggressively investigating any issues that might lead to the waste of taxpayer dollars. Yes, sir. Q    Secretary, the VA obviously has had problems with protecting whistleblowers in the past, and this sounds like, potentially, a lot of internal investigations that could be going on to ferret out who said what about whom, who did what. Have you thought about how much -- this office -- to operate is going to cost?  How many staff it will have? SECRETARY SHULKIN:  There will be an additional cost to this.  This is an important responsibility that we have to make sure that we protect those employees who come forth and tell us about issues, and we don’t want retaliation. Part of the President’s executive order is requiring us to take a look at what resources we already currently have dedicated to these types of activities, and make sure that we’re not duplicating our resources, and making sure that when we implement an office like this that it’s done in the most efficient way.  But this is an important responsibility.  Our employees have to feel safe, when they see something, to tell us about it. Q    Are you talking about a ballpark figure yet for how much this office will cost to run? SECRETARY SHULKIN:  I don’t have the exact figure for that, but these are -- at a department the size that we have, these are not small amounts.  This is going to be a substantial commitment. Q    Can you talk about staffing for the office?  Are you going to have to draw staff for this office from existing VA employees, or will you hire specifically for this office?  And if you are drawing staff from people who currently work at VA, is that a concerns given shortages at the department? SECRETARY SHULKIN:  Well, one of the things that we’re doing right now is we are looking at our current structure in our corporate setting.  We think that the staffing has gotten too large at our corporate offices and we want to make sure that our resources are out into the field where we can be helping with direct service to veterans.   So as we look through our modernization efforts, we’re looking to take the current staff and move them into new organizations like this.  So I am not anticipating that we’re looking at adding new staff, but we’re looking at using our current staff in a more efficient way. Q    So as you mentioned, so the House has passed a bill that would really clear the path for you to be able to terminate people who have been accused of misconduct.  So what -- I’m not clear where the responsibilities of the staff of this new office fall.  And do you need Congress -- I mean, why have Congress passed a bill if you have this office?  And what is -- what can’t you -- you, the VA -- manage the VA now to fire someone who has been incompetent or whatever, that this office gives you the power to do? SECRETARY SHULKIN:  Well, I think that what you’re seeing now is the President’s commitment to making sure that we stay on track with this and that we’re moving aggressively.  And so he’s asking through his executive order for the VA to do everything that it can internally.  But we know that that’s not going to be enough to get done what I want to get done, which is to be able to, once we identify people that need to leave the organization, to get them out quickly. So I do need legislative help as well.  So the House has passed a bill.  The Senate is working on one.  We need them to come to agreement to be able to give the President a bill to sign.  It will be that combination of a legislative solution with an office in the VA that we will stand up because of the executive order.  But I think what is necessary to make sure that we are moving people out of the VA when it is identified to be appropriate to take that action. Q    Okay, but in the absence of legislation, what powers do you have now, by standing up this office, that you don’t have right now, if there’s employee who has -- watch porn, or you know, done whatever -- wasted money, stolen money, whatever? SECRETARY SHULKIN:  I think what this is doing is it’s elevating the office directly under me so that this is a direct report to the Secretary.  So it’s taking accountability up to the highest level. Secondly, it’s asking us to do the internal review to make sure that our current efforts aren’t duplicative.  That they are the most efficient possible.  And if do identify that there are resources requirements needed, that we address those and that we make sure that there’s an immediate focus on on this issue.   Q    How you are going to convince the whistleblowers that they are safe?  You know how things work in the government offices.  How are you going to assure them that if they come forward, they are covered?   SECRETARY SHULKIN:  Well, once again, this office is going to have a direct report to me.  And we will be in investigating any issues related to retaliation.  And the message is clear that we will not tolerate whistleblower retaliation in the Department of Veteran Affairs.  And we will take actions if we do determine that retaliation has been imposed upon an employee who has come forth with an issue. Q    The OAR, did it not report to the Secretary before? SECRETARY SHULKIN:  No, it reports through our office of legal counsel. Q    And will that office still exist? SECRETARY SHULKIN:  Yes, it will. Q    This office is on top of that? SECRETARY SHULKIN:  Yes.  And one of the issues that the President has asked us to do in the executive order is take a look at areas that are duplications.  So if there is overlap, we will look at that and potentially address that.  But right now, this OAR office, Office of Accountability and Review, is focused on our senior executives. Q    Just a quick one from the personnel -- a friend of mine who was in Maine and was in Japan, came back and most of the time he complains that he goes to the VA hospital, that even at -- the problem is at the reception.  The receptionist is talking on the phone, or he has given his address change twice.  It didn't change.  So what are you going to do about those frontline -- they first meet them and they are really disappointed? SECRETARY SHULKIN:  Right.  Well, this is different than an accountability action.  What you're talking about is poor customer service and poor focus and attention and poor training.   And so what we are doing is focusing on creating a culture where that doesn't exist.  I can't tell you today that with 360,000 employees that people don't on occasion experience that.  What we're working hard to do is to make sure that everybody who works in the VA understands that their mission is to serve and to serve our veterans.  And when we find behaviors like that, we had to address them from a management perspective, not necessarily an accountability perspective. Q    Two quick questions for you.  One, will this office address the time that it’s often taken the IG to do investigations on personnel when an issue does come up?  I believe that's been a challenge for you all in the past. And then, two, how does this office differ from the Central Whistleblower Office that I think you all were supposed -- or are standing up with the NEAA? SECRETARY SHULKIN:  So in regards to IG investigations, no, this will not address that.  The IG is an independent body, and this will not be addressed in that.  But I’ve already said that we will not be waiting for the IG to finish their investigations if we have enough evidence to be able to take an action on accountability and on the status of employment. On the Whistleblower Office, yes, these are similar.  We have been asked through a piece of legislation to stand up a Whistleblower Office, and that will be part of this office.  We will not duplicate that. Q    Can you give us an update on the Washington, D.C. medical center? SECRETARY SHULKIN:  Yes.  The Washington, D.C. medical center, as people may know, experienced a problem with their inventory control system.  The IG issued an interim report that I found concerning enough that I made a change in management. We have put in a new acting director that was hand-selected by me who has been there day and night.  The inventory control system, which was not in place was put in place and has been in place since 48 hours after we discovered the issue.  Patient safety is not at all compromised.  There has not been any patient harm that we are aware of, of this.  And we are continuing our investigation as to the actions that will result from the management perspective. Q    Can I ask one more thing?  You said I think said recently publicly there was some -- an employee accused of watching pornography or something like that? SECRETARY SHULKIN:  Yes. Q    And you said something to the effect of, well, I can't fire that person, or it’s difficult for me. SECRETARY SHULKIN:  Yes. Q    So what is this new antidote going to do to enhance your ability to move forward with something like that? SECRETARY SHULKIN:  That was a situation where we found a physician that had been watching pornography in the setting with a patient.  Because that was raised to my attention, I made the decision personally to propose the removal of that employee.  And that was done immediately. This is the type of action that this office is going to allow, when there is outrageous behavior that’s not acceptable to us, it is going to raise it to the visibility of this office that will report directly to me so that we can make sure those decisions are made quickly and decisively. Q    But will appeal rights for civil servants be changed?  You can't do that without legislation, right?   SECRETARY SHULKIN:  Yes, this will not change the process.  And if there is any change to the process, to the due process, that would need to be done legislatively. Q    Thank you.  SECRETARY SHULKIN:  Thank you very much, everybody.  END 6:34 P.M. EDT

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25 апреля, 16:38

‘Immortal Regiment’ marches planned in Toronto ahead of Victory Day

A total of three public rallies by the ‘Immortal Regiment’ movement (which honors WWII war veterans) will be held in Toronto in the run-up to Victory Day on May 9, reports TASS. The first act is planned for May 6 at 1 p.m. and will take place in the city’s downtown area. "We’ve mapped out a very interesting and emblematic route," Leon Mitzner, the head of the Russian Canada group said. "We’ll walk down the busiest streets – Yonge, Dundas, Queen – for a second time. These streets have many military monuments, including the memorial to the soldiers who died from 1939 through 1945." Mitzner says he expects no less than 2,000 people to attend but is hoping up to 5,000 people turn up. Activists from Toronto’s Russian-speaking community invite Canadians to join the rally.The second Immortal Regiment march will take place at 2 p.m. on the same day in North York, the northern part of the city where most descendants from Russia and other former Soviet republics live. Its organizers also hope to bring together up to 5,000 people. "The Immortal Regiment originated in Russia but it turned out to be exactly the element that Canada didn’t have," said Alla Suvorova, leader of the Russian World of Canada, a Russian-speaking community in Canada. "We didn’t have a patriotic holiday here previously. People would stay in their homes and quietly mark V-Day, and when we held this action in Toronto in 2015 for the first time, the whole community got enthusiastic about it and we realized people did need a holiday." Immortal Regiment marches across the U.S. to honor the dead of WWII Suvorova said Soviet veterans living in this city were particularly pleased and young people showed enthusiasm too. At 9 a.m. on May 7, a third Immortal Regiment march will be held in same part of the city. Its participants will then merge with the veterans’ rally in Sheppard Park (known officially as Earl Bales Park), said Vyacheslav Volkov, president of the Association of Soviet WWII Veterans. "At present, our association has 64 former soldiers who fought on the frontline and about a third of them can join the march," he said. "Also we expect veteran workers of the home front, former prisoners of concentration camps, and the children of people who died during the Great Patriotic War defending their country." Volkov expects that about 80 people between the ages of 90 and 100 to come to the march.  "While some of them will be able to traverse the 500 meter route on their own, half of our veterans will do it in special wheelchairs," he said.

24 апреля, 20:14

Urgent funding needed for Yemen and other topics (Daily Briefing 24 April 2017)


21 апреля, 22:51

France Is The Frontline Of War On Western Culture

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21 апреля, 21:37

В Сирии сообщили о последствиях ракетного удара ВВС Израиля в провинции Аль-Кунейтра

Самолеты ВВС Израиля нанесли ракетный удар по позициям армии Сирии в районе Хан-Арнаба провинции Кунейтра.

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20 апреля, 15:25

Trust Your Employees, Not Your Rule Book

Here’s the good news: The big airlines are revising their rules for booking and boarding flights — rules that led to one of the great business fiascos in recent history, United Express Flight 3411. Here’s the bad news: If the long-term lesson that leaders of the airline business (or any other business) take away from this episode is that it’s time to rewrite policies and practices, to fine-tune bureaucratic procedures, then they will have missed a huge, perhaps even historic, learning opportunity. The truly important lesson is one that applies to companies in all sorts of fields. It has to do with the grave shortcomings of an approach to business, culture, and customer service that relies on rules and procedures at the expense of letting flesh-and-blood human beings solve problems and make sound decisions. It’s time for leaders to toss out their rule books and trust their people. The Wall Street Journal published an in-depth analysis of the “recipe for the disastrous decision” that triggered a front-page crisis at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Its conclusion? The problem wasn’t with United’s employees, but with a “rules-based culture” in which 85,000 people are “reluctant to make choices” that are not in the “tomes of rule books” and “giant manuals” that govern life at the airline. In other words, employees at every level did what they were supposed to do — they followed the rules — yet the result was a total failure. When I read the Journal analysis, I couldn’t help but think about another famous service organization, the retail giant Nordstrom, and the long-standing handbook that defines life at this 72,500-person company. The entirety of the Nordstrom Employee Handbook fits on a single 5×8 card and involves exactly one rule. Here is Rule #1: “Use best judgment in all situations. There will be no additional rules.” No wonder Nordstrom’s image and brand is built on heroic stories of above-and-beyond service and problem solving. Sometimes those stories even involve the airlines. In one case, an employee discovered that a customer had left her luggage (along with her flight itinerary) in the parking lot of a Nordstrom store in Connecticut. So he hopped in his car, drove her luggage to JFK, and reached her before the flight left. There’s no rule that can foresee that kind of problem or response! Truth be told, life inside most giant organizations is much closer to the rules-obsessed culture of the big airline than the common-sense freedoms of a high-end retailer. Have you ever tried to explain your special family circumstances to a health insurance provider? Or hoped for satisfaction during a painfully robotic conversation with a cellphone company or internet service provider? Or asked for a common-sense exception to established policies and procedures from a financial services conglomerate? Good luck with that! As leaders, we’ve become so obsessed with efficiency, productivity, and consistency that we’ve designed cultures that can’t handle the exceptions to the rules that real life invariably demands. And yet it’s how we handle these exceptions, for good or for ill, that increasingly defines how we’re perceived by our customers, especially in a world where social media captures and amplifies everyone’s behavior. Mark White, a business theorist who studies what he calls “adaptive organizations,” makes an intriguing distinction between companies that are based on Roman law principles of governance and decision making and those based on common-law principles. In Roman law, White explains, anything that is not expressly permitted is forbidden. So Roman law companies rely on formal policies and bureaucratic procedures, on predetermined rules and established practices. In common law, anything that is not expressly forbidden is permitted. So common law organizations rely on fast action, nimble reactions, good judgment, and common sense. Not surprisingly, when it comes to service, empathy, and the capacity to do the right things in difficult situations, common-law organizations trump Roman law organizations, even though the biggest, most-established companies remain stuck in the Roman law mindset. One of my favorite financial services companies is a young, fast-growing bank in the UK called Metro Bank. Metro is the ultimate challenger brand, the first new major retail bank chartered in the UK since 1835. One big reason why it’s growing so fast and generating such buzz is that it has built a culture around nimble, creative, common-sense approaches to solving customer problems — a huge difference from the bureaucratic, rules-based cultures of the UK’s Big Five established banks. One of the few formal rules at Metro is known as “one to say yes, two to say no.” Translation: If a customer has a special request or a difficult problem, every frontline employee is authorized to solve the problem (to say “yes”) on the spot, without permission from above. If, however, a frontline employee thinks the situation should not be resolved to the customer’s satisfaction (if the answer is “no”), then that employee must receive permission from above to reject the request. Imagine if that rule had been in force at Chicago O’Hare last week. So as you reflect on leadership and culture after United 3411, don’t just look for opportunities to fine-tune your procedures and update your employee manuals. Give your people the chance to think for themselves, to do what makes sense, to break the rules when they confront situations where the existing rules make no sense. Rome may not have been built in a day, but the days of Roman law organizations feel like they’re numbered.

19 апреля, 19:07

Remarks by the Vice President Aboard USS Ronald Reagan

Yokosuka Naval Base Yokosuka City, Japan THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Lieutenant General Martinez, Major General Chiarotti, Vice Admiral Aucoin, Vice Admiral Doman, Rear Admiral Williams, Rear Admiral Carter, Rear Admiral Inoue, Rear Admiral Shimo, Captain Donnelly, Chargé Hyland, Ambassador Sasae, Director-General Mori, members of United States Forces of Japan, the Japan Self-Defense Forces, it is my high honor and distinct privilege to join you here today on America’s flagship -- the USS Ronald Reagan -- where every day, all of you prove it can be done.  (Applause.)    You all look sharp out there, but at ease.  It's so good to be with you today.   I bring greetings from the President of the United States of America, your Commander-in-Chief, President Donald Trump.  (Applause.)    I spoke to the President this morning, just before I boarded the ship.  He said to tell you that he’s proud of you.  And he said to me, “I wish I could be where you are.”  And I know he meant it, from the bottom of his heart.    The President sent me here today to thank you -- to thank you for your service -- all of you, American and Japanese, who have stood up, who’ve stepped forward to protect our countries, our values, and our very way of life.   You are the sons and daughters of freedom, willing to defend it with your life -- so that your families, your fellow countrymen, and future generations may continue to call themselves free.  Give yourselves a round of applause.  All of America is proud of you.  (Applause.)    The Good Book tells us, “if you owe debts pay debts, if honor, then honor, if respect, then respect.”  I stand before you today, on behalf of your Commander-in-Chief, to pay a debt of gratitude to each of you and to express the well-deserved respect of the President of the United States and the American people for all of you who wear the uniform of this country.   Our prayers for you, for your families, your safety rise every day into the heart of heaven.  In a word, you are the best of us -- heroes all.  And you are here, the Americans among you so far away from home, because the United States of America and Japan are bound by history, a time-honored treaty, and the abiding oath of friendship.    The United States-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of peace, prosperity, and freedom in the Asia Pacific.  And let me be clear:  Under President Donald Trump, the United States stands unwavering in our alliance and unyielding in our resolve to defend all that we have built together over these generations.  (Applause.)    Our bond with Japan is strong and growing stronger by the day.  In February, only weeks after he took his oath of office, President Trump welcomed Prime Minister Abe to the White House, where they reaffirmed in their words “their strong determination to further strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance.”  You here, on the deck of this great ship, are the physical manifestation of that alliance, and I have to tell you it is deeply inspiring to stand before you today, and see what I see gathered here on this deck.  Every American would be inspired and proud if they had this view, and I know I am.  (Applause.)    As the President and the Prime Minister made clear, the United States will strengthen its presence in the Asia Pacific, Japan will assume a larger role and responsibility in our alliance in the years ahead, and both of our nations will continue to expand our cooperation for our common defense.   Under President Trump, the United States’ commitment to Article 5 of our Security Treaty is unwavering.  And our treaty covers all of the territories administered by Japan, including the Senkaku Islands.   It’s fitting that today I deliver this message aboard this great ship, a majestic ship, the USS Ronald Reagan, here at Yokosuka Naval Base.  Her steel deck literally signifies the ironclad alliance our country enjoys with Japan and our enduring commitment to the Asia Pacific.  (Applause.)      And we are standing on a ship named after my second favorite President.  Our 40th President, Ronald Reagan, was a great President who powerfully reminded us that peace only comes through strength.  You are that strength.    Today, over 50,000 U.S. troops and a further 50,000 civilians and family members are stationed here in Japan.  And the United States will continue to deploy more of our most advanced military assets to the region in the years ahead.   Beyond this noble ship and the carrier strike group that it leads, by the year 2020, this ocean will boast 60 percent of our Navy’s fleet.  And the skies above already have F-35 Joint Strike Fighters flying for freedom.  (Applause.)  And you can rest assured, the full range of the United States military capability is dedicated to the protection of Japan.  Japan, you are our friend -- you are our ally -- and on that foundation, we will face the future together.    Under President Donald Trump, the United States once again will stand with our allies and stand up to our enemies.  (Applause.)     And I can assure you President Trump will unfailingly support the brave men and women in uniform who defend our freedom every single day.   We’re the proud parents of a United States Marine, stationed as we speak at a naval air station in the South of the United States.  And I have to tell you, as the parent of someone in the service, it is the greatest privilege of my life to serve as Vice President to a President who is so dedicated to the men and women of our armed forces, their families, and our veterans.    I can tell you from my heart:  President Donald Trump will be the best friend America’s Armed Forces will ever have.  (Applause.)    The President and I will honor your commitment and secure America’s safety through historic investments in our national defense.   Just as President Ronald Reagan restored the armed forces in his day, so too President Donald Trump will make the strongest fighting force in the world even stronger still.   Just look at what President Trump has already accomplished. In his first 100 days, President Trump has taken decisive action to end the era of budget cuts for America’s military.  (Applause.)    President Trump has submitted a budget which will rebuild our military and restore the arsenal of democracy with the largest increase in defense spending since the days the namesake of this ship sat in the Oval Office.  (Applause.)     And in just the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new President in the decisive action that he took in Syria and Afghanistan.  The enemies of our freedom and this alliance would do well not to test the resolve of this President -- or the capabilities of the Armed Forces of the United States of America and our allies.  (Applause.)    Make no mistake:  Under President Donald Trump, the United States will be strong -- stronger than ever before.  For as history attests, when America is strong, the world is safe.  (Applause.)     A strong America -- militarily, economically, and diplomatically -- is vitally important to this region and all who call it home.  It was through the bravery of our servicemembers and the spirit of our people, that America established the foundation of peace and freedom that endures in the Asia Pacific to this very day.   And under President Trump, the United States will continue to defend prosperity and ensure security on these seas, and between our lands.  Today, as in ages past, American leadership lights the way.  The United States stands with all our allies and our partners in the region to keep the peace, enrich our people, and advance the common good.   Together, we will defend the rules-based order upon which the region’s progress, past and future, depends.  We will protect the freedom of navigation and overflight and other lawful uses of the sea, in the South China Sea and elsewhere, and we will ensure the unimpeded flow of lawful commerce on the Seven Seas.  (Applause.)    And we will uphold international rules and norms, promote peaceful diplomatic dialogue to address issues of regional and international concern, and we will defend human rights -- because the dignity and worth of every person is an eternal value of the United States of America.   Under President Trump, the United States will faithfully defend all that we hold dear -- for we know that if we falter, the light of truth and freedom in the world could swiftly be extinguished.    We gather here today, on this deck, and in this place, as storm clouds gather on the horizon.  On Monday, I traveled to the frontlines of freedom, where the vibrancy of a free South Korea meets directly the repression of North Korea.  At the Demilitarization Zone, I met with the brave men and women who watch over that land, day and night.   They know what you who stand in the gap in this region already know -- North Korea is the most dangerous and urgent threat to the peace and security of the Asia Pacific.   For more than a generation, North Korea’s leaders have sought to develop nuclear weapons and the ballistic missiles on which to deliver them.  They have impoverished their people and embittered the region in their pursuit of this dangerous goal.  For more than two decades, from the Agreed Framework of 1994, the Six-Party Talks from year 2003 to ’09, to the strategic patience of the recent past, the United States and our allies have worked to tirelessly to peacefully dismantle North Korea’s nuclear program and alleviate the suffering of its people.   But at every step of the way, North Korea answered our overtures with willful deception, with broken promises, and nuclear and missile tests -- including a failed missile test they attempted just this past Sunday.   As President Trump has made clear to the world, the era of strategic patience is over.  (Applause.)    At the President’s direction, the policy of the United States will be to continue to work diligently with Japan, our allies across the region, China, and the wider world to bring economic and diplomatic pressure to bear on the regime in North Korea, and we will do so until they abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile programs.    But as all of you know, readiness is the key.  And you, the instruments of American policy, should know -- all options are on the table.  History will attest, the soldier “does not bear the sword in vain.”   And those who would challenge our resolve or our readiness should know:  We will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response.  (Applause.)    The United States of America will always seek peace, but under President Trump, the shield stands guard and the sword stands ready.   Rest assured, under President Trump’s leadership, the United States will continue to protect our people and our allies and to strengthen the bonds between us -- today, tomorrow, and every day that follows.   As I look out across this deck, I see men and women -- American and Japanese -- who have answered the call to duty.  And you have my deepest respect.  In these challenging times, it is you -- through your voluntary service and your sacrifice -- who guard the flame of freedom, undimmed and undiminished, to give to generations to come.   The President and I have absolute faith that you will accomplish this mission and freedom will prevail because you follow in the footsteps also of those who defended freedom in the Asia Pacific in the past.  I stand before you deeply humbled to be among so many in uniform because my own life’s journey did not take me into the uniform of the United States.  But it took my father.   Sixty-five years ago, a young Edward J. Pence left his home, in Illinois, put on the uniform and crossed this vast Pacific on which you serve.  Like so many of his countrymen, that second lieutenant in the 45th Infantry Division of the United States Army landed on the shores of South Korea, in the midst of a battle for freedom, a rifle in hand, resolved to defend that freedom with his life.   Just two days ago, I stood at the Demilitarized Zone, and looked out across the landscape -- the very landscape where my father had fought, in the Battle for Old Baldy and the battle on Pork Chop Hill.  It was a deeply emotional experience for me. There, alongside his brothers-in-arms, American and Korean, my dad had helped seize the high ground, repulsing more than 20 enemy counterattacks.  And they seized the high ground of freedom, which prevails in South Korea to this day.  (Applause.)    Sixty-four years ago last week, my dad was -- had a medal pinned on his chest for his valor on the field of battle.  But like most of our nation’s heroes, my dad never talked much about his time in combat.  I believe that he carried in his heart something that you understand in ways that I perhaps never will.   My dad never thought of himself as a hero.  He often would say that the heroes were the ones that didn’t get to come home.  He lost friends -- young shining faces filled with promise -- who gave the last full measure of devotion for your sake, and for mine to defend our freedom and to plant freedom in that ancient land.  And they succeeded.   So now it’s our turn in this generation.  And more to the point, it’s your turn.  Today, we best honor the sacrifices of those who have gone before by defending the freedom they fought and bled and died to secure.    And on behalf of your Commander-in-Chief, this we know you will do.   As President Ronald Reagan said in his time, “we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.  It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.”  (Applause.)    For generations, the United States has stood guard over the Asia Pacific, protecting freedom through our strength of will and strength of arms.    With our friends and with our allies, with Japan and so many others, we have ushered in an era of unprecedented peace and prosperity on these seas and between our lands.    Our choice today is the same as in ages past:  Security through strength, or an uncertain future of weakness and faltering will.  Let me assure you, under President Donald Trump, the United States has again chosen the way of strength.  (Applause.)    Under President Trump, the United States has chosen prosperity and security and an unwavering commitment to the Asia Pacific.  And in the name of the generations that came before, together with our allies, with confidence in all of you, and in the Commander-in-Chief who leads you, I know we will together go forth to meet the glorious future that awaits, a future of freedom for ourselves and our posterity.   Thank you.  Godspeed on the USS Reagan’s imminent deployment.  God bless you.  God bless Japan.  And God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.)    END

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19 апреля, 18:19

Nasal tampons, black alerts and Peppa Pig: junior doctors confess all

Ahead of a Channel 4 documentary on the lives of the UK’s 60,000 junior doctors, four of them tell us about the fear, joy and exhaustion of life on the NHS frontlineFrom as young as 23, junior doctors work in every department of a hospital, from the corridors of A&E to the operating theatres. A new Channel 4 series, Confessions of a Junior Doctor, explores the story of these NHS frontliners as they deal with unprecedented difficulties for public healthcare. Four of them, writing anonymously, describe these early years. Related: 'I don't think anything can prepare you for seeing a patient die' Continue reading...

19 апреля, 04:13

North Korea's Land Forces Pack a Big Punch (4,300 Tanks, for Starters)

Dave Majumdar Security, Asia Facts you need to know.  As Washington ratchets up the pressure on North Korea—or potentially launches a preemptive strike—the Kim regime in Pyongyang has options to strike back hard at the United States and South Korea using purely conventional means. While analysts often focus on the so-called Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s arsenal of ballistic missiles, the real threat emanating from the North comes in the form of heavy artillery and special operations forces, which could wreak havoc on the South. In the event of a war on the Korean Peninsula, Pyongyang’s ground forces are the greatest threat to the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the U.S. forces stationed there—short of nuclear weapons. “With 70% of the Ground Force positioned south of the Pyongyang-Wonsan line, North Korea is maintaining a military posture capable of conducting a surprise attack at any time,” reads the South Korean Ministry of National Defense 2014 defense white paper. “In particular, the 170 mm self-propelled guns and 240 mm MRLS [multiple launch rocket systems] in forward positions are capable of surprise, massive concentrated fire on the Greater Seoul Metropolitan Area (GSMA). The 300 mm MRL currently under test development by North Korea is able to reach the middle part of the ROK considering its maximum firing range.” Additionally, North Korea has reinforced its artillery forces with 122mm towed MLRS systems in the coastal area near the West Sea coast and near the frontlines. The North Korean artillery pieces would be protected by covered trenches to enhance their survivability during combat operations. Altogether, the South Korea estimates that the North has some 8,600 pieces of tube artillery and 5,500 MLRS batteries available to its forces. Meanwhile, North Korea is also modernizing its armored forces—but the mechanized troops are not the main focus of the regime in Pyongyang. “Equipment modernization is also constantly pursued, such as replacing the existing T-54 and T-55, the main tanks of the armored and mechanized units, with the Chonma-ho and Songun-ho tanks,” the white paper reads. The DPRK has more than 4,300 tanks and 2,500 other armored vehicles at its disposal according to South Korea. Read full article

17 апреля, 20:06

Cuts and Brexit add to pressure on the NHS | Letters

The government’s statement that there are 11,200 more doctors and 2,100 more nurses on the wards since 2010 (Hospitals offer doctors £95 an hour as staffing crisis grows, 15 April) is not the experience of those of us in frontline NHS work. Last year 30% of foundation doctors (those who have finished medical school and are at the point of choosing the specialty to train in up to consultant level) chose not to apply for specialist training straight away and went off to do something else. Many will come back, but many won’t. This year the reluctance to carry on rose to 50%. It appears Jeremy Hunt has been the best recruiter for the Australian and New Zealand medical services. People who chose to train as doctors are clearly reviewing their options.Why this has happened is plain to see. An underfunded NHS, a new contract imposed on the junior medical workforce, increased tuition fees at medical schools and subsequent debt have, together with Brexit, produced a perfect storm of unhappiness and uncertainty about the future in the NHS and in the country. The fallout from Brexit is that there are 10,000 NHS doctors who qualified in the European Economic Area – and a recent British Medical Association survey found that 42% plan to leave. Continue reading...

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17 апреля, 17:24

U.S. Marines Want to Pack 20 Stealth Fighters on One Assault Ship

David Axe Security, Amphibious vessels could become light carriers The U.S. Marine Corps plans to load up its nine big-deck amphibious assault ships with new F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters, swapping helicopters for jets and transforming the assault ships into light aircraft carriers. The plan, which the Corps laid out in the 2017 edition of its annual aviation strategy document, has been under consideration for at least five years, according to the document. Increasing demands on the U.S. Navy’s 10 supercarriers, the entry into service of the aviation-optimized America-class assault ships and the fast-growing numbers of vertical-landing F-35Bs in the Marines’ inventory finally makes the light-carrier scheme feasible … and necessary. “While the amphibious assault ship will never replace the aircraft carrier, it can be complementary, if employed in imaginative ways,” the strategy document notes. Normally, a Wasp– or America-class assault ship embarks an air wing composed of six-to-eight AV-8B Harrier jump jets or F-35Bs, up to 10 MV-22 tiltrotors and four CH-53E heavylift helicopters. The Corps believes that by eliminating the CH-53s from the air wing and cutting the number of V-22s to just four, it can boost the F-35 complement to at least 16, and as many as 20. “An amphibious assault ship … equipped with 16-20 F-35Bs with an embarked, organic aerial refueling capability will create opportunities for the naval and joint force commander,” the strategy document explains. A light carrier loaded up with F-35s could support an amphibious task force, complement a supercarrier or operate independently. In the summer of 2015, the Marines became the first armed service in the world to bring the F-35 into frontline service. The Corps has accelerated its conversion of F/A-18 squadrons and predicts it will operate 185 F-35Bs by 2025 — a number sufficient to equip every deployed assault ship. Of the nine assault ships in the fleet, seven are normally available for frontline operations. Read full article

18 января 2013, 17:16

euronews on the frontline - Европа борется с киберпреступностью

http://ru.euronews.com/ Представьте себе мир, где преступники действуют совершенно безнаказанно. Мир, в котором данные Вашей кредитки можно приобрести за 1 доллар, а заработать на таком бизнесе один триллион долларов в год, или 770 000 000 евро. Программа "На линии огня" провела собственное расследование, чтобы понять, как бороться с организованной преступностью в кибер пространстве, а главное - как победить. Эксперты в области кибербезопасности предупреждают, что в 2013 году кибератаки на финансовый сектор станут еще более изощренными и вредоносными и могут привести к миллионам долларов убытков. Наша зависимость от интернета растет, а вместе с этим резко увеличиваются возможности мошенников и преступников. О противостоянии растущей угрозе мы поговорили с Троэлсом Оертиномг, главой Европейского центра по борьбе с кибер-преступлениям и Риком Фергюсоном, директором Trend Micro, компании, разрабатывающей программное обеспечение для защиты информации. Ñ�оциальные Ñ�ети : YouTube: http://bit.ly/zqVL10 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/euronewsru Twitter: http://twitter.com/euronewsru