US Navy, Coast Guard carry out joint Pacific patrol

first_img View post tag: US Coast Guard The U.S. Navy hosted Coast Guard personnel for an 18-day joint mission in the Central and South Pacific to combat transnational crimes, enforce fisheries laws and enhance regional security.Under the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative, Coast Guard law enforcement detachment 103 from Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team embarked USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and conducted 16 fisheries enforcement boardings with the assistance of the ship’s visit, board, search and seizure team and law enforcement ship riders from Tuvalu and Nauru.Five of the boardings were conducted on the high seas under the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission guidelines while the other 11 were conducted in the exclusive economic zones (EEZ) of Tuvalu and Nauru.Coast Guard teams and Pacific Island Nation shipriders routinely conduct joint boardings within the host country’s exclusive economic zones to protect the ocean and the living marine resources within.Boarding teams inspected documentation and fish holds for illegal activity and compliance with conservation and management measures.“Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing undermines efforts to conserve and manage global fish stocks,” said Coast Guard Cmdr. Richard Howes, chief of enforcement, Coast Guard 14th District response division. “The OMSI mission along with our partnerships with Australia, New Zealand, France, and Pacific Island Nations helps deter illegal fishing and promote economic and environmental stability in the region.”Partnership between the Coast Guard and Navy supports OMSI, a Secretary of Defense program to use Department of Defense assets transiting the pacific region to build maritime domain awareness, ultimately supporting the Coast Guard’s maritime law enforcement operations in Oceania.The Coast Guard is responsible for patrolling the waters around the numerous islands belonging to the United States throughout the region. Each of these islands has territorial waters stretching out to 12 nautical miles from shore.Beyond that, stretching out to 200 nautical miles is an exclusive economic zone, an area defined by international law that allows each nation exclusive rights to the exploration and use of the marine resources within. Oceania contains 43 percent, or approximately 1.3 million square miles, of United States’ EEZs. View post tag: US Navy View post tag: OMSI Authorities March 1, 2017 Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy, Coast Guard conclude joint Pacific patrol US Navy, Coast Guard conclude joint Pacific patrollast_img read more

Norway rejects infrastructure allocation for sovereign fund

first_imgThe Norwegian government has once more rejected the idea of including unlisted infrastructure investments in the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG).The country’s finance ministry has also said the NOK7.9bn (€861bn) sovereign wealth fund should not divest from oil and gas stocks, as it would not reduce the fund’s exposure to related risks.In a white paper on the management of the fund in 2016 – released at the end of last month and due to be voted on in parliament in May – the finance ministry also proposed increasing the strategic equity allocation of the fund to 70% from 62.5% currently, as it announced in February.Siv Jensen, minister of finance, said: “A higher equity share requires broad political consensus, as well as the ability to remain committed to the investment strategy, also when the fund fluctuates in value.” At the end of March, the fund reported an equity allocation of 64.6%, having risen from 62.5% at the end of December.“Divestment of the oil and gas equity holdings of the fund is a digression, and makes us no less vulnerable to a permanent decline in petroleum revenues.”- Siv Jensen, finance ministerYngve Slyngstad, chief executive of Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) which manages the fund, said at the end of February that if allocation were increased to 70% in its the mandate, NBIM was unlikely to go on an immediate share-buying spree but would rather wait until it found a good moment to buy.Releasing the white paper, Jensen said the government was not proposing to allow the GPFG to make investments in unlisted infrastructure at this time.“Whether the Government Pension Fund Global should be permitted to invest in unlisted infrastructure investments is not a climate issue, but foremost a question of which risks the fund should be exposed to,” she said. “A transparent and politically endorsed sovereign fund like ours is not well suited to carry the particular risks posed by such investments, compared to other investors.”The ministry also rejected the idea that the GPFG should divest from oil and gas stocks.Jensen said that making the Norwegian economy less dependent on oil and more responsive to change had been one of the government’s main aims.“First and foremost, this requires a qualified labour force and a productive business sector,” she said. “Divestment of the oil and gas equity holdings of the fund is a digression, and makes us no less vulnerable to a permanent decline in petroleum revenues.”The ministry said it was also proposing that the fund’s mandate be amended to require Norges Bank’s executive board to approve each state issues government bonds, in addition to a requirement that it reports on procedures and systems for such approval.
It noted that in 2015, the Storting’s (parliament) Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs had requested guidelines to be considered for the GPFG as a tool in its assessment of financial risk.“The GPFG has a good framework for handling the financial risk associated with government bond investments,” Jensen said. “This is strengthened further by the proposed changes.”last_img read more

#DentalFeature: What Causes A Swollen Tongue?

first_imgPLANTATION, Florida – Does your tongue feel uncomfortably large in your mouth? Perhaps you’re worried you may be having an allergic reaction to something you ate. A doctor or dentist can help discover the cause of your swollen tongue and provide treatment; though, don’t wait for an appointment if you’re also having breathing difficulties. Visit a medical professional immediately.What Causes a Swollen Tongue?The tongue is a versatile muscle that’s vital for eating and speaking, and it doesn’t take long to notice when it feels large and thick. Redness and changes in the surface texture could accompany the swelling. The medical term for a red, inflamed tongue is glossitis, and allergic reactions, injuries, infections and irritants are a few of the most common causes of the condition.An allergic reaction might be due to food, medicine or oral care products. Irritation can be caused by alcohol, tobacco or spicy foods. A skin condition, vitamin deficiency or hormonal issue may also cause tongue swelling. Finally, glossitis is sometimes a symptom of Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that causes dry mouth.Food AllergensCertain types of food can trigger an oral allergy, marked by an itchy mouth or a swollen tongue, while other foods cause a whole-body allergic reaction that may include the mouth. Typical foods such as apples, melons and pineapples can trigger an oral allergy, and notes that the allergic reaction is often strongest when these fruits are eaten raw. Some foods that may cause a whole-body allergic reaction are eggs, peanuts, fish, shellfish, milk, tree nuts, wheat and soy.Allergic ReactionsAnother term to describe swelling in the tongue, lips and face is angioedema, which means a swelling of deep layers of skin. Angioedema is an allergic reaction that can happen suddenly or over a period. Symptoms that often accompany the allergic reaction are hives, reddened skin, itching in the mouth, nausea, stomach pains, a runny nose and sneezing.A swollen tongue, lips or throat are signs of a serious allergic reaction that can quickly become life-threatening without treatment. If you have swelling around or in your mouth and you have difficulty breathing or swallowing, begin to turn blue, have chest pain or feel faint, seek medical help immediately.How to Treat a Swollen TongueA mild case of swollen tongue often goes away without treatment after a few days. It’s imperative to see a dentist or doctor if your symptoms last longer than a few days, you experience breathing difficulties, or your throat is also swelling. With the appropriate treatment, the swelling will go down. If the swelling is due to a food allergy, antihistamine medication is the usual prescribed treatment.How to Prevent Tongue SwellingIf you know what food or other allergen caused your tongue swelling, you can prevent a repeat episode by avoiding the trigger food or substance. However, sometimes the culprit isn’t obvious. In these cases, keep a diary of what you eat or use in or around your mouth. Whenever you experience swelling or other symptoms, make a note. With your doctor’s help, you should be able to determine which food or product you need to remove from your diet or personal care routine.Although tongue swelling is annoying, it’s often possible to identify the cause and prevent the problem from returning. Speak to your dentist or doctor if you experience this symptom to receive treatment and discuss what steps to take next.Dr Sharon Robinson, DDS, owns and operates the Dental Place in Plantation, Florida, with a second office – the Dental Place Cosmetix Spa in Kingston, Jamaica. She may be contacted at 954-792-1857. Visit their website, www.dentalplace4u.comlast_img read more

India vs New Zealand 1st test results: Hosts make short work of woeful Indian…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Sky Sports/GettyAdvertisement 17m1NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4ymWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3i( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) j3kWould you ever consider trying this?😱dgt6Can your students do this? 🌚zuRoller skating! Powered by Firework Team India’s tour of New Zealand is going downhill since the 3-0 ODI whitewash, and now adding salt to the wound, the hosts have snatched victory in the first Test with an easy 10-wicket chase win in the second innings today at the Basin Reserve cricket ground. Starting from 144 for 4, India’s middle to lower batting order gave up in front of a dominating Kiwi bowling attack, ending their run on a score of 191. In the second innings, it was a walk in the park for New Zealand as they had to score just 9 runs.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Sky Sports/GettyIndian batsmen Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari resumed the visitors’ innings, and a late effort was seen from India’s wicket keeper Rishabh Pant, but all fell victim to the astounding performance from New Zealand bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee.Boult secured his 4th wicket of the Test by picking up Rahane at 29, while Southee secured his 10th 5-wicket haul in the red ball format.Advertisement Along with picking Mayank Agarwal yesterday, the 31 year old veteran pacer dismissed Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah in the end.Pant only managed to score 25 runs with four boundaries, and the in-form Ishant Sharma had some input in the later overs with scoring 12 with two fours. However, the latter was sent to the pavilion against Colin de Grandhomme.Advertisement With just a minuscule target of 9 runs, the Black Caps had a prompt finish with just 10 balls, as openers Tom Latham (7) and Tom Blundell (2) wrapped up the innings.The win marks a historical feat for New Zealand as their 100th Test cricket victory. On the other hand, this was India’s first defeat in the World Test Championship. However, Indian skipper Virat Kohli is not taking the defeat heavily.“We know we haven’t played well but if people want to make a big deal out of it, make a mountain out of it, we can’t help it as we don’t think like that,” Kohli said in the post match interview.Ranked 1st in the ICC Test batting rankings, Kohli scored 19 in India’s second innings. However, the 31 year old is keeping a positive mindset for the next games to come. “For some people, it might be the end of the world but it’s not. For us, it’s a game of cricket that we lost and we move on and keep our heads high,” he added.The second Test, concluding India’s tour of New Zealand is scheduled on 29th February at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.Also read-India vs New Zealand Day 3: Hosts press advantage as Virat Kohli falters againVirat Kohli gives the reason as to why India were trashed by NZ in ODI series Advertisementlast_img read more