Germany extends participation in Op Atalanta

first_img View post tag: Operation Atalanta Back to overview,Home naval-today Germany extends participation in Op Atalanta Germany has decided to continue its campaign against piracy in the Horn of Africa, the Federal Government said in a statement. Specifically, Federal Armed Forces has extended the participation of the German Navy in the EU-led Operation Atalanta by May 31, 2019.As informed, Germany’s involvement will remain unchanged with a maximum of 600 officers.The country has been participating in the counter-piracy operation off the coast off Somalia since 2008 by deploying ships and reconnaissance aircraft.The European Union Naval Force (Op Atalanta) Somalia – Operation Atalanta, was launched in December 2008. Its objectives are protecting vessels of the World Food Programme (WFP) and other vulnerable shipping, determent and disruption of piracy and armed robbery at sea and monitoring fishing activities off Somalia. Share this article View post tag: Germanycenter_img Authorities Germany extends participation in Op Atalanta April 30, 2018last_img read more

Flip Side: Casual Sex

first_imgToby Hill is out to have fun and get laid The guilt that can accompany casual sex suggests that there is something inherently amiss with it. If we consider where we have received such an instinctive reaction from though, one source seems salient: a religious code, initially intended to perpetuate the survival of a small Middle Eastern tribe a couple of millennia ago. To believe such morality still holds decisive relevance for modern society necessitates a faith in the existence of an omnipotent God, whose commandments must be taken without question. Thus – if today we reject belief in an all-knowing God, then this entire moral value system must crumble; we can no longer talk of the simple ‘immorality’ of casual sex, or invoke our instinctive feelings against it. We’ve seen a similar process occur with homosexuality.So! We need other justification if we are to condemn casual sex without a fundamentalist faith. And such concerns do, of course, exist; pure sensual pleasure rarely comes without a corollary …A popular suggestion is that sex should be a highly emotional act between two loving individuals, and that to reduce it to a tool to induce sensual pleasure is to demean it. Of course, this conception of sex – as a high form of emotional communion – is almost certainly preferable. However, why can’t we just accept the existence of two types of sex? One – animal-like and of only momentary importance; the other, imbued with feeling and thus of lasting significance. To say the first demeans the second seems an arbitrary judgement; surely it is equally probable that the contrast between the two serves to emphasise the value of relationship-embedded sex.A second problem is that of risk. Clearly, one reason that the sexual ethics of deceased societies are of less relevance today is that we have contraception. Safe sex! Of course, no sex is ever entirely safe. There is risk, but many of our recreational activities are risky. As long as this risk is accepted by two consenting adults, then surely it should be their choice whether or not to take it. Really, there can be no reason for anyone today to criticise another for their sexual promiscuity. Rebecca Lacey warns of the dangers of irresponsible sexWhat springs to mind when you think of casual sex? Drunken fumbling at the Bridge leading to more? Perhaps the casual arrangement known as ‘f**k buddies’ or ‘friends with benefits’. The term implies sex without a purpose, detached from any ties. But can you really describe anything about sex as causal?Most Christians would teach that sex should only be within the security of marriage. The Roman Catholic church goes even further and argues that sex should not be causal even within marriage. Men “commit adultery with their wives by desiring sex for its mere pleasure and the satisfaction of instinct”. Sex should be for the purpose of procreation, pleasure is secondary. I’m not saying that you should be married to have sex. I firmly believe in the pleasures of good sex and the freedom of women to enjoy their sexuality. This has obviously become much easier since the development of the pill in 1967. But the idea of ‘casual sex’ is a fallacy. There is no such thing as sex with ‘no strings attached’. Alcohol-fuelled one night stands, often leave a horrible, nauseous feeling of regret at being used the morning after – the type of sex Cosmopolitan editor Lorraine Candy once termed ‘McSex’, cheap, meaningless, greasy. It isn’t possible to detatch emotions from sex. The chemistry agrees: oxytocin and vasopressin, hormones which enter the bloodstreams of men and women after orgasm, increase feelings of bonding and love towards your partner. The increasing acceptance of casual sex in our society may also have contributed to the worrying rise of STDs and abortions: now one in four people will have an STD at some point in their life, and the abortion rate in Britain rose 3.9% from 2005-2006. Chlamydia, which has few or no symptoms and so often goes undetected, can lead to infertility in both men and women, damaging women’s fallopian tubes and leading to sperm damage and inflammation of the testicles in men. Casual sex also takes away the intimacy that you can achieve when in a stable relationship. Worrying how you look and trying not to think about how many other people have slept in the bed you’re in just don’t compare to relishing the lustful, passion-filled sex that feels so good perfected in a loving relationship. last_img read more


first_img91, a lifelong resident of Bayonne, passed away on March 1. Peter was the husband of the late Rose Miele Napoli; Peter and Rose were married for 56 years. He was the father of Carol Somody and her husband Jan and Joseph P. Napoli and his wife, Rose. He was the grandfather of John, Christine and Melissa Somody, Rose Somody Casper and her husband Justin and Rebecca Somody McKnight and her husband, Andrew. He was the great grandfather of Asher, Ivey and Riley Casper and Amara and Ada McKnight. Peter was the brother of William Napoli and Rachel Napoli Budd and Dr. Frank Napoli. He was the brother-in-law of Lillian and the late Elsie Napoli, the late Leon Budd, Augustine and Agnes Miele, Sam and Ann Miele, Thomas and Angelina Lametta. Peter is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Peter was the owner of several local businesses including the Arcade Luncheonette in Bayonne and the Stegman Tavern in Jersey City. Peter worked for Maher terminals for twenty years until his retirement. The family wishes to thank Giuili Tsereteli and Shirley Simmons who were his caretakers for many years and who loved him as he loved them. Funeral arrangements by G. KEENEN O’BRIEN Funeral Home, 984 Avenue C.last_img read more

Press release: New Homes under construction in south Warrington

first_imgThe partnership marks the beginning of house-building on the site which will include a mix of three, four and five bedroom homes.Development on the site will be accelerated under a building agreement between Homes England and Barratt Homes to meet the needs of south Warrington’s growing population.The dual-phased development, known as Kings Quarter and Saviours Place is aimed at increasing the pace of housing as part of the government’s drive to deliver 300,000 new homes a year.Duncan Inglis, Head of Accelerated Delivery for the North West, at Homes England, said: “Homes England’s Strategic Plan has set out the ambitions to increase the pace, scale and quality of housing delivery and our partnership work with Barratt Homes is an example of this. The approach at Pewterspear will increase the pace of delivery beyond the market norm, leading to more quality homes being accessible in an area that has shown strong demand.“Working together with Barratt Homes to deliver 180 new homes in Warrington will provide much needed homes for the local community, 30 per cent of which are affordable.”Neil Goodwin, Managing Director at Barratt Homes Manchester, said: “Investing into local communities is an extremely important part of building a new housing development. We pride ourselves on our commitment to the local community and strive to support it wherever we can.“As our development progresses we will not only be contributing to the area financially, but the construction process will underpin 360 jobs for the local area.”Work will start on the site this month, with completion of the whole project planned for 2021.The sales launch has also got off to a great start with 43 per cent of the plots already reserved. Demand has been extremely high in the first weeks of the sales office opening on site.last_img read more

Watch The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ New “Saturday Night Fever” Inspired Music Video

first_imgThe Red Hot Chili Peppers have always had interesting music videos, but this new video for “Go Robot” might be the weirdest.  The band uses the video to recreate several iconic scenes from the 1977 classic disco movie Saturday Night Fever, even filming several scenes in their video at several locations where SNF was filmed.Singer Anthony Keidis is the video’s star, and he really bares it all as he plays an almost-nude robot seeking acceptance in the world. He walks the streets, mostly ignored or disliked, before eventually ending up at a discoteque, where he is entranced by the lights and music and dance-moves. Eventually, he sees a female robot on the dance floor, and the two dance the night away having finally found each other.Check out the video for “Go Robot” below!last_img read more

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Working on a Movie Musical About an Adventurous Monkey

first_img View Comments Lin-Manuel Miranda(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Not only is the man non-stop—he’s also speeding up. Sony Pictures Animation has fast tracked the movie musical Vivo, featuring 11 songs written by Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film, featuring a script by Miranda’s In the Heights collaborator Quiara Alegría Hudes, is slated for a December 18, 2020 release, according to Deadline.For those attempting to keep track of all of Miranda’s screen projects, let’s break this down: Moana just landed at the top of the box office charts; Mary Poppins Returns premieres on Christmas Day, 2018; he’s teaming up with Alan Menken for a new The Little Mermaid; he’s creative producing and the man behind the music for the The Kingkiller Chronicle film and TV series; the Weinstein Company is at work on bringing In the Heights to the big screen.Kirk DeMicco (The Croods) will direct the new movie, which was originally developed by DreamWorks Animation shortly following the success of In the Heights. The story follows a capuchin monkey with a passion for adventure and music who travels from Havana to Miami. This is not to be confused with that Stephen Schwartz animated movie musical from DreamWorks featuring Lea Michele as a Bollywood superstar monkey.last_img read more

Best arrangements for Student Travel Tours

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Online petition solicits library funding support

first_img Online petition solicits library funding support Uncertainty about restoring funding for courthouse law libraries has inspired Bob Riger, executive director of the Miami-Dade County Law Library, to launch an online petition on its Web site to gather signatures of people who care about saving county law libraries.Go to and click on the link for the petition (or read it at www.petition created the petition through his affiliation with Florida State Court Law Libraries, Inc. The purpose it to urge legislators to restore civil filing fees that historically funded county law libraries. Funding for law libraries became uncertain because Revision 7 to Article V legislation passed last year does away with the mechanism of how most law libraries at county courthouses are financed through civil filing fees.The issue was reported in a story in the February 1 Florida Bar News. (Available on the Bar’s Web site at Several lawmakers said they want to fund law libraries, but there were unsure about how to accomplish that and what the quality and quantity of those law libraries would be while wrangling with many details of court funding legislation.“When we have collected ‘enough’ signatures, we will forward the results to the appropriate lawmakers throughout the state,” said Riger.“The purpose of the online petition is two-fold: to generate more signatures statewide in a briefer time period, before our funding runs out, and to set up a central repository for all petitions collected statewide.” March 1, 2004 Regular Newscenter_img Online petition solicits library funding supportlast_img read more

Build a better CEO evaluation methodology

first_imgThere are two types of board-CEO relationships in our industry—good relationships and bad relationships. At either end of that spectrum, revamping the CEO evaluation process could help your credit union step up its game.Here are nine steps to take:Start early. The evaluation process can take a couple months, but if you’re planning a major overhaul of your process, it’s best to allow for several additional months on the front end. Don’t wait until the first quarter to start planning last year’s evaluation (a survey each director will complete.) Instead, have the methodology and evaluation tool already in place by December so the CEO and board have a clear, shared understanding of expectations as a new year begins.Consider forming a committee. A lot of details and possibilities must be scrutinized in developing a new approach to evaluations. Assigning three or four directors, especially board members who have HR expertise and/or experience with executive evaluations, to handle these front-end responsibilities and submit a plan to the full board may be the most efficient route. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

5,000 credit union leaders coming to D.C. to talk policy with Congress

first_imgMore than 5,000 credit union professionals will be in Washington, D.C. next week for CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan wrote all 535 Congressional offices Tuesday. Part of CUNA’s regular outreach to Congress on the credit union difference, this communication sets the stage for next week’s CUNA GAC.“Next week, credit union professionals will be in Washington, eager to speak with you about how a strong partnership between Congress and credit unions serves your constituents by fostering financial resilience, retaining local access to financial institutions, serving the underserved, and so much more,” Donovan wrote. “For your local credit unions, the commitment to advancing communities is paramount. They are there for your constituents in good times and bad and look forward to working with your office to get more done.”Donovan’s message links to a selection of CUNA’s 2020 credit union advocacy priorities, detailing ways Congress and credit unions can work together to advance communities, including:Passing a national data security and privacy framework to keep Americans safe; continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more