HMPNGS Rabaul, a Papua New Guinea Defence Force patrol boat which was gifted to the island country by Australia, has completed its final voyage to Port Macquarie from Lombrum Naval Base on Manus Island after 31 years of service.The patrol boat was gifted to Papua New Guinea in May 1987 under the Pacific Patrol Boat Program, which ultimately delivered 22 vessels to Pacific Island nations.Papua New Guinea received four Pacific Patrol Boats, which have been the bedrock of successful Australia-Papua New Guinea maritime security cooperation for over 30 years.The commanding officer of the Pacific patrol boat handed the keys to the Commonwealth in Port Macquarie yesterday, to enable environmentally responsible disposal of the vessel.The crew will travel to the Defence International Training Centre and then to Western Australia for training before receiving the first of their four Guardian-class replacement vessels in late November 2018. The new patrol boat will be named after Brigadier General Ted Diro (retired), the first Commander of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.The replacement vessels are being delivered under the Pacific Maritime Security Program, which builds upon the success of the Pacific Patrol Boat Program and continues Australia’s enduring security commitment to the South Pacific.Under the Program, Australia will gift 19 Guardian-class Patrol Boats to 12 Pacific Island nations. The Program also includes a region-wide aerial maritime surveillance capability, enhancements to regional coordination, sustainment and training support, and the continuation of Australia’s in‑country maritime adviser network. Timor-Leste will also receive two Guardian-class vessels.The new Guardian-class Patrol Boats, being built in Western Australia by shipbuilder Austal, will offer enhanced capability to broaden and strengthen the region’s maritime security, fisheries protection and response to transnational crime. View post tag: HMPNGS Rabaul View post tag: Papua New Guinea Photo: Royal Australian Navy file photo of HMPNGS Rabaul at sea View post tag: Guardian-class View post tag: PPB Share this article
Thompson named Florida Bar Foundation president Associate Editor William L. Thompson, Jr., a Jacksonville attorney focusing on real estate and corporate law, will bring investment savvy and a passion for providing equal access to justice as the new president of The Florida Bar Foundation.“I believe that all lawyers have a duty to allow the economically disadvantaged to benefit from the rule of law in the justice system that has been so important to all of us,” Thompson said.The legal needs of the poor far exceed the resources, even though lawyers generously give of their time and dollars to providing legal services to Floridians who cannot afford to hire their own lawyers.Thompson encourages lawyers — and nonlawyers, for that matter — to volunteer with legal aid offices in their communities and to make contributions to The Florida Bar Endowment Trust.Helping everyone have access to the justice system, Thompson said, “is more than a worthy cause. It is important for our society and something lawyers have a direct relationship to, so yes, we are very interested in giving lawyers an opportunity to provide assistance.”Asked if the Foundation’s investments have suffered significantly from the plunging stock market, Thompson said: “No, we’re not into the kinds of investments that are the ones taking the hit. We’re much more conservative. Our returns are not what we would like, but we have not been devastated by the market.”Principal support for The Florida Bar Foundation’s charitable activities has traditionally come from the IOTA program implemented by the Florida Supreme Court in 1981. The constitutionality of IOTA funds is currently pending before the United States Supreme Court.In June the Court accepted cert in the Washington State IOLTA case ( Washington Legal Foundation v. Legal Foundation of Washington, No. 01-1325). The San Francisco-based U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last November that the state of Washington’s IOLTA program does not violate the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, reasoning that while the plaintiffs “have the right to control the accrued interest generated in theory, as a practical matter, that right will never come to fruition on its own because without IOLTA there is no interest.”That decision is at odds with a similar case decided in October 2001 by a three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that found the Texas IOLTA program’s use of pooled interest from lawyers’ trust accounts amounts to an unconstitutional taking without just compensation, in violation of the Fifth Amendment. (WLF v. Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation ).In that case the majority said, “In reality, the linchpin for this case has already been inserted by the Supreme Court: Interest income generated by funds held in IOLTA accounts is the ‘private property’ of the owner of the principal. And, because the state has permanently appropriated [the appellant’s] interest income against his will, instead of merely regulating its use, there is a per se taking.” Petition for en banc review of the Texas case was denied by the Fifth Circuit May 31, and lawyers for the Texas agency plan to file a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, which may consolidate both cases, according to the ABA.“Since we don’t know what the Supreme Court will say, we can’t predict what our response will be,” Thompson said. “But I can tell you it’s not going to leave the poor high and dry in the state of Florida.”How uplifting he said it was that the Florida Legislature funded former Bar President Terry Russell’s pet project: the Civil Legal Justice Act, $2 million for a pilot program to provide civil legal assistance in the following judicial circuits: First, Fourth, Ninth, 12th, 13th, 17th, and 20th.“It was more than encouraging. The legislature should be given a great deal of credit for recognizing the vast needs in that area,” Thompson said. “We were elated. We are working very hard to use those funds as good stewards.”As a former secretary and director of the Foundation, Thompson served as a member of the Foundation’s Executive Committee, Administration of Justice IOTA Grant Committee, Development Committee, Budget and Finance Committee, and the IOTA Operations Committee. His one-year term as president began July 1.Currently practicing in Orange Park, Thompson is a graduate of Duke University and served on the Editorial Board of the Duke Law Journal in 1979, and wrote “Registration of Stock Spin-offs Under the Securities Act of 1933,” in that publication (Vol. 1980, No. 5).Thompson also initiated and coauthored the “Florida Private Placement Exemption in Florida Securities and Investor Protection Act.”He clerked for Judge Gerald B. Tjoflat of the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth (now 11th) Circuit.The Florida Bar Foundation was organized in 1956 to foster law-related public service programs on behalf of Florida’s legal profession.For more information about the Foundation, call Lisa Bright at (407) 843-0045, extension 105, or visit the Foundation’s Web site at www.flabarfndn.org. August 15, 2002 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Thompson named Florida Bar Foundation president
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This five-month-old pup was thrown from a car in Uniondale on Saturday, the Nassau County SPCA said.The Nassau County SPCA is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for tossing a puppy out of a car in Uniondale.The animal protection agency said the five-month-old female pup was thrown from a dark-colored sedan Saturday night at about 7:45 p.m. on Bedford Avenue.“The Nassau County SPCA is disgusted with the callous behavior exhibited by” the perpetrator, said Nassau SPCA Detective Robert Sowers.A witness who saw the disturbing incident unfold said the car slowed down before the pup was tossed onto the side of the road. The driver then fled, she told the Nassau County SPCA.The dog was so traumatized by what happened that she initially refused to be helped, the SPCA said. Det. Sowers, who responded to the scene, was able to earn the dog’s trust and he brought it to Massapequa Pet Vet for medical care, the SPCA said.“We are offering this reward with the hope that someone will come forward and identify whoever threw this puppy from the moving vehicle so that they can be held accountable,” Sowers said.Anyone with information regarding the incident can call 516-THE-SPCA.
The U.S. economy added more jobs than expected in October and the unemployment rate fell sharply even as Americans continue to grapple with Covid-19 and its dampening impact on business.The Labor Department reported Friday that nonfarm payrolls increased by 638,000 and the unemployment rate was at 6.9%, both better than expectations of 530,000 jobs added and an unemployment rate of 7.7%.- Advertisement – The professional and business services sector was a bright spot in October with a net addition of 208,000 jobs. The government said about half of that gain was thanks to the hiring of temporary help workers.Employment also increased in services to buildings and dwellings (+19,000), computer systems design and related services (+16,000), and management and technical consulting services (+15,000).“Notable job gains occurred over the month in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, retail trade, and construction,” the government said in a release.“Retail trade added 104,000 jobs, with almost one-third of the gain in electronics and appliance stores (+31,000),” the Labor Department added. “Employment also rose in motor vehicle and parts dealers (+23,000), furniture and home furnishings stores (+14,000), clothing and clothing accessories stores (+13,000), general merchandise stores (+10,000), and nonstore retailers (+9,000).”— CNBC’s Nate Rattner and Crystal Mercedes contributed reporting. The sector, which added 271,000 jobs last month, saw about 80% of that growth from restaurants and bars that rehired workers even as the U.S. set records for new daily Covid-19 infections. Despite the labor market’s stronger October, employment was below its February level by 10.1 million, or 6.6%.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – While much of the month’s upside came from the food service industry, some of the largest losses came from the public sector. Government employment fell by 268,000 across federal, state and local levels.Government hiring has been choppy in recent months thanks to a combination of volatility in federal hiring for the 2020 Census as well as weak demand for workers at public schools and universities.On the federal level, the Labor Department said government employment decreased by 138,000 thanks to a loss of 147,000 temporary 2020 Census workers. On the state and local levels, education employment fell by 61,400 and 97,800, respectively. CNBC studied the net changes by industry for October jobs based on data contained in the employment report.The leisure and hospitality industry continued its rebound after the coronavirus and efforts to contain its spread walloped spending at restaurants, hotels and bars earlier in the year. – Advertisement –
Jan 19, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – China’s health ministry today reported three new human H5N1 avian influenza cases, one of them fatal and the other patients hospitalized in critical condition, according to a statement from the World Health Organization (WHO).In the first case, a 27-year-old woman from Jinan City in Shandong province got sick on Jan 5, was hospitalized, and died on Jan 17, the WHO reported.Public health officials are investigating the source of the woman’s H5N1 infection, the WHO said. Shandong province is in northeastern China.In the second case, a 2-year-old girl from Luliang City in Shanxi province began having symptoms on Jan 7, was hospitalized, and is in critical condition, the WHO reported.Authorities are also exploring how the girl became infected, the WHO said. Shanxi province is in the north central part of the country.The third patient, a 16-year-old boy from Huaihua City in Hunan province, became ill on Jan 8 and was hospitalized on Jan 16, where he is in critical condition, the WHO said.An investigation into the source of the boy’s illness found that he was exposed to sick and dead poultry, the WHO said. Hunan province is in south central China.China’s national laboratory confirmed all three of the cases, according to the WHO, which added that close contacts of the three cases are under medical observation, and all remain healthy so far.The illnesses and death raise China’s H5N1 case count to 34 and fatality total to 22, and these cases bring to four the number of cases in the country in as many weeks. On Jan 7 China’s health ministry announced that a 19-year-old Beijing woman who got sick on Dec 24 and died from an H5N1 infection on Jan 5.The WHO said in a press release today that it anticipates China will keep it updated on the new H5N1 cases and that the organization stands ready to provide China with technical assistance, if needed.As more people eat chicken as part of Chinese New Year celebrations, the WHO in its statement urged people to observe routine safety precautions such as ensuring that poultry is well cooked and washing hands after contact with raw meat.This year’s Chinese New Year celebration, which lasts for 15 days, starts on Jan 26.These latest H5N1 cases and fatality raise the world’s WHO-confirmed H5N1 total to 397 cases and 249 deaths.In related developments, China’s agriculture ministry is intensifying its efforts to reduce the spread of H5N1 in poultry, according to a Bloomberg News report today. The country will strengthen poultry immunization against the virus, increase vaccine production, boost monitoring of poultry markets and other high-risk areas, and improve surveillance of poultry movements across country borders, the report said.Meanwhile, York Chow, Hong Kong’s secretary for food and health, called on China to release more epidemiological information about the recent human infections, Reuters reported today. He said that an apparent lack of information about recent poultry outbreaks in light of the recent human cases raises questions about a possible change in the virus.However, about a week after the 19-year-old Beijing woman died, Chinese health officials said they had found no evidence that the virus has mutated to allow easier human-to-human transmission, according to previous media reports.Chow also expressed concern about the possible role that asymptomatic H5N1-infected chickens might be playing in the spread of the virus, Reuters reported.See also:Jan 19 WHO statement
Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said that Indonesia had thrown its support behind the resolution based on the points that were highlighted, as well as others such as assistance for low and middle income countries and the participation of women.”Indonesia has been very consistent in reminding all members of the importance of cooperation among countries, to set aside differences and not to politicize the meeting and its issues,” Retno said during a virtual briefing in Jakarta on Wednesday.The resolution was first introduced by the European Union and had been negotiated since early April. It was coopted by critics of China later on, particularly by the United States and Australia, that sought to campaign for an independent inquiry that would hold Beijing accountable for the spread of the virus.The SARS-CoV-2 virus, which has spread around the world, infecting nearly 5 million people and killing more than 323,000, is believed to have emerged at a local market selling wild animal meat in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. As Australian officials hailed the unanimous support for the adoption of a resolution at Tuesday’s World Health Assembly (WHA), Indonesia insisted that its backing had nothing to do with the neighbor’s contentious agenda, steering clear of the “politicization” of the global health crisis.At least 135 countries backed the COVID-19 resolution on Tuesday, which, among other things, highlights the importance of strengthening global cooperation and universal, timely and equitable access to affordable health technologies.Read also: US savages WHO as it promises pandemic review, but China pledges $2 billion The move has prompted strong opposition from China and had led nations to distance themselves from the resolution, including Indonesia, according to people familiar with the situation.Read also: Australia and China spat over coronavirus inquiry deepensIn late April, Minister Retno said she had spoken with her Australian counterpart Marise Payne about the matter, but said that Indonesia was more concerned about mitigating the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.Acting ministry spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah also insisted it was wrong to mistake Indonesia’s support for the resolution as an indication that it was party to a “coalition” led by Australia that was calling for an independent investigation into the pandemic, as reported by Australian media.“Indonesia was actually a cosponsor of the resolution […] from the beginning. If we look at the resolution as a whole, there is no specific call for an independent investigation or inquiry, but a global effort to foster cooperation to respond to COVID-19,” he told the media in a separate briefing on Wednesday.Faizasyah said Indonesia did not want to politicize a resolution made with good intentions for international cooperation.He also pointed out that because China had also cosponsored the resolution, there were no longer any “contentious matters that could cause debate and politicization”.Leading up to the annual meeting of the WHA on Monday and Tuesday, member countries were knee-deep in negotiations to come up with a draft resolution acceptable to all.Along with dozens of other countries, Indonesia agreed over the weekend to endorse a version of the draft that proposed that an independent “evaluation” be carried out “at the earliest appropriate moment”, and “in consultation with member states” and “using existing mechanisms”.The text does not mention China by name.“This obviously is good enough for China,” said Anggia Valerisha, who teaches international relations at Parahyangan Catholic University.In a speech at the assembly on Monday, Chinese President Xi Jinping said his country supported a comprehensive evaluation of the global response to the pandemic, Reuters reports.The seven-page document was finally adopted by consensus on Tuesday.Hasan Kleib, Indonesia’s permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, said Indonesia appreciated the fact that some of its own views, such as ensuring equitable and affordable access to medical supplies, were accommodated in the resolution.Meanwhile, Australia’s Payne said the resolution was “an important part of the conversation we started,” and expressed her gratitude to all the drafters involved in the past few weeks.Read also: Australia welcomes growing support for COVID-19 inquiry at WHO meetingBut Reuters also reported that the Chinese Embassy in Canberra called out Australia’s vindication at the WHA as “a joke”, with a spokesman saying that the global resolution was different from what Australia had proposed. The WHA is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization.Anggia argued that Indonesia showed the most reluctance in echoing Australia’s earlier call because it put the blame on China, which in turn sent a strong message to Canberra.“I think Indonesia’s response at the time was reasonable because it was facing extraordinary COVID-19 problems and had no energy to get dragged into a ‘drama’ with China,” she said.“Indonesia is not equipped to be treated harshly by China, especially in the economic field, at a time when the domestic economy is sluggish.”Read also: World Bank warns pandemic could push 60 million into extreme povertyThe pandemic has proven detrimental to the global economy, with countries teetering at the edge of recession. Some have been emboldened enough to look for a scapegoat, experts say.“On whether Indonesia will openly criticize China, I don’t think [it will],” Anggia said.“Surely Indonesia will try to be very constructive when dealing with China, bearing in mind the two countries have strong economic ties and interests.”Topics :