Former USCG Island-class cutters arrive in Ukraine

first_img View post tag: Ukrainian Navy View post tag: Starobilsk View post tag: US Coast Guard Sloviansk (P190) and Starobilsk (P191), two former US Coast Guard Island-class cutters, arrived in Odessa, Ukraine, on October 21 aboard cargo ship Ocean Freedom.The boats arrived at their new homeport after being transferred to the Ukrainian Navy in September 2018.While Ukraine did not pay for the former cutters Drummond and Cushing, it did pay for transfer expenses and the subsequent training of Ukrainian maintenance crews.Sloviansk and Starobilsk arrived at the Odessa Sea Commercial Port from where they are to be towed to the naval harbor.Upon completion of the readjustment work, Island-class boats will begin their combat duty to ensure maritime safety in the waters of the Black and Azov Seas under the command of the Ukrainian crew.Island-class patrol boats are high-speed ships and were built in the late 80’s — early 90’s for the US Coast Guard. They can accelerate to 54.6 km / h.Manned by up to 18 sailors, including three officers, the boats are equipped with an automatic Mk 38 Mod 0 Bushmaster 25mm caliber artillery unit and two 12.7mm M2HV machine guns. The boats are also equipped with a radar station.32 Ukrainian sailors which have passed 10-week preparation for service on “Islands” have graduated from US courses in September this year. New equipment installed during the boats’ refits, and technical and training services provided by the Coast Guard were valued at $9.8 million back in 2018. View post tag: Island-classcenter_img View post tag: Sloviansk Photo: Photo: Ukraine defense ministry Share this articlelast_img read more

Houston cancels Texas Republicans convention over virus concerns

first_imgTurner said he had received several warnings in recent days, and ultimately made the call after David Persse with the Houston Health Department on Tuesday categorized the convention meeting as a “clear and present danger.””The last thing you want to do in the midst of a pandemic is to politicize it,” Turner said, noting several other major Houston events that have also been canceled in recent months.Turner said the Republican Party of Texas had received a letter from Houston First, a local government event-planning agency that operates the convention center reserved for the occasion.Paul Simpson, the Republican Party chairman for Harris County, where Houston is located, accused Turner of a “hypocritical flip flop on public gatherings,” citing the massive protests authorized by the city in June after the death of George Floyd, a black man, in Minneapolis police custody. Topics : Houston emerged as a pandemic hotspot in June, and on Wednesday the city tallied 40,012 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.Texas was one of the first US states to reopen, in early May, following weeks of lockdowns aimed at stemming the spread of the virus.But while other states like New York, the early outbreak epicenter, have seen their cases drop, Texas and other southern states have experienced spikes.Two veteran Republican US senators, Chuck Grassley and Lamar Alexander, both in their eighties, have said they will skip the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida next month due to concerns over the novel coronavirus.center_img Houston has canceled the Texas Republican Party’s upcoming state convention, planned to be held there in person, the mayor announced Wednesday, as novel coronavirus cases surge in the major city.”This decision is the decision to protect the health and safety of the employees, the delegates and the members of the public,” Democratic mayor Sylvester Turner said during a press conference. “Houston is a hotspot right now in a global pandemic.”The event was scheduled for July 16-18 inside a convention center that can accommodate 6,000 people.last_img read more

Wednesday people roundup

first_img300 Club – Roger Urwin has joined the 300 Club, becoming the 15th member of the group, which consists of leading global investment professionals. Urwin is the global head of investment content at Towers Watson, where he has worked since 1989. He currently is a board member of the CFA Institute’s board of governors and is an advisory director at MSCI.HSBC Securities Services Ireland – Tony McDonnell has been appointed managing director. He was previously regional head of asset managers for Europe and North America, in sales and business development, at HSBC Securities Services. McDonnell joined HSBC Ireland in 2002. MN, Towers Watson, Pioneer Investments, 300 Club, HSBC Securities Services IrelandMN – The European fiduciary manager has appointed Paul Francis as senior client director for the UK. He joins from Hymans Robertson, where he was senior investment consultant. Prior to this he was a director at JLT, responsible for fiduciary management solutions. He has also held senior investment and management roles with Alexander Forbes and Watson Wyatt.Towers Watson – Luba Nikulina, Towers Watson’s long-standing global head of private markets, has taken over as global head of manager research following the promotion of Craig Baker. Nikulina has worked at the consultancy since 2005 in the company’s London and New York offices, and was previously deputy head of capital investment at Russian mining company Norilsk Nickel.Pioneer Investments – Dean Heaney has been appointed institutional sales director, responsible for developing Pioneer’s institutional business in the UK. He joins from Royal London Asset Management, where he was responsible for institutional business development. Before then, he held a similar position at Diawa SB Investments and also worked four years at Fidelity in London, where he held several key institutional sales and marketing roles.last_img read more

USC, embattled County hospital tread murky water

first_imgSituated two miles away from the heart of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County and USC County Hospital serves a population of about 1.2 million people by providing different kinds of medical care, from surgery to psychiatry.USC became involved with the hospital in 1885 by allowing medical students to complete their residency there. According to the LAC+USC County Hospital website, there are currently 1,600 volunteer physicians, 450 staff physicians and more than 900 residents from all over the country, as well as 600 medical students. The hospital serves all kinds of people, from law enforcement officers to typical civilians.However, despite the state-of-the-art facility and various medical professionals, the hospital faces an underlying problem. Since the mid ’90s, the LAC+USC County Hospital has been struggling with overcrowding and long wait times in the emergency room. On a typical day, the ER has 80 to 100 people waiting an average of 10 hours each.“It is rare to see the LAC+USC county hospital waiting room not full,” said Roxane Marquez, the senior press deputy to County Supervisor Gloria Molina. “It has been notoriously crowded for decades.”A debate on the hospital board during the mid ’90s over how many beds should be available in the ER left Molina feeling “disheartened,” because she predicted that the hospital would be crowded from the day it opened, Marquez said.Although Molina lobbied for 750 beds to be available to ER patients, the hospital board ended up deciding that 600 beds would be enough, based on recommendations from experts. At the time of the decision, around 20 emergency rooms were in operation. Since then, they have all closed down.“The ER used to be even smaller,” said Walavan Sivakumar, a senior in the USC medical program who is completing his residency at the LAC+USC County Hospital. “A lot of the ERs in the city are not able to function and [are] closing down, so that increases the traffic, especially of those that are uninsured or underinsured and don’t have the flexibility to go to a private hospital. More and more patients are relying completely on the LAC+USC County Hospital.”Because the hospital is constantly overcrowded, LAC+USC County Hospital has resorted to diverting patients to private hospitals or to Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center.Recently, the board has also been looking into re-opening the Martin Luther King Hospital. A vote on this will take place today.“Re-opening MLK Hospital will relieve pressure on all the hospitals in the LA area,” said Aurelio Rojas, communications director for Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “If the vote passes, the hospital should be up and going by 2013.”MLK Hospital was closed in 2007 because of poor management. Supervisors did not “have any faith that it could be turned around,” Marquez said. It is currently operating as an urgent care clinic and an outpatient ambulatory care service.Marquez also mentioned that the new US health policy reform will help by allowing more people to purchase health insurance, which will give them more opportunity to receive treatment from other hospitals.Because of the long wait hours, many patients end up leaving the ER because they cannot afford to wait for that long. LAC+USC County Hospital has implemented a protocol that transfers patients to other hospitals once they have been waiting for 11 hours.“Nobody wants to see people waiting in the ER for a ridiculous amount of hours,” Marquez said. “It was instrumental not only to bring them a first-class hospital with regards to amenities — the quality of bed, instruments, etc. — but to do something about the wait time.”Fred Leaf, senior health policy advisor to Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, said that the hospital is crowded because of its popularity.“LAC+USC County Hospital is relied on by the public and the law enforcement,” Leaf said. “It’s a high demand hospital with a trauma center, and those are some reasons why it’s overcrowded.”Leaf said LAC-USC County Hospital needs to consider what actions could be taken internally, by realizing what kinds of deficiencies are present, assessing the seasonal nature of the overcrowding and better managing its discharges.However, this problem is not unlike other hospitals in the nation, said Dr. Philip Lumb, president of the Attending Staff Association of LAC+USC County Hospital.“It’s unfortunate to have waits,” Lumb said. “But they are reasonably well taken care of and indeed the emergency department is one of the leaders in the nation in the pursuit of developing the algorithms to minimize wait.”Officials credit the more recent influx of patients to the flu season and also the H1N1 virus. Marquez agreed the swell in numbers was expected because “the colder it gets, the sicker people get.”Lumb said the hospital is an asset to USC because it shows the care USC has for the community around it, but that USC would not take any action in altering hospital policy.“[USC] would probably not wish to be too involved with hospital policy because that’s not their level of expertise,” Lumb said. “The policies that a hospital develops to take care of patients, to support its administrative functions, to support its community function, really are all in compliance with state and federal regulations … and also county regulations.”However, Marquez said she still thinks it is a shame that more patients aren’t treated in the facility.“It’s like a flawless diamond ring that is too small for your hand,” Marquez said.last_img read more