Training Voyage by Chilean Navy Training Vessel Esmeralda Bolsters Cooperation with Partner Nations

first_imgThe Chilean Navy invites representatives from other branches of the Armed Forces, Carabineros and Investigation Police (PDI), as well as navies from other countries, to participate in these instructional tours. Captain Carlos Fiedler Pinto, Commander of the Esmeralda, told Diálogo, that such tours bolster cooperation and friendship between the Armed Forces of partner nations through “participation with units and personnel in naval exercises inside and outside our territory; the involvement of forces and media in peace operations and UN operations; permanent representatives to international maritime organizations and Navy attachés; operational and educational exchanges for Officers and Enlisted personnel; and through visits by our Naval authorities to different navies and armed forces around the world.” During the mission, the students are receiving lessons in theory and practice that help them perfect their maritime skills in realistic conditions at sea. The training, supervised by the Chilean Navy’s Directorate of Education, provides the students with the opportunity to work with sails, learn how to conduct navigation on the bridge or operate engineering systems in the machine room, navigate by the stars, compose essays on professional topics related to the Navy, and stand guard duty at different control points and stations on the ship. It includes several conferences focusing on fighting new threats from transnational criminal organizations and other illegal groups. Wide array of training activities “You have the privilege and the honor to sail on an old-fashioned barquentine, which will allow you to forge your professional abilities and to live out the camaraderie and discipline of our Navy every day on board,” Bachelet told the students. During its voyage, the ship will also participate in two of the most significant regattas in the world: Sail Bremerhaven on the coast of the North Sea, Germany, and Sail Amsterdam, which involves thousands of sailing vessels, and is held every five years. For six months, the crew of 313 – including 30 women and 15 Ensigns – will participate in the training voyage. They are training with guests from other institutions: Two representatives from the Army, one from the Air Force, one from the Carabineros, one from the PDI, and 10 from foreign navies from countries the ship will visit. The Chilean Navy Training Vessel Esmeralda, also known as the Dama Blanca or White Lady, has launched on a training tour that will visit 11 ports in nine countries. A six-month voyage “This tour is an important milestone in the history of our training vessel. We can claim with pride that 60 generations have learned about the sea and its environment on board this ship, which has left a distinguishing mark on them, as can only be imparted by a sailing training vessel like the one in our Navy.” center_img “We try to give the Ensigns every sort of skill and knowledge so they can acquire leadership and command skills during their careers and become true leaders,” Capt. Fiedler said. “The seamen are introduced to the most technical trades and assignments since they will operate and maintain the equipment and weapons system in the performance of their profession.” The Esmerelda’s first stop was June 7, in Arica, Chile, to participate in the 135th anniversary of the “Assault and Capture of Cape Arica.” It arrived at the bay accompanied by missile crafts Chipana and Angamo; over the weekend, the ship opened its doors to receive hundreds of Arican visitors, who got to know a little more about the principle work conducted by the students who began their instructional tour. President Michelle Bachelet bid farewell to the training vessel on May 29, accompanied by Minister of Defense José Antonio Gómez, Commander-in-Chief of the Chilean Navy, Admiral Enrique Larrañaga, and other Naval and civilian authorities. It departed on May 31 from the Molo Abrigo pier in Valparaíso, carrying both Ensigns who had recently graduated from the Naval School and Sailors who had successfully completed their training at the Seamen School. Both are training to become future Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs). By Dialogo July 07, 2015 Moving forward, the training vessel’s itinerary includes visits to Willemstadt, Curaçao, on July 1; Rouen, France, on August 4; Bremerhaven, Germany, on August 12; Amsterdam, Netherlands, on August 19; London, United Kingdom, on August 26; Lisbon, Portugal, on September 8; Cadiz, Spain, on September 15; Recife, Brazil, on October 13; Buenos Aires, Argentina, on November 4; and the Chilean port of Punta Arenas on November 19. It will return to Valparaíso on December 6 after having toured over 40,000 kilometers, spending 138 days at sea and 52 in port, “equivalent to a trip around the world,” said Capt. Fiedler. Training mission promotes cooperation The voyage and other such training missions provide an opportunity to “foster camaraderie and leadership with justice and loyalty,” said retired Captain Javier Erazo Wiegand, who served twice on the crew of the Training Vessel Esmeralda. The first time was in 1984, and the second in 1996, as the ship’s Navigation Officer and assistant to the Commander at the time. last_img read more

Sale of 21 Bentley court breaks street record

first_imgIt is the first time the street has had a sale in the seven figures.Torres Property lead agent Will Torres said the property garnered an astounding seven written offers after its first weekend of open homes, with 48 groups through the house at inspections.“People loved the school catchment of Mansfield and that it’s a newer build,” Mr Torres said.“The perception of Mansfield is typical 70s brick, but this was a contemporary build.” The modern property sold for $1,045,000.There are only nine residential sales that were higher than this price in Mansfield, with this the highest sale in the suburb this year.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020According to CoreLogic data, the median house sale price for Mansfield is $673,000, making this sale $372,000 above the median. The sale of 21 Bentley Court, Mansfield, broke the street record.THE sale of 21 Bentley Court, Mansfield has netted the highest price ever seen in the street — selling after its first weekend.It is the first home to dip into the million dollar market, with the home sold for a cool $1,045,000 after several written offers.center_img More modern homes are in demand in the area.Mr Torres said the Mansfield market was “still booming” and there was a shortage of homes like 21 Bentley Court.“Based on the fact we had seven offers in writing, there is demand for that sort of property.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:18Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:18 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p400p400p320p320p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenReal estate – Prestige Listings – Elizabeth Tilley04:19last_img read more

BRICS: Transforming the global political and economic architecture

first_imgDr Petrus de Kock, General Manager for Research at Brand South Africa, speaking at the Brand South Africa and Gauteng Growth and Development Agency research roundtable on BRICS, on Wednesday 30 September.Johannesburg, Wednesday 30 September 2015 – Since its inception, the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) forum has made great strides in challenging the traditional global political and economic paradigm.Today, Brand South Africa in collaboration with the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) hosted a research roundtable titled “Deepening the relationship between South Africa, Brazil, Russia, India and China”, which reflected on how the BRICS formation challenges the current global political, economic and social paradigm and the implications of this for the BRICS brand. Most notably, the BRICS has reached a high level of institutionalisation through the establishment of the BRICS New Development Bank.Brand South Africa, the GGDA and representatives from various high commissions representing the Russia, China, India and Brazil discussed and interrogated evidence that argues that the increased formalisation of intra- and inter-BRICS interactions, including the establishment of institutions such as the BRICS New Development Bank, has led to the development of the BRICS brand, a collective image of the five member states.General Manager for Research at Brand South Africa, Dr Petrus de Kock, said analysts expressed surprise at some of the successes of the BRICS – particularly in the context of the formation of the BRICS New Development Bank.Dr De Kock said: “Based on research conducted by the BRICS Research Group, and other analysts, the BRICS have achieved a 70% implementation/compliance rate in terms of implementing Summit decisions. As a relatively young multilateral organisation, the high compliance levels by member states are a progressive indicator. This means that levels of co-operation are not only high, but that buy-in into the organisation and its objectives, is of strategic significance for all member states.”The influence of the forum on political and economic developments cannot be understated. BRICS countries have expanded the scope of co-operation and put in place a multi-layered and all-dimensional structure of co-operation covering political, economic, financial, trade, social, cultural and people-to-people exchanges.The five BRICS countries currently represent over 3 billion people, or 42% of the world population. All five members are in the top 25 of the world by population, and four are in the top 10. The five nations have a combined nominal GDP of US$16.039 trillion, equivalent to approximately 20% of the gross world product, and an estimated US$4 trillion in combined foreign reserves. It is estimated that the combined GDP (PPP) of BRICS would reach US$50 trillion mark by 2020.It is principally debated that the accomplishments and growing institutionalisation of the BRICS is enabling the Forum, to develop a brand personality, that consistently advocates for the implementation of the global developmental agenda.And due to the collective influence of collaboration among the members, as the BRICS brand grows and develops (through, among other things, institutionalisation), the nation brands of the five members states stand to benefit not only in terms of trade and economic interactions, but also due to the impact the BRICS brand can have on global governance.Follow the conversation on @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSAlast_img read more

Going for Net Zero Energy in Seattle

first_imgEric Thomas and his wife, Alexandra Salmon, have bought into the energy efficiency ethos in a serious but not, in turns out, extremely expensive way.They purchased an infill lot in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood for $180,000. By the end of May, work had commenced on what would become their 1,915-sq.-ft. three-bedroom home, whose design, from Zero-Energy Home Plans, was intended to bring the performance of the building close to net zero energy while also minimizing construction costs. A 6.3-kW photovoltaic system was installed on the roof – enough PV to bring the house to net zero energy on an annual basis, according to the project team’s calculations.Thomas and Salmon ended up spending $417,000, which includes the lot purchase but excludes revised plans and engineering costs, which came to less than $5,000. The couple also will be eligible for a 30% federal tax rebate on the PV installation, which so far has produced a 1,000 kWh power credit for the home that can be drawn on this winter.Insulation and airtightnessThe building is insulated with 4 in. of extruded polystyrene under the slab and with perimeter XPS down to a dept of 2 ft. around the stem wall. The exterior walls are constructed of structural insulated panels (SIPs) and, with all drywall and siding in place, provide R-26 thermal resistance. The roof is built to R-41 with 10.25-in. SIPs. Airsealing was thorough enough to yield only 0.56 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals pressure difference.Among the other elements key to the performance of the building envelope, says Zero-Energy Home Plans founder Ted Clifton, are its triple-glazed windows, which were made by Vancouver-based Vinyltek using Cardinal LoÄ’-i81 glass. Center-of-glass U-factors are as low as 0.12, with visual transmission of as much as 63% and a solar heat-gain coefficient between 0.15 and 0.51, depending on the orientation of the window. (Of course, the whole-window specifications as shown on the NFRC label are not as impressive as these center-of-glass specs.)“We are getting very close to being able to put glass wherever we want it, without sacrificing envelope performance,” Clifton wrote in an e-mail to GBA.A Unico UniChiller air-to-water heat pump helps serve both the radiant in-floor heating system and the domestic hot water system. The latter is supplemented by a standard electric water heater. In Seattle’s marine climate, Clifton says, the entire system operates at a very high net efficiency – a minimum of 212% in winter – even while delivering 120-degree domestic hot water.Positive airflow (and positive homeowner response)Air handling devices include a Panasonic motion-sensor bath fan, a Fantech CM3000 high-efficiency particulate air filter (which serves as an air inlet for makeup air distributed to the bedrooms and main living areas while the bath fan is running), and a remote-mounted kitchen range hood fan (rated at 206 cubic feet per minute). Both the range hood fan and bathroom fan are operated with a single control that keeps them synchronized.Having lived in the house for about three months, Thomas and Salmon say they’ve found little to complain about and plenty to like. Vibration from the heat-pump compressor has been traveling through the pipes, a problem they hope will be reduced with the installation of rubber mountings. But so far, that’s about it for the negatives. They’re far more focused on spreading the word about the energy efficiency of the building and its relatively low construction costs.“We’re trying to spread the word to our neighbors that net-zero building doesn’t have to cost much more than building to code (and is significantly cheaper over the long run),” Thomas noted in an e-mail to GBA, adding that “we built the house for about the same price as a nearby townhouse on a shared lot that was completed around the same time. That’s not to say that anyone can afford to build a house, but we think our house is evidence that net-zero building doesn’t have to be the purview of rich retired people or newly minted millionaires.”For more information on this house, see GBA’s case study: A Net-Zero-Energy House for $125 a Square Foot.last_img read more

MPC Container Ships to Buy Feeder Fleet for USD 130 Mn

first_imgzoom Oslo-based boxship owner MPC Container Ships entered into a commitment to acquire a fleet of feeder container vessels on November 24.The vessels in question have a total purchase price of USD 130 million.The move was made only a day after the company closed its private placement raising a total of USD 175 million, with plans to use the funds “to pursue future investments in container vessels and general corporate purposes.”The private placement of 30.25 million new shares was announced on November 22 and completed at a subscription price of NOK 47.5 (USD 5.8) per share.MPC Container Ships informed that the completion is subject to approval by an extraordinary general meeting of the company which is expected to be held on or about December 4, 2017, the company said.Established in April 2017, the company manage to quickly collect a fleet of 26 second hand vessels, the latest of which was added in early November.last_img read more