Integrated Emergency Management and Resilience

The integration of response and legislation from UK organizations and responders across geographical boundaries is a key feature to the UK response; the clear distinction of responders in category 1 and 2 and their mandated roles and responsibilities is another key feature that made the UK response generic; including non-statutory emergency response and recovery. The role of emergency powers proved to be useful in bringing military aid.  It was argued that delays had been caused by local councils being slow to accept military support. This has led to the inclusion of military liaison officers into the gold command so that they are embedded in the system.

Given the focus on resilience or the capacity to recover quickly from an emergency had reduced impact on lives being lost and a better response capability in the Desmond Storm compared to previous incidents that were experienced during the year. However there was lack of preparedness and resilience in property protection measures.

References

Dealing with civil contingencies: Emergency planning in the UK

Storms And Emergencies: How A UK Military Response Is Decided

Storm Desmond: What are the solutions?

500 US marines, naval officers arrive in NCD

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November 15, 2018 The National Main Stories

 

FIVE hundred United States marines and naval officers have arrived in Port Moresby aboard USS Green Bay to help provide security during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Summit.
The Marines are from the 469 Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron based in Okinawa, Japan. USS Green Bay is from the seventh US navy Fleet based in Sasebo, also in Japan.
Rear Admiral Brad Cooper, US Navy Commander Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet based in Okinawa, said they were in PNG to follow the footsteps of the US Undersecretary for Navy, Thomas Modly.
“This is the second US Navy ship to visit Port Moresby within two months. We are here to show that we are keen for a free and open Indo-Pacific region and to support PNG host the Apec , Cooper said.
“Our presence and this ship is an open symbol of our assistance to PNG.”
Meanwhile, US Navy commanding officer and USS Green Bay Captain Tom Shultz said “the crew feels fortunate to have the opportunity to support Apec in PNG and had sailed for 10 days from home port at Sasebo.”
The US Navy has invested deeply in supporting the amphibious mission as can be seen in the innovative design and of this amphibious transport dock ship. This ship is equipped to support a variety of missions from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to full amphibious combat operations”.
USS Green Bay also has military helicopters on board for the US marines to use to deploy in the city during Apec security operations.

How to fix a TV with no picture

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My father in-law brought me an old StarVision 15″ TV for me to fix the other day with no picture problem. I asked him where he got it from and he told me he got it from the Maritime college. One of the captains gave it to him. He told me to fix it so that he could watch it in his room.

Anyway I did a trouble shoot which I will tell you how to do. Switch on the TV and listen for the static rush that indicates that high voltage is present. It’s the voltage charge from the flyback transformer. Another way is to put your arm near the glass screen to feel if the hair on your skin will stand. See if the power light in front of the screen is on.

This TV did not have any static from the high voltage charge but the red power light or LED was on. That’s a good sign and it can be fixed quickly. Now you have to unscrew the cover off and take a look at the circuit board if any of the capacitors are swollen or signs of burns and heat. OK this board looked good.

At this stage you need to check if the line voltage to the Horizontal Output IC is 110 volts DC. You need a multimeter to perform a voltage test. Stick the black lead to a large heatsink on the board and the red lead to one of the points of the flyback primary winding just look for two big bolts of solder where the flyback is connected onto the board. The other eight solder joints are arranged in a semi circular formation. The line voltage is actually coming out of the large filter capacity. If you don’t read 110vdc and get 80vdc and below until you see a zero, then the 3 PIN IC is bagarap. That’s the ic connected to the flyback. It charges the flyback primary winding to produce the high voltage the screen needs to glow. There are several ways to check the components but I was lucky enough to find the solution. Sometimes it will take longer. Olsem yu yet.

PRIORITY INFORMATION REQUIREMENTS (PIRs)

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Phantom (2013) Sub Movie with a Russian Point of View

Still the best movie I’ve Watched this year. You always learn something new each time you watch the movie. Today I got the coms.

All About War Movies

Phantom

I discovered Phantom thanks to a comment on my post on U571 . Since it’s a new movie and it has been quite a while since I last saw a submarine movie and because I’m very fond of Ed Harris, I thought I’d give it a shot. While it’s maybe not among the top of the range, it was decent and had an unusual angle. This is a Cold War movie told entirely from a Russian perspective. It took some getting used to in the beginning that Ed Harris, David Duchovny and William Fichtner all played Russians, but once I realized there wouldn’t be any American counterparts in this film, it was easier to accept. And I was very thankful that for once there were no fake Russian accents to endure.

The movie is set in 1968. The aging Captain of a submarine, Demi (Ed Harris), is assigned a…

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Terror & humiliation, a PNG woman’s armed robbery experience

www.jpgJane (not her real name), shares her experience during an armed robbery in Port Moresby a few weeks ago.  The mother  of two was planning on taking her two kids to work that Saturday but didn’t.  


I never used to think about what motivates me, until I had children.

I am a single mother, I have two beautiful , highly intelligent and energetic boys from two failed relationships. I acknowledge their fathers for their existence, but I alone shoulder all the responsibility to provide for them, and my family and close friends support me in every way they can.

I wouldn’t have some form of sanity without them

I work as a manager in a start-up company that is located in a fast developing area of the city. By that, I mean vacant land being developed. It is a high risk area if one doesn’t take appropriate security measures.

I’ve…

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How to Classify Intelligence Analysts: Producer or Consumer

Swordsmith or Swordsman: How to Classify Intelligence Analysts. Are you a producer or a consumer? Find out now with on our latest blog!

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International satellite operator to operate ICT services

Source: Looppng

A global international satellite operator has been given license to provide ICT services in the country.

National Information and Communication Technology Authority (NICTA) CEO, Charles Punaha today presented the individual operating licenses to Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS).

ABS has offices in the United States, UAE, South Africa, Germany, Philippines, Indonesia and Hong Kong.

According to company’s website, ABS operates a fleet of satellites serving 93 per cent of the world.

ABS offers a complete range of End-to-End solutions including Direct to Home (DTH), Cable TV distribution (CATV), Cellular Backhaul, VSAT and Internet Backbone services with diverse IP transit through its European, Middle East and Asian internet gateways.

Punaha said one of the requirements was for ABS to incorporate a company in PNG to provide Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services, which the company had complied with.

“ABS has been one of our clients for the last 10 year, and we do filing for them, and also they assist us to do coordination.

“Most satellites are in the PNG filings, except one of them.

“And to this respect, ABS is not a newcomer to NICTA but to this occasion they have decided to open up a local office and submitted their application for licenses, which we will official handover to them three licenses approved by our board,” Punaha said.

The three licenses are;

–              Individual Network (facilities and services) license to provide data and internet services over facilities and infrastructures for its customers in PNG;

–              Individual Network Gateway License (Gateway) license to provide international connectivity services for international voice and data connectivity; and

–              Individual Application License to provide internet services (voice and data) in PNG.

Gabriel Pimentel, ABS managing director thanked NICTA for the trust and confidence in the company and said they will kick the ground running with the licenses.

“We believe PNG is sitting on wealth and needs to be developed on better communication, not only in the developed areas but also in rural areas. “

US watchdog to probe FBI Clinton email actions

Source: BBC

A US government watchdog has launched an investigation into actions taken by the FBI during the election campaign.

FBI director James Comey’s decision to reopen an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server 11 days before the election shook up the race.

The Department of Justice (DoJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz said he would look into “certain actions” by the FBI and DoJ.

Mrs Clinton was cleared of any wrongdoing days before the US voted.

Her campaign team has blamed the FBI announcement as a key factor why she lost the election to Donald Trump.

The announcement on Thursday does not mention Hillary Clinton by name but refers to public disclosures by Mr Comey.

Mr Horowitz said his review would look at a news conference in July 2016 when Mr Comey said he would not recommend charges for Mrs Clinton.

A letter to Congress on 28 October, in which Mr Comey said there were more emails to look at, will also be subject to this new inquiry.

An explosive move – Anthony Zurcher, BBC News, Washington

It seems the 2016 election isn’t going to go gently into that good night. Thanks to this decision by the Justice Department inspector general, one of the more controversial moments of the recently concluded presidential campaign is going to be given closer scrutiny.

Hillary Clinton and her campaign team say FBI Director James Comey’s two interventions close to election day cost her the presidency. It certainly knocked the Democrat off her stride and dominated headlines, allowing Donald Trump – who had been staggered by sexual harassment allegations – to regain his political footing.

They also contend that the action violated Justice Department guidelines and was an overtly partisan act from a law enforcement agency that should be apolitical. Perhaps they will view this announcement as bittersweet vindication.

The scope of the review covers more than just Mr Comey’s actions throughout the campaign, however. It will also address concerns expressed by Republicans that some lower-level FBI officials may have improperly shared information with the Clinton campaign.

Depending on how this investigation is conducted, and the conclusions it draws, the fuse may have just been lit on a stick of political dynamite that will explode later in the year.

The inspector general said his investigation had come in response to “numerous” requests from the public and from members of Congress.

Mrs Clinton said she had set up a home email server for reasons of convenience, but admitted it was a mistake.

In clearing her in July, the FBI said Mrs Clinton and her staff were “extremely careless” in handling classified materials.

But there was no evidence of intentional wrongdoing, it said.

Then in October they briefly reopened the investigation after finding new related emails from top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

They were found on a laptop belonging to her estranged husband, disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, but nothing was found on them and the case was closed for a second time.

Yahoo! is DEAD, will be renamed “Altaba”

Source: fossBytes

Yahoo has its plans after Verizon finishes the acquisition of its operating business.

The 4.8 billion initial deal is reconsidered by Verizon for a bargain after the reported data breach affecting 1 billion accounts. According to the Jan 9 SEC filing by Yahoo Inc., the plans includes changing the name of the leftover company — which include shares in Alibaba and other places in Asia —  to Altaba Inc.

Further is the resignation of the current CEO Marissa Mayer, co-founder and chief David Filo, and some other members of the board. Altaba Inc. will collect Yahoo’s remains and progress to become an investment company. The new board will include a total of five directors.

Until last year, there was no word on Mayer stepping down from the company. The name change process might be a consequence of Verizon taking the Yahoo! brand name and use its services under its roof. Obviously, nobody would take it.

Verizon has plans to combine what they get from Yahoo with their existing AOL business. It might be possible that Verizon scraps off Yahoo! brand in the future, just like what Microsoft did for Nokia they bought their mobile phone business. Or, maybe they would want to sail on brand Yahoo!’s popularity boat, which is still in an okay condition.