By Godwill Arthur-Mensah, GNA
Accra, March 28, GNA – Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia on Tuesday gave the assurance that the Government would equip the Ghana Navy and other stakeholders in the maritime industry to protect and preserve the vital national assets.
He said government had decided to purchase two offshore vessels with helicopter landing facilities for the Navy, and also establish a Forward Operating Base in the Western Region, to train and equip Special Forces to deal swiftly with any maritime security threat.
He said: Maritime security is a collaborative effort involving many agencies and other countries since there is no physical boundary at sea, he stated.
Therefore, he said, government was making frantic effort to equip the Marine Police Unit of the Ghana Police Service, the Judiciary and other agencies to expeditiously prosecute maritime offences.
The Vice President said this at the opening of the third Coastal and Maritime Surveillance Africa Conference and Defence Exhibition in Accra.
The event, organised by the Ghana Navy and the Ministry of Defence, in partnership with the International Quality and Productivity Centre, brought together experts in the maritime security in Africa and other advanced countries, to discuss and adopt modern strategies to deal effectively with maritime threats.
Dr. Bawumia noted that coastal and maritime surveillance was a major operational component of maritime security, therefore, bringing together experts and professionals in the industry was the best way forward, saying; maritime security has been a major issue for countries in the Gulf of Guinea in their quest for socio-economic development .
He said it was the vision of the Government to make Ghana the most attractive investment destination in Africa and expressed optimism that the conference would provide the opportunity for technology transfer and investment.
The Vice President noted that the resources at the maritime domain was enormous, however, it had been undermined by multifaceted domestic, regional and international maritime security threats, which threatened the socio-economic stability of the Sub-region.
He said the pervasive insecurity in the resource-based maritime environment had resulted in annual financial losses to the tune of two billion dollars in the Sub-region and, therefore, significantly constraining investments, growing prospects and having adverse political consequences.
In view of this, he said regional and international strategies had been proposed as the possible solution to the growing threats and, therefore, urged the stakeholders to find new concepts and technologies to effectively deal with the challenge.
The conference is timely since it will provide opportunity to maritime security and surveillance experts, chiefs of services and senior commanders from the various African countries to discuss threats posed to the maritime domain in the Sub-region, he stated.
The Vice President observed that since the nation discovered crude oil in commercial quantities in 2007 with various oil installations offshore, it had made the country s maritime domain a critical national assets and security threat.
Therefore, he said, government was working with other neighbouring countries under the auspices of the Yaound Accord, Code of Conduct of Maritime Security and Heads of State to strengthen the country s maritime environment.
He said, under the accord, a number of coordinating centres were established within the Gulf of Guinea and Ghana had agreed to host the coordinating centre comprising Liberia, Cote d Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
This, he said, showed the commitment of the Government towards safeguarding maritime security in the Sub-region and assured that, it would support other neighbouring countries to strengthen their maritime security since any maritime threat would have rippling effects in the Sub-region.
The Vice President indicated that government was looking at long term partnerships and standardisation across the Sub-region and, therefore, tasked the service chiefs to work with their counterparts in other countries to find solution to the maritime security challenge.
In his welcome address, Rear Admiral Peter Kofi Faidoo, the Chief of Naval Staff, said the challenges in the maritime domain were dynamic, therefore, it required constant review in order to be abreast with new emerging security threats, hence the conference would provide an opportunity to assess the country s maritime security and that of the Sub-region.
He said the country being an oil producing nation with offshore installations makes it critical to upgrade the human resource base, surveillance and equipment so that it could respond promptly to any maritime threat.
He said the Navy would collaborate with other stakeholders in protecting and preserving the vital offshore installations.
The Chief of the Naval Staff gave the assurance that the Navy would always present disciplined and combat-ready security force that would protect the interest of the nation for accelerated national development.
If it weren’t for the association with the thrill of travel, the airport security line might be one of the least appealing places to be on earth with all of its rules, restrictions, and indignities. Perhaps knowing a bit more of the behind-the-scenes minutiae will help enliven your next experience. At the very least, it makes for excellent cocktail party trivia among the jet set.
1. Got a question about your carry-on? You can tweet the TSA.
We’ve already discussed the comedy gold that is the TSA’s Instagram feed and its occasional forays into tragedy as poignantly illustrated by this abandoned teddy bear. However, if you have a serious question about the legalities of certain items in your carry on and don’t want to cause a scene in the security line, you can simply AskTSA on Twitter where they will give you the go-ahead on some items such as “delicious bacon” to a hard no for others, such as “Satan’s pizza cutter.”
2. Some surprising (and sharp) items are actually allowed through.
For obvious reasons, box cutters and knives are banned, but there are some sharp items the TSA will let through, including scissors with blades no more than four inches long and ice skates which is surely asking for trouble given the temperment of some ice skaters.
3. There is a neat trick for getting your drink through.
As we learned earlier this year, there’s no need to purchase an overpriced drink at the airport if you can bring your own with you. All you have to do is freeze it! However, if the words “frozen drinks” have you immediately reaching for a frozen daiquiri, disappointment awaits. Per the TSA s own language: Frozen liquid items are allowed through the checkpoint as long as they are frozen solid when presented for screening. That means no slushies, alas. Also, you’re not allowed to bring any alcoholic drinks on board: FAA regulations say that “no person may drink any alcoholic beverage aboard an aircraft unless the certificate holder operating the aircraft has served that beverage to him.”
4. Some food items show up as explosives.
Sausages as confirmed by the helpful AskTSA account are perfectly acceptable in your carry on. But, you should take them and any cheese you may be harboring out of your bag before putting it through the X-ray machine. According to Reader’s Digest, “the signature of these items is indistinguishable from explosives.”
5. Taking photos is sometimes OK.
As long as you re not interfering with the screening process, slowing things down, or filming or taking pictures of the monitors, the TSA does not prohibit anyone from photographing, videotaping, or filming at screening locations. However, the local laws of the city’s airport may do. So, if you really want a photographic souvenir of your security line experience, call ahead to ask.
6. Airline employees face less screening than you.
The TSA requires background checks on anyone applying for an airline or airport job, but they can still bypass the screening other passengers go through. Four months after federal authorities discovered that a baggage handler was part of a ring that smuggled guns from Atlanta to New York, the TSA announced increased “random and unpredictable screening of aviation workers at various airport access points to mitigate potential security vulnerabilities. However, last spring the former TSA administrator said that only Atlanta, Miami, and Orlando have thorough worker vetting in place.
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Northwestern Mutual Tower Signage. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.
MILWAUKEE, March 28, 2017 NEWaukee is proud to announce Northwestern Mutual as the title sponsor of its YPWeek Milwaukee 2017, part of the YPWeek Wisconsin initiative taking place April 22 29, 2017. YPWeek Milwaukee, founded in 2012, is a weeklong platform of discovery, adventure and meaningful conversations about the issues that matter to young professionals. YPWeek Wisconsin has continued to reach across the state with the support of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) since 2015, and its participants have collaborated with the agency on a shared communication platform designed to retain, excite and grow the state s talent pool. YPWeek incorporates this platform into its programming, leveraging Think-Make-Happen, as an organizing theme.
In the past six years, NEWaukee has developed the most comprehensive millennial talent pool in the state of Wisconsin, explains Angela Damiani, CEO of NEWaukee. As an industry leader, Northwestern Mutual continues to develop cutting-edge technology to serve their clients. They are investing in the Milwaukee community by fostering an agile workforce armed with high-demand skills. YPWeek serves as a platform to reach out to those professionals as they seek the best talent to join their growing teams. As a title sponsor of the week, Northwestern Mutual will play a key role in YPWeek Milwaukee activities and will be featured at the following programs:
- Quiet to Cutting Edge: How Northwestern Mutual is Milwaukee s beacon of innovation: Monday, April 24, 2017 from 7:30-9 a.m.
Tim Schaefer, executive vice president for client and digital experience, will speak directly to young professionals about how Northwestern Mutual, the one-time quiet company, is now making noise with its digital transformation and culture of innovation.
- The Interview: A Reverse Job Fair: Monday, April 24, 2017 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Karl Gouverneur, vice president and Chief Technology Officer, will be one of several local business leaders pitching job-seekers on the advantages of joining their companies. Afterward, candidates can learn about and interview for open positions.
- The Speaker Crawl: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Sheldon Cuffie, vice president and Chief Information Security Officer, will offer an inspirational talk on his career journey, and lessons he believes others can benefit from. He ll deliver the keynote presentation at this Ted Talk-style event.
At Northwestern Mutual, people are what set us apart, and as we continue to celebrate our 160th year in business we remain dedicated to delivering a client experience that combines cutting edge technology, long-term product value and financial strength, said Jo Eisenhart, Northwestern Mutual, senior vice president of human resources. This partnership with NEWaukee gives us another way to develop top talent in the greater Milwaukee community and make an impact, as we continue to innovate and develop new tech and digital experiences.
In addition to activities happening in Milwaukee, YPWeek Wisconsin 2017 features events occurring in 25 cities across the state: Chequamegon Bay, Door County, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Fox Cities, Green Bay, Hayward, Kenosha, La Crosse, Madison, Manitowoc, Marinette, Marshfield, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Platteville, Portage, Price County, Racine, Sheboygan, Stevens Point, Superior, Waukesha, Wausau and Wisconsin Rapids. For more information about YPWeek Milwaukee presented by Northwestern Mutual, please visit www.ypweek.com/communities/milwaukee. Additional information about YPWeek Wisconsin can be found at www.ypweek.com.
About Northwestern Mutual
Northwestern Mutual has been helping families and businesses achieve financial security for 160 years. Our financial representatives build relationships with clients through a distinctive planning approach that integrates risk management with wealth accumulation, preservation and distribution. With $250.4 billion in assets, $28.2 billion in revenues, and more than $1.6 trillion worth of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual delivers financial security to more than 4.4 million people who rely on us for insurance and investment solutions, including life, disability income and long-term care insurance; annuities; trust services; mutual funds; and investment advisory products and services. Northwestern Mutual ranks 100 on the 2016 FORTUNE 500, and is recognized by FORTUNE as one of the World s Most Admired life insurance companies in 2016. Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI (life and disability insurance, annuities, and life insurance with long-term care benefits) and its subsidiaries. Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a comprehensive approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, annuities, life insurance with long-term care benefits, investment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (NMIS) (securities), broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company (NMWMC) (fiduciary and fee-based financial planning services), federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company (NLTC) (long-term care insurance).
NEWaukee is a social architecture firm that specializes in community-based signature experiences centered on high-profile issues of importance for the city of Milwaukee. NEWaukee also provides consumer, employer brand and talent engagement services to employers looking to attract and retain talent necessary to grow their businesses. Visit www.newaukee.com to learn more.
YPWeek Wisconsin 2017 brings together young leaders in 25 communities, at purposefully chosen locations that integrate the unique cultural assets with meaningful learning or social interaction. The activities engage the millennial workforce in activities and experience that are important to them while educating employers on the important role these functions play in retaining their workforce. Major sponsors of YPWeek Wisconsin 2017 include: Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Aurora Health Care, Northwestern Mutual, Concordia University Wisconsin, Bartolotta Restaurant Group, Wisconsin Media, and WTMJ 620. Visit www.ypweek.com to learn more.
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