IMX gathers 30 ships in Middle East

first_img Share this article Photo: Photo: US Navy The IMX 19 (International Maritime Exercise) that took place in the Middle East recently gathered 30 ships and over 50 nations for two weeks of mine countermeasures evolutions.Spread across a vast area from the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean and Gulf, the exercise will see participants sharing knowledge, equipment and experience to defeat the practice mines scattered in the ocean.Two of the four British minehunters based in the Middle East – HMS Brocklesby and Ledbury – are involved in the exercise, plus a battle staff, specialist dive team and support ship RFA Cardigan Bay.The latter normally acts as a mother ship to the Royal Navy’s minehunters, providing them with fuel, food and ammo to sustain operations for extended periods.Lieutenant Koji Oda’s team of divers from Yokohama in Japan operates much of the same equipment as his British counterparts, such as the REMUS automated sonar scanner; the French Navy have brought hand-held sonars which give divers a real-time scan of the seabed in front of them; and the US Navy have deployed both divers and remote-controlled fast boats towing sonar which can find mines without putting a human being in the danger zone.“This exercise has grown enormously since those held in 2014 and 2016. This has been 18 months in the planning with more nations taking part than before,” says Commander Simon Cox, in charge of the British battle staff aboard Cardigan Bay directing the dive team element of the exercise.“Mines remain a threat. A mine costing relatively little can inflict damage far beyond its cost.”center_img View post tag: MCMlast_img read more

Craft distilleries hoping for permanent tax break before 2021

first_img Craft distilleries hoping for permanent tax break before 2021 Google+ Previous articlePortage man charged after allegedly firing gun near toddlersNext articleBoil order in effect for parts of Cass County Michigan Network Indiana Facebook By Network Indiana – November 15, 2020 0 256 IndianaLocalNews Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp Twitter By Paul Joseph from vancouver, bc, canada (08-mar-31) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons Craft distilleries across Indiana could be in for a tough time next year unless Congress takes action.In 2017, the federal government passed the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, which significantly lowed excise taxes on craft beer, wine, and distilled spirits. But, the law expires on January 1, 2021.That could be a crushing blow to many craft beverage makers in Indiana, especially with the coronavirus pandemic to consider on top of that.“Our entire business model changes with the lockdowns and just the way the pandemic has affected the country,” said David McIntyre, the owner of West Fork Whiskey Company in Indianapolis. “My goal is to never have to furlough or let any employees go, but a 400-percent increase is pretty substantial.”McIntyre told WISH-TV the pandemic has made things tough and they tried to supplement their losses with curbside pick up and new menu options. Still, even with that, it’s not enough to make up completely.“Paying that much in excise tax would cripple many distilleries,” he added. “And then you also see consumers suffer from the consequences of that because the only way to get through it would be to increase the price of all our products to make up for that tax.”McIntyre, along with many other craft beverage makers throughout the U.S., is hoping Congress will renew the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act to make the tax cuts it provides to small distilleries, such as his, permanent. Twitter Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more