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In fact, several annual training requirements have been consolidated or eliminated to “enable commanders to focus on events that generate warfighting readiness,” according to an administrative message published Thursday, which announced the changes. “Fleet Marine Force (FMF) commanders consistently ask for more time to train to core warfighting tasks (Mission Essential Tasks),” Marine spokesman Capt. Sam Stephenson told Marine Corps Times in a Tuesday email. “This has been a consistent theme from the FMF, formally expressed in Defense Readiness Reporting System reports, and consistently discussed at TECOM subordinate command and Headquarters Marine Corps forums.” The service is aiming to promote education, training, and continued learning among Marines so they become students of their profession. The new MARADMIN will require units to conduct chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear, or CBRN, training every fiscal year, more frequently than every other year ― as it was in the past. It also consolidates the once individual training requirements on hazing/bullying, sexual harassment and equal opportunity into one prohibited activities and conduct training event. Tobacco cessation training, along with training on social media conduct, combating trafficking, and violence prevention awareness all have been eliminated from the annual training requirement, according to the MARADMIN. To make the decision on which training events to cut and which to consolidate the Marine Corps split annual training into core and non-core requirements. Get the Marine Corps Times Daily News Roundup Don't miss the top Marine Corps stories, delivered each afternoon Sign up for the Marine Corps Times Daily News Roundup to receive the top Marine Corps stories every afternoon. By giving us your email, you are opting in to the Marine Corps Times Daily News Roundup.

https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/marine-corps-times/2020/11/25/marine-corps-reduces-annual-training-by-cutting-these-requirements/ [Water Consumption]

The trend could bring with it all the attendant challenges of rapid urbanization in the modern era, from overcrowding and traffic congestion, to pollution and increased crime. With global smart cities investment expected to hit $1 trillion per year after 2025, UOB cites research from McKinsey that expresses the benefits of smart city investment more granularly: a reduction in commuting times of 15-20 percent, a decline in cost of living expenses of 1-3 percent, a drop in greenhouse gas emissions of 10-15 percent, and a decrease in water consumption of 10-15 percent. These figures do not include presumptive benefits from decreased crime (which may include more controversial initiatives such as predictive policing related site and increased surveillance), or productivity and quality-of-life gains from more efficient dealings with health care and government entities. UOB’s key focus areas under the Smart City financing initiative would meet selected UN Sustainable Development Goals : increased adoption of renewable energy, green building construction, energy efficiency, green transportation, water management, waste management, climate change adaptation. UOB’s framework is supported through the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Green and Sustainability-Linked Loan Grant Scheme, which establishes criteria for corporate and institutional clients wishing to access sustainable banking products . This framework requires businesses to demonstrate how their activities promote a better quality of life for residents through the aforementioned UNSDG-aligned focus areas. The UOB Smart City Sustainable Finance Framework is an expansion of the UOB Green Infrastructure Financing Framework, which the Bank launched in 2019 to provide sustainable financing to companies in the infrastructure sector. The Bank also has the UOB Real Estate Sustainable Finance Framework that guides financing for clients in support of sustainable buildings . Frederick Chin, UOB’s Head of Group Wholesale Banking and Markets, UOB, said, “The United Nations estimates that US$2.5 trillion is required annually for developing countries to bridge the financing gap in achieving the SDGs by 2030. Financial institutions can and must play a part, together with governments and businesses, to help channel more funds to sustainable development. Such efforts will go a long way in making the cities of Asia more sustainable and liveable.

https://investableuniverse.com/2020/11/26/top-asia-bank-uob-announces-sustainable-smart-city-financing/