View post tag: americas [mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 11, 2014; Image: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrea Perez View post tag: Fleur De Lis Image of the Day: Blue Angels’ Maneuvers View post tag: Blue Angels View post tag: Loop Break Cross Fleur De Lis maneuverHere we bring you images of their Fleur De Lis maneuver and Loop Break Cross maneuver.The Blue Angels are scheduled to perform 68 demonstrations at 34 locations across the U.S. in 2014.The Blue Angels is the United States Navy’s flight demonstration squadron. The Blue Angels team was formed in 1946, making it the second oldest formal flying aerobatic team (under the same name) in the world, after the French Patrouille de France formed in 1931.The Blue Angels’ six demonstration pilots fly the F/A-18 Hornet, typically in more than 70 shows at 34 locations throughout the United States each year, where they still employ many of the same practices and techniques used in their aerial displays in 1946. An estimated 11 million spectators view the squadron during air shows each full year. The Blue Angels also visit more than 50,000 people in a standard show season (March through November) in schools and hospitals.Loop Break Cross maneuverSince 1946, the Blue Angels have flown for more than 260 million spectators.On 1 March 2013 the U.S. Navy announced that due to sequestration actions aerial demonstration team performances including that of the Blue Angels would cease from 1 April 2013. In October 2013, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, stating that “community and public outreach is a crucial Departmental activity”, announced that the Blue Angels (along with the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds) would resume appearing at air shows starting in 2014, although the number of flyovers will continue to be severely reduced. Authorities Share this article During the Selfridge Air National Guard Base Open House and Airshow the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, delta pilots performed various maneuvers in an aerial salute to forward deployed forces. September 11, 2014 View post tag: Image of the Day View post tag: Maneuvers View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Image of the Day: Blue Angels’ Maneuvers
The results of the OUSU elections were announced last night, heralding victory for ‘Martha4OUSU’, the slate led by current St. John’s College third year Martha Mackenzie.Mackenzie, who is studying History and Politics, will take up the position of OUSU President next year. She received 1483 votes, while her opponent Tom Scott, a third year PPE student from New College, received 1246.Hannah Cusworth and Seb Baird, the other two students running for sabbatical positions on the ‘Martha4OUSU’ slate, were also both elected. Cusworth will be Vice President for Access and Academic Affairs in the academic year 2011-2012, and Baird wll be Vice President for Welfare and Equal Opportunities.The two other sabbatical positions were won by Yuan Yang, who will be the Vice President for Women, and Daniel Stone, who will be the Vice President for Charities and Community. Total turnout for the elections was 14 per cent of the student population of Oxford. This is two per cent less than last year.The ‘Martha4OUSU’ campaign slogan was “Listening, Leading, Delivering.” Among their proposed policies are to establish official minimum standards of academic provision accross colleges, and to set up a career development fund. The OUSU presidential and vice-presidential jobs are full-time , paid positions. This year the salary for all five is estimated at £19,946 including National Insurance contributions, or £17,519 without.Reactions to the results were mixed last night. Kat Shields, a second year student at St. Catherine’s College who worked as an agent for Martha Mackenzie’s slate said, “I’m so ecstatic about how we got on. We got all our slate elected.”However Nathan Jones, who ran to be NUS Delegate as part of Tom Scott’s slate, ‘Team TED’. said, “This was an exciting campaign, and it was a privilege for me to work with such a talented and committed group of individuals. “That their skills will not be used next year is a loss for our Student Union and for the students of Oxford. While we are naturally disappointed with the result, we congratulate Martha on a well-fought campaign. “A disappointingly low turnout is indicative of the size of the work ahead in making OUSU more relevant and we know Martha will work tirelessly in seeking to do so.”Mackenzie received considerable support from the Oxford University Labour Club (see box, left). Ben Lyons, a former OULC Co-Chair, said, “She will be a fantastic representative and a dedicated campaigner.“It was exciting to be challengedby such strong opponents. They had many good ideas and campaigned honestly.”
Cherwell has found that contributions from public and private donors within the EU, which represented 12% of Oxford’s aggregate income from research grants last year and are maintained through close institutional co-operation, may be impacted by Brexit post-2020, depending on the outcome of negotiations. Research donations and contracts are Oxford’s single largest source of income, representing 42% of the university’s consolidated income in 2014-15.The exact figure of EU research funding to Oxford has been disputed; Times Higher Education claim a fifth of Oxford’s research funding comes from the EU, whilst Digital Science claims the figure is up to a quarter. However, according to Oxford University financial statements, in the 2015 academic year, out of the £522.9 million the university received in research grants £60.4 million came from the European Commission and other EU government bodies, and £8.5 million came from other EU grantors, meaning 13.1% of funding came from EU sources.The News and Information office for Oxford University’s Research Services’ European Team told Cherwell, “Oxford received more than £66 million in EU research funding last year – some 12 per cent of overall research income. While we have a strong stream of competitively-won awards from many other sources, including industry, charities and the UK Government, we cannot overlook or underestimate the importance of access to ERC grants. That’s why the University will argue strongly in the coming months to keep this access, including the right for Oxford academics to lead on collaborative projects with European partners.”Institutionally, Oxford University and the EU share a close relationship. Horizon 2020 work programmes in Oxford include Excellent Science, which provides funding opportunities for scientific research through the European Research Counciland the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions; Industrial Leadership, which promotes industrial innovation including industrial work programmes Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies and Access to Risk Finance, helping research companies gain easier access to loans; and Societal Challenges, which funds collaborative research in the social sciences to address problems such as demographic change, security and climate action.Besides these three main pillars of EU funded research, other EU-funded programmes include the Joint Research Commission, the European Commission’s in-house science research service, and nuclear energy research and innovation projects in Oxford funded by Euratom.In the immediate future, it appears little will change. Horizon 2020, at least, will continue for another 3 years, after which the University may have to look for other funding sources, depending on the Brexit deal reached. In a statement on Gov.uk the government assured, “the referendum result has no immediate effect on those applying to or participating in Horizon 2020. UK researchers and businesses can continue to apply to the programme in the usual way. The future of UK access to European research and innovation funding will be a matter for future discussions. Government is determined to ensure that the UK continues to play a leading role in European and international research and innovation.”The Research Services’ European Team is currently preparing FAQs that will appear on the University of Oxford webpages as well as the Europe Gateway
Silicon Valley has acquired Thames Valley, it would seem, after a series of mysterious street signs were spotted across Oxford today.A sign for “Snapchat End” has been affixed to the walls of Christ Church opposite the Bear Inn pub on the corner of Blue Boar Street and Alfred Street.A sign for “Google Walk”A sign for “Emoji Alley” was erected in Pembroke Square.“Google Walk”, “Facebook Row”, and “Lol Alley” have also appeared around the city, while “Hashtag Walk” and “WTF Lane” were christened slightly further from the centre.The signs are suspected to be the work of anonymous artist A34.A34 tweeted the images below this afternoon:So my signs are out there. Many of them. Here are a few. #socialmediagig #oxfordstreetsigns pic.twitter.com/0JKDL9LHmq— @Athirty4 (@Athirty4) May 8, 2018A34 previously claimed credit for a series of signs for locations including Narnia, Gotham City, and Neverland, affixed to road signs in Didcot last month.Oxford City Council have been contacted for comment.
Teamsters Local 135 voted late Thursday to ratify a new three-year contract for its Vectren Energy Delivery (Vectren) employee-members. Local 135 represents Vectren’s natural gas employees in the Vincennes, Washington and Princeton areas in southwestern Indiana.The early settlement comes months prior to the expiration of the existing contract in late September. Management and union representatives began discussions on the new contract in late April.“A successful negotiation process and early mutual agreement are good news for our employees and their families,” said Vectren’s Senior Vice President of Utility Operations and President of VUHI, Jon Luttrell. “This contract ensures our skilled, dedicated workforce will continue providing safe, reliable natural gas to our customers in southwestern Indiana.” FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Dear Friends:At next week’s council meeting I will be asking City Council to authorize my appointment of Michael Allegretto Jr. as the new Director of Community Services. Michael and his family have been very active in the community for a long time, he is very familiar with our events and recreation programs, active with the Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Merchants and Boardwalk Merchants, and brings valuable expertise to Community Services from his time as a councilman and school board member.Michael will resign from his council position when appointed. I look forward to having Michael join the team as the new director and I expect him to hit the ground running.We have received a schedule from the contractor for the track replacement project. The contractor was onsite working this week, and plans to fix the drainage area the week after Labor Day. Weather permitting we are hopeful the entire project is done mid to late October.On the south end beach replenishment project, 56th and 57th Street beaches are closed for pumping as of today. The area of closed beach will continue to move south throughout the weekend. Dune crossover work will continue after Labor Day.A reminder our annual September 11th remembrance event will be held Friday September 11 at 7:00 PM at the 5th and Asbury Fire Station. This is an important event that is always well attended and I hope to see you all there.I hope everyone had a great summer and enjoys Labor Day weekend. The City offers many great events and performances through September and October and I hope you continue to support our business through the fall. Please visit www.oceancityvacation.com for the latest information.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayor Work on the track at Carey Stadium adjacent to Ocean City High School has seen little progress since June.The following is Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian’s weekly update to citizens posted on Friday, Sept. 4.
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County officials have announced 15 new cases of COVID-19 in Chautauqua County, with more than half related to a local business.The number of cases were reported throughout the weekend. They include a male and female young adult, a male and female in their 20s, two males and three females in their 30s, a male and two females in their 40s, a male and female in their 50s, and a male in his 70s.Officials said during a press conference Monday that there are 31 active cases, with 21 of the active cases are related to Fieldbrook Farms in Dunkirk.Fieldbrook says four percent of employees at the Dunkirk plant have tested positive, a total of 30. Twenty-four of those cases were workers and six were identified close contacts of the workers. Schuyler says that they performed a comprehensive contract tracing investigation at Fieldbrook.Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel says the contract tracers here locally have been “phenomenal” during the pandemic.Chautauqua County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler says she has the ability to file cease and desist orders for businesses and citizens who are violating the various executive orders issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo.Schuyler says, on August 16, her department became aware of the first positive case at Fieldbrook Farms. Her department continued to “increase its response” throughout the process, but Schuyler says the origin of the infection at the business isn’t known.She says “it’s safe to say” they’ll see more cases, she’s just not sure how many.Schuyler adds that the department will be hosting a clinic to provide testing for employees.
By Bodie V. PennisiUniversity of GeorgiaPoinsettias embody the holiday spirit and help create the mostfestive displays. The challenge is deciding how many poinsettiasto buy — what color, leaf shape, plant size and form. There areso many.These holiday classics offer traditional red, strong white,creamy white, light pink, solid pink, bright orange-red, deeppurple-red and various marbled or speckled flowers.They come in sizes from 4-inch pots for table displays to18-inch hanging baskets, living wreaths, topiaries and 3-gallonfloor planters.Poinsettias are versatile. Besides using them simply as pottedplants, you can use stems as cut flowers in arrangements. Just besure to keep cut stems in water. Some cultivars can last up totwo weeks as cut flowers.Despite persistent rumors to the contrary, poinsettias arenonpoisonous and safe around children and pets.Buying the best plants is easy if you follow these tips:Think Georgia-grown. This year’sGeorgia crop promises to be phenomenal. Locally grown plants maycost more, but they keep better. They’re usually sold to floristshops and garden centers.Look for fully colored andexpanded bracts (the colored portions of the plant — the actualflowers are the yellow centers). Avoid plants with too much greenaround the bract edges. This is a sign that the plant was shippedbefore it was mature enough.Choose plants with dense, richgreen leaves all along the stem. Poinsettias should bewell-branched and proportioned with the container, about two anda half times the height of the pot.Check the leaves for possible”hitchhikers.” One common pest on poinsettias is the silverleafwhitefly. These tiny flies live on the underside of the leaves,sucking the juices. This is the giveaway: when the insectsexcrete the plant’s juices, they drop a “honeydew” on the leavesbelow. Don’t buy plants with sticky leaves with dots on theundersides.Examine the roots. White and lighttan roots that have grown to the sides of the pot are signs of ahealthy plant. Brown roots, or few roots, may be a sign ofdisease.Don’t buy plants with weak stems,few bracts or any signs of wilting, breaking or drooping.Poinsettias are often crowded in stores, sometimes in paper,plastic or mesh sleeves. But they need their space. The longerthey remain sleeved, the faster their quality deteriorates.When you buy your poinsettias andtake them home, protect them from chilling winds and temperaturesbelow 50 degrees. You may need to place it into a sleeve or alarge shopping bag.Once they’re home, placepoinsettias wherever your decoration plan calls for them. They’lllast about three weeks in fairly dark places. Don’t put them nearcold drafts or excessive heat or near appliances, fireplaces orventilating ducts.Water poinsettias only when thesoil feels dry to the touch. Don’t let them wilt, though, or theleaves could drop. Overwatering is a common cause for poinsettiasdying. Always remove a plant from any decorative container beforewatering, and let the water drain completely.Don’t fertilize them during theblooming season. This will cause them to lose some of theirquality.After the holidays are over, movepoinsettias to a bright spot in either south, east or westwindows. Eventually, the bracts will start to fall off. By earlyApril, cut the plant back, leaving four to six nodes or segmentsin the stem. At this point, you can grow poinsettias outdoors infull sun. Fertilize them weekly with a balanced, all-purposefertilizer at the same rate you give to houseplants.Trim poinsettias in June, andplant them in 1-gallon pots or large, indoor planters. Trim backnew growth again around July 1 and again by mid-August. Continueto fertilize them throughout spring and summer, applyingnutrition once every two to three weeks as fall nears. Grown withadequate water and nutrition, poinsettias can grow as high as 4feet.(Bodie Pennisi is a horticulturist specializing in greenhouseflowers with the University of Georgia College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences.)
By Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo August 11, 2017 Es necesario que nuestras Fuerzas Armadas de Mexico promueven los principios humanitarios pues tendran mejores tÃ©cnicas y procedimientos de uso de la fuerza y derechos humanos en tareas de seguridad pÃºblica, mil felicitaciones a los soldados. Una buena manera de hacer amistad y relaciones exteriores a nivel Fuerzas Armadas felicidadez en jeneral al ejercito mexicano., siempre preocupados y ocupador por brindar lo mejor de ellos. Las Fuerzas Armadas son un gran ejemplo para la ciudadanÃa, asÃ que hay que promover la humanitarios para lograr la confianza de las personas y que mejor que poniendo el ejemplo ante las demÃ¡s instituciones. Within the framework of a cooperation agreement between El Salvador, the Mexican Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA, per its Spanish acronym), and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Salvadoran Ministry of National Defense (MDN, per its Spanish acronym) trained Mexican Army personnel through its “Instructor Training on the Use of Force and Humanitarian Principles” program. During the event, Salvadoran Army Captain Bielman Aníbal Magaña provided guidance to 30 Mexican troops on the best techniques and procedures on the use of force and human rights in public security work. The course was held June 23rd-30th at SEDENA’s Military Camp No. 1-A in Mexico City. “Through this collaboration, ICRC recognizes the efforts of FAES [Armed Force of El Salvador, per its Spanish acronym] in terms of human rights. It is a compliment to have supported a partner like Mexico,” Salvadoran Army Lieutenant Colonel Luis Orlando Pérez, the head of the Human Rights Department of the Ministry of National Defense (MDN, per its Spanish acronym), told Diálogo. “This confirms that we are on the right path to compliance with international instruments.” The training course is one of the activities conducted by ICRC in conjunction with the security and armed forces of the Central American region. At the same time, partner nations in the region have developed training and integrated international standards on the use of force over the past three years. During the course, Mexican military members bolstered their basic theoretical and practical knowledge on the use of force and firearms, force and violence, resistance and aggression, and using non-lethal weapons and technology to safeguard the most precious legal right there is — life. “We should always have a way to be able to control the aggressor with the means and techniques we have been taught,” Lt. Col. Pérez said. “These types of actions help in criminal control and pacification in the region,” José Misael Rivas Soriano, a security analyst and dean of the Legal and Social Sciences Department of the New San Salvador University, told Diálogo. “Knowledge of humanitarian standards and academic conceptualization are key aspects to allowing the armed forces to properly fulfill their assignments.” Preventing violations At the start of the course, Lt. Col. Pérez led a conference on the importance of human rights training and the role of the armed forces in public security. Mexican chiefs and officers strengthened their knowledge on the challenges facing FAES in terms of human rights, doctrine, training, lessons learned, and best practices. Attendees participated in a series of analyses to improve the training and application of international standards of humanitarian law and the use of force, a commitment that comprises the Geneva Conventions, which Mexico and El Salvador are parties to. “Any public servant responsible for ensuring compliance with the law needs to understand and be trained on the application of, and compliance with human rights and the use of force, as well as the use of firearms to avoid infringements during the different activities they carry out,” Lt. Col. Pérez emphasized. “This is the first time that the Human Rights Department of MND is participating on this issue with SEDENA,” he added. In 1993, the military authority also outlined an institution-based role for FAES in support of public security. According to Lt. Col. Pérez, support was strengthened in 2009 due to the social problems facing El Salvador, such as drug, human, and weapons trafficking, contraband, border issues, maras, and gangs, which are considered terrorists by the Salvadoran government since August 2015. “All the procedures carried out by FAES, such as joint preventive patrols, anti-crime work, and support at border crossings is done in coordination with the police,” Lt. Col. Pérez said. The Salvadoran government says that FAES support is important for reducing homicide. Cooperation to speak the same language El Salvador’s Ministry of Defense is not only a member of ICRC, but it also participates in other forums. At the end of August, the institution will participate in the twentieth anniversary of the U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Human Rights Initiative, in Miami, Florida. “The cooperative relationship among SOUTHCOM and the armed forces of El Salvador and Mexico is excellent. Thanks to that, we can have these kinds of important activities,” Lt. Col. Pérez said. “We know that the threats in Latin America, mainly in the Northern Triangle countries and Mexico, are similar. It is necessary to maintain closer ties so that at any given moment we are speaking the same language in terms of human rights.” “The famous Northern Triangle is specifically where drug trafficking and transnational organized crime organizations develop their main strategy on how they will harm society in general,” added Rivas. “They are the dregs of society and have attached themselves as if they were part of the fabric of each country,” he concluded.
By Taciana Moury / Diálogo January 17, 2020 The technology safeguards agreement allows for the launch of rockets and satellites that use U.S. technology out of the Brazilian base.Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signed a technology safeguards agreement (TSA) with the United States, during a visit to U.S. President Donald Trump in March 2019. On November 20, the Brazilian House of Representatives and the Senate ratified the agreement, which allows for the commercial use of the Alcântara Launch Center (CLA, in Portuguese).The TSA represents a commitment between countries to guarantee the protection of their technologies and patents against unauthorized use or copy. This commitment is customary among countries that operate space launch centers.According to Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese) General Carlos de Almeida Baptista Júnior, Chief of Joint Operations of the Ministry of Defense (MD, in Portuguese), TSA is the required step to get U.S. approval for the launch out of CLA of rockets and satellites from Brazil and other countries that use or transport U.S. equipment or systems.“Considering that the majority of rocket launchers and satellites have systems or components from the United States, the importance of the TSA is clear to enable commercial operations at CLA,” said Gen. Baptista Júnior. TSA doesn’t grant permission to launch missiles or weapons, it only handles matters of peaceful purposes.The technology safeguards agreement will boosts Brazil’s entry into the global space industry. (Photo: FAB Technical Sergeant Johnson Barros)The Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations, and Communications (MCTIC, in Portuguese) issued a press release to highlight the commercial benefits of Brazil’s inclusion in the global space industry. “The sector has been continuously growing and it will increase from the current $350 billion a year to reach $1 trillion a year by 2040. Brazil can join this market, even with the conservative business goal of occupying 1 percent of the global space volume ($10 billion a year, from 2040),” said MCTIC.According to MCTIC, the commercial use of CLA will benefit surrounding areas and the local population through the immediate boost in social and economic development. “This is an important step for the development of the Brazilian Space Program, in the Alcântara region and in Brazil, attracting more investments, the development of a high added value supply chain, the promotion of economic activities to support launching services, the boost of the service sector, including tourism, and the increase of taxes collected in that region of the country.”OperationalizationGen. Baptista Júnior said that the commercial launches that took place at the center, with the participation of foreign governments or companies, won’t impact operations at CLA by FAB, which controls the center. “The TSA doesn’t imply the permanent use of CLA by the U.S. government. What will happen is that foreign companies will coordinate the use of some areas of the center to conduct activities in preparation for launches,” he said.MD’s chief of Joint Operations said that the commercial use of CLA doesn’t affect Brazil’s strategic safety. “The presence of foreign experts at CLA will take place only during short periods, limited to launching campaigns. In addition, they will follow safety procedures as prescribed by the TSA and the national regulations for the entry of foreign experts in Brazilian military organizations.”The next steps following the enactment of the TSA will be to finalize the bill for space activities and to define the business model for future commercial agreements with companies interested in conducting space activities out of Alcântara.