USCG Takes Delivery of Cutter Richard Dixon

first_img View post tag: Bollinger Shipyards Authorities USCG Takes Delivery of Cutter Richard Dixon View post tag: News by topic United States Coast Guard received its 13th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) Richard Dixon from Bollinger Shipyards LLC.The vessel will be a part of the 7th Coast Guard District in Puerto Rico.Richard Dixon, a 154 foot patrol craft, is a part of the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class FRC program. It has a flank speed of 28 knots, state of the art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessels 26 foot cutter boat.The vessel was delivered on April 14, 2015 in Key West, Florida, and is scheduled to commission in Tampa, FL during June, 2015.[mappress mapid=”15669″]Image: Bollinger Shipyards View post tag: Naval April 15, 2015 View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USCG Takes Delivery of Cutter Richard Dixon Share this article View post tag: Richard Dixon View post tag: USCG View post tag: americaslast_img read more

Perfume range denied by Uni

first_imgAn Oxford University spokesperson has quashed rumours that the University is planning to launch a perfume and aftershave range.The denial was prompted after national papers reported that perfume bottles featuring the University coat of arms were soon to be on sale. It was claimed that the University was seeking new ways to exploit the Oxford brand. A University spokesman confirmed that the idea had appeared on a ‘mood board’ produced by Oxford Limited, which works to promote the University’s name, but stated “The University of Oxford has absolutely no plans to produce a perfume.”“All products created by Oxford Limited are designed to be relevant to the history and accomplishments of the University of Oxford… We do not feel that a product such as perfume would be relevant.”last_img read more

Lodge strip club reopens pending hearing

first_imgThe Lodge strip club, which was closed two weeks ago when the Council refused to renew its licence, was reopened on Wednesday after the High Court stayed the decision pending a full hearing.Following campaigns to have the club closed at its city centre location in April 2011, the Lodge relocated last October to its current location by the Ice Rink on Oxpens Road. However, when the club owners sought a renewal of the club’s stripping licence, they were denied this by the council on the basis of local complaints.After receiving a reported 23 letters from local residents opposing the renewal of the club’s licence, the Council announced its decision to deny it, with Sub-Licensing Committee Chairman Van Coulter alleging, “We have evidence that the existence of the club has created a hostile atmosphere, and we decided to give weight to that.”At the time, Al Thompson, the manager of The Lodge argued that the accusations were “hearsay” and stated the club would appeal the Council’s decision. Following their appeal to the High Court, the decision by the Council has been stayed and the club allowed to temporarily reopen. Oxford City Council released a statement, saying, “We have been notified that the High Court, on the application of the owners of The Lodge, has granted a stay of the City Council Licensing Committee’s decision not to renew the sexual entertainment venue licence. This will allow them to carry on providing sexual entertainment until their judicial challenge to the decision not to renew their licence is resolved. Unapologetic about their prior decision, the Council claimed the ruling was “a disappointing development which runs counter to the evidence presented to the Licensing Committee on concerns generated by the presence of The Lodge.”They continued, “The committee’s decision not to renew the licence for these premises for sexual entertainment was taken in good faith on the balance of evidence presented to it, and the Council will continue to monitor the operation of these premises during the period of the ‘stay’ to ensure that the limited controls provided by licence conditions are adhered to.” Club manager Al Thompson told Cherwell, “We are very very pleased that the decision of Oxford City Council to refuse our application to renew our SEV license at The Lodge Gentleman’s Club Oxpens Road has been stayed by the High Court pending the full hearing.“The Court have noted the good history we have operating in Oxford and the potential strength of our case. Myself, staff and the management team are both relieved and delighted to back at work.”Not all are pleased with the latest developments, however, with one female student, who wished to remain anonymous, telling Cherwell, “The issue was not so much the club itself as its customers. When coming home from midnight ice hockey on a Wednesday evening we’ve had to call an ambulance for one man who was passed out on the road and subsequently wet himself.“Another time I walked past a pair of men about to get into a taxi. One of them tried to grab me and although luckily his friend held him back, as I walked away I could hear the friend convincing the first man that he couldn’t ‘have’ me, even though ‘he could have if he had wanted to’.”However, one employee of the club, who said she was a graduate student working there to fund her education, defended it. She claimed the area outside Lodge was “relatively safer than the road outside Park End or another big club.” She also added that the Lodge was a “pretty good employer”, where all the girls were selfemployed and able to earn a decent commission for their night’s work.Netiya Shiner, a commenter in the Facebook group ‘Misogyny Overheard at Oxford Uni’  voiced the belief, “I don’t think it’s my place, as a feminist, to tell other women what is and what is not an “acceptable” profession. That said, no one should have to put up with harassment for any reason, let alone their career choice, and to ignore the issues many face in the sex industry is to reinforce patriarchal values like the objectification of human beings.”Benedict Hardy, added, “It seems to me that working in the sex industry should be ‘just another job’. Clearly it isn’t, because exploitation is still rife in all sectors of the sex industry, but that doesn’t mean that the problem lies in sex work itself. There are (shock horror) women who happily work in the sex industry, of their own free will, and for fair pay.’last_img read more

CHEERLEADERS (Midtown)

first_img× CHEERLEADERS — The Midtown Community School cheerleaders showed their school spirit as they cheered for the boys basketball team in their first playoff game this season.last_img

Rodrigo y Gabriela Announce Summer Tour Dates

first_imgMexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela will return to the United States and Canada for a series of tour dates in August and September. The pair, who are known for their propulsive—and occasionally percussive—take on the classical guitar, will play a whopping 12 shows in California as well as numerous additional shows along the Pacific Coast.Rodrigo y Gabriela’s tour will kick off with a two-night stand at Strummer’s in Fresno before the group makes its way to Los Angeles for back-to-back shows at the Hollywood Bowl. Next up will be a run of dates in Colorado, including a stop at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, which will be followed by more stops in Nevada, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Wyoming, and Montana. The pair will hit up a couple of festivals during their outing, with sets at Steamboat Springs, CO’s Strings Music Festival (August 22nd); Vancouver, BC’s Skookum Festival (September 8); and Sonoma, CA’s Harvest Music Festival (August 23).Rodrigo y Gabriela last put out an album in 2014. Dubbed 9 Dead Alive, the record was a collection of songs celebrating the lives of nine influential (and deceased) people such as famed Spanish classical guitarist and luthier Antonio de Torres Jurado, novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky, abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman, and medieval Queen of France Eleanor of Aquitaine.Tickets for the Rodrigo y Gabriela’s North American tour will go on sale this Friday, May 18th.Rodrigo y Gabriela Tour Dates:August 12 – Strummer’s — Fresno, CAAugust 13 – Strummer’s — Fresno, CAAugust 14 – Fremont Theater —San Luis Obispo, CAAugust 17 – Hollywood Bowl — Los Angeles, CAAugust 18 – Hollywood Bowl — Los Angeles, CAAugust 20 – Belly Up — Aspen, COAugust 21 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre — Morrison, COAugust 22 – Strings Music Festival – Steamboat Springs, COAugust 24 – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas —Las Vegas, NVAugust 25 – Rialto Theatre — Tucson, AZAugust 26 – Ikeda Theatre, Mesa Arts Center — Mesa, AZAugust 28 – Belly Up — Solana Beach, CAAugust 29 – Belly Up — Solana Beach, CAAugust 31 – Mountain Winery — Saratoga, CASeptember 1 – UC Theatre — Berkeley, CASeptember 4 – Van Duzer Theatre — Arcata, CASeptember 5 – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall —Portland, ORSeptember 7 – Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery — Woodinville, WASeptember 8 – Skookum Festival —Vancouver, BCSeptember 12 – Britt Pavilion — Jacksonville, ORSeptember 14 – Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox — Spokane, WASeptember 16 – Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre — Salt Lake City, UTSeptember 18 – Jackson Hole Center for the Arts (Center Theater) — Jackson, WYSeptember 19 – The Wilma Theatre — Missoula, MTSeptember 21 – Crest Theatre — Sacramento, CASeptember 22 – Grand Sierra Resort & Casino — Reno, NVSeptember 23 – Harvest Music Festival — Sonoma, CAView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

NSF renews funding for nuclear physics program

first_imgLast week, the National Science Foundation (NSF) renewed funding for the Notre Dame-led Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA).“Over the last decade, JINA has pushed the frontiers of physics by fostering collaborations between researchers who normally would not have interacted with one another,” Michael Wiescher, principal investigator and Notre Dame’s Frank M. Freimann Professor of nuclear physics, said. “There is also a strong educational component for both young researchers as well as K-12 and general public outreach.”According to a University press release, JINA is dedicated to the research of broad-range nuclear processes in the universe and their effect on the lifetime and creation of stars.“One goal of JINA is to answer the longstanding question of where the heaviest elements — like platinum and uranium — found on Earth were originally produced. Since we don’t know where in the galaxy these elements are made, we use our models to test possible astrophysical sites, like supernovae,” Rebecca Surman, researcher and associate professor of nuclear theory and astrophysics at Notre Dame, said.Notre Dame has collaborated with Michigan State University, Arizona State University and the University of Washington, all core institutions in the research, according to a University press release.“It really brings together scientists from diverse areas of physics, such as nuclear experiments, astronomical observations, astrophysical modeling and nuclear theory to solve multidisciplinary problems in nuclear astrophysics,” Surman said.The institute is broad in its research, and according to Surman, this represents only a small amount of the work JINA does, as all the research builds on itself.“As part of JINA, I make recommendations as to which of these unstable nuclei have properties that most strongly influence the models and thus should be the targets of the next generation of nuclear physics experiments led by JINA nuclear physicists,” Surman said. “I work to understand its impact on astrophysical predictions. The predictions can be compared to observations made by JINA astronomers.”While the nuclear astrophysics can appear complicated, graduate student and researcher Tyler Anderson simplified the question JINA asks to the following: “Where do all the elements come from?”“We know that elements up to iron are created in stars through nuclear fusion, but we can nail down the specifics of those processes by recreating the relevant nuclear reactions in the lab,” Anderson said. “Most experiments boil down to smashing a nucleus into a stationary one and watching what comes out. Depending on what we see, such as gamma rays or x-rays, which are just different energies of light, or other ejected nuclei, we can piece together what happened in the reaction.”Tags: JINA, NSF, nuclear physicslast_img read more

The New Matilda Cast Gets the Squigs Treatment

first_imgAbout the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Matilda Related Shows View Commentscenter_img Squigs has gone a little bit naughty! The Broadway company of Matilda welcomed a host of new names not too long ago, including Allison Case as Miss Honey, Natalie Venetia Belcon as Mrs. Phelps and Rick Holmes and Amy Spanger as Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood, respectively. Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson caught a recent performance, and commemorated the new cast members—along with Chris Sieber as the terrifying Miss Trunchbull—with this portrait. Take a look above, then check them (and a host of extraordinarily talented maggots) out at the Shubert Theatre! Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017last_img read more

EDF teams up with Octo Energy to develop solar-plus-storage projects in U.K.

first_imgEDF teams up with Octo Energy to develop solar-plus-storage projects in U.K. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:French utility EDF is launching a major solar-plus-battery storage hybrid initiative in England and Wales as part of plans to double its installed renewable base.However EDF will not be alone, with an ex-state owned green investment fund having also unveiled plans to bring forward at least 1GW of subsidy-free solar farms in the UK, the majority of which are to be developed using trackers and bifacial panels.EDF Renewables’ UK division announced today that it has enlisted the help of Welsh developer Octo Energy to identify and deliver 200MW worth of co-located solar-plus-storage projects throughout England and Wales.Mark Vyvyan-Robinson, director of solar and onshore wind development at EDF Renewables, said the utility was “regularly looking at innovative ways to invest in solar” while expanding its existing portfolio of sites in the UK, which stands at around 1GW, the firm said. “These projects will enable us to contribute to the UK’s green economic recovery from COVID-19 and help the country reach its net zero targets,” he said.The wider EDF Group has the established aim of operating a 50GW renewables portfolio by 2030 alongside another target of becoming Europe’s market leader in energy storage with an additional 10GW of storage by 2035.Meanwhile, there were also further positive signs for a continued rebound in the UK’s solar market as Green Investment Group (GIG) – the Macquarie-owned investment fund formerly of the UK government – unveiled plans to develop 1GW of subsidy-free solar projects and additional battery storage facilities.[Liam Stoker]More: EDF launches major UK solar-plus-storage hybrid huntlast_img read more

NYCLU: 12 Long Island School Districts ‘Unlawfully Barring’ Immigrant Students

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A dozen Long Island school districts may be “unlawfully barring the enrollment of immigrant students,” according to a statewide survey conducted by the New York Civil Liberties Union.In all, approximately 20-percent of school districts in state have been identified by the group as putting up what it called illegal barriers to unaccompanied or undocumented students, possibly creating a chilling effect on such students and attempting to register. The advocacy group also chided the New York State Education Department for failing to enforce its own guidelines, but the agency fired back at the nonprofit advocacy group.“The New York Civil Liberties Union has never identified a single student who has been denied enrollment based on immigration status,” New York State Education Department spokesman Dennis Tompkins said in a statement. “When the Department received a report regarding Hempstead, we acted swiftly to ensure the students were enrolled. If NYCLU is aware of a case, they should inform us immediately.”The NYCLU said it conducted the survey of 139 districts across the state after allegations that Hempstead Union Free School District declined enrollment to nearly three-dozen immigrant students. The district reportedly cited already-overcrowded classrooms as its reason for turning away immigrant youth. After advocacy groups publicly condemned the district, school officials set up a so-called “transfer school” in the village for children who were initially turned away.Tompkins noted that after the NYCLU surveyed districts in 2010, the state department of education issued “comprehensive guidance” to each district in the state making them aware of the law with regard to immigrant students. The agency has not received any complaints about enrollment discrimination since, Tompkins said.The Nassau County districts identified by the NYCLU in its latest were: East Meadow Union Free School District, Great Neck Union Free School District, Island Trees Union Free School District, Plainedge Union Free School District and Valley Stream 13 Union Free School District.The Suffolk County districts identified in the report were: Amagansett Union Free School District, Amityville Union Free School District, Bay Shore Union Free School District, Deer Park Union Free School District, Eastport-South Manor Central School District, Mattituck-Cutchogue Union Free School District and Three Village Central School District.Bay Shore said in a statement that it follows state and federal regulations for students identified as unaccompanied or homeless.Valley Stream 13 “is well aware of the difficulties faced by immigrant children, particularly unaccompanied minors,” superintendent Dr. Adrienne Robb-Fund said in a statement through a spokeswoman. “We will continue our practice of following federal law regarding school admissions.”She said the district has never denied admission to children unable to produce a birth certificate or other proof of birth.The U.S. Supreme Court guaranteed undocumented children the right to a free public education in its 1982 ruling in Plyler v. DOE. The NYCLU alleged that districts break the law when they inquire about immigration status, birth certificates or proof of a child’s age.According to the NYCLU’s survey, 12 LI districts requested a birth certificate, and three require either a social security card or number. Half of the districts surveyed don’t ask for a child’s immigration status. Information for the remaining half wasn’t available, according to the group.Last week, the attorney general’s office, state education department and board of regents announced a joint compliance review regarding school district polices for unaccompanied minors and undocumented students.last_img read more

3 ways to schedule recovery time for credit union leaders

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neen James Think force of nature. Boundless energy. Timely topics. Laugh out loud fun. Eye opening ideas. Take-aways that ACTUALLY create positive change.  Sound like what YOU’RE looking for? Then Motivational … Web: www.neenjames.com Details Montreal is one of my favorite cities, the art, architecture, friendly people, delicious food, and a great approach to life; Canadians and Aussies are similar in their sense of humor and ability to balance work and play.I recently spent a week in this magnificent city to attend Formula One, wander Old Montreal and enjoy incredible art galleries and eat at way too many delicious restaurants (no calories as I was on vacation… right)?To constantly perform at a high level requires energy, stamina and scheduled recovery. Scheduled recovery is an essential part of every leader’s year and often overlooked. The most successful credit union leaders plan vacation and down time, that means total disconnection from responsibilities, technology and email (not always possible, but often a goal).In Fortune Magazine I was reading Europeans think Americans are crazy because Europeans take off up to 6 weeks of vacation a year and US employees leave 429 million vacation days on the table every year! Interestingly 40% of executives think employees would be more productive if they took vacations. Yet among those same senior managers 72% said if offered unlimited vacation time they wouldn’t take it!Three strategies to help you schedule recovery are listed below for you to consider:Plan early – In the cold months of January each year my honey and I review calendars to plan a variety of trips during that year and might include cars, bikes, pool time or trips back to Australia to see family and friends. It’s a practice we have followed for many years to ensure the majority of vacations are scheduled to give us experiences to look forward to. Can you review your calendar and book time to enjoy something that you love to do with people you love being with?Create variety – schedule a variety of timeframes, locations and adventure and relaxation based on your needs and budgets. I’m not a stay-cation kinda girl – my office is in my home and I would just work the whole time, that doesn’t work for me however many people find these a great solution. Could you be a tourist in your own town to discover local gems? Ask your members for their recommendations. Consider visiting a new spot, driving instead of flying, build in adventure, art galleries visits or a walking tour of a city. With so many online tools to help plan your visit you can leverage community events, support local initiatives and also experience cities and towns in a completely new way.Can you and your family choose a new adventure in the next twelve months that everyone can help plan to enjoy a trip together?Go offline – this is the toughest ask for many of our clients (and me) but its not impossible! Can you create an out of office message that bounces back to manage email providing an alternative person at your Credit Union to help out while you are away? Can you stay off social media and avoid being sucked into the Facebook vortex and instead focus on creating memories with those you love (instead of looking at others lives).Get outside, hike a mountain, wander a national path, collect shells on a beach, fish on a lake; have you ever noticed how much better you feel, how much deeper you sleep and how much healthier you feel on vacation when you invest time to be active while you are relaxing.Recovery time is not negotiable for any leader who wants to excel daily. If you want to accelerate your leadership, be a productive contributor, serve your members with more energy, take time off. You will be more fun to work with, more focused and energized and you will create memories with people you care about, and isn’t that the reason many of us work?Pay attention to what matters. You, your health, and your loved ones all benefit from scheduled recovery, book yours today.last_img read more