Human rights and media freedom must be priorities at EU-Central Asia meeting

first_img Help by sharing this information News News Organisation June 8, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more KyrgyzstanUzbekistanKazakhstanTajikistanTurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentPredatorsViolenceImprisonedFreedom of expression Dear High Representative Mogherini,As you are attending the 13th Annual EU-Central Asia ministerial meeting in Samarkand, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an international Paris-based NGO that promotes media freedom worldwide, is writing to emphasize the urgent need to prioritize the human rights situation in Central Asian countries. We would like, in particular, to draw your attention to the dire situation of journalists and the media across the region.Despite the pluralism of Kyrgyz media, which appears exceptional in the region, the situation of media freedom is bleak overall in Central Asia. Year after year, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan are all ranked near the bottom of RSF’s World Press Freedom Index, and authoritarian tendencies are on the rise. News website blocking and Russian-inspired laws to curtail free expression are spreading, while journalists are often subject to torture and unlawful imprisonment.● In Turkmenistan (178th out of 180 countries in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index), the state maintains full control over the media and the Internet, of which only a completely expurgated version is made accessible to the Turkmen population. Persecution of the few remaining independent journalists has intensified in recent years, forcing several of them to stop working due to constant harassment. Detention of journalists on trumped-up charges and violations to the right to a fair trial have persisted. The case of freelance journalist Saparmamed Nepeskuliev, held since July 2015, is emblematic. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has described his imprisonment as arbitrary.● At least five journalists continue to be detained in connection with their reporting in Uzbekistan (169th out of 180 countries in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index), despite recent signs of openness and the release of several prominent detainees, including the world’s longest-held journalist, Muhammad Bekjanov. The reported release of five other journalists with the newspaper Irmok has yet to be confirmed. The recent arrest of Uzbek freelancer Bobomurod Abdullayev and reported detention of prominent blogger Hayothon Nasriddinov are test cases for the new government, which has promised democratic reforms. Both have been denied access to a lawyer. Leading independent news websites such as Ferghana and Radio Ozodlik remain blocked within the country.● The main opposition national newspapers were all banned in 2013 in Kazakhstan (157th out of 180 countries in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index). The remaining few are collapsing under the impact of fines, and any new independent newspaper is inevitably closed within months. Journalists are often arrested and the Internet is now closely controlled, with mass surveillance, imprisonment of bloggers, and frequent cuts in access to news sites, social networks, and messaging services. After seven months in pre-trial detention, opposition journalist Zhanbolat Mamay was sentenced in September to a three-year restriction on his movements and a three-year ban on working as a journalist on a trumped-up money-laundering charge.● The press freedom situation has deteriorated dramatically in recent years in Tajikistan (149th out of 180 in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index). 2016 saw the closure of several independent media outlets and the adoption of a decree reinforcing state control over the editorial policies of the broadcast media. Interrogation by intelligence officers, intimidation, and blackmail have become part of the daily fare of the few remaining independent journalists. Surveillance of communications is now routine, while the blocking of the main news websites and social networks is virtually permanent. Loosely-worded laws on terrorism and extremism, as well as new legislation protecting “Founder of Peace and Leader of the Nation” Emomali Rahmon, are used to threaten independent journalists.● Media freedom faces increasing challenges in Kyrgyzstan (89th out of 180 countries in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index), although the situation is much better than in other Central Asian countries. There is a great deal of self-censorship on certain subjects, including inter-ethnic relations, and the polarization of Kyrgyz society is reflected in the environment for journalists. President Almazbek Atambayev and other politicians have sought colossal amounts in damages in the criminal defamation proceedings they have brought against critical media in 2017. The Ferghana news agency website was briefly blocked in June, the independent news website Zanoza was forced to close and register under a new name in July, and the Sentyabr TV station was shut down in August on the (much criticized) pretext that it had disseminated extremist material. Assaults on journalists were reported during the October presidential election.Fostering greater respect for media freedom will help to increase the effectiveness of the EU’s cooperation with Central Asian countries in the areas of security and the economy. As a value-based union and Central Asia’s leading donor, the EU has a duty to secure real commitments in this regard in its partnership and cooperation with the region.We thank you for your attention on this matter.Sincerely,Christophe DeloireRSF Secretary-General June 4, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia RSF_en center_img to go further News Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says KyrgyzstanUzbekistanKazakhstanTajikistanTurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentPredatorsViolenceImprisonedFreedom of expression Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has written to European Union foreign affairs representative Federica Mogherini, who is attending the annual EU-Central Asia ministerial meeting in Samarkand today, to stress the need to prioritize human rights and media freedom in the EU’s relations with Central Asia. “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Credits: EU External Action Twitter Receive email alerts November 10, 2017 Human rights and media freedom must be priorities at EU-Central Asia meetinglast_img read more

Altadena Sheriff’s: Fireworks Are Illegal in Altadena

first_img Make a comment Subscribe 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. The Altadena Sheriff’s Station reminds all residents and visitors that the best way to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with family and friends is by attending professional fireworks shows such as Americafest at the Pasadena Rose Bowl Stadium. Fireworks Celebration at Altadena Town & Country Club on Wednesday, July 1st. Party begins at 6:00 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. Please RSVP with the Front Desk, 2290 Country Club Dr. Altadena, (626) 794-7163.The sale or possession of all fireworks is illegal in Altadena. Violators are subject to confiscation and impound of vehicles; up to one year in jail and fines up to $50,000. Call Altadena Sheriff’s at (626) 798-1131 to report illegal fireworks.The Los Angeles County Fire Department wants to remind everyone that the use of fireworks not only causes fires, but results in severe injuries and burns.Altadena Sheriff’s Captain Christopher Reed urges everyone to make safety a priority on July 4th.Even sparklers, which many people consider safe, can reach 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, causing serious burns and starting fires. Adults normally don’t allow their children to get near anything that hot, but for some reason they think it’s acceptable to put sparklers in the hands of little ones on the Fourth of July.Statistics show fireworks are among the most risky of consumer products. In 2012, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of 2012 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 31% were to the head. The most current statistics from the National Fire Protection Association show that in 2009 more than nine out of 10, or 92 percent, of all fireworks-related injuries treated in hospitals were caused by fireworks that are allowed for consumer use by federal or state regulations.NOTE TO PARENTS: If your child has any fireworks prior to June 28th, the items are probably illegal and dangerous and should beturned over to your fire department or local police agency!Parents are liable for any damage or injuries caused by their children using fireworks.For more information visit the web site of the Los Angeles County Fire Department at http://www.fire.lacounty.govPartner to prevent or report crime by contacting your local Sheriff’s station. Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org/To receive detailed, up-to-date information directly from Altadena Station via e-mail, register for “Nixle” alerts at www.Nixle.com and register for “LASD-Altadena Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff” and also register for LASD-HQ Newsroom (SHB). Or, text your zip code to 888777 to receive text alerts only. Standard text messaging rates may apply, depending on your calling plan.Visit the #Altadena Sheriff’s Station Web Page at http://www.altadena.lasd.org More Cool Stuff HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Public Safety Altadena Sheriff’s: Fireworks Are Illegal in Altadena Published on Monday, June 22, 2015 | 2:21 pm Community News Top of the News center_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Longtime Huntington Library Director David S. Zeidberg to Retire

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week People Longtime Huntington Library Director David S. Zeidberg to Retire From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, June 10, 2016 | 2:35 am Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Herbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeauty 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News center_img Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes David S. Zeidberg. Photo Credit: Danielle KlebanowDavid S. Zeidberg, Avery Director of the Library, has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2017. Zeidberg has held his position at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, since March 1996.“David’s accomplishments at The Huntington are legion,” said Laura Skandera Trombley, Huntington president. “His work here over the past 20 years has transformed our collections in a number of invaluable ways. Moreover, he was key in designing and building the Munger Research Center and assisted in the creation of the new Education and Visitor Center. David also has nurtured a remarkable team of talented staff members with a deep devotion to the Library, and I am deeply appreciative of the expert work that they do.”Under his direction, The Huntington acquired important holdings including the papers of renowned authors Christopher Isherwood, Hilary Mantel, and Charles Bukowski. In 2006, the Dibner family, based in Connecticut, gave The Huntington their remarkable 67,000-item collection on the history of science, technology, and medicine, along with an endowment for new staff members.Under Zeidberg’s leadership as well, Jay Last, one of the pioneers of Silicon Valley, gave The Huntington his extraordinary collection of color lithography and provided endowed support to catalog and care for the material.Among other important collections acquired under Zeidberg’s leadership:• The Francis Bacon Library, transferred from the Claremont Colleges and underscoring The Huntington as “a library of last resort,” as the institution takes on important collections other institutions can no longer manage.• L.A. County’s court records from 1850 – 1910.• The Sanford & Helen Berger collection of William Morris materials, including Kelmscott books, Morris pamphlets and manuscripts, and other Pre-Raphaelite materials.• Important photograph collections including the Southern California Edison photo archive, the Ernest Marquez collection on Southern California, Maynard Parker’s archives, and Ansel Adams photographs.• A plethora of Los Angeles Times-related collections including the papers of the Chandler family, Times-Mirror CEO Robert F. Erburu, cartoonist Paul Conrad, and columnists Jack Smith and Al Martinez.• The history of aerospace in Southern California.• The Whittier family archive.• The Longo collection on the history of human reproduction.“The Huntington’s collections are among the most remarkable in the world, so for a librarian, this is the career pinnacle to be sure,” said Zeidberg. “But the collections themselves are but one facet of the experience. It’s the talented and devoted staff who bring them to life through their hard work day in and day out. I consider myself among the fortunate few to have had such an extraordinary position at a most wonderful place and with such exceptional people.”Following retirement, Zeidberg plans to continue at The Huntington as a researcher, writing in two areas: on the development of the Library collections during his tenure, and on his particular area of academic interest, the history of early printing.A search committee will be formed later this year to find and hire a new director.About The HuntingtonThe Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution serving scholars and the general public. More information about The Huntington can be found at huntington.org.Visitor InformationThe Huntington is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, Calif., 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles. It is open to the public Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from noon to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Sunday, and Monday holidays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Summer hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day) are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and major holidays. Information: 626-405-2100 or huntington.org. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Jussie Smollett taken into custody by Chicago police

first_imgABC News(CHICAGO) — Empire actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested in Chicago for allegedly filing a false report of a crime, police said.Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi announced via Twitter early Thursday morning that Smollett “is under arrest and in custody of detectives.”Smollett turned himself into police Thursday at 5:15 a.m. local time and made a statement to police before being taken into custody. His lawyers, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, were not present at the time.Chicago police will hold a press briefing Thursday at 9 a.m. local time, Guglielmi said.Smollett told police he was attacked by two masked men near his apartment in Chicago. The two men, Smollett initially said, shouted racist and homophobic slurs at him as a rope was wrapped around his neck and a chemical compound was poured on him. The alleged assailants yelled “MAGA country,” a reference to President Donald Trump’s “Make American Great Again” slogan, police were told.In an interview with ABC News’ Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts, Smollett said he was heartbroken when he found out that people questioned his story.Police identified and questioned two “persons of interest” captured on surveillance video near the scene around the time of the alleged attack. The men, who are brothers, were arrested on Feb. 13 but then released without charges, with police saying they were no longer considered suspects.While being questioned by investigators, the brothers claimed that Smollett paid them to help orchestrate and stage the crime after he became upset that a letter threatening him, sent on Jan. 22 to the Fox studio where Empire is filmed, did not get enough attention, sources told ABC News.On Wednesday, Smollett was charged with felony disorderly conduct for filing a false crime report. By that evening, police officially had classified the actor as a suspect in the ongoing investigation. Detectives subsequently presented evidence to a Cook County grand jury.“That was a pretty hateful allegation, and it really put a terrible look on Chicago,” Guglielmi said. “Chicago trusted this young man. We loved Empire. And we took this very seriously that something this hateful could happen in our city.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Leader

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. LeaderOn 1 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. HR leaders have a unique responsibility to manage change and other criticalissues in their organisations. It takes special personal qualities to rise tothe challenge, says John Hofmeister, director, human resources for RoyalDutch/ShellIf you belong to an organisation of dozens, hundreds or thousands of people,you probably face a myriad of change, growth, turnaround, start-up anddivestiture issues, as well as the old twin nemesis of inefficiency andineffectiveness. Your strategy, structures, processes and people are frequentlyat risk. More importantly, your customers and stakeholders are ever harder tosatisfy and business results more difficult to achieve. You know you’re thereto make things better. How does a committed, experienced HR leader begin to deal organisationallywith such major challenges? More emphatically, what gives an HR leader his orher licence to practise on such matters? Let’s address first things first:licence to operate. More than the other expected qualities, such asintelligence, experience and relationship skills, an HR leader needs threefundamentals to provide the critical differences in the face of challenge. Heor she must have, and be known for, “courage”, “respect”and “curiosity”. Where do these capabilities come from? What do they look like? How do theywork? “Courage” comes from the values and principles held and thebehaviours displayed when the HR leader is tested. It looks like flexibilityand adaptability up to the point where one’s boundaries are crossed, then theshoulders straighten (figuratively), the head lifts, the eyes brighten and thesoul strengthens. “Courage” acts like slack on a tightening chain. Atthe right moment, for the right reason, the slack tightens, the chain holds.The boundary is firm. And people know it. “Respect” is earned day in and day out by service, caring forothers and honouring their dignity as people. The stakeholders, the staffmembers, the managers, including your own, are the persons respected. Theirlegitimacy of purpose and value-creating intent must be assumed. When it’s notassured, however, “respect” is the currency that pays for theintervention. The HR leader uses “respect” to assist the resolve andsupport the outcomes of others. Letting others fail, especially if due to one’sown self-interest, is dis-“respect”. It carries a disproportionate pricetag. You probably can’t afford it, even once. “Curiosity” comes from an insatiable appetite to learn andtherefore to know. There is no end of knowledge. Therefore”curiosity” enables an HR leader to remain the enthusiastic student.”The more you know, the more you learn what there is to know.” It’san old adage, but if it’s not true for you as an HR leader it’s a pity. Yourclients will suffer from your unacquired knowledge. Everyone loses. How sad tohear the expressions: “He only knows what he knows.” “She livesin such a small world.” Don’t let this be you. With personal licence to operate, the HR leader steps up to the challengesof organisation, including the twin problems of inefficiency andineffectiveness. Why keep mentioning these? Simply put, they are the rootcauses of most organisation trauma, especially if ignored. Failing to addressthem means HR leaders must invoke dramatic solutions like major change, radicaltransformation or major restructuring. Assuming personal licence, what additionalcapability enables you to address these chronic problems, probably over andover throughout your career? Three organisation fundamentals are required for your skill repertoire. Toaddress organisation efficiency and effectiveness, the HR leader must develop aworking understanding and applied appreciation of “harmony”,”flow” and “sustainability”. An organisation of many people has the potential to create obnoxious noiseor orchestrated music. “Harmony” is the capability of tuning thevoices and tensions in any organisation to productive cooperation. It requiresan understanding of the end game, the players, the structures and processes bywhich work gets done. It assumes political savvy and negotiating prowess. Ittakes a refined ear to the ground and eyes all around. Senses must be sharp;intuition is crucial. “Harmony” is the only sound customers want tohear. “Flow” is the capability to move energy evenly to all corners ofthe organisation and coordinate it towards the end game. When “flow”is out of balance, winners are positioned against losers and both fight thelost cause of an internal power game. Neither wins, each loses. Boundariesblock “flow” and create floods that drown the end game. Occasionallya giant rises to desperately control “flow” but rarely wins. Allsystems and processes must work. “Flow” is continuous, coordinatedeffort by all present. “Flow” is balance; it’s the hardest dynamic tomaster. “Sustainability” is the capacity to renew people’s commitment tothe objectives of the organisation despite the pressures of competition or theenvironment. One can only work towards “sustainability”; it’s neverbeen mastered. But sustain you must. Clarity of vision, continuity of purpose,competence of people, balance of priorities, accountability for performance,rewards for success, satisfied staff and open-loop learning serve a game plan. Theyhelp “sustainability”, but can’t guarantee it. You, the HR leader,are the constant in the process. Six attributes – three personal, three organisational – go a long way to aidthe HR leader in the pursuit of personal and organisational success. A careeris a long time. Thank nature for that. It takes all the time available, andsometimes more, to master these capabilities. last_img read more

Viva secures ACCC nod to acquire stake Liberty Oil’s wholesale business

first_imgViva Energy’s proposed acquisition involves only the wholesale business of Liberty, while it will continue to hold 50% interest in the Liberty’s retail businesses Image: Viva Energy’s proposed acquisition involves only the wholesale business of Liberty. Photo: Courtesy of Akshay93 from Pixabay. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced that it will not oppose the Viva Energy Australia’s proposed acquisition of the remaining 50% interest in Liberty Oil Holdings wholesale business.Viva Energy Australia is a wholly owned firm of Viva Energy Group, and is engaged in refining and importing wholesale and retail supply of fuel products.The wholesale operations of the company include supply to fuel retailers, distributors, independent service stations, commercial customers and rural customers, and retail operations include Coles Express/Shell co-branded sites and Shell branded Viva company sites and dealer sites.ACCC Commissioner Stephen Ridgeway said: “Retailers told us that there are alternative wholesale suppliers and alternative brands they could switch to. We consider that, post-acquisition, the threat of fuel retailers switching to an alternative supplier is likely to constrain Viva’s wholesale prices and supply terms.”“In metropolitan Adelaide, most Liberty branded sites are dealer sites, where Liberty does not set the price. The share of Liberty branded sites is relatively low and there are other retailers in Adelaide that are likely to constrain city-wide prices, such as United and X Convenience. Therefore, price increases from this proposed acquisition are unlikely.”Both Viva and Liberty handle wholesale and retail business of fuel productsViva Energy’s proposed acquisition involves only the wholesale business of Liberty, while Viva’s continues to hold 50% interest in the Liberty’s retail businesses.The competition regulator found that the proposed acquisition would not reflect in reducing competition in the wholesale supply of fuel products.ACCC has also considered the consequences of the proposed acquisition on competition in the retail supply of fuel products in metropolitan Adelaide and Melbourne and in local areas across the country.The ACCC concluded that in most of the local areas where Liberty retail sites overlap with Viva retail sites, including Coles Express sites, adequate competition would remain after the acquisition.Ridgeway added: “In metropolitan Melbourne, another city where Liberty branded sites operate, Liberty has a very small share of retail sites. The proposed acquisition is therefore unlikely to have a significant impact. We identified potential competition concerns regarding some local areas. The merger parties provided further information or implemented changes which addressed our concerns.”last_img read more

USA: Lockheed Martin Completes Builder’s Sea Trials for Fort Worth

first_imgA Lockheed Martin -led industry team completed Builder’s Sea Trials for Fort Worth, the nation’s third littoral combat ship.The trials – a coordinated effort between the U.S. Navy and the Lockheed Martin team including Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC) – were conducted in the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. They included operational testing of the vessel’s propulsion, communications, navigation and mission systems, as well as all support systems.“Successful completion of Builder’s Sea Trials means we are on track for the Navy’s Acceptance Trials, putting us a big step closer to getting the Navy the ships it needs,” said Joe North, vice president of littoral ship systems for Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Sensors business. “We support the Navy’s effort to grow their fleet affordably and effectively.”The rigorous trial period included maneuverability tests; high-speed runs; power and navigation system checks; rescue boat launch and recovery; and tracking exercises, as well as other ship and system evaluations.Following the successful completion of Builder’s Sea Trials, Fort Worth returned to MMC to prepare for Acceptance Trials. LCS 3 will be delivered to the Navy next year and its home port will be San Diego, Calif.Fort Worth, the second Freedom variant ship in the LCS program, was christened in December 2010. It is more than 96 percent complete and remains on cost and on schedule. LCS 3 is being constructed with 30 percent fewer production hours as a result of lessons learned from designing and building LCS 1, USS Freedom.The team began construction on LCS 5, the future USS Milwaukee, in August.About Lockheed MartinHeadquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s 2010 sales from continuing operations were $45.8 billion.[mappress]Source: PRNewswire, October 24, 2011 Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Lockheed Martin Completes Builder’s Sea Trials for Fort Worth Industry news October 24, 2011 View post tag: builders View post tag: For View post tag: completes USA: Lockheed Martin Completes Builder’s Sea Trials for Fort Worth View post tag: Lockheed View post tag: Fortcenter_img View post tag: trials View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: worth View post tag: News by topic View post tag: sea View post tag: Martinlast_img read more

Catz introduces committee expansion rep

first_imgSt Catherine’s College JCR voted on Sunday night to introduce a committee expansion rep whose role would be to “ensure the committee continues to grow.”The motion, proposed by George Carew-Jones and seconded by James Winder, passed with 38 votes in support. It included the hope for “ultimately every JCR ha[ving] a committee role” and to “rename the ‘JCR Committee’ the ‘JCR’, or rename the ‘JCR’ the ‘JCR Committee’, for matters of harmony.”In the meeting, Carew-Jones said that JCR committee was big but “not big enough” and that there could even be a “deputy president between president and Vice President.” Carew-Jones told Cherwell that “the Catz committee has become a lot bigger over the last year, and we thought that under the same rationale there was room for the committee to become even bigger.” He continued: “It’s not that any of the current committee positions are futile. The motivation was more that we thought there comes a critical mass where so many people are on the committee that everyone may as well be on it.“I think everyone at the meeting agreed that our vision of every JCR member eventually having some sort of position was inspiring and aspirational.“The motion will thankfully be enshrined in the constitution, but sadly both of us are graduating from the JCR so someone else will have to take the responsibility on. At least we can graduate confident that our legacy has been assured.”The JCR committee for 2017 to 2018 has 20 members.last_img read more

Commentary: The Old Lions’ Lesson For Today

first_imgCommentary: The Old Lions’ Lesson For TodayMarch 18, 2019  By John KrullTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS – The surviving old lions paid tribute to the fallen one.Just hours after former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Indiana, died, I chatted by phone with his onetime opponent and colleague, former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana.Lugar talked about Bayh’s friendliness and approachability. He said Bayh had made a great contribution to the state and country as the author of two amendments to the U.S. Constitution – “that has never occurred for any (other) public servant in the history of our country,” Lugar said. He also said Bayh would be remembered as a champion of civil rights and the rights of humanity.John Krull, publisher, TheStatehouseFile.comBayh and Lugar ran against each other in 1974 for the Senate seat Bayh held. Bayh won.Then, as now, it was a contentious time in America’s history. Political battles over Watergate, civil rights and the last days of the Vietnam War threatened to tear the country apart.Lugar said he didn’t want to run against Bayh. But the Republican Party had been so wounded by Watergate and the eventual resignation of President Richard Nixon, Lugar found himself “almost drafted” by the GOP to run..Lugar considered Bayh a formidable figure, one who would be tough to beat under any circumstances. Bayh was, Lugar said, “a great shoe-leather politician” – one who knew how to connect with people at a human level.It was that quality of Bayh’s, former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-Indiana, told me over the air a little later that made the senator so effective.Hamilton said he would bring people who were opposed to Bayh’s politics in to meet him. Inevitably, Hamilton said, they would leave the meeting saying they still didn’t agree with Bayh, but that they really liked him.“He was the best retail politician in Indiana history,” Hamilton said.Hamilton said Bayh revolutionized Indiana politics. Prior to Bayh’s emergence as a force, Hamilton explained, Hoosier political candidates tended to run “front-porch campaigns,” where they presented themselves for office and waited for the voters to come to them.Bayh didn’t do that.He went to the voters with an energy never seen before in Indiana.Hamilton recalled times when Bayh would show up to campaign at a county fair or parade and find a line of cars two miles long. Bayh would work his way down the entire two-mile line, shaking hands and exchanging a few words with everyone in every car.Hamilton and Vi Simpson – former Democratic state senator from Bloomington and her party’s 2012 lieutenant governor candidate – told me Bayh’s down-to-earth approach wasn’t feigned. He was a Hoosier through and through, one who couldn’t wait to get to Dairy Queen every time he returned to Indiana.Lugar said Bayh’s sheer likability made him effective. Two years after they ran against each other and Bayh won, Lugar prevailed in a contest with Sen. Vance Hartke, D-Indiana, and joined Bayh in the U.S. Senate.Birch Bayh, the senior senator from Indiana, greets Indiana’s junior senator, Richard Lugar, before a committee meeting at the United State Capitol in 1978. Bayh died last week at age 91. Photo provided by Susan Fleck.The two men then did what good Americans and good Hoosiers are supposed to do. They put differences aside and worked for the good of the state and country they both had vowed to serve.“I cannot recall an occasion when Birch and I had reason to be angry with one another,” Lugar said.Amid the recollections, Vi Simpson urged everyone to think about the people Indiana had representing and leading it 40 years ago. She’s got a point. If Indiana had its own Mt. Rushmore, the visages of Birch Bayh, Richard Lugar, and Lee Hamilton would be carved into the mountain’s stone.Different men with different beliefs, they all had at least one thing in common. They could battle their political opponents without hating them. Once in office, they focused on finding common ground and building upon it. They all believed that the politician’s calling was to achieve the greatest good possible, even if that meant compromising. And they all preferred a solution to a fight.No wonder they don’t seem to have a place in the politics of today.An old lion named Birch Bayh died a few days ago, and other old lions paid tribute to him.In the process, they remind us that, somewhere along the way, we’ve lost much more than a solitary man.Much, much more.FOOTNOTE: John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism, host of “No Limits” WFYI 90.1 Indianapolis and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

JERSEY CITY BRIEFS

first_imgDeputy mayor to take spot at Housing AuthorityDeputy Mayor Vivian Brady-Phillips is reportedly leaving City Hall for a job at the Jersey City Housing Authority.This would be the second deputy mayor to take another role. Deputy Mayor Marcos Vigil became the director of the city’s Housing, Economic Development and Commerce Department last month but retains his role also as deputy mayor.Because the housing authority is an autonomous agency, Brady-Phillips would have to resign as deputy mayor to take the new post.PATH sets new annual ridership recordFor the first time in its 56-year history, the PATH system has broken the 80-million passenger milestone for annual ridership, according to a statement issued by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.The sharp growth in ridership throughout the system is attributed to a surge in new customers due to economic growth and activity throughout the region, a surge in residential development near PATH stations, and an influx of additional riders who used the system during repairs to and renovation of New York Penn Station last summer.More than 900,000 riders who normally take NJ Transit Midtown Direct trains were diverted to PATH stations, primarily Hoboken, last summer as sections of New York Penn Station underwent repair and rehabilitation work by Amtrak.Ridership in 2017 reached 82.8 million customers, a 5.4-percent increase over the previous year, the Port Authority announced. In total ridership, the World Trade Center station, the system’s busiest, experienced a 5.8 percent increase in ridership. Among the next highest-volume stations, 33rd Street had an 8.3 percent increase, Hoboken showed an 8.9 percent rise, Newark Penn Station was up 5.4 percent, and Grove Street ridership rose 6.2 percent. The Journal Square station showed a slight increase of 0.4 percent. Despite the sharply rising passenger demand, PATH managed to maintain an on-time percentage of 97.7 percent, the release said.HCCC present wine tasting basics, Thai culinary classHudson County Community College (HCCC) invites individuals to expand their knowledge of wine at the HCCC “Wine Tasting Basics” class on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. The event will be held at the College’s Culinary Arts Institute, 161 Newkirk St., Jersey City, two blocks from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center. Space is limited; the cost is $45 per person.The college also has a special opportunity for those who wish to expand their cooking expertise and explore the unique ingredients, techniques and authentic recipes of Thailand. The college will hold a Thai Cooking class on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seven dishes will be included in the class, which will be held in the kitchens of the award-winning HCCC Culinary Arts Institute, 161 Newkirk St., Jersey City, two blocks from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center. Space is limited, and cost is $45 per person.Those who wish to attend either the wine tasting event or Thai culinary class may register online at www.tinyurl.com/hcccculinaryspring2018 or by calling (201) 360-4262. Payment by credit card, money order, cash, or check payments is due at time of registration.More information may be obtained by calling HCCC Continuing Education at 201-360-4224 or emailing [email protected] County CASA is seeking volunteersLearn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be held at Little City Books at 100 Bloomfield St., Hoboken, on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org.Ex-dominatrix fired from Sheriff’s DepartmentKristen Hyman, 32, was lost her job at the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department on Feb. 7 because she allegedly failed to disclose that she had worked as dominatrix in films before applying to become a sheriff’s officer.Sworn-in last June, Hyman was suspended briefly just prior to the ceremony pending an investigation into allegations of her sometimes violent roles as a dominatrix in films.In testimony at her hearing and comments to the media, Kristin said the violent acts portrayed in films shot between 2008 and 2012 were staged, and not real. While she claimed she never appeared naked, she did occasionally perform for clients privately for money. She reportedly called what she did “stupid stuff” she did as a kid.Originally suspended on May 26, Kristin won reprieve in the courts that allowed her to be sworn in on June 8.Landmark Loews to show three Oscar-winning horror moviesAcademy Awards are rarely given to horror movies. But Landmark Historic Loews Theater in Journal Square will screen three films that were the exception.The screening of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” will be held on Friday, Feb. 23 will be at 8 p.m.“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” starring Frederic March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart, Holmes Herbert will be shown on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m.“The Silence of the Lambs” starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn will be shown on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.Admission for each film costs $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and kids. There is combo pricing for seeing more than one film in a series. The theater is located at 54 Journal Square in Jersey City. For more information call (201) 798-6055, go to www.loewsjersey.org, or email: [email protected] and Shelter Coalition Meeting set for March 13All interested person are invited to attend a Tuesday, March 13 meeting of the Food and Shelter Coalition to discuss food and shelter concerns and share ideas. The meeting is an opportunity to advocate to state and federal lawmakers to promote responsible public policies to improve quality and access to food for thousands of people. The National Law Center on Homeless and Poverty currently estimates that each year at least 2.5 to 3.5 million Americans sleep in shelters, transitional housing, and public places not meant for human habitation. At least 7.4 million have lost their own homes and are doubled-up with others due to economic necessity.The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. at Old Bergen Church, 1 Highland Ave., Jersey City (take the elevator and press 1).For more information contact chairperson La-Trenda Ross at (201) 618-5745 or (201) 420-3000 ext. 2543, or email [email protected] Fulop issues executive order to study traffic fatalitiesMayor Steven Fulop has signed an executive order adopting the “Vision Zero” initiative in Jersey City and creating a multi-disciplinary “Vision Zero” Task Force to lead the planning effort in eliminating traffic fatalities. The guiding principle behind “Vision Zero” maintains that deaths and injuries caused by traffic crashes should be treated as a public health problem which can be eliminated through better planning. The task force will bring together representatives from various city departments and agencies to identify strategies to eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries and create an Action Plan.“During the past few months, Jersey City has been the scene of a number of tragic traffic fatalities that have each shaken our community and created a desperate need for a solution,” said Mayor Fulop. “Signing on to ‘Vision Zero’ is our latest, and hopefully our final, initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities on our city’s roadways. Each and every life that has been lost as a result of a traffic accident is avoidable, and today, we are taking an important step towards building a powerful, data-driven Action Plan to make sure that no more lives will be senselessly lost on our roads.”Jersey City joins a growing number of cities, both national and international, that have adopted their own versions of the “Vision Zero” initiative. Central to these various local implementations are five fundamental principles shared by the Vision Zero Network: deaths and severe injuries caused by traffic crashes are preventable; human life and health should be prioritized in all transportation systems and in all aspects of transportation planning; human error is inevitable and transportation systems should be forgiving; transportation planning should focus on systems-level changes above influencing individual behavior; and speed is the single most important factor in crash severity. last_img read more