USS Vandegrift Ends Final Deployment

first_img View post tag: Final View post tag: News by topic Authorities View post tag: Ends USS Vandegrift Ends Final Deployment View post tag: americas View post tag: USS Vandegrift View post tag: Navycenter_img View post tag: Naval December 14, 2014 U.S. Navy frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) returned from its final deployment Dec. 12, where it operated in the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).The ship will begin to make preparations for decommissioning after 30 years of service.During this final deployment, Vandegrift played an integral part in the counter-transnational organized crime (C-TOC) mission Operation Martillo (Spanish for “hammer”).While participating in Operation Martillo, Vandegrift intercepted approximately 19,833 pounds of cocaine and disrupted numerous other illegal drug shipments.Rear Admiral Stephen Mehling, USCG, director, JIATF South, said:Vandegrift’s contributions were critical to the successes of law enforcement in seizing illicit cargo.The ship also participated in three community relations (COMREL) projects in Panama City during which 36 Sailors helped build a workshop for the blind, assist an outreach group in refurbishing their building and spent time with children in the Aid for AIDS community.Vandegrift, named for Gen. Alexander A. Vandegrift, U.S. Marine Corps, was built at Todd Pacific Shipyards in Seattle, Washington and was commissioned Nov. 24, 1984. The ship completed eight years of service in Yokosuka, Japan, in support of Forward Deployed Naval Forces, departing Aug. 14, 2006, to make San Diego its new homeport.Press release, Image: US Navy View post tag: Deployment Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Vandegrift Ends Final Deployment last_img read more

HKU Professoriate Recruitment (Architecture)

first_imgSmart Architecture/FacadesSustainable Architectural DesignEnvironmental Design ScienceSustainable Architectural Design TechnologySmart Materials and FabricationArchitectural History and TheoryLandscape Science and TechnologySustainable Landscape DesignProperty Technology (PropTech)Construction Management TechnologySmart BuildingsUrban Design Analytics and Data ScienceHealthy Cities, Health and WellbeingSmart Cities and Future CitiesUrban Simulation, Machine Learning and GeospatialModellingClimate Change, Urban Resilience and EnvironmentalSustainabilityUrban and Regional EconomicsInnovative Governance, Entrepreneurship and Leadership The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is pleased to invite outstandingscholars to contribute to our thriving research agenda as well asto Hong Kong’s leading position in the region and beyond.We will recruit 100 outstanding academics in emerging fields withpotential for scientific and scholarly breakthroughs—above andbeyond our existing recruitment programme—to join HKU as assistant,associate, or full professors, on tenure-track or with directtenure.This is an open-discipline call. Strategic recruitment areas in theFaculty of Architecture include the following: As a high-performing university with internationally recognisedstrong global connections, HKU offers a stimulating and supportiveintellectual environment as well as a highly competitiveremuneration and benefits package. Locally and in the region, thereare many research collaboration and funding opportunities.For more information, visit ( https://www.prof-scholars.hku.hk/). Applicants are encouraged to apply by Jan 31, 2021 to ensureearlier consideration, but the search will continue until positionsare filled. To apply online, please complete applications with acover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, teachingstatement, 2 or 3 most significant research publications, andcontact information for at least three references. We will startreviewing applications in late November, 2020 and inviteoutstanding candidates for interviews thereafter.Advertised: Nov 6, 2020 (HK Time)Applications close:last_img read more

LMH scouts to meet with students

first_imgLady Margaret Hall College has arranged coffee mornings for students and their scouts in order to improve student relationships with college staff and to thank them for their hard work.Cherwell’s C+ investigation into the treatment of college staff at the beginning of this term showed that only 45 per cent of students feel scouts are treated with respect, 68 per cent feel they have a good relationship with them and around half of students speak to their scouts on a regular basis.LMH JCR President Aadit Shankar decided to take action in order to improve relations between students and staff.He commented, “The scouts at LMH work incredibly hard for us, and we rarely, if ever, get to thank them for it. Students are either out at lectures or labs or in bed half-asleep when scouts come round to clean rooms. I listed this as one of my manifesto pledges and it turned out to be an extremely popular idea within the JCR. The Lodge Manager and the Domestic Bursar informed me that the scouts would appreciate this kind of thing.”Meetings are arranged for each accommodation building at 9.30 Monday to Wednesday throughout this term and last around 45 minutes, giving scouts and students the chance to share an informal chat over coffee, tea, and biscuits. They discuss each other’s experiences including what the students study, how both enjoy living, and working in Oxford and who the messiest students are.Roughly 15 students have turned up to each meeting so far, joined by two of their scouts, although Aadit told Cherwell that organising the meetings can be difficult, due to the scouts’ working hours and students’ timetables.Harry Krais, a student at LMH, told Cherwell, “I definitely think [the meetings have] brought our corridor closer to the scouts – I have certainly been interacting with my scouts much more often than before.“Students spend half the year in close proximity to staff within college and it is often the norm that they hardly say a word to each other, which is such a shame. I would encourage anything that helps to bring the college community closer together.”Second year Theology student Verity Hub- bard said, “I already have a very good relationship with my scout, but those who are perhaps more shy got a lot out of the meet up. We even joked about going on a night out to ‘Lava & Ignite’ with our scouts.”The Housekeeping Team Leader at LMH discussed the matter with the scouts who felt that it was a “nice” and “thoughtful idea”.They commented, “Some meetings only a couple of students turned up but they were still nice. It’s nice to feel appreciated for the work we do. I like that they wanted to thank me for the work I do for them.”They unanimously agreed that it was something “fun” that every college should do, and they thought it would be a good idea if meetings took place every Michaelmas term.last_img read more

Guidance: Safety of food and animal feed if there’s a no-deal Brexit

first_imgThis guidance is no longer valid. See Food Standards Agency in Europe for current information and Food and animal feed safety risk analysis from 1 January 2021 for guidance to follow from the end of 2020.,Sets out how food and animal feed safety risks will be assessed and managed if there’s a no-deal Brexit.last_img

Lyndall Gordon to speak at Houghton Library

first_imgLyndall Gordon, biographer and senior research fellow at St Hilda’s College, Oxford University, and author of Lives like loaded guns: Emily Dickinson and her family’s feuds (2010), will give a talk on Tuesday, Oct. 12 titled “Abyss has no biographer’ (Emily Dickinson): Can we risk the Abyss?” in the Edison and Newman Room of Houghton Library. The event is sponsored by Houghton Library, Harvard College Library; the Woodberry Poetry Room; and the English Department, Harvard University. For more information, see the Houghton Library Blog.last_img read more

Hunger Banquet raises awareness of poverty

first_imgCaitlyn Jordan With the upcoming holidays, many families will gather around a table and enjoy a feast together, but some families will have little to no food on their tables.The 10th annual Hunger Banquet was held at Saint Mary’s on Tuesday evening to raise awareness about hunger and poverty.Saint Mary’s Student Diversity Board (SDB) president Callie Brown said her department’s goals were to emphasize the challenges of poverty in local and international communities.“The purpose of the hunger banquet is to raise awareness about poverty and hunger around the world and to provide resources for the community to get involved and give back,” Brown said.SDB sponsored this not so ordinary dinner, which was a part of the Board’s goals in highlighting diversity on campus.Students, faculty and staff drew slips of paper and played different roles at the banquet, according to a press release. One person could be a millionaire, and another could be a single parent working three jobs, barely able to make rent. Once in a role, each participant is categorized into one of three social classes: lower, middle and upper class.The designated class on each slip of paper determines how much food is on his or hers plate, the press release stated.Senior Madison Maidment said the banquet was an eye-opening experience.“The banquet is an opportunity for students to get a feel for the life of those less fortunate, especially when it comes to issues of poverty and justice,” Maidment said. “The hands-on experience helps people better understand those who may not have the same opportunities. Not everyone has a meal plan.”The event was small yet informative, sophomore Erin Hart said.“It was really cool to talk about hunger and poverty not only in our local community but also worldwide,” Hart said. “I also liked hearing about the different ways the community can give back to those less fortunate.”Brown said the Hunger Banquet was a powerful event and she hopes that Saint Mary’s students will contact the Office of Civil and Social Concerns if they would like to get involved in this annual event.“This event, to me, is a sign of solidarity with those who live in poverty and do not have the same access as resources as many in the Saint Mary’s community do,” Brown said.Tags: 10th annual hunger banquet, awareness, callie brown, Diversity, hunger, hunger banquet, poverty, SDB, sdb hunger banquet, Student Diversity Boardlast_img read more

Agricultural Development Teams

first_imgA group of Georgia National Guardsmen will get a crash course in basic agricultural practices later this month to prepare them for an upcoming mission to help Afghani farmers improve their crops and their families’standard of living. Over the past three years, a series of Georgia National Guard units — known as ADTs or Agribusiness Development Teams — have traveled to Afghanistan to work as international Extension agents. While some of the 20 or so citizen soldiers on the team that will deploy in the spring have backgrounds in agriculture, none of them have ever farmed in Afghanistan. That’s where the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences comes in. The college’s faculty will help the guardsmen learn the skills needed to farm the dry, mountainous land in Afghanistan. The training will be held Sept. 24-28 at the UGA’s Tifton Campus.This is the third group of Georgia National Guardsmen who have trained with University of Georgia faculty for an Agribusiness Development Team mission. ADT III is made up of citizen soldiers from across the state, but they are deploying as part of the Augusta-based 201st Regional Support Group. “The strategy most employed by ADTs is that of providing training and support to Afghan government officials so that they can then provide services to Afghan citizens,” said Col. Barry Beach, of the 201st Regional Support Group. “Since the majority of Afghanistan’s citizens are involved in the agriculture industry, the services they most need are agriculture related, which makes the work of ADTs critical to building Afghan government capacity.” Agribusiness Development Team II, which trained last fall, is currently deployed to Afghanistan. ADT I returned home from their tour in Afghanistan this spring. They helped farmers organize marketing cooperatives, taught goat farmers basic veterinary skills and gave Afghan women the tools they need to raise and preserve food to help support their families. Eight members of ADT I, from Augusta, Atlanta, Clarksville, Dalton and Ringgold are scheduled to deploy a second time with ADT III. The team’s hands-on training in Tifton will cover basic poultry production, greenhouse cultivation, erosion mitigation and watershed protection, dairy cow care and milking, drip irrigation systems, bee keeping and goat care. They will also receive a briefing from the currently deployed soldiers of ADT II via a web video conference on Monday. For more information about the training schedule and media availability, call Merritt Melancon at (706) 542-9724 or on her mobile at (706) 410-0202.last_img read more

Joseph H. O’Grady earns Champlain College award

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt. — Champlain College Professor Joseph H. OGrady was awarded the Edward Phelps Lyman Professorship in early May. “This institution has reaped the benefits of Joe’s dedication to his students and to teaching,” said President Roger H. Perry. O’Grady teaches human resources, business and management courses. He has taught at Champlain since 1987 and he spent three years as chairman of the Business Administration Division in the early 1990s.OGrady was praised for reaching students and preparing them for the workplace. He has earned the respect of colleagues for his leadership skills and his work on new projects and programs.OGrady maintains the professional designation of Senior Professional in Human Resources, awarded by the Society for Human Resource Management. His academic interests include trends in employment law, HR best practices, business problem solving models and workplace competencies.# # #last_img read more

Do’s and don’ts of recycling this holiday season in Broome County

first_imgAs for what you can recycle, “plastic bottles, glass jars and bottles, you can recycle most plastic packaging that isn’t film plastic, any of your hard plastic containers and of course cardboard, newspaper and regular paper.” Just make sure you cardboard is clean, dry and flat. Wrapping paper with any metallic coveringChristmas or rope lightsRibbonTinselFake Christmas treesBubble wrap/air pillows Broome County Recycling Coordinator Jessica Brewer urges you to keep the following items out of the recycling: Brewer explains, “any of those are going to tangle up in the recycling sorters and then they’re going to have to turn off the entire machine to get all of that tangling out.”center_img BROOME COUNTY (WBNG) — Broome County recycling officials are urging people to recycle holiday packaging materials correctly this season. As for your real Christmas tree, she says don’t throw it in the trash. You can bring it to Grippen Park or the landfill drop-off at 286 Knapp Road in Nanticoke where your tree will be chipped or composted. Brewer also mentioned tips for cutting down on packaging in general; try shopping small, use all-in-one box options when shopping online or try making your own wrapping paper.last_img read more

Avian flu hits Russian farm; Asian officials discuss surveillance

first_imgSep 4, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Russian officials announced today that hundreds of chickens at a farm in southern Russia died of H5N1 avian influenza, as international experts met in Bangkok to discuss how to better monitor the spread of the disease in Asia.The poultry deaths were discovered in the town of Razdolny in Krasnodar territory on Sep 2, RIA Novosti, Russia’s state news agency, reported today. The disease struck about 500 chickens.A spokesman for the territorial veterinary agency said a regional laboratory identified the H5N1 virus in the dead birds and that further tests were under way to confirm the results, the RIA Novosti report said. Authorities planned to cull 22,000 birds on the affected farm, the veterinary official said.The new wave of poultry deaths occurred in the same territory as a January outbreak that marked a recurrence of the disease in Russia after a 5-month lull. In February, the virus struck backyard birds at several locations on the outskirts of Moscow. Reports filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) show no other Russian outbreaks since then.Measures were being taken to contain the outbreak, the veterinary agency spokesman told RIA Novosti. Russia’s veterinary watchdog agency, Rosselkhozadzor, said authorities have slaughtered 414 birds, according to an Associated Press report.Meanwhile, animal-health experts from a dozen countries are meeting in Bangkok this week at a conference sponsored by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to hear reports from Asian countries on their H5N1 wildlife surveillance efforts and discuss how countries can better coordinate their activities, according to an FAO statement.Yesterday, an FAO official cast doubt on any major role of wild birds in spreading the H5N1 virus, saying more efforts should be focused on controlling the disease in domestic birds, news services reported.Scott Newman, international wildlife coordinator for the FAO, said the virus hasn’t been found in any of 300,000 to 350,000 healthy wild birds that have been sampled in global surveillance activities in the past 2 years, the Australian Press (AP) reported.”We know now that we haven’t found a species that even suggests that it would be a reservoir for this disease,” he said, according to the AP report.Experts said some countries test healthy wild birds, while others test for H5N1 only in sick or dead birds, the AP reported. So far the virus has been found in 90 species of birds.Scarce H5N1 findings in wild birds don’t mean surveillance efforts should stop, Newman said. Instead, countries should fine-tune monitoring activities by, for example, improving testing at sites where domestic and wild birds mingle.Officials attending the meeting, which includes 70 experts, said the only way to get an accurate view of H5N1 in wild birds is to establish a uniform and comprehensive surveillance system, according to a Voice of America (VOA) report dated yesterday.Last year, FAO officials expressed concern that migratory birds would spread the H5N1 virus from Asia and Europe to Africa. However, William Karesh, program director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s field veterinary program, said surveillance has found very few instances of the virus in Africa’s wild birds, according to the VOA report.He said the illegal trade in wildlife in Africa and elsewhere makes tracking the virus particularly challenging, the VOA reported. The FAO meeting ends tomorrow.See also:OIE reports on Russian H5N1 outbreakshttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2007_AI.phpFAO statement on Bangkok meetinghttp://www.fao.org/avianflu/news/bangkok_wild.htmJun 2, 2006, CIDRAP News story “FAO: Wild birds play role in avian flu, but poultry key”last_img read more