BSF Congratulates Ukrainian Counterparts

first_img Share this article View post tag: Congratulates Training & Education December 8, 2011 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Counterparts View post tag: News by topic Russian Black Sea Fleet (BSF) command on Dec 6 congratulated Ukrainian naval servicemen on 20th anniversary of Ukrainian Armed Forces. “We closely cooperate in providing security at southern frontiers of our countries and conduct full-scale interaction. Joint exercises, consultations, and festivities expand our partnership“, said BSF Deputy Commander Yury Orekhovsky addressing the solemn assembly of Russian and Ukrainian naval servicemen.The fleet’s deputy commander expressed hope that “such weighted and business approach” in relations between mariners of the two countries would be preserved in future.The meeting was followed by the concert given by Russian and Ukrainian song and dance collectives.Administration of Sevastopol, veterans, and public figures also congratulated Ukrainian servicemen on the remarkable date.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , December 08, 2011 View post tag: Ukrainian View post tag: Navy View post tag: BSF Back to overview,Home naval-today BSF Congratulates Ukrainian Counterparts BSF Congratulates Ukrainian Counterpartslast_img read more

Hoboken Fire Officer Local 1076, 1078

first_imgDear Editor:This letter is being written to inform you about our city being put at risk due to insufficient man power and the browning out of fire companies. It has been the practice of a current administration to simply close fire companies when manpower reaches a certain number rather than call additional personnel to maintain the integrity of six fire companies.Over the last nine years, the city has reduced the Hoboken fire department’s manpower from a high of 132 members and 7 fire companies in 2008, to the current total of 113 and 6 fire companies ( 5 companies when the decision is made to “brown out” a company). Over the same period of time, the population in Hoboken went from 38,000+ people to approximately 56,000 people now.Along with the population increase, there has been an increase in the number of newly constructed building throughout town, and in areas that never had residential buildings in the past. Rather than maintain a fire department with sufficient manpower and resources, the city’s answer was to reduce the total manpower and occasionally drop to five fire companies. There are times when there are only 18 fire department personnel on duty to protect 56,000 people. That is preposterous. It puts the citizens at risk and puts the fire department personnel at increased risk.To illustrate, on July 12 the Hoboken fire department browned out an engine company and only had fivecompanies covering the city. During the day, there was a fire in Jersey City and the department sent a truck and engine to Jersey City on mutual aid for five hours. The city was left with THREE fire companies protecting the entire city until the Battalion Chief was able to get a sufficient amount of personnel to come in and open up companies to backfill while the other two companies were at mutual aid, once again, we have 56,000 people in the city of Hoboken.Both the firefighters union and the fire officer union along with the chief of the department ask the city to apply for a SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant. The purpose of a SAFER grant is to enhance the local fire departments abilities to comply the staffing, response and operational standards established by NFPA 1710 ( National Fire Protection Association) which establishes the minimum personnel per apparatus. (The city has not been compliant since 2009).The union asked the city to apply for 24 firefighters, the chief recommended and ask for 16, and the city only authorized 4 ( as of yet the administration hasn’t accepted it ). Although appreciated, that is not nearly enough for what the department needs we hope that the city administration will finally start increasing the department’s manpower so you the citizens, will have the properly sized fire department to best serve you in the safest and most efficient way. Until that day, please be aware that the members of Hoboken fire department will continue to serve you the citizens as best we can. Sincerely,Michael StefanoHoboken Fire Officer- Local 1076Thomas AligoHoboken Firefighter- Local 1078last_img read more

News story: Gender pay gap results published

first_img This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. upper: 86% male, 14% female upper middle: 83% male, 17% female lower middle: 75% male, 25% female lower: 55% male, 45% female The proportions of men and women in each pay quartile: The NDA has published a report which covers their entire estate. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email [email protected] tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. Sellafield Ltd full declaration on gender pay gap Request an accessible format.center_img under-representation of females in more senior grades. the ongoing legacy of historic recruitment into STEM roles. low employee turnover and restricted recruitment, hence limited opportunities to provide promotion opportunities. lower female length of service and therefore less average experience, potentially influencing promotion outcomes. In common with most organisations, this is the first time that our gender pay gap has been analysed, and this report is therefore our baseline for improvement.Our first priority is to understand the reasons for our pay gap, at a detailed level. We therefore intend to further analyse our data. This analysis will then enable us to formulate a targeted action plan to close our gender pay gap.The results for Sellafield Ltd are as follows: the mean gender pay gap: 14.3% the median gender pay gap: 11.7% the mean gender bonus gap: 14.6% the median gender bonus gap: 0% the proportions of men and women who received a bonus: 98.03% and 97.84% respectively PDF, 213KB, 6 pages At this stage, our analysis is that the pay gap is driven by the following factors:last_img read more

Global summit to promote UK food exports

first_imgA global summit and a showcase of food and drink was held yesterday in a bid to highlight the UK success story in exports.The Global Business Summit on Retail, Food and Drink saw the food industry discuss issues including global challenges, health and wellbeing  and sustainability and was followed by the tasting for international journalists in key export target countriesFood and drink is the UK’s largest manufacturing industry, with an annual turnover of £76.2bn and the industry is expected to grow 20% by 2020. The event was held because food and drink exports rose for the seventh consecutive year in 2011, totalling over £12.1bn.Commenting on the event, the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) said the industry had been working with government partners on a strategy to ensure that UK food and drink companies can take advantage of a surge in interest in British products as diets become increasingly Westernised and UK food is recognised for its quality and safety. For example, United Biscuits has produced a product especially for the Nigerian market, working closely with Unicef and it has also enjoyed success with its long-established McVitie’s Digestive, which is now the top selling breakfast biscuit in Italy – with around 8.3 million packs sold in 2011. Melanie Leech, FDF director general, said: “The discussion highlighted many of the issues that the Food and Drink Federation has been addressing through its own industry action, particularly the importance and growth of health and wellbeing and the need to deliver our growth sustainably. “I am pleased to hear of the appointment of Paul Walsh, CEO of Diageo, as business ambassador for the food and drink industries. Our small and medium-sized companies need to maximise their potential with overseas markets and his role will help SMEs access global markets and grow their business overseas.”last_img read more

Harvard, Cisco, BBN Technologies connect with Boston and Cambridge schools

first_imgHarvard University announced today (Sept. 22) a new partnership with the cities of Boston and Cambridge designed to bring the world to students — faster and clearer than ever.Harvard will share its access to the super high-speed Internet2 Network connection with Boston and Cambridge schools, granting all 148 public schools in the two cities use of the most advanced networking consortium in the world.In addition, Cisco is contributing Cisco TelePresence equipment to the John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School enabling the students and teachers to connect with people around the globe. This interactive collaboration tool will put them at the forefront of teaching and learning. Raytheon BBN Technologies, an advanced networking research company, has donated the networking equipment that provides connectivity to Cambridge.“This exciting technology not only provides our Boston Public Schools students with exceptional educational opportunities, but furthers the City of Boston’s position at the forefront of the technology frontier. Together with Harvard and Cisco, we are opening the globe to our students and connecting our city to the world,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino at a celebration of Harvard’s teaching and learning partnerships with the Boston Public Schools.  The fete included a demonstration of the new technology at the O’Bryant School of Math and Science.Internet2 is a high-speed, high-performance national network dedicated to serving the research and education community.  It brings together a broad range of the education sector, including K-12 schools, colleges and universities, libraries, and museums, providing them with a platform for collaboration and distribution of content. Harvard, which has provided the high-speed connection for the schools, will continue to host the school systems at no cost to either city. This collaboration also grew out of the Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) project, which Raytheon BBN is leading. Funded by the National Science Foundation, GENI is a unique virtual laboratory for at-scale networking experimentation where the brightest minds unite to envision and create new possibilities of future Internets.Cisco TelePresence technology in the O’Bryant and Cambridge Rindge and Latin schools will enable teachers and students to work in real-time with experts and lecturers, and other classrooms locally and around the globe; access online multimedia education materials, and to connect to new professional development opportunities — all with a simple phone call.“Putting cutting edge technology in the hands of Boston teachers and students is an exciting new chapter in Harvard’s long and fruitful partnership with Boston schools,” said Harvard President Drew Faust.  “The Cisco TelePresence installations will connect classrooms in Boston and Cambridge to each other, to universities like Harvard, and to learning opportunities around the globe.”“Through Cisco TelePresence, schools and universities are able to foster a more collaborative and interactive teaching and learning environment to better equip students with the skills required for success in the 21st century,” said Ken Gaines, Cisco’s vice president of state and local government, and education. “We are pleased to work alongside Harvard University to provide the Boston and Cambridge Public School Systems with access to new interactive collaboration tools that extend the in-person teaching and learning experience beyond the traditional physical classroom.”President Faust also announced that as part of the new partnership with the Boston and Cambridge schools, Harvard will convene an advisory group that will identify opportunities to use these new technology resources to further strengthen Harvard’s teaching and learning partnerships with Boston and Cambridge.  Cisco is providing teacher training on the new TelePresence units and ongoing support as needed. Harvard is also convening Boston and Cambridge educators to present Internet2 resources and offer training.This new partnership is just the latest in a long and robust relationship between Harvard and the Boston and Cambridge school systems.“This technology will help our students connect with their peers, authors, and scholars around the globe,” said Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol R. Johnson. “We are fortunate to be supported by organizations such as Harvard University and Cisco as we work to make all of our schools centers of excellence in every way.”“Technology is exciting but it isn’t a goal in and of itself,” said Cambridge Superintendent Jeffrey Young.  “Making it easier for students and teachers to access and participate in the world of ideas as players not just observers is what matters. These resources can break down the walls of the classroom and extend teaching and learning to every corner of the globe.”This partnership between Boston and Harvard is just the latest example of a relationship that has extended over nearly four centuries. A new report released by Harvard today chronicles the depth and breadth of that relationship, cataloging the 123 educational programs that take place in Boston schools or engage Boston students. Called Partnerships for Progress, Harvard Teaching and Learning Partnerships: Boston, the report gives readers the opportunity to learn about key initiatives and how they’ve strengthened both the Boston and Harvard communities.Menino, Faust, and Cisco representatives joined BPS Superintendent Carol Johnson at the O’Bryant and CPSD Superintendent Jeffrey Young for a 30-minute TelePresence tour that connected teachers, students, and administrators with several destinations while gathered in the in the 70-seat amphitheater classroom. The O’Bryant School’s headmaster, Steve Sullivan, guided the room through a series of conversations with educators and students in Boston and beyond.After an initial call across the river to connect with Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean Kathleen McCartney and Cambridge Superintendent Jeffrey Young, Sullivan reached out to Joan Reede, dean for Diversity and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School, who oversees programs that give Boston children access to real-world science experiences at Harvard and in Harvard labs. O’Bryant geometry teacher Jim Munsey then took the stage and on a call to students in Phoenix, taught a mini-lesson on probability with a magic trick.“This is a dream come true,” said Sullivan, who noted one of the school’s goals this year was to increase its partnerships.  “There are endless possibilities now.  We can span time as well as distance in a way that goes beyond traditional learning and gives us access to new opportunities and cultures that we only dreamed of connecting with before.”This technology partnership grew out of collaboration that began more than a year ago linking Harvard, the Cambridge and Boston school systems, with funding from Raytheon BBN Technologies, to provide the connectivity to the Internet2 Network.  Building on access to Internet2, Cisco offered to establish a leading Cisco TelePresence capacity at a school in each city. The partnership comes at a time when Harvard itself is growing its use of this technology as well. Harvard currently has 11 TelePresence units throughout its campus.“This network will provide fertile research ground for students to explore their ideas over the next few years,” said Chip Elliott, GENI project director.last_img read more

The outlook for Africa

first_imgOver the course of Condoleezza Rice’s many trips to Africa, one indelible image — at a museum commemorating the roughly 800,000 people murdered in the 1994 Rwandan genocide — still haunts the former secretary of state.“There was a note that had been found in the rubble, and it was from a little boy about 8 years old. And it said, ‘Don’t worry, the U.N. is coming,’ ” Rice recalled at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) on Tuesday (Nov. 30). “Well, of course, the U.N. never came.”That era marked a low point in foreign policy toward Africa, she said, and indeed, much of Rice’s work in the region demonstrated her desire to re-engage with the often-struggling continent. In her talk, “The National Interest, Africa, and the African Diaspora: Does U.S. Foreign Policy Connect the Dots?” Rice argued that the United States’ continued involvement in African affairs is good for this country — and the American idea — as well.Rice argued for an American foreign policy toward Africa that will promote internal and international stability, as well as the American ideal of democratic governance.“America is both an idea and a superpower,” she said. “The ups and downs, the ins and outs of making those two strains in our foreign policy work together go very far back in our history.”The event, co-sponsored by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, was the first of three lectures Rice will give this week on the black experience in American foreign policy.Rice’s talk drew on her varied experiences in academia and politics, from her graduate research on Cold War-era policies toward Africa to her time as a national security adviser and cabinet member in President George W. Bush’s administration. Rice is now a professor of political economy in the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a professor of political science at Stanford, and the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Stanford-affiliated Hoover Institution.She described the evolution of America’s interaction with Africa. During the Cold War, aid to the continent was largely motivated by ideological and strategic competition with Africa’s other major benefactor, the Soviet Union. In the 1990s, without a Soviet foil in the region, “U.S. interests tended to lack clarity,” she said.Rice and Bush had always intended to re-evaluate “the African agenda” after entering office, she said, but the 9/11 terrorist attacks heightened the sense of urgency.“U.S. interests became redefined worldwide, not just around terrorism, but around the notion that we needed to have responsible sovereigns in the world,” Rice said. The Bush administration’s policies toward Africa were animated by the idea “that failed states were a danger, not just to themselves, but a danger to international stability.”She highlighted the Bush administration’s successes, including a threefold increase in aid to Africa, increased funding for malaria and HIV/AIDS research, and the successful ousting of authoritarian leaders such as Charles Taylor, who presided over a brutal civil war in Liberia. One of the most promising trends on the continent, she said, was “the emergence of democratic leaders, mostly in small states, who were making a difference for their people” and who were willing to give up power peacefully.Rice championed the United States’ “overt advocacy” of democracy to African nations over the past decade, adding that she didn’t believe that healthy civil societies would spring up on their own. “I’ve never understood how habits of democracy develop in authoritarian circumstances” without outside guidance, Rice said.Still, she maintained a realist’s perspective on working with authoritarian leaders.“In the long run, the United States is better off as democracies progress and authoritarians recede,” she said. “But the United States is not an NGO [nongovernmental organization], and it is never going to have pure policies” for dealing with democracies or authoritarian states.Rice also discussed the effects the global recession might have on African countries. Although Africa’s growth rates have remained stable, she said, she worries whether formerly wealthy Western nations will be able to provide “continued assistance to African governments that are doing the right thing.”And while China has stepped up to support the continent, Rice questioned whether its “rather mercantilist” investment in Africa — designed to fuel China’s own growth and create more jobs for the Chinese, rather than to spur African economic development — is hurting Africa more than it helps.Regardless, she said, it’s time for African nations to take responsibility for their continent’s successes and failures.“It’s been a place of high potential for a really long time,” Rice said. “It’s important that that potential be realized.”Rice will speak on “Multiethnic Democracy: Is the American Experience Unique?” on Wednesday (Dec. 1) and “Why Democracy Matters: Education, Empowerment, and the American National Myth at Home and Abroad” on Thursday (Dec. 2). Both events will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Askwith Hall in the Longfellow Building and are co-sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Education.last_img read more

Film Forum to host Gardner retrospective

first_imgThe Film Forum in New York City will host a one-week retrospective of documentarian and ethnographer Robert Gardner’s influential films from Nov. 11 to Nov. 17.As a founder of the Harvard Film Archive, the founding director of the Film Study Center at Harvard, and an associate of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Gardner has exerted an immeasurable influence on the creation of the vibrant film community that continues to thrive at Harvard and throughout the Greater Boston area.For more information, call the Forum at 212.727.8110, or visit the Film Forum website.last_img

Women as peacemakers

first_imgWhen three women, including Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, an alumna of Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), received the Nobel Peace Prize in October, it was more than just a testament to their work. The prize was also a clear signal to the many unheralded women around the world that their peace building efforts were not only noble but necessary.Several such women from across Africa and the Middle East gathered at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum Wednesday to share their stories and convey a similar message. “Why Women Won the Nobel Prize,” hosted by the Institute of Politics, the Center for Public Leadership, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, and the Women and Public Policy Program at HKS, testified to the influence of women in peace efforts around the world.The Nobel was just another example of the ways women leaders, both at the highest reaches of government and at the ground level, are “changing the whole security paradigm,” said moderator Swanee Hunt, Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy. “Right now, security, in most people’s minds, means bombs and bullets.”Increasingly, however, leaders recognize a need for women’s participation throughout the entire peace process, from street-level protests to formal negotiations. President Obama, for example, recently signed an executive order on women, peace, and security that he hopes will provide “a comprehensive road map” to increasing female participation in peace building, Hunt noted.Women bring “soft skills” to the negotiation table, said Orit Adato, a retired lieutenant general in the Israeli Defense Forces and former commissioner of the Israeli Prison Service. Those traits — “the ability to see the whole picture but at the same time to identify and give your attention to the details,” to contain situations and deal with them, and to balance priorities — are crucial to the peace process.Samira Hamidi, director of the 5,000-member Afghan Women’s Network, noted that women, so often denied a role in peacemaking, are likely to show steadfast commitment to the process if given the chance — if only to prove to themselves and their families that their presence at the table is worthwhile.In the summer of 2010, she recalled, at Afghanistan’s national peace jirga, three rockets hit just outside the tent where she and other delegates had gathered for an address by President Hamid Karzai. While many male delegates left to ensure their safety, the women remained on principle.“Peace is too important,” Hamidi said. “It is dangerous, but we are proud of what we’re doing.”Mossarat Qadeem, a Pakistani activist, discussed her work rehabilitating young men formerly of the Taliban and other radical militias. The work often involves getting the boys’ mothers to trust her to intervene.“Those boys would dare not come to a woman like me,” she said. “The most difficult part is reintegration into their communities.”In the world’s newest country, South Sudan, which gained its independence from Sudan in July after nearly 20 years of conflict, women leaders are hoping to turn “years of fear into opportunity and stability,” said Rebecca Joshua Okwaci, founder of Sudanese Women Empowerment for Peace. Women recognize the importance of building up civil society and individual rights to create long-lasting peace, she said.Her years as a “freedom fighter” for South Sudan’s independence confer not power but a great responsibility to her fellow citizens, said Okwaci, who is now deputy minister for general education and instruction. The new government must repay the sacrifices the South Sudanese made for so many years to support the war.“The same way their eggs were taken from them [during the war], it is time now for us to give them peace,” Okwaci said. “Their chickens were taken from them — now it is time to give them stability. Their goats were taken from them — it is time to give them independence, give them recognition, and give them hope.”The evening, which ended with a call-and-response performance of a traditional Arabic song and impromptu dancing led by Okwaci, seemed to inspire those in attendance.Those who follow conflict for a living “flirt a lot with cynicism, and I didn’t hear a note of that tonight,” said Jina Moore, a human rights journalist, during the question-and-answer session. “Which reminds me that cynicism is a luxury for people who think about conflict and not for people who are forced into living with it. For me that was very powerful.”Women activists from conflict regions have been coming to Cambridge since 1999 as part of an annual conference supported by the Institute for Inclusive Security, a program of Hunt’s family foundation, Hunt Alternatives Fund.last_img read more

SAB clarifies role in event planning, community building

first_imgSaint Mary’s is a place of community and learning. Despite the popular phrase repeated by parents and professors alike, “You are here to learn and not play,” the Student Activities Board (SAB) and the Belles who work on it combine the two, organizing events which allow students to take a break from studying while still participating in their college community. For the members of SAB, the work is often rooted in a personal connection. Outgoing vice president and incoming president junior Sarah Catherine Caldwell expressed this sentiment in an email.  “Coming to Saint Mary’s knowing one other person, I felt intimidated when trying to make friends, and SAB events provided a natural space for me to connect with people,” she said. “I met most of my friends at SAB events — such as Belles Bash and Oktoberfest — and have watched countless other Belles connect over food, crafts and fellowship. I knew I wanted to be a part of the organization. Our involvement in organizing timeless Saint Mary’s traditions, such as Midnight Breakfast, has only enhanced my love for Saint Mary’s.” A love for Saint Mary’s and its students motivated junior treasurer Maria Bruno to join the board.“One of the biggest motivations I have is the students,” Bruno said. “I want to make sure our events are inclusive and offer things for everyone. Making sure our campus is fun and we have events that students want to go to is really important to me.” Student programming is the focus of SAB, differentiating it from other Big Boards. SAB is an independent Big Board, separate from Student Government Association (SGA). Although they work in conjunction with SGA and other Big Boards, such as Student Diversity Board and Residence Hall Association. Ultimately, the Board is in place to serve the student body and its needs, Caldwell said. “SAB provides lots of different activities for students throughout the year,” Bruno said. “Our events provide a fun environment for students to come and take a break from school and hang out with their friends. We provide lots of different activities to appeal to different students as well.”This inclusion for different types of students extends to the Board itself which allows and encourages participation from all grade levels and students. “Our events provide a natural way to connect with each other, but also our board is made up of all classes,” Caldwell said. “It is really beautiful to watch first-year and sophomore Belles connect with junior and senior Belles who they may have not had the opportunity to meet if it wasn’t for SAB.”Diversity reaches beyond class years into geographic and cultural diversity. Caldwell’s background influenced the planning of events, specifically Mardi Gras, she said.“This year, I was able to celebrate Fat Tuesday in South Bend with authentic king cakes at our Mardi Gras event,” Caldwell said. “Mardi Gras is my favorite holiday because it always falls around my birthday, and I am from the birthplace of Mardi Gras in the U.S., [Mobile, Alabama]. My position on SAB allowed me to share a piece of my home with my campus community. I loved watching fellow Belles enjoy their first bite of real king cake and connecting with other Belles from the Gulf Coast.”In light of Saint Mary’s moving to distance learning for the remainder of the semester due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Board had to cancel all events for the remainder of the academic year.Bruno said these cancellations just make her even more excited for the next school year.“We had some fun new events planned that we were excited to debut and are working to make them even better for next year,” she said. “We also once again have a really great executive board for this next school year, and I am excited to work with all of them and continue to grow SAB.”Students interested in joining SAB can apply in the fall at the involvement and resource fair.Tags: big boards, SAB, student programminglast_img read more

The Colombian Army Acquires a Long-Range Acoustic System

first_imgBy Dialogo July 19, 2011 The Colombian Army has acquired the LRAD 1000Xi Long-Range Acoustic Device Highly Intelligible Long-Distance Communication system from AROLEN Corporation. According to its representative in Colombia, speaking to Infodefensa.com, these systems were purchased following a demonstration of their use in June, in the southern part of the country, which led to the demobilization of FARC-EP insurgents (psychological operations). The success of the demonstration caused the Defense Ministry to begin taking steps to acquire six LRAD 1000Xi systems for deployment by the Army on Sikorsky UH-60L and AH-60L Black Hawk helicopters and one LRAD 500Xi system for the Air Force, which is also testing the 1000 model for possible future acquisition. The LRAD 1000Xi can be operated manually to provide clear and intelligible communication at distances of up to 3,000 meters. Among its characteristics, it has a maximum continuous acoustic output of 153 dB SPL at one meter, weighted; a beam width of +/- 15° at one kHz; and a communications transmission range of 3,000 meters. As far as its mechanical aspects are concerned, it measures 36 inches wide by 40 inches high by 13 inches deep; weighs 81 pounds without accessories; and is made of a molded composite, 6061 aluminum, and 316 stainless steel.last_img read more