April 6, 2012 View post tag: Navy Training & Education View post tag: George More than 3,000 Sailors from the Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) and their families took part in a command-sponsored pre-deployment fair April 2.The goal of the fair is to ensure the crew and their families are deployment ready.Sailors had the opportunity to visit more than 20 booths featuring legal, financial, medical, religious and even Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)information and advice in order to create a more stable foundation for themselves and their dependents when the ship pulls out on its next patrol.“This is something we do every year and it’s first and foremost for the Sailors… especially for the single Sailors that are deploying for the first time,” said Lt. Benjamin Howard, a command chaplain stationed aboard George Washington. “Right at their fingertips, this give them the information that they will need while on deployment.”“I think the ombudsman is one of the best booths offered,” said Religious Programs Specialist 3rd Class Micchicco Hunter, one of more than 3,000 Sailors who attended. “Ombudsman acts as the link between the Sailors and their families. We have a lot of people coming to the chapel who miss their families while deployed and ombudsman really help keep that connection open.”Ombudsman are representative of the commanding officer, responsible for establishing and maintaining current and accurate communication between the command and its family members. “I liked the Family Readiness Group (FRG) and MWR booths,” said Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Recruit Jessica Keener-Dragoo, a newly arriving Sailor to the George Washington. “They gave us a lot of information, a lot of things to do and everyone was very friendly and nice. I didn’t know anything when I got here, but I feel I learned a lot and feel that my family will be taken care of.”The FRG is an integral part of a support service network that bundles key support services such as Ombudsmen, Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSCs), chaplains, school liaison officers and child development centers at the command level. “It may seem tedious at first glance, but if Sailors take advantage of the information that is given here, it will benefit them in the long run,” said Howard.This year marks George Washington’s fourth pre-deployment fair at Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) and officials hope the event continues to get better each year.George Washington is currently pier side in Yokosuka, Japan and making preparations to return to sea.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 06, 2012; US Aircraft Carrier Hosts Pre-Deployment Fair View post tag: USS View post tag: American View post tag: Aircraft Share this article View post tag: 73 View post tag: hosts Back to overview,Home naval-today US Aircraft Carrier Hosts Pre-Deployment Fair View post tag: Japan View post tag: Naval View post tag: Pre-Deployment View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Fair View post tag: Washington View post tag: Yokosuka View post tag: US View post tag: CVN View post tag: Carrier
But between now and 29th June 2008, visitors are in for an additional treat in the form of the splendid ‘Studio Cameroon’ exhibition. Stretching along a short corridor to the right of the museum’s entrance, this features a selection of the portraits taken in ‘Studio Photo Jacques’. Established by Jacques Touselle in the town of Mbouda in Cameroon’s Western Highlands in 1970, the studio’s output encompasses a wide range of formats, a fact reflected in the exhibition, which includes photos for ID cards, marriage certificates, photos of friends and family groups, light-hearted portraits of individuals and of fashions. Moving from photo to photo the viewer notes the recurring backdrops and props used in the studio, a mixture of traditional and modernity, and above all a firm sense of the individuality of the subjects. Indeed, the real joy of ‘Studio Cameroon’ is found in the sense of Touselle capturing not just a person, but a ‘moment’.. Even the most composed of the photos – those taken for official documents – are full of feeling; a woman leans toward her husband, her forehead touching his, a young man stares confrontationally at the camera while in the next photo along a woman in the same universal passport photo pose gazes mournfully at the lens, a fearful look in her eyes. The way these are presented in their full original size, pre-cropping, situates them firmly in their context. We see glimpses of prints on the studio wall, pieces of lighting equipment intrude into the edges of pictures and in one, a wizened elderly gentleman squints at the lens while the eyes and fingers of the photographer’s assistant holding up the backdrop protrude into the top of the frame.‘Studio Photo Jacques’ becomes a window on provincial life in ‘70s and ‘80s Cameroon; a society urbanising, bureaucratising, and increasingly receptive to outside influences. Two young women in patterned gowns and headdresses proudly show off a handbag and cassette player, a boy with a mischievous grin balances a tray of cigarettes on his head, and a matriarch brandishes a large fly whip, a symbol of authority, with two gourds resting at her feet. One of the most charming portraits is that of a businessman dressed in a suit and carrying a walking stick. He could be waiting for a bus anywhere in the world were it not for the intricate pattern of beads that decorates the stick. The prop grounds him in the world outside the studio door. This is one of several portraits in which the lines and patterns of 1970s aesthetics are juxtaposed with the geometric designs of traditional artwork. Touselle works with subjects of all ages and classes, and his affection for the people of Mbouda is plain to see. Local costumes are set in arrangements and poses which heighten their timeless grace, and while a suave besuited gentleman gazes seriously into the distance, the painted lion on the backdrop behind him roars at the camera. The photos are a synthesis of artist and subject.Indeed, for all of the eclectic delights of the museum, the photos represent a very distinct approach to the portrayal of world customs and peoples. Whereas the museum’s collections group specimens of human behaviour thematically, disconnected from origins from which some were separated under questionable circumstances (such as the ornamental skulls ‘found’ on a ledge outside a wooden house-front by the donor), the exhibition offers an intimate, complete portrayal of its subject, firmly bound to its context. A visit to these engaging examples of two very different formats of anthropological understanding is truly fascinating – the Pitt Rivers is a peck o’ joy, and offers much more than just shrunken heads. by Jeremy CliffeAt the back of the dinosaur-filled skeletal structure of the Natural History Museum on South Parks Road, a short flight of stairs leads down into one of Oxford’s hidden wonders: the Pitt Rivers Museum. A huge totem pole looms over this cavernous space, which, whilst only a little larger than the Sheldonian Theatre, houses over half a million anthropological treasures. Silhouettes of the atrium’s ironwork frame lead the eye upwards to a curved roof resembling the upturned hull of a wooden galleon; with the eerie lighting this makes for a haunting atmosphere. But it is the impression of clutter (in the very best sense of the word) that strikes the visitor most – imagine an antiques market, a shaman’s store cupboard and a magpie’s nest all rolled into one.Founded in 1884 in accordance with the will of collector extraordinaire, General Augustus Pitt Rivers, this temple to bric-a-brac is almost impossible to pin down. It describes itself as a museum of ‘Anthropology and World Archaeology’, but the collections are far broader than is suggested by such a prosaic précis. A random selection of the objects encompassed includes snuff-taking equipment, Japanese theatrical masks, surgical instruments, astrological guides, zithers, tarot cards, and ballerina dolls made out of giant flies. This definition-defying multifariousness might explain why such a wondrous Aladdin’s cave is not better known amongst Oxonians. Where there is awareness of the Pitt Rivers, it is usually in the context of the museum’s high-profile and ethically-dubious display of shrunken human heads from the Upper Amazon.Yet once the morbid impulse to headhunt has been duly satisfied, a visit offers many unexpected joys. The densely displayed collections comprise far too many exhibits for the visitor to be thorough about his or her browsing, and the material precludes any logically ordered perusal. This leaves one free to dart between show cases according to whim. The labels are hand-written in copperplate script on yellowing paper, with archaic geographical references – Rhodesia, Ceylon, Zululand – and delightful descriptions, such as this comment on a card next to the famous ‘witch in a bottle’: ‘Obtained about 1915 from an old lady living in a village near Hove, Sussex. She remarked “and they do say there be a witch in it and if you let it out there it be a peck o’ trouble.”’
Gov. Eric Holcomb discusses the plans for improvement that DCS will undergo.Photo by Brynna Sentel, TheStatehouseFile.com Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday said he supports the Indiana Gaming Commission’s investigation into casino executives who have been implicated in a federal campaign finance scheme.Centaur Gaming, which operated the state’s two horse-track racing casinos in Shelbyville and Anderson until selling the properties to Caesars Entertainment in 2018, has been linked to a scheme that involved illegally funneling thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to an Indiana congressional candidate and others in 2015.Court documents do not name Centaur but refer to “Company A” as an Indianapolis “gaming” company. The documents also say the vice president and general counsel for that company, referred to as “Person A,” helped coordinate the scheme.The Indiana Gaming Commission said on Friday that it understands the company referenced in the court documents to be Centaur. John Keeler served as vice president and general counsel for Centaur.Keeler and Rod Ratcliff, former CEO and chairman of Centaur, are still actively involved in Indiana gambling, but under a different company name — Spectacle Entertainment.Spectacle was established in late 2018 when it acquired the two casinos in Gary. After successfully lobbying the Indiana General Assembly in 2019, Spectacle received permission to construct a new inland casino in Gary and close the riverboats. The new casino is currently under construction.Spectacle is also the only applicant for a new Terre Haute casino license. The gaming commission had been expected to award the license to Spectacle at its Feb. 7 meeting, but that meeting has now been postponed for an investigation.“We need clarity, and we’ll get it,” Holcomb said.Holcomb said it’s the commission’s job to investigate the allegations, and he would wait for the results of that probe before commenting on what should happen next.“You’re asking me to comment on something that has yet to be resolved from the investigation perspective,” Holcomb said. “I don’t want to interfere with that investigation in any way whatsoever.”Last year, Holcomb came under scrutiny for taking two private flights provided by Ratcliff and not disclosing the flights on his 2018 financial disclosure statement. The flights occurred while Ratcliff was lobbying to change state law to allow for the new Gary casino. Holcomb was later cleared of any ethical violation, as the flights were considered in-kind gifts to the Republican Governors Association.The latest campaign finance allegations against Centaur and Keeler were made public last week after Republic strategist Chip O’Neil, who worked as vice president for the Strategic Campaign Group, pleaded guilty to conspiracy in federal court in Virginia and admitted to funneling money from an Indianapolis gaming company to an Indiana congressional candidate.The candidate is not named in court documents, but Federal Election Commission campaign finance records indicate the candidate is former Republican state Sen. Brent Waltz, who unsuccessfully ran for Indiana’s 9th Congressional District in 2016.According to court documents, Company A (believed to be Centaur) signed a contract with Strategic Campaign Group for “services related to U.S. presidential campaigns and campaign finance law” and paid the consulting firm $38,500.O’Neil then used that money to reimburse several individuals who served as conduits, including himself and his girlfriend at the time, for contributions they made to Waltz’s campaign.Court documents say the scheme was meant to avoid individual campaign contribution limits, get around the prohibition on corporate donations to federal office candidates and hide the fact that the money was coming from the gaming company.According to court documents, this all occurred in the direction of Person A, believed to be of Keeler.At least $16,200 went to Waltz’s campaign through six donations that are specified in court documents, and the donations caused his campaign to “unwittingly file false campaign finance reports.”Waltz told IBJ that he believed all his campaign contributions were legal and that he’s cooperating with the investigation.In a statement released Friday, Spectacle said it is cooperating with the gaming commission’s investigation.“We take such matters very seriously and we will share more information should additional details become available,” the statement read.FOOTNOTE: Today’s “READERS POLL” question is: Would you spend $251,000 of your own money to purchase and renovated a house located at 101 East Tennesse Street?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
B olton arena will play host to the 5th annual Bakers’ Fair this autumn, which takes place on Sunday 2 October. The free-to-attend event, sponsored by Norbake, will be coupled with Butchers’ Fair as it was at the spring fair in April, giving great opportunities to those companies that work across both sectors.Many new exhibitors are attending this year: CakePortioner; The South African Macadamia Nut Council; GB Plange; Stamford; Eurowire; Soil Association; FWP Matthews; BFP Wholesale; and Mailbox Mouldings. Existing exhibitors include sponsors Norbake; Dawn Foods; Mono Equipment; RedBlack; Reynards; Rank Hovis; Unifine; and Cereform.The Stage will feature presentations by John Robertshaw of Bako North Western on ’How to make cake pops’. He will show bakers how these cakes on sticks can become a commercial success, by producing them in a cost-effective and timely manner.Lee Holdstock, the Soil Association’s trade relations manager, will be discussing the issue of ’Demystifying Organic’. He will give an overview of regulations and standards relevant to organic baking, while also considering to whom they apply, what the requirements are in practice and what opportunities there are for certified businesses.For the first time, the Richemont Club of Great Britain’s competition classes have been opened to everyone to enter, not just Richemont members. As part of the eighth annual competition, the Live Challenge Cup will be competed for, this year, by invited teams from the Richemont Club of Great Britain and the National Association of Master Bakers. The overall Richemont Trophy will be awarded to the highest-scoring Richemont team or business, with the competition prizes presented by ’Allo ’Allo! actress Vicki Michelle.Opening Times9.30-16.00Stage Presentations & Masterclasses10.00-15.30Richemont Club Competition TimingslAll products to arrive prior to 10.30am on Sunday 2 October 2011lJudging will take place between 11:00 and 13:00lPrize-giving will commence at approximately 14:30lPrizes to be awarded by ’Allo ’Allo actress Vicki Michelle Travel info Location: Bolton Arena, Arena Approach, Horwich, Bolton, Lancashire, BL6 6LBThe Arena is situated in the Middlebrook Leisure & Retail Park, next to the Reebok Stadium. It is just 300m from J6 of the M61 and 200m from Horwich Parkway railway station. It has extensive parking, convenient hotel accommodation and direct motorway and rail links. All travel information can be found on the Bolton Arena website, www.boltonarena.com Exhibitor list The South African Macadamia Nut Council*CakePortioner*RedBlackRenshawRank HovisAcoldDawn FoodsNorbakeDCA EquipmentJiffy TrucksAcrivarnMono EquipmentGB Plange*ReynardsStamford*UnifineLink Print & PackagingKraft FoodsCereformEurowire*Soil Association*CJ’s Specialist VehiclesFrimovelDelifrance FWP Matthews*BFP Wholesale*Mailbox Mouldings** new exhibitors Stage Timetable 10.00amHow to make Cake Pops, John Robertshaw, Bako North Western10.40amDemystifying Organic, Lee Holdstock, Soil Association1.00pmchristmas ideas Keith Clarke, Unifine1.30pmGeneration Game3.00pmAwardsPresentationChampion of Champions 2011National Pie CompetitionRichemont Club CompetitionPresented by Vicki Michelle
Just a few weeks ago, a collection of renowned musicians hit the road in honor of The Last Waltz and its 40th anniversary. The Band’s final performance has been well known as one of the best live shows of all time, and thus it required an all-star cast of characters to do it justice. Warren Haynes and Don Was led the charge on the first tour, and they’ve done it again with a great group of artists for another spring tour schedule!Touring from March 30th through April 15th, Haynes and Was will be joined by the likes of Dr. John, Jamey Johnson, Terence Higgins, Danny Louis, and Mark Mullins, along with very special guests Cyril Neville, Dave Malone, and Bob Margolin. Dr. John was an original performer on The Last Waltz, so it will be quite special to see him celebrate the anniversary of such a momentous occasion. The horn section will also be using the same arrangements as composed by the late great Allen Toussaint.You can see the new tour dates below, and head to Warren Haynes’ website for details.The Last Waltz 40 Spring TourMarch 30 at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie in Dallas, TXMarch 31 at Revention Music Center in Houston, TXApril 1 at Stubb’s Austin in Austin, TXApril 2 at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, TXApril 7 at The Fox Theatre in Detroit, MIApril 8 at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, OHApril 9 at The Chicago Theatre in Chicago, ILApril 13 at THE ORPHEUM THEATRE in Los Angeles, CAApril 14 at Harrah’s Resort Southern California in San Diego, CAApril 15 at Nob Hill Masonic Center in San Francisco, CA
A series of tents now function as Port-au-Prince’s primary hospital, as post-earthquake medical volunteers make ends meet during the night shift.
PORTLAND, Maine–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Five Vermont schools are among the recipients of donations made by a regional auto dealership. Berlin City Auto Group, a family of dealerships founded in 1980 in New England, and its Drive for Education foundation, a forward-thinking program created by the employees of Berlin City Auto Group, announce the award recipients in its Drive for Education program. Donating $60,000 to 18 K-12 schools spanning across New England, Berlin City Auto Group has met its annual goal of awarding more than $100,000 to local schools. Beginning today, recipient schools will be honored with a check presentation at a Berlin City Auto Group dealership in Maine, Vermont or New Hampshire, Dec. 19-21.‘We believe in giving back to the community and helping our local schools succeed in education.’To be considered for the program, a school official had to submit a short essay to Berlin City Auto Group by Nov. 30, 2011 explaining how their school would use a donation of up to $3,500. Berlin City’s Brand Ambassadors, a group of employees that lead the dealerships’ community involvement campaigns, evaluated the needs of each school and selected the winners accordingly.‘We’re thrilled to have met our goal of $100,000 in donations to New England schools this year,’ said Yegor Malinovskii, vice president at Berlin City Auto Group. ‘We believe in giving back to the community and helping our local schools succeed in education.’Berlin City Auto Group will hold check ceremonies on Monday, Dec. 19 in Maine; Tuesday, Dec. 20 in New Hampshire; and Wednesday, Dec. 21 in Vermont, honoring the winning schools. Awarded schools include:Mackworth Island’Windham/Raymond, MaineLongfellow Elementary School’Portland, MaineCostal Ridge Elementary School’York, MaineMassabesic Middle School’Waterboro, MaineOxford-Cumberland Canal’Westbrook, MaineGreat Falls Elementary’Gorham, MaineCharles A. Snow School’Fryeburg, MaineDurham Community School’Durham, MaineLancaster Elementary’Lancaster, N.H.Milan Village School’Milan, N.H.White Mountains Regional High School’Whitefield, N.H.Gorham Middle/High School’Gorham, N.H.Kennett High School’North Conway, N.H.Colchester Middle School’Colchester, Vt.Mt. St. Joseph Academy’Rutland, Vt.Malletts Bay School’Colchester, Vt.Folsom School’North Hero, Vt.Thetford Academy’Thetford, Vt.From each vehicle sold at its six dealerships throughout New England, Berlin City gives a portion of sales to the Drive for Education program. This year alone, the Drive for Education Foundation has awarded more than $100,000 to New England schools with the first donation of $40,000 made in June of 2011 to twelve recipient schools.For more information about Berlin City Auto Group’s Drive for Education Foundation, visit: http://www.berlincity.com/driveforeducation.htm(link is external)About Berlin City Auto GroupBerlin City Auto Group consists of six dealerships in New England, located in Gorham, N.H., Burlington, Vt. and Portland and S. Portland, Maine. The company sells Toyota, Scion, Lexus, Nissan, Honda, Chevy, GMC, Buick, Ford, Lincoln, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Kia. Berlin City offers a 4-day/200 mile no questions asked return policy and the lowest, most competitive 4-day/200 mile price guarantee, door-to-door delivery service throughout New England and pre-owned protection on Berlin City certified pre-owned vehicles within 60 days or the first 2,000 miles. If it breaks, we’ll fix it. For more information or a list of locations, please visit www.berlincity.com(link is external). You can also find Berlin City on Facebook and Twitter.
By Dialogo September 07, 2012 Interview with Army General, Daniel E. Castellá, Uruguayan Chief of Defense Army General, Daniel E. Castellá, Uruguayan Chief of Defense, took a break from his participation at the South American Defense Conference (SOUTHDEC 2012), in Bogotá, Colombia, from July 24-26, to grant Diálogo an exclusive interview. Gen. Castellá reflected on the role that the military has in unconventional and sometimes controversial, yet essential tasks for the country; as well as the need to carry out military operations in coordination with the hemispheric ministries of Defense. Diálogo: General Castellá, your presentation was on the modernization of the Armed Forces in Uruguay. Could you talk to us about this issue? General Daniel E. Castellá: The state’s need for professionalization, modernization and improvement in the efficiency of the Armed Forces, like any modernization process, necessarily involves an investment. This raises the need for balance in between the need for change, the budgetary possibilities (that are characterized by a process of planning the five-year expenditure), the political priorities and objectives that the National Defense Policy sets, in the assumption of the risks of political deficiencies that are not achieved. Modernizing and improving the efficiency of our Armed Forces, partly involves the modification of the structure of expenditure, readjusting the percentage of the budget destined for investments and operating costs destined for the operational aspects, and therefore, leading to a balanced distribution between them. The five-year budget allocation is fundamental for our modernization process to flourish. Currently, the budget of the Armed Forces is unbalanced. Of the 77 percent of the gross domestic product that the State intended for military defense, only 5 percent goes to investment, and a large percentage of it is assigned to supplies for administrators and not for operational purposes. Additionally, there is a trend to increase the proportion of operating costs (salaries and supplies) to the detriment of investment. Diálogo: In Uruguay, do the Armed Forces support the police as occurs in other countries in the region? Gen. Castellá: The Armed Forces make up the organized branch, equipped, educated and trained to execute the military acts that the National Defense imposes. Its fundamental mission is to defend the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, safeguarding the country’s strategic resources and contributing to the preservation of the republic’s peace. In times of peace, without failing to fulfill its core mission and under the express authorization of the Minister of Defense, the Armed Forces may provide services or collaboration in socially relevant or publicly convenient activities, which are framed precisely for public safety. Therefore, the fundamental mission of the Armed Forces should be the main criterion in organizing their forces’ design and use, while all secondary missions must not interrupt the required capabilities for the fulfillment of the primary mission. In accordance with Article 20 of the Constitutional Law of National Defense, , the Armed Forces could eventually participate in supporting the public security forces in tasks related to the preservation of order and peace in internal affairs, when called upon by the Armed Forces high command in the event of a serious internal crisis that has exceeds the capacity of state agencies and institutions, as defined by the Constitution. Diálogo: And when it comes to a natural disaster, relief to a neighboring country, is it also something that has to be authorized by the president? Gen. Castellá: The involvement of Military defense in extraordinary situations includes support during civil defense activities (conflict situations) and civil protection (catastrophic situations or natural disasters), with the goal of mitigating the negative effects and achieving prompt restoration of normal conditions of the lives of citizens. The participation of the Armed Forces during defense activities and civil protection is conducted by the National Emergency System (SINAE). Coordination and response is executed by management at the highest level, through the General Defense Staff’s advice to the Defense Minister to determine the scope and capabilities available for crisis and emergency response, both nationally and internationally. Diálogo: General Castellá, Brazil and Argentina have ceased to be drug transit countries, and have become consumers. Is this also occurring in Uruguay? Have you seen an increase in the violence as a result of drug trafficking? Gen. Castellá: Research from the Interior Ministry indicates there is an increase in violence from the consumption of drugs. It should be clear that these are issues that currently are not directly related with the mission assigned to the Armed Forces. Diálogo: What is importance of the bilateral or multilateral military agreements in combating this and other threats? Gen. Castellá: The general concept is to continue with the bilateral, regional and hemispheric meetings. We’re part of the regional Union of South American Nations; a defense system is also identified in Central America and the Caribbean, and there is another system certified by the United States, Canada and Mexico. We need to look for a way to coordinate these systems, perhaps through the hemisphere’s Defense Ministers. For this, these meetings must continue. The Defense Ministers of the Americas meeting would be the cusp, and from which all possible coordination would be conducted to guide the process of hemispheric security. So I think that it would be difficult to have a hemispheric defense system that does not take into account all the above mentioned systems. Picture 091012-General Daniel E Castellá
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Peter RudegeairCredit unions are shifting into a higher gear in the auto finance market.Balances of new-car loans at credit unions rose at a 24.2% annualized rate in March, after seasonal adjustments, the fastest recorded by credit union service provider CUNA Mutual Group.That means nearly $4 for every $10 credit unions had lent out as of March had gone towards a new car loan. Specifically, there were $91.6 billion in new-auto loans outstanding at credit unions in March, up from $74.7 billion a year earlier.Used-car lending at credit unions is also revving up. Seasonally-adjusted outstanding balances of used-car loans grew at a 14.9% annualized rate in March, the fastest pace since November 1999.Credit unions are willing to lend in part because they’re looking to boost relatively low net interest margins. Credit union customers, also called members, are also willing to borrow because of pent up demand for cars and appliances and an improving financial condition, said Steven Rick, CUNA Mutual Group’s chief economist, in a Monday report. continue reading »
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