Russian Navy’s Flotilla Visits Syrian port Tartus

first_img View post tag: Tartus Training & Education Russian Navy’s Flotilla Visits Syrian port Tartus View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Russian Navy’s Flotilla Visits Syrian port Tartus View post tag: Flotilla Russian Navy’s flotilla headed by aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov has already moored at Syrian port Tartus, report news agencies of Damascus. According to local media, the call of Russian carrier group is carried out in solidarity with Syria which is Moscow’s close ally.The 6-day visit of the Russian naval flotilla is called to strengthen stance of Syrian government which is currently under pressure of the Western and Arab countries as a result of sanguinary repression of protest actions.“The port call is aimed at bringing the two countries closer together and strengthening their ties of friendship“, reports SANA citing the Russian Navy’s spokesman Vladimir A. Yakushev. According to the news agency, Russian warships will call at Tartus by rotation to demonstrate solidarity with Syrian people.The governor of Tartus province, Atef al-Nadaf, paid tribute to the “honourable position adopted by Russia which has stood by the Syrian people”. Private but para-governmental Syrian newspaper Al-Watan reported last week that aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov with an escort group including submarines was heading for Syria.In Oct 2011, Moscow and Beijing put a veto on draft resolution of the UN Security Council drawn by Western countries; allegedly, the document could threaten the regime of Bashar Assad by “targeted measures” unless he was able to temperate his security forces murderously repressing protest actions.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , January 10, 2012; View post tag: port View post tag: visitscenter_img View post tag: Navy’s January 10, 2012 View post tag: Russian View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Syrian View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

ISS Suspended from US Navy Contracts

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today ISS Suspended from US Navy Contracts Industry news ISS Suspended from US Navy Contracts The US Navy has suspended Inchcape Shipping Services Holding Ltd. (ISS) and its affiliated companies from contracting with the Federal government.Rear Admiral John F. Kirby, Navy Chief of Information announced:“The suspension prevents Department of the Navy (DON) and all other Federal departments and agencies from entering into any new contracts, exercising options under existing contracts or issuing any new task or delivery orders under indefinite quantity contracts with ISS or its affiliates above the minimum guarantee during the period of suspension without agency head approval. ISS is a provider of husbanding services to the DON.The DON Acquisition Integrity Office recommended ISS’s suspension to the Suspension and Debarring Official (SDO), based upon evidence of conduct indicating questionable business integrity affecting ISS’s present responsibility to be a Government contractor. The SDO’s decision reinforces the high standards of conduct and business practices to which the DON holds contractors who desire to do business with the Federal government. It also reflects the mandate of the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, to ensure that DON contractors are fully compliant with contracting regulations and procedures.”[mappress]Press Release, November 28, 2013; Image: US Navycenter_img November 28, 2013 Share this articlelast_img read more

Assistant/Associate Professor Ruminant Nutrition (Forage Systems)

first_imgOptional & Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover LetterCurriculum VitaeStatement of Teaching PhilosophyTranscriptsStatement of Research and/or GoalsOptional DocumentsOther DocumentationOther Documentation (2)Other Posting DetailsJob TitleAssistant/Associate Professor Ruminant Nutrition (ForageSystems)Posting NumberP0076FJob Description SummaryThe Department of Animal Sciences at Auburn University(www.auburn.edu) is seeking applications for the position ofAssistant/Associate Professor – Ruminant Nutrition (ForageSystems). This is a nine-month, tenure-track position with 60%research and 40% teaching responsibilities, jointly appointed inthe Department of Animal Sciences and Department of Crop, Soil, andEnvironmental Sciences. Projected start date is August 1,2021.Responsibilities: The individual will be expected to develop astrong research and undergraduate/graduate-level instructionalprogram focused on forage-based ruminant nutrition. The successfulcandidate will develop and maintain a nationally andinternationally recognized, extramurally funded research program inruminant nutrition with an emphasis on forage utilization. Areas ofexpertise may include, but are not limited to: plant-animal-soilinteractions, digestive physiology and metabolism, grazingmanagement systems, abiotic and biotic stressors in plant-animalsystems, and integrated forage crop-livestock systems. Thecandidate will be expected to collaborate with existing scientistsand should have demonstrated experience working in integratedresearch-Extension teams. The successful candidate will be expectedto conduct animal research at outlying Alabama AgriculturalExperiment Station research centers located throughout the statethat is relevant to stakeholder needs. The candidate will beresponsible for teaching courses in animal feeding and nutrition,ruminant nutrition, and forage production and utilization.Minimum QualificationsQualifications: Minimum qualifications include: 1) an earned Ph.D.from an accredited institution in Animal Sciences, Plant Sciences,Range Science or related discipline at the time employment begins;2) knowledge of southeastern US forage systems; 3) experience andtraining in forage-based ruminant nutrition research and ability toindependently develop a program in this/these areas; 4)demonstrated ability to teach college-level classes and/or tomentor graduate students; 5) documented evidence of the ability tosecure extramural funding for research programs. The candidate mustmeet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at thetime the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue workinglegally for the term of employment.Desired QualificationsDesired qualifications: Postdoctoral, Assistant Professorexperience or equivalent industry experience. Strong written andoral communication skills (ability to communicate with bothscientific and non-scientific audiences).Special Instructions to ApplicantsApplication: Applicants must apply for this position by visitingthe link: http://www.auemployment.com/postings/20253 and attach thefollowing: 1. Cover letter that addresses the experience pertinentto the position’s responsibilities 2.Current curriculum vita, 3. Copies of all academic transcripts 4.Statement of researchinterests and accomplishments 5. Statement of teachingphilosophy.When prompted during the on-line process, please provide names,email addressesand phone numbers for three (3) professional references. Onlycompleted application materials will be considered. To ensureconsideration for the position, applicants are encouraged to applyby end of business February 3, 2021. The search may continue untilthe position is filled. Questions about this position should bedirected to Dr. Kim Mullenix, Search Committee Chair, Email:[email protected] DateClose DateOpen Until FilledYesReferences required for this position?YesIf yes, minimum number requested3Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). * Please enter the specifics of the option you selectedabove:(Open Ended Question)center_img * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?Advertisement/PublicationWebsitePublic Job Posting (auemployment.com site)Academic ConferenceAgency ReferralInternal Job PostingPersonal ReferralVeterans Assistance Services (Veteran Job Boards, Military BaseServices, State Vet Rep, etc.)Disability Assistance Services (Disability Job Boards, ABLENetwork, Voc-Rehab referral, etc.)Otherlast_img read more

Bakery focus for Tesco jobs push

first_imgTesco will put bakery at the forefront of its extensive two-year recruitment drive, which is expected to create 20,000 new jobs.A company spokesman confirmed that a large proportion of the new jobs will focus on bakery, in addition to fresh produce, fresh meat and counter services.The supermarket chain released a statement this morning (5 March) saying it would “invest significantly in additional staff hours and training to boost the customer experience”. Tesco is the country’s largest private sector employer with over 290,000 staff and 70,000 young people under the age of 25 – almost a quarter of its workforce.Richard Brasher, UK chief executive, said: “In unprecedented economic conditions like these, major businesses have a big responsibility to step forward, invest and create jobs.  Today’s announcement is a huge shot in the arm for the UK economy. “At the core of this investment is our determination to deliver the best shopping experience for our customers, bar none.  We will invest in more staff on the sales floor at busy times, greater expertise and help in the crucial areas of fresh food, and enhanced quality and service across our stores at all times.The supermarket chain is also looking to tackle the country’s high youth unemployment rates by more than tripling current vacancies on its apprenticeship programme – from 3,000 in 2011 to 10,000. Brasher added: “With youth unemployment at record levels, we’re determined to target many of our new jobs at young people currently out of work – so that in this difficult jobs market those who need help the most will get it. Our investment is a win-win for customers, unemployed young people and the UK economy as a whole.”Tesco launched its first bakery apprenticeship scheme last year – designed in partnership with Improve, the Sector Skills Council for food – in a bid to train existing staff already working at its in-store bakeries. In total, 225 apprentices studied for 12 months for a City & Guild Level-2 Certificate for Proficiency in Baking Industry Skills.Speaking to British Baker last year, Nick McGlashan, apprenticeship manager at Tesco, said: “The apprenticeship schemes we’ve had in other sectors have proved to be a good springboard into management. This is an end-to-end scratch bakery apprentice-ship with 12 different workbooks. It’s a robust qualification.”last_img read more

Formerly undocumented alumnus shares immigration story, discusses career in law

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the first story in a four-part series examining the effects of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and its potential repeal at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. Today’s story focuses on a Notre Dame alumnus’s experience as an undocumented student at the University.Cesar Estrada, a member of the class of 2017, has called a number of places home. Born in Manzanillo, Mexico, Estrada migrated to the U.S. when he was 8 years old and grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He then called Notre Dame his home for four years, graduating after double majoring in political science and theology and caring a supplementary major in Latino studies. Now, Estrada works just a few paces from the congested intersection of Broadway and Canal in New York City as a trial paralegal in the New York District Attorney’s Office.Having lived in so many regions of the U.S., Estrada at various points in his life could call himself a Southerner, a Midwesterner and, most recently, a New Englander. As of about a year ago, he officially added another title to his growing list — an American citizen. “I migrated when I was 8 years old, in July of 2003,” Estrada said. “I came here with my mom and my brother, and I had an aunt who was living in the U.S. at the time.”Estrada said his mom brought his brother and him into the U.S. to escape danger in Mexico and a government that would do little protect them. He said his mom came in using a tourist visa, while he and his brother entered illegally. They then lived in a Hispanic neighborhood in Dallas. “School itself wasn’t much of a shock because all my teachers and classmates spoke Spanish and my community was mostly Mexican-Hispanic. … It was an immigrant-family environment,” Estrada said. “The hard transition, though, was the lifestyle change.“We couldn’t go to the movies, or go to the mall, or go shopping. Being undocumented does confine you to a certain space, usually your home, most of the time. Just because you’re trying to keep a low-profile.”On Sept. 8, 2016, 13 years after Estrada initially came into the U.S., Estrada finally gained his citizenship — through a slight technicality, he said.“Because my mom came in with a tourist visa, even though I came in illegally, my mom didn’t technically come in illegally, she just overstayed her visa,” he said. “Because I was a minor when I came in, I was pardoned for that, and since [my] parents had legal status, I could derive [it] from my parents.”As a punishment for overstaying her tourist visa, Estrada’s mom had to go back to Mexico for a period of time. When she came back, she married Estrada’s stepdad, an American citizen, and derived legal permanent residency, which carried over to Estrada.Estrada said many of the recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a policy that allows individuals who entered the country illegally as minors to receive a two-year period of deferred action from deportation and permit them the opportunity to work, are children of parents that came in illegally. Estrada said he could have very well been a recipient of DACA if it was not for the stroke of luck that his mom came in through a tourist visa.“It’s not like my mom knew,” he said. “It’s not like you decide beforehand how the way you enter is going to affect your future. It’s something that I’ve thought about a lot, just that it is incredible luck. Providence even — that for whatever reason, because of a technicality, I wasn’t a recipient of DACA.“I think about it all the time, thinking something could have changed. There really wasn’t any difference between me and undocumented immigrants in my community.”During his time at Notre Dame, Estrada’s interest in immigration grew through his classes and a Summer Service Learning Project (SSLP) through the Center for Social Concerns. Through his SSLP, he worked at a homeless shelter with the undocumented population in El Paso, Texas. “After that, I dropped my science major, picked up political science. Decided I wanted to be a lawyer that summer,” he said. “Because it really focused on the Catholic perspective on immigration, it also helped me declare a theology major.”Estrada said it was during his freshman year that Notre Dame announced they would begin admitting undocumented students the following year. In regards to the recent news that DACA would be rescinded, Estrada said he fears it will force the 800,000 recipients back into isolation and fear.“I do have some friends that are affected by this,” he said. “Rescinding DACA won’t get rid of 12 million people, but I think it makes it a lot more difficult for immigrants, the Hispanic community and other marginalized communities to be able to trust in the government.”In regards to University President Fr. John Jenkins’ recent statement on DACA, Estrada said he hopes the University follows through with it.“I think it’s the right position for the school to have, it’s the right position for the Church to have and I really hope that if DACA is rescinded, that Father Jenkins will go through with what he said and prove that it wasn’t just a meaningless statement, but rather, show Notre Dame’s support for the undocumented population nationwide,” Estrada said.Growing up, Estrada said he was told to exercise caution by his mother, who was afraid of what the law would do to him for being undocumented.“You lived a very precarious life,” he said. “I knew something was wrong because my mom always said, ‘Don’t tell anyone you don’t have papers.’”Now, Estrada sits at the other side, not fearing the law, but working for it as a trial paralegal helping collect evidence and draft subpoenas for cases.“I think because of my past and my immigration story, I want to be a lawyer,” Estrada said. “Notre Dame, through the SSLP and my theology major in particular, they basically did help me realize that what I want to do is work with the immigrant community because I am part of it.”Tags: alumnus, DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Immigrationlast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Matthew James Thomas! Judy Kaye! More Backwards Stars!

first_img The Force Might Be with Matthew James Thomas It looks like J.J. Abrams is eyeing Pippin star Matthew James Thomas for a Jedi role in the next Star Wars movie. Thomas is under consideration along with Ed Speelers, John Boyega, Jesse Piemons and Ray Fisher to fight already-cast bad guy Adam Driver in Star Wars: Episode VII. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. More Stars Are Gonna Go Backwards Broadway faves Norm Lewis, Roger Rees, Julie White, Rachel York, Andy Kelso, Jose Llana and Kyle Dean Massey have joined the glittering roster of stars participating in Broadway Backwards benefit on March 24 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Going Backwards has never felt so sure-footed. Judy Kaye Will Lead the Mission Two-time Tony winner Judy Kaye is replacing Jane Houdyshell as the intimidating General Matilda B. Cartwright in the upcoming one-night-only concert of Guys and Dolls at Carnegie Hall. Directed by Jack O’Brien, the concert stars Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally, Patrick Wilson and Sierra Boggess on April 3. View Commentslast_img read more

Dean Education Center dedicated

first_imgThe governor came through on a promise, the state came up with $13 million for the construction, and federal grants provided $2.85 million for training and equipment.More than 400 people gathered January 14 in Springfield for the dedication of the Howard Dean Education Center. Along with the guest of honor were such dignitaries as Senator James Jeffords, who secured the federal funding; Bob Flint of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce; Pat Moulton of the Springfield Regional Development; new Education Commissioner Ray McNulty; Interim UVM President Edwin Colodny; and State Colleges Chancellor Robert Clarke.“Many of us had been providing services to the Springfield area for a number of years. But now that we have pooled our resources, we are going to make a significant difference. Giving local students the chance to earn both associate’s and bachelor’s degrees close to home. Helping employees boost their professional skills through job training programs. Making sure local employers have a top notch workforce. And giving employers a valuable technology that lets them communicate via interactive television with others from around the state and around the world,” Clarke said in his opening remarks.Along with the River Valley Technical Center, the single facility brings together the University of Vermont, Community College of Vermont, Johnson State External Degree Program, Three River Valley Regional Business/Education Partnership, Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Technical College and Vermont Interactive Television. It is attached to Springfield High School.The renovated River Valley Education Center was renamed the Dean Center last September.Flint said this education center is a much more important development for the area than the much more well known prison that just broke ground near I-91 in Springfield. The governor had promised Springfield that if the community accepted the prison, then the state would provide significant economic development resources for the region. The education center is a major result of that effort.In his remarks, the understandably pleased and admittedly embarrassed governor lauded the facility as a place that will help build the future of the Springfield.last_img read more

Middle East sovereign wealth funds investing in green energy, but fossil divestment seen as unlikely

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Sovereign wealth funds from oil-rich countries in the Middle East are moving to diversify into renewable energy, pushed by regulators and pledges on climate change, but are stopping short of following Norway in shedding some oil and gas investments.Total sovereign wealth fund investments within the oil and gas industry have dwarfed those within renewable energy in the past decade. But data on private equity investments with sovereign wealth fund participation suggests this balance might be shifting. In 2018, $6.36 billion went into hydrocarbons, compared to $5.81 billion in renewable energy, one of the narrowest margins in the past decade, according to PitchBook, a data and research firm.Norway’s trillion-dollar sovereign wealth fund, the world’s biggest, said last month it would sell its stakes in oil and gas explorers and producers. But the fund also said it would still invest in energy firms that have refineries and other downstream activities, such as Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil.But other sovereign wealth funds from oil-rich countries are not expected to do the same, sources close to the funds and analysts said. “I don’t expect many fiduciary bound investors to follow suit until such a time it can be shown that this divestment activity does not harm returns,” Ashby Monk, executive director, global projects centre at Stanford University, said. “It would make sense from a national balance sheet perspective for some of these investors to diversify, but they don’t think in terms of national balance sheets,” he said.Instead of pursuing a strategic approach to design a portfolio taking into account the country’s national wealth, both natural resources and financial, funds are often pushed to focus only on commercial and financial interests, he said.Many sovereign funds voluntarily commit to the Santiago Principles, a set of guidelines agreed in 2008 to govern how sovereign wealth funds operate. This includes investing based on the basis of economic and financial risk and return related considerations. While most sovereign wealth funds follow the principles, Norway, one of the few oil funds from a democracy, is considered an outlier in its approach, operating under ethical guidelines set by parliament.More: Oil-rich sovereign funds look to renewables alongside fossil fuels Middle East sovereign wealth funds investing in green energy, but fossil divestment seen as unlikelylast_img read more

Venezuela Seizes a Ton of Cocaine

first_imgBy Dialogo February 12, 2013 The Venezuelan government seized over a ton of what would presumably be cocaine in an aircraft located in the state of Apure, near the Colombian border, Minister of Interior Néstor Reverol reported on February 9. During the evening of February 8, “a two-engine Embraer 820 aircraft with a fake denomination acronym (…) carrying a huge amount of cocaine inside was found in the northern area of Cararabo, 25 km near the border, in the proximity of Cinaruco, municipality of Pedro Camejo de Apure,” Reverol told the official media station VTV. The authorities are still counting the total cargo, but it is “presumed to be more than a ton of cocaine,” the official added. After the aircraft was detected on a runway, a National Guard component rushed to the scene, but was repelled with shots by men that escaped in vehicles. Venezuelan authorities seized 45 tons of drugs in 2012, half of which was cocaine, according to official numbers disclosed by Reverol at the end of 2012. Venezuela is the eighth country with the most cocaine seizures in the world, with 4 percent of international cocaine trafficking concentrated there, the government reported.last_img read more

Five steps to rule the wallet in the new mobile marketplace

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In today’s overwhelmingly fluid mobile payments atmosphere, consumers are always looking for the latest tool, app or capability to make their lives easier. It can be tough for a financial institution to keep up, much less stay in front of the trends. Banks and credit unions that have the best long-term success will be those with the foresight to plan for the unforeseeable.Competing in the new mobile marketplace comes down to the same basics that have always been in play for financial institutions: Know the consumer, look for new ways to meet their needs, earn their trust, communicate with them and keep their information safe.1. Show them you know themFinancial institutions have a key advantage over the newcomers to the payment space – history. Cardholder data is the way to building stronger, more enduring relationships – the kind of relationship that puts a card at the top of a consumer’s wallet. By harnessing that information, analyzing it, and using it to target cardholder habits and needs, financial institutions can stay ahead of trends and offer cardholders what they want just as they realize – or before they know – they want it. continue reading »last_img read more