Australia: Anzac Class Frigate to Assume Middle East Patrols

first_img View post tag: Assume Australia: Anzac Class Frigate to Assume Middle East Patrols Back to overview,Home naval-today Australia: Anzac Class Frigate to Assume Middle East Patrols View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Australia View post tag: Anzac View post tag: East View post tag: Frigate Training & Education View post tag: class July 16, 2012 View post tag: Middle View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: patrols Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Dr Mike Kelly AM MP, and the Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Timothy Barrett AM CSC RAN joined family and friends on the wharf at Garden Island, Sydney, to farewell HMAS Anzac as she sailed for her third tour of duty.The surface frigate’s departure marks the beginning of a six-month deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations. During the deployment Anzac will undertake maritime interception and security operations as part of Operation SLIPPER.Dr Kelly thanked the Commanding Officer, Commander John Stavridis, RAN and his crew for the hard work and dedication in training for the mission.“Preparing for an operational deployment is never easy. You have already made sacrifices, spending time away for loved ones while you undertook extensive training. The nation and I thank you for your diligence in preparing for this important deployment.”“It is in the national interest that the sea lanes are kept open for trade and safe passage. Your mission as part of the Combined Maritime Force will be to provide maritime security in the Gulf region. This will include counter piracy and anti-terrorism operations in the Gulf of Aden and working to prevent the illegal trafficking of people and drugs.”Commander Stavridis thanked family and friends for the support.“Anzac’s crew has worked tirelessly over the past five months to ensure that we are prepared for this important deployment. We have already spent many long hours apart from our loved ones. On behalf of my Ship’s Company I would like to thank you for your support during our preparation and I ask for your continued patience during our deployment,” said Commander Stavridis.This deployment marks Anzac’s third deployment to Operation SLIPPER and is the 29th rotation of a Royal Australian Navy ship since September 2001. Anzac will relieve HMAS Melbourne.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 16, 2012; Image: US Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Jazz made visible

first_imgCrammed into a corner made by padded walls, hunched under a low tin ceiling, Max Roach smacked and rattled the drums while his feet rapidly tapped the pedals of the kick and hi-hat. A photographer captured the scene, at the Three Deuces, one of many small jazz clubs on New York’s 52nd Street in the 1940s.Seventy years later, Matt Moran discovered the photo and was so struck by it that he created a replica of the Three Deuces stage that now sits inside Harvard’s Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African American Art. Next to the drum kit is a specially computerized Steinway piano that plays, once an hour, original music by Moran, a contemporary jazz pianist.That stage is just one of several mixed-media installations amid more than 70 paintings, photographs, artifacts, and collages featured in “The Art of Jazz: Form/Performance/Notes,” at the Cooper Gallery on Mount Auburn Street. Held in conjunction with the Harvard Art Museums, the exhibit explores the interaction between jazz and the visual arts.There are 1960s jazz album covers painted by Andy Warhol and Romare Bearden. There’s a blues anthology by W.C. Handy with modernist illustrations by Miguel Covarrubias. A collection of Hugh Bell photographs depict a vulnerable Billie Holiday in one of her last singing performances, while Ming Davis photos show anonymous jazz musicians and urban street scenes in the 1980s.Arranged carefully in conversation with one another, said co-curator and gallery director Vera Grant, the works show “jazz as an improvisational and innovative art form” growing alongside modern visual art, from Harlem Renaissance days through the present.Delicacy at workA significant section of the exhibit on display at the Harvard Art Museums features paintings by Jackson Pollock. “We know he listened to jazz all the time while he was doing drip painting,” said co-curator David Bindman, who assembled the collection with Harvard art history colleague Suzanne Preston Blier.In a parallel with improvisational jazz, Pollock’s spills and splotches of color often evoke a dismissive “anybody could do that” response, suggested Grant, which belies the discipline and planning that went into his work. “Pollock had been thinking about it, preparing, before he exploded onto the canvas.”Jazz artists, too, for all the “wild abandon” and spontaneity that strike listeners, said Moran, are quite disciplined. Behind the live performance is a lifetime of practicing and honing an inherited structure. And just as in a modern collage or painting, Moran says, there’s an intricacy and care, if you pay attention to the notes. “For me, the delicacy of Whitfield [Lovell]’s drawings is the delicacy of how Charlie Parker or Billie Holiday perform a song.”What sets the Cooper exhibition apart is its audio. Visitors hear jazz from disparate sources as they walk through the gallery, which is part of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. There’s Moran’s piano, filling the space with music once an hour. In Lovell’s “After an Afternoon,” a stack of vintage radios play Holiday songs and other old broadcasts. SoundTube speakers play Count Basie and other selections from the album covers display.Sounds you’ve never heard emanate from “Echo in the Bones.” This remarkable mixed-media installation by Christopher Myers includes music arranged by Moran, interpolating a Mississippi John Hurt song with a traditional Vietnamese tune. Myers found similarities in the funeral marches of New Orleans and Saigon. He built chimerical, twisting, multi-horned instruments out of discarded tubas and trumpets. A marching band uniform Myers designed has digits stitched on the back: the numbers of dead after Hurricane Katrina.Breaking point, breaking outThe photo that inspired the Three Deuces installation — that of Roach, the legendary drummer — resonated with Moran, the modern-day pianist, because it was a snapshot of jazz at a temporal crossroads. The genre had downsized from its 1930s big band heyday, when orchestras played “architectural” arrangements in cavernous ballrooms, said Moran.In the 1940s, in small clubs like the Three Deuces, the musicians were “shoved in a corner, where the music gets truncated,” Moran said, “as if to dampen the effect.” And yet, as the acts got smaller, “The music became wilder. . . five band members who are moving independently of one another.” That new looseness begat be-bop. This was a more strident yet more developed expression of African-American culture. Faster, note-based, often dissonant, be-bop challenged mainstream ears.Later, Roach challenged — or rather confronted — mainstream America more directly, with his pro–Civil Rights album “We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite” in 1960. Moran said, “It’s almost like what happens within jazz music [in the ’40s] becomes the breaking point of 15 years later,” when not only black musicians but African Americans generally announced: “‘We can’t take it anymore.’”But though the photograph that inspired his installation was of a moment frozen in time, Moran says jazz is anything but. “We tend to think jazz is this thing that’s in black and white, and it happened a long time ago.” In fact, the music lives on in its myriad forms, not only in the hands of devoted jazz musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, but also as a fresh form for experimentation by popular rappers such as Kendrick Lamar.“There’s no one kind of jazz, any more than there’s one kind of art,” pointed out Bindman. “I hope people leave the exhibit with a sense of the richness and complexity of the relationship between the two.”“The Art of Jazz: Form/Performance/Notes” is at the Cooper Gallery at the Hutchins Center, 102 Mount Auburn St., until May 8. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The gallery is also presenting a weekly film series on the forms and influence of jazz, on Thursdays at noon from March 10 to May 5. The companion exhibition “Art of Jazz: Form” is at the Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., also until May 8. The museums are open daily, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.last_img read more

Graduate student forms woodworking company

first_imgIrish Woodworks, a local company formed last year, is ”Made at ND, for ND, to support ND,” according to their slogan. It is rapidly gaining popularity among the Notre Dame community. Daria Kudriavtseva | The Observer Graduate student at Notre Dame, Jeff Riney, and his journey from making a set of coasters for his friends to becoming a co-founder and a COO of the Irish Woodworks company.It all started with Jeff Riney — a 2019 alumnus — making a set of coasters to impress his friends when he realized that he fell in love with the laser cutter and engraver located at the Innovation Lab.Irish Woodworks created a website, within the month, and are gaining more and more viewers. “In past three weeks we’ve gone from 230 [Instagram] followers up to 2800 now,” Riney said in an email.“I went around to Fisher, my old dorm, and other dorms, and I talked to their rectors, offering to make a set for their dorm and a discount if there’s a student run price, or a customer set,“ he said. “They loved the idea and, that way, I ended up having 150 to 200 orders during graduate school. It was enough to validate that it was a good idea.”Irish Woodworks is a non-profit company that, as stated in its slogan, supports Notre Dame.“Irish Woodworks is a start-up out of the lab with the tag line ‘Made at ND, for ND, to support ND’ since the products are actually made in the I-Lab, for the ND Community, and approximately 50% of proceeds come back to ND via licensing and equipment fees, and distributions,” co-founder and director of the IDEA Center’s Innovation Lab Matt Leevy said in an email.When Riney graduated last year, he wanted to see the idea go on and sold his company to the Innovation Lab.“Now I’m working in D.C., I’m still overseeing everything going on,” Riney said. “I do eight hours of work for my normal job, and then, I come home and I do about six hours of work for Irish Woodworks. Marketing and design are the things that I specialize in now.”In response to handling such a demanding workload Riney said, “It’s fun going after something that you’re really passionate about.”Even though Riney started the company on his own, he now has a team of seven people and is looking forward to expanding and making the company profitable one day.“Since then, I desperately wanted to see this idea grow,” he said. ”I built out a team so I brought on a designer, someone to do fulfillment [and] a guy to do the website. So, now we have our team of seven people who have their own full time jobs, but use this as a side hustle.”Their team includes two current faculty members: Matt Leevy and Shreejan Shrestha, as well as alumnae Jeff Riney, Sean Kassen and Ryan Kreager, Leevy said.“We program the design through to the laser engraver, which just basically prints it out on a piece of wood, and then it will burn off the image onto the surface,“ Riney said about the process of engraving.Among over 150 products on their website, Irish Woodworks makes coasters for every dorm. “We have an ornament for every dorm, we have a wall art for every dorm,“ Riney said.Irish Woodworks has partnered with Hall Presidents Council to help increase hall government engagement.“We’re going to be doing giveaways in every single dorm for the next five weeks. The main purpose of that was to get them more and more students to go,” Riney explained. “We’re providing over 300 free goods for the dorms to use.”Riney said he hopes the future includes the presence of Irish Woodworks products on the shelves of the on campus bookstore for purchase.Tags: idea lab, irish woodworks, Jeff Rineylast_img read more

Waycross + UGA degree

first_imgThe agreements establish formal options for students who earn an Associate of Science degree from WC to transfer directly into the UGA CAES Agricultural Education or Agriscience and Environmental Systems majors. Both majors are offered on the UGA campus in Tifton, Ga., just 70 miles west of Waycross. A student must complete the associate degree with a grade point average of 2.8 or higher.Mark Van Den Hende, WC vice president for academic affairs, sees the new transfer agreements as another way for WC to fulfill its mission. Waycross College students who wish to one day attend the University of Georgia now have a clear academic path to follow. The institutions recently signed two agreements that will ease the transfer of WC students into the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Agriscience and environmental systems degrees “Partnerships with other University System of Georgia institutions, like the University of Georgia, make attending Waycross College extraordinary,” he said. “Since our goal is to get students ready to transfer to a four-year college, partnerships streamline the process and guarantee that it fulfills our student-centered mission.”Waycross graduates can stay in south Georgia for UGA degree “Everyone agrees that the University of Georgia is one of our national flagship academic universities,” Palmer said. “While many of our graduates over the past 34 years have gone on from Waycross College to their junior and senior years in Athens, now we are directly linked to UGA. Students can earn a UGA four-year degree with only two years in Waycross and two years in Tifton – barely 75 miles from home. What an opportunity!” WC President David Palmer is pleased that WC graduates now have the opportunity to earn a UGA degree while staying close to home.center_img UGA administrators are equally excited about the new venture. “This agreement gives students as well as advisors a roadmap to follow,” said Joe West, assistant dean on the UGA Tifton campus. “If they follow that roadmap, take the proper courses and maintain standards, they will find a smooth transition to the University of Georgia Tifton campus. We are excited about this partnership with Waycross College as we reach out to our sister institutions in south Georgia by providing access to the University of Georgia.” “We wanted to work with local community colleges to create a pathway from their program to ours,” said Joe Broder, CAES associate dean for academic affairs. “We want students to finish their Waycross degree, then come to Tifton. This way they’re ready to be successful at UGA, and it’s a win-win for Waycross and UGA.”(Article by Jessica Green of the University of Georgia and Taylor Hereford of Waycross College.)last_img read more

4-H Environmental Education

first_imgThe Georgia 4-H Environmental Education program is accommodating the needs of students around the state by offering both virtual and socially distant in-person visits at its six facilities in Georgia.As a response to COVID-19 restrictions, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s 4-H environmental educators around the state began posting videos to highlight activities, concepts or ideas that would have been traditionally taught in person. Since March, over 50 videos from the centers have been posted on topics ranging from animal care to the geography of Georgia to wilderness survival. The videos also allowed each center to highlight local and unique environmental landmarks such as the salt marshes and beaches on the coast and the Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forests.Following the launch, one teacher summarized her experience with the program to organizers by saying, “I just wanted to let you know how much we loved the 4-H videos you posted last spring. We spent the last couple of weeks of sixth-grade remote learning doing Outdoors Atlanta lessons. Your videos were great starters and models for the students who then went outside to do their own tree walks, pond explorations, bug hunts, sunset watches, shelter-building, etc. Thanks so much for making these available.”The series has already reached a total of 217,900 youth and adults throughout the state. Due to its popularity, the 4-H Environmental Education program will continue this series throughout the fall with 10 additional video uploads occurring through the end of November.Social media is not the only way youth can experience the Georgia 4-H facilities and programs. Beginning this fall, all centers have added in-person lessons and one-hour virtual sessions are available for scheduling. These two additional avenues of interaction reflect the traditional experiences youth have when visiting the centers, while following UGA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to ensure the health and safety of everyone.“Tens of thousands of K-12 students and teachers typically fill our 4-H facilities during the school year, building memories and bringing learning to life using Georgia as a classroom without walls. We hope that by offering these short virtual programs, we can give youth and adults a way to stay connected to our facilities and our programs during these times when so many are missing their annual field studies with us,” said Melanie Biersmith, associate state 4-H leader.To learn more about the virtual and in-person offerings through the Georgia 4-H Environmental Education program, visit or contact the centers directly. View the current library of videos at 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 175,000 people annually through UGA Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit or contact your local Extension office.last_img read more

Family Law Section proposes access options

first_img October 1, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Family Law Section proposes access options Senior EditorA proposed Bar rule amendment clarifying that attorneys should not take mortgages on clients’ property to guarantee their fees has been opposed by the Family Law Section. The section executive council, meeting September 6 at the Bar’s General Meeting, said that change would limit citizens’ access to lawyers and the courts. And after passing a motion to express that to the Bar Board of Governors, the council also passed motions supporting efforts for “unbundled” legal services and to allow lawyers to receive a percentage of property divided between a couple in a dissolution action. Both, council members said, would improve access to justice. Those actions came as part of a busy meeting where the section also created a new contest for law students, prepared for next year’s legislative session, and worked on plans for upcoming section retreats. The section had been asked to comment on a proposed change to Rule 4-1.8(i), which is pending before the Bar’s Disciplinary Procedure Committee. The committee is seeking to clarify the rule which prohibits attorneys taking a financial interest in their clients’ cause of action, and is proposing to add language that taking a mortgage constitutes taking an interest. (DPC meets again October 18 and has invited the section to present its views.) The section had asked its Ethics and Attorneys Fees Committee to study the DPC proposal and the committee in turn prepared a report recommending against the change. “It really speaks to the heart of what public policy is in Florida, which is public access to the court,” said Beverly Vesel, chair of the fee committee. “We believe their rule change would limit access to the courts and limit access to counsel, particularly for the impecunious spouse who could not come up with money during litigation.” In addition, she said, “We very strongly believe that this rule is problematic because it interferes with clients’ rights to control their own property.” But council member Alan Rubenstein said he was concerned that lawyers might have conflicts if they desired some client’s property – such as a diamond ring – in which they had acquired a lien or interest. “I don’t know why I should become a hock shop,” he said. And circuit Judge Linda Vitale said she’s seen cases where one party quits working to force attorneys’ fees to be paid from the assets and attorneys who have taken interests in corporations and residences to secure fees. “You’re taking assets away from the courts that should be divided between the spouses,” she said. Section Chair Norman Levine disagreed. “The rules already provide a remedy for lawyers who charge unreasonable fees or take unreasonable actions with reference to fees,” he said. “The conduct that you’re talking about is conduct that has always existed. This is delineating conduct that in the past has been acceptable.” The council eventually rejected submitting the fee committee’s report, but authorized Levine by a 12-3 vote to write a letter to the DPC expressing the section’s opposition to the rule change and using information from the committee’s report. Levine then asked the council to consider two other access related issues. One was to reiterate the section’s strong support for unbundled legal services, or allowing an attorney to handle only part of a case while the client does the remainder. The second was to allow attorneys to charge percentage or contingency fees in a dissolution case based on the amount of the distributed assets. “They are throwing us an issue to restrict access [with the proposed change to Rule 4-1.8], and we are saying to this we are opposed to this rule and in fact we think a rule should be developed to expand access,” Levin said of his proposals. The council discussed problems associated with unbundling and then overwhelmingly approved Levine’s proposal. On the fee issue, council members said that could present many challenges, including a public relations problem because it could be seen as lawyers trying to grab higher fees rather than as a way to improve access. Judge Renee Goldenberg said it might be better to seek a statutory change from the legislature rather than a rule change. Rubinstein agreed and noted it would be similar to the fee that estate attorneys and personal representatives get for their work. Vitale warned that the issue could be perceived as “family lawyers want to take X percentage away from the family’s assets and the children and their college funds.. . . This is probably one of your worst public relations issues that you have faced in a long time. This is going to be poorly received by the public.” The council voted to refer the matter to the Ethics and Attorneys Fees Committee to draft a specific proposal and recommend whether it should be pursued statutorily or through a rule change. (Research by Bar staff shows that current Bar Rule 4-1.5(f)(3) prohibits contingency fees in domestic relations cases. Also, caselaw has been against such fees as bad public policy. The grounds for both has been that lawyers getting a percentage of the assets would have a conflict if the parties wanted to reconcile.) On other matters, the council set up the Family Law Practice Competition open to all students at Florida law schools. As approved the competition will have two levels, one intra-school among all interested students and then a final contest among the winners at each law school. The competition will cover such areas as litigation, appeals, mediation, counseling, and courtroom skills including cross examination. The first finals will tentatively be held at the January 2003 Midyear Meeting. “We have a virtual nonpresence in the law schools and hopefully this will give us a presence,” Levine said. The section’s next retreat is scheduled for December 12-15 and will focus on families and raising children. That will be followed by a May 15-18 retreat where courses in law office management will be offered, including free training from Atticus, a management consulting company, for attendees. Both retreats, Levine said, will feature many family related activities. Legislatively, the section discussed a recent meeting of the House Judicial Oversight Committee that dealt with child support guidelines. Section members noted there is interest in overhauling the guidelines, but the committee appeared reluctant to budget the $200,000 or more it would take to do the thorough study needed. Family Law Section proposes access optionslast_img read more

NAFCU publishes FFIEC Cybersecurity Assessment Tool Workbook

first_imgNAFCU today published a new interactive workbook to help its member credit unions save time and get faster results when using the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council’s Cybersecurity Assessment Tool, which allows credit unions to do self-assessments of their cybersecurity risk management strategies.The workbook is an fillable, self-tallying version of the council’s tool, and it is available only to NAFCU members.“NAFCU’s new, easy-to-use Cybersecurity Assessment Tool Workbook allows credit unions to save hundreds of valuable man-hours through its self-tallying function,” said NAFCU Director of Regulatory Compliance Brandy Bruyere. “This tool will help credit union professionals gain an in-depth understanding of whether their institutions’ potential risk is affected by their activities, products and services.”As with the FFIEC’s Cybersecurity Assessment Tool, users first complete the Inherent Risk Profile to determine their institutions’ cybersecurity risk, prior to the implementation of controls. They can proceed to use the second component, the Cybersecurity Maturity Level, to determine their institutions’ current state of cybersecurity preparedness. The workbook can be shared across personnel and other departments, and is excellent resource for efficient exam preparation. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Three ways to tune-up your credit union’s cybersecurity

first_imgCybersecurity is an ongoing arms race, with threats evolving constantly. These days, it isn’t a matter of if a credit union will be the victim of a cyberattack; it’s a matter of when.Breaches bring many risks to the forefront, spanning credit unions’ financial, compliance and legal departments. A breach can also impact reputation by leading to erosion of members’ trust in your credit union. So, being prepared is critical.As October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, here are three ways to tune-up your credit union’s cybersecurity.Set up a first round of defense. Ensure your credit union has a strong first round of defense by layering different types of protections. Start by setting up a firewall, making sure your antivirus/malware protections are up-to-date and implementing robust spam, web and email filters. Also, consider adding an intrusion detection system (IDS) or intrusion prevention system (IPS) to your arsenal. These are designed to detect suspicious network traffic and send alerts to the system administrator.After adding these protective layers, check that your data is encrypted no matter where it’s located – on the network, mobile devices and backup tapes/disks or as it’s transmitted over the Internet and in emails.Transform your staff into a cybersecurity asset – instead of a liability. Human error is a factor in over half of data breaches. Internal theft, lost or improper disposal of data or employee negligence – like opening and clicking on phishing emails – can all lead to breaches. continue reading » 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Trump signs NDAA without provision opposed by CUNA, Leagues

first_imgPresident Donald Trump signed the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Friday, a bill without a provision that would have allowed certain banks to obtain cost waivers to operate on military installations. This finalizes an advocacy victory for credit unions.Throughout 2019, this fight to preserve the credit union difference has been a major advocacy goal for CUNA, Leagues, and credit unions. Advocates have maintained that banks — which profit off servicemembers to benefit Wall Street investors — should not be granted the same rent-free access afforded to credit unions that meet certain provisions in addition to delivering the not-for-profit mission and member-owned structure to bases at home and abroad.“By working collaboratively to remind lawmakers that the financial wellness of our servicemembers is more important than bankers’ profits, credit unions have achieved a remarkable win for our mission and structure,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “Our collective success in the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act is a defining example of what can be accomplished through credit unions’ fierce, bold 360-degree advocacy.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

The New York Times included Croatia on the list of open countries for American citizens

first_imgIn the article title “I am an American citizen, where in the world can I travel?”, Croatia is highlighted as the only one of the few countries in the Mediterranean currently open to Americans, who can enter the country unhindered upon presentation of a reservation about accommodation. Also, an American news portal that records over 35 million monthly visits The Daily Beast, in his article expires Croatia as Mediterranean hot spot, which is open to American citizens. “Any positive announcement coming from reputable and reliable sources like The New York Times increases the visibility of our country on the tourist map of the world. It is important that American travelers and all other guests from distant markets know that we are an open and safe destination in which tourist traffic takes place in compliance with all prescribed epidemiological measures and protocols.”  said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Kristjan Stanicic.center_img A renowned American daily whose website is visited by over 400 million readers a month, The New York Times, has included Croatia on the list of open countries for American citizens, reported Ina Rodin, director of the CNTB Representation in New York. last_img read more