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first_img Previous Article Next Article People go to work to be part of something and this social aspect of work is often more important to people than the other benefits. There is a place for what you mention and I am sure it can be very successful but it can’t be the norm. Comparing Uber is comparing Apples and Oranges.Read full article Related posts:No related photos. Comment on Is Agency recruitment going to be ‘uber-ised’? The answer here. by damian eyreShared from missc on 22 Mar 2016 in Personnel Today Comments are closed.last_img


Commander of US Pacific Fleet Visits Naval Installations


first_img View post tag: Pacific Commander of US Pacific Fleet Visits Naval Installations View post tag: Commander View post tag: Defense View post tag: installations View post tag: Defence View post tag: US View post tag: fleet Training & Education View post tag: Naval Share this article May 6, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today Commander of US Pacific Fleet Visits Naval Installations View post tag: News by topic Adm. Cecil Haney, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, visited naval installations within Navy Region Northwest and its tenant commands, May 2-3.Haney toured the bases, met with Sailors, spoke at the “Night Before” homecoming party for the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and conducted several all hands calls.During the all hands calls Haney discussed the mission of the Pacific Fleet and his current fleet priorities: warfighting readiness, purposeful forward presence, advancing alliances and partnerships, and valuing people and families.In addition to fielding questions from Sailors at the all hands calls regarding topics from the current budget cuts, enlisted retention board and Perform-to-Serve (PTS) programs, he also thanked Sailors and expressed his appreciation and gratitude for their service.“I can’t thank you enough for volunteering to wear the Navy uniform and for your service,” said Haney. “No matter how many years you have served in our business, what you do for our country is amazing. I don’t take that for granted.”Each Sailor who asked a question received a command coin from Haney. Electronics Technician 1st Class (SW) Tracy Rico, assigned to Naval Station Everett (NSE) Operations Department, spoke about why it was good for Sailors to see and speak with Adm. Haney and listen to his vision at the base all hands call.“I think it gave us a better understanding of our mission and future deployments of the Pacific Fleet,” said Rico. “Our Sailors that attended the all hands call seemed eager to listen and receptive to what Adm. Haney said throughout.”Haney also toured ships ported pierside at NSE including the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60). During his time aboard, Haney met with the ships’ leadership and expressed his appreciation for the Sailors’ work serving aboard the ships.“The crew of Rodney M. Davis greatly appreciates Adm. Haney’s offering his time to provide Sailors the rare opportunity to hear a fleet commander’s insight and vision for the current course of the U.S. Pacific Fleet,” said Cmdr. Timothy Gibboney, commanding officer of USS Rodney M. Davis.“We can all take pride in the stellar contributions of the men and women working in the Navy’s third-largest fleet concentration area – the Pacific Northwest Region,” said Haney.Pacific Fleet headquarters is located in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The world’s largest fleet command, it encompasses 100 million square miles, more than half the Earth’s surface, from the West Coast of the United States into the Indian Ocean. The Pacific Fleet consists of approximately 180 ships, nearly 2,000 aircraft and 140,000 Sailors and civilians.[mappress]Press Release, May 6, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: visits View post tag: Navylast_img read more


Raytheon Delivers 3000th Tomahawk Block IV Missile to US Navy


first_img View post tag: Naval January 15, 2014 View post tag: Defense Raytheon Delivers 3000th Tomahawk Block IV Missile to US Navy View post tag: delivers View post tag: Defence Share this article View post tag: 3000th Within the framework of Block IV full-rate FY12 production contract, Raytheon Company delivered the 3000th Tomahawk Block IV missile to the US Navy.The Tomahawk Block IV missile is a surface- and submarine-launched precision strike stand-off weapon designed for long-range precision strike missions. The missile is currently in use by the US Navy’s surface combatants as well as U.S. and U.K. sub-surface platforms.Tomahawks can fly into heavily defended airspace and precisely strike high-value targets with minimal collateral damage.The U.S. Navy continues to purchase the missiles, which are warranted for 15 years, via the FY13 budget, and negotiations are ongoing for next year’s production contract.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 15, 2014; Image: Raytheon View post tag: Navy Industry news View post tag: IV Back to overview,Home naval-today Raytheon Delivers 3000th Tomahawk Block IV Missile to US Navy View post tag: Missile View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Raytheon View post tag: Tomahawk View post tag: Block View post tag: USlast_img read more


Console issues persist at Franklin County Communications


first_imgFARMINGTON – The director of Franklin Regional Communications Center told commissioners that dispatchers are continuing to report issues with the center’s console, purchased back in 2017.While the equipment’s manufacturer, Zetron, had sent a team of observers to the dispatch center in an attempt to troubleshoot issues with the center’s Zetron MAX console, Communications Director CL Folsom told county commissioners that he believed that it was time to set a “hard date” to get the equipment working correctly. If Zetron couldn’t address the issues, Folsom said, he would recommend the county find another authorized service provider to fix the problem.The Zetron MAX was purchased in March 2017, prior to Folsom’s employment with the county. It replaced a 12-year-old Motorola model at the cost of $166,000, half of which came out of the county’s tax increment financing fund. Over the next several months, dispatchers and first responders grappled with issues relating to audio quality and lost transmissions. The Dispatch Advisory Board, local fire and police chiefs brought their concerns to commissioners and Zetron deployed software fixes in early 2018 that addressed those issues.However, Folsom told commissioners Tuesday, issues have persisted at the dispatch center. According to an email from Folsom on Tuesday, the problems include workstations freezing, requiring resets before working again, non-responsive screens and computer mouses in the middle of calls and emergency tones transmitting independent of dispatcher input. Additionally, patching the console continues to be an issue.Folsom told commissioners that, if Zetron couldn’t get the console working correctly, he wanted to move ahead with another authorized service provider, ideally at the company’s cost. Part of his reasoning, he told commissioners, was that Oxford and Franklin County were the two counties experiencing the console issues. Both counties received service through Zetron.“We’re going on three years now,” Folsom said. “We still haven’t signed off on the product.”Folsom said that he intended to meet with the Dispatch Advisory Board after working with the Zetron team.Commissioners agreed that the problems needed to be addressed, as they represented a public safety issue.In other business, commissioners recommended that William K. Gilmore of Freeman Township be appointed to another four-year term on the Land Use Planning Commission. Gilmore, who currently serves on the LUPC board, was the only applicant for the position.The commissioners make a recommendation to the LUPC; the position is reviewed by the Legislature.last_img read more


Spafford Welcomes The Disco Biscuits’ Aron Magner For Mad World Cover At Hulaween [Video]


first_imgSpafford made their debut performance at Suwannee Hulaween last weekend, playing two full sets to excited fans at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. Their breakthrough appearance culminated with a Saturday late-night set on the Spirit Lake stage, which brought a very special guest along with them. Following sets from Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Run The Jewels, and The Disco Biscuits, Spafford stepped up for what would become one of the highlights of the night.The Best Things We Saw At Suwanee Hulaween 2017Ridiculous set-opening versions of “The Postman” and “Todd’s Tots” proved to be just a warm-up for the Saturday late night set, as keyboardist Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits then walked on stage, joining the band for an extended segment that took “Mind’s Unchained” into Spafford’s arrangement of “Mad World” by Tears For Fears. The impressive cover was played impeccably by Aron Magner, who slotted right in on the keys next to Red Johnson for one of the standout jams of the weekend. Even Magner’s Biscuits bandmate Marc Brownstein was feeling the collab, starting an “it’s a Maaag-neeer” chant from the crowd over the band’s song-ending “it’s a maaad world” refrain.Spafford Welcomes Matisyahu During Wild ‘Lion King’ Halloween Show [Video/Photo]Now, you can watch full video from the collaboration below:last_img read more


Annenberg waste reduction efforts recognized with recycle award


first_imgFirst-year College students eat their meals in the historic Annenberg Dining Hall, immersing them in the Harvard’s history from day one. A reusable mug program and efforts to cut down on food waste also greet those same students on day one, introducing them to Harvard’s commitment to sustainability.The hard work of students and staff to reduce waste in Annenberg were recognized Tuesday with a 2012 Recycling Award in the Institution category at MassRecycle’s 17th annual recycling award ceremony.The award specifically recognized several programs run by the student Resource Efficiency Program (REP) in partnership with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Office for Sustainability, Harvard University Dining Services, and the Recycling and Waste department within Campus Services. The annual distribution of 1,200 reusable mugs to incoming first-year students includes a pledge by students to use their mug throughout the year. To support the effort, HUDS provides a “mug tree” where students can keep their reusable mugs in between meals after they have been washed by dining hall staff. HUDS and REP have also partnered to reduce food waste through composting and a “Clean Plate Club” campaign.All of Harvard’s Schools have adopted extensive programs to reduce waste. At the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, freecycle events promote reuse of materials and the electronic waste recycling has been expanded to more than 40 locations across campus. Departments throughout Harvard regularly host zero-waste events and in the past five years Harvard Athletics has expanded recycling at events, including football games.last_img read more


Paulus is among Time 100


first_imgTime magazine has named American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) Artistic Director Diane Paulus to the 2014 Time 100, its list of the 100 most influential people in the world.The annual list, now in its 11th year, recognizes the activism, innovation, and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals. Time has called the list a collection of “people who are using their ideas, their visions, their actions to transform the world and have an effect on a multitude of people.”“I am deeply honored by this recognition, which for me is a tribute to the incredible collaboration I have enjoyed over the last several years with the many artists, audiences, producers, and advocates of the arts that I have been lucky enough to work with, including the extraordinary team at the American Repertory Theater and Harvard University,” said Paulus. “It has always been my goal for theater to have an impact on the world we live in, as I know it can and should, and to be represented on this list is a thrilling sign that we are on our way.”Last year Paulus won the Tony award for best direction of a musical for her restaging of the 1970s show “Pippin,” originally by Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson. The revival, which the A.R.T. premiered and which received 10 Tony nominations, earned three other top prizes: best revival of a musical, best performance by a featured actress in a musical, and best performance by a lead actress in a musical.It was the first directorial Tony win for Paulus, who received a best director nomination in 2012 for her production of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” which won that year’s award for best revival of a musical. She also won one in 2009 for “Hair.”The A.R.T. collaborates with artists around the world to develop and create work in new ways. It is currently engaged in a number of multiyear efforts, including the Civil War Project, an initiative that will culminate in the staging of new work in the 2014-15 season. Under Paulus’s leadership, the A.R.T.’s club theater, Oberon, has become an incubator for local and emerging artists and has attracted national attention for its innovative programming and business models.As the professional theater on the campus of Harvard University, the A.R.T. catalyzes discourse, interdisciplinary collaboration, and creative exchange among a wide range of academic departments, institutions, students, and faculty members, acting as a conduit between its community of artists and the University. A.R.T. artists also teach undergraduate courses in directing, dramatic literature, acting, voice, design, and dramaturgy. The A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theater Training, which is run in partnership with the Moscow Art Theatre School, offers graduate-level training in acting, dramaturgy, and voice.Dedicated to making great theater accessible, the A.R.T. actively engages more than 5,000 community members and local students a year in project-based partnerships, workshops, conversations with artists, and other enrichment activities both at the theater and across Greater Boston. The A.R.T. is dedicated to producing world-class performances in which the audience is central to the theatrical experience.Time’s list of its 100 most influential people will be in its May 1 issue, which appears on newsstands Friday.last_img read more


Lecture connects importance of water, religion


first_imgAssistant director for life sciences research and outreach Fr. Terrence Ehrman gave a lecture on the significance of water Tuesday night in Geddes Hall. The lecture was part three of a six-part series hosted by The Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing entitled “A Broader Vision of Reality: Integral Ecology within the Great Lakes Watershed,” which focuses on the intersection between the environment and religion.The lecture covered a variety of topics, including what and where water is, Great Lakes water use, a broader vision of ecology in relation to water and the theology of creation focusing on water. Ehrman said the discussion is important because water is vital to life on Earth.“As far as we know, water is essential for life,” he said. “Any planet in our solar system that we know of that has life — its requirement is water. So it’s essential for life. Water gives life.”Despite water’s importance, Ehrman said this resource is not readily accessible for a large portion of the world’s population.“There are a lot of people across the world who don’t have access to water,” he said. “There are a billion people on this planet right now who lack access to clean water, to safe water. That’s 18 percent of the population — 3.5 million people die each year from water related disease. Waterborne disease claims more lives each year than wars, and half of the world’s hospital beds are filled with people suffering from water-related illness.”Ehrman said because water is an “inalienable right,” it should be considered a “public good” and properly handled by the public.“In Catholic social understanding, access to water is an inalienable right,” he said. “As a vital element essential to survival, everyone has a right to it. But by its very nature, water cannot be treated as just another commodity among many, and it must be used rationally and in solidarity with others.”In spite of water’s value, Ehrman said, it is easy for the Midwest region to take water for granted given the Great Lakes’ vast supply of fresh water.“Of all of the water on the planet, 2.5 [percent] is fresh,” he said. “Of all that fresh [water], only 1.5 [percent] is surface water. It’s estimated that the Great Lakes are 20 percent of all the world’s fresh water … and it’s used for all sorts of different purposes and uses.”Ehrman said there are still steps that need to be taken to ensure the Great Lakes Watershed continues to be a viable resource.“I talked about areas of concern, which are identified areas within the Watershed where there has been an impairment or reduction of the chemical, physical or biological integrity of the Great Lakes Watershed and water,” he said. “ … In 2010, the Great Lakes restoration initiative was begun to accelerate efforts to protect and restore some of these areas of concern.”Water particularly connects to Scripture through its prominent featuring in creation and redemption stories, Ehrman said.“A month ago, in my first lecture, I talked about this relationship between creation and redemption,” he said. “These are two elements that need to go together. They’re two elements of God’s single divine economy of salvation. With so much of Scripture, there are images of humankind’s redemption being imaged as a new creation. So creation and redemption can’t be separated.”Ehrman said these elements are applied to the use of water in the Christian sacrament of baptism, in particular.“A Christian understanding of this image of restoration from Ezekiel finds its fullest realization and manifestation in Jesus Christ,” he said. “So when Jesus has died on the cross and his side is pierced with the lance, blood and water flow out. Jesus is the temple, he identifies himself as the temple and this water coming from the pierced side of Christ is this life-giving water. The water and the blood are images of baptism and Eucharist … baptism gives life [and] one is reborn of water in the spirit.”Tags: Great Lakes Region, The Center for Theology Science and Human Flourishing, waterlast_img read more


Notre Dame to modify student life in light of COVID-19 fears


first_imgIn light of the University suspending in-person classes until April 13, Notre Dame will remain open and adjustments to student life and offices will be made, Erin Hoffmann Harding, vice president for student affairs, said in a follow-up email.All student extracurricular activities will be suspended through April 13, and student-athletes will be contacted regarding decisions related to varsity athletics, the email said.The small population of students who cannot return home must be approved to remain in the residence halls by March 13, and the Office of Residential Life will contact these students. According to the email, North Dining Hall will open twice a day for brunch and dinner between March 15 and April 13. The dining hall will undergo a full sanitation between each meal.Faculty members will contact students regarding books and course materials, and essential materials may be shipped to students by filling out a form.“Any students who are still local or on campus should only take what they need from their rooms at this point, including passports, identification, keys, course materials, and laptops,” the email said.University Health Services (UHS) will continue operation, and students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are advised to call UHS or their local health care providers.“If a health care provider determines that a test for COVID-19 is necessary for a student still residing on campus, the student will relocate to housing near campus and follow self-quarantine guidelines while results are in process,” the email said. “Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 will shift to self-isolation guidelines and be subject to monitoring by the local health department.”Students are encouraged to continue engaging in student services offices with most offices continuing to have normal business hours.“ If you are away from campus, please use technology (e.g., phone, email) as a first point of contact with student services offices to ensure that you reach them quickly,” the email said.The University Counseling Center will remain open for students remaining on campus and will maintain their regular business hours, and students residing in the Fischer Graduate Residences may remain until the end of their leases.Tags: coronavirus, COVID-19, Erin Hoffmann Harding, Office of Residential Lifelast_img read more


Daily Dirt: Skier Numbers Down, Climate Change Affecting Mascots, Conservation Alliance Awards


first_imgYour weekly news blog from the most trusted source in the Blue Ridge…Eagles Nest Outfitters, Black Diamond Equipment and The Forest Group win The Conservation Alliance Outstanding Partnership Award for 2014Eagles Nest Outfitters, Black Diamond Equipment and The Forest Group were the selected winners of The Conservation Alliance Outstanding Partnership Award for 2014. The award recognizes member companies who go above and beyond in building relationships with Conservation Alliance grantees.Wild South and ENO have worked together over the past year to engage thousands of people through the “Wild South Wednesdays” environmental education and advocacy campaign. The campaign has expanded to include other outdoor retailers that support Wild South’s mission and highlighted the mutual passion for protecting the South’s wild places.Conservation Alliance grantees from the past two years may nominate member companies for the award recognition.“ENO has become a major leader in the Southeast and we nominated them for this award because our ‘Wild South Wednesdays’ campaign drastically raised awareness for our work to protect the last best places and collaborate with outdoor retailers partners as well,” said Benjamin Colvin, Wild South’s Development Director.The Wild South Wednesday campaign collaborated with regional outdoor retailers and leaders including ENO, Rock Creek Outdoors, Alabama Outdoors, Mountain High Outfitters, Mast General Store, Sunrift Adventures, Deltec Homes, Footsloggers, RootsRated and others that form a network through which an impact is made on the protection of wild places and wild things in the South.Climate Change Threatens Real-Life Species Behind Iconic College MascotsA new National Wildlife Federation report details that climate change is hurting the real-life species that are mascots for many of America’s college athletic programs.Climate change is the most serious environmental threat today to many animals and plants and urgent action is needed at all levels, according to Mascot Madness: How Climate Change is Hurting School Spirit.Mascot Madness looks at the best available science on how climate change is impacting many of America’s best-known mascots, from familiar species like bears and bison to exotic cats like lions and tigers. Warmer temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, and rising sea levels are altering habitat in ways that can affect animals’ diet, range and behavior:Wolverines (U. of Michigan) rely on deep snowpack for building dens to raise their young and may be declared a threatened species as the climate continues to warm.Terrapins (U. of Maryland) and Gators (U. of Florida) face reproductive threats. When alligators overheat, more eggs hatch as males. In contrast, terrapins produce more females in hotter temperatures. Imbalances in sex ratios like these can be a threat to sustaining healthy populations.The entire range of the critically-endangered red wolf, a real-life inspiration for the North Carolina State Wolfpack, is found at only three feet elevation or less, making them extremely vulnerable to rising sea levels and hurricanes.Buckeyes (Ohio State) are threatened by stronger storms, deeper droughts, and more intense heat waves fueled by climate change and are being pushed to migrate north – into rival territory in Michigan.The National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future.National Ski and Snowboard Visits Off 1.3 Percent Due to Dry West CoastThe National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) estimated that U.S. ski areas tallied an estimated 56.2 million skier and snowboarder visits during the 2013-14 season—a figure short of the 10-year industry average of 57.3 million, and down 1.3 percent from last season’s 56.9 million skier visits.If the West Coast had experienced an average amount of skier visits, nationally the ski industry would have been close to another record season.“With the drought and a rough start to the season in the Far West, an abundance of cold and snow in the East and Midwest, and near-perfect conditions in many parts of the Rocky Mountains, it’s hard to imagine a more complicated weather pattern over the course of one season,” said Michael Berry, NSAA president.Most of the country had a positive season, with the four resort regions from the Rockies to the Atlantic posting gains relative to last season and 10-season averages. Good snowfall contributed to increased visits in the Southeast (15 percent), Rocky Mountains (6.4 percent), Midwest (4.1 percent), and Northeast (0.6 percent)—collectively a 5.3 percent increase over last season and their third-best season in 36 years of available estimates.By contrast the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Southwest had very low snowfall well into the season, enough to drive a 27.7 percent decline in visits: a 27.5 percent drop for the Pacific Northwest and a 27.8 percent drop for the Pacific Southwest, reducing visitation to the second lowest level in 36 years.In longer perspective, visits nationally were up 10.2 percent in 2013-14 from a recent low of 51 million visits in 2011-12, and down 7.2 percent from the record high of 60.5 million in 2010-11.For more information visit NSAA.org.last_img read more




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