R/V Sally Ride, U.S. Navy’s Auxiliary General Purpose Oceanographic Research Vessel (AGOR), completed builder’s trials, February 21, off the coast of Anacortes, Washington.Builder’s Trials for Sally Ride tested various shipboard systems and ensured readiness prior to conducting Acceptance Trials with the U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey.The propulsion system, mission-over-the-side handling equipment, anchor handling system, and work/rescue boat launch system were among the systems successfully demonstrated.Mike Kosar, program manager for Support Ships, Boats, and Craft, said: “R/V Sally Ride performed remarkably well during Builder’s Trials these past few weeks. Our entire Navy and shipbuilder team have done an outstanding job in preparing the vessel for upcoming acceptance trials.”Based on a single-hull commercial design, R/V Sally Ride is approximately 238 feet (72,5 meters) long and incorporates new information technology tools both for monitoring shipboard systems and for communicating with the world.Oceanographic Research Vessels provide scientists with the tools and capabilities to support ongoing research, including in the Atlantic, Western Pacific and Indian Ocean regions across a wide variety of missions.Upon delivery, the ship will be operated by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography under a charter party agreement with Office of Naval Research. The vessel has accommodations for 24 scientists and will operate with a crew of 20.This is the second ship of its class built by Dakota Creek Industries. The shipbuilder also constructed R/V Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27), which delivered to the Navy in September 2015. View post tag: Oceanographic Authorities View post tag: R/V Sally Ride Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy research vessel Sally Ride completes builder’s trials US Navy research vessel Sally Ride completes builder’s trials View post tag: US Navy February 26, 2016
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I’ve never been a fan of the word “admissions”. Entry to a fairground is an admission. The red-faced explanation you make to the A&E duty nurse, as you recount how that got there, is an admission. That getting there in the first place: that, too, was an admission. And in evoking notions of pain, embarrassment and fairground folly, the phrase is also the perfect description of the Oxford interview process. It’s my aversion, nay, dread of the word that has caused me to never step foot in the University’s Admissions centre on Little Clarendon Street. I’m willing to overlook the fact that it looks like a run-down Thomas Cook; what I worry about is walking into some Admissions Anonymous session. “Hi, my name’s Bradley and I’ve been addicted to crack [colloquial term for UCAS Track] for three months now…” I don’t think many people share my irrational fear of the word. I doubt that it is the main reason for state schools’ underrepresentation in Oxford. The job of James Lamming, the Student Union’s access guru, would be pretty easy if it were. No, there are two entirely unetymological reasons why Oxford is overrun with smug columnists with double-barrelled surnames and a penchant for words like “unetymological”. Firstly, and to the detriment of everyone in Oxford who has even the slightest tendency to regionalist ridicule, too few people with easily-mocked accents are applying here. And then there are the lamentable practices of these tutors, who insist on applying their years of expertise in picking the candidates who show the most promise and who will give them the most pleasure (OK, least pain) to teach. Luckily, the change required isn’t as drastic as some fear. All that is required is a standard Oxford response. Namely paperwork. To avoid tutors exercising their good judgement, the Oxford Application Form (OAF – you couldn’t make it up) should be updated to reflect the realities of modern funny-accented Britain. Hit fifty points and you’re into Merton. Twenty and they might spare you a room at Harris Manchester.For example: Which of these groups might you be interested in joining at Oxford? – Oxford University Labour Club (+5 points)– OU Conservative Association (-10)– OU Polo Club (-100)– OU Mugging Grannies To Pay Tuition Fees Society (+15)– Cherwell (-10,000) Perhaps the interview format could be adjusted slightly, just to ensure that you really can’t play polo and you really can mug grannies. (The techniques are surprisingly similar.) But it’s exactly that human touch in the interview process that you can’t beat. (Well, that tutor touch.) I’d take twenty minutes in front of a tweed-jacketed nutcase over application form nonsense any day. Besides, tutors would sooner take part in a mass Macarena than be replaced by forms that do a worse job than them. Of course we can make the ordeal more friendly and approachable for those not used to dreaming spires and the like. You know, T-shirts with “Hi, I’m Dr Smith, no question’s too stupid”. That said, the freshlings will be in for a shock at their first tutorial. But that’s it. Once the myth that Oxonians are hard-working no-mates is dispelled and once the world is convinced that academics are fluffier than blow-dried Care Bears, we can do no more.Yet more is what is being asked of us by ministers, who want every university to financially and managerially support a city academy or trust school. I can’t think of a worse precedent to set (unless they asked us to, say, kill someone). First of all, have they seen how this University is governed? Would you trust your children with the Vice-Chancellor? Secondly, where do we draw the line? Or are we going to have to fix everything for the government, right back to child poverty and social inequality, where this mess began? Much as it hurts, we must firmly refuse to clear it up: we’ve done all we can.
The unemployment rate in the United States is 7.8 percent. The country is more than $16 trillion in debt. The banks received a bailout from the federal government. So did the auto industry. At the end of the year, Bush-era tax cuts are scheduled to expire. Last year’s temporary payroll tax cuts are also scheduled to expire, resulting in at least a two percent tax increase for workers, when the Budget Control Act of 2011 takes effect. When the nation reaches this so-called “fiscal cliff,” the United States would also see the end of certain tax cuts for businesses, the beginning of health care taxes related to the Affordable Care Act and spending cuts to a number of government programs, including Medicare and the Department of Defense. No wonder polls by Rasmussen Reports, Gallup, Bloomberg National Poll and numerous news organizations rank the economy as the top issue for many voters on Nov. 6. Notre Dame economics professor Timothy Fuerst said all agree the country’s budgetary policy cannot last as it is, but the presidential candidates differ on their strategies to bring about change. “I think the broader issue is how to deal with the enormous federal budget deficits, on the order of $1 trillion a year,” Fuerst said. “This is simply not sustainable. Even after the economy recovers, there will be substantial deficits because of the rapid growth in spending, primarily entitlement spending such as Medicare and Social Security.” Democrat President Barack Obama and Republican former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney have both failed to explain what cuts they would make or how they would change entitlement spending, Fuerst said. “President Obama claims that his health care law will lower spending on health care and thus reduce Medicare costs,” Fuerst said. “Gov. Romney disagrees, but instead suggests other reforms such as higher retirement ages and insurance vouchers that would allow retirees to shop the private marketplace for insurance.” The candidates are opposed on tax policy as well, he said. Obama has proposed gaining revenue by taxing those with incomes about $1 million, while Romney wants to expand the tax base by eliminating deductions and loopholes that he has not identified in full. Notre Dame economics professor Robert Flood said the candidates, no matter their different philosophies, would both have to take the same basic steps toward a stronger economy. “Both need to move the budget toward balance,” he said. “Both will have to raise more revenue and spend less.” Economist Austan Goolsbee is a professor at The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and the former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors under Obama. Obama has focused on cutting taxes for the middle class and letting high income rates rise, Goolsbee said, whereas Romney has called for “across-the-board” tax cuts that tend to benefit those with higher incomes, abolishing the estate tax and cutting capital income taxes. “I think it’s a pretty fundamental issue of the election,” Goolsbee said. “Do you think economic growth comes from a small group of people at the top or from broad-based relief with investments in training, infrastructure and innovation?” Goolsbee called Romney “factually incorrect” in his statement that the unemployment rate has been dropping because people have stopped looking for work and left the job force. “Suggesting that nothing has improved since January 2009 is absurd,” he said. “”We were in the middle of an epic downturn that almost careered into a depression. … The route problem is that growth has been modest – around 2 percent – and that’s not enough to really juice the hiring side.” Fuerst agreed with Romney’s claim, saying the economic rebound after the recession has been tough on job hunters. “The labor market recovery has been very, very, very weak,” Fuerst said. “In my view, the best measure of [the job situation] is the percent of the population employed. This was just about 63 percent before the recession. During the recession, it fell to about 58.5 percent and has remained remarkably flat since then.” Shortly after Election Day, the nation could hit the approaching fiscal cliff, which Fuerst said will take consideration from more than just the president. “My guess is that no matter who wins the election, that the Congress will push most of these issues down the road about six months so that the administration will have time to come up with a complete policy proposal,” he said. A mid-October poll from Rasmussen Reports found 50 percent of voters trusted Romney over Obama on the economy, while 43 percent favored the incumbent president. The race has only tightened as Election Day approaches, but one fact remains clear for the winner – after Nov. 6, one of these two men will have to put the money where his mouth is.
Assessing other potential changesThe proposed changes loosen a few requirements for how schools investigate sexual misconduct including: allowing colleges to determine what standard of evidence they will use; greater flexibility in deciding what off-campus conduct they will address; and getting rid of the requirement that cases be resolved within 60 days.Though the University appreciates the “latitude” granted to colleges in addressing off-campus conduct, Notre Dame does not plan to change its practices in these areas or its other policies, administrators said.“The University has long included the flexibility for us to take off-campus incidents into account,” Hoffmann Harding said. “We don’t anticipate changing that, even if the federal rules provide more flexibility.”Hanna said while they might disagree with the proposed rules’ stance on off-campus misconduct, they understand why universities could support this change.“I definitely think that from our perspective, being able to investigate, or at least look into more conduct than less is helpful, and I know that that’s not always the perspective of universities because it’s really time-consuming and costly,” Hanna said.Hanna added it was “heartening nonetheless” that Notre Dame plans to continue to investigate off-campus incidents. The new rules would also allow universities to choose whether they use “preponderance of the evidence” standard or “clear and convincing standard” in evaluating alleged misconduct. Under the Obama administration, schools were required to use the former standard, which means the misconduct occurred “more likely than not,” according to the New York Times. The “clear and convincing standard” means the alleged misconduct was “highly probable” and requires a higher standard of evidence.Hoffmann Harding said the University plans to continue to use the “preponderance of the evidence” standard.“I think the new proposed rules would perhaps allow for more flexibility, but you need to be consistent across all of your cases,” she said. “And for all of the cases at the University, right now, we do use that preponderance of the evidence standard.”Additionally, Notre Dame currently plans to stick to its 60-day timeline for investigating cases, Oliver said.“It’s still our goal,” she said. “ … We have University holidays and breaks and there’s a lot of reasons why that can be impacted, but in du Lac, you’ll read it’s still a 60-day expectation that we place on ourselves.”Once the new rules are announced, Hoffmann Harding said she would likely approach the Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention (CSAP) for student feedback if the University was considering changing its policies. Notre Dame may also be open to collecting broader student feedback depending on the rules, she said.“I think we’ll have to respond and see what the content of the changes are — should we have more intentional student conversations with a broader set of groups beyond CSAP?” Hoffmann Harding said. “We’re really open to that.”Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated Hanna’s title. Hanna is the policy director for End Rape on Campus. The Observer regrets this error.Have you been through the Title IX process at Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s or Holy Cross? The Observer wants to hear from you. Fill out our form here to get in touch.Tags: Betsy DeVos, division of student affairs, End Rape on Campus, Office of Institutional Equity, Title IX University concerns about proposed Title IX rulesAccording to the New York Times, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinded Obama-era guidelines for Title IX cases in 2017, most notably reversing the policy that required colleges to use “preponderance of the evidence” — the lowest standard of evidence — in determining whether to discipline students for alleged sexual misconduct.Last November, DeVos proposed new rules to replace the former guidelines, and members of the public were welcomed to submit comments on the regulations over a period spanning about two months. Following a review of these comments, the new rules will be announced.In its public comment, the University praised the new rules’ support for alternative resolution and the flexibility it grants in investigating off-campus misconduct, as universities would only have to investigate incidents within campus-sanctioned programming under the proposed policies. Notre Dame also approved of the requirements to provide both parties involved in the investigation with “detailed written notices of investigation,” the right to review evidence and an appeals process should one exist at the school.However, the University also expressed concerns about how outside parties would be involved in the process under the new regulations. The proposed rules would allow students on either side of the case to bring in an advisor or attorney to cross-examine the other party, a practice the University said could discourage students from reporting.“We were concerned both about the environment — that it would not necessarily encourage students to come forward in all cases — but we were also really concerned about inequitable resources that might be available to students there,” Hoffmann Harding said. “So we’ll see what comes out in the final rules.”Hoffmann Harding said the University currently allows students to have advisors during the Title IX process, but they serve in “non-speaking roles.”“Students can have advisors available, but those are non-speaking roles so it doesn’t turn into the equivalent of sort of a litigation process,” she said. “But it does allow us to gather information, I think, quite fairly and ask questions of both parties that again, try to serve students well and the community.” B. Ever Hanna, policy director for advocacy group End Rape on Campus, appreciated that Notre Dame took the time to submit a comment. Hanna echoed the University’s concerns about cross-examination, saying the practice could be traumatic for students and promote inequality for those with fewer financial resources.“In general, there’s a lot of great language [in the comment] about what fairness actually is,” Hanna said. “Does fairness require due process protections like direct cross-examination, or can fairness look like something else? So the fact that the comment links fairness and not having cross-examination is really great.” Diane Park | The Observer The University moved its Title IX office to the Office of Institutional Equity this summer and has been preparing for national changes to Title IX rules by submitting a public comment on new proposed regulations.University administrators said the Student Title IX Service’s move will have little impact on how Notre Dame handles cases of sexual misconduct. Notre Dame also does not anticipate major changes to its process in areas where universities may be granted more flexibility under the new regulations. Why the office was movedStudent Title IX Services, which formerly operated “as a support service within the Division of Student Affairs,” moved to the Office of Institutional Equity due to the departure of Bill Stackman, former associate vice president for student services.Vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said when looking for someone to take on Stackman’s Title IX responsibilities, she turned to Erin Oliver, an assistant vice president who oversees the Office of Institutional Equity.“She brings to Notre Dame, through her leadership here, deep experience from her past institutions with student Title IX services,” Hoffmann Harding said. “So truly, it was just a happy marrying of hiring the right leader for institutional equity, knowing … that [it] had become a more common practice nationally to have faculty, staff and students’ cases handled in one place.”While reports of faculty, staff and student misconduct will now be handled through one office, the Title IX process at Notre Dame has remained nearly unchanged, Oliver said.“As far as the life of a complaint or report that comes into our office, through resolution, it’s primarily the same team doing the same good work,” she said.Students who report sexual misconduct can choose to pursue an administrative resolution — which can result in a disciplinary outcome — or in some cases, an alternative resolution, which consists of mediation.
CDC Image.MAYVILLE – A 90-year-old man with pre-existing conditions has died after contracting COVID-19.The Chautauqua County Health Department reported the death, the 16th since the outbreak started, on Tuesday afternoon.Additionally, county health reported 31 new cases with 159 now active.Of the new cases, seven are in Fredonia, six in Jamestown, three in Dunkirk and Bemus Point, two in Lakewood and Brocton, with one in Sherman, Findley Lake, Frewsburg, Falconer, Silver Creek, Forestville, Panama and Celoron. As of Sunday, there are seven people hospitalized in the county.Since the outbreak started, 1,204 cases have recovered with 1,379 cases total. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
The Circumferential Highway experienced a small victory recently when it came to light that the Federal Highway Administration had issued an ROD or Record of Decision, giving the good-to-go on the current design and location of the proposed highway. This thumbs-up to the Vermont Agency of Transportation, however, is far from a green light on the actual construction of the highway, which still faces an “end of road, turn back” sign from the Environmental Protection Agency.The giant undertaking of connecting Interstate-89 in Williston with 117 and 289 in Essex has been riddled with problems since planning began in the early 1980s and the original layout for the road was declared dead by Governor Shumlin at a press conference in May of this year. The new proposal, known as Alternative 17 or what was previously referred to as the Circumferential A/B Boulevard, is not expected to be any less divisive.Sue Minter, the Deputy Secretary Agency of Transportation, told Vermont Business Magazine that the Circumferential A/B Boulevard is still ‘a long way off’ and that there are ‘many permitting battles ahead.’A letter to Governor Shumlin and Colonel Philip T Feir of the US Army Corps of Engineers in May from H Curtis Spalding, the regional administrator of the EPA, stated the EPA’s position quite clearly on the A/B Boulevard. Spalding wrote, ‘The Circ A/B alternatives, including VTrans’ preferred (Alternative 17) do not satisfy the Clean Water Act 404(b)(1) guidelines and that the Corps should deny VTrans’ permit application. Ending this project would enable all of us to turn our collective energies toward developing an environmentally sound solution to the regional transportation needs of Chittenden County, an objective my Agency is ready to help address.’The letter went on to state numerous problems with the proposed alternative including ‘increased phosphorus loadings to Lake Champlain… the loss or alteration of an entire network of headwaters streams that is an essential source of clean cold water for Allen Brook,’ which already has been designated an ‘impaired water,’ and ‘likely violations of water quality criteria in affected streams during construction.’According to the letter, dated May 9, at least one more permit battle has been guaranteed. It concluded, ‘â ¦if the Corps notifies the EPA of its intent to issue a permit for Alternative 17/Circ A/B based upon the existing record, I intend to initiate the 404(c) process under the Clean Water Act. In light of the significant ecological damage that Alternative 17/Circ A/B would cause, I encourage the state to reconsider its support for the alternative, and I renew the recommendation I have made previously to the Corps that it deny the permit application.’Minter said that the Shumlin administration wants to move forward, but without getting swamped down in legal battles. She said that this less contentious path is being sought out in numerous ways including meetings with the Metropolitan Planning Organization and bringing together the ‘Circ’ communities (Essex town, Williston, Colchester) to better examine integral parts of the plan such as the reduction of traffic and mitigation in key areas, environmental impact, etc.Although contingent on legal proceedings, the A/B Boulevard is planned to be constructed in two parts: Part ‘A’ will consist of a route connecting I-89 to Mountain View Road in Williston; and part ‘B’ will connect Mountain View Road to VT-289, going over the Winooski River into Essex. The road will consist of at-grade, signaled crossing at US 2 and Mountain View Road, two lanes in each direction (four total), and a 16-foot median separating them.Many Williston resident have expressed concern that the approved plan, particularly part A, will bring about more congestion and traffic problems in the future, one of the problems that the highway is supposed to alleviate. It has also been suggested that the B Boulevard should be built first, rather than A to more quickly reduce traffic at the five corners intersection in Essex Junction.Some believe that the construction schedule has been arranged accordingly to give priority to IBM, which is located off Redmond Road at Mountain View Road in Williston, in gaining more control of their transportation needs. The Chittenden Solid Waste District or CSWD, also located off of Redmond Road, would also be significantly impacted by the installation. The extent of this impact, under the current plan, hasn’t been fully determined.When the construction of either part of Alternative 17 is set to begin, if ever, is still up in the air. Minter concluded of the plan, ‘We know it’s going to be disputed.’Neel Tandan, Vermont Business Magazine. Circ won’t be built, alternatives sought and needed | Vermont…May 31, 2011 … Governor Peter Shumlin in May announced that the Circumferential Highway ‘is not dead.’ He then essentially threw a load of dirt on its … RELATED: Circ highway plan clears major environmental hurdle | Vermont …Jul 7, 2010 … As a result of these discussions, the original Circ alternative that called for construction of a limited access highway with a 50 mph speed …
Photo by Reenan OztkurkModern day climbing legend Dean Potter, 43, has died in a BASE jumping accident in Yosemite National Park. According to reports, the accident occurred on Saturday May 16 just after 7:30 p.m., when Potter and BASE jumping partner Graham Hunt donned wing suits and dove from the 7,500 foot Taft Point.A search and rescue effort was initiated sometime after the jump when the pair’s spotter failed to connect with them. According to Outside Online, she heard sounds that could have resulted from either impact or parachute deployment, but was optimistic that Potter and Hunt might have been detained since BASE jumping is illegal in Yosemite National Park.The initial effort was fruitless, but when searching resumed the next morning Yosemite search-and-rescue crews recovered the bodies of both Hunt and Potter. Neither of the men’s parachutes had been deployed.Potter was known for his record setting speed climbs of El Capitan, BASE jumping stunts, and for breathing life into the sport of high-lining in the mid-2000s. He drew controversy in 2006 when he free soloed the iconic Delicate Arch in Utah’s Arches National Park (a climb that cost him his Patagonia sponsorship), and more recently, when he modified a wing suit to accommodate his Miniature Australian Cattle Dog Whisper.Potter is survived by Whisper and his girlfriend Jennifer Rapp.
By Lorena Baires/Diálogo May 07, 2020 U.S. Southern Command’s Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-Bravo) is deploying its humanitarian arm in Central America to strengthen response capabilities and halt the rapid spread of COVID-19.JTF-Bravo is sending health supplies to protect doctors, nurses, service members, and police forces. This aid began to reach the region in early April. El Salvador was one of the first countries to receive U.S. support, with deliveries of basic health supplies to stock up containment centers, where people potentially infected with COVID-19 receive treatment.During the Vita exercise, the medical evacuation team of JTF-Bravo’s 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, trained together with the Colombian Military Forces on victim assistance and air transport operations to improve capabilities and increase interoperability. (Photo: Joint Task Force Bravo)The United States has also sent food rations to service members in the field who prevent people from evading health controls. “The Sumpul Command, deployed in more than 186 illegal border crossings, received meals ready-to-eat donated by the U.S. military,” said Salvadoran Naval Force Rear Admiral René Merino, El Salvador’s minister of Defense. “They have also sent disinfecting gel and masks, because personnel are in contact with many people every day.”JTF-Bravo practiced setting up a field hospital to care for its COVID-19 patients internally, if it were to be needed, at its José Enrique Soto Cano Air Base headquarters in Comayagua, Honduras. This would allow them to avoid burdening the local health system. According to a press release, their Army Forces Battalion has also rehearsed a plan to treat and evacuate infected service members, while the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment has been conducting humanitarian assistance training and demonstrating its ability to mobilize forces when needed during a crisis.Months before the virus was detected in the region, several armed forces refreshed their knowledge in emergency interoperability.“The best strengths our military provides are the tangible U.S. commitment to alleviate human suffering and for people to know that they will receive the help they need,” said U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Laura Miller, JTF-Bravo’s Civil Affairs officer in Honduras.An example of this assistance was the Vita exercise, conducted in La Guajira region of Colombia in March 2020, to offer preventive care, and public health, pharmacy, and dentistry services.“We have significantly increased the task force’s readiness to execute humanitarian assistance operations in austere environments, which is particularly critical, because aviation crews needed to become familiar with the unique demands of flying over mountainous and desert terrain,” said U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Bob Yerkey, head of Operations for JTF-Bravo. “Our civil and medical affairs staff has made valuable contacts that will prove essential in future humanitarian assistance operations.”In another exercise in Panama’s Darién province, conducted in December 2019, JTF-Bravo and Panama’s Public Force worked to respond to a simulated disaster following a natural event. “This exercise became a forum for various agencies to come together and solve problems, such as displacement of people, food assistance, and humanitarian supplies to communities,” said Lt. Col. Miller, who led the exercise. “We not only strengthened ties between countries, but also between civilian and military response agencies. [It’s] a cooperation effort currently being put into practice.”“All the above are on top of the numerous medical preparation exercises and other activities that we coordinate in the region. By working with partner nations’ forces, we are prepared to face together the challenges of today and tomorrow,” said U.S. Air Force Captain Beau Downey, head of JTF-Bravo’s Public Affairs. “The most relevant competency both sides get is interoperability; we build relationships with each other and learn where contact points are, so as to use them quickly during a crisis.”
The advent of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has turned the consumer complaint process into a compliance event.It’s no longer enough to take consumer complaint calls and strive for good service, says Jared Ihrig, CUNA’s chief compliance officer.“The CFPB wants to see how you’re managing those calls and how you’re tracking them,” he says. “They want spreadsheets and pie charts that show when the calls came in and how long it took to resolve the issue, and if the error was extrapolated across the membership and remediated with all the members who had the same issue.“They want to know if you changed your policies, procedures, and product offerings so the same complaint does not happen again.”CFPB is closely scrutinizing regulators to ensure they’re documenting these issues. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr