HMAS Huon Recognized for RENDER SAFE Op Efforts

first_img View post tag: HMAS Huon HMAS Huon Recognized for RENDER SAFE Op Efforts Authorities On 9 December, just prior to departing the wharf on patrol, HMAS Huon’s then Lieutenant Commander Richard Caton received a Silver Australian Defence Force Commendation for his achievements and commitment to duty during Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 and was promoted to Commander.Commander Northern Command, Commodore Brenton Smyth, and Captain Patrol Boats, Captain Bryan Parker, boarded the vessel to award the Commendation.Commander Caton was awarded a Silver Commendation from the Deputy Chief of Joint Operations for his “outstanding devotion to duty and delivering outstanding operational results as Chief of Staff to Commander Joint Task Force 663 during the planning and conduct of Operation RENDER SAFE 2013, the Australian led regional assistance operation focused on the clearing of World War Two remnants of war from the South West Pacific.”Commodore Smyth echoed the comments made in the commendation, noting Commander Caton’s extensive understanding of the region, knowledge of the South Pacific geopolitical and cultural sensitivities, and ability to engage fully at all level of government, helped maximise the impact of operations across Central Provence, Solomon Islands during the operational deployment.Commodore Smyth said:Not only did Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 reduce the threat from explosive hazards across areas on Central Provence Solomon Islands, it also enhanced the reputation of the Australian Defence Force and its allied partners across the South Pacific region.Commander Caton said that his task was facilitated by the outstanding efforts of Australian Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving personnel, as well as Explosive Ordance Device qualified personnel from New Zealand, USA, Canada and the Solomon Islands assigned to the operation.At the end of the operation more than 12,000 individual items of unexploded ordnance totalling over 20,000kg were cleared from waterways, farms, gardens and residential areas in the Solomon Islands. In addition, a number of schools, a women’s shelter and an orphanage had been rebuilt as part of the community outreach during the operation.He also noted that the clear lower deck had been probably the most embarrassing one he had been to.Huon departed on patrol, which would include a port visit to Dili, East Timor. the vessel will be operating in support of Operation RESOLUTE until February 2015.[mappress mapid=”14793″]Press release, Image: Australian Navy View post tag: OP View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: Efforts View post tag: Recognized Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Huon Recognized for RENDER SAFE Op Efforts View post tag: Navy December 22, 2014 View post tag: RENDER SAFE View post tag: Navallast_img read more

Vaughan elected Union President

first_imgThe Oxford Union has elected Charlie Vaughan to be its President in Michaelmas 2015. Vaughan was elected uncontested with 751 first preference votes, with 197 voting for RON and 245 voters spoiling their ballots. 1193 members voted in total.Verity Hubbard was elected Treasurer with 748 votes, 166 RONs, and 79 spoilt ballots. Robert Harris received 729 votes, 196 RONs, and 266 spoilt ballots in his election to Librarian. The position of Secretary was filled by Olivia Merrett, who received 737 votes, 170 RONs, and 286 spoilt ballots.All three were uncontested elections.Standing Committee next term is to be made up of Zuleyka Shahin (207 first preference votes), Ssuuna Golooba-Mutebi (185 first preference votes), Nikolay Koshikov (159 first preference votes), Niamh Coote (143 first preference votes), and Noah Lachs (142 first preference votes).The 11 positions for Secretary’s Committee were filled by Henna Dattani (105 first preference votes), Sorrel Evans (83 first preference votes), Ryan Tang (82 first preference votes), Charlie Campbell (79 first preference votes), Brenda Njiro (71 first preference votes), Jonathan Tan (70 first preference votes), Tiphaine Ramenason (70 first preference votes), Callum Tipple (68 first preference votes), Isaac Kang (57 first preference votes), Isaac Virchis (57 first preference votes), and Ellen Clarke (54 first preference votes).Current Union President Lisa Wehden said to Cherwell, “I’m incredibly pleased that the new rules were put in place for this election. For the first time in 16 years candidates were able to openly campaign which allowed members to make a more informed decision about who to vote for. I thought this worked really well particularly the introduction of RON. I’d like to congratulate everyone who was elected in this election and I wish them the best of luck for the future.”One second year Union member told Cherwell, “The rule changes make sense, but it’s still a shame there are so many uncontested elections.”The elections were notable as the first to take place under new Union rule changes.last_img read more

Jackson Joins First Security Bank as Executive Vice President

first_imgEvansville, Indiana. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare First Security Bank, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of First Security, Inc. (OTCQX: FIIT), announced today that Jeffrey D. Jackson has been named as the Executive Vice President – Chief Commercial Banking Officer.“I am very excited that Jeff will be joining the First Security team. Jeff has more than 30 years of commercial banking, trust management and business development experience that will be instrumental in moving us forward and helping us achieve our strategic goals for our shareholders,” stated Michael F. Beckwith, President and CEO.Jackson will lead all commercial banking teams, as well as First Security Bank’s treasury management team, throughout the 11-branch network in Indiana and Kentucky. Jackson most recently served as the Senior Vice President – Regional Trust Manager for Old National Trust Company.“Jeff has a wealth of experience in meeting the financing and deposit management needs of businesses. His knowledge of our local industries, as well as his ability to match the needs of the client to services is unmatched. Not only does his experience speak for itself, but his enthusiasm and passion for banking and customer service set him apart and will be a tremendous addition to our team,” stated Beckwith.Jackson is a graduate of the American Bankers Association Commercial Lending School, the Cannon Financial Institute Trust School, and the University of Southern Indiana with his Master’s in Business Administration. He is active in his community, having previously served as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern Indiana and Ivy Tech State College, has held board positions for St. Vincent’s Center for Children and Families and Lampion Center.First Security Bank, with $600 million in assets and more than 130 employees, has 11 branch offices in four major markets including Owensboro, Bowling Green, and Lexington, Kentucky andlast_img read more

More This Week From the Winter That Won’t Quit

first_imgAs if we didn’t already know that it’s been a long and cold winter, Punxsutawney’s famous groundhog saw his shadow on Sunday and predicted six more weeks of it.Ocean City faces a small chance of snow on three different days this week — Monday, Wednesday and Saturday — just as we close the books on a snowy and bitterly cold January.But true to form, forecasters are predicting more rain than fluff along the coast for each of the storms.Rain is expected to arrive on Sunday night (Feb. 2) and get heavier through Monday morning as temperatures begin to fall. NBC40 meteorologist Dan Skeldon predicts “all or mostly rain” for Cape May County — with the possibility of a small amount of heavy, wet snow toward the end of the storm on Monday afternoon.He predicts areas north of the New Jersey Turnpike could see as much as 4 to 8 inches.After a sunny Tuesday, heavy rain is expected to return for Tuesday night and Wednesday (and with a predicted low of 36 degrees, not much chance of snow).The next chance of rain or snow comes on Saturday.The ocean water temperature was just 33.3 degrees on Sunday at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City.last_img read more

Ocean City Police Activity Report for June 15 to 21

first_imgJune 21, 2014: Saturday Calls for service: 215Motor Vehicle Stops: 32Motor Vehicle Accidents: 3Property Checks: 35Alarms: 5The Police Department assisted with 6 fire and 11 EMS callsCDS, 900 block Boardwalk, at 12:18amTheft, 34th Street, at 2:41amCriminal mischief, 200 block Haven Ave., at 9:56amMotor vehicle accident, 700 block Asbury Ave., at 10:10amTheft, 2700 block Haven Ave., at 10:36amTheft, 2700 block West Ave., at 11:35amTheft, 4400 block West Ave., at 12:45pmMotor vehicle accident, 500 block 9th St., at 5:59pmMotor vehicle accident, 600 block 10th St., at 9:06pm June 17, 2014: TuesdayCalls for service: 176Motor Vehicle Stops: 22Motor Vehicle Accidents: 3Property Checks: 31Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 3 fire and 4 EMS callsTheft, 800 block 7th Street, at 7:04amMotor vehicle accident, 5100 block Asbury Ave., at 9:30amMotor vehicle accident, 200 block 55th Street, at 10:13amTheft, 3600 block Waterview Blvd., at 3:10pmWarrant, 4900 block West Ave., one in custody, at 4:43pmMotor vehicle accident, 9th St. & Haven Ave., at 5:16pm June 16, 2014: Monday Calls for service: 163Motor Vehicle Stops: 35Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 24Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 6 Fire and 10 EMS callsTheft, 2600 block West Ave., at 12:33amTrespassing, 2300 block Wesley Ave., at 8:51amLandlord/tenant dispute, 300 block Wesley Ave., at 2:06pmTheft, 5500 block Simpson Ave., at 2:47pm June 20, 2014: FridayCalls for service: 141Motor Vehicle Stops: 15Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2Property Checks: 27Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 9 fire and 10 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 37th St. & West Ave., at 11:33amMotor vehicle accident, 13th St. & Haven Ave., at 1:43pmAssault, 900 block West Ave., at 5:24pm June 15, 2014: Sunday                                                Calls for service: 175Motor Vehicle Stops: 30Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 29Alarms: 4The Police Department assisted with 11 Fire and 11 EMS callsVerbal, Wesley Rd., at 12:01amAssault, 1200 block Asbury Ave., at 3:21amWarrant, 900 block Haven Ave., at 5:05amMotor vehicle accident, 15th St. & Wesley Ave., at 9:27amDomestic violence, Warwick Rd., at 7:10pm June 19, 2014: ThursdayCalls for service: 182Motor Vehicle Stops: 17Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 40Alarms: 5The Police Department assisted with 5 fire and 5 EMS callsWarrant, 400 block Central Ave., one in custody, at 1:04amCriminal mischief, 2800 block Simpson Ave., at 7:01amTheft, 400 block Corinthian Ave., at 11:17amHarassment, 500 block Atlantic Ave., at 12:34pmTheft, 2600 block West Ave., at 1:33pmDomestic violence, 5300 block Central Ave., at 3:28pmTheft, 600 block Ocean Ave., at 9:24pm June 18, 2014: WednesdayCalls for service: 167Motor Vehicle Stops: 30Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2Property Checks: 41Alarms: 6The Police Department assisted with 8 fire and 9 EMS callsTrespassing, 100 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 2:19amTheft, 500 block Wesley Ave., at 8:30amMotor vehicle accident, 300 block Asbury Ave., at 9:52amMotor vehicle accident, 200 block 9th St., at 10:51amWarrant, 1800 block Wesley Ave., one in custody, at 11:56amWarrant, 2000 block Wesley Ave., one in custody, at 2:25pmFraud, 200 block 26th St., at 8:10pm OCEAN CITY POLICE SUMMARIZED WEEK’S ACTIVITIES June 15 – 21, 2014Calls for Service: 1,220Daily Average: 174 PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year.City Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street.       Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days. Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations.Just a reminder that Parking Meters have been installed and are working. Please remember to put money in the meters.last_img read more

Can you visit a sick employee at home?

first_imgAlthough sickness absence rates have fallen in recent years, the average employee in the private sector still has 6.4 days off work each year due to “illness”. Further research shows that, at any one time, 3% of the entire working population is away from work because of it. So it remains a major headache for employers.Of course, tackling sickness absence, regardless of whether it is short- or long-term, can also be a problem. This isn’t helped by a myth which circulates among employees; some think that you have no right to contact them when they are off sick. But this is not so. Not only is it perfectly acceptable for you to remain in touch with an employee during any period of sickness absence, it is considered “good management practice” to do so. This means you can ask them for regular updates on their health and a likely return-to-work date for example, via a daily or weekly phone call or by meeting with them.An invasion of privacy?Some employees are sceptical of this approach; they feel it is a breach of their privacy. But the bottom line is that careful management demonstrates you are a reasonable and supportive employer, which takes its duty of care towards employees seriously. Note that this will come in handy should you face a discrimination claim at tribunal. And keeping a close eye on things will also help to unearth any fraudulent sickness absence.Outline the management approach you will take in a robust sickness absence policy. It should state that all employees are expected to attend a return-to-work interview following any period of sickness absence. Also, reserve the right to request a home visit where any illness or condition is “long-term”; this is usually deemed to be five or more days’ absence.If you want to visit an employee at home, don’t turn up unannounced or outside reasonable hours. This could be viewed negatively by the tribunal for example, that you are trying to harass or catch them out.lSo always drop them a line first, suggesting a date and time, and explain the purpose of the meeting in other words to see:1. How they are;2. If there is anything you can do to get them back to work sooner; and3. If an occupational health referral is needed.An employee may feel uncomfortable with a home visit and you can meet on neutral territory. But remember that discussing health-related matters in a public place could breach their privacy, so do point this out.If an employee refuses a home visit, you cannot demand one. But if their sickness absence becomes a capability issue and you are considering dismissal, any reluctance to discuss their health will go in your favour.l For a free sample of ’Sickness Absence Policy’, call 01920 468061.last_img read more

Watch Turkuaz Vocalist Sammi Garett Play Drums With Andy Frasco & The U.N. In Chicago [Video]

first_imgOn Saturday, November 17th, Turkuaz closed out their extensive fall tour behind their new LP, Life In The City, with a performance at Chicago’s Park West featuring support from Andy Frasco & The U.N. While Turkuaz’s set was the evening’s main event, Andy Frasco & The U.N. got the colorful headliners involved in their opening performance, making for a particularly memorable show. Throughout their set, Andy Frasco gradually welcomed members of Turkuaz to the stage, beginning with vocalist Sammi Garett. However, instead of taking her familiar spot at the microphone, Garett hopped behind the drum kit to hold down the rhythm section for the instrument-swapping “Baby, Take The Day Off”.Didn’t know Sammi Garett played the drums? Neither did we, but it turns out that’s where it all started for her. “Drums are my first instrument!” Garett tells Live For Live Music. “I grew up playing the drums and I was in the school band and played percussion. Marimba, timpani, marching band, all that fun stuff! And I actually enjoyed the marching band uniforms too! Ha! I was also in a ska band in high school and played drums in that and sang in the band. I really wanted to play the saxophone, but the band teacher said I was too short and just put me down to play the drums. I guess they needed to fill their one girl quota ha! But I couldn’t be happier with the way things turned out!”Check out a clip of Garett’s sit-in with Andy Frasco & The U.N. below:Sammi Garett Plays Drums with Andy Frasco & The U.N.[Video: Thomas Glazier]As the set went on, Frasco invited more and more members of Turkuaz to join in, including saxophonist Greg Sanderson, trumpeter/keyboardist Chris Brouwers, saxophonist/vocalist Josh Schwartz, bassist Taylor Shell, guitarist Craig Brodhead, and vocalist Shira Elias.As Andy Frasco explains to Live For Live Music, “I wanted to showcase all the different angles on how multi-dimensional this group of musicians is… So when I interviewed Sammi for my podcast, I knew right there that the drums would be the first thing I wanted to conduct into our set to start introducing the Turkuaz squad. Then start bringing up the other guys to create more and more chaos.”You can watch a full video of Andy Frasco & The U.N.’s set featuring members of Turkuaz below:Andy Frasco & The U.N. ft. Members of Turkuaz – 11/17/18 – Full Video[Video: IZEoftheWorld]In addition to her work with Turkuaz, Garett recently collaborated with Freekbass on a batch of new material. Check out the video for their latest collaboration, “Love In Your Pocket“. You can see Sammi perform with Freekbass this weekend at Newport, KY’s The Southgate House Revival (11/23) and at Beckley, WV’s Melody’s (11/24). To grab your tickets, head here.Next up for Turkuaz is a three-night late-December run culminating with their annual “The Ball Drop” New Year’s Eve celebration in Worcester, MA. For more information, head here.Andy Frasco & The U.N. will, as always, continue to tour heavily throughout the end of 2018. For a list of their upcoming dates, head to the band’s website. You can also listen to the newest episode of Andy Frasco’s World Saving Podcast with Yeti featuring Sammi Garett and Shira Elias here.last_img read more

Professor receives German award

first_imgGermany’s highest honor, the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, was awarded to political science professor Donald Kommers on Nov. 8. The award is given for outstanding service to the country and is reserved for both Germans and foreigners. “I [had] no idea who or what was behind this award,” Kommers said. “It took me totally by surprise.” The award was presented to Kommers in a ceremony at the German Consulate office in Chicago. Onno Hückmann, the German Consulate General, presented the award. Hückmann praised Kommers’ academic success and his contribution to building a bridge between The United States and Germany in a way that few others have. Kommers said he has been interested in Germany since he was a boy. He grew up in a German area of Wisconsin, and was exposed to the culture at a young age. He studied the language for three years in high school and then again in college. After receiving his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Wisconsin, Kommers came to Notre Dame in 1967. After a trip to Germany in 1968 to study their high court, he decided to change the course of his academic life. “I’ve always been interested in the judicial system, so I started comparing the U.S. system to courts around the world,” Kommers said. ” I decided to combine my interest in the American constitutional law with German constitutional law.” In his 43 years of academic life spent at the University, Kommers has served as a professor of political science and law. In 1974, University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh named him the director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights. It was under Kommers’ service that the center changed their goal from working toward civil and human rights domestically to a more international mission. Through out his career, Kommers has written countless articles on the subject of comparative constitutional government. One of his works, “The Constitutional Jurisprudence of the Federal Republic if Germany,” is going into its third printing. This book helped to develop the field of comparative constitutional law, Kommers said. “It brought the attention of the German courts to the English speaking world,” Kommers said. This is not the first time Kommers has been awarded by the German government for his academic work. In 2008, he was awarded the Berlin Prize, which allowed him to continue his study of the German constitutional courts at the American Academy in Berlin and in 1998, he received an honorary doctorate of law from Heidelberg University.last_img read more

Idina Menzel Talks Upcoming Super Bowl Performance

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 If/Then Star Files Broadway supernova Idina Menzel is of course no stranger to belting her face off in front of large crowds on a regular basis. But singing the national anthem on Super Bowl Sunday is a completely different matter.“The thing you underestimate when you get up there,” the If/Then headliner told AZCentral, “”is how much testosterone is coming at you when you’re standing up there in the middle of the field and all those guys are in the uniforms.” She felt that rush last summer standing next to Derek Jeter at the MLB All-Star game, and now she’ll feel it again with dozens of footballers. “They’re huge and they’re all standing there listening to you.”No matter how accustomed she is to performing live, the Tony winner still experience that rush of uncertainty. “I can do five to eight shows a week and do a great show or something can happen on the live stage. It’s what makes it exciting and exhilarating for me.”Super Bowl XLIX kicks off on February 1. In addition to Menzel singing the national anthem, Grammy winner John Legend will perform “America the Beautiful” before the game. Katy Perry will lead the halftime show. Oh, and the Patriots and Seahawks will play. View Comments Related Shows Idina Menzellast_img read more

This Week’s Picks! Cabaret, Verite & More

first_img Catch a Bella Off-Broadway Begins February 18 at the Claire Tow Theatre Anna Camp was tremendous as the type-A capella leader in Pitch Perfect, so we’re psyched to see her in Verite, which officially starts its limited run tonight. Camp plays Jo, a struggling writer and stay-at-home mom who can get her memoir published—if she makes her life as exciting as possible. That leads to a whole mess of complications beyond writer’s block and not getting a strong Wi-Fi signal. Click for tickets! Willkommen a New Sally Bowles Begins February 17 at Studio 54 Recently, Sienna Miller has contributed standout performances in two Oscar nominates gems, Foxcatcher and American Sniper. The next challenge? Succeeding Emma Stone as Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Miller admitted that her singing resume consists of “karaoke and vodka.” However, if she can sport a spotless American accent and portray not a trace of her glam self in those two riveting dramas, she’ll be perfectly marvelous here. Click for tickets! Attend a Starry Celebration of Song February 16 at 54 Below Friday night has a reputation as the let-loose day of the week. What about Monday? It’s important to get in the proper mind-set for the drudgery ahead. Luckily, we have a solution that isn’t screaming into your pillow or sobbing in the shower. A gaggle of Broadway all-stars—including James Snyder, Greg Hildreth and Jenni Barber—gather for a musical salute to songwriting duo Jacob Yandura and Rebekah Greer Melocik (Wringer, Feral). Click for tickets! See NPH Go Hollywood February 22 on ABC The success of an awards show has much to do with the host. Ideally, he or she gets the party going, puts the audience at ease, and doesn’t allow the proceedings to get too self-serious. That makes Neil Patrick Harris a perfect—and long overdue—host for the 87th Annual Academy Awards, a night of gowns, glamour, celebrities, and Twitter-ready cattiness. Oh yeah, and movies are peripherally involved. You remember them? They’re basically filmed plays. Salute an American Master February 20 on PBS We’re all about what’s exciting and new, but it’s also important to recognize Broadway’s past. Tonight provides a perfect opportunity, as PBS debuts American Masters—August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand in honor of the 70th anniversary of the late playwright’s birth. The documentary covers the legendary Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner’s life through the man’s “theatrical archives, rarely seen interviews, and dramatic readings,” according to PBS. Plus, there are interviews with James Earl Jones, Laurence Fishburne, Viola Davis and more. Hey, you, filling your shopping basket with discounted saddlebags of Valentine’s Day candy—we appreciate a good bargain, but not if it leads to diabetes. Put down the life-size 50 Shades of Grey teddy bear/gumdrop dispenser. There’s plenty to do this week, including Broadway’s brightest honoring two young songwriters, a new headliner at Cabaret, and Neil Patrick Harris’ latest hosting gig. Get ready for this week’s picks! View Commentslast_img read more