Doctor Brown’s is a popular bar and live music venue in Middlesbrough, England. Recently, the news broke that the establishment has a formal ban on female-fronted bands—a ban that was put in place by the female manager of the venue, Paula Rees. To justify the ban, Rees insists Doctor Brown’s clientele refuse to see female-fronted bands because women “can’t sing heavy rock.”Rees has defended the controversial and sexist ban to The Northern Echo, insisting that “it’s nothing to do with me. It’s the pub’s regulars who come in every week. They won’t come in if there’s a female singer.” Rather, the ban, in her eyes, is strictly business: “We had female singers on in the past and customers just didn’t like it—we’re a rock bar and they don’t think that women should sing male rock songs.” She continued, “If we put a poster up and our regulars know there’s a woman in the band, they won’t give them a chance – they’re my bread and butter and we can’t risk nobody coming in.”Hannah Sowerby, a local singer for Revenant and Syndicate 66, has previously had gigs booked at Doctor Brown’s. However, once the venue found out the two bands were fronted by a woman, the gigs were canceled. As she told The Northern Echo, “I haven’t been allowed to play because I’m female, despite the fact my band can draw a crowd.” She continues, “You wouldn’t get people saying they don’t like male bands because not all male singers are the same—just like not all female singers are the same. … It is a sexist attitude from the regulars and there’s no excuse for it in 2017, you’d think we’d be past this by now.”However, Doctor Brown’s will host a band with a female singer next year, and Rees is considering booking female-fronted bands that can guarantee a large crowd. Despite this, Rees still is insistent that as a rule, the policy banning female-fronted bands will stay.[H/T The Northern Echo; Photo: Gazette]
This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Cesar Alvarez, president of Native Americans at Harvard College (NAHC), couldn’t stop dancing.In a single day during the recent Arts First festival, he joined a performance with NAHC’s Harvard Intertribal Dance Troupe, and then served as Head Man Dancer in the Harvard Powwow: six straight hours of dancing, in total.“I loved every minute of it,” said Alvarez. “Being the Head Man Dancer is a great honor.”Alvarez is from Four Bears in western North Dakota, a community of about 400 in the Fort Berthold Indian reservation. If the move to Harvard was a major transition, the experience has reinforced values he’s carried since childhood.“I understood that sense of community from an early age,” he said. “If you saw someone was having a hard time, then you reached out to that person. That concept really follows you wherever you go.”As a sixth-grader, Alvarez got his first hint of where he might end up when he asked his mother what college was and her answer included mention of Harvard.“When I asked her what that place was, she said, ‘That’s where you go to really make something of yourself,’ ” he recalled. “When I told her that’s where I wanted to go, she just said, ‘OK. You’re going to do this.’ ”It was that matter-of-fact determination, Alvarez said, that drove him to do his academic best — a challenge he sometimes took to extremes, such as when he drove three hours in a 30-degree-below wind chill just to take the SATs during his junior year, a score crucial for a student’s college application.And his mother, who often worked double shifts as a bartender in the reservation’s casino, was a steady inspiration.“She did what she needed to do to provide for us,” he said. “Sometimes she’d leave for work at 8 a.m. and come home at 2 a.m., but I remember staying up just to talk to her. We had humble beginnings, but she worked for everything we had, and we always had each other.”On graduation day mother and son will celebrate face to face. Alvarez’s grandmother and uncle will also make the trip.While deeply proud of his roots, upon arriving at Harvard Alvarez was determined to stretch beyond his identity as a Native American, embracing his Hispanic heritage and exploring his love for music as a drummer in the Harvard University Band.Alvarez chose a government concentration. Last summer he interned with Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota; he’s also spent time working for his tribal government in North Dakota. Although he plans to enroll in law school and perhaps pursue public service down the road, his immediate interest lies in the nation’s capital, working on Indian policy and issues concerning his home state.“Harvard’s broadened my worldview and made me more appreciative of culture in general, it’s reaffirmed and strengthened my personal commitment and views both to my Native American and Hispanic side … and it’s just made me more worldly, in academia and with people.”
The networking industry is undergoing disruptive change and Dell EMC is leading the way. A few years back, we challenged the status quo with our Open Networking initiative, breaking the proprietary links between networking hardware and software. This opened the doors to a whole new market for networking hardware and software, granting enterprise, web and service providers more choice and capability than ever before.Today, we continue to lead the industry with the announcement of new high-performance switching platforms and a new release of our Linux-based network operating system, OS10. These new, enhanced products for Open Networking will help customers enable flexibility, lower IT costs and speed return on investment. A recent total cost of ownership (TCO) from ACG Research, partially funded by Dell EMC, showed how a prominent Tier 1 service provider was able to reduce the 5-year TCO on their infrastructure by using an open architecture.For the data center, the new S5148F-ON switch is Dell EMC’s first 25G top-of-rack Open Networking switch, part of the “Better Together” story with new Dell EMC PowerEdge 14G servers shipping with native 25G support. Additionally, the 100G uplinks are designed for 100G fabric connectivity accelerating rack-to-rack (east-west) network traffic. This is ideal for cloud and web-scale customers looking to maximize application and service performance.The new S4100-ON series is our latest family of multi-functional, top-of-rack data center Open Networking switches optimized for high densities of 10G fiber/copper or Fibre Channel 8/16/32 server and storage converged LAN/SAN within racks. All of these switches include the high-performance 100G uplink ports for inter-rack communications. Also included in this family is the S4148U, a new unified switch for both Ethernet and Fibre Channel traffic. This Open Networking switch pushes the upper limits of Fibre channel connectivity helping to optimize support with 32G Fibre channel for customers who want to further converge local area network (LAN) and storage area network (SAN) solutions.The S5100-ON and S4100-ON are the first to ship standard with OS10 Enterprise Edition, Dell EMC’s new flagship networking operating system. Leveraging open source technologies from the Linux Foundation and Open Compute Project, OS10 Enterprise Edition is a next-generation, modular and programmable network operating system designed for both traditional networking and DevOps environments.The OS10 Enterprise Edition package provides complete layer 2 and layer 3 networking functionality but also allows customers to easily customize the software for different environments. Customer can integrate additional open source capabilities, add 3rd party Linux applications, or develop their own software using standard Linux and DevOps tools.Complementing these announcements, Dell EMC also expanded its Open Networking offerings for the campus with the Dell EMC N1100-ON series, a new family of energy-efficient and cost-effective switches. The series includes a number of fanless switches in half and full width options, Power over Ethernet (POE) and non-POE versions, and port configurations from 10/100/1000Mbps to 1/10GbE. The N1100-ON series switches are designed to pair with Aerohive’s HiveManager NG – a next-generation cloud-based management solution that greatly simplifies end-user wired and wireless access, setting a new standard for network convergence by bringing enterprise-class management to the public or private cloud.Our mission at Dell EMC Networking is to ensure our customers – regardless of size – derive the fullest value out of their networking investments. As such, we will continue to introduce proven end-to-end open networking solutions, comprehensive global services and a vision that sets the pace in a rapidly changing industry. Find out how we can help you and your network.
The newest addition to the University of Georgia Tifton Campus faculty has a hefty goal: train the best agriculture teachers in the nation and produce enough graduates to fill all of the open agricultural education teaching positions in Georgia.Amber Rice, who joined UGA prior to the beginning of fall semester, specializes in agricultural education and has a 75 percent teaching appointment. Agricultural education is the campus’ most popular major, with 26 students enrolled in the major this fall.“We were delighted to welcome Amber Rice to the UGA Tifton Campus. She leads the agriculture teacher preparation major at UGA Tifton, offering cutting-edge courses and experiences for emerging teachers,” said Kay Kelsey, head of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication. “Dr. Rice specializes in pedagogical content knowledge, or researching the ability of teachers to transmit knowledge to learners.”Rice is participating in research to make sure future agriculture teachers graduate with top-notch training. Pedagogical training involves researching ways to teach a particular subject to a specific audience. In Rice’s case, she is searching for ways to teach agricultural knowledge more effectively.“How can we better prepare our student teachers to teach content in the best ways. What are the best ways to teach plant science so that students are really grasping that material?” Rice said. These are just some of the questions she hopes to answer with her research, which is mostly qualitative through student and teacher interviews.Working in an agricultural community like Tifton and becoming a member of the college faculty was an opportunity Rice could not pass up. She cherishes the one-on-one training she’s able to provide students on a small campus like UGA Tifton.“I really enjoy working with students. I like the small atmosphere of the Tifton Campus with the resources and perks of being at a land-grant university like UGA,” Rice said. “Especially with these students, probably 95 percent of them are going to be agriculture teachers. Everybody has their own strengths and things they want to work on. Having that personal relationship and being able to work with each individual student, I feel like it’s going to make them better teachers in the classroom.” The number of agriculture teachers and programs is growing rapidly in Georgia. Kelsey said there are more than 38,000 National FFA Organization members, up from 35,000 two years ago. Agriculture teachers typically serve as advisors for these students.But, the number of UGA students interested in becoming teachers is decreasing. There were more than 50 agriculture teacher openings in Georgia last year, but only 25 new UGA agricultural education graduates were available to fill them. “The rest came from other states, other disciplines (science teachers) and industry (people) who were not traditionally certified,” said Kelsey.Rice says the shortage of qualified agriculture teachers is a problem across the nation.“We’re just not producing enough to fill all the positions,” she said. “Last year, 100 percent of our agriculture teachers found jobs. The industry wants them. They want our Tifton graduates. There are jobs for them in Georgia.”To learn more about the agricultural education program on the UGA Tifton Campus or to contact Rice, call (229) 386-3528. Information about the academic program at UGA Tifton can also be accessed at caes.uga.edu/campus/tifton.
By Dialogo July 13, 2015 Additionally, they established planning protocols for the Civil Protection Operation Joint Exercises, which is known as ANDES. The purpose of ANDES is to train Troops to conduct search and rescue patrols in mountains and in extreme climate zones. Argentina and Chile have been engaging in joint exercises to improve natural disaster response training since 2001. For example, in October 2014, Chile and Argentina participated in a simulation of a natural catastrophe in the city of Valdivia as part of their “Solidarity Exercise 2014.” Simulation systems Chile’s delegation was led by International Relations Director Brigadier General Juan González and included 25 high-ranking officers, including the director of the National Military College; meanwhile, the Argentinian group was led by Army Brigadier General Carlos Alberto Podio, and included five colonels and a lieutenant colonel. “These periodic meetings bring our visions together regarding the global, regional and bilateral realities,” said Juan Belikow, a foreign affairs, defense and international security professor at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, adding that the Mutual Confidentiality Measures (MCMs) they’ve established “have been key to creating trust between the Armies of Argentina and Chile.” “The exchange of knowledge and experiences between the two neighboring Armies allows us to enrich and deepen our professional knowledge on topics…faced by the Armed Forces of the two countries,” the Chilean International Relations Directorate reported, adding that it also creates opportunities for “joint projects that reduce costs and need to employ fewer people for a specific task.” Such joint Military operations are crucial in the fight against regional concerns such as transnational criminal organizations. Bilateral and Multilateral relationships and combined training events such as those promoted by the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) are key to effectively countering shared threats. According to Belikow, “Transnational organized crime organizations are looking today for a south-south route to enter northern countries, leaving through Africa and Asia…thanks to the effective efforts of SOUTHCOM and the cooperation of the region’s Armed Forces, the north-south route is now more difficult.” increasing cooperation between the Chilean Army Combined Arms Units (UACs) and Argentina’s Large Battle and Combat Units; managing their contingents of reserve Soldiers; and best practices to communicate and verify functions and control between the Armed Forces of the two countries; increasing intelligence functions in support of civil protection operations (in response to natural disasters and other catastrophes). One example of this cooperation is the Joint Combined Peace Force known as Southern Cross, which is a Brigade composed of Armed Forces personnel from both countries that is at the disposal of the United Nations. Southern Cross is the result of an MCM. The meeting also strengthened ties between the Argentine Army’s War College (ESG) and the Chilean Army’s War Academy (ACAGUE). Officials from both Military colleges agreed to study their respective master’s programs for future officer exchanges. Bolstering cooperation The two countries also agreed to conduct various Engineering Corps exchanges and apprenticeships involving both Armies. During the meeting, Military officials from the two countries created several Bilateral Working Groups (GTBs), which worked out understandings and treaties on a range of topics, including: They gathered in Santiago from June 15-19 for the XV Bilateral Meeting of the Army Staff Offices of Chile and Argentina to “discuss topics of mutual interest and exchange experiences on their views of the professional sphere” the Chilean Army International Relations Directorate told Diálogo — in particular, to discuss training approaches for Soldiers learning to to provide public safety for civilian populations. The meeting was also held to establish “a cooperation program between the two Armies for 2016, with a view to generating new agreements and initiatives.” Military representatives from Argentina and Chile bolstered ties between the two countries when they met during a recent bilateral meeting.
By Lorena Baires/Diálogo January 18, 2017 The Pacific Ocean is the strategic center of gravity for multiple global concerns, such as security. It is against this backdrop that the naval academies of several countries train their future officers to meet new defense challenges at sea. In late November 2016, the Guatemalan Naval Academy fired up the engines of the warship Kukulkán with 41 crew members aboard, including officers, petty officers, cadets, and technical staff from the Guatemalan Navy. One of the main academic goals of the exercise was to expand the students’ knowledge by sharing experiences with their counterparts from other navies in the region. In December, the training ship moored at La Unión Naval Base, to the east of the city of San Salvador, as part of its final exercise for 2016. Frigate Captain Maynor Joel Perdomo, commander of the Kukulkán training ship, highlighted the importance of that type of training. “Training our future navy sailors on how to maintain security along our shores, and knowing how other nations such as El Salvador, Nicaragua, or Panama do that, is a priority because we have the joint regional task of combating threats, and all of us need to be prepared and know how to work as a team.” The security of the Pacific coasts is the first order of business for the service members of this Central American isthmus, as organized transnational criminal organizations use its waters as a corridor to move shipments of drugs from South America to the United States. “The development of these cruises benefits both countries [Guatemala and El Salvador], because it allows us to refine all of the logistics that we set in motion in cases where teamwork comes into play. Our naval forces in this region are in coordination to fight problems as serious as illicit trafficking,” Captain Exón Ascencio Albeño, commanding officer of La Unión Naval Base, explained to Diálogo. “It was very meaningful for us to learn the procedures for bringing a cruiser into port and attending to the technicalities of its arrival, putting our logistics into action,” said Navy Cadet Eduardo López, a representative of the Naval Academy of El Salvador. “We also heard about certain lessons that our colleagues have had on the high seas, and that gives us a frame of reference for launching our own cruise.” For his part, Capt. Albeño added that “the good relations between both countries and our technical cooperation in fighting against these emerging threats keep the Salvadoran cadets motivated. Our cadets are always interested in learning how our neighboring countries’ navies meet security challenges on the high seas.” Lighthouses in the Pacific The experience of welcoming their foreign peers fuels the students’ confidence in the skills learned in the classroom. “It is important to practice all kinds of navigation — dead reckoning, coastal, electronic, and astronomical navigation — because we use different equipment for each one, and they are all key to getting from one point to another,” said Cadet Carlos Castillo, a representative of the Guatemalan Naval Academy. Members of the crew aboard the 105-foot-long Kukulkán explained to Diálogo how they put their sky navigation into practice, as well as the skills of electronic navigation, equipment operation, diesel mechanics, gunnery, alarm control, and the laws as they apply to the onboard search and rescue vessels and in maritime interdiction and boarding. “We have spoken with our Salvadoran colleagues about the importance of practicing all kinds of navigation, depending on your specialty, because you might be called on to use it at any time,” said Navy Cadet Manuel Guerra, from the Guatemalan Naval Academy. “Teamwork is essential, especially because different naval specialties come together aboard ship, and each person carries out a special function.” The instructors allowed them to be in control of the machinery so they could better assess the cadets. “It is a huge challenge for all of us to be here facing these conditions at sea, which can change from one moment to the next and where you can show what was learned in the classroom,” said Navy Cadet Cecilia Castillo, from the Guatemalan Naval Academy. For the students, each deployment represents a new learning experience about the various naval technologies at their disposal. “This visit is hugely important because we can learn other nations’ academic curriculum of the high seas. And we take in those new bits of learning, which can reinforce our own experience,” Capt. Albeño noted. The excellent relationship between both military institutions allows for these kinds of activities to be developed. The Naval Training and Education Center of the Salvadoran Navy is already planning cruises for 2017 that will no doubt offer a new opportunity to show their mettle against the ocean and meet the responsibility of ensuring security in their waters.
Editor’s note: This story was expanded Jul 13 to include additional information on how the HHS funds can be used and when they will be awarded.Jul 11, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The federal government today announced plans to distribute $225 million to states for pandemic influenza preparedness, the second round of grants for that purpose this year.The money will be apportioned to all 50 states, four urban areas—New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles County—and US territories, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a news release.The money comes from $350 million in emergency money passed by Congress in December, HHS officials said. In January the agency announced it would pass out $100 million in the first round of grants from that appropriation.Congress approved $3.8 billion in funds for pandemic preparedness in December, in response to President Bush’s request last fall for $7.1 billion. Lawmakers authorized another $2.3 billion in June.The $100 million in grants announced in January was intended to help states prepare and test pandemic response plans and identify gaps in preparedness, HHS said. The $225 million is to be used to begin addressing the gaps, the agency said.For some examples of how the money will be used, states will plan and test how they will make decisions about school closings, manage bans on public gatherings, and run mass clinics to give vaccinations or dispense antiviral drugs, according to Von Roebuck, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is administering the grants.States and other jurisdictions are currently receiving guidance from the CDC, and they are required to submit a plan for how they will use the money in line with the guidance, Roebuck told CIDRAP News.”August 31 is when their information is due back to us, and that’s also the award date for the funding,” he said. “What we’re asking for is a plan for how they’re going to use the money, but the availability is almost immediate in August.”In announcing the grants, HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt referred to the pandemic flu “summit meetings” he attended around the country earlier this year. “These funds will build on the work begun at the summits and help local, tribal, territorial and state public health officials as they undertake critical preparedness planning that communities must do themselves,” he said.The new grants range from $832,392 for Wyoming to $17.6 million for California. Amounts for the urban areas range from $859,299 for Washington, DC, to $6.98 million for Los Angeles County.See also: Jul 11 HHS news releaseHHS table of grant amountshttp://www.pandemicflu.gov/news/allocation.htmlJan 12, 2006, CIDRAP News story “States to share $100 million for pandemic planning”
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Greek ship owner and operator Euroseas has entered into agreements to acquire four secondhand 4,253 TEU containerships.As informed, the vessels will be bought from companies controlled by Synergy Holdings Limited for about USD 40 million.According to Euroseas, the acquisition will be financed by bank debt, existing funds of the company and USD 6 million raised in private placements. As a result of the private placements, the company will have issued approximately 8.45 million new common shares at a price of USD 0.71 per share representing about 19% of the Euroseas’ ownership after the acquisition.Built in South Korea, the ships in question are the 2009-built Synergy Busan, the 2008-built Synergy Antwerp, the 2009-built Synergy Oakland and the 2009-built Synergy Keelung. The company will also assume the charters the vessels are currently under.As part of the transaction, the company has agreed to acquire certain management services of Synergy Marine Limited for the next three years. Andreas Papathomas, Chairman of Synergy Holdings Limited, has joined the Board of Directors of Euroseas.Euroseas has also agreed to issue an additional USD 0.5 million in shares of its common stock to Synergy Holdings Limited if certain conditions are fulfilled in one year.One of the vessels was handed over to Euroseas on November 18 while the remaining three are expected to be delivered within a week subject to certain closing conditions being met.“Euroseas believes that the addition of the four vessels will add in excess of USD 5 million to the company’s EBITDA over the next twelve months and reduce the average age of its fleet by approximately 2 years,” the company said.Following the completion of the ship quartet acquisition, Euroseas’ fleet will reach 19 units which are all, except one, feeder and intermediate containerships. “We are very pleased to announce again today another transformative transaction for Euroseas following the four vessels we acquired in August 2019. This time, we have agreed to acquire four additional vessels of average age of about 11 years, not only expanding our fleet but also renewing it by reducing its average age by about 2 years,” Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO of Euroseas, commented.“This is a significant transaction for the company as it takes a meaningful presence in the Panamax markets. The transaction validates our strategy to become the only publicly listed platform to consolidate feeder and intermediate containerships.”“We remain optimistic about the prospects of the feeder and intermediate containership markets due to favorable supply developments provided that trade demand growth does not falter because of current trade uncertainties related to the US-China trade tensions,” he added.In parallel with the vessel acquisition, Euroseas announced that its 5,600 TEU Akinada Bridge, which has been drydocked in connection with its special survey, faced delays in completing the needed work resulting in the loss of the previously secured charter. The company has replaced the charter with another charter of similar rate and duration of three to five months which is expected to commence in early December 2019 when the remaining work on the vessel is expected to be completed.
13 Views no discussions Hon. Edison James (file photo). The Opposition United Workers has submitted that by now, someone should have been arrested in connection with the Christmas “fire-bombing” attack on a former magistrate GON Emmanuel.Leader of the UWP Edison James said “even after someone confessed to the crime,” to date no one has been arrested.In December 2010, the Goodwill home of GON Emmanuel was allegedly fire-bombed while he and his wife slept.According to James, police indicated that the matter is a special issue of high profile crimes, “however no one has yet to be arrested”.He told a press conference recently that the police use their intelligence to penalize several other criminals on the island, except in this matter.“In my constituency (Christmas time) there was a murder and three people were put behind bars by the police. There was a robbery at the Marigot Credit Union, within a short time, four people were put behind bars because the police used the knowledge and got to know who did that”.James further stated that police are quite aware of what to do in this matter but “for some reason” are unable to do crack the case.Emmanuel has previously indicated his disappointment that the investigation had yielded very little to date, with no one arrested or charged for suspected arson.The police chief reported earlier this year that the confession from the individual was fishy and that investigations into the matter are continuing.Dominica Vibes News Tweet Share LocalNews UWP says arrest someone for GON Emmanuel case already! by: – April 17, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Share