View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy Training & Education March 29, 2012 View post tag: Greece View post tag: Piraeus View post tag: Vicksburg USS Vicksburg Arrives in Piraeus, Greece View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Vicksburg Arrives in Piraeus, Greece View post tag: Arrives Share this article Guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) arrived in Piraeus, Greece for a regularly scheduled port visit March 28.The visit serves to continue U.S. 6th Fleet efforts to build global maritime partnerships with European nations and improve maritime safety and security in the region.“Sailors [aboard] Vicksburg are excited to visit Greece,” said Capt. Logan Jones, commanding officer of Vicksburg. “Most [Sailors] have spent the better part of their lives reading about Greek culture and Greek history. We are thrilled to be able to see the sites and experience first hand the wonders of this country.”While sightseeing will likely play a big role in Piraeus, it is not the sole purpose of the visit.“While we are here, we trust that we will also make friends and strengthen bonds between two nations who share a commitment to maritime security,” said Jones.Sailors also do what they can to help the local communities near ports.“I want our Sailors out there building relationships through community relations projects,” said Cmdr. Thomas E. McNerney, executive officer aboard Vicksburg. “We’re here to absorb the culture, build community relations and contribute to the economy [of every country] we go to.” Vicksburg’s visit also serves as a means to strengthen relations with Greece.“We must leave a good impression on our allies,” said Vicksburg’s Command Master Chief Robert W. Bostic. “Maintaining friendly cooperation with our allies such as Greece is of the utmost importance.”Bostic plans on meeting with the 6th Fleet Master Chief Marco Ramirez while in Piraeus.Vicksburg is conducting this port visit as part of a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.Vicksburg is on her final deployment and is slated to decommission in 2013.Vicksburg is deployed as part of Enterprise Carrier Strike Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 29, 2012; Image: navy
Cheryl Musgrave’s years of service in state and local government have made her a leading voice on Indiana government reform and a capable, recognized administrator and reformer. Over two decades, she has worked to serve taxpayers by cutting public waste, modernizing outdated processes, and building necessary projects. Her executive skills have been tested by crisis and proven by her record of delivering effective change. Always fiercely independent and devoted to the public interest, she has compiled a record of sensible and innovative changes that have resonated across the state. Local Reformer Voters first elected Musgrave to the office of Vanderburgh County Assessor in 1994.During her ten years in that office, she made one of the most backward parts of county government into one of the most forward-looking. She launched the first website in Indiana that made property assessments and sales information freely available. In October 1998, The Hoosier Farmer, a publication of the Indiana Farm Bureau, highlighted the site, saying, “This voluntary public disclosure by Mrs. Musgrave herself is certainly a welcome way to assure the public that she is confident that the work of her office is fair and uniform.” She also coordinated three levels of government to convert the county’s paper maps to a digital format, a Geographic Information System (GIS). Completed in only four years, the digital mapping system has saved countless taxpayer dollars through time savings and enabled governments and citizens to use their resources more effectively.Purposeful Executive Musgrave served as Vanderburgh County Commissioner from 2005 to mid-2007. In that office, she initiated the single largest set of road building projects in the county’s history, including expanding University Parkway, Green River Road, the Baseline Road railroad bridge, and Cross Pointe Boulevard. She also created new bike trails on county roads, initiated the construction of the now-beloved USI-Burdette Trail, and expanded and renovated Burdette Park. Following the fatal tornado of November 6, 2005, she developed an innovative approach to the problem of debris removal, clearing the debris from public and private property in less than three weeks and helping families to heal after the disaster.PAID FOR AND AUTHORIZED BY FRIENDS OF MUSGRAVE Statewide Advocate for Change After more than a decade of experience in Vanderburgh County government, in 2007 Governor Mitch Daniels appointed Musgrave as Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) during the property tax crisis. Throughout the state, public outcry—and protests—showed voters demanded immediate relief from soaring property tax bills. Governor Daniels needed skilled leadership to see the crisis through and recognized that Musgrave’s unique combination of skills and vision meant she could rise to the challenge. Musgrave immediately set to work reforming the state’s antiquated property tax structure. She streamlined the DLGF’s staff, modernized its information technology, and lobbied for major legislative changes. Her efforts helped realize a historic property tax reform that saved Vanderburgh County homeowners an average of 38 percent on their property tax bills.She cut the cost of school construction by millions of dollars statewide by only approving projects that kept per square foot costs at or below the national average. Even more important, Musgrave led in efforts to improve government in Indiana for generations to come. Before 2008, a whopping 1,001 township officials oversaw property tax assessments, leading to unfair and potentially corrupt assessments. Musgrave championed efforts in the legislature to eliminate the office of township assessor in the smallest townships and to propose a statewide series of referenda on whether to retain the office in larger townships. Her efforts contributed to the elimination of all but a dozen or so township assessing officials.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Dear Russ,Last year, because of the conflict between the mayor and the city council over the budget, I looked into the issues that seemed to bother one side or the other. Without finding fault with either side, I found that better laws providing transparency and confidentiality in the audit process and a law that would guarantee accountability in fiscal matters would help resolve the conflict between the Mayor and City Council and would provide better information to the public.As a State Legislator, I proposed a GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) bill and later joined with Republican State Senator Travis Holdman to advocate his bill, a better version, not only mandating GAAP, but also internal fiscal controls for government and legislated improvements in the audit process.Why GAAP? Because through a method of having to record not only what the revenue is when it comes in and the expenses when they go out, GAAP requires the bookkeeper to record those accounts payables that add up from one time period to another and are still liable for us to pay.GAAP would require that if a Mayor is going to claim that there is an $800,000 positive balance in the General Fund in the month of June, 2015, the Mayor would also have to note in the controller’s books that there is a liability to the General Fund of more than $3.7 million in unpaid bills to the surgeons and physicians.These new laws could not come soon enough for Evansville.Transparency is so lacking in the Mayor’s Administration that there is reason to worry about the future of our fiscal health.There are questions that need to be answered.1) How does the Mayor and the Controller explain the $800,000 balance to the good in the General Fund mentioned above?2) This situation with the health insurance fund is aggravated by the fact that in both May and June of this year not one nickel was moved from the General Fund to the health insurance account to pay these and other health care bills. This was not the case the same time last year when $4 million was moved to the health insurance account to pay bills in the same months. We all know that health care costs are not going down. Why this year the total moved from the General Fund to the health insurance account is ZERO for May and June, when it was $4 million last year?3) And, why at the same time would the administration charge the Utility Department for health insurance for those months of May and June of this year, 2015 and not charge the General Fund, as above? Is it because it is easier for the Utility Department to run to the IURC and request a rate increase to property owners already burdened by bills they can’t afford? Is it because the administration needed to show a positive balance in the General Fund, the supposed $800,000, a balance that now is at best misleading?Instituting an accrual method of accounting like GAAP will tell the real story about our finances, as the accrual method requires you to enter revenue when earned and expenses when occurred and liabilities when they exist. When the City requested the advance of $2.5 million from the Water Department to make the City appear in the black the end of 2014, this would have been noted as a liability for the General Fund because it was 2015 monies advanced in 2014 and so taken from use in 2015. It should have been paid back before the end of 2014.I am asking, Russ, that the administration respond to these simple questions. As we approach the budget hearings, without a clear understanding where this city is as relates to stability and a reversion of the downward trend in monies the start of every year, in monies available for expenses and monies in revenue that are reasonably projected, this administration is going to lead the City Council and the public down a rosy path of further reckless spending.If you have any questions , please contact me at 812-568-9505Respectfully,Gail Riecken, Candidate, Mayor of Evansvillecc. Mayor Lloyd WinneckeEvansville City CouncilEvansville Press Corp.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
HOBOKEN — The City of Hoboken Green Team will host the sixth Annual Green Fair on Saturday, June 3.The annual fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Church Square Park at the corner of Fourth and Garden streets, and will feature live music and organic food vendors.The fair is intended to introduce sustainable lifestyle choices to the community, raise awareness regarding environmental issues, and demonstrate how consumers can reduce their impact on the earth by selecting sustainable, eco-friendly products and services.Green businesses or non-profits whose mission aligns with environmental sustainability are invited to participate in the Green Fair.The Green Team is also reaching out to involve the local arts community. Interested vendors can submit the online registration form at www.hobokennj.gov/greenfair and contact Jennifer Gonzalez at [email protected] with any questions.The final day for registration is Friday, May 26. ×
T he world really is going mad. Let me put a scenario to you. On day one, you employ five 16- to 17-year-old trainees. These youngsters are not old enough to buy cigarettes or alcohol, but you appoint them either to your board or works committee and say to them: “We have a serious business problem here and we want you, with all your wisdom and expertise, to vote on how we should run this company for the next five years.”Now, if you know a quicker way to ruin your company, you really have a fertile imagination. Yet this is what those idiotic MPs are contemplating doing – by giving the vote to 16-year-olds.The move is based on the somewhat vague hope that the very young are daft enough to vote for the so-called liberal left. But what experience do they have of life at that age? When I was that age, with all the testosterone coursing through my blood, all I could think of was playing football and cricket, and getting Pauline behind the bicycle shed. Mind you, to be truthful, I was fairly good at the first two and an abject failure at the third.When I was young, the minimum voting age was 21. We used to ask: “Why, at 18, am I old enough to do National Service, but not old enough to vote?” Would we expect our current-day 16-year-olds to be old enough to accept the responsibility of taking on a mortgage and babies? Alas, many do take on the babies and, in many cases, it ruins their lives. Then we all have to support them and wonder why, with all the taxes we pay, there is never enough to put right our infrastructure.You may ask, “But what has this got to do with bakery?” Well, if 16-year-olds can vote, they have a say in producing new idiotic laws, making business more difficult, so how will we ever run our companies and produce our goods on time?Many of the young already find it incredibly difficult to come to work on time and, after a hard Saturday night’s partying, they get their parents, who should know better, to phone in on a Monday morning, telling us they are sick. Maybe they could vote for a 10am start and a day off on Mondays.Like all of you, we have or had young folk who are really great and keen to learn. But let them grow up and have fun – not give them responsibility they neither want nor are capable of handling. Let’s face it, if young people were wise, they would miss all the fun of youth and, as we all know as we get older, youth is wasted on the young.Bakers are always discussing the difficulty of getting young people into the trade and asking what they can do to encourage young people to join us. My feeling is, very little.The fault does not lie with us. It’s because the government tries to get too many ill-educated children into university to study useless courses. Then, when they graduate, they cannot get jobs in the field they have been studying for, as these just do not exist.At the same time, they have delusions of grandeur, thinking they are too qualified to work with their hands, as they have all been studying management. The government thinks the real world is like the public sector – 20 managers to every worker. n
Harvard Board of Overseers member and virtuoso violinist Lynn Chang ’75 was selected by the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee to perform at the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies in Oslo, Norway, on Dec. 10.“This is an important and exciting moment in our history,” said Chang, who is professor of violin at Boston Conservatory. “Music is a universal language that has no political agenda. Yet music can change hearts and open minds.”
Many years ago when being quizzed as to whether ‘Web Services’ were the next big thing, Larry Ellison commented “I’ve spent too much time in Italy to know that you shouldn’t ignore fashion”. In tech, we like nothing better than a new trend – and we all know that fashion matters, so we get on board with it. As an industry we’ve proven to be masters at hyping new trends, setting unrealistically high expectations for them and then, when dust settles, sometimes making money.So what are the big tech trends for 2015? Here’s my take…Wearable-SchmearableApple fanatics worldwide expect wearables will go mainstream following the emergence of iWatch, but I’m not so sure. Let’s face it, nobody under 35 wears a watch anymore – they rely on their smartphones for everything. A lot of wearables will fail … with the guys wearing their Bluetooth ear piece all day propping up the market. Now, that said, not all wearable technology will end in abject failure. Standalone, niche wearables that shake up industries for the better – such as FitBits or Jawbones that monitor vitals or health activity – will continue to flourish and be incorporated into sports clothing, shoes and equipment.Consumers “Caught In The ‘Act’Mobile devices are a driving force of disruption in almost every industry. Businesses that adapt and take their services onto the mobile device can create a direct relationship with the consumer. This creates a nirvana moment for marketers – they have the potential to intercept consumers “in the act” and direct their attention to relevant products and services. Think about the retailer who is savvy about the consumer location in the store, or the sports clothing company who understand exercise routines and state of health of their customers – it’s a gold mine! But consumers are fickle and impatient. Many companies have been working on this for years, but I expect it will become more widely adopted. That means vast streams of data will need to be processed in real time … driving a massive increase in the adoption of technologies such as in-memory databases and flash storage.It’s About The Software, StupidIn the last decade or so, most companies have quit the business of writing software. IT departments have become experts at managing data center infrastructure and implementing ERP systems. In the next decade, almost every industry will be re-defined by software – and much of that software being surfaced on mobile devices – on smartphones and tablets for sure, but also in cars, aircraft engines, running shoes and human beings! Think about Tesla – an electric car, right? Yes, but more than that, it’s a software-defined car. Tesla has done to the driving experience what Apple did to the cellular phone experience – your car is now a software platform to innovate on top of. Companies that don’t innovate in this way won’t last long. This trend also hits close to home – I’m not excusing the data center infrastructure (that EMC plays in) from this. Storage arrays, servers, networks and entire data centers will be run and managed by smart software in the future.Agile Software Development + Millennials = New ITIn the next decade business transformation will be driven by new, differentiated, software running on mobile devices. But it won’t be written the way it was 20 years ago. At school most of us forty-something’s learned that making changes late in the software development lifecycle was expensive. So we had to lock in requirements early, up front and fight change. Change was bad. So many of us have spent our careers working on projects that lasted years and ultimately delivered the wrong thing – the magic of ‘waterfall’ development.If business transformation is to happen it will be driven by the business – often with “IT” (the guys writing the software) embedded in the business. Development will be iterative, employing agile techniques – prioritizing work and then re-prioritizing every couple of weeks based on a tight feedback loop with the business. We’re talking here about a new model for IT, and one that provides almost instant gratification – a perfect fit for the millennial generation coming into the workplace. 2015 could represent the beginning of the decentralization of IT – IT operations staying centralized, but software development heading off into the respective business units.Lecture This2015 will be the dawn of a new era in education. We’ll see the beginning of the end of lectures. Yes, as a form of learning, the professorial lecture is dead. Trials at leading universities have shown that the average student pays attention for about 7 minutes in a 40 minute lecture. If the lecture is 60 minutes the attention span actually drops! At colleges where lectures have moved online exam re-take rates have tumbled from almost 50% to single digits. And, that’s not the only good news, moving content online gives educational content global reach. Imagine a world where everyone has access to the same materials our Ivy League schools teach! Next time your kids are on Khan Academy, pay attention – you are seeing the future of education at work.
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) Image by Rory Pollaro/WNYNewsNow.ELLINGTON – The COVID-19 virus has claimed another event as the 2020 Ellington Town Picnic has been cancelled.The picnic committee announced the decision to postpone the annual event until next year.The announcement was posted on social media. The long- running event is a prime fundraiser for the Ellington Fire Department.
Star Files Lin-Manuel Miranda Leslie Odom Jr. View Comments Great news, In the Heights fans: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Karen Olivo are reuniting on the New York stage in the Encores! production of tick, tick…BOOM! But wait, there’s more—they’re bringing Smash favorite Leslie Odom Jr.! The starry trio took a break from rehearsal on June 18 to snap a few photos for the new revival of Jonathan Larson’s musical based on his own life. Directed by Oliver Butler, tick, tick…BOOM! features Miranda as Jonathan, Olivo as his girlfriend Susan and Odom Jr. as his best friend Michael. Check out this Hot Shot of the stars, then get a sneak peek of the new production here! See tick, tick…BOOM! at New York City Center from June 25 through 28.
J. Scott Angle, former dean and director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, received the Earl Douglas Harris Memorial AGHON Award from AGHON at UGA. Angle, who now serves as president and CEO of the International Fertilizer Development Center, is one of only a few to be given the award in the past 30 years. “It is a rare occasion to have the opportunity to present the Earl Douglas Harris Memorial AGHON Award, and the AGHON membership couldn’t think of a more deserving recipient than Dr. Angle,” said Weston Quintrell, AGHON president. “He has excelled as an internationally known soil scientist and as dean and director of CAES,”Quintrell said, “but most importantly, his dedication and loyalty to his family, friends, colleagues and students have made an impact on us all. Dr. Angle was selected to receive this award based on his lifetime of service to AGHON and the agricultural sector.” Angle left the college this fall after 10 years as dean and director of the CAES. “I am delighted that Scott Angle will receive the coveted AGHON Harris Memorial Award,” said Josef Broder, interim dean for CAES and associate dean for academic affairs. “This is a true testament to his years of dedicated service to the College and to Agriculture. In the spirit of AGHON, Dean Angle represents the highest recognition our colleges have to offer.” AGHON was founded in 1920 to recognize students on the UGA campus with outstanding leadership and character and a passion for agriculture. AGHON also awards honorary membership to leaders with these same characteristics who have made an impact in some field of agriculture. The Earl Double Harris Memorial AGHON Award was created in the 1980s to give signal recognition to those AGHON members who have rendered exemplary and dedicated service. The award is named for former two-time AGHON president Earl Harris, who devoted his life to the advancement of AGHON. He was Georgia’s deputy commissioner of agriculture upon his untimely death. AGHON is the highest honor a student in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Engineering may attain at UGA. They are nominated and selected by their peers to participate in a semester-long commitment to enhance their understanding and appreciation of UGA and the agriculture history. Angle was dean and director of the UGA CAES from 2005-2015. During his time as dean, the college enrollment grew by 30 percent, and major increases were realized in both the quality and diversity of those students. CAES students had a greater opportunity for international and internship experiences through the Dean’s Promise, a program Angle started to provide funding for extended learning opportunities.He spearheaded the expansion of courses at UGA’s Griffin and Tifton campuses, allowing CAES students to stay close to home while earning a UGA degree. Attending classes at these historically strong agricultural experiment stations allows students to work with some of the best agricultural researchers in the world. He was recognized often in the state as an outstanding leader and was a perennial name in Georgia Trend Magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential and Notable Georgians.