USA: NNS Holds Change of Command Ceremony

first_img USA: NNS Holds Change of Command Ceremony View post tag: holds View post tag: Command August 3, 2012 View post tag: Navy Authorities Naval Station Norfolk (NNS) held a change of command ceremony aboard the installation, Aug. 2.Capt. David Culler relieved Capt. Mary Jackson as the installion’s commanding officer. “He is well versed in the up-tempo, diversity and volume of this installation,” said Jackson. “He is leagues better than me, and will take our processes and mission accomplishment to the next level.”Culler and Jackson worked together during Jackson’s tenure as commanding officer, establishing the present NNS mission, and he is dedicated to continuing the standard of excellence the installation has achieved.“NNS is committed to the safety, security, and continuous improvement in the quality of life and quality of service to our warfighters and their families,” said Culler. “Failure is never an option.”Culler said his goal and challenge as commanding officer is to frequent the numerous commands housed on the installation.“Getting around more and visiting with the number of commands on board Naval Station Norfolk is challenging due to the size and scope of the installation,” said Culler. “but is critically important to understanding where we need to improve our services in order to better support the fleet, warfighters and their families.”Jackson took command of the world’s largest naval base in 2010. She will report to Navy Region Mid-Atlantic to serve as the chief of staff. She was awarded the Legion of Merit for her exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as executive and commanding officer, NNS, from April 2009 to August 2012.Rear Adm. Townsend Alexander, commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic; commended Jackson on her work during her time as commanding officer and welcomed her as his chief of staff.“Her vision and energy have left Naval Station Norfolk more ready, more relevant and more vital than ever before,” said Alexander.Jackson said, although a challenging position, she was extremely honored and humbled to be afforded this opportunity.“Since 1917, only 43 people have taken command of NNS,” said Jackson. “I can now truly appreciate the blood, sweat, and tears committed to ensuring a place like NNS runs as seamlessly as possible.”NNS houses the largest concentration of U.S. Navy forces. Its 75 ships and 134 aircraft support European and Central Command theaters of operations and the Caribbean.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 3, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Ceremony View post tag: change View post tag: NNS Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: NNS Holds Change of Command Ceremony View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

Suit Seeks To Require Counsel For Kids In CHINS Cases

first_imgDave Stafford for www.theindianalawyer.comA national child advocacy organization filed a lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in Indianapolis asserting that Indiana is violating the rights of abused and neglected children by failing to provide them legal counsel in children in need of services and termination of parental rights hearings.The 31-page complaint seeks to certify a class of more than 5,000 children, as well as declaratory and injunctive relief requiring the appointment of attorneys to represent children in CHINS proceedings and TPR cases. Such appointments are currently discretionary, according to the complaint, which illustrates problems that have arisen in cases where counsel was not appointed.The suit was filed on behalf of two foster children in Marion County, three in Lake County and five in Scott County, as well as their foster parents. In some cases, the suit says, unrepresented children in CHINS cases were shuttled between more than 20 foster homes before age 3 or deprived of adoptive parents because they had no voice in the process. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The suit claims the failure to routinely appoint counsel to children in Indiana CHINS and TPR cases violates their rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment. The complaint also says that although Indiana allows the children in CHINS and TPR proceedings to be appointed legal counsel, the appointment is not mandatory as it is in more than 30 states.“It is unlikely that a child who has been placed in dependency proceedings by the government will know that he or she has a right to be heard unless that right is explained to the child by an attorney,” the complaint says. “Even when a child knows his or her rights, without an attorney, the child is likely to give up and remain silent if his or her wishes are downplayed or disregarded at any point in the proceedings.”The suit is brought by the Children’s Advocacy Institute, a nonprofit operated by the University of San Diego School of Law, the San Francisco-based law firm of Morrison Foerster LLP and local counsel Kathleen DeLaney of DeLaney & DeLaney LLC in IndianapolisDelaney said in a statement that “systemic reform is needed to remedy the profound problems facing Indiana foster children” and that “fixing a glaring problem inside the courtroom, by providing legal representation to foster kids, is an obvious first step.”Morrison & Foerster lawyer Steve Keane said: “every child in dependency proceedings needs a voice and a way to protect his or her legal rights before his or her fate is adjudicated – that is a basic due process right protected by the constitution.”Spokespeople did not immediately reply to a message seeking comment from the Indiana Attorney General’s Office, which would represent named defendants Lake, Marion and Scott counties in this litigation.Indiana courts often appoint guardians ad litem or court-appointed special advocates to represent the interests of children in CHINS and TPR proceedings, but the suit says this isn’t enough. “Empirical studies have shown that children who are not represented by counsel are routinely erroneously deprived of their most fundamental protected interests, even when they have an appointed GAL or CASA,” the complaint says.The lawsuit is filed in Southern Indiana District Court just as the Indiana General Assembly is considering numerous child-welfare reform bills and as Indiana appellate courts have shown growing frustration with the denial of rights to stakeholders in CHINS and TPR cases.“The absolute discretion that Indiana trial courts currently have in appointing counsel for children results in inconsistent, unpredictable outcomes that leave children with no voice and no one to advocate for their legal rights,” the complaint says. “It is no wonder that the Indiana Court of Appeals recently stated that ‘there are repeated, significant violations of the due process occurring in termination of parental rights cases throughout this state. This is a disturbing trend given the fundamental rights at issue in these types of cases,’” the complaint says, citing A.A. v. Ind. Dep’t of Child Servs., 100 N.E.3d 708, 709 (Ind. Ct. App. 2018). “The court further stated that ‘[g]iven the fundamental due process rights at issue in termination of parental rights cases, affording litigants these fundamental due process rights is essential, including not only the litigants but also their children.’”last_img read more

Vandemoortele to boost capacity

first_imgBelgian food group Vandemoortele says it is planning to invest over E90m in extra capacity this year, with expansion into central and eastern Europe a priority. The supplier, which has UK premises in Liverpool, Kettering, Worcester and Hounslow, recorded net profits up 30% to E35m in 2005. Turnover also rose by 7% to E857m. “We are providing for more growth in 2006 and aiming for a record peak turnover of E900m,” said Jean Vandemoortele, president of the Vandemoortele Group Executive Committee.Vandemoortele’s sales of soya products last year amounted to E232m, margarines and fats E346m and frozen dough products E237m.Vandemoortele is sponsoring Baker of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards 2006.last_img

Tunnel expansion begins

first_imgFollowing the University’s announcement of upcoming building construction across campus, the Office of Facilities Design and Operations began construction of the underground tunnel system late last month, Director of Construction and Quality Assurance Doug Schlagel said.Schlagel said the construction will have minimal impact on students because the work primarily affects the edges of campus, where students don’t often spend time.“It may certainly affect how some off-campus students arrive to and where they would traditionally park and how they would walk from their car to their building,” he said.Schalgel said his office will give frequent and visible notice about any interruptions.“Through a series of postings to our website with maps and navigational routes and announcements across campus, we’re hoping to make sure that everyone has the information and it’s clear to help minimize any disruptions that all this work could potentially have,” he said.According to documents on the Facilities Design and Operations website, the tunnel construction is broken into two branches. The east branch of the tunnel begins at the power plant and extends east of Stepan Center, then south to Library Circle, near the site of the recently announced research facility. The south branch of the tunnel will connect south quad to the Compton Family Ice Arena, moving east in front of DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and crossing Eddy Street before extending to Compton.The most significant concern for the east branch will be access to Hammes Mowbray Hall, which houses the campus post office and Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) headquarters, Schlagel said.“The biggest challenge is making sure that there’s always public access to the post office and Notre Dame Security Police, which through a series of planning meetings with security and other campus constituents, we were able to make sure that that facility is available and open to the public at all times,” he said. “Short of just some traffic reconfiguration and traffic control and signage, we think that that should be fine.”Schlagel said the construction on the tunnel system is preliminary work meant to make way for new campus educational and residential facilities.“The purpose of the tunnel and utility infrastructure work that’s being implemented is to help support and connect to the central power plant the new facilities that are being planned for campus,” he said. “This includes the new research complex, two new residence halls, Jenkins-Nanovic Hall, which is the social sciences building, and then of course the Campus Crossroads project, everything involved with the stadium and the School of Architecture building.”The Office of Facilities and Design plans to complete most of the aboveground work prior to freshman orientation and the first home football game Aug. 30, Schlagel said.“That’s not to say that there won’t be work continuing inside the tunnels themselves because there’s a lot of piping and that sort of stuff that has to happen after the tunnel itself is built,” he said. “The idea is to basically have the sites restored by the time students return in August.”Schlagel said students should be aware of their surroundings and regularly check The [email protected] emails to remain up to date on road closures and affected facilities.last_img read more

Mobius Welcomes New Board Member

first_imgMobius, the Mentoring Movement, expanded its Board of Directors recently, welcoming five new members including Burlington resident Joe Speidel. Joe is Director of Local Government and Community Relations, at the University of Vermont where his goal is to strengthen relationships between the University and the local community, local government representatives and organizations. He brings a deep understanding of the local educational community and expertise in public relations, fundraising, and event planning.Mentoring involves pairing a volunteer adult with a child. The pairs spend an hour or two together every week and develop trusting relationships by exploring common interests. Programs screen volunteers, match mentors with children on their waiting lists, and provide ongoing training and support for mentors.Mobius, whose mission is to develop a culture of mentoring in our community, recruits these mentors and refers them to one of 20 school or community based mentoring programs within Chittenden County. Mobius is about to begin their second year of an HHS grant which is focused on finding mentors for children with parents in prison.To learn more about mentoring opportunities at mentoring programs in your community, please contact Mobius, the Mentoring Movement at (802) 658-1888 or e-mail [email protected](link sends e-mail).last_img read more

Heart, Soul, Run: 100 Miles for $100,000

first_imgPhoto courtesy of OpenDoors Slow and controlled, the breath becomes rhythmic and steady as the terrain stretches on along past rushing streams and towering trees, complete with birdsongs and various flora and fauna as elevation ebbs and flows. It’s a run less about mile time and more about the strict endurance and human emotion behind its existence. Connor Mailander, 17, is running 100 miles through the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to raise $100,000 for OpenDoors. Mailander’s connection to the families and students of Asheville, N.C. runs deep, calling him to combine a passion for running with community outreach. An experienced athlete in both cross-country and track for his high school team, Mailander is taking it to the next level with his upcoming ultra distance run. How did you become involved in OpenDoors?  Started in 2010, OpenDoors blossomed as a non-profit organization and a flourishing relief effort. Gennifer Langdon Ramming, executive director and co-founder, noticed the need for specialized attention for students in the classroom while volunteering at Dickson Elementary. Now, OpenDoors is helping support Asheville’s low income families through emergency assistance, including gas and grocery cards, furniture and bedding, summer camps, and education via the “To and Through” program to foster success through high school and college.  If you would like to donate to Connor’s run for OpenDoors, visit the link below: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/connors-100-miles I would say probably one of the greatest challenges of all is mental tiredness. My body is going to be in so much pain, but I would say it’s just about staying focused. After a while it’s pretty easy to just start thinking, “Oh, I want to go eat a hamburger” or something like that, and you don’t get that opportunity. You just have to keep on going through with one foot after another. I ran a 50 miler in December and I spent 12 hours on that run. I had to keep my mind engaged, “one step after another, right after this there is a flat section, then a downhill section, now let’s run just a few more yards than we could.” It’s not about going super fast, it’s just about staying engaged. If you stay engaged and you’re able to just keep moving, even though you’re in a lot of pain, even if you’re walking or crawling, you’re still moving forward and I think that’s the big, big thing, that you got to keep moving.  How would you encourage others to use the outdoors as a catalyst to take action in their communities?  Usually I’ll do six miles on a Tuesday, eight miles on a Wednesday, and six miles on a Thursday. If I’m feeling good on Friday, which I usually am, I will run about three miles on Friday. Then usually Saturday I have a long run which varies. I give myself Sunday to just really relax and it’s kind of nice. I have homework and stuff so I just give myself a break on Sunday, and then Monday, I will do like a light run or bike or just go for a walk. Nothing too intense. But I kind of give myself two days of rest, depending on how hard Saturday is.  It is a challenging time to raise money just because people aren’t working. It’s hard to give money when you don’t have any to give. And so, hopefully at that point there’s a little bit more traction and people will want to donate. The response so far has been great and while I’m running, I hope that people come out and support and, of course, socially distance. It’s great when people are able to rally around something that’s a good cause.  I had a friend last year who also ran 100 miles, and he raised money for a charity called Partners and Health. We run a lot together and we went to school together so he said, “Hey, you should run a hundred miles this year.” I came home and I told my parents. They loved the sound of it and so then everybody kind of just started helping me with it.  OpenDoors hopes to use the money Mailander raises to provide aid for students in need of tutors and daily meals, while furthering the resources of the program. BRO caught up with the runner to talk about his upcoming run set to take place on June 19-20.  center_img I run on [Mills River] every day, and it’s a great trail. A lot of people use it. So it’s a good trail to use and runs right next to the parkway. Pisgah Forest is a good trail, just because it has everything. Part of it also is just tacking on miles. It’s a lot of distance so you have a lot of different places to run. The Mountains to Sea trail will be the tough thing. All that is pretty tough terrain so that’ll be pretty challenging.  I have lived in Asheville for almost nine years, and so I’ve been able to enjoy Asheville and all of its surroundings and opportunities. But a lot of these families aren’t because they don’t have the resources, and OpenDoors really provides them with those opportunities with focusing on school. They send kids to college, they help give them scholarships, they provide opportunities for families and for working parents. They make sure that families are taken care of and that they are able to have a life with a lot of resources, and a lot of help, and a lot of love.  There are some kids who are in OpenDoors who go to my school, even one of my brother’s best friends. My mom is pretty good friends with the executive director and so from those relationships, I’ve gotten to know a little bit more about OpenDoors, what they do, and what their purpose is. The more I learned about them, I realized that’s something I’m passionate about, which is, education.  My goal is to do under 40 hours, and a lot of it’s going to be on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. It’s a pretty tough trail in some parts and not too bad in others. I think under 40 hours is going to be achievable. On the first day, my goal is probably about 60 miles and then the second day is finishing.  I think, especially in Western North Carolina, we have such easy access to nature. It’s just a fantastic resource to build community and to educate people. I know that when I was in elementary school, going out for hikes in the Arboretum, walking around, and being able to see all this biodiversity. And of course, at such a young age, you don’t really understand what you’re seeing but I think now as I get older and as I spend more and more time outside, I get to really see beauty. Last weekend when I went running, I was changing elevation quite a lot and you can just see how the plant types change around you the higher up or lower down you go. I think you can use that for education purposes. Asheville has so much biodiversity, you can teach so much about every single living organism here. But you can also use it to build community. I know that there are groups in Asheville that go for runs on weeknights and they just go run around the city or biking groups where you just go like bike down the trails because we have so many amazing trails here. I think being able to have such easy access to nature we are able to build stronger communities by getting outside and kind of dropping all the technology and dropping into what’s happening around us and just appreciate where we are and who we are with.  What is the greatest challenge you expect to face in your outdoor run?  Mailander trains with his dog. Photo courtesy of OpenDoors How are you training for the run?  Why did you choose Mills River, Pisgah Forest, and part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail for your run?  Why did you decide to do an ultra run to raise money? last_img read more

North Bellport Man Charged With Stabbing Victim

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A North Bellport man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing another man at an East Patchogue deli last month, Suffolk County police said.Melvin Jose Martinez Velasquez was charged with assault this week.Police said the 24-year-old suspect got into an argument with a patron at Plaza La Familia on East Main Street when the fight escalated and Martinez Velasquez punched and kicked the victim and then stabbed him with an unknown object on the night of Oct. 23.Fifth Squad detectives had released surveillance camera images of the suspect before Martinez Velasquez surrendered at the Fifth Precinct station house in Patchogue.Bail for Martinez Velasquez, who was arraigned on Thanksgiving, was set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. He is due back in court Tuesday.last_img read more

Rascal Flatts Give Patriotic Performance on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The hit country pop group Rascal Flatts gave a patriotic performance at the Pennysaver Amphitheater in Farmingville on Saturday, getting fans dancing despite the steady rain.After Jackie Lee and Laura Lane got the audiences’ cowboy boots kicking for Ohio-based Rascal Flatts opened up their set with their upbeat song, “Stand” and continued to play their hits such as “My Wish,” “I Like the Sound of That” and “Bless the Broken Road.” Even though fans were shivering in the cold rain, the band heated things up when they played another one of their hits, “Summer Nights.” The group includes Gary LeVox on lead vocals, Joe Don Rooney on lead guitar and pianist Jay DeMarcus, who is LeVox’s second cousin.“On 9/11, we actually had to leave that night for Albuquerque,” Gary LeVox told the crowd, noting the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks the day before. “Most people stayed home ‘cause, you know, it was such a tragic and horrific day, you know, in United States history. But for Rascal Flatts, we felt an obligation to continue to go to work just to show that you didn’t win anything, nothing. So, from 2001, we work every 9/11 out of spite.”The crowd at the sold-out show responded by chanting “USA!” The show came after Rascal Flatts were nominated for County Music Awards group of the year award to add to their many accolades.All through out the performance, LeVox put the microphone out toward the audience allowing their voices be heard singing along to the songs. LeVox in his song “Easy,” had one of his backup singers, Tia, perform lead with him in an incredible duet. They had also did a cover of Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” that took the fans’ breath away between the staging, the lights and emotional performance.The show went on despite the persistent rain. Saving their biggest hit song for last, from the Disney movie Cars, “Life is A Highway,” the band left the crowd in a joyful and happy mindset. They were dancing and singing along, not wanting the show to end.last_img read more

Australian all-rounder Ben Cutting is eyeing a future without cricket and that future is property development

first_imgBen Cutting’s plans for life after cricket are for property development. Picture: Peter WallisEVEN though he plans to have a few more years on the field, Australian cricket all-rounder Ben Cutting, already has an eye to the future and that future is property development.Cutting, 30, now owns four properties, his home at Hawthorne, an investment property he bought at Morningside which he may redevelop in the future and a house he built at Aster St, Cannon Hill, which is also rented out.He has also bought another block of land at Stanton St, Cannon Hill for $530,000.Glenn Bool of Place Bulimba has been assisting and advising Cutting with his foray into property in the last few years and helping him with the deals.Cutting has now finalised plans to build a Hamptons style home on the latest block which he will either sell or rent out on completion.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by You could possibly squeeze a cricket pitch into the backyard of Cutting’s Cannon Hill investment property. Source: CoreLogic“Playing cricket doesn’t last for ever, unfortunately,’’ he said.“Many finish up playing in their mid thirties.’’“It (Staton St) is my second block of land it is one of four properties I own.’’While he isn’t on the tools during a build, Cutting said he tried to be as involved as possible in his projects – between cricket commitments.He’s already learnt some valuable lessons – most importantly that the cost of construction can quickly increase.Mr Bool said he has worked closely with Cutting for the last three years to help set up his property development life for after cricket.In terms of cricket Cutting is no preparing for the Big Bash season which kicks off in December.last_img read more

KLP attributes third-quarter loss to weak markets, low interest rates

first_imgIn addition to this, risk premiums in loans to businesses are rising because of increased loss expectations.“So it is now particularly important to have adequate financial strength to withstand further market events,” Thornes said.The pension fund reported that its solvency margin ratio rose to 245% at the end of September from 213% at the same point the year before.Assets in the common portfolio grew to NOK405.6bn (€30.9bn) at the end of September from NOK364bn at the same point last year.KLP’s total assets rose to NOK526.7bn from NOK470.3bn.In the first nine months of the year, equities made loss of 1% for KLP, after bringing in a return of 8.6% in the same period in 2014.The asset class made up 19.3% of the overall portfolio at the end of September, having shrunk from a 21.3% slice at the end of September the year before.The return for short-term bonds receded to 1.7% from 5.8%, while long-term and hold-to-maturity bonds produced 3.4%, little changed from the previous January-to-September period when they returned 3.5%.Property was the highest returning asset class in the nine-month period this year, generating 6.6%, down from 5.4%.Lending, meanwhile, returned 2% in the first three quarters, down from 2.4% in the same period the year before. Norway’s KLP pension fund made a 0.3% loss on its investments overall in the third quarter, and said low interest rates and lower prices in the equity markets had taken their toll on returns in the period.The public service pensions giant said the value-adjusted return on the common portfolio, which constitutes the bulk of KLP’s investment assets, was -0.3% for July to September and 2% for the year so far. These figures compare with a 1.2% quarterly return and a 4.9% nine-month return reported for the same period last year.Chief executive Sverre Thornes said: “Low growth prospects globally and in Norway are contributing to the fact interest rates remain at a historically low level.”last_img read more