Reporting in New Year, new opportunity

first_imgAfter a difficult second half of 2008, I know I’m not the only one hoping for a better year ahead. Unfortunately, it looks like the economy will be getting worse before it gets better. That means more tough times ahead for FPB members.The FPB runs a helpline for members to call when they need advice and information on running their businesses. Over the past three months, the biggest increase in calls has been from members asking for assistance with employment-related issues, including redundancies.Owner-managers of small businesses are generally good at the one-to-one relationships that make a business work, but with a disciplinary or conduct issue, it is so important that the correct procedures are followed from the start. Also, concerns about whether or not to employ staff are being complicated by legislation on the horizon.In April, the right to request flexible working hours will extend to parents with children up to the age of 16. The government will also be implementing the EU’s Directive on Temporary Agency Workers in the next few months, which may be an issue for those bakeries and shops that use agency staff for periods of longer than three months. In the meantime, the FPB will be working to make sure that businesses have the know-how and support to cope with this legislation and other employment issues. Regulations change every year, so you need to be sure you have the most up-to-date and accurate guidance.In the meantime, let me wish you a Happy New Year and all the best for 2009 from the FPB.last_img read more

HGCA celebrates wheat export milestone

first_imgHGCA has worked under its milling wheat export classifications ukp and uks for 10 years.It will celebrate the milestone at this year’s Cereals event on 11 to 12 June in Duxford, Cambridgeshire.The classifications were rolled out in 2004, following repeated industry consultation to help establish and maintain export markets for UK milling wheat. They were developed to meet the specific requirements of export markets and now form part of the HGCA Recommended List.Ukp is a hard wheat classification used in the making of bread and uks is a soft wheat classification used for making biscuits or blending for bread-making. Since the new classifications came in, wheat from UK growers has been exported to 53 different countries with 20 ukp and 31 uks varieties have been listed on HCGA’s Recommended List.Sarah Mann, HGCA’s exports manager, said: “Over the past 10 years, 23.2 million tonnes of wheat have been exported from the UK. With typically 16% of wheat going for export each year, it is essential that HGCA continues to grow new markets for grain by adding value to surplus production, while developing and maintaining export markets. This is a long-term initiative which involves HGCA working alongside industry to ensure our supply chain meets the demands of overseas buyers.”last_img read more

Computer scientist Yiling Chen named among “AI’s 10 to Watch”

first_imgYiling Chen, assistant professor of computer science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), has been named by IEEE Intelligent Systems as among “AI’s 10 to Watch.”Published in the January/February 2011 issue, the honor acknowledges “10 accomplished AI researchers in their early careers … who promise to be the leaders of the field.”The winners, nominated by senior researchers in academia and industry, are chosen every two years by a committee comprising members of the magazine’s advisory and editorial boards.“We at SEAS are thrilled to have Yiling Chen recognized by IEEE Intelligent Systems as one of AI’s 10 to Watch,” says Michael Mitzenmacher, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science and area dean at SEAS. “Her work on prediction markets and other mechanisms for information aggregation brings computer science together with economics and social science in deep and fundamental ways. Yiling provides a shining example of how computer science research can connect to the broader Harvard universe, enriching both.”Chen’s current research focuses on designing and analyzing social and organizational systems according to both economic and computational objectives.last_img read more

A classic play, a modern tragedy

first_imgFor the past four years, the social justice-oriented troupe the Theater of War has brought together the worlds of ancient Greece and contemporary American Midwest in “Antigone in Ferguson,” created after Black teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed in 2014 by white police officer Darren Wilson.This year, the COVID-19 pandemic brought the production team’s work online, creating virtual performances of Sophocles’ 2,500-year-old text and honoring Brown’s memory.Dated to 442 or 441 B.C., “Antigone” tells the story of Oedipus’ daughter and her quest to honorably bury her brother Polynices, killed during a civil war, against the decree of her uncle Creon, Thebes’ new king. The play deals with themes of divine justice and human law, family and civic loyalty, and gendered power dynamics. In the Theater of War production, which premiered in 2016, actors perform a staged reading of the work alongside a chorus of community members; the reading is followed by a facilitated public discussion about racism and police violence.On Friday, Theater of War will mount their second digital performance of “Antigone in Ferguson,” sponsored by Harvard’s departments of Theater, Dance & Media and the Classics, as well as other universities, including Duke and Georgetown. A related artist talk and Q&A session with Bryan Doerries and Phil Woodmore, respectively the show’s artistic director and composer/conductor, will take place Monday and is open to affiliates of Harvard affiliates and other sponsoring institutions.This week’s production features a one-hour reading of “Antigone” with actors including Tracie Thoms and Nyasha Hatendi, as well as New York Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. The performance also includes music from the “Antigone in Ferguson” choir, led by De-Rance Blaylock, a former teacher of Michael Brown. Doerries and social worker De-Andrea Blaylock-Johnson will facilitate a community panel discussion on the play’s themes and their connection to racism and police violence, with a panel that includes Shamell Bell, a Harvard lecturer on somatic performance and contemporary global performance. “Michael Brown was not the thug that everyone claimed him to be … he was a kid who just graduated from high school and was ready to take care of business when it came to his life.” — De-Rance Blaylock For many involved in “Antigone in Ferguson,” the Theater of War production was personal: Both lead vocalist Blaylock and soloist Duane Foster taught Brown at Normandy High School, where the show premiered.“His murder took a huge toll on me,” said Blaylock, who now sings professionally in St. Louis. “So when I was given this opportunity to be a part of ‘Antigone in Ferguson,’ I jumped on the chance, because I wanted to let people know that Michael Brown was human. Michael Brown was not the thug that everyone claimed him to be. He was a human being, he was a kid who just graduated from high school and was ready to take care of business when it came to his life.“To be able to perform Greek mythology and compare it to what happened to Mike is amazing. To hear the responses from so many people around the world and still [be] hearing responses from people who saw our previous performance in August is amazing,” she said. “I’m glad that his name and his life are not, and were not, in vain.”Naomi A. Weiss, Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of the Humanities, and Debra Levine , a lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media, spearheaded Harvard’s sponsorship of the production. They said they wanted to support a project that engaged audiences with classical texts at the same time it offered an avenue for artistic expression and community engagement on urgent social issues.,“The play itself is so fertile because its messages regarding justice, gender, and death are quite ambiguous. It’s quite difficult to disentangle,” said Weiss, the Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of the Humanities, noting that “Antigone” has been used in many media in the 21st century to explore questions of power and resistance. “I think that’s also what makes the production of ‘Antigone in Ferguson’ potentially very powerful, because it gives rise to these questions of interpretation, which can then hopefully challenge and complicate our views and actions concerning racialized violence and social injustice.”Weiss highlighted the importance of the chorus, which is made up of educators, police officers, faith leaders, and activists from St. Louis and New York City. While separated by the pandemic, the chorus continued their work over Zoom for the performances, including Woodmore’s powerful hymn “I’m Covered.”“These sorts of performances are very powerful, precisely because of the chorus. When these plays were originally performed in Athens … the chorus sang, and it danced, and it was made up of community members. So, in the ancient context, there’s a very strong connection between the audience and the chorus,” said Weiss. “It’s striking that ‘Antigone in Ferguson’ not only embraces the musicality and musical potential of the chorus, but also embraces its role as a communal voice and how the audience could have a deep relationship with it. That then works in turn to make the questions the production raises much more powerful.”Levine added that her department welcomed the chance to share resources to convene an audience for “Antigone” and help ensure that Brown’s life is remembered.“Theatrical collaborations that include community members and professional actors, that bring in gospel choruses and classical Greeks texts and Q&A conversations, are ways to imagine assembly differently, rather than valuing the work only as a perfectly realized aesthetic object,” said Levine. “I think that letting go of those aesthetic and commercial values and having different goals for what online performance can achieve helps us understand what is and is not successful about digital performance. The best digital performances help us transcend our feelings of isolation during the pandemic.”“Antigone in Ferguson” is designed to prompt serious and uncomfortable conversations about societal problems, but for Blaylock, it is also a space for healing.“I dedicate every performance to Mike, because I would not have this platform if it weren’t for his life and death,” she said. “I use my gifts and let people know that even throughout this pandemic, we still have to maintain that there is a little bit of hope left.”last_img read more

Trout Towns: 8 Fly Favorites

first_imgWhat makes a trout town? Does it hinge solely on an area’s proximity to coveted rivers, lakes, and streams? Or is it the confluence of top-notch anglers and a vibrant fishing culture?Personally, I tend to seek out the latter when searching for the next best destination for a multi-day fly fishing excursion. For me, true fly fishing culture requires more than a blue-ribbon stream on the edge of town. It needs fly shops and businesses on Main Street, wayward trout bums wandering the streets at questionable hours, and the obligatory craft brewery (or five).While the scene I’ve just described may sound like something out of a short story by John Gierach set somewhere in the Intermountain West, these places actually exist right here in our Blue Ridge backyard. Appalachia is teeming with world class trout fisheries and vibrant mountain communities whose economies are driven by fishing. They span the entire region, dotting the landscape like spots on a native brookie. They’re in places like Southwest Virginia, Western Pennsylvania, North Georgia and the mountains of Western North Carolina—the last of which could easily be called the epicenter of the East Coast fly fishing scene. Here are a few favorite Blue Ridge trout towns.Sylva NC Trout FishinhgPhoto By Sam Dean / Brookings AnglersSylva, North CarolinaWith three in-town fly shops and more nearby honey holes than you can shake a four-piece 5 weight at, Sylva, North Carolina is a bonafide fly fishing paradise. It is the county seat of Jackson County, North Carolina, which boasts the famed Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail and an annual trout stocking rate somewhere in the neighborhood of 92,000. That’s roughly thirty five times more stocked trout every year than people living in the town of Sylva, so your chances of netting a fish are pretty good in Jackson County. When your day on the water is done, Sylva offers numerous restaurants and boasts one of Western North Carolina’s best craft breweries in Innovation Brewing.Fish here: Without a doubt, the most popular trout waters near Sylva flow through the Tuckasegee River—more commonly referred to by locals as the “The Tuck.” This wide flowing river, suitable for both wade fishing and float trips, rises in the Panthertown Valley before eventually finding its way into Lake Fontana. One of the most fishable, delayed harvest stretches of the Tuck lies between the Highway 107 bridge and Dillsboro park. Access to this amazing stretch of trout laden free stone can be gained via numerous pull offs and parking areas along North River Road. For more information about fly fishing near Sylva and in the Jackson County area, check out flyfishingtrail.com/fishing-spots.Stock up on gear / beta here: Brookings Anglers49 Pillar Dr. Cashiers, N.C.Tuckaseegee Fly Shop530 West Main Street, NCBrevard, North CarolinaBrevard, North Carolina is a heralded hot spot for all manner of outdoor adventure, but fly fishing is undoubtedly one of its biggest draws. One look at a map of Brevard and its immediate surroundings and it’s easy to see why. For starters, there’s the gin clear Davidson River, which flows past the entrance to Pisgah National Forest and parallels Highway 276 for several miles. This river was famously named one of America’s best 100 trout streams by Trout Unlimited, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fly fishing in Brevard and the surrounding terrain of Transylvania County. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find that such go-to trout waters as the East, North, and West Forks of the French Broad River along with Avery and Looking Glass Creeks are all within striking distance of this Blue Ridge mountain town. In addition to quick fishing access, Brevard beckons anglers with great local fly shops and guides such as Davidson River and Headwaters Outfitters, and it’s home to the Flymen Fishing Company, purveyor of high quality fly tying materials. On the libation front, Brevard is covering all its bases and then some with nationally renowned Oskar Blues Brewing and smaller local favorites like Brevard and Ecusta Brewing Companies.Fish here: Ditch the throngs of anglers often found along the banks of the more popular and notoriously tough-to-fish Davidson and head for the smaller but equally productive Avery Creek. This tributary of the Davidson serves as critical spawning habitat for both brown and rainbow trout and is open to fly fishing year round. From Highway 276, it’s accessible via Pisgah Stables Road and then on foot by way of the 2.3-mile Avery Creek Trail. When the Davidson is flowing high and muddy, this small trib is a proven go-to.Stock up on gear / beta here: Davidson River Outfitters49 Pisgah Hwy #6 Pisgah Forest, N.C. Headwaters Outfitters25 Parkway Rd. Rosman, N.C.The Hub and Pisgah Tavern11 Mama’s Place Pisgah Forest, N.C.Photo By Sam Dean / Brookings AnglersBryson City, North CarolinaIn all of my wanderings throughout Western North Carolina, I’ve yet to find a community that more genuinely deserves the moniker of “Trout Town” than Bryson City. Nestled in the North Carolina portion of the Great Smoky Mountains not far from the cold, trout-rearing waters of Fontana Lake, Bryson City sits perched on the edge of the aforementioned Tuckasegee River. Anglers looking for delayed harvest fishing on the Tuck don’t even have to leave the downtown area, but venturing beyond the city limits is well worth the effort. Other nearby options include the Nantahala River, the Little Tennessee, and the Oconaluftee, not to mention the miles of blue lines hiding in more remote sections of nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park.Once you decide that it’s time to hang up the waders and hit the town, head for the Nantahala Brewing Company. This downtown Bryson City staple has been putting out stellar craft concoctions since 2009. They’re known throughout the region for such flagship staples as the Noonday IPA, the Dirty Girl Blonde, and the App Trail Extra Pale Ale, and they recently opened a brew pub just a few blocks down from the original tap room on Depot Street.Fish here: For wild trout, leave the comforts of town and head for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Deep, Hazel, and Eagle Creeks are all great backcountry honey holes, but they only scratch the surface of what this park can offer intrepid anglers who are willing to venture off the beaten path.Stock up on gear / beta: Tuckaseegee Fly Shop3 Depot St. Bryson City, N.C.Endless River Adventures14157 W Hwy 19 Bryson City, N.C.Fly Fishing in the Smokies157 Everett St, Bryson City, NCBlue Ridge, GeorgiaThe North Georgia mountains have long served as a respite for nerve-shaken and overcivilzed urbanites from nearby Atlanta and other population centers throughout the Southeast. While the entire northern region of Georgia is a fly fishing destination in its own right, the tiny town of Blue Ridge, located in Fannin County, is its undisputed trout capital. One stroll along this tiny mountain town’s Main Street and you’ll encounter two high end fly shops, a fishing inspired inn, and the workshop of world-renowned bamboo rod maker Bill Oyster. Beyond fly fishing-related businesses, downtown Blue Ridge boasts a small, locally-owned outdoor shop called Blue Ridge Mountain Outfitter and three craft breweries, Fannin Brewing Co., Grumpy Old Men Brewing, and Blue Ridge Brewery.Fish here: The Toccoa River is home to some of Fannin County’s biggest trout, and it’s widely known for offering some of the Peach State’s best fly fishing opportunities. You can access the upstream section via the U.S. Forest Service’s Deep Hole Recreation Area or hop on the downstream portion from Blue Ridge Dam to where the lower Toccoa crosses into Tennessee.Stock up on gear / beta:Fly Shop Co.3801 East 1st St – Blue Ridge, GAReel Em InBurnt Mountain Rd. – Ellijay,GAAbingdon Virginia Trout FishingPhoto By Sam DeanAbingdon, VirginiaWhen it comes to the outdoors, Abingdon, Virginia may be best known as the home of the popular Virginia Creeper Trail, which runs through the heart of town and continues on to nearby Damascus, or for its proximity to Grayson Highlands State Park, Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and the Appalachian Trail. But in recent years this tiny trail town has been flying under the radar as the hub of Southwest Virginia’s robust fly fishing scene. One look at a map of nearby rivers and it’s easy to see why. Closest to town is Whitetop Laurel Creek. This trout-laden freestone, which parallels both the Virginia Creeper and the Appalachian Trail for long stretches, is widely regarded as one of Virginia’s best trout fisheries because it’s known to harbor 20-inch brown trout and a thriving population of wild rainbows. Beyond Whitetop you’ll find such fisheries as the South Fork Holston River, Big Wilson Creek in the Mount Rogers Recreation Area, and the New River of nearby Grayson County.Fish here: Whitetop Laurel Creek is up there with some of the best wild trout rivers in the entire Southeast. For anglers, the place to begin on Whitetop is the 6 miles of stream that flows below Konnarock, Virginia, beginning at Creek Junction, near the confluence of Whitetop and Green Cove Creek. This marks the beginning of a 6-mile artificial only stretch where all trout smaller than 12 inches must be released. This stretch can be accessed by way of Creek Junction Road, about 25 miles southeast of Abingdon. Those in the know say that prime time on Whitetop is during the spring months when feeding trout will rise for just about any kind of dry fly you can throw at them.Stock up on gear / beta here:Virginia Creeper Fly Fishing16501 Jeb Stuart Hwy. Abingdon, VA.Boone, North CarolinaBoone, North Carolina is a bonafide adventure hub, boasting some of the best mountain biking, hiking and rock climbing you’ll find anywhere east of the Rockies, and the High Country surrounding Boone is veined with some of Western North Carolina’s most productive trout waters. In terms of tailwaters, the Boone area offers both the Watauga and the South Holston Rivers. Anglers looking for smaller creeks and streams should consider Beech Creek, Boone’s Fork Creek, Laurel Creek, Dutch Creek, and the Middle Fork of the New River, just to name a few. Don’t despair when your day on the trout waters of the Western North Carolina High Country is done because non-fishing related fun abounds in Boone. I’d suggest starting your tour of Boone’s food and drink scene with a visit to Appalachian Mountain Brewing whose Long Leaf IPA is one of the best in the business.Fish here: The width of the Watauga River and the openness of its banks as it flows through Valle Crucis separate this river from its Southern Appalachian counterparts. More reminiscent of the type of rivers found out west than those typically located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the conditions found on this stretch of water are a welcome respite for the rhododendron-weary fly fishers. In Valle Crucis you’ll find ample public fishing access leading to rainbows, browns and the occasional brookie. From October 1 to June 5, this portion of the Watauga becomes a designated Delayed Harvest stream, which means all netted trout must be released to fight another day.Stock up on gear / beta here:Due South Outfitters2575 NC-105 Suite 60 Boone, N.C.Foscoe Fishing Company & Outfitters8857 NC-105 Boone, N.C.Best Trout TownsHarrisonburg, VirginiaHarrisonburg, Virginia is a town of just over 50,000 nestled in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley between the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest and Shenandoah National Park. It’s location alone makes it a desirable destination for anglers from all over the East Coast, and the recent relocation of venerable guiding service and outfitter Mossy Creek Outfitters has infused this bike-crazy town with a healthy dose of fly fishing culture. When the fishing is done, head over to Pale Fire Brewing or Brothers Craft Brewing for some of the Shenandoah Valley’s best hand-crafted beer.Fish here: First opened to the public in 1978, Mossy Creek, the namesake stream of Mossy Creek Outfitters, is one of Virginia’s best spring creeks. This limestone creek carves a path through a picturesque pastoral setting and harbors undulating masses of aquatic vegetation, swift runs, and steep drop-offs. It is a challenging waterway that some anglers dedicate a lifetime to, but those who crack the code are often rewarded with 25-inch brown trout hook-ups.Stock up on gear / beta here:Mossy Creek Fly Fishing480 E Market St. Harrisonburg, VA.LEWISBURG, WEST VIRGINIASituated in the heart of the Greenbrier Valley near the banks of the Greenbrier River, Lewisburg, West Virginia is a great place to start when seeking out Mountain State trout. The valley where this trout town lies offers easy access to long stretches of the Greenbrier and Meadow Rivers along with their cool-water, trout friendly tributaries. One such tributary is Anthony Creek, located just north of town in the Monongahela National Forest. Here you’ll find clear water featuring long runs and deep holes that harbor healthy populations of brown, brook, and rainbow trout thanks to steady stocking schedules. Reasons to visit Lewisburg don’t begin and end with fly fishing. This town is offering up options for foodies, outdoors enthusiasts, and shoppers alike. For a taste of the Mountain State’s brewing scene, head to Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company. If you’re looking for a place to stay, consider pitching a tent at the Greenbrier Valley Campground just 15 minutes from downtown Lewisburg.Fish here: A stocked stream known for its large brown trout, the gravel-bottomed and spring-fed Second Creek is designated by the state for fly fishing only. To access this stream, head to the tiny town of Ronceverte, just ten minutes from downtown Lewisburg, and head south on State Road 219 to County Road 65. Continue on until you reach County Road 62 and hang a right. This will eventually lead you to the low-water bridge and the beginning of the special regulations area of Second Creek.Stock up on gear / beta here:Serenity Now Outfitters829 Washington West Lewisburg, W.Va.last_img read more

Brazilian Navy Conducts Operation Aspirantex 2019

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo March 25, 2019 Between January 11-31, 2019, the Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese), conducted Operation Aspirantex 2019, in the maritime area between Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Montevideo, Uruguay. One objective of the exercise was to train Naval Academy cadets for life at sea and the routines aboard a ship. About 2,000 service members, including 319 Naval Academy cadets, participated in the 2019 edition of Aspirantex. For 20 days, MB service members and cadets performed various military exercises, such as operations with aircraft; underway replenishment of fuel; tactical maneuvers between ships; and shooting and firefighting exercises to improve the training of MB’s naval and aerial assets. “The 2,000 service members are part of the ship crews that comprise the Task Group, the aerial detachment aboard (aircraft), the Combat Divers’ Group detachment, and the Navy’s Second Division, which planned and coordinated the operation,” said MB Rear Admiral Fernando Ranauro Cozzolino, commander of Aspirantex 2019’s Task Group. “The participating cadets attend the Naval Academy’s first, second, and third years.” According to the commander, the training targets each academic year of the Naval Academy. “The first-year cadets had an unprecedented experience as a large committee at sea. Second-year students were able to follow operational exercises and exchange experiences with officers and noncommissioned officers from the ships, which helped them select the corps they will join at the end of the second year. Third-year cadets followed a specific program with activities based on the qualifications they chose: arms, machinery, and electronics,” he said. “The big challenge for all Task Group crew members was to show cadets our passion for the profession and the capability of our ships and personnel,” said Rear Adm. Cozzolino. “[We must] inspire them by example and the dedication to the work, to be seamen.” Sea experience Vessels taking part in Aspirantex 2019 navigated 4,600 nautical miles (about 8,500 kilometers), and carried out some 90 different exercises. Those included shooting a floating target, air operations, movement under enemy threats, tactical maneuvers, and ship-to-ship transfer—where ships navigate side-by-side to transfer cargo—as well as an accident-response exercise during a simulated fire in a ship compartment. “An important activity we performed was aerial threat and attack, to prepare the operative group for defense against fixed-wing aircraft attack, while the ships used radars and anti-aircraft defense systems to detect and counter threats,” said Rear Adm. Cozzolino. During the exercise, Brazilian Air Force AMX fighters, and MB AF-1 fighters simultaneously attacked MB ships. “The combination of ship and naval air assets allowed for the exercises to be flexible and diverse, and promoted a more complete training for the MB’s ships, aircraft, and crew members.” The operation used six MB aircraft: SH-16 anti-submarine helicopters, general purpose UH-15s, general purpose UH-12s, and AF-1 interceptors. Some of FAB’s aircraft also participated: P-95 patrol aircraft, anti-submarine P-3AM, and A-1 fighters. The participating ships were: The mltipurpose helicopter carrier (PHM, in Portuguese) Atlântico, taking part in Aspirantex for the first time; the tank landing ship Almirante Sabóia; the Rademaker and Independência frigates, and the Júlio de Noronha corvette. For Rear Adm. Cozzolino, Aspirantex 2019 had a positive outcome and met its goal. “We performed all the scheduled exercises and conducted meaningful training for our assets and personnel, and we motivated the cadets, who are the future of our Navy, by increasing their knowledge on our warships’ routines during operations at sea.” Navigation in foreign waters Aspirantex included a stop at the Port of Montevideo, Uruguay, where cadets visited the Uruguayan Naval Museum and exchanged experiences with Uruguayan Navy cadets. “Brazil and Uruguay share a strong brotherhood and bringing our ships to Montevideo further strengthened the ties between our countries and their navies,” said Rear Adm. Cozzolino. “This edition was a milestone for PHM Atlântico’s first trip to a foreign port, after her incorporation into MB.” “To get to know cadets from the Uruguayan Navy, their routine, and culture, was an excellent opportunity, as we also learned about some of the history and roots of this friendly navy,” said cadet Richard Willian Ferreira Freitas, a second-year student at the Naval Academy. For cadets, the operation is akin to an internship for college students. “This is when we put theory into practice, expanding the knowledge and also observing officers’ activities aboard.” “The routine during an operational committee is hectic, as we carry out exercises all day and night,” said the cadet. “When I was not taking part in an exercise, I attended lectures on naval career topics. In addition, we had daily physical and military training to maintain physical health.” The cadet pointed out that the diverse assets used in the operation made the experience even more complete. “There were surface warfare simulations, anti-aircraft war, and others, where assets cooperate with one another,” he said.last_img read more

Will new regulations help your credit union rule?

first_imgLike it or not, government rules and initiatives have an impact on your credit union. This week – in addition to updates on upcoming regulations related to payday loans, electronic checks, military lending and Dodd-Frank – we consider White House cybersecurity czar Rob Joyce’s suggestion to retire Social Security numbers in favor of a more modern approach to identity. Once again, change rules.White House: Is It Time to Retire Social Security Numbers?PYMNTSWill the government ditch Social Security numbers in favor of a “modern cryptographic identifier?” Rob Joyce, White House cybersecurity czar, thinks Social Security numbers may be ready to retire, since they no longer fulfill their intended function – and bring a number of unintended challenges.New CFPB Rule Could Curb Payday Loan IndustryReutersThe CFPB released a new regulation that could put a chill on revenues for the $6 billion payday loan industry. The rule requires lenders to determine if borrowers can repay their debts and caps the number of loans lenders can make to a borrower. If this regulation survives challenges in Congress and in court, it could be a boon for consumers and conventional lenders alike. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Endicott woman holds back to school mask sale

first_imgShe held a mask yard sale at her home on Saturday and Sunday, selling hundreds of masks that she sewed herself. “They’re telling me the kids can’t have the same one two days in a row. We all have two or three but nobody has one for every day of the week and with school starting this week that doesn’t give a lot of time to have them shipped to somebody,” she said. After donating thousands to first responders and front line workers, she’s now using the leftovers to give parents a quick and inexpensive option for back to school masks. Heather Black owns a decor company called ‘Mayhem Babies’ and would normally be making Halloween decorations this time of year, but when the COVID-19 pandemic began she pivoted to making masks instead. center_img ENDICOTT (WBNG) — With kids heading back to school and masks required, an Endicott woman spent the weekend trying to make it a little easier for parents to get their hands on the protective gear. Black says all proceeds from the sale will go toward making more masks that she will then donate.last_img read more

Planning for deregulation

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CWHB Gulf chief returns to London …

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