View post tag: Naval View post tag: Officers View post tag: share View post tag: Navy Training & Education View post tag: Australian View post tag: Chinese View post tag: News by topic Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Chinese, Australian Naval Officers Share Counter-Piracy Lessons View post tag: Lessons December 24, 2012 Chinese, Australian Naval Officers Share Counter-Piracy Lessons View post tag: Counter-Piracy Chinese and Australian naval officers shared their experiences in the conduct of counter-piracy operations in the Middle East Area of Operations at a roundtable meeting on thursday.Rear Admiral Zhou Xu-Ming Commander of the Chinese Naval Task Group and the commanding officers of three visiting People’s Liberation Army-Navy (PLA-N) ships met with the Acting Commander of the Australian Fleet Commodore Jonathan Mead, AM, and Commodore Greg Sammut, CSC, at Garden Island in Sydney.Australia’s Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, said the visit was an opportunity for the Royal Australian Navy and the PLA-N to share lessons learnt during their counter-piracy patrols.“China and Australia have a shared interest in keeping maritime trade routes free and secure. In doing so we protect the economic prosperity of our nations and contribute to the security of the global maritime trading system,” Vice Admiral Griggs said.“I welcome the continued opportunity for our navies to share their experiences today as we exchange lessons learned in the conduct of counter-piracy operations,” Vice Admiral Griggs said.The PLA-N ship visit is one of a number of defence engagement activities conducted this year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Australia and the People’s Republic of China.“Over the past few years Australia has been committed to developing strong and positive defence relations with China,” Vice Admiral Griggs said.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 24, 2012; Image: Royal Australian Navy
Wadham Students’ Union is to become the fourth Oxford college to acquire a tortoise after the SU passed a motion on Sunday.Students hope to enter their new pet in the annual Corpus Christi Tortoise Fair, in which different colleges are invited to race their tortoises.Dominic Barker, one of the SU Food and Amenities officers behind the motion, said, “We’re hoping our new tortoise will act as a rallying point for Wadham loyalties in these revolutionary times. Whoever is placed in charge of the tortoise will command full respect.”The SU hopes that, having agreed to the plans, College authorities will permit them to house the animal in the college gardens or on the college’s Ho Chi Minh Quad.A shortlist of names for the tortoise is to be proposed at the beginning of next term, and Barker suggested that any name was likely to reflect “Wadham’s liberal traditions”.SU Treasurer James Coe, who has been charged with purchasing the animal, said, “The tortoise will bring great joy to our comrades in the SU, and its indestructible nature and longevity will hopefully help it to continue to do this for years to come.”I am in charge of buying the tortoise and hopefully we will be able to purchase a thoroughbred to compete in the annual Corpus Tortoise Fair, and show the rest of the University that Wadham pets are not to be messed with.” He added that the SU were considering giving the tortoise the deciding vote in any tied motions due to its revolutionary vision. “It has been suggested by the Food and Amenities officers that if the SU’s vote on any motion is tied then the tortoise will cast the deciding vote, and will always vote for the motion due to its strong desire for social change,” he said. Oxford’s most legendary tortoise is Balliol JCR’s Rosa, named after notable German Marxist Rosa Luxemborg. The original Rosa was lost in 2005, allegedly stolen by members of Trinity College, but a replacement has since been donated to the college by an unknown benefactor.Sophie Rees, Tortoise Keeper at Corpus Christi, where the annual race is held, said that it offered a good opportunity for college competition while also raising money for charity. “The Tortoise Fair is a great institution and one which instils a surprising amount of inter-collegiate competitive spirit, as well as being an effective charity fundraising event. I’m delighted to hear Wadham are getting a tortoise and I hope they’ll come and join in with the other colleges,” she said.At the 2007 Fair, Corpus’ sprightly young tortoise Wally claimed victory after racing past Regent’s Park’s 90-year-old veteran Emmanuel. Third place went to the entry from Magdalen, a student wearing a tortoise outfit, who did not manage to eat his entire lettuce.
TheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—One hundred years ago Thursday women marched through the halls of the Indiana Statehouse to music as lawmakers ratified the 19th amendment, giving them the right to vote after decades of struggle.On Thursday, dozens of women and men filled a wing of the Statehouse to celebrate and commemorate that milestone with music and speeches led by the Capital City Chorus, an all-women’s choir. The chorus, singing “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow” as well as other encouraging songs, got a standing ovation.“It’s so important to pause, and remember this important milestone in our state’s history,” Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch told the crowd. “To remember where we have been, and where we are going.”Crouch chairs the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, which has organized a year’s worth of events to celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment.The House and the Senate both adopted resolutions that honored the passage of the 19thAmendment and the people who worked for it. The resolution passed in each chamber by unanimous votes.Sen. Jean Breaux, D-Indianapolis, acknowledged the work of minority women in the suffrage movement.“I am proud for all the work African American women did to work to get the right to vote,” she said.Anita Morgan, a senior lecturer in history at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, described some of the successes and setbacks women endured as they campaigned over 72 years for the right to vote.One of the first steps in that journey began in 1848 at the first U.S. women’s rights convention. She also described how in Indiana a bill granting women voting rights passed in 1881, but all information about it disappeared from official records.At the time, Morgan said one member of the General Assembly was asked about why he voted for women’s suffrage and he replied, “The women were persistent.”Anita Morgan of IUPUI discussed all of the steps Hoosier Women took to ratify women’s suffrage in Indiana. Photo by Joshua Hansel, TheStatehousefile.comIn 1917, lawmakers passed a bill that would allow women to start voting in some state and local elections. The Indiana Supreme Court, however, shut them down because they believed extra poll workers and separate ballot boxes to accommodate women workers would cost too much.Sherry Watkins, co-president of the Indianapolis chapter of the American Association of University Women, attended the event in a 1920s costume. She wore a large white hat that was covered with feathers and a long lace dress.At the height of the suffrage movement, women wore white to show they were feminine and as a defense against critics who said they were trying to be masculine by obtaining the same rights as men, according to the CR Fashion Book blog.More than a dozen women joined Watkins in wearing similar costumes standing with her for the same cause.“I had a mother who was not given the same kind of accommodation when she was working, and when she was working in World War II and when the men came home women lost their jobs,” Watkins said. “She really enjoyed being a homeworker, but she still had that sense that it wasn’t right.”Watkins said that the Statehouse will be seeing more of her, as she continues to advocate for women’s rights.Laura Tolbert, a resident of Indianapolis, attended the event with her seven children; four of which are girls. She said she wanted them to see the moment commemorating 100 years of women voting.Laura Tolbert of Indianapolis brought her seven children to the Statehouse for the women’s suffrage celebration event. Photo by LaMonte Richardson, TheStatehouseFile.com“Women have the same ability and interest in contributing to our political and governmental environment that men do,” she said.Even though women are slightly more than 50 percent of the state’s population, they hold 24% of the seats in the General Assembly. While Indiana has some women in leadership roles, especially in the courts where Loretta Rush serves as the first female Indiana Supreme Court chief justice and five other courts are led by women, the state has never elected a female governor and the top leaders in the House and Senate have always been malesCrouch, when asked when Indiana would see its first female governor, replied, “Hopefully in the near future.”The year-long celebrations will continue with events across the state, including free admissions to local museums, Crouch noted. More information can be found at indianasufferage100.org.She ended the program on an upbeat note: “You here today, and women all across our great state, know that when we come together, and we work together, we can accomplish great things and build a better tomorrow.”FOOTNOTE: Haley Pritchett is a reporter with TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. By Haley Pritchett FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Making covert recordingsOne of our members was recently asked by an employee if he could make a recording of his disciplinary hearing. His request was refused, but it later emerged that he had gone ahead and secretly recorded it on his iPhone anyway.As he is now threatening to use it in a tribunal claim, our member wants to know the legal position of this type of recording is it relevant evidence or will it be ignored?Is there any right to record?The starting point is the ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures (the Code). It makes no mention of whether either party has the legal right to make an audio recording of a disciplinary hearing. So unless your procedures specifically allow for it and this is fairly unusual you are under no obligation to agree.Suitable alternatives availableAs far as the Code is concerned, the employee has a number of alternatives.Firstly, they have the statutory right to be accompanied to the hearing for example, by a workplace companion. Secondly, the employee, their companion or both can make written notes of your discussions.Finally, as a matter of good practice, employers are encouraged to ensure that there is someone present at the hearing to take notes. These must be made available to the employee if so requested. Ideally, the note-taker should be independent not a witness, or someone who dealt with the disciplinary investigation. This will prevent any allegations of procedural unfairness or bias.Tightening up your proceduresHowever, the existence of a covert recording may become problematic if a dispute eventually ends up before the tribunal; they are more interested in the quality and relevance of any evidence, rather than how it was obtained.For example, in the case of Chairmen and Governors of Amwell View School v Dogherty 2007, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) accepted a covert recording of a disciplinary hearing because:1. The employer hadn’t banned them; and2. It was relevant to the claim (which was for unfair dismissal).Not always the case?This case (which was heard pre-Code) suggests you must clarify your position on the recording of disciplinary hearings.However, in other cases, employees haven’t always been so lucky; requests have been refused. But as this risks an appeal to the EAT, which could allow the recording, we would suggest that you err on the side of caution. Make it clear in your disciplinary procedures that covert recordings during meetings and hearings are not allowed.If an employee asks to record a hearing, refuse their request in writing. If you later discover they have done so covertly, you should point this out to the tribunal.
David Byrne is officially hitting the road this spring for a solo tour. Marking his first solo tour since 2009, and following a year of touring with St. Vincent, the Talking Heads frontman is also expected to bring along some new material. With a new album in the works, David Byrne confirms six U.S. dates in March of 2018. Opening up at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey on March 3, David Byrne will go on to perform in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Buffalo, New York, Hershey, Pennsylvania, Waterbury, Connecticut, and conclude in Kingston, New York. Also scheduled to perform at Lollapalooza festivals in South America and at Roskilde Festival in Denmark, be prepared to see more of David Byrne in the festival scene of 2018.According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, Byrne will perform Talking Heads hits such as “Burning Down the House,” “Life During Wartime” and “Psycho Killer.” David Byrne will also play music from his upcoming album, reportedly scheduled for March in coordination with the tour. Tickets for these six dates go on sale Friday morning.Yesterday, David Byrne’s Facebook mysteriously updated to the below photo, possibly hinting at these new announcements. Keep it in mind as we await more news from Byrne’s camp.In celebration of all this, watch David Byrne perform “Psycho Killer” solo in the dated video below.[H/T JamBase]
The Game fulfilled its traditional role as the classic fall showdown when a second-half deluge lifted the Crimson over Yale.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, will receive this year’s Radcliffe Medal on May 29 during Radcliffe Day, an annual celebration of Radcliffe’s past, present, and future. The Radcliffe Medal is presented annually to an individual who has had a transformative impact on society.The Radcliffe Day lunch in Radcliffe Yard will feature remarks from retired associate justice David H. Souter ’61, LL.B. ’66, and Kathleen M. Sullivan, J.D. ’81, will engage Ginsburg in an expansive conversation that will explore her work as an advocate and a jurist. Sullivan, a former professor of law at Harvard and Stanford and a former dean of Stanford Law School, is a partner in Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.Radcliffe Day is open to the public and draws a crowd of hundreds, with strong representation from Radcliffe College, Radcliffe Institute, and Harvard alumni, as well as University leaders. Registration is required.
By EMMA BORNE News Writer On Thursday, Clemens Sedmak, professor of moral and social theology at King’s College in London, spoke on dignity and justice at the annual Center for Social Concerns Fr. Bernie Clark lecture. The lecture, titled “The Deep Practice of Human Dignity,” focused on three key ideas: the concept of human dignity, the concept of integrity and the concept of deep practice. Sedmak said human dignity is not only a concept, but also a way of life. “[Human dignity] is a way of experiencing, a way of thinking and a way of acting,” Sedmak said. “Dignity is not only something that can be used as a concept; you need to do it. It needs to have this kind of cash value.” Human dignity is closely related to human integrity, Sedmak said. “The concept of dignity and integrity are linked because of the focus on vulnerability in both. … Human dignity needs an understanding of vulnerability,” she said. “Vulnerability is important because it violates integrity.” In order to understand others’ vulnerability as a concept, Sedmak said, “we have to understand our own vulnerability.” Sedmak said understanding our own vulnerability in turn allows us to practice human dignity, clarifying the third point of his lecture. Humans need to practice human dignity for the simple reason of being human, Sedmak said. “The concept of human dignity is command and the command consists in saying: value the human person because she is human,” Sedmak said. “And that is where the justification stops.” Even in a difficult circumstance, Sedmak said the practice of human dignity comes with the concept of being whole-hearted. “Deep practice has these two properties: there are adverse circumstances… and secondly a moment of whole heartedness,” Sedmak said. “If you want to appropriate a skill under adverse circumstances, you must be fully motivated.” Though deep practices are not easy, Sedmak said deep practices are essential to human dignity. “If we want the concept of dignity to have friction we need to appropriate it by way of deep practices,” Sedmak said. Contact EmmaBorne at [email protected]
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) Photo: Lorie Shaull / CC BY-SA 2.0SWANTON, Vt. — The number of people apprehended for illegally crossing from Canada into the United States along its northern border has nearly tripled over the past three years, and a growing portion are Mexican citizens, according to federal data.One Mexican man who crossed illegally to work on a Vermont dairy farm said it was easier than trying the southern border.U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics obtained by The Associated Press after a public records request provide new detail on what was apparent anecdotally: Along the border from Maine to Washington, 446 of the 1,586 illegal crossers apprehended in the 2019 fiscal year were Mexican, or 28%. That’s up from 20 of 558, or just 3.6%, in 2016.The numbers also increased for Romanians — many identified as ethnic Roma — and other nationalities, such as Haitians and Indians. Those tallies don’t include apprehensions for reasons other than illegal crossings, such as overstaying visas. This year’s data will likely look different because of travel impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Michael McCarthy said there’s been “a decline in illegal entries” since the arrival of the virus and the border closure, though he didn’t have specific numbers. But they’re expected to pick up again as travel resumes.A former U.S. Department of Homeland Security attache in Ottawa said she wasn’t surprised by more illegal crossings from Canada, though that total remains less than 1% of southern border apprehensions.“Like water at the lowest point, migrants will find their best way in,” said Theresa Brown, now director of immigration and cross border policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington.The Vermont farm worker, Diego, said he illegally crossed from Canada in 2017 because it was safer and cheaper than crossing the southern border.“The person who was going to get us across was recommended by a trusted friend and there was no risk that we were going to be cheated,” said Diego, 26, who’s from the Mexican state of Tabasco and spoke in Spanish. He spoke on condition that his full name not be used because he’s in the U.S. without authorization.Diego arrived via the northern border’s busiest sector for apprehensions: a 295-mile (475 kilometer) stretch across northern New York, Vermont and New Hampshire that had more than half the northern border arrests last year, up from 38% in 2016. An informal review of criminal cases filed against people apprehended in Vermont and upstate New York over the last two years indicates most were trying to reach areas away from the border, such as New York City.The sector’s chief border agent, Robert Garcia, attributes its increase in illegal crossers to its proximity to Toronto and Montreal and the U.S. East Coast; increased focus on security along the U.S. southern border; and changes in Canadian entry requirements.In 2016, Canada lifted its requirement that Mexican citizens apply for visas to enter the country, as part of efforts to strengthen ties with Mexico. A similar change for Romanian citizens took effect in 2017.The Canadian government “monitors its immigration system closely” and takes seriously the responsibility for the shared border with the U.S., a statement from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada said.“Visa-free travel does not guarantee entry into Canada,” it said, noting such travel could be suspended if necessary to preserve the system’s integrity.Diego said he and four adults he didn’t know flew to Toronto from Mexico, waited days in a motel before traveling overland to Montreal, then took a taxi to a town near the Quebec-Vermont border. A guide took them to the border and told them that once they crossed, they should run across a plowed field to someone who’d be waiting.“They were there and they took us,” he said. “We had the luck.”Diego said the trip cost about $2,500, and he heard the person who arranged his passage was later arrested and deported to Mexico.In another recent smuggling case, a Canadian citizen born in El Salvador was extradited to the United States and charged with running a yearslong operation that crossed people from Canada into Vermont and New York.The Border Patrol says smugglers are willing to move around. In Maine — statistically one of the quietest areas on the border — a defendant apprehended in December admitted making six trips to northern Maine in a month to transport about 12 people to New York City.“If that made the hair on the back of your neck stand up a little bit, I would say it did on mine as well,” said Jason Schneider, the Border Patrol’s acting chief patrol agent for the sector that includes all of Maine.
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) MGN ImageJAMESTOWN – A heat advisory has been issued for Chautauqua County due to excessive heat index values that are forecasted for Thursday afternoon.The National Weather Service in Buffalo is calling for heat index values in the mid-90s from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday in Chautauqua, Wyoming and Southern Erie counties.Officials say hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur.They recommend drinking plenty of fluids, staying in an air-conditioned room, staying out of the sun, and checking up on relatives and neighbors. Additionally, young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles. It is also recommended to wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.