US Marines, Sailors to get upgraded fireproof uniforms

first_img November 10, 2016 Authorities The U.S. Marines Corps announced that sailors and marines would soon receive updated flame resistant uniforms, making them less susceptible to severe burns.The Enhanced Fire Resistant Combat Ensemble is the latest upgrade to the Corps’ flame resistant combat ensemble inventory. The update includes a long-sleeve shirt and trousers with a new flame resistant material that allows the uniform to self-extinguish reducing the incidence and severity of burn injuries.The system upgrade was developed in partnership with the Navy and will be issued to marines and sailors assigned to Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and Naval Special Warfare Command as they deploy.The design on the EFRCE combat shirt was also improved to better fit under the Plate Carrier Generation III body armor. EFRCE’s combat trousers are similar to the current Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform and Navy NWU trousers.As the lead for development of the EFRCE system, the Marine Corps partnered with Navy Supply Systems Command to field the uniform system to Navy expeditionary forces.“We have been involved with the purchase of both the FRCE and EFCRE from the beginning, especially since flame resistant capabilities are something that all branches need in certain hostile environments,” said Navy Lt. Chris Hulse, life cycle logistics intern for NAVSUP’s Naval Logistics Integration program.“Due to economies of scale, working with the Marine Corps decreases the overall cost of acquisition, making it a win-win situation when both services come together,” said Hulse. “Other joint acquisition initiatives between the two services include the Enhanced Combat Helmet and the Inclement Weather Combat Shirt.”EFRCE is currently in production, with an expected total of 70,000 systems scheduled for issue next year. View post tag: uniform Share this article View post tag: US Navy View post tag: US Marines Back to overview,Home naval-today US Marines, Sailors to get upgraded fireproof uniforms US Marines, Sailors to get upgraded fireproof uniformslast_img read more

LGBTQ name reshuffle rejected

first_imgAn OUSU motion, which suggested the acronym LGBTQ should henceforward be referred to by OUSU as BGLQT, failed to pass. The motion, proposed by Merton student Martin Lester in 3rd week stated that “Sexualities, just as gender and nationality options, should be alphabetically ordered.”The motion noted that “People of all sexualities are equal in rights, and not limited to ‘heterosexual’ and homosexual’”. It continued, “In a variety of material produced by OUSU, including its website and the Fresher’s Guide 2012, there are references to ‘LGBTQ’. The alphabetical ordering of ‘LGBTQ’ is ‘BGLQT’. OUSU material should present sexualities in alphabetical order.The motion resolved “To support such a change in material produced by OUSU”, and “To mandate the Vice-President (Welfare & Equal Opportunities) and LGBTQ Officer to effect such a change.’At the meeting, Lester drew attention to the fact that, in the previous council, a motion had been passed to support a change in the University’s online postgraduate application forms that would switch gender options “male” and “female” over, as “Gender, just as nationality options, should be alphabetically ordered.’He argued that, at present, the LGBTQ ordering of sexualities was “not consistent” with this, and that it was “hypocritical” to ask the University to change the ordering on its forms without addressing the order of LGBTQ. However, OUSU LGBTQ rep Jess Pumphrey asked, “Have you spoken to anyone in the LGBTQ movement about this?” One student present at the meeting added, “Have you considered that changing the order makes it look like the word ‘bigot’?”Pumphrey continued, “I have spoken to the LGBTQ community and they’re saying this is silly: we didn’t ask for this. The ordering is not arbitrary, it signifies the whole community as a solid banner.”Lester disagreed, saying, “I think it’s humourous to claim that the term is standardised. If we’re serious about consistency then we must be consistent in gender ordering.” Pumphrey added, “There’s a difference between the ordering of LGBTQ and the ordering of options on a form. LGBTQ is a solid thing, it’s an acronym.” The motion then failed to pass.Pumphrey, not commenting in their role as OUSU LGBTQ rep, later told Cherwell, “I opposed this motion on behalf of the LGBTQ community. “LGBTQ” is not an arbitrary jumble of letters – it is an identifiable brand that students, especially new students, will look for in its current form. It is a quite different matter from form options, where “female or male” and “male or female” are equally clear, and both have the same meaning.”Andrew Hall, LGBTQ rep at St Anne’s and Secretary of LGBTQsoc, commented, “As LGBTQ is such an established term used by all relevant charities and organisations – it makes absolutely no sense to change the acronym.” Edward Nickell, equalities representative at Exeter College, agreed, adding, “plus, it just rolls off the tongue better.’last_img read more

Amendments To The “Notice Of Sheriff’s Sale Of Foreclosed Property”

first_img Submitted by Gail Riecken, City-Council Observer Statehouse EditorAmendments  to The Sheriff’s Sale  For of Foreclosed Property Now Being Discussed By THe Indiana Legislature Amends the statute concerning the procedures for a sheriff’s sale of real property subject to a mortgage foreclosure judgment to provide that before selling the property, the sheriff must advertise the sale by arranging for the posting of a notice of the sale on the Internet web site maintained by: (1) each county in which the real estate is located; or (2) the office of the sheriff; at the discretion of the sheriff. (Current law requires the sheriff to advertise the sale by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in each county in which the property is located.)Specifies that existing law governing an error or omission in a legal notice published in a newspaper also applies to a sheriff’s sale notice posted on an Internet web site. Provides that if: (1) a county in which the real estate is located does not maintain an Internet web site; and (2) the office of the sheriff does not maintain an Internet web site; the sheriff shall advertise the sale by publication in the county. Provides that in a case in which: (1) the sheriff must publish a sheriff’s sale notice in a newspaper; and (2) the sheriff is unable to procure such publication; the sheriff shall execute a written statement explaining why publication was not possible. (Current law does not specify that the sheriff’s statement must be in writing.) Provides that the sheriff shall: (1) maintain a record, in a printed or an electronic format, of the written statement for a period of not less than three years from the date of execution of the statement; and (2) make the statement available to the public upon request. Provides that a sheriff who posts a sheriff’s sale notice on a county’s or the sheriff’s Internet web site shall: (1) maintain a record, in a printed or an electronic format, of the posted notice of sale for a period of not less than three years from the date on which the notice is removed from the Internet web site after the occurrence of an event specified under the bill; and (2) make the record available to the public upon request. Makes conforming amendments.LINK TO BILL SPONSORS AUTHORS AND CO-SPONSORS, AMENDMENTS, BILL ACTION, SENATE, AND HOUSE ROLL CALL VOTE. LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Mickiewicz, Ballance dominate as Islanders roll

first_imgAt (1-5) it would be easy for the Devils to pull up the oars but that has never been an option as they faced their next JCC of Bayonne Sr. Division Floor Hockey foe, the (3-3) Islanders. Falling behind quickly, the Devils surrendered goals to the Islanders’ David Matos and Marek Mickiewicz within the first five minutes. Down 2-0, the Devils found new life as Alejandro Cifuentes tied things up at 2-2 with two scoring strikes, both assisted by Kyle O’Hara. Just before the halfway point, the Islanders regained the lead at 3-2 as Mickiewicz picked up his second goal off a long distance assist by Kasper Hooks. Looking for a fast start in the final period, the Devils tried to storm the Islanders’ defense with speedsters Aaliyana Cifuentes, Kailey Delauter, and Alejandro Cifuentes blazing the way. Unable to bull anything past the Isles’ Chris Ballance, who once again brick walled the net, the Devils ran out of steam. With the Devils on the ropes, the Islanders began wailing away as the goals started to pile up with Marek Mickiewicz (3 goals, 2 assists), Tristan Wolenski (2 goals, 1 assist), and David Matos (2 assists) landing the body blows. Trailing 8-2, the Devils tried to regroup but once again a second half meltdown sealed their fate as the Islanders rolled to an 8-2 victory. Week 5 Sr. DivisionOffensive Player of the Week: Megan Feeley – PenguinsDefense Player of the Week: Chris Ballance – IslandersTeamwork/Leadership Player of the Week: Zachary Ciesmelewski – Penguinslast_img read more


first_img71, of Bayonne, passed away on July 22, 2017 at the Select Specialty Hospital in Rochelle Park, NJ, with his family by his side. “Bill” as he was known by his family and friends, was born in Bayonne and was a lifelong resident. For more than 20 years he and his wife Cathy owned and operated Bill’s Luncheonette located on 25th St. and Prospect Ave. where he proudly served the east side community. Bill was also employed with the Bayonne Board of Education as a building engineer for Lincoln Community School for more than 30 years before his retirement in 1998. Bill was predeceased by his parents, George and Anna (nee: Gula) Rocheny. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 35 years Catherine (Cathy) (nee: Fabian) Rocheny; 3 sons, Jay and Greg Rocheny; and Mark and his wife Laurie Rocheny; 2 brothers, Peter and his wife Diane Rocheny and Paul and his wife Laurie Rocheny; his loving aunt Mary Paprocki; 9 granchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements by DWORZANSKI Funeral Home, 20 E. 22nd St.last_img read more

Press release: Local COVID alert level update for South Yorkshire

first_img Barnsley Doncaster Rotherham the City of Sheffield people must not socialise with anybody they do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, in any indoor setting or in any private garden or at most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events people must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or a sports venue all pubs and bars must close, unless they are serving substantial meals people should try to avoid travelling outside the very high alert level or entering a very high alert level area, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities or to travel through as part of a longer journey residents should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK, and others should avoid staying overnight in the very high alert area I would like to thank the Mayor of the Sheffield City Region Dan Jarvis and the leaders of the local councils of South Yorkshire for the constructive discussions we have had about how to get the virus under control in the region. Given rates are amongst the highest in the country I am pleased that we were able to reach an agreement that ensures swift action is taken in accordance with the public health advice. I fully recognise the huge impact this will have on communities in the area and the sacrifices people will be making. That’s why we have agreed an extensive package of support for local people, businesses and councils. The restrictions we have agreed together will only be in place for as long as they are absolutely necessary. They will be reviewed jointly in 28 days’ time. The government is totally committed to working with local leaders as we tackle this challenge, for the benefit of all the people of South Yorkshire. I’m very grateful to the local leadership in South Yorkshire who have worked together closely, cross party, on the need for additional measures to protect lives and livelihoods. A failure to act now would only lead to tougher and longer lasting restrictions later. I understand the sacrifice people in South Yorkshire have already made and the enormous impact further measures will have on people’s lives. That is why we are also providing support to businesses and contact tracing activity across South Yorkshire. Now is the time for us all to work together to get this virus under control. The rate of COVID-19 infections is rising rapidly across the UK.The case rate in England stood at 169 people per 100,000 from 9 October to 15 October, up from 100 people per 100,000 for the week 25 September to 1 October. Cases are not evenly spread, with infection rates rising more rapidly in some areas than others.In South Yorkshire rates are among the highest in the country and continuing to rise rapidly with case rates ranging from 285 people per 100,000 in Doncaster up to 402 people per 100,000 in Sheffield.Although originally focused on the younger population, we are seeing rises in the older population now as well. In order to reduce these numbers and ensure that the NHS isn’t overwhelmed and has capacity to treat other conditions we need to act now.To support the local authority during this period, the government will be providing a financial support package. In addition to the £ 1 billion of funding the Prime Minister set out on Monday 12 October. This includes additional funding of £11.2 million for local enforcement and contact tracing activity.Additional financial support will also be provided for local companies – recognising the additional strain these measures will place on businesses.Local COVID alert level very high will take effect across all parts of South Yorkshire. It will cover: Following close discussions with local leaders, South Yorkshire will move from local COVID alert level high to very high from 00.01 on Saturday 24 October. This means that new measures will come into place including: Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: Sheffield: 402 Barnsley: 367 Rotherham: 341 Doncaster: 285 In addition, following discussions with local leaders it was agreed that from 00.01 on Saturday 24 October additional closures will include: Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick said: All available data for the areas that will move to local COVID alert level very high at 00.01 on Saturday 24 October have been assessed by the government, including the Health and Social Care Secretary, NHS Test and Trace including the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC), Public Health England (PHE), the Chief Medical Officer and the Cabinet Office. Data assessed includes incidence, test positivity and the growth rate of the virus.It is essential that these outbreaks are contained to protect lives and our NHS, and prevent greater economic damage in the future. We face a new challenge as we head into the winter, and we know that even mild cases of COVID-19 can have devastating consequences for people in all age groups, along with the risk of Long COVID.Our strategy is to suppress the virus while supporting the economy, education and the NHS, until an effective vaccine is widely available. Local action is at the centre of our response, and engagement with local authorities is, and will continue to be, a key part of this process.Background informationThe 7-day case rates per 100,000 for South Yorkshire are as follows: betting shops adult gaming centres casinos soft play centres On 12 October, the government introduced a new, simplified framework for local interventions based around 3 new local COVID alert levels.The postcode checker shows which alert level applies in each area.The NHS COVID-19 app will also direct people to this information.We have provided £3.7 billion of funding to local authorities in England to respond to pressures in all their services.The Prime Minister also announced on Monday 12 October additional COVID funding of around £1billion which will provide Local Authorities with additional money to protect vital services. The Government will set out further information in due course on how this new funding will be allocated.See guidance on each local COVID alert level.Throughout the pandemic, the government has listened carefully to the views of the scientific community, in particular the information from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and its sub-groups when taking decisions on the best way to tackle the pandemic.last_img read more

Bootsy Collins Explains How LSD Played A Role In His Split With James Brown’s Band

first_imgBootsy Collins is one of the more colorful personalities in the history of funk. Collins is known for his star-shaped sunglasses (and bass) and glittery stage outfits, in addition to playing in bands like Parliament-Funkadelic and alongside George Clinton. Some fans, however, may not know that Bootsy and his brother, Phelps “Catfish” Collins, were once hired by James Brown to be his new backing back beginning in 1970. The professional relationship lasted for less than a year, although part of Collins’ departure was more about the wonders of psychedelic drugs than the actual music itself.In a 2017 interview with British publication The Guardian, Collins explained that LSD, the same driving force behind some of the early evolution of the Grateful Dead, caused some friction between the funk bassist and the “Godfather of Soul.”“LSD was a big part of why I left James Brown’s band,” Collins admits. “I promised myself I’d never do it during a show, but we had a father-son relationship, and he pestered me so much not to do it that one day I just did. My bass turned into a snake and I can’t even remember playing. After, he called me in the back room, as he always did, and was explaining how terrible I was – even when I wasn’t taking LSD. I laughed so hard I was on the floor. To him, that was very disrespectful. He had his bodyguard throw me out.”Related: George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic Join Red Hot Chili Peppers In BrisbaneCollins also went on to share some of the wild stories from his years in Parliament-Funkadelic, adding, “My time in Funkadelic was about creativity. I was 21 and there were no rules. The best time was when we crossed the border to Canada in cars filled with smoke – George [Clinton] had rented a big place on a lake and there were about 20 of us and we recorded ‘America Eats Its Young.’”[H/T – The Guardian]last_img read more

Courts brace for funding shift

first_imgCourts brace for funding shift Courts brace for funding shift Amy K. Brown Assistant Editor July 1, 2004, may seem like a long way off, but for Florida State Courts Administrator Rob Lubitz, the day is rapidly approaching.Lubitz told members of the Bar’s Family Law Section Executive Council in September that everyone involved in the courts should be aware that this day — the official date the state will assume the lion’s share of funding for Florida’s state court system — is looming on the horizon.“Chief Justice [Harry Lee] Anstead has called this ‘the major challenge to the courts of our time,’ and I don’t think that’s an understatement,” Lubitz said. “This move to state assumption of funding of the court system really has the potential to change how we do business in the courts and really put in jeopardy many of the innovative, progressive things this state has done.”Currently, more than half of the funding for the court system comes from the counties, Lubitz said, but it varies from circuit to circuit.In larger areas like Dade County, it’s a much higher percentage, while in smaller counties, the state already picks up the majority of the tab, he said. However, the courts currently operate on less than 1 percent of the state budget — 0.58 percent, to be exact.“Most of the new programs, most of the innovative programs are funded by the counties,” he said.And those programs face the greatest risk of getting short-changed in the funding process, he said.In 1998, a constitutional amendment known as “Revision 7” was passed that said the state will assume responsibility for the essential elements of the court system. Follow-up legislation was passed in 2000 that defined from a legislative perspective what constituted an essential element — judges and essential staff, juror compensation, reasonable court reporting, services for the disabled, construction of facilities for the Supreme Court and appellate courts, and foreign language interpreters.“If you look at that as the essential elements of the court system, that’s a pretty bare bones court system,” Lubitz said. “If that’s all we get, the court system will look very different July 1, 2004, when this is implemented.”In response, the Supreme Court formed the Trial Court Budget Committee and tasked the 21 members, including representatives from each of the circuits, with formulating a plan to deal with Revision 7. Their first move was to take inventory of all the functions of the courts that were funded by the counties, which they separated into four categories.“The Trial Court Budget Committee feels that we have a great court system, and pretty much everything we have now needs to be funded in some way or another,” Lubitz said. “Everything’s important. . . and ultimately, we want to fund everything. The reality is that might not be the case. You have to set some priorities.“The first priority in the system in the constitution was to determine what the central element in the court system ought to be — what legally and constitutionally we absolutely have to have in order to run a court system. Without funding in these areas, our court system would ostensibly have to shut down. This is the minimum.”The TCBC set out 10 things they felt were absolutely essential: judges and judicial assistants, court administration, case management, court reporting, court interpreting, mediation and alternative dispute resolution, legal aid and legal services to the court, psychological evaluations and expert witnesses ordered by the court, masters/hearing officers, and auxiliary aids and services.“Those are the core things we call essential,” he said. “I think you’ll recognize that a lot of those are specifically related to the work in family court. They have to continue to be in the state court budget and. . . that’s really where we would make our first stand to the legislature that these things have to be done.”The second category the TCBC addressed was “due process elements” — areas not defined as constitutional elements, but areas that are necessary. These include conflict counsel and psychological evaluations ordered by state attorneys and public defenders.“That leaves pretty much everything else,” Lubitz said. “Everything else, the TCBC defined as integrated functions. These are functions that we believe are necessary for providing a modern, responsive, efficient court system, but they don’t rise to the level of essential.”Lubitz said there are four options for dealing with the integrated functions: advocate for them to continue in the court budget; try to move them to another area of the state budget; make them local requirements; or make them local options.The third option — local requirements — is what Lubitz called “the crux of the matter.” Some have argued that everything nonessential can be a requirement, but, constitutionally, local requirements are those functions unique to a particular circuit or locality that meet local demands.The last category of court functions, local obligations, encompasses those few functions counties will be required to maintain funding for — local facilities, technology, and information systems. Uphill Battle At a recent meeting of district court judges, Senate President-designate Jim King, R-Jacksonville, and Rep. Dudley Goodlette, R-Naples, on behalf of House Speaker-elect Johnnie Byrd, R-Plant City, gave their perspectives on how the legislature plans to face Revision 7.Sen. King “gave a little bit of a bleak message,” Lubitz said. “Sen. King said that he felt he was facing, in his terms, approximately a $4 billion budget deficit. He indicated that, although he would like to be able to give the courts everything that they want, likely, they’d only be able to fund the essential elements from a state perspective, and that would be a very literal definition of what are essential elements.“He indicated there would probably be lost positions and the hope was that the courts wouldn’t be seriously short-sheeted.”But, Lubitz added, some better news came from Rep. Goodlette.“He basically said we have a great court system, and we don’t want to do anything that harms the court system. We want to continue it,” Lubitz said. “He implied that they were really going to lean on the counties to continue funding, or take funds from the counties to continue funding, the court system.” Getting the Message Out One of the most important duties of the courts this year and next is to formulate and implement a communications and education plan to educate legislators about the implications of Revision 7, Lubitz said. Earlier this year, Chief Justice Anstead formed a communications advisory group made up of court and Bar leaders, including Bar President Tod Aronovitz, former President Terry Russell, and President-elect Miles McGrane, and led by Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Belvin Perry, to formulate just such a plan.On September 22 (after this News went to press), in conjunction with a business meeting of the state’s chief judges at the College of Advanced Judicial Studies in St. Petersburg Beach, Perry and Chief Justice Anstead were set to task the chief judges to form Revision 7 communications committees in their home circuits.“The concept of these committees is to bring together key members of the Bar and the community, key business leaders, key criminal justice people, whoever they identify are the real decisionmakers, the movers and shakers in the community, to talk about the importance of the court system,” Lubitz said. “The idea is to energize these people to go out and talk to the legislators about what the courts do in the community.”Evan Marks, treasurer of the Family Law Section Executive Council, asked what the section could do to protect services specific to the family court system.“While I applaud the effort on a global scale to try to get funded, our section and the people we represent don’t want to lose their services,” he said. “I imagine there are similar people in the criminal section, in the probate section, in other sections, that are saying, ‘How do we hold on to our services?’”Lubitz answered that individual advocacy for specific services with the legislature could be effective, but the entire system should be the priority.“I think that if each of the various groups fights for just their piece, then I think we’re in trouble,” he added. “If we get case management in the family area, but we don’t have court administration. . . then the system won’t work. I think if we break into various groups, each clawing for their own piece of it, that could unravel the system.”Bar President Aronovitz, who attended the executive council meeting to make a Dignity in Law presentation, added, “This is such a critically important issue.. . . We need to get excited about this.. . . “We need to get the message out to the legislature that banks aren’t going to be able to go to court to prosecute foreclosures. Landlord/tenant evictions aren’t going to take place. The criminal court justice system is going to really be hindered in its ability to prosecute cases. It’s a very, very frustrating situation.“We all know in our communities members of the House and Senate. It’s really important now, more than ever, that you pick up the phone and call somebody you know. Go have a cup of coffee with them. Explain to them your practice and how you practice law, how you move your cases through the family courts and how our judicial system works, and how vitally important what Rob is talking about is.“If we don’t do it, nobody’s going to do it.” October 1, 2002 Assistant Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Best Practices: Community involvement with Denver Community Credit Union

first_imgAs financial institutions look to better-implement their brand footprint in the communities they serve, increasing importance is placed on community involvement. This isn’t old-school community involvement where you could get away with having a table or booth at an event with a couple of passive employees handing out flyers. Community involvement that works well in 2017 is defined much more by proactive, deeper-level meaningful interaction between bank or credit union staff and the populations they serve.A terrific example of this comes from Denver Community Credit Union (Denver, CO; $315 million assets; 25,000 members). In its quest for community involvement, Denver Community focuses on a number of key areas including financial education and a heightened awareness of the brand.“Since Denver Community implemented a financial education program in 2005, it has reached tens of thousands of people with the message of financial empowerment,” said Helen Gibson, VP of Marketing and Education. “In 2016, 2,395 people attended classes at the credit union, listened to podcasts, or participated in financial coaching.” continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

NextGen Know-How: A framework for better, shorter meetings

first_img continue reading » I work with many organizations, and a common complaint from leaders is that they have to attend too many meetings. They often say that they can’t get their real work done because there is no space in the day to actually think and execute. But what if you could make your meetings much more effective and productive while also reducing the number of unnecessary and ineffective meetings? There is a way!Regular meetings (whether in person or by conference call) can be very effective for reinforcing goals, keeping employees on track, asking questions and removing obstacles. They’re also a great opportunity to coach your team. In my experience, leaders who don’t have a regular forum to discuss the progress of goals quickly lose track of what their team is doing. Employees can become disconnected, overwhelmed and confused.However, not all meetings are useful, and poor planning, poor facilitation and lack of follow-up cause most meetings to be a waste of time. To make the most of meetings, you need to have clarity around what you want to accomplish.One of the most important responsibilities of a leader is to create clarity. Your job is to communicate the larger purpose and goals of the organization in a way that clearly connects your team to that vision. Clarity allows people to take action. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more