SNMG2 Task Unit 02 Enters Black Sea for SEA BREEZE

first_img View post tag: SNMG2 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: 02 View post tag: SEA BREEZE View post tag: americas Back to overview,Home naval-today SNMG2 Task Unit 02 Enters Black Sea for SEA BREEZE Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO Task Unit 02 (SNMG2 TU.02), part of NATO’s four Standing Maritime Forces, entered the Black Sea to participate in the U.S./Ukraine-led Exercise SEA BREEZE and enhance NATO’s solidarity and readiness in the region. SNMG2 Task Unit 02 Enters Black Sea for SEA BREEZE View post tag: Black Sea Authorities Share this article View post tag: Navy September 8, 2014 View post tag: Naval Task Unit 02 presently consists of the Canadian frigate HMCS TORONTO and the Spanish frigate ESPS ALMIRANTE JUAN DE BORBON. They remain under the overall command of COM SNMG2 Rear Admiral Brad Williamson (USA N).“During our deployment in the Black Sea, we look forward to working closely with both Allied and partner naval forces,” said the commanding officer of HMCS TORONTO, Commander Jason Armstrong. “Our deployment, building upon Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group TWO’s deployment in July, continues to demonstrate Allied commitment to collective defence.”Exercise SEA BREEZE 2014 is a scheduled multinational naval exercise conducted to improve interoperability while promoting regional stability and security, strengthening international military partnerships, and fostering trust among forces and personnel of participating nations. The two NATO ships will participate alongside ships from Ukraine, the United States, Romania, Turkey, and Georgia.[mappress]Press Release, September 08, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: Task Unit View post tag: enterslast_img read more


first_imgBUDDY BASEBALL PERFORMANCE — Dr. Walter F. Robinson School’s 5th and 6th grade choir coordinated by Mrs. Pelliccia gave an amazing performance at this year’s opening day of Buddy Baseball. This year marks the 5th year for this amazing program. From everyone at Robinson, we wish the players a fantastic season. ×last_img

Humane Society of Ocean City: Pets of the Week

first_imgHarry is an affectionate male cat who just wants to snuggle up with the right person. Here are two pets in need of homes at the Humane Society of Ocean City. These are their descriptions from shelter employees.Harry the cat…Harry is a handsome 5-year-old neutered male. He is a black and white domestic long-haired cat. He is declawed on his front feet. Harry is a shy guy, but once he gets to know you he loves to snuggle in your lap. He is good with other cats, but requires a prescription diet, so he might be a better candidate for an only-cat household. He could possibly fine with a cat-friendly dog. He would do best in a home without young children.Molly the dog….Molly is a female basset hound/German shepherd mix who is about four years old. She is confident and outgoing. Molly loves everyone as much as she loves exploring. Molly is a happy and playful girl, with plenty of energy to spend romping in the yard or exploring the neighborhood with you. Fetch, tug, and belly rubs are her favorites.She walks well on a leash. Molly is intelligent and learns well. Being a basset hound, she can be a bit stubborn at times, but very friendly, and her German shepherd side makes her loyal and attentive. Molly is a sturdy girl, inside and out, as she is built like a basset hound, with the coloring of a shepherd. Not much seems to bother Molly. Molly is looking for a home with an active family, though kids should be 12 or older as Molly’s play can be a bit rough. A fenced yard is preferred because she likes to explore and “follow her nose.”The Humane Society of Ocean City is located at 1 Shelter Road. For more information call (609) 398-9500 or visit, a basset hound/German shepherd mix is in need of a good home. She can be found at the Humane Society of Ocean City.last_img read more

Teens charged with armed robbery after iPhone sale set up

first_img Facebook Teens charged with armed robbery after iPhone sale set up Twitter (“Cuffs4” by banspy, Attribution 2.0 Generic) Two Elkhart teenagers are accused of stealing another teen’s cash at gunpoint during what he thought was an iPhone sale in the area of Benham and Indiana.The victim told an officer, last week, he was approached by two people who said they wanted to see the cash first.When he removed the envelope from his glovebox and showed them the $700, one of the man pulled a gun, and told him it was loaded.The men reached inside and grabbed the money and ran off, with the victim giving chase, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at The Elkhart Truth.The victim said he pushed over the one who had the money in hand and the bills flew all over.Keondra Harris, 17, and Elijah Coleman, 17, are charged with armed robbery and resisting law enforcement.Read more about the teens’ arrests from the original story published by The Elkhart Truth. Facebook Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – March 31, 2021 1 161 Google+ Twitter IndianaLocalNews Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleUPDATE: Amber Alert cancelled, boy found safeNext articlePlanning for fans in the stands at the Indy 500 Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Letter: BSB responds to call for sugar legislation

first_imgBritish Baker has followed the sugar debate closely, and when campaign group Action on Sugar called for sugar tax and reductions in food, we asked bakers what they thought. Jim Brown from the British Society of Baking writes to express his views on the ongoing sugar dispute. Dear Sir,Ref: War on sugar could pose a new headacheI read with interest Lesley’s Viewpoint and the poll on sugar reduction reference the sugar in food debate in the 27 June issue of British Baker.Given the difficulty and cost of doing so and the doubtful effect it would have on the so called ‘obesity epidemic’, I was surprised that “Nearly two-thirds of online pollsters would be happy to reduce the levels of sugar in their baking to help tackle obesity, in line with controversial proposals made by campaigners this week”. What sections of the baking industry did the pollsters represent and how many pollsters took part?One of my concerns is that there seems to be a lack of distinction between over-eating and unhealthy-eating in many of the comments on sugar and obesity. To my mind, as alluded to by Richard Pike of British Sugar, obesity is caused by over-eating – consuming more calories than the energy you expend in work, play and exercise can use up. It does not matter if you are eating a balanced diet or an unhealthy diet, if you over-eat you will become obese. The danger in continuing to say that sugar, or any other food ingredient, is responsible for the ‘obesity epidemic’, is in making obese people think ‘I am not fat because I am over-eating – it is because of the things manufacturers are putting in the food I eat. Why cannot they change the food so I can eat as much of it as I want without getting obese?’ Sadly the extent of over-consumption of food by many people, both adults and children, is such that no reduction of sugar or any other ingredient in food products will bring them back to a balanced calorie intake and output. This can only be done by reducing their food intake.One of the principal strategies in fighting the ‘obesity epidemic’ and improving health, should be getting consumers to take responsibility for both their diet and the amount of food they eat. As Mike Holling of the Craft Bakers’ Association said in your article: “You can put up as many guidelines as you want, but it comes down to the people involved as regards their lifestyle choices and what they eat.” Mike also advocated discussion between the campaigners and the industry.In a debate on food and health at Foodex 2014, chaired by Michael Portillo, in answer to a question on the commitment of the baking industry to improving the public’s health, the response from chairman of the BSB Sara Autton included: “The aspect of a balanced diet seems to have dropped off the agenda with some consumers. The baking industry can make a good contribution towards the nation’s health in conjunction with the education of consumers as to what a healthy balanced diet is, and how they can adopt it easily and in a way that they can afford.”This is not to say that no action should be taken on sugar, and soft drinks are an obvious target. Gradually reducing the sugar in soft drinks is a good idea to get consumers used to the reduced sweetness. Targeting ‘hidden’ sugar in other foods, for example breakfast cereals, is also a good idea, but again it may require a gradual reduction. How much benefit there would be in reducing sugar in bakery confectionery products, which are regarded as treats rather than a consumer’s main diet, is very difficult to say. In a presentation entitled ‘The Sugar Debate’ at the BSB 2014 autumn conference, Gary Tucker, of Campden BRI, will discuss sugar functionality in bakery products and how it can be replaced with other ingredients if a reduced sugar product is required; and that may provide some of the answers.The obesity crisis is a modern phenomenon related to the affluence of consumers and their more sedentary lifestyle, yet the products bakers produce have been consumed for a great many years without any apparent health or obesity problems. As stated already, unless consumers take responsibility for what they eat and how much they eat, their weight control and health will not improve and any changes bakers make to the products they produce will be to no avail.Jim BrownBritish Society of Bakinglast_img read more

Edmond J. Safra graduate fellowships in ethics 2011-12

first_imgApplications are invited from graduate students who are writing dissertations or are engaged in major research on topics in practical ethics, especially ethical issues in architecture, business, education, government, law, medicine, public health, public policy, and religion. Students should be enrolled in a doctoral program of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or in one of Harvard’s professional schools, and should have completed all course requirements and general examinations before the start of the fellowship year. In professions such as law or medicine, where a doctoral dissertation is not required for an academic career, advanced students taking leaves of absence, recent graduates, and Harvard affiliates engaged in postgraduate training are also eligible.The deadline is Nov. 12. For more information, call 617.496.0587, email [email protected], or visit the Graduate Fellowship Program’s website.last_img read more

Harvard Foundation unveils new portrait

first_imgA portrait of Chester Middlebrook Pierce ’48, M.D. ’52, was the latest to be unveiled in the Harvard Foundation’s Portraiture Project. In a Nov. 5 event, co-sponsored by the Harvard Black Men’s Forum, S. Allen Counter, director of the foundation, revealed the new portrait. Diana L. Eck, professor of comparative religion and Indian studies, offered welcome remarks. Other speakers included Eric Smith ’13, president of the Harvard Black Men’s Forum, and Steve Coit ’71, portrait artist. Closing remarks were provided remarks by Pierce, professor of psychiatry and education emeritus.The goal of the Portraiture Project is to reflect the diversity of individuals who have served Harvard University for 25 years or more with distinction by honoring their notable service with a portrait. Those honored include (but are not limited to) persons of African American, Asian American, Latino American, and Native American backgrounds who deserve special recognition. The Portraiture Committee is chaired by the Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes and coordinated by Counter, and its members consist of Harvard College students and faculty.Pierce is one of Harvard’s most distinguished graduates. He has served on the faculties of Harvard Medical School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Harvard School of Public Health. He spent 41 years as a Harvard professor, and is revered by his many students as a brilliant, scholarly, kind, and humble professor who brought great dignity and honor to his profession and to the Harvard community. His portrait resides in the Junior Common Room of Lowell House, Pierce’s residence hall while a student.For a complete list of portraits, visit the Harvard Foundation.last_img read more

A public health approach to stemming gun violence

first_img Read Full Story In the wake of a mass shooting on Oct. 1 in Las Vegas that left at least 59 people dead and more than 500 injured, David Hemenway, professor of health policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, offered insights on the public health approach to gun control.Are mass shootings becoming more frequent and more deadly in the U.S.?Public mass shootings, such as what just happened in Las Vegas and in last year’s shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Florida have become more frequent. Unfortunately, it appears that these killings are somewhat contagious.They also seem to be becoming more deadly—largely because of the weaponry at the killers’ disposal. The Las Vegas shooter had 47 guns in his hotel room—all purchased legally—including at least one that could fire at 9 rounds per second.But while these mass shootings are horrific, from a public health perspective, the daily toll of gun homicides, accidents, and suicides is more of a concern.How can gun violence be tackled from a public health perspective?A lesson from public health is that it is usually more effective to change the environment than to try to change people. The U.S. should use the same harm reduction approach to gun violence that it uses to treat other public health threats, like automobile crashes or air pollution — employing a wide variety of methods to reduce the problem.It is very easy in this country for people to get guns, even the deadliest weapons. The Harvard Injury Control Research Center found that 22 percent of gun owners obtained their most recent gun without a background check. And, unfortunately, background checks in the United States seem to be the weakest of any high-income country.In Australia, after the massacre of 35 people in Port Arthur 21 years ago, Australians said, “Enough is enough.” What made a difference was that a conservative prime minister led the effort. They banned the weapons most commonly used in their mass shootings—semiautomatic and pump-action rifles—and bought back those that people already owned. And they tightened their gun laws. While they had 13 gun massacres in the two decades before the Port Author massacre, in the two decades since, they have had none. Australia has also seen dramatic drops in both firearm homicide and firearm suicide….You’ve spoken out against the ban on using federal funds for research into gun violence. How might more research help improve safety?Research matters …We need to find ways to stop gun thefts — currently some 300,000 or more guns are stolen each year, a prime way they get into the criminal marketplace. We need to improve gun storage to help stop guns from getting into the wrong hands. Gun theft could also be reduced by constructing guns that won’t operate if stolen. We need to work with trainers to ensure that gun training programs are effective — not only in reducing accidents but also in leading to reductions in gun theft and gun suicide.—Amy Roederlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s awards students in honor of sisters

first_imgSeven Saint Mary’s students received service awards for outstanding community service at an awards banquet April 9. Five students were recognized with volunteer service awards for exemplary leadership and dedication to the community within different concentrations. Two students also received awards for their work in the College Academy of Tutoring (CAT) program. Senior Olivia Pahl received the Sr. Christine Healy, CSC Award for Service to Women. Connie Adams, director of the Belles Against Violence Office, said she nominated Pahl for her commitment to empowering women and particularly for her longtime involvement with local nonprofit S-O-S.  According to the S-O-S website, the group is an offshoot of the Family Justice Center in South Bend, which offers services to victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse and provides educational presentations to local schools. “Olivia [Pahl] has overseen the development, marketing, implementation and evaluation of [S-O-S],” Adams said. “Olivia has a passion for empowering women and has truly impacted not only Saint Mary’s, but the larger Michiana community.” The Sr. Olivette Whalen, CSC Award for General Service was presented to senior Haley Van Der Linden. Dr. Kurt Buhring, associate professor of religious studies, spoke about Van Der Linden’s extensive work with St. Margaret’s House, a center for women in South Bend, and her leadership role within Saint Mary’s Environmental Action Coalition. The Sr. Kathleen Anne Nelligan, CSC Award for Spiritual Service went to senior Cassandralee Fill.  Regina Wilson, associate director of Saint Mary’s campus ministry, said Fill displayed leadership as a peer minister and through involvement in faith-based programs at Saint Mary’s.  “Fill … has served the spiritual needs and faith life of the Saint Mary’s community graciously and generously since she arrived as a first year student,” Wilson said. “She is always willing to serve the prayer life of the community and to share her faith in ways that will encourage others to live their faith sincerely.” The recipient of the Sr. Maria Concepta McDermott, CSC Award for Service in Education was Elizabeth Litke, who was recognized for her extensive service in the education community at Saint Mary’s and overseas. Mary Ann Traxler, professor and chair of the education department and Karen Van Meter, professional specialist in the education department, nominated Litke. Traxler said Litke served as a student teacher, weekly volunteer at the South Bend Center for the Homeless, three-year volunteer in the CAT program and swimming lesson instructor. Additionally, Litke designed and implemented her own service project. Senior Karah Susnak recieved the Sr. Olivia Marie Hutcheson, CSC Award for Service in the Health Field.  Ella Sue Harmeyer, associate professor of nursing, said Susnak has a professional manner and compassion for people who lack access to proper healthcare. “Karah’s style of nursing practice is easy, comfortable, competent, mature, responsible and professional. … I have no doubt Karah will continue to be a positive advocate for populations that do not have easy access to health care, doing so with a respect for human dignity and sincere compassion for each individual for which she cares,” she said. Senior Kathryn Klinker received the Outstanding Graduating CAT Scholar Award.  “Katie [Klinker] has worked tirelessly in the CAT program since 2010 as a teacher’s assistant and afterschool tutor at Coquillard Traditional School,” director of the CAT program Jessica Bulosan said. Senior Shelby Cornett was presented with the Patricia Arch Green Award.  Bulosan said Cornett completed more than 600 hours in the CAT program as a teacher’s assistant and afterschool tutor, in addition to participating in other service projects. “Shelby’s creativity, energy and generosity have been incredible assets to the CAT program over her four years of involvement,” Bulosan said. Sr. Veronique Wiedower, the Saint Mary’s vice-president for mission, said the namesakes of the awards were leaders within the Holy Cross Congregation. “The sisters for whom the awards are named were leaders in the Congregation at many levels,” Wiedower said. “[W]e remember their giftedness that expressed itself through service.” Wiedower said she was proud of the award winners’ efforts to make a difference in their communities. “The Saint Mary’s students we honor tonight stand on strong shoulders,” Wiedower said. “I venture to say that they are developing strong shoulders themselves by the service they have undertaken to make a difference in their own time and place. I am pleased and humbled to call them my sister Belles of Saint Mary’s.”last_img read more

Faculty members examine implications of flipped classroom, library research

first_imgAssociate professor of nursing science Annette Peacock-Johnson asked her students to give a new learning approach their best shot, while chair of the social work program Frances Kominkiewicz collaborated with librarian Sue Wiegand to check out new research techniques.All three faculty members presented their findings at a colloquium on Friday at Saint Mary’s.Peacock-Johnson said she employed a flipped-classroom approach when teaching her students about diabetes mellitus to determine how she could most effectively use class time.“Obviously, the traditional method is where the teacher instructs, the students take notes, the students follow guided instruction and the teacher gives an assessment, such as an assignment or some sort of an exam,” she said. “In the flipped classroom, the students do some sort of learning activities outside of or before class in preparation that could include video podcasts or exploration websites. In class, it’s all about problem-solving activities that can be done in small groups.”Peacock-Johnson said she administered quizzes before and after class to ensure her students were actively listening to the out-of-class lectures and benefitting from discussions with their peers.“It does no good to assign them to look at podcasts … and they don’t prepare,” she said. “I then followed it up at the end of class to see if there was a difference in terms of their learning after we did the in-class discussion and group problem-solving.”She said the flipped-classroom approach enabled her to connect more with her students and provide them with individual attention.“I loved the interaction,” she said. “It was wonderful being able to circulate and to go individually into the groups and see what their thinking was and what they were coming up with.”According to Peacock-Johnson, one major limitation of the flipped classroom method was that some students felt as though they no longer needed to complete the assigned reading before class.“They would watch the videocast, but they wouldn’t do the readings,” she said. “That wouldn’t help them glean some of the content from their text, which is still important.”Collaborating with others posed a challenge for some of her students, according to Peacock-Johnson.“Students working in groups was great when everyone participated,” she said. “It was hard to get a lot out of the class when people didn’t participate, so that was a difficult issue. One of the things I’ve discussed with faculty in my department is what to do about small groups because I let them self-select, and when they self-select, they go with their buddies, who may or may not be good interactive teachers.”Peacock-Johnson said implementing the flipped classroom approach can be difficult at first, but seeing students take ownership of their learning makes the challenge worth it.“It’s very time-intensive initially,” she said. “It takes a whole lot of time to put together the recordings, to select the case studies, to develop the quizzes. The upside is once you have that created, then you just have to tweak it.”Peacock-Johnson said she was pleased to find that many students adapted well to the flipped classroom approach.“The evidence from this study suggests that the flipped classroom can be a very effective teaching methodology,” she said.Wiegand said she and Kominkiewicz began their project — researching the effects of integrating student learning through library and classroom instruction — in 2002.“We have progressed through the years in various ways,” Wiegand said. “We have collaborations with Notre Dame librarians now. We want to encourage collaboration with faculty.”According to Wiegand, librarians and professors who work together can provide students with the most comprehensive understanding of the material, particularly in social work classes when librarians’ expertise about research comes in handy. “Our research is to investigate students seeking information and to improve how students can find research in the library,” Wiegand said. According to Kominkiewicz, librarians are an invaluable asset to professors, as they bring new insights and fresh perspectives to the traditional classroom setting.“The issue that we have is that we’re seeing some of our resources dwindle in some areas, and so we’ve had to go outside and collaborate with each other basically,” she said. “So much of what I end up doing has so much to do with assessment, evaluation and learning outcomes. Without Sue’s help … we would have never been able to get this far.”Kominkiewicz said Wiegand’s assistance has solidified her students’ understanding of the social work field while supplying them with a fortified understanding of how to conduct useful research.“We have to prove that there are competencies that have been achieved, not just knowledge or values or skills,” Kominkiewicz said. “We have to make sure that students are going to be able to be ethical in their work.”According to Kominkiewicz, Wiegand provides her students with a comprehensive overview of effective research practices that will prepare them for the social work field.“I can’t go out and start working in a clinical setting, and neither can the students until they have done that research review and know what some of the studies are and how to work with particular individual social issues,” Kominkiewicz said.Wiegand said she helps students research topics such as social policy by assisting them in tracing the development and implications of various laws. She said she encourages students to think critically about the factors that surround the composition of a bill.“Look for the funding,” Wiegand said. “Even if you’re just doing a strategic plan, there has to be some funding appropriated for that.”Kominkiewicz said her students’ satisfaction with Wiegand’s involvement in her classes is evident.“The students have really appreciated being able to go to our library and know that that’s where we sit down with our library faculty and talk about what they’re missing, what they have to do and where they have to go to find things,” Kominkiewicz said. “A lot of it is free online, so they just need to know how to do that.”Tags: flipped classroom, Library, nursing, research, social worklast_img read more