Australian Lieutenant Commander Marks 40 Years in Defence Force

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Commander View post tag: Lieutenant View post tag: $40 View post tag: Force Lieutenant Commander John Sperring, a long-term resident at the Australian Hydrographic Office, celebrated 40 years in Australian Defence Force (ADF) service on 6th March 2013.Originally in the Army for 12 ½ years, John reached the rank of Warrant Officer, primarily in Army Intelligence but also served in the Infantry as a machine gunner, a orderly room clerk and a police investigator serving overseas in Malaysia.John then spent 10 years in the Royal Australian Air Force, teaching intelligence courses before spending 2 ½ years with the Jindalee over-the-horizon-radar team as its first intelligence officer, operations officer and relief Executive Office. He retired from the RAAF after working for Navy in the then Joint Intelligence Centre and Maritime Intelligence Centre as a watch officer during the 1st Gulf War.While John was working as a Combat Systems Operator (INTEL) with (the then) Captain Russ Crane, he was persuaded to do the service trifecta and joined the Navy Reserve as an INTEL Officer at Maritime Headquarters.In November 1995, John joined the Australian Hydrographic Office in Wollongong, working for (the then) Captain Geoff Geraghty and Lieutenant Brett Brace; Lieutenant Brace has since gone on to become Commodore Brace and, in January of this year, became the Hydrographer of Australia.During John’s time in the Australian Hydrographic Service he has filled a number of staff positions across operations, hydrographic development, executive support, and capability including management of Navy reserve time in the branch.“I have enjoyed my time at the Hydrographic Office, in fact my time through all three services. It is a point of pride for me that I have this great collection of hats. There are no retirement plans in my immediate future. I am happy to continue to work in areas that I am needed, balancing it with my passion for travelling.” said John.The Australian Hydrographic Service is an element of the Royal Australian Navy. It is the national hydrographic authority responsible for the production and publication of nautical charts and hydrographic information to enable safe navigation of all ships in Australia’s waters.The Royal Australian Navy operates six hydrographic survey ships and a laser airborne depth sounder aircraft. The output of these units contributes to the navigational safety products produced by the Australian Hydrographic Service.The Australian Hydrographic Service headquarters is in Wollongong, NSW. From there they construct and publish Australia’s official paper nautical charts, electronic navigational charts, nautical publications such as tide tables and the seafarer’s handbook for Australian waters. More than 200,000 nautical products are distributed by the Australian Hydrographic Service each year.[mappress]Australian Navy, March 26, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian Lieutenant Commander Marks 40 Years in Defence Force View post tag: Defencecenter_img March 26, 2013 Share this article View post tag: Australian Australian Lieutenant Commander Marks 40 Years in Defence Force View post tag: years View post tag: Markslast_img read more

Next Freedom Variant LCS to Bear the Name USS Indianapolis

first_img View post tag: next Secretary of the U.S. Navy Ray Mabus announced on August 16th that the next Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) will be named USS Indianapolis.USS Indianapolis, designated LCS 17, will be the fourth ship to bear the name. The previous Indianapolis is best known for its role in World War II, where it operated from Pearl Harbor and throughout the Pacific escorting convoys and attacking enemy submarines.Indianapolis’ service ended when it was sunk by a Japanese torpedo minutes after midnight July 30, 1945. Only 317 of the 1,196 sailors serving aboard the ship survived after five days afloat in the Pacific Ocean. Indianapolis earned 10 battle stars for the ship’s distinguished World War II service.“I chose to name this ship Indianapolis because of the legacy this name holds,” Mabus said. “When people hear Indianapolis, they will be reminded of the incredible bravery and sense of duty with which our men and women in uniform serve.”LCSs are designed to defeat littoral threats, and provide access and dominance in coastal waters. A fast, agile surface combatant, LCS provides war fighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute focused missions close to the shore, such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and surface warfare.Indianapolis will be built with modular design incorporating mission packages that can be changed out quickly as combat needs demand. These mission packages are supported by detachments that deploy manned and unmanned vehicles, and sensors in support of mine, undersea and surface warfare missions.Construction of LCS 17 is contingent upon Congressional authorization and appropriation of fiscal year 2014 funding. The ship will be 388 feet long, have a waterline beam length of 58 feet and make speeds in excess of 40 knots. The construction will be led by a Lockheed Martin industry team in Marinette, Wis.[mappress]Press Release, August 18, 2013; Image: Navy Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Next Freedom Variant LCS to Bear the Name USS Indianapolis View post tag: LCS View post tag: Bear View post tag: Defence View post tag: Variant Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: Freedomcenter_img View post tag: name View post tag: Defense View post tag: News by topic August 18, 2013 Next Freedom Variant LCS to Bear the Name USS Indianapolis View post tag: Indianapolis View post tag: USS View post tag: Naval View post tag: usalast_img read more

USA: Dallas-Fort Worth Navy Week 2014 Commences

first_img View post tag: Navy USA: Dallas-Fort Worth Navy Week 2014 Commences View post tag: worth View post tag: 2014 Dallas-Fort Worth Navy Week 2014 kicked off April 21 with a Mayoral proclamation at Dallas’ city hall. View post tag: Dallas-Fort April 22, 2014 View post tag: News by topic Vice Adm. David Dunaway, commander, Naval Air Systems Command, along with Sailors from USS Dallas (SSN 700), USS Texas (SSN 775) and area residents, attended the ceremony.The Navy Week program is designed to raise awareness about the Navy in areas that traditionally do not have a naval presence and include community relations projects, speaking engagements and media interviews with flag hosts and area Sailors.“The purpose of this Navy Week is to remind Americans of the value their Navy brings to securing and protecting America on the world’s oceans,” said the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Juan Garcia, III. “The Sailors you see, meet and interact with this week represent the tens of thousands of young men and women serving in the U.S. Navy, deployed around the world around the clock, and defending America at all times.”Dallas-Fort Worth locals will be able to meet with Sailors from the Leap Frogs, the Blue Angels, USS Constitution (the world’s oldest commissioned warship) USS Dallas (SSN 700), USS Texas (SSN 775) and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3).Senior Navy leaders also participating in events throughout the week include Rear Adm. John Sadler, vice commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, and Rear Adm. Raquel Bono, director, National Capital Region Medical Directive.Dallas-Fort Worth Navy Week will bring with it several assets to demonstrate its capabilities to the public. The Leap Frogs (US Navy’s Parachute Team) is planning to make several jumps. Navy Band Mid-South will be putting on performances throughout the week. Sailors from USS Constitution, USS Dallas (SSN 700), USS Texas (SSN 775) and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) will be participating in various outreach events such as community relations projects. [mappress]Press Release, April 22, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: Commences Share this article View post tag: Naval View post tag: week Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Dallas-Fort Worth Navy Week 2014 Commences last_img read more

Form: VCSE health and wellbeing fund 2019 to 2020: how to apply

first_img adopt community and person-centred approaches to improving the mental health of children and young people aged 0 to 25 years particularly support children and young people through life-changing events have strong local connections already in place be delivered by the VCSE sector be co-produced with service users and stakeholders Applications are invited from existing schemes to trial a new approach to helping children and young people with their mental health. The deadline for applications is midday on Friday 15 February 2019.Projects should: Through this programme, the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and Public Health England are working with VCSE organisations to promote equality, address health inequalities and support the wellbeing of people, families and communities.last_img read more

Icing on the Cake: with Gerhard Jenne

first_imgGerhard Jenne is the founder of Konditor & Cook. He has previously written for                                     British Baker’s Great British Blog Off, and now provides weekly commentary for the website.Gerhard Jenne founded Konditor & Cook in 1993. During his apprenticeship as a konditor (pastry chef) in Munich, Gerhard developed a taste for fine and indulgent cakes, contrasting with an interest in healthy, savoury whole food.last_img

Changing the climate of environmental law

first_imgAfter the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the ensuing reorganization of the Department of the Interior, Frances Ulmer, a member of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, turned to Harvard Law School’s Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic. She asked the clinic to recommend best practices for regulating offshore drilling. “I leapt at the opportunity,” says Wendy B. Jacobs ’81, clinical professor of law and director of the clinic, who chooses complex projects that will challenge her students and provide opportunities to present their work to high-level officials — opportunities they would get nowhere else. “It was timely, and presented a novel and critically important set of issues.”In a single semester, three students under Jacobs’ direction analyzed 40 regulatory regimes and traveled to Washington, D.C., to present recommendations to the Department of the Interior and congressional staffers. They did such a remarkable job that last year, the clinic was asked to consider ways to predict whether companies proposing to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic would do so safely and in an environmentally protective way.  A new group of students worked with Jacobs to develop such a set of indicators. Their report, released in December, suggests ways to protect the environment from the impact of routine drilling as well as major oil spills, and is currently being circulated among legislators and regulators. They’re not the only ones headed to D.C. This spring, in a course on advanced environmental law taught by Richard J. Lazarus ’79, the Howard J. and Katherine W. Aibel Professor of Law, two dozen Harvard Law students spent four weeks studying the record and briefs in an environmental case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, traveled to D.C. to attend the oral argument at the court, met immediately after the argument with  Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr. ’79 to discuss oral argument and decision-making at the court, and then went to a meeting at the U.S. Department of Justice with  Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., who had argued the case before the Supreme Court that morning. “The idea is that you don’t just read a Supreme Court opinion here at Harvard Law School,” says Lazarus, who has argued 13 cases before the high court and served as counsel in more than 40 cases at the court, including one related to the case they are studying. “You actually immerse yourself in the process that leads to those decisions because that teaches so much more.” And last month, Kate Konschnik, director of the new Environmental Law Program Policy Initiative, who wrote a fracking-related report on the failures of the voluntary chemical disclosure registry, FracFocus, was in Washington, D.C., testifying before a federal task force on how the registry should be improved if states will be relying on it.Having that level of influence and access is the hallmark of the HLS Environmental Law and Policy Program (ELP), founded and directed by Jody Freeman, LL.M. ’91, S.J.D. ’95, the Archibald Cox Professor of Law who served in the Obama administration as counselor for Energy and Climate Change. “One of my goals is to be the very best program in the world for environmental law and energy law and climate law, and that means training our students better than anyone else and equipping them to go out into the world and engage on these issues,” says Freeman. HLS did not have a particular focus on environmental law before Freeman. Now, the ELP has become an internationally recognized leader with three intersecting parts: the academic side with world-renowned faculty and innovative courses, an unparalleled clinical program that gives students hands-on training in real cases, and the new Policy Initiative, which provides nonpartisan legal analysis and policy advice to federal and state agencies, and currently is focused on fracking and state clean energy laws. With the recent addition to the program of Lazarus and Konschnik, the former Chief Environmental Counsel to U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Freeman has assembled what she calls her “dream team.”Read the full story in Harvard Law Today.last_img read more

Phantom Will Get the Small Screen Treatment

first_img Related Shows The show will not be a tuner, but rather a one-hour scripted drama based on Gaston Leroux’s novel. Rest assured, it will still contain musical elements. Think ABC’s other music drama, Nashville, but with less country and presumably more chandeliers. And maybe organs. View Comments No timeline has been announced for the potential series, but while you wait, you can check out The Phantom of the Opera—the musical, that is—at the Majestic Theatre, where it has been playing on Broadway for over 26 years. The current cast includes Norm Lewis and Mary Michael Patterson. The Phantom of the Opera is here….inside your screen. ABC has picked up a Phantom of the Opera-themed pilot set in (wait for it) the modern-day music business. Yes, Christine Daae is going Platinum. According to TVLine, First Date composers Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner will pen the screenplay, with Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry executive producing alongside Sabrina Wind. The Phantom of the Opera from $29.00last_img read more

Ruter Wins Award.

first_img John Ruter University of Georgia professor John M. Ruter will receive the prestigious D.W. BrooksAward for Excellence in Public Service for research Oct. 2 in Athens, Ga.Ruter is a professor of horticulture and a researcher at the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, Ga.In 1990, he began developing applied and basic research programs to support Georgia’scontainer and field nursery industries. He developed a nursery crop production researchsite which as become a design model for the industry.The research Ruter has developed in this facility includes a “Pot-In-Pot”production system for container-grown plants that reduces environmental stress on theplants’ root system. The system provides an inexpensive insulating layer around the potcontaining the root system of the growing plant. As a result, the plant’s roots have lowertemperatures and use less water, fewer plants are lost to toppling and growers and plantsgrow faster. The economic impact of the system is estimated at $45 million.National LeaderRuter is a national leader in developing improved fertilization and irrigationstrategies for the container nursery industry. The importance of the research is magnifiedby concerns about nutrient concentrations in runoff water. His research in slow-releasefertilizer formulations will save an estimated 30 million pounds of fertilizer use inGeorgia alone. His research is helping growers cope with a diminishing water supply andreducing the risk of contaminating groundwater.Another challenge facing the industry was cutting down on the amount of plastic wasteending up in landfills. Ruter’s research investigated using copper hydroxide-impregnatedfiber containers and expanded the market of fiber pots. He showed that fiber potsincreased plant growth over plastic pots and increased the growers’ profits. Ruter’sresearch is a benchmark for sensible scientific effort towards resolving emergingenvironmental concerns.D.W. Brooks Awards, LectureThe annual Brooks awards are presented to UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences faculty who excel in teaching, research, extension and international agriculture.The awards include a framed certificate and a $5,000 cash award. Other honorees this yearare: Eddie McGriff, county extension programming; Michael Dirr, teaching; Steve L. Brown,extension; and Manjeet Chinnan, international agriculture.Before the awards ceremony, William F. Kirk, vice president of DuPont BiosolutionsEnterprise, will deliver the D.W. Brooks Lecture: “The 21st Century — AnAgribusiness Odyssey.”The lecture and awards are named for the late D.W. Brooks, founder and chairmanemeritus of Gold Kist, Inc., and founder of Cotton States Mutual Insurance Companies.Brooks was an advisor on agriculture and trade issues to seven U.S. presidents. File Photolast_img read more

Want to succeed in the future? Question everything

first_img continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr For Tom Goodwin, executive vice president of innovation for Zenith Media USA, digital transformation is a frame of mind.There’s a difference between digitalization versus digital transformation, he tells CO-OP Think 17 in New York.Digital transformation is not about adding “digital garnish” to the consumer experience, it’s about wholly rethinking how you deliver value, he notes.To frame the idea further, Goodwin asks, “What would your business look like if you set it up today?”When you think about the most transformative products and companies in recent times such as Amazon, Tesla, and Uber, many of their leaders did not come from within the industry that they’re now dominating, he says.“Have they succeeded despite this lack of experience or because of it?” Goodwin asks.Some of Goodwin’s thoughts on digital transformation:last_img read more

Workplace Insight: Employees want choice in the workplace

first_imgYour workforce consists of a diverse group of people who perform very different types of work, and as technology advances the nature of their work continually shifts. Where employees once performed routine task-based work they are now responsible for more dynamic and collaborative projects. One of the major consequences of this shift is that workplaces no longer support many people’s day-to-day work.The credit union industry is no exception to this – through our research, including surveys of nearly 1,300 credit union employees, we’ve found that only 54% of employees perform most or all of their work in a single setting. Nearly half of the workforce is mobile, meaning they work from multiple locations, yet a staggering two-thirds of these workers don’t feel that they are supported in this working style from either a physical or cultural perspective.These numbers represent a barrier to working productively. But as the current pandemic and shift to remote work has show us, with an incredible 43% increase in productivity, is that employees understand what they need in order to be productive. You can trust your employees to make choices around their workplace, an in return you’ll have a more productive and engaged workforce.But how can you replicate this freedom and flexibility in the office? 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more