May 1, 2014 View post tag: Counterdrug View post tag: Groningen HNLMS Groningen left the port of Den Helder on April 28th bound for the Caribbean, where the patrol vessel will operate as guard ship. On the way there, the crew of HNLMS Groningen will carry out a strenuous exercise programme. View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today HNLMS Groningen Heads for Counterdrug Operations View post tag: Naval In Lisbon, HNLMS Groningen will train with other countries that take part in the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre-Narcotics (MAOC-N). This alliance of 7 European countries (France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom) combats drugs transports along the coasts of Europe and West Africa.Highway 10The Dutch Navy vessel will then set sail for Cape Verde, where the crew, also in a MAOC-N setting, will exercise the entering of suspect vessels. This exercise will also include the local coast guards. Cape Verde is in a strategic position on a well-known drugs smuggling route from South America to Africa, which runs along the tenth parallel and is therefore known as Highway 10.Deployable worldwideHNLMS Groningen is one of four new flexibly deployable ocean-going patrol vessels of the Royal Netherlands Navy. The patrol vessel has an overall length of 108 metres and can be deployed anywhere in the world for a wide range of tasks. HNLMS Groningen is expected to arrive in the port of Curaçao on 19 May.[mappress]Press Release, May 1, 2014; Image: Defensie View post tag: HNLMS HNLMS Groningen Heads for Counterdrug Operations View post tag: heads View post tag: Operations Share this article
Job DescriptionThe Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technologyat Virginia Tech is a University level research center that reportsto the Vice President of Research and Innovation. Its mission is tocultivate the next generation of national security leaders bydeveloping and executing curricular, extracurricular, and researchopportunities to engage students. Renown academic and researchfaculty from DOD, IC and industry have converged with guidance froman illustrious Board of Advisors constituted by former Directors ofNRO and NGA, S&T heads from CIA and NSA, NCTC, etc. One of thefastest growing research centers at VT, sponsors and collaboratorsbenefit from both highly experienced student talent and seniortechnical leadership that address some of our nation’s greatestsecurity challenges. The Hume team conducts research contracts forthe IC, DoD, DHS and Industry. Execution of scope, schedule andcost is complimented by a team of project and program managers.Transition of high impact technology deliverables is effecteddirectly by staff personnel, through industry partnerships and/ornumerous individual startups. Restricted research is conducted atstate of art facilities in Arlington, VA and a new 45,000 sfbuilding in Blacksburg, VA.Motivated applicants are sought to join as Research AssistantProfessor, Research Associate Professor, or Research Professor tosupport rapid growth in our body of programs in resilient C4ISRMissions, Signals Intelligence & Cyber Operations and Autonomyand Orchestration. Rank will be determined based upon experienceand credentials. The selected candidates can expect highlycompetitive salary and benefits in a university setting. Thisposition serves as a research staff member of the Hume Center,within one of its three research laboratories: Aerospace SystemsLaboratory, Information Systems Laboratory, or Electronic SystemsLaboratory. These labs host a range of dynamic research projectsand the successful applicant will have the ability to contribute tothese programs, lead the development of new programs, and mentorstudents engaged in these programs.Specific responsibilities include the following: (1) support theexecution of university sponsored programs by conducting researchand development; (2) author technical documents and publishpeer-reviewed academic papers; (3) support the development of newfunded research programs by participating in and proposal teams andsupporting the business development activities of the Hume Center;(4) mentor students engaged in experiential learning programs; (5)advise graduate students pursuing advanced degrees; and (6)occasionally teach courses.For positions within the Electronic Systems Laboratory, individualswith expertise in digital communications, wireless systems, andradar platforms are sought. Successful applicants will haveexperience with digital signal processing and software-definedradio technologies, with applications in military radar,tactical/public safety communications, electronic warfare, and/orsatellite communications.For data-focused positions within the Information SystemsLaboratory, individuals with experience in statistics, datascience, computer science, artificial intelligence, machinelearning, optimization, and cyber analytics are sought. Successfulapplicants will have experience applying these tools to a range ofdata problems, such as time-series analysis, statisticalforecasting and inference, and detection/classification.For cyber-focused positions within the Information SystemsLaboratory, individuals with experience in cybersecurity,hardware/software reverse engineering, provably secure computing,and security for embedded/industrial/control systems and networksare sought. Successful applicants will have a mixture oftheoretical foundations in areas such as the theory of computing,formal methods, or cryptography; paired with hands-on experienceworking with real-world security issues.For positions within the Aerospace and Ocean Systems Laboratory,individuals with experience in satellite systems, autonomouscontrol, space domain awareness, physics-based modeling, underseasystem and platform, and system optimization and orchestration aresought. The successful applicant will have technical expertise indesigning, building, testing, and flying experimentalspacecraft.Required Qualifications-Given the nature of the research conducted and requirement fromthe federal sponsor, candidates must be a U.S. Citizen and theability to obtain and maintain a security clearance.- An earned Doctorate degree in Aerospace Engineering, ComputerScience, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, EngineeringScience, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Ocean Engineering,Physics, Statistics or related discipline;- Evidence of high potential for excellence in research anddevelopment as demonstrated through academic study orexperience;- Scholarship and funding credentials that support the rank ofeither research assistant professor, research associate professor,or research professor;- Demonstrated mastery of ones’ field of study through publicationof relevant research in peer-reviewed academic venues appropriateto the discipline;- Proficiency with the tools germane to field of research;and- Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team in executingupon research projects.Preferred Qualifications- Active security clearance at the TS/SCI level;- Experience writing grant and contract proposals;- Experience serving as principal investigator on research grantsand contracts;- Interest and/or experience in working effectively with a diversefaculty, staff and student population; and- Experience conducting research programs supporting defense andintelligence sponsors.Appointment TypeRestrictedSalary InformationCommensurate with experienceReview DateNovember 23, 2020 and until multiple positions are filled.Additional InformationThis recruitment is filling multiple positions and based on thequalifications of the candidates, offer of research faculty may beeither research assistant professor, research associate professor,or research professor.Work location may be either Blacksburg, VA or in the Virginia TechResearch Center in Arlington, VA.The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminalconviction checkAbout Virginia TechDedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve),Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking ahands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to beleaders and problem-solvers. 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Load remaining images Photo: Vic Brazen; from 3/9/19 On Saturday night, Bob Weir and Wolf Bros continued their early-2019 tour with a performance at Portland, ME’s State Theatre. Following an electric Friday night show which featured a handful of Wolf Bros debuts in addition to guest spots by local Philadelphia hero Tom Hamilton (Ghost Light, JRAD), the trio delivered a stellar two-set performance along Maine’s Atlantic coastline.The first set kicked off with a cover of Sonny Boy Williamson‘s classic “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl”, which was followed up by Bob Weir‘s “Cassidy”. A pair of RatDog tunes came next with “Even So” and “October Queen” before the three-piece moved forward with a cover of Willie Dixon‘s “Little Red Rooster”. A highlight of the evening followed, as Weir dusted off Bob Dylan‘s “Most Of The Time”, played last by Weir and his Campfire Band at Austin, TX’s Moody Theater in 2017. In the spirit of the Grateful Dead, Bob Weir and Wolf Bros brought the first set to a close with “Loose Lucy” and “Throwing Stones”.Bob Weir and Wolf Bros – “Even So” > “October Queen”[Video: dresnok]Bob Weir and Wolf Bros – “Most Of The Time”[Video: dresnok]When the Wolf Bros returned to the stage for their second set, Weir, Jay Lane, and Don Was dove into “Bombs Away”, a deep cut from Weir’s 1978 Heaven Help the Fool solo album. The trio continued with “Mama Tried” and “Passenger”, which was followed up by a seamless run of jams including “Weather Report Suite”, “Let It Grow”, “Truckin”, “Fever”, and the second Bob Dylan cover of the night with “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall “. A full-throttle take on “China Cat Sunflower” into “I Know You Rider” brought the second set to a close. The band returned for a lone encore of “Ripple” to help send the Portland faithful home happy.Bob Weir and Wolf Bros – “Mama Tried”[Video: dresnok]Check out a beautiful gallery of photos below from last night’s Wolf Bros show courtesy of photographer Vic Brazen.Bob Weir and Wolf Bros tour continues Wednesday, March 13th, with a performance at Red Bank, NJ’s Count Basie Theatre. For a full list of Wolf Bros’ upcoming tour dates, head to Weir’s website here.Setlist: Bob Weir and Wolf Bros | State Theatre | Portland, ME | 3/9/2019Set One: Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, Cassidy, Even So > October Queen, Little Red Rooster, Most Of The Time, Loose Lucy, Throwing StonesSet Two: Bombs Away, Mama Tried, Passenger, Weather Report Suite > Let It Grow > Truckin’ > Fever, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall > China Cat Sunflower > I Know Your RiderEncore: RippleBob Weir and Wolf Bros | State Theatre | Portland, ME | 3/9/2019 | Photos: Vic Brazen
Fourteen Harvard surgeons, supported by 36 anesthesiologists, radiologists, nurses, and other medical personnel at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), last week worked for 12 hours to give a new pair of hands to a 65-year-old Revere man who lost both arms below the elbows and both legs below the knees as a result of a septic infection in 2002.“This latest milestone reflects the commit and dedication” of BWH “to continuing to expand the boundaries of what is possible in transplantation,” Elof Eriksson, Harvard Medical School’s Joseph E. Murray Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at BWH, said at a press conference today announcing the Brigham team’s second successful bilateral hand transplant.In prepared remarks, transplant recipient Richard Mangino said, “In thinking about what I wanted to say today, two words kept coming to my mind: gratitude and miracles.“When I survived the devastating infection that took my limbs, people said it was a miracle,” Mangino said. “When I taught myself how to put on my prostheses and continued to do things like paint and mow the lawn, people said I was a miracle. When I began providing instruction to others who had lost limbs, to teach them what I had learned and how I did things … that felt miraculous. But the one miracle I have prayed for, since my oldest grandson Trevor was born, was to be able to feel the sense of touch again … to touch his and Nicky’s little faces, and stroke their hair, and to teach them to throw a ball. To me, that would be a miracle. … My miracle has come true.”Brigham and Women’s has long been a leader in transplantation: In 1954, the hospital was the site of the first successful human organ transplant, a kidney procedure performed by Joseph Murray, now an HMS emeritus professor of surgery, who in 1990 received the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his pioneering work in transplantation.In 2009, a team led by HMS Assistant Professor of Surgery Bohdan Pomahac (who also led the hand transplant effort) performed the first male face transplant procedure. And in the past decade that team has performed three full face transplants and a bilateral hand transplant.
Emmy and Tony award winning actress Lily Tomlin will speak on Saint Mary’s campus Monday in O’Laughlin Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. “An Evening with Lily Tomlin” will be hosted by the theater department’s Margaret Hill endowed lecture series, which has brought figures such as actress Glenn Close and director Hal Prince to campus in previous years. As part of Tomlin’s visit, she will teach a class before the lecture on Monday. Students in the theater class, which is closed to the public, will present what they have worked on with Tomlin and she will provide feedback, as well as share her own professional knowledge with them. “If you had a formula, that would be great, but you don’t exactly,” Tomlin said. “If by being [in the class] and exchanging my own experiences and whatever knowledge I’ve gleaned over all these years and have a real exchange with the students, hopefully I’ll learn something.” Tomlin was born in Detroit, Mich. She said she started performing on the back porch of her home for her parents. Tomlin talked about growing up in an apartment that had characters who inspired her to imitate them and put on shows for her families, or anyone who would watch. “Over time, it’s like you develop a kind of fascination with it — a love and feeling for all these different types of humans,” she said. Originally, Tomlin attended Wayne State University to study medicine, but was attracted to her elective courses in theater instead because she wanted to express herself. “I always wanted to express something — and that has to be part of something all actors want to do — it’s expressing something about the human condition or other human beings,” Tomlin said. Tomlin started her career in coffeehouses and cafes in New York, and since has had countless roles in television, film and stage. Just a few of her projects include “Laugh-In,” “The Lily Tomlin Show” and “Murphy Brown,” on television, onstage she performed in “Appearing Nitely” and “The Search” and was featured in the films “Big Business,” “I Heart Huckabees” and “A Prairie Home Companion.” Tomlin’s own experiences vary widely, but theater is her favorite medium. “[Theater is] the thing I like most because I like the immediacy,” she said. “I’m glad I have the chance to do a little bit of anything.” Tomlin is known for her comedy, but the actress has played dramatic roles as well. “I didn’t really see an incredible difference between [comedy and drama,]” Tomlin said. “It is all similar things, a continuum. You lean one way or the other. It’s the capacity of every human to be as dramatic or comedic, as sad or as funny at any moment.” Throughout her career, Tomlin worked with other actors such as Bette Midler, Steve Martin, Glenn Close, Martin Short and several more. She said some of her favorite moments are particular scenes that stand out to her. One example she gave was a scene in director Robert Altman’s movie “Short Cuts” when the actress playing her daughter hands her a plastic bag with goldfish. “There is some tiny moment, that maybe it doesn’t even register for the audience. There is just a moment there and it just rings so true for me that I just love it,” Tomlin said. Tomlin said acting should give people a way to come together. “I think in some way it just elevates you as a human, and somehow you hope that that familiarity with other people sort of validates all of us,” Tomlin said. “If we all find the same things moving or funny, then there is a huge connection there.” For acting students, Tomlin said she had “homely advice” that she said may have stemmed from her own upbringing and the generation she grew up in. “That could be a factor of the time I came up in, if you had any kind of awareness or consciousness, the last thing you wanted to do was do something for money,” Tomlin said. “You wanted to do something for excellence or to make a contribution — to be a real artist.”
The Notre Dame rowing team will host its fourth-annual Erg-A-Thon on Friday afternoon, as the team works to raise money for pancreatic cancer research.“We started [the Erg-A-Thon] four years ago because a couple girls on our team had parents or relatives affected by pancreatic cancer,” senior Christine McGough said. “It’s a pretty serious cancer. It’s one of the most deadly cancers of the most common ones.”Last year’s Erg-A-Thon raised over $9,500 dollars for the Harper Cancer Research Institute, according to senior and co-chair of Erg-A-Thon Vicky Ryan.“We donate the money to undergraduate research over there, so it’s going right back to the school,” Ryan said.At the event, there will be a line of “ergs” set up, which are the rowing machines used by the team to train during South Bend’s winter months, Ryan said. For a small donation of $3, a person can choose to row or have one of the girls on the team row for them in races against friends or other distinguished Notre Dame persons.“We’ve had races where different athletes will come and race,” McGough said. “Our manager came and raced us last year … We had a couple professors come out and race last year. It’s a fun event.”McGough even admitted that last year, the team manager raced against and actually beat her.“It’s a sprint at the Erg-A-Thon though,” McGough said. “Sprinting isn’t my thing.”In addition to the rowing, there will be a raffle with various Notre Dame prize packages, she said.“There’s going to be women’s basketball game and men’s basketball game tickets and signed ball packages,” McGough said. “There will also be a Brian Kelly signed football with field passes to the Stanford game, and naming rights to one of our boats.”New this year is the added dimension of a quad competition, McGough said. Whichever quad of dorms races the farthest will be given a few points towards the Hall Cup, since the rowing team does not have an actual home meet. There will also be t-shirts available that the rowing team designed specifically for the event.“There’s a purple one and a pink one,” McGough said. “But the purple one is the main one, since that is the color of pancreatic cancer [awareness].”Even though rain is in the forecast for Friday afternoon, McGough said she believes the day will still turn out beautifully.“We’ll be there rain or shine,” McGough said. “Everyone else should come out and have a great time. It’ll be lucky. We’ve had four years of good weather, so fingers crossed.”The Erg-A-Thon will be on Fieldhouse Mall, just behind the Lafortune Student Center from 12 to 7 p.m., Friday afternoon.Tags: Erg-a-thon, harper cancer research, rowing team
Thus, Pag will get two very attractive cultural monuments that will have their tourist function through cultural tourism, ideal for the storytelling concept of interpretation. Two cultural monuments – Fortress Fortica and Skrivanat Tower, will become the property and be available to the City of Pag. Fortress Fortica was built in the 17th century and is located near the Pag bridge. In the past, it was very important because it controlled the passage between the island of Pag and the mainland. The island of Pag was located on an important maritime route, and various merchant ships moving from the northern Adriatic to Dalmatia and vice versa were often exposed to pirate attacks. “These two, extremely valuable cultural monuments will be arranged for the needs of cultural tourism and will represent a rich offer of Pag where various cultural and entertainment events will be held such as concerts, theater performances, summer workshops and the like.”, Said Ante Fabijanic, Mayor of the City of Pag. Skrivanat Tower, one of the most recognizable parts of the monumental heritage of Pag, was built in the 15th century, and with its construction the construction of the new town of Pag began in 1443. Also, it is the only remaining tower of the former nine that surrounded and defended the town of Pag. The signing of the Agreement on the transfer of the use of two cultural monuments – Fortica Fortress and Skrivanat Tower between the City of Pag and the Ministry of State Property will take place on Monday, (February 11, 2019)
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European pension funds have moved away from the belief that asset allocation drives investment returns after having grasped the true impact of internal governance, research has showed.A survey of 190 European pension funds conducted by CREATE-Research showed that schemes were increasingly aware of the concept of ‘implementation leakage’.Speaking at the IPE Conference & Awards in Vienna, CREATE chief executive Amin Rajan said the trend of investors grasping their governance responsibilities was a significant change from the survey of three years ago.‘Implementation leakage’ – a term coined by a survey respondent, according to Rajan – relates to the structure and governance behind investors’ asset allocations and investment practice. He said, over the last decade, pension funds investigated the difference behind expected and realised investment returns and found their own implementation strategies were at fault.“Pension funds realised what they do has a big effect on the outcomes,” Rajan told the conference.“The old mantra that asset allocation would be followed by returns does not apply any more.”He said this was a painful lesson for many funds in the last decade during the growth of alternative investments.“Investors moved into alternatives only to find that they struggled,” he said.“The key lesson there was, if you go into anything different, you need to have the skills and governance structures to facilitate that.”Rajan said the research showed the mindset had changed, and that where 80% of returns was attributed to asset allocation, it was now around 50%, and the remainder allocated to implementation.“Implementation largely depends on governance practices and the execution capabilities,” he said.Rajan said that, while the funds continue to study asset manager performance, they are continuously looking at how much their own structure contributes to lower-than-expected investment returns.“This will serve as an interesting development,” he said. “Before, the tendency was to blame asset managers, but now there is an recognition that investments have become very complicated. In this situation, what investors do matters – as much as what their service providers do.”Rajan’s research also showed that more than 25% of pension funds still set investment targets at 6% or higher, despite the ongoing low-yield environment.He also spoke to IPE regarding his research’s detail on the growing dynamism of pension fund investments.CREATE’s research was originally published in IPE’s November magazine.
The European lawmaker appointed as rapporteur for the IORP Directive has warned that the law must not damage existing pension systems and insisted he would take time to engage with stakeholders as he drafted his report on the legislation.Brian Hayes, an Irish MEP and member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs committee (ECON), said it was vital that the European Parliament took its time while drafting an opinion on the IORP Directive, the basis of the chamber’s negotiating position ahead of talks with member states and the European Commission next year.Speaking at the Brussels launch event for the TTYPE project’s report into a European pension tracking service (ETS), he said it was important the revised Directive not “unpick” systems that had been successful.“We are not going to rush this – this is going to be a piece of legislation we are going to take our time with because it’s crucially important we get this right,” he said. He also distanced himself from the notion there should be a single rule book across the common market, insisting he did not believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach.“Ultimately, in my view, [IORP II] cannot be so prescriptive as to cut across the success that many countries have in this area,” he said.Instead, successful pension systems should be seen as “gold-plated benchmarks” to which other pension systems should aspire.Hayes also praised the Italian government for achieving consensus between member states for an IORP negotiating mandate that emphasised the relaxation of prudential regulation for cross-border pension funds, after the Commission seemingly dropped such changes from its final draft in March last year. “It’s not an exaggeration to say [there was] a fair degree of surprise when the Council [of the EU] came to their general approach on this, and it’s obviously a huge success for the Italian presidency that they did that, and they should be congratulated on that,” he said. Hayes said it would be important to reflect the Council’s “very strong view” in the upcoming discussions on IORP II.The MEP said he would publish a working document on IORP II in April, followed by a public hearing of ECON in May. His own report would then be published shortly before the Parliament’s summer recess, with amendments from his fellow ECON members discussed once Parliament returned – resulting in a timeline that was unlikely to see Parliament reach a position before the end of the year.Speaking on the same panel, Jeroen Lenaers, the Employment and Social Affairs committee’s IORP rapporteur, said the proposed ETS was something that could quite easily fit into IORP II.“But then we have to make sure that whatever we agree on, this recast of the IORP Directive does not make such a system impossible,” he said.He expressed his surprise that the Commission’s initial proposal for a Pension Benefit Statement (BPS) had sought to limit it to two pages, “especially if you then, as a legislator, need six pages to tell everybody what needs to be in the Pension Benefit Statement”.Instead, he suggested that any rules should be flexible enough as to allow member states to adapt the rules to their individual needs.A draft report published by Lenaers earlier this month called for the revised IORP Directive to emphasise the introduction of occupational schemes in countries in which such a system had yet to develop, as well as the launch of a European pension working group.