Russia, Ukraine Prepare Two Black Sea Fleet​ Agreements

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Russia, Ukraine Prepare Two Black Sea Fleet​ Agreements View post tag: News by topic View post tag: prepare View post tag: Russia Working on normative legal documents regulating stable functioning of Russian Black Sea Fleet​ (BSF) in Crimea, the parties have prepared two agreements, said Russian defense minister Anatoly Serdiukov on Oct 19 summarizing negotiations with his Ukrainian counterpart Mikhail Yezhel. “We would like the work on documents related to Black Sea Fleet to go on faster. Some issues have not been settled so far, in particular, replacement of worn-out warships and equipment. We’re not going to increase number of stationed ships but to replace them with new ones within agreed limits”, Serdiukov said.[mappress]Source: rusnavy, October 21, 2011 View post tag: Ukraine Authorities View post tag: fleet Russia, Ukraine Prepare Two Black Sea Fleet​ Agreements View post tag: Navy View post tag: two October 21, 2011 View post tag: Black View post tag: Naval View post tag: agreements View post tag: sea Share this articlelast_img read more


first_imgSMALL GESTURES KEY TO HONORING THEIR SACRIFICEBy Tom Purcell“Parades, mattress sales and burgers on the grill are all nice, but I feel we should do more to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.”“Ah, yes, you speak of the Memorial Day holiday, a day intended to honor the men and women who gave their lives to protect the freedoms too many Americans take for granted.”“That’s right. Look, there should be debate about the wars we have been fighting, but there should be no debate about honoring the men and women who died serving our country — or the men and women who continue to serve.”“I couldn’t agree more. Millions of service people have sacrificed plenty over the years. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, nearly 42 million American men and women have served during wartime. Nearly 1.5 million were wounded. Nearly 1.2 million died.”“Honoring these people with annual parades is a nice gesture, but we can all do more to support our troops.”“What do you have in mind?”“The Veterans of Foreign Wars says we can write to people who are serving overseas or recuperating in military hospitals. These individuals love receiving emails, letters and care packages.”“A wonderful start. What else can we do to better support the troops?”“Donate time. The local VFW, the American Legion and other legitimate organizations are always in need of volunteers to support a variety of fundraising and recognition events. Simply contact your local VFW or American Legion office to learn how you may help.”“Surely we can donate money, too?”“Anyone can help fund a variety of needed services for military members — or support the Red Cross to provide basic necessities to service members in military hospitals. Just be sure you are funding a legitimate organization. Regrettably, there are some charlatans out there. Before giving money, check out the organization at a respectable validation service, such as”“That’s sound advice. What else can we do?”“Lori Felix, an Army veteran and founder of More with Less Today, offers simple and inexpensive ways we can serve the military and its families at She suggests that even small gestures of kindness, such as volunteering to place flags at gravesites, are more than welcome.”“Great!”“Offering assistance to the families of service members who have been deployed is helpful, too. Life can be tough for a husband or wife left behind as his or her spouse serves overseas. Felix writes that we can ‘Extend a hand in friendship to a military family. Invite them over for a meal, bring them a meal or invite them out for dinner. Something as simple as running an errand or taking a walk together can forge a friendship.’”“What can we do to help the older men and women who have served?”“Felix suggests we contact a nursing home or a veterans hospital: ‘A visit can brighten a day and help veterans to know they are not forgotten. The Walter Reed National Military Center has a Facebook page that provides inspiration and ideas.’”“I have another idea that is near and dear to my own heart. There are war memorials in many aging communities that are being neglected. It takes a few volunteers, basic lawn equipment and some elbow grease to bring them back to life. Cleaning them up for Memorial Day is one of the most rewarding projects I ever participated in!”“So we have a plan: If we want to especially enjoy the Memorial Day weekend, first offer up a small gesture of kindness in honor or those who served and are still serving!”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Arts Council Announces January 2018 Brown Bag Series line-up

first_imgThe Brown Bag Performance Series is a free program offered to the community by the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. The series runs weekly from October through April at the Arts Council’s BSF Gallery, located at 318 Main Street in downtown Evansville. The Brown Bag Performance Series is every Wednesday at noon. Summer performances are once a month. It is encouraged to bring your lunch and a friend, and enjoy the free local performances. The Brown Bag Series is made possible in part by the Mesker Music Trust, managed by Fifth Third Investment Advisors. Below is the schedule for January 2018. 1/3/18 B & B Entertainment – Chuck Blesch and Del Beasley perform all styles of music.1/10/18 Angelus – Dedicated to the performance of sacred music of varied religious traditions and historical periods, this high school singing group returns for an annual Brown Bag visit.1/17/18 The Shade Tree Players – Playing a variety of instruments from the dulcimer to the washtub bass, this group entertains with the preservation of mountain, gospel, and folk music.1/24/18 Shepard Brass – The faculty brass quintet of the University of Evansville will share a variety of brass music.1/31/18 Dr. Eric McCluskey – Accompanied by Anne Fiedler, the assistant professor of voice at the University of Evansville will return to perform show tunes.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Beach Boys Headline OC Summer Concert Series 2016

first_imgLast summer, original Beach Boys front man Mike Love scanned the sold-out Ocean City Music Pier auditorium and spoke in genuine amazement.“This place has been here since the 1920s, and we’ve been (performing) over there in Atlantic City almost that long,” Love said to hearty laughs. “It took you until now to invite us here! You have a great town and I sure hope you invite us back…we’d love to come back!”  Cheers.It’s a done deal.Following their four hit-filled sold out shows in 2015, Love, Bruce Johnston (an “almost” original member since the mid-60s) and the rest of his crew will indeed becoming back to headline Ocean City’s Monday Night Concert Series at the Music Pier. They will perform four more shows (two each, at 6:30 (“our Breakfast Show” Love quipped),and 8:30 p.m. on July 11 and 12. Tickets are $59.50.The Beach Boys will arrive in Ocean City soon after a scheduled July 4 date at the Amphitheatre on the Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn, NY. They are famed for their July 4 shows in Washington DC, Philadelphia during the Bicentennial summer of 1976, and Atlantic City (twice).In addition to the return of the Beach Boys a wide range of acts will be heard, starting with the Indigo Girls with Lucy Wainwright Roche on June 20 at 7:30 p.m. ($46); Herman’s Hermits with original lead singer Peter Noone on June 27, 7:30 p.m. ($46); and then the Beach Boys two-night stand July 11 and 12.On July 18, Colin Hay of Men at Work with Jeffrey Gaines performs, 7:30 p.m. ($39); followed by George Thorogood on July 25 at 7:30 p.m. (59); and the Bacon Brothers, August 1, at 7:30 p.m.($39).On August 8, The Machine performs a Pink Floyd tribute, 7:30 p.m. ($39) followed by Citizen Cope on August 15, an intimate solo/Acoustic Listening Performance at 7:30 p.m. ($39); Get the Led Out on August 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m., ($39); and the season wraps up August 29 with Lucinda Williams at 7:30 p.m. ($42).Tickets are currently available for all shows through or by calling 1-800-745-3000. (Fees apply).The Music Pier Box Office will begin selling tickets for all shows 9 a.m. Saturday May 28 in person only and payable by cash/check only payable to Rose Relations.last_img read more

Yto Barrada named Gardner Fellow

first_imgThe Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology has announced the selection of the 2013 Robert Gardner Fellow in Photography. Following an international search, the Gardner Fellowship committee has awarded the fellowship to French-Moroccan photographer Yto Barrada.Born in Paris, and raised in Morocco and France, Barrada lives and works in Tangier, Morocco. Her work has appeared internationally in exhibitions including Art Dubai, the Tate Gallery (London), the Fowler Museum (Los Angeles), MoMA (New York and San Francisco), Jeu de Paume (Paris), and the 2007 and 2011 Venice Biennale. According to Phillip Prodger, Peabody Essex Museum’s Curator of Photography,  “Barrada has a gift for finding personal intimate moments that capture the real-life effects of global trade and exchange.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Technophobia in the Land of Engineers?

first_imgIt’s essentially common knowledge that widespread skepticism of technology holds court in Germany. This phenomenon is sometimes referred to as ‘technophobia’ in the land of engineers, or, as Newsweek teased some time ago, German ‘techno-angst’. When it comes to technology, Germans are suspicious: They don’t feel the need to get started with new technologies, as they prefer to stick with things they know and which they consequently don’t have to fear. A German term has even been created to refer to people with this sort of mindset: ‘ Bedenkenträger,’ or ‘worrier.’I have been hearing about ‘German technophobia’ for decades: Articles, commentary, lectures, and all manner of discussions have cited it thousands of times. It’s always been present in one form or another. We’ve always lived in a land of neo-Luddites, while other countries have had their fun with fantastic new developments such as the PC, Internet, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and Pokémon.Hold on, though. Is that really how people in Germany think? Would a country full of neo-Luddites and technophobes really export world-record volumes of technological products year in, year out? A report from the Handelsblatt business newspaper’s February edition proudly announced ‘A fourthrecord-breaking year for German exports. Germany exports goods valued at nearly €1,300 billion.’ Moreover, the four-time world export champion didn’t sell €1,300 billion’s worth of potatoes or hazelnuts – the bulk of the exported goods consisted of premium industrial products. These technical products are apparently of such a high quality that they’re valued all over the world – that €1,300 billion didn’t come out of thin air, after all. So a country that allegedly places a low value on technology produces top-notch technical products? And we’re meant to believe that these products are developed in a country full of technophobes? That doesn’t compute.Export statistics are one way of assessing the situation, and personal experience is another. I visit a lot of companies, particularly small and medium-sized ones. To be perfectly honest, I’ve never come across technophobes there – quite the opposite, in fact. The level of technical expertise on display at their facilities is impressive, and as far as initiatives such as Industry 4.0 are concerned, these SMEs in particular are leading the pack in terms of implementing digitalization. German SMEs are far from technophobic.As regards phenomena beyond the workplace, things look similar: For instance, the general German public got used to streaming services very quickly, and nobody campaigned to preserve video rental stores in Germany. On the country’s public transport networks, 80 percent of passengers are now so wrapped up in their smartphones that, for example, they forget to get off at their stop. That doesn’t sound like technophobia to me. Germans use cutting-edge digital technology to meet their needs, and have been doing so for a decade. The overwhelming majority of people also use technology without fear or suspicion. It seems like the prevailing stereotype of neo-Luddism doesn’t hold much weight.“There isn’t any general technophobia in Germany, although the press often claims that this is the case.ShareThere’s also research in place to bolster my point. A few years ago, the University of Stuttgart carried out a study to determine the extent to which Germans are open to technology. I wasn’t surprised by the results: “There isn’t any general technophobia in Germany, although the press often claims that this is the case. Germans are instead rather welcoming of technology, particularly in regard to consumer technology and technology at the workplace.” According to this study, in Germany, technophobia is felt to a lesser extent than it is in most other European countries, despite numerous claims to the contrary. Last year, Bitkom carried out a representative survey that specifically asked about Germans’ mindsets regarding digital technologies. The survey found that: “79 percent of survey-takers indicated that they have a fundamentally positive opinion of digital technologies.”I’m convinced that alleged German technophobia is just a false stereotype, one that won’t become more accurate through decades of repetition. This accusation often amounts to nothing more than a convenient excuse that inventors and manufacturers make for technological solutions that don’t actually work so well for their intended audience. When we provide people with technology with clear benefits for them, their work, and their day-to-day lives, then they aren’t skeptical – smartphones are a prime example here. I’m convinced that if we do our job well, people will be on our side.last_img read more

Tickets Available for The Civilians’ The Great Immensity

first_img The Great Immensity Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 1, 2014 Ready for a highly theatrical look into one of the most vital questions of our time: how can we solve the enormous environmental challenges that confront us? Tickets are now available for The Civilians’ The Great Immensity. Written and directed by Steven Cosson, the off-Broadway show will begin previews April 11 and run through May 1 at the Joseph Papp Public Theater/Martinson Theater. The Great Immensity is a continent-hopping thriller following a woman, Phyllis, as she pursues someone close to her who disappeared from a tropical island while on an assignment for a nature show. Through her search, Phyllis uncovers a mysterious plot surrounding the upcoming international climate summit in Auckland. As the days count down to the Auckland Summit, Phyllis must decipher the plan and possibly stop it in time. The show features projected film and video and a wide-ranging score of songs by Michael Friedman. View Commentslast_img read more

Cover crops + organics

first_imgOrganic vegetable farmers in the Southeast now have a successful model for planting summer cover crops with high-value, cool-season crops, thanks to a University of Georgia study. The two models use a series of crop rotations to increase yields, control insects and diseases, improve crop quality and build soil biomass.This system’s approach can be used to develop production recommendations and a production budget for organic farmers or for conventional growers interested in transitioning to organic production.“The purpose of the project was to take a systems approach to evaluate crop rotations to produce high-value, organic horticultural crops in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain of the Southeast,” said project investigator George Boyhan, a horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Originally, Vidalia onion growers interested in organic production were targeted for the study. Between 300 and 400 acres of these onions are grown organically in Georgia.“We wanted to see what cool-season, high-value crops could be incorporated in the crop rotation for onion growers in order to boost their profits,” Boyhan said. “As the study progressed, we found that the crop rotations would be suitable for any vegetable growers interested in organic production.”With funding from a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grant, Boyhan, along with crop and soil scientist Julia Gaskin, plant pathologist Elizabeth Little, horticulturist Suzzanne Tate and agricultural economists Sam Kaninda and Greg Fonsah, studied two-crop rotations over a three-year period: (1) strawberries, bush beans and oats to Austrian winter peas, potatoes, sunn hemp, onions and southern peas, and (2) broccoli, lettuce, sudan-sorghum to cowpeas, carrots, sunn hemp, onions and millet.The rotations were developed with growers’ input to improve soil quality through cover crop biomass additions, to rotate between crop families to break pest cycles, to use cover crops to supply nitrogen and suppress weeds and to use cover crops and crop cycles to suppress nematodes.“The cover crops worked best when they were paired with a certain cash crop for a specific function,” Gaskin said.For example, sunn hemp planted before onions: “Onions are a high nitrogen-demanding crop and sunn hemp is known to fix nitrogen” and suppress nematodes and weeds, Gaskin said. A sunn hemp rotation plus nutrients in the soil provided 75 percent of the nitrogen for the onions. By contrast, the sorghum-sudan and cowpea mix grown before carrots may not have been the best rotation, Gaskin said. “The idea was to suppress weeds and nematodes. But the sorghum dominated the mix, outperforming the cowpea,” she said. “Yields with carrots were not as good.”Broccoli followed by lettuce produced “very good” yields, Gaskin said, but millet was not a great weed suppressor. Insects were practically nonexistent, although there some disease issues were found.“We chose cool-season crops because they are the easiest to grow organically in our region due to low insect and disease pressures,” Little said. “As far as diseases go, I’d say it was a success.”Some minor Botrytis was found in onions, Sclerotinia was noted in lettuce and beans, and a few leaf spots were recorded in strawberries. Very minor fruit rot problems were found. There was no evidence of root diseases in strawberries, and no diseases in potatoes or carrots, she said.Over the three-year period, onions produced the highest yields, exceeding the Vidalia onion county yield average for each of those years. Lettuce and broccoli yields were also high. Although the potatoes and carrots stored well, their yields were low.As far as the economics of the crops – based on variable and fixed costs, pre-harvest variables, and harvesting and marketing costs – the onions had the highest net return. The onions averaged more than $14,000 per acre and the lettuce followed, with a net return of more than $9,000 per acre over the three-year period.The UGA study found the net return for the cash crops generally increased over time, except for the strawberries. Summer cash crops of bush beans and southern peas were not profitable. The highest value crops also had the highest total costs; however, total costs were lower as the acres increased.Average net returns by crop rotations were $17,592 per acre for rotation one, and $20,964 per acre for rotation two.Researchers speculate the growing season was too short between cool-season crops.Cover crop costs averaged $6,000 per acre over the life of the rotation. The cover crops served as a weed control-soil building-nutrient cycling program.“The crop rotations show promise for mid-scale producers,” Boyhan said, ”but the one thing we learned is that timing is critical. This is an intensive system that requires work and a market to sell the product.”To view the complete study findings, go to read more

We can’t save the economy unless we fix our debt addiction

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Our economy has increasingly been financialized, and the result is a sluggish economy with stagnant wages. We need to decide whether to stop the cycle and save the economy at large or to stay in thrall to our banks and bondholders. Without clearing our debt, the economy will continue to languish in debt deflation and polarization between creditors and debtors.As a statistical measure, financialization is the degree to which debt accounts for a rising proportion of income or the value of an asset, such as a company or piece of property. The ratio tends to rise until defaults lead to a crisis that wipes out the debt, converts it into equity or transfers assets from defaulting debtors to creditors.As an economic process, financialization makes money through debt leverage — taking on debt to pay for things that will increase income or the value of assets: for instance, taking out a loan for education or a mortgage on a property to open a store. But instead of using credit to finance tangible industrial investment that expands production, banks have been lending to those who want to buy property already in place — mainly real estate, stocks and bonds already issued — and to corporate raiders — those who buy companies with high-interest bonds. The effect often leaves a bankrupt shell of a company, or at least enables corporate raiders to threaten employees with bankruptcy that would wipe out their pension funds or employee stock ownership plans if they do not agree to replace defined benefit pensions with riskier contribution schemes. continue reading »last_img read more

Updating the Safeguards Rule, but not for federally-insured credit unions

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a proposed rule updating and enhancing its implementing regulations for the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)’s Safeguards Rule. NAFCU has written of its support for the proposal. Several credit union compliance officers have asked about the proposal and its applicability to credit unions. The short story is that the update does not apply to federally-insured credit unions. The long story, including why this matters to credit unions, is below.Which Safeguards Rule?The Safeguards Rule is one of two central privacy provisions of the GLBA (the other being the Financial Privacy Rule which requires disclosure of a credit union’s privacy policy). The text of the Safeguards Rule can be found at 15 USC §6801(b) and is only 105 words long. It states that the enforcement agencies listed under section 6805(a) (except the CFPB) must establish “appropriate safeguards” for the protection of customer records and information for the financial institutions under their jurisdiction.Section 6805(a)(2) indicates that for federally-insured credit unions, that enforcement agency would be NCUA. NCUA established those implementing regulations at Part 748 of its rules and regulations. Part 748 is not being amended or updated by NCUA at this time.last_img read more