The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) welcomed six members of the U.S. House of Representatives aboard the ship to observe underway operations and to meet with Sailors, June 13.The group of delegates included U.S. Reps. John C. Fleming, Jack Kingston, Stephen Lynch, Tom Marino, Todd Platts and Glenn Thompson.While aboard, the representatives spoke with Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, about challenges the Navy faces in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), the importance of maritime security around the world, carrier operations and future budgets for the Departments of Defense and the Navy.“We get a lot of briefings in Washington, but none of them ever match up with being out here with a carrier strike group,” said Platts, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. “You get a lot more feedback when you’re closer to the point of the spear.”The group also observed daily operations around the ship.“I’m so impressed with our military personnel,” said Marino. “Our young people have stepped up voluntarily to protect not only the U.S. but the world, and they do it so efficiently and effectively. They are experts at everything.”During the visit, the congressmen also took time to sit with Sailors and answer questions about a variety of topics, including domestic issues and legislation up for debate in Washington.Before visiting the ship, the delegation visited troops on the ground in and around Afghanistan.Lincoln is currently deployed with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, embarked Destroyer Squadron 9 and the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71). CSG-9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , June 18, 2012; Image: US Navy Share this article View post tag: Lincoln View post tag: visits Back to overview,Home naval-today Congressional Delegation Visits USS Abraham Lincoln View post tag: delegation View post tag: Congressional Authorities View post tag: Abraham June 18, 2012 View post tag: USS Congressional Delegation Visits USS Abraham Lincoln
by Theodore JonesAlthough Pinter claims never to have seen the original Sleuth, it is clear that this 2007 remake plays into a complex system of cross-references through which the film defines its adherence to and departure from the classic 1972 model. The most obvious of these is the casting of Michael Caine – the original Milo – who now plays the forever calculating, highly intelligent detective crime writer, Andrew Wyke. Jude Law, doing another Alfie, is cast as the younger, more handsome unemployed artist: Milo Tindle. The film sees the first-time collaboration between screenwriter Pinter, producer Law and director Branagh: one that is at best ostensibly inexperienced and at worst wholly contrived.The plot is orientated around a battle of the wits – the taking of the older man’s wife by the younger man only represents a superficial first card. Each set of the game is determined by shrewd psychological manoeuvres in which each character attempts to outdo the other. However, brutal physical undertones permeate the unfolding of the action, suggesting a more sinister direction. This dichotomy between the intellect and the physical is the very essence of the Branagh remake. But, by virtue of the Pinter screenplay, it is the overwhelming presence of the physical that determines what is original and novel.The film has flaws. At times the lines are laboured and utterly unconvincing despite the competence of the actors, whose performances are generally self-assured, even commanding. The physical dualism is often thrown into relief by the presence of the gun – and this serves to rid the plot of a more sophisticated character relation. The brutality of the weapon negates the unspoken compatibility of the actors although in the first two thirds of the film, this does help to emphasise the intellectual battle that is being fought. Ultimately, the only way the struggle can progress is by one character drawing the other into his confidence. Sure enough, Caine proposes that the two characters live together, assuming a compatibility that has been suggested but seems utterly absurd given the context. Law sidles up to Caine and asks to see his bedroom where the bed, he is sure, is bigger. When they reach the bedroom both lie on the bed and the game is at once as complex as it has ever been, each manoeuvre painfully slow. But we know the stalemate cannot last: Law jumps up from the bed and as he does so breaks the spell. The character refuses to be taken into Caine’s confidence, and since he has manoeuvred Caine into a false sense of trust, he is in the undeniable position of supremacy.The best thing about Sleuth is the standard of acting, which brings out the sinister chords of the Pinter script and its broad dramatic rhythms beautifully. Caine is coldly calculating, Law is visceral and energetic. Definitely one to watch.
IndianaLocalNationalNewsSouth Bend Market Joe Donnelly says Trump “has betrayed us” By Tommie Lee – January 8, 2021 2 329 Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Donald Trump needs to immediately resign as President for inciting an insurrection against the U.S. government – he has betrayed us. If Trump will not resign, VP Pence needs to invoke the 25th Amendment. Failing that, President Trump needs to be impeached, convicted, and removed.— Joe Donnelly (@JoeforIndiana) January 8, 2021 Facebook Twitter Previous articleBBB lists the Top Scams of 2020Next articleGunshots dired at Tippecanoe County Democratic Party HQ Tommie Lee Twitter Google+ By SMSgt John Chapman [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Friday morning, former Senator Joe Donnelly added his voice to those calling for the president to be removed from office.In a tweet, Donnelly said Trump needed to “immediately resign as president for inciting an insurrection against the US Government, adding “he has betrayed us.”He called on Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment if Trump doesn’t step down, and said Congress should act if that didn’t happen. Facebook Google+
Load remaining images The Interstellar Boys performed their second show ever at The Oriental Theater in Denver, Colorado on Friday night. The band includes Todd Nance, Danny Hutchens, Sam Holt, Jerry Joseph, John Neff, and Jon Mills. The Friday night performance featured a special guest appearance from Eric Martinez.The Interstellar Boys are first and foremost borne from a collection of friendships. Musical friendships that date back as far as 30 years. The six players have shared stages and songs over the years and now form a new band that draws on those decades of collaboration. Todd Nance brings undeniable experience and depth to the band as a founding member/drummer/songwriter of Widespread Panic. Daniel Hutchens has been a driving force with the band Bloodkin for 29 years (and counting) and he is widely recognized as one of the South’s great modern day songwriters. Jerry Joseph and his various bands have been recording and touring on a national/international scale since the 80’s. Jerry’s expertise as a musician/songwriter is as unquestionable as his passion for sharing the power of music. He has recently toured and taught music in such far flung places as Afghanistan, Ghana and is soon to perform in Iraq. Sam Holt brings a reverence and intensity to playing the guitar that energizes the faithful fans of this community in a way that is second to none. John Neff (formerly of Drive-By Truckers) is the secret weapon that adds depth and soul via the pedal steel. And Mr. Jon Mills (professor emeritus of bass in the Athens, GA music scene) is the glue that keeps the whole thing tastefully held together.This accomplished group of musicians and songwriters are currently on the road together after only performing once previously at the annual Bloodkin & Friends event in Athens, GA. After a successful night on the stage together in Denver, the band will continue on next week through North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama.See below for videos, a setlist, and photos from Friday night’s show. You can also download the soundboard matrix here.[by D Ragoose][by Bennett Schwartz of Coloartist]Check out the full gallery, courtesy of Bill McAlaine.The Interstellar Boys | The Oriental Theater | Denver, CO | 7/14/2017I: Reverend Jacob Nightrain, Clinic Cynic, Ching A ling, Gunner, The Viper, The WakerII: 10 Killer Fairies (jerry & neff only), Beautiful Vicious Cycle Of Life, Yellow Ribbons>Powderfinger>Yellow Ribbons, Blight, Way To Loud, Can’t Change the Past, Down, Henry Parsons DiedE: Roam (B 52’s cover)Interstellar Boys Tour DatesJuly 14 Denver, CO – Oriental TheatreJuly 21 Asheville, NC – ISIS Music HallJuly 22 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln TheatreJuly 23 Charleston, SC – Home Team BBQ (Downtown)July 28 Atlanta, GA – Terminal WestJuly 29 Birmingham, AL – WorkPlayJuly 30 Augusta, GA – Southbound Smokehouse (acoustic)The Interstellar Boys | The Oriental Theater | Denver, CO | 7/14/2017 | Photos by Bill McAlaine
Vulfpeck just announced somewhat of a fall tour, including two nights in Brooklyn, New York! In addition to their previously announced performance at Sweetwater 420 Fest in Atlanta, GA; two nights at Tipitina’s in New Orleans, LA; and their debut headlining show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, the funk quartet will also hit Kings Theatre on Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22—marking the band’s only 2018 U.S. dates thus far. Singer/songwriter/pianist/saxophonist Joey Dosik is the official support for both nights, promising reliable collaborations during the band’s headlining set. Tickets go on sale this Friday, 4/20 at 10 a.m. (EST).Kings Theatre’s 3,000-person capacity is almost double the size of Brooklyn Steel‘s 1,800 person capacity—where Vulfpeck performed three nights in 2017. In previous years, the band played multi-night runs at the 600-person capacity Brooklyn Bowl in addition to sets at Central Park SummerStage. Needless to say, the band is moving in the right direction.From New York, Vulfpeck will hit Copenhagen (Store Vega, September 25), Paris (3 Pom Prod, September 28), Dublin (Olympia Theatre, October 1), and London (O2 Academy Brixton, October 4), in what is being billed as “NYC Europe”. Tickets go on sale this Friday on Vulfpeck’s website.Vulfpeck’s upcoming shows will mark the first live performances since the release of 2017’s Mr. Finish Line. Head to the band’s website for more information.In related news, Vulf Records recently released a new EP by The Fearless Flyers—a new band comprised of Vulfpeck bassist Joe Dart, guitarist Cory Wong, drummer Nate Smith, and Snarky Puppy guitarist Mark Lettieri, which is produced, composed, and mixed by the “Vulfmon” himself, Jack Stratton (bandleader/multi-instrumentalist of Vulfpeck). Read more about it here.
Read Full Story If you think the drug-resistant infectious bacteria MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is just a hospital or nursing home problem — think again. In recent years the stealth-like bacteria, sometimes simply called “staph,” has expanded from people to animals—ranging from pigs and other farm animals to family pets.“MRSA is not just a hospital problem anymore. It can affect virtually anyone. It’s changed our thinking of staph strains as species-specific,” Tara Smith, associate professor, Department of Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences and Epidemiology, College of Public Health at Kent State University, told a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) audience. Smith’s talk, “Pigs, Pork and Pathogens: MRSA in Unexpected Places,” was presented at the Infectious Disease Epidemiology and the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics Spring Seminar Series on March 6. Dan Larremore, postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Epidemiology, introduced her.The CDC reports about one-third of us have staph in our bodies, mostly on our skin or in the nose, but sometimes in the throat or intestinal tract. At least 1.5% or more of the population have the MRSA strain. MRSA may cause no symptoms or just minor skin problems in healthy people, but can lead to life-threatening infections in hospital patients and others with weakened immune systems.
A call for a kinder capitalism Changes in Harvard Management Company investment strategy refocuses duties of panels that oversee the University’s positions on shareholder resolutions Former New York mayor and philanthropist urges grads toward ethical business practices In the new piece, the authors turn to a French philosopher from the 18th century for answers. Denis Diderot was the first to write about the fourth wall — the idea in theater that there is a kind of invisible, imaginary barrier that lets an audience observe the action in the fictional world onstage with the actors seeming unaware they are being watched. “The larger the audience, the more important the fourth wall” to the actors who must remain in character, the article notes.Bernstein and Waber suggest that office workers in open settings need to have the discipline of performers in a musical or play in order to drown out distractions and get their work done, and that they get creative with how they go about it.“It can be my really big headphones, or I don’t look at you when you pass by, or I have a red light on my desk that signals I am unavailable, or I shush my colleagues,” said Bernstein. “And because those norms are happening in open spaces — because everyone can see and hear them — they spread faster than they do in more modular spaces.“I think that’s the fourth wall, only playing out in a different way.”Open offices also ramp up digital engagement. Instead of talking directly, workers tend to send colleagues electronic messages if they appear busy or engaged in a conversation with someone else, said Bernstein, even though they may be just a few feet away.When it comes to solutions, Bernstein and Waber encourage experimentation and collaboration. Letting employees simply choose their preference isn’t optimal, they note, because some will opt for closed offices, others open spaces, and still others will work from home — meaning staffers will be even less likely to collide and collaborate than before. Instead, they urge managers to consider getting together with employees to test — rigorously, using the scientific method or A/B testing — different office configurations.As an example, they cite the efforts of the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (a Humanyze client), which is currently overhauling its London headquarters. The company has developed a pilot space and rotated through teams of employees, tracking everything from their steps, heart rate, and blood pressure to their well-being, collaboration, and performance. Using the results, the company is fine-tuning “all aspects of the space — lighting, temperature, aroma, air quality, acoustic masking, ergonomics, and design — to help its people do (and interact) more by making the space respond to the employees’ needs, whether professional of physiological,” notes the piece. Bloomberg extols ‘moral leadership’ at Business School Taking corporate social responsibility seriously The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Last year Ethan Bernstein’s research hit a deep cultural nerve.“I never would have imagined I’d be a person to get hate mail,” said the Harvard Business School associate professor in organizational behavior, whose offending paper, authored with Harvard graduate Stephen Turban ’17 threw a bucket of cold water on the hot trend of open office layouts. The study, “The impact of the ‘open’ workspace on human collaboration,” concluded that the new configurations actually reduced interaction, contrary to the intended result. It became one of the most-mentioned scholarly articles of 2018.“It was respectful, but it was still hate mail,” said Bernstein.The strong response, which also included a significant amount of fan mail, reflects how important work environment is to job satisfaction. It also mirrors an ongoing societal debate about the value of open-office environments — wide, exposed rooms with long tables instead of desks, or clusters of cubes or workspaces with few or no barriers in between. Once hailed as the office of the future — with the added benefit of potential cost savings for employers who could fit more workers into less space — the open concept has met with mixed reviews in recent years: driving collaboration for some but driving others crazy.In light of all that, Bernstein decided he needed to take a second look. His new piece, “The Truth About Open Offices,” explores why open offices seem to discourage interaction and how companies can create designs that best fit the needs of their employees. The article was written with Ben Waber, CEO and co-founder of Humanyze, an analytics software provider, and it appears in the new issue of the Harvard Business Review.“The first paper did methodology well, and it did rigor well, and it helped answer a longstanding debate between sociologists who argue that removing spatial boundaries will increase collaboration and social psychologists have argued the opposite is true,” said Bernstein. “What we didn’t do was tell people the reason their employees stop collaborating face-to-face.” “Because those norms are happening in open spaces — because everyone can see and hear them — they spread faster than they do in more modular spaces. I think that’s the fourth wall, only playing out in a different way.” Rep. Kennedy advocates a new economic agenda that addresses the needs of embattled workers And while large studies and pilot programs designed for office overhauls are effective, even small tweaks in an open office can make a big difference. One company, the article notes, added whiteboards after finding that open meeting areas with moveable whiteboards generated 50 percent more interactions than open meeting areas without them.“We can actually build buildings that respond to people rather than the other way around,” said Bernstein. “Let the experiments proliferate, and let the people who are working in the spaces feel ownership over them, because without that collective and rapid experimentation—more design thinking and less design—we are not going to get better workspaces.”The ultimate goal, the article states, “should be to get the right people interacting with the right richness at the right times.” Related
As a young boy growing up in Germany, Martin Puchner loved to hear his family use Rotwelsch, an obscure argot of slightly suspicious words, colorful-sounding phrases, and even rudimentary symbols used for centuries by itinerant outsiders. To his delight, an hasn machn, which translates literally as “making a rabbit,” meant a quick escape. Saure-Gurken-Zeit, which literally means “a time of pickles,” became being in a pickle, a very old idiom that trickled down to English.It was only years later in the stacks of Widener Library in 1995 that Puchner, then a graduate student, discovered more dangerous turns of phrase in manuscripts penned by his grandfather, a historian of names, and, much to Puchner’s surprise, a Nazi. In them, Karl Puchner made the argument in Nazi-favored font for distinguishing German names from Jewish-sounding ones. In a 1934 article titled “Family Names as Racial Markers,” Karl also made the case for the creation of a registry of Jewish names and for Jews to be stripped of German first names, actions that could prove useful in finding an answer to the “Jewish question.” “It has been haunting me for many years. I didn’t know how to write about it,” said Puchner, of the project that would become the just-published “The Language of Thieves: My Family’s Obsession with a Secret Code the Nazis Tried to Eliminate.” “It was always in the background, a periodic drumbeat, and then perhaps five or six years ago, I felt like I needed to deal with this.”What “The Language of Thieves” did for the Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature was send Puchner on an ancestral journey, one defined by generations willing and unwilling to reckon with deeply personal family history in the World War II era. And the locus of his inquiry would be his father and uncle’s unlikely embrace of Rotwelsch, alongside his grandfather’s denunciation of it.,Shortly after discovering his grandfather’s writings, Puchner confronted his father, who haltingly confirmed Karl’s anti-Semitic thinking. He shared with Puchner a sweet family photo of a 1937 picnic enlarged to reveal swastika buttons on Karl’s jacket. But the discovery revealed an even greater shock.It was “allowed to drift into the background,” Puchner writes in his blend of memoir and philology. “It was their mother who persuaded them to let the matter rest. ‘Leave the old man alone,’ she said about her husband, who was then 61 years old. There was no more talk about it at all,” an exchange emblematic of Germany’s postwar shame and denial.Research took Puchner from Harvard’s great library back to Germany to uncover his Uncle Günther’s methodical attempts to resuscitate Rotwelsch. The coded mashup of German, Hebrew, and Yiddish was rich with words that reflected its speakers’ lives: on the fringes of society, on the run from the law. (Anti-Semites over the ages, including his grandfather and the theologist Martin Luther, made much of the connection between what was viewed as a criminal argot and Jewish culture.) Sore meant both stolen goods and trinkets for trade; there were many words for police, including greife — one who grabs.,Puchner, who has studied languages all of his professional life and can speak more than six, said Rotwelsch was the one he “took for granted.”“The language is great fun and witty. I would sometimes regale my friends, ‘Have you ever heard of this?’” he said. “But then I learned about it as part of this itinerant underworld. It expresses the difficulty of this life, and police and prison. Many of these speakers found themselves on the road because of war and economic upheaval.”Rotwelsch signs, or zinken, were visible for Puchner, who grew up in Nuremberg, as a marker on a street or at his house, where a cross with a circle around was an indicator that his mother would feed itinerants. Toward the end of the book, Puchner met, through an interpreter, a nomad named Chief, who described the glory of Rotwelsch as its ability to recycle words to preserve its very tradition. The Chief laughed at Puchner’s attempts to define the language by Western standards.“‘You will never know this language,’ his laughter was saying, ‘because you live in another world, a false world … and my whole way of life, my entire language, is one big laughter with you which we, the kochemer, the ones in the know, make fun of you,’” Puchner wrote.,In Nuremberg’s archives, Puchner, who was raised in the city that had become a difficult part of Germany’s past, discovered his Granduncle Otto had served as a Nazi paramilitary brownshirt (along with Puchner’s grandfather), only to later become head archivist of the Nuremberg trials.“I knew I had an uncle that was an archivist, but it’s an odd thing tied to the national reckoning. As children, we studied the Holocaust very thoroughly, but I didn’t connect it to my own family,” he said. “These people were central figures and not-so central figures who were still around in some powers. Most of the former Nazis stayed in power and rebuilt Germany after the war. It’s what my father and uncle’s generation rebelled against.”Puchner, who became a U.S. citizen in 2007, thinks about Germany’s reckoning, especially as he has watched his adopted country grapple with its painful racist history this year.“I think about what’s happening right now, with the changing of street names, and the tearing down of monuments and statues. Suddenly German history seems to resonate in a strange way with both our national reckoning and the fear of fascism,” he said. “What this book has taught me is that tearing down statues is not enough. Your own identity in all of that has to be on the line as well. What happened in Charlottesville with white supremacists waving Nazi flags and a German-American president who doesn’t distance himself from it, and German neo-Nazis waving confederate flags, and the QAnon movement — these are not just historical parallels. There are actual, strange connections between the two countries.”,In his own family, facing the past has been particularly difficult, with some relatives becoming defensive, even hostile.“Some no longer speak to me, which surprised me because I was super careful and wrote about living people only as much as was necessary,” he said. “But I learned from these reactions that, in a way, it doesn’t matter what you write, or how careful you are. The sheer fact that you write about your family upsets other members because it’s not their story.”Puchner thinks of the book as “part of my inheritance,” though it has left him with just as many questions to wrestle with as answers he must accept.“I’ve puzzled how my grandfather could believe these things, write these things, join this movement. Was he taken in by these conspiracy theories much like these QAnon ideas today, or was he more cynical? He was not from a very educated family, and maybe he wanted to break into academia. I could imagine asking these questions. I don’t know if he would know himself,” he said. “I wanted to come to some closure, though I wasn’t sure writing the book would do that, and I don’t think it has.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.
June2009May2009June2008 New initial claims for unemployment fell again, meaning July could mark the lowest number for a month since late last summer when final numbers are released. For the Week of 07/25/2009, there were 830 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 77 from the week before. Altogether 13,076 new and continuing claims were filed, 478 fewer than a week ago and 5,881 more than a year earlier. The Department also processed 3,799 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 123 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 741 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is an increase of 17 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)Vermont Labor Force StatisticsSeasonally Adjusted Total Labor Force358,800360,900354,400 Employment333,300334,400338,500 Unemployment25,40026,50015,900 Rate7.1%7.4%4.5%
By Dialogo October 04, 2012 Located in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica is surrounded by beautiful beaches, making it a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. Its strategic location also makes it a potential transit point for traffickers to move illegal drugs across the region and into the United States. During the month of September, U.S. Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen assigned to Special Boat Team – 22, and members of the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School traveled to the island to participate in a Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) with members of the Jamaican Defence Force. The primary focus of this month-long event, organized by the Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH), was to build a strong partnership with members of the Jamaican Defence Force, hone the military tactics and skills of both forces in unfamiliar settings, as well as improve bilateral relations and interoperability with other militaries. During the joint training, more than 20 Jamaican service members, mostly from the Army and Coast Guard, had the opportunity to enhance their maritime operations and boat maintenance skills. “It is hard for the [Jamaican] Coast Guard to be tasked to do everything and we can do some of these operations and take the load off of them,” said a Jamaican Army officer, who serves as a troop commander. “We see ourselves in the future being able to do more operations and interdictions in the water.” As part of SOCSOUTH’s Theater Security Cooperation program, these exercises enable partner nations to increase their capacity to conduct security operations. SOCSOUTH, based in Homestead, Florida, is responsible for all U.S. Special Operations activities in the Caribbean, Central and South America; it serves as a component for U.S. Southern Command. For U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Piccin, SOCSOUTH country officer for Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, the exchange was vital to further the training of U.S. Naval forces working in the region. “This program allows our [U.S.] forces to get excellent training in the region and it serves as a great benefit for our partner nations to increase their military capacity in a very unique platform where exchanging tactics and procedures benefits everyone involved,” Lt. Col. Piccin said.