Journalist Gwen Ifill to be honored with USPS Forever stamp

first_imgUSPS(WASHINGTON) — Trailblazing journalist Gwen Ifill will be memorialized on a new U.S. Postal Service Forever stamp.She will be the face of the 43rd stamp in the Black Heritage series, according to a press release from USPS on Tuesday. The stamp features a photo of her taken in 2008 by photographer Robert Severi.Ifill, who died in November 2016 after battling cancer, became the first African American woman to host a national political TV talk show with her 1999 host-debut on PBS’ Washington Week.She later became a member of the first female co-anchor team on PBS NewsHour, where she worked for 17 years and covered eight presidential campaigns and moderated two vice-presidential debates.Sherrilyn Ifill, Gwen Ifill’s cousin who serves as the president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education fund, said on Twitter she “literally cannot catch [her] breath!”“Gwen is deserving of every honor for her contributions to this country. But this one is special,” she wrote.At the time of her death, condolences from fellow journalists, politicians and celebrities poured in. Former President Barack Obama called Ifill “an especially powerful role model for young women and girls who admired her integrity, her tenacity and her intellect and for whom she blazed a trail.”The stamps will be issued in 2020.William Gicker, the postal service’s acting executive director, called the stamps “miniature works of art” that honor American history and culture.“From notable figures such as golf legend Arnold Palmer to esteemed journalist Gwen Ifill to the cultural phenomenon of hip hop and a celebration of the great outdoors, this program is wide-ranging and adds to the history of our great nation as recorded through the U.S. stamp program,” Gicker said in a statement.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

States sue federal government to enact Equal Rights Amendment

first_imgalancrosthwaite/iStock(NEW YORK) — The nearly century-long fight to enact an equal rights amendment is set to become a major court battle.The state attorneys general of Virginia, Illinois and Nevada, the last three states to adopt the amendment’s resolution, filed a lawsuit against National Archivist David Ferriero Thursday that orders him to recognize their legislatures’ votes and fully adopt the amendment into the U.S. Constitution.When Congress sent the amendment’s resolution to the states for ratification back in 1972, it issued a seven-year deadline to meet its 38-state minimum for certification, followed by a three-year extension, however, only 35-states ratified it before time was up.The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of the Legal Counsel (OLC) issued an opinion earlier this month stating that the Equal Rights Amendment is no longer pending because of that deadline, however, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring contended Article V of the U.S. Constitution does not give a timetable for an amendment’s approval.“The work is done. Every constitutional requirement is made,” he said at a news conference in Washington, D.C.A representative for the National Archives and Records Administration declined to immediately comment about the lawsuit. In a press release earlier this month, the office said it would comply with the OLC’s opinion save for a court order.Under the ERA, “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Carol Jenkins who is the co-president and CEO of The ERA Coalition, a nonprofit group that has pushed for the amendment’s adoption, said it would be the basis for various legal protections for women who file equal pay and discrimination lawsuits, for example.“It is time for equality, we have waited too long for equal rights. It is shameful that there are some who want us to wait a minute longer,” she said at the news conference.The suit contends that there is nothing in the archivist’s formal responsibilities that give it the discretion to reject an amendment resolution once it passes the minimum number of states.“The duties imposed upon the Archivist are mandatory and purely ministerial,” the lawsuit said.The amendment was formally proposed to Congress back in 1923, but the discussions to send it to the states for approval lingered for decades. Congress issued its resolution in 1972 with support on both sides of the aisle and President Richard Nixon.Interest in approving the proposal increased over the years, especially after the 27th Amendment was adopted in 1992, more than 200 years after Congress first issued it as a resolution to the states.In 2017, Nevada became the 36th state to ratify the ERA and in 2018, Illinois’ state legislature ratified the amendment. On Jan. 15, Virginia’s House of Delegates voted to approve the amendment, and it was formally adopted by the state 12 days later.Virginia’s vote came with a big push from women’s rights groups and celebrities such as Alyssa Milano and Patricia Arquette who lobbied Congress to pass the amendment. Virginia House Delegate Danica Roem went as far as to tattoo the amendment’s wording to her left arm this week.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Indian Oil-chartered New Diamond VLCC catches fire in Sri Lankan waters

first_imgThere is no risk of the New Diamond tanker, as of now, in spilling oil into the ocean following the fire accident, said the Sri Lankan navy The distressed New Diamond oil tanker in Sri Lankan waters. (Credit: Sri Lanka Navy) Sri Lanka Navy said that it has been trying to douse fire raging from a very large crude carrier (VLCC) called New Diamond since Thursday morning in the Indian Ocean, which has killed a crew member.There is no risk of the New Diamond tanker, as of now, in spilling oil into the ocean following the fire accident, said the Sri Lankan navy.Chartered by Indian Oil Corp (IOC), the Panama-flagged New Diamond VLCC set off from the Mina Al Ahmadi Port in Kuwait to the Paradip Port in India with 270,000 metric tons of crude oil.The accident took place at around 8:00 AM SLST on 03 September on the oil tanker, when it was sailing 38 nautical miles off Sangamankanda Point, east of Sri Lankan seas, as per a statement from the Sri Lankan navy. It was caused by an explosion of a boiler in the main engine room of the VLCC.Sri Lanka Navy stated that the fire on the vessel has not impacted the crude oil stored in it so far and that the required steps are being taken to stop it from spreading to the oil storage facilities.According to the Sri Lankan navy, the deceased crew member is a Filipino seaman, who lost his life due to the boiler explosion. It confirmed rescuing the other 22 crew members on board the New Diamond VLCC.Assisting Sri Lanka Navy in controlling the fire are the Sri Lanka Air Force, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, the Indian Navy, and also the Indian Coast Guard.Latest update on the distressed New Diamond oil tanker from Sri Lanka NavyAs per the Sri Lankan navy, the superstructure at the rear of the New Diamond oil tanker is still on fire. It said that having understood the structure of the VLCC, the firefighting will be undertaken by naval teams comprising maritime firefighting experts in consultation with the Greek captain of the vessel.The Sri Lankan navy stated: “The distressed oil tanker is now at sea at a depth of 3100 meters, about 25 nautical miles (approximately 50 km) off the shore by 5.00 a.m. this morning.“Further, 03 main ships of the Sri Lanka Navy, 02 Fast Attack Craft, 01 Indian Coast Guard Ship, 01 Indian Navy Ship and 03 tugs are near the distressed vessel at 5.30 a.m. Firefighting will also resume by air from 5.30 a.m. this morning.”last_img read more

BIG QUESTION: Does the new industry ombudsman have any property experience?

first_imgHome » News » BIG QUESTION: Does the new industry ombudsman have any property experience? previous nextRegulation & LawBIG QUESTION: Does the new industry ombudsman have any property experience?Rebecca Marsh says her last job and personal experience are more than enough to arm her with the knowledge to do the role.Nigel Lewis21st October 20200880 Views The industry’s new property ombudsman Rebecca Marsh has told The Negotiator that those who might criticise her for not having a property background are wrong.Due to fully take over from current ombudsman Katrine Sporle next month, her appointment was announced in June but many agents questioned whether she had the right, or any, property industry experience.Marsh says that although professionally she is an ombudsman including stints overseeing the nuclear and policing sectors, her most recent job at the Legal Ombudsman included dealing with complaints about conveyancing and property-related matters and in particular leasehold.“This means I come to the role equipped with insight into issues in the sector. Indeed, it was the issues and challenges I have spoken of that enticed me to the role,” she says.Marsh says that in a personal capacity she has been a tenant, landlord, purchased leasehold property, bought and sold numerous family homes and is currently selling her parents’ home on their behalf.Improvement“Whilst my key strength is driving sector improvement, over my career I have run successful commercial organisations,” she says.“I have also worked in local government on strategic planning issues and economic development.“But importantly for the sector, I have also worked in regulation and know what good regulation looks like to achieve a vibrant and confident market.“We have a wealth of property experience at TPO and no one person will have all the technical experience to cover all our jurisdictions, but with the breadth of my wider background I will bring a new perspective and I don’t doubt I will be able to add value.”Read our full interview with Rebecca Marsh in the next issue of The Negotiator magazine.Rebecca Marsh Katrine Sporle The Property Ombudsman TPO October 21, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

USS Underwood Sailors Work alongside Their Colombian Counterparts

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Colombian Training & Education July 6, 2012 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Underwood View post tag: Counterparts View post tag: Navy Share this article Sailors assigned to the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) spent time working alongside their Colombian counterparts as they made repairs on the Colombian cutter Valle del Cauca while moored in Bahia Malaga, Colombia July 3.The Colombian and U.S. Sailors were able to achieve a number of goals as they combined their experience and expertise to address electrical and mechanical issues aboard the cutter over a period of three days in port in Bahia Malaga.“We went over to the Colombian ship to work with them as they repaired some of their equipment,” said Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class (SW) Aldo Rodriguez, who volunteered to help out on the Valle del Cauca. “We worked on their capstan, their air conditioning, their carry, hold and transit [sewage system] and a couple of their gauges.”Sailors from the two navies also worked together restoring lights on the Valle del Cauca’s flight deck.“We brought their flight deck lighting up to about 80 percent, so now they’ll be able to conduct night operations on their flight deck,” said Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class (SW) John Prokop, who also volunteered to work with the Colombian sailors.The subject matter expert exchange has been an opportunity for sailors from both navies to learn more about their own job specialties from each other.“I think working with the Colombian navy has helped strengthen our partnership,” said Prokop. “We traded expertise as we taught each other a lot of things on the electrical side about different systems they have on their ship and I’ve also been able to show them some in-depth things that I know about electrical schematics, tracing out wires and performing troubleshooting and repairs.”Working side-by-side with their Colombian counterparts proved to be a good way for the U.S. Sailors to get to know members of another country’s navy.“We talk about our families and the differences between our navies as we work together,” said Rodriguez, who speaks Spanish fluently. “But I think my favorite part has been the food they have shared with us. It is outstanding. Even the rice just seems to have so much more flavor. They have a dish called ‘sancocho’ that is like a soup comprised of beef, chicken, potatoes, corn and rice. It reminds me of home cooking.”“My favorite part of this has been the experience of going over to a different navy’s ship,” said Prokop. “I went over in a RHIB [rigid-hull inflatable boat] one of the days and just going over and seeing a different type of lifestyle and getting to work with other sailors as they make repairs on their ship was a good experience that I’m going to keep with me for the rest of my life.”Underwood is deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of Southern Seas 2012.U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) supports USSOUTHCOM joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 6, 2012; Image: Navy USS Underwood Sailors Work alongside Their Colombian Counterparts View post tag: USS Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Underwood Sailors Work alongside Their Colombian Counterparts View post tag: sailors View post tag: worklast_img read more

Safety Services Dispatcher I

first_imgPosting Details Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents Optional DocumentsCover LetterResumeOther DocumentOther Document 2Other Document 3Other Document 4 Open Date06/19/2020 This position could be responsible for assigning work and/or givingdirection to part-time Student Workers, in order to complete workassignments. Classification Title Posting NumberS820P Supervisory Responsibilities * Are you a Christian?YesNo Special Instructions to Applicants Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Job TitleSafety Services Dispatcher I Nondiscrimination Statement Participates in maintaining a safe, secure campus through makingand receiving routine and emergency communications by telephone andtwo-way radio while keeping accurate records of activities using aComputer Aided Dispatch ( CAD ) system. Monitors all campussurveillance systems, as well as fire, intrusion, and panic alarmsystems, and relays information from these systems to fieldpersonnel. Distributes information to campus community members andvisitors upon request, and performs clerical tasks related to therunning of the Safety Services office. May be assigned to anyshift, which could include working holidays and weekends. Other duties may be assigned.1. Receive and make routine and emergency communications bytelephone and two-way radio.2. Enter and retrieve information from a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD ) software program.3. Prioritize incoming telephone, radio, and in-personcommunications to make an initial commitment of resources.4. Accurately relay information from telephone, radio, andin-person communications to accomplish tasks and employergoals.5. Perform clerical tasks related to the successful operation ofthe Safety Services dispatch position.6. Monitor all campus surveillance systems as well as fire,intrusion, and panic alarms, and relay relevant information tofield personnel.7. Ensure that telephone, radio, surveillance, and alarm systemsare operating properly, and report malfunctions to designatedsupervisor.8. Work cooperatively with other Safety Services employees, andother departments of the University in the area of emergencyoperations, crime prevention, service requests, and providinginformation to community members and visitors.9. Maintain a lifestyle consistent with sound Christian principles,and the most recent distribution of the Baptist Faith and MessageStatement.center_img Summary Remove from Web Open Until FilledYes High school diploma or general education degree ( GED ); and six totwelve months related experience and/or training; or equivalentcombination of education and experience. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able toperform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listedbelow are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilityrequired. Skill in the use of personal computers and related softwareapplications. A thorough knowledge of: Business English and arithmetic; generaloffice methods, procedures and practices. Skill to type a minimum of 40 words per minute on a standardpersonal computer keyboard. Ability to pass a comprehensive background and psychologicalexamination. Ability to develop and implement problem solving solutions tosimple and complex situations, using University and departmentguidelines. Ability to work any shift, including weekends and holidays. Ability to plan, develop, and coordinate multiple projects. Ability to read and write at a level appropriate to the duties ofthe position. Ability to use independent judgment, and to manage and impartconfidential information. Ability to gather data, compile information, and preparereports. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability towork effectively with a diverse faculty, staff and studentbody. Ability to supervise and train staff, including organizing,prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments. Strong organizational skills and detail oriented. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Excellent telephone courtesy, knowledge and experience. Ability to interpret, adapt, and apply guidelines andprocedures. Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions andjudgments. Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials. Ability to develop and maintain recordkeeping systems andprocedures. Ability to resolve customer complaints and concerns. Ability to investigate and analyze information, and to drawconclusions. Education and/or Experience If no, please explain (required):(Open Ended Question)* Are you both familiar with and not in conflict with thefundamental doctrines and practices of the California SouthernBaptist Convention as stated in the Baptist Faith and Message datedJune 14, 2000? (Please see above link for more information)Yes (I am familiar and not in conflict)No (I am in conflict or not familiar) Essential Duties and Responsibilities Quick Link to Postinghttps://jobs.calbaptist.edu/postings/5553 Other Knowledge Skills and Abilities State and Federal law permit California Baptist University todiscriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill itspurpose. The University does not discriminate contrary to eitherState or Federal law. * Do you attend church regularly?YesNolast_img read more

Petting zoo for Pembroke and Christ Church students

first_imgPembroke and Christ Church JCRs organised a joint petting zoo this Thursday in a bid to provide some relief to stressed students undergoing exams. The petting zoo, which included at least ten different types of animals, including meerkats, a giant rabbit and owls, took place in the Christ Church JCR. The event also featured less conventional petting zoo animals, including snakes, scorpions and a tarantula. Pembroke Entz Rep Meltem Kamalvand told Cherwell that the aim of the event was to “provide some relief for stressed finalists whilst simultaneously bonding with our frenemies at Christ Church over the sweet joys of a petting zoo. It’s something a bit different and fun, and everyone loves animals.” Pembroke finalist Nick Hilton remarked, “I think it’s a great idea, although it does appear to pair conventional petting zoo animals with their natural predators.” Likewise, Jane Cahill, who promised a petting zoo for students during 5th week in her OUSU Presidential manifesto last Michaelmas, remarked, “I’m a big fan of petting zoos. I was totally lambasted for that policy but I stand by it to the end! I guess I wouldn’t have had a scorpion in an OUSU petting zoo though. Not very fluffy or relaxing, in fact quite stressful.” Unfortunately the event was only open to students at Pembroke and Christ Church. The Pembroke Entz team stated on the Facebook event page stated that “cute animals don’t come for free we’re afraid and we have programmed the snakes to kill anyone from other colleges”.Matt McGonagle, Pembroke JCR Vice President, said, “We pride ourselves on being natural at Pembroke, and we certainly have a wild side! A petting zoo has animals – who are both natural and wild – so suits us perfectly.” Rebecca Howe, Pembroke JCR president, told Cherwell, “I think it will help calm nerves during the exam period. I took a stressed finalist to the petting zoo a couple of hours before his exam. He seems calmer now. This is a good thing.” She added, “When the Entz Reps and I mused over proposing this last Michaelmas, I never in my WILDest dreams thought this would actually come to life. Now it has, it is like Friday of 8th, Oxmas, and LOVE all rolled up into one. “If ChCh are up for doing it again, then we are. Even if they aren’t, I’m sure I speak for Pembrokians across the kingdom when I say yes – we would like this to happen again. Perhaps annually.”last_img read more

YESTERYEAR: Coldspot Refrigerators

first_imgA customer checks out the features of a Coldspot electric refrigerator at the Sears store in downtown Evansville in 1938. The model was popular because it was larger but less expensive than other brands, and during the Great Depression, affordability was important to most households. The local Sunbeam Electrical Manufacturing Company produced units for the refrigerator that Sears sold throughout the country for years. Sunbeam later merged with Seeger Refrigerators, which became Whirlpool in the 1950s;  by 1977, the Sears Kenmore brand had replaced Coldspot.FOOTNOTES: We want to thank Patricia Sides, Archivist of Willard Library for contributing this picture that shall increase people’s awareness and appreciation of Evansville’s rich history. If you have any historical pictures of Vanderburgh County or Evansville please contact please contact Patricia Sides, Archivist Willard Library at 812) 425-4309, ext. 114 or e-mail her at www.willard.lib.in.us.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Look at history as we move forward from the election

first_imgMIKE LENZ To the Editor:From health care to immigration reform to so much more, our nation faces daunting challenges. In a perfect world, the presidential election would have been about solutions. Instead it was about twitter and emails – the winner offering sound byte answers to complex problems. Everyone shouting; no one listening; it all seemed hopeless. But then I recalled what a Civil War general had said about a time when our nation was in even greater peril, divided not just by words, but by guns.In 1863, Ulysses S. Grant had been ordered to capture the fortress at Vicksburg. Although his experience told him victory required a long siege, he first attempted two frontal assaults. Each ended in bloody failure. Grant regretted the failure but not the attempt. He explained: “The troops believed they could carry the works in their front, and would not have worked so patiently in the trenches if they had not been allowed to try.”Discouraging as Trump’s victory may seem to half the country, it may turn out to be a necessary step forward. Obama had eight years. No, ending trade deals won’t bring back factory jobs. No, locking up more petty offenders and building a wall won’t make us safer. No, cutting taxes won’t cut the deficit.But it may be that Trump’s supporters must be “allowed to try” a series of simplistic, unworkable, and even brutal (especially to the most vulnerable) ideas before we as a nation finally get to work “in the trenches,” actually trying to agree on real, if imperfect, solutions.As Winston Churchill allegedly said: “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.”last_img read more

Fruit bagel bar

first_imgWho says bagels have to be round? Sales of cereal bars have rocketed in recent years, as people grab a snack on the way to work.These fruit bagel bars could work in a similar way and contain an array of healthy ingredients, including fruit, seeds and nuts.Don’t forget to put these healthy inclusions on the label or ticket when you display them.Makes 110 barsFor the doughStrong white flour – 3.2kgBagel base – 160gShortening – 576gSugar – 147gInvert sugar – 128gFresh yeast – 120gWhole liquid egg – 512gWater – 1.3kgInclusionsRaisins – 1.152kgDiced dried apricots – 450gHoney pieces – 256gDried cranberries – 512gToasted sunflower seeds – 640gSesame seeds – 384gHulled millet – 384g   Walnut pieces – 384gFrozen apple – 320gMethodMix the dough until well developed on a spiral mixer for three minutes fast and six minutes slow.Add all the inclusions, except the apple, and mix well.Add the apple and gently mithrough the dough. Cut into manageable pieces and rest for 20 minutes.Sheet out to about 15mm. Cut into desired shape to give a 90mm dough piece. Tray up and prove slowly or retard overnight.Egg wash before baking. Place in the oven at 225ºC with maximum steam for around 18 minutes.The steam helps to give the bars a chewy, bagel-like texture. Once baked, they can be frozen for up to six months, and then thaw and served.last_img read more