first_img Authorities Report: US sails destroyer near Chinese claimed island View post tag: USS Mustin View post tag: South China Sea March 23, 2018 View post tag: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Report: US sails destroyer near Chinese claimed island The US Navy destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) sailed close to an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, Reuters reported citing US officials.On March 23, 2018, the destroyer reportedly approached Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, a disputed area.The operation, called by the US Navy the freedom of navigation comes despite Chinese government’s efforts to control navigation in these waters.Freedom of navigation operations are conducted by the US to challenge whatever excessive claims countries might have in disputed regions.Earlier this year, Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Hopper came within twelve miles of the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. China’s foreign ministry protested the move saying the destroyer sailed near the shoal without permission from the Chinese government. Share this articlelast_img read more

first_imgPosting Specific QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResume/CVCover LetterResearch Portfolio/PhilosophyOptional DocumentsPortfolio Location of VacancyAthens Area EEO Statement Is driving a responsibility of this position?No Establish a robust, externally funded research program. Mentorgraduate students, undergraduate students and postdoctoral researchassociates. Fulfill teaching obligations. Participate in thefurthering the mission of the University. About the University of Georgia Posting TypeExternal Job Posting Date09/10/2020 Position Details Special Instructions to Applicants Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings) Duties/Responsibilities Benefits EligibilityBenefits Eligible Anticipated Start Date08/01/2021 FLSA Does this position have direct interaction or care of childrenunder the age of 18 or direct patient care?No Physical Demands Minimum Qualifications Job Closing Date Retirement PlanTRS or ORP Applications should include a cover letter, research statement andCV. Three confidential letters from referees should besubmittedseparately. Completed applications received by Friday October 30,2020 are assured full consideration. Terminal degree appropriate for the discipline Working TitleAssistant or Associate Professor (open rank) Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position?No Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/orCertification Duties/Responsibilities Faculty RankOpen Rank (Tenure Track) Percentage Of Time100center_img Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions withfinancial responsibilities. For additional information about thecredit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website. The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction employer. All qualified applicants will receiveconsideration for employment without regard to race, color,religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, geneticinformation, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation orprotected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations orassistance with the accessibility of materials related to thissearch are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]). Underutilization College/Unit/Department website Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety,IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access tochemicals and medications)Yes The University of Georgia announces a tenure-track faculty positionat the level of Assistant or Associate Professor with teaching andresearch responsibilities in the Center for Molecular Medicine (CMM ) (http://cmm.uga.edu). The CMM is dedicated to betterunderstanding the molecular and cellular basis of human disease andwhere possible, to use basic discovery to advance therapeuticdevelopment. To advance this mission, we are seeking applicationsfrom outstanding investigators with broad interests including theuse of human cell-based disease models.An attractive start-up package with highly competitive conditionsof employment will be offered. Laboratory space will be located inthe new Center for Molecular Medicine Building on Riverbend Road,adjacent to the Center for Complex Carbohydrate Research. TheCenter benefits from strong interactions with UGA researchers atthe Center for Drug Discovery, Developmental Biology Alliance, CCRCas well as academic departments on campus. All applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in a relevantdiscipline.Applicants at the Assistant level must have at least two yearsrelevant postdoctoral research experience as well as a publicationrecord and a research plan commensurate with the rank.Applicants at the Associate level should provide documentation ofan established, well-funded and impactful research program.For additional details on rank requirements, see https://provost.uga.edu/faculty-affairs/UGA_Guidelines_for_APT_approved_2_2020.pdf Position Summary Employment TypeEmployee Additional Requirements Posting NumberF0717P Posting Details Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies The University of Georgia ( UGA ), a land-grant and sea-grantuniversity with statewide commitments and responsibilities is thestate’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversifiedinstitution of higher education (http://www.uga.edu). UGA iscurrently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News& World Report. The University’s main campus is located inAthens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extendedcampuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was foundedin 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the firststate-chartered University in the country. UGA employsapproximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with AugustaUniversity housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus inAthens. Does this position have operation, access, or control offinancial resources?Yes Tenure StatusTenure Track Open until filledYes DepartmentVPR-Ctr for Molecular Medicine Classification TitleOpen Rank Credit and P-Card policy Contract TypeAcademic (9 mo.) Advertised Salary About the College/Unit/Department Candidates with interests in the following areas are encouraged toapply:• regenerative medicine and tissue repair• stem cells and organoid models forhuman disease and development• molecular and cellular basis of cancer,including cancer stem cells• metabolic disease and metabolicregulation in human disease Is this a Position of Trust?Yes Does this position require a P-Card?Nolast_img read more

first_imgCredit and P-Card policy Tenure StatusTenure Track or Tenured Retirement Plan Classification TitleOpen Rank Is this a Position of Trust?No Does this position have direct interaction or care of childrenunder the age of 18 or direct patient care?No Open until filledYes FLSA About the College/Unit/Department Does this position require a P-Card?No Employment TypeEmployee Benefits EligibilityBenefits Eligible Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety,IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access tochemicals and medications)No Advertised SalaryCommensurate with qualifications and experience DepartmentSr VP Acad Affrs & Provost Contract TypeAcademic (9 mo.) Job Closing Date Terminal degree appropriate for the discipline Position Details Posting NumberF0785P The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction employer. All qualified applicants will receiveconsideration for employment without regard to race, color,religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, geneticinformation, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation orprotected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations orassistance with the accessibility of materials related to thissearch are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]). Location of VacancyAthens Area Posting TypeExternal Does this position have operation, access, or control offinancial resources?No About the University of Georgia Additional Requirements Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions withfinancial responsibilities. For additional information about thecredit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website. Physical Demands Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/orCertification Special Instructions to Applicants Minimum Qualifications Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings) Position Summary Review of applications will begin on 15 February 2021; however,applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.Inquiries about the positions should be directed to the co-chairsof the search committee, Dr. Jaime Andres Camelio([email protected]) in the College of Engineering or Dr. HaraldScherm ([email protected]) in the College of Agricultural &Environmental Sciences. All application materials must be submittedvia the university’s job portal athttps://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/179086.Materials to be uploaded include i) cover letter addressing thecandidate’s experience relative to the responsibilities of theposition; ii) curriculum vitae; iii) graduate-level academictranscripts; iv) statement of research interests, including adiscussion of how the candidate’s research would complementexisting precision agriculture efforts at UGA ; v) description ofteaching experience and interests; and vi) names and contactinformation of four professional references.Selected applicants will be required to submit a backgroundinvestigation demonstrating eligibility for employment with theUniversity of Georgia. 2-years of postdoctoral experience preferred. Anticipated Start Date08/01/2021 Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position?No Working TitleAssistant, Associate or Full Professor in Integrative PrecisionAgriculture All candidates must have a Ph.D. in an agricultural science,engineering, computer science or related discipline. All candidatesmust also have a documented research background, as evidenced bypeer-reviewed publications, in the application of technologies,data analytics, or models to problems in agriculture orbiology.To be considered at the rank of Associate Professor, candidatesmust have at least 5 full years in rank at the Assistant Professorlevel.To be considered at the rank of Professor, candidates must have atleast 5 full years in rank at the Associate Professor level.Specific criteria for the Associate Professor and Professor levelsin potential home departments are summarized at https://provost.uga.edu/policies/appointment-promotion-and-tenure/promotion-tenure-criteria/ To be eligible for tenure upon appointment, candidates must beappointed as an associate or full professor, have been tenured at aprior institution, and bring a demonstrably national reputation tothe institution. Candidates must be approved for tenure uponappointment before hire. Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in Integrative PrecisionAgriculture with an academic-year appointment.Building on one of its key research strengths, the University ofGeorgia is conducting a cluster hire to fill five tenure-track ortenured faculty positions in the area of Integrative PrecisionAgriculture, of which up to three are being recruited for a targetstart date of August 2021. Outstanding candidates who cancontribute significantly to the application of digital agriculturetechnologies, data analytics, or models with a focus on therhizosphere (soil, microbiome, and roots) and/or on sustainableintensification of cropping or plantation forestry systems relevantto the southeastern U.S. are especially encouraged to apply.Illustrative examples of the type of expertise sought include, butare not limited to:• Sensor Development and Distributed Sensing – e.g., novel soil- orplant-embedded sensors and biodegradable sensor networks fordistributed in-situ measurements of agricultural and environmentalvariables.• Systems Modeling – e.g., predicting root and shoot growth,nutrient and water uptake, host-microbiome interactions, andpest/pathogen spread at field and landscape scales to fine-tunesite-specific crop management, optimize yield potential, andminimize environmental impacts.• AI-Enabled Decision Analysis and Data Analytics – e.g.,leveraging data from high-resolution images and sensor networks toimprove soil, crop, and plant health management decisions at fieldand landscape scales.• Automation and Actuation – e.g., robotics and imagingtechnologies for phenomics and precision crop management; smartmachinery for belowground seed placement and precision pestmanagement; and accurate detection of biotic and abiotic plantstressors.The new faculty members are expected to develop a vigorous,high-impact, externally funded research program; work closely withother members of the cluster hire and existing faculty specializingin precision agriculture; actively participate in the mentoring ofgraduate students and postdoctoral scientists; effectively supportour teaching mission at the undergraduate and graduate levels; andcontribute to a diverse and inclusive environment within theuniversity. Specific teaching assignments will be negotiated withthe hiring department, but are expected to be commensurate with a0.25 FTE instructional appointment.Specific responsibilities include (but are not limited to): (1)obtain extramural funds to support research and teaching programs,(2) establish a strong record of scholarly activity, and (3) directPhD and MS degree students and postdoctoral associates.This is a university-wide search. Successful candidates will selectan appropriate home department and college during the interview andappointment process. The incumbents are expected to workcollaboratively with each other and with existing precisionagriculture faculty at the University of Georgia, including facultyin cross-cutting units such as the Phenomics and Plant RoboticsCenter (https://pprc.uga.edu/), the Precision Agriculture team(https://research.uga.edu/news/farming-for-the-future-uga-leads-the-way-in-precision-agriculture/),and the Institute for Artificial Intelligence(https://www.ai.uga.edu/), among others. Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies Faculty RankOpen Rank Job Posting Date12/17/2020 College/Unit/Department website Is driving a responsibility of this position?No The University of Georgia ( UGA ), a land-grant and sea-grantuniversity with statewide commitments and responsibilities is thestate’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversifiedinstitution of higher education ( http://www.uga.edu/ ). UGA is currentlyranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News &World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens,approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campusesin Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-charteredUniversity in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-timestaff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 studentsincluding over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate andprofessional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools andcolleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta Universityhoused on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens. Underutilization EEO Statement Posting Details Duties/ResponsibilitiesPosting Specific QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResume/CVCover LetterUnofficial TranscriptsList of References with Contact InformationTeaching Portfolio/PhilosophyResearch Portfolio/PhilosophyOptional Documentslast_img read more

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiSome people may not be aware that there is a hospital in the middle of Ocean City’s downtown business district.Patients are given great care when they are rushed in for emergencies.“We are a doll hospital. We repair dolls,” explained Katy Himes, owner and head “doctor” at Kay Jay’s Doll Shoppe at 737 Asbury Ave. “People come in and ask us, ‘Can you fix it for me right now? My child can’t sleep without it.’”Himes has a room in the back of the store where the dolls are patched and stitched. Some dolls are in need of extensive TLC, while others require a mere touch-up.The so-called hospital is just one part of the elaborate doll shop that Himes started in 1985 with her late mother, Kathryn Nichols. Her mother went by Kay Jay, hence the store name.The store features an array of baby dolls and accessories.Himes recalled that her mother, a colorful character, reveled in playing the role of doll doctor. She would walk around the store dressed in surgical scrubs or a physician’s coat while wearing a stethoscope.These days, the attire is far different for Himes and her daughter, Jamie, who helps to run the store. For the holidays, they dress up in pink, Christmassy elf outfits that match the shop’s decidedly feminine color scheme.“It’s our pinkdom,” Himes declared, laughing.The storefront is part of the pink-dominated color scheme.The shop once had an earthy color palette. It was given a pink-tinged overhaul after Hurricane Sandy in 2012 flooded the store with 18 inches of water and ruined the green carpeting.Fortunately, Himes was able to save the dolls and their accessories from the hurricane’s wrath by moving the merchandise to her home, her daughter’s house and her neighbor’s residence after some frenetic, last-minute packing.After cleaning up the storm damage, Himes made the decision to decorate the store in pink. We’re talking about a sea of pink. Pink walls, pink carpeting, a pink storefront and a large pink sign emblazoned with the shop’s name dominate the pinkdom.The doll shop has been an Ocean City landmark since 1985.The store’s holiday decorations also have a pink hue, including the stockings, the garland and some of the Christmas trees. Of course, many of the dolls and their accessories are pink, too.“Whenever I see pink, I buy it,” Himes said.Himes owns the store with her husband, Rich. Their four daughters, April, 37, Rachael, 23, Jamie, 19, and Maggie, 17, have all taken turns working in the store and learning the doll business. Jamie is set to take over when Himes retires.“I know it so well,” Jamie said, alluding to all the time she has spent in the store since she was a little girl.The doll business runs in Himes’ family. Her grandfather, Milton Emmert, owned a doll hospital in Philadelphia in the 1940s. Himes’ mother learned the business from her father and then passed that knowledge on to Himes. Now, Himes’ daughters are the latest generation of doll mavens.Ninety percent of the doll clothes in the store are handmade by Himes, her daughter or a seamstress. All of that stitching and sewing experience, no doubt, comes in handy when dolls are in need of repairs in the hospital.In an age when children often clamor for high-tech smartphones, computers and video games, Kay Jay’s remains a bastion of old-fashioned toys.“We don’t bring in anything electronic,” Himes stressed. “That is so important to us – the old-school mentality.”The store brims with every type of doll accessory imaginable. For instance, Himes noted that Kay Jay’s sells more than 600 styles of shoes for the American Girl brand of doll. About 60 percent to 70 percent of the store’s sales are related to the American Girl line, Himes said.“If there is something out there for this doll, I will find it or I’ll make it,” she said.Another big seller is a line of newborn baby dolls that are uncannily realistic, right down to being anatomically correct.“We sell hundreds of these dolls. I think it’s because they look so real,” Himes said.With Christmas coming up, Kay Jay’s is in the middle of the holiday shopping rush. Even during economic downturns, the doll business does well, Himes said. She believes that little girls innately want dolls, and their parents are happy to oblige them.A child will come in, still in a stroller or in their parents’ arms, and they will reach out to hold a doll or hug it. I don’t know how that happens,” Himes said. Katy Himes and her daughter, Jamie, run Kay Jay’s Doll Shoppe on Asbury Avenue.last_img read more

first_imgWine business Vinopolis has been given the go-ahead to open a bakery, restaurant and shops by London’s celebrated food market, Borough Market. The development will house a combined 24-hour bakery and retail unit, which will supply products sold in the new retail units as well as to the St John group, which operates the Cantina, Brew Wharf and Wine Wharf outlets at Vinopolis, together with two restaurants in Clerkenwell.Southwark council’s planning committee has backed the plans, which involve the reuse of existing railway arches on Park Street. “The plan is for a small artisan bakery, and we hope to employ around 15 staff,” said managing director Rupert Ellwood. Although it is too early to give precise details as to the types of products that will be on offer, Ellwood said they would be in a similar vein to those currently available at St John Bread and Wine, located by Spitalfields market. St John Bread and Wine has an on-site bakery and offers products such as pikelets and crumpets for breakfast, as well as a range of cakes and biscuits. Vinopolis, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, is based in Bank End, London. It currently offers wine-tasting tours, as well as conference facilities and already houses four restaurants and bars.Permission has also been granted for the creation of a pedestrian walkway off Park Street linking up with Brew Wharf Yard and Stoney Street.last_img read more

first_imgFARMINGTON – The Farmington Board of Selectmen held a public hearing on Tuesday night to give the community the opportunity to voice any concerns or questions regarding the warrant for the upcoming Secret Ballot Referendum to be held on April 26. Since many of the items on the warrant were similar to changes that are proposed to the public regularly, Town Manager Richard Davis assumed that most of the questions would be regarding the proposed budget which has a 12.13 percent total increase from last year’s budget. This is to compensate for the “flat nature” of the previous year’s budget which didn’t allow for sufficient flexibility for expenses that arose from the pandemic.“We’ve put together a budget that meets the growing needs of a growing community without putting any burden on the backs of taxpayers,” said Davis.Attending department heads and budget committee members confirmed his assessment of the budget. While the public didn’t voice many questions pertaining to the budget, Davis also went ahead and assured those in attendance that if approved after the referendum is held, the budget would not negatively affect future tax rates.“It gives me a great deal of comfort to say that there is no reason this budget would result in an increase in taxes. In fact, if they wanted to, selectmen could lower taxes,” said Davis.After the public hearing was closed, the board approved to postpone the special town meeting which had initially been scheduled for May 11. This was due to the fact that the board needed to acquire the public’s votes in order to move forward with signing on with a new electric and solar company to lower the town’s electric costs. However, after further research, it was determined that the saving estimates the company originally gave to the town were unrealistic. Farmington will now be pursuing a partnership with a new electric company that will still lower the overall costs. The town doesn’t require an official vote from the public to begin business with this new company.“The urgency to hold a town meeting in May is no longer there,” said Davis.The board agreed that they still thought it prudent to hold a town meeting discussing the partnership, even without the requirement of a vote. They approved the postponement and will set a date for the meeting at a later time.They also approved an expenditure of up to $10,000 for the Parks and Recreation to purchase a new state surplus F-150 with no discussion necessary.In continuing to look at the months ahead, the board approved Davis’s suggestion to use the municipal consulting services of Don Gerrish at Eaton Peabody to head the search for a new Town Manager pending his retirement.“You always want someone who can do a better job than you did. And this community deserves nothing less,” said Davis, closing out the meeting.last_img read more

first_imgTaking place in St. Pete and Boca Raton on consecutive nights, January 13-14, the Sunshine Music Festival has put together a great lineup for their initial announcement. Headlining the event will be hosts Tedeschi Trucks Band, who will return to the local Florida event to give what is sure to be a soulful performance.Joining them on the lineup are a number of incredible musicians, including Mike Gordon, Medeski Martin & Wood, Galactic, Hot Tuna, Foundation of Funk (with Zigaboo Modeliste, George Porter Jr., Eric Krasno, & John Medeski), and The Suffers. The full festival takes place over two days in two venues, including Vinoy Park in St. Pete on January 13 and Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton on the 14.Tickets go on sale 9/29 at 10am, and more information can be found here. The full lineup poster is copied below.last_img read more

first_imgSteven C. Bass, professor emeritus and former chair of the department of computer science and engineering at Notre Dame, died Thursday at the age of 75 at his home on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the University announced in a press release Friday.A graduate of Purdue University’s bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate programs, Bass taught electrical engineering at his alma mater for 17 years while working as a consultant to private firms as well as the United States government, the press release said.According to the press release, Bass joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1991 as the inaugural Schubmehl-Prein chair of the department of computer science and engineering. While serving as a fellow for the Center for Social Concerns as well as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Bass received several honors for his innovations in education and research in circuits, systems and signal processing.Bass moved to St. John following his retirement from the University in 2001 to continue his work as an instructor and innovator, the release said.Bass will be buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery on Notre Dame’s campus. Donations in Bass’ memory may be made to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in St. John, the Animal Care Center of St. John or a charity of one’s choice.Tags: Center for Social Concerns, College of Engineering, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Steven C. Basslast_img read more

first_imgPhoto: PxHereJAMESTOWN – Big changes are coming to Jamestown’s Labor Day Festival.Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist tells WNYNewsNow as part of the city’s COVID-19 Financial Restructuring Plan, funding for festivals and special events have been put on hold.In a message to members of the City’s Labor Day Committee, the Mayor said instead of a large elaborate festival this year, officials will likely be working to host a scaled down gathering.“With the addition of COVID-19 making large gatherings difficult, and a large financial strain on the City from lost revenue, we have decided to forgo a large festival this year,” said Sundquist. “However, I want to let the committee know that I am determined to celebrate the men and women of labor in the Jamestown community.” The Mayor says even though this September’s celebration will be much smaller and “muted” then years past, the City still plans to honor those in the labor force.“Although this year may have to be a much smaller and muted ceremony, we will still honor the sacrifices people have made in pursuit of better working conditions and a better life, here in the City of Jamestown,” explained Sundquist. “As we get closer to Labor Day 2020, we will reach back out and have folks come together to talk about what a smaller celebration may look like.”Several other big community events scheduled for this summer have been canceled due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, including the National Comedy Center’s Lucille Ball Comedy Festival and the Chautauqua County Fair.According to New York State’s phased reopening plan, large scale events and gathering will likely not be permitted until phase four, which is expected to occur in early July. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will co-hosting a webinar July 25 to outline strategies to address and prevent elder financial abuse. Registration is currently open for the free webinar, scheduled for 2 p.m. (ET) July 25.The webinar will focus on the benefits of appropriate collaboration between financial institutions and law enforcement regarding this issue and will provide financial institutions with resources and strategies to develop strategic relationships.In addition, the webinar will discuss the unique challenges involved in detecting and preventing elder financial abuse and will explain how Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) filings can be used to combat it. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more