Brad James November 15, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah State Men’s Basketball Hosts Utah Valley Friday Tags: Baylee Steele/Craig Smith/Dwayne Brown Jr./Hartford/Jake Toolson/Montana State/Saint Mary’s/Sam Merrill/Spectrum/USU Men’s Basketball/UVU Men’s Basketball/Westminster Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Friday, the 3-0 Utah State Aggies’ men’s basketball team tries to stay perfect on the season as they host in-state rival Utah Valley at the Spectrum.The Aggies and Wolverines have met annually since the 2006-07 campaign with the exception of 2017-18.The Aggies, who have scored at least 94 points in every game this season are 3-0 for the fifth time in the last six seasons.Utah State, under new head coach Craig Smith, has shown its versatility as in the first three wins of the season, a different player has been the high scorer.In a 101-71 win at Montana State, junior guard Sam Merrill posted 37 points, a 100-73 win over Hartford saw Dwayne Brown Jr. lead the way with 24 points and a 94-59 win over Mississippi Valley State was led by Brock Miller’s career-high 26 points.The Wolverines are 1-2 on the season having suffered a 75-65 loss to BYU and falling 92-63 at Saint Mary’s and besting Division II Westminster 96-71 in the season opener.Utah Valley is led by junior guard Jake Toolson who is averaging 17 points per game while junior center Baylee Steele nets 10.3 rebounds per game.The Wolverines average 74.7 points per game and give up 79.3 points per contest in the early going.The Aggies lead the Wolverines 12-0 all-time so Utah Valley is seeking a historic win in this series.
View post tag: Naval View post tag: contract View post tag: US September 21, 2011 View post tag: Destroyer’s View post tag: PSA View post tag: For Share this article View post tag: Accomplishment View post tag: BAE Industry news View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today BAE Systems Inks Contract for Accomplishment of PSA for US Navy Destroyers View post tag: Inks View post tag: of BAE Systems Inks Contract for Accomplishment of PSA for US Navy Destroyers View post tag: Systems BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, Inc., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded an $18,389,065 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-08-C-2300) for the accomplishment of the post-shakedown availability (PSA) for the DDG 51-class guided-missile destroyers USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) and USS Spruance (DDG 111).The effort to be performed includes services and material for the PSA. Specific efforts include: engineering and management support; labor and procurement of material to correct government responsible deficiencies and accomplish system upgrades; and performance of specific PSA work items inclusive of tests and post repair sea trials.Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be completed by September 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington D.C., is the contracting activity.[mappress]Source: defense, September 21, 2011; View post tag: Navy
View post tag: Careers View post tag: Naval Share this article View post tag: opportunities May 15, 2015 US Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus announced Navy-wide changes that will affect midshipmen’s physical readiness, career paths and post graduate education, during a speech at the United States Naval Academy (USNA), May 13.The initiatives Mabus outlined focused on improving flexibility, transparency and choice for midshipmen’s careers.Starting this September, SECNAV is establishing the Office of Talent Optimization at USNA. The office will analyze labor market data from private sector and academia to keep personnel systems competitive, and create a true marketplace of talent.A refinement in service selection will be seen in the upcoming year. Improvements in the optimization models will put more focus on talent and interest thereby increasing midshipmen’s chances of getting their top choices in service selection.Increased job assignment opportunity for women was discussed as a priority for Mabus. Fifty-seven percent of college graduates are female, and the U.S. Navy wants to attract more educated female officers to serve in the world’s premier naval fighting force. Removing gender specific roles and opening all operation billets to everyone is critical to achieving higher female accessions.A culture of fitness in deeply intertwined within the development of midshipmen into officers. As officers they will be responsible for the mental and physical health of the Sailors and Marines under their command. A revamp of the Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) will have the standard biannual test augmented with physical readiness spot checks, keeping the standard of performance a year-round endeavor. A new reform to the height and weight standards will also change how body mass index testing is performed.This year’s class of 2015’s females will be the first to wear the Navy service dress white choker blouse and combination cover. They will debut the uniform, on graduation day next week, which will eventually be worn throughout the fleet.Image: US Navy View post tag: americas View post tag: Midshipmen View post tag: Navy Changes for Midshipmen’s Careers and Opportunities View post tag: US SECNAV View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Changes for Midshipmen’s Careers and Opportunities Authorities
Stephen Shaw’s assessment of progress in responding to his 2016 review of vulnerability in detention is considering questions of staff culture, recruitment and training, complaints mechanisms, and the effectiveness of whistle-blowing procedures across the immigration detention estate.The independent review of Brook House IRC that G4S commissioned from Kate Lampard last year is also looking at the factors affecting staff morale and behaviour, and attitudes to whistle-blowing. The government will publish Mr Shaw’s report in the coming months and we expect Ms Lampard’s findings later in the year.Relaunching the procurement process later this year, when both have published their findings, will ensure that the conclusions can be considered as part of the new contract.The decision was announced today to bidders and the Home Affairs Select Committee following the end of local election purdah. All immigration detainees must be treated with dignity and respect, and we will accept nothing but the highest standards from those who have responsibility for their care. The procurement process featured a heightened level of due diligence against the allegations from the Panorama programme on Brook House Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) last year, so we took the time we needed to consider all bids very carefully. However, with 2 significant reviews by Stephen Shaw and Kate Lampard currently in train, we have concluded that it would be premature to enter into a new contract at this stage. The contract for the management of Brook House and Tinsley House, which was due to expire this month, was put out for tender in November 2016. However, after careful consideration of the bids, it was decided that G4S would continue with the contract for a further 2 years. This will allow for the review of 2 significant reports on immigration detention before a new procurement begins.A Home Office spokesperson said:
During a lighthearted moment rife with serious undertones, a visiting scholar at the Harvard Divinity School gently corrected her interpreter during a presentation at Andover Hall.In a discussion last Wednesday titled “Women’s Rights in a Man’s World,” featuring Kholoud Al-Faqih, the first female judge to hold a seat on a Shariah court in the Middle East, her translator said in delivering her remarks in English that she had been chosen the most influential woman in the Islamic World in 2009. Al-Faqih quickly intervened in Arabic. Her translator then corrected his statement, saying she had been chosen the most influential “person.” The change drew loud applause from the crowd.Al-Faqih described her path to the Shariah courts in Ramallah on the West Bank and her ongoing struggle to make the equal participation of women in the region a reality — the need to “find solutions,” she said, to “closed doors.” (Shariah, the religious and moral code of law derived from the Quran and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, also means “path” in Arabic, and governs all aspects of Muslim life.)After high school, Al-Faqih attended the University of Jerusalem to study law. She graduated with honors and headed to Ramallah, where she was shocked by the absence of women in Shariah courts, despite their centrality to such issues divorce and marriage. “God created us with the ability to think about these things,” Al-Faqih said.From 2003 to 2008, she represented hundreds of clients, many of them battered women, and began researching the laws and rules of the Shariah court in hopes of becoming a judge. She passed two competitive judicial exams in Palestine in 2008. The next year, she was appointed to the Ramallah Sharia Court in the West Bank.But the fight to become the first female Shariah judge in the Middle East was only the first step. “Then” Al-Faqih said, “the struggle started.”Since her appointment, she has faced many challenges, including opposition from male colleagues. But the most painful protests came from women who insisted that only religious men should be allowed in the role. “I was rejected more by women than by men,” said Al-Faqih. Her comment elicited a collective groan from the crowd. But, Al-Faqih added, “I continued, and I am still here.”In addition to working to change attitudes, Al-Faqih said she is trying to amend the outdated code of Shariah law used in the Ramallah courts that was issued in Jordan in 1976. She said she hopes her work will inspire women and convince them that they deserve the same rights and opportunities as men.“As women, we have to look at ourselves from all directions, from all mirrors, not from a broken mirror. If we look at ourselves through a broken mirror, we will see ourselves as broken parts,” she said. “If we look at ourselves through a complete mirror, we will see a complete human being, with full rights. There is no difference between this human being as a woman and a man in this world, and together we can succeed.”Hauwa Ibrahim, an author and HDS visiting lecturer on women’s studies and Islamic law, described her own experience with Shariah as the first female lawyer among a population of 250,000 in the predominantly Muslim region of Gombe, Nigeria. She said that navigating the male-dominated system took time and a nuanced approach.“When I started the practice of Shariah I had no voice,” said Ibrahim. As time passed, she developed her voice, she said, by learning to understand “the dynamic of the people.”Ibrahim praised Al-Faqih for her “ability to turn challenges into opportunities. … I have so much to learn from you.”HDS Professor Leila Ahmed called Al-Faqih’s presence a welcome sign of progress and change in the attitudes toward women in the Middle East, but warned that political and social unrest in other parts of the world could lead to the reinstatement of Shariah law.In Egypt and Tunisia, many people, “including devout Muslims, men and women, do not want to see a Shariah court,” said Ahmed, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Divinity. Ahmed said Al-Faqih’s “extraordinary achievement gives me hope for Palestine and for women, but do be aware that it’s part of a very complicated and very ferocious debate.”The discussion, which pointed at the intersection of religion and social justice, was made possible by the Susan Shallcross Swartz Endowment for Christian Studies.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered hundreds of Pentagon advisory board members to resign this month as part of a broad review of the panels, essentially purging several dozen who were appointed last-minute under the Trump administration. During the last two months of his tenure, former acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller removed a number of longtime members from several defense policy, health, science and business boards and replaced many with loyalists of former President Donald Trump. More than 30 of those replacements will now be forced to resign, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, retired Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Dozens of people in Myanmar’s largest city have honked car horns and banged on pots and pans in the first known public resistance to the coup by the country’s military. The noise extended to more than a quarter-hour in several neighborhoods of Yangon. Shouts could be heard wishing detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi good health and calling for freedom. A senior politician and close confidante of Suu Kyi also urged citizens to defy the military through civil disobedience. The takeover marked a shocking fall from power for Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate who had lived under house arrest for years and became the country’s de facto leader after her party won elections in 2015.
Now in its seventh consecutive year in Notre Dame Stadium, the 171st Commencement Ceremony will be celebrated Sunday, followed by 19 separate graduation ceremonies throughout the day.University Registrar Chuck Hurley said he encourages graduates and their guests to show up early to this year’s event, due to the attendance of Vice President Joe Biden and former Speaker of the House John Boehner. “With the Vice President coming, that’s a different challenge for us than in a normal year — but on the other hand, we’ve had this happen a number of times in Notre Dame’s history,” Hurley said. “During my tenure, this has been the third time we’ve had a President or Vice President come. We have some people on our staff that have done it five times.”However, while the security measures complicate the planning, Hurley said it is an enjoyable challenge. “It’s very neat. The Secret Service protection adds a layer there that’s different than a normal year, so to speak, so getting people in and out of the facility takes a little bit longer, because the Secret Service has to check everyone through an airport security-type checkpoint,” he said. All bags will be checked, and liquids will be prohibited, amongst other items. In the past, the Secret Service has been helpful in ensuring the safety of everyone at graduation, Hurley said. “We’re spending quite a lot of time collaborating with the Secret Service,” he said. “They’ve been great to work with — they’re extremely professional.”Despite some initial controversy over the location of last year’s Commencement Ceremony, Hurley said the University plans to continue to use Notre Dame Stadium for graduation in years to come. “In the 1950s and 1960s, they had graduation in the stadium as well, for a few years, until they built the Joyce Center,” he said. “We went back in 2010 to the stadium, and that’s worked out well.”However, Hurley said the use of the stadium is heavily reliant on the weather. “When you hold an outdoor event of any kind, you’re subject to Mother Nature,” he said. “Indiana has quite an unusual weather pattern — this time of year, we’ve seen 80 degree, humid, hot days, but we’ve also seen snow. Take, for example, a few weeks ago, when we had that snowstorm on Saturday — that came out of the blue.”Since the University knows anything can happen with the weather, they have alternative measures in place, Hurley said. “We’ve got the University weather person, and we pay close attention to what he says, but we stick to the stadium the best we can,” he said. “There’s always the possibility, however, that we could move into Purcell Pavilion.”A move indoors would affect the number of guests a graduate could bring to the ceremony, according to Hurley. “We have unlimited tickets for the stadium,” he said. “Students can request as many as they wish. About two years ago, we had a young lady who was the first person in her family to graduate college and she brought 90 guests, and that was great. “But when we give students their tickets, we give them a stadium ticket, and then students also receive three severe weather tickets.”However, Hurley said in case of severe weather, alternative viewing locations will be opened around campus.“Folks will be able to go to DeBartolo Hall or Jordan Hall or Compton, or the north part of the Joyce Center, so they can watch it there,” he said. “Or, if they wanted to, they could watch it in their hotel room on an iPad, because it’s streamed.”Tags: Commencement 2016, commencement plans, severe weather plans
Vermont Law School,U.S.News & World Report has ranked Vermont Law School’s environmental law program as the best in the nation for an unprecedented third consecutive year. The 2012 Best Grad Schools guidebook appears on www.usnews.com/grad(link is external) on Tuesday, March 15, and on newsstands on April 5.‘I’m proud of this continued recognition of the depth and breadth of our environmental curriculum, clinic and institutes,’ said Professor Marc Mihaly, director of the school’s Environmental Law Center (ELC). ‘Our success reflects the dedication of our wonderful faculty and students. Our graduates bring strong skills and environmental direction to their legal and policy positions in government, nonprofits, law firms and corporations.’Vermont Law School has placed first 14 times and never placed lower than second since the U.S. News environmental specialty rankings began in 1991. VLS’s top ranking this year marks the first time that a school has been ranked number one in the environmental specialty for three consecutive years. To develop its specialty rankings, U.S. News asked legal educators to identify the top programs.Vermont Law School also placed among the top 100 law schools where law firms tend to recruit (number 96). This is the first year that U.S. News has ranked law schools based on the opinions of recruiters and hiring partners at the nation’s most highly regarded law firms.”Employer recognition of the excellence of our graduates continues to grow,’ Dean Jeff Shields said. ‘This is not surprising given the exceptional preparation in writing, speaking and critical thinking that takes place at Vermont Law School.’The ELC offers the largest selection of environmental law courses in the nation. The multidisciplinary program in law, policy, science and ethics attracts law and graduate students, lawyers, government officials, teachers, scientists, journalists and citizen activists. Since its creation in 1978, the ELC has trained people to be environmental leaders in government, nonprofits, corporations and private practice ‘ locally, nationally and internationally. The ELC administers the Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) degree program for lawyers and non-lawyers and the Master of Laws (LLM) in Environmental Law, a post-Juris Doctor degree for experienced attorneys who seek to specialize.Vermont Law School offers clinical, research and experiential environmental programs through the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, the Institute for Energy and the Environment, the Land Use Institute, the Environmental Tax Policy Institute, the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law, and the Environmental Semester in Washington. The ELC’s Summer Session offers a broad curriculum, a Visiting Distinguished Environmental Scholars program and a lecture series that features summer faculty members, distinguished summer scholars and summer media fellows speaking about current issues in their fields.##Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, has the top-ranked environmental law program and one of the top-ranked clinical training programs in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor curriculum that emphasizes public service, a Master of Environmental Law and Policy degree and two post-JD degrees, the Master of Laws in Environmental Law and the LLM in American Legal Studies (for international students). The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center and the South Royalton Legal Clinic. For more information, visit www.vermontlaw.edu(link is external).
On November 2, a U.S. jury found former Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout guilty of having agreed to sell arms to individuals he believed were guerrillas belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), with plans to attack U.S. soldiers. Bout, a former Soviet Air Force officer whose story inspired the book Merchant of Death, was arrested in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2008, in an undercover operation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and extradited to the United States in 2010 to face terrorism-related charges. The jury deliberated for almost a day before rendering its verdict in a federal court in Manhattan, in New York City. Bout was found guilty of two charges of conspiracy to murder U.S. citizens and officials and one charge of conspiracy to sell anti-aircraft missiles and provide material support to a terrorist organization. The Russian citizen faces a sentence of between 25 years to life in prison. “It was a tough case,” Bout’s attorney, Kenneth Kaplan, told reporters. “We gave it a good fight. The fight is not over. He has various legal options,” he added. Kaplan said that he will appeal the conviction after sentencing, scheduled for February 8. U.S. informants posed as FARC arms buyers and met with Bout in Thailand to purchase military weaponry, which the Russian showed himself ready to provide, according to prosecutors. Two DEA informants who posed as FARC leaders testified against Bout at trial. Andrew Smulian, the Russian’s former business partner, also testified after pleading guilty to participating in the agreement with the guerilla group. By Dialogo November 04, 2011