USS San Francisco Begins Western Pacific Deployment

first_img View post tag: begins View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic USS San Francisco Begins Western Pacific Deployment View post tag: Defence The Los Angeles-class, fast-attack submarine’s deployment is in support of the Chief of Naval Operations’ maritime strategy. San Francisco’s missions will focus on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts, which help establish conditions for regional stability.The deployment is part of an on-going rotation of deployed forces to support maritime security operations and operations in international waters around the globe, working with other coalition maritime forces. During the past few months, San Francisco has conducted several training exercises off the coast of California and is fully prepared to deploy.“The crew has put in a lot of hours training and preparing the ship for this deployment, and we are ready,” said Cmdr. Jeff Juergens, commanding officer of San Francisco.San Francisco was commissioned April 24, 1981. Displacing more than 6,900 tons, San Francisco has a crew of nearly 140 Sailors. It is one of five Los Angeles-class, fast-attack submarines homeported in San Diego.[mappress]Press Release, July 14, 2014; Image: US Navy Share this article July 14, 2014 View post tag: Western Pacificcenter_img View post tag: Deployment USS San Francisco (SSN 711) deployed from Naval Base Point Loma for a scheduled six-month Western Pacific deployment, July 10. Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today USS San Francisco Begins Western Pacific Deployment View post tag: USS San Francisco View post tag: americas View post tag: Navallast_img read more

German Adjunct Assistant Professor

first_imgThe Los Rios Community College District is seeking a pool ofqualified applicants for possible temporary part-time facultyteaching assignments. These positions are filled on an as neededbasis and are on-going recruitment efforts.Adjunct pools are open continuously and applicants arecontacted/hired year round for assignments based on collegeneeds.Teaching assignments may include day, evening, on-line, hybrid,weekend, and/or off campus classes. Quicklink LocationLos Rios Community College District (District Office) 1. Have a master’s degree in the language being taught ORBachelor’s in the language being taught AND Master’s in anotherlanguage or linguistics; OR, hold a California Community CollegeInstructor’s Credential in the discipline area; OR, theequivalent.* All degrees must be from an accreditedinstitution.2. Have an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity toand understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural,disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnicbackgrounds of community college students, including those withphysical or learning disabilities as it relates to differences inlearning styles; and successfully foster and support an inclusiveeducational and employment environment.*Note: Applicants applying under the “equivalent” provision mustattach details and explain how their academic preparation is theequivalent of the degrees listed above. Open ContinuouslyYes Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Posting NumberF00100P Posting Date Can you perform the essential functions of this position?YesNo Considering this specific position that you are applying to –where/how did you learn about this position?College DepartmentCareerBuilderChronicle of Higher Ed ( College Registry Job Fair: OaklandCommunity College Registry Job Fair: Los AngelesCommunity College Registry Online Job BoardCommunity Outreach (ex. Festivals, etc.)CommunityCollegeJobsComunidadCraigslistDiverse: Issues in Higher EducationD’Primeramano MagazineEdJoinFacebook (Campaign)Facebook (Los Rios Page)GlassdoorGreater Sacramento Urban LeagueHandshake (CSU, UC Job Boards)HigheredJobsIndeedInstagramJob SitesJob JournalLatina Leadership Network of the California CommunityCollegesLinkedInLos Rios Community College District EmployeeLos Rios Community College District Human Resources EmailLos Rios Community College District WebsiteLRCCD Resource Group – API (Asian Pacific Islander Legacy)LRCCD Resource Group – Black Faculty & Staff Association(BFSA)LRCCD Resource Group Native American Collaborative (NAC)LRCCD Resource Group – Spectrum (LGBTQIA+)Professional NetworksSacramento Black Chamber of CommerceSacramento Asian Chamber of CommerceSacramento Builders ExchangeSacramento Hispanic Chamber of CommerceSacramento Rainbow Chamber of CommerceSacramentoWorksThe HUBTwitterYouTubeZipRecruiter General Responsibilities:The adjunct faculty member shall be responsible for the following:teaching assigned classes under the supervision of the area dean;helping students fulfill their maximum potential in masteringcourse content; assessing student learning outcomes; maintaining athorough and up-to-date knowledge in his/her regular teachingfield; continuing professional development; utilizing currenttechnology in the performance of job duties; maintaining standardsof professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professionalposition; assisting with articulation and curriculum developmentand review; serving on college committees and participating infaculty governance including accreditation and studentco-curricular activities; assuming other responsibilities asassigned by the area dean; fulfilling other duties andresponsibilities of an adjunct faculty member as outlined in thecollege faculty handbook. Conditions Additional Salary InformationNo additional salary information to note Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful clearancefrom a criminal background check, freedom from tuberculosis, andproof of identity and eligibility to work in the United Statesprior to the first day of work. The District may select additionalqualified candidates should unexpected vacancies or needs occurduring this recruitment/selection process. When education is arequirement for the position, official academic transcripts fromthe accredited college/university must be submitted within 60 daysof hire. AboutThe Los Rios Community College District is the second largest,two-year public college district in California, servingapproximately 75,000 students in the greater Sacramento region. Thedistrict’s 2,400 square mile service area includes Sacramento andEl Dorado counties and parts of Yolo, Placer, and Solano countiesand is comprised of four uniquely diverse colleges – AmericanRiver, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City colleges. Inaddition to each college’s main campus, the district offerseducational centers in Placerville, Davis, West Sacramento, ElkGrove, Natomas and Rancho Cordova.The Los Rios district office is centrally located in the heart ofthe Sacramento valley. The growing Capital Region has strongcommunities and emergent arts and dining scenes, and is nearby someof the most celebrated tourist destinations in the country – LakeTahoe, Napa Valley and San Francisco. The Sacramento area is agreat place to live and work!StrengthsThe district has approximately 6,000 employees throughout our fourcolleges and district office complex. The District office iscentrally located between all four colleges and provides welcoming,inclusive, and equitable environments for Los Rios students,employees and our community partners. Our departments strive forthe highest quality in all programs, services, and activities, andare focused on advancing the learning of our diverse studentpopulation through improved academic and social outcomes.Our VisionOur colleges offer equity-minded, academically rigorous, studentsuccess centered education. Our objective is to help our studentssuccessfully achieve their academic goals, whether they want totransfer to a four-year college or university, earn an associate’sdegree, or obtain one of more than 100 certificates in high demandcareer fields.The Los Rios Community College District’s Human ResourcesDepartment is committed to diversity, equity, and to ensuring aninclusive, thriving environment for all of its employees, students,and surrounding communities. To that end, the Human ResourcesDepartment is intentional in recruiting, hiring, and retainingdiverse employees, to reflect the diversity of our colleges’student populations. Minimum Qualifications Posting Details Assignment Responsibilities Job Posting TitleGerman Adjunct Assistant Professor Closing Datecenter_img SalaryPlease see LRCCD Salary Schedules Criminal History Verification and Release: I acknowledge andagree that I understand that by answering the question below, Icertify that the information provided by me is true, correct andcomplete to the best of my knowledge and belief. I authorizeinvestigation of all statements contained herein, and on the P-881(if applicable and submitted), and I release from liability allpersons and organizations furnishing such information. I understandthat any misstatements, omissions or misrepresentation of facts onthis form, my application, and, if applicable, the P-881 orattachment(s) may be cause for disqualification or dismissal. Ifyou have ever been convicted of an offense other than a minortraffic violation you are required to complete the form ‘ArrestsWhich Led to Convictions for Crime’, P-881 (you must discloseconvictions that have been dismissed pursuant to Penal Code Section1203.4; Ed. Code 87008). Please copy and paste the provided URL forthe form - – andattach the completed form to your application.Yes, I acknowledge and agreeNo, I do not acknowledge or agree Physical Demands Applicants applying to this Los Rios Community College DistrictFaculty1. A completed Los Rios Community College District ClassifiedApplication (required).2. Resume (recommended).3. Unofficial transcripts of college/university work (indicatingcompleted or conferred date) (required if using education to meetthe Minimum Qualifications of this position). * (“graduate advisingdocuments and grade reports” will not be accepted as unofficialtranscripts) (Required). NOTE : Los Rios employees are alsorequired to submit unofficial copies of transcripts.4. Two (2) letters of recommendation (recommended).5. Letter of Interest (recommended).6. Certification and/or Licenses ( NOTE : list requirement withpositions with additional accreditation MQ)NOTES :● Applications submitted without all required documents, listedabove, will be disqualified. Applicants indicating “see resume” onthe online application will be disqualified.● Graduate advising documents and grade reports will not beaccepted as official transcripts.● It is the responsibility of Los Rios Community College Districtemployees to also provide official transcripts, if required in theminimum qualification for the position. (Within 60 days of the timeof hire, employees are required to submit official transcripts, ifrequired in the minimum qualification for the position).● Individuals who have completed college or university course workat an institution in a country other than the United States mustobtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees andother relevant documents.● A foreign transcript evaluation is required any time foreigncourse work is used to meet minimum qualifications and/or salaryplacement even if the foreign transcript has been accepted by acollege or university in the United States.● Foreign transcript evaluations are ONLY accepted from AICE(Association of International Credential Evaluations, Inc.) orNACES (The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services)agencies or evaluators. Foreign Degree Transcript Evaluations click hereDo not submit additional materials that are not requested. Work YearN/A Special Requirements The Institution Beginning and/or Ending Dates How and where to apply Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for completeinformation on how to apply online with our District. If you needassistance with any phase of the application process, please call(916) 568-3112 during regular business hours Monday through Friday8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.After hours inquiries should be emailed to [email protected] of applications are by 11:59 p.m. of the posting closingdate. Department Location Application Instructions Work Schedule Total Hrs per Week/Day Part-time, Assistant Professor Position. Adjunct pools are opencontinuously and applicants are contacted/hired year round forassignments based on college needs. Please indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications forthis position. Select the appropriate answer.I possess the minimum qualifications for this discipline aslisted on the job announcement. (Attach unofficial transcripts froman accredited college/university and/or evidence of jobexperience.)I possess a valid California Community College Credential forthis discipline. (Attach a copy of appropriate credential withapplication.)I possess qualifications equivalent to those listed and haveattached evidence. (To review Equivalency Process.)I have previously been granted equivalency to teach thisdiscipline by the Los Rios Community College District. (Attach theEquivalency Determination Form P-38 and transcripts.) Position Summary Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsUnofficial Transcript 1Optional DocumentsUnofficial Transcript 2Unofficial Transcript 3Resume/Curriculum VitaeLetter of InterestLetter of Recommendation 1Letter of Recommendation 2Equivalency Determination Letter (P-38 or Equivalency RequestStatement)P-881 Report of Arrests Which Led To Convictions For CrimeDocumentUnofficial Transcript 4Unofficial Transcript 5Foreign Transcript Evaluationlast_img read more

Collaborative strength

first_imgSuccessfully implementing a global project for Starbucks to standardise its muffin range was, understandably, one of the main achievements Rich Products highlighted to judges in the Sainsbury’s-sponsored Bakery Supplier of the Year category. But it was also its family culture and its focus on collaboration with its customers, which saw it walk away with the gong at the Baking Industry Awards 2009.Headquartered in Fareham, Rich UK is part of “the largest privately-owned bakery food company in the US”, with a group turnover of $2.3bn (£1.57bn) and a presence in more than 73 countries. It has two manufacturing sites in the UK in Fareham and Hartlebury and plans are under way to build a new UK factory dedicated to the production of toppings and icings (see news page 5).”Being a family company is what makes us a bit different,” says national retail account controller Vicki Banks. She says that although the firm is headquartered in the US, the UK team links up with the teams in America and perhaps even more so since the founder’s grandson, Ted Rich, joined as MD of Rich UK in September last year. “He has been able to bring that connection with America to life even more, and he’s doing a lot of great things with the UK company,” adds Banks.Bakery is the primary focus for the firm around the globe, she says. The UK business, which has a turnover of around $46m (£31.4m), is primarily focused on cookies, muffins, swirls and, to a lesser extent, cupcakes. It has around 250 ’associates’ (or employees), selling 255 products. The UK site also supplies into eight countries in Europe an area it is looking to develop further, says Banks. And the firm supplies the retail sector, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Asda, as well as foodservice companies, including Pret A Manger, EAT, Starbucks and Sainsbury’s Café.Firm foundationsRich’s first-ever product launch was its Whip Topping in 1945. Called ’the miracle cream from the soya bean’, it was used for covering and decorating cakes. “It was invented for the troops during the war and was what Robert E Rich founded his business on,” explains Banks. The firm even holds an annual Founder’s Day on 18 March across its global network.Although Rich UK was established in 1989, Banks says its notable growth came in 2005 with the acquisition of David Powell Bakeries (DPB). “We transformed the UK company; we took the cookies that we were already making and DPB’s portfolio of products and really enhanced it in terms of manufacturing and investment particularly in the Fareham site (a former DPB bakery),” says Banks.Leading up to its BIA application, Rich had several other achievements that it highlighted to the judges, including its success as a finalist in The Grocer Own-Label Awards the previous year. This, says marketing manager Gail Lindsay, helped emphasise the fact the firm is “not only good at supplying, but supplies great products as well”. Last year also saw the firm’s first full year of trading with Sainsbury’s and its first product launches in Asda.Lindsay says winning the award was a great way of recognising the work of the associates in improving all aspects of the firm’s practices. “As much as it was great for our company’s reputation, it was equally important to have something external to recognise the work that they had done as well.”She says Rich’s highlighted the fact that its supplier/customer relationship success stemmed from collaboration showing not just how the firm worked internally, but also demonstrating a philosophy of working in partnership with its customers. “It’s not about taking a product to a customer and saying it’s new and they should have it; it’s about listening to what the customer wants and working to deliver it,” she says.One particular point highlighted in its application was a major global project to standardise Starbucks’ muffin range, across the US, UK and eight other European countries. “We did a lot of work with Starbucks, so that wherever you go in the world, their chocolate muffins, for example, would be the same,” says Lindsay. Although these types of projects are not uncommon to the firm, this particular one was on a truly global scale. “We were not only involved in collaboration with Starbucks UK, but with Starbucks in the US and Europe. There was a lot involved in the project and in a short timescale,” says Lindsay.She says Rich’s own ingredients suppliers are “incredibly important” to the success of projects, due to demands such as changes in legislation. “For example, with the Starbucks project, we were also working to reduce salt, which added another dimension, so we had to work really closely with our ingredients suppliers to be able to manufacture something that fitted with the global brief, but also fitted with our own UK legislation.”Lindsay claims the judges were also impressed by the collaboration of its supplier partnership at all levels.Opening doors”[The award win] has been brilliant for us in terms of opening doors with other potential customers,” says Lindsay. “It has been fantastic to say we’re Bakery Supplier of the Year, and it has given us credibility.””It was a team award, and that’s why we wanted to make such a fuss of it,” adds Banks, explaining that all the associates took turns having their photo taken with the award, and the company had a party to celebrate. “We wanted to make sure everybody felt that they were rewarded by it.”Banks says that, in the last 12 months, the firm’s retail business has been growing slightly ahead of foodservice, but it is performing really well in both sectors. Due to the nature of the business “premium sweet treats” Rich’s has managed to capture some of the consumer spend from people who have traded-down from restaurants to a more affordable treat in a coffee shop, café or supermarket in-store bakery, she adds.Family values within the business and a passion for what it does are two key strengths of the business, says Banks, who explains that Rich’s doesn’t just sell the product, it sells the solution. It also uses the strengths of the US company and its global network, but still develops products that are individual to the UK market.As for staff dedication, the company’s associates even have ’The Rich Promise’ and its family values attached to the ID they carry on them. These include: cherishing its culture, being the trusted first choice, innovation, bettering its communities and doing what’s right, no matter what. Banks says the staff still made it into work when it snowed earlier in the year, even if it meant walking all the way. Now those are the kind of staff you want working for you. How did you feel when you won the Award? “I was over the moon, and so surprised. I really didn’t think we were going to win, so when they announced it, I was absolutely shocked, but really delighted” Gail Lindsay, marketing manager, Rich ProductsWhat does the win mean to the business?”It has been brilliant for us in terms of opening doors with other potential customers” Gail Lindsay What the judges said “Rich Products’ entry really stood out because of its description of the close collaborative working relationship with Starbucks, which helped deliver a fantastic range of products right across Europe. The products were not only great quality but also innovative and met the needs of Starbucks customers” Matt Pizzey, Sainsbury’s bakery development managerlast_img read more

Warren Haynes Shares Playlist Of His Favorite Jerry Garcia Songs [Listen]

first_imgGuitarist Warren Haynes continues to honor the music of the Grateful Dead with his Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebrations, performing Garcia’s music not only with orchestras, but also with his own guitar, Wolf. With the exciting announcement yesterday that Melvin Seals, a longtime member of the JGB, would join Haynes for an upcoming Symphonic Celebration on Garcia’s birthday at Red Rocks, fans could not be more excited for these upcoming shows.To get his fans in a Grateful mood, Haynes shared a playlist chock full of his favorite Garcia songs. Check out the playlist, and read his thoughts on each and every track below, courtesy of the Warren Haynes website.Warren Haynes’ Favorite Grateful Dead SongsTERRAPIN STATION – The quintessential Grateful Dead “time capsule” song. CHINA DOLL – I much prefer “live” versions to the studio version. Beautiful haunting melody and lyrics. CRAZY FINGERS – I love the way the music and melody, which sound nothing like traditional reggae music, are superimposed over the reggae beat. Great chord changes. COMES A TIME – I always loved the Garcia/Hunter ballads. Gave Jerry plenty of space to emote in. His voice really delivers the emotion of the lyric and melody. BROKEDOWN PALACE – Another beautiful ballad with a timeless lyric and music that spans back through the history of American music. SHAKEDOWN STREET – I prefer the slower, funkier “live” versions to the studio version but it’s a classic part of the Dead repertoire. UNCLE JOHN’S BAND – One of Hunter’s best lyrics – really paints a picture of a beautiful, fictitious story. HELP ON THE WAY > SLIPKNOT – Classic 1, 2 punch – fans hate to hear them separated, but either on it’s own is great. Cool juxtaposition of a straight ahead, R&B influenced, tune in to a very complex instrumental that’s influenced by jazz and classical music. RIPPLE – The simplest, but perfect, melody – also one of Hunter’s best lyrics. The audience has to sing along-they have no choice. BLUES FOR ALLAH – Uniquely beautiful piece of music. KING SOLOMON’S MARBLES – Another complex instrumental very influenced by jazz and jazz fusion. STELLA BLUE – Another timeless ballad composed in a way that shows influences from decades before the birth of Rock and Roll. WHARF RAT – One of those “slow-burn” Dead tunes that signifies their unique, instantly identifiable sound. Great song but also a great vehicle for improvisation. SCARLET BEGONIAS > FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN – Another pair of classics that the audience loves to hear together, but are equally powerful apart.last_img read more

Beck Releases “Dear Life” Music Video Ahead Of New Album

first_imgThough Morning Phase won him a Grammy award for Best Album, Beck never intended for the 2014 release to be so successful. In a new 2016 Rolling Stone interview, Beck says that the album was only released “just so we would have something out, because we were going on tour.” The real project in Beck’s mind is the album yet to come.Colors will see Beck fuse the dreaminess of Morning Phase with the more electronic loops and rhythms of his 90’s works. “It’s a summer night, people have their hands up… It’s a communal, celebratory thing. I wanted to take that into the studio, a kind of energy or joy. The thing that wakes you up a little bit.”“There’s a substratum to a lot of the songs – songs within other songs, choruses that became bridges… It’s not far from how I made my first couple of records,” says Beck about the process behind the new work. He also recruited Greg Kurstin to help write and produce the album.All in all, it’s nice to see Beck so enthusiastic about his new album, and we can’t wait for the full release. “It’s kind of life-sparking… I want to have some new things to say. I’m still filling out the picture. We do ‘Where It’s At,’ and you’re like, ‘OK, we needed that.’ Then you do another one. It’s all adding up to a picture.” Beck is gearing up to release his long-awaited, thirteenth studio album, Colors, due out October 13th. In celebration of the fall presentation, which has been in discussion for over a year now, the genre-straddling alt rocker released a new song “Dear Life” paired with a lyric video of psychedelic animation and story-building cinema. The song features whimsical guitar licks and the eerie lyrics Beck music is known and loved for, though this new release certainly confirms a new direction of pop-fueled rock for the singer/songwriter. We’re digging it.“Dear Life” is the third single released from Colors, following “Wow” and “Dreams,” which both dropped within the last two years. Enjoy all three songs below:last_img read more

Craige Els to Join London Cast of Matilda as Miss Trunchbull

first_imgCraige Els is preparing to throw that hammer in London’s Matilda! He will start performances as Miss Trunchbull from September. Matilda Shapland and Violet Tucker will also join Tasha Chapple and Lottie Sicilia in the title role from September onwards. Directed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Matthew Warchus, Matilda features music and lyrics by Tim Minchin and a book by playwright Tony winner Dennis Kelly. The musical is based on Roald Dahl’s 1988 book about a girl who unleashes her magical powers on nasty parents and an evil headmistress. The show premiered at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2010 before transferring to London’s West End on October 25, 2011. The production won a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards in 2012 including Best New Musical. Matilda continues its run at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway, where it opened on April 11, 2013. The adult cast of Matilda currently includes James Clyde as Mr Wormwood, Haley Flaherty as Miss Honey and Kay Murphy as Mrs Wormwood. Els’ stage credits include Mamma Mia!, The New Yorkers, Never Forget, Spamalot, Timon of Athens, Antigone and The Cherry Orchard. His screen credits include Ripper Street, The Bletchley Circle and Call The Midwife. View Commentslast_img read more

Recharge, recycle batteries

first_imgDuring the holidays, we scour the stores for the newest gadgets and electronics to give as gifts. But, some people forget new animatronic animals and game system remotes need batteries to operate.In fact, about 40 percent of battery sales occur during the holiday season. This can really become a problem from an environmental standpoint. Batteries contain metals, acids and other compounds that can be harmful when released into the environment. To help the environment, consider buying rechargeable batteries and a charger to go along with battery-operated gifts. Rechargeable batteries can go a long way to reducing your carbon footprint. You can also help the environment by recycling old batteries properly. The Department of Transportation requires that consumers tape the positive end of rechargeable batteries with clear tape and store them in a plastic bag before recycling. Alkaline batteries do not have to be taped. This regulation was designed to help prevent major incidents, such as fires, during battery shipment.To identify rechargeable batteries, look for the words Nickel-Cadmium (NiCad), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium-ion (Li-ion), Lithium Polymer or silver-oxide (button) batteries. To dispose of smaller button-style batteries, line them up on a strip of clear tape and secure them with another strip of clear tape along the top. If in doubt, seal the positive ends of all batteries with clear tape before recycling. To find a recycling center for single use batteries go to the Web site To find out where you can recycle rechargeable batteries visit the Web site read more

On the Road Again: A Pro Photographer’s Greatest Gear

first_imgIf you’re not planning a solid road trip this summer, stop what you’re doing now and check your pulse; you might be dead inside. The road trip is an integral part of outdoor culture: a rite of passage for the young and an annual ritual for the experienced. While most of us feel like we have our road trip gear dialed in, few people have spent as much time curating their kit as Derek DiLuzio, a professional photographer who shoots everything from powder skiing in the Rockies to fly fishing in the Southern Appalachians. DiLuzio is on the road shooting for a variety of magazines at least four months out of the year, and he knows exactly what to pack to get the job done in style.“There’s a lot of unpredictability when you’re shooting pictures, so you have to be ready for anything,” DiLuzio says.Orion Cooler ($499)It’s a 65-liter, really big cooler that will keep ice for about a week. It’s such a relief not to have to buy ice every day. I can truly establish a base camp and not worry about keeping food cold.Sylvan Sport GO ($9,995)This is a game-changer for me. I can’t tell you how luxurious it is to be able to stand up and change, or sit at a table and work or eat. I can drop it anywhere, and it can be a home base for camping or just a place for wardrobe changes. It feels so civilized after camping on the ground for so many years.Boardworks Shubu Sport ($899)This board folds into a backpack, and it’s incredibly stiff after you blow it up. It handles river rapids and even ocean surf really well.BMC Speedfox 02 TrailCrew ($5,900)The Speedfox is an efficient way to explore the forest and look for different shooting locations. It’s a mix of carbon and aluminum with a Fox Float fork and XT components.Road Shower 2 ($300)It’s basically a five-gallon, solar heated water tank that you can pressurize with air. It’s great for washing off the bikes or board, or just taking a shower after a ride.Catan ($20)If my wife is traveling with me, we always bring board games because we’re incredibly competitive. The card game version of Catan is our go-to night time diversion. My wife taught me everything I know about Catan, but I’m absolutely the champ.Osprey Momentum 32 Bicycle Commuter Pack ($140)The mesh-covered shoulder straps and back panel provide ventilated comfort, especially on long, hot, sweaty commutes in the South. Laptops stay protected in a dedicated top-sleeve, and there are plenty of zippered pockets and storage compartments in this versatile 32-liter pack.Kammock Thylacine Sleeping Bag ($329)It’s two bags in one: on its own, the Thylacine Down is a 20°F rated sleep system. Combined with the zip-in Thylacine Liner, you can sleep comfortably at or above 0°F. Lightweight and durable, the bag can be tailored directly to the body with simple cinch straps.OnSight Half Nelson 2 Minimalist Bike Pack ($45)For cycling commuters or mountain bikers on an all-day ride, the Half Nelson pack holds all your essentials: hydration bladder, pump, tools, food, and a light jacket. All the main fabrics, mesh, zippers, and buckles in the Half Nelson minimalist bike pack are produced from recycled plastic water bottles.Goal Zero Sherpa 100 ($299)I need power for my laptop and cameras. This battery pack comes with a solar panel, so I can charge it off my truck engine or off the sun. It’ll run my computer, charge my camera and power some lights. And it’s small too, so you can put it in a backpack if you need to.last_img read more

China’s presence in Dominica

first_img Share Share 23 Views no discussions Share LocalNews China’s presence in Dominica by: – April 28, 2011center_img Tweet Sir. Ronald SandersBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday April 28, 2011 -The Caribbean island of Dominica is fast becoming a living example of the way that China has strengthened its influence by moving into countries that the United States and other Western nations have neglected.According to a white paper on China’s foreign aid issued by China’s State Council on April 21, by the end of 2009 China had aided 161 countries and more than 30 international and regional organizations, including 123 developing countries. Of them, 30 are in Asia, 51 in Africa, 18 in Latin America and the Caribbean, 12 in Oceania and 12 in Eastern Europe. Asia and Africa, home to the largest poor population, have got about 80% of China’s foreign aid.While the US has been preoccupied with wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the so-called ‘war on terror’, paying little attention to its immediate neighbourhood, the Chinese have established a presence throughout the Caribbean that, in large part, is regarded as beneficial to the people. In Dominica’s case, in 2004 the government there broke long-held diplomatic relations with Taiwan to recognize the People’s Republic of China and sign-on to a policy of ‘one China’ – the code for agreeing with the Chinese government that there is only “One China” and Taiwan is an inalienable part of it.On the establishment of diplomatic relations, the Chinese promised to undertake infrastructural development projects totalling over US$100 million – all of it grants. Four projects were specifically identified: a sports stadium; a new grammar school; the rehabilitation of the major road connecting the capital, Roseau, to the second major town, Portsmouth; and the rehabilitation of the island’s major medical facility, the Princess Margaret Hospital. The Chinese have, so far, fulfilled their undertakings on three of these projects. The stadium is built and in use, two phases of the school are complete, and work has started on the Roseau-Portsmouth road including the construction of miles of wall along the sea to help contain coastal erosion. Only the hospital project is pending and no one doubts that the Chinese will fulfil that commitment.It should be pointed out that European Union (EU) is also helping with the rehabilitation and widening of the road from Dominica’s Melville Hall Airport to Roseau. A significant difference in the EU and Chinese road projects is that the EU is employing Dominican workers while the Chinese use Chinese labour exclusively. While it might have been felt that the local population might have favoured the EU project, employing local labour, over the Chinese project that employs only Chinese, this is seemingly not the case. Albeit a small number of people, asked about the Chinese not employing local labour, responded by saying that they were more interested in the projects, particularly the road, sea wall and hospital than they were in the jobs. They added that they were getting the projects for free.Of course the latter observation is not entirely true. In return for their economic assistance, the Chinese government secures a “one-China policy” from the Dominican government in international organisations. This support is replicated from all the other small, Caribbean countries to which China provides similar help.The isolation of Taiwan and its non-recognition as a state continues to be an important element of China’s foreign policy. But, it may well be that, in the not too distant future, the Chinese government will insist on support for other – and new – aspects of both its domestic and foreign policy. In fairness, it should be noted that in a White Paper on Foreign Aid, the Chinese government has listed as one of its Eight Principles for economic aid and technical assistance to other countries that “the Chinese government always bases itself on the principle of equality and mutual benefit in providing aid to other countries. It never regards such aid as a kind of unilateral alms but as something mutual”. China has been declaring that position since 1964.Another consequence of relations with China is a gradual influx of Chinese into the local population. It is striking that far more retail shops in Roseau are now operated by Chinese than used to be the case. However, while this competition may trouble local retailers, people in the street point to less expensive products sold by the Chinese that they find affordable. And, in any event, while the number of Chinese retailers – and food outlets – is growing, the overall Chinese population is not yet large enough to create an outcry. If China is welcome in Dominica and other small Caribbean countries, it is because China has filled a void left by the United States and other Western nations. Over the last decade, US assistance to the Caribbean region has dwindled except in the area of interest to the US – security including drug trafficking. Little attention has been paid to the interests of the region for infrastructural development, improving education and health facilities, and laying the foundations for investment that could produce employment and technical know-how.Canada provided US$1.82 million from 2008 to 2009 for projects, but its development agency, CIDA, notes that “there are no long term bilateral projects planned in this country”.The EU collectively stands out, among Western countries, as maintaining assistance to Dominica. That assistance goes beyond resurfacing the airport road to include a range of infrastructural projects, including improvement of the Melville Hall Airport. EU money also provides budgetary support to the Dominica government. But, while EU support has undoubtedly contributed to Dominica’s welfare, the island’s loss of its preferential banana market in the EU significantly hurt its economy and put hundreds of small farmers out of business.The difference between the EU and China, is that the EU does not tie its aid to support for EU foreign policy – an advantage, perhaps, in dealing with a collective of 27 nations whose policies are not directed by the interests of any one nation. For all this, Dominica’s physical infrastructure – roads and bridges – has made great strides, and it is helping the country’s economy. Poverty fell from 39 per cent in 2003 to 28.8 per cent in 2009, and absolute poverty declined from 10 per cent in 2003 to 3.1 per cent in 2009. However, the International Monetary Fund has observed that more than 30 per cent of the labour force has emigrated, and per capita GDP of about US$4,931 is low. Nonetheless, Dominica is an unspoiled and naturally beautiful country with all the potential of becoming the world’s leading Eco-tourism destination. It is to that potential that this column will turn next week.By: Sir Ronald SandersCaribbean 360 News Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Barca stars set for more pay cut

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barcelona is bracing themselves for another round of pay cuts because those accepted by players last month will not cover the huge losses anticipated as the Nou Camp remains shut.Barca players volunteered a 70 per cent reduction in wages at the end of March lasting for the duration of the state of emergency called on March 14, which is now being lifted in phases. But the measure was always only ever going to be a stop-gap while the way forward in LaLiga became clearer.Barcelona is now beginning to consider the longer-term effects of the coronavirus crisis with advertisers and sponsors looking for rebates and next season’s television deal likely to reflect the disruptions to the product felt by the audiovisual companies through this campaign.Catalan paper La Vanguardia revealed recently that the club have already drawn up two possible road maps through the next 10 months according to how well or otherwise things develop.One scenario had the stadium reopening in November.But the second scenario, now seen as more likely, meant the club kept the Nou Camp doors closed until February 2021. Some commentators close to the Catalan club have speculated that such a delay in reopening the ground, club shops and museum, as well as the drop in income from sponsors and future television deals, will mean next season’s budget could include as much as a €200 million [£174 million] fall in projected revenue.Such a drop – from €1 billion [£888 million] to €800 million [£695 million] would not be able to be sustained by a wage bill that currently exceeds €600 million [£521 million].At the start of the season, LaLiga announced its salary caps on each club according to their income. Barcelona’s was the biggest.They were allowed a wage bill of €671 million [£583 million].Real Madrid were second with a permitted spend on wages at €641 million [£557 million]. And Atletico Madrid were third, some way behind, with an allowed wage bill of €348 million [£302 million]. Barcelona can afford such an outlay on salaries all the time their revenue streams are so high.Their projected revenue for this season, which was announced last September, was over €1 billion [£888 million].They rejoiced at being the first club to go past the mark but they will fall short of that figure now.Tags: CoronavirusFC BarcelonaLa LigaNou Camplast_img read more