View post tag: role View post tag: Navy March 1, 2011 The U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) selected Lockheed Martin as one of four companies that will compete for task orders to enhance situational awareness on U.S. Navy ships, submarines and shore stations. The three-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has an $831 million ceiling value, with one two-year option period that potentially raises the ceiling value to $1.375 billion. The SPAWAR customer will use the contract to install and operationally certify Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems on Navy vessels and stations on the East and West Coasts as well as at multiple overseas locations. Of the four companies selected for the contract, Lockheed Martin is the only non-incumbent.“The situational awareness that comes with C4ISR capability is critical to successful mission execution,” said Carey Smith, vice president of Technical Services, Lockheed Martin Global Training and Logistics. “Lockheed Martin is proud to support efforts that will strengthen this awareness, which is truly the backbone of warfare intelligence.”This win expands the scope of work Lockheed Martin performs for SPAWAR. The Corporation supports SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific through engineering, fabrication, installation, logistics and administrative support, design, testing and evaluation, and rapid prototype development. It also manages the acquisition of commercial-off-the-shelf items utilized in turnkey operations of sophisticated electronics and communications equipment and systems.Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 132,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s 2010 sales from continuing operations were $45.8 billion.[mappress]Source: Lockheed Martin, March 1, 2011 View post tag: C4ISR View post tag: services USA: Lockheed Martin Wins Role on C4ISR Services Contract View post tag: Lockheed View post tag: contract View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Lockheed Martin Wins Role on C4ISR Services Contract View post tag: Martin View post tag: wins Share this article
Dear Editor:I knew it would happen – Predicting Politicians is a no-brainer. I had scheduled a meeting to meet with your director after repeated attempts to meet with you personally concerning numerous letters I’ve written without any answers. The letters all addressed issues that face the citizens of NJ in the 32nd Legislative District and specifically here in North Bergen. But just as I opened this letter – “Predictment” came true, the meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at 1 PM was cancelled a few hours before the meeting. Not surprising at all to me – for after dealing with politicians for over 45 years, I knew the meeting would be cancelled – for a time I already had another appointment. Why did I know this? Answer that as you may – it means that I want to meet with our duly elected “by the people” representative of the 32nd Legislative District of NJ – not with her director of communications or anyone else.Purposes of meeting with duly elective representatives of the people are many – which all point to the duties and responsibilities of every American citizen “to establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…” And that relationship between constituent and representative in particular works wholeheartedly to benefit the general welfare of all the people. But you, Ms. Jimenez, do not answer emails, faxes, phone calls (only by assistants), or letters, nor do you hold town hall meetings. Then what recourse do the people have to get answers?Just as our Founding Fathers framed in the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution, I must ask you a most very important question – how do we establish a “more perfect Union” if the people cannot correspond with the representatives? PREAMBLE TO U.S. CONSTITUTION “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. And if we ever meet we could discuss what gouverneur Morris and James Madison meant by “a more perfect Union.”Thank you,John Amato
Chester based-bakers craft bakery P&A Davies teamed up with California Raisins at a local Chester radio station, DEE 106.3, to help publicise California Raisins’ £1,000 prize trip to the USA.P&A Davies was promoting its hot cross buns, made using California Raisins, in a live radio interview between Simon Hazlett, managing director at P&A Davies and Peter Meadows, marketing director at California Raisins, and DJ Mike James.James mentioned the promotion, which California Raisins is running, offering consumers purchasing 4-packs of the hot cross buns the chance to win a holiday to the US worth £1,000.Each pack features a sticker containing competition questions plus a tie break for the chance to win. The competition will be judged a week after Easter.Meanwhile, in the same week, California Raisins presented Nottingham resident, Lily Buck, with a cheque for her £1,000 prize holiday to California, after she won California Raisins’ Christmas competition, featured on boxes of Dawsons Bakery’s Indulgent Mince Pies.The promotion took place in all 13 Nottinghamshire Asda and Walmart stores with 17,000 packs sold over the four week Christmas period featuring on-pack stickers.Meadows said: “A similar promotion is being discussed for Christmas 2009 on the back of the success of 2008.”
Derby-based Birds Bakery is pushing ahead with its investment programme after closing three stores in Derby and Nottingham as leases end.Birds, which now has 60 stores across the East Midlands and employs 800 people, had planned the closures in the run up to the stores’ lease renewals.The chain is still investing in other stores and will be carrying out refits as well as adding new equipment at its Derby-based bakery.Lesley Bird, director and COO said: “Our tiny shop at The Poultry in Nottingham was always planned for closure – given that we opened a much larger, more modern shop in Lister Gate. We still have two shops operating in Nottingham city centre for our customers.”In Derby, the Birds’ Irongate store has closed because it has reached the end of its lease. Birds in Walbrook Road has also been closed since lockdown and has not reopened as the lease was also coming to an end.“We have worked closely with our teams, are speaking to staff regularly, and have moved a number of our staff to other stores,” said Bird.“The changes we have made have been planned for some time. While we have three stores affected by lease renewals, we are still looking at refits to other stores. We are still investing heavily in our bakery and retail outlets.”Birds has two remaining stores in Derby city centre – Albert Street, and Crown Walk, and its bakery shop in Ascot Drive.At the start of lockdown, Birds introduced its click and collect and home delivery services and these have proved successful, it said.
Sarah Winn’s dream of becoming a teacher came true at Harvard, which she attended with help from the University’s generous financial aid program. She is far from alone. Last year Harvard set a financial aid record, distributing $414 million in grant assistance to students across the University.“There’s no way I would have been able to go to Harvard if it was not for financial aid. Finances were a huge factor in my college decision,” said Winn ’14, who now teaches English to 10th-graders at Cristo Rey Philadelphia, a private high school serving low-income students. In college, Winn also became a certified teacher through Harvard’s Undergraduate Teacher Education Program, an initiative, like financial aid, that is backed in part by the University’s endowment.But officials in higher education fear that success stories such as Winn’s could be threatened by congressional lawmakers’ plans to overhaul the federal tax code. In an effort to pay for $1.5 trillion in proposed tax cuts included in a bill unveiled Thursday in the U.S. House, Republican leaders proposed a 1.4 percent tax on the charitable endowment earnings of private universities that have endowments larger than $100,000 per student.Education experts argue that such a tax proposal threatens both financial aid and research and reflects a common misunderstanding of how charities and endowments work. They say the tax would undercut critical research funding and weaken key financial aid programs that support students for whom college would otherwise be unaffordable. Annual proceeds from Harvard’s endowment, for example, form the largest source of revenue that funds the University’s operations — from undergraduate financial aid to faculty salaries and labs, thereby enabling Harvard to achieve its teaching and research mission.Experts say that endowments, instead of being giant checking accounts in which nonprofit institutions hoard cash, are made up of hundreds or thousands of individual gifts, the value of which is required to be maintained at inflation-adjusted levels in perpetuity. Universities like Harvard only can spend a portion of the annual investment proceeds, and only on the purposes designated by the original donors. Universities are public charities and are tax-exempt because of their educational mission. The congressional proposal for the first time would impose taxes on an operating charity.Experts across the country voiced their concern over the proposed tax.Mary Sue Coleman, president of the Association of American Universities, which represents 62 leading U.S. research universities, praised congressional efforts to simplify the nation’s tax code but warned of the harm that this new tax on educational institutions could cause.Harvard scholars, administrators, and alumni echoed those fears.“In the current environment of low returns, Harvard’s endowment is fully stretched supporting the teaching and research mission of the University and meeting the financial needs of our students,” said John Y. Campbell, Harvard’s Morton L. and Carole S. Olshan Professor of Economics. “Taxation of endowments would jeopardize those activities, both here and at other universities.”Harvard President Drew Faust expressed concern that taxing endowments would harm students and faculty and could impact critical programs and initiatives.“Taxing college and university endowments would have devastating effects on students and faculty,” said Faust. “Harvard’s endowment is what fuels our excellence, our affordability for students of modest means, our commitment to discovery, and our impact in the world. This measure would disadvantage universities in the charitable sector, and — in targeting universities — weaken the nation’s strongest contributors to medical cures, economic innovation, job creation, scholarship, and access to higher education for students of all economic backgrounds who will shape our future.“Harvard’s endowment is not locked away in some chest,” Faust added. “It is at work in the world. Endowment proceeds fund nearly 40 percent of the University’s operations, with nearly a quarter spent directly on financial aid. The balance funds labs, professors, and libraries — and helps enhance affordability for students. A tax on university endowments is really a tax on the people who make up these institutions and the work they do: donors, alumni, staff, students, and faculty. We will continue to work assiduously to make clear why this would be such a destructive measure.”Much of the research conducted at Harvard is aimed at the world’s most-pressing challenges. Its endowment, for example, is an important source of funding for the new Data Science Initiative, a University-wide program that supports efforts in which researchers produce and analyze information, including massive data sets generated from science, engineering, social sciences, and medicine. By applying the theory and practice of statistics and computer science, the initiative aims to make processing and understanding vast quantities of data possible.Rick McCullough, Harvard’s vice provost for research, said, “Endowment funds combined with an important gift enabled us to launch the Data Science Initiative.”More than half of Harvard research involves the life sciences and carries important implications for the health and future of many people, including through advances in therapeutics and the ability to treat diseases, said McCullough. He said taxing the endowment would add “another hindrance to people’s ability to do their research.”“It means there would be fewer people working on these problems, and the pace at which discovery is made will be slowed. One could argue that that’s fine, but on the other hand if you look at what other countries are doing, they are doubling down on their research support. China in particular is becoming increasingly more competitive because its investment in research and development has skyrocketed, while the United States has been slowly decreasing. That translates into discovery, which then translates into economic and technological competitiveness for our country.”Harvard alumni have played a critical role in helping to build the University’s endowment. In 2014, philanthropist Kenneth Griffin ’89 gave $150 million to Harvard, principally to support its financial aid program. That gift benefits hundreds of undergraduates every year.“It is extremely important that students of all backgrounds have the opportunity to challenge themselves, learn to solve complex problems, and ultimately better our world,” Griffin told the Gazette in 2014. “My goal with this gift is to help ensure that Harvard’s need-blind admission policy continues, and that our nation’s best and brightest have continued access to this outstanding institution.” Griffin described the gift as “an investment in the next generation of leaders as we continue to break down barriers to an outstanding education.”Looking back at her own path through Harvard to teaching, Winn said realizing that she could graduate without a mass of debt influenced her career choice, and she now can pass along her good fortune to others.“Certainly I would have been forced to think more critically or make different decisions about what teaching jobs I was able to look for and accept if I had more loans than I do now,” said Winn. “It would have narrowed places that I could have applied for teaching jobs, and potentially the ability to teach.”Harvard’s financial aid “was extremely important and a huge benefit to my life.”
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) kidTruant / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 WASHINGTON — While Congressman Tom Reed was hopeful the federal government could reach a deal on a new stimulus package, he now says politics took precedence over patriotism.“In my personal opinion, it is clear to me now, I was hopeful that she (Speaker Nancy Pelosi) was sincere and that she was going to cut a deal for the American people and would negotiate in good faith,” Reed said during a teleconference on Wednesday.“It is clear to me that it was Pelosi and (Sen. Charles) Schumer showing their true cards that they were never going to do a deal because they were putting politics first.”Unless something dramatic happens in the next few days, a deal, if one can even be struck, won’t likely be on the table again until February, Reed said. He explained that the election and possible changes in the presidency, the Senate and the House, would delay negotiations while lawmakers got the lay of the land.As for the upcoming election, Reed said he would not be surprised to see a very close presidential race that won’t be decided without court action.“You’re probably going to have to go through some recanvasing and you’re going to have to go through all the litigation that’s associated with it and so I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a Bush-Gore scenario,” Reed said.
The Australian Aborigines go on a journey during adolescence and live in the wilderness, traveling by foot to trace the paths of their ancestors. Their rite of passage is called a walkabout.I recently returned from my own version of a walkabout. For the past few years I’ve hunkered down to the tasks at hand. I’ve started each day with a to-do list and have kept track of my days in thirty-minute increments to maximize productivity. Something about turning forty felt like getting slammed up against a wall built of my own expectations and obligations. I’ve started to consider mortality and wondered whether it’s time to take new risks, to explore different, more authentic ways of living. Nagging questions kept surfacing: was my fear of not using my time wisely resulting in a hyper-productive state that ultimately made the minutes worthless? Should I focus more on my loved ones and less time on racking up accomplishments? Was I making the most of my life?My three-year old and I spent ten days in Europe visiting my brother who lives there. He conveniently married my high school best friend (I set them up on a date when we were fourteen). For over a decade, I thought their three children would be the closest thing I experienced to parenting. That’s all to say that we’re close beyond reason despite the miles.We rented a three-bedroom apartment on Lake Como in Northern Italy, where the Alps abruptly disappear beneath the water’s surface, creating a dramatic landscape of snow-capped mountaintops that transition into blooming Italian hillsides, the watery blue often reflecting the pink and white spring flowers on its surface. Lake Como is blessed with a rare combination of dramatic Swiss alpine scenery and the Italian aesthetic in architecture and food.We let the days unfold, traveling as much as we could by foot with our four kids who ranged from three to fifteen years old. We packed a picnic and set off walking up cobblestone walkways that weaved between coral and sunshine-yellow buildings, passing villas with ornate gardens and troughs of free-flowing water where locals filled jugs. Along the way we took turns pushing, carrying, and listening to our kids tell us stories we’d never heard as we made our way up the mountainside. Hours later we passed the last house and set out to find hiking trails leading to waterfalls and vistas. Along the way we picnicked and let our kids run wild in the grassy meadows.I became absorbed in the people and sights surrounding me. I stopped obsessing over filling every waking moment with worthwhile action. The days unfolded all on their own without me looking at the time. Thoughts drifted in and out of my mind. I thought of the man I love on his own journey with loved ones, realizing that he had miles to walk with his own children before we would walk together again. Words welled up inside of me for books and articles I want to write. I let my thoughts come and go. The quest to do more and to have more time vanished, leaving me engaged with the good company of my family in a beautiful place. Without expectation, the days were enough just as they were and I enjoyed the simple joy of walking.Walking lends itself to a certain clarity about what’s most important not despite of the slow pace but because of it. There is so much to see along the way that can be missed by going too fast. Dawdling along also helps unwind the past, giving ourselves the time and space required to explore what’s gotten us to this place in life.On the last day of our stay, my sister-in-law and I were drinking white wine while watching our four kids swing on a tire. She held my hand and said, “It’s amazing to sit here and watch our kids play together. I would have never imagined this moment when we met in high school, but I would have always wanted it.”My heart swelled with love for her, for my family, and for my own life. The years had served me well, my own life was coming full circle before me and I was present enough to witness it.Transitioning back into my everyday life, I want to continue giving myself the permission to meander and lose track of time. Walking reminds me that productivity isn’t the true measure of my soul. Focusing and applying my energy in directions with no measurable outcomes is why I’m here, to love, engage, move, laugh, and write.– Ky Delaney is a regular contributor to Blue Ridge Outdoors. You can follow her Mountain Mama posts here.
By Dialogo October 20, 2011 Ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has died and Sirte is free, announced the new Libyan authorities Thursday morning. Reports from Libya said that Gadhafi was killed when his native city of Sirte was taken on October 20. One of the leaders of Libya’s National Transition Council (NTC) told the AFP that he had seen Gadhafi with his own eyes, and that the former Libyan dictator had been gravely hurt. For their part, NATO announced in a statement the same day that planes from the Atlantic Alliance bombed two vehicles of pro-Gadhafi forces in the area surrounding Sirte. They did not mention if toppled colonel Gadhafi was in that convoy, “which represented a threat to civilians,” according to the text. On September 15, six days after the new Libyan authorities’ call for Gadhafi followers to disarm expired, NTC combatants launched an assault against the stronghold, supported by NATO forces. It was in the surrounding areas of this important fishing and commercial port, known since ancient times, where the former Libyan leader was born in 1942. He had built an important and very modern and pompous conference center there, which contrasted greatly with the architecturally simple and very old rest of the city.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Woodmere man who admitted to running a $62-million Ponzi scheme that he used to pay his bills lost some of the money while gambling in Atlantic City and donating to charity.Gershon Barkany, 29, pleaded guilty Wednesday to wire fraud at Central Islip federal court after prosecutors said he cheated seven investors out of funds they believed would be used to purchase real estate in New York and New Jersey.“Unbeknownst to his victims, what they were really buying were not brick-and-mortar buildings, but the smoke-and-mirror fantasy of Barkany’s fraudulent sales pitch,” said George Venizelos, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office.Barkany told investors he would buy the property that he would resell immediately for profit and that if the property did not sell the owner would refund their money, making the investments “risk free.” But, the investments did not exist, Barkany fabricated documents and each investor lost millions of dollars.One investor gave $46.5 million total over the course of about six months for an office building in Manhattan, a hotel in Atlantic City and other properties in the Bronx and Queens.Barkany also wired $146,000 to a bank in Israel, which the FBI believes was to be used to purchase property without Barkany’s investors’ knowledge. Barkany has travelled to Israel and Canada in the last three years.The FBI arrested Barkany in March 28. He agreed to repay the $62 million he took from investors and faces up to 20 years in prison.Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said: “Barkany rolled the dice that his brazen greed and dishonesty would go unnoticed. That gamble did not pay off.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Samuel WhiteA suspect was held on $ million bail after Suffolk County police arrested him for the death of a 39-year-old Bay Shore man who was killed in Huntington his week, authorities said.Samuel White, 32, of Brentwood, was charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of Edwin Rivera.A 911 caller had reported that a man was unconscious and covered in blood on Clinton Avenue and when officers arrived, they found the victim lying on the ground next to his Mercedes at 3:17 a.m. Wednesday.The victim was taken to Huntington Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office performed an autopsy and ruled his death to be criminal.Homicide Squad detectives arrested White on Thursday. Suffolk County Judge Jennifer Henry set his bail at $1 million bond or $500,000 cash. He is due back in court Tuesday.