Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here By Reggie Connell/Managing Editor of The Apopka VoiceEditor’s Note: This article republished from 2018Thank you for your service.We say that a lot in Apopka. To veterans, to police officers, to firefighters. It’s a casual way to show a soldier or first responder the honor and respect they deserve for protecting us both locally and abroad.With Veteran’s Day approaching, there will be a well-deserved outpouring of support in our community for all those who have served the United States in uniform. And after almost two continuous decades of war, public support for veterans and those serving in today’s all-volunteer force remains extremely high.This weekend at Kit Land Nelson Park is the annual Family Fall Festival, and for the first time, the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall will be a part of the festival. It is the end result of Apopka’s support, respect, and love for its veterans – particularly the efforts of the Apopka Rotary Club and the Festival Chairman Bill Speigel to bring the Vietnam War Traveling Memorial Wall to Apopka. According to sources inside the Rotary Club, Spiegel worked to bring the wall to Apopka for two years.The wall is a 3/5 scale of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC. It stands six feet tall at the center and covers almost 300 feet from end to end.According to its website, the Traveling Memorial stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made during the Vietnam War. It was made for the purpose of helping heal and rekindle friendships and to allow people the opportunity to visit loved ones in their hometown who otherwise may not be able to make the trip to Washington.The Apopka Rotary Club and the City of Apopka are hosting the Wall during Veteran’s Day weekend.But as supportive as America is to its military in 2018, it wasn’t always that way.In the 1960’s and 70’s, the Vietnam War was extremely unpopular in the US. It polarized the country, and in many instances, veterans of that conflict seemed to bear the brunt of criticism even more than the politicians who waged and executed the country’s involvement.Far too many veterans of Vietnam returned home to scorn and blame. Many of them left the military, and disappeared into or retreated from society and went on with their lives – be it good or bad. Over time, most Vietnam veterans quietly melded successfully back into society and continued with their lives, building businesses and starting families. Others, however, struggled during their re-entry.Some struggle to this very day.But what few among us, including possibly even those currently in uniform, truly understand is how much we owe to a special group of veterans: those who fought in Vietnam and then stayed in the military. These brave warriors transformed a force that was broken after the war into the remarkably capable and highly respected U.S. military that exists today.*****On its website War on the Rocks, David Barno and Nora Bensahel featured a group of soldiers that in many ways transformed the military in a post-Vietnam era. In their article they write: “These soldiers chose to stay in uniform, continuing to serve in a battered force after the painful end of the nation’s most divisive conflict. They dedicated themselves to the immense task of converting the large U.S. draft military into a smaller, more professional all-volunteer force. The state of the U.S. military after Vietnam stands in stark contrast with today. The armed forces were profoundly fractured by that decade-long war, with the Army and Marines particularly stricken. The corps of non-commissioned officers (NCOs) was deeply broken, reflecting the massive exodus of career NCOs and too-rapid promotions of others during the long war. Combat training and general military proficiency were at staggeringly low levels. And when the draft ended in 1973, the volunteers entering the force were often less capable than the draftees they replaced. Given the appalling state of the military and widespread public disdain for military service, it was not at all clear whether the very idea of an all-volunteer force could survive.The small cohort of Vietnam veterans who chose to stay in the U.S. military stepped into this breach. Though their individual reasons varied, they were all deeply committed to the value of military service in an era when serving in uniform was widely disparaged. They refused to give up on the military, or settle for a dysfunctional force in a dangerous world still dominated by Cold War tensions. They chose to stay — and to act.They became the mentors and guideposts for those just entering the armed forces after Vietnam. Throughout the grim 1970s, they began a slow and painful overhaul of the U.S. military. The NCOs who continued to serve after Vietnam helped shape young officers while also re-building professionalism in their own ranks. Platoon sergeants began setting an entirely new example of high standards and professionalism across the NCO ranks. They imposed discipline upon the unruly troops, helping to eliminate soldiers who could not meet the new standards or were simply unfit to serve — far too many of who were recruited in a desperate attempt to prove the viability of the all-volunteer force. All of these Army officers and NCOs had cut their teeth in bloody infantry combat in Vietnam and became mentors and exemplars to those joining the post-war force. Like their peers in the other services, they shared a deep personal commitment to rebuilding the military into a disciplined and professional force that could fight and win the next war.The story of the U.S. military’s rebuilding in the 1970s and 1980s often highlights large increases in defense budgets, big new weapons systems, innovative new warfighting doctrines, and the insistence exceptionally realistic training. But most of all, this incredible transformation relied upon a cadre of strong and committed officers and NCOs. The leaders who emerged from the cauldron of Vietnam didn’t get everything right and made some serious mistakes — such as discarding the key counterinsurgency lessons of the war. But in the face of daunting obstacles and an often-ambivalent American public, they remained committed to fixing the force they deeply loved. They are the unacknowledged architects and craftsmen who designed and built the foundation of today’s U.S. military — and they deserve the lion’s share of the credit for the ultimate success of the all-volunteer force.All veterans, including everyone who served in Vietnam, deserve our recognition and gratitude this Veterans Day. But all Americans, and especially those still serving in uniform, should acknowledge the singular contributions of the small group of Vietnam veterans who chose to stay and fix a broken and dispirited force. They painstakingly built the foundations for every aspect of today’s military, and showed an amazing devotion to duty, and to their country, at a time when neither was popular. We all owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude.”*****I was at the opening ceremonies and toured the traveling wall. Despite the carnival-like atmosphere of the festival, entering the area where the memorial is constructed was a sobering, humbling and reverent experience. Those on the pathway took photos, knelt down looking at specific names, possibly loved ones who died in Vietnam. I never met my cousin Johnnie. He enlisted in the Army before I was born, and died in Vietnam when I was a child. I wasn’t able to locate his name on the wall, but I’m sure he is among the 58,000-plus fallen soldiers listed. According to my family, he was in the 101st Airborne Division and died in Operation Malheur on May 25th, 1967 – my fourth birthday.I don’t think about my cousin very often. His name comes up occasionally in conversations and at family reunions, but I did Wednesday. Knowing his memory lives on through the Vietnam Wall in Washington, DC and on this wall is comforting. I’ll be certain to get more details about his life from my family, and it’s because of this experience. I thank Bill Spiegel and the Apopka Rotary for bringing this important symbol to the community. I’m sure there are a lot of people in town that are grateful.And all of us are grateful for the sacrifice that over 58,000 soldiers listed on this memorial gave, and for those that returned and rebuilt the military into the professional all-volunteer force that it is today.Thank you for your service. You have entered an incorrect email address! 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SHARE Previous articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for December 29, 2017Next articleAg Tech Advances in 2017 Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter USDA: Global Food Insecurity Has Improved Significantly By Hoosier Ag Today – Dec 29, 2017 Facebook Twitter SHARE Home News Feed USDA: Global Food Insecurity Has Improved Significantly As a part of the Global Sustainable Development Goals set in 2015, the United States made a commitment to help end global food insecurity by 2030. America enacted the Global Food Security Act in 2016, which seeks to reduce food insecurity and poverty in a variety of ways, including agricultural growth and a broad commitment to improved nutrition. Improvements in global food security are measured by assessing factors like food availability and food access. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations says the percentage of undernourished people in developing countries around the world dropped from 23 percent to 12 percent between 1995 and 2015.The International Food Security Assessment finds that undernourishment has more than halved from 1995 to 2015 in the 76 low-and-middle-income countries that the USDA regularly tracks. Almost 40 percent of the world’s children were stunted and 25 percent were underweight in 1990. That number has dropped to less than 25 percent stunted and less than 15 percent underweight in 2015.Source: NAFB News Service
Help by sharing this information March 3, 2021 Find out more Organisation to go further News News Follow the news on India Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) condemned militant Hindu nationalists of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who raided the offices of the daily Mahanagar in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), physically attacked three journalists and ransacked the premises. Journalists Yuvraj Mohite, Jayesh Shirsat and Vaishali Rode were all slightly injured in the raid.The international press freedom organisation pointed out that it was the fifth such attack on the paper in the last 15 years, all of which had gone unpunished.The planned attack was against a media that has repeatedly stood out against the growing extremism of certain political parties, it added.The organisation called on the head of government for Maharashtra State, Shri Sushilkumar Shinde, to hold an official investigation to find and punish the perpetrators and those who ordered the attacks.The young BJP militants who invaded the newspaper offices on 29 June, were looking for the editor, Nikhil Wagle, who was out of the office at the time. Frustrated by his absence they turned on the journalists who were there.The newspaper’s premises stand opposite a police post, but the security forces did not intervene.The raid was apparently in reprisal for the publication three days earlier of an article about prostitutes in Pandharpur, near Mumbai. Nikhil Wagle told Reporters Without Borders that the BJP was seeking revenge for the newspaper’s critical coverage of the party at recent general elections. The local leaders had been seeking scapegoats to blame for their electoral defeat.The militant Hindu nationalists accuse the editor of being “pro-Muslim” and “anti-nationalist”. The state interior home affairs visited the offices after the attack and promised the state government would do everything possible to arrest those responsible.Police arrested nine people, some of them BJP staff in Mumbai, who were placed in custody. The federal police, the CID, were put in charge of the investigation.Over the past six months, crews working for television channels Zee News and Sahara have been attacked while working in Mumbai. RSF_en IndiaAsia – Pacific June 10, 2021 Find out more Militant nationalists attack Mumbai daily April 27, 2021 Find out more IndiaAsia – Pacific RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media July 6, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 News In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival
News April 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit RSF_en TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more Related documents Open Letter to President ErdoganPDF – 102.48 KB News News Organisation TurkeyEurope – Central Asia September 23, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to president Erdogan News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Turkey 23 September 2014 Dear President Erdoğan We are writing to express our concerns about the threats and intimidation towards the journalist Ceylan Yeğinsu. As you will be aware, Ms Yeğinsu is a reporter for the New York Times based in Turkey and wrote an article about the recruitment of Turkish citizens by the Islamic State (ISIS) on 15 September. This was an important article in the public interest, an example of high quality and responsible investigative journalism that offers insight into ISIS at a critical time. We were therefore dismayed to learn that following the article’s publication, Ceylan Yeğinsu has been personally targeted by elements of the media sympathetic to the ruling AKP and on social media, with threats that pose a serious risk to her own safety. We were also gravely concerned to read reports that you yourself denounced the article as ‘shameless, immoral, treason’. This is not an isolated incident. There is now a worrying trend of publicly smearing the reputation of journalists in Turkey, including threats to their lives. You will recall that last month at an election rally in southern Turkey, you referred to the Economist’s correspondent in Turkey, Amberin Zaman, as a ‘shameless militant disguised under the name of a journalist’. Last year, the BBC Turkish Service reporter Selin Girit was targeted by the mayor of Ankara who accused her of being an ‘English agent’. After these remarks, both journalists received a large number of threatening messages. The BBC and the Economist have voiced concerns that the Turkish authorities were intimidating their reporters. There are many other cases that offer similarly worrying examples of the hostile climate in which journalists in Turkey have to work. As you address the United Nations General Assembly tomorrow, for the first time as head of state, we would like to remind you of the significant role journalists play in a democracy and of the protection they are afforded in Turkish law as well as international law. The right to freedom of expression is enshrined in the 1982 Turkish Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as in a number of international treaties to which Turkey is a state party, including Article 19 of the ICCPR and Article 10 of the ECHR. We ask you to use your influence as President of Turkey to foster a culture where freedom of expression can flourish and where Turkey’s talented community of writers, journalists and publishers can exercise their right to freedom of expression freely and without fear of intimidation. Yours sincerely Christophe DeloireGeneral Secretary, Reporters Without BordersThomas HughesExecutive Director, ARTICLE 19Jo GlanvilleDirector, English PEN Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Three leading free speech groups have today sent an open letter to President Erdogan on the eve of his first address to the UN General Assembly as head of state, raising their concerns about the protection of freedom of expression in Turkey. English PEN, ARTICLE 19 and Reporters Without Borders have called on President Erdogan to promote a culture that is favourable to freedom of expression. April 2, 2021 Find out more
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Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechAn international team of astronomers has discovered and confirmed a treasure trove of new worlds using NASA’s Kepler spacecraft on its K2 mission. Out of 197 initial planet candidates, scientists have confirmed 104 planets outside our solar system. Among the confirmed is a planetary system comprising four promising planets that could be rocky.These four planets, all between 20 and 50 percent larger than Earth by diameter, are orbiting the M dwarf star K2-72, found 181 light-years away in the direction of the Aquarius constellation. The host star is less than half the size of the sun and less bright. The planets’ orbital periods range from five-and-a-half to 24 days, and two of them may experience irradiation levels from their star comparable to those on Earth. Despite their tight orbits — closer than Mercury’s orbit around our sun — the possibility that life could arise on a planet around such a star cannot be ruled out, according to lead author Ian Crossfield, a Sagan Fellow at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in Tucson.The researchers achieved this extraordinary “roundup” of exoplanets by combining data with follow-up observations by Earth-based telescopes including the North Gemini telescope and the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, the Automated Planet Finder of the University of California Observatories, and the Large Binocular Telescope operated by the University of Arizona. The discoveries are published online in the Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series.Both Kepler and its K2 mission discover new planets by measuring the subtle dip in a star’s brightness caused by a planet passing in front of its star. In its initial mission, Kepler surveyed just one patch of sky in the northern hemisphere, determining the frequency of planets whose size and temperature might be similar to Earth orbiting stars similar to our sun. In the spacecraft’s extended mission in 2013, it lost its ability to precisely stare at its original target area, but a brilliant fix. created a second life for the telescope that is proving scientifically fruitful.After the fix, Kepler started its K2 mission, which has provided an ecliptic field of view with greater opportunities for Earth-based observatories in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Additionally, the K2 mission is entirely community-driven with all targets proposed by the scientific community.Because it covers more of the sky, the K2 mission is capable of observing a larger fraction of cooler, smaller, red-dwarf type stars, and because such stars are much more common in the Milky Way than sun-like stars, nearby stars will predominantly be red dwarfs.“An analogy would be to say that Kepler performed a demographic study, while the K2 mission focuses on the bright and nearby stars with different types of planets,” said Crossfield. “The K2 mission allows us to increase the number of small, red stars by a factor of 20, significantly increasing the number of astronomical ‘movie stars’ that make the best systems for further study.”To validate candidate planets identified by K2, the researchers obtained high-resolution images of the planet-hosting stars as well as high-resolution optical spectroscopy. By dispersing the starlight as through a prism, the spectrographs allowed the researchers to infer the physical properties of a star — such as mass, radius and temperature — from which the properties of any planets orbiting it can be inferred.These observations represent a natural stepping stone from the K2 mission to NASA’s other upcoming exoplanet missions, such as the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite and James Webb Space Telescope.“This bountiful list of validated exoplanets from the K2 mission highlights the fact that the targeted examination of bright stars and nearby stars along the ecliptic is providing many interesting new planets,” said Steve Howell, project scientist for the K2 mission at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. “These targets allow the astronomical community ease of follow-up and characterization, providing a few gems for first study by the James Webb Space Telescope, which could perhaps tell us about the planets’ atmospheres.”This work was performed in part under contract with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory funded by NASA through the Sagan Fellowship Program executed by the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute.NASA Ames manages the Kepler and K2 missions for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. JPL in Pasadena, California, managed Kepler mission development. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation operates the flight system with support from the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder.For more information on the Kepler and the K2 mission, visit http://www.nasa.gov/keplerFor more information about exoplanets, visit https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/ faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. 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Twitter SIPTU would welcome intervention on airports pension dispute Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Twitter Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Previous articleMinister dismisses NYC parade boycottNext articleJustice Minister to brief cabinet over bugging claims News Highland By News Highland – February 11, 2014 LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton SIPTU says they would welcome new intervention to resolve their pension dispute which is threatening disruption at Dublin Cork and Shannon airports.Counting of votes is getting underway after members at Aer Lingus were ballotted on whether to take industrial action.SIPTU members at Dublin and Cork airports have approved the idea, and a result of today’s count is expected this afternoon.Tourism chiefs are warning of the impact of any air disruption around the timing of Six Nations rugby matches, or Saint Patrick’s Day.SIPTU representative Dermot O’Loughlin says this dispute needn’t go down to the wire:”I hope it doesn’t get into the 11th or 12th there – I hope it happens right away” he said.”I’m a big sports fan – I wouldn’t like to see any disruption to anybody – whether it be sport or otherwise”.”We’ve a Labour Court recommendation, but it would appear that with the passing of time that neither has validity or feasibility anymore – so it requires a brand new intervention”.”If that brand new intervention happens today, I’d more than welcome it” he added. WhatsApp Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Google+ Pinterest Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Facebook Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week News Facebook
Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Google+ Google+ Pinterest Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Police investigating the murder of County Monaghan teenager Jason McGovern in Omagh have arrested a fourth person.It is believed the 19-year-old was punched at a pub on John Street on Sunday. He was hit a short time later at Cunningham Terrace car park and later died.A 19-year-old man from the Omagh area was arrested yesterday evening. Hours earlier, police detained a 17-year-old boy from town.Two others were arrested on Wednesday.The men, aged 18 and 21, were also detained in Omagh and the teenager is still being questioned.The 21-year-old has since been released on bail.After being attacked, Mr McGovern made his way to a friend’s house in Mullan village near Emyvale in County Monaghan where he was found dead on Monday.A post mortem examination showed the teenager’s death had been due to a head injury he suffered during the initial assault. Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th By News Highland – January 4, 2013 News Facebook Fourth person arrested in Omagh murder investigation Previous articleDerry man claims daily harassment by the security servicesNext articleOmagh street safety project to be set up in wake of Jason McGovern murder News Highland Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire
Related posts:No related photos. Shortlisted for HR Manager of the Year: Personnel Today Awards 2000Until Steve Daniels was appointed head of group personnel at Ulster Bank in 1996, the company’s personnel function had been purely operational, with no involvement in company strategy. Daniels set about changing this. He spoke to senior managers across the company about their vision for the year 2000. When they talked of profits, culture, new brands and IT, he pointed out that none of this would be possible unless staff and customers were involved. His arguments were so persuasive that he was given a seat on the chief executive’s committee.Daniels then introduced a number of new ideas, including workshops looking at the company’s values in business terms. He believed that linking the goals and values of the organisation would increase performance and job satisfaction. To this end, the HR team worked with 300 focus groups, advised by external management consultancy Blessing/White.These groups came up with seven core values which formed the basis of the Putting Values into Action (PVIA) scheme. Between 1998 and the end of 1999 all staff were put through two-day PVIA workshops. Seventy-nine per cent said they have a better understanding of the bank’s business values, and 82 per cent said they take pride in the company.Daniels has also improved the operational side of HR, reducing the organisation from 11 separate payroll systems to two. This will be reduced to a single system by the end of the year.Further proof of success has come from external awards – Ulster Bank was a finalist in the 1999 HR Excellence Awards and has achieved IIP status, Excellence Through People status (Republic of Ireland equivalent) and won the 1999 Opportunity Now (Northern Ireland) award for Dignity at Work. Company fact fileHR manager Steve DanielsTeam Ulster Bank GroupNumber in HR team 84Number of employees responsible for 4,700Main achievements The HR team now has a central role in company strategy, contributing to high morale and increased profits. Eighty-two per cent of staff are proud to work for Ulster Bank and 1999 saw record profits. During an uncertain period at the end of 1999, following takeover bids made by Bank of Scotland and the Royal Bank of Scotland, the HR team also launched a “crisis management” communication plan, including hotlinesPriorities for next 12 months Daniels is planning a further reorganisation of the HR department to integrate it even future into the rest of the business. On the operational side, payroll will finally come under a single systemJudge’s Comment “I was impressed by the way the business had set out its vision and values from which the HR strategy naturally flowed, and the fact they have achieved tremendous results. Steve Daniels’ success can be measured in achievements such as the fact that 85 per cent of staff at Ulster Bank now say they have pride in the company, and that the firm has achieved IIP status” Steve Daniels, Ulster BankOn 10 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed.
More than 40 years of radiosonde data from two Antarctic stations are examined for changes in the date of the final stratospheric warming that occurs each year as the vortex breaks up in spring/summer. A new measure of this date is derived that does not rely on specification of a threshold, as has been common previously. The date of final warming takes between 10 and 40 days to progress from 30 to 100 hPa and occurs 2030 days later in the 1990s than in the 1960s. Multiple linear regression analyses of these final warming dates, and also of the vertical profile of the southern annular mode (SAM), are presented. Only a weak signal is found for a linear trend, but a significant response is found throughout the atmosphere to ozone mass deficit (OMD), representing stratospheric ozone loss. In the SAM a significant response to the combined influence of solar variability and the quasi-biennial oscillation (QBO) is also found. The seasonal evolution of these signals in the NCEP Reanalysis zonal mean temperatures is examined and their influences on final warming dates is calculated. This confirms that ozone loss is primarily responsible for the delayed warming in the lower stratosphere in recent years, but suggests that the phase of solar activity and the QBO also have an effect. The apparent downward progression of the signal of OMD, and of the combined solar activity and QBO, extends well into the upper troposphere and appears to be caused simply by a delay in the top-down breakup of the vortex.