Blount Island Command (BICmd) provides technical assistance to Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) commanders for all aspects of planning, deployment, arrival and assembly, and reconstitution of prepositioned assets. Directly supporting power projection during global crises.Located in Jacksonville, Florida, aboard Marine Corps Support Facility Blount Island, this industrial base and a robust local Navy support infrastructure provides an advantage not readily available to other sites. The MPF is comprised of two Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadrons that carry the combat equipment and sustainment to support up to two Marine Expeditionary Brigades of roughly 18,000 Marines and Sailors each. BICmd also manages the Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway and the Marine Expeditionary Unit Augmentation Program in Kuwait.
As previously reported, playwright, author, outspoken AIDS activist and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Larry Kramer died on May 27. In a heartfelt tribute, Ryan Murphy, who directed the Emmy-winning HBO film adaptation of Kramer’s The Normal Heart, shared some good news. “I recently bought the stage rights to do The Normal Heart and The Destiny of Me in rep on Broadway,” Murphy wrote. The Normal Heart and The Destiny of Me are Kramer’s semi-autobiographical plays set during the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City. The Normal Heart premiered off-Broadway in 1985 at the Public Theater. The Normal Heart’s first-ever Broadway mounting in 2011 won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. The Destiny of Me, its sequel, premiered off-Broadway at the Circle Repertory Company in 1992 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.It’s no secret that Murphy is a champion of Broadway. As previously reported, he shared that The Prom film may still arrive on Netflix this year. Murphy has also previously announced plans to turn the iconic 1975 Broadway musical A Chorus Line, which was previously adapted into a 1985 film, into a 10-part miniseries. His hit television shows, including Hollywood, Pose, American Horror Story, The Politician, Glee and more, feature many stage talents. Murphy garnered a 2019 Tony Award for producing last year’s Best Play Revival winner The Boys in the Band, starring Matt Bomer, Robin de Jesús, Brian Hutchison, Jim Parsons, Andrew Rannells, Zachary Quinto, Michael Benjamin Washington, Tuc Watkins and Charlie Carver. He also was a producer of the 2016 revival of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night.Broadway may still be shut down, but Murphy is looking to the future for these groundbreaking works. View Comments Ryan Murphy(Photo: Emilio Madrid)
Producing bikes since 1899 for some of the world’s top cyclists, officials of the TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship have unveiled Fuji as the official bicycle of North America’s largest single-day professional cycling race.“Fuji and the Philadelphia International Cycling Championship have a long history together that we are quite proud of, and we’re delighted that they’re back with us again this year,” said David Chauner, President of Pro Cycling Tour, the organizers of the race.“Fuji is representative of the skill, expertise and innovation that these pro cyclists bring to the sport, plus, as one of the top brands in the cycling industry, it’s special that Fuji honours cycling’s past and future with the Miji Reoch Award.”Each year, Fuji sponsors the Miji Reoch Award, named for a professional cyclist from Philadelphia who died in a training accident in 1993. The award is given to the first U23 American woman to cross the finish at the Liberty Classic, the women’s companion race to the TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship.This year, Fuji will also donate a bike as part of the Miji Reoch Award. The rider receiving the award will hand over the bicycle to a woman in the Gearing Up program, a non-profit organisation that provides women in transition from drug and alcohol addiction, domestic violence, and/or homelessness with the skills, equipment, and guidance to safely ride a bicycle for exercise, transportation, and personal growth.“The TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship represents the pinnacle of cycling achievement in the United States,” said Karen Bliss, VP of Marketing for Fuji. “As a Philadelphia-based company, we are proud to support this event and all that it does for the sport of cycling.”In addition, Fuji has donated a bike that can be won by registrants in the annual Wellness Challenge. Each rider in the Wellness Challenge will receive a raffle ticket in their race packet, which can be entered for the chance to win a Fuji Newest 2.0 bicycle. Fuji has also donated bikes to be used for race promotions via social media and the KYW Newsradio Insider Newsletter.Fuji is owned by Advanced Sports International (ASI) a privately held corporation headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with more than 80 distributors in 50 countries. Operating in the US through the specialty bicycle retailer network, ASI markets a full line of premium bicycles and high-end parts and accessories under the Fuji, Kestrel, SE, Breezer, Terry and Oval Concepts brands.www.procyclingtour.com www.advancedsports.com Related
Missy and Doug Taylor at home with two of the four Basset Hounds they now own.For Doug and Missy Taylor of Roeland Park, living with Basset Hounds – and not just one – has become a lifestyle.Thanks to an exemption from the Roeland Park City Council aimed specifically at the Taylors, it is a lifestyle that they can continue into the future. Long before they moved to Roeland Park in 1979, the Taylors had Basset Hounds in the house. And for most of those years it was more like six Basset Hounds and often a litter of puppies.The Taylors breed, train and show Basset Hounds and Doug has judged AKC dog shows around the world. About 10 years after moving to Roeland Park, they built an addition onto their Parish Drive home that they euphemistically call the Bassetorium. It was designed specifically for the dogs with each indoor space connecting to an outdoor run. It is well insulated, Doug says, which dampens the sound of barking that might otherwise bother the neighbors.Doug Taylor’s love of Basset Hounds dates to his undergraduate days at Dartmouth from 1958 to 1962. A Basset roamed the grounds of the university. “I thought it was the funniest dog I had ever seen,” Doug says. “I wanted one.”Graduate school took Doug to the Yale Drama School where he also was on the faculty. A faculty job to him to University of Wisconsin where he met Missy. In 1968 they bought their first house and then a Basset Hound. They picked up a second dog before their son was born. Doug’s job as the technical director of the Kansas City Repertory Theatre brought them to Kansas City in 1978.After arriving in Kansas City, the Taylors saw and ad for a Basset Hound club. “Gee, that sounds like fun,” Doug remembers thinking at the time. At the club, they got lessons on how to show a Basset Hound along with two other couples. That soon led to breeding show dogs when they decided the only way to be competitive was to breed their own.Over the decades, the Taylors have had 50 dogs become champions . They have shown dogs from New York City to Portland and Duluth to Houston. And, yes, they have shown three times at the Westminster show in New York. “You have the thrill of competition, Doug says, but the economics of the “lifestyle” work out to a negative.One of the champions that the Taylors remembers fondly, Thunder Dog, was their first really successful show dog in the 1980s. Thunder Dog’s picture has adorned many Hallmark cards and his son Meteor turned into another great champion.Their dogs appeared in the KC Rep’s Christmas Carol shows over a 12-year run and one of their dogs upstaged the soprano in La Boheme production at the UMKC Conservatory by howling along.A decade after they started showing, Doug started judging shows, which not only has taken him all across the country, but he has judged in Australia and Belgium as well. He is approved to judge a long list of AKC breeds. Missy also works the ring at shows.The adventures of judging and showing included some misadventures, too. When Doug, traveling alone to show dogs, had a heart attack in the middle of the night in Chicago, the nursing staff took over the job of walking and feeding the dogs in his van until Missy could get there.Raising the puppies (about six in a typical litter that can range from one to 11) can be an arduous task. The mother must be watched constantly so she does not roll on a puppy. The puppies stay up to 12 weeks so the Taylors can see which might be show dogs. They often keep one or two and sell the others. The dogs can show from six months up to several years old.“Dog showing is a wonderful family hobby,” Doug says. And their son, Darin, had success showing as he grew up.The Taylors now have four adult dogs in residence in the Bassetorium. In 1982, they received their special permit that allowed them to have up to six adults and a litter of puppies. That permit was threatened by recent changes proposed for the city’s animal control ordnance to limit the number of dogs in a house to three. But late last month, the city council amended the proposal to allow the Taylors’ permit to continue indefinitely.And the Taylors don’t have plans to stop showing, judging and living with the Basset Hounds that they say is “too much of our DNA” after all these years.Nots surprisingly, all things Basset Hound have a place in the Taylor home.
Comments sought on amendments to the federal rules C omments sought on amendments to the federal rules T he Judicial Conference of the United States Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure has requested public comment on the preliminary draft of proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Procedure.Copies of the full text of the proposed amendments can be obtained by calling the Rules Committee Support Office at (202) 502-1820, or writing to the Rules Committee Support Office, Administrative Office of the United States Courts, One Columbus Circle, N.E., Washington, D.C., 20544. The text of the proposed amendments may also be found at www.uscourts.gov/rules. Comments are due by February 15. January 1, 2008 Regular News
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government have asked the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) with recommending how the Community could expedite the implementation of building codes. This discussion took place at the just concluded Twenty-Ninth Inter-sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, which prioritised discussions on building a climate-resilient Community on its packed agenda. The decisions of the Conference were recorded in the Communique that was issued following the Meeting at the Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel in Haiti under the Chairmanship of His Excellency Jovenel Moise, President of Haiti. Heads of Government recognised the implementation of building codes as a key mechanism to safeguard critical infrastructure, and as an important component of the Community’s resilience agenda. You may be interested in… Important Issues for CARICOM SIDS Highlighted at… Jul 3, 2020 Jul 3, 2020 Sep 2, 2020 Jun 30, 2020 PM Gonsalves Praises CARICOM Achievements, says Challenges… Building a climate-resilient Community among matters for CARICOM 29th Inter-Sessional MeetingThe Caribbean Community’s push to build a more climate-resilient Community following the devastating 2017 hurricane season is among matters for deliberation by CARICOM Heads of Government at their Twenty-ninth Inter-Sessional Meeting in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 26 – 27 February 2018. Irma and Maria, two back-to-back Category Five hurricanes, swept across the…February 22, 2018In “Haiti”Sustainability of CDEMA vital – CARICOM Heads of GovernmentHeads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have emphasised the need for the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) to be sustainable given its mandate and the range of post-disaster support CARICOM Member States require. In a Communique issued on Saturday following the Thirty-Ninth Meeting of the Conference of Heads…July 9, 2018In “CARICOM”COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE THIRTY-NINTH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF HEADS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITYThe Thirty-Ninth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Montego Bay, Jamaica, 4-6 July, 2018. The Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, chaired the proceedings. Other Members of the Conference in attendance were: Prime Minister of Antigua…July 7, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp ‘We Have Done Fairly Well in Containing… A 2016 audit done by CDEMA under the Caribbean Disaster Management (CDM) Framework revealed that many homes in the Community were not constructed to withstand the impacts of catastrophic hazards. This concern extended to critical infrastructure such as hospitals, morgues, landfills, connecting bridges, airports and seaports. During 5-8 September last year, the Leeward Islands were ravaged by Hurricane Irma, a strong Category Five Hurricane, which battered Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southern islands of The Bahamas. Just about ten days later, Hurricane Maria – the second Category Five Hurricane to make landfall in the Region in September 2017 – ravaged Dominica. Maria was the third hurricane, following Jose, that hit the Region within a three-week span. The entire populace in Dominica, Barbuda and the British Virgin Islands was impacted. There was up to 95% damage to building stock in Dominica and Barbuda, and, on average, 75-80% in the British Virgin Islands. Heads of Government therefore recognised that natural disasters and climate change posed serious challenges to CARICOM’s sustainable development and mandated CDEMA to pursue “a comprehensive assessment of the resource requirements to operationalise an effective disaster risk management and mitigation strategy for the Community.” They highlighted the need for “innovative financing mechanisms” to finance resilient reconstruction, and discussed the recapitalisation for the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), and noted the proposal to extend the range of risk covered by the Facility. An important issue within these discussions was the challenges Member States experienced with evacuating nationals during the 2017 hurricane season. This, the Heads of Government noted, highlighted the imperative of articulating a comprehensive regional approach. In that regard, they welcomed the Model Evacuation Policy and Plan which has been endorsed by the CDEMA Council of Ministers. They highlighted the importance of a “focused implementation” of the Paris Agreement, and urged the coordinated participation of CARICOM Member States in the negotiations to finalise the Paris Agreement Work Programme, taking into account their support of the positions of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). Heads of Government urged all countries to ratify the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, as a matter of urgency, in order to support more ambitious climate change action. They also signalled support for regional participation in negotiations throughout the year leading up to COP 24, scheduled for Katowice, Poland, from 3-14 December, 2018. The CARICOM Heads of Government also encouraged Member States to take advantage of the strategic opportunities for financing under the Green Climate Fund and other climate financing options through accreditation processes. 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Jake Espinoza wrapped in a Quilts of Valor quilt was a special education teacher in Los Alamos before going to work for Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was a proud member of the United States Marine Corps and served two tours in the Vietnam War. He has retired and now resides in Houston, Texas. The mission of Quilts of Valor is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. info@QOVF.org New Mexico State Coordinator Priscilla.andrews@QOVF.org. Courtesy photo
Offshore drilling contractor North Atlantic Drilling has agreed to purchase two next-generation GE Oil & Gas SeaONYXTM blowout preventer (BOP) control systems, upgrading control spreads on board NAD’s semi-submersible West Venture and drill ship West Navigator.The SeaONYX BOP control system extends system availability by incorporating multiple redundancies and hot-swappable components to keep operations online. SeaONYX is built upon GE’s proven Mark VIe architecture, at work in more than 2,000 wind, hydroelectric and nuclear power installations worldwide.In addition to improved uptime performance compared to other controllers, SeaONYX is a keystone of GE’s predictive drilling management technology, which helps drillers to address issues before they occur.“Once SeaONYX is on board, the architecture is in place to incorporate a broad array of monitoring and intelligent systems that have the potential to virtually eliminate unplanned downtime,” said Chuck Chauviere, president of Drilling Systems—GE Oil & Gas. “Adding RamTel Plus provides detailed information on the ram BOP’s functionality, while the Drilling iBox can model this data to predict future performance. Armed with this data, the drilling contractor can plan condition-based maintenance at service intervals based around the drilling schedule. The predictivity that GE Oil & Gas delivers for operators means traditional break-fix maintenance can be replaced with a proactive, recommended maintenance model that has the potential to eliminate the lost drilling time that is unavoidable with the old model.”Blowout preventers are critical pieces of drilling equipment that are used to isolate pressure in oil and gas wells during drilling or close the well entirely in an emergency. The SeaONYX BOP control system is available as an upgrade to existing GE BOP controllers and is included in all new GE Oil & Gas BOP stacks for floating drilling rigs.Press Release, February 03, 2014; Image: GE
Re MGR (a child) sub nom Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council v (1) JD (2) JR (3) RD (4) MGR (by her guardian): CA (Civ Div) (Lords Justice Wilson, Sullivan): 9 September 2009 The appellant local authority appealed against a decision refusing to find that the threshold for making a care order in relation to a child (M) set by section 31(2) of the Children Act 1989 had been crossed. M was an eight-month-old girl. She had been taken into interim care just after her birth. She had an older half-sister (S) who was also the subject of care proceedings. S was two years old. The girls shared the same mother but had different fathers. S had been taken into interim care when she was about two months old. The proceedings in respect of the children were consolidated. The mother conceded in the case of S that the threshold for the making of a care order had been crossed on the basis that S was likely to suffer significant physical and emotional harm. The parents made no such concession in the case of M. The care plans for the girls were that they should be placed for adoption. The judge decided that, in respect of M, the threshold was not crossed, with the result that she should return to the parental home. In relation to S, he held that the parents had made such progress in stabilising their lives since S’s removal that, on a trial basis, she should be restored to their care under the auspices of a care order. He adjourned the hearing in relation to S for the local authority to consider amending her care plan to provide for rehabilitation. Held: (1) It was not impossible for the court to find the threshold crossed in relation to one child of the mother but not in relation to another. In the instant case the dates at which the threshold was required to be crossed were different. Nevertheless, it was unusual for a court to reach opposite conclusions about the threshold in relation to two half-siblings in circumstances in which the evidence showed such gross parenting deficits as were shown in relation to S when she was removed from the mother and in which the date relevant to the enquiry in M’s case was only 14 months later. (2) The judge’s conclusion that the changes in the parents since S’s removal were sufficient to justify her attempted rehabilitation into their home was not a conclusion shared by any of the four professionals who gave evidence. Their evidence was that the changes were too insubstantial to warrant rehabilitation. That was therefore evidence suggesting that at the relevant date M had been likely to suffer significant harm. The likelihood of significant harm for the purposes of section 31(2) of the Children Act 1989 did not mean that it had to be more probable than not, only that it had to be a real possibility or one that could not sensibly be ignored, Re H (minors) (sexual abuse: standard of proof)  AC 563 HL followed. Although it had to be established on the balance of probabilities that there were facts from which a real risk of significant harm could be inferred, the judge’s explanation of his conclusion indicated that he had wrongly equated likelihood with probability, Re B (children) (sexual abuse: standard of proof)  UKHL 35, (2009) 1 AC 11 considered. Furthermore, in his judgment the judge had referred to the placement of both children with the parents for a trial period of six months and the need for the submission of amended care plans. That indicated that he had forgotten the effect of his conclusion in relation to the threshold in M’s case and that he considered that the safety of M, as well as of S, required a degree of continuing local authority control following what should be only a trial placement with the parents. That conclusion of the judge and the unanimous professional opinion that it was too dangerous to restore either of the children to the parents at all were consistent only with a conclusion that in the case of M there was a likelihood that she would suffer significant harm if placed with the parents otherwise than under a care order. (3) The weight of the evidence led to the conclusion that the threshold was crossed in M’s case. The judge’s decision was set aside and an interim care order made. Appeal allowed. Care orders – Interim orders – Likelihood of significant harm – Weight of evidence Michael Harrison QC, Joanna Cross (instructed by in-house solicitor) for the appellant; Sarah Singleton QC, Catherine Mason (instructed by Baker Brown (Halifax)) for the first respondent: Roger Bickerdike (instructed by Willscroft (Bradford)) for the second respondent: Sally Beaumont (instructed by Makin Dixon (Halifax)) for the third respondent; John Hayes (instructed by Finn Gledhill (Halifax)) for the fourth respondent.
Eduardo Reyes is Gazette features editor Anyone who’s taken time out to read my recent Gazette features will know that I’ve received many pieces of legal services and legal market surveys and research down the years. Sometimes they impress, and sometimes they don’t – and unlike restaurant critics who haven’t worked as chefs, I’ve had to put my credibility on the line by doing surveys that are judged by others. One finding that caught my eye recently was from a survey conducted by Peppermint Technology, who worked with some of the names that commonly get mentioned in the same sentence as the phrases ‘brave new world’ and ‘legal services market’. 81% of ‘consumers’ (I know, I know, ‘client’ is my preferred word too), ‘are in favour of an out of hours service’ the Peppermint survey found. Is that a challenge to most practices? No part of the legal profession works notoriously short hours. I think most emails from my solicitor about arrive on Sunday, or in the evening, and I know he isn’t unusual. So why does a finding like Peppermint’s sound like it might require a change in solicitors’ working habits if they are to compete with newer, larger market entrants? Is this consumer/client preference a ‘challenge’ to a small practice? Presumably not, though that does not mean that no action is required. I suspect that this is mostly a challenge of communication. For many solicitors their commitment and availability is there – it just isn’t worn on their sleeve in the way that banks, say, broadcast 24-7 telephone services. But if a practice can devise a way to state its commitment, and somehow define post-5.30pm availability (ring-fenced and made predictable for reasons of sanity and a home life of course), this is surely an area where smaller practices shouldn’t fear new market entrants?