A complete arc-trench system recognized in Gondwana sequences of the Antarctic Peninsula region

first_imgPrior to Late Triassic–Early Jurassic times, the geological history of the Antarctic Peninsula region was dominated almost entirely by Gondwana sequences that together comprised a major arc-trench system. Subduction complex, trench-slope-break and fore-arc basin sedimentation can all be recognized, and deposition was at least partly on early Palaeozoic or older continental crust. The only evidence for a contemporaneous magmatic arc situated in the Antarctic Peninsula at this time consists of patchy occurrences of metavolcanic rocks, possibly representing the frontal edge of the arc, and the major outcrop area of these rocks is believed to lie under the broad shallow continental shelf E of the Antarctic Peninsula. This is contrary to most current hypotheses in which a marginal basin, presumably floored by oceanic crust, is thought to crop out close to the E coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. However, the complete absence of substantial outcrops of pre-Jurassic volcanic rocks anywhere in eastern Antarctica and South Africa, which are the closest and most likely places in which these should exist, supports the new proposal. Moreover, the identification of back-arc elements of the arc-trench system (foreland fold-thrust belt and retro-arc foreland basin) in eastern Antarctica and South Africa greatly strengthens the likelihood of the arc cropping out in the area suggested. Towards the end of the Triassic and during the Early Jurassic Periods, an intense diastrophic event, or culmination of events, of orogenic magnitude occurred (Gondwanian orogeny), causing substantial redistribution of the pre-existing elements of the arc-trench system. In particular, all the fore-arc sequences were strongly deformed, some possibly for the first time (e.g. in the fore-arc basin), and became firmly accreted to the continental margin. Moreover, the magmatic foci migrated trenchwards to intrude the deformed rocks in the Antarctic Peninsula. Because many of the plutons were emplaced synkinematically, they often closely resemble ‘basement’ gneisses. The distinction between these rocks remains a serious problem in the Antarctic Peninsula and it can be solved only partially by radiometriclast_img read more

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MCMEX14 Concludes in Auckland, New Zealand

first_img View post tag: Zealand After an intense three weeks of operations, the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) Mine Counter Measures and Dive Exercise 2014 (MCMEX14) closed with a traditional ceremonial Beat to Quarters at the Navy Museum in Auckland, New Zealand. Share this article View post tag: Navy March 17, 2014 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Auckland View post tag: Concludes MCMEX14 Concludes in Auckland, New Zealand The MCMEX14 was hosted by the Royal New Zealand Navy and it was the first time the exercise had been coordinated from sea.The exercise focus was to simulate the provision of humanitarian aid and disaster relief to an island location ravaged by an earthquake and tsunami and experiencing civil unrest.Multi-national teams were tasked with surveying and clearing maritime channels of debris and suspected mines to allow safe passage for aid, through to dive operations identifying and disarming mines.Commodore Warfare, Commodore (CDRE) Peter Leavy, was among senior naval representatives from the 14 participating WPNS nations to observe the final two days of the exercise. CDRE Leavy said he was impressed with the scope of the exercise and pleased with the feedback from the RAN contingents and other Western Pacific nations. “Activities like the WPNS MCMEX are very important to build tactical level mine warfare skills in the water, but equally as important to build the strong bonds and relationships between participating nations,” CDRE Leavy said.“There has been outstanding camaraderie and teamwork displayed between the participating countries on the sports field, culturally, socially and very importantly in the water. It’s been a fantastic activity,” he said.NZ Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral (RADM) Jack Steer, emphasised the importance of multi-national exercises between navies and the benefits to NZ in acting as host.“The exercise has been a great success,” RADM Steer said.“We’ve been delighted with the way the participants have come together, the way they’ve worked together and how they’ve grown together as a unit,” he said.“We’ve now proven that we have a capability within our region that can assist nations that are in distress. That’s one of the biggest take-away’s from this activity for us.”Australia contributed over 100 RAN personnel to the exercise from the Dive and Mine Countermeasure Force elements, including HMA Ships Gascoyne and Huon. The Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Group found the opportunity to work alongside the various nations highly beneficial from a skill-sharing and training platform.MCMEX14 Chief of Staff, Commander (CMDR) Max Muller, expressed satisfaction over a job well done by all nations participating in the exercise.Throughout the exercise Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) were launched regularly to survey sea beds and Dive Teams deployed to investigate.CMDR Muller was particularly pleased Australian AUV teams were involved in discovering and identifying defensive mine relics from WWII during one Exercise mission.“Our missions went to plan throughout the Exercise. Challenges were met and exceeded from coordination, interoperability and cultural perspectives,” CMDR Muller said.“This exercise is a prime example of training playing a crucial role in our Navy maintaining its mission readiness, while remaining flexible for any circumstance – even locating WWII mine relics,” he said.[mappress]Press Release, March 17, 2014, 2014; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Defence View post tag: MCMEX14 Training & Education View post tag: New Back to overview,Home naval-today MCMEX14 Concludes in Auckland, New Zealand View post tag: Defense View post tag: Navallast_img read more

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Solutions Specialist

first_img* Do you have one (1) to three (3) years of experience incorporate training and/or continuing education?YesNo Position TitleSolutions Specialist DepartmentWorkforce & Professional Dev Work Schedule Summary of Essential Functions * Do you have an advanced degree in Human Resources or relatedLearning and Development field?YesNo EEO Statement Posting Details Pay Rate$20.31/hour The Solutions Specialist, who reports to the Talent DevelopmentServices Manager of College of Lake County’s ( CLC ) Workforce andProfessional Development Institute ( WPDI ), collaborates with theWPDI managers of Professional Development (PD), Small BusinessDevelopment & International Trade Center ( SBDC – ITC ), TalentDevelopment Services ( TDS ) as well as the WPDI ExecutiveDirector, PD program coordinators, and TDS consultants to researchand recommend solutions, training, and educational needs for LakeCounty’s business community.The Solutions Specialist will proactively research the local labor,employer, and small business market to analyze, recommend, andevaluate subject matter experts, instructional designers,developers, instructors, and facilitators (internally andexternally.)CLC offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits that currentlyincludes BlueCross/BlueShield of Illinois health, Delta dental andSuperior vision insurance plans, tuition support for employees andqualified family members, three retirement plans, disability, groupand supplemental life insurance, health and dependent care flexiblespending account plans, a four-day work week in the summer (Fridaysoff!), generous vacation, sick and personal time off and 13 paidholidays each year.The College of Lake County ( CLC ) is a comprehensive communitycollege located in northeastern Illinois committed to being aninnovative educational institution providing life-changing pathsfor our students by offering exceptional learningexperiences.The college is widely recognized for student success, business andcommunity partnerships and for the achievements of our faculty,staff and alumni. Long-known as an employer of choice in LakeCounty, CLC was ranked #15 on the Forbes list of Top 100 Employersin the State of Illinois for 2019. * Do you have experience working for the non-credit continuingeducation division of a college?YesNo Desired Qualifications Expected Start Date09/01/2020 Posting Specific Questions – supplemental questionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Required Qualification • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Development or relatedLearning & Development field, or degree in Education orBusiness• One (1) to three (3) years of experience in corporate trainingand/or continuing education.• Strong understanding and application of Instructional SystemDesign with proven work experience in instructional design and withinstructional technology.• Advanced knowledge of adult learning theory and successfuldemonstration of practical application.• Strong understanding of assessments, skill gap analysis, anddata-collection models, methods and instruments.• Basic knowledge of competencies and competency models.• Strong understanding of program evaluation, including knowingmodels, methods and instruments• Strong understanding of e-learning development software knowledgeand skill.• Ability to write effective copy and instructional text.• Ability to design customized training programs to be evaluated atthe application and impact evaluation levels.• Strong research skills.• Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communicationskills.• Strong computer skills with data management experience.• Great project management, organization and prioritizationskills.• Ability to work independently and interdependently.• Proven creativity in solution design, selection, implementation,and in problem solving.• Experience learning and experimenting with new talent developmentand learning techniques and technologies, seizing new opportunitiesfor enhancing learning.• Competencies in the following:o Instructional Designo Needs Assessmentso Training Evaluationo Time Managemento Communicationo Accountabilityo Integrityo Researching, analyzing and using informationo Business Acumeno Project management Interview Process RequirementsNone, Writing Samples, Portfolio * Do you have a Bachelor’s degree in Human ResourcesDevelopment or related Learning & Development field, or degreein Education or Business?YesNo Software Testing RequiredExcel, MS Word, Outlook, Powerpoint Full-Time/Part-TimeFull-Timecenter_img LocationGrayslake Submit with Application: Two (2) lessons/modules/chapters from two(2) different courses that you have developed in the last 1-2years. If you have developed face-to-face and online courses,supply a sample of each (latter can be a link).For those being interviewed: If selected for an interview, plan tolead a mock meeting with WPDI division managers to analyze theneeds surrounding a new course idea and chart the path forward tofruition.Position open until filled Posting Date07/07/2020 Total Hours per week40.00 Posting NumberS01257 • Advanced degree in Human Resources or related Learning andDevelopment field.• Experience working for the non-credit continuing educationdivision of a college.• Bilingual in Spanish and English Closing Date Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.This position may require availability outside of the standardbusiness day (evening open house, focus groups, meetings,etc.) Special Instructions Summary Job FamilySpecialist Job Summary Internal Position TitleSolutions Specialist * Are you bilingual in Spanish and English?YesNo * Do you have a strong understanding and application ofInstructional System Design with proven work experience ininstructional design and with instructional technology?YesNo Position TypeStaff • Works in close collaboration with leaders and colleagues fromWPDI’s Professional Development, Talent Development Services andSmall Business Development and International Trade Center tosupport their solution development needs.• Proactively researches the local labor, employer and smallbusiness markets and recommends solutions that best aligns withLake County’s employment needs, skills and industries. They alsoresearch, analyze, recommend, and evaluate outsourced subjectmatter experts, instructional designers, developers, instructorsand facilitators.• Demonstrates competency in data analytics, needs assessments,instructional design, training/program evaluation, time management,and consultation to support solution selection and developmentefforts supporting WPDI .• Assists in the analysis of an employer’s specific skill gaps torecommend the best learning solution, which may include openenrollment classes, customized and/or off-the-shelf training,college credit classes, and/or coaching.• Assists with the scoping, forecasting, planning and projectmanaging instructional design projects that encompass team membersfrom WPDI departments, other CLC department, business partners,employers and/or other stakeholders to ensure timely completions ofprojects.• Assist in the design, development, and/or customization ofinstructional materials, including facilitator and participantguides, PowerPoint slides, handouts, job aids, etc.• Recommends the training modality that best aligns with thetargeted learners, skills and industry, such as online (synchronousand/or asynchronous), face-to-face, and blended learning.• Determines build versus buy decision with regard to trainingsolutions, based on a detailed review of off-the-shelf solutionsand the availability of qualified SMEs, curriculumdesigners/developers and budget.• Reviews and oversees WPDI’s instructor/facilitator evaluations incollaboration with WPDI staff to determine continuance of use forstrong performers and separation of engagement for lowperformers.• Reviews and analyzes student and client evaluation forms andrecommends related programs for each WPDI department and/oremployer.• Oversees WPDI’s Development Resource library (solutions) toensure integration between all three WPDI business units.• Participates in WPDI’s standing collaborative meetings withacademic divisions to identify opportunities for partnership (e.g.,co-listed classes/programs, supporting CEUs, etc.), take projectnotes, report out on program development, track new programdevelopment, evaluate new program success, and continue to developgreat working relationships with WPDI’s peers.• Reviews and updates current curriculum and pathways into and outof current programs, including and preparing and/or reviewingcourse information for completeness, based on established learningobjectives and related competency/skill development needs.• Obtains and maintains approval from various state agencies onaccreditation, certification, and licensing and ensures thatregulatory and licensing criteria and guidelines as well asinstitutional requirements are maintained.• All other duties as might be assigned by supervisor and/ormatrixed in department leaders. The College of Lake County is an equal opportunity employer and hasa strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, it seeks a broadspectrum of candidates including minorities, women and people withdisabilities. EOE /AA/M/F/D/V Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResumeCover LetterUnofficial Transcript 1Other DocumentOptional DocumentsMedia PortfolioAvailability ScheduleTeaching PortfolioDesign Portfoliolast_img read more

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PepsiCo drops PJ Smoothies brand

first_imgPepsiCo is to discontinue its PJ Smoothies and Tropicana Spirit brands. According to a statement released by the company, the reasons for the move are due to the current economic climate and “unprecedented pressures” being experienced by the firm.A strategic review of its businesses reinforced “the impor- tance of focusing on best-selling lines”. “We have acted to simplify our manufacturing operations, which includes ceasing production on one of the lines at Boxford. So we will be rationalising our beverage portfolio,” said the statement. “This decision means we will be retiring the PJ Smoothies and Tropicana Spirit brands.”PepsiCo said it will concentrate on its best-selling lines, including Tropicana Pure Premium Juice, Tropicana Smoothies and Copella. The company is in the process of notifying its customers.last_img read more

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Press release: PM welcomes hero British divers to Downing Street

first_img The Thailand operation was a unique occasion when individual cave divers and cave rescuers from many teams came together and worked as a truly national team under the BCRC banner. In total eight cave divers and three other cave rescuers travelled out to Thailand to help with the search and then the rescue. They were backed up by a support team in the UK of BCRC officers and members of various teams. It has been both gratifying and humbling to experience how cave rescuers, cave divers and the wider caving world worked together during the eighteen day operation to play such a significant part in pulling off what many thought to be an impossible task. It has undoubtedly been one of the most incredible cave rescues ever. John Volanthen, one of the lead cave divers involved in the rescue, said: Bill Whitehouse, Vice Chairman of British Cave Rescue Council, said: At the event, also attended by the Thai Ambassador Mr Pisanu Suvanajata, Theresa May praised the heroism of those involved in the extraordinary cave rescue.The group of rescuers, who have been cave diving for over 20 years, battled zero visibility conditions and narrow cave passages to reach the trapped boys.Among those attending with their families was John Volanthen, one of the British divers who was part of the team which first discovered the boys. He was also one of the three divers who went out as the initial team and who helped place guides in the cave to assist others in navigation. Also at the event was Robert Harper, who was part of the team which pinpointed the boys’ exact location, and Vernon Unsworth, who first alerted cave divers in the UK to the situation in Thailand.Divers who took part in the final stages of the rescue were also honoured at the reception, including Chris Jewell who successfully guided the second-to-last boy to safety.Speaking at the reception the Prime Minister said:center_img It was an honour to join the incredible effort to rescue of these boys and their coach, and I would like to personally add particular reference to the skill and dedication of the many military groups and civilians we worked alongside, especially the Thai navy seals. I would also like to extend my thoughts to the family of Saman Kunan. It’s a pleasure to welcome you to Downing Street today. This was an amazing rescue mission. On hearing about the boys who were trapped most people would have just stood by but you chose to go out there and do something about it. The eyes of the world were on you and I think I can speak for everyone when I say a huge thank you. John [Volanthen] you have said that you’re not heroes…well to most of us you are. Sadly we know that a Thai diver, Saman Kunan, died during this mission. He lost his life saving the lives of others – a danger you also faced. The Thai PM has written to me to say thank you for the fantastic job you did and I know that everyone in this country would agree. We are all very proud of you.last_img read more

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Speech: Minister for the Constitution speech at European Commission: 15 Oct 2018

first_imgAs I said, we must respect, protect and promote our democracy for the next generation.That work has a vital task for our times. IntroductionWe agree democracy is essential for free, well-governed societies to prosper.We in the UK, along with you, are part of a community, extolling the virtues of democracy.But as the leaders of the G7 agreed earlier this year in the Charlevoix, “democracy and the rules-based international order are increasingly being challenged by authoritarianism and the defiance of international norms”.It’s up to all of us to work together to defend our democracy and preserve it for future generations. In my view we must respect it, protect it and promote it – those are the themes I will be working on in the UK, Europe and around the world.As the Minister for the Constitution in the UK Government, today, I will set out what we are doing to defend the UK’s democracy. We are committed to: Transparency for digital campaigningStarting with one of the challenges we face – for the last three decades the internet has not only revolutionised the way we interact with each other, it has revolutionised the way we do politics, too.Information is only a moment away, and on the whole those changes are positive.Thirty years ago, voters also didn’t also have to worry about whether their choice was being influenced by misleading political ads on social media.The digital landscape poses challenges which we can’t afford to shy away from addressing.On international affairs – we know that certain states routinely use disinformation, bots and hacking as foreign policy tools. It’s not surprising that they should try to influence other countries democratic systems to further their own agendas.Democracy is based on citizens being confident that the elections they vote in are fair and transparent.Governments must act to meet the pressures of digital campaigning so this confidence is assured, in terms of foreign-originated content, but of course also domestic content and debate too.We are working to protect the news environment so accurate content can prevail and has a sustainable future.We have to be alive to the fact that traditional news outlets aren’t the main source of information anymore.We must give everyone the skills they need to distinguish between fact and fabrication.In the UK, we are publicly consulting on how to require digital campaigning material to include the details of who has produced it.Because voters need to see which organisation or individual is targeting them.SalisburyPeople need to be informed about the threats facing our country. I am immensely proud of the work done by the National Security Communications Team and the government’s Russia unit in revealing the role of the GRU in the despicable Salisbury attack.The actions of the GRU are genuinely a threat to all our allies in democracy.We are working together by sharing information about their activity with our international partners so that others can learn more about the threat they pose.Safety and security of electionsIn the UK, we have seen no evidence of successful interference in our democratic processes. We are vigilant.I am confident that our voting system is secure.Whilst UK voting systems do not lend themselves to direct electronic manipulation because our ballots are conducted with paper and pen.But we recognise that confidence in the electoral system, and participation in it, are very much linked.In the UK – there’s a reform we’re doing – you only need to say your name and address to get your ballot paper – a test based on a 19th century assumption that people knew their neighbours at the polling station.Clearly, this process can be open to abuse and needs to be updated for our more modern, populous society.One approach is to bring the UK in line with other European countries such as the Netherlands, France and Germany and many others where people can confirm their identity when they vote.ConclusionWe know it is vital that everyone has confidence that their vote is theirs, and theirs alone.Not only that – they have to feel that their vote matters, and that their voice is being heard, too.I want the reputation of the UK’s democracy to be absolutely solid: known for its transparency and fairness known for being a safe and secure electoral system, untainted by misinformationcenter_img I want it known for being a democracy that genuinely does work for every voter and known for the willingness of its government to work hard to increase confidence in our democracy for the people it serves maintaining transparency, fairness and equality for parties, campaigners and voters we want to protect the safety and security of the electoral process, free from fraud and interference and we want to build on our democratic traditions to remain world leaders in maintaining confidence in our democracylast_img read more

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Florida police search for car stolen while carrying vaccine

first_imgPLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) — Florida police are investigating the theft of a car that was carrying $10,000 worth of COVID-19 vaccine. The Plant City Police Department said Thursday that it is searching for a man suspected of having stolen the vehicle with 30 vials inside. The police report says the car had been left unlocked with the engine running by a driver who worked for a contractor that provides logistical support. Contractor CDR Maguire says the driver had gotten out of the car to find a security guard to allow him to enter the site. The company says it has no reason to believe the thief knew the vials were in the car.last_img read more

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Holiday Terrariums

first_imgAre you looking for a unique last-minute gift for the holidays? If your recipient loves plants but has a black thumb, a terrarium may be the perfect gift.Terrariums are like tiny, desktop greenhouses. The plants grow and change as time goes by, making it a holiday gift that your friend or family member can enjoy all year. You can make terrariums as personal as you want, and even better, as inexpensive as you’d like. All it takes is a little bit of craftiness, plant material and a glass container.“A terrarium is a great option for people who like the idea of plants, but don’t have the space or time to plant an outdoor garden,” said University of Georgia Trial Gardens Manager Brandon Coker. “It’s a relatively self-contained ecosystem, so a well-put-together terrarium can survive even the most distracted plant punisher.”Here are Coker’s recommendations for making a glass terrarium whose plants will thrive.First, purchase or gather the necessary supplies, which include:Glass container. You can splurge on an ornate glass vessel, pick one up at the thrift store, which tends to have a plethora of unique containers, or use an old jar. Whether the terrarium is open or closed will depend on your plant selection.Activated charcoal. This is available at most hardware stores or in the aquarium section of pet stores. “Activated charcoal pulls all the unwanted smells and toxins out of the environment. Much like our soil purifies water before it gets into aquifers in the ground,” Coker said.Potting soil.Gravel or small pebbles.Small trinkets. This is optional, but you can use small figurines or toys, marbles, stones or anything else you can imagine to decorate the inside of the terrarium.Plants, of course! Lots of nurseries sell tiny plants just the right size for terrariums, or they can be ordered online. Remember, the plants will grow larger, so err on the small side. A word of caution: Avoid succulents, as they need excellent drainage to survive, which is very difficult to maintain in terrariums.The following is a list of plants that perform well in terrariums, according to UGA Cooperative Extension experts:Tropical plants – arrowhead, creeping fig, coral berry, Chinese evergreen, English ivy, parlor palm and strawberry begonia.Woodland plants – asparagus fern, mimosa, Norfolk pine, rattlesnake plantain, pellionia, bird’s nest fern and club moss.Desert plants – ball cactus, cob cactus, Easter lily cactus, peanut cactus, prickly pear, star cactus, aloe and agave.Once you have collected all of the supplies, follow these directions to create your terrarium:Fill the bottom of your glass vessel with gravel or pebbles. Be generous! About 1.5 to 2 inches should be sufficient for drainage.Next, add a layer of activated charcoal — enough to thoroughly cover the gravel. Don’t skip this step! “Activated charcoal is a must for a healthy terrarium,” said Coker.Then, gently and carefully add soil. If you have any organic matter you’d like to add, such as peat moss, be sure to mix it with the soil before adding it to the container. Remember to leave room for the plants to fit too. Start by adding a little less soil than you think you might need.Add plants the way you would when gardening on a larger scale. Remove the excess soil and fluff out the roots if they’ve become potbound. Then, place plants in the terrarium and make sure all ofthe roots are covered. Add extra soil, if needed.As a final touch, add pebbles or moss as a top dressing. Then, place small, decorative objects inside. Be creative! Almost anything can be repurposed to add flair.Remove any dirt from the inside walls of the terrarium for a clean look.Lastly, give your new terrarium a few sprays of mist. Remember, there are no drainage holes, so there should be barely any water to seep through the soil to the bottom layer. Misting is best because it will evenly water the soil and is the easiest way to control the water.To learn more about the Trial Gardens at UGA, visit ugatrial.hort.uga.edu/.last_img read more

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Champlain College rolls out a digital filmmaking major

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt. Champlain College is rolling out a new degree in Digital Filmmaking. This fall, 30 students have switched into the new major as part of a soft launch of the new program a full year before the programs official start in Fall 2008.In Champlains program, students will earn a bachelor of science in Digital Filmmaking, unlike the bachelor of fine arts with a concentration in filmmaking this is common in other film programs. Students will also choose to focus in one or more of four genres of filmmaking: narrative/dramatic, documentary, experimental or industrial/educational.With a programmatic emphasis on hands-on learning and production experience, first-year courses include Digital Artwork, Introduction to Digital Filmmaking, Digital Image and Electronic Media Writing. In the second and third years, students will complete Film History, Video Communications, Screenwriting, Fundamentals of Acting, Video Composting and Special Effects, and Advanced Audio Production and Sound Design.Program co-directors Karen Klove and Dr. Nancy Kerr say Champlains program provides a deliberate mix of traditional filmmaking theory and hands-on technical skill development that is distinctive in New England. While there are other filmmaking programs out there, most remain in a traditional format with limited access to equipment in the freshman and sophomore years. This is due in part to the prohibitive cost of cameras, film stock and developing, Klove said. The digital format, however, allows students to explore freely without such concerns. Our students dive in immediately. From day one they discover, they experiment, they develop as artists because every semester they are expected to apply theoretical inquiry to their individual filmmaking practice.Because students are learning the same technologies as professionals in the industry, their skill set will be current and relevant. Graduates from the Digital Filmmaking program may choose to start careers in traditional filmmaking on the East and West coasts; among the many jobs available to graduates they can work as producers, directors, editors, gaffers, cinematographers, art directors, special effects artist, screenwriters and sound designers. Theyll also be ripe for jobs in corporate media, experimental media and documentary filmmaking.Champlain is the right place to offer such a unique filmmaking program, Kerr said. With a depth of software and hardware on campus and faculty members who are industry professionals, were in a good position to expand our technology base into this new, creative niche. Some of Champlains newer digital media programs include electronic game development, multimedia design and broadcasting.To learn more about Champlains new program, visit http://www.champlain.edu/majors/digitalfilm(link is external). Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a private, baccalaureate institution that offers professionally focused programs balanced by an interdisciplinary core curriculum. The College is a national leader in educating students to become skilled practitioners, effective professionals and global citizens.# # #last_img read more

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Caribbean Commitment against Illicit Networks

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo January 09, 2018 Commodore Hayden Pritchard, chief of Defence Staff, Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF), is concerned with the maintenance of the rule of law in the face of gang activity, potential youth recruitment for terrorism, and delinquency of youth. As a Caribbean regional partner, Commodore Pritchard is working to build networks against criminal activities.Commodore Pritchard participated at the 16th annual Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC), held in Georgetown, Guyana on December 6-7, 2017. CANSEC participants discussed regional actions to counter transregional transnational threat networks (T3N). Commodore Pritchard spoke with Diálogo about his participation in CANSEC, the security concern his country faces, and the importance of building networks as the key to reverse the effect of illegal networks in the Caribbean region.Diálogo: What is the importance of Trinidad and Tobago’s participation in CANSEC?Commodore Hayden Pritchard, chief of Defence Staff of Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force: As a regional partner it’s about doing what you can to contribute to our network – the network of the willing, the network that consists of institutions that are interested in maintaining our way of life, our security, our stability, our development. To do that, CANSEC is a platform to share information and strategies in order to ensure that we are secure and safe.Diálogo: What is the biggest security concern in Trinidad and Tobago?Commodore Pritchard: The biggest concern is maintaining the rule of law in the face of gang activity, radicalization of youth, youth delinquency, and the convergence of these issues putting a strain on law and order.Diálogo: Why is gang activity in Trinidad and Tobago a security threat?Commodore Pritchard: Gang activity is not isolated to Trinidad and Tobago. It’s a regional and global problem. There’s a nexus between gang activities and finding conduits for youth energy, youth development, the economics of each country, the social media, and globalization in general. Based on the space in which young people live today, gang activity appears to be one of the regular outcomes in most countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, so Trinidad’s experience is not unique.Diálogo: Are these gangs related to drug trafficking?Commodore Pritchard: Gangs have to fund their activities, they are anti-state and have no respect for the law. Gangs in Trinidad and Tobago are involved in whatever is required to generate profit, and that includes narcotics trafficking and other forms of illegal trafficking.Diálogo: Is Trinidad and Tobago an international transshipment route for moving drugs in the region?Commodore Pritchard: Traditional intelligence suggests that Trinidad and Tobago, because of its location at the northeastern tip of the South American mainland, makes it a strategic location in terms of transshipment.Diálogo: How does Trinidad and Tobago work with neighboring countries to defeat criminal networks?Commodore Pritchard: There are a number of initiatives that we are working on in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), including a counter-terrorism strategy, which is currently in review. In order to defeat the illicit networks, Trinidad and Tobago have larger partners across the globe within areas of operational training, intelligence training, infrastructure development, and capacity building –for both the military and the police. We are also interested in participating in different programs such as the Container Control Program under the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Treaty of San José, and other bilateral arrangements with the United States, Great Britain, and other nations.Diálogo: Are you concerned about potential youth recruitment for terrorism?Commodore Pritchard: Absolutely. Trinidad and Tobago has the unique challenge of –as a small state– documented citizens who have gone to participate in terrorist activities. Although we do not have terrorism, we have the element of returning terrorist fighters. There is always a concern if you have returning foreign terrorist fighters, you can have huge radicalization, and when you put the two together, you can have an emergent terrorist threat. So far we’ve managed the situation reasonably, but yes, I am concerned that if we don’t manage the situation properly, it can escalate into something much worse.Diálogo: What kind of progress has Trinidad and Tobago made in order to stop the youth from going into the lines of criminal activities?Commodore Pritchard: The government of Trinidad and Tobago has traditionally focused on youth. TTDF in particular has a number of youth programs. One of them is a program at the Military-Led Academic Training Academy –MiLAT–, which focuses on delinquent youth and youth with conflict, focusing on conflict resolution. We also have the Civilian Conservation Corps Program. Both programs are geared towards exposing young people who may not have had the opportunity before to other options in life far from crime and violence. Those programs are going quite well.Diálogo: How do these programs work?Commodore Pritchard: MiLAT is a residential program that selects a number of people who apply –either by their parents or they’re recommended– and the military works with these individuals for a period of two years to ensure the practice of discipline and self-control, but also focuses on specific objectives. They are then prepared for academic exams, and the success rate is quite high.The Civilian Conservation Corps’ Program introduces young people at a lower level to issues of national service, and they are trained in topics like developing certain basic skills but also national issues like environmental protection. This is a six-month rotational program.Diálogo: Have these programs reduced youth criminality?Commodore Pritchard: The success rate of the participants in terms of not returning into negative habits and behavior is quite high. A correlation between the program and national crime statistics has not been done, but based on the tracer studies on the individuals who go through the program, the success rate is extremely high in terms of their conduct and the instances of not being arrested or being involved with law enforcement.Diálogo: How does TTDF protect its borders?Commodore Pritchard: Trinidad and Tobago has invested a lot in its border security agencies. It has an integrated border security concept based on integration of Customs, Immigration, the Coast Guard, the Police, and security agencies of the ports themselves are all integrated. TTDF works with the Coast Guard in a larger role in terms of maritime air surveillance and radar surveillance to secure our borders.Diálogo: You have been in this position since August 2017. How has your perspective changed since you assumed command?Commodore Pritchard: After a few months in office, I am now convinced even more than I was before that it takes a network to defeat a network. It’s impossible for a small state like Trinidad and Tobago to deal with the capability of transnational networks and their capacity on its own. So, the greatest realization I’ve come upon is the need for the agencies within Trinidad and Tobago to network and be as committed as our adversaries, but also, for the agencies outside of Trinidad and Tobago to have a more coherent approach to how we network and share resources.Diálogo: You mentioned that one of the main challenges in terms of networking is capacity-building and implementation. Can you please delve on that?Commodore Pritchard: A network is as good as its participants, or its elements that make up the networks. This idea comes from the perspective of a government institution. If a government dictates policy and the government network has to carry out the policy, the government network must first have the capacity to do that, and if they don’t have the capacity, then they can’t implement the intent of the law or the policy.Diálogo: What needs to happen to break that challenge?Commodore Pritchard: Networks build capacity, but capacity builds networks; it’s an integrative process that is cyclical in nature. What has to happen is greater partnership, sharing of resources, communication, and these build capacity.Diálogo: Does Trinidad and Tobago build capacity and share information with the United States?Commodore Pritchard: Yes. The United States partners in different ways with its colleagues in the region. Trinidad and Tobago is a partner in terms of being an avid supporter of regional security and collaboration. We have selected projects such as building networks through information sharing and improving capacity that are supported by the United States.Diálogo: What needs to happen in the region to be able to defeat international threat networks?Commodore Pritchard: Defeat, is a difficult term. The networks that we fight against are made up of many elements, including terror and criminal connections. Before we start thinking in terms of defeat, we should first think in terms of response to these networks. It’s not a conventional war, it’s a fluid war. Network wars tend to be a bit more strategic and indeterminate. We need to do more work in building our networks to counter networks that are well entrenched, very agile, and many times elude us in pursuit of their objectives.Diálogo: What is your message for CANSEC participants who talk about CARICOM, the Caribbean region, and partnering to have better security for their citizens?Commodore Pritchard: We need to focus on empowering the institutions that we have, like CARICOM IMPACS (Implementing Agency for Crime and Security). We have to be more prone to sharing information, experiences, and practicing together outside of annual exercises; it is just developing a culture of one for all and all for one.last_img read more

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