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  • US Navy Equips USVs with Non-Lethal Weapons for Fleet Experiment

    first_img February 6, 2012 View post tag: Non-Lethal View post tag: Experiment View post tag: USVs Training & Education View post tag: with View post tag: Navy U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) directed a follow-on fleet experiment this week off the shoreline of Fort Eustis to explore capabilities for unmanned surface vessels (USVs) to deploy non-lethal weapons during maritime security and force protection operations.“Equipping unmanned surface vessels with non-lethal weapons will further expand the capabilities of our Naval forces to confront an increasingly complex set of threats,” Rear Adm. Scott Craig, USFF Deputy Chief of Staff for Fleet Policy, Capabilities Requirements, Concepts, and Experimentation said. “Results from this experiment will be relevant not only to the U.S. Navy, but also to other Services, coalition partners and allies.”Operating in autonomous and semi-autonomous modes, the small militarized boats are equipped to employ a directional acoustic hailer, eye dazzling laser and flash-bang munitions; each non-lethal weapon was carefully-orchestrated to respond to a set of threatening behaviors from intruder vessels.During Trident Warrior 2011, held in July, the USVs’ ability to autonomously react to vessels traveling in protected waterways were previously tested and validated.Cmdr. Mike Frantz, USFF’s Director for Fleet Experimentation, explained the importance of experimenting with real assets in an operational environment.“The Fleet Experimentation program allows the Navy to partner with commercial and government organizations to address and obtain solutions where critical maritime capability gaps exist,” said Frantz. “We each have a different piece of the solution and while laboratory experiments form the foundation of the technology development, the ability to experiment with that technology, at sea, in realistic scenarios, is crucial if you want the end result to be relevant to the Fleet Commander’s need.”More than 100 successful runs were completed over the course of the week. Experiment control collected geo-positional data from the boats, surveys from fleet users and observer logs from subject matter experts. The results are expected to drive recommendations to Navy decision makers.“No one is firing at us here in Virginia, nor are they trying to detonate any explosives near our ships, but these types of malicious scenarios drive our requirement to be prepared for the next time they do,” Frantz said. “Getting this defensive capability into the hands of warfighters to counter that aggression will be a game-changer for our forces when they are operating in dangerous waterways.”Participants for this event include USFF, the Navy acquisition community, several components of Naval Sea Systems Command, commercial industries and academia. The Fleet Experimentation plan continues in June with the start of the annual Trident Warrior experimentation series. This year’s Trident Warrior is multi-phased and will be integrated with several large joint and multinational exercises in the West Coast operating areas.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 06, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Weapons View post tag: News by topic View post tag: US US Navy Equips USVs with Non-Lethal Weapons for Fleet Experiment View post tag: Equips Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Equips USVs with Non-Lethal Weapons for Fleet Experiment View post tag: fleet Share this articlelast_img read more

  • GDEB, US Navy Sign Two Contracts

    first_img View post tag: two View post tag: Naval GDEB, US Navy Sign Two Contracts View post tag: News by topic The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat two contracts worth $25.2 million to perform nuclear submarine and carrier maintenance and modernization work in Groton and Bremerton, Wash.Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.Under the terms of the first contract, worth $15.4 million, Electric Boat will perform the planning, engineering and design, prefabrication and shipyard tasks required to complete a dry-docking continuous maintenance availability for the Los Angeles attack submarine USS Annapolis.The work will take place at Electric Boat’s Groton shipyard and at its peak will engage about 150 employees. It is scheduled for completion by December 2012.Electric Boat also was awarded $9.8 million to support nuclear submarine and carrier repair work at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash. The company’s skilled tradespeople will be assigned to maintenance availabilities on the submarines USS Kentucky (SSBN-737), USS Pennsylvania (SSBN-735), USS Seawolf (SSN-21), USS Connecticut (SSN-22), USS Ohio (SSGN-726) and USS Michigan (SSGN-727), and the aircraft carrier USS Reagan (CVN-76).This work is expected to be completed by October 2012.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 04, 2012; View post tag: contracts View post tag: GDEB April 4, 2012center_img Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today GDEB, US Navy Sign Two Contracts Industry news View post tag: sign View post tag: US View post tag: Navylast_img read more

  • GE Marine Delivers Marine Gas Turbines to Avio for French and Italian FREMM Frigates

    first_imgGE Marine has delivered two LM2500+G4 aeroderivative marine gas turbines to Avio S.p.A. of Turin, Italy, a GE Marine System Supplier. The gas turbines will power the Italian and French Navy’s fifth and seventh FREMM frigates, respectively.The first French Navy frigate Aquitaine of the Italian-French FREMM program was launched in December 2010 at DCNS’ shipyard in Lorient, France. The first Italian Navy FREMM Bergamini was launched in June 2011. The remaining five Italian Navy ships and 10 French Navy ships are expected to launch approximately one per year from 2013 through 2022, respectively.The FREMM project marks the first application in the marine sector of GE’s LM2500+G4 gas turbine, which has 17% more power than its LM2500+ predecessor. The LM2500+G4 benefits from the outstanding reliability and marine operating experience of the LM2500, which has logged more than 13 million hours in marine service.The LM2500+G4 incorporates proven technology enhancements derived from the latest generation of commercial and military aircraft engines. The LM2500 gas turbine family powers 32 navies worldwide and was chosen for the Italian-French Horizon-class frigate program and the Italian Navy’s Cavour-class aircraft carrier.The LM2500+G4 gas turbines were manufactured at GE’s Evendale, Ohio, facility. Avio will assemble the gas turbines into propulsion systems produced at its Brindisi industrial plant. The propulsion systems include a sophisticated turbine control system entirely developed by the Electronics & Electrical Systems Division of the Avio Group.[mappress]Naval Today Staff,October 26, 2012; Image: GE View post tag: Avio View post tag: delivers View post tag: Naval View post tag: FREMM October 26, 2012 View post tag: marine View post tag: French View post tag: turbines GE Marine Delivers Marine Gas Turbines to Avio for French and Italian FREMM Frigates View post tag: Gas View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: GE View post tag: Italian Back to overview,Home naval-today GE Marine Delivers Marine Gas Turbines to Avio for French and Italian FREMM Frigates Industry news View post tag: Frigates Share this articlelast_img read more

  • USS Ronald Reagan changes command

    first_img Share this article Authorities View post tag: US Navy View post tag: USS Ronald Reagan U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) has changed command.After two years of service, the current commanding officer, Capt. Christopher Bolt was relieved by Capt. Michael Donnelly during a change of command ceremony in the ship’s hangar bay, April 12.During Bolt’s tenure from July 2013 to April 2016, Ronald Reagan earned the 2013 Chief of Naval Operations Safety and Environmental Award and three consecutive Retention Excellence Awards.In 2015, Reagan completed an 8-month Planned Incremental Availability on time, marking the first time in more than eight years that an aircraft carrier finished PIA on schedule. Bolt’s leadership was instrumental during a hull swap with USS George Washington (CVN 73), which brought 3,000 newly combined ship’s company to Yokosuka, Japan, last summer.Rear Adm. John D. Alexander, commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, commended Bolt’s leadership and the crew’s performance under his command.“USS Ronald Reagan, led by Capt. Bolt, performed exceptionally throughout the three (carrier) hull swap, Ronald Reagan’s first deployment as the only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, and multiple engagements with our partners and allies around the region,” said Alexander. “He brought great leadership to the crew and effectively managed every task that was sent his way.”Bolt’s successor, Donnelly, assumed command after previously serving as the commanding officer of USS Denver (LPD 9) and the executive officer of USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Donnelly graduated from Villanova University in 1989 with more than 3,000 flight hours and 990 carrier landings in F-14 A, B and D and F/A-18F aircraft.center_img April 13, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Ronald Reagan changes command USS Ronald Reagan changes commandlast_img read more

  • Human factors scientists design Australian Future Frigate op

    first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Human factors scientists design Australian Future Frigate operation room View post tag: Future Frigate View post tag: Royal Australian Navy Authorities The SEA 5000 Phase 1 (Future Frigate Design and Construction) project brought on board two human factor scientists to make sure that the Royal Australian Navy’s Future Frigate operations room support effective and efficient RAN operations.Defence scientists Susan Cockshell and Kingsley Fletcher are human factors scientists that were also involved in the redesign of the RAN Anzac Class frigate operations room as part of the Anti-Ship Missile Defence Upgrade project.“The RAN had experience with us and could see the value in what we do, and asked us to help with the Future Frigate operations room design,” says Cockshell.“As human factors scientists, we stress the need for user-centered design and understanding user needs early on.”“It’s very positive that the RAN has started thinking about what its crew needs at this early stage, and wonderful to be involved in that process.”Cockshell and Fletcher have developed some conceptual layouts based on a literature review of operations and control rooms in government and industry. Working with other DST hardware and software system developers they have mocked-up key elements of the rooms and recruited RAN personnel to perform key activities in the room, to understand how design decisions impact on the way they work.“We are interested in the interactions between crew, trying to understand the importance of the interactions and how effective different room layouts are in supporting those interactions,” Cockshell explains.Over several days, these RAN personnel were put to work using four operations room layouts by Defence scientists.The first layout was ‘mission control’ – like NASA – with everyone in three rows facing large screens at the front. The second layout was more experimental, with each crew member isolated to test the crew’s communication requirements. As Cockshell explains, “We were asking them ‘If you really can’t see anyone, who do you need to talk to?’’”The third layout was a ‘market place’ layout with groups of operators facing each other. For the final layout the RAN team used a scale model to come up with a design to try out. They decided on two parallel rows of consoles facing the main wall screens, with a commander at the rear, creating a Star Trek operations room look.The layout redesign can take place extremely fast due to the specially designed ops room lab, featuring a grid of underfloor cabling, which allows the consoles to be reconfigured in less than two hours.During each layout, the crew used simulated systems to conduct anti-submarine and surface warfare scenarios for ninety minutes.The crews also used a DST Group developed sonar simulation system, which provides a realistic simulation of the undersea acoustic world with the ability to hook into the broader simulation system.A combination of data was then gathered, including feedback from the RAN personnel, to identify user needs and requirements, to inform the next stage of this big project.Further activities will then focus on untested aspects of the design such as the integration of uninhabited aerial vehicles (UAVs), and potentially more detailed design when specific systems are selected.The 2016 Defence White Paper confirmed that the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will have nine next-generation frigates hitting the water during the 2020s.Three European shipbuilders were shortlisted to provide designs for the frigates. The three companies are British BAE Systems with its Type 26 frigate design, Italian Fincantieri and its FREMM design and the Spanish Navantia which is to upgrade its F100 frigate design.center_img Share this article June 24, 2016 Human factors scientists design Australian Future Frigate operation roomlast_img read more

  • Korean Adjunct Assistant Professor

    first_imgPosting Details Applicants applying to this Los Rios Community College DistrictFaculty1. A completed Los Rios Community College District ClassifiedApplication (required).2. Resume (recommended).3. Unofficial transcripts of college/university work (indicatingcompleted or conferred date) (required if using education to meetthe Minimum Qualifications of this position). * (“graduate advisingdocuments and grade reports” will not be accepted as unofficialtranscripts) (Required). NOTE : Los Rios employees are alsorequired to submit unofficial copies of transcripts.4. Two (2) letters of recommendation (recommended).5. Letter of Interest (recommended).6. Certification and/or Licenses ( NOTE : list requirement withpositions with additional accreditation MQ)NOTES :● Applications submitted without all required documents, listedabove, will be disqualified. Applicants indicating “see resume” onthe online application will be disqualified.● Graduate advising documents and grade reports will not beaccepted as official transcripts.● It is the responsibility of Los Rios Community College Districtemployees to also provide official transcripts, if required in theminimum qualification for the position. (Within 60 days of the timeof hire, employees are required to submit official transcripts, ifrequired in the minimum qualification for the position).● Individuals who have completed college or university course workat an institution in a country other than the United States mustobtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees andother relevant documents.● A foreign transcript evaluation is required any time foreigncourse work is used to meet minimum qualifications and/or salaryplacement even if the foreign transcript has been accepted by acollege or university in the United States.● Foreign transcript evaluations are ONLY accepted from AICE(Association of International Credential Evaluations, Inc.) orNACES (The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services)agencies or evaluators. Foreign Degree Transcript Evaluations click hereDo not submit additional materials that are not requested. Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Part-time, Assistant Professor Position. Adjunct pools are opencontinuously and applicants are contacted/hired year round forassignments based on college needs. How and where to apply Conditions AboutThe Los Rios Community College District is the second largest,two-year public college district in California, servingapproximately 75,000 students in the greater Sacramento region. Thedistrict’s 2,400 square mile service area includes Sacramento andEl Dorado counties and parts of Yolo, Placer, and Solano countiesand is comprised of four uniquely diverse colleges – AmericanRiver, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City colleges. Inaddition to each college’s main campus, the district offerseducational centers in Placerville, Davis, West Sacramento, ElkGrove, Natomas and Rancho Cordova.The Los Rios district office is centrally located in the heart ofthe Sacramento valley. The growing Capital Region has strongcommunities and emergent arts and dining scenes, and is nearby someof the most celebrated tourist destinations in the country – LakeTahoe, Napa Valley and San Francisco. The Sacramento area is agreat place to live and work!StrengthsThe district has approximately 6,000 employees throughout our fourcolleges and district office complex. The District office iscentrally located between all four colleges and provides welcoming,inclusive, and equitable environments for Los Rios students,employees and our community partners. Our departments strive forthe highest quality in all programs, services, and activities, andare focused on advancing the learning of our diverse studentpopulation through improved academic and social outcomes.Our VisionOur colleges offer equity-minded, academically rigorous, studentsuccess centered education. Our objective is to help our studentssuccessfully achieve their academic goals, whether they want totransfer to a four-year college or university, earn an associate’sdegree, or obtain one of more than 100 certificates in high demandcareer fields.The Los Rios Community College District’s Human ResourcesDepartment is committed to diversity, equity, and to ensuring aninclusive, thriving environment for all of its employees, students,and surrounding communities. To that end, the Human ResourcesDepartment is intentional in recruiting, hiring, and retainingdiverse employees, to reflect the diversity of our colleges’student populations. Work YearN/A The Los Rios Community College District is seeking a pool ofqualified applicants for possible temporary part-time facultyteaching assignments. These positions are filled on an as neededbasis and are on-going recruitment efforts.Adjunct pools are open continuously and applicants arecontacted/hired year round for assignments based on collegeneeds.Teaching assignments may include day, evening, on-line, hybrid,weekend, and/or off campus classes. General Responsibilities:The adjunct faculty member shall be responsible for the following:teaching assigned classes under the supervision of the area dean;helping students fulfill their maximum potential in masteringcourse content; assessing student learning outcomes; maintaining athorough and up-to-date knowledge in his/her regular teachingfield; continuing professional development; utilizing currenttechnology in the performance of job duties; maintaining standardsof professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professionalposition; assisting with articulation and curriculum developmentand review; serving on college committees and participating infaculty governance including accreditation and studentco-curricular activities; assuming other responsibilities asassigned by the area dean; fulfilling other duties andresponsibilities of an adjunct faculty member as outlined in thecollege faculty handbook. The Institution Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for completeinformation on how to apply online with our District. If you needassistance with any phase of the application process, please call(916) 568-3112 during regular business hours Monday through Friday8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.After hours inquiries should be emailed to [email protected] of applications are by 11:59 p.m. of the posting closingdate. Work Schedule Closing Date Special Requirements Minimum Qualifications 1. Have a master’s degree in the language being taught; OR,bachelor’s degree in the language being taught AND master’s degreein another language or linguistics ; OR, hold a CaliforniaCommunity College Instructor’s Credential in the discipline area;OR, the equivalent.* All degrees must be from an accreditedinstitution.2. Have an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity toand understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural,disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnicbackgrounds of community college students, including those withphysical or learning disabilities as it relates to differences inlearning styles; and successfully foster and support an inclusiveeducational and employment environment.*NOTES:● Applicants applying under the “equivalent” provision must attachdetails and explain how their academic preparation and/orprofessional experience is the equivalent of the degrees listedabove.● If your degree title differs from the minimum qualificationslisted above, you are requested to submit this equivalencystatement. Assignment Responsibilities Quicklink Additional Salary InformationNo additional salary information to notecenter_img SalaryPlease See LRCCD Salary Schedules Beginning and/or Ending Dates Open ContinuouslyYes Application Instructions Posting Date01/20/2017 Total Hrs per Week/Day Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful clearancefrom a criminal background check, freedom from tuberculosis, andproof of identity and eligibility to work in the United Statesprior to the first day of work. The District may select additionalqualified candidates should unexpected vacancies or needs occurduring this recruitment/selection process. When education is arequirement for the position, official academic transcripts fromthe accredited college/university must be submitted within 60 daysof hire. Posting NumberF00229P Physical Demands Department Location LocationLos Rios Community College District (District Office) Position Summary * Can you perform the essential functions of this position?YesNo * Considering this specific position that you are applying to –where/how did you learn about this position?College DepartmentCareerBuilderChronicle of Higher Ed ( College Registry Job Fair: OaklandCommunity College Registry Job Fair: Los AngelesCommunity College Registry Online Job BoardCommunity Outreach (ex. Festivals, etc.)CommunityCollegeJobsComunidadCraigslistDiverse: Issues in Higher EducationD’Primeramano MagazineEdJoinFacebook (Campaign)Facebook (Los Rios Page)GlassdoorGreater Sacramento Urban LeagueHandshake (CSU, UC Job Boards)HigheredJobsIndeedInstagramJob SitesJob JournalLatina Leadership Network of the California CommunityCollegesLinkedInLos Rios Community College District EmployeeLos Rios Community College District Human Resources EmailLos Rios Community College District WebsiteLRCCD Resource Group – API (Asian Pacific Islander Legacy)LRCCD Resource Group – Black Faculty & Staff Association(BFSA)LRCCD Resource Group Native American Collaborative (NAC)LRCCD Resource Group – Spectrum (LGBTQIA+)Professional NetworksSacramento Black Chamber of CommerceSacramento Asian Chamber of CommerceSacramento Builders ExchangeSacramento Hispanic Chamber of CommerceSacramento Rainbow Chamber of CommerceSacramentoWorksThe HUBTwitterYouTubeZipRecruiter * Please indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications forthis position. Select the appropriate answer.I possess the minimum qualifications for this discipline aslisted on the job announcement. (Attach unofficial transcripts froman accredited college/university and/or evidence of jobexperience.)I possess a valid California Community College Credential forthis discipline. (Attach a copy of appropriate credential withapplication.)I possess qualifications equivalent to those listed and haveattached evidence. (To review Equivalency Process.)I have previously been granted equivalency to teach thisdiscipline by the Los Rios Community College District. (Attach theEquivalency Determination Form P-38 and transcripts.) Job Posting TitleKorean Adjunct Assistant Professor * Criminal History Verification and Release: I acknowledge andagree that I understand that by answering the question below, Icertify that the information provided by me is true, correct andcomplete to the best of my knowledge and belief. I authorizeinvestigation of all statements contained herein, and on the P-881(if applicable and submitted), and I release from liability allpersons and organizations furnishing such information. I understandthat any misstatements, omissions or misrepresentation of facts onthis form, my application, and, if applicable, the P-881 orattachment(s) may be cause for disqualification or dismissal. Ifyou have ever been convicted of an offense other than a minortraffic violation you are required to complete the form ‘ArrestsWhich Led to Convictions for Crime’, P-881 (you must discloseconvictions that have been dismissed pursuant to Penal Code Section1203.4; Ed. Code 87008). Please copy and paste the provided URL forthe form - – andattach the completed form to your application.Yes, I acknowledge and agreeNo, I do not acknowledge or agree Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsUnofficial Transcript 1Optional DocumentsResume/Curriculum VitaeLetter of InterestLetter of Recommendation 1Equivalency Determination Letter (P-38 or Equivalency RequestStatement)P-881 Report of Arrests Which Led To Convictions For CrimeDocumentLetter of Recommendation 2Unofficial Transcript 2Unofficial Transcript 3Foreign Transcript EvaluationUnofficial Transcript 4Unofficial Transcript 5last_img read more

  • Faculty Lab Instructor (DPT)

    first_imgEntry-level Masters of Physical Therapy Degree or higherAt least 2 years of practical hands-onexperience in patientcare setting in chosen specializationExcellent organization and time management skillsExcellent oral communication skillsProfessional role modelAble to provide a nurturing, respectful learningenvironmentResponsive to distance education, adult student needsWorking knowledge of educational theory and motor skilldevelopmentAble to work in a team environment LICENSURE and/or CERTIFICATION OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESMay perform other duties and responsibilities thatmanagement maydeem necessary from time to time.POSITION IN ORGANIZATIONReports to: Program DirectorPositions Supervised: Not applicableTECHNICAL, MANAGERIAL & PEOPLE SKILLS REQUIREDTo perform this job successfully an individual must be able toperform each essential dutysatisfactorily. The requirements listedbelow are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilityrequired. Incumbents will be evaluated, in part, based onperformance of each essential function. Reasonable accommodationsmay be made to enable individuals with disabilities to performessential functions.EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE Licensed occupational or physical therapist froman accrediteduniversity with demonstrated expertise in the area beingtaughtCurrent certification with state board ofchosenspecializationcenter_img The mission of The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciencesis the development of professional health care practitionersthrough innovation, individualized, and quality classroom,clinical, and distance education. GENERAL SUMMARYLab Instructorshave various responsibilities such asorganizing/maintaining equipment,preparing the lab environment,monitoring student progress and facilitatingstudent participationin learning activities. The lab instructorcommunicates with thelead instructor regarding student performance or issuesthat ariseand ensures the delivery of consistent content and testing. Theymay assist with grading practicals and other requiredassignments.The qualified candidate must have anentry-level Masters of PhysicalTherapy Degree or higher along with currentcertification with stateboard of chosen specialization. At least 2 yearsof practicalhands-on experience is required in a patient care setting intheprofession. The successful candidate will have excellentoralcommunication and organizational skills, be responsive to adultstudent needs,and be able to work collaboratively in a teamenvironment.This is apart-time 15-20 hours per week as scheduledposition.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESPrepares lab environmentOrganizes and maintains equipment; proposes equipment orders asneededTeaches lab component of courseMonitors student progress; gives feedback; facilitates studentparticipation in learning activitiesAssesses student performance on practical, oral, writtenexaminationsSupervises lab assistants (when available)Reports student grades at end of term to lead instructorCommunicates with lead instructor to ensure consistent contentand testing and to recommend changes for upcoming semesterServes as student-to-university liaisonUpholds student and part-time faculty handbook policiesPromotes professionalism by modeling such behaviors inside andoutside the classroom settingSelf-evaluates teaching performance; sets goals forimprovement TRAVELMinimal travel requiredBUSINESS COMPETENCIESCollaborates – Building partnerships andworkingcollaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.Being Resilient – Rebounding fromsetbacks and adversity whenfacing difficult situations.Instills Trust – Gaining the confidenceand trust of othersthrough honesty, integrity, and authenticity.Drives Results – Consistently achievingresults, even undertough circumstances.Innovation – Creating new and better waysfor theorganization to be successful.Customer Focus – Building strong customerrelationships anddelivering customer-centric solutions.WORK ENVIRONMENTWork is performed primarily in a standard office environment butmay involveexposure to moderate noise levels. Work involvesoperation of personal computerequipment for six to eight hoursdaily and includes physical demands associatedwith a traditionaloffice setting, e.g., walking, standing, communicating, andotherphysical functions as necessary.The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is an equalopportunity at will employer and does not discriminate against anyemployee or applicant for employment because of age, race,religion, color, disability, sex, sexual orientation or nationalorigin.last_img read more

  • Aarght for art’s sake

    first_imgAarght!various artistsThe Marmalade GalleryThe Marmalade Gallery pretty much fulfils any expectations that one might have of a small backstreet gallery. Unusual name? Check. Whitewashed walls with the occasional exotic pot plant? Check. Beat music playing softly in the background? Check. Gold painted radiator? Obviously. Okay, so the building isn’t exactly breaking any barriers in art decor, nor is the gallery itself going to leave sufferers of agoraphobia struggling to remain calm but there exists within all of this genuine arty charm. Was it the fact that none of the cafe’s chairs matched and boho-chic is just so appealing? Probably, but the real reason was that the place felt like one of Oxford’s best kept secrets. Adjacent to the gallery is a spacious cafe area, and though the menu seems a little preoccupied with all things marmalade, it appears the perfect place to work, read or just ponder the surrounding art.The Aarght! Exhibition currently running at the Marmalade celebrates the promotion of the new Arts and Development Company of the same name whose aim it is to promote new artists. It is truly in keeping with the very ethos of the gallery itself. The Marmalade prides itself on two things, namely its close ties with local young artists, and its easygoing attitude towards theme, style and content.When one first hears of the setup, natural reactions may tend towards snobbery, and to a certain extent they are justfied. Some of the pieces are rather pedestrian. While a few of the exhibits are lacking in real technique, what is even more striking is that they are also limited in focus and disciplined thought. Many will find the idea of separate pieces, with little thematic direction, rather too lax, and in some cases confusing. Conversely, the atmosphere of unrestrained and new ideas will invigorate others. Aarght! is ultmately about the duality of embracing disorder or shying away from it.One cannot help but admire the courage of both the gallery and Aarght! in supporting these new artists. There is the occasional piece which displays a twinkling of potential, a diamond in the rough. And perhaps this is what makes the Marmalade Gallery, and Aarght! in particular, so appealing. They are willing to offer opportunities, often at little or no expense to themselves, to artists first setting out.For those willing to drudge past remedial still lives and collages that mimic the texture of Moroccan rugs and to find hidden originality, there awaits the smug sense of satisfaction that can only come from knowing something others do not.ARCHIVE: 0th week MT 2005last_img read more

  • Film: Things We Lost in the Fire

    first_img4/51 February Just to be clear: this is not a film for everybody. It’s not sensational, it’s not cult, it probably won’t be a box office smash. Watching it through cynical eyes could make the story line a little too soppy, the dialogue somewhat clichéd, the idea of the fortunate helping the not-so-fortunate redundant, and the tale of the recovering drug addict outdated. Del Toro is playing his favourite type-cast loser, and no-one likes films about families these days anyway. Plus, Halle Berry has never really done it for me.All that aside, this is a poignant and subtly moving film about coping with the loss, the love and the legacy the dead leave behind them. When Brian (David Duchovny) dies a “hero, in a twisted fucked up way”, he leaves behind two children, his wife Audrey (Halle Berry) and his best friend Jerry (Benicio Del Toro); together, they must find a way to live in the space he left behind. It’s a film about human strength, the power of compassion, the reality of addiction, and R2-D2. The photography is sensitive and detailed; the camera pushes up close and personal, giving the feel of a hand held camcorder at a wedding, trying to get through people’s eyes into their innermost thoughts and emotions. The tiniest details are lovingly made crucial; volumes are said with the slightest movement. The dialogue is simple and honest, whimsical and raw. The support cast is warm, vibrant and loveable. And finally, Del Toro’s performance is pure genius; subtle, utterly naturalistic and completely believable as the recovering drug addict fallen by the way.Things We Lost in the Fire is understated and touching, holding a powerful message about human survival, and offering hope for life renewed through compassion and togetherness. It may not be particularly fast or furious. But as Jerry would say: “accept the good”… and go see it. by Rowan Tinca Parkeslast_img read more