The large-scale dynamics of the mesosphere-lower thermosphere during the Southern Hemisphere stratospheric warming of 2002

first_imgAn unprecedented major stratospheric warming occurred in the Antarctic winter of 2002. We present measurements of winds in the mesosphere-lower thermosphere (MLT) made with MF radars located at Davis (69degreesS, 78degreesE), Syowa (69degreesS, 40degreesE) and Rothera (68degreesS, 68degreesW). The mesospheric wind field in 2002 was found to be considerably different to other years due to increased planetary wave activity throughout the winter. Zonal winds were weaker than usual during the 2002 winter and also during the transition to the summer circulation. The MLT zonal winds showed a reversal about one week earlier than the stratospheric reversal associated with the warming. Meridional winds showed oscillations consistent with the presence of traveling wave-1 planetary waves with periods similar to14 days. The results are compared with similar mesospheric observations made during northern hemisphere stratospheric warmings. Some similarities between hemispheres were found, notably that the reversal in the mesospheric winds precedes the warming events.last_img read more

Firefighter who played competitive golf because of Tiger Woods practices with his idol

first_imgApril 5, 2018 /Sports News – National Firefighter who played competitive golf because of Tiger Woods practices with his idol Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJamie Squire/Getty Images(AUGUSTA, Ga.) — Whether he wins or loses at this year’s Masters, firefighter Matt Parziale can return to his Massachusetts town with one thing clearly checked off his list: playing golf with his idol Tiger Woods.On Monday, Parziale, the 2018 Mid-Amateur golf champion, said during a news conference that he wasn’t sure he’d get to meet Woods, what with all the fanfare surrounding the return of the sports icon.This year marks the first time in three years that Woods, a four-time Master winner, is vying for another green jacket. But, on Wednesday, one day before the start of the Masters, there was Parziale at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, practicing alongside Woods.In October, Parziale, 30, of Brockton, Massachusetts, won the 2017 US Mid-Amateur Championship in Atlanta. He also earned a spot at the US Open in June. It was a huge victory for the firefighter, who’d golfed professionally before deciding to return to amateur status. Parziale said that after his win in October, Woods sent him a letter, congratulating him. Parziale said he’d grown up watching Woods and had played competitive golf because of him.Six weeks ago, Parziale had the chance to thank Woods for the letter.After his US Mid-Amateur win, Parziale, who’d followed in the footsteps of his father and become a firefighter, took a leave of absence from the department to prepare for the Masters.“I’ve always wanted to play golf at the highest level possible,” he said Monday. “And, that’s just kind of what’s kept me going.”With his father, Vic Parziale, as his caddy, Parziale said he had little to no expectations going into the Masters, besides to do his best. “It’s incredible. … I put a lot of work in to get here,” he said.Parziale, a member of Ladder Company 1 for the Brockton, Massachusetts, Fire Department, said that he’d gotten support from firefighters and others from all across America.“I make all decisions with no regrets. I don’t look back. … I enjoy where I am,” he said. “I’m very fortunate enough to be able to do two things that I love doing — play competitive golf and then have a career that I really do enjoy.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Australian Navy Presents Latest Aircrewmen Trainees at Fleet Air Arm Museum

first_img Share this article View post tag: Arm View post tag: Trainees The latest Aircrewmen trainees were presented with their wings by Captain Chris Smallhorn on behalf of Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Peter Laver in a graduation ceremony at the Fleet Air Arm Museum on Thursday, 24 November 2011. Families, friends and colleagues were present to share this proud moment.At the conclusion of the ceremony, those present were treated to a showcase of naval aviation skills by the 723 Squirrel Pairs Helicopter Display Team.Topics covered by the trainees in the intensive and demanding nine-month course included Combat Survival, Air Traffic Control, Aviation Medicine, Meteorology and Helicopter Underwater Escape Training.On successful completion of the ground training component, the trainees undertook airborne training in the areas of winching, external load lifting, navigation and search and rescue.The graduates will now consolidate their skills at 723 Squadron while they await operational flying training.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 24, 2011; Image: navy View post tag: fleet View post tag: Navy View post tag: presents View post tag: Aircrewmen View post tag: Australian View post tag: aircenter_img Australian Navy Presents Latest Aircrewmen Trainees at Fleet Air Arm Museum Training & Education View post tag: Museum Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian Navy Presents Latest Aircrewmen Trainees at Fleet Air Arm Museum View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: latest November 24, 2011last_img read more

Blues footballers prepare to face Tabs

first_imgOne month from today, on Saturday 29th March 2008, Oxford take on Cambridge at Craven Cottage in the 124th Varsity Match. Coached by ex-Arsenal and England defender Martin Keown, Oxford are seeking to avenge two successive Varsity defeats, and to end their season on a high after regional playoff defeat at Exeter on Tuesday ended their promotion hopes, despite the Blues in fact winning their league with a heroic victory over title favourites Worcester. The stakes, as always, are high, as the build-up begins to the biggest date in the Oxford footballing calendar. The Varsity Match itself is one of the oldest regular fixtures in world football, having taken place every year since 1873 (with breaks for the First and Second World Wars). It has been played at some of football’s most prestigious venues, including Stamford Bridge, Highbury, White Hart Lane and even at Wembley – as well as at The Oval and The Queen’s Club. Statistically, it remains a tight affair, Oxford having notched up 48 wins to Cambridge’s 47, and having scored 193 goals to their 192. The last two years have seen defeats for Oxford, as Cambridge narrowly triumphed 1-0 in 2006 and then won on penalties last year after the game finished 1-1. Yet despite this impressive heritage, history only means so much. It is this year, this match, this coming 90minutes that is crucial to these players. Striker Alex Toogood was Oxford’s scorer last year, and remembers the experience as blowing him away. ‘It was absolutely amazing – the next five minutes were incredible, it was just like ‘wow’.’ Yet despite this euphoria, Toogood’s main feeling was one of ‘massive relief’, his goal coming as an equaliser to cancel out Cambridge’s early lead. The immense pressure to perform that is heaped upon the players is all too apparent; with so many friends and family coming to watch, as well as thousands of fans who judge players purely on that one performance, the stress involved is considerable. It seems this year that the emphasis upon the Varsity as a season-defining game is being discouraged in the Blues camp. As Toogood says, ‘the main thing is to treat it like any other game, and to enjoy it – we play football to enjoy ourselves, and we’ll play better if we’re enjoying it.’ Last season the Blues had a terrific year, yet were judged by many upon one defeat on penalties. This clearly annoys a lot of players, especially with the fear that it could happen again: as with last year, the Blues have had a great season, winning the BUSA Midlands Conference 1A title at the first attempt after promotion. It would be aggravating to see them judged by many as failures should they again lose in a oneoff game. In his second crack at the Varsity, Toogood is determined to relish the experience. ‘Last year I didn’t enjoy it, because we were all so focused and took it so seriously – my whole family and all my friends were there but I was barely able to look up.’ This time round, the lightning-fast Worcester hit-man is placing much more importance upon appreciating the occasion, and upon the Blues playing good football, working on the base they have built over the season under Keown. ‘He [Keown] has brought a lot of new ideas, got us playing a better style, keeping the ball on the ground and actually passing it around, playing nice football. If we play like we usually do we can easily win.’ This seems like a healthy attitude to take to such a pressured game. Despite so many supporters demanding victory at all costs, the Blues will do far better playing their own stylish brand of football that has brought them success than trying to adapt specially for Cambridge. The current Blues goalkeeper and OUAFC Sabbatical Officer, Nik Baker, is the most experienced of the squad when it comes to the Varsity game, having appeared in it in each of the last three seasons. Despite being ineligible this time round, his experience in the dressing game will surely be crucial to any success. When asked about the pressure surrounding the game, he too saw it as an important issue, but argued that the Blues are used to that kind of situation. ‘With the title run-in, all of our last three games have been must-win matches. We’re as well prepared as we can be, it shouldn’t come as a shock.’ Yet Baker acknowledged that a Varsity game can be a defining moment for any individual – you never know quite how someone will react until they run out on that pitch. ‘It’s just that kind of occasion: some rise to it, some freeze. It’s a real test of character.’ Baker certainly seems to have been one of those to have risen to the occasion. He made his Varsity debut in 2005 as a fresher at Keble, and was man-of-the-match, making a crucial penalty save as Oxford went on to win 1-0. Last year he added further to this reputation, making a series of superb second-half saves before going on to save the first three Cambridge penalties in the shootout. As a result, he knows what he’s talking about when he says that the game is a special experience. ‘It’s bad to define a season by the Varsity match, but it’s the one where everyone’s parents and friends make the effort, and it’s on a big ground. During the season we play in front of fifty or so people – at the Varsity it’s thousands. Everyone will make a snap judgement on that game, so you want to give the best possible account of yourself. It’s a good challenge!’ The Blues are trying to avoid too much special preparation for the game, putting confidence in their ability to win whilst playing their own game. Cambridge will be carefully watched over the next few weeks, but there will be no Allardyceesque ‘war room’ mentality down at Iffley Road. Small details are important, such as arriving early at Craven Cottage and looking round the pitch in mental preparation for seeing it again a few hours later – the only minor difference being the new presence of thousands of screaming fans on all sides. Nothing will be left to chance. Set-pieces will be carefully rehearsed, both attacking and defending, as it is often the small details that are forgotten quickest in the adrenaline-fuelled blur that is the game itself – a potentially crucial difference in a match that is so often decided by a single goal. As Baker says, when it comes to the Varsity, ‘the preparation just has to be that much more thorough’. There is also the ‘Keown Factor’. It was an amazing coup for Oxford to land Martin Keown as coach this season, arising from his desire to gain experience in his hometown whilst gaining his Uefa Coaching Badges. Having made 337 appearances for Arsenal and 594 professional appearances overall, gaining three Premier League titles, three FA Cup winner’s medals and 43 England caps in the process, Keown’s experience and leadership is an invaluable asset for the Blues. As keeper Baker simply states: ‘when he talks, people listen.’ With a reputation as one of the toughest defenders in football, it is easy to understand why, yet Keown’s off-field persona is extremely calm – there is no ‘hairdryer’ in the Oxford dressing room. He brings a huge amount to the team, from the way he demands high-quality, attractive passing football to his wealth of experience and tactical nous that can be called upon on critical occasions – such as the Varsity. As Baker tells us, Keown is able to get the absolute maximum out of his players, ‘demanding that much more from people because of what he’s achieved’; Toogood agrees, saying that ‘having him on the sidelines really makes people put in an effort!’ Come the 29th of March, Keown’s inspiring presence may be a crucial factor when the going gets tough. This week’s loss to Exeter will surely have hurt the Blues. Despite winning their league, promotion to a higher division rested on a playoff system; Exeter now go on to face Leeds in an inter-regional final, whilst Oxford remain where they are. Yet such a defeat has two silver linings: firstly, it means less travelling for a Blues team that already deals with huge timecommitments whilst balancing Oxford degrees, the perennial problem of all top-level Oxford sportsmen. Secondly (and more excitingly), it gives the Blues a massive incentive to end the year on a high by thrashing the Tabs. Tickets for the game can be purchased on the Fulham FC website,, with special deals for OUAFC members. Anyone who has been to one of these games before will know what a special and exciting occasion it is for players and fans alike, and what a great day out it can be. With the boat race on the same day, and Craven Cottage perfectly situated on the River Thames, there really is no excuse not to be there. When all is said and done, one fact remains: as Baker tells us, ‘this is a game we really, really want to win.’by George Kynastonlast_img read more

NUS motion against gay men’s rep

first_imgRecent NUS conference agenda motions have called for LGBTQ+ societies to drop their position of a gay men’s rep, stating that “gay men do not face oppression as gay men within the LGBTQ+ community”.The motivation behind encouraging LGBTQ+ societies to drop their gay men’s rep positions is a response to “misogny, transphobia, racism and bophobia [that] are often present in LGBTQ+ societies,” which is “unfortunately made more likely to occur when the society is dominated by white cis[gender] gay men,” the motion alleges.Oxford’s LGBTQ+ Soc told Cherwell they supported the motion, saying, “Although we have a male welfare rep, as queer men suffer bigotry in wider society, and they need support, there is no problem within Oxford LGBTQ+ spaces for gay male representation. This is evidenced by our current committee being the first ever to have a woman president.“We would also like to point out that our male welfare rep is not a ‘gay male welfare rep’ – the role encompasses bi, asexual and trans men as well as cis gay men. Therefore we do not see the NUS motion as a criticism to our society.”Some students expressed concern that the motion would damage the balance within the LGBTQ+ community and the welfare of gay men. Jack Schofield, a second year Christ Church student, told Cherwell, “While I don’t deny that gay men are in many ways a comparatively privileged group within the LGBTQ community, for the NUS to advocate the abolition of gay men’s reps seems like an attack and a grave misunderstanding of the serious and multifaceted issues gay men face.“Such a rep’s role is in any case largely a welfare role, so it is ridiculous and offensive that they should wish to deny gay men an optimal point of contact for advice for problems which affect them specifically as gay men, and I do not believe the NUS is acting in the best interests of its students at all in this regard.”Bearing the title “Defending Safe(r) spaces and No Platforming”, motions 408 and 408a, submitted by “individuals”, also note the variety of existing definitions of “safe(r) spaces”. While the motion states that a “strength” of the term “safe space” is that it means different things to different communities and invdividuals”, it also states that these spaces are “essential to liberation” and that when “debated for academic ends” they undermine the concept, one that is “vital to the active participation of many students on campus.” Responding to the NUS’ statement, Harry Samuels, NUS delegate for Oxford, told Cherwell, “I am highly disappointed by the passage of this motion which serves to further this false idea that LGBTQ societies are solely engines for liberation politics rather than social spaces as well. This motion’s passage gives the implication that gay men face no intolerance, or that the intolerance they face is somehow lesser, a pernicious but sadly continuing belief in certain circles.“The existence of these reps is vital for representation and for gay men who may need someone to turn to for sexual and sexual health advice, or for welfare advice, and Oh Well, Alright Then condemns this motion in the strongest terms as an example of the privileged and ignorant activism of certain circles within the NUS which we stood for election to prevent.”Adam Farrow, a graduate student at the University of Durham who first tweeted about the motion, told Cherwell, “This is a ludicrous statement. First, it presumes that the only purpose of gay men reps in LGBTQ+ societies is to further a political agenda, which is false.“Many gay men are able to truly be themselves for the first time at university. This adjustment can be difficult for many, and so they seek the comfort of a representative who they know understands the position they are in. Second, the fact that the NUS no longer consider gay men oppressed enough to deserve representation seems to be nothing more than what the NUS usually refer to as ‘victim blaming’. Because gay men aren’t apparently oppressed as much as other LGBTQ+ groups, they should not receive ANY representation.”Farrow highlights that “safe spaces are something the NUS fervently defend. According to motion 408, it is because ‘when [safe spaces] are debated for academic ends, a concept that is vital to the active participation of many students on campus is undermined’.“This is categorically incorrect. It is not dangerous to discuss the idea of safe spaces in academic environments. It is dangerous to stifle debate about any issue, and particularly ones such as safe spaces and no-platforming. It’s offensive that the NUS think so little of the students that they represent that they want Student Unions to no-platform individuals on ‘ideological grounds’.”last_img read more

Aqueous, Turkuaz, The Motet, And More Rock The Streets Of CHI For Live On Lincoln Day Two [Photos]

first_imgThis past weekend, the inaugural Live On Lincoln took over the 3200 block of N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood for a two-day block party featuring some of the most talented live acts on today’s touring circuit. Following performances by Polica, Chicano Batman, Elliot Moss, and more on Saturday, July 1st, funk favorites The Motet and Turkuaz topped out the event’s Sunday lineup, along with rising jam scene stars like Buffalo’s Aqueous and hometown Chicago quartet Mungion. Keeping with the communal atmosphere they cultivated with the event, entry was offered free of charge, with a suggested donation of $10.While notably lower attendance and some sound system issues made the event’s first day a little difficult, most of the issues had been ironed out by Sunday. Despite some PA issues during the Turkuaz set (which they powered through like champs), the second day of the inaugural Live On Lincoln was a resounding success, boasting perfect weather, huge crowds, and generally happy summer street festival vibes, as well as stellar musical performances and collaborations across the day’s musical lineup.Below, you can see some live-shot video clips from Sunday at Live on Lincoln, as well as a beautiful gallery of photos from Mungion, Aqueous, Turkuaz, and The Motet’s sets courtesy of Phierce Photo by Keith G:AqueousMungionTurkuazThe MotetThe Motet with Shira Elias and Sammi Garett of TurkuazWatch live-shot video of Aqueous at Live on Lincoln below:Watch live-shot footage of the Turkuaz vocalists sitting in with The Motet below:[Cover photo via Phierce Photo by Keith G]Aqueous, Turkuaz, Mungion, The Motet | Live On Lincoln (Sunday) | Chicago, IL | 7/2/17 Load remaining imageslast_img read more

#89: Introducing Dell EMC XtremIO X2

first_imgDell EMC The Source Podcast Episode 89: Introducing Dell EMC XtremIO X2Dell EMC World 2017 included over a dozen major product announcements, and as always, Dell EMC The Source podcast is here to get the details.   This week we take a closer look at “Dell EMC XtremIO X2 All-Flash ArraySure, XtremIO X2 is an “All-Flash Storage Array” but like the original, Flash is just the storage media. XtremIO and now X2 are all about software. Software that provided consistent performance and efficiency to address your VDI and large scale workload needs. XtremIO X2 delivers 3x the capacity, 25% more efficiency all at 1/3rd the price per GB.I sat down with XtremIO CTO, Itzik Reich (@itzikr) to get the details. You can find more X2 details here Direct2DellEMC Next Gen All-Flash Blog and be sure to check out Itzik’s blog www.xtremio.meDon’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store.  Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comEMC: The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)The Source Podcast: Episode #89: Introducing Dell EMC XtremIO X2 Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Don’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comEMC: The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)last_img read more

Unemployment claims decrease

first_img(July 16, 2008) The Vermont Department of Labor reports that there were 712 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 60 from the week before. Altogether 7,139 new and continuing claims were filed, 190 more than a week ago and 999 more than a year earlier.The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: is external)Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: is external)last_img

77 artists and organizations to receive more than $245,000 in funding

first_imgThe Vermont Arts Council is pleased to announce the recipients of three competitive grant programs.  Seventy-seven awards totaling $245,165 have been awarded for Arts Learning, Community Arts and Creation projects.  This announcement comes on the heels of news earlier this month that 42 Vermont arts organizations were awarded funding totaling $606,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  While the stimulus money was designated for job retention in the non-profit arts sector, these grants will fund individual artists, schools and community arts projects.Arts Learning grants fund in-school and out-of-school educational programming that enhance student learning through the arts. The 15 grants awarded total $59,940.  Community Arts grants support projects that encourage participation and engagement in the arts.  The 45 Community Arts grants total $141,185.  Creation grants support the development and presentation of new work.  Seventeen artists were awarded a total of $44,040.Competition for funding was greater than ever this year; in some categories requests were four times greater than the resources available. Applications were reviewed by peer panels of professional artists, educators, arts administrators, community leaders and others with specialized knowledge in each grant category.  Panelists evaluated applications according to the degree to which the applicant met the criteria outlined in the grant guidelines.  Because the application process is rigorous, receiving a grant not only provides financial support but also valuable recognition and credibility.“These grants are funding high quality performances and artistic endeavors in communities throughout the state,” said Arts Council Executive Director Alex Aldrich.  “My hope is that every one of these projects results not only in a standing-room-only performance or exhibition, but in an increased awareness of the vital role that the arts play in all of our lives, in every community, every day of the year.”The following is a list of awards by county:Addison County:Champlain Valley Folk Festival, Ferrisburgh5,000.00 to support the 27th Annual Champlain Valley Folk FestivalMiddlebury Festival on the Green, Middlebury1,375.00 to support Middlebury’s Festival on the GreenJanice Perry, Ferrisburgh$3,000 to support “Liminology,” an interdisciplinary, multi-media investigation of the physical and performative properties of fresh waterTiffany Rhynard, Middlebury$3,000 to support “Disposable Goods: What is/Who is?” a series of portable and versatile new dances to be performed in unconventional spacesBennington County:Arlington Area Childcare, Arlington$5,000 to support a multi-disciplinary arts enrichment program for children, parents, teachers and community membersReadsboro Arts Corporation, Readsboro$1,000 to support the Readsboro Arts FestivalSage City Symphony, Shaftsbury$1,105 to support Sage City Symphony’s annual Youth ConcertCaledonia County:Catamount Film & Arts Center, St. Johnsbury$2,500 to support the presentation of three performance series including Music at the Morse, School Time Performances and Catamount Cabaret, that feature Vermont performersGrass Roots Art & Community Effort, Hardwick$5,000 to support GRACE community partnerships through the artsKingdom County Productions, Barnet$5,000 to produce a documentary film based on the lives of Vermont youth in foster careChittenden County:Bella Voce Women’s Chorus, Essex Junction$2,500 to support the performance of three new works as well as a project to compile the work of New England composers, writing for women’s voicesPaul Besaw, Burlington$3,000 to support the creation of a new dance work in collaboration with composer Michael Hopkins and the Burlington Chamber OrchestraBurlington Book Festival, Williston$5,000 to support the 5th annual Burlington Book FestivalBurlington Chamber Orchestra, South Burlington$2,500 to support a concert featuring the pianist Michael Arnowitt at the Barre Opera HouseBurlington Discover Jazz Festival, Burlington$5,000 to support the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival’s live performances and educational programsECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington$4,783 to support after-school activities and instruction around photographic techniques, cultural exploration, and photoethnography targeting Abenaki youthsFirst Night Burlington, Burlington$5,000 to support First Night BurlingtonLinda Jones, Burlington$3,000 to support the creation of new body of work that explores a combination of different media, including the incorporation of encaustic & digital images, oil paint, and other mixed materialsKathy Marmor, Winooski$3,000 to support the production of two new computer-controlled interactive installations focusing on weather as a metaphor for change, created during a residency at the Fairbanks MuseumRichmond Elementary School, Richmond$1,000 to support a collaboration between the Heather Morris School of Celtic Dance, a Celtic New Year celebration and Richmond Elementary SchoolVermont MIDI Project, Essex Junction$5,000 to support the Vermont Midi project through mentoring student composers and concert performances by professional musiciansVermont Mozart Festival, Burlington$5,000 to support three Family Series Concerts of classical music designed to encourage youth participation in the artistic processVermont Performing Arts League, Burlington$5,000 to support the 17th annual Vermont International Festival of diverse culturesVermont Symphony Orchestra, Burlington$5,000 to support the Made in Vermont Music Festival statewide tourVermont Youth Orchestra, Colchester$4,000 to support the Vermont Youth Orchestra’s  spring 2010 performances at the  Dibden Arts Center and the Flynn Center for the Performing ArtsFranklin County:Common Ground Youth Center, St. Albans$1,000 to support Common Ground’s youth initiated and produced monthly music shows and open mic nightsFriends of the Opera House, Enosburg Falls$2,500 to support a community art project  in and about Enosburg that includes a book with images and text,  an exhibition and a public forum about local artVermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, Fairfax$2,500 to support marketing activities and artists’ fees for new and commissioned chamber works presented throughout the 2009/10 seasonGrand Isle County:Folsom Educational Center, South Hero$5,000 to continue the use of the “Words Come Alive” program in mainstream classroomsVermont Shakespeare Company, North Hero$2,500 to support a professional production of Much Ado About Nothing by William ShakespeareLamoille County:Vermont Studio Center, Johnson$4,000 to support residencies for secondary art and English teachers who wish to develop creative curriculaVermont Studio Center, Johnson$1,000 to complete an access survey and implementation planOrange County:Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph$5,000 to support artists’ fees for Chandler’s 17th annual New World Festival, a celebration of Celtic and French Canadian music and dance and cultureSafeArt, Chelsea$5,000 to support residencies, arts youth group, and community performance focused on abuse prevention in the greater Randolph areaOrleans County:Circus Smirkus, Greensboro$4,000 to support the creation and presentation of the 2010 Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour: “Smirkus Ever After”Glover Community School, Glover$3,800 to support an eight-day residency with “No Strings Attached” marionette companyMemphremagog Arts Collaborative, Newport$1,875 to support the annual Art On Main eventWarebrook Contemporary Music Festival, Irasburg$2,500 to support the seventeenth season of the Warebrook Contemporary Music FestivalRutland County:Brandon Artists Guild, Brandon$2,150 to support a nine-month long afterschool art program in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of Rutland County and using local artists as youth mentorsCapitol Chamber Artists, Benson$2,500 to support Capitol Chamber Artist’s season program,  Romanticism: 150 years of music from Vermont, Early America and EuropeCarving Studio and Sculpture Center, West Rutland$4,750 to support two weeks of intensive training in traditional stone working leading to the creation of a carved stone benchParamount Theatre, Rutland$2,500 to support a program of master classes for advanced music students as part of the “Passages at the Paramount” Classical SeriesRutland Recreation Department, Rutland$3,400 to support instruction and performance of Shakespeare for rural Rutland County youthWashington County:Alisa Dworsky, Montpelier$3,000 to support the creation of a site-specific exterior installation made of hand-crocheted rope at the Bennington MuseumEleva Chamber Players, Waterbury$1,000 to support performances, provide seniors with access to performances, and provide musical coaching to youthGreen Mountain Cultural Center, Waitsfield$2,500 to support a three-week residency program that includes master classes, open rehearsals, concerts, and two fully-staged performances of TOSCADavid Hinton, East Calais$3,000 to support completion of the first English translation of poems selected from the corpus of Chinese poet Mei Yao-ch’enTim Jennings, Montpelier$3,000 to support the creation and promotion of a new themed folktale program, “The King and the Thrush: folktales of goodness and greed,” and a the creation of a live-performance CD of the sameLost Nation Theater, Montpelier$5,000 to support the 22nd season of performances, education programs, and outreach partnerships at Montpelier’s City Hall Auditorium Arts CenterMonteverdi Music School, Montpelier$5,000 to support a new weekly program of workshops and masterclasses, ensemble coaching and informal performancesMRC and Co., Waitsfield$4,000 to support a choral program with high-level musical instruction and outstanding performance opportunitiesRevitalizing Waterbury, Inc., Waterbury$1,250 to support the ninth annual Stowe Street Arts Festival in WaterburyRumney Memorial School, Middlesex$2,870 to bring Natalie Kinsey Warnock to teach about student narrative writing and Linda Lembke to teach bookbindingGordon Stone, Waterbury$1,125 to support the rehearsal, promotion and performance of a collection of new songs by a Vermont composer that reflect Vermont’s ethnic diversityWindham County:Asian Cultural Center of Vermont, Brattleboro$2,475 to support the Asian Cultural Center of Vermont’s programs and activitiesBuilding a Better Brattleboro, Brattleboro$2,500 to support the 8th annual Brattleboro Literary FestivalCenter for Digital Art, Brattleboro$1,080 to support theatrical performances of “Adramelech’s Monologue” featuring  professional and student performers, as well as “Meet the Artist” events, panel discussions, and student lectures and  filmingFamilies First in Southern Vermont, Wilmington$2,500 to support individuals with developmental disabilities to serve as mentors/assistant teachers in the Theatre Adventure ProgramFriends of Music at Guilford, Guilford$1,750 to support a collaboration with Windham Orchestra and Brattleboro High School drama department  in the production of 3 one-act operasMarcy Hermansader, Putney$3,000 to support the creation of four abstract collages for the series BACK THROUGH BLACKIn-Sight Photography Project, Brattleboro$5,000 to support black-and-white photography classes and expand digital class offerings for interested youth of Windham CountyIn-Sight Photography Project, Brattleboro$440 to support participation in Marlboro College’s Certificate in Nonprofit Management programMarlboro Elementary School, Marlboro$4,000 to support six winter workshops with artists in school offering in-depth arts instructionBrian Mooney, Brattleboro$3,000 to support the completion of a collection of short stories titled TONIC and the revision of a novel titled PLUGNew England Center for Circus Arts, Brattleboro$1,625 to create a circus arts curriculum in collaboration with the Windham Regional Career CenterNew England Youth Theatre, Brattleboro$3,925 to hire professional artists to instruct students in the design, creation and painting of full-scale sceneryVerandah Porche, Guilford$3,000 to support the creation of “The Broad Brook Anthology,” a play for voicesAndy Reichsmand & Kate Purdie, Marlboro$3,000 to support a film about Vermont agriculture through the lens of Lilac Ridge Farm, a long-standing family-run farmSandglass Center for Puppetry, Putney$3,000 to support the creation of a puppetry work in collaboration with the Public Health Institute, exploring the potential of people with dementia as creative story tellersVermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro$2,500 to support the Vermont Center for Photography’s monthly program of photography exhibitionsYellow Barn, Putney$5,000 to support a program of 10 concerts and public workshops and discussions for at-risk children, teenagers, and seniors in Southern VermontWindsor County:Arts Bus, Bethel$2,500 to support Arts Bus programs in Bethel, Chelsea and TunbridgeBethel Schools, Bethel$2,787 to support “Bethel Gets Up and Movin'” culminating in a ten-day dance intensive with Karen Amirault and an evening of performancesDuncan Johnson, Hartford$3,000 to support the creation of five new sculptures to be exhibited in fall, 2009 and spring, 2010Opera Theatre of Weston, Weston$5,000 to support Opera Theatre of Weston’s Community Youth ProgramsUpper Valley Arts, Norwich$5,000 to support the creation and presentation of a study guide, DVD, and Web site for Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie, for use in public school classrooms in all 14 Vermont counties* * *Since 1964, the Vermont Arts Council has been the state’s primary provider of funding, advocacy and information for the arts in Vermont.  It strives to increase public awareness of the positive role artists and arts organizations play in communities and to increase opportunities for Vermonters to experience the arts in everyday life. The Council is the only designated State Arts Agency in the U.S. that is also an independent, not-for-profit, membership organization. For more information on the programs and services of the Vermont Arts Council, visit is external).*** END***last_img read more

Brazil Prepares Female Contingent For UN Peacekeeping Missions

first_imgBy Taciana Moury / Diálogo November 08, 2019 The Peacekeeping Operations Internship for Women spreads knowledge on peacekeeping operations and on promoting the increase of female contingent volunteers in missions. Between September 25 and October 4, 2019, the Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese) conducted the third edition of the Peacekeeping Operations Internship for Women. The course brought together 35 students, service members, and civilians at the Naval Peacekeeping Operations School (EsOpPazNav, in Portuguese), in Rio de Janeiro. The school trains MB service members who participate in peacekeeping operations of the United Nations (U.N.), or missions executed in fulfillment of MB’s international commitments.According to MB Lieutenant Commander Márcia Andrade Braga, in charge of EsOpPazNav, “in addition to lectures from female service members about their participation in U.N. missions, students also take part in practical training on the main activities service members deployed in the field carry out during missions.”Topics discussedThe Brazilian Navy’s Naval Peacekeeping Operations School received 35 women, service members and civilians, during the Peacekeeping Operations Internship for Women. (Photo: Brazilian Navy)The structure of the U.N. and peacekeeping missions; values and principles adopted by the U.N.; protection of civilians and children; the Women, Peace, and Security agenda; arms reconnaissance; and healthcare in areas of conflict were among the topics addressed during the internship.EsOpPazNav promotes the Peacekeeping Operations Internship for Women twice a year, once every semester. The first edition took place in December 2018. “Training the female contingent is crucial to increasing the number of female service members in U.N. peacekeeping missions,” Lt. Cmdr. Andrade said.According to the U.N., female presence in missions averages 4 percent, including military observers, personnel, and contingents. “The U.N.’s goal is 15 percent, which they intend to extend to 30 percent,” said Lt. Cmdr. Andrade. “It’s a struggle, but little by little the countries that send troops are beginning to prepare.”The MB officer, who was the first Brazilian to receive the U.N. Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award for her work as military gender advisor in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA, in French), in 2018 and 2019, stressed the importance of female presence in conflict areas, especially during interactions with the community.“Women help to establish a link of trust with the force deployed in the field,” said Lt. Cmdr. Andrade. “They also facilitate the understanding of special needs of women and girls, helping with their reports of sexual violence related to the conflict, a common violation in several U.N. missions.”“During my mission in MINUSCA, I tried to stay as close to the local community as possible, to understand the work of different groups and how the conflict affected each one of them”, concluded Lt. Cmdr. Andrade.last_img read more