PreConference Workshop to Explore Origins of BRAC Likely Focus of Next Round

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Congress so far has successfully ignored the Obama administration’s requests to hold a new BRAC round, but as Pentagon budget cuts mount, pressure continues to build for lawmakers to approve additional base closures. While the exact timing of a new round remains uncertain, most Washington experts consider a BRAC round inevitable.Next month’s National Summit will feature a pre-conference workshop covering the mechanics of the BRAC process along with insight about past rounds from the executive director of the most recent BRAC commission and DOD’s former installations chief.The session will be moderated by George Schlossberg, ADC’s long-time general counsel, a partner at Kutak Rock LLP and BRAC expert. For community members that are new to BRAC — or those that want a refresher — Schlossberg will discuss how the federal government came up with the idea of relying on an independent commission to close military installations and how Congress settled on the BRAC process used most recently in 2005.The panel will walk attendees through the initial steps in a BRAC round — the preparation of a force structure plan, inventory of installations and evaluation criteria. Next, it will delve into the process followed by the Pentagon to develop its list of recommended closures and realignments, including the data calls sent to each installation, and the use of the COBRA model to calculate the costs and benefits of individual closures. The panel also will discuss how the BRAC commission operates, including the scheduling of public hearings, and the voting process for revising the department’s closure recommendations and approving final recommendations.Schlossberg will be joined at the workshop by Charles Battaglia, who served as executive director of the 2005 BRAC Commission, and Dorothy Robyn, who served as deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment in the first half of the Obama administration. Battaglia and Robyn will help provide workshop attendees with an insider’s view of the BRAC process from the perspective of DOD and the BRAC commission.In a conversation with View from the Summit, Schlossberg acknowledged the next base closure round likely could include some changes in its mechanics, but emphasized that its core elements — primarily, its reliance on an independent, bipartisan commission to review DOD’s recommendations in a public forum with community input — almost certainly would remain in place.For those looking for a comprehensive introduction to the BRAC process, don’t miss the Summit’s BRAC 101 pre-conference workshop! A great introduction to the workshop is the Journal of Defense Communities article about the legislative history of BRAC.last_img read more

Wilmington School Lunch Menus Week of September 16 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the Wilmington Public Schools lunch menus for the week of September 16, 2018.Wilmington High School & Wilmington Middle SchoolMonday, September 17Steak & Cheese on a Wholegrain Roll; Seasoned Wedges; Fresh AppleTuesday, September 18Ultimate Nachos with Seasoned Meat, Cheese Sauce, Lettuce & Tomato, Black Bean Salsa, Salsa, Brown Rice; PineapplesWednesday, September 19Low-Sodium Low-Fat Mozzarella Sticks; Marinara Sauce; Green Beans; Wholegrain Breadstick; AppleslicesThursday, September 20Rotisserie Chicken or BBQ Chicken; Wholewheat Roll; Whipped Potatoes; Farm Fresh Corn On The CobFriday, September 21Wholegrain Individual Pizza Topped With Buffalo Chicken or BBQ Chicken; Tossed Salad; OrangesLunch ($2.65-$2.85) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and 8 oz. Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at High School: Salad Bar, Pizza, Soup & Choice of SandwichAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at Middle School: Pre-made SaladAlso Available Daily: Variety of Fresh Fruit, Side Caesar salad or Baby Carrots, WG Bagel with Cheese StickMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramWest Intermediate, North Intermediate, Shawsheen Elementary, Woburn Street ElementaryMonday, September 17Wholegrain Mini Pancakes; Syrup; Sausage Links; Hashbrown; 100% JuiceTuesday, September 18Ultimate Nachos with Seasoned Meat, Cheese Sauce, Lettuce & Tomato, Black Bean Salsa, Salsa, Brown Rice; PineapplesWednesday, September 19Low-Sodium Low-Fat Mozzarella Sticks; Marinara Sauce; Green Beans; Wholegrain Breadstick; AppleslicesThursday, September 20Chicken Nuggets; Wholewheat Roll; Whipped Potatoes; Farm Fresh Corn On The CobFriday, September 21Wholegrain Pizza Slice; Tossed Salad; OrangesLunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (Main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Justice and MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: Ham & Cheese, Turkey & Cheese, Tuna, Salad Bar (Woburn St. only), Premade Salads (North, West & Shawsheen only), Pizza (Mon & Wed only), Bagels (Tues & Thurs only)Also Available Daily: Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim Milk; Assorted Fresh Fruit; Assorted Juice; DessertMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramBoutwell Early Childhood Center & Wildwood Early Childhood CenterMonday, September 17Wholegrain Mini Pancakes; Syrup; Sausage Links; Hashbrown; 100% JuiceTuesday, September 18Ultimate Nachos with Seasoned Meat, Cheese Sauce, Lettuce & Tomato, Black Bean Salsa, Salsa, Brown Rice; PineapplesWednesday, September 19Low-Sodium Low-Fat Mozzarella Sticks; Marinara Sauce; Green Beans; Wholegrain Breadstick; AppleslicesThursday, September 20Chicken Nuggets; Wholewheat Roll; Whipped Potatoes; Farm Fresh Corn On The CobFriday, September 21Wholegrain Pizza Slice; Tossed Salad; OrangesLunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and assorted lowfat or skim milkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: WG Pizza (Mon. & Wed. only); Whole Wheat Bagel & Cheese Stick (Tues. & Thurs. only); Turkey & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Mon., Wed., Fri. only); Ham & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Tues. & Thurs. only)Also Available Daily: Assorted snacks and baked goods ($0.50-$0.60)Menus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School Program(NOTE: View these menus, plus the Gluten Free menus, online HERE.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 9, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 2, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of June 2, 2019)In “Education”last_img read more

Ready to pay more Private schools to increase fees after Karnataka govt

first_imgIndian school children take part in a ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ cleaning campaign in Hyderabad on February 12, 2018.NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]After the stipulation of minimum monthly wages, the private school fees are likely to witness a sheer hike in Bengaluru after the directive from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).Even though the Associated Management of Private School in Karnataka (KAMS) has opposed the hike implemented by the government and has asked to withdraw its directive, many of the private schools are forced to increase their annual fees as to lower their burden over the increased salary payments.According to the new payment structure issued by the education department, the minimum wages for the teaching and non-teaching staff to be paid by the management are as follows:Teaching staffPrimary school teacher – Rs 25,800 per monthHigh school teacher – Rs 33,450 per monthNon-teaching staffFirst division clerk – Rs 27,650 per monthSecond division clerk – Rs 21,400 per monthD group employees – Rs 17,000 per monthIf the school management fails to adhere to the given set of instructions and does not pay the revised salary to its employee’s strict actions will be taken against the school.Though the school employees are happy about the revised salary package, the school authorities are planning on to make some of their extra-curricular activities optional as all the parents may not be able to bear the upgraded fees due to the hike in fees.According to the new directive, the school has to transfer the salary directly into their employee’s bank accounts. The rules are equally applicable for all unaided private schools, including the institutions following ICSE and CBSE syllabus.The department has also asked schools to put up flex boards of the reminders (with the measurement 6*10) with details of their updated fee structure outside the school. The schools will have to take a photograph of the same in an A4 format and submit it to the Cluster Resource Centre.last_img read more

The Henrietta Lacks Legacy Groups Annual Lunch

first_imgJoin the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group for their annual luncheon benefiting the wax figure of Henrietta Lacks for the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum on Sept. 30 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The keynote speaker is Dr. Roland Pattillo, team leader for the development of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The luncheon will be held at the Fleming Senior Center, 641 Main Street, Turner Station, Maryland. For ticket information contact Arkia Wade-Gowins at 904-614-3238 or via email at hlackslegacy@gmail.com.last_img

Teach toddlers emotions to help them behave better

first_imgHelping your toddler understand and express emotions may reduce behavioural problems later on, says a new study.“Our findings offer promise for a practical, cost-effective parenting strategy to support at-risk toddlers’ social and emotional development and reduce behavioural problems,” said lead investigator of the study Holly Brophy-Herb, professor at Michigan State University in the US.The research, part of a larger study funded by a grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, involved 89 toddlers (ages 18 months to about two years) from low-income families.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Mothers were asked to look at a wordless picture book with their toddlers. The book included many emotional undertones as illustrations depicted a girl who lost and found a pet.Brophy-Herb and her fellow researchers focused on mothers’ “emotion bridging” with the child. That involves mothers not only labelling the emotion (for example, sad) but also putting it into context and tying it back to the child’s life.During a follow-up visit with the families, about seven months later, the researchers found fewer behavioural problems in the higher-risk children. This might be because emotion bridging acts as a tool through which toddlers can begin to learn about their emotions and gradually learn simple words to express emotions, needs and wishes, instead of acting out physically, Brophy-Herb said.The findings appeared in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioural Pediatrics.last_img read more

Digital Pickpockets Are Now Targeting Your Smartphone

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read The scourge of viruses, Trojans and other malware has long been a familiar foe for desktop PC users. As iPhone users in China recently discovered, these digital nasties are no longer confined to traditional computers and are already a very real threat to the security of mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets and wearables.Few smartphone owners seem to realize this risk, despite the fact that our smartphones have become a veritable treasure trove of digital booty — photos, passwords, emails and texts, location data and more. To enterprising malware engineers, scammers and bad actors, sneaking into a smartphone may be the ultimate jackpot. Consumers aren’t without options, however, and taking a few quick and easy precautions vastly decreases the risk of becoming a victim.Related: How to Protect Your Apple Devices From Getting Hacked Right Now1. A need for consumer awarenessBecause of their unique status as a digital catch-all, and the fact that smartphones are often used in locations that lack traditional safeguards such as firewalls, smartphones actually require more protective measures from malicious interlopers than PCs.And yet last year’s State of the Net by Consumer Reports found that just 7 percent of mobile phone owners use any form of encryption and little more than a third even bother using a PIN. That’s a terrible track record. No wonder then that McAfee Labs recorded a jump of malware samples on mobile devices by nearly 50 percent in just the first quarter of this year2. Apps too eager to ask permissionWhile the volume of malware is certainly alarming, what’s of particular concern is the manner in which it gets onto devices. In particular malware writers have begun targeting apps directly rather than going after devices. The result is that users blindly trust app stores and install apps that have been compromised, unwittingly infecting themselves in the process.This is made effective in large part due to overly aggressive apps that require far too many permissions to access user and device data than is logical or necessary. Take for example flashlight apps that needlessly demand the ability to perform a host of unwanted functions, like the ability to delete apps, track your location and even fiddle with your phone’s software. Games are the most popular downloads on app stores, and as a category are notoriously pushy with permissions that needlessly put users at risk.3. Desperate times call for commonsense measures.There is, unfortunately, no completely foolproof way of foiling all the malware all of the time. But by using a few simple and sensible precautions the vast majority of risks can be averted.Related: 4 Types of Mobile Monsters and What We Can Learn From Their Horror Stories4. Regularly update your phone’s software.The easiest, and most effective step you can take to protect your personal data is to install the periodic updates to your smartphone’s software. Besides adding features, they typically include crucial security fixes you won’t be able to get otherwise.5. Turn on provided security features such as device encryption and locate and lock.Your phone comes with a comprehensive array of free security tools. Enable them, and be familiar with their use such as how to locate a lost device and lock or even wipe it clean of data remotely.6. Be mindful of permissions.When you install an app, you grant it access to various types of information on your device, such as your contacts, your photos or your location. Before installing an app, look at the permissions it asks for and decline if it’s needlessly aggressive — why does that restaurant review app need access to your photos, for instance?7. Stick with official app stores.While malware-laden apps have on occasion slipped past the guards, consumers are far more protected from installing malicious apps and services when patronizing app stores from the big players — Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft — than ones from third-party stores or sites that aren’t accountable to anyone.8. Resist clicking on unknown links in texts and emails.Just like you would with oddball links in email messages, don’t click on a hyperlink in a text or email unless it’s from someone you know — and you’re expecting it. Better yet, protect yourself further by going into your settings on your mobile phone and turning off auto-download for MMS (multimedia) messages to prevent your phone from installing anything without asking first.Our mobile devices give us unprecedented connectivity, productivity and convenience. However, with cybercriminals ramping up their mobile skills, now more than ever, we need to be mindful of the risks and take the appropriate steps to protect ourselves as we enjoy the convenience they enable. Related: Apple Says It’s Cleaning Up the App Store After Its First Large-Scale Malware Attack Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. January 4, 2016 Register Now »last_img read more