Qualifications – External Harold Washington College is currently seeking a part-time ProjectManagement Continuing Education Instructor during the Spring 2021Semester. If you have passion for teaching and learning, and arecommitted to the mission of the community college, consider joiningour team. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success in theclassroom by developing and using effective teaching strategiesthat meet students’ diverse needs and engage the student incritical thinking and problem-solving. Design courses to meet learning outcomes, and promote students’active participation in their own learningCreate an effective learning environment that fosters students’intellectual curiosity and helps students to problem solve usingdiscipline-specific thinking strategiesEmploy a variety of formative and summative assessments toensure that classroom instruction leads to student learning and theattainment of the student learning outcomes for the courseHelp students reach their academic, personal and career goalsand foster a safe environment conveying confidence in everystudent’s ability to learnContribute to and provide leadership in the student’s academicand professional communities, promote collaboration and teamworkamong members of these communities Bachelor’s Degree in Business or related field requiredProject Management Professional certification requiredExcellent oral and written communication skills and ability tocommunicate with diverse group of staff and students requiredExperience with a diverse, multi-lingual student population isdesired, as is a commitment to the open access mission of thecommunity college.
First MCV-bodied Project 523 entry-level model handed over as range-topping 9900 generates businessThe first ‘Project 523’, an MCV-bodied Volvo B11R, was handed overVolvo debuted two coaches that are new to the UK market at EBE and it recorded further sales of both during the show.The first MCV-bodied B11R, one of eight for the operator, was handed over to Golden Tours. Currently known as Project 523, the model has been introduced to capitalise on growing demand for a standard-specification, cost-effective coach.Its official name will be announced shortly and Volvo will hold the model in stock at its Coventry sales centre with retail price starting at £215,000.Meanwhile, the hotly-anticipated super-high 9900 made its first public showing in the UK. It was the centrepiece of Volvo’s stand and is aimed at the top of the market. The first will be delivered to a buyer early in 2019.“It’s very exciting to launch two exceptional new coaches at EBE,” says MD Nick Page. “While they are positioned at opposite ends of the market, both have a huge amount to offer customers in terms of operational performance, safety features, aesthetics and passenger comfort.”Also on Volvo’s stand was an unbodied B8L tri-axle double-decker bus chassis. Volvo is working with bodybuilder partners Alexander Dennis, MCV and Wrightbus to deliver a 100-seat product. It will also unveil a zero-emission double-decker in conjunction with MCV in 2020, it has confirmed.
The outliers here are Latvia and Lithuania, which spend dismally little on defence, and Sweden, which is planning cuts to its already malnourished military. One option is to scrap all mechanised army units. Another is to save the army but give up submarines. Another is to shrink all the services even further, but modernise the remnants. If I were in charge, I’d be frowning, not yawning. Edward Lucas edits the international section of The Economist. “Forgive me if I yawn,” said a senior American official when I asked about Russia’s recent Zapad-13 military exercise. It is true that even the Soviet military was not as mighty as it seemed – “Upper Volta with missiles” was a cruel jibe – and after 1991 the Russian armed forces fell into a pitiful state, fought to a standstill by lightly armed Chechens in 1996. But times are changing. Capabilities are improving fast, as Karlis Neretnieks, a retired Swedish general, has noted in a new paper assessing Zapad. In theory, this was an anti-terrorist drill. But, as he notes, an exercise’s scenario is less important than what really took place. The facts are striking. Zapad was huge: including related exercises elsewhere in Russia, it involved up to 70,000 troops. Moving large numbers of men and machines around is tricky: Russia used to be notably bad at this. In Zapad, it managed the task a lot better. Some 20,000 interior-ministry (MVD) soldiers were involved. Their job is to hunt down enemy special forces. Given how weak NATO’s land power has become, it would depend heavily on special forces in the event of a conflict. Integration with Belarus has improved too, with a joint amphibious landing from hovercraft in Kaliningrad, supported by ship-to-shore bombardment. Russia’s landing capability (for example, in the Baltic states or northern Poland) is an important factor. It has improved. Russia’s air force did well, practising the interception of approaching bombers with a fighter escort (again, nothing to do with anti-terrorist operation, but useful in the event of a conflict in the Baltic). Its UAVs (drones) featured as never before. Russia now has a ‘deep-strike’ capability from its ground-based systems such as the ‘Smerch’ rocket-launcher and Iskander missile (M1983 and SS-26 in NATO-speak). As Neretnieks points out, this is “disturbing” for anyone thinking of using out-of-theatre harbours and airfields to reinforce the Baltic states in the event of crisis – which is just what NATO’s contingency plans indeed depend on. He concludes: “We see a rapidly increasing Russian capability to mount large-scale, complex, military operations in its neighbourhood, co-ordinated with operations in other areas. It would be a mistake to see this just a problem for the Baltic states. It should have implications for most of Russia’s neighbours, and also for other parties interested in the security and stability in the Baltic Sea region.” It is also worth pointing out that this improvement precedes the planned $755 billion (€557bn) decade-long modernisation programme. By 2020, the Russian armed forces will – in theory – have one million active-duty personnel, and lots of new kit: 2,300 tanks, 1,200 helicopters and planes, 50 surface ships, 28 submarines, and 100 satellites. This does not make Russia invincible. It just makes it stronger – and thus requires correspondingly more effort from countries that want to mount a credible defence. As the United States winds down its military presence in Europe, NATO is getting weaker, not stronger. Poland is worried about this. It has started a big military modernisation, based on the (unstated) assumption that it may have to fight alone. The thinking of President Bronislaw Komorowski is that Poland should in future offer less to NATO (especially in missions overseas), and expect less too.
The Disco Biscuits are having one of their best years in quite awhile, and it continued this past weekend in Chicago. With the band playing a special North Coast Music Festival late-night performance at the Concord Music Hall on Saturday, and a Sunday night headlining spot at the Festival on Sunday, this was a big weekend for the Biscuits.Saturday night got off to a solid start with a cover of Frank Zappa‘s “Pygmy Twylyte”, with the highlight of the first set going to a sandwich of “Aceetobee > Catalyst > Aceetobee.” It was clear early on that the Biscuits were locked in and ready to provide a late-night to be remembered. It’s pretty astonishing to witness the comfort level of the band right now, as they have seemingly settled into a place in which they are all finally at peace with the direction they are headed.The second set was ridiculous, from beginning to end. “Highwire” led into the beginning section of “Spraypaint”, which segued seamlessly into an inverted “Save the Robots” (beg/end). As the ending of “Highwire” came out of “Robots”, the Biscuits dove right into what may have been the most impressive segment of the show with “M.E.M.P.H.I.S. > Basis For A Day.” This was simply off the charts, with patient builds, dirty drops, and everything in between. It was exactly why you see this band. An encore of “Mirrors” ended the show properly, as we all walked out into the streets attempting to pick our jaws up off of the floor. [cover photo courtesy of North Coast Music Festival and Phierce Photos]Setlist: The Disco Biscuits at Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL – 9/5/15Set One: Pygmy Twylyte-> Spectacle, Aceetobee-> Catalyst-> Aceetobee, Jamilia-> Wet, LadiesSet Two: Highwire-> Spraypaint-> Robots (inverted)-> Highwire, MEMPHIS-> Basis for a DayEncore: Mirrors
Emergency trauma technicians store their gear bags at home so temperature-sensitive supplies stay warm, she said. $850,000 GRANT Point Lodge owner Victoria Paulson said she sees the community building as a big benefit for remote emergency responders and to the community that relies on their training. Lacking a fire hall, public safety building or other community space, Lake Louise residents are hoping the borough Assembly will back their request for a heated community center on 17 acres of borough land. Along with storing firefighting equipment and maintenance tools in a central spot, Matthews said, the building would house the Lake Louise ambulance. A Community Development Block Grant in 2004 paid just over $276,000 for a six-bed teen transitional living home in Wasilla for the group Kids Are People Inc., now part of Alaska Family Services, Graham said. It also provides funding for an ongoing homeowner s rehabilitation program that makes needed repairs like plumbing or new roofs or windows for low-income Valley families. The Matthews are part of a growing group of residents who live at the lake year-round. The Assembly was poised Tuesday to consider a resolution supporting the grant request. POPULATION OF 89 The minute we see we have a problem, someone goes and starts up the ambulance, Matthews said. This emergency safety facility would be such a help. We could keep the equipment we have in better shape, Lake Louise Community Non-Profit Corp. president Beverly Matthews said by phone Friday. Borough planner and grant writer Pam Graham is applying on behalf of the community for a state grant of up to $850,000 for a two-bay garage, generator, locked storage area and stove. She said she would know how much money is needed for the project when the site plan is finished later this month. It s a lot of work to respond to emergencies in an environment like this. Things have to go well and it doesn t always, Paulson said. Having an opportunity to store things in an organized manner, you can imagine the benefit. LAKE LOUISE, Ak. — Little tasks like cleaning nozzles on fire hoses can be a noteworthy event in the small, mostly recreational community of Lake Louise, Alaska, the easternmost spot in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Many of the year-round residents are trained to respond to fires or emergencies, Farmer said. Lodges share the responsibility for housing community equipment: a snowmachine trail groomer is stored at the Point Lodge, a grader that maintains community roads is kept at Lake Louise Lodge and the ambulance at Wolverine Lodge. State census data puts the Lake Louise population at 89. Farmer said he could count nearly 80 who live there most of the year, although the number is always changing. It already approved $125,000 in matching funds for the project, some of which is being used for the site plan, Graham said. Like many in that group, both are retired. The lodges also share the benefits, such as sharing hosting duties for events like annual community council meetings, yearly fundraisers for the snowmachine club and frequent community council board meetings. That stuff gets a little more scattered than it needs to be, said Robert Tree Farmer, owner of the Wolverine Lodge, by phone Monday. Farmer said the ambulance is typically stored at his lodge. He makes sure it is always plugged in and parks it inside his shop when he can. Matthews is one of 12 emergency trauma technicians who live at Lake Louise. She and her husband, Corky, live year-round on an island and, according to several community members, are a driving force in what goes on there. But before getting their gear in working order, volunteer firefighters must gather hoses and gear from various cabins, round up tools and find a spot in which to work.
As Sept. 11 approached, this week’s Justice Friday installment, presented by Saint Mary’s junior and Justice Education Social Relations Officer Alex Shambery, served as a way to promote social awareness for Homeless U.S. Veterans.Shambery began by sharing statistics she found through the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) website.“Eleven percent of homeless adults are veterans,” she said. “Of those 11 percent, 51 percent have disabilities and 50 percent have serious mental illnesses. Seventy percent have substance abuse which ties into mental illness issues.”In the bigger picture, Shambery said 1.4 million veterans are at risk of living in poverty.“About 40,000 veterans are homeless on any given night,” she said. “America’s homeless veterans have been in World War II, the Korean War, The Cold War and Vietnam.”According to Shambery, one-third of the veterans who are homeless were directly in these war zones, although she added these numbers are approximations.“There’s no way of getting a very specific number,” she said. “It’s usually based on average and information they get from homeless shelters.”All of these statistics raises the question as to why these veterans are homeless. Shambery said the main reason is due to a lack of support.“Mainly because of an extreme shortage in affordable housing and a lack of family and social support,” she said. “You train to go over there and dedicate your life to try and save your country and then you come back and people tell you that your experience won’t help you find a job in America.”Saint Mary’s junior Alex Morales said she recently talked to someone who found himself in a similar situation after being deployed.“He said it almost felt like what would happen if you would die,” Morales said. “He said you lose all of those connections. It’s a weird gray area. I think it just spirals from there.”Justice Education president and senior Caylin McCallick agreed with Morales.“The training in the military isn’t necessarily transferring,” McCallick said. “When I was in ROTC, one of my military instructors was a captain in the army. He was an army ranger, but he couldn’t get a job better than working in a factory.”Shambery said it is the duty of students to reach out through volunteering at homeless shelters. In South Bend specifically she suggested the Center for the Homeless and the Robert L. Miller Senior Veterans Center.“A lot of people think the government is going to take care of it, but it’s all of our issues,” Shambery said. “Make a donation. If you can’t make a financial donation you can always donate your time. They’re going overseas to fight for us. An hour a week is nothing compared to what they’ve done for us.”Justice Education vice president and senior Katie Dwyer said spreading awareness among the community is key in helping the veterans.“I think it’s out of sight out of mind,” Dwyer said. “I think the first thing we should do is spread more awareness about it.”“[Veterans]need basic physical health care, counseling, job assessment, training, placement and assistance,” Shambery said. “But a top priority is a secure, safe, and supportive environment free of drugs and alcohol.”Justice Education secretary and junior Morgan Matthews said students can help give veterans part of the supportive environment they need by merely spending some time with them.“They are coming from a life style that is hectic,” Matthews said. “Then they come to a life of boredom in comparison.”“I think that’s where we as students should come in,” Shambery said. “We’re not family members, but we can provide that support for them — at least the social support aspect.”“I think also what needs to be established is veteran-on-veteran support,” Matthews said. “You can sit with a veteran for as long as you want and try to understand, but I think in some cases it might not be enough compared to veteran on veteran.”Since 2005, Shambery said the number of homeless veterans has been reduced by 70 percent since 2005, but she emphasized that this is not good enough.“We need to get all our homeless vets off the street,” Shamberry said.Tags: Justice Fridays, Saint Mary’s College, Veterans
PreSonus has released the Ampire High Density Pack, the first add-on for Ampire, PreSonus’ acclaimed amp modeling and effects plug-in. The new add-on includes a collection of three State Space Modeled iconic amps and six unique stompbox effects suited for guitarists looking for high-gain sounds and exotic effects. Also included are three new impulse-response-based cabinet models chosen to complement each amp. State Space Modeling is a mathematical method of transferring each component of an analog circuit into the digital domain, while maintaining the unique sonic characteristics of the original hardware.The new amp models include: the Metal Machine +, a high-gain British tube amp with 120 watts of raw power across two channels; Painapple #4, an all-tube British amp featuring a three-band EQ and four stages of high gain; and the Gazoline EMC2, a versatile German amp with two channels and a three-way mode switch. The six new State Space Modeled pedal effects are compatible with both Ampire and Pedalboard plug-ins and include Blue EQ, a versatile 10-band graphic EQ; Wildrive, a screaming overdrive to create heavy, crunchy tones and harmonics; Dual Comp, a British rarity with a cult following among bassists around the globe; Space Reverb, a boutique classic with a shimmer that has made it a favorite among guitarists and Ambient synth fans alike; Pitch Shifter, a Canadian favorite most popular for its dramatic “dive bomb” effect; and Demolition Drive, an overdrive for extended low range players.Ampire High Density Pack is compatible with the latest generation Ampire plug-in included in Studio One 5.1.1 or later, as well as the VST3/AU/AAX edition, and is available for $39.95.
SRS Real Estate Partners has welcomed Brad Balbo as senior vice president in the Phoenix office. A well-known individual in the Phoenix industry with an established reputation, he specializes in the leasing, valuation, and operations of retail shopping centers and excels in all things restaurant related. He will focus primarily on landlord and tenant representation and investment sales alongside the Phoenix team.Balbo brings more than 21 years of experience to SRS and started his career with Trammell Crow Company in in early 1990s. Balbo was a top producer and launched that into a successful career of leasing, development, and investment sales. During the 2000s, he joined Pacific Capital Investments as Director of Leasing and Principal. Based in California at that time, he helped grow the investment portfolio to more than $800 million, and managed a team of brokers across the Western U.S.He most recently worked with a boutique firm in Scottsdale, where he was a top producer. Balbo comes highly recommended by individuals in the industry and is known for his integrity, passion, positive attitude, leadership and creative marketing strategies.Balbo has a pre-law degree from the University of North Texas. He is an avid golfer and sports fan. He enjoys traveling, reading and traveling with his wife, Julie.“Brad is a highly respected and well-established professional in the Phoenix retail real estate industry,” said Ed Beeh, EVP and market leader in the Phoenix office. “We are very lucky to have him join us in Phoenix.”
NPR: Has the recession made you fat?To the long and growing list of risk factors known to increase the risk of obesity, scientists recently added a new one: scarcity.People given subtle cues that they may have to confront harsh conditions in the near future choose to eat higher-calorie food than they might do otherwise, a response that researchers believe is shaped by the long hand of evolution.Evolutionary biologists have long speculated that in prehistoric times, when the blueprint of modern human behavior was created as our ancestors struggled for survival, gluttony may have been a useful response to scarcity: If you knew — or feared — a famine was coming, it made sense to tuck away as many calories as possible to prepare for it.Read the whole story: NPR