Ogden Air Logistics ComplexThe Ogden Air Logistics Complex provides war-winning expeditionary capabilities to the warfighter through aircraft programmed depot maintenance; aircraft modification and modernization; intercontinental ballistic missile programmed depot maintenance; exchangeable end-item overhaul and repair; software development and maintenance; aerospace storage and preservation; aircraft regeneration; aircraft parts reclamation and aircraft disposal. It is one of three complexes assigned to the Air Force Sustainment Center.The Complex provides depot repair, overhaul and modification of the A-10, C-130, F-16, F-22, F-35 and T-38 aircraft, the Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile system, and a wide range of Commodities. These include landing gear, wheels and brakes, rocket motors, air munitions, and guided bombs, photonics equipment, training devices, software, electronics, avionics, instruments, hydraulics, power systems and other aerospace components. Responsibility extends to maintenance operations at geographically separated sites in Japan, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Texas, California, Florida, and ICBM wings located in Wyoming, North Dakota, and Montana.The Ogden Air Logistics Complex employs more than 8,500 military, civilian and contract personnel.388th Fighter WingThe 388th Fighter Wing currently operates, maintains and supports assigned F-35A aircraft. The primary mission of the 388th FW and its reserve associate unit, the 419th FW, is to have professionals ready to deploy, employ and sustain fighter aircraft worldwide to fight and win any conflict. The wing oversees the operational effectiveness, management and flexible use of the Utah Test and Training Range.419th Fighter WingThe 419th FW is the only Air Force Reserve unit in Utah. It is comprised of more than 1,200 Citizen Airmen, most of whom live, work and raise families in Northern Utah. The wing trains for worldwide mobility, while offering a diverse range of combat capability to include F-35A operations and maintenance and full-spectrum mission support to include civil engineering, security forces, medical, aerial port, firefighting, supply and transportation services.Air Force Nuclear Weapons CenterThe Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Systems Directorate, reporting to the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, is responsible for the acquisition and modernization required to sustain the Minuteman III ICBM force. It is also responsible for the acquisition and development of the replacement for the Minuteman III, the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent system.The directorate consists of a government program team of approximately 450 personnel and more than 700 contractors. The directorate is responsible for a $22 billion portfolio supporting the acquisition, systems engineering, depot repair and modernization required to sustain the nation’s silo-based ICBM fleet. The directorate delivers a safe, secure, responsive, on-time and on-target nuclear deterrent force to the warfighter as the nation’s nucleus for ICBM development, acquisition and sustainment.Air Force Life Cycle Management CenterThe Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is responsible for total life cycle management of Air Force and coalition partner weapon systems and subsystems. At Hill Air Force Base, more than 1,600 military, civilian and contractor employees provide holistic management for a host of programs and associated services. The installation’s LCMC portfolio includes cradle-to-grave management of air-delivered weapons, early warning radar systems, mature and proven systems such as the T-38 Talon, A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-22 Raptor and many other programs and services. The LCMC team also executes sales of aircraft and other defense-related equipment while building security assistance relationships with foreign partner nation air forces.
Terrence Mann & Will Swenson(Photos: Getty Images) View Comments Tony nominees Terrence Mann and Will Swenson will star in the off-Broadway premiere of the gleefully profane Jerry Springer — The Opera. Mann will play the title role alongside Swenson in the roles of Warm-Up/Satan. The show featuring a book and lyrics by Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas and music by Thomas will begin previews on January 23, 2018 and open on February 22 at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Tony winner John Rando directs with Chris Bailey as choreographer (the previously announced Joshua Bergasse has exited the production due to a scheduling conflict).Mann earned Tony nominations for Les Misérables, Beauty and the Beast and Pippin. His other Broadway credits include Tuck Everlasting, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Barnum and Cats. Swenson, who can currently be seen in Waitress, earned a Tony nom for his performance in Hair. He has also been seen on Broadway in Disaster!, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, 110 in the Shade, Lestat and Les Misérables (as Javert, the role Mann originated on Broadway).Jerry Springer — The Opera features The Jerry Springer Show as you’ve never seen it before, with passionate arias, soaring ballads and giant production numbers. While the studio audience cheers, a parade of bickering guests fight and curse until violence breaks out and Jerry must face his trickiest guest ever. Jerry Springer — The Opera will play a limited engagement through March 11.
Related Jasmine Flatters, ex Chair of British Triathlon has been appointed as Triathlon Services Manager at the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games 2012 (LOCOG).Flatters will be working closely with the Triathlon Competition Manager John Lunt, building on the detailed work already done, providing technical input into the planning and supporting major work streams for both the 2011 test event and the main Olympic competition in August 2012.Lunt said, “I’m thrilled that Jasmine has joined the superb sports team here at LOCOG and I know she will play a vital role in delivering a fantastic Olympic triathlon.”Triathlon has a unique set of technical requirements and it’s vitally important that each member of staff has the experience of staging international events.Sarah Springman, President of British Triathlon, said “British Triathlon is delighted with Jasmine’s appointment, her experience and skill set is ideally suited, particularly from her innovative management of British Age Group Teams and her extensive technical experience, latterly as Chair of the British Triathlon’s Technical Committee and her role within the ITU Technical Committee.”Zara Hyde Peters, CEO British Triathlon added, “This appointment confirms the high value that LOCOG is placing on the National Governing Bodies’ most experienced volunteers and is recognition of the skills and competence that Jasmine has developed over twenty years of working unstintingly at all levels.“It will also leave a tremendous legacy to the sport after the Games have been delivered.”Flatters said “This has to be the pinnacle of my career. I am truly honoured to have been appointed to this role and I can’t wait to get started and make my contribution to a memorable Olympic Games in London.”www.london2012.com www.britishtriathlon.org
Gophers eliminate SeawolvesMinnesota’s men’s hockey team earned a berth in the WCHA Final Five next weekend with a 3-1 game three victory over Alaska Anchorage Mark RemmeMarch 9, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAlaska Anchorage gave Minnesota’s men’s hockey team more than it wanted to deal with in their Western Collegiate Hockey Association first round matchup.The 10th-seeded Seawolves forced a decisive game three with an overtime goal Saturday night, setting the stage for the top-seeded Gophers to escape Mariucci Arena on Sunday with a 3-1, series-clinching victory.“We knew this was our first real crucial game of the season, and if we didn’t win we wouldn’t be going to the (WCHA) Final Five,” junior forward Ben Gordon said. “That really hit home.”Minnesota used a third period goal from freshman center Mike Carman to break a 1-1 tie at 8:44, then sealed the win with a shorthanded goal by freshman center Kyle Okposo with 1:25 remaining.The Gophers used a sound defensive plan to hold Alaska Anchorage at bay. Sophomore goalie Jeff Frazee saw just 12 shots on goal in the contest, only letting one slip through.That one goal gave the Mariucci crowd of 9,706 a scare. Seawolves freshman winger Kevin Clark capitalized on a turnover in the corner and skated the puck up the goal line before beating Frazee on the far side of the net.Clark’s goal gave Alaska Anchorage a 1-0 lead, but it would be all the Seawolves would get.Carman noted strategic fore-checking as the main component for the low shot total, saying the Gophers coaching staff stressed locking up the boards and not letting Alaska Anchorage get a solid rhythm.“The coaches stressed defense first,” Carman said. “Defense helps generate offense.”Clark’s goal stood as the lone tally until Gordon took a pass from freshman forward Jay Barriball on the power play and beat Seawolves junior goalie Nate Lawson on a give-and-go type play.Gordon’s second period goal tied the score at one, but perhaps what changed momentum for good was a penalty Gordon took midway through the first.Gordon received a five-minute major for charging the goaltender, but Alaska Anchorage was unable to convert on the man-advantage.“That’s the thing with five-minute majors,” Minnesota coach Don Lucia said. “If you don’t score on them you can lose momentum.”Lucia said he wasn’t nervous after the Seawolves got the 1-0 advantage, but he said if Alaska Anchorage would’ve scored on Gordon’s major it might have been a different story.Carman said in the end Minnesota “perservered,” and as a result the Gophers will remain the top-seeded team in the WCHA tournament headed into the Final Five next weekend.The Gophers will play next Friday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul against the winner of Thursday’s play-in game. Game time is set for 7 p.m.GAME SUMMARY 1st 2nd 3rd — TSeawolves 1 0 0 — 1Gophers 0 1 2 — 3Scoring:1st: UMN: no scoring; UAA: Cark-8 (Lunden-9)2nd: UMN: Gordon-11 (Barriball-21); UAA: no scoring3rd: Carman-7 (Flynn-8, Lucia-8), Okposo-19 (Lucia-9)GoaltendingFrazee: (W 13-2-1) 11 savesLawson: (L 10-15-2) 26 savesOverall RecordsMinnesota: 28-9-3Alaska Anchorage: 13-21-3Officials:Derek Shepherd (referee), Tim Swaider (Linesman), Scott Staudte (Linesman)A: 9,706
… … On surveys, Canadians report feeling more stress and anxiety, but also more gratitude. We have made an art of it – literally – with the thank you signs for health care workers now fading in front windows. Gratitude is to be encouraged, according to countless self-help books and wellness blogs, like regular hand-washing and physical distancing. A regular dose, we are told, will help us sleep better, heal faster, feel more optimistic, make friends more easily, earn promotions more quickly – it’s the near-miracle cure for the anxiety and despair that ails us. “It’s hard to convince people something is worthwhile without potentially over-selling it,” said Jennifer Cheavens, a clinical psychologist at Ohio State University who co-authored a meta-analysis of 27 studies earlier this year that found gratitude interventions had only a modest effect when it came to reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety. “Sometime they just get a little bit ahead of the data.” … Read the whole story: The Globe and Mail More of our Members in the Media >
Share on Twitter Email Two Islamic extremists who had sworn allegiance to al-Qaeda killed 11 people at Charlie Hebdo’s offices in Paris in 2015. In two experiments, which each included about 150 French participants, the researchers examined how people felt about defending conspiracy theories about the terror attack.In the first experiment, the participants were randomly assigned to either write a short essay defending conspiracy theories about the Charlie Hebdo attack or a short essay criticizing them. The participants were led to believe the researchers were investigating the ability to convince others during a debate. In the second experiment, the participants were asked to image either defending or criticizing Charlie Hebdo conspiracy theories during a public debate in front of an audience.Participants who defended the conspiracy theory said they expected that people who heard their arguments would form an unfavorable opinion of them and even despise them. These participants also indicated they would be scared that people would be less susceptible to socializing with them and would reject them.“Asking people to defend (versus criticize) conspiracy theories leads them to expect that strangers who would be aware of their arguments would evaluate them negatively, which in turn, leads them to anticipate that these same people would socially exclude them,” Lantian told PsyPost.“It is important to mention that these social concerns when defending conspiracy theories were not only observed among people who generally reject conspiracy theories, but also among people who moderately and strongly believe in conspiracy theories. But to be more nuanced, in one of our two studies, these social concerns became weaker as the tendency to believe in conspiracy theories increased.”The study — like all research — includes some limitations.“One of the limitations is that our participants were recruited on the internet and they were not interacting directly with people physically, but were instructed to anticipate or imagine social interactions. To overcome this limitation, in line with the social dimension of the concept of stigma, future studies could design role-playing games or setup an audience in a laboratory experiment to implement physical social interactions,” Lantian explained.“Moreover, the conspiracy theories that we have used were based on the Charlie Hebdo shooting: they were more relevant geographically and temporally in the context of our studies. To generalize our findings, future studies may vary the type of conspiracy theories involved.”Previous research has found that social exclusion leads to greater endorsement of superstitious and conspiratorial beliefs. Lantian and his colleagues noted that if belief in conspiracy theories is a cause of social exclusion, this could lead to a vicious cycle.“Because of the known negative consequences of conspiracy theories in various domains of our social life, there is currently a lot of discussion about how to reduce them. Among the potential solutions, some researchers have suggested (and demonstrated) that ridiculing conspiracy theories might be efficient,” Lantian added.“Our research contributes to this debate by highlighting the need to anticipate side effects that may results from ridiculing conspiracy theories. It may increase the social stigma attached to conspiracy theories that can be a source of social exclusion. This trade-off should be take into account in these discussions.”The study, “Stigmatized beliefs: Conspiracy theories, anticipated negative evaluation of the self, and fear of social exclusion“, was authored by Anthony Lantian, Dominique Muller, Cécile Nurra, Olivier Klein, Sophie Berjot, and Myrto Pantazi. Pinterest Share on Facebook Share New research in the European Journal of Social Psychology provides evidence that conspiracy theories could be considered a social stigma.“A number of psychological studies have shown the rewarding aspects of conspiracy theories for those who subscribe to them, such as regaining a feeling of control/power, sense of meaning, need for uniqueness, etc,” explained study author Anthony Lantian of Paris Nanterre University.“However, we often hear that for the public at large, any idea that can be described as a conspiracy theory is immediately discredited (as well as the persons who defend them). In short, conspiracy theories would be socially stigmatized. The empirical aspect of this hypothesis has so far been relatively neglected, and that it is why we thought it was important to study it.” LinkedIn
By BECKY RUTHERFORDLos AlamosGood news! If you were affected by the 2017 Equifax data breach, you may be entitled to compensation.You can receive free credit monitoring for 10+ years from three credit agencies or up to $125 in compensation instead of the credit monitoring. If you had additional expenses as a result of the breach (and have documentation to prove it), you could file a claim for up to $20,000.How can you check if you were affected by the data breach and file? The safest way is to go directly to the FTC’s website on the Equifax data breach settlement and click the “file a claim” button to get started. Equifax does not administer the Equifax Data Breach site; it is administered by the Settlement Administrator. The direct link to the Equifax Data Breach page is here; https://www.equifaxbreachsettlement.com/file-a-claim. You can also use this site to check if you were affected by the 2017 data breach, and if you were, use the site to file a claim.I strongly advise you to access the site directly through the FTC’s page or from a link on a trusted, legitimate news site. Suspicious sites bearing similar domain names have already been set up, possibly to try to trick users into handing over their sensitive information; “www. equifaxbreechsettlements . com” has been registered, as has “www. equifaxbreachsetttlement .com”. These are just a few examples that I found, as has been noted by other sources, and there are more out there. Note that in one example, breach is spelled “breech” and in the other, they have added an extra “t” to settlement. Neither site is currently active, but both sites are “parked” and ready to go live. I was not able to confirm, but these sites are likely malicious.Do not Google search for the link to the Equifax settlement site; scammers could potentially use SEO (Search Engine Optimization) to make these scam sites show up at the top of your search results, before legitimate results. If typing the site into your browser bar directly, be careful that you don’t make any typos, or you could end up at the wrong site.If you were affected by the breach, you could receive compensation, but be cautious! Make sure that you go to the correct site, and not a spoofed site. You will not receive calls or emails from Equifax about this settlement; you must go to the settlement site to register. Any calls or emails are scams.Additional Resources:Brian Krebs’s site “Krebs on Security” is a great resource; I highly recommend subscribing to his newsletter to stay up to date on cyber news stories. Here is his article on the Equifax data breach settlement:https://krebsonsecurity.com/2019/07/what-you-should-know-about-the-equifax-data-breach-settlement/The official FTC site on the breach:https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/cases-proceedings/refunds/equifax-data-breach-settlementThe Equifax Data Breach Settlement site:https://www.equifaxbreachsettlement.com/file-a-claimEditor’s note: Becky Rutherford works in information technology at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The bars in this chart show the number of diagnoses versus date, and the line shows the seven-day average. Today, New Mexico broke its record for new cases, exceeding 800 coronavirus diagnoses. Source: New Mexico Department of Health. Created by Eli Ben-Naim
Source: NASASLS and Orion manufacturing and testing activities at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility and Stennis Space Center are temporarily on hold.The Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft will be shipped from NASA’s Glenn Research Center to Kennedy Space Center where it eventually will be attached on top of SLS for the Artemis I lunar mission. Assembly and processing work is continuing on the Artemis II Orion spacecraft at Kennedy.The James Webb Space Telescope team, also in California, is suspending integration and testing operations.Decisions could be adjusted as the situation continues to unfold. NASA said the decision was made to ensure the safety of the workforce and the observatory remains safe in its cleanroom environment.All work associated with supporting International Space Station operations continues.Read more: NASA closes two space centers to limit spread of coronavirusRead more: At the heart of space exploration: NASA outlines the vital role of cryogenicsFlight controllers are working in the Mission Control Center at Johnson Space Center in Houston, where a number of additional measures went into effect in early March to reduce the risk of exposure to the team.Most of the space agency remains under a Stage 3 status, with mandatory telework for all employees with limited exceptions for on-site work. Ames, Michoud, and Stennis are at Stage 4 with personnel on-site to protect life and critical infrastructure.NASA leadership continues to monitor developments regarding coronavirus around the nation and follow the guidance from the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and local and state health officials in order to keep the NASA community safe. The goal was to identify tasks that can be done remotely by employees at home, mission-essential work that must be performed on site and on site work that will be paused.The space agency has defined mission-essential work as that which must be performed to maintain critical mission operations to ensure the schedule of time-sensitive mission-critical launches, or work to protect life and critical infrastructure.This includes work to support America’s national security and mission-essential functions for the nation.NASA’s Mars 2020 mission, which includes the Perseverance Rover and Mars Helicopter, remains a high priority for the agency, and launch and other mission preparations will continue. NASA said much of the work is being done by employees and contractors who work remotely across the agency.Work on NASA’s Artemis program is continuing with limited production of hardware and software for the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.
At what point does a compromise become a fudge? Without doubt, the Legal Ombudsman had a difficult task on its hands deciding how to publish details of complaints. The status quo of printing anonymised case studies was generally accepted to be counter-productive for all concerned. For consumer groups, the case studies had all the authority of a fairytale; for law firms, they simply tarred everyone with the same brush. But there’s every chance that both sides of the debate will be equally unhappy with the compromise. As we report today, the plan is for simple tables, in alphabetical order, listing the firm’s name, the number of complaints investigated, the number of times action had to be taken and what area of law the complaint covered. There will have to be some idea of the scale of the firm, perhaps through partner numbers or caseloads, but that is yet to be decided. If a complaint was made about you last week, you’re in luck: figures will be collated only from 1 April and published some time in July. It is possible that LeO has found the one solution guaranteed to upset everyone involved. The legal profession, it’s fair to say, has never been too enamoured with the idea of naming and shaming. The LeO may balk at those words, but if lawyers are being named, and by implication shamed, how else can you describe it? The danger with simplifying these complaints is you lose all sense of context. As already mentioned, there will have to be some information about the firm – a giant such as Irwin Mitchell, for example, is likely to have more complaints than a two-partner firm, simply because of the volume of work it takes on. LeO will have to ensure that a cursory look at the tables cannot be misleading – if consumers, journalists and indemnity insurers get the wrong idea, that is toxic for the firm in question. On a similar note, the table will simply list in how many of the complaints the firm had to ‘make amends’. This basically means that action was taken and/or a complaint upheld – and explaining this in lay terms is another challenge. There is, of course, the fear that consumers will rely more heavily on complaint numbers rather than their outcome – the ‘no smoke without fire’ scenario. If the legal profession will be collectively dreading the July publication date, it will hardly be cause for celebration for consumer groups. The tables will offer no clues as to the scale or nature of each complaint. It’s like watching only the scores section of the Eurovision Song Contest – simply a lot of numbers with no feel for how or why they were created. If anything, consumers looking at these tables will be left with more questions than answers. Is that real transparency? A resulting lack of information creates a vacuum filled with innuendo and rumour. One upheld complaint against a local firm, and speculation will be rife as to the cause. LeO had a near-impossible task in appeasing the profession, satisfying consumers and, lest we forget, protecting the anonymity of complainants. Publication of firm names had three aims: consumer confidence, improved standards and lawyers not feeling like the victims of a witch-hunt. Does this compromise tick any of those boxes?