UEMS Wins SubTASS Contract for Canadian Navy Subs

first_img View post tag: wins UEMS Wins SubTASS Contract for Canadian Navy Subs View post tag: Systems View post tag: UEMS Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems Inc (UEMS) announced a contract award by Public Works and Government Services Canada to manufacture four Submarine Towed Array Sonar System ( SubTASS ) arrays for the Royal Canadian Navy’s VICTORIA class submarines.The SubTASS arrays were developed by UEMS and are manufactured in its facilities in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. UEMS’ SubTASS arrays are an essential component of the VICTORIA class sensor suite and allow the submarine s to covertly detect and track surface and sub – surface contacts.Ken Walker, President of UEMS, states: “ The award of this contract is significant on several fronts. Not only does it allow us to continue to recruit and retain the best and brightest minds out there, but it also reinforces the fact that a company like Ultra Electronics can design, develop and produce world beating technology, right here in Canada. We, as a company, are looking forward and are honored to have the RCN as a customer.”[mappress]Press Release, June 20, 2013; Image: Canadian Navy View post tag: Subs View post tag: Navy View post tag: class Back to overview,Home naval-today UEMS Wins SubTASS Contract for Canadian Navy Subs View post tag: Ultra Equipment & technology View post tag: contract View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: Submarines June 20, 2013 View post tag: Electronics View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic View post tag: SubTASS View post tag: Maritime View post tag: arrays View post tag: Victoria View post tag: Canada Share this articlelast_img read more

Bod thief jailed for 2 years

first_imgAn Iranian millionaire has been jailed for two years after he confessed to stealing pages from 150 rare books belonging to the Bodleian and the British Library.Farhard Hakimzadeh, a respected businessman, publisher and intellectual, cut pages from priceless books using a scalpel or razor and inserted them into his own copies, the Wood Green Crown Court in North London heard last week.The court heard that Farhard Hakimzadeh, boasted that his personal library was the fourth best of its kind in the world – inferior only to the Bodleian, the British Library and a university library in the United States.The combined worth of the pages stolen from the Bodleian and the British Library is estimated at about one million pounds. A map cut out of one book is worth an estimated £30,000.Judge Peter Ader condemned the offences as “very serious,” whether or not they were motivated by financial profit.He stressed that Hakimzadeh’s background made him entirely aware of the damage he had caused to the books he defiled.He told Hakimzadeh, “as an author, you cannot have been unaware of the damage you were causing. You have a deep love of books, perhaps so deep that it goes to excess. “I have no doubt that you were stealing in order to enhance your library and your collection. Whether it was for money or for a rather vain wish to improve your collection is perhaps no consolation to the losers.”Hakimzadeh’s barrister, William Boyce, had claimed that the theft was motivated by a psychological condition. He argued that the wealthy businessman had no need to steal the items for financial gain and his crime was solely the result of his Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.Richard Ovenden, the Bodleian’s Keeper of Special Collections, slammed Hakimzadeh’s actions as “cultural vandalism.”He said, “most of these books suffered the deliberate removal of pages, and the damage caused will be permanent. The cost of the damage he caused to future scholarship in these fields is therefore significant.”A University spokesperson stressed the long-lasting damage that had been done to the Bodleian’s collections due to Hakimzadeh’s actions. He said, “it would take a lot of staff time to restore the books.”Hakimzadeh initially claimed he had bought the books from second-hand market stalls. Maria Colye, the Bod’s press officer said, “the thefts from the Bodleian Library were discovered when staff examined data relating to his use of the collections, based on reports from the automated stack request system.”She added, “the Oxford University Library Services has initiated a review of security in the light of this theft; however, the Bodleian Library has to strike a balance between allowing readers access and ensuring its materials are kept securely.”last_img read more

Gov’t Mule Announces Late-Night Woodstock Tribute At Mountain Jam

first_imgGov’t Mule has announced a special late-night set in honor of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, set for Saturday, June 15th at Mountain Jam‘s 2019 event. Mule’s tribute set will follow Willie Nelson & Family‘s headlining set on Saturday.The 2019 edition of the long-running festival includes headlining performances by Phil Lesh & Friends, Willie Nelson & Family, Gov’t Mule (2 sets), and The Avett Brothers. Other artists slated to perform at Mountain Jam 2019 include The Revivalists, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (2 sets), Dispatch, Alison Krauss, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Twiddle, Toots & The Maytals, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Mandolin Orange, Karl Denson‘s Tiny Universe, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Amy Helm, The Allman Betts Band, Marco Benevento, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Dustbowl Revival, The Nude Party, Tyler Ramsey, Mo Lowda & The Humble, The National Reserve, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Consider The Source, Mikaela Davis, Hollis Brown, Wild Adriatic, Balkun Brothers, The Big Takeover, Stephen Lewis & The Big Band of Fun, Bella’s Bartok, Sweet Marie, and more. The festival is set to take place at Bethel Woods from June 13th–16th.The 2019 Mountain Jam lineup is an exciting return to form for the festival, which began as a jam-oriented event but moved toward more mainstream rock acts in recent years. In particular, this year marks the return of Mountain Jam co-founder Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule) to the lineup for the first time since 2016. Haynes had performed at every Mountain Jam from its inception through 2016, so his return to the lineup is a welcome change for the festival’s longtime patrons.As Mountain Jam co-founder Gary Chetkof explained to The Poughkeepsie Journal about last year’s lineup, “I thought the music was amazing …We just didn’t have the right balance. We went a little too younger and a little too hipper than we should have. We learned a lot.”While Mountain Jam will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year, 2019 will mark its first year at a new location: Bethel Woods, the home of the original Woodstock back in 1969. As Chetkof explained to The Poughkeepsie Journal, leaving the festival’s original home, Hunter Mountain, is “actually very emotional for me.” However, he resolved that Bethel Woods “is like going to the Taj Mahal of sites. It’s all about being on an amazing piece of land. What could be more amazing than Bethel Woods and the home of the Woodstock festival… It was really just a matter of going to the promised land.”Mountain Jam kicks off Thursday, June 13th with a pre-party for 4-day pass holders featuring musical performances by Twiddle, Marco Benevento and more followed by three full days of music. Tickets, camping, travel packages, and more are available now via the festival website.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s names 2013 Valedictorian

first_imgSaint Mary’s announced the valedictorian of the Class of 2013 will be Allison Sherman of Batavia, Ill. Sherman, a computational mathematics major, said she originally liked Saint Mary’s because of the professors’ commitment to teaching and the College’s small class sizes. “There is a strong sense of community and the personal attention that each student receives was very important in my final decision to attend Saint Mary’s,” Sherman said. Professor Joanne Snow, chair of the mathematics department, said she hired Sherman as a teaching assistant after having her as a “star student” in Calculus III. “Sherman has the rare ability to explain concepts that she clearly has mastered to other students who have not yet achieved the same level of understanding,” Snow said. Sherman said her experiences as a teaching assistant in the department have encouraged her to pursue a career in education. She is in the process of applying to several teaching certificate programs and has not decided which program she will attend after graduation. “In the future, I hope to teach at the collegiate level and further my study of mathematics,” Sherman said.”I want to always be learning new things and I hope to inspire my own students to do the same.” Mary Connolly, professor of mathematics, said she helped Sherman develop her love for mathematics and encouraged her to decide on a math major. Connolly said Sherman’s skills extend beyond academics. “Computational mathematics is a major which combines significant computer science with higher-level mathematics classes,” Connolly said. “Allison is a very talented computer scientist, but one of her truly outstanding qualities is her generosity towards other students.” Sherman said her key to success is entertaining a healthy balance of friends, academics and extracurricular activities. She balances school with her roles as treasurer of the Mathematics Club, president of the Saint Mary’s chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon and participant in the National Mathematics Honorary Society. Sherman’s former roommate Erin Masko said Sherman is a diligent student. “She never puts off work for the next day but instead tackles it right away,” Masko said. “She is wonderful and deserves this honor of valedictorian.” Sherman said she is grateful to be honored as her class’s valedictorian. “I was extremely surprised, and I feel incredibly honored to represent my class,” Sherman said.  “I owe a great deal of gratitude to the entire Mathematics Department faculty at Saint Mary’s and in particular, Professor Snow, who has encouraged me throughout my collegiate career.” Contact Kelly Konya at [email protected]last_img read more

Winter Can Never Come Soon Enough at Snowshoe

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement A safe and responsible winter season. Snowshoe has been working hard to put policies in place to make sure this season will be both fun AND safe for everyone. Following state, federal, and industry guidelines, Snowshoe’s COVID-19 plan involves daily employee health screenings, physical distancing protocols, and increased sanitation and disinfecting efforts. More details can be found here. Advertisement All the best of winter, and all for a great deal. Winter Can Never Come Soon Enough According to official sources, this winter will be dominated by La Niña. In other words, above-normal snowfall is expected for West Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains. Yes, that means more pow for everyone, including you. And should Mother Nature go on strike for a week or two, Snowshoe’s recently upgraded array of high-tech snow guns will make good on their unique Snow Guarantee. More details can be found here. Advertisementcenter_img Snowshoe will officially roll out the white carpet again and welcome everyone back with lots of fun in-person festivities and notorious shenanigans on December 4th (weather permitting). It’s the day we’ve all been counting down to – make sure you’re here!Ps: Don’t forget to wear your favorite costume. Advertisement Advertisement To get the scoop on the latest deals and to begin planning your trip, start here. All the best of winter, and all in-person. If you’ve never been to Snowshoe’s mountaintop village, you owe it to yourself to plan a trip this winter – it’s the perfect antidote to all the virtual everythings we’ve been shifting to. And if you have, you’ll remember the cobblestone street village, the night skiing, the shopping, restaurants, and, of course, the Spa. Schussbombing down the mountain not your style? Well, we’re big fans of their winter adventure tours that allow you to tour the mountain and surrounding areas by RzR (snow-ready off-road buggies) horse-drawn sleigh and snowmobiles – to each their own speed. Advertisement There will be snow, and lots of it. Guaranteed. Advertisement To kick off this winter properly, Snowshoe is offering this season’s best deal: up to 30% off on lift tickets – that’s the guaranteed lowest price of the year when you book lodging through Snowshoe. Yes please!For the guaranteed best deals, go here. Our friends at Snowshoe are getting pretty excited about the imminent arrival of the first snow. After all, in a year ripe with unforeseen twists and turns, this just might be the best news we’ve heard so far: winter will come. Snow will come. First chairs will come. Last calls will come. Unbridled, uncontained, kick-your-heels-in-the-air fun will come. And Snowshoe’s family of instructors, patrollers, groomers, snow makers, cocktail mixers, lifties, chefs, and countless more, can’t wait to see you return to the mountain. Opening Day: December 4th Not a virtual event.last_img read more

Privacy and court records report

first_img December 15, 2005 Regular News Privacy and court records report In response to a request by the Florida Supreme Court, the Committee on Privacy and Court Records has submitted to the court a report and recommendations. The report, entitled “ Privacy, Access and Court Records, Report and Recommendations of the Committee on Privacy and Court Records,” contains 24 recommendations regarding court records policies. The recommendations are divided into three groups. Group One includes recommendations one through six, Group Two includes recommendations seven through 10, and Group Three includes recommendations 11 through 24. The court will consider the report and recommendations as an administrative matter, and will seek public comment on each group of recommendations in sequence. The court therefore invites all interested persons to comment on the recommendations contained in Group One, which are reproduced in full below and are available along with the committee report on the Florida State Courts Web site at www.flcourts.org/gen_public/stratplan/privacy.shtml. Comments on the recommendations in Group Two and Group Three are not sought at this time. Comments on the recommendations in Group One must be submitted by February 1, 2006. Comments shall not exceed 15 pages. Comments shall be provided electronically to [email protected] Paper copies are not required. All comments shall include the name, address, Bar number if a member of The Florida Bar, phone number and e-mail address of the person or entity submitting the comments. `All comments received are public records and will be posted to the Supreme Court Web site at www.floridasupremecourt.org/pub_info/index.shtml, and at www.flcourts.org/gen_public/stratplan/privacy.shtml. Privacy, Access and Court Records Report and Recommendations of the Committee on Privacy and Court Records GROUP ONE Recommendation One: Privacy Protection Reform The Committee recognizes that public opposition to the electronic release of court records occurs within the larger context of the emerging national discussion of privacy in the digital age. At present the database industry is largely unregulated, and privacy interests appear to be losing ground to economic and law enforcement interests. With limited exceptions the judicial branch does not in general have unilateral power to control the use of information lawfully obtained from public court records, and so can do little to address the larger problem of dissemination of information contained public court records. The state Legislature and the national Congress, however, have substantial powers to regulate the commercial database industry to protect citizens from identity theft and other harms. The Committee therefore recommends that the Florida Legislature and the national Congress enact meaningful privacy reforms consistent with the First Amendment that effectively protect the informational privacy interests of citizens. Legislation to Protect Personal Information The Committee recommends that the Florida Legislature enact laws that effectively protect the interests of Floridians regarding personal information in the possession of state agencies and data companies. Regulation should go beyond requiring consumer notification of an improper release of information, and should define the rights of consumers, the responsibilities of data companies, remedies for violations, and an effective enforcement system. In addition, the Legislature should encourage meaningful privacy protection at the federal level by passage of a legislative resolution to the United States Congress calling for strong federal privacy protections as well as preservation of the independent powers of states to provide greater protections than the protections provided by federal law. Recommendation Two: Scope of Confidentiality Any system of access to court records must identify and protect information that is confidential. Confidentiality of Florida court records is controlled by Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.051. The Committee has concluded that subdivision 2.051(c)(8) of the rule incorporates state and federal laws, making the relevant information confidential from disclosure under the rule. The Committee recognizes that to implement an electronic access system with the capacity to identify and redact all information in court files embraced by the current rule would be exceedingly difficult, if not impossible given the foreseeable resources of the judicial branch. However, it is the further view of the Committee that some of the incorporated exemptions in Florida law may be unnecessary or overly broad in the judicial context where a strong presumption of openness exists. The Committee is of the opinion that it is within the rule-making power of the Supreme Court, and not contrary to the Florida Constitution, to effectively expand public access to court records by reducing the scope of confidentiality under subdivision 2.051(c)(8) of the rule. Protections provided by other subdivisions of the rule should remain in effect. The electronic access plan set out in Group Three should be deferred pending completion of this revision process. Reexamination of Rule 2.051(c)(8). The Committee has concluded that implementation of a system that allows large volumes of court records to be released electronically cannot be responsibly achieved under the current Rule 2.051. The Committee therefore recommends that the Supreme Court direct a review of the effective scope of Rule 2.051(c)(8) and explore revision of the rule for the purpose of narrowing its application to a finite set of exemptions that are appropriate in the court context and are readily identifiable. Recommendation Three: Notice and Education Regarding Personal Information Attorneys and the general public are not sufficiently aware of the loss of privacy that can occur due to the inclusion of personal information in a court file. The Supreme Court should direct that ongoing education be undertaken and appropriate public notices be provided regarding the loss of privacy and its consequences that can occur due to the unnecessary filing of personal information in court records. Public Notice The Committee recommends that the Supreme Court direct revision of Rule of Judicial Administration 2.051 to require clerks of court to provide prominent notices in offices and on websites to the effect that court records are public records that may be released to the general public both at the court and via electronic means, and that the inclusion of personal information in court records may be detrimental to the filer’s privacy and the privacy of others. Lawyer and Judicial Education The Committee recommends that the Supreme Court direct that continuing education for attorneys, judges, court staff and clerks of court include education on the privacy implications of the inclusion of personal information in court records. Pro Se Assistance The Committee recommends that the Supreme Court direct that assistance to unrepresented litigants include information regarding the loss of privacy that can occur as a result of the inclusion of personal information in court records. Recommendation Four: Coordination and Oversight of Records Policies The Committee has concluded that court records policies regarding privacy and access are inextricably entwined with policies regarding document filing, records maintenance, court technology, and court performance and management. The Committee has concluded that records access as well as protection of privacy would be enhanced by a judicial branch governance structure that enhances coordination and oversight of all aspects of policy regarding court records, including filing, management, access and retention. This mechanism should coordinate planning, technology and budgeting to achieve goals related to court records. The Committee takes no position on the form of the governance mechanism. Coordination and Oversight of Court Records Policies The Committee recommends that the Supreme Court designate a judicial branch governance structure to coordinate and oversee policies regarding all aspects of court records, including public access, privacy protection, filing processes, records maintenance, and access, dissemination, retention and destruction of records. This mechanism should coordinate planning, technology and budgeting to achieve branch goals related to court records. The Committee recommends that the governance structure include clerks of court. Recommendation Five: Interim Policy The Committee recognizes that an interim policy will be necessary. The Committee urges that remote electronic release of the following court records be allowed until permanent policies are implemented. Electronic Release of Records Allowed in Interim The Committee recommends that Rule 2.051 be revised 1 t o allow a jurisdiction to make the following court records available electronically without further authorization, provided that no information is released that is confidential by federal or state law, court rule, or court order: a. progress dockets, limited to case numbers and case type; party name, race, gender and year of birth; names and address of counsel; lists or indices of any judgments, orders, pleadings, motions, notices or other documents in the court file; notations of court events, clerk actions and case dispositions; name and date of death of deceased in probate cases, address of attorney of record or pro se party in probate case; b. court records which are Official Records; 2 c. court schedules and calendars; d. traffic court records; e. appellate court briefs, orders and opinions; The following records may be released electronically provided the clerk of court for the jurisdiction ensures that the described records are manually inspected and no confidential information is released: f. the chief judge of a jurisdiction may, sua sponte, direct the electronic release of a record or records in a case of significant public interest; g. records may be transmitted to a party, an attorney of record in a case, or an attorney expressly authorized by a party in a case to receive the record; h. a record that has been individually and specifically requested; 3 i. records may be transmitted to an governmental agency or agent; j. records in civil cases in which an agency, as defined in subsection 119.011(2), Florida Statutes, is a party. Recommendation Six: Materials Recommended for Protection The Committee considered the highly sensitive contents of psycho-social evaluations, psychological evaluations, and guardian ad litem reports and concluded that in contemplation of a system of greater access it would be advisable that these records be kept under seal and unsealed on a showing of good cause. The Committee also took testimony and discussed the scope of confidentiality of medical, mental health and drug treatment information considered by the court within drug court cases and notes that practices regarding confidentiality do not appear to be uniform among jurisdictions. The dual nature of drug courts as both adjudicative and therapeutic, give rise to unique issues with respect to public accountability and subject confidentiality. Rational and consistent policies are required. The Committee concludes that the Treatment-Based Drug Court Steering Committee is better situated to study and make recommendations in these areas Materials Recommended for Protection The Committee recommends that the Supreme Court direct the appropriate rules committees to propose revision to court rules to provide that psycho-social evaluations, psychological evaluations, and guardian ad litem reports be placed under seal by the clerk of court and unsealed only by judicial order on a showing of good cause. Confidentiality of Certain Drug Court Information The Committee recommends that the Supreme Court direct the Treatment-Based Drug Court Steering Committee to make recommendations regarding the appropriate scope of confidentiality regarding medical, mental health and drug treatment information within drug court cases. (Footnotes) 1 I n lieu of amendment of the rule the Chief Justice may elect to issue an administrative order setting forth the substance of the above proposed rule. 2 C ertain Official Records, such as records in adoption cases, remain confidential by statute. In addition, Subsection 28.2221, Florida Statutes, prohibit clerks of court from publishing on an Internet website records in cases arising out of Family, Probate and Juvenile Rules. Nothing in this recommendation should be construed to negate these statutory restrictions. 3 T he Committee agrees with testimony received that it will not be possible to adequately inspect large numbers of records, and so contemplates that large volume, or “bulk” requests, would not be consistent with this provision.center_img Privacy and court records reportlast_img

Hispanic millennials look for balance as they fuse identities

first_img 39SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Miriam De Dios Woodward Miriam De Dios Woodward is the CEO of PolicyWorks, LLC. She also serves as Senior Vice President of AMC, the holding company of the Iowa Credit Union League and parent … Web: https://www.policyworksllc.com Details It’s not enough to know what your members and prospective members want. Today, it’s just as important to know how they want it. For credit unions in pursuit of a relationship with the highly influential and growing Hispanic consumer segment, that how is most likely digital.When designing a digital strategy targeting Hispanic Millennials, it’s important to consider both language and culture. While most are likely to speak Spanish in the home, Hispanic Millennials are proficient in English and comfortable switching back and forth between the two languages – sometimes within the same conversation. In terms of culture, Hispanic Millennials – 40 percent of whom were born outside the U.S. – feel strong connections to both their Hispanic and American cultures.AT&T’s #BetweenTwoWorlds strategy offers an excellent example of marketers who understand this dichotomy. The telco company’s advertising and social media marketing campaign was designed to connect with bicultural Hispanic Millennials. Through a variety of marketing and communications tools, AT&T addresses the way in which bicultural Hispanic Millennials’ adeptly fuse their two identities. One of the first mobile providers to attempt this emotional bond between its brand and consumers, AT&T relies on authenticity to stand out from its competitors. As such, it is somewhat of a groundbreaker in Hispanic consumer marketing.Millennial consumers of all cultures are nearly 2.5 times more likely than baby boomers to use their mobile phones for things like online shopping and in-store payments. When we look at the Hispanic culture specifically, we see an even greater desire to use mobile means to accomplish everyday tasks. In fact, 13 percent of Hispanics depend exclusively on their smartphones for Internet access because they often lack broadband connections at home.For a great number, mobile access is less about devices, and more about community, as Glenn Llopis, CEO Center for Hispanic Leadership explains: “What started out as a convenient way to pick out a movie or a place to eat is evolving into something much more. Hispanics want to engage in a mobile experience that empowers them and gives meaning to their authentic voice. This is especially true of young Hispanics who want to change the conversation and influence the brands that they build relationships with – and mobile technology is their medium of choice.”Of course, mobility and digital access involve more than a smartphone. Omnichannel strategies will be important when targeting Hispanic Millennials. Kenia Calderon, a 21-year-old El Salvador native who has been in the U.S. for 10 years, says being able to bank from each of her connected devices is important. “If I’m in class, for instance, and can’t use my phone, I’ll quickly open a browser on my laptop and make my loan payment.” Calderon is among the 53 percent of Hispanics who say they are regular users of mobile banking services. She also reports excitement for mobile payments like Android Pay and more advanced banking apps that promise to make her life that much easier.However, Calderon insists credit unions should aim to strike a balance between real-world and digital channels. That’s because face-to-face interaction, especially with staff who understand them, is critically important to young people like her. Many young Hispanics are not only managing finances for themselves; they are also leading the way for their siblings and even parents. This can create the kind of challenges that require more hands-on guidance, financial education and in-person attention.U.S. Hispanics are one of the most financially underserved segment on the radar of credit union marketers. This is precisely why so many have designed specific growth strategies around Hispanic membership. Those strategies are working, but they will have to evolve if credit unions are to nurture the relationships they’ve worked so hard to build. Digital products, services and marketing will help move that critical evolution forward.last_img read more

Dog Beaten, Abandoned in Central Islip

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A dog that had been strangled, beaten and suffered neurological damage was found abandoned in the middle of a busy roadway in Central Islip on Tuesday night, Suffolk County authorities said.The Pit Bull was found at the corner of Route 111 and Sage Street with a strangulating cable tied around its neck and a bloody plastic bag nearby, according to the Suffolk County SPCA.The dog was taken to Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island in West Islip for treatment.A $2,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for beating and abandoning the dog.Suffolk County SPCA investigators ask anyone with information on this case to call them at 631-382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

Jindalee home undergoes major renovation before hitting the market

first_img5 Coonardoo Close, Jindalee.There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms on the top level and the downstairs area offers a fourth bedroom with separate living plus a third bathroom. The lower level also has its own covered entertainment area with a built-in barbecue allowing for a separate living area or a place to run a home business.Ms Grant said she would love to see a family buy the property.“A family could live upstairs and their elderly parents could live downstairs — there’s great separation areas,” she said. “A teenager could live downstairs while their family was upstairs.”Ms Grant said Jindalee was a fantastic spot to live.“Jindalee is a fantastic leafy area, it’s a little secret,” she said.The property, on a 673sq m block, has plenty of space for kids to run around. 5 Coonardoo Close, Jindalee. 5 Coonardoo Close, Jindalee.Shirlene Grant and her partner Mark Lewis love to renovate.The pair bought this two-storey home, at 5 Coonardoo Close, Jindalee, 12 months ago and have fully renovated it.“It’s a highly elevated home in a cul-de-sac,” Ms Grant said.“It’s very private and there’s great breezes and views.”center_img 5 Coonardoo Close, Jindalee.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019Ms Grant said when they bought the home she removed about 30 tonnes of rubbish from the house.This is her fifth property she has renovated and said she absolutely loves it.“We’ve put in three new bathrooms, new flooring, we’ve painted inside and out and put a roof on the deck,” Ms Grant said.“There’s a new deck and a good size living room too.”Ms Grant said: “I love to renovate, it’s what I do, I buy then I renovate”.“I get a lot of self-satisfaction from it,” she said.“When you first see the property, then you slog your guts out, the end reward is great.”last_img read more

Making the deaf hear and the dumb speak

first_img Tweet Share Share Photo credit: stmaryswestmelbourne.orgI was looking by chance at a program on the Discovery Channel some time ago, dealing with Swaziland, a small landlocked society in southern Africa. Swaziland is a society, the narrator said, that’s totally organized around hierarchy and deference. Everybody defers to somebody above them. At the top is the king, and the result is a permanent and compliant acceptance of the status quo.The TV presentation I heard that night recurred to me as I prepared to say something on today’s gospel. How so? In this way — When Jesus healed the deaf and the dumb, he literally healed people who couldn’t hear and couldn’t speak; just as when he healed the blind, he healed those who literally couldn’t see. But the healing can be taken in another sense, metaphorical but no less real. We are capacitated to see and to speak, and that also includes seeing and speaking for ourselves, and taking responsibility for our situations.These possibilities are not gifts, conceded to us by anyone. They are part of our birthright (natural and baptismal) as human beings and Christians.One may say that citizens who have their eyes open and speak for themselves is the essence of a democratic system. On the other hand, many people prefer not to see sometimes what’s there, or what’s plain for everyone to see; and they refrain from speaking from a variety of reasons, including deference. They don’t want to be regarded as trouble makers, or, more simply, they don’t want to seem out of step before people who know them. One finds the same situation in religion, and yet Christianity originated with a very special kind of trouble maker. Let’s take a recognizable example of ‘trouble-making,’ common to us in the Church. Sometimes people come to me to complain about some procedure in some parish or some priest for that matter, and I tell them: I am the wrong person to complain to. Go to the priest in question, and speak directly to him. Speak for yourself; or go to the Archbishop; he can do what I cannot. But they do neither, and you see what’s going on. They want the benefit of complaining but not the responsibility of speaking.The history of social benefit or social development includes contributions by individuals who saw things that other people preferred not to see, and spoke not only for themselves but for others. When things change for the better, we call such persons prophets. We give them a special designation, but they are often no different from people like us; they just have more courage.Democracy means the possibility of dissent. You don’t have to agree with everything any government or indeed anybody says or does, and you shouldn’t be afraid to say so. History shows examples of societies where people didn’t speak, or were afraid to speak, until every other right apart from freedom of speech was taken away from them. These things always work cumulatively. Things are taken away one thing at a time; people are afraid to speak one occasion at a time.Jesus was not afraid to say things as he saw them. Recall the altercation between himself and the High Priest just before the crucifixion. Jesus is just responding to the questions posed by the High Priest; but a guard finds him too forward, and strikes him. Jesus replies: “If there is something wrong I what I said, point it out; but if there is no offense in it, why do you strike me?”Here we have Jesus himself providing a good example of not being deaf and dumb, when it was perhaps in his interest to play deaf and dumb. He doesn’t fight anybody. He simply speaks and says his piece. That ability was the miracle he accomplished for the man in today’s reading. He opened his mouth. It was left to the man – as it remains left to us – to choose how, when and whether or not to speak.By: Fr. Henry Charles PhD 91 Views   one commentcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share FaithLifestyle Making the deaf hear and the dumb speak by: – September 10, 2012last_img read more