Base Access SponsorshipWest Gate: Bldg. 1001, 661-277-6582 or DSN 527-6582, Open 24/7South Gate: Bldg. 1000, 661-275-0588 or DSN 525-0588, Open 24/7North Gate: Bldg. 4000A, 661-277-4407 or DSN 527-4407, Open 24/7Visitor Control Center: Bldg. 1004 (West Gate, Rosamond Boulevard Entrance), 661-277-0822 or DSN 527-0882Visitor Control Center Hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.Please note that telephonic sponsorship for base access is no longer authorized due to Air Force PII requirements.In order to sponsor visitors, please utilize the Edwards Visitor Control Center SharePoint site (CAC required): https://cs2.eis.af.mil/sites/22001/vcc/default.aspx. All visitors must be vetted prior to entry. If the VCC is closed, the sponsor must physically come to the gate for visitors who have not been pre-vetted. Pre-vetted visitors may enter from any installation entry control point (West, North or South Gate). Visitor passes issued at installation entry control points will be issued for a maximum of 72 hours. When sponsoring visitors or contractors for more than three days, individuals must pick up DBIDS passes or cards at the VCC.To have your visitors pre-vetted, please submit your SharePoint request at least three duty days prior to their arrival. This also allows for sponsorship after the VCC has closed without requiring the sponsor’s presence at the respective gate.Drivers and passengers are required to have a REAL ID Act-compliant state-issued driver’s license or identification card and the current vehicle registration and proof of insurance.For a single event with more than 10 visitors, please submit a Visitor Authorization List at least three duty days in advance. Please do not submit sponsorships more than seven days out.Sponsorship requires the following information: visitor’s first and last name, date of birth, driver’s license number, state of issue, destination, arrival date and departure date. Sponsors will be required to provide their first and last name, a contact number and one of the following: EDI, DOD ID number or SSAN. For more base access information, please contact the Edwards Visitor Control Center.412 SFS Police Services661-277-4335/6901www.facebook.com/412SFSThe 412th SFS police services section specializes in crime prevention, community policing, community outreach and base event coordination to name a few services. This office functions as the official liaison between the 412th Security Forces Squadron and the Edwards Air Force Base populace as a whole. Please do not hesitate to contact this office if you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like general information regarding Security Forces or anything law enforcement related.
By Tommy SherkMely Ballard, owner, Mely’s Ice Cream and Yogurt at Corinth Square How long have you been in this business?MB: Just 30 years. I’m the original owner and started up this place, and there’s no family member to take over.I grew up in the Philippines. I came in 1979. I came for opportunities that I would never get if I was still in the Philippines. I used to help my brother in Chinese fast food and we got the chance to go to a restaurant show. There was a lot of frozen yogurt, and at that time, it was starting to become very popular. We got the chance to try it, and it was very good, and we decided to test market it at Oak Park Mall. Everybody liked it, so from then on, we started looking for a location, and this is what I found.Why’d you start Mely’s?MB: I just wanted to be in business, and I didn’t care what kind of business. The business factor has to come first; if you do not know how to run this business, you will not be here this long. With that comes people. It’s nice to serve four generations. It’s nice to see kids that I’ve served many years ago. In the summers, kids come back home, they come and get some ice cream, and I’m still here!I like to see my customers often. When I do see them, it’s like I’m part of the family, or they’re part of my family. This is a very nice neighborhood. We are very close to schools, a grocery store and a hardware store. Excellent neighborhood. It’s a very wealthy zip code.My favorite moment is when I’m making money. That’s what I’m in the business for. Making money is a measure of success in some ways. Meeting a lot of people is another measure of success, especially if you’re serving four generations.What do you think are key factors in maintaining your business?MB: A lot of things and everything. Being nice to your customer. Hopefully being able to serve what they need. Being able to offer products that are different, like we do gingerbread houses at Christmas. That’s different. Look at the different kinds of cones I’ve got. Where do you find an ice cream shop with that many cones? Not in this area.I really don’t have any employees at all. Just me.What happens if you’re sick one day?MB: Well, I don’t know. I haven’t been sick yet. We’re open seven days a week, but in January we close for about a week or two. It’s not ideal that I’m working seven days, but that’s the way it is sometimes. You have to make everything work. It’s like, if you have to take two jobs, you take two jobs, and not depend on somebody else to make a living for you.
Virtual Event Will Take Place Sept. 29-Oct. 1. Registration to Open Soon. BOTHELL, Wash. — Sept. 8, 2020 — The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) is pleased to announce IP Oktoberfest 2020, a live, interactive virtual event for broadcast and pro AV professionals to be held Sept. 29-Oct. 1. IP Oktoberfest 2020 will highlight the significant progress made toward an all-IP ecosystem supporting today’s real-world media productions. “The migration toward IP-based media workflows has accelerated in recent months, so it’s more important than ever that broadcast and pro AV professionals have access to current information on the standards and solutions supporting this shift,” said AIMS Chairman of the Board Mike Cronk. “We’ve designed IP Oktoberfest 2020 to offer this information in an engaging, interactive format with plenty of opportunity for discussion.” IP Oktoberfest 2020 will offer attendees the opportunity to learn how the SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards and the AMWA NMOS technology stack are improving media workflows for large and small deployments. The event will also highlight the new IPMX proposed set of open standards and specifications and the benefits they can bring to pro AV workflows. Presentations will focus on the latest advances in IP technology standards, as well as implementations of those standards, and provide opportunities to network with technologists and industry peers on topics including AES67, NMOS, SMPTE ST 2110, JPEG XS, and IPMX. The three-day live event, running daily from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT, will provide IP Oktoberfest 2020 participants with numerous opportunities for education, interaction, and socialization in a dynamic, online environment that makes it easy to move freely between meeting areas — including a live presentation stage, virtual pub, and meeting and networking areas. Further information on IP Oktoberfest 2020 and up-to-date details are online at https://ipoktoberfest.com/.
Wisdom and Knowledge – Cognitive strengths of gathering and applying knowledge;Courage – Emotional strengths involving willpower in the pursuit of goals;Humanity – Interpersonal strengths involving caring for others;Justice – Community strengths involving leadership and participation in groups;Temperance – Behavioral strengths involving self-control and perspective;Transcendence – Spiritual strengths involving connection to larger sources of meaning. In this article, we will learn about our personal strengths and how those shape our development as participants in financial markets. Years of working with portfolio managers and traders have taught me that the greatest performers are not those without weaknesses, but those who maximize distinctive cognitive and personality strengths. But what are our strengths, and how can we maximize them? A particularly innovative approach to the assessment of our capacities comes from the research of Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman. They propose a framework of strengths that is a positive psychology counterpart to the standard classification system of emotional disorders. This scheme defines 24 “character strengths” that fall into six groupings of “virtues”. The VIA Survey is a standardized test that assesses these virtues and strengths, and it is available free of charge, along with a summary of our “signature strengths”, “middle strengths”, and “lesser strengths”. The virtues, as summarized by Lopez, Pedrotti, and Snyder in their reference volume of positive psychology research, include: When money managers seek me out as a performance psychologist, they invariably want to correct or eliminate weaknesses. For example, they might find themselves unduly influenced by fear, greed, impatience, etc. and want to eliminate these emotions from their trading. The strengths framework offers a different approach to trading psychology: Our greatest problems in managing risk and uncertainty come from the suboptimal deployment of our strengths, not necessarily because of underlying weaknesses or emotional problems that require remediation. … Read the whole story: Forbes More of our Members in the Media >
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The millennial: aged somewhere between 22 and 35, we are old enough to have spent most of our school years without too many gadgets, but young enough to easily absorb all that technology has to offer. Coming of age in the nineties and noughties, we received Christmas presents from Toys R Us and Woolworths, bought our school clothes from BHS, our first CD from HMV and spent our weekends hanging out in town with our friends, browsing a Debenhams or House of Fraser. However, somewhere between the age of 15 and 20, as with everyone, our lives started to change and we made new friends: Steve, Mark and Jeff.With these guys, we no longer needed to go to town to do those things. Steve gave us smartphones and music, Jeff gave us a shop, accessible through our phones where we can buy anything from A-Z, and Mark gave us a platform to hang out with our friends. So we’ve watched the traditional high street crumble, and felt a twinge of guilt, but not enough to put down the smartphone or empty the online shopping basket.Also read: Shopping – a dying concept? No wonder it’s hurting constructionWhile we were hitting up ASOS, the long-established ‘town centre first’ approach whispered gently in the traditional retailer’s ear that all would be well because the high street will always be there for them. In the wake of the financial crisis, this was enshrined in the first National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) as part of the policy “to ensure the vitality of town centres”. The policy effectively creates a presumption against out of town retail development, the idea being that interest can be retained within the traditional high street if other options are not available.Yet statistics show that the traditional high street is facing extinction. PWC reports that in the first half of 2018, British high streets experienced a net loss of 1,123 stores compared to 222 across the same period in 2017. In the context of the high street, the ‘town centre first’ approach is failing because the choice it offers is artificial. Today, the choice isn’t limited to the high street or a retail park, but also the internet. And the internet is far more seductive to a tech-savvy millennial than a trek to a dying high street.The initiatives in the draft London Plan and recent budget should therefore be welcomed. The Mayor of London wants town centres to be “inclusive and viable hubs for a diverse range of uses including employment, business space, shopping, culture, leisure, night-time economy, tourism, civic, community, social infrastructure and residential development”.The Chancellor has announced plans to facilitate such a transformation across the UK by extending permitted development rights. Economists everywhere rejoice as the planning system is finally forced to embrace the basic tenants of portfolio management. Done well, the high street will no longer experience the seasonal trade of a seaside resort, but transform to benefit from a diversity of uses, drawing millennials out from the comfort of their screens to meet for brunch in an insta-worthy pop-up, before getting a few hours work done in a co-working space above their favourite yoga studio.The radical change in our approach to shopping has also transformed the logistics sector and the new powers may assist in easing the burden on this sector by allowing conveniently located final mile logistics facilities. This may be too radical a change for local authorities to embrace, however, Lichfields has identified local plan policies as one of the most critical success factors in support of the growth of final mile logistics.The burden on the logistics sector of course extends beyond the high street. Pressure for final mile solutions has inspired hundreds of start-ups offering innovative means of getting products to our front doors, including an array of drones and droids but at present few places have the infrastructure to make these viable. The pace at which technology evolves and the power of the millennial as the largest consumer group to drive this change requires flexible policy which complements new technology rather than frustrates it.Many lessons should be learned from earlier attempts to maintain the status quo. The power of the millennial to disrupt the market is extraordinary and town planning policy is powerless to prevent this.Joanna Bassett is an associate at Taylor Wessing
The deal would make Seaway Heavy Lifting a wholly-owned subsidiary of Subsea 7.The terms of the offer, which amounts to USD279 million on completion and deferred consideration of up to USD40 million to be paid by the end of the first quarter 2021 on the condition that certain performance targets are met, are binding on Subsea 7 until July 1, 2017.The considerations will be funded from Subsea 7’s cash resources.Headquartered in the Netherlands, Seaway Heavy Lifting is a specialist offshore contractor and operates two heavy lift vessels.Subsea 7 is a leading global contractor in seabed-to-surface engineering, construction and services to the offshore energy industry. It provides technical solutions to enable the delivery of complex projects in all water depths and challenging environments. www.seawayheavylifting.com.cywww.subsea7.com
Maureen Asvoel, 53, from Hanover Park. Ms Asvoë* and her three siblings were raised by their grandmother in Kewtown. She attended Norma Road Primary School and Bridgetown High School. In Grade 10, however, she was forced to drop out of school because her grandmother’s pension fund could no longer sustain the family. She had to look for a work to bring in money for the family.When she was 17 years old, she started working at Kaidel’s bedding company in Maitland where she worked as a machine operator, and was later promoted to a team leader. She had her first child later that year, 1981, and her second child in 1985. In 1991, however, the company liquidated and Ms Asvoë* lost her job. When she first started working, she applied for a house from the City of Cape Town in Hanover Park and moved there in 1994. A year later, she started working as a quality control inspector at Polyoak Packaging in Diep River and in 1996 she had her third child. Ms Asvoë* ’s life, however, took a nasty turn when she got married in 1997. Her husband was unemployed so she helped him get a job at the same company she worked at, hoping that things would be okay, but then he started abusing her.“I had a higher position than him and that made him jealous. I was always well dressed, outspoken, and worked closely with a lot of people because that was the nature of my job, but he didn’t like that. He physically abused me, called me names, swore at me, even while I was pregnant, and I never told anyone,” said Ms Asvoë* .Her marriage ended in 2004, when she took her children and ran away to a friend’s place. Her husband at the time came to look for her but she hid with her children in a bedroom and he became angry when he could not find her. A week later he pitched up at her work with what she said looked like a knife and threatened to stab her. Her colleagues called the police and he was removed from the building.“I told myself I can’t continue with this marriage. He wanted to shoot me as well. In 2004, I filed for a divorce and became a single parent again,” she said.Ms Asvoë* ’s community work started while working at Polyoak. The company used her as a storyteller, where she facilitated workshops within the community to assist children and families affected by HIV/Aids and drug abuse. But fearful of her ex-husband, Ms Asvoë* asked the City of Cape Town to transfer her to another house in Hanover Park, where she currently lives. In 2006, her transfer was confirmed and she moved into her new house with her three children. But tragedy struck again when she discovered that both her son and daughter were addicted to ecstasy. This after she noticed things going missing from her house. In 2007, she resigned and decided to focus on her children. The company paid for various rehabilitation treatments for her children but they relapsed soon after they came home, she said. “I started a support group for my children here at home and all their friends supported us. I asked them what was going on and what they were addicted to,” she said.In 2008, she started the Hanover Park Wellness Organisation, facilitating workshops on social issues such as drug abuse, and HIV/Aids, for children and their families.A year later she became the chairperson of the governing body of Crystal High School in Hanover Park, and received an award in 2012 from the provincial Department of Sports and Recreation for work being done in the education sector. In 2009, Ms Asvoë* thought she had found her soul mate when she remarried.“He was a very dominant man. Things were okay until the abuse started soon after we got married. He would argue with me all night until the next morning. He verbally and emotionally abused me and often accused me of cheating on him. “He didn’t like how closely I worked with the community but before we got married, I told him that I am very involved in my community and always busy and he said it is fine. “Every year he would go visit his family in Kimberley and I prepared things for him when he went. I never had a problem with it – until last year when I found out that he was cheating on me. I then filed for my second divorce and once again became a single mother. “He tarnished my name in the community, and spoke bad things about me but they (the community) stood by me. I told myself I would not stand for abuse again. He took advantage of me and manipulated me. I was very disappointed in him,” she said. At the age of 40, Ms Asvoë* completed her matric at Intec College and graduated with a Diploma in Education in 2013. This year she received two awards from the City of Cape Town for her excellent work in the community. She was also elected as a participant in the 1 000 Women’s Trust and fund-raising organisation in South Africa.She is currently involved in a clean-up project for the City of Cape Town, themed “Women rise above their adversity”, together with 40 other women. “Together with these women we will clean up the streets of Hanover Park, with all its social issues such as drugs, abuse, stone throwing and shooting. Enough is enough,” she said.
Linton Kwesi JohnsonOn this day in History, August 24, 1952, Linton Kwei Johnson, better known as LKJ, was born in Chapelton, Jamaica. In 2002, the UK-based dub poet became the second living poet, and the only black poet, to be published in the Penguin Modern Classics series. His performance poetry involves the recitation of his own verse in Jamaican Patois over dub-reggae, usually written in collaboration with renowned British reggae producer/artist Dennis Bovell. Johnson’s middle name, “Kwesi”, is a Ghanaian name that is given to boys who are born on a Sunday.Johnson’s poetry is mostly political and deals primarily with the experiences of being an African-Caribbean living in Britain. Johnson once said “Writing was a political act and poetry was a cultural weapon”. He has used his voice an power to discus tough issues as British foreign policy and the death of anti-racist marcher Blair Peach. Many believe that his most celebrated work was produced in the 1980’s under Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government. ‘Sonny’s Lettah’ and ‘Di Great Insohreckshan’ include recounts of police brutality on young black men and capture the unwritten attitude of resistance and antagonism with vivid descriptions of rioting and imprisonment.In 1985, he was made Associate Fellow at Warwick University and Honorary Fellow at Wolverhampton Polytechnic in 1987. He is a broadcaster on the radio in the UK and even hosted an evening of Caribbean music and culture for BBC Radio 2 in October 2001.Johnson now lives in Brixton, South London and a selection of his poetry, entitled “Mi Revalueshanary Fren”, was published in 2002 as a Penguin Classic edition with an introduction by Fred D’Aguiar. In 2005 he was awarded a Musgrave medal by the Institute of Jamaica for eminence in the field of poetry.
Egypt will host five African Heads of State and various high level dignitaries this week for the Africa 2017 Forum that will take place this week in the beach resort of Sharm El Sheikh.President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will be host the five presidents for the forum, including Cote d’Ivoire’s Alassane Ouattara, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, Somalia’s Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmajo’, Guinea’s Alpha Conde, Comoros’ Azali Assoumani.Also expected to attend the event are Nigerian vice president Yemi Osinbajo, Mozambiccan Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosário, Ethiopian deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen Hassen, among many others.This business and investment Forum, whose theme is “Driving investment for inclusive growth’, has been convened to increase intra African investments and cross border collaboration.Egypt in 2015 hosted the signing of the tripartite agreement between the three regional economic communities SADC, COMESA and the EAC, and the Forum has been designed for African business leaders to play a greater role by investing in opportunities throughout the continent.The first edition of the Forum took place in February 2016. This year the programme has been enhanced to include 2 exclusive Presidential Roundtables, where these business leaders will openly discuss policy with the African presidents present to help create a more conducive business environment, in addition to immense investment and business opportunities available in the continent.President al-Sisi in a welcoming letter said his country was committed to participating in the enhancement of regional ties and building closer ties.“Our successes, as African countries, are closely interconnected. In Egypt, We are committed to playing an active role in helping strengthen regional ties and in building greater economic integration across the continent,” he said.