Public Affairs

first_imgPublic Affairs Office305 E. Popson Ave., Bldg. 1405661-277-3510/3511The 412th Test Wing Public Affairs Office is responsible for the dissemination of information to both internal and external audiences. The office is comprised of the following sections: audio-visual and test support, digital engagement and innovation, graphics, operations and plans and outreach. These sections work together to disseminate information about Edwards and advise leadership on the use of these to tell the installation and wing’s story.Audio-Visual and Test Support661-277-4710The audio-visual and test support section is responsible for providing audio-visual support to the installation and documenting developmental tests for the flight test community.Digital Engagement and Innovation661-277-3510The digital engagement and innovation section maintains the Edwards AFB mobile app and provides the latest news and information, as well as historical accounts, about Edwards Air Force Base via social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. The Edwards Base Guide, a must for all newcomers, and specialized video creations are also produced by this office. Additionally, the Edwards Straight Talk Line (661-277-2345) is updated by this office. The section is also responsible for communication innovation and implementing the latest public communication technology across the public affairs [email protected] graphics section provides page design and layout services and mission support print services for the 412th Test Wing, the Air Force Test Center and tenant units. Check with the graphics shop before you begin your project for superior results in a timely manner.Operations and Plans661-277-3510/8707/3824/4764Media: Media outlets seeking information from personnel or family members at Edwards need to contact the Public Affairs media operations and plans office to ensure proper assistance. Anyone affiliated with the base who is contacted by media should refer them to Public Affairs at 661-277-4803.This section also coordinates requests from entertainment media, given Edwards’ proximity to Hollywood studios and filmmakers. Edward’s robust history supporting major motion pictures, documentaries, music videos and other projects make it a popular choice of production companies for Air Force-approved projects. Operations and plans also handles media training for commanders or other unit representatives who could be interviewed for print or broadcast.External and Command Information: The base electronic newspaper, the Desert Wings, also falls under this section’s purview along with managing news stories and other content on the Edward’s AFB public website, All Edward AFB’s community members are encouraged to submit items of interest for story coverage in the Desert Wings. Also, burgeoning writers are encouraged to submit news articles through their units or to contact the Desert Wings staff via email at [email protected] The deadline for all submissions to the Desert Wings is Friday one week before the desired publication date. For more information about the external and command information program, call 661-277-4764.Security and Policy Review: All those at Edwards who plan to provide information to the public involving their work at Edwards, in any form, must have that information or product cleared for release through the base’s security and policy review process. This includes writing a paper or an article, publishing or posting video or photographs, giving a public presentation or otherwise providing information to the public about their job at the base. All papers, articles, presentations, etc., MUST be cleared for release.Environmental Public Affairs: Many actions taken by the base that could impact the environment have associated documents that require public review and comment. Periodically, public meetings are held to discuss those issues. Additionally, both Edwards and Plant 42 have restoration advisory boards that meet separately twice a year to share environmental cleanup information at each facility with the members of each board and the public. Anyone who has environmental concerns related to Edwards AFB should contact 661-277-8707.Base Tours and Outreach: Currently there are two types of tours conducted by the outreach section in Public Affairs — general public tours and large group tours. These free tours require reservations, and the general public tours tend to fill up months in advance.General public tours, for groups of two to 14 people, are conducted once a month, normally on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tours include the Air Force Flight Test Museum and a windshield tour of the main base and some of the flight line areas. For the latest tour date, visit the base’s public website, Near the top of the splash page is a box labeled “Tours.” Click on the box and it will take you to the tours information page. Foreign national visitors are allowed, but reservation information must be received at least 30 days in advance to approve base access.Reservations for general public tours are not accepted less than seven days ahead of the tour date. Large group tours are for groups of at least 15 people. Tour start times and lengths can be tailored to meet the needs of the group. Most large group tours are conducted Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Also, if you are interested in being a volunteer base tour guide, please contact us.For more information or to make a reservation, email [email protected] or call 661-277-3824/3510.last_img read more

Two Die in Scaffolding Collapse at Brazilian Oil Terminal

first_imgTwo workers drowned yesterday after a part of a pier at a Brazilian oil terminal operated by Petrobras gave way and the scaffolding they were tied to collapsed into the sea, Brazil’s union of petroleum workers reports.The workers identified as Alex Vieira Ribeiro (39), and Oseias Damasceno Soares (27), were erecting the scaffolding at Transpetro’s Barra do Riacho Terminal in the city of Aracruz, Espirito Santo, when the concrete at the pier gave way and the scaffolding slipped into the sea.The lifeless bodies of the two workers were pulled out of the water, reportedly by their colleagues, with emergency crews arriving to the scene a whole one hour later, according to the union representative FUP.The workers tied themselves to the scaffolding with safety belts, although the work authorizations recommended the use of life jackets only.The two men worked for Transpetro’s contractor – Espiral Engenharia. Transpetro has launched an investigation into the accident.World Maritime News Staff; Image: Petrobraslast_img read more

Conveyancing boost from stamp duty reforms

first_imgThe conveyancing sector has experienced a buoyant start to the year as solicitors rushed to complete transactions prior to higher stamp duty rates coming into force, latest research shows. The government introduced a higher levy of three percentage points above current stamp duty land tax rates on 1 April.Search Acumen’s conveyancing market tracker shows that 275,002 transactions were registered in the first three months of 2016, up 10% from the first three months of 2014, when 251,042 transactions were recorded in the run-up to the introduction of the Financial Conduct Authority’s pre-mortgage market review rules.2014’s first-quarter results were the first time more than a quarter of a million transactions had been recorded in a single three-month period since the recession.Search Acumen chair Mark Riddick said the ‘artificial stimulus’ of government intervention had put ‘major pressure’ on workloads.Riddick expects to see a ‘residual effect’ in the second quarter of this year, ‘as some of the transactions logged by HM Revenue and Customs in March filter through Land Registry records as more applications are completed.’The total number of firms active in the market rose by 2%, from 4,177 in the first quarter of 2015 to 4,278 this year. The top five conveyancing firms’ market share fell from 8% in the first three months of 2014 to 5% this year. Riddick said ‘challenger’ firms further down the ranks had enjoyed the biggest benefits of a year-on-year rise in transactions.He added: ‘A modest rise in the population of active firms has also occurred, with occasional players emerging to take some of the spoils and share the load.’Looking ahead, Riddick predicted continued quarter-on-quarter growth in ‘first registrations’ as a result of a reported rise in the number of new dwellings in England and Wales.last_img read more

Video: On the Internet, a viral video of Šmēdiņš and Norwegian…

first_imgA video in which Latvian beach volleyball player Jānis Šmēdiņš plays volleyball at the top of a mountain in Norway is becoming more and more popular on the Internet. Content will continue after the ad Advertising The Latvian “duo” duo Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Jānis Šmēdiņš visited Norway at the beginning of September, where they played a model game against Anders Mol and Kristian Sorum. The game took place in the northern archipelago of Lofoten, which is widely known for its many peaks, northern lights and its fishing industry. However, this time a volleyball court was set up by the sea, and the Latvian-Norwegian duo fought with 21:13, 21:17.However, the “entertainment” in Norway did not end there, as the Norwegians together with Šmēdiņš conquered one of the peaks as part of the filming of advertising and documentaries, while playing volleyball on the very top of the mountain. It is this intelligence has now become viral, gaining international popularity.“It simply came to our notice then. Such a pretty big event. At first it was just “hiking”. When we reached the bottom of the cliff, there was a bikini on the heels. Before that there was no fear of heights, but now that I was up there, I had unpleasant feelings. When I had to go down, when I was put down with a rope – I wouldn’t want to experience it anymore, ”Šmēdiņš told the LTV show“ Morning Panorama ”. At first “hiking” for about 40 minutes, then waiting for 40 minutes, because the Norwegians climbed to the top, but Sasha (Alexander Samoilov) refused. The climbing itself was not long, I climbed to the very top of the kayak and waited there for about 40 minutes while the Norwegians filmed commercials. I was put in two anchors, hooked to a rope and sat on the other side of the hill for 40 minutes. Well, I was leaning in when I had to go to the top. ”“It simply came to our notice then. When we climbed the first six meters, I realized that they were easy, but then you no longer see the mountain and only touch it. With my hands frozen, it was a challenge to climb up there. It wasn’t easy – would you do it again? Probably not. It was a good challenge, they wanted to try, they wanted to climb over themselves, ”adds Šmēdiņš. “We had five bombs with us and we didn’t drop anyone. At first we started to leave each other and catch them. Then we started passing, because at the top both platforms were sloping. One is higher than a meter, one and a half. It will be a documentary. We were interviewed a lot. 8 in the morning from home and in the evening from 20 to 22 only at home. There were a lot of videos. Most likely, the Norwegians will be the main ones and we will be in the background, some interviews. ”last_img read more

Paintsil: Mali clash difficult without Appiah

first_imgThe Fulham and Black Stars defender says it will be difficult to beat Mali in the joint World and Nations Cup qualifier next month without skipper Stephen Appiah.The skipper pulled out of the game citing personal reasons, but Joy Sports checks indicate the decision is in reaction to criticisms that he is inactive.But for call-ups for national duties, Appiah has not played competitive football for nearly two years, having been sidelined for injuries.His failure to sign for Tottenham and a Russian side has not helped matters either.Paintsil in an interview with Joy Sports said Appiah’s absence is a big blow to the team.“It is going to be difficult without Appiah. If there is anything to bring him back that will be better.” The Stars play Mali on June 7 in Bamako and will play as guests of Sudan two weeks later in two crucial qualifiers.As part of preparations towards the games the Black Stars played Division Two side King Solomom FC in a pulsating 2-2 game at the Elwak Sports Stadium.Opoku Agyemang and Bernard Yao Kumordzi scored for the Stars.Story by Nathan Gadugah/Myjoyonline.comlast_img read more