USA: L-3 Communications Wins USD 75 Million Submarine Contract

first_img View post tag: contract USA: L-3 Communications Wins USD 75 Million Submarine Contract Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: L-3 Communications Wins USD 75 Million Submarine Contract L-3 Communications, Norfolk, Va. (N00189-07-D-0029), and Perot Systems Government Services, Fairfax, Va. (N00189-07-D-0030), are each being awarded modifications under previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee pricing multiple award contracts to provide submarine mechanical/electronics system engineering, analytical, logistics and technical support services to Norfolk Ship Support Activity (NSSA). View post tag: Navy View post tag: government View post tag: USD 75 View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Perot Share this article April 19, 2011 View post tag: million View post tag: services View post tag: submarine View post tag: Systems View post tag: L-3 Communications L-3 Communications will be awarded $75,000,000 and Perot Systems Government Services will also be awarded $75,000,000. Work will be performed in various locations in the continental U.S. (90 percent), and in various locations outside the continental U.S. (10 percent), and work is expected to be complete February 2012.  Contract funds will not expire at the end of the fiscal year.  The Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity.About L-3 CommunicationsL-3 Communications has grown very quickly into the sixth largest defense company in the United States, and is a leader and prime defense contractor in Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), secure communications, government services, training and simulation and aircraft modernization and maintenance. The company also is a leading merchant supplier of guidance and navigation products and systems, sensors, scanners, fuzes, data links, propulsion systems, avionics, electro optics, satellite communications, electrical power equipment, encryption products, signal intelligence, antennas and microwave products.[mappress]Source: Defense, April 19, 2011; View post tag: winslast_img read more

Allergist Pediatrics

first_imgThe University of Maryland School of Medicine Department ofPediatrics is recruiting a third clinical allergist for thisgrowing service that provides comprehensive inpatient andoutpatient evaluations for children throughout the State. Thecandidate will attend clinics for allergy and immunology (includingprimary immunodeficiency) for children. The position would alsoinvolve attending on the inpatient allergy and the inpatientimmunology consult services for children. Clinical researchactivities center around allergy and asthma. For candidatesinterested in research, a thriving research community exists withinthe department and on campus with several core facilities providingsupport for allergy-related clinical or basic research.Qualifications :The candidate must be Certified in Pediatrics, and BoardEligible/Certified in Allergy or achieve certification in the nextcycle. The successful candidate will receive a faculty appointmentat the Assistant or Associate Professor level depending oncredentials.The Department of Pediatrics, the second largest clinicaldepartment in the School of Medicine, consists of 23 pediatricsub-specialties, with over 120 faculty members. A major children’shealthcare facility in the community, the region, and the State, weare actively expanding clinical, research and teaching efforts.Located on the modern and urban campus of the University ofMaryland at Baltimore, the School of Medicine is one of sevenprofessional schools. The campus is within walking distance to theBaltimore Inner Harbor, National Aquarium, Baltimore ConventionCenter, Hippodrome Theatre, Oriole Park at Camden Yards andBaltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium. Close to historic AnnapolisMaryland, the Chesapeake Bay, Washington DC, and many residentialcommunities with private and public schools, the campus offers easyaccess to all major highways and BWI airport. Additionally, thearea offers an excellent quality of life with immense cultural andrecreational opportunities. We offer an excellent benefits package,including relocation reimbursement.Please refer to position # 03-314-449.Interested individuals should submit a CV to this onlineposting.UMB is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Allqualified applicants will receive consideration for employmentwithout regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race,color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteranstatus, age, or any other characteristic protected by law orpolicy.last_img read more

‘A bloke from Warrington selling sausages’

first_imgWhat do the Brits really think of the Germans? I’ve heard two contrasting opinions over the last 24 hours. Firstly, Richard Morrison’s column in today’s Times, on whether the Brits’ perceived anti-German feeling is finally calming, is well worth reading. Sixty years after the war ended, he says, we’re at last embracing the Germans by – among other things – opening German markets in town centres that “could have been downtown Düsseldorf”. Apparently it goes down well: Even 20 years ago, the very words “German market” would have induced English wits to break into goosesteps, shouts of “vee hev vays of making you drink” and quips about getting to the swimming-pool first. But I saw nothing like that. Just punters eager to sample a different set of yuletide grazing customs. The second opinion: a man named Noah Klieger, a Holocaust survivor, who I went to hear speak last night in an event to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Klieger was born in Strasbourg, ended up in Auschwitz, lived through its evacuation and escaped on a boat to Palestine by the skin of his teeth after being stranded in the sea off the coast off France. I asked him why we never hear stories like his on the British side of the Channel, and why the British think it was easy after the Holocaust for Jews to settle in Palestine – which, according to most presumptions, was a compensation present from Europe to the Jews. (His story shows this is false.) His answer? The British can’t properly empathise with the victims of the German past. They weren’t occupied by the Nazis, didn’t suffer in the war as much as others did, haven’t marginalised Holocaust deniers enough and couldn’t be bothered to sacrifice their relations with oil-rich states for the sake of one small people looking for refuge.In other words, the British don’t hate the Germans enough. Who do we believe? A British journalist who thinks the “virulent antiforeigner tone in some papers is more hysterical than anything the British press produced in the summer of 1914”, or an 81-year-old Holocaust survivor who lived through Auschwitz, the death marches and the clandestine exodus to Palestine?PS For those of you still interested in the state elections round here – and the star ratings you’ve given my posts suggest there aren’t many of you – still no one can agree on who to form coalitions with, and the farce is going on and on without much of a solution in sight. Prepare yourselves for a re-election… Cherwell 24 is not responsible for the contents of external linkslast_img read more

Stanley Clothing Company by Pat Sides

first_imgStanley Clothing Company by Pat SidesDuring the 1960s, many retailers closed or relocated to the city’s east side as the urban renewal movement increasingly encroached on Evansville’s once-busy downtown. This photo was taken ca. 1967, the year the Stanley Clothing Company closed. Located at 111-115 Main Street, it was the tallest building in the block. Once called the Buckskin Breeches Company, it was renamed in 1929 under the helm of John R. Stanley, who specialized in making men’s suits. The three smaller buildings at the right also appear to be vacant. Near the corner in the other direction is the old Evansville Courier building, adjacent to Hermann’s Candy store, which had operated for over a century before it was sold in 1964. By the end of the decade, the demolitions had begun.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Saint Mary’s organizations host Black History Month events

first_imgGina Twardosz | The Observer Junior Healy Keenan gave a presentation on the contributions of black women throughout history as part of the College’s History Club’s Black History Month programming.“When I grew up, I took AP U.S. History and talking about slavery took a week, max,” she said. “We’d breeze through it like it was nobody’s business. And I didn’t understand why — maybe it’s a difficult discussion from the educator side or maybe people just didn’t care enough to have the discussion. But we’re going to have these discussions now during Black History Month and make it a spectacle — we want you to see just how important these people are to American history because they affect our lives today.”Simpson said Black History Month is a celebration of those who struggled to advance the rights of black people in America.  “The reality is that we get to celebrate those who came before us and have done so much to pave the way because they didn’t have the same rights as we do now,” she said. Kwapong emphasized that the struggles of black individuals are not over just because Black History Month has become mainstream in popular culture.  “I think it’s important to take into consideration that a lot of people think racism is dead or that injustice was so long ago,” she said. “Racism is a systematic thing and it doesn’t change just because it’s 2020.”In honor of Black History Month, the Black Student Association hosted a trivia night Monday evening in Regina Hall. The questions were full of history about the achievements of black people and the contributions they have made to American society. Sophomore Akpedze Balo, who serves as treasurer for the Black Student Association, said that she planned for the trivia night to educate students about black scholars.“I’m really focused on black intellectuals or scholars and scientists that people may not know at all because our history and textbooks are almost all whitewashed of all these famous people,” Balo said. “There are all these black people who have had great contributions to our intellectual thought within society — but not many people know about them.”Kwapong said she feels these events are relevant because even though Black History Month has become popular, many who do not take part in the celebration of black history during February remain ignorant about the issues affecting black people in America. “People who don’t show up to events during Black History Month are not getting educated, so I feel that we should continue to host these events during Black History Month until people start to educate themselves on black history,” she said.  On the other side of campus, history club hosted its own event Monday evening in honor of Black History Month. Junior Healy Keenan presented on the contributions of black women in Spes Unica Hall in order to educate and empower the students of Saint Mary’s.“This was actually inspired by a rector at Fisher Hall who pointed out to me that black women aren’t really known for their accomplishments as we often study black men during Black History Month, so I figured it would be a good idea to represent black women in history,” she said. “I’ll be talking about the first established poet, the first nurse, the first college graduate, the first fastest women in the world and the first bank president.”Because women are often removed from the historical narrative, Keenan said that through this presentation on representation, she wants to remind students they have the ability to do anything, despite the challenges and obstacles they may face. “I want students to take away from the presentation that we, women, are empowered and we can do anything we set our mind to through passion,” Keenan said. Ferry said that students who study history have a responsibility to advocate for the teaching of black history and the black experience. “It’s the historian’s job to listen and record the stories of underrepresented groups and make them known,” she said. Senior Mary Stechschulte, secretary of History Club, said that as an education major, she said celebrating black history is an important way to facilitate discussions between black people and white people. “History is so whitewashed — I want my students to see history as something that represents them as well,” she said. “Not a lot of schools really talk about non-European history, so I think having events where we really do focus on the history of black people is important because a lot of the time their historical contributions are skipped over.”  Representing black people accurately in the classroom is also a crucial part of being an educator, Stechschulte said.   “I’ve taught history to fifth graders who are black and showed them black historical figures and they’ll tell me that that’s the first time they’ve seen someone from history who looks like them,” she said.  The takeaway from all these events, Simpson said, is that all people are encouraged to educate themselves on black history, regardless of their race. “We want people who aren’t black to show up to Black Student Association events because these conversations must happen and must continue to happen,” she said. “Come out to our events because we want to share our knowledge with you and socialize with you and engage in conversation and dialogue. Whether you agree or not, we understand that there are different perspectives in the world, that maybe you didn’t understand something then but you do now — if anything, you can learn.”Tags: Black History Month, culture, history, society Black History Month is an important time to celebrate the achievements of black people while adding to a renewed sense of visibility and awareness for the black experience in America. Two Saint Mary’s organizations, the Black Student Association and the History Club, held events on Monday night to celebrate the historical and cultural contributions black people have made throughout history. History club president and senior Elizabeth Ferry said that while Black History Month is important, there should be a celebration of black achievement every day. “We should be amplifying black stories all year round,” she said. “But using February to focus on the contributions of black people and get their stories out there is really important.” The concept of a single month being devoted to black history has been debated for years. Junior Jazzlyn Kwapong said that while black history should be integrated with other U.S. history teachings, Black History Month forces all Americans to focus on the contributions of black Americans until they become as well known as those contributions from white Americans. Senior Hannah Simpson, president of the Black Student Association, said she feels that Black History Month is crucial, especially since the history classes she took in high school barely covered history pertinent to the black experience like slavery or the Civil Rights Movement.last_img read more

Student Activities Office and Campus Dining to co-host ‘Halloween Spooktacular’

first_imgTo celebrate Halloween this year, the Student Activities Office (SAO) and Campus Dining will co-sponsor a “Halloween Spooktacular” event on Saturday. After the success of the Fall Fest, the two organizations are excited to host another evening of festive activities for students.Alicia Bates, assistant director of student programming for SAO, explained that this event will serve as a way for students to come together to celebrate Halloween, as well as to unwind in a fun, stress-free way.“Part of SAO’s mission is to enhance the overall student experience through exposure to and participation in recreational and social opportunities that allow students to maintain existing and create new connections,” Bates said. “It is our hope that by planning these events during a time when students are looking to celebrate not just a holiday, but a season, we are offering fun and healthy events that assist in creating community for our students.”In the spirit of Halloween festivity, students and staff are encouraged to come to the Spooktacular dressed up in costumes that are safe and appropriate. Available activities include a Jack-O-Lantern contest, hall-to-hall trick-or-treating, a fog photo opportunity and various crafts. McWell plans to sponsor an Apothecary with essential-oils, and two movies, “Haunted Mansion and Ghostbusters (1984),” will be played on North Quad and Library Lawn, respectively. A full schedule of events can be found on SAO’s website.SAO has been working closely with Campus Dining to prepare for the event and align the planned activities with the menu in an effort to make the Spooktacular an enjoyable experience for all. Beginning at 5 p.m., Halloween-themed meals will be served outside North Dining Hall, followed by beverages and desserts served from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. across campus.Senior director for Campus Dining Chris Abayasinghe expressed his goal to make the event a wholesome, fully-encompassing experience.“Halloween is a fun time to be able to celebrate everything ghoulish and delicious about the holiday, so from our perspective, it’s to really host an event that provides an opportunity for students to enjoy a version of trick-or-treating,” Abayasinghe said. “We also looked to activate other festivities around campus so that way it’s a more holistic experience than just celebrating with a meal.”Meals will be pre-packaged in “takeout pumpkin” baskets that allow students to use them for trick-or-treating afterwards. This method of distribution upholds the necessary COVID-19 guidelines that Campus Dining has been adhering to all semester.In pre-pandemic years, Campus Dining has celebrated the holiday a bit differently, Abayasignhe explained.“In years past, we would celebrate Halloween in the actual dining halls,” he said. “We played to some of the architectural specifics in some of these spaces. For example, South Dining Hall obviously looks very much like Hogwarts, so we had butterbeer and things along those lines. This year, given both the meal service style as well as the need to maintain physical distancing, we had to get creative.”With this goal in mind, Campus Dining held a chili cookoff this week to identify the best chili recipe. The winning chili will be featured in the Halloween meal package.Additionally, executive pastry chef Sinai Vespie recently won the Food Network’s Halloween Baking Championship, and the Halloween Spooktacular will feature Vespie’s desserts from her victory.Abayasinghe hopes that this event will help bring a sense of fun and entertainment to a semester that has been stressful for many community members.“I understand truly that everything is a part of a new normal,” Abyasinghe said. “I would say that our students have been through one of the most dynamically changing semesters thus far, and just being able to celebrate a holiday like Halloween is incredibly important. I think it’s important for us to acknowledge the semester as it has been and also to help students appreciate Halloween and eat candy. I mean, how cool is that?”Tags: Chris Abayasinghe, COVID-19, Halloween Spooktacular, notre dame campus dining, SAOlast_img read more

Georgia Groundbreakers

first_imgThis story is part of a series, called “Georgia Groundbreakers,” that celebrates innovative and visionary faculty, students, alumni and leaders throughout the history of the University of Georgia — and their profound, enduring impact on our state, our nation and the world.You may never have heard the name Glenn Burton before, but you’ve almost certainly seen his handiwork.In a career spanning more than six decades, most of which was spent as a professor at the University of Georgia’s Tifton campus, Burton established himself as one of the world’s most prolific agricultural scientists. You don’t have to search long to find one of his creations.From championship golf courses and international venues like the Olympics and the World Cup to the turf that adorns the playing surface in UGA’s Sanford Stadium, Burton created new grass varieties that have become the international standard for excellence in the sporting world.But the scientific genius that allowed Burton to create lush, green fairways on golf courses and turf capable of withstanding punishment on the gridiron also enabled him to develop new crop varieties that fed millions of hungry people during a time when the world was struggling to produce enough food for a rapidly growing population.He saved countless lives during the Green Revolution of the 1960s, and Burton’s many contributions continue to inspire scientists working to create a more dependable food supply today.“Helping feed the hungry of the world is my greatest accomplishment,” Burton is quoted as saying. “It was important to me because I saw those hungry people, and I was able to help them.”In 1983, Burton was awarded a National Medal of Science by President Ronald Reagan “for outstanding contributions to the biological sciences that have helped to feed the hungry, protect and beautify the environment and provide recreation for millions.”Feeding the hungryBurton’s story began, appropriately enough, on his family’s farm in Clatonia, Nebraska. He was born Glenn Willard Burton in 1910, the only child of Joseph and Nellie Burton, and he worked the land alongside his parents using horse-drawn equipment.He attended a one-room country school through the eighth grade before graduating from high school in 1927. Burton received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska in 1932 and moved to Rutgers University, where he received his master’s and doctoral degrees in 1933 and 1936, respectively.Burton and his wife, Helen, moved to Georgia following his graduation, where he would spend the remainder of his career at UGA-Tifton with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences developing new and innovative plant varieties for agriculture and recreation.“I don’t think I’ve ever met a person or known a person that was more dedicated to research than he was,” said Wayne Hanna, a professor of crop and soil sciences who worked closely with Burton for a number of years. “He didn’t watch television — he only read scientific literature and his only real hobby was gardening.”Burton spent almost every waking hour thinking about ways to improve plants, and he would happily share his love of science with anyone willing to listen.“He was sitting at a table next to me at a wedding, and I overheard him telling guests the details of reciprocal recurrent phenotypic selection,” Hanna said. “I don’t think they had a clue what he was talking about, but that’s just how passionate he was about his work. He would talk about it nonstop if you let him.”And his was a passion that changed the world.By 1960, Burton became one of the most sought-after experts on plant genetics, breeding and development. He traveled to more than 50 countries, where he would consult with researchers and students about crop improvement.It was also a time of great concern. The world’s population was growing at an unprecedented rate, and scientists issued dire warnings about the possibility of mass starvation unless farmers could find a way to produce more food.Burton had been working on different varieties of pearl millet, a grain crop grown in many parts of Asia and Africa, and he developed a partnership with scientists from The Rockefeller Foundation who were working to increase crop yields in developing countries.Burton gave Rockefeller scientists a packet of pearl millet seeds that he had developed in Tifton, a cross between U.S. versions of the crop and Indian cultivars, which could grow in climates once considered too arid for grain production.Indian farmers began experimenting with his seeds, and the results were nothing short of astonishing.Pearl millet production increased from 3.5 million metric tons in 1965 to 8 million metric tons by 1970. From the seeds Burton provided, Indian scientists were able to produce new hybrid plants that yielded 88% more grain than other varieties.Burton’s work on pearl millet and Nobelist Norman Borlaug’s work on wheat are credited with helping to prevent famine in India, according to Arnel Hallauer, Burton’s biographer and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Iowa State University.From farmland to fairwaysWhile helping to feed the hungry of the world may be Burton’s greatest legacy, it is not his only one. He led an extraordinarily productive laboratory at UGA-Tifton, which celebrates its centennial this year, and his discoveries proved invaluable for the region’s agricultural industry.When he arrived in Tifton, he quickly realized that the cattle industry in the Southeast U.S. suffered from a lack of quality forage grass, and he began experimenting with Bermuda grass around 1936 to help solve the problem.Bermuda grass was a controversial choice, because at the time it was considered an invasive weed that plagued crop farmers. Seeds from Bermuda grass would blow into fields and, if not dealt with quickly, could overtake farmland and destroy crops.But in just a few years, Burton managed to create a hybrid grass that was a mixture of local grasses and grasses taken from South Africa. It had to be propagated by planting sprigs, not seed, so it was unlikely to invade neighboring fields. The grass more than doubled forage production in the American South, and farmers planted millions of acres with Burton’s creation.“He completely revolutionized the cattle industry in the Southeast,” said Hanna. In effect, Burton had taken one of the region’s worst weeds and turned it into one of the world’s best forage grasses.Burton would continue his research on grasses, releasing newer and better varieties, including ‘Tifton 85’, which remains one of the top forage grasses in the world.News spread quickly about Burton’s expertise, and he was approached by the United States Golf Association, which offered him $500 a year to research new grasses for golf greens, tees and fairways. Never one to shy away from an opportunity to conduct more research, Burton agreed.Things weren’t so great for Southern golfers at the time. Many putting greens were nothing more than compacted sand that were painted green to give the illusion of a traditional putting surface.But Burton’s ingenuity quickly remedied that situation. He produced a number of hybrid Bermuda grasses that still adorn courses throughout the South.“He was looking for specific characteristics [in grass] that would enable the golfer to play a better game of golf,” said Earl Elsner, an agronomist who worked for more than 30 years at UGA. “I don’t think Dr. Burton ever played a game of golf, but he studied it, he talked to people, he discussed it with superintendents to the point that he understood what the golf game required.”A life of serviceHis tireless work ethic combined with his insatiable scientific curiosity made Burton a giant in his field, but you’d never know it.“I remember him talking with local farmers on the phone at night … trying to help them figure out a problem or giving them advice,” said Glenn Burton’s son Robert Burton. “Dad always had time for anyone.”It was the work that ultimately gave Burton the greatest satisfaction — the never-ending quest for something better, something stronger, something that would help more people.Before his death in 2005, he and his wife established the Glenn and Helen Burton Feeding the Hungry Scholarship, which is awarded to doctoral students at UGA whose research involves the development of food crops.“He loved what he was doing and he wanted to share that with students,” Robert Burton said. “He was happy doing research and he wanted to live a hands-on way of life.”last_img read more

Pompeo: We’re Going To Do “All That It Takes” So That The People Of Venezuela Get Democracy Back

first_imgBy Voice of America / Edited by Diálogo Staff August 22, 2019 During a meeting with the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., organization President David Rubenstein asked the secretary if the United States is willing to send troops to prevent further violence from occurring.“The president has said pretty clearly:  we’re going to do all that it takes to make sure the Venezuelan people get democracy back,” Pompeo said.The secretary added that “we’re closer today than we were several months ago, but in the end, we’ll do our part and the nations of the region — we’ve built out a great coalition from members of the Organization of American States to what we call the Lima Group to 56 or 58 other countries who are joining us and who understand Maduro is not the duly elected president.”Several U.S. officials, including President Donald Trump, have said on different occasions that “all options are on the table” when it comes to Venezuela, but indicate that they prefer to continue economic and diplomatic pressure for the time being.As part of this diplomatic pressure, the United States imposed sanctions on July 25 against a businessman and Colombian associates, including three of Maduro’s stepsons, accused of leading a global network that used Venezuela’s emergency food program — known as CLAP — and gold profits to launder stolen state assets.On July 28, in statements to VOA, U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command, reiterated the U.S. government’s support to Venezuela’s Interim President Juan Guaidó, and said his command is ready to support “anything the legitimate government requests” and that comes from a “political decision” by the U.S. government.However, he said that up to now, the U.S. military focus “has been one of support.”last_img read more

4 money moves for young adults

first_img 254SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Whether you’re entering the workforce as a full-time employee at age 18 or 22, if you’re done with school, then you’ve got a lot of work ahead of you. Unless you’re a professional athlete, you’re probably going to work for the next 40 years. So, what should your first steps as a “grown-up” be? Here are four easy money moves you should make as soon as you start working full-time…Look way ahead: You may be in your early 20s now, but at some point, you’re going to blink and you’ll be almost 40. You don’t want to have to play catch-up with your retirement savings, so start saving for those days as soon as you can. If your company has a 401k match, take advantage of that free money. If not, seek out a financial advisor and find out what your best options are.Plan for emergencies: You can’t foresee losing your job or your car’s engine dying, but you can expect the need for a wad of cash to come out of nowhere. Having a savings account that’s dedicated to emergencies will prepare you for whatever life throws your way.Get out of debt: If you’ve got student loan debt, pay it off as quick as you can after you’re done with school. Before you decide to get a new ride or buy your first house, use that money to knock your debt down to zero. Once you’re debt free, you can start making decisions about those larger purchases.Find a side hustle: Another way to be prepared for those money emergencies is to find another source of income. Whether that’s working a weekend job or selling stuff on the internet, having a second source of income will come in handy if something happens to the first one.last_img read more

UPS to Allow Natural Black Hairstyles and Facial Hair

first_imgThe student, DeAndre Arnold, was one of a number of Black people who said they had been singled out in the workplace or in school because of their hair.In 2018, an 11-year-old Black student at a Roman Catholic school near New Orleans was asked to leave class because administrators said her braided hair extensions violated school rules, according to a lawyer for her family.In 2017, Black students at a charter school in Massachusetts complained that they had been subjected to detentions and suspensions because they wore hair extensions, prompting the state’s attorney general to order the school to stop punishing students for wearing hairstyles that violated the school’s dress code.- Advertisement – UPS said that Carol Tomé, who in March was named the first female chief executive in the company’s 113-year-history, had “listened to feedback from employees and heard that changes in this area would make them more likely to recommend UPS as an employer.”“These changes reflect our values and desire to have all UPS employees feel comfortable, genuine and authentic while providing service to our customers and interacting with the general public,” the company said in a statement. In 2018, UPS agreed to pay $4.9 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which said the company had failed to hire or promote Muslims, Sikhs, Rastafarians and others whose religious practices conflicted with its appearance policy.The commission said the company had for years segregated workers who wore beards or long hair in accordance with their religious beliefs into nonsupervisory, back-of-the-facility positions without customer contact.The company’s new policy clarifies that beards and mustaches “are definitely acceptable as long as they are worn in a businesslike manner and don’t create a safety concern,” according to UPS documents reviewed by The Journal. The new rules took effect immediately.The policy also permits natural hairstyles “such as Afros, braids, curls, coils, locs, twists and knots,” according to The Journal. And it eliminates guidelines specific to men and women. “No matter how you identify — dress appropriately for your workday,” the policy states. UPS will allow workers to have facial hair and natural Black hairstyles like Afros and braids as it becomes the latest company to shed policies widely criticized as discriminatory amid nationwide demands for racial justice.The delivery company, which has more than 525,000 employees worldwide, said it was also eliminating gender-specific rules as part of a broader overhaul of its extensive appearance guidelines, which cover hair, piercings, tattoos and uniform length.- Advertisement – The actress Gabrielle Union and the former N.B.A. star Dwyane Wade, the married producers of “Hair Love,” invited to the ceremony a Black high school student in Texas who had been suspended because of the way he wore his dreadlocks.center_img – Advertisement – The Teamsters, which represents UPS workers, said it was “very pleased” with the changes.“The union contested the previous guidelines as too strict numerous times over the years through the grievance/arbitration process and contract negotiations,” the union said in a statement. “We have proposed neatly trimmed beards during several previous national negotiations.”Angela Onwuachi-Willig, a professor of law and dean of the Boston University School of Law, who has researched hair codes, said the change at UPS “recognizes that allowing people to be their authentic selves is good for business.”Policies that ban natural Black hairstyles are clearly discriminatory, she said, because they deem Black hair to be “inherently unprofessional.”Dominique Apollon, vice president for research at Race Forward, a racial justice advocacy organization, said companies that forbid natural Black hair send the message that “white standards of beauty and white comfort are ultimately the default.”“I’d like to see these sorts of policy changes accompanied by a deeper reckoning with the past, and with a humility that unfortunately doesn’t come often in our litigious society,” he said. “Companies like UPS need to acknowledge that these sorts of policies have had long-term effects, and will continue to have ramifications or racial outcomes unless more is done.” – Advertisement –last_img read more