US Navy’s Newest Amphibious Transport Dock Arrives at Her Homeport

first_img View post tag: Transport US Navy’s Newest Amphibious Transport Dock Arrives at Her Homeport View post tag: Navy Pre-Commissioning Unit Anchorage (LPD 23) moored pierside for the first time at her homeport in San Diego during a homecoming ceremony Nov. 21.The Navy’s newest amphibious transport dock completed her maiden voyage from the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Shipbuilding site in Avondale, La. where she departed Oct. 30. The departure completed nearly six years of construction when fabrication kicked off in January 2007.Fire Controlman 1st Class Michael Keller was among the first crew members to report to Anchorage while she was under construction, arriving in Avondale more than a year-and-a-half ago. “The entire process was amazing to witness and be a part of,” said Keller, who hails from San Diego. “When I got to Anchorage, she wasn’t even painted. There were wires everywhere, scaffolds, and decks were bare metal. The relationship we built with both the shipbuilders and each other really brought this ship to life. I know as the first crew members, we’ll be proud to leave behind a legacy that will endure throughout the entirety of Anchorage’s history.”Anchorage’s crew will spend the next few months working on certifications and completing installation of non-essential ship systems prior to sailing to her namesake Anchorage, Alaska where she will be commissioned in May.“We are excited to be reunited with our families,” said Capt. Brian J. Quin, Anchorage’s commanding officer. “It’s been a rewarding journey, but we’re not done yet. We look forward to the next round of testing and our voyage to Alaska. The community in Anchorage has already welcomed us with open arms and we will work even harder to live up to the rich diversity and tradition present in the ship’s namesake municipality.”Anchorage is the seventh San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock. She was delivered to the U.S. Navy Sept. 17. The ship is the second ship to be named for the city.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 26, 2012; Image: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy’s Newest Amphibious Transport Dock Arrives at Her Homeport View post tag: Amphibious View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: Her View post tag: Homeport November 26, 2012 Industry news View post tag: Arrives View post tag: Dock View post tag: newest View post tag: US Share this articlelast_img read more

Beastie Boys To Celebrate 30th Anniversary Of ‘Licensed To Ill’ With Deluxe Vinyl Re-Release

first_imgIt’s hard to believe that it has been thirty years since the famed Licensed To Ill record was born. Released on November 15, 1986, Ill put the Beastie Boys on the map, essentially introducing rap music to a much wider audience than ever before. Defined by hits like “Fight For Your Right” and “No Sleep Til’ Brooklyn,” the influence and sheer musicality of the Beastie Boys’ debut album puts it in a league with few others.In honor of the album’s thirty year anniversary, the band has announced a special deluxe vinyl re-release. Cut from the original production masters, the new release is due out on October 14th, 2016 on 180-gram vinyl. For more information, you can head here, though it appears the website is currently overwhelmed with traffic.You can also sit back and stream Licensed To Ill in the YouTube embedded below.last_img read more

Overscheduling

first_imgWant your children to be better prepared for their future? Stop overscheduling, and let them play, says a University of Georgia child development specialist.“It stems back to the brain and how it develops,” said Diane Bales, who works with children through UGA Cooperative Extension and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “The brain needs time to consolidate and organize to really make sense of what you’ve learned. … If children are doing something all the time, they don’t have that break. They don’t get to use what they’re learning.” Valuable skillsPlay is especially important for elementary-aged children. “They really learn best through active exploration,” Bales said, “what we call play.” Children who don’t get the time to play often have trouble making decisions when they get older. In a 2007 report in Pediatrics entitled “The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds,” researchers say that play contributes to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being of children and youth. “Undirected play allows children to learn how to work in groups, to share, to negotiate, to resolve conflicts and to learn self-advocacy skills,” the report went on to say. “We’re starting to see children who can’t play well,” Bales said. “They’re always wanting an adult to tell them what to do, when to do it and how to do it.”According to Bales, children who play less are less creative as they get older and have trouble developing more complex problem-solving skills. Cutting out playWhen asked why children are overscheduled out of play, Bales said some parents and schools feel more is better when it comes to schoolwork and activities.“A lot of adults tend to think of play as what children do when there’s not something important to do,” she said.It also stems from a desire to keep up with others, she said. And in some cases, it’s because parents need their children to be supervised while they’re at work.“Some of it is fear of safety,” Bales said. “And some of that is realistic, and definitely parents shouldn’t send their children out into an environment that’s not safe to play in. And some people feel like they need to do something important when they’re with their kids.” Bales said she gets caught in that when her nephews come over, and she wants to do big things, like take them to the zoo.“What they look most forward to is pulling out the toy drum,” she said.Helicopter parentsBesides taking play away, parents who control their children’s lives and schedules too much can also take away their freedom to learn from their mistakes. “It usually comes from a very kind and loving impulse by the parents,” Bales said. “But children never learn the consequences of their own actions.”A child who forgets his lunch, she said, won’t learn to remember to grab it if he knows mom will run over to the school if he forgets it again. “What they’re not learning there is responsibility,” Bales said. “If they have to go through the afternoon hungry, they’ll be a whole lot more likely to remember their lunch the next day.” Helicopter parents can also become a problem if they don’t let their children go once they’ve graduated from high school. Bales cites cases where a parent will call up a college professor asking why she gave their child a bad grade. “If you get to college and your mom and dad are still fighting your battles for you, you don’t have the skills you need for adult life.”Giving children freedom to make mistakes doesn’t mean that parents shouldn’t advocate for their children. But if their impulse is always to rescue their children, they may never learn to solve their problems.last_img read more