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

US Naval Museums Open Up to the Public

first_img View post tag: War View post tag: Museums View post tag: open View post tag: Defence View post tag: up Training & Education View post tag: Naval National Museum of the United States Navy, Cold War Gallery and Display Ship Barry will be accessible through a new gate open to the public starting Aug. 1. For the month of August, Naval History and Heritage Command along with the support of Naval District Washington, will offer free public access via the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail to the newly opened Cold War Gallery, the National Museum of the U.S. Navy and Display Ship Barry.The only day the museums will not be open is on Mondays, due to the furlough restrictions.Until this point, it has been a challenge for visitors to access these national treasures due to security requirements. However, a special agreement was reached to make a family-friendly option for museum goers, located within a 15-minute walk of the Nationals Park.“We are very excited about the possibility of introducing even more of our neighbors to the rich history of the U.S. Navy,” said Capt. Jerry Hendrix, the director of the Naval History and Heritage Command, which is responsible for the U.S. Navy’s museums.“There is something for everyone, from young children to our senior veterans.”Located at the Washington Navy Yard, the National Museum of the U.S. Navy displays art and artifacts from the Revolutionary War, Antarctic exploration, World War I and World War II, as well as submarine innovations. Visitors will enjoy peering through a submarine periscope, learning about deep sea exploration and diving, and maneuvering WWII-era artifacts. The Cold War Gallery, opened in October, displays a large submarine section, including a view of living and working conditions, artifacts from Vietnam POWs, displays from the Korean War, as well as an interactive exhibit called the “Lion’s Den.”Display Ship Barry is one of only three remaining Forrest Sherman class destroyers. Barry is the third ship to bear the name of the illustrious Revolutionary War naval hero, Commodore John Barry. She supported the 1958 Marine and Army airborne unit landing in Beirut, Lebanon. In 1962, she was a member of the task force that quarantined Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis in response to evidence that Soviet missiles had been installed on the island. In 1979, Barry joined the Middle East Force for Persian Gulf service during the very tense period that accompanied the Iranian Revolution. In 1981-1982 Barry made her final deployment in that area. USS Barry was decommissioned in 1982 and arrived at the Washington Navy Yard in 1983.[mappress]Press Release, July 30, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Exhibition View post tag: Publiccenter_img View post tag: Navy July 30, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today US Naval Museums Open Up to the Public View post tag: US View post tag: Cold View post tag: usa View post tag: Defense US Naval Museums Open Up to the Public Share this articlelast_img read more

Generation Y: backseat drivers or aimless autopilots?

first_imgTogether, all this seems to suggest that these websites are getting to be more “established” and more concerned with rules, an idea we’ve discussed here before.    On the other hand, the politicians and authority figures have to participate and have to worry about what’s on Facebook, or it might cost them votes or just make an arse of them. Which confirms my longstanding suspicion that the mainstream and the exceptional are less distinct categories today.   But more importantly, it suggests to me that our whole generation is pretty engaged with the wheels of society—we’re driving the politicians to take up our formats, they’re coming to our online playgrounds to deal with us and the rules and structures that govern culture (the law, for example) are having to figure out how to accommodate those playgrounds into their reasoning.    So how come everyone keeps saying we’re so apathetic? This week, the New York Times collected essays for a contest they are running for college students in the U.S. They had people write a response to this article by Rick Perlstein about how disconnected and disengaged young people are from the big ideas of society and politics. It’s all about America, but the article describes a bunch of students in ways that any young person anywhere in the world can react to. Read the piece here, and then please tell me what you think. Does this sound like the students you know? Are we this materialistic and politically useless?   Or does all the legal and political rumbling around Facebook and YouTube! suggest we’re driving change in ways Rick Perlstein is missing?Cherwell24 is not responsible for the content of external links. Cappuccino is back in business with my sincere apologies for the long hiatus. As you can see, I’ve been busy posting elsewhere in cyberland, and sometimes even tabbed browser windows aren’t enough to help me keep track of multiple online personae. One day, according to Aili McConnon at BusinessWeek, my online lives will link into one another and I can manage them all at once. That day could not come soon enough.   That said, other parts of Web 2.0 progress have moved so fast while this blog’s been off duty that I hardly know where to begin. Perhaps with a news update:   Oxford University took a real killing in the press for using Facebook to go after student parties. I took a dig at them myself in BusinessWeek.Facebook has been hauled in for a potential killing in court. Some other Harvard alums say Mark Zuckerberg stole the idea from a network they were thinking of launching. The case looks pretty shoddy, but that’s mostly because there aren’t very strict copywright laws for this web stuff anyway.The U.S. Republican Presidential candidates took some dips in the polls because they’ve said they don’t want to do a debate on YouTube! like the Democrats did earlier this summer. Apparently being web savvy and appealing to young voters can actually move the needle in politics today.The piece de resistence: one of the candidates, Rudy Giuliani, faced the heavy embarrassment of having the world discover that his own daughter actually backs a candidate from the other party. How did word get out? Some fellow student saw it on her Facebook page and leaked it to the press.last_img read more

Gunshots dired at Tippecanoe County Democratic Party HQ

first_img Google+ Gunshots dired at Tippecanoe County Democratic Party HQ Facebook Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook IndianaLocalNews Previous articleJoe Donnelly says Trump “has betrayed us”Next articleCOVID-19 vaccine registration site, hotline, slow due to demand Network Indiana Twitter WhatsApp Twitter By Network Indiana – January 8, 2021 0 322 Gunshots were fired at the Tippecanoe County Democratic Party headquarters in Lafayette Wednesday night, says TCDP Secretary Michelle Wietbrock.In a social media post, Wietbrock says the headquarters were unoccupied when the shooting happened, and no one was injured.The building will remain closed while repairs are made. It’s unclear if there’s any connection to the nationwide protests from supporters of President Trump.Anyone with any info is asked to call the Lafayette Police Department.last_img read more

Students receive Barrett Award

first_imgThe Bureau of Study Counsel (BSC) awarded Keerthi Reddy ’14 and Daniel Wilson ’14 the Joseph L. Barrett Award on May 5. The award commemorates Joseph L. Barrett ’73, and honors exceptional students who generously give their time to support their peers in developing more meaningful college experiences.Reddy and Wilson were honored for the inspiration and dedication they brought to Room 13, a peer counseling organization at Harvard. As co-directors, they helped deepen the group’s exploration of how to listen and respond with empathy and presence. They initiated listening workshops to help Houses and student groups explore the nuanced, layered, and complex nature of listening and responding to others.As leaders, Reddy and Wilson opened themselves up to other students with both confidence and humility. They shared their own questions, learning processes, and discoveries, thereby helping create a safer, more exploratory context — a context for the unpredictability and satisfaction of true learning and discovery.last_img read more

Moreau Day celebrations to honor Holy Cross founder

first_imgTags: Basil Moreau, Campus Ministry, Coleman-Morse Center, Fr. Pete McCormick, Moreau Day The Notre Dame community will celebrate Moreau Day today. Moreau Day marks the Feast Day of Blessed Basil Moreau, the founder of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, who died Jan. 20th, 1873.Keri O’Mara | The Observer Campus Ministry and Le Cercle Français, Notre Dame’s French culture club, have worked in tandem to organize events to celebrate the Feast Day. Campus Ministry has organized a “selfie competition” for students throughout Moreau Day. Students will compete to win $100 in Domer Dollars by taking as many selfies with Holy Cross religious as they can and sending them to @ndministry on Twitter and Instagram.Fr. Peter McCormick, director of Campus Ministry, said he hopes the Moreau Day activities will have a noticeable impact to campus.“I think it’s an opportunity for us to be reminded of what our heritage is and who we are,” McCormick said. “When I think about any great institution, one wants to know what its origins were and how it is that we continue to live its that vision to this day.”McCormick compared the significance of Moreau Day’s at Notre Dame to Independence Day’s in the United States.“It’s an opportunity for us to shine light on key figures in the history of Notre Dame and also the Congregation of the Holy Cross,” McCormick said. “We remember figures such as Fr. [Edward] Sorin, Blessed Basil Moreau, and so many others who actively worked to build up this University to what it is today.”Campus Ministry has also organized a celebration of Mass at 5:15 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart to honor Moreau and bless members of the Notre Dame community traveling Wednesday to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., which begins Thursday.Le Cercle Français coordinated with junior Kaitlyn Krall, who works with Campus Ministry, to serve crêpes from 8 to 9 p.m. in the Coleman-Morse Center according to Paulina Luna, treasurer of the French Club. Luna said the club will be serving “homemade crêpes with very traditional fillings.”“We are known for our great cooking and flipping skills, displayed when we host ‘Study Crêpes,’ so we were delighted to have been invited to share our skills as we celebrate Moreau Day with the ND community,” Luna said. “Campus Ministry also very generously offered our club new crêpe pans.”Luna explained the French Club’s involvement in Moreau Day, citing Basil Moreau’s important role in French history.“Fr. Moreau, alongside the other priests, worked hard to educate many in faith, even when the Church was under attack during the French Revolution,” Luna said. “In the present day, France is losing touch with its Catholic roots, but I think Fr. Moreau’s work is an inspiration to continue to grow spiritually.”last_img read more

West Virginia Congressman Proposes $100 Million Fund to Retrain Coal Miners

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享By Charles Boothe in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph:CHARLESTON — New legislation to help displaced coal miners, introduced by Third District Congressional Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.), would earmark $100 million over the next five years for retraining.Jenkins made the announcement of the Assisting America’s Dislocated Miners Act Thursday at the United Mine Workers of America’s Career Center in Beckley.The bill would authorize $20 million a year for five years to fund the Dislocated Miners Assistance Program, which would be established by the act under the U.S. Labor Department.“Our coal communities have been devastated by a mix of environmental regulations and market conditions,” he said. “Many of the dislocated miners in our coal towns have worked in the mines their whole lives and have limited training for jobs in other fields. These miners need help in learning new trades, preparing to join the workforce, and finding employment in new fields.”“Each year for the next five years $20 million of this money would go to programs like the one at the career center,” he said, a center that has seen success since 1998 with retraining programs, “whether it’s welding, construction, electrical or computer work.”Jenkins said the center in Beckley has put through about 2,000 people and the funding would beef that up significantly because the center has had to turn away people.“We are talking about thousands of people (who would qualify for the retraining programs),” he said.Jenkins said the fight is continuing to regain as many coal jobs as possible, but something must be done in the meantime.“While we fight to restore our coal jobs, we must also provide for the miners who are out of work and for their families,” he said. “My bill … will help us provide retraining opportunities for even more unemployed miners and get them back to work in good-paying and stable jobs.” Obtaining training and learning new trades can help “revitalize our coal communities,” he said. “My legislation will give West Virginia’s families hope and the promise of a paycheck, not an unemployment check.”Full article: Bill would provide $100M to retrain laid-off coal miners West Virginia Congressman Proposes $100 Million Fund to Retrain Coal Minerslast_img read more

Hector Beltran Leyva captured, drug and weapons operation dismantled

first_img The Mexican Army has captured alleged Beltrán Leyva Organization (BLO) drug lord Hector Beltran Leyva, only days after the head of an associated organization – Cristian Berrelleza-Verduczo – was sentenced to prison. Beltran Leyva, also known as “The Engineer,” has attempted to maintain a low profile for several years, but an eleven month investigation determined that he was posing as a real estate salesman and art dealer in Querétaro. Just outside of that state in the city of San Miguel de Allende, military special forces captured him at a seafood restaurant. The BLO is responsible for trafficking cocaine, marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine to the United States and Europe. Courts in both the District of Colombia and New York, in the United States, have indicted The Engineer, and both the U.S. and Mexico have offered rewards for information leading to his capture – at USD $5 million and $3.7 million, respectively. He rose to power in the BLO after a group of about 200 Mexican Marines killed the previous leader of the BLO, Arturo Beltrán Leyva, during a gun battle in Cuernavaca in December, 2009. Arturo was known as “The Boss of Bosses.” Meanwhile, in the United States, another high-ranking gang leader with ties to the BLO – Berrelleza-Verduczo – was sentenced to 27 years in prison by a federal judge in Washington State on September 26. Over a year ago, Berrelleza-Verduzco, 27, pleaded guilty to five drug trafficking and firearms charges stemming from his years running a drug trafficking ring. The criminal organization smuggled methamphetamine and heroin worth millions of dollars from Mexico into the United States, and sent weapons back down to Mexico. Berrelleza-Verduzco said he’d hurt or kill those who let him down, according to wiretapped phone conversations he had with BLO leaders. “This sentence helps protect us from a very dangerous man and organization,” said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. “This defendant raked in massive profits from the scourge of heroin addiction. He and his family sought to control the entire supply chain, from growing the poppies, to manufacturing the heroin, to selling it in this district. And just as they moved their drugs north, they wanted to move high-powered weapons back to Mexico to cause further cartel-related violence.” During their investigation of Berrelleza-Verduzco and his organization, federal agents seized more than 20 pounds of heroin, 30 pounds of methamphetamine, nearly USD$200,000 in cash and 31 firearms. The effort, known as Operation Black Ice, has also led to the arrest of 34 suspects – most of whom have pleaded guilty – including Berrelleza-Verduzco, who was arrested in March 2012. “He fed the destructive habit of Washington addicts and fueled Mexican cartel violence with drug money,” said Brad Bench, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in the city of Seattle in Washington. “Incarcerating Berrelleza-Verduzco and his co-conspirators is a significant victory for public safety, especially considering the massive increase in local teens dying of heroin overdoses in recent years.” Berrelleza-Verduzco isn’t the only member of his family to land behind bars in the U.S. for trafficking drugs and weapons. His brother, Víctor Berrelleza-Verduzco, was sentenced to 20 years in prison by a U.S. federal judge in 2014. And the judge sentenced another Berrelleza-Verduzco brother, Ivan, to seven years in prison. Both were sentenced in Washington State. Though Cristian and Víctor headed the trafficking ring in the U.S., their father, known as Don Víctor, is considered the ring’s overall leader. He lives in Mexico. By Dialogo October 02, 2014last_img read more

TAF to boost capacity on urban routes

first_imgINTRO: Italian Railways and Nord Milano Railway are about to put into service a fleet of 50 double-deck EMUs for the cross-city Passante route; each high-capacity TAF trainset will carry up to 848 passengers in air-conditioned comfortBYLINE: Ing Giancarlo PiroTony TrainaStrategic Business UnitRolling Stock & Traction DivisionItalian RailwaysIN A 10-year rolling stock replacement programme drawn up in 1991, Italian Railways’ Local Transport Division envisaged deploying a range of new vehicles on its busiest urban networks. First of these is the high-capacity TAF trainset capable of carrying over 800 passengers in four cars, and the lead unit is now undergoing tests.Technical specifications for the double-deck TAF (Treno Alta Frequentazione – High Occupancy Train) electric multiple-unit were prepared by the FS Rolling Stock Division for procurement in line with European Union directives. Following receipt of tenders from five groups, a contract to build 40 trains for FS and 10 units for Nord Milano Railway (FNM) was awarded in July 1994 to a consortium of Breda, Ansaldo Trasporti, ABB Tecnomasio (now Adtranz Italy) and Firema Trasporti.The first TAF EMUs are to be deployed on Milano’s cross-city Passante route (RG 1.92 p40), to be operated jointly by FS and FNM. It is expected that a further nine will be ordered by FNM, and FS anticipates that an additional batch of 13 TAFs will be required for service in other cities.Improving mobilityWith bodyshells constructed from thin-walled aluminium alloy extrusions, each 104m TAF trainset comprises two trailers between two power cars with cabs. Each car has two vestibules, located inside the bogies to give a floor height of 650mm for level boarding from high platforms.Facing pairs of seats are arranged in a 2+2 configuration throughout the train, on the upper and lower decks and in saloons over the bogies with 24 seats. Styled by Pininfarina, each set has 475 seats and room for 372 standing passengers, excluding 14 folding seats in the vestibules.Each motor car has a retention toilet on the lower deck, installed as a complete module, and one motor car in each set has a space for a passenger in a wheelchair on the lower deck. In place of a step, a short ramp leads down from the inner vestibule, and the toilet is fully accessible. The vestibule is equipped with passenger-activated retractable ramps at the doorways to bridge the gap between train and platform.TAF units will have in-car passenger information systems combining visual displays with automatic announcements; external destination indicators are also planned for the car sides. Passenger saloons and driving cabs are fully air-conditioned, with environmentally-friendly coolant specified for the climate-control equipment. Fire-control systems fitted to the TAF use a similarly ’green’ suppressant and water-based paints have been used throughout the construction process.Traction equipmentA pantograph is located with the rest of the electrical equipment behind the cab of each end car over the single motor bogie. The power cars are connected by a high-voltage train line feeding the modular GTO-based drive. Traction current passes through water-cooled chopper and inverter stages to the two three-phase asynchronous traction motors on each motor bogie. The databus-based train control and monitoring system incorporates a diagnostic function.The TAF EMU is configured for regenerative braking, and chopper-controlled rheostatic braking is also fitted. Auxiliary power is provided by a static converter with an output of 670V 50Hz, and transformers supply the train line at 380V 50Hz.Each motor bogie has two brake discs, and each trailer bogie six discs. The H-shaped bogie frames are constructed from welded steel sections, with coil spring primary suspension and air-sprung secondary suspension.Bidders for the TAF order were asked to present an assessment of the whole-life cost of their proposed train, factoring in maintenance requirements. The winning design is expected to operate 200000 km annually over a 36-year service life, managing 3·6 x 106 km between major overhauls. oTrainset detailsLength over couplers mm 103 970Length of motor car mm 25895Length of trailer car mm 26090Motor bogie wheelbase mm 2750Trailer bogie wheelbase mm 2550Seating capacity 475Standing capacity 372 (at four passengers per m2)Weight tonnes 210Maximum speed km/h 140Maximum output at wheelrim kW 3640Power supply 3 kV DCMaximum starting tractive effort kN 214Number of powered axles 4last_img read more

Girls SEI Tourney Semi-Finals Results

first_imgThe 7th Grade Lady Bulldogs protected their home turf in the second round of the SEI Tournament knocking off South Ripley 35-12 Tuesday night. The Bulldogs had a total team effort on both ends of the floor to advance to the Finals. Leading the way scoring was Aly Peters with 14 points; followed by Sophie Gesell 7 points; Marlee Obermeyer 5 points; Veronica King 4 points; Eden Williams and Ryan Oesterling 2 points each; and Addyson Weiler 1 point. We hope to see everyone make the trip to Sunman-Dearborn Middle School on Thursday for the Championship Game. Tip is at 5:30 pm. Come out and support the Bulldogs!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Weiler.The 7th Grade JCD Lady Eagles fell to Sunman Dearborn Red in the Semi-Finals of the SEI Tourney 34-22.  Lady Eagles Scoring was Kelsey Borgman 6, Sophia Sullivan 5, Bailey Groth 3, Ashlynn Moorman 3, Cheyenne Cullen 3, Hailey Kunz 2. The 8th Grade Lady Eagles defeated South Dearborn 41-16 in the Semi-Finals. Scoring for the lady Eagles were Reagan Hughes 16, Reese Obendorf 11, Julia Meyer 10, Emma Wagner 4.  The Eagles will play St Louis for Championship Thursday night.Courtesy of Eagles Scorekeeper Brandy Meyer.The St. Louis’ 8th Grade Lady Cardinals played Greendale in Round 2 of the tournament at Batesville Middle School.  St. Louis won this game with a final score of 34-16.  Scoring for SLS was Catherine Streator with 14pts, Claire Saner with 9pts, Ava Owens with 4pts, and Rhea Miller, Kate Weber, and Lilly Schebler all putting in 2pts.  Playing a game more of our style and controlling the tempo was essential for us.  We were able to stay in tune with our defensive end and our offense worked hard to take shots and draw fouls.  Nice job ladies on a solid round 2 win.  SLS is off to EC on Thursday for the final game against JCD. Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Erin Trenkamp.last_img read more