USS Bonhomme Richard fire extinguished

first_imgAfter four days of firefighting, all known fires have been extinguished aboard US Navy’s Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), Rear Admiral Philip E. Sobeck, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Three, said in a statement on July 16. View post tag: US Navy The ship was undergoing maintenance at Naval Base San Diego when a massive fire broke out onboard on July 12. The US Navy has not issued any official statement on the new COVID-19 outbreak in San Diego. “We did not know the origin of the fire. We do not know the extent of the damage. It is too early to make any predictions or promises of what the future of the ship will be.” Categories: View post tag: Naval Base San Diego Related Article “We had 63 personnel, 40 U.S. Navy Sailors and 23 civilians, treated for minor injuries including heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation. We have no personnel hospitalized.” Posted: 9 months ago Vessels View post tag: coronavirus Sailors who participated in firefighting efforts test positive for COVID-19 Photo: US Navy On July 17, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday traveled to San Diego to visit USS Bonhomme Richard and see the ship’s firefighting efforts first-hand. During the visit, CNO also spoke with sailors who fought the fire aboard Bonhomme Richard, and naval aviators who flew missions in support of firefighting efforts.  “We had support from the air and sea. Three helicopter squadrons conducted more than 1,500 water bucket drops, fighting the fire and cooling the super structure and flight deck enabling fire crews to get onboard to fight the fire. Tugs also provided firefighting support from the waterline, cooling the ship’s hull,” Sobeck continued. “Our fire teams are investigating every space to verify the absence of fire. Until every space is checked and there are no active fires we will not be able to commence any official investigations,” Sobeck informed. The two sailors are crew members of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS San Diego (LPD-22). At least two sailors who were extinguishing the blaze onboard USS Bonhomme Richard have tested positive for coronavirus, the US Navy confirmed to The San Diego Union-Tribune on Friday. The infected sailors reportedly shared firefighting gear such as gloves and masks. Posted: 9 months ago US Navy’s amphibious assault ship catches fire in San Diego View post tag: fire Twenty-seven people identified as their close contacts have been quarantined. Sailors from commands all across San Diego worked alongside federal firefighters to extinguish the fire. More than 400 sailors from twelve San Diego-based ships contributed to the operation. View post tag: USS Bonhomme Richard He added that the navy cannot make any conclusions until the investigation is complete. Share this articlelast_img read more


first_imgIS IT TRUE the City County Observer is pleased to see that the former headquarters of the Old National Bank at 420 Main Street is going to be salvaged into a modern office building with luxury condos on the upper floors?…it is ironic that the iconic building that costed $5 Million to build over 50 years ago had been sitting on the market for $5 Million with no takers for nearly 15 years?…the thought of a developed piece of real estate in a city of over 100,000 people on the banks of the Ohio River could lose value over a 50 year period is preposterous, yet in Evansville’s case this is not isolated or even unusual?…the new investment of $30 Million should be sufficient to bring all of the building up to near state of the art with respect to energy efficiency, high bandwidth communication, and true downtown living?…we hope and even expect to learn that this will be done without a $21 Million (Downtown Hotel), $57 Million (Downtown IU Medical School) or even a $127 Million (FORD CENTER) Incentive from the taxpayers of Evansville?…if this is really done without a handout, this project may be a positive tipping point for downtown Evansville?IS IT TRUE at tonights City Council meeting a Resolution of the Common Council of the City of Evansville opposing Indiana House Bill 1487 will be presented and voted on?  …this Resolution is a moot issue since the sponsor State Representative Hollie Sullivan withdrew this bill for consideration by the Indiana House of Representative last week?  …the sponsors of this resolution are Mosby, Elpers, McGinn, Adams, Brinkmeyer, Hargis, Mercer, Robinson?  …we wonder why Councilman Jonathan Weaver is listed as a sponsor?IS IT TRUE it is sad to learn that St. Joseph’s University in Northern Indiana is facing a deficit that is so large that the university’s trustees are forced to consider closing it down?…with only 900 students and an immediate need for $100 Million in pledges to keep the doors open, this amounts to an emergency fund raising effort of $111,000 per student?…sometimes the numbers don’t make sense when it comes to nostalgic locations and the time comes to let things go?…it may well be time for the bell to toll on St. Joseph’s University and that is a sad day?IS IT TRUE we are hearing that members of Vanderburgh Sheriff Department are extremely upset with members of the Evansville City Council for opposing Indiana House Bill 1487 because the money from the Income Option Tax could had been used to build a new addition to the County jail?  …we are also hearing that members of the local Labor Unions are not happy with the actions of Evansville City Council concerning this issue because it was extremely likely they would had built the addition to the jail?  … members of the above groups are even more upset with City Council President Missy Mosby for taking the lead role in publicly objecting to HB 1487 becoming law?  … she once had a solid reputation of being a strong supporter of law enforcement but thats may no longer be true?IS IT TRUE we would also like to remind you that members of the Evansville Police and Fire Departments aren’t happy with members of City Council because of the way they feel that they were mis-treated by them during the 2016 and 2017 Budget hearings?  …we predict that there shall be some changes in the makeup of the next City Council?  …we always heard that “political payback is hell”?IS IT TRUE since the Evansville City Council opposed House Bill 1487 we wonder if  our County officials will opposed the next City Council resolution that will increased the water and sewer rates for taxpayers living in the County?  …we always heard “whats the good for the goose is good for the gander”?IS IT TRUE a Preliminary Resolution of the Common Council of the City of Evansville declaring an Economic Revitalization Area for a 5 year property tax phase-In (special tax credit) for the rehabilitation of real property at 1500 North Green River Road, Evansville, IN 47715 – Eastland Station, LLC managed by Phillips Edison & Company is on todays Council agenda? … we understand the reason for this resolution is to give a shopping center with several vacant commercial store fronts a special phase-in tax credit?  …City Council Finance Chairman Dan McGinn (R) claims that this special phase-in tax credit will give the Developer extra money to remodel the vacant store fronts located on his property?  …Mr. McGinn also claims this special phase-in tax credit will not cost the taxpayers of this community one dine? …we been told the total phase-in tax credit given to the developer for the next 5 year will be around $80,000?FOOTNOTE: Todays “READERS POLL” question is: Do you feel that the Evansville City Council should give a developer of an existing Eastside Shopping Mall a $80,000 tax credit phase-in so he can renovate it?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

In Short

first_img== BIA deadline: 15 May ==The Baking Industry Awards deadline has been extended to 15 May. There are 11 categories to enter. Morrisons has joined the sponsors with Artisanal Bread Product of the Year, so if you are a craft, artisan or speciality maker of artisan breads, please enter by 15 May. Download this and all other 10 entry forms from Or tel Helen Law on 01293 846587 or email [email protected] for an entry form.== Bakers’ week spurs interest from schools ==National Craft Bakers’ Week, which takes place on 8-13 June and was publicised to schools last week, has already had a positive result. An immediate response from 24 schools asked for a baker to visit to talk about the craft of baking.== BSB trophy winner ==Mark Young of Ingrams was the winner of the BSB trophy at its golf day, played at the Belfry in the West Midlands on Tuesday 28 April, with a stableford score of 35 points. The Visitors Trophy was won by Joe Cashe, Irish Pride, with 36 points. Prizes were awarded by BSB chairman Andrew Pollard. Over 100 players took part in the event.== Rondo drops Doge ==Swiss-Italian manufacturer of bakery systems Rondo Doge has merged its brand name and will now be known as RONDO. All group companies will come under the RONDO name.== On the web ==l Budget report – what changes will affect businessesl Teachers’ resources, along with video streaming, for National Craft Bakers’ Week are now available to downloadl Border Homebake sees best trading figures for 18 years.To read the full stories check out read more

Eddy Street retailers begin recycling

first_imgFor nearly eight months, Jonathan Lutz, owner of The Mark restaurant in Eddy Street Commons, has lugged bags of recyclable waste from his restaurant to his home recycling unit in order to salvage as much reusable waste as possible. The restaurateur, who also owns Uptown Kitchen in Granger, said there have been no affordable recycling options in the Commons — a joint project of the University and the city that opened in 2009. To make his business somewhat eco-friendly, Lutz has recycled from home since the restaurant’s opening in August 2010. “It’s been one of my greatest frustrations,” Lutz said of the work it takes to carry the waste between work and home. Eddy Street Commons finally received two recycling receptacles on Feb. 22 to be collected once a week. Kite Realty, the developer of the facility, will increase frequency as demand dictates. The University has worked closely with Kite on developing the Commons as a student-friendly commercial area. Lori Wick, director of marketing for Kite Realty, said while the apartments at Eddy Street Commons have offered recycling options since the facility opened in August 2009, the retail and office components were not able to recycle due to space issues. “While it was always the intent to have a recycling program in place for the retail and office components at opening, the challenge of executing this initiative was not thoroughly addressed until recently,” she said. Gregory Hakanen, director of Asset Management and Real Estate Development, said the University recently became aware that the businesses in the Commons have not been recycling. Hakanen said Kite Realty has full responsibility for managing the development. The University plays no role in decisions like recycling, he said. “Having said that, the University is committed to green principles on and off campus, and we are pleased that Kite has launched its recycling program for commercial tenants at Eddy Street Commons,” he said. Wick said the company has been working for several months to implement recycling with the help of service provider Waste Management. She said Kite expects tenants to participate in the service. “Eddy Street Commons will require all tenants to recycle as part of its initiative to ‘Go Green,’” Wick said. “It’s clear that single-stream recycling is a priority and we will require all tenants to support this effort.” Wick said Kite Realty would continue to work in cooperation with the University’s vision. “Notre Dame sets a great example on a wide array of initiatives, including recycling and sustainability,” she said. “We look to these examples and standards as we continue to improve day-to-day operations at Eddy Street Commons.” Some workers in the Commons say the lack of recycling up to this point has been frustrating. Despite recycling some waste from the Mark restaurant by bringing it home, Lutz said he can never recycle 100 percent of what could be recycled. “It’s an incredible amount of work,” he said. Nan Mullaney, an employee of the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore satellite store in the Commons, worked at the cash register during football season in the fall. She has seen all the cardboard boxes and plastic bags that held the Notre Dame apparel thrown away. “There’s a crusher in the back where the trash is put into every night,” she said. When she first started at the Bookstore nine months ago, recycling was one of the first issues Mullaney, a 1981 Notre Dame graduate, brought up to management. “They just said there’s no recycling because it’s expensive,” she said. The city of South Bend does not offer recycling for free. “It’s egregious, just so egregious,” Mullaney said of the recyclable waste she has seen thrown away at the Bookstore for the nine months she has worked there. Heather Christophersen, director of Sustainability at Notre Dame, said off-campus projects like Eddy Street Commons do not count toward third-party evaluations of the University, like the Sustainability Endowments Institute’s annual report card that evaluates the environmental impact of national universities. Notre Dame most recently received a B+ overall grade for sustainability efforts. “Technically [Eddy Street Commons] is not part of campus, but because Notre Dame employees are there I’d love to be able to count their recycling and waste numbers,” Christophersen said. “So that is something we need to work out.” Lutz said any push for recycling would be a positive change. “If it’s the case, it’s wonderful,” he said.last_img read more

Families cherish ND legacy

first_imgWhen junior Ryan Gerspach applied to college three years ago, there was no question as to what school was his first choice. “Notre Dame was my number one, two and three,” he said. Gerspach, along with many other Notre Dame students, grew up visiting the University and watching countless football games because of the many Notre Dame graduates in his family. As a result, these students often have their hearts set on Notre Dame before they even enter high school. “I woke up watching Notre Dame football every Saturday morning since I was less than a year old, and I’ve been coming here since I was six or seven,” he said. “I wanted to come here from the earliest moment I realized college was a decision you had to make sometime.” Gerspach is one of the more recent additions to a long-standing Notre Dame tradition in his family. Both of his parents, two uncles and two cousins attended at the University, and he has a cousin and a sister attending the school with him now. The junior said his familiarity with the University has greatly enhanced his Notre Dame experience. “I knew the place so well and I knew what it was about before I got here,” he said. “I guess I felt kind of in-tune with the whole campus lifestyle. I thought it was really easy to become a part of.” For freshman Jess Guvanich, her previous knowledge of the University has made the first few weeks of college a little easier for her. Both of Guvanich’s grandfathers, both of her parents, two of her uncles and one aunt all attended Notre Dame. “I grew up with it, so it was a very familiar place,” she said. “I think I know a little bit more coming here. I know a little more about the history of certain places, and I’m interested in the connections [between the University and my family], like where my parents lived.” Guvanich said her family has been very interested to learn about Notre Dame from her point of view, and to find out what has changed at the University since their time in school. “They always comment on how nice the new buildings are and how much bigger the campus is,” she said. “[LaFortune Student Center] wasn’t like this when they were here, it was just a few study halls. And my mom always says the dining hall is 10-times better now.” Even though the University has changed since Gerspach’s family attended the school as well, he said its important facets remain the same. “From what I know it seems like it still embodies the same traditions, ideals, morals and goals,” Gerspach said. “It’s just as or even more prestigious as it was when they were here.” The prestige of the University and its post-college network both heavily factored into Gerspach’s decision to attend Notre Dame, he said. Although he knew his family would be thrilled if he chose to enroll in the University, Gerspach said he did not feel forced to make that decision. “They never influenced me, not directly, and I never felt any pressure to come here,” he said. “But what better place [than Notre Dame], you know?” Guvanich had a similar experience during the college application process. “They were very happy for me to go here, but my parents did not want it to be said that they made me come here,” she said. “They encouraged me to look at other schools.”last_img read more

Unemployment claims increase for week

first_imgWeek Ending November 29, 2008There were 1,823 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, an increase of 261 from the week before. Altogether 10,628 new and continuing claims were filed, 1,136 more than a week ago and 2,266 more than a year earlier. In addition, the Department processed 1,144 claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008, an increase of 18 from last week.The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: is external)Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: is external)last_img read more

El Salvador Opens Administrative and Training Center for Emergencies

first_imgBy Lorena Baires/Diálogo July 10, 2018 Salvadoran authorities inaugurated the Administrative and Training Center for Emergencies (CAEE, in Spanish) of the General Directorate of Civil Protection (DGPC, in Spanish) on May 15, 2018, with the support of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). The CAEE building, in the municipality of Nejapa, department of San Salvador, will serve as a center to train and standardize technical skills for disaster response professionals in the country. “This investment of more than US$ 1.7 million is part of the preventive measures, which will save lives in the future,” Jean Elizabeth Manes, U.S. ambassador to El Salvador, said at the opening ceremony. “It is a place that has the capabilities, the technology, and the ability to dispatch emergency personnel in the most efficient manner.” CAEE is a top priority disaster preparation project for the country, as it complements DGPC’s proficiencies to train members and leaders of the National Civil Protection System. “Again, I want to thank the U.S. government and SOUTHCOM for supporting the Salvadoran people in the mission to consolidate the National Risk Assessment and Disaster Prevention System,” Salvadoran President Salvador Sánchez Cerén said in his inaugural speech. “To have operations and administrative personnel in the same location guarantees the efficient and effective protection of the Salvadoran people,” he said. SOUTHCOM invested in the construction of the building through its Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP). “The building is equipped with cutting-edge communication technology that will enable better coordination of all our operations,” said Jorge Meléndez, managing director of Civil Protection of El Salvador. “In 2013, El Salvador requested assistance to build new facilities for Civil Protection, as the earthquakes of 2001 damaged their main operational center,” said U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Hugo Villalobos, a representative for SOUTHCOM’s Security Cooperation Office in El Salvador. “Also, access to the previous location and mobilization in case of emergencies were limited.” Functional facilities The new facilities have conference rooms for up to 100 people, an administrative office for 50 people, a warehouse for training equipment, 16 multi-purpose rooms, five multi-use areas, showers, bathrooms, a laundry room, a kitchen, meeting rooms, and a pressroom. “We decided to give our support to consolidate all operations into a single place.” Now it has a [training] center and a warehouse in the same location,” Lt. Col. Villalobos said. “Dual purpose and immediate response capabilities in emergencies will be available.” The construction of the center began in August 2016 and ended in April 2018. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers designed the building to withstand earthquakes, due to the seismic nature of the terrain. Strategically located at the heart of the country, the center facilitates the transport of rescue equipment to vulnerable areas. “It’s important for SOUTHCOM to deliver the facilities to the Salvadoran government, so they now have the opportunity to work in better conditions and synchronize communication capabilities with emergency personnel,” said Colombian Army Brigadier General Juan Pablo Forero, J7/9 director of Exercises and Coalition Affairs for SOUTHCOM. Strong commitment CAEE is part of the National Emergency Operations Center (COEN, in Spanish), a modern complex equipped with HAP resources that opened with the support of SOUTHCOM in August 2013. The same year, regional dependencies were built in the departments of Santa Ana, San Vicente, and San Miguel to monitor emergencies and provide a guide for humanitarian operations. The investment amounted to US$ 3.3 million. “The comprehensive contribution meant a change in Salvadoran capabilities for disaster relief. With a modern COEN and three regional offices, we experienced a leap in the quality of service provided,” Meléndez said. HAP works directly with government authorities of Central America, the Caribbean, and South America to identify immediate needs and strengthen capabilities in humanitarian crisis, natural and man-made disasters, as well as disease mitigation and prevention initiatives. The process consists of three steps: construction, training of local authorities in disaster relief, and provision of equipment to strengthen each country’s disaster response capability. In October 2014, HAP provided a rescue system for two UH-1H helicopters of the Salvadoran Air Force. In addition, HAP trained a group of officers from the Humanitarian Rescue Unit of the Salvadoran Armed Force and personnel of DGPC in air search and rescue operations with donated equipment to increase response capabilities in regional disasters.last_img read more

6 compliance tips for loan estimate revisions

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When it comes to issuing a Loan Estimate under the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule, revisions are not permitted due to mistakes, miscalculations, and underestimation of charges caught after the fact.  However, the law does recognize that some situations can arise beyond lender errors that cause the original loan estimate to become inaccurate.The Justifying EventsThe law sets out six events that justify a revised Loan Estimate for purposes of re-setting fees and performing one’s good-faith analysis.  Those six events include:Changed circumstances that cause an increase to settlement chargesChanged circumstances that affect the consumer’s eligibility for the loan or affect the value of the property securing the loanConsumer-requested changesInterest rate locksExpiration of the original Loan EstimateConstruction loan settlement delays continue reading »last_img read more

New age leadership: Our way vs my way or the highway!

first_img 55SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Vardallas John A. Vardallas CAE, CUDE is Founder/CEO of The AmericanBoomeR Group, a Madison, Wisconsin based speaking/consulting firm. He is also Senior Faculty Advisor/Project Evaluator for SCMS and … Web: Details Over the years as an organizational foot soldier I have worked under numerous supervisors and managers—good, bad and ugly. None was what I would consider a true visionary leader. Many of them were marginally effective due to one missing trait—they lacked empathy for their people. Their leadership style was more command and control thinking the fear factor was a prime motivator of why we work and stay on our jobs.In today s business world bullying tactics consistently backfire as a method to motivate workers.Inspiration vs intimidation is the new mantra in getting a staff team to maintain performance and achieve business results.The new age leader who can use empathy as a tool for his/her employees will be the winners in the future.The C in new age CEOs should stand for your credit unions Culture. And that culture should be a place where all can learn and contribute lead by the leader.The effective organizational leader is the champion of culture and strives to drive it throughout the organization.Creating a culture where all are valued starts with constantly having a mindset of listening and learning from employees. Look for ways to highlight and recognize employee best practices in the workplace.Patience is a virtue for the leader in taking time to develop subordinates and productive systems.And don’t be afraid to show weakness by admitting mistakes and learning from them going forward. Being empathetic towards employees fosters a collaborative spirit of us where all ideas are valued and funneled into business practices and solutions.Have a growth mindset for your people and nurture their development. Encouragement and having high standards goes a long way to get the best out of your people. Good leaders get what they expect not what they accept. Set high expectations and empower your employees to believe and achieve.Empathetic CEOs are in a good position because along with the staff and board team they have an incredible opportunity to improve the experience and lives of thousands of our members.Having a credit union team mantra of “Purpose, Passion & Service” will lead to long term success for the credit union.So I would suggest avoid being a “boss-hole” in trying to motivate your people. Successful leaders know how to use empathy, encouragement and admiration by championing these concepts into reality throughout the credit union.And that can lead to a culture of “Member-Centric” human resource performance and excellence.“Empathetic Leadership” Traits That Contribute to Employee MotivationReward InitiativeEncourage Risk TakingListen to EmployeesChallenge Employees to ImproveEncourage TeamworkLearn from FailureCommit to Training/Professional DevelopmentValue Feedback SessionsTrumpet AccomplishmentsGive Earned Positive Feedback/Recognition“Boss-Hole Leadership” Traits That Inhibit Employee PerformanceUsing Bullying TacticsOver Focusing on ProblemsIgnoring or Belittling SuggestionsBeing Too Directive or ControllingNot Clarifying ExpectationsOver Focusing on SeniorityFailure to Develop/Mentor EmployeesCreating A Self-Centered Workplace CultureRefusing to Take Responsibility for Mistakeslast_img read more

Fernando Alonso exclusive: F1’s returning champion talks Renault 2021 move

first_img Simon Lazenby caught up with Fernando Alonso ahead of his return to Formula 1 with Renault next season “Honestly, I expect to be straight up to speed,” stated Alonso. “But I’m aware of the challenge that maybe I face in the first couple of races. Not only on pure speed, but also on procedures, steering wheel commands, things that are new for me and could take some time. I’m aware that I could struggle a little bit.“But I want to think that it will not happen.”‘Stopwatch will decide when I stop, not third title’Alonso has signed an initial two-year contract with Renault, meaning he is set to race until at least the age of 41. But, when asked if he will keep racing until he secures what feels like a long-overdue third title, he said his competitiveness will be the deciding factor, not championships.“I don’t think I will target a certain result before I stop,” he told Lazenby. “I think in motorsport, the stopwatch tells you when it is time to stop, not the age. I hope the stopwatch is on my side in the next coming years.” But he also knows he needs more track time, adding: “When you go out of the sport for two years and then you drive a Formula 1 car again, everything surprises you like the first time. I need those laps now.“The simulator is good until a certain point, but then you need the physical effort of the car, the G-forces, the training of the neck. I need as many laps as possible.”First few races could be a ‘struggle’… but will they be?That’s not to say Alonso expects to be rusty when he does get started officially next year – even though he acknowledges that it could be a ‘struggle’. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Talks between Renault and Alonso ramped up after Daniel Ricciardo’s surprise confirmation, back in May, that he would be leaving for McLaren, before a reunion between the French team and the driver who claimed their last two Drivers’ Championships in 2005 and 2006 was announced in July.With Renault fifth in last year’s constructors’ standings, they didn’t appear to have what Alonso has always stressed would be key for him making an F1 comeback – a winning package – but he insisted to Simon that, with new rules on the way in 2022, they are the perfect fit.“[They were the preferred choice] for two reasons,” he continued. “One, in terms of expectations and building something from the midfield to the top, it was very attractive, very appealing. And secondly because I know everyone in this team. I know the passion for racing. It’s the third time I come here and I knew I would feel at home here.”Renault are leading the midfield this season, currently third with four races to go, so the signs for Alonso – a man who has famously not had luck on his side with career decisions in the past – are promising. They will be known as Alpine next season and, presumably, a convenient return to a blue livery.Renault car ‘amazing’ but he ‘needs laps’Alonso stepped up his preparations for 2021 with a filming day in Barcelona last month, completing 21 laps in the team’s current car.“It was amazing,” he said. “It was quite an experience.” 5:17