Back to overview,Home naval-today VIDEO: USS Abraham Lincoln fires aircraft catapult View post tag: USS Abraham Lincoln Authorities View post tag: RCOH VIDEO: USS Abraham Lincoln fires aircraft catapult Share this article February 11, 2016 View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Newport News Shipbuilding Naval Today recently reported about the U.S. Navy’s fifth Nimitz-class destroyer, USS Abraham Lincoln, performing a “no-load” test firing of one of its aircraft catapults during its Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) process.The American shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries, whose Newport News Shipbuilding division is performing the RCOH of Abraham Lincoln, has now shared the above shown video of this important milestone.Notably, Newport News Shipbuilding is, according to Huntington Ingalls, the only shipyard that performs the RCOH procedure on the U.S. Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carriers.The testing involves shooting the catapults about 20 times with less than two minutes of recovery time between operations. Lincoln is in the final stages of testing all of its steam-powered systems.RCOH is the mid-life refueling overhaul and maintenance availability of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier that produces a recapitalized carrier capable of supporting current and future warfare doctrine. Once Lincoln’s RCOH is complete, the carrier will be equipped to operate in the U.S. Navy fleet for the second half of its 50-year expected service life.Lincoln’s RCOH began in March 2013. The entire process takes about 44 months, during which Newport News shipbuilders complete more than 23 million man-hours of maintenance and modernization work. The ship is on track to redeliver in 2016.Newport News’ vice president of in-service aircraft carrier programs Chris Miner said: “When an aircraft carrier undergoes its overhaul, we completely update and modernize the components in the ship’s catapult systems.”“Many of the components are tested at a land-based facility prior to being installed into the ship for final testing. It’s rewarding to see the hard work of the shipbuilders and the Navy culminate in ‘shooting’ the catapults with steam for the first time in over three years. The testing of the catapults is another signal that this great ship is coming back to life and will soon rejoin the fleet for another 25 years of service to our country.”[mappress mapid=”17695″]Naval Today Staff; Image/Video: Huntington Ingalls Industries
Back to overview,Home naval-today USCG cutter home after seizing $61 million worth of drugs The United States Coast Guard (USCG) cutter Seneca returned on September 25 to her homeport of Boston following a 50-day counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.Seneca crewmembers and a tactical law enforcement detachment team conducted multiple interdictions while patrolling international waters off the coast of Central America and South America in support of the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-South).As informed, the interdictions resulted in more than 1,840 kilograms of cocaine and 35 pounds of marijuana seized with an estimated value of $61 million street value.Throughout the patrol, Seneca intercepted four vessels suspected of smuggling illegal contraband; two of the vessels interdicted by Seneca were low-profile go-fast vessels.Seneca also intercepted a fishing vessel suspected of international drug trafficking — after several hours of searching, the boarding team discovered a hidden compartment containing approximately 500 kilograms of cocaine valued at $16.5 million.The efforts by the crew during the counterdrug patrol will aid federal investigators within the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security as they continue their work dismantling transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) pervasive in Central America, Mexico and South America.“In just one interdiction we seized over 50 times the amount of contraband seized along the southwest border in a given month, significantly impacting the economic engine of these transnational criminal organizations. Yet, we need more resources. The 220 metric tons of cocaine the Coast Guard seizes at sea per year represents only a small fraction of the total exports via maritime means,” Cmdr. John Christensen, Seneca’s commanding officer, said.As a part of its Western Hemisphere Strategy, the USCG has increased its presence in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Basin. Joint Interagency Task Force-South works with the coast guard by detecting and monitoring suspicious vessels until the USCG can arrive on scene. View post tag: drug interdiction View post tag: USCGC Seneca USCG cutter home after seizing $61 million worth of drugs View post tag: USCG Authorities Share this article September 26, 2018
The format for this year’s inaugural mid-summer ball in aid of the Bakers Benevolent Society was that of an old traditional English ball with a modern twist. The evening was a success and put the event firmly back on the baking industry’s social calendar.The aim of the ball, which was held at The Mandarin Oriental at the Hyde Park Hotel, Knightsbridge, London, was to raise the profile of the Bakers’ Benevolent Society and to highlight the good work that the organisation does for its elderly members. It hoped to increase awareness, particularly among younger members of the industry, as their support is crucial to retaining the dignity of residents.The guests came from a broad section of the industry and included the Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers, Alan Willis, former British Society of Baking chairman Jean Grieves, the past Deacon of the Incorporation of Glasgow Bakers, Robert Lawson, and his wife May Lawson, who had flown down, and the president of the Bakery Students Society, Paul Morrow. There was a stunning display of wheat and bread rolls baked by tutor Jane Hatton and Andreas Misfud of RHM Bread Bakeries, and the dinner was created by master chef Trevor Prichard. After dinner, there was a raffle and auction, which raised approximately £3,500, and then the guests were invited to take to the dance floor. California Raisins and Unifine Food & Bake were among the many supporters of the event, which was organised by Anthony Greenwood, upper warden of the Worshipful Company of Bakers and trustee of the society, and Bala Cumaraswamy.
CSM Global has announced an Information Memorandum will be sent out to a select number of potential buyers of its Bakery Supplies business, from today.The firm today revealed a drop in sales volume of 5.6% for its Bakery Supplies Europe (BSEU) business, and of -2.8% for its Bakery Supplies North America (BSNA), in the third quarter. For the year-to-date BSEU has seen total sales revenue up 2.5% to €823.4m (£664.89m), while volumes have dropped 4.1%, while BSNA has seen a 10% increase in sales revenue to €1,318.9m (£1,064m), and a drop of 3.1% in volume on the comparable period in 2011. The Information Memorandum will include both historical and forward-looking statements, which CSM said show consistent sales growth for the Bakery Supplies business for the “next few years”.Gerard Hoetmer, chief executive of CSM, said: “In Europe, the consumer trend to switch to lower-priced sales channels continued in the bakery market, impacting our artisan business. “In line with their strategy, Bakery Supplies Europe is successfully targeting growth in the out-of-home and in-store bakery channels, while sales in Continental Europe benefited from the experience and know-how of our UK and US activities in these areas. However, this growth could not mitigate the impact of declining volumes in the artisan market, where our objective is to further improve our market shares.”
Subway has appointed an area development manager in the UK and Ireland to further progress the brand.Greg Madigan, who has more than a decade of experience with Subway, will be responsible for developing the brand and working with a team of development agents across the territory.He has a background in the quick service restaurant market in Australia. His last roles included overseeing the development of the brand and stores across New South Wales. Madigan will now join Subway’s Cambridge headquarters.He said: “I’m really excited to be joining the UK and Ireland team, especially at such an important time for the growth of the brand across the region.“The Subway brand is of course very popular across the UK and Ireland, the team have done a great job in developing the brand to get to 1,800 stores – the largest market in Europe. I see that my job is to help build on this, and facilitate growth not only with individual and multi-unit franchisees looking to develop their own store portfolio, but also with our corporate partners.”Mike Charest, assistant regional director for Subway Europe, said: “Greg brings with him tremendous experience, not only of the SUBWAY brand thanks to his time in Australia at national headquarters, and at the Sydney development office, but also of the quick service restaurant market in general, which is very important, as the markets in the UK and Ireland continue to develop at a significant rate.”
Lance Oppenheim, based at Harvard the past three years, has never let his camera stray too far from a sense of home.A junior concentrating in Visual and Environmental Studies, Oppenheim will premiere his latest film, “The Happiest Guy in the World,” at the Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday. The 10-minute documentary gives a glimpse into the life of Mario Salcedo, who has lived aboard a cruise ship for two decades.“Adopting a cruise-ship life is basically escaping from reality,” Salcedo says in the film. “You are basically exiting the world as you know it on land and you are saying, ‘I don’t want to be a part of it anymore.’ I want to create my own little world and I want to be away from all the issues that come up with being on land.”In an email interview, Salcedo said Oppenheim offered him a unique opportunity.“How could you turn down a Harvard student? I would regret it later. There was no doubt in my mind, as our conversations progressed before the project was launched, that Lance was truly passionate about undertaking this assignment.”Oppenheim’s enthusiasm for film began in his own swampy backyard. Growing up in Southwest Ranches, Fla., he found the perfect setting for his budding movie obsession in the Everglades.“Since I was 6, I would spend hours watching movies and music videos, memorizing extremely trivial information about production budgets and MPAA ratings,” said Oppenheim, who as a fourth-grader dressed up as Steven Spielberg, as opposed to, say, E.T., for Halloween. “While other kids were going out for sports teams and trading ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ cards, I was already a 40-year-old, fedora-wearing film snob.“Growing up on a faux-ranch swamp populated by cows, I was always fascinated by how many Floridas existed outside of the romanticized, sunny Florida image. It seemed like there were so many stranger-than-fiction stories, and that trying to do justice to someone else’s story would be far more interesting than attempting to rip off my favorite Darren Aronofsky movies.”,“The Dogmatic,” which he directed at age 16, tells the story of a group of nail technicians turned vigilante dog rescuers.“They would break into very dangerous people’s homes and steal back dogs that had been taken in by these drug peddlers, horse-meat smugglers, pretty much the very people that choose to live in a place like the Everglades for the sole reason of not wanting to be found,” Oppenheim said. “They used knives and guns and ripped through people’s fences. They probably thought I was some kid who barely knew how to use a camera and the film wouldn’t get seen, but Vimeo ended up naming the film a staff pick. It got more than 55,000 views — way more than the 100 or so friends with whom I had shared the film.”Enrolling at Harvard, he immersed himself in VES courses, including Ross McElwee’s yearlong “Introduction to Nonfiction Filmmaking” — “one of the best experiences I’ve ever had,” Oppenheim said. As a student in “Documentary Fictions,” taught by Joana Pimenta, he started work on “Happiest Guy.”“I tend to shoot my films prior to determining what my aim or target aim truly is,” he said. “This class made me slow down. We worked with 16 mm film, and just being able to have the opportunity to work with celluloid was incredible. Being the intermediary forces you to become one with what you are shooting. It made me very aware of how I deal with people.”McElwee, set to serve as Oppenheim’s senior thesis adviser, was impressed by the young filmmaker from the start.“Lance was no beginner, but he dove into the course and worked hard with his classmates to make a compelling film centered on a high school theater production,” he said. “He has a driving curiosity about other people’s lives — a great attribute for a documentary filmmaker — as well as tremendous drive and confidence in himself.”Oppenheim’s sister, Melissa ’12, who works at Facebook, produced “Happiest Guy,” which The New York Times plans to post on May 1. The Times has featured two other Oppenheim works. The first, “Long-Term Parking,” told the story of airline workers living in a parking lot at Los Angeles World Airports. Last December, “No Jail Time: The Movie” focused on defense attorneys who create tear-jerking documentaries to sway the court.,“A lot of my films are inspired by the work of my parents,” Oppenheim said. “During the recession, my parents — both real-estate attorneys — were forced to transition from representing home builders to people losing their homes. These stories implanted an idea that I continue to explore with my work, of just what a home truly means today, both in Florida and across the country.”Though he’ll turn to a longer-form documentary this summer, Oppenheim feels confident that 10 minutes with his “Happiest Guy” will give viewers plenty of time to consider Salcedo’s choices — as well as deeper questions of fantasy and facade.“Mario is a god on the sea, a cruising king,” he said. “I admire what he’s done with his life, shirking from responsibility to do what he’s always wanted to do, but also living a life filled with paradoxes. Everyone’s a visitor and he’s always permanent.“The challenge of the film was trying to figure out what keeps him away from returning to land, but then I realized his fantasy had taken on a reality of its own, and that it was in that freedom that Mario had finally found home.”
By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaPlanting dormant sod on your home lawn isn’t as easy as transplanting trees and ornamentals. Sod roots grow at the soil surface, which makes installing it much riskier. Volume XXXIINumber 1Page 25 “Temperatures at or near the soil surface are more likely to fluctuate this time of year,” said Clint Waltz, a turfgrass specialist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”If the air is at or below freezing,” he said, “there’s a risk that the roots of newly laid sod will freeze.”Despite the risks, laying dormant warm-season sod is common. If you plan to lay Bermuda, centipede, St. Augustine or zoysia sod, Waltz recommends a series of practices that improve your chances of success.First stepThe first step is to properly prepare your site and take a soil sample.”Root-zone preparation is critical,” Waltz said. A soil test of the site just before you lay the sod will show the soil pH and nutrient needs.Don’t add nitrogen. “Soluble nitrogen is mobile in the soil, so the root system can’t acquire it,” he said. Add nitrogen in the spring once soil temperature at 4 inches deep is consistently 65 degrees or higher.Once you know which nutrients your soil needs, loosen the soil and add the nutrients by tilling them into the top 3 to 4 inches. Remove any large rocks, stones, weeds and other debris. After you thoroughly till and mix the soil, level and smooth it.Before you lay the sod, Waltz said, lightly water the soil. Don’t saturate it. If the soil’s too wet, the site can get ruts from foot traffic or equipment that can be harder to repair after you lay the sod.Ship fast, plant fastTo keep cold injury or drying from killing the roots, lay the sod within 48 hours after it’s harvested. Turfgrass sod doesn’t have a long shelf life in the best conditions, Waltz said. If temperatures drop below freezing while the sod is still on the pallet, exposed roots could freeze and die.Lay the sod tight to the ground and roll it to ensure sod-to-soil contact. Even when you lay it under perfect conditions at ideal times, water management is critical. This is true for dormant-season sodding, too.”Although the root system of dormant grass isn’t highly active or developed,” Waltz said, “it still needs water to keep the growing points of the plant hydrated.” You don’t have to water as much, though. A dormant plant doesn’t need as much water as actively growing grass.As soon as the sod is laid and rolled, water it lightly. Green sod needs many light waterings every day, but dormant sod needs only enough to keep the top 1 to 2 inches of soil moist.”During the winter and spring, rainfall may suffice,” Waltz said. “But if irrigation is needed, about an inch of water may be necessary every two weeks.”Water is keyKeep the soil moist. In as little as a day, undeveloped roots can dry out and die.Don’t let balmy spring weather lull you into a false sense of security. “It’s easy to enjoy cloudless days in the low 70s when there’s little humidity and a comfortable breeze blowing,” Waltz said. “But these are ideal conditions for plant desiccation and sod loss. In this weather, water is rapidly lost from the soil and plants into the atmosphere.”Direct cold injury can freeze and kill crowns, stolons and shallow rhizomes, Waltz said. Unfortunately, newly sodded turfgrass lacks the deep rhizomes and expansive roots necessary to recover from these winter stresses.”Successful sod transplanting depends on proper soil preparation, good soil-to-sod contact and, most important, proper water management to prevent desiccation,” Waltz said.For more research-based turfgrass recommendations, contact your local UGA Cooperative Extension agent (1-800-ASK-UGA1) or visit www.georgiaturf.com.(Sharon Omahen is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
When it comes to property and casualty insurance, Vermonters have the best insurance market and the best regulators, according to the Heartland Institute. The ranking is below. The Heartland Institute’s mission ‘is to discover, develop and promote free market solutions to social and economic problems.’ The institute annually rates the states’ insurance departments against two criteria: ‘How free are consumers to choose the property and casualty insurance products they want?’ and ‘How free are insurers to provide the property and casualty insurance products consumers say they want?’The Institute’s 2011 survey, released June 26, ranks Vermont highest among all states. Department of Banking Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration Commissioner Steve Kimbell was not surprised by the ranking. ‘This premier ranking reflects the blend of common sense and professionalism that has long existed in our Insurance Division and which continues under the able leadership of Deputy Commissioner Susan Donegan,’ Kimbell said. (Read the Report Card HERE.)About HeartlandHeartland’s mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. Such solutions include parental choice in education, choice and personal responsibility in health care, market-based approaches to environmental protection, privatization of public services, and deregulation in areas where property rights and markets do a better job than government bureaucracies. Top and Bottom Ten States for Property and Casualty Insurance RegulationTop Ten Grade ScoreVermont A+ 24Ohio A+ 22Illinois A 15Maine A 13Wisconsin B+ 10Arizona B+ 8N. Dakota B+ 8Utah B+ 8Idaho B+ 7S. Carolina B+ 7Bottom Ten Grade ScoreColorado D+ -14Tennessee D -14Alaska D -15Michigan D- -16New York D- -17Massachusetts D- -18Hawaii F -22Texas F -25California F -28Florida F -35The Property & Casualty Insurance Report Card, 2011 Edition can be found online at:http://www.heartland.org/firepolicy-news.org/article/30283(link is external).
By Dialogo December 06, 2010 Haiti is one of the biggest problems of the world, since not even they can understand that is how the Haitians are The head of the UN mission in Haiti, Edmond Mulet, affirmed to AFP on 2 December that the international community “is going to withdraw” if “the popular will is not respected,” at a time when tension reigns and various candidates are asking that the elections held on 28 November be annulled. “If the will of the people is respected and acknowledged by the Haitian electoral council, there won’t be any problem; the international community is going to commit to helping the new government to confront enormous challenges,” Mulet promised. “But if the popular will is not respected, the UN and the international community are going to withdraw, and the country will not receive the benefits of political support and foreign resources for its rebuilding,” he warned. Haiti is awaiting the publication of results — expected to take place on 7 December — from the first round of last Sunday’s presidential election, in which incidents took place that left two dead and ten injured and led to annulment of the votes cast in 56 out of the 1,500 polling places. Various presidential candidates are calling for the annulment of the balloting and have claimed fraud in favor of the ruling party’s candidate, Jude Célestin.
The home is very contemporary. There are two bathrooms, including this very modern bath.In the last four months, Ms Reich said, she had sold nine homes via private treaty despite the lockdown, social distancing and coronavirus fallout across the economy.“I’ve sold all my homes pretty quickly,” she said. “I had sold 26 Abbott Street in three days ($826,000, sold on April 3). I had eight offers on Abbott Street, then I had the people behind that house that wanted to sell so I said ‘can I bring them through yours’ (34 Abbott Street, $843,000, sold on April 27). All eyes on rare mansion listed for a cool $45 million 163 Gallipoli Road, Carina Heights, sold in just 10 days.Coronavirus restrictions are not stopping homes from selling in a matter of days when they hit a sweet spot, like this one on a small block that went in just 10. This four bedroom, two bathroom, double car space home at 163 Gallipoli Road, Carina Heights, sold for $860,000. MORE: Private rooftop terrace for every buyer Real estate agent Ivana Reich of Hutton & Hutton Inner-East – Hawthorne said the deal for the property, which was on a 302sq m block, would settle on Tuesday.“It was a cash buyer,” she said, of the investor who took to the property with a view to rent it out. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 There are four bedrooms. The backyard, perfect for letting pets and children run around.“Now it’s different because people who are enquiring are genuine buyers,” she said. “In previous situations you could deal with 20 or 30 people and you’d be lucky to get two or three out of them. Online eliminates all that.”She said agents did have to work twice as hard to make sure genuine buyers loved the property and felt comfortable enough with the agent to move forward to an offer.”If they’re qualified and genuinely interested, I arrange to do an inspection.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER She also had another property in the neighbourhood settle three days ago which sold just before coronavirus lockdown began. An offer was made and accepted after the first open home just before social distancing kicked in. “That settled (three) days ago. That was a cash buyer as well.”Ms Reich said the COVID-19 restrictions had made it easier to deal with buyers who were genuinely interested in the price range quoted.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago