4 May

HII to build US Navy’s first Flight III destroyer

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HII gets contract to build US Navy’s first Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyer View post tag: Arleigh Burke-class View post tag: DDG 125 HII gets contract to build US Navy’s first Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyer View post tag: Flight III Arleigh Burke June 28, 2017 The U.S. Navy has awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division a contract modification to incorporate the “Flight III” upgrades to the Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125).The ship is the fifth of five destroyers the company was originally awarded in June 2013.DDG 51 Flight III will incorporate the new Advanced Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) that will replace the existing SPY-1 radar installed on the previous DDG 51 ships. To support the new Flight III systems, the installed power and cooling will be increased accordingly.Flight III destroyers will operate with more personnel, have a wider stern to increase ship’s buoyancy and will have a modified deckhouse to accommodate the radar’s size and weight.HII withheld the value of the flight upgrade modification “due to business sensitivities”.“We have proven our success in the DDG 51 class over the past 30 years, and our shipbuilders are ready now to build the first Flight III ship,” Ingalls Shipbuilding president Brian Cuccias said. “This will be the 35th Aegis destroyer we will build for the U.S. Navy in what has been one of our company’s most successful programs. These ships are in high demand, and this Flight III ship will be the most capable DDG 51-class ship ever built.”DDG 125 is the first ship named for Capt. Jack H. Lucas, who, at the age of 14, forged his mother’s signature to join the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves during World War II. Lucas, then a private first class in the Marine Corps, turned 17 just five days before the U.S. invasion of Iwo Jima and stowed away on USS Deuel (APA 160) to fight in the campaign. During a close firefight with Japanese forces, Lucas saved the lives of three fellow Marines when, after two enemy hand-grenades were thrown into a U.S. trench, he placed himself on one grenade while simultaneously pulling the other under his body. One of the grenades did not explode; the other exploded but only injured Lucas.Lucas is the youngest Marine and the youngest service member in World War II to receive the Medal of Honor. Authorities View post tag: HII View post tag: US Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

3 May

EPA Announces $15 Million in Grant Funding to Benefit Rural and Small Water Systems

first_imgThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $15 million in funding for technical assistance and training providers to improve the water quality of small and private water systems that are often located in rural communities across the United States. Ensuring everyone has access to clean and safe water, no matter the size of the water system, is a top priority for EPA.“Small water systems, especially those in rural communities, face unique challenges, and the Trump Administration is helping them address these challenges and provide clean, safe drinking water for their residents,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “These grants will help ensure that smaller water systems have the knowledge, training and technical assistance needed so they can continue to provide clean drinking water and safeguard public health.Funding will be used by nonprofit organizations to provide small public drinking water and wastewater systems with training and technical assistance to achieve and maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act, improve operational performance and help inform private drinking water well owners about protecting their drinking water supply. Small water systems often face unique financial and operational challenges including aging infrastructure, workforce shortages, increasing costs and declining rate bases. EPA is committed to helping these systems protect public health and provide reliable drinking water and wastewater services that meet federal and state regulations.Eligible applicants for this competitive agreement are nonprofit organizations and intertribal consortia that are incorporated as nonprofits. The application period for these competitive grants is now open. Questions about applying for EPA funding for training and technical assistance must be received by November 4, 2019, and applications must be received by November 14, 2019. EPA expects to award these cooperative agreements by Spring 2020 and encourages all eligible organizations who have an interest in these projects to apply.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

2 Mar

Watch Chali 2na Freestyle With Dumpstaphunk And Naughty Professor Horns In NOLA

first_imgDumpstaphunk took their show at The Howlin’ Wolf to epic heights last night, April 22nd, playing a fierce set of funk with a number of special guests. The band welcomed Jurassic 5‘s bass toned rap legend Chali 2na and the horn section of The Naughty Professor, making it truly a night to remember.  Ivan Neville and company don’t need any help to funk up a concert, but with 2na dropping mad rhymes and a rock steady flow took the show to an even higher level, and the crowd responded with a wave of enthusiastic cheers and a mad dash to the dance floor. Check out these exclusive videos of Chali 2na’s explosive guest turn as he let loose on the microphone.last_img read more

26 Jan

IDEA Center offers entrepreneurial opportunities

first_imgThe IDEA Center, located just outside of campus, may be a long walk away for many students — but making the trip might be worth it.This semester, the IDEA Center has many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurs, including startup coaching and a pre-accelerator program. Students must apply to the pre-accelerator program, a six-week intensive curriculum where students focus their ideas and create an initial product, culminating in an opportunity to pitch a product to small-scale investors. Trinity Reilly | The Observer The IDEA Center, pictured above, allows undergraduate students to work with various design tools and creative strategies to create their own product.Among the programs offered, the most accessible is startup coaching. Patti Reinhardt, director of student engagement at the IDEA Center, said any student can simply go to the IDEA Center’s website to submit an idea and begin the coaching process.“Students who have an idea can actually submit their ideas through our pipeline,” Reinhardt said. “They can get startup coaching, access to workshops and pitching opportunities, which include connections, advice and small amounts of funding. And we take no equity in student ideas at the IDEA Center.”Sophomore Spencer Koehl is a senior startup coach with the IDEA Center this year. He began working with the IDEA Center last year as a venture coach. This year, Koehl said, the coaching program wants to focus on encouraging student entrepreneurs to truly take initiative themselves with coaches’ support.“We’re going to give you the tools to show and convince investors that you have something worth building,” Koehl said.During weekly coaching sessions, he said, students do anything from theorizing about a problem that needs solving to interviewing random people about their product in order to reach the ultimate goal of creating an idea ready to pitch to investors.“You learn a lot about how to interview and how to create value out of talking to people,” Koehl said. “And the program is great with public speaking — you have to learn how to pitch, how to design pitch decks and how to answer questions on the fly. And how to sell people on your vision.”As students figure out their vision and begin to craft their initial product, they often head to Matt Leevy, director of the IDEA Center Innovation Lab. There, students have access to industrial design services, 3D printing, laser cutting and more — all for free. The lab is only two years old, but its layout has already changed over 15 times thanks to giant Lego brick walls that lend to the dynamic environment.“Specifically within this Innovation Lab concept, we have created a number of resources to facilitate entrepreneurship within the physical product space, so anybody with a physical product — big or small, by the way — and we are here to pour gasoline on that fire and get it going,” Leevy said.All students need to do is email Leevy to get the process started. At the lab, they can tinker around, discover available tools and begin working.There is one catch: once students begin selling their products, they then have to pay for any equipment they use at the lab, like any real business. But, Leevy said, that is the point. Ultimately, the IDEA Center wants to get undergrads to a place where they can start their own business. So far, around 20 student businesses have begun in collaboration with the lab, he said.“The IDEA Center, really, is just a hub for driven, motivated people who want to make the world a better place,” Koehl said. “That’s why I get out of bed every morning and I’m like, ‘I love this job.’ It’s meeting all these different people and getting all this incredible experience.”Tags: design, IDEA Center, innovation lab, student businesses, venture coachlast_img read more

20 Dec

Troops Kill 15 Rebels on Anniversary of FARC Leader’s Death

first_imgBy Dialogo March 29, 2011 These setbacks for the FARC demonstrate that the guerrillas are going through a difficult moment, the loss of their principal leaders, army pressure, attacks based on intelligence work. Aside from having practically gained control of the guerillas communications, the power of the air strikes has them cornered, and the most important factors are number one: Assistance from the U.S. Army with their instructors, changing the old system of tracking that led them to an ambush. Second: the war material aid and quartermaster. Third: the loss of Tirofijo and his lieutenants, and confiscated stashes of money. Fourth: guerrilla desertions and the dramatic decrease in their areas of influence indicates that iron discipline has problems, their commander Alfonso Cano, is pursued by the troops that are breathing in his ear, all this affects the political and military results of the FARC. Which they find themselves on the defensive. Does not mean that they are defeated, many fronts are over the border with Venezuela that they recovered, receiving provisions and evading the fight. Another very important part is dedicated to the business of drug trafficking, from which its war economy is provided. The problem of a prolonged war is costly for a country, subtracting money to health, education, to maintain the costs of war. The real problem is that Colombia has had 12 civil wars and the last one that took 60 years……so it is impossible to acclimate to peace! Colombian troops killed 15 FARC guerrillas on 25 and 26 March, the third anniversary of the death of the guerrilla group’s founder, Manuel Marulanda, and two days after the group suffered another strike in which ten rebels died. President Juan Manuel Santos announced the military operation in which the fifteen members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) died. “Another heavy blow to the FARC. In (the department of) Cauca, fifteen terrorists fell in a joint operation by our Armed Forces,” Santos wrote on his Twitter account. At a public event in the city of Pereira (360 km west of Bogotá), the president went into greater depth and indicated that in addition to the fifteen guerrillas killed, another rebel was seriously wounded. For its part, the Air Force said in a press release that the operation was directed against a camp of the FARC’s Sixth Front detected near the Tacueyó district of the municipality of Toribio, northeast of Bogotá. “Air Force combat and reconnaissance planes, as well as National Police helicopters, participated” in the operation, the report added, without specifying whether the rebel camp was bombed, as has been the case in other counterinsurgency operations. A source with the Cauca departmental government told AFP by telephone that the local government “does not have information different from what has been supplied to the press.” The deaths of the fifteen guerrillas in Cauca come in addition to those of another ten killed in clashes with the military in a mountainous region between the departments of Chocó and Cauca (in western Colombia). Santos congratulated the Armed Forces for the new strike against the FARC, according to another Twitter posting, in which he recalled that the fifteen guerrillas’ deaths coincide with the third anniversary of the death of the FARC’s founder, Manuel Marulanda, alias Tirofijo. Marulanda died of heart failure on 26 March 2008, somewhere in the country’s jungles, according to the FARC. During the event in Pereira, Santos spoke ironically about the cause of the guerrilla leader’s death: “We don’t know whether he died of a heart attack or from fright due to the bombardments we were hitting him with.” At the time of Marulanda’s death – which the FARC announced only on 25 May 2008 – Santos was serving as defense minister in the administration of right-wing President Álvaro Uribe (2002-2010), who deployed a strong military offensive against the FARC. On 21 March, the Army announced the death in combat of alias Jerónimo Galeano, whom it affirmed was the man “closest to and most trusted by” the FARC’s highest-ranking leader, Alfonso Cano. In that operation, which took place in the locality of Aipe (270 km south of Bogotá) and in which one soldier died, two other guerrillas were also killed, including a woman reputed to be Galeano’s romantic companion. The FARC has been engaged in armed struggle against the Colombian state for forty-six years and has around eight thousand fighters, according to official estimates.last_img read more

18 Dec

Trade bill sharply increases information reporting penalties

first_img 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dennis Zuehlke Dennis is Compliance Manager for Ascensus. Mr. Zuehlke provides clients with technical support on tax-advantaged accounts (including individual retirement accounts, health savings accounts, simplified employee pension plans, and Coverdell education … Web: www.ascensus.com Details President Obama has signed into law H.R. 1295, the Trade Preferences Extension Act, which contains a provision that sharply increases the tiered penalties for certain information returns and payee statements required to be filed or furnished after December 31, 2015. In most cases, the penalty amounts and calendar year maximums have doubled.The Act, among other things, increases the penalty fees, as well as the maximum penalty amounts, that can be assessed for failing to timely file Form 1099-R, Distributions From Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit Sharing Plans, IRAs, Insurance Contracts, etc., with the IRS or failing to timely furnish Copy B of Form 1099-R to the payee (distribution recipient).The penalty also applies for not including all of the information required to be shown on a return, for including incorrect information on a return, for filing on paper when required to file electronically, reporting an incorrect taxpayer identification number (TIN) or failing to report a TIN, or failing to file paper forms that are machine readable.The increase in penalty amounts will replace the current tiered penalty structure with a new tiered penalty structure. The first tier, for information returns filed with the IRS or corrected within 30 days after the deadline, will increase from $30 to $50 per information return, with the calendar year maximum penalty increasing from $250,000 to $500,000.The second tier, for information returns corrected or filed more than 30 days after the deadline, but by August 1, will change from $60 to $100 per information return, with the calendar year maximum changing from $500,000 to $1.5 million.The third tier, for information returns filed or corrected after August 1, will be $250 per information return, rather than $100 per return, with the calendar year maximum as $3 million instead of $1.5 million.The penalty for intentional disregard of the information return filing requirements will increase from $250 to $500 per return, with no maximum.Lower maximum penalties apply to small business filers, defined as firms having average annual gross receipts for the most recent three taxable years that do not exceed $5 million. For small business filers, the first tier calendar year maximum increases from $75,000 to $175,000; the second tier calendar year maximum increases from $200,000 to $500,000; and the third tier calendar year maximum increases from $500,000 to $1 million.The penalty for failure to furnish a correct payee statement is separate from the penalty for failure to timely file with the IRS. The IRS may assess both penalties if a credit union has both failures and cannot show reasonable cause.The increased information reporting penalties apply to both paper and electronic filers. In addition to Form 1099-R, the penalties apply to all other information returns and payee statements covered under Internal Revenue Code Sections 6721 and 6722 , including Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement.As is the case with many pieces of major legislation, provisions often unrelated to the legislation itself are added as revenue-raisers to cover the cost of the bill. The increased information reporting penalties provision was added to the Trade Preferences Extension Act after a provision that would have added a new information reporting mandate on deposit accounts that pay less than $10 in interest and on non-interest bearing deposit accounts was dropped because of opposition from the Credit Union National Association and other trade groups. And, while this isn’t the first time that increased information reporting penalties have been added to legislation as a revenue-raising provision, the most recent move should come as no surprise.The Obama Administration first proposed increasing the information reporting penalties in early 2009 and included the provision in its fiscal year 2010 budget proposal. The provision was subsequently added as a revenue-raiser to the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, which increased information reporting penalties for information returns and payee statements required to be filed or furnished after December 31, 2010.Since 2010, most information reporting penalties have more than tripled, and the calendar year annual maximums have risen nearly five-fold. Credit unions would be well-advised to review their information reporting practices and procedures, to ensure compliance with the rules—and avoid costly penalties.last_img read more

18 Nov

PLACE2GO International Tourism Fair opened

first_imgMore than 180 exhibitors from 21 countries, for the first time Zanzibar, Seychelles and Ivory Coast, sweepstakes that take you to Dublin, Istanbul, Tunisia and Gardaland, guest bloggers and travel writers – PLACE2GO has never been bigger.”With more than 20 percent of GDP and 150 employees, tourism is an important driver of the Croatian economy, and according to all indicators, this tourist year will be even better than last year’s record, when we realized more than one hundred million overnight stays and earned more than 11 billion euros. . Tourism is an extremely important branch in Europe with more than ten percent of GDP and 24 million jobs”, Said Frano Matušić, State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism at the opening ceremony of the seventh International Tourism Fair PLACE2GO, which will be held until Sunday, March 18, in Arena Zagreb.”PLACE2GO has grown into a leading promoter of the global tourist offer in Croatia. Last year’s relocation of the fair to the premises of Arena Zagreb is a consequence of the growing interest of global tour operators in our tourist offer, ie the overall tourist product of the city of Zagreb.”, Said doc. dr. sc. Olivera Majić, Deputy Mayor of Zagreb Milan Bandić.Martina Bienenfeld, director of the Zagreb Tourist Board, congratulated the organizers on a job well done and the fact that the exhibition space of Arena Zagreb is filled to capacity, and invited all fair participants to visit the Festival of Light in the historic center of Zagreb, which – like PLACE2GO Sunday. “This year we have 180 exhibitors from 21 countries, and for the first time the Seychelles, Zanzibar and Ivory Coast are presented.”, Said Damjana Domanovac, director of the fair, adding that she is sure that PLACE2GO will bring new jobs to exhibitors, and travel enthusiasts will find new destinations.As part of the first day of the fair, traditionally intended for business audiences, interesting panels were held: Smart cities and innovative technological solutions in tourism, Back to school – the importance of higher education in tourism and Greetings from Croatia – cultural heritage as a tourist product.If you visit the fair this weekend, a rich program awaits you, you will be entertained by world famous travelers, bloggers and travel writers such as Goran Milić, Mirela Priselac Remi, Goran Jović, Bojan Muscet and Dragan Petric, Vlado Sestan, Damir Zurub, Sasa Pjanic, Damir Filipovic and Ivan Rake, Dejan Nemčić, Ivan Bengeri and Putoholičar. You can win rich prizes such as airline tickets to Istanbul and Dublin, trips to Tunisia or Gardaland, you will not miss the PLACE2GO cocktail designed by bartender Filip Lipnik in collaboration with the Obala group, and you will enjoy floral installations of Zrinjevac to meet Floraart.The general sponsor of PLACE2GO is Turkish Airlines, the B2B lounge is sponsored by Hrvatski Telekom. From the very beginning, the fair has been supported by the City of Zagreb and the Zagreb Tourist Board, and sponsored by President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, Ministry of Tourism, Croatian National Tourist Board .Admission to PLACE2GO is free this year as well.last_img read more

28 Sep

Maersk Ends Sale Process for Maersk Supply Service

first_imgA. P. Møller – Mærsk will no longer pursue a separation solution for its offshore marine services business, Maersk Supply Service.This was decided at a meeting of the company’s board of directors on March 29, 2019.Consequently, Maersk Supply Service will be reclassified from discontinued operations to continuing operations in A.P. Møller – Mærsk (APMM).As a result of the decision in 2016 to separate the oil and oil related businesses from APMM, Maersk Supply Service was classified as a discontinued operation and held as an asset for sale from Q4 2017.“Despite continuous efforts, no attractive separation solution has been identified for Maersk Supply Service, primarily due to the challenging market conditions with overcapacity within the offshore support vessel industry,” the company said in a statement.The sale was part of Maersk’s transformation from a conglomerate to an integrated global container logistics company, which included the separation of the group’s energy business.“We have over the past two years been investigating various structural solutions for Maersk Supply Service. However, having been unable to establish any solutions meeting our objective of creating shareholder value, we have decided to retain Maersk Supply Service,” Claus V. Hemmingsen, Vice CEO of A.P. Moller – Maersk and CEO of the Energy division, commented.“Maersk Supply Service launched a new strategic direction in the autumn of 2016 as a response to the downturn, which is positioning the company stronger and with a more robust and differentiated platform to compete from, when we eventually see a recovery within their core markets in the Oil & Gas space,” Hemmingsen added.A.P. Møller – Mærsk further said that Maersk Supply Service’s strategy remains focused on optimising the existing core business through time chartering out their assets, pursuing of new business as an integrated solution contractor, and by diversifying into new markets.The company has been progressing towards becoming a stand-alone entity. Today, it operates almost fully independently and will continue to do so, according to Maersk.Following the reclassification, Maersk Supply Service will be included in A.P. Moller – Maersk’s income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement as part of the segment Manufacturing and Others.For the financial year 2018, Maersk Supply Service reported a revenue of USD 263 million and an EBITDA of USD 3 million with negative free cash flow (FCF) of USD 316 million due to the payment of four newbuildings.At the end of 2018, the Invested capital was USD 714 million following a negative fair value adjustment of USD 400 million recognized in Q3 2018. For 2019, the expectations are an EBITDA close to break-even level and a negative FCF of around USD 200 million due to delivery of the remaining newbuildings ordered in 2014.The reclassification of Maersk Supply Service will not affect the guidance for APMM for 2019, the company said.last_img read more

27 Sep

Burundi court gives Nkurunziza the nod to contest

first_imgUnrest in Burundi after Nkurunziza was nominated by the party to vie for presidency in the forthcoming election Burundi’s constitutional court has approved President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial bid for a third term.This comes after the court’s Vice President fled the country citing death threats.Sylvere Nimpagaritse’s dramatic departure came after police shot dead at least three protesters in the country, where days of violence have left around 13 people dead.Police have issued a stern warning to protesters.They say if they are provoked they will respond with force. This comes after 15 officers were injured in a hand grenade attack.The unrest has plunged Burundi into the worst political crisis since the country’s bloody civil war. There are fears the violence will escalate.Nkurunziza has been in power since 2005.He came under intense international pressure to withdraw from the 26 June presidential poll, in the country where a 13-year civil war between Tutsis and Hutus ended only in 2006.The United Nations determined the wave of ethnically motivated killings were acts of genocide.According to the 2000 Arusha peace agreement, which paved the way to democracy and ended the civil war that has killed an estimated 300,000 people since 1993, Burundi’s president can only run for two terms.Nkurunziza’s supporters, however, argue that the president’s first term should not be counted, as he was chosen by the parliament,  not directly by the people as the constitution specifies.On Monday the US secretary of state, John Kerry, warned that he was “deeply concerned” about Nkurunziza’s decision to stand again, which he said “flies directly in the face of the constitution”.last_img read more

26 Sep

UWP delegates conference scheduled for January 8th

first_imgLocalNews UWP delegates conference scheduled for January 8th by: – November 9, 2011 Tweet Share Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! 8 Views   no discussions Senator Ronald Green, Leader of the United Workers Party. (file photo)The Opposition United Workers Party (UWP), who has not had a delegate’s conference for the last four years, has announced that one has been scheduled been scheduled for January 8th, 2011.This decision follows a meeting with the management committee on Monday night.Leader of the UWP, Senator Ronald Green said nominations will be held in December.“It is an important party event, and it is preceded by a meeting of all the chairmen of the constituency branches throughout the country which is called the Nominations Committee, and when they proceed to nominate members of various positions in the party; and that is carded for the 17th of December 2011” he said.Green also indicated that he is uncertain as to whether he will contest the leadership position claiming that the decision will be taken by the nominations committee.“Well, we will determine that, that’s what the nominations committee determines on the 17th of December when the various chairmen from all over the country meet under the leadership of a nominations committee chairman who will conduct the event,” he said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more