4 May

USS Roosevelt Ends Replenishment-at-Sea

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Roosevelt Ends Replenishment-at-Sea Authorities View post tag: Ends Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), successfully completed a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) with the Military Sealift Command USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) the afternoon of July 20. July 23, 2014 The RAS lasted roughly two hours with more than 120,000 gallons of fuel being transferred to Roosevelt. Byrd is one of 12 dry cargo/ammunition ships operated by Military Sealift Command that provide underway replenishment of fuel to U.S. Navy ships at sea. Byrd pulled alongside the Roosevelt to coordinate the transfer of fuel lines from one ship to the other.The RAS began when the two ships were traveling parallel to each other moving at the same speed. Once the ships are at a close enough proximity, Sailors shot a phone and distance line from the receiving ship to Byrd to establish communication and help keep accurate distance between each ship. Once communications were established, the process of transferring the fuel lines began.“Without proper teamwork, the whole evolution could completely come apart,” said Cmdr. Jason Reller, commanding officer of Roosevelt. “It takes the diligence of both ships to ensure a successful RAS.”Once the fuel transfer hoses successfully coupled the ships, the refueling could begin.Roosevelt is deployed as a part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security co-operation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Press Release, July 23, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Replenishmentcenter_img View post tag: americas USS Roosevelt Ends Replenishment-at-Sea View post tag: Defence View post tag: sea Share this article View post tag: USS Roosevelt View post tag: Navallast_img read more

20 Apr

Exceptional volunteers of Franklin County

first_imgWhat drives someone to run into a burning home? Or to stand out in the August heat scraping old paint from a building? What motivates someone to clock out but continue working? For three volunteers in Franklin County, the answer boiled down to the same word: community.“This area is unique as far as volunteerism goes,” Titcomb Director Seth Noonkester said.Dick Forster recently spent about 200 hours scraping and painting buildings at Titcomb.Roughly 90 percent of the ski mountain’s operations rely on volunteers, according to Noonkester, and of the hundreds of community members who step up to keep Titcomb running smoothly, Noonkester didn’t miss a beat when asked for a single name.Dick Forster has been supporting Titcomb with his time and efforts since 1967. Most recently, the 87-year-old clocked nearly 200 hours of scraping and painting the lodge in the heat of the summer. Handyman is just one of several hats that Forster has worn over the years, and he has no plans of slowing down, he said.Until 1982 Forster worked a full time job in addition to his time spent at the mountain. He spearheaded projects such as the expansion of the lodge in 1987 and the design and implementation of the snow-making system in 1993. He’s helped raise nearly $300,000 for the business over the years, and was inducted into the Ski Hall of Fame this year, but his proudest achievement is more subtle.“I wanted to make it affordable for local kids. I have a ton of respect for the club, and all it does for the children of this community. It’s an incredible asset,” he said.RSU 9 bus driver Susie Balsamo-Monk pointed to the younger community as well for her off-the-clock contributions to the Mt. Blue Campus food pantry.“I’m a mother. No kid needs to go hungry,” she said.Susie Balsamo-Monk said it’s being a mother that motivates her to keep the Mt. Blue Campus food pantry stocked.Balsamo-Monk is one of a handful of building maintenance staff at Mt. Blue Campus who proposed the idea to their supervisor three years ago. The team keeps the food closet stocked with meals intended for easy access and quick preparation.“Three years ago it seemed like a lot of kids were have a really tough time. A lot of them were couch surfing, and needed their own food,” Balsamo-Monk said. “I think a lot of times, if a kid is getting into trouble, they’re really just hungry.”The food pantry is funded through classroom bottle collections. Before the pandemic, when classrooms were a place of bustling activity, the bottles would bring in nearly $2,000 over the course of the school year. Balsamo-Monk and others would return the bottles, and use the funds to grocery shop for the pantry- all off the clock.Volunteerism comes in all shapes and sizes. For some, it’s scanning the aisles of a grocery store for the best deals, knowing that the further a dollar can be stretched, the more kids will be able to eat. For others it’s designing a system to stretch a season, to create equal access to opportunities that bring joy.For others, it’s getting dressed in the middle of the night to go extinguish a fire.“I don’t feel as though I’ve done anything all that special,” David True said.True is the Chief of the Temple Fire Department. Though he gets a small stipend for his service, it’s pennies compared to the hours he puts in. Last year, the department responded to 45 emergency calls.“It keeps us busy,” True said.The 10-person department is comprised of almost all volunteers. Everybody works a full time job in addition to their careers as firefighters.True joined the department in 1992, after stopping by the station for a raffle prize he had won. He had several relatives who had experience, so it didn’t take much to convince him. He’s been doing it ever since, noting the “sense of duty” he feels to continue the at times grueling job.“We kind of get a sense of accomplishment from it. We save people, or their belongings, and we know that wouldn’t have happened if we hadn’t been there,” he said.But primarily, True’s answer ended as Forster’s and Balsamo-Monk’s did.“It’s Temple. You know everybody here. It’s about wanting to help them,” True said.To make a donation or to volunteer at Titcomb Mountain contact Seth Noonkester at 778-9031. The Mt. Blue Campus food pantry can be donated to either in money form, or shelf-stable meals such as soup that doesn’t require can openers or ramen noodles. Call Mt. Blue Campus at 778-3561 to arrange.For more information about becoming a volunteer firefighter, contact your local fire department.last_img read more

1 Mar

The lasting impact of ethnic studies

first_img Read Full Story As she prepared to lead classmates, professors, teaching fellows (TFs), and visitors in a virtual Zumba session, Bri Braswell paused for a moment of gratitude.“It has been a gift, a breath of air, for me to be here,” said Braswell, a master’s student in the Higher Education Program, looking out across a sea of Zoom squares.The participants of Braswell’s Zumba class had been brought together over the past two days for the 2020 Ethnic Studies Symposium, Healing (Y)our Humanity, a shared space for community healing, nurturing, and dreaming organized by the students of HGSE T004: Ethnic Studies and Education. For Braswell, who is a licensed Zumba instructor and one of the symposium’s organizers, leading the community in dance was a small piece of her larger final project, “Zoom-ba with Bri: Healing Through Movement,” which she presented during the symposium.Taught by Lecturer Christina “V” Villarreal for the past five years, with a dedicated teaching team, Ethnic Studies and Education is one of HGSE’s most lauded and most popular courses. Although it began as an intimate class of 30, it has since grown to include over 100 students. And every year, students leave the class raving about its importance for their practice and for their lives.“After taking this class, it’s so clear to me that we need to be teaching ethnic studies in middle school, in elementary school, in high schools,” said MK Kirigin, Ed.M.’17, who took the class while a student at the Ed School, in an Instructional Moves video filmed about the course. “My experience of it was so reaffirming of my identity, and the community we built as a group was so strong during the course of one semester. I feel like I have lifelong friends already, including V.”Her words are echoed by one of this year’s students, Alika Masei. “Dr. V and my classmates remind me that education is always people-centered work,” said Masei. “You cannot be an effective educator, administrator, or policymaker without understanding how the dominant structures of our society create barriers for underrepresented people. I will continue to move forward in my professional career carrying this critical, people-centered lens.”At its inception at HGSE, the course was a grassroots effort of graduate students, explains Villarreal, the faculty director of HGSE’s Teacher Education Program. “Most Ethnic Studies classes, like this one, don’t exist because the institution decides; they come from struggle and student protest. Ethnic studies is always organized for and by students.”Villarreal teaches the course because she is committed to the field and the movement of ethnic studies, a discipline that she credits with raising her, in an academic and personal sense. “I wouldn’t be where I am without ethnic studies,” she said. “It’s more than a curriculum or a syllabus. It’s a movement, a way of life — one I am deeply and fiercely committed to.”last_img read more

8 Dec

New York rental relief program deadline extended

first_imgYou can apply by clicking here. If you wish to apply, you must meet the following criteria: The programs helps those who have been impacted financially by the pandemic. Be a renter with primary residence in New YorkYour household income must have been below 80 percent before March 1, 2020. Families with the lowest income will be prioritized.Household must pay more than 30 percent of gross monthly income for rent before March 1, 2020Applicants have less monthly income between April and July 2020 than they did before March 1, 2020. (WSTM/WBNG) — The deadline to apply for New York’s COVID Rent Relief Program has been extended to Aug. 6.last_img read more

20 Oct

Frontier marks north-west debut with Manchester buy

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28 Sep

Simha: Our Association Will Be Industry’s Collective Voice on IT Issues

first_imgWorld’s five top-tier liner companies MSC, A.P. Moller – Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, and Ocean Network Express have revealed their intentions to set up an association aimed at digitalization, standardization and interoperability in the container shipping industry.Speaking to World Maritime News, André Simha, Global Chief Information Officer of Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and spokesperson of the group, said the key driver behind the association was to make something for the customers that is common and open.“It’s in the customers best interest, if container shipping companies operate with common set of standards. When we collaborate, we can deliver better technological changes to our customers and more quickly compared to working alone. Customers don’t want to connect to multiple different systems, so you need something that is common and open,” Simha said.The association plans to start operating from early 2019 and the next steps will be to establish it as a legal entity, involving relevant regulators. It has been devised as a neutral, non-profit body, which doesn’t plan to develop or operate a digital platform.                                                   Image Courtesy: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Importance of CooperationSimha has been a vocal advocate of industry cooperation on standardization and technology development. When asked why was that important, he said:“We believe that we’ve reached the point in the carrier world where we need something that is common, open and done in the framework of a neutral and non-profit association. Also, the timing is right because new emerging technologies are creating more opportunities to help our customers’ businesses.“The plan of the coming association is to discuss the digital future of container shipping by being the industry’s collective voice on issues relating to information technology standards, working towards standardization, setting the frameworks for effective and universally adoptable solutions developed by other parties, exploring possibilities of innovation and in general, moving the industry forward.”The five members of the association said they were eager to welcome new members.“Collaboration and getting other carriers joining the association will be key for the success of this initiative. I have personally no doubt it will succeed because there is a strong interest between the members to collaborate and our customers are also asking for more standardization,” he said.There are numerous alleys to explore in the IT world, which have been very popular in the industry, including blockchain, big data, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, and autonomous shipping.According to Simha, the association is yet to define its priorities in this respect and specific projects would be considered once the association is established.“However, we see some trends in the market such as data standards, blockchain, cybersecurity, that could be of relevance. For example, today, we have hundreds of different types of messages for different ports and terminals around the world, all with the same basic information. That’s an overhead that is inefficient for everyone,” he pointed out, adding it could be important to discuss cyber security best practice in the future association.Digitalization a Matter of SurvivalDigitalization is no longer just a buzzword in the shipping industry, it has been identified as an issue of survival. Namely, those who don’t adopt new digital technologies in the coming years risk being left on the sidelines.“The container shipping industry is at a fairly low start of digitalization (if we compare it with other sectors like the aviation industry). Hence, the future association aims to accelerate and shape digitalization of the industry to help achieve higher level of standardized processes. The idea is to deliver better technological changes to our customers and more quickly compared to working alone,” Simha said.As explained, digitalization benefits include:For Customers: Less red tape and bureaucracy. Better service.For Authorities: One point of contactFor Container shipping lines: Access to best practice and standards, supporting increased inter-operabilityFor Ports and terminal operators: Potential for more efficient collaboration with carriers through use of common technology standards.“Today, implementation of digital technology happens by working in closed silos. It leads to frustration and more bureaucracy for customers and other collaboration partners,” he explained.“We believe all stakeholders in the industry can benefit from digitalization and standardization leading to increased interoperability.”               Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons licenseLiner heavyweights, including Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM have been at the forefront of the industry with numerous projects aimed at transforming the container shipping’s way of doing business and improving its efficiency and productivity.Maersk and IBM teamed up on a blockchain joint venture targeting the need to simplify the entire global shipping ecosystem and the movement of goods across borders and trading zones and make it more transparent.Other liner majors followed suit as well. For example, MSC is supporting the work of Traxens, the supplier of smart-container monitoring solutions, which also counts CMA CGM among its core backers.On the other hand, numerous startups are making their way into the shipping industry with the aim of disrupting business models. Fears have been raised that these startups might be a threat to the traditional players in the industry, especially if they fail to evolve.Nevertheless, Simha thinks that the trend is not something to be seen negatively.“Not at all. The future association plans to develop standards, which both their future members as well as other stakeholders in the industry can adopt, as they will be made available to all freely and this of course includes startups or new comers. Future common standards could be a lever to enable the use of new technologies and improve the way existing solutions from different stakeholders work.”When asked how will the industry cooperation among top-tier carriers impact the separate digitalization initiatives each company has, Simha replied that the association’s work will be the facilitator for more collaboration between the different digital initiatives.“We collaborate on information technology standards and let CEOs and commercial do their part.”In conclusion, when asked whether digitalization, big data and autonomous shipping can live up to the hype we have seen over the recent period, commenting from a personal perspective, Simha said:” I have no doubt that this is the future and we’re on the right track to tackle those challenges and transformations provided we have standards in place.”Interview by Jasmina Ovcina Mandra; Image Courtesy: MSC, PxHere, Pixabaylast_img read more

27 Sep

WATCH: A third of pro-choice women change their view of abortion after seeing this viral video

first_imgLifeSiteNews 24 May 2016Family First Comment: If you’re pro-abortion, please take a couple of minutes to watch thisIt caused a sensation when it debuted, being viewed millions of times in just three months. And now a four-minute-long viral video is dramatically changing hearts and minds about abortion.One-third of women who said they hold “pro-choice” views on abortion had a more negative view of abortion after watching even part of the video, and nearly as many called for abortion to be more strictly regulated.Dr. Anthony Levatino, who performed more than 1,200 abortions before a life-changing conversion on the issue, narrated four videos for Live Action‘s website, AbortionProcedures.com.The videos use medically accurate terminology and computer animation that is not graphically violent to depict how the four most common forms of abortion are performed, and list the potential health risks each kind poses to the mother.READ MORE: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/watch-one-third-of-pro-choice-women-change-their-view-of-abortion-after-watlast_img read more

24 Sep

Drogba mobbed by fans as he enters race for Cote d’Ivoire football presidency

first_imgChelsea legend, Didier Drogba, was mobbed by thousands of adoring fans as he submitted his candidacy to become president of Ivory Coast football. The 42-year-old will compete with four other hopefuls for the position after launching his bid in the country’s economic capital Abidjan. The elections to be top chief at the Cote d’Ivoire Football Federation take place on September 5. And the former striker hopes his achievements throughout his distinguished club career and with The Elephants will help him be voted in. Indeed the surrounding streets were full of fans desperate to get a glimpse of their idol, carry banners, and wearing T-shirts adorned with Drogba’s face. However, despite his popularity with football fans in the country, he is still not certain to be on the ballot. Drogba needs nominations from three of the 14 Ligue 1 clubs and two from the lower divisions. The two-time African Football of the Year also must have the endorsement of any of five special interest groups of coaches, doctors, current and former players, and referees, according to Reuters.Advertisement Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedCan You Recognize These Cute Celeb Baby Faces?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ CareersBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Loading… center_img And his candidacy has already suffered a big blow after the Ivory Coast Footballers Association controversially did not support him. Drogba said: “Football is everyone’s sport, football brings people together, football unites. “We can see it today with all these people gathered in front of the headquarters of the Ivorian football federation.” The Blues icon added: ”It’s no secret that our football is going badly, and that is why with my team we are committed to contributing to the rebirth of Ivorian football. read also:FIFPro axes Ivorian players’ union for not backing Drogba’s FA candidacy “If my goal was not driven by a deep desire to give back to Ivorian football all that it has given me, to contribute to the development of football in my country, and if God was not in this candidacy, it would be difficult to be in front of you today.” Drogba represented Ivory Coast between 2002 and 2014, spanning five Africa Cup of Nations and three World Cups. and is the country’s leading scorer with 65 goals from 105 caps. He is also the country’s third most-capped player of all time after Didier Zokora (123) and Kolo Toure (120). FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

23 Sep

Arthur Claude “Art” Cleland, 91

first_imgArthur Claude “Art” Cleland, 91, of Milroy, Indiana area passed away Saturday, September  5, 2020, at Heritage House Nursing Home of Greensburg, Indiana…another victim of the Corona virus. Art was born at midnight, February 11, 1928 and his parents had a choice of the date, choosing February 12, also Lincoln’s birthday.  Art’s birthplace was in southern Decatur County.  He was the son of Benjamin Morton (Mort) and Amelia (Lauer) Cleland.  On July 8, 1956, he married his wife of 64 years, Carolyn J. Hancock, and she survives.  In addition to Carolyn, Art is survived by a daughter, Mary Ann Cleland Swenson, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Merrill Morton, Lester Owen, and Walter Lauer Cleland and sisters Imogene (William) Davis and Marilee (John) Blackledge, and granddaughter, Andrea Lee Swenson. Art was a 1947 graduate of Sandusky High School.  He has attended several schools which no longer exist, including a grade school at Letts Corner and the one-room Woods school in Southeastern Decatur County. He was a member of the Sandusky Methodist Church where he served as a Trustee. Art worked ten years at Johnston Wholesale Groceries as a semi-driver, during which time he was drafted into the United States Army, 112th Infantry, 28th Division, Company I, obtaining the rank of Corporal. He served in Germany from November 1951 to March 1953.  He enjoyed his Army reunions and remained close to his fellow soldiers. Other jobs included Geis & Hodapp Custom Builders; Shelby Dealers Building Supply Warehouse Manager; Utah International Mining & Construction Company.  In the meantime he remained a farmer in Rush County. For the past 39 years Art and Carolyn were very active in preservation through Indiana Landmarks and Rush County Heritage; saving historic buildings.  Art restored and added to the Somerville Schoolhouse, our home, in Rush County, Indiana.  The largest project he and Carolyn worked on was restoring the Moscow covered bridge, which had been destroyed by a tornado. Art was a diligent worker, loyal friend to many, always willing to help and above all, a loving husband.  Truly, he was “the wind beneath my wings”.  Art especially enjoyed farming, traveling to new places with the RV, building something, his 25 year-old Dodge pick-up and tenderloin sandwiches. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 10, 2020, at the Sandusky Methodist Church, Sandusky, Indiana.  The funeral service will follow at the church at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Margaret Lowe officiating. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery in Greensburg, Indiana, at which time there will be full military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to the Robert L. Browning Memorial Fund through the Decatur County Community Foundation or to the Sandusky Methodist Church. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

19 Sep

Tennis News This Australian Tennis player smashes two racquets, spits at an official in Cincinnati Masters

first_img Cincinnati: Controversial Australian star Nick Kyrgios was fined USD 113,000 after his explosive Cincinnati Masters meltdown which saw him smash two racquets, launch an abusive tirade at the chair umpire before appearing to spit at the official. The ATP said the massive sanction included individual fines for ball abuse, leaving the court without permission, an audible obscenity and unsportsmanlike conduct during his second round loss to Russia’s Karen Khachanov. Kyrgios, 24, was warned that he could also face another suspension from the sport once a full investigation has taken place. After the world number 27 lost 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 to Khachanov, he called umpire Fergus Murphy a “fuckin’ tool”, refused to shake his hand while spitting in the direction of the chair.  He had earlier been handed a time violation, docked a point and was warned again after leaving the court without permission at the end of the second set after which he was seen to destroy two racquets in the corridor. Kyrgios screamed at Murphy that he was the “worst umpire, hands down”. The various Kyrgios infractions included four fines of USD 20,000 each for unsportsmanlike conduct plus another USD 20,000 for verbal abuse.  “In addition to the on-site fines, the ATP is looking further into what happened during and immediately after the match to see if additional action is warranted,” said an ATP statement. “That could result in an additional fine and/or suspension.”   Kyrgios also had a run-in with Murphy at Queen’s Club in June after he accused a line judge of “match-rigging” and was given a code violation by the umpire. At the Italian Open in Rome on the eve of Roland Garros, he was disqualified and fined for throwing a chair on to court. He has also been at loggerheads with the world’s top two players, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal this year.  He accused Djokovic of trying too hard to be liked and blasted the Serb’s post-match “cup of love” celebrations as “cringeworthy”.  Djokovic, Nadal clashesAfter beating Nadal in Acapulco earlier this year, the Spaniard said the Australian “lacked respect”. The pair met in a bad-tempered Wimbledon second round match in which Kyrgios admitted deliberately spearing a forehand directly at Nadal.  “Why would I apologise? I mean, the dude has got how many slams, how much money in the bank account?” said Kyrgios after his four-set defeat. “I think he can take a ball to the chest, bro. I’m not going to apologise to him at all.”   For good measure, Kyrgios picked up a code violation for unsportsmanlike behaviour and described the umpire as a “disgrace”, claiming his handling of the Centre Court blockbuster as “pathetic” for failing to warn the Spaniard over what he claimed was his pedestrian pace of play.  In 2015, in one of his more notorious outbursts, Kyrgios was fined for making a sexually disparaging remark in Canada about the girlfriend of three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka. The following year, he was banned for eight weeks after being accused of not trying at the Shanghai Masters.  German legend Boris Becker said he was saddened by Kyrgios’s behaviour.  “Absolutely agree that spitting/foul language/tanking should be punished hard but we have dilemma since we want strong personalities lead the sport (Roger/Rafa/Nole),” the six-time Grand Slam title winner tweeted. “NK has the game/charisma/guts but not yet the clarity of thought/maybe never ….it’s a shame.” Nick Kyrgios was fined for making a sexually disparaging remark in Canada in 2015.Kyrgios was banned for eight weeks after being accused of not trying at the Shanghai Masters.Kyrgios was disqualified and fined for throwing a chair on to court. For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img highlightslast_img read more