Sailors, Mariners Aboard USS Makin Island Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

first_img View post tag: sailors Share this article View post tag: Makin April 29, 2012 View post tag: Every View post tag: News by topic View post tag: celebrate View post tag: day Training & Education View post tag: Mariners View post tag: earth Sailors and Marines serving aboard amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) have a unique opportunity to celebrate Earth Day every day, not just April 22 like the rest of the world.Crew members have taken the ship thousands of miles away from its homeport of San Diego and have showed off the ship’s fuel-saving technology to coalition and regional partner nations in keeping with the 2012 Earth Day theme of “Mobilize the Earth.”The ship’s hybrid-electric propulsion system is designed to run on auxiliary propulsion motors at low speeds and on gas turbines at higher speeds. This technology allows the Department of the Navy to reduce the use of fossil fuels that leads to reduced carbon emissions and cleaner air, one of the key themes of Earth Day.“When enabled, the hybrid-electric drive draws power from the electric power grid provided by running SSDG’s [ship’s service diesel generators],” said Lt. Cmdr. Brian Ponce, Makin Island’s main propulsion assistant. “There is zero emission from the electric drive and the running SSDG’s have minimal emission when loaded. This concept eliminates all emissions from gas turbine propulsion under 12 knots.”In addition to cleaner emissions, Ponce said the ship uses significantly less fuel than other LHD-class amphibious assault ships. The ship’s engineering department keeps detailed logs and those calculations put the fuel burn rate at nearly 50 percent less than a traditional LHD, a significant cost-savings for the Navy.Ponce said Makin Island also developed a “Sprint and Drift” propulsion technique where the ship would accelerate speed to get ahead of its plan of intended movement (PIM) using one of the two gas turbines. The ship then transitions to auxiliary propulsion motor operations at slower speeds until the ship falls a few hours behind PIM. The cycle is then repeated.According to Ponce, Makin Island was able to save more than 800,000 gallons of fuel at an estimated cost of $1.9 million in FY 2011 by using this technique.Ponce said Makin Island also takes an environmentally friendly approach to making potable water.“In a huge cost-saving measure that has become standard practice, Makin Island tops off potable water tanks at 60 percent, vice 100 percent, prior to every underway,” said Ponce. “This initiative utilizes the on-board reverse osmosis unit’s maximum water generation capabilities, while saving several thousand dollars in consumable expenditures and precious water from shore.”Beyond the environmental and energy-saving advantages of Makin Island’s propulsion system and all-electric design, the ship uses a stern flap to improve fuel economy, anti-fouling coating to minimize hull drag, and solid-state lighting to reduce energy costs.Ponce said that the ship’s “Green Team,” a group of Sailors across 30 divisions who lead the ship’s recycling efforts, also plays an important role in letting the crew know different ways to help conserve energy on board the ship.Members of the team have continued those efforts not just on Earth Day, but throughout the ship’s maiden deployment.“Makin Island Sailors and Marines continue to support Earth Day and its global initiative for a sustainable future through our energy conservation, recycling, and plastic waste control programs,” said Ensign Kyle J. Holtz, Makin Island’s assistant safety officer and Green Team leader. “As the U.S. Navy’s first hybrid ship, Makin Island and its Green Team have a unique opportunity to help ‘Mobilize the Earth’ in 2012.”Holtz said that upon the ship’s return from the current deployment, the Green Team will continue to lead recycling efforts and energy conservation programs in San Diego.“Makin Island is an operational, combat-ready ship with a crew that is dedicated to environmental preservation and a sustainable future,” added Holtz. “It’s important for our Sailors and Marines to remember that regardless of location or duties assigned, we have an obligation to our earth and its natural resources.”Makin Island’s green efforts were recognized last year, prior to the ship’s maiden deployment, by Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Environment Donald Schregardus who visited the ship Oct. 18, 2011.Schregardus praised the technology used aboard Makin Island as an outstanding example of the Navy’s progress toward incorporating a clean, efficient and environmentally sustainable design into the fleet.Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 as a way to focus attention on the need for cleaner air and water as well as promoting renewable energy sources and recycling. More than 190 countries celebrate Earth Day and more than one billion people take part in Earth Day activities each year.Makin Island is the first U.S. Navy ship to deploy using a hybrid-electric propulsion system. By using this unique propulsion system, the Navy expects over the course of the ship’s lifecycle, to see fuel savings of more than $250 million, proving the Navy’s commitment to energy awareness and conservation.This initiative is one of many throughout the Navy and Marine Corps that will enable the Department of the Navy to achieve the secretary of the Navy’s energy goals to improve our energy security and efficiency afloat and ashore, increase our energy independence and help lead the nation toward a clean energy economy.Makin Island is the flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 29, 2012; Image: navy Sailors, Mariners Aboard USS Makin Island Celebrate Earth Day Every Day Back to overview,Home naval-today Sailors, Mariners Aboard USS Makin Island Celebrate Earth Day Every Day View post tag: Naval View post tag: Island View post tag: Navy View post tag: Aboard View post tag: USSlast_img read more

Portrait of Viceroy replaced with student art at Balliol

first_imgBalliol has replaced the portrait of a controversial alumnus with four smaller portraits of women painted by a current student – the first time student art has been hung in the hall.The new portraits, painted by Balliol undergraduate Fine Artist Emily Freeman, depict a woman in four different positions and replaced a portrait of George Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston, who was a Viceroy of India from 1899 to 1905. The original portrait was taken down last term at the height of the decolonisation debate spurred by Rhodes Must Fall.However, the college claimed at that point the portrait was removed for cleaning and repair. Current JCR President Annie Williamson attributed the new replacement to the regular changing of artwork in college.The fact that the new work was made by a woman has been seen as greatly important. “Female painters are vastly under-represented throughout history and for a piece of female-made (and student-made!) art to get exhibited inside of an Oxford University Hall, as a piece of institutional improvement toward diversity but also as a wider contribution to the representation of female artists in history is really really encouraging,” Balliol Fine Artist Indigo Wilde said.Perhaps the biggest change is the symbolism of putting portraits of a woman up in Hall. “For a college which was largely founded by a woman, Balliol doesn’t have the best history in terms of actually embracing us” first-year Balliol historian Beth Cadwalladr said.“Women weren’t admitted to the college until 1979 and the masters and famous alumni who are openly celebrated in the Hall are overwhelmingly male, and entirely white. To sit in that hall, whether it’s for collections or just for a daily meal, is to be reminded of exactly who the college honours and chooses to commemorate. Women deserve to feel like we can achieve that too. We deserve to be reminded that we are important, that we can create.”Educated at Eton and Balliol, Marquess Curzon was later heavily criticised as a Viceroy for doing relatively little to combat a famine that killed millions of Indians. An ex-president of the Oxford Union, he argued vociferously against Home Rule in Ireland and was particularly defensive of colonial policy during his time in the House of Commons.Many members of the Balliol JCR and MCR have expressed support for the change, holding the view that the Hall portrait celebrated and commemorated a man well-known for his greatly harmful actions to groups still marginalised at Oxford.For some, however, even the possible symbolism of removing the paintings was relatively meaningless. “Taking down a portrait isn’t ever going to be a concrete action to counter racism, right? Plus what are portraits when the whole university has benefitted immensely by colonial rule?” one South Asian Balliol student commented.last_img read more

Red Cross encourages adding ‘give blood’ to holiday checklist

first_imgHUDSON COUNTY – As freezing temperatures and harsh weather grip much of the nation, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets to help meet the constant need for blood this winter. The Red Cross has scheduled donation opportunities in two Hudson County churches this month.Millions of people are expected to take to the roads, rails, and air to celebrate the season, which can cause fewer donors to be available and lead to a decline in blood and platelet donations. In addition, severe winter weather and seasonal illnesses can temporarily prevent some from giving.“Many of us celebrate this time of year with loved ones, but patients may spend the holidays and ring in the New Year from a hospital room,” said Nick Gehrig, communications director, Red Cross Blood Services. “Blood and platelet donors can bring joy to patients and their families by giving blood or platelets to help ensure patients receive the lifesaving treatments they need.”Upcoming blood donation opportunities × In West New York, blood donations will be accepted on Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. Mary of the Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church, 6515 Polk St.In Hoboken, donations can be made on Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Saint Francis Parish Center, 308 Jefferson St.How to donate blood Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.last_img read more

Top Associates with Weichert, Realtors’ Jersey City Exchange Place Office Recognized…

first_imgInvite these talented neighborhood specialists in to learn about the real estate services offered by Weichert, Realtors. They can be reached in Weichert’s Jersey City Exchange Place office at 251 Washington St., or call (201) 860-4009 for more information. ×Brian Anthony Lopes Joe Cubias, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors, announced that two top-producing sales associates with the Jersey City Exchange Place office were recognized for outstanding industry achievement in August.Individually, Brian Anthony Lopes led the Weichert sales region for listings and revenue units. Sandy Cuevas shared top honors in the sales category. The Weichert sales region is comprised of offices throughout Hudson County and parts of Bergen County.center_img Brian Anthony Lopeslast_img read more

Cracking the egg problem

first_imgSoaring inflation, massive bankers’ bonuses, Tory government… 2011 is turning out to be so gloriously ’80s-retro that an egg scare was, perhaps, an inevitability. What is more surprising is that it could even happen in 2011, given that manufacturing bakers have more traceability systems in place than you could shake a quiche at.Despite the infinitesimal levels of dioxin believed to have made it into two bakeries’ supermarket products, following a recent contamination in one German egg supplier, one of those affected Finsbury Foods is having to battle its insurers to recover the costs of pulling products from shelves.It serves as a timely reminder to revisit your food safety procedures. “The message of the dioxin scare is that knowing the origin of eggs is really important, making sure that testing is taking place at an appropriate place in the supply chain, and making sure liquid egg is coming in certificated, and their animal feed suppliers are accredited,” said Liz Paterson, marketing director of Eurofins, which specialises in dioxin testing of foods.Battery cage lawsThe dioxin scare timely reminder though it may be is perhaps the least of the bad eggy whiffs the baking industry will have to worry about in 2011. Battery cages for laying hens are set to be outlawed across the EU from January next year. While the UK is up to speed, it is estimated that 30% of eggs produced in Europe will fail to meet new welfare standards. Nearly a third of the 3bn eggs consumed in the UK each year are imported, with 80% of these being egg products used in manufacturing, and this has sparked fears of a spike in prices and concerns over availability.In the UK, battery cages are being replaced with larger, enriched ’colony cages’ that have around 50% more room per bird, along with a nest, more height, perching space and a scratching area, with room to move about the colony. The UK has made huge strides in converting from battery to enriched, from 9% of the 32 million laying hens in 2009 to 43% by the end of this year (as an aside, free range is set to hit 50% of all eggs by the end of the year, driven purely by market demand).”We will be ready,” stated Mark Williams, chief executive of the British Egg Industry Council. “We believe our intelligence to be accurate, based on talks with member states and government: out of an EU laying flock of 354 million laying hens, 62% were still be sitting in a conventional cage by the end of 2009. Not a lot has happened in Europe since. We believe 29% of all the laying hens in Europe will be illegal on 1 January 2012, which is a staggering figure.”That equates to 83 million eggs a day. So what happens if the member states enforce this ban on battery cages, as they should? Firstly, there would be an egg shortage and, due to strict rules on salmonella, few countries are authorised to export eggs to the UK to meet the shortfall; prices could increase sharply.If the member states don’t enforce the legislation and history shows this has been the case in certain states there will be hens sitting in battery cages producing eggs. “Those eggs will enter the market and cause total market disruption that will affect producers, the viability of their business and the pricing in all sectors including free-range and organic,” warned Williams.”Our current coalition government is in total support of an intra-EU trade ban to be put in place for the beginning of next year if member states are not enforcing this ban on conventional cages properly. If eggs are still being produced out of illegal cages, we do not want to see them crossing the English Channel.”The reality is that the EU is likely to extend the time it gives for member states to comply, as happened with the ban on stalls and tethers in pig farming, which the UK complied with, but on which some states lagged behind, said National Farmers Union president Peter Kendall. “Consumers across the whole of Europe expressed the desire to have a higher welfare level for laying hens,” he said. “The EU legislated for that and, fair enough, we have to live with it. British farmers have stepped up to the plate and probably 99% have done this. In Europe, that is just not the case. We’ve seen this happen to agricultural markets in the past; the key protagonists failing to move forward are Greece, Portugal, Italy and Spain. Poland is non-compliant too. We know that, in this economic climate, every penny counts, but we need manufacturers to get behind the UK’s egg producers, who have invested in high welfare standards.”Kensey Foods, one of the two bakeries affected by the dioxin scare, said that during peak periods of production, it was not always possible to source from the UK, despite best intentions. Egg producers say more demand would stimulate increased production. But few bakeries are aware of the legislative change.Missed messageIn a qualitative survey of 24 egg buyers in manufacturing and foodservice, 46% had no idea about the new law (British Lion Eggs, November 2010). “Clearly the message has not got through,” said Ian Jones, vice-chairman of British Lion Egg Processors. “When it comes to egg products, they are seen as a hidden ingredient and are forgotten about. When you talk about cake, you don’t instantly think about egg products. Only a minority of egg products sold in this country are specified to be British Lion Eggs.” While 95% of eggs sold in retail are now British Lion Eggs-certified, which has rigorous standards over and above the EU, the dioxin scare could finally prod reluctant manufacturers the same way.last_img read more

Press release: Downing Street hosts St David’s Day reception to celebrate Wales’ national day

first_imgThe Welsh flag will be flying proudly above Downing Street today when Prime Minister Theresa May welcomes guests from Welsh business, tourism, sport and media to a reception to celebrate St David’s Day (1 March).The very best in Welsh food and drink suppliers will showcase their products at the event including Welsh whisky from Penderyn, wine from Glyndwr Vinyard and Welsh produce from Cwm Farm Charcuterie.There will also be performances from the London based Welsh choir Cor y Boro, and harpist Rhys Ward-Haugh.Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: Images from the event will be available from the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales communications team post reception. Today’s reception is all about celebrating everything that Wales has to offer to the world – and there is indeed much to celebrate. We are a proud nation – and a special part of the United Kingdom. And we are home to some of the greatest talent and industry in the world. We have Welsh entrepreneurs, inventors and creative people leaving an indelible mark all around the globe, each overseeing Wales’ tremendous renaissance in sport, cuisine, arts and business. I’m delighted to join the Prime Minister in welcoming Wales to Downing Street today, and extend my warmest wishes to everyone celebrating St David’s Day around the world. Penderyn – Brecon Ridiculously Rich – Aberaeron (Alana Spencer ‘Apprentice’ winner) Tregroes Waffles – Teifi Valley Jones o Gymru crisps – Conwy Glyndwr Vineyard – Vale of Glamorgan Cwm Farm Charcuterie – Neath Port Talbot Greenacre Market Farm – Llanteg, Pembrokeshirecenter_img Suppliers at the St David’s Day reception are: NOTES TO EDITORSlast_img read more

News story: Gosforth youngsters prepare for Lego League challenge with LLWR presentation

first_imgPupils from Gosforth Primary School were given the chance to hone their presentation skills in front of an audience at LLW Repository Ltd (LLWR) ahead of their appearance in a major science and technology challenge.LLWR are in the middle of a five-year sponsorship of the First Lego League, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) initiative, and Gosforth are one of three local schools supported by the organisation.Youngsters were keen to rehearse their presentation before delivering it for real in front of a panel of judges later this month in the regional final.The theme of this year’s challenge is ‘Into Orbit’ with pupils asked to consider a problem that astronauts may face in space.Gosforth came up with loneliness as a key issue and youngsters have devised a robot dog companion as a solution.Marc Goodwin, one of the LLWR volunteers assisting the nine to 11 year olds at Gosforth, said: “They got some constructive feedback from the LLWR audience and took away some good ideas that they may be able to incorporate into their presentation in the regional final.“In addition, they really enjoyed the experience, which was great to see. Thanks go to LLWR for making it possible.”Marc is one of four volunteers assisting Gosforth and additional colleagues are giving their time to work with pupils at Seascale Primary and St James’ Primary, in Millom, who will also compete in the regional final at Energus, Lillyhall.last_img read more

Harvard Campaign on track

first_img“How do we lead change?” Harvard President Drew Faust asked alumni at a recent gathering in New York City. “How do we sustain Harvard’s commitment to leadership in an unsettled environment for higher education, and in a rapidly changing world? How do we propel Harvard into new opportunities, and help forge leaders and craft solutions for the future we share?”These challenges underscore the inspiration behind The Harvard Campaign, a seven-year effort, publicly launched last fall, to garner financial support for University priorities and increase alumni engagement.Today, Harvard reported that donors have contributed more than $3.8 billion — $1 billion since the public launch in September — for everything from financial aid to common spaces on campus, to faculty chairs, to cross-disciplinary research and arts programming. The current tally puts the University more than halfway to its $6.5 billion goal and includes more than 100,000 donors.“Campaigns typically have ebbs and flows to them,” noted Tamara Elliott Rogers ’74, vice president for alumni affairs and development. “But the progress that we’ve seen so far is a testament not only to the generosity of our alumni and friends but also to the vision that the University has for the future.”Since the campaign kickoff, all of Harvard’s 13 Schools have held or are planning to launch events for their own campaigns. This is the first University campaign in which all of Harvard’s Schools will participate for the duration.At the launch, Faust laid out a number of aspirations, including pioneering new approaches to learning and teaching, attracting and supporting the most talented students and faculty, and creating a campus for decades to come.Within each of the School’s campaigns are goals for fundraising to meet their own specific needs. Each School aims to achieve more funding for student financial aid and faculty support, among other priorities.Thus far, the School of Public Health, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Divinity School, the School of Dental Medicine, the Business School, and, most recently, the Kennedy School have launched their respective campaigns. The remaining Schools are slated to launch over the next year.In addition to fundraising, the University is using this opportunity to further engage with alumni around the world.The regional “Your Harvard” series began in London in January and has since convened gatherings in Los Angeles and New York. At each event, alumni were given the chance to hear from Faust about her vision for Harvard and the campaign, and to listen to some of the University’s leading faculty members. “Your Harvard: New York City” alone drew more than 600 attendees to the USS Intrepid, docked in the Hudson River, earlier this month.Paul Finnegan ’75, M.B.A. ’82, a past president of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) and currently a member of the Harvard Corporation and co-chair of The Harvard Campaign, was one of those in attendance.“One of the most exciting aspects of the campaign is that it engages everyone — alumni of all ages, parents, and friends of Harvard from around the world,” he said. “I, personally, find it so inspiring to be part of this effort that ensures Harvard will innovate and lead as a global institution for generations to come.”Early signs of the campaign’s progress can already be seen around campus. House renewal has transformed Old Quincy into Stone Hall, with Leverett’s McClintock Hall slated to open for the upcoming academic year. Work has begun on the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center (formerly Holyoke Center), which will transform the centrally located structure into a campus hub. Across the river, Tata Hall opened at Harvard Business School, and ground has been broken for the Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center.Likewise, funding for research, 56 new faculty chairs, and more than $430 million for financial aid will soon make an impact across the University.The last University-wide campaign, called The University Campaign, took place during the 1990s and raised $2.6 billion, a record for higher education fundraising efforts at the time.“At nearly 400, Harvard … remains a work in progress,” Faust observed. “[It] is called upon to meet and seize an uncertain future. Harvard endures because Harvard changes. And this work of change and progress is the work of the campaign.”last_img read more

India heavily increases security at farmer protest sites

first_imgNEW DELHI (AP) — Indian authorities have heavily increased security at three main protest sites outside New Delhi’s border, adding iron spikes, steel barricades and hundreds of riot police in an attempt to stop tens of thousands of demonstrating farmers from entering the capital. The farmers are protesting against three new agriculture reform laws, which they say will favor large corporate farms, devastate the earnings of many farmers and leave those who hold small plots behind. The government says the laws are needed to modernize Indian farming. Last week, the farmers broke through barricades, clashed with police and stormed New Delhi’s 17th century Red Fort in a brief but dramatic takeover.last_img read more

March raises awareness for sexual assault survivors

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Gaju Gatera On Saturday afternoon, approximately 50 students participated in a silent march to raise awareness for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses, following the path of the Notre Dame Marching Band as it marched across campus toward Notre Dame Stadium before the football game against Massachusetts.Organizer Madeline Lay, a junior at Saint Mary’s, said the march was also meant to show solidarity with all those who have been impacted by sexual assault.“It wasn’t meant to be antagonistic,” she said. “We just wanted to take this in a positive direction, because we feel like a lot of times protests or marches or whatever — they’re very angry and vicious and they’re directed toward the perpetrators. In this case, we wanted it to be about the people trying to change things. We wanted this to be supportive and make this a positive thing.”Participants in the march wore white bandanas over their mouths to symbolize and honor the voiceless victims of sexual assault, Lay said, and carried signs with information and statistics about sexual assault on college campuses.“We really wanted to encourage people in the community to stand up for these individuals, for the survivors, for the allies and just for people who are passionate about this and for people who are making strides already at their universities, whether it be for policy change or through other groups,” she said.The majority of the responses to the march were positive, Lay said.“It was really incredible because I’ve been working on this for months — all of us have. It was kind of amazing to finally see it come to fruition. … People were clapping and they were saying ‘Keep doing what you’re doing, never stop fighting,’” she said. “People were really supportive, and it was incredible, actually.”Lay said she believes the march achieved its goal of bringing awareness to the issue of sexual assault.“When we finally stood in front of the stadium and we were looking out facing the library, you could just see people holding their thumbs up,” she said. “As we were marching, people were reading the signs and you could hear the shock in their voice, like ‘Oh my God, how did I not know this?’ … I think it’s going to start a lot of conversations, and that was kind of the point of it.”The march was the first event sponsored by the organization I’m Someone, Lay said.“[The organization] was started by six individuals who were really passionate about this cause because we live in this environment,” she said. “This was one thing we all agreed on, that we felt passionate about stopping. We really want to put an end to it, and we felt like the best way to do that was to really get out there and talk about it.I’m Someone is not affiliated with Notre Dame or Saint Mary’s, Lay said.“We really wanted to make it not about any particular school. … We’re not affiliated with any club, college or university, and we are made up of students from Saint Mary’s, Holy Cross, Notre Dame, IUSB [and] members of the community.”Tags: march, Notre Dame, saint mary’s, sexual assault awarenesslast_img read more