USA: San Antonio-Class Amphibious Transport Dock Returns to San Diego

first_img Training & Education USA: San Antonio-Class Amphibious Transport Dock Returns to San Diego View post tag: Navy View post tag: San View post tag: usa View post tag: Transport Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: San Antonio-Class Amphibious Transport Dock Returns to San Diego View post tag: class View post tag: Naval View post tag: Dockcenter_img August 25, 2011 USS New Orleans (LPD 18) returned to its homeport in San Diego Aug. 22 following a two week predeployment exercise off the coast of Southern California.New Orleans, along with embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), completed Amphibious Squadron-MEU Integrated Training (PMINT) as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Readiness Group for deployment later this year.Cmdr. Dennis Jacko, New Orleans commanding officer, said the exercise enhanced interoperability between the Sailors and Marines by helping form a blue-green team. “PMINT is the first step of operational integrated training with the Navy and Marine assets that will compose the Amphibious Readiness Group,” Jacko said. “Although this is the first step, I think that the detailed planning and extensive coordination that was completed previously enabled the Makin Island ARG to perform at an advanced level from the start.”New Orleans hosted daily deck landing qualifications for helicopters assigned to the 11th MEU’s Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 268, launched Landing Craft Air Cushion and amphibious assault vehicles with embarked Marines from its well deck and performed an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Yukon (T-AO 202).“I’m really looking forward to this deployment,” said Marine Cpl. Kurtis Fuchser, who last deployed to Afghanistan’s Helmand province. “The food’s going to be better and I’m looking forward to seeing different countries. It’s also going to be a different experience working with Navy personnel, not just corpsmen.”In addition to performing its scheduled tasks, New Orleans also responded to a distress call leading to the recovery of more than 1,800 pounds of alleged contraband and the capture of three suspected drug runners.“The crew of New Orleans did a fantastic job of changing missions quickly, arriving on scene, and rapidly getting our boats in the water to render assistance,” Jacko said. “Coordinating our efforts with the U.S. Coast Guard was seamless, and resulted not only in the rescue of stranded personnel at sea, but the recovery of a substantial amount of dangerous drugs headed to the United States.”PMINT is the first stage of training where more than 1,800 Sailors from New Orleans, USS Makin Island (LHD 8) and USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) integrated with more than 1,600 Marines from the 11th MEU in preparation for their upcoming deployment.New Orleans is a San Antonio-class transport dock ship designed and built to fight. Its war-fighting capabilities include a state-of-the-art command and control suite, substantially increased vehicle lift capacity, a large flight deck, and advanced ship survivability features that enhance its ability to operate in the unforgiving littoral environment.[mappress]Source: navy, August 25, 2011; View post tag: Antonio View post tag: Amphibious Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Returns View post tag: Diegolast_img read more

Jersey City development

first_imgAlbert J. CupoJohn Di Genio Dear Editor:A short time ago, Chris Gadsden, Jersey City Councilman, Ward B mentioned in a local publication that communities within Jersey City developed around “water, highways, and bridges.” No one would argue that point. However, the railroad also played a significant role in the growth of Jersey City. At one time, powerful locomotives – steam, diesel, and electric – hauling freight and passengers thundered across the miles of track that criss-crossed Jersey City. Downtown Jersey City is a living testimony to the development of communities around the railroad. Downtown, at one time, was a “Blue Collar Community,” a section of the city that featured industrial complexes wharf and dock works; and, of course, the railroad. There were four main lines that operated within Downtown Jersey City: The elevated rail lines that ran above Railroad Avenue (now Christopher Columbus Drive), the Sixth Street embankment, now commonly referred to as “Ferris’s Wall,” and the tracks that ran along Ninth Street and in the back of Mary Benson Park. The rails that ran along Railroad Avenue and Sixth and Ninth Streets fed the massive train yards along the Hudson River.Newport now occupies that land. The rails also serviced the manufacturing plants that operated within Downtown. For example, the Colgate plant was on Hudson Street. Today, the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail uses those tracks that once serviced Colgate, as well as the docks along the Hudson River. Industries thrived in Downtown, and communities developed around those centers of industry and the railroads that serviced them. Today, the rails and industrial complexes are gone. However, remnants of that era are still visible; they serve as an enduring – and endearing – reminder of this city’s past. Colgate’s clock still graces the Hudson River, and the Joseph Dixon Crucible plant has been converted to housing, known as Dixon Mills. The Sixth Street Embankment still exists, and it continues to be a point of contention between those who favor “green space” and those who maintain that Ferris’s Wall should be razed and the land used for development. One can make the argument that communities within Jersey City – to include Downtown – continue to develop and grow along waterways, highways, bridges, and what remains of Jersey City’s huge railroad complex. last_img read more

Small can be beautiful

first_imgOur company, based in Fife on the east coast of Scotland, will this year celebrate 150 years of trading, with a Stuart still at the helm.Founded by my great-great grandfather James Stuart, we began trading in 1857 and today have 16 bakery shops and three butcher’s shops, all located within a tight radius of 15 miles. We barely touch wholesale and turn over around £3m.So how come we’ve survived so long? A major obstacle we’ve overcome has been in passing on the legacy to successive generations. I once visited a famous family firm and was introduced to young Mr So and So, well into his 60s. His 83-year-old father still came in every day and was completely unable, or unwilling, to hand over the reins. It’s the Prince Charles syndrome: pushing 60 and forlornly waiting for Mummy to shuffle off this mortal coil.The second generation son is heavily influenced by the driven father and, in all probability, works even harder than him. He may feel trapped, especially if the business is all he’s ever known. The ability of the senior generation to heap on feelings of guilt often tears the relationship apart and this can pass down the generational ladder.With Stuarts well into our sixth generation, we’ve managed to create a sound culture and understanding among all family members of how the business works. We’ve always referred to “the golden goose”; if you don’t nurture the goose, she soon stops laying eggs. Staying small means we can react quickly to changing situations. When new laws or diktats emerge, I either choose to ignore them or I act on them immediately.As to modern management methods? Phooey! My fondest business memory was of my father attending a high-powered three-day seminar, surrounded by whizz kids from the major retailers. Peter Drucker, an economics guru in the ’70s, gave out a stream of tactics that shafted the small boys, with no concern for business ethics.My father let rip, calling him a crook, a cheat and a charlatan. Mr Drucker asked if my father had been in business long. “120 years,” he replied. “Well,” said Drucker, “what a pleasure this is. I have never met a dinosaur before. I predict a similar fate for your business.” Yah boo sucks, the dinosaurs are still going strong.Staying small hasn’t meant standing still. From a couple of shops and a new bakery at the turn of last century, we now operate from a 22,000sq ft site, designed to enable our sixth, seventh and eighth generations to celebrate 200 years and more.But won’t the leviathans of the supermarket world or Greggs, with its projected £1bn mega-baker empire, eventually grind us into the dust? I believe not. Just think about the birds in your garden.At the top of the chain, we have the big birds – the crows and the seagulls – who muscle their way round, scaring the smaller birds and picking up the biggest chunks of food.Next we have the pigeons and starlings – scared of the crows and gulls and making do with their leftovers. Then we come to the smaller birds, such as finches, sparrows and wrens, nipping around the garden to pick up crumbs that the clumsy big birds have left behind. But it’s the smaller birds’ songs that give me the most delight.So do I think they’ll survive? There’s not a doubt in my mind.last_img read more

Fosters partners Deliciouslyorkshire in online training

first_imgBarnsley-based Fosters Bakery has teamed up with regional food group Deliciouslyorkshire to launch a new online staff training campaign.Byte online – a training service for catering, hospitality, manufacturing and food retailers – has helped the company reduce costs while increasing the number of staff being put through specific training courses.  The online system, which is one of the first to offer accredited ‘Pay As You Go’ Chartered Institute of Environmental Health courses, allows employers to tailor training programmes to their specific work environment.Tom Allot, trainer at Fosters Bakery, said: “We now have 360 users online, which is amazing as we would never usually be able to train such a vast volume of our staff at the same time. We’ve customised the programme as we needed, and currently have courses running on food hygiene, manual handling, health and safety and even gluten-free.”Employees can do the course at home using their own computer. Added Allot: “We are planning on extending our courses very soon and are even looking to set up the training programme in different languages.”>>Fosters issues challenge to would-be apprenticeslast_img read more

Review of the Year 2017: October to December

first_imgNovemberYorkshire tea owner Bettys and Taylors Group urged a tiny café in Whitby to rename one of its cakes. Sandgate Coffee & Delights, a three-table café in the seaside town, stopped using the name Fat Rascals after receiving a visit and two letters from the company, which holds a trade mark for the name and design of the Fat Rascal – a scone with a ‘face’ made from cherries and almonds.Warburtons announced it was rebranding its Newburn Bakehouse free-from range as Warburtons Gluten Free. Rolling out from January, the new-look range will feature black and orange packaging clearly displaying the Warburtons name.Harrods opened the first phase of its new-look Food Halls, unveiling a from-scratch bakery and coffee roastery. The  bakery is led by master baker Lance Gardner and offers 15 varieties of bread, as well as pastries, cake and biscuits, which are freshly baked throughout the day. The Roastery and Bake Hall is the first step in a two-year restoration project to transform the Food Halls.Rising wheat prices heaped further pressure on UK bread margins. Allied Bakeries said it had been discussing higher prices with retailers, with parent company Associated British Foods (ABF) reporting Allied sustained a loss in the year ending 16 September. Other manufacturers will also be hoping to raise prices, according to industry insiders.Warburtons and the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) agreed a “landmark” deal to improve employee terms and make the business more agile. Warburtons said the move would enable it to meet changing consumer demand through innovation while improving the long-term security of staff. We look back at some of the major stories that affected the baking industry in the last quarter of 2017.The final months of the year brought our Christmas Stars competition and Harrods unveiling a from-scratch bakery and coffee roastery, as well as many more developments in the industry.For our previous round-ups of what happened earlier in the year see:January – MarchApril – JuneJuly – September Bachmanns’ Prune & Cognac Tart, which won the Christmas Cakes, Pastries & Tarts categoryOctoberReal Good Food reported that it expected to make a loss before tax for the year to 31 March 2018. The company said margins had been badly hit by commodity cost hikes and disruption to production during site redevelopment. The announcement followed a string of profit warnings from the business.The winning products in the 2017 Christmas Stars competition were revealed. The winners and runners-up can use Christmas Stars logos on marketing material and on packs.Allied Bakeries faced strike action at its depot in West Bromwich in a pay row with drivers and engineers. Industrial action was called off in December after 130 drivers, maintenance staff and security personnel at the Kingsmill plant accepted a revised pay offer from Allied.NHS bosses clamped down on unhealthy sandwiches in a bid to combat obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. Hospital chiefs were told that three-quarters of pre-packed sandwiches and other savoury pre-packed meals sold in hospital canteens, stores and vending machines must contain 400 calories or less per serving and must not have more than 5g of saturated fat per 100g.New York Bakery Co was forced to temporarily halt production of some its bagels at its site in Rotherham as a result of technical issues following work to increase production and improve efficiency. The issue has since been resolved.center_img DecemberYorkshire-based bakery Jacksons announced a £40m investment in a second factory to supply bread for sandwich manufacturers. Jackons has planning permission for the facility, which will be built on a 10-acre site on the Willowbrook East Industrial Estate in Corby.Coopland & Son revealed it is set to open 30 new shops in three years across the north of England following a £8.5m investment from investors Business Growth Fund. As well as the expansion, the funds will be used to improve and develop its production facilities.Puratos acquired Lancashire-based fruit filling and sauces supplier Fruitapeel. Puratos said the acquisition would strengthen its position in the UK bakery industry and enhance its offering to existing customers.Warburtons changed the hashtag used on competition after realising it is linked with a subculture known as ‘furries’, made up of people who dress up in elaborate costumes as animal characters. The baker had used the #crumpetcreations hashtag as part of a competition in which customers upload photos of Christmassy crumpets for the chance to win VIP tickets to a show. However, Crumpet Creations is also the name of a company in Phoenix, Arizona, that makes ‘furries’ costumes.last_img read more

Keenan Hall to host 0.5K race with proceeds to benefit South Bend homeless center

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Jimmy Tull A group of Keenan Knights grill patties for the 2018 0.5K race. This year’s event will be held Thursday.“We have strong bonds with the Boys and Girls Club of South Bend as well as the business house,” senior Tom Walsh, former president of Keenan Hall, said. “But we already did so much for them, we thought we’d reach out to a new charity and kind of see what we can do elsewhere.”Last year, Keenan 0.5K raised $670. This year, the hall aims to make it an even bigger event. Walsh said the idea of a 0.5K race stemmed from Keenan’s image on campus and the dorm’s intention to distinguish the event from the Keenan Revue. “Back in April 2018, there was one weekend where like three or four dorms were doing a race at the same time,” Walsh said. “We realized that our identity on campus is just being like fun, silly and goofy so we wanted to play off all the five Ks and everything going on. We also want to get away from being attached to the Revue. We wanted this to be an independent event, and so we just came [up with] the idea for [the] 0.5K and I think everybody on our spirit week team kind of fell in love with that immediately.”The race reflects the brotherhood of Keenan Hall, Walsh said, and is meant to make an impact on the first-year Keenan Knights. “Our goal was to add to the image of Keenan because our main events like Keenan Revue [have] been standing for 44 years, and there’s so much that this brotherhood has to give that we can do more for ourselves, for the community and to show the rest of campus who we are,” Walsh said. “And so together with my vice presidents, we decided that we wanted to create something big in the fall for us besides Disco Roll [and] the Great Pumpkin, to introduce the first years to what it means to be a Knight before the Revue season really kicks in.”Entrance into the event is $5. For an additional $10, attendees can purchase specially designed Keenan shirts. JP Lynch, a sophomore Keenan apparel commissioner designed the shirts this year. Lynch explained the meaning behind the K on the back of the shirts. “It’s collaborating the idea where it’s like the point five K and then emphasize how K is for Keenan as well,” he said. “Our main colors are navy blue and white, and I love the color light blue so I alternated them with swords, put little navy and then some light blue and then sprinkle [the swords] around.” The front design of the shirt accentuates Keenan’s spirit week this year, Lynch asserted. “Our spirit week is called Knight Fever, so I basically just made a logo with the words knight and fever,” Lynch said. “But then in the F is like a little thermostat to emphasize fever.”Tags: 0.5k, Keenan Hall Keenan Hall will host its second annual Keenan 0.5K race Thursday on North Quad as part of its dorm spirit week. The race will take place at 4:30 p.m. and will start in front of the Keenan door, continue in front of Zahm House and Cavanaugh Hall, take a left at the stone-henge, continue behind Breen-Phillips Hall, then finally end at North Dining Hall, junior Conor McConville, president of Keenan Hall, said. All proceeds from the race will benefit the South Bend Center for the Homeless. last_img read more

New study finds potential $71 billion stranded asset problem for coal in Japan

first_imgNew study finds potential $71 billion stranded asset problem for coal in Japan FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:As much as $71 billion of Japanese coal assets could be at risk as the economic viability of plants is undermined by cheaper renewable energy, research by the University of Tokyo, Carbon Tracker and the Carbon Disclosure Project showed on Sunday.The report, called Land of the Rising Sun and Offshore Wind, used project financial models to analyze the economics of new and existing coal plants in Japan. It found that Japan’s planned and existing coal capacity could be jeopardized by low utilization rates and cheaper renewable energy, namely onshore and offshore wind and large-scale solar photovoltaics (PV).Offshore wind, solar PV and onshore wind could be cheaper than new coal plants by 2022, 2023 and 2025 respectively. Added to that, offshore wind and large-scale solar PV could be cheaper than the long-run marginal cost of existing coal plants by 2025 and 2027 for onshore wind, the report said.To meet a globally-agreed goal of limiting temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius this century, planned and operational coal capacity would need to be shut down and Japanese consumers could face $71 billion in higher power prices as the cost of stranded coal assets is passed on. Of this amount, $29 billion could be avoided if the Japanese government reconsidered the development of planned and under construction capacity straight away, according to the report.“We don’t comment on each report, but Japan plans to reduce inefficient coal-fired power plants as much as possible while enhancing development of carbon capture, utilization and storage technology,” Katsushi Takehiro, director of the coal division at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, told Reuters.According to a Reuters survey, Japan plans to build nearly 12.6 gigawatts (GW) of new coal capacity in the next decade. Japan’s coal generation capacity totaled around 43 GW at the end of March and is expected to reach 52 GW in 2023, according the country’s grid monitor.More: Some $71 billion of Japanese coal assets at risk from cheaper renewableslast_img read more

Research and History from the Depths of the Sea

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo January 22, 2018 The mission of the Chilean Navy’s Strategic Studies Center (CEDESTRA, in Spanish) is very specific: to conduct research and analyses—principally of a forward-looking nature—related to the Chilean Navy’s strategic areas. Topics like security and defense, military sociology, and international maritime law are some of the lines of investigation the institution spearheads in the area of military studies for more than two decades. The work of CEDESTRA focuses on advising the Navy General Staff to prepare the institution for future scenarios with strategic planning. “It’s an enormous challenge to lead CEDESTRA because of the multiple issues we work on,” said Chilean Navy Vice Admiral (R) Jorge Ibarra Rodríguez, executive director of CEDESTRA. “The challenge is to be an organization that the Chilean Navy can count on for its research in different areas.” Since its creation in 1991, the center moved into various facilities and is now located in Valparaíso, Chile, at the Navy General Staff’s facilities. In addition to the research topics it spearheads, CEDESTRA creates room for discussion, exchange, and knowledge in the areas of security and defense, among other topics. The center CEDESTRA focuses on two specific areas: research and institutional outreach. Research focuses on developing strategic studies on national security and defense, maritime history, military sociology, international maritime law, and maritime interests, among others. Through its institutional outreach, CEDESTRA coordinates activities with academic centers of the Armed Forces of Chile, including the National Academy of Political and Strategic Studies, the Center of Aerospace Strategic Studies, the Chilean Air Force, and the Army General Staff Center for Military Studies and Research. CEDESTRA also implements activities and maintains agreements with public and private universities, and carries out international exchanges with countries throughout the region. CEDESTRA orients its academic tasks according to directives from the Chilean Navy’s strategic development plan, known as the Ocean Directive. The directive allows CEDESTRA to work on its regular research topics and stay open to new research areas such as the politics of inclusion, Antarctica, the environment, etc. Special study areas “Naval history is no longer approached solely from the perspective of naval combat,” said Susana Iduya Guerrero, CEDESTRA historian and researcher. “We currently have a more complete view, including strategic, political, and social points of view.” Naval history is not very developed in Chile, Iduya said, so the fields of naval history and military sociology have become new disciplines. “Military sociology as a discipline is not very common in the military field,” said Chilean Navy Captain (R) Omar Gutiérrez Valdebenito, a specialist in military sociology. “My responsibility is to follow social transformation processes that have an effect on society and how these impact the military institution.” “The social transformations are so innumerable and fast that suddenly it’s hard to say which impacted the Armed Forces most in the past few years in Chile,” Capt. Gutiérrez said. “Maybe the most relevant for the Chilean Navy has been the incorporation of women.” The Chilean Navy counts about 25,000 uniformed personnel, of which 10 percent are women. Women have been a part of the Navy since 1936, when the institution incorporated the first nurses and administrative staff. But it was in 2003, when uniforms were regulated to take into account the distinct insignia for ranks and specialties. According to Capt. Gutiérrez, military sociology studies how naval forces prepared and adapted its organizational culture for the inclusion of women, as well as their performance within military ranks, including life aboard a military ship, participation in combat, and leadership within the organization, among others. “From military sociology, we have the chance to alert the institution with respect to upcoming changes and challenges,” Capt. Gutiérrez concluded.last_img read more

Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, United States Create Counter-terrorism Groupbhaez

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo September 06, 2019 The agreement, announced on July 19, 2019, coincided with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Buenos Aires to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the attack on the Argentine Jewish Mutual Aid Society (AMIA, in Spanish). The Argentine court seeks to indict Iranian officials for ordering — and Hezbollah for executing — the AMIA attack that killed 85 people and injured more than 300.“The four countries have made a decision to set up a regional security mechanism,” said Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie at a press conference in Buenos Aires.According to Faurie, the measure will help to coordinate political and diplomatic efforts to counter illicit activities in the region, as well as potential connections to transnational crime and terrorism financing. “This mechanism will be ratified in biannual meetings, with the coordination of the four ministries of foreign affairs and the support of other agencies in our countries that are competent in this field,” he said.Security analysts praised the initiative. “This counter-terrorist partnership is very important, since Latin America isn’t free of terrorism”, Luis Fleischman, sociology professor at Palm Beach State College in Florida and consultant at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C., told Diálogo.“A group linked to the Islamic State was dismantled in Brazil. Hezbollah maintains a presence in Venezuela, and their supporters have been found in several countries in the region, including Peru and the Guyanas, with intentions to commit terrorist acts”, said Fleischman.Argentina freezes Hezbollah assetsArgentina’s Financial Information Unit (UIF, in Spanish) ordered a freeze on the assets of Hezbollah and its leaders on July 18, after officially designating the organization a “terrorist group.” UIF said that Hezbollah had been designated a terrorist organization by many states, including Australia, Canada, Israel, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as well as the European Union.“These designations clearly show that Hezbollah has been responsible for committing numerous terrorist attacks worldwide,” Mariano Federici, UIF president, told Diálogo. “Today, Hezbollah continues to be a threat for national security and for the integrity of the financial and economic order in Argentina.”Registry of terrorist organizationsAs part of its commitment against terrorism, the Argentine government also implemented the Public Registry of People and Entities Linked to Terrorism and Financing. This database, created by a decree Argentine president Mauricio Macri issued on July 16, seeks to “prevent, counter, and eradicate terrorism and its financing,” according to Article 24.The list designates Hezbollah and its leaders. Among these are Hasan Nasrallah, the group’s secretary general; Hashem Safieddine, executive officer; Naim Qasim, deputy secretary general; and Samuel Salman el Reda, a member of the Hezbollah External Security Organization, who is accused of direct involvement in the AMIA attack.“Hezbollah might be assisting the Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro with paramilitary assault troops, in addition to having strong bonds with narcotrafficking,” said Fleischman. “We expect countries like Chile to join this regional pact, since some Islamic extremists operate in the Andean country as well.”last_img read more

Highlights from the CUNA CFO Council Conference

first_imgThe 535 credit union finance professionals attending the 22nd annual CUNA CFO Council Conference in Anaheim, Calif., learned about the power of communication, the dangers of information security breaches, the challenge of onerous regulations, and the revolution occurring in big data.The conference concluded Wednesday with a presentation by culture expert Jim Knight, who believes many leaders underestimate the impact of messages from the top, either formally through mission statements and memos, or informally through casual conversation.“They don’t realize the power of what they can do to inspire, motivate, reward, recognize achievement,” Knight said.His challenge for credit union leaders: What could you say that would warrant people coming to work every day and being proud of it, not just complying?Kicking off the conference was a presentation by retired naval commander Mike Abrashoff, who transformed an underperforming ship by instilling ownership among the crew. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more