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USS New Orleans Concludes Basic Training Cycle

first_img View post tag: cycle The amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) completed a four-week underway May 15 as a part of the ship’s basic training cycle to prepare for future deployments.The time at sea was filled with inspections and evolutions, including firefighting, well deck operations, deck landing qualifications and towing exercises to test the readiness of the crew.Capt. Douglas Verissimo, the commanding officer of New Orleans, said:We had a long list of certifications and expectations to meet and we exceeded them.New Orleans completed her first towing exercise with a local San Diego tugboat. The exercise consisted of hooking a towing hawser to a tugboat for a 15-minute cruise that included a 90-degree turn.New Orleans also completed approximately 20 hours of deck landing qualifications with Navy SH-60 Sea Hawk and Air Force HH-60G Pavehawk helicopters during both day and night operations.The largest evolution during New Orleans’ underway was executing four days of well deck amphibious operations. New Orleans performed multiple evolutions, launching and recovering two landing craft air cushions (LCAC), 12 amphibious assault vehicles (AAV), two light amphibious resupply cargo (LARC), two coastal riverine assault boats and one landing craft unit (LCU).During one of the evolutions, the ship’s deck department successfully recovered two coastal riverine assault boats. The crew also conducted numerous firefighting drills to improve readiness in case of an actual casualty.The evolutions and drills conducted during the four-week underway helped prepare New Orleans for their upcoming deployment.[mappress mapid=”16025″]Image: US Navy Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today USS New Orleans Concludes Basic Training Cycle Share this article View post tag: Navy USS New Orleans Concludes Basic Training Cycle View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: americas View post tag: Training View post tag: USS New Orleans May 20, 2015last_img read more

Russian Navy: 15 new vessels in 2015

first_img January 4, 2016 Russian Navy: 15 new vessels in 2015 Authorities Share this article The Russian Black Sea Fleet added 15 warships and support vessels to its tally, said the Russian Ministry of Defense January 4.In November 2015, Russian Navy bases in Sevastopol and Novorossiisk received two small missile ships Serpukhov and Zeleni Dol that are armed with Russian long-range cruise missile system Kalibr-NK, which was already used during airstrikes on Syria in October 2015.New diesel submarines that joined the fleet are the Novorossiysk and the Rostov-on-Don are also armed with cruise missiles complexes Kalibr-PL.  On December 8, 2015, the Rostov-on-Don achieved a first-of-a-kind milestone for the Russian Navy. Namely, according to the Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, the submarine fired Kalibr cruise missiles while submerged in the Mediterranean Sea.Counter-sabotage patrol boat projects Raptor and Rook were also launched in 2015.A modern fleet of RB-365 tugs and the newest multifunctional complex port service vessel VTN-73 are also among the additions from the last year.The Navy’s St. Andrew’s flag was raised for the rescue tugboat Professor Nicholas Moore and two diving boats – SMC 2094 and MER-1045.The Russian Navy plans to introduce several new vessels into its Black Sea fleet by 2020. The vessels include frigates Admiral Grigorovich, Admiral Essen and Admiral Makarov, two diesel submarines Old Oskol and Krasnodar, as well as supply vessels and floating cranes.[mappress mapid=”17571″]Naval Today Staff View post tag: Russian Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Russian Navy: 15 new vessels in 2015 last_img read more

Ocean City Teacher Amy Andersen Wins National Honors

first_imgOcean City Schools Superintendent Kathleen Taylor, High School American Sign Language Teacher Amy Andersen, Christina Ramos from California Casualty and High School Principal Matt Jamison pose with Andersen’s check for a national award for teaching. By Maddy VitaleOcean City High School’s American Sign Language teacher Amy Andersen, who is New Jersey’s Teacher of the Year, was honored yet again, for her work as an inspirational educator.On Monday, during what she thought was a staff meeting, Andersen was called up to the podium by Schools Superintendent Kathleen Taylor and High School Principal Matt Jamison. She was informed that she was one of the top educators of 46 nominees nationwide. Anderson was honored with the California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence. She will go on to the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education gala in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 8 where the national educator will be named.Christina Ramos, field marketing manager for California Casualty said, “Today, I have the pleasure of presenting this award to Amy Andersen. This award goes to educators who are recognized as the best.”Amy Andersen listens as Schools Superintendent Kathleen Taylor speaks about the American Sign Language teacher’s dedication to her students.Schools Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said the latest honor for Andersen is a testament to the lives she has touched on a daily basis as an educator. High School Principal Matt Jamison noted that Andersen deserves recognition for the work she does to impact students’ lives. Her eyes welled up as she stepped to the podium and was presented with balloons, bouquets of flowers and a check for $500 from California Casualty.She thanked Ramos and her colleagues for the honor.After a year away from the classroom, as state Teacher of the Year, Andersen is overjoyed to be back doing what she loves most – teaching.At the end of the ceremony, Andersen posed for pictures and spoke about her life as Teacher of the Year.“I’m really happy to be back in the classroom to be able to be with my students,” she said.She also said she has been enjoying the year, especially the friendships she has made with other top educators.Andersen noted that she speaks daily to three of the other finalists for National Teacher of the Year.“Even though we teach different subjects, we all make the students our priority,” she said of the main thing the teachers have in common.She added that she plans on speaking with Jamison and Taylor about some ideas she had for the $500 check she received from California Casualty. She thought it might be a good idea to bring in a hearing-impaired actor to visit with her ASL Honors Society.In addition to Andersen receiving top honors, this last year has been a big one for educator recognition in the Ocean City School District.Taylor was named top superintendent in the state. Jamison was named state Principal of the Year and “Visionary of the Year” by the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association.Ocean City High Schoollast_img read more

Smoothies soar as fizzy drinks go flat

first_imgThe following tale of corporate wrestling between two Goliaths of the soft drinks industry may seem far removed from the average baker on the high street, but stay with it.PepsiCo, a third of the value of megabrand Coca-Cola five years ago, overtook its bitter rivals for the first time last December. Spotting a trend, the former diversified into healthier products, fruit juices and energy drinks. The latter was slow to react to changing consumer lifestyles, dithered and fell behind.But why should the baker care about this hare-and-tortoise tale of tussling multinationals? The moral of the story is that consumers want healthier drinks options from their retailers – not just sugary carbonated drinks. And this trend is not restricted to the upmarket sandwich chains and food-to-go outlets, such as Pret A Manger. Bakery chain Greggs, for example, has seen success in its south east stores selling Fairtrade pure orange juices and fruit smoothies.There are signs that classic drinks like cola are being outperformed in some outlets by juice drinks. Marks & Spencer’s Pure Juice, for example, is a big seller with the lunchtime sandwich trade, says Georgina Pickford, consumer insight director at TNS Worldpanel. Latest figures show expenditure on juices up 10% year on year, with cola up 5% and fruit carbonates down 4% (TNS Worldpanel, 52 w/e Jan 1, 2006).“There are some interesting trends in the soft drinks market with a move away from carbonated drinks, and juices are really growing,” she comments. “We are seeing a move from juice drinks to pure juice drinks, and people are certainly wanting more wholesome products.”This is a trend that PepsiCo cottoned onto quickly in acquiring number one orange juice brand Tropicana in 1998, nearly seven years ahead of Coca-Cola’s introduction of Minute Maid orange juice in the UK in June 2005.Smoothie operatorAnd in February last year PepsiCo bought UK smoothies brand PJ Smoothies, credited as the first company to introduce smoothies to this country in 1994. Smoothies are the fastest growing part of the soft drinks category and the PJ brand accounts for about one-third of the UK smoothies market. One set of figures shows value sales of chilled juices up strongly, by about 17%, but smoothies were up a hefty 98% (IRI 52 w/e 3 Dec, 2005).Last year Unilever launched its Vie smoothies brand with a flurry of marketing. But leading the charge in the smoothies category is Innocent, with nearly half the market. Since launching in 1998 the London-based company has rapidly become the number two chilled fruit drink behind Tropicana in the UK. Its drinks are sold in the likes of sandwich chain O’Brien’s, Starbucks, Bagel Factory and Eat, as well as independent bakeries through its regional and national wholesale suppliers.But why should a healthy drinks option appeal to a typical bakery customer coming in for a pasty? “Consumers are definitely wanting to go to these outlets and find a healthier choice,” argues Innocent sales director Giles Brooke. Many people will ‘trade-off’ a sandwich or a pie against a product that offers them health benefits, he observes.He views bakeries as a huge untapped outlet for healthier drinks. “We don’t think there’s a better time than now to be getting into bakeries and we want to help them improve their offering so that they are bringing in more healthy products, as well as giving them the opportunity to benefit from one of the fastest growing categories,” he states.“In terms of craft bakeries we’re not in as many as we’d like. We are actually in a significant number of outlets that sell sandwich and pastry offerings, but we will be looking to get into even more.”Changing consumer lifestyles have put sugary drinks and carbonated drinks, in particular, into long-term decline. Meanwhile, smoothies is the fastest growing category and Innocent was the number one chilled juice value growth brand over the last 52 weeks, accounting for 89% [IRI] of the growth on branded smoothies.In the first three weeks of this year, the brand underwent some 30-50% increases above projected sales in foodservice outlets. This was on the back of Innocent’s £1m January marketing campaign, featuring slogans like ‘Tasty as pie, healthy as mung beans’. The core range of 13 250ml drinks has a recommended retail price of £1.79; but lunchtime sandwich and drink promotions, best illustrated by Boots’ lunchtime meal deals, are a great way to increase volume sales of drinks, says Mr Brooke. He adds that Innocent’s position as market leader gives it strength to offer retailers good margins on its products. “I think the biggest opportunity with smoothies is the cash margin and we outsell our nearest competitor within smoothies by at least two-to-one,” he claims. “With such a strong unit rate of sale we can really improve cash margin for retailers.”Greggs gets on boardGreggs has embraced the smoothies concept in the south east – the region with the strongest smoothies sales – and has sold The Big J smoothies in around 230 stores for nearly two years. The drink also sells in Cooks (formerly Three Cooks) bakeries nationally, coffee shops and independents. The Big J MD Josephine Carpenter says price point has been a sticking point for bakeries in the past. But perceptions are changing, and its 250ml smoothie pack, which sells for £1 in Greggs, is particularly suited to bakeries. “Over the years, as the smoothie market has grown, more and more bakers have come online,” comments Ms Carpenter. “Because smoothies are generally a more expensive soft drink, we wouldn’t have dreamt that they would have sold in a bakery in terms of the price point a few years ago. But now people are prepared to pay more for a smoothie because they know it’s good for them.” And, echoing Mr Brooke’s remarks, she says: “Bakers have told us that people will buy a sausage roll and a smoothie – there is a trade-off.”But why should a baker choose The Big J over a more recognisable brand name like Innocent? “One of the main reasons people choose our brand – even though it’s a similar product – is the fact that we package it in a Tetra-Pak, which means it has a longer shelf-life,” she says. “It’s easy to keep and can be stored outside the refrigerator. When bakeries are trialling new products that can prove essential.” The company also sells 330ml bottles, juices and a Roald Dahl juice range with no additives or preservatives for children.According to market research company Euromonitor (June 2005), natural ingredients and low sugar content in pure juices, compared to carbonates, appeals to health-conscious consumers. “Not-from-concentrate juice also owes its growing popularity to the combined benefits of high-juice content and convenience, which fits well with the current consumer trend favouring convenience beverages,” it said.Colin Davis, commercial manager at Gerber Foods Soft Drinks, which manufactures, distributes and markets top-five juice drink Ocean Spray in the UK, as well as making own-label juice drinks, agrees that the juice content of a drink can play a part in the purchase choice.“Ribena has 6% juice whereas Ocean Spray Cranberry Classic has 25% juice. It is predominantly for health reasons that consumers buy Ocean Spray.” The drink comes in a 500ml re-sealable cap bottle in three flavours – Cranberry Classic, Cranberry and Raspberry, and Cranberry and Blackcurrant. They are also available in 250ml can and 200ml carton formats.Mr Davis says bakers should reassess their drinks range: “Although bakers will tend to stock waters they haven’t really embraced the juice market. They might have one or two juices, but they may be missing a trick by not offering a wider choice.”According to Britvic’s category director Andrew Marsden, the key to driving sales is to stock the right range of big-name brands in the right formats, such as 500ml bottles. So the answer to maximising the drinks offering might well rest with getting a balance between big name brands and niche, healthier options. “We recommend retailers stock for all ages; include still and carbonated drinks and, most importantly, identify and stock for drinking occasions that suit their customers,” concludes Mr Marsden. Have sugary carbonated drinks had their day?There is a sea change in the soft drinks market underway. The Union of European Beverages Associations, which represents the major soft drinks manufacturers, last month announced plans to curb its marketing to children.The soft drinks industry will place a self-imposed ban on the marketing of soft drinks to under-12s, with a pledge to avoid directly appealing to children. It will also place limits on presence, branding and portion sizes in schools.Chaired by PepsiCo’s Europe’s Stephen Kehoe, the association’s move signals the big players’ response to pressures from the European Union, state governments and consumer groups to curb obesity.Long-term consumer lifestyle trends are also seeing shoppers moving away from sugary carbonated drinks towards perceived healthier options: juices, smoothies and waters. If this latest move to discourage children’s ‘pester power’ for sugary drinks proves successful, the trend is likely to continue.SOFT DRINKS BY NUMBERSExpenditure on juices was up around 10% year on year, with fruit carbonates down 4%(TNS Worldpanel, 52 w/e Jan 1, 2006)Value sales of chilled juices were up by about 17%; smoothies were the fastest growing category, up 98% (IRI, 52 w/e Dec 3, 2005)CRAFT BAKERY’S VIEWMike Holling is retail and sales manager at craft bakery Birds of DerbyQ. What is in your core range of drinks? A. We offer a standard range of the most popular carbonated drinks, including Coke and Diet Coke, Fanta Lemon and Orange, low-sugar Ribena, still, sparkling and flavoured waters, and a pure orange juice. Ideally, I would like to have an own-label product, but because of the production required we can’t.Q. Do you sell hot as well as cold drinks? A. We sell more cold than hot drinks because not every store is set up to offer hot drinks, and seasonal changes will make a noticeable difference. We see a dramatic increase in the demand for cold drinks when the weather is hot, and sales can go up by 20% in a hot week.Q. Do you change your drinks range much? A. We will always look at new products. We have bean-to-cup coffee machines in selected stores, and you need a decent amount of skill to make a really good coffee. The shops sell flavoured waters from a local supplier in the Peak District. We think it is important to keep supply as regional as we can. Strangely, sales of still water far outstrip sparkling water.Q. Do many purchases include a drink? A. It really depends on the location. If it were one of our Expresso outlets (a food-to-go fixture designed for shopping centres), you would see a much higher percentage than in a standard Birds craft bakery shop.Q. How important is merchandising for boosting turnover of drinks? A. We have self-service refrigerated display units and we incorporate our sandwiches in them as well. By doing that the customer will link the product. If you’re buying a sandwich and there’s a pure orange juice next to it, you’re going to make that link and buy the drink.last_img read more

Legislation watch

first_imgThe Pensions Bill 2007, which reached its second reading in Parliament last week, could hit the baking industry hard if it becomes law. That’s the view of pensions consultancy Aon, which said the Bill will cost UK companies an extra £4bn, if it is passed.Chris Dale, head of Aon’s food and drink practice, said: “The Pensions Bill could hit the tight margins of the food and drink sector, which will have to provide pensions to a high number of part-time staff. This could see deficits soar at a time when food prices are inflating at their fastest level for 14 years, driven by increasing fuel and raw material costs. Manufacturers will be forced to pass on increased costs to consumers via retailers. This will further exacerbate the spiralling food and drink price inflation.”The Pensions Bill 2007 proposes an automatic enrolment in a workplace scheme or personal accounts for all workers, aged between 22 and state pension age earning more £5,035 a year (at 2006/07 rates). Workers would contribute a minimum 4% of their salaries, employers a minimum of 3% with around 1% in tax relief from the government.”Reacting to the perception that the voluntary pension system is irreparably damaged, the government is now resorting to the enforcement of compulsory employer contributions,” said Dale.last_img read more

Students mediate Harassment Prevention Orders

first_img Read Full Story On a brisk, sunny morning in April, dozens of people crowd into the tiny Second Session courtroom at Quincy District Court. Some are represented by lawyers, but most are not. They are here because they are parties in Harassment Prevention Order (HPO) cases. Some are asking the judge for an order to stem the tide of animosity between neighbors that has been festering for years while others are asking the judge for an order to prevent former friends and/or family members from harassing them at their homes, places of work, or on social media. Because HPO cases almost always involve complex personal relationships and high emotions, they are some of the most difficult cases for judges to handle.Today, though, the judge has a unique option at his disposal to assist parties seeking an HPO. Sitting at the edge of the courtroom are two student mediators from the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP). They are here as part of the court’s HPO mediation pilot program. As the judge works his way down this morning’s docket, he selects cases that look like they might be better resolved through mediation than by a ruling from the bench. The mediators and parties go to a private conference room next to the courtroom, where the mediators use their skills to facilitate a discussion between the parties and help them arrive at a resolution to their dispute based on mutual consent.Read more on the Harvard Law School website.last_img read more

British newspaper features doctoral candidate’s poem

first_imgEnglish doctoral candidate Ailbhe Darcy joined some esteemed company when The Guardian, a prominent U.K. newspaper, featured one of her poems as Poem of the Week the week of Sept. 24. Darcy’s selection is no small honor. The previous week, the paper showcased William Shakespeare’s “The Phoenix and the Turtle.” Darcy, a Dublin native who earned her Master of Fine Arts in poetry from Notre Dame’s creative writing program, wrote her featured poem, “Silt Whisper,” nearly a decade ago. The piece was published in 2011 as part of her first full collection of works, “Imaginary Menagerie.” Darcy said she thought “Silt Whisper” was an unexpected selection for discussion by Guardian columnist Carol Rumens. Rumens’ column showcases one poem each week in both the print newspaper and the online publication. “I had thought of ‘Silt Whisper’ as a quieter poem, like punctuation within the collection to add a bit of a pause among the noisier poems,” Darcy said. “I wouldn’t have thought of it as a poem that stuck out in terms of its content, so I was surprised she picked that one.” Darcy said “Imaginary Menagerie” contains many reflections on traveling and leaving home, including her transatlantic move from Dublin to South Bend. “I never planned to come to America, and it was a bit of an adventure because I’d never been here before we moved,” Darcy said. “But I’m studying Irish poetry at [Notre Dame’s] Keough-Naughton Institute [for Irish Studies], and my husband is studying geometry here, so we think of it as a home away from home.” Though she considers herself more of a poet than an academic, Darcy said her studies in Notre Dame’s doctoral program in English influence her creative endeavors. “My academic work definitely feeds into my writing, because I write in response to the things I’ve read,” Darcy said. “But poetry is kind of a mysterious process even to the writer. [Poems] happen so slowly, percolating away in your mind for a long time, so that it feels like working on a problem. How that happens is a bit of a mystery to the writer, I think.” Seeing her poem in print in The Guardian was a surreal experience, Darcy said, especially since she composed the poem a decade ago. “It’s a little bizarre to me that it’s gotten so much attention already,” she said. “Actually, it’s quite strange to watch people commenting about the meaning on the online page. It’s almost like sitting in the classroom, and of course I didn’t want to join in with a comment, but it was quite difficult to refrain sometimes.” Darcy said the experience, while unexpected, is “really exciting” for her and her work. Though poetry is her passion, other dimensions of her life have taken center stage lately, with the birth of her eight-week old son complicating the life of a doctoral student. “I’m definitely still getting used to the motherhood part, and I haven’t done a lot of writing in the past eight weeks,” Darcy said. “Hopefully the ideas are all percolating in there though.”last_img read more

Fair showcases full-time volunteer programs

first_imgThe Postgraduate Service Fair, sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns (CSC), took the first steps toward achieving the University’s mission statement of “sensibility to the poverty, injustice and oppression” Wednesday evening in the Joyce Center, showcasing service organizations where seniors can work next year. According to the CSC website, the service fair included booths representing the Alliance for Catholic Education, the Peace Corps, Dominican Volunteers and Jesuit Volunteer Corps, among others. Some of organizations represented operate in South Bend, and send volunteers as far away as South Africa or China, according to the CSC website. Davis Sandefur, a senior studying physics and Irish, said he attended the Service Fair because he has volunteered at his church during the summer in various roles. He said he was particularly interested in the Christian Appalachian Project because he is from Kentucky. “[Service] really teaches you to be thankful for what you have … it reminds you how lucky you are to be in an opportunity to help others,” Sandefur said. According to the CSC website, about 10-percent of graduates commit to some sort of service project within a year after their graduation. Michael Hebbeler, director of student leadership and senior transitions at the CSC, said the service fair is just one of many events the CSC will host this year to inspire more students to pursue postgraduate service, including many other visits from service organizations. Hebbeler said the CSC will run a discernment seminar with direct ties to the Gospel. “[The seminar] challenges students to think critically about vocation and cultivate a way of living that responds to the Gospel demands of right relationship … in short, the path of justice,” he said.last_img read more

Utilities’ Embrace of Renewables a Big Worry for GE

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Vistra Energy Corp and Dominion Energy Inc–which serve about 5.5 million electricity customers in more than a dozen U.S. states–both say they are done building combined-cycle natural gas-fired power plants. Instead, they are building large solar plants, which offer plentiful and inexpensive electricity.This bearish view of fossil-fuel energy, reflective of a growing acceptance by utilities of renewable power sources, poses a hurdle to John Flannery’s plan to turn around General Electric Co’s $35 billion-a-year power unit.GE’s chief executive spelled out the difficulty on Wednesday. Power profits will be flat this year after falling 53 percent in 2017, he said, and GE is planning that demand for heavy-duty natural gas power plants will be less than half what it forecast just over a year ago, and will stay at that level through 2020.GE’s performance reflects the broader trend of utilities shifting to renewables from fossil fuels. Global sales of large natural gas power plants have fallen by half since 2013, according to McCoy Power Reports. Coal and gas-fired plants accounted for just 38 percent of new electricity capacity financed globally last year, down from 71 percent a decade ago, according to Thomson Reuters data. Solar and wind now draw 53 percent of such investment, up from 22 percent, a Reuters analysis shows.Many utilities share the view that the shift is permanent because it is driven by economics rather than government policy and climate-change concerns. While conventional power plants will continue to be built, sales may never reach the levels seen just two years ago, industry experts said.Wind and solar can cost as little as $18 a megawatt hour, compared with $40 for a large gas plant, said Mikael Backman, North America regional director at Wartsila Energy Solutions, part of the Finnish company that makes quick-start natural gas-fired generators.  Across much of the United States, some utilities now buy all the cheap renewable power they can on electricity markets and use quick-start gas engines to fill in when wind and sun falter.More: General Electric’s Power Unit Fights for Growth as Wind, Solar Gain Utilities’ Embrace of Renewables a Big Worry for GElast_img read more

Strong quake strikes off Indonesia’s Sumatra, no tsunami risk

first_imgA magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck off Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Wednesday, with strong tremors felt in the area though seismology agencies said there was no risk of a tsunami and there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.The quake was at a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.Indonesia’s meteorology, climatology and geophysical agency said the quake was felt in cities in the area including Bengkulu, which was the nearest to the epicenter, and Padang. “Up to now, there have been no reports of damage yet following the earthquake,” the agency said in a statement “Our modeling showed no tsunami potential from this quake,” it said. Twitter user @pjv_dreamer said in a post there had been an initial quake and then a larger more powerful tremor that felt like “riding a swing” in an amusement park, shaking your body from side to side.Indonesia sits on the Pacific’s seismically active “Ring of Fire” and has suffered deadly earthquakes and tsunamis in the past. The most devastating in recent Indonesian history was on Dec. 26 in 2004, when a magnitude 9.5 quake off Sumatra triggered a massive tsunami that killed around 226,000 people along the shorelines of the Indian Ocean, including more than 126,000 in Indonesia. In September 2018, Palu, on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, was devastated by a 7.5-magnitude earthquake and a powerful tsunami it unleashed, killing more than 4,000 people. Topics :last_img read more