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USS Bataan Takes Part in Week of Valor

first_img Share this article View post tag: Bataan USS Bataan Takes Part in Week of Valor View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Valor Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Bataan Takes Part in Week of Valor November 7, 2012 View post tag: week View post tag: Naval The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) arrived in Mayport, Fla., Nov. 2 to support the Week of Valor, sponsored by the city of Jacksonville, Fla.The Week of Valor is a week long event to honor service members, both veteran and active duty, for their service to their country. Sailors aboard Bataan will have the chance to attend a variety of functions during their visit such as a job fair, concert, and parade on the last day of the event.The city of Jacksonville has planned multiple events, which run from Nov. 5 through Nov. 12.“I think this trip will be a good morale booster for the crew,” said Lt. Jennifer Bouchard, Bataan’s assistant first lieutenant. “Preparing to show off our ship to our guests builds camaraderie.”During the port visit, Bataan will host a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball game on the ship’s flight deck. Crew members will have an opportunity to meet the University of Florida Gators and watch them play against the Georgetown University Hoyas Nov. 9.“The basketball game is a great way to entertain people,” said Chief Cryptologic Technician Collections (SW/AW) Burton Stark, a native of Virginia Beach, Va. “It will attract a large crowd, and while they’re not watching the game, people can see what Sailors do.”Once the ship moored, the Honorable Alvin Brown, mayor of Jacksonville, welcomed the ship and crew, and presented Capt. Erik M. Ross, commanding officer of Bataan, with the keys to the city.“I am proud and honored at the arrival of the USS Bataan at Naval Station Mayport,” said Brown in his welcoming remarks. “We work every day to ensure a great relationship with our current and retired service members,” he said, explaining why the city was hosting the Week of Valor.“This is an excellent opportunity to showcase our ship, and the fine young Sailors who make things happen,” said Ross about the ship’s visit. “We hope everyone who comes aboard will take a moment to ask the Sailors about their jobs. Guests will definitely see the pride and professionalism of their Navy.”While preparations are made for the NCAA Amphib Classic onboard, Bataan’s crew will be able to enjoy liberty and the hospitality of the city. Along with Morale, Welfare, and Recreation tours arranged for the week, Sailors will also be able to participate in Veteran’s Day celebrations and several military appreciation events.The city officials are planning to make the Week of Valor an annual event, in support of the large number of veterans and active duty personnel who have made the city their home.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 7, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: USS Training & Education View post tag: Navy View post tag: takes View post tag: partlast_img read more

Developer Proposes Waterpark and Resort on Ocean City Boardwalk

first_imgJustin Flood, John Flood’s son, has also filed a lawsuit against the city over a housing project he plans to build. By Donald WittkowskiTaking a cue from similar tourist attractions in the Poconos, an Ocean City real estate developer unveiled tentative plans to transform the heart of the Boardwalk into a year-round, indoor waterpark and resort hotel costing $250 million to $300 million.Justin Flood, a lifelong Ocean City resident whose family has been in the local real estate business for decades, outlined details of the proposed project in public remarks during a City Council meeting Thursday night.Flood said he hopes to create a centerpiece attraction for the Boardwalk that would draw visitors to town year-round instead of relying largely, if not exclusively, on Ocean City’s traditional summer tourism market.“Let’s get to work to create some jobs, economic activity and improve the community,” he told Council.Speaking with reporters after the Council meeting, Flood noted that his project would be similar in concept to the indoor waterparks and resorts operated by Great Wolf Lodge and Camelback Lodge in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains.He wants to develop the waterpark and hotel on a three-acre tract overlooking the center of the Boardwalk at Eighth Street between Moorlyn Terrace and Plymouth Place. Flood said he has an agreement to buy part of the site from private owners, but would also need to reach a deal with the city to acquire two adjacent municipal parking lots.In exchange for the city land, Flood said he would agree to deed restrictions to provide public parking on the site. He also mentioned the possibility of a land swap that could result in the city getting property owned by Flood’s family on 16th Street in return for the parking lots.Flood told reporters that the land on 16th Street is part of the Ocean City Chevrolet dealership owned by his father, John Flood, a former city councilman.Stressing that the project is only in the conceptual phase, Flood said he has not yet developed designs or architectural renderings. He did, however, say the project would create more than 300 jobs and cost between $250 million and $300 million.“This would represent an unprecedented private capital investment in attracting people to Ocean City,” he said.Flood also estimated that the waterpark, based on similar projects in other communities, could generate about $100 million in economic output for Ocean City.The waterpark and resort hotel would be linked by an enclosed bridge. Flood did not disclose the proposed size of the complex.“The good news is, we’re getting close to moving from the concept phase to the design phase,” he said to Council.Justin Flood is trying to line up support from City Council for his project.Council members listened to Flood, but made no public remarks about the project afterward. Representatives of Mayor Jay Gillian’s administration also made no public comments after Flood was done speaking.Flood said he has already met privately with Gillian and members of Council in hopes of lining up their support for the project. He described the Council members as being “fairly supportive” and the mayor as “kind of neutral.”Gillian owns Wonderland Pier, the iconic Boardwalk amusement park established by his grandfather, David Gillian, in 1929. Flood said the mayor, while remaining neutral about the proposed waterpark and hotel, agreed that Wonderland Pier and the rest of the city would benefit from drawing more families and tourists to town.Flood urged the city to join him in a feasibility study for the project to gauge the demand for such a major, year-round attraction. He said the city’s participation in the study would ensure that it has “skin in the game.”According to Flood, he has received an “overwhelmingly positive” reaction from the residents, business representatives and community groups he has spoken to about his project.He added that the only “real negative” he has encountered so far is concern from the city’s hotels and motels. They are worried about the heightened competition his attraction would create for the lodging industry. Flood argued, though, that the extra competition might actually stimulate more improvements from the hotels and motels.In other business at the Council meeting, Business Administrator Jim Mallon announced that the city has withdrawn from plans to purchase a bayfront building known as 50 Tennessee Avenue from its private owner.In October, Council approved a $700,000 funding ordinance that represented the first step toward acquiring the two-story building. Although there were no specific plans for the site, the mayor and some members of Council spoke then of the possibility of using the building as the centerpiece for revitalizing the city’s public boat ramp area on Tennessee Avenue.The funding ordinance did not commit the city to buying the property. Mallon said Gillian decided not to move ahead with the purchase following a “due diligence” process to check the building’s structural integrity as well as for the possibility of any environmental problems.In an interview after the meeting, the mayor said he simply wanted to focus on other projects at this time instead of buying 50 Tennessee Avenue.“We’ve got other projects coming up. That’s it,” Gillian said.The vacant, two-story commercial building known as 50 Tennessee Avenue is no longer part of the city’s broader plans to redevelop the surrounding bayfront area.Mallon also announced at the meeting that a beach replenishment project in the city’s north end is expected to be finished before Christmas, weeks ahead of the original February completion date.The project will restore the beachfront between Seaspray Road and 14th Street with 1.3 million cubic yards of new sand. In addition, sand will be stockpiled to rebuild the depleted dunes near Fifth Street and 10th Street.Besides the aesthetic value of having wide, powdery beaches, the city will also benefit from the replenishment project by having a bigger barrier of sand and dunes to protect homes, businesses, the Boardwalk and roads from the ocean’s storm surge.The city is teaming up with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for the $13.4 million project. The federal and state governments will pay for most of the cost, with the city’s share coming in around $1.2 million.A beach replenishment project in the city’s north end is moving along ahead of schedule and may be completed by Christmas.In another matter at the Council meeting, Mallon strongly criticized a recent story in USA Today that ranked Ocean City as the “drunkest city” in New Jersey. The article concluded that 18.3 percent of the adults in the Ocean City area drink excessively.Noting that the mayor was also upset with the story, Mallon blasted the report as a blatant example of lazy and irresponsible journalism. He also called it “nonsense” and an insult to the Ocean City community.Ocean City, which touts itself as a family-friendly tourist resort, has been a “dry town” that prohibits alcohol sales ever since it was founded by four Methodist ministers in 1879.Mallon said the USA Today story made the mistake of confusing Ocean City with the metropolitan area of Cape May County in concluding that it is New Jersey’s “drunkest city.”USA Today said the story was based on a statistical study performed by the financial news and opinion website 24/7 Wall St. using data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Councilman Michael DeVlieger said that he spoke with the editor-in-chief at 24/7 Wall St. to make it clear that the statistics about Ocean City were faulty.“I think it was completely irresponsible to put it out there,” DeVlieger said of the story. “I think we should feel offended by it.”last_img read more

So why did the state vaccine-reservation system crash?

first_imgMassachusetts’s COVID 19 vaccine appointment portal crashed on Thursday, as hundreds of thousands of residents became newly eligible to reserve the already highly coveted slots. Across the commonwealth, frustrated residents reacted with a question: Why didn’t the state anticipate and prevent this? (The sentiment was echoed later in the day by a chagrined Gov. Charlie Baker in an interview with WGBH radio.) The Ash Center sat down with David Eaves, a lecturer of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School and an expert on information technology and the government, to discuss why governments seemingly struggle to implement tech tools such as vaccine appointments or health insurance enrollment.Q&ADavid EavesASH CENTER: When Massachusetts’ vaccine appointment portal crashed as a wave of newly eligible residents flocked to schedule their COVID vaccinations, did you think this was a predictable outcome?EAVES:  Predictable is probably not fair, but this outcome is more common than one would think. A big part of the challenge is we’re now in the era of digital government, where every service you launch will have a digital component to it. The capabilities to build and launch those types of services digitally are not straightforward for organizations that have been around for a period of time — but they are now core to what the government does.ASH CENTER: Why then does government have such a tough time with technology given that it is central to how it interacts with and provides services to citizens?EAVES: We’ve been working with digital technologies in government for 50, 60 years now, longer if you want to go far enough back. In those very early days the uses were principally military in nature. When digital technologies first penetrated the government — outside of research and more in operations — it was around back-office systems like automating payroll, solving complex problems, storing large quantities of information like the census, etc. They weren’t systems that citizens — or even really many public servants — touched to deliver services or do transactional work in a direct way. That started to shift later with the arrival of terminals, then desktop computers, and then really accelerated with the arrival of the web over the last two decades. It’s the web that has likely most shifted expectation among citizens, that services should be instantaneous and available to them 24/7 online.Each of these shifts in technology often requires new and different skills and competencies. And the technology is more diffuse, touching more people in the government than historically. And changing processes and re-skilling people to adapt to that era is not something that happens overnight — particularly in a large organization that is optimized for stability. “… it’s easy to pick on government. The truth is all sorts of organizations struggle with this work.” However, a senior public administrator is sitting at the top of this pyramid looking down. And most of the time they see only the tip of that pyramid, which is the final product. If you have a really, really gifted politician or administrator, they’ll look two layers down. Getting them to care and invest in what is happening at the bottom of that Dickerson Triangle is hard. And building and standardizing those processes is hard. But that’s the type of uninteresting and politically boring work that is needed at the leadership level.We have to recognize that this is frustrating for the people of Massachusetts. And it’s not like anybody at the state of Massachusetts wanted this to happen. And a bunch of people are working really hard to stand up a website in very short order for a process that is relatively unique and new. We need to demand better. And there should be accountability, but there should also be empathy.Interview was lightly edited for clarity and length. Scholars say shutdowns and remote work yielded insights for employers, workers How COVID experiences will reshape the workplace U.S. failed to control pandemic, but vaccination provides ‘chance to get next phase right’center_img Experts say smooth rollout possible although highly complex ASH CENTER: But we’re almost eight years after the failed launch of, and it seems that government still hasn’t learned its lesson about managing these large technology rollouts. Why do you think that is?EAVES: Well, one simple reality is that it’s hard, and it’s easy to pick on government. The truth is all sorts of organizations struggle with this work. Innumerable private companies have failed to use digital technologies — think Kodak (which actually played a role in inventing digital photography). We just don’t talk about these companies because … they don’t exist anymore! Even among newcomers, just the other day I recall Google Docs stopped working and a vast quantity of the workforce was like … “What do we do?” They’re one of the most preeminent technology firms on the planet, and they’re not flawless. They have moments where things don’t work out for them. I like to remind people that even mature digital organizations have these moments.What is particularly challenging is that government is still wrestling to acquire the new skills and processes the organization needs to launch a service. It’s hard shifting a large organization, with established legacy processes from a paper-based era, and job descriptions and titles and ways of doing the work that are all pre-digital. That’s no small task to turn around and transform — particularly as it won’t get you many votes.And of course add in the urgency of COVID vaccinations, which likely meant things were rushed. I can imagine many state vaccine portals haven’t been through normal purchasing channels, because [doing so would have meant] you had to scope out the website and put in a request for proposals [RFPs], which can easily be an 18-month process — well before the first case of COVID was discovered.Then there’s a whole bunch of constraints that we, the public, place on government agencies. Constraints, when viewed in isolation, such as ensuring a fair and equitable RFP process, help maintain honesty and integrity, but they also force agencies to adhere to a whole bunch of rigid rules. There are also the privacy rules unique to government that are also important but complicate the rollout of these sorts of initiatives and are not a challenge the private sector always has to deal with.All this sounds like an apology. It isn’t. The government should be able to stand up a site like this. These are table-stakes problems in a digital era. Having worked with governments I also have empathy to just how hard this shift is. And … the public should demand, and receive, better service.ASH CENTER: What steps could Massachusetts or other governments take in the future as they continue to roll out their vaccination sign-up portals to broader numbers of residents?EAVES: Last year I had Mikey Dickerson, the gentleman who led the rescue team for, visit my class and discuss what’s become known as the Dickerson Triangle of Service Reliability, which is kind of a Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs for technology projects. His point is you have to start at the bottom and get these things right.He talked about showing up to support the website during the crises and focusing his energy on putting out fires, but more importantly rolling out infrastructure to help you understand what was going wrong and where it was going wrong. And then once you had monitoring in place, you had to have some sort of incident-response process. And then you want to do like a root-cause analysis to prevent similar problems in the future. So you work your way out the hierarchy of needs. A really good engineering team is starting at the bottom working their way up. Relatedlast_img read more

Study abroad applicants receive decision letters

first_imgA world of possibilities was opened to Notre Dame sophomores Friday, as the Office of International Studies [OIS] mailed out decision letters regarding study abroad programs for the 2011-12 academic year. Sophomore Augie Bossu, who was accepted to study in Bologna, Italy, in the spring of 2012, said he was happy to hear such positive news at the same time as many of his friends. “The anticipation and hearing everyone else find out [was great],” he said. “I was getting nervous, but it was a relief and I am really excited.” Bossu said anticipation for the decision letter has been building since the application was due Nov. 15, climaxing in the week before the results were released. “[I was nervous] when I originally filled out the application back in November, but over break I almost forgot about it,” he said. “It was almost too long of a wait. This past week I was getting more nervous as people were talking about it on campus. The buzz came back.” Sophomore Jenny Lesko was accepted to be one of the first Notre Dame students to study abroad in Dakar, Senegal, in the spring of 2012. She said while she isn’t familiar with the program, she is ecstatic to be studying in Africa for the semester. “I am so excited. I called about 10 people when I got in, I was so happy,” Lesko said. “I don’t know much about the program yet. I like trying new things out.” Lesko said the destination and the freedom of the program is what she is looking forward to the most. “I’ve always wanted to go to Africa. It’s been a dream of mine,” she said. “It won’t be so structured, but that is good for me.” Bossu said the travel opportunities offered by studying in Bologna are what he is most excited for in his study abroad experience. “I definitely plan on travelling through Europe to see friends. I am just excited about all the possibilities because it is just so easy to get around everywhere in Europe,” he said. “I haven’t really planned anything yet, I just know it’s going to be so easy to go wherever you want.” Lesko said she was anticipating the cultural opportunities at her disposal in Dakar. “I am really looking forward to the field trips and staying with the host family. Apparently there is a lot of art and music,” she said. “It’s a huge city, about a million people, so there is a lot of stuff to do.” Sophomore Jackie Bacon was accepted to study in Cairo, Egypt, in the spring of 2012. She said her excitement has been tempered by the recent civil unrest in the nation. Notre Dame students who began this semester in Cairo were evacuated out of the city Jan. 30. “Everyone is excited about where they are going and who they are going with, but for me it is different,” she said. “I got in and I’m qualified, but I don’t know if I am going with all the turmoil.” Bacon, an Arabic major, said her program of study requires specific classes not available at most study abroad sites. “I have to be able to take Arabic where I go abroad to graduate in time, so I hope they can find a location where we can take Arabic,” she said. Bacon said she remains hopeful OIS will be able to find a new site in the region, or the conflict in Egypt will be settled. “I definitely would like to go somewhere in the Middle East or an Arabic-speaking nation than go to London and take Arabic classes,” she said. “Hopefully things can get settled in Cairo or they can set something up in Jordan or Morocco. As an Arabic major, I would prefer to go somewhere like there.” Sophomore Jess Fay was waitlisted for the London program. She said after talking with OIS, she remains optimistic she will be able to spend a semester in the country. “It is upsetting, it’s sad. I talked to OIS and they told me to still have hope,” she said. “I applied for summer right before because I was nervous, so I was on the right track.” Fay said at this point, there is not much else she can do besides wait and hope for good news. “I’m keeping my fingers crossed that everything will work out in the end,” she said.last_img read more

I Believe in Unicorns Will Transfer to West End

first_img I Believe in Unicorns is set in a library full of books which contain more than stories within their pages. It is a tale of the power of books and the bravery of a young boy called Tomas. He loves playing in the mountains and hates reading and school but his world is turned upside down the day he meets the Unicorn and the Unicorn Lady in his local library. The interactive show is devised and produced by Wizard Presents, directed by Dani Parr, designed by Kate Bunce, with music and sound by Martin Thompson, lighting by Will Evans and projection by Arnim Freiss. Michael Morpurgo’s I Believe in Unicorns will transfer to London’s West End. The one-woman production, starring Danyah Miller, will play at the Vaudeville Theatre August 8 through August 31, following a National tour.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Powder River Basin coal output down sharply in second quarter

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Total coal production declined sharply in the second quarter at some of the largest coal mines in the nation, according to early data from the U.S. Mine Health and Safety Administration.Coal production from the Powder River Basin, the most productive coal region in the U.S., was down 9.9% in the second quarter compared to the prior quarter. Production was down by 4.0% from the year-ago quarter, according to the most recent MSHA production data.The Powder River Basin produces thermal coal primarily extracted from large-scale surface coal mines and shipped to domestic U.S. coal-fired power plants. Producers in the region have reported that utilities continue to have high levels of inventory due to relatively low demand for power from coal-fired facilities, at the same time many of the power plants that consume U.S. thermal coal are being retired.Peabody Energy Corp. reported that output at the North Antelope Rochelle mine, the largest coal mine in the U.S by production, was down by about 5.0 million tons, or 18.8%, in the second quarter compared to the prior quarter. The quarterly total was about 1.4 million fewer tons than the company reported producing in the same quarter in 2017.The second-largest coal mine in the U.S., Arch Coal Inc.’s Black Thunder, reported production fell by about 1.3 million tons or 7.3% from the first quarter of 2018 to the second quarter. Second-quarter coal production was 802,656 tons greater than in the same period a year ago at Black Thunder.Cloud Peak Energy Inc.’s total coal production from its three Powder River Basin mines was down 3.7% from 12.1 million tons in the prior quarter and down 17.8% compared to the second quarter of 2017.More ($): Powder River Basin coal production declined 9.9% in Q2’18 Powder River Basin coal output down sharply in second quarterlast_img read more

World Cup of Darts 2020: Wonderful Wales set up showdown with holders Scotland in Salzburg | Darts News

first_img Last minute replacements Latvia defeat Hong Kong 5-4 in the World Cup of Darts. Meanwhile, last-gasp replacements Latvia marked their World Cup bow with a hard-fought win over Hong Kong to set up a meeting with fifth seeds Belgium in round two.Madars Razma and Janis Mustafejevs were called up at late notice to deputise for China, and they were rewarded with a landmark success, despite having to survive match darts from Kai Fan Leung and Royden Lam in a dramatic climax.Don’t miss a dart at this weekend’s World Cup of Darts – the action continues from 12pm on Saturday on Sky Sports Arena and we will have the remaining four sessions as the new champions are crowned. John Michael & Veniamin Symeonidis of Greece defeat Sweden 5-0 in the World Cup of Darts. The former hosts now play Greece in Saturday’s second round, after John Michael and Veniamin Symeonidis created history by registering their first victory in the competition.Greece – without a World Cup win since 2017, produced a stellar display to stun beleaguered Swedish pair Daniel Larsson and Dennis Nilsson, averaging over 90 and converting 63 per cent of their attempts at double.Latvia set up Belgium tussle Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton celebrate kicking off their campaign in style
Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton celebrate kicking off their campaign in style

Developers shop at Sainsbury’s

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Desperate seller slashes two-bedroom unit price by $90,000

first_imgThis is the view from one of the balconies of the two bedroom unit.THE price of a two-bedroom CBD unit with water views has been slashed dramatically as a desperate seller looks to cash out.The Brisbane City apartment at 505/6 Exford Street has seen its price drop drastically from $490,000 to offers over $400,000, according to SQM research head Louis Christopher. 505 /6 Exford Street Brisbane City Qld 4000The property has two bathrooms, a single car space and two balconies. 505/6 Exford Street Brisbane City Qld 4000Mr Creed was marketing the property as having twin views – one towards the city skyline and the other toward the river. 505//6 Exford Street Brisbane City Qld 4000 505/6 Exford Street Brisbane City Qld 4000“It is only a stone throw away from the hustle and bustle of the vibrant Queen Street Mall and Eagle Street pier,” he said. 505//6 Exford Street Brisbane City Qld 4000Mr Creed does not expect the property to last long on the market now that the price has dropped. If you have half an hour to spare after work, the property is open for inspection from 5.30 to 6pm this evening. 505 /6 Exford Street Brisbane City Qld 4000Real estate agent Matthew Creed of Ray White Brisbane CBD said the owner of the Parc Apartments unit was “Brisbane’s most desperate seller”.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago505/6 Exford Street Brisbane City Qld 4000The 98sq m property was tenanted until April at $495 per week in a complex that has a pool, gym and on site management, The seller was also throwing in the furniture for that price. last_img read more