View post tag: Commander View post tag: Russian View post tag: chief Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Visits NF View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Visits NF View post tag: Navy View post tag: visits View post tag: NF View post tag: Naval Training & Education November 28, 2011 Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky visits Northern Fleet (NF) in the period since Nov 24 till Nov 26.Purpose of the visit is to check readiness of NF carrier group headed by aircraft-carrying cruiser Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Kuznetsov for long-range cruise and deployment in ocean zone. The commander is inspecting technical condition of ships and the qualification level of commanding staff and personnel.The carrier group is expected to leave NF main base Severomorsk in Dec 2011.In accordance with the visit program, Admiral Vysotsky also controls trials of nuclear-powered submarines.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , November 28, 2011; Share this article
View post tag: Efforts USS Essex Recognized for Its Efforts View post tag: Recognized View post tag: Navy View post tag: americas March 12, 2015 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS Essex The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) was awarded the San Diego Military Advisory Council Achievement (SDMAC) Award and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Afloat Environmental Award January 2015.The awards covered Essex’s achievements in the areas of volunteerism and environmentalism throughout the calendar year of 2014 and were submitted for consideration December 2014.The SDMAC award is earned by commands that excel in giving back to the local communities that house them. Essex managed to stand out from its peers by being a “regional force for good,” participating in the Partners in Education program with Sunset Elementary and Chula Vista Veterans Elementary school.In addition, Essex also hosted numerous outreach events when participating in Seattle Sea Fair, including volunteering at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Pacific Northwest Food Bank.The CNO Afloat Environmental Award recognizes commands that pull ahead as leaders of keeping their nation clean and energy efficient.Essex embodied this award by implementing programs that allowed it to minimize and control air and water pollution, improve waste management and prevent oil spills.Image: US Navy Authorities View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Essex Recognized for Its Efforts Share this article
Check OCNJ Daily for updates and photos of the Ocean City beach replenishment project for 2015 in the south end between 37th and 59th Streets.DATE: Saturday, August 22PROGRESS: As of dusk on Saturday, the edge of the advancing beach replenishment project is still just south of the 49th Street beach entrance. The beach remains closed at 50th Street. The beach entrance at 51st Street is back open.Work on the project resumed Thursday (Aug. 13) after an 11-week delay for dredge repairs. The beaches between 37th Street and 47th Street are complete, as are the beaches between 55th Street and 51st Street.WHAT’S NEXT: The project will proceed from 51st Street to 47th Street, then the project area will move to 55th to 59th and be complete by the end of September. Look for potential closing of 49th Street on Sunday.READ MORE: Ocean City NJ Beach Replenishment 2015 Daily UpdateFOR DAILY UPDATES by E-MAIL: Sign up for free The south end beach replenishment project had reached just south of 49th Street by Saturday evening (Aug. 22).
Cornish bakery Rowe’s has revealed that its new Reggae Reggae Chicken Pasty is now outselling its Traditional Steak variety – a first in its history.The Reggae Reggae Chicken Pasty was launched at the start of the year in over 300 Sainsbury’s stores nationwide. It has been developed using Reggae Reggae Sauce – a creation of Levi Roots, who featured on the BBC television show Dragon’s Den.Rowe’s is currently the sole manufacturer of bakery products containing the sauce. Paul Pearce, director of marketing at Rowe’s, said that Rowe’s and the Levi Roots team are now looking at ways to develop the range and expand on its distribution.
String Cheese Incident is wrapping up their Winter Carnival 2017 Roots Revival tour this weekend after hitting some of the band’s favorite ski towns over the past few weeks. Last night saw Cheese hit the Crystal Bay Club in Crystal Bay, Nevada, kicking off a three-night stand at the club to end the tour. The band kicked off the show with “Indian Creek,” marking the first time the song has taken the opening slot since April 8th, 2002. The first set saw a bunch of bust outs including the reemergence of “Remington Ride,” out of rotation since the tail end of 2011, and the third live performance of the Grateful Dead’s “Deal.” You can check out the setlist below, as well as a video of some of the ski shenanigans the band has been getting into this past tour.Setlist: String Cheese Incident | Crystal Bay Club | Crystal Bay, NV | 3/17/17Set One: Indian Creek, Way Back Home > Joyful Sound, Think Of What You’ve Done, Deal, Outside and Inside > SmileSet Two: Let’s Go Outside, These Waves, Rhythm of the Road > Sirens, 45th of November > Rivertrance > Desert DawnEncore: Sweet Spot
By NICOLE McALEE News Writer Students can join the women’s rowing team in the fight against pancreatic cancer at the team’s third annual Erg-a-Thon fundraiser today. The Erg-a-Thon takes place between the Fieldhouse Mall and the LaFortune Student Center from noon to 8 p.m. “An erg [short for ergometer] is a rowing machine that the rowers use to train,” senior Kelsey Sekanick, co-chair of the Erg-a-Thon, said. “We will have several of them at the event and participants will be able to race both rowers and friends.” The team will sell T-shirts and bracelets at the event and will host a raffle, Sekanick said. According to the event’s Facebook page, raffle prizes include pre-game field passes for Saturday’s football game against Oklahoma, men’s and women’s basketball tickets, basketballs signed by coaches Mike Brey and Muffet McGraw, football tickets, a football signed by Irish coach Brian Kelly and the right to name one of the rowing team’s racing boats. Sekanick said the Erg-a-Thon was born three years ago when tragedy struck the Notre Dame rowing community. “This event began three years ago after two women close to the heart of the rowing team were directly affected by pancreatic cancer,” Sekanick said. “The mothers of Sarah McShane, who is a former rower, and Kassen Delano, who was our academic advisor, both passed away of pancreatic cancer. In 2011, coach Marnie Stahl, hoping to encourage increased participation in service work, proposed the idea of an Erg-a-Thon for pancreatic cancer.” Senior Anna VanEgmond, co-chair for the event with Sekanick, said proceeds from the Erg-a-Thon will benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PCAN) and the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI), a Notre Dame entity that supports undergraduate research on campus. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to impact the work being done by our peers in the Notre Dame College of Science this year, [and] we hope that this relationship with Harper Cancer Institute will continue to grow as the event continues in the following years,” VanEgmond said. Junior team member Victoria Ryan said 80 percent of funds raised will go to the PCAN and 20 percent will support undergraduate research at the HCRI. The College of Science and HCRI both will match the donation the rowing team makes to HCRI. In its first year in 2011, the Erg-a-Thon raised almost $3,00s, and last year, it raised more than $6,00s, according to Ryad. VanEgmond said the women’s rowing teamebelievesyit can raise even more money this year for pancreatic cancer research. “This year we started an o-line giving site through the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and due to the generosity of our Notre Dame family, we have already raised over $3,000 before the event has even begun,” VanEgmond said. “This is really a true testament to the spirit of Notre Dame.” Contact Nicole McAlee at [email protected],Students can join the women’s rowing team in the fight against pancreatic cancer at the team’s third annual Erg-a-Thon fundraiser today. The Erg-a-Thon takes place between the Fieldhouse Mall and the LaFortune Student Center from noon to 8 p.m. “An erg [short for ergometer] is a rowing machine that the rowers use to train,” senior Kelsey Sekanick, co-chair of the Erg-a-Thon, said. “We will have several of them at the event and participants will be able to race both rowers and friends.” The team will sell T-shirts and bracelets at the event and will host a raffle, Sekanick said. According to the event’s Facebook page, raffle prizes include pre-game field passes for Saturday’s football game against Oklahoma, men’s and women’s basketball tickets, basketballs signed by coaches Mike Brey and Muffet McGraw, football tickets, a football signed by Irish coach Brian Kelly and the right to name one of the rowing team’s racing boats. Sekanick said the Erg-a-Thon was born three years ago when tragedy struck the Notre Dame rowing community. “This event began three years ago after two women close to the heart of the rowing team were directly affected by pancreatic cancer,” Sekanick said. “The mothers of Sarah McShane, who is a former rower, and Kassen Delano, who was our academic advisor, both passed away of pancreatic cancer. In 2011, coach Marnie Stahl, hoping to encourage increased participation in service work, proposed the idea of an Erg-a-Thon for pancreatic cancer.” Senior Anna VanEgmond, co-chair for the event with Sekanick, said proceeds from the Erg-a-Thon will benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PCAN) and the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI), a Notre Dame entity that supports undergraduate research on campus. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to impact the work being done by our peers in the Notre Dame College of Science this year, [and] we hope that this relationship with Harper Cancer Institute will continue to grow as the event continues in the following years,” VanEgmond said. Junior team member Victoria Ryan said 80 percent of funds raised will go to the PCAN and 20 percent will support undergraduate research at the HCRI. The College of Science and HCRI both will match the donation the rowing team makes to HCRI. In its first year in 2011, the Erg-a-Thon raised almost $3,000, and last year, it raised more than $6,000, according to Ryan. VanEgmond said the women’s rowing team believes it can raise even more money this year for pancreatic cancer research. “This year we started an online giving site through the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and due to the generosity of our Notre Dame family, we have already raised over $3,000 before the event has even begun,” VanEgmond said. “This is really a true testament to the spirit of Notre Dame.” Contact Nicole McAlee at [email protected]
Oklahoma cooperative, NextEra to build wind-plus-solar-plus-storage facility FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Oklahoman:One of Oklahoma’s biggest electric cooperatives is juicing up its power capacity using cutting-edge technology. On Tuesday, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative announced it executed a power purchase agreement with NextEra Energy Resources that includes 200 megawatts of battery-stored energy and will take the capacity of its generating fleet to more than 3 gigawatts.Gary Roulet, the cooperative’s CEO, said Tuesday the project will help the cooperative boost the amount of reliable, low-cost and environmentally friendly energy it provides its customers. “With the prices of wind and solar energy lower than ever, we are now able to pair those with battery storage to make more affordable, renewable energy available to customers for more hours of the day — even when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining,” he said.Cooperative officials also said they expect the battery unit to be the first of its type active within the Southwest Power Pool when it becomes operational in 2023.“Wind has the tendency to blow during night times, while solar generates its energy during the day,” said Phil Schaeffer, the cooperative’s principal resource planning engineer. “We are really hoping to see how battery storage interacts with that whole profile.The power purchase agreement between Western Farmers and NextEra cements plans to complete what the developer stated will be the largest combined wind, solar and energy storage project in the U.S. The agreement announced Tuesday, Schaeffer agreed, could be the first of many similar projects across the Great Plains to generate power for the Southwest Power Pool regional transmission organization. Currently, more than 6,600 megawatts of storage projects are in some phase of development in the pool’s area, which covers parts or all of 14 states from Oklahoma to the U.S.-Canadian border.The NextEra project, called Skeleton Creek, will be located in Garfield, Alfalfa and Major counties and will become operational in phases. The first piece, Skeleton Creek Wind, will have the capacity to generate 250 megawatts of wind energy when it comes online at the end of this year. Skeleton Creek Solar will have the capacity to generate 250 megawatts of solar energy. It and the final piece of 200 megawatts of storage, called Skeleton Creek Storage, are expected to become operational in 2023. Officials said the batteries will be able to supply power for four hours on a full charge.More: Western Farmers Electric Cooperative agrees to tap wind, solar and battery-powered energy to help meet future demands
By Lorena Baires/Diálogo January 02, 2019 The Northern Triangle countries deployed Operation Regional Shield III (Operación Escudo Regional) to further weaken the complex networks of Mara Salvatrucha (also known as MS-13) and Barrio 18, devoted to contract killing, extortion, and narcotrafficking. The Salvadoran, Guatemalan, and Honduran state prosecutors and police led the raids, seizures, and captures of both gangs’ leaders on November 6, 2018. “We achieved a high level of coordination among the three countries to operate against gangs and provide solutions to the people who expect justice,” said Álvaro Rodríguez, national anti-extortion coordinator for the Salvadoran Office of the Attorney General. “We know that the decisions spokespeople of transnational gangs send come from gang leaders who operate from prisons and from the streets.” The operation was carried out in seven of El Salvador’s 14 departments: San Salvador, La Libertad, and Santa Ana in the west, and Usulután, San Miguel, La Unión, and Morazán in the east. The operation affected 18 structures of both gangs, and authorities arrested 501 leaders who ordered murder and extortion and facilitated narcotrafficking. “With this operation, the authorities were able to solve 62 homicides, 25 kidnappings in which victims haven’t been found, and 62 cases of extortion, among other crimes,” Rodríguez told Diálogo. “We disrupted several terrorist structures in seven out of 14 departments in the country, after arrest warrants were issued.” In San Salvador, the Salvadoran capital, the efforts focused on dismantling a structure of Barrio 18 devoted to extorting shopkeepers of a well-known fruit and vegetable wholesale market. The group was made up of 50 people who collected more than $50,000 monthly. Group leader Marlon Salvador, alias el Saico, was the owner of several stores in the market, which were used as fronts to launder extortion earnings. It’s estimated that his personal income was about $16,000 per month. Guatemalan authorities conducted 88 raids in 11 departments of the country to strike several structures of Barrio 18 and Los Imitadores, another criminal gang. Criminals pretended to be gang members to extort businesspeople operating city buses, taxis, and motorcycle taxis. “Both groups are responsible for collecting money illegally since last year . They operated through phone calls or messages where they threatened their victims,” Emma Flores, extortion prosecutor at the Guatemalan Office of the Attorney General, told Diálogo. “The victims paid with bank deposits or cash payments to avoid being killed.” According to investigations, the two groups obtained at least $48,000 from hundreds of victims in the Guatemalan departments of Quetzaltenango, Retalhuleu, Jalapa, Jutiapa, Escuintla, Huehuetenango, San Marcos, Suchitepéquez, Izabal, and Sacatepéquez. In Honduras, the Special Prosecutor for Offences Against Life struck several rings of Barrio 18, which were involved in 14 violent murders against minors and women in the capital. Subgroups are also connected to aggravated theft, vehicle theft, purchase of stolen vehicles, illegal use and trade of weapons, and criminal association. “We realized that by just capturing and sending them to prison, the problem is not solved. We need to deprive them of all illicit resources, so they don’t have any operational or financial capability to operate outside the law from correctional centers,” José María Salgado, head of prosecutors in Honduras, told Diálogo. Regional instrument The same morning the operations took place, Salvadoran, Guatemalan, and Honduran prosecutors signed a memorandum of understanding to promote strategic criminal pursuit in the region and the coordination of combined operations to counter transnational organized crime. They agreed to create a transnational task force to strengthen combined work and the timely exchange of information to pursue criminals in the Northern Triangle of Central America. “Unifying our efforts will allow for a direct and efficient fight against transnational crime structures, so as to dismantle them and bring their members to justice,” María Consuelo Porras, Guatemalan Attorney General, told the press. “Sharing information and good practices will be crucial, since our geographical position is strategic to stop these criminal gangs.” With the agreement signed, attorney generals must define the mechanisms to exchange information in a prompt, safe way, according to the laws of every state. The main crimes to be pursued are drug activity, human trafficking, corruption, vehicle theft, money laundering, and gangs and maras, among others. “We experience complicated situations with regard to the facets of crime. This agreement will allow us to unify our efforts to counter transnational structures,” Douglas Meléndez, Salvadoran Attorney General, told the press. “We understand that we cannot fight them on our own, because they are borderless. That’s why we must work together. We will shut off all their advantages, so they cannot turn our territories into their safe havens,” Salgado said.
Tax Watch to take another look at court funding November 1, 2004 Senior Editor Regular News Tax Watch to take another look at court funding Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Acting at the request of the Florida Supreme Court, the Bar Board of Governors has approved commissioning another study from TaxWatch on state funding of the trial court system.The board approved the study at its October 15 meeting, and also approved having Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson join the board of TaxWatch.The new study is expected to cost around $100,000, as did one conducted last year. Budget Committee Chair Jerald Beer said that committee is looking at the Bar coming up with $50,000 and raising the rest from other interested parties, such as The Florida Bar Foundation.Last year’s study was credited with helping get legislative funding for trial courts as legislators struggled to balance a tight budget and carry out the mandates of Revision 7. That 1998 constitutional amendment required the state to pick up a larger share of trial court funding from counties by July 1, 2004.The final budget approved by the legislature was very close to the amount recommended by TaxWatch in its report and left court officials largely satisfied with their finances for the coming year.“The court has asked us to fund a second study; this would be part two of the study from last year, and also TaxWatch has asked us to take a seat on their board,” Legislation Committee Chair Sharon Langer told the governors. “We come with a positive recommendation that The Florida Bar fund a second study with TaxWatch, subject to budget approval.”The second study will look at how the Revision 7 changes have been carried out, along with any shortfalls, problems, and unexpected difficulties. Lawmakers, court officials, and others involved in the Revision 7 process have said they expect numerous refinements will be needed because of the complexities of the funding shift.The committee also recommended that Johnson and subsequent presidents take a seat on the TaxWatch board, with the understanding the payment for the study would include this year’s $20,000 dues for board membership.The board approved the study, but some members raised questions about the Bar having a seat on the approximately 95-member TaxWatch board.Bar Executive Director John F. Harkness, Jr., noted that membership would automatically be reviewed every year because the $20,000 dues would be reviewed by the Budget Committee and the Board of Governors.“I am concerned about the Bar being on the TaxWatch board because they take a lot of positions on a lot of issues,” said board member Ross Goodman, adding there is a potential for a conflict with Bar activities. “I’m not satisfied that TaxWatch is something the general membership of the Bar would fully support.”Board member Ervin Gonzalez, though, said that issue was considered in the Legislation Committee. He said TaxWatch is more like a think tank and approaches issues neutrally, and the Bar president could resign from that board if a conflict did arise.In addition, Gonzalez said the TaxWatch service would provide the president with the opportunity to meet and network with other groups represented on the that body, which in turn could help the Bar on its issues.The board authorized the president to join the TaxWatch board.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York SPONSORED CONTENTYou figure that doing eight projects for ABC’s Emmy Award-winning Extreme Makeover: Home Edition since the show premiered in 2004 might earn nothing but kudos but you’d be wrong.A few of Alure Home Improvements’ customers—not many but just a couple—weren’t happy that it took Alure about four and a half days to knock down a house and build a new one while they waited six weeks to get their kitchen done.But when the engineers at Alure thought about their concerns, it was decided that they had a point. Why drag it out if you don’t have to? Why not put what was learned doing these rapid makeovers on television to use for its customers in everyday life? And that’s how Alure came up with what it calls the “Extreme Department.” The idea gained so much traction internally, the company decided to make it one of its mottos: “We go to extremes to build your dreams!”“It’s not four a half days for a house,” explains Ron Benkin, Alure’s director of sales for kitchens and baths, “but five days for a bathroom and 10 days for a kitchen.”Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsAdmittedly, the timing doesn’t necessarily work for every project—it has to qualify for the extreme treatment. There are legitimate concerns about obtaining building department approvals (some towns work more efficiently than others), advanced scheduling and pre-planning, plus what materials are picked, and most importantly, the scale of the remodeling.As Benkin says, these accelerated projects only work if they are “direct replacements.” For the five-day bathroom, that means the new tub stays where the old one was so the pipes don’t have to be moved. The fixtures will be new, but the plumbing will be the same. For the 10-day kitchen, the appliances and the counters and cabinetry will be replaced but the parameters of the room can’t be altered.“Whatever that old space is,” says Benkin, “we have to put that new kitchen into that space.”But the team at Alure says customers whose projects qualify are genuinely happy with the results.“Instead of your life being disrupted by six to eight weeks of people working in the hub of your home—in your kitchen—it’s only 10 days,” says Benkin. “Why wouldn’t they want that? The quality and the workmanship are the same.”The key to Alure’s success is quality and efficiency, without cutting corners.“What normally takes two to three weeks, we get down to three days without giving up anything,” says Benkin.Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsTo meet the deadline takes advance preparation, but it also requires a large inventory and a special relationship with the major manufacturers, which Alure also has nurtured over the years, in case something unforeseen comes up.So, say the new vanity in the bathroom has a defective door that’s discovered only upon its installation. Rather than inconvenience the customer by making her wait for a new door, Benkin says, “We’ll go ahead and replace the vanity because we have it in stock and we can deal with it later.”Alure Home Improvements President and CEO Sal Ferro (center) directs workers during one of the company’s many projects for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. (Long Island Press)Having the experience and the expertise helps Alure earn its customers’ confidence.When homeowners purchase the five-day bathroom, for example, they know what day the project will begin and when it will end—even if the project is scheduled six weeks in advance.“In Nassau we start on Monday and finish on Friday,” Benkin says. “In Suffolk we start on Tuesday and finish on Saturday.”Not everything might qualify for a nationally televised unveiling, but for the homeowners who are tired of living with an outdated bathroom or kitchen, the transition can be a welcome extreme.