Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Bataan to Host Court View post tag: host Training & Education November 7, 2012 Contractors are working overtime transforming the flight deck of the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) into a full-scale basketball court for the Navy-Marine Corps Classic scheduled for, Nov. 9, at Naval Station Mayport.The classic, which will feature the University of Florida Gators and the Georgetown University Hoyas, will be one of many events scheduled to take place during the city’s celebration of the “Week of Valor.”Crews are planning to work 10-hour shifts for the next two days to complete the construction. The seating area is built to hold more than 3,500 spectators. “We want to make sure this event is perfect,” said Lillian Voros, staging technician for Sounds Good Audio (SGA).While the SGA team works to put up framing and supports, others work to lay out the court and ensure services will be available for the event. Teamwork is a key factor essential to completing a project of this magnitude.“We’ve had a lot of coordination with the city of Jacksonville and with the Southeast region,” said Capt. Erik Ross, commanding officer, USS Bataan (LHD 5). For several months there have been visitors from Jacksonville to the Bataan in Norfolk, Va., to meet with contractors and ensure this event is a success.In addition to the construction of frames, seating and support beams, sound and lighting are equally important to ensure a quality viewing experience.“We are providing television quality lighting for the game“, said Scott VanHelten, shop operations manager for Musco Mobile Lightning. “The goal is to make the classic a memorable event which will honor veterans and active duty members as well as the families who support them.”The classic is slated to be televised live from the flight deck of Bataan. The basketball game, along with other local events, are hosted by the city of Jacksonville and the Florida Blue Corporation.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 7, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Bataan View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: USS USS Bataan to Host Court Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: court View post tag: to
Training & Education View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Warships Sailors and Royal Marines played out scenes reminiscent of Captain Phillips as they practised taking down pirates in the Indian Ocean.Plymouth-based HMS Bulwark and Portsmouth-based HM Ships Chiddingfold and Penzance, as well as Royal Fleet Auxiliary Cardigan Bay, have been training with the US Navy’s minehunters USS Dexterous and USS Devastator.It was all part of the ongoing International Mine Counter Measures Exercise (IMCMEX) which takes place over two weeks every 18 months in the Middle East.A key element of the exercise was maritime security training, enabling ships to practise procedures such as defending commercial shipping and carrying out board and search operations.“The crew did incredibly well, recognising the threat posed by the pirates and taking the correct actions to protect their ship from the incoming danger,” said Captain Theo Hogg RM.Royal Marines from 4 Assault Squadron Royal Marines (4ASRM), embarked in HMS Bulwark, played the role of pirates making use of Bulwark’s landing craft and sea boats to threaten the minehunters involved in mine clearance and to harass the task group.One of the boats also posed as a civilian yacht to ensure the military reaction was tempered.Captain Theo Hogg of the Royal Marines, said: “The idea was for the minehunters to notice that one craft was no threat and just had inquisitive civilians onboard, who, as per real life, will often come in close and ignore warnings so they can get a good photo.“The second craft, on the other hand, arrived from a different direction with weapons manned and approached at speed. The crew did incredibly well, recognising the threat posed by the pirates and taking the correct actions to protect their ship from the incoming danger.”Following successful completion of the minehunting operations, HMS Bulwark shifted roles to act as a merchant vessel, giving the US Navy guided-missile destroyers USS Sterett and USS Gridley an opportunity to practise the skills necessary to protect commercial shipping from pirate attacks.The exercise began with scenes reminiscent of Hollywood blockbuster Captain Phillips, with a distress call from the ‘MV Bulwark’ requesting assistance after suspicious boats attacked and tried to gain entry to the merchant vessel. The suspected pirates were driven off by the US Navy destroyers before the US Navy’s boarding teams searched the merchant vessel to ensure that no pirates were onboard.At the end of the exercise, HMS Bulwark and USS Gridley joined the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate HMS Northumberland and the US Navy’s destroyer USS Dewey in the Gulf of Aden.Press Release; Image: Royal Navy UK, US Warships Carry Out Counter Piracy Training View post tag: piracy Back to overview,Home naval-today UK, US Warships Carry Out Counter Piracy Training View post tag: out View post tag: US View post tag: Counter View post tag: carry View post tag: Training View post tag: UK View post tag: Maritime November 24, 2014 Share this article
The branded coffee shop sector has continued to grow at a healthy rate, up 10% in 2011 versus 2010, and is now worth an estimated £2.1bn, with further growth predicted.Management consultancy Allegra Strategies has published the data from its largest consumer survey to date, for its Project Café11 UK report.Allegra said the market had doubled in size since 2005, with consumers embracing the growing coffee culture trend. The report found that one in 10 UK adults now visit a coffee shop on a daily basis. Thirty-nine per cent also stated that they visited coffee shops more frequently than they did 12 months ago.Jeffrey Young, managing director, Allegra Strategies, said: “More than 600 new coffee outlets opened in the UK during 2011. As consumers gain more opportunity to consume coffee through more outlets, they are making part of their lifestyle.”However despite the growth in the sector, the report highlighted that consumers are actually spending less per visit from £3.50 in 2009 to £3.18 in 2011, and were reducing their food purchases.Young said that it was the high quality independent coffee shops that were fuelling demand and driving the branded coffee shop sector to increase its focus on unique interiors and improved brewing methods.Allegra revealed that Costa Coffee is leading the growth of the branded coffee shop market, with 167 new outlets opened in the UK this year. The consultancy predicted that like-for-like sales growth in the UK coffee sector would continue to grow, with leading brands to average high single digit growth over the next five years.The report, which analysed more than 36,000 consumer responses, covers outlets including Costa Coffee, Starbucks, EAT, Greggs and Pret A Manger.>>Coffee shops top eating out popularity poll
Seven University of Georgia students studying in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences have embarked on the opportunity of a lifetime — serving as Congressional Agricultural Fellows in Washington, D.C.The offices of Georgia Sens. David Perdue and Johnny Isakson and Reps. Sanford Bishop, Doug Collins, Buddy Carter, Rick Allen and Austin Scott are hosting the students during the 12-week fellowship in the nation’s capital. The 2017 Fellows stay in Delta Hall, UGA’s new residence hall in Washington. The students, who attend the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) at UGA, prepare briefs, attend committee hearings and conduct food- and agriculture-related research as part of the fellowship. In addition, they have the option of earning credit hours toward graduation.“Agricultural Fellows are full-time employees of the congressional offices and serve as apprentice staff members,” said Josef Broder, CAES associate dean for academic affairs and fellowship program coordinator. “Many will be asked to serve as mentors to other student interns.”The students representing UGA as 2017 Congressional Agricultural Fellows:Andy Paul, a junior from Lexington, Georgia, studying agricultural education, is working in Rep. Allen’s office.Taylor Teague, a junior from Lavonia, Georgia, studying agribusiness, is working in Rep. Collins’ office.Hayley Nielsen, a junior from Kennesaw, Georgia, studying agriscience and environmental systems, is working in Sen. Perdue’s office.Jim Henderson, a junior from Macon, Georgia, studying agribusiness, is working in Rep. Scott’s office.Zane Tackett, a sophomore from Suwanee, Georgia, studying food science, is working in Rep. Carter’s office.Makinizi Hoover, a junior from Waynesboro, Georgia, studying agricultural communication, is working in Rep. Bishop’s office.Ashley Smith, a junior from Sylvania, Georgia, studying agribusiness and animal science, is working in Sen. Isakson’s office.The Congressional Agricultural Fellowship is part of the CAES Deans’ Promise program. The Deans’ Promise program, a collection of enrichment opportunities ranging from internships to study abroad programs, encourages CAES students to take advantage of unique, out-of-the-classroom experiences during their time in college.For more information on CAES, the Deans’ Promise or other opportunities available to students, visit www.students.caes.uga.edu.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Democrats in Nassau County poured into Westbury Manor Tuesday night prepared to celebrate the long-awaited coronation of Hillary Clinton whom the party elites had seemed assured would become the heir apparent to President Barack Obama’s eight-year legacy.At first, they eagerly huddled around a large screen airing CNN’s election night coverage, with each projection and update feeling like the bottom half of an inning in a baseball playoff. The mood was upbeat, lubricated by the rapid flow of beers, nerve-settling scotch and crimson red wine. They mused about their party’s chances—confident in their heroine’s ability to blunt the forces of a populist uprising.The polls all along had pointed to her victory, perhaps even a landslide over Donald Trump, the self-proclaimed billionaire turned reality TV show host.But as the evening wore on, their confidence began to wane—as results rolled in precinct by precinct, state by state. Trump captured Ohio, North Carolina and Florida. Clinton’s chances of gaining a plurality in the Electoral College were shrinking as her firewall in states like Michigan and Wisconsin turned out to be more brittle than impenetrable. Worse still was Pennsylvania, a reliably Democratic swing state suddenly turning Republican red. They couldn’t believe what they were seeing on the map. They buried their heads in their hands, wiped away patches of sweat pooling along their brow and muttered inaudibly.“This is bullshit!” a woman yelled as she turned away from the screen.“This does not look good,” another woman offered. “This is scary!”Unsure of what to make of the projections, Democrats whipped out their smartphones to seek advice, and maybe even a measure of hope, from The New York Times and FiveThirtyEight’s real-time forecast. The Times had predicted an 84-percent chance of a Clinton win, but then its forecast swung dramatically to Trump’s side. After midnight, the site said his chances of winning were greater than 60 percent.It couldn’t be happening, but it was. Right before their eyes. Their dreams of victory were turning into a nightmare. Despondent local party leaders, their families and friends, along with campaign volunteers all stood watching while a GOP wave defiantly swept across the United States. Those gathered in Westbury were so desperate for good news—anything—that they cheered exuberantly when CNN called California for Clinton, a no-brainer. But on a night filled with surprises, nothing was a sure thing.Trump, the man accused of trafficking in fear, racism, sexism and anti-Muslim rhetoric, was heading toward a remarkable victory—and the assembled masses could hardly believe it. When the pundits and the media said he couldn’t outlast all the other contestants in the Republican primary, he did. When they said there was no way he could win the White House, he did. Now he’s president-elect Trump.That’s not how the night was supposed to go. Originally, the party-goers were planning to revel in watching Democrats win their Long Island and state-wide races, but as the hours wore on, their attention was squarely on the White House.Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs, the host for the evening, made only two appearances the entire night. He didn’t have much to report on the presidential front either time.“It’s going to be a long night,” Jacobs said, his expression taut. It was the only assurance he would offer.As the election returns lasted past midnight, the large crowd began to dwindle.“I’m surprised it’s close—I thought she was a shoe-in,” said a man named Jerry, who didn’t want to give his last name.Among the few dozen people still remaining around 1 a.m. were three Democratic volunteers sitting on the floor, unable to hide the pain on their faces. It was a look shared by many Clinton supporters at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, the site of their candidate’s election night party, when the cable network cut to them.One 23-year-old volunteer watched the outcome in Westbury, and said that the unfavorable results revealed how “powerless we are.” He also observed how disconnected urban areas are from rural America.“It shows we are not a country united,” he said.The volunteer then tried to take a realistic view about why the electorate had rejected Clinton.“People look for something to blame,” he said, noting that a lot of people in middle-America have lost jobs since the Great Recession. “They’re kind of left out to dry.”“We didn’t think for a second that the other side could be so powerful,” added another campaign worker.Around 1:30 in the morning Westbury Manor had mostly cleared out. There were only a handful of stragglers. By that point, there was nothing really left for Democrats to see. Their candidate had suffered a decisive defeat. Hillary Clinton would not make history as the first American woman president.The election was over.
Home Minister Tito Karnavian is set to ban on-street and large-scale campaign rallies for candidates running in the upcoming regional elections this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.He also urged all parties to prioritize the implementation of health protocols at every stage of the race, highlighting that campaign events should not invite crowds that could heighten the risk of virus transmission.”I and the General Elections Commission [KPU] will strictly ban on-street campaign rallies and convoys. Town hall meetings will also be limited to 50 people only,” Tito said in a statement on Wednesday. The Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) will fine any candidate who violates health protocols during any stage of the elections, which will be held simultaneously in the country’s 270 regions, with voting day scheduled for Dec. 9.Candidates were rather expected to use their political campaigns as a means to show their innovations and ideas in handling the impact of the pandemic, he added.Read also: Majority of public wants regional elections delayed: Surveys”We should build the big theme [for the campaign] together, [namely] the role of regional leaders in mitigating COVID-19 and its economic impact,” Tito said as quoted by tribunnews.com. In July, the KPU had urged candidates in the regional elections to refrain from hosting campaign rallies in person and instead take them online, especially if their constituencies still have a high risk of COVID-19 transmission.The commission, however, allows candidates to host in-person rallies in locations where the infection rate has slowed down. But all in-person campaign events must be held in open-air spaces and under strict health protocols, which include physical distancing and not exceeding half of the location’s maximum occupancy.Candidates are also required to obtain permission from the COVID-19 task force in their region prior to hosting a campaign rally.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo conveyed his concerns that the election would spawn new clusters of the coronavirus, as people would gather in polling stations on voting day.“Health protocols should be implemented at every stage of the regional elections. We should have elections that are safe from COVID-19. The most important thing is to assure voters that the KPU and the government are concerned about their health” Jokowi said on Wednesday. (nal)Topics :
“But he never did,” Obama said.As a result, Trump has left America’s “worst impulses unleashed, our proud reputation around the world badly diminished, and our democratic institutions threatened like never before,” Obama said.Trump responded by telling reporters that Obama had been “a terrible president.”Leave nothing to chance Former first lady and secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who narrowly lost the 2016 presidential election to Trump, pleaded with voters to take nothing for granted in another tight contest.”This can’t be another woulda-coulda-shoulda election,” she said.Others on the night’s program included Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who unsuccessfully challenged Biden for the nomination, and Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives.Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who has become a gun control advocate after being shot and severely wounded in a 2011 assassination attempt, also spoke, along with Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of the Parkland school shooting.Young activists addressed the dangers of climate change and Hispanic immigrants made highly emotional critiques of Trump’s policies that they said had torn apart their families.Much focus was on Obama, who remains a giant force in the Democratic establishment.Although he took a back seat during the Democratic primaries, he is now campaigning hard for Biden.”Tonight, I am asking you to believe in Joe and Kamala’s ability to lead this country out of dark times and build it back better,” he said in his speech.Trump’s ‘storm center’ Obama spoke two days after his wife, Michelle Obama, opened the convention with a scathing takedown of Trump as “the wrong president for our country.””He cannot meet this moment,” she said.Tuesday’s lineup featured two other former presidents — 95-year-old Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, 74, who called the Trump White House “a storm center.”Biden, 77, the former Delaware senator who served as Obama’s vice president for eight years, was officially nominated on Tuesday.Harris, the California senator whom Biden picked to be his vice president, will speak live from Wilmington, Delaware, Biden’s hometown and campaign headquarters.The nomination is the latest in a lifetime of firsts for the 55-year-old daughter of a Jamaican father and Indian mother who were immigrants to the United States.Harris was the first black attorney general of California, the first woman to hold the post, and the first woman of South Asian heritage to be elected to the US Senate.The Republican Party is to hold its virtual convention next week and nominate Trump to serve four more years.Trump has chosen the White House South Lawn as the location for his acceptance speech — a controversial decision given that presidents are legally required to separate their campaigning from taxpayer-funded governing.Topics : “We’re at an inflection point.”Biden, who faces Trump on November 3, is due to give his own acceptance speech on Thursday, closing a Democratic convention held wholly online and on television due to coronavirus safety precautions.Shortly before Harris spoke, America’s first black president, Barack Obama, delivered his own condemnation of Trump — and appeal for Biden’s election.Obama said that on handing over the White House to Trump in 2017, he thought the Republican “might show some interest in taking the job seriously; that he might come to feel the weight of the office and discover some reverence for the democracy that had been placed in his care.” Kamala Harris made history Wednesday when she accepted the Democratic nomination for vice president, while joining Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to condemn President Donald Trump’s profound “failure” as a leader.Harris, the first black woman on a major party’s White House ticket, accused Trump of turning “our tragedies into political weapons.” And she urged Americans to vote for Joe Biden, “a president who will bring all of us together.””Donald Trump’s failure of leadership has cost lives and livelihoods,” the former California prosecutor charged in her acceptance speech.
Comment Philippe Coutinho’s agent speaks out on Chelsea transfer target’s future Philippe Coutinho is currently on loan from Barcelona at Bayern Munich (Picture: Getty)Philippe Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian insists his Arsenal allegiances will play no part in determining the Brazil international’s future.The former Liverpool star joined Barcelona from Liverpool in a staggering £140million deal in January 2018 but he failed to live up to expectations and has found consistency equally hard to come by during his current loan spell at Bayern Munich. Coutinho has recently been linked with a number of high-profile Premier League clubs, including the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, while a possible return to Liverpool has even been mooted Joorabchian played a key role in engineering David Luiz’s move from west to north London last summer but insists all options remain open for the 27-year-old ahead of the summer window.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe told Sky Sports: ‘The fact I’m an Arsenal supporter is not a secret. I don’t have any preference where the players go. I don’t try to push someone to one club or another. Everything is a possibility. Advertisement Advertisement Philippe Coutinho struggled at Barcelona following his £142million transfer from Liverpool (Picture: Getty)‘The question is what are going to be the financial conditions of all the clubs, including Barcelona and all the Premier League clubs at the end of this pandemic.’Liverpool fought tooth and nail to keep hold of Coutinho in the summer of 2017 before finally relenting the following January and have kicked on since the departure of the former Inter playmaker. And although a return to Anfield remains unlikely, Klopp revealed earlier this week that his relationship with Coutinho remains strong, despite the inconvenient timing of his departure. Speaking to Pure Football Podcast, the German said: ‘Ireally respected Phil’s switch from the first second.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Not that I do that all the time, but it felt really like ‘oh wow that could be difficult’.‘So it’s not about yes we signed a new contract only weeks before that, but it was really clear he wouldn’t have asked me for any other club – but for this club there was no chance.‘Then we had to be hard in the summer because we had no other solution. We lost Adam Lallana [to injury] in that time as well, we would have lost two players.‘That’s not possible, you cannot solve that on the transfer market.‘He was open to that [staying] and that was really cool. Then you have to be fair in the window and say we can do it, we don’t like it but we can do it.’Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Metro Sport ReporterFriday 10 Apr 2020 8:41 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link12.3kShares
Press Release Harrisburg, Pa. – Today, on the third day of a four-day, 14-county visit in northern Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf is stopping in Bradford and Mt. Jewett, McKean County; Warren, Warren County; and Marienville, Forest County.“As I have traveled the state visiting communities and listening to people working in manufacturing, schools, healthcare and tourism, it is clear that we’re working together to create jobs and improve communities,” said Governor Wolf. “It is important for the state to hear from communities in every part of the commonwealth to learn how we can support them and see the progress being made in economic development, education, and workforce training.”The governor’s first stop today was Bradford, where he and the First Lady visited Zippo Manufacturing, the family-owned business celebrating 85 years as an iconic brand in Pennsylvania.The Zippo lighter has been featured in more than 2,000 movies, stage plays and television shows over the years, and its famous Zippo “click” sound has been sampled on songs. The lighters themselves have been featured on album covers, tattooed on rockers’ skin, and wielded in Rolling Stone photo shoots.While at Zippo, the Wolfs saw the manufacturing process, talked with employees – some of whom have worked at the factory for many years – and learned about how the factory has helped the town of Bradford grow and thrive over the years.Following Zippo, the tour stopped at Kinzua Bridge State Park in Mt. Jewett, where the governor and First Lady joined Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. They met with staff of the PA Wilds Conservation Shop, managed through a public-private partnership that is increasing economic opportunities for small local producers and area artisans.After discussing the importance of Pennsylvania’s state parks for the tourism industry in rural communities, the governor visited the Kinzua Bridge skywalk, a 600-foot pedestrian walkway overlooking the Kinzua Gorge. The skywalk, constructed after the Kinzua Viaduct and once known as the longest and tallest railroad structure, was partially destroyed by a tornado in 2003.Gov. Wolf will visit Whirley-DriveWorks in Warren at 2:15 p.m., where he and the First Lady will talk with employees and tour the family-owned business. They will finish the day with a visit to the Marienville Oktoberfest at 4:00 p.m.On Saturday, Sept. 23, Gov. Wolf and the First Lady will visit Elk County, Jefferson County and Clearfield County with stops at the Elk County Visitors Center, BWP Bats, and the Harmony Grange Fair. September 22, 2017 Governor Wolf Continues Four-Day Visit to 14 Northern Pennsylvania Counties SHARE Email Facebook Twitter