Training & Education Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) participated in a practice strait transit, Jan. 23.In the scenario, the Nitze, along with Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Porter (DDG 78) and USS James E. Williams (DDG 95), transited the fictional “Beryl Strait” off the coast of the equally fictional country “Amber.”During the simulated transit, the small craft action team (SCAT) stationed at weapon mounts on board the ship closely monitored the actions of suspicious vessels.“The scenario was pretty close to reality,” said Chief Gunner’s Mate David Hill, the anti-terrorism watch officer directing the crew-served weapons during the training scenario. “Although this was an extreme case, we need to prepare (for) anything.”In the scenario, Nitze came under attack by small craft while transiting the strait. “We were set up the way we will be when we transit future straits,” said Lt. Greg Trach, USS Nitze weapons officer.“The scenario was run as if it was real,” said Hill. “When we see small boats inbound like we did today, we will act accordingly.”During an actual strait transit, there will be many factors and possible dangers for the crew on the Nitze to look out for. “Small boats are one of the many threats we need to be concerned with as we transit a strait,” said Trach.During the practice strait transit, the crew on board the Nitze was able to defend the ship against the aggressors.“We were able to use pre-planned responses until the threat increased to a level where the ship needed to defend itself,” said Trach.“The aggressors displayed weapons, fired on us and we engaged them,” said Hill.The purpose of the training is to get the crew used to what they may see in the worst case scenario. It gives them the ability to act immediately and without hesitation in a bad situation.“The training is to prepare the crew in the event of an actual attack,” said Trach. “It will help them rely on training instead of freezing up when something goes wrong.” “The crew was outstanding and professional even in this training environment,” said Hill. “They performed in the manner in which they were trained to defend the ship.”Nitze is part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, which is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). COMPTUEX is designed to bring every part of a strike group together to work effectively and efficiently as one cohesive unit, ensuring overall readiness prior to regular deployment.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , January 27, 2012 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Strait View post tag: Transit USS Nitze Sailors Participate in Practice Strait Transit Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Nitze Sailors Participate in Practice Strait Transit View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS View post tag: participate View post tag: sailors Share this article View post tag: Naval View post tag: practice January 27, 2012 View post tag: Nitze
Hummingbird Bakery is to open its first site outside the London area. Specialising in “authentic American cupcakes, cakes and desserts”, Hummingbird Bakery opened its first branch in London’s Notting Hill in 2004 and has since launched a further five branches across London in South Kensington, Soho, Spitalfields, Islington and Richmond.It also has a franchise presence in the Middle East, with two branches already operating in Dubai “and further launches planned”.The opening date for the Guildford shop has yet to be confirmed, and “more information will be available soon”, a spokesperson from the company told British Baker.The bakery has said it would be hosting a surprise giveaway to celebrate the launch.
There’s always an air of excitement around a band’s debut album, especially when you have amassed a following like the band Skydyed. Based out of Fort Collins, CO, the progressive group blends rock and electronica to perfection, continuing to pick up steam through countless performances and intriguing musicianship.The band has just revealed plans to release their first full-length LP, A Quantum Dream, on Friday April 1st. To get people in the grooving mood, the group has shared their first single from A Quantum Dream, a tune called “Endless Space.” Get down on the mellow livetronica jam below:In support of the new release, Skydyed is bringing their space funk out on the road, including performances at great festivals like Beanstalk, ARISE, Sonic Bloom and more! Check out the full tour schedule below, and head to the band’s website for more information:Skydyed ‘A Quantum Dream’ Tour Dates4/1 Aggie Theatre Fort Collins, CO4/7 Taos Mesa Brewing El Prado, NM4/7 – 4/10 Euphoria Music Festival Austin, TX4/13 The Bottleneck Lawrence, KS4/14 Bunkers Music Bar and Grill Minneapolis, MN4/16 Bodega’s Alley Lincoln, NE6/10 – 6/12 Beanstalk Music and Arts Festival Westcliffe, CO6/16 – 6/19 Sonic Bloom Rye, CO7/8 – 7/10 The Pirate Party Lolo, MT7/22 – 7/24 SubOctave Music Festival Houston, MN8/5 – 8/7 Arise Music Festival Loveland, CO
“You are not just creating a resume. You are creating a biography,” Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Dean Julio Frenk told graduates at the School’s 2015 Commencement ceremony. He urged graduates to stay alert for “the tap on the shoulder from unexpected opportunities,” and to not be afraid to follow career paths that diverge from traditional trajectories.In his final Commencement address before stepping down as dean later this summer, Frenk told graduates, “As you move forward from today, I urge you to make decisions based on your deepest values.”At the Commencement ceremony, held on a sunny afternoon before an enthusiastic crowd of graduates and their families in a tent in Kresge courtyard, 519 degrees were awarded: 28 doctors of philosophy, 51 doctors of science, 323 masters of public health, 132 masters of science, and 12 masters of arts. Graduates came from 32 countries and 34 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia. Fifty-nine percent of the graduates were women. At a festive reception the evening before Commencement, awards were presented to 24 students, 9 faculty, and 4 staff members. Read Full Story
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Police say six people, including five children, have been shot to death at a home in Oklahoma, and that a 25-year-old suspect is in custody. Police Officer Lynn Hamlin says officers responded about 1:30 a.m. to a call of multiple people shot at a home in Muskogee found one man and four children dead at the scene. Hamlin says a fifth child died at a Tulsa hospital. Officers also encountered Jarron Deajon Pridgeon with a gun and arrested him. Hamlin says a woman who was shot and wounded is in stable condition. Authorities haven’t released the victims’ names. Hamlin says the suspect and victims lived together.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWhile reading a political article in the paper the other day, a line jumped right out at me. This article described recent Republican Party infighting and contained the line in question, “the fight for the party’s soul.” Is this a joke? It should be obvious to even the most casual observer that today’s Republican Party has long since sold out its very soul. Judging by their behavior lately, I think it’s safe to speculate just who bought their soul and where it might now reside. They can fight over it all they want, but it won’t do them any good.If their soul is where I think it is, there’s absolutely no chance that they’ll ever get it back. David MorganSchroon LakeMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
The Pentagon is looking to provide up to 100,000 body bags for use by civilian authorities as the coronavirus outbreak worsens in the United States with a high death toll expected in coming weeks.The Federal Emergency Management Agency has requested 100,000 such bags to the US Department of Defense, a Pentagon official told Reuters on Wednesday.The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is working with the current contractor on additional capacity, the official said. Topics : The initial delivery will come from DLA stocks as the contractor ramps up production, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The DLA does not yet have a specific delivery date request from FEMA, but the agency wants the bags as soon as they are ready.Bloomberg had reported earlier that the Pentagon was looking at buying more body bags and that it will draw some initially from a stockpile of 50,000 that it maintains.A FEMA spokesman cited by Bloomberg said that the agency was making “prudent” plans for future needs, which included preparations for “mortuary contingencies” from US states.The Troop Support unit of DLA is responsible for managing the Pentagon’s stockpile of the green nylon, 94-inch by 38-inch body bags, which are normally used in war zones. The development comes as the United States is looking at an increasing number of deaths from the coronavirus outbreak, with Reuters’ tally showing more than 4,500 deaths and over 200,000 infections in the country.President Donald Trump and his top healthcare advisers urged Americans to follow strict social distancing measures ahead of a “tough two weeks” that could see at least 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus.
The carrier also canceled 96 percent of its scheduled flights between late-March and end-May in response to travel restrictions worldwide and a plunge in demand for air travel.According to a report released on June 9 by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the share of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) spent on air transportation is expected to be halved in 2020 at $434 billion, or 0.5 percent of the GDP.The association dubbed 2020 as the worst year in history for the airline industry, as global airlines are expected to lose $84.3 billion this year, while revenue is projected to fall by 50 percent from last year’s $838 billion. Topics : The airline added that all existing committed lines of credit that were due to mature this year had been renewed until 2021 or later and that, combined with the new lines of credit, SIA had ensured continued access to more than S$2.1 billion in committed liquidity.SIA also said that it retained the option to raise up to S$6.2 billion from additional mandatory convertible bonds, which would provide further liquidity when necessary.The COVID-19 pandemic has battered the demand in the aviation industry amid social restrictions and travel curbs that have forced airlines to ground their fleets.Earlier this month, SIA announced that Singapore Airlines Group – which includes budget carrier Scoot – would operate at approximately 7 percent of its scheduled capacity in August, a slight increase from only 6 percent this month. Singapore’s national flag carrier, Singapore Airlines (SIA), has raised an additional S$750 million (US$541 million) from long-term loans on some of its Airbus A350-900 and Boeing B787-10 aircraft to boost its liquidity amid the ongoing global health crisis, it announced on Thursday.With the completion of the transaction, SIA in total has raised S$11 billion since the start of this year, of which S$1.65 billion comes from secured financing, S$8.8 billion from a rights issue and S$500 million from credit lines and a short-term unsecured loans from financial institutions.“During this period of high uncertainty, Singapore Airlines will continue to explore additional means to shore up liquidity as necessary,” the company’s statement reads.
AFTER: The back of the house after the renovation.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe second stage of the renovation required removing the asbestos extension at the back of the cottage, adding a carport, guest bedroom and bathroom, and laundry, which Mrs Dunlop was happy about after having lived without one for a couple of years.Both stages were completed solely by the Dunlops, with Mr Dunlop using his skills as a tradesman and Mrs Dunlop using her creative flair to design the interior.“He’s gone very grey,” Mrs Dunlop said, referring to her husband.“We’re needing a holiday.“The kids are sick of spending all our money on houses!” MORE: Historic home sells for millions AFTER: The back yard of the home at 54 Meiers Rd, Indooroopilly, after the renovation.RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: 5 yearsTotal spend: $1.03m BEFORE: Inside the house at 54 Meiers Rd, Indooroopilly, before it was renovated. AFTER: The main bedroom in the home after the renovationThe property is also in a highly sought-after location, close to the University of Queensland and the in-demand Ironside State School and St Peters Lutheran College.“We don’t want to leave this one — it’s got a beautiful feel,” Mrs Dunlop said.“It’s very humble when you look at it from the street, but once you walk in, you discover it opens up to this beautiful big space.“It’s full of surprises.” BEFORE: Inside the fibro extension to the house at 54 Meiers Rd, Indooroopilly, before it was renovated. AFTER: The kitchen and living area of the home after the renovation.But the Dunlops are itching to start their next project.“It’s too perfect for us1” Mrs Dunlop said.“The kids are getting too spoiled here.“We need to find somewhere that needs a makeover again.” AFTER: One of the bathrooms in the home at 54 Meiers Rd, Indooroopilly.The renovation process was undertaken in three stages, with the couple deciding to retain the original 1950s home rather than demolish and rebuild.“Our main objective was to retain and restore the original cottage and bring it into the modern era,” Mrs Dunlop said.“At no stage did we want to knock it down, although it would have been a lot easier and cheaper.”Mrs Dunlop said the first stage required getting the home in a “liveable state” so they could move in — noting they had two children, aged 10 and six, at the time.“Adam demolished the entire interior and oversaw the rebuild, which involved installing a new kitchen and bathroom, levelling the backyard and landscaping it,” she said.“At that stage it was just a two-bedroom cottage, so unfortunately for them, the kids had to share a room.” BEFORE: The back of the house at 54 Meiers Rd, Indooroopilly, before it was renovated. AFTER: The outdoor entertaining area of the home post renovation.But they brought the professionals in for the third and final stage — a massive, three-storey extension, encompassing the master bedroom on the top floor, a media room or fifth bedroom on the second floor and a large, multipurpose room on the basement level.“At this stage we engaged an architect to help us connect the old home to this new modern extension,” Mrs Dunlop said.“We wanted it to look as seamless as possible.”They also installed a large, undercover outdoor terrace and pool.The 870 sqm yard features lush lawns with plenty of space for the kids to run around.“The kids have plenty of space inside and out,” Mrs Dunlop said.“We can always see the kids, but you can’t hear them!” AFTER: The front of the house at 54 Meiers Rd, Indooroopilly, after the renovation. This is the couple’s fourth home renovation — and their favourite so far.They loved the Indooroopilly area and were looking for a new venture, so when they came across 54 Meiers Rd in 2014, they knew it was for them.“We found this little, old, rundown home and it just had an enormous amount of character and a massive big yard, which was sort of a rarity at that time,” Mrs Dunlop said.“I saw it, brought my husband through and put an offer on it that same night, and we were lucky enough to get it.“It was very rundown and the yard was overgrown, but you could tell it was a beautiful little home underneath — the bones were beautiful.” BEFORE: The bathroom in the house at 54 Meiers Rd, Indooroopilly, before it was renovated. BEFORE: The main bedroom in the house before it was renovated. Adam and Louise Dunlop with kids, Nick and Ella Dunlop, and dog Coco at the home in Indooroopilly they have renovated and are now selling. Image: AAP/Josh Woning.THE Dunlops are the first to admit they are in desperate need of a holiday.After five years of late nights, weekends and all their spare time taken up with renovating, it’s time for a break.But Louise and Adam Dunlop have already set their sights on their next project — much to their children’s dismay. RELATED: Reno passion project pays off BEFORE: The Dunlops during the renovation of their home at 54 Meiers Rd, Indooroopilly. BEFORE: The bathroom before it was renovated. “The kids aren’t happy,” Mrs Dunlop said.“We’ve just got this home to a beautiful state and we’ve already got our eyes on another little, rundown home, so they’re not thrilled!” AFTER: The living and dining area in the home after the renovationMrs Dunlop hinted that their next home would also be something with “a bit of character”.“I don’t think I’d be happy with a standard, big project home,” she said.“Imagine what the landscape would like if everyone had the same.”The property is being marketed by Alex Jordan of McGrath Estate Agents – Paddington with a price guide of $1.85 million to $2.05 million. BEFORE: The front of the house at 54 Meiers Rd, Indooroopilly, before it was renovated. BEFORE: The back of the house at 54 Meiers Rd, Indooroopilly, before it was renovated.
Image source: USACEThe North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission will meet in Atlantic Beach next week to provide new commissioners with an overview of the state’s coastal program, consider amendments to rules on erosion control and other coastal issues, the NC Department of Environmental Quality said in its release. The commission plans to meet November 7 and 8 at the Hilton Double Tree in Atlantic Beach. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. and is open to the public, DEQ said.Items on the commission’s agenda include:New commissioner orientation – An orientation session will be provided for new and current commissioners on the operating and variance procedures of the commission as well as an overview of the state’s coastal program.Variances – The commission will hear one request for a variance from its rules;Beach and inlet management – The commission will hear a presentation on Carolina Beach’s inlet maintenance project and consider a development line request by Kure Beach for the siting of oceanfront development;Public access – Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington will present an evaluation of the state’s Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access Program;Land use plans – The commission will consider amendments and updates to land use plans for Swansboro and Ocean Isle Beach;Coastal habitat protection – The commission will consider approval of the Coastal Habitat Protection Plan’s implementation for 2018 through 2020;Rule development – Amendments to rules will be discussed related to temporary erosion control, stormwater, single family residences, free standing moorings, land use planning and development lines;Shellfish aquaculture – The commission will hear an overview of shellfish aquaculture efforts, including the state’s shellfish leasing program and shellfish mariculture plan.The Coastal Resources Advisory Council, a group that advises the state Coastal Resources Commission, will meet at 10 a.m. November 7 at the Hilton Double Tree in Atlantic Beach.[mappress mapid=”24580″]