USA: CSG’s Air Wing Commander Credits PMFR with Honing Strike Group Readiness

first_img View post tag: Readiness View post tag: usa View post tag: CSG’s View post tag: Credits View post tag: Honing View post tag: Commander As the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSSG) arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Feb. 17, the CSG’s Air Wing Commander credited the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) with improving the group’s readiness seven months earlier as it prepared to deploy.“The Hawaii Range Complex provided realistic and challenging training opportunities for our air wing,” said Capt. Dale Horan, commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, embarked aboard Stennis.The strike group returned to Hawaii on its way home from a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation. Last summer, the strike group conducted more than 200 hours of training in Hawaii waters. On deployment, Horan believes the strike group demonstrating the value of the range complex to the Navy. “It allowed us to further hone our strike and close-air support skills and procedures, helping us to operate at a high level of effectiveness throughout deployment as we provided support to forces on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq,” he said.PMRF on Kauai, an element of the Hawaii Range Complex, continues to be an asset for the Department of the Navy due to the range’s ability to provide integrated range services in a modern, multithreat, multidimensional environment, from space to the ocean floor that ensures the safe conduct and evaluation of training and test and evaluation missions.“PMRF, located Hawaii, is ideally situated to support training to meet readiness requirements for Navy and joint forces based on Hawaii, as well as for U.S. Naval Forces transiting to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean for deployment. The range has capabilities to support training in all Navy primary mission and warfare areas,” said Bob Kay, PMRF’s deputy range operations officer. “As a diverse and important training, test and evaluation resource, PMRF furthers the Navy’s ability to protect and serve our nation and our allies.”PMRF has also been the primary location for Missile Defense Agency testing since the 1990s and while these test and evaluation missions gather much of the spotlight, the critical training value of PMRF to U.S. and allied military forces is often overlooked. Last year, the Stennis Strike Group was just one of the groups to use PMRF. In 2011, PMRF supported 22,337 training hours which included 788 unit training events and 640 aircraft.According to Kay, PMRF’s training opportunities benefit not only the U.S. Pacific Fleet but also allies and friends of the United States.The largest training exercise held in Hawaii waters is the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) multi-national event, which has been conducted since 1971. The RIMPAC 2010 exercise involved approximately 20,000 Sailors, Soldiers, and Airmen from the joint services of 14 allied and partner countries. PMRF provided exercise participants the opportunity to conduct live-fire events. This opportunity is cited as a major reason many of the allied forces participate; because they do not have such capability at home.“They are looking forward to the next RIMPAC training event because it brings their proficiency up as a real test of their capabilities,” said Ron Sakoda, Sen. Daniel Inouye’s Kauai field representative who embarked Stennis Feb. 16-17 as they made their way to Hawaii, to see, first-hand, the benefits of training.“It was an experience second to none,” said Sakoda, who observed flight operations as Stennis approached Hawaii. “The Sailors were very dedicated to their work and they bring our Navy to a higher level.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 22, 2012; Image: navy February 22, 2012 Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: CSG’s Air Wing Commander Credits PMFR with Honing Strike Group Readiness View post tag: Group View post tag: Navy View post tag: PMFR View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: air View post tag: Wing USA: CSG’s Air Wing Commander Credits PMFR with Honing Strike Group Readiness View post tag: Strike Share this articlelast_img read more

USS Nimitz to Undergo Repairs in Bremerton

first_img View post tag: americas USS Nimitz to Undergo Repairs in Bremerton View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: USS Nimitz Share this article View post tag: Bremerton View post tag: Navycenter_img January 6, 2015 View post tag: repairs Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Nimitz to Undergo Repairs in Bremerton View post tag: Undergo Authorities US Navy’s supercarrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) will head to Bremerton for a 16 month scheduled Planned Incremental Availability today.As reported by Bremerton Patriot, the aircraft carrier will temporarily change its homeport from Everett to Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton for the duration of the maintenance period.The vessel, which ended a nine-month mission in December 2013, will undergo repairs at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility.[mappress mapid=”14853″]Naval Today Staff, Image: US Navylast_img read more

Charity sets up own bakery

first_imgA bakery is to be set up by a charity for adults with learning difficulties, in the hope to help workers gain valuable skills.Pontefract Family Centre, West Yorkshire is setting up the scheme after receiving over £5,000 in funding from a grants programme.The Coalfields Community Grant and Barclays bank has funded the bakery, which hopes to help people with learning difficulties gain experience in the workplace.   The centre will be supported by a professional baker and assistants, and the bakery will sell its range in Pontefract market on Wednesday and Saturday under the brand name Real Bread Company.Simon North, support worker at the centre said: “We are hoping it will help the attendees of the centre learn new skills like customer interaction, bakery, health and safety. A lot of them have a hard time finding work so this scheme should give people the experience they deserve.“We aim to help our attendees become more independent, and get them out into the community, so this is a great way to do that.”John Hughes, chairman of the centre said: “The first step is to get the artisan bakery up and running to encourage people to come along and taste our delicious products.“There will be everything from freshly baked breads, to cakes, scones and pastries, which we will be selling at the market.“We will then move on to plans which include the opening of a cafe, again to be staffed by those attending the centre.“We have very exciting and ambitious plans for the centre and can’t wait to get to start.”Profits raised from the new cafe would be used to fund the charity, which at the moment relies on government funding and charitable donations.last_img read more

In Chile, a head start

first_imgThis is the 10th in a series of stories about Harvard’s engagement in Latin America.COBQUECURA, Chile — “We’ve got to break the horrible cycle of poverty and the huge disparities between the rich and the poor,” said Judith Palfrey, Harvard’s T. Berry Brazelton Professor of Pediatrics, speaking on a sunny afternoon in this coastal town that is still recovering from a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2010.Palfrey was visiting the area as part of an ongoing Harvard collaboration aimed at boosting economic equality through a comprehensive early education program.In 2006, the Chilean nongovernmental agency Fundación Educacional Oportunidad (FEO), the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), and the Harvard Medical School (HMS) joined with several Chilean municipalities to develop a program based on the United States’ early childhood initiative Head Start. Un Buen Comienzo (UBC), “A Good Beginning,” promotes family support, as well as health, socio-emotional, literacy, and language interventions in preschools that serve low-income families.The stakes are sobering. According to the results of a long-term U.S. study published in 1995 by psychologists Betty Hart and Todd Risley, by age 4 the average child from a high-income family had heard 32,000,000 more words than a child from a welfare home. Hart and Risley knew that offering children early exposure to an expanded vocabulary was key. Likewise, UBC has developed a comprehensive language and literacy intervention program for roughly 100 schools in the greater Santiago area.Soundbytes: Judith Palfrey on Un Buen ComienzoJudith Palfrey, Harvard’s T. Berry Brazelton Professor of Pediatrics, discusses the work of Un Buen Comienzo, an early childhood initiative in Chile supported by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Medical School.Supported by the interdisciplinary project Recupera Chile, a coalition of academic, nonprofit, private, and public organizations focused on community-based recovery, UBC is being implemented in the coastal towns of Dichato, Perales, and Cobquecura, all devastated by the quake and tsunami. Recupera Chile is based at Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies,“Many people believe that one of the ways to deal with social inequity and to bring this gap together is to invest heavily in early childhood education,” said Palfrey, who has been closely linked to the UBC project since she visited Chile in 2006, when she worked with DRCLAS colleagues, the Chilean Ministries of Education and Health, and HGSE to launch the program.  “We are convinced that language and early literacy and the ability to engage [with] a book and engage [with] stories, and the process of thinking about stories … these are tools for life. The thinking tool is language.”On this brisk August afternoon in Cobquecura, several area preschool teachers attended a UBC training session focused on vocabulary. In a classroom flooded with winter sunlight, the participants arranged their chairs in a small semicircle and read “El festín de Augustín” (“Augustin’s birthday”), about a young pudú, a Chilean deer, preparing for a special day. They stopped frequently to discuss a particular word, or to explore the importance of offering children both a definition and the context around a challenging word with various meanings. Instructor Carolina Díaz carefully explained the importance of dividing words into categories depending on their levels of difficulty.Lilian Narvaez, a professor in the University of Concepcion’s school of education, was also in class. In the future, Un Buen Comienzo officials hope to turn their training efforts over to students from the ed school.“As education professionals, we know the impact of early childhood education is supported by the evidence,” said Narvaez. “And as teachers of teachers, we know how important it is to be involved in this kind of initiative. We also share the view that if you help children learn step by step, they will never be limited.”The following day in Dichato, Palfrey discussed the benefits of the UBC program with another group of teachers and administrators. The initiative, she explained, involves teaching students songs and rhyming skills to help them remember words, encouraging them to write as much as possible, and showing them how letters relate to sounds. The work also calls for making books accessible, and making sure parents understand the importance of having their children read at home.“This literacy program is focusing on language development as a fundamental for education,” said Palfrey.Camren Gloria Vasquez, a teacher who has worked in a temporary building since her school was destroyed in 2010, urged UBC officials to expand the program as soon as possible.“I have students in my school who can’t even read,” said Vasquez, who teaches 7- and 8-year-olds. “It’s important that this program reaches all schools.”last_img read more

Brandon Boyd, JC Chasez & Michelle Williams to Headline U.S. Superstar Tour

first_img Check out Boyd and Williams’ rendition of the title track on GMA on April 4 below. Boyd will appear as Judas Iscariot, Chasez as Pontius Pilate, Williams as Mary Magdalane and Rotten as King Herod. They will be joined by Ben Forster as Jesus, who was discovered by Lloyd Webber in his U.K. ITV primetime talent show Superstar in 2012. Forster played the role in the subsequent Superstar arena tours of the U.K and Australia alongside Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Winner Tim Minchin as Judas and Spice Girl Melanie C as Mary. Jesus Christ Superstar is based very loosely on the Gospel’s account of the last week of Jesus’ life. The show began life as a record-breaking album before it landed on Broadway in 1971. It was subsequently revived on the Great White Way in 1977, 2000 and 2012. Directed by Laurence O’Connor, the 50-city tour will kick off June 9 in New Orleans at the Lakefront Arena, with stops in Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and more, before finishing August 16 in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center.center_img View Comments What’s the buzz? The arena tour extravaganza of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar is coming to America! Incubus’ Brandon Boyd, N’SYNC’s JC Chasez, the Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten and Destiny’s Child and Broadway vet Michelle Williams will headline the North American dates.last_img read more

Jim Parsons on Headlining Broadway’s An Act of God

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 2, 2015 God is ready to take center stage! Well, Jim Parsons is ready to give up his body for God to take over center stage. Or something. The Emmy winner (Parsons, not God—does God have an Emmy?) stopped by The Tonight Show on March 16 to chat with Jimmy Fallon about his new, sacred role in Broadway’s upcoming An Act of God. “I get to say all this stuff about religion and God, but it’s not me,” he explains. “It’s just my body! It’s an exorcism!” We can’t stress this enough—it’s the Almighty on stage, not Parsons, so he just asks that you don’t yell “Bazinga” at him during the show. An Act of God begins performances at Studio 54 on May 5. View Comments An Act of Godlast_img read more

January 1, 2005 On the Move

first_imgJanuary 1, 2005 On the Move January 1, 2005 On the Move On the Move Jill Bowman and J. Andrew Meyer joined James, Hoyer, Newcomer & Smiljanich, P.A., as partners, and Tamra Carsten, Dawn Woolweaver, Jesse Ray, and Rachel Wagoner joined the firm as associates. Bowman and Meyer handle class actions and general civil litigation for the firm. Carsten works on class actions, civil appeals and general civil litigation. Woolweaver works on securities arbitrations, whistleblower cases, and individual and class actions. Ray works on class actions and civil litigation. Wagoner works on class actions. Robert A. Zinn was named chief operating shareholder of Akerman Senterfitt in Miami. Zinn focuses his practice on corporate and international law, mergers, acquisitions and securities. Additionally, James A. Bramnick was chosen to lead the labor and employment practice group. Bramnick is board certified in labor and employment law. Jacob Mitrani joined the Law Offices of Hagen and Hagen, P.A., at 3531 Griffin Road, Ft. Lauderdale, and handles commercial litigation and real estate and corporate transactions. Mitrani may be contacted at (954)987-0515 or [email protected] hagenlawfirm.com. Charles A. Beard joined the environmental law practice of Smith Hulsey & Busey in Jacksonville. Steven Holtzman joined Ruden McClosky in Tampa. Holtzman joined the firm’s corporate practice group located at 2700 SunTrust Financial Center, Tampa. Jennifer L. Kane joined Akerman Senterfitt as an associate in the litigation practice group in Ft. Lauderdale. Additionally, Paul B. Bernstein joined the firm as an associate in the real estate practice group. Marci A. Rubin joined Simon, Schindler & Sandberg, L.L.P., in Miami and concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial transactions and real estate. Addie Albareda, Scott Rosso, C. Carolina Maluje, and Timothy Nies announce the formation of Albareda, Rosso, Maluje & Nies, P.A., located at the International Building, 2455 East Sunrise Blvd., Suite 813, Ft. Lauderdale 33304; phone (954) 564-1099; fax (954) 343-8841. The firm practices in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, criminal defense, immigration, family law, employment law and commercial and residential real estate. The firm also has offices in Miami. Dan Richardson joined Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A., in Jacksonville. Richardson concentrates his practice on environmental law. Lorenzo Moll Parrón joined Steel Hector & Davis LLP, as an associate with the firm’s real estate practice. Moll Parrón represents clients in the purchase, sale, and development of real estate. Christine Miele Ertl and Erum Siddiqui joined Snell Legal as associates at 700 W. Granada Boulevard, Suite 107, Ormond Beach. Ertl concentrates in the area of business transactions and Siddiqui focuses on business litigation. David B. Honig joined Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.S.C., as a shareholder. Christopher J. Greene joined Brant, Abraham, Reiter, McCormick, P.A. as a shareholder. Greene will continue his practice in complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts, shareholder and partnership disputes, and litigation involving trusts, estates and probate matters. The firm will now be known as Brant, Abraham, Reiter, McCormick & Greene, P.A. Dean J. Merten has opened The Merten Law Office, P.A., at 1520 10th Avenue North, Suite E in Lake Worth. Merten concentrates his practice in the area of criminal defense. Suzette L. Benitez joined Jorge M. Abril, P.A. as an associate. She concentrates her practice in the areas of building and construction litigation, commercial collections and healthcare reimbursement. Kevin W. Shaughnessy, Joyce Ackerbaum Cox, and Patrick Muldoney joined Baker & Hostetler, L.L.P., in Orlando as partners. Shaughnessy is board certified in labor and employment law. Ackerbaum Cox concentrates her practice in defense of discrimination and harassment lawsuits and conducting and advising clients regarding ADA audits and compliance. Muldoney advises and represents clients in connection with both traditional labor law and employment law issues. Also joining the firm are employment and labor attorneys Tracey L. Ellerson, James W. Seegers, Rexford H. Stephens, Marilyn G. Moran and Lillian Chaves Moon. Marjorie Baron has become a panel mediator with Salmon & Dulberg Mediation Services, Inc. Kozyak, Tropin & Throckmorton announces the relocation of their offices to 2525 Ponce de Leon, 9th Floor, Coral Gables 33134; phone (305) 372-1800; fax (305) 372-3508; www.kttlaw.com. Min K. Cho and Dianne M. Triplett joined Carlton Fields as associates in the Tampa office. Cho is a member of the construction practice group. Triplett is a member of the products and toxic tort liability practice group. Steven L. Frankl joined Rosenthal & Levy, P.A., in West Palm Beach. Frankl concentrates his practice in representing injured individuals in workers’ compensation and personal injury law. Berman, Kean & Riguera, P.A., announces the relocation of its office to 2101 W. Commercial Blvd., Suite 2800, Ft. Lauderdale 33309; phone (954) 735-0000; fax (954) 735-3636; e-mail: [email protected], [email protected]; [email protected] The firm continues to concentrate in the area of commercial litigation. Kelly M. Fisher has become a partner in Abbey, Adams, Byelick, Kiernan, Mueller & Lancaster, L.L.P., in St. Petersburg and Tampa. The firm concentrates in the defense areas of liability, malpractice, workers’ compensation, employment claims and appeals. Lee Friedland announces the establishment of Friedland & Associates in Davie at 4486 SW 64th Avenue; phone (954)321-8810. The firm will continue to offer legal representation in state and federal courts in relation to medical malpractice, personal injury, and criminal matters. Gordon Hargrove & James, P.A., announced the relocation of its offices from downtown Ft. Lauderdale to 2400 East Commercial Boulevard, Suite 1100, Ft. Lauderdale 33308. Roberta Kohn and Cindy Sarsen announced the formation of Kohn & Sarsen, L.L.P., with offices located at 1535 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Suite 102, Lutz 33548. The firm concentrates on the full service representation of business entities. Terrence R. Holihen, Eric B. Marks and Matthew S. Smith of the real estate practice group of Akerman Senterfitt in Orlando, W. Glenn Jensen of the insolvency and creditors’ rights practice group, Michael W. McNatt of the banking practice group and Harold E. “Hal” Morlan II of the litigation practice group were elected shareholders in the firm. Matthew R. Danahy and David C. Murray announce the formation of Danahy & Murray, P.A. The firm concentrates on representing insureds in first party claims against their insurers. The firm’s office is located at 2304 W. Cleveland St., Suite 100, Tampa 33609; phone (813) 258-3600. Luis E. Viera joined Abbey, Adams, Byelick, Kiernan, Mueller & Lancaster, L.L.P., in St. Petersburg and Tampa. The firm concentrates in the defense areas of liability, malpractice, workers’ compensation, employment claims, and appeals. Kathryn A. Slye joined Katz Barron as an associate in the litigation department. Slye practices in both the Ft. Lauderdale and Miami offices in the areas of general corporate and commercial law, construction litigation, insurance defense, real estate/foreclosure law, condominium and homeowner association law, bankruptcy law, appellate law, and creditor’s rights in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts.last_img read more

UK votes to exit EU, Cameron quit: Latest updates

first_imgIn the single most momentous day in British politics since WWII, the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union. The impact of this result has been far and wide, with global markets hit and UK Prime Minister David Cameron announcing his resignation. Outside 10 Downing Street, Cameron tells the nation the people have spokenBritain will have a new Prime Minister before party conference in October, he saidCabinet is to meet on Monday to work out next steps forwardFinal tally gives victory to Leave — 17,410,742, Remain — 16,141,241 (52% v. 48%)European markets tumble, pound crashes to its lowest levels in 31 years 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img continue reading »last_img

Just 34% of Indonesia’s stimulus budget spent six months into pandemic

first_imgThe government has only spent around Rp 237 trillion (US$15.92 billion) of the funds earmarked for economic stimulus during the COVID-19 outbreak, representing just 34.1 percent of the allocated budget, six months into the crisis.Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto said Monday that the government would expand its aid programs until December and push to expedite spending. The government has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion for stimulus programs, focusing on health care, social safety net programs and economic recovery. “From the first half of the year until September, budget disbursement has increased significantly,” he told reporters, adding that the government had seen a 30.9 percent month-to-month (mtm) increase in stimulus spending. However, he did not go into details. The government was currently reviewing a plan to provide aid for honorary workers, he added, explaining that it would extend the cash aid program for workers until March next year and extend the cash aid program for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) until June next year to bolster domestic consumption.The government is struggling to revive the economy, which shrank 5.32 percent in the second quarter this year and is widely expected to shrink further in the third quarter. Gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to contract 1.1 percent this year under a worst-case projection.The Jakarta administration’s reimposition of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) on Monday is expected to deal a further blow to the economy, with ministers saying assessments would be made on its implications for GDP.The capital makes the highest contribution to the national economy among all regions of the country, with Jakarta’s regional domestic product accounting for 17.17 percent of the country’s GDP in the second quarter, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show. The capital is followed by East Java (14.6 percent) and West Java (13.45 percent), which are both also virus epicenters.Topics :last_img read more

Busy summer ahead for Boskalis and NKT at Triton Knoll offshore wind project

first_imgThe consortium of Boskalis and NKT is set to work through the summer to install the offshore export cables at the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm in the UK. “It’s great to see the onshore and offshore assets coming together now, and its thanks to our teams and contractors that Triton Knoll is becoming an increasingly physical presence offshore. It’s also a big thank you to the local community that has worked with us throughout the construction works to date,“ said Julian Garnsey, Triton Knoll and innogy Project Director. As reported, an initial 25km stretch of export cable has already been installed from the landfall north of Anderby Creek in Lincolnshire, establishing a connection between the onshore and offshore electrical infrastructure for the first time. Once complete, each circuit will be capable of transmitting the high voltage electricity generated by the wind farm back to the shore 50km away. Inter-array cabling will also follow during the summer, ahead of turbine installation in early 2021. Boskalis and NKT will continue with cable installation throughout the summer in order to complete the full offshore circuit of two lengths of three-core export cable, linking the two offshore substations to the onshore electrical network. Triton Knoll will comprise 90 MHI Vestas 9.5 MW turbines set to be commissioned in 2021.last_img read more