US Aircraft Carrier Hosts Pre-Deployment Fair

first_img April 6, 2012 View post tag: Navy Training & Education View post tag: George More than 3,000 Sailors from the Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) and their families took part in a command-sponsored pre-deployment fair April 2.The goal of the fair is to ensure the crew and their families are deployment ready.Sailors had the opportunity to visit more than 20 booths featuring legal, financial, medical, religious and even Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)information and advice in order to create a more stable foundation for themselves and their dependents when the ship pulls out on its next patrol.“This is something we do every year and it’s first and foremost for the Sailors… especially for the single Sailors that are deploying for the first time,” said Lt. Benjamin Howard, a command chaplain stationed aboard George Washington. “Right at their fingertips, this give them the information that they will need while on deployment.”“I think the ombudsman is one of the best booths offered,” said Religious Programs Specialist 3rd Class Micchicco Hunter, one of more than 3,000 Sailors who attended. “Ombudsman acts as the link between the Sailors and their families. We have a lot of people coming to the chapel who miss their families while deployed and ombudsman really help keep that connection open.”Ombudsman are representative of the commanding officer, responsible for establishing and maintaining current and accurate communication between the command and its family members. “I liked the Family Readiness Group (FRG) and MWR booths,” said Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Recruit Jessica Keener-Dragoo, a newly arriving Sailor to the George Washington. “They gave us a lot of information, a lot of things to do and everyone was very friendly and nice. I didn’t know anything when I got here, but I feel I learned a lot and feel that my family will be taken care of.”The FRG is an integral part of a support service network that bundles key support services such as Ombudsmen, Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSCs), chaplains, school liaison officers and child development centers at the command level. “It may seem tedious at first glance, but if Sailors take advantage of the information that is given here, it will benefit them in the long run,” said Howard.This year marks George Washington’s fourth pre-deployment fair at Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) and officials hope the event continues to get better each year.George Washington is currently pier side in Yokosuka, Japan and making preparations to return to sea.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 06, 2012; US Aircraft Carrier Hosts Pre-Deployment Fair View post tag: USS View post tag: American View post tag: Aircraft Share this article View post tag: 73 View post tag: hosts Back to overview,Home naval-today US Aircraft Carrier Hosts Pre-Deployment Fair View post tag: Japan View post tag: Naval View post tag: Pre-Deployment View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Fair View post tag: Washington View post tag: Yokosuka View post tag: US View post tag: CVN View post tag: Carrierlast_img read more

PREMIERE: Hot Buttered Rum Releases Tom Petty-Inspired Track Off New Album

first_imgHot Buttered Rum, the progressive five-piece bluegrass band out of San Francisco, California, is gearing up for a big year. With almost two decades under their belts, in 2018, Hot Buttered Rum will release their sixth studio album, Lonesome Panoramic. A follow up to 2010’s Limbs Akimbo, their self-titled release in 2014, and the trio of EPs released as The Kite & The Key in 2015 and 2016, Lonesome Panoramic was self-produced by the band; recorded at Panoramic House Studio in Stinson Beach, California, along the Panoramic Highway; and is slated for a July 20th release this summer.As Nat Keefe, Hot Buttered Rum’s vocalist and guitarist, explained in a press release, “Lonesome Panoramic is the result of different thematic and stylistic threads that Butter has been chasing over the years: driving uptempo string band tunes, layers of dark lonesome drum grooves, letting things go, and embracing what we have.”Hot Buttered Rum has become a staple of the progressive bluegrass scene with their quick-paced and fiery blend of bluegrass, folk, rock, and country. With the addition of drums in 2008, the group cemented itself as a music festival favorite, regularly performing nationally renowned events like Telluride Bluegrass, Newport Folk, Jam Cruise, Bonnaroo, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Northwest String Summit, and many, many more. Furthermore, the band’s hearty resume has led to some truly astounding collaborations, including playing with the likes of Phil Lesh, Chris Thile, Brett Dennen, Kyle Hollingsworth, and others and being named “The Official Bluegrass Band of the San Francisco Giants.”With the release of Lonesome Panoramic on the horizon, Hot Buttered Rum has been generous enough to share with us a sneak peek at what to expect from their latest studio effort, which features cameo collaborations from ALO’s Zach Gill and Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, The Coffis Brothers, and Rainbow Girls.As Nat Keefe, Hot Buttered Rum’s vocalist and guitarist, noted to Live For Live Music,I wrote “Country Tunes & Love Songs” with the Coffis Brothers, Kellen and Jamie. To me, the opening chord progression invokes the subject matter of the song, so it wrote itself. Sometimes, good songs come from when you aren’t swinging for the fences, you just put a good swing on the ball and it finds a gap. We ended up producing it with a lot of strummy twelve-string guitar, with the memory of Tom Petty whispering in our ears.“Country Tunes & Love Songs” is the third track on the upcoming Lonesome Panoramic, marking one of the few songs on the new album on which the band’s multi-instrumentalist Erik Yates plays the dobro, rather than his trusty banjo. Tapping into the band’s more rock-oriented Americana side, the mid-tempo tune finds Keefe vocally accompanied by Kellen and Jamie Coffis (of The Coffis Brothers), who offer up blissful vocal harmonies.You can take a listen to the Live For Live Music premiere of Hot Buttered Rum’s “Country Tunes & Love Songs” below. “Country Tunes & Love Songs” will be formally released on the band’s upcoming album, Lonesome Panoramic, which is due out on July 20th via independent release. For more information on the album or the band, head to Hot Buttered Rum’s website here. You can also check out a full track listing for the new album below. Lonesome Panoramic Track Listing:1. You Can Tell   2:11 (Yates)2. Sittin’ Here Alone   3:14 (Keefe)3. Country Tunes & Love Songs (ft. The Coffis Bros.)  4:29 (Keefe, K Coffis, J Coffis)4. How Short the Song   3:27 (Yates)5. Treasure Island Blues   4:46 (Yates)6. Never Got Married   2:50  (Keefe)7. Spirits Still Come (ft. Rainbow Girls)   4:54 (Keefe)8. Sleeping Giants   5:04  (Yates)9. Leaving Dallas   4:31 (Keefe)10. When that Lonesome Feeling Comes 4:07 (Yates)11. Mighty Fine   4:25 (Keefe)12. The One that Everybody Knows   8:04  (Yates)13. The Deep End (ft. ALO)   4:55 (Keefe, Yates, Lebowitz, Gill)Guest Musicians:Jamie Coffis – vocals (3)Kellen Coffis – vocals (3)Rainbow Girls: Erin Chapin, Caitlin Gowdey, Vanessa May – backup vocals (7,13)Dan Lebowitz (ALO) – electric guitar & vocals (13)Zach Gill (ALO) – vocals (13)View All Trackslast_img read more

PLSA delivers guide to ‘new discipline’ of implementation disclosures

first_imgThe Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has produced a guide to new investment disclosure duties for UK pension schemes, encouraging them to produce meaningful disclosures rather than just focussing on compliance.Under new rules coming into force in October, defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) schemes face new requirements to publicly disclose, in an “implementation statement”, their investment and responsible investment activity over the previous year.The requirement is for these statements to set out how and to what extent their activity followed the intent captured in the scheme’s statement of investment principles (SIP), which since a year ago must address trustees’ policies on financially material environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors.Caroline Escott, outgoing senior policy lead on investment and stewardship at the PLSA, said the implementation statements were “a very new discipline for trustees”, and “will require them to carefully consider which investment decisions and activities have or will have the greatest impact on their investment objectives”. The requirements differ for DC/hybrid and DB-only schemes, although common to both is a requirement to disclose their voting and engagement behaviour. Sarah Wilson, founder and CEO of proxy voting agency Minerva, said this was “a once in a generation shift in legal responsibilities” for trustees.The PLSA’s guide sets out general principles as well as more detailed considerations for trustees to produce “relevant, succinct and meaningful statements”, with the association noting that “policymakers, the public and scheme members will be paying close attention” to the content of the implementation statements.Be clear on vote ‘ownership’On voting disclosures, the PLSA advises trustees to be clear about who “owns” the vote in their particular investment arrangements and along their voting chain.It said it recognised that schemes with investments in pooled funds would have a different scope for influence compared with those with segregated mandates, but that it believed the former could still “exert their influence and seek to challenge their managers on their (engagement) and voting activity”.The PLSA also said the avenues pension plans had for influencing investment, and particularly voting, decisions undertaken on their behalf would continue to change.Trustees should keep an eye out on developments in the Law Commission’s work on intermediated securities, the HM Treasury’s asset management taskforce work on stewardship, and the EU sustainable finance initiative, among other areas, the association said.“This guide aims to cut through some of the confusion around implementation statements”Laura Myers, chair of the voting and implementation statement working groupThe PSLA’s guide is the product of a new cross-industry working group and a stakeholder group comprised of representatives from government, regulators and industry organisations.“This guide aims to cut through some of the confusion around implementation statements and give practical steps on how to collate this information and communicate it to stakeholders,” wrote Laura Myers, chair of the working group and a member of the PLSA policy board, in the introduction to the guide.“We believe that the principles underpinning the implementation statements will help focus schemes on their long-term investment goals. Getting these disclosures right will help schemes become more sustainable, improve stakeholder relations and ultimately make better investment decisions that have the interests of members and savers at their heart.”The cross-industry group is also working on a voting template for asset managers to fill in, and the PLSA is encouraging trustees to use this. IPE understands the template and guidance are being finalised and will be launched within the next few weeks.The PLSA’s guide to the implementation statements can be found here.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

Man Utd prepared to sell Pogba to PSG

first_img Reports claim Pogba is open to the idea of joining PSG, who could be willing to hand him a bumper contract worth in excess of £400,000-a-week. read also:Man Utd star Pogba reacts to George Floyd killing on social media It is claimed Pogba would like to link-up with PSG superstars Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and former United player Angel Di Maria. Pogba has been repeatedly linked with a move away from Old Trafford since last summer after he admitted that he was keen on a ‘new challenge’. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Manchester United are prepared to sell Paul Pogba to PSG this summer. Wantaway Manchester Utd ace Paul pogba The Daily Star says United will tell PSG to stump up around £130m if they want to sign Pogba. The French champions have been linked with a move for the World Cup winning midfielder as speculation about his Old Trafford future continues to mount.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeIs Cristiano Ronaldo Converting His Hotels To Hospitals?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Reasons Why You Don’t Get Your Work Done On ScheduleBig Actors Who Started Off With A Part In A Soap Opera2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Yearlast_img read more

Quarterback battle heats up as spring practice ends

first_imgIn a spring fraught with injuries and difficulty, the USC football team held its final spring practice before its annual spring scrimmage at the Coliseum on Saturday.Putting in work · Sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler (above) stayed after practice at Howard Jones Field on Thursday to get some more throws in before Saturday’s scrimmage at the Coliseum. – Joseph Chen | Daily Trojan The Trojans practiced without kneepads for the second consecutive practice, but the diminished physicality didn’t detract from the intensity and speed of the drills.Junior wide receiver Marqise Lee again had a field day working out against the young Trojan secondary, making his presence known through a variety of dazzling catches including a leaping two-handed grab amid a shroud of defenders in the end zone during situational drills.The battle at quarterback heated up as redshirt sophomore quarterbacks Max Wittek and Cody Kessler looked neck and neck during passing drills. The two quarterbacks had somewhat differing approaches to Saturday’s exhibition matchup; predictably, incumbent starter Wittek appeared nonplussed and determined about his performance.“Obviously it’s a shorter scrimmage, but [I’ll try to] make the plays that are there, make the open throws and don’t try to force anything,” Wittek said. “I don’t have to go out on the last day [of spring practice] and make a crazy splash in the competition or anything. I think the real body of work is the resume that I’ve put on film over the past 14 practices.”Though Wittek’s throwing mechanics and ball velocity remain impressive, the redshirt sophomore has taken to improving other areas of his play this spring.“Decision-making and timing, making those decisions in a quick manner,” Wittek said. “Not to throw it every play — the big play’s not going to be made on every down. To take off and run and check it down if I need to.”Conversely, Kessler stuck around following practice and got in some practice snaps and extra throws on a practically deserted Howard Jones Field. Theoretically speaking, it is Kessler who has the most to gain from a strong showing Saturday. Though Wittek has made an impression in starts against Notre Dame and Georgia Tech last season, Kessler and his play have remained largely out of the auspices of the general public. Saturday will be his first chance to show the public at least a glimpse of his capabilities.“You come in ready to compete,” Kessler said. “Even though it is intersquad, you approach it like it’s game day. It’s Saturday, it’s in the Coliseum; we’re going to have fans there; it’s going to be nice to play in front of them.”Head coach Lane Kiffin was pleased, in particular, with his quarterbacks’ ability to take care of the ball — a positive sign after the Trojan quarterbacks combined for 20 interceptions last season.“[The quarterbacks] have really limited turnovers in the Coliseum this spring, which is very different than last spring … [considering] how much we were turning the ball over especially at quarterback, so it’s been really good,” Kiffin said.Saturday’s exhibition at the Coliseum, which begins at 1 p.m., probably won’t offer too many definitive answers regarding the depth chart — Kiffin’s post-spring depth chart will be released April 15 — but it will at least give the Trojan faithful and the public at large a clearer picture of the quarterback race.last_img read more