USS George Washington starting four-year overhaul

first_img August 4, 2017 USS George Washington starting four-year overhaul Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today USS George Washington starting four-year overhaul The U.S. Navy’s sixth aircraft carrier, USS George Washington, is set to arrive at Newport News Shipbuilding on Friday to begin its four-year mid-life refit after 25 years of service.This was announced by Newport News Shipbuilding president Jennifer Boykin who said the company had been working under a planning contract for almost three years and recently signed an agreement to begin execution work.During the refit, also known as refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH), and the follow-on outfitting period, nearly all combat systems equipment on the carrier will be refurbished, upgraded or replaced with newer technology.The ship will receive upgraded weapons systems; to include Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM), Evolved NATO Sea Sparrow Missile System, Close-In Weapons System (CIWS), Mk-38 25mm automatic gun systems, and anti-torpedo defense systems.Consolidated afloat networks and enterprise services (CANES) will become the new ship-wide network, which will include a new video distribution and surveillance systems, and the mast and the SPN-49 radar tower will be cut off and replaced with a modern design.Announcing the arrival of CVN 73, Boykin added that major upgrades will be also performed on the aircraft launch and recovery systems.USS George Washington follows in the footsteps of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) which was redelivered to the navy in May this year, after spending four years in the same shipyard undergoing RCOH. View post tag: RCOHcenter_img View post tag: US Navy View post tag: USS George Washington View post tag: Newport News Shipbuilding Share this articlelast_img read more

UW says goodbye to tournament bye

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s basketball team was picked preseason to finish sixth in the Big Ten. Despite dropping their final three conference games, the Badgers finished in a three-way tie for fifth place, with Minnesota and Penn State, at 7-9.The Badgers’ final loss came Sunday on the road against the Iowa Hawkeyes, 103-93. A win would have secured them sole possession of fifth place and a first round bye in the Big Ten Tournament, but instead, because of head-to-head tiebreakers, they earned the No. 7 seed and a first round matchup against Michigan, a team they defeated twice in the regular season.After starting off 10-1 in non-conference play, and being 7-6 in the Big Ten less than two weeks ago, the 0-3 conclusion of the season was disappointing, to say the least. And with no seniors on the roster, some people point to the lack of experience as an explanation.”We’re not going to use ‘young’ as an excuse for anything,” said assistant coach Tasha McDowell, filling in for head coach Lisa Stone at Monday’s press conference in the Kohl Center. “That’s been thrown out the window. We don’t talk about that anymore. And our attitude is, we’re disappointed in what happened on Sunday, but all of our energy is going into Michigan right now. [We] are optimistic. [We] are determined. And we’ve been given a new life here.”Finishing at 18-11 overall and in the middle of the Big Ten, the Badgers still have an outside chance at an NCAA Tournament at-large bid, but will need a strong performance in this week’s Big Ten Tournament. The winner of the tournament gets an automatic bid into the Big Dance.”We’re on our second [life] going into the tournament here,” McDowell noted. “We like our matchups. We like where we are right now. I certainly think that before [Sunday’s] game, we [were] starting to peak, and that’s where you want to be [come] tournament time.”The best get better: Anderson, Banks lead the wayGoing into the season with eight new faces, there were a lot of question marks for this Badger squad. Because of that, junior guards Jolene Anderson and Janese Banks — the team’s top scorers from last season — had a lot of weight on their shoulders to lead the team while elevating their own games. They didn’t disappoint.”We all challenged [Jolene] at the beginning of the year to become a better on-the-ball defender,” McDowell said. “And she has committed herself to that. That’s really been a focus for her.””She’s in the upper echelon of all the players in a lot of categories,” McDowell continued. “So she really has become a more balanced player offensively and defensively.”Anderson was not the only Badger guard to take her game to the next level this season.”Janese spent a lot of time in the off-season working on her outside shooting, and she certainly is one of our [best 3-point shooters],” McDowell added. “She [practices] all the time. She’s improved her free throw [shooting]. She attacks the basket a lot more efficiently than she did last year, and she’s committed herself also to becoming one of the better defenders. And we stick her on the fastest and certainly the most athletic players every single game, and she does her best and digs in.”last_img read more

Active shooter situation reported in PSL

first_imgBoth the Port St. Lucie police and St. Lucie Sheriff’s deputies are at the scene.This is a developing story. Multiple agencies are currently on the scene of an active shooter situation at a home in Port St. Lucie.The incident is near Morningside Elementary school on SE Morningside Blvd.Authorities say the suspect is in a two-story home .Not much is known about the incident at this time but authorities say this will give an update on the situation once one is available.UPDATE: Media stage at the corner of 2400 block of SE Morningside Boulevard and 1700 block of SE Greendon Avenue by the Morningside [email protected] @CBS12 @WPBF25News @TCPalm— Port St. Lucie PD (@PSLPolice) July 6, 2020last_img read more

Spring has Arrived at The Plant Place Nursery

first_imgSubmitted by The Plant Place NurserySpring is here and The Plant Place Nursery Retail Lot is gearing up for spring business.  Plants are waking up out of dormancy with new buds and blooms.  Fresh perennials, vibrant shrubs, healthy young trees, and lush ground covers arrive daily.  With sunny skies and warmer temperatures we eagerly await the arrival of this new growing season and the return of our wonderful customers too!The first splash of color will be beautiful hanging flower baskets ready to give for Mother’s Day.  They are a perfect way to brighten your porch or patio.We are looking forward to offering free classes with local designers and landscapers this spring as well.  First up will be Dandelion Gardens on May 3, 2014:  Plant Selections for Small Spaces.  Stay tuned to our website or Facebook page for more details.  Come see us and get inspired with beautiful plants and design ideas.Opening day is April 15, 2014.Hours of operation are Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 5:30 pm.3333 South Bay Rd NE Olympia, WA 98506. Facebook52Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Fireworks on Tap Tonight, Other Plans Changed for Celebration in Sea…

first_imgSEA BRIGHT – Today’s inclement weather has meant the Driftwood beach and cabana club is modifying its plans for what had been scheduled to be a daylong celebration, culminating with fireworks.The club, 1485 Ocean Ave., is still planning its Monday night fireworks display – billed as the largest in the Garden State for the days surrounding the July 4th holiday.The club has rescheduled today’s daytime events, including a clambake and concert featuring Brian Kirk and the Jirks, for tomorrow, and will honor tickets already purchased for the event, Irvine said.Driftwood and its owners, the Stavola family, are spearheading the benefit to raise money for two local rebuilding funds, Sea Bright Rising and the Permit Relief Fund, created specifically to assist residents who are rebuilding their homes and businesses after the destruction caused by Super Storm Sandy.The event is called Rebuild Sea Bright.The Stavola family, which has operated Driftwood Cabana Club since 1956, is donating the cost of the fireworks. In addition, the Stavolas are hosting a one-night-only special menu dinner at Ama on the night of the fireworks.The daytime events at Driftwood, which will be held tomorrow, will include a Beach Bash Clambake with live music starting at noon.Ticket holders will be provided full use of the club, pool and beach with lifeguards on duty, a clambake, children’s menu and two complimentary beverages from the Tiki Bar. The live music headliner will be local favorites Brian Kirk and The Jirks, who will play from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.The purchase of tickets and additional information are available by visiting www.sea, calling 908-400-3617 or emailing to [email protected]last_img read more

Freeholders Call On Towns To Restrict Sales of Cats and Dogs…

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaFREEHOLD – The Monmouth County Board of Freeholders has passed a resolution calling on county municipalities to adopt ordinances putting severe restrictions on the sale of dogs and cats.The resolution, passed 5-to-0 on Jan. 21, asks towns to require pet shops to sell dogs and cats only obtained from or displayed in cooperation with animal-care facilities or rescue organizations. Also, it asks towns to disallow pet shops from selling dogs or cats younger than eight weeks.“I think it’s phenomenal,” said Janice Fisher, who coordinates the Puppy Mill Awareness Campaign in New Jersey for the 1,200-member Friends of Animals United (FAUN) New Jersey.Fisher, a Manasquan resident, worked with Freeholder John P. Curley to get the resolution passed.“We need to take care and not abuse pets and animals,” Curley said.Curley said he motioned for the resolution to be passed at the Jan. 21 meeting and other freeholders came aboard.“We’re thrilled,” said Fisher, a former paralegal who lives in Manasquan. “I think our freeholders are wonderful and, in particular, Freeholder Curley. He took the time to listen, research the matter, (and) talked to his colleagues.”“We’re so grateful,” said Danielle Mania, development manager for the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “We’re trying to stop overbreeding, puppy mills, the abuse that goes on in puppy mills.”Monmouth County SPCA said puppy mills, or large-scale breeders, emphasize profit over animal welfare and breed pets with health or behavioral issues. Instead, pets should be bought from reputable hobby breeders, shelters or rescues, according to Monmouth County SPCA.Calpurrnia, an approximately 3-year-old female awaiting adoption at the Monmouth County SPCA.“Monmouth County took a strong stand against the cruel puppy mill industry, while promoting responsible breeders and pet adoption,” said Kathleen Schatzmann, state director for the Humane Society of the United States.Gary Hager, who sells dogs at his Bark Avenue Puppies store in Red Bank, believes this type of legislation is flawed in various ways – such as painting with a broad brush and taking in well-operated pet stores, along with going at animal abuse the wrong way.“They’re looking down the wrong end of the telescope,” Hager said. “They’re kind of pointing the gun in the wrong direction. You’re not going to stop a puppy mill by stopping a pet store.”Bark Avenue deals with only about 10 to 15 “five-star breeders” who are “all vetted,” Hager said, adding that he keeps only 12 to 15 puppies at a time at his store. Certain dogs that consumers want are not available at shelters and it is unrealistic for people to deal directly with quality breeders who may be more than 1,000 miles away, he said.Hager compared the puppy mill issue to chicken farm operations, both of which have come under fire for abusive ways. All egg farmers have not been shut down, so why shut down all puppy sellers?Rather, Hager said, go after the bad players – puppy mills with abusive methods or pet stores with bad records.“Go after the puppy mill-breeder operations where they are,” he said. “Why throw all (pet stores) under the bus?”Of the county’s 53 municipalities, only Fisher’s hometown of Manasquan has such an ordinance, she said. Of New Jersey’s 565 municipalities, an estimated 25 have this type of ordinance, Fisher said.“This resolution will encourage towns,” Fisher said. “It will embolden.”The county resolution includes a sample ordinance.County Counsel Andrea I. Bazer said Monmouth County followed Camden County’s lead on the resolution.“The county doesn’t have the ability to enforce, but the municipalities do,” Bazer said.Camden, Monmouth, Ocean and Mercer counties have passed resolutions, Fisher said.“I had received a great deal of background from Janice and her group,” Curley said. “I was very pleased to bring that to the freeholders and the educational process to the municipalities. It was a pleasure working with that group and I thank the SPCA.”last_img read more

Future’s So Bright — NYS’s Matteo Faraguna earns BCSPL spot with Thompson Okanagan Intakes

first_imgIt was obvious that Matteo Faraguna has the skills to succeed in many sports.An accomplished track and field star with the Kootenay Chaos as well as a pretty good minor hockey player and skier, the 12-year-old prodigy, however, decided to follow in the footsteps of his father Al and grandfather Guido to pursue a career in the roundball sport.Faraguna took a major step in that direction after being selected to the Thompson Okanagan U13 Intakes BC Soccer Premier League squad following tryouts earlier this year in Kelowna.“I was very excited to be on the team and have the chance to get to know all of the coaches, staff and players,” the Nelson Youth Soccer star told The Nelson Daily.Faraguna played the past season for the U12 Development squad with NYS.However, needing a little more incentive in the sport, Trafalgar Middle School student decided to tryout with BCSPL in the Okanagan.“I have only known Matteo for a brief period of time, what we saw was a player that had a tremendous work rate and speed to match,” said Thompson Okanagan Technical Director Jason Thompson.“His ability in a one on one situation was very good and has a very good base of technical skill. Mateo’s compete level is very good.”The Intakes team has commenced preseason training, with Faraguna and Company completing the first week of practice.The team is preparing to attend the SX Cup Labour Day weekend in the Lower Mainland.The following weekend the Thompson/Okanagan Association hosts a BCSPL Jamboree where Intake teams from throughout the province travels to Kelowna.The U13 Intake festival happens every fall, combining all of the rookie U13 players to the BCSPL at one location. Thompson said the league runs until early November, depending on playoffs, concluding around November 25.The players have December off before returning to the training grounds in January.Second half begins February 25, running through until July.Thompson said this a long stretch for the players and there is a lot of travel during February, March and April combined with twice-a-week training sessions.“I am not surprised,” Thompson exclaimed when asked about the talent pool in the Kootenays.“We have had players in the past from the Kootenay’s that were involved. With the addition of the Whitecaps Prospects Centre there I only see players getting better and better.”Thompson said it’s that partnership between the Whitecaps and BC Soccer that is opening up high-level soccer to the entire province instead of teams being filled with players from Lower Mainland or Okanagan associations.“We speak with the regional head coaches of these academies about up and coming players and players that are displaying a high level of play,” Thompson explains.“It is a great system that benefits TOFC (Thompson Okanagan Football Club), the Whitecaps and links the players to the highest level of play that BC Soccer can provide.”“I am certain with the coaching that is provided at the Whitecaps Academies more players will come out of these areas,” Thompson adds.Faraguna, who arrived at the Intakes as a striker, is impressed with the level of coaching and competition during the first week of training.Continuing to want to grow his game has been a goal for Faraguna.And one he most definitely would like to maintain.“My goals from now on are to work as hard as I can to make the HPP (High Performance Program) and hopefully one day receive a scholarship and possibly play for the National Team,” Faraguna said.No doubt with skill from the Faraguna gene pool, — his grandfather Guido, chewed up defenses and filled nets during his time on Interior pitches while father Al, was just as skilled on those same fields in youth and senior men’s soccer, those goals don’t seem to be too far out of line.last_img read more


first_imgA DONEGAL county councillor has today blasted his own council – for using the JobBridge scheme to fill 84 positions.Due to the public sector recruitment ban NONE of them can be offered jobs at the end of the scheme.Inishowen Sinn Féin councillor Jack Murray has said that new responses from the government to parliamentary questions further reveals the true extent of the exploitation of the JobBridge scheme in the public sector. Cllr Murray also said that the JobBridge figures in Donegal County Council are higher than previously reported.Cllr Murray, who recently highlighted the use of JobBridge interns as water meter installers in Donegal said that real jobs in the public sector are being displaced by cheap labour provided by JobBridge interns.Cllr Murray said: “Recent responses to Sinn Féin parliamentary questions show that almost 5,000 real jobs in the public sector have been substituted with cheap interns under the JobBridge scheme. Unfortunately, Donegal County Council is particularly guilty of this displacement using some 84 interns so far.“Almost one in four JobBridge internships is taking place in the public sector. The 4,944 JobBridge interns engaged by public sector bodies are doing work that should be undertaken by properly paid employees. This is 100% displacement of real jobs. “The government claims that the JobBridge scheme is intended to be a training scheme for young people to enter real employment. How can this be so if it stills enforces an embargo which prevents any of the interns in government bodies from being recruited full-time after their internship is completed?“Furthermore, almost 60% of JobBridge participants in the public sector do not go on to gain any type of paid employment, in any sector, after their internship.“Donegal, Galway and Cork County councils are particularly guilty of exploiting the scheme to compensate for government imposed funding shortfalls and the recruitment embargo as they used 84, 81 and 100 free interns respectively. This is in comparison to much larger councils like Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin County Council which used 14, 12 and 9 interns.“Worse still, no one gained employment in Donegal County Council after their internship was completed. Clearly they were used to try and fill the gap caused by the reduction of our council staff by almost a third in recent years.“In light of this recent information, I would call for a complete overhaul of the JobBridge scheme and fair wages for all those carrying out full-time work. No government representative can defend this cynical exploitation of the young unemployed.” REVEALED: DONEGAL COUNCIL OFFERED 84 JOBBRIDGE POSTS TO PEOPLE THEY CAN’T GIVE JOBS TO was last modified: November 13th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal County CouncilJack MurrayJobbridgelast_img read more

Cape Town sets doves free for Mandela

first_img9 December 2013National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel has urged the City of Cape Town to name the balcony at City Hall after Nelson Mandela as it is “hallowed ground”.Manuel reminded the hundreds of Capetonians gathered in front of City Hall on Sunday for an interfaith service to remember Mandela that it was from this balcony that Nelson Mandela addressed the world for the first time after his release from prison on 11 February 1990. It was also here that he spoke before his inauguration as president of the country.Although the mood was sombre, the gathered crowd applauded when Manuel said: “When Madiba was released and [former state president] FW de Klerk offered to fly him to Joburg so that he could have his first rally in Joburg, he said: ‘No I am part of the people of Cape Town, I have been here for 27 years. This is my home and the first place that I can report and must report is to the people of Cape Town.’”Manuel, who served under Mandela as Finance Minister, spoke at the service that was part of South Africa’s national week of mourning for the former president. Flags were flying at half mast.Former Springbok wing Chester Williams, who was part of the team that won the 1995 Rugby World Cup, bid Mandela an emotional farewell: “We need to lift this legacy he left. We need more leaders like him,” said Williams. “To the world he was Nelson Mandela, to me he was the world.”CondolencesMeanwhile, South Africans and visitors are continuing to pay homage to former president Nelson Mandela at Cape Town’s Grand Parade. Bunches of flowers, colourful wreaths, letters and placards containing words of condolences filled up a fence set up in front of the City Hall.“Dear Mandela, We are bornfrees [a term used to describe those born after the end of apartheid] thanks to you. We love you,” one of the notices read.Another one signed by “an Angolan living in the city” reads: “Tata [literally, “father”] is gone, but we will never forget about you, a giant of the liberation … epitome of reconciliation.”The city has also opened books of condolence and has set up computer terminals in front of City Hall to allow visitors to leave online dedications on a wall of condolence created on city’s website. See“Thank you for the legacy that you have left. We will live on with your message of peace and forgiveness,” wrote Tatum Hendricks in one of the books of condolence.‘He changed my life completely’Those that SAnews spoke to at the Grand Parade were emotional about the former president’s passing. Daniel Stemmet from Hermanus said Mandela had changed his life. “I’m a gay person, and because of him I was allowed to get married and I was allowed to adopt a child, so he’s changed my life completely.”Capetonian Gwen Godlo said she was still trying to come to terms with Mandela’s death: “I felt so sad, because he was everything to us, an inspiration”.Desmond Fillis, who is visiting from Port Elizabeth, said, “He’s changed South Africa for all of us, it doesn’t matter what your colour is. He did it with so much sacrifice to him and his family, so there’s no way that people – especially South Africans – can not honour this man and his lifetime.”Masixole Velem, from King Williams Town who is studying in Cape Town, said, “I’m actually here to afford him the chance to rest in peace. He’s done a lot for South Africa in contributing to South Africa, all colours, the rainbow nation, together for a common purpose.”Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille on Sunday announced a series of events to take place in the city to honour Mandela. These include a commemorative event at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday.Details on the programme of commemorative events planned by the City of Cape Town are available at reporter and SAnews.govlast_img read more

Exploiting the Elements of Passive Design

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Every site has a story to tell, and the right house can help to tell that story. Located on the western coast of Bowen Island in British Columbia, this house is a good example. My clients, a professor of East Asian archaeology and a researcher from Kyoto, Japan, had worked the land for years, cultivating extensive gardens of ornamental plants from around the world. When they approached me to design a house for the property, they had only two requests: The home must fit the site, and it should have minimal impact on the landscape. The rest of the design was left in my hands. As a graduate of the University of Oregon, I have had a lot of training in passive design. It was only natural, then, to design around passive environmental systems that would use the natural elements of the site to improve the overall look, comfort, and performance of the house.Passive environmental systems are a basic part of good home design Passive systems harness natural elements—rain, wind, sunlight, soil—for the benefit of the house. They shouldn’t be confused with active systems, such as photovoltaic cells or ground-source heat pumps. A properly designed house uses more than one passive system, and it relies on the relationships between each system to enhance the building’s overall performance. The passive systems that I integrated into this house were based both on the general needs of the homeowners and on the specific demands of a challenging site. From the rainwater collection to the timber-frame joinery, each feature affects the way this home lives within its landscape. Photo taken at B on floor plan. A unique lot provided natural design opportunities On my first visit, I realized quickly that the property posed a unique… center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more