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

Country Choice keeps it all clean

first_imgCountry Choice has launched ’Kitchen Essentials’, a package of cleaning and hygiene products, food preparation equipment and all the relevant documentation needed for food retailers to put a compliant system in place. The Country Choice ’Keeping it Clean’ technical manual provides a step-by-step guide to creating and managing a hygiene programme.Stephen Clifford, marketing controller, Country Choice, said: “All businesses engaged in food preparation must have a documented hygiene system that complies with legislation such as COSHH (Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health) and the Food Safety Act.”The range of cleaning products includes: cloths and scourers, hand wash solutions, paper towel systems, cleaning solutions, cling film, foil, refuse sacks and even first aid and burns kits. All items come in single or small pack sizes for ease of handling and storage.”As well as making it easier for retailers to keep their bake-off area clean, ’Kitchen Essentials’ will provide them with the peace of mind that comes from knowing the job has been done to the highest standards, in compliance with legal obligations,” added the firm.last_img read more

The Revivalists Go Down The Rabbit Hole In Trippy New Music Video For “Change” [Watch]

first_imgAfter days of anticipation, The Revivalists have released a brand new music video for “Change” from their latest album, Take Good Care.The video, directed by Zev Deans (St. Vincent, Denzel Curry, Ghost), takes place at Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return in Santa Fe, New Mexico and follows one fan as she sneaks into a sold-out show and spends the night avoiding security amidst a packed-to-capacity crowd. The fans in the video, of course, are The Revivalists’ beloved fans affectionately known as the “RevHeads”.As the press release describes the venue, “The buzzed-about art collective’s House of Eternal Return (backed by Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin) is a huge immersive multidimensional mystery dwelling complete with secret passages and portals to magical worlds amidst surreal and mesmerizing art installations.” It sounds like a place we want to hang out in, and you can get a glimpse of the life it brings in the new music video below.The Revivalists – Change (Official Music Video)[Video: The Revivalists]The Revivalists are certainly known for their contagious live energy, but it’s their craft of honest songwriting that sets them apart from the rest of the live music circuit. The band’s newest album, the follow-up to 2015’s Men Amongst Mountains, beautifully showcases their evolution since they began in 2007, as well as their undeniable movement toward becoming a household name. With a sense of togetherness serving as the centerpiece to The Revivalists’ everlasting curiosity, the new album explodes with sonic complexity, celebration, and catharsis–and is certainly worth spending your own time with.The New Orleans-based octet just wrapped up their first-ever European tour, and will resume tour in March. For a full list of their upcoming tour dates, click here.THE REVIVALISTS 2019 TOUR DATES:March 8 Madison, WI @ The SylveeMarch 9 St. Paul, MN @ Palace TheatreMarch 10 Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside TheatreMarch 13 Tucson, AZ @ Rialto TheatreMarch 15 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee TheatreMarch 16 Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea Theatre – CosmopolitanMarch 23 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant *SOLD OUT*March 25 Downers Grove, IL @ Tivoli Theatre: Classic Cinemas *SOLD OUT*March 27 Dallas, TX @ South Side BallroomMarch 29 Houston, TX @ Revention Music CenterMarch 30 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s BBQ *SOLD OUT*March 31 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s BBQApril 3 Orlando, FL @ House of BluesApril 5 St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live *SOLD OUT*April 6 Key West, FL @ Key West AmphitheaterApril 26 New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Fair Grounds – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage FestivalMay 2 New Orleans, LA @ The Fillmore New Orleans *SOLD OUT*June 13 Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods – Mountain Jam FestivalAugust 23 Arrington, VA @ Infinity Downs & Oak Ridge Farm – LOCKN’ FestivalView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Hort field day

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaGreen industry professionals are invited to pull on their walking shoes and join University of Georgia faculty for the UGA Ornamental Horticulture Research Field Day on Sept. 25.Held every two years, the field day will be at the UGA Horticulture Farm in Watkinsville, Ga. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Rain or shine, tours start at 9 a.m.Faculty will be stationed throughout the farm to discuss research projects. In addition, retired UGA professor Michael Dirr will show some of the new plants from his ongoing breeding and evaluation program. The $20 registration fee includes a barbecue lunch and parking passes for those who want to visit the UGA Horticulture Trial Gardens, which are located in Athens. The field day is limited to 250 people. For more information, call (706) 542-0808 or (706) 542-2861. To register, visit read more

Governor dedicates new park station in Jamaica State Park

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas ton Friday joined the dedication of Jamaica State Park s new park station, which blends the heyday of local railroads with the modern conveniences of today. The depot-style construction with its arrival window and other amenities is a nod to the railroad history of the area of our state and a creative way to preserve our cherished culture, the Governor said. When the park staff built the station, they turned their eye to local heritage while improving the park s services.The new park station replaces a 5-foot-by-8-foot closet in the ranger s quarters and incorporates many of the design elements common to those early railroad stations high ceilings, over-door transoms for lots of natural light, long roof overhangs as well as the ticket sales bump-out. It is built only a few feet from where the original Jamaica train station used to stand.The station construction was part of a large overhaul of the entire entrance complex at the park, including an ADA-accessible bathroom, new underground utilities for all the structures, a sewage pump station and replacement sewage disposal facility, a park volunteer site and a new RV/travel trailer sanitary dump station. The pavement was recycled and the entire area repaved.This work involved several contractors and local suppliers including local plumbers, excavation contractors, concrete contractors, a local countertop fabrication shop, lumber and building materials suppliers, electrical and plumbing supply houses, even a local sawmill (logs from State Parks land were sawed two years ago and dried for use as trim lumber for this project). Parks capital construction projects have been an extremely important component for the local community s contractors and suppliers. This project was no exception, the Governor said. True to the Vermont State Park experience, this new station is built for durability, longevity and good value, the Governor said.The open house and dedication were held in conjunction with the annual Jamaica Old Home Day festivities; the state park also offered free admission and hosted the Kamper s Kettle Potluck Social after the town parade. For more information about any of Vermont State Parks, visit online at is external).About Jamaica State ParkJamaica State Park, comprising 772 acres, was completed and opened to the public in 1969.Previously, the area had supported a few small farms and a sawmill. The West River Railroad ran through the park. The old railroad bed is now used as the trail that leads along the West River to Ball Mountain Dam. The railroad operated from about 1879 until 1927, when a flood wiped most of it out.The area at Salmon Hole, now used as the swimming area, was the site of a famous Indian Massacre in 1748.Jamaica State Park is located on a bend of the West River about one-half mile from the center of the town of Jamaica. Nearby to the north is Ball Mountain. Hamilton Falls is located about one mile up Cobb Brook, which enters the West River upstream from the park. The West River has a very large drainage area extending from Weston and the south side of Terrible Mountain to Windham on the east and Bromley on the west.Every spring and fall, on one weekend in late April and late September, there is a water release on the West River from Ball Mountain Dam. This is a semiannual event for many kayakers and canoeists from all over New England.The West River is also a favorite spot for many fishermen. The combination of deep slow running water and shallow fast ripples makes for some fine fishing.There are 41 tent and trailer sites and 18 lean-to sites that are spread out through the campground. Two rest rooms, complete with hot showers (for a fee), are located in the campground. A picnic shelter and nature center is located near the picnic area and swimming hole. A hiking trail follows the West River and branches off toward Hamilton Falls.Source: Governor’s office.last_img read more

Construction at Exit 15 in Winooski to begin June 21

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) on Monday, June 21, will begin work to improve the Exit 15 northbound off ramp along Interstate 89 in Winooski. The construction is expected to last into the fall, and will affect traffic seeking to exit the Interstate as well as traffic along Route 15. Once construction begins, motorists are encouraged to leave additional time to reach their destination.Currently, the northbound Exit 15 off ramp has two dedicated left turn lanes heading west toward downtown Winooski along Route 15, and one dedicated turn lane heading east along Route 15 towards St. Michaels College. At the completion of the project, there will be one left turn lane and two right turn lanes onto Route 15.The project also includes a slight widening of the Interstate exit ramp, as well as installation of new signs and traffic signals at the exit’s intersection with Route 15. A new traffic signal also will be installed at the intersection of Route 15 and Roland Court.When completed, this safety improvement project will allow traffic to exit the Interstate onto Route 15 with greater ease. At times, peak-volume traffic currently backs up onto the Interstate. This project is designed to alleviate this safety concern.A portion of this project will include night work along Route 15.  Night work will include milling existing pavement and laying new pavement between Exit 15 and Roland Court.  Traffic will be reduced to one-way during night work activities.  Specific dates of night work are undetermined at this time.During construction, motorists using Exit 15 northbound and Route 15 near the exit will experience traffic delays.  Traffic control will be present to maintain traffic flow.  Motorists are encouraged to either seek alternate routes or plan for delays when traveling in and around the project area.Source: VTrans. 6.15.2010last_img read more

A New Telescope 42,164 km From Earth Will Replace The Hubble In 2013

first_imgBy Dialogo February 15, 2010 A new ultraviolet telescope that will be put into orbit 42,164 kilometers from Earth and that will make it possible to make astronomical observations without interference from the atmosphere will be the successor to the Hubble beginning in 2013, its launch date. The Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) announced the World Space Observatory-Ultraviolet (WSO-UV) project, led by the Russian space agency Roscosmos with the participation of Spain, Germany, Ukraine, and China. The WSO-UV mission will fill the gap left by the Hubble space telescope at the end of its mission and will become the planet’s only astronomical observatory for ultraviolet imaging and spectroscopy in the 2013-2023 period, the UCM reported in a statement. The Hubble, launched in 1990, was the first telescope in space and is considered one of astronomy’s most valuable instruments. It has captured images of phenomena never before observed, such as stars surrounded by cosmic dust and the collision of galaxies, and has found evidence that the majority of the constellations have black holes at their centers, as well as determining the age of the universe.last_img read more

Brazilian Trains Colombian Men’s and Women’s Team in Military Pentathlon

first_img The 5th Military World Games have peace as its motto. In the Military Pentathlon, collaboration between countries is the mission. Major Hildebrand is Brazilian and acts as the coach of Colombia. According to his words, the love for his country continues. “It’s a very good experience for those who began the sport as an athlete cadet. Being Brazilian and training Colombia is my mission. But I only root for Brazilian athletes,” said the Major, who’s trained for 18 years in the Military Pentathlon. The man who since February of this year has trained the male and female teams of Colombia explained the work that’s being done in his current country. “Brazil and Venezuela, which are among the five best in the world [in Military Pentathlon], joined together to help Colombian Military Pentathlon grow. The intention is to place Colombia amongst the top ten,” said Major Hildebrand. By Dialogo July 19, 2011last_img read more

Anstead establishes nomination process for Chief Justice Awards

first_img Anstead establishes nomination process for Chief Justice Awards Anstead establishes nomination process for Chief Justice Awards October 1, 2002 Regular Newscenter_img Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead is calling on Florida’s judges and court administrators to help him honor staff, volunteers, and others for the good things they do to further the mission of the State Courts System.To that end, he has created an online Web form that can be used to nominate such people for Chief Justice Awards, which can include a Chief Justice’s Commendation, possible inclusion in a press release to appropriate news media, and being featured on the state courts Web site.“We need to emphasize how much we do in the courts,” said Anstead, “that is truly above and beyond the call of duty or that advances our mission in commendable ways. In my visits around the state, I routinely see staff, volunteers, and others who until now have been the unsung heroes of the judiciary. I want to see that they are unsung no longer.”The Web nomination form is located on the Florida State Courts Internet page under the Supreme Court link at or at (a duplicate site). Deadlines will be the last day of each month, though awards will be issued on an ongoing basis.Chief Justice awards were originally established in 1996 by then-Chief Justice Gerald Kogan. Through the years, awards have been given for longtime faithful service to the courts (10 or more years), heroism, work above and beyond the call of duty, excellence in completing special tasks, and volunteerism. These are only examples.The nomination form includes features that let the nominator include a digital photograph of the nominee along with quotations from supervisors and other information. Photographs should be of the highest quality available and will be used to honor award winners on the State Courts Web site and may be released to the press. Quotations from supervisors also will be used in any releases to media.All nominations will be verified before awards are issued. For this reason, they must be approved by a state court judge or state court administrator, who will be contacted directly to verify information. The nominations process will be supervised by the Chief Justice’s staff through the public information office. Contact information is on the online form.last_img read more

5 ways for credit unions to grow

first_img 42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dan Berger B. Dan Berger became NAFCU president and CEO on Aug. 1, 2013. He joined NAFCU in January 2006 as senior vice president of government affairs overseeing five divisions including legislative … Web: Details During the past year and a half, NAFCU staff and I have visited more than 300 credit unions around the country. It’s important for us to engage with and know our members; that engagement helps us strengthen our relationships with credit unions and to be a better voice for them in Washington, D.C. We learned a lot from these visits, but one of the things that really stood out are the numerous ways credit unions themselves are engaging with their communities to stay strong and to grow.These credit unions are growing in membership and strengthening their bottom lines, and they all cite community engagement as one of the key ingredients to that success. Here are five of the ways they suggest other credit unions can also work to build community engagement and grow:Wear your credit union logo out in public. This small thing can mean a lot – have you ever noticed someone’s t-shirt or tote bag at the grocery store? Wearing the logo can prompt a conversation about how you’re connected to the credit union, and it can make staff and volunteers alike lead the way to broader community awareness.Adopt a school. You could open a branch in that school like some have done – it helps to increase your name recognition within the school’s community and to teach students early lessons in financial responsibility. Or you could get your employees to volunteer at the school’s tutoring programs and help out with events like field day or homecoming. These events are especially good for community outreach because you’ll find all generations are there to support the kids.Invite local groups to use your branch space. Whether it’s Girl Scout cookie season or a Red Cross blood drive, this is a great way to get new potential members in the door. You could also host a community food or toy drive in partnership with a local charity. While community members are there, they’ll get a chance to meet your staff and find out what you offer.Offer free custom credit reviews to community members or local organizations. Credit unions have always been great sources of financial literacy education for their communities. Giving people a head start by making the review free is an easy way to start a relationship with a current or new member and build trust in the community.Sponsor local entrepreneurial leadership programs. This is in the same vein as adopting a school; credit unions must invest in the next generation of members if they want to succeed. Luckily for the industry, credit union values are very much in tune with those of the new generation, which has seen first-hand how toxic the Wall Street way of business has been for our economy. Show your community’s young leaders that you’re there for them – and they won’t forget it.We’ve seen that credit unions grow and thrive when they are able to maintain deeply rooted connections to their communities. Consider these examples, and let me know what other ideas have worked for you.While you’re thinking about ways to grow your credit union, I hope you’ll also consider joining NAFCU for its next Strategic Growth Conference, set for Feb. 21-23, 2017. It’s not too early to make plans for this highly rated conference, where you’ll hear case studies from other credit unions, learn about strategies you can use and share your own goals for growth.I look forward to seeing you in Charleston.last_img read more