USS San Francisco Departs for Six-Month Deployment

first_img View post tag: Defense View post tag: Warship Training & Education December 20, 2012 USS San Francisco (SSN 711) deployed from Naval Base Point Loma for a scheduled six-month Western Pacific deployment Dec. 18.The Los Angeles-class, fast-attack submarine’s deployment is in support of the nation’s maritime strategy.San Francisco’s missions will focus on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts, which help establish conditions for regional stability.The deployment is part of an ongoing rotation of deployed forces to support maritime security operations and operations in international waters around the globe, working with other coalition maritime forces. During the past few months, San Francisco has conducted several training exercises off the coast of California and is fully prepared to deploy.“My entire crew has been hard at work to ensure our ship is fully prepared to execute all tasking and missions during the deployment,” said Cmdr. Eric Severseike, commanding officer of USS San Francisco. “It is certainly a privilege to command such a capable warship. Every crew member looks forward to the challenges of the deployment and to safely returning in the summer and reuniting with our supportive families.”San Francisco was commissioned April 24, 1981. Displacing more than 6,900 tons, San Francisco has a crew of nearly 140 Sailors. She is one of six Los Angeles-class, fast-attack submarines homeported in San Diego.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 20, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Defence View post tag: Six-month View post tag: Deployment USS San Francisco Departs for Six-Month Deployment View post tag: Navalcenter_img Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: Francisco View post tag: San Back to overview,Home naval-today USS San Francisco Departs for Six-Month Deployment View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Departs View post tag: USSlast_img read more

HMS Westminster tests Sting Ray light-weight torpedo

first_img March 20, 2017 Royal Navy’s HMS Westminster tests Sting Ray light-weight torpedo View post tag: HMS Westminster Royal Navy frigate HMS Westminster tested her Sting Ray light-weight torpedo during her weapons systems trials which she started after undergoing a two-year refit.A drogue parachute begins to deploy as a Sting Ray is propelled from its launcher and the magazine-launched torpedo system on the ‘capital ship’ is put through its paces.Having uncoiled its towed-array sonar – a 1,700-metre ‘tail’ lined with hydrophones (underwater microphones) which is normally wrapped around a gigantic drum behind the quarterdeck – to listen for any submarine activity, the weapons maintainers and ops room team flashed up the torpedo as well.The Sting Ray launchers – just forward of the Portsmouth frigate’s hangar – use high pressure to drive the torpedo out of its tube, before the small parachute deploys and slows its entry into the water.Thereafter, Sting Ray – just 8ft 6in long, but packing a 100lb explosive charge to ruin any submariner’s day – races through the water at more than 50mph until it strikes its target.In this instance, the dummy weapon was recovered once the exercise was complete.The system is among a Type 23’s last line of defence against the submarine menace; normally the towed array should find an enemy boat long before it is within striking range, and a Merlin or Wildcat helicopter armed with Sting Rays or depth charges should have finished it off.Ensuring both towed array and magazine-launched system were in full working order was a team under Petty Officer Engineering Technician Colin Howie.“The firing of this torpedo system has been able to happen through hard work by a very able and determined team,” he said. “It proves working in partnership with the civilians and other agencies the Royal Navy is still a force to be reckoned with.” Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy’s HMS Westminster tests Sting Ray light-weight torpedo center_img Share this article View post tag: Royal Navy Authoritieslast_img read more

Bakery fined

first_imgUsman Zafar, the former owner of a Winsford, Cheshire bakery has been fined £2,000 and ordered to pay costs of £700 for “appalling standards” of food hygiene.Zafar appeared before magi-strates on 29 January and admitted failing to maintain clean conditions at the One Stop Shop on Wharton Road. Magi-strates condemned the appalling standards of cleanliness.In July, inspectors found baking equipment and a walk-in fridge in “a poor state of clean-liness”, with mould and food debris on the walls, the floor and in food storage containers.last_img read more

For Ana Tijoux, hip-hop is home

first_imgGrowing up, Ana Tijoux didn’t know where to call home. As the France-born-and-bred daughter of Chilean parents living in political exile, she felt conflicted about her identity — until she found hip-hop.Tijoux first heard the music in the inner neighborhoods of Paris while accompanying her mother on her social-work rounds to immigrant families from Senegal, Morocco, Algeria, and other parts of Africa. Tijoux would play with the children while her mother worked.“For children of immigrants in France, hip-hop became a sort of land for those of us who felt landless,” Tijoux said during an interview at a pizza parlor near Harvard Square. “We felt displaced, but hip-hop made us feel restored.”To talk about the genre’s relevance as a tool of expression for marginalized groups, the French-Chilean rapper came to Harvard for a presentation Tuesday evening called “Ana Tijoux: Shock! Music for International Social Justice,” for which all tickets were distributed in a few hours.Tijoux, 38, has made a name for herself as an emcee who raps about female objectification, anti-colonialism, feminism, and other social issues to tracks charged by panpipe flutes, charangos, and other Latin American folk instruments. The New York Times has called her “South America’s answer to Lauryn Hill,” and music critic Jon Pareles described her beat and flow as “calmly assertive, never strident.”With her unique style, Tijoux’s music has crossed Chile’s borders. Her song “1977” was featured in “Breaking Bad,” while her political views earned her an interview on the television show “Democracy Now!”Tijoux said her life informs her art and she learned her support for underdogs from her mother and her beloved Chile. In “Somos Sur” (“We Are the South”), she raps with Palestinian rapper Shadia Mansour about the value of resistance. In “Shock,” she criticizes neoliberalism and governmental corruption. In “Antipatriarca,” she sings with feminist ardor, “I won’t be the one who obeys, because my body belongs to me / I don’t walk behind you, I walk alongside here.”Before her talk at Harvard, Tijoux, whose real name is Ana Maria Merino, recalled her beginnings as a rapper in Chile in the late 1990s with the group Makiza. With her hair in braids, a baseball cap backwards on her head, and a bright Mexican blanket on her back, she answered questions with rapid-fire speech, Chilean slang, and lots of smiles.Her family returned to Chile after the end of the military dictatorship that ruled the country for nearly 30 years. She struggled trying to adapt during her first years in her new home, and hip-hop rescued her. “Hip-hop gave me an identity to express my frustration and anger,” she said. “It was a catharsis and it was cheaper than therapy.”But success came too fast, she said. She broke with her group and returned to France, where she worked for three years as a nanny, secretary, and janitor, all to avoid singing. When she went back to Chile, it was for good.Today, after several Grammy nominations, tours across the United States and Canada, and concerts in Latin America and Europe, Tijoux is at peace with fame. “My grandmother keeps all the articles and stories about me,” she said. “She likes that I’m getting recognized, and it’s fine with me.”Her two children, Luciano, 11, and Emilia, 3, keep her grounded, she said. She enjoys watching videos on the Internet with them — she doesn’t have a television at home — and preparing avocado with marraqueta (soft Chilean rolls) for breakfast.Tijoux said she relishes listening to Violeta Parra, a Chilean folklorist, activist, and one of her biggest musical influences. Hip-hop singers who talk about social injustice and criticize the woes of capitalism are following in Parra’s steps, she said.“Hip-hop was a reaction to the status quo,” she said. “It was a counter-proposal, a movement of anger against the concrete, an answer to the empire.”But hip-hop can also talk about love, motherhood, and women’s empowerment, said Tijoux.“Music has to be honest,” she said. “I have to talk about what I see and what I feel to be true to myself.”“Ana Tijoux: Shock! Music for International Social Justice” was sponsored by the Office of the Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity and Equity, the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, the Harvard College Women’s Center, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, the Hiphop Archive & Research Institute, Fuerza Latina, and Queer Students and Allies. Ana Tijoux – VengoAna Tijoux ‘Vengo’last_img read more

Observer appoints top editor

first_imgThe Observer General Board elected Sports Editor Allan Joseph as the 2012-13 Editor-in-Chief on Sunday. Joseph, a junior Economics and Arts and Letters Preprofessional double major, is a native of Dublin, Ohio. A resident of Saint Edward’s Hall, Joseph has led several sports beats, including football, hockey, women’s soccer and men’s lacrosse. “I’m thrilled, honored and humbled by this opportunity to lead The Observer,” Joseph said. “I know the experience will have as many challenges as opportunities, but I’m excited to tackle those challenges with the dedicated, talented staff we have.” Joseph became Sports Editor in the spring of 2011 and led coverage of Irish hockey’s trip to the 2011 Frozen Four and, as a beat writer, the 2010 women’s soccer National Championship. “Allan has raised the bar this past year as Sports Editor, specifically in staff development and increasing the Sports Department’s focus on in-depth stories,” outgoing Editor-in-Chief Douglas Farmer said. “Working with Allan has been a pleasure over the last three years, and I know he will continue to set high goals for himself and others at The Observer.” Joseph said he expects to continue learning from The Observer even as he rises in its ranks. “I’m looking forward to making The Observer even better than it already is, and I know I’ll have a lot of great experiences along the way.” Joseph will take over as Editor-in-Chief on March 5.last_img read more

One last smoke

first_imgAfter a full day spent celebrating the life of University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, students gathered one last time Wednesday to remember him in the most fitting of ways: smoking a cigar.Outside of Hesburgh Library, roughly 600 people gathered following the memorial service in Purcell Pavilion and lit up stogies the same way Hesburgh did almost every day of his adult life.The event was conceived by senior Andrew Weiler when he and a group of friends were discussing their memories of Hesburgh.“The most recent [memory] for me is, he blessed my cousin’s two little babies, and as he blessed them, he had a glass of scotch there and a cigar smoking as well,” Weiler said. “It’s just a fun way to honor a truly great man.”Several of Weiler’s friends, including fellow senior Alex Caton, had similar experiences with Hesburgh and were immediately on board with the idea.“For me, the first time I ever met Fr. Hesburgh, the thing that stuck out to me was just this eight-inch, fat, burning stogie that he had in an ashtray on his desk,” Caton said.The friends initially thought about keeping the event restricted to with a smaller group but quickly changed their minds, Caton said.“It was a question of who do we restrict this to? Do we just do friends, do we just do seniors?” Caton said. “Eventually we just said … let’s get everybody.”Caton and Weiler created an open Facebook event and invited 2,700 people. Caton said they were hoping for 300 to 400 attendees, but over 980 people responded saying they would attend.“We created the event, and I did not think it would hit almost 1,000 people,” Weiler said. “I have no idea how many people [showed] up, but this is already beyond our wildest expectations. This is pretty cool.”In order to meet the demand for so many cigars, Caton and Weiler reached out to several local businesses, such as Belmont Beverage, the Tinder Box and Low Bob’s Discount Tobacco, which agreed to donate a total of 400 stogies.With temperatures dipping into the teens, groups came from both the memorial service and around campus, lighting up to end two days’ worth of remembrances.“To me, he’s an incredible example of someone living out their Catholic faith to the fullest sense of it,” Weiler said ” … I just hope these cigars are a little bit like incense they have at Mass, going up like prayers, memories of him.”Caton said the smoke was also special because it was not organized or orchestrated by the University administration.“What makes this different and does serve to Fr. Hesburgh’s legacy is the idea that this is a student-organized event,” Caton said. “We just wanted to have something by and for students.”Both Weiler and Caton said they never had the chance to smoke with Fr. Hesburgh while he was alive, but they each said they saw the event as their next best chance to do so.“I feel that’s a lot of people’s dream here: to have smoked a cigar with Fr. Ted,” Weiler said.Tags: cigars, Fr. Hesburgh, Fr. Ted, Fr. Ted Hesburgh, Fr. Theodore Hesburghlast_img read more

Safe foods

first_imgA recent report in the journal Pediatrics suggests a possible link between organophosphate pesticides and increased risk of children developing attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The report has some parents wondering if they should stay away from the produce aisle in the grocery store. University of Georgia experts say to learn the facts, thoroughly clean all produce and feed healthful fruits and vegetables to children.“The (United States Environmental Protection Agency) regulates pesticide use and publishes risk assessments associated with their use,” said Steve Brown, an entomologist and assistant dean for Extension with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Food producers are required to follow EPA’s guidelines.”No specific organophosphate, or OP, was identified in the published study. OPs are sometimes used to control insects in agricultural production and indoor pest control. There are more than 900 federally approved pesticides that can be used in the U.S. Of those, 37 are classified as OPs, including malathion and chlorpyrofos. Chlorpyrofos is seldom used on fruit or foliage. Chlorpyrofos, once used for pest control in turfgrass, has not been allowed for use on home lawns for several years, according to UGA Extension turfgrass specialist Clint Waltz. “Until recently it was still labeled for athletic fields and golf courses,” he said. “If everyone is following the label rules, it’s likely no longer in use there either.” Integrated Pest ManagementFor specific use on certain crops, Brown said, OPs are sometimes the best option for growers. “However, we recommend integrated pest management practices for effective insect control in food crops.” Integrated pest management systems, promoted by Cooperative Extension nationwide for decades, incorporate all methods of pest control and suggest using pesticides only when other control methods aren’t sufficient. “Increasing our knowledge about how to prevent pest problems allows us to work with growers to produce the safest food products for consumers, while also minimizing any risk to the environment,” Brown said. Growers eagerly use these integrated systems, he said, because they want to provide safe food in an environmentally sound way. They also increase profits by eliminating chemical usage, which can be expensive. “If there’s a chemical-free way to solve problems, everyone wants to try that first,” Brown said.Testing, monitoring, educatingEPA periodically conducts cumulative risk assessments on food, water and environments at home, work, school and public outdoor spaces. The latest EPA assessment for OPs “underscores EPA’s continued confidence in the overall safety of the nation’s food supply and the benefits of eating a varied diet rich in fruits and vegetables,” the report stated. The assessment concluded drinking water is safe, too.“Through these assessments, EPA quickly determines when a concern arises,” Brown said. “Improved technologies help ensure only the safest practices are used in U.S. food production. When a problem is pinpointed, EPA or FDA moves quickly to revise recommendations and has, over the years, eliminated products from use they consider a risk to food safety. Our job is to help educate growers and get information about those changes out to farmers in Georgia as fast as we can.” Brown says that providing a safe, healthy food supply is vital to U.S. national security and is a major factor in the nation’s economic health. “Agricultural research at the University of Georgia, and at land-grant universities across the country, aims to make sure Americans have ample, affordable food that’s safe to eat,” he said. “Our discoveries in the land-grant system help U.S. farmers meet that demand and provide an increasing share of the world food supply, as well.” Learn the factsHe cautions parents to read the recent report carefully before changing children’s diets. “We take the Harvard study very seriously,” he said, “and are eager to hear of further studies that may explain the results presented. But, the authors admit that no cause-and-effect relationship has been determined and the source of OP exposure in the test subjects is not known. The study does not conclude that fresh fruits and vegetables are responsible for ADHD in children.”UGA Extension food safety expert Judy Harrison agrees. Consumers shouldn’t read too much into the study. “You have to consider that this is a fairly limited study,” she said. “The results are interesting, but don’t identify the source of the residues. Think of the millions of us who go to the grocery store and buy the same food every week, yet neither we nor our children have ADHD.” Harrison believes that more in-depth investigation into the sources of exposure is necessary. “FDA monitors food for safety,” she said. “Most of us have the same food source. Knowing other potential places you can come in contact with organophosphates is important before any conclusions can be drawn.”To help ensure that fruits and vegetables are safe to eat, rinse them thoroughly under cool, running water, while rubbing carefully to clean them. This will help remove dirt, bacteria and other residues. Parents who are overly concerned can peel the produce for added peace of mind.“However, parents need to realize that peeling produce eliminates a good source of fiber and nutrients for children. And, even if they plan to peel it, rinse it first,” she said.last_img read more

Governor Shumlin unveils proposal to boost renewable energy funding

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin today outlined his proposal to increase available funding for renewable energy projects through the Vermont’s Clean Energy Development Fund without adding a fee to electric bills at a time when Vermonters are pressed for cash.‘Instead of adding a 55 cent monthly fee to Vermonters’ electric bills for one year, I propose an option to those who have already been offered solar tax credits funded by the CEDF to take a 50 percent discount on the value of their credits in return for receiving an upfront, one-time grant in lieu of the credit, once their projects are up and running,’ the Governor explained at a news conference in Montpelier on Monday.The Governor’s plan is modeled on the current federal law, which allows for 100 percent cash payment from the Department of Treasury.Currently, $8.5 million in CEDF funds have been committed to pay out tax credits for 93 projects by 23 different businesses over the next five years, as investors have income to offset the credits they are owed. The Governor’s proposal is estimated to free up between $2.7 million and $3 million of those funds to be redirected to support other renewable energy projects. That compares to the $2.3 million that the 55 cent fee was estimated to raise.The Governor called the plan a win-win for Vermont.‘This proposal is good for ratepayers, good for renewable energy, and good for Vermont businesses,’ Gov. Shumlin said.‘Our new State Energy Plan due to be released in October will include a recommendation for the long term funding of the Clean Energy Development Fund. Like many legislators, I agree we need an interim plan to allow the Clean Energy Development Fund to incentivize renewable energy projects and technologies. My proposal does that,’ the Governor stated. Source: governor’s office. 4.11.2011last_img read more

FARC Blames Uribe for Preventing Liberation of Corporal Kidnapped 11 Years Ago

first_imgBy Dialogo June 05, 2009 BOGOTA, 03 June 2009 (AFP) – The leader of the Colombian Guerrilla Group FARC, Alfonso Cano, released a statement on the Internet this Wednesday blaming President Alvaro for obstructing the liberation of an Army corporal who has been held hostage for more than 11 years. The document released on the FARC website indicated that “the order of the day is to exchange the prisoners of war, which President Uribe opposes with various syllogisms, as an expression of his blind strategy.” “His stubbornness and lack of greatness (…) block, through his arbitrary and irritable disposition, the unilateral liberation of Corporal Moncayo, while in the hundreds of battles that occur daily all over the country, the risks of the prisoners increase,” he added. Cano, who replaced the FARC founder, Manuel ‘Tirofijo’ Marulanda, stated that during recent battles more “military members” have been taken prisoner, and blames Uribe for choosing to forget this so that they wouldn’t remember the existence of a serious social and armed conflict through which our country suffers.” Cano published the message to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the founding of the Marxist guerrilla forces of the FARC, which currently, according to official sources, has more than 6,000 combatants. FARC announced that on April 16 Moncayo will be released, and the organization demanded the presence of the soldier’s father, Gustavo Moncayo, a professor who led a protest to request his son’s liberation; and of the opposing senator Piedad Córdoba, to whom in February they had released 4 soldiers and two politicians that they had been holding hostage. Uribe reacted by warning that he would not allow the presence of any politician at the prisoners’ release, and he indicated that he would only authorize the Red Cross and the representatives from the Catholic Church to be present. Moncayo was 19 years old when he was taken prisoner during a guerrilla attack. He forms part of a group of 22 soldiers—among which there is a general on the Police Force who was promoted to this rank while he was in captivity—who the guerrilla fighters wish to exchange for rebels who are being held hostage.last_img read more

Funniest open home inspections revealed: They said what?!

first_imgA property open for inspection at Marriot Street St Kilda. Picture: Andrew Henshaw“HOW much is it per week?”“Can we put nails in the wall?”“Who do we call if we break something?”These are just some of the questions first home buyers ask real estate agents during an open home when a property is for sale, not rent — revealing just how little many people know about what buying a home involves.Ray White Wilston principal Alistair Macmillan said he could not believe some of the questions he was being asked when opening listed properties up to the public for inspection. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Crowds wander through a house during a home inspection. Image: AAP/Julian Smith.Once, Mr Macmillan said he had to conduct an open home at a tenanted property while one of the renters was asleep in the main bedroom.“Selling properties that are tenanted can be very challenging,” he said.Mr Macmillan said other interesting questions included prospective buyers asking about the body corporate costs of a freehold property and asking for an agent’s bank account details to transfer a deposit. Crowds gather for a home inspection. Image: AAP/Angelo Velardo.So much so that it got him and his agency thinking about some of the funniest questions and scenarios they have been presented with.“Although it might seem ridiculous, we have been asked by prospective buyers things like; ‘Are pets ok?’ ‘Is there any issue having a dog at the property?’ Even questions about the size of the dog,” Mr Macmillan said.“With first home buyers I think it’s a real mental shift.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago OWNERS PAID THOUSANDS, SOLD FOR MILLIONS Ray White Wilston even put together a video, featuring Mr Macmillan and two professional actors, to offer a tongue-and-cheek look at just how clueless some prospective buyers can be. This home at 180 Thistle St, Gordon Park, is for sale.Shockingly, Mr Macmillan said one of his female agents was once told by a prospective buyer at an open home that the floors were so well polished, he could see the colour of her underwear.He said it was not uncommon for people to be locked inside a home after an inspection because they had decided to use the bathroom and the agent did not realise they were still inside. LAVISH BRISBANE SKY HOME SELLS AT HUGE DISCOUNT This home at 180 Thistle St, Gordon Park, is for sale. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality LevelsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen00:00 The video was created to help promote a new listing at 180 Thistle Street, Gordon Park, aimed at first home buyers.last_img read more