Austal launches US Navy EPF USNS City of Bismarck

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Austal launches US Navy EPF USNS City of Bismarck View post tag: US Navy Austal launches US Navy EPF USNS City of Bismarck Authorities June 9, 2017center_img Share this article View post tag: USNS City of Bismarck The U.S. Navy’s ninth expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS City of Bismarck (EPF 9) was launched in Mobile, Alabama, on June 7.Prior to her launch, USNS City of Bismarck was rolled out of her assembly bay onto a barge for transfer down the Mobile River to a floating drydock at BAE Shipyard which helped the EPF enter water. All of this takes place over the course of two days.City of Bismarck started construction with a keel laying ceremony on January 18, 2017 and was christened four months later, on May 14.“Launching the ninth ship in the EPF production line is a great achievement for the Navy and Austal,” said Capt. Henry Stevens, Strategic Theater and Sealift program manager, Program Executive Office, Ships. “Launching is a significant achievement in the production process. We’ll now focus our efforts to final outfitting in preparation for trials.”EPF 9 is designed for the fast intra-theater transportation of troops, military vehicles and equipment. Capable of transporting 600 short tons 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots, the ship will provide U.S. forces with added mobility and flexibility.EPFs are equipped with a flight deck and an off-load ramp which allow for vehicles and helicopters to quickly access ports and quays. Littoral operations and port access are further enhanced by the ship’s 15-foot shallow draft, ability to interface with roll-on/roll-off discharge facilities, and ease of access to austere and deteriorated piers.The Navy and industry partner Austal USA have already marked major milestones on the EPF program this year. USNS Yuma (EPF 8) delivered in April and the Navy christened USNS City of Bismarck (EPF 9) the following month. Austal is also under contract for the construction of EPF 11 and EPF 12.last_img read more

JCR VP apologises for “inappropriate” link in email

first_imgThe outgoing Magdalen JCR Vice President has apologised for sending out an email which contained a hyperlink to an image of self-harm last Thursday. The email sought to address bullying in Magdalen College, but nonetheless attracted criticism from students for the graphic image.In his final email to the JCR before the end of his tenure, Jamie Miles listed the failures and successes of his time as VP. In one section, which was addressed “to the bullies”, he highlighted a recent bullying problem in college and quoted an email he had sent to someone who had been reported for bullying. It read, “Just remember that one day, one of your vindictive or sarcastic remarks might be enough to push someone over the edge. People have enough stuff to cope with in this place.”Miles has been criticised for embedding a hyperlink in the text, linking the phrase “over the edge” to a graphic image of a slashed wrist, thus exposing anybody who clicked on it to violent imagery without any warning.He immediately sent an apologetic follow-up email, expressing regret over what he described as “a foolish act” and requesting that anyone who had not clicked on the link should not go back and look at it.Miles told Cherwell that his email had been trying to address an all-too-prevalent bullying problem in the Magdalen JCR that had been present over the last term. When asked to expand upon the nature of the incidents, Miles said that he could not comment on these incidents because they are currently being investigated by the college.Cameron Quinn, a fourth year at Magdalen, said, “Some people in the college find it personally amusing to antagonise others for sport. This is, as Jamie said in his e-mail, a disgrace, and it was both brave and necessary to bring it up. Unfortunately, Jamie chose to make this very important point in a way that perhaps wasn’t completely thought through, and that’s a shame, because it may mean that the people in college who bully people escape attention and blame.”Another student added, “I understand that he wanted to send an important message out but he did so in a completely inappropriate way.”When asked about the possibility of bullying culture at Magdalen, a spokesperson for OUSU’s Mind Your Head campaign stressed the importance of students recognising the psychological impact of bullying. They told Cherwell, “We know that bullying is linked to a number of negative outcomes, including increased rates of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicide, particularly when it occurs alongside existing mental health conditions.“In the event that a student is feeling abused in any way, there are a number of resources available for them in Oxford including peer supporters, welfare reps, and the counselling service.”last_img read more

Miss Ocean City Pageant Parade Tonight on Boardwalk and Downtown

first_imgThe annual Miss Ocean City Pageant Parade will take place tonight (Wednesday, Aug. 10). The parade route starts on downtown Asbury Avenue at 6 p.m. The event showcases the 18 young women who will compete for the crown in Saturday’s pageant. The parade starts at Sixth Street and runs down Asbury Avenue to 14th Street. It then moves up onto the boardwalk and returns to Fifth Street. The pageant will be held at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, starting at 7 p.m. Aug. 13. Shannon Wallace, the reigning Miss Ocean City, will preside over the pageant and relinquish her crown to the new Miss Ocean City. The pageant has been sponsored for 47 years by the Ocean City Exchange Club. Tickets are $15 and are available at ocnj.us/boxoffice (starting Wednesday afternoon) or at the Music Pier Box Office. For information, call (609) 399-6111.last_img read more

A specialist in hows and whys

first_imgMatthew Rabin wants to know what makes you tick.One of the nation’s top scholars of behavioral economics, Rabin has been appointed to the first of three endowed professorships in Harvard’s Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative (FHB), a research effort aimed at uncovering the fundamental mechanisms behind human actions.Rabin will join FHB Director David Laibson, the Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics, in the study of psychological, social, economic, political, and biological aspects of human behavior.By bringing together faculty from across Harvard to investigate a wide range of cognitive, social, and behavioral phenomena, the initiative aims to develop new ways to address issues related to health care, economic development, education, and governance.“How do we help people who want to quit smoking?” Laibson asked. “How do we help people save for retirement? How can we reduce domestic violence? How can we make people more productive at work, or learn more in school? What we’ve discovered over the last 10 years is that a lot of behaviors are malleable, and can be influenced at remarkably little cost.“We’re very excited about the dual challenge of making basic scientific breakthroughs, and then applying those breakthroughs to pressing social problems,” he continued. “What we’re doing with the Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative is creating the optimal sandbox for that extraordinary research to take place.”Supporting the research is a gift from the New York–based Pershing Square Foundation. The gift, announced Monday, will back three new endowed faculty positions and provide a research fund open to all Harvard faculty and doctoral students.“As a foundation, we are interested in innovations that have the possibility of changing the way we think about society,” said Paul Bernstein, CEO of the Pershing Square Foundation. “The field of behavioral science is already important, and it affects virtually everything we do as a foundation.”Established in 2006 by Bill Ackman ’88, M.B.A. ’92, and his wife, Karen Ackman, M.L.A. ’93, the Pershing Square Foundation supports organizations that tackle social issues.“Supporting innovation and new approaches to creating sustainable change is a vital part of what the Pershing Square Foundation was established to do,” said Ackman, CEO and portfolio manager of Pershing Square Capital Management LP. “Understanding the foundations of human behavior is a key to improving people’s health, wealth, and security around the globe. We are inspired by the potential of Harvard’s initiative.”Importantly, Laibson said, FHB has been built as an interdisciplinary project, designed to incorporate scholars across all of Harvard and tap the full depth of expertise and innovation — among both faculty and doctoral students — on campus.“We are not narrowing the questions,” he said. “We want the community of scholars at Harvard — faculty and students — to generate questions that excite them: questions they think are important, ideas they think are path-breaking.”To count Rabin among those faculty members, Laibson said, is an extraordinary privilege.“We couldn’t ask for a better first appointment,” he said. “He’s one of the most eminent economic theorists in the world, and his work symbolizes and represents this interdisciplinary approach. He embodies the theme of crossing disciplinary boundaries. His entire career has been about bridging the gap between social psychology, cognitive psychology, and economics.”After receiving his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1989, Rabin joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, as an assistant professor. He was promoted to full professor in 1999, eventually becoming the Edward G. and Nancy S. Jordan Professor of Economics. He also serves as the director of the Program in Psychological Economics.A member of the Russell Sage Foundation Behavioral Economics Roundtable and of the Program Committee, Eighth World Congress of the Econometric Society, Rabin held a visiting position at the London School of Economics in 2000-01 and has served as a Taussig Research Professor at Harvard.Rabin has been named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, a MacArthur Foundation Fellow (2001-05), and an Econometric Society Fellow. He has also received an Outstanding Teaching Award from the Graduate Economics Association at the University of California, Berkeley, and the John Bates Clark Medal from the American Economic Association. The Clark is second only to the Nobel Prize in the field of economics.last_img read more

Notre Dame hosts annual Activities Night

first_imgThe annual frenzy of hundreds of students hoping to learn about and sign up for some of the more than 350 student clubs and organizations represented at Student Activities Night filled the Notre Dame Stadium concourse Tuesday night. The event, hosted by the Student Activities Office (SAO), provides the student body with a way to see and get involved with the campus’ myriad of student groups and provides clubs with a unique way to advertise themselves, especially to first-year students.This was the second year that Activities Night had been hosted in the Stadium concourse rather than in the Joyce Center. Karen Kennedy, the director of student centers, activities and events for SAO, and described this year’s event as “a great success,” mentioning the high temperature as the only challenging aspect.“I think it’s been great,” she said. “We’ve had a great turnout, lots of interest in our clubs and I’m really pleased with how the event has turned out.”The event ran from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with large crowds throughout the concourse for the entire duration. A few clubs advertised outside the official venue, such as the Ultimate Frisbee team, which had members on Library Quad tossing frisbees back and forth and encouraging passersby to join the team.The presidents of many clubs were present to attract as many passing students as possible to join. Many tables were strewn with posters, decorations and candy in an attempt to stand out and attract passersby.“Activities Night is awesome because we’re able to reach almost the entire freshman class, but also anyone who’s interested in getting more involved,” said junior Katie Powell, president of the Christian a cappella group Unchained Melodies. “We’re able to find people and yell at them, ‘Do you sing?’ And sometimes they might nod their head and we can rope them in. It’s a good way of reaching people that we might not normally interact with or see.”The president of the men’s boxing club, senior Ryan Richelsen, also said reaching first-year students was the biggest advantage of the event.“With all the newcomers and first-years, it’s good to get our name out there, because a lot of people know about Bengal Bouts [an annual charity boxing tournament held by the club], but a lot of kids come to campus without having heard much about it,” he said. “Just the exposure we can get to a lot of the first-years and also grad students and other people who might wander by helps.”Saul Cortez, a junior and president of Notre Dame radio station WSND, said Activities Night helped him to find rare students with a strong passion for radio hosting.“We really want a nice group of kids who are wanting to continue on with the tradition of working in radio stations,” he said. “It’s hard sometimes to find these kids who are really passionate and will stick through it all four years, but I believe that they’re still out there and want to do something as archaic as radio.”Freshman Alexander Shyne said he hoped to be able to sign up for clubs that allow him to pursue interests he was unable to in high school.“It was very overwhelming after the first half-mile walking through, but it was amazing to see all the clubs and be able to talk to all the people and see all the variety, from board game club to service clubs,” he said. “It was amazing to see how many opportunities there are to form a community outside of the dorm, and I’m excited to pursue as many of them as I can.”Some students, such as junior Griffin Modjeski, had other goals for the night.“I’m just here for the free shirts,” he said.Tags: Activities Night, concourse, Student Activities Officelast_img read more

Cast Set for World Premiere of A.R. Gurney’s Love & Money Off-B’way

first_img Related Shows Love & Money Maureen Anderman will lead the cast of the previously reported world premiere of A.R. Gurney’s Love & Money. Tickets are now on sale for the production, directed by Mark Lamos, and the comedy will run off-Broadway August 15 through September 27. Opening night is set for August 24 at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center.Anderman will play Cornelia Cunningham, with Gabriel Brown as Walker “Scott” Williams, Pamela Dunlap as Agnes Munger, Kahyun Kim as Jessica Worth and Joe Paulik as Harvey Abel.Determined to donate almost everything she owns before her life of grace and privilege ends, wealthy widow Cornelia Cunningham’s plan hits a snag when an ambitious and ingratiating young man arrives to claim his alleged inheritance.The production will feature scenic design by Michael Yeargan, costume design by Jess Goldstein, lighting design by Stephen Strawbridge and sound design by John Gromada. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 4, 2015last_img read more

Fruit Fly Control

first_imgFresh fruit is an important part of a balanced diet, but bringing fruit into the house during the summer months may attract pesky fruit flies. However, one bad apple — and even the flies it might attract — shouldn’t turn your family off of fruit. There are several ways to prevent and remedy fruit fly problems. Annoying but not harmfulAdult fruit flies can become a nuisance in any area where food is stored, processed or prepared, and in areas where people dispose of food waste and even animal waste. These yellowish-brown or dark-brown, gnat-like flies don’t pose any health threats to your family, but they can be quite annoying. They usually emerge in late summer and remain active until the first killing frost. Adult flies, which are tiny at only one-eighth to one-fifth of an inch long, feed and deposit eggs on overripe, fermenting canned and cooked fruit, decaying vegetables, pomace from cider presses and fungi. Keep trash cans coveredTo prevent and control the pests, families should dispose of overripe fruits and vegetables. Fruit peelings, vegetables, mops with food particles, uncovered trashcans and wastewater can all attract the flies. To avoid fruit fly infestations, you should buy fruits and vegetables in sound condition and be sure to store them properly. If an infestation does occur, you should find the breeding material and dispose of it. In addition to food, the flies also look for water and will thrive in sink drains. They like to eat the residue on the side of the drainpipe. You should keep the drain covered to prevent the pest from getting to the water in the P-trap. Pouring chlorine bleach down the drain does not help, but using a brush to remove the residue should do the trick. Adult fruit flies can be easily controlled with dichlorvos resin strips and household aerosol sprays that contain pyrethrins or synthetic pyrethrins. Follow insecticide label instructions when using insecticides, and take care when spraying insecticides near food and kitchen utensils.last_img read more

Puricelli: The Administration Is Committed to the Recovery of the Defense Industry

first_img Minister Puricelli emphasized that “our American continent, as it did two hundred years ago, has realized the necessity of its unity and integrity. Our continent is opening its eyes to the global significance of this South America, blessed by God with natural resources, with water, with protein, with energy, and with biodiversity,” and he added, “This has been clearly noted by the leaders who guide the region today, and also by our most recent presidents, one of whom was from my same province, filling me with pride that he attained the objectives he did. By Dialogo June 01, 2011 In addition, the minister recalled the progress achieved on the way toward recovering defense scientific and technological capacity: “We’ve recovered the Naval Industrial Complex and the Argentine Airplane Factory, which fills us with pride, because fifty years ago, it produced the planet’s third jet airplane.” Argentine Defense Minister Arturo Puricelli alluded to the administration’s commitment “to the recovery of the defense industry and defense technology” during the celebration of the 201st anniversary of the Argentine Army, at a ceremony held at the Military College of the Nation, in the locality of El Palomar. center_img Puricelli noted the policies that the ministry is pursuing in order to expand and improve its equipment. “We are completing a cycle of capability planning within the framework of the Armed Forces Joint General Staff in order to define a suitable military force for the future,” he said, and he added, “That military force is going to determine that we should apply very significant resources to modernize the equipment that we have, but also to acquire new equipment that is equal to the capabilities of our military men.” This man was sent to say what he said, because the terrible defense situation has had enough. The ship named National Defense cannot have more holes. They have noticed it is something worth to invest on.last_img read more

Suburbs where people pay too much interest on their mortgages

first_imgHashChing has found homeowners in seven Queensland suburbs were paying as high as 7.39 per cent in interest on their mortgages.SEVEN Queensland suburbs were named in a line-up of places where homeowners pay too much in interest rates – but it was a Brisbane suburb that won the refinance battle. Latest data from online platform HashChing found homeowners in Brendale, Coomera, Advancetown, Austinville, Labrador, Surfers Paradise and Springbrook were paying off mortgages with rates as high as 7.39 per cent.That was 2.67 percentage points higher than the Brisbane average (4.72 per cent), but they weren’t the only ones footing a higher bill than necessary.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoHashChing found that self employed borrowers were paying higher interest rates (5.71 per cent) on average – that was almost a whole percentage point higher than PAYG borrowers.But some parts of Brisbane have been making strong moves to lock in record low interest rates, with Everton Park emerging as the most refinanced postcode in Queensland. Everton Hills and Mitchelton share the same postcode (4053)., with the area averaging a loan amount of $482,334 at an interest rate of 4.89 per cent.Other Brisbane suburbs that saw the state’s strongest refinancing applications were Cashmere, Joyner, Bray Park, Warner, Brendale (4500 postcode), Carole Park, Goodna, Bellbird Park, Brookwater, Springfield Lakes (4300 postcode), Murrumba Downs, Griffin, Dakabin and Kallangur (4503).On the Gold Coast, there was a big push towards refinancing out of Arundel, Parkwood, Molendinar (4214 postcode), Broadbeach Waters, Broadbeach, Mermaid Waters, Mermaid Beach (4218 postcode), Pacific Pine, Nerang (4211 postcode), Labrador, Southport (4215 postcode).HashChing found the average refinance amount in the state was $497,881.Westpac was the only major bank whose refinancing average ($521,102) came in higher than the state average, though CBA was receiving the most applications (23.3 per cent), with ANZ and Westpac on a fifth each and NAB seeing 15.8 per cent..last_img read more

Records tumble across surging coastal property market

first_imgThe block covers 45.5m of waterfront. The home is an “engineering feat”. Now that’s a view. It has its own little beach.undefined The pool was a favourite feature of designer Paul Clout.“We’re expecting to smash this current record soon. There is significant interest in Pat Rafter’s property now. We’re hoping to make an announcement soon.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoIn the past six weeks the top eight sales averaged just under $6m each, he said, and ”many of those had multiple bidders or interest”.The Sydney-based owners had picked up the property for $5.85m seven years ago and then proceeded to build their dream home.Award-winning building designer Paul Clout said it was “a total honour to be involved”.“I’m really pleased that one of our designs has achieved that sort of figure,” he told The Courier-Mail.The Wyuna Drive house had over 800sq m under roof, and had six ensuited bedrooms. Among its features was a 25m infinity pool, a self-contained caretaker wing, two boat jetties, a boat ramp and drive-through boatshed. Each of the six bedrooms has an ensuite.center_img The bespoke kitchen is a joy to behold.“Some of the areas were an engineering feat. Designing them was one thing but to build them was another. The whole home is surrounded by a massive water feature which eventually ends in the lap pool. The (cantilever) construction detail and obviously the beautiful pool — those two elements are the things that were among my favourites.”Agent John Dover, who marketed the new record sale, said they were meeting “a lot of people who lament not buying here years ago”.“I am certain that history will repeat itself. If you can do it, why wouldn’t you want to live here, even if it’s just as a second home?”Mr Clout, who lives in the area, said the record sale was “great for Noosa as a whole”.“A lot of people put a lot of time, effort, finance into their homes there. Something like this is a great confidence boost that they are holding on to something of value.”Mr Offermann said when it was “raining cats and dogs last Saturday” his agents sealed $15m in contracts. Clear indoor-outdoor flow is what it’s all about. The home is one of the biggest in the area. 29-31 Wyuna Drive Noosaville Qld 4566A RECORDBREAKING waterfront sale has triggered a price surge in the Sunshine Coast property market — one that could see it rival Brisbane.A Noosaville home — listed earlier this year for $11.9m has gone under contract this week, blitzing a $9.3m record set last year in the holiday zone.But that could be smashed within weeks with fresh interest in the $18m-plus priced Sunshine Beach home of former tennis great Pat Rafter. The Brisbane price record currently stands at $18.48m, set in March this year.Tom Offermann Real Estate principal Tom Offermann confirmed another digit had been added to Noosa’s record price with the sale of 31 Wyuna Drive in Noosaville, but he would not be drawn on the final terms for the Paul Clout-designed home.last_img read more