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VAQ-139 Returns to NAS Whidbey Island

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today VAQ-139 Returns to NAS Whidbey Island View post tag: VAQ 139 View post tag: Whidbey Island June 10, 2015 Authorities VAQ-139 Returns to NAS Whidbey Island The “Cougars” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 returned to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island June 4 after a nearly 10-month deployment in support of U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation.VAQ-139 arrived home after participating in exercise Valiant Shield, Operation Inherent Resolve and contingency operations while deployed in support of the war on terrorism.Prior to embarking aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), VAQ-139 completed training at Naval Outlying Field Coupeville, Washington.VAQ-139 flies the EA-18G Growler, which combines the capability of the combat-proven F/A-18E/F Super Hornet with the latest airborne electronic attack avionics suite. The Growler’s vast array of sensors and weapons provide the warfighter with a lethal and survivable weapon system to counter current and emerging threats.[mappress mapid=”16191″]Image: US Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: americas View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: NAS Share this articlelast_img read more

GMB: UK should not open FSS construction to foreign yards

first_img View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: RFA View post tag: FSS Share this article November 3, 2017center_img UK worker union GMB has slammed the UK government’s decision to put up an international tender for the construction of three Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels, saying the decision “udermined the national interest”.The union further said that all Royal Navy and RFA ships should be built domestically and has called for cross-parliamentary support of MPs as well as shipbuilding employers to join workers and their communities and demand “an end to this tragic missed opportunity for UK shipbuilding”.The ships in question are the 40,000-ton fleet solid support ships which will be supplying UK aircraft carriers and other frontline warships with ammunition, food and spares.The four tankers which will be supplying the Royal Navy fleet with fuel are built in South Korea and outfitted in the UK.GMB says all Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels must be built in UK yards.The union is calling for cross-parliamentary support of MPs as well as shipbuilding employers to join workers and their communities and demand an end to this tragic missed opportunity for UK shipbuilding.“The RFA contracts are the key to unlocking the country’s massive shipbuilding potential and transforming the fortunes of our shipbuilding communities,” Jude Brimble, GMB National Secretary, said.“But Ministers’ refusal to put the UK’s interests first will mean that instead of a massive programme of shared economic and employment re-distribution, our shipbuilding firms will be competing against each other for slivers of complex warship work.”The UK defense ministry has initiated an assessment phase to acquire the three MARS fleet solid support ships and under current plans has targeted main contract award by 2020. Back to overview,Home naval-today GMB: UK should not open FSS construction to foreign shipbuilders GMB: UK should not open FSS construction to foreign shipbuilderslast_img read more

Young Tories face fresh condemnation after allegations

first_imgThe Oxford University Conservative Association (OUCA) has faced intensifed criticism, after the latest accusations of drunk and disorderly behaviour.Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, the Honorary President of the Association, has called for an investigation, telling Cherwell: “there is no excuse for this type of disgraceful behaviour”.Meanwhile, St. Giles’ Church, the venue for OUCA’s weekly Port and Policy event, has confirmed to Cherwell that it is investigating claims made about conduct on its premises.OUCA has confirmed that any information about potential incidents of sexual harassment has been passed to Oxford University authorities.Two members have left the Association after complaints about their conduct at a 3rd week Port and Policy event.One student was suspended by the society’s disciplinary committee after complaints of excessive drunkenness and disorderly conduct.Another student resigned his membership after the same complaint. A complaint of sexual harassment was also raised against the student by a purported witness, but the disciplinary committee received no evidence to corroborate this claim.According to an OUCA statement, both women in question submitted testimony “unequivocally denying” the complaint at a council meeting.One of the women alleged to have been assaulted told an assembled OUCA meeting on Thursday night that the claims were “entirely untrue”, and that she was not consulted before the complaint was submitted. “All allegations of misconduct are taken very seriously by the Association. No allegation received has been or will be ignored.”“I am determined that the Association be as welcoming an environment as possible.”Referring specifically to the 3rd week Port and Policy event, he noted: “A particular group of individuals is widely reported to have behaved in an offensive manner at the event and afterwards.“These individuals have not been regular attendees of Association events, and are not in any way representative of our Membership.“They are no longer members and will not be permitted to attend our events as guests.”A constitutional amendment to allow a vote of no-confdence in the president was also presented to the OUCA Council meeting last night.The motion seeks to amend the constitution so a vote of no confidence can be brought against any president, though Cherwell understands those pushing for the reform are doing so with the intention of ousting Doyle.Of this move, Doyle said: “I look forward to measured and constructive discussion in the proper manner of how to continue improving the Association’s procedures.”Oxford SU’s VP for Women, Katy Haigh, joined those who have condemned the Association, telling Cherwell she was “extremely saddened” by sexual harassment allegations.Haigh told Cherwell: “We want all students to treat people with dignity and respect at all times, any behaviour that does not meet those standards is unacceptable.”A spokesperson for Oxford University told Cherwell: “University disciplinary processes are entirely confidential and we do not confrm or deny whether specific allegations are being investigated.“However, we do not tolerate sexual harassment and will always investigate when a student brings forward a complaint of harassment at the University.“We also offer comprehensive welfare support to students who complain of being harassed and can give advice on how to make a complaint.“We can also advise student clubs and societies on their own disciplinary codes, which they should apply to ensure they conduct events in accordance with University’s Policies and Procedures on harassment.”The Conservative party did not reply to multiple requests for comment. On hearing of the continued reports of harassment and sexism, Jacob Rees-Mogg told Cherwell: “I would expect both the University and the Conservative party to investigate this and to apply appropriate sanctions to any university or Conservative party members who may have brought the Oxford University Conservative Association into disrepute.”Rees-Mogg, current frontrunner for the Conservative party leadership, is Honorary President of OUCA. His nephew William Rees-Mogg is the ex-president of the Association.The latest developments follow a statement regarding the society’s problem with sexual assault allegations, revealed by Cherwell last week.At a council meeting two weeks ago, eleven current and former OUCA officeholders highlighted “a problem with sexism” in the society, claiming that multiple allegations of groping and harassment were “not being dealt with”.The statement cited “numerous reports” that several attendees at 3rd week Port and Policy “groped, touched, kissed (or attempted to), or otherwise harassed female guests”. It also alleged that this has been a recurring issue.However, when these issues were raised to other senior officers, it is alleged they were “dismissed due to fears of bad PR.”The signatories claimed: “that senior members of the association have been ignoring sexism and misogyny, not because they are themselves sexist, but because they are worried about the public image of themselves and the association.”In a statement, OUCA President Timothy Doyle told Cherwell: “It was reported that attendees [at third week Port and Policy] had been unacceptably drunk, had subjected other attendees to verbal abuse, and most seriously that incidents of sexual harassment took place.“All these claims, especially the last, are deeply concerning, and describe behaviour fundamentally incompatible with the Association’s aims and values.last_img read more

City Council Meeting JUNE 10, 2019

first_imgI.INTRODUCTION FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare C.ORDINANCE R-2019-13 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 706 Wessel Lane, Evansville, IN  47712 Petitioner: Chad Sanders Owner: Grimm Property Holdings LLC Requested Change: R1 to R2 Ward: 6 Brinkmeyer Representative: Chad Sander, Real Property Management Results A.THE NEXT MEETING of the Common Council will be Monday, June 24, at 5:30 p.m. II.APPROVAL OF MEETING MEMORANDUM civic center City Council MeetingJUNE 10, 2019 at 5:30 P.M.1 NW ML KING JR. BLVD – ROOM 301AGENDA III.REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONS V.CONSENT AGENDA:  FIRST READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS A.ORDINANCE G-2019-08 An Ordinance Amending Title 18 of the Evansville Municipal Code Concerning Lane Use and Zoning Sponsor(s): Adams Discussion Led By: Public Works Chair Adams Discussion Date: 6/24/2019 VII.REGULAR AGENDA:  SECOND READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS B.ORDINANCE F-2019-11 An Ordinance of the Common Council of the City of Evansville Authorizing Transfers of Appropriations, Additional Appropriations and Repeal and Re-Appropriation of Funds for Various City Funds Sponsor(s): Weaver Discussion Led By: Finance Chair Weaver Discussion Date: 6/24/2019 R-2019-13 Attachment: IV.SPECIAL ORDERS OF THE DAY X.COMMITTEE REPORTS VIII.RESOLUTION DOCKET F-2019-11 Attachment: G-2019-08 Attachment: IX.MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS Memo Attachment: B.ADDITIONAL MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS XI.ADJOURNMENT Agenda Attachment: VI.COMMITTEE REPORTSlast_img read more


first_imgA funeral mass was held Aug. 2 at the Holy Rosary Church in Jersey City for Anna Whalen, 98, of Jersey City. She passed away July 29. Anna was a lifelong resident of Jersey City and had resided the last seven years at the Atrium at Hamilton Park. She dedicated herself for many years for the state of New Jersey in the public school system. Anna was predeceased by her husband, John J. Whalen (1991), her son, John J. Whalen (1990), her brothers, Joseph, Nick and Paul Cirigliano, and her sisters, Angie Cirigliano, Mildred Boehm and Mary Panzino. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.Services arranged by the Michalski Funeral Home, Jersey City.last_img read more

Sweltering Heat and Humidity For The Weekend

first_imgAnother weekend of oppressive heat and humidity for the island. While it may feel hot here, many of the mainlanders are flocking to the shore to beat the heat where inland temperatures are climbing into the upper 90s with a heat index approaching 110. Along the coast, temperatures will top off around 90 with a heat index of around 100. A large high pressure system parked offshore will continue to pump heat and humidity our way through the weekend. As with any hot, unstable airmass, the threat of t’storms exist but least likely along the coast until a frontal system begins to move into our area on early next week.Afternoon High Temperatures on SaturdayComputer Models show greatest threat of storms well inland.Ocean water temperatures have climbed to all-time record levels over the last couple of days. Water temperatures of around 83 degrees earlier this week have now dropped into the low 70s, which still feels great. Southwesterly winds created some upwelling which caused the temperature drop. Always take caution when dipping into the ocean to beat the heat as rip current risk will be higher than it has been recently.last_img read more

No quick fix to industry skills gap

first_imgThere are no quick fixes to the current skills gap within the food and drink industry, according to Derek Williams, standards and quality director at food qualifications body FDQ.In a debate titled Plugging the Skills Gap, held at Foodex at Birmingham’s NEC (24-26 March 2014), Williams said the skills gap was a complex issue, referring to it as a profound challenge that will damage the industry if not addressed.Williams said: “The skills gap in our industry is a reality. Our problem is based upon decades of imbalance in the skills equation. What we see, therefore, is that this imbalance between the demand of skills and the supply of skills is really at the root of the problem.”Justine Fosh, chief executive of the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink, said it was difficult for young people to understand the industry.She said: “[There is a] diverse range of businesses which make up the food and drink sector. It’s our greatest strength and, I’d argue, it’s potentially our greatest weakness. With that diversity comes a fragmentation of the industry – that is one of the challenges we face.”TargetsTo address the skills issues, Fosh set out three targets: to develop scale, greater presence and a greater consistency based on excellence. Collaboration and building scale, she said, were the starting point in addressing the issues the industry faces.The panel, also consisting of Jon Poole, chief executive at the Institute of Food Science and Technology, and Michael Rudge, process technologist at Bakkavör, discussed the importance of generating awareness of the industry in schools.“It is generally commented about the low awareness of the sector with young people and with politicians,” said Fosh. “For the past six years, we’ve trained literally hundreds of young ambassadors to go into schools, particularly in Northern Ireland, and we’ve seen an absolute turnaround in demand for places at college studying food subjects.”last_img read more

Trey Anastasio Announces Debut Performance On “A Prairie Home Companion” With Chris Thile

first_imgA Prairie Home Companion has been a staple of music programming for over 40 years, featuring all sorts of accomplished musicians. The public radio show started in 1974 with host Garrison Keillor, who passed over the reins to Chris Thile earlier this year. Thile has been incorporating guest artists into the Prairie fold, and today, it was announced that Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio will make his debut appearance on the famed show!According to the new announcement, Anastasio will appear on the November 19th episode of the weekly program, performing live at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex in Denver, CO. As of now, it’s unknown what music Anastasio will be performing, but he will assumedly be performing with the show’s new host, Chris Thile. Thile recently got Jack White to come out of his hiatus for an appearance on the show. Comedian Tig Notaro will also be a guest performer during the program.Anastasio is currently in the midst of a fall tour with Phish, who recently performed with the great Bob Weir. Tickets for this exciting A Prairie Home Companion show are on sale now, and can be found here.last_img read more

Innovation, collaboration key to inaugural projects in Library Lab

first_imgThe Harvard community has responded with insight and imagination to a call from the University’s Library Lab to collaborate with the Harvard Library and “to serve as co-creators of the information society of the future.” With generous support from the Arcadia Fund, Harvard’s Library Lab is designed to leverage the entrepreneurial aspirations of individuals across the University.A slide-show generator, a multimedia library without walls, a digital atlas viewer, and an online platform for library-related communities of knowledge were among the 10 collaborations proposed by members of the Harvard community and funded by the Library Lab.“It is clear,” states Harvard Library Executive Director Helen Shenton, “that innovation and collaboration are linked phenomena. And nowhere is the connection more apparent and more powerful than in library and information science. Each of these projects has the potential to make an original contribution to the way that our Library works.”The Library Lab is based on a laboratory model initiated at Harvard Law School Library. John Palfrey, the Law School’s vice dean for library and information resources and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, developed the Law School lab in response to a need for “innovation at the highest level.”“In the traditional library structure,” Palfrey says, “there’s not been an obvious center for innovation.”The University’s Library Lab is managed by Harvard’s Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC). “Our goal,” notes Stuart Shieber, OSC director and James O. Welch Jr. and Virginia B. Welch Professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, “is to provide concrete support for innovation and experimentation that will lead to improved library services.”In August, the Library Lab issued a call to students, faculty, and staff to submit proposals, and subsequently held public information sessions as well as office hours for potential applicants. By the Dec. 1 deadline, a total of 30 proposals had been submitted.On Feb. 1, the Library Lab review committee allocated up to $700,000 for 10 wide-ranging approved projects generated from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; the graduate Schools of design, government, and law; the Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; and the Harvard Library Office for Information Systems. The approved projects are from a variety of schools and departments and involve faculty, staff, and students. Each project will be created using open-source software and shared with as broad a community as possible.According to Shieber, new proposals are due April 1 and a second round of funding decisions will be announced in May. Harvard students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to apply. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Adelphi Students Fast Super Bowl Weekend for Charity

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Adelphi University fraternity leader Alex Lucks, left, and Jim Broderick of Island Harvest, at Hungerfest on Saturday. (Photo by Kali Chan)While most football fans are preparing to pig out at Super Bowl Sunday parties across Long Island, one group of young men is going on a hunger strike in the name of charity.Nearly 50 Adelphi University fraternity brothers from Kappa Sigma started fasting for 24 hours starting Saturday evening to raise money, awareness and food donations to support Island Harvest, a leading local hunger relief nonprofit.“It’s just crazy how many Long Islanders go to bed hungry each night,” Alex Lucks, the chapter president who’s an Adelphi pre-med senior majoring in psychology, said during the pre-kickoff party for “Super Hungerfest.”Lucks said the group raised more than $3,500 last year, collected about 900 pounds of food and hopes to continue growing prior success. He noted that Americans spend more than $50 billion annually on snack foods to watch the Super Bowl.Jim Broderick, a retired TV advertising executive who volunteers for Island Harvest, said the group was already dealing with increased demand caused by the slow economy when Sandy added more seeking out their network of 570 soup kitchens and food pantries.“It’s kind of an invisible problem,” he said of unemployed parents forced to cut corners. “Often what they cut back on is nutritious food for their families.”Broderick said the agency served about 65,000 people weekly on LI before the storm and provided 8 million pounds of food last year—two million after Sandy. He added that last than 300,000 Long Islanders turned to the group for emergency food supplies last year, which was their 20th anniversary.Kate Cartagena, an Adelphi English major, was among the nearly 100 students who gathered at the festively decorated Alumni Hall in Garden City Park to show support for her charitable classmates as various football-themed games were played around her.“I think it’s really good that the Adelphi community as a whole can come together for a good cause,” she said.Kappa Sigma breaks their fast at the 6 p.m., a half hour before kickoff of the Super Bowl XLVII match-up between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans.last_img read more

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