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USNS Wheeler, USNS Fast Tempo Take Part in OPDS Drill

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: americas View post tag: Take Part View post tag: Korea USNS Vadm K. R. WheelerMilitary Sealift Command (MSC) vessels USNS Wheeler (T-AG 5001) and USNS Fast Tempo participated in an Offshore Petroleum Discharge System (OPDS) exercise off of Dogu Beach, Pohang, Republic of Korea (ROK) from Sept. 12-22. Back to overview,Home naval-today USNS Wheeler, USNS Fast Tempo Take Part in OPDS Drill Share this article View post tag: Drill View post tag: USNS Fast Tempo USNS Wheeler, USNS Fast Tempo Take Part in OPDS Drillcenter_img The OPDS exercise is a MSC sponsored, semi-annual event that allows crewmembers to exercise the full capabilities of the OPDS system in a real-world environment. USNS Wheeler is a government-owned, contractor-operated vessel. Approximately 20 civilian mariners operate and navigate the ship, along with eight crew members who operate and deploy the OPDS.“The OPDS system is designed to be fully operational in less than 48 hours from arrival; therefore, it is important for crew members to remain sharp on OPDS operations in the event of a contingency,” said John Mansfield, captain of USNS Wheeler. “The exercise also exposes military personnel in all branches of both U.S. and ROK forces to the unique capabilities of these vessels and the importance they play in defense and logistical support.”During the OPDS Exercise, Wheeler was positioned approximately 9,000 feet from Dogu Beach using her sophisticated Dynamic Positioning System (DPS), which allows the ship to automatically approach and maintain positioning from a designated fixed point without anchoring. The OPDS flexible piping was then connected to the Beach Termination Unit (BTU), and 65,000 gallons of potable water was pumped through all eight miles of flexible pipe that was laid out on the ocean bottom.[mappress]Press Release, September 25, 2014; Image: September 25, 2014 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: OPDS View post tag: asia View post tag: USNS Wheeler View post tag: Naval Authoritieslast_img read more

USS Gerald R. Ford completes propulsion plant repairs

first_img Share this article The US Navy has announced that repairs to the USS Gerald R. Ford’s propulsion plant have been completed at Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding.As revealed by the navy, the aircraft carrier’s propulsion plant was re-delivered after more than 12 months of maintenance and repairs as part of the ship’s post-shakedown availability (PSA).Troubles with Ford’s propulsion system were first noted while conducting trials at sea in January 2018, when the crew identified a component in the propulsion train that was operating outside of design specifications.HII-NNS determined that the issue was due to a manufacturing defect (not improper operation) in the propulsion train component that affected the same component in the other propulsion trains.In May 2018, three days into a planned underway to continue testing and evaluation, the ship experienced another propulsion plant issue associated with a design modification which resulted in Ford returning to homeport. Once in Norfolk, adjustments were made and the ship returned to sea later that month.Ford returned to port June 7, 2018, following the completion of all required ship testing during its at sea period. During these tests, the navy and Newport News Shipbuilding determined the required steps to correct the manufacturing defects would be fully corrected during Ford’s PSA.Ford’s propulsion issues weren’t with the nuclear reactors themselves, the navy said. The issues resided in the mechanical components associated in turning steam created by the nuclear plant into spinning screws that propel the ship through the water.Since first getting underway on April 8, 2017, Ford has conducted 10 underway evolutions and has completed all of the testing that was required prior to beginning the ship’s PSA last summer. The navy said the lessons learned, corrections, and design changes would be integrated in the construction of the next ships in the Ford-class of aircraft carriers. View post tag: HII View post tag: US Navy View post tag: USS Gerald R. Ford View post tag: Gerald R. Ford-class Photo: USS Gerald R. Ford at Newport News in March 2019. Photo: US Navylast_img read more

‘Relay for Life’ Moves to Upper Township This Year

first_imgAmerican Cancer Society Relay for Life luminary ceremonyAfter six years in Ocean City, the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life will move to the mainland.The event is an all-night celebration that honors the lives of people battling cancer, remembers those who have died of the disease and raises money in the search for a cure. The local Relay for Life has raised almost $500,000 since it started.This year, the event will be held at Amanda’s Field in the Petersburg section of Upper Township on June 26 and 27.A kickoff party will be held noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 11 at Whippoorwill Campground on Route 9 in Marmora. Anybody is invited to attend to get a taste of what the event is like and to learn more about how to participate.________________________________To sign up, donate or find more information: Courtney Keenan, the local leader for the event, said the renovation of the track at Carey Stadium, where the event was held in Ocean City, was one of the reasons the Relay sought a new location.She said it will be essentially the same event at the new location. Amanda’s Field is at 10 Sunset Drive in Petersburg.Kirby Reed, the community manager for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, said Ocean City event had been decreasing in the number of participants and the amount of money raised over the last two years.She said she hopes the new location will help spark a renewed interest, and she said Upper Township officials have been as supportive as those in Ocean City.“Everybody in Ocean City has been so lovely and easy to work with,” Reed said.Keenan said no decision has been made yet on whether the Relay for Life will remain in Upper Township in 2016 or return to Ocean City.During the event, participating teams solicit pledges and take turns walking or running around the track from 6 p.m.Friday (June 26) to 6 a.m. Saturday (June 27).Participants camp out all night and enjoy an array of activities and entertainment, including live music, Zumba classes, classes in a new hybrid of Pilates and yoga. This year’s theme is “Dr. Seuss,” and the event will include laps around the track related to the theme.One of the most emotional segments takes place after dark when participants display candlelit bags decorated to honor loved ones lost to cancer. This “Luminaria Ceremony” also includes a slideshow of friends and family affected by the disease.Anybody is invited to attend the event, to donate and to remember. There is no registration fee, and individuals are welcome to participate in any of the events for any length of time during the 12 hours of the Relay.The kickoff on April 11 will be “almost a mini Relay,” Reed said.The kickoff will include a barbecue and bonfire, entertainment and a presentation on how to participate and how the proceeds will help fight cancer. Whippoorwill Campground is at 810 Route 9.“Come out and meet us to get a feel for what it’s going to be like,” Keenan said.“It’s a great event for anybody who’s been touched by cancer,” she said. “Our motto is, ‘Cancer never sleeps and neither will we.’ ”The local event was founded by Ocean City High School graduate Brittany Ang and a friend who lost her mother to brain cancer, Allison Iudica.last_img read more

Dean’s Distinguished Lecture: Design public health initiatives with users in mind

first_imgWhether drafting a plan to help patients make healthier food choices or designing an electronic medical records system, the more public health professionals know about the personal preferences of those who will use the end product, the more likely the initiative will be successful, Patrick Whitney (pictured at right), told an overflow HSPH audience January 17, 2012 in Kresge G2.Called a “design visionary” by Business Week, Whitney is dean of the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology. He has published and lectured throughout the world on making technological innovations more humane, linking design and business strategy, and designing interactive communications and products. “People have varied aspirations and activities. Your offering has to fit their lives,” Whitney said in his talk, “Designing Healthy Lives and Other Wicked Problems.”View a webcast of the lecture.In his introduction, Dean Julio Frenk said he invited Whitney to deliver the first talk in the 2012 Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series to encourage listeners to “think outside the conventional boundaries of public health.” While at HSPH Whitney also addressed students in a new course on innovations in public health taught by Gerald Chan, S.M. ’75, Sc.D. ’79.last_img read more

HILT Spark Grant awards announced

first_imgRevamping foreign language curriculum evaluation. Nicole Mills, Stacey Katz Bourns, and Virginia Maurer (FAS) will organize a new symposium and series of workshops for faculty to explore contemporary approaches in evaluating and renewing foreign language curricula.Spark Grant awards range from $5-$15K and are designed to help “spark” promising teaching and learning projects from idea to reality. HILT will announce the recipients of the Cultivation Grants in May. New course on creativity. Michael Van Valkenburgh (GSD) will develop a new interdisciplinary course, involving leaders in landscape architecture and other fields paired with faculty at Harvard to examine originality, authenticity, and invention, and develop a model for courses that spark students to develop their own creative voice. The Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) awarded five Spark Grants to projects that will be pursued over the year:Improving student statistics literacy. Abha Ahuja and Melanie Stefan (HMS) will study misconceptions about statistics in a high-enrollment life science course and develop a related computer-based module. Online learning models matrix and working group. Bill Wisser (HGSE) will convene a group of faculty and staff to study and document the current range of online learning models and disseminate a matrix of findings that will inform pedagogical strategies and production activities. Open review platform. Erik Bauch and Georg Kucsko (FAS) will, within several physics courses, test, assess, and refine a promising education tool that facilitates student and faculty collaborative annotation of scholarly materials.last_img read more

Staying in the Game

first_imgHow do you stay in the game when your heart’s not in it?I ran a tough race a couple of weeks ago. Tough in that the competition was fierce and the course relentless. But even tougher in light of the fact that my heart and mind just weren’t in it. And it was a long race. It’s one thing to gut it out for the twenty minutes it takes to run a 5k – another thing all together when you’re facing ten-plus hours on the trail. I knew I had a long day ahead of me.You might ask why I would run a race when motivation is flagging. Good question – and one that I asked myself many times over the eleven hours it took me to cover the course. The best explanation that I could come up with was that I had been psyched about the event…when I entered months ago, during all of my workouts, the night before at packet pick up, even standing on the line the morning of. But as soon as the starting gun fired, all of that excitement dissipated and I found myself thinking, “Why am I doing this?”The first hour of the race was spent in an internal debate about quitting. Part of me really, really wanted to pack it up and call it a day. I could hang out at the finish and cheer for the finishers, and still be part of the excitement of the race. Or I could go home and take my dog for a walk. Or go downtown and while away the hours in a coffee shop. Anything but push my mind and body to do something it really didn’t want to do.While those thoughts were appealing, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to live with a DNF, especially since nothing was really wrong with my body. So I eventually made up my mind that quitting was not an option. The debate was over and I was going to continue. My next question was how to make this as enjoyable (and competitive) of an experience as possible.The first thing I did was to remind myself how fortunate I was to be out there. As grueling as ultramarathons can be, they are also a luxury. I am lucky to have the health, the family support, the time, and the finances that allow me to spend an entire day out in the woods. I have friends who would give anything to have a healthy, strong body like mine. To have childcare or a spouse who would support them taking a weekend off to themselves. To have money for entry fees and gas. So even though I wasn’t having the race I wanted to have, I wasn’t going to allow myself to wallow in a puddle of self-pity. 1 2last_img read more

NCUA warns CUs in path of Tropical Storm Sally to prepare

first_imgCredit unions in the path of Tropical Storm Sally are advised to take precautions as the storm intensifies in the Gulf of Mexico, the National Credit Union Administration said today.“Credit unions in the path of Tropical Storm Sally should to take measures to protect their staff and secure their operations,” NCUA Chairman Rodney E. Hood said. “The NCUA will be closely monitoring the storm’s progress, and we stand ready to assist credit unions with maintaining or restoring operations, if necessary. We encourage everyone to be alert for official announcements and media reports as the storm draws near.”Tropical Storm Sally is expected to hit the central Gulf Coast as a Category 1 hurricane as early as tomorrow morning.The NCUA maintains a hurricane and disaster information page on its website as well as on The National Hurricane Center has regular updates on the storm as it approaches landfall, and the Department of Homeland Security has additional information on being prepared for hurricanes. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Just give in to NRA and arm school kids

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI have a common sense solution to school shootings. At the start of the school day, each student will be given a loaded handgun, .22 caliber for grades K-6, .38 caliber for grades 7-12. The guns will be returned at the conclusion of the school day. Problem solved.The only way to stop a bad kid with a gun are good kids with guns. God bless the NRA and its spineless AR-15-loving whores in the Republican Party.Paul SatorGloversvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Broadalbin-Perth’s Tomlinson seizing the day by competing in cross country and golf this fallEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Governor Wolf Proclaims May 6 as ‘State Employee Recognition Day’

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 06, 2015 Government That Works,  Proclamations Harrisburg, PA – In appreciation of the important work that state employees perform for Pennsylvania and its residents, Governor Tom Wolf proclaimed today, May 6, as ‘State Employee Recognition Day.’“State employees deserve the utmost appreciation and admiration for the great work that they do every day to deliver important and vital services to their fellow citizens,” Governor Wolf said. “Serving as revenue secretary and now governor, I know that state employees are some of the hardest working Pennsylvanians across our commonwealth. Because of that, I know that we can achieve great things together and create a government that works for everyone.”“As governor, it is my honor to support and work alongside tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians who have chosen careers in public service.”In his proclamation, Wolf gives examples of the many duties state employees fulfill, such as protecting public safety and health, caring for the less fortunate, maintaining safe roads, enforcing laws, safeguarding the environment, licensing professionals and businesses, preserving our historical, natural and cultural resources.The governor also lauded state employees for their generosity through the annual State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA), which raises approximately $3 million for charitable organizations each year.“State employees are the key to having government that works,” said Wolf. “Through our GO-TIME initiative, we want to engage state employees at all levels in our efforts to do things better and more efficiently across government.”PROCLAMATIONSTATE EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION DAYMay 6, 2015WHEREAS, Commonwealth employees are committed to public service and perform their jobs with professionalism, compassion, dedication and pride; andWHEREAS, Commonwealth employees perform a variety of challenging and important duties, such as protecting public safety and health, caring for the less fortunate, enforcing laws, safeguarding the environment, building and maintaining transportation infrastructure, promoting economic growth, licensing professionals and businesses, preserving our historical and cultural resources; andWHEREAS, millions of Pennsylvanians rely each day upon the services provided by Commonwealth employees; andWHEREAS, Commonwealth employees serve as responsible stewards of taxpayer funds by supporting efforts to reduce costs, boost efficiency and productivity, and enhance the delivery of services throughout state government; andWHEREAS, many Commonwealth employees support the well-being of their communities through acts of volunteerism and charity, including millions of dollars contributed annually to hundreds of worthwhile organizations through the State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA); andWHEREAS, Commonwealth employees are essential to achieving Government that Works in Pennsylvania; andWHEREAS, on behalf of all Pennsylvanians, it is with great pride that I recognize the contributions of Commonwealth employees as part of national public employee appreciation efforts during the week of May 3-9.THEREFORE, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim May 6, 2015 as STATE EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION DAY in Pennsylvania and I encourage all citizens to express gratitude to our state employees for their dedication to public service.GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, on this first day of May in the year of our Lord two thousand and fifteen, and of the Commonwealth the two hundred and thirty-ninth.TOM WOLFGovernorMEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Sheridan – 717.783.1116# # #center_img Governor Wolf Proclaims May 6 as ‘State Employee Recognition Day’last_img read more

Governor Wolf Joins Eight Bipartisan Governors in Support of Pre-Existing Conditions

first_img June 18, 2018 Healthcare,  Human Services,  Medicaid Expansion,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf today joined a bipartisan group of governors to issue the following statement in response to proposed changes in health care policy for those with pre-existing conditions:“Everyone in this country deserves access to affordable, quality health insurance. The Administration’s disappointing decision to no longer defend this provision of federal law threatens health care coverage for many in our states with pre-existing conditions and adds uncertainty and higher costs for Americans who purchase their own health insurance.“Helping our neighbors get health insurance even though they have a pre-existing condition is something Americans support and the Administration’s action will hurt families in our states. This is not right. We’re asking the Administration to reverse their decision and instead work with Congress and Governors on bipartisan solutions to protect coverage and lower health care costs for all Americans, all while protecting those with preexisting conditions.”The eight other governors who joined this statement includes:John R. Kasich, Governor of OhioJohn W. Hickenlooper, Governor of ColoradoBill Walker, Governor of AlaskaBrian Sandoval, Governor of NevadaRoy Cooper, Governor of North CarolinaSteve Bullock, Governor of MontanaJay Inslee, Governor of WashingtonLarry Hogan, Governor of MarylandStatement from Governor Wolf: “I am proud to continue working across the aisle with other governors to present a path forward for our health care system that protects consumers, creates more choice and lowers the cost of insurance and care. It is beyond time for Washington to stop trying to strip health care access and protections from vulnerable Americans and get to work on the bipartisan solutions laid out by governors and other health care advocates to stabilize the market and help consumers, hospitals and health professionals.” SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Joins Eight Bipartisan Governors in Support of Pre-Existing Conditionslast_img read more